Although Fort Myers is the seat of Lee County and the most recognizable city name in the region, Southwest Florida Gay Pride actually takes place just across the Caloosahatchee River in Cape Coral, which is also a larger community, with a fast-growing population of about 180,000 compared with 65,000 in Fort Myers. Southwest Florida Pride takes place in Fort Myers in October at the Alliance for the Arts.
Southwest Florida Gay Pride takes place in early October - the date this year is October 8, 2016, and it's held from noon until 7 pm.
Cape Coral has grown rapidly in recent years - as recently as 1980, it actually had a lower population than its historic neighbor. Both areas are flanked by popular Gulf of Mexico beach communities, including Pine Island and beautiful, crescent-shaped Sanibel Island, and vacationers and retirees continue to flock to this part of the state, as they do just down I-75 in the city of Naples.
By no means as popular with LGBT visitors as southeastern Florida cities like Fort Lauderdale and Miami, or even St. Petersburg 110 miles north, Fort Myers and Cape Coral do have steadily growing gay communities.
Fort Myers Gay Resources - Cape Coral Gay Resources
You can find out about the local GLBT scene in the Fort Myers Gay Bars and Restaurants Guide. You'll also find plenty of information about hotels and resorts in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and the surrounding coast by checking out the official tourism site of the Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel.