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Greg Louganis Wants to Dance with the Stars: Olympic Diver Hopes Social Networking Can Break a Glass Ceiling By CLIFF DUNN
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MIAMI, FL - When ABC kicks off the fourteenth season of Dancing With the Stars, Olympic swimming champion Greg Louganis hopes to go for the gold as a member of the show’s dancing cast. Louganis, an Olympic gold medalist who competed in the 1976, 1984, and 1988 games, says the hit series has broken many conventions, with openly gay stars Lance Bass, Carson Cressley, and Louis Amstel appearing as contestants, and Chaz Bono breaking the transgender ceiling last season. The next, he says, should be to include an HIVpositive cast member. “I don’t mind being the sacrificial lamb,” Louganis joked. “There are so many important issues that relate to our community, I would like to use the show as a vehicle to draw attention to them.”
Louganis cites ongoing awareness of HIV/AIDS, and the national focus this year on anti-bullying campaigns that reach LGBT youths, as well as the suicides in recent months of LGBT teens. “These deaths are so tragic,” Louganis notes, “and we need to come together to fight bullying in every shape and form it takes.” Louganis attended the University of Miami from 1978 to 1981 on a diving scholarship. He competed in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, placing second in the tower event. In 1978, he won his first world title in the tower dive. He won two world diving titles in 1982, and in 1984, at the Los Angeles Olympics, Louganis won gold medals in the springboard and tower events. In 1988, Louganis tested positive for HIV. That year, competing in the Seoul
Olympics—where he repeated his doublegold medal win—Louganis hit his head on
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Naugle Endorses Santorum for President: “Only Have One Choice” Says Former Lauderdale Mayor Known for “Anti-Gay Toilet” Rhetoric By PHOEBE MOSES FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, campaigning on Sunday, Jan. 22 in Broward County, received the endorsement of former Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle. During a campaign stop in Coral Springs, the former six-term mayor introduced Santorum, saying that conservatives “really only have one choice.” Naugle’s remarks and endorsement came a day after Santorum, a former U.S. Senator
from Pennsylvania, placed third in the South Carolina GOP presidential primary. Santorum finished behind fellow GOP contenders Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.
Naugle, who was Fort Lauderdale’s longest-serving mayor, said of Santorum: “When you look at the candidate we're here to support today, his unwavering support for the unborn, his unwavering support for the Second Amendment. He's the only candidate left standing that has a position on repealing ‘Obamacare’ that makes any sense.” Although a life-long Democrat, Naugle endorsed numerous Republican candidates during his eighteen years as mayor. He also earned the criticism of LGBT rights activists for controversial positions he took as the city’s chief executive. ‘Naugle Endorses’ continues on Page 8
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80+ U.S. Mayors Come Out to Support Marriage Equality At Least Six Represent Florida Cities By BoB KecsKemety WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 80 mayors of U.S. cities in 25 states have formed a coalition to support marriage equality. The group, “Mayors for Freedom to Marry,” was formed last weekend at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in conjunction with the LGBT right group Freedom to Marry. The coalition is chaired by some of America’s most visible municipal chief executives: Mayor Michael Bloomberg
of New York City, Mayor Thomas Menino of Boston, Mayor Jerry Sanders of San Diego, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, and Mayor Annise Parker of Houston, who is openly gay. Mayors for Freedom to Marry have called for the repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and the ratification of the pro-marriage equality Respect of Marriage Act.
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Craig Lowe of Gainsville, FL (right) and Annise Parker of Houston, TX (lower left) are among the “Mayors for Freedom to Marry”. Both Lowe and Parker share the distinction of being the first known-gay Mayors of their regions.
In the signing statement, the founding mayors wrote: “We are a diverse group of mayors --from small cities in Indiana and Maine, to the four largest cities in America. Our cities are culturally, racially, and geographically diverse, but we share one important value: a common commitment to fairness. We invite our colleagues to join us in signing this statement as we advocate for the freedom to marry and build a nation where all loving couples who want to make the life-long commit-
ment can share in the joy and respect of marriage.” Among the mayors who signed the Mayors for Freedom to Marry statement, six are from Florida: Craig Lowe (Gainesville), Joy Cooper (Hallandale Beach), Craig Cates (Key West), Lori Moseley (Miramar), Frank Ortis (Pembroke Pines), and Jeri Muoio (West Palm Beach). No mayor of a major metropolitan area of Florida signed the statement, and none serves in a Miami-Dade County municipality.H
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‘Dance With Greg’ Continued from COVER the swimming pool springboard during the preliminary rounds while performing a reverse 2½ pike. He suffered a concussion but completed the preliminaries despite his injury, earning the gold medal. His comeback earned him the title of ABC's Wide World of Sports 1988 “Athlete of the Year.” Fans of the Olympian have set up a Facebook page, “We Want Greg Louganis on Dancing with the Stars,” and POZ magazine has likewise launched a campaign to encourage readers to contact the show and get Louganis to trip the light fantastic. The
gold medalist can also be followed on Twitter @greglouganis. “People can also contact the show’s official page and let the producers know they want to see me on the program,” Louganis said. “[Writer] Armistead Maupin suggested that if I’m selected for this season, I should dance with a male partner, which would be timely in light of marriage equality being so much in the national awareness this year.” Dancing With the Stars season 14 premieres on Monday, March 19 at 8 p.m. H
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Discrimination Proves a Good Teacher WORCESTER, MA – Gay parents “tend to be more motivated, more committed than heterosexual parents on average, because they chose to be parents,” says Abbie Goldberg, research psychologist at Clark University in Massachusetts, who studies gay and lesbian parenting. According to Goldberg, gays and lesbians rarely become parents by accident, compared with an almost 50 percent accidental pregnancy rate among heterosexuals. “That translates to greater commitment on average and more involvement,” added Goldberg.
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By BoB KecsKemety According to Live Science, research indicates that while kids of gay parents show few differences in achievement, mental health, social functioning, and other measures, these kids may have the advantage of open-mindedness, tolerance, and role models for equitable relationships. Gays and lesbians are also more likely to provide homes for difficult-to-place children in the foster system. Research suggests that gays and lesbians are more likely than heterosexuals to adopt older, specialneeds, and minority children. Preference may partly account for that, and may partly be founded upon discrimination by adoption agencies that put more difficult children with “less desirable”—in the opinion of caseworkers-parents. Furthermore, the research has shown that the kids of same-sex couples--both adopted and biological kids--fare no worse than the kids of straight couples in terms of mental health, social functioning, school performance, and a variety of other lifesuccess measures. H
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In 2007, Naugle said that the city needed spite of Naugle’s fierce opposition, Fort to purchase single-occupancy public toilets Lauderdale city commissioners approved in Fort Lauderdale’s Holiday Park in order to the library’s occupation of a city-owned “reduce homosexual sex in bathrooms.” The mayor first claimed that his orders to city police to arrest gay men accused of having sex in the park’s restrooms was intended to protect the city’s children, but he later said his purpose was to reduce the risk of HIV transmission. Fort Lauderdale Police reported four incidents of male sex acts in public restrooms during the period Former City Commissioner Anthony Niedwicki and his partner between November 2005 Waymon at a “Flush Naugle” Campaign Event in 2008. and November 2007. Naugle said at the time: “We don't have men and women having sex building. That summer, the Broward together in bathrooms--at least we don't Tourism Development Council expelled have reports of that. It's men having sex Naugle because of his positions concerning with men, and I feel it's necessary for an LGBT rights. Naugle’s support for the Boy Scouts of elected official to tell it like it is. I don't America’s ban on gay troop leaders subscribe to political correctness.” In 2007, Naugle opposed the Stonewall prompted the nine members of the Broward Library & Archives, citing pornographic County Commission to unanimously sign a materials among the library’s collections. letter that called the county “safe, unbiased Stonewall Executive Director Jack Rutland and gay friendly.” After his public battles over gay rights, countered that the three titles the mayor found objectionable were contained among Naugle explained his choice of verbiage to the library's non-circulating archive of describe LGBT issues: “I use the word 7000 titles, which were maintained for homosexual. Most of them aren't gay; historical and research purposes only. In they're unhappy.” H
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Popular Conservative Radio Pundits Imply that “Gays Who Control Hollywood” are Pedophiles HOLLYWOOD, CA – According to Media Matters, a recent broadcast of Clear Channel radio’s “The John and Ken Show” included a discussion of the 69th Golden Globes Awards with news contributor Shannon Farren. The show which is widely known to focus on antiimmigration advocacy found itself commenting on the “emaciated” appearance of several actresses. Then host John Kobylt told Farren and fellow host Ken Chiampou that “gay guys control [...] the whole Hollywood look,” and that because “gays like bodies that remind them of 14-year-old boys,” and so actresses have to look like “14-yearold-boy stick-figures.” Excerpted from The John and Ken Show: FARREN: I don't watch [awards shows] because every time I do, I just want to feed them a burger, every actress I see. I just want to feed them, they look so emaciated. KOBYLT: I know they look so--that’s not attractive. CHIAMPOU: But that’s the game though. They have to be more emaciated than the other famous actress. FARREN: Yeah, and this is the time of year. KOBYLT: That's right. And it's becauseCHIAMPOU: They get jealous and see photos of someone thinner than them. KOBYLT: Gay guys control the fashion industry and the casting industry and the whole Hollywood look. And gays like bodies that remind them of a 14-year-old boy. Guys like curves. Guys like curves. Absolutely. Positively. It’s biological, because a woman with curves looks like she can bear your children successfully, and that's biologically what a man is looking for. So, sexually a guy is much more turned on by a woman with curves than these 14-year-old boy stick figures. And that’s how I know for sure, I don’t need to do any research or any proof that it’s gay guys who control the entire casting industry. H
“Survivor” Host says Gay Republican will be the New “Villain” CHICAGO, IL – According to “Entertainment Weekly,” the upcoming season of “Survivor: One World” will include a gay contestant. PHOTO: CBS.COM
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Gay Marriage Nears Veto-Proof Support in New Jersey TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Democrats say they are within striking distance of securing enough support to override a veto by Governor Chris Christie of same-sex marriage legislation if chooses not to support it. The Wall Street Journal reports that state Senator Raymond Lesniak, one of the bill’s sponsors, estimates the chamber has between 24 and 27 supporters for legislation allowing same-sex marriage. It takes 27 votes in the 40member state senate to override the governor’s veto. A new Quinnipiac University poll released Jan.19 found that 52 percent of New Jersey voters favor gay marriage, the first time approval has topped 50 percent in the poll’s history. Support varies by party affiliation: majorities of Democratic (62 percent) and independent voters (54 percent) are in favor, while only 35 percent of Republicans approve, according to the poll. In 2003, New Jersey became one of the first states to authorize civil unions for same-sex couples. The bill now under consideration would allow couples with a civil union to “immediately” get a marriage license if they seek one. H
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Rights versus Privileges Next week, Florida Republicans will decide which candidate will oppose President Obama in November. For voters both gay and straight, marriage equality will be a defining issue of this, the “Teens” decade of the 21st Century. There are men and women of goodwill, faith-espousing and secular, who will passionately disagree over this divisive topic, and they will express their divisions in the age-old ritual of democracy by voting their consciences, among other things. As of this writing, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Illinois, Washington State, and Washington, D.C. have created legal unions for same-sex couples that offer varying rights and responsibilities of marriage. New Jersey has also created legal unions--not quite marriages, but offering all the rights and responsibilities of marriage to same-sex couples. Gov. Chris Christie said this week that he will veto marriage equality legislation, but one miracle at a time. At present, Maryland recognizes same-sex marriages originating in other states and jurisdictions, while not allowing such marriages to be held within its own borders. The novel laws of New Mexico do not specifically allow nor prohibit same-sex marriages or other types of same-sex unions--perhaps a subconscious legislative nod to the region’s history of Native American three-spirited-persons. Florida, of course, enjoys the tax base of one of the largest and most prosperous permanent LGBT communities in the world. Our governor, who describes himself as “an across-the-board conservative” (“I am pro-life and support traditional marriage,” sayeth Rick
Dear Editor: Regarding your report covering Broward County’s hate crimes numbers for the last reported year (“Broward County Sheriff on Hate Crimes: ‘We Don’t Want to Be Number One’”), during the Matthew Shepard trial, Chastity Pasley and Kristen Price (the respective girlfriends of killers Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson at the time of the event) testified that Henderson and McKinney both plotted beforehand to rob a gay man. That's what sealed the fates of those murderers even before any hate crime legislation had been enacted. Hate crimes legislation is intended to bring awareness to people and declare that the United States does not tolerate socially-targeted hateful acts. It proves the point that some crimes are perpetrated out of hatred for any given social class and that we, as a society of civilized people find these crimes to be particularly offensive. Unfortunately, some people don't completely get it. They believe that the point of hate crimes legislation and reporting is to
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Scott) enjoys the benefits of that tax base, while denying its source the full benefits of citizenship (“We need to protect our values as well as our tax dollars.”). Legally, marriage is no more a “right” than being issued a driver’s license. But even Ron Paul acknowledges that “everybody is an individual person, and everybody has the same
the fundamental sense of fairness that exists in all people, regardless of where you fall on the issue. If the phrase “all men are created equal” is to be taken in the spirit that our fellow citizens among the Strict Constructionist set would have us believe, then should not all the rights and privileges of citizenship accrue to “all men
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rights as anyone else. The government has no business in your private life, you know, so if one person is allowed to do something so should everyone else.” Demographics are destiny. I think it is reasonable to assume that the trajectory of marriage equality will follow that of gays serving openly in the armed services. When Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee, “No matter how I look at the issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens,” he was making a case based upon issue that "extra punishment" for the perpetrators. Obviously, prosecuting attorneys have come to see the classification as a tricky bonus round in the game we call justice. The Broward Sheriff's Office seems to ascribe to that latter definition. I'm sure this belief is popular in Tallahassee as well. It would be quite convenient for Florida's Republican legislature and the taser-happy cops of North Florida to think of hate crimes reporting as something that's sort of pointless and excessive. I don't mean to imply that BSO doesn’t take hate crimes seriously and is concerned. But at the same time, there is evidence that BSO still might need some improvement in this department when compared to their peers. In a report issued by the Florida Attorney General's office in 2008, only 4 hate crimes were officially reported by the Broward Sheriff's Office. However, 25 hate crimes were reported by city police within Broward County. These numbers may be getting better—maybe—but there is still room for improvement.
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National Association of Realtors Goes After GayRealtor.com WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Realtors has filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization over the domain name “GayRealtor.com.” The domain name is owned by gay real estate agent Jeff Hammerberg, who runs the web site GayRealEstate.com which helps
connect home buyers and sellers with gay real estate agents. According to Domain Name Wire, GayRealtor.com appears to be a general lead site for Hammerberg as well as linking to his main GayRealEstate.com web site. In the U.S., a Realtor—the word is capitalized--is a real estate professional, usually a broker or salesperson, who is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR); only members of NAR are legitimately entitled to call themselves “Realtors.” Hammerberg told Domain Name Wire that there’s been an ongoing dispute between NAR and him concerning the domain for over five years. H
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Pride Pharmacy & Midland Medical Together for Your Good Health By BoB KecsKemety Pride Pharmacy and Midland Medical in Fort Lauderdale pride themselves on providing a one-stop location dedicated to your good health. Midland Medical specializes in men’s health, including diagnostics with onsite labs, and HIV specialties, in addition to being AAHIVM-certified. Pride Pharmacy is a specialty pharmacy that also provides free delivery to its customers. Co-owners Greg West and Steven Levin hope local residents will find all the medical services they need under one, convenient roof at 2701 E Oakland Park Boulevard, sharing the same strip mall as Lips Cabaret. West is a co-owner, but he does more than just sit behind a desk. He also helps out in the pharmacy and works as patient liaison and advocate. “If anybody has a problem,” West said, “they come to me and I try to straighten out their problems.” West also has been known to deliver prescriptions to customers. West noted that Pride Pharmacy is not 100% gay-owned and operated: there is a mix of gay and straight principals. “But with a name like ‘Pride Pharmacy’, we would have to be very gay-friendly,” he added. The price of prescription drugs is always of concern to customer, and West says that he and staff are sensitive to economic reali-
ties, and make every effort to keep prices for prescription medications as low as possible. “We’re here to help the community,” said West. “We are very much aware of other pharmacies’ prices on meds, and are very competitively priced. You won’t find medications priced higher here, and we will try everything we can to be less.” West said that Pride Pharmacy uses copay cards to cover a patient’s co-pay drug expenses. This could save customers potentially hundreds of dollars a month. Some save as much as four or five hundred dollars monthly. West explained that by not being a chain pharmacy, they have the flexibility to adjust without corporate oversight from hundreds of miles away. Through the door in the waiting area of Pride Medical is Midland Medical, a state-ofthe-art medical clinic with the ability to serve most patients’ examination needs. Midland is a one-stop clinic for diagnostic, medical, lab, and chiropractic services, as well as immunizations, prosthetics, boosters, Botox, and much more. “The one thing I really love about Midland Medical,” said West, “is the personalized service. The doctors actually know your name.” West explained that Midland is not an assembly line doctor’s office. Patients will
experience a different approach to their medical needs. “This is not the sort of practice where you take a number, have a seat, be directed to the first room, and spend five minutes with a nurse, be directed to a second room, wait another ten minutes with a nurse, then be directed to the third room where you actually see a doctor for about two minutes.” “We are compassionate with our patients,” said Anetha Jones, the practice’s head medical assistant. “We personally sit down and consult with our patients. Sometimes we feed them, or bring them food, whatever it takes to make our patients happy and healthy.” At Midland, West said, patients are seen by a doctor in a straightforward manner, and given their diagnosis “in plain English, not ‘doctor-eze,’ so the patient understands what the doctor is saying without a lot of medical jargon,” West added. Trudy Zengler, Midland’s office manager, said that Midland is the most caring medical facility she has ever seen. “Everybody here really cares about the patients. The
patients are family,” she said. “I think we put forth the effort to make sure our patients are taken care of and provide the best care we can.” Zengler has firsthand knowledge of Midland’s care and practices from an outsider’s perspective. Prior to her employment, she owned a medical billing company, which gave her the opportunity to interface with the operations of many medical facilities, and Midland was a client of Zengler’s company. That changed in 2009 when Zengler was hired to work at Midland. Zengler and the rest of the staff are well acquainted with West’s mantra about customer service. “Customer service is our top priority at both Pride Pharmacy and Midland Medical,” said West. “We are not your typical pharmacy. We are not your typical doctor’s office. We also have a very high ratio of keeping people healthy and out of the hospital.” West explained that recently he spent four hours helping a patient navigate his way through some insurance-related matters. The patient was talked out of his previous insurance plan by the insurance company’s representative. But his new insurance plan didn’t cover the cost of medication. The patient’s medicine bill was close to $3,000 a month. “He couldn’t afford that. Who can?” sympathized West. “It took about four hours, but we got him back on his original insurance policy. We go out of our way to help people.” Pride Pharmacy has been open for three years, and has Monday through Saturday business hours. Midland Medical has been in operation for almost six years, and is currently open from Tuesday through Saturday. H
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The Big Tent GOP Mormons Latinos & Gays - Oh My! By NICK STONE
If you believe in equality under the law, it might surprise you when I say that a Mormon Republican is our best bet for president in 2012. Take a deep breath and keep reading. Let me start by saying that Republican candidates want gay votes. They just don’t think they are going to get them. In Republican
circles, it can be an uphill battle to get candidates to campaign in gay and minority areas. On the surface, it might seem that they don’t want your vote, but that’s simply untrue. There was a time when the Republican Party was outwardly hostile toward gays. This isn’t 2004, and George W. Bush isn’t president. Countless examples exist PHOTO: AP of the Democratic Party’s history of discrimination and repression, but I’ll forego that lesson for now. Just know that today’s Republican Party would truly surprise you if you gave it a second look. It’s often said that demographics are the future of partisan politics. Growing numbers of Latinos, blacks, and gays Mitt Romney: Gay-Friendlier Than You Might Have Imagined. are supposed to wipe out
the Republican majority forever. But what these pundits don’t count on is the core of the Republican coalition. They don’t know that today’s Republican Party is flooded with the ranks of two groups: young people with an intense Libertarian streak (and lots of gay friends with fabulous weddings to attend), and former Democrats who have been turned-off by their party’s Obama-Pelosi wing of big, intrusive government. You know these as the Tea Party. In New Hampshire several weeks ago, GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney was asked, “When was the last time you stood up for gay rights?” The moderator repeated Romney’s own words, “I think the gay community needs more support from the Republican Party, and I would be a voice in the Republican Party to foster anti-discrimination efforts.” Romney did not back down from his pledge. He said, “If people are looking for someone who will discriminate against gays, or will in any way try and suggest that people that have different sexual orientation in this country don’t have full rights, they won’t find that in me.” When was the last time he spoke out for gay rights? “Right now,” he proclaimed among
Republican challengers in a Republican audience. That Republican audience’s reaction: thunderous applause. Gays are not one-issue voters. Many of us own businesses: we don’t want them killed by over-regulation. Many of us have children: we don’t want to leave them with a mountain of debt. All of us pay taxes: we don’t want them drown our family budgets. Many of us still vote Democrat, because that’s what gays are supposed to do. South Florida LGBT voters led the way in 2010, swinging a full third of our votes to Republicans. With Mitt Romney at the top of the GOP ticket, I’m confident that this November will pave the way for a brand new Republican coalition that stands for liberty for all. If LGBT voters are willing to look forward, that will be the legacy of today’s Republican Party. If you want to see real progress, take a chance on a Mormon Republican who has an open mind. Or, you can support a Democrat who takes your vote for granted. H
Nick Stone is Vice President of the Broward County Young Republicans. You can read more of his work at DrawnLines.com
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The Gay Person’s Politician By AJ CROSS
In the midst of all the current political rhetoric, it can be difficult to identify the best candidates in terms of the issues relevant to the LGBT community, along with identifying the true supporters of same. I personally think it is important to make a voting decision based upon a broader spectrum of issues than a candidate’s position on gay issues, but the trend today is to ask “what will you do for me?” before asking “what will you do for us/everyone?” Since Hillary Rodham Clinton’s eloquent speech about gay rights last year before the U.N. High Commission on Human Rights, a leading issue at every level of elections, federal and state through county and local, is LGBT rights. Our own Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida’s 20th Congressional District, who also chairs the Democratic National Committee, has taken an aggressive stand against
any politician seeking to suppress gay rights. That aside, who is the right person for whom you should cast your vote? Should you vote solely based on that candidate’s positions on gay marriage, or domestic partnerships, or gay adoption? What if the Democratic candidate supports everything in the “gay agenda,” but wants to increase taxes? What if the candidate marches in Pride parades in full-blown drag, but has no interest in healthcare reform? While acknowledging the importance of the continuing fight for equality, intelligent adults need to understand our candidates’ positions, and research not only what they say
they will do, but also what they have done in the past, and how they conduct themselves as people. I don’t believe that it is possible for a person to truly separate who they are in their personal life from who they will be in their political life. Knowing about a person’s life can help identify certain attributes that they will likely bring to bear in elected office. In Fort Lauderdale, the non-partisan mayoral race includes Jack Seiler and
Earl Rynerson. Members of the LGBT community may recognize the fact that Rynerson is a gay man, but does that guarantee he will be the gay person’s politician? First as mayor of Wilton Manors, and now as Fort Lauderdale’s incumbent mayor, Seiler
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twice advocated and passed domestic partnership ordinances. I remember the day he looked me in the eye and said, “A.J., I am fully committed to making this happen, and I will.” He was true to his word. Does this make him the gay person’s politician? My feeling is that politicians are destined to act “politically.” Considerations of political survival and decisions that seem illogical or simply wrong are par for the course. The question we have to ask is how genuine are a candidate’s aspirations and political promises? Will he or she be brave enough to stand behind their convictions when it matters? There will never be a perfect president, governor, or mayor, but there will be those who bring integrity, good intentions, and a true understanding of our needs to their offices. There never has been and never will be a “gay person’s politician.” There are simply politicians. It was Seiler who said that “good public policy always makes for good politics, but good politics seldom makes for good public policy.” H AJ Cross is a social writer and regular contributor to Florida Agenda. He can be reached at CrossEyed@jumponmarkslist.com.
