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Indictment in Grisly 2003 Torture/ Murder of Gay Tampa Bay Men Galehouse and Wachholtz Were Drugged, Dismembered By CLIFF DUNN
TAMPA – On September 20, an indictment was handed down in the 2003 torture and murder of two gay Tampa Bay-area men. Although he was charged with other related crimes, and was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison for his part in the grisly murders, Scott Paul Schweickert was never held accountable for the greater crime. The indictment, handed down by the Hillsborough County Grand Jury, charges Schweickert, 47, with two counts of First Degree Murder, in the deaths of Jason Galehouse and Michael Wachholtz. In December 2003, Schweickert— who had come to the Gulf Coast from Illinois—admitted that he and Stephen Lorenzo, a Tampa man, met Galehouse at the popular Club 2606, and lured him back to Lorenzo’s home. Schweickert claims that he and Lorenzo, 53, drugged, tortured, and killed Galehouse, 26, then dismembered him and dumped his remains in trash bins around Tampa.
The next night, they subjected Wachholtz—who was also 26 years old—to a similar fate. A search for the missing young men went on for weeks. The remains of Wachholtz were eventually found in his Jeep Cherokee, but investigators never found Galehouse. Authorities also found other men who had survived their encounters with Lorenzo and Schweickert. Lorenzo was charged with
drugging nine men, while Schweickert was charged with drugging Galehouse, and for conspiring with Lorenzo. During Schweickert’s 2005 grand jury testimony, he described giving the victims Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), an intoxicant which can be employed as a daterape drug. He also testified to watching Lorenzo choke the men, and said he held
Galehouse’s arms and legs while Lorenzo sawed them off. Lorenzo is currently serving 200 years in prison. The Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office hasn’t said why it sought an indictment almost a decade after the murders, but experts cite a possible Miranda rights issue during the investigation as one possible explanation. Defense attorneys said that Schweickert was never offered legal counsel during questioning, but investigators r e a s o n e d that because Schweickert wasn’t in custody, he did not need to be read his rights. In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court found that Miranda rights must be read during “in-custody interrogations,” when a suspect is not free to leave. That wasn’t the case for Schweickert. Since neither Lorenzo nor Schweickert faced murder charges, prosecutors could not previously pursue the death penalty. The new charges may put capital punishment back on the table.H
Supreme Court Won’t Hear Appeal from Anti-Gay Marriage Group PORTLAND, MAINE — On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from a national anti-marriage equality group, in its bid to prevent its donor list from being released under Maine’s campaign disclosure law. The justices refused the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) request, which was made in an effort to keep secret the names of contributors who helped fund the group’s $1.9 million donation to a political action committee (PAC) during the repeal of the state’s same-sex marriage law. The state’s campaign disclosure law requires that groups which give more than $5,000 to PACs— or other efforts to influence an election—disclose their donors. Attorneys for Washington, D.C.based NOM argued that releasing the donor list would curtail free speech and result in harassment for the donors. The group challenged the Maine law, but a lower court refused to overturn it. In 2009, Maine voters repealed the state’s marriage equality law. That law is once more on the state ballot in the November 6 general election. NOM has donated $250,000 to the campaign opposing marriage equality. The donor list remains closed until a separate case works its way through the state courts.H –CLIFF DUNN
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California Gov. Signs Bill Banning Conversion Therapy For Children S A C R A M E N T O , CALFORNIA – On Saturday, Gov. Jerry Brown (D-California) signed legislation that prohibits LGBT minors from being subjected to “conversion” or “reparative” therapies that are aimed at altering their sexual orientation or gender identities. The law is the first of its kind in the U.S., and takes effect January 1, 2013. “This bill bans non-scientific ‘therapies’ that have driven young people to depression and suicide,” Brown said. “These practices have no basis in science or medicine, and they will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery.”
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“Conversion” or “reparative” therapies include such varied techniques as talk therapy administered by mental health professionals to electroshock treatments, and questionable practices like exorcism, which are employed to “cure” individuals of their LGBT orientations and identities. But in recent years, numerous experts have disclaimed such techniques, including those who once supported them. In 2001, Dr. Robert Spitzer— considered to be one of the most influential psychiatrists of the 20th Century—authored a controversial study in which he argued that highly-motivated individuals could successfully change their sexual orientation. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) disavowed the conclusions. In April, Spitzer admitted that his conclusions were wrong. “In retrospect, I have to admit I think the critiques are largely correct,” he said. “The findings can be considered evidence for what those who have
undergone ex-gay therapy say about it, but nothing more.” (Spitzer says he spoke with the editor of the Archives of Sexual Behavior about writing a retraction, but the editor declined.)
“America For Jesus” Rally Condemns “Radical Homosexual Agenda” P H I L A D E L P H I A , PENNSYLVANIA – On Saturday, thousands of conservative Christians assembled at Independence Mall to pray for America’s future. Among the speakers in attendance for “The America for Jesus 2012” prayer rally, which was held in advance of the November 6 presidential election, were broadcaster and former presidential candidate Pat Robertson and Family Research Council (FRC) president Tony Perkins. Speakers condemned gay marriage, abortion rights, and enjoined the assembly to fight against the influence of the Seven Deadly Sins: pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth. “I don’t care what the [American Civil Liberties Union] says or any atheists say. This nation belongs to Jesus, and we’re here today to reclaim his sovereignty,” said Robertson, 82, founder of the Christian Coalition, and a 1988 GOP primary candidate for president.
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“We pray that his eyes will be open to the truth,” said Perkins, who asked the crowd to pray for President Obama. Steve Strang, publisher of Charisma magazine, warned the assembly that President Barack Obama “seems to be moving toward some form of European socialism.” Strang recently wrote that America is threatened by a “radical homosexual agenda.” Cindy Jacobs, a self-styled prophet, cited God’s displeasure
over the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) as the cause for mysterious bird deaths last year in Arkansas. Early this year, Jacobs, founder of the Generals International ministry, predicted that Obama’s support for LGBT rights will lead to freak atmospheric conditions. She told disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker this year “that God had seen decisions made from our White House that were antibiblical, and that we were going to come into the season of the greatest weather patterns and disasters that we had seen, there were going to be floods and fires and more.” The organizers held the rally outside of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the sight of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. They plan another prayer rally in Washington, D.C. on October 20—two weeks before the presidential election.
LGBT History Month 2012 Begins P H I L A D E L P H I A , PENNSYLVANIA LGBT History Month 2012 began on Monday, continuing a tradition that started in 2006. Each day in October, an Icon is featured with a video, biography, bibliography, downloadable images and other educational resources, available free to organizations, educational institutions, workplace groups, and individuals. Included among the 2012 icons are “America the Beautiful” songwriter Katharine Lee Bates, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, transgender pioneer Christine Jorgensen, actors Jodie Foster, Marlene Dietrich, and Chris Colfer, and entertainer RuPaul. On September 19, the School Board of Broward County— the nation’s sixth largest school district—became the first to pass a resolution in support of LGBT History Month. In 2010, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan led an official ceremony, and the following year U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) issued a proclamation commemorating the day. For more information, visit lgbthistorymonth.com.
Homeland Security Secretary: Gay Relationships are “Family Relationships” WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced a major administrative shift in the way same-sex couples are to be considered during immigration proceedings, saying that the term “family relationships” will now include same-sex units. The action may dramatically reduce the deportation of gays and lesbians who are in bi-national relationships. The Department of Homeland Security includes the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, which conducts proceedings in deportation cases, and family relationships are among the factors considered in such cases. ICE Director John Morton issued a memo last year in which he ordered officials to consider the circumstances in individual cases, including whether the person has close family ties to the U.S. “In an effort to make clear the definition of the phrase ‘family relationships,’ I have directed ICE to disseminate written guidance to the field that the interpretation of the phrase ‘family relationships’ includes long-term, same-sex partners,” said Napolitano. For years, LGBT rights activists have called for the same immigration rights to be granted to bi-national same-sex couples as those enjoyed by heterosexual couples. In July, 84 Members of Congress signed a joint letter to Napolitano requesting her to prevent the deportation of same-sex immigrants from their American citizen partners. There are an estimated 36,000 bi-national gay couples in the U.S. Two same-sex couples have brought suit challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 law that prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriages, and denies benefits granted to straight couples, including the right to immigrate.H
Life of Gay Priest Documentary to Be Shown at FLGLFF FORT LAUDERDALE - John McNeill’s documentary, “Taking a Chance on God,” will be featured on Saturday, October 6, at 2:30 p.m., during the 4th Annual Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (FLGLFF). The Stonewall National Museum and Archives is sponsoring this documentary, and will have an exhibition on the life and legacy of this gay Catholic priest, founder of the LGBT spiritual movement “Dignity,” and a pioneer of gay liberation. The opening reception will begin at 6 p.m. at Stonewall Museum and Archives, following presentation of the documentary at the Gateway Theatre.
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Coalition of Black and LGBT Students Calls for Renaming of UF Student Union Registration for the walk begins at 8 a.m., followed by a kids’ race at 8:30, and the walk at 9. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information about WMBA, visit wiltonmanorsbusinessassociation.com.
