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Gay Coral Springs Woman Wins $10M Lottery Prize By CLIFF DUNN

CORAL SPRINGS – Tara Tuttle, 35, may be a day older, but it’s hard to say if she’s deeper in debt. The Coral Springs woman, who told state officials that she had carried an unscratched lottery ticket with her for more than a month, is the winner of $10 million in the Florida Lottery Billion Dollar Blockbuster scratch-off game, the largest lottery prize awarded so far this year in Broward or Palm Beach counties. Tuttle, who purchased her winning ticket at a Publix supermarket on North University Drive in Coral Springs, told officials that she purchased the ticket after learning that her partner of seven years, Cary Tullos, of Cooper City, had tested negative for breast cancer. “I had a feeling that it was a lucky ticket but I didn’t want to find out quite yet,” she told lottery officials. After the shock of winning wore off, Tuttle and Tullos took their two children to Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee to claim the winnings. With her total ticket investment at $20, Tuttle told officials that she would opt for the lump-sum payment of $6.5 million, rather than having the $10 million doled out over ten years. Tuttle told reporters she plans to use part of the winnings to donate to fighting cancer. According to state lottery officials, although most casual players are familiar with Powerball and the Florida Lotto,

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scratch-off games account for about 57 percent of statewide ticket sales, and that the “payback” on scratch-off games is approximately 70 percent (compared to 50 percent for “draw” games). Before Tuttle, the largest prize this

year was a $6 million Florida Lotto win in January. No Floridian has won the top Powerball prize this year. In addition, five $10 million and 74 $1 million prizes still remain in the scratch-off game.H

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Was Murdered U.S. Ambassador Gay? And Did Mob Sodomize Slain Diplomat? WASHINGTON, DC – Unconfirmed reports claim that slain U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens was gay. Stevens, 52, died last week after a mob stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Reports describe Stevens as “a self-effacing bachelor with a wry sense of humor who drank beer, dated women and liked outdoor sports.” According to gay conservative blogger Kevin DuJan of HillBuzz, an unnamed diplomatic source stated that Stevens was gay. According to DuJan, the source (identified only as “Dino,” an alleged employee of the Serbian consulate) told him, “It was stupid to send him to Libya as the ambassador when he was a known homosexual.” Concerning reports that Stevens had been sodomized before his death, DuJan quotes “Dino” as saying, “It is like making him a woman in death, and he will be a woman now after life.” There had been no credible confirmation about Steven’s sexual identity at press time for the Florida Agenda. Last week, DuJan told conservative WorldNetDaily. com that President Barack Obama is secretly gay. (“Nobody who knew Obama in the gay bar scene thought he could

possibly be president,” DuJan told writer Jerome R. Corsi.) According to a CIA memo sent this weekend to Members of Congress, the riots in Benghazi, Libya “were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo,” which “evolved into a direct assault” on the consulate by “extremists.” A video released immediate prior to Agenda press time shows Ambassador Stevens alive after being taken from the consulate. A freelance journalist on the scene, Fahd al-Bakoush, who shot the footage, says, “He was alive. No doubt. His face was blackened and he was like a paralyzed person.” The video by alBakoush, which has been posted on YouTube, shows Stevens being carried out of the room through a window by a crowd of Libyans. “Bring him out, man,” a voice can be heard, shouting. “Out of the way, out of the way!” yells another. Other shouts of, “Alive, alive!” can be heard, followed by a cheer of “God is great.” In the next scene, Stevens is seen laying on a tile floor as a man checks his neck for a pulse. Al-Bakoush claims that Stevens was then taken to the hospital in a private car.H –CLIFF DUNN


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BSO Hosts “Shred-A-Thon,” “Operation Medicine Cabinet” at Pride Center WILTON MANORS – The Broward Sheriff ’s Office (BSO) will hold a double-decked event on Saturday, at The Pride Center at Equality Park (2040 N Dixie Hwy., Wilton Manors). “Operation Medicine Cabinet” is an effort to encourage citizens to bring unused, unwanted, and expired medications for safe disposal, as a means of helping prevent prescription drug abuse. BSO will also conduct a “ShredA-Thon” for Broward residents to safely dispose of documents, check stubs, receipts, credit card offers, and other material that could contain personal data, and put individuals at risk to identity thieves. Both events are free to the public, and will take place September 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit sheriff.org.

Pride Center to Host Senior Health Expo WILTON MANORS - The Pride Center at Equality Park will host its third annual LGBT Senior Health Expo Saturday, October 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at The Pride Center campus. According to officials, the Expo will provide LGBT seniors with a unique, comprehensive overview of available healthcare services. Over 50 LGBT-friendly medical, professional, support and financial providers in the fields of healthcare, aging, and geriatrics will showcase their services and products, including information and resources concerning senior living facilities, insurance coverage, home health care agencies, legal issues, and a wide assortment of other areas affecting seniors. In addition, free flu shots and medical testing for hearing, sight, cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, HIV, and other conditions will be available. The expo also will feature a variety seminars focused on the needs of the LBGT senior population.

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Broward School Board May Become 1st to Recognize LGBT History Month FORT LAUDERDALE – Today, the Broward County School Board will consider a resolution to support LGBT History Month. School district Vice Chairperson Laurie Rich Levinson is sponsoring the resolution, which would make Broward the nation’s first public school district to officially recognize the day of awareness. LGBT History Month was established in 2005 by the Philadelphia-based Equality Forum to highlight awareness important persons, dates, and events in LGBT history. According to activist and LGBT rights advocate Michael E. Rajner, several stakeholders, including youth members of the community, will speak in support of the resolution. “Our resposnibility as elected officials is to provide a safe enviorment for learning, free from harrasment,” Rich Levinson told the Agenda.

