Miami Welcomes LGBTQ Visitors

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By Liz Cepeda

Miami and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) are longtime supporters of LGBTQ communities helping grow Miami into the world-class, gay-friendly destination that it is today.

“Miami, and especially Miami Beach, have long been recognized by the international LGBTQ community as a welcoming and inclusive destination to live, work and play,” says Richard Murry, founder and president of The Murry Agency, a Miami Beach-based public relations firm with a niche specialty in the LGBTQ market. “For residents and businesses in Miami, we’ve proactively established human rights ordinances, domestic partnership registries and inclusive vendor hiring policies.”

“By carving out a significant budget for advertising and PR targeting the gay market, the GMCVB has led the way,” adds Murry. “Other cities are now catching on, but the cities of Miami and Miami Beach have long been pioneers in recognizing the importance of the LGBTQ community.”

Miami and Miami Beach have always appreciated the LGBTQ community. Miami Beach has even just been listed as a 2017 Top Municipality for LGBTQ Equality on the LGBTQ Task Force equality index. The GMCVB has also always appreciated the LGBTQ community and has been leading the charge in promoting Miami, with George Neary at the helm. As the GMCVB’s Cultural Tourism Director for outreach to the gay community, Neary led the first LGBTQ press trip back in 1997.

To further contribute to Miami’s LGBTQ community, Miami has supported longstanding local equality seeking institutions such as Save Dade, the National LGBTQ Task Force and Pridelines Youth Services. Miami is also home to South Florida’s oldest and largest HIV/AIDS service organization, Care Resource, which has provided HIV/AIDS research, prevention, care and treatment services to individuals in Miami for more than 30 years.

And the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) also contributes to the LGBTQ visitor’s community in many ways. The GMCVB works closely with the LGBT Visitor Center in South Beach to do just that.

Opened in 2010, the center is the only one of its kind in the country. It’s operated and funded by the MDGLCC Foundation, Inc., the non-profit arm of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC). Designed to specifically meet an LGBTQ traveler’s needs, the visitor center is a one-stop destination for information, publications and weekly community events. The MDGLCC also offers a unique Pink Flamingo Certification for Miami businesses that guarantee a welcoming space for LGBTQ travelers.

Miami also rolls out the pink carpet each April with the Miami Beach Gay Pride. This annual – and extraordinary - two-day festival is loved by locals and visitors alike. The event features a “Beach Party” and “Festival & Parade” with more than 125 LGBT-friendly vendors and businesses, celebrities, performances, food, beverages and a family-friendly play area. Miami Beach Gay Pride has grown into the largest, two-day event of the year in Miami Beach since it started in 2009.

Miami hosts many other world renowned gay events such as the Gay8 Festival in February, Winter Party in March, OUTshine Film Festival in April, Aqua Girl in May, Sizzle Miami in May, Out In The Tropics in July, Celebrate Orgullo in October and White Party Week in November.

Miami is one of the most sought-after vacation spots in the world and will always welcome LGBTQ visitors to come stay, dine and play in the Magic City. They won’t be disappointed.

Insider Tip: A resource for inspiration, check out GoGayMiami.com, a website featuring a great community calendar listing all events happening in the area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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