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2011 LGBT NEWS - A YEAR IN REVIEW From Hillary’s Historic Speech to DADT Repeal and Marriage Equality in the UK, 2011 was a Year for the History Books. PAGE 07
“I AM NOT A…” WHAT? New book suggests former President Nixon and mob pal enjoyed a “gay old time” in Key Biscayne PAGE 16
“YOU MAY BESO EL NOVIO:” Mexican Caribbean destination resorts say “I do” to samesex marriages PAGE 7
CROSS EYED When countywide law enforcement officers are accused of corruption and wrongdoing, the question is: Who watches the watchmen?. PAGE 9
Gay Rights Movement May “Morph Into Something Like The KKK” By CLIFF DUNN Gay rights groups in and around Chicago are condemning the city’s Roman Catholic leader for what they say is comparing the LGBT rights movement to the Ku Klux Klan. The offending remarks from Cardinal Francis George were said during an interview on December 21 with Fox Chicago. Asked for his opinion about a local pastor’s complaints that the annual gay pride parade was forcing his parish to cancel its morning mass, George said he supported the priest’s position. Said George: "You don't want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism," an apparent reference to attempts by members of the National Socialist (Nazi) Party of America to march in nearby Skokie, Illinois in the late 1970s.
When pressed by the reporter, George admitted that his words were provocative, but repeated the acknowledged that it was a strong analogy, but stood by his reasoning. “The rhetoric of the KKK and the rhetoric of some of the gay liberation people -- Who is the enemy? The Catholic Church,” George reiterated. Organizers of Chicago's annual pride parade agreed on December 21 to begin the event at a later start time after officials with Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church said that to the proposed route blocked access to their parish’s Sunday Masses. Equally Blessed, a coalition of Catholic groups that advocate LGBT rights, said that Cardinal George’s remarks were “crude” and “demagogic." In a statement, the group wrote: “Cardinal George’s offen-
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sive comments are further evidence of just how insensitive and out of touch the hierarchy is, and why opposition to its views is necessary.” ‘CARDINAL GEORGE’ continues on Page 03
Local Congresswoman Calls GOP Candidate’s Marriage Position “Un-American” D. W. Schultz: Santorum Scheme Doesn’t Work For Us By RORY BARBAROSSA Member of Congress and Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz says that Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is “un-American” for his promise to invalidate same-sex marriages that are already on the books through a federal marriage amendment. Wasserman Schultz, who represents Florida’s 20th Congressional District in the U.S. House, said during an interview at the Des Moines Convention Center on Tuesday, Jan. 3, the day of the Iowa Republican presidential caucus, that Santorum’s scheme “would be unAmerican, undemocratic, and entirely inappropriate and unacceptable.” The four-term House member was
responding to an earlier comment made by Santorum, who told NBC News’ Chuck Todd that existing same-sex marriages “would be invalid” if an amendment to the U.S. Constitutional was passed that bans marriage equality. Santorum--who narrowly lost to GOP opponent Mitt Romney in Iowa, the nation’s first statewide candidate contest- supports such an amendment. Speaking of the district she has represented since 2005, Wasserman Schultz said “I represent as a member of Congress one of the largest, most vibrant, gay communities in the entire country. I’m a supporter of same-
sex marriage and believe that we need to make sure that we stand up for equality for everyone.”
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RFSL Study Finds Link To Suicide Rate
Ever-Forgetful Perry Draws Blank on Lawrence V. Texas Places 5th in Iowa Caucus
By RoRy BaRBaRossa A new European study finds that the suicide rate for transgender women who are denied breast implants is a staggering thirty times higher than for the average person. These rates reflect what researchers say is a strong need for these individuals to "fit in as women in their everyday life." The researchers from the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights (RFSL) reported that transgender women can
suffer from a number of psychological problems if they are refused breast implants as an extension to hormone treatment. The data shows that this in turn translates into an alarmingly” high suicide rate, the study reported on the Swedish website, The Local. According to RFSL, the data shows that cosmetic surgery for transgender patients saves lives. The study also indicates that the suicide rate among transgender patients who are denied breast implants is 30 to 40 percent, compared with just 1.6 percent of the greater population. Petitioning Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare to draw up guidelines for doctors and hospitals, the group wrote, “RFSL demands that care for transgender people be given under the same conditions regardless of where one lives in Sweden.” H
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BSO Makes Donation to Broward House FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – The Broward Sheriff’s Office has made a $10,000 donation to a start teen suicide preven-
Commissioners’ approval will be a problem. Broward House, a 23-year old organization that serves more than 6,000 people who are living with HIC/AIDS, said they hope to have the help line operating by mid-January. H
Sidelines Sponsors 30th Anniversary of F.L.I.R.T. WILTON MANORS, FL – Sidelines Sports Bar has announced its sponsorship of the Fort Lauderdale Invitational
tion hotline run by Broward House. The money was donated from the Department’s Law Enforcement Trust Funds to support at-risk youth. Money from the fund comes from seized property that was used in criminal acts and the grants are controlled by governing bodies for the police agencies that acquire the property. The gift to Broward House must still be approved by the Broward County Commission. Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti does not think that County
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – While campaigning during this week’s Iowa Caucuses, GOP presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry admitted that he didn’t know about the Supreme Court case, Lawrence v. Texas, a case that was decided while he was governor and struck down the state’s anti-sodomy law. According to ABC News, a voter at a meet and greet asked Perry to defend his criticism of limited government in the case. “I wish I could tell you I knew every Supreme Court case. I don’t. I’m not even going to try to go through every Supreme Court case, that would be — I’m not a lawyer,” “We can sit here and nament which is sanctioned by the International Gay Bowling Organization (IGBO). The tournament’s welcome and kickoff party will be hosted by Sidelines on Friday, Jan. 13 beginning at 9 p.m. Participants can enjoy drink specials, raffles and prizes. In addition, Sidelines’ sponsorship includes the tournament’s “9-Pin-No-Tap” tournament which will be held at Sawgrass Lanes in Tamarac, the competition’s bowling venue. “We are grateful to have Sidelines’ support again this year and look forward to a fun and competitive tournament”, commented F.L.I.R.T. CoDirector Gabe Him. H
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Regional Tournament or “F.L.I.R.T.” The annual bowling tournament will bring hundreds of bowlers and their fans from across the country to Fort Lauderdale from Jan. 13 through 15. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the tour-
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – The 5th District Court of Appeals in Daytona Beach, Florida ruled that both members of a lesbian couple have equal parental rights over their child. The ruling overturned a lower court decision claiming that only the birth mother had rights to raise the child. One of the two women donated the egg which was fertilized then implanted
you know play I gotcha questions on what about this Supreme Court case or whatever,” said Perry who trailed at 5th in the caucus. In 2003, the Supreme Court deemed Texas’ anti-sodomy law to be unconstitutional in a 6-3 ruling in Lawrence v. Texas, and the case nullified antisodomy laws in 13 other states at the same time. Perry, a strong opponent of gay marriage and the ability of homosexuals to serve openly in the military, served as governor when this case was decided. When told that the Supreme Court case struck down the Texas sodomy law, Perry said, “My position on traditional marriage is clear and I don’t know need a law. I don’t need a federal law case to explain it to me.” The Texas governor referenced Lawrence v. Texas in his 2010 book “Fed Up!,” calling it one of the court cases in which “Texans have a different view of the world than do the nine oligarchs in robes.” H
into the womb of the other woman who carried the child to term. The couple lived in Brevard County. When the
couple split, they fought over who should raise the baby girl. Originally a circuit court judge in Brevard County decided that under Florida law, the woman who gives birth is the mother. The 5th District Court of Appeal ruled that the U.S. and Florida constitutions trump Florida law and give parenting rights to both women and that Florida law has not kept up with the times. This was the first time a Florida appellate court has considered such a case. H
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‘CARDINAL GEORGE’ Continued from COVER
The embattled cardinal seemed to backtrack from his comments during a subsequent interview on Christmas Day, telling ABC in Chicago that “obviously, it's absurd to say the gay and lesbian community are the Ku Klux Klan. But if you organize a parade that looks like parades that we've had in our past because it stops us from worshiping God, well then that's the comparison. But it's not with people and people – it's parade-parade.” Meanwhile, LGBT rights group Truth Wins Out called for George to step down from his pastoral duties in a full page ad that ran in The Chicago Tribune on New Year’s Day. H
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Asked by reporter for the Washington Blade what message gay Americans should take away from the Iowa caucus results, Wasserman Schultz replied, “Iowa has been a forerunner when it comes to the civil rights of Americans. So many of the civil rights advances, including same-sex marriage, have begun in Iowa.” “I think Iowans will continue to uphold the liberty that all Americans believe in, for all Americans, she added. H Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) was in Iowa During the Republican Primary Caucus on Tuesday
