June is recognized as Pride Month, not only in St. Petersburg, but across the country. On Saturday, June 1st, Mayor Rick Kriseman and other city officials raised the rainbow Pride Flag over city hall to celebrate our city’s diverse and inclusive community. The celebration continued that evening with the “Evolution of Drag” performance at the Palladium Theater. Dozens of events are planned throughout the month to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, including the Pride Parade on June 22nd, and we want to keep you posted on how the Chamber is celebrating.
NOW TRENDING: The Power of Pride
The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce will host a Now Trending: The Power of Pride luncheon on June 19th at the Metro Inclusive Health Center to hear from community-based LGBTQ+ leaders on how Pride and the LGBTQ+ community impacts St. Petersburg. Space is limited so please CLICK HERE to register.
The St. Pete Store and Visitors Center
The Chamber’s St. Pete Store and Visitors Center is stocked up with Pride flags, World Tour Shirts, and other items celebrating Pride. Stop by and check out their selection at 100 2nd Ave North.
Unwavering Support for Inclusivity and Equality
The Chamber has consistently demonstrated meaningful support for our city’s LGBTQ+ business community. Our Chamber understands the tremendous economic impact and opportunity LGBTQ+ creates for our amazing city. Just a short few years ago, we stood in front of city council to ensure we work together to raise the Municipal Equality Index score from a failing grade to now our city’s perfect 100 score. We also have worked closely with our partners to become a LGBTQ+ Certified Welcome Center at 100 2nd Avenue North, and support the city’s LGBTQ+ Welcome Center on Central. The Chamber’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee focuses on helping our members recognize the importance of building a diverse workforce and ensuring all members of the community are included and treated equally.
City Tracking LGBTQ Owned Businesses
On Thursday, June 6th, the City Council passed a resolution, sponsored by Councilmember Gina Driscoll, that adds LGBTQ Owned Businesses to its SBE tracking metrics for city contracts. The Chamber looks forward to working with Council, the Administration, and the Greenhouse to improve and strengthen policies for our LGBTQ+ community and the SBE programs created for all marginalized members of our community.