All eight St. Petersburg City Council members signed a proclamation today citing June as LGBT Pride Month in the city, the first time the entire Council has done so, said St. Pete Pride Executive Director Eric Skains.
St. Petersburg's mayor, Bill Foster, did not sign the proclamation. According to Skains, Councilwoman Leslie Curran asked, "Is there a line so the mayor can go ahead and sign this, too?" — and "there was just silence."
Skains and Pinellas Stonewall Democrats president Susan McGrath have been trying for months to get a response from the mayor's office about a proclamation, but without success. Today, however, following the Council's action, Foster approached Skains and McGrath and asked for a meeting next week. He told them he was still unable to sign the proclamation because St. Pete Pride is too "adult-themed," but he's willing to talk about doing something "more generic," said Skains.
Although St. Petersburg is home to the biggest pride celebration in Florida, Tampa beat it to the punch proclamation-wise. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn issued a proclamation declaring June to be LGBT Pride Month in the City of Tampa at the beginning of the month.
Read St. Pete Pride's press release after the jump.