St. Pete History Museum hosts 'Pride Perspective' panel next week

Examine the celebration's past and future on June 28.

click to enlarge St. Pete History Museum hosts 'Pride Perspective' panel next week
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Pride month is almost over, and the St. Petersburg Museum of History is ready to offer some perspective.

The museum’s Pride Perspective: Past & Future will be held Tuesday, June 28 and moderated by St. Pete’s LGBTQ+ Liaison Jim Nixon.

The event will feature four panelists: Brian Longstreth, co-founder of St. Pete Pride; Rocky Butler, founder and president of nonprofit 9 Colors Initiative; Dr. Karen L. Reese, chiropractic physician and former Tampa Bay Business Guild Board Member; and Rasheeda Johnson, Trans Services Navigator at Metro Inclusive Health.

The program starts at 6 p.m. at the Museum of History located on the St. Pete Pier. Admission is a $5 suggested donation, and a full-service cash bar will be provided.
St. Pete held its first Pride event in 2003 and has since proclaimed the month of June as St. Petersburg Pride Month in the city. It has grown to be known as one of the largest celebrations in the state, with events and programs held all month long. The Museum of History seeks to celebrate the city’s deep rooted Pride history with the panel.

The museum is also seeking physical items, personal testimonies or interviews related to LGBTQ+ experiences to be included in its archives and collections.

Those interested in the event can register and learn more at


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