<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - ]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcmiami.com/feature/nbc-6-pridehttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.pngNBC 6 South Floridahttps://www.nbcmiami.comen-usFri, 19 Jan 2018 06:35:20 -0500Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:35:20 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Miami Beach Gay Pride Donates Thousands to Point Foundation]]>Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:19:42 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102317+PrideQ.jpg

The Miami Beach Gay Pride organization has donated $7,500 to the Point Foundation, a national scholarship fund that helps LGBTQ students in their academic and leadership goals.

The Point Foundation is the United States' largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBT students of merit, the groups said in a joint statement. Miami Beach Gay Pride made the donation during a VIP reception on Saturday at a private Miami Beach residence.

“Miami Beach Gay Pride is all about celebrating community,” Mark Fernandes, chair of the Pride board of directors, said. “In alignment with that mission is the commitment to give back to the community and we are proud to be able to do so by contributing to the scholarship program at Point Foundation. By fostering education, we help cultivate the next generation of LGBTQ individuals.”

Miami Beach Gay Pride describes itself as an organization that unites the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, along with their friends, allies and supporters.

The Point Foundation non-profit has awarded about 400 scholarships since 2002.

“A truly proud and strong community is one that invests in helping its young people reach their potential,” Jorge Valencia, Point Foundation's executive director and chief executive officer said. “Miami Beach Gay Pride’s generous support of Point’s scholarships and programs sends a message to LGBTQ youth that their community cares about them and about creating a better future for all.”

Photo Credit: Stephen R. Lang/Point Foundation]]>
<![CDATA[Rainbow Themed Crosswalk Installed Outside Pulse Nightclub]]>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:44:17 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/219*120/101117+pulse+rainbow+crosswalk.JPG

The latest memorial for those who were killed in the deadly 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando was created in the early hours of Wednesday as a crosswalk near the building has a rainbow colored theme.

Workers from the city painted the crosswalk with the six colors of the Pride flag after the club’s owner, Barbara Poma, spoke with members of the community about what they wanted to be done, according to NBC affiliate WESH-TV.

Thousands signed a petition asking for the colorful memorial, set to honor the 49 people who were killed in what was once the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Photo Credit: Twitter / @AlexvWESH]]>
<![CDATA[National L.G.B.T.Q. Task Force Gala]]>Tue, 03 Oct 2017 12:23:17 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/National_L.G.B.T.Q._Task_Force_Gala.jpg

The 21st Annual National L.G.B.T.Q. Task Force Gala takes place this weekend and will honor Gloria Estefan.

<![CDATA['Will & Grace' Premiere Watch Party at Rosie's Bar & Grill]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:48:16 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Will+and+Grace+Watch+Party+Invite+Cut.jpg

Comedy’s most fabulous foursome is back on NBC 6 – meaning the cast of "Will & Grace."

To celebrate the nostalgic return, NBC 6, along with the Village at Gulfstream Park, is hosting a Will & Grace premiere watch party on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at Rosie’s Bar & Grill located at 2449 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors.

Join us as we welcome the wittiest ensemble of Will, Grace, Jack, and Karen back to television with giveaways, contests – and that’s right, honey – drink specials.

Click here for more details and to let us know you will be watching the revival with us.

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<![CDATA[Gay8 Festival Returns to Little Havana in February 2018]]>Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:06:43 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Gay8+Festival+by+Felix+Becerra+IMG_3243.JPG

The third-annual Gay8 festival is coming back this year and will take over Calle Ocho in February.

The event will take place President’s Day weekend on Sunday, February 18. However, due to a scheduling conflict with the annual Three Kings Day parade, the 2018 Gay8 Festival on Calle Ocho in Little Havana in January had to be rescheduled.

“The City has only heard positive reviews of the event. We have respect for its organizers, and we are excited when we think of the growth prospects for the Little Havana neighborhood,” said Acting City Manager Fernando Casamayor.

The event features live music, food, art events and historic walking tours.

“Gay8 Festival has been a diverse fun festival that catapulted onto Calle Ocho with 17,000 people year one and more than doubled to 35,000 people year two,” said Joe Cardona, the festival’s organizer. “It did so because thousands of people believe working together across all communities is a good thing.” 

Photo Credit: Felix Becerra]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Journalist, Gay Activist Dies]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:57:06 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/145063403.jpg

Billy Manes, a Florida journalist who became a national voice for Orlando's gay community in the months after the Pulse nightclub shooting, has died. He was 45.

Manes died Friday after complications from pneumonia led to organ failure, according to a statement Manes' husband gave to his former employer, the Orlando Weekly.

Anthony Mauss said Manes had been ill for several weeks.

Manes worked at the Orlando Weekly for years before becoming editor of the Watermark, central Florida's leading gay publication. He announced Sunday on Facebook that he had been let go from Watermark.

After the shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse in June 2016, Manes became a voice for the gay community, doing interviews on NPR and NBC. Forty-nine people died during the massacre.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Dorling Kindersley]]>
<![CDATA[Gay Rights Group Launches $26M Campaign Ahead of Midterms]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 18:24:08 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-810774198.jpg

The Human Rights Campaign, one of the nation's leading gay rights groups, is launching a $26 million political organizing effort ahead of next year's midterm elections.

