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Broward School Board Is Nation’s First to Enact LGBT History Month Resolution By CLIFF DUNN

FORT LAUDERDALE – On September 19, the School Board of Broward County unanimously passed a resolution in support of LGBT History Month, which takes place October 2012. The school district is the nation’s first to issue such a resolution, which states: “The School Board of Broward County, Florida appreciates and recognizes the importance of LGBT History Month as an effective means of educating and calling to action the citizens of Broward County to work together to promote equal protection of all Broward County students and staff, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.” “The Broward School Board is to be commended,” said Malcolm Lazin, Executive Director of the Equality Forum, and founder of LGBT History Month. “They have broken the cocoon of invisibility, affirmed the important role of [LGBT] Americans and taken a pioneering step in embracing diversity, inclusion, and respect.” An early LGBT History

Month was commemorated in 1994 by Missouri highschool history class. Broward County, which has the nation’s sixth largest school district, is the first to support it since, although the Los Angeles Unified School District may also be considering passage of a similar measure. The Philadelphia-based Equality Forum, which serves as the “guardian” and repository of the officially-designated

summit, held in Philadelphia. During each day of October’s LGBT History Month, a historic LGBT person (or Icon) is featured with a video, biography, bibliography, downloadable images and other educational resources provided without charge (available at In 2006, there were 31 Icons, while this year 217 Icons are posted, with resources archived on the site. The federal government recognized the event in 2010 in a formal ceremony presided over by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and last year, U.S House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) issued a proclamation for LGBT History Month. Broward School Photo Credit: district Vice Chair Laurie Rich Levinson LGBT History Month, have told the Florida Agenda that helped establish the month- eight out of 10 LGBT students long event as a national and report being harassed, because international commemoration of their sexual orientation. of the struggle and incremental “As elected officials, we have attainment of LGBT civil a responsibility to provide rights with an educational an environment that is safe focus. To this end, it produces for learning, regardless of a documentary films, undertakes student’s race, color, sexual initiatives and presents annually orientation, religion, or any the largest national and other factor,” Rich Levinson international LGBT civil rights told the Agenda.H


Boy Scouts Leader Acknowledges ‘Perversion Files’ and Sex Abuse Cover Up IRVING, TEXAS – Scouting’s chief executive has issued an open letter after an investigation revealed hundreds of sex abuse allegations against Scout leaders—over the past century—that had never been reported to authorities. Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock said that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have taken measures to protect Scouts from predators, including instituting criminal background checks and a policy requiring that no Scout ever be in the presence of just one adult leader. The admission follows an investigation by the Los Angeles Times which uncovered allegations of molestation against Scout leaders that date as far back as 1919. In hundreds of instances, there was no record to indicate that police were contacted. In other cases, leaders accused of abuse were permitted to provide false reasons for having left Scouting. The co-called “perversion files” were kept by Scouting officials as a means of “weeding out” bad leaders, officials said. But the Times investigation found more than 125 men with “perversion files” had been able to access and prey on children by falsifying names, or taking advantage of poor protocols. In June, an Oregon judge ruled that the files should be released to the public under the open records provision of the state’s constitution (with names of possible victims and whistleblowers redacted)H



Latinos Salud Awarded State HIVPrevention Grants WILTON MANORS - Latinos Salud is the beneficiary of two new grants from the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of HIV/AIDS. Totaling $150,000, the grants will be applied to funding expanded HIV prevention efforts that serve Broward County’s Latino gay/bisexual men and their partners.

Founded in 2008, Latinos Salud currently offers free HIV prevention peer leadership workshops, HIV prevention themed activities for younger men who have sex with men, and one-on-one Life Coaching that focuses on helping clients of all ages achieve their goals, while lowering their HIV/STD risks. The funds allow Latinos Salud to add free HIV rapid-testing to its clients. In the past, said Stephen Fallon, Executive Director of Latinos Salud, “Too many clients [were] reluctant to take a test outside of Latinos Salud’s safe space. Now, for the first time, we can support staff to offer Latino guys and their partners free, walk-in testing during most of the hours that we are open.” With the grants, Latinos Salud will launch the “Free, Safe, and Proud!” project, to bring condoms and lubricant to places where local gay Latinos are most likely to socialize with gay tourists. “Studies show that guys who are safe at home often take a ‘time out’ from safer sex when they are on vacation,” said Rafaele Narvaez, Director of Health Programs. “We don’t want anyone to become infected simply because they didn’t have condoms handy, so we’ve partnered with local gay guesthouses.” The funds will also allow Latinos Salud to expand its Life Coaching services for Latinos living with HIV, or who are partnered with someone living with HIV, or who identify as transgender. For more information, visit


Sheriff Congratulates Broward House “Amazing Race” Teams, During Pride Center “Shred-A-Thon” WILTON MANORS –Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti was on hand at the Pride Center at Equality Park on Saturday, September 22, for the Broward Sheriff ’s Office (BSO) “Operation Medicine Cabinet” and “Shred-A-Thon” event, a communitywide campaign to encourage citizens to bring unused and expired medications for safe disposal, and to safely dispose of documents, check stubs, credit card information, and other material that could contain personal data, and put individuals at risk to identity thieves. Inclement weather did not discourage attendance. “In a driving rain, we had 293 cars come to the Pride Center to have information shredded,” said Capt. Rick Wierzbicki, unit commander for the BSO Anti-Bias/Anti-Hate Crimes Task Force. “For the Shred-AThon, we took in and shredded over 11,600 pounds of sensitive documents. For the Operation Medicine Cabinet/ Drug Buy-Back, we took in 3,421 units of controlled substances or pills, over 40,000 units of non-controlled substances or pills, and gave out 154 Publix gift cards to persons who participated,” he added. Also on Saturday, Broward House held its Amazing Race fundraiser, and the Pride Center was a stop for the contestants/teams, with each having to empty three cars filled with paper that was brought to be shredded. Sheriff Lamberti presented them with “official” BSO lapel pins for their efforts.

GET OUT THE VOTE Bar Crawl This Sunday WILTON MANORS – The “Wilton Manors GET OUT THE VOTE Bar Crawl,” postponed last month by heavy rains from Hurricane Isaac, takes place this Sunday, Sept. 30. The organizers have planned the community-wide effort to register as many LGBT voters as possible, just a little more than a week before the October 9 deadline to register to vote. The event is also meant

to draw awareness to issues of political importance to the gay community.

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AIDS in Broward County. This gift will help those who are suffering and are in desperate need of financial help.”

Wilton Manors to Host Small Business Marketing Workshop

Beginning at 2 p.m., the bar crawl— featuring as special guest, entertainer/ songwriter Brandon Hilton, along with local drag performers—will make its way through eight local watering holes, including Sidelines Sports Bar, Bill’s Filling Station, The Manor, Rosie’s Bar & Grill, New Moon, Matty’s On the Drive, The Alibi, and Boom. “We are so fired up,” said Michael Albetta, Vice Chair of the Florida Democratic Party Campaign Committee. “This is an important day—a day of action for all of Florida and the LGBT community.”

Padgett, Negrete Present $13K Check to Tuesday’s Angels WILTON MANORS – Jackson Padgett and Mark Negrete, owners of Bill’s and the Alibi in Wilton Manors, presented a check this month for $13,072 to Tuesday’s Angels, the local non-profit service organization that provides funding on an emergency basis to men, women and children with HIV/AIDS. The check was handed over as receipts from the Bartenders, Boxers, and Briefs Auction held to raise money for the group’s clients, to help pay for a variety of emergency living expenses, including rent, utility bills, transportation, eyeglasses, and other basic needs. With proper documentation, assistance is often given the same day. In a letter to Padgett, Negrete, and Don Clark, the general manager at Bill’s, the board of Tuesday’s Angels said that the event “truly plays an important role in our ability to continue to help those in financial need [who have] HIV/AIDS.” As the thank you letter acknowledged, there are an estimated “19,000 people living with HIV/

WILTON MANORS – The City of Wilton Manors will host a workshop, “Maximize Your Marketing Efforts to Reach Your Targeted Customers,” on Thursday, October 18, at 8:30 a.m., in the Hagen Park Community Center (2020 Wilton Drive), part of the municipality’s Small Business Roundtable Series, an effort to help businesses grow and incentive them for locating in the Island City. The workshop will be conducted by Terra Spero, Managing Director and founder of Real Time Marketing Group, and will include strategies for effectively utilizing social media and other marketing platforms. A light breakfast will be served. To RSVP, or for more information, contact Randy Welker at

Celebrate ORGULLO Honors Hispanic Pride at The Manor WILTON MANORS – Celebrate ORGULLO, a festival showcasing Hispanic LGBT Pride during September’s Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15), wraps up the last of 14 preliminary dance competition events on Saturday, September 29, at The Manor Restaurant and Complex in Wilton Manors. The winning couple from each preliminary competition will compete onstage at Celebrate ORGULLO on October 6, where the audience and judges will select Grand Prize winners. Orgullo (Spanish for “Pride”) coincides with events throughout the country, in commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed each year from September 15 to October 15. For more information, visit

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GOP VP Hopeful: “We Should Not Reverse” DADT Repeal WEST PALM BEACH – In an interview this week with West Palm Beach television station WPTV-5, Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) said that reinstating the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy—a move favored by many religious and social conservatives— would be “a step in the wrong direction. Although Ryan, a seven-term GOP congressman, voted in 2010 against overturning DADT, he said during an interview that aired on Sunday, “Now that it’s done, we should not reverse it. I think that would be a step in the wrong direction because people have already disclosed themselves. Recent data released by the Palm Center research institute found that—a year after the repeal of DADT—the impact of sexual minorities on the military registered no negative consequences with respect to readiness, unit cohesion, recruitment, retention, or morale. On Sunday Ryan added, “I think this issue is past us. It’s done. And I think we need to move on.”

