There’s a New Gay Beach In Southern Florida
Along the New Jersey shore, there’s a town called Belmar that used to have a gay beach. It was never actually dedicated officially as a gay beach, but we all knew that’s where gay people would go and gather and be safe. You could go with your gay friends, you could go alone and meet people, or you could just go alone and sit there with other gay people and not say or do anything. I’m not sure if it’s still there, but at the time it was very nice. Belmar, NJ is a very nice shore town. Even though it’s only an hour from New Hope, I haven’t been there in ages and I’m not even sure if this gay beach is still there.
But that little beach town in New Jersey reminded me of this article where they’re talking about another gay beach in Southern Florida.
Miami Beach City Commissioner Michael Góngora presided over the ribbon-cutting of the sandy spot Thursday morning. He said he recalled as a kid when the original gay beach that used to be on 21st was relocated to 12th Street because famed drag bar The Palace opened on Ocean Drive across the street.
Here’s more. I know basically where these places are in Miami Beach and I’m sure it’s very nice. And I’m all for assimilation, within reason, but sometimes I just want to be with my own culture, too. I don’t think that’s too much to ask for any marginalized group with its own distinct culture.