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WHITE PARTY MOVES Care Resource has announced that it will move it’s longtime event to the Miami Seaquarium in Nov. White Party begins on Friday, Nov. 25 and ends at 6am on Saturday, Nov. 26th. Courtesy, AO Jewelry

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MICHELE BACHMANN IN ORLANDO The Florida Family Policy Council has invited Republican Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann to headline its annual awards dinner. Courtesy, Polderdash

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DAVID MEULEMANS New American Theatre’s Summer Cabaret Series continues with David’s show “As Long As I’m Singin’” on August 5th & 6th at 8pm and August 7th at 6:30pm Courtesy,


The announcement last week that Congressman Allen West will be speaking in front of the Wilton Manors Business Association deeply divided the residents and businesses in the city. So deeply, in fact, that earlier this week, the Congressman was disinvited by the board of WMBA. West, who represents Wilton Manors east of Dixie Highway in the U.S. House of Representatives, was scheduled to speak at a meeting of the Wilton Manors Business Association (WMBA) on August 8 at the community center at Hagen Park in Wilton Manors. Many in the gay community were upset that West was invited to speak at a WMBA meeting considering West’s attitudes towards the gay community. West, a Republican, has been an outspoken critic of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which allows gays to openly serve in the U.S. military. West has also taken a stance against other pro-gay issues. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat, represents the city of Wilton Manors west of Dixie Highway and has been a favorite of the LGBT communi-

ty for many years. A very small area of western Wilton Manors is represented by Congressman Alcee Hastings, who is also a Democrat. The gay community has split as to whether or not West should be speaking at a WMBA meeting considering his stance on gay issues, while some believe it’s a matter of West’s freedom of Activist Stuart Milk and Attorney Miriam Richter speech. Many of those against at the meeting of the newly formed Coalition for West’s speaking had called for a Equality and Fairness. boycott of businesses (gay and straight) that are members of WMBA the organization’s newsletter – which hadshould West speak, and a number of gay- n’t even been printed. Many WMBA memowned businesses threatened to drop out of bers found out about West’s appearance the business association if West attended when they read it in the newspaper or by emails sent out by members of the commuthe meeting. Celeste Ellich, president of WMBA, says nity. Ellich explained that West’s office conshe was caught off-guard by the public’s reaction to West’s speaking to the group. tacted WMBA about speaking before the Ellich told Florida Agenda that she was organization last June and, when the origpreparing a memo to the members of inal August speaker cancelled, she contactWMBA announcing that West would be ed the congressman’s office inviting him to speaking on August 8th and somehow the attend. “It’s not supposed to be about social memo got released to the Sun-Sentinel prior to her sending it to the members via ‘CITY DIVIDED’ continues on Page 8 Photos courtesy, Bob Kecskemety

The famed play will be playing at Andrews Living Arts with a preview on Aug. 11 and opening on Aug. 12, playing Thursdays through Sundays at 7:30pm through Sept. 12th. Courtesy, Pipelore

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Gay Skate Comes to an End

Demolition of Skating Rink Catches Community Off-Guard By JAMES MICHAELS A local gay tradition that predates the Stonewall Revolution will come to an abrupt and unexpected end on Tuesday, August 9, for the last Tuesday Gay Skate night at the Gold Coast Roller Rink on South Federal Highway near the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. The rink itself will close on August 14 and shortly after that, the building will be demolished. The rink was originally opened in 1947. Back then, boys had to wear jackets and girls had to wear dresses in order to skate. Admission at that time was 25-cents, skate rentals were 10-cents and a hot dog would cost a nickel. Everybody was welcome to the rink; even African-

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Americans skated right next to their white brothers and sisters during the turbulent civil rights era of the ‘60s, which was rare in the United States, especially in the deep-south. The Gold Coast Roller Rink is one of the oldest surviving busi-

nesses in Broward County. In 1968, the owner decided to start holding a Tuesday Gay Skate night. The Tuesday night party was kept mostly secret. Friends would tell friends by ‘GAY SKATE’ continues on Pages 6 & 9

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Aqua Foundation for Women Awards Scholarships MIAMI, FL – The Aqua Foundation for Women awarded twelve women with scholarships, recognizing their academic success and commitment to giving back to the community. Recipients of the scholarships came from Broward, Miami-Dade and, for the first time, Palm Beach County. Scholarships ranged in size from $2,500 to $4,000, with a total of $40,000 dollars granted by the foundation. The Aqua Foundation for Women is an organization dedicated to increasing the wellness and equality of lesbian, bisexual and transgender women. H

Sidelines’ Teams Headed to Gay Softball World Series WILTON MANORS, FL – Sidelines Sports Bar’s two softball teams, the Sidelines Cyclones (“C” Division) and the Sidelines Eagles (“B” Division), will be heading to Chicago to play in the 2011 Gay Softball World Series. Over 160 teams from around the country, such as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Montreal and Vancouver, will converge on Chicago from August 29 to September 3, 2011, in hopes of coming home with the 1st Place Championship Trophy and year-long bragging rights. H

White Party Finds New Digs MIAMI, FL – Care Resource has announced that the annual White Party will move this November from its longtime home at the Vizcaya to a new location, the Miami Sequarium. The 2011 White Party begins 7 p.m. Friday, November 25, and ends 6 a.m. on Saturday, November 26. For over 24 years, the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens was the location of the annual fundraiser. In the fall of 2010, however, due to increasing rental costs, it was decided that the 2010 White Party would be the final one held at that historic location. Each year, the White Party draws thousands of guests from around the world wanting to attend the “Crown Jewel” of HIV/AIDS fundraisers and is recognized as one of the oldest and largest HIV/AIDS fundraisers in the world. Get your tickets to the new White Party at Miami Seaquarium and worldrenowned Muscle Beach Party at half the price. Florida Resident Passes are now on sale for $75 and includes the all new White Party and Muscle Beach parties. The pass offers a 50% savings off door prices and is only available for a limited time to Florida residents with a valid ID. This pass offers an opportunity to experience the two headline events of the week at a discounted price. This is a limited time offer with limited quantities and at these prices the pass will sell

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Pride South Florida Elects New Board FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Pride South Florida, the producers of the annual PrideFest held each spring in Oakland Park, have elected a new board of directors. The new board consists of Marc Hansen (President), Roger Handevidt (Vice President), Rocky Bowell (Secretary) and Sonia Mitchell (Treasurer). Board Members-at-Large include John Fugate, Michael Rohrs, Marc J. Scharphorn and Michael Tisdale. H

Island House Key West Marks 35th Anniversary KEY WEST, FL – Island House Key West, touted as the longest continuously operated gay guesthouse in the world, is celebrating its 35th anniversary in business and its 10th anniversary under its current owners, Jon Allen and Martin Kay, who transformed it into a leader among the world's premier gay guesthouses. To mark this milestone, Island House is offering all 39 rooms at $13, the price it charged when it opened in 1976, for the night of June 25, 2012. The special offer is available exclusively through a special sweepstakes. 39 winners will be chosen randomly among those who complete the entry form at pstakeshq/contests/141910. Sweepstakes participants are also encouraged (but not required) to “like” Island House Key West at - H o u s e - Ke y - We s t - G ay - H o t e l Resort/56402142064 and post a comment with the phrase “35 and fabulous.” The offer is valid through midnight on Labor Day (September 5, 2011). Island House Key West began operating as a modest, 16-room all-men’s guesthouse in 1976. When Allen and Kay took possession in the late ‘90s, the ramshackle 39-room guesthouse sprawled languidly across several dilapidated buildings, sorely in need of repair. “We are honored to have served more than 125,000 guests in more than a third of a century,” said Allen, "”We've never rested on our laurels. We pride ourselves on our focus on customer satisfaction and professional, attentive service. We’ve invested well over two and a half million dollars since purchasing the property.” After a massive investment of capital and time, they unveiled the new and much improved Island House Key West in 2001, transforming it into Key West’s most luxurious and pampering oasis for men. Having spent so much on awardwinning upgrades over the past decade, Island House is unmatched in its class. To book, call (800) 890-6284 or visit H Continues on NEWS on Page 7

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handing out hand drawn photocopied flyers. Admission was by invitation only and you had to be known by somebody who already attended the Tuesday gettogethers – it was considered a safe place to come and meet people. Management didn’t want just anybody walking in, so there was a sign on the door announcing that the rink was closed for a private party. When the rink was sold in the late 1990s, it was sold with the understanding that the new owners would keep the Gay Skate tradition going.

Ryan Conley, a promoter and volunteer who started as a deejay at the Tuesday Gay Skate in 1998 was only given a week-and-a-half notice of the closing of the rink. Conley explained that Gay Skate generally now attracts between 10 to 15 skaters on a typical Tuesday; however, depending on the time of year, the promotion and the deejay playing that night, attendance could be as high as 100. “We used to get 300 to 400 people on a Tuesday night,” said Conley, “but that was, Adam4Adam and Manhunt days. Now, there’s not that much of a need to go out and meet faceto-face when you can click, chat, drive and well – you can use your imagination.” Several years ago, a cross-promotion called “Intoxiskate” was combined with the Tuesday Gay Skate. The Tuesday party, created by a private promoter, was for the gay-friendly community who would not necessarily want to attend a “gay night” but would attend an alternative lifestyle gay-friendly night. Conley said that the Gold Coast Roller Rink was only closed on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve or when a hurricane threatened the area. However, Gold Coast was closed for a few weeks for remodeling years ago when the new owners took over the property. Also affected by the closing of the Gold Coast Roller Rink are the 75 members of the Gold Coast Derby Grrls roller derby team, whose home rink is the Gold Coast. “None,” exclaimed Rich DeRosa, one of the coaches for the Gold Coast Derby Grrls when asked how much advanced notice the team had concerning the closing of the skating rink. “There is a very, very good chance that we will go to the regional playoffs. It has never been done so fast before. We are the first team to become an official team and six months later make the international playoffs. And in the week of finding out we are in the running, we also find out we are losing the skating rink, so it’s been bedlam ‘GAY SKATE’ continues on Page 9

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“Angels in America” FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – The famed play “Angels in America” will be playing at Andrews Living Arts, 23 NW 5th Street in Fort Lauderdale with a preview on August 11 and opening on August 12, playing Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. through September 12. “Angels in America” is set in New York City during the mid-1980s and follows the interconnected lives of several people affected by the AIDS crisis. From the tragedy of AIDS to the camp comedy of drag queens, “Angels in America” transports us from NYC to Washington, the Kremlin, the South Bronx and Salt Lake City, while dealing with Jews, Mormons, WASPs, mixed ethnic cultures and switching between realism and fantasy. There are intense spiritual experiences and frequent references to the Reagan Administration. “Angels in America” first appeared on Broadway in 1993 and was included in Harold Bloom’s controversial list of what he considered to be the most important works in literature published in 1994. Tickets on line at – click on Brown Paper Tickets – or by phone at (800) 838-3006. Limited seating. Tickets in advance: $24.95; at the door $29.95. H

Christian Rocker to Sue Rachel Maddow for $50M NEW YORK, NY – You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International, Inc., a foundation dedicated to restoring morality and values in the nation’s youth, has announced they will sue MSNBC, Rachel Maddow and others who defamed its founder, Bradlee Dean. The foundation is suing for $50-million, though they say “money is not the issue,” claiming Maddow made false accusations over remarks about homosexuals and Sharia Law which he says were misrepresented by Maddow. Bradlee Dean, a renowned hard metal rocker who came to Christ after suffering a hard life as a young boy, has dedicated his life to this mission, a mission that has been under attack by liberal media since its inception. In a press release, Dean’s attorney wrote: “In the course of his ministry, Dean once made a statement on radio criticizing his fellow Christians for not taking a stronger stand about the gay rights lobby promoting homosexuality in the schools. He made a strong reference to Muslims taking the issue more seriously in the context of Shariah law, but did not condone their practices. It was Bradlee's intent to focus attention on the issue, not to advocate harm to anyone. Despite the very clear disclaimer by Bradlee Dean on his ministries website and elsewhere regarding the false accusation that he was calling for the execution of homosexuals, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and others seized on and accused Dean on her show of supporting

the killing of homosexuals, as is the practice in some radical Islamic countries. This seriously has harmed Dean and the ministry, who pride themselves on respect and love for all people.” The other part of the press release explains that Dean is taking this action because he is a Michele Bachmann ally and Maddow and the left wing are out to bring her down. H

which destroyed Lindsay Curnow and Juliet Leigh's flower business, Blooming Bulbs. The business was torched seven days after being defaced with homophobic graffiti. The pair had also had their homes and car vandalized days earlier. Now the couple is fleeing to Auckland, where they hope to escape the constant persecution they have suffered for seven years. H

Italy Rejects Anti-Homophobia Bill

Malawi's LGBT Advocates Threatened with Arrest

ROME, ITALY – By a vote of 293 to 250, Italy’s parliament has rejected a bill to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people from discrimination. Italy already bans discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, ethnicity and nationality, but activists say rising numbers of homophobic attacks means LGBT people need more protection. Gay rights activists have called on the European Union to step in. H

LILONGWE, MALAWI – Two of Malawi’s leading LGBT rights advocates are in hiding after being threatened with arrest for treason. Malawi is a small republic located in the middle of Africa. According to LGBT Asylum News, the two leaders, Undule Mwakasungula, Human Rights Consultative Committee chairperson, and executive director of Centre for Development of People, Gift Trapence, are the strongest advocates for LGBT human rights in Malawi and have long been targeted by the government. The government has blamed withdrawals of foreign aid on them personally. H