HRC Announces Best Big U.S. Companies for LGBT Employees WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) latest survey, Chevron, Bank of America and AT&T all get top mark as the best workplaces for LGBT employees. The Human Rights Campaign is the nation’s biggest advocacy and lobbying group that backs civil rights for LGBT people. Of the 20 largest American companies by revenues, ten got scores of “100,” meaning they met all of the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index criteria for providing an inclusive, discrimination-free work environment. The toprated big companies cover a range of industries, from finance to automobiles to technology and health care. Ford Motor, Cardinal Health and IBM also got top ratings. The index looks at discrimination policies that protect employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity, at insurance and other benefits for same sex partners, and at companies’ abilities to recruit and retain LGBT workers. This is the tenth year HRC has done the survey, which has expanded from rating the 500 biggest U.S. companies
to evaluating a total of 850 businesses, including more than 200 law firms. A decade ago, just 13 businesses got a top score. This year, 190 did. HRC made its evaluation more stringent than in years past, rating companies on 40 different policies and practices, 32 of which were new or stricter. For instance, this year for the first time, companies had to include insurance coverage for gender reassignment surgery in order to get a top rating. Among the big companies that earned a score of 100, a spokeswoman at Citigroup says that its coverage of transgender insurance benefits is new this year. JP Morgan Chase has offered the coverage since 2009. A total of 207 companies surveyed are offering the gender reassignment coverage or will do so as of next year. ExxonMobil had the poorest showing, with a rating of negative 25. A representative of the HRC explained that in 1999 when Exxon acquired Mobil Oil, Exxon did away with Mobil’s nondiscrimination policy that included sexual orientation and it offered domestic partner benefits. Exxon has since opposed shareholder resolutions to restore the old policy and benefits. H
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2011 LGBT Year in Review The State, The Nation and The World... By CLIFF DUNN By nearly any yardstick, 2011 was a tumultuous year for LGBT rights. In Florida, the courts upheld the constitutionality of gay adoptions. Nationally, on Sept. 20, the White House announced the final dismantling of the Pentagon’s 20 year-old Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy, to the applause and dismay of Americans of virtually all political stripes. The point was driven home in November with the “kiss seen ‘round the world” between U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta and Petty Officer 3rd Class Citalic Snell. Also last year, as Proposition 8 opponents and supporters in California take their collective legal and election battles to the next ballot
referendum, New York lawmakers, Republicans as well as Democrats, approved marriage equality in the Empire State on June 24. On the international front, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton illustrated in clear language that the Obama administration has drastically changed its foreign policy relating to gay rights in a historic speech in Geneva, Switzerland on Dec. 6. Recognizing that homosexuality is still criminal in 76 countries, Clinton urged the world’s leaders to grant LGBT people “the full measure of liberty, the full experience of dignity, and the full benefits of humanity.” Echoing Obama’s shift and Clinton’s injunctions, the UN Human Rights Council for the first time in history passed a resolution supporting global LGBT rights, expressing “grave concern at acts of violence and discrimination, in all regions of the world, committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.” Elsewhere internationally, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his commitment to a course of “how, not if” in implementing full civil marriage rights for LGBT couples, and to have the legislation in place within the lifetime of the current parliament. In Australia, the governing Labor Party also announced its support for full marriage equality. H
Mexican Caribbean Says “Mucho Gusto” to SameSex Marriages By RoRy BaRBaRossa By nearly any yardstick, 2011 was a tumultuous year for LGBT rights. In Florida, the courts upheld the constitutionality of gay adoptions. Nationally, on Sept. 20, the White House announced the final dismantling of the Pentagon’s 20 year-old Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy, to the applause and dismay of Americans of virtually all political stripes. The point was driven home in November with the “kiss seen ‘round the world” between U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta and Petty Officer 3rd Class Citalic Snell. Also last year, as Proposition 8 opponents and supporters in California take their collective legal and election battles to the next ballot referendum, New York lawmakers, Republicans as well as Democrats, approved marriage equality in the Empire State on June 24. On the international front, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton illustrated in clear language that the Obama administration has drastically changed its foreign policy relating to gay rights in a historic speech in Geneva,
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Switzerland on Dec. 6. Recognizing that homosexuality is still criminal in 76 countries, Clinton urged the world’s leaders to grant LGBT people “the full measure of liberty, the full experience of dignity, and the full benefits of humanity.” Echoing Obama’s shift and Clinton’s injunctions, the UN Human Rights Council for the first time in history passed a resolution supporting global LGBT rights, expressing “grave concern at acts of violence and discrimination, in all regions of the world, committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.” Elsewhere internationally, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his commitment to a course of “how, not if” in implementing full civil marriage rights for LGBT couples, and to have the legislation in place within the lifetime of the current parliament. In Australia, the governing Labor Party also announced its support for full marriage equality. H
Noble and online retailer Amazon.com have pulled the calendar produced by Christian cartoonist Joe King, “I’m Not Gay, I’m Just a Sissy: 12 Months of Sexual Confusion.” After complaints from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Barnes & Nobel has removed the calendar from their website. It is still available through Amazon.com. In addition to rehashing effeminate stereotypes,
GLAAD says that the calendar lampooned people living with HIV/AIDS. On an apparent roll, the self-proclaimed Christian cartoonist added, “The ‘truth’ is that AIDS is an "elective" disease. It STOPS the day guys quit sticking it to each other. And for the tragedy of women and children infected... THAT stops the day their gay husbands and fathers stop cheating on them. Anyone need MORE education, science or funding to understand THAT?"H
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OPINION / EDITORIAL
Pay It Forward The 16th century English scholar John Selden didn’t think it was a good idea to announce one’s New Year’s resolutions: doing so makes it “twice as onerous a duty,” he advised. With this in mind, I think most of us would agree that it isn’t what one says one is going to do that matters, but rather the actual doing of the deed, and what one is actually getting done. In the last year, I became acquainted with an organization of gay men of means who nearly a quarter century ago decided to direct some of their charitable efforts towards helping HIV/AID patients in rural America, where medical and other services were much harder to obtain than in, say, New York City, or Greater Fort Lauderdale. These men, led by the visionary Cliff Pettit, formed the Gamma Mu Foundation, and their combined generos-
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ity and fund-raising has resulted in $1.5 million in total grants and scholarships being awarded to not-for-profit groups and deserving students who will in turn use that seed money to feed indigent PWAs, or pursue educational opportunities that might not otherwise have been available. This past year, the Foundation donated $110,000 in grants and scholarship moneys. Gamma Mu Foundation, in short, is
mixing two of my favorite metaphors: showing a person the proper way to fish, so he can feed himself for a lifetime, as it were; and they are paying it forward. How many opportunities will each of us have to pay something forward over the course of the next 361 days? Without meaning to, Your Kindly Editor will likely step on about two hundred ants on the way home this evening; it can’t be avoided in a place with as much greensward as tropical South Florida. But assuming the Mayans got it wrong, and December 22 comes around as scheduled (at least on the Gregorian calendar), what would YOU like to have paid forward by year’s end? An idea whose time has come, constructive praise or criticism, even the occasional charitable gift, as resources and faculties permit. As Oprah Winfrey reminded us: “Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right.”H f Gamma Mu-vers and Shakers ring in the New Year for AIDS non-profits and deserving LGBT students
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In response to the cover story “Orlando’s Partner Registry” in the Florida Agenda, December 29, 2011. DEAR EDITOR, The story in your December 29 issue about Orlando’s same-sex partner registry (Dec. 29, 2011: “Orlando Partner Registry has no Shortage of Applicants, Floridians or Otherwise”) put me in mind of those supermarkets that ask you to swipe a “fob” at the cash register in order to receive a discount, or earn extra coupons, or green stamps, etc. My boyfriend loves to ask the cashier why we have to belong to their “stupid club” (his words) and clutter up our key chains just to pay the same price for eggs or laundry detergent that everyone else is paying. I think you can see my point here. Although I’m perfectly happy to pay nine cents less for a five-pound tub of margarine, shouldn’t everyone have to/get to pay the same price, regardless of one’s preference to key-chain fobs? The fact that Orlando’s leaders are both gay-friendly and long-viewed doesn’t minimize the huge disappointment and dismay I experience to know that this is just another in a long list of feel-good “booby prizes” like civil unions, domestic partner lists, and half the programming on Bravo-TV to keep “The Gays” happy, mollified, content, and, oh yes, voting Democratic. (No, Virginia, there is no Santa Claus here for the Republicans: I keep a picture of Dick Armey in my garage to remind me of his ‘big-tented’ “Barney Fag” comment from the 1990s.) I don’t want to sound ungrateful. Any strides made in this direction are naturally “good” strides. But I still feel kind of ‘icky’ in a Step-and-Fetch-It way when I think of how well-meaning “The Straights” are to grant us the same benefits (access to hospital visits, medical care, etc.) that I already enjoy at the animal clinic with respect to my Pekinese.
