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CALLING ALL MARILYNS After 50 years of fame and beauty, Marilyn Monroe is being honored by The Grove Retrospective Gallery with a Marilyn Monroe Look-alike Contest on Friday, November 11 at 7 p.m. Courtesy, marilynmonroeart.net
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COME OUT WITH PRIDE 2 “Come Out with Pride,” Orlando’s annual gay pride celebration, is now taking place this weekend! Official pride events have been rescheduled including, the Official Pride Brunch and also all Disney events. Courtesy, myownwoman.com
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HIBERNATION WEEKEND With The Backwoods Bears Club and guests at Sawmill Camping Resort, from November 11 to 14. Weekend includes Beer Busts ($10 for all the beer you can drink) and a great line-up of entertainment and live auctions. Courtesy, Sher-endipity
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Shawn and Nick’s Courtyard Café on The Drive will be offering a free breakfast to military veterans on Friday, November 11. Breakfast will be served all day and includes two eggs, potatoes, toast & coffee/tea. Courtesy, The Courtyard Café
DOMA Support Crumbles Microsoft has joined dozens of corporations, organizations and governments in support of a challenge on the constitutional grounds of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The friend-ofthe-court brief Microsoft, and 70 other organizations filed late last week points out the significant costs and administrative burdens DOMA imposes on employers as well as the ways DOMA interferes with employers’ efforts to promote diversity and equal opportunity in the workplace and harms their ability to attract and retain talent. The businesses and organizations, which include Starbucks, Google, Time Warner, CBS, Nike along with several cities, filed the brief in the case of Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. US Department of Health and Human Services. It is one of two consolidated cases from Massachusetts challenging the constitutionality of DOMA. In 1996, Congress passed the Defense
of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman. It bars the federal government from treating same-sex marriage as legal or granting gay couples federal benefits. This means that same-sex couples, who get married where same-sex marriage is legal, aren’t eligible for the benefits that come with federally recognized marriage such as filing joint federal tax returns or social security and immigration law benefits. Same-sex marriage is only currently legal in the states of Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Washington DC and Vermont. There are about a dozen cases around the country challenging DOMA. The joined Massachusetts cases, currently before the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, are the first to reach the federal appellate level, just one step down from the U.S. Supreme Court, according to The San Francisco
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Iowa Lesbian Couple Sues Iowa Department of Health Judge will Rule on Birth Certificate Lawsuit Heather Lynn Martin Gartner, 39, and Melissa McCoy Gartner, 41, of Des Moines, Iowa, sued the Iowa Department of Public Health, arguing that the agency’s 2009 decision to only list Heather as a parent deprives their daughter, Mackenzie, 2, of the protections and benefits of two legal parents being present from birth, The Des Moines Register reports. Judge Eliza Ovrom announced on Monday that she will rule later on the lesbian couple's lawsuit seeking permission to have both their names on their daughter's birth certificate. The Des Moines Register explains the reason only Heather is listed on MacKenzie’s birth certificate, and why this was not the case with their adoptHeather Lynn Martin Gartner, left, and Melissa McCoy Gartner ed son, Zach, is because “Of states that recognize civil unions, only Iowa proin their Des Moines home, play with their 17 month old daughter. hibits two women from being listed as Photo courtesy, John Gaps III, Register Photos parents on a child’s birth certificate.
By ALEX VAUGHN The exception is if a child is adopted.” The couple also argues that they and their daughter will not receive the same benefits afforded to other couples who are parents, such as the ability for Melissa to make medical decisions for her child. They also say it’s unfair, as reported by USA Today, “…that the state lists heterosexual couples as parents on a birth certificate even when they conceive as they [The Gartners] did: via anonymous donor insemination.” The couple’s fear regarding medical decisions has already occurred. MacKenzie had to be hospitalized a few months after birth with a respiratory virus. Heather Gartner maintained a near 24-hour vigil at her daughter's bedside because the couple feared that doctors would not allow Melissa Gartner alone to make crucial medical ‘BIRTH CERTIFICATE’ continues on Page 14
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Memorial Service for Frank Holden WILTON MANORS, FL – The memorial service for Frank Holden, who unexpectedly passed away on November 4, will be held at Bill’s Filling Station, in the Mustang Lounge, on Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and remember a loved bartender in our community. H
Congressman to Speak at Transgender Day of Remembrance FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – US Congressman Alcee Hastings will speak at this year’s local Transgender Remembrance Day candlelight vigil on Saturday, November 19 at 6 p.m. at the Sunshine Cathedral at 1480 SW 9th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Each November, the worldwide transgender community turns its attention to its family, friends and loved ones lost to violence and prejudice. A tradition inspired by a vigil for slain transsexual Rita Hester in 1998, this day has become the worldwide rallying point for a community long under siege. Hastings will speak on the injustice and struggle suffered by transgender individuals and what action Congress must take to protect the most vulnerable and marginalized members of our community. A reception will follow the vigil. This is a free event and all are welcome to participate. H
1426 Fashion Week FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – 1426 Fashion Week is a three-day event which will take place November 11 through 13 at the Sheraton Airport Hotel. The weekend event includes a welcome reception, a model workshop, a designer networking event and a series of fashion shows. This year’s charity beneficiaries are The Poverello Center and The Continuous Love organization. The 1426 Fashion Week will feature designers, models, and high profile fashion industry representatives showcasing their talents. The weekend starts at the host hotel with a poolside Welcome Reception featuring a fashion show from LaMaica Designs and The Fashion Honors Group from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale on November 11. On November 12 at the Sheraton Airport Hotel, there will be a Models Workshop featuring guest speakers from New York, Atlanta, and DC There will also be an invite-only Designer Trunk Show to highlight all the designers and to network. The one-of-a kind super finale fashion show on November 13 will feature standard and plus models followed by an after party. This show will feature designs from Jill Alexander Designs, The Angel Alternative, Robert E. Knight Designs, Pheline, Jaspher Royalty D’Marco, Big Girlz, Inc., and Curvysta Plus. For tickets or more information, email admin@LS1426inc.com. H
AVER to Participate in Wilton Manors Veterans Day Ceremonies WILTON MANORS, FL – On Friday, November 11, the American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER), their significant others and friends will be participants at the City of Wilton Manors Annual Veteran's Day celebration at Hagen Park located behind City Hall. The moving service has been held by the City for the last several years and AVER has been a welcomed participant. The ceremonies will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Hagan Park for all interested individuals. The public is encouraged to participate and respectfully honor those who have or are currently serving their country. H
Political Leaders Show Support for LGBT Equality FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – More than 40 congressional, state and local elected leaders have joined the Honorary Host Committee for the Equality Florida Institute’s Broward Gala, an annual gathering that brings 400 community leaders together to honor people who have made a difference. Equality Florida Institute is the largest charity dedicated to ending discrimination and securing full equality for Florida’s LGBT community. “I’ve known and worked with Equality Florida for years and am proud to stand with them in support of full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community,” said US Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. This year’s Honorary Host Committee includes: US Senator Bill Nelson. US Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Alcee Hastings, Ted Deutch and Frederica Wilson; former Representatives Ron Klein, Kathy Castor, Corrine Brown and Kendrick Meek; Florida State Senators Nan Rich, Jeremy Ring, Chris Smith, Eleanor Sobel, Larcenia Bullard and Maria Sachs; and former Florida Senator Gwen Margolis. Representing the Florida House of Representatives: Ari Porth, Gwyn ClarkeReed, Evan Jenne, Marty Kiar, Hazelle Rogers, Perry Thurston, Joe Gibbons, Franklin Sands, Daphne Campbell, Darryl Rouson, Elaine Schwartz, Ron Saunders, Jim Waldman, Irving Slosberg and Dwight Bullard. Representing Broward County: Property Appraiser Lori Parrish, Sheriff Al Lamberti, State Attorney Mike Satz and Clerk of Courts Howard Foreman. From the Broward County Commission: Sue Gunzburger, John Rodstrom, Lois Wexler, Stacy Ritter, Dale Holness, Chip LaMarca, Kristin Jacobs, Barbara Sharief and Ilene Lieberman. Representing the Broward County School Board: Robin Bartleman, Nora Rupert, Laurie Rich Levinson, Ann Murray, Katie Leach, Donna Korn, Maureen Dinnen, Ben Williams, Patty Good and Superintendent Robert Runcie. Honorary local hosts include The Honorable Jack Sieler, Bruce Roberts, Charlotte Rodstrom, Bobby Debois, Romney Rogers, The Honorable Gary Resnick, Tom Green, Julie Carson, Scott
Newton, Ted Galatis, The Honorable Suzanne Boisvenue, Anne Sallee, John Adornato, Shari L. McCartney, Le Peerman, Bryan Caletka, Paula Thaqi, M.D. and Kevin Beckner. The 2011 Equality Florida Broward Gala takes place November 13 at the Museum of Art of Fort Lauderdale, 1 E Las Olas Blvd. and will honor two local Broward County heroes. Teri Williams and Michael Rajner will each receive the “Voice for Equality” award for their tireless work on behalf of Florida’s LGBT community. Tickets for this cocktail reception are $125. For more information, visit http://eqfl.org/browardgala or call Stratton Pollitzer at (954) 682-6094. H
Calling All Marilyns MIAMI, FL – They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and after nearly 50 years of fame and beauty, Marilyn Monroe is being honored by The Grove Retrospective Gallery, in conjunction with Dress for Success Miami, with a Marilyn Monroe Look-alike Contest on Friday, November 11 at 7 p.m. in Coconut Grove. To celebrate the opening of the Marilyn Monroe exhibit at the Retrospective Gallery, one of the largest pop and surreal art galleries in MiamiDade County, South Floridians are invited to put on their best blond wig, diamonds and Chanel No. 5 and take part in the Marilyn Monroe Look-Alike Contest. The contest is free and open to men and women over the age of 21, who pre-register. To register to be a part of the Marilyn Monroe Look-alike contest please email email@example.com. All proceeds from donations and raffles will benefit Dress for Success Miami, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for underprivileged women who need professional clothing and assistance in finding employment. Tickets for the exhibit opening event are $10 and can be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com/event/2427167724?n omo=1 or at the door. The “Tribute to Marilyn Monroe” exhibit will be open until December 23. H
Vets Eat Free on Friday WILTON MANORS, FL – In honor of Veterans Day, Shawn and Nick’s Courtyard Café on Wilton Drive will be offering a free breakfast to military veterans on Friday, November 11. Breakfast will be served all day and includes two eggs, potatoes, toast plus coffee or tea. Thank you for your service! H
White Party Tickets and Passes Go On Sale MIAMI, FL – Tickets and passes for the year’s White Party have gone on sale at www.WhiteParty.org. The White Party, which is considered the crown jewel of HIV/AIDS fundraisers, will be held on Friday, November 25 from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Join thousands dressed in a sea of white as they dance until dawn at the Miami Seaquarium overlooking Biscayne
