About the Gay & Lesbian Downtown Fort Lauderdale Neighborhood, Mark's List in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Prior to the Wilton Manors Neighborhood becoming the center of Fort Lauderdale's Gay and Lesbian scene, downtown Fort Lauderdale ruled. The areas around Las Olas Boulevard, Victoria Park and the New River were home to world famous bars like Cathode Ray, China White and Living Room. Although the area has lost most of its bars (Johnny's remains), downtown Fort Lauderdale is still home to first class entertainment at places like the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Art, Riverwalk and the ever present shops, galleries and restaurants along Las Olas Boulevard. 



Broward County is home to over 4,100 restaurants and over 120 nightclubs (1/3 of them are Gay or Lesbian oriented). Nearby Fort Lauderdale Beach has recently seen a surge in the building of mega hotels that cater to the high end visitor. In the past few years, Ritz Carlton, Hilton, Westin, The Atlantic and the now famous W Hotel Fort Lauderdale with it's voyeur's dream glass walled pool have stolen the limelight from Fort Lauderdale's long established Gay Guesthouse culture. The Guesthouses, including the Coconut CoveVilla VeniceThe Elysium Resort and the The Grand Resort and Spa nonetheless carry on and are full to capacity virtually every weekend. In many cases, the Guesthouses offer the same world class service as their high end competition, at a lower price and in a frisky atmosphere that appeals to many a Gay traveler. Also within a short distance of Wilton Manors and within a stones throw of most of the Gay guesthouses is the popular Gay Beach at Sebastian Street and you will find another popular LGBT destination at Gatewayabout half way between Wilton Manors and the beach.

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2018 Southern Comfort Conference
The 2018 Southern Comfort Conference was held at the historic Riverside Hotel on Las Olas in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Audiences were elated by a surprise apperance by RuPaul's Drag Race Season 6 Star Gia Gunn.
 
GLLN Networking Luncheon at Timpano
The GLLN (Gay Lesbian Lawyer Network) hosted their monthly networking luncheon at Timpano Italian Chophouse on Las Olas in downtown Fort Lauderdale, which included special guest speaker Mayor Dean Trantalis.
 
ResQMe Hosts "Adoption Day" at Pet Supermarket
The local pet agency ResQMe, a non-profit organization created to rescue homeless and unwanted dogs in the South Florida area, hosted an "Adoption Day" for homeless dogs at Pet Supermarket in Davie. 
 
FLSb-FCBB Leather Pride Cruise
The FLSb-FCBB hosted a Leather Pride Cruise fundraiser that went along the Intercoastal waterways of Fort Lauderdale.  The cruise, hosted by Bill Hoeppner, introduced everyone to the Florida Sir/Boy and Boot Balck Winners.
 
GLLN (Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Network) 2018 Gala
The 2018 GLLN (Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Network) hosted their annual gala at the Josephine S. Leiser Opera House in downtown Fort Lauderdale, which benefited The Stonewall National Museum & Archives.
 
The 2017 Equality Rally for Unity & Pride and Pulse Remembrance
Broward County community leaders hosted the Equality Rally for Unity & Pride and Pulse Remembrance at Huizenga Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale.  The day featured speaches from key leaders, including Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Alcee Hastings, spiritual leaders, commissioners, and various non-profit agencies.
 
GLLN Networking Luncheon at Timpano
The GLLN (Gay Lesbian Lawyer Network) hosted their monthly networking luncheon at Timpano Italian Chophouse on Las Olas in downtown Fort Lauderdale, which included a check dispersal from their annual galla and a lecture on mediation techniques and tips.
 
Modern Day Cuba in Havana, Cuba
The borders to Cuba have recently been opened to tourists and here is a sneak peak at Modern Day Cuba in Havana, Cuba.

2016 Atlantis Gay Cruise
The Atlantis Gay Cruise left from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and went around the Caribbean with thousands of gays ready to let loose on the open seas. The cruise featured special performances from Deborah Cox, Miss Ridgefield 1980, and RuPaul's Drag Race Star Bianca Del Rio.

Florida Youth Coalition 2016 Icon Awards Gala
The Florida Youth Coalition hosted their 2016 Icon Awards Gala at The Signature Grand in Davie, Florida. The event highlighted the organization and awarded nine people for their hard work and accomplishments within the LGBT community.

Our Fund Party at Northern Trust
Our Fund provides links from philanthropic donors to appropriate LGBT charities in the Fort Lauderdale, FL area. They recently hosted a party at Northern Trust on Las Olas Blvd. honoring their Legacy Society and delivering a lecture from FIU on rising tide waters.

