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Richardson Election Provides Framework for LGBT Legislative Caucus By CLIFF DUNN
MIAMI BEACH – Although Florida remains one of the largest states without significant statewide LGBT antidiscrimination protections, it can no longer claim to be the largest without an openlygay lawmaker. The election last week of David Richardson to the Florida House of Representatives breaks what activists have called the Sunshine State’s “lavender ceiling.” Acknowledging the import of his accomplishment to history, Richardson, 55, told reporters, “I am the first openly-gay legislator in the history of Florida. And forever will be.” Richardson defeated three other candidates to represent State House District 113, which serves Miami Beach.
According to the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, until this election season, Florida was one of 17 states “with zero ‘out’ state lawmakers.” The Victory Fund supported Richardson, as did Equality Florida, Florida Together, and SAVE Dade, which reportedly spent about $50,000 towards Richardson’s election. During the campaign, Richardson told supporters, “I don’t want people to vote for me or not vote for me because I’m gay. I just want people to look at my record.” Other openly-gay lawmakers may join Richardson in Tallahassee, with gay candidates running for state office in Brevard County ( John Alvarez), Orange County ( Joe
Saunders), Monroe County (Ian Whitney), and here in Broward County (Scott Herman); all but the last one are Democrats. Richardson said that his legislative priorities will be the state’s schools and itsbudget. “I got an incredibly good publicschool education and went to UCF, which is a publicly-supported university in Florida,” he told reporters. “I’m concerned about the cuts made in the last five years. I intend to get my hands very dirty and get into details of a $70 billion state budget. I have to believe there is a lot of waste and abuse.” He also plans to introduce legislation to provide state employment protections for LGBT Floridians.H
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A forensic accountant who grew up the son of a taxi driver father in Orlando, Richardson earned degrees in biology and accounting at the University of Central Florida, and a master’s in Business Administration at the University of Tampa. The former Big Six accounting firm auditor started his own CPA practice in 1993, and moved to Miami Beach in 2001. In last week’s Democratic Primary, Richardson garnered a plurality of 33 percent of the 9,458 votes cast, defeating consumer advocate Waldo Faura Jr.; attorney Adam Kravitz; and Mark Weithorn, the husband of Miami Beach City Commissioner Deede Weithorn. No Republicans ran to challenge the seat.
TAMPA - Efforts to reform the Republican Party’s position on same-sex marriage failed Tuesday morning, as delegates meeting before the official start of the Republican National Convention considered two amendments that would have added support for some form of civil union. The first—and more radical— proposal from Rhode Island delegate Barbara Fenton called for a total end to government-recognized marriage, to be replaced with a uniform recognition of civil unions for both straight and gay couples. Although Fenton, a Roman Catholic, said she personally opposes same-sex marriage, “those are my
religious beliefs, and this country was founded on the separation of church and state.” Opponents, including Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council and a delegate from Louisiana, invoked the judgment of history. “This would move us away from a party that recognizes the benefits that marriage extends to a society,” said Perkins. “We recognize nature, we recognize history, that nature is the union of one man and one woman.” A second proposal called for supporting civil unions for same-sex couples. Delegate Pat Kerby of Nevada, who proposed the amendment, said, “I believe this is an issue that will be a tipping point, and that we can take this stance and still keep our commitment to the institution of marriage.” Both proposals failed in a voice vote.H
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Gay-Friendly Roman Catholic Parish Bans Drag Queens SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – One of the nation’s most-inclusive mainstream congregations is under fire after officials banned the participation of drag performers on its premises. The LGBT-friendly Most Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church parish in San Francisco’s historically-gay Castro neighborhood is feeling the heat after allegedly banning all forms of drag on its premises. The Castro Country Club, a gay sober-living recovery group, was reportedly told by parish officials that their annual Harvest Feast fundraiser would only be permitted on church property if drag queens were not allowed to take part. In refusing the parish’s ultimatum, the organization noted that “It is our organization’s policy to be inclusive and welcoming to all. Drag queens are no exception.”
Westboro Baptist Church Plans Protest at LGBT Gaming Convention WESTBORO, KANSAS – The organizers of next year’s GaymerCon have been “RSVP’ed”by a questionable group of attendees, Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, which announced this week plans to attend the self-described “first gaming and geek lifestyle convention, with a focus on LGBT culture,” which is scheduled to be held next August in San Francisco. In a Twitter post on August 11, Rebekah Phelps-Roper, the granddaughter of Westboro founder Fred Phelps, observed, “What we’ve all been longing for: a fag-focused gaming convention!” According to its organizers, GaymerCon is planned to “create a space where all gamers and queer geeks can come together in a welcoming and safe space.” Members of Westboro previously picketed the funerals of Apple CEO Steve
Jobs and Matthew Shepard, the gay University of Wyoming student who was tortured and murdered in 1998.
don’t know, it seems like everyone is talking around it. Is that really what people are saying? That men are disadvantaged because women, and specifically lesbians, are ruling the roost there?”
AFA Spokesman Touts “Cigarette”-Style Warning Labels For Lady Gaga Gay Sex TUPELO, MISSISSIPPI – Bryan Fischer, the outspoken Director of Issue Analysis for the American Family Association, has called for the establishment of “warning label” imagery to inform about the dangers of gay sex. Fischer—who has referred to LGBT rights advocates as “the bullies at Big Gay”—was commenting on an Australian court ruling that prohibits tobacco companies from displaying their brands’ logos on cigarette packs. The decision by the High Court of Australia requires that tobacco brands display images of people suffering from the ravages of nicotine addiction, including—according to the Associated Press—“cancerriddled mouths, blinded eyeballs, and sickly children.” In a Twitter post, Fischer lamented, “Australia requires graphic photos: what smoking does to human health. Need similar photos re: gay sex.”
Geraldo Rivera: “Lesbian Cabal” Runs Homeland Security Department NEW YORK, NEW YORK – On Friday, Fox News host Geraldo Rivera invoked the possibility of a lesbian conspiracy running the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Appearing on Fox and Friends, during a discussion about a senior aide to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano facing charges of sexual harassment and anti-male discrimination, the tabloid newscaster posited, “Is this subtext of the Department of Homeland Security scandal—that there is some kind of lesbian cabal, that it’s a same-sex takeover of the big agencies?” Asked by panelists to answer his own question, Rivera responded, “I
Pastor Convicted in Aiding Kidnapping of Gay Moms’ Daughter
BURLINGTON, VERMONT— A Virginia pastor was convicted last week for helping a woman kidnap Foundation Called the daughter she shared with her “Demonic” By ex-partner, who she married in a 2000 Vermont civil union. Rev. Conservative Kenneth Miller of Stuarts Draft, Blogger Virginia, was charged with aiding in international kidnapping, for his part COLUMBUS, OHIO – in helping Lisa Miller (no relation to Conservative blogger and radio Kenneth) and her daughter, Isabella, host Linda Harvey said this week flee the country in 2009, one month that singer Lady Gaga’s anthem of after a judge ruled in favor of her tolerance, “Born This Way,” “is not former partner, Janet Jenkins, of Fair just about a deviant view of gender Haven, Vermont. and sexuality, but it is occult in The couple was legally joined in spirituality.” Harvey, who founded 2000, shortly after Vermont became Mission America in 1995 to oppose the first state to adopt civil unions. the efforts of gay students to organize After their split,Lisa Miller became an in public schools, describes the evangelical Christian, and renounced song’s video as including “all these her homosexuality. After the couple gruesome birth scenes which [are] a dissolved their civil union, a childcomplete and utter perversion, and custody case went to Vermont family really a demonic caricature, frankly, court in 2004. Lisa Miller, who had of God’s creation, yet she dares to moved to Lynchburg, Va., was given primary custody, and Jenkins allowed use words like ‘brave,’ and so on.” visitation rights. But the court found Lisa Miller to be in defiance of a series of visitation orders, and ruled that she would lose custody if she refused to comply. Investigators say that Lisa and Isabella Miller—who is now 10 years old—were last seen in Nicaragua. Court records indicate that Kenneth Miller, a member of the American Mennonite sect, felt that Isabella needed protection from a sinful lifestyle. The U.S. does not have an extradition treaty with Nicaragua, and that country is not a bornthiswayfoundation.org party to the 1980 Hague Convention Harvey, who condemned U.S. on international child abductions, military personnel who took part in which was crafted to facilitate the return of children illegally taken the San Diego LGBT Pride Parade from member nations. last month as being a “disgrace “I am willing to accept the to the uniform and to America,” consequences of my actions,” said added, “We need to get our heads Kenneth Miller, who faces up to straight about this, and not be three years in prison. “I am at peace manipulated and let our kids not with God. I am peace with my be manipulated into embracing conscience, and I give it over to God, homosexuality as a byproduct of and at the same time I respect the thinking we’re being kind.” decision of the court.”H
Gay and Lesbian Chamber to Host “Transition Solutions for LGBT Seniors” FORT LAUDERDALE – The Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (GFLGLCC) will present “Transition Solutions for LGBT Seniors,” a symposium, to be held on September 13, at the Pride Center at Equality Park, in Wilton Manors. The event, which will run from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., will be presented by the GFLGLCC at no cost to the community. Focusing on practical issues facing LGBT seniors, it will feature three experts who will offer information to assist the attendees and others in planning a safe and secure future. The speakers and topics will
include: Wanda E. Gozdz, “Aging in Place: Adapting Our Space to Meet Our Changing Needs,” a discussion of the aspects of aging, and how it impacts families psychologically, spiritually, and physically; Ryan Schultz, “Living Comfortably in Retirement: Financial Tools to Help You Age Gracefully,” which will cover investment strategies to pay for affordable in-home care; and Stephanie L. Schneider, Esq., “Navigating the Maze: Estate and Long Term Care Planning Issues Unique to the LGBT Community,” including “ Creating a Management Plan for Incapacity,” and “Strategies for Passing on Wealth and Minimizing Estate Tax.” The organizers say that the sessions will be followed by questions and answers. Although focusing on the needs of mature LGBT individuals, the sessions are open to persons of all ages and concerns. Coffee and pastries will be provided by Starbucks. For more
information about the GFLGLCC, or to become a member, visit gogayfortlauderdale.com.
