BY STEVE ROTHAUS
Gloria Estefan, grand marshal of Sunday's Miami Beach Gay Pride parade and her husband Emilio on Thursday attended a VIP kick-off event at the W Hotel for the weekend's activities.
"The gay community’s been so supportive of our music from before it was even in the mainstream. They were out there in the clubs in full force, always representing and supporting," Estefan told the Miami Herald Thursday night..
"Secondly, I’m a Miami Beach resident and lover, I’ve been here forever and I think it’s a wonderful thing for the city," said Estefan, a longtime supporter of LGBT rights and marriage equality.
"I’m very happy to be celebrating the fact that I think we’re moving towards real equality," she said. "Of all the causes that have been, this has been really coming at breakneck speed, which makes me very happy for the gay community, the LGBT community. We’re all human beings. We deserve to share the same rights. Consenting adults should be able to make their lives the way they want legally, in every way."
Click here to view a gallery from Thursday's reception. Photos by Steve Rothaus / Miami Herald Staff.