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Bay and Key Biscayne. Renowned event producer, Mark Baker, will deliver a brand new dance party concept and an over-the-top production that will last ‘til dawn with extended hours, shows, live performance featuring JES, international DJs, a fireworks display, silent auction, live casino games and prizes at the Viva Las Divas Casino and more. Roundtrip shuttle service will be available from the host hotel. Other official White Party events include: Heatwave Pool Party on Saturday, November 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Enjoy Miami Beach’s finest one-of-a-kind 205-foot-long infinity pool, elevated main pool, delicious cocktails and food while enjoying the sounds of our special guest DJ Kio Kio. Poolside loungers are available on a first-come basis. White Starz on Saturday, November 26 from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. – This stellar night delivers you to yet another dimension in sight, sound and fantasy and is guaranteed to keep you dancing the night away with DJ Jack Chang, DJ Bugie and DJ Wayne G. Muscle Beach, Sunday, November 27 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Just steps from Ocean Drive and the Atlantic Ocean, this award-winning eight-hour open-air dance party features two of the hottest circuit DJs--Michael Tank and Gustavo Scorpio, direct from Rio De Janeiro--and a spectacular fireworks finale over the Atlantic Ocean. H
“Picasso for Pets” OAKLAND PARK, FL – An art exhibit for pet lovers benefitting the Pet Project, a non-profit foundation, will be held on Friday, November 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Train Station Gym, 1164 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Second Floor in Oakland Park. The exhibit features the artwork of Marcy Miller, Torche and Tuta Veloso. Included is an art sale, silent auction, raffle drawing, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and live music. Admission is free but a $5 donation is suggested. H
Nadadores Swimsuit Fashion Show MIAMI BEACH, FL – The Nadadores of South Florida will host its 11th annual Noche Nadadores fundraiser on Saturday, November 12 at the Design Within Reach furniture studio in South Beach. This year’s event will benefit the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and will feature a swimsuit fashion show, a silent auction, gourmet treats and an open bar sponsored by ROKK Vodka. This fashion show will feature a variety of swimsuit designs courtesy of the Creative Male store, accessories from Zuhr Jewelry and Design, and eyewear from SEE. The evening will also include a silent auction, music by DJ Sayho, gourmet treats and open bar. Proceeds from the event also help support the Nadadores’ all-inclusive year-round swim program in Miami. Continues on NEWS on Page 7
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Market 17 Hosting Benefit FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Market 17 (1850 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316), will be hosting an event benefitting HANDY. The event will be held on Thursday November 10, between 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event is complimentary but a $20 donation to HANDY is appreciated. Wine, cocktails and hors d’ouevres will be provided. HANDY, Inc. is an award winning non profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1985 to meet the fundamental needs of Broward County's foster care children and those who have been placed in the care of non-relative and relative caregivers under protective supervision. They provide direct services to children from birth to 23 years, who have been removed from their homes due to domestic violence, substance abuse, physical and/or sexual abuse, and abandonment. They also serve the older youth who are aging out of the foster/relative care system and those who may be homeless or on the verge of homelessness. They do not discriminate – they help the children who need help. In Fiscal Year 2008-2009 HANDY provided free services to a total of 1,932 children touching their lives 16,500 times. HANDY’s programs provide children with safety and well being, education, social and recreational activities, and advocates to give these children a voice. All programs are provided free of charge to children/youth thanks to the support of philanthropists, corporations, foundations and grantors. H
Catholic Newspaper Drops Gay Column BOSTON, MA – The oldest Roman Catholic newspaper in the country has apologized and dropped an opinion column written by a senior official with the organization running the church suggesting the devil may be responsible for samesex attraction. Last week, The Pilot quickly withdrew Daniel Avila’s column titled “Some Fundamental Questions on Same Sex Attraction.” The Boston archdiocese newspaper says it failed to recognize the theological error before publication. Avila says in the piece that “the scientific evidence of how same-sex attraction most likely may be created provides a credible basis for a spiritual explanation that indicates the devil.” The 182-year-old newspaper published an apology from the associate director for policy and research for the US Conference of Bishops. H
Long Island Gay PTA Holds First Meeting LONG ISLAND, NY – The Long Island Gay PTA held its inaugural meeting last week to lay the groundwork for what
organizers believe to be a first-of-its kind effort to create such a support network and address GLBT issues in the classroom. According to the Long Island Press, about 50 parents, students and supporters gathered for the meeting at the GLBT Community Center in Garden City that opened two weeks earlier. Organizers said they plan to meet with every local PTA on Long Island, push to include gay history in lesson plans and help form Gay-Straight Alliances in high school and middle schools, among other initiatives. H
Presidential Proclamation on Adoption Includes Gays WASHINGTON, D.C. – In his annual proclamation declaring November as National Adoption Month 2011, President Barack Obama included, for the first time, “sexual orientation” as one of the listed types of families. “With so many children waiting for loving homes, it is important to ensure that all qualified caregivers are given the opportunity to serve as adoptive parents, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or marital status,” wrote the President in his proclamation. Five states prohibit same-sex couples from adopting children and it’s only been one year since Florida allowed gay couples to adopt. H
GOP Leader Booed for Opposing Marriage Equality ANN ARBOR, MI – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was booed during a speech at the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan last weekend for opposing marriage equality. According to Think Progress, Cantor was asked how he reconciled his advocacy for state’s rights with support for the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which prohibits the federal government from recognizing marriages performed in states that allow same-sex unions. Cantor replied, “I just believe in traditional marriage between a man and a woman.” Some audience members booed the Virginia Republican and shouted, “What about liberty?” and “None of your business!” H
Malaysian Police Ban Gay Arts Festival KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – Claiming that a gay arts festival was a threat to public order, Malaysian authorities have shut down this year’s Sexual Independence gay arts festival. The festival, which started in 2008 and had been mostly a low-key event, had grown this year to a five-day event causing the police and government officials to take notice in the mostly Muslim nation. This year’s festival was to start on November 9 and was themed “Queer without Fear.” The festival was to be held at a private arts center. H
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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The former wife of Illinois Republican Congressman Joe Walsh has said that he owes her for child support. Walsh was the only Illinois congressman to be named a “True Blue” member of Congress for “unwavering support of the family” by the Family Research Council for his 100% pro-family voting record. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Walsh’s ex-wife says Walsh owes more than $100,000 in back child support for their three children. Walsh counters that he and his wife had a “verbal agreement” that he didn’t have to pay child support during years when he wasn’t earning as much. H
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Teachers Tell Bullied Kids Not to Be So Gay ESSEX, ENGLAND – Teachers allegedly told bullied children to act “less gay” if they want to end their torment. In a report by Essex County Council, students revealed they had been accused of making themselves a target for bullies by choosing to behave or look differently. As well as criticizing their supposed sexuality, teachers reportedly told youngsters to “wear their hair differently” if they wanted to avoid trouble. The comments have been met with outrage by anti-bullying campaigners and gay and lesbian support groups across the county. H
Coming to a Starbucks Near You NEW YORK, NY – He goes by the name “Mr. Pee-Pee” and his goal is to masturbate in every Starbucks’ restroom in New York City and to photograph the final results. Mr. Pee-Pee discussed his plan in advance on the internet’s Glory Hole Radio Network. Pee-Pee told Glory Hole that he’s a big fan of Starbucks and he plans to rate each restroom on its cleanliness and “how hot the chicks were” in the location and if anyone knocked on the restroom stall door and interrupted him. H
Kardashian’s Ex Gets Chippendales Offer LAS VEGAS, NV – Kris Humphries’ divorce after being married to Kim Kardashian for 72 days could become a huge career move for the on-strike basketball star. TMZ has reported that the Chippendales in Vegas has reached out to Humphries hoping to fill their empty celebrity emcee spot at the Rio Resort hotel. A rep for the show told TMZ: “We figured since he was unemployed and, the soon-to-be ex-husband of Kim Kardashian, a gig at Chippendales might be the perfect job to help restore his faith in women.” Also, an online dating website, LocalHotClassifieds.com claimed it’s willing to match Kris’ salary on “Keeping Up
LEXINGTON, KY – The mother of an 11th grade Lexington High School student said her son, Kasey Landrum, 16, was given an in-school suspension after he was caught wearing makeup 10 minutes after school ended. “The principal walked into the school and immediately started yelling at me and told me to get outside,” Landrum told WBBJ-TV news. Landrum said that he did exactly what Principal Steve Lindsey told him to do. Landrum said that another student who witnessed the incident told Lindsey that Landrum was just expressing himself by wearing makeup. The next day, Landrum said, he was called to the office and issued a three-day in-school suspension. The suspension form obtained by Shelly Maness, Landrum’s mother, cited her son was suspended on the basis he violated the school’s dress code which states: “When a student is attired in a manner, which is likely to cause disruption or interference with normal operation of the school, the administration will take the appropriate action. In matters of opinion, the judgment of the teachers and administrators will prevail.” “I don’t know what kind of disruption it may have caused or may not have caused,” said Henderson County Superintendent Steve Wilkinson. Wilkinson said the principal has the authority to determine what is deemed a distraction. H
Gay Couples Allowed to Hold Civil Ceremonies in Church LONDON, ENGLAND – Same-sex couples will be allowed to hold civil partnership ceremonies in churches and other places of worship in England and Wales. The United Kingdom’s Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said no religious group would be forced to host them, but those who wished to could apply by the end of the year. According to the BBC, marriage between people of the same gender is not legal in the UK but civil partnerships were introduced in 2005 to give couples the same legal protection as if they were married. A Church of England spokesperson said it had no intention of allowing civil partnerships to be registered in its churches. “’The House of Bishops’ statement of July 2005 made it clear that the Church of England should not provide services of blessing for those who register civil partnerships and that remains the position,” he said. However, the spokesperson said the Church would study the draft regulations to check that ministers had delivered “genuine religious freedom” by way of Continues on NEWS on Page 9
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Chaz Bono May Sue National Enquirer over Death Article HOLLYWOOD, CA – According to TMZ, Chaz Bono is mad at the National Enquirer for publishing a story that predicts that Bono will die in four years, claiming the whole story is a “smear campaign” and it’s “blatantly false.” The story was highlighted with a cover headline on the November 11 issue stating, “Chaz Bono – ONLY 4 YEARS TO LIVE.” The article cites “expert” opinions from Dr. Patrick Wanis who claims Chaz’s weight combined with the stress and various medications associated with his gender reassignment “increase Chaz’s risk of an early death.” The Enquirer says Wanis predicts Chaz will likely die by 2015. In the letter, Chaz’s lawyer calls the story “blatantly false and defamatory” adding, “the salacious and inflammatory headline and article were crafted for the malicious purpose of discriminating against our client’s gender and sexual orientation. Further, the statements you attribute to Dr. Patrick Wanis and your depiction of him as a medical doctor specializing in transgender health issues are highly misleading and blatantly false.” H
