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Broward House plans to open its 12th facility. After six months and over $200,000 of renovations, the new facility will open in Sailboat Bend. PAGE 2
GIRL 2011 Aqua Girl Weekend on South Beach, an annual fundraiser for the Aqua Foundation, consists of 14 culturally diverse events for everyone to choose from. PAGE 2 Courtesy, Aqua Girl
Rolling Out the Rainbow Welcome Mat Fort Lauderdale Welcomes the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association Convention. By BOB KECSKEMETY Right now, the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGTLA) is holding their annual convention in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area including Wilton Manors. Fort Lauderdale beat out Philadelphia, Chicago and New York for the right to hold the convention in this area this year. “I want to welcome all the IGLTA delegates to South Florida and Wilton Manors and we’re thrilled to have them here,” said Gary Resnick, Mayor of Wilton Manors. “It’s a very important convention for our community and it should do wonders for our local economy. We’re thrilled our area was chosen and it’s a wonderful opportunity for us.” Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler added by saying, “I feel that everyone
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Presbyterian Church Votes to Allow Gay Ordination
Join D.J. Power Infiniti and Sound Garden Hosts, Chhoy Sutimek and Alexis DeLaMer, for a fun in the sun Tribal T-Dance. PAGE 37
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should feel welcome to Fort Lauderdale and that’s the message I’ve been spreading since I became mayor -- that all segments of tourism should feel welcome. I think we’ve come a long way and I think we’ve shown that gay and lesbian tourism is a very healthy segment of our market and I hope they have a great stay while they’re here and I hope they continue to come back.” The same sentiments were expressed by Oakland Park Mayor Suzanne Boisvenue, whose city will be the home of the new G-Resort, just one of a national chain of gay hotel resorts. “I think it’s great that they’re coming and Oakland Park will do everything they can to make them
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The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted on Tuesday to amend the church's constitution to allow openly gay people in same-sex relationships to be ordained in the church as ministers, elders, deacons, and church officers, ending 33 years of debate about the issue and reversing a 2009 vote after 19 of the church's 173 voting members, known as presbyteries, switched their votes. The move comes as recent polls suggest 56 percent of American voters now support same-sex marriage equality and amidst widespread and increasing acceptance of homosexuality. According to PCUSA.org, the church includes more than 11.000 congregations, 2.3 million
members in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. A statement on from the PCUSA.org regarding the amendment stated: A majority of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s 173 presbyteries have ratified an amendment to the church’s constitution that removes a provision flatly prohibiting the ordination of sexually active unmarried Presbyterians as church officers. The 87th vote in favor of the measure ― dubbed Amendment 10-A after it was approved by the PC(USA)’s 219th General Assembly last summer ― was cast on May 10th, by the Presbytery of Twin Cities Area. ‘PRESBYTERIAN’ continues on Page 8
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Palm Beach County Gives Thumbs Up to Gay Employees WEST PALM BEACH, FL – The Palm Beach County Commission has agreed to offer same sex-couples the same medical leave to care for their domestic partners that the federal government gives married workers. The unmarried domestic partners may take up to 12 weeks a year of unpaid leave to care for their partner with a guarantee that they will be able to return to their jobs. Married county employees already enjoy these rights. Since 2007, Palm Beach County’s Human Rights Council has pushed to make this addition to county laws. Broward County already allows medical leave for domestic partners, as does the City of West Palm Beach. Palm Beach County has 53 employees who have registered as domestic partners. H
news tion management, Rabbitt has worked in sales and marketing for the Star Dancer Casino Cruise Lines, First Southeast Mortgage Co. and Benchmark Capital. “This is truly a dream come true for me," Rabbitt said in a written statement. “I'm very eager to make a big difference at Stonewall. It's a one-of-a-kind organization, serving the entire country as its ‘Smithsonian’ and I'm glad to be part of the team that will make it a huge success.” H
Brian Rabbitt Joins Stonewall Library FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – For the second time in as many months, the Stonewall National Museum & Archives has added to its executive staff. Brian Rabbitt, a sales and operations vice-president at Benchmark Capital, LLC, has been hired as the new development director. In April, the organization hired Bryan W. Knicely as its new president. “Brian brings to our team the right skills at the perfect time,” said Don Dye, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Stonewall Library. “We have extraordinary educational programming in the development process, and we're on the verge of a major expansion. Brian will help us bring in the necessary funding to make everyone's dreams for Stonewall a reality.” A 2001 graduate of the University of Central Florida, with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administra-
• Splash Pool Party, Friday, May 13th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Surfcomber Resort, 1717 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. So many ladies from around the world, one pool party doesn’t seem to be enough. Get your favorite team colors and join Aqua Girl for one “sporty” day at the pool. Enjoy music, poolside games and don’t forget the eye candy. Doors open at noon. Featuring deejays Citizen Jane and G-Spot. $12 in advance/ $17 at the door, members: $9 in advance/ $12 at the door, Private Cabana: $300.
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Broward House Prepares to Open More Housing FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – In July, Broward House plans to open its twelfth facility. After six months and over $200,000 of renovations, the newest facility will be open in Sailboat Bend. The project has 2 2-bedroom units and 7 1-bedroom units that will house individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. These units are made affordable through a subsidy from HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS/HIV). The new housing facility was made possible through a recent grant from Doug Greene of the Green Family Foundation, which helps with the landscaping of the property. Broward House is looking for other individuals, corporations and foundations to help the project come to fruition. They are also looking for help with painting the outside of the building and make other minor touches throughout the property. One of the units has already been adopted by the Samuel and Hannah Holzman Trust. A plaque outside will be hung recognizing and thanking them for their generosity. H
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Aqua Girl Weekend to Benefit Aqua Foundation MIAMI, FL – Now through May 15th is Aqua Girl Weekend on South Beach, an annual fundraiser for the Aqua Foundation. 100% of the monies raised during Aqua Foundation's signature week, as well as through individual and corporate donations, go directly to educate, empower and foster the lesbian, bisexual and transgender women's communities throughout South Florida. Aqua Girl 2011 will consist of 14 culturally diverse events for everyone to choose from. Aqua Girl is more than a party … it’s a week for a cause. Remaining events include: • Happy Hours, through May 14th, from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Palace, 1200 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Join them for drinks and great drink prices at the only gay restaurant and bar on the beautiful and famous Ocean Drive. • Traffic Jam, Thursday, May 12th, from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. at the Dream Nightclub, 1532 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. This kick-off dance event lives by its name. Check out the colored glow necklace she’s wearing. Red means she’s taken, yellow means approach with caution and green means “go for it!” Sexy go-go girls working the traffic all night. Outrageous performances by the hottest drag kings. Girl deejays will keep the main floor jumping. Featuring deejays Brynn Taylor and Nena. $10 in advance/ $15 at the door. Members: $7 in advance/ $10 at the door. • Body Toning with Rachel Robinson on Friday, May 13th, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Surfcomber Resort, 1717 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Rachel Robinson will bring her personalized workout “BodyToning-20 Minutes to the Body You Want” to Aqua Girl this year. Rachel will be personalizing a workout plan for every one that attends this work shop, as well as taking body fat analysis and setting people up for a healthier and happier life. The event is free but space is limited so please RSVP at www.aquagirl.org.
• A Night of Comedy with Suzanne Westenhoefer, Friday, May 13th, 8 to 10 p.m. at Unity on the Bay, 411 NE 21st Street, Miami. An evening of laughs with the first openly gay comedian to appear on television. You’ve seen her on Letterman, HBO, Bravo, Logo and GSN, as well as performances across the U.S. Now come see her newest show – “SemiSweet” – live at Aqua Girl. The Miami Gay Men’s Chorus and Katie Wirsing open the show. $30 in advance/ $35 at the door. members: $25 in advance/ $30 at the door. VIP seating: $45 in advance/ $55 at the door, members: $40 in advance/ $45 at the door. • Havana Nights, Friday, May 13th, from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. at Nikki Beach, 1 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Check your inhibitions at the door and pay tribute to the Latin flavors that have made Miami famous. Enjoy the sights and sizzling sounds of the tropics all in an upscale, sophisticated atmosphere. Featuring deeays Marilyn and Tatiana. This is a limited capacity event. Buy your tickets early. $30 in advance/ $35 at the door, members: $25 in advance/ $30 at the door. • Aqua Beach Pool Party, Saturday, May 14th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Surfcomber Resort, 1717 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Combine over 3,000 hot, scantilyclad women, stir in some cool poolside cocktails, groove to some high energy sounds of the best girl deejays in the country and sprinkle in hot performances by sexy go-go vixens, anything can happen. See for yourself at this simply splashing, fun-filled event. Doors will open at 11am to the pool area. Pass holders and hotel guests will be admitted first. Featuring deejays Just Steph and Pat Pat. $22 in advance/ $27 at the door, members: $19 in advance/ $22 at the door • Dish, Saturday, May 14th, from 8 to 10 p.m. at Smith & Wollensky, 1 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. Dine and socialize with all your new friends at one of the finest restaurants on Miami Beach during this exclusive gourmet experience. Private dining room featuring a three course dinner. (Tax and Gratuity are included.). This will be a limited
capacity event. Please buy tickets early. $55 in advance/ $60 at the door. MEMBERS: $50 in advance/ $55 at the door. • Paradise Garage, Saturday, May 14th, from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Avenue, Miami. An unforgettable, utopian experience of lights, sounds and visuals. This year they pay homage to NYC’s legendary Paradise Garage. Get ready for B-boys, B-girls, fashion show by 1160 Hair, G.A.G. and incredible dancers. Opening set by D.J. Latrice Perry and direct from Vegas, D.J. Lisa Pittman and special performance by national recording artist Nina Sky. Get ready to go on a musical journey of house, hip hop and dance music. $20 in advance/ $25 at the doo. MEMBERS: $15 in advance/ $20 at the door. • Jazz Brunch, Sunday, May 15th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Emeril’s Restaurant, 1601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Unwind and enjoy fabulous food and a jazz performance as you mingle with all your new friends. Sip on complimentary Bloody Marys. Latin Jazz performance by singing sensation Leslie Cartaya. This is a limited capacity event. $45 in advance/ $50 at the door. MEMBERS: $40 in advance/ $45 at the door. • Aqualicious Tea Dance, Sunday, May 15th, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Surfcomber Resort, 1717 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. The hottest co-ed party of the year just got a little hotter. Both the girls and our beautiful boys come out for a sizzling Sunday afternoon of great music and unity. This year, we are introducing international sensation D.J. Theresa (of Matinée fame) and D.J. Kidd Madonny as they mix a dynamic combination of classic and current house music. $20 in advance/ $25 at the door. MEMBERS: $15 in advance/ $20 at the door, private cabana: $300. • Afterglow, Sunday, May 15th, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Score Nightclub, 727 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Keep dancing the night away at the official closing party. The hottest girl deejays hit the turntables spinning the ultimate blend of hip hop, freestyle and Miami Bass. Special performance by Miami rapper, Lady M. Featuring deejays Zehno, Kaprah and Lady M. $10 in advance/ $12 at the door. MEMBERS: $7 in advance/ $10 at the door. A dress code will be strictly enforced at many of these events. For more information and tickets, visit www.aquagirl.com/events. H
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Gay Deportation Halted NEWARK, NJ – The deportation of a Venezuelan dancer back to Caracas has been put on hold. The hold on the deportation took place one day after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder set aside a deportation ruling on similar case. Henry Velandia, 27, was legally married to Josh Vandiver, 29, a U.S. citizen, in Connecticut last year where same-sex marriage is legal. The couple currently lives in New Jersey. Last week, an immigration judge in Newark adjourned the case until December citing Holder’s decision a day earlier, awaiting an outcome in that case. H
US Navy Revokes Move to Allow Same Sex Marriage on Bases WASHINGTON, D.C. – The US Navy has revoked its guidance allowing chaplains to conduct same-sex marriages in some states following outrage from Republican lawmakers and social conservatives. The suspension came late Tuesday after opponents of same-sex military marriages claimed the move would violate a law prohibiting federal recognition of gay marriage. A copy of a memo revoking the guidance was obtained Wednesday by FOX News Channel. "My memorandum of 13 April 2011 is hereby suspended until further notice pending additional legal and policy review and inter-Departmental coordination," the memo, issued by the Chief of Chaplains Rear Admiral Mark L. Tidd, read. Despite the revocation, military officials said the US Defense Department might still permit gay troops to marry in military chapels in states that recognize homosexual marriages after US President Barack Obama lifts a ban on openly-gay service members known as "don't ask, don't tell," the Washington Post reported. As part of its DADT Repeal Training, the Navy had decided that facilities on U.S. Naval Bases may be used for samesex marriages and that Naval Chaplains will be permitted, though not required, to perform such ceremonies. The ruling only applied to Naval bases located in states where same-sex marriage is permitted by law. Citing “additional legal review” by Navy attorneys, the Chief of Navy Chaplains, Admiral Michael Tidd originally said the Navy “has concluded that, generally speaking, base facility use is sexual orientation neutral.” The April 13 memo signed by Tidd said navy chaplains would have the option to officiate at a same-sex union if it agreed with their religious beliefs and the laws of the state. But in the new memo dated May 10, Tidd reversed course and suspended his guidance. Training programs about the end of "don't ask, don't tell" for US Navy chaplains and sailors would continue as scheduled, a navy spokeswoman said.
