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Thirty years ago Sunday, on June 5, 1981, the first cases of what would become known as AIDS were reported. The disease that was centered in San Francisco was first detected in Los Angeles. Those first cases were reported as "Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP)." A UCLA researcher, Dr. Michael Gottlieb, published articles about "otherwise healthy young gay patients experiencing fungal infections and PCP" in the Centers for Disease Control's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The articles caught the attention of doctors in the Bay Area, who noticed similar symptoms in their patients. San Francisco General Hospital admitted its first AIDS patient in July of 1981. By October, five months after the first cases were reported, the Centers for Disease Control declared the new disease an epidemic. A year later, the CDC gave the disease a new name – Acquired

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Ros-Lehtinen Co-Sponsors Pro-Gay Adoption Bill By JAMES MICHAELS MIAMI, FL – U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-18) became the first GOP co-sponsor to ban discrimination against gay adoptive parents. She will most likely be the only member of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to support the bill According to SAVE Dade, the U.S. Rep. of Miami, the nation's leading GOP lawmaker on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, has signed on to support the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, which would prevent local laws against gay parents adopting. SAVE Dade is Miami-Dade County’s largest gayrights group.



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Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). "They finally gave a name to the horror that was about to begin," said West Hollywood Mayor John Duran, who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1994. "For many of us, it has been all encompassing for most of our adult lives." The anniversary is top of mind for the hundreds of bicyclists who are spending this week raising money for AIDS research. The 7-day bike ride began in San Francisco Sunday morning and will end in Los Angeles next weekend. Riders say it's a life-changing effort for the riders. Organizers say the ride is designed to advance their shared interest to end the

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Despite being a member of the Republican Party, since taking office in 1989 Ros-Lehtinen has been a major supporter of equal rights for the LGBT community, bucking her party’s trend of discrimination to LGBT people. She regularly gets re-election endorsements from LGBT equal rights groups. Earlier this year, Ros-Lehtinen received the Public Service Stars from the Pride Center’s “Stars of the Rainbow” awards ceremony. For months, statewide and national LGBT organizations have lobbied RosLehtinen to add her voice in support of the Every Child Deserves a Family Act ‘ROS-LEHTINEN’ continues on Page 8


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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – The Broward County School Board has amended their non-discrimination policy to recognize transgender students. Any employee who discriminates against someone for any reason, race, ethnicity, gender and gender expression, may receive a punishment ranging from a warning to being fired. For years, transgender students were under constant fear of being mocked or harassed. Broward’s policies are now among the strongest in the state.H

The audience is a veritable fly on the wall as the couple slowly exposes secrets and yearnings during their one night fling. The play does contain full frontal nudity. Warning: Play Contains Full Frontal Nudity. Performances are Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 7:30 and 10 p.m. (no 10 p.m. shows after June 13) and Sundays at 7 p.m. There will be no performance on June 19. Tickets are $35. For the dinner and show package (at either Tropics Restaurant or Old Heidelberg) $60. The Rising Action Theatre is located at 1480 SW 9th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.H

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MIAMI, FL – WSVN has dropped the Spanish language talk show from their digital channel 7-2 lineup. Channel 7-2 is an affiliate of the Estrella TV Network and dropped the show, Jose Luis Sin Censura, due to complaints from gay activists and a Hispanic media coalition. The Gay Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) filed a complained earlier this year with the Federal Communications Commission. In response, AT&T and Time Warner Cable also stopped advertising on the show. According to a press release from GLAAD, last year the show broadcast sexual situations and anti-gay and antiLatin slurs. Some episodes showed the audience standing and shouting anti-gay comments and profanity at guests. WSVN is the only Estrealla affiliate to drop the program.H

KEY WEST, FL – Key West has a lot to be proud of – they recently tied with San Francisco for the title of “Best City for Unity Between Gays and Lesbians,” and they won hands down in “Best City for Unity Between Gays and Straights.” Both their city and county official mottos are “One Human Family.” Their LGBT leaders serve openly, and visitors are welcomed throughout the island. They show their Key West Pride every day, and this is your chance to be a part of the celebration! Join them for Key West Pride and enjoy dance parties, drag shows, bike tours, water excursions, a street fair, and even a parade through town. Their Miss Pride, Mr Pride and Ms Pride competitions are infamous for their fun and their skin. Make your plans now to attend Key West Pride. Most events are All Welcome. All events are uniquely Key West. For a full schedule visit

Boca Rap Group BOCA RATON, FL – Boca Rap is a lesbian discussion group that meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Intergenerational Volen Center (1515 West Palmetto Park Road in Boca Raton). The doors open at 6:30 p.m. for coffee and conversation. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Topics are decided upon by the group and programs, social events and speakers will be announced in advance. There is a $1 donation requested. For further information, call Sandy Flack at (561) 488-8444. For directions to the Volen Center, call (561) 395-8920.H

“Two Boys” Extended FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – The Rising Action Theatre has extended the play Two Boys in a Bed on a Cold Winter’s Night through June 26. The show is written by James Edwin Parker, directed by Jerry Jensen and features Angel Perez and Nigel Revenge. The steamy, sexy and sultry Two Boys in Bed on a Cold Winter's Night has been playing to sold out houses at Rising Action Theatre. James Edwin Parker's play is set in New York City in 1987. This play explores the sexual etiquette of onenight stands and is peppered with poignant, humorous and sly observations as its two boys yearn for a carefree time of days gone by.

Nepal Census Recognizes 'Third Gender' KATHMANDU, NEPAL -- CNN reported that Nepal's Central Bureau of Statistics is giving official recognition to gay and transgender people, a move seen as major victory for equality in a country that only decriminalized homosexual relationships three years ago. When census gatherers went door-todoor visiting 5.6 million households across Nepal this month, they collected information not only on the country's men and women, but also on a so-called third gender.H

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz recognizes LGBT Pride Month WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democratic National Committee Char U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL 22) has joined President Barack Obama in recognizing June as LGBT Pride Month: “This June, I join together with LGBT Americans across this country in recognizing PRIDE Month. That means celebrating the enormous strides that LGBT Americans have taken toward equality, but it also means rededicating ourselves to guaranteeing that all Americans – no matter their sexual orientation – are

looked upon as fully equal in the eyes of the law. “Thanks to the hard work of President Obama and LGBT activists across the country, we are now closer than ever to that goal. The outdated and discriminatory policy known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ has been repealed. The President has directed the Department of Justice to stop defending DOMA in court and declared it unconstitutional. The hate crimes prevention law has been expanded and we now have our nation’s first comprehensive HIV/AIDS strategy. The President continues to work to dispel the myth that bullying, particularly of LGBT students, is a harmless part of growing up and works each day to better the lives of LGBT Americans in every facet of American life. On the international stage, President Obama has shown global leadership in condemning anti-LGBT violence at the United Nations and took the opportunity at the National Prayer Breakfast to speak out against the 'odious' anti-gay legislation pending in Uganda. “Forty two years ago this month, LGBT Americans’ struggle for equal rights entered into the American consciousness when individuals at the Stonewall Inn decided to take a stand. In the four decades since, Americans across this country have kept up the fight for equality. This PRIDE Month, we recommit to this struggle for equality as we strive to finally make injustice and inequality things of the past.”H

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Discharges Live On ARLINGTON, VA – The Pentagon admitted that an Airman was discharged under the country’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law last April. Last December, Congress abolished “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” giving full rights to gays and lesbians to join the U.S. Military and President Obama signed the repeal legislation. The Department of Defense did not reveal full details or the name of the Airman discharged.H

“Glee” Star Trashes Fox News LOS ANGELES, CA – According to the Huffington Post, “Glee” star Jane Lynch took shots at News Corp and Fox News at the recent D9 Tech Conference despite her and the conference’s contractual allegiance to News Corp. Lynch portrays Sue Sylvester on the Fox network’s hit show, Glee. She also took shots at Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck. Lynch made the introductory speech at the conference and, in so doing, used her popular Sylvester persona in which she has won an Emmy award. The D9 Conference is put on by All Things Digital, which is also owned by News Corp. Lynch pretended that Sylvester was acting CEO of News Corp and was making changes while the actual News Corp CEO, Rupert Murdoch, was out of the country. “I'm launching a Fox News investigation into the young and fresh face cast of ‘Glee’” she said, joking about Fox News’


coverage of President Obama's birth certificate. “I have some inside information and I don’t believe one of them are real Americans. I’ve also convinced Glenn Beck to stay on at Fox for one final gig as a dying patient on ‘House’ -- with a horrendous malady. His sickness is consuming him from the inside out.” She then went on to Palin: “I’m pretty sure we got Sarah Palin to do a guest spot on ‘Glee’. She'll perform an original tune I penned: ‘Look at Me, I’m Batshit Crazy”.H

NY Support for Same-Sex Marriage Highest Ever ALBANY, NY – A new poll from Quinnipiac shows support for same-sex marriage in New York is at 58%, its highest point ever. According to the New York Daily News: “Voters in the survey backed legalizing marriage between same-sex couples 58-36%, 'higher than ever while statistically unchanged from 56-38% April 14.' Once again, we see a split along party lines: Democrats support legalization 72-23%, independents back it 58-34% and GOP voters are opposed, 64-34%. Men support same-sex marriage 58-37%; women, 59-34%.” The paper also reported that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has made a pitch to several Republican State Senators to support marriage equality recently.H

Former NC Candidate Arrested for Gay Rights Protest RALEIGH, NC – Following a “Rally for Equality” outside the North Carolina legislature last week, three protesters were arrested after busting in the House chamber and chanting while it was in session. Included in the arrest was former Senate candidate Jim Neal. About 200 people attended the rally. The three were charged with disorderly conduct. The protesters were with the activist group GetEQUAL. Witnesses said three to five people were involved, some shouting “Liberty and justice for all!” House Speaker Thom Tillis repeatedly banged his gavel, but kept the session running after the momentary disruption. The North Carolina General Assembly is considering two bills that would amend the state's Constitution to ban same-sex marriage and prevent businesses and municipalities from offering domestic partnerships, while nullifying benefits that already exist. Ian Palmquist of Equality NC, a gayrights group, issued a statement to the paper: “While we share the protesters’ passion for equal rights, we cannot condone today’s disruption of the House session.”H

