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he tested HIV-positive. His mother notified authorities. According to the arrest affidavit, Sumlin posted on a “social networking” site, “I ****ed this little boy, videotaped it, and then added it to the online group,” adding, “I don’t use condoms when I have sex and you can call me sick, don’t worry about me, worry about who gave it to them.” The affidavit adds, “Additional videos of the [defendant] were viewed of him engaged in what appears to be unprotected sexual activity with other unknown males.” Broward County Judge John Hurley cited concern about the defendant’s “intentional behavior.” “It seems like there was a high degree of recklessness, at a minimum, based on your alleged behavior,” said Hurley. Authorities say that anyone who may have had sexual interaction with Sumlin should contact Pembroke Pines Police at (954) 431-2200.H

arrested on September 5 by Pembroke Pines Police, after they were alerted by the victim’s mother that the man may have sexually assaulted her son. The teen confirmed the story of the encounter, and the alleged sex, to police. Sumlin, who was held on $280,000 bond, faces seven counts, Keith “Keyoko” Sumlin including attempted SUNRISE - A Sunrise man has second-degree murder, lewd and been arrested and charged with lascivious molestation, and criminal attempted murder for having sex with transmission of the HIV virus. a 15-year-old boy whom he infected The teen learned of his exposure to with human immunodeficiency HIV after revealing the encounter to virus (HIV ). According to the arrest a friend who had also been sexually documents, Keith “Keyoko” Sumlin intimate with Sumlin, and who met the victim through a “mobile later tested positive for HIV. The phone app,” and invited him to his minor was taken by his mother to home, where they had sex. The arrest documents note that, Memorial Regional Hospital, where prior to their sexual encounter, AFTER THE CONFETTI Sumlin asked the victim, “Are you really 18 years old?” The teen told him that he was “younger” than 17. During their recent national The affidavit graphically describes conventions, the nation’s two major the encounter, including several political parties adopted platform instances of “sexual intercourse planks reflecting their official policies (no condom used),” and Sumlin’s on marriage equality. In Charlotte, alleged references to the teen as North Carolina, the Democratic “my little slut.” National Committee approved a plank Sumlin—who is 30 years old, but supporting equal treatment under the claimed to be 21 during his alleged law for same-sex couples. encounter with the victim—was

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Ann Romney Declines to Answer Questions About Gay Marriage, Birth Control DAVENPORT, IOWA – During an interview last week with a local television station, Ann Romney, the wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, declined several times to answer questions about marriage equality, or employer-provided contraception. The candidate’s wife was interviewed by KWQC-TV anchor David Nelson, who asked her, “Here in Iowa, as you know, same-sex marriage is legal. Do you believe a lesbian mother should be allowed to marry her partner?” Replied Romney: “You know, I’m not going to talk about the specific issues.” When she was asked whether employers should be required to provide health insurance that covers birth control, Romney declined to respond. “You know, again, I’m going to talk to you about the economy and about job creation, and about how my husband is the right person for the right time. This is going to be an election that is very important for women, and we are going to make sure that their economic prosperity is more certain under a President Romney.” Her husband, Mitt Romney, publicly opposes gay marriage and civil unions, and supports a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Romney has also attacked the Obama administration for requiring most religiouslyaffiliated employers to provide coverage for contraception in their employees’ health coverage.

Tisei Could Be First Openly-Gay Republican Elected to Congress SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS – The hypothetical election of U.S. House candidate Richard Tisei


would be a collision of “firsts.” Tisei would be the first Massachusetts Republican elected to the U.S. House in 15 years. He would also be the first openly-gay Republican elected to a term in Congress. A family scandal surrounding the incumbent, U.S. Rep. John Tierney, a Democrat, gives Republicans their first solid-shot at the House seat, which represents the state’s 6th congressional district. Tierney’s wife has pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting an illegal gambling operation run by her brothers, one of whom was convicted this summer of racketeering; the other is now a fugitive from justice. Both men claim that Tierney was aware of their illegal activities. Tisei, who has served 26 years in the state legislature, including a stint as Senate minority leader, told NPR, “When Gov. Romney was here, I voted with him half the time, and I voted against him half the time,” adding, “I have no problem working with Nancy Pelosi. Just because she’s in the opposition, I’m not gonna poke her in the eye.” Despite that bipartisan language, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner held a fundraiser for Tisei, and the National Republican Congressional Committee has delivered close to $1 million for a TV ad campaign that targets Tierney.

NFL Player Blasts Anti-Gay Maryland Lawmaker ST PAUL, MINNESOTA – On Friday, Minnesota Viking player Chris Kluwe sent an open letter to a Maryland state lawmaker accusing him of misusing the power of his office for attacking a Baltimore Ravens linebacker who supports gay marriage. Wrote punter Chris Klume to Maryland state delegate Emmett Burns, Jr.: “I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of Maryland’s state government. Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think

that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level.” Burns earned Klume’s disdain after the lawmaker sent a letter to Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, demanding that he discipline linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo for his comments in support of marriage equality. Burns, who opposes same-sex marriage, enjoined Bisciotti to “inhibit such expressions from your employee.” “I can’t even begin to fathom the cognitive dissonance that must be coursing through your rapidly addled mind right now, the mental gymnastics your brain has to tortuously contort itself through to make such a preposterous statement are surely worthy of an Olympic gold medal,” Klume wrote to Burns. “I’ve also been vocal as hell about the issue of gay marriage,” Klume added, “so you can take your ‘I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing,’ and shove it in your closeminded, totally lacking in empathy pie hole, and choke on it.”

Marriage Equality Battle Lines Drawn in Rhode Island PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND — LGBT rights advocates say that marriage equality is likely to be on the agenda when Ocean State lawmakers convene for the legislative session in January. House Speaker Gordon Fox (D-Providence), who is openly-gay, has promised that if he remains leader of the House, he will call for a vote on gay marriage. Fox says he’ll ‘‘work his backside off ’’ to promote the issue. He faces opposition in the State Senate, including from that chamber’s President, Teresa Paiva Weed. Last year, Rhode Island’s General Assembly approved civil unions for same-sex couples. “We are in a New England state, and you can easily go across the state


line to get married,” said Fox. ‘‘I want to have my marriage in the state of Rhode Island.’’