Florida GOP Gobbles $650K From Walt Disney World Trough John McNeill, Dignity NY Contingent, LGBT Pride Parade
The McNeill exhibition is part of a series hosted by Stonewall National Museum in preparation for the annual gala “Stonewall Stars: Turning the Tide” on November 17 at The Manor in Wilton Manors, which will be attended by U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.). “McNeill stood up to the man who later became Pope Benedict XVI, refusing to betray his own conscience and thereby not allowing himself to be silenced,” said Bryan W. Knicely, president of Stonewall. “We are thrilled that one of our 2011 Stonewall Stars recipients has agreed to lend our Museum many important documents and artifacts that highlight and portray his significant contributions to the LGBT [rights] movement.” For more information and to purchase tickets visit stonewallnationalmuseum.org.
WMBA Supports Walk for Peace WILTON MANORS - The Wilton Manors Business Association (WMBA) board voted last month to contribute to the Wilton Manors Elementary 10th Annual Walk for Peace, with the organization to serve as
Among these is the Florida Conservative Leadership Fund, a committee controlled in part by state Rep. Mike Horner (R-Kissimmee), who dropped his re-election bid after he was named as a client of a prostitution ring. Horner’s committee received $105,000 from Disney.
ORLANDO – A detailed analysis of state records by the Orlando Sentinel reveals that Walt Disney World (WDW) has spent almost $2.5 million in contributions to political candidates and causes in Florida. The Central Florida entertainment giant has spent almost twice as much as it did at this point during the 2010 election—and approximately six times as much as during the entire 2008 cycle. Its biggest beneficiary is the Florida Republican Party, with the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, et al, donating $650,000 to the state party thus far (totaling around three times as much as the $220,000 given by Disney to the Florida Democratic Party). In addition, the Sentinel found that about 90 cents of every dollar spent by Disney this election on campaigns in the Sunshine State has gone to Republican candidates or conservative groups. According to the analysis, the largest increase in “Mouse money” was spent on fundraising committees controlled by individual legislators. The so-called “committees of continuous existence (CCE)” permit state Senators and House members to raise unlimited amounts. In the 2010 election, WDW spent less than $100,000 to support CCEs. So far this year, Disney has given nearly $900,000 to such groups.
GAINESVILLE Last month’s University of Florida (UF) Student Senate meeting included a coalition of students who called for a referendum supporting a name change for the school’s J. Wayne Reitz Student Union. The name commemorates John Wayne Reitz, who served as President of UF from 1955 to 1967. Reitz gained notoriety for his administration’s purges of gay and politically liberal employees and students, and for his resistance to racial integration and admission of African-American students. In the early 1960s, the Florida Legislative Investigating Committee, led by a state senator (and former Florida governor), Charley Johns, accused twenty-two UF employees and several students of homosexual conduct. All were summarily discharged or expelled under Reitz’s authority. “The Reitz family is still donating huge amounts of money to the university, so they are pressuring student government to block the name change referendum,” said Nailah Summers, a member of the Gainesville Dream Defenders. “The student government doesn’t care about justice, racism, or the time that Reitz said that ‘homosexuals are an aberration,’” she added.
UNF Student Calls for Chick-fil-A Ban on Campus
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JACKSONVILLE – A University of North Florida student is calling for a protest against the school’s decision to permit a Chick-fil-A restaurant on campus, a decision that is stirring a debate due to the politics and expressed position of Chick-fil-A president and COO Dan Cathy. In July, Cathy told an interviewer that his privately-owned company is “guilty as charged” of supporting “the biblical definition” of the family unit. Last week, UNF junior Alex Tarter addressed the UNF Student Government Association about Cathy’s comments and the politics of Chick-fil-A. “Let me tell you how it feels to have someone go on national TV and say they hate you. To say that not only do they hate you, but it’s part of their values and belief system to hate you,” said Tarter, a psychology major. In recent weeks, company officials have said that Chick-fil-A has rethought its policy concerning contributions to controversial groups and causes, but the behavior of company president Dan Cathy suggests no deviation on his part at least. Last month, Cathy tweeted, “WinShape Ride for the Family bikers locked and loaded for 200 mile ride to Wilmington out of Charleston.” The Ride serves as a fundraiser for the Marriage and Family Foundation, which lobbies against marriage equality. Registration forms for the event include the Chick-fil-A logo and the WinShape Foundation name.H
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Putting the “I’m” in “Victim” OCTOBER 3, 2012 • ISSUE 150
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n recent months my boyfriend has made me a fan of the “zombie” genre of horror movies. Believe me when I say, some of the more-dubious fare is well-labeled as “horror.” (Ever the snob, I prefer more “realistic” offerings, like the AMC cable network’s compelling and dramatic “The Walking Dead” series to some of the grosser, “meat”-and-potatoes productions of George Romero and his homagists.) We often joke that if the other was to be bitten (or by some other means zombified), each would “mercifully” put the other out of his misery, with an ax, a shotgun, or whatever traditionally antiundead ordnance happened to be lying around. That’s why I listened with some amusement last week when he told me—with absolute certainty—that if we found ourselves marooned on a desert island, or lost in the frozen arctic, or otherwise in desperate straits and running out of supplies and comestibles, he was sure that I would eat him. He said this in a tone that betrayed sleep deprivation, yes, but also surprise and disappointment mixed with an accusatory tone driven by his “discovery”—as if, having experienced the “truth” of this revelation, he would make me pay for it. This pillow talk became more relevant when I posted something on Facebook over the weekend that was meant to garner laughter, but instead brought out the “ugly” in a friend-of-a-friend. The actor
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Samuel L. Jackson has lent his talent to a pro-Obama parody in which he harangues a middle class family to “Wake the F*** up!” and support the president in November. I had (and still have) no clue what my friend’s political persuasions might be, but we share a similar sense of what’s funny, so I thought he would get the humor. To be on the safe side—this is Facebook we’re talking about, after all, and not everyone who posts has taken their medication this morning—I added a disclaimer to the effect that, whatever your individual political beliefs, the video was funny and worth a gander. Less than a minute later—without having had the time to open the video file, much less listen to Jackson’s comedic rant—one of my friend’s friends commented that I was an “Obama Zombie.” Clearly this person had mistaken the intent of my post, which hadn’t been meant to promote any candidate, belief, or cause—other than to stimulate the cracking of a smile, for crying out loud. But the exchange that ensued showed that—Transactional Analysis games notwithstanding—this person was determined to be
“victimized” by me, whom he perceived to be a threat to him, his politics, and his worldview. At that point, I was more than happy to oblige. So much of the national dialog these past several months has been geared up to playing the game of “gotcha” and similar efforts to be “right” rather than be helpful, that an entire industry of fact-checkers has produced a subgenre of media, with such now-familiar names as FactCheck.org and PolitiFact churning out ever-increasing examples of both sides in the presidential election playing fast and loose with the facts (never mind the “truth”). For me, the worst part of being labeled an “Obama Zombie” (other than the assumption that I would end up one of the walking dead, something that galls my inner fanboy to no end) is that the numbskull who so labeled me had no idea who I support or don’t support, but that by my “signing off ” on the Samuel L. Jackson video I am—at best— helping to promote a pro-Obama message, and—at worst—I am actually going to vote for the— what? Muslim? Foreign national? (African American? Gay-lover?) Who’s the real zombie here?H
Department of Corrections In last week’s Editor’s Desk column (Florida Agenda, September 26, 2012: “Angry Americans”), a technical error caused the final paragraph to be illegible. It should have read: “A part of me thinks it’s not very ‘patriotic’ of me to imagine my fellow countrymen in such straits, but another part recognizes that in today’s political climate, it is very ‘American.’” We regret the error and the inconvenience.H
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Obama vs. Romney: It’s Debatable By JOE HARRIS
onight’s presidential debate features the first AfricanAmerican chief executive defending his seat against— arguably—the most “Establishment”type candidate that the GOP Eastern Establishment could bring to bear. (Point of Trivia: The Republican Party included on its presidential ticket— either at the top or as running mate— someone named “Bush” or “Dole” in every election between 1976 and 2004. How’s that for a party of insiders?) All three presidential debates between President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney will take place this month, as will the single debate between Vice President Joe Biden and his Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). Expect few innovations—other than the presence of CNN anchor and chief political correspondent Candy Crowley as one of the debate moderators, the first female journalist to do so since ABC News correspondent Carole Simpson ref’ed a 1992 three-way between President George H.W. Bush and his
challengers, Democrat Bill Clinton, and The second presidential debate, Indy-billionaire H. Ross Perot. on Tuesday, October 16, will be a (The moderators for the other two town meeting at Hofstra University, in debates between Obama and Romney Hempstead, New York, moderated by are PBS executive editor Jim Lehrer Crowley. The questioners—undecided and CBS News anchor and host Bob voters selected by the Gallup Schieffer. Another Organization—will pose female journalist—ABC their questions about News senior foreign foreign and domestic affairs correspondent matters. Obama and Martha Raddatz—will Romney will each moderate the debate have two minutes between Biden and to respond, with an Ryan, on October 11.) additional minute The first debate for the moderator to tonight, moderated facilitate discussion. by Lehrer, will take The final debate place at the University between the president of Denver, Denver. and Gov. Romney, It will be divided moderated by Schieffer, Cartoon:George Packer May into six 15-minute will be a local affair, segments with topics selected by the taking place on Monday, October 22, moderator—in this case, related to at Lynn University in Boca Raton. The the economy and domestic policy. format—identical to the first debate— Each segment will open with a will concern foreign policy issues. question from the moderator, after Both Romney and the president which each candidate will have two have challenges going into tonight’s minutes to respond. exchange. Romney has to get the heart-
