Fort Lauderdale’s Wilton Manors A Top “Gay Welcoming” City
Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale’s gay ghetto and international vacation mecca for millions of tourists every year about this time earned a perfect score of 100 on the Municipal Equality Index just released by the Human Rights Campaign.
Wilton Manors was among 38 cities nation-wide to top the list which ranks cities based on the number of openly gay elected officials, partnership benefits, anti-discrimination laws, law enforcement actions toward hate crimes and other factors. But those of us who live in the area and those of you who have visited know the real reasons are the diversified nightlife, casual lifestyle where you don’t really need a car if you live there, and nearby beaches where it’s always summer.
To be fair, I should also mention that Miami Beach, St. Petersburg, and Orlando also achieved 100 scores.
But I’d like to put a personal plug in for the town I live in, Oakland Park, less than ten minutes away from Wilton Manors glamour, which scored a very respectable 87 in the same Municipal Equality Index. Near to just about everything a gay boy would desire, it’s also quietly residential with many highly affordable one family ranch style homes including pools,some even on a canal. That way, once you’ve had your fun, you can get in your car and go back to boring solitude.
Living in Wilton Manors, on the other hand, and according to the demographers it’s the most gay populated city per capita in the U.S, housing is a lot more expensive – some would say even overpriced – and you run the risk of getting cruised in the ten items or less aisle of the local supermarket when all you wanted was some cat litter for Daisy.