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THE VOICE OF STYLE FOR THE LGBT COMMUNITY
Cinema | Fitness | Nutrition | Travel | Dining | Bar Guide | Recipe | Classifieds
WHAT’S INSIDE? SIAMESE, IF YOU PLEASE
Paul Rubio gives us a person-
al look at one of the hottest
Richard Hack takes a new look at an old favorite:
spots South of the Border: the Mayan Riviera, home to golf classics and gay marriage; see it up close in Travel. Dr. Arlen Leight premieres his new bi (-weekly) column, focusing on the joys and the issues common to LGBT relationships; ruminate within
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Reflections. It turns out that Richard Hack is more than a bestselling author and journalist: he’s a gourmand, too, with a finelyhoned set of taste buds that he’s taken to Fort Lauderdale
GOING SOUTH OF THE BORDER
LET THERE BE LEIGHT!
with our resident traveler Paul Rubio
Dr. Arlen Leight’s new column premieres
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for an oriental odyssey at Las Olas Boulevard’s Wild East Asian Bistro. We also take a look at some of the Fort Lauderdale
world-renowned guest houses, popular with vacationers and locals alike. And a delicious restaurant staple is featured in a new Recipe from
Jean Doherty dishes a carrot classic
Chef Jean of Le Patio. Stay seated, it promises to be a wild ride.
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Mayakoba: Mayan Majesty By PAUL RUBIo
Rising above the caricature of media punching bag, Mexico is finally regaining its stature as a truly majestic nation, eager to welcome tourists south of the border. And thanks to some recent laws and court rulings, today’s Mexico holds very special interest for LGBT tourists. After Mexico City legalized gay marriage in 2009, Mexico’s Supreme Court gave “two snaps”--in Z formation--to the Mexico’s 31 other states a year later, mandating legal recognition of same-sex matrimony. Now more than ever, LGBT travelers are heading south to explore a land of astounding archaeology, diverse cultures, and luxury hotels, and show their support for a country with a progressive stance on LGBT issues. One of the best things about modern Mexico is that it’s filled with topnotch luxury enclaves that easily rival the Caribbean’s most treasured islands. Case in point: Mayakoba, along the Yucatan Peninsula’s “Mayan Riviera.” Located five miles north of Playa del Carmen, Mayakoba doubles as a private community and ecological reserve, housing three upscale hotels, residences, and plenty of
biodiversity across 1,600 acres. Flanked by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean to the east and thriving mangrove colonies to the west, Mayakoba’s super ”green” hotels are built around complex labyrinthine waterways that connect the Yucatan’s underground sinkholes and the deep blue sea. The opening of the first resort on premises in 2006, the gay-friendly Fairmont Mayakoba, ushered in a new era of luxury tourism for Mexico’s Mayan Riviera. The resort’s wide range of room product, from comfortable classic “Fairmont-view” rooms in the principal towers to colossal, oceanfront and lagoonfront casita suites, present options for both couples and families to revel in the beauty and amenities of this environmental paradise. Most notably, the outcropping of 34 romance-oriented suites along the resort’s eastern perimeter underscores the global “hotel-within-ahotel” trend, offering a more private experience while having the resort’s full offerings at hand. Although it’s hard to escape the indulgences of these elegantly understated suites-like the 24-hour butler service, pri-
vate plunge pools, sprawling al fresco terraces, and glass-heavy, jaw-dropping mega-bathrooms--the chic common pools, cabana-ready beachfront, and ecological boat tours are not to be missed. Moreover, you’ll want to peruse the greater resort to sample the cuisine at its four fabulous farmto-table restaurants: the authentic Mexican eatery La Laguna Grill and Bar, the award-winning Las Brisas, the sushi-and-cocktails-driven Lobby Lounge, and the fine dining steakhouse, El Puerto. Savvy travelers should opt for the new “Appetite for Luxury” package, which includes all food and beverage on property, excepting El Puerto. This arrangement prevents any guilt (caloric, financial, or otherwise) associated with enjoying that third tamarind margarita, a second bowl of fresh ceviche, and an order of lobster summer rolls, either on the beach or at the swim-up bar (between meals of course). To feed those urges for self-pampering, the 20,000 square foot Willow Stream Spa is a veritable spa-topia, best appreciated in the
couple's treetops suite, followed by lengthy soaks in the mineral pool, and capped off by a cocktail around the adults-only infinity pool. Golf enthusiasts delight in the 18-hole Greg Norman-designed “El Camaleón,” best known for the annual PGA Mayakoba Golf Classic at the Fairmont. Nature buffs will want to rise early for the morning bird-watching tour. More than just providing love nests for couples, the Fairmont Mayakoba welcomes alternative families. In line with its kid-centric ethos, the hotel shows as much love for kids as it does for the grown-ups. Each day, kids 4-12 years old get three complimentary hours of fun-filled activity at the dynamic Discovery Club & Adventure Camp. From toddlers to teens, they can make new friends at the four family pools, including one with a water slide. The hotel also generously comps kids up to 5 years old during family meals.H
To learn more about Mayakoba, Mexico, visit: fairmont.com/mayakoba
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Leight Reflections: Hopeless-Romantic-Revolving-Door-Syndrome By ARLeN LeIGHt, PHD
The short-lived relationship was rocky at best. You initially thought this man was really for you. Thinking about him made you feel whole, happy, and hopeful. He showed great interest in being with you. He had some great qualities, but right from the start you knew there were some “issues.” Being the eternal optimist, you figured you’d work at it in hopes of true love, romance, and relationship. You almost immediately felt a total emotional commitment. You found yourself thinking about him often--maybe obsessively--and projecting a life together way into the future. When the problems became greater than the “relationship” satisfaction, it ended with a feeling of relief mixed with disappointment. But now it is time to move on, and before you can blink an eye, someone appears with great qualities and, well, some “issues.” Despite these, why not see if this new man is “The One?” So you
wholeheartedly invest again, only to find weeks or months later you are ready to jump ship--again. Within days of its ending, another “true love” comes along. This pattern of obsessive-compulsive behavior is complex and multidimensional. The likelihood is that you often feel empty and lonely if you aren’t subject to the attention and “love” of a potential partner. The pain of each break-up is avoided by emersion into the next “relationship.” At its cause, you may have been subjected to childhood emotional neglect and/or abuse. By ignoring red flags or lacking the filters necessary to make wise choices, you are essentially “asking for” a repetition of that childhood abuse, neglect, and/or emotional pain. Unconsciously, you are repeating the “family-of-origin” pattern, which is both familiar and, ironically, comfortable compared with the prospect of true intimacy. The repetitive dating pattern is an unconscious attempt to heal the wounds of childhood, believing that any friendly interest shown upon meeting is an indication that this new person will fully love you. It is this initial apparent interest that is so alluring, bypassing your rational mind, which might otherwise realize the prospective partner is not really a good match. The limerance (the initial excitement phase of a relationship) provides a dopamine (brain chemical) response that creates a high which has the potential to be very addicting, and covers up any feelings of loss or grief associated with the last “relationship” or childhood pain. Despite the near-desperation to be in a relationship, the pattern actually sets you up for future loneliness--the very feeling you are trying to avoid.
To remedy the behavior pattern, you need to take some major, often painful, steps. These include, but are not necessarily limited to: 1. Finding a therapist who is not invested in your desire to be in a relationship. 2. Taking time off from dating to be by yourself. Feel the pain of loneliness if that comes up. Be with the anxiety. Time and your therapist will help you process these feelings and understand them--and yourself--better. 3. Working on feeling good about you. Fulfillment does not require partnership, and, indeed, to be a good partner you need to feel and be complete by yourself. Self love and acceptance are critical ingredients to bring into intimate relationships. 4. After a sufficient period of time, entering the dating world slowly. Don’t jump into a relationship with the first potential partner who shows you some interest. Have in mind what is important to you in a partner, and do not sacrifice Self at the altar of relationship. 5. Experiencing dating without “relationship” in mind. Don’t limit yourself to one person. Allow yourself to experience all different kinds of people. Have fun and take your
time. Interest from others should not be confused with love. 6. If you are going to date someone more than a few times, be sure they are emotionally, intellectually, and sexually available and compatible. Learn to say “no” if there are red flags, if the person is not right for you, or if you find you are giving up parts of you for the sake of a potential partner. The revolving door of hopeless romanticism keeps you going in circles, never realizing your desire for true intimacy. Get some help and start moving in the direction of your dreams. H.