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DEAR EDITOR: I just received a mail piece (or was it an email) reminding me that PrideFest 2012 is just around the corner, with an appearance by musical headliner Taylor Dayne! Spoiler Alert: I am a gay man, proud and happy to report that all of the people in my life who matter to me the most (parents, employer, minister, mailman, etc.) know about my lifestyle and consider me with the same love and affection (and on occasion, the lack of same) that they reserve for my hetero siblings. My partner and I hold hands (when appropriate) not just in the “gayborhood,” but at the mall, going into restaurants or movies, etc. It “ain’t no thing” to the vast majority of people we encounter, and I know in my heart and mind that I owe many of the trappings of tolerance to those pioneering LGBTs like Harvey Milk, and Harry Hay, and others who came before me. I also put my money where my mouth is when it comes to HIV/AIDS service organizations and helping those members of my community less advantaged than me. This is a long way of saying that, while I am “proud” to be a gay man, at this stage in my life, and the life of our community, are events like Pridefest and Stonewall Pride still relevant? At a time when Disney and the rest of Central Florida unofficially “hosts” Gay Days for God’s sake (sorry , Fred Phelps), and young gays parade thong-side next to Mickey and Minnie at the Grand Resort pool, isn’t there a better way to spend our time, efforts, and resources than on events that are ‘quaint’ and ‘’ at best. I love my
boyfriend, my family, and my life. Isn’t that in and of itself a “Pridefest?” George Margate
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Good Cop Bad Cop By AJ CROSS I have just finished reviewing the most recent Brady List. This is the Broward County State Attorney’s list of active cases against sworn law enforcement officers. According to the current review, the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) had the most active cases with deputies, sergeants, and a few Detectives making the list. Law enforcement agencies including Wilton Manors, Seminole Police, and Lauderhill were on the list as well. Fort Lauderdale came in second. The ranking is solely based on the large size of both the BSO and FLPD. The list of charges is shocking, and includes drug dealing, human trafficking, falsifying records, stalking, kidnapping, sexual assault, attempted murder, insurance fraud, grand theft, making false statements to the FBI, and others. The report reads like a laundry list of major crimes perpetrated by those sworn to protect civilians and enforce the law. Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti and Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderley have strong positions regarding police misconduct and accountability. You may recall that Chief Adderley himself was investigat-
ed for possible misconduct regarding the Scott Rothstein case. Adderly cooperated fully with the investigation and insisted upon an open-airing of all his actions and decisions. Adderly’s accountability showed a top cop putting his money where his mouth. It had a positive effect on department morale, and thankfully, he was cleared of any wrong doing. The question remains, though, that with so many officers simply not living up to their sworn duty, and with an increase in reports of corruption by law enforcement officers, who watches the watchers? The Civilian Police Boards have no real power, possessing the authority to merely review whatever information is provided to them by police internal investigations. There is no true civilian watchdog of law enforcement. Critics say that the Brady List is shorter than it should be, with close to 200 active cases unreported. They say this is because the state attorney’s office does not want to give an accurate picture of how many police officers are
actually being investigated. Is this for fear that the information would cause panic, unrest, or lack of confidence in local law enforcement? Maybe. But even if that was the case, the list is certainly bad enough. I know many cops personally, and I respect what they do and who they are as individuals. I feel great anger on their behalf whenever a bad cop thinks that he or she is somehow above the law. I think it is high-time to create an External Affairs Department, with the authority to investigate misconduct and crimes by law enforcement: a separate entity not con-
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trolled by the State Attorney or an agency they are investigating, totally impartial and reporting directly to the City Manager or Commission. Even were such a board not to oversee arrests or prosecution, a separate apparatus would be a mark of both fairness and transparency. I do not know if this is a permanent solution, but as the list criminals with badges and guns grows, something cries for justice. It is unfair to honest cops and their image, and a blow to public trust. To those good cops on the streets, thank you for your service, integrity and commitment to public service. H
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Two More Say “I Do”: Delaware And Hawaii Same Sex Couples Form “More Perfect” Unions By RoRy BaRBaRossa Four Hawaii same-sex couples entered into civil unions early on New Year’s Day as a new statewide law took effect. The couples--Monica Montgomery and Donna Gedge, Saralyn Batt and Isajah Morales, Gary Bradley and Paul Perry, and Bonnie Limatoc-DePonte and Lydia Pontin--became the first to legally wed as Hawaii began to legally recognize same-sex civil unions. The law allows both same-sex and opposite-sex couples to join in civil unions. These unions possess the
same rights and responsibilities that come with traditional marriages. With Hawaii and Delaware marching down the aisle to recognition on Jan. 1, there are now five states that recognize same-sex civil unions. Six states and the District of Columbia give outright same-sex marriage licenses: Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Washington, D.C. California does not recognize new same-sex marriages. In May 2008, the
state's Supreme Court ruled that gay couples have the right to marry in California. Later that year, opponents of same-sex marriage secured passage of Proposition 8, a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. A federal judge ruled in 2010 that Proposition 8 violated the U.S. Constitution. Enforcement of that ruling was stayed pending appeal. The passage of the laws in both Hawaii and Delaware were not without debate and compromise. Lawmakers in both states made it plain that "it is not the legislature's intent to revise the definition or eligibility requirements of marriage." Calling it “a prime example of exercising civic courage,” Hawaii Gov. Neil
Abercrombie, a Democrat, signed the state's civil unions bill into law last February. “It is about doing what is right, no matter how difficult, no matter how much opposition,” Abercrombie added. Gov. Jack Markell, a Democrat, signed the Delaware law in May saying boldly, "This bill is about a new energy and excitement. It's about a moment in our history that came about because people came together to work for it, because it became clear that Delaware's LGBT community is in fact part of every Delaware community. The greater good is served when we speak out and fight hard when we see that bias, prejudice or even outdated laws attempt to lessen any one of us."H
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Personal Reflections On
2011 Everyone looks towards the New Year as being better than the last – I am no different. The year 2010 was what I thought was a rough one so I looked forward to 2011 with great optimism. After all, what could have been worse than 2010? I soon found out. I was at most major community events. I lived in the gay community. I was out there photographing, videoing, writing and reporting on the community for the last 25 years for just about every gay publication in the area at one time or another. I started feeling ill in the summer of 2010. I knew I was under a lot of stress especially after having helped plan the Stonewall Festival in Wilton Manors. This, following the very successful “Wicked Manors” the October before, the last year “The Drive” had been shut down to car traffic on Halloween. By the time the end of 2010 rolled around, I was having every little symptom of being sick you can imagine, but none of them at the same time. Some days I would have the chills, some days I would be very tired, some days I would be lightheaded, some days other little symptoms, or I would feel just fine. But the temperatures were colder than normal over the holidays, so I thought I was just fighting off the flu because everybody was coming down with something. I attended New Year’s Eve festivities in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors with no
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problem but within a few days, all of the symptoms – plus many more – started to attack me all at once. So bad in fact, I was taken to the emergency room on January 10 and just in time since I collapsed while in the waiting room. I was admitted and went through the normal pre-examination “vitals”: temperature was high, blood pressure was high. The nurse removed my shoes and stated, “oh my god.” I thought she was talking about foot odor but no, she pointed out that my feet were orange and very swollen. The next thing out of her mouth was “kidneys.” Emergency testing of my blood showed that indeed my kidneys had failed and the toxins had built up to critical levels. I met my first doctor who told me had I waited another 24 hours, I would have died. I went through quick surgery to make preparations for kidney dialysis. I spent the next three weeks in the hospital as the doctors checked everything out. In addition to the kidney problems, they discovered bladder cancer. I was told not to be too concerned with the bladder at this time as it’s a very tough organ but they needed to rid my body of the toxins with dialysis and treatment first, then take care of the bladder. $233,000 dollars later, I went home, continued with dialysis three times a week and was scheduled to return to the hospital in April to remove the bladder. The doctor told me that, though it is rare,
the kidneys have been known to come back to life to some degree in some cases, but warned me not to count on it. At first, the dialysis was helping and, though I felt weak immediately after treatment, I was feeling much better. Then, I started feeling worse than ever before and started to lose weight fast – too fast – in fact, I lost 110 pounds in three months and my blood toxin levels started to go crazy and I was often feeling worse than ever. The doctors didn’t seem concerned, so neither was I. When I returned to the hospital in April for the bladder removal, initial tests showed that my kidneys had started to function at a very limited basis. My left kidney was literally dead with only
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everyone should acquire.) Then there are those that would regularly call or email to find out how I was doing like Nicky Rose, Pompano Bill, Shane Phoenix, Gary Resnick, Julie Carson, Dale Madison, Eric Reivik and there are dozens and dozens more that I just don’t have enough space to list. And then, there are those that have purposely avoided contact me fearing the worse and perhaps fearing their own mortality. Recently I ran into Victor Cody who confessed to me that he has been afraid to see me not knowing how I would look and was surprised how much better looking I was then he thought and said how glad he was to see me again. For those of you who have avoided me not
“Though I Am Sick, I’m Getting Better... and I’m not going anywhere...” working at around 1% efficiency; my right kidney was now working at around 38% - enough to operate on their own. The reason I was feeling so bad was because both the kidney dialysis machine and my internal kidneys were fighting each other over control of my body. Though my kidneys were partially working, dialysis was no longer needed. It was also decided that since the kidneys were working again, we should try to save the bladder and cure than cancer instead of just removing it right off. However, what was also discovered was that I also had bone cancer in my hip. As the year progressed, I’ve been off dialysis and I’ve been going through chemotherapy for the cancers. This past October, scans, prods, probes and tests show that the bladder cancer is in remission, but the bone cancer has somewhat spread. Again, my oncologist has told me that there are different treatments for bone cancer that we haven’t tried yet. I am now going through the second regiment of chemo drugs which are rougher on my body. Being cynical by nature, I’ve learned some important lessons this past year. First, I’ve learned to appreciate life and what life has to offer. Things that I would normally stress over--and I can’t afford any stress, now--I’ve learned to brush off. Second, I’ve learned to take life slower, but then again, I really didn’t have much of a choice. Finally, I’ve realized what great friends I have and my huge support group. There are those people that didn’t walk, but came running to my side as soon as I took ill like Brad Casey, Tim Yatteau, Ryan Dixon, Sheri Elfman, Dan Renzi and Robert Cieslak. There are also those who were able to give me great advice to follow concerning my mental and physical state like Terry DeCarlo, Paul Hyman, Peter Clark, and longtime friend Norm Kent. Florida Agenda publisher Bobby Blair never lost faith in me and, through it all, I never missed writing in a single issue of the newspaper and also accepted my new, limited physical abilities. (Learning to type on a laptop while lying in bed is a skill that
wanting to deal with reality of a person who was sick, don’t worry - I was one of you up to this year – I just couldn’t deal. Then, there were the surprises. Shortly after this past Halloween on Wilton Drive, it was brought to my attention someone wrote on the local blog, “Wilton Drive Online,” about how disappointed they were over what has happened to the annual big event. Someone suggested that the person (which was me) who used to handle the party start doing it again. Someone else replied that the person who used to do Wicked Manors was named Bob – but he died. I, of course, replied myself saying that, though sick, I was still alive--all while laughing to myself about the situation. Then again, I laughed too at the appropriateness of a dead person running a Halloween party. Was I upset? No. In fact, I was flattered knowing that the community really appreciated the hard work put into large public events. The other night, longtime friend Ellen Friedman, who has also had her health problems, took me out for a holiday dinner that I will forever remember. As we sat there talking, I told her that I didn’t realize how many people would have cared what happened to me and how many friends I really have. She said to me, which prompted this piece, “Bob, they’ve been there all along. You’ve just been too blind to see them.” Though I am sick, I’m getting better slowly; sometimes painfully, but I’m not going anywhere. I wish I could go out more, but my body starts to wind down around two in the afternoon. Each year, I write a feature in the last issue of the year for whatever publication I have worked for, getting New Year’s resolutions from people in the community, and though I would have like to have gotten many more for the last week’s issue of the Agenda than I did, I was too weak to continue. One person, who I asked for his resolution a week ago, turned the tables on me and asked me what my New Year’s resolution was. I simply replied, “2013.”H
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“And Venus Is Her Name” By NICHOLAS SNOW Floridian Venus Perez, a forty-something Latina who has been HIV positive for over two decades holds among her role models, not surprisingly, her medical team. About the 2nd edition of her sought-after book, “I’m Still Here,” she explained, “We have come so far yet we are not quite there. Many lives were lost yet many still live. Many know the means of transmission, yet many neglect to follow it. Many of us live the fast life, looking for excitement, for success.” Venus was swept away at the age of 19 by a 27-year-old man in the greater New York area where she had been born and raised. “I allowed him into my life at a very vulnerable time… The relationship became intimate, and I never practiced safe sex,” she confided.
