Celebrating Diversity In The Community

The Broward County Board of County Commissioners and staff support and fund a variety of activities and community outreach events that celebrate Broward's cultural, ethnic and racial diversity, and inform residents about programs and services that contribute to enhanced quality of life.

Greater Fort Lauderdale Leads LGBT Destination Marketing
From New York to Los Angeles and from Berlin to Buenos Aires, the message is out, loud and proud: Greater Fort Lauderdale is open and welcoming for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travel, events, meetings, business and conferences.The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau LGBT managing director, Richard Gray, leads the sales and marketing push establishing a number of LGBT firsts for the destination, including two of the world's largest gay cruises departing from Port Everglades in February. As part of the Hello Sunny campaign, Gray has increased LGBT presence internationally in the United Kingdom, Germany, Argentina and Brazil. More...
Posted July 2013 

National Urban League to Meet in Fort Lauderdale in 2015
The National Urban Leauge will fill beachfront hotels and make a big impact on the service industry when its annual conference comes to Greater Fort Lauderdale for the first time in July 2015. The timing is also great for Broward County, which turns 100 years old in 2015, marking a century of dramatic racial and economic change. More...
Posted February 2013

Black Tourism Yields Strong Economic Impact for Broward County
Broward County has become the destination of choice for the country's largest and most influential black professional organizations. Thanks to an innovative new tourism initiative launched by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, these groups are making a major economic and social impact on the community. The National Urban League is expected to bring its annual conference to the Broward County Convention Center for the first time in 2015. More... 
Posted December 2012

Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau Appoints Richard Gray as Consultant for LGBT MarketRichard Gray
The Rainbow Flag of the LGBT community will unfurl with a new shade of Gray in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Hospitality executive Richard Gray has been appointed managing director for the LGBT Market for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. In his new position, Gray will be responsible for LGBT sales and marketing. Gray will serve as official representative for the LGBT market in Greater Fort Lauderdale, developing and implementing short and long term strategic plans to increase meeting room nights and global travel and tourism. More... 
Posted November 2012

Broward County Adds Closed Captioning to Webcast of County Commission Meetings
In support of a Broward County Commission goal to provide open and easy access to programs, services and information about Broward County Government, closed captioning is provided to residents watching government meetings live on the County’s website video channel, Video Central. The enhanced service allows persons with hearing disabilities to view the program text on their computer screen or mobile device during live and rebroadcast meetings of the Broward County Commission. More...
Posted May 2012

WomenTwenty-five Locals Honored During National Women's History Month
Broward County Commission on the Status of Women celebrates National Women’s History Month through an exhibit honoring 25 leaders representing an array of diverse women throughout the County and from many fields of work, including education, health, business, government, community service, environment and social services. More...
Posted March 2012

man sitting on beachFort Lauderdale Named Fourth Most Gay-Friendly City in USA
Advocate Magazine has named Fort Lauderdale the fourth most "gay-
friendly city in the United States" in 2012. Greater Fort Lauderdale has more than 150 gay-owned establishments including hotels, bars, clubs and restaurants, as well as three gay and lesbian publications. For information on GLBT travel to Broward County, visit Mild to Wild Greater Fort Lauderdale.
Posted March 2012 

man in wheelchairResponding To Individuals With Disabilities
The County supports a number of annual events to respond to the needs of the disabled community, such as the Job Connection - Job Fair for Individuals with Disabilities, and an annual Disabilities Expo. At the Expo, Broward County, in conjunction with the Advisory Board for Individuals with Disabilities, presents awards to individuals, organizations and businesses that have contributed to improving the lives of people living with disabilities. This year, the Disabilities Expo will be held Saturday, October 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alvin Sherman Library and the Don Taft Center on the campus of Nova Southeastern University, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr., Blvd., Davie. More than 60 exhibitors will be participating to highlight services, resources, products and information for persons of all ages with any disability.
Posted April 2012

White Cane Safety Day
The County has been a sponsor of White Cane Day, an education outreach effort to encourage drivers to yield to blind individuals, to be held this year from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, October 15, at the Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave. The event celebrates the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired. For more information, call 954-442-1855.
Posted April 2012

