#WilMa, Mark's List in Wilton Manors, FL

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Mark Haines
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Alexander Northman

About Gay and Lesbian Wilton Manors Florida

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Wilton Manors (affectionately referred to as WilMa) is a city within the larger city of Fort Lauderdale. Wilton Manors, #WilMa, is home to one of America's largest year-round populations of Gay and Lesbian residents. Wilton Manors was the second city in the country (after West Hollywood, California) to elect a Gay-majority city council.

In the past decade downtown Wilton Manors has evolved into a nearly one mile long corridor of Gay and Lesbian owned, shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. The main street, Wilton Drive, is closed several times a year for LGBT festivals and events that are sponsored by Mark's List. The larger of the events are Stonewall Pride Wilton Manors in June and Wicked Manors, a Halloween event that attracts tens of thousands of costumed revelers from all over the world.

Broward County is home to over 4,100 restaurants and over 120 nightclubs (1/3 of them are Gay or Lesbian oriented). Several of the nightclubs are located in downtown Fort Lauderdale's Arts & Entertainment district, but most LGBT establishments are located in Wilton Manors, the "Gayborhood of South Florida." 

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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New Year's Eve 2017 Parties in Fort Lauderdale
New Year's Eve 2017 in Fort Lauderdale was spectacular! There were fun and exciting parties at Rumors, Village PubLeBoyAlibi, Rosie's, Progress Bar, Scandals Saloon and Hunters.
 
Election Night Parties on Wilton Drive
Leading up to Election Night, there were exciting and nerve-racking parties at Rumors, Village Pub, Rosie's, Progress Bar, and Gym Bar in Wilton Manors.
 
Matty's at Wilton Park
Matty's is located at at Wilton Park in Wilton Manors. Matty's offers a variety of events  throughout the week and is perhaps best known to patrons as a video bar.
 
Smart Ride Benefit at Matty's at Wilton Park
Matty's at Wilton Park in Wilton Manors hosted an Employee Turnabout in support of the Team Cintaura Smart Ride Team. The event, hosted by Nicolette, featured many of the "Girls" and special guest star Alexis Couture.
 
Matty's at Wilton Park
Matty's opened their newest location at Wilton Park in Wilton Manors. Stop by for themed nights or just to have a drink at the bar.
 
Matty's at Wilton Park's Memorial Day Weekend
Matty's at Wilton Park recently celebrated Memorial Day Weekend in Wilton Manors.
 
Wilton Manors Town Hall Meeting
The Wilton Manors Town Hall Meeting in Wilton Manors, FL honored community legend Pompano Bill with a Key to the City and a dedicated day of honor. 

Coco Alarcon's Devious Saints Show at Tedd's Art Works
Photographer Coco Alarcon recently hosted a show named Devious Saints at Ted Art Works in Wilton Manors, FL. The show also featured work by others such as painter Hilma Koelman and mixed media artist Susan David.

Gay Softball Sundays at Mills Pond Park
Sundays are great for Gay Softball at Mills Pond Park in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

El Jimador Margarita Bar Crawl in Wilton Manors
There was a fun and exciting El Jimador Margarita Bar Crawl at Hunters, Alibi-Monkey Bar, Gym Bar, and Progress Bar with a mass migration with Hostesses Amanda Austin and Willow Bierce Austin all along Wilton Drive.

2016 Sunshine Cup
The 2016 Sunshine Cup is a weekend flag football tournament in Fort Lauderdale, FL. This event features teams from Fort Lauderdale, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Ohio, Colorado, and Tampa.

Super Bowl Parties in Fort Lauderdale
There were fun and exciting Super Bowl Parties at Alibi, Progress Bar, Rosie's, Rumors, Progress Bar, Boardwalk, Matty's at Wilton Park, Village Pub all located in Fort Lauderdale.

Cazwell Live at Matty's at Wilton Park
Matty's has a new location at Wilton Park and recently hosted Gay Rapper Cazwell who performed and DJ'd for two nights and had Meet & Greet with fans.

ArtPop Kinetic Art Show
The ArtPop Kinetic Art Show was held in Pompano and featured about 60 local artists who showed, demonstrated, or performed their work to a very excited crowd.

New Year's Eve Parties in South Florida
Were you out and about in South Florida during New Year's Eve 2016? There were a variety of fun and exciting New Year's Eve Parties in Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach, Florida.
 
Matty's at Wilton Park
Matty's recently opened their newest location at Wilton Park in Wilton Manors.
New Year's Eve Parties in Fort Lauderdale
There were fun and exciting New Year's Eve Parties at Rumors, The Village Pub, Hunters, Alibi, Rosie's, Wolf Bar, Ballz and Progress Baras well as Scandals Saloon, LeBoy and Ramrod all in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Sebastian Kross at LeBoy
LeBoy gay stripper bar in Fort Lauderdale, FL hosted Gay Adult Porn Star Sebastian Kross with performances and a Meet & Greet.
Matty's at Wilton Park Grand Opening
Matty's recently hosted their Grand Opening Night Party to celebrate their newest location at Wilton Park in Wilton Manors.

