Pride is Paramount in St. Pete

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In St. Pete, equality matters. The Sunshine City strives to embody #WeAreStPete in all ways, and intentional inclusivity is a principle of St. Petersburg’s accountable and responsible government. St. Pete welcomes and supports the LGBTQ+ community, and is recognized as one of the LGBTQ+-friendliest cities to live and work.


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LGBTQ+ Rights are Human Rights

For more than two decades St. Petersburg’s government has focused on making St. Pete an inclusive and supportive city. Since 2014, the City has earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Municipal Equality Index, which examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ+ people who live and work there. Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and leadership on LGBTQ+ equality.



A History of Celebration

Since 2003, St. Petersburg’s “Pride Promenade” has grown into a month-long celebration, featuring not just a parade, but concerts, a carnival, youth and family day, BIPOC-focused events, and more.  St. Pete Pride is the biggest Pride celebration in the state of Florida and ranks as one of the 40 largest Pride celebrations in the world.

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Connected to the Community

St. Pete’s official LGBTQ Welcome Center opened in 2014 and serves as an LGBTQ+  visitors’ resource, coffee house, and youth center while offering a wide range of resources, activities, and events. The Welcome Center is a program of Metro Inclusive Health. Metro Inclusive Health grew out of efforts to provide services to the HIV positive community in the mid 1980s, and today provides LGBTQ-focused healthcare throughout the Tampa Bay region. The daily operations of the Welcome Center are managed by the Mayor’s Office LGBTQ+ Liaison, who also elevates LGBTQ+ issues from the community before the City’s administration and officials.

The City also has a Police LGBTQ+ liaison with the St. Petersburg Police Department.

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Where Love Wins

As part of being an inclusive community, the Sunshine City welcomes and supports LGBTQ+ people, making it an attractive place to live and work. To learn more about St. Pete as a place to relocate or expand your business, contact us.