HRC Announces Equality Bus Tour WASHINGTON, D.C. – “On the Road to Equality” is the Human Rights Campaign’s nationwide bus tour to spread the message of equality by educating the American public and empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to become advocates for themselves and their families. The 12-week tour will travel to 17 cities in 11 states and the District of Columbia, with particular emphasis on the Midwest and south where there are limited legal protections for LGBT people and living openly and honestly can be difficult. The tour comes as a new nationwide poll from HRC finds that Americans widely support LGBT equality issues, but more work remains to be done. HRC’s new poll, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, shows support for equal marriage at 51 percent (43 percent in the Midwest and south), in line with other national polls on the issue. Support for non-discrimination protections for LGBT people in employment, housing and public accommodations is strong nationally at 79 percent, as is support for protections against bullying in schools at 73 percent. Respondents also overwhelmingly say anti-gay discrimination is a problem (79 percent) and anti-transgender discrimination is a problem (74 percent). The tour plans to make stops at Salt Lake City, Utah, Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska, Lawrence, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri, New Orleans, Louisiana, Austin and College Station, Texas, Little Rock, Arkansas, Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Georgia, Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida. H

Kiwi Lesbian Couple Forced From Home after Attacks AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – A lesbian couple from New Zealand have been forced to relocate after a string of anti-gay attacks left them terrified. Police are investigating an arson attack

Judge Strikes AntiCircumcision Initiative from Ballot SAN FRANCISCO, CA – A judge in San Francisco has struck down a proposed anti-circumcision ban from the city’s November ballot. Proponents of the ban argued that circumcision was not a medical procedure and that the ballot measure included an exception in cases where circumcision was needed for health reasons. They also compared the procedure to female circumcision, which is regulated and argued that the ballot measure would protect boys the same way. Both Jewish and Muslim religious groups filed a suit claiming the initiative violated a state law that bars local governments from regulating health care professionals. After hearing oral arguments, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Loretta Giorgi struck the measure off the ballot claiming the measure attempted to regulate a medical procedure. H

India’s First Married Lesbian Couple Require Protection GURGAON, INDIA – India's first married lesbian couple has been given police protection and moved to a safe house fearing the two women would be targeted in an “honor” killing. Savita, a 25-year old student at Choudhary Charan Singh University and her 20-year old wife Veena were married by a court in Haryana, close to New Delhi, earlier this month. Savita had been forced to marry a man against her will earlier this year and left her husband just five months after her forced marriage. The court granted her a divorce and gave its approval for her to marry Veena. In the court ceremony on

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Durban Declared South Africa’s Gayest City DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – Durban has declared itself the “gayest” city in the county, according to the Durban Lesbian and Gay Community Health Center. The Center contends that, compared with other big cities such as Johannesburg and Cape Town, Durban was the most accommodating towards the LGBT community and that Durban has the smallest number of reported hate crimes. H

Gay Man Faked Hate Crime IOWA CITY, IA – Police have charged an Iowa City man, who had reported he may have been the victim of a hate crime, with filing a false report. According to The Daily Iowan, Ryan Grant Watson, 30, was charged with providing a false report to law enforcement, a serious misdemeanor. Watson, a University of Iowa graduate student, had told police he was assaulted June 11. A press release said that Watson told police he was assaulted by a black male in an alley early in the morning. Watson said the man hit him in the face, causing him to fall back against the wall, sustaining cuts to his face, knee and ankle. Watson also said the attacker yelled a gay slur at him. The complaint detailing Watson's charge said the report was then forwarded to investigations for followup, during which police said they began to question its validity. Police also said Watson had led several people to believe he had been assaulted, requiring surgery and hospitalization and also stated the offense may have been a hate crime after the alleged incident. The complaint said further investigation and interviews with Watson made it clear the offense reported did not take place and the complaint said Watson eventually confessed the report was false. He then allegedly told officers he was still intoxicated when walking in the alley and he fell and hurt himself. H

Lambda Legal Files Lawsuit On Behalf of Woman Attacked at Sizzler Restaurant NEW YORK, NY – What was supposed to be a relaxing, enjoyable brunch at Sizzler turned into a horrifying ordeal of discrimination, violence and degradaContinues on NEWS on Page 8

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tion targeting a lesbian because she did not conform to the stereotypes of how a woman should look. According to a press release from Lambda Legal, the organization filed a discrimination lawsuit in Queens County Supreme Court against the Sizzler Restaurant in Forest Hills, Queens, on behalf of Liza Friedlander, who was violently attacked while trying to dine with friends at her favorite breakfast spot. The press release said that on September 18, 2010, Liza Friedlander and two friends went to a Sizzler restaurant in Forest Hills, Queens, for the breakfast buffet. After paying, Friedlander served herself from the buffet. As Friedlander was walking back toward her table to join her companions, a Sizzler manager aggressively approached her. Allegedly, in front of other restaurant patrons, the manager began yelling at Friedlander, accusing her of not paying for the breakfast buffet. He violently shoved Friedlander in the chest, causing her to fall backward, and kicked her in the legs while yelling for her to get out of the Sizzler and calling her a “fucking dyke”. Lambda Legal said that the Sizzler dining room quickly devolved into a threatening scene when patrons began terrorizing Ms. Friedlander, with Sizzler patrons screaming at her, spewing homophobic and hate-filled epithets. A male diner began yelling at Friedlander, calling her a “he-she freak” and demanding that she leave the restaurant. Another man threatened to take Ms. Friedlander outside and sexually assault her, threatening that he would show her “what a dick is”. The man then threw objects at Friedlander. Finally, after police arrived, a battered Friedlander was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. This case is the first test of the newly enacted bias crime law passed in August, 2010, to hold individuals accountable for anti-LGBT violence and intimidation. H

Bachmann to Speak at Anti-Gay Group Dinner ORLANDO, FL – The Florida Family Policy Council has invited Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to headline its annual policy awards dinner. According to Think Progress, the FFPC raises hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to oppose abortion rights, “the gay agenda,” and Islam. In 2008, they successfully led the charge to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions in Florida’s state constitution. H

25% of Gay Teens in Massachusetts are Homeless BOSTON, MA – According to GLAAD, a new study by Children’s Hospital Boston looks at the incidence of homelessness among high school youth in Massachusetts and finds a distinct disparity among youth who are homeless. The study, which finds that roughly 1 in 4


lesbian and gay teens and 15 percent of bisexual teens are homeless, compared to 3% of exclusively heterosexual teens, is the first of its kind to look at population based data. Children’s Hospital Boston quotes Heather Corliss, the study’s author saying, “Prior studies in homeless street youth have found that sexual minorities occur in much higher numbers than we’d expect based on their numbers in the community in general. This study looked at the magnitude of the difference for the first time.” Other research shows that higher rates of homelessness among LGBT youth can be attributed to family conflict over their sexual orientation, emotional and physical abuse, and higher rates of substance abuse. While we have known for a while that gay and lesbian youth make up a disproportionally high number of homeless youth, now we have data to show that gay and bisexual youth are much more likely than their straight peers to experience homelessness. H

Cuba to Consider Marriage Equality HAVANA, CUBA – According to CNN, Cuban authorities are considering legislation legalizing same-sex civil unions. The announcement was made by Mariela Castro, daughter of Raul Castro and the director of Cuba’s national sex education center, during an interview with Spanish broadcaster Cadena Ser earlier this month. Castro, the island’s leading gay rights advocate, said Cuban authorities are already studying the proposal in preparation for the upcoming Community Party conference in January 2012. Six other Latin American nations already recognize same-sex civil unions: Uruguay, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina and certain states in Mexico (in certain states). H

SLDN Releases “Freedom to Serve” Information WASHINGTON, D.C. – Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) unveiled a comprehensive new legal guide for LGBT service members, veterans, future recruits and their families, creating a first-of-its-kind overview of laws and policies related to military service in the U.S. following the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), as well as practical information for advocates and friends of LGBT service members. “Freedom to Serve: The Definitive Guide to LGBT Military Service” is downloadable at “The information contained in this legal guide will help service members, prospective service members, their families, and friends make informed decisions about how to serve successfully as we move beyond ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ It will also assist them in understanding how to protect themselves when necessary and how to respond if they are targeted in any way for their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity,” said SLDN Legal Director David McKean. H


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issues,” Ellich told a group of WMBA members during a pre-planned lunch at Humpy’s Pizza. “I don’t always agree with what he says either, but he is our Congressman and represents a section of Wilton Manors and he wants to speak before us. Maybe I’m naïve in thinking that we can all come together and he would be well-received. I had no idea this was going to happen.” Also caught off-guard was the Wilton Manors City Commission. In a written statement, the Commission said “[They] would like to make clear that while they do not support Congressman West’s positions on equality for the GLBT community, the city is against the threatened action to call for a boycott of local businesses.” The statement was issued by Wilton Manors City Manager Joe Gallegos. In the past, Ellich has volunteered her time helping out at gay-sponsored events in the city, such as the Stonewall Festival and Wicked Manors. “I’m obviously a friend of the gay community and have been for years,” said Ellich at the Humpy’s gathering. “Everybody who knows me knows that I’ve worked on gay campaigns. To me, it’s not a gay/straight issue; it is a matter of happenstance.” Now she is worried about her safety. “I do feel bullied right now. Maybe that’s how the gay community has felt in the past, I don’t know. But I’ve been bullied, I’ve been threatened, I’m holding back tears, I’m trying not to get upset, trying to hold it together,” she said. Some members of the gay business community are also stunned by the reaction, saying that it’s simply a matter of West practicing his right to free speech, while others have either already quit WMBA or are considering doing so. Steve Dejong, owner of Humpy’s Pizza which hosted the recent WMBA lunch meeting, said that the lunch date was set long before the West controversy sprung up. He said that when West’s appearance was made public just the day before the WMBA lunch, he wasn’t sure that if there was going to be demonstrators in front of his restaurant. He was hoping that, during the lunch, Ellich would announce that West had cancelled or that the organization uninvited him. Ellich closed her talk in front of the WMBA members with: “I don’t want to hurt the association and, at this point, the congressman still wants to speak before the group. His chief of staff wants to make sure it’s just the association; he didn’t anticipate this being a giant circus for the Wilton Manors’ residents. He wanted it to be a business association meeting. That’s one of the things he works with is small businesses in his district. He wants questions about the debt, the economy and other business issues.” “It wasn’t meant to do any harm, and I say that from my heart; that’s all I can say to you guys. I didn’t mean for anybody to be harmed, and I’m sorry if I did. The board has not made any decision to cancel this or disinvite this man. But he is a Congressman, he does want to speak and, at this point, that’s where it stands.”

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However, over the weekend the furor of West’s scheduled appearance blossomed into almost a revolt between the two sides of the issue and, on Monday morning, Ellich cancelled the planned August 8th meeting fearing, hostilities over the possibility of demonstrating groups: those opposed to West’s appearance and those who favor his appearance. Later on Monday, West’s office released a letter thanking WMBA for the invitation to speak and expressing his disappointment in the meeting’s cancellation. “As I stated in my letter dated July 27, 2011,” wrote West, “as a member of the House Small Business Committee, I was looking forward to meeting with business owners to discuss issues such as access to capital, the national debt and the economy, as well as hearing directly from them on their concerns operating a business in South Florida.” “Once again,” he ended his letter, “I am disappointed I will not be able to speak in front of the Wilton Manors Business Association; however, I will always standby to provide any assistance to all small business owners in Wilton Manors and to all constituents of the 22nd Congressional District.” Later Monday evening, a group of concerned citizens formed The Coalition for Equality and Fairness to better help educate the general community on LGBT issues. They released the following statement: “A non-partisan group of community and business leaders was formed today, entitled 'The Coalition for Equality and Fairness (CEF)', to create an organization designed to protect citizenship diversity and inhibit public officials from bullying the LGBT community in order to advance their own political and personal agendas. “The first order of business for the CEF will be to conduct an open and public educational rally next Monday, August 8, at 6 p.m., in Wilton Manors, entitled 'Allen West: In His Own Words'. Our purpose is not to censor anyone; it is to censure those who attempt to abuse us. “The Coalition will be issuing a mission statement on Wednesday evening defining and articulating its purpose and objectives, at which time the venue for the community rally and gathering will also be announced. “To participate in the rally or the initial organizing efforts of the CEF, please send an expression of interest to, coordinating outreach at the present time.” At press time, there was no further information concerning the planned August 8th rally. For further information, please visit H

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for the last week and a half.” “Carnivorous Licks,” a team member of the Gold Coast Derby Grrls and their public relations director, said that the team first found out about the closing of the roller rink from a posting on Facebook. “Then we were given a notice of evacuation that we have to be out by August 13th,” said Licks. “And we’re going to go skate at Holiday Park or places like that and do the best we can to find maybe a warehouse to skate at. The sad part is our entire history has been there and we don’t have that now.” The team will also be skating at the War Memorial Auditorium and up in West Palm Beach.

