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Florida’s Largest LGBT Newspaper and Entertainment Source


New Media Advisory Board

Named by Multimedia Platforms, LLC By CLIFF DUNN

WILTON MANORS - Last week, Multimedia Platforms, LLC announced the formation of an advisory board which CEO and Chairman Bobby Blair insists will “redefine the way media is consumed by South Florida’s dynamic and influential LGBT community.” The MMP Media Advisory Board includes an impressive array of business and community leaders from varied fields of profession and endeavor. “This extraordinary team of South Florida leaders, coming together to work with our media company, will ensure our newspaper, magazine, web sites and social media platforms provide the community and businesses we all serve the very highest level of content delivery of news and entertainment. “It is also very exciting to undertake SUNSHINE STATE

the process of creating new, innovative and groundbreaking media delivery concepts that will be the brainchild of the Media Advisory Board,” said Blair, who will serve as Board chairman, in addition to his ongoing duties as Publisher of GUY Magazine and the Florida Agenda newspaper, as well as the multiple Web platforms that deliver their content, “every day, in real time.” “These ‘Influentials’— who have such an enormous daily impact on our community—are just the people we want to partner with to help us tell the stories of success and triumph that make Greater Fort Lauderdale and the rest of South Florida such an amazing place to live, work, and make our individual and collective successes a reality,” added Blair.H

“Advise and Consent:”(left to right) ROW 1: Beck, Hugo, Tamanini, Tannenbaum, Santis ROW 2: Hack, Hopper, Boo, Darham, Manners ROW 3: Trantalis, DeCarlo, Jackson, Padgett & Negrete, Moran ROW 4: Madison, Zepka, Blackburn

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SunServe Hosts Gay Adult Day Care ‘Meet & Greet’ FORT LAUDERDALE – The SunServe Noble A. McArtor Adult Day Care Center hosted a luncheon and open house on Thursday, October 18, to introduce health care agencies, service providers, community leaders, and other stakeholders to the LGBT adult day care center’s facilities, services, and programs. SunServe—South Florida’s oldest LGBT service agency—created the world’s first LGBT senior day care center in 2002. A recent study by the LGBT Aging Project of Massachusetts reports that 10,000 LGBT Americans reach retirement age per week, and census data suggests that there are over 3 million U.S. gay men and women over the age of 55. That number is expected to double by 2020. Among the clients who utilize the McArtor Center’s services are solitary Baby Boomers who don’t have family or caregivers, as well as LGBT seniors whose caregivers are unable to provide around-the-clock care. The Center provides a specialized environment that is sensitive to the special needs and relationships of LGBT seniors. For more information about this and other SunServe senior services, visit

Dolphin Democrats Respond to Broward Log Cabin Republicans Ad FORT LAUDERDALE - The Dolphin Democrats of Broward County released a statement this week “denounc[ing] as highly offensive the Broward Log Cabin Republicans for running a political ad featuring a photo of the half-naked body of murdered US Ambassador Chris Stevens being removed from the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.” The statement, which was emailed by Dolphin President Tim Ross, decried the “Log Cabin Republicans … [purchase of ] an ad in the newspaper in order to drag Ambassador Stevens’ half-naked body through the pages of the newspaper for their own brazen political propaganda purposes.”

include food, a bounce house, a kids costume contest, free child fingerprinting, demonstrations with BSO K-9 patrols, and other attractions. That evening from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., the Pride Center will host a Halloween Youth Dance for LGBTQ Youth and Allies, open to ages 13 to 18, with food, music, prizes, and more

Dolphin Democrats President: Tim Ross

It added, “The ad sought to use the Ambassador’s death to encourage LGBT voters to back the Republican ticket in November.This is highly flawed advice in that it would be encouraging LGBT voters to support anti-equality extremists like Adam Hasner and Ellyn Bogdanoff. These two members of our Florida Legislature, serving as Committee Chairs, have refused to even give a hearing to any legislation supporting your right to not be fired for being LGBT, your right to not be refused housing or services because you are LGBT, and your right to visit your LGBT domestic partner or spouse in the hospital.” Last week (Florida Agenda, October 17, 2012, POLITICAL DESK: “Ad Does Not Represent Position of Log Cabin Republicans”), the organization’s national executive director, R. Clarke Cooper, similarly declaimed the Broward chapter’s decision to purchase ad space for the inflammatory political message. In that same issue, Agenda Editor Cliff Dunn defended the decision to permit the ad to run, citing “a community journal[’s]… ethical obligation to provide a balance, offering ad space (and editorial column inches) for all political sides in a presidential election year.”

BSO Community Day This Saturday at Pride Center WILTON MANORS – The Broward Sheriff ’s Office (BSO) and Sheriff Al Lamberti will host “Sheriff ’s Community Day,” on Saturday, October 27, at the Pride Center at Equality Park (2040 N Dixie Hwy, Wilton Manors), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will

Atheist Billboard Shadows Mitt Romney in South Florida FORT LAUDERDALE – On Monday, while Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney campaigned in South Florida (prior to his final debate with President Obama), he was followed by a mobile billboard that criticized his religion’s treatment of gays and blacks. The billboard, sponsored by the group American Atheists, attacked the Mormon Church (more accurately, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or LDS Church), citing the messages “No Blacks Allowed (until 1978)” and “No Gays Allowed (Current).” The first part refers to the LDS Church’s denial of its lay priesthood to black male members until 1978. American Atheists President David Silverman told CNN that the billboard’s second line condemns the religion’s “intolerance” and “bigotry” towards the LGBT community. LDS Church spokesman Dale Jones told CNN, “This group seems not to know that there have been black members of the Church since our earliest history, and there are many faithful gay members of the Church today.”

Romney Campaign Blimp Crashes in Davie DAVIE – A thermal airship bearing a pro-Mitt Romney campaign message crashed in Broward County on Sunday night, landing in a Davie field. The craft, which was described as “blimp-like” on NBC 6, was carrying a photo of the Republican presidential nominee and bore the slogan “America Needs Romney,” when it crashed in the 3800 block of Southwest 92nd Avenue at around 7:30 p.m. “They were experiencing some problems due to the wind which forced


them to crash land here in the field,” Davie Police Capt. Dave Engle told the local television station. To avoid residences, the blimp’s pilot crashed it in a field, about five miles from its intended destination of North Perry Airport in South Broward. Federal Aviation Administration investigators inspected the scene late Sunday night before the deflated hulk was carted off.

Palm Beach County School Board Proclaims LGBT History Month WEST PALM BEACH – Last week, the Palm Beach County School Board unanimously proclaimed that the school district will commemorate LGBT History Month. The move follows the September decision of the School Board of Broward County to pass a similar resolution, making it the first major school board to do so. This month, the Los Angeles Unified School District also announced its commemoration of LGBT History Month. The three school districts represent the nation’s thirteenth, sixth, and second largest, respectively, and includes more than 1.2 million students. LGBT History Month was launched in 2006 by Philadelphia-based Equality Forum. The remembrance features an LGBT Icon for every day in October, including a video, biography, and other educational resources, available free for download at In 2010, the federal government recognized LGBT History Month in a ceremony led by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and last year House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) issued a proclamation recognizing the tribute.H


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MMP Advisory Board

Brings Community Leaders together The members of the Media Advisory Board offered their thoughts upon the groundbreaking association of local stakeholders who are committed to promoting Greater Fort Lauderdale’s LGBT community to an international market, and to strengthening their own individual and collective goals. Alan Beck, Publisher of FunMaps, praised the effort. “In my 21 years of publishing FunMaps, the idea of bringing community leaders together to recommend how media can best reach and serve the LGBT community with current media outlets and discuss new and innovative ideas, is unprecedented,” he said. “As new ideas bombard us constantly, the forum that Bobby Blair is creating will certainly make an impact of local, regional, and national proportions, and change the LGBT media.” Paul Hugo, co-owner of The Manor Restaurant and Complex, said that he and fellow advisory board member Jason Tamanini, The Manor’s general manager (and co-chair of the Rainbow Business Coalition of Greater Fort Lauderdale [RBC]), “commend Multimedia Platforms for taking the media to the next level.” Hugo’s business partner and advisory board member Brett Tannenbaum added, “We offer all of our support and our help.” Gary Santis, board member, owner and promoter at Gary Santis Events, agreed. Board member and award-winning author, producer, and screenwriter Richard Hack offered that “This represents a chance for various local business leaders in Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors to join together to help shape and advance the way news is reported in our community. Hack, The New York Times bestselling author of the novel upon which “The Aviator” was based, added that, “In an age of faceless social networking and cyber bullying, the media in all its forums has a responsibility to impartially disseminate information on current events and political news as well entertainment venues. As a writer involved in the publishing industry for

over three decades, I am honored to have this opportunity to participate.” Said board member Kevin Hopper, Associate Publisher of Guy Magazine and the Florida Agenda, “The key to success is surrounding yourself with intelligent and inspiring people. I’m confident the board will provide Multimedia Platforms more insight into not only publishing better, but also building a stronger community.” “I think it is very exciting for the Pride Center to be represented,” said Robert Boo, Executive Director of the Pride Center at Equality Park. “The current economic times require businesses and non-profits to work closely together so that we both thrive and continue to provide valuable services for the community.” Reece Darham, RBC Co-Chair and Managing Director of Island City Health and Fitness, A Division of Steel Gym, effused, “It is an honor to be on such an exciting board of influential and talented individuals in putting Fort Lauderdale squarely on the map.” “I’m extremely excited to be part of the media advisory board,” offered Krishan Manners, President and CEO of Wilton Manors Development Alliance. “I’ve worked closely with the staff—both sales and editorial—over the past two years, and have witnessed firsthand the difference a media partner can make in the community.” “The benefits of this will not only benefit our local community, but it will embrace the LGBT community in remarkable ways,” said board member Dean Trantalis attorney-at-law, former Vice Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, and current candidate for Fort Lauderdale City Commission, District II. “I am looking forward to working with Multimedia Platforms and giving advice from the not-for-profit side of our Fort Lauderdale community,” added Terry DeCarlo, Director of Development, Fundraising and Public Relations, for Broward County’s oldest and largest HIV/AIDS service organization, Broward House. “These are critical times for the LGBT community in the United