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rates of both women and lower-middle income white voters going in order to counter Obama’s huge leads among African-Americans and Hispanics. Having failed to make them swoon after the RNC in Tampa, Romney has seen the evaporation his once-biggest assets: The ability to paint the economy as dismal, and his appeal to swingstate voters. Polls show that Romney can’t count on voter angst about the economy in these final weeks, and the strengths which might have delivered Independents and moderates have been sacrificed at the altar of Social Conservatism and a need to mollify the radical elements of his right flank, which even now remain suspicious of his Mormon faith and (now-forgotten) progressive record in the Bay State. Obama can still capsize: A major fumble mid-debate could dominate the news cycle and shift the narrative’s focus. It doesn’t have to be big, just distracting. (Let’s not forget his smarmy, “You’re likeable enough, Hillary” remark in 2008.) To be continued.H
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Lips Fundraiser Nets Nearly $6K for Women in Distress By DALE MADISON
n September 23, Women In Distress of Broward County (WID) held a fundraising event at Lips Cabaret: The Ultimate in Drag Dining (1421 E Oakland Park Blvd, Oakland Park). The evening, entitled “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” was a tribute to the late Whitney Houston and Donna Summer, a one-night event that was a virtual
sellout, and helped to generate nearly $6,000 for the organization, the only nationally accredited, state-certified, full service domestic violence center serving Broward County. The Ladies of Lips performed such classics as “Last Dance,” “Bad Girls,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” “Step by Step,” and “I Will Always Love You,” and the cast included show hostess Nicolette, and performers April, Alexis, Martina, Champagne, and others. As well as the stage show, a Silent Auction also helped rake in extra funds, and the entertainers donated their tips to benefit the cause, which in this case will support the agency’s 24-hour crisis intervention hotline and emergency shelter, as well as counseling and support for victims Diva
and their children. WID also provides education and professional training about the tragedy of domestic violence and related topics in Broward County schools and in the community. “Women In Distress is very grateful to Lips and other businesses that support our mission of keeping families safe,” said Mary Riedel, the agency’s president and CEO. “This event is always enjoyed and looked forward to by our supporters and we, of course, look forward to the funds that are raised to help keep the families safe with support groups and emergency shelter,” she added. The organization’s name is something of a misnomer, as they assist not only women, but men and transgendered people who are in personal distress. They have extended their umbrella to an increasing need in the community. “We have really grown in the last few years,” one attendee—who left before I could get her name, shame on both
of us—told me. “Of course, we were an advocate for women to protect them from abusive relationships, but we’ve seen a need to expand our services, and we are truly elated that we have been so accepted, and that we have been able to help so many others in need.” Lips superstar Diva created the Glitz & Glam fundraiser in 2010 to benefit Women in Distress. Each year the event has a different theme, but a single purpose: to help Women in Distress with a great meal, a great time, and the talent of the Ladies of Lips. For more information about Women in Distress of Broward County, Inc., visit womenindistress.org. For more about Lips Caberet, and to make reservations, visit lipsusa.com.H If your non-profit organization is not listed in the Agenda Non-Profit Services Directory, please send your information to Dale Madison at email@example.com.
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Obama Failures Will Lead to More Gays Voting Republican By SANDY STEEN
he upcoming national elections are a dead-serious choice for all gay people who want a job-producing economy that insures middle class affluence and upward mobility. Since Barack Obama’s historic election that promised “Hope and Change,” we have witnessed nightmarish results that create despair and a sense of futility for much of the gay community. Gas prices have doubled and unemployment rates are up three percent; leaving millions of gay people almost helpless. Median incomes—if you even have a job—have dropped $3,000 to 5,000 per worker. According to the Sun Sentinel, unemployment in Broward is over 8 percent; in Palm Beach County, it is over 10 percent. Home foreclosures are at an all time high—which is devastating to a Florida gay community that historically distinguishes itself by improving dilapidated neighborhoods, and excelling in interior design and
landscape architecture. Gay newspapers and Websites relentlessly inveigle their readers into believing it is all George W. Bush’s fault, and focus on the mirage of hyper-homophobia in our culture. This is unethical journalistic rhetoric, and probably leads to an epidemic of depression among many gay people. Since 2010, I witness many “out and open” gay people and couples working as volunteers for such Republican candidates as Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti, congressional candidates Karen Harrington and Allen West, state Senate candidate Ellyn Bogdanoff, Scott Herman—a gay, disabled veteran running for state representative—and both Connie Mack and Marco Rubio as U.S. Senators. In 2010, exit polls revealed that nearly 50 percent of gay voters voted Republican, slightly more than for Democrats. Now that’s “Hope and Change” we need to recognize and appreciate if we truly celebrate diversity.
To our economy’s detriment, Obama gambled over $5 trillion of borrowed money from China, Japan, and Saudi Arabia, only to achieve a recovery that is the weakest in U.S. history. He promotes class warfare and excessive government dependence that in no way compares to the tremendous economic expansions ignited by John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton, all of whom aggressively reduced taxes on income and investment. Barack Obama lost his luster because of little insight into how to make America competitive in a global economy. Our chief competitor during this century, China, signed 25 free trade pacts with other nations, and another 10 are in the works. Meanwhile, the U.S. signed only three. Obama’s foreign policy is spinning horrifically out of control, with the wave of murderous terrorist attacks and violent demonstrations erupting across the Arab/Islamic world—a severe setback to the region’s
democratic movements that tried to establish pluralistic opportunities for Arab gay people. Mitt Romney offers a plan that will reinvigorate our economy and create at least 12 million new jobs in the next four years. He will save our deeply troubled Medicare and Social Security programs for our gay senior citizens. And he will stop the thoughtless foreign borrowing that has enchained every American into debt and despair for generations. Romney will help our entrepreneurial class create more jobs, and taxpayers. Gay Americans are exceptionally capable and patriotic workers: They deserve the best America they can get in return for their dreams and ambitions. Let’s vote for Mitt Romney, along with Connie Mack for the U.S. Senate, and all other reform Republican candidates in Florida. H Sandy Steen is Vice President of the Broward Log Cabin Republicans and a former Mayor of Wilton Manors.
LGBT Consumers Represent $800 Billion Market By JOE HARRIS
espite lingering concerns about the nation’s economy, spending power among LGBT consumers seems to be moving at a clip, with some estimates describing a potential in excess of $800 billion a year available for companies looking to expand into new markets. Steve Roth, an LA-based marketing specialist whose firm, OutThink Partners, tracks LGBT trends, told the Richmond (Virginia) chapter of the Public Relations Society of America that LGBT Americans are an attractive community—so to speak—because of such elements as brand loyalty, spending habits, buying power, and ability to influence mainstream trends.
Although some parts of the LGBT market remain “hidden” from the mainstream, research shows that 6.8 percent of the adult population, or about 15 million Americans, are LGBT. Because less than 25 percent of them have children, there is more disposable income readily available. In 2008, heterosexual U.S. married couples had an average household of income of $95,075. That compares with straight unmarried couples, whose income average was $65,685 per household—and $107,277 for same-sex couples. LGBT couples also have above-average rates of employment and education, and are 10 times more likely to dine out. They likewise take more trips than
the average U.S. traveler. Gays and lesbians spend more time online, and are early-adopters of new technologies. In addition, nearly half (48 percent) report that they keep up with the latest styles and trends, compared with 38 percent of non-gays. Closer to home, “Nearly 28 percent of travel in South Florida has been related to the LGBT community—that’s huge,” Keith Blackburn, President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (GFLGLCC) told the Florida Agenda earlier this year. The GFLGLCC, a 501 c (6) nonprofit, was formed in 2011 with a mission to “promote business and
economic opportunities for the LGBT and LGBT-friendly community, and to serve as “an advocate and resource for all member businesses that promote equality.” For more information on the GFLGLCC, or to become a member, visit gogayfortlauderdale.com.H
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t’s the first week in October, and there’s lots doing in the Gayborhood and beyond, including this weekend’s Oktoberfest, brought to you by the fair folks at Oakland Park Main Street. Catch all the fun, food, and festivities of the original Bavarian shindig just a stein’s throw from home, at Jaco Pastorius Park on North Dixie Highway (and see if you can spot Your Kindly Editor, bedecked in lederhosen and assorted accoutrements). There’s an excellent feature within about all you need to know about Greater Fort Lauderdale’s homegrown Oktoberfest. (And check out our sister publication, GUY Magazine, this week for some ideas about throwing your own Oktoberfest party at home.) Some restaurants are aptly named, and foodie Richard David Chamberlain found that to be the case at Fort Lauderdale’s texxy-mexxy eaterie, The Whole Enchilada. He shares the spicy details in this week’s new Dining column. Andalé, muchacho! In addition to being the Cradle of Liberty, Boston is New England’s unofficial capital city, and a place of history and culture to rival its—well, rival, New York City, a region away. (It’s also a-hop-a-skip-anda-hump from Provincetown—but that’s another tale for another time.) Robert Elias Deaton has been to Beantown, and he takes you to places trodden by Adamses, Lowells, and Kennedys (and, we wonder, Romneys?), inside Travel. Nutrition expert Andy “The Core” Kress is all over Agenda Style this week, with a brand new column from him, and a new Snapshot piece about him, as well as his fitness studio, and his training philosophy, by our own Dale Madison (Mr. Madison’s Gayborhood is BIG place). Find inside a new Recipe from Chef Jean Doherty of Le Patio, and oh-so-much-more. Any thoughts about Halloween? CD
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The Whole Enchilada Fresh, fresher, freshest. By RICHARD DAVID CHAMBERLAIN
rew and David Cardaci know their TexMex. And the brothers prove the point every day through the smiling faces of the satisfied customers who have helped make their restaurant, The Whole Enchilada, a local success story. The original free-standing Enchilada, located at 4115 N Federal Hwy., has been a neighborhood staple since 2006, with the restaurant celebrating its sixth anniversary
The Taquitos from The Whole Enchilada are de-lish!
