IN 2005, THE NEW YORK TIMES PUBLISHED an article by Robert Andrew Powell with the sensationalist title “Is Key West Going Straight?” Apparently, the island once deemed Gay Paradise was slipping from its coveted spot at the top of the best gay vacation destinations in the country — and then, literally, when a 2012 issue of The Advocate dropped Key […]

The Rainbow Flag — pride, identity and triumph

A flag is simply, by its primary dictionary definition, “a piece of cloth or similar material, typically oblong or square, attachable by one edge to a pole or rope and used as the symbol or emblem of a country or institution or as a decoration during public festivities.” But flags are powerful symbols; perhaps the world’s most powerful. Witness our […]

An insider’s look at Key West

The most traveled and visible street in Key West is only the beginning, the surface, of what the town has to offer. Ask the locals about their favorite spots, stroll through quiet neighborhoods or down alleyways off Duval and you’ll begin to dive deeper into the quieter, more diverse and less readily apparent offerings. Here are eight spots that you […]

Getting around Key West

1. Southernmost Point The corner of South Street and White head Street The city of Key West erected this now-famous concrete buoy in 1983 to denote the southernmost point in the continental United States. 2. Conch Tour Train 303 Front St., Key West (305) 294-5161 or (888) 916-8687 The Conch Train has been winding its way through the […]


For a comprehensive guide and map to Key West’s finest art galleries, visit SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK The Historic Armory Studios 600 White St.(704) 819-2487Conchead2@yahoo.comPaintings by Michael J. PhillipsOngoing SALT Gallery SALT Island Provisions830 Fleming St.SALT Island on FacebookFeatured artist Jill CaldwellOngoing through June 30 Key West Art and Historical Society Custom House281 Front St.Kwahs.orgRoberta Marks: A Retrospective30 years […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Mystery Writers Key West Fest June 10-12Double Tree Grand Key Resort3990 S. Roosevelt Purple Stardust Happy Hour and Karaoke Tribute to David Bowie Sponsored by the Studios of Key West5-8 p.m. June 10The Bottlecap1128 Simonton Second Annual Casino Night “Denim and Diamonds”Rotary Club Key West Fundraiser7 p.m. June 11Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel3841 N. Roosevelt Blvd. […]

Pride in Paradise — Key West Burlesque

Burlesque is alive and well in Key West. In fact, it’s thriving now, more than ever. It’s hard to believe it wasn’t always a part of the town’s monthly entertainment, because we have the perfect environs for it. But as hard as I’ve tried, there is very little history of it here. That is, until Christa Hunt moved here 11 […]


Key West Royalty, His Highness, Tom Luna

Tom Luna. Biker. Bartender. Ballet dancer. Actor. Director. Emcee. Entrepreneur. Activist. Icon. It’s virtually impossible to live in Key West and not know him. Or at least know of him. Because he’s out there, always involved, always engaging, always up to something interesting. With Tom, to know him truly is to love him, because he’s genuine and gregarious from the […]


The Stonewall Rebellion

There is in psychology a term “false memory,” described as “memory for a past that never was” or more sympathetically as “the observation that a true event was remembered, but in a somewhat mistaken way” (E.F. Loftus, Current Directions in Psychological Science, 1997). For almost 50 years, I “remembered” being, for a couple of hours the previous night, in the […]


Gina Maserati — Pretty in Pink

When you think of a drag queen, you generally imagine a guy dressed as a girl, all glittered up on an elaborate stage with various props, lip syncing and performing various choreographed numbers, sometimes with other performers, for some laughs and sexy debauchery. Not so with this fast and furious Maserati. Gina is the real deal. You can find her […]

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