Gay Marriage Foe Named Archbishop of San Francisco SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – LGBT rights activists are calling Pope Benedict XVI’s appointment of Salvatore Cordileone as Archbishopdesignate of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Francisco the “Bombshell by the Bay.” Cordileone, 56, has been dubbed the “architect of Proposition 8,” after the 2008 state constitutional amendment which provides that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” Cordileone, who has served as the Bishop of Oakland (Calif.) for the past three years, said last month that gays who practice their homosexuality should be barred from receiving the sacrament of Holy Communion, the central


ritual of Roman Catholicism. “If we misuse the gift of sexuality, we’re going to suffer the consequences,” he said, “and I firmly believe we are suffering the consequences.” In 2007, when the state Supreme Court was considering the constitutionality of a voter initiative that altered the state’s family code to say that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California,” Cordileone—who was then serving as Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego— wrote, “We believe that marriage, by its very definition, can exist only between a man and a woman. Moreover, study after study—not to mention common sense—show that children fare better in life when raised in a home with a loving father and mother in a stable, committed relationship.”

Al Sharpton, Black Ministers Express Support for Marriage Equality


who heads the National Action Network. “You cannot be for civil rights for African-Americans but not for gays and lesbians.” Rev. Delman Coates, senior pastor at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Md., said that the issue is not one of theology, but rather of public policy. “As AfricanAmerican Christian pastors and leaders, we cannot stand on the side of those who attempt to justify legalized discrimination under the guise of religious belief,”Coates said. About 30 percent of Maryland’s population is African-American. In May, the Baltimore-based National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) approved a resolution in support of same-sex marriage. Opponents disagreed. “It is remiss to say that you can separate government from this issue when government is redefining marriage,” said Derek McCoy, chairman of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, which opposes same-sex marriage.

Minnesota Voters

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND Evenly Split on – On Friday, Rev. Al Sharpton and other black clergy members voiced Gay Marriage their support for same-sex marriage ST PAUL, MINNESOTA – in Maryland, and told reporters A new poll this week from the that it is myth to suggest that all African-American ministers are Minneapolis Star Tribune shows Minnesota voters evenly divided against marriage equality. over a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. With roughly six weeks to go before Election Day, 49 percent of likely voters say they support the proposed ban, and 47 percent oppose it. Four percent polled are undecided.

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Sharpton and the other clergy reminded supporters and opponents that the state law—passed this year by lawmakers but facing a referendum challenge—calls the matter a civil rights issue, not a religious one, and includes protections for churches, which will not be forced to recognize same-sex marriages. “You cannot be a part-time civil rights activist,” said Sharpton,

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The Mason Dixon poll data did find overwhelming support for civil unions, with 68 percent favoring a rebranded offering of most or all of the same legal rights as marriage. Within a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent, the two-point

difference equates to a dead-heat. Under Minnesota law, a state constitutional amendment must win approval from a majority of all ballots cast. A voter who doesn’t answer the question is considered a “no” vote.

Former Pittsburgh Pirates Owner Comes Out P I T T S B U R G H , PENNSYLVANIA – The former owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates has come out, telling The New York Times this week that the time has come to speak openly about his sexual identity. “You’re not going to solve any problem until you start a dialogue,” Kevin McClatchy, who was owner and CEO of the baseball franchise from 1996 to 2007, wrote in a Times opinion piece. McClatchy, heir to a newspaper chain who sold his shares in the team in 2009, acknowledged that homophobic slurs he heard in professional sports circles had compelled him to keep his sexual identity secret. “I’ve got a birthday coming up where I’m turning old,” wrote McClatchy, who turns 50 in January. “I’ve spent 30 years—or whatever the number is specifically—not talking about my personal life, lying about my personal life.” Concerning the decision to come out officially, McClatchy admitted, “This has been challenging to me.” McClatchy, 49, compared professional sports considers the breaking of racial segregation with coming out as gay. “I don’t think they equate breaking the color barrier with Jackie Robinson to, ‘Hey, by the way, we’ve never had one player announce they’re gay while playing baseball.’” McClatchy isn’t the first majorleague professional sports executive or former exec to reveal his sexual identity: Last year, Phoenix Suns president and CEO Rick Welts came out.H

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Polling Data Shows Promise For State Marriage Initiatives By JOE HARRIS


wo weeks ago (September 12, 2012, POLITICAL DESK: “Four States, Four Referendum Views on Gay Marriage”), we reviewed the status of same-sex marriage initiatives in a quartet of states, from such diverse spots as New England, the Great Lakes region, the Mid-Atlantic States, and the Pacific Northwest. If the conventional wisdom just two years ago suggested that pigs would fly sooner than gay marriage would pass voter muster, recent polling data would seem to allow for the possibility of pork in the treetops—at least in some places— come the Sixth of November. In Maine, Maryland, and Washington State, a majority of voters say they support legalizing marriage equality, while in Minnesota it’s still anybody’s guess which way the political winds will shift. If even one of the four approves

their respective measure, it will mark a literally historic passage by popular vote of full equality for LGBT citizens. Among the optimists is Human Rights Campaign (HRC) state legislative director Sarah Warbelow, who told NBC News, “I think it’s very reasonable and realistic to expect that we’ll win one or more of these ballot measures. Certainly the polling suggests that all four [remain] a possibility.” Pining For Marriage Equality AUGUSTA, MAINE - In the Pine Tree State, data from the progressive Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows that 53 percent of voters say they will support the initiative to legalize gay marriage, while 44 percent are opposed. The margin of error for the mid-September survey—which was not authorized by, or paid for, by

either side—was plus or minus 3.5 percent. Lining Up Support ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND - Polling numbers in the Old Line State reflects 54 percent of voters support keeping the state law passed by the lawmakers earlier this year. The same data from Hart Research Associates (which conducted the late-July poll for Marylanders for Marriage Equality) indicates that 40 percent of voters are opposed, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent. Minnesota, Twins? ST PAUL, MINNESOTA - In a statistical dead-heat, the Land of 10,000 Lakes is split down the middle, with data from a midSeptember PPP poll indicating 48

percent supporting the amendment that bans same-sex marriage, 47 percent opposing it, and 5 percent remaining undecided. The poll, which was not paid for or authorized by any side or organization, had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percent. How Do You Like Them Apples, Washington? OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON – Washington state voters must decide whether or not to uphold a law that legalizes marriage equality, with 56 percent of voters supporting the measure being upheld, 38 percent believing it should be overturned, and 6 percent not sure. The earlySeptember SurveyUSA poll for KING5 News (Seattle) had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percent.H

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Stop, In the Name of Love: What Will “The Supremes” Do? By CLIFF DUNN


long with who will be receiving his mail at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. come January, one of the most compelling political questions about 2013 is what, if anything, the U.S. Supreme Court will “do” about the volatile and divisive issue of same-sex marriage. High Court watchers say that the justices were expected to privately discuss marriage equality on Monday past, and at press time for the Florida Agenda there was speculation they could decide as early as yesterday, September 25, as to whether they would take up the constitutional challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 federal law that denies financial benefits to gay couples, and possibly a second case relating to California’s Proposition 8. Although oral arguments and a legal decision by the Supremes wouldn’t be handed down until next year (if at all), the justices are well aware of the political consequences—to both major parties—of even ruminating on the topic six weeks from a presidential election. The legal “balls” in the air for the court to consider, should they so choose, concern whether the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection nullify the California statute, as well as DOMA, which defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman. In New York State, a woman challenged the federal law, saying it selectively and unfairly treats same-gender couples who have been lawfully married in their own states. In a separate but related item, the justices could also decide the constitutionality of Prop. 8. In the case of the DOMA appeal, Edith Windsor had lived with her partner, Thea Spyer, as a couple in New York since 1967. They married out of state in 2007, at a time when New York State didn’t recognize same-sex marriage. When Spyer died three years ago, she left her estate to Windsor, who was required to pay around $360,000 in federal taxes on the inheritance, because

the feds don’t acknowledge her “legal” status—even though New York now permits gay marriage. Although a federal judge ruled in Windsor’s favor, her attorneys have asked the justices to hear the case now, leapfrogging the standard appeals process. “Edie Windsor, who recently celebrated her 83rd birthday, suffers from a serious heart condition,” said her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan. “Edie cannot yet receive a refund of the unconstitutional estate tax that she was forced to pay simply for being gay. The constitutional injury inflicted on Edie should be

