Not Very Ladylike with Karrissa Wade: Jacksonville’s Top 5 LGBT friendly spots

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Fun listicle in this mini episode of Not Very Ladylike —filmed at TVJax! Long time MJ Correspondent, Karrissa Wade lists five of the most LGBT friendly spaces in Jacksonville. (outside of LGBT establishments).

What makes a place LGBT friendly? Mostly, its attitude and an open embrace of LGBT people and culture. A lot of places show that they welcome LGBT community by displaying rainbow emblems or flags. But some go the extra mile, by adding Out performers to their lineups and offerings. Others show support by statements of equality like non gendered bathrooms signs. Still others have fundraising events and celebrate Pride Month (June) in solidarity with their LGBT neighbors. All of the places on Karrissa’s list have done these things.

Number five is Candy Apple in downtown’s Hemming Park—an area that has become incredibly comfortable for LGBT events and people over the past decade. But you might find the rest of the places on the list surprising!

Perhaps it isn’t very surprising that four of the five places on the list are in either Downtown or Riverside. Areas that are notable for cultural communities and creative aspirations—and places whose revitalization has been contributed to heavily by the LGBT community.

Karrissa delivers the list with her trademark sass and a viewpoint that is a trademark of one of the most plainspoken drag performers in the south.

You can catch Karrissa on Channel 12’s talk show “The Chat” with increasing frequency. You can see her perform live on Tuesday’s at Hamburger Mary’s (doing a super inappropriate game of Cards Against Humanity).Or follow her dizzying performance schedule across North Florida.

Check out the video, and let us know if you agree with her choices! Add the spots you would like to see included in the future.

First Lady of Jacksonville, Karrissa Wade/photo by toni smailagic
First Lady of Jacksonville, Karrissa Wade
photo by toni smailagic

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