Fort Lauderdale: Where to Have Fun
By Rick Karlin
Fort Lauderdale is a city rich with cultural centers and destinations, particularly those that focus on the LGBT community. Here are a few exciting options.
Island City Stage
1140 N. Flagler Dr., Fort Lauderdale
The award-winning Island City Stage features stellar productions like Alexi Kaye Campbell’s Off-Broadway hit, The Pride, which runs through June 22. Alternating between 1958 and 2008, The Pride examines changing attitudes to sexuality and the perennial themes of love, lust, and betrayal at Empire Stage Theater.
The Stonewall National Museum & Archives
1300 E. Sunrise Blvd.
Be it Pride season or not, a visit to The Stonewall National Museum & Archives and its new gallery space, conveniently located at 2157-59 Wilton Dr., is a must. The Stonewall Gallery presents an exhibit titled, Days Without Sunshine: Anita Bryant's Anti-Gay Crusade, including items from the Stonewall Archives that chronicle the struggle for LGBT civil rights in Florida, running from June 30 until July 31, 2014.
Pride Center at Equality Park
2040 N Dixie Hwy, Wilton Manors
Pride Center at Equality Park, home to Wilton Manor’s GLBT community center, one of the largest in the world, with four buildings spread across an acre of landscaped park, has activities scheduled daily.
World AIDS Museum
1201 NE 26th St., Wilton Manors
The newly opened World AIDS Museum strives to increase awareness and decrease the stigma of HIV/AIDS. Among the exhibits are a display of shirts, hats, and pins representing AIDS Walks, runs, races, and benefits, “10-Year Ribbon” a sculpture created out of 10 years of the artist’s HIV medication bottles, and pictures of famous people with HIV.