Eight Arrested for Manila Cemetery Pageant MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Eight people were arrested Monday night for staging an impromptu gay beauty pageant inside the Manila North Cemetery. More than 100 people gathered to watch the scantily-clad transvestites dance on top of tombs, prompting security volunteers to disperse the group. Many of the pageant's participants escaped arrest. Police said the arrested suspects desecrated the dead and disturbed other visitors at the cemetery. Some of those who were arrested defended what they did by saying they have been holding the event every All Saints Day. H
Indonesia Opens First Gay Medical Clinic BALI, INDONESIA – Indonesia’s first gay medical clinic opened in Bali to serve that county’s LGBT community. Gays and lesbian are often denied admission to public medical facilities due to discrimination in the mostly Muslim country. The center has been accepting patients since September 27 but had its official opening last week. The Gaya Dewata Foundation, which provides counseling and promotes safe sex practices among Bali’s gay community, says the clinic will be welcomed by a community scared to find help in a society that shuns them. The new Bali Medika clinic will provide general medical check-ups as well as screening for sexually transmitted diseases, hormone therapy and psycho-
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Shorter University Require Staff to Reject Homosexuality ROME, GA – Shorter University has required its 200-plus employees to sign a “Personal Lifestyle” pledge rejecting homosexuality. Any employee refusing to sign the statement, which also requires staffers to reject premarital sex and adultery, face being fired. Shorter University is a private, coeducational, liberal arts university located in Rome, Georgia. It was founded in 1873, it is a Christian university historically affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention. According to the Atlanta JournalConstitution, one long-time staffer said that the new policy has staffers fearful that a disgruntled co-worker could accuse another of being gay out of spite. Students, however, are not required to sign the policy. H
Gay Couple Allegedly Booted from Bus for Kissing CHICAGO, IL – A gay couple is considering filing complaints against the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) after the bus driver allegedly tried to have them removed from the bus for kissing. The couple claims that the driver yelled homophobic slurs at them and called the police after they refused to leave the bus. According to the Windy City Times, Christopher Buchanan, 22, and his boyfriend Derrell Hughes boarded the bus after leaving an afternoon program at the Broadway Youth Center. Jacob Meister of The Civil Rights Agenda is representing the couple and said he will pursue a resolution with CTA before taking legal action. An email from CTA media relations said a complaint had been made with customer service and that they were looking into the matter. H
Cruise Ship Meth Dealer Sentenced WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – Last week, a Federal judge sentenced a West Hollywood man convicted of selling a selection of drugs that included meth and ecstasy on a gay Caribbean cruise. WeHo News reported that Steven Barry Krumholz, who admitted selling ecstasy, methamphetamine and ketamine to passengers on board the Allure of the Seas in February, received a 21-month prison sentence in the US Virgin Islands, the site of his arrest. Mr. Krumholz pled guilty to the charges against him in July. He faced a potential 20 year prison term and $1 million in fines. H
Miss Virginia USA Lashes Out at Gay Roommate RICHMOND, VA – Some people are calling on the Miss Universe Organization to speak out against current Miss Virginia Nikki Poteet, after the
24-year-old beauty queen allegedly directed homophobic slurs towards her gay roommate at a party last weekend. According to Think Progress, Derek Powell, Poteet’s roommate since January, claims Poteet became “extremely violent and physical and proceeded to call me and my boyfriend ‘faggots’ and ‘cocksuckers’” in their group house in Richmond, Virginia. Poteet denied the allegations but admitted to some sort of argument. Poteet has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and insists that Powell just wants attention. She said she likes gay people and knew that Powell was gay when she first moved in with him. The Miss Universe organization has yet to respond to Powell’s allegations. H
Minnesota for Marriage Uses Gift Cards to Garner Votes MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Minnesota for Marriage, a coalition advocating for passage of a 2012 vote on a constitutional same-sex marriage ban, launched a campaign that will award people prizes for obtaining pledges to support the ban, reported the Minnesota Independent. The campaign asks each person to obtain five pledges to support the ban in order to be considered for a prize drawing. Drawing winners will receive a $100 Visa gift card. The drawing will be held daily through the month of November. The gift card campaign has caused bloggers to question whether such activ-
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Anita Bryant Wants a “Gay Best Friend” HOLLYWOOD, CA – HBO is developing a movie about the singer-turned-antigay-crusader’s life. She and her husband, Charlie Dry, have actually met with the film's screenwriter, Chad Hodge, who happens to be openly gay. “I went to Oklahoma and spent three days with her and Charlie,” Hodge told a reporter at GLSEN’s Respect Awards. “I was the first gay person she agreed to talk to in 33 years,” according to E! Online. Bryant was a former Miss America runner-up and pop vocalist from the 1950s and ‘60s. She was most famous for being the celebrity face of the Florida orange juice industry until she attracted much controversy in 1977 for leading the successful fight to overturn Dade County’s ordinance that prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation. “She was panicked to meet me and I was panicked to meet her,” said Hodge according to E! “We talked about everything: religion, homosexuality, and every detail of her life. I mean, everything! She really opened up to me. It started very standoffish, but then it slowly took a turn and she opened up and cried to me.” Hodge added, “Turns out she wants a gay best friend just like everyone else.” H
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Sanctity of Marriage? Get Real! Apparently the biggest threat to marriage is the gays. Marriage should be defined as a union between a man and a woman. We have heard it all before, that gay marriage is “unholy and threatens to undermine the sanctity of the institution of marriage.” There is also a school of thought that believes if the US allows gay marriage, the moral fiber of the nation will crumble and there will be disaster. I am reminded, particularly this week, of a comment comedienne Wanda Sykes made a few years back: “Gays aren’t the biggest threat to marriage. The biggest threat to marriage is divorce!” As amusing as this is, it is the truth. Marriage used to be something “not to be entered into lightly” and should last “till death us do part.” Today, however that simply isn’t the case. In the past when you got married, you stayed married. Then as times evolved, if things weren’t perfect, you stayed together for the kids, then split up. People who are against gay marriage have put forth many arguments. However a popular opinion, particularly attached to the stereotypes of gay men, is that they would just jump into marriage after five weeks together, making a mockery of the institution. A fair point, though not a reason to prevent gay people from getting married. But yes, there could very well be a rash of quickie marriages followed by even quicker divorces. Luckily that doesn’t happen in the straight community. Oh no, wait, yes it does. The media has been full of the subject of divorce. One divorce in particular, that of reality TV queen, Kim Kardashian and her dim husband, Kris Humphries. There has, in fact, been no way to avoid the stories and speculation about Ms Kardashian’s divorce. Will she give back the ring? How much money did she make from the debacle? Where is he? What will she do with all the wedding gifts? As we all get swept up in the judgement and hoopla surrounding the ludicrous 72day marriage (which began with a multimillion dollar wedding), no one has ques-
tioned what respect has been held for the sanctity of marriage. The Kardashian Klan has stood by Kim in defending her against the idea that she got married for the publicity and the money. Now I am an old romantic at heart, so I am going to give her the benefit of the doubt. Even if she didn’t get married for anything other than love, she did revel in the publicity, the E! TV special, “Kim’s Fairytale Wedding” and the multi-million dollar photo deals. Now how respectful is that to marriage? No DOMA supporters have come up with the idea that reality TV stars should have a constitutional ban on them getting married; that they should be prevented from profiteering from the “sanctity of a union between man and woman” or that they should work out if they love the person first. No, because apparently, and according to their ideals, Kim’s laughable 72-day marriage is acceptable, simply of course, because she is a woman and Kris is a man. Anyone who watches “Keeping up with the Kardashians” with any regularity also witnessed younger sister, Khloé marry Lamar Odom after just five weeks together. We are more inclined to believe her wedding, first because as far as we know they are still happy; and second, and more importantly, they looked and acted like a couple. In the case of Kim and Kris (the spelling of his name is just all too suspicious in itself, you expect it from an LA power family, not so much from a guy from Minnesota), their relationship seemed to be comprised of him whining at being seen as another castrated male counterpart to the media hungry Kardashian women, and poor Kim looking totally vacant during their whole whirlwind romance. She never seemed that into him. There has been a backlash, granted. Cries of foul play and that the Kardashians have duped us. Therefore, she hasn’t gotten off scot free so to speak, and, as I am being kind, she is also nurturing a broken heart. Yet, I find it appalling the amount of space and time given to this ridiculous marriage that no one has come up against, and yet gay people are still fighting for the right. All people are complaining about is the money, the
Letters to the Editor In response to the news story “ABC Anchorman Comes Out on National TV” in the Florida Agenda, October 20, 2011. DEAR EDITOR, Good for Mr. Kloeffler! More LGBT people in high profile jobs need to identify as gay to let the gay youth know that many of us succeed. SINCERELY, LARRY SEARLES In response to the news story “Broward County LGBT Community History Project Local Historian Looks to Chronicle Our History with Community’s
publicity, and the potential that a subject on reality TV could possibly be staged. Really, what a surprise! Furthermore, matriarch, Kris Jenner has been working the talk show circuit like a mad woman and with one breath telling the nation how upset she is, not only for the divorce itself but for all the bad press and accusations being thrown at her daughter. Yet, at the same time, she has jumped on the divorce band wagon and is hocking her new book – a book which, I might add, contains details of the affair she had whilst still being married to the late Robert Kardashian. These points alone show an utter lack of consideration for the sanctity of marriage and yet they are selling books. The Kardashians have gotten very good at selling things, products, lifestyles and ideas. So whilst gay people are being prevented from getting married, a flagrant abuse of the foundations of marriage is playing out on our TV screens all in the name of entertainment and to get us to buy stuff ! Furthermore Kim has already become guarded, yet a “statement” has been bandied around that is telling everyone they can see the breakdown of the marriage in the upcoming “Kourtney and Kim Take New York.” Mark my words, people will tune in, watch and absorb it all with morbid fascination. Again where is the respect? Worse, whether you like to admit it or not, Ms Kardashian is a role model and a popular person. This is the reason the family rakes in over $65m per year. She will influence people, people who will genuinely see marriage as something totally frivolous. Lest we mention, this is the second time down the altar for Kim (the first, admittedly lasted longer, but was not played out for the world to see, giving it a hint of credence). I would like to know what the protectors of marriage think about this circus. Surely this money-making machine and PR juggernaut under the guise of a marriage is a bigger threat to the respect and sanctity of the institution then allowing people of the same sex to be joined together. H
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Who Knew? By the Numbers By SAM KNEW, MSW using the female condom, negative experiences included difficulty inserting (33%), irritation (17%), bunching up (12%), unpleasant texture (10%), and noise (9%). Breakage was reported 3 times in 334 episodes of use.”
