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Equality Florida Responds to Representative Baxley’s Comments Tallahassee, FL – Equality Florida has requested a meeting with Representative Dennis Baxley after he equated having same-sex parents to alcoholism. “It’s easy to say parents need to get involved, but half these kids are raising themselves; they don’t have any parents

that are functional,” said Baxley. “How can we address that? I know it’s scope and I know it’s hard, but you’re probably their only hope. I mean I sat an hour and a half with a teacher telling me, ‘well this child has got serial men coming through the house, this one has two mommies, this one has an abusive father who’s home, this one has alcoholism, this one has drug abuse.’ It was a casualty warfare event to hear – just in her classroom – how many dysfunctional, atypical – to me – uh, structures are in the way of a kid having a

Sarasota County Moves Forward on Domestic Partnership Registry Sarasota, FL – Last Wednesday, October 9, Sarasota County voted 5-0 to move forward with a planned countywide domestic partnership registry. The registry will provide access to some

essential family protections, including emergency services, hospital visitation and the ability for a partner to make funeral arrangements. Until gay marriage is legalized nationwide, domestic partnerships are the closest thing to protection that unmarried couples can have. Ken Shelin, board member of Equality Florida and resident of Sarasota, was ecstatic for the ruling. Shelin has been active in advocating for the registry, meeting with commissioners and speaking at public hearings, according to the official site’s report. “I am thrilled that the Sarasota County Commission voted today to protect our diverse families by moving forward with public hearings on a domestic partnership registry, which has been modeled after other Florida communities,” said Shelin. Sarasota joins other Florida areas with domestic partner registries such as Venice, Gainesville, Tampa, Orlando, Pinellas County, Palm Beach County, Broward County and Miami-Dade County.

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chance to learn.” Now, the CEO of Equality Florida, Nadine Smith, is putting Representative Baxley on the spot. “We hope Representative Baxley has the decency to apologize for his comments disparaging gay parents and our children,” Smith said. “More than that, we invite Representative Baxley to educate himself, talk with us and actually meet our families. We are a diverse state and no elected official can fulfill their oath of office if they only respect and care about the people and families that look just like their own.”

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PRE-GALA BENETTING UNITED WAY HELD IN FORT LAUDERDALE Celebrity attorney George Castrataro teamed with City Commissioner Dean Trantalis to host a Mayor’s Pre-Gala “Gayla” for United Way at Dapur Asian Tapas and Lounge.

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Washington, D.C. – The managing editor of World Net Daily made aggressive and shocking statements in a recent op-ed on his site. In the op-ed, titled “Amputating Healthy Organds ‘The New Normal,’” editor David Kupelian said that the gay rights movement is a “form of totalitarianism” that is “sweeping the nation.” “...Requiring the integration of open homosexuals into the military,” Kupelian wrote. “Forcing same-sex marriage on the nation; criminalizing Christian businesspeople for simply opposing homosexuality on moral and religious grounds and much more. It’s just the beginning.” Kupelian went on to say that trans-

gender rights are an integral part of the LGBT community, bizarrely comparing it to anorexia. “Reality check: Transgenderism (or transsexualism) is not normal,” Kupelian said. “In fact, it’s so abnormal and unnatural that a staggeringly tragic 41 percent of all transgender individuals living in the United Staes have attempted to commit suicide, according to a 2010 study.... What would we think if the ‘anorexia rights lobby’ (if such a thing existed) pushed relentlessly to de-pathologize anorexia, proclaiming it perfectly normal for some girls, though in danger of dying from starvation, to go on starving themselves so as to satisfy their inner feeling that they were fat?” Kupelian’s bold op-ed ended with a warning message, telling readers that “intimidation is the No. 1 tool of wouldbe tyrants.”

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N.J. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Marriage Equality Case Trenton, NJ – The New Jersey Supreme Court will hear Gov. Chris Christie’s ‘emergency appeal’ of a ruling that would have allowed same-sex marriages to begin October 21. The high court has accepted

the case and will have a hearing in January, according to a CBS/Associated Press report. While Mary Jacobson – the judge who ruled in favor of the case last month – made a statement this week that the marriages planned should still be able to start on October 21, reports are stating that the Supreme Court will make a decision in the coming week that will determine whether or not the weddings will be put on hold.

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alifax, Nova Scotia – According to CBS News, 27-year-old Scott Jones has been left paralyzed after a brutal attack on October 12. Jones is in critical condition at a hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia after being stabbed in the back twice and having his throat slashed. Jones was allegedly out celebrating the opening of a friend’s art studio in New Glasgow when the attack occurred. The stabs in the back severed Jones’ spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down, according to the report. Suspect Shane Edward Matheson was arrested after the attack and was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace, according to The New Glasgow News. Amy Punke, friend of Jones, told officials that she believes he was targeted because he is openly gay. Jason Cormier, fiance to Jones’ sister, agreed. “He’s being singled out, out of 20 people, to the point that the other gentleman who was walking up the street with him was left completely unharmed.” As the investigation is still ongoing, police cannot yet determine whether it is a hate crime or not.


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penly-gay NYC rapper Cazwell made a splash with his new single and video “No Selfie Control,” which on its own, isn’t the best song. However, the video is what brings the lyrics to life. The handsome rapper walks down the streets with his camera stretched outward, filming his every step while talking about taking selfies and getting more followers on Instagram. In case you live in a world without hashtags and cutesy nicknames, “selfie” is an annoyingly new(ish) term for taking a picture of yourself. The trend started shortly after the creation of Instagram, which I consider to be the decline of civilization. Yes, everyone should be allowed to share photos

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with friends and family members, but it has gotten to the point where people cannot even function in a typical environment without spending a good chunk of time on various social media sites. I even caught myself checking my Instagram while in the middle of a date last winter. He was gorgeous and I couldn’t care less. Why? We use social media to connect with people, but when there’s a person right in front of you, why is it that we turn into Facebook or Instagram zombies? Modern conversations tend to go a little like this: Friend A: “Did you see that picture of the gazelle that Ally posted?” Friend B: “Omg... duh! That picture was posted yesterday.”

