September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month, and once again Unity Coalition will celebrate LGBT Hispanic pride with the 6th annual Celebrate Orgullo.
The LGBT Hispanic Pride month is packed with festivals, community workshops, film screenings, club nights and much more. It’s a month filled with fun and celebration — but also serves as a recognition of the contribution of the Hispanic LGBT Community. A wide variety of events ensure that there will be something for everybody.
“As we enter our sixth successful year of Celebrate Orgullo, we reflect on what started as a one-day street fair, and has now grown to a month-long of events and celebration,” said Herb Sosa, director of Unity Coalition. “Art, music, theater, film, literature and more – Celebrate Orgullo showcases the best of our Hispanic LGBT Pride, talent and resources, to the world. Come get some Orgullo in your step. Celebrate Orgullo is September 15 – October 15 across South Florida.”
Orgullo is Spanish for pride.
The Unity Coalition is hosting the 2016 Legends Ball at one of Miami’s oldest and grandest homes, located at 111 Southwest 5 Ave. The Ball, taking place on Sept. 15, is kicking off pride and promises an “incredible line up of entertainment and talent,” and will feature EnVee, a singer from NBC’s “The Winner,” as well as illusionist and comedian Adora, and internationally acclaimed DJ Citizen Jane.
The highlight of the event is to honor Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen for outstanding political and social leadership, Jowharah Sanders for her work with youth and women’s empowerment, and Hernan Valverde for his “relentless leadership and conviction to the community,” according to the event’s website.
The rest of the month following the Ball is filled with a wide variety of events that ensure there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
Wednesdays during Celebrate Orgullo will have their fill of jazz and poetry in the Lobby Lounge of the Betsy-South Beach Hotel at 8 p.m. Featuring different artists, authors and poets each night — like poets Omar Figueras and Neil De La Flor — these events are sure to please art lovers with music and the written word.
Jazz Nights will be held Sept. 21 and 28, Oct. 5, and 9 at 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach.
Foodies should come out on Sundays Sept. 18 and Oct. 9 to get a taste of Celebrate Orgullo.
“Unleash your fiesta at our world famous Drag Brunch!”
The brunch takes place on September 18 at Señor Frogs, 1450 Collins Ave., in Miami Beach. Show times are at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., and there will be food, drag, and bottomless cocktails.
For those who want a culinary adventure, the Little Havana culinary tour on Oct. 9 takes participants through the “rich history and culinary delights of a vibrant neighborhood.” Cuban cuisine will be explored down the must-visit street Calle Ocho. The $49 guided food tour is both a “cultural and culinary experience.”
There will be a “South Beach On Heels” screening at the Miami Beach Cinemateque on October 6 at 6 p.m.
The film, according to IMDB, “follows the onstage, backstage and offstage lives of eight hard working entertainers, better known as drag queens … Learn what it takes to stay tough as nails in an industry built on big hair, big dreams and illusion. Ride along as they search for love, family and acceptance; and try — if even for a minute — to make the world more colorful and tolerant for all of us.”
For those who aren’t satisfied with just one film, The MiFo LGBT Film Festival will be held from Friday, Oct. 7 until Sunday, Oct. 16 in Ft. Lauderdale, 6360 NE 4th Court.
The festival is “committed to its mission: to inspire, entertain, and educate the public, encourage a sense of community through international and culturally diverse film, video, and other media that offer historical and contemporary perspectives on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience,” according to the event’s website.
The event will also feature a screening of the Unity Coalition’s TRANSLives Project.
What better way to celebrate Hispanic Pride than dancing all night? Every Friday night of Orgullo can be spent at [email protected], 1437 Washington Ave, Miami Beach from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Cocktails are complimentary from 11:30 p.m. to midnight, and there is no cover for Florida residents.