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Sometimes it was raining and sometimes the sun was shining. But rain or shine, pride partiers were rocking the boat. On June 8, the fifth annual FLoatarama sailed down the New River from Esplanade Park, down to the Intercoastal, and up to the Galleria Mall.

Pride is something that has various meaning to each of us within the LGBTQ community, especially in the year of 2024. My first pride was in Fort Myers around 2002, when I was just a young gay boy living my life. Pride was a small event compared to the giant parties we have come to know and love in South Florida. With about 500 people from our community, we thrived to find family, friends, and our place in this world.

Juneteenth is America’s true Independence Day. It celebrates the day that news of emancipation reached Texas, the last state to learn of liberation. Though this is only the fourth year it’s been recognized as a federal holiday, it’s long been celebrated as a true day of independence. This year the celebration expands.

With its big picture windows and prime location on Wilton Drive by The Manor Complex, the former Wilton Collective building has been eyed by a lot of businesses interested in grabbing the spot. However, it seems the owner is not in the mood for a long-term commitment.

Drag superstar Erika Norell captured the inaugural Mz OutSFL Pageant on May 18 with a tour de force performance at Fort Lauderdale’s Sunshine Cathedral Center for the Performing Arts. The pageant, produced by J&J Media and Out South Florida Newspaper and Magazine, was created to raise funds for LGBTQ college student scholarships as well as pay tribute to the extraordinary talents and community service of individuals within the drag community.

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