Community banker Barclay Harless kicks off campaign for St. Petersburg City Council

By : Jeremy Williams
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ST PETERSBURG – Barclay Harless, civic leader and local community banker, kicked off his campaign Jan. 31 as he runs for District 2 of St. Petersburg City Council.

Harless gathered with supporters at Ricky P’s Creole Kitchen in St. Petersburg to lay out his plan for the city should he be elected.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: St. Pete Pride right around the corner!

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Desperately seeking a Katy
Diva galore Katy Perry is scheduled to perform at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Monday, June 30, and local radio station Wild 94.1 has been on the hunt for an impersonator to attend the show—and probably promote the station. A call was issued earlier this month for impersonators and no specific gender requirements were included. Queens from throughout the area have expressed interest but as of press time there was no confirmation onto who may have landed the gig. Blue hair and some Tarzan/Jane inspired outfits no doubt helped the station select its winner. Expect to see some photos and announcements soon on the station’s website, Wild941.CBSLocal.com.

Blevins needs our love
As you’re reading this, it’s very likely that residents of St. Petersburg are voicing their opinions over who should be the city’s next Police Chief. Mayor Rick Kriseman is expected to select the person for that role within the next month, and LGBT community member and Assistant Police Chief Melanie Blevins is one of four finalists! On June 19, the Coliseum Ballroom will no-doubt be packed with supporters and detractors of Blevins, who has been with the police department for two decades. When she’s not doing police work, Blevins, who has a Ph.D. in organizational leadership, teaches community leadership at the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg. If you missed the meeting but want to express support for Blevins, email Kriseman at Mayor@StPete.org to show her some love.

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A night parade and separate street festival bring global message to St. Petersburg

By : Steve Blanchard
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St. Petersburg – If you think you know St. Pete Pride, you don’t. The 12th inception of the annual LGBT Pride event has a new look, a new feel and a new schedule in 2014.

While St. Pete Pride continues to honor the anniversary of the New York Stonewall Riots that started it all in 1969 the last weekend of the month—June 27-29—that’s all that remains the same as in years’ past.

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Amy Foster, Darden Rice win City Council seats; Kriseman unseats Mayor Bill Foster

By : Steve Blanchard
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St. Petersburg – And then there were three, as in three members of the LGBT community sitting on the St. Petersburg City Council. At least there will be, once Amy Foster and Darden Rice are sworn into their District 8 and District 4 seats, respectively.

The two women handily beat their opponents, with Rice getting nearly 55% of the vote to Carolyn Fries’ 45%. Fries and Rice were running to replace veteran Council member Leslie Curran, who is term-limited, in a district that includes the neighborhoods of Crescent Lake, Euclid Heights, Euclid-St. Paul’s and Meadowlawn.

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