What’s the reasoning behind Gay8?
The demographics and identity of Miami’s heart is in flux. Little Havana is the historical, spiritual core of the Magic City. It’s long, colorful history involves all of Miami’s prominent, ethnic communities at one point or another (African-Americans, Anglos, Cuban-Americans, Haitians, Jews, Mexicans, Nicaraguans and yes Gay Americans as well.) Presently there is a another shift taking place in the area—while there is palpable energy in the air as new, younger Miamians begin to populate the historic neighborhood, talk of gentrification, uncontrolled development, a fragile, self sustaining economy and rising crime rates concern everyone.
The LGBTQ community has a long track record of leading restoration and revitalization efforts in several of Miami’s historic communities i.e. Coconut Grove, South Beach, Wynwood, and Midtown. In the aforementioned areas, the gay community has been instrumental in balancing historic preservation with economic development, celebrating diversity while maintaining professional and civic standards that attract tourism and investment. Gay women and men in Miami have been pivotal in redefining the city’s most significant urban enclaves—Little Havana will be no different.
The Hispanic LGBTQ community in Miami host the Gay8 Festival (and its ancillary events) in an effort to promote connection across diverse communities, business, tourism, culture and economic activity in Little Havana (Miami) Florida.
Whether it’s a long time resident of South Florida who hasn’t had much of a reason to check out Little Havana in some time or an out of town snowbird or intrigued foreign traveler that pops into Miami Dade County to check out Gay8, the event strives to build a lasting bridge that will bring all of the city’s communities together in celebration and forge a union that will unite us all as proud Miamians for generations to come.
Today, the Gay8 Festival stands as the largest Hispanic/Latino festival in America! None of that can happen without you.