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December LGBT Events in Ft. Lauderdale

On this Blog, I will post a highlight of some of the LGBT non-profit and political events that are going on in Ft. Lauderdale each month, so folks who want to attend can put them on their Calendars. 

Sunday, December 1 – Worlds AIDs Day – 2020 Wilton Drive (behind city hall), Lineup - 6:30 pm - Hagen Park, Step off from curb - 7:00 pm Rally - The Pride Center, 2040 Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors. Come join over 2800 people at what has become one of the largest World AIDS Day Commemorations in the nation as we walk, candles in hand to remember those we have lost to HIV/AIDS and a rally to look towards the future. This is Fort Lauderdale's 6th Annual World AIDS Day event, brought to you by Broward House, Macy's, MAC AIDS Fund and Walgreens Pharmacy.

Tuesday, December 3 – Mack Power Lunch – 11:30am – 1:30pm at Dapur Asian Tapas, 1620 N. Federal Hway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305. At the beginning of every Power Lunch we offer approx. 30 minutes to introduce yourself and chat with fellow attendees in a social setting. There may be a very brief presentation by an event sponsor to share insights and industry information. Then the rest of our time is enjoying lunch and breaking the ice to develop professional friendships with everyone around you.  $33.00, Advance Registration required:

Tuesday, December 3 – Pride Center Founder's Circle Reception – 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Gallery One, A Doubletree Suites by Hilton 2670 East Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL. The Founder's Circle are individuals who make a monthly gift of $100 to the Pride Center. If you are interested in attending the event to see what it is all about, just email me at and I will put you on the Guest list. There is no commitment to become a Founder, just a chance to meet folks and hear about the great work the Pride Center is doing.

Thursday, December 5 – 5 Year GLBX Anniversary Celebration & Holiday Party – 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Riverside Hotel 620 East Las Olas Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale. Please join the Board of Governors of the GLBX and its members & friends for the 5 Year GLBX Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, December 5th, from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Riverside Hotel. As last year, the Riverside Hotel will host this event in their ballroom, located on the 8th floor - overlooking Fort Lauderdale and the New River. Two (2) complimentary drinks per person and appetizers will be provided - reduced parking fee will be offered also.

Saturday, December 7 – Rise, Impulse Group Ft. Lauderdale – 6:00pm – 10:00pm at Hyatt Regency Pier 66, 2301 SE 17th St., Ft. Lauderdale. Impulse Group is an organization, based in South Florida, dedicated to the advancement of safe sex awareness and practice among young, sexually active gay men between the ages of 18-35, in collaboration with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Impulse Group is a group dedicated to the advancement of safe sex awareness and practice among young, sexually active gay men between the ages of 18-35. Their mission is to promote dignified connections through modern approaches to the gay community. No cover. 18+. Open bar w/Food. Free Valet. More details to come!

Saturday, December 7 – Sunshine Cathedral: Holiday Concert – 7:00pm at 1480 SW 9th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL. Join Sunshine Cathedral, MCC for “The Spirit of Christmas”, sights and sounds of the season. For more information, visit

Tuesday, December 10 – GFLGLCC - MetLife Quarterly Networking Holiday Luncheon – 11:30am – 1:30pm. Steak 954, W Hotel, 401 North Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL . Please join us for our GFLGLCC - MetLife Quarterly Networking Luncheon. You'll meet new friends, make business connections and enjoy a 3-course luncheon. Steak 954 will serve a 3-course lunch, choice of coffee, tea or soda, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Cocktails, wine and beer are available. $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Parking: Discounted (to $5) valet parking provided by the W Hotel.

