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Hillsborough County (Tampa) Repeals Gay Pride Ban

Jim Burroway

June 5th, 2013

In a unanimous 7-0 vote, County Commissioners of Hillsborough County, Florida, repealed an eight-year-old ban on recognizing gay pride events:

Earlier Wednesday, the speakers included Terry Kemple, head of the Hillsborough-based Community Issues Council. Prior to the vote, he spent time rallying opposition to what he called Commissioner Kevin Beckner’s “crusade to push for county government recognition of homosexual behavior.

Before Wednesday’s vote, no other group of residents had its activities similarly deemed unrecognizable by county government.

Tampa’s pride celebration appears to be defunct, near as I can tell. But neighboring St. Petersburg will hold theirs at the end of June. BTB Daily Agenda readers may recall our post about a month-long campaign of “morals raids” that were staged in Tampa and surrounding Hillsborough County in 1961. Those raids resulted in hundreds of arrests and the destruction of a number of careers.

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TampaZeke
June 6th, 2013 | LINK

Unfortunately Tampa’s Pride was defunct long before the bigot hurricane named Storms blew through the county. St. Pete Pride is more accurately Tampa Bay Pride in practice. Even though I live in Tampa I actually prefer having one big Tampa Bay area Pride event. We have had “Winter Pride” in Tampa but I don’t know if they still do that or not.

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