South Beach Florida has created a very unique visitors center in the heart of South Beach. In 2000 the Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Community Center was formed from the South Beach Business Guild and Miami Network. Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted an ran the website, www.gogaymiami.com. This was the first LGBT guide created in South Florida and led the way for great things to come. In November 2010, The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc., & MetLife announced the official opening of the LGBT Visitor Center on Washington Avenue. MetLife has long been a part of the LGBT community providing support through unique financial plans helping gay couples around the country. Greg Stott stated “ MetLife is so excited to sponsor Miami Beach’s LGBT Visitor Center. The company has long-supported the LGBT community by providing financial services and solutions to help individuals and couples plan for their unique financial concerns. This sponsorship is another example of MetLife’s commitment to diversity and equality.”
Since the opening of this center Steve Adkins, president of the MDGLCC has brought a new light to South Beach and South Florida with goals to help the entire community that surrounds them. The visitors center houses the MDGLCC and Rich Murray Agency and the space is available to the entire community any day of the week. Over the years, the MDGLCC has seen a growth of 20% each year and they are working on initiatives to expand into the local Latin community of Miami-Dade County and Broward County. Steve is a long time supporter in South Florida helping to pave the way for many generations to come. His hard work and dedication to the Gay & Lesbian community has paved the wave for new and exciting programs in South Beach. He is currently working on a hospitality program that will help business owners of restaurants, nightclubs, hotels and any other business become a more diverse working environment. This new program called the “Pink Flamingo” is set to launch in the summer of 2011. The program will train owners and employees on how to relate to the specific needs of the LGBT community. They will also help businesses establish domestic partnership recognition and gender identity training for the transgendered community. This will be the first program of its kind to hit South Florida. Way to Go Miami for always leading the way!
And a special thanks to Palace Bar of South Beach for donating one of the largest Pride flags I have ever seen. This flag has been commissioned as the office Pride Flag of South Beach. The Visitors Center of Miami Beach is truly a unique place with great goals for the future. Show your support this year at Pride South Beach and stop by the MDGLCC booth and of course don’t miss them in the Parade.
Info about, “MDGLCC is the largest not-for-profit corporation in the county for gay and lesbian businesses. With membership on the rise, the Chamber’s mission is to promote a unified and thriving LGBT and LGBT-friendly business and professional community throughout the County. The Chamber’s goals are to promote networking within the existing gay and gay-friendly business and professional community; to promote business opportunities for Chamber members; to promote Miami and Miami Beach as year-round, gay and gay-friendly tourist destinations; to provide resources for our members; and to provide outreach from our community to other organizations. For more information, contact the MDGLCC by calling 305-573-4000, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, by clicking www.gogaymiami.com or by visiting the LGBT Welcome Center at 1130 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139.” Provided by The Murray Agency.