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Author name: Rachel Covello

Rachel Covello is an award-winning speaker, writer, diversity consultant, and LGBT advocate. She was the Founder of LGBT Equality Alliance, a Chester County, PA nonprofit organization. She is currently the Publisher of OutCoast.com and Producer of the OutCoast TV YouTube Channel, both of which highlight LGBTQ welcoming destinations in Florida.

LaPlaya Beach Resort

My Solo Gaycation at LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort in Naples

I’ve been to Naples, Florida several times. And I’ve written reviews of the region and stayed in numerous hotels. I’ve highlighted the amazing things the Visitor’s Bureau and Naples Pride are doing to make Naples more welcoming to LGBTQ+ travelers. But I had yet to stay at the LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort, until COVID […]

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Covid-19 Wedding

COVID-19 Ruins Wedding Plans for Two Furloughed Florida Brides, And Yet They Persisted

Brittany Yates popped the question to Jenna Lack on May 25, 2019 at The Sunken Gardens in St Petersburg, Florida. Without batting an eye, she said, “YES!” Immediately, the two planned their dream wedding. They opted for a destination wedding to Colorado Springs where they would exchange vows at The Garden of the Gods surrounded

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How to Add a Home Office to a Cozy Bungalow or Small Apartment

Photos by Bernie Littlefield with Bel Portraits Florida bungalows are known for their cozy layouts. Sometimes too cozy. And when isolated at home with pets, a partner or spouse, and possibly kids, grandkids, parents or in-laws, the walls might feel like they’re closing in. More and more people are being asked to work from home. As

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Poppy Champlin

Global Comedian Poppy Champlin Dishes with OUTCOAST About Tampa Improv Show

From Showtime’s’ Pride the Gay and Lesbian Comedy Slam, Poppy Champlin has been knocking ‘em out with the funny for 25 years. She has appeared on Comedy Central, A&E, HBO, Oprah and was crowned America’s Funniest Woman on the Joan Rivers Show. On December 8, Champlin brings her rip-roaringly funny Queer Queens of Qomedy tour

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spa

Harmony Eco Spa Provides Relaxation and Rejuvenation in St Petersburg

You don’t have to travel far in St Petersburg, FL to find relaxation. After all, we are surrounded by sun, water, beaches and breezy palm trees. But if you’re looking for added respite or a beauty-enhancing experience, then head to Harmony Eco Spa at the Hollander Hotel for best-in-class services. Owned by Jennifer Andrews, a

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Maritana Grille

Food Review: Tantalize Your Taste Buds at the Don Cesar’s Maritana Grille

Looking for a When Harry Met Sally Food experience in the St Petersburg region? Then look no further than the Don Cesar’s Maritana Grille. Not only is the dimly-lit, aquarium-filled restaurant a romantic escape from reality, but the food is beyond moan- worthy. Sit back, relax and feast your eyes on this food review featuring

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Sloppy Joe's on the Beach

Sloppy Joe’s on the Beach Serves Up Superior Surf on Treasure Island

The Florida Gulf Coast beaches region is filled with restaurants claiming to have the best grouper, fish tacos, and fish spread. As a prior Maryland resident and seafood snob married to the owner of the highly-regarded Maximo Seafood Shack, I now realize that there are three types of fish foodies in St Petersburg: locals who

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Sheppy Law

This LGBTQ Injury Attorney in Tampa Bay is a Bar Above the Rest

In Tampa Bay, you can’t drive a mile without seeing a billboard plastered with the faces of St. Petersburg and Tampa injury attorneys. In 2015, the Tampa Bay Times reported that “Tampa Bay leads the nation in number of lawyer ads on TV,” followed closely by Orlando. According to a 2018 report by the American Bar Association, Florida

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Survey

LGBTQ Institute and Georgia State University Release Landmark Survey Revealing Southern LGBTQ Experience

Survey Data Fills Research Gap: Transgender People and Communities of Color Face Higher Rates of Discrimination, Harassment, and Exclusion ATLANTA — November 13, 2018 — The LGBTQ Institute at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and Georgia State University released findings from its landmark study detailing the life experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual,

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Christie Lenée

Christie Lenée Homecoming at the Straz

International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion and Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Christie Lenée arrives at the Straz Center Jaeb Theater on Sunday, November 18th.  The Tampa native returns after two years of international touring, extraordinary achievements and powerful media coverage. Christie’s last appearance at the Straz was an album release show for STAY, her full-length studio album that

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Rachel Saylor

Ally Partner Profile: Rachel Saylor, Amerifirst Home Mortgage

When Rachel Saylor, the Sales Team Manager for AmeriFirst Home Mortgage, was asked to show her support as an LGBTQ ally by partnering with OUTCOAST, she jumped at the opportunity. Saylor has already made herself known as a supporter through her work with several LGBTQ couples and individuals, collaboration with LGBTQ realtors, and as a

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