Best Symbol of a New Era

The rainbow flag over St. Pete City Hall

The election of Rick Kriseman as mayor ushered in a new era for LGBT equality in St. Pete. Not only was this straight mayor (unlike his predecessors) happy to march in the St. Pete Pride parade, he also named new liaisons to the gay community, Robert Danielson and St. Pete Police Lt. Marcus Hughes; issued a proclamation declaring strong support for LGBT issues, including marriage equality; and led the raising of a rainbow flag over City Hall during Pride Week. Rumor has it that St. Pete’s Municipal Equality Score from the Human Rights Campaign (which was disappointingly lower than Tampa’s in 2013) is going to go way up this year, and Mayor Kriseman, along with newly elected LGBT Councilmembers Darden Rice and Amy Foster and incumbent Steve Kornell, can take much of the credit.

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