Gay Fort Lauderdale – Windy City

Author: , May 25th, 2017

Fort Lauderdale

Going to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is an experience in warmth. The expected aspect of that would involve the actual air temperature; in fact, it was a record 85 degrees one “winter” day when I was there recently. However, the sunny disposition of the people (natives and tourists) was just as obvious as the climate and warm beach.

The first place this was obvious was The Grand Resort & Spa (539 N. Birch Rd.; GrandResort.net) Fort Lauderdale’s largest gay-owned and -operated men’s spa/resort—and there are a few in the neighborhood. Lee very kindly showed me around the spacious Grand, pointing out the pool, spa and, yes, clothing-optional grotto (where my cool suite happened to be). Yes, there’s warmth—and if you want to shed your inhibitions (and clothes), this is the place to be.

The spa ( which is essentially a bungalow ) features rooms that are comfortable. Massages (Swedish, mud and otherwise) are available, although I opted for a facial that left me feeling and looking refreshed.

After checking in to The Grand Resort, it was off to Wilton Manors restaurant Bubbles + Pearls (2037 Wilton Dr.; bubblesnpearls.com/), a champagne raw bar that can boast a Top Chef contestant as its owner—in this case, lesbian Josie Smith Malave. Malave, like various people I met and just observed, was extremely friendly, chatting up visitors and regulars alike.

By the way, if you can get her to tell you about her adventures in New York City, you’ll be transfixed. As for the food, there’s some excellent seafood—and the chicken and ribeye are pretty impressive as well. A side benefit was getting to introduce one of my dining companions to shishito peppers. He was so enthralled that he planned to send seeds to his own father sothe can plant some.

By Andrew Davis – Full Story at Windy City

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Fort Lauderdale Travel Campaign Features Trans Models

Author: , February 4th, 2017

Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors BureauThe Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau has rolled out what it says is the world’s first travel marketing campaign to feature transgender models. The three models will be used in campaigns directed to both mainstream and LGBTQ media outlets.

The campaign, which also features straight, gay and lesbian models, marks the destination’s latest outreach to the LGBTQ community and is designed to bolster its image as an authentic, diverse and inclusive brand.

The campaign premiered in New York’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve with a billboard video featuring Isabella Santiago, a Venezuelan model and 2014 Miss World Transgender. Viewed by millions, the video was part of the backdrop to city’s New Year’s Eve ball drop.

By Megan Padilla – Full Story at Travel Weekly

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Naked Boys Singing Tour – Six guys. Sixteen songs. No clothes!

Author: , November 27th, 2016

naked-boys-singingNaked Boys Singing Tour
Six guys. Sixteen songs. No clothes!

By Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong

Since 1998, people everywhere have been laughing and cheering their way through every moment of the off-Broadway hit Naked Boys Singing. Orlando, Florida producer Tim Evanicki is overseeing a national tour of the international hit musical revue.

We asked Tim Evanicki, Producer of Naked Boys Singing, about the show.

How would you describe, in one sentence, Naked Boys Singing?

A fun escape that pokes fun and celebrates the powers and insecurities that come along with being naked.

What can we expect to see in Naked Boys Singing?

Six guys, sixteen songs, and no clothes – a winning combination!

Who comes to see Naked Boys Singing?

Everyone. Some of our best audiences have been full of straight women. We even had a special performance for a 90th Birthday Celebration for the most wonderful lady in Orlando. So much fun!

What can you tell us about the Naked Boys Singing tour?

The tour is just part of several productions of Naked Boys Singing that will be produced around the country by Tim Evanicki Productions and Ronnie Larsen Presents. The tour cast is soon traveling to Atlanta and Rochester, NY, while we open a sit-down production in Orlando, FL.

Other sit-down (non-touring) productions are being planned for Chicago and Boston.

All in all, there will be 3-4 casts of Naked Boys Singing!

What surprises people the most about Naked Boys Singing?

After the first song, the nudity is no longer shocking. No one believes us when we say that until they see the show. People buy their first ticket for the nudity. They come back for the spectacular singing and dancing!

Conclusion:

We enjoyed the 2007 film of Naked Boys Singing and we are looking forward to seeing this version in person in Orlando.

For more information about Naked Boys Singing, visit http://www.evanickiproductions.com/nakedboyssinging/
or
https://www.facebook.com/NkdBoysTour/?pnref=story

For more information about Orlando, visit http://www.visitorlando.com/

For LGBT travelers, visit the LGBT Guide to Orlando at http://www.visitorlando.com/lgbtq/

steven-skelley-and-thomas-routzongArticle by Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong
Copyright 2016
Sunny Harbor Publishing
Sunny Harbor Publishing
PO Box 560318, Rockledge, FL 32956
Phone: 321-446-7552
SunnyHarborPublishing@yahoo.com
www.SunnyHarborPublishing.org

Courting Transgender Tourists

Author: , September 28th, 2016

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has been courting gay and lesbian travelers for nearly two decades, an effort that most recently included a marriage-equality wedding promotion.