States, when the most basic issues of our equality remains a question mark,” noted Peter Jackson, board member and owner of Push Fitness, as well as a experienced publishing and marketing executive. “For this, and so many other reasons, it is vital that the gay media is strong to report on our issues, magnify injustices, and help galvanize support for our causes.” Jackson Padgett, co-owner of Georgie’s Alibi and Bill’s Filling Station—along with his partner and fellow board member Mark Negrete— praised the advisory board’s goal of “positive growth,” and added, “We hope that we can bring support … to continue in that effort.” “I am very pleased that Bobby Blair actually took the time to reach out to a girl’s bar,” observed Carol Moran, owner of new Moon Bar. “I am pleased to offer suggestions as to how to grow our LGBT community.” Dale Madison, advisory board member and MMP Client Services Executive, said of Publisher Blair, “Bobby has always been there for the community, and it’s going to be a pleasure to serve with so many talented people.” “I have watched Bobby over the years, and am so supportive and happy to be involved with his Media Board of Advisors and working to help our LGBT community to continue to grow,” offered Victor Zepka, owner of Boardwalk Bar and Beefcakes Grill. Noted Keith Blackburn, President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, “Any opportunity to bring so many influential stakeholders for the purpose of promoting business, tourism, and the growth of non-profits and community services is a win-win opportunity.H

Congressional Audit of Boy Scouts Safeguards Requested

WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, October 18, attorneys who won a child sex abuse lawsuit against the Boy Scouts called for Members of Congress to audit whether Scouting’s youth protection safeguards are effective. The attorneys have released over 20,000 confidential Boy Scout files covering the years 1965 to 1985 that pertain to alleged sex abuse by more than 1,000 Scout leaders and volunteers. “One of the questions we have for the Boy Scouts is, if the policy (on child abuse prevention) is so good, why is it still happening?” one of the attorneys, Kelly Clark, told CNN. “We don’t, for example, see a Catholic priest being arrested once a week, once a month, anymore.” In 2010, Clark and other attorneys won an $18.5 million Oregon Supreme Court judgment against the Boy Scouts in a case where a Scoutmaster sexually abused a boy.H


2nd Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down DOMA New York, NY – On Thursday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit became the second federal appeals court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), ruling that the law’s denial of federal benefits to married gay couples is unconstitutional. DOMA, which was signed into law in 1996 by President Bill Clinton, prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriages, and bans states from being forced to recognize such unions. The court ruled in favor of Edith Windsor, an 83-year-old gay widow who sued the federal government over more than $363,000 in estate taxes after she was denied the benefit of spousal deductions. In a 2-to-1 majority ruling, the appeals court found that DOMA violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution, and added that LGBT Americans have “suffered a history of discrimination” similar to that experienced by other minorities in the past. “Homosexuals are not in a position to adequately protect themselves from the discriminatory wishes of the majoritarian public,” wrote Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs, a conservative Republican who was appointed to the 2nd Circuit in 2006 by President George W. Bush. The case concerned money Windsor believed she was owed by the IRS, but the larger question concerned whether the federal government can ignore a state-sanctioned marriage.


In February, the Obama administration said that the Justice Department would stop defending DOMA in court, an issue that has since been taken up by the House Republican leadership. In May, a federal appeals court in Boston ruled in a similar fashion to the 2nd Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to eventually take up the matter, possibly as early as this Spring. Criticizing the ruling, National Organization for Marriage (NOM) President Brian Brown said, “This is yet another example of judicial activism and elite judges imposing their views on the American people, and further demonstrates why it is [an] imperative for the U.S. Supreme Court.” Windsor and Thea Clara Spyer were legally wed in 2007 in Toronto, but Spyer—who had first proposed to Windsor in 1967—died in 2009, two years before New York State legalized marriage equality. After the ruling, Windsor described her 42-year relationship with Spyer as “extremely happy.” “What I’m feeling is elated,” Windsor said. “Did I ever think it could come to be, altogether?” she asked. “Not a chance in hell.”

Fischer Follows Up “Immoral” Gay Remarks, Attacks CNN Anchor as “Gay Gestapo” TUPELO, MS – In a follow up to his on-air ejection last week by CNN anchor Carol Costello (see Florida Agenda, October 17, 2012, Front Page story, “CNN Host Ejects Anti-Gay Activist from Tuesday Morning Broadcast”), American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer came out swinging, attacking two of his favorite targets: LGBT Americans, and the “liberal” media. “Homosexual behavior is immoral, it is unnatural, and it is unhealthy,” said Fischer on Thursday. “That is a simple, straightforward statement of fact. But for the ‘Gay Gestapo,’ they’re going to call that an insult.” He added, “Now Carol Costello, she showed you what this looks like.” After the comparison, Costello

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shot back this week, saying that if correcting lies makes her a member of the “Gay Gestapo,” then she is “a proud, card-carrying member.”

Gay NC Man Says Church Confined Him CHARLOTTE, NC - A 22-yearold gay Rutherford County man claims that his former church held him against his will for four months, and says that he was subjected to physical and emotional abuse because of his sexual orientation. As reported this spring in the Agenda, Michael Lowry filed a complaint in February against the Word of Faith Fellowship Church. In a statement last week to sheriff ’s

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investigators, Lowry said he was first knocked unconscious and then held against his will in a church building, during the months between August 1 and November 19, 2011. Lowry said he first informed church leaders about his sexual orientation when he was in his mid-teens, an admission that resulted in years of abuse, he claims, which included church members attempting to expel the evil forces they believed were responsible for his homosexuality. Word of Faith Fellowship pastor Jane Whaley said on Sunday that all of Lowry’s allegations are “lies,” that he was neither kept in captivity nor beaten, and that her church only learned about his sexual orientation when she saw a news report on Thursday. Last week, another former congregant filed charges against four current Word of Faith members. The four were charged with false imprisonment and misdemeanor stalking. According to Brent Childers, executive director of Hickory-based

Faith in America, the actions of Word of Faith Fellowship “constitute a hate crime.”

Knights of Columbus Tops Donor Lists in Anti-Gay Marriage Initiatives WASHINGTON, DC – A new report from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) details the huge spending of the Roman Catholic Church in the four states where marriage equality appears on the November ballot. According to HRC, at least $1.1 million has been spent against marriage equality by Church-affiliated groups on the ballot measures in Minnesota, Maryland, Maine and Washington state (see related story, inside BOX). The report states that in Minnesota alone, Roman Catholic dioceses from across the country have funneled more than $180,000 into promoting the anti-samesex marriage message. And over $640,000 has been donated by the Knights of Columbus. Founded in 1882, the New Haven, Connecticut-based group named after Christopher Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization.H

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States Rights and Wrongs: Marriage Equality Six states—Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York—and the District of Columbia issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Five states — Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, and Rhode Island—allow civil unions that provide rights similar to marriage. Maryland, Washington, Maine, and Minnesota voters will decide whether to allow same-sex marriages through referendums in November. H


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ull disclosure: I have what I consider a mild fetish for what my partner refers to as “Civil War porn.” This should not be confused in any way with, say, a perfectly healthy imaginative use of Confederate gray and Yankee blue to act out a “siege of Fort Sumter” fantasy between consenting adults. Rather, this is more like me late at night sitting alone by lamplight—like Grant and Lee at Spotsylvania, or Cletus and Sanji at 7-Eleven—watching “Ken Burns, The Civil War,” and listening to the rumbling, bassy voice of the late Shelby Foote as he describes a Rebel soldier at Gettysburg telling a rabbit to “run ol’ hare.” Pass the Kleenex (wink). This year, Hollywood—and therefore all of America—commemorates the War Between the States, with a Grand Parade of offerings that includes the Steven Spielberg-directed big-budget biopic “Lincoln,” the bloodsuckercraze-inspired/histor y-tweaking “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” and even—God help us—“Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies.” Of course, none of these can depict with any accuracy the true horror of the deadliest war in U.S. history, one that claimed more than 750,000 American soldiers and an untold number of civilian lives. One truly “Amazing Story” (thank you, Spielberg) from that heroic and tragic conflict gives new meaning to the oft-used phrase, “Brothers’ War.” Albert D. J. Cashier was born on Christmas Day of 1843 in County Louth, Ireland, and later moved to the United States. On August 6, 1862, he enlisted into the 95th Illinois Infantry, a regiment of the Army of the Tennessee under the command of Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. Cashier’s unit fought in about 40 battles, including Vicksburg. An account exists of Cashier’s capture in battle and subsequent escape after overpowering a prison guard. He served his full three-year enlistment and was mustered out on August 17, 1865 with the rest of the 95th Illinois; the unit had lost 289 soldiers to death and disease. After the war, Cashier returned to Illinois, where he lived in the town of Saunemin for more than 40 years.

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He took his voting franchise seriously (which is notable, in light of subsequent events), casting his ballot regularly and standing up to claim a Civil War veteran’s pension. Cashier’s life took an extraordinary turn in November 1910, when he was hit by a car and broke his leg. The following May, he was moved to Quincy, Illinois, where a place was found for the Civil War veteran at the Soldier and Sailors home. After the onset of geriatric dementia, Cashier was moved in March 1913 to an institution that bore the unfortunate name of Watertown State Hospital for the Insane.

