St. Petersburg is a city on Florida's gulf coast, part of the Tampa Bay area and is destined to become The San Francisco of The East Coast. It's known for its pleasant weather (hence its “Sunshine City” nickname), making it popular for golfing, boating, fishing and beach going. Its waterfront parks host the Dali Museum, featuring surrealist works of art; the Museum of Fine Arts, with works ranging from ancient to contemporary; and Mahaffey Theater, home of the Florida Orchestra.
The current building boom is like nothing seen in decades. St. Pete is destined to succeed as ground zero to a growing younger LGBTQ population with new state of the art luxury high rises throughout the downtown section, up scale shopping, hotels, a small airport, cross bay ferry service and three marinas just walking distance from downtown. From The Firestone Grand Prix, Arts, Wine and Music Festivals to Gay Pride downtown St. Pete is the place for young LGBTQ singles, couples and families to see and BE SEEN!
SPECIAL NOTE: This is only the beginning. As the weeks, months and years move forward so will this webpage, as a single online resource offering you (the entire LGBTQ Community of the Tampa Bay Region) more information to help make your day to day lives a little better.
Population: 249,688 (2013) Mayor: Rick Kriseman
Area code: 727
LGBTQ Tampa Bay. com (on Face Book)
LGBTQ Tampa Bay.com (on Twitter)
Brandon's POZ Socials (coming Nov. 2018)
FREE HIV TESTING SITES:
Out Of The Closet (An AHF thrift store)
Testing hours: Tues-Sat 10 am-7 pm
3400 26th Ave South, St. Pete (map)
EPIC / Empath Health (HIV TESTING & LGBTQ Outreach)
Ron Knudesn - Coordinator 727.321.7600
Call for days, times and other Empath HIV Testing locations.
City of St. Pete stands UNITED with LGBTQ Community
St. Pete, Florida, March 2, 2017: “Today the City of St. Petersburg, Florida USA City Council voted unanimously to approve a five-year agreement with St. Pete Pride,”
St. Pete again tops list of LGBTQ-friendly Florida cities.
Oct 17, 2016, 1:08pm EDT
Updated Oct 17, 2016, 2:49pm EDT (Read article)
AboutTravel: What are the best 2017 spring break towns for gay and lesbian travelers?
By Andrew Collins; Gay & Lesbian Travel Expert
"A look at some of the top gay spring break destinations in North America for 2017, including St. Pete, Florida. (Read article) See part 6/12 "Florida's Other Gay Hot Spots: Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, and St. Pete" for details. (Details regarding Gay Spring Break St. Pete coming to this webpage soon)
EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES: (NOTE: ALL links offered on this page have employment opportunities)
Career Source(free resources & workshops)
Ruth Eckerd Hall (theater, music)
Help Wanted Face Book Group (St. Pete & Tampa)
Pinellas County DMV, Property, Other website
Fl. Driver Privacy Protection Act, FHP, Other website
Forward Pinellas (Intergrating Land use & Transportation)
LOCAL HOUSING AUTHORITIES
(ALL are walking distance to Downtown St. Pete)
Hyatt Place(Opened Sept. 2017)
(Near the beaches)
The Flamingo (gay owned)
The Don CeSar (the pink hotel)
The Opal Sands Resort(NEW on Clearwater Beach)
COMMUTER BUS SERVICE TO TAMPA:
Why drive when you can RIDE?
Route 100 (PSTA) Via Gandy Bridge (From Gateway Mall Terminal)
Route 200 (HART) Via Courtney Campbell Causeway
Route 300 (PSTA) Via 275 Freeway (From Park-N-Ride & #59 Bus)
(2020 Proposal Howard Franklin Bridge)
RidePSTA (real time GPS bus locator)
St. Pete Airport(PIE)
Albert Whitted Airport (downtown St. Pete)
Clearwater Airpark (mid county)
Tampa Bay Water Taxi(Water taxi for Gulf Beaches)
Electric Taxi Service(downtown St. Pete)
Coast Bike Share(downtown St. Pete)
Horse and Carriage (downtown St. Pete)
Electric Car Charging Stations (just in case)
SHOPPING: (Malls, Retail Districts)
Sundial(downtown St. Pete)
Beach Drive (downtown St. Pete)
Saturday Morning Market(downtown St. Pete)
Tyrone Square Mall(near VA)
Seminole City Center(NEW)
Westfield Mall (indoor ice skating)
Fresh Markets( Area Farmers Markets. Food, Crafts & Music)
HOSPITALS of INTEREST: (health Related)
Bay Pines VA Hospital (near Tyrone Mall)
Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital (downtown St. Pete)
St. Anthony's (downtown St. Pete)
Morton Plant Hospital(Clearwater)
Empath Health (county wide)
Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (county wide)
Outdoor Fitness Zones (county wide fitness)
Why Get Tested For HIV? (What's the point?)
