This weekend gay pride events take place in the Bay area, with the major parade taking place in St. Petersburg this Saturday.
Next week in Tampa's Ybor City district, the gay community will celebrate GaYbor Days, a five-day celebration promoted by the GaYbor District Coalition — the group of gay-owned or gay-supported businesses (of which Carrie West, the head of the group, says nearly two-thirds are actually businesses owned by straight people).
Recently a proclamation was signed by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn honoring GaYbor Days, as was one by none other than Barack Obama.
But a similar proclamation representing Hillsborough County has only been signed by two of the seven members of the board, Democrats Kevin Beckner and Les Miller.
We'd like to tell you why the other five members, all Republicans, haven't signed the proclamation, but none of them — with the exception of Mark Sharpe — have returned CL's calls or e-mails to let us know why.