St. Pete Pride is using its annual pride parade and festival as a platform to challenge Amendment 2, the so-called "Marriage Protection" Amendment.
With over 80,000 people expected to attend, this will be the largest statewide protest of Amendment 2 thus far and is also the first time parade organizers will make an overt political statement during an event that celebrates LGBT pride and unity.
The parade's grand marshal this year is a woman who was denied access to her dying partner because the couple's relationship was not recognized by Miami hospital officials. Pride officials will also wear T-shirts that read "Say No to Amendment 2."
David Schauer, co-chairman of St. Pete Pride, said:
It's a natural progression. It is time we actually got a little more proactive and reactive.
I am so happy to see our community using pride to rally against Amendment 2. Too often we go to Pride events to simply dance or party. We forget that one of the best ways we can show Pride is to come together for a common cause, like defeating this bigoted amendment.
I hope other Pride celebrations around the country learn from the example set by St Pete and use their events as a way to motivate our community to do the right thing politically.
For more information on how to defeat Amendment 2, visit www.SayNo2.com