Southern Pride: A guide to Tampa’s LGBTQ scene

January 23, 2019

During her visit to explore why everyone is moving to Tampa, writer Annette Benedetti also wanted to explore Tampa’s LGBTQ scene and friendliness on the heels of Tampa receiving a perfect MEI score from the Human Rights Campaign.


She discovered the score of 100 is well earned. In addition to the number of resources, organizations and events that are available to the LGBTQ community, the local government and community are inclusive and welcoming.


“For our LGBT friends, what we have done institutionally is put a lot of things in place to make sure they know that they are welcome … and that their value is inherently honored. We are not ever, ever going to discriminate against anybody for any reason,” said City of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.