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DeLand Pride Love Wins

DeLand Pride: An In-Depth Look at Its History, Events, and Community Initiatives

“Being a voice for the voiceless by fostering belonging, serving the community, advancing equality, and empowering youth” is how DeLand Pride articulates its mission. As one of the most active LGBTQ+ non-profits in Central Florida, the organization’s dedication to their mission is evident in their history, events and community initiatives. Under the non-profit umbrella of …

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Annual Pride Events in Greater Fort Lauderdale

Discover The Top Annual LGBTQ+ Pride Events In Greater Fort Lauderdale

Greater Fort Lauderdale is a “hotbed” for the LGBTQ+ community especially when it comes to hosting pride events. With everything from parades to drag shows to street festivals, and even a few “on-the-water” events, these celebrations are a testament to the queer community’s belief that love is love and all are welcome here. So grab …

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Fort Lauderdale Anthem

Fort Lauderdale’s Anthem “Laudy Dayo” Debuts at the Rose Bowl Parade

The golden shores of Fort Lauderdale are alive with a new anthem that echoes the city’s spirited essence. Renowned Emmy®-nominated artist, Alexander Star, has collaborated with Visit Lauderdale to unveil the Greater Fort Lauderdale Anthem, “Laudy Dayo” at the 2024 Rose Bowl Parade. Released for digital download, this musical masterpiece is a celebration of the …

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Best LGBTQ+ Miami Events in Spring

The Best Events in Miami During “Rainbow Spring”

Miami Beach is the ultimate destination for travelers during its “Rainbow Spring” season. Along with its naturally diverse atmosphere and vibes all year round, Miami Beach amplifies its LGBTQ welcome even louder and prouder from March through June.  From the well-known Winter Party Festival to Miami Pride and SweetHeat Miami’s women-grade pool parties, you won’t …

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Transgender Day of Remembrance: Florida Lives Lost to Violence

Transgender Day of Remembrance and Visibility is a time to come together to pause, reflect, and honor the memory of transgender gender non-conforming lives taken due to transphobia and anti-trans violence. Tragically, Florida is ground zero for the murders of transgender people in the country, particularly of black transgender women. Below we have listed the …

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Meet Heather Stotts: Tampa LGBTQ Realtor, Owner of The Hustle & Heart Group with Re/MAX Collective

Heather Stotts is Team Lead over one of the fastest growing real estate firms in the Tampa Bay Region. Originally with Century 21, and then more recently with Keller Williams, Heather and her Hustle & Heart Group recently partnered with RE/MAX Collective Group in Florida. Heather’s office is based in Seminole, Florida but her territory …

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Miami Beach Pride Overview

The Miami Beach Pride Event Lineup

Every April, Miami Beach Pride fills the city with tourists, party-goers, and allies alike. This Pride festival celebrates the diversity of the LGBTQ community through music, good vibes, and excellent food and drinks. From drag shows and beach parties to Pride Masses for our more spiritual brothers and sisters, there’s plenty to see and do …

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LGBTQ Pride Month in Pensacola

LGBTQ Pride Month In Pensacola: Where To Go And What To Do

Pensacola Pride starts in May, with the last weekend of the month kicking things off with a beach party for the LGBTQ community. Read on to learn more about Pensacola Pride, plus where you can go and what you can do to celebrate Pride month. The LGBTQ Community In Pensacola While LGBTQ people have lived …

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Naples Pride Overview

All About Naples Pride | LGBTQ History and Events

Since its first Pride festival in 2017 at Cambier Park, Naples Pride has become one of the most anticipated events in the area. What was once the humble Pride with Purpose Festival is now a volunteer-run organization, complete with a center for resources, healthcare, events, and education. If you’re visiting Naples and want to celebrate …

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Anthony Leitz

OutCoast Spotlight: Get to Know Anthony Leitz, Psychic Medium

Growing up in Central Illinois, “in the middle of nowhere,” Anthony Leitz, a psychic medium, always knew that he was different, even from an early age. But he didn’t understand that he had psychic abilities until he was about 13 years old, after his maternal grandmother died.  “I have chills thinking about this today,” he …

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Comedian-Natasha-Samreny

Meet Natasha Samreny: Tampa Bay Comedian & Storyteller

Stories have always come naturally to comedian Natasha Samreny, who had a penchant for telling a tale – both on the page and on the stage – even as a child. Growing up, the self-described “multicultural military brat” was initially drawn to writing. “As much as you can be a writer, as a kid, I guess …

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Sheba the Queen of the Night

Meet Sheba Queen of the Night: Tampa Bay Burlesque Performer and Producer

Hailing from the San Francisco Bay area with traditional theater roots, Sheba Queen of the Night is a well known burlesque performer, producer, model, and sex coach in the Tampa Bay area.  In college, she studied dramatic arts and technology, learning theater and television production. And it was her work with various productions of “The …

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History & Events to Celebrate Tampa Pride

