Gay & Lesbian Orlando - The City Beautiful in Orlando, FL

Author: 
Mark Haines
Curator: 
Declan Goode
Orlando Florida is well known for it's many tourist attractions, in particular the nearby Walt Disney World Resort, which is located in Lake Buena Vista about 20 miles (32 km) southwest of Orlando city limits via Interstate 4. Other notable area attractions include SeaWorld and Universal Orlando Resort. The region sees an estimated 52 million tourists a year.
 
The main event for Gay and Lesbian tourists each year is the annual Gay Days at Walt Disney World Resort which now includes events by a plethora of promoters and organizations. Annual mega parties sponsored by Mark's List are held at Typhoon Lagoon and Epcot Center. In addition to Gay Days, the LGBT community in Orlando also hosts a magnificent Gay Pride event (Come Out with Pride) in October each year. The summer heat usually subsides in early October and the setting around Lake Eola makes this one of the most spectacular Pride events in the nation.

Orlando Gay and LesbianOrlando has the second largest number of hotel rooms in the country (after Las Vegas, Nevada), and is one of the busiest American cities for conferences and conventions with the Orange County Convention Center, the country's second largest in square footage. It is also known for its wide array of golf courses, with numerous courses available for any level of golfer. Located several miles away from the main tourist attractions, Downtown Orlando is undergoing major redevelopment with a number of residential projects, commercial towers, and major public works projects including the Orlando Events Center and the Dr. P. Phillips Orlando Performing Arts Center. Orlando ranks as the fourth most popular city in America, based on where people want to live, according to a 2009 Pew Research Center study.
 
New Year's Eve in Central Florida
New Year's Eve 2016 in Central Florida featured events from bars and nightclubs in Orlando, Tampa, and St. Petersburg.

2015 Year In Review for Central Florida
The 2015 Year in Review for Central Florida features events from Orlando, Tampa and St. Petersburg. Photos are from events such as St. Pete Pride, One Magical Weekend, and Pride and a plethora of after parties.

Halloween 2015 in Orlando
Orlando, Florida celebrated Halloween 2015 at Barcodes, Parliament House, Savoy, and Southern Nights nightclubs.
One Mighty Weekend's Arabian Nights Party
One Mighty Weekend threw a party at Arabian Nights in Orlando, FL. This after hours party featured hot music by DJ Joe Gauthreaux and plenty of hot men on the dancefloor.

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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

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

Florida's Best Clothing Optional Gay Men's Resorts

Life in the tropics is all about beating the heat. And what better way cool off than to hang out poolside without clothing? Florida has dozens of clothing optional resorts, but which ones are the best? Here's the Mark's List take on the 5 best (in no particular order).

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.



Kelly Clarkson Talks Confronting Anti-LGBT Parents

During her 15-year career as your friendly pop spirit-lifter, Kelly Clarkson has prescribed a cheap alternative to therapy: anthemic pick-me-ups like “Since U Been Gone” and “People Like Us,” songs that impel a transcendental, fist-raised state. Due, in part, to her simply being so damn cool, Clarkson – who drowned the world in their own tears right along with her own as she was crowned the inaugural “Idol” winner in 2002 – tells me she feels so compelled to stick up for her LGBT besties she literally wants to go door-to-door and talk some sense into her friends’ homophobic parents. Read the full story: Kelly Clarkson Confronting Anti-LGBT Parents

10 Questions With Adult Film Star Hunter Vance

Adult film star Hunter Vance returned to Miami in 2017 to celebrate Floppy Rooster's 3rd Anniversary. We caught up with Hunter Vance to talk about his life a an adult film actor, anti-bullying and some of his new business ventures. Read the full interview: 10 Questions With Adult Film Star Hunter Vance

YouTube Star Davey Wavey Talks Top 5 Favorite Videos

YouTube star Davey Wavey has amassed quite a YouTube following over the last eight years—some 300 million views in all.  Described by Davey as “the best job in the world,” he gets to experience life and travel around the world dishing a variety of humorous, sexually-charged topics, including “How to Give Brojobs,” “Are Virgins Hot,” and “Can You Make a Straight Guy Gay?” But it’s not just all about sex with Davey—he has also captured stories focusing on AIDS and the older generation’s perspective.  Mark’s List recently spoke with Davey about his YouTube success, his top five favorite videos, his affinity for underwear, childhood obesity and what you can expect to see in 2016: YouTube Star Davey Wavey Talks Top 5 Favorite Videos

HOT LIST: Fort Lauderdale's Top 100 Restaurants

South Florida is fortunate to boast a wide variety of amazing restaurants, diners and cafes to satisfy every palate and every budget. It’s pretty much impossible to narrow the best ones down to 100, so let’s just call these some of the favorites. Find out which restaurants made the list: Fort Lauderdale's Top 100 Restaurants

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