There may be a lot of groups in Broward, but these are the best of the best, voted by the readers. Check out the winners below.

Best Social Group: Bears of South Florida

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

“Celebrating its 20th year of operation, the Bears of South Florida provides 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,” said Mark Joseph Fox, Secretary of the organization. “This year we have expanded our programming to include additional social activities including movie nights, wine dinners, theater and concert events, bowling, and even a field trip to Zoo Miami.”

The group is hosting its annual Teddy Bear Drive at Hunters with the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida on Nov. 25.

“We will raise money to buy thousands of bears for pediatric patients in the Broward Health system,” he said. “We will be busy Bears in the near future.”

Their holiday party will take place the first weekend of December at the Pride Center.

Runner-up: Hunter's Posse

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Best Group for Women: Women in Network

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For the 11th 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 withWINI'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 WINswebsite.

Runner-Up:LesbianThespians

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Best Group for Seniors: SilverServe @ SunServe

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For the first time, SilverServe at SunServe beat the Pride Center’s popular Coffee & Conversation weeklies as the Best Group for Seniors. Though SilverServe’s most important program is its Noble A. McArtor Senior Day Center at the Sunshine Cathedral, many seniors know the group for its monthly SilverServe Luncheons. In the words of Lisa Peters, Director of the Senior Program and Daycare Center, this “is a casual lunch gathering for LGBT seniors from across Broward County, to increase awareness of services as well as practical information. This monthly program allows LGBT seniors an opportunity to come together and mix with peers, share a meal, and get to know how to better age in a place in a healthy manner to lead a more vibrant life.

The SilverServe Luncheon is held on the second Friday of each month from 11 a.m.– 1 p.m. The luncheon averages 40 attendees per month.

Runner-up: Coffee & Conversation @ Pride Center

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Best Group for Trans People: Safe “T” Trans/Gender Nonconforming Group @ SunServe

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For the fourth year in a row, the Safe TTrans/Gender Non-conforming Group hosted by SunServe has won the title of Best Group for Trans People in Broward County.

The Safe TSupport Group is a weekly drop-in support group for those who do not conform to gender stereotypes, open to transgender and gender-queer persons only. They meet every Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at SunServes Wilton Manors Campus.

SunServe is a social service agency dedicated to providing inclusive care to South Floridas LGBT population, the first to do so when it opened its doors in 2002. SunServes Transgender Services Department was created in 2014 and has since helped hundreds of locals to find appropriate medical care and assistance.

To learn more about Safe TTransgender/Gender-Nonconforming Group and SunServes other transgender support groups, visit their website here.

Runner up: TransSocial

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Best Support Group: SunServe Youth

1480 SW 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale

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Its a challenging time for young LGBT people attending school amid Floridas Parental Rights in Education Law, also known as the Dont Say Gaylaw.  SunServes Youth Group allows young people to express themselves without fear. The support groupsare for LGBTQ+ young people ages 13-17, their allies, siblings, and parents.

Our youth group is a space where youth are able to form a community with other youth who have similar experiences to them outside of their own schools,said Mario DePedro,SunServes Youth and Family Program Director. Through our programming, we empower young people to overcome barriers, achieve their goals and have a successful transition into adulthood, and these youth will become the change-makers that our country needs. It is an honor to have this work recognized by the readers of SFGN.

Runner-up: Latinos Salud Youth Group

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Best Business Group: Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT Chamber of Commerce

https://www.gogayfortlauderdale.com

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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 Groupagain,GFLGLCC President Keith Blackburn said in 2021. Id also like to thank [] SFGN for creating and continuing the annual Best Of readers choice contest.

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

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

To join or for more information, visit www.gogayfortlauderdale.com.

Runner-up: Wilton Manors Business Association

- JMCD

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