Ultimately, as Venus explained, “I reluctantly broke off my relationship… After the breakup, I never heard from or saw him again.” In 1986 Venus met and began to date a nice guy. A year later, on February 14th, 1987--Valentine’s Day--her boyfriend delivered the life-shaking news: “After handing me a gift, he held my hand, and said to me, ‘I have very serious information. Your exboyfriend died of AIDS.’ I asked him to repeat what he had said, and he did. I was silent. ‘This can’t be true,’ I thought.” Her life changed forever. After more dramatic twists and turns as revealed in her book, Venus explains, “I had to decide whether I was going to fight or give up. Did I have enough fight in me to fight the good
fight? I had to find a feasible method to give it my best shot. I didn’t want to give up. I decided I wanted to live! Even though the results were grim, I wanted to try.” “Nobody would know by looking at me that I had HIV,” Venus shared about finding a support group. “We were newly diagnosed individuals with HIV (asymptomatic, showing no symptoms of the disease). There were fifteen people who attended that day. I cannot express how it felt to experience the long suffering and sadness and then the newfound release. We developed meaningful friendships and relationships. We supported each other through good times and bad.”
friends in addition to socializing with people. I always enjoyed people. I surround myself in environments and places where I can exercise my gifts. I offer to the world my ability to learn and to teach others which involves the gifts of service. I try to be a positive person in the world exercising generosity, joyfulness, being hospitable and humble and reminding individuals that their life counts. I try to be a positive influence in a negative world,” Venus concluded. And she is! For her books, please visit most online booksellers or her web site at www.VenusPerez.com.
Follow Nicholas at: That was over two decades ago! Venus wrote and published the first edition of her book in 2006 to help those around her living with HIV who were having difficulty coping. With the recent edition, she’s added two chapters which speak about the history, testimony, education outcomes and strength of people living with HIV/AIDS and other STD’s. “Everyone has a light that shines within. My gifts and talents consist of singing, writing, and enjoying time with family and
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Just Call It F lorida-Gate” New Bio Says Nixon was “Tricky” with Best Pal in Key Biscayne By CLIFF DUNN A new biography by former White House reporter Don Fulsom claims that former President Richard Nixon had a homosexual relationship with a close friend suspected of underworld ties. “Nixon's Darkest Secrets: The Inside Story of America's Most Troubled President” offers what the author claims is strong evidence of Nixon’s gay relationship with Miami businessman and reputed Mafia associate Charles “Bebe” Rebozo. In the tell-all bio Fulsom, a former United Press International Washington bureau chief, writes that Tricky Dick maintained mob ties for over two decades prior to his election as president in 1968. Fulsom claims that Nixon’s ties to Rebozo were more than businessrelated. The book claims that Nixon and Rebozo, a playboy believed by the feds to have laundered money for mob bosses in Florida and Cuba, swam, spent their time together sunbathing and frolicking at the president’s private sanctuary, the Winter White House on Key Biscayne. Fulsom, who also covered the Johnson, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton presidencies for UPI, writes that a Washington reporter once spotted a drunken Nixon snuggling with Rebozo "the way you'd cuddle your senior prom date." The two were also seen holding hands under a table during a dinner with Washington insiders. The book is based on Fulson’s years of covering the White House for UPI, as well as interviews with former White House staffers, friends of Nixon and his wife, and former members of Congress. Nixon’s friendship with Rebozo was a matter of record for years, and Fulsom claims that some Washington insiders believed the two were much more than friends until the time of Nixon's death in 1994. White House aides claimed that Rebozo was nothing more than "the guy who mixed the martinis," but the CubanAmerican businessman, who died in 1998, was by Nixon’s side until the end. In addition to engaging in the “love that dares not speak its name,” the book alleges that the 37th president drank liquor copiously, earning the nickname "Our Drunk" from his own staff in the process, and abused his wife, First Lady Pat Nixon. Fulsom writes that behind closed doors, Nixon called his wife a “f----- b----” and physically abused her before, during and after his presidency.H
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THE VOICE OF STYLE FOR THE LGBT COMMUNITY
Travel | Fitness | Bar Guide | Out In Florida | Dining | Recipe
o help you set the tone for a great 2012, we have some great mind candy, including some healthy advice on what to DO to get the most out of YOU this year. Check out Tom Bonanti in Fitness. If you think that polygamy and No Happy Hours is all you need to know about the 45th state, travel writer Paul Rubio has an upclose look at things even Brigham Young didn’t know about the Beehive State: Travel with him to “Utah Unleashed [Part 1].” Guests at Fort Lauderdale’s new Tap 42 may recognize the neighborhood (it served as the location for “Brownie’s,” one of Downtown’s oldest watering holes, open since the 1930s), but the attitude and vibe is brand-spanking-new, and Tim Slivinski has reserved a cozy spot, in this issue’s Dining. Let me make one thing perfectly clear: we don’t know if Richard Nixon was gay, but a new book suggests that if he was, a lot of his “gaiety” may have taken place along Key Biscayne’s sunny shores, and we have the low-down inside, along with a New Year’s Recipe from Chef Jean at Le Patio, and a whole lot more! RESOLVE to make it a great 2012! – CD
UTAH UNLEASHED Utah Like You’ve Never Seen Before
Travel PAGE 18 PERSONAL TRAINER TOM BONANTI WILL KEEP YOU LOOKING HOT With Simple Resolutions to Keep You Sexy and Healthy
A CLASSIC SPOT IS REBORN And Serving Old Favorites Like No Place Else in Broward
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Dining PAGE 24
FLORIDA BAR GUIDE
GET YOUR IRISH CREAM ON
To help plan your weekend
With this Week’s Recipe
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Utah Unleashed Part I: Capitol Reef & Torrey By PaUL RUBIo
A ruddy, rugged land imaginatively painted by the geological time clock, Utah boasts some of the world’s most unsurpassed natural beauty. Though the homophobic rhetoric of the LDS church and HBO’s Big Love have made Utah a household name for the GLBT community, there’s far more to the Mormon-centric state than meets the cautious queer eye. The all-welcoming, towering collections of weather-torn sandstone that have formed nature’s Wild West playground of canyons, arches, and promontories are indeed some of Earth’s most breathtaking landscapes. A land of “cowboys and Indians” comes to life traversing the great distances between hamlets dotting the sparsely populated state, with historic trading posts and random watering holes revealing glimpses of a time bygone. Rustic lodges dole out world-class luxury amidst the craggy, mountainous terrain. And trepidation of Salt Lake City fades after experiencing the silent GLBT revolution of the state capital, where a blossoming gay population is successfully making its way with a mini-gayborhood, awesome gay bars, trendy hotels, and plenty of fair-skinned hotties eager to unbutton their “magic underwear” (Google for added explanation). Over the next few issues, we’ll be
looking at some of Utah’s greatest natural wonders and points of interest for the intrepid GLBT traveler, from the stunning rock formations of Capitol Reef National Park to the Wild West’s Monument Valley to the impressive arches near Moab to pockets of big city sophistication in Salt Lake City! Get ready for Utah unleashed! Capitol Reef National Park In the heart of southern Utah’s canyon lands, Capitol Reef National Park (nps.gov/care) comprises 378 square miles of multihued canyons, ridges, buttes (pun intended), and monoliths, doling out spectrums of reds and oranges in coral-reef like formations you never dreamed possible. These jagged edges of glowing sandstone, defined by a 100mile long warp in the Earth’s crust known as Waterpocket Fold, begin to take center stage heading towards the town of Torrey, reaching scenic Highway 24 roughly 3.5 hours south of Salt Lake City. One of Utah’s lesser-known national parks, Capitol Reef is a prime opportunity for personal bonding with Mother Nature. In what feels like your own private land of canyons, ridges, and domes, Earth’s essence proves boundless whether hiking the steep 3.5 mile trail to Chimney Rock, a weathered layered sandstone obelisk, capturing
the sun’s late PM radiance at Sunset Point or traipsing through the beginner’s 1 mile path to Hickman Bridge, an impressive natural arch in a scenic side canyon far above the Fremont River. Blink quickly and you might miss the chipmunks, squirrels, birds, hawks, eagles, and lizards, eager to greet you or soaring above you. Or you might overlook the stunning petro glyphs, linking the park to its rich Native-American history. More experienced hikers will be handsomely rewarded with Capitol Reef’s near-dozen moderate and strenuous hiking trails. But even keeping to the Capitol Reef basics-the winding roads, hairpin turns and short trails of the park’s ten-mile paved “scenic drive”--you’ll experience exquisite rock formations producing an array of vibrant and contrasting earthly colors. Some of these rock formations have been weathered to resemble their given names of “The Castle” and “The Egyptian Temple.” These natural formations play out like works of natural art, easily venerated for hours and photographed ad nauseam. Torrey Post mind-boggling days exploring Capitol Reef, the superlative way to relax in comfort and share your Utah experience with other fellow travelers is an overnight stay or two at the nearby Lodge at Red River Ranch (redriverranch.com) ($150$245 per night) along Highway 24’s Pony Express Route. Here, an old farmhouse has been transformed into a bed and breakfast with an irresistible “how the West was won”
ambience and the full gamut of ultra cozy, period furniture circa late 19th century. Come evening, the foyer and living room come alive with guests returning from the day’s outing, eager to indulge others in their stories. The Lodge at Red River Ranch offers breakfast, lunch and dinner for their guests at the dining room, the breakfasts particularly satisfying before hiking the beautiful trails of Capitol Reef or a day of ATV off-roading. Hands down the best place to spend your evening in Torrey is at Café Diablo (cafediablo.net), with its fanfare of eclectic southwestern appetizers and dishes. Not sure how this innovative farm to table restaurant has fallen off the Anthony Bourdain radar, but the Rattlesnake Cakes ($9), the Coconut Calamari & Marmalade Salad ($10), and the Marinated Loin of Utah Lamb ($28) are the stuff of Travel Channelmeets-Food Network dreams. Meals are capped with homemade ice creams and gastronomic ingenuity from the in-house pastry team. Of note, Diablo remains open only during peak season from mid-April to late October, so plan accordingly.
