It’s easy to see why Florida is a draw for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender events. There’s a sense of freedom to the beaches, the warm weather and the tropical landscape — certainly a draw for people of all orientations, yes, but especially appealing to a community looking for a sense of belonging and acceptance.
“Florida is excitement, it’s sunshine, happiness, relaxation … and all really hot-looking people,” said Carrie West, president of the GaYBOR District Coalition in Tampa’s Ybor City. “It’s not just Key West and South Beach anymore. It’s all parts of Florida.”