While the effort is nationwide, the group is focusing its resources in particular on several key states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Nevada. All six states are expected to have competitive Senate races next fall, and each is a presidential battleground.

HRC president Chad Griffin said the effort, which will include hiring at least 20 additional political staffers, aims to go "beyond resistance" — drawing from the phrase used by opponents of President Donald Trump's administration. He said the group will focus on fighting legislation curbing gay rights and backing "pro-equality candidates and initiatives."

"Resistance is really important — all of the marches and the rallies, that's all important," Griffin said. "But it's also important to not only sustain that, but to take that to the next level."

HRC's announcement comes as Democrats and liberal organization grapple with how to rebound from devastating defeats across the country in November. Despite Trump's sluggish approval ratings, Democrats have failed to pull out victories in several special elections this year, and the party faces a difficult electoral map in 2018, with many competitive Senate races in Republican-leaning states.

Griffin said the Human Rights Campaign is drawing in part on its efforts last year in North Carolina, where Democrat Roy Cooper defeated incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, who signed the controversial ""bathroom bill" law. The measure required transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates in many public buildings, but was rolled back as part of a compromise plan signed by Cooper after he took office.

HRC spent more than $3 million in North Carolina ahead of last year's election.

"There weren't a lot of bright spots for our community in the last election but North Carolina was a milestone," Griffin said.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Iconic Palace Bar Closing Its Doors This Week]]>Mon, 03 Jul 2017 05:31:00 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pridela123GettyImages-450302900.jpg

Celebrations are underway Sunday as the iconic Palace Bar enjoys their final brunch.

After serving South Florida’s LGBTQ community for almost 30 years, the queens at Palace Bar are shutting their doors and looking for a new place.

“I tried to negotiate and stay in this corner but they are renovating the building. It’s in bad shape,” said Thomas Donall, the owner of Palace Bar.

The music, food and drinks, paired with world-renowned drag performances made the popular spot on 12th and Ocean a staple for South Beach pride.

“The Palace is one of the main reasons I’ve come to South Beach for about six to seven years now,” said Jason Graham, a regular at The Palace, “I didn’t find out about its closing until I got here and it’s honestly a shame.”

The bar has historically supported and rallied for gay rights. Last year, Palace hosted a special ceremony honoring the Orlando gay night club shooting victims. Events like those share Palace’s message of equality.

“We’re the voice right now. We’re the voice on the streets showing people who we are and showing the gay community in a positive way,” said Noel Leon, a performer at Palace.

“I was actually physically crying because it’s not okay. Things and places like this make a community and when you take away part of a community, you’re taking away a part of a person,” said Katie Olsen, a tourist from Chicago.

But Palace lovers can hold back their tears, as the oceanfront bar is working on re-opening in a new location.

“I’m working hard to get us a place that’s going to be just as magical as this,” said Donall.

The festivities will continue until July 4th, when Palace Bar will shut its doors for good on its Ocean Drive location.

The owner is currently scouting four locations on Miami Beach.


Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Rainbows Shine as Cities Across the US Celebrate Pride]]>Sun, 25 Jun 2017 14:49:01 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pridefeuerherdVI.jpgJune marks Pride Month in the U.S. Take a look at scenes from marches and rallies around the country that call for support of the LGBTQ community.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Community Comes Together for Stonewall in Wilton Manors]]>Sat, 17 Jun 2017 22:44:40 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pridela123GettyImages-450302900.jpg

A South Florida community came together on Saturday in the name of equality.

Nearly 30,000 people lined the streets of Wilton Manors for the Stonewall Parade on Saturday afternoon.

The city hosted the day of fun to mark the serious events of the Stonewall riots in the late sixties.

Parade officials also held memorial ceremonies for victims of violence against the LGBTQ community, including victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

This year’s grand marshal was actress Sharon Gless from the “Queer as Folk” series. 

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[150 Citizens Welcomed in Ceremony Celebrating LGBT Month]]>Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:50:56 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/faces+of+america.JPG

A group of over 100 immigrants became naturalized citizens Friday in South Florida.

Hailing from countries ranging from Cuba to Germany to Haiti, 150 people took the Oath of Allegiance at a special ceremony at the USCIS Kendall Field Office.

The keynote speaker of the ceremony was Steve Rothaus, the LGBTQ issues reporter for The Miami Herald. He's speaking because June is LGBTQ month. LGBT Month is a month-long celebration and observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history and the history of the gay rights and related civil right movement.

"It's very important that the people who come to the United States have an understanding of how we do things here," Rothaus said. "The agreements and the disagreements that we have."

One of the disagreements Rothaus talks about is the difference in cultures from other countries when it comes to LGBTQ rights.

"Perhaps the country where they came from LGBT people may be persecuted," he said. "The governments may actually execute people for being LGBTQ."

As families become citizens of the United States, many will now have the freedoms that they might have never had. This might be for some it will be a culture shock for some, but Rothaus wants newcomers to this country to not only be tolerant and understanding of the rights of others, but something bigger than that.

