Event to feature singer Demetria McKinney, Producer Darryl Stephens, and DJ Suspence

Miami Beach Bruthaz is having their annual summer lifestyle event starting July 16. The event is held the third weekend in July every year on South Beach and creates opportunities for attendees to enjoy a VIP-style weekend getaway on Miami Beach.

This year, the event is held at the Congress South Beach Hotel and runs through July 20. Now in its ninth year, Miami Beach Bruthaz started in 2006 as a culturally diverse, annual event for gay men from across the country.

The event is focused around a central theme: “Knowledge, Culture and Fashion.”

The idea started when Author JL King invited Ian Smith to facilitate a group discussion about gay men being on the “down low.” That discussion prompted Smith to bring the topic to Florida through his freelance writing endeavors and discuss how it related to the HIV epidemic. From there, Smith wanted to create a space to have this open conversation about issues affecting the gay community on an ongoing basis.

And so Miami Beach Bruthaz was born.

Every year the event attracts between 300 to 500 people. The weekend consists of a variety of activities and events, including a “see and be seen” white masquerade party, a hip hop lover’s jam, an all-day rooftop pool party on Ocean Drive, a Brazilian party on South Beach, and a men’s swimwear and underwear fashion show featuring House of Mochachino and Andrew Christian.

Singer and actress Demetria McKinney, actor and producer Darryl Stephens, songwriter and music producer DJ Suspence, Miami’s resident Club Boi DJ Gavin T., and adult film star Castro Supreme are all scheduled to partake in the events of the weekend.

“It’s not a money making thing. We get together and plan. We have a very diverse audience and I want people to know that this event is open to everyone,” Smith said. Friday and Saturday night are the big nights usually attracting a 35 and up crowd.

One of the main attractions of the weekend is the signature Bruthaz SpeakUP event.

“People are on a different journey and so much gets bottled up,” Smith said. “Speak Up provides a platform to get everything out. Every year is different and this year is an evening cocktail discussion with actor Darryl Stephens. The idea to provide a platform for the audience who shares a lot of the same issues and struggles.

The Official Miami Beach Bruthaz Welcome Party kicks off Thursday July 16 at 10 p.m. at the Cabaret South Beach located at 233 12th Street, Miami Beach.

“I think my goal is to have a place where gay and straight can come together and connect and build camaraderie that helps to make this sexual journey a lot easier and smoother,” Smith said. “Having something like [Miami Beach Bruthaz] pulls the community together and impacts lives.”

Individual tickets and weekend packages are still available for all Miami Beach Bruthaz events.

Visit MiamiBeachBruthaz.com for tickets and more information.