Postcards from Key West: Key West Pride 2012, June 6-10

Sunset sails, sandy beaches, films, comedy, pool parties, late night dance parties and a community focused parade are just some of the special events that create the fun of Key West Pride 2012, June 6-10.

Key West Pride is set on a tropical island that is legendary for its laid back style and its open and accepting atmosphere.  Whether you’re looking to party with friends, travel with family, or to get lost in the magic of our tropical island, rediscover Key West and discover how one island’s “one human family” philosophy has created one of the most integrated and unique communities in the world!

Events for the week include the family friendly street fair on the legendary Duval Street, while late night clothing-optional parties will keep Key West’s steamy reputation alive and well.

A must see of Key West Pride are the annual Pride Pageants.  These very adult competitions often leave little to the imagination as contestants heat-up the runway in an effort to earn the Pride titles:  Miss Pride (men dressed as women), Mr. Pride (men barely dressed), Ms. Pride (don’t tell the lesbians it’s a pageant).

All of this fun culminates as the community joins together on Duval Street for the lively Key West Pride Parade which features a cross-section of the Key West community and a 100 foot section of the famous “Sea to Sea Rainbow Flag.”

Key West Pride 2012 also features Emmy Award Winning Leslie Jordan’s hilarious new one man show Fruit Fly which answers the pressing question, “Do gay men become their mothers?”  Critics call the talented Jordan “saucy, sassy, and simply sensational!” We think you will call it great fun.

Keynote speaker for the week is activist Erin Davies.  Her moving and inspiring story of refusing to become a victim to hate reminds us that it is not our circumstances but our choices that define us.  Her documentary will be shown throughout the week, and she and the “Fag Bug” will be honored in the Key West Pride parade as the Grand Marshall.

Visit the island that was the first to market itself as a gay destination.  Show us your Key West Pride.  We are showing you ours.

For more information about Key West Pride, visit or, or call 800-535-7797.  The Gay Key West Visitor Center is located at 513 Truman Avenue in Key West.

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