“Ugly Betty” Star Claims Network Punishment LOS ANGELES, CA – Though it’s been over a year, “Ugly Betty” star, Eric Mabius, who played Daniel Meade, is still upset over the cancellation of the Continues on NEWS on Page 8


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and outlaw discrimination against gay and lesbian parents from adopting and fostering children. At SAVE Dade's 2011 Champions of Equality Awards Reception, Martin Gill, the plaintiff in the ACLU of Florida's case that successfully overturned Florida's 33-year ban on gay and lesbian adoption, delivered to Ros-Lehtinen a personal letter about his struggle to adopt his two sons. Martin's personal appeal worked. Within days of receiving Martin's letter, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen announced she will be the first Republican Member of Congress to co-sponsor the Every Child Deserves a Family Act. The Congresswoman spoke directly to Martin's personal message as the tippingpoint that influenced her decision: “There are many needy children in foster care who want a permanent and safe home environment. Right now, many individuals would like to provide a home for these children, but they are denied the opportunity due to laws relating to sexual orientation. A constituent of my Congressional district, Martin Gill, has given a public face to this dilemma and has fought these laws so that he and his partner can provide an orderly and warm home to their two adopted sons. I thank SAVE Dade for its leadership on this issue of non-discrimination.” Ros-Lehtinen was born in Havana, Cuba, one of two children born to Enrique Ros and his wife, Amanda Adato. She received her Bachelor of Arts in education and her Master of Arts in educational leadership from Florida International University. She attended the University of Miami, where she earned a Ph.D. in higher education. She ‘30 YEARS’ Continued from COVER

pandemic and human suffering caused by AIDS. In the past 30 years, 25 million people have died due to AIDS-related illnesses. Right now, more than 33 million people are living with HIV/AIDS. More than two-thirds of the current cases are in Africa, where the epidemic rages out of control despite prevention efforts. On the anniversary, however, hope is still powerful and, with advancements in medications, there is belief in the future. Michael Beatty is proof of the strides made since the disease was identified three decades ago. "There was a time in my life I never thought I'd live to see 30,” Beatty told 7NEWS Reporter Don Champion. He was infected in 1985. His diagnosis came at a time when the disease baffled doctors and scientists alike. Headlines back then referred to the disease as the "gay plague." The survival rate was zero percent. Things started to change as the development of drugs like AZT helped prolong lives. Years later, in 1995, the approval of protease inhibitors began bringing patients back to life. Hope was born. Dr. Benjamin Young, medical director at Rocky Mountain Cares, has studied HIV treatment since 1995. He admits that treatment is no longer a problem; instead, it is getting people tested. It’s a


was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1982 to 1986, and was then a one-term member of the Florida Senate before entering the House. Prior to entering political life, RosLehtinen was an educator and the owner/operator of a private school in Miami-Dade County. Upon her election to succeed the late Congressman Claude Pepper, she became the first Cuban American and the first Hispanic woman elected to the United States Congress. She is currently the most senior Republican woman in the U.S. House, and was the first Republican woman elected to the House of Representatives from Florida. She is chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, effective 2011. Ros-Lehtinen sides with the Democrats on many issues of gay rights. Her district includes large LGBT populations in South Beach, Miami Beach and in the Florida Keys. She is currently the only Republican member of the LGBT Equality Caucus and is a vice-chairperson. Although she is not a co-sponsor of the Uniting American Families Act, she supports anti-hate crime laws, anti-discrimination bills, believes gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve openly in the armed forces, is a sponsor of the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act, voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment and was a founding member (one of only two Republicans) and the only current Republican member of the LGBT congressional caucus. In December, 2010, Ros-Lehtinen was one of fifteen Republican House members to vote in favor of repealing the United States military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on openly gay service members. H

LOS ANGELES, CA – MTV’s new series, Teen Wolf, premiered June 5th, but not without controversy. The star of the new show, Colton Haynes, was in a photo feature of the now defunct gay

problem he blames on stigma. "The act of requesting a test can be seen as an admission of some sin and taboo,” Young said. “It's a barrier to getting tested. It's a barrier for doctors asking about getting tested." Colorado has played a major role in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The University of Colorado was the site of early research. The Denver Principles, which spell out rights and responsibilities of people living with HIV, were drafted here. The work hasn’t reduced the impact the disease has had on the state. According to Rocky Mountain Cares, between 350 and 500 new cases of HIV have been reported in Colorado every year since 1995. The numbers are one reason Beatty focuses his work on prevention. He works as Program Director of the Denver Element, a group that helps spread the word to gay men in the city. For Shannon Southall, it's about spreading the power of prevention to women. They make up more than half of infections worldwide. She tries to share a message that, Southall said, women in America have been slow to embrace, especially women of color. “It means we need to start doing more education. And not only with women that are putting themselves at risk, but also those who don’t realize they’re putting themselves at risk,” she said.

So, will we see a cure in the next 10 years? “That ‘C' word is a really big one,” Young said. “I'm very cautiously optimistic.” At 58, Forest Frantz is old enough to remember the fear and the hysteria. “I remember from the very beginning, reading the first article in the early 80’s and being scared to death,” he says. The epicenter may have been 90 miles away from him in San Francisco, but the shockwaves were felt in Sacramento. It was the early 1980’s, Frantz was 28 and gay men were dying horribly painful deaths. "And looking for every lesion, every, everything that could possibly be. I watched people die for all these years.” Skin lesions marked the earliest cases. ”My friend, we’re talking about thousands of men,” and a promiscuous Canadian flight attendant was branded patient one in the 1993 HBO Movie: And the Band Played On. At the time, the survival rate was zero. Diane Jones was a nurse at San Francisco General Hospital, “What is still happening is that if I sit down with someone and tell them they are HIV positive, they are still reacting the same way they did 30 years ago. Am I going to die? I can’t tell anybody.” Even today, the social consequences can be severe, and gay advocate Paul Luna says he knows people who’ve lost jobs. ”People can’t say it because they could lose their friends, their family,

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show which ran for four years on ABC. Mabius told Zap2it that there was an executive at the network at that time who did not like the Emmy-award winning show and continued to change the show’s time slot and failed to adequately promote the program. Mabius refused to name the executive, but did say he is no longer at the network. Mabius says the executive in question was uncomfortable with the ongoing storyline about Betty's teenage nephew, Justin, and his awakening gay identity, but the same man also was unhappy with Michael Urie's giddily over-the-top work as Marc, Wilhelmina Slater's (Vanessa Williams) flamboyant assistant, despite the fact that the character was a huge fan favorite. The actor said: “I'm pretty sure that the first teenage romantic kiss between two boys on network television was on our show, but did you hear anything about it? Was it promoted? The punishment was apparent every week. When they would run teasers for the next week’s episode of other shows, they didn't even do those for us. That’s how little support we had. It’s short-sighted and silly. There was an undeniable feeling that the show was over at least a season early.”H

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magazine, XY, five years ago. Haynes, who plays Jackson in the series, has sought the help of a California attorney to remove several pictures which have recently resurfaced from various websites in recent weeks that have Haynes shirtless in a hot tub kissing another boy. The attorney claims the photos are pornographic and has sent letters to the websites describing the photos as “private” and “obscene” and demanded the photos be removed immediately or the website could face litigation. Yet, Haynes is no stranger to risqué modeling. He was an Abercrombie & Fitch model, whose catalogs are known for its excessive skin exposure from its models, and also did work for Ralph Lauren and Kira Plastitina.H

Munich to Unveil Memorial to Gay Holocaust Victims MUNICH, GERMANY – Next year there will be a new memorial to gay holocaust victims of Nazi Germany in the city of Munich. Munich was the site of the beginning of Nazi persecutions against homosexuals in 1934. The memorial will be part of a new pedestrian development in the center of Munich outside of what was the Scwharzfischer, a famous gay bar in the ‘30s. On October 20, 1934, the Nazis conducted a major raid at the bar beginning the persecution against homosexuals. H

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their jobs? Yes!” An estimated 1.7 million people have been infected with HIV in the United States since the start of the epidemic, and 600,000 have died. But new infections have dropped by two-thirds over the past three decades. Ever improving drugs are allowing the infected to live longer. But 30, even 20 years later, young gay men are again promiscuous; many, simply never seeing the consequences, never seeing someone die from AIDS. ”Certainly it was a pressing issue when I came out. The first thing my mother did was break down and cry and said: ‘I don’t want you to die of AIDS,’ says Camera Scot who came out of the closet when he was 19. Forest Frantz has been HIV positive for 25 years, “Every time a person passed away, you thought of your own mortality.” Frantz says he was infected by his first love, a man who died 3 years ago. ”It brings back a lot of memories because I’ve seen a lot of people that were close to me, really close to me, that are gone.” More than one million people are living with some form of AIDS today in America. But the Centers for Disease Control states 1-in-5 people don’t know they’re infected. H


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Cheater Cheater Asking what possesses a cheater to betray their loved one is a loaded question that really does have a million and one answers, not to mention sub-sections as to what actually counts as cheating. From flirting, to a peck, to a passionate kiss, to sex, to fully-fledged affairs of the heart, cheating spells doom for a relationship, especially if it happens early on. The moment you find out you have been cheated on, your world crashes. The love you thought you had is gone and the excuses are there to replace it. “It was just sex, it didn’t mean anything!” Then why did you do it? “I was looking for something you can’t give me.” Well, I hope you found it in the arms of another woman/man. And the best “I was drunk.” A martini, not a morally devoid lush! In a community where sex is on the menu more often than love, many people believe the gay community is just promiscuous. In many cases it is, but the difference between straight and gay cheating is straight cheating has become part of the norm – we see it in movies and on TV and know of someone who has cheated or been cheated on. It is shocking and we would be appalled. In the gay community, a cheating husband or wife is a subset, those on the DL. However, a gay relationship that is solid and then rocked by infidelity seems to not garner the same sympathy or shock. It seems it’s almost expected, especially if you live in Fort Lauderdale or San Francisco or Washington DC – anywhere where there is a high percentage of gay men. The reason is clear: Too much on offer, too many hot bods, younger models and too much apparently consequence-free sex. So, the worst has happened and your lover has cheated. Well, first off you decide what cheating is – is a drunken kiss in a bar that bad? Well, in my opinion it’s bad enough because it chips away at the trust foundations you have built. Who was the kiss with? Did they know that your man/woman was already with someone? Did they care? Then there is the worst: The actual affair.