The Gold Coast Derby Grrls Licks said that they’ve participated in Intoxiskate and Gay Skate and that it will be strange that those won’t be around anymore since they, along with the Gold Coast Skating Rink, were such a huge part of the LGBT community. “Even though this is a tough time for us,” said Licks. “We’ve been through worse. So we’ll just have to tough it out and if, we have to travel an hour to skate, we’ll travel an hour to skate. If we have to skate outside, we’ll skate outside. We’ll just have to work a little harder to achieve what we want. Even though there’s a few bumps in the road right now, we have a lot of huge things ahead for us. We’ll be fine.” H


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Angels in S. Florida By CLIFF DUNN Playwright Tony Kushner’s award-winning “Angels in America” is coming to Andrews Living Arts (ALA) in Fort Lauderdale for a four-week run. The play, set in New York City during the mid-1980s, follows the interconnected lives of several people affected by the AIDS crisis, including former Nixon and Reagan advisor Roy Cohn, who died in 1986 claiming to the very end that he was suffering from liver cancer. ALA producer and “Angels” director Robert D. Nation says the production “will feature some of the finest actors in the South Florida area.” The production first appeared on Broadway in 1993 and was included in Harold Bloom’s controversial 1994 list of the most important works in literature. “Angels” – which has not been seen in South Florida in over a decade – previews August 11, opens August 12, and plays through September 4, with shows on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

In Vino Veritas To celebrate their establishment’s OneYear Anniversary, owners Scott Kraft and Paula Pace of The Mason Jar Café invite you to partake (responsibly) of their halfprice wine special – by the bottle or by the glass – throughout the month of August (just try not to overdo it).

Go, West! South Florida Congressman Allen West was hoping for more of a warm welcome when he was invited by the Wilton Manors Business Association (WMBA) to address its members at a meeting in Hagen Park on August 8. Instead, the invitation drew heat (the prickly kind), including sharp criticism from gay activists. Michael Rajner, Legislative Director of the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus, wrote to members of WMBA saying that anything short of a cancellation of West’s visit would result in "community leaders and other social justice advocates" "boycott[ing] any and all businesses" that are members of the business association. The Republican West, a retired Army lieutenant colonel elected to the U.S. House in 2008 (his 22nd Congressional District represents the eastern part of Wilton Manors, then loops around to more politically conservative environs), opposes gay marriage, as well as the repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell ban on gays serving openly in the armed services. Rajner said that West’s scheduled appearance at the Island City organization would fly in the teeth of the type of diverse community that Wilton Manors represents. The association’s president, Celeste Ellich, said that West’s opposition to a number of gay rights issues shouldn’t disqualify him as an invited speaker asked to discuss matters related to business, debt and the economy. But Ellich, who ran unsuccessfully last year for a seat on the Wilton Manors City Commission, called a previously unscheduled meeting of the WMBA board on Monday, August 1, to determine the best course of action.

A source close to Open for Business says that as of this column’s writing, the August 8 meeting had been cancelled (which would seem to void the need to rescind West’s invitation, or put the embattled lawmaker in the equally awkward position of having to decline it at the last minute). For his part, West didn’t sit out the controversy watching from the sidelines. In a letter to Ellich, West wrote: "I am concerned about individuals or organizations that would call upon a boycott and try to hurt hard-working small business owners only because an association wants to be better informed on business related issues that are taking place in Washington, D.C." Stay tuned for the fallout.

Domestic Partner Tranquility A report released last week by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics says that about a third of all workers in the U.S. has access to health care benefits for samesex partners. The findings, which were released July 26, are part of the first comprehensive count of domestic partner benefits by a federal agency. Philip Doyle, the Bureau’s assistant commissioner, says that the results came about after officials added two questions about domestic partner benefits for samesex couples to the National Compensation Survey. The Survey – a sample of 17,000 businesses and local governments – found that 33% of state and local government employees have access to domestic partner health benefits for same-sex couples; in the private sector, that number is 29%. The findings reveal that access to benefits varies depending on the type of job. Among the highest rates of access were had by business and financial managers, at 52%; in the service industry, only 17% of employees had access. (In total, 42% of service workers have access to health care; about a third of those had access to domestic partner health benefits.) Among private employers, the regions of the country with the greatest access were the Pacific region (California, Oregon and Washington State), the Mountain region (including Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico) and New England. The South is among the regions with the lowest access. Among other things, the findings will allow researchers to track whether laws on same-sex marriage affect the availability of domestic partner benefits.

By the Numbers According to the Urban Institute (“Facts and Findings from The Gay and Lesbian Atlas”), Wilton Manors ranks 3rd in the U.S. for percentage of gay residents, as a proportion of total population. (Wilton Manors has approximately 1270% more gay men per capita than the national average.) The Fort Lauderdale area in general ranks 4th in Metro areas (per capita). Oakland Park is ranked 6th. H


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Sighs, Queens Determining Penis Size May Be Just a Finger Away By CLIFF DUNN The old canard about the size relation of one’s hands and feet to the length one’s penis has long been dispelled by competent experts. But researchers in South Korea say there may be a direct relationship between finger length and the longitude of one’s manhood. According to researchers at Gachon University in Incheon, the inverse ratio of a man’s index finger to that of his ring finger is a dependable way to determine penile span. Reporting last week in the Asian Journal of Andrology, Dr. Tae Beom Kim, a urologist, and colleagues studied 144 men age 20 and over. (The men were undergoing urological surgery for conditions having nothing to do with penis length.) The subjects’ right index and ring fingers were measured for length prior to surgery. The subjects’ penis length was measured immediately after the subject was given anesthesia; length was measured while the penis was flaccid and after it had been stretched to its maximum protractedness. (According to the researchers, the stretched length of one’s member is believed to correlate to its erect length.) The researchers reported that, gener-

ally, the lower the ratio of the measure of both fingers, the longer was the penis’ stretched length. If you’re tickled by the Korean “finger formula,” you’re not alone: a number of studies have concluded that the ratio of a man’s finger lengths is a function of exposure to the sex hormones estrogen and testosterone, pre-birth. Research suggests that the portion of one’s male anatomy could likewise be so determined. More finger food for thought: Research from the University of Vienna found that males with the lower index-to-ring-finger ratio have more symmetrical faces and are more attractive to females; something called the “sexy ratio.” In 2010, British researchers from Warwick University and the Institute of Cancer Research found that a man's risk for prostate cancer is also related to his ratio between the two digits: men with index fingers longer than their ring fingers were one-third less likely to develop prostate cancer. H

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HOW BIG ARE YOU? The new Korean study shows that John Manning – the ‘finger professor’ – was right… In his second book titled “The Finger Book”, Manning had pointed out that the length of the index finger correlates with the length, glans & volume of the penis.

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Choose Choice I spent some time this weekend thinking about life: The past, the present and the future. Then I began to wonder about the choices I have made, and only I made, that have shaped my life. It is so easy to blame circumstance and so on, but when it comes down to it, I made the choices to get me to where I am. Whilst thinking, it became evident that my focus wasn’t on the now or the future, but looking back, examining each choice, and wondering if I had picked the other fork in the road, would be life be better? Different? One of the biggest hindrances to your future, to your life and to your well being is your past. The amount of time we spend looking backwards and missing what’s happening in the now and what you are heading for is ludicrous, but we have to actively choose to change. We all have choices and, as we can’t predict the future, we have to make choices there and then. One way to keep these choices clear is to ensure we always think about the consequences. All your choices in your life will have consequences. Choice, however, is rarely permanent. If you are in a stage right now where you regret your choice in some area of your life, remember you can chose to change that aspect. Did you choose to go back to an ex? Did you choose to live a certain type of negative lifestyle? Have you chosen to ignore the warning signs? Well, now you can choose you, choose to improve your life. Quite simply, the things that determine your life begin with the choices you make. We start off learning about choice from our parents; how to make them, what potential consequences there could be and so on. Yet, every day we think we have a multitude of options before us, where to eat, what to wear, who to see and, though we do, how we were raised and our social standing or background will immediately limit those choices. The biggest choice we face always, of course, is the choice between right and wrong. Sometimes the answer to that question of what is right or wrong is

FOUNDER MULTIMEDIA PLATFORMS glaringly obvious and other times like when you tell a friend a white lie to save their feelings, or when you don’t tell someone something you know so as to protect them. Lying is wrong as a universal truth, yet you can chose when it is right; choose wisely, though! Perception plays a big role in how we choose to react to instructions of right and wrong. In reality, how effective we are at making choices that enhance our lives depends a great deal on individual self-control and regulation. Choice is about weighing up options, deciding a course of action having examined the variables. In the community we are faced with a lot of choices, and each day, we make active decisions on how we will behave, what we will do, and how our actions will pan out.

So many people often say. ‘I didn’t have a choice’. That’s a cop out; there is always a choice – it maybe the choice between two evils but it’s a choice none the less. A lot of what we have to bear in mind with choice is it’s a blessing. We have the options, yet only we can choose to be involved in our own lives. We choose the good, to be kind, loyal, genuine and aware of our surroundings the same way we choose the bad, like choosing to cheat on our spouses, drink too much or be promiscuous. You have to own up to what you choose or, not only are you copping out in that situation, you are copping out of your life.

Letters to the Editor OPEN LETTER DEAR MAYOR RESNICK, As a person who lives and works in Wilton Manors, I want to express my sincere objection to Mr. West coming to speak to the Wilton Manors Business Association. He has made numerous comments that reflect he is homophobic and a bigot. His views support policies and beliefs that discriminate against the LGBT Community and he is not welcome here. When will our society stop condoning discrimination toward LGBT individuals through support of those that openly discriminate against us? No one would think twice about not having an individual speak at their function who has openly expressed discriminatory views against blacks,





Alex Vaughn We often fail to realize how lucky we are to have choices. Many people in this world genuinely don’t, and yet when you look around at your friends and families, you will see that the luxury of choice is squandered and ignored. We don’t harness that power to take on responsibility of our own lives. I looked back and forward and I am now clear. I chose this life, in some way or other, through my conscious and subconscious. I made certain choices that got me to where I am right now. All the negativity or elements I don’t like are up to me to change, and that change will only come about when I say so, when I chose to make it happen. In your life you need to take control, to remind yourself whatever you have or don’t have is up to you. You need to choose to change it – only you can no one else. You can’t expect change until you make it. I hear so many people complaining about things like the economy and their lives and the community and sure, we all have moments where we feel out of control, but you know what? Choose not to and you will see how quickly things will change! H “If you were given only one choice: To choose or not to choose, which would you choose?” – Unknown


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Hispanics, women, Jews, the disabled and/or the elderly, but when it comes to the LGBT community, there always seems to be a different standard. Let’s see the Wilton Manors Business Association invite the head of the KKK or the head of the Aryan Nation come to speak. Mr. West is just a wolf in sheep's clothing and he is no better than David Duke or Erik Rudolph. How embarrassing that a city that prides itself on tolerance and has such a large LGBT community would invite someone to speak who is so very intolerant against the majority of us that live here. What a slap in the face. But again, he only harbors discriminatory views against gays, so it's OK. Right? MARC J. ROMANO WILTON MANORS, FL

In response to Editor’s Opinion “One Last Hit” in the July 28th Issue of the Florida Agenda. DEAR EDITOR, Thank you so much for your piece last week, you are completely right about not only the sadness of Amy Winehouse’s death but also how recovering addicts are so mean and bitter and don’t help those in trouble. I think that is so wrong and thank you for bringing that up. They should ashamed of themselves the way they are happy to ignore people who are becoming addicted when they should be the people to see the first signs and reach out. BRUCE WILTON MANORS




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Who Knew? A Bed’s Tale – What’s on the sheets may be as important as what happens between them. By sam knew, msw

Condom … check. Playful body inspections … check. Names … check. So, what are you missing that might put you in danger of becoming one of the three hundred million plus people in the world who contract “Sarcoptes Scabiei Var. Hominis,” or what’s more commonly referred to as “scabies”. This infestation of the skin by human itch mites has the possibility of burrowing into the layers of the skin, causing an irritable rash while laying its eggs. And this is one sexually transmitted disease (STD) you can contract even with your clothes on. Transmission of scabies is primarily

through skin-to-skin contact, which is why it is considered an STD. Scabies mites can also be spread through casual contact, such as “dancing, close personal contact, and normal intimate contact between members of a family,” according to Varment Guard, a pest control service. However, scabies can also be contracted via clothes, towels or bed sheets. In addition, individuals with compromised immune systems are at risk of contracting a severe form of scabies called “crusted” or “Norwegian Scabies,” which is more easily transmitted. The most common symptom of scabies is itchiness, usually in areas of the body such as the elbow, between the fingers, armpit, breast, nipples, penis and buttocks. The female mites are responsible for burrowing eggs below the skin, creating grayish-white or skin-colored lines on the surface of the skin. The intense skin itching can lead to further infections, allowing bacteria into the skin, possibly causing inflammation of the kidneys and, for a few dozen individuals each year, death. Unfortunately, individuals can go weeks – even months – before symptoms

develop. However, it is still possible to contract scabies from an infected person who doesn’t display symptoms. A person with crusted (Norwegian) scabies can spread the disease “by brief skin-to-skin contact or by exposure to bedding, clothing, or even furniture that he/she has used,” according to the Center for Disease Control, which is why those infected should seek immediate treatment. Itching may still continue up to three weeks after a topical lotion treatment is applied, which should be simultaneously followed by a laundry list, including bedding, towels and clothes. So, what should be left on your checklist to avoid this type of STD? Here’s a hint … two words. That’s right, “personal hygiene”. Maintaining personal hygiene is vital and a great indicator of your partner’s health status. Although contraction of scabies is not a reflection of one’s personal hygiene, individuals with good personal hygiene and sanitary living condition are less likely to contract the disease. In addition, infected individuals with good hygiene have less mite infestation, decreasing the rate of transmission to others. H

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Sideview Mirror • Part 4 By AJ CROSS

(The following is the finalé of a four part series which has run for four consecutive weeks) He continued kissing me and then, finally, turned me over. He kissed my neck and back and then he propped me up a bit as he began to feast on the lower part of me. I could barely keep my breath as he buried his tongue deep inside of me. After a few minutes of what can only be described as sensational, he whispered into my ear “are you ready”. The question needed no explanation and I just said “yes”. As he pushed it in slowly and steadily, my knees gave out and his strong arms kept me from the ground. He grabbed my waist and hoisted me up and onto my knees. He thrusts were forceful and deep and steady. His grip upon me was firm and he occasionally would bite down on my neck almost in timing when he would go in the deepest. The sweat began to build on us both and I could feel it dripping from his brow onto my back. He started to push faster and deeper until I could not even feel any other part of my body. He briefly came out of me and then laid himself down on the floor and, without giving me instructions, I sat upon him and I took over, pretending that he was one of the horses he had been caring for his whole life. The sweat was so much that my hands kept sliding off his

broad chest. I leaned down and kissed him as he held my butt in his hands and pushed harder and harder. Just at the point when, without even touching myself I was going to explode, I heard a hard knock on the window of my car. I opened my eyes and the man in the cowboy hat I had seen in the sideview mirror was standing there. I was taken off guard. Within seconds of first seeing him getting out of his truck, my mind had taken me so far. It all seemed so real to me, yet it all happened in moments in my thoughts. He gestured for me to roll down the window, so I did and he asked me if I was ok. I told him that the car stalled out and that there were some lights that came on which may be indicating a problem. He told me that there was not going to be a place to stop for a while and offered for me to go with him until the rain stopped. I turned off the car and grabbed my bag and followed him to his truck. When I got into the passenger side, I could not help but ask him if his name was Luke. He smiled and said no. My name is “Matthew”. “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear” took on a whole new meaning that night. H

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Ahead of the Game

Gut Instincts have proven successful for property tycoon Vincent Clancy. By whom?