Tuesday, December 10 – Mack Mixer Fort Lauderdale – 6:30pm - 9:00pm. Dubliner Irish Pub, 210 S.W. 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL  There’s no doubt MACK continues to redesign how business people create new relationships and establish friendships - regardless of sexuality. MACK aims to be the most reliable business and social network for the Gay and Lesbian Community of South Florida. Join their mailing list, register for a lunch, swing by one of the mixers, but most important - bring your friends! Everyone is welcome. MACK is less about orientation and all about discovering untapped opportunities! For information, visit:

Wednesday, December 11 – A Toy Story 4 – 7:00pm – 10:00pm at The Venue at the Manor, 2345 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, 33305. Join friends and family in spreading the Holiday Cheer as we bring you the 4th installment of the ever popular A TOY’S STORY, A Night For Giving on Wednesday December 11th from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The Venue Fort Lauderdale.The past three years of this event have sold out, with hundreds in attendance. 100% of the donation will go to Fort Lauderdale based charities including SunServe, Broward House, and the Jessica June Center. All new unwrapped toys will be distributed to Kids In Distress and a local Battered Woman’s Shelter. Tickets are only $20 in advance. Doors will open at 7:00 pm and only 500 tickets will be sold, Tickets are available now at The Manor, Broward House or online a

Thursday, December 12 – Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Network Holiday Party and Cal Steinmetz Fundraiser – 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Blue Martini, Galleria Mall, 2432 E. Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale. Holiday party and fundraiser for Cal Steinmetz. $10.00 at the door and an additional suggested $10.00 donation for the fundraiser.

Sunday, December 15 – Broward House Presents Cheech & Chong at the Hard Rock Hotel– 7:00pm. Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, Florida 33314.
This is their first tour in 25 years. Limited VIP Tickets with meet and greet available. This event is a World AIDS Awareness Month Benefit for Broward House providing care and healing to the South Florida HIV/AIDS community for over 25 years. To find out more visit us at,

Tuesday, December 17 – Sunshine Cathedral: Seraphic Fire Candlelight Christmas Concert – 7:30pm at 1480 SW 9th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL. Nominated for a 2012 GRAMMY award! From the ringing of distant church bells to the rapturous sound of a cappella carols, the ensemble presents what has become one of the season’s most anticipated concert experiences: Seraphic Fire’s annual candlelight Christmas concerts. This program combines Gregorian chant, timeless carols, and glorious motets to create a holiday soundscape that will transport the listener across time and space. For three years in a row, this program has sold out months in advance. For tickets:

Wednesday, December 18 – HotSpots Media Group’s 6th Annual Community Holiday Party to benefit Broward House – 7:00pm. Museum of Discovery and Science. 401 SW 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Join us for one of the largest South Florida LGBT Holiday Celebrations put on for by Hotspots Media Group. This is the 6th Annual Hotspots Holiday Celebration. Join thousands at the Museum of Discovery and Science on Wednesday, December 18, as we come together to celebrate the holiday season in a benefit for Broward House. This event is by VIP invitation only. To get your personal invite, please go to and we will get one right out to you.

Thursday, December 19 – Our Fund Holiday Party for First 100 Funders Members – 6:00pm. Invitation Only Event - At the Home of Ken Hollander and John Kardos. The First 100 Funders are a unique group of 100 supporters who believe in the mission and purpose of Our Fund and pledge their support for a period of three years by committing a significant annual contribution during the first three years of operation. Half of Our First 100 Funders' contributions is dedicated to supporting startup costs and initial operations of the Foundation. The remaining half is allocated to Our First 100 Funders' Fund and used to promote philanthropy throughout our community. If you would like more information on supporting Our Fund, contact Lee Rubin at

