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Gay & Lesbian Travellers

Florida is not uniformly anything, and it's not uniformly embracing of gay life. The state is largely tolerant, particularly in major tourist destinations, beaches and cities, but this tolerance does not always extend into the more rural and Southern areas of northern Florida. However, where Florida does embrace gay life, it does so with a big flamboyant bear hug. Miami and South Beach are as 'out' as it's possible to be, with some massive gay festivals. Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Key West have long supported vibrant gay communities and are now regarded as some of the 'gayest' destinations in the world. Despite the tragedy of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting, Orlando retains a vibrant, active and strong gay community. Notable gay scenes and communities also exist in Jacksonville, Pensacola, and, to far lesser degrees, Tampa and Sarasota.

Good LGBT resources:

Damron (https://damron.com) An expert in LGBT travel offering a searchable database of LGBT-friendly and specific travel listings. Publishes popular national guidebooks, including Women’s Traveller, Men’s Travel Guide and Damron Accommodations.

Gay Cities (www.gaycities.com) Everything gay about every major city in the US and beyond.

Gay Yellow Network (www.glyp.com) City-based yellow-page listings include six Florida cities.

Out Traveler (www.outtraveler.com) Travel magazine specializing in gay travel.

Purple Roofs (www.purpleroofs.com) Lists queer accommodations, travel agencies and tours worldwide.