Vincent Clancy, Founding Partner of the Davinci Group, has had a remarkable life, having travelled and spent many years in the automotive industry. He is now turning foreclosures and short sales in the property market into a thriving business. His contributions to the real estate of the community have been ahead of the economic game, from multi-million dollar waterfront homes in the boom to short sales in the crashes. Here is his story. Vincent Clancy was born in 1959 in Westminster, California, near Disney-land, into a large Irish family of 8 boys and 1 girl. His family relocated to the San Francisco east bay area where Vincent attended High School at San Ramon Valley High in Danville, California. His father owned and operated a concrete pumping contracting business still in operation today by one of his brothers. Vince’s Father’s company poured the underwater concrete tube for the BART trains to run through between Oakland and San Francisco under the San Francisco bay. His mother ran the family business from home and took care of the kids. At the age of 17, Vincent took a trip to Hawaii and Maui with his best friend and loved it. “He said I will be back to live here someday”. It turned to be true. At the age of 18, he moved into his first apartment in Walnut Creek, California. A year later, he decided to move to Los Angeles. Vincent had a best friend growing up whose dad was a full-time Realtor© and was told at the age of eight, ‘you could sell ice to Eskimo’s you would do well in real estate boy.’ It turned out to be a good assessment. In 1979, Vincent was working as a parts manager of an independent Volvo service and body center in Beverly Hills. He bought his first foreclosure in 1980. He convinced the lender to approve his loan

by driving to Orange County to the lender’s head office and speaking with the lady who was handling the loan directly. Not possible in today’s crazy lending maze. Also in 1979, he met his first partner Jana Alor, an English student from Mexico City. His father relocated the family to Mexcio City after working as an accountant for the Franco government in Spain. While his friends were playing at the beach on free time, Vincent and his lover were sanding, painting and fixing. He bought his second home in 1983 in the Hollywood Hills near the famed Mulholland Dr. Since interest rates were 21 percent on home loans, he arranged owner financing with the seller and moved in. In that same year, he partnered with one of his coworkers and opened his own service center in LA. “We bought 10,000.00 square feet of land on the busiest traffic corner in all of LA and modified a warehouse to fit the of the service center needs,“ he says. It was not a good time for the economy and his plan worked out well for the business,

were no Saturn’s on the road yet. No service or repairs needed. Vincent came up with an idea that Saturn would be the family one-stop service center for all the family cars, no matter the make or model. He started accepting ALL PRINTED COUPONS FROM ANY COMPETETOR. The Idea was not received well by the brass of GM, but it worked; the service and parts and body centers started showing profits running in the black in 90 days of opening. He was honored at an annual banquet in San Francisco in front of 800 of his peers. It was an idea that worked, yet again. Vincent proved his instincts were ahead of the game. In 1994, he was burnt out on 14 to 17 hour days at Saturn (they wanted him to open 18 more stores). He was missing the islands terribly and his real passion for real estate. He left Saturn and moved back to Hawaii, where he started buying and selling pre-foreclosures. He saw the Hawaii real estate market overheat and was watching it crash; the Japanese invasion was over. Huge Japanese banks were failing, property

tripling in revenue in one year offering better service at lower prices than the big dealerships. In 1985, Vincent and Jana, his lover of six years, moved to Honolulu with three mechanics, their families, a dog and two canaries plus all kinds of equipment to open a service center in Hawaii. Vincent bought an existing Porsche repair business and renovated and expanded it. It became the largest independent repair service and parts company for exotic cars on the islands. He lived in Manoa on the island of Oahu. In 1991, his lover of 12 years passed away. It was the end of an era, a chapter had closed. He sold his business that year to help pay medical bills and take time to recover from the huge loss. In 1992, he was hired by GM to open new car dealerships for a line of cars called Saturn, a completely new American car. He went to Tennessee for culture and product training. He was transferred to Sacramento, CA, and then to San Francisco to open new Saturn dealerships in those markets. At that time, it was taking Saturn dealerships 18 months to turn a profit. There

values dropped 40 percent. He studied other areas and had an interest in San Diego – the economy was not good in the early 90’s. He felt San Diego was ripe for a turnaround from the loss off the shrinking military cuts of the late 80’s that caused their economy to take a hit. In 1995, he went forth, followed his instincts and moved to San Diego and started buying real estate. It proved the right move. In 1999, he met his current partner Steven Eres. They were introduced the old fashioned way: By a mutual friend. The first question Vincent asked Steven was, “You’re cute but can you cook”? Forty pounds and twelve years later, the question was well and truly answered. In 2000, he moved backed to San Francisco and started buying foreclosures in Hawaii, commuting twice a week from Honolulu to San Francisco. In 2004, Steven bought a two level condo in South Beach. They moved to Florida in September, 2004. Then, in 2005, Vincent got his real estate license and was successful at selling multi-million dollar waterfront homes from the start. In 2007, he met with a local builder of

luxury homes and told him he felt a Japan/Hawaii crash was in the works and asked for all of the 130 listings worth over 100 million dollars. He told the builder he needed to drop prices and sell out of his inventory in six months to survive. He mentioned Lennar homes as an example. Vincent felt he had seen this crash before. He told the builder banks would fail before this is over. The builder laughed out loud at that notion, but gave Vincent all his listings; the builder and his wife, however, refused to lower prices. Wachovia cut their credit line and then Wachovia itself went under. In 2008, Vincent got his broker’s license and DaVinci Realty Group, Inc., was born. With agent Dalia Baciulyte, the name came from her first two letters and Vincent’s first four letters (yes, a real DaVinci Code!). Together, they have sold over 20 million dollars in real estate in a declining market since 2008 In 2009, Vincent saw banks willing to take huge discounts on the loans to the builder to cash them out, 20 cents on the dollar in some cases! Vincent knew at that moment he needed to change his business model and buy distressed properties and sell them to the buyers who are looking for great deals. Dalia and Vincent went to the Broward County courthouse foreclosure auctions to get the deals they were looking for. Instincts won out again. They are always expanding their reach into fast track short sales and buying notes directly from lenders holding distressed paper. “Bad news is VERY GOOD news for those that know what to do with it,” Vincent states Vincent newest idea he is working on is to start a regular blog on his website,, to educate and inform the public of the ever-changing landscape as it relates to foreclosures and short sales and Iivestment opportunities for the general public. He is finding many people are just not informed, or worse misinformed. He hopes that this free forum can help people make informed choices about their own situations. He has opened a second office at 18 E. Oakland Park Bl. and Steven Eres, Vincent’s partner of 12 years, has come on board since June 2011 to help run his offices as he expands another successful business model. Vincent says his father, a man of few words, gave him some advice that stood him in good stead for his life: “Life is full of choices. You make good ones and bad ones. For your sake, make more good ones" H

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n this week’s issue of Style & Entertainment we introduce our Entrepreneur Series of Profiles for August. This week we talk to Jack Atwell, Chef at Moments in Time Catering & Gourmet, as New York plays host to a rush of weddings for the LGBT community, Paul Rubio offers you a look at the hottest honeymoon destinations in Travel and we get Crazy and Stupid for this season’s romance “Crazy, Stupid Love” by Warren Day in Film. This week we get the skinny on the skinny jeans fad that has become a trend in Style, in Dining we sample the ‘Sublime’ and welcome guests in Home by Michael French. Don’t worry we also have your favorites, Recipe, Fitness, Home, Out in Florida and our State-wide Bar Guide. Enjoy! H – AV


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FORT LAUDERDALE/WILTON MANORS ALIBI 2266 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Gayborhood tradition since 1997. Comfortable, inviting atmosphere with indoor video bars, outdoor drinking and dining. Drink specials all week, with mammoth 22-ounce Long Island Iced Teas for $3 on Thursdays 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. 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. Pool open daily – No Cover or Day Pass. Great food, daily happy hour, Sunday afternoon T-Dance Poolside. Karaoke and live music. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. DUDES 3270 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!). LIPS 1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park The Ultimate in Drag Dining. Dinner and shows six nights a week. Sunday Gospel Brunch with the Sisters of Sequins. LIVING ROOM 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. 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. MONKEY BUSINESS 2740 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale Cozy neighborhood bar. Karaoke, drag shows, Patio Bar – and open at 9 a.m. daily. MONA’S 502 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Cocktail Lounge in the heart of Searstown. Fun customers, fun bartenders and fun proprietor (the Legendary Jerry). Outside patio. Wednesday karaoke, Thursday Speedball Tournament. NAKED GRAPE 2039 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Relaxing, friendly, hip, unique – the alternative gathering place on Wilton Drive. Wine tastings and events. Tuesday and Wednesday Late Night In the Biz.


PJ’S CORNER POCKET 924 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale Interracial Private Social Club. Bottle club memberships. Get your groove back on Wednesday nights with $2 drinks. RAMROD 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?).

SCORE 727 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach Dance, drink, party all night on Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road. Tons of events throughout the year, including fundraisers for Winter Party, White Party, and Miami Beach Gay Pride. SPACE 34 NE 11th St., Miami Mingle and mix with gays and str8s in the heart of Downtown Miami. Indoor dance floors and outdoor rooftop bar, spectacular light show.

ROSIE’S BAR & GRILL 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.

TWIST 1057 Washington Ave., Miami Beach Great music, friendly staff, hot tourists and locals. Never a cover, always a groove. Bungalow Bar = Hot Men. In SoBe’s Art Deco District.

SCANDALS SALOON 3073 NE 6th Avenue, Wilton Manors A line-dancin’, tight blue jeans-wearin’ good time. Country and western music, two-steppin’, three-steppin’, pool tables, and themed events year ‘round. Cowboys and Indians was never this much fun, Pilgrim.

JOHNNY’S MIAMI 62 NE 14th Street, Downtown Miami Club, bar and lounge. Johnny’s Miami boasts the best sound system in town! Plenty of safe, secured parking. Open 5pm to 5am daily. Hot male dancers and daily drink specials.

SIDELINES 2031 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Where Sports come first. Nationally known destination sports bar with TVs streaming NFL, MLB, NBA and college games. Pool tables, dart boards and large indoor (and now smoke-free) facility. Outdoor patio features area for smokers. Mixed crowd of gay men and women (who would have thought?). Featured in Bloomberg Businessweek and recommended by LOGO. STABLE 205 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Levis-and-leather neighborhood bar, where the bears line dance and the cowboys are VERY friendly. SMARTY PANTS 2400 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Cozy neighborhood bar with daily happy hour, and regular patrons. Show night Thursdays at 9 p.m. Karaoke Friday and Saturday nights, and with matinee on Sunday afternoon. TORPEDO 2829 W Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Dance, shoot pool, drink til 4 a.m., 7 nights a week. Doors open at Midnight; dance til Dawn. 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.

MIAMI/MIAMI BEACH BAR 721 721 N. Lincoln Lane, Miami Beach Plush, lush and flush, a luxe, sexy décor that includes soft carpeting, comfy couches and a Grown Up Playroom equipped with a flat screen TV for video games, pool table, ceiling-mounted speakers. Enjoy 5 to 10 p.m. happy hours including $6 premium drinks. CLUB BOI 777 NE 79 St., Miami With an urban vibe on the weekends, a diverse crowd and a diverse musical format, including Hip Hop, R&B, House, Reggae, Soca, Latin and Old School. Go-go bois and drink specials. CLUB SUGAR 2301 S.W. 32nd Ave., Miami Gay Latin scene, with Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Hip Hop and House music always playing. DISCOTEKKA 950 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Hot music, hot scene, hot bartenders, and hot patrons in the hot heart of Downtown Miami. MOVA LOUNGE 1625 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach On Miami Beach’s famed Lincoln Road, never a cover. Drink specials all week long, live DJs, high energy music and a fun crowd getting their dance on til late. PALACE BAR 1200 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach This bar and restaurant in the heart of South Beach’s Art Deco District .Mouth-watering burgers, boys (and girls!). Weekend cabaret shows Thursday through Sunday.

ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA HANKS 5026 Edgewater Dr., Orlando, FL Friendly local bar with a cruisy attitude. One of Orlando’s oldest and friendliest Gay bars. Beer and Wine. Pool Tables, Video Games and a Large Patio area. HAMBURGER MARY’S BAR & GRILL 110 West Church Street, Orlando, FL Eat, Drink & Be Mary! Tuesday BINGO with Miss Sammy & Carol Lee, Wednesday Trivia with Doug Bouser and Leigh Shannon’s Cabaret Dinner Show is every Saturday, 7:30PM. PARLIAMENT HOUSE 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL All gay entertainment complex with 130 newly-remodeled hotel rooms. Cruisy Hotel, Nightclub, Pool Bar, Bear/Leather Bar. NEW PHOENIX 7124 Aloma Ave., Winter Park, FL Winter Park’s ONLY Gay & Lesbian Bar. Been There Forever! Karaoke every Tuesday and Friday at 9pm. Drag shows every Saturday night. Home of the $1 Jello shots. PULSE 1912 S Orange Ave., Orlando, FL Orlando’s Premier Gay Bar & Nightclub with Ultra Lounge, Jewel Box Dance Floor, and Adonis Dancers. Twisted Tuesdays with $10 All-U-Can Drink, College Wednesdays (18+) and 2-4-1 every Friday for Happy Hour. SAVOY ORLANDO 1913 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL “The hottest” gay bar and nightclub in Orlando. The MEN OF SAVOY Dancers from 6PM til 2AM every night in the main bar! Video Bar, Pool Tables.


CITY SIDE 3703 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, FL Tampa Bay’s “Best Happy Hour” til Midnight every night of the week. GBAR 1401 E 7th Ave, Tampa (Ybor City), FL Dance Club & Video Bar. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 4PM til 3AM. No cover before 10PM, $5 after with ID. VALENTINES NIGHTCLUB 7522 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa, FL Voted #1 Nightclub in Tampa. Open 7 days a week 3PM to 3AM. Monday, Latin Night, Tuesdays are Boys Night Out, Wednesdays are Karaoke Night, Thursdays, No Cover Dance Party, Fridays feature Hot Go-Go Girls, Saturdays are Latino Night “Uncut” and Sundays are Hip Hop Night. Ki Ki Ki III 1908 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL One of The Oldest Bars (beer and wine). A plain bar without pretention with it’s share of young regulars. RAINBOW ROOM 421 S. MacDill Avenue, Tampa, FL A mix between a neighborhood bar and a community center. Main bar with pool, darts, jukebox. Outdoor Tiki patio has a full volleyball court and live bands. Beer & Wine.

ST. PETERSBURG GEORGIES ALIBI 3100 3rd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL One of the most popular gay bars in St. Pete. It’s always busy! Great VJ’s play Top 40 music. Mondays are Drag BINGO and Talent contest, Pool tourney Wednesdays, and the legendary Long Island Iced Tea nights on Thursdays. Ages 21 and over, never a cover! FLAMINGO RESORT 4601 34TH ST SOUTH, St. Petersburg, FL Florida’s “largest, luxury all gay resort”. Non-stop entertainment, great menu, and drinks served poolside at the Cabana. Weekly events and 2-4-1 Happy Hour daily from 11AM to 9PM. Saturday Happy Hour ($1 off) 11AM to 9PM. GEMINI LOUNGE 2315 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL Gemini Lounge aims to serve a variety of tastes; music, karaoke, Internet access, poetry readings and sports on TV. OAR HOUSE BAR & LIQUOR STORE 4807 22nd Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL Fun, friendly, laid-back atmosphere where you can get great drinks at cheap prices! Drama free! Happy Hour daily from 2PM til 9PM. HAYMARKET PUB 8308 4th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL More of a Men’s bar. Showing hot videos, beer specials, Saturday Underwear Night, and different events each week.

WYLDE'S 3557 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL Neighborhood bar South of Downtown Orlando. Jukebox, Video Games, Pool Tables and Dancers.

HIDEAWAY 8302 4th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL The oldest Womyn’s bar in the country. Where Music is always the main entree! Coldest selection of beer in town.

PARADISE ORLANDO 1300 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL Orlando’s casual Gay & Lesbian bar and nightclub. Patio, Tiki Bar and Pool Tables. Happy Hour 4 til 9PM and drink specials every day til 9PM.

DETOUR 2612 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL The hottest club in St. Pete. Daily specials, karaoke nights and gogo boys from Rico's Men. Noted for it’s Saturday Drag shows and Karaoke nights. Full liquor bar.

BAR CODES (Formerly Bear Bar) 4453 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL Friendly Bar, Real Men and Bears... Oh My! Beer and Wine. Tends to attract the after work Happy Hour crowd.


TAMPA BAY 2606 2606 N. Armenia Ave, Tampa, FL Tampa's favorite Levi/leather bar has two floors (dimly lit), with the upstairs being the more cruisy. There's Hog House shop on-premises, and the 2606 is home to the Tampa Leather Club. Monday is Underwear Night, Tuesdays are $1 drinks and on Wednesdays, Longnecks are just $1.50. AZALEA LOUNGE 1502 N Florida Ave., Tampa, FL Exposed brick, cold beverages and friendly staff are the mainstays of the recently bloomed Florida Avenue flower! Neighborhood Bar, pool tables. BAXTER'S LOUNGE 1519 S. Dale Mabry, Tampa, FL Tampa Happy Hour Tradition. Serving up some of the hottest dancers Wednesday thru Saturday nights at 10PM. FLIRT NIGHTCLUB & SHOWBAR 1909 N 15th St., Tampa, FL (Ybor City) Get that hometown feeling. Amazing lazer shows, big headliners and has been around for 6 years.

COLD KEG NIGHTCLUB 4060 West New Haven Avenue, Melbourne, FL Largest Gay Club in Melbourne Florida and the Premier Gay Bar & Nightclub in Brevard County. ULTRA LOUNGE 407 Brevard Avenue, Cocoa, FL Nestled in Cocoa Village, this bar has a full coffee bar, serving espresso, lattes, cappuccinos as well as draft beers & wine.

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THE METRO 2929 Plum Street, Jacksonville, FL The Metro Entertainment Complex has been serving the GLBT community for 17 years. Features a total of 7 different venues under one roof to choose from. Lesbo-A-Go-Go, monthly Tea Dances, special quest performers, female impersonators and live musicians. BOOT RACK SALOON 4751 Lenox Avenue, Jacksonville, FL Your Neighborhood Gay Bar - the place for men. Cold beer, music and a warm and cozy atmosphere. Hot men and cheap beer... We all know where that leads! AJ'S BAR & GRILL 10244 Atlantic Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL Annie and Janie invite you to stop by and see some old friends and meet some new ones! Great food, awesome service, delicious mixed drinks and live entertainment. PARK PLACE LOUNGE 931 King Street, Jacksonville, FL A fun and comfortable gay bar that’s accommodating to both gays and non-gays. A great place to watch your favorite game, or enjoy playing Wii while the liquor flows! THE NORM 2952 Roosevelt Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL A neighborhood bar. Everyone is welcome, but remember it is a girls bar! Beer and Wine only. 616 BAR 616 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL A warm and friendly atmosphere with a Patio bar. Karaoke on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Thursdays the Jax Bears are here for happy hour. Fridays and Saturdays enjoy the "Beer Blast". THREE LAYERS CAFE 1602 Walnut Street, Jacksonville, FL The name Three Layers comes from their large variety of delicious three layer cakes. An inviting loft style cafe located in Springfield. Enjoy a bistro style lunch or just stop in for your morning coffee. BO'S CORAL REEF 201 5th Avenue North, Jacksonville Beach, FL There are great shows Thursday through Sunday with the best of female impersonators. Pool tables, video games, and a large outdoor patio. The only gay bar on the beach!

INCAHOOTS 711 Edison Avenue, Jacksonville, FL This club offers good crowds every night. Recently remodeled with 3 bars and a friendly staff. Everyday is a different special. A fun place anytime. Full Liquor bar. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays except for special events. KICKBACKS GASTROPUB 910 King Street, Jacksonville, FL This is a top class venue serving over 600 different bottled beers, 84 beers on tap, breakfast, lunch and dinner 20hrs a day 7 days a week!

KWEST 705 Duval St., Key West, FL Daily Happy Hour from 3-8pm, and a piano sing-a-long every Wednesday night. Men dancing for men after 10PM. Weekly drink specials and "Wet Jockey" contests on Fridays. SALOON ONE 801 Duval Street, Key West, FL (Behind 801 Bar) This is the only gay leather bar in Key West. Conveniently located in the Bourbon Street Pub Complex.


LA TE DA 1125 Duval Street, Key West, FL An upscale hotel complex with 3 bars, cabaret and restaurant.

THE ROUNDUP 560 East Heinberg St, Pensacola, FL A neighborhood gay men’s bar... Pensacola’s Cowboy Bar. Open 2PM til 3AM daily.

PEARL’S PATIO BAR FOR WOMEN 525 United St., Key West, FL Tropical themed women's bar for gay women and gayfriendly women alike. Patio bar with a full bar featuring drinks like "Cosmopearlitans" and "Pearl's Passion".

CABARET 101 S Jefferson St # E, Pensacola, FL Not strictly a gay bar, the charming and friendly Cabaret is very much a fixture in Pensacola's GLBT community, drawing a mixed bunch each evening for happy hour, karaoke, videos, comedy shows, live music, and all-around hobnobbing and socializing.

KEY WEST BOURBON STREET PUB 724 Duval St., Key West, FL Opened in October of 1995 and has continued to grow ever since, it is now part of the larger collection of gay action in The Bourbon St. Pub Complex. Hot Go-Go boy dancers and a busy crowd. “Where the boys are!” 801 BOURBON BAR 801 Duval St., Key West, FL Cabaret shows upstairs with nightly performances by famed performers Sushi, Kylie, RV Beaumont, Margo, and others. This legendary establishment has been around for over 30 years, and host Happy Hour specials daily from 11AM - 8PM. AQUA NIGHTCLUB 711 Duval St., Key West, FL Aqua features the "Reality is a Drag" show six days a week, followed by dancing. Monday is karaoke night and don't miss the great happy hour specials from 3-8pm daily.

BOBBY’S MONKEY BAR 900 Simonton St., Key West, FL The gay Cheers style neighborhood bar of Key West. Happy Hour from Noon to 7pm, Karaoke on Sunday nights, pool tournaments on Tuesday nights at 7pm. Free Wi-Fi access. GARDEN OF EDEN 224 Duval Street, Key West, FL A Rooftop Bar with the BEST VIEWS in the city & “BEST Long Island Ice Teas made by Melinda!” Gay, straight, fat, or skinny... Doesn’t matter! Clothing optional - gay friendly!

WEST PALM BEACH H G ROOSTERS 823 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, FL Dark bar that attracts a fun party crowd. Camp is in at H.G.'s, where drag shows and bingo nights pack in crowds looking for laughs and fun. THE LOUNGE 517 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL Sushi, tropical views and tasty cocktails are accompanied by acclaimed resident DJ Daisy DeadPetals. FORT DIX BAR & CLUB 6205 Georgia Ave, West Palm Beach, FL Mostly local crowd looking to mingle and relax. The bar is a bit on the dark and dingy side, but who knows--that could be a plus.


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OFFICE PUB 3704 Cleveland Ave , Fort Myers, FL Oldest gay bar in South West Florida with a festive attitude. This bear-friendly Office likes to have fun with underwear parties, drag shows, Wii bowling! Check out their country and western music night on Saturdays.

TUBBY'S 4350 Fowler Street , Fort Myers, FL Where men come to compete (in tournaments). "Never a cover... always a smile" Tubby's is a no-frills video bar with a total of 10 TVs and two projection screens available for patrons to use as they wish. Add a six-hour 2-4-1 Happy Hour during the Wii tournaments on the big screen! THE BOTTOM LINE 3090 Evans Ave , Fort Myers, FL This gay entertainment complex is one of the longest running clubs in southwest Florida at over 20 years, The Bottom Line features 7 bars, pool tables, drag shows and occasional guest appearances by porno stars.


TOTI: TAVERN ON THE ISLAND IN VENICE 127 Tampa Ave. East, Venice, FL This South Beach inspired gay bar, boasts a dance floor and a game room with pool tables and dart boards. It's clean, the music is mixed and the staff are friendly. A mixed crowd can be found most nights... younger, older (duh, this is Venice), gay and straight. Did you know that in the Caribbean, TOTI is slang for a beloved male appendage? How apropos.


SPIKES 4130 Northwest 6th Street, Gainesville, FL It is a laid-back kind of place, with friendly bar staff. The crowds vary depending on the night. The bar has a nice open air patio area that is rarely used, but would be nice if it was.

UNIVERSITY CLUB 18 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL This is a fairly average small college town gay bar. It is usually busy and crowded on Thursday nights.

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Entrepreneur Series Profiles for The Florida Agenda Over the month of August, we will be highlighting entrepreneurs of the community and getting their take on building a successful business within the community.

