JACKSONVILLE, FL June 1, 2021— The nation’s largest city by landmass, Jacksonville, Florida, continues to grow in population and popularity among the LGBTQ+ community. Welcoming visitors to explore the city’s collection of unique neighborhoods, beaches and vibrant arts and culture scene, Jacksonville is on the rise as one of the most welcoming gay-friendly destinations.
Check out various Pride events happening around Jacksonville this June in celebration of National Pride Month, and what’s in store for the city’s own Pride month in October:
- The Many Sides of Pride® Film Festival: June 3 through 6 at Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Presented by the LGBTQ+ Community Fund for Northeast Florida, the festival will feature 10 films highlighting the diversity of LGBTQ stories and storytellers, celebrating their impact on the world of cinema.
- Drag Queen Brunch: June 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jacksonville Public Library, this event raises funds for the University of North Florida’s LGBTQ Center, supporting educational programs, student support, scholarships and leadership development that spread awareness and knowledge about LGBTQ issues, people and experiences.
- Queer: From Ancient to Contemporary: June 15 and 19 The Cummer Museum is hosting an exclusive gallery tour exploring queer art and artists pieces with themes of academic erasure and combatting anti-LGBT+ initiatives.
- River City Pride: Jacksonville’s annual Pride celebration will take place in October. Stay tuned for details on this weekend-long festival and parade celebrating Jacksonville’s LGBTQ+ community. The festivities aim to foster a sense of community encouraging LGBTQ+ citizens to live openly and promote relationship building with allies, coming together to oppose discrimination and raise support and funds for LGBTQ+ organizations throughout Jacksonville.
Visitors who wish to experience Jacksonville’s LGBTQ+ nightlife can stay Downtown in close proximity to the city’s popular gay bars including InCahoots known for its drag shows, DJs and dancing, and Park Place Lounge neighborhood bar and gay lounge with pool tables and a patio.
LGBTQ+ travelers and allies can check out CityXtra Magazine, one of the south’s most read LGBTQ publications which is based in Jacksonville, for more local news and information. Visit Jacksonville also offers a comprehensive LGBTQ+ Traveler’s Guide to Jacksonville.
About Visit Jacksonville
Visit Jacksonville is a Destination Marketing Organization accredited by Destinations International and contracted by the Duval County Tourist Development Council (TDC) since 1996 to champion the growth of leisure and business tourism in Jacksonville.
For a closer look at all there is to see and do in Jacksonville, go to www.VisitJacksonville.com.