Why Is Ft. Lauderdale Florida’s Gay Mecca?


With seductive sandy beaches, sultry swimming pools, an abundance of gay-owned businesses and resorts, plus a vibrant cultural scene, it’s no wonder queer travelers are flocking to Ft. Lauderdale for some R&R. Below are just a few reasons the tropical paradise is near the top of our favorite places to visit.

• With nearly two dozen upscale gay resorts, many given fresh face lifts, there’s no shortage of queer-owned places to stay, which means bed linens with luxuriously high thread count.

• Although most of the city’s beaches are homo-friendly, the world-class Sebastian is considered the gay white-sand ground zero. Don’t forget your sun screen, the leathery look is so late ’70s.

• We can watch ourselves on the big screen. The Ft. Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will celebrate its fifth year with screenings of the best of LGBT cinema October 10-13

• Out and proud? The community supports two pride weekends – one in March and the other in June. This is in addition to a festive Halloween celebration.


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