Life at times can seem to be a numbers game. We budget our time, money and even our health by the numbers. In a way, numbers can act as a system of checks and balances for us – which may explain why they become such an intricate part of lives. I’ve noticed just how much this column comes to rely on numbers. Here is a compellation of a few given over the last year. If any of them spark further, or renew, your interest – feel free to visit the online archives of “Who Knew?” on www.FloridaAgenda.com. The Female Condom – Changing the rules of the game “In a report that summarized a study done on 100 men who have sex with men
“Oral” Hygiene “The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a case study in Chicago linking 13.7% of syphilis cases being contracted orally.” “But be aware that most mouthwashes have an alcohol level of 6.6% to 26.9% that could be almost four times as much as a bottle of beer or a glass of wine.” Male on Male Sexual Assault “An estimated 12% of case victims are in the age range of 25 and older.” A Bed’s Tale – What’s on the sheets may be as important as what happens between them. “What you’re missing might put you in danger of becoming one of the three hundred million plus people in the world that contract ‘Sarcoptes Scabiei Var. Hominis’ or what’s more commonly referred to as ‘scabies.’”
Sex – It’s Not All Bad “The publication attributes somewhere between 120 to 235 calories for kissing, approximately 8 calories for undressing and an actual orgasm can burn as many as 100 calories.” “So there you have it, no mention of the 19 million new sexually transmitted infections (STI) reported each year, nor the $14.7 billion spent on STI related healthcare costs.” Toxic Relationships: Bug Chasers and Gift Givers “Though the compilation of these two groups is a very small subset of the population, they have developed a culture of their own, including ‘conversation parties.’ This is one means in which HIV+ men and those looking to be infected can meet.” “Save the Tatas “– Male Breast Cancer “The mild growth does put men at a 1 in 1000 chance of developing one of the five types of breast cancers.” “Gay and bisexual men are 17% more likely to develop anal cancer.”
Three letters that can change your life – and they’re not what you think. HPV (human papillomavirus) “For gay and bisexual men, it can be a secret killer. There are 6.2 millions cases in the US each year and over one hundred strains of the virus, forty of which are transmitted sexually.” The Doctor Is In, But Are You Out? “New York’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a study showing that 4 in 10 gay men were not out to their doctor.” Those Crazy Gays… “For example, one study showed 83 % of transgender people had considered suicide, and 54 % had actually attempted it.” Talking Dirty: How to Negotiate Safe Sex “Needless to say, our inhibitions and judgment are impaired with either drugs or alcohol. Studies report that 60% of STDs are transmitted when the partners are under the influence.” H
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“Mr. Peepers” By AJ CROSS While standing alone by the pool table at your favorite hangout, a random stranger introduces himself to you only to ask if he was in the right place, because he was supposed to meet some friends. Taken back by his beautiful dark blue eyes, full red lips and intentionally messy auburn hair, you did not even realize he had asked you a question. And then his smile emerges as he repeats the question nervously. “Um yes, this is the place,” you reply. “Hi I’m Jake,” he says while still smiling. You introduce yourself and still you are taken back by how ridiculously attractive he is. “I just moved here a few weeks ago, so I am still learning my way around.” You already knew he was not from around here, because there is no way that that smile would have eluded you this long. He thanks you and then walks off. For the remainder of the evening you find every opportunity to catch a glimpse of him. After about forty-five minutes, a miracle happens. He and his friends come toward the pool table and it turns out that one of the people in his group knows you and decides to introduce you to him. You both smile and shake hands again as if it was the first introduction. As the group of friends begin to play pool, you both dive into intense conversation. He is witty, charming and his childlike humor quickly draws you in. He then says, “I want to show you something” and then he stands up, lifts up his shirt and digs into his pants and your thinking, “Oh shit,” and then he pulls a book out. You laugh out loud but don’t reveal why it is you’re laughing. A strange sense of relief matched with a tad of disappointment fills you now that you realize what he was reaching
for. He tells you that he takes the book with him everywhere, because it’s “hilarious” and he tells you that when you read about “Mr. Peepers,” you will love it. He then turns to a specific chapter and gives you the book. As you read it and find it to be as funny as he does, you get a sense of him and the lightheartedness in which he takes himself and the world around him. After reading the chapter and returning the book to him, two commonalities emerge in your continued conversation. The first is that you both are candid about who you are and have no fear in acknowledging your humanity or humility. The second, which is odder, is that you love to have someone read to you and he oddly enough finds pleasure in reading aloud to someone. It seems the strangest of things to create a bridge between two people. You manage to make it through an embarrassing attempt at darts, while having a conversation that was not based around Lady Gaga or bodily fluids and just as the interest heightens, it all comes to end by the closing of the bar. One of the people in the group whispers into your ear. “Don’t get too excited, because he’s straight.” Normally that would have been devastating news, simply because he encompassed so many attributes you found appealing, but then the strangest thing happens in your head. You think to yourself that even though any hope of dating or elevating to intimacy is not an option, you have just encountered one of the most interesting of persons. Remove sexual incompatibility, jealousy, envy or any of the elements that make being a boyfriend to someone complicated and you end up with something even better: a friend. Who would have thought that a plastic parrot named “Mr. Peepers” would introduce you to what you hope will be a great friend. Damn, where are the crackers? H
“Mr. Peepers wants a cracker!”
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Word Play Unhappily Ever After The Fight for Gay Divorce By ChriStiAN AlExANdEr The stars at night really are big and bright, deep in the now-wounded heart of Texas. So I could see why upwardly mobile gay couples would want to make a home there. Minus a small populous of narrow minded, backward cowboys, it could be a very nice place to set up a home. Not anymore. Not if you happen to be a gay couple. Unlike Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, the District of Columbia, New Hampshire and New York, gay marriage is illegal in Texas. Very, very illegal in fact. In 2005, Texas voters passed a Constitutional Ban on same-sex marriage, even though State law already prohibited it. Talk about over-kill. Why not just post a sign at every entrance to the State saying “NO FAGS ALLOWED.” Oh but wait, there’s more. I know of a couple who had been legally married in Massachusetts, had adopted a baby, and decided to start their little family in “The Great State of Texas.” Mom, Mom and baby makes three, and they were like every other married couple in the United States. The first few years were good ones – and then they weren’t so good anymore. They were so bad, in fact, that Mom and Mom decided to obtain a divorce and work out joint custody of the toddler. The couple, Angelique Naylor and Sabina Daly, sought a judge in Austin, who granted the divorce. Unfortunately for them (and the baby) the Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott, appealed the decision. His reason? Because he was protecting the “traditional definition of marriage,” which he interpreted to mean the same for divorce. Therefore, since they shouldn’t have been married in the first place, they could not legally be divorced. A Dallas appeal’s court threejudge panel also agreed that the State’s same-sex marriage ban WAS Constitutional. I can almost smell the logic, but the scent is very similar to cow manure. Angelique and Sabina tried to stick it
out, but finally separated in 2007 as the arguments between them continued to mount. They eventually were able to get a higher court to dissolve the marriage amid escalating animosity between them, but that decision too is being appealed. Here it is, 2011, and as far as I was able to find out, while the couple remain happily separated, the state of their marriage is in limbo. I am forced to wonder what box they have to check on a form that asks about your marital status, Yes? No? or Undecided! Enter J.B and his husband H.B. They too were legally married in Massachusetts and decided to move to Dallas. Neither man would comment on the reasons, but they decided to file for a divorce in Dallas County in 2009. A district judge, Tena Callahan (Democrat), said that she did have jurisdiction to hear the case, saying that Texas’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitional. Once again, the same Texas Attorney General swooped in and appealed to the 5th District court which overturned Callahan’s ruling to allow the divorce. Shortly thereafter, an attorney for J.B. filed a Petition for Review of the 5th District’s ruling by the Texas Supreme Court. As I am writing this, I remain unaware whether J.B and H.B. are still considered married or not, but I’ll put good money on not. As for the rest of us? Gay couples seeking divorce are getting mixed results across country. A Pennsylvania judge refused to divorce two other women who also were married in Massachusetts while at the same time, New York grants divorces without so much as a peep. As for me, I’ve been single for over 10 years now and have no plans of marriage. However, if there are any attractive, successful men in their early 30’s reading this, drop me a line. I’ve always wanted to go to Iowa! Think happy thoughts--just not about most Texan officials! H
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‘DOMA SUPPORT’ Continued from COVER
Snowbiz Now! The Gay-Friendly Star of “24” By NiChOlAS SNOW
Photo courtesy, Mabelle Bray
Film Festival attendees around the world have enjoyed the short film “GAYKEITH,” but few know that the director is a star in her own right with many credits to her name (including the role of Jack Bauer’s wife in the first season of “24”). Leslie Ann Hope has in fact acted in countless film and TV projects (search her name at imdb.com) including the recurring role of Kristina Frye in the hit TV series “The Mentalist.” I first met Leslie because we worked on the same film, “Formosa Betrayed,” directed by her husband Adam Kane. Nope, Leslie is not lesbian, but she is Canadian! “I was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and am always proud to say so,” said Leslie. “With a dad in the military, I was raised all over Canada and also overseas. I moved to California from Montreal two weeks past my 18th birthday, and although it's hard for me to believe, I have actually lived longer in the States than I ever did in Canada, although I still consider myself Canadian.” You be interested to know that Leslie only found out the fate of her character on “24” six weeks before the season finale. “The tricky part was doing press overseas when the show was an emerging hit and I knew I was ‘dead,’” she revealed. “I had to carefully navigate questions like 'aren't you so excited for Season 2?' and 'what do you think is next for Teri Bauer?'” Leslie met Scott Edgecombe, the writer/star of “GAYKEITH,” through a friend. “We fellow ex-pat Canadians tend to find and gravitate toward each other in LA,” she said. “Scott was a struggling actor and I often hired him as a 'manny' for my young son. Scott accompanied me on several acting jobs and we made a funny trio – Scott the big boy babysitter, my kid and me, traipsing off to locations to form a makeshift household wherever the work took me. My son is now almost 18 and still adores Scott. In fact, it was my son who did a lot of the music research for ‘GAYKEITH’ and found the tune that inspired the dance music written by Jeff Danna.” “GAYKEITH” is described as “a short romp through the outrageous terrain that is Scott’s head – Luchadore, feather dusters, leather boots and internet porn.” As Scott explains about what became initially a monologue for his acting class, “This story is about how last Christmas, for 40 minutes in North Hollywood, I was gay.” “When I read his monologue and was laughing out loud, I decided to turn it into a movie script,” explained Leslie. “I bought the rights and wrote the script. I knew Scott would play Scott, and the rest of the script was determined by the
