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St. Pete Pride Membership Program Partners with

Wednesday, December 14, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ester Venouziou
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December 14, 2011

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- St. Pete Pride and are excited to announce that they are working together to help reignite the local economy and re-energize the Tampa Bay area.

The partnership brings together two of the region's most active organizations in the Tampa Bay area:, Tampa Bay's leading voice for locally owned, independent businesses; and St. Pete Pride, one of the largest Pride organizations in the Southeast. The two organizations will collaborate on several projects to build awareness of the importance of supporting local businesses and local people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

"St. Pete Pride is thrilled with the partnerships we've already established bringing together local business and the LGBT community. Through our Membership Program and this specific partnership, these relationships have the unique opportunity to further help define our overall mission – to promote unity, diversity, visibility, self-esteem and a positive image of and among the LGBT community of St. Petersburg and throughout the state of Florida,” said Thompson Kellett, St. Pete Pride’s Membership Chair. "We can then highlight our community’s economic interests and its passionate support of local business – building a greater, more inclusive community throughout the region.”

As part of the partnership, St. Pete Pride will offer those Member Businesses additional exposure to more than 80,000 area residents. St. Pete Pride will also co-brand its new Membership ID with, and will print a special edition of its discount shopping card, the 1Card, displaying the St. Pete Pride logo. 

"We are very excited to be working with St. Pete Pride, especially its upcoming program that will help local businesses get even more exposure!" says Ester Venouziou, founder of "We're also having fun brainstorming ideas for our first Pride float!"

For media inquiries, please contact Ester Venouziou ( or 727.637.5586)  or Chris Rudisill ( or 727.643.9160_.

About is Tampa Bay’s most active advocate for locally owned, independent businesses. The grassroots movement was founded in 2008 and also offers networking meetings, store promotions, educational workshops and community events.  

About St. Pete Pride

St. Pete Pride is a 501(c)3 organization whose purpose is to promote unity, visibility, self-esteem and a positive image of and among the LGBT community of St. Petersburg and throughout the state of Florida by way of cultural and educational programs and activities including an annual St. Pete Pride Promenade and Street Festival Event.