Alex Vaughn I think people still need to be reminded it can NEVER work. As the cheater, you won’t leave your partner but feel you can play along in a happy affair with someone and that no one will know. If you do get away with it for a while, count yourself lucky, but

"Physical infidelity is the signal, the notice given, that all fidelities are undermined." – Katherine Anne Porter one day it will catch up with you and the longer it went on the more hurt you will do to your partner and, ultimately, yourself. Then, being the other woman/man. Think about this: If they are prepared to have a relationship with you, why are you any different from that Lifetime Original Movie character who continues to tell her friends “he is just waiting for the right time to leave his wife”. I mean, really? If they do leave their partner, which they won’t, but let’s just say they do, has it not been clearly shown you that he or she just can’t be trusted? Of course there are urban stories of couples who have been very happy after they cheat and marry the affair, but they are rare

Letters to the Editor In response to the Editorial by Alex Vaughn, “Let Them Entertain Us”, Florida Agenda, June 2nd. DEAR EDITOR, We just finished reading and enjoying your recent article, "Let Them Entertain Us". Your words were illuminating and your analysis was perfect. Thank you! TONY AND GLORIA


and I don’t believe there isn’t somewhere deep down a sense of doubt in that relationship. So they have cheated – the next phase is to decide whether you forgive and forget. (A message to all cheaters: Forgiveness is the easy part, forgetting is the hard part – very few people forget.) The next time you are late at a meeting expect, a third-degree when you get home, every time. A cheater is a cheater, no matter the 'reason,' but society has caught up with many men’s and women’s need to have multiple sexual partners with the theory of “an open relationship”. Personally, I think the idea absurd in any context, particularly in the beginning of a relationship. Now longer term, I couldn’t comment as I don’t know. Why would you start a relationship saying, “I am a cheater and if you don’t let me slut around the gayborhood, then this relationship won’t work.” What happened to the time where you meet someone and, as you fall for them, your world becomes consumed by their kiss, their touch, their looks – and only theirs? Apparently now, that can still all happen, as long as one can also screw around. This so-called condoned cheating has pitfalls, obviously first and fore most in ensuring both people in the relationship really want one, rather than the more dominant pushing the more submissive into agreeing to something so as to keep the relationship going. In addition, the biggest risk is that while your partner – or you, for that matter – is being open, what’s to protect you from confusing sex with a better relationship prospect? Simplistically, cheating is cheating, when you start a relationship, in the middle or even near the end, open or not. When you share a part of you with another person that you have previously kept back for the one you love, it is cheating. Someone always ends up getting hurt, and ultimately it’s the one who deserves it the least. H



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Parliament House for the Salt N' Pepa concert. It was a thrill to see a group we had grown up with. The weekend was incredible. The host hotel and the expo were great and it was nice to see local friends Terry DeCarlo and Bill Huelsman and the gang from the Pride Factory in attendance showing their pride. Thank you for helping us celebrate. KEN AND DAVID

In response to the Gay Days Special Feature “Beginners Guide to Gay Days” in the Florida Agenda, June 2nd.

In response to the “Scarlett Men” in the Florida Agenda, June 2nd.

DEAR EDITOR, Thank you so much for publishing the guide to Gay Days at Disney. I went with my partner, as it was our six month anniversary and we wanted to do something different. We knew about Gay Days obviously but the guide that you put in the Agenda really helped us in finding out in advance what we could expect. We had a blast at the

DEAR EDITOR, I have come to really enjoy your fashion features so you can imagine my disappointment this week when I read your Style page all about being “Red” and your pics were not. Though I understand publishing, it would have been nice to actually appreciate the “Red” products you were recommending. Thank you. TOM PAYNE

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Who Knew? Thriving - The Evolution of Healing By sam knew, msw When it comes to life, there are some moments permanently engraved in our minds: Our first kiss, our first love, our first pair of Prada navy suede logo penny loafers. There are also some memories, however, we could spend a lifetime trying to forget. In some cases, these memories can leave profound scars, hindering our journey toward self-healing and forgiveness. This can leave many of us trapped in the numbing, powerless role of “the victim”. But somehow many of us take the small crucial steps toward survival and even learn to thrive in spite of it all. As a rule of thumb, most mental health counselors avoid the word “victim.” This may even include those who have experienced traumatic, life changing events (sexual abuse, health diagnoses, loss of a loved one, etc.). The word victim implies a lack of choices or a sense of helplessness. This perspective could leave individuals preoccupied with the past, creating a barrier towards progress. As an alternative, we prefer them to self-identify as “survivors”. Survivors see the world differently from victims. They still struggle to find reasons for their problems, but seek out

help to overcome them. Survivors also tend to not be as isolated and can see their own negative patterns. This path from victim to survivor is paved with patience, hard work and a unique inner strength that can only be described as heroic. Make no mistake: Their evolution is to be envied and celebrated. These individuals push to pick themselves up and attempt to create a healthier life in spite of their past experiences, even when they have trouble believing it for themselves. In some cases, the process challenges them to relive the trauma in hopes of escaping its suffocating and paralyzing power. This process is as individual as the people themselves. The process can’t be rushed, as so many loving bystanders naively may hope – and even express. Survivors are also not expected to ignore

@ or deny t h a t t h e y have been victimized; rather, come to a point of acceptance and understanding to allow them to take control of their life. What most come to discover is that there is no magic wand that can erase the memories or undo the past. They learn to cope with negative and distracting feelings and thoughts. And, although they realize they may never be “cured” or “freed” of

Sam Knew, MSW is an educator and a local counselor. He can be reached at

these traumas, they strive each day to move forward. The eventual goal is to commit to this healing process, and thrive. Survivors who move into the “thriver” role become more satisfied with life, create long-term goals and revive feelings of empowerment, compassion, joy and love. One way they do this is by connecting with others, sharing their story and acting as a source of strength for others. Thrivers, more than anyone, echo the sentiment: This too shall pass. H


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Fantasy TV The Fall Line-Up Full of Flights of Fancy By THe OBseRVaTIOnIsT The other day, I was talking with my friend, Ray, about the Logo Television Network. While I appreciate that there is a network dedicated to gay programming, I have to say that the shows are pretty lame. While I give “RuPaul’s Drag U” credit for what it is, the rest of the television line-up makes me cringe. I mean, come ON! How many times do I have to watch a rerun of “Buffy,” and, even more to the point, when in the Sam Hill did “Buffy” qualify as gay TV? And please don’t get me started on that show “The A-List,” which only perpetuates every gay stereotype about dudes that are obsessed with money, looks and bitchiness. If I wanted to waste my time watching that sort of douche-baggery, I would move to LA. Gays, I’m freakin’ bummed by this! We are better than defaulting on crappy reality TV that stars even crappier people. These shows are predictable and downright boring! That is why, with some seed money (and no, I’m not talking about that “seed”), I would like to start my own network and have the best damn gay programming that has ever graced the small screen. So, without further ado, I present The Observationist TV lineup!

Show #1 - “Fire Island Shore” – The show will be like “Jersey Shore,” but get this: It’s gay! Muscle-gorilla-juiceheads all live together in one house on Fire Island, get drunk and do crazy stuff with their penises to one another! And when these guys talk about fist-pumping, we all know that it will have nothing to do with going out to a club and dancing to house music. Show #2 - “True Blood” – A reality TV show that depicts the risks and consequences associated with unsafe sex. It will have nothing to do with vampires. Show #3 - “How I Met Your Father” – A delightful comedy about a guy who recounts how he met his kids’ gay father. But get this: Because the kids are most likely adopted from a foreign country, you’ll never be able to guess the race of the father in all of the hilarious episodes to follow. And there will be one extremely sexually active character played by, wait for it – a straight guy! Genius! Show #4 - “Everyone Loves Raymond’s Ass” – This actually is the name of a XXX production that I’m working on, but if that flops, it might just make for a hilarious comedy show where a dopey gay guy has to deal with his dysfunctional right-wing family. Cue the

canned laughter right now! Show #5 - “Gill & Wrace” – A show about a gay attorney, Gill, who lives with his feisty, redheaded roommate, Wrace. I’m not sure if it will be a success, but maybe if I throw in two side characters who have some fantastic chemistry (we’ll call them “Kack” and “Jaren”), who knows? This might just be a hit. Show #6 - “CSI: San Francisco” – Each week, a team of homosexual crime scene investigators must solve sexy murder after sexy murder. There will be a lot of zooming in on random fibers and blood spatter that the investigators find on absolutely FABULOUS victims. Also, there will be a treasure trove of sassy quips used by the detectives such as, “Make sure we’re packing major heat to solve this crime,” and, “That corpse ain’t the only thing stiff in this room.” Show #7 - “60 Minutes” – Although the premise of this hour long news show is already fairly gay-friendly (have you seen that super hot dude, Leslie Stahl?), I think we can really punch up the gay factor by having Andy Rooney on for the

entire hour. But, as he complains about things like lawnmowers and rap music, he does it all naked. Pop some Viagra in him before we roll film and you got yourself one of the sexiest gay shows in history. I hope you enjoy the fall lineup! And, if none of those shows interest you, well, I guess you can always watch other gayfriendly networks such as Bravo or Fox News. Happy viewing! H