Broward House “Amazing Race” Runs Into Town This Weekend FORT LAUDERDALE – On Saturday, 60 contestants will take part in Broward House’s popular “Amazing Race,” based on the reality TV show. Thirty teams comprised of two contestants each will converge upon from a secret location at 9 a.m. to begin a race that will take them through Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale, and Oakland Park. The teams will be required to perform 20 different tasks at 20 different locations, and will face obstacles and challenges including road blocks, u-turns, and other “hazards” that they will have to endure. The organizers say that the race will test the teams’ stamina, nerves, ability to work together, and, as spokesman Terry DeCarlo calls it, “saneness.” After the teams have finished their tasks, the first to cross the finish line will win a cruise for two.

Groups Take “Pride” in Unity FORT LAUDERDALE – Officials with Pride One of Broward County, also known as Pride South Florida, producers of PrideFest, have announced the formation of a working group consisting of themselves and organizers of Stonewall Summer Pride, which debuted this year in Wilton Manors to commemorate the June anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots. The working group, called United Pride of Broward County, will unveil for the first time to the public during the weekend of October 5, at the City of Oakland Park Oktoberfest event, according to Marc Hansen, PrideFest co-chair. “We will not only be working together for unity and for the community’s best interests, but will [put it into practice] by holding events that are integrated under the United Pride of Broward County banner,” said Hansen adding, “It’s not a new corporation—there are still two separate organizations. It’s a new [way of ] thinking for a new era in Broward County’s LGBT community.”

South Florida is ‘Ground Zero’ for HRC Disaster Awareness Campaign MIAMI - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has selected South Florida to serve as “ground zero” for a new program to help first responders and other emergency workers engage more sensitively to the needs of LGBT disaster victims. A new brochure posted online by HRC—“A Cultural Competence Guide for Emergency Responders and Volunteers”—describes various first response scenarios in plain language. “(LGBT) people make up a diverse community,” it reads. “Members of the LGBT community come from different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, religious traditions, and geographic regions. Identification and participation

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with the LGBT community can also change across the lifespan.” The guide was inspired by the true life, harrowing experiences of LGBT Americans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005. In one glaring, but by no means unique, instance, a transgender woman was jailed for criminal trespassing charges after using a women’s restroom in a Texas shelter. The pamphlet from HRC, the nation’s largest LGBT rights organization, notes that “some people may not outwardly identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, but may [nevertheless] be in a same-sex relationship.” The brochure addresses topics that include LGBT families, same-gender couples, and single LGBT people raising children by themselves. It also describes “chosen families” as “a group of close friends who fill the traditional role of the nuclear and extended family. These are especially common for older LGBT individuals who came of age at a time when rejection by biological family was common.”

Exodus International President Questions Ability to “Cure” Gays ORLANDO – During a radio interview last month, the president of the world’s largest “ex-gay” Christian ministry questioned the effectiveness of therapies that are designed to “cure” gay men and women of their homosexual orientation, and added that he thinks gays can go to heaven. Exodus International President Alan Chambers told host Janet Mefferd that gay Christians can manage their same-sex attractions, which for some gay people could mean practicing celibacy. An incredulous Mefferd asked, “How can you simultaneously hold that somebody who is an unrepentant homosexual can go to heaven?” “There’s no place that says God will change your orientation,” Chambers told her.H


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Trevor Project Announces National LGBT Teen Suicide Prevention Campaign WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - To coincide with National Suicide Prevention Month, the Trevor Project announced a campaign to target wider public awareness of teen suicide and prevention. Officials say the “Talk To Me” campaign is inspired by Department of Health and Human Services research released this month. That data reports a significant impact in prevention rates for programs that encourage depressed teens to seek help. According to statistics, suicide is the third-leading cause of death among 10 to 24-year-olds. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight counterparts, and nearly half of transgender youth have seriously contemplated suicide (one-quarter report having made an actual suicide attempt).

Officials say that September is an especially stressful month for teens starting or returning to school. The Talk To Me project was set up to provide encouragement to depressed teens, via persons who pledge to provide support to someone who may be contemplating suicide. The Trevor Project—founded in 1998 and now the nation’s leading organization focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth— established National Suicide Prevention Month, along with National Suicide Prevention Week (September 9 to 15), World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) and The Trevor Project Day (September 27), to draw attention to the national crisis of teen suicide. The organization receives 35,000 calls annually.

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Former Pro-Wrestler of Minnesota voters supporting the same-sex marriage ban, and 47 Minnesota Governor percent opposing it. Supports Marriage Equality Anti-Gay Marriage ST PAUL, MINNESOTA – Jesse Ventura, the former professional wrestler, actor, and Governor of Minnesota, has added his voice to the campaign against a proposed state constitutional amendment that would define marriage in the North Star State as the union between one man and one woman. “The constitution should not be used to oppress people,” Ventura said. “The constitution is used to protect people. Love is by far bigger than government can ever be,” he added.