Vermont, Connecticut, New York Sue Feds Over DOMA MONTPELIER, VERMONT — The state of Vermont has joined Connecticut and New York in asking that the federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman be ruled unconstitutional. On Friday, Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell said that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) discriminates against same-sex couples, and unfairly denies the, federal benefits. “These married couples— our friends and neighbors in Vermont—have every right to fair and equal treatment by the federal government,” said Sorrell. “Instead, they are denied Social Security benefits, tax exemptions, and health and retirement benefits.” The three states filed their briefs in the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a case brought by a New York woman who was required to pay $350,000 in estate taxes when her partner died. Last year, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department would no longer defend DOMA in court, and several federal judges—including a number appointed by Republican presidents—have ruled the law to be unconstitutional. In June, a federal judge in New York ruled DOMA to be unconstitutional because it intrudes upon the states’ business of regulating domestic relations. Currently, same-sex marriage is legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.H Get Your Business Really Seen!


Pride Center, Women In Network, GLBX Help Raise $36K For Broward “Tools for Schools” POMPANO BEACH - Elected officials, business and community leaders, and school officials celebrated the contribution of more than $36,000 in school supplies for Broward teachers and their students. The donation will help provide enough supplies for one school year for about 90 teachers from the Broward Education Foundation’s Tools for Schools center. Teachers in Broward’s poorest schools are eligible to shop twice a year at the center for a wide range of items, ranging from pencils, paper and glue, to art supplies, tissues and back packs.

More than 50 local businesses displayed contribution bins in their offices for the month of July to collect school supplies. Major sponsors included the Pride Center at Equality Park, Women In Network, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Gay and Lesbian Business Exchange (GLBX), which organized the largest collection drive of all partners in the “Stuff the Bus” event. The sixth largest school district in the nation, Broward County has more than 172 Title 1 schools, with more than 52 percent of the families struggling to equip their children for the new school year. According to the foundation, teachers spend an average $1,000 of their own personal funds to help equip their classrooms. For more information, visit


Infinity Lounge Announces Grand Opening WILTON MANORS – The owners of the new Infinity Lounge have announced their Grand Opening, which will be held on Saturday, September 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., in its location at 2184 Wilton Drive (in the Gables Wilton Park building). “I’m from a small town in Washington State,” says Ken Hill, owner of Infinity Lounge, “so I was attracted to Wilton Manors for its small town feel with a big city vibe. It was the perfect location for the lounge I have spent ages conceptualizing, where cocktails and conversation mix with casual sophistication.” To officially launch the new venture, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m., with Wilton Manors Vice-Mayor Tom Green and City Commissioners Scott Newton and Julie Carson presiding. DJ Chuck Knowles will provide entertainment, and happy hour pricing will be in place for the event. “I really wanted a lounge that welcomes everyone—men, women, gay or straight, local or visitor to the area—to relax in an environment that’s sexy, cool, and sophisticated,” says Hill. “In appreciation of our clientele, even our well liquors are notable brand names.” “I’m thrilled to welcome Ken Hill and Infinity Lounge to Wilton Manors,” said Krishan Manners, President of the WIlton Manors Development Alliance. “Ken has found a niche in the local market that was under-serviced and created a business around it. That’s exactly the entrepreneurial spirit that makes our city thrive.” Infinity Lounge is open Sunday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 2a.m., and Friday and Saturday from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. Happy Hour is from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily, with all drinks at half price.H

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Island City Fitness Announces Merger With NYC-Based Steel Gym WILTON MANORS – On October 1, Island City Health and Fitness (ICHF) will merge with New York Citybased Steel Gym, creating a partnership that includes three world class facilities, and plans for a larger network of gyms to come. “By every possible measure, this is a positive step for the club and for the members,” said Reece Darham, ICHF’s managing director and a partner in the new merger, which will introduce the Steel brand to Wilton Manors and Greater Fort Lauderdale. Steel—based in Manhattan’s tony Chelsea area—is owned by fitness authority Ken Hunt, whose purchase last year of Idol’s Gym in Miami brought him into contact with ICHF, and led to the merger discussions. Darham says the benefits for members speak for themselves. “There will be no price change for existing members,” of ICHF, he says. “These are lifetime rates.” In addition, “I’m not leaving,” Darham insists, with a laugh. His insistence aside, he says the rumor mill has been running at full steam since word of the negotiations leaked. “I was sitting in the middle of the Mediterranean,” Darham relates, half in laughter, the other half incredulous. “And I get a message, ‘I heard you sold the gym, and have left the country.’ Mind you, I have taken a summer trip every year since before I can remember, and I’m barely packed for a scheduled holiday when the rumors start flying.” Beginning October 1, ICHF will be a division of Steel Gym. Darham says the goal is to transition to the Steel Gym brand over the next 12

months. “There will be ‘zero’ loss to the members, only gains,” he insists. “We want the members to be comfortable with the transition, and know that their memberships will be responsibly transitioned.” With that in mind, Darham and Hunt have announced that effective October 1, 2012 and continuing through January 31, 2013, ICHF memberships will be honored at all three Steel locations, Manhattan, Miami, and Wilton Manors. Starting February 1, Miami and Wilton Manors members will pay a nominal charge (“Something like $5 a month” according to Darham) to use Steel Gym’s New York facility. “This just reflects the reality of how expensive it is to work out in Manhattan,” says Darham. “It’s around $80 a month for a membership to the New York gym.” Darham, who is also cochair of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Rainbow Business Coalition (RBC) and serves as an envoy for the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), says that upgrades to ICHF are set to be implemented. These include an additional 10-ton a/c unit in the aerobics studio, renovations to the bathrooms (with touchless soap dispensers and hand dryers among them), new workout equipment, major exterior renovations, a new color scheme (“red, black, silver, and white”), and an increase in both the number of group training sessions and the way the gym approaches personal training. “We’re very excited, what can I say?” Darham offers. “One thing that will never change is our community involvement, and our commitment to keeping our promises.” H


