PHOTOS: Sarasota Pride celebrates 30 years

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SARASOTA | Sarasota Pride was held Jan. 25 at J.D. Hamel Park, the first January outing in the celebration’s 30-year history.

Enthusiastic crowds and more than 40 vendors filled the downtown locale. The St. Petersburg-based pop/rock duo Halcyon and the Sarasota-based rock group Divine AF proudly captivated audiences, flanked by emcee Lindsay Carlton-Cline and fellow drag performers Anita Cox, Savannah Lynn and Grandma Pearl.

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Sarasota Pride marks 30 years with first January outing

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SARASOTA | Sarasota Pride will be held Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at J.D. Hamel Park, the first January outing in the celebration’s 30-year history.

Sarasota Pride, Inc., its organizing nonprofit, exists to encourage visibility for members of the LGBTQ community living in Sarasota and throughout Florida. It promotes the elimination of prejudice and defends civil rights through community activities like this year’s Pride in the Park.

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PHOTOS: Lisa Loeb headlines St Pete Pride’s SP2 Concert

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ST. PETERSBURG | St Pete Pride’s 2019 SP2 concert was louder and prouder than ever June 21, welcoming singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb.

The annual fundraiser, benefiting St Pete Pride’s Community Grants Program, was hosted by Entertainment Director Kori Stevens. Ahead of Loeb’s headlining performance, crowds gathered at North Straub Park to celebrate with fan favorite entertainers like Divine AF and Jennifer Real.

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PHOTOS: Manatee Pride celebrates its sixth year

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BRADENTON, Fla. | The Manatee Pride Festival held its sixth annual celebration March 16 at the Bradenton Riverwalk to raise awareness and funds for Prism Youth Initiative.

The day’s festivities began with an interfaith service led by the Progressive Clergy of Manatee County. Attendees subsequently perused over 50 new and returning vendors as CAN Community Health offered onsite health screenings and fan favorite entertainers took the stage.

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Manatee Pride holds sixth annual celebration

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BRADENTON, Fla. | The Manatee Pride Festival will hold its sixth annual celebration at the Bradenton Riverwalk on March 16.

Manatee Pride, which consists entirely of volunteers, is aimed at empowering the LGBTQ community who love, live in or visit Bradenton, its nearby communities and the greater Manatee County area. It serves as a fundraiser for Prism Youth Initiative, the nonprofit dedicated to providing services and support for LGBTQ youth throughout the county since 2010.

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