USFSP (main campus)
NYTimes: Dorm Essentials (NYT article)
NYTimes: How to Get the Most Out of a College Town Vacation
PERFORMING ARTS: (Theater, Concerts, Workshops, Movies)
St. Pete Art Walk(Art, Galleries & Warehouse shows)
EVENTS (general listing for the St. Pete area)
(African American Museum)
For the kids: Great Explorations
1st Friday Block Party(Monthly Block Party downtown)
St. Pete Coffee Tour(local coffee shops)
Al Lang Stadium(Rowdies Soccer)
Escape Thrill Clearwater (Can YOU get out?)
Dinning Yacht Cruise (Clearwater & St. Pete)
Tropicana Field(Tampa Bay Rays Baseball)
Biff Burger(classic car show weekly)
Quaker Steak and Lube (weekly classic cars)
Pro Kart Experience(Outdoor GoKart Racing)
Firestone Grand Prix(annual racing event)
Pinellas Trail (bike, hike, jog, walk)
Gulf Port (beach side village)
Area Beach Information (discount tickets and MORE)
Celebration Station (Mini Golf, batting cages, Food & MORE)
Points of interest:
About the St. Pete LGBTQ friendly experience:
The list of bars, restaurants and night clubs in the Downtown Section of St. Pete are too many to mention here (sorry). However, a good time will be had by all who explore the area day or night. See why The City of St. Pete has moved GAY PRIDE downtown!
LOCAL EVENTS FACE BOOK GROUP Your ONE STOP SHOP for LGBTQ Events in the Bay Area, just visit the page and scroll down the postings. Click on the posting for details.
NOTE: Just GOOGLE the listings below for location & detail information.
Along Central Avenue's Grand Central District: website
(Along Central Ave between the 275 Freeway and 29th St)
Craftsman House Gallery & Cafe, 2955 Central Ave.
Cappy's Pizza, 2900 1st Ave. North,
Engine Rose, 2901 Central Ave.,
Pom Pom's Teahouse / Sandwicheria, 2950 Central Ave.
Casita Taqueria, 2663 Central Ave.
Sazon Resturante, 2924 5th Ave. North
Lucky Star Lounge, (gay bar) 2760 Central Ave.
The Garage on Central (gay bar) , 2729 Central Ave.
NuMEX Chile Centric Cuisine 2710 Central Ave.
The Motherlode Antiques, 2614 Central Ave.
Bambu The Eco Salon, (hair salon) 2600 Central Ave.
Janet's Antiques, 2545 Central Ave.
Lion's Paw Antiques, 2541 Central Ave.
The Queens Head Euro Pub 2501 Central Ave.
Nitally's Thai-Mex Cuisine, 2462 Central Ave.
Old Key West Bar & Grill, 2451 Central Ave.
Community Cafe, 2444 Central Ave.
Urban Comfort Restaurant & Brewery, 2601 Central Ave.
Creative Soul Studio-Coffee, 2425 Central Ave.
The Looking Glass, 2329 Central Ave.
Dog Bar St. Pete, 2300 Central Ave.
Tap House 61, 2061 Central Ave (bar)
Mane Stay, 2059 Central Ave, (hair salon)
Love Food Central Cafe, 2057 Central Ave.
Haslam's Book Store (new & used) 2025 Central Ave.
The Burg, 1752 Central Ave.
Urban Brew & BBQ, 1939 Central Ave.
The Clay Center of St. Pete, 2010 1st Ave. N.
The Bikery (coffee & bikes) 2222 1st Ave. S.
Closer to Downtown St. Pete:
(between I-275 Freeway and Beach Drive)
Hawkers Asian Street Fare 1235 Central Ave.
The Amsterdam, 1049 Central Ave.
Grass Roots (Coffee house) 957 Central Ave.