rule of writing whatever I wanted, i.e. if I saw Scott's head exploding, I wrote it. If I saw Scott in tighty-whiteys and a Santa hat, I wrote it. I was very lucky to actually direct what I wrote in its entirety – that rarely happens. The movie was edited by John Roberts who was simultaneously working on ‘Glee’ at the time.” Making the movie was a family affair as Leslie explained, “My husband was the producer, my dear friend Charlie Stratton was the co-producer, and my best girlfriend Cornelia Kiss was the property mistress. That being said, I think most of my pals were supportive and forgiving, but not entirely sure if they would love it. But you know what? In the truest sense, I don't care. That is to say, of course I want those closest to me to like what I like. But I am happy to say that ‘GAYKEITH’ in all its glory is all my fault, and I love it.” In keeping with the themes of this column, I asked Leslie what she would like to say to the homophobes of the world. She responded, “What I would like to say is unprintable. What I will say is ‘Stop that nonsense and be your better self.’” She continued, “What I would like to say to my gay friends is exactly what I would like to say to my straight friends – I love you and am so glad you are in my life.” You must check out www.gaykeith.com. H
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Chronicle. The friend-of-the-court brief said in part: “Our enterprises are located in states, including the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, that recognize the marriages of our employees and colleagues to same-sex spouses. At the same time, we are subject to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which precludes federal recognition of these marriages.” Companies have complained that when a same-sex couple legally gets married, it requires them to maintain two sets of books because the couple is considered married under state law but not married under federal law. The double entries, they say, ripple through human resources, payroll and benefit administration. In a major shift in policy, earlier this year, President Obama directed the US Justice Department to stop defending DOMA and Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Congress to inform them that the Justice Department will now take the position that DOMA should be struck down as a violation of a gay couples’ right to equal protection under the law. “The President and I have concluded that classifications based on sexual orientation warrant heightened scrutiny and that, as applied to same-sex couples legally married under state law, a crucial provision of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional,” Holder wrote. Also earlier this year, it was rumored that Coca Cola pressured its law firm, King & Spalding, from defending DOMA in court. King & Spalding were hired by the Republican-held Congress to defend DOMA in court. However, Coca Cola is one of King & Spalding’s largest corporate clients. Coca Cola is not one of the 70 organizations which filed the brief in the U.S. Circuit Court. ‘BIRTH CERTIFICATE’ Continued from COVER
decisions. The pair’s attorney, Camilla Taylor, said during arguments on Monday that the state lists married men on birth certificates. This is done even when it's impossible for the men to be children's biological fathers, The Des Moines Register reports. She also cited the Iowa Supreme Court case that struck down the state's 2009 same-sex marriage ban. The unanimous ruling cited constitutional rights to basic fairness and equal protection. The health department has argued that state law allows only a husband's name to accompany the mother's on birth certificates, reports AP. USA Today reported that State attorney Heather Adams said Monday afternoon that if a child's mother and father aren't married, there is no father listed on a birth certificate unless paternity is established pursuant to a court order. Adams said the health department has extended other rights to same-sex married couples since the ruling. But she said state law regarding parentage is gender-specific and not open to interpretation. “If I had to summarize the department's case in one sentence, it would be this: It is a biological impossibility for a woman to ever legally establish paternity of a child,” Adams said. After Monday's hearing, Melissa
The companies that joined in the friendof-the-court brief filing before the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston are: ABT Associates, Aetna, Inc., Akamai Technologies, Inc., Alere Inc., Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, Biogen Idec, Inc., Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mass., Inc., Boston Community Capital, Inc., Boston Medical Center Corp., Bright Horizons Children’s Centers LLC, Calvert Investments, Inc., CBS Corporation, The Chubb Corporation, Communispace Corp., Constellation Energy Group, Inc., Diageo North America, Inc., Eastern Bank Corp., Exelon Corp., FitCorp Healthcare Centers, Inc., Gammelgaden, LLC, Google Inc., Integrated Archive Systems, Inc., Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC, Levi Strauss & Co., Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge Trust, LLC, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., Massachusetts Envelope Company, Inc., Massachusetts Financial Services Company, Microsoft Corp., National Grid USA, Inc., Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc., New England Cryogenic Center, Inc., NIKE, Inc., The Ogilvy Group, Inc., Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Partners HealthCare System, Inc., Reproductive Science Center of New England, Skyworks Solutions, Inc., Starbucks Corp., State Street Bank and Trust Co., Stonyfield Farm, Inc., Sun Life Financial (US) Services Co., Inc., Time Warner Cable, Inc., Trillium Asset Management Corp., W/S Development Associates LLC, Xerox Corp., Zipcar, Inc., Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, The Boston Foundation, Massachusetts Association of Health Plans, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, Inc., The National Fire Protection Association, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, Retailers Association of Massachusetts and by the following cities: The City of Boston, MA, The City of Cambridge, MA, The City of New York, NY. H
Gartner said she was at her wife's side when they decided to have kids, when they saw a fertility specialist and when Heather Gartner was inseminated. “I was there when Mackenzie was born. I cut her umbilical cord. And for them to say I'm not a legal parent? It just seems ridiculous,” she said. The Gartners married in June 2009, and Heather gave birth to Mackenzie three months later. Attorneys for both sides agreed samesex parents should adopt their children if they plan to travel because at least 30 states have adopted laws similar to a federal rule that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. “We say (this case) is about protecting children, both in tangible ways, emotionally and in respect to their financial security,” Taylor a lawyer with Lambda Legal Defence and Education Fund in New York, told USA Today. “Legal rights afforded to kids with two parents provide basic security and vital protections,” Taylor said. A birth certificate is necessary to travel, to determine child support and to obtain government benefits. Lambda Legal also led the effort that culminated in the legalization of same-sex marriage in Iowa. It is unclear at this point when a ruling will be made by Iowa District Judge Eliza Ovrom. H
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Seeing Clearly Island City Eyecare – A Full Service Optometric Practice By AlEx VAUGhN Dr. Alan Shaffer is originally from Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of Penn State University. He relocated to Florida in 1985 after graduating from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. The Florida Agenda sat down with him to discuss how his practice, Island City Eyecare, is helping the wider community see clearly. Island City Eyecare has been open a little over two years. Alan explains how he came to be on Wilton Drive. “I have been in Florida since 1985. I have been practicing for 25 years, but my original practice was in Boca. I sold it to move here. Dr James Brauss, one of the partners had his practice further down the drive, by the high school on 4th avenue for 20 some years. He wanted to expand because his family is in optometry. He asked me if I wanted to create a joint practice together, as I had been in the community for many years. We looked for a location, found this one, bought it, built it out and have been on the drive ever since!” Island City Eyecare offers complete vision-health examinations; contact lenses (including fitting lenses for people with stigmatism and keratoconus); eye-glasses;
low-vision evaluations for visionimpaired patients; Lasik co-management and evaluations; and a comprehensive line of designer sunglasses, including brands like Dolce & Gabanna, Michael Kors, Prada, Gucci and Rayban. Schaffer also explains some other elements that differentiate his practice, “We offer 24/7 emergency eyecare for red eyes and other issues. We pride ourselves on having the latest technology to provide the most comprehensive eyecare we can. We consistently maintain a pulse on technology.” When asked why he likes having a practice in Wilton Manors, he says, “I enjoy being close by in order to serve [the com-
munity] easily and conveniently.” He is quick to point out that the practice services everyone’s eyecare needs, “We do accept many different insurance plans, and when you take insurance people will find you. We don’t feel we only service the gay community. We get many referrals and people will travel to see us.” He explains further the range of ways that Island City Eyecare obtains and maintains their customer base. “We send out surveys, something other practices
Having a business on Wilton Drive can be challenging out of season. However, Island City Eyecare is not really affected. “We don’t have an issue with seasonal slow-down.” Shaffer says, “Retail stores and restaurants are affected. Yet for us the summer season is when a lot of people will come to see their doctors, while it is quiet. School teachers for example, who are on vacation come in and visit us. We don’t really feel any part of the year is a slow-down, People always need to see!”
don’t do. We are tech savvy; we stay in touch with our clientele via text and email. We are also seeing a lot of traffic from our online presence and social networking. Just recently we had three patients who found us on Google.” When you walk into Island City Eyecare, the first thing you notice is that it doesn’t look or feel like an optometrist office. It has a welcoming atmosphere and stunning modern furniture. Shaffer explains, “We have distinguished our practice to make it non- sterile. We want it to be a place that is welcoming.” This ethos carries through into his management approach “I definitely have a flexible management approach. This helps in creating a warm inviting practice. We want to give five-star treatment in order to distinguish ourselves from a run of the mill sterile medical practice. Having a team vision, team work and caring team members allows us to treat our patients as a part of the family.”
The community has responded very well to the practice. Shaffer attributes this to the attitude of the staff. “We have a very open door, we treat people of all persuasions, low or high income, we don’t judge and try and welcome everyone.” He continues, “We are also involved with GLBX, GLCC and the Art Walks. We open our doors to everyone and continue to remain part of the community.” When asked about how he feels the community has changed, he laughs, “Well growing up in a conservative, small town atmosphere with a lack of acceptance, it has changed drastically for me. Living in South Florida, you see people who are more open to different persuasions and ethnicities. In the last 20 years, South Florida has become so much more open and accepting. It is more comfortable and easier to live your life open here. It is more enjoyable for everyone when there is less stress.” How does he feel attitudes have
changed towards gay people? “There is a positive change in attitudes in the general sense for sure. There are more gay groups within associations. As being gay has become accepted, there is more opportunity to be yourself. The pressure to stay in the closet for fear of judgement is definitely diminishing. Of course, there are changes in politics as well, with the repeal of DADT and the discussions on not defending DOMA.” When asked about the future, he is clear about the vision. “We are always trying to maintain a finger on the pulse of technology to provide the best quality eyecare. We are also now expanding into examining overall body health and wellness. There is more to eyecare than just seeing 20:20. General health affects the eyes as it affects the rest of the body. “We have recently obtained new technology to evaluate if your nutritional supplements are working. All your vitamins and nutraceuticals make up a billion dollar industry but, till now, no one really knows if they work. There is finally technology to measure that. The machine measures your antioxidant levels, the higher the antioxidant level the better. If your levels are low, you need to increase them.” Would he develop Island City Eyecare into a chain? “No, I would rather be the CEO of a small company than a large one. I would not want to expand to the point of losing that personal touch. I come from a small town and I like the family atmosphere we offer.” There is no question that Alan and his team are passionate about their patients Alan is clear to state that though he has practicing for 25 years, he “still loves it.” The final question for Shaffer causes him to pause. If he had an open check book what business would he go into? After much thought he says, “As I said, I love what I do. If I had an open check book, I would love to take care of my patients and not worry about the bills. I would help people who aren’t as able to help themselves.” H
Island City Eyecare is located at 2301 Wilton Drive, Suite C1, Wilton Manors, FL and appointments can be made by calling 954-764-6906. Walk-ins welcome!
