• Before Drag There Was Jewel Box Revue

    There are probably only a handful of people still alive today that remember Danny and Doc’s Club Jewel Box. One of South Florida’s earliest known gay bar/club, it was only around from the late 1940s until around the mid-1950s when it was demolished to make way for the Jordan Marsh department store at NE 15th street and Biscayne Blvd in Miami.

  • Column: City Budgets, Affordable Housing and the Wilton Drive Project…Oh My!

    Keeping with Island City tradition, our Mayor and City Commissioners voted to cancel the first scheduled City Commission meeting in August for summer break. There will certainly be plenty on the agenda when they return on August 28.   

  • Corbin’s Campaign Literature Attacks Former Opponent, WMPD 

    Boyd Corbin’s race for mayor took a new turn last week with the publication of a brochure one of his political opponents has concluded is defamatory, and which also contains numerous charges against the Wilton Manors Police Department.

  • Diversity Honors Stirs Controversy With Conservative Speakers


    Rose-colored lights and chandeliers hung over the heads of guests as they walked into this year’s Diversity Honors Award Ceremony. Every guest had the opportunity to have their picture taken before mingling with the crowd inside, hors d'oeuvres and drinks making their rounds. 

  • For Most Local Retailers, Christmas Sales Are Welcome But Not Needed

    For many local consignment shops and retailers in and around Wilton Manors, the Christmas shopping season isn’t a make or break time of year.

  • Gay Softball League Recruiting Day on Sunday

    After a short summer break, the gay softball league is starting to gear up to conclude its 24th year as the fall season looms. 

  • 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.

  • HOLY HOMOPHOBIA! Biblical Pamphlets Inserted into SFGN Distribution Boxes

    Over a dozen SFGN distribution boxes in the Victoria Park and Greater Fort Lauderdale area were compromised this past week, with anonymous pamphlets containing nothing but Biblical quotes warning against homosexuality.

  • How Gaymers Meet

    In the year 1977, geeks around the nation were created with a wave of technology and media. Atari released the first popular gaming console, the Atari 2600, and the gaming revolution began. Sick of playing silly “Pong,” the system promised eye-popping graphics and insane fun. 

  • In Memoriam of Barbara Kelly: A Lesbian Icon

    Barbara Ellen Kelly passed June 24 at her home in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Barbara, Barb, or Kelly, as she was popularly known, was born in New York City on May 28, 1936. Barbara lived in Brooklyn, Rockaway and Woodside Queens as a child and young adult.  

  • Keeping Your Dollars Local

    With all the holiday shopping competition from big box stores and online giants like Amazon, retailers in and around Wilton Manors say they compete by offering something else – better customer service and merchandise not easy or impossible to find elsewhere.

  • Op-Ed: Erotica at the Emporium

    Well, at least now we know why they call it the Pleasure Emporium.

  • OpEd: The Gay Tourist’s Warning Book

    With so many gay and lesbian travelers visiting South Florida at this time of year, it is time for me to switch hats, play the role of criminal defense attorney, and publish my annual cautionary guide to tourists.

  • Opening Line, July 20 2016

    Trump Picks Pence As VP

    Rob Bullock: I lived in Indiana. He is a homophobic, anti-women's rights, slashed money from 4-year state colleges and ignored the states failing roads and infra-structure while bragging about building a $2 billion surplus. He and his cronies gave millions in tax-credits to companies for jobs that never materialized and have done everything than can to hide this fact.

    Barry Davis: Well Pence had to do something. He certainly wouldn't get reelected in IN...he's only got a 39% approval rating. Trump & Pence...now the race is twice as creepy!

    James Smith: TP for your bunghole 2016!


    GOP Platform Most Anti-LGBT Ever

    Warren A. Baxter: Lincoln would never be a republican today. At least not this corrupt Republican Party.

    Joe Lagana: they are no longer the party of Lincoln. They haven't been for a while now.

    Steve Johnson: nothing new here.


    Letter Writer Takes Issue With Progress Bar Towing Cars

    Tommy Peek: I would almost agree with the letter...EXCEPT... The parking lot is clearly marked and as per the letter, already known that they will tow. So, bottom line.. The rules DO apply to you. As you obviously discovered. Sucks to get towed, but I'd bet you won't let it happen again. Sometimes life lessons can be quite expensive.

    Joel S. Slotnick: It stinks beyond stink. But in general days of the bars working in tandem are long gone. It has become so cut-throat. Everyone tows, there are meters everywhere. And from what I understand, one of the lots that is free during the day and charges you to park at night will be having meters or a pay machine installed in the not too distant future. Wilton Drive is going to put itself 6 ft under and wonder why..........The friendly is slowly going away. Sad.........

    Tz Terri: Rudest bar on the drive and I'm not referring about the towing issuer.

    Steven William Talbert: I've only been to Progress Bar twice. Both times it became obvious that their servers ignore patrons over the age of 40.

    Steven AlanAlan: Sad, crying, and memorizing does not justify parking in a private lot without consequences.

  • Porn Pulse: Local Porn Star ‘Laying Low’ After Meth Bust

    A week after being busted for meth, porn star Matthew Rush announced he is “laying low.”

  • SFGN's 'Best Of 2017' Winners

    In September we asked you, our readers, to vote for your favorite restaurants, hangouts, and charities — from your favorite burgers and desserts to the Best Guesthouse, Business and Realtor. We received more than 5,000 votes in more than 100 categories. This year the contest was a two-step process. In August you nominated your favorites and then in September you voted on the top 5 in each category.

  • What to Read: ‘Queering the Redneck Riviera’

    What do Wilton Manors, South Beach and Key West all have in common? They’re universally known as gay meccas in Florida all with a rich and vibrant history. But beyond the borders of South Florida other parts of this state have a gay history as well, including what’s known as the state’s bastion of conservatism – Florida’s panhandle, also known as the Redneck Riviera.  

  • Wilton Manors: Police Need Help Finding Attempted Robbery Suspects


    On Aug. 2 between the hours of 8:25 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., two men attempted to break into a safe at the Wilton Manors 7-Eleven located on the corner of Andrews Avenue and Oakland Park Boulevard.