Washington state and Maryland, similar laws have been enacted, but voters have a chance to affirm or reject these measures in ballot initiatives this November (see the related story in this issue’s POLITICAL DESK, Page 11). Five states—Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, and Rhode Island—have legalized civil unions. Four—California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington state—have established domestic partnerships, which provide many of the same rights as marriage, although in the last instance, lawmakers passed a full marriage law which

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remedied within her lifetime.” Last spring, a Boston-based federal appeals court struck down a key part of DOMA. The court ruled that the federal government cannot deny benefits to same-sex couples who were married in states where gay marriage is legal. Enacted in 1996 by a Republican Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, DOMA prohibits federal recognition of marriage equality, and says that states cannot be compelled to recognize such marriages contracted in other jurisdictions. In the District of Columbia and six states—Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire and New York— marriage between two persons of the same gender is legal. In

is the subject of a November voter referendum (see above). Wisconsin provides limited benefits under domestic partnership laws, and Maine voters will decide in November whether to maintain similar benefits, or go for the Full Monty for such couples (see POLITICAL DESK story, Page 11). The remaining 33 states, including Florida, offer no such provisions. There are three other appeals that challenge the 1996 federal law, including 17 married or widowed men and women who are suing for their federal benefits and recognition. The high court could decide to wait until the appeals process has been exhausted before allowing a full review by the justices. The two eggs in the Supremes’

basket concern separate, bi-coastal cases. In August, a federal appeals court ruled against the California prohibition of same-sex marriage, arguing that it unfairly—and unconstitutionally—singles-out gays. The three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Proposition 8 “works a meaningful harm to gays and lesbians” and violates their 14th Amendment protections. In 2008, the California Supreme Court ruled that gay marriages were legal, opening the floodgates for 18,000 gay couples to obtain marriage licenses. A subsequent ballot initiative that passed by 52 percent of voters put the kibosh on further same-sex weddings. It also put California in the position of being the only state to first permit, and then prohibit, marriage equality. The three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit didn’t decide whether or not gays have the right to marry, they ruled on the voters’ right to make such calls. Which brings us to the larger question: What will the U.S. Supreme Court do? The justices may decide that a fundamental constitutional right is threatened, and strike down the laws of states that only permit one-manone-woman matrimony. Or they might determine that states must recognize same-gender nuptials performed in other jurisdictions, while letting them keep their own laws intact. They may also wait out the full process of judicial appellate review (which lessens the likelihood of a final ruling in the Windsor decision during Edith Windsor’s natural lifespan). The Supremes may also decide to wait out the demographic clock, under the assumption that the law will eventually “right” itself, with theoretical passage of the Respect for Marriage Act overturning DOMA, and obviating the necessity of a high court ruling. What is certain is that both sides will have the first Monday in October—when the court returns from its summer recess—clearly marked on their own calendars.H

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his week, I took the arguably drastic step of “de-friending” some people on Facebook who I felt had taken the whole “post whatever is on your mind” thing a bit too far. (I have seen some doozies, believe me, including someone who, moments before I forever “blocked” them, had posted an image of their most recent—I am not making this up—bowel movement.) I’m all in favor of free speech and free expression, which is convenient, since I’m a writer by trade and my boyfriend is a talented sketch artist, but there’s a time and a place for everything, including bowel movements. This isn’t to say that I don’t support your “right” to broadcast your bodily functions, just not while my laptop is open to that page (the reason I likewise support Facebook’s right to remove particularly egregious violators). In the case of this past week, it was the irresponsible use of free speech that caused me—with sincere regret—to “block” these individuals, at least until the Cessation of Hostilities (in this case, November 7, the day after the general election). The angry political rhetoric of this year’s Silly Season (so-called because apparently there is nothing too ridiculous, unfathomable, or out-of-bounds about any given candidate or cause that some— uh, fellow citizen wouldn’t give credence to: Obama is a Muslim. Obama is a foreigner. Obama is a communist. (Or, as Hank Williams, Jr. so eloquently put it, “We’ve got a Muslim for a President who hates cowboys, hates cowgirls, hates


fishing, hates farming, loves gays, and we hate him!”) “Collectively, these hatemongers form a global industry of outrage, working feverishly to give and take offense, frequently over religion, and to ignite the combustible mix of ignorance and suspicion that exists,” said an article in Time last week. Interestingly, the writer was speaking about the powder keg of the Middle East, in an analysis of the causes of the rioting that led to the death in Libya of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. But he could just as easily been referring to the loutish and loud who are every bit as hateful as the extremists they are decrying. Honestly, I am a patriot who loves my country and who believes— without the flurry and flourish of rattling sabers or beating breasts— that America is an exceptional country, because of its people and the principles and values for which we at least think we believe we stand. But I would—I’m serious—be challenged as to whom I would call a greater enemy to American values: Rush Limbaugh, or some ignorant teenager learning how to hate the U.S. in a Muslim madrasa. Neither of these types shares anything of my own personal feelings for my country or countrymen, and each (I am pretty certain) thinks in his own way that the world would be a better place without me. A friend recently referred to the members of the Occupy Wall Street movement as “traitors.” I find this sort of anachronistic speech amusing in my own paternalistic way—until I realize this is the same rhetoric that was voiced against Jews in some

of the most “enlightened” places in the world, including Paris, Vienna, London, and Washington, D.C., through the modern era. How can a free citizen in a nation of laws that protects the right of assembly and the right of expression be considered a “traitor?” I take comfort that this kind of dangerous rhetoric has been preached and practiced in the Republic since its inception, with Jeffersonians accusing Washington (the actual George, in this case) of being pro-English and antiAmerican, and Hamiltonians and Adamsites in turn calling Jeffersonians the worst name they could think of: “Democrats” (the word had a different context in early-19th Century, post-French Revolution America, although Rush, Sean Hannity, and Company are having just as much fun with it). My dislike of Limbaugh, Michael Savage, and the Bloviating Class (which doesn’t translate to a disdain for commentator Bill O’Reilly, incidentally, because he dislikes the hypocrisy against Obama as much as I do) often takes the form of imagining them as my “opponents” in some of the mindless video games my boyfriend and I sometimes play while we’re cooking (“Bloons Tower Defense,” anyone?), watching them explode in a whirl of hot air—and hotter gas—when my game avatar “pops” a balloon opponent. A part of me thinks it’s not very

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Red Hispana HIV Testing, Hispanic support groups, emergency relief fund assistance, pre-case management 1350 East Sunrise Blvd., Suite 129, Ft. Lauderdale (954) 462-8889

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

Legal Aid Service - Broward Human Rights Initiative Low-income gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT) individuals in need of legal services, Gay/ Lesbian/Bisex/Trans; Legal Services 491 N State Rd. 7, Plantation (954) 358-5635  SunServe Counseling, mental health intake and referral, Noble McArtor Senior Day Care Center, youth and family services 1480 SW 9th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale (954) 764-5150, (954) 764-5055, (954) 764-5055, (954) 549-0263 Fusion Program open to the GLBTQ community. Activities include meditation, social events, groups, movies, games, classes, and condom distribution campaign. 2304 NE 7th Ave., Wilton Manors (954) 630-1655 Spectrum Programs Case Management, Marriage & Family therapy, Outpatient Counseling, Psychiatric Services, Substance Abuse Residential Treatment 450 E Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach (954) 580-0770 (954) 781-4405 Drag it OUT, Inc. Drag it OUT’s mision is to provide a safe space for the LGBTQ community and their supporters who are interested in exploring gender identity, self-expression and community activism by way of educational workshops, social opportunities and artistic projects. Learn how to get involved at 1310 SW 2nd Ct. #103 Fort Lauderdale (954) 612-4489 (954) 213-7112