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bulge” in sales. The new line, offered in both briefs and trunks, are fitted with a 6-inch-wide waistband to minimize spare tires and improve posture. Farther below, a wide, easy-breathing band of 90percent cotton lifts the rear while the company's signature “contour pouch” handles the job up front. The result is a smaller waist, a boost in the butt and a raise in the package up front.H

Bradley Cooper Likes it in the Rear Wearing Socks LOS ANGELES, CA – According to an article in the new issue of Esquire, A-lister Bradley Cooper recalled his gay sex scene with Michael Ian Black in the 2001 cult film, Wet Hot American Summer. In the Esquire interview, Cooper recalled the scene, which took place in an equipment shack: “I remember saying,” says Cooper, “’What if we wear tube socks, and I’ll go up on the wall, and you’ll come from behind me.’ And I said in the scene, ‘Say my name,’ and Michael says, ‘Ben!’ And I say, ‘No! Say my Christian name,’ and he whispers, “Benjamin,’ and that's when I came.” Cooper currently stars in the hit film Hangover 2, now in theaters.H Photo courtesy, People

AFA: “Gays Will Commit Virtual Genocide” TUPELO, MS – American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer recently claimed that the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will allow gay activists to commit “virtual genocide against Christian soldiers as systematic hate crimes are perpetrated against people of faith in the military”.H

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Discrimination Suit Brought by Bisexual Players SEATTLE, WA – According to the Seattle Times, in April, 2010, three bisexual softball players sued the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance after it deemed them not gay enough to play in the Gay World Series and stripped their team of its secondplace finish. The lawsuit accused the organization of violating Washington state anti-discrimination laws. During the game, the manager of another team filed a protest under the rule that limits the number of non-gay players. The men contend they were brought, one at a time, into a room containing as many as 25 people and questioned about their sexual preferences. Last week, a federal judge refused a motion from the softball league to dismiss the lawsuit. But the judge did allow the league to keep in place a rule allowing it to limit to two the number of heterosexual members on a team.H Continues on NEWS on Page 15



Mass Chicago Event Hosts Methodist Clergy to Marry 33 Same-Sex Couples for Same-Sex Couples ST. CLOUD, MN – According to Civil Unions Continued from NEWS on Page 14

WJON-AM radio in St. Cloud, Minnesota, a group of Methodist clergy has pledged to marry same-sex couples in Minnesota. According to the radio news report, about 40 Minnesota United Methodist clergy have signed a statement saying they would marry any couple who came to them, including samesex couples. A bishop of the United Methodist Church warned that church discipline does forbid same-sex marriage and clergy who perform them could lose their conference membership or clergy credentials.H

CHICAGO, IL – The Chicago SunTimes reported that 33 same-sex couples showed up at the city’s Millenium Park for a mass civil union ceremony. Several Cook County Circuit Court judges and one minister volunteered to preside over the individual ceremonies. Last Wednesday was the first day the couples could get civil union licenses from the Cook County clerk’s office. Governor Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke at the ceremony. Emanuel noted that he had presided over a civil union earlier in the day.H

Group Upset Over Pride Flag Flying Over Bank

Home Depot Tells AFA to Take A Hike

RICHMOND, VA – According to WRIC-TV, community members are upset over the decision to fly the gay pride rainbow flag over Richmond’s Federal Reserve Bank during the month of June. The Richmond bank is a private institution. According to Sally Green, chief operating officer at the bank: “We strongly support a diverse and inclusive culture at the Richmond Fed and have learned that it is important to value and embrace differences, both seen and unseen. We are flying the ‘Pride’ flag as an example of our commitment to the values of acceptance and inclusion.”H

ATLANTA, GA – Home Depot, which has been the target of a boycott sponsored by the American Family Association in response the Home Depot’s participation in numerous gay pride parades and festival, has told the AFA to “take a hike” and recommitted to promoting diversity. According to the AFA, the boycott has been running for months, but last week the AFA’s Executive Vice President, Buddy Smith, appeared at the company’s board meeting and vowed to stop shopping at Home Depot until the company decides to “remain neutral in the culture war.”H

Obama Administration Website Highlights Progress on LGBT Rights WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Obama administration has launched a website highlighting the President’s accomplishments related to the LGBT community. According to a White House statement: “In honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) History Month, The White House launched our first ever LGBT specific constituency webpage: This webpage is designed to keep you updated on how the President and the Administration are ‘Winning the Future’ for LGBT Americans.”H

Vermont Becomes Only State with Full LGBT Equality MONTPELIER, VT – Vermont became the only state that currently offers full legal equality to the LGBT community. Governor Peter Shumlin, who won in a razor-thin recount election last year, signed into law the missing piece of legislation that ensures transgender individuals can get a new birth certificate with the correct gender (instead of amending the original birth certificate). This is critical to ensuring transgender individuals can travel, apply for jobs, apply for licenses, etc., without the worry and hassles of unmatched gender indications.H

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Anti-Gay Group Warns About Gay Days at Disney World ORLANDO, FL – The conservative Florida Family Association flew banner planes over Walt Disney World and the Orlando area warning the people of Orlando that Gay Days at Disney World was taking place on June 4. The FFA said that gays and lesbians lead “immoral lifestyles” and spent $7,000 to fly the banners over Orlando for two days. From the FFA site: “Florida Family Association wants to warn these families about this offensive event before they arrive at the Magic Kingdom on Saturday. This airplane banner is our best effort to accomplish that goal … Florida Family Association has asked Disney officials to require Gay Day to be held after hours, like Grad Night or Night of Joy, to avoid offending unsuspecting families who traveled thousands of miles expecting a normal day.”H

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WHAT’S INSIDE? elcome to the New Look Style and Entertainment section of the Florida Agenda. We are very excited to now be bringing you not only the cutting edge lifestyle pieces you have come to love but also a full Entertainment section including Bars, Nightlife, Restaurants and some great Gossip with The Scoop. This new section highlights all of the fantastic entertainment the State of Florida has to offer. You will find a Bar Guide covering the South Florida Area and Central Florida and Tampa Bay coming soon. This week we are wetting your appetites with many of the bars in Fort Lauderdale!


n addition to our fantastic new features you also get shown the Jewel of Scandinavia, Stockholm in Travel, discover Tom Ford in Style, show your appreciation for Dad in Home, get up close with Jai Rodriguez in Profile and appreciate Ed Asner as FDR in Theatre.

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ow of course as always we have got your favorites, Recipe, Fitness and Out in Florida. No matter where you are in the State of Florida all of Florida’s best Entertainment venues will be showcased statewide. We know you will revel in the new improved section! Enjoy! H – AV


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Jai Rodriguez Stars in Summer Shorts in Miami

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Big City Dining at Big City Tavern on Las Olas Ricki Lee Returns to Ft Lauderdale

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All The World’s A Stage Jai Rodriguez Talks Summer Shorts Theatre Festival By TROY MAILLIS Jai Rodriguez, who made a name for himself on Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, is showcasing his comedic and dramatic acting skills this summer for the sunny South Florida audience. After many years on the Broadway stages of New York and making several guest appearances on popular television shows, Jai is currently headlining the 2011 Summer Shorts Theatre Festival. The festival, which will be in the Carnival Studio Theater at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts through June 26 and at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale from June 30 - July 3, features nine short plays with Jai along with several other actors and also features three late-night performances of Rodriguez' solo show Dirty Little Secrets. Jai recently spoke with The Agenda about the upcoming Summer Shorts Festival, expanding his acting chops and shedding his 'Queer Eye' image. You will be in South Florida for the entire month of June for the Summer Shorts. What can we expect? Well, I’m very excited to be down in South Florida this summer. I’m very much looking forward to it. With the “Summer Shorts,” you can expect several short plays that range anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes. Each of the short plays is different and all are a mix of comedy and drama, and I also get to work with other actors. Dirty Little Secrets is my solo show with music and stories about all kinds of things that I get to dish the dirt on.


How does performing in several different plays at one time help expand your range as an actor? It’s just a continuation of what I’ve been doing the past several years. I’ve starred on Broadway with Rent and The Producers and have also guest starred on shows like Nip/Tuck. I also recently did a guest appearance on Kathy Bates’ new show Murphy’s Law. It was a very meaty role. It’s one of the biggest acting roles I’ve ever taken on. I finally got to show on television what most New Your City theatre audiences already knew I could do. What was it like working with Kathy Bates on the show? Just from the table read alone, she was very professional and welcoming to the guest stars. When you’re around a legend like that and someone who has been in the business so long, it’s a great experience. In the mornings, I wouldn’t say hi to her first — I would always wait for her to talk to me first. But she was very warm, interesting and complex.

Jai Rodriguez is an actor and musician best known as the culture guide on the Bravo network's Emmy-winning American reality television program Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. He has also co-authored a book with the other Queer Eye hosts. He will be headlining the 2011 Summer Shorts Theatre Festival in Miami through June 26.