County Receives Grant to Fight Housing Discrimination
Broward County’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Professional Standards, Human Rights Section has received a $21,500 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), part of a $7.5 million grant nationwide, to help state and local governments enforce fair housing laws and educate the public about their housing rights. HUD programs, in addition to enforcing the Fair Housing Act, help ensure that housing is open to all families, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status. More...
Posted March 2012 

men standing around a sand mandalaLobby Displays Promote Diversity
Each year, the Broward County Governmental Center lobby hosts more than 40 displays and exhibits celebrating cultural diversity, including such national recognitions as Hispanic Heritage Month, Turkish-American Friendship Month, National Jewish Heritage Month and Women's History Month. To schedule an exhibit, call 954-357-6990.
Posted March 2012


man playing cricketCentral Broward Regional Park Hosts Diverse Events
With the opening of Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium in Lauderhill, the vibrant, culturally diverse communities surrounding the park now have a focal point for a variety of activities, ranging from festivals and concerts to such sports as cricket, kickball, rugby, lacrosse, and Australian rules football. Events hosted by the award-winning park include Curry Fest, Reggae Fest and the Caribbean Carnival, along with such sporting competitions as major-league soccer and cricket.
Posted March 2012 

Signing Savvy, an ASL Sign Language Video Dictionary, Now Available to Broward County Library Customers
Signing Savvy, a free online sign language dictionary, is now available to Broward County Library customers. With your Broward County Library card, you can access this valuable online resource that will help you learn and remember American Sign Language (ASL). Signing Savvy contains several thousand high-resolution videos of American Sign Language signs, finger-spelled words and other common signs used within the U.S. and Canada. It also includes the ability to view large sign videos, build your own word lists, share lists with others, create virtual flash cards and quizzes, print signs, build sign phrases and more. More...
Posted March 2012
 
Historical Marker Commemorates "Colored Beach"
A Historical Heritage Marker commemorating the so-called "colored beach" during the era of segregation was unveiled in February 2009 during a special ceremony at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park in Dania Beach. The Broward County Historical Commission and members of county staff worked throughout the year to have the State's Division of Historical Resources declare the beach a place of historical significance under the State Historic Marker Program. More... 
Posted March 2012  

elderly peopleVulnerable Population Registry
Broward County and the local municipalities have a Vulnerable Population Registry that assists emergency responders in planning for a recovery from a hurricane or other disaster. The Registry is particularly beneficial for residents who are disabled, frail or have health issues, do not plan to evacuate to a shelter during an emergency and who do not have friends and family to assist them during a prolonged recovery effort. More....
Posted March 2012

small houseFair Housing for Everyone
Every April, the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Professional Standards Human Rights Section and the Housing and Community Development Division partners with Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE) Inc. to host an event in honor of Fair Housing Month. The goal of Fair Housing Month is to educate the public about their rights under the Fair Housing Act. The Human Rights Division investigates complaints of discrimination in the sale, rental, occupancy, or financing of real estate. More...
Posted March 2012

Key to the mission of the Housing Finance and Community Development Division is the offering of programs that provide affordable housing for low-, moderate- and middle-income individuals and families, and to provide capital for investment in such housing. More... 
Posted March 2012

two women with babiesSupport For Commission On The Status Of Women
Broward County supports the mission of the Commission on the Status of Women as they work to enhance the quality of life for women in Broward County. The Commission was established by County Ordinance in 1976, dedicated to identifying and resolving economic, health, social and all other issues concerning women's lives through education and advocacy. The Broward County Commission on the Status of Women produces the Women's Help Organizations Directory, a guide to giving and receiving assistance in Broward County, to assist local women in identifying available services and programs. More .... 
Posted March 2012

person in wheelchair playing basketballRecreation For Special Populations
The Parks and Recreation Division's Special Populations Section plans, develops and implements year-round recreation and leisure programs, special events, and services to meet the interests and needs of children, teens, adults and seniors with disabilities. The Division also offers, with the support of the Paralyzed Veterans Association of Florida and volunteers from Memorial Healthcare System, a water ski clinic for persons with disabilities, and has launched a Beginners Yoga program for persons with visual impairments, assisted by Lighthouse of Broward and students from Nova Southeastern University. More...
Posted March 2012  

African American Research LibraryAfrican American Cultures Are The Roots Of AARLCC
In addition to being a general service library, the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center is a research facility and cultural center containing more than 75,000 books and related materials that focus on the experiences of people of African descent.
Posted March 2012