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Author name: Fay Stevenson

Originally from Baltimore, Fay started her career as an elementary school Language Arts teacher. Five years later, Fay joined Johnson & Johnson where she enjoyed a 31-year career in pharmaceutical sales. After a move to Florida following her retirement, Fay joined the OutCoast team to bring the first Florida OutCoast Convention (FLOCC) to the Tampa Bay Area. Fay is living her best life in St Petersburg. In her spare time, Fay is an amateur singer/songwriter and avid sports fan.

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History of Key West Pride

Pride in Paradise: Key West’s LGBTQ+ History and Culture

Key West, Florida, is synonymous with a laid-back, island lifestyle that’s second only to its amazing sunsets. However, it’s the island’s LGBTQ+ history and culture that truly define its character. Known as a welcoming refuge where individuality is celebrated, Key West lights the way for diversity and acceptance. In this article, the colorful history and …

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Safe traveling with jewelry

Your Essential Guide to Traveling with Jewelry: Safety, Security, and Style

Traveling can be both exciting and rewarding, but it also requires meticulous planning, especially when it comes to carrying valuables such as jewelry. Whether it’s a weekend getaway, a luxury cruise, or a backpacking adventure, the jewelry you choose to bring can enhance your travel wardrobe and make you feel at home anywhere in the …

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Miami LGBTQ+ Owned Restaurants

Savor Miami: A Guide to LGBTQ+ Owned Restaurants

Miami, Florida is a melting pot of cultures, and it shows not just in its neighborhoods but also through its dining scene. Known for its blend of global flavors and culinary experiences, it’s also a celebration of community and inclusivity due, in large part, to the LGBTQ+ owned restaurants you find there. From leisurely cafes …

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Mari Jean Hotel & The Wet Spot

Discover the Gay, Adults-Only Mari Jean Hotel in St Petersburg’s Grand Central District

Standing proudly as the crown jewel of the Grand Central District, a.k.a. “the gayborhood” in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Mari Jean Hotel whispers a story of the past while providing a modern refuge for gay adults. Built in 1926, the Mari Jean carries a legacy of hospitality that echoes the charm of a bygone era. …

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From Coast to Keepsake: A Guide to Florida-Inspired Jewelry

From the sunny beaches to its cityscapes, Florida is a muse for a unique genre of artistry—jewelry. The allure of Florida-inspired jewelry lies in its ability to intertwine natural beauty with cultural narratives. Each piece tells a story, whether it’s reflecting the peaceful blues of the Atlantic, the lush greens of the Everglades, or the …

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Clothing-optional Key West

Explore Clothing-Optional Key West: Bars, Boats & Boutique Hotels

Key West, Florida is where the dress code is anything from floral shirts and flip-flops to, well, absolutely nothing at all. That’s right! In this sun-soaked slice of paradise, you can sip your margarita at a bar, sail the azure waves, or lounge by the pool in your boutique hotel, all in the buff. It’s …

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Male Clothing-Optional Guesthouses in Fort Lauderdale

Discover Clothing-Optional Hotels & Guesthouses For Men in Fort Lauderdale

Whoever said you don’t have to take your clothes off to have a good time has certainly never stayed at one of Fort Lauderdale’s clothing-optional hotels or guesthouses for men, proving that sometimes, to really let loose, you might just have to shed a few layers. Where the dress code is anywhere from “Fancy Flip-Flops” …

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Pensacola Beach

Ultimate Guide to LGBTQ+ Memorial Weekend On Pensacola Beach

Memorial Weekend in the U.S. signals the start of summer. In Pensacola, this weekend is celebrated with the biggest gay beach party on the Florida Panhandle.  The LGBTQ+ Memorial Weekend on Pensacola Beach is a Thursday through Monday event that turns the eastern end of the beach into a “city of tents,” with kites flying …

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LGBTQ+ friendly B&Bs, Inns & Guesthouses in Miami

Plan Your Perfect Miami Getaway: LGBTQ+ friendly B&Bs, Inns & Guesthouses

Miami, Florida is where the sun shines brighter, and the hospitality is sweeter than a glass of fresh-squeezed Florida orange juice! Get ready to sashay your way into some of the most fabulous LGBTQ+ friendly boutique hotels and B&Bs south of the Mason Dixon Line. Whether it’s a romantic getaway with your partner, a wild …

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Clearwater Florida LGBTQ+ Travel Guide

LGBTQ+ Friendly Travel Guide to Clearwater, FL

You might only know Clearwater, FL for its infamous “spring breakers” beach, but this LGBTQ+ friendly city in Tampa Bay sits right on the water, has a walkable downtown, great restaurants, waterfront parks, and an eclectic arts scene. With more than 2.5 miles of white-sand beaches and crystal-clear water, (yes that’s how it got its …