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Natural vs. NORMAL SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 • ISSUE 147



“Faith and science have at least one thing in common: Both are lifelong searches for the truth. But while faith is an unshakable belief in the unseen, science is the study of testable, observable phenomena. The two coexist, and may at times complement each other. But neither should be asked to validate the other. Scientists have no more business questioning the existence of God than theologians had telling Galileo the Earth was the center of the universe.” - Bill Allen

always enjoy explaining the difference between what’s “natural” versus what’s “normal.” For something to be considered normal, it just needs the behavioral approval of the thundering herd. What defines the “norm” explains what is normal. (Example: Culturally, it is “normal” for many African-American males to disdain the homosexual lifestyle. This, of course, fails to account for the large number of brothers who are living on the “down-low.”) What’s “natural” is informed by one’s “nature” (duh). This isn’t to say that all things that are natural are necessarily good (Ted Bundy, for instance, found it perfectly natural to kidnap, sexually assault, and murder young women). This is where a strong moral compass (and a liberal application of impulse control) comes in handy, but I suspect that all of us deal with personal demons (or at least imps) as we marry behavior that is socially-acceptable with that which is secretly-desired, and live productively as members of the greater mass of humankind. This isn’t the point I want to make, however. I was secretly pulling for the chop-logic coalition of libertarians, establishment stalwarts, Ron Paul mavericks, and gay conservatives who banded together in Tampa last month in an effort to drag the Grand Old Party of Lincoln and Eisenhower into the 21st Century (and the company of the rest of the civilized world) and modulate the anti-gay flame that has burned so brightly since the late-1980s in the party’s ideological cauldron. (The thinly-disguised veneer of softhomophobia that was ushered in by Pat Robertson lived long past

the political career of his protégé, sometime-hottie Ralph Reed, and of the bullhorn they wielded— the now-discredited Christian Coalition. Clearly, dreams can come true.) Unfortunately, when the dust settled, the Republican National Committee adopted language that calls court decisions supporting marriage equality “an assault on the foundations of our society,” and adds that “we believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman, must be upheld as the national standard, a goal to stand for, encourage, and promote through laws governing marriage.” Take that, child-corrupters in GOProud and Log Cabin Republicans. This lurch to the extreme would have drawn consternation from even Ronald Reagan. You scoff ? Consider: When “Dutch” accepted his party’s nomination in 1980, the Republican platform acknowledged the national debate over reproductive freedom, introducing its abortion plank by saying that “we recognize differing views on this question among Americans in general—and in our own party.” Consider that conciliatory prose in light of this year’s authoritarian “the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.” (The 2012 GOP platform also calls for public display of the Ten Commandments.) As a small “d” democrat (and a small “l” libertarian), I believe that religious and socially conservative folks should have a voice in our great democratic republic, and representation in our halls of legislation. I have had many close friends from my childhood to the present who were Jehovah’s

Witnesses, Southern Baptists, Latter-day Saints, Evangelical Christians, and orthodox Jews, and they have each had a way of believing how the world/cosmos/ existence works, as seen through the prism of their individual faiths, as well as a humane way of treating and dealing with those who their beliefs might consider “different.” That’s perfectly well and good. Score one for tolerance. (Or in the words of Tony Soprano, “They don’t want my son with their daughters, and I don’t want their sons with mine.”) Every one is entitled to their own beliefs—but no one is entitled to their own facts (a word that comes from the Latin factum, or “deeds”), and when all is said and done, in a nation of laws, every citizen is entitled to engage in the same “deeds” as every other citizen, including that most desperate deed of all—getting married to the consent adults of their choosing. Gay Republicans are certainly free to vote how they like, selecting the candidates and ideologies that most closely calibrate to their beliefs, values, morals, principles, and ethics. But they must know that they are doing so as secondtier technocrats, who have been granted only the most grudging of nods in their party’s platform. (“We embrace the principle that all Americans should be treated with respect and dignity.”) From my vantage point, that just encourages the bad behavior, perpetuating the “Jim Queer” mindset in many on the far right with the tacit endorsement of those who should instead be calling for the full measure of their civil rights the loudest. A dirty deed, indeed.H






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Four States, Four Referendum Views on Gay Marriage By JOE HARRIS In November, voters in four states will be asked to make permanent— more or less—their jurisdictions’ treatment of marriage equality (or reasonable facsimiles thereof ). Ballot initiatives in Maryland and Washington will determine whether marriage equality laws signed this year will stay on the books. In Maine, voters will decide once and for all, they presume, whether to allow gay marriage back into the Pine Tree State (where it was already signed into law—and overturned at the ballot box—in 2009). And in Minnesota, a constitutional amendment would enshrine marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

The Maine Event

AUGUSTA, MAINE - In 2009, state lawmakers enacted marriage equality, but it was overturned in the voting booth. Supporters of ballot Question 1 want to reinstate same-sex marriage. Both they and their opponents criticized the wording of the ballot question (“Do you want to allow same-sex couples to marry?”) as being too simplistic. Although Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, has been silent about his position on the issue, in May he criticized the teachers’ union for endorsing it, and later vetoed the union’s pay bill. Polls suggest that most voters (58 percent) support the marriage equality referendum.

Freedom to Marry in the Free State?

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND - Supporters hope to pass an initiative repealing the state’s Civil Marriage Protection Act, which was enacted earlier this year in support of marriage equality. Survey data shows strong support for same-sex marriage in Maryland.