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It was in his final extremity that Cashier’s lifelong “secret”—one which had apparently been shared with trusted intimates throughout the course of what must have been a remarkable life—“came out.” Cashier had been “born” a female, but had “chosen” to live as a man. While in Watertown State Hospital, attendants trying to bathe him learned that Cashier was female-bodied. Exhibiting the characteristic sensitivity of the age, officials forced the war hero to wear a dress. After word leaked to the

press, the story went “viral” that Cashier had been a woman incognito. Many of Cashier’s Civil War comrades protested his treatment. Fellow soldiers remembered Cashier as small of stature, with a preference for being left alone (something that was not at all uncommon). Albert Cashier died October 10, 1915. He was buried in his Union Army uniform, and his tombstone read, “Albert D. J. Cashier, Co[mpany]. G, 95 Ill[inois]. Inf[antry].” In 1924, his executor learned that Cashier had been born Jennie Irene Hodgers. In the 1970s, a second tombstone was added that contains both of his names. It must be noted that during those days 100 years ago when Cashier/ Hodgers was living in the “khaki closet,” the earliest form of proto-DADT for transgender troops was taking place, as when the Adjutant General of the U.S. Army responded to a 1909 request concerning woman soldiers of the Civil War. Wrote Gen. F. C. Ainsworth, “I have the honor to inform you that no official record has been found in the War Department showing specifically that any woman was ever enlisted in the military service of the United States as a member of any organization of the Regular or Volunteer Army at any time during the period of the civil war.” (The general weakly acknowledged, “It is possible, however, that there may have been a few instances of women having served as soldiers for a short time without their sex having been detected, but no record of such cases is known to exist in the official files.”) Although the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution—which prohibits any citizen from being denied the right to vote based on his or her sex—wasn’t ratified until five years after Cashier’s death, his transgender-identity was a regular sight at the Saunemin, Ill. ballot box. There’s no record, to my knowledge, of which candidates Cashier supported during those decades in which he exercised his “right” to vote, but I cannot help but wonder, in light of all that we know now, for whom he would cast his ballot this November.H




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S.P.F. Showdown:

Obama and Romney Work on South Florida Votes and Tans By JOE HARRIS


ORT LAUDERDALE — On Monday and Tuesday, the faces of President Obama, Mitt Romney, and their running mates were as familiar to South Floridians as those senior citizen actors in the Seminole Casino commercials. All four ticket headliners were in and around Greater Fort Lauderdale—leaving the requisite traffic delays in their individual and collective wakes—to take a lastminute swing at breaking the virtual dead-heat in national polls, including numbers that still make the Sunshine State very much in play. Following Monday night’s presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, a tour of electoral vote-rich Florida, Colorado, Nevada, and Ohio proved to be the order of the days, with an additional six-state swing announced by the president,

including at least two additional trips to Florida, and one to Iowa—with its six electoral votes—just before Gov. Romney’s own trip to the Hawkeye State. It disappoints the GOP nominee that, despite the state’s conservativebent (and dislike of progressive state judges), Iowa remains a tossup. On Tuesday, the president assailed Romney at a rally in Delray Beach, accusing the former Massachusetts governor of flip-flopping so often that he needs Obamacare to cover his pre-existing “Romnesia.” Obama told supporters, “Florida, you know me. You can trust what I say.” Obama’s camp is trying to squash the allegations that the president has no second term agenda, just attacks against the Republican nominee. “Read my plan, compare it to Gov. Romney’s and decide which is better for you,” Obama says in an ad

that is playing in Florida and other battleground states. “It’s an honor to be your president, and I’m asking for your vote so together we can keep moving America forward.” The Obama campaign has printed 3.5 million copies of a new 20-page booklet—“The New Economic Patriotism: A Plan for Jobs & Middle Class Security”—of goals for the next term. The real test of Romney’s ability to win won’t come until after one final push. Key to that is the race to 270 electoral votes, the number needed to win the election. Both camps are focusing on the half dozen states that are up for grabs. There’s good and bad news for both the president and Romney. Although polls continue to suggest that the GOP nominee has a slight lead in the Sunshine State, the president isn’t

willing to cede the field just yet. And despite Romney’s lead in Florida, several polls show that he is still trailing—by as much as 2 percentage points—in states that matter in the Electoral College. According to an analysis that was released October 21 by the FiveThirtyEight polling organization, Romney has a 68 percent chance of winning Florida and its whopping 29 electoral votes. The FiveThirtyEight method is, principally, an Electoral College simulation, which relies heavily on state-by-state polling. That same analysis shows Obama with a 67.6 percent chance of winning the Electoral College, and thus securing a second term. H


Why Keeping Barack Obama in the White House Matters By RON MILLS


our years ago, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was the law of the land, and the words “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender” appeared nowhere in the federal register. Today, gay and lesbian men and women can serve their country without hiding who they are. The Obama administration has declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, and the President is working to make our schools safer for LGBT youth. It would take two full pages of this newspaper to detail all of the Obama administration’s advancements in the cause of our equal rights. Our community has the most progressive U.S. President ever with respect to LGBT rights. Among the advancements of our rights, Obama has ensured that transgendered

veterans received respect and the best care at VA facilities, he has appointed four LGBT judges to the federal bench, and he has assured that LGBT persons have equal treatment at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In addition, President Obama called for equal treatment for LGBT persons

seeking to adopt children, permitted military chaplains to perform ‘same sex marriages’, assured family leave for LGBT families, guaranteed hospital visiting rights for LGBT families, lifted the travel restriction ban to allow persons living with HIV/AIDS to enter our country, extended key benefits to same-sex partners of same-sex federal employees, and signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. The United States Supreme Court will eventually hear the arguments for and against the Defense of Marriage

Act (DOMA). While President Obama refuses to defend DOMA, a Romney Presidency would support a constitutional amendment that bans marriage equality. The next President is expected to nominate two Supreme Court justices. A Romney Presidency would essentially rule out the possibility for LGBT-Americans to seek future recourse in the U.S. Supreme Court. We must keep this historical progress towards the advancement of our equal rights moving FORWARD, by reelecting Barack Obama and Joe Biden to the White House for another four years.H Ron Mills is the former President of the Dolphin Democrats. He serves as Campaign Director for the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus

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Florida Agenda Non-Profit Services Directory Latinos Salud Free HIV rapid testing, Free one-on-one counseling and life coaching for gay Latinos. Free peer networking dinners and leadership training for gay Latinos 25 to 44. Free clubhouse for Latinos 18 to 30, planning alternative social events 2330 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors (954) 765-6239 and (954) 533-8681

Care Resource Broward HIV Testing, case management, 830 E Oakland Park Blvd, Oakland Park (954) 567-7141

Minority Development & Empowerment HIV Testing, case management 5225 NW 33rd Ave., Building 5, Ft. Lauderdale (954) 315-4530

Care Resource Dade HIV Testing, case management 3510 Biscayne Blvd., Miami (305) 576-1234 Ext.287

POVERELLO HIV Testing, Free meals 2302 NE 7th Ave, Wilton Manors (954) 561-3663

Covenant House Emergency/temporary shelter & crisis intervention 733 Breakers Ave., Ft. Lauderdale (954) 561-5559

Out of the Closet HIV Testing, referrals 2097 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors (954) 358-5580

The Wellness Center Support groups, Lipoatrophy (Facial Wasting) 2921 NE 6th Ave., Wilton Manors (954) 568-0152

Men’s Wellness Center HIV & STD’s Testing & treatment 6405 N. Federal Hwy., Suite 205, Ft. Lauderdale (877) 259-8727

The Pride Center at Equality Park HIV Testing, support groups, elderly, youth resources, transgender resources, bereavement 2040 N Dixie Hwy, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 (954) 463-9005

The East Health Center HIV/STD’s Testing, screening and treatment, Immigration medical examination 2421 SW 6th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale (954) 298-1749 (954) 467-4705 Broward House HIV services, shelter, empowerment, housing, client services 1726 SE 3rd Ave., Ft. Lauderdale (954) 522-4749

Red Hispana HIV Testing, Hispanic support groups, emergency relief fund assistance, pre-case management 1350 East Sunrise Blvd., Suite 129, Ft. Lauderdale (954) 462-8889

LAMBDA Support groups, substance abuse 1231-A E Las Olas Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL  33301  (954) 761-9072 Gay & Lesbian Youth Support Group Provides support to gay and lesbian youths 16 to 24 years of age 1480 SW 9 Avenue 2nd Floor Ft Lauderdale Sunshine Cathedral Campus (954) 764-5150

Brian Neal Fitness & Health Foundation Weekly group workouts, gym membership, nutrition and life mentoring classes by professionals, online programs, exercise, and health monitoring for persons living with HIV/AIDS and other lifechallenging conditions. 2435 N. Dixie Hwy., Wilton Manors (954) 336-0436 (561) 255-4913 AIDS Healthcare Foundation/Out of the Closet HIV testing, client services, STD’s testing & treatment, AHF Pharmacy 2097 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors (954) 318-6997 The Community Anger management, counseling Self pay/Sliding Scale $25-$85 16 NE 4th St., Suite 130, Ft. Lauderdale (954) 533-9819 Family Therapy Center Anger management 2415 University Dr., Coral Springs (954) 345-6222 South Florida Gender Coalition Support groups for Cross-dressers, trans-sexuals and significant others; Age 18 and older. 3233 NW 34th Ct., Ft. Lauderdale (954) 578-9454, 954-677-2587 Teen Space 211 Tough teen issues, bullying, counseling 3217 NW 10th Terr.,  Suite 308, Ft. Lauderdale Pride Institute of Fort Lauderdale Gay/Lesbian/Bisex/Trans; Mental Health Services; Substance Abuse Detox; Substance Abuse Inpatient (954) 463-4321, 954-453-8679 (800) 585-7527

