When it comes to premier gay destinations in the USA, Key West stands out as a front-runner. Renowned for its vibrant LGBTQ community and the embracing 'One Human Family' philosophy, it's no wonder that Key West Gay Pride is a lively and popular event. While every day in Key West feels like a pride celebration, the annual pride festivities elevate the spirit to new heights. The 'One Human Family' motto, coined by Art Director JT Thompson in 2000, encapsulates the inclusive attitude of Key West locals, ensuring that Key West Gay Pride is nothing short of fabulous.

A Rich History of Acceptance

Long before the advent of modern pride celebrations, Key West was an internationally known and open destination, attracting famous authors like Tennessee Williams and Ernest Hemingway in the 1930s and 40s. The LGBTQ spirit of Key West has always shone brightly. In the 1980s, Key West made history by electing North America's first openly gay mayor. Today, the island continues its legacy of inclusivity with a gay police chief and numerous gay or lesbian elected and appointed officials, reinforcing its open and accepting atmosphere.

A Week of Festivities: Key West Pride

Key West Pride, typically held in June, is a small but powerful event that spans a week of vibrant activities. Visitors can expect dance parties, drag shows, bike tours, water excursions, street fairs, pool parties, and, of course, the main parade. The Miss Pride and Ms. Pride competitions are also standout highlights. This week-long celebration features diverse entertainment options, catering to a wide range of interests and demographics.

Join the Celebration

Why not make this year the one you join the locals and celebrate pride on this tropical island in Florida? Key West Pride offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a welcoming and lively community. Whether you're a local or a visitor, the event promises unforgettable experiences and a chance to celebrate love, diversity, and acceptance in one of the most beautiful settings in the USA.


Key West Pride is more than just an event; it embodies the spirit of acceptance, community, and celebration. With its rich history, inclusive philosophy, and week-long festivities, Key West Pride is a must-visit for anyone looking to experience the heart and soul of the LGBTQ community. Mark your calendars and get ready to join the celebration on this idyllic tropical island!

Juana Dantiacq Ricci