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Greater Fort Lauderdale: Florida’s LGBT+ Capital  

HRC logoOne of the most progressive and welcoming destinations in the United States, Greater Fort Lauderdale champions diversity and inclusion every day, in every way. Our goal is to make everyone in the LGBT+ community feel seen, supported, comfortable, and safe. Simply put, Greater Fort Lauderdale is meant for everyone under the sun.

Everyone is Welcome Here

According to the 2023 Human Rights Campaign Municipality Equality Index (MEI), which examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies and services are of LGBT+ people who live and work there, the following Greater Fort Lauderdale cities received a perfect score:

Plus, Greater Fort Lauderdale has also been recognized as having the highest concentration of same-sex couple households in the country. Here, pride isn’t just reserved for the month of June, it’s a daily way of life! 

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With an authentic and welcoming vibe, Greater Fort Lauderdale is home to plenty of LGBT+-friendly landmarks, beaches, shopping, restaurants, and bars.

Here are just a few of our favorite spots where love is love is love.

Landmarks

Wilton Manors

Wilton Manors Drive

Known as South Florida’s most famous “gayborhood,” Wilton Manors is lined with gay-owned businesses built on a foundation of love and acceptance.

Stonewall National Museum & Archives (SNMA)

One of the largest gay archives and libraries in the United States, SNMA presents year-round exhibits centered on LGBT+ themes, including author presentations, films, panel discussions, and other events.

Stonewall National Museum & Archives (SNMA)

World Aids Museum & Educational Center 

Chronicling the history of HIV and AIDS through art, multimedia and artifacts, this thought-provoking museum and educational center seeks to promote dialogue that eliminates the HIV/AIDS stigma.

Island City Stage

Often exploring LGBT+ culture, this professional theater is committed to sharing stories of universal interest through entertaining and inspiring productions.

Shopping
Out of the Closet

Out of the Closet

With three locations in Greater Fort Lauderdale, this national thrift store chain proudly donates profits to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

The Wilton Collective

Wilton Collective

An upscale thrift and consignment store, proceeds benefit Julian’s Fountain of Youth - a non-profit organization working to provide opportunities for LGBT+ youth.

Beaches
Sebastian Street Beach

Nestled along the corner of Sebastian Street and A1A in Fort Lauderdale, Sebastian Street Beach is one of the country’s top-rated gay beaches. The popular gay resort The Worthington Resorts is located nearby.

Dining, Drinks & Entertainment
Lips

Lips

The ultimate in drag dining, this iconic Fort Lauderdale destination features spectacular shows six nights a week, including a can’t-miss drag brunch on Sundays.

Hamburger Mary’s

For a fabulously flamboyant dining experience, this Wilton Manors staple delivers with drag bingo and brunch.

Georgie’s Alibi Monkey Bar

Georgie’s Alibi Monkey Bar

Rosie’s Bar & Grill

Rosie’s Bar & Grill

Sunday Funday is always a mood at this delicious brunch hangout.

Scandals Saloon

Country music, line dancing and bourbon cocktails are mainstays at this unique gay bar.

Wilton Drive
DrYnk Bar

For unforgettable nightlife options, Wilton Drive delivers with DrYnk Bar & Lounge, Hunters Nightclub, and The Manor Complex.

Greater Fort Lauderdale is home to 31 municipalities and is renowned for its welcoming, authentic vibe.  Here you’ll find a thriving local LGBT+ community with the highest concentration of same-sex couple households in the country and hundreds of gay-owned businesses, many of which are centered around the Wilton Manors neighborhood. Sebastian Beach, the top-rated gay beach in the United States, is nestled in Fort Lauderdale beach.

With a vibrant collection of cultures and activities, Greater Fort Lauderdale is the ultimate, inclusive LGBT+ destination where everyone comes together, under the warm embrace of the sun. You are welcome to fly your flag high, make an impact and radiate life – because you are you, and you are worth celebrating. LET'S CELEBRATE YOU!

Restaurants

Greater Fort Lauderdale offers extraordinary culinary offerings among more than 4,000 restaurants. 

Bars

Experience the ultimate bar and nightlife scene here in Greater Fort Lauderdale.

Resources

Feeling good and having a sense of pride is what Greater Fort Lauderdale is about. Below are some special local LGBT+ resources--- from libraries to spiritual guidance to publications --- to help you enjoy your stay.