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Gay Florida Keys – The Nomadic Boys

Gay Florida Keys - The Nomadic Boys

Gay Florida Keys - The Nomadic Boys

We’ve travelled the world extensively, and can hands down say that when it comes to stunning sunsets, the Keys of South Florida is the best place to come. There are of course many other reasons to visit the Keys: the terrific gay scene of Key West, the diving in the many coral reefs, beautiful beaches, and of course the star culinary highlight, the divine Key Lime pie! But for us, those magnificent sunsets stole the show.

The Florida Keys are a string of thousands of tropical islands stretching about 120 miles (193km) off the southern tip of Florida, between the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. The word “Keys” comes from the Spanish word “cayo”, which means ‘small island’.

The Keys begin at the southeastern coast of the Florida peninsula, about 15 miles (24 km) south of Miami. They then extend from Key Largo, all the way to Key West, which is the westernmost of the inhabited islands.

This is our gay travel guide to the Florida keys, where we set out the best gay hotels to stay, our favourite gay hangouts and top things to do.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Gay Florida Keys Travel Resources

Gay Sarasota, Florida – The Nomadic Boys

Gay Sarasota, Florida - The Nomadic Boys

Gay Sarasota, Florida - The Nomadic Boys

This is the home of Siesta Key Rum, the Siesta Key beach, the massive Ringling Circus Museum, and so much more! Sarasota is a destination that most gay travellers to Florida are likely to overlook. 

We’ll be very honest, before coming to Sarasota we knew very little about it. However, it turned out to be the hidden gem of our trip, a place we would definitely love to return to. As well as being a cultural hotspot of Florida with so many things to do, Sarasota also has a small fun gay scene worth checking out, with annual events like the “Harvey Milk Festival”and “Sarasota Pride”.

Following our trip, we’ve put together this detailed travel guide to Sarasota featuring the best gay bars, events, things to do, gay friendly hotels to stay, and more.

Gay Sarasota Neighborhood?

The Sarasota gay scene is very small with only a handful of gay hangouts spread around the city. As such, there is no official gay neighborhood in Sarasota. The focal point of the city where you may want to consider basing yourself is by the pretty Bayfront Park. It’s close to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens as well as a few queer-friendly bars like the Pangea Alchemy Lab and the Westin hotel rooftop bar.

Purple Rhino is the main gay bar of Sarasota, which is located around 10 minutes taxi ride south Bayfront Park. Even further south is the Oasis club, which is close to famous Siesta Key beach.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Sarasota Gay Travel Resources

Hoyt House Bed and Breakfast – Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast in Fernandina Beach, Florida

Hoyt House Bed and Breakfast - Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast in Fernandina Beach, Florida

Hoyt House Bed and Breakfast - Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast in Fernandina Beach, Florida

LUXE AMEILA ISLAND HOSPITALITY, COMFORT

Welcome to Amelia Island’s 1905 Hoyt House Bed and Breakfast Inn, an exclusive Ferdinanda Beach boutique hotel blending romance, elegance, comfort and fantastic service.

Come relax with us for a weekend (or a week) at our beautiful Amelia Island Inn, in the heart of Ferdinanda Beach’s Historic District. We’re close to a number of fantastic restaurants, wonderful shopping, and all kinds of antiques. Amelia Island is a great place to get away from your normal life, refresh, relax, and recharge.

Now’s the perfect time to visit Amelia Island and to stay at the 1905 Hoyt House B&B. Hoyt House is ideal for a romantic weekend getaway, an unforgettable honeymoon, or for celebrating a special occasion with your partner.

We offer elegant guest rooms and wonderful gourmet breakfasts. We’re more than just a Bed & Breakfast – we’re a unique boutique hotel on a very unique island.

See the Hoyt Houyse Bed and Breakfast Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Ferdinanda Beach Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Surprise proposal by the shore in Miami, Florida

Surprise proposal in Miami, Florida. Cre8 Hope featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

Lisana thought they were starting a regular day of work. The Miami, Florida, couple needed to shoot a sales video for their side project. It was business as usual to dress up and schedule a videographer. Little did Lisana know that Regina had planned a surprise proposal.

They started shooting their sales video at South Pointe Park, an urban park with panoramic views of the shoreline. They stood on the rock jetty with the ocean in the background. Lisana was getting a little irritated with Regina, however. Although the couple had memorized scripts for the shoot, Regina could only remember a few lines. But Regina was nervous for other reasons.

In the middle of the shoot, the videographer suggested the pair try something different. The videographer asked the couple to stand back-to-back, then began filming. Lisana turned around and… Regina was on one knee.

“I completely froze,” Lisana told Equally Wed. When she looked up, all of their friends and family were surrounding them. Of course, Lisana said yes.

A few minutes later, a rainbow appeared in the sky.

Regina had planned a luxury yacht ride after with a private chef and a saxophone player to set the mood. The couple spent the rest of the day cruising on the water. Lisana told Equally Wed: “It was the best day of my life!”