Group Claims Credit for Pro-Gay GOP State Senator Defeat

SARATOGA, NEW YORK – The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) says it had “a pivotal role in helping to defeat” state Sen. Roy McDonald, a Republican who supports marriage equality, in the 43rd Senate District GOP primary. “McDonald was defeated in the Republican primary by pro-marriage candidate Kathy Marchione,” said the group in a press release. It isn’t known yet how absentee ballots— which will be counted starting tomorrow—will affect the result. Much of the debate in the race concerned social issues. McDonald, a two-term incumbent, is pro-choice and voted to legalize same-sex marriage in New York State. Marchione, who is pro-life, opposes marriage equality. McDonald, 65, was one of the “New York Seven,” four Republicans and three Democrats who switched their votes in support of marriage Jesse Ventura equality during last year’s legislative battle over the issue. One of the In a video posted last week on Republicans from that group retired YouTube by Minnesotans United from the state Senate. Another has for All Families, Ventura and Terry, won his challenge, while the last his wife of 37 years, declared their remains in a tight primary race. Marchione, the Saratoga County, support for marriage equality, and urged Minnesotans to vote “no” in the New York clerk, led 6,797 to November referendum, which poses 6,663 votes on the machine count, the question, “Shall the Minnesota according to unofficial results on Constitution be amended to provide Friday. Additional absentee ballots that only a union of one man and one may yet come in, and will be counted woman shall be valid or recognized if they are postmarked by September 12, and received by Thursday. About as marriage in Minnesota?” “Government should not be telling 1,000 absentee ballots are still to be people who to fall in love with,” said counted, although experts note that Ventura, who served as governor these often follow the same pattern from 1999 to 2003. “We’re supposed as the machine count. to be the home of the brave, land of the free.” Hershey School Noting the non-partisan nature of marriage equality, Ventura, 61, said, Settles Suit by “This is not a Democrat issue, this is 14-year-old not a Republican issue,” and added, “It affects each and every one of us HIV-Positive Boy regardless of whatever our political Denied Admission persuasion is.” A recent survey by Public Policy HERSHEY, PENNSYLVANIA Polling shows the referendum to be a – The Milton Hershey School statistical dead heat, with 48 percent

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announced last week that it had settled out of court with a 14-yearold boy and his mother in the AIDS discrimination lawsuit brought against the private school after it refused to enroll him because he is HIV-positive. The school will pay $700,000, as well as $15,000 in civil penalties, and has agreed to provide HIV training for its staff and students. The Milton Hershey School is funded by the Milton Hershey School Trust, which owns controlling interest in The Hershey Company. According to court documents, the school refused to enroll the Philadelphia-area boy last year, despite his being an honor roll student. Officials cited his HIV status, arguing that he would be a threat to the health and safety of other students. “In order to protect our children in this unique environment, we cannot accommodate the needs of students with chronic communicable diseases that pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others,” the school announced in December, after the case was filed. Last month, officials reversed the policy, and said the school will consider all applicants with the same criteria, and offered to enroll the teen—who was identified in the suit under the pseudonym “Abraham Smith”—but that offer was declined. Candy maker Milton Hershey founded the school in 1909, to educate disadvantaged students at no cost. The school is financed by the Milton Hershey School Trust and educates poor and socially disadvantaged students for free. With over six billion dollars in assets, it is one of the wealthiest schools in the world, serving 1,818 students from Pre-K through 12th grade. It also is the largest residential education program in the U.S.H

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CLIFF DUNN, EDITOR “You cannot make soldiers of slaves, or slaves of soldiers. The day you make a soldier of them is the beginning of the end of the Revolution. And if slaves seem good soldiers, then our whole theory of slavery is wrong.” - Howell Cobb, 19th Century Confederate politician

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e celebrate an anniversary this year that many of you may not have known existed. In 2012, we say “happy birthday” to Family Values. Not the actual, loving kind passed on from generations of parents to generations of children, but the political kind— the kind that scoundrels like Limbaugh and Hannity can use to score points with among the intellectually lazy (and the occasional self-loathing gay). It’s hard to believe that it was in 1992 that then-Vice President J. Danforth Quayle gave a speech to the Commonwealth Club of California in which he cited the decay of moral values and the family structure as causes for the Los Angeles riots. During that history-making “preach” to “choir,” Quayle memorably referred to a TV character— “Murphy Brown,” of the eponymous hit CBS sitcom, who was portrayed by actress Candice Bergen as a single mother— as contributing to the nation’s “poverty of values.” Long after the ticket of Bush (41)/Quayle had dropped into the “Miscellaneous Presidents” section of the history books, the former late-night talk punching bag’s “Murphy Brown speech” has continued to have an impact on American politics. The vile and un-American Rick Santorum (who isn’t fit to shine Quayle’s shoes) similarly demagogued the issue last week at the 2012 Values Voters Summit (the heritors of Quayle’s Jeremiad on the Death of the

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American Family), but with the GOP’s favored 21st Century twist: Pitting the smart (and unpatriotic) with the, um, less-smart (and true-blooded Americans): “We will never have the elite, smart people on our side, because they believe they should have the power to tell you what to do,” Santorum bleated to the assembled, conjuring the same kind of class war He & Co. accuse liberals of fomenting, but in this case, the message is taken right out of the medieval church’s playbook: ’Tis better to be ignorant if one would live in a state of grace. “So our colleges and universities, they’re not going to be on our side,” Santorum added—as if there was a measure of pride to be had in being found to be intellectually bankrupt. I guess that never stopped W. “The basic premise of America and American values will always be sustained through two institutions—the church and the family.” Sadly, his “ideas” are perfectly at home in the Republican Party of Election 2012. And to Santorum’s credit, he knows who his audience is. He doesn’t need to tap dance around the niceties of “Big Tent” politics because he knows what Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud are clearly in denial about: That there is no room in that tent, on a national level, for RepubliQueers. If Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were offering more than platitudes about doing things better than Obama, and invoking the Shades of Reagan and a