Terry DeCarlo: A Community Friend in Need, Indeed By DALE MADISON


ew individuals have been as vocal and visible as Terry De Carlo, a familiar face to both community members and colleagues in the non-profit sector, in which Terry has worked admirably and with dedication for two decades, with a focus on HIV-AIDS. De Carlo, the Director of Development

Terry Decarlo

for Broward House (the county’s oldest and largest HIV/AIDS service organization), previously worked with Care Resource, helping to produce the nearly 30-year-old White Party, one of the world’s “crown jewel” circuit parties attended by thousands of hot international men who come to Miami for a magical weekend of dancing, food, and, of course, a few cocktails. It would surprise many people who know of DeCarlo’s grinding work schedule that he lives with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), a condition that has reduced his lung capacity by 60 percent. But—like the Energizer Bunny—he just keeps on going. He helps organize Broward House’s successful community events, including the wildly popular “Amazing Race,” and “Broward Bares It” fundraiser benefiting persons with HIV/AIDS. “We once again produced ‘Broward Bares It’ at the Seminole Hard Rock, and we once again had a sold out crowd,”

says DeCarlo. “It is a major production. You just can’t put people out there on a stage—you have to rehearse and work with sound and lighting. It has to be done right,” he adds. “Our first year, we had 3,000 people and then our next year we had to move to the Passion Room, and now, with the growing popularity, we hope this year to move to the Paradise Theatre,” he explains. “For me, it’s been a labor of love to see this grow.” Like all great motivators, DeCarlo knows success, in life and work, is a team effort. “My rock is my husband, Bill Huelsman,” he says without hesitation. “We have now been together for 16 years, and he has been there every step of the way.” Are there challenges to a long-term, successful partnership, we wonder? “So far, there has been no ‘water-boarding,’” DeCarlo jokes, “and I love him to death.” DeCarlo and the Broward House team have lined up world class entertainment to help raise community awareness for

its projects and the clients it assists. As well as the smashing success of Typhoon Lagoon during June’s Orlando Gay Days, “We are bringing in Wanda Sykes for a [December 2] concert at the Broward Center, and we just booked Joan Rivers for June 2013,” he says with barelycontained excitement. “Last year, we had a fantastic turnout with Margaret Cho, and each year we try to step it up,” he explains, and adds, “But, frankly, it comes back to one thing: We have to get the message out that HIV is still out there, and is still a threat.” To learn more about Terry DeCarlo and the ongoing community efforts of Broward House, as well as its many fun and supportive activities, visit If your non-profit organization is not listed in the Agenda Non-Profit Services Directory, please send your information to Dale Madison at

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t’s the last week in September, but there’s so much to do locally and across the state. Close to home, check out the hunky salsa dancers competing at The Manor this Saturday in the Celebrate ORGULLO! semi-finals—you know you love those Latino papitos. There are also stellar performances on deck this weekend by the fabulous Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus. It promises to be “Oh, What a Weekend!” Find out more inside, OUT in Florida. Did somebody say “McDonald’s?” (McDonald’s is your kind of place. You deserve a break today. It’s a good time for the great taste. I’m lovin’ it.) Sorry, I had a moment, there. The familiar Golden Arches are as much a part of American iconography as the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building. I don’t even want to think—or know!—how many “great” meals I’ve had in the House that Ronald McDonald built (which should not be mistaken for Ronald McDonald House), but house gourmand Richard David Chamberlain decided to get the “skinny” on the Mickey-D menu, and he shares it, this week, in a new Dining column. What can we say: We do it all for you. I honestly don’t know much about Portland, Oregon except that my mother always talked about settling there (maybe it was the apples). Globetrotter Robert Elias Deaton saw this deficit in my geo-think, and has gone firsthand to one of the jewels of the Pacific Northwest—the subject of this week’s Travel. There’s some great tips on sliding into Fall with Style, along with a new Fitness column from “Trainer Tom” Bonanti , and from the pages of our sister publication, Guy Magazine, some tech-food-for-thought (Bytes), and advice on stocking the perfect home liquor cabinet (Adam & Ease). Did I mention the new Recipe from Chef Jean Doherty of Le Patio, Guilty Pleasures, Spotlight, and Snapshot with the fabulous Dale Madison— and a whole lot more? How DO we fit all this in? CD

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Amanda Austin:

Drag Wars at Monkey Business By DALE MADISON


onkey Business drag hostess Amanda Austin has a driving ambition to bring aspiring, talented female impersonators into a venue where they can hone their craft.

“It’s not easy to transform yourself from a young man to look like a young woman,” Austin admits. “It’s not just about putting on a dress: You need to know how to carry yourself. The makeup has to be perfect, because when you get on stage, under those demanding lights, it has to [look] flawless. “Then of course there is the hair,” he adds. “If an upstart has their own hair and can use that, great, but if not, then there is the question as to whether you do blonde, brown, black, red— what works with the makeup and the clothes? Some people just think you throw on a dress and some stilettos, and you are all set. It is not that easy,” explains Austin (whose non-stage name is Shawn Steele). “I really started Drag Wars at Monkey Business as a way to help develop new talent in the area,” the

performer explains. “We do Drag Wars on Monday nights, beginning at 9:30, [and] we run the cycles in eightweek increments. [The current cycle began on September 24). At the end of the cycle, all winners return for a final contest. Weekly winners win $50 and get a paid booking, they work one of the shows, and get their tips. The cycle winner gets $100 cash, but the total is actually about $300, because Monkey Business pays their entry into the Miss Illusion contest, and [they receive] either jewelry or a crown. “The weekly contest is judged by the audience, and then the final is judged by a group of [drag performer] peers: Those who have paid their dues and have what I like to call the ‘right stuff,’” he adds. Unlike other competitions, “The judges actually give feedback to help

the contestants get better,” Austin notes. “It’s sort of like ‘America’s Got Talent,’ in that we all want to see them get better at the craft.” Potential Drag Wars competitors should be aware of a few basics before they enter: First, bring a CD with just one song for the DJ to play. Secondly, because dressing space is limited, performers should come dressed and ready to go on stage. Lastly, go to your Facebook page and promote the fact that you are going to be performing at Monkey Business. Audience participation is how the weekly winners are chosen, so get your peeps to come and support you. Austin notes that there is no cover for the weekly contest and from 9:30 to 11 p.m. all well drinks are $3 during the show. For more information about Amanda Austin and Drag Wars, visit H


South Florida Theater: What It Is, and What It Can Be By Bill Hirschman


n this season of election hype, politicians are forever warning ominously, “We’re at a crossroad.” But in our case, South Florida theater is, indeed, at a tipping point. We are at a crucial watershed when local professional theater can either commit to evolving into an even more creative and economically-stable art form, or it will deteriorate into an art-as-a-glorifiedhobby model. Stagnation and status quo are not viable long-term scenarios, because the mortality of this region’s “core audience” will inevitably erode the economic base until professionals can no longer afford to stay, or even visit the region. Without that level of quality, audiences will dwindle because there won’t be anything worthwhile that can compete with the other arts, or mass media options. Theater will become even

more of a niche. The actions that need to be taken today are aimed at five and 10 years out. Audience building, finding reliable funding streams, and the other big challenges cannot be overcome quickly. They require concerted, coordinated campaigns by all the players, not skirmishes or even battles. Words like “concerted,” “coordinated,” and “campaign” are drawn from an alien language for most of the players; they have proven incapable of implementing them in anything but the most perfunctory sense. Sending out email blasts touting someone else’s production is hardly enough. Further, the long-term strategic planning required is not on most players’ radar screens. They are focused on staying afloat for the next season or two, and maintaining their “slice” of the

audience “pie,” rather than attending to the real answer: Joining together to bake a bigger pie. And that last phrase, right there, is why the dream of South Florida as a thriving regional theater hub is perfectly feasible, not just wishful thinking. It’s already happened. More than a half-dozen theaters have closed, but in the same period more than twice that number have opened. On the debit side of the ledger are tangible threats: Theater’s invisibility to the public, the fear that financial ruin is not even a season away, miserable pay scales, an unwillingness to join forces, the slow erosion of revenue, and terror at the sight of a vanishing audience. But on the credit side of the ledger are considerable—if less corporeal—assets: Will, imagination, resourcefulness, and passion, plus the blessing that many

of the solutions are already known. That might sound too much like naïve cheerleading, but the flurry of startup companies in the midst of this recession, other troupes’ survival through previous economic maelstroms, and a current surge in quality (against all odds) are concrete proofs of those assets’ efficacy. In a three-part series of essays at, we capped three months of inquiry by examining where local theater is, what it can be, what problems block its progress, and what some of the solutions may be. We invite you to take a look and give us your feedback.H Bill Hirschman is the Editor and Chief Critic for FloridaTheaterOnstage. com. He can be reached at bill@