This year the city became one of the country’s first destinations to market to transgender travelers, with a new tourism campaign, and for the first time will host the Southern Comfort Conference, one of the largest transgender conferences in the country, with about 1,000 attendees. (The 25th gathering begins Sept. 29.)

Much of the credit goes to Richard Gray, who arrived in Fort Lauderdale in 1991 as a hotelier and now serves as managing director of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender market. Mr. Gray, 57, also serves on the board of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. Following are edited excerpts from an interview with Mr. Gray.

Q. How has marketing to gay travelers changed since Fort Lauderdale started its outreach efforts in 1996?

A. At first, it was too risky to use the word “gay,” so we used “rainbow.” We started with a budget of $35,000, which has grown to over $1 million. We now welcome 1.3 million L.G.B.T. travelers who spend approximately $1.5 billion in the area.

By Diane Daniel – Full Story at The New York Times

Liberty Garden Suites – Interview With Owners of Gay Accommodations in Dania Beach, Florida

Author: , September 8th, 2016

Liberty Garden Suites
Dania Beach, Florida

Gay owned and operated garden suites between Fort Lauderdale and Haulover Beach

By Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong

liberty-garden-suites-smallLiberty Suites in Dania Beach has been our favorite south Florida gay resort for years. Now rebranded as Liberty Garden Suites with a new look and focus, we know it will be a success with gay travelers looking for gay owned and operated accommodations just minutes from Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport and the world-famous clothing-optional Haulover Beach.

We chatted with owners Joe Van Eron and Jack Zimmerman.

How would you describe Liberty Garden Suites in one sentence?

We are sure you will love our unique “Piece of Tropical Paradise” with attractive, immaculately clean, turn key, self-catering accommodations, and the company of our Gentlemen Guests.

What makes Liberty Garden Suites unique?

We are centrally located in Greater Fort Lauderdale in Historic Dania Beach, just 5 minutes south of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades, and are the closest Gay Accommodation to the World Famous Nude Beach at Haulover. Everyday conveniences of markets, restaurants & shops are within blocks, and we are short 15-20 minute drive to all Gay Greater Fort Lauderdale & Wilton Manors Nightlife and Attractions, as well as 5 Casinos including the new Casino @ Dania Beach..

The entire property is lushly landscaped and offers clothing optional sundeck, outdoor living room, patio dining with BBQ, Hot Tub/Spa, complimentary laundry facility and private off street parking. Each apartment is uniquely decorated, has private adjoining outdoor patio space, all with full kitchens and perfectly set up with all the amenities for vacation or longer term “Home Away from Home” Stays.

How would you describe your guests?

There are so few properties left that still offer a safe secure and private environment for exclusively Gay Vacation Rentals….our clients remain mostly mature, retired, well educated, successful and upscale Gay Men, singles and couples….which we believe there is a continued market, mostly with the aging boomers… as you know the Gay travel world has substantially changed, especially with the younger generations…the vacation rental market has exploded with Airbnb, Home Away, and the hundreds of other sites….and they no longer have to be so protective as we did in the early years and travel to large cites with Gay populations and Gay villages, and stay in safe Gay Guesthouses, and patronize strictly gay bars and restaurants….which I think is just wonderful…especially when I remember that I got my first apartment in Manhattan in January of 1969, 6 months before the Stonewall riots… “WE’VE COME A LONG WAY BABY !!”

Do you have any upcoming specials or packages?

Currently we are offering Summer Specials with rates as low as $79/Night and $495/Week….through September 30th …and as always during the off peak season we continue to accommodate longer term relocation stays as we remain an affordable and more pleasant alternative for those relocating in or out of the area, as well as extended business stays…and as Always, Pet Welcome.

For more information, visit http://libertysuites.com/

Liberty Garden Suites
1500 SW 2nd Avenue
Dania Beach (South Fort Lauderdale), FL 33004
Email: info@libertysuites.com
Phone or Text: (954) 927-0090

steven-skelley-and-thomas-routzongArticle by Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong
Copyright 2016 Sunny Harbor Publishing
Sunny Harbor Publishing, PO Box 560318, Rockledge, FL 32956
Phone: 321-446-7552
Email: SunnyHarborPublishing@yahoo.com
Website: www.SunnyHarborPublishing.org or www.GayTravelersMagazine.com

Fort Lauderdale is for Gay Beach Lovers

Author: , August 26th, 2016

Gay Beach Lovers

If Florida’s a family of blockbuster travel destinations – with Miami and Orlando as the energetic kids – Fort Lauderdale’s like the cool older brother. The one who doesn’t need to raise his voice to command your attention. Located on the state’s east coast a 38-minute drive from Miami, and three hours from Orlando, this city of 172,000 is the perfect foil to both.

