An Official Statement from St Pete Pride's Board of Directors

February 28, 2023

In the wake of the current political climate in Florida, it's critical that we acknowledge, embrace, and forefront the deep diversity within our community. Despite Pride being born from a riot spearheaded by Black and Brown trans women, we have watched those very communities become increasingly excluded from the visual narrative of Pride celebrations. With violence against the trans community on the rise, it is imperative that Pride recommit to creating safe and equitable spaces that lift every person represented by the Pride flag!

In our twenty years of existence, St Pete Pride has worked hard to be inclusive, our umbrella ever more expansive. But we also recognize our shortcomings in that pursuit. Moving forward, we will refocus our efforts to bring more voices to the table, reimagining how we celebrate pride, and truly honoring the rich diversity that makes our community great.

As a result, and in response to requests from within our community, the annual Miss St Pete Pride pageant has been reimagined. In celebration of our city’s rich diversity, St Pete Pride is proud to introduce the Mx St Pete Pride Pageant. The 2023 Mx St Pete Pride Pageant will take place on April 30, 2023, and will be open to all contestants, regardless of gender.

St Pete Pride is excited to celebrate the incredible talent of our local LGBTQ2SIA+ community, and we look forward to honoring their artistry and beauty. We look forward to you joining us!