Legal Aid Service - Broward Human Rights Initiative Low-income gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT) individuals in need of legal services, Gay/ Lesbian/Bisex/Trans; Legal Services 491 N State Rd. 7, Plantation (954) 358-5635  SunServe Counseling, mental health intake and referral, Noble McArtor Senior Day Care Center, youth and family services 1480 SW 9th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale (954) 764-5150, (954) 764-5055, (954) 764-5055, (954) 549-0263 Fusion Program open to the GLBTQ community. Activities include meditation, social events, groups, movies, games, classes, and condom distribution campaign. 2304 NE 7th Ave., Wilton Manors (954) 630-1655 Spectrum Programs Case Management, Marriage & Family therapy, Outpatient Counseling, Psychiatric Services, Substance Abuse Residential Treatment 450 E Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach (954) 580-0770 (954) 781-4405 Drag it OUT, Inc. Drag it OUT’s mision is to provide a safe space for the LGBTQ community and their supporters who are interested in exploring gender identity, self-expression and community activism by way of educational workshops, social opportunities and artistic projects. Learn how to get involved at 1310 SW 2nd Ct. #103 Fort Lauderdale (954) 612-4489 (954) 213-7112


City County Credit Union:

Homegrown and Helping to Grow Our Home By DALE MADISON


ary Yamnitz knows his way around a credit union. The Wilton Manors branch manager at City County Credit Union (CCCU) began his career in financial services in 1984 with Sun Coast Schools Credit Union in Tampa. Fast forward 28 years and Yamnitz is bringing his vast depth and breadth of credit union experience to one of Broward County’s newest, the City County Credit Union branch which celebrated three years in The Shoppes of Wilton Manors. “We are now getting about 40 new members per month in our branch,” reports Yamnitz. “With people dumping their big banks, and the corporate greed of the system, people are fed up with fees.” Part of the success of CCCU is Yamnitz’s empowerment of his staff to help members’ needs. “Contrary

to the policies at big banks, I allow staff the flexibility to waive a fee that’s been charged to a member. They don’t have to wait for me to approve or to get clearance from the home office, it’s their discretion. I want our members to feel like they are part of the family, which quite frankly they are,” he adds with a smile. Yamnitz is often asked to explain the differences between banks and credit unions. “We are member owned,” he says of the latter. “When you bank here you are a part owner. Several years ago when the economy was at its height,

that year, CCCU gave back over $1 million to its members in dividends.” He illustrates the numbers and their benefit to members. “Let’s say, for example, you had $5 on deposit: on average, you got a dividend of $20. Personally, I got about $1,500. And it always comes in handy,” he added. Of its community involvement, Yamnitz points to Father Bill of the Poverello Center, who, in December 2010 needed transportation to continue his ministry for people living with HIV/ AIDS. Johnny’s held a benefit to raise enough money to purchase a car. It raised nearly $9,000, but it was

not enough to purchase the vehicle for Father Bill. Enter CCCU and its affiliate, Auto Branch. Between the two companies working with other vendors, a little gentle “arm twisting,” and the $9,000, Father Bill was given a nearly-new Toyota, a year of paid auto insurance, and a bumper-to-bumper warranty. “We are very involved in the community,” Yamnitz notes proudly. “If you open a new checking or savings account, City County will pay for your first year Pride Center membership in the amount of $40, and will make a matching donation in your name to the Pride Center Building Fund. We also support four of the Pride Center’s teams: Youth, Hispanic, Senior, and, of course, Gay. Our motto is ‘People Helping People.’ It’s a motto that we truly believe in and live by,” Yamnitz added. H


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elcome to the Halloween Issue of the Florida Agenda. We are proud to welcome— and serve as an Official Media Sponsor for—Wicked Wilton 2012: Fairy Tales, which will take place on, in, and around Wilton Drive next Wednesday, October 31, and is presented in part by the Rainbow Business Coalition (RBC) of Greater Fort Lauderdale. Inside, you will find a guide for much that there will be to see, do, and—well, you know—on that Sinful Eve of All Hallows. The Gayborhood’s unofficial main “drag”— which runs from Wilton Drive north(ish) through Five Points, before becoming North Dixie Highway—has seen two recent combatants in the “Yogurt Wars,” as our gourmand, Richard David Chamberlain, has dubbed it. Like Dr. Livingstone before him, he trekked into these unchartered places—in this case, Nuts About Yogurt on Wilton Drive, and Menchie’s on North Dixie. See just what all the fuss is about, in a new Dining column. There’s anecdotal evidence that a substantial number of America’s historic, literary, and cultural giants—Alexander Hamilton, Walt Whitman, and possibly even the Great Emancipator himself, Abraham Lincoln—sported rainbow handkerchiefs in their “knickers.” Writer Robert Elias Deaton takes us to the nation’s capital—and its Capitol—for a gay old look at the Arsenal of Freedom, Washington, D.C., this week in Travel. Leaving the tricks to you, we add to your Halloween treats with writer Adam Strong, from our sister publication GUY Magazine, with some excellent tips on how to “Host a Fabulous(ly Scary!) Halloween Party.” Talk about scary: Fitness expert and trainer Tom Bonanti will make you sweat ’til you can’t sweat no (any) more. And Justin Jones presents an All Hallows love story—with a “germy” twist—in an all new Love Jones. BOO! CD






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ashington D.C. The Capitol, The Capital, and Gays Everywhere


ashington, DC is more than the power capital of the world. It’s the home of those who wield that power as well as those who serve under them. The only land within the continental United States that is not part of a state, the “District” (as Washington is known) is governed by Congress. Every building, museum, fountain, roadway and piece of landscaping ultimately exists because it is deemed acceptable by the House of Representatives and Senate, in one form or another.

The North Lawn of the White House

It’s 60 square miles of politics, protests, and perversity that regularly surfaces in the form of sex scandals, influence peddling, and history-inthe-making. At odds with the swirling black hole of power and opulence is an inner-city plagued by poverty, violence and drugs. Together it forms a moving, vibrant city of contrasts, and a bastion of the LGBT population, and its activists and scholars. Getting to see Congress at work is a special privilege of those who travel to DC. A visit to the Congressional gallery is not part of the official free daily tours of the Capitol Building as many believe. When the House and Senate are in session, gaining a seat in either of their galleries is only available by applying for a pass through your Congressman or Senator, or via a few daily passes available at the upper level of the Capitol Visitors Center located under the East Front Plaza (East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE). For those visiting Washington from Florida, your easiest entree is through the offices of Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson (202-224-5274) or Republican Mario Rubio (202-224-3041). Phone your request several weeks in advance of your visit to ensure a

Inside the U.S. Capitol’s Rotunda

seat in this first-come, first-served space. The same is true for tours of the White House. While public tours are available on-line, a wellplaced call to a congressional aide will not only get you priority treatment, it may even garner you a privately guided tour. Step inside the Executive Mansion and you will not feel like a tourist any longer. Rather, you become part of the working of democracy as it unfolds around you—literally. This is also a city of museums, many of which offer free admission—just another perk of government ownership. The group of museums managed by the Smithsonian Institution, 19 in all, comprise the world’s largest museum and research complex, as well as the National Zoological Park. Of these, the Smithsonian Institution Building (also known as The Castle) is the most famous. Located at 1000 Jefferson Drive, SW, the museum is open daily from 8:30-5:30 p.m. including Sundays. (P.S. There is no public parking, but it is easily reached through the underground Metro system via the Smithsonian Station using the

Mall exit.) The exhibits are not static, but rather rotate in a never-ending experience of historical memorabilia and rare one-of-a-kind celebrity possessions—137 million in the Smithsonian’s combined collections. For the ultimate in camp, a stop-look-andsee visit to Julia Child’s kitchen is a must. It’s located in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (14th St. and Constitution Ave., NW). Again, totally free of charge, and only a small part of a full-day’s worth of discovery should you care to take the time. Not far away is the Library of Congress, which is really housed in three separate facilities. Of these, the Thomas Jefferson Building (10 First St. SE) is the original, with tours of this 1880s architectural marvel available hourly on the half-hour beginning at 10:30 a.m. This BeauxArts-style building is a dramatic mix of sculpture, marble, mosaics, and frescos that is spellbinding in its impact. Beyond impressive.H

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The Scene

Wicked Wilton 2012:

“Fairy Tales”

(And Other Halloween Things that Go Bump in the Night) By CLIFF DUNN, DALE MADISON & THE CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT

Something Wicked This Way Comes... The official Wicked Wilton Website features a pre-event, Online Costume Contest, where you can enter photos of yourself decked out in your Halloween best. To enter, visit The winner, who will qualify for a cash prize, will be announced online on or before October 31. “This year’s event is expected to draw nearly 9,500 attendees,” says Greg Hardy, the RBC’s point man in charge of bringing Wicked Wilton together. “We have costume contests up and down the Drive, food vendors, and outdoor bars. The City is very proud, as is the Pride Center,” he adds.

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n Wednesday, October 31, Wilton Drive will transform into the Street of Dreams, as the Rainbow Business Coalition of Greater Fort Lauderdale (RBC), producers of June’s wildly-successful Stonewall Summer Pride, present “Wicked Wilton 2012: Fairy Tales.”

Get out! Get out!

From 3 p.m. to 3.a.m. on October 31, Wilton Drive will be closed from Northeast 21 Court (near Gables Wilton Park and The Naked Grape).to Five Points.