The Veep, the General, and the Gays ST PAUL, MINNESOTA - Although gay marriage isn’t legal there, Republican lawmakers and conservative activists support a constitutional amendment to prohibit it from ever rearing its head in the North Star State. The ballot measure asks, “Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?” (Republicans want you to answer, “Yes.”) The question’s opponents include former Vice President Walter Mondale (D-MN), Fortune 500 corporation (and Minnesota-based) General Mills, Thomson Reuters, Target, and U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN).

Ever-Pink in the Evergreen State? OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON- The state’s Referendum 74 would repeal the marriage equality law signed in February by Gov. Christine Gregoire, a Democrat. The referendum question asks voters to approve or reject the law, which “allows same-sex couples to marry, applies marriage laws without regard to gender, and specifies that laws using genderspecific terms like husband and wife include same-sex spouses.” The law also says that “After 2014, existing domestic partnerships are converted to marriages, except for seniors. It preserves the right of clergy or religious organizations to refuse to perform or recognize any marriage or accommodate wedding ceremonies. The bill does not affect licensing of religious organizations providing adoption, foster-care, or child placement.” Major supporters of Washington state marriage equality include, Google, Microsoft, Nike, and Starbucks.H

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Imperial Point: A HOMETOWN Hospital By DALE MADISON


ust like Betty White in an episode of “Golden Girls” trying to hold her breath in a hospital elevator so she wouldn’t get sick, many of us disdain even the idea of visiting a hospital for fear we might catch something that’s airborne. It makes the fear of getting sick worse for some than the potential cure! Fortunately, times have changed, and hospitals are no longer the breeding ground for illness they once were. They have also changed when it comes to serving the disparate members of the community. One case in point is Imperial Point Medical Center (6401 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale). Tom Kester, Regional Director of Surgical Services for Imperial Point—part of the Broward Health system—is a true friend to the LGBT community. He, along with Imperial Point’s new CEO, Abigail Fortey, have established meaningful ties to Greater Fort Lauderdale’s LGBT community, recognizing the relationship between community partnership and trust,

and providing health care to that community. “One of the reasons that I joined Imperial Point was that we embrace domestic partnership rights,” notes Kester. “That is huge in the medical field. Of course,” he adds, “all of the Broward Health facilities recognize domestic partnerships.” Kester points to the region’s changing needs in health care. “At one time we had a huge HIV/AIDS department. Now, thanks to medical treatment advances, we don’t see that need as it was 25 years ago,” he explains. “At that time, Father William Collins of The Poverello Center served as chaplain. He did so much good work, and he still does,” Kester adds, flashing a smile. He goes over some of the essential services Imperial Point provides. “Women have so many services offered to them, such as mammograms and other health screenings.” And then there’s “the Man Van.” “That is not the official name of the project,” Kester explains, laughing. “The

idea behind it is that men have health issues, and this van will operate like some of the HIV screening vans do. We are eventually looking at the following tests to be done on site, or we will refer the patient to the proper specialist for further testing: Gastrointestinal/ colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy, urology and prostate exams, cardiac screening, eye exams, diabetes screening, weight control, skin health, low testosterone, erectile dysfunction, and basic health education—and that’s just scratching the surface,” he adds. Imperial Point is about to celebrate 40 years of providing uninterrupted service. The medical center plans to mark the occasion on Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with something for everyone including screenings for blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, and more. The event will also feature free therapeutic chair massages, a Halloween-themed corner and bounce house for kids, caricature artist and face painting, food,

refreshments, all sorts of prizes and giveaways, live entertainment, and the blood bank bus. For more information, call (954) 759-7400, or visit browardhealth. org/40years.H

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What’s Inside: Whenever a friend tells me he’s about to visit Las Vegas, I ask him to say “hello” to my money—the greenbacks I left on the casino floor. Thanks to Smarty Pants bar— which is celebrating its 9th anniversary this month—you have a chance to win a Las Vegas Get-A-Way Vacation Package, including a 3-day, 2-night stay in Sin City. The drawing takes place Sunday, September 23 at 8 p.m. Find out more, OUT in Florida. When you’re a kid, it seems that a fresh, juicy, delicious burger is just around the corner, but if a lifetime since then of fast food has left your palate jaded, it’s time to wrap your lips around the samplings at BurgerFi, which serves delicious Angus burgers along with a wide array of toppings, hand-cut French fries, craft beers, and other goodies. Our galloping gourmand, Richard David Chamberlain, has all the tasty reasons to make a trip to wear the burgers are named “Angus,” inside Dining. Think “Paris” and you think breathtaking architecture, a vibrant, world-influencing culture, rarified cuisine, and beautiful sights and sounds—and that’s just what you see on the Champs-Élysées! Our international envoy, Robert Elias Deaton, takes you past the City of Lights’ main drags—and into a world of them, as well as bears, twinks, and studs, all a la Français. Read more in Part II of our Paris excursion, inside Travel. Although it has been said that “practice makes perfect,” Fitness expert Tom Bonanti knows that PERFECT practice makes perfect form, and has some sound advice for not wasting your reps. We also have a delicious new dessert Recipe from Chef Jean Doherty, and a whole lot more. It’s almost time to carve them pumpkins. CD

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veryone knows that cheating is wrong. Yet it’s exhilarating at times to see just how much you can get away with. If you fudge on your taxes, you may end up with more money in your pocket, but you could also wind up in prison. Two-timing on your boyfriend may be tempting, but it can also lead to a variety of problems that even penicillin won’t cure. Cheating on your form in the gym in an attempt to lift heavier weight or squeeze out a few more reps to impress onlookers can lead to stalled gains and debilitating injuries. In order to get stellar results in the gym you need to lift progressively heavier weights, but more importantly, you need to learn and maintain good form. To help you have successful workouts and prevent you from getting injured, allow me to identify several form abuses, as well as suggestions for fixing them.

