Key West

  • 'Get Out!' LGBT Radio Will Now Reach Port St. Lucie to Key West

    Host and producer Tom Hantzarides announced that effective in January 2017 he will begin broadcasting his radio show, “GET OUT! South Florida” at 7 p.m. Saturdays on Alpha Media’s 850AM WFTL. With 50,000 watts of power, the show will be heard from Port St. Lucie to Key West.

  • ‘One Human Family’ Celebrates Pride in Key West

    World class bartenders, real housewives, pool parties and all the heat and humidity the tropics can supply.

    Say hello to Key West Pride.

  • 48 Hours in Key West: The perfect two-day getaway for South Floridians

    Editor's Note: Key West will re-open to visitors on Sunday, Oct. 1 and they need your support.

     

    Only a 3-hour drive from Miami surrounded by clear turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean on the left and the Gulf of Mexico on the right (or faster still by plane), Key West is just as much the gay destination as it’s ever been.

  • Annual WomenFest Expected To Draw Thousands Of Ladies

    Pool parties, cruises, trolley tours and more await the thousands of women who are expected to flock to Key West this Labor Day Weekend for WomenFest – one of the largest gatherings of lesbians and friends in North America.

  • Bear Weekend Comes To Key West Nov. 8-11

    For award-winning party curator Shane Tate his second annual Key West Bear Weekend is all about body positivity. 

    “It doesn’t matter if you’re 90 pounds or if you’re 300 pounds, you’re going to feel sexy, you’re going to have a good time and you’re going to be accepted exactly as you are,” Tate said. 

    This will be Tate’s second iteration of KWBW. The event kicks off Nov. 8. 

    KWBW began with a trial run in 2017, which saw more than 100 patrons descend on the island for a weekend of parties, fun and charity. This year organizers expect around 300 attendees –more than double last year’s attendance.

    Tate has cultivated a long career of community centric and inclusive events. In asking the secret to his success, Tate said he takes a local approach to curating parties for the LGBT community by analyzing the community and its needs to ensure the charitable component of Key West Bear Weekend speaks to the local community. 

    The 2018 KWBW will also welcome the crowning of the first Mr. Key West Bear. Along with the crown, the winner will have a platform to raise contributions to local Key West charities. Serving fun with purpose has catapulted Tate’s parties to must attend status within the community. 

    The “Bear” culture within the greater LGBT community was historically carved out of an under-represented portion of the community, who felt they didn’t quite fit the perfect smooth muscular body type that has been pervasive in the community as the standard for acceptance for many years. Seeking a space within the community to be body positive expressive, gave way to the emergence of this safe community space of expression which is rooted in an all accepting, all inclusive approach to LGBT togetherness. 

     When examining Shane Tate’s parties over his career, the connecting fiber in all of his events is a sense of inclusion, respect and moving the representation of the community forward.  

    This year, KWBW will add new parties and events. Party-goers will find a social calendar for the weekend that is chock full of pool parties, art and shopping trips and dance parties, including the Bubble Bear Foam Party and the Butch Queen Drag Bar Crawl. 

    Plus, new for 2018, the organizers are excited to welcome Joe Fiore’s legendary FURBALL party to Key West as their headline event featuring South Florida’s premier DJ Alex Ferbeyre on Saturday, Nov. 10.

    Attendees are encouraged to purchase an all-access pass for $65, which waives the cover charge for all official events over the weekend, gets the holder unlimited access to the Island House Resort, and also includes a number of exclusive discounts and offers at businesses around the island. Local residents of Key West will get a discounted pass for $50. 

    Visit KeyWestBearWeekend.com for more info and to purchase a pass. Key West Bear Weekend is presented by Shane Tate and Bear World Magazine, and sponsored by Island House Resort, Scruff, 127 Travel, Gun Oil and The Leather Master Key West. The weekend of bear celebration begins on Thursday, Nov. 8 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 11. 

