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Take a blast to the past for Pride Month.

By The New Tropic staff

Welcome to Friday — and to the first weekend of Pride Month. 

Pride events around South Florida this month include a Floatarama, a CommuniTea Dance, and a Stonewall Pride Parade and Street Festival. Plus, there are more events planned for Miami Beach Pride in September. South Florida Sun Sentinel has all the details.

Before we look forward, let’s take a moment to look back. The New Tropic is digging into the archives to explore the history of Miami’s LGBTQ+ community through the years. 

But first, a gorgeous photo to set the stage for the weekend...

💖 A history of 305 Pride 

Miami’s not short on colors nor pride, that’s for sure. | Want to see your own picture in this space? Tag either #thenewtropic or @thenewtropic to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @miamicolortheory)

In honor of Pride Month, here are five facts about Miami’s LGBTQ+ history worth knowing:

📜 Miami had a gay nightlife scene as early as the 1930s. However, that era was not long-lived. Raids would shut down these establishments on a near-nightly basis, but they kept popping right back up again.

➡️ In 1964, a Florida legislative committee published “Homosexuality and Citizenship in Florida,” also known as the Purple Pamphlet, as part of a witch hunt to seek out gays and bisexuals working in schools, universities, and government jobs, who they believed were determined to “subvert the American way of life by controlling academic institutions and by corrupting the nation’s moral fiber,” according to the book Carryin’ on in the Lesbian and Gay South. The backlash was swift, with Dade County officials threatening legal action and the Florida Attorney General demanding that distribution of the Purple Pamphlet cease immediately.

📢 “The first organized gay pride week was celebrated in Miami Beach in early 1972 with a march on Lincoln Road protesting a city law banning cross-dressing. Two weeks later, the law was struck down by a federal court. In August of that year, hundreds of gays and lesbians joined thousands of protestors at the 1972 Republican National Convention in Miami Beach,” according to The Encyclopedia of Lesbian and Gay Histories and Cultures.

The LGBTQ+ community was instrumental in transforming Miami Beach from a town known as “a sunny place for shady people” and retirees into the glittering gem of all things fabulous it eventually became. “Everything was pastel and glitter,” Shelley Novak — one of the grandmothers and foremost figures of Miami Beach drag — told World Red Eye. “You were tripping over gays. There was a smaller group of lesbians, too.”

✈️ Miami currently attracts more than 1 million LGBTQ+ visitors a year and has had its own chamber of commerce dedicated to the community since 1997.

This is just a sneak peek of a few moments in Miami’s LGBTQ+ history — read the full history in our archives by freelance writer Mandy Baca.

🏖️ Toes in the sand

Stillness is the move with The New Tropic’s latest giveaway. (📸: Photo by Ramesh Iyer on Unsplash)

Our fave pastime at the beach? Doing nothing. 😎 And you can get an ample dose of downtime at Plunge Beach Resort We’ll be launching a giveaway for a two-night stay at the Lauderdale-By-The-Sea gem on Monday of next week. 👋 See ya then! 


🎨 Get lost in Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies, artist Vince Fraser's new multi-sensory visual experience at ARTECHOUSE (South Beach)


📸 Check out local photographer Peggy Levinson Nolan's first solo exhibit, "Blueprint for a Good Life," at FIU's Frost Art Museum (University Park)

👭 Take a dive into a fun poolside shopping experience while traveling boutique The Bungalow Bazaar brings its chic, bohemian wares to The Shelborne South Beach (Miami Beach)

💃 Watch and be amazed by the Flamenco footwork of Ilisa Rosal (Miami)

📚 Enjoy a special Children’s Bookfest Event to kick off the Broward County Library Summer Learning Program (Online)

😅 Break a sweat and take a deep breath at Studio Party Miami, a self-care event supporting female entrepreneurs (Aventura)


😂 Laugh along with a slapstick twist on a familiar story during a live performance of "Cinderella: A Fractured Fairytale" at Muss Park (Miami Beach)


🤓 Learn about drawing portraits and facial features during this no experience necessary virtual course (Online)


🎨 Connect with the power of painting and self-expression during this in-studio course presented by Oolite Arts on Lincoln Road (Miami Beach)

🌊 Celebrate World Oceans Day by joining Clean Miami Beach and Clevelander South Beach for a volunteer cleanup and fundraiser (Miami Beach)


✍️ Try your hand at artistic expression during this four-week course on charcoal drawing presented by Oolite Arts (South Beach)

Friday, June 11

🎷 Welcome the Brian Tate Quartet back to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for a lovely evening of classic jazz under the stars(Coral Gables)

☝️ One more thing…

Thanks for reading, friends. 

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