FORT LAUDERDALE FORT LAUDERDALE GAY MEN’S CHORUS: “OH, WHAT A NIGHT!” Friday, September 28, and Saturday, September 29, at 8:00 p.m. (both nights). The third concert of their 26th season, “Oh, What a Night!” takes place at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art Auditorium (1 East Las Olas Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale). “I remember, what a night!” An evening of music sure to bring back great memories—and maybe make some new ones. From 50s “doo-wop” to current Broadway show tunes, this concert is filled with our favorite songs. Special guest conductor, David Morse, directs a show that will leave you saying it “ended much too soon! Oh, what a night!” Tickets are $25 for general seating, $40 for VIP seating. For more information, visiting 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 at

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 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. LAUDERDALE • FORT Broward Center for the Performing


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MIAMI Arts / Au-Rene 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 BOOKSIGNING: “COOPER’S PROMISE” Wednesday, October 24, 7 p.m., LGBT Visitor Center, 1130 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach Monday, October 29, 8 p.m., Books & Books, 265 Alhambra Avenue, Coral Gables. Called “literary dynamite” by Kirkus Reviews, “Cooper’s Promise” was also on the Philadelphia Gay News shortlist of recommended summer reading. Award-winning novelist Timothy Jay Smith will share the real life experiences that contributed to his intriguing story, one that touches on human trafficking, blood diamonds, and gays in the military—all in an actionpacked drama that takes place in a heart of Africa darker than Joseph Conrad could have ever imagined. Smith will also discuss the strategy that landed him a twobook deal with publisher Owl Canyon Press, and how he’s adapted “Cooper’s Promise” to a prize-winning screenplay under consideration by an Oscar-winning producer. For 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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Fall into Your Style This Autumn By MANLEY GUY


pants—or worse, socks and shoes. Have a dry spare change of clothes handy, big boy.

here’s no way to get around it: Not being able to “enjoy” the change of seasons is the “price” we pay for living in the most perfect spot on the planet. When the weather is 80-degrees year ’round, one “invokes” the seasons, rather than living them. That’s good news, stallion. As we slide into the cooler, “schooler” months, here is some sage advice for a guy who wants to look— if not like a “man,” then definitely an attractive “male” of the species.

A Pen In Need. Parker, Montblanc—there are some unique and stylish pens that add a look of elegance and sophistication to your inside sport jacket pocket—and adds something else: Protection against seasonal germs, which are especially fond of handto-hand transmission, such as occurs when you ask the server for a pen. Now who’s thinking outside the box?

It’s Go Time!

Pink: You Got a Problem With It?

Pocket Protectors.

Yellow might look good on VP candidate Paul Ryan (or anyone else from Wisconsin), but lighter-skinned guys need to be careful about muted colors making them look sickly or ashen. If you spend enough time in the sun to enjoy the glow of a healthy tan, then you can pretty much wear what you want. As the sun makes itself scarcer postLabor Day, be cautious about wearing anything that’s too pale. Pink is the perfect off-set for a paler complexion: It gives a healthy glow to a pallid skin tone, and (like red) brings out the color in an already-stunning complexion. Plus, it’s PINK.

This is what happens when you pair jeans and a denim shirt. New York Fashion Week star designer Prabal Gurung always wears a plain white tee and jeans (“I just want to be more of a blank canvas,” he said recently), and he looks fabulous doing it—see above regarding a sport jacket. Denim shirt? Try khaki pants.

Sport a Coat, Sport.

Dark Clouds, Dark Clothing.

A sport coat or jacket not only makes you look fitter, slimmer, taller, and better-proportioned. It makes you look like a grown up. (Even if you’re going for that Endless Twinkie look, a slim sports jacket will impress Daddy

Dark clothing hides a multitude of seasonal sins, including raindrops and the inevitable stains of daily life. On the subject, you should always have a Backup Outfit ready to go, in case a late-season shower soaks your shirt,

enough to kick up your allowance.) Throw a casual shirt underneath, and pair it with some cool sneakers. (But avoid anything that has a logo or number—and no ribbed tees, or anything you would wear to bed.) Lighter fabrics are a must, so you aren’t all a-sweat until the cooler weather arrives.

I love cargo pants—the military style and earth tones aside, they are loaded with tons of pockets! Keys, wallet, handkerchief, money clip, pocket change, Swiss Army knife—whatever you’re packing can find a home that’s

Top and Bottom Should Go Together (In the Middle) A light shirt and light pants call for a light belt—unless you want to look like the assistant in a Vegas sawing-box stage illusion.

Term-Limit Your Clothes If you haven’t worn it in two years, get rid of it. There are many worthy thrift stores that will take your pre-loved items and find them a good home. Out of sight: Out of mind.

in fast and easy reach. Find ’em cheap anywhere on the Drive or outer environs.

Why Screw With Perfection?

No “Redneck Tuxedoes.”

If you particularly like a favorite brand, color, or cut of jeans, buy five pairs. Like the man—me—said: Why screw with perfection?

Flip-Flops Are For Politicians (and the Beach). Need I say more?

Get Your Business Really Seen!

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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.

bar guide

PJ’S CORNER POCKET 924 N Flagler Dr., Fort Lauderdale Friendly neighborhood interracial bar with drinks specials every night of the week including, “In the Biz Mondays” at 9 p.m. with 2-4-1 drinks and $3 Cosmos and Apple Martinis, “Splash Friday’s” wet underwear contest, and Sunday’s pool tournament, both with a $50 cash prize! RAMROD 1508 NE 4th Ave., Fort Lauderdale Voted World’s Favorite Leather Bar. Pig Dance first Saturday of the month – South Florida’s Busiest, Craziest Monthly Party (with caged hunks at Midnight on Saturdays – is there a downside to this?). ROSIE’S BAR & GRILL 2449 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors Nexus of the A-Gay List. Be Seen in the Scene (without making one). Food, folks, libations, and a killer Sunday Funday. SCANDALS SALOON 3073 NE 6th Ave., Wilton Manors A line-dancin’, tight blue jeans-wearin’ good time. Country and western music, two-steppin’, three-steppin’, pool tables, and themed events year ‘round. Cowboys and Indians was never this much fun, Pilgrim. SIDELINES 2031 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Where Sports come first. Nationally known destination sports bar with TVs streaming NFL, MLB, NBA and college games. Pool tables, dart boards and large indoor (and now smoke-free) facility. Outdoor patio features area for smokers. Mixed crowd of gay men and women (who would have thought?). Featured in Bloomberg Businessweek and recommended by LOGO. STABLE 205 E Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Levis-and-leather neighborhood bar, where the bears line dance and the cowboys are VERY friendly. SMARTY PANTS 2400 E Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Cozy neighborhood bar with daily happy hour, and regular patrons. Show night Thursdays at 9 p.m. Karaoke Friday and Saturday nights, and with matinee on Sunday afternoon. TORPEDO 2829 W Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Dance, shoot pool, drink til 4 a.m., 7 nights a week. Doors open at Midnight; dance til Dawn. 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.


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.

Matt “Matty” Auslander

Exploring New Frontiers, One Satisfied Customer at a Time By DALE MADISON


att Auslander is no stranger the bar and grill business. For years, he was the general manager at venerable Wilton Manors staple Georgie’s Alibi. Thinking that the grass might be greener out west, Auslander decided to pull up stakes and give Las Vegas a spin. As he likes to put it, he soon learned “there ain’t much grass in Vegas.” After about a year in the arid Intermountain West, he returned to Fort Lauderdale. It wasn’t his first stop on the ‘service train,’ one that first pulled away from the station almost 30 years ago. “My first foray into the hospitality business was in 1985,” the native of Manhattan recalled. “There was a restaurant in my neighborhood that I frequented. I was in one night and the maitre d’ came up to me and asked, “Do you want to work here?” Auslander turned out to be a “quick study.” “I began as a server, then two days later I was promoted to bar back. I worked in that position, and then two days later I

started bartending. I worked one summer for Julius in [Greenwich] Village [located about a block from the historic Stonewall Inn]—which was a real happening spot and I then in 1994 I moved to Fort Lauderdale.” Auslander worked at Club Elektra in Fort Lauderdale, and eventually to that Gayborhood standard, the Alibi. The experience would leave an impression. “Having worked for George at the Alibi, it gave me the freedom to go to another part of my career. I got to work in Saint Pete, and then opened Alibi Palm Springs, which was a great experience, but I really wanted my

own place.” That place would be Matty’s on the Drive, which he would locate at the northern tip of Wilton Drive, within throwing distance of Five Points. Auslander is proud of his accomplishment. “Since we opened four years ago, we have won ‘Best New Bar’ in 2008, in 2009 we won ‘Best Signature Martini,’ and in 2012, ‘Best Bar,” he noted before adding, “and now onto the next frontier.” Ironically, that next frontier takes him back to where it began. “We recently purchased the former Oscar Wilde bar,” in New York City’s Manhattan, “and while we

are still working on the details, we are very excited about the addition,” Auslander says. Even as he plans for expansion to the New York tavern, Auslander is determined to provide great service to his existing local patrons. “We have our employee Turn-About show coming up October 15, and we will be heavily involved with Wicked Wilton Halloween on the 31st, including a dance floor and”— now hear this—“a castle we are building to coincide with the theme,” he said, adding ‘wickedly,’ “Anything can happen in the Castle.” Last Sunday, September 23, Auslander celebrated a birthday, which he insists makes him one year closer to 40. That “extra” year has made him a little wiser, too, and made him one of the community’s business owners who help make Wilton Manors a destination spot. Stop in and say hi to Auslander at Matty’s on the Drive, located at 2426 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. H

