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We look back at Lauderdale Tropical Bear Week and look forward to more community gatherings to come.

- Christiana Lilly, Editor


New Name, New Events At Bear Week

By John Hayden

Pool parties, an exclusive river cruise, porn star cabaret and more. Lauderdale Tropical Bear Week put on a party like none other. Getting adult movie legend Drew Sebastian and LGBTQ icon Crystal Waters onto the same marquee is no easy trick, but Eagle pulled it off.

Sebastian’s aforementioned cabaret show brought out longtime fans looking to see a different side of him. They were not disappointed. Though he did costume changes at a Cher-like rate, each outfit featured tight pants. Very tight pants.

He was debuting his new show, and fans got to hear him play the sax and were treated to an inside look at his culinary skills. When asked why the saxophone, he told OutSFL, “Any chance I get to blow.”

Bears took over Richardson Park on March 9. The midday party was popular from the start. A good crowd gathered and perused booths selling everything from boots to cigars to cocktails.

A DJ kept the beats going from an eye-grabbing stage until the live entertainment started, culminating in Crystal Waters’ performance.

The party used to be known as Bears In the Alley. The Eagle team decided to rebrand and highlight it as a destination. Eagle owner Chuck King is thrilled with how the week turned out. He told OutSFL the event would draw about 8,000 people.


Divas, Big Peters, Sing-alongs & Keeping Wilma Gay

Mark your calendars for April 20 as the Wilton Manors Community Sing-Along returns. Join the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida and the Bears of South Florida at 3 p.m. at Hunters Nightclub.

Suspect in Custody After SWAT Standoff in Oakland Park

A SWAT standoff in Oakland Park ended with a suspect in custody, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.


OutSFL Reporter Launches New Show 'The W Boys'

West Hollywood and Wilton Manors are the epicenters of LGBTQ culture. Now, both queercentric cities are represented in The W Boys WeHo2Wilton, a hot new entertainment show tackling everything from hot gossip to hot sauce.

Weekly Events

TODAY: Electric Ride and Meetup

Charge up your batteries and meet other electric riders at Big Dog Station for food and drinks followed by a 20-mile drive around town.

WED: Peruvian Wine Dinner

Union Kitchen & Bar Chef Christie and Roberto will take you on a journey into the food and wine of Peru.

THURS: Trans Day of Visibility 

​​Join community groups for a special evening of advocacy, community, and celebration with food, refreshments, music, and performances highlighting our vibrant transgender community in South Florida.

FRI: "The Taming of the Shrew"

Thinking Cap Theatre at the Broward Center turns to one of Shakespeare's most controversial works, a play that has left audiences divided on whether the playwright was a misogynist or a proto-feminist.

SAT: "The Dyke and the Porn Star"

In the newest play at The Foundry, San Francisco dyke-about-town Chance gets to meet her favorite porn star, Tara Gold. Will Chance's fantasies come true, or will they find themselves on a collision course with Tara's own most personal unfulfilled erotic yearnings? 

SUN: Easter Drag Brunch

Join the ladies at The Well for an amazing show and delicious Easter brunch, including unlimited mimosas or margaritas.

Job Opportunities

Retail Sales Associate -- Wilton Manors

Vape & Smoke Shop is hiring a retail sales associate with knowledge of vape and smoke products who will help create the energy and excitement to promote vape, hookah and smoke products with the right solution.

Speech Language Pathologist -- Wilton Manors

Wilton Manors Health and Rehabilitation Center is hiring a speech language pathologist to conduct screenings of residents, evaluate residents per physician orders, provide Speech Therapy treatment, and actively engage and contribute to the success of the rehab department, IDT and facility success.

Meet Your Neighbor

Craig Stacey lives with his husband in Wilton Manors - the same town where he struggled with alcohol abuse a decade ago. Now, he’s sober and working on his art. He’s exhibited at Wilton Manors Art Walk. 

“I have a lot of interactive paints, neons and stuff like that. I have a passion for color and lighting, thanks to my husband,” Stacey said. “He is a theater person, stage director, vocal coach and his contribution to my passion of art has just been helping me set up my tents and really getting my lights going. So the full effect of what they have can really show off to the guests walking by.” 

Stacey studied fashion merchandising at Florida State University. He is working on evolving his art into new practices. 

“I'm probably going to end up in a different direction, each artist has their own period and I’m moving into more of a 3d sculptural phase,” he said. “I think I'm kind of getting away from canvas work now. I'm probably going to end up doing sculpting or found object kind of artwork.” -- Mary Rasura

Mike's Deal

Thirsty? Get any fountain drink for only $1 at Subway! That's right, no matter the size, it's just $1.

Order in the app or online now to take advantage of this deal.


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