Fort Lauderdale, known as the “Venice of America” due to its expansive and intricate canal system, is a city in Broward County, Florida. According to recent U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the city had a population of 200,000. It is the county seat of Broward County, and a principal city of the South Florida metropolitan area, which is home to over 5,000,000 people.
The city is a popular tourist destination, with 10 million visitors a year. The city is a major yachting center, with 42,000 resident yachts and 100 marinas and boatyards. Fort Lauderdale and its suburbs host over 4100 restaurants and 120 nightclubs, so you never run out options here!
According to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, Fort Lauderdale is “America’s top gay resort area.” In 2006, members of gay-interest site,PlanetOut , named the city as the “best gay resort town”; the city actively pursues gay and lesbian tourists. The city is also home to a large year-round population of gay residents. The city’s Stonewall Library & Archives is the largest-circulation LGBT library in the southeastern United States. Neighboring Wilton Manors was the second city in the country (after West Hollywood, California) to elect a gay-majority city council.
Greater Fort Lauderdale offers a choice of more than 30 gay-owned guesthouses and gay-friendly properties, plus bars, clubs, restaurants, shops and gyms and the second largest Metropolitan Community Church congregation in the U.S.
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