Arlen Keith Leight, PhD is a Licensed Psychotherapist and Board Certified Sex Therapist in private practice on the drive in Wilton Manors. Dr. Leight has written and lectured extensively on the topic of gay male intimacy, dating, human connections and relationships, and has been on the faculty of several universities. He can be reached via email at DoctorLeight@aol.com, by phone at 954-768-8000, or online at www.DoctorLeight.com. Watch for his new book, “Sex Happens: The Gay Man’s Guide to Creative Intimacy,” due out this summer
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SNOW WHITE TRASH The world premiere of “Snow White Trash” runs January 7 through January 28, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive. Don't miss this hilariously naughty romp. After escaping death at the hands of the Evil Queen, Snow White arrives in a strange land surrounded by “the Dwarfs” -- a sexy redneck family who have secretly arranged Snow’s marriage to the incredibly hunky (and very gay) Prince. Will Prince convince himself that he likes girls long enough to marry Snow and inherit the kingdom? Will Snow White’s new friends be able to save her from the Evil Queen? How will Snow White react to mullets, leather, porn and “Magnum P.I.”? Tickets: $25. Purchase tickets online at www.infinite-abyss.com or call 954-678-1496.
JERSEY BOYS 2006 Tony Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, The Four Season: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history, January 11 through 29 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets call 954-6267814.
WINTER HEAT FLORIDA 2012 “Feel the Heat,” Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 16-20, 2012. This year’s host hotel is the Bahia Mar Resort. (Events and venues subject to change). Thursday, February 16 - 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., “The Big Chill,” George's Alibi, 2266 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. Come kick it with Ft. Lauderdale’s grown and sexy crowd and enjoy $3 Long Island Iced Teas. - 2 a.m. – 4 a.m., “The Cold Front,” Torpedo Bar, 2829 W. Broward Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale. Heat things up on the dance floor while the deejay spins the hottest Hip-Hop and R&B hits. Friday, February 17 - 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., “The Ice Breaker,” Grand Mariner Lounge at The Bahia Mar Hotel. Mix and mingle at the Welcome Reception with the men of Winter Heat 2012. - 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Winter Heat Film Festival, Seafarer Room at The Bahia Mar Hotel. Check out original films from up and coming film makers. - 10 p.m. – 4 a.m., “The Fire Storm,” Green Room, 100 SW 3 Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale. Winter has never been this hot! Join the sexiest men in South Florida at the coolest spot in town. Saturday, February 18 - 9 a.m. - 10 a.m., “Sweat on the Beach,” Fort Lauderdale Beach Start the day off right with aerobics on the beach. - 3 p.m. – Sunset, “Heat Waves” Fort
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Fort Lauderdale Lauderdale Beach Chill out on the beach and have some fun in the sun. - 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Winter Heat Film Festival, Seafarer Room at The Bahia Mar Hotel Check out original films from up and coming film makers. - 8 p.m. to Midnight, “Winter Games,” Grand Mariner Lounge at The Bahia Mar Hotel Got skills? Put them to the test at the old-school game night. - 10 p.m. – 4 a.m., “Body Heat,” Voodoo Lounge, 111 SW 2 Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale Feel the heat all night as DJ Angel X rocks the house. Sunday, February 19 - 9 a.m. - 10 a.m., “Sweat on the Beach,” Fort Lauderdale Beach Start the day off right with aerobics on the beach. - 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., “Holy Heat,” Lips Fort Lauderdale Experience the ultimate in drag dining. This gospel brunch is sure to lift your spirits and the ultimate Mimosas will definitely warm your soul. - 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Winter Heat Film Festival, Seafarer Room at The Bahia Mar Hotel Check out original films from up and coming film makers. - 3 p.m. – Sunset, “Winter Waterland” Pool Party, Exit 66 at Pier 66 Resort, Ft. Lauderdale Dive into the hottest pool party ever. Live music, food, drinks and an amazing fashion show will bring a whole new meaning to lounging by the pool. - 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., “Sparks,” Grand Mariner Lounge at The Bahia Mar Hotel Experience speed dating South Floridastyle. You’ve never experienced a love and relationship session quite like this. Get ready! - 10 p.m. – 4 a.m., “The Meltdown,” Living Room, 300 SW 1 Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale The grand finale party is going down tonight. Monday, February 20 - 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., “The Block is Hot,” Americas Back Yard, 100 SW 3 Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale A day party like no other takes place at Fort Lauderdale’s most unique outdoor entertainment venue. For more information, visit winterheatflorida.com. H
Hollywood GREGG ALLMAN Lead Singer of the Allman Brothers Band Greg Allman performs at Hard Rock Live Hollywood (1 Seminole Way in Hollywood) on January 18. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $46, $64 and $79. For more information, call 954-797-5531. H
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Miami CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA The Cleveland Orchestra will be performing at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, on Jan. 27 and 28, both nights at 8 p.m. Acclaimed pianist Yefim Bronfman joins Music Director Franz Weiser-Möst in Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 in Opening Concerts Jan. 27 and 28. Franz Welser-Möst will lead the orchestra in two concerts. Repertoire for The Cleveland Orchestra’s performances on Jan. 28 and 29 includes Sean Shepherd’s Wanderlust, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6, and Johannes Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2, with pianist Yefim Bronfmanas soloist. Tickets range from $20 to $172 and are available by calling 305-949-6722, or visiting www.clevelandorchestramiami.com.
Central Florida FREE FRIDAYS AT THE MORSE Visitors to the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, 445 N Park Avenue in Winter Park is offering free admission to the galleries from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays through April. There will also be free live music on the second Friday of the month through the holiday season. For more information, visit www.morsemuseum.org. 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
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Tampa GASPARILLA WEEKEND - FLORIDA’S MARDI GRAS January 27 through 29, tickets available at www.GANCHOTAMPA.com or at Urban Body (SoHo - 711 S. Howard Avenue. Tampa); MC Film Fest (Ybor - 1901 North 15th Street); Hamburger Mary's (Ybor - 1600 E. 7th Avenue). MAIN EVENTS: - “Havok” with DJ Abel at Amphitheater Ybor, Friday, January 27, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., $30 in advance, $35 at the door. - “Urban Body” at Gasparilla Headquarters Party at Urban Body, Saturday, January 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Free. - “Gancho” with DJ Ralphi Rosario at Ritz Ybor, Saturday, January 28, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., $45 in advance, $55 at the door. - “Mutiny” Afterhours with DJ
Power Infiniti and DJ Scorpio following Gancho, 2:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., 5718 E. Adamo Dr., $20 at the door. - “Unleashed” with DJ Oren Nizri at Rise Sundays, Sunday, January 29, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., $3 at the door. - Hamburger Mary’s Balcony PrePary each night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free.
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Bay Area COSMOPOLITAN
Miami Beach WINTER PARTY It may be called the Winter Party but that doesn’t mean you’re in for a chilly time. Dance your heart out at five full days of jam packed parties. From club nights to mixers to beach parties, Winter Party is a veritable thrill ride of sight and sound. A multitude of eye candy is a safe assumption, as are thousands of groggy travelers once the music stops. February
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
GANCHO WEEKEND TAMPA 2012 January 27 through 29, 2012 in the Ybor City Historic District. Main events include “Havoc” with DJ Abel at the Amphitheater Ybor on Friday, January 27, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. “Gancho” with DJ Ralphi Rosario at the Ritz Ybor on Saturday, January 28 from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. “Unleashed with DJ Oren Nizri at Rise, Sunday, January 29 from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. and “Urban Body” Gasparilla Headquarters Party at Urban Body, Saturday, January 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For tickets, hotels and info visit: www.ganchotampa.com.
