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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.

Carla Royal

Carla Royal Explores the Art of Perspectives Through Coaching

As a certified Integral Master Coach™, photographer, artist, and 15 years as a licensed psychotherapist, Carla Royal has spent decades learning to see from different perspectives. “I struggled for many years with alcohol, anxiety, depression, and an unhappiness I couldn’t quite shake even when things were going well,” says Royal. Learning to see from new perspectives transformed […]

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Project No Labels

Project No Labels Introduces Social Membership Discount Program

The non-stop, hard-working Project No Labels team has exciting news to share! As of last week, the 501(c)3 organization is now offering a social membership discount program for supporters. In exchange for a $4.99 monthly pledge, members will receive exclusive privileges and discounts from area restaurants and businesses in addition to a $10 discount on

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Project No Labels

Project No Labels Donates over 500 Sandwiches to Area Shelters

On Sunday afternoon, the Project No Labels team gathered together in the Beacon House community room to make deli sandwiches for area shelters, including the Beacon House and Hannah’s Homeless. With more than 30 people in attendance, 539 sandwiches were made in under 30 minutes time. According to The Beacon House website, this 501(c)3 human services organization

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Cindy Heidel

OUTCOAST Artist Profile: Cindy Heidel – Artist, Comedian, Warrior

Gulfport multi-media artist and comedian Cindy Heidel invited OUTCOAST into her home and artist sanctuary to discuss her life-long struggles with Scoliosis, alcoholism, sexuality, and how she’s survived it all through art and laughter. Born in Baltimore, MD and raised Catholic, along with two sisters, Cindy Heidel never fully felt like she belonged. “I felt

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TransPride March

St. Pete Pride Parade Makes History with First Ever TransPride March

Updated 7/4/17 It’s been a long time coming, but for the first time in history, a transgender pride march kicked off the St. Pete Pride parade. Nathan Bruemmer, who joined the St. Pete Pride organization in February as the only transgender board member, was the brainchild behind the TransPride March. St. Pete Pride Executive Director

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Adam Scott Rote

OUTCOAST Artist Profile: Adam Scott Rote’s Sci-Fi Show at Ocean Blue Galleries

Visionary American Realist Painter Adam Scott Rote sat down with OUTCOAST to discuss his upbringing, Hollywood rise to fame, relationships, and latest exhibit at the Ocean Blue Galleries in St. Petersburg, titled Classic Sci-Fi Tribute Show Act 1#. An adopted child of the 60’s, Rote grew up in Cleveland, Ohio with two loving parents, now

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Keith Haring

Keith Haring: Radiant Child – An Evening of Art, Entertainment, and Musings

Imagine a one-hour intimate, interactive, and inspiring one-man show with subtle humor, lessons in both art and LGBT-history, and a glimpse into the life of a progressive gay artist who embraced his HIV/AIDS diagnosis with love and opportunity to touch the lives of many. That’s what you experienced if you attended Jeff Norton’s Keith Haring: Radiant

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Christye Ozog

Berkshire Hathaway’s Christye Ozog Steps Out to Support LGBT Community

She hasn’t been selling homes in the St. Petersburg region as long as area veterans, but Berkshire Hathaway realtor Christye Ozog is making an impact, especially within her LGBT community. Ozog recently sponsored and supported the SWIM White Party fundraiser, which raised funds for Girls Rock St. Pete, a “volunteer-based summer day-camp that uses music

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March for Equality

Dozens Join the March for Equality Along Central Ave in St. Petersburg

Tens of thousands of people around the country participated in the March for Equality on Sunday afternoon, June 11th, with the largest group of marchers taking to the streets in Washington, D.C. “The march aimed to bring together and affirm members of LGBTQ communities and their allies to highlight discrimination and call for expanding LGBTQ

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Alt Womyn Events

OUTCOAST Leader: Anna Leverenz, Founder of Alt Womyn Events

On any given week in the St. Petersburg area, several social groups bring women together for evening activity, connectedness, and celebration. This week, OUTCOAST sat down with Anna Leverenz, Founder and President of a popular Facebook social organization, Alt Womyn Events. Anna shared with us why she came to warm and sunny St. Petersburg after

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