Village of the (Hot) Damned The festivities for Wicked Wilton 2012: Fairy Tales will commence at 6 p.m., when the Children of the Night take to the streets. The party continues until midnight on the street and in the area businesses, and after midnight, the party goes on in the local bars and nightclubs, many of which have extended their closing times until 3 a.m. (check with individual bars for extended hours of operation, if any).

Have You Checked the Children? There will be events and costume contests held up and down the drive all night long, starting at 6 p.m. with a pet costume contest at Georgie’s Alibi hosted by Florida’s own Dame Edna. Dress to kill—or be killed!—and strut your stiff—er, stuff, down the Boulevard of Lost Souls to these cranking Costume Competitions:

8:30 p.m. Rosie’s Bar and Grill (2449 Wilton Dr.)

8:45 p.m. Wilton’s Bier Garden (2245 Wilton Dr.)

9:15 p.m. New Moon (2440 Wilton Dr.)

9:45 p.m. Georgie’s Alibi (2266 Wilton Dr.)

10:15 p.m. Matty’s on the Drive (2426 Wilton Dr.)

10:45 p.m. Village Pub (2283 Wilton Dr.)

11:15 p.m. Bill’s Filling Station (2209 Wilton Dr.)

11:30 p.m. The Manor (2345 Wilton Dr.)

Feast of the Damned The RBC is “Ferrying from the Other Side” food vendors and conjuring a “Spirits Station” on the Drive for the convenience of revelers as they make their way from nightclub to party to bar to contest.

During the run-up to Wicked Wilton, establishments in-and-around the Gayborhood will offer a week full of events, a VERY BRIEF list of which includes: Bill’s Filling Station will hold their house contest—with a theme of “Zombie Land”—at midnight on Saturday, October 27, with cash prizes for first, second and third places. Wilton’s Bier Garden presents Karma Bee and Serena Chacha with South Beach DJ Mena spinning inspired music for those in costume on the patio, Saturday, October 27. Misty Eyez headlines “Divas on the Drive” on Sunday, October 28, same place, same time, same energy. The Alibi’s Halloween contest—“Un-Enchanted Forest”—will take place on Sunday, October 28 at 9 p.m., with cash prizes for first, second, and third places. The newly-opened Village Pub will have their new overhead doors open, with a 10’ x 20’ tent, as one owner said, “just in case of rain,” with a portable bar so that no one will have to wait. The owners are keeping their theme hush-hush. The owners at the recently-unveiled Infinity Lounge are urging friends and customers to come in and create your own “Fairy Tale.” Enjoy their Halloween version of “Alice in Wonderland” with DJ Chuck Knowles, with hours from 3 p.m. until 2 a.m. as well as their expanded outdoor bar. As somebody said, “A sexy good time all night long.” “Sports and Halloween” will be featured at Sidelines Sports Bar. This year, the staff laid down the gauntlet and challenged coworkers to a Haunted House decorating contest. Teams of employees have marked off a corner of the bar to design a sinister, scary, and spine-tingling scene for all, and customers will vote on the best display of Halloween creations while enjoying specials like their “Killer Kool-Aid.”

The People Under the Stairs At Scandals Saloon, the boys have lots of plans. This year, Scandals will celebrate All Hallows Eve on Saturday night, October 27. Patrons should come out and see their favorite bartenders in their scariest costumes in an event decorated exclusively by Halloween City (check out Scandals’ sister bar, The Stable, will feature “Lady Fancy and her Spooktacular,” also on Saturday, October 27, with a 9 p.m. show time. On Wednesday night, October 31, it’s Candy Cornhole and her “Halloween Camp Bingo,” with a Madonna Costume Contest (the winner will receive a premium liquor basket filled with Halloween goodies), and a ticket drawing for the November 19 Madonna show in Miami.

Paranormal Activity Many of the venues up and down the Drive will feature live entertainment (check with individual bars for acts and show times). Extra parking has been arranged at various locations around Wilton Manors for a flat fee of $10, which will allow you to park for the duration of the festivities. Wicked Wilton 2012: Fairy Tales is co-sponsored by The Pride Center at Equality Park—which is also Wicked Wilton’s beneficiary, receiving a portion of the proceeds—and by the City of Wilton Manors. Admission is free. For more information, visit, wickedwilton, and Twitter @wickedwilton. H

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oThrough November 11. Various theaters

band Heavy Pets headlines the Halloween party at The Funky Biscuit. The live concert also features special guests Sol Driven Train. Costume contest with $500 in cash prizes. The Funky Biscuit is located at 303 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton. $12 advance; $15 door. funkybiscuithalloween-efbevent.eventbrite. com.

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oOctober 24, from 6 to 10 p.m. Join Tony and Gloria to benefit the Smart Ride, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres from Courtyard Café. At the Pride Center, 2040 N Dixie Hwy., Wilton Manors.

oWednesday, October 31, at 9 p.m. Rock


oWednesday, October 31, 8 p.m. Become PAPI UNDERWEAR AUCTION  

oWednesday, October 24, at 8 p.m. Hosted by Rev. Trinity of WIG fame. Matty’s on the Drive, 2426 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. A benefit for Brian Neal Fitness & Health Foundation.  More information:


oSaturday, October 26, 7:30 p.m. Prix fixe three-course dinner and drag show, $21.95. Reservations suggested. Fiore’s of New York, 2460 E Commercial Blvd.


oFriday, October 26, 7-10 p.m. Featured artists: Lisa Rockford, Samantha Nye, Tabatha Mudra, with performances by Drag It Out. 1310 Gallery, 1310 SW 2 Court, Fort Lauderdale. For more info call: 954-6124489, or


oSunday, October 28, at 8 p.m. Muscle hunk Chad Bush takes over the Boardwalk with this annual Bear Event with the big and husky men of the forest arriving en masse for those who like to touch and cruise. It will cost you a jar of peanut butter (chunky or creamy) to be donated to the Pantry of Broward, Inc. Boardwalk, 1721 N Andrews Ave. www.



October 31, 11 a.m. Honorees: Dean Trantalis, Carol Moran, George Castrataro, Susan Renneissen, and Jasmin Shirley. Three-course gourmet luncheon. $40. Hyatt Regency Pier 66, 2301 Southeast 17th Street.


oWednesday, October 31. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Wilton Manors’ citywide Halloween Event on Wilton Drive. For more information, see the special feature on page 36 or

Get Your Business Really Seen!

part of the show at a performance of “The Rocky Horror Show,” Andrews Living Arts Studio, 23 NW 5th St. $29.95 at door; $24.95 in costume. Includes one beverage.


oMonday, November 5, at 8 p.m. at Lips Nightclub. Special guest star Angie Zeiderman from “American Idol” joins a night of comedy to fight AIDS. Featured performers: Lisa Corrao, Forrest Shaw, Jessica Gross, David Stebbins, Daniel Reskin and Will Watkins. Lips Nightclub is located at 1421 E Oakland Park Blvd. $20 advance; $40 VIP.


oMonday, November 5, from 6 to 9 p.m., Richardson Park, Wilton Manors. Tickets $30 advance, $35 at the door.


oFriday, November 16. 11 p.m. at Boom,  2234 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. Benefitting Broward House. For more information: 954-630-3556 or

oFriday, November 23. Dance the night away in your sexiest leather. Masks optional. DJ David Merrill from Washington, DC. VIP Lounge opens at 8 p.m. Dance floor opens at 11 p.m. Boom, 2232 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors.


o Sunday, December 2, at 8 p.m. Wanda Sykes is considered “one of the funniest stand up comics” by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People in America. Tickets: $45 to $75; Club Level $115. For info and tickets: 954-4620222 or

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FORT LAUDERDALE/WILTON MANORS ALIBI 2266 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Gayborhood tradition since 1997. Comfortable, inviting atmosphere with indoor video bars, outdoor drinking and dining. Drink specials all week, with mammoth 22-ounce Long Island Iced Teas for $3 on Thursdays. BILL’S FILLING STATION 2209 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Videos, pool tables, dart boards, dance floor, happy hour, live shows, Tuesday and Thursday karaoke – and great burgers, to boot. Fun and friendly truck-stop-themed bar. BOARDWALK 1721 N Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale Over 100 of the sexiest men from all over the world. Go-go dancers, cages, billiards, 2-4-1 Happy Hours. Drag emcees and did we mention the Boys? BOOM 2232 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors The bar with two names features a dance club and Gayborhood bar. Drag Bingo on Mondays, karaoke Mondays and Tuesdays, dance music Fridays and Saturdays, and (indoor) Sunday T-Dance. CORNER PUB 1915 N Andrews Ave., Wilton Manors Friendly atmosphere, unpretentious clientele and staff. Next to Island City Pizza (so you can get your drink AND your slice on). CUBBY HOLE 823 N Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale Butch bar and grill with a rockin’ daytime crowd (and a fun nighttime one, too). Fifty cent pool, 2-for-1 drinks all day every day, video games, hot movies on HDTV and DirecTV. Thursdays it’s Bare Bear Chest Night, and every Friday and Saturday the fur flies with Hot Bears on Poles (where their Grizzlies Grind)! DEPOT CABANA BAR AND GRILL 2935 N Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale Adjacent to the America’s Best Inn and Suites. Pool open daily – No Cover or Day Pass. Great food, daily happy hour, Sunday afternoon T-Dance Poolside. Karaoke and live music. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. DUDES 3270 NE 33rd St., Fort Lauderdale Men dancing for men. Hot go-go boys in an upscale atmosphere, piano lounge for more quiet interludes. Steamy shower shows. JOHNNY’S 1116 W Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Club, bar, lounge. Male dancers and the men who love (to ogle) them. Sunday amateur strip contest (and karaoke!). LIPS 1421 E Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park The Ultimate in Drag Dining. Dinner and shows six nights a week. Sunday Gospel Brunch with the Sisters of Sequins. THE MANOR 2345 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors WeHo vibe (think: LA’s The Abbey) in the heart of the Gayborhood. Dine, drink, dance, play, mingle. Theme rooms (salsa and merengue every weekend in the Latin Quarter!). Live dancing and dining. MATTY’S ON THE DRIVE 2426 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Drink specials, billiards, and a chill gayborhood vibe. 75 Cent drinks on Wednesdays. No Drama, No Smoking. MONKEY BUSINESS 2740 N Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale Cozy neighborhood bar. Karaoke, drag shows, Patio Bar – and open at 9 a.m. daily. MONA’S 502 E Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Cocktail Lounge in the heart of Searstown. Fun customers, fun bartenders and fun proprietor (the Legendary Jerry). Outside patio. Wednesday karaoke, Thursday Speedball Tournament. NAKED GRAPE 2163 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Relaxing, friendly, hip, unique. The alternative gathering place on Wilton Dr. Now serving tapas nightly. Social Hour features $5 house wine glasses, $1 Barcelona Bites, and In The Biz all the time.

