About

Queer Keys was founded because a couple folks from the Key West community realized that there is a need for LGBTQIA+ programs and services on this island and throughout the Florida Keys. By building this organization from the ground up, one program and service at a time, we hope to create an organization with broad impact and a lasting presence.

TO SUPPORT, EDUCATE, EMPOWER, AND CELEBRATE THE QUEER COMMUNITY IN THE FLORIDA KEYS

TO SEE THE FLORIDA KEYS BECOME A SAFE, SUPPORTIVE, AND CELEBRATORY ISLAND CHAIN FOR ALL PEOPLE

RESPONSIBILITY • EQUITY • TRANSPARENCY • COMMUNITY • INNOVATION

QUEER KEYS IS GROWING INTO A WRAPAROUND LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY CENTER, PROVIDING PROGRAMS AND SERVICES TO PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE FLORIDA KEYS.


WE ENVISION A CENTER WITH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, FREE STI TESTING, COMMUNITY GATHERINGS, EDUCATIONAL EVENTS, AND DEDICATED PROGRAMMING FOR YOUTH, SENIORS, AND TRANS FOLKS.


OUR LENS IS INTERSECTIONAL. OUR GOAL IS TO NURTURE A RESILIENT COMMUNITY FOR EVERYONE.

Chris McNulty

he / him / his

Executive Director

Chris is a community activist, astrologer, philosopher, and bartender. Before moving to Key West, he served as the Community Engagement Coordinator at the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland. Chris is passionate about transforming social systems through community building, celebrating each person’s uniqueness, and helping people blossom. When not working, you can find him dancing, singing karaoke, or knitting.


chris@queerkeys.org

Janiece Rodriguez

she / her / hers

Director of Vision and Progress

Janiece is a transgender activist striving towards dismantling the systems that perpetuate violence and lack of resources for LGBTQ and gender non-conforming people. She has spent the majority of her life in the front lines of the social injustices that still exist within our society. With her transparency, she hopes to bring attention to the needs of the community and trans-inclusive social awareness.


janiece@queerkeys.org

Fritzie Estimond

she / her / hers

Director of Community Resources

Fritzie is the Event Coordinator for Key West Business Guild - the oldest LGBTQ organization in the Keys - since 2017. The KWBG has been advertising Key West as an LGBTQ+ travel destination since 1978. When not at the Guild, you can find Fritzie indulging in local theater!


fritzie@queerkeys.org

Baires Serrano

ne / nem / nir / nirs / nirself

Director of Lifelong Learning

After coming out in August 2013, Baires was active in queer groups during eir time at Towson University until May 2016, where ey graduated with a minor in LGBT studies. Ey then moved to Key West since June 2017 and lives with eir partner. If ey are not in Old Town, you will absolutely find em at home either with eir studies for a second Bachelor's at CFK, reading or playing video games.


baires@queerkeys.org

Puddin' Taine

he / she / they

Director of Joy and Happiness

Puddin' is a performance artist and hospitality specialist who now calls Key West home. They have acquired many accolades during their career across the country. With a deep passion for social justice and community service, they hope to raise awareness for the needs of LGBTQIA+ people in the Keys and nationwide.


puddin@queerkeys.org