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Old 01-03-2008, 01:54 PM
 
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Im 19 years old still livin with my parents and theyve been talking about moving to FL for a year now and finally decided to go. th are moving around the fort lauderdale area in a few months, i think like june or july, and I have a choice wether or not to go with them (we live in New York)

i recently found out that this gay community is really close which has got me seriously considering moving down there.

im 19 years/male with 1 year culinary schooling. i also have 3 years waitering experience...

what is wilton manors like exactly? ive never been to or seen a gay village but it sounds interesting. and how is the job field looking.
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Old 01-03-2008, 02:01 PM
 
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my parents are moving around the fort lauderdale area in a few months and I have a choice wether or not to go with them (we live in New York)

i recently found out that this gay community is really close which has got me seriously considering moving down there.

im 18 years/male with 1 year culinary schooling. i also have 3 years waitering experience...

what is wilton manors like exactly? ive never been to or seen a gay village but it sounds interesting. and how is the job field looking.
Ever been to West Hollywood, CA? That's what Wilton Manors is like. It's the largest, most extensive gay community in the country. It's basically a low density neighborhood with older, concrete block 50s/60s Florida style homes and some midrise apartment buildings of similar style mixed in with some newer homes and businesses. It's fairly "Typical" looking low density urban neighborhood and relatively walkable. It used to be slummy: to see what Wilton Manors used to look like, see Oakland Park above it. Job field is very good and that's actually a field that pays well here, but there is a seasonal thing going on in the restaurants, so you might want to be aware of that.

http://www.wiltonmanorsmainstreet.org/images/Wilton%20Drive.gif (broken link)
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Old 01-03-2008, 02:09 PM
 
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never been to west hollywood.

is it alot of older folks or younger people too?
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Old 01-03-2008, 02:13 PM
 
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never been to west hollywood.

is it alot of older folks or younger people too?
Mostly younger. Not many old folks around Lauderdale anymore except for Deerfield Beach, Palm Aire and Tamarac.
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Old 01-03-2008, 02:15 PM
 
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Wilton Manors is primarily a community of older gay men with a strong base of middle aged to older gay tourists. A young gay man I would not recommend you go there. Old queens living in a gayborhood will skew your individuality and your sense of self worth. Live in a mixed but friendly environment and associate with all kinds of people to truly identify yourself.

I'm not bitter, I'm one of the few of my generation that escaped the subculture zombifaction that I've seen in too many people.

Edited to add: I see the above post says it's younger, but for a 19 y/o it's older. Mostly guys in 30's and 40's. At least that's been my experience there.
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Old 01-03-2008, 07:56 PM
 
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Aww, thats sad.
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