To learn more about Capitol Reef and travel in Utah visit www.CapitolReef.travel and www.utah.travel. Next week Utah Unleashed: Part II.
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Olympic skater Johnny Weir and Boyfriend Marry Three-time U.S. national skating champion Johnny Weir (shown here with Pop Singer Elton John) and his boyfriend were married on Dec. 30 at a courthouse ceremony in New York City. Weir and his husband, 28year-old Georgetown University Law Center graduate Victor Voronov, plan a more formal ceremony in July to include family and friends. The former Olympic figure skater tweeted after the cerceremony, "Wedding in summer! But all the official stuff is done now! No more livin' in sin!" Added Weir, 27: "I look forward to making a home for my family in Bergen County, New Jersey, and introducintroducing my world of glitter and Faberge eggs to Victor."
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RESOLUTIONS FOR A HEALTHY NEW YEAR By TOM BONANTI
As we say good-bye and good riddance to 2011, let’s really get psyched with the prospects and promise of a great 2012! So why not start by making a few resolutions that will guarantee your chances of living a happy, healthy life. Sure, quitting smoking, cutting back on internet hook-ups, and eating less junk food are cool places to start. But instead of dwelling on doing without, why not accentuate the positive. So here’s to the New Year and a happier, more youthful new you! Resolution #1: Eat a Healthy Breakfast Breakfast eaters are champions of good health. Research shows people who have a morning meal tend to take in more vitamins and minerals, and less fat and bad cholesterol. The result is a leaner body, mountains of energy, a lower cholesterol count and less chance of over-eating later in the day. The Mayo Clinic (prestigious!) recommends eating a variety of foods (steel cut oatmeal, whole grain toast, yogurt, fresh fruit) rich in protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats. Resolution #2: Reassess Your Training Regime Periodize your training schedule for optimum results this year. Look upon the year ahead as one big macrocycle with goals and objectives such as getting your body fat down below say 18% and putting on maybe 5 lbs of muscle. Break down the bigger cycle into mesocycles of maybe 3 to 4 month periods of time. Assess your progress, vary your workouts, and stay consistent with your workouts. Read, take measurements regularly and fine-tune your goals throughout the year. This way you won’t get bored, you’ll see progress and you’re sure to get the most from each hour in the gym! Resolution #3: Get Some Sleep Getting 7 to 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep is essential to your physical and mental health. Besides making you cranky and exhausted, other symptoms of poor sleep or lack of sleep can be depression, memory loss,
migraine headaches, weight gain and paranoia. So why not relax, take a load off and hit the sack early? Resolution #4: Stay Active It’s a given that physical activity has a bounty of benefits, so why are 60% of all Americans couch potatoes? You don’t have to be a marathon runner or a muscle head who lives in a gym, but at the very least, get up and do something! Regular exercise (anaerobic weight training and aerobic cardio training) helps control weight, maintains healthy bones, muscles and joints, reduces the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes and death from heart disease. Besides these bonuses, exercise is the only way to get a tight, toned body and have fun at the same time Resolution #5: Protect Your Skin Your skin begins to age the moment you are born, so the best way to protect it and look younger is to stay out of the sun. In order to avoid some of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, which can cause wrinkles and skin cancer, observe the following: always wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher; wear a hat and other protective clothing; don’t deliberately sun-bathe; avoid sun exposure between 10 AM and 3 PM. Resolution #6: Snack Healthy and Often Remember to eat frequently throughout the day, several small meals consisting of a 3-2-1 ratio of carbs, protein and healthy fats. Avoid monster meals especially late in the day. Eat several servings of fruit and vegetables early in the day. Make sure to eat protein after your workouts which facilitates muscle recovery and growth. The New Year ahead is filled with possibilities and excitement. Seize the day and make the most of each moment of it! For more fitness tips contact TrainerTomB@aol.com.
Tom Bonanti, is a certified personal trainer and owner of Pump’n Inc gym at 1271 NE 9th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Email: TrainerTomB@aol.com Facebook: TrainerTomB. www.pumpnincgym.com
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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 N Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale Over 100 of the sexiest men from all over the world. Go-go dancers, cages, billiards, 2-4-1 Happy Hours. Drag emcees and did we mention the Boys? CORNER PUB 1915 N Andrews Ave., Wilton Manors Friendly atmosphere, unpretentious clientele and staff. Next to Island City Pizza (so you can get your drink AND your slice on). CUBBY HOLE 823 N Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale Butch bar and grill with a rockin’ daytime crowd (and a fun nighttime one, too). Fifty cent pool, 2-for-1 drinks all day every day, video games, hot movies on HDTV and DirecTV. Thursdays it’s Bare Bear Chest Night, and every Friday and Saturday the fur flies with Hot Bears on Poles (where their Grizzlies Grind)! DEPOT CABANA BAR AND GRILL 2935 N Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale Adjacent to the America’s Best Inn and Suites. Pool open daily – No Cover or Day Pass. Great food, daily happy hour, Sunday afternoon T-Dance Poolside. Karaoke and live music. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. DUDES 3270 NE 33rd St., Fort Lauderdale Men dancing for men. Hot go-go boys in an upscale atmosphere, piano lounge for more quiet interludes. Steamy shower shows. JOHNNY’S 1116 W Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Club, bar, lounge. Male dancers and the men who love (to ogle) them. Sunday amateur strip contest (and karaoke!). LIPS 1421 E Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park The Ultimate in Drag Dining. Dinner and shows six nights a week. Sunday Gospel Brunch with the Sisters of Sequins. LIVING ROOM 300 SW 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 merengue every weekend in the Latin Quarter!). Live dancing and dining.
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PJ’S CORNER POCKET 924 N Flagler Dr., Fort Lauderdale Friendly neighborhood interracial bar with drinks specials every night of the week including, “In the Biz Mondays” at 9 p.m. with 2-4-1 drinks and $3 Cosmos and Apple Martinis, “Splash Friday’s” wet underwear contest, and Sunday’s pool tournament, both with a $50 cash prize! RAMROD 1508 NE 4th Ave., Fort Lauderdale Voted World’s Favorite Leather Bar. Pig Dance first Saturday of the month – South Florida’s Busiest, Craziest Monthly Party (with caged hunks at Midnight on Saturdays – is there a downside to this?). ROSIE’S BAR & GRILL 2449 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors Nexus of the A-Gay List. Be Seen in the Scene (without making one). Food, folks, libations, and a killer Sunday Funday. SCANDALS SALOON 3073 NE 6th Ave., Wilton Manors A line-dancin’, tight blue jeans-wearin’ good time. Country and western music, two-steppin’, three-steppin’, pool tables, and themed events year ‘round. Cowboys and Indians was never this much fun, Pilgrim. SIDELINES 2031 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Where Sports come first. Nationally known destination sports bar with TVs streaming NFL, MLB, NBA and college games. Pool tables, dart boards and large indoor (and now smoke-free) facility. Outdoor patio features area for smokers. Mixed crowd of gay men and women (who would have thought?). Featured in Bloomberg Businessweek and recommended by LOGO. STABLE 205 E Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Levis-and-leather neighborhood bar, where the bears line dance and the cowboys are VERY friendly. SMARTY PANTS 2400 E Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Cozy neighborhood bar with daily happy hour, and regular patrons. Show night Thursdays at 9 p.m. Karaoke Friday and Saturday nights, and with matinee on Sunday afternoon.
SCORE 727 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach Dance, drink, party all night on Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road. Tons of events throughout the year, including fundraisers for Winter Party, White Party, and Miami Beach Gay Pride. SPACE 34 NE 11th St., Miami Mingle and mix with gays and str8s in the heart of Downtown Miami. Indoor dance floors and outdoor rooftop bar, spectacular light show. TWIST 1057 Washington Ave., Miami Beach Great music, friendly staff, hot tourists and locals. Never a cover, always a groove. Bungalow Bar = Hot Men. In SoBe’s Art Deco District. 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.
ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA HANKS 5026 Edgewater Dr., Orlando, FL Friendly local bar with a cruisy attitude. One of Orlando’s oldest and friendliest Gay bars. Beer and Wine. Pool Tables, Video Games and a Large Patio area. HAMBURGER MARY’S BAR & GRILL 110 W Church St., Orlando, FL Eat, Drink & Be Mary! Tuesday BINGO with Miss Sammy & Carol Lee, Wednesday Trivia with Doug Bouser and Leigh Shannon’s Cabaret Dinner Show is every Saturday, 7:30 p.m. PARLIAMENT HOUSE 410 N Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL All gay entertainment complex with 130 newly-remodeled hotel rooms. Cruisy Hotel, Nightclub, Pool Bar, Bear/Leather Bar.
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.
NEW PHOENIX 7124 Aloma Ave., Winter Park, FL Winter Park’s ONLY Gay & Lesbian Bar. Been There Forever! Karaoke every Tuesday and Friday at 9 p.m. Drag shows every Saturday night. Home of the $1 Jello shots.
VOODOO LOUNGE 111 SW 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.
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.
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.
SAVOY ORLANDO 1913 N Orange Ave., Orlando, FL “The hottest” gay bar and nightclub in Orlando. The MEN OF SAVOY Dancers from 6 p.m. til 2 a.m. every night in the main bar! Video Bar, Pool Tables.
