Florida Keys celebrates 20th anniversary of One Human Family philosophy

Florida Keys One Human Family philosophy
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The LGBT vacation destination known for celebrating openness and pride, Florida Keys and Key West celebrates the 20th anniversary of its One Human Family philosophy.

In 2000, Florida Keys local designer J.T. Thompson created a car bumper sticker with the words ‘One Human Family’. The LGBT haven Key West city, and subsequently the Monroe Country, later chose to adopt this phrase as its philosophy, as it encapsulates what what life in Key West is all about: compassion, acceptance and respect for people of all kinds.

‘One Human Family’ is particularly treasured by residents and visitors from the LGBT community, nearly 300,000 of whom travel to Key West every year. The destination has long been renowned for its welcoming and accepting attitude toward all people regardless of race, ethnicity or sexual orientation. “The most amazing thing about Key West is how inclusive it is,” said Thompson. “Everybody is welcomed; diversity is encouraged.”

The new video, launched to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the philosophy aims to shows LGBT visitors to Key West that they can honestly and openly feel ‘free to be’ themselves – to make new lifelong friends, play from dawn to dusk, enjoy nonstop partying or simply relax and savour the island experience.

As well as boasting many events for the LGBT community, such as this year’s Key West Pride (3-7 June 2020) and Womenfest (2-6 September 2020), Florida Keys and Key West already has a long heritage of being one of the world’s most welcoming year-round destinations for LGBT travellers.

The city’s LGBT roots stretch back many years. Celebrated gay playwright Tennessee Williams first visited in 1941 and subsequently made his home in Key West, while in 1983 the city elected the United States’ first openly gay mayor. Furthermore in 2015 four permanent rainbow crosswalks being installed by the City of Key West at the intersection of Duval and Petronia streets, cementing the city’s openness to the LGBT community.

For more information on LGBT stays in the Florida Keys & Key West, and about the One Human Family philosophy, visit fla-keys.com.