Moments In Time Catering & Gourmet

Chef and Owner, Jack Atwell

Jack Atwell, Owner & Chef By ALEX VAUGHN How long have you been here? I have lived in Fort Lauderdale going on 11 years. What brought you to South Florida? I think the biggest reason I came to Florida was the weather and the beach. I also found a more open gay life style here. Please tell Agenda readers about your business. I own a catering business and currently have expanded to a gourmet Bistro near the beach. We specialize in all homemade comfort foods. I think the biggest reason we are different, from a catering standpoint, is our foods are made in our kitchen and not from a vendors freezer. Our fresh approach to our entrees and catering is setting us apart from others. How long have you had your business and how is it going? My catering is relatively young in Fort Lauderdale – within the past 4 years. I owned a restaurant and catering company before moving here. My catering business has grown very rapidly, which is the reason for expanding to the bistro. I am very thankful to everyone who has supported my dream and help make it a reality. What niche did you feel was missing, that you started your business? I would like to think people are tired of mediocrity when it comes to food. I felt there was a need for real food – real food meaning, anything not pre-made, prepackaged or frozen. What is interesting

Moments In Time is available to cater your next event. Their food is like a work of art.

is how many people have never even tasted a homemade French fry. I know that seems silly, but think about it. Where do you go to get something made fresh? I know some people don’t care if a French fry is hand cut and are perfectly happy, but I’m not and that’s why I opened Moments In Time. How does your business benefit the community? I feel the benefit is simple I offer fresh made meals that are prepared in my kitchen daily. What advantages do you feel there are having a business within the gay community? I have felt the over whelming support from the gay community since the start of Moments In Time. So many people have reached out to help me I can never express all the gratitude I have for some many great people here. What disadvantages do you feel there are? I see no disadvantages it has all been a very positive experience. How would you identify your management approach? Well, I believe you treat people with respect and show them they are important as part of the team. If you give a person something to be proud of in their job, they will take pride in working and do the best they can. You have to make people feel needed and important. You can never talk down to someone or be disrespectful.

What do you feel about the idea that the summer season is slow? Summer is always slow here. How do i combat this pressure? I try to keep a positive attitude and work on ideas and projects that will better the business. How do you think the community as a whole responds to your business? I think that Moments in Time has had such a great response from the community. I am so excited for the months to come and all the great parties we will be fortunate enough to be catering. In your lifetime how do you feel the gay community has changed? The biggest change I have seen is the openness that has happened. This has not been an easy journey for the community, but it is changing for the better. Do you see a positive change in attitudes towards the gay community? I do see a positive change. I think what would be most helpful is if the media could focus on some regular gays; it seems as if everytime you see something in the news the media choose to use pictures or videos of the extremes and somehow forget to put anything about the average person.

Do you believe there is credence to the idea a business geared towards the gay market is cutting out a major section of the wider community? My restaurant is open to everyone. What plans do you have for the future? Big plans are in the works for Moments in Time. I am in the process of attaining a beer and wine license, sit-down dinners and lunches. Very exciting. I hope to have this in place by mid-October. If you had an open check book, what business would you go into next? I dont know really. Sure, I do have hopes of expanding and opening yet another restaurant. I have always liked the idea of a bed and breakfast though, so let's say that! Moments In Time Catering & Gourmet is currently open for tastings and lunches, but will soon be opening for dinner.


Moments In Time, an American Bistro Restaurant and Catering 3429 Galt Ocean Dr., Fort Lauderdale, FL • 954-390-6095

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The Skinny on Skinny Jeans It looks like skinny jeans for men are here to stay. By ERIC CHRISTIAN Some say the “skinny jean” was inspired by the rock-n-roll elite, such as The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, in the 1970's. When the 1980's came around, the trend had become popular among both men and women. Many ask, “Who is to credit the nowso-fashionable skinny jean trend?” Many argue women; many argue and blame men. The truth is, it was the fame and popularity of famous MALE rock bands that revolutionized the trend. Can many of you recall Mick Jagger or Steven Tyler of Aerosmith gyrating across the stage of sold out shows? The original source of skinny jeans starts back in the 50's, when jeans symbolized the passion of youth and rebels which progressed through the 80's. Celebrities always had a huge effect on their fans, so the way they dressed was constantly causing their fans to mimic them. Marlon Brando, James Dean and lots of other idols are included as the ultimate examples of this trend. The “skinny jean” trend faded away in the 90's when popular bands began to wear leather pants and form-fitted jeans. Skinny jeans

seemed like a flash from the past when they appeared in stores a few years ago. They seemed more suited to women. Today, sales of men's skinny jeans are going strong, and mass brands like Gap and Levi's are getting in on the action. As soon as the 21st century approached, companies and brands, such as Seven For All Mankind, Stitch's, Diesel, and Rock & Republic, jumped in on the bandwagon and began to mass produce, market and widely advertise. Rock & Republic says sales of its men's skinny denim over the past several months rose 26% over last year's figures. In turn, this has caused the rebirth of the “skinny jean.” There are no signs of this so called “trend” slowing down, I must add. With actors and pop stars like Zac Efron, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Justin Timberlake and Kanye West (to name a few) wearing skinny jeans, they have not only become popular all over again, but this cult following has given permission for style-conscious young men to wear them. After all, and because of this, the “skinny jean” is not so much associated with the term “gay” as it was in the past. H

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Diesel Thavar 0882r skinny $325 • 7 For All Mankind slimmy black white jeans • $189 Guess Kurt skinny jean $90 •


Richard Gray Resigns Pan Capital! Richard Gray, founder of the Royal Palms and member of the Broward County Tourist Development Authority, has resigned his position as marketing and promotions director for Pan Capital. He is also finishing his term with the Broward County Tourist Development Authority and will not seek his seat on the board again. Pan Capital is a corporation of Swedish businessmen who have been gobbling up beach property at an unprecedented rate recently, purchasing the Schubert Resort, Orton Terrace, The Dunes, The Flamingo and Blue Dolphin guest accommodations. The group has also purchased a number of straight motels and hotels on the beach. Gray declined to discuss his resignation. The news of Gray’s resignation has shocked members of Fort Lauderdale’s tourist industry. Gray was instrumental in developing Fort Lauderdale as a gay tourist destination worldwide. He joined tourist development authority in 1996 and persuaded the County to set aside $35,000 for marketing to the gay traveler. Last year’s budget for gay tourism was $500,000. He is also Vice President of the

International Gay and Lesbian Tourist Association (IGLTA). In 1991, Gray founded the Royal Palms Guest Accommodations that has won 5 Star Travel Awards numerous times

set the decor of remodeled properties. Gray says he will spend time between Dallas, Texas, and Fort Lauderdale. “Fort Lauderdale is in my blood’, says Gray. “I will always want to be a part of Fort Lauderdale.”

Pompano Bill Roasted

over his 17 years of ownership. The Royal Palms set the standard for future upscale gay guest accommodations in South Florida. At Pan Capital, Gray also acted as consultant on properties to purchase and

It was a power house roast for lovable Pompano Bill at Boardwalk this past Monday night. Pompano was in the hot seat all night as roaster after roaster told Pompano Bill stories. Pompano was all smiles from the stage and loved every minute of it. From my perch, I spotted a number of movers and shakers. There was Sideline’s Laurie Whittiker and Jennifer Morales, Jerry Schultz of Mona’s, Toni Barone, Father Bill Collins, founder of Poverello, Father Joe Gallant, Jackson Padgett, Mark Negrete, Vincent Frato and Ron Woolery of Alibi, Eric Lawrence of LeatherWerks, real estate super star Robert MacNamera, Chuck Nichols of Tuesday’s Angels, Terry DeCarlo and Bill Huelsman of Broward House, The Manor’s Paul Hugo, Ramrod’s Steve Whitney, attorney and politico Dean Trantalis, publishers Bobby Blair and Norman Kent, and exercise

guru Brian Neal to name a few. Entertainers Tiffany Arreagus, Nikki Adams and Miss Kitty performed and Russell from The Stable did a fabulous job as MC and keeping the night rolling. Pompano Bill is probably our community’s most recognized face, and the entire evening was a love fest for our dear friend of 20 years.

Matty’s Planning 3rd Anniversary Matty’s, the watering hole that’s taken Wilton Manors by storm, is in the final stages of planning for its 3rd anniversary on August 22. It promises to be a blowout as the club opens phase three of the operation. Also on that night, a battalion of hotties will battle it out on stage to see who will be chosen to participate in the 2012 Model Calendar. There also maybe an appearance of a golden girl. More on this later. Thanks for picking us up this week and remember: To have a friend, you must first be a friend. H


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Organic Restaurant is Sublime Eating Organic is a Surprising Treat By REBEKAH SUSA For the first time in since I moved to Jacksonville in 2007, I was nervous about leaving on vacation. You see, for the last 30 days, I had been on this Simply Fit Healthy Living “eating plan” (nicer way to say “diet”), which includes a lot of veggies, allorganic and free range food, and excludes everything my taste buds have become addicted to. So going on vacation was going to be a bit difficult due to the sensitive nature of my new eating situation. However, when I arrived in Fort Lauderdale to stay with my BFF Dave and his sweetheart Ken, I broke the news carefully. “Dave, there’s something I’ve got to tell you before we go any further with my vacation plans.” Dave’s gay expression turned somber as he sunk to the couch. “What is it, darling?” “I’ve become…” I stopped. How do I put this? “I’m eating all organic now.” I winced as he took it all in. After I answered a few questions about being organic, such as no, it does not mean only eating organs, Dave offered, “Well, I know there is this organic place around the corner.” An organic vegetarian restaurant? How could this be? How could Fort Lauderdale, just 250 miles south of my town be so progressive? I had to check this out!

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Walking into Sublime, I was thoroughly impressed. This was definitely a classy place. The crowd was mixed – from a gay couple to straights on dates, to families with kids. They were people who had only one thing in common – health. Dave, sporting a “Dumb Jock 18” T-shirt, and I were seated near a waterfall window. Our waiter, Brandon, brought us complimentary pesto polenta – two triangles of delicious cornmeal and greens garnished with cilantro. Since I had been basically consuming raw rabbit food and protein shakes since the beginning of July, the pesto polenta was an orgasmic experience for my taste buds. Dave, who only knows about Sublime because it is on his way to McDonalds, smiled and said, “It’s good.” He let me have almost his entire triangle! We both ordered an organic watermelon cosmopolitan with “tru organic vodka” then reviewed the menu. I was amazed to see the diversity of food types at the organic vegetarian restaurant. Appetizers include soups, a fire-roasted artichoke, edamame, and “broccomoli,” which is a blending of chickpeas, avocado, and veggies on pita bread. For an entree, organic nuts like me can choose from sushi, brick oven pizzas, and a variety of original healthy dishes. Several entrees include “gardein cutlet,” which is a

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Compared to green peppers, red peppers have more vitamins and nutrients and contain the antioxidant lycopene. The level of carotene, like lycopene, is also nine times higher in red peppers. Red peppers have twice the vitamin C content of green peppers. Also, one large red bell pepper contains 209 mg of vitamin C, which is almost three times the 70 mg of an average orange! • 8 big Red Peppers, whole • 3 Tbsp Extra virgin Olive Oil • 2 Medium Yellow Onion, peeled and diced • 2 Large Potatoes, peeled and diced • 6 Cups Chicken Stock • Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper • Pinch of Sugar • Splash of hot sauce (optional) Line a large baking pan with aluminum foil. Place the whole peppers on the foil and brush lightly with olive oil. Roast, turning as needed, until blackened on all sides. Once they are charred, place all the peppers in a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Leave it for about 5 minutes, then scrape off the skin with a paring knife. Remove the stem and seeds, cut away the membranes, and coarsely chop. Reserve any juices in the bottom of the bowl. Heat the olive oil in a large pot and cook the onions with a good pinch of sugar.

Cook until soft and translucent. Then add the potatoes, roasted peppers, the reserved liquid and the chicken stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes. Allow the soup to cool slightly before you puree it in your blender. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Hit it with a splash of hot sauce if you like … You are the chef ! H


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

soy-based meat substitute. Dave and I settled on the enchiladas, which turned out to be an excellent choice. The four enchiladas fanned the plate and included gardein cutlet with green peppers, black beans and brown rice, topped with fresh cilantro and drizzled Photo courtesy, It’s Vegelicious with cheddar cheese and sour cream. Being on my “eating plan,” SUBLIME RESTAURANT & BAR I had Brandon put the sour cream 1431 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL on the side. (Somehow the sour (954) 615-1431 cream and cheddar evaporated durthe total bill was reasonable considering ing the course of the meal.) that buying organic food can seem like a When I passed on dessert, Dave looked a small, painful investment. Sublime also bit disappointed. He had apparently takes reservations, but for those of us who scanned the list comprised of key lime don’t think that far ahead, you can wander cheesecake, chocolate nirvana, coconut in, too. cake, ice cream sundae, apple crumb pie So, I’m hoping that Jacksonville picks up and chocolate macaroons. However, the on the emerging demand for healthy enchiladas had filled me up, and I don’t restaurants. Kudos to Fort Lauderdale on want to be voted out of my group when I Sublime – an impressive gem well worth return to Jacksonville. the experience! H Dave said he was surprised that the Rebekah Susa is a teacher in Jacksonville gardein cutlet meat substitute was so tasty. He said anyone who is thinking about and a former journalist and newspaper switching to all-natural, vegetarian or owner in the Florida Keys. She very much organic foods should try it. We both likes eating out and very much hopes that savored every bite of our enchiladas and someone in Jacksonville picks up on this artiwould recommend that everyone give this cle so that her friends will stop teasing her place a try for its ambiance, delicious and about bringing free range chicken and organunique dishes, and friendly service. Plus, ic veggies in a cooler to every place they go.

