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Pride Points: LGBTQ+ History in The Palm Beaches

Explore some of the LGBTQ+ community’s influential moments and places.

Compass LGBTQ Community Center, Lake Worth Beach 

With roots going back more than three decades, this organization has been a longstanding source of leadership and support, and is one of the largest LGBTQ+ community centers in the country. In addition to providing social services and enrichment programs, Compass hosts the annual Palm Beach Pride, which includes the oldest running Pride parade in Florida.

It also established the Stonewall Black and White Ball, an annual outreach and fundraising event in West Palm Beach that celebrates LGBTQ+ history and highlights opportunities for social justice leadership.

Each year, Compass also partners with Palm Beach Dramaworks on the Legacy Project. This effort pairs LGBTQ+ youth with trailblazers of the community for interviews about their personal histories, which are compiled into digital stories.

Crowd at Palm Beach Pride
Photo credit: Compass Community Center

The Gay Polo League, Wellington 

Polo players riding horses
Photo credit: Scott Fisher

H.G. Roosters, West Palm Beach 

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