The Gay Community of Key West
t's virtually impossible to spend even a few days in Key
West without making new friends. You'll be
swapping addresses and phone numbers with
new made acquaintances you want to see more
of. These may be locals who moved down years
go, and haven't regretted a day of their
stay. Or visitors like yourself-first timers,
or people who return every year, dreaming
of the day they can come and stay forever.
New gay friends,
certainly. New straight friends as well. "Gay" and "straight" are
distinctions that don't matter much, socially, in Key West. The city is famous
for the way everyone gets along with everyone else. People, typically, are judged
not on their sexual orientation but on their personalities and their congeniality.
Which is why a
gay man or woman- and couples- can probably
feel more at ease in this community than
anywhere else on earth. You can be yourself,
because everyone else wants to be themselves,
There are those
who prefer to holiday in an all-gay world,
and that can be managed in Key West. If you
fancy sunbathing nude, for instance, you'll
stay at certain guesthouses. Many also find
the privacy of a gay guesthouse the kind
of relaxed headquarters they like. Others
enjoy larger resorts and some like accommodations
that welcome all.
Is Key West a
gay Mecca? Maybe, among other things. But
it's far more useful to think of Key West
in wider terms- simply as the most liberal,
most civilized, most live-and-let-live, most
socially sophisticated city on the planet.
A U.S. city like no other. And a tropical
vacation playground as well, First island
of the Caribbean.
to love it here- for all the reasons that
will bring you back again and again.
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West Business Guild.