The Stories Behind National Coming Out Day and Spirit Day

National Coming Out Day and Spirit Day are both observed in the month of October, and both days mean a lot to quite a few people in the LGBT community. Both days are meant for people to show their pride in who they are as people, and to encourage others to feel safe enough to […]


Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Kicks Off 2106 Membership Drive

With an estimated $8 billion buying power in Miami-Dade County alone, LGBTQ consumers are certainly a force with which to be reckoned. LGBTQ and gay-friendly businesses eagerly court buyers from this niche market and one of the best ways to reach this market is by becoming a member of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber […]


38th Annual Pride Fort Lauderdale

Hotspots Has the Lowdown on a Week of “Fort Fabulous” Events Pride Fort Lauderdale celebrates its 38th year by making a big move, jumping to the month of October, with the largest events saved for the weekend of National Coming Out Day. There will be an entire week of events, beginning on Monday, October 5. […]


FashionFIX: My Faves in Men’s Suits for Fall 2015

Hello, HotSpots readers, and welcome back for your FashionFIX! This week I’ll be sharing with you some of my favorite looks in men’s suits from the fall 2015 collections. There really is something very sexy about a man in a great suit! This season there are some interesting trends happening in men’s formal wear that […]


2015 MiFo LGBT Film Festival Fort Lauderdale: Profiles for Winning Dad, Sebastion & Those People

A record number of films will be screened at the MiFo LGBT Film Festival Fort Lauderdale, spanning two weeks. In this feature, three films from the final weekend of the festival have been reviewed. We hope you will go out and support the festival and see these movies, as well as many others. Winning Dad […]


The Naked Magicians Tour Stops in Tampa & Fort Lauderdale Beginning October 16

The Naked Magicians are a very sexy duo who have taken their native Australia by storm. AussieTheatre.com raved about The Naked Magicians, deeming their show “The most entertaining [this] year!” The Courier Mail said, “It’s so, so funny!” Now Florida audiences will get a chance to check out their magic act (and their hot bodies!) […]


3rd Annual South Beach Seafood Festival

Lummus Park October 21-24, 2015 South Florida has some of the best seafood in the country, and now there are yearly festivals dedicated to fresh seafood as only Floridians know how to make it. The South Beach Seafood Festival is in its third year now and will be held on the sands of South Beach […]


Transgender Teen Star, Jazz Jennings, Announced as Next Host at Fort Lauderdale’s Big Closing Event: Become Pride

Pride Fort Lauderdale presents Become Pride as their closing event for this year’s week of Pride events. On October 11, 2015 in Downtown Fort Lauderdale on Himmarshee Street, the area’s progressive restaurants will welcome the entire community in celebration of Pride Fort Lauderdale’s annual event and National Coming Out Day. One of the event hosts […]


The Hope and Help Center of Central Florida Presents the 26th Annual Headdress Ball

Hilton Orlando Saturday, October 17 The Headdress Ball is not only The Hope and Help Center of Central Florida’s largest annual fundraiser, it is one of the most important events on the Central Florida LGBT social calendar. A veritable list of who’s who in the Central Florida LGBT scene, as well as their allies, attend […]


11th Annual Orlando Pride: A Calendar of Events

Orlando Pride has grown over the past decade, becoming one of the largest LGBT pride celebrations in the state of Florida, with over 125,000 people attending the parade and festival portions of the festivities last year. This year, there are a number of events comprising Orlando Pride weekend, beginning on Thursday, October 8 and finishing […]


28th Annual Las Olas Art Fair

October 17 and 18 Howard Alan Events presents a long-running tradition for art lovers in Broward County, the annual Las Olas Art Fair. For the past 28 years, some of Florida’s most creative artists converge on the beautiful and extremely walkable Las Olas Boulevard in downtown Fort Lauderdale to show off their most recent projects […]


LGBT History Month Profiles: Jason Collins and Michael Sam

Each week throughout the month of October, we will be profiling two people from the Equality Forum LGBT History Month icons list who have made a positive impact in their chosen professions. To see Equality Forum’s 2015 icons list, visit lgbthistorymonth.com.  Jason Collins Jason Collins was born in Los Angeles, California on December 2, 1978. […]


The Pride Center Expands Services for South Florida LGBT Families with New Playground

The Pride Center at Equality Park in Wilton Manors will be building a playground to accommodate the growing need for a safe play area that provides social support, mentoring and educational and creative development for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) families in South Florida. To make this vision a reality, The Pride Center has […]


3rd Annual Compass LGBT Business Expo

Saturday, October 17 Compass, the LGBT community center of Palm Beach County, first presented an LGBT job expo in 2013, and the first two events were huge successes. This year, they are back to present another fun and informative event. The third annual Compass LGBT Business Expo will be held at the Compass offices (201 […]


Our Fund Picks a New Chief Operating Officer

Hotspots Exclusive Interview with David Jobin Over the past few years, Our Fund has been on a mission, namely to ensure that more grant money is given to LGBT organizations, and they have been wildly successful. In just four years, Our Fund has grown to become one of the largest public funders in Florida, and […]