With playing gay roles early on or with your role on Queer Eye, did you ever think you would be pigeonholed as just being able to play one type of role? I don’t think if you make a gay film, or if you star in a gay show, you should be pigeonholed or how people see you forever. I think it’s ridiculous, but it does happen. That’s what makes it harder for gay actors to come out. They still have bills to pay and have to find work. It’s easy to say that certain actors should do the right thing and come out, but they are the ones that need to keep their career. What do you look for the most when choosing a role? Well, in the last year and half I’ve really been looking at more and more scripts, and I am shocked at the diversity of roles that are available for

gay actors. You don’t have to be the punch line anymore — you don’t have to be a cliché. The character might just happen to be gay and have nothing to do with the story line. But at the same time, I’m not going in for the roles for they guy who jumps out of a plane and lands on a bus. That’s just not really in my skill set. I mainly look for roles that will stretch me and challenge me as a person. But one thing I did learn from Kathy Griffin is that you should never turn down work. It’s a very competitive market. Has it been hard to shed your image from Queer Eye For The Straight Guy? Is that something you hope to continuously break away from as you move forward in your career? In the past couple of years, I haven’t been asked about it as much. I’ve had beard or stubble for the last few years, so I kind of look different. I also have a lot of tattoos now. I definitely walk into the room now with a familiar presence, but they might not be able to pinpoint me as “the guy from Queer Eye”. In the scripted community, it really hasn’t come up in the last year-and-a-half. It’s not really a show that’s on people’s radar anymore. They will remember it if you talk about it, but it really hasn’t affected my scripted work — thank God! For me now, it’s all about presenting who I’m trying to play as soon as I walk in the room. H

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Take a Liking to a Viking in Stockholm with the M.S. Patricia

The Jewel of Scandinavia By PAUL RUBIO While Scandinavian rivalries exist mostly in jest these days, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland still relish in a slight superiority complex over one another. Little debate persists, however, when naming the crown jewel of all Scandinavia – the magnificent city of Stockholm, Sweden. Stockholm is, by far, the most pristine and most stunning of all Scandinavian cities, with endless candy coated streets and an omnipresent royal atmosphere. Though recognized for its diversity, Stockholm’s pure-bred neo-Vikings rule the city – tall and muscular in stature, well endowed, with large, piercing eyes, meticulously defined jaw-lines, full, juicy red lips and baby soft yet thick, light locks of blond hair. The stylish Ken dolls seem to grace every corner of the regal city, giving new meaning to gay Stockholm’s slogan, “Take a liking to a Viking.” Visitors are spoiled for choice in discovering the city’s fairy tale backdrops and riveting architecture. Charming boat rides transport passengers along the Baltic Sea to countless scenic islands. Pedestrian friendly cobblestone streets lead to the majestic Kungliga Slottet (the Royal Palace), while further afield the impressive Vasamuseet (Royal Warship Vasa), the culturally

enticing open-air Skansen Museum, the renowned National Museum of Art and the edgy, provocative Millesgarden, reveal the country’s fascinating history and cultural evolution. From May to September, the rise of the perpetual sun equates to long, contemplative ambles through the “European Green Capital” at all hours of the day and night and a city-wide fervor to make up for lost daylight hours of winter. Nevertheless, in any season, at any hour, Stockholm exudes romance and exclusivity, five-star appeal and world-class liberalism. Now that summer’s officially here, gay Stockholm has revealed himself in full glory. Come early evening, the horny hewolf takes over, approaching the banks of the Riddarfjärden, for cocktails and copious eye-candy at the waterfront bar/café, Mälarpaviljongen. Making up for lost time in winter, the Stockholm party rages seven nights a week for 3 months on either side of Summer Solstice, starting with insane Sundays aboard the M.S. Patricia, fierce Wednesdays at the palatial F12/Ficks, extended weekend chats and chill time at Zipper Lounge and Torget, electronic/house/go-go boy throw down at Libra on Saturdays or the hard-core leather alternative SLM Stockholm. If

you visit Gay & Lesbian Stockholm’s website,, you can even download a full gay guide to the city and read about the party scene in detail! But there is definitely more to GLBT Stockholm than hot hook-ups and party shenanigans. As the epicenter of the Scandinavia’s bustling gay life, this hyper-liberal metropolis also courts same-sex couples from abroad to indulge in Scandinavia’s deep-rooted ethos of true equality. Gay weddings are an everyday occurrence at the hotels, churches and historic buildings that line the gingerbread streets of Gamla Stan

(Stockholm’s Old Town) and the regal reception halls within the greater archipelago. A bastion of tolerance, sexual preference ceased to be an issue here decades ago; and hotels such as the celebrated Grand Hotel ( have taken pride in welcoming sophisticated same-sex couples for decades, long before it was legally mandated or globally popular. To get yourself even more excited about experiencing Stockholm and greater Sweden, check out their website at H Photos courtesy, EU Travel Pictures

Stockholm's population is over 776,000 (Stockholm region: population close to 2 million) and the Swedish capital is located at an elevation of only 200 feet (61 meters).

An aerial view of the lovely gay-friendly city of Stockholm

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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

2740 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale Cozy neighborhood bar. Karaoke, drag shows, Patio Bar – and open at 9 a.m. daily.

ATOMIC/BOOM 2232 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors The bar with two names features a dance club and Gayborhood bar. Drag Bingo on Mondays, karaoke Mondays and Tuesdays, dance music Fridays and Saturdays, and (indoor) Sunday T-Dance.

BILL’S FILLING STATION 2209 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Videos, pool tables, dart boards, dance floor, happy hour, live shows, Tuesday and Thursday karaoke – and great burgers, to boot. Fun and friendly truck-stop-themed bar, 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)!

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.

DUDES 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.

JOHNNY’S 1116 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Club, bar, lounge. Male dancers and the men who love (to ogle) them. Sunday amateur strip contest (and karaoke!).


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.


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.


924 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale Interracial Private Social Club. Bottle club memberships. Get your groove back on Wednesday nights with $2 drinks.


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.


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.

SIDELINES 2031 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Where Sports come first. Nationally known destination sports bar with TVs streaming NFL, MLB, NBA and college games. Pool tables, dart boards and large indoor (and now smoke-free) facility. Outdoor patio features area for smokers. Mixed crowd of gay men and women (who would have thought?). Featured in Bloomberg Businessweek and recommended by LOGO.

STABLE 205 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Levis-and-leather neighborhood bar, where the bears line dance and the cowboys are VERY friendly.


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.

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.



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 classicallychiseled) violinist.

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.


THE MANOR 2345 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors WeHo vibe (think: LA’s The Abbey) in the heart of the Gayborhood. Dine, drink, dance, play, mingle. Theme rooms (salsa and 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.

VOODOO LOUNGE 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.

WHISKEY BLUE 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale In the W Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach, downstairs it’s the elegant Whiskey Blue, upstairs the luxe Living Room: hot dance and social settings in a distinctive atmosphere with signature cocktails and upscale patrons. Indoor and outdoor lounges.


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BEYOND THE L-WORD Fascinating performance workshop/lecture on lesbian culture. This workshop/lecture invites participants to enact a colorful range of scenarios taken from lesbian history, lesbian theatre, and lesbian pulp fiction. Discover what has been missing in popular culture-the fierce and fascinating archetypes of women who choose women! Playwright and director Carolyn Gage is the author of more than sixty plays and seven books on lesbian theatre, and in 2009, she won the national Lambda Literary Award in Drama. This is a performance workshop for all abilities, all genders, and all orientations. Audience welcome. Friday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. at The Pride Center at Equality Park, 2040 N. Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors.H

WIN EPICUREAN DINNER CLUB Women in Network's Epicurean Dinner Club and The Pride Center Present: Brunch and T-Dance on Sunday, June 12th, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm for brunch and 3 pm for the Patio T-Dance at The Manor Entertainment Complex, 2345 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Prix Fixe menu includes two drinks. For further information please contact Joyce Schweitzer at 954558-3657 or Toni Hadi at 954-565-0094.H



Miami “IN THE NEXT ROOM” OR “THE VIBRATOR PLAY” At GableStage through June 12, 1200 Anastasia Avenue in Coral Gables. GableStage presents The Next Room” or “The Vibrator Play” by Sarah Ruhl through June 12. A comedy about marriage, intimacy and electricity. “A sex comedy for adults with open hearts and minds.” Performances will be held on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday at 8p.m. and Sundays at 2p.m. and 7p.m. For reservations and information, call (305) 445-1119 or visit

“A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE” The New Theater Presents “A Streetcar Named Desire” now through June 12 at 4120 Laguna Street in Coral Gables. “A Streetcar Named Desire” is by Tennessee Williams. Performances Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 5:30 p.m. This modern classic follows the decline of a fading Southern belle and the sexy, beer-chugging barbarian responsible for her tragic fall. For more information, visit or call (305) 443-5909.H


An anti-bullying workshop confronting teen suicide, Sunday, June 12 at 12 noon at The Pride Center, 2040 N. Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors. This workshop involves a hands-on dramatic component, where 30 minutes of key scenes from Gage's play Ugly Ducklings are presented by participants. This play explores the impact of homophobic policies and harassment on counselors and campers at a girls' summer camp. The readings are followed by a screening of the documentary, "Ugly Ducklings," based on Gage's play, as well as a panel discussion featuring the playwright and others connected with the issues. These workshops are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Women's Theatre Project at 954-462-2334.H

Abzyme Research Foundation and Joel Santos invite you to this very special wine tasting. The vaccine for Polio was developed with grassroots fundraising through the March of Dimes. ARF is funding a promising new therapeutic HIV vaccine through a series of charity wine tastings. Join them and support hope for a future without HIV/AIDS. All proceeds will go toward the continued development and advancement of HIV-EVAC, a revolutionary therapeutic HIV vaccine candidate. To learn more about ARF and HIVEVAC, visit Friday June 17, from 7 to 9 pm at Bar 721, 721 Lincoln Lane on Miami Beach. RSVP by Friday June 3 via Host Joel Santos:, (786) 267-0404. Suggested donation of $40, 21+ to attend this event.H



Monday, June 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Pride Center, 2040 N. Dixie Highway. The market is changing: Are you? Join Yvonne Rohrbacher for a free preview of “Keys to Small Business Success: Workshop Series. This short presentation will include a free opportunity to self-assess your own business skills and hear an explanation of what business experts consider the main skills crucial for success, including strategic planning, prioritizing and time use, communication and negotiations, sales and customer services and employee selection, training and managing.H

