Since its inception in 2009, Miami Beach Gay Pride has grown by the thousands each year and serves as a signature event for the LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender] community to come together. What started as a small circuit happening has now become a global event, with visitors coming from around the world. The event, this past April, brought 80,000 people to Miami Beach. On the weekend of October 19th, Miami Beach’s political powerhouses and some of South Florida’s most prominent celebrities came together for the first annual Miami Beach Gay Pride VIP Soiree. The event was held at the Gale South Beach and Regent Hotel located on Collins Avenue.