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THE STYLE VOICE OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY
Travel | Dining | Style | Recipe | Fitness | Out In Florida | Statewide Bar Guide
WHAT’S INSIDE? n this week’s Style & Entertainment, Tim Slivinski revels in some good ol’ Southern cookin’ at Portia’s in Dining and Tom Bonanti teaches us how to be “Hardcore” when training those core muscles, crucial to any exercise program in Fitness. As International Leather Weekend approaches, Eric Christian offers us his top picks of pieces in that sumptuous edgy fabric that is leather in Style, and we also have Paul Rubio’s journey to the jewel of Miami Beach, the Fontainbleau Hotel in Travel. We also have your favorites, Out in Florida and our statewide Bar Guide. Enjoy! H – AV
FROM GOLDEN AGE TO MODERN DAY
The The Fabulous Fabulous Fontainebleau Fontainebleau Miami Miami Beach Beach
Travel PAGE PAGE20 20 THE BEST COMFORT FOOD COMES FROM THE SOUTH
Portia’s – True Southern Cookin’
Dining PAGE PAGE34 34 LEATHER, LEATHER AND MORE LEATHER Leather Lace Shorts from Leatherwerks • $120
CHECK OUT WHAT’S GOING ON IN OUR HOT STATEWIDE BAR GUIDE
Bar Guide PAGES PAGES23-27 23-27
HOW TO BE HARDCORE HOW TO BE HARDCORE
Creative Creative Core Core Training Training
Fitness PAGE PAGE31 31
Style PAGE PAGE22 22 Photos courtesy, angryfitnesstrainer.com, Leatherwerks, Fontainbleau Miami Beach, Stephen R. Lang, Portia’s
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The Fabulous Fontainebleau Miami Beach From Golden Age to Modern Day By PAUL RUBIO
Part Vegas. Part Miami. All fabulous. The recent re-launch of the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach has forever changed the landscape of Miami Beach. After a whopping billion dollars in upgrades and additions, the 22-acre, 1504room oceanfront mega hotel stands as a self-contained world of hotel indulgence, great shopping, exceptional dining, wild partying, and beachside relaxation and frivolity. Though the hotel’s reinvention has brought it back into the spotlight as one of Miami’s hottest hotels, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach has a long history of being Miami Beach’s “it” hotel. In fact, the mystique of Fontainebleau Miami Beach has hypnotized the world since the art deco movement reached its peak in the subtropics in the 1950s. Morris Lapidus’ masterpiece was seen as a paragon of fashion,
glamour, and evolving avant-garde, presenting a worldly style unknown to most parts of the United States in tandem with a fledgling progressive beach culture. The hotel became a magnet for Hollywood film stars and the backdrop of movies like “Scarface,” “The Bodyguard,” and “The Specialist.” The Fontainebleau became synonymous with Miami Beach. Thankfully, the majority of the Art Deco architecture and treasures that once defined the Fontainebleau Miami Beach remain with the post-millennium reinvention. They’ve just had a slight nip and tuck to look fresh and young and sparkle with a veneer like shine. In fact, right before reopening the hotel earned its place in the prestigious list of US National Register of Historic Places. Since then, it’s been all about keeping history in style while taking the Miami
Beach experience to yet another level. The hotel’s massive expansions are a size queen’s fantasy, with arcades of shops and world-renowned restaurants (including Gotham Steak by Michelinstar chef Alfred Portale, Scarpetta by Scott Conant, Michelin-starred Hakkasan from London, Blade Sushi and La Côte), big pimpin’ nightclubs, and several pool areas. And lest we forget Bleau Live, which has hosted headlining tours by the likes of Lady Gaga, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Miami’s own Pitbull and our LGBT favorite Ricky Martin. (Don’t miss Ricky live again Saturday Nov. 26 and do yourself a favor and make a weekend out of it!) With its uber-sexy lobby, super-hyped nightclub LIV, live music venue, restaurant juggernauts, and plethora of common spaces, the hotel reigns as the place
to see and be seen in Miami Beach. Indeed, it reinstates the fashion novelty that placed it on the map more than half a century ago and reminds us of a Golden Era glamour when Elvis Presley and the Rat Pack once performed at the hotel and partied like it was 1999 in their rooms. The legend of beautiful people, celebrities, fashionistas, and hipsters has generated a self-fulfilling prophecy, as stunning men and women from around the world come to the hotel to outshine one another and hence keep the Fontainebleau an upscale alternative to the South Beach scene. For the ultimate Miami Beach staycation or vacation, visit fontainebleau.com; 1-800-548-8886. H
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Leather, Leather, and More Leather By ERIC CHRISTIAN As Fall and soon to be Winter collections hit the stores this season, designers are definitely having a lot of fun with menswear and accessories. This season’s trend seems to be all about leather. From leather jackets, to leather boots, and daring leather accessories, it’s all about that sumptuous fabric that has an edge. Everyone using leather this season wants to make a statement, and so should you! So take a look at our top picks and invest in some new leather. Remember the feel, the smell and the style. Leather is timeless, classic and goes with everything. Everyone Loves a bad boy in leather! H
Dr Martens Steel Toe Boot • $125
Tribal Son Alligator Cuff • $350
Marc NY Hendrix Leather Belt • $60
Leather Trousers from Leatherwerks • $289.95
All Saints Biker Sleeveless • $195 Leather Hat from Leatherwerks • $80
Rick Owens Bangle • $80
FLORIDA BAR GUIDE
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 ATOMIC/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. 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? 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. LIVING ROOM 300 SW 1st Ave., Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale Arts & Entertainment District meets South Beach. Friday nights they’re here, they’re queer, and they drink free from 10:30(ish) to Midnight. Only House Music club in town with its own Classical (and classicallychiseled) violinist. 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.
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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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
VOODOO LOUNGE 111 SW 2nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale Gay and mixed every Sunday, with afternoon T-Dance and drink specials, then the popular Life’s a Drag show with gobs of female impersonators, hot dudes and the chicks who want to change them.
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.
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.
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.
MIAMI/MIAMI BEACH BAR 721 721 N Lincoln Lane, Miami Beach Plush, lush and flush, a luxe, sexy décor that includes soft carpeting, comfy couches and a Grown Up Playroom equipped with a flat screen TV for video games, pool table, ceiling-mounted speakers. Enjoy 5 to 10 p.m. happy hours including $6 premium drinks.
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.
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.
MONKEY BUSINESS 2740 N Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale Cozy neighborhood bar. Karaoke, drag shows, Patio Bar – and open at 9 a.m. daily.
CLUB SUGAR 2301 SW 32nd Ave., Miami Gay Latin scene, with Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Hip Hop and House music always playing.
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.
DISCOTEKKA 950 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Hot music, hot scene, hot bartenders, and hot patrons in the hot heart of Downtown Miami.
NAKED GRAPE 2163 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Relaxing, friendly, hip, unique – the alternative gathering place on Wilton Drive. Wine tastings and events. Tuesday and Wednesday Late Night In the Biz.
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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
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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. 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.
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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-Go-Go, 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!
KWEST 705 Duval St., Key West, FL Daily Happy Hour from 3 to 8 p.m., and a piano sing-a-long 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.
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.
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".
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.
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 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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STONEWALL SPIRIT OF PRIDE AWARDS The Stonewall National Library and Archives will honor Elaine Noble and Joel Burns with their Stonewall Heritage of Pride and Stonewall Spirit of Pride Awards at their Our Stars event on November 11. Library patrons will gather for a private reception with Noble and Burns. Stonewall will present the Stonewall Heritage of Pride Award to Elaine and the Stonewall Spirit of Pride Award to Joel at the reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, please visit www.stonewallnationalmuseum.org and click on the “Our Stars Tickets” link. H
GET AMPED! Join over 75 swimmers on Saturday, November 12 for the first-ever GET AMPED! South Florida 1.5-mile Swim, helping GLAAD to amplify the voice of the LGBT community. The swim will bring together residents, visitors and local businesses in support of equality. Check in at 7:30 a.m., starting gun goes off at 9 a.m. and the swim should be over at noon for a finish line celebration. The swim begins at Tower 11 (W Hotel) and ends at Tower 3 by the Swimming Hall of Fame on Fort Lauderdale Beach. For more information, www.glaad.org/getamped/florida. H
EQUALITY FLORIDA RECOGNIZES LOCAL HEROES Teri Williams and Michael Rajner will be receiving Equality Florida’s “Voices of Equality” Awards on November 13 at the Equality Florida Broward Gala. It will take place at the Museum of Art/Ft. Lauderdale, 1 E Las Olas Blvd. Tickets for this elegant cocktail reception are $125 and sponsorship opportunities begin at just $500. For more information, visit http://eqfl.org/miamigala/ or call Stratton Pollitzer at 954-682-6094. H
“OUR STARS” – GIFTS FROM CELEBRITIES On November 14, Stonewall National Library and Archives will open its firstof-its-kind and first-of-many celebrations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history and culture with the exhibition, “Our Stars – Gifts from Celebrities.” Personal photographs and artifacts from over 40 featured people including an autographed tennis racquet from Martina Navratilova. The reception for the opening exhibition will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the exhibition will run through December 31. Admission is free. H
POVERELLO THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE Women in Network (WIN) and Varsity Club are holding a Thanksgiving Food Drive benefitting The Poverello Center now through November 17. You can drop off your non-perishable canned food at The Pride Center at Equality Park (2040 N Dixie Highway), BankUnited (2723 N Dixie Highway, Wells Fargo (2525 N Dixie Highway), Starbucks (1015 NE 26 Street), Out of the Closet (2097 Wilton Drive or 1785 E Sunrise Blvd.), Pink Submarine (2041 Wilton Drive), American Pain Experts (6333 N Federal Highway), Fast Printz (3528 NE 12 Avenue) or Law GC (707 NE 3 Avenue, Suite 300). H
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Miami WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT LUNCHEON MDGLCC's popular Women's Empowerment Luncheon series continues at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave. in Coral Gables on November 10. Special guest speaker, Ms. Vicki Brail, LCSW, will be speaking on “Female Role Models for the 21st Century.” Registration is at 11:30 a.m., lunch runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. The cost of the luncheon is $40 for MDGLCC members, $50 for potential members with $10 of that being applied to the new MDGLCC membership. RSVP is required at 305-673-4440 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org CoSponsored by Aqua Foundation and National Center on Lesbian Rights. H
LISA VROMAN IN CONCERT Broadway’s Lisa Vroman, star of “Phantom of the Opera,” is an international recording artist with leading roles in “A Little Night Music,” “The Music Man” and “Les Miserables,” brings the thrills of Gershwin, Berlin, Porter, Lerner and Loewe, Andrew Lloyd Webber and more to Miami. Also featured: baritone Mark Aliapoulis, Paul Posnak and Anita Castiglione and organist Dan Sandlin. Appearing November 13 at St. Martha in the Shores, 9301 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami Shores. For more information, call 305 458-0111. H
