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Two members of the LGBTQ+ community pose together at a Pride event in South Florida.

In recent years, South Florida has seen a remarkable surge in Pride events, with celebrations becoming more vibrant and inclusive than ever before. What sets these events apart is the intersectional nature of them, being hosted by Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC) entrepreneurs and creatives, marking a significant shift towards inclusivity within the LGBTQ+ community. 

LGBTQ+ individuals from BIPOC communities face unique challenges, including discrimination and marginalization. This acknowledgement of the complex and overlapping identities within the LGBTQ+ community is especially significant considering Florida’s recent challenges with LGBTQ+ rights under the DeSantis administration.  The creation of inclusive spaces that embrace diversity is essential for fostering unity and solidarity within the LGBTQ+ movement, and makes the celebratory aspects of these events even stronger. At the heart of Pride celebrations in South Florida is the recognition of intersectionality. 


Intersectional Pride Events in South FL

Noche de Arte PRIDE: Mariantonia Gutierrez – Every Monday of June

Hosted at the InterContinental Miami, this series of events are a celebration of creativity, community, BIPOC representation, and LGBTQ+ pride. As the June 2024 Artist in Residence, Mariantonia Gutierrez showcases their captivating multimedia artwork, inviting guests to explore the depths of the human experience through vibrant colors and abstract forms. 

“Through my art, I strive to unravel the realms within us, weaving a captivating tapestry of abstract forms and vibrant colors that mirrors the complexities of life. My work serves as an intimate invitation to contemplate our place in the cosmos and embrace the transformative power of art as a reflection of life’s boundless beauty and potential,” says Gutierrez. 

This event is a unique opportunity to engage with local LGBTQ+ artists and celebrate the diversity of Miami’s art scene. Don’t miss out on this inspiring celebration of art and pride!

The Stonewall Pride Parade and Festival was a vibrant celebration of LGBTQ+ pride and resilience. Hosted in Wilton Manors, Florida, the event commemorates the Stonewall Riots of 1969, a pivotal moment in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Jameer Baptiste, Event Director of Hotspots Happening Out, a multimedia non-profit, describes the event as “ part a celebration of all of the trials and tribulations that our communities have overcome over the years, added with advocacy for the equality that we continue to fight for.” 

In addition to the general event programming, the Stonewall Pride Parade & Festival featured a Black Excellence Stage and Women’s Stage, and hosted a myriad ofBIPOC- and LGBTQ+-owned businesses as vendors to cater to the intersectional nature of our community. With a diverse lineup of entertainment — including live music, drag performances, and community vendors — the festival offered a space for unity, solidarity, and visibility within the LGBTQ+ community and our allies. Attendees enjoyed a day filled with joy, empowerment, and commemoration of the progress made towards equality, while also acknowledging the ongoing work needed to achieve full LGBTQ+ rights.


Community Impact and Engagement

Pride events in South Florida have had a profoundly positive impact on BIPOC-owned businesses, creatives, and nonprofits, as well as the local communities. These events serve as platforms for promoting diversity, inclusion, and social activism through collaborative efforts.

“I really appreciate collaboARTive. It is a nonprofit that helps artists like me. It is really hard to be an artist these days. Galleries charge a lot to display and promote your pieces, but those prices aren’t accessible to everyone. When I was offered the opportunity to do the June residency, I was really excited,” says Gutierrez. 

Pride events in South Florida provide invaluable opportunities for networking, cultural exchange, and dialogue among LGBTQ+ and BIPOC individuals, fostering a sense of unity and empowerment.


Challenges and Opportunities

Despite the many benefits of Pride events, BIPOC entrepreneurs, creatives, and nonprofits may face challenges in hosting them, including financial constraints and logistical barriers. Strategies for fostering greater collaboration and support within the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities are essential for overcoming these challenges and maximizing the impact of Pride events. Looking ahead, there is tremendous potential for continued growth and innovation in inclusive Pride celebrations, paving the way for a more inclusive and equitable future.


As Pride events continue to thrive with BIPOC-owned businesses, creatives, and nonprofits in South Florida, it’s crucial to recognize their significance in promoting diversity and social change. By supporting and amplifying diverse voices and initiatives within the LGBTQ+ community, we can work towards a more inclusive and equitable future for all members of the community. Together, we can celebrate diversity, foster unity, and create a more vibrant and resilient society.


This story is part of the Digital Equity Local Voices Fellowship lab through News is Out. The lab initiative is made possible with support from Comcast NBCUniversal.






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Victoria F Vega
Victoria F. Vega is a grassroots communicator and a mission-driven public relations professional. She is a proud Latina, born and raised in Miami, FL. Due to her passion for education, Victoria earned her Bachelor of Science in Communications & Rhetorical Studies with a minor in Political Science from Syracuse University. Shortly after, she earned her Master of Arts in Strategic Communication with a focus in Digital Strategy from American University. Victoria's communications, public relations and marketing work spans across social justice. She has worked with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Autism Society of America and more!