Bench presses are crucial for developing the size and strength of your chest, but when they are not done according to proper form they can lead to all sorts of injuries. Often, I see guys arching their backs so that a small log can actually fit between your back and the bench. This will lead to low back injuries in a hurry. Correct this by keeping your back totally against the bench so that not even a piece of paper can be slipped beneath you. Wide-grip lat pull-downs are a fundamental part of every back routine. I often see guys rushing through this exercise leaning forward, pulling the bar down behind the neck. Correct this by pulling the bar down in front of you to your chin with your back slightly arched, and your chest puffed out. After pulling the bar down, hold it steady for two seconds, then take one-totwo seconds to let it rise back up to starting position. A special note here: Wide-grip

lat pull-downs and shoulder barbell and dumbbell presses should never be performed behind the neck, since this can lead to rotator cuff damage. Biceps curls with barbells, E-Z curl bars, and dumbbells are essential for adding mass to arms, and chiseling those peaks in your biceps. But as you lift, focus on contracting biceps and not arching your back. Swinging, jerking and arching the back as you curl does not build your arms, it causes injuries. Instead, keep your body vertical. If you can’t, then use a lighter weight. Practice curling while keeping your back against a wall, or while seated on a bench. Squats are perhaps the most effective weight training exercise you can do in the gym. They not only work quads, hamstrings and glutes better than any other exercise, but there is practically no muscle group, from abs to triceps, that don’t benefit from

squatting. I am often horrified when I see guys leaning forward, knees over their toes and spines flexed. When you squat, keep your back straight, your head up and your toes pointed outward. Drop your butt down and keep the backs of your upper legs slightly less than parallel to the floor. Squat down slowly and become more explosive as you come up, using your glutes, hams and quads to push you up. You have a lifetime to lift all the weight in the gym, but if you cheat on your form and hurt yourself, you’re liable to end up with injuries that will take you out of circulation, maybe for good! Contact with your questions about workout form.H

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PARIS—PART II After Midnight in the City of Lights By ROBERT ELIAS DEATON


omance is in the air in Paris—from the architecture to the food to the sexy, exciting people that strut down the rues as if on the catwalk of life. Discovering the real Gay Paris is an exciting event that will leave you charged, reenergized and smiling earto-ear. Your adventure begins and ends at L’Open Café (17 Rue des Archives), a bar that doubles

Freedj’s decor is trendy and upscale

as an eatery, starting at 11:30 in the morning. This is the place to people-watch early in the day, and late at night. It’s at the intersection of Rue des Archives and Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, in the heart of the gayborhood, Le Marais. The closest Metro to this point is the Hôtel de Ville station. Enjoy some food, the passing view, and a few drinks, and get set to bar crawl the entire night away. The nearest bar to L’Open Café is Le Cox (15 Rue des Archives). This small and smelly beer dive has the distinction of having the longest Happy Hour in the area (from 6-9 p.m.). Liquor up on the cheap and then keep on moving. Should you need a full-course dinner during your pub crawl, do not hesitate to try the relatively new Café Voulez-Vous (18 Rue du Temple). The restaurant is run by the legendary Thibault Jardon, who ran the Les Bains Douches before it shut down, and was the artistic director of the iconic Queen nightclub on the Champs Elysée (now a straight club.) One of our favorite hangouts in the neighborhood has long been the Banana Café (13 Rue de la Ferronnerie). Here you’ll find

the Banana Boys, go-go dancers Picturesque corner in Paris’ gayborhood, Le Marais so smooth they’ve either just come from a bikini wax or have genetic hair loss. Either way, they are young and the Duplex (25 Rue Michel Le Comte). The beautiful and prancing for your benefit on attitude is laid-back, welcoming, and popular Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. The for that very reason, which, for many, is quite rest of the week, the Banana is a cute local enough, thank you. If you are of a certain age, and still feel the hangout with a tropical theme. Should you pass the Eagle (33 Rue des need to mix and match in open competition, Lombards), forget any preconceived notion there is always either Alex’s (2 Rue de you might have of the leather bars that Marivaux) or MicMan Bar (24 Rue Geoffroy populate so many gay areas around in globe. l’Angevi)—two places where mature is in. If size matters, the largest gay dance palace In Paris, the Eagle is as homogenized as whole milk, and is more a flashy dance bar with is Raidd (23 Rue du Temple), where busy, loud and pricey is a way of life. Great music house music and expensive drinks. If a place packed with hot bodies, rubbing is always on tap here, so prepare to hit the sweat to sweat is your scene, look no further floor keeping pace with the crowd. Finally, Daddies aren’t forgotten than Freedj (35 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie), the popular club of choice this completely in Paris. Your spot of choice is season for the pretty boys who are peaking in Bear’s (6 Rue des Lombards), a honey pot both beauty and muscle. If you’re unfortunate for bears, chubbies, Daddies, and those who enough to be doing neither, you’ll get the love them. Vive la difference!H once-over at the door and may or may not Robert Elias Deaton is a world-traveling epicure gain admission—it’s that kind of place. who enjoys the finer things in life. Far less picky, and far more friendly is


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Metro

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

Boot Rack Saloon

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

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

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

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


THE CUBBY HOLE: A Butch Little Local Landmark By DALE MADISON


nce upon a time, there was a legendary little watering hole near Sears Town called Lester’s Bar (it had first been called SyLa’s, after the original owners, but it underwent a name change in 1949). Around 1990, the landmark lounge was purchased by a customer, John Hitchcock (who was a big fan of the joint’s freshly-made hamburgers). Re-christening it the Cubby Hole, Hitchcock was the steward of the heritage establishment for 15 years before deciding to put it on the market. Enter Teri Galardi and Gary Edmiston. “We looked at large clubs in Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale, and Oakland Park,” recalls Edmiston. “We heard about Cubby Hole, so we stopped in to have a drink and check the place out. We really liked it, and so we put the wheels in motion, and next thing you know Teri bought the place.”

