St. Petersburg is vying to be gay tourism capital of Florida

Move over Fort Lauderdale. St. Petersburg is on a mission to become Florida’s gay tourism capital.

Monthly reports and surveys by Visit St. Petersburg-Clearwater show the Sunshine City could already be on its way: 4.1 percent of respondents in the May 2018 profile identified as LGBTQ, meaning lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer/questioning. That may seem like a small percentage, but it equals roughly 18,000 visitors.

The [Metro LGBTQ+] Welcome Center now has a retail boutique that features local gay artists and businesses.

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