"Embrace them in terms of who they are, that they have the same rights, same responsibilities that they have, especially now that they're new citizens," Rothaus said.

Photo Credit: NBC 6]]>
<![CDATA[LGBTQ Pride Marchers Flood DC Streets for 'Equality March']]>Sun, 11 Jun 2017 13:03:41 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/211*120/20170610+Capital+Pride3.jpg

In the nation's capital, supporters of LGBT rights mobilized for marches and rallies Sunday, celebrating their gains but angered over threats to those advances.

The centerpiece event, the Equality March in Washington, was endorsed by virtually every major national advocacy group working on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

Leaders of those groups have been embittered by several actions of President Donald Trump's administration, including the rollback of federal guidance advising school districts to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice.

The activists also complained Trump, although he campaigned as a potential ally of gays and lesbians, has stocked his administration with many foes of LGBT-rights advances, including Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Capital Pride Parade 

Throngs of marchers, many thousands strong, paraded past the White House and toward the Capitol, trailing behind a giant rainbow flag near the head of the procession.

Protesters forced the Capital Pride parade onto a different route Saturday afternoon, as the official events of a political, pride-filled weekend kicked off in D.C.

The protesters stopped the parade at 15th and P streets before 6 p.m. In a press release, a group called No Justice, No Pride claimed credit.

The protesters were wearing shirts that read "Say Their Names" as they appeared with "No Pride" banner before the D.C. police branch that includes the special liason to the gay community.

On a loudspeaker, one protester shouted, "We are here today because Capital Pride refuses to end their dangerous relationship with the police, to stop supporting Wells Fargo." 

The press release says the group opposes Capital Pride sponsors including Wells Fargo and Northrop Grumman.

Police Chief Peter Newsham said the protest had been anticipated.

"We had an anticipated demonstration here on the street and so we had a plan to reroute the parade," Newsham said. "Everybody is still having a very good time, the crowd has been very cooperative."

The parade rerouted to 16th Street to avoid the protest.

Cathy Renna, of the Capital Pride, said the parade organizers have had a series of conversations over several weeks with the protesters.

"It's unfortunate that we've got several hundred thousand people that are now not able to see the parade unless they are moved by the police, which kind of breaks my heart," Renna said.

"We are all here as those who are willing to get in the streets for our community," she said. "I just don't know that doing it against our own community is a productive way to go."

Late Saturday, Capital Pride issued a statement that said, "We encourage a robust, civil, and healthy conversation within the community about all of the issues that impact us and look forward to having a mutually respectful conversation in the days, weeks, and months ahead."

The Capital Pride parade is one of the biggest events of Pride weekend.

This year, the theme of Saturday's parade and Sunday's festival is "Unapologetically Proud." And on Sunday, participants in the Equality March for Unity and Pride will take their voices past the White House and to the National Mall.

Capital Pride and the march aren't officially affiliated, but they support each other and have worked together so that participants in one can join the other.

Read on for the schedule of major events:

Capital Pride Festival & Concert: Sunday

The Capital Pride Festival will take over Pennsylvania Avenue this Sunday, bringing live music and dance performances to three stages. Miley Cyrus, Tinashe, the Pointer Sisters and VASSY will headline at the Capitol Concert Stage in front of the U.S. Capitol.

Attendees can explore 300 exhibitors, including restaurants and food vendors, local businesses and community groups, national sponsors and more. You can also check out the Family and Educational Activity Area and Fun Zone.

The street festival will run noon to 7 p.m., with the concert set for 2 to 8 p.m.; a sunset dance party will happen 8 to 10 p.m. See complete schedules here.

While attendance is free for the public, the Capital Pride Alliance encourages donations. For those who want an enhanced festival experience, tickets are available online. The VIP Festival Experience is $200 with an $11.50 service fee, and the Pride Concert Pit Pass for all ages is $35 with a $3.26 service fee. The Pride Concert Pit Pass (Beverage Garden) tickets are currently unavailable.

Pets are requested to stay home due to large crowds and the hot weather that's expected. Capital Pride Alliance recommends bringing refillable water bottles and sunscreen.

Equality March for Unity and Pride: Sunday

The march aims to address the current political climate and voice concerns of the LGBTQ+ community, organizers say. The march is not directly affiliated with the Celebration of Pride, but the Capital Pride Alliance supports it.

Participants will start lining up at 9 a.m. on I Street NW between 14th and 17th streets, with the march set to begin at 10 a.m. Marchers will start off down 17th Street and will pass the White House before ending at the National Mall at 3rd Street and Madison Drive NW. You can see the march route here.