There was a lot to attract Galardi and Edmiston to the location. “We really liked the ‘friendly, local watering hole.’ We wanted the bar to be laid back, comfortable feel,” explains Edmiston. He acknowledges there were concerns when they first over. “Local drug dealers were hanging out in the back alley. Teri started going to city council meetings, and we spoke to the local police about more patrols. We also installed more security cameras.” Eventually, the bad element got the message that they weren’t welcome. Despite those changes for the better, some things have stayed exactly same— including the bar’s reputation for great food (including the burgers that helped “give birth” to it). “Our burger is 1/3-pound of fresh ground sirloin,” Edmiston justifiably brags. “I personally go out and purchase the sirloin every day. Every Friday is hot dog day, so many times I will make a Sloppy Joe sauce to

go on the dogs. We really try to show our customers that they are number one to us,” he adds. “We also have the longest happy hour in town. Seven days a week and customers can use their [free drink] chips anytime. Our philosophy is you should be able to use that chip when you want to use it,” says Edmiston. Edmiston’s emphasis on service and quality date back to his days in uniform, military and culinary. “In 1975, I left the United States Air Force and joined Big Boy Restaurants. I was a manager for years,” he remembers. “I then went to work for a private club in Las Vegas, and then became Assistant Executive Chef at Vegas World Casino.” In Las Vegas, Edmiston began his professional association with Galardi. “I went to work for Teri at the Back Door Club, which was one of the largest gay clubs in Vegas. It was typical for us to have 500 patrons on any given night.

Then Teri and I found Cubby Hole, and this has been home for me for the past three years,” says Edmiston. “I’ve had one day off in that time,” he adds with a smile, “but this has been a labor of love, so it makes it worthwhile.” The Cubby Hole Bar is located at 823 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit, and tell Gary and his staff that you read about them in Guy Magazine.H

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SMARTY PANTS BAR Win a LAS VEGAS GET-A-WAY VACATION PACKAGE, including away a 3-day, 2-night stay in Las Vegas, Nevada, to celebrate Smarty Pants 9th anniversary. The package includes hotel accommodations, airfare, and a coupon book for casino play, show discounts, and meals valued at $500 for two adults. The drawing takes place Sunday, September 23, at 8 p.m. There are several ways to be entered into the drawing. To enter the drawing, you must be at least 21 years of age, and YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN. Official rules are posted at the bar (2400 E Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale).

FLORIDA GRAND OPERA The Florida Grand Opera (FGO) presents its 72nd continuous season, beginning November 17. Boasting a classic selection of works as well as the return of company favorites in leading roles, the 2012-2013 productions include: Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” (“The Magic Flute”), Bellini’s “La Sonnambula,” and Verdi’s “La Traviata.” The new season begins with Puccini’s most famous and popular opera, “La Bohème,” last seen at FGO in 2008. The inspiration for the widely popular musical “Rent,” this opera follows a group of young bohemians living in Paris in the 1830s, focusing on the love story of Rodolfo, the poet, and Mimì, a seamstress suffering from a lifethreatening illness. • MIAMI - Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County / Ziff Ballet Opera House, November 17, at 7 p.m. (Opening Night); November 21, 24, 27, and 30, at 8 p.m.; December 2, matinee at 2 p.m. • FORT LAUDERDALE - Broward Center for the Performing Arts / AuRene Theater, December 6, at 7:30 p.m.; December 8, at 8 p.m.

FORT LAUDERDALE 4th ANNUAL FORT LAUDERDALE GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL (FLGLFF) October 4 to 7. Presented by HBO Latin America, in its fourth year, FLGLFF will spotlight 19 feature films and 17 short films. This year, FLGLFF will move its host theater to the historic Classic Gateway Theatre. In addition, moviegoers will now be able to purchase cocktails during all screenings. Tickets are now available for Festival members (and will be available to the general public on September 10). For ticket

OAKLAND PARK LIPS/“A TRIBUTE” Sunday, September 23 at 7 p.m., to benefit Women In Distress. Songs we all know and love made famous by the incomparable Whitney Houston and Donna Summer will come to life when Lips, the ultimate in drag dining, presents “A TRIBUTE.” This one-nightonly dinner and show, hosted by leading female illusionist Diva, will feature a Las Vegas-style female impersonator show, delicious three-course meal, and one complimentary glass of wine or world famous Lips’ frozen cosmo, all for $50. A VIP package for $75 per person includes premium seating for dinner and the show, a champagne reception with a meet and greet with cast members of Lips, and one raffle ticket. Diva will be joined by an incredible cast of performers for this special benefit. Six nights a week and every Sunday afternoon guest of Lips always enjoy their favorite performers including Diva, Nicolette, Misty Eyez, Twa La Rouge, April, Alexis, Charlize, Champagne, Chocolata, Deja, Franchesque, Martina, Nicole and Velvet. Lips is located at 1421 E Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park, about one mile east of I-95. For more information, visit

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, Ticketmaster outlets and at the Fillmore box office. More information, visit

FORT MYERS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA GAY AND LESBIAN PRIDE FESTIVAL Saturday October 13. The theme of Pride-SWFL 2012 is “Pride Links Us Together,” and this year’s Pride Festival and vendor marketplace will be held from 12 to 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Alliance of the Arts, Fort Myers (10091 McGregor Blvd., off Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers).



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(and get your calendar signed). Over past two decades, the calendar has raised more than $240,000 for local charities.

The highlight of the 2013 South Florida Firefighter’s Calendar debut Aug. 20 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino had to be the moment when the Sexy First Responders lost their constraining outerwear to reveal their hard pecs, ripped abs, and sexy “stud-muffins” with a catwalk prowl for screaming fans. The calendar’s 20th anniversary edition features South Florida’s hottest heroes, who came together to support some of the area’s charities, including Safe Haven For Newborns, Here’s Help, and the Friends Forever Humane Society. You can purchase the calendar by visiting products.php?catid=1, or drop by one of the numerous scheduled events and meet the Firehouse Hotties in person

I Guess It Depends on WHAT He’s Smoking “Down Under” The leader of Australia’s Christian Lobby (ACL) said last week that smoking is healthier than same-sex marriage. During a debate at the University of Tasmania, Jim Wallace claimed that health statistics among gays are worse than those for smokers. “I think we’re going to owe smokers a big apology when the homosexual community’s own statistics for its health - which it presents when it wants more money for health - are that is has higher rates of drug-taking, of suicide, it has the life of a male reduced by up to 20 years,” Wallace said, adding that “the life of smokers

is reduced by something like seven to 10 years, and yet we tell all our kids at school they shouldn’t smoke.” Sounds like he thinks kids should trade in one kind of “fag”—cigarettes—for another.

