Miami Beach Pride has been postponed until September as the area recovers from COVID-19. However, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community for Pride Month. Considering donating to non-profits, patronizing community-owned businesses, or enjoy gay-friendly nightlife and dining options.
Miami LGBTQIA+ Non-Profits
In the wake of the Anita Bryant "Save The Children Campaign," LGBTQIA+ youth formed Pridelines, a non-profit with a mission to support, empower, and educate South Florida's LGBTQIA+ community in safe yet diverse spaces. These spaces promote communication and wellness while fostering social change. It assists those in need focusing on marginalized and underserved communities. It's also actively building recovery services and support groups for those struggling with addiction. Pridelines offers free and confidential HIV/STI testing as well as other wellness services. The LGBTQIA+ lending library is full of books with community-specific content or by LGBTQIA+ authors. The art gallery showcases emerging artists that identify as gay, lesbian, and trans. It's a full-service and all-encompassing community center that is worth a donation.
SAVE envisions a world where the LGBTQIA+ community has reached complete equality in all facets of life. Through political advocacy, candidate endorsement, and community outreach, it seeks to end discrimination and make southern Florida a place for LGBTQIA+ people to live full, happy lives without the shadows of bigotry and intolerance. It's south Florida's longest-serving organization dedicated to LGBTQIA+ causes, and it endorses and supports candidates that share SAVE's vision. Current efforts include ending conversion therapy, gender designations on official IDs, and tracking bills that adversely affect LGBTQIA+ persons. Membership, donations, and volunteers would be greatly appreciated during Pride Month and beyond.
Supporting LGBTQIA+ Hospitality and Culture
My Gay Tours
Sightsee while supporting a gay-owned business. My Gay Tours offers personalized tours all over South Florida, from Miami Beach all the way down to Key West. The Gay and Lesbian Walking Tour introduces tourists to the contributions of the LGBTQIA+ community throughout Miami Beach and takes guests past some of the most popular LGBTQIA+ hot spots. Foodies should opt for the Rainbow Club Tour. This tour meets at a Miami bar or restaurant and then takes guests on a progressive dining experience throughout the city. Get the VIP treatment, incredible food, and half-priced drinks with the purchase of your ticket. Indulge in even more sumptuous food on the Sobe Guided Art Deco and Food Walking Tour. You'll burn your fair share of calories on this two-and-a-half-hour tour, and that's great considering you'll want to sample all of the Columbian, Argentinian, and Cuban food along the way. For even more Pride Month fun, request a tour guided by a drag queen.
R House Drag Brunch
There are tons of places to enjoy drag brunch in Miami, but R House Drag Brunch might be the most famous. Shows take place on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. hosted by Athena Dion (Miss Ultimate Miami Drag Queen). Since these performances are so popular, reservations are highly recommended. Tickets are $50 plus tax and gratuity. Each ticket includes the fabulous show, bottomless mimosas, mojitos, white sangria, soft drinks, and a family-style meal. The brunch menu includes chimichurri cheeseburger sliders, cayenne fried chicken, Cuban breakfast croissants, cinnamon French toast with tropical fruit, quinoa salad, and rice and beans. It's an over-the-top good time for all.
Rosie's Bar & Grill
Rosie's Bar & Grill is a Wilton Manors institution. The whole neighborhood is famously LGBTQIA+-friendly, and this joint is popping every day. The brightly colored, open-air space has quirky decor and plays fun music to keep the party going. The menu is full of punny names and cheeky jokes, but the food is no laughing matter; it is excellent. Start with Rosie's own Leaning Tower, the "Pisa Envy." It's layer upon layer of shrimp, black bean and corn salsa, and avocado with a fresh, lime BBQ sauce. It's served with tortilla chips for tower demolition and scooping. For the main course, try a "Rachel Rye" burger. The prime beef patty is piled high with pastrami, swiss, coleslaw, and thousand island dressing on rye. The fish tacos, house Philly cheesesteak, and BLT are also hot ticket menu items. Add a "Wing Man" (Rosie's version of a side dish) to complete the meal.
Hôtel Gaythering caters exclusively to gay guests looking for a great time in Miami. Amenities include complimentary beach gear, pet-friendly rooms, daily breakfast, nightly entertainment, and a clothing-optional men-only sauna. The real star of the hotel is the on-site gay bar. There's a daily happy hour from 5-7 p.m. and themed nights throughout the week. Mondays feature karaoke, trivia is on Wednesday, and Thursday is bingo night. The craft cocktails and beer are served at prices you'd find at your local neighborhood haunt, and well drinks are half-priced on Tuesday nights. It's centrally located and close to 12th Street Beach and Haulover Beach, the Bass Museum of Art, and the historic Ocean Drive.