glorious Republican past that doesn’t really exist (see the crashand-burn of Newt Gingrich, and his subsequent sacrifice by his fellow “priests” of the right –including a younger John Boehner—upon the altar of selfinterest and avarice to see what the House leadership really thinks about Conservative Principles), then I might be willing to seriously consider “de-horsing” midstream. Unfortunately for them, all I can filter out from the cognitive dissonance of Rush & The Dittoheads is a general dislike of Obama that seems to center upon his “otherness” (he’s African-American, he was raised outside America, he may be Muslim, he may not be a citizen). Thankfully for those on the Rational Right and the Sensible Center, Bill O’Reilly and other legit traditionalists have thrown a damp rag on that fire. Sadly, the embers won’t seem to die. The funny thing is, it is a portrayal of “otherness” that Republicans want to use to deny LGBT Americans our full measure of civil rights—as opposed to some patronizing “separate but equal” version granted to us by our “betters— and which they used last week to great effect to talk up their defense—their “conservation”— of traditional marriage against the forces of progress and liberalism. Their “defense” of marriage, an institution that has been subject to change and adaptability since the dawn of man, is a signpost of their true agenda: To sustain the legacy of Jim Queer—a truly conservative goal.H

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Romney and GOP Pledge to Not “Redefine” Marriage at 2012 “Values Summit” By JOE HARRIS

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he ink on the Republican National Committee’s 2012 Party Platform wasn’t even dry (at least on the part that reads “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”) when the party mandarins took the RNC Old-Timey Religious Revival show

on the road, for a stop at this year’s Values Voters Summit, an event held by the family (although not “family”)friendly Family Research Council (FRC), in Washington, D.C. FRC President Tony Perkins used the right’s boilerplate rallying cries, with calls to “limit government,” “reduce spending,” “champion traditional values,” and “protect America,” and then invited the usual suspects to declaim the gay rights agenda and the many ways it threatens those sacred bovines. An estimated 2,500 attendees to the three-day event egged-on speakers, including Republican vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan, who criticized President Obama’s anti-family

(read: pro-gay) policies, and lionized traditional values, among the most popular of which proved to be prohibiting marriage rights for gay couples. It was Ryan who packed the most “star power” (of the Hollywood variety that is, ironically, so outwardly loathed by his biggest fans), reassuring the assembled that, “We can be confident in the rightness of our cause, and also in the integrity and readiness of the man who leads it,” referring to running mate Mitt Romney. “He is a solid and trustworthy, faithful and honorable man. Not only a defender of marriage, he offers an example of marriage at its best.” U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) spoke to the assembly about the many benefits that marriage provides to families and the economy alike (just as long as, we suppose, one is speaking of “Adam and Eve”). Said Cantor: “Marriage—more than any government program ever has or ever will—has lifted up people out

of poverty, even those who felt there was no hope. Marriage has proven to be that formula which has been more successful at allowing for that pursuit of happiness.” So far, so good. “And that is why we stand tall and stand proud for traditional marriage,” Cantor concluded. Uh-oh: Sorry, Adam and Steve. (President Obama announced last year that the Justice Department would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act [DOMA] in court. Cantor, you may recall, was part of the House GOP leadership that established the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group to take up the slack, a move that was widely seen as a stab in the back to gay Republicans.) Although the Man-Who-WouldBe-President did not make a live appearance, he spoke via recorded video, telling the assembled that a Romney Presidency “will defend marriage, not try to redefine it.”H


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David Kitchen: Living Free, Riding Smart By DALE MADISON

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avid Kitchen has such a familiar face that it might take a second for you to remember exactly from where you know him. The ever-conscientious, ever-smiling Kitchen, who works at Rosie’s Bar and Grill in Wilton Manors, will once more participate in the Smart Ride. What’s different for Kitchen is that this year, as well as giving back to the community, he is taking stand against a national outrage: The bullying of LGBT teens. “This has to stop,” says Kitchen. “This is my fourth Smart Ride,” notes Kitchen, who says that the beneficiary this year of his fundraising—and cycling—efforts will be the Oakland Park-based Live Free Be Strong Foundation, which has a self-described mission of taking a stand to end bullying, by supporting grassroots organizations which provide education and outreach services. “There are many members of the LGBT community who have experienced bullying,” says Kitchen,

noting something that has become alltoo-familiar in today’s headlines. “One thing that I have found is that there is no age range,” he adds. “It can be a young man or woman coming out and dealing with their sexuality, or it can be someone older.” Kitchen says that Live Free Be Strong attempts to impact three different groups which are ‘impacted’ by bullying: “Those who are bullies, those who are being bullied, and those who stand by and do nothing.” The Arizona State alum has done more than take his bicycle on the road. “I recently made a presentation at Fort Lauderdale High School,” he explains, and notes that “on September 23, we will be collecting money at the Royal Palms Resort T Dance. There will be a fashion show presented by the Pride Factory, and eyewear provided by Chic Optique, and an open bar for one hour sponsored by Bud Light. Then on November 10, we are holding a yard sale, with all money going to the organization.”

