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If you start at Enigma, just off the corner of Central Avenue and 11th Street in Florida’s St. Petersburg — with its spotlights casting a two-story rainbow on a Spanish-style stucco façade — and head west about a half-a-mile, you’ll hit Cocktail. Then it’s Mixer’s at Old Key West a block further. The Garage, Punky’s and Lucky Star Lounge follow in near rapid succession. Head a few Blocks up and there’s Our Bar.
With legislation like the “Don’t Say Gay” bill and last year’s transgender girls sports ban, the Sunshine State has a shadowy reputation for how it treats the LGBTQ community. Yet in a one square-mile radius of one city in Florida, you’ll find about just as many gay bars as you will in the entire state of Connecticut.