Entertainers Announced for GET OUT THE VOTE Bar Crawl WILTON MANORS – The organizers for the August 26 “Wilton Manors GET OUT THE VOTE Bar Crawl” have announced the featured gueststarring entertainment for the event, a community-wide effort to register as many LGBT voters as possible, and to draw awareness to issues of political importance to the gay community. Local drag performers Nikki Adams, Nicolette, and Jersey Dion will lead a crowd through eight local watering holes, where, beginning at 2 p.m., volunteers, entertainers,, and the interested public will meet voter registrars and Democratic Party officials. The crawl will commence at Sidelines Sports Bar, and then move to Bill’s Filling Station, The Manor, Rosie’s Bar & Grill, New Moon, Matty’s On the Drive, The Alibi, and Boom. “This idea has taken off and you will see such an energized coalition of LGBT movers and shakers getting out the vote,” said Michael Albetta, Vice Chair of the Florida Democratic Party Campaign Committee. Although set up as a pro-Obama re-election event, the organizers want all eligible voters and concerned citizens to participate. “Regardless of your party affiliation, it is your country’s given right as a citizen to make your voice heard,” said Jennifer Morales, Sidelines’ Marketing Director and one of the organizers, adding, “whatever, or whomever their choice may be.”
Lesbian AuthorActivist to Speak at Stonewall Library FORT LAUDERDALE On Tuesday, September 11, the Stonewall National Museum and Archives will host Ronni Sanlo,
author of “The Purple Golf Cart: The Misadventures of a Lesbian Grandma,” the memoir of a Florida woman who hid her gay identity for over 20 years. In the book, Sanlo, a retired professor at University of California/Los Angeles (UCLA) and director emeritus of the school’s LGBT Center, relates how she came out, ultimately lost custody of her two children, and became an LGBT rights activist. Sanlo is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. For more information, visit stonewallnationalmuseum.org.
Jacksonville City Council Kills LGBT Rights Measure JACKSONVILLE – By a vote of 17 to 2, the Jacksonville City Council voted against passing the original language of an LGBT antidiscrimination bill. The measure called for banning discrimination against LGBT persons with respect to housing and employment. “Human Rights Ordinance 296” would have added six words— “sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression”—to the category of classes already protected by the city’s anti-discrimination law. Attorney Carrington Meade, a supporter of the measure, was philosophical in defeat. “It’s ok, it’s not over,” he said. “You can’t expect to win easily the first time around.”
ACLU Wins Suit For Gay-Straight Alliance at Ocala High School OCALA – On August 14, a federal judge in Jacksonville ordered the Marion County School District to permit the formation of a GayStraight Alliance at Vanguard High School. The ruling settles a suit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of students, after School Superintendent Jim Yancey prohibited the club’s establishment. The suit accused school officials of violating the First Amendment’s
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Televangelist to Sue Southern Poverty Law Center For “Hate Group” Label ST. PETERSBURG - A wellknown evangelist whose ministry has been labeled a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is threatening to sue the non-profit civil rights organization for defamation because of the designation. Bill Keller, the self-described “world’s leading Internet evangelist” and founder of LivePrayer.com, said last week that he plans to file the $100 million defamation lawsuit against the SPLC, the Montgomery, Alabama-based organization noted for its legal victories against white supremacist groups, as well as its legal representation for victims of hate groups, its monitoring of alleged hate groups, militias and extremist organizations, and its educational programs that promote tolerance. According to Keller, “Groups like the [SLPC] give license to individuals who oppose a Biblical worldview to take whatever actions they deem fit, even acts of violence, to silence those they disagree with. Sadly, this intimidation has worked, because there are very few like myself who are willing to go into the mainstream media and promote Biblical truth that a large percentage of society now rejects.” After the suicide last year of gay teen Jamie Hubley, Keller blamed “the homosexual community and media who promote this lifestyle to society,” specifically citing Anderson Cooper, Ellen DeGeneres, and Rachel Maddow, adding that the hosts “validate legally and ethically this choice of sexual behavior and relationships to our children as normal, even desirable behavior!” H
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CLIFF DUNN, EDITOR “Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.” - Charles Mackay
t’s probably a case of residual childhood naivety—and, admittedly, way too early in the silly season—for me to ask the politically active to “stop the insanity” when it comes to making blanket judgments, statements, and actions, about opposing candidates, ideologies—or sexual identities—but a boy can wish. I also seem to experience a form of quadrennial amnesia, in that after each presidential election cycle I forget just how acerbic and “nutty” the attacks can become. I experienced a touch of this over the past month, when this publication ran (and in this issue is running) opinion columns with a decidedly conservative (albeit LGBT) bent. (For a deeper discussion of this, see the Box, below.) Like a lot of gay people, I take exception to businesses that contribute to causes which have a deleterious effect on LGBT rights and specifically—at this juncture in our history—marriage equality. When Chick-fil-A’s brand of conservative politics became public knowledge, I decided that I would no longer “fund” their perfectly legitimate right to oppose an issue that is central to my sense of fairness and what it means to be a free American (this same sentiment fuels my electoral discomfort with the GOP). In fairness to Chick-fil-A and the Cathy family, they didn’t lose much in the way of revenues, but I know many gay and lesbian consumers who couldn’t even spell “K-F-C” last week and now have suddenly developed worship-fantasies for the Colonel. (As is their right.) What I can’t countenance is when people who are generally fair and wellmeaning in most areas of their private and public lives are targeted because they have acted against the politically correct dynamic of the moment. This happened this week to a friend of mine, an elected official who is straight but who is very progressive (he might say “libertarian”) in his views to gay rights. A traditionalist Republican,
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he is nonetheless a patriot and “good” citizen who doesn’t care what goes on in your bed or mine, and who supports (both capitalistically and financially) numerous Fortune 500 companies with progressive employment and public policies towards LGBT rights and employees. So when my friend “liked” Chickfil-A on Facebook, he thought nothing of it (other than that he was supporting in a traditionalist—he might say “libertarian”—fashion a business’ right to give their money and support as they see fit, and as is their right), until a local political activist “un-friended” him and took him to task for his support of the chicken chain. My friend was shocked, because to his mind, his support for businesses that support gay rights should give him some cover (or at least buy him some goodwill). Clearly, I’m not dismissing the value of “voting with your wallet,” and taking your business to places that value both it and you. But this seems to me to be a case of throwing the baby out with the bath water. It also strikes me as a loss of perspective on what it means for us to be countrymen, rather than the very partisan beasts that many of the nation’s Founders warned us against becoming. I’m not saying that issues of this magnitude don’t deserve a serious and sober accounting of how we as a community will respond to issues of mutual concern—but let’s not forget that our diverse community includes many political stripes, and there are more gay conservatives in this community than you may realize. We can either marginalize them (with the anticipated results and coeval loss of opportunities to build bridges and support systems), or welcome them in the greater whole. Most of us agree on the big picture items (rolling back DOMA, destroying the remaining cultural vestiges of DADT, enacting ENDA, etc), and, seriously— there’s no uniquely Democratic or Republican way to fix a street light, or