Kitchen recognizes that there are individuals, businesses, and organizations that help make life better in our gay corner of the world. “Sidelines Sports Bar has been so supportive of the Smart Ride,” he notes. “They are hosting a Bar Olympics which will feature pool tournaments, poker, and darts, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Smart Ride.” He has high hopes to be part of an ambitious agenda set by the organizers and sponsors of the event. “It’s our wish to raise $1 million this year for the Smart Ride,” he says. Those who want to be a part of that projected success, and to assist the Live Free Be Strong team riders in accomplishing it, can visit smartride.org, navigate to team 959, and enter the amount they would like to donate. Kitchen says that he has excellent role models for giving back to the community, and making a meaningful difference in the lives of others. “I learned everything from John Zieba and Cliff Mulhahy, the

owners of Rosie’s,” he says, with real gratitude. “I’ve watched these guys, and they truly love the community.” That sentiment seems to be catching.H

Kitchen: Riding the bullies

If your non-profit organization is not listed in the Agenda Non-Profit Services Directory, please send your information to Dale Madison at dalemadison@guymag.net.


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Cinema | Fitness | Nutrition | Travel | Dining | Bar Guide | Recipe | Classifieds

What’s Inside: Lips drag cabaret is celebrating their 5th anniversary year, with a huge blowout closer toward the holidays (stay tuned to these pages for all the delicious details). In the meantime, drop in to say “hi” this weekend and see the drop-dead-gorgeous performers, led by the perennial Diva, in a benefit for Women in Distress. Find out all the details inside, OUT in Florida. True story: My boyfriend and I have an ongoing battle over the proper way to pronounce “General Tso’s Chicken” (at least the “Tso” part, smart guy). He may have an unpronounceable name, but he makes a helluva good pullet. Another great name associated with Asian cuisine is P.F. Chang’s, a delicious spot of oriental heaven right here at Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Galleria. “Epicurious” Richard David Chamberlain, made a recent foray to the Far East (of Central Broward), and he has all the tasty details, this week in a brand new Dining. Oh, the stories I could tell you about San Diego. (Maybe in my novel.) Southern California’s gateway to the Baja Peninsula has been the scene of many good times (see above), and globetrotting writer Robert Elias Deaton has the “skinny” on all the gaiety in this Navy town and America’s eighth largest city, inside Travel. Hypertension is a killer that can be prevented. Got your attention? Nutrition writer Andy “The Core” Kress offers tangible ways to lower your risk—and your high blood pressure. There’s also a “saucy” new Recipe from Chef Jean Doherty of Le Patio, some cool suggestions for “autumnizing” your pad in Guilty Pleasures, and Dale Madison visits with some people in your gayborhood that you should get to know better yourself. Is it Fall yet? CD

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P.F. Chang’s

Chinese (By Way of American) Bistro By RICHARD DAVID CHAMBERLAIN

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few years ago, we spent an hysterically funny Valentine’s Day evening at P.F. Chang’s, the Chinese food emporium at the Galleria Mall. Like all branches of this national chain, the entrance to the restaurant is guarded by giant copies of the famous battle mounts of the terra cotta soldiers of Xian, China. The 11th century warriors who rode those steeds stake their claim to fame inside the eatery, where statues preside over the dining room. This particular Valentine’s Day, we arrived

P.F. Chang’s Chinese 5 Spice Duo of Duck is one of the best items on their menu

at the scheduled time for our reservation, only to discover that it had somehow been lost in the system, and while we were promised the “very next table,” it was a wait of nearly an hour. Such is the popularity of P.F. Chang’s. After being seated, we placed an order for Chinese 5 Spice Duo of Duck ($19.95), which is the wrong thing to order if you’re in a rush. Fortunately, after waiting an hour for a table, we were in no hurry for the food, content to just be seated. Twenty minutes into our order, the server announced that our duck had been delivered to the wrong table, and had been eaten by another guest! When last our duck finally arrived, it turned out to be a very good meal—a slowed-cooked leg and breast, perfectly crispy with a cherryginger chutney and sesame watercress salad. It still remains one of our preferred dishes at this restaurant that roams all over China to find its assortment of recipes. Our favorite dish on the whole menu is the Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps ($7.95), with its filling of wok-seared minced chicken, mushrooms, green onions and water chestnuts, wrapped in crispy iceburg lettuce cups. It’s

a Cantonese dish from the Olde Country that was originally made with minced pigeon. The version served here is a delight not to be missed. So, too, is the deliciously spicy Chang’s Chicken Noodle Soup ($7.95), a made-to-order chicken broth containing white hot pepper, shitake mushrooms, pin rice noodles, and grape tomatoes. Take the time to explore this subtle soup. In Northern China, rice is a rarity, with wheat serving as the starch of choice. It’s translated here at P.F. Chang’s in its noodle dishes. Our very favorite is the Wok-Seared Lamb ($15.95), featuring semi-crisp egg noodles stir-fried with vegetables and a succulently-sauced, tender lamb cooked just so. It’s served with cilantro over cooling shredded lettuce. The Szechuan region gets its nod with a classic Kung Pao Chicken ($13.95), prepared as you would expect with peanuts, chile peppers and scallions. Since Szechuan chefs use hot and pungent spices liberally, expect your taste buds to tingle. As this is Chinese cuisine sieved through the filter of American palates, the hot and spicy factor is on the mild side. You can

increase the dose of heat at the table with the abundant selection of chili sauces available. Vegetarians are not forgotten here either, with any stir-fried dish on the menu available in a tofu version. There’s also a flavorful selection of fish, as well. Our go-to preference is the Lemongrass Grilled Norwegian Salmon ($18.95), featuring a glaze of ginger, red peppers and lemongrass that is grilled to order and served atop asparagus. Finish your meal off with Banana Spring Rolls ($5.95), six small sections of bananas wrapped in spring roll dough and lightly fried. These are served with a scoop of coconutpineapple ice cream with caramel and vanilla sauces. As you’re saying “yum,” tell them Florida Agenda sent you.H

P.F. CHANG’S—Galleria Mall 2418 E Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 954-565-5877

Sauce au Poivre

This Week’s Delicious Recipe By JEAN DOHERTY

Traditional steak au poivre has been served as a pan sauce since at least the mid-19th century. Regardless of the concoction, the same pan should be used to create the sauce as was used to cook the steak. But we are in South Florida, and a grill is as likely to be used as a pan, so I’m giving you a simple way to make a delicious sauce, without the smoky pan smells left over in your kitchen.