Planners say speakers will include:

  • Sara Ramirez, actor, singer and activist
  • Asia Kate Dillon, actor
  • Mandy Carter, co-founder of the National Black Justice Coalition
  • Dr. Imani Woody, founding director and CEO of Mary's House for Older Adults
  • Aurora Lloyd, True Colors Fund youth fellow
  • Doug Kimmel, founder of SAGE
  • Sarah McBride, Human Rights Campaign national press secretary
  • Chase Strangio, staff attorney with the ACLU's LGBT & AIDS Project
  • Charlie Carver, actor
  • Jason Collins, NBA player, activist, NBA global ambassador
  • Noel Gordon, HRC senior specialist, HIV Prevention & Health Equity
  • Nicole Murray Ramirez, national co-chair, International Court System, U.S.A., Canada and Mexico
  • Javier Cifuentes, HRC youth ambassador
The march will happen a day before the one-year mark of the horrific mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, planners noted in a release Thursday. They say the march aims "to honor the victims and uplift the resilience of the Orlando LGBTQ+ community during the march and rally."

In addition, the Sacred Cloth project-Section 93 will lead the march with their Rainbow25 Sea to Sea flag, and the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington (GMCW) will partner with members of other GALA choruses (Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses) from around the country to form a festival chorus known as L.O.V.E.: League of Voices for Equality.

NBC Washington is a partner of Capital Pride.

Photo Credit: NBC Washington]]>
<![CDATA[Palace Bar to Close its Iconic South Beach Location]]>Fri, 02 Jun 2017 23:37:58 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/271*120/palace+closing1.jpg

The intersection of 12th and Ocean has been the cornerstone of the LGBT community for almost thirty years, but that is about to change.

Queens at The Palace Bar have been stunning tourists, stopping traffic and serving locals for quite some time. But those doors are closing for good.

“It’s so sad because we are a family here, we are a team, and all of us make this place what it is today,” said T.P. Lords, one of the performers.

The world-renowned drag performances feature signature names like T.P. Lords, Missey Meyakie LePaige and Shanaya Bright. But the South Beach show-stopping staple is a safe haven for the LGBTQ community.

“This place is like an intimate family home where people are going through things, people are battling issues and they come to The Palace, they look at our shows and we encourage them to keep going,” said Missy Meyakie LePaige, another one of the performers at the iconic bar.

Last month, the owner of the ocean front bar announced on Facebook that The Palace is being forced to relocate from the iconic corner. The building was sold and renovations are set to begin in July.

“When I see people smiling and having a good time and the energy we have here, for me, that’s what it’s all about,” said Thomas Donall, the owner of The Palace.

The drag bar has created countless memories with birthdays, anniversaries and even bachelorette parties.

“I love Palace, it was so much fun,” said Stephanie Gonzales, a woman celebrating her bachelorette party at the bar, “It brought back memories when I was hanging out with my friends.”

“It’s a shock. It’s an institution,” said Dave Cook, a South Beach resident, “Everyone from around the world knows about The Palace Bar.”

Performers say they are sentimental as The Palace nears its final number. “We feel accepted, we feel appreciated,” said T.P. Lords, a performer. “We get to meet all different people from different walks of life.”

“It’s more than a job,” said LePaige, “It’s a passion. It’s dedication. It’s life, it’s life. This is our food, our clothes on our back.”

The Palace isn’t closing for good. The owner is actively looking for a place to relocate. But the doors on the iconic Ocean Drive location will close its doors on July 4th.

<![CDATA[Pelosi, South Florida Lawmakers Announce LGBTQ Rights Act]]>Fri, 26 May 2017 11:49:33 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052617+LGBTQ+Rights+Bill+Wilton+Manors.jpg

Several South Florida members of congress are hoping a major piece of legislation offers protection against discrimination for members of the LGBTQ community.

Representatives Ted Deutch and Debbie Wasserman Schultz joined House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Friday in announcing the Equality Act.

The act would amend the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964 and prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Dozens of people gathered at the Pride Center in Wilton Manors for the unveiling of the Equality Act.

To read the LGBTQ Equality Act, click here

Photo Credit: NBC 6/ Steve Litz]]>
<![CDATA[Pride Celebrations Underway in Havana]]>Sat, 13 May 2017 22:37:35 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/219*120/051317+cuba+pride.jpg

The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia was celebrated in Cuba on Saturday. The special day was celebrated with the traditional conga and a parade in Havana as a confirmation of the islands recognition on the Cuban LGBTQ community’s rights.

This year, the Cuban Campaign Against Homophobia, which is the tenth annual celebration, focused on the prevention of bullying or homophobic harassment in schools. Mariela Castro, who is the daughter to Cuban President Raul Castro and is the Director of the National Sex Education Center, says this type of violence in Cuba is scarce.

Parade goers came from all over the world, including the United States, to support the Cuban LGBTQ community, which has similar problems to those around the world, like same sex marriage.

<![CDATA[Protests at FTL Mayor's Prayer Breakfast Over Guest Speaker]]>Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:04:59 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042717+Dean+Trantalis++Jim+Daly.jpg

The annual Fort Lauderdale Mayor's prayer breakfast wrapped up this morning with mixed reaction – as a group of advocates for gay rights came out to rally in favor in support of the LGBTQ community.

The controversy started during the 55th annual breakfast at the Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center. The private event featured a keynote speech from Jim Daly from Focus on the Family - a Christian conservative ministry that condones gay conversion therapy and is opposed to marriage equality and transgender rights

The breakfast coordinators, Church United, said the mayor has always been an invited guest

“As all this debate swirled around, I thought my god more than ever we need a prayer breakfast,” Seiler said. “We need to come together as a city and just sit and chat and listen and learn from one another.”

