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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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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