Pride Month heats up across the country in earnest come June, but in the 305, we celebrate Pride in Miami Beach every April. Of course, Miami’s LGBTQ+ locals take every opportunity to live loud and proud all year, with a climate that allows you to wear basically whatever you want, whenever you want.
Beyond being a warm weather hotspot, South Florida has a long and storied history as a tropical haven for the queer community. That history has led to Miami’s status today as an undiscovered gem for LGBTQ+ folks. Whether you’re looking for drag, dancing, Mr. Right, or Miss. Right Now -- you know you’re in the right place.
"What makes Miami’s queer life so great is that it’s very mixed and diverse," says local drag queen and Wigwood festival creator Queef Latina. "We don’t feel the need to be exclusive and, instead, try to be as inclusive as possible."
Miami Beach still retains its crown as the epicenter of gay nightlife in South Florida, but a number of neighborhoods -- like Wilton Manors to the north and Wynwood arts district -- have started giving South Beach a run for its money. Whatever you’re in search of, you’re guaranteed to find it somewhere in the Magic City.
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