Greater Fort Lauderdale is home to one of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) communities and is one of the most diverse and welcoming destinations in the world. Home to hundreds of LGBT+-owned and operated businesses, including hotels, bars, clubs, restaurants, and attractions, there’s sure to be an entertaining or thought-provoking LGBT+ event taking place while you’re here.
One of the events that makes Greater Fort Lauderdale so attractive to both the LGBT+ community and supporters alike, is Pride Fort Lauderdale. The annual festival takes place at Fort Lauderdale beach and features a parade, world-renowned entertainers, local and national exhibitors, and a loaded food court. Recent Pride Fort Lauderdale festivities have included a History of Pride exhibition, a Sober Zone, and Senior Chill Zone for elders of the community.
Join us every year for the Stonewall Pride’s exclusive kick-off extravaganza featuring celebrity entertainers, show stopping musical performances and over the top theatrical and interactive artistic experiences. The street festival is an 8-hour spectacle featuring 3 stages of live music, dazzling performances and DJs, with vendors and organizations of all kinds offering special pride deals and free giveaways. The legendary Stonewall Pride Parade is the main event, a colorful spectacle not to be missed. Also, not to be missed is the Floatarama. So come out; celebrate love, acceptance, equality and inclusivity.
Just as celebratory is the yearly FlockFest, being held at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park this year instead of Sebastian Beach to allow for more parking, full bathrooms and more space. This event invokes, promotes, and celebrates LGBT+ culture. FlockFest is an invitation to grab your best sunglasses and bring your decorated winged floatie for a day of sun and fun on one of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s most beautiful gold sand beaches.
When the sun sets, Greater Fort Lauderdale’s OUTshine Film Festival in Fort Lauderdale maintains the region’s commitment to LGBT+ issues. World premiere film screenings make the festival a can’t-miss and annual presentations include filmmaker discussions and actor talk-backs that encourage a sense of community and provide a lens on the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience. Be sure to plan your visit around an opportunity to view the best in contemporary cinema.
As the nation’s most diverse and welcoming region, Greater Fort Lauderdale excels in presenting programming that welcomes the LGBT+ community. Cultural attractions and an abundance of LGBT+ operated businesses and hotels ensure you have a wealth of event choices, from nightly karaoke and drag show events to food and music festivals.
Nowhere is the commitment to LGBT+ rights more apparent than in Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Stonewall National Museum and Archives in Fort Lauderdale, dedicated to LGBT+ history, civil rights, and arts and culture. The Museum is a nationally-prominent monument to LGBT+ rights and history that every visitor to Greater Fort Lauderdale should endeavor to experience. Check out their calendar of events to see upcoming exhibits, galas, and fundraisers.
Please also visit and support the Pride Center at Equality Park, an inclusive home that celebrates, nurtures, and empowers the LGBT+ communities and its friends and neighbors in South Florida. The Pride Center recognizes the changing nature of the LGBT+ community in South Florida, and offers programming and an events calendar that reflects the ever-growing and dynamic LGBT+ needs of Greater Fort Lauderdale.