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Rosie’s Bar and Grill 10-Year Anniversary Cliff, John, and “Rosie:” Two Successful Guys, One Delicious Dame By DALE MADISON


‘instant market,’ something built-in to drive customers in.” But, adds Mulcahy, “We just didn’t see that much support from the franchisor, so we chose to temporarily close and to shuffle the menu, remodel, and rename and rebrand as Rosie’s Bar and Grill. It’s been a great decision.” Beginning with their time as a Hamburger Mary’s franchisee, the two understood the importance of giving back to the community. “If you want to really make a statement of your commitment, you have to lead,” Zieba explains. “We got involved with many organizations. [For instance], we have been major donors for the Smart Ride, which raises money for several Florida HIV/AIDS service organizations, with 100 percent of the funds raised going right back into the community. “We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as supporting the Smart Ride with staffing for the 176-mile ride from Miami to Key West,” Zieba notes. “We make a stop at Hawks Cay, and then up the next morning and on to Key West. I have to say it is amazing to see the amount of love and support once arrive in Key West,” he adds.

ne of the things to know about John Zieba and Cliff Mulcahy, the owners of Wilton Manors’ popular Rosie’s Bar and Grill, is that success did not come for them overnight. When Zieba and Mulcahy first met, they were students at the University of Miami. At the time, they were working for the same software company, but each possessed that entrepreneurial drive. “We initially looked at Subway,” recalls Zieba, “because they have a very strong franchise system. We really wanted something more than just subs and chips, and then we heard about Hamburger Mary’s.” The themed gay eatery was worth a look for the professional pair. “We did our due diligence, and decided we liked the look of the menu, and we moved forward,” adds Mulcahy with a smile. After an extensive search, they found an abandoned Burger King location [at 2249 Wilton Drive] in the little community of Wilton Manors, and in December 2002 they opened their Hamburger Mary’s franchise on Wilton Drive. “At the time it was the right way to go,” Zieba remembers. “It has what we call an

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Mulcahy notes that, “In addition, we also provide support for the Poverello Center and their annual Bowl-A-Thon, and many other community groups.” The pair says they welcome the addition of new eateries and watering holes in the Gayborhood. “The more businesses that open, the more likely people will come and spend

an afternoon or evening on the Drive,” says Mulcahy, as he jumps up to bus a table in the soon-to-be-packed dining room. Mark your calendar now for Rosie’s 10-Year Anniversary weekend, December 7, 8, and 9, and help these great guys celebrate an amazing decade of making a difference in our community. Tell them Florida Agenda sent you.H


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The Well-Stocked Home Liquor Cabinet By ADAM STRONG


ne of the best things about getting my first place was bring able to stock my dream liquor cabinet. Having a wellstocked home bar is an essential for home entertaining (duh). Not as easy to figure out, especially if you’re new at this, are the essentials that go inside. For starters, you should include base liquors, complimentary liqueurs, and non-alcoholic staples, and get your hands on the bar tools that will help make your mixology job a snap. Be forewarned, there’s an expense to owning a fabulous liquor cabinet: The list I have sampled will probably cost around $500, but it covers a pretty good spectrum of standards, like a Manhattan, a martini, cosmo, margarita, whisky sour, and the like.

Taste? I Didn’t Even Know I Had Any.


irst and foremost, you should build your bar with ingredients to make the drinks that YOU like. Otherwise, you will wind up having a bottle of dark rum that just gathers dust.


t isn’t a bad idea to provide liquors and cordials that can be served neat (or “up,” without ice) or on the rocks without any further fuss. This would include Cognac and Scotch, and could also mean bourbon, Madeira, and port—a collection that you can roll out whenever you need it (just like in “Mad Men”). Store them in a cabinet, because light will slowly degrade the quality of the booze. Here we go:

Liquor Up!

Bourbon: The essential American whisky, especially for the Southern gentleman, it is great for both sipping by itself or as an ingredient in numerous classic cocktails. Jim Beam and Wild Turkey are two standout brands of this spirit, which has been produced in the U.S.—and only the U.S.—since the 1700s. (While Jack Daniel’s meets the criteria for to be classified a straight bourbon, the distillery disavows this classification and markets the brand simply as Tennessee whisky, not Tennessee bourbon.) Gin: The base spirit in many popular cocktails. Gin comes in four varieties: London Dry, Plymouth, Old Tom, and Jenever (or, for the English-speaking world, “Holland Gin”). Start your bar off with a London Dry gin, adding a Plymouth later. Vodka: The foundation of Modern Drinking, it is excellent for doing shots or for mixing into popular cocktails. Distilled variously from potatoes, grains, and sugar cane, vodka doesn’t have a strong color, taste, or aroma,

which is why it makes the perfect mixing liquor. Different vodka brands do have different textures. Absolut, for example, has a silky, oily, texture while Stoli (“Stolichnaya”) has a requires using a mixture of grains.) watery, medicinal finish. For many of my Among the most popular Single malt friends, Grey Goose is the standard. Scotches are The Dalmore (12- and 15-Year), The Macallan (12-Year), The Glenlivet (12Rum: This tasty staple of the American Year), Glenfiddich (15-Year), and Laphroaig Revolution comes from the Caribbean (10-Year). I especially like this last one as distilled from molasses. Of the two Laphroaig lacks the “kick” evident in many kinds, dark rums are best Scotches (and certainly the ones in punch-type drinks, while on the lower rungs of the Scotch light rums are best for mixing ladder. Did I mention I’m a bit of a cocktails. Start your bar with Scotch purist? If you can afford it, a light rum brand and add get one of the nicer Scotch brands dark rum when you throw a mentioned here, or if you’re not too party and serve punch. concerned (or not entertaining an over-35 crowd), get something with Scotch Whisky: Like Alec a recognizable name and you should Baldwin on “30 Rock,” I enjoy be fine, Precious. staring intently out a window, holding a glass of scotch. As Tequila: A staple for most bars, the name implies, Scotch is and especially for the under-35 set. whisky that’s made in Scotland. The type of tequila you stock really The first written mention of Scotch depends on how you plan to it. Get is in the Exchequer Rolls of “gold” tequila if you plan to make Scotland for the year 1495, in mixed drinks, like margaritas, plus it’s which John Cor, a friar, named usually cheaper. For straight up shots, as distiller at Lindores Abbey in “silver” tequila is the agave-based the Kingdom of Fife (friars and drink in its purest form. their stills!). Before I host a party, I usually have Scotch is divided into five a bottle or two of wine and some craft distinct categories: single malt, brews on hand. And because a good single grain, blended malt, host is thoughtful of ALL his guests’ blended grain, and blended. needs, have some craft soft drinks Confused? Add to that the fact that there and other non-alcoholic beverages on hand. are two basic types of Scotch, from which all other blends derive: Single malt Scotch Mixers: These will depend on what you whisky, produced from just water and are stocking in the hard drinks portion of malted barley, and Single grain Scotch that- your bar. Mixers include such basics as -in addition to water and malted barley-- club soda, tonic water, cola, Sprite or 7-up, may include whole grains of other malted ginger ale, and orange, cranberry, tomato, or unmalted cereals. “Single grain” here and pineapple juice. Angostura bitters aren’t means that the Scotch was made at a single actually a mixer, per se: splash it in to add distillery. (Ironically, making a “single grain” some extra flavor to certain drinks.