The Miami Gay Men’s Choir presents “Let’s Hear it for the Boys” on June 17 & 18 at 8 p.m. at the Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Road, on Miami Beach. Boys and boy bands have kept us singing and dancing since the 1050’s – Paul Simon, The Beatles, Elton John, Ricky Martin, The Village People, Elvis Presley and more. Premium seats $35, regular $30, balcony $25. For more information, visit



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Friday, June 10 from 8 to 11 p.m. at Play Ybor in Tampa. “Someday Souvenir” is a by request show. Send them a request and they will try and pull it off but hurry to get your request in.H

Social group for children of gay parents. Monthly outing to parks, zoos, puppet shows. Geared toward children under 10 years old. For more information, call (407) 420-9955 to receive newsletters and invitations to events.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. Sunday will focus on a festival Beach Party including our pool party and beach pavillion. Later attend the St. Pete Pride Closing Party at Flamingo Resort. Visit to book a room.H



Revolution Nightclub (375 S. Bumby Ave (408) in Downtown Orlando) along with GRINDR (iPhone App) 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

Friday, June 24 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Celebrate St. Pete Pride at the official kickoff party at Georgies Alibi (3100 3rd Ave. N. in Saint Petersburg) the night before the Street Festival and Promenade. Don’t miss this night of fun with great music, special entertainment, drink specials, giveaways and more. Come out and kick-start the weekend fun. For more information visit

TROPICAL T-DANCE Official St. Pete Pride Closing Party on Sunday, June 26, from 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. Come party around the pool for the hottest T-Dance in town. Drink specials, drag queens, hot male strippers and the Florida sun ensure that the party never ends. Come dance the afternoon away at St. Pete Pride’s Official Closing Party. For more information visit their website at The Flamingo Resort is located at 4601 34th St. S. in St. Petersburg.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.H

Rescue can take many forms, from a single individual trying to make a difference by saving one dog to a group of people working together for the common goal of saving many animals. GRRMF concentrates on Golden Retrievers because they are passionately devoted to this breed. All across America, local Golden Retriever clubs are working to save Goldens that show up wandering the streets or in shelters. GRRMF is comprised solely of volunteers and is self-supporting, relying on fund raising and donations to support all rescue efforts including veterinary care. 100% of all donations are used for the rescue effort. GRRMF, Inc. is recognized by and affiliated with The Golden Retriever Club of America, Inc. GRCA is highly supportive of the rescue efforts of all of its member clubs. For more information, contact the Intake Coordinator at 407-332-2840.H


ORLANDO PRIDE October 7 through 10. Nationally recognized celebrities and entertainment, respected speakers, scores of vendors, and the longest parade in the history of Orlando Pride all have contributed to this special event that continues to break records for Orlando LGBT festivals in which attendance has doubled or tripled each year. The Come Out with Pride committee is comprised of volunteers who are dedicated to bringing a free, world-class event to Central Florida. For more information, visit H


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A Tribute to Dad

June 19th is Father’s Day. American fathers often get a bad rap. They are stereotyped by critics left and right, male and female. All too frequently, the American father is portrayed as a second class parent. Ever notice the difference between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards? Mother’s Day cards typically depict warm and fuzzy scenes further emphasizing the importance of the bond between mother and child. In stark contrast, Father’s Day cards, for the most part, are rife with illustrations of duck decoys, antique cars, fishing poles and boats. Please tell me what any of those have to do with being a father. If anyone could find a Father’s Day card showing a father holding his child, please give me the name of the merchant! Disturbingly, most of those insipid greeting cards are designed and penned by … women! Worse yet are the

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common images of fathers as the distant or brooding parent, deadbeats, philanderers and abusers. Conversely, research overwhelmingly proves the vast majority of American fathers are none of these. My father was a great guy. He taught me a man is only worth his word, that very often doing the right thing may not be what’s right for you, and we should live life so there will be standing room only at our funeral. “It’s not what you do or who you are that counts. How you’re remembered is what matters most,” he’d announce to me. Dad was absolutely correct. Being self-sufficient made you a “real man” according to Dad. “A real man doesn’t need a wife to take over where his mother left off !” He’s marrying his best friend, not his mother. Dad grilled a mean steak, cleaned the house, did the dishes, read bed time stories and stood guard against the “boogie man”. On the other hand, he fixed the station wagon, remodeled the house and mowed the lawn. He was a fanatic with his old 35 millimeter camera. If I had a dollar for each time Dad called out “Say cheese!” … Thousands of Kodachrome slides from those days make me grateful for that fanaticism. Dad wasn’t a zombie, in a catatonic trance every Sunday watching football. No, instead he took us on real Sunday drives to our favorite haunts. He consistently encouraged me to expand

Mashed Potatoes

In my opinion, the best mashed potatoes are made with "floury" types of potato (like russet), although "waxy" potatoes are sometimes used for a different texture. Butter, olive oil, milk or cream is usually added to improve flavor and texture, and the potatoes are seasoned with salt and pepper, and any other desired herbs and spices. Popular ingredients and seasonings include: garlic, cheese, bacon bits, sour cream, crisp onion or spring onion, mustard, spices such as nutmeg, chopped herbs such as parsley or rosemary, or fresh thyme. A French variation adds egg yolk for pommes duchesse; piped through a pastry tube into wavy ribbons and rosettes, brushed with butter and lightly browned. In low-calorie or non-dairy variations, milk, cream, and butter may be replaced by soup stock or broth, as in this recipe where I use the water used to boil the spuds and then a little butter. • 6 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed • 1/4 cup butter (in fact, use as much or as little as you like) • Salt • Fresh ground pepper Place potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water. Cover and bring to a boil; cook for 20-25 minutes or until very

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Jean Doherty is the Chef and Owner of Le Patio Restaurant in Wilton Manors (954) 530-4641



my horizons, be brave enough to take the road less traveled and, along the way, never fail to treat others as I hoped to be treated. That being said, as it’s a common tradition to rescue Mom from her often mundane domestic routine and show appreciation for all she does and has done, the same should be done for Dad! Take him out to dinner. Pay attention to what he does, something – anything – he might feel he must do around the house or wherever, and have it done. Better yet, if you can, DO IT YOURSELF! My guess is your heart will be equally warmed from the glow of gratitude on Dad’s face as his from your thoughtful gesture. To your father, he will believe you really do see and hear him. A truly generous person realizes there is often more to be received by the act of giving, especially from one’s self. A “Thank You Letter” from you for everything your father has given, taught and done through the years will make his heart smile, knowing he’s been appreciated! Mention specific events like a camping trip. He’ll know you haven’t forgotten. If you’re at a loss for what to

do for your father, you need to get to know him better ... now! On that note, I cannot write this without honoring Uncle Jerry. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be writing this column. He was the first person I “came out” too. He saved my life! Love you “Perkins!” I hope the real tribute to Dad, whoever he might be to you, will be the actions of our lives – where who we are and how we behave are shining testaments to the love and lessons our fathers instilled in each of us. H


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Build Bigger Muscles In Less Time! Shorter, higher intensity workouts can lead to bigger and better results! By TOM BONANTI Want to build quality muscle, but just don’t have a lot of time to spend in the gym? Do you get discouraged because your work schedule prohibits you from dedicating endless hours to a bodybuilding regime? Are you one of those rare breed who believe that there is more to life than working out? Well, here’s good news: You can build quality muscle and improve overall fitness in less time than you think! Here’s a routine that won’t fail, if you’re really willing to work and sweat. I call this brain-child The Slam-Bam Routine and it has two great things in its favor. Firstly, you work your physique intensely, but in the briefest period of time (30 minutes and your ass is outa there!). Secondly, your testosterone levels start to drop between 45 and 60 minutes into a heavy weight training session as cortisol (a bad, stressful hormone) levels rise. Because sessions are shorter, you can make the most of your natural juices as you avoid overtraining! The workout uses “giant sets,” a bodybuilding concept that employs a multiple number of sets in a minimal amount of time. Giant sets can be performed in several ways, but with this routine you will do at least 5 sets back to back, each on a

different muscle group. Use weight that will challenge you for 12 reps and remember to rest only 30 seconds between sets. When performing this routine, have everything set before you get started so you can blast through the workout with no interruptions. Now, let’s slam through upper body. The first exercise of the five set cycle is the incline dumbbell press. This exercise works upper and outer chest. After a 30 second rest, move on to the wide grip lat pull down for that “V” shaped back. Seated dumbbell overhead presses are next for shoulders. Pump up those triceps with a set of 15-20 dips. Finish round one of this monster routine with a set of standing dumbbell curls for biceps and forearms. After a two minute rest, perform this giant set one or possibly two more times depending upon your time and energy. Up your weight on each set by about 2 per cent if you can manage it. Adhere to proper form with each exercise. Slam-bam, you are done with your upper body. You can also perform giant sets for lower body on the same day as upper body, depending upon your strength and stamina. Or you can work upper body and lower body on different days

depending upon how much time you have. Remember, this whole workout is intense, but it should only take you 30 to 45 minutes, tops, to perform. Use squats, leg presses, leg curls, stiffleg dead lifts, lunges and a high repetition calf raise (15-20 reps) to slam quads, hamstrings, calves and butt. Perform 2-3 giant sets for legs. Rest 30 seconds between exercises and two to three minutes between giant sets (a little more rest may be needed for legs as compared to upper body). Work abdominals by doing crunches at anytime during these workouts or on off days. The Slam-Bam Routine can benefit both upper and lower body without spending endless hours in the gym. Both upper and lower body sections need to be trained twice a week. Remember to rest between training sessions. There you have it – a new workout, bigger muscles, less time in the gym and more time to spend at the pool or beach

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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.



