Issue 24.02: Living on the Edge

By : Jake Stevens
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Political attacks on both reproductive rights and LGBTQ equality are often indirect. More importantly, they work. Orlando’s LGBTQ Alliance brings collaboration in a post-Pulse world, St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman pulls city funding from St. Pete Pride after relocation announcement, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Downtown, down funds: St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman pulls city funding from St. Pete Pride after relocation announcement

By : Jeremy Williams
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ST. PETERSBURG -The St. Pete Pride board officially voted to relocate the Pride parade and festival from the Grand Central District to Vinoy Park downtown Jan. 17.

The board vote, which was unanimous with one abstention, was met with a wave of resistance on social media from Grand Central business owners and members of the community; however one criticism is leaving a deeper sting, that of St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman.

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman threatens to remove funding for St. Pete Pride when it moves to downtown waterfront

By : Billy Manes
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There are many grumbles coming out of the St. Petersburg Pride camp following the announcement of the relocation of the popular event to a waterfront route. According to the Tampa Bay Times, which broke the story on Wednesday after Kriseman posted a missive to his Facebook page –  the parade stands to lose $45,000.

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Radio Heads: The Will & Grace stylings of Miguel & Holly have made them Tampa Bay’s number one morning show

By : Jeremy Williams
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What makes someone remarkable can vary. It can be a grand standing up for what’s right, or it can be something much more subtle and simple, just being who you are. Miguel Fuller and Holly O’Connor are the morning show hosts for Hot 101.5’s “Miguel and Holly Show.”

The radio duo came to Tampa Bay in 2015 by way of Panama City Beach and have since climbed out of the airwaves and snuggled up to us, becoming the Bay area’s very own Will & Grace.

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St. Pete Pride is moving the parade and festival for 2017

By : Jeremy Williams
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St. Pete Pride is changing the location of the parade and festival in 2017, according to a press release sent Dec. 15.

“This has been a topic among the board for the last eight or nine years,” said St Pete Pride’s longest serving board member Stanley Solomons. “We were always familiar and comfortable with the Grand Central District. But regardless of my fondness with the current location, the time to move came when the logistics and security measures changed.”

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A toast and a stumble through 2016, the year we will never forget

By : Billy Manes and Jeremy Williams
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We could go on and on about our gripes with the letter “P” this year, generally circulating around two terms: “Pulse” and “Politics.” So, indeed, that’s what we’ll do. Though we may have seen some wonderful developments in the year that God forgot, for the most part, many of us are grabbing at straws, trying to make sense of how it is that we descended so deeply, that we became the eye of the target of absolute terror.

Some may say that 2016 was the backlash for all of the gifts we were given by 2015, most notably marriage equality in both state and nation. Others might opine that there is something else going on here with the media, with conspiracies, with a new Cold War. We can’t be certain, but we certainly have each other’s backs, as has been proven by the many acts of kindness that rose up to meet the beast of an election year gone awry and a local community cut to its core. We are not a weak people; we have seen trouble before. But this year owns a special place in our hearts, one we hope that heals over without forgetting those who suffered and those who commandeered offenses that none of us could have been prepared for.

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St. Pete Pride’s Red & Green Party raises more than $18,000 for local LGBTQ non-profits

By : Jeremy Williams
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St. Pete Pride’s annual Red & Green Party was a hit even before the first string of tinsel was hung from a tree or the first guest showed up dressed in their best holiday garb Dec. 3.

The event, held at the Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg, sold out long before Saturday as more than 400 of the community’s “closet friends” gathered to celebrate the holidays with light bites, open bar and some of the best entertainment this side of the North Pole.

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06.30.16 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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As the whole world stares at Orlando through teary eyes after the terrible incident at Pulse that took the lives of 49 vibrant people, stellar individuals from our community, we are in the process of decompressing. If you can only imagine the absolute horror that comes with both the truths and items of speculation about a mass murder in your community – and let us not forget the many more wounded – then maybe you can fathom how far our growing need for a surface, or a horizon, really is. This issue is about finding our footing, about finding our way out.

When I was 28, I worked the door of that very same venue, although it wasn’t called Pulse then; it was a little Italian restaurant called Dante’s, a sort of ramshackle venue for amazing jangle-pop-folk-rock Orlando musical talent. It wasn’t gay; I was, but that didn’t matter to anyone. I was just there out front taking in cash for events, hair akimbo, mind alight.

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Come Out With Pride honors the 49 victims of the Pulse shooting at St. Pete Pride

By : Jeremy Williams
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St. Pete Pride had their annual Pride celebration in St. Petersburg’s Grand Central District June 25. This year, the parade actually began before the first float pulled onto the street.

Come Out With Pride, the organization that holds Orlando’s annual Pride event each October, sent representatives who marched in silence 17 minutes in advance of the march. The time was 10 seconds of silence for each of the 49 victims killed at the Pulse shooting and 10 seconds of silence for each of the 53 victims sent to the hospital.

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Deborah Cox leads powerhouse performances at St. Pete Pride’s SP2 concert

By : Jeremy Williams
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It’s a good thing St. Pete Pride’s SP2 concert was outdoors because any roof overtop these ladies would have been blown off.

Deborah Cox – along with local performers Jennifer Real, Karmic Tattoo and Jami Gee – rocked the crowed in St. Pete’s Grand Central District June 24.

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St. Pete Pride gets an official kickoff at the Hotel Zamora

By : Jeremy Williams
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It wasn’t St. Pete Pride’s first event of the week, but it was the official kickoff party to start the weekend, and it indeed was that… a party!

The party goers gathered on the rooftop bar of the Hotel Zamora at St. Pete Beach June 23 to drink, dance and meet up with friends.

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Pride In Fashion Presented by Macy’s

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St. Pete Pride is here and Macy’s is bringing you a Marco Marco pop-up shop! Macy’s Tryone Square will be the only place in Tampa where customers can purchase their favorite Marco Marco looks, just in time for Pride Weekend!

Join us as we kick off the weekend of festivities with:
– Fashion show hosted by Kori Stevens and Sassy Devine
– Marco Marco Pop Up Shop
– Absolutely Fabulous look a-like contest, impersonators and photo opt
– Live musical performances by St. Pete Pride pageant winners hosted by Kori Stevens
– $10 Macy’s EGC with any donation to St. Pete Pride
– Refreshments

Plus, with any $35 Marco Marco purchase made during the event, receive a special gift.*