MBVCA in our community

Vice Chair Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA)

Long an advocate for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community, the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA) was recognized and rewarded for their advocacy and support by the Miami- Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) on June 23rd with the Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award.

Miami Beach, one of the most progressive cities for the LGBT community recently developed the Pink Flamingo Program, a partnership between the MDGLCC and the LGBT Visitor Center on Miami Beach to educate area hoteliers, tour companies and other travel-related businesses on the needs of LGBT travelers and provide incentives to hoteliers who wish to offer LGBT travelers special deals. The MBVCA via financial grants also annually sponsors gay-friendly events including the White Party, Winter Party, Miami Beach Gay Pride, the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and Aqua Girl.

“The Miami Beach Visitor & Convention Authority’s impact cannot be measured jus in absolute dollars,” said Steve Adkins President, Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Steve is also the Co-Chair of the VCA. “For many LGBT organizations, whether or not their even will take place from year to year is a func tion of the grant money they receive from the MBVCA. Over the years, the many LGBT organizations hosting events on the beach, from White to Winter Party, Aqua Girl, Gay Pride and the Gay & Lesbian Film Festival are all examples that withou the VCA, they would find it financially dif ficult to continue, let alone expand their offerings.”

On Saturday June23 the MDGLCC host ed its 11th Orange Gala in celebration of Miami Dade’s thriving LGBT community The event is dedicated to recognizing busi nesses, organizations and individuals who have made outstanding efforts to suppor and contribute to the advancement of the LGBT community. Honors are bestowed on organizations whose commitment to diversity is unwavering in their inclusion of the LGBT community.

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