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Big City Ambiance & Big City Flavors Big City Tavern on Las Olas Blvd in Fort Lauderdale By TIM SLIVINSKI After enjoying a spectacularly sunny Sunday afternoon soaking up the sun and bopping to the beats at the Depot Cabana Bar’s inaugural poolside Tdance, my partner and I decided we required something a little more sedate and out of the sun for Sunday dinner. Something pulled us toward Las Olas and, as we meandered down the street, we commented on that place we always walk by but have never gone into: Big City Tavern. We decided to rectify that situation on the spot and walked in and requested a table. Though Big City has the look and the energy of a tavern in a place like New York City, if you request to be seated in one of the oversized booths, you can sink into your own relaxing space. After ordering a martini for me and a craft beer for my partner, we realized that the sun had made us famished. Our server promptly informed us of that day’s featured crispy flatbread, and we said “bring it.” The flatbread was topped with salmon and feta cheese in a sort of variation on bagels and lox. When it arrived, we each quickly grabbed a slice and tasted. The natural saltiness of the feta played well against the tender sweetness of the salmon. The crispy crust was definitely firm enough to hold the toppings

because a wimpy, limp flatbread is never a winner in my book. It did not take us long to consume each bite of its savory — sweet — salty goodness. When it’s time to order entrees, Big City allows you many options so you can eat as light or as hearty as your appetite dictates. Feeling perhaps a need to be healthy, my partner ordered the Maryland jumbo lump crab cake from the appetizer portion of the menu along with a market greens salad. The crab cake was filled with large pieces of tender crab, and the cake itself was savory and not overly “bready” because of too much filler. He particularly liked the piquant flavor that the accompanying dill-lime tartar sauce added to the delicate flavors of the crab cake. His salad was crispy fresh, no wilted limp greens, with a light Dijon-shallot vinaigrette dressing. Feeling the need for something a bit heartier, but also desiring seafood (maybe it was all that afternoon time near the pool), I opted for the pecan crusted snapper. I will admit in full disclosure that I am freak for nut encrusted seafood. It seems to allow the fish to remain succulent and moist while adding a crunchy texture as contrast to the tenderness of the fish. When it

arrived, I was greeted by a more than ample serving whose aromas were savory, nutty and sweet. When I put my fork into the fish, it was juicy and steaming, not at all overdone. Another aspect I liked was that I was able to eat it without all the pecans falling off with each forkful. The roasted winter vegetables that accompanied the snapper offered a nice touch of earthiness to the plate. I had no trouble joining the clean plate club that evening. Big City Tavern offers choices in sandwiches, pizzas and pastas, as well as in beef, poultry and seafood entrees. It also offers a late night limited menu on Fridays and Saturdays for those evenings when you may have attended a show or concert and have the munchies afterwards. Outdoor seating along Las Olas is available, and Big City also offers a vibrant bar area to the left as you walk in the main door. Service is friendly and attentive, and the booths allow you sink back and enjoy your experience. If you have walked past Big City Tavern and not yet walked in, maybe it’s time to give it a try. I know I will not be a mere “passerby” any longer! H


Big City Tavern 609 East Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 954-727-0307


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Old Actors Never Retire

They Just Do One Person Shows By WARREN DAY

Lena Horne did for several years and which Elaine Stitch is still doing. Other times they are fictional works where the sole actor plays all the parts, as Lily Tomlin did in The Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe. Most often, these shows consist of a single actor playing a famous person, i.e., Henry Fonda as the lawyer Clarence Darrow, or Tovah Feldshuh as either Golda Mier or Talluhah Bankhead (now there’s a stretch for you). These live performances can be great theater when the actor and the historical person seem a natural fit for each other, as with Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight. Other times, all the magical ingredients can seem to be there, as when Vincent Price played Oscar Wilde, but actually end up offering a rather bland and predictable evening, something the real Mr. Wilde never did. As Roosevelt, Ed Asner falls somewhere between success and failure. He doesn’t fit FDR in age, looks, or accent; neither does he have that patrician air that was so much a part of this upperclass, but populist, president. The fact that his performance works as well as it does is a tribute to his acting chops, as when he captures the joy in

being able to stand for a few seconds without his canes (FDR had polio), or the believable and quick transition to anguish he makes at another point. Another plus is that Mr. Asner’s admiration for the President who led us through the depression and World War II shines through and is contagious. The audience obviously had great admiration for Ed Asner, and gave him a standing ovation at the end, but I think that was more for what Roosevelt had done in real life and for what Asner had done in other parts. H


Information on the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton can be found at

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Whether it be the world premiere of a new comedy, as they will do in July with Stuf by Michael McKeever, or the regional premiere of a recent Tony-winning drama, as in God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza this past May, the professional Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton presents engrossing productions that usually can’t be found anywhere else in Florida. Such was the case the first week in June, when they presented the legendary actor Ed Asner in FDR by Dore Schary. Legendary is not too strong a word for this veteran actor of stage, screen and, especially, television, who has won seven Emmys and five Golden Globes, and was recently the lead voice actor in the Academy Award Best Animated Feature Up. At the age of 81, most actors have retired by necessity, but Mr. Asner has been making appearances around the country playing our 32nd president of the United States in a demanding and grueling one-man show. Over the last couple of decades, it’s been something of a phenomenon to have performers travel in one-person productions. Sometimes these shows are an evening recap of their careers, as

Award Winning actor, Ed Asner, will be appearing in FDR as President Roosevelt at the Caldwell Theatre


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The Designer, The Man, The Legend Discover Tom Ford in Miami By ERIC CHRISTIAN The city of Miami is making a name for itself in the fashion world. With many boutiques opened, up such as Y3, Christian Louboutin, Maison Martin Margiela, Marni, Kiton and Roger Vivier, to name a few, and brands such as Stella McCartney, Thomas Wylde, Balenciaga and more surfacing, I think it’s easy to consider Miami a fashionable city with haute fashions and designs to choose from. There are, however, still a lot of boutiques and brands that are relative to the wealthy, upper class that are not available here in South Florida. One in particular is the Tom Ford collection for men. An interesting fact, but rarely advertised, is that the collection can be found only at the Webster Miami Beach. Thanks to the amazing buyers of the Webster, they were able to bring such a classy, sophisticated, bespoke brand available to those that can afford it in Miami Beach. The boutique bolsters brands such as Lanvin, Gucci, YSL for Men, to name a few, but if you do a little searching, you’ll uncover a world of beautiful blazers in white, navy and cobalt blue. You’ll also discover a few pinstripe, three-piece suits with plaid bow ties that remind you of the sartorial men of New York

and London. You can also get custom-fitted services as well, and find shoes such as boots, loafers and oxfords. One of the most popular shoes is the bi-colored oxford loafer. It comes in black and white, chocolate and white, or all chocolate or all black. All of this and more can be found in New York on Madison Avenue – or even in Beverly Hills – but let’s be grateful to at least find some of it here at the Webster Miami Beach. At the end of the day, it’s all about finding what you want. Sometimes in Miami, it’s hard to find that rare fashion, but today is a different day, because you have just discovered Tom Ford in Miami! For more information on the Tom Ford collection, visit or stop by and take a peek of the collection at the Webster Miami Beach, located at 1220 Collins Ave. For fashion, styling, editorial and tips on where to shop, contact style expert Eric Christian at and H

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Retirement Party For a Friend John Lyons of Mona’s to Retire One of Fort Lauderdale’s veteran mixologists is retiring. John Lyons, who has held court at Mona’s Bar on East Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale for the last 12 years, is retiring due to health problems. Mona’s owner, Jerry Schultz, is throwing a “let’s send John on his merry little way” retirement party this Saturday, June 11, from Noon till 4pm. It’s somewhat of a “FUNraiser” for the veteran, who was recently diagnosed with bone and lung cancer. There will be a cookout on the patio beginning at 3pm and light entertainment during the afternoon. A jar will be set up on the pool table for those who wish to throw in a “retirement” gift. John Lyons has spent most of his adult life serving up favorite beverages to thirsty customers at former watering holes such as Bus Stop, Everglades, 825 and the Haymarket. Thousands of people know him as John ‘Mary’ Lyons, and know his friendly manner. He has been a positive fixture at Mona’s, discussing the day’s events and just being a friend. So, put it on your calendar: This

Saturday, Noon till 4PM at Mona’s. John will be there around 2pm.

Enough is Enough Many Miami Beach residents have had it with the annual Hip Hop Memorial Day weekend bash. They are getting tired of the crime and overcrowded conditions the event brings. This past Memorial Day weekend saw an influx of crime on South Beach that rivaled a war zone with shootings, killings and uncontrolled crowds. Many South Beach residents left the island for the weekend and it’s costing the City of Miami Beach a bundle for added police presence, including off-duty police from other jurisdictions. Expect fireworks from residents and some businesses, which were almost destroyed, at the next Miami Beach city commission meetings.

Shorttakes • The new Royal Palms Resort Memorial Day Weekend Sunday T pool party was such a success they will be having it once a month with the next TDance on Sunday, The Memorial Day weekend pool party drew a jammed crowd of 500 sun worshippers who paid $5 to get in. The next pool T-Dance will be held on Sunday, June 26. The resort has two pools, a bar and small café.