news Details of the April 13 memo led to an immediate backlash in congress. Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) released a letter signed by 62 other members of congress that called on the secretary of the navy to obey the Defense of Marriage Act. "The law of the land is that the federal government defines marriage as between one man and one woman," Akin wrote. "This new guidance from the navy clearly violates the law. While our President may not like this law, it is unbelievable that our navy would issue guidance that clearly violates this law."H
bon on their gowns showing solidarity with graduates who would be affected by Portman’s votes in the U.S. Senate. The pamphlet also contained a letter from more than 200 previous Michigan Law alumni which stated: “Senator Portman, in public life, has actively worked to deny some members of the graduating class their civil rights ... Our objection is not a political one ... rather we are concerned about the message Michigan Law is sending by giving an anti-gay rights speaker the honor of marking what should be a joyful occasion.”H
N.Y. Gov Goes Robo for Marriage Equality
Museum Marks 30th Anniversary of HIV/AIDS
ALBANY, NY – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has recorded a robo-call supporting marriage equality in the state. In the call, the governor says: “Hello, I’m Governor Andrew Cuomo. There is a pressing issue of basic fairness and civil rights in New York … and that is marriage equality. Without the ability to marry, same-sex couples and their families are denied over one thousand federal and state rights, such as visiting a spouse in a hospital in the event of illness. It makes same-sex couples second-tier citizens who receive less protection and have fewer rights than others. This is not a Democratic or Republican issue. It is a question of New York going forward or backward. It’s hard to imagine today, but at one time in this country it was illegal for blacks and whites to marry each other. We have come a long way and now it is time to go further — to achieve marriage equality for all New Yorkers. I urge you to call your State legislators and ask them to vote for equality – marriage equality – for all New Yorkers. Thank you.” The robo-call is being paid for by the state’s Democratic State Committee.H
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will mark the 30th anniversary of the emergence of what became known as the HIV and AIDS epidemic with a three-part display and website beginning June 3. “HIV and AIDS Thirty Years Ago” will look at the public health, scientific and political responses in the early phase (1981-87) of the global pandemic. This showcase will be located in the museum’s “Science in American Life” exhibition, which focuses on the connections among science, culture and society in American history. The display will feature photographs, magazine covers and other graphics plus equipment that Dr. Jay Levy used to isolate the virus in his lab at the University of California, San Francisco, a copy of the Surgeon General’s 1986 report presenting the government’s position, samples of the drugs AZT and Retrovir and public health information pamphlets from AIDS service organizations. The website is available at americanhistory.si.edu/hivaids. In “Archiving the History of an Epidemic: HIV and AIDS, 1985-2009,” the museum’s Archives Center will show how individuals and society were affected by the epidemic through a selection of archival materials from its collections, including posters for the 1993 movie Philadelphia with Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington and the 1989 film Longtime Companion, brochures, photographs and other popular culture materials and quotes from oral histories of people affected by the epidemic. H
Over 100 Michigan Law Graduates Walk Out on Commencement Speech ANN ARBOR, MI – According to Think Progress, more than 100 University of Michigan law school graduates walked out of their commencement ceremonies during an address by anti-gay Ohio Senator Rob Portman. Outside of the auditorium, guests attending the event were handed a pamphlet explaining the protest. More than half of the graduates wore rainbow rib-
Brazil Approves Civil Unions for Same-Sex Couples SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – Last week, the Brazilian Supreme Court ruled that civil unions between same-sex couples must be allowed. The justices voted 10-0 saying they believe that gay couples deserve the same rights and privileges as their heterosexual counterparts when it comes to alimony, death benefits, inheritances and other issues. The ruling does not permit a full gay marriage. In Latin America, only Argentina and Mexico City permit samesex marriage. Same-sex unions are legal in Uruguay and some states within
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President Clinton Endorses Marriage Equality WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Human Rights Campaign has released a statement from former President Bill Clinton endorsing marriage equality legislation for same-sex couples in the State of New York. The statement from the former president was issued to the New York State lawmakers as they returned to session last week. Supporters of marriage equality are pushing for a vote during this legislative session which ends in June. Clinton’s statement read: “Our nation's permanent mission is to form a ‘more perfect union’ - deepening the meaning of freedom, broadening the reach of opportunity, strengthening the bonds of community. That mission has inspired and empowered us to extend rights to people previously denied them. Every time we have done that, it has strengthened our nation. Now we should do it again, in New York, with marriage equality. For more than a century, our Statue of Liberty has welcomed all kinds of people from all over the world yearning to be free. In the 21st century, I believe New York's welcome must include marriage equality.” Clinton’s endorsement comes as a record 58 percent of New Yorkers support committed gay and lesbian couples getting married. This unprecedented level of support comes from every region of the state, every age group and is clearly bipartisan. Prominent New York business leaders recently wrote a letter making the case that marriage equality is good for business. H
Massachusetts Gets Gay Supreme Court Justice BOSTON, MA – Barbara A. Lenk has become the first openly gay justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Court. Previously, Lenk had been sitting on the state’s appeals court. The Governor’s Council confirmed Lenk on a 5-3 vote. She is Governor Deval Patrick’s fourth appointment to the seven-member court which issued the landmark 2003 ruling that made Massachusetts the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.H
Michigan May Reduce Funding from Pro-Gay Universities LANSING, MI – The Michigan State House of Representatives has voted to cut funding by 5% to the state’s colleges and universities which offers same-sex benefits to partnered faculty and staff members. In 2008, Michigan banned same-sex marriage and placed restrictions against same-sex unions. The bill will now head to a conference committee and be combined into a final education bill.H
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The unofficial tally now stands at 8762, with 24 presbyteries still to vote. The change takes effect July 10 ― one year from the adjournment of the 219th Assembly. The vote will cause the replacement of the current G-6.0106b in The Book of Order with new language. That provision, which was placed in the constitution following the 1996 Assembly, requires of church officers “fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman or chastity in singleness.” As a result of the vote, ordaining bodies ― local church sessions for elders and deacons and presbyteries for ministers ― will have more flexibility in determining individual candidates’ fitness for ordained office in the denomination. “Clearly what has changed is that persons in a same-gender relationship can be considered for ordination,” General Assembly Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons told the Presbyterian News Service. “The gist of our ordination standards is that officers submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and ordaining bodies (presbyteries for ministers and sessions for elders and deacons) have the responsibility to examine each candidate individually to ensure that all candidates do so with no blanket judgments.”The new revised G-6.0106b states: “Standards for ordained service reflect the church’s desire to submit joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life. The governing body responsible for ordination and/or installation shall examine each candidate’s calling, gifts, preparation and suitability for the responsibilities of office. The examination shall include, but not be limited to, a determination of the candidate’s ability and commitment to fulfil all the requirements as expressed in the constitutional questions for ordination and installation. Governing bodies shall be guided by Scripture and the confessions in applying standards to individual candidates.” The Statement from the PCUSA, went on to say that “some will rejoice while others will weep” at the voting results. “However, as Presbyterians, we believe that the only way we will find God’s will for the church is by seeking it together ― worshiping, praying, thinking, and serving alongside one another,” the four leaders wrote. “We are neighbors and colleagues, friends and family. Most importantly, we are all children of God, saved and taught by Jesus Christ, and filled with the Holy Spirit.” They concluded by saying that the General Assembly Mission Council (GAMC) World Mission staff “continue to be in honest conversation with our partners about the proposed change,” particularly in countries where church leaders have expressed the most concern.H
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feel happy and welcome.” Richard Gray, of the Royal Palms Resort, approached Nicki Grossman, President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, in 2009. (Gray also sits on the CVB.) The convention was previously held in Fort Lauderdale in 2001 and Gray felt that much has changed since then. Grossman and then Broward County Commissioner Ken Keechl went to the IGTLA board meeting in Dallas to make their presentation. Fort Lauderdale won the bid. “I think it’s extremely important to have the convention here,” said Gray. “It showcases the destination internationally. This year, IGTLA has representation from about 35 countries and I think that international representation is very important. It’s also important that you are getting the ‘Who’s-Who’ of gay and lesbian travel to attend the IGTLA convention.” The business owners are also thrilled to have the convention in Fort Lauderdale this year. “I think it’s a positive for Fort Lauderdale, as well as Wilton Manors,” said Roger Handevidt, owner of Orton Terrace guest house on Fort Lauderdale beach. “The travel agents and tour operators that are coming are going to see the number one gay and lesbian vacation destination in all of North America. When you talk to travel agents and you talk to travel writers, they will tell you they believe this is the number one desti-
news nation in all of North America. It’s a positive thing for all of us.” “I think that it is paramount that Wilton Manors and Fort Lauderdale be recognized around the world as one of the leading cities when it comes to a united gay and lesbian community that shows compassion and welcomes every international body to enjoy that special gift that we here enjoy on a dayto-day basis,” said Jackson Padgett, who, along with his partner, Mark Negrette, own Georgie’s Alibi and Bill’s on Wilton Drive. “We have wonderful community, restaurants and bars; we have wonderful beaches and culture and everything they can get in any larger metropolitan city and I think it’s wonderful that we have now been recognized on an international level by bringing the convention to this town.” Padgett and Negrette sponsored the Kristine W. concert. She will be performing for the delegates and area residents this Friday evening, May 13th, at Hagen Park in Wilton Manors. Earlier in the day, Hagen Park will host a trade show
for the delegates and locals featuring tour operators, airlines, hotels and other facets of the travel and tourism industry. Much of the other events are being sponsored by the CVB. The Rainbow Business Coalition (RBC), a group of local gay-owned businesses, has volunteered their time, businesses and staff to work alongside the IGLTA with tasks such as registration, organizing and hosting parties for the delegates. Tour operators and travel agents have been shown around the city and they also have time on their own so they can do their own exploring of the area. “I believe they are really working toward making things proper. These people come because they want to learn, not that they want to party. They are more interested in business itself,” said Handevidt. Of course, each mayor is particularly proud of their own city. “Everybody should feel welcome to the City of Fort Lauderdale,” said Seiler. “Every group is appreciated in the City
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of Fort Lauderdale. We are a touristbased town, we have a very successful tourist-based system and I, for one, am very grateful that an organization such as this desired to come to Fort Lauderdale.” “Wilton Manors offers everything for the LGBT community: Shops and restaurants, recreational amenities, nightlife, close proximity to the beaches and a lot of cultural events,” said Resnick. “It’s really the perfect spot for any LGBT person looking for a vacation destination. In Wilton Manors, we are a very open and accepting society where no one thinks twice about two men or two women walking hand-in-hand down the street. Wilton Manors is a place where LGBT people can be themselves, enjoy themselves and feel comfortable doing so.” All three mayors thanked the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau for assisting in luring the IGLTA convention to the area. But have the delegates been impressed with the Greater Fort Lauderdale area thus far? “From what I’ve seen so far, people are impressed,” said Gray. “I think people are always surprised at Fort Lauderdale and that it’s not [as] crazy as Miami. They are surprised that the ocean and beach are so close to the road. Everyone I’ve been showing around has just loved it and is so surprised on how gay Fort Lauderdale really is. I think that’s always one of the biggest surprises.”H
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STIGMA, FEAR and the Cost of HIV Anthony Johnson is a 16 year survivor of HIV and organizer of the Gay/Bi HIV Social Group, BOLT. He has posted numerous letters to Facebook warning of the potential repetition of history with the horrors when HIV first reared its ugly head 30 years ago. I am angered, afraid and dismayed at the recent attacks on individuals who are HIV positive in the state of Florida and the country as a whole. I am not talking about physical attacks, but we ARE taking a beating. Because of governmental agency mismanagement of appropriated monies and a new governor who thinks that AIDS is a four letter word that must not be spoken – that should be hushed – the HIV positive community is suffering. Yes the HIV positive community is costly; I can personally attest to that. On average, my medications cost over $31,000 per year. This is just medication costs and does not account for the THOUSANDS of dollars spent annually on doctors, labs and hospital stays. However, can you REALLY put a cost on a human life? Am I not as worthy as the next person because I have a HUMAN virus? I do not think it is cost alone that is an issue (although it is a BIG part of it). I feel the bulk of the problem is stigma and fear. Thirty years after the disease came to be known, there is still the misconception
opinion that this is a GAY disease, a DIRTY person’s disease, or a SINNER’s disease. This is ridiculous and preposterous! This disease is a HUMAN disease. If you are human (and I assume you are) then you are AFFECTED and at risk! And I ask you this: Why do you fear saying the words HIV or AIDS? Why are you afraid to acknowledge its existence? Why do you fear me as an HIV positive person? The only fear you should have is waking one day to find your friends, your family, your loved ones, dying because you were too afraid to admit the truth. It is time to stop this “It is not my problem; It is not my disease attitude.” It is time to start working TOGETHER to find solutions to the problems of HIV infection and the rising cost of care. If the government is that concerned with cost, don’t take lives by reducing formularies or restricting people from getting help. Fight the pharmaceutical companies and force them to let go of the patents. Do not let them reapply if they change a formulary. I understand that they are in the business of making money, but not at the cost of the MILLIONS of lives affected by their greed every day.