Protesters were upset that the city was paying for the event headlining a religious figure.

“It's our mayor, it's our tax payers dollars going to welcome this hate and that's where we have a problem with that,” said LGBTQ supporter Michael Gagne. “We elected him (Seiler) to represent us in the gay and lesbian community.”

The night before the prayer breakfast, City Commissioner Dean Trantalis - who is openly gay - announced that he would not attend the 55th annual event because of Daly leading the group, which openly believes in gay conversion therapy and opposes marriage equality and transgender rights.

"I would not want any hint of perception that I was condoning the work of Focus on the Family or helping provide Mr. Daly a platform. It is truly unfortunate that Mr. Daly was invited to be the keynote speaker when the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast should be a place for bringing all segments of Fort Lauderdale together in a spirit of peace and harmony", said Trantalis.

Ft. Lauderdale Police and Broward Sheriff’s officials were on scene throughout the demonstration and inside the convention center.

<![CDATA[South Beach's Iconic Palace Gay Bar Searching For New Home]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:09:01 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/thepalace_722x406_2168759762.jpg

Queens will soon be looking for a new home as one of South Beach’s most iconic gay bars is relocating.

After nearly three decades stationed on the corner of 12th street and Ocean Drive, the legendary Palace bar has announced that the venue is “in a state of transition.”

“The future of the bar has been challenged by the sale of the building and the pending renovations by new owners,” the bar said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

The Palace reassured its patrons that its doors will not be closing permanently, but the 1200 Ocean Drive building may soon be undergoing changes.

Infinity Real Estate group announced the purchased the South Beach location last July.

"Acquiring 1200 Ocean Drive is consistent with our strategy to own irreplaceable mixed-use properties in the most sought after urban districts in the United States," said Infinity’s Investment Director David Berg in a statement.

Palace is Ocean Drive’s only and longest-running LGBT bar. Its rainbow-painted crosswalks, daily over-the-top drag shows and location directly across from the "gay beach" became a fixture as a meeting place for the LGBT community for 29 years. 

<![CDATA[MiFo LGBT Film Fest Now Named OUTshine]]>Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:58:58 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000029080376_1200x675_922946115859.jpg

Mark Gilbert, Board Chair for the MiFo LGBT Film Festival tells Roxanne Vargas about the big changes and exciting things happening at this year's festival.

<![CDATA[Y100's Frankie P Provides the Beats for Pride]]>Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:19:09 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028926212_1200x675_918880835958.jpg

Y100 DJ Frankie P shows Roxanne Vargas and celebrity co-host Ross Mathews how to rock the beat in time for the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade Sunday.

<![CDATA["Moonlight" Actor Shows Support at Pride]]>Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:18:48 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028926303_1200x675_918882883779.jpg

Actor Patrick Decile of "Moonlight" fame tells Roxanne Vargas and celebrity co-host Ross Mathews how he's showing his support at the Miami Beach Gay Pride festivities.

<![CDATA[Miami Beach Gay Pride 2017 Overview]]>Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:18:31 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028926102_1200x675_918884419863.jpg

Roxanne Vargas gives us the details on one of South Beach's biggest events of the year.

<![CDATA[Ross Mathews Talks Celebrity Grand Marshal Duties at Pride]]>Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:18:13 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028926116_1200x675_918884419857.jpg

Celebrity personality and Pride Grand Marshal Ross Mathews tells Roxanne Vargas on upcoming projects and his duties as Celebrity Grand Marshal at this year's Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade.

<![CDATA[Pride Lights the Night]]>Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:17:56 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028926316_1200x675_918884931655.jpg

NBC 6 Reporter Stephanie Bertini shows Roxanne Vargas what went down at Miami Beach Gay Pride's kickoff event, "Pride Lights the Night," including a touching tribute to the Pulse tragedy led by survivor Mario Perez.

<![CDATA[Pride: Mixology]]>Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:17:30 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028926350_1200x675_918882883775.jpg

Patrik Gallineaux of Stoli Vodka and Roger Lords, the Miami Champion of the 2017 Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic join Roxanne Vargas and celebrity co-host Ross Mathews to get in the "spirit" of Miami Beach Gay Pride weekend!

<![CDATA["Rock City" at Pride]]>Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:17:08 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028926329_1200x675_918885955605.jpg

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President & CEO of Celebrity Cruises, tells Roxanne Vargas and celebrity co-host ross mathews about Rock City-- one of the special performances going on during Miami Beach Gay Pride festivities.

<![CDATA[Ally Marshals Seth and Liebe Gadinsky]]>Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:16:46 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028926129_1200x675_918879811972.jpg

Ally Marshals Seth and Liebe Gadinsky talk to Roxanne Vargas about being honored as an ally for LGBTQ equality while at this year's Miami Beach Gay Pride Festivities.

<![CDATA[Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade]]>Sun, 09 Apr 2017 17:34:40 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/beach+gay+pride.jpg

Music filled Ocean Drive as the 2017 Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival culminated with a parade.

