CLGBT: Introducing Creative Loafing's new gay community website

A diverse group of writers has already begun talking on the site (and on the Daily Loaf) about LGBT life in Tampa Bay, from Zephyrhills to Clearwater. Joe DiPaolo writes about his first meeting with his fellow bloggers; Alexandra Caldwell talks about the temptations of invisibility; Kyle Dunlap writes about the omnipresence of labels; and there are many more voices to come. In addition, look for event spotlights; interviews and podcasts; a 24-7 feed of LGBT news and views from around the globe via Twitter; photos, video, links and guides; and, this week, links to the stories in CL's annual Pride Issue, like Mitch Perry's feature on Florida's gay adoption ban, Megan Voeller's profile of gay artist Keith Thomas and Scott Harrell's solution to oil-diminished tourism: gay marriage!

What's missing is you. Read, comment, share, follow @CLGBT on Twitter  — and join our team of contributors.

What's CLGBT? Think of it as the marriage of CL and LGBT — we've been going together for years, but we've decided to make it official (and we didn't even have to move to Connecticut).

Creative Loafing, like many alternative newsweeklies, has long been in tune with the LGBT community. We've covered  Steve Stanton and Steve Kornell, GaYbor and Grand Central, TIGLFF and St. Pete Pride, because they're a vital part of what makes Tampa Bay a diverse and stimulating place. And CL Tampa has always been supportive of its LGBT staffers, including myself and my predecessor as editor, Jim Harper — both of us openly gay men.

But there's so much LGBT stuff to talk about now — has there been a day in the last few years when there wasn't a major gay story in the news? — and there are so many local LGBT voices deserving to be heard, that it seemed about time that CL dedicate a site to the community.  Hence, CLGBT (

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