Apathy, ADAP, and Anger Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines apathy as: •lack of feeling or emotion: impassiveness •lack of interest or concern: indifference
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By ANTHONY JOHNSON
I feel that this is the situation with the ADAP and Ryan White funding issues that are threating the lives of the people who receive assistance through these services. The HIV positive individuals who receive assistance through these programs believe there isn’t a problem because they have not seen the effect of not having their medications or services readily available to them. Individuals of today have forgotten what our brothers and sisters before us sacrificed. They gave up their time, their energy and, for many, their lives. Their unwavering dedication and care for a community that was downtrodden and broken brought hope that we, as HIV positive individuals, would be able to live happy, healthy lives. If it were not for their fight, we could not live. It is horrific to think that we, as HIV positive individuals 30 years after the crisis began, are faced with the same hardship and ignorance of a government that would rather ignore the fact that HIV exists and let us die. They are willing to sacrifice the many lives of people infected with this disease in order to save a dollar. The government is telling us that we are not worth more than a piece of paper with ink on it; we are not worth more than the change in their pockets. What I find even sadder is the apathy of the HIV positive community as a whole. We have fantastic advocates and HIV positive individuals who are fighting daily to protect us and keep the services we need to survive. That represents, however, only a
handful in comparison to the amount of HIV positive individuals who live in the state of Florida and the country. Why are they not standing up with fists held high, screaming at the top of their lungs? Why are they not fighting for their lives? Do they think the government will help? That the government will not allow it? WRONG!! It is the government that has brought us to this point. In my recent conversations, I have heard many advocates who are angry and frustrated with the HIV positive community because they are not fighting. Is it fear of reprisal? Is it fear of disclosure? To me, the biggest fear is the prospect of finding my friends, family and loved ones in their hospital beds gasping for their last breaths because they were unable to get the medications they needed to maintain their health. I guess I am angry at the HIV positive community (with some exclusions – and you know who you are) because I recently lost someone dear to me and have another friend who is ill. I have lost three people in three years. I DO NOT WANT TO LOSE ANYONE ELSE BECAUSE OF THIS DISEASE! I especially do not want to lose them because I was APATHETIC and did not fight to try to save their lives. H
Anthony Johnson is the organizer of BOLT, an HIV support group in Fort Lauderdale. He can be reached at AEJTYGER243@gmail.com
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Thinking About Making Some Home Improvements? By RICK GIBSON Have you considered or already made some home improvements? For some of us, this was always part of our plan. We bought a house that was in need of repair and planned to put some money towards the right kitchen, garden or whatever it is that was important to us. Suddenly, we realize we live at Home Depot and are not sure how we got there. For others, the idea of home improvements comes up only as a way to increase the value of the property. Whatever your reason for making improvements, some improvements return value on investment better than others. An example for us here in Florida is a fireplace. Most of us agree that having a fireplace adds great ambience, but the cost of adding one rarely pays off when you resell. So, this type of an improvement should be made only for the “pleasure” of the feature while you own it, and that can be crucial for many. Generally, a pool is a good investment if you enjoy it while living in or owning the property. In my opinion, a tasteful pool in a good area will pay for itself by about 75% on resale over 3 years. Studies have shown that nearly 90% of property buyers make a decision about a property from the moment they first see it from the street. So, no surprise, one of the highest returns on investment (ROI) in home improvement is paint. Tastefully painted homes that stand out (in a good
way) will create an impact that influences the subsequent viewing of the inside of the home or property. Avoid colors that are too strong, too personalized or too common. Home Depot and Lowes have great color “family” color cards to help you see what colors go well together to make some good decisions. Landscaping is next. My recommendation for anyone who does not enjoy landscaping is to hire some who does, or avoid the challenge. Plants are living things so need specialized attention to their needs. Ideally, you will find someone or a company that will be able to study your property, make recommendations on how to maximize its features with specific plants and will be there to maintain it for a reasonable sum. Your landscape and yard maintenance person will become a “relationship,” so it is best to “date” them first and see how that goes before getting too involved. Inside the home or property is a large and complex topic involving psychology, common sense and even the art of feng shui. The short version is to focus on the “first step” across the threshold of your property, whether it is your home or an investment. The first step, once past the “curb appeal allure,” should be the “wow” step. Watch people when they walk into a new property for the first time. We all look down (to avoid tripping) and then, of
course, look up. The “look up” should be met with floors that are not offensive or too ornate but rather “lead” our eyes to other focal points in the property. This is one of the reasons for use of diagonal tile. The lines of diagonal tile “lead” our eyes to other parts of the home. So, for example, in a waterfront, pool home, the triangular tile pattern should lead us straight to a view of a pool and water behind it. The experience of entering a home should be a comfortable, flowing experience of “options”. The ideal entrance will be one where we pause for a moment, are a bit overwhelmed, and decide between “options”… going one direction (to a kitchen, for example) or another (to the backyard and pool, for example). That moment of indecision is priceless and what, in my opinion, what distinguishes a “wow” home from others. I have only touched on a few thoughts to try and help people see improvements as complex, but not “too” complex for you to enjoy and take action. Making improvements that add to your quality of life are about as rewarding as it gets.H
Rick Gibson is a Realtor®, Re/Max Preferred; Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE); Investment Agent Specialist (CIAS); and Managing Member, Gibson Group Property Management, LLC.
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IGLTA: Countdown to Convention
LGBT Greater Fort Lauderdale: The Future is in Your Hands By BOBBY BLAIR & CLIFF DUNN
Last of a Six-Part Series “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion.” – Abraham Lincoln “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers…” – William Shakespeare, Henry V One of the last century’s great economists said that good ideas have to be relearned anew by each successive generation. Those of us in LGBT media know (and often quote the stats) that most gay men and women prefer to buy products from, or do business with, businesses and companies that support LGBT causes and that do outreach through various LGBT-themed media forms. But there is an inverse side to these numbers. A now-infamous Web posting that went semi-viral last year concerned the owner of a short-lived Wilton Manors business who announced his store’s swansong on his business’ site with a
posting that was more accusatory than informative [“We were here for you.”]. To further drive home the none-too-subtle point, the message states, with finality and a tone that is sweeping in its indictment: “Due to the lack of business and SUPPORT from ‘our community’ the [business] has no toher (sic) choice but to close!” The haranguing tone of the post notwithstanding, it is hard not to sympathize with the sense of disappointment that was surely conveyed: part Jeremiad, part cry for help, part reminder that we are all of us to some degree or other in this thing together. In Wilton Manors over the past 18 months, 17 businesses have closed their doors; as many as 10 more are projected to do likewise in the next few months. And many owners are facing the possibility of forced relocation for their businesses in response to what they perceive as egregious increases in their rent by landlords with unknown agendas. And yet, business remains an exercise in cooperation. This involves, to a large degree, getting large numbers of strangers to trust one another. It means persuading large numbers of people – bosses and employees, stockholders and suppliers, to say nothing of customers – to work together towards a common purpose. The Rainbow Business Coalition (RBC) of Greater Fort Lauderdale began as a group of likeminded business owners and community leaders who wanted to pool their individual ideas and best practices (hence the original working name, the “Think Tank”) in cooperation to achieve mutual goals. “The RBC endorses, sponsors, and promotes opportunities that benefit business,” offers Reece Darham, owner of Island City Health & Fitness in Wilton Manors and the current chair of RBC. “Sometimes an opportunity may be to pro-
mote a type of industry; sometimes an opportunity may be to promote across the business spectrum.” In its sophomore year, the group has been granted such an opportunity The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association’s (IGLTA) decision to hold its 28th Annual Global Convention in Greater Fort Lauderdale represents an important short term economic fix that could bestow the benefits of long term, sustainable business opportunities. The Convention, which began on Tuesday, May 10, will include seminars and meetings for IGLTA members, as well as a number of events for delegates to interact with Greater Fort Lauderdale’s gay locals and scene. The largest of these is expected to be Friday’s Consumer Trade Show in Hagen Park, next to Wilton Manors City Hall. The Trade Show, which runs from 6 to 10 p.m., will be followed by a free live concert featuring Billboard recording artist Kristine W. By Darham’s best guess, “the IGLTA convention is estimated to bring in $1.3 million in the short week they are here, and has the potential to generate millions more in the months and years to come.” He recognizes, too, the long term impact to the entire area. “As a Travel and Tourism convention,” he notes, “this is even more salient for Fort Lauderdale in that we are a tourism destination and many, if not most, businesses rely on the additional influx of tourism dollars in season to carry those businesses in the off-season.” Both the Trade Show and concert have been underwritten by the RBC, which translated means its member business owners, and in some instances sponsors who have donated cash, product, or both. Darham insists that the owner/members have given “each according to his or ability,” and cites as standouts Jackson Padgett and Mark Negrete, owners of Georgie’s Alibi and Bill’s in Wilton Manors, who absorbed the costs for the concert and entertainers, including travel expenses, as well as Ken Kelley and Lloyd Pagels, the owners of Scandals Saloon in Wilton Manors and The Stable in Oakland Park. “I don’t think Jackson knows the meaning of ‘no’,” Darham laughs. “Ken
and Lloyd have been tremendous: not only will they be donating $3,500 in beer, but they have also secured Barefoot Winery as the wine sponsor.” He adds: “They will be the alcohol vendors for the event, giving the RBC 100% of all proceeds from sales.” Darham notes that Brown Forman Brands, makers of Chambord Vodka, “also gave a $3,000 cash donation and an additional $1,500 in-kind donation to the event and will be the sponsor of the VIP tent for the IGLTA delegates.” The business and community leaders who are investing their time, energies, and a-not-inconsiderable amount of money in the enterprise are upbeat and optimistic. “With so many nations represented at the convention, this event may very well secure Fort Lauderdale as a premier gay destination of choice for international traveler,” says Scandals’ Kelley. “We have a unique opportunity to let the world know that Florida is not just Miami. The potential economic impact will hopefully be realized, not just during this weekend, but for many years to come.” The Alibi’s Padgett agrees. “I believe the community will begin seeing some immediate financial influx of international dollars being spent over the next several months, but more importantly over the years to come.” In the end, how the community responds to this unique opportunity to meet new friends from exotic places and encourage them to make Fort Lauderdale a regular part of their – and their clients’ – travel plans will determine in large measure what the longterm payoffs will be. As Dr. Seuss wrote: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go.” Another good idea it’s time to relearn.H
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Politically Correct? When I was growing up, politics was one of those topics that polite people didn’t talk about; the same way you wouldn’t ask someone what they earn, you didn’t ask someone who they voted for. Here in the US, it is very different: People happily talk, fight and argue about whom they voted for and why, even so far as to explain vehemently why someone is wrong for having voted a certain way. This is a much healthier and positive way to come together and share opinions; it opens up the discussion on politics. As we all know, policy makers undoubtedly advance or hinder the progression of gay rights in the US. Times have changed and in the community we have our own agenda. We are naturally most interested in the advancement of our rights and, in that vein, it seemed most gay people often sided with Democrats. The tide, however, is changing and there are more and more Gay Republicans, Independents and even Tea Party members. This could be attributed to many factors, including an aging population. The simple fact is gay rights are often not enough to sway the LGBT voter. Candidates have to offer more: Healthcare, finance, schooling and adoption are just a few examples of policies that affect the LGBT population alongside gay rights. As a community that is diverse under the umbrella of LGBT, so to are the political views of the community. I received a letter a few weeks ago from a reader enraged that we were offering too much of a platform to the ‘few Republicans’ who support gay rights. This alone showed me the ire that politics causes. As attitudes in the US constantly evolve in support for the community, that change will ripple through all political parties. The opinion in question was that daughters of Republicans had come out in
Alex Vaughn support of Gay Marriage. This is a good thing and needs to be reported, as would those saying they don’t agree and why. We are eighteen months away from the presidential election and in the up-coming months, we will be highlighting can-
Letters to the Editor DEAR EDITOR, I just finished reading your May 5 article on "Friends Without Benefits". You are right on!! Thanks for writing the article. IMO, friends either move here together, or people move here who already have friends living here. I moved here alone and had no friends here. It's very difficult to break into these pre-established friendship circles. It didn't take long after moving to FL from the Boston area to develop the very same perceptions in your article. I hang out mostly in coffee houses, not bars. But it's the same story. I frequently end up having conversations with people I only see in the coffee house. It's totally random when I'll see anyone again. It could be months. Though they seem to enjoy talking with me, not one person has ever invited me to do anything outside of the coffee house. It makes no
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didates, policies and opinions from all parties, not just Democrats and Republicans, but Tea Party and Independents, as well. We all take issue with how slowly rights advance through politics (marriage equality being a hot button topic at the moment) but without showing every facet to each argument, you can never have a fair decision. We do not hold a position as a newspaper, nor do I as Editor. We will be covering all angles and policies that affect the community in any way. This enables you to review, decide and choose your candidates with full and clear knowledge of how they align with your core values, opinions and needs. Now is the time to speak out, use your voice. What are your political views? Which party do you support and why? Who do you think has the community’s best interests at the forefront? Debate, discuss – it is important to have an open communication in this crucial area as a voice for the community. Whether you are outraged or impressed, disgusted or enamored, your voice needs to be heard during the next eighteen months. Send in your letters and comments about policies you have read, or opinions you have heard from all walks of political life. I want to know what you, as an individual and a member of this community, think. By speaking out through the paper, you have the ability to reach out and ensure you offer opinions and feedback that enable all in the community to decide on the right leadership for the future. Your voice and your views, no matter which party, are always politically correct… because they are yours.H
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sense, that if two people enjoy talking with each other, that they can't plan to meet and not wait for a random time when they're both there. So I tried swapping email addresses with one person and took the initiative to contact him. That lasted one email. If you ask for a phone number, that's a real challenge to get someone interested. That means you're hitting on him, and if you're not his type, forget friends. I totally agree with you that Florida attracts an unusual number of flaky people. I would go one step further. You may not agree with this, but I think the outdoor playland culture here also attracts less intelligent people. I've lived in different places in the US. I've never met so many people who are less intelligent and less educated than anywhere else I've lived.