Garnishes: It wouldn’t be a “fabulous” home bar without these edible decorations to give your drinks some visual assist. Your choice of garnishes will depend on the drink. Gin-based cocktails use olives and onions. Tequila drinks often include a citrus garnish like a lime or lemon. Never add a garnish to Scotch. Garnishes include cocktail olives and cocktail onions, horseradish, limes, lemons, Tabasco sauce, salt, pepper, sugar, and ice. It’s a good idea to prepare your garnishes on the day of a cocktail party. Glassware, etc.: An apothecary of invigorating elixirs requires the right tools. Some basics: martini glasses, rocks glasses, red and white wine glasses (yes, sugar, there are two different kinds), highball glasses, beer mugs and pint glasses. You’ll also want to have a martini shaker and strainer, as well as a supply of napkins and toothpicks for the olives and onions. A good mixologist drink recipe book will also come in handy. There are a million titles, and you can get “Bartending for the Really, Really Inept,” or something similar, cheap online. H

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The City of Roses




The International Rose Test Garden is a can’t-miss stop on your trip to Portland

ortland, Oregon, is the third most populated city in the Pacific Northwest (after Seattle and Vancouver). Its warm, dry summers and wet, cold winters are perfect for growing roses, and grow roses they do. The 4.8 acre International Rose Test Garden (850 SW Rose Garden Way) is world renowned and stands in the shadow of Mount Hood. The garden c o n t a i n s over 7,000 roses from 550 varieties, making it one of the most impressive displays of the woody perennial in the entire United States. The Nines, at the Meier & Frank Building Roses blossom

in this vibrant city through Halloween, so travel now before the rainy season puts an end to your fun. The most convenient flights from Fort Lauderdale airport to Portland are on United Airlines that makes a brief pit stop in Houston on the way. Current economy fares run around $320 round-trip. The Red Line of the Tri-Met Rail System can transport you directly in the walking-friendly downtown area were a rental car is not required. While Portland has its share of luxury hotels and budget bed-and-breakfasts, our favorite place to stay has always been The Nines (525 SW Morrison St.), an exclusive inn situated in the historic Meier & Frank Building, built in 1909 as the largest department store west of the Mississippi. The structure currently houses a branch of the Macy’s Department Store chain on the lower levels with the top nine floors remodeled as the 330-room The Nines Hotel. Play, relax, and luxuriate in the sophisticated elegance of this luxury hotel where king-

bedded rooms start at $199. The Nines is conveniently located across from Pioneer Courthouse Square, a public space known as Portland’s Living Room, so popular is this bricked plaza. It’s also the site of the MAX Light Rail system, where the Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow lines converge, and can get you anywhere in the city within a few minutes, including to the array of gay clubs this illusive city has to offer. The hottest dance club in town at the moment is C.C. Slaughters (219 NW Davis St.- 1 block west of the MAX Red & Blue line stop on 1st Ave, Old Town), with a large packed dance floor, adjoining show lounge, and no cover charge ever. Sunday is swimsuit night; Wednesday it’s time for underwear. If you need to be more undressed than that, head over to Silverado (318 SW 3rd Ave.—Oak/SW 1st Ave. MAX station). The Eagle Portland (835 N Lombard St.) follows the theme of most Eagle bars appealing to leather men and the boys who

love them. Stop by Thursday and play naked billiards. That’s the one with the balls and the cue stick. At the other end of the club scene, Portland’s elegant piano bar and lounge is Hobo’s (120 NW 3rd Ave.) located in Old Town. The dinner menu is a diverse affair with a delectable Blackened Cold-Water Salmon ($19) that is seared and roasted with a cucumber wasabi tarter sauce that will clear your sinuses if not your wallet. Jim Blackburn is on the piano Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8 p.m. Hobo’s is also the starting location for the Shanghai Underground Tour, (503-622-4798) an hour-and-a-half guided exploration of the brick-arched tunnels that criss-cross under the streets of Old Town Portland (formerly the city’s Old North End), where white slavery was rampant during the early 1900s. Tours begin at 6:30 p.m., with extra tours scheduled for Halloween. An underbelly never looked so fascinating.H

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McDonald’s Counting the Calories at Mickey D’s By RICHARD DAVID CHAMBERLAIN


he new McDonald’s Premium Grilled Chicken Ranch BLT has 380 calories, which sounds pretty good where a McDonald’s sandwich is concerned. We know this fact because Mickey D’s made the news last week for launching a national roll out of in-store menus with calorie content displayed right next to the item price. While McDonald’s isn’t the first national chain to place calories front and center (Panera Bread has been doing it for two years), the company is certainly the biggest. In addition to promising to introduce new menu items over the next several months that will include more seasonal fruit and vegetable options, additional produce options and grilled chicken choices for Happy Meals, and new breakfast choices including egg-white breakfast sandwiches on an English muffin, the chain had started to showcase a Premium Menu containing higher priced entrees. The Premium Grilled Chicken Ranch BLT among them. The sandwich comes on a whole-wheat roll, as opposed to a hamburger bun, has leaf lettuce, thick-sliced tomato and bacon,

and a nicely proportioned grilled chicken breast. For $4.49, the sandwich is expensive by McDonald’s standards, but a bargain in real life, and well worth the extra money for a realitively healthy lunch or dinner meal. The downside here is the 1,000 milligrams of sodium, much of which is contained in the bacon and ranch sauce. (For those who want cheese, order the McDonald’s Premium Grilled Chicken Club for $4.79—460 calories; lose the bacon and cheese with the McDonald’s Premium Grilled Chicken Sandwich for $4.29 and 350 calories.) It’s a winner for taste. Salads are also among the new premium items. Our favorite is clearly the Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken ($5.39), which mixes spinach, radicchio, carrots, corn, beans, and tortilla strips with a package of Newman’s Own Southwest Dressing. The calorie count here is 290; 390 with the dressing as packaged though we recommend adding

Salmon Terrine

This Week’s Delicious Recipe By JEAN DOHERTY

This recipe is pretty easy to do, and it’s cheap to prepare, as well. It can be served warm or cold, and it looks spectacular, especially when you announce that you are the chef! For 6 slices, you will need:


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1 ½ lbs of salmon filet, skin off (You can substitute crab meat or scallops, if you prefer) • 3 egg whites • A handful of pitted black olives, coarsely chopped • 3 hearts of palms • 1 lb tub of sour cream • 2 slices of smoked salmon • 1 pinch cayenne pepper For the cream of parsley: • 1 finely chopped shallot • Leaves from 1 small bundle of parsley • 3 ½ oz of sour cream • Salt and pepper Put the diced-up salmon, egg whites, salt, and cayenne pepper in a food processor, and reduce into a fine puree. Put the pureed mixture into a bowl, and fold in the sour cream, saving some sour cream for the sauce. Add the black olives, and refrigerate for one hour. Wrap the salmon mixture in the hearts of palm (like you were rolling a cigarette), and then set them aside in the fridge. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Pour half the salmon mixture into a greased terrine mold (or a cake tin will do, if it’s Teflon). Place the hearts of palm rolls lengthways in the center of the mold, and pour the rest of the mixture on top of

them. Level down the mixture with a pallet knife. Place your terrine (covered with some tin foil) in a ‘bain-marie’ and into the hot oven for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, “blanch” the parsley, chop it into small pieces, and blend it with the sour cream and the shallot. Set aside in the fridge. When your terrine is cooked, take it out of the oven and let it stand for 10 minutes before taking it out of its mold. Then you will have two options: Serve the terrine warm, in which case you carve six nice slices, and serve them with a drizzle of parsley cream around them. Or you serve the terrine cold, in which case put it in the fridge for about three hours. As always, “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.

your own non-fat variety. This doesn’t mean that McDonald’s has suddenly become a healthy choice for breakfast, lunch, dinner or late night snack (most branches now feature 24-hour drivethrus). Even the most nutritious menu items are still too high in fats and sodium. The Premium Grill Chicken Ranch BLT, for example, has 10 grams of fat (three of which are saturated). And remember that 1000 milligrams of sodium, while recalling that the U.S. government recommends a maximum intake of 2,400 milligrams per day. Move over to the Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese ($5.09) and prepare for 740 calories, 40 grams of fat (19 of which are saturated) and 1380 milligrams of sodium. The famous Big Mac ($3.59) charts in at 540 calories, 29 grams of fat (10 of which are saturated) and 1040 milligrams of sodium. Mickey D saves the really potent numbers

however for its early morning breakfast spread. Order their colossal Big Breakfast with Hotcakes ($4.99), but announce it to your stomach first. This meal, which includes three pancakes, a grilled sausage patty, scrambled eggs, crispy hash brown potatoes and a fresh-baked buttermilk biscuit, tops the chart at 1090 calories, 56 grams of fat (19 grams saturated—96% of your daily allowance), and 2150 milligram of sodium (90% of your daily allowance). And that’s without syrup or butter. To its credit, MacDonald’s now proudly posts this information. The only thing missing is a siren that shrieks when this item is ordered. The good news is that now the information is clear and so is the choice to eat healthier. Thank McDonald’s and tell them The Agenda sent you.H

