Keith Blackburn is the President / CEO and Founder of the GFLGLCC - Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Born and raised in Washington, DC, Keith began his transition to South Florida in 2001 and soon founded Rainbow Realty. In 2003, he closed Keith Blackburn Real Estate in Washington DC to focus full time on his brokerage and real estate investments in Florida.
With a passion for tourism, he fulfilled a dream by purchasing, renovating and creating a unique boutique resort in 2005. The Historical Fort Lauderdale property, built in 1928, became the award winning Mary’s Resort.
In 2011, he founded of the GFLGLCC - Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce where he currently serves as President / CEO. Prior to the GFLGLCC, he was Chair of the Rainbow Alliance of Greater Fort Lauderdale, where he promoted member hotels and Greater Fort Lauderdale as a welcoming LGBTQ destination.
Today, the GFLGLCC is the largest LGBT business organization in Broward County, FL and the exclusive affiliate chamber (serving Greater Fort Lauderdale) of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). Together, LGBT consumers and tourists make a significant impact on the Greater Fort Lauderdale economy. As an LGBT chamber, we promote our LGBT and allied owned business members and partners as well as community non-profits.
In 2015, the GFLGLCC partnered with Equality Florida to integrate the Equality Means Business program as a member benefit to all qualified members. Keith is very excited to serve on the Advisory Board, alongside representatives from other organizations and businesses with the common goal of expanding the simple message that equality means business!