with the grand opening of its first branch store. This new outlet is located near the Winn-Dixie store on Route 1, at 745 N Federal Hwy., in the one-time home of a car repair shop known as Ice Cold Auto Air. The thing that makes The Whole Enchilada distinct from its many, many competitors in town is the incredible freshness that highlights each dish. The menu is Mexican with surprising twists in nearly every selection. A perfect example is the Black Tiger ($7.99), a burrito that assembles large grilled shrimp with chopped cabbage, caramelized onions, avocado, jack and cheddar cheeses, Mexican rice and chipotle sauce inside a whole-wheat tortilla. A spectacular taste treat. The Whole Enchilada makes this same burrito with blackened MauiMaui and calls it the Not Yet Famous ($7.79)— with tomatoes replacing the caramelized onions and leaving the Mexican rice at home. Works for us. The Fah-Hee-Tah Barita ($8.19) is sizzling hot with a combo of fire-roasted peppers, onions, rice, black beans, cheese, salsa, avocado, and sour cream, coupled with your choice of grilled chicken, steak, ground beef, pork or seared
tofu in a fat tortilla the size of Cleveland’s south side. Any of the ten burritos on the menu can be ordered Enchilada Style, which adds the restaurant’s own special red sauce, cheese and sour cream on top of the burrito for a surcharge of $1.19. For the more snack-friendly-eater, there’s the platter of three Taquitos ($5.89), which features a trio of rolled soft flour tortillas filled with steak, ground beef, chicken, pork or tofu, along with jack and cheddar cheeses, all topped with pico de gallo, lettuce, sour cream and cilantro. Finger-lickin’ good. Or try the forget-the-calories Nacho Mama ($6.29), that includes a platter of freshly cooked tortilla chips smothered in melted cheese, black beans, red sauce, guacamole, sour cream and salsa. This dish easily serves two or more, individualized for fiery flavor at the salsa and hot sauce bar. Tacos take center stage with The Whole Enchilada’s Taco Basket that features a pair of tacos, plus chips and salsa in a wide variety of popular choices. The Hassellhoff ($6.59) is the standard fare with your choice of crispy, soft corn or soft wheat tortilla’s stuffed the
American way with lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and grated cheese plus your choice of grilled chicken, steak, pork or ground beef. Kick it up a notch with tiger shrimp or Mahi-Mahi ($7.19) and get extra protein and flavor all wrapped in one. The most unique selection of this group is the crisp flour tortilla taco, an unusual offering among Mexican fare and a delicious choice. There is absolutely no explaining the Ex-Wife item on the menu. At $39.99, it’s a contest and entrée all in one. It’s basically a six-pound burrito (reread that weight for accuracy) with Mexican rice, black beans, jack and cheddar cheeses, salsa, guacamole, shredded lettuce and sour cream plus the usual meat choices, and a large side order of chips and salsa. Finish the meal in 45 minutes and get it free, plus a T-shirt to remember the moment. Olé. H
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This Week’s Delicious Recipe
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ioli is a kind of garlic mayonnaise sauce from the south of France. It is a great accompaniment for grilled fish, crab, shrimp, poached fish, and all sorts of vegetables. In small towns in the south of France you can find yearly festivals known as “la fête de la grande aioli.” Here the aioli is much more than a garlic mayonnaise: It is a party for the whole village, and huge platters of boiled vegetables, fish, and hard-boiled eggs are served, along with gallons of aioli. All the people get together to dance, drink wine, and enjoy. You can make this recipe the traditional way with just olive oil, or substitute your favorite vegetable oil for part of the olive oil. (I like it 50 percent olive oil and 50 percent vegetable oil myself.) The garlic in this is potent. Start with one clove and be sure to remove the germ in the center of the garlic, which can be difficult to digest. (In other words, it’s what gives you bad breath!) You can also play around with this recipe by adding some hot sauce, mustard, chopped herbs, or anything else that strikes your fancy. Remember—you are the chef!
(The most important thing about this recipe is to have all your ingredients at the same temperature before making this sauce. The best way is to take everything out of your fridge about an hour beforehand.) Take a mortar and crush the garlic into a fine paste. Season with salt and pepper, and then add the egg yolks. Whisk in the olive oil, slowly and gradually, like you would for mayonnaise. Finally, add few drops of lemon juice. Add a teaspoon of warm water to your aioli at the end, to keep it from splitting.H
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Although born in Dublin, Ireland, chef Jean Doherty spent most of her life in Lyon, France, the gastronomical capital of the world. Together with Vero, her partner of 25 years, Jean has owned and run multiple restaurants including Fort Lauderdale’s Le Patio.
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In Need of a New Revolution
By ROBERT ELIAS DEATON
A busy and pleasant night at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace
here was a time when Boston was one of the friendliest gay towns in America. Politicians mixed with school teachers, librarians and flight attendants—each in his uniform of choice and each socializing and melding. If not exactly uninhibited—for Boston has always had its form of quiet reserve—at the very least, it was happy. Now that the major citywide construction project known as the Big Dig has been completed, and traffic and noise is under control, Boston has taken on a new, quiet conceit which is refined, proper and sophisticated. While this may work in a fine restaurant, hotel or art museum, it’s not exactly what the hot The JFK Presidential Library
vacationing gay guy wants to discover while looking for a weekend of fun. Of course, Boston is an architectural treat, reeking in history and tradition, with an incredibly efficient underground transit system that makes traveling between house is packed neighborhoods incredibly The at Club Café simple and an economic joy. Must sees: Faneuil Hall Marketplace (incorporating Quincy Market) is a combo eatery, tourist trap, and historic landmark, located at 1 U.S. 1; the Museum of Fine Arts (465 Huntington Ave.) has major collections of French impressionists and post-impressionists, including Gauguin, Manet, Renoir, Degas, Monet, Van Gogh, and Cézanne; the State House (206 Washington St.), built in 1713, is the old surviving public building in Boston (Paul Revere’s house is the oldest standing building, constructed in 1680); and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (220 Morrissey Blvd.), designed by architect I. M.
Pei, and the official repository of the Kennedy papers as well as unpublished manuscripts by Ernest Hemingway. Boston is a network of neighborhoods that line the Charles River and Dorchester Bay. Each section has its own unique charm with great Italian restaurants in the North end, Fenway Park in Kenmore Square (Go Red Sox!), and Irish Pubs to the South. Like London, Boston is a fusion of old traditions and new arrivals that make it the cultural hub it is today. When staying in Boston, your hotel options are nearly limitless. The time-honored choice is the Taj Boston (15 Arlington St.), which was originally built as the first U.S. branch of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel chain in 1927. Although it’s luxury at its finest, it is not nearly as much fun as staying at the Chandler Inn Hotel (26 Chandler St. at Berkeley St.) which is connected to the Fritz, South Boston’s gay sports bar. Expect to see
lots of suits, ties and Ralph Lauren shirts in this crowd. For the stand-and-pose junkies, try the nearby Club Café (209 Columbus Ave. at Clarendon St.). Go to the Club and get three bars in one— the Main Bar and Lounge out front, the Back Room, which is where the regulars congregate to dance, and the Napoleon Room Piano Bar— which is exactly what you’d expect but less. The Club has been around for 27 years, and while it may not be Cheers, it does have its loyal clientele. The Eagle (520 Tremont St. at Dwight St.) is a one-room monument to its former self. No longer the denizen of leather and whips, this version of the Eagle chain is attempting to reinvent itself as something that’s not quite crystalized into earthenware. The bears in Boston hit the North End at The Alley (14 Pi Alley at Court Sq.). Here again, it’s a one-room windowless collection of smells and stains the less you know about the better. In Boston, you’re safer sticking to cultural events, and saving playtime for a visit to Provincetown, Cape Cod’s gift to equality.H
Robert Elias Deaton is a world-traveling epicure who enjoys the finer things in life.