Surprise proposal in Miami, Florida. Cre8 Hope featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

Surprise proposal in Miami, Florida. Cre8 Hope featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

Surprise proposal in Miami, Florida. Cre8 Hope featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

Surprise proposal in Miami, Florida. Cre8 Hope featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

Surprise proposal in Miami, Florida. Cre8 Hope featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

Surprise proposal in Miami, Florida. Cre8 Hope featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

Surprise proposal in Miami, Florida. Cre8 Hope featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

Surprise proposal in Miami, Florida. Cre8 Hope featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

VENDORS

Videographer: Cre8 Hope
Jeweler: AJ’s Jewelry
Attire: Zara
Engagement Place: South Pointe Park, Miami, Florida

DIY Filipino-American wedding in Venice, Florida

Angelo + Sterling: DIY Filipino-American wedding in Venice, Florida. Ketogenic Photography featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ magazine

Angelo and Sterling’s DIY wedding centered around bringing their two cultures together: Filipino and American. The Venice, Florida, couple married on stage at the Venice Performing Arts Center. Their creative theme of elegance and light included peacock feathers and flowers adorning the stage, wooden altar and lanterns on the tables. Both partners wore custom-made embroidered Filipino Barong Tagalog coats designed by Heritage Barong. Sterling designed and baked the ube and green tea matcha wedding cake himself. Continuing on with the DIY theme, the two grooms created many of the decorations themselves.

The stage is where the couple first fell in love, so it was the perfect place to showcase the union of their two different cultures and spiritual traditions. The Filipino-American couple married their different upbringings in their hyphenated last name—both partners are now Jasa-Phillips.

The Florida couple says their biggest challenge was fear: they were conscious that “anything could happen for LGBTQ+ couples,” but they overwhelmingly found vendors were enthusiastic about making the day magical. “Take your time and don’t be afraid to create what you envision,” they advise other LGBTQ+ couples. “Be creative, and stick to your gut on how you envision your wedding day.”

 

Angelo + Sterling: DIY Filipino-American wedding in Venice, Florida. Ketogenic Photography featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ magazine

Angelo + Sterling: DIY Filipino-American wedding in Venice, Florida. Ketogenic Photography featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ magazine

Angelo + Sterling: DIY Filipino-American wedding in Venice, Florida. Ketogenic Photography featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ magazine

Angelo + Sterling: DIY Filipino-American wedding in Venice, Florida. Ketogenic Photography featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ magazine

Angelo + Sterling: DIY Filipino-American wedding in Venice, Florida. Ketogenic Photography featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ magazine

Angelo + Sterling: DIY Filipino-American wedding in Venice, Florida. Ketogenic Photography featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ magazine

Angelo + Sterling: DIY Filipino-American wedding in Venice, Florida. Ketogenic Photography featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ magazine

Angelo + Sterling: DIY Filipino-American wedding in Venice, Florida. Ketogenic Photography featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ magazine

Angelo + Sterling: DIY Filipino-American wedding in Venice, Florida. Ketogenic Photography featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ magazine

Angelo + Sterling: DIY Filipino-American wedding in Venice, Florida. Ketogenic Photography featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ magazine

Angelo + Sterling: DIY Filipino-American wedding in Venice, Florida. Ketogenic Photography featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ magazine

Angelo + Sterling: DIY Filipino-American wedding in Venice, Florida. Ketogenic Photography featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ magazine

Angelo + Sterling: DIY Filipino-American wedding in Venice, Florida. Ketogenic Photography featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ magazine

Angelo + Sterling: DIY Filipino-American wedding in Venice, Florida. Ketogenic Photography featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ magazine

Angelo + Sterling: DIY Filipino-American wedding in Venice, Florida Ketogenic Photography featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ magazine

Angelo + Sterling: DIY Filipino-American wedding in Venice, Florida. Ketogenic Photography featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ magazine

Angelo + Sterling: DIY Filipino-American wedding in Venice, Florida. Ketogenic Photography featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ magazine

Angelo + Sterling: DIY Filipino-American wedding in Venice, Florida. Ketogenic Photography featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ magazine

Angelo + Sterling: DIY Filipino-American wedding in Venice, Florida. Ketogenic Photography featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ magazine

 

VENDORS

Photographer: Skyewater Photo and Film
Ceremony venue: Venice Performing Arts Center
Reception venue: Venice Art Center
DJ: DJ Dan with First Class Events
Attire: Heritage Barong
Jewelry: The Wooden Circle Co.
Catering: Funky Fusion

Florida student regains bathroom access in major win for transgender rights

Florida student regains bathroom access in major win for transgender

A federal appeals court delivered a major victory in transgender rights by ruling a Florida high school violated the law by refusing to allow transgender student Andrew Cody Adams to use the restroom consistent with his gender identity.

The decision relies heavily on the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, which found anti-LGBTQ discrimination in employment is a form of unlawful sex discrimination.

Adams, now 19 and a former student at Allen D. Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Fla., said in a statement he’s “very happy to see justice prevail, after spending almost my entire high school career fighting for equal treatment.”

“High school is hard enough without having your school separate you from your peers and mark you as inferior,” Adams said. “I hope this decision helps save other transgender students from having to go through that painful and humiliating experience.”

Tara Borelli, counsel at the LGBTQ legal group Lambda Legal, which represents Adams, said in a statement the court “sent a clear message that schools must treat transgender students with the same dignity and respect as any other student.”

“The trial court was correct when it ruled that the law requires that Drew Adams be treated like every other boy and be allowed to use the boys’ restroom,” Borelli said. “We are glad the court saw the school board’s policy as unjust and discriminatory, and affirmed the inherent dignity of transgender students.”

via Washington Blade