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Water Activities in Downtown Tampa

Exciting Water Activities & Adventures in Downtown Tampa

In downtown Tampa, you can almost hear the water calling you to come out and play with activities that are nothing but fun under the sun. You can paddle down the Hillsborough River, with the city’s skyline as your backdrop, making it the perfect setting for a kayaking or paddleboarding adventure. Want a bit more …

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Find Out Which WNBA Teams Host Pride Nights

Find Out Which WNBA Teams Host Pride Nights

In the world of professional sports, few leagues are as dedicated to the principles of equality and inclusivity as the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). Among the initiatives the league has spearheaded, WNBA Pride Nights, which started in 2001, are a powerful statement to its unwavering commitment to the LGBTQ+ community. Over the years, the …

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Where to view manatees in Crystal River, FL

Prime Locations for Manatee Encounters in Crystal River, FL

Crystal River, Florida is the manatee capital of the world! Its natural springs keep the water at a constant, warm temperature, making it a favorite hangout for manatees, especially during the winter months when water temperatures drop below 68 degrees. It’s one of the few places in the United States, and the only one in …

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Back Bar at Aqua Key West, FL

Nightlife Guide: Best LGBTQ+ Bars and Clubs in Key West

The Island of Key West may be small in size compared to other Florida cities, but when it comes to its LGBTQ+ nightlife, it certainly is mighty! Here, gay bars and clubs aren’t just places to grab a drink, they’re where stories are told and connections are made. It’s the perfect mix of entertainment, acceptance, …

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Top Michelin Restaurants in Tampa

Indulge in Culinary Excellence at Premier Michelin Restaurants in Tampa

In the world of fine dining, the Michelin Guide is like the fairy godmother of restaurants, sprinkling stars and making culinary dreams come true. Here’s how it works. A group of undercover dining wizards, known as Michelin inspectors, embark on secret missions to eat at restaurants across the globe. They aren’t just eating for fun, …

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Natural Lakes in West Volusia

Must-Visit Natural Springs & Lakes In West Volusia, FL

Sitting between Orlando and Daytona Beach are 14 communities that make up West Volusia, Florida. Unlike anywhere else in the country, West Volusia is known for its natural springs and lakes, where clear waters and beautiful landscapes are a refreshing break from every day life. While great for swimming, kayaking, and enjoying nature, they’re also …

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MLB LGBTQ+ Pride Night

MLB Celebrates LGBTQ+ Inclusivity With Their Annual Pride Nights

As America’s pastime, baseball has a special way of bringing people together. This is never more evident than when the Major League Baseball (MLB) calendar turns to June. Along with the rest of the country celebrating Pride, MLB joins in by hosting the LGBTQ+ community, its allies, and advocates for their annual Pride Nights. From …

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Gay Bars in St. Petersburg, FL

The Best Gay Bars In and Around St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, Florida is a rather slow-paced city with a fast-growing LGBTQ+ population. Its gay bars are a nice mix of high-energy clubs and no-frills lounges. Stretching along Central Avenue between 16th and 31st streets, is the Grand Central District, a.k.a. the “gayborhood.” It’s here you find most of the gay and gay-friendly bars in …

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The Queer Trans Project

The Queer Trans Project: A Jacksonville-Based LGBTQ+ Organization Committed to Empowerment

Championing the cause of gender affirmation and societal change, the Jacksonville-based LBGTQ+ organization, The Queer Trans Project (QTP), shines its light of hope and empowerment on and within the LGBTQ+ community. An initiative of compassion and advocacy, it works to break down the barriers faced by queer and trans individuals through innovative programs and services. …

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NHL Pride Nights

The NHL Celebrates LGBTQ+ Inclusivity With Annual Pride Nights

In the world of professional sports, inclusivity has emerged as a fundamental value. The National Hockey League (NHL) exemplifies this belief through its annual Pride Nights, dedicated to honoring LGBTQ+ inclusivity within the hockey community. These events are celebrations of diversity and acceptance. So, let’s take a closer look at NHL Pride Nights as we …

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Why are Lesbians Flocking to St. Pete, FL

Why Lesbians are Flocking to St. Petersburg, FL

Is St. Petersburg, Florida, known to the locals as “St. Pete” or “the Burg,” becoming one of the “four corners” of the U.S. for lesbians? It certainly looks that way. So, the question begs to be asked, “Why are lesbians flocking to St. Petersburg?” To get the skinny from those “in the know,” OutCoast reached …

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