Florida’s New “Gayberry” … Wilton Manors

| January 8, 2018


The city of Wilton Manors is stepping into the spotlight as Florida’s new “Gayberry” after winning a bronze award for “Best Gayborhood” from Q.Digital, a media company focused on the LGBTQ community. Readers from GayCities.com cast more than 48,000 votes for places throughout the world, in 13 categories including favorite destinations, romantic getaways and best bars and clubs, according to the company.

According to a report by US News, “Wilton Manors, a community of 12,000 bordering Fort Lauderdale in Broward County, has the second-highest per capita LGBT population, 14 percent, after Provincetown, Massachusetts, with 15 percent. It also has a five-member city commission with a straight male, a lesbian and three gay men – a supergayjority.”

The report continues “Much about Wilton Manors reflects urban and diverse influences. City hall on Wilton Drive, the main business district, faces a row of storefronts: G*Bar (a lesbian hangout), Out of the Closet (a resale shop for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation), a nonprofit pharmacy, Vietnamese and Greek restaurants and tattoo and vape emporiums.”

“We call ourselves Gayberry, like Mayberry, and we have a very nice community,” says Adrienne Foland, a real estate agent and resident. “It’s a good mix with the old-timers, the people who lived here before the gays came.” City founders pioneered a tradition of volunteerism dating back almost a century that still enriches life here.

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