Tampa Pride History and Events

Last year, Tampa Pride drew many back to the streets of Ybor City as it hosted the first post-COVID national pride event. After a year of isolation, the Tampa Pride Parade and Festival made a comeback with a mix of performances, floats, numerous eclectic vendors, and various organizations – all united in celebration of the …

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Pride Cape Coral

Cape Coral Pride: Spreading Acceptance in a Fast-Growing City

When people think of LGBTQ living in Florida, they often think of cities like Orlando, Miami, and Tampa. Areas like Fort Myers and Cape Coral don’t have a large LGBTQ community or a reputation for being very accepting. But times are changing, and Cape Coral is beginning to have more to offer to the gay …

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Janis Mill

The Story Behind Jan Mills’ Book: Coming Out – It Only Took 50 Years

It’s tough enough living a double life – something many in the LGBTQ+ community can unfortunately relate to – but what about living a triple life? It sounds hard to believe, but that’s exactly what author Janis (Jan)E. Mills endured for much of her life. In her memoir, “Coming Out – It Only Took 50 …

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Alter Ego Nevaeh King Jay Miah

Florida Singer Turned Drag Queen Recaps His Alter Ego Experience

With his vocals and stage presence, masked by a 3D drag queen avatar, Jay Miah stunned audiences in 2021 as Navaeh King on Alter Ego. OutCoast had a chance to catch up with the Florida super star for a recap on his experience and plans for the future. Who is Jay Miah? With a powerhouse, …

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Mel Posner

Get To Know Mel Posner From Tampa Baes

Long before she joined the cast of “Tampa Baes,” an unscripted reality series about a lesbian friend group in the Tampa Bay area released by Prime Video earlier this month, Mel Posner was already making a name for herself as part of the region’s vibrant arts scene. Not only has she built a brand for …

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Giving Tuesday LGBTQ Nonprofits

Which Florida LGBTQ Nonprofit Organizations to Support This Giving Tuesday

With all of the Giving Tuesday requests coming in this season, your inbox is probably overflowing with donation solicitations. Although we all want to give as much as we can to support worthy causes, as usual during the holidays, budgets are tight and funds limited. Deciding which organization to support might the biggest challenge of …

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Florida LGBT Nonprofit Organizations That Are Making a Difference

While the world is slowly becoming a more inclusive place to live, LGBTQ+ individuals still face a diverse set of challenges due to their sexualities or gender identities – and Florida is no exception. Thankfully, whether you’re in Tampa or Miami, the Sunshine State has tons of LGBT organizations willing to lend a helping hand.  …

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LGBTQ Florida Insurance Agent Gives Back to Riverview Youth

The insurance industry is all about helping people, and LGBTQ Florida insurance agent Ashley Fox is taking that sentiment beyond her business with community support. After seeing a need in the Riverview community for school supplies, Ashley decided to give back by donating school supplies to families in need. Her efforts helped more than 100 …

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Gulfport Pride Charity Vibrator Race

Gulfport Pride Charity Vibrator Race Celebrates Happy Ending Following Theft

Gulfport, Florida is known for quirk. This LGBTQ-friendly epicenter of St Petersburg, with its motto “If it’s too weird for Gulfport it’s too weird,” is famous for hosting quirky events and queer people. Gulfport is home to a pink goat that struts around town during Valentine’s Day, an annual Gecko Fest Celebration, a Fairy Festival, …

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Sylas Dean Hyperpop Music Artist

Hyperpop Music Artist Debut: Who Is Sylas Dean?

2021 feels like the beginning of the hyperpop music uprise. A music trend that feels more nostalgic than new to some. Teetering between the lines of exaggerated traditional pop, the hyperpop genre combines feelings of electronic dance music with camp and glam. With niche artists like that of Slayyyter or Dorian Electra now cutting through to mainstream success on …

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Jaime Filer Florida

Top LGBTQ Instagram Influencer in Tampa Has Over 100K Followers, Shares Story of Perseverance

Meet Jaime Filer, owner of Jaime Filer Fitness and a favorite Florida LGBTQ Top Instagram influencer with over 103K followers! A transplant from Toronto, Ontario, Jaime moved to Tampa with her wife. Jaime caught our #Instaeyes due to her extremely fit physique (those abs are killer), relatability, and open LGBTQ relationship. She has been a …

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Tampa Bay Singer Jennifer Real

Jennifer Real Releases New Single on Valentine’s Day

Things are about to get Real with the upcoming release of the song “Touch.” On Valentine’s Day, Tampa Bay singer Jennifer Real releases her second single. It follows her release of “Give It All,” which had over 100,000 streams on Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon. Loaded with emotion and meaning, Real’s latest song is a reminder …

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LGBTQ Memorabilia Designer Honors Defunct Florida Gay Bars

Most Florida cities have at least one gay bar everyone knows about. Even in some of the more conservative, small cities, there’s usually one designated gay bar. But what about LGBTQ bars of the past? Not every gay bar thrived through decades of hardship. Many defunct Florida LGBTQ bars played an essential role in LGBTQ …

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