The sunshine state is one of the most popular travel destinations for LGBT worldwide.
The decision of the United States Supreme Court in 2015 to declare same-sex marriages legal, as well as the countless LGBT events throughout the year, have given the community a real boost to travel to Florida.
Fort Lauderdale in southeastern Florida has the highest proportion of same-sex couples in the US and Sebastian Beach is one of the hotspots among lesbians and gays. On the third Saturday of every month the Wilton Manor Art Expo takes place north of Fort Lauderdale. Galleries, boutiques and restaurants exhibit the works of local artists from 6 to 9 pm. An absolute must for LGBT vacationers is to join the Stonewall Pride Wilton Manors in June. Up to 30,000 visitors a year cheer for the participants of the parade along Wilton Drive, enjoy delicacies and live performances.
Sarasota celebrates Harvey Milk
Visitors to the Harvey Milk Festival in May, one of the largest festivals on the west coast of Florida, enjoy a colourful mix of music, live art and theatre. The festival takes place in honour of Harvey Milk, who was one of the first homosexual Americans to be elected into political office. The non-profit, 3-day festival attracts LGBT fans and curious visitors to Sarasota County.
Gay Polo in Wellington
Back to the East Coast: The International Gay Polo Week is held by the International Polo Club Palm Beach in the heart of Wellington, the world capital of winter polo, every April. Participants and visitors alike enjoy the tournament which is accompanied by various events.
Totally crazy: fantasy festival in Key West
The annual fantasy festival in the very south of Florida is certaily a lot crazier. The Key West Headdress Ball is the first event for gays and lesbians exclusively. Your creativity can go into overdrive here for the charity’s motto for the Business Guild is all about unusual headdress. It is made and presented by the participants themselves. The bigger, the more colourful and outrageous the headgear looks, the better.
More information about the sunshine state can be found on Visit Florida’s website at www.visitflorida.com