It’s become a competition of sorts. Who can get the most likes on their new shirtless picture? The desire for approval runs deep, but this trend of shameless selfpromotion has exacerbated it. People are going to miss their lives with their noses in their... phones (which have evidently replaced books). It’s ironic, since the cell phone was invented to improve communication. Since its inception, the “smart phone” has spiraled out of control, becoming an entirely different monster altogether. “What do I have to do to get you to follow me?” Cazwell sings in the pre-chorus of his new single. “I got no selfie control when on my cell phone,” he jokes.

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”NAKED AS WE CAME” BRINGS NONTRADITIONAL FAMILIES TO THE FOREGROUND

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second chances. What has the feedback been like with audiences so far?

n “Naked As We Came,” the new feature film from director Richard LeMay, a dysfunctional family is the foundation for the story. Two siblings go to visit their estranged mother who is terminally ill (a powerful performance from Lue McWilliams), only to find that she has changed her entire lifestyle from what the kids once knew. The mother they no longer know is smoking marijuana and embracing a New Age philosophy, but that’s not all that’s new. She’s enlisted a mysterious, handsome man to help tend to her needs, but like all handsome men, he appears to have a hidden agenda. I recently sat down with director Richard LeMay to discuss the film, families, and his next big project. The family in “Naked As We Came” seems rather dysfunctional, but I guess to some extent we all are. How did you come up with the storyline? Two years ago, 7 of my friends lost a parent and I started thinking “what would I do if I knew my mom or dad was going to die.” It started there and sort of evolved. Also, I find dysfunction interesting.

Overall, it has been great. We won five awards on the LGBT film festival circuit and audiences have loved it. Three of those awards were audience based. All in all, I can’t complain. What do you want viewers to take away from the film? That life is too short. We all have our bullshit but at the end of the day you have to count your blessings.

Ryan Vigilant and Richard LeMay used the actors to workshop the script straight up to production. We’d meet in my apartment every other day for a month and a half. Each of them were amazing to work with. We all worked so well together to make this film happen. Truly one of my favorite experiences ever. The film isn’t just about being gay. A lot of people can relate to this story -- there are themes of acceptance, mortality and

What’s after “Naked As We Came?” What’s next? I am directing a horror movie called “Bloodline” with academy award nominated producer Rodrigo Bellot. I wrote it as well. It is very dark and like nothing I’ve ever done before. It’s very exciting. Naked As We Came is playing at the classic Gateway Theatre October 18 - 25. For showtimes and additional information, visit thegatewaytheatre.com

Agreed. Growing up, what was your family life like? My mom is Italian so there was a lot of good food and loud conversations continuously. I’m from a small blue collar town in western Massachussets and it was fantastic when I think back. I grew up surrounded by lakes and forests. It was beautiful. There are four of us and we all laughed a lot. I think people automatically assume that “Naked” is about my family, but it couldn’t be further from that. My siblings are three of my favorite people in the world.

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A great city owes thanks to its great people. Wilton Manors houses some exceptional businesses, which naturally, are run by exceptional business owners. In the following pages, we have featured exceptional female business owners within the community.

Art Frenzy Debbi Burke Debbi Burke was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, the total opposite of Wilton Manors. “I knew from traveling with my family (and after the first time I came here on spring break in high school) that I would live somewhere tropical,” explains Burke. “I always hated the harsh winters and little sunshine in Michigan. It was a great place to grow up and quite beautiful, but too cold for me.” After traveling around, moving from city to city (including Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York), Debbi Burke permanently moved here in 1985. Debbi was influenced by her family at an early age to appreciate art in many forms, including musical, performing and visual arts. “I studied various aspects of music, filmmaking, and interior design amongst other interests including art history,” she told me. “I worked in and managed a lot of restaurants while I went in and out of school, which taught me more about customer service and public relations than any class I ever took.” Burke has participated in her share of musical gigs as well. “I’ve also always loved music and have a variety of experience, from singing in piano bars, to cabaret, disco clubs, several jazz and rock bands, and even [worked with] our own world groove band Altered Ego here over the years,” Burke said. “I still try to keep my musical side alive by hosting karaoke shows and by entertaining at local venues and for private parties and events. I’ve been very lucky to have enjoyed touring some of the best museums and exhibitions around the country in my travels.”

“That’s when I really fell in love with working around art and framing all the time,” Burke continued. “I had two great owners that taught me the ropes over an eight year stint there. My partner Bernadette fell in love with the business too and we started working with designers. We free-lanced for a couple years... Which led us to start looking for our own location. With the help and encouragement of some very dear friends and family, we were ready to dive in.”

“[We are] loving [our current] space and we are still offering the finest selection and quality of custom framing around,” Burke told us. “Our philosophy is everyone should have art to enjoy!” Art Frenzie will be showing a memorabilia collectibles show later this month until the official third Friday of the month Artwalks begin in November. Art Frenzy 2151 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, 33305 954-560-3684

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Burke worked as a buyer for showrooms and stores and also spent some time at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art in the Public Relations department when she landed a job managing a large art wholesale company.

“Once we spoke to George Kessinger and saw what he was going to do with the Alibi amongst all the other new businesses that were opening in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors. We decided that was the beginning of what was to become the great community Wilton Manors is today, and we wanted to be a part of that. We were there for five years and have moved around a few times on the Drive but have wanted to stay in our Island City community.”


