srqhottie said33139. I lived there a few years in the late 90's. But people complained then it wasn't as gay as it once was, and the last few times I've visited it's even LESS gay. Not necessarily a bad or good thing, just evolving.
True, South Beach hasn't been especially gay for years. Even Key West is losing gay residents, although the gay guest houses bring a lot of gay tourists, the island still gay friendly. Although with huge cruise ships docking there now for the last few years, you can expect some dirty looks from mid-West tourists when they see you holding hands on the sidewalk.
And that's a distinction between residents versus tourists that's important. Fort Lauderdale has the greatest number of gay guest houses in South Florida, but it's resident gay population, while large, is more geographically diffuse, with no real gay neighborhood where everyone clusters. You mainly see them gathered at cultural events, more heavily attended by the senior demographic.
Wilton Manors is now Gay Central as far as having the densest concentration of primary residents. But with little available gay lodging, and a few miles from the attraction of the beach, most of our guests are daily visitors to our gay bars, clubs, restaurants & shops, that outnumber Fort Lauderdale's. Indeed, that's exactly what brings the OP here from time to time, as he'll tell you.
And in time that community pattern will change, too. Nevertheless, at the moment gays are still buying homes here every day. And just yesterday I was inside the newest gay bar to soon open on the Drive, at the moment an empty shell under construction, involving a friend who's leaving his operation in Palm Beach for Wilton Manors. So that at least for now this town is still expanding in gay activity, not declining like places before it.