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SORDID CONFESSIONS Friday, August 12, 2011, from 7 to 10 p.m., at The Manor Entertainment Complex, 2345 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Del Shores, creator of the cult favorite TV series “Sordid Lives” (starring Olivia Newton-John, Rue McClanahan, Leslie Jordan and Caroline Rhea) is touring his hilarious new standup show, “Sordid Confessions.” Whether he’s recalling details of his “slut” years or calling out the assholes and bitches he’s worked with, no subject is off-limits in Del Shores: “Sordid Confessions”. Warning, very raunchy, not PC and very gay. Tickets available at H

BROWARD BARES IT 2011 Friday, August 19, from 7 to 11 p.m. Voted Fort Lauderdale’s #1 fundraiser. Bigger, badder and bawdier – this year is being super-sized for your pleasure! Have you ever wanted to see some of your favorite local and national singers, dancers, comedians and performers take their clothes off ? Well, here is your chance because on Friday, August 19th, inside the Paradise Live Theater at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Drive in Hollywood, FL.), a host of them will be getting together for one night and taking “IT” off for you all in the name of a good cause. Broward Bares It is a hilarious, sexy, steamy and zany night of burlesque, comedy and vaudeville dance acts and songs presented onstage in a Broadway atmosphere. For more information, visit H

“THERE COMES A TIME” Miss Coco Peru in her all new show “Miss Coco Peru: There Comes a Time” on Friday, September 2, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Manor Entertainment Complex, 2345 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. The return of the celebrated monologist/singer/actor-actress Miss Coco Peru in an all-new, cabaret-style evening of stories, songs, lots of laughs – and a surprise or two. Legions of Cocophiles know that Miss Peru's shows fearlessly explore all facets of human nature, expertly turning darkness into illumination. “This time,” says Coco, “I’ve decided to do something a little different. I wanted to try something a bit lighter, a night of pure fun with Coco.” For tickets, visit H

EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY Celebrate two amazing years with Adam and Gallery 101 along with the debut of Fresh Catering and Events. Bring a friend to eat, drink and view art. On Saturday, September 3, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Gallery 101, 3350 NE 33rd Street in the Galt Ocean Village Shoppes in Fort Lauderdale. H



Miami AFRICAN TREASURES: SELECTION FROM THE NAOMI WILZIG COLLECTION Now through August 31 at the World Erotic Art Museum, 1205 Washington Avenue on Miami Beach. This is a presentation of the Naomi Wilzig African Art Collection featuring objects used across the continent of Africa for fertility and divination practices. Artifacts highlighted within the exhibition illustrate the characteristics of fertility worship within the home and community and continue to play dynamic roles in the lives of many societies. All objects were collected for their display of genitalia and specific utilitarian functions of the objects regarding fertility practice by the cultures. Ranging in age from hundreds of years old to only several decades, they represent how various objects have functioned as powerful symbols, connecting spiritual values and social roles. This exhibition explores the significance, aesthetics and purpose of African material objects, as well as their social contexts. For more information, visit: H

2011 TRANSCON: THE JUSTICE SUMMIT TransCon will focus on aiding legal and professional institutions gain a greater understanding about issues dealing with the transgender community concerning institutionalized discrimination, the basics of legal gender transition and the challenges of gaining access to healthcare, among other subject matter. The conference kicks off with a feature film at O-Cinema on Friday, September 30, and will continue at FIU Biscayne Bay Campus over the course of the following two days. Saturday, October 1, will offer a full day of workshops and lectures from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and continuing on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a day of community and leadership building. Admission prices are as follows: feature film presentation only (additional) $15; feature film presentation with conference $10; conference registrationone day $35; conference registrationtwo days #75. Tickets are available for purchase at transcon2011/. Presented by the Aqua Foundation for Women. H

13TH ANNUAL MIAMI GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL From October 1 to November 1 at various locations. To enrich, entertain and educate the public, encourage a sense of community through international and culturally diverse film, video and other media that offer historical and contemporary perspectives on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience. For a complete schedule, visit H

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Bay Area DAVID MEUELMANS: “AS LONG AS I’M SINGIN’ BACK” New American Theater’s Summer Cabaret Series continues with cabaret performer David Meulemans in his show “As Long As I’m Singin’”. The 75minute show features music from Jerry Herman, Gershwin and Sinatra, to name a few. Songs in the show include: “Best of Times,” “Gonna Build a Mountain,” “What a Wonderful World,” “My Way” and many more. David has performed in venues across the country, which included numerous opportunities to perform with musical icons like Carol Channing and Davy Jones. Currently, he is at the 2011 International Cabaret Conference at Yale where he was selected as a feature performer. This fall, he will be headlining his show at the famous Don’t Tell Mama’s cabaret in New York City. Performances will be held on August 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. and August 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the New American Theater Center at BayWalk, 183 2nd Avenue N, St. Petersburg. H

BENEFIT FOR THE SONIA PLOTNICK HEALTH FUND Brunch with Bracewell and Friends at the Pro Star Studios, 3220 28th Street N, Suite #2 in St. Petersburg on Sunday, August 7, from 12 noon to 4 p.m., a benefit for the Sonia Plotnick Health Fund. Brunch will start off with some mellow vocals and jazzy piano by two of the best hidden talents in the Tampa Bay area: Leslie Kille and Rose Stauffer. The Menu includes Three-Cheese and Seasonal Veggie Egg Strata, French Toast Casserole, slices of seasonal fresh fruit, Seafood Newburg crab with rice pilaf and includes Mimosas, Virgin Bloody Marys, coffee and an “all you can eat” yogurt bar. Seating is limited to only 65, so please make your reservations ASAP. Call Pro Star Studios today and get your tickets at (727) 526-0446. Tickets are $25 per person. REPEAT: Only 65 seats available.H

5TH ANNUAL STRIKE OUT FOR AIDS Saturday, August 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. at (Pinchasers, 4847 N. Armenia Avenue in Tampa). Money raised from our Strike Out for AIDS fundraiser help Francis House keep long-standing programs running. These programs include support groups, mental health and substance abuse counseling, medical and housing case management and our daily feeding program. Francis House accomodates over 1,300 client visits each month. Francis House has been providing supportive services to Tampa's HIV/AIDS community for over 20 years. This event has sold out two years in a row and there are only 128 spots available. Please register early – when the spots are gone, they’re gone. All registrations must be done online at H


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Central Florida HRC DISCO BOWLING Sunday, August 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bowling fun with great music for equality. Individual tickets are $35, which includes HRC General Membership. Team price (4 to 5 people) $135/$165, which includes HRC General Membership. Tickets for individuals/teams can be purchased online with no transaction fees. Go to Sponsorships available, contact for a sponsorship packet today. • Village People $150 (lane sponsorship), company logo/name on event website and displayed on your lane. HRC DI • The Hustle $300 benefits of Village People level plus company logo/name listed in marketing advertisement, company name recognized at the event. • Solid Gold $600 benefits of The Hustle level plus organization materials/promotions represented at each lane, team of 4 bowler registration (a $140 value includes HRC General Membership for team). • Studio 54 $1,000 (presenting sponsor) benefits of Solid Gold level plus 2 total teams of 4 bowlers’ registration (a $280 value includes HRC General Membership for members of both teams). For more information, contact To be held at the Colonial Lanes, 400 N. Primrose Drive in Orlando. 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

ADELE Thursday, October 13, at Hard Rock Live Orlando, October 13, 2011, from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 22. Ticket prices are: $115 reserved lower balcony; $85 reserved upper balcony; $65 general admission standing floor. H

BACK DOOR BUMBY 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. 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. Performances by: Shantell D’Marco and Macaviti. D.J. Joanie on the decks in the disco area and V.J. J.B. Burgos in the Hydrate Video Bar. H

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Exciting Ways to Get That Extra Hard Pump! Keep Your Routine Challenging, Rewarding and Fun! By TOM BONANTI Like every hobby, bodybuilding and weight training can become boring and routine. Doing the same old thing the same way every time is monotonous and counter productive even in the gym. That’s why it’s important to read about new routines and the latest findings on muscle growth, etc., so that your workouts remain challenging, rewarding and fun! This week, I’d like to go over a few common but often misunderstood terms/techniques that can put some fire under your workouts and some burn in those muscles. “Superset” is a widely misused term. Technically, a superset is when you train two opposing muscle groups (i.e., biceps versus triceps, back versus chest) with only a small break between exercises. For example, you may do a set of flat bench barbell press for chest, then move quickly using the same barbell for a bent over row for back. Go back and forth for three sets of each. Take a brief break and then alternate incline dumbbell presses and wide grip lat pull downs. Supersets create balance and joint strength and allow one muscle group a brief rest while you blast its opposing muscle group.

Compound sets are great, especially if you have a problem muscle group that won’t grow. Compound sets employ two intense exercises for the same muscle group. For example, a standing barbell curl can be combined with a preacher curl to really fry those biceps. Perform a set of barbell curls to exhaustion, then move to a set of killer preacher curls to isolate those twin peaks. Compound sets bombard a muscle group working it to exhaustion. If you’re really cruising for a burn, go for tri-sets. This simply means that you add a third or even a fourth exercise to the above torture as you max out those mighty arms. Forced reps are a great way to push muscles just a little harder, once they’ve been pretty much exhausted. Just when you think you can’t do another curl, press or squat, recruit someone else’s muscles to help you! That’s right, get a trainer, partner or buddy to help you squeeze out a couple of forced reps before you rack your weights and call it quits. Learn to accentuate the negative – at least with your reps! When I train clients, I’ll often have them focus on the

negative or eccentric contraction during an exercise. For example, during a bicep curl, explode as you bring the weight to your chin (concentric or positive contraction) then, as you lower the weight (eccentric or negative contraction), slow down and focus as you push your muscles to a new level of fatigue. Try doing negatives with bi’s, tri’s, chest, legs, etc., once a month to maximize size and strength. Don’t overdo negatives, or you may risk injury or overtraining. Have a great summer and take advantage of these techniques to add variety to you training regime. For more tips like these, contact by email. H


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My House is Your House By MICHAEL FRENCH

You're having a house guest come for a visit. Living in Florida almost guarantees having an overnight house guest at some point. Whether family or friends, you want to be sure they are comfortable and have a good time. The key to being a gracious host is to ensure that your houseguests are comfortable and feel even a little pampered.

Imagine You're the Guests If you were the guests visiting at your house, what would make your stay just right? Walk through your house, with special attention to the guest bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room. Imagine being a guest in your house. What items and touches would be convenient and welcoming? ... Room by room.

The Guest Room Wherever your guests will sleep, this room is the most important. Just as stay-

ing in a hotel, you would want the bed to be comfy. So check the bed. Choose pillows of varying firmness, as some people prefer firm pillows to soft ones. If the weather is cold, an electric blanket or quilt is welcoming. Next to the bed, a reading light, alarm clock and tissues are essential. Extras could include a CD player with some nice music selections, fresh flowers in a vase, and reading material. Houseguests need some space for their travel clothes and items. Be sure that the guest room is cleared of clutter before they arrive and has ample closet space with hangers. Extras that an especially gracious host could provide would include a clean bathrobe, disposable slippers, a pad and pen, and a TV in the room with a remote.

The Guest Bathroom Some items are essential for a host to provide. Clean towels, bath-size as well as hand towels and washcloths, are necessary for any guest's comfort. Be sure that the towels are not so fancy that a guest would be afraid to get them wet or dirty. Be sure that the bathroom wastebasket is clean and that extra toilet paper and tissues are easily accessible. Don't be shy about showing guests where you keep the extra toilet paper and tissues. A guest might feel embarrassed asking for a replacement roll after using the last

piece, or finding the roll empty. A good host never wants a guest to feel embarrassed. Extras that a gracious host could provide would include sample shampoos, hair conditioners, toothpaste and lotions in a small basket, along with cotton swabs, nail clippers, shave cream, hair spray or gel and mouthwash.

Roll out the welcome mat for your houseguests.

The Kitchen Put either a pitcher of water or bottled water in the refrigerator along with an assortment of juices and let guests know they're there. Have a bowl of fruit and some assorted snacks in a basket or bowl on the counter, and be sure to tell the houseguests that these are for them. It is also nice to have some assorted cereals, or pastries out for guests. Assorted teas,and coffee for brewing also make houseguests feel welcome. Houseguests don't wish to leave a mess, so talking to them about what to do with their used dishes can help them feel at ease.

The Living Room Make sure it is clean and that there are

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cozy blankets or throws on the couch, and an assortment of videos and books put out for the guests to choose from. The walk-through and making a list of guest amenities for each room that your guests will enjoy are the keys to a successful time hosting houseguests. H “Here, at whatever hour you come, you will find light, help, and human kindness.” – Albert Schweitzer.


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Pretty Crazy and Stupid ... Too! A Film Review by WARREN DAY Compared to the frat boy romps and comic book heroes that have deluged us in 2011, “Crazy, Stupid Love” seems like a mature comedy, even though it’s basically a story of adults acting in very immature ways. Heterosexuals can do that, you know. It certainly has one of the better casts of the year, with Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei, and Josh Groban (yes, the singer). Along with a seventeen year old baby sitter (played by Analeigh Tipton) and a very horny and heartsick thirteen year old (Jonah Bobo), these actors seem to hit every demographic a marketer could want. Yet the film is really a middle-age fairy tale, and I mean no criticism when I say that. All ages need to see their romantic fantasies acted out on the big screen, where we can do crazy and stupid things and still have a happy ending … unlike real life. Even the young adult romance in this film seems more like a middle-age version of one. What sophisticated guy in his late twenties today would take his big romantic move on a girl from a chick movie almost as old as he is? In the audience I saw it with, this middle-age slant did not keep those under 25

from laughing; maybe they were enjoying watching adults the age of their parents act like idiots. This movie could serve as a “go-to” manual for bad heterosexual behavior; so much so that I don’t think I want my children taught by them or even to allow them to marry. To reverse the normal phrase, this comedy has a richness of embarrassments. In the first scene, one character asks another for a divorce, and his reaction is both funny and embarrassing. And then, for two hours, you see the characters, all of them, get involved in one painfully embarrassing moment after the other. Is it funny? Very much so, but is it fun to watch? That’s a different question and, for me at least, it has a different answer. Humor based on embarrassing situations is a low form of comedy, since it doesn’t require a lot of wit or imagination to get a laugh. Part of the reason we laugh is because these people are doing something worse than anything we’ve done, so when an entire two hours is based on almost nothing but watching people make fools of themselves, there creeps in a kind of smugness in our reaction. We wouldn’t be laughing if this was happening to us. What is a revelation is to see several

“Crazy, Stupid Love” may be regarded as one of 2011’s more enjoyable films.

actors step outside their comfort zone, and to do so well. Steve Carell handles his dramatic scenes just as effectively as his comedic ones. Ryan Gosling can do light comedy. Marisa Tomei can do farce. Josh Groban can act. What is both refreshing and rare is to see the concerns of middle-age people made the focus of a comedy. That alone will cause many, both gay and straight, to embrace “Crazy, Stupid Love” as one of 2011’s more enjoyable films. H

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Exotic Honeymoon Destinations

Turtle Island is a 500-acre island in the South Pacific and is perfect for couples.