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The Offices of Robin L. Bodiford, PA Robin Bodiford Originally from Miami, Robin Bodiford and her brother fled South Florida (along with with their lovers and dogs) during the Anita Bryant era, settling down in Los Angeles, which Bodiford says was “a gay mecca to [their] hungry gay souls.” Bodiford always had an interest in politics and the imbalance of power in society. She thought about law school early on, and picked up a couple of B.A.s on the way (Art and Psychology), making a pit stop for a Masters in Social Work from Berkley before finally receiving her law degree at the University of Southern California. During her first year of practice (Orrick Herrington and Sutcliffe), her brother, Peter, was diagnosed with AIDS. After her brother passed, Bodiford’s life was changed forever. Her passions began to change, she fell in love, and eventually, relocated to Fort Lauderdale. Jobless, waiting on the results of the Florida Bar exam, Bodiford became a gay rights activist in Broward County. “I was pivotal in obtaining the changes to the Broward County Human Rights Ordinance, adding sexual orientation as a protected category,” Bodiford told us. “This enabled us to come out from behind the bars on Wilton Drive with no windows on the street. Enabled us to buy condominiums as gay couples. To walk hand in hand down Wilton Drive. To lodge a complaint with the county if we’re fired for being gay.”

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All of the education was worth it, according to Bodiford. She went on to fight two challenges to the law, one in 1996 and again in 2001. “It was astounding to stand shoulder to shoulder with anti-gay activists in the county offices days after 9/11,” she recalls. “Counting the petitions, we won by only a small margin.” In 1999, she imported the domestic partnership ordinance from Los Angeles (she had previously worked on it in law school in 1988). “We handily passed that into law, as the commissioners were all our friends by then, with the notable exception of John Rodstrom, who voted against our gay rights laws, twice,” Bodiford said. “Ironically since his district changed to include gays, he changed his tune.” Robin Bodiford’s legal practice centers on the LGBT community, covering wills, trusts, probate, gay family law, and consumer bankruptcy. When asked about her clients, Bodiford assured us that she’s still fighting the fight for our community; “I often say that 99% of my clients are gay and the other 1% are our family and friends!” Law Offices of Robin L. Bodiford, P.A. 2250 N Federal Hwy, Suite 20 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305 954-630-2707

Chic Optique Karen Carroll • Julie Slater Chic Optique is not your typical eyewear retail outlet. Yes they have many styles and price points available, but the real bread-winner is their friendly disposition. “It’s very important for us to give good customer service,” says co-owner Julie Slater. “We do adjustments and repairs for everyone that comes in for free, all the time. Service is very important. We like to take really good care of people. We not only want to give them the right product, but give them something that looks really good [on them] too.” As we mentioned, Chic Optique has a competitive price range, which is one of the reasons they’ve been so successful over the years. “We have every price range. We don’t have 20 products, we have 150.” Slater’s partner and co-owner of the business, Karen Carroll, met Slater at the last space she worked at – All Eyes Optical in Davie. The couple has been together for 11 years now. “I’ve wanted to work here all of my life, since I was young,” Slater explains. “I had a business in West Broward, and I always wanted to be here. When Karen opened up [here], I joined her. We live down the street. We love being in our neighborhood (our gayborhood). I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I love it.” Their clients aren’t exactly the demo you might have been picturing. It transcends the gay community of Wilton Manors, bringing in regulars from all over. “People from outside of Wilton Manors, gay and straight,” Slater says. “Some people move away and then come back [to us]. It’s like a family atmosphere. People come say hello who aren’t even needing services or glasses. It’s very much like that. We feel like it’s our family.”

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Le Patio Veronique Leroux • Jean Doherty Jean and Vero have been in the restaurant business for nearly 20 years now, and it shows. The pair serve up the best comfort food in the area, due in part to their French roots. The gals are currently celebrating Le Patio’s fourth year of business. “Time flies,” the couple told us. When asking what it’s like to work in Wilton Manors versus France, the couple said there are pros and cons to both. “That’s a difficult question,” they said. “In Vienne, France – a small village where we had our bar and restaurant – we were the only gay place. When our daughter comes [to visit] and wants to go to a “straight” place, we have to leave Wilton Manors to find one!” the couple says laughing. “And the weather! Aren’t we all here for the fabulous weather?” Their favorite thing about Wilton? “The boys! Young ones, old ones, fat ones, thin ones, screaming queens, drama queens, drag queens...we love you all. We wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for you. 98% of our business is the boys.” People love that the two are always changing the menu. It makes it more of an experience. Jean explains that living in the culinary capital of the world, Lyon, France helped a lot with creativity. “That’s how I learned to love food, to love preparing and cooking food,” she explained. “We have a palette of specials that we rotate, so we cook and serve basically what we love to eat ourselves. The inspiration comes while shopping for the most part.” The most popular dish? “Without hesitation: shepherd’s pie, lasagna, and lobster ravioli. All three! Definitely the most popular dishes. One of the reasons people love Le Patio so much is because the two maintain such a good attitude. It seems like they’re always so happy. “What’s your secret?” I asked.