Bartenders of the Month
Mark Hess and Gary Wentzel: Alibi Bar-Stars By DALE MADISON
wo of the most recognizable bartenders in South Florida, Mark Hess and Gary Wentzel always serve up great cocktails at the main bar of the famous Alibi on Wilton Drive. Along with being a dynamic duo behind the bar, they have been a bona fide couple for nearly 20 years. In his own words, Hess’ bartending career “started in 1968, at a resort in Iowa. When I first moved to Fort Lauderdale, I landed a job at the world famous Chardee’s dinner club for several years,” he recalls. “I loved working for Tony Dee—and some of the stories I could tell,” he adds with a mischievous smile. Go on. “I’ll never forget the first time I met Eartha Kitt. She [came into Chardee’s wearing] a fur and a turban. She walked right up to me with something that looked like a black cat in her hand, and with her very distinctive voice said, ‘Darling are you my hairdresser?’ “What was in her hand was her wig, and
there was a hairdresser—but it wasn’t me,” he finishes with a laugh. “Then there was Jennifer Holiday, back in the ‘large’ days. She was doing two shows, and after the first, she ordered a plate of pasta and shrimp, which was large enough for three people. She devoured the entire plate, and then ordered an end cut of prime rib—which was huge. She ate the whole plate, and then did the second show. I was amazed.” His partner, Wentzel, started bartending in the late 1980s, in Pennsylvania. “I decided to move to Fort Lauderdale for the better weather,” he remembers. “Don’t get me wrong, there are times that I miss the
snow, just not the cold. I’ll take the sun and warmth anytime,” he adds. “We met at the old Cathode Ray, the one on the canal [on East Las Olas Boulevard],” says Hess. “We became roommates when Gary’s ex moved back to Pe n n s y l va n i a . We never had a problem relating and talking to each other, and found that we liked many of the same things. We both loved working in the yard, and we had a penchant for classic cars,” he notes. The ‘two’ became ‘one’ during a trip with friends to Key West (where else?): “At that time we were only roommates, but we truly liked each other,” Wentzel remembers.
“Then when it came time to go to bed, one friend wanted to sleep in my bed and I wanted to sleep with Mark. Well, that sort of ‘sealed the deal,’” and the rest, as they say, is history. About working together behind the bar, Hess offers, “We are so busy at the Alibi. It’s such a high-production bar that we don’t have time to really even speak, and once we get home, we already know what our day has been like, so we don’t talk business. It’s a great life.” “Classics” themselves, they share a previously mentioned love for classic cars. “We currently have two,” notes Hess. “One is a 1965 Bonneville convertible, and the second is a 1976 Buick Limited, but we are constantly looking and trading our classics. We belong to the Lambda Car Club.” Stop in and see the bar-stars at the main bar at Alibi, in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors (2266 Wilton Drive), and tell them the guys from The Agenda say “hi.” H
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ig out those lederhosen and dirndls—and be sure to bring an appetite for plenty of authentic German fare and beer—because the annual Oktoberfest celebration returns to Oakland Park’s Jaco Pastorius Park, Friday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 6. In just eight years, the two-day festival, sponsored by Oakland Park Main Street, has grown into the largest Oktoberfest in Broward County, attracting nearly 10,000 revelers. The biggest difference between Oakland Park’s festival and others held around the region is “it’s the only one that’s authentic,” says Siegi Constantine, Executive Director of Oakland Park Main Street, a native of Stuttgart, Germany. Constantine has kept a watchful eye over all the details: The food tent serves authentic German favorites, schnitzels, sausages, sauerkraut and salads, all painstaking prepared by Hans Huber of The Ambry Restaurant, a local favorite for more than three decades. The Tucher Oktoberfest beer is also imported from Germany—brewed from the same secret recipes passed down from generation to generation. And, for the first time, guests will have the opportunity to try a variety of schnapps, the tasty flavored liquor that originated in Germany. Like the original Oktoberfest, held in 1810 outside Munich, Bavaria, the festival will kick off with the traditional keg-tapping ceremony. In the early years, the Oktoberfest celebration in Bavaria included agricultural displays and later carnival booths and rides. Today, it’s a huge celebration attracting hundreds of thousands of locals and tourists alike. Like its German cousin, Oakland Park Main Street’s Oktoberfest has plenty to offer: Local craftsmen and women will sell their creations. Vintage Volkswagen automobiles owned by local collectors will be on display. There will also be carnival rides and plenty of surprises. Be sure to sign up for the stein and beer barrel races and say hello to Miss Hooters International, who will be making appearances. By far, the most popular event is the dachshund race. Dozens of little “hot dogs” will race along a course to the
cheers of the crowd. Only one dashing dachshund will take the top prize, but all the pups are winners. What is Oktoberfest without music? Once again, the popular band, Alpine Express, will take the stage each evening to set a festive mood with authentic rhythms and melodies. “One of the goals of Oakland Park Main Street is to work with the city to promote the business district and create a sense of community downtown,” said Jason Hagopian, President of Oakland Park Main Street. “Oktoberfest is a fun opportunity for our friends and neighbors to gather and celebrate our community.” The festival would not have been possible, emphasized Hagopian, without the generous support from the many supporters, including this year’s presenting sponsors, Lipton Toyota and Broward Health Imperial Point.H If you go: Oakland Park Oktoberfest Friday, Oct. 5, 5 – 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 1 – 11 p.m. Jaco Pastorius Park (4000 N Dixie Hwy) $5 donation at the gate, Onsite parking $10 Ample free parking nearby, Free shuttle
Fun Oktoberfest Facts
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Gay Republicans are “The New Normal” on NBC Sitcom
Oktoberfest isn’t just for Germans anymore! People have flocked to Germany from all parts of the globe to participate in the world’s largest annual festival for more than 200 years. Here are some historical and fun facts about Oktoberfest that you can share over a beer with your friends: • The first Oktoberfest was held on October 12, 1810 for the marriage celebration of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. • Munich’s annual celebration is still held on the original site, Theresienwiese (“Theresa’s fields”), in front of the city gates. • In 1872, the start of the Oktoberfest was officially moved to September because October was often quite cold, which negatively affected attendance. • Oktoberfest is the largest public festival in the world with almost 7 million visitors a year in Munich (and festival halls can seat 100,000 people). largest Oktoberfest • The outside of Germany is in Blumenau, Brazil (attendance: 700,000+). Other cities claiming to have the largest Oktoberfest include KitchenerWaterloo, Ontario, Canada (700,000+), Cincinnati, Ohio (500,000+), and Denver, Colorado (450,000+). • Oktoberfest is not only an event—it is also a style of beer. An Oktoberfest beer is brewed very much like the reddish-amber Märzen beer that was served at the Crown Prince’s wedding in 1810.
WILTON MANORS FRENCHIE DAVIS AT BILL’S Wednesday, October 10, at Bill’s Wilton Manors, Wilton Drive. Frenchie Davis, the recently-out sensation from “American Idol” Season 2 and Fox’s “The Voice,” will perform her new dance track, “Love’s Got a Hold of Me,” and other hits. For more information, visit billsfillingstation.com.
NBC’s new comedy “The New Normal” touched on a laundry list of topical subjects on last night’s episode, called “Obama Mama.” The show— about two gay men trying to have a baby through a surrogate—went through the World Tour of social and political issues, including abortion rights, racism, religion, marriage equality, health care, and the candidates for president. Executive Producer Ryan Murphy (“Nip/Tuck,” “Glee”) said, “You have Ryan Murphy two clearly gay liberal guys at the heart of the show. But we all thought it would be great to do an episode where we presented…the conservative point of view, the Republican point of view, in a way that hopefully was as eloquent.” The show, which airs Tuesday nights at 9:30 p.m., is based on Murphy’s real life experiences as a gay TV producer exploring surrogacy with his partner. “One of the fun things about this show is the ability I have to send myself up. I like to make fun of myself and to skewer what people think of me,” he added. NBC’s Salt Lake City affiliate, which is owned by the Mormon Church, announced in August that it would not broadcast “The New Normal,” which it believes is “inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time.” The program gets an average audience of 6.4 million viewers, and is particularly popular with 25 to 54 year-old women, NBC saiys.