It’s less intense and touristy than its neighbors, while sharing their year-round temperate weather. It’s almost perpetually sunny, and the sea is warm in summer and refreshing through winter. But Fort Lauderdale’s best quality sets it apart from the pack: it’s found in Broward County, the most progressive (read: gayest) of all Floridian counties.

It’s firmly Democratic in a region where Republicans reign supreme and, according to the US census, has the second highest proportion of LGBTI residents in America. Furthermore, Greater Fort Lauderdale has long been recognized for its efforts to attract gay and lesbian tourists, and in recent years, trans travelers specifically. Perfect for gay beach lovers.

By Andrew Gonsalves – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Photo by Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau

City Sundays: Fort Lauderdale

Author: , November 29th, 2015

city-sundays-lauderdale

Hey all,

We’re launching a new weekly series on the blog and our Facebook travel groups – City Sundays. Each week we’ll select a different LGBT friendly city to talk about, and we’ll invite our innkeeper and travel agent/tour operator friends to come talk with us about it as well.

Fort Lauderdale is a great place to visit as an LGBT traveler – it’s warm and sunny, and has so much to offer, from its status as a cruise ship hub to the shopping on Las Olas Ave, from the Riverwalk to Wilton Manors, a suburb of Greater Fort Lauderdale that’s one of the gayest cities in the country.

Have you ever been? What did you do while you were there?

Do you wanna go?

Let’s chat! Join the conversation here:

Gay (Men) Travelers: Gay Travel Club
Lesbian Travelers: Lesbian Travel Club
Transgender Travelers: Transgender Travel Club
Bisexual Travelers: Bi Travel Club
LGBT Families: LGBT Families Travel Club

Check out our Fort Lauderdale page here:

https://www.purpleroofs.com/usa/florida/flbrowardco.html

And our Fort Lauderdale articles on the blog here:

http://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/?s=Lauderdale

Playground for LGBTI Families to Open in Florida

Author: , September 21st, 2015

Pride Playground

Families of all shapes and sizes are to benefit from a new interactive playground in Florida, USA, specifically designed to create a safe space for LGBTI parents, children, and straight allies to network.

The playground will be built at the Fort Lauderdale’s Pride Center – a community center which provides social services including counselling, mentoring, exercise classes and HIV testing – in order to support the growing number of LGBTI families in the South Florida area.

Surveys of local LGBTI parents have indicated there are insufficient resources and services locally, and that same-sex couples parenting children have their own set of unique challenges. ‘With the national legislation of gay marriages and state adoptions by gay couples, we are evolving to fulfill our mission,’ said Robert Boo, CEO of The Pride Center. ‘As our stakeholders expand their families, we must be prepared to respond to this changing environment and the playground build is an ideal start.’

By Mel Spencer – Full Story at Gay Star News | Fort Lauderdale Gay Travel Resources

Fort Lauderdale Becomes Premier Destination for Transgender Travelers

Author: , September 18th, 2015

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale has long encouraged gay and lesbian travelers from around the world to explore their sunny side on the rainbow-ready shores of southern Florida. So it should come as no surprise that the sandy safe haven has just become one of the nation’s first cities to market expressly to transgender travelers.

The coastal city is home to hundreds of LGBT-owned business, from bars and clubs to restaurants and attractions. Last year, Fort Lauderdale’s “progressive, diverse citizenry” earned top marks among “America’s Top 100 Best Places to Live, Work and Play.” This year, for the first time, Fort Lauderdale will host the Southern Comfort Conference, the largest transgender conference in the country, on September 29.

Much of the credit, The New York Times writes, belongs to Richard Gray, Managing Director of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. Mr. Gray, 57, focuses on the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender outreach, and also serves on the board of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA).

By Chris Roney – Full Story at Passport | Fort Lauderdale Gay Travel Resources

Gay Fort Lauderdale

Author: , July 11th, 2015

Gay Fort Lauderdale TravelThis is a trip of firsts. It’s my first time in Fort Lauderdale, my first mass wedding, my first time toasting nuptials at 8 in the morning, and my first time welcoming the day with Lance Bass. Yet something about Fort Lauderdale feels familiar.

I’ve traveled to several cities since I was a kid, but as an adult I turned my attention away from Disney and Gulf of Mexico beaches. Miami and Key West seemed the best option for a lesbian on the loose in the tropics. But I kept hearing about Fort Lauderdale. That it had more LGBT offerings than anywhere in Florida, and as the seat of liberal Broward County, it’s the most out-and-proud of the Sunshine State’s mixed political landscape. Plus the city recently rolled out a tourism campaign to welcome transgender travelers, a first in the United States. The more attention I paid, the more intriguing the city became.

Then on January 6th, 2015, marriage equality came to Florida. True to the reputation I’d been hearing about, Fort Lauderdale was planning to celebrate the new love law with flair, and I soon found myself headed there to attend a sunrise wedding on the beach for 100 happy couples, including Mr. *NSYNC himself.

By Kelsy Chauvin – Full Story at Passport | Fort Lauderdale Gay Travel Resources