Educated doesn't have to mean having a lot of degrees. By educated, I mean being able and interested in conversing on a wide variety of issues. But few people here care about issues. All they care about is: real estate, the gym, clubs and the beach. This doesn't exactly attract your intellectual types. It's no surprise that Broward County has the highest HIV rate among gay men in the US. Lack of education and a carefree attitude account for that. I believe Americans, in general, have become more selfish and self-absorbed. Gay men reflect the larger society. However, I do think that gay men in Florida are especially selfish and self-absorbed. Sorry for the longer email. If you read this far, I thank you. Best Wishes, BARRY
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Who Knew? Three letters that can change your life and they’re not what you think. By sam knew, msw
It seems week after week we read about one three letter acronym after another that can affect our health, but here’s one you may now be as familiar with - HPV (human papillomavirus). For gay and bisexual men, it can be a secret killer. There are 6.2 millions cases in the U.S each year and over one hundred strains of the virus, forty of which are transmitted sexually. In previous years there have been studies linking HPV to cervical cancer, which encouraged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve a vaccine for women. Recently, the FDA has also approved a vaccine for young males (9-26). But now there is talk about protecting the rest of our population, seeing as studies have linked HPV to genital infections - as well as some forms of cancers. The virus in men can typically go undetected and untreated for a lifetime, or until more severe infections and diseases develop. In some cases the virus can develop into genital warts, in areas of the penis, testicles, groin, thigh and anus. These cauliflower like warts tend not to be painful and disappear shortly after they appear, creating a misguided
sense of recovery. Genital warts affect about one percent of sexually active men. And although symptoms may disappear or the warts can be treated and removed, they can always reappear making treatment a life-long process. However, you may have bigger problems than warts to deal with in the long run. Gay and bisexual men are 17% more likely to develop anal cancer. In addition, HPV increases those risks, especially for individuals with weakened immune systems, such as men with HIV. Individuals with anal cancer can experience bleeding, pain, itching or discharge. Other symptoms include swelling of the lymph nodes in the groin and anus area. Penile cancer is also a risk factor linked to HPV. In the early stages, individuals might notice discoloration, toughing skin texture and build up of tissue on the penis. This could be followed by painful sores and bleeding; however, in some cases there may be no symptoms until the cancer has advanced. Fortunately, science has kept up with times. Unfortunately, insurance companies still have some catching up to do. The FDA has approved the vaccine for
young women and men, primarily focusing on the pre-sexually active population. One reason for the age restriction is the belief that nearly half of sexually active people already have acquired an HPV infection; which is why some older individuals (anyone over 26) might find it more difficult to cover the $375.00 cost of the vaccine. That hasn’t seemed to stop some doctors from encouraging clients to get vaccinated; arguing it can’t hurt - and it’s a lot cheaper than the cost of battling cancer.H
Sam Knew, MSW is an educator and a local counselor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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CELEBRATE [ FORT LAUDERDALE
THE FLORIDA AGENDA WELCOMES THE IGLTA TO FORT LAUDERDALE
FORT LAUDERDALE CELEBRATES 100TH BIRTHDAY Centennial Party and Year-Long Special Events Showcase Transformation From Small Seaside Town to a Beach Chic Vacation Destination
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – On March 27, 1911, a small, sleepy village was incorporated as the City of Fort Lauderdale. On the same date in 2011, an all-day Centennial Riverfest will recognize the 100th birthday of one of America's great beach vacation destinations attracting more than 10 million annual visitors from around the globe. The LGBT visitors number nearly a million annually, who spend in excess of $1 billion dollars in Fort Lauderdale, making it the leading gay tourist desti-
nation in the U.S. Fort Lauderdale's residents are inviting the world to a yearlong party featuring everything from family picnics, cultural exhibitions and walking tours to concerts, sports competitions, beach parties, a time capsule and a gala countdown to the New Year 2012. Fort Lauderdale's Centennial celebrations began with the installation of a large, lighted "100" on the city's famed beachfront, which has become a favorite "photo op" for visitors and residents alike. To commemorate the Centennial,
Charles Fazzino, the pop artist, was commissioned to create "Ten Decades of Fort Lauderdale," a 3D painting that captures in the artist's bright, energetic signature style the past, present and future of the city. Among the highlights of special events in 2011: a parade and outdoor festival on March 12 honoring St. Patrick's Day, a March 27 concert by Tropical Sinfonia, and the Centennial Riverfest, a day filled with activities, exhibitions, entertainment and food held along the New River in downtown Fort Laud-
erdale. Also the premier of giant photographic "then and now" video montages projected on the sides of buildings in the downtown area that depict the areas over the course of its 100 years of evolution. A calendar of Centennial events is available at www.sunny.org/centennial. The history of Fort Lauderdale actually stretches far beyond a hundred years. As early as 2,500 years ago, the marshy area was inhabited by Native Americans of the "Glades Culture." Seminole
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COME PLAY ON OUR SANDY BEACHES! Most destinations have only one beach to brag about. Greater Fort Lauderdale has eight, with their own unique personalities and surrounding communities which incorporate hundreds of restaurants, shops, attractions, hotels and superior small lodgings. From singles and families to affluent couples, to a rainbow experience and a destination that caters to a multicultural audience, Greater Fort Lauderdale offers more to do than most destinations in southern Florida. Take a tour of our unique beach communities and see why we're able to cater to so may different audiences. Is it Fort Lauderdale Beach is the epitome of
beach chic style, yet with a refreshingly low-keyed friendliness that appeals to all walks of life. Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is most famous as the "shore dive capital of south Florida. Pompano Beach is popular with fans of picnicking, sun-worshiping, surfing and sport-fishing. Or Hillsboro beach, home to the most powerful lighthouse on the eastern seaboard. Deerfield Beach has casual beachfront eateries – popular with locals and visitors for lunch, dinner, drinks and dancing. Dania beach is home to John U. Lloyd Beach State Park, a favorite destination for recreation enthusiasts. And at the southern tip,
Sebastian Beach on Fort Lauderdale Beach is one of the more popular sun spots for gay vacationers. (Pg. 3)
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‘BEACHES’ Continued from Cover Hollywood beach has a retro-cool Broadwalk where you can dine in openair cafes, bike or blade along the brick promenade or swim in the pristine waters.
A family-friendly experience – come see Greater Fort Lauderdale's natural wonders
Greater Fort Lauderdale offers a variety of other nature experiences. Butterfly World features the largest indoor butterfly aviary in North America. Flamingo Gardens & Wray Botanical Collection offers 60 acres of diverse native plants and trees, a Bird of Prey Center with a free-flight aviary, and the chance to view alligators, flamingos, bobcats and Florida panthers. At Anne Kolb Nature Center in Hollywood, kayak through narrow canals where mangrove trees create a tangled canopy. Look out for spiders!
Pet friendly GFL The "pet set" will have no problems keeping Fido happy in Greater Fort Lauderdale. With 73 pet-friendly hotels, recreation areas, and even spas and restaurants that welcome pets with open paws, Greater Fort Lauderdale is proving that every dog (and other pet) does indeed have its day. With 73 pet-friendly hotels, recreation areas, and even spas and restaurants that welcome pets with open paws, Greater Fort Lauderdale is proving that every dog (and other pet) does indeed have its day.
Educational excursions in GFL combine learning with leisure What do deck shoes, protective headphones, a sand wedge, camera, wetsuit and a butcher's block have in common? All can be part of an engaging and enriching vacation experience in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Travelers increasingly combine learning with leisure. Greater Fort Lauderdale offers visitors a variety of participatory learn-
ing opportunities, whether this means studying a fascinating native culture or pursuing a personal hobby. Looking to explore the destination and take to the water? Work the jib aboard the deck of a sailboat, practice equalizing your air pressure underwater, learn how to fly above the waves, or take snapshots of Florida wildlife while coasting in an airboat. Landlubbers can learn flambé techniques from a renowned chef, improve their killer slice on the golf course, or camp under the stars in an authentic Seminole Indian Chickee hut.
like Trina, a "New Mediterranean" masterpiece at The Atlantic Resort & Spa and Council Oak steakhouse at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. However, visitors looking for other exciting, eclectic options won't stay hungry for long. Floribbean (think Florida fresh + Caribbean spice) hot spots such as Johnny V, a "dock and dine" dinner at Blue Moon Fish Company, and a burger that's been voted America's Best at the funky Le Tub (what else do you call a place with pastel bath tubs everywhere?) are just a few of the possibilities.
Be Our Guest! Greater Fort Lauderdale Guest Houses: Where Fun Is the Best Option
When the Rainbow Carpet Lodging and Hospitality Alliance (RCLHA) of Greater Fort Lauderdale formed in 1999, there were approximately two dozen gay guesthouses serving the needs of travelers and locals. Today, the group – now called the Rainbow Alliance – represents around 50 Gay- and Gay-Friendly Guesthouses, along with other, Gay and Lesbian Vacation rentals and seven properties that offer Gays and Lesbians with kids a place to vacation with other families. The Rainbow Alliance includes hoteliers, shop owners, restaurants, are attractions, realtors and members of the service industry working together to welcome tourists as well as those looking to relocate for work, to start their own business, or to retire. The Rainbow Alliance also produces a Paper Map and Guide of Greater Fort Lauderdale distributed around the United States, Canada, and throughout Europe. This year, the RA announced its plans to form an LGBT Chamber of Commerce in association with the Broward County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Visit Florida. The organization hopes the change will better serve the promotion of LGBT tourism in Greater Fort Lauderdale, as well as all promoting all LGBT and GayFriendly Businesses.
Greater "Fork" Lauderdale: Re-discover the top restaurants that make dining here so Lauderlicious
The new luxury hotels are bringing a windfall of elegant eating to Greater Fort Lauderdale. Featured restaurants such as the soon-to-open Todd English eatery, da Campo Osteria, at il Lugano Suite Hotel (November2008) and Cero at The Ritz-Carlton join instant successes
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ships, one whose gulfstream currents bring a treasure trove of brilliantly colored exotic aquatic wildlife. Dozens of dive operators in Greater Fort Lauderdale cater to all ages and skill levels. Currently, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is offering "Train and Try" opportunities for VIP media. Get certified where you live, then experience Greater Fort Lauderdale's tremendous scuba scene. For a preview, consumers can visit www.sunny.org/scuba to watch a special destination dive video.
Simply SUN-Sational: Memorable Meetings
From its signature SUN-Sational Service program to free convention center floor space when booking large groups for August and September meetings, Greater Fort Lauderdale continues to be an innovative leader in the meetings industry. The 600,000-square-foot Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center and the destination's 30,000 hotel rooms are just the start of the story. Meetings venues in Greater Fort Lauderdale are as diverse as the destination itself: a sprawling flamingo garden, a renowned performing arts center, a beachfront boardroom. Meeting professionals are encouraged to visit www.sunny.org/ meetings to order a free Meeting Planners Guide. Stay tuned for more news on the planned 1,000-room, waterfront hotel serving as the new anchor hotel for the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.
Translated "the waves" in Spanish, Las Olas Blvd. has historically been the road that connects the beach with the city. Today it's known as Greater Fort Lauderdale's "style mile," lined with independently owned boutiques featuring couture, jewelry, home décor, art galleries and specialty gifts. Acclaimed restaurants like Johnny V make up a virtual restaurant row, while lively lounges and cafés with sidewalk seating provide laid-back people watching and colorful nightlife. Las Olas also is the starting point for canal tours in authentic Italian gondolas, as well as a major stop along Greater Fort Lauderdale's water taxi system - two ways to discover Greater Fort Lauderdale's Intracoastal Waterway.
The Water Taxi
Get Your Feet Wet: Learn to Dive then Dive Right In One of the country's top scuba diving destinations, Greater Fort Lauderdale features more than 100 wreck dives of various depths and skill levels to complement its three-tiered natural coral reef system. The result is an eclectic undersea world of living coral and resting
You haven’t seen South Florida until you’ve seen it from the Water Taxi! See and hear about mega-yachts and megamansions as you go from stop to stop and explore all the dining, shopping and fun that Greater Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood have to offer. Stops include #4/Beach Place, just steps away from world-famous gay Sebastian Beach, on the corner of A1A and Sebastian Street. Make sure to check out Stop #9/Mangoes on sassy and chic Las Olas Boulevard. The Water Taxi's Cruise & Save program provides discounts to Guests at the hottest restaurants, bars, and attractions near their stops. New daily service to Hollywood is included in your ticket; visit their Web site for route times: watertaxi.com. 954.467.6677
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FORT LAUDERDALE'S NEW SPRING BREAKERS REFLECT THE DESTINATION'S TOTAL TRANSFORMATION AND FAMILY APPEAL Parents and Kids, Chic Couples and Convention Goers Fill Beaches Once Inhabited by College Kids on a Shoestring Budget
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Where the Boys Are: Sebastian Beach Fort Lauderdale Beach lies along State Route A1A. (also known as Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. and Seabreeze Blvd), and is divided into two main sections, North and South. The more popular area is the southern section, which is the area from Sunrise Blvd south to the Las Olas Blvd area. One can't help but to take a stroll up and down the golden sandy beaches that provided the setting for the now famous movie "Where The Boys Are." You’ll probably find that most of the gays and lesbians hang out in the area between Las Olas Blvd up to Sunrise Blvd. at Sebastian Street, since there are a lot of gay owned and gay friendly resorts/hotels located near here. There is a cross walk signal right at Sebastian with a City parking lot just West of the Gay Section of the Beach. For years that section has been the unofficial Gay Beach of Fort Lauderdale. Although not as popular, the northern beach is just as beautiful, and provides a nice escape from the crowds. This section of the beach begins at Sunrise Blvd and continues to Oakland Park Blvd. Parking: Limited and Pricey beachside parking in southern section; Pay
‘100 YEARS’ Continued from Cover Indians and a few white settlers arrived in the early 19th century and Fort Lauderdale was named for Major William Lauderdale in 1838. In the 1890's, Frank Stranahan established a trading post at the ferry crossing on the New River, the beginning of today's lively downtown area. In 1896, the Florida East Coast Railway brought rapid growth to the region, which continued until the devastating hurricane of 1926 that killed hundreds and virtually destroyed the city. It was not until World War II and its aftermath that Fort Lauderdale began to grow again, but even into the 1980's its major claim to fame, greatly enhanced by the movie "Where the Boys Are," was as a "Spring Break" haven for some 350,000 college kids partying on a tight budget. It was then that the public and private sectors decided to join forces to totally transform the area. Billions of dollars were invested in new infrastructure and attractions, including the Broward Convention Center, the
parking has been added on A1A north of Sunrise Blvd., and $3.25 per car all day at Hugh Taylor Birch State Rec. Area, located just west of A1A on Sunrise Blvd. Food: Numerous restaurants and bars along southern section, none along northern section Facilities: Restrooms and Private establishments along southern section, No restrooms along northern section except for Hugh Taylor Birch State Rec. Area (accessible by tunnel from beach) Lifeguards: 10am to 5pm daily along southern section, none along the northern section.
Wanna Get Naked? Haulover Beach is your place!