Le Patio 2401 NE 11th Ave, Wilton Manors, 33305 954-530-4641

A sub shop in Wilton Manors was long overdue when Dawn Holloway and Lori Tanner decided to open The Pink Submarine two years ago. “Years ago, we originally had the business Gigi-n-Gavin Gourmet Chocolate and Coffees,” said Holloway. “It was a business that didn’t [do well] at the time. We did our research and realized there was no sub shop in Wilton. That was the key; we opened something that no one had done before.” Holloway was born in Miami and raised in both Long Island and Vermont before she moved down to South Florida in 1987. Tanner was born in Brooklyn but grew up in South Florida, so both women are familiar with the area. “Dawn had tried to keep Gigi & Gavin’s alive but the housing market crashed and it was tough times [for everyone]. I saw a lease, a space, and we realized there was a need for a ‘grab and go’ restaurant – the transition was simple. Who doesn’t like a great sandwich?” One of Holloway’s favorite items off of the menu is The Admiral, but she says there are no defined favorites. “We sell them all over,” explains Holloway. “The best phrase came from [one of ] our customers: ‘We have gone through the menu from start to finish and we are now starting over.’ The most unique sub is The Captain, which the local Channel 10 vouched for; Sweet sliced ham, oven gold turkey, honey mustard, tomato, hot mac-n-cheese topped with potato stix.” Of course, the space uses only the finest meat and cheeses from Boar’s Head. Tanner loves the Torpedo (a full-on loaded Italian), but says sometimes she goes for a more basic approach. “[Sometimes] a simple ham and cheese works,” Tanner jokes. “I think my favorite thing to do is to put pretzels or potato chips or Doritos on [the] subs. People tend to do this in the privacy of there own home but here at Pink Sub it’s common practice. No more closeted ‘chip on sandwich’ eaters here.” The couple loves the Wilton community. Holloway says it’s nice to have the support from your local community and “meet so many sweet people.” Their advice for readers that are considering opening their very own business? “We both feel the sacrifice financially, physically and emotionally is quite profound. You can never be prepared as to how it will play out. It took a lot to get us here, and we lost a lot, but we never lost the belief in what we serve. It was a hard struggle but in hindsight, we probably do it again. Believe in what you do, fight the fight, and in the end, if you have something, if you really have something, it will find its own flight.” The Pink Submarine 2041 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, 33305 954-566-2219

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“We love our life, we love our job and we love each other. It seems happiness is not about getting what you want all the time – we have learned that. We love what we have and we are so grateful for it.”

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Sidelines Laurie Whittaker • Jennifer Morales Laure Whittaker and Jennifer Morales, owners of Sidelines Sports & Video Bar, have been together as a couple for almost thirty-three years. In that time, their work experience has included a waitress, a bank teller, a customer service rep at Kmart and finally, an attorney (Laurie). Jennifer, began her career as a teacher, writer, and a bartender, and finally settled in the cruise and travel industry as a sales & marketing executive. Laurie was born in Rhode Island to a large Irish-Catholic family, (one of six children), and moved to Florida with her family in 1970. Jennifer, born in Puerto Rico, left the country at the age of four and moved to Washington, D.C., then (also in 1970), ended up in Florida. Meeting at Florida State University (the couple says that they are big Seminoles fans) in 1980, Laurie and Jennifer came back to South Florida in 1989, enjoying all that the LGBT community had to offer at that time. In 2006, they made the decision to open up a sports bar in Wilton Manors. They looked all over the country to find an authentic sports bar that caters to gay clientele. They were hard pressed to find only but a few. So, they believed it was the right time and the right place to offer this type of entertainment venue for the gay men and women of Fort Lauderdale. Since there was nothing like this in town, they strongly believed it was a great choice. “The idea for a sports bar came because both of us were veteran sports fans,” said the couple. “We enjoy watching all kinds of sporting games, and both have a competitive spirit that comes with sports. We’re both team players.” It was an idea born from common goals and their shear drive for success.

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When asked if they believe their devoted clients are what keeps them up and running, the couple responded openly. “Absolutely! Our loyal fans and customers, as well as our out-of-town guests, have enabled us to keep going for more than seven years despite the slower-than-normal economy. [We] still offer our customers a ‘home turf ’ while maintaining ‘a fun and friendly place’ for all gay sports enthusiasts.” The bar has made some recent renovations, including changes made to the actual bar and the branding itself, and the response has been great, according to the couple. “Whenever you ‘rebrand’ an entity, it is important to study the market and form a well-thought out plan, which is what we did,” they said. “We wanted Sidelines Sports & Video Bar to move to a more upscale genre than your typical sports bar or gay nightclub. We believe our community demands it. And, with the new faces we see each weekday and weekend, we think we made the right decision.” Sidelines Sports Bar 2031 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL, 33305 954-563-8001

13|Even is the brainchild of Nancy Goldwin and “just a touch” of partner Carol Moran (Moran admits). Tapas, craft beer and wine make 13|Even the go-to spot for those that are willing to try new things. Even on their online menu which was just updated last week – the couple writes that they are constantly adding new products to their roster, including both food and beverages. Goldwin was born in upstate New York where she spent over 25 years in the music business. Once Nancy decided she was done, she began to pursue photography. Her passion shows in the trendy space, where all of the photos proudly displayed are hers. “It’s named 13 Even because Nancy and I met on Friday the 13th and we are even partners,” explains partner Moran. “The catalyst [for opening the space] was really just timing and all of the pieces falling into place,” Moran said. “We signed the lease on 1/13/13 (true), and we opened May 1. We thought craft beers, great wines and fresh food was something the drive could use. When Nancy and I go out to eat, I’m the drinker and you can’t get a good glass of wine by the glass; the better wines are always by the bottle. Nancy is a big coffee nut so of course we have Lavazza’s kick ass coffee. I get great wine or a beer and she gets a great cup of coffee, and we like to eat a little bit of everything. I’m not a fan of super light beers, I really like craft beers. My favorite is Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat. Can’t find that anywhere. So [the business is] based off of us.” And so far, business is booming.

