Gay Fort Lauderdale – Nomadic Boys

Author: , December 26th, 2018

Gay Fort Lauderdale

Over the past few decades, Fort Lauderdale has evolved massively to become the gay capital of Florida as well as one of the top LGBTQ destinations in the USA.

The city has everything to suit all LGBTQ travellers including clothing optional male-only resorts, gay beaches, many gay events taking place throughout the year and of course the gay scene of Wilton Manors!

We’ve been several times to Fort Lauderdale, either as a stopover for a cruise, or to go to one of the many gay parties they have here throughout the year like “Wicked Manors” on Halloween. We always love coming here, particularly as it’s a 365 day destination. There’s always something happening and you’re almost always guaranteed gorgeous sunny weather.

This is our detailed gay guide to Fort Lauderdale featuring highlights from the gay scene of Wilton Manors, the best gay beaches, events and gay hotels to stay.

The gay area of Fort Lauderdale

Just tell your Uber or Lyft driver to head straight to Wilton Manors. This is where all the action happens. It’s comprised of several blocks where all the gay hangouts can be found as well as gay shops like Pride Factory, and museums like the Stonewall National Museum and the World AIDS Museum.

One hidden gem in the area you should check out is the unassuming road near Wilton Manors called “Eucalyptus Gardens”. It’s a Bohemian block of cafes and colourful gay friendly hangouts. One particular favourite of ours in Eucalyptus Gardens is “Voo La Voo“ who do the best omelettes we’ve ever tried, as certified by our discerning Frenchman.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Fort Lauderdale Gay Bars – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , December 17th, 2018

Fort Lauderdale Gay Bars

Fort Lauderdale is out, loud and fabulously proud! Over the past few decades it has become one of the gayest places in the States and was even featured as the ultimate gay holiday for the boys in the trashy movie – “Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild!”

In terms of gay scene, Wilton Manors is the vibrant gayborhood of Fort Lauderdale, which comes alive every night of the week.

We’ve been to Fort Lauderdale several times, mainly due to the abundance of inexpensive flights from Europe. We used JustFly to search and book our flights, which we recommend because they offer a comprehensive range of options allowing you to search for the lowest prices. We also recommend searching for options to Miami Airport, which is only a 45 minute drive away, to maximise your flight options.

However and whenever you visit Fort Lauderdale, you’re guaranteed to have a great time with warm weather: temperatures rarely dip below 25 degrees (77 Fahrenheit).

The Gay Area of Fort Lauderdale

The main gay area of Fort Lauderdale is Wilton Manors, located around 15 minutes drive inland from the beach. Wilton Manors comprises several blocks with many Fort Lauderdale gay bars, clubs, boutique gay shops, cafes and restaurants. The biggest parties take place on weekends, but there is always a large crowd on every night of the week.

Nearby to Wilton Manors is a small Bohemian road called “Eucalyptus Gardens”. It has a handful of open minded and very colourful cafes like Voo La Voo, as well really cool street art murals. If you’re looking for a gay shop to stock up on your fetish gear, buy new swimwear and other accessories, check out Pride Factory.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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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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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

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

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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

City Sundays: Fort Lauderdale

Author: , July 5th, 2015

Fort 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.

Today’s city – Fort Lauderdale. We were here a few years ago when we took an RSVP Caribbean cruise. It’s an amazing city – sunny and tropical, with one of the gayest suburbs anywhere in the US – Wilton Manors. Then there’s the amazing shopping on Los Olas Blvd, and the lovely Riverwalk Park.

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:

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

And our Fort Lauderdale articles on the blog here:

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