Happy Pride Month! With a rich history of being an inclusive and welcoming city, we’re fortunate in Key West to feel like it’s Pride Month all year long! So, on that note, here are a few interesting facts on Key West’s proud LGBTQ history:
2015: In 2015, the City of Key West installedfour permanent rainbow crosswalks at the intersection of Duval Street and Petronia Street. Just last year (in 2020) the City redid the rainbow design during a repaving project, which made the rainbow colors stand out even more vividly!
Finally, in 2018, Key West residents elected Teri Johnston, a former city commissioner, to become the City’s Mayor. This election made Mayor Johnston the first openly gay woman elected mayor of a major Florida city.
In sum, there’s so much more to learn about the City of Key West’s rich history on LGBTQ inclusion and so much more. Take a look at what else there is to explore (hint: it’s A LOT!) by visiting www.keywesthistoricseaport.com.