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1 tin or jar of green peppercorns, in brine 2 tablespoons of butter 2 oz. of cognac, brandy, whiskey, or bourbon 2 small shallots 1 small onion 1 tablespoon of flour 1 cup of beef or veal stock, or demi-glace (demi-glaze) 1 cup of heavy cream

Melt the butter in a sauce pan and, after chopping the onion into small pieces, sauté it until it is nice and browned, then add the shallots (cooking quickly over high heat) until transparent, approximately two to three minutes. Sprinkle with a tablespoon of flour, and using a whisk, incorporate the liquor and the stock. Add the whole green peppercorns (to

taste; the amount you use is up to you). Add the heavy cream. Bring the liquid back to the boil, and cook for three to five minutes (to thicken the sauce), stirring constantly. Taste and adjust seasoning. (Some chefs believe heavy cream doesn’t belong in the traditional steak au poivre recipe, although many restaurants and at-home chefs include the cream. It does make the sauce so much better.) Voila! Use this sauce for steaks, chicken, duck— anything you can grill will be perfect with this sauce. You are the chef!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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San Diego California’s Birthplace By ROBERT ELIAS DEATON

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ay back in the mid-seventies, which seems like a lifetime ago, we would go to the gaslight district in downtown San Diego for the sailors who hung out there in all the saloons, tattoo emporiums, porn shops and massage parlors that populated the area. It was a run-down fun place in those days, when the city itself was known for its military population, and its proximity to Tijuana, Mexico.

The Brass Rail is great for people-watching

Now the area has been totally gentrified, is officially called the Gaslamp Quarter Historic District, and is a colorful and eclectic assortment of restaurants, bars, shops, lounges and live music venues, that is a must-see for any visit to the second largest city in California. Yes, there are gas lights on the streets, as well as historical art deco buildings that take you back to the turn-ofthe-(last)-century. Two things you should know about S.D. right from the start: A) you’ll need a rental car. The gay areas and sights are strung throughout the town from one end to the other. B) There are three main gayborhoods here: Hillcrest, University Heights, and North Park. Hillcrest is really the center of all things gay, bordered on the north by University Heights and the East by North Park. Stroll along University Avenue to get a feel for the place, with its coffee shops, stores, and assorted bistros. Rich’s San Diego (1051 University Ave. between 10th and Vermont) is the oldest and

most popular dance club in the city. We also love You are now entering the Gaslamp Quarter Historic District the Brass Rail (3796 5th Ave. at Robinson) with its to North Park, where you’ll find the only real Latino base and an outside patio, which allows you to take a breather as leather bar in town. The San Diego Eagle (3040 you people-watch out front. For those who like Park Way at Ray Street—one block parallel to their action on the dirty side, The Loft (3610 5th University) is small, sexy and exactly what Ave. at Brookes) is the local dive where hanky- you’d expect, which is a good thing. At Pecs panky and stiff drinks are the order of the night. (2046 University Ave. at Alabama), there’s no While in the Hillcrest area, don’t miss a stop at indication you’re at a gay club. Just look for Hash House a Go Go (3628 5th Ave.). It’s our the “Open” sign and march right in to find the favorite big-portion restaurant, and a legend for hottest cruising in all of San Diego. Want to breakfast according to locals who have made it find a date? This is the place. If you’re young and posing is your thing, head an institution. Our favorite item on the menu is immediately to Bourbon Street in University the Hash Cobb Salad, served later in the day. Balboa Park, which borders Hillcrest on Heights (4612 Park Blvd. at Madison). There’s the South, is a 1,200-acre bounty of hiking something adorable about watching 22-yearand biking, museums, historic expositions olds trying to look cool. Okay, maybe it’s not buildings, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo so adorable, but this is the place to find it in (home of the Giant Pandas). Get to it via public any case. Regardless of what turns you on, this transportation or the Cabrillo Freeway. Go early land of sunshine 300 days-a-year has a bit of it available somewhere or other. San Diego— and spend all day exploring this green haven. For the rougher side of gay San Diego, head guaranteed fun.H

Robert Elias Deaton is a world-traveling epicure who enjoys the finer things in life.

“FALL” into AUTUMN Fun Ideas to Autumnize Your Home By ADAM STRONG

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ossibly the only downside to living in the most perfect climate on earth is that we South Floridians don’t get to “experience” the change of seasons. (I might add that it’s a small price to pay, but then you’d think me an idiot for stating the obvious.) This is easily corrigible, since the arrival of autumn is a perfect time to snazzy-up your home in a way that evokes the colors, textures���even the smells of fall.

Faux Foliage Open bookcases and shelves are perfect spots to place silk fall leaves, available at any local craft store. Strategically placed along the shelves—and pressed inside a picture frame—orange, gold, and yellow autumn-colored leaves will add some free-fall to your spaces.

