St Pete Pride in St Petersburg, FL

Author: 
Alexander Northman
Curator: 
The Mark's List Gang

St. Pete Pride - Friday, June 23 & Sunday, June 25, 2017

Events Schedule

Years of attention for St. Pete Pride has caused it to grow into one of the largest Pride events in Florida, and one of the top ten largest in the entire country! St. Pete Pride, which is expected to attract over 200,000 participants, presents many exciting events over the weekend. 

According to their mission statement, the purpose of St. Pete Pride is to "promote unity, visibility, self-esteem and a positive image of and among the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community of Tampa Bay and throughout the State of Florida by way of cultural and educational programs and activities."

The History of Stonewall and June Gay Pride

For the last forty years, the last weekend of June has marked an important history for the LGBT community. Hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets every year to celebrate our right to express sexual orientation and gender identity in a safe and accepting environment. The number of events, organizations, parades, and supporters of the LGBT community has grown into a solidified culture within these last four decades, one which demands respect, protection and equal treatment. It’s hard to believe that something so colorful started on a muggy night, in a dark bar, in the wee hours of July 28, 1969 with police raiders and rioting patrons.

Stonewall: The Cornerstone of the Modern Gay Rights Movement

The people of Stonewall Inn at 53 Christopher Street in Greenwich Village (New York City) were no strangers to police raids. Roughly once a month, fluorescent lights would flood the bar, warning the patrons inside of the impending procedures they were all too familiar with. Officers strutted through Stonewall, lining patrons against the walls and checking the identification of every man and woman inside. People with no identification were arrested. Men in women’s clothes were arrested. Anyone “touching inappropriately” or who looked suspicious was arrested, in a roulette of bullying and public humiliation, and often the bar’s stock of alcohol was confiscated. But despite the regular police intimidation, Stonewall Inn was one of the most successful gay bars in New York City. In fact, it was regarded as the gay bar of New York City, for one reason above all: its unprecedented two-story dance floor. People went to Stonewall because they loved to dance, and nowhere else in the city could two men dance together, making nights at the Inn worth every risk.
2016 St. Pete Pride Taste of Pride
The St. Pete Pride Festival celebrates the LGBT community of St. Petersburg with a parade and street festival. They hosted a Taste of Pride Fundraiser at the Salvador Dali Museum and helped raise funds and awareness to the upcoming festival season.

2015 St. Pete Pride Street Festival
The 2015 St. Pete Pride Festival celebrated the community of St. Petersburg with a street festival with hundreds of vendors and booths representing all aspects of LGBT life.
2015 St. Pete Pride Nighttime Parade
The 2015 St. Pete Pride Festival celebrated the LGBT community of St. Petersburg with a parade through town and down Central Avenue.
2013 St. Pete Pride Festival
The 2013 St. Pete Pride Festival celebrated the LGBT community of St. Petersburg with a parade and street festival.

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Adult Film Star Rocco Steele Tackles HIV Stigma

Although research and support for the HIV/AIDS community has come a long way since the 80s and 90s, a great deal of ignorance and stigma still exists—even within the gay community. With celebrities such as Charlie Sheen and Danny Pintauro (Who’s the Boss?) recently bringing HIV/AIDS into the entertainment headlines, perhaps now is the perfect time for a new, more enlightened conversation on the subject.

Mark’s List spoke with adult film star Rocco Steele, who has experienced his fair share of ups and downs with addiction and living with HIV.  He has, however, used these personal experiences as a catalyst to promote HIV awareness and education. Read the full interview after the Jump: Adult Film Star Rocco Steele Tackles HIV Stigma

Florida's Gay and Lesbian Beaches

We've given our Florida Gay Beaches Guide a makeover. Florida is surrounded by some of the best beaches in the world. From the cool to the touch quartz sand of Siesta Key to world famous beaches in cities like Fort Lauderdale, St Petersburg and Miami, there is something for everyone. You'll find our guide right here: Florida Gay and Lesbian Beach Guide

Florida's Best Clothing Optional Gay Men's Resorts

Life in the tropics is all about beating the heat. And what better way cool off than to hang out poolside without clothing? Florida has dozens of clothing optional resorts, but which ones are the best? Here's the Mark's List take on the 5 best (in no particular order).

In Key West check out New Orleans House and Island House. New Orleans House is located on Duval Street, right in the middle of all of the action. You can count on a great time poolside or in Key West's biggest Gay nightclub, Bourbon Street Pub. Island House is located on a quieter side street and offers amazing rooms, many of them opening onto the pool and patio. There's also an amazing pool side cafe serving up some of the best food (and libations) on the Island. In Fort Lauderdale, we suggest you get your Gay clothing optional groove on at The Grand Resort and Spa, which offers an upscale atmosphere with amenities that include spa services, poolside cabana bars and plenty of tanning lotion to keep your booty from burning. In Central Florida you can head out into the woods and catch some all over rays at the Sawmill Camping Resort. Sawmill offers cabins and plenty of places to park RVs or pitch tents. There's also a large heated pool, a dance hall, restaurant, several themed bars and plenty of trails to go "hiking" on.



Kelly Clarkson Talks Confronting Anti-LGBT Parents

During her 15-year career as your friendly pop spirit-lifter, Kelly Clarkson has prescribed a cheap alternative to therapy: anthemic pick-me-ups like “Since U Been Gone” and “People Like Us,” songs that impel a transcendental, fist-raised state. Due, in part, to her simply being so damn cool, Clarkson – who drowned the world in their own tears right along with her own as she was crowned the inaugural “Idol” winner in 2002 – tells me she feels so compelled to stick up for her LGBT besties she literally wants to go door-to-door and talk some sense into her friends’ homophobic parents. Read the full story: Kelly Clarkson Confronting Anti-LGBT Parents

10 Questions With Adult Film Star Hunter Vance

Adult film star Hunter Vance returned to Miami in 2017 to celebrate Floppy Rooster's 3rd Anniversary. We caught up with Hunter Vance to talk about his life a an adult film actor, anti-bullying and some of his new business ventures. Read the full interview: 10 Questions With Adult Film Star Hunter Vance

YouTube Star Davey Wavey Talks Top 5 Favorite Videos

YouTube star Davey Wavey has amassed quite a YouTube following over the last eight years—some 300 million views in all.  Described by Davey as “the best job in the world,” he gets to experience life and travel around the world dishing a variety of humorous, sexually-charged topics, including “How to Give Brojobs,” “Are Virgins Hot,” and “Can You Make a Straight Guy Gay?” But it’s not just all about sex with Davey—he has also captured stories focusing on AIDS and the older generation’s perspective.  Mark’s List recently spoke with Davey about his YouTube success, his top five favorite videos, his affinity for underwear, childhood obesity and what you can expect to see in 2016: YouTube Star Davey Wavey Talks Top 5 Favorite Videos

HOT LIST: Fort Lauderdale's Top 100 Restaurants

South Florida is fortunate to boast a wide variety of amazing restaurants, diners and cafes to satisfy every palate and every budget. It’s pretty much impossible to narrow the best ones down to 100, so let’s just call these some of the favorites. Find out which restaurants made the list: Fort Lauderdale's Top 100 Restaurants

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