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Three major LGBTQ events are canceled for next year (some permanently) and now a local favorite, Stonewall Pride, is at odds. We have the latest in this newsletter.

With Christmas and New Year's just around the corner, we'll be sending out some of our future editions of The Islander a day late. From our team, we wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!

- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Stonewall Pride’s June Event Faces Crisis

By John Hayden

The confluence of Florida’s political climate, less money available from traditional sponsors, and a day of downpours is creating major problems for Wilton Manors’ annual Stonewall Pride Parade & Street Festival that takes place each June. 

South Florida’s most venerable Pride has had a tough year. Attendance and, therefore, revenue was down at June’s event thanks in part to relentless rain. Consequently, Hotspots! Events, formerly WMEG/Wilton Manors Entertainment Group, the organization that produces the event, may not get the permit for 2024.

Hotspots! Events still owes creditors for the 2023 party, including $45,000 for fire and security costs, according to Hotspots! Events’ Jeff Sterling. The city is on the hook for those bills if the producers don’t pay, so Wilton Manors officials are telling OutSFL they won’t issue him a permit until those debts are paid.

Sterling and WMEG have run the summer event for several years, usually breaking even or turning a modest profit.

“We worked hard to put stability in the event. We’ve surpassed city hurdles,” he said.



Shop LGBTQ For Last-Minute Gifts

From a smooth Chianti to limited edition cigars, fun, festive, and uniquely Wilton gifts are still available. Yes, the “last minute” is quickly ticking away until the annual bacchanalia known as Christmas arrives.

Take Our 3 Minute Survey on LGBTQ Safety

OutSFL is asking its readers to take a three-minute survey on how safe they feel in South Florida. Let us know what your thoughts are and click here.


Exclusive: Strong Support for Wilton Hotel

More than 6-in-10 people support putting a hotel on Dixie Highway just south of Five Points. Results of Out South Florida’s poll regarding the proposed hotel show 63% of respondents are in favor.

Weekly Events

TODAY: A Very Mary Nightmare Before Christmas

Dining With the Divas at Hamburger Mary's has a spooky holiday twist with live music, dancing, and themed cocktails.

SAT: Let it Snow

Snow comes to South Florida! As you walk through Dania Pointe, you'll see glistening snowflakes showering down over everyone at 7 and 8:30 p.m.


SUN: Holiday Fantasy Lights

Spend Christmas Eve entranced by a decades-long holiday tradition, with the winding roads of Tradewinds Park filled with light displays to enjoy from your car.

Job Opportunities

Sales Associate -- Oakland Park

Allied Kitched and Bath is hiring a sales associate for the decorative hardware and plumbing team. Candidates should have experience selling and/or knowledge of plumbing products within the kitchen and bath industry, ability to make product suggestions to clients and designers, prepare customer quotes, manage and follow up on customer leads and special orders, and more.

Front Office Receptionist -- Wilton Manors

Somerset Village Academy is hiring a front office receptionist to greet and welcome guests, answer, screen, and forward incoming phone calls, manage mail and deliveries, maintain office security, and more.

Friday's Furry Friend

Shelter pets should not have to spend the holidays alone, so the Humane Society of Broward County is hoping you’ll open your heart and home and give a furry friend in need a cozy place to spend the holidays. For the holidays, select adult dogs, cats and rabbits will be available for holiday sleepovers. This gives the pets a break from being in the shelter and lets them get spoiled.

It's in the Stars


This week calls for generosity, as implied in the Nine of Coins, as well as gratefulness for this year’s achievements, however small or large. Share with those that helped along the way and those whose paths are yet to bear fruit. Whether on the giving or the receiving end of that wave of generosity, be conscious that success comes from the sacrifice and patience of the Four of Swords, as well as from facing challenges head on. As a result, an inner revelation will become clear to you and it, though sharp as only the Ace of Swords can be, will pave the way to a clearer path as 2024 approaches.

Key numbers: 1, 4, 5, 9, 14


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