Little Haiti's Queer Scene

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Out in Little Haiti

Out in Little Haiti

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Just minutes from the glittering Biscayne Bay is Little Haiti, a Miami community best known for its Caribbean roots, colorful personality and art-centric locals. Home to countless indie galleries, eclectic bars, beautiful street murals and Afro-Caribbean cultural sites, Little Haiti offers a global experience unlike anything else in the city.

As one of Miami’s hip up and coming districts, Little Haiti also proudly hosts a flourishing queer scene, one that’s garnering attention from both locals and visitors alike. Creative, diverse and welcoming, the neighborhood’s growing queer community is proudly taking Miami’s LGBTQ scene by storm.

Can’t-Miss Queer Events and Venues in Miami’s Little Haiti

Whether you’re new to the scene or already immersed in South Florida’s queer community, there are a handful of Little Haiti queer venues and events that you absolutely need to add to your must-do list.

“Dollhouse Presents…” at Churchill Pub

Every Tuesday at Little Haiti’s Churchill Pub, the queer community takes over and delivers an evening of incredible entertainment during the “Dollhouse Presents…” performances. The pub has been a fixture of Miami nightlife since the late 1970s, hosting an impressively diverse assortment of artists and events over the years. With the weekly “Dollhouse Presents…” shows, Churchill Pub opens its doors to the most talented local and national queer musicians and performers.

Usually, the event kicks off at 9 p.m. and runs until the early morning hours, offering the perfect mid-week party. You can generally count on a drag show as a featured element of the night, along with an always-changing list of guest performers. Past guests for “Dollhouse Presents…” have included names such as Sugar Candy Mountain, Kibi James, Gatecreeper and Spirit & the Cosmic Heart.

Queer Improv: YAAAS Improv at Villain Theater

YAAAS Improv proudly describes itself as Miami’s one and only LGBTQ improv troupe, and the community response has been nothing short of monumental. When the Villain Theater opened in October of 2017, it was flooded with both guests and talented improv artists. It was clear that Little Haiti had been waiting for a queer theater. YAAAS Improv is one of Villain Theater’s most popular house troupes, joining a performance lineup that includes a monthly drag-improv midnight brunch.

With shows usually taking place every Friday, YAAAS Improv welcomes guests to participate in a delightful comedic experience that celebrates Miami’s best queer talents. Every performance is completely unique, so you can easily attend every Friday without ever getting bored of the fun – might we suggest making it a new weekly tradition?

Simply Good Miami

When Max Pierre founded Simply Good Miami in 2018, his vision was to create a welcoming venue where Miami’s most talented individuals could reach and exceed their goals. This one-of-a-kind space is part incubator, part pop-up shop space for an impressive variety of aspiring new stars in the arts, retail, food and beverage – so there’s always something interesting going on here. Simply Good Miami is just outside of Little Haiti, but it nevertheless captures the vibrant spirit and passionate creativity of the neighborhood’s flourishing queer community.

Depending on when you visit Simply Good Miami, you might see anything from gallery shows or special events to pop-up culinary offerings from Miami’s best new chefs. At the heart of this innovative space is the belief that fitness and nutrition can play a vital role in a person’s health and happiness, as well as transform the world around us for the better. Through thoughtful brand development and marketing, founder Max Pierre aims to make this belief truly come to life in Miami. In addition to joining the community for the various events at Simply Good Miami, you can also reserve the space for private events, photoshoots and many other uses.

Swetboxx

Although Swetboxx is technically just outside of Little Haiti in the nearby community of Wynwood, it’s still a top favorite of the Little Haiti queer community. Hosted by Red Bull Music, the warehouse rave-style event is a must for music lovers searching for a next-level experience. Over the course of 12 hours, a multitude of talented queer performers and artists take the stage, transforming the usual nightclub concept into something completely new. At the heart of Swetboxx is the belief that inclusion and individuality are infinitely valuable, and the event itself celebrates everything that makes the Miami queer community so unique.

In past years, Swetboxx has featured stars of the queer scene such as Mykki Blanco, Queen Latina, Miss Toto, DJ Haram, Adam R and so many more, as well as notable DJs from all over the world. It’s an energetic, nonstop party and the first event of its kind in both Miami and the U.S.

Discover the Best of Queer Miami

As the LGBTQ scene in Miami continues to grow and expand, so does the list of events, venues and organizations created for the purpose of celebrating the queer community. Often referred to fondly as “America’s Gay Riviera,” Miami has long been known for its vibrant and flourishing queer community, with a fun-loving attitude that’s both sophisticated and refreshingly laidback. In Little Haiti and beyond, the queer scene is blossoming at an exciting rate – and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

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