Here are SFGN's Best of Broward's Groups for 2020.

 Best Business Group - GFLGLCC

GoGayFortLauderdale.com

GFLGLCC

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GFLGLCC is the winner for the Best Business Group for 2020! This is the third time the group has brought home the top prize.  

President and CEO Keith Blackburn is ecstatic and exclaimed, "I want to thank SFGN for continuing the annual 'Best Of' and everyone who voted for us" 

The organization was founded in 2011, and its mission is to promote businesses that are LGBT owned and operated or LGBT friendly.   

The GFLGLCC has partnered with a long list of government and private agencies, globally recognized hospitality brands, banks, hospitals, and health care providers.  

During the pandemic, Blackburn was able to continue to support local businesses, and is optimistic for 2021.   

Blackburn insists that the future is looking bright and will continue to serve local business, and that "2020 has been quite a challenge with no immediate end in sight. As a chamber, we will continue to support our members and the community we serve. We just renewed our LGBT+ Visitor Center and office lease and in 2021, we will celebrate our 10th year anniversary." 

Runner-Up: Wilton Manors Business Association  

– CM

Best Group for Trans People - Safe “T” Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Group SunServe

2312 Wilton Dr.  

Wilton Manors 

SunServe.org

SafeT

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SunServe is well-known in our community for its social services groups, so it’s no wonder they took the award for Best Group for the Trans community for the fourth time. 

Safe “T” is a support group for folks that don’t conform to gender norms. It’s wildly successful as a support group because the facilitators make it a safe environment for people to talk about their personal experiences. The facilitators are behavioral health counselors.   

Misty Eyez, a facilitator, believes everyone needs a safe place to discuss and be heard.  

“All trans people are going through a different journey, no trans persons’ journey is the same but you’re not alone,” she said.  

All of the meetings are now on a virtual platform.  

Wednesdays – 6:30 to 8 p.m. 

Runner-Up: TransSOCIAL, a trans-led organization that promotes trans visibility and understanding in the community. They offer LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency courses, and sensitivity training.    

– CM

Best Group for Seniors - Coffee & Conversation

Coffee

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This program, produced by the Pride Center, was once again voted Best Group for Seniors. It is presented virtually via Facebook weekly on Tuesdays beginning at 11 a.m.

Bruce Williams, Active Aging Manager, oversees the program.

“Coffee & Conversation delivers the latest updates about what’s going on at the Pride Center and in the community,” said Williams.

Runner-up: Sage

– JMD

Best Social Group - Bears of South Florida 

bosfl.org

Bears

Photo via Facebook.

Perhaps one of the reasons why the Bears of South Florida won the Best Social Group 6 times is because the club strives for diversity and acceptance. It also raises funds by offering opportunities for social gatherings.

“The Bears of South Florida like so many nonprofit organizations and businesses, has had a challenging year,” said Kevin Daft, president of BOSFL. “Our spirit has remained strong though, with members making generous donations throughout the year, helping the club make ends meet and be able to offer some limited grants this December.

Daft noted the organization has donated over $100,000 to support local LGBT nonprofit organizations since its inception in 2006.

“We have an annual teddy bear drive with the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida that benefits children in the Broward Health system,” he said. “Every child hospitalized gets a teddy bear.” 

Want to help?  Visit bosfl.org/bear-drive.

“We are very proud to have again won the title of Best Social Group,” he said. “Our members have proven to be positive and resilient through a very unusual year. We look forward to resuming our normal activities when it's safe to do so - promoting social gatherings with a charitable purpose!”

Runner-up: Boys With Boats

– KS

Best Virtual Group - Hunters Posse (Facebook Group)

Posse

Photo by William Krauter.

COVID-19 and the ensuing lockdown forced many social groups to modify their programs to deal with the new normal. 

Hunters Posse, SFGNBest Virtual Group, moved its center of gravity to its Facebook page when the pandemic struck, and the bars closed. 

The group used to meet at Scandals SaloonWhen Scandals closed the group moved to Hunters at which time they also launched their Facebook group. 

We gave it a try,” said William Krauter, Disk Jockey and Administer of the Facebook groupIt was a huge success.

There are about 200 members and it continues to grow.The virtual group meets every Wednesday online at 8 p.m.The age range is from 21 to 80s.

Krauter said he sometimesposts review videos of past dances in which he makes sure to add some comedy. 

Krauter said he misses theirin-person festivities like snacks, and monthly birthday celebrations.

Those things are very missed, but the beauty of forming this group gave us a way to keep in touch and continue friendships,” he said. The Posse has always been a very warm and friendly group of people.

Runner-Up: Positive Social Group at Latino's Salud

– JM

Best Group for Women - Women in Network 

WomenInNetwork.com

WIN

Photo via Facebook.

For the ninth time, the South Florida nonprofit group Women in Network has won the award for Best Group for Women.

For almost four decades, WIN has served as one of the leading networking groups for the LBT community, providing advocacy efforts, health and educational programs, and philanthropic and scholarship support.

They offer many events such as LGBT Grandparents Group and Women’s Basketball. You can find more information on their website.

Runner-Up: SunServe Women

– KS


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