approve a school zone, issues we can all come to accord upon, too. (Full Disclosure: I was a registered Republican from 1997 to 2001, but had a “centrist” recovery in the early 2000s and now usually vote left-of-center.) Some Democrats will support Al Lamberti for Sheriff, and some Republicans will—gasp!—secretly press the lever for Obama. But I guess we are all entitled to our naughtiness, eh, love?H
The Conservative Agenda? Several readers indicated varying degrees of “distress” concerning recent Agenda “Q-Point” opinion pieces written by gay conservatives and/or Republicans (August 1, 2012, “Confessions of a Gay Republican” by Ed Cook, August 15, 2012, “The Consequences of Run-Amok Liberalism” by Jason Otero, and this week, “When I Meet Paul Ryan in Tampa” by Nick Stone). Concerning the 8/15 piece, reader Lonny Cothron wrote, “In an occupied country [ Jason Otero] would be regarded as a collaborator.” Suggests Richard Claycomb, “You might want to take the time to educate Mr. Otero.” (Mr. Claycomb’s own Q-Point commentary will appear in next week’s issue.) The Florida Agenda welcomes the opinions of responsible spokespersons promoting their positions. Email your ideas to email@example.com. Clearly, especially during an election year, it is an ideal that we can disagree without becoming disagreeable. But, as my grandmother would say: “One miracle at a time.” H
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Equality Forum Names Best and Worst Fortune 500 Companies for LGBT Employee Rights By JOE HARRIS
he non-profit LGBT advocacy group Equality Forum has released its survey of Fortune 500 companies that include sexual orientation in their workplace policies. According to the data—which was compiled in collaboration with Professor Louis Thomas of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, and Ian Ayres, William K. Townsend Professor at Yale Law School—a record 479, or 95.8 percent, of the 2012 Fortune 500 are in compliance
with the group’s criteria. Among the companies in compliance with sexual orientation protections are Citigroup, CVS Caremark, Comcast, Target, Nike, McDonalds, Toys’R’Us, and Family Dollar Stores. Equality Forum launched its Fortune 500 Project in 2004, when 323 (64.6 percent) of the Fortune 500 provided protection for their employees based on sexual orientation. A list of the 21 non-compliant companies, and the Top 10 companies in compliance, looks like this:
When I Meet Paul Ryan in Tampa
By Nick Stone
’ll admit it. I’m one lucky bastard. Because of my active role in our local and statewide Republican Party, I was fortunate enough to be selected to be an alternate delegate to the Republican Convention in Tampa next week. I could easily have a say in the future of our party, and—if we win—the future of our country. But whether or not I’m selected to vote, I’ll be there on the inside. I’ll be talking with the deciders. I’ve been given a voice. One of the things I look forward to most while I’m in Tampa is the opportunity to meet Paul Ryan. Ryan’s entry into the race inspires both excitement and fear in the gay people I talk to, mostly because he is an unknown quantity (except to us political nerds). People wonder aloud, Will he take our kids away? Will we ever get the right to marry? Is my Medicare saved or destroyed by his budget plan? Can he really cut the deficit without killing the economy? These questions deserve answers, which history suggests
we will see at the convention. When I see Romney/Ryan in Tampa, I’ll be wearing a rainbow elephant, both figuratively and literally. I’ll stand with the growing number of pro-equality Republican officeholders and candidates, and if given a moment with the candidates, I will remind them of our growing number, in the GOP and across America. Will I single-handedly move the dial on equality? Who knows? But I know I’m doing more good on the inside than I would by hollering and rioting from the outside. There is little doubt that recent pandering to the LGBT and Latino communities has assured President Obama a support among minorities that once looked shaky. My gay friends are happily misadvised that “pandering” equals “policy,” and I often tease them to go and rent a chapel, and send me an invitation to their Obamaapproved weddings. Do you suppose those invitations all got lost in the mail? Maybe they realize the truth: President
Obama’s positions are hollow. His progress on gay issues is only due to a bipartisan will to move forward, or at least move on. Single-issue LGBT voters are being taken for a ride on the U.S.S. Barack, but it is a sinking ship. President Obama’s anti-coattails will sweep in a Republican House, and Senate to boot. Fortunately, Mitt Romney is probably the most progay Republican presidential nominee— in record, if not always in rhetoric—that America has ever seen. There is no need for gays to fret the coming change in the White House. When I meet Paul Ryan in Tampa, I’ll be standing with a champion for our party and our country. This young, gay, conservative, pro-equality Republican is ecstatic about the Romney/Ryan ticket, and I will be proud to cast my votes in favor of America’s Comeback Team, both
at the convention and at the ballot box. Mitt Romney will make a great president, and he—and we—will be well served with Paul Ryan at his side. H
Nick Stone is Vice President of the Broward County Young Republicans, the former Vice President of Sunshine Republicans GOProud and campaign manager for Scott R. Herman for State Representative, District 94.
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Pride Center Chief Has Big Shoes (and Plans) to Fill
By Dale Madison
hen Robert Boo was Director of Development for what was then called the Gay and Lesbian Community Center (GLCC) of Fort Lauderdale, he added a number of important programs, working in tandem with thenexecutive director Paul Hyman, who had served in that post for nearly a decade. Boo left his position to work in the private sector in Miami, but somehow, that just didn’t work for him. When Hyman decided to return to his native New York, Boo thought the time was ripe for his own kind of return. Hired to succeed Hyman as Executive Director of the nowbranded Pride Center at Equality Park, he found a whole new “beast” waiting for him. “With the move to the new campus (located at 2040 North Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors), there were a number of changes, and lots of additional programs that we were offering with
increased services,” Boo explains. “I knew that I was going to have some very big shoes to fill, as Paul had done an incredible job. Of course, coming back to a non-profit in this economy is not easy. People have had to tighten purse strings at a time when we are expanding service,” he notes. “I can’t see us cutting our services—there are too many people who depend on us.” One of the Pride Center’s biggest “nuts” is its Capital Campaign, which Boo says is the agency’s efforts “to raise money to help pay off the mortgage, so that we can once again increase our service potential.” Enter local pharmacist Ken Goss, who moved here several years ago from Boston, where he had served on the board of a non-profit, The Attic. “When I moved here, I wanted to get involved,” Goss relates. “I went to the [Pride Center], and saw the incredible work they were doing. One of the first projects that I was involved with was acquiring backpacks for underprivileged kids.”
Goss’ work with the Pride Center inspired him—in his own words—to “really get more involved with the community.” Just how involved wasn’t apparent until he called the agency’s new executive director and requested a meeting. Goss said he wanted to present the Pride Center with a check for its Capitol Campaign—in the amount of $50,000. Boo says that he was in a state of shock. On Sunday, September 30, Boo and the Pride Center will hold an invitation-only brunch, to say “Thank You” to Goss, and to the board of directors of the agency. “If it were not for having a working board, so much of the services we provide would have to be curtailed,” Boo says with emphasis. “I never want to see that happen.”