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.
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.
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.
MONKEY BUSINESS 2740 N Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale Cozy neighborhood bar. Karaoke, drag shows, Patio Bar – and open at 9 a.m. daily.
CLUB SUGAR 2301 SW 32nd Ave., Miami Gay Latin scene, with Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Hip Hop and House music always playing.
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.
DISCOTEKKA 950 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Hot music, hot scene, hot bartenders, and hot patrons in the hot heart of Downtown Miami.
NAKED GRAPE 2163 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.
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.
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.
WYLDE'S 3557 S Orange Ave., Orlando, FL Neighborhood bar South of Downtown Orlando. Jukebox, Video Games, Pool Tables and Dancers. PARADISE ORLANDO 1300 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL Orlando’s casual Gay & Lesbian bar and nightclub. Patio, Tiki Bar and Pool Tables. Happy Hour 4 til 9 p.m. and drink specials every day til 9 p.m. BAR CODES (Formerly Bear Bar) 4453 Edgewater Dr., Orlando, FL Friendly Bar, Real Men and Bears... Oh My! Beer and Wine. Tends to attract the after work Happy Hour crowd.
TAMPA BAY 2606 2606 N Armenia Ave., Tampa, FL Tampa's favorite Levi/leather bar has two floors (dimly lit), with the upstairs being the more cruisy. There's Hog House shop on-premises, and the 2606 is home to the Tampa Leather Club. Monday is Underwear Night, Tuesdays are $1 drinks and on Wednesdays, Longnecks are just $1.50. 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.
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FLIRT NIGHTCLUB & SHOWBAR 1909 N 15th St., Tampa, FL (Ybor City) Get that hometown feeling. Amazing lazer shows, big headliners and has been around for 6 years. CITY SIDE 3703 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, FL Tampa Bay’s “Best Happy Hour” til Midnight every night of the week. GBAR 1401 E 7th Ave., Tampa (Ybor City), FL Dance Club & Video Bar. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 4 p.m. til 3 a.m. No cover before 10 p.m., $5 after with ID. VALENTINES NIGHTCLUB 7522 N Armenia Ave., Tampa, FL Voted #1 Nightclub in Tampa. Open 7 days a week 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. Monday, Latin Night, Tuesdays are Boys Night Out, Wednesdays are Karaoke Night, Thursdays, No Cover Dance Party, Fridays feature Hot Go-Go Girls, Saturdays are Latino Night “Uncut” and Sundays are Hip Hop Night. Ki Ki Ki III 1908 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL One of The Oldest Bars (beer and wine). A plain bar without pretention with its share of young regulars. RAINBOW ROOM 421 S MacDill Ave., Tampa, FL A mix between a neighborhood bar and a community center. Main bar with pool, darts, jukebox. Outdoor Tiki patio has a full volleyball court and live bands. Beer & Wine.
ST. PETERSBURG GEORGIES ALIBI 3100 3rd Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL One of the most popular gay bars in St. Pete. It’s always busy! Great VJ’s play Top 40 music. Mondays are Drag BINGO and Talent contest, Pool tourney Wednesdays, and the legendary Long Island Iced Tea nights on Thursdays. Ages 21 and over, never a cover! FLAMINGO RESORT 4601 34th St. South, St. Petersburg, FL Florida’s “largest, luxury all gay resort.” Non-stop entertainment, great menu, and drinks served poolside at the Cabana. Weekly events and 2-4-1 Happy Hour daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday Happy Hour ($1 off) 11 a.m to 9 p.m. GEMINI LOUNGE 2315 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL Gemini Lounge aims to serve a variety of tastes; music, karaoke, Internet access, poetry readings and sports on TV. OAR HOUSE BAR & LIQUOR STORE 4807 22nd Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL Fun, friendly, laid-back atmosphere where you can get great drinks at cheap prices! Drama free! Happy Hour daily from 2 p.m. til 9 p.m. HAYMARKET PUB 8308 4th St. North, St. Petersburg, FL More of a Men’s bar. Showing hot videos, beer specials, Saturday Underwear Night, and different events each week. HIDEAWAY 8302 4th St. North, St. Petersburg, FL The oldest Womyn’s bar in the country. Where music is always the main entree! Coldest selection of beer in town. DETOUR 2612 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL The hottest club in St. Pete. Daily specials, karaoke nights and gogo boys from Rico's Men. Noted for it’s Saturday Drag shows and Karaoke nights. Full liquor bar.
MELBOURNE/COCOA COLD KEG NIGHTCLUB 4060 W New Haven Ave., Melbourne, FL Largest Gay Club in Melbourne Florida and the Premier Gay Bar & Nightclub in Brevard County. ULTRA LOUNGE 407 Brevard Ave., Cocoa, FL Nestled in Cocoa Village, this bar has a full coffee bar, serving espresso, lattes, cappuccinos as well as draft beers & wine.
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SNOW WHITE TRASH The world premiere of “Snow White Trash” runs January 7 through January 28, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive. Don't miss this hilariously naughty romp. After escaping death at the hands of the Evil Queen, Snow White arrives in a strange land surrounded by “the Dwarfs” -- a sexy redneck family who have secretly arranged Snow’s marriage to the incredibly hunky (and very gay) Prince. Will Prince convince himself that he likes girls long enough to marry Snow and inherit the kingdom? Will Snow White’s new friends be able to save her from the Evil Queen? How will Snow White react to mullets, leather, porn and “Magnum P.I.”? Tickets: $25. Purchase tickets online at www.infinite-abyss.com or call 954-678-1496.
JERSEY BOYS 2006 Tony Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, The Four Season: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history, January 11 through 29 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets call 954-6267814.
WINTER HEAT FLORIDA 2012 “Feel the Heat,” Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 16-20, 2012. This year’s host hotel is the Bahia Mar Resort. (Events and venues subject to change). Thursday, February 16 - 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., “The Big Chill,” George's Alibi, 2266 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. Come kick it with Ft. Lauderdale’s grown and sexy crowd and enjoy $3 Long Island Iced Teas. - 2 a.m. – 4 a.m., “The Cold Front,” Torpedo Bar, 2829 W. Broward Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale. Heat things up on the dance floor while the deejay spins the hottest Hip-Hop and R&B hits. Friday, February 17 - 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., “The Ice Breaker,” Grand Mariner Lounge at The Bahia Mar Hotel. Mix and mingle at the Welcome Reception with the men of Winter Heat 2012. - 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Winter Heat Film Festival, Seafarer Room at The Bahia Mar Hotel. Check out original films from up and coming film makers. - 10 p.m. – 4 a.m., “The Fire Storm,” Green Room, 100 SW 3 Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale. Winter has never been this hot! Join the sexiest men in South Florida at the coolest spot in town. Saturday, February 18 - 9 a.m. - 10 a.m., “Sweat on the Beach,” Fort Lauderdale Beach Start the day off right with aerobics on the beach. - 3 p.m. – Sunset, “Heat Waves” Fort
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Fort Lauderdale Lauderdale Beach Chill out on the beach and have some fun in the sun. - 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Winter Heat Film Festival, Seafarer Room at The Bahia Mar Hotel Check out original films from up and coming film makers. - 8 p.m. to Midnight, “Winter Games,” Grand Mariner Lounge at The Bahia Mar Hotel Got skills? Put them to the test at the old-school game night. - 10 p.m. – 4 a.m., “Body Heat,” Voodoo Lounge, 111 SW 2 Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale Feel the heat all night as DJ Angel X rocks the house. Sunday, February 19 - 9 a.m. - 10 a.m., “Sweat on the Beach,” Fort Lauderdale Beach Start the day off right with aerobics on the beach. - 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., “Holy Heat,” Lips Fort Lauderdale Experience the ultimate in drag dining. This gospel brunch is sure to lift your spirits and the ultimate Mimosas will definitely warm your soul. - 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Winter Heat Film Festival, Seafarer Room at The Bahia Mar Hotel Check out original films from up and coming film makers. - 3 p.m. – Sunset, “Winter Waterland” Pool Party, Exit 66 at Pier 66 Resort, Ft. Lauderdale Dive into the hottest pool party ever. Live music, food, drinks and an amazing fashion show will bring a whole new meaning to lounging by the pool. - 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., “Sparks,” Grand Mariner Lounge at The Bahia Mar Hotel Experience speed dating South Floridastyle. You’ve never experienced a love and relationship session quite like this. Get ready! - 10 p.m. – 4 a.m., “The Meltdown,” Living Room, 300 SW 1 Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale The grand finale party is going down tonight. Monday, February 20 - 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., “The Block is Hot,” Americas Back Yard, 100 SW 3 Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale A day party like no other takes place at Fort Lauderdale’s most unique outdoor entertainment venue. For more information, visit winterheatflorida.com. H
Hollywood GREGG ALLMAN Lead Singer of the Allman Brothers Band Greg Allman performs at Hard Rock Live Hollywood (1 Seminole Way in Hollywood) on January 18. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $46, $64 and $79. For more information, call 954-797-5531. H
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The Cleveland Orchestra will be performing at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, on Jan. 27 and 28, both nights at 8 p.m. Acclaimed pianist Yefim Bronfman joins Music Director Franz Weiser-Möst in Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 in Opening Concerts Jan. 27 and 28. Franz Welser-Möst will lead the orchestra in two concerts. Repertoire for The Cleveland Orchestra’s performances on Jan. 28 and 29 includes Sean Shepherd’s Wanderlust, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6, and Johannes Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2, with pianist Yefim Bronfmanas soloist. Tickets range from $20 to $172 and are available by calling 305-949-6722, or visiting www.clevelandorchestramiami.com. H
Cosmopolitan, a Square One Creative Event, will be held at The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E 7th Ave. in Tampa on Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19. The largest and most popular, awardwinning art event in Tampa: Square One’s 4th annual fall 2011 Creative and Performing Arts Showcase expands to two nights and will revolve around an international world theme. Friday, November 18 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.--Over 75 local artists on display with ten other participating venues. Saturday, November 19 – The Main Event with over 75 local artists on display and live performances from VYB Dance Company, Jeremy Gloff, The JamesLange Theory, On Carlton Row and more with a debut fashion show by Ricky Lindsay. From 7 p.m. to midnight. Proceeds of this event to help benefit Pediatric Cancer Fund (PCF). For more information, please visit www.squareoneflorida.com/cosmopolitan.html. H
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Visitors to the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, 445 N Park Avenue in Winter Park is offering free admission to the galleries from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays through April. There will also be free live music on the second Friday of the month through the holiday season. For more information, visit www.morsemuseum.org. H
January 27 through 29, 2012 in the Ybor City Historic District. Main events include “Havoc” with DJ Abel at the Amphitheater Ybor on Friday, January 27, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. “Gancho” with DJ Ralphi Rosario at the Ritz Ybor on Saturday, January 28 from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. “Unleashed with DJ Oren Nizri at Rise, Sunday, January 29 from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. and “Urban Body” Gasparilla Headquarters Party at Urban Body, Saturday, January 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For tickets, hotels and info visit: www.ganchotampa.com.
GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESCUE OF MID-FLORIDA Rescue can take many forms, from a single individual trying to make a difference by saving one dog to a group of people working together for the common goal of saving many animals. GRRMF concentrates on Golden Retrievers. GRRMF is comprised solely of volunteers and is self-supporting, relying on fund raising and donations to support all rescue efforts including veterinary care. 100% of all donations are used for the rescue effort. GRRMF, Inc. is recognized by and affiliated with The Golden Retriever Club of America, Inc. For more information, contact the Intake Coordinator at 407-332-2840. H
BACK DOOR BUMBY Revolution Nightclub (375 S Bumby Ave in Downtown Orlando) along with GRINDR and MyFlexRadio presents: “Back Door Bumby: Enter Through the Back” every 3rd Thursday of the month. This is Orlando's premiere college night. No cover when you show your GRINDR or MyFlexRadio App. No cover ‘til 11 p.m. for those 21+ (18+ welcome) and no cover ‘til midnight with college or theme park ID. Free drinks 11 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Drinks specials throughout the night. Performances by Shantell D’Marco and Macaviti. DJ Joanie on the decks in the disco area and VJ J.B. Burgos in the Hydrate Video Bar. H
THE SUNDAY BBQ Ybor Resort and Spa, 1512 8th Ave. (15th Street) in Ybor City. Every Sunday at 5 p.m. Lots of hot flavorful guys here lining up for some buns, wieners and other tasty items. Come on down and put some sun on those buns in our open-air tropical Asian-themed patio with Jacuzzi. Remember: what happens at the resort, stays at the resort. H
FREE DRAG QUEEN BINGO Every week, you can play BINGO for free and win drinks and prizes at the Flamingo Resort, 4601 34th St S in St. Petersburg. H
THE NEARLYWED GAME Every Thursday night from 8 to 11:55 p.m. at Hamburger Mary’s (1600 7th Avenue in Ybor City). With host Michael Dixon. You won't want to miss all the fun and laughs as couples who think they know each other find out if they really do. Come watch, or get in on the fun. If you want to be a contestant, call (813) 241-MARY. Reservations are highly recommended! H
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EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN at Tap 42
Tap 42 1411 South Andrews Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 954-463-4900
By TIM sLIVINsKI We decided on two stools at the outdoor bar, had made wise choices. Indeed, we had. and soon after claiming our spot, Savannah When the appetizers arrived, we were taken greeted us with a warm smile and inquired in immediately by the creative plating and the about our choice of drinks. I am a bourbon outstanding aroma of each dish. The pork fanatic, so I asked to see the bourbon list. The belly, melt in your mouth tender, was glazed list not only indicates the name of each bour- with huckleberry jam and sherry vinaigrette, bon, but it further describes individual flavor sitting atop a salad of farro—another old/new profiles. I was like a kid in a candy store. I grain—and watercress. Outstanding! The porasked for Savannah’s help, and she pointed tion was ample enough to easily be a small out a couple that are customer favorites. I plate meal for one. The Wild Mushroom Tostada offered a blend of selected her first suggestion, earthy, aromatic mushrooms and she sent off to mix me a in a creamy mushroom Manhattan. Meanwhile, the sauce sitting on a toasted b/f was drooling over the baguette. Comforting and selections of craft beers delicious. Too messy to eat from the U.S. and around with your hands, it was the world. He decided to try nonetheless a flavorful dish a pomegranate beer--no that fits the heartiness of joke. Once we had our Photo courtesy, www.tap42.com both bourbon and beer. drinks in hand, we relaxed Needless to say, we cleaned both those and took in the cool vibe surrounding us. Feeling famished, we decided to order a cou- plates. I ordered another Manhattan with a difple of bar snacks from the menu. Do not--I ferent bourbon, while the b/f selected another repeat do not--overlook the starters at Tap 42. craft beer. Reading the descriptions of the 9 They are creative, interesting, and unique oz. Gourmet Burgers, I began to narrow down with each one sounding as delicious as the my selection. I finally opted for the Drunken next. We decided on the Berkshire Crispy Goat ($14). It offers a beef/lamb blend burger Pork Belly ($13) and the Wild Mushroom topped with tomato jam, arugula, bourbon red Tostada ($8.50). Savannah assured us we onions, goat cheese, and Dijon on brioche. All
INCAHOOTS 711 Edison Ave., Jacksonville, FL This club offers good crowds every night. Recently remodeled with three bars and a friendly staff. Everyday is a different special. A fun place anytime. Full Liquor bar. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays except for special events.
THE METRO 2929 Plum St., Jacksonville, FL The Metro Entertainment Complex has been serving the GLBT community for 17 years. Features a total of 7 different venues under one roof to choose from. Lesbo-A-Go-Go, monthly Tea Dances, special quest performers, female impersonators and live musicians. BOOT RACK SALOON 4751 Lenox Ave., Jacksonville, FL Your Neighborhood Gay Bar - the place for men. Cold beer, music and a warm and cozy atmosphere. Hot men and cheap beer... We all know where that leads! AJ'S BAR & GRILL 10244 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, FL Annie and Janie invite you to stop by and see some old friends and meet some new ones! Great food, awesome service, delicious mixed drinks and live entertainment. PARK PLACE LOUNGE 931 King St., Jacksonville, FL A fun and comfortable gay bar that’s accommodating to both gays and non-gays. A great place to watch your favorite game, or enjoy playing Wii while the liquor flows! THE NORM 2952 Roosevelt Blvd., Jacksonville, FL A neighborhood bar. Everyone is welcome, but remember it is a girls bar! Beer and Wine only. 616 BAR 616 Park St., Jacksonville, FL A warm and friendly atmosphere with a Patio bar. Karaoke on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Thursdays the Jax Bears are here for happy hour. Fridays and Saturdays enjoy the "Beer Blast." THREE LAYERS CAFE 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville, FL The name Three Layers comes from their large variety of delicious three layer cakes. An inviting loft style cafe located in Springfield. Enjoy a bistro style lunch or just stop in for your morning coffee. BO'S CORAL REEF 201 5th Ave. North, Jacksonville Beach, FL There are great shows Thursday through Sunday with the best of female impersonators. Pool tables, video games, and a large outdoor patio. The only gay bar on the beach!
KICKBACKS GASTROPUB 910 King St., Jacksonville, FL This is a top class venue serving over 600 different bottled beers, 84 beers on tap, breakfast, lunch and dinner 20hrs a day 7 days a week!
KWEST 705 Duval St., Key West, FL Daily Happy Hour from 3 to 8 p.m., and a piano sing-a-long every Wednesday night. Men dancing for men after 10 p.m. Weekly drink specials and "Wet Jockey" contests on Fridays. SALOON ONE 801 Duval St., Key West, FL (Behind 801 Bar) This is the only gay leather bar in Key West. Conveniently located behind 801 Bourbon Bar.
LA TE DA 1125 Duval St., Key West, FL An upscale hotel complex with 3 bars, cabaret and restaurant.
THE ROUNDUP 560 E Heinberg St, Pensacola, FL A neighborhood gay men’s bar... Pensacola’s Cowboy Bar. Open 2 p.m. til 3 p.m. daily.
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 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. AQUA NIGHTCLUB 711 Duval St., Key West, FL Aqua features the "Reality is a Drag" show six days a week, followed by dancing. Monday is karaoke night and don't miss the great happy hour specials from 3 to 8 p.m. daily.
BOBBY’S MONKEY BAR 900 Simonton St., Key West, FL The gay Cheers style neighborhood bar of Key West. Happy Hour from Noon to 7pm, Karaoke on Sunday nights, pool tournaments on Tuesday nights at 7pm. Free Wi-Fi access. GARDEN OF EDEN 224 Duval St., Key West, FL A Rooftop Bar with the BEST VIEWS in the city & “BEST Long Island Ice Teas made by Melinda!” Gay, straight, fat, or skinny... Doesn’t matter! Clothing optional - gay friendly!
WEST PALM BEACH H G ROOSTERS 823 Belvedere Rd., West Palm Beach, FL Dark bar that attracts a fun party crowd. Camp is in at H.G.'s, where drag shows and bingo nights pack in crowds looking for laughs and fun. THE LOUNGE 517 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, FL Sushi, tropical views and tasty cocktails are accompanied by acclaimed resident DJ Daisy DeadPetals. FORT DIX BAR & CLUB 6205 Georgia Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 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.
burgers are served with fries. My partner’s eye was caught by an Herb Marinated Skirt Steak ($19) near the bottom of the menu. It was a 10 oz. skirt steak served with steak fries, Brussels sprout hash, arugula salad, and beef jus. Creative fun plating came through again when our entrees arrived. My burger offered an array of flavors with the sweetness of the bourbon onions playing off the tanginess of the tomato jam. The burger itself was perfectly grilled to my medium request—juicy and full of flavor. A beautifully medium pink sliced skirt steak graced my b/f’s plate. It was spicy, but not overly so, still allowing the flavor of the beef to shine through. He particularly enjoyed the Brussels sprout hash, saying it was different as well as delicious. Between mouthfuls we assured Savannah that we were greatly pleased with our choices. Will we go back to Tap 42? Most definitely, and that’s perhaps the highest compliment a patron can give a restaurant. It has a friendly staff that fit the high energy, urban vibe of the room. The bourbon and craft beer list have thought, whimsy, and creativity behind them. The food was creative, fun, and, most of all, delicious. I look forward to my next visit.
