FASHION FIX: Summer Trends in Menswear

Hi there, and welcome back for your Fashion Fix! I’ll be sharing with you some fashion trends: this week I have some trends in menswear for you as we wind down summer and head into fall. So, let’s get started! Men’s shirt hemlines are rising closer to the relaxed waist (where most men wear their […]


Ed Sheeran Comes to Orlando, Miami and Tampa on His First North American Tour

Fresh-faced Ed Sheeran, just 24 years old, exploded onto the music scene in the U.S. just three years ago, and since then he has been nominated for six Grammy Awards and lit up Top 40 radio with a string of successful singles. Now he will be singing for fans in the Sunshine State for the […]


The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale to Refine its Shopping Experience

New Retailers and Food Court The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale has announced major improvements to refine its shopping experience with the future addition of Free People and recent opening of REM French Riviera, plus the transformation of its food court and relocations and renovations of several existing retailers. These new developments will maintain The Galleria […]


Miami Beach Gay Pride Welcomes New Executive Director Dave Cook

Hotspots Exclusive Interview Dave Cook has been selected as the newest executive director of Miami Beach Gay Pride, succeeding the outgoing executive director, ivan Cano, who will be spending more time on the World OutGames Miami as their CEO. Everyone is excited about Cook’s elevation to the post of executive director, including Pride organizing committee […]


Cover Model Damian Manuel Soriano

Photos by Sean David Age – 30 Cuban Came to US/Florida 6 years ago Sign – Aries Occupation – Bartender at Wet Bar and Bailo Married or Single? Single Describe your Perfect man? A man with a strong personality, but a simple guy, and on that can make me laugh. What’s your perfect date?  Movie, […]


Discover Gay Florida – Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Daytona Beach

The history of northeast Florida stretches back 450 years — Spanish admiral Pedro Menendez de Aviles founded what is now St. Augustine in 1565; it is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United States. There is so much history on the First Coast, as evidenced by the many museums and historical sites. However, […]


Celebrate Orgullo Turns 5!

A Month of Hispanic Talent, Culture and LGBT Pride September 4-October 3, 2015 Celebrate Orgullo, produced by Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida (UC|CU), is South Florida’s only Hispanic LGBT pride festival, and the festivities are in their fifth anniversary year this year. As a result, the celebration, which welcomed over 25,000 people last year, will last an […]


The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida Holding Open Auditions

The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida is starting up another concert cycle, and that means open auditions! Anyone who wants to try out is welcome to do so. The first rehearsals of the season will be held on Tuesday, September 8 and Tuesday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Sunshine Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale. […]


Pride United Pool Party

 DoubleTree Hotel Downtown Orlando Sunday, August 30 Orlando Pride is coming into its own this year. The new theme is “Pride United,” and organizers can’t wait to show you a bigger, better Pride festival and parade in just six weeks’ time. Now that we’re entering the home stretch, there will be a fundraising mixer at […]


Flamingo Resort Celebrates Its 6th Anniversary!

Saturday, August 29 Hotspots Exclusive Interview The Flamingo Resort (4601 34th Street S., St. Petersburg) is Tampa Bay’s largest gay resort, and in the past six years, people from all over Florida and around the world have had the time of their lives while vacationing here. A one-stop shop, the Flamingo offers lodging immediately adjacent […]


Life in Color Returns Home to the Central Florida Fairgrounds

September 6 The Life in Color Festival, billed as “the world’s largest paint party,” tours the world many times over each year, but it was in Orlando where the phenomenon began. Nearly ten years ago, the University of Central Florida hosted events called DAYGLOW, combining day-glow paint, hi-NRG music, and a fun atmosphere. Now the […]


Equality Florida Brings Two Equality Connections to Broward County

September 1 and September 24 Equality Florida, the state’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, organizes events in the community every so often called “equality connections.” You may have attended one already; we have publicized equality connections across South and Central Florida in previous issues of Hotspots. They are informal mixers that bring LGBT people and […]


To Your Health: The B.E.S.T. Program

The B.E.S.T. Program, headed by Dr. Don Fisher, was started in Fort Lauderdale fifteen years ago and specifically caters to the issues men and women face as they age, and how they can look and feel younger and better than ever. Their age management program includes testosterone therapy for men, growth hormone therapy, and sexual […]


Bank of America Presents the 2015-16 Broadway in Fort Lauderdale Series

SIX MUSICAL SUBSCRIPTION SERIES AT THE BROWARD CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS Continuing its reputation as one of the nation’s most successful theatrical houses, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts announces that the six-time Tony Award-Winner “Kinky Boots” along with the two-time Tony Award-winner “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” will be among the […]


Interview with America’s Got Talents’ Emily West

We all remember the beautiful voice of Emmily West from last year’s America’s Got Talent. She was a finalist and came in second, but for those of us who were her fans (including Howard Stern) she was the winner. Her voice commands you to stip and listen to her as she as an emotional singer […]