Southern Pride is our monthly column exploring and celebrating LGBTQ culture in Southern cities. This month we're heading to the Sunshine State to check out the scene in Orlando.
Orlando’s identity has always been synonymous with one thing: Disney. The mere mention of the city’s name conjures images of roller coaster rides and live versions of Mickey, Goofy and an array of Disney princesses. What wasn’t top of mind was Orlando’s long-standing reputation as being a diverse, inclusive and welcoming city for the LGBTQ community.
It took a horrific tragedy to shine a national spotlight on Orlando’s LGBTQ community. On June 12, 2016, all eyes were on Orlando when an armed man entered Pulse, a popular gay night club, and killed 49 people. More than 50 others were wounded.