LGBTQ+

St. Pete/Clearwater celebrates its LGBTQ+ residents and visitors.

a proud community

LGBTQ+ Travel

Whether you’re looking for a dreamy beach escape at a romantic resort or a fun getaway in a walkable, historic gayborhood, you’ll find it here.


The LGBTQ Welcome Center

For insights, tips and resources for LGBTQ+ visitors (and locals), check out the LGBTQ Welcome Center, run by Metro Inclusive Health (another excellent resource). Drop by the center; it’s a great spot right in the heart of the Grand Central District.

A group of people seating in front of the LGBTQ+ Welcome Center in St. Petersburg

The LGBTQ+ Welcome Center in St. Pete's Grand Central District is an excellent source of info for LGBTQ+ travelers.

LGBTQ+ Beachside Bliss

You may already know that the beaches here are simply phenomenal, with their sugar sand and emerald-green waters. But here’s a little local secret: Sunset Beach. The southern end of Sunset Beach that goes from just south of 80th Terrace down to land’s end (between the two jetties) is known to draw LGBTQ+ folks.


 

A girl walking a rottweiler in front of a store with an LGBTQ flag and a pink flamingo

Walkable streets and dog-friendly spots are a big part of the Gulfport lifestyle.

Neighborhoods, Gayborhoods

With its perennially perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Municipal Equality Index, one might consider the whole city of St. Pete a gayborhood – but some neighborhoods stand out for being historically LGBTQ+ enclaves. These include the Grand Central District, which stretches along Central Avenue between 16th and 31st streets and is lined with fun boutiques, antiques shops, restaurants and bars – many of them LGBTQ+-owned.

Just to the north, Historic Kenwood is the area’s residential counterpart, where you’ll find at least one B&B catering to the LGBTQ+ community.

North of downtown, Historic Old Northeast is full of lovingly restored bungalows (and a few newer mansions), a few of which have been converted to places to stay. Here, you’ll also find coffee shops, restaurants and several waterfront parks.

Then there’s eclectic and super-LGBTQ-friendly Gulfport, a laid-back waterfront community where you can check out local art at galleries and events, join a game of pickup beach volleyball or sip a margarita at a spot overlooking Boca Ciega Bay.

Marchers clad in rainbow clothing pass by the Vinoy during the St. Pete Pride Parade.

It's rainbows as far as the eye can see during St. Pete Pride, the largest Pride celebration in Florida.

A shirtless man with chest and face painted in rainbow colors during St. Pete Pride.

From glitter and body paint to elaborate drag getups, stilts and more, St. Pete goes all out during Pride.

Can't-Miss LGBTQ+ Events

First things first: St. Pete Pride is the biggest event of its kind in Florida, and one of the largest in the country. What started as a small parade through the Grand Central District has become a month-long June affair with many events and, for the first time in 2021, themed weekend celebrations (outdoors, family, art & music, taste of Pride). We're excited to see what will be planned for 2022!

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A drag-queen performer at the Enigma night club in St. Pete

Catch a drag show at Enigma Night Club, an LGBTQ bar in St. Pete's Edge District.

Accommodations

Whether you want to be steps from the Gulf or near all the city excitement – and whether you prefer a hotel or guest-house experience, you can find it all here. Beach hotels such as Treasure Island’s Bilmar Beach Resort as well as Postcard Inn and Sirata Beach Resort (both on St. Pete Beach, Tripadvisor’s #1 Beach in America in 2021) – offer well-appointed rooms and tons of amenities, as well as great restaurants and bars on site. In downtown St. Pete, The Hollander Hotel is a boutique property with a sparkling courtyard pool and an excellent restaurant. 

For more of a B&B-style stay, check out Gay St. Pete House in Historic Kenwood – look for the dolphin outside, and be sure to spend some time poolside. If you want to stay a little closer to the Gulf, book a room at Sir David in Madeira Beach, a men-only guest house with striking decor just steps from the beach.

Sea Breeze Manor in Gulfport is also an excellent choice for a friendly guest house-style accommodation – though those waterfront views alone are worth it.

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LGBTQ+ Friendly

Check out these LGBTQ+ friendly businesses when planning your next vacation!