LGBTQ+

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

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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.


St. Pete Pride

First things first: St. Pete Pride is the biggest event of its kind in Florida, and one of the largest in the U.S. What started as a small parade through the Grand Central District has become a month-long June affair with many events. In fact, 2022 marks the 20th anniversary of St. Pete Pride, so make a plan now to attend celebrations such as the St. Pete Pride 20th Anniversary Kickoff (June 1); Queer-E-Okee at The Palladium (June 11) and LGBTQ+ Youth & Family Day (June 18). The revelry all culminates in the outrageously fun St. Pete Pride Parade on June 25, followed by the St. Pete Pride in Grand Central Street Carnival on June 26. Don't miss it!

Throughout the year, you'll find smaller LGBTQ+ events throughout our communities.

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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.

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.

Another great resource is the Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber. Visit their website ahead of your stay to explore more LGBTQ+ businesses and resources in the destination.

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.

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.

Just north of Clearwater is another small town called Dunedin. Like Gulfport, this small town has lots of LGBT-owned businesses. The town is well-known locally for it's craft beer scene, great restaurants and TD Ballpark, where the Toronto Blue Jays have their spring training.

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.

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.

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Gay-Friendly Accommodations

Whether you want to be steps from the Gulf or near all the city excitement – 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.

Expected to debut later in 2022 in St. Pete's Grand Central District will be The Mari Jean Hotel, an adults-only property for gay men developed by designer and local entrepreneur David Fisher, who has lent his talents to other popular spots such as ZaZoo'd, The Saint Speakeasy and COCKtail St. Pete.

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LGBTQ+ Friendly

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