33 fabulous reasons to say ‘GAY’ on your next trip to Florida

Celebrations at Miami Beach Pride.

Florida officially passed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill into law, prohibiting teachers from talking about homosexuality or gender identity in primary school and beyond. The law’s vague language makes it unclear what is and isn’t legal, putting LGBTQ+ kids at risk. Supporters of the new law argue they want to have the right to control their children’s education. But if kids don’t feel safe at home, restricting these important conversations in school could shield them from lifesaving resources. 

No matter how much hateful legislation Florida officials try to pass, queer hubs around Florida will continue to flourish. While the government tries to silence our voices, in response, gay-owned businesses, residents, and even the towns themselves are fighting back.

We’ve come up with 33 reasons you should proudly say “GAY” in Florida. Highlighting queer-loving cities along the coast, see why this state is home to some of the country’s greatest LGBTQ+ communities and destinations. 

West Palm Beach 

The more lively neighbor to Palm Beach’s sophisticated ocean-side neighborhoods, West Palm Beach is one of the Florida hubs where you’ll find a thriving queer community. Check out Lake Worth Beach, a welcoming area with lots to do, and the location of Palm Beach Pride. 

1. Palm Beach Pride 

 

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After a two-year Covid-induced hiatus, Palm Beach Pride was back in Lake Worth Beach’s Bryant Park last weekend. Thousands of people attended the event which also included a parade and performances by celebrity guests and local talent.

2. International Gay Polo Tournament 

 

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Every year, the Palm Beach Gay Polo League hosts this highly anticipated tournament. Five days of tailgating that gets as competitive as the game, with spectators decking out their space to create their own theme party, each trying to top the last. This year’s event is coming up fast, starting April 6, 2022.

3. The Mad Hatter

 

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Taking on the night at this popular, laid-back gay bar in Lake Worth is always a good idea.

4. Pride in the streets

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Inclusive art initiatives in Delray and Boynton Beach are taking the rainbow crosswalk to a whole new level with pride intersections rendering the progress flag. And it’s not just here, you can find creative ways to represent all the colors of the flag at traffic stops in cities in The Palm Beaches. Perfect for a photo op #gay. 

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