Located about 30 minutes south of Ft. Lauderdale, this is a very popular spot for locals and visitors who want to work on their all over tan in the sand. Haulover is one of the largest legally sanctioned clothing optional beaches in the US, officially sanctioned in 1991 - and the only one of two in the State of Florida. Just north of the North Beach tunnel (to the left when facing the water) is the far northern portion of the officially designated nude area, and this is the predominantly gay area of the beach.b Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the downtown Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, and the Museum of Art. Major improvements were made to 23 miles of beach and coastline, including the creation of one of the world's most spectacular artificial reef systems. Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport expanded to become one of the fastest growing in the country and Port Everglades expanded to become one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. Internationally respected hotel and resort brands have built on the famed seafront, a Superior Small Lodgings program was created to promote the region's unique smaller properties, trend-setting chefs arrived, and such venues as Las Olas Boulevard, Sawgrass Mills and the Galleria put Fort Lauderdale on the shopping map. The end result is that "beach chic" Fort Lauderdale today represents an extraordinary blend of culture, cosmopolitan lifestyles, excitement, natural beauty and Blue Wave beaches.b
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – As the City of Fort Lauderdale celebrates its 100th birthday this March, the 23 miles of Blue Wave beaches that make up the shoreline of Greater Fort Lauderdale will be bustling, though not with what most Americans think of as "Spring Breakers." Fifty years ago this was the Spring Break capital of America, as some 300,000 college kids descended on the destination. Today, the story of Greater Fort Lauderdale is one of total transformation, and how things have changed. "In contrast to 50 years ago, today's Spring Breakers have a new mindset and think of us in a much different way," said Nicki E. Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. "They are coming to Greater Fort Lauderdale for our affordable luxury, beach chic vibe, trendy dining, great shopping, AND spectacular beaches. Once here, they realize that
too young to be thinking about beer and bikinis – because Greater Fort Lauderdale is the ideal escape for families with younger children. Offering great value, families will find welcoming accommodations in every price category, from cozy guesthouses and B&B's (known as Superior Small Lodgings) to the most popular hotel brands, as well as diverse dining experiences. With childfriendly attractions and activities, all kinds of watersports, special events throughout the spring vacation season, and, of course, the beaches, this is "the place to go" for a memorable family break from school, according to AOL Travel's recent story 2011 Spring Break: Where to Go and Where to Avoid. On March 27, visitors can attend Fort Lauderdale's birthday party, an all-day outdoor event in the center of the city's Arts and Entertainment District. But that is just the beginning of things to do. From free outdoor concerts to fun and
Fort Lauderdale Beach Spring Break 1966
from the sawgrass to the seagrass we have it all - easily accessible and always enjoyable." What does the Greater Fort Lauderdale Spring Breaker of today look like? They are apt to be chic couples in the mood for golf or luxury spas, opera, ballet or Broadway shows, and staying in luxury resorts like the W Fort Lauderdale, recently named the trendiest hotel in America. Or, they might be convention goers; the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, celebrating its 20th anniversary, welcomes 580,000 attendees from around the world each year. Or they might be cruise passengers enjoying a mini-vacation before or after their voyage from the city's Port Everglades, one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. What is certain is that a large number of this year's spring visitors will be far
educational experiences at the Museum of Discovery & Science, Butterfly World and Flamingo Gardens to airboat rides at Billie Swamp Safari in the Everglades, canoeing, jet skiing, snorkeling and Scuba diving, and even leisurely Water Taxi rides or Jungle Queen Riverboat cruises through the Intracoastal Waterway and downtown Fort Lauderdale. Springtime special events include Cirque Dreams Broadway at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Olas Wine and Food Festival, the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts, the 16th Wine & Culinary Celebration, and "Vatican Splendors Art and Faith" a major touring exhibition at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art are other indications Greater Fort Lauderdale has transformed itself, and redefined Spring Break.b Photos courtesy of sunny.org
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THERE’S NO GAMBLE! Casinos are Big Money in Greater Fort Lauderdale
With three casino cruise operators, a recently renovated state-of-the-art horse racing venue and three Seminole Indian casinos, including the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Greater Fort Lauderdale has become one of the top tropical destinations to ante up and double down. Visitors looking to get lucky during their vacation now can find everything from table games and slot machines to a good old-fashioned poker game. Greater Fort Lauderdale also features three racetracks - two for horses, one for greyhounds - featuring Las Vegas-style slot machines. And once they're done building their prospective fortunes, visitors will find plenty of other reasons to celebrate. Greater Fort Lauderdale's eclectic dining scene, the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, and charming Intracoastal Waterway will make them want to stay no matter what hand they're dealt. And of course, the destination's 23 miles of certified Blue Wave beaches will leave visitors saying "pinch me" instead of "hit me." "As the only county in Florida that offers Vegas style legalized gaming opportunities, Greater Fort Lauderdale offers a wide variety of gaming options with more news on the horizon," said Nicki E. Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Gaming is just another in a long line of activities our beach chic destination has to offer - from high-end
shopping and dining, our world-class yachting scene along the Intracoastal Waterway, wonderful scuba diving and the natural wonders of the Everglades."
Following is an overview of gaming opportunities in Greater Fort Lauderdale: New and Improved: Gulfstream Park Horse Racing & Casino. Gulfstream Park in Hallandale has undergone a massive renovation project that has dramatically enhanced the facility. The stateof-the-art racetrack now features spectacular restaurants, luxury suites and private accommodations for top players. In addition, an on-site casino opened in November 2006 featuring more than 500 slot machines, and plans to add 700 more in the near future. (800) 771-TURF; www.gulfstreampark.com
Lots of New Slots: In Pompano Beach, the isle casino & racing at pompano park, is completing a $170 million racino development with a contemporary style that incorporates the water culture of Greater Fort Lauderdale in the design and décor including a water feature made from more than 4,000 sheets of cut glass. Additional attributes include Bragozzo Osteria Wine Bar, developed with celebrity chef Luke Palladino; Farraddays', the company's signature steakhouse; Fling, a feature bar with high-action imagery and multiple video displays; Myron's, a full-service New York-style delicatessen named after comedian Myron Cohen; and the Isle Buffet, featuring more than 150 feet of hot and cold items and up to five display and exhibition cooking stations. In addition, 1,500 Vegas-style slots, a 34-table poker room, high-tech sports bar, wagering area over-
looking the track and a new Winner's Circle round out the additions. Topranked trotters and award-winning harness drivers are featured. (954) 972-2000; www.theislepompanopark.com See Spot Run: Dog Racing. Visitors to Greater Fort Lauderdale are also privy to some of Florida's best greyhound racing at Mardi Gras Racetrack and Gaming Center, formerly Hollywood Greyhound Track. Live dog racing, simulcast horse racing, and a poker room featuring multiplayer buy-in tournaments combine with casual dining and a fun flea market to bring a little bit of New Orleans to Greater Fort Lauderdale. Recent additions include more than 1,100 new slot machines. (954-924-3200; www.playmardigras.com The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood was an instant hit upon opening in spring of 2004. An 86acre resort on Greater Fort Lauderdale's beautiful Seminole Native American reservation, the Hard Rock features a colossal 130,000-square-foot casino offering more than 2,000 slot and video poker machines, and a 40-table poker room featuring everything from Seven-Card Stud to Texas Hold 'em. Outside the casino, visitors will enjoy the "Seminole Paradise," a 300,000-square-foot dining, shopping and entertainment district, a tropical pool lagoon area with water slides, a Contour Spa and, of course, a legendary Hard Rock Café. (954) 327-7625; www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com The Seminole Coconut Creek Casino will debut its $32 million facelift this month, the first phase of plans to transform the gaming site into a destination resort. Open 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek features over 1,100 gaming machines, live and tournament poker action plus a full bar and café. (954) 977-6700; www.seminolecoconutcreekcasino.com. Ride a Wave of Success with Gaming Cruises: Offering daily daytime and evening departures from port Everglades, SeaEscape® Cruises can entertain up to 900 passengers aboard a fully air conditioned, eight-deck cruise vessel, the SeaEscape M/V Island Adventure. The ship's outstanding casino features table games like Blackjack, Roulette, Craps and Mini-Baccarat as well as against-the-house poker games such as Let It Ride, Caribbean Poker, Three-Card Poker, and Pai Gow Poker. The casino holds more than 300 slot and video poker machines, and offers bingo. Live entertainment includes the Castaways Show Lounge, dancing at La Parranda Dance
Club and Sky Views Disco. A la carte dining is available at the Verandah Dining Room & Bar. Admission starts at $27.95; cruises last 5-6 hours. (877) 732-3722; www.seaescape.com.
Discovery Cruise Line® sails daily from Port Everglades to Grand Bahama Island. Discovery offers oneday tours, which depart before 8 am and return at 10 pm, giving passengers ample time to explore Grand Bahama Island, as well as "Cruise n' Stay" package that allows passengers to overnight on the island and return whenever they wish. The casino features table games such as blackjack, roulette and craps, as well as three-card poker and oasis stud poker. More than 125 slot machines are also offered. Discovery cruises also feature three lounge areas for drinks and dancing, three restaurants and a pool. Rates start at $125. (800) 937-4477; www.discoverycruise.com
That's the Way the Ball Bounces Jai-Alai: Looking for some even faster action while in Greater Fort Lauderdale? Try Dania Jai-Alai in Dania Beach. A thrilling, high-speed game played with a hardball traveling at speeds up to 180 mph, Jai-Alai is known as the "world's fastest ballgame" by the Guinness Book of World Records. At Dania Jai-Alai, visitors can place bets on the outcomes of these exciting matches. The facility also features live simulcast horse racing and a poker room with games like Seven Card Stud and Texas Hold 'em. Dania Jai-Alai is undergoing a major renovation and is expected to open its new casino complex in 2008. www.dania-jai-alai.com.b
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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
DEPOT CABANA BAR AND GRILL 2935 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale Adjacent to the America’s Best Inn and Suites (in case things go really well during Sunday and Wednesday karaoke). Friendly vibe, poolside.
2740 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale Cozy neighborhood bar. Karaoke, drag shows, Patio Bar – and open at 9 a.m. daily.
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.
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.
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.
3270 N.E. 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.
BILL’S FILLING STATION
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!).
2039 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Relaxing, friendly, hip, unique—the alternative gathering place on Wilton Drive. Wine tastings and events. Tuesday and Wednesday Late Night In the Biz.
PJ’S CORNER POCKET
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.
924 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale Interracial Private Social Club. Bottle club memberships. Get your groove back on Wednesday nights with $2 drinks.
300 S.W. 1st Ave., Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale Arts & Entertainment District meets South Beach. Friday nights they’re here, they’re queer, and they drink free from 10:30(ish) to Midnight. Only House Music club in town with its own Classical (and classically-chiseled) violinist.
1508 N.E. 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?).
2829 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Nexus of the A-Gay List. Be Seen in the Scene (without making one). Food, folks, libations, and a killer Sunday Funday.
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, great staff.
BOARDWALK 1721 North Andrews Avenue, 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?
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)!
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 meringue 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.
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ROSIE’S BAR & GRILL
SCANDALS SALOON 3073 NE 6th Avenue, 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.
205 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Levis-and-leather neighborhood bar, where the bears line dance and the cowboys are VERY friendly.
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. 954.561.1724.
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.
111 S.W. 2nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale Gay and mixed every Sunday, with afternoon T-Dance and drink specials, then the popular Life’s a Drag show with gobs of female impersonators, hot dudes and the chicks who want to change them.
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. 954.414.8300.
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‘JUMP ON’ THE HOPPER
"Fort Lauderdale is slowly but surely cultivating its own kind of casual glam that works well for this friendly beach town. In the last few years, this wallflower has blossomed into a sophisticated, trendy new presence and is enjoying her time in the spotlight." – Ivan Quintanilla, Traveling IQ
The Hopper is a safe and free transportation service that runs throughout Oakland Park and Wilton Manors and supports all local businesses. The idea of The Hopper is to create ways for the local community and international tourists to find a safe and economical way to enjoy the area and the great businesses we have to offer. Bobby Blair, CEO of Multimedia Platforms says that the Hopper will further promote “our online and print publications in a way to ensure that we continue to offer the very best circulation and reach in the market today. It brings us great pleasure to know tourists and locals will be reading our publications as they are transported around Wilton Manors and the Fort Lauderdale area.” The rollout of the venture started with two cars that will run in the evenings. By June 1st, they will add a day car, with the intention to add cars as demand grows to service the areas. As it stands now, the Hopper will shuttle people between the bars on the drive and outer bars, such as Boardwalk and Monkey Business on Andrews Ave, Mona’s on Flagler, all the way to Cosmo’s on East Oakland Park Blvd. In the future, the Hopper will also
service all the Gay Guesthouses in the area. Jeff Sterling, President of Sterling Tax, said Tuesday, “I am so excited to be working with Multimedia Platforms on the venture. When the Green Hopper closed, it left a void for a free shuttle service in the area. We are very excited to help local small businesses flourish. Most businesses here in Fort Lauderdale are small and we need to attract locals and visitors to all we have to offer and help the area thrive.” Kevin Hopper, Publisher of Mark Magazine and the Florida Agenda (and no relation to the machine!), said, “As the Drive continues to grow, so does a need for convenient transportation. I’m excited the Hopper is filling that void.” Mark Haines, founder of Mark’s List, said Tuesday, “This is an innovative way to reach locals and travellers while they are out in Wilton Manors. Mark’s List is working on an initiative that will allow Droid and iPhone users to access the site for instant updates and specials using QR Codes that will be made available to Hopper riders. This new feature of the site will make use of the information on Mark’s List in a dynamic way and build business along Wilton Drive.”b
Experts on Gay & Lesbian Travel www.jumponmarkslist.com
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GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE REAL ESTATE: Is it Time to Buy? Last month, the South Florida SunSentinel.com reported that median existing home prices in Broward County, Florida – including the Greater Fort Lauderdale area - rose more than 6 percent in the first quarter of 2011. The Sun-Sentinel reported that “according to the Florida Realtors [i]n February, the median of $167,000 skyrocketed 22 percent from a year ago — the county's largest increase in any month since December 2005.” The story went on to note that “Broward's prices are stronger, at least for now, because its supply of homes is smaller.” “When inventory levels fall, buyers compete for fewer properties, which can lead to bidding wars and price increases,” it said.