Thousands of people filled the streets as a few thousand marched and performed along 5th and 15th Street Sunday afternoon

"This lets people show who they really are and be free," Antonio Matos said.

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In its eighth year, Miami Beach Gay Pride rallies with all to stand with the LGBTQ community.

"I'm a teacher and work with the public school system and work with 4th and 5th graders and what I like to do is promote university," said Kevin Sepúlveda. "So with my students I'm always promoting how it's important to not look at people as individuals that are different from one another but rather look at them as people who are all equal to everyone else."

And as we enter a time of inclusiveness, many are reflecting on how things have changed.

"When I came out of the closet they used to kill us now they at least bear with us here so it's good and I've seen really good actions nowadays," Idania Gato said.

NBC 6 is a proud sponsor and participant of the this years Gay Pride Parade— so a few familiar faces could be seen enjoying the festivities.

"NBC 6 in its fourth year of supporting pride and it doesn't get any better than that the excitement and everybody just so happy to be out here and celebrate each other and the LGBTQ community." said NBC 6 anchor Jawan Strader.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com
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<![CDATA[Miami Beach Gay Pride Weekend Events]]>Sat, 08 Apr 2017 16:19:14 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028935206_1200x675_916987459585.jpg

Miami Beach Gay Pride is officially underway!

The three-day event that features a number of festivities with more than 125 LGBT-friendly vendors and businesses, celebrities, musical performances, refreshments, food and a family-friendly play area.

The weekend will conclude with the massive Gay Pride Parade starting at 12 p.m. Sunday – which NBC 6 and Telemundo 51 are proud sponsors of.

Here are all details of the exciting events you can attend:

Garden of Eve - Saturday

  • Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 12:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Stop by the Garden of Eve beer tent during the Pride Festival on April 8th and 9th and join women from the community for beer, pretzels, board games, oversized yard games, entertainment and much more! This Women’s event is family-friendly. Come join the fun and your fellow ladies! Join the ladies on Saturday for Card Readings by The Amethyst by Andrea and music by DJ Zehno and a special PULSE Tribute by DeAnn Carroll.

Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival - Saturday

  • Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 12:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Lummus Park, Miami Beach (11th to 14th Street on Ocean Dr)
  • Beach Party with International DJs, Exhibitors, Community Booths, Family Fun Zone, Food Vendors and Cash Bars.

Pride Press Conference

  • Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Join Host Elvis Duran from Y-100’s “The Morning Show” as he dishes with our Marshals and special Pride guests. Spectator Q&A will also allow people in the audience to ask our special guests questions.
  • Expected to drop by: Ross Mathews, Celebrity Grand Marshal “Uncle” Johnny Pool, Advocate Marshal Liebe & Seth Gadinsky, Ally Marshals Bebe Rexha, Headline Performer

Latin Stage - Saturday

  • Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 12:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Headline Performance by LALINEA on the Latin Stage at Lummus Park!

Garden of Eve - Sunday

  • Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 12:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Stop by the Garden of Eve beer tent during the Pride Festival on April 8th and 9th and join women from the community for beer, pretzels, board games, oversized yard games, entertainment and much more! This Women’s event is family-friendly. Come join the fun and your fellow ladies and groove to the vibe of Baritone DJS, and DJ Zehno.

Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade

  • Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Don't miss the fun and excitement as the Pride Parade starts at noon. Grand Stand seating will be available to enjoy the show between 11th and 12th streets on Ocean Drive. Arrive early to get your spot along Ocean Drive. Streets will be blocked off starting at 11:30 am except for 10th Street. Once the Parade starts at noon, Ocean Drive will be closed and the only way to cross is on 5th Street or 15th Street. Please no large bags or backpacks.

Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival - Sunday

  • Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 12:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Lummus Park, Miami Beach (11th to 14th Street on Ocean Dr)
  • Beach Party with International DJs, Exhibitors, Community Booths, Family Fun Zone, Food Vendors and Cash Bars.

Grandstand Stage

  • Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Join emcees Roxanne Vargas from NBC6 and Tiffany T. Fantasia for all the colorful commentary on the loud and colorful parade as the floats pass by and the contingencies march onward.

Latin Stage - Sunday

  • Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 12:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Headline Performance by PALO! on the Latin Stage at Lummus Park!


Miami Beach Gay Pride Opening Ceremonies

  • Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Join host Elvis Duran, the whole cast of Y-100’s “The Morning Show,” the Mayor and City Commissioners, Celebrity Cruises, the Pride Board of Directors, the 2017 Pride Marshals, and special surprise guests for the official Opening Ceremonies of the Pride Festival.

Palace's Annual Rock the Block Free Block Party

  • Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 2:00pm to 11:00pm
  • Join the fun at Palace Bar's Annual Rock the Block Party featuring an opening set by DJ Carlos Rojas followed by DJ Danny Verde!

For more information about Miami Beach Gay Pride click here.