For more information on the Pride Center at Equality Park’s Capital Campaign, or its many community services, visit pridecenterflorida.org.H If your non-profit organization is not listed in the Agenda Non-Profit Services Directory, please send your information to Dale Madison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Cinema | Fitness | Nutrition | Travel | Dining | Bar Guide | Recipe | Classifieds
he calendar may say that “the end is nigh” for summer, but the thermometer (and the sporadic showers) indicate otherwise. Find out what the real hotspots—and hot happenings—are around the State-We-Call-Sunshine, this week OUT in Florida. Speaking of summer, one of the best spots to grab a slice or a soda—not to mention some indoor a/c—when you hit Fort Lauderdale Beach is the landmark Primanti Bros. a local institution since 1970 (and a Pittsburgh one since 1933). Gourmand-on-the-go Richard David Chamberlain has a mouth-watering look at a place where size matters, inside a new Dining. Who couldn’t go for some brotherly love right about now? Robert Elias Deaton authors a traveler’s guide to the City that Birthed America, Philadelphia (where “old” is spelled with an “e,” and so I think should “gaye”). Read on, Ye Patriots, in this week’s Travel. Substance abuse is as serious today as it ever was, and one of the most ubiquitous substances in the Gayborhood is alcohol. There’s nothing wrong with sharing libations with friends—until the problems gets out of hand, and Andy Kress paints a sobering picture of the damage that unfettered alcohol consumption can have upon your body, in an all-new Nutrition. And Chef Jean Doherty “beefs” it up with you, in a delicious continental Recipe. Hurry up—summer’s nearly over (ah-hahahaha, etc.). CD
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PHILADELPHIA Brotherly Love, Steak Sandwiches, and Soft Pretzels By ROBERT ELIAS DEATON A Schuylkill River view of Center City, Philadelphia
hen Philadelphia was nicknamed the City of Brotherly Love, they were originally speaking of Quakers, not gays. However, all that has changed within the past six years as this town of the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Betsy Ross House has evolved into a rather gay-hip collection of clubs, B&Bs, restaurants, and gyms. To keep your history straight and your nightlife gay, the first thing you need to know about Philly is that many of the yellow-brick roads here are cobblestone, particularly in
the historical district located in the Olde given a total fluff-and-fold for comfort and style with rooms starting at $239. City, a square mile officially bordered by The fitness center of choice is located Race, South, Sixth, and Front Streets—or the nearby. More than just a workout gem, the 12th Delaware River if you’re reading your guide Street Gym (204 S 12th St., 215-985-4092) is map and walk too far East. 60,000 square feet of cruisy inspiration, with All the historical must-sees can easily be all the expected equipment and more. For tips toured during a one-day outing, with locals on form, check in with baby Joe Burke, our dressed as town criers and the like to guide recommended personal trainer. you down the appropriate For good local eats and plenty alleys. Do not miss checking of it, try Lolita (106 S 13th St., out this part of town, for there 215-546-7100), owned by dolls is something very humbling and partners Valerie Safran and and essential in discovering Marcie Turney. The ladies know the Birthplace of America for their business and pack this yourself. You don’t have to be place right out the front door. It’s gay to be proud in this section a bring-your-own-tequila kinda of town. place. They’ll supply the pitcher For the real fun, travel toward of fresh-squeezed margarita Washington Square West, home mixes (watermelon and wild to the gayborhood and, as you mint) and you supply the hootch, might expect, the nightlife— Giovanni’s Room which is available a block away ranging from cultured to sleazy Gay Bookstore at Premium Collection Wine and all within easy walking & Spirits (1218 Chestnut St., distance. This is particularly true if you lodge 215-560–4380). the bod in a place called the Independent The girls also own Bindi (105 S 13th St., 215Hotel (1234 Locust St., 215-772-1440), a 24922-6061), the Indian restaurant across the room boutique hotel which is not only on the street, as well as the one-stop-convenienceNational Register of Historical Places, it’s been
shop Grocery and homewares store Open House next door. After you roll out with full bellies and a smile on your lips, a wonderful local place to peoplewatch and experience Philly at its most literate is Giovanni’s Room (345 S 12th St., 215-9232960), the oldest gay bookstore in the country. This particular place has the distinction of having been a gay and lesbian refuge during a time when the LGBT community was not so welcome in the Birthplace of America. Even if it didn’t have 7,000 books on its shelves— many of which you’ll find nowhere else—this bookstore is alive with our history. Get kissed by one of the staff—which, quite frankly is not so tough—and you’ll continue a love which began with Walt Whitman and was passed on to Edward Carpenter to E.M. Forster to Allen Ginsberg, then to Bern Boyle, one of the founders of Giovanni’s Room. Next week, we’ll give you the inside scoop on the real Philly nightlife, and the basement you won’t want to miss. H Robert Elias Deaton is a world-traveling epicure who enjoys the finer things in life.
Any treatment [for “ alcoholism] must be
directed first toward behavior modification— including a diet that is alcohol free
fighting back with nutrition
By ANDY KRESS
lcoholism is a chronic disorder, and a growing issue within the LGBT community. Since this is a progressive disease, there is a fine line between being a heavy drinker and a compulsive one—the textbook definition of an alcoholic. The World Health Organization has listed alcoholism as one of the three most deadly killer diseases of the 20th century. Alcohol, by its very nature is foreign, since it is not a product found in nature. It results from decomposition of fruits, grains and vegetables, and as such belongs to a family of poisons. Ethyl alcohol, the main intoxicating ingredient in wine, beer, and distilled liquor is a toxic drug that depresses the brain and nervous system. Although alcohol is fattening, it isn’t a food and is not changed or digested in any way. It is quickly absorbed in the blood stream and then travels to every part of the body, adversely affecting vital organs like the brain and liver. There are a few tell tale signs of a true alcoholic, a puffy face and red blood-shot
eyes among them. The alcoholic’s voice will be very hoarse and raspy, and they tend to have a rapid pulse, due to the alcohol’s thinning effects on the blood. Often irritable and over-emotional in their actions, many tend to be very suspicious of others. Bouts of delirium and black-outs of time are another chronic symptom. So, too, is repeated vomiting throughout the day. Since the true alcoholic would rather drink than eat, it is easy for them to become very emaciated, with their skin becoming dehydrated and wrinkled. Because alcoholism is principally a psychological disease, any treatment must be directed first toward behavior modification—
including a diet that is alcohol-free. In its place, the drinking of orange juice multiple times a day serves three purposes: One, the habit of drinking is satisfied; two, the juice helps rehydrate the body; and three, orange juice provides needed vitamins and minerals. A simple multivitamin taken with massive amounts of leafy vegetables are essential, as well, to provide fiber and reintroduce the stomach to processing solid food. Legumes, starches, pastas and other carbohydrates provide long-lasting energy between meals. Enriched cereals and breads fill the stomach and are a good source of foliate and thiamine. Poultry is low in saturated fats and
is a good source of lean protein to help build and repair muscles that have been damaged through inactivity. Poultry is often mild in taste and easy to digest. Seafood is another protein that is lower in fats and cholesterols; this will help aid in the body’s muscle retention. Seafood is also loaded with many vitamins and minerals lost in the overconsumption of alcohol. Lean pork is another fine choice when fighting the effects of alcoholism. Pork has a variety of different vitamins and minerals than chicken or seafood, as well as being a good source of healthy protein. If you know or are related to an alcoholic, remember there is a good chance that they won’t be reading this article, since their word-mind association process is impaired by their disease. Share the information freely, knowing that you are helping to save someone’s life. You may even be saving lives more than you know, since drunk drivers are a major threat to innocent victims on our highways. H
Andy Kress is a certified fitness trainer, yoga instructor and nutritional counselor in Fort Lauderdale, FL. For more nutritional tips or inspired exercise routines, reach him at 954-789-3930 or via email at email@example.com
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FORT LAUDERDALE/WILTON MANORS ALIBI 2266 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Gayborhood tradition since 1997. Comfortable, inviting atmosphere with indoor video bars, outdoor drinking and dining. Drink specials all week, with mammoth 22-ounce Long Island Iced Teas for $3 on Thursdays. BILL’S FILLING STATION 2209 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Videos, pool tables, dart boards, dance floor, happy hour, live shows, Tuesday and Thursday karaoke – and great burgers, to boot. Fun and friendly truck-stop-themed bar. BOARDWALK 1721 N Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale Over 100 of the sexiest men from all over the world. Go-go dancers, cages, billiards, 2-4-1 Happy Hours. Drag emcees and did we mention the Boys? BOOM 2232 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors The bar with two names features a dance club and Gayborhood bar. Drag Bingo on Mondays, karaoke Mondays and Tuesdays, dance music Fridays and Saturdays, and (indoor) Sunday T-Dance. CORNER PUB 1915 N Andrews Ave., Wilton Manors Friendly atmosphere, unpretentious clientele and staff. Next to Island City Pizza (so you can get your drink AND your slice on). CUBBY HOLE 823 N Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale Butch bar and grill with a rockin’ daytime crowd (and a fun nighttime one, too). Fifty cent pool, 2-for-1 drinks all day every day, video games, hot movies on HDTV and DirecTV. Thursdays it’s Bare Bear Chest Night, and every Friday and Saturday the fur flies with Hot Bears on Poles (where their Grizzlies Grind)! DEPOT CABANA BAR AND GRILL 2935 N Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale Adjacent to the America’s Best Inn and Suites. Pool open daily – No Cover or Day Pass. Great food, daily happy hour, Sunday afternoon T-Dance Poolside. Karaoke and live music. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. DUDES 3270 NE 33rd St., Fort Lauderdale Men dancing for men. Hot go-go boys in an upscale atmosphere, piano lounge for more quiet interludes. Steamy shower shows. JOHNNY’S 1116 W Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Club, bar, lounge. Male dancers and the men who love (to ogle) them. Sunday amateur strip contest (and karaoke!). LIPS 1421 E Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park The Ultimate in Drag Dining. Dinner and shows six nights a week. Sunday Gospel Brunch with the Sisters of Sequins. THE MANOR 2345 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors WeHo vibe (think: LA’s The Abbey) in the heart of the Gayborhood. Dine, drink, dance, play, mingle. Theme rooms (salsa and merengue every weekend in the Latin Quarter!). Live dancing and dining. MATTY’S ON THE DRIVE 2426 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Drink specials, billiards, and a chill gayborhood vibe. 75 Cent drinks on Wednesdays. No Drama, No Smoking. MONKEY BUSINESS 2740 N Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale Cozy neighborhood bar. Karaoke, drag shows, Patio Bar – and open at 9 a.m. daily. MONA’S 502 E Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Cocktail Lounge in the heart of Searstown. Fun customers, fun bartenders and fun proprietor (the Legendary Jerry). Outside patio. Wednesday karaoke, Thursday Speedball Tournament. NAKED GRAPE 2163 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Relaxing, friendly, hip, unique. The alternative gathering place on Wilton Dr. Now serving tapas nightly. Social Hour features $5 house wine glasses, $1 Barcelona Bites, and In The Biz all the time.