The newspaper reported that an “analysis of all property types by Move Inc. showed that Broward's inventory level dropped by 12.45 percent in February from January, the largest decline in the nation.” b
In Jan 2011, Fort Lauderdale was named “Best Destination” from Amazing Gay Awards. "Fort Lauderdale continues to reign supreme as one of the most popular gay destinations in North America. With a pioneer Convention & Visitors Bureau, Fort Lauderdale is a leader in the glbt market." –
Gina Gatta, President, The Damron Company
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FORT LAUDERDALE TOURISM STRONG IN 2010 Gains in Domestic, International Arrivals Outpace Rest of Florida
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Outpacing the rest of Florida, Greater Fort Lauderdale recorded a 2.6 percent increase in total visitors in 2010, according to yearend estimates. Spending in the local economy by the 10.84 million visitors also rose from $8.47 billion to $8.69 billion. Of those numbers, the LGBT visitors rose to nearly 1 million, They’re spending accounted for $1.1 billion in revenue for the area. Traffic at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Inter-national Airport jumped 6.4 percent. Statewide, Florida saw a 2.1 percent increase in visitors. "Given the realities of the economy over the past year, these are very impressive figures, clearly demonstrating that Greater Fort Lauderdale's tourism industry is reaping the rewards of hard work and creative marketing over the past few months. We have every reason to be optimistic about 2011 based on the success of 2010," said Nicki E. Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. Greater Fort Lauderdale will show a 2.7 percent increase in domestic visitors in 2010. Canadian visitors increased by 3.6 percent and Latin America by 2.6 percent, including a doubling of arrivals from Brazil, which is now Greater Fort
Lauderdale's second largest foreign market. Growth from Latin America was aided by increased air service from the region by Spirit Airlines and other carriers. Arrivals from Scandinavia, Europe, and the UK also showed modest gains, a reflection of the continued strengthening of the long-haul inbound vacation market. Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport's year-end figures showed 22,412,627 arriving and departing passengers in 2010, including 18,965,234 domestic travelers, a 5.2 percent gain over a year ago. Based on 2010 results and a slowly strengthening global economy, Greater Fort Lauderdale officials are forecasting 11 million visitors in 2011.b
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n this week’s issue of Style we relive the iconic movie Brokeback Mountain with Paul Rubio as he takes us on a tour of the breath taking beauty of Wyoming in Travel, we create a very British ‘mess’ with this week’s Recipe and get a spectacular insight into the life and world of Rajée Love in Profile. We also sample a platter to pamper your taste buds at SAIA in Dining and get a kick in the ass back to the gym in Fitness. Enjoy! H – AV
Spring Creek Ranch, Wyoming Travel PAGE 33 Return to Brokeback Mountain
Pamper Your Palate Dining PAGE 31
Pay Attention Avoid Costly Mistakes When You Work Out!
SAIA at the B Ocean Hotel
Fitness PAGE 28
Quick, Easy & Delicious!
Recipe PAGE 31 Photos courtesy, Paul Rubio, SAIA, iStock & Jean Doherty
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Your Workouts Demand Your Total Attention! Every time I hit the gym, I see certain things that really bug me. I’m basically a patient guy, but a few of these items need to be mentioned from time to time because they are mistakes that could affect you and your workouts. Don’t ditch free weights for machines. Sure, there are pros and cons for each. Machines are easy to adjust, you can’t drop them and, for the most part, you can zip from station to station quickly. But free weights give you more freedom and versatility. You can work more muscle groups, burn more calories and increase flexibility with free weights more than with variable resistance machines. Make free weights the center of your workouts and add machines to isolate those areas which need a little extra attention. Free weights require more exertion and planning, but isn’t that why it’s called ‘working out’? Don’t jerk the weights. Using proper form for each rep of each set is much more important than trying to break weight lifting records every time you lift.
By TOM BONANTI
If you increase your weights by 3 to 5 percent every two to three months or so, you are doing fine and making progress. Don’t hurry through your sets, and take your time and make each rep count. Paying attention to good form allows you to feel your muscle fibers contracting and stretching as they work. Jerking weights and hurrying through sets is a recipe for injury and injuries mean set backs and unwanted time off. Don’t gobble protein bars and guzzle sports drinks during your workouts. Most guys aren’t running a marathon or working out intensely for more than two hours. These are the situations where you need some extra calories during exercise. Save your bars for before – or especially after – workouts. As a rule, sports drinks contain far more sugar than you need; water is your best bet before, during and after gym time. Don’t put off your workouts. Your sessions – which should include cardiovascular training, weights and stretching – are important preventative measures
you are taking today to avoid health problems and expensive health care costs in the future. Be consistent with your work- outs and you will see and feel results as quickly as today! Don’t cancel workouts because you are too busy, too tired or lack motivation. The old saying, “I’ll think about it tomorrow!” may have suited lovely Scarlett O’Hara, but it won’t work for a big strong girl like you! Get your ass into the gym. No excuses. Don’t multi-task at the gym. When you work out, make sure to give it your all. Know what you intend to accomplish before you go through the front door. Keep track of your progress in a notebook. Pay attention to the tasks at hand – doing your cardio, lifting weights and stretching. Texting, talking on the phone and cruising all have their place, but when you’re at the gym, workout! Remember also that the gym is a public place – you don’t own it, so be considerate and don’t hog up machines or hover at stations just so that you can text or take a call. Your workouts are an
Don’t shoot yourself in the foot by making these mistakes in the gym.
important investment in yourself. Make each moment productive. Here’s to a happier, healthier, hunkier you!H
Tom Bonanti, is a certified personal trainer and owner of Pump’n Inc gym at 1271 NE 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, Facebook: TrainerTomB. www.pumpnincgym.com
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A Divine Experience Through Adversity to Blessings
By ALEX VAUGHN
Rajee has, through dance, fashion, music and literature, expressed her creativity for a number of years. She danced as a regular dancer on Dance Party USA, hit the radio airways with her debut single "Stumble" and released three books. You have become successful in the face of adversity; please tell Agenda readers your story. From the age of 4, I felt like something was oddly different about me. At that age is when the kids in the neighborhood began to call me names like faggot and sissy. Throughout school they were relentless with bullying me; I was scared to tell my parents or my sister Kashmira because I felt very ashamed about it. In retrospect, my femininity was like the white elephant in the room. My father especially had a hard time with it and I remember feeling very scrutinized by him (before he passed away in 2004, he came to somewhat accept and he told that it didn't matter anymore. That I am his child and he loved me.) From young, I felt a sexual energy from heterosexual men. In high school, I became quite popular due to my participation in a number of extracurricular activities, my extensive volunteer work with the American Red Cross and I was chosen as a regular dancer for the national TV show Dance Party USA. But there was always the stigma over me that I was a queerdo. I managed to graduate from high school and received the Humanitarian Award from the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. Not able to deal with the scrutiny of my father anymore, I left home at the age of 21 and headed to South Florida. For some years I lived as an androgynous person and slowly my transgenderism came out on the physical. At that point I thought
that my life had been extremely difficult but boy, did the road get harder. You have had some very negative experiences when you started out, including some plastic surgery issues. Tell us some more about that. About eight years ago, I was brutally beaten-up by some guys that targeted me for being transgender. Two black eyes, busted and bloody lip, my face swollen from physical blows of hatred and bigotry. They called me horrible names like freak! The names hurt almost as much as the punches! I was scared to go to the police for fear of being re-victimized. I went home. Gut wrenching cries of hopelessness. Feeling like I don't have the strength to go on. I wanted to kill myself. As I lay in my pain with an ice pack on my face, suddenly I heard a voice. The voice was soft but sound. It said “balance my child.“ This wasn’t a dream – more an out of body experience that was extremely vivid and spectacular. That was the major turning point in my life! Another very challenging time in my life was when I experienced a bad reaction to black market silicone I had gotten put in my face. I began to get tumor-like nodules on the left side of my face. I felt like I was beginning to look like the elephant woman. Black market silicone is commonly done in the Trans community; it's a quick and relatively inexpensive way to feminization. But I'm realizing now often times not without a price. For about 13 years, I have been speaking at many venues around South Florida for the Yes Institute. How did you come back from this? By the grace of God! I'm blessed to have a mother that has always been in my
Rajée Love is a Transgender Activist and a Motivational Speaker.
corner. Even when she was not able to understand me being transgender, her love and support has always been a constant in my life. Also Dr. John J. Martin has been wonderful. He said because of all the work I do with Yes he wanted to help me. For a small cost he performed surgery on my face to remove the nodules. How has your writing helped you? I have a total of three books published. They are The Windows to My Soul (a collection of poetry), The Hand I Was Dealt (Transgender novel) and The Writing of a Demi God (writings on my spiritual journey). I have always loved expressing myself through creativity and writing has been one of the vehicles I have used to do that. I have always had the burning desire to connect with the souls of people and I've found that my writing has afforded me the opportunity to do that. It has also been therapy for me. How do you feel general attitudes towards the gay community and transgendered issues are changing? We have come a long way. I believe that because we are getting more credible exposure in the media, society isn't as ignorant about gay and transgender people. Also, with gay and trans protection being added to the human rights ordinances around the country people are held more accountable for the treatment towards us. Why do you think support of transgendered individuals is so far behind acceptance and support of the gay community? I think it has a lot to do with the way we were being represented in the media. We are often mocked and I feel people think we have taken it too far. Every society has their gender rules. The way a woman should act and the way a man should act in that society. So, when you are someone caught in-between, it makes people very uncomfortable. I had family members ask me why I couldn't have just been gay. All we are trying to do is match our body with our brains. Scientists have now found that during pregnancy the fetus brain develops as one gender and the body develops as the other. So, a baby is born with the brain and body not matching. Hence, Transgender people! What advice would you offer young people who are coming out, or discovering who they really are? When I was growing up, GLBT youth did not have the resources that are available to youth today. Because of the lack of support, I felt very alone. For GLBT people, that can be our worst enemy. I would recommend that young people try and find some sort of support group in their community. I would like young people to know that it is extremely important to live your authentic self. That there is a freedom in that, and I also want them to know that it gets better.
What do you enjoy about being part of the community here in South Florida? I feel that there is truly a GLBT community here in Wilton Manors (South Florida). As a very noticeable transsexual woman, I don't think I would do too well in somewhere like Mississippi. It’s so refreshing to see thriving GLBT people living and working together in a community. All of the gay businesses are also very refreshing. As a transgender woman, often times I am afraid to go in to certain areas of the city. With Wilton Manors, I feel safe to walk down the street. What negativity do you find here? I do still notice some divide within the GLBT community. I would love to see all the labelling stop and more unity. After all, whether you are Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender, we are pretty much in the same boat. More unity is what our community needs. Actually, I would love to see that for the entire world. I wish that everyone would realize that the beauty of this world is the diversity of it. We are all like flowers in God’s beautiful garden. I think of myself like a sunflower. They are oddly shaped, but so bright and beautiful. You have had strong support from some incredible people, including Mother Theresa and The Dalai Lama. It gives me great joy to share my creativity with people. Through my writing, music and presentations, I believe that I am fulfilling with divine purpose. I felt extremely blessed when I was acknowledged by Mother Theresa and the Dalai Lama, as well as most recently the President and First Lady. What is in store in the future for Rajee? I intend to continue my advocacy and humanitarian work here in the GLBT community and the world as a whole. I would like to continue my speaking on a larger scale (possibly get signed with a Speakers Bureau) and get more acting roles in movies. After playing the principle role of Aunt Norma in the movie Bella Maddo, I have the acting bug. It would be nice to see more trans actors getting roles in movies. Bella Maddo was the first of its kind: An all transexual cast playing nontranssexual roles. Black actresses had to eventually stop just playing maids in order for us to now have actresses like Halle Berry and Angela Bassett. When I pass away, I would like to pass away knowing in my soul that I made a loving and positive difference in the universe!H
Rajée lives in Fort Lauderdale where she is an activist for transgender world issues. For information on her gender workshop presentations, contact the Yes Institute in Florida. Rajée also does a show on Youtube called T-Talk.