Paris Hilton Dumped From Doc Over Gay Remarks Famous-for-being-famous Paris Hilton has at least twice (officially) apoligized for questionable comments about (some) gay men during a taxi ride in which her conversation was secretly recorded. (By the way—has anyone called the cabbie a s***bag for invading La Hilton’s privacy?) On Sept. 7, Hilton, 31, was riding in a Big Apple cab with two friends, at which time she is alleged to have burbled (as part of a convo about gay hookup site/ app Grindr), “Gay guys are the horniest people in the world,” and then added, “They’re disgusting. Dude, most of them Paris Hilton probably have AIDS.” (A full listening of the convo lends credibility to the theory that PH was referring to some of the people on hookup sites—and not all gay men.) The hotel heiress posted an apology on GLAAD’s Web site, calling gays “the strongest and most inspiring people I know.” But LGBT-targeted cable channel Logo has responded by shutting down the broadcast of a documentary about Hilton that was scheduled to air. At least one person has stepped into Paris’ corner over the controversy: Bombastic Bi author Bret Easton Ellis tweeted his concurrence: “I kind of agree with Paris Hilton,” he wrote, adding that she “isn’t that far off.”H
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FORT LAUDERDALE GAY MEN’S CHORUS OF SOUTH FLORIDA Saturday, October 6, at 8 p.m. As a show of appreciation for the Sunshine Cathedral’s support of both the chorus and the LGBT community, the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida will present a cabaret-style show, at the Sunshine Cathedral (1480 SW 9th Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Held in conjunction with the Cathedral’s 40th Anniversary Celebration Weekend, the performance will feature the chorus’ Ensemble (an elite group of approximately 20 singers from within the 150-member chorus) as well as individual members of the chorus. Tickets, at $20 each, will be available at the door. For more information, contact John Burch at (954) 563-8658 or (305) 409-0939. 4th ANNUAL FORT LAUDERDALE GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL (FLGLFF) October 4 to 7. Presented by HBO Latin America, in its fourth year, FLGLFF will spotlight 19 feature films and 17 short films. This year, FLGLFF will move its host theater to the historic Classic Gateway Theatre. In addition, moviegoers will now be able to purchase cocktails during all screenings. Tickets are now available for Festival members (and will be available to the general public on September 10).
MIAMI BEACH BUSINESS BUILDERS MDGLCC LUNCHEON Thursday, October 4. The MiamiDade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce presents its monthly networking program at Anacapri Restaurant, 2530 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables. Registration 11:30 a.m. with luncheon/networking from noon to 1:30 p.m. Cost: MDGLCC members ($30), Potential Members ($40, $10 applied to new MDGLCC membership). Includes seated style lunch limited to 25 persons. Please bring a friend. RSVP requested at firstname.lastname@example.org or (305) 6734440. MIAMI MDGLCC GALLA LUNCHEON Wednesday, October 10. Monthly networking program for the Gay and Lesbian Lawyer’s Association, tailored for attorneys, judges and legal professionals held on the middle Wednesday of each month. Morton’s Steakhouse, 1200 Brickell Avenue. Registration 11:30 a.m. with luncheon/ networking from noon to 1:30 p.m. Guest Speaker: TBD. Cost: MDGLCC members ($35), Potential Members ($50, $10 applied to new MDGLCC membership). Includes seated style lunch limited to 20 persons. RSVP requested at email@example.com or (305) 673-4440.
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SPOTLIGHT • NUTRITION
Velvet Lenore By Slate Jennings
elvet Lenore is a Florida girl, beginning her career up the coast in West Palm Beach, and she still calls the place home to this day. To be a drag sensation in the Orchid City is no small achievement, since this is the place that’s a hop, skip and a bridge
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away from the mansions and blue bloods of Worth Avenue, the Mara-Lago Club, and the Biltmore. Very posh and very conservative. Velvet got her start through another local ingénue of sequined gowns and bouffant wigs—the lovely Melissa St. John, who plucked her off the dance floor and (suggested through some sort of drag ESP) that Velvet had a future in female impersonation. The Diva of Palm Beach, as St. John is known, backed up her prediction with dress, wig, jewelry and music for Velvet to transform into Janet Jackson for a night--a debut that found her “scared to death.” The fright was overcome quickly enough however in the form of tips that very first evening. “I must say I did make a lot of money—and in cash,” Velvet remembers. It’s been 19 years last month since that debut and Velvet has never looked back. “Even though it was all purely accidental, I had been trained
as a dancer and I just took to drag. First, through contests—I won Miss Hollywood in 1999, and then I went on to win Miss Illusion. Eventually, I began to do shows”—the last five of those years as a member of the popular Lips team of regulars. “My career got a real push when I met Marvin Nathan at a little restaurant club called 502 that Gene Conti owned in West Palm Beach. It was one of my first jobs, and Marvin joined the show. He was already established in drag and he took me under his wing, giving me tips about improving my act. I’ll always
love Marvin for that.” Velvet performs from Melbourne to Fort Lauderdale, traveling to find opportunities to entertain. That job has become more involved now that she’s expanded her act to include a group of dancers whose intensity is nothing short of aggressive and whose talents are exceptional. “I’ve always loved to dance, and I have my own dance group now (R. Nielsen, Krya Kennaugh, and Danny G.). These are a group of dedicated kids who give up there own time to rehearse for the love of dance,” Velvet says, obviously proud of her “babies.” “I’m known as the Production Queen and for being on time,” Velvet says. “So when I come in, it’s a complete package.” The music, the choreography, the costumes—look out. Experience Velvet Lenore at Lips (2021 E Oakland Park Blvd.) in performance every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and see drag at its best. H
Fighting inflammation’s painful grip with nutrition By ANDY KRESS
nflammation of the joints and muscles is one of the most common causes of pain throughout the world. Most Americans have easy and ready access to modern day medicines to help fight off the affects of achy, painful swollen joints and muscles. Most people in this country believe that if you just pop a pill the pain will go away, but the fact of the matter is that they are not treating the real problem at hand. Some painrelieving medications do not even treat inflammation, which is the root of the problem for stiff and painful joints and parts. People who have arthritis know all too well about this. However, there are ways to work around inflammation without taking a bunch of pain pills. Nature has provided some great alternatives to fighting inflammation the all-natural way. With a correct diet you can potentially prevent inflammation’s painful grip in the future. Choosing a poor diet is an easy way to onset inflammation. Over-consumption of processed foods swell and clog everything
in the body in time and can be a cause many arthritic and other inflammatory diseases. Diets that contain heavy fats and processed food are the main culprit in inflammation and need to be greatly reduced. Choosing to eat healthier foods rather than an unhealthy diet of processed foods will greatly reduce pain throughout the entire body. Eating a healthy diet will also aid in the prevention of future occurrences from happening. Choosing a proper diet is one of the best ways of prevention of fighting all common diseases. Cherries have compounds in them called anthocyanins, the same phytonutrients that give cherries their ruby-rich hue. The compounds contain powerful anti-oxidants that work in two different ways to slow down pain. These compounds help block inflammation and inhibit pain enzymes, which is a great way to prevent and treat arthritis. Eating
just one small bowl of this miracle fruit can reduce inflammation by 25 percent. Ginger is a root that aids in curing multiple ailments, such as migraines, nausea, inflammation, arthritis and muscle soreness. Only a small amount, ¼ teaspoon, is needed daily to prevent most of these common problems. Ginger can be used in a range of drinks and dishes from Asian dishes, teas, smoothies and juices, so be sure to get creative. Salmon, herring and Sardines are high in Omega-3 fatty acids and can help relieve inflammation around the neck and back area. These two areas depend on good blood flow and getting enough nutrients. Diminished blood flow allows these two areas to degenerate quicker than normal, but the Omega-3 fatty acids in these three fish help prevent inflammation
from happening in the blood vessels and nerves. Eating a mere two to three ounces of any of these three tasty fish weekly is enough to keep any inflammation at bay. Turmeric is a spice that has many uses for different ailments, such as achy joints and colitis (inflammation of the colon). Using turmeric not only aid in the prevention of joint inflammation, but it protects against tissue destruction and preserves good nerve cell function, as well. Just one tablespoon daily is all it takes to obtain all the wonderful benefits of this spice. If you are not a big fan of turmeric, try putting it with pepper, these two tastes go hand and hand. Adding these few items into your diet will greatly improve your chances in preventing future inflammation. These items are also helpful when trying to recover from various sprains and injuries. H Andy Kress is a certified fitness trainer, yoga instructor and nutritional counselor in Fort Lauderdale, FL. For more nutritional tips or inspired exercise routines, reach him at 954-789-3930 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bringing a “Core” Philosophy to Health and Fitness By DALE MADISON
ou can’t help but pick Andy Kress out of a crowd: His infectious smile is unmistakable, and his Asian body tattoos are featured each week in ads for his Kress Fitness Studio. In a town that isn’t lacking in personal trainers, Kress has left his mark by taking a different approach to fitness training. “My technique is cardioresistence. emphasizing lighter weights and more repetitions,” he explains. “While cardio exercise alone is great for building endurance and working your heart, it is not really effective for weight loss like most people think.” Spend an hour on a treadmill and you would be hard-pressed to burn 400 calories—less than in a single Big Mac. “When I do utilize cardio, we will do high-intensity for three minutes, and then drop back to a slower speed for one minute, and then right back up to the three minutes with greater intensity, light weight and low impact programs.” Kress tries to anticipate what the unique needs of each client will require, both in
terms of a training regimen and budget. “When [we] work out in the studio, you experience a ‘beachstyle’ atmosphere,” says Kress. “We have weekday Yoga classes, Monday and Wednesday starting at 6:15 p.m. The rate is $20 per person. We also offer 30-minute training sessions for $30, or onehour personal training at $50. I really have tried to structure the studio with so many variables to help as many people as possible.” Andy is a internationally certified fitness trainer (CFT) with additional certification as a Specialist in Exercise Therapy (SET) for those healing from injuries or muscle strains. His unique program was
developed at the University of Arkansas where he taught students between ages 16-80, and he has been the personal trainer of superstars and celebrities in Hollywood and Beverly Hills, California. Now headquartered in his own fitness studio near the Target store in Fort Lauderdale, Andy offers the most cost-effective rates in town. “First time clients can try a 30-minute workout for only $20. We also offer couples training, step aerobics, resistance training—and we really try to make it a fun experience. The one thing that I have learned working out is that if you have fun, you are far more likely to continue on and succeed,” he explains.
