In January 1977, Miami made history when it passed its gay rights ordinance, banning discrimination based on sexual preference. However, this victory was short-lived for the gay rights community as the ordinance was repealed in June and would not be reinstated until 1998.
Since then, there have been more victories. Gay adoption, gay marriage and domestic-partner benefits have all been extended to same-sex couples. Signaling a marked attitude change, Miami as a result is a more-welcoming city to LGBTQ locals and visitors alike.
But whereas other metropolitan areas are known for having "gayborhoods," (travel north to Wilton Manors near Fort Lauderdale to find that), the gay scene in Miami is not as well-defined. Today, LGBTQ travelers will find many gay-friendly areas and activities to explore within straight establishments.
Renowned for nightlife, beaches and Latin culture, it is no surprise that Miami continues to draw thousands of revelers and remains a major stop on the pink party circuit (White Party, Winter Party Festival, Gay Pride). Of course, South Beach, the epicenter of the hottest gay scene, is where to join in on the festivities and raucous good times.
Here are some of the best gay bars and clubs, gay beaches and romantic spots to enjoy while solo traveling, with a partner or just with friends, throughout Miami and Miami Beach.