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Feeling at Home in Paradise By MICHAEL FRENCH
I’ve lived in Florida at least part of the year for almost 50 years, before I-95, South Beach or Wilton Manors were ever heard of, and when Ft. Lauderdale was more famous for its Connie Francis movies than the gay mecca it is today. She must have been clairvoyant! In one of her movies she sang her hit single “Where the Boys Are.” South Florida, for me, is paradise. I’ve traveled from “Sea to shining Sea.” There isn’t anywhere else I wish to call home. Through the years I’ve endured hearing “these people down here!”, and just recently endured another tirade about
“these people” by a fairly new resident to Florida. I feel compelled to give my two cents. Florida’s demography is similar to that of the United States, plus, it’s a melting pot within a melting pot. People flock here, as past vacationers, corporate transfers, or trickle down one by one following their family, seeking the “good life.” All of them have one thing in common … great expectations! Ah, rose colored visions of living in paradise; the sun, palm trees, lazy days at the beach, no bone chilling winters … a 24/7 vacation! Reality, a place many new residents aren’t prepared to visit, hits them like a brick sooner or later after they’ve moved to Florida. Seemingly, all of a sudden the very reasons they fell in love with Florida lose their shine. Hmm, ever have a dating experience like that? New residents “wake up” to the fact they are NOT in New York, New Jersey, Michigan and certainly, not in Kansas anymore! It’s common to subconsciously expect the sense of belonging and roots which took decades to establish where they relocated from to magically “happen” in their new life Florida. People start nit-picking. Delis, bakeries, malls, the clubs, you name it, and especially “the people here”, just aren’t as good as from where these new comers came from. I’ve heard
people bemoaning countless times, “People just aren’t the same here, I have made friends but not as close as the friendships I had back home.” When someone says that, I pose these questions: “How long did it take to cultivate those friendships from where they came from, and what makes someone think similar relationships will be made in a matter of months, one, or two years?” “With that attitude, can’t one see the “wall” he is putting up that actually hinders building the exact quality of friendships he says he can’t find here?” Don’t compare where you came from to where you are! It’s smart advice in the dating game, and the same should be followed when you move to Florida. Every reason you fell in love with Florida still exists. Just think, ten really hot bathing suits can be had for the price of one chichi winter coat! Put yourself out there! Be the kind of person you want to be with. There are many GLBT sports teams, political groups and charities to join. Don’t count on the bars for social
substance. Do the same things in Florida which helped you create friendships “up north”. Be yourself, engaging, positive and people will be warm up to you. Invite new acquaintances to your home. Do I dare suggest a party? All great friendships start with “Hello”. There are wonderful people out there. It is a cliche, but very true, Florida, like everything else, will undoubtedly be what you make it. Don’t stop chasing your rainbow! Hey, life is short, you’re here now, you have the power to make it your HOME in paradise! What could be better than that?H
Michael French, is Agenda’s Home from Home columnist. Contact Michael at email@example.com
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A Room With a View
Pamper Your Palate at SAIA The B Ocean Hotel, on the site of the former Holiday Inn, continues the evolution of Fort Lauderdale Beach. Tucked in the left corner of the sleek and spacious lobby is its signature restaurant, SAIA. I am told the name is a play on the hotel’s location: the corner of Sunrise and A1A. I am not certain whether that is true or not, but if it is, it makes sense and is very clever. SAIA is anchored by an underlit bar offering a cocktail menu that goes beyond the typical variations on a cosmo. I fell in love with SAIA’s version of an Old-Fashioned. It is a tasty, refreshing blend of ginger, lemon, honey and Soju, a Japanese vodka. Ask your bartender to tone down the sweetness a tad, and you will be rewarded with a cocktail that is refreshing and spicy. It prepares the palate well for the delicious dishes to come. The dining room is subtle yet elegant, anchored in soothing tones of blue and grey. Tables line the floor to ceiling glass walls, which give diners a beautiful view of the ocean, something we locals too often take for granted. The dining concept at SAIA is that food is meant to be shared. The serving platters are large and accommodating for each well-presented dish. James, our server, offered an overview of the menu, and his knowledge of the various dishes and entrees
By TIM SLIVINSKI
that Chef Subin Chenkosorn has created was impressive. Too often, servers appear to know little or nothing about the food the menu offers. Not the case at SAIA. We began our journey with an order of Edamame. SAIA offers this traditional dish with a twist: You may order the soy beans salted or chili spiced or a combination of both. My dining partner and I opted for the combo. They were delicious, giving just the right amount of kick without being too spicy. Next up was the Ocean Blue Roll. It is a delectable combination of eel, avocado, boursin cheese and crab. It is then tempura fried. Quite honestly, I have never had a sushi roll quite like it. It is crunchy, creamy and fresh. The play of the fish with the cheese is a tasty contrast. Next up was a Crunchy Tuna Roll. Once again, we were treated to a fresh and beautiful roll offering spicy tuna, tempura flake, avocado, kiware and sprouts. It is topped with white tuna, cucumber and red tabiko. Spicy without being overly so, this roll is a must if you are a tuna lover. After a brief break, we next looked at the Share Plates Menu, which has several cool plate and hot plate selections. The Pork Tenderloin hot plate option caught my dining partner’s eye and it was an excellent choice. Fork
jean’s Eton kitchen Mess "Eton Mess" pays tribute not only to the place where it was invented, Eton College (which is one of Britain's most famous public schools, whose alumni includes 18 Prime Minister's of Great Britain), but also to the fact that the cream, strawberries and broken meringue are all mixed together in one big bowl that looks, really, like a bit of a mess. This is a very simple dessert that needs to be assembled just before serving so the pieces of meringue stay nice and crisp. Luckily, though, there are only three ingredients involved and most of the prep work can be done in advance. For starters, the meringue can be store bought or, if you prefer making your own as I do, then they can be made several days beforehand. Next, the cream can be whipped several hours in advance and stored in the refrigerator, and the strawberries can be cut and sweetened about an hour in advance. You can use as much meringue as you like in Eton Mess, you are the chef. • 1 pint heavy whipping cream • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract • 1 pound fresh strawberries • ¼ lb raspberries • fresh mint to garnish • 3 tablespoons granulated white sugar, or to taste In a large mixing bowl place the whipping cream, vanilla extract and 2 table-
spoons of sugar and stir to combine. Cover and chill the bowl and wire whisk in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. When chilled, beat the mixture until stiff peaks form. If not using right away, cover and place in the fridge. Place about one third of the strawberries in your food processor and process until just pureed. Cut the rest of the strawberries into bite-size pieces and place in a large bowl along with the pureed strawberries. Sprinkle some white sugar over the strawberries and stir to combine. Taste. Break the meringue into bite size pieces. Then fold the “mess” and meringue into the whipped cream. Place in long stemmed glasses. Top with a whole strawberry, and a few raspberries and a sprig of fresh mint. Serve immediately.H
Jean Doherty is the Chef and Owner of Le Patio Restaurant in Wilton Manors (954) 530-4641
tender pork arrives in a sweet soy ginger sauce with enoki mushrooms. Plated in such a way that made it so easy to share, we were impressed that the sauce, while sweet in a subtle way, was not cloying so as to overpower the pork. The Hamachi Jalapeno plate that James recommended, was an achievement in a perfect harmonious blend of flavours, thin slices of Himachi with jalapeno chili and ponzu sour orange sauce, cilantro and daiko decorated the platter. It nearly melted in my mouth as each flavor had its moment of glory. Every dish we ordered allowed all the flavors to come through, without any one ingredient overpowering the others. This suggests a careful attention to the finer details of making each dish so that diners truly experience the array of flavors suggested in the description. Having no room for dessert — maybe next time! James offered to demonstrate a unique feature of SAIA’s after dinner cordials and cocktails. He arrived at our table with what looked like a heavy copper cylinder. He then proceeded to place a small block of ice within the cylinder and then topped it with what looked like a plunger. About 90 seconds later, he revealed a perfect ice sphere. Your selected cordial is then poured into the glass containing the ice sphere. As James explained, the spherical ice melts much
SAIA @ B Ocean Hotel 999 N. Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 954-302-5252 more slowly than traditional ice cubes, hence lessening the “watering down” of your cocktail while keeping it chilled. It’s a clever, fun way to conclude a meal. Friendly, knowledgeable staff, beautifully presented plates, perfectly seasoned and prepared dishes, gorgeous ocean views — SAIA possesses it all in a comfortable setting that lets you relax and leisurely enjoy each new course you order. If you have not yet done so, say “yes” to SAIA!H
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Spring Creek Ranch, Wyoming Return to Brokeback Mountain By PAUL RUBIO ince hitting the big screen that fateful weekend in 2005, Brokeback Mountain ignited a fiery GLBT love affair (and profound carnal lust) for the cowboys and snow-capped peaks of Wyoming. The romance between Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal and that unforgettable “spit” scene renewed a lost bond between gay men and the American West. But more than phenomenal acting and a gratuitous soft porn scene, the movie showcased jaw-dropping landscapes that often stole the spotlight from Jake’s baby blues and pronounced crotch bulge. Though “Brokeback Mountain” is a fictitious place, the raw nature of Wyoming is very much a reality. And while the 1960s homophobia depicted in the film prevails throughout much of Wyoming, tourist-centric Jackson Hole has evolved as a liberal enclave in the land of lassos, grizzlies and western studs. In fact, on the outskirts of Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park, Spring Creek Ranch (307.733.8833; www.springcreekranch.com) welcomes the GLBT community to bask in the frivolity and fantasia of one of America’s most beautiful natural playgrounds.
As the name implies, Spring Creek Ranch is indeed a ranch, but don’t expect strapping hunky cattle herders with chaps to interfere with your activities. This is a luxe “dude ranch,” catering to guests seeking a modern “Wild West” experience of horseback rides, toasty fireplaces, chuck wagon dinners, easy access to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, and the full range of woodsy, rustic chic cabins and mountain homes offering inspirational panoramas. Spread over one thousand acres of serenity, the ranch’s fabulous accommodations begin at the economical price point of $170/night for “Inn Rooms,” graduating to more spacious “Condominiums” and maxing out at around $2000 +/night for 5000 square foot “Mountain Villas.” Just because it’s super gay friendly doesn’t mean you’ll find rainbow flags in the lobby; it is simply an all-welcoming ranch that has staunchly supported the gay community since its opening day. With each passing season, both the ranch and the surrounding landscapes assume new personalities, ultimately succumbing to the omnipotence of Mother Nature. Winter’s snow ushers in
stark panoramas of white, snow-flaked elk scavenging for remaining plant life, opportunity for exhilarating dog sledding and snowmobiling, and of course award-winning skiing. In fact, Spring Creek Ranch shares its downhill skiing slopes with uber-exclusive and ultraexpensive Amangani, a private enclave within Spring Creek Ranch. Amangani may garner accolades year after year as a top skiing destination, Wyoming’s colors are in full bloom by summer, when the national parks unveil the most brilliant blue skies and stunning layers of green in picturesque mountain meadows; and resident wildlife frolic and fraternize in what feels like extended summer recess. But more than mountains, buffalo, elk, and wolves, Yellowstone showcases the globe’s most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, facilitating a hydrogeological rapture that’ll blow your mind. Yellowstone’s active volcanic turf is home to half of the world’s geysers, none more predictable than Old Faithful, who shoots his load (of hot water and steam) like clockwork every 91 minutes. The liquid rainbows produced by bacteria living in the Giant Prismatic Spring rank
as one of the most remarkable sights I’ve seen in 15 years of professional travel. Further north in the park, Yellowstone’s “Grand Canyon,” wows onlookers, a 900 feet deep, half- a-mile wide demonstration of nature’s sanctioned power and prowess. I was seventy countries deep into my travels when I finally made it to the American West last July. I had combed the world over to pen my thoughts on Earth’s most exotic, remote and iconic locales, only to discover this pinnacle of beauty right here in America’s backyard. At risk of growing sentimental and even cheesy, I’ll conclude by telling you that a trip to Wyoming’s national parks is fantastically experiential and that Spring Creek Ranch is one place in the American West where you can live out that Brokeback Mountain fantasy. Jake Gyllenhaal won’t be there to guide you, but your own mountain memories will supplant and even triumph over the vivid movie in your mind.H
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Fort Lauderdale IGLTA'S ANNUAL GLOBAL CONFERENCE Unleash your hidden talents at IGLTA's Annual Global Convention. Professionals from around the world will unite in Fort Lauderdale May 1015, 2011, to network, educate, brainstorm and take LGBT tourism to unprecedented levels. Educational programming, Unleashed 2.0, will serve as the cornerstone of future business development. Sessions will cater to all experience levels in social media, internet marketing and new travel technology trends to help you reach customers in a more efficient way. Mark your calendars now! This will be the must-attend event of 2011. Don't let your competitors leave you behind.H
GLBX AFTER HOURS Thursday May 12, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., at The Manor, 2345 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Attend the GLBX as they launch their new interactive website, including a Member Spotlight (which highlights a member/business twice a month), a blog for members, calendar for all GLBX members to post events, business bios for each After Hours host, links to your website and Facebook, directory of all GLBX members, GLBX member discounts/deals available to highlight your specials.H
THE RICHARD CORTEZ SHOW Wollenberg Records and the Manor Entertainment Complex proudly present The Richard Cortez Show on Thursday, May 19, from 9 p.m. to midnight. The Manor is located at 2345 Wilton Dr. in Wilton Manors. No cover. Join award-winning singer, songwriter and recording artist, Richard Cortez for a vaudeville-inspired variety show. Introducing the mean girl of Wilton Manors, comedian and master of ceremonies, Robert Marks. Returning: the star of “Blood Brothers” at Slow Burn Theatre Company, Lisa Braun, and the winner of the 2011 Bushman World Ukulele Video Contest, Eric Jaffe, plus special guest as seen on Logo, award-winning and critically acclaimed Washington, D.C.-based singer-songwriter and gay activist, Tom Goss.H
FUNDRAISER FOR JAPAN On Wednesday May 25 from 8pm to 1am, Convict Promotions brings you Diana Kramers Dinka Designs Fashion Fundraiser for Japan. Proceeds from this event goes to the Clemente Bornacelli fund which helps directly with this crisis. The fundraiser will be held at Delux Nightclub, 16 E Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. Music provided by D.J. X and the emcee of the night is Chuck Dogg of the X102.3 and Studio 202. The fashion show part of the event begins at 10pm and goes until 11pm so be there early for free. Visit www.clementebornacelli.com.H