    <![CDATA[Miami Beach Kicking Off Gay Pride Weekend]]>Fri, 07 Apr 2017 06:48:03 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/gayparade_722x406_scaled_cropp1.jpg

    The city of Miami Beach is officially kicking off Gay Pride Week on Thursday – while also launching a program for business and organizations to show their commitment to the safety and equal treatment of LGBTQ residents and visitors.

    The “Safe Place” program kicks off Thursday to continue the city’s commitment to the community. Its debut was planned to go inside with the opening day of one of the city’s biggest events each year.

    At 8 p.m. tonight, Pride Week will begin when a pulse nightclub survivor will "flip the switch" to illuminate the Promenade in rainbow colors. 30 minutes after -- the Betsy South Beach will host poetry readings in support, including a poem dedicated to the pulse victims.

    The weekend will conclude with the massive Gay Pride Parade starting at 12 p.m. Sunday – which NBC 6 and Telemundo 51 are proud sponsors of.

    Photo Credit: Richard Murray]]>
    <![CDATA[Bebe Rexha and More Heading to Miami Beach Gay Pride ]]>Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:49:33 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/031717+miami+beach+gay+pride.jpg

    Roxanne Vargas speaks with Executive Director Dave Cook about the exciting celebrity lineup at this year's Miami Beach Gay Pride festivities.

    <![CDATA[Freedom Tower to be Lit in Pride Colors for Pulse Victims]]>Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:07:29 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/174*120/GettyImages-142858851.jpg

    As Miami Beach prepares for the annual Gay Pride parade and festival next month, another landmark in Miami-Dade County will take part in celebrating the weekend – while honoring those lost in the Pulse nightclub shooting.

    Miami Dade College, owners of the historic Freedom Tower located off Biscayne Boulevard, will illuminate the national landmark in the colors of the rainbow pride flag on April 8th – the day before the annual parade on the beach.

    “Pride Lights the Night is an evening when buildings throughout Miami will showcase pride colors in support of LGBT pride and in memory of the Pulse nightclub victims and their families,” the school said in a statement.

    This year’s events will be the first since the tragic murders last June 12th, when 49 people were killed and over 50 more injured when Omar Mateen opened fire inside the popular gay nightclub in Orlando.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Miami Beach Gay Pride Announces Marshals for 2017]]>Wed, 08 Mar 2017 16:48:08 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pride+0.jpg

    The 9th annual Miami Beach Gay Pride announced Wednesday the marshals for this year's parade. NBC 6/Telemundo is a proud sponsor of the Miami Beach Gay Pride.

    For the first time, the Miami Beach Gay Pride honors four marshals who have significantly contribute to the LGBTQ community.

    This year's celebrity grand marshal is TV Personality and Human Rights Campaign supporter Ross Matthews. He will lead the loud and colorful parade that's expected to draw more than 130,000 spectators this year.

    The advocate marshals are iHeart Radio's Elvis Duran and the Morning Show's and legendary bartender "Uncle" Johnny Pool. Pool bartended at the famous Stonewall Inn in the 1960s.

    Activists Liebe and Seth Gadinsky will serve as ally marshals.

    “We are really proud to expand our Marshal program this year,” said Mark Fernandes, chair of the Pride board. “As an organization and an event, it is critical that we embody the diversity and inclusiveness of the entire community we serve. We can think of no better way to live up to that promise than by celebrating the accomplishments and efforts of these four outstanding leaders.”

    Miami Beach Gay Pride runs April 7-9. The three-day weekend kicks off with a VIP reception Friday, Saturday beach party and festival and Sunday's parade and festival.

    Photo Credit: NBC 6 South Florida]]>
    <![CDATA[Winter Party Festival Underway in South Florida]]>Sat, 04 Mar 2017 00:32:52 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Winter+Party+Festival1.jpg

    The biggest LGBTQ gathering is underway in South Florida at The Winter Party Festival.

    The week-long festival includes dance and social events that are aimed to raise money for the LGBTQ community.

    Winter Party held a VIP cocktail reception Thursday night at the Rooftop Garden at the New World Center in Miami Beach.

    The crown jewel of Winter Party is the Beach Party which is being held on Sunday at Lummus Park in Miami Beach. 

    This year's event honors Mario Casal, a veteran of the hospitality industry credited with making sure the festival always has a home in Miami Beach.

    The Miami Beach Police Department is getting into the spirit of Winter Party. The department rolled out a newly redesigned "pride" patrol car.

    Winter Party Festival runs through Tuesday.

    For more information on events and parties, click here.

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    <![CDATA[Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Speaks Out About Trump Transgender Guidelines]]>Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:09:03 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028187932_1200x675_883814467817.jpg

    NBC 6's Jackie Nespral has a preview of her interview with US Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen about the Trump Administration's transgender guidelines scheduled to air Sunday at 9:30am on Impact with Jackie Nespral.

    <![CDATA['Pink Pistols' Offering Classes in Wake of Pulse Shooting]]>Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:49:09 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/212*120/021517+pink+pistols+classes+orlando+LGBTQ.jpg

    Over eight months after the tragic mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, some members of that city’s LGBTQ community are deciding to arm themselves and learn how to use a gun for defense.