PJ’S CORNER POCKET 924 N Flagler Dr., Fort Lauderdale Friendly neighborhood interracial bar with drinks specials every night of the week including, “In the Biz Mondays” at 9 p.m. with 2-4-1 drinks and $3 Cosmos and Apple Martinis, “Splash Friday’s” wet underwear contest, and Sunday’s pool tournament, both with a $50 cash prize! RAMROD 1508 NE 4th Ave., Fort Lauderdale Voted World’s Favorite Leather Bar. Pig Dance first Saturday of the month – South Florida’s Busiest, Craziest Monthly Party (with caged hunks at Midnight on Saturdays – is there a downside to this?). ROSIE’S BAR & GRILL 2449 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors Nexus of the A-Gay List. Be Seen in the Scene (without making one). Food, folks, libations, and a killer Sunday Funday. SCANDALS SALOON 3073 NE 6th Ave., Wilton Manors A line-dancin’, tight blue jeans-wearin’ good time. Country and western music, two-steppin’, three-steppin’, pool tables, and themed events year ‘round. Cowboys and Indians was never this much fun, Pilgrim. SIDELINES 2031 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Where Sports come first. Nationally known destination sports bar with TVs streaming NFL, MLB, NBA and college games. Pool tables, dart boards and large indoor (and now smoke-free) facility. Outdoor patio features area for smokers. Mixed crowd of gay men and women (who would have thought?). Featured in Bloomberg Businessweek and recommended by LOGO. STABLE 205 E Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Levis-and-leather neighborhood bar, where the bears line dance and the cowboys are VERY friendly. SMARTY PANTS 2400 E Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Cozy neighborhood bar with daily happy hour, and regular patrons. Show night Thursdays at 9 p.m. Karaoke Friday and Saturday nights, and with matinee on Sunday afternoon. TORPEDO 2829 W Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Dance, shoot pool, drink til 4 a.m., 7 nights a week. Doors open at Midnight; dance til Dawn. WHISKEY BLUE 401 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale In the W Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach, downstairs it’s the elegant Whiskey Blue, upstairs the luxe Living Room: hot dance and social settings in a distinctive atmosphere with signature cocktails and upscale patrons. Indoor and outdoor lounges. WILTON’S BIER GARDEN 2245 Wilton DriveWilton Manors German cuisine meets Der Gayborhood, in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Upstairs dining, downstairs outdoor patio and bar, DJ music, and a fun staff make one of Wilton Manors’ newest venues a good time to be had by all. MIAMI/MIAMI BEACH CLUB BOI 777 NE 79 St., Miami With an urban vibe on the weekends, a diverse crowd and a diverse musical format, including Hip Hop, R&B, House, Reggae, Soca, Latin and Old School. Go-go bois and drink specials. CLUB SUGAR 2301 SW 32nd Ave., Miami Gay Latin scene, with Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Hip Hop and House music always playing. DISCOTEKKA 950 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Hot music, hot scene, hot bartenders, and hot patrons in the hot heart of Downtown Miami. JOHNNY’S MIAMI 62 NE 14th Street, Downtown Miami Club, bar and lounge. Johnny’s Miami boasts the best sound system in town! Plenty of safe, secured parking. Open 5pm to 5am daily. Hot male dancers and daily drink specials.
MOVA LOUNGE 1625 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach On Miami Beach’s famed Lincoln Road, never a cover. Drink specials all week long, live DJs, high energy music and a fun crowd getting their dance on til late.
Azalea Lounge 1502 N Florida Ave., Tampa, FL Exposed brick, cold beverages and friendly staff are the mainstays of the recently bloomed Florida Avenue flower! Neighborhood bar, pool tables.
PALACE BAR 1200 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach This bar and restaurant in the heart of South Beach’s Art Deco District. Mouth-watering burgers, boys (and girls!). Weekend cabaret shows Thursday through Sunday.
Baxter’s Lounge 1519 S Dale Mabry, Tampa, FL Tampa Happy Hour Tradition. Serving up some of the hottest dancers Wednesday thru Saturday nights at 10PM.
SCORE 727 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach Dance, drink, party all night on Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road. Tons of events throughout the year, including fundraisers for Winter Party, White Party, and Miami Beach Gay Pride. SPACE 34 NE 11th St., Miami Mingle and mix with gays and str8s in the heart of Downtown Miami. Indoor dance floors and outdoor rooftop bar, spectacular light show. TWIST 1057 Washington Ave., Miami Beach Great music, friendly staff, hot tourists and locals. Never a cover, always a groove. Bungalow Bar = Hot Men. In SoBe’s Art Deco District. ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA Hanks 5026 Edgewater Dr., Orlando, FL Friendly local bar with a cruisy attitude. One of Orlando’s oldest and friendliest Gay bars. Beer and Wine. Pool Tables, Video Games and a Large Patio area. Hamburger Mary’s Bar & Grill 110 W Church St., Orlando, FL Eat, Drink & Be Mary! Tuesday BINGO with Miss Sammy & Carol Lee, Wednesday Trivia with Doug Bouser and Leigh Shannon’s Cabaret Dinner Show is every Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Parliament House 410 N Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL All gay entertainment complex with 130 newly-remodeled hotel rooms. Cruisy Hotel, Nightclub, Pool Bar, Bear/Leather Bar. New Phoenix 7124 Aloma Ave., Winter Park, FL Winter Park’s ONLY Gay & Lesbian Bar. Been There Forever! Karaoke every Tuesday and Friday at 9 p.m. Drag shows every Saturday night. Home of the $1 Jello shots. Pulse 1912 S Orange Ave., Orlando, FL Orlando’s Premier Gay Bar & Nightclub with Ultra Lounge, Jewel Box Dance Floor, and Adonis Dancers. Twisted Tuesdays with $10 All-U-Can Drink, College Wednesdays (18+) and 2-4-1 every Friday for Happy Hour. Savoy Orlando 1913 N Orange Ave., Orlando, FL “The hottest” gay bar and nightclub in Orlando. The MEN OF SAVOY Dancers from 6 p.m. til 2 a.m. every night in the main bar! Video Bar, Pool Tables. Wylde’s 3557 S Orange Ave., Orlando, FL Neighborhood bar South of Downtown Orlando. Jukebox, Video Games, Pool Tables and Dancers. Paradise Orlando 1300 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL Orlando’s casual Gay & Lesbian bar and nightclub. Patio, Tiki Bar and Pool Tables. Happy Hour 4 til 9 p.m. and drink specials every day til 9 p.m. Bar Codes (Formerly Bear Bar) 4453 Edgewater Dr., Orlando, FL Friendly Bar, Real Men and Bears... Oh My! Beer and Wine. Tends to attract the after work Happy Hour crowd. TAMPA BAY 2606 2606 N Armenia Ave., Tampa, FL Tampa’s favorite Levi/leather bar has two floors (dimly lit), with the upstairs being the more cruisy. There’s Hog House shop on-premises, and the 2606 is home to the Tampa Leather Club. Monday is Underwear Night, Tuesdays are $1 drinks and on Wednesdays, Longnecks are just $1.50.
