Dean is the first openly LGBTQ mayor of Fort Lauderdale.
Dean Trantalis was elected mayor of Fort Lauderdale in March 2018. His election represented the largest victory in city history for a candidate running for a first term as mayor. He is the first openly LGBT mayor of the city.
Born in Connecticut, he attended high school at Norwich Free Academy. He majored in political science at Boston University and received a Juris Doctorate from Stetson University. He has practiced law locally since 1982. Mayor Trantalis previously served as a city commissioner for eight years.
His track record of public service began with the fight for LGBT rights. He helped lead the campaign to enact a local LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance and domestic partnership ordinance in the 1990s. Under his leadership, the city has achieved a 100 percent rating from HRC’s municipal index.
As mayor, he is committed to improvements to the city’s infrastructure, responsible growth, increased fiscal responsibility and the maintenance of the city’s great quality of life.
Mayor Trantalis has received multiple awards and honors.
He was an inaugural honoree of the Diversity Honors awards by the Harvey Milk Foundation in 2015 and its lifetime achievement award in 2018. He also has been honored as a Community Champion by the Broward County Commission and the Broward County Human Rights Board for his work on equal rights. In 2019, he received the Visionary Award from the Gay and Lesbian Business Exchange of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.