LGBT+ Life in Wilton Manors
Second Gayest City in America
As a result of the 2010 US Census, the City of Wilton Manors was named the “Second gayest City” in the United States. With a large percentage of the population identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender Wilton Manors has been a progressive place to live, work and play for many years. In 2012, and again in subsequent years, Wilton Manors was named by South Florida Gay News (SFGN) as the Best City in its “Best of Competition” You can read the story here.
Stonewall Street Festival & Parade
The City of Wilton Manors has embraced its reputation as a destination for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. The City regularly partners with LGBT+ organizations and is home to the Pride Center at Equality Park, Broward County’s gay and lesbian community center. The City is a joint sponsor of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Stonewall Pride Wilton Manors event that takes place in June in Wilton Manors and attracts approximately 40,000 participants from across the state, country, and globe. The 20th Annual Stonewall Pride Wilton Manors Parade and Festival in June 2019 commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. View the June 2019 CBS Focus on South Florida segment highlighting the 20th Annual Stonewall Pride Wilton Manors Parade and Festival here.
Since 2000, people and communities from across the country join together in the City of Wilton Manors to celebrate the tireless efforts of those who helped change the tide of discrimination inflicted on the LGBT+ population. Thousands participate each year in this day-long festival in honor of the Stonewall Riots: a series of violent demonstrations staged by New York City’s gay community on June 27, 1969, after they had grown tired of harassment from the Police Department.
Due to COVID-19 the 2020 Stonewall Street Festival & Parade was cancelled. Visit https://www.stonewallpride.lgbt/ for updates regarding the 2021 Festival.
Gay History is Made in Wilton Manors
There has been a strong gay presence on the City Commission since the late 1980s when the City of Wilton Manors had the distinction of electing Broward County’s first openly gay elected official in 1988. By the year 2000, the City of Wilton Manors had made history as having the second gay-majority governing body in the United States. This included a gay Mayor, Vice Mayor
Wilton Manors Celebrates Marriage Equality in Florida
Same-sex marriage became legal in Florida on January 6,
A Place to Live, Work and Play
In 1999, the City established
Additionally, the City of Wilton Manors requires every contract for or on behalf of the City to incorporate an anti-discrimination clause for sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. All vendors with the City must provide proof they do not discriminate. City Hall is a place where the LGBT+ community is embraced whether as a resident utilizing one of our services or as an employee.
The City of Wilton Manors Police Department conducts police training that is geared towards working with the City’s LGBT+ population and has gay and lesbian officers amongst its ranks.
The main business district of the City is centered around the internationally known Wilton Drive. This shopping area boasts many stores and services. Home to over 30 restaurants, lounges
While Wilton Drive has a large concentration of LGBT+friendly businesses, one of the most unique qualities of the City of Wilton Manors is that there is no “gay neighborhood” as found in many other LGBT+ friendly cities. Instead, all of the neighborhoods in this
Wilton Manors Elementary School
Wilton Manors Elementary School, the only public International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBO/PYP) School in Broward County, is home to many LGBT+ families.
The City of Wilton Manors is a place where diversity is not
Inquiries regarding LGBT+ life in Wilton Manors can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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