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PJ’S CORNER POCKET 924 N Flagler Dr., Fort Lauderdale Friendly neighborhood interracial bar with drinks specials every night of the week including, “In the Biz Mondays” at 9 p.m. with 2-4-1 drinks and $3 Cosmos and Apple Martinis, “Splash Friday’s” wet underwear contest, and Sunday’s pool tournament, both with a $50 cash prize! RAMROD 1508 NE 4th Ave., Fort Lauderdale Voted World’s Favorite Leather Bar. Pig Dance first Saturday of the month – South Florida’s Busiest, Craziest Monthly Party (with caged hunks at Midnight on Saturdays – is there a downside to this?). ROSIE’S BAR & GRILL 2449 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors Nexus of the A-Gay List. Be Seen in the Scene (without making one). Food, folks, libations, and a killer Sunday Funday. SCANDALS SALOON 3073 NE 6th Ave., Wilton Manors A line-dancin’, tight blue jeans-wearin’ good time. Country and western music, two-steppin’, three-steppin’, pool tables, and themed events year ‘round. Cowboys and Indians was never this much fun, Pilgrim. SIDELINES 2031 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Where Sports come first. Nationally known destination sports bar with TVs streaming NFL, MLB, NBA and college games. Pool tables, dart boards and large indoor (and now smoke-free) facility. Outdoor patio features area for smokers. Mixed crowd of gay men and women (who would have thought?). Featured in Bloomberg Businessweek and recommended by LOGO. STABLE 205 E Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Levis-and-leather neighborhood bar, where the bears line dance and the cowboys are VERY friendly. SMARTY PANTS 2400 E Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Cozy neighborhood bar with daily happy hour, and regular patrons. Show night Thursdays at 9 p.m. Karaoke Friday and Saturday nights, and with matinee on Sunday afternoon. TORPEDO 2829 W Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Dance, shoot pool, drink til 4 a.m., 7 nights a week. Doors open at Midnight; dance til Dawn. WHISKEY BLUE 401 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale In the W Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach, downstairs it’s the elegant Whiskey Blue, upstairs the luxe Living Room: hot dance and social settings in a distinctive atmosphere with signature cocktails and upscale patrons. Indoor and outdoor lounges. WILTON’S BIER GARDEN 2245 Wilton DriveWilton Manors German cuisine meets Der Gayborhood, in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Upstairs dining, downstairs outdoor patio and bar, DJ music, and a fun staff make one of Wilton Manors’ newest venues a good time to be had by all. MIAMI/MIAMI BEACH ­ CLUB BOI 777 NE 79 St., Miami With an urban vibe on the weekends, a diverse crowd and a diverse musical format, including Hip Hop, R&B, House, Reggae, Soca, Latin and Old School. Go-go bois and drink specials. CLUB SUGAR 2301 SW 32nd Ave., Miami Gay Latin scene, with Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Hip Hop and House music always playing. DISCOTEKKA 950 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Hot music, hot scene, hot bartenders, and hot patrons in the hot heart of Downtown Miami. JOHNNY’S MIAMI 62 NE 14th Street, Downtown Miami Club, bar and lounge. Johnny’s Miami boasts the best sound system in town! Plenty of safe, secured parking. Open 5pm to 5am daily. Hot male dancers and daily drink specials.


MOVA LOUNGE 1625 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach On Miami Beach’s famed Lincoln Road, never a cover. Drink specials all week long, live DJs, high energy music and a fun crowd getting their dance on til late.

Azalea Lounge 1502 N Florida Ave., Tampa, FL Exposed brick, cold beverages and friendly staff are the mainstays of the recently bloomed Florida Avenue flower! Neighborhood bar, pool tables.

PALACE BAR 1200 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach This bar and restaurant in the heart of South Beach’s Art Deco District. Mouth-watering burgers, boys (and girls!). Weekend cabaret shows Thursday through Sunday.

Baxter’s Lounge 1519 S Dale Mabry, Tampa, FL Tampa Happy Hour Tradition. Serving up some of the hottest dancers Wednesday thru Saturday nights at 10PM.

SCORE 727 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach Dance, drink, party all night on Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road. Tons of events throughout the year, including fundraisers for Winter Party, White Party, and Miami Beach Gay Pride. SPACE 34 NE 11th St., Miami Mingle and mix with gays and str8s in the heart of Downtown Miami. Indoor dance floors and outdoor rooftop bar, spectacular light show. TWIST 1057 Washington Ave., Miami Beach Great music, friendly staff, hot tourists and locals. Never a cover, always a groove. Bungalow Bar = Hot Men. In SoBe’s Art Deco District. ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA Hanks 5026 Edgewater Dr., Orlando, FL Friendly local bar with a cruisy attitude. One of Orlando’s oldest and friendliest Gay bars. Beer and Wine. Pool Tables, Video Games and a Large Patio area. Hamburger Mary’s Bar & Grill 110 W Church St., Orlando, FL Eat, Drink & Be Mary! Tuesday BINGO with Miss Sammy & Carol Lee, Wednesday Trivia with Doug Bouser and Leigh Shannon’s Cabaret Dinner Show is every Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Parliament House 410 N Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL All gay entertainment complex with 130 newly-remodeled hotel rooms. Cruisy Hotel, Nightclub, Pool Bar, Bear/Leather Bar. New Phoenix 7124 Aloma Ave., Winter Park, FL Winter Park’s ONLY Gay & Lesbian Bar. Been There Forever! Karaoke every Tuesday and Friday at 9 p.m. Drag shows every Saturday night. Home of the $1 Jello shots. Pulse 1912 S Orange Ave., Orlando, FL Orlando’s Premier Gay Bar & Nightclub with Ultra Lounge, Jewel Box Dance Floor, and Adonis Dancers. Twisted Tuesdays with $10 All-U-Can Drink, College Wednesdays (18+) and 2-4-1 every Friday for Happy Hour. Savoy Orlando 1913 N Orange Ave., Orlando, FL “The hottest” gay bar and nightclub in Orlando. The MEN OF SAVOY Dancers from 6 p.m. til 2 a.m. every night in the main bar! Video Bar, Pool Tables. Wylde’s 3557 S Orange Ave., Orlando, FL Neighborhood bar South of Downtown Orlando. Jukebox, Video Games, Pool Tables and Dancers. Paradise Orlando 1300 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL Orlando’s casual Gay & Lesbian bar and nightclub. Patio, Tiki Bar and Pool Tables. Happy Hour 4 til 9 p.m. and drink specials every day til 9 p.m. Bar Codes (Formerly Bear Bar) 4453 Edgewater Dr., Orlando, FL Friendly Bar, Real Men and Bears... Oh My! Beer and Wine. Tends to attract the after work Happy Hour crowd. TAMPA BAY 2606 2606 N Armenia Ave., Tampa, FL Tampa’s favorite Levi/leather bar has two floors (dimly lit), with the upstairs being the more cruisy. There’s Hog House shop on-premises, and the 2606 is home to the Tampa Leather Club. Monday is Underwear Night, Tuesdays are $1 drinks and on Wednesdays, Longnecks are just $1.50.

Flirt Nightclub & Showbar 1909 N 15th St., Tampa, FL (Ybor City) Get that hometown feeling. Amazing lazer shows, big headliners and has been around for 6 years. City Side 3703 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, FL Tampa Bay’s “Best Happy Hour” til Midnight every night of the week. GBar 1401 E 7th Ave., Tampa (Ybor City), FL Dance Club & Video Bar. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 4 p.m. til 3 a.m. No cover before 10 p.m., $5 after with ID. Valentines Nightclub 7522 N Armenia Ave., Tampa, FL Voted #1 Nightclub in Tampa. Open 7 days a week 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. Monday, Latin Night, Tuesdays are Boys Night Out, Wednesdays are Karaoke Night, Thursdays, No Cover Dance Party, Fridays feature Hot Go-Go Girls, Saturdays are Latino Night “Uncut” and Sundays are Hip Hop Night. Ki Ki Ki III 1908 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL One of The Oldest Bars (beer and wine). A plain bar without pretention with its share of young regulars. Rainbow Room 421 S MacDill Ave., Tampa, FL A mix between a neighborhood bar and a community center. Main bar with pool, darts, jukebox. Outdoor Tiki patio has a full volleyball court and live bands. Beer & Wine. ST. PETERSBURG Georgies Alibi 3100 3rd Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL One of the most popular gay bars in St. Pete. It’s always busy! Great VJ’s play Top 40 music. Mondays are Drag BINGO and Talent contest, Pool tourney Wednesdays, and the legendary Long Island Iced Tea nights on Thursdays. Ages 21 and over, never a cover! Flamingo Resort 4601 34th St. South, St. Petersburg, FL Florida’s “largest, luxury all gay resort.” Non-stop entertainment, great menu, and drinks served poolside at the Cabana. Weekly events and 2-4-1 Happy Hour daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday Happy Hour ($1 off) 11 a.m to 9 p.m. Gemini Lounge 2315 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL Gemini Lounge aims to serve a variety of tastes; music, karaoke, Internet access, poetry readings and sports on TV. Oar House Bar & Liquor Store 4807 22nd Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL Fun, friendly, laid-back atmosphere where you can get great drinks at cheap prices! Drama free! Happy Hour daily from 2 p.m. til 9 p.m. Haymarket Pub 8308 4th St. North, St. Petersburg, FL More of a Men’s bar. Showing hot videos, beer specials, Saturday Underwear Night, and different events each week. Hideaway 8302 4th St. North, St. Petersburg, FL The oldest Womyn’s bar in the country. Where music is always the main entree! Coldest selection of beer in town. Detour 2612 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL The hottest club in St. Pete. Daily specials, karaoke nights and gogo boys from Rico’s Men. Noted for it’s Saturday Drag shows and Karaoke nights. Full liquor bar. MELBOURNE/COCOA Cold Keg NightClub 4060 W New Haven Ave., Melbourne, FL Largest Gay Club in Melbourne Florida and the Premier Gay Bar & Nightclub in Brevard County.