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iPhone Rivals Rock New Features But Steve Jobs’“Baby” is Still “Big Daddy” By DUNCAN ST. THIBAULT


ast week (BYTES, September 19, 2012: “Taller, Faster, Lighter iPhone 5 is a Techboy Dream”), we talked about the latest toy in the iOS sandbox, Apple’s new iPhone 5. It hit the Apple Store and other retailers last week, and is already surpassing sales expectations (which are on track to sell 58 million units by year’s end). iPhone’s rivals have certainly taken note of the terrain since the smartphone’s unveiling in 2007. At first, that meant pirating the iPhone’s features as closely as was legally possible (which wasn’t always done with an eye to the finer points, as Samsung learned to its $1.05 billion consternation in a recent patent-infringement ruling). The iPhone 5 (priced at $199 for 16GB to $399 for 64GB) represents more of a product evolution than a revolution. The 4-inch screen is taller than the one on the iPhone 4S, but isn’t wider, so it can still sit comfortably in the palm of your hand. The highspeed 4G LTE Broadband was added under duress, and is already

standard fare on every other hot smartphone. The smarter camera is cool, but just an improvement on an existing feature. Don’t get me wrong: The iPhone is still in a class by itself, but the competition is getting better, and soon the other smartphones on the block will be much more than “iPhonies.” Some examples: Nokia’s Lumia 820 and 920 will include inductive technology that allows you to charge the units wirelessly. The Lumia 820 was unveiled this month, along with the Nokia Lumia 920, at events in New York and Helsinki. The 820 is presented as the kid brother of the Nokia 920, and the second device to run the Windows Phone 8 platform. Its screen resolution of 800 x 480 pixels isn’t particularly impressive, and the company brass has kept news of the 820’s actual asking price tighter than a bear’s towel in a bathhouse. Samsung’s Galaxy Note II will have a screen so big (5.55-inches), you will barely be able to fit it into your pocket, and will include a pen for taking notes and making

tap, and its 4.8-inch HD Super sketches. By comparison to the iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy AMOLED screen gives you all the rich detail of full HD in the palm Note II is pretty darn big, with a higher resolution (1,280 x 720 of your hand. For music-philes, the HTC pixels) than packed by the iPhone 5’s 4-inch screen (1136 x 640 One V—which is available in various markets through prepaid pixels). Cricket Wireless’ Muve voice plan The iPhone 5 Apple A6 ($50)—includes unlimited music Processor has 1GB RAM, versus downloads. the Galaxy Note 2’s 1.6GHz quadcore processor with 2GB RAM. The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx has an oversized battery that the Both iPhone 5 and Galaxy Note II charge life up to 32 hours. That’s a are available in 16GB, 32GB, and lot of Angry Birds, hombre. H 64GB memory variants, but the Galaxy Note II has the option to upgrade memory size using an external MicroSD card, up to 64GB. ($279) The Samsung Galaxy S III uses an NFC chip to allow easy transfers of photos and other items HTC One V with just a single

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Put the Growl Back Into Your Workouts! By TOM BONANTI


ummer in sunny tropical Florida is about to turn into autumn. Sure, that means a hurricane scare or two, and maybe a little less humidity, but all in all, we still have several more months of sun and fun in store for us. If your summer workout routine has been less than sizzling, then let’s take advantage of the brand new season ahead to put some growl back into your workouts. I have a fantastic little formula to stoke up anyone’s workout and it’s called the Five “R’s”. When you are in the gym pay attention to each of these five elements and your time there will pay off 5, 10, 20 fold! Whether you are a beginner or a pro you are sure to benefit from following these principles. The first “R” stands for range of motion.

When I speak of range of motion, I mean the complete movement capability of a joint. Every exercise from a bicep curl, lunge or crunch should be performed through the muscle’s complete range of motion from a fully stretched position to a fully contracted position. For example, during a bicep dumbbell curl, begin with your arms at your sides, then curl each dumbbell to your chin by fully flexing your elbow, contract your biceps with all your might and supinate your forearm. Pause at the top of the motion for a fraction of a second and squeeze your bicep before you slowly lower the weight back to starting position. The second “R” stands for resistance (or, the weight that is moved). Resistance must be small enough that the exercise can be performed through the full range of motion without cheating, swinging or jerking the weight. Yet, resistance must be such that it taxes the muscles for the desired number of reps. Your 1 rep max is the most weight that you can safely

raise for one rep. A rule of thumb is to keep within 55% - 85% of your 1 rep max when doing your reps and sets. The third “R” stands for repetitions. When choosing the number of repetitions (how many times the exercise is to be done in a set), you must first decide what you want from your workouts. Generally, low reps (3-8) with heavier weights, will produce greater strength. Medium reps (10-20) with moderate to heavy weight are best for producing size. High reps (20 or more) with lighter weights are best for tightening, toning and producing aerobic strength endurance. The fourth “R” stands for rest. A working muscle needs about 1-3 minutes rest between each set of reps before it is ready to function near full strength capacity again for the next set of reps. This period of time gives your body time to replenish ATP and phosphocreatine, the

two chemicals your muscles need for every contraction. Between sets, don’t just sit there, get up, walk around, stretch and re-hydrate yourself. Finally, the last and fifth “R” stands for recovery. Recovery is crucial for muscle growth and rebuilding. Muscles fibers cannot grow unless you allow them to rest between workouts. As a rule, you should not exercise the same muscle group two days in a row, and usually not more than 3 times a week. Allow 48-72 hours of rest between workouts for each muscle group. For example, if you work chest on Monday, don’t work it again until Thursday. Allow yourself at least one day of rest per week, otherwise your body will become over trained or injured. Need more sound advice on working out? Contact!H

Tom Bonanti is a certified personal trainer and owner of Pump’n Inc Gym at 1271 NE 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale. For more tips on how to maintain your muscular, toned summer body, give me a shout at

Love Jones

Voted “Cutest Couple:” Banality & Reality By JUSTIN JONES


’m writing this to you as I sit on my bed with a Pillow Pet (Winnie the Pooh), surrounded by a million-billion pillows, while I listen to the soundtrack of “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” I’m sick as a dog, and tomorrow’s gonna suck, and my complaining to you makes me feel better. When my alarm wakes me up tomorrow, I’ll scream, “PLEASE, NO! I WANT TO STAY IN BED!” and my boyfriend will roll over, his sleep only slightly disturbed. I’ll whine to myself until I’m finished with my shower, and my medication courses through my body (I’m a vitamin-obsessed epileptic, if you must know). And through this torturous routine I wade every Monday through Friday, working toward some end: To feed and clothe myself, I guess. (And to give myself shelter and money for alcohol: All equally important

things, truly.) Did you see that? Look what I just did there: I painted a banal picture of my life (and maybe yours, too). But our lives aren’t really that plain, are they? They’re peppered with things called “memories” that we treasure, “dreams” to which we aspire, and “loves” which we nourish—the things that make life worth living, but only when we have time to remember, pursue, and cultivate. Otherwise, life is largely a balancing of routine and boredom. Think about it. Of all the times you’ve brushed your teeth, how many do you remember? How about all the times you’ve waited at traffic lights? Or slept? Or ate? Or paid bills? (Any routine will do.) How much of your memory, of your life, comes from routine? Life is defined by a few extraordinary moments, rare slits in the fabric of

our otherwise totally ordinary, and arguably obsolete, realities. It sounds like I’m writing a suicide note, but no I’ll spare you the fanfare. These observations, however bleak they seem, have no dominion over the quality of my life. They aren’t depressors to me. They are liberators. We have memories because they are special to us. Were everything to be so special, it’d all wash out because we’d have no basis which to compare what one considers “special”—and then our lives really would be crappy. Here’s how I see it: if I’m doing something routine that I won’t remember anyway, I do it “strange.” I hum the McDonalds theme song loudly at the grocery store. I say

“BAM” when I have nothing left to say. I sneak random quirks into some of my writing (like describing what I’m doing, or when I’m drinking, or where I’m sitting, or when I’m peeing). I won’t remember doing any of these things because I do them so frequently, but I guarantee you that on more than one occasion my mildly amusing/strange habits have caused someone to go home and tell his spouse about that odd boy he heard singing to himself in the freezer section. So while I haven’t created a “memory” for myself, per se, I’ve done something akin to it for someone else. And if not, who cares? I won’t remember it anyway.H

Justin Jones, 25, is a writer based in Minneapolis. In addition to his column lovejones, Justin pens Through These Eyes, a bi-weekly column for Lavender Magazine. He writes about things like being alive, being in love, and drinking too much.

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