St. Pete, FL extends a warm welcome to all who share in the city's vision that the sun shines on all who come to live, work and play here, including the LGBT population. The City of St. Petersburg has earned a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index four years in a row. Our Commitment to the LGBT Community 2003 – St. Petersburg originally passed its Human Rights Ordinance no. 517-G in January 2002 which added sexual orientation as a protected status in housing, public accommodations and employment.
– St. Petersburg Pride happens for the first year, which is now known as the largest pride celebration in Florida and the Southeastern United States. Drawing more than 130,000 celebrants to the city, an audited economic impact study reveals that Pride generates $10.5 million to the local economy. 2012 – St. Petersburg is listed in the Domestic Partnership Registry. It has registered more than 300 domestic partnership couples since its adoption.
– In his support of full marriage equality, Mayor Rick Kriseman signs the Mayor for the Freedom to Marry Statement in June, joining a growing number of US bipartisan mayors who understand that the strength and health of our cities are enhanced when all families are protected and supported. 2013 – A St. Pete conference for health professionals entitled “Building Awareness of the Needs of the Geriatric LGBT Patient” was held in Oct. 2013. 2014 – Mayor Kriseman's historic "Points of Pride" Proclamation highlighted a series of new initiatives for residents celebrating the gay lifestyle. – City of St. Petersburg increased its sponsorship of Pride by giving $35,000 in city support to the annual celebration.
– St. Pete ranked No. 1 in Tampa Bay and the West Coast of Florida with a perfect score of 100 for HRC's Municipal Equality Index for the first time.
– City of St. Petersburg participated in the 2014 Florida Equality/Pinellas Gala, as Mayor Rick Kriseman proclaimed May as Equality Month and May 3 as “Edie Windsor Day,” as he welcomed this LGBT heroine of the marriage equality movement.
– The Mayor and City of St. Petersburg has supported the development of the city’s first LGBT Welcome Center. Housed in a historic 1922 Bungalow that was relocated from the heart of Kenwood to a visible location on Central Avenue, the 1200 sq. foot center will offer LGBT visitor information, travel resources, education and health services, classes catered to the LGBT and greater St. Petersburg community, diversity training and will also serve as referral location for homeless LGBT teens and others in the community needing social services.
– The City of St. Petersburg’s Mayor’s Office has created the position of an LGBTQ liaison officer. This position serves as a critical point of contact for LGBT residents, business owners or others in the community with concerns affecting City Hall. – The St. Petersburg Police Department has created the position of an LGBTQ liaison officer to addresses the needs of the LGBT community and their allies when dealing with any issues related to businesses dealing with legal issues, victims of hate crimes that may be uncomfortable and need assistance in traversing the criminal justice system, and for non-profits looking for a connection within the police department.
- The City of St. Petersburg’s HR expanded the bereavement leave provisions to include paid leave for the family members of domestic partners, equal to the family members of married couples and provided a draft of a Non-Discrimination and Harassment Policy which included extensive language defining gender discrimination in terms of sexual self-identity.
- St. Pete’s Library System starts its first-ever LGBT book group.
- City-operated Sunshine Center introduces weekly LGBT support groups at the center facilitated by a licensed mental health counselor from the Gulfcoast Jewish and Family Services organization. 2017 – St. Pete hosted The IGLTA Annual Global Convention - the world's premier educational and networking event for LGBT tourism professionals.
Ranked No. 1 in Tampa Bay and the West Coast of Florida with a perfect score of 100 for HRC's Municipal Equality Index for the fourth year in a row. 2018 – Mayor Rick Kriseman has proclaimed March 31, 2018 as Transgender Day of Visibility 2019 – USAToday rated St. Pete Pride the #2 Pride Festival to attend in 2019 Resources St. Petersburg Police Community Services - information on the City of St. Petersburg's commitment to programs that serve our LGBT community. St. Pete Pride - Florida's Largest Pride Celebration. The Pride Parade and Festival will take place June 23-24, 2018. LGBT Visitor's Information - Easily one of Florida’s most LGBT-friendly destinations, you’ll enjoy picture-perfect beaches, along with a variety of gay-owned businesses and gay-friendly accommodations that make your stay special. Hit these LGBT hotspots like the Grand Central District . Metro's LGBTQ Welcome Center - A project in partnership with Metro Inclusive Health, The LGBTQ Welcome Center offers an important community service to all that live, work and visit St. Petersburg, FL, and surrounding area, providing information on areas of interest, where to stay, shop and eat. The LGBTQ Welcome Center also serves as a resource and a hub for the LGBTQ community, providing a safe space for LGBTQ youth and programming to serve the community with meeting space for local LGBTQ organizations. Learn more about this article, as well as other city initiatives at - www.stpete.org #LGBTQ #Pride #RickKriseman #Police #Equality