Flirt Nightclub & Showbar 1909 N 15th St., Tampa, FL (Ybor City) Get that hometown feeling. Amazing lazer shows, big headliners and has been around for 6 years. City Side 3703 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, FL Tampa Bay’s “Best Happy Hour” til Midnight every night of the week. GBar 1401 E 7th Ave., Tampa (Ybor City), FL Dance Club & Video Bar. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 4 p.m. til 3 a.m. No cover before 10 p.m., $5 after with ID. Valentines Nightclub 7522 N Armenia Ave., Tampa, FL Voted #1 Nightclub in Tampa. Open 7 days a week 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. Monday, Latin Night, Tuesdays are Boys Night Out, Wednesdays are Karaoke Night, Thursdays, No Cover Dance Party, Fridays feature Hot Go-Go Girls, Saturdays are Latino Night “Uncut” and Sundays are Hip Hop Night. Ki Ki Ki III 1908 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL One of The Oldest Bars (beer and wine). A plain bar without pretention with its share of young regulars. Rainbow Room 421 S MacDill Ave., Tampa, FL A mix between a neighborhood bar and a community center. Main bar with pool, darts, jukebox. Outdoor Tiki patio has a full volleyball court and live bands. Beer & Wine. ST. PETERSBURG Georgies Alibi 3100 3rd Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL One of the most popular gay bars in St. Pete. It’s always busy! Great VJ’s play Top 40 music. Mondays are Drag BINGO and Talent contest, Pool tourney Wednesdays, and the legendary Long Island Iced Tea nights on Thursdays. Ages 21 and over, never a cover! Flamingo Resort 4601 34th St. South, St. Petersburg, FL Florida’s “largest, luxury all gay resort.” Non-stop entertainment, great menu, and drinks served poolside at the Cabana. Weekly events and 2-4-1 Happy Hour daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday Happy Hour ($1 off) 11 a.m to 9 p.m. Gemini Lounge 2315 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL Gemini Lounge aims to serve a variety of tastes; music, karaoke, Internet access, poetry readings and sports on TV. Oar House Bar & Liquor Store 4807 22nd Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL Fun, friendly, laid-back atmosphere where you can get great drinks at cheap prices! Drama free! Happy Hour daily from 2 p.m. til 9 p.m. Haymarket Pub 8308 4th St. North, St. Petersburg, FL More of a Men’s bar. Showing hot videos, beer specials, Saturday Underwear Night, and different events each week. Hideaway 8302 4th St. North, St. Petersburg, FL The oldest Womyn’s bar in the country. Where music is always the main entree! Coldest selection of beer in town. Detour 2612 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL The hottest club in St. Pete. Daily specials, karaoke nights and gogo boys from Rico’s Men. Noted for it’s Saturday Drag shows and Karaoke nights. Full liquor bar. MELBOURNE/COCOA Cold Keg NightClub 4060 W New Haven Ave., Melbourne, FL Largest Gay Club in Melbourne Florida and the Premier Gay Bar & Nightclub in Brevard County.
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Ultra Lounge 407 Brevard Ave., Cocoa, FL Nestled in Cocoa Village, this bar has a full coffee bar,
serving espresso, lattes, cappuccinos as well as draft beers & wine. JACKSONVILLE
2929 Plum St., Jacksonville, FL The Metro Entertainment Complex has been serving the GLBT community for 17 years. Features a total of 7 different venues under one roof to choose from. Lesbo-A-GoGo, monthly Tea Dances, special quest performers, female impersonators and live musicians.
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4751 Lenox Ave., Jacksonville, FL Your Neighborhood Gay Bar - the place for men. Cold beer, music and a warm and cozy atmosphere. Hot men and cheap beer... We all know where that leads! AJ’s Bar & Grill 10244 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, FL Annie and Janie invite you to stop by and see some old friends and meet some new ones! Great food, awesome service, delicious mixed drinks and live entertainment. Park Place Lounge 931 King St., Jacksonville, FL A fun and comfortable gay bar that’s accommodating to both gays and non-gays. A great place to watch your favorite game, or enjoy playing Wii while the liquor flows! The Norm 2952 Roosevelt Blvd., Jacksonville, FL A neighborhood bar. Everyone is welcome, but remember it is a girls bar! Beer and Wine only. 616 Bar 616 Park St., Jacksonville, FL A warm and friendly atmosphere with a Patio bar. Karaoke on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Thursdays the Jax Bears are here for happy hour. Fridays and Saturdays enjoy the “Beer Blast.” Three Layers Cafe 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville, FL The name Three Layers comes from their large variety of delicious three layer cakes. An inviting loft style cafe located in Springfield. Enjoy a bistro style lunch or just stop in for your morning coffee.
Bo’s Coral Reef 201 5th Ave. North, Jacksonville Beach, FL There are great shows Thursday through Sunday with the best of female impersonators. Pool tables, video games, and a large outdoor patio. The only gay bar on the beach! Incahoots 711 Edison Ave., Jacksonville, FL This club offers good crowds every night. Recently remodeled with three bars and a friendly staff. Everyday is a different special. A fun place anytime. Full Liquor bar. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays except for special events. Kickbacks Gastropub 910 King St., Jacksonville, FL This is a top class venue serving over 600 different bottled beers, 84 beers on tap, breakfast, lunch and dinner 20hrs a day 7 days a week! PENSACOLA The Roundup 560 E Heinberg St, Pensacola, FL A neighborhood gay men’s bar... Pensacola’s Cowboy Bar. Open 2 p.m. til 3 p.m. daily. Cabaret 101 S Jefferson St. #E, Pensacola, FL Not strictly a gay bar, the charming and friendly Cabaret is very much a fixture in Pensacola’s GLBT community, drawing a mixed bunch each evening for happy hour, karaoke, videos, comedy shows, live music, and all-around hobnobbing and socializing. KEY WEST Bourbon Street Pub 724 Duval St., Key West, FL Opened in October of 1995 and has continued to grow ever since, it is now part of the larger collection of gay action in The Bourbon St. Pub Complex. Hot Go-Go boy dancers and a busy crowd. “Where the boys are!” 801 Bourbon Bar 801 Duval St., Key West, FL Cabaret shows upstairs with nightly performances by famed performers Sushi, Kylie, RV Beaumont, Margo, and others. This legendary establishment has been around for over 30 years, and host Happy Hour specials daily from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Aqua Nightclub 711 Duval St., Key West, FL Aqua features the “Reality is a Drag” show six days a week,
followed by dancing. Monday is karaoke night and don’t miss the great happy hour specials from 3 to 8 p.m. daily. KWest 705 Duval St., Key West, FL Daily Happy Hour from 3 to 8 p.m., and a piano sing-along every Wednesday night. Men dancing for men after 10 p.m. Weekly drink specials and “Wet Jockey” contests on Fridays. Saloon One 801 Duval St., Key West, FL (Behind 801 Bar) This is the only gay leather bar in Key West. Conveniently located behind 801 Bourbon Bar. La Te Da 1125 Duval St., Key West, FL An upscale hotel complex with 3 bars, cabaret and restaurant. Pearl’s Patio Bar for Women 525 United St., Key West, FL Tropical themed women’s bar for gay women and gayfriendly women alike. Patio bar with a full bar featuring drinks like “Cosmopearlitans” and “Pearl’s Passion”. Bobby’s Monkey Bar 900 Simonton St., Key West, FL The gay Cheers style neighborhood bar of Key West. Happy Hour from Noon to 7pm, Karaoke on Sunday nights, pool tournaments on Tuesday nights at 7pm. Free Wi-Fi access. Garden of Eden 224 Duval St., Key West, FL A Rooftop Bar with the BEST VIEWS in the city & “BEST Long Island Ice Teas made by Melinda!” Gay, straight, fat, or skinny... Doesn’t matter! Clothing optional - gay friendly! WEST PALM BEACH H G Roosters 823 Belvedere Rd., West Palm Beach, FL Dark bar that attracts a fun party crowd. Camp is in at H.G.’s, where drag shows and bingo nights pack in crowds looking for laughs and fun. The Lounge 517 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, FL Sushi, tropical views and tasty cocktails are accompanied by acclaimed resident DJ Daisy DeadPetals. Fort Dix Bar & Club 6205 Georgia Ave., West Palm Beach, FL
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Mostly local crowd looking to mingle and relax. The bar is a bit on the dark and dingy side, but who knows--that could be a plus. FORT MYERS Office Pub 3704 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers, FL Oldest gay bar in South West Florida with a festive attitude. This bear-friendly Office likes to have fun with underwear parties, drag shows, Wii bowling! Check out their country and western music night on Saturdays. Tubby’s 4350 Fowler St., Fort Myers, FL Where men come to compete (in tournaments). “Never a cover... always a smile” Tubby’s is a no-frills video bar with a total of 10 TVs and two projection screens available for patrons to use as they wish. Add a six-hour 2-4-1 Happy Hour during the Wii tournaments on the big screen! The Bottom Line 3090 Evans Ave., Fort Myers, FL This gay entertainment complex is one of the longest running clubs in southwest Florida at over 20 years, The Bottom Line features 7 bars, pool tables, drag shows and occasional guest appearances by porno stars. VENICE TOTI: Tavern on the Island in Venice 127 Tampa Ave. East, Venice, FL This South Beach inspired gay bar, boasts a dance floor and a game room with pool tables and dart boards. It’s clean, the music is mixed and the staff are friendly. A mixed crowd can be found most nights... younger, older (duh, this is Venice), gay and straight. Did you know that in the Caribbean, TOTI is slang for a beloved male appendage? How apropos. GAINESVILLE Spikes 4130 NW 6th St., Gainesville, FL It is a laid-back kind of place, with friendly bar staff. The crowds vary depending on the night. The bar has a nice open air patio area that is rarely used, but would be nice if it was. University Club 18 E University Ave., Gainesville, FL This is a fairly average small college town gay bar. It is usually busy and crowded on Thursday nights.
