These are the winners of Best of Broward's Community AKA Other.

Best Museum: Stonewall National Museum and Archives

1300 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale

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For the fifth year, SFGN readers chose the Stonewall National Museum and Archives the Best Museum in Broward. It is a well-deserved honor. Though Stonewall had to deal with the difficulties and restrictions brought about by COVID, it managed to survive and flourish, thanks to the leadership and hard work exercised by Executive Director Hunter O’Hanian, his staff and volunteers.

“This has been one of Stonewall's most ambitious years,” O’Hanian said. “Despite the demands of operating during COVID, we consolidated our administrative and programming tasks in a single location and shored up all of our internal policies. We finished our last three-year plan and wrote a new one to guide us in the future. We recognized our role in Fort Lauderdale and re-committed to remain here as a viable, national organization. We have done this with just a small paid staff of four, and an army of dedicated volunteers. It has been a pleasure to see the organization mature, gain professional recognition and serve as a resource for everyone.”

– JM

Best Non-Profit / HIV/AIDS Non-profit / PrEP Clinic: Latinos Salud

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HIV care was impacted in many areas during the pandemic, but that was not an option for Latino Salud. Not only did its doors stay open, but Latino Salud was also able to expand its services.

"HIV didn’t go into lockdown, so we felt strongly that we needed to find a way to stay safely open for service," said Stephen Fallon, Latinos Salud’s co-founding executive director. “Because we were the only agency in South Florida to remain entirely open for walk-in and appointment-based HIV testing and STD screening, 20% more community members came to us for services in 2020, and that trend has only continued, increasing by another 20% this year.”

Online reviews rave about the friendly, caring environment at Latino Salud.

“Taking care of your sexual health can be intimidating,” Fallon said. “We want to put you at ease, so you’ll always feel safe and secure here.”

Latino Salud focuses its promotion efforts on the Latino community because HIV rates have been rising among gay Latinos faster than any other group in South Florida. But you don’t have to speak Spanish or be Latino to access its free services.

“Our hearts are full, knowing that SFGN's readers recognized the efforts we’re making, and chose to give us a readers’ choice award for Best PrEP Clinic,” said Latinos Salud’s co-founder and Director of Health Programs, Rafaelé Narváez.

 “Last year, we were so honored to win an SFGN award for the first time, for Best Non-Profit and Best HIV-related non-profit in Broward County,” said Johnathan Medina, Latinos Salud’s Senior Health Program Manager. “Winning both again, and this time in Miami-Dade, too? We’re ecstatic!”

Find out more about Latino Salud at https://latinossalud.org/.

Runner-up: Pride Center

– DR

Best Neighborhood: Victoria Park

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The readers have made their voices clear: the Best Neighborhood goes to Victoria Park, which has also won in 2020.

Residents have said that they “love the small-town feel within a big city location,” and it is LGBT-friendly too. It’s also home to the Stonewall National Museum & Archives.

“So many LGBTQ folks coming to South Florida see Victoria Park as a perfect opportunity to appreciate a diverse and welcoming neighborhood,” Kip Reynolds, a realtor and membership chair of the Victoria Park Civic Association, said in 2020.

The park has a mix of “Old Florida” homes and traditional houses, a Holiday Park, and is near Flagler Village.

“One of my favorite places to sit and think or do some pilates and yoga,” a reviewer wrote.

Runner-up: Coral Ridge

- KS

Best Spiritual Center: Sunshine Cathedral

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For the ninth year in a row, Sunshine Cathedral has won Best Spiritual Center. 

Perhaps one of the reasons why people like it so much is because it provides a “warm and inviting atmosphere.” 

“We are so very pleased and thankful to the readers of SFGN — we just want to serve the community,” Rev. Dr Durrell Watkins said in 2020. “There are so many great options for spiritual centers.” 

During the pandemic, they were able to expand their Brown Bag Lunch program after obtaining some grants. The program is for people with housing and food insecurities. 

Watkins and his husband Dr. Robert Griffin have found new ways to reach the community such as daily virtual services last year as well. 

Runner-up: United Church of Christ Lauderdale

- KS

Best Sports League: South Florida Amateur Athletic Association

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For the seventh time in a row, the South Florida Amateur Athletic Association has won Best Sports League.

Located in Fort Lauderdale, SFAAA is committed to allowing both gay and non-gay participants to compete in a welcoming environment to enjoy and feel safe in. 

“It is an honor and privilege to have won Best Sports League. SFAAA is more than a league, we are a family and that is the most rewarding feeling,” said Jarvis McCray, the league’s commissioner. “We would like to thank everyone who voted for us to win this prestigious award. However, all the sports leagues that were nominated at the end of the day are all winners.”

You can view their schedule for games by visiting sfaaasoftball.com.

Runner-up: Front Runners

- KS

Best Sports Team: TIE - Front Runners Lauderdale / The Pub Riptide

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There’s a special tie for this one: Front Runners & Walkers Fort Lauderdale and The Pub Riptide tied for Best Sports Team.

This would be the third time The Pub Riptide has won this category.

“Our team would like to thank all of South Florida for selecting us best sports team in 2021 again for the third straight year,” said Coach Rob Gallagher. “While winning is an important aspect of our game, building friendships is what matters most.” 

Front Runners is a running and walking group offering a supportive environment for members, welcoming LGBT people from all areas of life. 

“We are a team built on individual accomplishments, but we truly encourage each other and celebrate each other's efforts and victories,” said Eric Runyan, the organization’s president. “We are a family that encourages excellence but prizes progress.”

Runner-up: Hunter’s Hurricanes

- KS

Best Nonprofit and Best HIV-Related Nonprofit in Broward and Miami; And Best PrEP Clinic: Latinos Salud

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HIV care was impacted in many areas during the pandemic, but that was not an option for Latino Salud. Not only did its doors stay open, but Latinos Salud was also able to expand its services.

"HIV didn’t go into lockdown, so we felt strongly that we needed to find a way to stay safely open for service," said Stephen Fallon, Latinos Salud’s co-founding Executive Director. “Because we were the only agency in South Florida to remain entirely open for walk-in and appointment-based HIV testing and STD screening, 20% more community members came to us for services in 2020, and that trend has only continued, increasing by another 20% this year."

Online reviews rave about the friendly, caring environment at Latino Salud.

“Taking care of your sexual health can be intimidating,” Fallon said. “We want to put you at ease, so you’ll always feel safe and secure here.”

Latino Salud focuses its promotion efforts on the Latino community because HIV rates have been rising among gay Latinos faster than any other group in South Florida. But you don’t have to speak Spanish or be Latino to access its free services.

“Our hearts are full, knowing that SFGN's readers recognized the efforts we’re making, and chose to give us a readers’ choice award for Best PrEP Clinic,” said Latinos Salud’s co-founder and Director of Health Programs, Rafaelé Narváez.

 “Last year, we were so honored to win an SFGN award for the first time, for Best Non-Profit and Best HIV-related non-profit in Broward County,” said Johnathan Medina, Latinos Salud’s Senior Health Program Manager. “Winning both again, and this time in Miami-Dade, too? We’re ecstatic!”

Find out more about Latino Salud at https://latinossalud.org/.

Runner-up Best Nonprofit: Pride Center 

Runner-up Best HIV-related Nonprofit: AHF 

Runner-up Best PrEP Clinic: Midland Medical

– DR

Best Animal Rescue: United Dog Rescue

Runner-up: Humane Society of Broward County

Check out the rest of the winners at SFGN's Best of 2021 Winners.


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