New Moon Carol Moran Born and raised in south Miami, Carol Moran has seen Miami through its ups and downs. “Back when it was still pretty country,” she jokes. New Moon is a nightlife staple for lesbians, packing the bar with women each week. For Moran, opening a business was the only option in her eyes. “I decided to open a bar after my brother died. For me, life was too short to work [for] corporate America. [My brother] died in 1998 and I opened Kicks Sports Bar in 1999.” Following Kicks Sports Bar, Moran purchased the space that we now know as New Moon in 2004. “It took nine long months of renovating, and we opened February 28, 2005, celebrating eight years of business.” “I really wanted to keep that neighborhood bar feeling,” Moran explained. “I want it to be a place where you can go and meet a friend. We are such a transient town, that when folks come here not knowing anyone, I want to be the place their journey starts.” The bar has even incorporated live music into their routine. Most recently, national act Sirsy came through to play a set exclusively at New Moon. The band received such great feedback that they’re even returning for another show in January. On October 13, the bar had six bands playing as a benefit for Nevee, an anti-bullying organization. “We will always support live music,” says Moran. 13|Even 2037 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-565-8550

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Equality Night, The Las Olas Art Fair and Austin Mahone

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The Week 10/17 to 10/23

Tribute to Zsa Zsa Gabor: Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival October 18th, at Cinema Paradiso

THURSDAY 10/17

FRIDAY 10/18

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Life Drawing Event

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Austin Mahone—the newest Justin Bieber-esque tween sensation— charges fifty bucks for a ten minute Skype session with friends. Kara DioGuardi explains his popularity through the way he, “knows how to connect…he lets his fans into his bedroom.” Woah now, settle down there, reader, because Austin Mahone is a mere 17 and still underage. His career began when he started posting YouTube videos. Subsequently, singles like “Say Something” and “What About Love” became hits. Will he be the next Justin Bieber? Probably not. And that’s a good thing. 7:30 p.m. Fillmore Miami Beach. 1700 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, 33139.

Work, life pressures, and relationship drama can stifle the artistic side of a contemporary gay man. Why let these silly inhibitions plague the part of you that once flourished in a high school Drawing I class? Luckily, a fun group of gay guys are offering a monthly freestyle male Life Drawing Event. Bring your art supplies and experiment in charcoal, watercolor, painting, and pencil. Internationally published Chris Lopez is scheduled as the first guest artist. 6 p.m. Leatherwerks. 1226 NE 4th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, 33304.

Ever wonder about that one guy who just won’t let go? Ever feel like someone is so attached nothing could separate the two of you? Well, in Zombie Prom: The Musical, teen rebel Jonny (spelled on purpose without the –h) commits suicide after his girlfriend’s parents forbid them from seeing each other. But death doesn’t deter their deep, profound love, and Jonny comes back to life…well, sort of. Zombie Prom: The Musical first premiered in 1993 in Key West before having a short off-Broadway run in 1996. 8 p.m. Andrews Living Arts Studio. 23 NW 5th Street, Fort Lauderdale, 33301.

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Equality Night Ever since Jason Collins came out, and the ensuing fanfare, the issue of homosexuality in the sports world has become a national debate. Just how homophobic are the locker rooms? The teams themselves? What kind of steps can be taken to create a more inclusive atmosphere that encourages LGBT athletes? With Dian Nyad in the news and more and more athletes coming out, this is certainly a hot topic. The Florida Panthers, The You Can Play Project, and The Pride Center host a social hour and benefit dinner at the BB&T Center on this very issue. Benefit will include dinner, drinks, and admittance to the Minnesota Wild vs. Florida Panthers Hockey Game. A portion of the proceeds will go to The Pride Center. 7 p.m. 1 Panther Pkwy, Sunrise, 33323.

Tales in the Ground Grass: Adventures of a Badass Grandma Most people have at least one badass grandma. You know, the type who strokes your hair as you complain about your latest boy problems. Or the type who calls your parents on bullshit at their ambivalence on your sexuality. Peggy Levison Nolan certainly considers herself a badass grandma. Not only does she empathically care for her kin, but she is also a badass artist, having exhibited in MOMA in New York, San Francisco, and recently, the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. Here, she delves in still lifes and moving pictures, turning photographic details from everyday life into film-like adventures. Empty glasses, empty chairs, children

MONDAY 10/21

Expressions Travel, Tourism, Trade Show and Expressions Magazine Fort Lauderdale is a tourist town known for its gays and its yachts. The Expressions Travel, Tourism, Trade Show highlights the different businesses attracted to our city. This showcase brings together hundreds of individuals and entrepreneurs of varying backgrounds and ethnicities. With so many businesses promoting their goods, there’s bound to be a match for anyone looking to redefine their Fort Lauderdale lifestyle. Admission is complimentary. 2 p.m. Sheraton Suites Plantation. 311 N University Dr, Fort Lauderdale, 33324.

TUESDAY 10/22

2 Guys and a Mike Everyone has at least one go to karaoke song. Even if you’re tired of hearing an ex-musical theater major queen belt “Send in the

Clowns” or “Don’t Cry for me Argentina” one more time, karaoke can still be a riotous adventure for the drinker in all of us. Spend your Tuesday night testing your vocal skills, drowning in drink, while listening to hapless lovers pretend to be the next American Idol. 2 Guys and a Mike is a classic karaoke staple at Bill’s Filling Station, with a lively and inspired crowd. 9 p.m. Bill’s Filling Station. 2209 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, 33305.

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playing, babies crying—they’re all features in her analysis of the beauty in everyday life. 1 p.m. Dina Mitrani Gallery. 2620 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, 33127.

