Rachel Covello, President & CEO

Rachel Stevenson is an award-winning entreprenuer, speaker, author, diversity consultant, photographer, and LGBT non-profit leader.

In 2017, she left her beloved nonprofit in Pennsylvania and moved to Florida where she created OUTCOAST.com.

Rachel is also an avid event photographer, and has captured photos for LGBTQ organizations around the world (IGLTA, NGLCC, NLGJA, and Out & Equal).

Rachel lives with her wife, Margaret, along with a puppy, bunny, and chicken. Together, Rachel and Margaret enjoy boating, gardening, trying new local restaurants, and living the dream! “Work hard, play harder” is Rachel’s motto.

Allison Brannen

Allison Brannen, Administrative Coordinator

Allison Brannen has worked in various administrative rolls for over 20 years. With added skills in marketing, client services, event planning, IT, and office operations, her job description is often “whatever no one else does”. She is very knowledgeable in all things internet related. She even created one of the earliest official websites for a celebrity.

Having grown up with an out and proud brother and many LGBTQ+ friends, Allison has always been a vocal ally for the LGBT community and for HIV/AIDS awareness and education. She volunteered for Chester County, PA’s first county-wide LGBT non-profit and was the committee chair for their annual gala.

Allison lives in Phoenixville, PA, with her daughter and several very spoiled rescue animals. In her free time, Allison enjoys computer games, dining out, and taking her pups to the dog park.

Robin Gow, Social Media Manager & Contributor

Robin Gow is an English major at Ursinus College with minors in Spanish, Creative Writing and Gender and Women’s Studies.

He run’s the college’s LGBTQ+ resource center and serves on the Gender and Sexuality Alliance board. He runs his own poetry blog and also works as the Editor of the Lantern literary magazine.

He is an out and proud bisexual transman.

Maggie Romigh

Maggie Romigh, Freelance Writer

Maggie Romigh is a resident of St. Petersburg, Florida and is the CEO of OutWrite LLC, which offers consulting services in writing, editing, and proofreading. Maggie has published works that include poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and scholarly essays. She has been teaching university writing courses for seventeen years, and its currently teaching at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Maggie can be reached by email at maggieromigh@gmail.com or at mromigh@mail.usf.edu, or you can visit her website at maggieromigh.com.

Paul Brinkmann

Paul Brinkmann, Contributor

Paul Brinkmann is an experienced journalist who has covered business, environment and community news in Florida for over ten years. He’s broken major stories about fraud, new companies moving to Florida and development around Orlando’s theme parks. He also covered community response to the Pulse nightclub shooting and appeared on several national news outlets in the aftermath of the shooting. He’s originally from St. Louis, Missouri.

Aaron Drake

Aaron Drake, Freelance Writer

Aaron Drake contributes to a variety of publications, including Creative Loafing, Watermark, Amtrak, The Advocate and South Florida Gay News, and is former editor of Gaycation Magazine and Frontiers Magazine in Los Angeles.

He currently lives in St. Pete with his playful German Shepherd Delilah.

Carlos Bardalez, Freelance Writer

C. A. Bardalez was born in Peru, raised in Miami and studied English at the University of South Florida in Sarasota, where he presently resides. He is a freelance writer and performance poet, who has shared the stage with the likes of Hellen Pruitt Wallace, Poet Laureate of St. Petersburg, and Juan Felipe Herrera, former US Poet Laureate.

Bardalez is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, who came of age during the Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell era; and has since become a vocal member of local political organizations to create a space and presence for LGBT members like him. As he might mention, some words to live by: “if you’re not at the table, you’re on the table.”

Camille Barbone

Camille Barbone, Freelance Writer

Camille Barbone is an entertainment industry professional with over 20 years of experience. She has worked for major companies such as Sony and Universal, Warner Chappell and other major publishers. She has owned two state of the art recording studios, developed and managed high profile artists such as Madonna, produced major concerts and provided music for major motion pictures such as Wes Craven, Steven Spielberg Productions and Cinepix Films.

Camille coaches and consults via her company, Camille Barbone Coaching and Consulting, a business that provides guidance and structure to individuals and companies aspiring to success in the Entertainment Industry. Contact Camille at camille@camillebarbone.com

Greg Stemm

Greg Stemm, Freelance Writer

Greg is a 35 year resident of Pinellas County with the past 18 living in Gulfport.  He’s worked in festival management, economic development, meeting marketing, training and for an educational division of Apple Computer.   He had his own marketing and PR firm throughout the 1990s before becoming the Executive Director of the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce.  Today he focuses on freelance writing and as a leading social activist.

Greg is a founding board member of St. Pete Pride and prior 2005 Chairman.  He currently serves on the Gulfport Public Library’s LGBTQ Resource Center committee and on Pinellas County’s LGBTQ Marketing Group.  He is a 26-year survivor of HIV and often writes about his experiences. He is also an EPIC volunteer.

He is single, but the true love of his life is his year old Chiweenie puppy named Joy.