out in florida
Miami NINA FLOWERS RETURNS TO CLUB SUGAR Friday, May 20, from 9:30 p.m. to 3 a.m., at Club Sugar, 2301 SW 32nd Ave in Coral Gables. Back by popular demand after her electrifying performance last time, she'll set the stage on fire. House Music in the Main Room with D.J. Jarell. Hip Hop & Latin in the Spice Lounge with D.J. Dave. Shows by resident divas resident divas TP and Sasha Lords. Hosted by Alex Infiniti. $5 house drinks and $4 domestic beer all night long, 2 for 1 drinks ‘til 11:30 p.m.H
HOUSE MUSIC CRUISE 2011 The Sistah Sojourn Travel Club Presents the second annual Old School House Music Cruise sailing from Saturday, May 21 to Thursday, May 26, and cruising from Miami, to Jamaica, to Grand Cayman back to Miami. Featured deejays will include: Farely Jackmaster Funk, Gene Hunt, Melvin Gentry, Omar Abdullah and more. If you haven’t already booked your spot, do so today at www.housemusiccruise.com or call (708) 3747824. Use promo code “JACKIE” for special prices. This will sell out so reserve your spot today. Just $50 holds your spot.H
SIZZLE MIAMI May 26 – 29, 2011, in Miami. Partyseekers from around the world convene in sunny Miami, Florida, celebrating life, pride and liberty. Originally a one-day occurrence, Sizzle Miami has evolved into a 5-day smorgasbord of captivating day-time events and pulsating nightlife. Although Sizzle participants are mostly comprised of African-Americans and Latinos, all races are welcomed and encouraged to participate. For more info, visit www.sizzlemiami.com.H
BRITNEY SPEARS AT AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA See Britney Spears live on the Femme Fatale Tour with special guest Nicki Minaj and opening performances by Jessie and the Toy Boys and Nervo. Tickets now on sale at Ticketmaster.com. Get your tickets now if you'll be a part of this epic Britney Spears Femme Fatale Tour. The concert will be held on Friday July 22, 2011 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami.H
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BEAR SOUP MIX
CUCA LA RACHA @ CAMP DRAG
Saturday, May 12, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Flamingo Resort, 4601 34 Street in St. Petersburg. Special daily rate of $59.99. For reservations use code #1013. Make your reservations soon. All bears are welcome invite your friends and their friends.H
Wednesday, May 25, from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Parliament House, 410 N Orange Blossom Trail (W Livingston St) in downtown Orlando. Come see Cuca drag it up at Camp Drag. You never know what this crazy girl is going to end up doing so come out to be surprised and entertained.H
SOUND GARDEN TRIBAL DANCE
ORLANDO BLACK PRIDE
Join D.J. Power Infiniti and Sound Garden Hosts, Chhoy Sutimek and Alexis DeLaMer, for a fun in the sun Tribal T-Dance Party on the Chelsea's newly remodeled patio. $5 Double Long Island Iced Teas, $5 Any Absolut Drink and $2 Chslea Shots. Free prizes no cover from 3 to 4 p.m., 4 p.m. $5 cover. 18 and up with a valid ID. On site security, ample free parking at the Be Who You are Bar. This is a not to be missed daytime, outdoor party. Saturday, May 14 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Chelsea Nightclub, 1502 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa.H
May 31 to June 5, 2011; Orlando Black Pride brings thousands of LGBTers together for a long weekend of events and entertainment. There are parties for the fellas, the ladies and everything in between and you can find all the great events on the official website. So head out to Orlando and get ready to party... www.orlandoblackpride.com.H
FIRE AND ICE WEEKEND AT ST. PETE PRIDE Florida’s only Gay beach party of the summer with world renowned deejay, Luis Perez spinning Saturday. Fire & Ice Weekend represents what is so hot about a party on the beach and what is so cool about supporting St. Pete Pride. The very retro Postcard Inn (6300 Gulf Blvd.) on St Pete Beach will play host to the private gay party for the largest pride celebration in Florida on Friday, June 24 from 1 to 7 p.m. Highlights of the weekend include Friday’s Fire Party that includes the hottest pool and beach event of the summer. Friday also includes St. Pete Pride’s Kick-Off Party at Georgie’s Alibi. Saturday will bring the parade and promenade at St Pete Pride. The highlight of the weekend will be the Saturday Ice Party with D.J. Luis Perez. Saturday also has a special Woman’s Retro Party that provides special music and unique inclusions. Sunday will focus on a festival Beach Party including our pool party and beach pavillion, dancing on the beach, and the beautiful Gulf of Mexico open for business all day. Later attend the St. Pete Pride Closing Party at Flamingo Resort. Te reserve rooms you must visit: www.alandchuck.travel.com.H
THE SUNDAY BBQ IS BACK Ybor Resort and Spa, 1512 8th Ave. (15th Street) in Ybor City. Every Sunday at 5 p.m. Lots of hot flavorful guys here lining up for some buns, wieners and other tasty items. Come on down and put some sun on those buns in our open-air tropical Asianthemed patio with Jacuzzi. Remember: what happens at the resort stays at the resort.H
A NIGHT OF PERPETUAL COMEDY The Orlando Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence present a night of perpetual comedy on Thursday June 2. featuring the talents of improv comedians formerly of the Comedy Warehouse at Disney's Pleasure Island and benefitting The Sister Claire Annette Blowood Memorial Granting Fund. Show times are 8 and 10 p.m. Cover: $7 suggested donation. To be held at the Parliament House, 410 N Orange Blossom Trail (W Livingston St) in downtown Orlando.H
GAY DAYS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD June 2 through 5, 2011 in Orlando The long standing Gay Day at Disney has morphed into a weeklong celebration at the theme parks of Orlando. The days are focused on the parks and pool parties, the nights are packed with dance parties at various venues. One point of confusion, two promoters run events during the week, each with their own events and their own host hotels: Gay Days - the original group is still quite popular, especially among folks more interested in the park-focused events and connecting with others.H
BACK DOOR BUMBY Revolution Nightclub (375 S. Bumby Ave (408) in Downtown Orlando) along with GRINDR and MyFlexRadio presents: “Back Door Bumby: Enter Through the Back” every 3rd Thursday of the month. This is Orlando's premier college night as you've never seen it before. No cover when you show your GRINDR or MyFlexRadio App. No cover ‘til 11pm for those 21+ (18+ welcome) and no cover ‘til 12 midnight with college or theme park ID. Free drinks 11 to 11:30 p.m. Drinks specials throughout the night. Performances by: Shantell D’Marco and Macaviti. D.J. Joanie on the decks in the disco area and V.J. J.B. Burgos in the Hydrate Video Bar.H
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COMPUTER SERVICES FREE BRIEF COMPUTER ANSWERS BY ERIC AT THE STONEWALL LIBRARY BY APPOINTMENT Also Affordable In-Home, Installations, Tutoring, Virus Disinfection & Troubleshooting. Knowledgeable, Personable Service. Call Eric (954) 903-4383 or firstname.lastname@example.org ** OPTIMA** COMPUTER REPAIR-COMPLETE IN HOME SERVICE. Get the best performance, protection & value from your computer investment, *A+ Hardware & OS CERTIFIED. *Friendly, professional, RELIABLE service. Reasonable rates. Call Mike (954) 817-3883
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EMPLOYMENT SOUTH BEACH Part-time sales associate for adult bookstore. Send resume to email@example.com NEW MIAMI BAR A Beautiful and upscale New Gay Bar located in the heart of Downtown Miami is opening soon - we are looking for Barbacks, Security, Bartenders, Cocktail Servers, DJ's, MC, VIP Host, Cashier, Male Dancers. Also looking for an experienced Bar Mgr. and Dance Mgr. Excellent Pay and benefits. Send Photos, Resume, Contact Info to:firstname.lastname@example.org TWIST. The popular gay bar in South Beach seeks responsible applicants with experience for the following positions; Bartender, Bar back, Door host and Security. Candidates should be friendly, hardworking and a team player. Apply online: email@example.com EXPERIENCED SERVER POSITION AVAILABLE Apply in person at The Depot Cabana Bar & Grill M-F 12-5 FULL-TIME STYLIST WANTED! Looking for a stylist with a following! Position comes with full medical benefits. Call 954-873-3889
REAL ESTATE Call JOANN MARCUS, THE BUYER'S AGENT! Tell me about yourself, what you're looking for and I'll do ALL THE WORK FOR FREE! Ease your mind and save your time! Visiting from out of town and don't know who to call? Call JOANN MARCUS, THE BUYERS AGENT! 954 940-1244 Hot Deals, Foreclosures, Short Sales, and Rentals. Kensington & Company POPULAR TOWNHOUSE COMMUNITY: located just off Wilton Drive. This is a 2/2.5 w/ large private patio/deck and hot tub. Tile flooring downstairs, credit towards new flooring for upstairs. WD in unit. Easy access to all the nightlife, shops, and restaurants on Wilton Drive. Pet friendly and investor friendly. NOT a short sale or foreclosure $189,000 Purchase with only 3.5% down. Call YOUR BUYERS AGENT, JOANN MARCUS (954)940-1244 Kensington & Company WILTON MANORS/FT LAUDERDALE Large 1/1, CAC, Updated, Private Patio and Parking, W/D, in a 4 unit gay complex. Drive by and see the cleanest apt. in the area! 15 NE 16th St. $850/mo. I will work with you on movein costs! Call Nick (954)805-1195 WILTON MANORS 1/1 Tile, $825/mo. incl. elec/water. Clothing optional pool, 9-unit gay complex, yard/patio. 125 NW 25th St. No Dogs. 954.326.9096
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RENTALS / FTL FT LAUDERDALE BEACH DUPLEX Spacious 2/2 unit with pool, front and back patio, W/D, full kitchen, parking, 2 minute walk to the beach! Pets OK w/ dep. $1850/mo+dep. (954)551-8621 OAKLAND PARK- LG STUD- loft style gated apartment with private patio, large closet, brand new bathroom, no kitchen. All utilities incl. with internet! $500/mo F/L (954)553-8616 WILTON MANORS 2/1 Condo CAC, screened porch, overlooking the Middle River and pool on the 3rd floor. Excellent condition, $850/mo $1800 move in. Nice sized bedrooms, great complex at Wilton Shores East Bill Corey, Realtor 954-249-2009 or firstname.lastname@example.org FORT LAUDERDALE/WATERFRONT! 2/2 Sub-Penthouse, completely renovated. New kitchen, new baths, new tile! Dockage available. Heated pool. Gym. $1500/mo, F/L/S Robert MacKilligan, Galleria Intl. (954)234-8759 DOWNTOWN FORT LAUDERDALE - 7th floor corner unit 2/2 NYC-style NOLA loft, tall ceilings, stainless steel appliances, walk-in closets, washer/dryer, balcony, impact windows, fitness center, pool, hot tub, parking for 2 cars; sorry, no pets. Credit/employment history req., 1st/last/security. $1,700/mo. Cable/ water/trash incl. Joseph Schutz, 954-4617895 http://Joseph.ExitRyanScott.com WILTON MANORS - Walk to the Drive! Small 1/1. Partially furnished (double bed, couch and large TV + some kitchen items) Tile throughout. Ceiling fans, 2 A/C units. $640/mo. $300 sec. dep. (954)565-5898 FORT LAUDERDALE Renovated 3 room studio or 1BD w/pool, spa, & balconies. Each has prvt W/D, SS, CAC, granite, tropical fenced yard. Pets OK. Available immediately $575+/$775+ Call (954)270-8071 AVENUE LOFTS PENTHOUSE - 3/2 corner penthouse 2,200 sqft. French doors, upgraded stainless steel appliances, European cabinetry, washer/dryer, 12' ceilings, elegant jacuzzi in Master bath, walk-in closets, balconies, impact windows/doors, secure entrance, private covered garage. Community pool, exercise room. Minutes from Las Olas, beaches, dining. Pets under 20 lbs ok., AVAIL 6/1/11, $2,200 O/B/O, 1ST/LAST/SEC and decent credit req. Joseph Schutz, 954-461-7895 http://Joseph.ExitRyanScott.com
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By CLIFF DUNN Tonight, May 12, Juiceblendz hosts its Pride Center Night from 6 to 10 p.m. The event will be held at the Juiceblendz store in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors, 2248 Wilton Drive, with 20% of all proceeds from the purchase of smoothies, wraps, or sandwiches benefiting the Pride Center at Equality Park. Order up – it’s for a good cause.
There’s Life in the Old Girl Yet
One of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s few unchanging landmarks – no, not Miss Kitty from Bill’s – celebrated its 61st Anniversary last month. While most of us have noted the passage of time upon our own visages, the heritage Gateway Theatre – at the curve where Sunrise Boulevard meets Federal Highway – has remained (largely) unchanged through the decades. (Yes, she’s showing her wrinkles and there are sights and scents only to be found in a building designed during the Truman Administration, but still…) Opened in 1950 by the once mighty Miami-based Wometco Enterprises as a single screen venue, its acquisition in the 1980s saw its conversion into a fourtheater Cineplex, although much of its original style has been preserved. Among other cinematic events past and present, the Gateway was the site of the 1960 world premiere of “Where the Boys Are”, the movie that helped put Fort Lauderdale on the cultural map.
ROOMMATE WANTED-FT. LAUDERDALE- Furnished room with private bath, W/D, Jacuzzi, private patio, lakeview. All utilities incl. $125/week available immediately . (954)803-0885 MIDDLE RIVER POOL HOME F2 housemates sought for 3 bedroom beautiful renovated Middle River Terrace pool home. $650 per month Call Bob (954) 646-1605
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DIGNITY FT LAUDERDALE - Roman Catholic Mass every Sunday 7 PM at Holy Angels CC 2917 NE 6th Ave, Wilton Manors. Monthly socials and more. There is always room at our table. Dignityftl@bellsouth.net.
the majority of servers who work at the other competing eateries). Best of luck to the Big Kahuna Burgers themselves, owners Jackson Padgett and Mark Negrete, and Georgie’s G.M., Vince Frato.
Mars Needs Men
Camp Mars, South-central Florida’s premier private membership campground for gay men, is swimming – literally – with events and activities to make your May more memorable. The camp, opened in 2002, is just two hours from most large Florida cities and attractions. Owners Tom Costello and Dale Dunston host guests with 40 acres of green pastures, lush tropical foliage, nature trails, ponds, creeks, oak hammock and heated in-ground pool, as well as free Wi-Fi throughout the campgrounds. Among the events and activities happening through the rest of this month are Prom Weekend, May 13 through 15, Spring Camp Weekend, May 20 through 22, and wrapping up the month, Memorial Day Weekend on Mars, May 27 through 30. Tom and Dale invite you to enjoy a true camping experience, from primitive tenting to unique rental cabins, as well as huge 30 and 50 amp full hookup R.V. sites. Our deepest condolences to South Florida Gay News CEO and principal Piero Guidugli on the loss of his partner of many years, Jack, who passed last month after a lengthy illness. A gentleman and a gentle man in all senses of the words, his loss is felt by many, and our thoughts go out to his loving partner and family. “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” – Helen Keller
CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRITSONG Welcomes you to come and worship with us every Sunday at 10 am and every Wednesday night at 8 pm. We meet at the SpiritSong 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.
The Parish of Sts. Francis and Clare 101 NE 3rd Street, just N of Broward and E of Andrews. 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
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PERFECT RELOCATION RENTALS – 3-6 MONTHS From $250/week & $900/month Beautiful Studio, 1 & 2 BR Apts. Turn key, fully furnished & equipped, clothing optional pool, laundry, parking. Close to Gay & Nude Beaches. Pets Welcome. Includes utilities, cable, telephone, Wi-Fi Internet. 954-927-0090 or visit www.LibertySuites.com
OAKLAND PARK ROOM FOR RENT - Looking for single female, quiet, respectful with no pets. $500/mo. Includes utilities, cable & Internet. W/D, share bath & kitchen, private entrance. Contact Abby 954-629-1662
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Georgie’s Alibi Fights to Keep its “Burger King” Crown A year ago, Georgie’s Alibi in Wilton Manors brought home the gold when the restaurant and bar was voted “Best Burger in Fort Lauderdale” during the Riverwalk Trust Burger Battle. This year’s Slaughter on the Water – sorry, Burger Battle II – takes place on Friday, May 13, from 7 to 10 p.m. on the lawn at the Riverside Hotel on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. As with last year, Alibi is the competition’s only gay restaurant (unless you count
"Osama bin Laden. Unless we think he's dead by now, in which case that guy who holds up the ‘GOD HATES FAGS’ sign." – Tina Fey, in the May issue of Vanity Fair, asked “Which living person do you most despise?” (This interview occurred months before bin Laden’s much-deserved Exit-StageDead: is Fey psychic – and if so, can she get Open for Business this week's winning LOTTO numbers?)H
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