2016 Las Olas Art Festival
The Las Olas Arts Festival in Fort Lauderdale, FL features art and artists of Florida being showcased along Las Olas Boulevard.
2013 FLIFF Opening Night
The 28th Annual FLIFF (Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival) held its Grand Opening at Cinema Paradiso in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Attending the premier of "Free Ride" was actor/producer Stephen Moyer, Director Shana Betz, as well as Lea Thompson and John Shea, and a host of other film festival actors, writers, and directors.
MDE Martinis and Meatballs Party at Anthony's Runway 84
MDE (Minority Development & Empowerment Inc.) sponsors charity events around Fort Lauderdale, FL. They recently held a Martinis and Meatballs fund raiser at Anthony's Runway 84 that brought awareness to their cause.

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Florida's Best Clothing Optional Gay Men's Resorts

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In Key West check out New Orleans House and Island House. New Orleans House is located on Duval Street, right in the middle of all of the action. You can count on a great time poolside or in Key West's biggest Gay nightclub, Bourbon Street Pub. Island House is located on a quieter side street and offers amazing rooms, many of them opening onto the pool and patio. There's also an amazing pool side cafe serving up some of the best food (and libations) on the Island. In Fort Lauderdale, we suggest you get your Gay clothing optional groove on at The Grand Resort and Spa, which offers an upscale atmosphere with amenities that include spa services, poolside cabana bars and plenty of tanning lotion to keep your booty from burning. In Central Florida you can head out into the woods and catch some all over rays at the Sawmill Camping Resort. Sawmill offers cabins and plenty of places to park RVs or pitch tents. There's also a large heated pool, a dance hall, restaurant, several themed bars and plenty of trails to go "hiking" on.



Florida's Gay and Lesbian Beaches

We've given our Florida Gay Beaches Guide a makeover. Florida is surrounded by some of the best beaches in the world. From the cool to the touch quartz sand of Siesta Key to world famous beaches in cities like Fort Lauderdale, St Petersburg and Miami, there is something for everyone. You'll find our guide right here: Florida Gay and Lesbian Beach Guide

Dating App Releases Daddyhunt: The Serial Season 3

DADDYHUNT: THE SERIAL is back with Season 3 continuing the saga of two men who connect on the social network Daddyhunt.  Season 2 of the Serial took on the issue of PrEP and Season 3 builds on that with an emphasis on STD testing and partner notification (telling sexual partners they may need to get tested).

Premiering Oct. 24th, Season 3 of the series picks up where season 2 left off with the romance between the two men (BJ Gruber and Jim Newman) having grown closer and more intimate, but they also face some significant communication challenges. Additionally, Season 2’s Michael Snipe Jr. has a new love interest – but they too face some struggles from early on.

The series is a partnership between Daddyhunt and Building Healthy Online Communities (BHOC), a public-private partnership between dating sites and apps and HIV and STD prevention organizations.

Season 2, which won numerous awards including “Winner: Top Shorts Online Film Festival”, and the accompanying public service announcements have been viewed more than 5.7 million times since they were launched in April 2017. 

For the third season, Daddyhunt again partnered with Building Healthy Online Communities (BHOC), to weave in storylines relating to STD testing, and the challenge of telling partners that they might have inadvertently given them an STD.  Through six accompanying PSAs, the actors delve into these issues more, and encourage gay men to seek out information on getting tested, PrEP, maintaining an undetectable viral load, and advice on writing a good online profile. 

“We were thrilled to work with Daddyhunt again on Season 3 of the series,” said Dan Wohlfeiler, Director of BHOC.  “This partnership enabled us to go viral with a message about how our community confronts – and beats – viruses.” “We continue to be blown away by the reaction to the series,” said Casey Crawford, at Daddyhunt.  “It proves there remains a deep desire for stories about gay men that are true to real life.  And we were excited to work with BHOC to weave in topics that remain relevant to gay men today including the importance of routine testing, partner notification and fighting stigma online.”

Daddyhunt: The Serial - Season 3 debuts on Oct 24th and can be viewed on the Daddyhunt YouTube Channel.



 

Recruiting Hosts’ Robert Geller Talks LGBTQ Travel App

In a recent interview with GritDaily, Robert Geller gives the latest scoop on the LGBTQ-friendly travel app, Recruiting Hosts. According to the article, allegations of discrimination against LGBTQ populations on popular apps such as Airbnb and Overnight are ever-present. Risks rise in unfamiliar environments and in general, booking a room in a stranger’s home can be intimidating. 