Those of you with a history in Fort Lauderdale will remember the old Brownie’s on South Andrews. It was legendary; it was an institution. The old Brownie’s is now the new Tap 42, opened since mid-November. For years burgers were relegated to fast food spots. That was then. Tap 42 serves new style burgers, truly gourmet. In the 40’s and 50’s, classic cocktails made with bourbon, such as the classic Manhattan, were all the rage. Then vodka took over. Bourbon is new again--42 varieties in fact--at Tap 42. Beer was once America’s drink of choice. Then wine surpassed it. At Tap 42, 42 draft beers, most of them craft beers and small production, have all the nuances and flavor profiles of fine wine. Everything old is indeed new again. On a recent Monday night with a slight chill in the air and a rather strong breeze, the b/f and I decided to check out Tap 42. We had heard great buzz about it and decided to go see for ourselves what was all about. First, the renovation on the old Brownie’s is nothing short of stunning. A long bar with several high top and dining tables along the wall give Tap 42 a very urban, sleek look. There is an outdoor area of the bar along with a patio in the back for taking advantage of our great South Florida winter weather. First impression: Excellent!
OFFICE PUB 3704 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers, FL Oldest gay bar in South West Florida with a festive attitude. This bear-friendly Office likes to have fun with underwear parties, drag shows, Wii bowling! Check out their country and western music night on Saturdays.
TUBBY'S 4350 Fowler St., Fort Myers, FL Where men come to compete (in tournaments). "Never a cover... always a smile" Tubby's is a no-frills video bar with a total of 10 TVs and two projection screens available for patrons to use as they wish. Add a six-hour 2-4-1 Happy Hour during the Wii tournaments on the big screen! THE BOTTOM LINE 3090 Evans Ave., Fort Myers, FL This gay entertainment complex is one of the longest running clubs in southwest Florida at over 20 years, The Bottom Line features 7 bars, pool tables, drag shows and occasional guest appearances by porno stars.
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 NW 6th St., Gainesville, FL It is a laid-back kind of place, with friendly bar staff. The crowds vary depending on the night. The bar has a nice open air patio area that is rarely used, but would be nice if it was. UNIVERSITY CLUB 18 E University Ave., Gainesville, FL This is a fairly average small college town gay bar. It is usually busy and crowded on Thursday nights.
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THIS WEEK’S TASTY RECIPE: Irish Mousse By JEaN DoHERTy If you are in France, no matter which region, no matter where you eat, you will most likely be offered the divine French dessert Mousse au Chocolat. No matter how it looks on paper, "Mousse" is the French word for "foam." You can find hundreds of different versions of the original recipe for this chocolate delight in cookbooks everywhere. Some boast fancy ingredients like alcohol, peppermint, oranges or even marshmallows. Some are made with complicated directions that use three or four different bowls. I always play around with recipes, so here’s what I’ve come up with: 3 egg yolks 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup sifted cocoa 2 tbsp Baileys® Irish Cream or similar liqueur 2 cups heavy whipping cream ¼ tsp vanilla extract In a medium bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar until blended thoroughly. Then beat in the cocoa and Irish Cream. (If you‘re concerned about illness caused by consuming raw eggs, I suggest putting the mixture in a “bain Marie” and heating for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.) In a different bowl, whip cream and vanilla
until it holds stiff peaks. Stir in approximately 1/2 cup of the whipped cream to lighten the cocoa mixture. Fold in remaining mixture gently. Divide into individual servings and chill for about an hour. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and garnish with chocolate shavings or a confectioner coffee bean....you are a chef!
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EMPLOYMENT JOHNNY's MIAMI LOOKING FOR DANCE MANAGER MINIMUM 2 YEARS EXPERIENCE. GREAT PERSONALITY A MUST. If you have experience in nightclub personnel management… Join our growing team! Send your resume to JohnnysBarMia@gmail.com
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HOME IMPROVEMENT 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 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 Ben (954)565-9674
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.
COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE COMMERCIAL SPACE ON FEDERAL HWY - 4400-5400 SQ FT between Oakland Park Blvd and Commercial Blvd. Can be used for medical or retail! Plenty of parking. $11/SQ FT!!! available now. Call Robert MacKilligan, your life partner in real estate. Galleria Intl Realty (954)234-8759 or email@example.com
EMPLOYMENT HAIR STYLIST WANTED!! Be your own boss. Rent a chair at a reasonable price in a cozy salon in Delray Beach on US1. Call (561)909-9055 PT / FT ADVERTISING ASSOCIATE NEEDED - We are a streaming / internet LGBT radio station, south florida based. This a commissioned sales position. For more info do contact us via email; Info.MyGayRadio@gmail.com SALES ASSOCIATES - The Florida Agenda, Mark Magazine, the Hopper, Mark’s List and MyGayRadio.com are looking for dynamic salespeople to join our team. Are you energetic, proactive, and passionate about sales? Then this could be the “Star Role” for you! Seeking true “go-getters” with a great work ethic. Previous sales experience helpful, but not mandatory. Existing accounts available for immediate income. Contact Bobby Blair, Publisher, at 954-336-0436 or email Bobby@bobbyblair.com JOHNNY's MIAMI HUNTING FOR BEARS - GREAT $$$ South Florida's Favorite Male Strip Club is seeking BEAR DANCERS for new Special Event. Great Pay + Tips. Send photo and contact info to JohnnysBarMia@gmail.com
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METH PROBLEM? www.SouthFloridaCMA.org FOR ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE FLORIDA AGENDA CLASSIFIEDS CALL KEITH CHAMLEE AT 954-903-4781
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RENTALS / FTL RIVERLAND-CLOSE TO DOWNTOWN - Efficiency, 1BD, and 2 BD large house w/ pool, new CAC, new kitchen, large family room, dining room & living room, laundry available, large screened porch & private backyard. Call Ed (954)632-6639 WILTON MANORS - EFFICIENCY on quiet cul-de-sac! Great location at 7th and Wilton Drive by the Shoppes of Wilton Manors! Tile floors, A/C, Screened Pool, Laundry on premise, off-street parking, ceiling fans! $625/mo. F/S UTILITIES INCLUDED! Call (954)563-4442 WILTON MANORS WATER VIEW APT. - Nicely Finished 2/1 apartment with private patio, water view, tile floors throughout, newer appliances and W/D in unit. Don't miss out!! Asking $1000. Call Alex, Re/Max Preferred (954)683-4880 FANTASTIC 3/2 - FT LAUDERDALE - features renovated kitchen and baths, den, wood floors, new roof and CAC. Laundry room with W/D. Call today! Asking $1600. Call Alex, Re/Max Preferred (954)683-4880. OAKLAND PARK/LLOYD ESTATES - Water Front Bungalow & pool; Large 1950's style 2/1,terrazzo floors, large kitchen with microwave, icemaker, dishwasher, range, CAC, ceiling fans. Very gay area and pet friendly. It's located on 300' of wide middle river. $1000/mo-F/S and 1/3 of the util. ($175 avg) high speed internet, electric, preferred cable package, free laundry, ample parking, private entrance. (954)249-2009 LAKERIDGE - Cozy Apartment w/ sleeping loft. Full bath & kitchen. Tile floors, ceiling fan, tropical secluded pool & patio area. 1 mile to beach & Wilton Dr. Within Hopper transportation to Wilton Dr. Onsite laundry available. Private off-street parking. Unfurnished. No smoking/pet negotiable. For one quiet person only/no drama. Electric, WiFi, Direct TV, water included. $750/mo. Reduced rent considered in exchange for light yardwork (954)636-9298 SOUTH MIDDLE RIVER - EFFICIENCY - This lovely garden apartment is coming available and ready for occupancy Dec 15th. It features a pool, laundry facilities, parking area and is part of a gay compound with roaming peacocks and friendly neighbors. Your rent includes internet, water and electricity. This apt is for a clean, responsible, working person. 12 mo. lease, $595/mo. (954) 200-0166.
FURNISHED / RENTALS / FTL LICENSED MASSAGE RECESSION RELIEF -$40/90 MINS! Out calls higher. Swedish, Deep Tissue, Specialty Back and Lower Body & Feet. Couples discounts, seniors welcome. Delray Beach, 16 yrs experience. MA 18563. Dennis (561) 502-2628.
PERFECT RELOCATION RENTALS FROM $295/WEEK With 4 Week Minimum through December. Beautiful Studio, 1 & 2 BR Apts. Turn-key, fully furnished & equipped, clothing optional pool, laundry, parking. Close to Gay & Nude Beaches. Pets Welcome. Incl. utilities, cable, tel., Wi-Fi Internet. 954-927-0090 or visit www.LibertySuites.com
ROOMMATES WILTON MANORS - Looking for someone to share a 2/3 townhouse on the water with fantastic amenities at a reasonable rate. Call (954)873-3889
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; www.stsfrancisandclare.org DIGNITY FT LAUDERDALE - Roman Catholic Mass every Sunday 7 PM at Holy Angels CC 2917 NE 6th Ave, Wilton Manors. Monthly socials and more. There is always room at our table. Dignityftl@bellsouth.net. WE ARE HERE FOR YOUâ€Ś DIVINE MERCY CHAPEL - The American New Catholic Church 2749 N.E. 10th Ave., Wilton Manors, FL, 33334 (954)567-1930 Sunday Mass 10:30AM, Friday Holy Hour 7:00PM www.newdivinemercy.org 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cohss.org.
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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
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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