This year's GaYBOR Days touted as success
YBOR CITY -
Officially recognized by the Hillsborough County Commission for the first time, this year's GaYbor Days events continue Sunday in Ybor City.
GaYBOR Days, a weekend packed with shows and events to promote gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses in Tampa, is hosted every year by the GaYBOR Coalition. The coalition is made up of almost 300 businesses throughout the Tampa Bay area, said Carrie West, the group's president.
The weekend is meant to promote the Ybor City area, showcase businesses and show that Tampa is a good destination for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.
“We're doing very good,” West said of the coalition, which formed in 2007.
Festivities began Friday with a film festival at Muvico Centro Ybor, and continues today and Sunday with stage shows, parties and shopping. A scavenger hunt featuring the Roosters of Ybor community art project will continue through June 10.
In its sixth year, GaYBOR Days earned a unanimous proclamation of praise last week from the Hillsborough County Commission, which drew national attention in past years for refusing to support gay-themed events.
The proclamation notes the GaYBOR Coalition “serves as a strong economic engine in our community” and the GaYbor district ranks as a top destination in the GLBT travel industry.
“That is just a remarkable thing,” West said. “I can't believe that happened.”
He also said the group received letters of support from some of the area's chambers of commerce and from President Obama.
“This is a really promising point in Tampa,” West said.