Stevie Wonder Backpedals Over Frank Ocean Comments Over the Labor Day weekend, Stevie Wonder issued a statement that clarified his recent remarks about R&B singer Frank Ocean’s sexuality. In an interview last week with the Guardian, Wonder questioned Ocean’s coming out in July via a Tumblr post in July (just prior to the release of his debut album, “Agent Orange”). “I think honestly, some people who think they’re gay, they’re confused,” Wonder told the UK publication. “People can misconstrue closeness for love. People can feel connected, they bond.” On Sunday, Wonder told MTV, “I’m

sorry that my words about anyone feeling confused about their love were misunderstood. No one has been a greater advocate for the power of love in this world than I, both in my life and in my music. “Clearly, love is love, between a man and a woman, a woman and a man, a woman and a woman and a man and a man. What I’m not confused about is the world needing much more love, no hate, no prejudice, no bigotry and more unity, peace and understanding. Period.” We feel you, Stevie.

Nicki Minaj Goes Back in the Closet Rolling Stone reports that claims by rapper Nicki Minaj (early in her career) that she was bisexual were made just for the attention. “I think girls are sexy,” La Minaj cutely offered. “But I’m not going to lie and say that I date girls.” Mmm-hmmmmm.H


Naked Grape Celebrates Anniversary By DALE MADISON


hen Realtor Caleb Ben-Avram and school teacher Tim Slivinski learned that a small wine store in the business district of Wilton Manors was on the market, they decided to investigate. “We both always loved exploring wine stores, whether locally or when we traveled,” says BenAvram. “At the time, The Naked Grape only sold wine by the bottle, and did not have ‘by the glass’ sales. We decided that if we were to purchase the business, we would change the format to a wine bar,” adds Slivinski. “It’s hard to believe,” recalls BenAvram of that day in 2007. The partners knew that success would bring changes. “We used to listen to people who would stop in for a glass of wine. We’d hear, ‘We’re going to grab a bite to eat and we’ll be back.’ Of course, most times they never did come back after dinner,” Slivinski recalls. That oft-repeated

scenario motivated the duo to find a location where they could offer food service to their patrons. That brought them—and their successful operation— up the Drive a few hundred feet, to 2163 Wilton Drive, next to Karl Grace Insurance (and the old offices of Guy Magazine). It was a wise decision. “We consistently get four-and-a-half [out of a maximum of five] stars on,” notes Ben-Avram. “Our food is always fresh. I go to green markets throughout the area. I refuse to use anything that is prepackaged. That’s one of the things that set us apart,” he adds. Slivinski says that they are regularly fine-tuning The Naked Grape to better serve their regulars and new patrons. “We have reduced the amount of bottles from our retail area. We do sell lots of bottles near the holidays, and of course for dinner parties as hostess gifts, but we are really concentrating on our food. Of their addition of an alfresco outdoor

dining and conversation area, he adds, “People enjoy being able to sit outside with a book and sip their wine or one of our gourmet beers.” The oenophiles (look it up) have lots to offer wine-lovers who can’t get enough of the juice of the grape. “In addition to our Tuesday and Wednesday half price bottles for on-premise consumption, we are offering ‘Pairings’ on Thursday night: Three food items and three wines for one price. Sometimes we will pair desserts with wine, and other times it may be cheeses,” Slivinski explains. “We always have one of the wine reps at these tastings to answer questions. We call it ‘Wine with No Pretense.’” As for the rest of the year, “Every year around Thanksgiving we have a Holiday Tasting. This year the date is November11, from 3 to 5 p.m.,” notes Ben-Avram. “It’s always well-attended and a great time. I may even bake one of my blue cheese cheesecakes,” he

adds—teasing palates and threatening waistlines across the Island City. The same as it ever was. For more anniversary specials, visit, and tell Caleb and Tim you read about them in Agenda. Cheers!H

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urgerFi is so proud of its logo that it hot-brands the thing on top of every one of its buns. It’s a clever concept, and one that ensures you’ll remember that this is no ordinary fast-food burger chain. The place is the brainchild of John Rosatti, the owner of the huge Plaza Auto Mall as well as several luxury yachts, including the 162-foot Remember When. Legend has it that setting foot on the yacht is akin to visiting Buckingham Palace. He also owns his own Gulfstream jet, so money is not the issue here. Health, on the other hand, is. Rosatti recently lost 50 pounds and began BurgerFi as a fast-food fine dining experience for those of us who need to watch our nickels, Every BurgerFi bun comes and our branded (literally) with the calories. BurgerFi logo

The end result is a rather fresh and lively experience in fresh-cooked cuisine, heavy on Angus Beef. The standard BurgerFi Burger at $5.47 is a double-pattied affair with lettuce, tomato and secret sauce on the aforementioned branded bun. Flavorful, filling, and fun particularly when you add any of the free extras (mayonnaise, relish, white onions, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, grilled onions, ketchup, mustard, jalapeños, A-1 Sauce, and barbeque sauce). For an extra $1, you can select from Blue Cheese, American Cheese, Swiss Cheese, White Cheddar Cheese, a Fried Egg, Cherry Peppers, Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips, Grilled Mushrooms, a giant Onion Ring, Chili, Peter Luger Steak Sauce, or Heinz Organic Ketchup. Now that’s what we call a burger. For $6.77, the non-meat-eaters among us can get the VegeFi Burger, which is a doggone great imitation of substantial goodness. It’s a crisp quinoa burger (which tastes a lot better than it sounds) with white cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and secret sauce on a wholewheat bun. We had it served with a side of

