Pride events are held all around the country this month as well as the world.  Thankfully, people have become more open to the fact that there are gay people everywhere and they will not be silenced or hidden anymore.  They have rights just like the rest of us and they deserve to celebrate and be happy!  While the pride events are meant to be a celebration, they also serve another purpose.  They are held to educate people and raise awareness of what LGBTQ+ people are going through.  In many areas of America (Florida and Texas) and the rest of the world, discrimination exists toward anyone that does not conform to the “norm” that society views.  Who are they to say what is “norm” and why do they have to punish people for being themselves and being happy?  We all need to get along and accept people for who they are, as they are.  People in politics are afraid of what they do not know or understand which is why they are going after anyone that is LGBTQ+.  The Florida Governor is trying to make it a felony to take your child to a drag show and your parental rights will be terminated!  What is the harm of taking YOUR kid to a drag show?  There is no nudity and nothing bad will happen to YOUR kid at the show.  It is just like taking your child to see a Disney show on ice or a matinee movie to see Jurassic World: Dominion.  They are shows!  It is entertainment!  We need to take action to make sure mothers and fathers do not lose their children over this.  Our Governor needs to stop taking away our freedoms and worry about things that actually harm the citizens of Florida, like guns!

If you are in the South Florida area this month there will be events for you to enjoy for Gay Pride.  There is the Stonewall Pride Parade and Street Festival that will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2022.  The street fair runs from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  The Twilight Parade will start at 7:00 p.m.  This is Florida’s oldest Pride Parade.  Everyone is welcome to this event.  This festival and parade usually have around 35,000 people in attendance.  This event is also great for the area since the revenue for all local businesses goes up significantly.  Stonewall Pride has been held to celebrate the Stonewall Riots and the start of the LGBTQ+ movement and how it has impacted the community in the city of Wilton Manors.  This event will be located at 2300 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305.  You can get tickets, either general admission or a variety of VIP choices, here.  Prices range from $7.00 to $200.00.  No matter what your budget is, there is a package for everyone so you can enjoy all of the festivals.  There will be live music, drag shows that everyone can enjoy, and numerous vendors for you to shop with.  You will not want to miss out on this event this year.

Another event that is going on tonight is the Wynwood Pride Music Festival.  This event is located at The RC Cola Plant which is located at 550 NW 24th Street, Miami, Florida 33127.  This event will have live music and vendors for you to enjoy and shop with.  You will definitely want a souvenir if you go to this music festival.  Performers you can expect to see performing tonight are Alejo, Alexxinchainss, Aural. Fixationz, Christopher Foor, DJ Zehno, Lil Plastic, Lisa Frank, Magenta, Mami Issues, Mel 4Ever, Miguel Clark, Mike Trotter, Miscalculated, Miss Michigan, Musicat, Noa Kirel Noel Leon, Nova X Crystal, Opal Am Rah, Opulenceeeee, P_A_T, Patent Pending, Persephone Von Lips, Prism, Regina Cocoa Lords, Robyn Sin Love, Saturnsarii, Sensitive  Black Hottie, Sin Silva, Tory Stiletto, Trinity Beat, Ultrathem and Viola Putx.  You can find the specific schedule of events for the day here.  To get tickets for this event, click here.  Hurry up and buy one for tonight before they are completely sold out.  They are going fast and you do not want to miss out on this epic show.

Everyone is welcome to any of the events that are being held during Gay Pride month in Florida.  No one will be denied entry to any event based on sexual preferences.  So, make sure you dress comfortably, pack a go-bag and get celebrating.  Celebrate with everyone.  Have fun but be careful.  There are people in the area that are not as accepting of LGBTQ+ people as others are.  Keep an eye out for anything that is out of place.  Remember that everyone is equal no matter who they love.  Everyone has the same rights no matter who they love.  Remember what you are celebrating and why you are celebrating it.  Happy Gay Pride month everyone.  Now go get your flags and fly them proudly.  Show your support!