According to Gellar the app's goal is to "create a community of ally and LGBT hosts removing the whole coming out to a stranger, eliminating any anxiety, reinforcing that travel is about fun and meaningful connections."

"It’s pretty exciting actually to create a platform that is putting good out into the universe. We’re bringing people together in a meaningful way that’s rewarding. We also hope to bring people together in the communities represented on our platform for events and activities that resonate with the LGBT community such as AIDS Walks and LGBT film festivals," Gellar said.

Read the full interview: Recruiting Hosts’s Robert Geller Talks LGBTQ Travel App

Calum Scott's Latest Video Details Coming-Out Experience

The powerfully emotional video for “No Matter What,” details U.K. artist and songwriter Calum Scott's journey of acceptance both of himself and of his family. It’s the perfect accompaniment to “No Matter What,” which Calum calls “without question, the most personal song I have ever written and the one I am most proud of. It's a song born from loneliness and the heartbreaking but liberating tale of my coming-out experience. What I love about this song is that it isn’t just limited to a story of sexual identity, but about the relationship between parent and child and acceptance as a whole.”

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Out Country Singer Releases 'Walking in Memphis' Dance Mix

Who doesn't love a good dance remix? Country star Ty Herndon has released a new music video for his rendition of the Marc Cohn classic “Walking in Memphis.” This is the third video in a four-part series of dance mixes which also contain Herndon’s smash hit “Living in a Moment” and a cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.”

In November of 2014, Ty Herndon became the first major male country artist to publicly come out as gay. Shortly after, he made history when he hosted the first-of- its-kind country music event, titled The Concert for Love and Acceptance. The event, designed to bring attention and support to at-risk youth and acceptance, received national attention from Boston Globe, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Tonight, People Magazine and more. Herndon received an outpouring of support that only strengthened his relationship with fans. He was the recipient of the HRC Visibility Award in 2018.

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Eric Leonardos Talks Life After ‘Finding Prince Charming’

The final episode of Finding Prince Charming began with bachelor Robert telling the remaining three suitors, Brandon, Eric and Dillon, that while in college he became an escort for many years. Looking back I still haven’t figured out why Robert kept Dillon around for so long. Dillon even realized that his connection with Robert wasn’t very strong, which ultimately led to his departure. 

For the last few weeks leading up to the finale the chemistry between Brandon and Robert was palpable. I thought for sure he would be the one Robert picked, but I was wrong as Robert picked Eric. We caught up with Eric Leonardos to talk about his time on Finding Prince Charming and what's ahead for him. Read the full interview: Eric Leonardos Talks Life After ‘Finding Prince Charming’ 

MANCANDY: Bisexual Adult Film Star Talks Sexual Fluidity

Jaxton Wheeler is not only one of the sexiest (have you seen that hairy body and those legs? DAMN!), and hard working men in Adult Film, but it turns out he is also a nice guy! He has been in over 70 scenes and was nominated for most masculine at the Grabby’s and was awarded best group scene many times. In addition, he was voted AEBN #1 model for sales worldwide. He also trended earlier this summer as part of the “Right in Front of my Salad?” meme. Yep, that was Jaxton in the kitchen!



Check out an interview with Jaxton Wheeler as he prepares for a Labor Day Weekend appearance at the world famous Boardwalk in Fort Lauderdale.
 

Mark's Mancandy: Fitness Model Jose Lazaro

Fitness model Jose Lazaro, 19, is originally from Cuba and has lived in Miami for the last nine years. He describes himself as very optimistic, energetic and determined. Find out how this Latino hottie stays in such great shape and check out the sexy photos from his latest photo shoot (Photos Dale Stine). 

Six Healthy Foods That Satisfy Every Urge

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Adult Film Star Rocco Steele Tackles HIV Stigma

Although research and support for the HIV/AIDS community has come a long way since the 80s and 90s, a great deal of ignorance and stigma still exists—even within the gay community. With celebrities such as Charlie Sheen and Danny Pintauro (Who’s the Boss?) recently bringing HIV/AIDS into the entertainment headlines, perhaps now is the perfect time for a new, more enlightened conversation on the subject.

Mark’s List spoke with adult film star Rocco Steele, who has experienced his fair share of ups and downs with addiction and living with HIV.  He has, however, used these personal experiences as a catalyst to promote HIV awareness and education. Read the full interview after the Jump: Adult Film Star Rocco Steele Tackles HIV Stigma

HOT LIST: Fort Lauderdale's Top 100 Restaurants

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