The history of gay Miami is an integral part of the Miami we know today. From this city’s first gay rights parade in 1978 to the massive annual Miami Beach Gay Pride celebration that comes to town every April, queer communities have fought hard for their right to live and thrive in South Florida. And while the progress is still ongoing, it’s undeniable that gay Miami has come a long way. Today, Miami’s queer community is once again on the forefront of the city’s nightlife, art and culture. Miami drag has never been bigger—or more inventive—than right now (shoutout to Wigwood), queer parties and queer nights are popping up all over town and the best gay clubs in Miami continue to keep the music going night after night. Now the only thing left to do is go out and explore it all.