Pumpkins and Pedestals Pumpkins (yes, it’s that time of year again) placed on a shelf, on a hall pedestal, or as a table centerpiece will give a healthy hint of autumn to any zone in your place. Miniature pumpkins stacked near a fireplace, or place in a bowl, also invoke the memories or fall.

THOSE Are Pumpkins? White pumpkins—naturally white, not painted—are a novel (and striking!) way to add some jazz-and-snazz to your autumnal décor. They are also known as Ghost Pumpkins, Snowballs, Luminas, and Caspers—with the tiny ones (about the size of a baseball) called Baby Boos (that’s so sweet, I need an insulin shot now). White pumpkins are a little more expensive than their orange relatives, but their “ghoulish” look makes for an interesting canvas to draw or paint

Jack O’Lantern faces, and of course just displayed by themselves, uncarved. (When you carve them, you find that they have orange flesh beneath the white rind, which just adds to their ghostly appeal when you place a candle inside.)

For the Birds Pheasant feathers and artificial owls, displayed with pinecones and gourds, add an organic, woodsy, and rustic touch, turning a fireplace mantel, countertop or hutch into fall vignette.

Pomander? I Don’t Even Know Her. A pomander (from the French pomme d’ambre, “apple of amber”) is a ball made of perfumes, such as ambergris (from whence comes the name), musk, or civet. First mentioned in 13th

Century literature, the pomander was worn or carried in a vase, and used both as protection against infection (during times of plague) and as a natural deodorant. Pomanders were also used as an early form of aromatherapy. In modern times, pomanders are made by studding an orange (or other fruit) with whole dried cloves, and then letting it ‘cure dry.’ The modern pomander can be used to perfumes and freshen the air, and to keeping dresser drawers with clothing and linens fresh, pleasant-smelling—and moth-free. Like Victorians and medieval royals, you can use the sweet-smelling scent of pomanders to mask odors and to fill your home with citrus freshness. There are several different ways to make pomanders (all of them using sweetsmelling cloves), but oranges work best, I think. You can find a complete “recipe” for homemade pomanders this week, at guymag.net. Fall into fall, baby!H


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FORT LAUDERDALE 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). FORT LAUDERDALE 4th ANNUAL FORT LAUDERDALE GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL 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, Twat 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 floridalips.com.

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MIAMI 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 life-threatening 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.

SOUTH BEACH FIONA APPLE At the Fillmore Miami Beach, on September 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.

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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Wilton Wings: Waiting in the “Wings”

(One Delicious Drumette at a Time) By DALE MADISON

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ick Dion is no stranger to the hospitality arena. The owner of Wilton Wings— on Northeast 4th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, just on the outskirts of the Gayborhood—Dion worked at the Las Olas Café for almost a decade. When it came time to renew the lease, owner Paula Pace instead decided to open the Mason Jar on North Federal Highway. “I chose to move along with Paula, because we had a great working relationship. I worked with Chef Ernesto Rand, who was the chef at Las Olas Café, for over 10 years. As a matter of fact, “Chef” is our chef at Wilton Wings.” Really? A wings joint with its own chef? “You wouldn’t think that

a simple wings restaurant would have a chef,” Dion acknowledges. “But we are so proud to have him on staff.” The quality of the food reflects that hiring decision. Dion describes the restaurant’s journey to ringing (winging?) reviews and raves. “When ‘Wings and Things’ on Wilton Drive closed, we purchased all of the owners’ recipes. We knew they had a terrific business, and we wanted to continue that tradition. I purchased the business in November 2011, and my entire goal has been to make money and to give back to a community that I love,” he adds. Dion says that the food at Wilton Wings must stand out, something he is proud to have accomplished in less than a year. “I wanted to make sure that our wings were our signature, since it’s in our name. Without a doubt they are the best. And all of our sauces are homemade— fresh and never frozen.” For specials, the prices are as much a value as the portions. “We offer a half rack of ribs and wings for lunch for only $9.50,” Dion notes. “On Friday,

we offer our Fish and Chips, which features an 8-ounce portion with homemade coleslaw and fries. Saturday, you will find me in the kitchen making homemade New England clam chowder,” he adds proudly. “We also feature fresh tuna and fresh tilapia—the only way it could be fresher is if I were on a boat and caught it myself.” After a momentary thought, he adds “I am way too busy to do that, although it sounds pretty good,” flashing a grin. “One of the things that I am so proud of is our service. I am proud of all of my staff. They are dedicated. We grind our own hamburgers, and we always try to have as much on the menu that is homemade. Chef Ernesto really puts his heart and soul into every meal that we prepare,” Dion says. About his hands-on

style, “I am the sort of owner that you may find me bussing tables or helping to serve the food. It always makes me smile when I watch people come in and look at the Specials Board: Their eyes literally light up when they see something that they didn’t expect.” For more information, visit wiltonwings.com, and stop in to Wilton Wings, at 1428 NE 4th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tell them you read about them in Florida Agenda. You won’t be disappointed. H

Nutrition

Kicking your hypertension to the curb By DALE MADISON

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ypertension, or high blood pressure, has been a silent killer of many Americans over the years, and its numbers are growing. It is clearly the disease of the modern age. Hypertension is a byproduct of our fast-paced lifestyle that, as a nation, is showing no sign of slowing down. As a result of excess worry and mental tension in our daily lives, we release adrenaline in our bloodstreams, causing the body’s blood pressure to rise, leading to hypertension. Unfortunately, there are very few actual symptoms of the disease, although those with mild to moderate hypertension may feel pain in the back of the head and neck first thing in the morning. This symptom usually disappears relatively quickly on its own. Other signs and symptoms include periods of dizziness, plus aches and pains throughout the arms, shoulder region, back and legs. Heart palpitations, pain in the heart region, nervous tension and fatigue, emotional upset or crossness, tiredness and weariness, nose bleeding and frequent urination are also signs that you may have hypertension.

