This past Saturday - area business people and leadership came together under the direction of several key players from the Tampa Bay Business Guild (TBBG) to organize under the support and contribution of the St Pete Times, the 1st Annual Tampa Winter Pridefest! It was a HUGE success at making a presence known in our community that tolerance and respect in essential in this day and age in order to make it a better place for us all. After the County Commission rule against a LEGITIMATE academic display of books penned by PROMINENT GAY AND LESIBAN Authors from being displayed in ANY PUBLIC HILLSBOURGH COUNTY LIBRARIES during the annual June Pride month, many people in the community felt abandoned by local government officials! The same ones we pay our taxes to so they can have the illustrious annual salaries and pompous public offices. Instead of cowering in a corner, TBBG quickly organized and circled the wagons to make the 1st Annual Tampa Winter Pridefest happen... and as a major financial underwriter of said event, as both a business owner and a gay man myself I say quite gratefully thank you to both the TBBG and the St Pete Times (and the many-many others who bled to make this weekend a great success) THANK YOU!