THE SUNDAY BBQ Ybor Resort and Spa, 1512 8th Ave. (15th Street) in Ybor City. Every Sunday at 5 p.m. Lots of hot flavorful guys here lining up for some buns, wieners and other tasty items. Come on down and put some sun on those buns in our open-air tropical Asian-themed patio with Jacuzzi. Remember: what happens at the resort, stays at the resort. H
THE NEARLYWED GAME Every Thursday night from 8 to 11:55 p.m. at Hamburger Mary’s (1600 7th Avenue in Ybor City). With host Michael Dixon. You won't want to miss all the fun and laughs as couples who think they know each other find out if they really do. Come watch, or get in on the fun. If you want to be a contestant, call (813) 241-MARY. Reservations are highly recommended! H
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FORT LAUDERDALE/WILTON MANORS ALIBI 2266 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Gayborhood tradition since 1997. Comfortable, inviting atmosphere with indoor video bars, outdoor drinking and dining. Drink specials all week, with mammoth 22-ounce Long Island Iced Teas for $3 on Thursdays 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.
BAR GUIDE PJ’S CORNER POCKET 924 N Flagler Dr., Fort Lauderdale Friendly neighborhood interracial bar with drinks specials every night of the week including, “In the Biz Mondays” at 9 p.m. with 2-4-1 drinks and $3 Cosmos and Apple Martinis, “Splash Friday’s” wet underwear contest, and Sunday’s pool tournament, both with a $50 cash prize! RAMROD 1508 NE 4th Ave., Fort Lauderdale Voted World’s Favorite Leather Bar. Pig Dance first Saturday of the month – South Florida’s Busiest, Craziest Monthly Party (with caged hunks at Midnight on Saturdays – is there a downside to this?). ROSIE’S BAR & GRILL 2449 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors Nexus of the A-Gay List. Be Seen in the Scene (without making one). Food, folks, libations, and a killer Sunday Funday. SCANDALS SALOON 3073 NE 6th Ave., Wilton Manors A line-dancin’, tight blue jeans-wearin’ good time. Country and western music, two-steppin’, three-steppin’, pool tables, and themed events year ‘round. Cowboys and Indians was never this much fun, Pilgrim. SIDELINES 2031 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Where Sports come first. Nationally known destination sports bar with TVs streaming NFL, MLB, NBA and college games. Pool tables, dart boards and large indoor (and now smoke-free) facility. Outdoor patio features area for smokers. Mixed crowd of gay men and women (who would have thought?). Featured in Bloomberg Businessweek and recommended by LOGO. STABLE 205 E Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Levis-and-leather neighborhood bar, where the bears line dance and the cowboys are VERY friendly. SMARTY PANTS 2400 E Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Cozy neighborhood bar with daily happy hour, and regular patrons. Show night Thursdays at 9 p.m. Karaoke Friday and Saturday nights, and with matinee on Sunday afternoon. TORPEDO 2829 W Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Dance, shoot pool, drink til 4 a.m., 7 nights a week. Doors open at Midnight; dance til Dawn. 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. 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.
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.
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. 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. 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. NEW PHOENIX 7124 Aloma Ave., Winter Park, FL Winter Park’s ONLY Gay & Lesbian Bar. Been There Forever! Karaoke every Tuesday and Friday at 9 p.m. Drag shows every Saturday night. Home of the $1 Jello shots. PULSE 1912 S Orange Ave., Orlando, FL Orlando’s Premier Gay Bar & Nightclub with Ultra Lounge, Jewel Box Dance Floor, and Adonis Dancers. Twisted Tuesdays with $10 All-U-Can Drink, College Wednesdays (18+) and 2-4-1 every Friday for Happy Hour. SAVOY ORLANDO 1913 N Orange Ave., Orlando, FL “The hottest” gay bar and nightclub in Orlando. The MEN OF SAVOY Dancers from 6 p.m. til 2 a.m. every night in the main bar! Video Bar, Pool Tables. WYLDE'S 3557 S Orange Ave., Orlando, FL Neighborhood bar South of Downtown Orlando. Jukebox, Video Games, Pool Tables and Dancers. PARADISE ORLANDO 1300 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL Orlando’s casual Gay & Lesbian bar and nightclub. Patio, Tiki Bar and Pool Tables. Happy Hour 4 til 9 p.m. and drink specials every day til 9 p.m. BAR CODES (Formerly Bear Bar) 4453 Edgewater Dr., Orlando, FL Friendly Bar, Real Men and Bears... Oh My! Beer and Wine. Tends to attract the after work Happy Hour crowd.
TAMPA BAY 2606 2606 N Armenia Ave., Tampa, FL Tampa's favorite Levi/leather bar has two floors (dimly lit), with the upstairs being the more cruisy. There's Hog House shop on-premises, and the 2606 is home to the Tampa Leather Club. Monday is Underwear Night, Tuesdays are $1 drinks and on Wednesdays, Longnecks are just $1.50. 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. 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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JACKSONVILLE THE METRO 2929 Plum St., Jacksonville, FL The Metro Entertainment Complex has been serving the GLBT community for 17 years. Features a total of 7 different venues under one roof to choose from. Lesbo-A-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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FORT MYERS OFFICE PUB 3704 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers, FL Oldest gay bar in South West Florida with a festive attitude. This bear-friendly Office likes to have fun with underwear parties, drag shows, Wii bowling! Check out their country and western music night on Saturdays. TUBBY'S 4350 Fowler St., Fort Myers, FL Where men come to compete (in tournaments). "Never a cover... always a smile" Tubby's is a no-frills video bar with a total of 10 TVs and two projection screens available for patrons to use as they wish. Add a six-hour 2-4-1 Happy Hour during the Wii tournaments on the big screen! THE BOTTOM LINE 3090 Evans Ave., Fort Myers, FL This gay entertainment complex is one of the longest running clubs in southwest Florida at over 20 years, The Bottom Line features 7 bars, pool tables, drag shows and occasional guest appearances by porno stars.
VENICE TOTI: TAVERN ON THE ISLAND IN VENICE 127 Tampa Ave. East, Venice, FL This South Beach inspired gay bar, boasts a dance floor and a game room with pool tables and dart boards. It's clean, the music is mixed and the staff are friendly. A mixed crowd can be found most nights... younger, older (duh, this is Venice), gay and straight. Did you know that in the Caribbean, TOTI is slang for a beloved male appendage? How apropos.
GAINESVILLE SPIKES 4130 NW 6th St., Gainesville, FL It is a laid-back kind of place, with friendly bar staff. The crowds vary depending on the night. The bar has a nice open air patio area that is rarely used, but would be nice if it was. UNIVERSITY CLUB 18 E University Ave., Gainesville, FL This is a fairly average small college town gay bar. It is usually busy and crowded on Thursday nights.
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THIS WEEK’S TASTY RECIPE: Carrot Soup By JEAN DOHERTY
bouillion, consommé, and broth (“Pot-au-feu”), were the first menu items served in the first public restaurants in 18th century Paris. Classic French cuisine generated many of the soups we know today. This is simple, easy, and so much more healthy--and delicious--than opening a can. What you’ll need: A lot of you want my recipes for soup, and this one is great because it’s easy. The whole restaurant industry is based on soup. That’s actually how the business started.“Restoratifs,” where the word “restaurant” comes from, and
1 big chopped onion 1 lb sliced carrots 1 large potato, peeled and cubed 1 cup chicken broth A good dash of good olive oil 1 sprig of fresh rosemary Salt and pepper
In a thick assed pan, saute the onion in olive oil until tender and golden. Add carrots, potato, broth and rosemary, and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and then cook over medium heat for about 30 minutes or until the veggies are tender. Cool for 15 minutes. Fish out what’s left of the rosemary stalk. Transfer to a blender or food processor, and work in small batches; and process until smooth. Taste, add salt and pepper. Voila! You are a chef!