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On the heels of last weekend’s gay film festival comes this much longer festival (almost a whole month). Now in its 27th year, The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival showcases the most entertaining features, documentaries, and shorts from around the globe. Films this year include the much-heralded and very American Woody Allen film Blue Jasmine, the acclaimed debut from first-time director Alexandre Moors Blue Caprice, and the Italian Pazze Di Me. Also, this year’s event will feature a tribute to Zsa Zsa Gabor with film montage, Q&A, and book signing. The festival runs from 10/1811/11 with many different events and films at various times and venues.7 p.m. Cinema Paradiso. 503 SE 6th St, Fort Lauderdale, 33301.

renderings or purchase pieces of a variety of tastes and budgets. Artists line both sides of the street with their professional display booths and even if haggling isn’t always the greatest option, a genial conversation on the artist life may cure your miserly nature. The event takes place Saturday and Sunday during the day on Las Olas Blvd. 10 a.m. 600 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, 33301.

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WEDNESDAY 10/23

The Vegas Vine Wine Dinner The only Fort Lauderdale all vegan restaurant hosts a night bound to impress the .00001% of this mostly Hispanic city interested in vegan food. Sublime has maintained its valuable reputation as the classiest vegan restaurant in South Florida with an eclectic menu that caters to even the most carnivorous of your friends. Accolades have ranged from 4 star Sun-Sentinel reviews and a spot in USA Today’s top 10 in the nation serving cuisine with a clear conscience. Tonight they team up with NBA legend John Salley, presenting his wine with a fabulous meal. 6 p.m. Sublime Restaurant & Bar. 1431 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, 33304.

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ssobuco means “bone with a hole” in Italian. It is usually eaten with polenta or mashed potatoes. My favorite is with pasta, as it is an Italian dish. The garnish on this dish is a “Persillade” which is a mixture of parsley, garlic, and oil, and sometimes vinegar, lemon juice or zest. In Milan they also add “Anchovies” to this mixture. Milan is just next door to “Provence” and a lot of the seasonings and ingredients used in these two regions are really similar, even though they are two different countries. ”Provence” is my favorite place in the world, and this recipe although it’s Italian is absolute Provençal. • ¼ cup olive oil • Enough flour to coat your veal • 1 bouquet garni • 4 1½ -inch-thick slices of veal hind shank • 2 Tablespoons butter • 1 cup onion chopped • ½ cup carrot chopped • ½ cup celery chopped fine • 1 teaspoon garlic chopped • 1 bottle dry white wine • 1 can Italian plum tomatoes, chopped with juice • 1 cube beef broth • 1 cube chicken broth

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Pat the veal shanks dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture, they brown better when they’re dry. Secure the meat to the bone with kitchen twine. Season each shank with salt and freshly ground pepper, and dredge the shanks in flour, shaking off the excess. In a thick assed pot heat the olive oil until it smokes. Add veal to the hot oil and sauté until brown, about 3 minutes a side, then transfer the veal to a platter. In the same pot, add the butter and sauté the onion, carrot, celery and chopped garlic over a medium heat. Cook for about 3 to 4 minutes. Then add the wine (¾ the bottle should do, you have the rest, you are the chef!) and reduce it by simmering it while scraping loose with a wooden spoon the browning residues stuck to the bottom and sides. Add the chopped tomatoes with their juice, the bouquet garni and both stocks to the pot and bring it to a simmer. Return the veal to the pot and cook for about 2 hours or until the meat feels very tender when prodded with a fork and a creamy sauce has formed. If, while the Ossobuco is cooking, the liquid in the pot becomes insufficient, add a little water, as needed. The level of cooking liquid should always be about 3/4 the way up the shank. You should have more than enough. I like fresh tagliatelle with my Ossobuco, that way I can sop up all that delicious sauce. Finish with chopped garlic, parsley and lemon zest.

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hen I heard there was a glutenfree, plant-based restaurant in town, I was skeptical to say the least. It’s difficult to cook gluten-free food; it either comes out soggy or hard enough to chip a tooth. The fact that Green Bar & Kitchen is both gluten-free and vegan was worrisome to me. If you don’t season everything perfectly, it ends up a bland mess. Walking into GBK, you feel like you’ve been transported to a hip juice bar in West Hollywood. Tree branches on the ceiling and wood tables give the space a trendy vibe, complete with a spacious patio out back. We sat at a wooden high top – it’s “eat yourself” style – where we were received menus instantly. Though it’s not extensive, the restaurant swaps out specials regularly. The special of the day was a stuffed squash, with quinoa and cranberries, served with a pumpkin soup. The soup of the day was a Thai coconut soup ($5), which, of course, I ordered right away. For my main course, I ordered the GBK Burger with side salad ($10); a burger made with brown rice, quinoa, chickpea, carrot, onion, parsley, sunflower seeds, garlic, tamari, smoked salt, pepper, thyme, sage and rosemary on a gluten-free bun with chipotle garlic mayo. My acquaintance ordered the coconut grain bowl ($12), which was recommended to us by multiple people before we even set food inside. It comes with brown basmati rice, quinoa, carrots, coco-

nut oil, coconut flakes, green cabbage, kale, ginger, garlic, scallions, kaffir lime leaves and red pepper. My soup arrived as we finished ordering, and I dove in. I have to be frank here: this was quite possibly one of the best soups I’ve ever had. Ever. It was seasoned to perfection and had a fantastic spicy finish. I licked the bowl clean (literally I believe) and was now very eager for our dishes to come out. I ordered a gluten-free beer ($5) in the mean time, and my friend ordered a glass of pinot grigio ($7) – both of which were fantastic. By the time my burger arrived, I was starving. The tamari, garlic, rosemary and sage worked to transform the blend of veggies and grains into a flavorful, rich meal. The side salad came with their house vinaigrette and a dash of salt that practically brought the mixed greens back to life. My friend’s coconut bowl was to die for. It was fresh, savory and delicious, not to mention filling (we took over half of it home). For dessert, we ordered a peanut butter rice krispie bar and a chocolate chip brownie, both of which were amazingly rich. GBK is an excellent addition to the South Florida vegan scene, giving people the option to eat plant-based food on a budget. The restaurant even offers cooking classes and other workshops. It’s all to encourage people to embrace healthier eating habits, and with food like this, it’s easy. Stop in today for lunch, dinner, or even some cold-pressed juice for a healthy pick-me-up. Don’t forget to tell them Florida Agenda sent you.


