Has there ever been a Pride season with more to celebrate? The Supreme Court decisions this week to strike down DOMA and deny the Prop 8 brigade are, of course, the biggest reasons to cheer. But locally as well as nationally, the walls of prejudice and inequality are toppling all around us.
The LGBT community is prouder than ever, and this week's Pride Issue shows why, with in-depth profiles of LGBT leaders like Kevin Beckner and Susan McGrath and artists like Leisha Hailey; essays on gayborhoods and the Republican argument for same-sex marriage; a list of LGBT milestones in the last 12 amazing months; a photo tour of Pinellas nightlife, and our annual Za-Gay Guide to gay-friendly bars and restaurants.
Plus, see our complete guide to St. Pete Pride, including a calendar of events, Street Festival vendor map, and profiles of grand marshals and Pride royalty. Visit CL's booth at the festival; we'll be playing games, giving away prizes and cheering as loudly as we possibly can.