People who suffer from high blood pressure who do not receive treatment experience tiredness and severe bouts of fatigue, and usually cannot handle any sort of serious or physical work. They tend to be short of breath and may suffer from dyspepsia or indigestion. Untreated cases are prone to lead to heart attacks, strokes and other disabilities such as a detached retina. People who suffer from hy p e r t e n s i o n typically live more than just a highstress lifestyle. Often they are smokers and heavy drinkers, and often have an extremely poor diet. Typically, the hypertensive patient will eat an abnormal amount of refined sugar, which further stresses the body as it attempts to stabilize insulin levels. The body starts to then fill with waste, unable

to properly digest its food intake. This poisonous matter prevents the arteries from becoming slack, and will eventually lead to other conditions and diseases such as hardening of the arteries, obesity, diabetes and severe constipation. Other known causes aiding in hypertension are excessive use of painkillers, excessive salt intake, and high-fat and low-fiber diets consisting of processed foods with low nutrient content. The good news is that proper diet and nutrition can help stabilize and even correct this condition. High blood pressure sufferers should be eating a diet low in protein. That means reduce your intake of meats and eggs while increasing your consumption of fruits and vegetables. By eating more fruits

and vegetables, you aid in all-over body hydration and assist your system to rid itself of toxins. Eating fruits and vegetables in their rawest form is best for this purpose and adds fiber, helping to keep your bowels regular. Fruits such as pineapples, oranges, apples, pears, mangos, guavas and grapes are great choices in hydrating the body and fighting hypertension, and should be consumed at two different intervals daily. Vegetables that combat hypertension include cucumbers, carrots, onions, tomatoes, spinach, radishes and cabbage. Combine these ingredients together with a little dressing and treat yourself to one flavorful salad. Remember that you ARE what you eat, like it or not. Everything you put in your system will either benefit or hurt it. Please choose wisely. 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 andyfitnesstrainer@gmail.com


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Bill’s and Georgie’s ALIBI: (Where Everyone Knows Your Name)

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or some, life can seem like a rollercoaster ride. Others compare their experiences to different carnival attractions. “I served in that Merry-Go-Round called the hospitality industry for more than 25 years,” recalls Jackson Padgett, co-owner—with his life and business partner, Mark Negrete—of Georgie’s Alibi and Bill’s Filling Station, both in Wilton Manors. As to his most lasting achievement (prior to laying down stakes in the Gayborhood) Padgett points to a familiar South Florida landmark. “I loved helping to build and establish the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino,” he says. “That was truly one of those things that may only happen once in your life, what I would have to say was the crowning of my career.” “After Mark and I met, I decided it was time to leave corporate America. We wanted something that we could do together, have a couple of drinks, and then go home, prepare dinner, and let the staff do the work until it was time to lock the door at 2 a.m.,” Padgett recalls, then pauses before adding, “Let’s put

it this way, if anyone ever comes up to you and asks if you’d like to buy a bar—RUN in the opposite direction.” He lets loose with a hearty laugh. “We purchased Bill’s Filling Station—the original by the railroad tracks [on Northeast 13th Street in Fort Lauderdale]—and we truly did have a blast there,” says Negrete. “But we also knew that we were off the beaten track, and the building really needed upgrading, so we began the search for a new location.” Their search took them to the heart of the Gayborhood, Wilton Drive. “Chardee’s dinner club had recently closed, so we called Tony Dee,” recalls Negrete. “We inked the deal and started the renovations to transform the former dinner club into our vision. We renamed the piano bar the ‘Mustang Lounge,’ and we still have the baby grand piano there. Each week, we have a great team [Andy Fiacco and Ric Ducosin] host our Karaoke night, and we are consistently packed,” he adds, smiling. Not long after, the couple acquired nearby Georgie’s Alibi, a Wilton

Manors staple located right across the Drive, in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors. “We work hard to make people feel welcome,” Padgett says. “We have strived to make people feel at home, and without sounding cliché, we want to be where everyone knows your name, that is the bottom line: If people are happy and have a great time.” Negrete says that along with great service, they add to the mix great entertainment, including their house VJ’s Barry Browder and Robert Frye, and performers like Nikki Adams, Dame Edna, and (when she’s in town) Cashetta. “An absolute winning combination,” Padgett calls it. “We are in the process of expanding the

Manchester Room, taking part of the former Bottoms and Tops [retail location], which will make that side of the bar explode. Couple that with award-winning Chef Ron and our catering division—we are very proud of the Alibi,” he adds with a contented smile. For more information, visit georgiesalibi.com/wiltonmanors, or facebook.com/alibi.wiltonmanors.. H


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FORT LAUDERDALE/WILTON MANORS ALIBI 2266 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Gayborhood tradition since 1997. Comfortable, inviting atmosphere with indoor video bars, outdoor drinking and dining. Drink specials all week, with mammoth 22-ounce Long Island Iced Teas for $3 on Thursdays. 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.

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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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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.


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