About the Gay & Lesbian Gateway Neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Fort Lauderdale's Gateway shopping and dining area has been anchored by the Gateway Theater for over a half century. The Classic Gateway Cinema's 4 screens show current Hollywood films along with a selection of  art, independent and foreign films, attracting a Gay clientele into the neighborhood and the crowds spill over into the restaurants, making this one of Fort Lauderdale's premier dining areas. With only one chain restaurant (Subway - you'll have to find it without our help) local restaurateurs dominate the area and serve everything from Thai, Italian and Japanese to Southwestern and Spanish. The recent addition of Chill Wine Lounge has cemented the neighborhood's long-standing reputation as an LGBT destination.

In recent years the area has seen an influx of high end home and garden design enterprises take over the occasionally vacant storefronts. Shops like the Ensemble Collection, Dwell, Domicile and several more newcomers make this a design haven that suits just about any taste. All of the shops in the Gateway neighborhood are very Gay friendly and large number are Gay owned and operated. 

In 2009 AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), organizers of the Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival, opened their flagship Out of the Closet Thrift store on the Southwest corner of Gateway's main intersection, Sunrise Boulevard and Federal Highway. The thrift store helps fund AHF's local operations, providing HIV screening and other medical assistance to residents of the Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors LGBT communities.



Just a couple of blocks east of Gateway on Sunrise is the Galleria, a mall that includes Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Dillard's, Apple and a number of other retailers and chain restaurants. Gateway is also located midway between the Wilton Manors LGBT nighlife & entertainment district and the Fort Lauderdale Beach LGBT guesthouses, making it a convenient place to grab a bite or while away some time.

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H&M Grand Opening at Galleria Mall
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2013 Red Eye Art Show at ArtServe
The 2013 Red Eye Art Show Grand Opening was held at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale, FL. This yearly show brings out all artists and enthusiasts and features all styles of work including live performances as well as Art In Progress pieces.
PYP Foundation Event at Chill Wine Lounge
PYP (Positive Young People) is a foundation for helping HIV/AIDS youth with education and support. Their campaign Break the Silence is a grassroots public service campaign that utilizes social media to re-invigorate the conversation about HIV+AIDS in the youth of the United States. On national HIV/AIDS Day they held a rally at Chill Wine Lounge in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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