Looking Into “Infinity” on Wilton Drive By DALE MADISON
en Hill resembles nothing so much as a proud father as he surveys the progress that contractors have made on his soon-to-open Infinity Lounge (2184 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, in the Gables Wilton Park condominium), which he plans to unveil soon. Considering that he just signed the lease in June is a tribute to that progress. “The City of Wilton Manors has been superlative,” Hill says. “They have worked with us so graciously. I know I have heard stories about how difficult they can be, but they have just been amazing for me to work with.” His praise extends to the contractor he chose. “Believe me, you
have to be very selective—but they have just been here when they say they are going to be, and have been phenomenal,” he adds. Hill has applied that selectiveness to every facet of the build-out, not least in the décor and environment he plans to invoke. “I picked the deep blue color for the walls, as I feel it’s very relaxing—to almost a ‘Zen’ type of feeling,” he says. “The Tiffany turquoise blue adds another great accent color.” He describes the painstaking detail, including an upholstered banquette and chandeliers. “I think we’re going to have one great upscale place,” Hill predicts, paternal pride in evidence. Of the service and libations, Hill
“Infinity Lounge” in Gables Wilton Park
calls to mind “Martinis and oldfashioned drinks. It’s going to not be your regular bar.” He describes the upscale, casual-formal vision for Infinity Lounge: “I wanted something that people would want to dress up for to go out—somewhere that you would want to put on a pressed shirt and nice slacks, or—if you’re a lady—a dress or skirt,” he chuckles at the Gayborhood irony. “Sorry I just had to say that.” Hill also plans outside, alfresco seating. “There are enough eateries along the Drive that do a great job—I want to provide great drinks, and great
music, and an environment that other locations don’t offer,” he explains. “I am trying to target a different segment of the market,” Hill adds. “I want my own niche, and I want to add to the Drive. To me, that’s what makes our community as great as it is, let’s ‘add to,’ and not take away from.” Hill plans to open Infinity Lounge within the next few weeks. “I am hoping within two weeks, but as we all know, it depends on the final Certificate of Occupancy.” For more information, visit infinityloungefl.com, or facebook.com/infinityloungefl. H
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THE KINSEY SICKS: ELECTILE DYSFUNCTION The hilarious dragapella divas return to Greater Fort Lauderdale to poke fun at the 2012 election cycle, with such hits as “Vote for Me (I’m Not From Kenya),” and “Sell the Poor.” Saturday, August 25, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Amaturo Theater. Tickets are $35, and are available at browardcenter.org.
director Billy Wilder’s ultimate Hollywood movie. Starring William Holden, Gloria Swanson, and Erich von Stroheim. “TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD” A heart-wrenching classic directed by Robert Mulligan from the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Harper Lee (Truman Capote’s best friend), and Horton Foote’s Oscarwinning screenplay. Starring Gregory Peck in a performance for the Ages. “WEST SIDE STORY” The classic Broadway musical transitions to a classic motion picture. Directed by Robert Wise with music and lyrics by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. Starring Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, and George Chakiris. “2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY” Stanley Kubrick’s vision of man’s past and future. Starring Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood.
GATEWAY THEATRE CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL Enjoy the classics of cinema the way they were meant to be seen: In a theatre! From Friday, August 31 through Thursday, September 7, at Fort Lauderdale’s Classic Gateway Theatre (1820 E Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale—which opened in 1951, and hosted the 1960 world premiere of “Where the Boys Are,” a film that helped put Fort Lauderdale on the cultural map for generations). The festival will also include screenings of classic newsreels. The scheduled films include: “ANNIE HALL” Woody Allen at his best. Co-starring Diane Keaton. “CASABLANCA” It doesn’t get better than this. Directed by Michael Curtiz. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. “CHINATOWN” One of the greatest screenplays of all time. Directed by Roman Polanski. Starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, and John Huston. “CITIZEN KANE” One of the five greatest movies ever. Directed by and starring Orson Welles. “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” Director John Schlesinger’s groundbreaking 1969 film is the only “X-rated” feature to ever win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight. “NORTH BY NORTHWEST” Alfred Hitchcock’s classic suspense thriller. Starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason. “SHANE” George Stevens directs one of the most popular westerns of all time. Starring Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, and Jack Palance. “SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN” The greatest musical ever made. Directed by Stanley Donen. Starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor. “SOME LIKE IT HOT” Billy Wilder directs. Starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and, Marilyn Monroe. “SUNSET BLVD.” Master
A portion of ticket sales benefits the Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund. For more information, visit thegatewaytheatre.com.
SOUTH BEACH FIONA APPLE At the Fillmore Miami Beach, on Sept. 30. Her last album, “Extraordinary Machine” (2005) was named one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Albums of the Decade. Her latest LP, “The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do,” debuted on June 19. A reviewer in “American Songwriter” wrote, “‘The Idler Wheel’ isn’t always pretty, but it pulses with life, brutal and true.” Tickets are $34.50 to $65.50, and are available at LiveNation. com, Ticketmaster outlets and at the Fillmore box office. More information, visit fillmoremb. com.
KEY WEST WOMENFEST The 20th Annual Womenfest will be held in Key West from September 4 through 9. Parties, dancing, film festival and outings for women. For more information: womenfest.com.
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A Local Landmark on 2-Legs:
Bartender of the Month By DALE MADISON
ee George Knittel’s face, and you instantly recognize him as one of South Florida’s iconic bartenders who continues to please crowds with a smile that is just as big as his heart. “I moved here 26 years ago, having grown up in Philly,” Knittel says. “My grandparents owned a bar, and I sort of grew up in the industry.” Like Woody Allen’s “Zelig,” Knittel has seen his share of landmark happenings. “I actually started bartending in the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel [in Philadelphia], which was where so many fell ill in 1976 to Legionnaires’ disease. I started working there once the complete remodeling took place,” Knittel adds. “I had always been ‘curious’ about being gay, but in the 1970s you just didn’t act on it,” Knittel recalls. “My first gay bartending job was at Steps in Philly, on Delancey Street, and I walked around with a tool belt around my waist for two months. “One man came up to me and asked if I was a bartender or a construction worker,”
he remembers, laughing. “I did that job working Happy Hour for two years. Then a man by the name of Alan Kachin came to me and asked me to work for him in a new bar called Equus, and I worked for him for the next 10 years.” Equus became one of the city’s hottest disco night clubs of the 70s and 80s. “Kachin then moved,” to South Florida, Knittel recalls, “and opened Hombre in South Beach, and then later The Eagle in Fort Lauderdale, and we have been good friends ever since. My first bartending job here was at the Breakers Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, and I was there for five years.” Locals may remember the original Georgie’s, on West Sunrise Boulevard, in the location now occupied by Slammer. They may also recall seeing a familiar face slinging drinks behind the bar there. “I was at the original Georgie’s on Sunrise, along with entertainer Tony Griffin and the late Lee McCall. Following that stint, I opened Every Nook and Cranny, a
restaurant, but after eight years I got the itch for bartending again, so I went back to a little bar on Wilton Drive simply called the Martini Bar, and then over to the original Bill’s Filling Station on 13th Street.” His own personal “bar crawl” would lead him to Matty’s on the Drive, where friends and fans can now find him. “Now I feel like I am home at Matty’s,” he beams. Knittel’s signature cocktail is a “Goose Cosmo.” “Start by chilling the glass, and in a shaker, mix two-and-a-half ounces of Grey Goose vodka, a dash of Stoli Orange, a dash of Cointreau (triple sec), a dash of cranberry juice, and garnish with an orange slice. Try one!” Catch George Knittel weekends at Matty’s on the Drive, 2426 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, and tell him you heard about him and Matty’s in Agenda.H Justin Jones, 25, is a writer based in Minneapolis. In addition to his column lovejones, Justin pens Through These Eyes, a bi-weekly column for Lavender Magazine. He writes about things like being alive, being in love, and drinking too much. Facebook.com/JustinJonesWriter.
