CL Pride Issue 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hot & hotter: St. Pete Pride Street Fest in photos

Posted By , and on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Kali Kali dancers, winners of the BET Wild Out Wednesday competition, performed. - CHIP WEINER
  • Chip Weiner
  • Kali Kali dancers, winners of the BET Wild Out Wednesday competition, performed.

After huge crowds packed the Grand Central District on Saturday for St.  Pete Pride's first nighttime parade  some observers wondered whether the turnout would be diluted for the street festival the following day. It certainly didn't seem so. At Creative Loafing's booth in the 2600 block of Central Avenue, a steady stream of festivalgoers stopped by to play games (""Every time the wheel spins a drag queen gets her wings"), win prizes, enjoy Todd Bates' shaded installation of past CL Pride covers, and pose for photos by DrunkCameraGuy (aka Chris Spires and Marci Richter). Meanwhile, Chip Weiner roved the festival photographing performers, politicians and other lovable creatures all day long. For more photos from the CL Photo Booth, go to our Facebook page  Find and tag yourself before July 3 and you'll be eligible for a CL Deal drawing!

"Dads Squared" and son smile for the camera in the CL Photo Booth. - DRUNKCAMERAGUY
  • DrunkCameraGuy
  • "Dads Squared" and son smile for the camera in the CL Photo Booth.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Pride Issue 2014: Beyond the bars

As LGBT rights and visibility expand, so do the options for having fun (and doing good).

Posted By on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 2:00 AM

TRUE COLORS: The Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps (aka ROTC) strut their stuff at last year's Pride Parade. - NICK CARDELLO
  • Nick Cardello
  • TRUE COLORS: The Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps (aka ROTC) strut their stuff at last year's Pride Parade.

There’s more to being part of the LGBT community than partying. The following organizations are among the many that offer alternatives to the local bar scene, from helping kids to playing softball to singing show tunes. Not that these groups eschew the bars; hey, one of the prime benefits of, say, playing softball, is the beer afterwards. It’s all about balance — and, in many instances, combining socializing with social service.

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Pride Issue 2014: Event schedule & maps

Your rundown of events for one of the nation's largest Pride celebrations.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 1:58 AM

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This year's main St. Pete Pride celebration has expanded to two days — the parade on Saturday night, and the street festival Sunday. While the schedule has changed, longtime vets should have little trouble finding their way around Central Avenue's Grand Central District. But for the newbies — and those with maybe some hazy memories of last year — we've included a couple of handy maps (click to enlarge), along with a list of individual events running from Thursday through the weekend and beyond. Enjoy!

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Pride Issue 2014: Straight to pride

Posted By on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 1:56 AM

NICK CARDELLO
  • Nick Cardello


“What you were saying earlier, about your boss and his husband — so your boss is a homosexual?”

Ya gotta love Mom — she’s not even sure it’s OK for her to say “gay.”

St. Pete Pride’s impending weekend festivities are probably not something my mother would enjoy. Not because she’s a homophobe, but simply because she’s a little lady in her 70s, whose idea of fun runs more toward two glasses of wine and some cards with the family than a teeming throng of extroverted revelers whose collective sartorial expressiveness might (read: probably will) run the gamut from an Uncle Sam costume to a gold lamé banana-hammock. (I gotta get her to a drag show at some point, though. I think she’d enjoy that immensely.)

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