• The Memorial Day Weekend Tea Cruise was a fabulous success with a sold out boat. Cruise promoter Peter Burke is ecstatic over the fun time that was had by partygoers. • The 16th anniversary party for the monthly Fetish Party’s was held at The Manor over the Memorial Day weekend. Hundreds of people were bused to the Manor from the host hotel, the Sheraton, for the private party. The Manor went all out for the party and the Fetish Party people were happy. • Mark Lowe of Living Room is extremely happy now that the property that houses the Living Room and other establishment has been sold. Mark says he can now get a long-term lease and dispel rumors that the Living Room is closing. • The Ramrod has booked famed DJ Lydia Prim for Saturday night, June 18th, Stonewall weekend. Her appearance draws hundreds of dance-music lovers. • Former Fort Lauderdale resident and entertainer Ricki Lee has been booked for performances at Matty’s on the Drive for the Stonewall Street Festival next weekend. • The Rodeo Bar & Grill on Wilton

Drive has opened for lunch. Diners love the food and presentation. The restaurant, also offers beer and wine and will open for dinners very shortly. • Final permits have been issued and construction has resumed on the Bier Garden and Sushi Rock, both to be located on Wilton Drive. That’s it for this week. Thanks for picking us up and remember: To have a friend, you must first be a friend. H


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MOVING ELITE RELOCATION MOVING & STORAGE We've provided quality moves for over 30 years. It's always a smooth move when you choose Elite Relocation. Contact us today at 954-975-8660 - RED BOX MOVING - OWNER IN TRUCK ON EVERY MOVE. CALL NORBERT DIRECTLY. Affordable, Reliable, Careful. MV#567/INSURED. (954) 305-9176 or (561) 506-5540 GUYS and DOLLIES. Moving * Storage * Packing * Crating * Shipping. “A” Rated Member of the BBB Register Movers since 1976. Major credit cards accepted. For free price quote, Call (954) 566-1270


PROFESSIONAL SERVICES GOLD COAST UPHOLSTERY - Re-upholstering, Cushions, Throw pillows, Large selection of fabric to choose from or bring in your own fabric. Broward / Dade. Palm Beach. Call Edgar (954) 491-4937

REAL ESTATE CALL SANDY 305-785-6055. I am your link to the best deals in MIAMI BEACH, SOUTH BEACH, BAL HARBOUR, MIDTOWN & DOWNTOWN MIAMI! I live and work in the Miami area for over 30 years and specialize in homes & condos, WF or nonWF. I am ready for you! Sandra Edelman, P.A., Turnberry Intl. Realty,


LICENSED MASSAGE RECESSION RELIEF - $40/90 MINS! LEAVE YOUR STRESS UP TO ME. Out calls higher. Let Denny make you feel like a Queen. Couples discounts, seniors welcome. New location: Delray Beach. 16 yrs experience. MA 18563. Denny (561) 502-2628.

S.E. FTL 2/1 DUPLEX - Conveniently located. Newer carpet in bedrooms, Tile floors, small fenced back yard and coin W/D on property. Next to walking path, 2 blocks from marina, less than a mile to HWY 95, only 5 miles to beach. $900 a month after discount, first and $1000 Security moves you in. Call Kevin 719-439-5082 or Todd 954-868-7015 WILTON MANORS - 9 Unit gay complex 1/1 - 129 NW 25th Street. Pool, tile floors, private patio/yard. No dogs. Available 7/1/11 $750/mo. F/L/S (954)326-9096


WILTON MANORS GAY COMPLEX - Remodeled 1/1, CAC, Tile Floors, Heated Pool, Pets OK. One Block to Wilton Drive! $800/mo.-$1700 moves you in. Call (954)600-0620 N.E. FT LAUDERDALE-WILTON MANORS AREA - Lovely, Bright, IMMACULATE, 1/1 tile floors, A/C, W/D available, cable ready, water, garbage, pest control incl., private patio, gay friendly, NO PETS $725/mo (954)592-3772 FORT LAUDERDALE - Renovated 2 Bedroom w/wood-burning fireplace. 1 Bedroom also available! w/pool, spa & balconies. Has private W/D, SS, CAC, granite, tropical fenced yard. Pets OK. Available immediately. $700+. Call (954) 270-8071 WILTON MANORS 2/1 - Walking distance to the Drive! Huge living room and closets, terrazzo floors, CAC, patio, parking. $1100/mo. F&S (954)566-8049

FURNISHED / RENTALS / FTL FURNISHED 1/1: Duplex corner lot in a very nice neighborhood. Close to Wilton Drive and all hot spots and conveniences. Newly renovated. Includes Laundry, Water, New kitchen, Granite Counters, Screened deck, Fenced yard, Patio with BBQ, Private Drive way, Swimming Pool in a lush, tropical setting. Phone, Elec. And Cable are not included. No dogs, birds or outside cats. Fully furnished except wall treatments. $975.00, 1-year Lease required; 1 mo./Sec. Call or Text Paul at (954) 494-1148 PERFECT RELOCATION RENTALS – 3-6 MONTHS From $295/week & $1100/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 NE FTL/WILTON MANORS - Deluxe Furnished Apts. Colohatchee Park Area, Tile, Fan, Laundry, No Pets, Single Occupant Furnished Efficiency with kitchenette, includes utilities and Direct TV $650/mo + sec. Furnished Studio with full kitchen, includes utilities and Direct TV $750/mo + sec. Call 954-682-9428. 2/1 LAS OLAS BLVD! 1 block off of "Fashionable" Las Olas Blvd. Walk to Dining and Entertainment.!! Best Location for this home that is Completely Furnished, with Florida Charm! Harwood floors, chefs kitchen, skylights that bring the "Florida Sunshine" right into the home! Coral fireplace in the living room, peaceful front courtyard then lends itself to Great Summer Parties! Enjoy the Koi pond! Available NOW for a seasonal rental until the end of October at $1800.00/mo., Do Not Miss This Opporttunity To Live In Las Olas.!! Call Robert Geary MacKilligan 954-234-8759 or Galleria International Realty on Las Olas Ft Lauderdale."Get The Right Rental With Robert!"

ROOMMATES ROOMMATE TO SHARE OAKLAND PARK POOL HOME Large 4BD/3BA ranch style house w/ screened pool. Bedroom has walk-in closet and private bath. All utilities, internet, and DirecTV incl. Share with two guys and a cat. No smoking, drugs or additional pets. Please be responsible and employed. $600/mo, available now. Michael (954)540-3543 PARTNERED GAY COUPLE LOOKING FOR ROOMMATE TO SHARE 3-BEDROOM DUPLEX, private room with adjoining bath, large closet with additional walk in closet, washer/dryer, adjoining patio area. No smokers or cologne wearers. Full use of house and kitchen. We have 3 cats. $650/month includes utilities - no deposit/security needed. Richard: 954-296-5633 or


ROOMMATES ROOM FOR RENT - Semi-furnished with Cable TV, all utilities included. Close to Wilton Manors, must be pet-friendly, have your own car. $650/mo. Call (954)522-8228

SPIRITUALITY 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 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,, 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.

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Poolside at The Depot; Scandals Ponies Up for Stonewall By CLIFF DUNN Events for Stonewall Pride Weekend are cropping up faster than one of Jonathan Bleiweiss’ victims, with a number of local establishments and watering holes teaming up to support charitable and service organizations, while serving up products to help shore up the summer slows. To The Depot Cabana Bar & Grill’s Stonewall Saturday Pool Party on Saturday, June 18, you can add the first annual Pride Stride, a Drag Race benefiting Broward House, Broward County’s largest and oldest HIV/AIDS service organization. In addition to Scandals Saloon and The Stable, interested parties can sign up at Bill’s, Sidelines Sports Bar, Matty’s On The Drive, Georgie’s Alibi and New Moon – all of Wilton Manors. The Drag Race includes prizes for the first to cross the finish line (good luck with that one, sisters), the most money raised in donor pledges and the highest heels. There is nothin’ like a dame. Speaking of Scandals and The Stable, co-owner Ken Kelley is proud that his venerable flagship bar on N.E. 6th Avenue in Wilton Manors is the only official kick-off party for 2011 Stonewall Pride. The bar, which opened in 2003 and landed in its present digs in 2005, will hold its Stonewall kick-off event on Friday, June 17.

Let the SunServe In The non-profit SunServe is the recipient of a three-year federal grant for their Promoting LGBTQ Youth, Self-Esteem, Self Advocacy and Self-Resiliency (SSR) program. The 501(c)(3) social service agency serves South Florida’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) community – with a special emphasis on those in financial need, minorities, youth, seniors, families and those with life-challenging physical or emotional conditions. The grant in question, totaling around $222,000, is geared towards preventing or minimizing teenage suicide. SunServe’s other community efforts – many of which benefit straight as well as gay persons – involve numerous educational and outreach projects, counseling, support groups and a Senior Center.

Stonewalling Wilton Drive The Gables Wilton Park luxury apartments on Wilton Drive will be hosting an exhibit by Fort Lauderdale’s Stonewall National Museum & Archives the week of June 13 to 19, during the run-up to the Stonewall

Festival and Parade on Sunday, June 19. The free exhibit will focus on the history of the LGBT rights movement (or the Gay Agenda, if you’d rather), leading back to New York City’s Stonewall Riots. Find more info on the exhibit at The exhibition is free and open to the public.

It’s a Gay World, After All The forward-thinkers at the Florida Family Association (FFA - an anagram with an entirely different connotation among the LGBT Levi’s and Leather Set) spent $7,000 last weekend to charter a banner plane “warning” the groundbound about Gay Days events being held in and around Walt Disney World. Operating in ten-hour shifts on both Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, the plane towed airborne banners that read: “WARNING GAY DAY AT DISNEY 6/4” and “WARNING GAY PRIDE DAY AT DISNEY 2DAY.” The FFA, which bills itself as an organization dedicated to “improving America's moral environment,” posted on its Web site: “30,000 children along with their unsuspecting parents will be confronted with the reality of witnessing over 15,000 Gay Pride Day revelers when they enter the Magic Kingdom on June 4, 2011.” They added: “Florida Family Association wants to warn these families about this offensive event before they arrive at the Magic Kingdom on Saturday.” (This puts me in mind the words of the Great Mouseketeer himself, Walt Disney, who said – appropriately enough: "We are not trying to entertain the critics. I'll take my chances with the public.")

Overheard “We will want to take out a $2 million life insurance policy against the possibility you die before the five years are over. Does that work?” “Yes, I’m good with that. Just don’t kill me.” – Conversation between potential business investors with local Captain of Industry at Rosie’s Bar & Grill in Wilton Manors (names withheld)


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