While this article shows the history of St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker's history with the local gay community, I don't know that I feel the St. Pete City Council is completely in the wrong here. I think that what Ms. Herendeen is saying, it's not that Pride can't put up the banners, it's just that they have to meet some criteria that ALL banners have to meet. I see no problem with having the word PRIDE put on the banners...I mean, isn't that the point?
And I'm sure that while it may not be EXACTLY what the folks at pride want aesthetically, I'm sure there can be SOME sort of happy middle ground between the two groups.
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