MDGLCC NETWORKER SPOTLIGHT MIXER Enjoy a fun night of free bowling, pool table, games, and music to the tunes of DJ Vertigo. Drawing for great prizes. Free food and open bar. November 17 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Lucky Strike Lanes, 1691 Michigan Ave. in Miami Beach. Complimentary admission for MDGLCC members. $10 general admission. Limited to 250 people. RSVP at 305673-4440 or email@example.com. H
429INSPIRED MIAMI LAUNCH Join dot429 and Fiat 500 for the inaugural launch in Miami at Area 31 in The Epic Hotel (270 Biscayne Boulevard Way in Miami) on Tuesday, November 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This event will help launch the annual Art Basel. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door. For more information, visit dot429.com/events/429inspired-miamilaunch-by-fiat-500/rsvp H
LATIN SPICE FOOD FESTIVAL On December 10 at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road in Pinecrest. This is a one-of-a-kind festival celebrating all Latin cultures in one extraordinary setting. You can purchase a special ticket for a seat in the Banyan Bowl where Grammy Award Winning, Chino Nunez and his orchestra will perform an evening concert “In the Spirit of Salsa.” The concert will feature an hour of Salsa dancers and instruction, followed by a Mojito intermission and an hour-and-a-half of the hottest Salsa music on the planet. For more information, visit www.pinecrestgardens.org or call 305-669-6990. H
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The official after hours of Factory on Friday, November 11 from 2:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. at Ybor Resort and Spa, 1512 8th Avenue in Tampa. Presented by Travis Sdeler, Chhoy Sutimek and Besos Marketing Management. H
“Come Out with Pride,” Orlando’s annual gay pride celebration, has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 13. Other official pride events are being rescheduled, such as the Official Pride Brunch, around the new date. Disney is also back on board for a second shot. To make a donation to help cover the expenses of changing the date for “Come Out with Pride,” visit www.comeoutwithpride.com/donate.php. H
HIBERNATION WEEKEND Hibernation Weekend with The Backwoods Bears Club and guests at Sawmill Camping Resort, 21710 US Highway 98 in Dade City from November 11 through 14. Weekend includes Beer Busts ($10 for all the beer you can drink), entertainment by Phil Garris, Bull Ferguson and Paul Lloyd, Crazy Bear and live auctions (bring donated items for sale to the Courtyard by 5 p.m.), Nature Cost Humane Society (box is set up in Lucy’s for pet supplies and food donations), DJ Skittles, clothing-optional pool, dual image karaoke. Make your reservations now or visit on a day/evening pass! 352-583-0664. H
COSMOPOLITAN Cosmopolitan, a Square One Creative Event, will be held at The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E 7th Ave. in Tampa on Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19. The largest and most popular, awardwinning art event in Tampa: Square One’s 4th annual fall 2011 Creative and Performing Arts Showcase expands to two nights and will revolve around an international world theme. Friday, November 18 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.--Over 75 local artists on display with ten other participating venues. Saturday, November 19 – The Main Event with over 75 local artists on display and live performances from VYB Dance Company, Jeremy Gloff, The JamesLange Theory, On Carlton Row and more with a debut fashion show by Ricky Lindsay. From 7 p.m. to midnight. Proceeds of this event to help benefit Pediatric Cancer Fund (PCF). For more information, please visit www.squareoneflorida.com/cosmopolitan.html. H
THANKSGIVING “BARE AS YOU DARE” BLACK LIGHT BODY PAINT WEEKEND November 24 through 27 at Sawmill Camping Resort, 21710 U.S. Highway 98 in Dade City, FL. Spend Thanksgiving with “family” and then dance that turkey off with D.J. Skittles over the weekend. This is the last “Bare as You Dare” so don’t miss it. Make your cabin, RV or tent site reservations now by calling 352-5830664. Free Thursday or Sunday night with your paid weekend reservation. Day and evening passes also available. H
NINA FLOWERS – LIVE! Nina Flowers will be performing live at Georgie’s Alibi, 3100 3rd Ave. N in St. Petersburg on Friday, December 2, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Never a cover. H
MISS SUNSHINE STATE ALL AMERICAN GODDESS The Sunshine State All American Goddess and All American Goddess at Large contests will be on Monday, November 14 starting at 9 p.m. to be at the Parliament House (410 N Orange Blossom Trail in downtown Orlando). These are the official state preliminaries to the Miss All American Goddess and All American Goddess at Large contests. For contestant information, contact Derek at www.sunshinestateaag.com. Don’t forget the next pageant soon at the Parliament House: Miss Metropolitan Continental Plus and Elite – Monday, December 5, at 9 p.m. Official preliminary to Miss Continental Plus and Miss Continental Elite. For contestant information, contact Jim Demundo at 407-281-2820. H
GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESCUE OF MID-FLORIDA Rescue can take many forms, from a single individual trying to make a difference by saving one dog to a group of people working together for the common goal of saving many animals. GRRMF concentrates on Golden Retrievers. GRRMF is comprised solely of volunteers and is self-supporting, relying on fund raising and donations to support all rescue efforts including veterinary care. 100% of all donations are used for the rescue effort. GRRMF, Inc. is recognized by and affiliated with The Golden Retriever Club of America, Inc. For more information, contact the Intake Coordinator at 407-332-2840. H
BACK DOOR BUMBY Revolution Nightclub (375 S Bumby Ave in Downtown Orlando) along with GRINDR and MyFlexRadio presents: “Back Door Bumby: Enter Through the Back” every 3rd Thursday of the month. This is Orlando's premiere college night. No cover when you show your GRINDR or MyFlexRadio App. No cover ‘til 11 p.m. for those 21+ (18+ welcome) and no cover ‘til midnight with college or theme park ID. Free drinks 11 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Drinks specials throughout the night. Performances by Shantell D’Marco and Macaviti. DJ Joanie on the decks in the disco area and VJ J.B. Burgos in the Hydrate Video Bar. H
ORLANDO GAY PARENTS GROUP Social group for children of gay parents. Monthly outing to parks, zoos, and puppet shows. Geared toward children under 10 years old. For more information, call 407-420-9955 to receive newsletters and invitations to events.
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How to Be Hardcore! Creative Core Training By TOM BONANTI So you want to turn up the heat under your current fitness regime a few notches? What’s the first thing you should focus on? Should you start lifting mammoth weights to overload your muscle groups? Maybe sign up for yoga a couple of nights a week to increase flexibility? Perhaps you could start your day off with an hour of cardio on an empty stomach to jump start your fat loss program. With so many choices, where does a sane person start? Most fitness professionals have, for some time now, promoted developing core strength as a foundation for any fitness regime. If you have a strong trunk or torso, which is considered your core, you can simply go farther more safely and successfully with your fitness goals. Good core strength is also essential for such popular Florida past-times as swimming, tennis and biking. Core strength begins with your posture. Stand up straight and tall – keep your shoulders back, don’t slouch, pull your belly button into the spine and lower back. Ask your workout partner, trainer or massage therapist to evaluate your posture honestly to give you pointers. Improving poor posture is like starting a new habit. It takes time and practice and a sense of self-awareness, but you’ll catch on if you persevere. It’s crucial to develop core strength since the muscles of this area protect your spine and help prevent dreaded back injuries. By the way, back injuries and lower back pain are the main reason why people miss work and workouts! So, which are your core muscles? Your abdominals including your obliques (your sides), upper and lower back (deltoids and rhomboids), hips (gluteals, hip flexors, psoas), outer and inner thighs (abductors and adductors), hamstrings, the pectorals and triceps to some extent, and a whole host of deeper muscles you’ll never see, make up your core. Training your core should be an essential part of everyone’s program.
Just as maintaining good posture is vital for core strength, so too is maintaining good form when you are stretching or doing cardio and especially pumping iron. What good is it to be able to curl a 100 pound dumbbell if you rock back and forth and throw out your lower back? Review your form with each weight training exercise. Make sure you know which muscle groups you are training. Be careful not to rush, jerk or swing your weights. Significant core strength can be achieved simply by maintaining good form when you’re lifting weights. To focus on the core, start out simply by working out on a Swiss Ball. Exercising on an unstable surface can help develop strength and steadiness in several muscles of the core at once. For example, instead of doing overhead dumbbell presses seated on a bench, steady yourself on a Swiss ball and then perform the exercise. When performing dumbbell flies, situate yourself by lying across the ball and then do the exercise. There are tons of ways to work abdominals on a Swiss ball, crunches, reverse crunches, bent knee leg lifts, you name it! There are literally hundreds of ways to strengthen your core with one of these Swiss Balls. Just make sure that you get used to steadying yourself before you add heavy weights to your exercises. Now that I have introduced you to core training, you can download different exercises and regimes from the internet. With a little creativity and hard work, you, too can be hardcore! For more information on core strength, contact TrainerTomB@aol.com! H
Tom Bonanti, is a certified personal trainer and owner of Pump’n Inc gym at 1271 NE 9th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Email: TrainerTomB@aol.com Facebook: TrainerTomB. www.pumpnincgym.com
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The Best Comfort Food Comes from the South Portia’s – True Southern Cuisine By TIM SLIVINSKI Just for the record, I am not from the South, nor have I ever lived in the South. I have actually spent relatively little time in the South, other than South Florida, which we all know is not really the South anyway. However, in my years of dining—and there are many because I am old – I have come to have an appreciation and a palate for the many cuisines of the world and of our great, diverse nation. Therefore, I know for certain that some of the best comfort food in the world comes from our very own South. It’s not fussy; it’s not fancy. It’s just flavorful good food, especially when it’s made right. And the new kid (or should I say pig?) on the block, Portia’s, is doing it very, very right. Located just a block or so east of Andrews on the north side of Oakland Park Blvd., Portia’s is a comfortable, warm, friendly place that will have you feasting on wellmade comfort food and leaving satisfied. Walking in, there is a small dining room on the left with a larger dining area to the right. White tablecloths and linen napkins add a touch of class to the friendly vibe. On a recent rainy and windy night – just right for old-fashioned comfort food – we were shown to a corner booth and settled in to peruse the extensive menu offerings. In less than a minute, Bill, our most amiable and affable server, came to our table with cracklins, complimentary munchies, and enquired
about our drink preference. We chatted for a moment about this being our first visit and then ordered two glasses of Pinot Grigio. When Bill returned with our wine, he explained some details about the menu to us and offered some suggestions. This man knows his menu. We didn’t hesitate to place an order of Fried Green Tomatoes ($6.95) to feast on while we contemplated and discussed dinner decisions. When the appetizer arrived, it was clear they were freshly made in house. No, they weren’t perfectly round and even, and that’s all to the good. Freshly dipped in a great crunchy breading, they were crisp and tangy and not at all greasy. The accompanying dipping sauce was a mild horseradish sauce that had just the right amount of heat. We were out for a leisurely dinner, but they did not last long on the plate. I am a devotee of fried chicken, but I rarely order it because I hate to waste the calories on fried chicken that is sub-par. This night, I decided to throw caution to the wind and indulge. Portia’s offers its fried chicken entrée in either a two-piece dinner ($10.95) or a three-piece dinner ($13.95). Even better you can select any combination of pieces you desire: breasts, legs, thighs, or wings. I opted for the two-piece dinner of a breast and a thigh. The menu states (and Bill told us) to allow up to 20 minutes for the preparation.