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Ultra Lounge 407 Brevard Ave., Cocoa, FL Nestled in Cocoa Village, this bar has a full coffee bar,

serving espresso, lattes, cappuccinos as well as draft beers & wine. JACKSONVILLE

The Metro

2929 Plum St., Jacksonville, FL The Metro Entertainment Complex has been serving the GLBT community for 17 years. Features a total of 7 different venues under one roof to choose from. Lesbo-A-GoGo, monthly Tea Dances, special quest performers, female impersonators and live musicians.

Boot Rack Saloon

4751 Lenox Ave., Jacksonville, FL Your Neighborhood Gay Bar - the place for men. Cold beer, music and a warm and cozy atmosphere. Hot men and cheap beer... We all know where that leads! AJ’s Bar & Grill 10244 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, FL Annie and Janie invite you to stop by and see some old friends and meet some new ones! Great food, awesome service, delicious mixed drinks and live entertainment. Park Place Lounge 931 King St., Jacksonville, FL A fun and comfortable gay bar that’s accommodating to both gays and non-gays. A great place to watch your favorite game, or enjoy playing Wii while the liquor flows! The Norm 2952 Roosevelt Blvd., Jacksonville, FL A neighborhood bar. Everyone is welcome, but remember it is a girls bar! Beer and Wine only. 616 Bar 616 Park St., Jacksonville, FL A warm and friendly atmosphere with a Patio bar. Karaoke on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Thursdays the Jax Bears are here for happy hour. Fridays and Saturdays enjoy the “Beer Blast.” Three Layers Cafe 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville, FL The name Three Layers comes from their large variety of delicious three layer cakes. An inviting loft style cafe located in Springfield. Enjoy a bistro style lunch or just stop in for your morning coffee.

Bo’s Coral Reef 201 5th Ave. North, Jacksonville Beach, FL There are great shows Thursday through Sunday with the best of female impersonators. Pool tables, video games, and a large outdoor patio. The only gay bar on the beach! Incahoots 711 Edison Ave., Jacksonville, FL This club offers good crowds every night. Recently remodeled with three bars and a friendly staff. Everyday is a different special. A fun place anytime. Full Liquor bar. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays except for special events. Kickbacks Gastropub 910 King St., Jacksonville, FL This is a top class venue serving over 600 different bottled beers, 84 beers on tap, breakfast, lunch and dinner 20hrs a day 7 days a week! PENSACOLA The Roundup 560 E Heinberg St, Pensacola, FL A neighborhood gay men’s bar... Pensacola’s Cowboy Bar. Open 2 p.m. til 3 p.m. daily. Cabaret 101 S Jefferson St. #E, Pensacola, FL Not strictly a gay bar, the charming and friendly Cabaret is very much a fixture in Pensacola’s GLBT community, drawing a mixed bunch each evening for happy hour, karaoke, videos, comedy shows, live music, and all-around hobnobbing and socializing. KEY WEST Bourbon Street Pub 724 Duval St., Key West, FL Opened in October of 1995 and has continued to grow ever since, it is now part of the larger collection of gay action in The Bourbon St. Pub Complex. Hot Go-Go boy dancers and a busy crowd. “Where the boys are!” 801 Bourbon Bar 801 Duval St., Key West, FL Cabaret shows upstairs with nightly performances by famed performers Sushi, Kylie, RV Beaumont, Margo, and others. This legendary establishment has been around for over 30 years, and host Happy Hour specials daily from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Aqua Nightclub 711 Duval St., Key West, FL Aqua features the “Reality is a Drag” show six days a week,

followed by dancing. Monday is karaoke night and don’t miss the great happy hour specials from 3 to 8 p.m. daily. KWest 705 Duval St., Key West, FL Daily Happy Hour from 3 to 8 p.m., and a piano sing-along every Wednesday night. Men dancing for men after 10 p.m. Weekly drink specials and “Wet Jockey” contests on Fridays. Saloon One 801 Duval St., Key West, FL (Behind 801 Bar) This is the only gay leather bar in Key West. Conveniently located behind 801 Bourbon Bar. La Te Da 1125 Duval St., Key West, FL An upscale hotel complex with 3 bars, cabaret and restaurant. Pearl’s Patio Bar for Women 525 United St., Key West, FL Tropical themed women’s bar for gay women and gayfriendly women alike. Patio bar with a full bar featuring drinks like “Cosmopearlitans” and “Pearl’s Passion”. Bobby’s Monkey Bar 900 Simonton St., Key West, FL The gay Cheers style neighborhood bar of Key West. Happy Hour from Noon to 7pm, Karaoke on Sunday nights, pool tournaments on Tuesday nights at 7pm. Free Wi-Fi access. Garden of Eden 224 Duval St., Key West, FL A Rooftop Bar with the BEST VIEWS in the city & “BEST Long Island Ice Teas made by Melinda!” Gay, straight, fat, or skinny... Doesn’t matter! Clothing optional - gay friendly! WEST PALM BEACH H G Roosters 823 Belvedere Rd., West Palm Beach, FL Dark bar that attracts a fun party crowd. Camp is in at H.G.’s, where drag shows and bingo nights pack in crowds looking for laughs and fun. The Lounge 517 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, FL Sushi, tropical views and tasty cocktails are accompanied by acclaimed resident DJ Daisy DeadPetals. Fort Dix Bar & Club 6205 Georgia Ave., West Palm Beach, FL

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Mostly local crowd looking to mingle and relax. The bar is a bit on the dark and dingy side, but who knows--that could be a plus. FORT MYERS Office Pub 3704 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers, FL Oldest gay bar in South West Florida with a festive attitude. This bear-friendly Office likes to have fun with underwear parties, drag shows, Wii bowling! Check out their country and western music night on Saturdays. Tubby’s 4350 Fowler St., Fort Myers, FL Where men come to compete (in tournaments). “Never a cover... always a smile” Tubby’s is a no-frills video bar with a total of 10 TVs and two projection screens available for patrons to use as they wish. Add a six-hour 2-4-1 Happy Hour during the Wii tournaments on the big screen! The Bottom Line 3090 Evans Ave., Fort Myers, FL This gay entertainment complex is one of the longest running clubs in southwest Florida at over 20 years, The Bottom Line features 7 bars, pool tables, drag shows and occasional guest appearances by porno stars. VENICE TOTI: Tavern on the Island in Venice 127 Tampa Ave. East, Venice, FL This South Beach inspired gay bar, boasts a dance floor and a game room with pool tables and dart boards. It’s clean, the music is mixed and the staff are friendly. A mixed crowd can be found most nights... younger, older (duh, this is Venice), gay and straight. Did you know that in the Caribbean, TOTI is slang for a beloved male appendage? How apropos. GAINESVILLE Spikes 4130 NW 6th St., Gainesville, FL It is a laid-back kind of place, with friendly bar staff. The crowds vary depending on the night. The bar has a nice open air patio area that is rarely used, but would be nice if it was. University Club 18 E University Ave., Gainesville, FL This is a fairly average small college town gay bar. It is usually busy and crowded on Thursday nights.