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he FLGLFF took place this past weekend, and boy was it was a doozie. The festival featured films from all over the world, including the films reviewed below. We are thankful that festivals like this are possible, and are looking forward to next year’s lineup. While “G.B.F.” is essentially the lovechild of “Juno,” “Saved,” and “Mean Girls,” it exceeded my expectations in a big way. I knew going into the theatre that “G.B.F.” is a comedy designed for teens. Now, that’s not to say that the jokes won’t fly with an older crowd, but the overwhelming usage of “totes” and “amazeballs” may be particularly grating if you’re over the age of 20. However, keep in mind that it’s intentional. The entire film is comedy gold, mixing tonguein-cheek humor with outlandish oneliners in an interesting and refreshing storyline. After being accidentally outed, lead male Tanner is chased by every popular girl in high school to secure the ultimate “accessory” – a G.B.F., or gay best friend. The key here is that Tanner is not the sidekick, or the best friend: he is the central character. We see him go from being a nerdy comic book geek to a full-fledged popular boy, or

a “plastic” for all you “Mean Girls” fans out there. Is the story similar to “Mean Girls?” Absolutely. But what makes the film stand out, is Tanner himself. Tanner experiences the discomfort of being outed as well as the process of self-discovery in a world where everyone is suddenly watching him. To a certain extent, many people within the LGBT community can relate, so about ten minutes in, the age barrier is shattered. There is some sexual tension between Tanner and his closeted best friend Brent, and a good portion of the film centers on their relationship, trying to find the balance between friendship and romance. The chemistry between the two is hilarious, awkward and satisfying all at once. Brent’s mother, played by Megan Mullaly, had major comedic relief duty, but luckily, it didn’t feel forced. She wants Brent to come out to her so badly that she can’t help but make inappropriate, awkward sex jokes to get a reaction out of him. “Who’s got the poppers?” she asks in one scene. The film, while juvenile and silly, was surprisingly quirky and funny, ala Diablo Cody’s screenplay for Juno. It features a great cast, with hilarious performances by Natasha Lyonne, Rebecca Gayheart, Evanna Lynch (best known for her role as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films), and even a small role from singer JoJo. For an independent comedy,

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aving read Gore Vidal’s autobiography, I was skeptical about capturing such a long, multifaceted and fascinating story in an 89 minute documentary. But that is exactly what director Nicholas Wrathall manages to do. In addition to getting every aspect of the epic life on film, Wrathall gives a generous dose of Mr. Vidal’s famous wit. In fact, it would not be wrong to describe “Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia” as a comedy. Although Gore Vidal is one of the most respected and prolific American writers, it is his ability to get to the truth of any subject or person with a one-liner that hits its target like an arrow at high velocity. In a way, it unfortunate that Vidal will not be remembered as much for his tremendous work interpreting American history, in tremendous novels such as Burr and Lincoln. It will not be as much for his ground breaking works on homosexuality and alternative lifestyles, such as “The City and the Pillar” and “Myra Breckinridge” (made into an intentionally campy, but unintentionally hilarious movie starring Raquel Welch). For all this, he would have deserved a Nobel Prize. Like Oscar Wilde, Gore Vidal will instead be remembered for his caus-

tic wit, often directed at rivals such as William F. Buckley and Norman Mailer. Unlike Wilde, Vidal leaves behind a trail of film clips that will outlive him and outlive his more important work. It is this source of recorded hilarious sarcasm and biting remarks that Mr. Wrathall’s film taps into and uses to keep the story flowing and entertaining, to our delight. Surprisingly, the film is visually stunning. From sepia toned photographs of Vidal’s early life and tragic first love, to magnificent views of his Italian villa on the Amalfi Coast, there are enviable and breathtaking shots. Oddly missing from this film is any of the juicy gossip about his relationship with Jacqueline Bouvier, who was his step sister by marriage. Vidal’s friendship and opinion of JFK is touched on, but the film does not go into the family relationship, other than to mention his and Jackie’s mutual stepfather, Hugh D. Auchincloss. Nor is it mentioned that Vidal was once physically thrown out of the White House. But all of those are minor details. The essence of Gore Vidal has been captured, thanks to the ubiquitous camera and numerous appearances on talk shows like Johnny Carson and Dick Cavett. The title of the documentary comes from Gore Vidal’s assertion that, in our political judgments, Americans tend to be very forgetful. I’m afraid the word “amnesia” may also apply to his more serious and profound work. However, there are certain Vidal truthful statements that have been recorded and will live on forever. And we are grateful for that. No matter how you may feel about Gore Vidal’s politics or philosophy, you cannot help but wish you had known him. If you shared his philosophy, it is a life you wish you had lived.


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BY PATRICK ROBERT onster Pies” might be the most cliché gay film I have ever seen. In a time where the coming out story has already lost its edge, it’s hard for a movie to breathe fresh air into the film trope. The also played “G.B.F.” does a great job with finding a new spin on the coming out tale, but “Monster Pies” falls way short—a barely watchable mess burdened by an uninspired plot and haphazard pacing. This convoluted movie deals with two under-developed Australian boys (Mike and William) who fall in love, come to terms with their sexuality, and then complete an English assignment in which they must make the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet contemporary. Their version of the Shakespearean play revolves around The Wolfman and Frankenstein’s monster falling in love. William (the new student and more introspective boy) says, “Maybe The Wolfman wants to show Frankenstein his change so they can grow closer,”—a line that is by far the only original thing about the movie.