The Edge of 9, 900 Central Ave.
Enigma, 1110 Central Ave (closest gay bar to downtown)
Black Amethyst Tattoo & Gallery, 689 9th street N.
Hofbrauhaus St. Pete 123 4th Street South
Island Laser Design 2380 6th Ave. South
Vertical Ventures(indoor rock climbing) 116 18th St S
The Lucky Dill(NY Style cafe) 277 Central Ave
400 Beach Seafood & Tap House, 400 Beach Dr.NE
Moon Under Water, 332 Beach Dr. NE
Parkshore Grill, 300 Beach Dr. NE,
Bella Brava, 204 Beach Dr. NE
The Hanger, 540 1st Street SE (Albert Whitted Airport)
The Canopy @ Birchwood Inn, 340 Beach Dr. NE
Stillwaters Tavern, 224 Beach Dr. NE
Pepperz Nightclub, 4918 22nd Ave. S.
Tangelos Grille, 3121 Beach Blvd. S.
Salty's Gulfport, 5413 Shore Blvd. S.
Mid County / between St. Pete and Clearwater:
BRANDON'S POZ SOCIALS Monthly HIV +/- Social see ad below)
TOTAL WINE(Liquor Superstore near VA & Tyrone Square Mall)
SKINZ - (dance & stripper wear, gay & straight) 2027 Gulf to Bay Blvd
Quench Lounge & Bar, (gay bar) 13284 66th Street N.
Dharma Hookah Lounge, 13344 66th Street N.
Bert's Barracuda Harley-Davidson 2805 54th Ave N
Mad Hatters, 4685 28th Street N.
Pro Shop Pub(gay bar in Clearwater), 840 Cleveland Street
Hamburger Mary's( near Tyrone Square Mall)
CHIROPRACTIC : CHIRO TO GO
Dr. Joshua Carreiro 727.265.5830
Gypsy Natural Care, Carissa Nicole 347,338.0653
Mattress Warehouse - Andy Ragusa, 13240 66th St. N Largo 727.538.4888
ESTATE SALE SERVICES: Don Sims 727.424.7387
WELLNESS ADVOCATE: Michael DaCosta, MD. 727.804.2660
HANDY MAN, Korey Cunningham Koreyscunningham@gmail.com
ARTIST: David Rule (acrylics & watercolors) 616.328.4054
KOA ST. PETE / MADEIRA BEACH (waterside camping, RV & cabins)
Search Global Ventures, Pat Guevara, Owner 727.776.1591
HEC Networking, Michael DaCosta 727.452.6079
Weddings By Gary 727.743.8880
GAY BOWLING, Dunedin Lanes, Dunedin, Fl. 727.736.1282
Charlestowne Porcelaine 8615 Honeybee La, Port Richey
At the FLAMINGO RESORT:
Gay Safe Haven Radio (GSHRadio)
Ron Knudesn - Coordinator 727.321.7600
EPIC / Empath Health (HIV TESTING & LGBTQ Outreach)
BETWEEN St. Pete and FLAMINGO RESORT:
Out Of The Closet (AHF thrift store) 3400 26th Ave South
HIV Testing Site also. Testing hours: Tues-Sat 10 am-7 pm
Skyway Diner (NEW OWNER) 4000 34th St S. St Pete
St. Pete Pride
2227 Central Ave,(website)
2017 St. Pete Pride Guide (click here)
Come OUT St. Pete ( Events, Arts, Dining and MORE)
Mental Health Counseling
Rainbow Counseling of Florida, 4554 Central Avenue
Tampa Bay LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce
3251 3rd Ave N Suite 125 (website)
Efrain Toro, Senior Partner Manager at JPB & Associates (link)
David Latscha ReMax Advantage Realty (St. Pete office) 813.955.2340
Pete McGahan, Realtor Keller Williams Realty St Pete.
111 2nd Ave NE, #400*
Bud Gunter, Mortgage Loan Originator at Sharpe Mortgage (link)
The Wave LGBTQ Friendly Condos in St. Pete,
Business Consultant · Advertising Agency · Marketing Consultant
Rainbow411 4601 34th St South, Suite 220, St. Pete
SPECIAL EVENTS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: Click on the pix below for details OR the links under the PERFORMING ARTS, MUSEUMS or ATTRACTIONS SECTIONS.