Love Jones • Fitness

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Love Jones

Preci o us Pumpki n s and Devi l i s h Gi f ts The Story of a Boy Named Jack



By the time Jack was a teenager, he was a skinny, joyless youth. People knew him simply as “Jack,” an empty boy without a personality, home, education, blah, blah, blah. He looked like crap, and smelled like it, too. And the townspeople wanted nothing to do with him. So he left. Jack left the village, but he didn’t know what to do. His brother had stolen his passions and his dreams, so he had none to pursue. He wandered. And wandered. And wandered some more. He wandered so much, in fact, that he wandered straight to Hell. Jack would have been shocked at the atrocities in Hell, but his brother had stolen Jack’s shock-ability, too. Upon seeing Jack’s apathy, the Devil asked him, “Why aren’t you scared? Do these tortures, these damnations, these infernos not strike fear into you?” And Jack couldn’t respond because his brother had stolen his voice, so he just shrugged. The Devil, so used to seeing people suffer and scream, was struck by Jack’s silence. (“A breath of fresh air,” the Devil later called it

while chatting with Pat Robertson.) The Devil and Jack struck up a friendship: The Devil would complain, and Jack would listen. So good was their relationship, in fact, that the Devil fell in love with Jack. On October 31—the anniversary of Jack’s first wandering into Hell—the Devil did something that astonished the Damned: He, who had never done a nice thing for anyone in all the history of forever gave Jack a gift, a mask to hide Jack’s always uninterested, plain face (so that he would fit in a little more and maybe make some other friends). There was a problem, though: The Devil didn’t have anything with which to make a mask, so he sent out a demon to fetch something appropriate. It was round like a head, and orange like fire. It was in season, and it had a cute vine thing coming out of the top, like a little hat. It was, in fact, a pumpkin. The Devil emptied-out the pumpkin, carved a face into it, and put it on top of Jack’s head. Jack didn’t like the mask, but he didn’t dislike it, either (because his brother had stolen Jack’s

passion). So Jack wore it. The Devil rejoiced. And then Jack—who, despite being in Hell, was still human—died from some weird bacteria in the rotting pumpkin. During his mourning, as a tribute to his “lost” love, the Devil kept Jack’s memory alive by illuminating his mask with fire. He’s done it every year since. Happy Halloween, lovers.H Justin Jones, 26, is a writer based in Minneapolis. In addition to his column “Love Jones,” Justin pens “Through These Eyes,” a bi-weekly column for Lavender Magazine. He writes about things like being alive, being in love, and drinking too much.


ey there! I’m going to hollow out a piece of fruit, carve a face into it, shove some fire inside it, and name it after you. Gather ’round, kiddies, and let me tell you a story about a boy named Jack who had this very thing happen to him. Before we begin our story, let’s slip into our ghost jammies, grab a slice of warm pumpkin pie, a sheet and chairs to make a fort, and a flashlight. Plus a few liters of vodka. Also Tylenol. And you might as well use the bathroom while you’re up. There. Now we’re all Halloween-cozied up. Once upon a time, in a cozy village, there lived a boy named Jack. His brother, whose name I cannot say (because I didn’t make one up), took from Jack everything he owned: His toys, his pets, his food, his clothes, and even his chores. There was nothing Jack had that his brother didn’t want. His brother would have stolen Jack’s soul, too, had he lived through his decision one Winter to steal Jack’s pneumonia.

Presenting some exercises for a stronger, hunkier, “V”shaped back.



have always noticed how lots of guys love to work their arms and chest in the gym. Yes, there is something gratifying about seeing that amazing pump right in front of you in the mirror as you work each rep of each set. Yet there are other muscle groups equally as important to the look of your physique and if you neglect them, you and others will eventually notice your obvious shortcomings. We’ve all snickered about the muscle bear with the big upper body walking around on toothpick legs. Equally as silly is the dude with the monster pecs and no back. Speaking of back, lets take a look this week at how you can put a flair into your workouts with some dynamite lat and trap exercises. Here is a basic routine that will strengthen your back muscles and pack on nice size as well. Try 3 to 4 sets of 8 to 12 reps. Pyramid your weight up with each set. Adhere to proper form so that you don’t end up in traction or in a wheelchair!

I like to begin my routine with the bentover barbell row. Begin this basic multi-joint exercise standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, bent at the hips so your upper body is almost parallel to the floor. Bend your knees slightly and grasp a barbell with an overhand grip, hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Lift the weight toward your abdomen, pulling with your back muscles first, your arms second. Squeeze your shoulder blades together at the top of the movement as if squeezing a penny between them. Complete the rep by lowering the barbell to starting position. Front cable pull-downs are my favorite exercise for pumping up the back and getting that sexy “V” shape. Attach a long bar to a pull-down machine. Plant both feet flat on the floor with your knees secure under the pads (if available). Reach up and grasp the bar as wide as possible with an overhand grip. Sit and fully extend your arms. Lean slightly back, stick out your chest and keep your body still. Contract

your lats as you pull the bar down to your upper chest. Squeeze your shoulder blades together when the bar touches your sternum, and then slowly return to the starting position. Keep constant tension on your lats by keeping your arms slightly bent and lats tight at the top of each rep. Seated rows on a machine are great for lats, rhomboids (your shoulder retractors) and traps. Seated on the floor or on the seat of the machine, plant your feet firmly against the foot platform. Grasp the bar (preferably a small “V” shaped bar). Keep your back straight as you lean slightly back giving the arms a nice stretch. This is the starting position. Now, pull the weight back and slightly upward to your diaphragm. Squeeze your shoulder blades together at the top of the movement, and in a controlled fashion, return to the starting position. One arm dumbbell rows are superb for isolating each side of the back. With one knee on a flat bench and your upper body

mostly parallel to the floor, place your sameside hand on the bench for support. Grasp a dumbbell with your working hand. Contract your lat muscle to pull the weight up to your arm pit. Squeeze your back muscles at the top and slowly return the dumbbell to the starting position. Complete all 8 to 12 reps, then repeat this procedure on the opposite side. Throughout the movement, only your working arm should move. When working your back, or any muscle group, remember to breathe properly by inhaling during the easier part of the movement and exhaling during the more strenuous part of the movement. Remember, you only have one back, so stick with proper form and use weights that are lighter when trying a new exercise. Your back, like every muscle group in your body, is a work of art in progress. Work it! Sculpt it ! For tips on a back routine that will have them doing a double take, contact


DINING • recipe

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enchie’s and Nuts About Yogurt, two fairly new self-serve frozen yogurt shops, sit within blocks of each other, in Wilton Manors. Both promise to satisfy your sweet tooth with equal parts flavor and creamy consistency. But on closer inspection, these two competitors offer completely different dessert experiences.

MENCHIE’S 2607 N Dixie Hwy

Wilton Manors, FL 33305 754-200-4962 Menchie’s is the local location of the largest frozen yogurt franchise in the world. While the strange name may tell us nothing about the desserts on sale, the store takes over the education process the moment you step inside. Tiny and tidy, this branch of Menchie’s gives big bang for your buck, charging 49 cents per ounce for its active-culture rich yogurt; available in 12 rotating flavors with

six combination swirled varieties. Twentysix candy and cereal toppings duke it out for attention with eight fresh fruit choices. The smell of house-made waffle cups fills the air, which is already sweet with the lively combination of those seated outside, the people-watching of Five Points their colorful backdrop. Our flavor of choice was Cookies n’ Cream, topped with Heath bar and Oreo pieces. The result: an intoxicating temptation that teased as it tickled our taste buds. Not satisfied with our own cup, we accepted the proffered samples of Irish Mint and Mud Pie. How could we say no? Two thumbs up for flavor here, and at 200 calories for eight ounces priced at $3.92, it’s a hard combination to beat when you’re in the mood for healthy, nutritious dessert. Free easily available parking make it simple to dash in and out of Menchie’s, which is probably what you’ll be likely to do. (The store design isn’t one that says “make yourself at home.”) Yet, the self-service efficiency and the delightful assortment of flavors will definitely keep you coming back for more.

NUTS ABOUT YOGURT 2207 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-564-6887


here’s a happy feel about Nuts About Yogurt that has nothing to do with the delicious frozen treats sold here. It’s all about the energized employees who man this place, which has a green and silver motif, and a large lounge in the rear with multiple flat screen TVs. The clerks seem so happy to be in this spotlessly clean, inviting, and welldesigned shop, you would think they were sampling the product day-and-night. Did we say happy? No, make that zany, which may be closer to the truth. After all, this is a shop where you qualify to get a 10 percent discount if you sing the theme song to “Fresh

Prince of Bel-Air” at the register. With twelve different flavors plus six additional swirled combinations, there is enough variety to please any palate. Though the exact flavors change weekly here, our current favorite is easily the Dulce de Leche swirled with Cinnamon Bun. We topped our custom concoction with warm fat-free caramel, and paid $4.24 plus tax, or $.53 an ounce (higher than the competition, but then zany and stylish doesn’t come cheap). No, we didn’t sing for the discount (but in case you do: “I got in one little fight and my mom got scared. She said, ‘You’re moving with your Auntie and Uncle in Bel-Air’”). We also passed on trying any of the 48 other toppings including sprinkles, chocolate chips, peanut butter cups, raspberries, pineapple and broken waffle cones. Yes, they all looked tempting, but we’ll be back tomorrow and the next day, despite the limited parking. Come in for 30-consecutive days and get a flavor named after you. Sounds good to us. Tastes even better. H

Garlic Butter

This Week’s Delicious Recipe



n Burgundy, they eat their snails swimming in delicious, garlicky, parsley butter, spearing them from their shells with two-pronged forks made just for that purpose. But beurre d’escargots is not just for snails: It can be spread on warm crusty bread, a knob can be set to melt on a freshly-seared steak (we will then have beurre Matire D’Hotel), it can be spread on cod to be baked in “papillote,” melted over potatoes, and lots more. It keeps for weeks, if you don’t find uses for it all at once, and it also freezes very well. Ingredients • 2 lbs of butter • 1 oz of coarse sea salt • 1 pinch of ground black pepper • 2 oz of crushed garlic (don’t forget to take out the germ in the center—that’s what causes bad breath) • 1 ½ oz of finely chopped shallots • 3 ½ oz of finely chopped parsley

homogeneous paste. Transfer it to a zip lock bag, flatten it out, and keep it in the freezer, to break off pieces as needed. It should keep for a few months. Use it to cook “escargots” as well as sautéed potatoes, garlic mushrooms, tomatoes, and what have you. As always—you are the chef!H

At room temperature, let the butter get until soft. By hand, or with an electric chopper, finely chop the garlic, shallots, and parsley. Mix well all ingredients in a salad bowl until they become a

Although born in Dublin, Ireland, chef Jean Doherty spent most of her life in Lyon, France, the gastronomical capital of the world. Together with Vero, her partner of 25 years, Jean has owned and run multiple restaurants including Fort Lauderdale’s Le Patio.

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