    Pink Pistols, a national gun rights organization catering to the gay community, has begun offering free classes one a month in the city to teach proper use of the weapons. Some of those taking the classes admit they are not fans of guns, but feel they have to protect themselves.

    “The thought of me holding a gun is terrifying,” said Diana Georgey, who signed up for the classes, told NBC affiliate WESH-TV. "It (the Pulse Shooting) affected me in a way that I felt like I can't ever go anywhere and be safe."

    The class is being taught by a licensed instructor from the National Rifle Association. The Pink Pistols say firearms, or at least the idea that they could be carrying concealed weapons, makes members of the LGBTQ community less at risk of being crime victims – with the organization’s slogan being “Armed gays don’t get bashed.”

    Photo Credit: WESH-TV]]>
    <![CDATA[Soiree By the Sea]]>Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:50:32 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000027568271_1200x675_857452099902.jpgMiami Beach Gay Pride weekend is right around the corner. Roxanne Vargas gets a preview of what's to come from Executive Director, Dave Cook.]]><![CDATA[Miami Beach Creates 'Safe Place' Program for LGBTQ Community]]>Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:21:31 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011117+miami+beach+safe+space.jpg

    Miami Beach is launching a "Safe Place" program that will allow for businesses and other organizations to provide safety to members of the LGBTQ community.

    Under the program, a business will register with the Miami Beach Police Department to become a "safe space" where LGBTQ community members can turn to if they're harassed or become victims of crime.

    "We hope this program provides members of the LGBTQ community with safe places throughout Miami Beach that they can turn to if they are the victims of harassment or crime," Commissioner Michael Grieco said. "Any individual who seeks solace in a Safe Space location can be assured that if they are the victim of a crime, police will promptly be called."

    Businesses will receive a decal that can be posted in the window to designate them a safe space. The business will then allow crime and harassment victims to enter and remain at the business until police arrive.

    "It's simple, it's smart and it's a great community collaboration," Miami Beach Police Chief Dan Oates said.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images, City of Miami Beach]]>
    <![CDATA[Orlando City SC Honors Pulse Shooting Victims in New Stadium]]>Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:41:14 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/orlando-united-soccer-team-rainbow.jpg

    Less than seven months after tragedy ravaged their city, one of Orlando’s pro sports teams is honoring the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

    The city’s Major League Soccer franchise, Orlando City SC, unveiled Wednesday 49 seats in their new stadium done in the colors of the rainbow flag – done in memory of the 49 people killed in the June 12 incident on the popular gay nightclub.

    Five rows of eight seats in the colors red, orange, yellow, green and blue go along with another row of nine seats in purple. Each has a plaque on it with the hashtag #OrlandoUnited. The seats are located in Section 12 of the new stadium, in memory of the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

    The team first honored the victims during their game against the San Jose Earthquakes days after the shooting, stopping the game for a moment of silence during the 49th minute as fans flew a rainbow flag to remember those lost.

    Orlando City’s new stadium is located just over two miles north of the nightclub, which remains closed after the owner didn’t sell the building to the city, which sought to turn the building into a memorial.

    The Lions will play thier first game in the new stadium on March 5th.

    Photo Credit: Courtesy Orlando City Soccer]]>
    <![CDATA[South Florida Cities Graded by Group on LGBTQ Equality ]]>Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:50:37 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-72477706.jpg

    A recent survey from the Human Rights Collation shows several Florida cities leading the way nationally when it comes to setting the standard for inclusiveness in the LGBTQ community.

    The group’s annual Municipal Equality Index – which grades cities based on everything from anti-discrimination laws in jobs and housing to having openly gay civic leaders – ranked 37 cities across the country as “All-Star Cities” based on the criteria.

    Florida had the most cities of any state, with eight being named All-Stars. Wilton Manors, West Palm Beach, Orlando and St. Petersburg all had perfect scores of 100 (when bonus points were added), while Gainesville (98), Tallahassee (92) and Miami Shores (91) also made the list.

    Oakland Park and Tampa both finished with scores of 86.

    Across South Florida, the numbers were not great for everyone. Fort Lauderdale finished with a score of 80 and Pembroke Pines scored 78 – while Coral Gables (61), Miami (49) and Hialeah (49) finished with failing grades from the group.

    Hollywood finished with the lowest score in the area at 43.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[NBC 6 Goes Purple For Spirit Day to Stop Bullying]]>Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:05:08 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/nbc+6+spirit+day+photo+gallery+cover.JPG]]><![CDATA[Join NBCUniversal in Celebrating Spirit Day Thursday!]]>Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:50:23 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/240*120/spirit+day+picture.png

    Thursday, the NBCUniversal family – including NBC 6 – will join with GLADD and Go Purple to celebrate Spirit Day. The initiative encourages people nationwide to take a stand against bullying and show solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.

    You can join in the efforts by wearing purple to help send a message of unity and that bullying is wrong and unacceptable.

    If you and your co-workers join in on the campaign, share your photos and messages of support across social media simply by using the hashtags #PrideNBCU and #SpiritDay.

    In 2015, organizations across the country, including The White House, professional sports teams and much of the NBCUniversal team, joined citizens in wearing purple to show their support.