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Welcome to a new week, and two new beginnings!

Thursday is Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish New Year, as well as the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. We know both are going to be celebrated in a community as diverse as ours, and we send love to our Islanders.

We're also celebrating the community with the launch of the inaugural Your Choice Awards. Readers made their nominations, now it's time to vote!

-- Christiana Lilly, Editor


The Wiltin’ and Sinkin’ of the Island City

By Pier Angelo

Photo via City of Wilton Manors, Facebook.

Once upon a time there was Key West.

The city was a gay Mecca, Duval Street was home to small businesses, local artist’s galleries, bars and charming family restaurants. Gay guest houses dotted the landscape.

Then cruise ships were allowed to dock, Corporate America and developers came in, destroying the uniqueness of the place. Housing was no longer affordable and people, especially the gay community began to leave. The same thing happened to South Beach.

Now it is Wilton Manors’ turn.

A 123-room, eight-story hotel is in the works and construction could start soon on the site of the old funeral home on Dixie Highway near the Five Points, a process that could go back and forth for months but it is getting a head of steam.

And then what?



Oakland Park Pride Will be Bigger Next Year

As the cost of Wilton Manors real estate continues to rise, the hip and savvy are moving to Oakland ParkAn obvious hallmark of a burgeoning LGBTQ community is a Pride Festival. 

Your Choice Awards Highlights Broward’s Best Dining Options

Out South Florida's first Your Choice Awards has launched with categories in Broward, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. Participation is limited to one vote per day in each county.


Local Activist, Attorney Ken Keechl Dies at 60

Ken Keechl, an attorney who pioneered LGBTQ family law in Florida, has passed away. The news was announced on social media by his friend, the Rev. Joel Slotnick.

Weekly Events

TODAY: "The Penis Talk Show"

Bruce Vilanch will be hosting this long-running show at The Foundry, where naked men get interviewed about the details of their sex lives. It's made even more more hilarious with Vilanch asking the questions.

WED: POZitive Attitudes

A weekly topic-driven, peer-lead HIV support group for gay and bisexual men who are infected or affected by HIV or AIDS. Meeting is at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale.

THURS: "A Night With the Divas"

A fundraiser for CAN Community Health, "A Night With the Divas" at Lips is hosted by Amanda Austin and features celebrity guests Jhoan Acevedo, Peter Bisuito, Brian Mason, and Bill Schultz.

FRI: Sippin' on Some Serum

Brewlihan Mead Company in Oakland Park is previewing its upcoming bottle releases of Double Pear Vanilla and Lumberjack Hypothesis. There will be a live DJ vinyl set by Love Blendz from 7 to 11 p.m. 

SAT: Mr. Mx. Miss Gay Florida ISCOAF Pageant

Join the reigning Mr., Miss, and Mx. Gay ISCOAF as they step down from a year of representing the court and the community. Enter to win a crown, sash and your chance to give to charity as a permanent title holder.

SUN: Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Las Olas Oceanside Parks is celebrating the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month with a musical performance by Flavio Sousa accompanied by a flamenco dancer from Noon to 3 p.m. Check out their other happenings for the next month!

Job Opportunities

Wellness Specialist -- Wilton Manors

The Pride Center is hiring a wellness specialist to adopt a holistic and inclusive approach to all wellness programs and center services. This includes using a status-neutral approach, regardless of a client's HIV status, within a DEIJ paradigm. The goal is to reduce HIV incidence and improve the health and wellness of both those living with HIV and those who are not.

Program and Facility Supervisor -- Wilton Manors

The city of Wilton Manors is hiring a program and facility supervisor to direct and coordinate recreation programs and administration and management of city-owned facilities. Employee exercises independence and initiative, assists in preparation and monitoring of division budget, and works under general direction of the assistant director.  

Are you hiring? Send us your job listing with details to

Mike's Deal

Don't let your photos just sit in your phone! Print out your memories from your trip that summer, back-to-school photos, and more with deals from CVS. Use code 70TILE for 70% off wall tiles, FLOAT1499 for discounted floating frames, and 50GIFT for 50% off posters, wall decor, and gifts. Valid through Sept. 16.

Community Scrapbook

Wilton Collective hosted a Mix & Mingle on Sept. 8 benefitting the Imperial Sun Court. The family-friendly event featured live singers, food and drink, a drag show, and plenty of shopping. (Photos by J.R. Davis)


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