El Jimador Margarita Bar Crawl in Wilton Manors
There was a fun and exciting El Jimador Margarita Bar Crawl at Rosie's, Rumors, and B. Bar with a mass migration all along Wilton Drive.
Dennis Dean's Show at Ted Art Works
Photographer Dennis Dean recently hosted a show at Ted Art Works in Wilton Manors, FL that featured live art pieces as well as his collection spanning his career.
Super Bowl Parties in Wilton Manors
There were fun and exciting Super Bowl Parties at Alibi, Hunters, Progress Bar, Rosie's, Rumors, and B. Bar all along Wilton Drive.
New Year's Eve Parties in Fort Lauderdale
There were fun and exciting New Year's Eve Parties at Rumors, The Village Pub, Hunters, Sidelines Sports Bar, Alibi, Rosie's, Bill's, Infinity Lounge, The Drive, 13 Even, as well as Scandals Saloon, Boardwalk all in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
The 2013 What the Heel Benefit
The 2013 What the Heel Benefit in Fort Lauderdale, FL helped raise funds for the Broward Children's Center through donations. The only request was that each participant break out their best high heels and have fun.
Marriage Equality Rally in Wilton Manors City Hall
The City of Wilton Manors hosted a Marriage Equality Celebration at City Hall after the recent Supreme Court ruling. Most of the City Commissioners were on hand, the Broward Sheriff's Department as well as The Mayor for this momentous occasion.
HRC Club Blue Monthly Mixer at Chill Wine Lounge
The HRC host many events in Fort Lauderdale, FL to raise funds and awareness to the political struggles of our communities. Their most recent Club Blue Monthly Mixer was held at Chill Wine Lounge in the Gateway Shopping District.
Cindo de Mayo Parties in Wilton Manors
There were fun and exciting Cinco de Mayo Parties going on at Rumors, The Manor, New Moon, Alibi, 13/Eleven, and Sidelines all along Wilton Drive.
2013 Kentucky Derby Parties at Alibi and Village Pub
Both Alibi and The Village Pub in Wilton Manors, FL held parties for the 2013 Kentucky Derby. Cashetta hosted the Alibi party with prizes handed out to those who chose the right horses.
HRC's Party for Congresswoman Lois Frankel at Dapur
The HRC hosted a party for Congresswoman Lois Frankel at Dapur in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The HRC's main objective is to raise funds and awareness to the political struggles we all face and bring these issues to lawmakers in Washington, D.C.
St. Patrick's Day in Wilton Manors
There were fun and exciting St. Patrick's Day Parties at Rumors, Alibi, Rosie's, Boom, Sidelines, and Bill's all along Wilton Drive.
Fat Tuesday Parties in Wilton Manors
There were fun and exciting Fat Tuesday Parties at Rumors, The Village Pub, Boom, Sidelines Sports Bar, Alibi, Rosie's, and Bill's all along Wilton Drive.
Super Bowl Parties in Wilton Manors
There were fun and exciting Super Bowl Parties at Rumors, The Manor, The Village Pub, Boom, and Bill's all along Wilton Drive.

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By Tom Bonanti

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(Photo: Miami Beach Gay Pride 2016 Soiree)

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(Photo: Tom Hardy Stars in Taboo)

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(Photo: New Yorkers Nick and Steve wrestle on their first date)

Hosted by cheekily charming comedian Mike Kelton (Logo/MTV/VH1), "Love is Blind" follows sixteen single New York City men on eight (one per episode) off-the-wall, unpredictable, and blind-as-a-bat first dates. Voyeuristic viewers tag along for the day-long courtship as these courageous men turn each other on—and sometimes [snap!] turn on each other. Ice-breaking activities include everything from wrestling matches and kink classes to body painting and tantric yoga. After the date, the couples are whisked away to a proper dinner date, where, clutching much needed drinks, the couples unwind, flirt and on occasion, fizzle.

WATCH:

The premiere episode airs on Valentine's Day 2017 on Dekkoo.

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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.



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YouTube Star Davey Wavey Talks Top 5 Favorite Videos

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New Year's Eve 2017 Photos: Miami

PHOTOS: New Year's Eve 2017 in Miami Beach

Going out in Miami or South Beach this weekend? We've got you covered on all the events. Check out these direct links to some of the hottest bars, events and restaurants in the area:
 
Club Boi 3.0 
The Floppy Rooster

Palace Bar & Restaurant

(Photo: Club Boi)

New Year's Eve 2017 Photos: Fort Lauderdale

PHOTOS: New Year's Eve 2017 in Wilton Manors & Fort Lauderdale

Going OUT in Fort Lauderdale or Wilton Manors this weekend? We've got you covered on all the action with direct links to Mark's List's featured gay or gay-friendly restaurants, bars and nightclubs in Fort Lauderdale:
 
Hunters Nightclub 
LeBoy Strip Club 
The Manor Complex
Progress Bar
Rosie’s Bar & Grill

Village Pub

(Photo: The Manor)

Joe vs Nick: Whose Underwear Campaign is Hotter?

DNCE lead singer Joe Jonas is heating up the internet, but it's not for one of his hit songs. The middle Jonas brother recently revealed several sexy images from his new underwear campaign with Guess. You may remember Nick Jonas had an extremely steamy underwear campaign of his own with Calvin Klein back in 2014. So now the question remains: which JoBro's underwear campaign is hotter?

(Photo: Instagram)

Joe Jonas:
 

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Nick Jonas:


Let us know which JoBro is hottest!

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