Best Of 2021

Best small-town pride: Gulfport Pride

Gulfport Pride

The City of Gulfport has much to be proud of, from its gay-friendly reputation to its relaxed beach-town vibe, seafood, shopping, and art scene. In May, Gulfport cemented its reputation as an LGBTQ-friendly place to live with its first day-long Pride event. It seemed like all of Gulfport showed up to the event, yet I still found a decent parking spot. The day began with a performance by the Gulfport Gecko Amalgamated Marching Band and a Pride flag raising at the Gulfport Public Library. Afterward, people perused work by LGBTQ+ artists at ArtOut and shopped at the vendor-filled outdoor Pride market lining both sides of Beach Boulevard. As evening approached, folks made their way to Salty’s Gulfport and Neptune Grill for Vibrator races, drag performances and live music. I came home at the end of the day happy, exhausted, and covered in rainbows. Gulfport sure knows how to show a girl a good time.