By PAUL RUBIO With the recent gay marriage victory in New York, there’s no shortage of far and away locales to celebrate our new rights as first-class citizens. Below are a few of my top choices for an exotic, firstclass honeymoon.

The Salient Seychelles Sandwiched between East Africa and the Maldives, the 115 islands that form Africa’s smallest nation, the Seychelles, are a contrasting mix of low-lying coralline islets and the world’s only high-rising mid-oceanic granite islands. Separated from the former supercontinent of Gondwana over 75 million years ago, the granitic Seychelles is a Darwin dreamland, blessed with fascinating, endemic flora and fauna that have evolved in isolation across the lush archipelago. Dotting the emerald coastlines of Mahé island, a handful of luxurious resorts perfectly capture the country’s quintessential juxtaposition of mountainous backdrops, mind-boggling boulders and crystalline waters. Chic amenities undoubtedly enhance the inspirational panoramas, like the private infinity pool behind each tree house villa at the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles (, +248 393 000) or the hillside Spa pavilions at the Banyan Tree Seychelles (, +248 383 500).

Travelers who have experienced “The Baths” of Virgin Gorda and found themselves enchanted by the petite cavernous overlay of smooth rock, palm trees and white sands will achieve nirvana in the Seychelles’ ubiquitous equivalent. The natural mazes often lead to deserted banks of turquoise brilliance, sinfully romantic and splendidly private. Complemented by sensational marine life and eclectic cuisine, Africa’s oceanic tropical utopia lives up to its legendary reputation.

Bountiful Beauty in Bora Bora Since the dawn of the 19th century, Tahiti’s magnetism has been the subject of nearly 15,000 books and articles. While the timeless rapture of its verdant panoramas remains, Tahiti has fallen victim to destructive, anthropogenic realities, forcing travelers to venture deeper into the Society Islands to discover the South Seas’ renowned magic. Following the gospel of Pulitzer Prize winner James Michener, opulence arrived in nearby Bora Bora by the 1970s, endowing the idyllic island with five star resorts that matched the astounding beauty of Michener’s words. Bora Bora was the birthplace of the overwater bungalow, later popularized in Tahiti and perfected in the Maldives. This concept of luxurious accommodation straddling the ocean floor,

immersed in natural azure and emerald hues, in the shadow of jagged mountains, revolutionized the travel market and fostered a paradigm where the formerly unknown Polynesian gem became synonymous with ambiguous terms like “paradise” and “heaven.” Forty years later, Bora Bora is still a bastion of exclusive and definitive romance with more options than ever for indulging in French Polynesia’s bountiful endowments. Perennial favorites like the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa (, +689-60-3300) and welcome newcomers like the St. Regis Resort Bora Bora (, +689-60-7888) dutifully triumph our expectations of “paradise”.

Turtle Island In the north westernmost reaches of the Fijian archipelago, the remote Yasawa Islands exemplify the effortless magnificence of the South Pacific, bejeweled with Mother Nature’s finest Harry Winstons. None more so than Nanuya Levu, better known as Turtle Island ( – a 500-acre landmass, candy-coated with palm trees and turquoise inlets, immortalized in the 1980 version of the classic film, The Blue Lagoon. Though Hollywood hoopla catalyzed a mass exodus to the South Pacific in search of the movie’s captivating milieu,

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Turtle Island itself remained a selective retreat, exclusive to the few couples patronizing the “bures” (cottages) on this island oasis. Staying true to sustainability commitments and judicious romanticism, Turtle Island never became a commercialized enterprise. In fact, to this today a maximum of 14 couples roam the island at any given time. This translates to long hours exploring the island’s perimeter and interiors in romantic solitude by foot, by horseback, or by bike; or basking in the tranquility of the holy waters by kayak or sailboat, creating the private moments you will mentally reference throughout your lifetime. H

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A room at the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles.

The Seychelles islands are a cluster of 115 beautiful granite islands.

The gorgeous Presidential Suite at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa is basically an island unto itself stretching out into the crystal clear waters of Bora Bora. Photo courtesy, Hilton Bora Bora

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ROYAL PARK - Near Wilton Manors 1BR/1.5BA, $825$900/mo. 2BR/2BA, $950 - $1100/mo. Gated Security, Clubhouse, Pools, Gym, Sauna and Steam room. Pets OK. Cable/Water/Trash included. Call Naim Naqi, Broker/ SFG, Realtors (954)565.2025

NIGHTCLUB POSITIONS - TWIST - The popular gay bar in South Beach seeks responsible applicants with experience for all positions. Email resume to

WILTON MANORS - 9 Unit gay complex 1/1 - 129 NW 25th Street. Clothing optional Pool, tile floors, private patio/yard. No dogs. $715/mo. F/S (954)326-9096

SOUTH BEACH - Part time sales associate for adult bookstore. Send resume to

IMPERIAL POINT - Well-maintained, quiet 1 bedroom apartment in Georgian Court complex on NE 62nd Street. Convenient to downtown, beach and Wilton Manors. Nice grounds and pool. $700/ month. Call owner: (917)334-1146

RETAIL SALES POSITION - full or part-time available immediately! Call (954)873-3889



PLACE TO PALACE Home improvement and handyman services. Best rates, and smart solutions. Drywall, Painting, Tile, Doors, Wood Decks, Masonry, Purgolas, and Ceiling Fans. Turn windows into doors! Truck available for yard clean-up or apartment maintenance and moves. FREE estimates! Lic. & Ins. CC#11-FC-16297-X Cert. Ctrl#11-18694 Call Ben (954)565-9674 MASTER ELECTRICIAN - Indoor/Outdoor lights, meter and service changeovers, generator hook-up, 24 hour emergency service Licensed and Insured. LIC. CONTRACTORS BUILD CONFIDENCE! Gay owned. Lic#02CME2027X Call David or Dennis (954)665-0417


RENTALS / FTL WILTON MANORS 2/1 DUPLEX - CAC, tile floors, fenced yard, plenty of parking! Pets OK! $895/mo. F/S (954)608-8305

NEW MIAMI BAR - A Beautiful and upscale New Gay Bar located in the heart of Downtown Miami is opening soon - we are looking for Barbacks, Security, Bartenders, Cocktail Servers, DJ's, MC, VIP Host, Cashier, Male Dancers. Also looking for an experienced Bar Mgr. and Dance Mgr. Excellent Pay and benefits. Send Photos, Resume, Contact Info to:

Derek’s 24 HR HANDYMAN SERVICE. Introducing our new cabinet shop! For all your custom made cabinetry countertops laminates. YOU MUST SEE OUR WORK, just ask our clients. All electrical to code; ANY & ALL plumbing work, Drywall finish work / repair. Crown / baseboard pro-install, interior / exterior painting, demo work, Pressure washing, Decor tile install, Complete home up-dates. For large jobs, 4-man crew available. WE CAN HANDLE IT ALL! Instant call back, direct service response. No job is ever too small. Excellent references. Derek (954) 825-5598 or E-mail:


WILTON MANORS 2/1 - Walking distance to the Drive! Huge living room and closets, terrazzo floors, CAC, patio, parking. $950/mo. F&S (954)566-8049

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.

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 -

FT LAUDERDALE-GAY COMPLEX - 2BR /1BA, Completely renovated, tile throughout, all appliances brand new, including microwave and W/D in unit, multi-zone dimmable lighting system, keyed private gated entry, privacy fence front & back, quiet tropical garden setting, close to downtown, Riverwalk entertainment district, & I-95, pets welcome, plenty of parking $1,100/mo. Call (954)817-7877 or (954)760-4631 BEAUTIFUL & LARGE 1BD/1BA with central a/c, dishwasher, private yard area, pet okay and secured private building close to downtown, Las Olas & SE 17th Street. Renovated kitchen, new roof, landscaping, commons areas. Asking $849/mo. Call Re/Max Preferred (954)683-4880

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

RIVERSIDE PARK 1BD/1BA - Immaculately finished building, new fence to provide security and privacy, newer kitchens, walk in closet, large corner unit. Asking $695/mo. Call Re/Max Preferred (954)683-4880

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

DETACHED 2BD/1BA APARTMENT with shared pool and lots of privacy. Feels like a single family home, pets are welcome, travertine and bamboo floors, located just minutes from Wilton Drive behind Boardwalk area. Asking $1050/mo. Call Re/Max Preferred (954)683-4880


COMPUTER SERVICES **OPTIMA** COMPUTER REPAIR - COMPLETE IN HOME SERVICE. Get the best performance, protection & value from your computer investment, *A+ Hardware & OS CERTIFIED. *Friendly, professional, RELIABLE service. Reasonable rates. Call Mike (954) 817-3883

BEAUTIFUL & INEXPENSIVE 1BD/1BA with private yard for your unit if you would like privacy and a place to garden or sit outside. Newly painted, landscaped, and nice. Location is one block from Wilton Drive, and minutes to Downtown, Las Olas, and more. Asking $850/mo. Call Re/Max Preferred (954)683-4880 SAILBOAT BEND - Spacious 2BD/1BA Apartment with exterior renovations close to completion. Great area, large apartment with travertine tile floors, central a/c, huge yard area, fountain in large courtyard and more. More renovations planned, ideal move in date is after 8/15. Asking $1100/mo. Call Re/Max Preferred (954)683-4880

COUNSELING A MIND AT PEACE/ THERAPEUTIC SERVICES/ RON "DOC" CHAMBERS, MSW (954) 627-0103 1975 East Sunrise Blvd., Suite 629 Fort Lauderdale. HIV Related Issues /Anxiety /Depression /Schizophrenia /Relationship Problems /Anger Management Problems /Same-Sex Battering /Domestic Violence. Most Insurance Accepted /Credit Cards Accepted.

LAKERIDGE - Extra-Large studio w/ private entrance and parking! Walk to the Drive! Includes all utilities! Only $695/mo. F/L Call (954)553-8616 LAKERIDGE - very nice loft-style 2BD/1BA, new kitchen w/marble, CAC, W/D, private yard and parking, tile thru-out. Just minutes from Wilton Drive! Includes all utilities $1495/mo. F/L Call (954)553-8616


LAKERIDGE ROOM FOR RENT - Room w/ private entrance in a very nice home. Small refrigerator, private bath. Parking. Behind J. Marks restaurant. 4 mins to Wilton Manors! Call (954)553-8616 WILTON MANORS AREA - very nice 2/1, CAC, tile floors, private patio & parking, W/D hook-ups, dishwasher, hurricane windows, gated entry. $1,000/mo. F/L/S Call (954)682-9428

FURNISHED / RENTALS / FTL PROFESSIONAL THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE - Deep Tissue, Swedish, Reflexology, Stretching, Mon-Sun, 10AM-8PM. In/Out Calls. NON-SEXUAL. Ft Lauderdale. Call Robert (954)494-2372 Lic.# MA 19604 AWESOME MASSAGE BY JIM - Offering Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports and Lomi Lomi Massage. All in a very comfortable, relaxed and Private Massage Studio conveniently located On the SE Corner of Oakland Park Blvd and Federal Hwy - Nationally Certified and Licensed MM22293 or call Jim Libonati (954)600-5843

RENTALS / FTL SOUTH MIDDLE RIVER - Charming studio apt. featuring lush landscaping, parking, and laundry facilities. POOL, friendly neighbors and roaming peacocks add to the fun! $595/mo. Utilities included! Brad (954)200-0166 2/1 CONDO ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF WILTON MANORS. Pool, located on the canal, dead end street; near I-95 and Oakland Pk Blvd. Dish washer. Includes cable and water. Coin laundry machines located on property. $800/month. Call (954)937-3872.

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


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ROOMMATES OAKLAND PARK 3/2 TO SHARE – Large room 11 X 17, huge closet, shared bath, pool, spa, tiki bar, W/D, CAC, parking. $650/mo. all utilities included. w/ cable and internet! No drunks/drugs, must love dogs. Ref req. Available 8/1 Call (954)980-1123

SPIRITUALITY THE PARISH OF STS. FRANCIS & CLARE 101 NE 3rd Street - just North of Broward Blvd. and E of Andrews Ave. Mass Times: Sat @ 5 PM; Sun @ 10:30 AM; Wed @ 7 PM. Where we welcome and appreciate diversity - a progressive community in the Catholic tradition. (954)731-8173; 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.

UPHOLSTERY 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


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Florida Gay News and Events weekly publication. August 4, 2011