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FORT LAUDERDALE’S GAY GUEST HOUSES: Our Most Popular Lodging Destinations By BoB KecsKemety
Aragon Inn 2520 N.E. 6 Avenue, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 (954) 566-2900 Just one block’s walking distance from the heart of Wilton Drive’s clubs, restaurants, shopping, and more. This 10-unit boutique resort features deluxe king or queen suites, with poolside suites enjoying their own pool “casitas.” Amenities include two salt water, clothingoptional swimming pools, water volleyball, continental breakfast, WiFi, breakfast room, private courtyard, and lush, tropical gardens. The Aragon plays host for many big LGBT community events, including the annual spring Gay Rodeo. Room prices range from around $89 per night to $249 per night, depending on accommodations availability and the time of year. Cabanas Guesthouse and Spa 2209 N.E. 26 Street, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 (954) 564-7764 A special blend of fun and sophistication, the Cabanas Guesthouse and Spa is a centrally-located gay hotel in Wilton Manors, just minutes away from the shopping, dining, entertainment, and nightlife of both Wilton Manors and Fort Lauderdale, and within a few miles of the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean beaches. The rooms at the Cabanas range from the Queen Standard ($129 - $169) to the two-bedroom, two-bath, and 1,000 sq. ft. Grand Suite ($289 - $395), which occupies the entire top floor and is popular for four or more people who are traveling together. All rooms include a coffee bar, refrigerator, flat-panel TV/DVD combo, and air conditioning. Some rooms also include a microwave, stove, full kitchens, and are located waterside. The property is pet-friendly. All guests receive complimentary expanded continental breakfast and free wireless internet. The Cabanas includes two swimming pools and a whirlpool. The property also has a full-service men’s spa, which includes manicures, pedicures facials and massages. The spa is a favorite of both locals and guests. Coconut Cove Guesthouse 3012 Granada Street, Ft. Lauderdale Beach, 33304 – 954-523-3226 Built in 1939, the lush courtyard is easily overlooked from the Coconut Cove Guesthouse's plantation-style wooden verandas and louvered doors that open from each of the spacious guest rooms. The savvy gay traveler will appreciate the Coconut Cove’s modern amenities, including WiFi wireless computer connections, VCRs, efficiency or full kitchens, and full modern bathrooms. Continental breakfast is included. The Coconut Cove is located just a half block from Fort Lauderdale’s Sebastian Street gay beach, and is 30 minutes from the internationally-famous nude beach at Haulover Park. The hotel also has a Jacuzzi, pool, and clothing-optional area, all just minutes from the gay shops, bars and restaurants of Wilton Manors. Rates for the Standard Queen room are $89 to $169 per night, $169 to $289 per night for the Penthouse Suite, depending on the time of year. There are seven additional intermediate categories. Depending on room category, amenities include non-smoking rooms, air-conditioning, WiFi wireless computer connections, custommade king and queen beds with 16” pillow top mattresses, full bathrooms, efficiency or full kitchens, daily maid service, and TVs with DVD
players. Enjoy your morning newspaper and extensive continental breakfast either on the veranda or the deck bar. Elysium Resort 552 N. Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 564-9601 The Elysium Resort is located one block from the Atlantic Ocean on Fort Lauderdale Beach. It offers spacious studios and suites, detailed amenities, and a relaxed Florida atmosphere that’s set amongst lush tropical foliage. Along with close proximity to the beaches, the Elysium is near shopping on Las Olas Boulevard, the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, and historic Himmarshee Village, the home of Old Town Fort Lauderdale. You are also minutes from the Wilton Manors gay district as well as Riverwalk in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The basic guest room runs from $109 to $155 per night. Rates for a suite are $149 to $215 per night depending on room category and season. Amenities include a secure enclosed property with a lush tropical setting that’s located 180 yards to the beach, spacious studios and suites, private bathrooms, kitchenettes and kitchens, daily maid service, complementary local calls, complementary wireless internet access, petfriendly rooms, guest laundry facilities, continental breakfast, private rooftop sundeck, complementary guest parking, beach chairs and umbrellas, suntan lotions, barbeque grilling station, and a DVD library. The Flamingo Inn Amongst the Flowers 2727 Terramar Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 (954) 561-4658 The Flamingo Inn Amongst the Flowers is an intimate, European-style boutique hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Guests find uncommonly generous furnishings, lush tropical landscaping, a sparkling pool and unparalleled amenities. Rooms range from the Courtyard Room ($150 to $189 per night) to The English Suite ($275 to 370 per night) with five additional categories in between. Amenities at this five-star resort include Aveda spa products, LCD flat screen televisions, luxury linens, an award-winning décor, and friendly, personalized service. At The Flamingo, the entire complex is equipped with complimentary high-speed wireless internet access. Beds are turned down every evening, the continental breakfast is served every morning, and a complimentary happy hour is served every day with a full liquor bar. Free parking is available for all guests, and the office extends full concierge services to facilitate dinner reservations, gym requests, tour bookings, car rentals, etc., all with an eye to making each stay a memorable one. The Grand Resort and Spa 539 N. Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 (954) 647-3822 The Grand Resort and Spa is one of Fort Lauderdale Beach’s largest and finest gay-owned and operated men’s resort hotel, located just steps from the beach and convenient to all the attractions and nightlife for which Fort Lauderdale is world-renowned. Their standard of contemporary luxury rivals that found in today’s most popular boutique hotels. What sets The Grand apart is the genuine hospitality of their staff, and the personal attention to their guests’ desires, like that found in smaller guesthouses.
As Fort Lauderdale's first gay resort with its own full-service day spa and hair studio, they offer their guests an experience that is both unique and indulgent. From a relaxing Swedish massage, to a haircut before your night on the town, they can accommodate all your needs. Their spacious, meticulously clean accommodations feature cable TV, VCRs, DVDs, hi-fi CD music systems, voice mail, irons and ironing boards, safes, hairdryer, refrigerators, gourmet pantry, microwave, and coffeemaker. Wireless internet access is available throughout. Accommodations range from the standard Courtyard Guest Room, one king or two queen beds with private bath and walk-in shower, to The Grand Penthouse, a secluded three-room suite with a great room, gourmet open kitchen, four burner glass cook top, microwave, refrigerator (stocked with refreshments and gourmet snacks), coffee maker, and dining bar. The great room opens to an outdoor living room and private sun deck. Rates range from $150 to $450 a night during high season, to as low as $105 to $350 a night, depending on the room selection. La Casa Del Mar 3003 Granada Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 (954) 467-2037 La Casa Del Mar is located on Fort Lauderdale Beach and is a one-minute walk to the Atlantic Ocean. It offers warm, European hospitality and personalized service. Many guests of La Casa Del Mar are repeat customers who have returned year after year. Rates for a One King with kitchenette range from $95 to $149 per night. For a deluxe attached room, the price runs from $179 to $242 per night, depending on the season. There are a total of five room categories. Amenities include cable TV with DVD player, kitchenette with each room, folding beach chairs, free local telephone calls, guest computers with internet access, completely renovated rooms, DSL/WiFi access in each room, complimentary parking, DVD library, daily maid service, private bathroom with each room, and a location that’s close to the renowned shopping on Las Olas Boulevard, as well as the Galleria Mall. Guests of La Casa Del Mar may also enjoy the wonderful amenities of their sister property, The Granada Inn. Manor Inn 2408 N.E. 6 Avenue, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 (954) 566-8223 This Key West-style guesthouse is located just 250 yards from the heart of Wilton Manors, within striking range of bars, clubs, restaurants, shopping, and more. Manor Inn offers the utmost in privacy, with all visitors required to enter through the back of the property, and each room having a private entrance. This is a nonsmoking property, both inside and out. Room rates run $75 or less during off-season, with seasonal rates around $125 per night, and featuring a continental breakfast, coffee makers, microwaves, music systems, outdoor screened seating area, a swimming pool, and whirlpool. Pineapple Point Guesthouse and Resort 315 N.E. 16 Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 (954) 527-0094 Well known as the an exquisite gay men’s guesthouse and resort for more than a decade, Pineapple Point is the choice for gay men from all