Working out is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle—but so is eating right. “I have a culinary background, so it’s great when I can counsel someone who also wants some assistance with their diets,” Kress notes. “Exercise is about toning the body, not weight loss,” he says, correcting a misimpression. Eat correctly and you’ll lose the fat. Exercise correctly and you’ll build muscle.” Though he’s only in his early 30s, Andy gets his greatest satisfaction working with those over 40 who fall into the category of Baby Boomers. He is the co-author (with client/writer Richard Hack) of “The Baby Boomers’ Guide to the Fountain of Youth,” which is about to be published (and a certain bestseller). You can find Andy “The Core” Kress’ fitness studio located at 3042 N Federal Hwy., Suite 303, Fort Lauderdale, where there is plenty of free parking. Give Andy a call at (954) 789-3930, or email him at email@example.com.H
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FORT LAUDERDALE/WILTON MANORS ALIBI 2266 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Gayborhood tradition since 1997. Comfortable, inviting atmosphere with indoor video bars, outdoor drinking and dining. Drink specials all week, with mammoth 22-ounce Long Island Iced Teas for $3 on Thursdays. BILL’S FILLING STATION 2209 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Videos, pool tables, dart boards, dance floor, happy hour, live shows, Tuesday and Thursday karaoke – and great burgers, to boot. Fun and friendly truck-stop-themed bar. BOARDWALK 1721 N Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale Over 100 of the sexiest men from all over the world. Go-go dancers, cages, billiards, 2-4-1 Happy Hours. Drag emcees and did we mention the Boys? BOOM 2232 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors The bar with two names features a dance club and Gayborhood bar. Drag Bingo on Mondays, karaoke Mondays and Tuesdays, dance music Fridays and Saturdays, and (indoor) Sunday T-Dance. CORNER PUB 1915 N Andrews Ave., Wilton Manors Friendly atmosphere, unpretentious clientele and staff. Next to Island City Pizza (so you can get your drink AND your slice on). CUBBY HOLE 823 N Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale Butch bar and grill with a rockin’ daytime crowd (and a fun nighttime one, too). Fifty cent pool, 2-for-1 drinks all day every day, video games, hot movies on HDTV and DirecTV. Thursdays it’s Bare Bear Chest Night, and every Friday and Saturday the fur flies with Hot Bears on Poles (where their Grizzlies Grind)! DEPOT CABANA BAR AND GRILL 2935 N Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale Adjacent to the America’s Best Inn and Suites. Pool open daily – No Cover or Day Pass. Great food, daily happy hour, Sunday afternoon T-Dance Poolside. Karaoke and live music. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. DUDES 3270 NE 33rd St., Fort Lauderdale Men dancing for men. Hot go-go boys in an upscale atmosphere, piano lounge for more quiet interludes. Steamy shower shows. JOHNNY’S 1116 W Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Club, bar, lounge. Male dancers and the men who love (to ogle) them. Sunday amateur strip contest (and karaoke!). LIPS 1421 E Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park The Ultimate in Drag Dining. Dinner and shows six nights a week. Sunday Gospel Brunch with the Sisters of Sequins. THE MANOR 2345 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors WeHo vibe (think: LA’s The Abbey) in the heart of the Gayborhood. Dine, drink, dance, play, mingle. Theme rooms (salsa and merengue every weekend in the Latin Quarter!). Live dancing and dining. MATTY’S ON THE DRIVE 2426 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Drink specials, billiards, and a chill gayborhood vibe. 75 Cent drinks on Wednesdays. No Drama, No Smoking. MONKEY BUSINESS 2740 N Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale Cozy neighborhood bar. Karaoke, drag shows, Patio Bar – and open at 9 a.m. daily. MONA’S 502 E Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Cocktail Lounge in the heart of Searstown. Fun customers, fun bartenders and fun proprietor (the Legendary Jerry). Outside patio. Wednesday karaoke, Thursday Speedball Tournament. NAKED GRAPE 2163 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Relaxing, friendly, hip, unique. The alternative gathering place on Wilton Dr. Now serving tapas nightly. Social Hour features $5 house wine glasses, $1 Barcelona Bites, and In The Biz all the time.
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
2929 Plum St., Jacksonville, FL The Metro Entertainment Complex has been serving the GLBT community for 17 years. Features a total of 7 different venues under one roof to choose from. Lesbo-A-GoGo, monthly Tea Dances, special quest performers, female impersonators and live musicians.
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4751 Lenox Ave., Jacksonville, FL Your Neighborhood Gay Bar - the place for men. Cold beer, music and a warm and cozy atmosphere. Hot men and cheap beer... We all know where that leads! AJ’s Bar & Grill 10244 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, FL Annie and Janie invite you to stop by and see some old friends and meet some new ones! Great food, awesome service, delicious mixed drinks and live entertainment. Park Place Lounge 931 King St., Jacksonville, FL A fun and comfortable gay bar that’s accommodating to both gays and non-gays. A great place to watch your favorite game, or enjoy playing Wii while the liquor flows! The Norm 2952 Roosevelt Blvd., Jacksonville, FL A neighborhood bar. Everyone is welcome, but remember it is a girls bar! Beer and Wine only. 616 Bar 616 Park St., Jacksonville, FL A warm and friendly atmosphere with a Patio bar. Karaoke on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Thursdays the Jax Bears are here for happy hour. Fridays and Saturdays enjoy the “Beer Blast.” Three Layers Cafe 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville, FL The name Three Layers comes from their large variety of delicious three layer cakes. An inviting loft style cafe located in Springfield. Enjoy a bistro style lunch or just stop in for your morning coffee.
bar guide • GUILTY PLEASURES
Bo’s Coral Reef 201 5th Ave. North, Jacksonville Beach, FL There are great shows Thursday through Sunday with the best of female impersonators. Pool tables, video games, and a large outdoor patio. The only gay bar on the beach! Incahoots 711 Edison Ave., Jacksonville, FL This club offers good crowds every night. Recently remodeled with three bars and a friendly staff. Everyday is a different special. A fun place anytime. Full Liquor bar. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays except for special events. Kickbacks Gastropub 910 King St., Jacksonville, FL This is a top class venue serving over 600 different bottled beers, 84 beers on tap, breakfast, lunch and dinner 20hrs a day 7 days a week! PENSACOLA The Roundup 560 E Heinberg St, Pensacola, FL A neighborhood gay men’s bar... Pensacola’s Cowboy Bar. Open 2 p.m. til 3 p.m. daily. Cabaret 101 S Jefferson St. #E, Pensacola, FL Not strictly a gay bar, the charming and friendly Cabaret is very much a fixture in Pensacola’s GLBT community, drawing a mixed bunch each evening for happy hour, karaoke, videos, comedy shows, live music, and all-around hobnobbing and socializing. KEY WEST Bourbon Street Pub 724 Duval St., Key West, FL Opened in October of 1995 and has continued to grow ever since, it is now part of the larger collection of gay action in The Bourbon St. Pub Complex. Hot Go-Go boy dancers and a busy crowd. “Where the boys are!” 801 Bourbon Bar 801 Duval St., Key West, FL Cabaret shows upstairs with nightly performances by famed performers Sushi, Kylie, RV Beaumont, Margo, and others. This legendary establishment has been around for over 30 years, and host Happy Hour specials daily from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Aqua Nightclub 711 Duval St., Key West, FL Aqua features the “Reality is a Drag” show six days a week,
followed by dancing. Monday is karaoke night and don’t miss the great happy hour specials from 3 to 8 p.m. daily. KWest 705 Duval St., Key West, FL Daily Happy Hour from 3 to 8 p.m., and a piano sing-along every Wednesday night. Men dancing for men after 10 p.m. Weekly drink specials and “Wet Jockey” contests on Fridays. Saloon One 801 Duval St., Key West, FL (Behind 801 Bar) This is the only gay leather bar in Key West. Conveniently located behind 801 Bourbon Bar. La Te Da 1125 Duval St., Key West, FL An upscale hotel complex with 3 bars, cabaret and restaurant. Pearl’s Patio Bar for Women 525 United St., Key West, FL Tropical themed women’s bar for gay women and gayfriendly women alike. Patio bar with a full bar featuring drinks like “Cosmopearlitans” and “Pearl’s Passion”. Bobby’s Monkey Bar 900 Simonton St., Key West, FL The gay Cheers style neighborhood bar of Key West. Happy Hour from Noon to 7pm, Karaoke on Sunday nights, pool tournaments on Tuesday nights at 7pm. Free Wi-Fi access. Garden of Eden 224 Duval St., Key West, FL A Rooftop Bar with the BEST VIEWS in the city & “BEST Long Island Ice Teas made by Melinda!” Gay, straight, fat, or skinny... Doesn’t matter! Clothing optional - gay friendly! WEST PALM BEACH H G Roosters 823 Belvedere Rd., West Palm Beach, FL Dark bar that attracts a fun party crowd. Camp is in at H.G.’s, where drag shows and bingo nights pack in crowds looking for laughs and fun. The Lounge 517 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, FL Sushi, tropical views and tasty cocktails are accompanied by acclaimed resident DJ Daisy DeadPetals. Fort Dix Bar & Club 6205 Georgia Ave., West Palm Beach, FL
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Mostly local crowd looking to mingle and relax. The bar is a bit on the dark and dingy side, but who knows--that could be a plus. FORT MYERS Office Pub 3704 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers, FL Oldest gay bar in South West Florida with a festive attitude. This bear-friendly Office likes to have fun with underwear parties, drag shows, Wii bowling! Check out their country and western music night on Saturdays. Tubby’s 4350 Fowler St., Fort Myers, FL Where men come to compete (in tournaments). “Never a cover... always a smile” Tubby’s is a no-frills video bar with a total of 10 TVs and two projection screens available for patrons to use as they wish. Add a six-hour 2-4-1 Happy Hour during the Wii tournaments on the big screen! The Bottom Line 3090 Evans Ave., Fort Myers, FL This gay entertainment complex is one of the longest running clubs in southwest Florida at over 20 years, The Bottom Line features 7 bars, pool tables, drag shows and occasional guest appearances by porno stars. VENICE TOTI: Tavern on the Island in Venice 127 Tampa Ave. East, Venice, FL This South Beach inspired gay bar, boasts a dance floor and a game room with pool tables and dart boards. It’s clean, the music is mixed and the staff are friendly. A mixed crowd can be found most nights... younger, older (duh, this is Venice), gay and straight. Did you know that in the Caribbean, TOTI is slang for a beloved male appendage? How apropos. GAINESVILLE Spikes 4130 NW 6th St., Gainesville, FL It is a laid-back kind of place, with friendly bar staff. The crowds vary depending on the night. The bar has a nice open air patio area that is rarely used, but would be nice if it was. University Club 18 E University Ave., Gainesville, FL This is a fairly average small college town gay bar. It is usually busy and crowded on Thursday nights.