Let me tell you, I would have waited twice that long once the entrée arrived and I tasted it. It is what Southern Fried Chicken should be. Crackly and crispy with secret spice batter on the outside that opens to reveal chicken that is juicy and moist. Decadently delicious. The chef brines the chicken for 24 hours, helping to create that moist juiciness so often lacking in poultry. From a long list of signature side dishes, I had selected Macaroni and Cheese (big surprise) and Collard Greens. Both sides were pleasing, with the collards having just enough smoky pork flavor and the mac and cheese just gloppy enough – that’s a compliment in my book – to be like mom’s. Fussy food? No, but so very delicious. My partner has a thing for chicken livers ($12.95), so when he saw them on the menu, I knew there would be no other choice for him. When his plate arrived, a heaping portion of fresh chicken livers that had been coated with a secret flour mixture arrived in all their crunchy glory. He proclaimed them tender and moist with just the right amount of crunch as they began to disappear from his plate. As his sides, he selected Pickled Beets, another of his favorites, and the Macaroni and Cheese. He relished the beets, saying they were just like he remembered at his grandma’s house when she cooked dinner. His portion was so generous that sever-
Portia’s 199 E Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park, FL 954-616-8197 al of the livers were going home with him as lunch the next day. Throughout our experience, Bill checked frequently to make sure everything tasted great—it did!—and to answer any questions we had as well as refill wine and water glasses. Portia’s menu has several entrees that are in my future. Chicken and Dumplings, Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf, Chicken Pot Pie, and Catfish with Hush Puppies all caught my eye. An appetizer—Potato Rolls with Cheese Dipping Sauce—will be on my table too. Two gentlemen near us were sharing it and raving about it. It looked very tasty. Great food at reasonable prices in a comfortable atmosphere with attentive, knowledgeable service—Portia’s has it all going on. If you like Southern food and have not let yourself indulge in the real thing in quite some time, then head to Portia’s. They do a heck of a job with true Southern cuisine. H
jean’s Steak kitchen Tartare Legend has it that the nomadic Tartar Tribe didn’t have time to cook their food and often ate on the move, so they tenderized their steaks under the saddles of their horses, thus giving the name to the culinary delicacy, “Steak Tartare”. The dish remains very popular in Europe and is synonymous with Parisian bistros. It is often served with onions, capers and seasonings usually incorporating fresh ground pepper, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce and a raw egg on top. When creating Steak Tartare, you must make sure the beef is high quality. It is important to buy the meat (whether it be beef tenderloin or fillet mignon) and eggs from reputable sources as you will be serving them raw. French food historians beleive that the dish became popular after World War II. Steak Tartare is now regarded as a gourmet dish and is best served with homemade fries. • 2 lbs Tenderloin • 1 egg yolk • 2 teaspoon mustard, use only real Dijon mustard • 1 teaspoon ketchup • 1 tablespoon onions, finely chopped • 1 tablespoon cornichons, finely chopped • 1 tablespoon capers, drained and chopped • A few drops of Tabasco sauce • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce • salt and pepper
In a bowl, mix the egg yolk, onions, capers, mustard, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, salt and pepper and beat lightly for a few seconds. Trim and grind the meat. Add the meat and mix lightly with a fork for a few seconds. Serve immediately. We served this in our restaurant in France with the raw egg on top, and the seasonings around the plate, but most of our patrons would ask us to mix it for them. Steak Tartare cannot be preserved more than 2 hours, even in a fridge. Serve with french fries or as a starter. You are the chef. Drink a Red wine such as Beaujolais, or a Crozes Hermitage with this dish… Bon appetit! H
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RENTALS / FTL NATURE LOVERS PARADISE! - FANTASTIC 1/1 Near Wilton Manors. Great backyard! Pets OK with approval. Satellite, garbage & water included. F/L/S $795/mo. Call (954)632-6662 ROYAL PARK - Near Wilton Manors 1BR/1.5BA, $825-$900/mo. 2BR/2BA, $950 - $1100/mo. Gated Security, Clubhouse, Pools, Gym, Sauna and Steam room. Pets OK. Cable/Water/Trash included. Call Naim Naqi, Broker/ SFG, Realtors (954)565.2025 SAILBOAT BEND 2/1 - Renovated 2/1 apt. in a beautiful complex. Spacious living area, granite counters, S/S appliances, tile throughout. CAC. Historic Sailboat Bend neighborhood. Asking $1100. Call Alex, Re/Max Preferred (954)683-4880.
SPACIOUS STUDIO, COTTAGE/ FT.LAUD/ NEAR WILTON MANORS - Private complex/parking, separate entrance, Garden/courtyard, Full kitchen/bath/walk-in closet, CAC, tile floors. Close to Beach/Bars/shopping. Reduced $650/mo. For Info call, NOON-8PM (954)522-8147 LAKERIDGE 1/1 GARDEN SETTING - Charming one bedroom apt in this well-maintained Lakeridge 5-plex. Tile floors, CAC, great location. Small pets OK with approval. Water and sewer included. Fabulous garden setting with sitting areas. Clean and ready now. $760/mo. Call Michael (954)540-3543 PRIVATE YARDS AND MINUTES TO WILTON MANORS Nice 1/1 in a newly renovated complex minutes from Wilton Manors. Private yard and entrance for each unit. Granite counters, newer appliance, tile flooring, W/D on premise. Asking $800. Call Alex, Re/Max Preferred (954)683-4880. HUGE ONE BEDROOM, LIKE NEW CONSTRUCTION Huge and newly renovated private 1/1 apt. with brand new S/S appliances, CAC, granite counters, tile flooring and giant bedroom, over-sized walk in closet. Great bathroom, party shower. Asking $900. Call Alex, Re/Max Preferred (954)683-4880 LIKE NEW CONSTRUCTION MASTERPIECE - This home has been renovated with such detail it is for the pickiest tenant. Stunning granite kitchen, tray ceilings, high end lighting, W/D in home, lots of parking, great part of South Middle River just blocks from Wilton Dr. Asking $1200. Call Alex, Re/Max Preferred (954)683-4880 GORGEOUS CUSTOM BUILT IN 2007 3/2.5 TOWNHOUSE 3 Bedroom 2.5 Bath town home w/ 2 car garage! Saturnia marble floors throughout, open gourmet kitchen, private fenced patio/yard. In Immaculate condition. Just minutes to Downtown/Las Olas, I95, Beaches, Shopping and more! Asking $2450 Call Alex, Re/Max Preferred (954) 683-4880 RIVERLAND-CLOSE TO DOWNTOWN - Efficiency, 1BD, and 2 BD large house w/ pool, new CAC, new kitchen, large family room, dining room & living room, laundry available, large screened porch & private backyard. Call Ed (954)632-6639 WILTON MANORS - EFFICIENCY on quiet cul-de-sac! Great location at 7th and Wilton Drive by the Shoppes of Wilton Manors! Tile floors, A/C, Screened Pool, Laundry on premise, off-street parking, ceiling fans! $625/mo. F/S UTILITIES INCLUDED! Call (954)563-4442 GORGEOUS 3/2.5 TOWNHOUSE - CUSTOM BUILT IN 2007 w/ 2 car garage! Saturnia marble floors throughout, open gourmet kitchen, private fenced patio/yard. In Immaculate condition. Just minutes to Downtown/Las Olas, I-95, Beaches, Shopping and more! Asking $2450 Call Alex, Re/Max Preferred (954)683-4880
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RENTALS / FTL FT. LAUDERDALE - 1/1-Tile, updated, super clean, small gay complex. laundry facilities, 731 NW 1st Ave, Available Nov 15th, $750.00 call Nick 954-805-1195 WILTON MANORS - 1/1- Very private, huge fenced in yard, tile, CAC, laundry facilities, great area, $795.00, 825 NE 16th Place, call Nick 954-805-1195 WILTON MANORS - 3/3.5 - 2 blks from the drive, 4 level townhouse, very European, all new high end, underground parking, 30’ ceilings, huge 2nd floor balcony, great for entertaining, avail now $1700, will work with you on move-in, 2748 NE 8th Avenue, call Nick 954-805-1195 FT LAUDERDALE - CONDO QUALITY 2BR/1BA - Walk in shower, Designer bath, Open Granite Kitchen, Smooth top range, D/W, Icemaker, very large unit, CAC. $1185/mo. 1yr Lease, F/S. Call (954) 448-9811 WILTON MANORS AREA - very nice 2/1, CAC & heat, tile floors, private patio & parking, W/D hook-ups, dishwasher, hurricane windows, gated entry. $975/mo. F/L/S Call (954)682-9428 ALIBI AREA FURNISHED EFFICIENCY APT. Efficiency with private entrance and parking, walk-in closet, ceiling fan, AC, kitchenette, laundry on site, electric and Direct TV included, NO SMOKING, NO PETS: $650/mo+sec. Call 954-682-9428
FURNISHED / RENTALS / FTL PERFECT RELOCATION RENTALS FROM $295/WEEK With 4 Week Minimum through December. Beautiful Studio, 1 & 2 BR Apts. Turn-key, fully furnished & equipped, clothing optional pool, laundry, parking. Close to Gay & Nude Beaches. Pets Welcome. Incl. utilities, cable, tel., Wi-Fi Internet. 954927-0090 or visit www.LibertySuites.com
SPIRITUALITY THE PARISH OF STS. FRANCIS & CLARE 101 NE 3rd Street - just North of Broward Blvd. and E of Andrews Ave. Mass Times: Sat @ 5 PM; Sun @ 10:30 AM; Wed @ 7 PM. Where we welcome and appreciate diversity - a progressive community in the Catholic tradition. (954)731-8173; www.stsfrancisandclare.org DIGNITY FT LAUDERDALE - Roman Catholic Mass every Sunday 7 PM at Holy Angels CC 2917 NE 6th Ave, Wilton Manors. Monthly socials and more. There is always room at our table. Dignityftl@bellsouth.net. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU… DIVINE MERCY CHAPEL - The American New Catholic Church 2749 N.E. 10th Ave., Wilton Manors, FL, 33334 (954)567-1930 Sunday Mass 10:30AM, Friday Holy Hour 7:00PM www.newdivinemercy.org CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRITSONG Welcomes you to come and worship with us every Sunday at 10 am and every Wednesday night at 8 pm. We meet at the SpiritSong Worship Center at 2040B North Dixie Highway Suite 3 in Wilton Manors (Building B on Equality Park Campus, behind the Pride Center). God loves you just the way He made you. Come discover His purpose for you. For more info: (954) 418-8372, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cohss.org.
UPHOLSTERY GOLD COAST UPHOLSTERY - Re-upholstering, Cushions, Throw pillows, Large selection of fabric to choose from or bring in your own fabric. Broward / Dade. Palm Beach. Call Edgar (954) 491-4937
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