These are the Best Groups in Broward chosen by our readers for 2021.

Best Group for Women: Women in Network

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For the 10th year in a row, Women in Network has won the Best Group for Women award.

For decades, the non-profit organization 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 help women out in many ways like fostering mentorships, which includes pairing undergraduate students with professionals to gain working experience, according to their website. 

“In my year with WIN I've been exposed to amazing women, diverse in their careers, fields, and positions and learned so much about their experiences. It's been a great experience to understand, on a professional and personal note, what life is like for those in WIN,” a mentee posted on WIN’s website.

Runner-Up: Lesbian Thespians

- KS

Best Social Group: Bears of South Florida

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For the seventh time now, the Bears of South Florida won Best Social Group of Broward County.

"I am incredibly proud that the Bears of South Florida have won the distinction of SFGN's Best Social Group for the 6th year in a row! Like many organizations we've been challenged by the pandemic, but our members have stayed active and involved with the various events we've held this year,” said Kevin Daft, president of BOSFL. “Our mission is to provide a safe and welcoming space for the Bear community of South Florida to socialize and engage in fundraising activities to benefit the local LGBTQ community.  Despite COVID-19, we will be distributing a total of $8,000 in grants to other local non-profits in December.  Congratulations, Bears, on a job well done!"

Currently they are gearing up for their annual Teddy Bear Drive taking place Nov. 26.

Runner-Up: Boys with Boats

- KS

Best Group for Trans People: Safe "T" Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Group at Sunserve

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Social support groups are essential to help trans people cope with harassment and rejection and the ups and downs of everyday life. SunServe’s Safe T program meets every Wednesday from 6:30-8 p.m. at SunServe’s Wilton Manors Campus. Attendance is limited to transgender and gender-queer persons only.

“It is imperative for marginalized communities to know that they are not alone in their struggles,” said Misty Eyez, director of Women’s Services, Transgender Services and Training Education at SunServe. “If you are on the transgender spectrum, you may not feel like you belong in your family or even in society. However, you fit in at Safe T. SunServe offers a safe place for anyone on the transgender spectrum to come network, share in their struggles, and offer support to each other.”

To learn more about SunServe’s Safe T Program, visit here.

Runner-up: TransSocial

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Best Business Group: Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT Chamber of Commerce

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The GFLGLCC promotes LGBT and allied businesses and tourism and generates economic development by matching companies with skilled and compatible partners to further community growth.

“On behalf of the GFLGLCC and our board of directors I want to thank everyone who took the time to vote for us as your ‘Best Business Group’ again in 2021,” said GFLGLCC President Keith Blackburn. “I’d also like to thank Norm Kent and his team at SFGN for creating and continuing the annual Best Of readers choice contest.”

Members can access benefits, programs and other information at the chamber’s member business center and LGBT Visitor’s Center at 2300 NE 7th Avenue in Wilton Manors.

The chamber celebrated its 10th anniversary this year and continues its affiliation with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

Runner-up: Wilton Manors Business Association

- JMCD

Best Group For Seniors: Coffee & Conversation at Pride Center

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The best group for seniors is stuck in virtual reality. With COVID-19 guidelines still in place, Pride Center’s Coffee & Conversation remains frozen in cyberspace.

“I am thrilled that C&C was once again voted as best group for seniors but am missing our many good times together,” said Bruce Williams, Pride Center Active Aging Manager. “Let’s hope that in the near future we will once again be able to reunite in person so that we can enjoy one another’s company.”

Pre-pandemic, seniors filled the Pride Center to the brim on Tuesday mornings. There was coffee and snacks to be had as friends mingled to discuss their pleasures and pains. The program typically featured a guest speaker offering information about vital services.

As they sang in the theme song from “All In The Family”...Those Were the Days.

Runner-up: Sage

– JMCD

Best Support Group: Alcoholics Anonymous at The Pride Center at Equality Park

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The Alcoholics Anonymous meetings at the Pride Center have won for Best Support Group.

The success of those meetings can no doubt lend itself to the Pride Center’s open and diverse environment. There are meetings five days a week at the center. Before the pandemic they met every day. Despite some of those groups leaving due to rent increases it’s clear those folks facing substance abuse issues want to meet in a place that’s safe, affirming and LGBT friendly.

We hope the Pride Center will find a way to accommodate even more groups in the future.

Runner-up: Somos at Latinos Salud

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


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