This week the Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT Chamber of Commerce held a luncheon that focused on travel to South Florida and LGBTQ’s important role in it. Broward County and South Florida is one of the largest LGBTQ+ travel destinations in the world. So when Visit Lauderdale Executive Director Stacy Ritter is the keynote speaker it got our attention. Visit Lauderdale is the Presenting Sponsor for next month’s Pride of the America’s and is vital in promoting Broward County to the world wide LGBTQ+ community. Ritter was introduced by Out 100 recipient Richard Gray, Vice President of Visit Lauderdale She explained her challenge in the environment Ft Lauderdale faces in a world dominated by the hateful and regressive politics of Tallahassee while promoting our travel destination. Ritter had a heart-to-heart and frank conversation of what we all face.

She joked “I might get fired for what I am going to say.” she then adds speaking to Gray “That means you get fired too.” The room erupts in laughter as if to say we absolutely get the joke and Ritter is going nowhere.