Since 1994, LGBT History Month has been observed during the month of October in the United States, however, since the turn of the century, June has been widely considered LGBT Pride Month not only in South Florida but across America. On two separate occasions, U.S. presidents have deemed the sixth month of the year the most opportune time to celebrate equality rights. Former President Bill Clinton was the very first to declare June of 2000 “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month.” Nine years later, sitting Commander in Chief, Barack Obama, echoed Clinton’s sentiments and acknowledged June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. In 2012, Broward County joined Los Angeles as the only two school districts in the United States to celebrate LGBT History Month. Thus, South Florida is home to some of the best LGBT Pride events in the country and June 2015 is no exception.

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The Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic Kick-Off Celebration
Island House Key West
1129 Fleming St.
Key West, FL 33040
(305) 294-6284
www.islandhousekeywest.com

Date: June 10, 2015 at 5 p.m.

There’s no better way to kick off Key West Pride 2015 than by attending what has become a yearly tradition at The Island House. This is an all-welcome event, which means that it’s one of the few times this location opens its doors to women. This event is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with an entrance fee of $20. Attendees can see 14 of the best bartenders compete in the annual Cocktail Challenge. The fun doesn’t end there as the party kicks off after the crowning of the top mixologist of Key West Pride 2015. With special celebrity appearances and giveaways, there’s simply not a better way to get what is sure to be an eventful week for the LGBT community of Key West.

(Source: keywestpride.org)


Key West Pride 2015 Street Fair
Key West Business Guild
513 Truman Ave.
Key West, FL 33040
(305) 294-4603
www.keywestpride.org

Date: June 13, 2015 at 10 a.m.

This one-day street fair will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., between the 700 and 900 blocks of Duval St. in beautiful Key West. Continuing the LGBT Pride 2015 festivities, street vendors from all over the world will showcase their unique products, which includes arts, jewelry and other goodies exclusive to the area. This outdoor street fair is a great way to get out and enjoy some fun in the sun, Key West style. Attendees will not only be able to enjoy all the restaurants and bars that make Duval St. unique, but perhaps even find a exceptional gift for that special someone.

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The Sapphire Gala
1 Hotel & Homes South Beach
2341 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-4440
www.gaybizmiami.com

Date: June 13, 2015 at 6 p.m.

Organized by the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the 14th edition of “The Sapphire Gala” is one of the most distinguished LGBT Pride events in South Florida. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to register early, as this event is expected to sell out quickly. Individual tickets go for $200 each, while 10-person tables are available for $2,000. Admission includes a silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by a grand buffet at 7:30 p.m., the awards presentation at 9 p.m., and, finally, attendees can dance the night away starting at 10 p.m. This Annual Gala Awards Celebration aims to honor businesses and individual entities who through the years have supported the LGBT community in Miami-Dade County. To register please click here or visit the website above for more information.

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Key West Pride Parade 2015
Key West Business Guild
513 Truman Ave.
Key West, FL 33040
(305) 294-4603
www.keywestpride.org

Date: June 14, 2015 at 5 p.m.

There’s no doubt that picturesque Key West is the place to celebrate LGBT Pride Month 2015 in South Florida. This eventful week culminates with the “Key West Pride 2015 Parade” on Sunday. It’s scheduled to take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and it extends “from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean on Duval St.” Be sure and check out the events section of the Key West Pride website for more information and to ensure the best Key West Pride experience of 2015.

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Stonewall Pride In Wilton Manors
The Pride Center at Equality Park
2040 North Dixie Highway
Wilton Manors, FL 33305
(954) 463-9005
www.pridecenterflorida.org

Date: June 19, 2015, at dusk and June 20, 2015, all day

Formerly known as Stonewall Summer Pride, the Stonewall Street Festival and Parade in Wilton Manors is one of the most popular LGBT Pride events of 2015 in South Florida. This year, the city of Ft. Lauderdale in Broward County is gearing up for yet another great turnout during this two-day celebration. It all commences with the twilight parade on Friday beginning at dusk, followed by the street festival all day Saturday. Those who live in the area need to be aware of the fact that Wilton Dr. will be shutdown from Five Points to N.E. 20 St. throughout the festivities.

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