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05/01/2021 | Episode 15 | 21:09

Just Getting Started: Looking forward to Pride Fest 2021

Just Getting Started: Looking forward to Pride Fest 2021

Dr. Tomalin's guests are Board President and acting Executive Director of St. Pete Pride Nathan Bruemmer, and Jim Nixon, LGBTQ Liaison for the mayor's office. After skipping Pride Fest in 2020 because of the pandemic, this year's celebration will last for the entire month of June.

Key Insights

  • Attendance at the 2019 Pride Fest was estimated at 265,000 persons - it is the largest such event in the South, and one of the largest in the country.
  • The traditional parade has been canceled; 2021 Pride events are divided into four themed weeks: Outdoor Experience; We Are Family; Culture with a 'Q'; and Taste of Pride Fest.
  • Tampa General Hospital is the official Health & Safety partner for Pride Fest 2021 - the 19th annual event.
  • St. Pete is in its seventh year having a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's municipal index.
  • In 2014, Metro Inclusive Health opened the third LGBTQ Welcome Center in the United States
  • In addition to the official Pride events, many Pride partners and local businesses are hosting related events of their own during the month.
  • One dollar from each $5 event ticket will be donated to a local nonprofit related to one of the four themes.

Dr. Tomalin’s guests are Board President and acting Executive Director of St. Pete Pride Nathan Bruemmer, and Jim Nixon, LGBTQ Liaison for the mayor’s office. After skipping Pride Fest in 2020 because of the pandemic, this year’s celebration will last for the entire month of June.

What we have to do is spread out over space and time, and have a number of events with limited attendance. That's the general approach."

This year, Pride Fest is really about uplifting the best of St. Pete Pride, which is St. Pete. So we're here to focus on our local business owners."

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About the host

Dr. Kanika Tomalin is a thought leader, policy-maker, community ambassador, and health advocate.

As the first African-American, female Deputy Mayor and City Administrator of one of Florida’s largest cities, Dr. Kanika Tomalin is a role model for women from all walks of life and an advocate for innovative policies, equitable community revitalization, healthy families, at-risk youth and education.

Her signature initiative, Healthy St. Pete, which launched in 2014, has made community health a priority and impacts the lives of thousands of Sunshine City residents. By creating access to healthy food options, implementing free fitness zones in city parks and adding resources for individuals and families to make healthy living easier – Dr. Tomalin has made a tangible difference.

Dr. Tomalin’s understanding of the critical role health plays as a determinant of overall quality of life was shaped prior to her career in the public sector. She quickly climbed the ranks in the healthcare industry, most recently serving as the regional vice president of External Affairs for the Bayfront Health Network and director of Strategy for Health Management Associates’ 23-hospital Florida Group.


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