5 Reasons You Should Attend the Winter Party

Plus, we've included plenty of eye-candy to drive home our point.

It’s nearly time for The Winter Party Festival (WPF) to heat up Miami Beach again when it takes place from February 27 to March 5. Here are five reasons (plus plenty of photos from last year’s event) to explain why you absolutely have to go:

  1. It’s for a good cause.

    Photo courtesy of Winter Party.

    The Winter Party is a fundraiser for the National LGBTQ Task Force. Much of its proceeds support the Task Force’s efforts to create real change for the LGBTQ community on a national level, however, a significant amount of money raised is also donated to local service organizations. Last year’s event alone raised $215,000, for a total of nearly $3 million since its first year.

    “The National LGBTQ Task Force’s Winter Party Festival is truly a magical experience of coming home to celebrate with community as we create true justice, equality, and fairness for all of us,” Rea Carey, Executive Director, tells NewNowNext.

  2. It keeps getting bigger every year.

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    What began in 1994 as just a huge dance party held on the sands of Miami Beach soon drew thousands of LGBTQ people from around the world. Today, the WPF has grown to include dozens of events—from cocktail parties and stage shows to pool parties and health advocacy programs—drawing more than 10,000 attendees.

  3. It’s a truly diverse event.

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    This year’s theme — “With Open Arms” — focuses on the organization’s dedication to make the Winter Party Festival a welcoming environment for all. In fact, a study last year by the Task Force and the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau found that more than half of all attendees were non-Caucasian. And, in keeping with this year’s theme, the WPF will feature more female DJs than ever before, including Sharon O Love (making her US debut), Anne Louise, and MORABITO.

  4. By attending, you’ll help fund a lot of good work.

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    This year alone, the Task Force spearheaded a number of initiatives championing LGBTQ rights. In January, the Task Force convened over 4,000 activists in Washington, D.C. at the 30th Creating Change Conference. The annual conference offered over 350 workshops, plenaries, panels, and entertainment. It was the largest LGBTQ Capital Hill Advocacy Day ever. The Task Force’s political team focused its efforts on two significant political referendums: “Yes on Three” in Massachusetts which would shore up anti-discrimination protection for trans residents, and “Yes on Four” in Florida, which concerned voter disenfranchiment to LGBTQ communities. Both efforts passed with the Task Force’s help.

  5. Did we mention all the sexy attendees?

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      You’re welcome! For tickets, visit WinterParty.com.

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