Saturday, December 21– Santa's 5K Fun Run/Walk & Santa's Sleigh Race 
South Florida – Saturday, December 21 get ready for one heck of a crazy day as Broward House, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Rosie's Bar and Grill, Bills and Alibi bring you an all new, sure to be crazy day that is sure to bring out the masses for a day full of fun and surprises. Start the morning off at 9:00 am with hundreds of others in the parking lot of the Shoppes of Wilton Manors dressed as your favorite holiday character (think Santa, Mrs. Clause, Rudolph, Frosty, an elf, a Dradle, or anything that resonates the holiday season for you) for a 5K Fun Run/Walk around the city of Wilton Manors. After the run/walk, spend some time hanging out with other holiday creatures while having a festive time sipping a cocktail, dancing to the sounds of our DJ and stage performers before getting ready for the start of the amazing; 2nd ANNUAL SANTA'S SLEIGH (BED) RACE. If you were there last year, you know how much fun this is to watch (or even better, be in!) Each bed will be themed to the holiday season and have a crew of 5 dressed to match that theme. Beds will race down the street against each other until it comes down to the final two. The winner of the final heat will be crowned the "Wilton Manors Bed Heads" and get to place the "Bed Head" trophy in their place of business or home for all to see! This is surely an event you will want to be at to cheer on your favorites!! Entry into the run/walk is only $25, and bed entry prices are listed on the website. Sign up for the run/walk today at Http:// and then start getting your outfits together!! This event is a 100% benefit for Broward House

Save the Date:

Thursday, January 16 –  An Evening with Megan Mullally,A Benefit for Stonewall National Museum & Archives – 6:00pm – 11:00pm. Broadway @ the parker presents
an evening with Megan Mullally two time Emmy winning star of will & grace
featuring Sirius XM radio star Seth Rudetsy as pianist & host produced by Mark Cortale
a special benefit for stonewall national museum & archives. $200 ticket: VIP seating, pre-show open bar, post show champagne reception and photographs with Megan
$100 ticket: pre-show open bar reception and orchestra seating for performance. Get tickets:online: phone: 954-763-8565, at the museum: Monday – Friday 11 am – 8 pm, Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm 1300 east sunrise boulevard, fort Lauderdale. Thank you for your support of stonewall national museum & archives and the stonewall national education project!

Saturday, January 25 –  Leslie Jordan at Sunshine Cathedral – 8:00pm. The hilarious Mr. Leslie Jordan will be performing at Sunshine Cathedral on Saturday, January 25th. Click below for tickets.

Saturday, February 8 – Broward House’s 25th Anniversary Gala  – 8:00pm – 11:00pm. Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, 1881 SE 17th Street Causeway, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316 Get ready to channel your inner Madonna, Ferris Beuler, Divine, Boy George, Cyndi Lauper, Pee Wee Herman, Don Johnson, or one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as Broward House takes you through a time machine back to the 80’s.

Saturday, February 22 – Pride Center’s Evening in Paradise – Carnival!  – 7:00pm – 9:30pm. Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve located at 1937 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Florida. Enjoy An Evening that will transport you to Paradise!!!! The evening includes open bar, great food, For a preview of this year’s event, visit:

March 5 -10 – National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Winter Party Festival  – Launched in 1994 as a one-time charity dance event on the sands of beautiful South Beach, Winter Party Festival has evolved into a week-long series of events benefiting the LGBT community nationally and locally.  A portion of the net proceeds of WPF support the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's efforts to take action, build power and create change for LGBT people. The majority of the proceeds are donated to local service organizations through a grant-making process administered by The Miami Foundation.  Over 10,000 guests from around the world attend our annual six-day extravaganza featuring the most spectacular venues, the most unforgettable parties and receptions and the best international DJ talent.

Sunday, March 30 – Lambda Legal Garden Party  – 5:00pm – 7:30pm. Bonnet House, 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Please join Lambda Legal for the 10th annual Fort Lauderdale Reception. This annual event, a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception among the lush grounds of the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens will bring together more than 300 of our supporters from across South Florida’s LGBT and allied community to celebrate the work of Lambda Legal.

Saturday, April 5 – 5th Annual International Gay Polo Tournament at the International Polo Club in Wellington –  Mark your calendars for the 5th Annual International Gay Polo Tournament. This year marks the organization's most ambitious event ever. We have kept the best of the best, while changing up a few things. GPL is a community that shares a love for adventure, fun and the challenging sport of polo. GPL is committed to providing members with an enjoyable, supportive and competitive experience. GPL represents a wide range of ages, backgrounds and skill levels. GPL trains and competes in mainstream matches and GPL events to share enthusiasm for the sport and change perceptions about the LGBT community. For more information about GPL visit:

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