Fresh Cut Fries ($2.77), which are cooked any way you like them. We selected well done, and got extra crispy delicious potatoes that somehow disappeared off the plate without chewing or swallowing—they were that good. We were less thrilled with the hot dog selection, since the sampled Chicken Apple Dog ($4.27) didn’t have the familiar pop when your teeth pierced the casing, and came with a sauce that tasted like Cheez Whiz to us. Even so, it was a filing serving, accompanied by some superb Onion Rings ($3.77). For dessert, BurgerFi serves a sinful Frozen Custard in cups and cones ($3.97, $4.97, $5.97—one, two or three scoops), made with cream from nearby farms. Get it with BurgerFi Mix-in toppings for $5.57 under the Concrete menu. They’ve got a Key Lime Pie, Beach Blast (chocolate custard, peanut butter, chocolate chips and brownie chunks), and Fort Lauderdale Surfer (caramel, mango and coconut)—all $5.57, and tasty, too. BurgerFi serves an array of Craft Beers, including our favorite Magic Hat #9 and Orange Blossom Pilsner, among others. They

also serve up by-the-glass Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Grigio, as well as a new taste to us—the Rex Goliath Merlot. It lingered with the taste of plums, cherries and wild red berries that was an excellent accessory to the BurgerFi staples. By asking for any item Green Style, they’ll skip the branded bun and wrap it in lettuce. And if you really can’t make up your mind, ask for a 1/2 Stack Burger, which isn’t on the menu, but will get you an Angus Beef patty topped with American cheese, plus a quinoa patty with white cheddar cheese. Enjoy, and tell them Agenda sent you.H

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Crème Brûlée This Week’s Delicious Recipe By JEAN DOHERTY Crème brûlée, French for “burnt cream,” (in Spanish, “crema catalane,” and in English “Trinity cream”) is a dessert consisting of a rich custard base, topped with a layer of hard caramel. Most people assume that crème brûlée is a French dish, since the name is French. Chances are, crème brûlée is another version of a custard recipe that was passed around during the Middle Ages. It’s almost impossible to trace its exact roots to a specific origin, so the “Battle of the Brûlée” still goes on between French, English, and Spanish adherents. The only hard part about making this recipe is that it requires you to caramelize the sugar topping just before serving. (I do this directly at your table at Le Patio.) The aim is to get a “hard” finish without warming the cream underneath, and this can be difficult without the right tool. I suggest you splurge on a blow torch. (I love using the blow torch: I actually think I was a plumber in another life!) It’s well worth it, because crème brûlée is so easy and delicious, you’re going to want to make it again and again

the eggs: Mix the egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl, beating them like mad until the mixture becomes a “whitish,” light yellow color. Add the boiling vanilla cream, mixing SLOWLY, making sure that the mixture does not become too bubbly. Delicately pour this new mixture into small individual porcelain or terracotta molds. (You should make from six to eight, depending on the size of your dishes) Cook for 1 hour and 15 min; the crème should come out wobbly. Cool well. Before serving, cover with brown sugar, get the blow torch out, and start caramelizing it. C’mon baby light my fire: You are the chef!H

Ingredients: • • • • •

10 egg yolks 8 oz. of sugar 1 liter of heavy cream 1 vanilla pod Brown sugar (for “finish”)

Preheat the oven at 205°. Open the vanilla pod, remove the grains out, and put them in the cream. Place on the stovetop, and start heating slowly. “Whiten”

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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his bathroom was spotless only moments ago: My boyfriend’s model sailboat carefully polished, every water stain on my mirror gone, and my counter empty. But now it’s a different scene: The countertop has a quarter-inch of hairspray covering it, hair wax begins to dry around the drain in the sink, and the place is littered with a hairbrush, a flat iron, and a halfempty, uncapped bottle of cologne. My closet will soon be in a similar state, consisting of a colossal pile of outfits that I’ll try on and reject. What a mess! How quickly does getting ready for a night out reverse the hard work I put into cleaning in the first place. And what fun it will be to clean it again tomorrow. Hungover. The funny thing about it, after all this trouble—after spending hundreds on a new outfit, agonizing over whether or not to even wear it, spending even more on booze for a pre-party, painstakingly going through every contact in my phone to make sure all the right people were

invited—I look at myself in the mirror and realize: I don’t even want to go out. When we were younger, we co-signed a metaphorical pledge with ourselves: We would spend every night out on the town, taking it by storm, whisking it away to wherever we wanted it to go. We ignored what we did to our bodies, we paid no mind to how ridiculous we sounded to our mature friends, and we heeded not the advice of our elders. We soaked ourselves in cologne, spent hours doing our hair, and spent money we didn’t have on clothes. We did so with integrity and conviction. THIS is who we are, we thought. Of course, when we got a little older— when our bodies took more time to recover, when we found “big boy” jobs and started caring about our friends more than ourselves—we settled down a bit. We laughed at our former crazy ways, professed a “new me”—a cliché to convey our newfound maturity—and then took it upon ourselves to find a new

path, one that led toward settling down with the Love of our Life (he’d come one day), and the family we’d share. My “new me” was born several years ago. I was finishing my bachelor’s degree, I had found the love of my life, and before long I’d be forever in his arms. “Going out” wouldn’t do anymore. Inevitably, I occasionally relapsed into that former behavior, but not like it was before—the “old me” was a strange, amusing caricature of the new. Or at least that’s what I thought. Now here I am, staring at the mess I’ve made in my bathroom. Twenty-six years

old. I’m dating the man of my dreams. I have a wonderful job. I host dinner parties. I’m a real adult! Right? Wrong. There’s still that teenage-era mess in my bathroom and in my closet. Who did this? Was there ever actually a “new me?” I reflect the next day while I’m folding the clothes in my closet, and I affirm my suspicions: There never was a “new me,” after all. I just matured enough to appreciate what my teenage self had missed out on, the people who make my life important. I guess we never really grow up; we just get better at pretending.H


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