The Sunshine State will be prouder than ever as at least three gay pride gatherings will boast over 100,000 participants. Last year, records were toppled as two pride celebrations, St. Petersburg and Orlando, reported over 100,000 participants at their main events in June and October, respectively. We will see at least three celebrations attract more than 100,000 people in 2014 — my guess is that, in addition to St. Pete Pride and Come Out with Pride Orlando, either Orlando’s Gay Days Week, Miami Beach Gay Pride, or quite possibly both, will break six figures this year.
May will be the month of divas as Cher and Lady Gaga perform to sold-out crowds in Florida. This autumn, Cher announced that she would be going on her first tour in a decade, The Dressed to Kill Tour. Her tour will bring her to Orlando’s Amway Center on May 16 and to the BB&T Center in Sunrise on May 17. Both shows sold out within 30 minutes. Not to be outdone, Lady Gaga, who had to cancel her Florida tour appearances in early 2013 after suffering a labral tear to her hip, announced a brand new tour to accompany her album ARTPOP. At this time her only Florida tour date will be at the BB&T Center on May 4. Tickets sold out in mere seconds when they were made available to the general public. Florida’s gay community will definitely be abuzz with diva talk this May.
Florida will market itself as a destination for gay travelers like never before — and break records in the process. Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Orlando spent millions of dollars revamping their image to attract more gay visitors in 2013, and 2014 will be no different. Orlando in particular is hoping to host more conventions and woo more travel writers to spread the word far and wide about the city’s thriving gay scene. Fort Lauderdale plans to sell itself to gays across the country with views of sunny beaches to people in Times Square and spectators at the Super Bowl. Miami’s tourism board will play a pivotal role at New York’s International Gay and Lesbian Business and Entertainment Expo in March. Tens of millions of dollars are being spent to woo gay travelers from all over the world, and the number of gays and lesbians on vacation in Florida will no doubt break records in 2014.
The marriage equality question will be up for a vote again in Florida, but will it succeed?
IN THE UNITED STATES
Marriage equality will be law in more states as discriminatory laws fall like dominoes.
Out of all the notable comings out in 2014, one will be an NFL player. 2013 had many notable comings out in sports. Major league soccer welcomed its first gay player, as did pro basketball leagues the NBA and WNBA. College athletics also supported out gay players. While there are straight allies who speak out for gay rights, such as Brendon Ayanbadejo and Chris Kluwe, no current professional football player has come out yet — but 2014 will most likely be the year. Rising-star quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck think now is the time for there to be openly gay players in the NFL, and it’s one of the last barriers needing to be broken in sports. It’s just a matter of time.
For the gay community in Russia, things will get worse before they get better. All eyes will be
Popular culture will continue to influence American minds on gay rights — in the right direction. In 2013, it was declared by TIME Magazine that the battle for gay rights had been all
You’ll have more spending power this year, but only a little more. The economy is forecast to grow in 2014, which is good news, but it is expected to grow at a similar or even slower rate than it did in 2013. National LGBT spending power is expected to clock in at $870 billion in 2014, up from $830 billion last year. What does this mean for the LGBT consumer? You’re allowed a few more discretionary choices this year. For example, this won’t be the year that you can buy your dream house in Provence, Malibu or Aspen, but this might be the year you can trade in your current car for a new one.
White fabrics and “Greatest Generation” retro fashions will be in style, and so will…florals? The old adage “Don’t wear white after Labor Day!” has been a mere guideline at best for Floridians, but the spring/summer 2014 fashion shows in Milan, Paris and New York City insist that white is here to stay, all year round. The fashions of the ’40s and ’50s are also back, with loose-cut pants and peak lapel shirts ready to be all the rage come April and May. The fashion trend that I’m not particularly digging, but the designers insist will be big, are floral prints (yes, for women AND men). I’m no Anna Wintour but I have trouble believing that last trend will be popular!