Fort Lauderdale

  • Fort Lauderdale Uses Bulldozers to Clear Out Homeless Camp at Downtown Park

    (SS) A rat infestation at a downtown Fort Lauderdale park prompted the city on Friday to clear out, in dramatic fashion, the dozens of homeless people who congregate there.

  • Fort Lauderdale Waits For Tallahassee To Pass The Joint

    Count Fort Lauderdale among a growing list of Florida cities taking a wait and see approach on medical marijuana.

  • Fort Lauderdale Won't Shutter Red-Light Cameras

    Despite legal challenges and fiscal woes, red light cameras are here to stay, the City Commission decided Tuesday.

  • Frustrated With Water Costs, Officials Look Into Better Rates

    Wilton Manors officials aren’t satisfied with the water and sewage rates paid to Fort Lauderdale.

  • Gay Candidates Come Out On Top Fort Lauderdale Primaries

    Although the races for mayor and the Dist. 2 commission seat weren’t won outright Tuesday, the city’s gay candidates came out as the night’s clear winners and strongly positioned to win in March.

  • Gay Choruses Sing Sondheim, Shank in Special Concerts

    Two local gay men’s choruses have special programs planned for South Florida audiences over the coming weeks:

  • Gay Cruise Returns to Port

    A gay cruise returned to Miami after two people required medical emergency attention. The RSVP Vacations Cruise had been out to sea for one day before reversing course and returning to port in Miami to offload two as yet unidentified men.

  • Gay Dads & 3 Children Turned Away During 'Family Boarding' on Southwest Flight

    (EDGE) A U.S. commercial airline's alleged mistreatment of passengers has once again made the headlines.

  • Gay Days Expands Into Ft. Lauderdale

    Gay Days is growing again.

  • Gay Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Kicks Off Campaign

    Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Dean Trantalis kicked off his campaign for re-election Monday night , laying out a set of priorities he intends to accomplish during another term representing District 2.

  • Gay Homeless Man Can't Attend Fort Lauderdale Commission Meetings for a Year

    (SS) Ray Cox likes giving Fort Lauderdale commissioners a piece of his mind — over and over again — but for the next year he'll be absent from their meetings.

  • Gay Man Runs for Tamarac City Commission

    TAMARAC - A psychotherapist with a counseling practice in Fort Lauderdale would be the city’s first openly gay commissioner if elected in November. 

  • Gay South Florida in 1979

    In its June 14, 1979 issue the Advocate (then a tabloid) published three articles by its house reporters about “The Florida Triangle.” Joe Baker wrote about “Fort Lauderdale: Gay Enclave on the Condo Coast.” Lenny Giteck wrote about “Miami: Dade, But Not Dead” and Robert I. McQueen wrote about “Key West: Verdant and Violent - A Troubled Paradise.”

  • Generosity May Be One Link Between Two Still Unsolved Gay Murders

    The murders of Michael Miccio, 60, and Guy Eargle, 68, aren’t linked by police. But friends say the two men shared a generous spirit, and it may have been beneficiaries of that generosity that murdered the two gay men. Police are still investigating their deaths.

  • Glassman Seeks Fort Lauderdale Commission Seat


    A gay candidate has entered the race to represent district two on the Fort Lauderdale City Commission.

  • H&M Opens Fort Lauderdale Store

    Workers danced, pop music echoed overhead and eager shoppers waited patiently to step inside the newest edition to The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale.

  • Health: MSM Wellness Confab Comes To Fort Lauderdale

    The second incarnation of a wellness conference designed for men who have sex with men (MSM) is coming to Fort Lauderdale.

    While the conference isn’t scheduled until the first month of 2019, organizers hope people will save the date and make a commitment to attend. While the free conference is open to anyone, organizers are clear about the demographic they seek to engage with.

    “We’re being intentional and trying to cover a broader spectrum of health issues facing men who have sex with men,” said Mark Reyes, one of the key organizers.

    Reyes expects about 200 GBT and other men who have sex with men to attend, mostly from Broward County and surrounding communities.The conference first took place in 2015, a two-day format, when more than 200 came.

    Topics to be covered at the 2019 Men’s Health and Wellness Conferenceinclude HIV and non-HIV-related health issues such as sexual health, physical fitness and mental health. “It’s about how to be healthy men and make better decisions,” Reyes said.

    Reyes, the senior director of community relations and administration at the Urban League of Broward County, said the disparity of those who have HIV among men who have sex with men is out of whack compared to other populations – it’s a big part of the driving force of the conference.

    Reyes hopes to move attendees toward positive actions that would improve their health outcomes.

    “We want to mobilize the MSM community,” he said. “Black and Latino communities and others are being impacted by HIV, access to health care and insurance, issues with housing or full employment, and disease. It’s all related,” Reyes said.

    Reyes has been at the Urban League for five years. He’s worked for nonprofits and at-risk communities for much of his young career, including at UrbanPromise Miami and in New York City doing HIV prevention work.

    “This conference is important for me, personally, as a gay man, and for Urban League,” he said. 

    The Broward County HIV Prevention Planning Council is the main organization heading up the event. Reyes is the community co-chair of its MSM advisory group. 

    The advisory group brings together leaders and decision-makers to mobilize organizations and allies who serve the MSM community in Broward County. The group addresses the various factors that bring about HIV infection in the MSM community – what is often called an epidemic in Broward County.

    Reyes said members of the advisory group include staff from leading AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs), LGBT organizations, government agencies and allied organizations, as well as non-affiliated community members.

    Conference attendees can expect a lineup of presenters, workshops and plenaries. 

    Reyes said he expects to provide a spectrum of local and national leaders to present at the conference.

    There will be three plenary sessions and three interactive break out workshop sessions. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

    The one-day conference takes place Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott North, located at 6650 North Andrews Avenue. 

    There are still vendor and sponsorship opportunities for those who are interested. Online registration for the free event will be available soon. Contact Reyes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 954625-2598for more information or to pre-register.


  • Highest Rate Of New HIV Infections In Country

    In a new story, Science Magazine highlights how Miami and Fort Lauderdale lead the country with the highest rates of new HIV diagnoses per capita.

  • Historic Pride Parade On A1A Approved by City

    On Tuesday, Oct. 9, the Fort Lauderdale City Commission approved Pride Fort Lauderdale’s proposal to hold a Pride parade on A1A on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m. 

  • House of Lords, Helen Swan take Lifetime Achievement Honors at Shelley Novak Awards

    The House of Lords received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 25th annual Shelley Novak Awards — an event known for honoring drag entertainers and club kids of the scene, from Miami Beach to Fort Lauderdale.