The Gayborhood Welcomes “Village Pub” By DALE MADISON
ilton Drive will soon welcome its newest watering hole, when the Village Pub makes its “rebut” (pronounced “raybyoo,” as in, second debut) during the next few weeks. Business partners Greg Phelps, Mark Byard, Alex Sadeghi, and Jerry Yerich say they plan to revolutionize the bar business. The owners say they are both intrigued and encouraged by an unexpected occurrence during the construction of the bar (which will be at 2283 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors), was once the location for J.J.’s Otherside and, more recently, The Mix: The contractor discovered that back in the 1970s the bar had been named “The Village Pub.” “When Mark and I created the name and the logo we had no idea
that this was the original name,” said Phelps, a veteran behind a bar for nearly 20 years. “With help of Wilton Manors’ the Grande Dame Diane Cline, we even found photos of the location’s original façade. Diane is helping create our ‘Wilton Manors Wall,’ which will include historic photos, memorabilia, and facts about our great little town,” he adds. “We will have six separate sound zones that can be independently controlled,” notes Byard about their plans for the interior. “One will be for the sports bar, one on the dance floor, one for the main bar, and the others will be for the outside areas. If you look at the building from the front you will notice first all new doors. We are also removing the covered windows, and installing what will appear to be garage doors,
so that during good weather they will be opened with a slatted air wall inside,” to help regulate sound going onto the Drive. Phelps added that the position of the VJ booth will include a full view of the entire bar, so that the sound and videos can be adjusted at a moment’s notice. Along with individual video monitors around the bar, there will be a 76-inch screen located at the main bar. “In the center of the main bar will be a retractable stage for performances, so that anyone at any place in the lounge will be able to see from any vantage point,” Phelps explains, adding, “We want to make this a real destination in Wilton Manors.” Concerning the ever-present Wilton Drive parking issue, Byard says that in addition to a dedicated
back lot, “we have already contracted for valet service, so no one will need to worry about getting a ticket or getting towed. We don’t want anyone to worry about that.” Phelps and Byard say they are shooting for an opening before Halloween. You can view images of the bar construction’s work in progress at villagepubwm.com. H
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DINING • recipe
Primanti Bros. When Size Matters By RICHARD DAVID CHAMBERLAIN
hoever said size doesn’t matter has never walked through the front door of Primanti Bros., a Pittsburgh institution since 1933, and a local Fort Lauderdale favorite since 1970. While many know the place for its pizza—along with Humpy’s in Wilton Manors, it’s easily the best pizza in town—the big attraction at Primanti Bros. are its huge Almost Famous Sandwiches. Legend has it that when the brothers Primanti (Joe, Dick, and Stanley) opened their original location on Smallman and Almost Famous Sandwich: Pastrami piled high with cheese, fries and slaw
18th Streets in the warehouse district of Pittsburgh, they created a sandwich that included side dishes of fries and slaw between two super thick slices of Italian bread. The concept suggested that the sandwich and sides could be eaten by truckers with one hand after unloading their beds and getting back on the road. This behemoth of an item comes in the usual assortment of flavors: Genoa salami, Italian sausage, bacon and egg, cappicola, turkey breast, roast beef, tuna fish, pastrami, corned beef or your basic burger—all mounded with provolone cheese. The resulting sandwich is easily three-inches thick, with the slaw and fries alone accounting for a good inch. It’s messy and gooey and heaven on earth. The sandwich ranges in price from $6.29-$6.69, so it’s easy on the pocketbook, especially considering that it’s a two-meal serving. Less popular but definitely worth considering: the Lotsa Mozzarella Cheese Oven-Baked Hoagies. Served on a crispy crust 9” Italian bun, our favorite from this group is the Sicilian Cheesesteak ($6.99).
This traditional favorite includes premium cut sliced beef with grilled onions, mushrooms, and a ladle of marinara sauce, all smothered in mozzarella. The sauce is what makes it Sicilian, but the taste is what makes it our favorite. As if to prove that it’s more than just a pizza joint, Primanti’s offers up full course meals with housemade bread and a side salad. These are definitely not the Bros. specialty, and as if to prove the point, they make you wait extra long to receive your meal. However, when you do, there is a whopping portion with equally great taste. Recommended here is the Chicken Marsala ($11.79), served with a pasta. The chicken is sautéed in Marsala wine with mushrooms, extracting a flavor that’s both subtle and defined. In an unusual treat, the Home-Style Baked Cheese Raviolis deliver a delightful spin on the Italian standard. In the Primanti version, the raviolis become akin to minilasagnas with their ricotta cheese filling. The fresh marainara sauce is prepared with fresh tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers and onions,
and all for $10.99. Mamma mia! Primanti Bros. has a 24-hour location on the beach, at 901 N Atlantic Blvd. as well as branches at 516 E Oakland Park Blvd. in Oakland Park. (954-565-7100) and 2019 N University Dr. in Sunrise. (954-578-3900). At the non-beach locations, Tuesdays and Thursdays are boys-night-out Family Pizza Event from 5 p.m. to closing. On those nights, $16.99 gets you an 18” pizza with three-toppings and a pitcher of soda pop. (A pitcher of beer costs $1.50 more.) The delicious single Big Slice Pizza ($2.49) may just be the best bargain not only in Primanti Bros. but in all of Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors. It measures a full 12-inches along the top crust, and only the most gluttonous will be able to consume two. Try anyway, and tell them Agenda sent you.H
PRIMANTI BROS. 901 North Atlantic Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 954-565-0605
Beef (“Boeuf”) Bourguignon Made EASY
This Week’s Delicious Recipe By JEAN DOHERTY I have been browsing different recipes proposed by various well-known cooks or chefs, and I’m amazed at the amount of blah-dee-blah going on! I mean Boeuf Bourguignon in 45 steps: Would you please gimme a break?! You mean that you have to be on vacation or knock a whole day off from your weekend to make this dish? So I am giving you my recipe. A lot of you love it at Le Patio, and come in for it again and again. My point being that easy is not bad. For 6 servings you’ll need:
Ingredients: • • • • • • • • • •
3 lbs of sirloin tip 2 big onions 1lb bag of baby carrots 2 cloves of garlic, smashed 4 slices of smokey bacon 3 tablespoons of flour 1 tin of button mushrooms 1 bouquet of garni 1 bottle of red wine 1 beef stock cube
Choose a thick, large saucepan or a “Le Creuset” dish. Cover the bottom of the pan with olive oil and throw in the two big onions, which you have chopped coarsely. Place it on the stove and brown it. Scoop out all the browned onions with a slotted spoon and set aside. Throw in the bacon and brown. Using the slotted spoon, scoop them out and set aside with the onions. Brown the meat on all sides and sprinkle with the flour. Pour in the wine. The wine should cover all the meat: Open another bottle and add more if necessary. Add the
carrots, the crushed garlic cloves, and the bouquet of garni. Add the beef stock cube, and plenty of black pepper. Throw in the browned onions and the bacon. Stir it all up with a wooden spoon, rubbing the bottom to get up all the good stuff. Yum! Leave to cook on high heat until it boils. Give it a stir every now and then. You can add a tin of button mushrooms at this stage if you like (as I always say, you are the chef). Lower the heat and leave it simmer for two to three hours, or until the meat is tender. Serve with egg noodles, mashed potatoes or, even better, fresh pasta. Bon appétit!H
Although born in Dublin, Ireland, chef Jean Doherty spent most of her life in Lyon, France, the gastronomical capital of the world. Together with Vero, her partner of 25 years, Jean has owned and run multiple restaurants including Fort Lauderdale’s Le Patio.
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