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GLBTQ HELPLINE & SUICIDE AWARENESS PROGRAM Lonely? Not leaving the house much? And you just can’t get motivated? Concerned about the way a b uddy is acting? Depressed, at the end of your rope? Got something on your mind you can’t talk to friends or family about? Call the GLBTQ Helpline & Suicide Awareness Program. Simply to talk, learn, and become aware. (305) 646-3600. Free & Confidential. Tri-lingual counselors available 24/7
moving ELITE RELOCATION MOVING & STORAGE We’ve provided quality moves for over 30 years. It’s always a smooth move when you choose Elite Relocation. Contact us today: 954.975.8660 www.elitemoving.com
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Derek’s 24-Hr Handyman Service property management and Vacation Rental - Introducing our new cabinet shop! For all your custom made cabinetrycountertops laminates. You must see our work, just ask our clients. All electrical to code, ANY & ALL plumbing work, Drywall finish work / repair. Crown/ baseboard pro-install, interior/ exterior painting, demo work, Pressure washing, Decor tile install, Complete home up-dates. For large jobs, 4-man crew available. WE CAN HANDLE IT ALL! Instant call back, direct service response. No job is ever too small. Excellent references. Derek (954) 825-5598
WILTON MANORS 3 BED / 2 BATH POOL HOME JENADA ISLAND, GREAT LOCATION! Almost 1800 Sq. Ft., plus carport, tile, new carpet in bedrooms, new paint, fenced private pool area, washer/dryer, pets OK, Only $2200. Call Robert Geary MacKilligan 954-234-8759 or firstname.lastname@example.org
RED BOX MOVING -- OWNER IN TRUCK ON EVERY MOVE. CALL NORBERT DIRECTLY. Affordable, Reliable, Careful. MV#567/INSURED. (954)305-9176 or (561)506-5540-www.redboxmoving.com
EMPLOYMENT Male Cosmetologist or EAsthetician
Wilton Manors – East Fort Lauderdale RENTALS, SALES|
Florida licensed professional wanted for all male guesthouse. We do it all except hair services! Reception, exceptional client service, spa maintenance and sales aptitude a plus. Submit your resume to: Spa@ thecabanasguesthouse.com or call 954-565-2307.
licensed massage Recession Relief - $40 per 90 MINS - Out Calls Higher. Swedish, Deep Tissue, Specialty Back, Lower Body & Feet. Couples Discounts. Seniors Welcome. Delray Beach, 16 yrs Experience. MA18563 Dennis (561) 502-2628
RENT / LEASE ROYAL PARK Near Wilton Manors 1BR/1.5BA, $825$900/mo. 2BR/2BA, $950 - $1100/mo. Gated Security, Clubhouse, Pools, Gym, Sauna and Steam room. Pets OK. Cable/Water/Trash incl. Call Naim Naqi, Realtor RWSF Realty 954.565.2025. RENT/LEASE-FURNISHED HOUSING PERFECT RELOCATION RENTALS From $325/week – October/ November Special. Beautiful Studio, 1 & 2 BR Apts. Turnkey, fully furnished & equipped, clothing optional pool, laundry, parking. Close to Gay & Nude Beaches. Pets Welcome. Incl. utilities, cable, tel., Wi-Fi Internet. 954927-0090 or visit www.LibertySuites.com 1/1 Walk to Drive. Walk in closet, Large Bedroom, Full Kitchen, Large Living rm with Glass Doors going into a Larged Fenced Backyard, Central A/C, $785 Call 954-825-5598. N.E. FT. LAUDERDALE-WILTON MANOR AREA Lovely, IMMACULATE, 2/1 and 1/1, BOTH include tile floors, A/C, washer/dryer available, cable ready, water, garbage, pest control included, private patio, gay friendly, NO PETS, please.1/1 $700 and 2/1 $875. By appointment. (954) 592-3772
2 Bed/1 bath Apt $900, Central air, micro, very clean, Updated, small gay complex, washer/dryer. Avail October 1st, Call Nick 954-805-1195. 19 NE 16th Street. Wilton Manors area. WILTON MANORS- large 1 BD Apt. located on quiet cul-de-sac one block from Shoppes of Wilton Manors. CAC, ceiling fans, tile floors, fireplace, lots of storage. 12 ft. sliding glass doors lead to screened pool and patio. W/D on premises. Rent, which includes electric, water & propane is $975/mo. Sorry no pets. (954) 563-4442 WILTON MANORS-Beautiful 2/1 apartment with Private Laundry Room available for Rent/Lease in East Side of Wilton Manors. Apartment is part of a duplex, on a quiet street. Large Rooms and Large Closet. Central Air Conditioning. Great Neighborhood. Excellent Schools. Freshly, stylishly painted and White Tile throughout the unit. All pets considered. Compromised credit considered for right applicant. $925 monthly. 1st/Last/Security. Shown by appointment. Please call Al at (954) 557-7447 or E-Mail for more information to ALFL33305@aol.com.
Spirituality T h e Pa r i s h o f St s . F r a nci s & C l a r e 101 NE 3rd Street - just N of Broward Blvd. and E of Andrews Ave. Mass Times: Sat @ 5 PM; Sun @ 10:30 AM; Wed @ 7 PM. Where we welcome and appreciate diversity - a progressive community in the Catholic tradition. 954-731-8173; www.stsfrancisandclare.org CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT SONG welcomes you to come and worship with us every Sunday at 10am and every Wednesday night at 7pm. We meet at the Spirit Song Worship Center at 2040B North Dixie Highway, Suite 3 in Wilton Manors (Building B on Equality Park Campus, behind the Pride Center). God loves you just the way He made you. Come discover His purpose for you. For more info: 954-418-8372, email@example.com, www.cohss.org We are here for you…DIVINE MERCY CHAPEL-The American New Catholic Church 2749 N.E. 10th Ave., Wilton Manors, FL, 33334 (954)567-1930 www.newdivinemercy.org Sunday Mass 10:30AM, Friday Holy Hour 7:00PM WIG WILD INSPIRATIONAL & GATHERINGS Calling all Queens, Bears, Twinks, Guppies, Trannies, Fairies, Spiritualists, Yoga Folks, LGBTQ’s, Poets, Dancers, Actors and all our Straight Allies. WIG the Gay Empowerment/ Spiritual Revival awaits you every Wed. 8PM at Boom - 2232 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305, $10 Donation Call (954) 630-3556 Miami Herald, “The next generation’s spiritual Stonewall.”
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