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Florida: LGBT Welcome Center opens in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — The brightly-painted craftsman bungalow at 2227 Central Avenue next to the Metro Wellness thrift shop is meant to be a warm, inviting place for LGBT visitors, residents and youths.

Here LGBT teens can find a safe weekend hangout and tourists can get acquainted with a city already well-known for its massive gay pride parade.

St. Petersburg recently earned a perfect score on LGBT social issues from the Human Rights Campaign for granting same-sex partner benefits and prohibiting gender identity discrimination, so the new welcome center appears a good fit for a community that already has embraced a spirit of inclusiveness.

Collaborating with tourism agencies such as Visit Florida and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, the center also will continue to bolster the Tampa Bay area’s reputation as a gay-friendly vacation destination.

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