    Side Bar:

    Event: Meat Happy Hour
    When: Friday November 9
    Where: Island House Key West 1129 Fleming Street
    Description: Start the weekend right by meeting your furry friends for an all-male, clothing optional oasis. This MUST attend KWBW pass inclusive happy hour includes 2-4-1 on everything. Enjoy FREE gourmet appetizers passed around poolside.
    More info: IslandHouseKeyWest.com

    What: Bubble Bear Foam Party
    When: Friday November 9
    Where: Bourbon St. Pub
    Description: Pool and hot tub filled with hot bubbly bears while live DJ’s and Go-Go bears entertain.
    More info: Bourbonstpub.com/upcomingevents.html

    What: Mr. Key West Bear Contest
    When: Saturday Nov. 10
    Where: Back Bar 711 Duval Street
    Description: KWBW crowns its first Mr. Key West Bear.
    More info: TheBackBarkeyWest.com

    What: FURBALL powered by Scruff
    When: Saturday November 10
    Where: Side Bar 504 Angela Street
    Description: KWBW Main Event featuring Joe Fiore’s bear dance party featuring DJ Alex Ferbeyre.
    More info: SideBarKeyWest.com

    Event: Butch Queen Bar Crawl
    When: Sunday November 11
    Where: Aqua Night Club 711 Duval St
    Description: Sissy that walk with bears dressed in their fiercest butch queen looks for an epic bar crawl.
    More info: AquaKeyWest.com

  • Best of 2016: Key West

    Here are the winners of SFGN's "Best of 2016" in Key West.

  • Best of 2017: Key West

    Here are SFGN's "Best of 2017" winners in Key West.

  • Best Of 2018: Key West

    Here are SFGN's "Best of 2018" winners in Key West.

  • Celebrate in Key West; Iraq War Vet to Be Grand Marshal

    From a foam party to men in tutus this year’s 5-day Key West Pride celebration is sure to keep guests entertained. This year’s event takes place all over the island from June 11 to June 15.

  • Community Announcement: 2014 Key West Pride Inclusive To Whole Community

    Key West does PRIDE with splashy pool parties, on-the-water adventures, beach parties, late-night dance parties, a race for tutu-wearing competitors, an intriguing film premiere and a lively community, hometown parade. Set for Wednesday through Sunday, June 11-15, the festival spotlights the all-accepting diversity that has helped make Key West an internationally renowned gay and lesbian vacation spot.

  • Conch Republic Off to the Races

    If you have ever visited Key West then you will be familiar with the conch. The word is pretty much everywhere, found in a variety of contexts.

  • Fantasy Fest Kicks Off Oct. 19 in Key West

    More than 100,000 people are expected to show to this year’s Fantasy Fest in Key West, which kicks off on Oct. 19. The annual event will feature more than 60 parties including costumed marches, street fairs, glamorous balls, as well as the show stopping and world-renowned Fantasy Fest Parade.

  • Florida Defines Sex to Include Same-Sex Intercourse

    After a two-year deliberation, The Florida Supreme Court declared that “sexual intercourse” isn’t solely between a man and woman.

  • Florida Keys Re-Opens to Visitors Sunday

    Parts of the Florida Keys will re-open for tourists this Sunday Oct. 1 following a two-week long recovery period from Hurricane Irma’s ruin.

  • Florida Marriage Equality Round-Up

    Here is our complete index of our coverage of marriage equality:

  • Gay Iraq War Veteran Named KW Pride Grand Marshal

    (SFGN) Gay Iraq war veteran, author and LGBT activist Rob Smith will serve as the Grand Marshal for 2014 Key West Pride during multiple events starting on June 11 and culminating in the Pride Parade on June 15.

  • Hurricane Irma Causes Significant Damage in Key West

    (WB) Hurricane Irma caused significant damage in Key West when it made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday.

  • Job Ad in NY Weekly Specifying 'No Haitians' Causes Uproar

    An advertisement for a nursing position has created a storm of outrage over one of its job criteria - no Haitians.

  • Key West About to Turn Up the Heat

    It’s summertime in South Florida, but it’s about to feel a lot hotter in Key West. The annual Tropical Heat Festival filled with revelry and fun runs August 13-16 in Key West.

  • Key West Begins Irma Cleanup Efforts

    Life in Key West is slowly returning to normal – as normal as life in Key West can be.