In June of 2018, Johnny Miller, Fernandina Beach Commissioner and Mayor, arranged to fly the gay pride flag over city hall for one week in acknowledgement and celebration of the Fernandina Beach LGBTQ+ community. In September 2018 the city commission passed a resolution that only allows for the federal, state, and city flags to be flown over city hall. During discussion at this meeting, several people spoke about the importance of recognizing the LGBTQ+ community in Fernandina Beach. Each and every commissioner asked that instead of flying a flag, the city hold a Gay Pride Parade instead.
Fernandina Beach Pride, Inc. was formed in January 2019 by a group of dedicated activists that believe the LGBTQ+ community in Fernandina Beach deserves to be acknowledged and celebrated. On June 8th and 9th 2019, the first Fernandina Beach Gay Pride Weekend will include a Saturday parade, daylong festival, and Sunday faith services across the community. It will be the first of many celebrations, activities, events, and outreach honoring Fernandina’s LGBTQ+ community.
Fernandina Beach Pride’s vision is to create an inspiring and dedicated culture of support across our diverse community. They encourage fellowship and support among participating businesses, professionals, individuals, and charitable pursuits in the LGBTQ+ and allied communities.
For more information and complete schedule of events visit www.fernandinabeachpride.com.