over to escape and relax. This luxury gay resort is one the largest properties in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Pineapple Point is comprised of six unique buildings, and is set on more than two acres that comprise a very private and lush, clothing-optional, tropical paradise--a cozy guesthouse with dozens of palm trees, deck pathways, and a maze of buildings that is fun to navigate. The rooms are decadent, with fantastic linens, fancy soaps, cable TV and free high-speed internet. The service at Pineapple Point is second to none, as are the services, beginning with their friendly, superbly-trained staff renowned for unparalleled customer service. Amenities include wireless internet, shaded hammocks, on-site, well-equipped gym, lap pool, two Jacuzzis, massage studios, sun decks, and clothing-optional swimming pools. Continental breakfast is served daily, along with snacks, lemonade, bottled water, popsicles, and refreshing cold face towels. In addition, complimentary sun tan lotions, beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, and bikes are provided. An evening happy hour replete with cheese and crackers, beer and wine completes a perfect day— all served complimentary, of course. During high season, guests are welcomed with a bottle of champagne and a free barbeque every Saturday. All rooms are non-smoking, but smoking is permitted outside of the guest rooms. There are five room categories, starting with the standard Deluxe King through the ultimate Grand Villa. Room rates are $199 to $499 a night for off-season, $289 to $679 a night during high season. Schubert Resort 855 N.E. 20 Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 (954) 763-7434 The Schubert is a large, all-male, clothingoptional private resort located in Fort Lauderdale’s Gateway/Victoria Park section. The resort is just four blocks from the Galleria Mall, which offers some of South Florida’s finest restaurants and shopping, including Dillard’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Abercrombie & Fitch and Godiva Chocolatier. Since 1948, The Schubert has served as the location for several Hollywood movie productions, among them “Another Gay Movie: Gays Gone Wild.” Famous names are not unfamiliar to the Schubert guest list: some have included Brent Barrett, puppeteer Jerry Halliday, “Brady Bunch” mom Florence Henderson, Harvey Fierstein, and Holly Farris. Having recently undergone a $2.5-million renovation, The Schubert continues to sport a retro look, charm, and style. The one-acre tropical grounds are completely enclosed, making sunning “au natural” by the pool and 10-person Jacuzzi. Accommodations include the King Size standard room, King Suite, and Plaza Suite. Rates range from $105 to $225 a night, depending on the size of the room and the time of year. Amenities includes king-sized bed, wet bar in rooms, flat panel television, desk, bathrobes, pool towels, iron and ironing board, clock radio, heated pool, Jacuzzi, sun decks, extended continental breakfast, computer station with printer, guest laundry facilities, WiFi, DVD players and library, a large covered courtyard, and catering for special events. Some rooms also include a private courtyard and sofa.H
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diningthe w i l d e a s t asian bistro By RIcHARD HAcK In a city full of Chinese restaurants, it is always a joy to find that gem of a place that combines extremely delicious and inventive Asian cuisine with a sophisticated ambiance that beckons to the more romantic among us. Tucked away on chic Las Olas Blvd., along the Hammarshee canal, Wild East Asian Bistro offers all that and more. Unusual by design, Wild East is housed on three levels—the main dining room in a cool industrial décor softened with faux bamboo and mood lighting, or two al fresco sections overlooking the canal, where active jumping fish seem to be putting on their own aquatic show day or night, and the occasional kayak or canoe will drift slowly by as if on cue. The servers move in hushed efficiency, appearing by some zen instinct when needed, and then disappearing into the background around the open kitchen where Chef Richard Ha performs his magic amid the leap of flames and stir-fry pans. While the extensive menu mixes Korean, Malaysian, Japanese and Thai dishes, it is the abundant Chinese offerings that always seem to get the taste buds eager to explore the over one hundred options that unfold like surprises inside a fortune cookie. Divided into a gastronomical map, the menu is sectioned into “Makimono (Rolls)” “Soups,” “Chilling (Salads),” “Warm Up (Lo Mein, Fried Rice, Chow Fun),” and the “Main Event” entrees featuring “The Land,” “The
Sea” and “The Field” to cover all the bases. The real challenge, of course, is choosing between the selections with poetic names like Ancient Chili Pepper Chicken--a hot number with chili pepper, scallions, and five-spiced soy ($17), Midnight Steak—bistro medallion chucks with shitake mushrooms, peppers, onions and black bean sauce ($21), Firecracker Noodles—a blend of chicken, ginger, pepper, chilis and scallions mixed atop udon, and Beijing—a half duck, cooked with scallions and cucumbers, and served with steamed pancakes and hoison sauce ($23). Our personal favorite from the entrée menu is the perfectly cooked Siam Sea Bass, which arrived at the table wrapped like a gift inside a banana leaf ($22). It doesn’t get any better if you like red coconut curry. The place has been a Las Olas staple for three years now, and you’ll find it bustling with regulars seven nights a week. They seem to find multiple favorites from the Sake selection, which includes a wide range of brands
and bottles priced from the $9 Tokuri Ikkon Blue Label Unfiltered to the ultra-chic $89 bottle of Wakatake Onikoroshi Devil Killer Shizuoka. The always fun Saketinis are abundant as well, with Sex on the Beach and Red Dragon two of the most potent ($9). If you are in the mood to experiment, skip the main menu entirely and head immediately to the colorful small-plate menu where each dish is a bargain at only $6. We always try to select several new options on each visit, although who can resist the classic Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Baby Shrimp Cups, or a heaping plateful of Sesame Chicken Noodle Salad—standard fare on every foray. With 52 items on the $6 menu, you literally can graze for hours. Among the most popular are Flaming Calamari, Crispy Beijing Duck Wings, Sake Clams, Grilled Miso Mahi, Lap Cheong Shrimp Lo Mein as well as assorted dumplings and fried rices. Owner Peter Wong has managed to do the impossible by combining a drop-dead location
and a delightful atmosphere with prices that can be less than a visit to Burger King. Credit his wife Emily for some of the more inventive $6 plates including the Thai Lime Noodle Salad, a combination of skinny rice noodles, with julienned carrots, celery, cucumbers, bean sprouts and the tiniest slices of grilled chicken this side of Shanghai. Though the idea of eating dessert at an Asian restaurant may not be instinctive, don’t pass up the “Sweet Endings” menu. Although our favorite Chocolate Trilogy—white, milk and dark chocolate mousse cake at $8— seems to always be sold out, a good second choice is Marquise Au Chocolat, a chocolate sponge cake with a sweeter-than-heaven ganache at $8. Big enough for sharing, though you won’t want to after the first bite. Even the simply refreshing Asian Ice Cream Trio at $7 is an outstanding choice—red bean, green tea and mango ice cream served in a large martini glass. It gives yum a new meaning. And don’t forget that after the meal, all of Las Olas beckons right outside. End your evening with a stroll up the boulevard, and people watch to your heart’s content. Wild East is open for lunch every day except Sunday, with dinners every night of the week. They are open till midnight on Friday and Saturday evenings, with a special late-night menu. Make sure to tell Wild East that the Florida Agenda sent you. H
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RENTALS / FTL 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 WILTON MANORS WATER VIEW APT. - Nicely Finished 2/1 apartment with private patio, water view, tile floors throughout, newer appliances and W/D in unit. Don't miss out!! Asking $1000. Call Alex, Re/Max Preferred (954)683-4880 FANTASTIC 3/2 - FT LAUDERDALE - features renovated kitchen and baths, den, wood floors, new roof and CAC. Laundry room with W/D. Call today! Asking $1600. Call Alex, Re/Max Preferred (954)683-4880. OAKLAND PARK/LLOYD ESTATES - Water Front Bungalow & pool; Large 1950's style 2/1,terrazzo floors, large kitchen with microwave, icemaker, dishwasher, range, CAC, ceiling fans. Very gay area and pet friendly. It's located on 300' of wide middle river. $1000/mo-F/S and 1/3 of the util. ($175 avg) high speed internet, electric, preferred cable package, free laundry, ample parking, private entrance. (954)249-2009 LAKERIDGE - Cozy Apartment w/ sleeping loft. Full bath & kitchen. Tile floors, ceiling fan, tropical secluded pool & patio area. 1 mile to beach & Wilton Dr. Within Hopper transportation to Wilton Dr. Onsite laundry available. Private off-street parking. Unfurnished. No smoking/pet negotiable. For one quiet person only/no drama. Electric, WiFi, Direct TV, water included. $750/mo. Reduced rent considered in exchange for light yardwork (954)636-9298 SOUTH MIDDLE RIVER - EFFICIENCY - This lovely garden apartment is coming available and ready for occupancy Dec 15th. It features a pool, laundry facilities, parking area and is part of a gay compound with roaming peacocks and friendly neighbors. Your rent includes internet, water and electricity. This apt is for a clean, responsible, working person. 12 mo. lease, $595/mo. (954) 200-0166.
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