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For one, mentioning Romeo and Juliet in a love story is a cliché. That assignment for an English class is also an cliché. As already stated, a coming-out story without any twist comes off clichéd. Seeing these two kiss in a swimming pool and then grow angry with each other rehashes concepts dealt with more profoundly in shows like Ugly Betty or even General Hospital. To make matters worse, the pacing is stilted. The boys’ love for each other does not grow slowly or quickly but slowly then quickly then slowly then quickly. When William freaks out after the aforementioned swimming pool kiss, it takes him all but thirty minutes to admit he liked it, and then all of a sudden they’re dating. Character motivation and psychological development seem taken from a What Happens to Gay Kids Book for Dummies. An ending twist involving the destiny of William is the ultimate audience insult. Without any type of strong motivation and at a seemingly peaceful moment in his life, William makes an ill-advised fateful decision meant to elicit tears from the audience (though I didn’t hear a single sniffle). Emotional manipulation and slipshod plotting destroy an unoriginal film that had no reason being made in the first place.

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ven before Mark Bingham became known as the hero who helped bring down United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania on 9/11, I had learned about him from friends. On that fateful day, a friend asked me, “Did you know Mark Bingham?” I said I did not. “He played rugby. He was on one of the planes that crashed.” It seemed everyone who had an interest in gay sports had already known Mark Bingham. After 9/11, if you hadn’t known Mark, you knew of him. He was one of us. Perhaps it’s that vague connection that may have made “The Rugby Player,” Scott Gracheff’s documentary about Mark and his mother, Alice Hoagland, such an emotional film for me. But then, anything having to do with 9/11 is still emotional for me. After the screening, I told Scott that “The Rugby Player” was the

second saddest film I had ever seen, after “Tokyo Story.” Scott said he thought his film was more “uplifting.” It seems a contradiction, but he was right. A documentary about Mark Bingham just has to be uplifting because, by all accounts and in every scene, Mark is a force for everything that is good in life— at all times being positive and determined to be happy. Mark lived his life with such an appetite, it’s almost as if he knew his time was limited. It surprised no one that Mark would step up to the plate to confront the terrorists who had hijacked his plane on 9/11 and eventually stop the plane from crashing into Washington, DC, their apparent destination. “The Rugby Player” tells you everything you would want to know about Mark Bingham, and some things you don’t want to know. In the midst of this grand life is Mark’s mother, who is another inspiring story in her own right. In her determination to pursue Mark’s interest in gay rights, she has become the great ally we now know and love. If there is any criticism of the film, it is that the pace is a bit monotonous. But it is this engrossing aspect that makes the film ultimately so moving. Because, as the story progresses, you begin to realize the enormity of the loss.


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ne of the great things about living in South Florida is its proximity to the islands of the Caribbean, making those locations ideal for a three or four-day weekend trip. Round-trip airfares are often inexpensive, and last minute cruise deals can usually be yours for even less. However, as with all neighbors, some are friendlier than others. Many roll out the welcome mat while others are less welcoming to the LGBT community (I’m talking to you Jamaica, Barbados, and the Cayman Islands). The next time you’re thinking of a quick get-away, consider some of these friendly neighbors.

The Dominican Republic The capital city, Santo Domingo, has an active GLBT scene. Although the city itself is not a prime beach destination, several beaches lie within a short drive. Stiff competition keeps prices down at hotels, restaurants and attractions, and the island offers tons of all-inclusive, easy-on-the-budget hotel options. A recent search on Orbitz for a four-day weekend package of hotel and airfare brought up a number of options priced less than $400, with airfare alone running less than $250. The Dominican Peso is the official currency, however the U.S. dollar is often preferred and the exchange rate is strong. If you’re looking for a little more excitement, the nightlife and casinos will keep you entertained. Punta Cana is rife with tourists and all-inclusive resorts, so if you’re looking for a more authentic Dominican experience, visit Puerto Plata on the northern part of the island. Santo Domingo also offers many gay-friendly accommodations, including the Coco Boutique Hotel and Dona Elvira Guesthouse, all located in the city’s Colonial Zone. The Villa Flamingo is a privately owned vacation villa located in the small surfing town of Cabarete, a 30 minute drive from Puerto Plata’s airport. La Parrillada, a steak house in Puerto Plata and Playa Punta Rucia, just west of town, are both popular gay dining destinations. Costelao La Churrasqueria is a gay-friendly restaurant in Santo Domingo. Bar Friends, in the Colonial Zone, is one of the oldest gay bars but has been newly remodeled with two floors and a roof garden. You’ll find tourists and Dominicans (and possibly hustlers) enjoying the lively atmosphere. The fairly new bar, NYC, has live male dancers if you’re thirsty.

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currency exchange, or remembering your passport, since it is a U.S. territory. San Juan is the hub of the GLBT community, and has many gay-owned or gay-friendly housing options. If you prefer trendy resorts, check out La Concha Renaissance, Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino or the W Retreat and Spa on Vieques Island. Small boutique hotels include Wind Chimes Inn, Numero Uno Guesthouse and the Atlantic Beach Hotel near the beach in the Condado district and Hotel El Convento (in a former convent and some say haunted). Hotel Miramar is in the heart of Santurce, as is Oceana Hostal Playero, an affordable gay-owned beach resort with a great bar. Guesthouses include the eco-friendly Coqui Del Mar, Andalucia, Pop Art B&B in Old San Juan and Mamacitas Guest House on Culebra Island. Splash Lounge is about one block from the gay beach, and also serves meals. Santurce is San Juan’s gay nightlife hub. Two hot spots, Heaven & Hell and Krash, closed recently, so most gay nightlife is centered on and near Calle Condado, making it easy to walk from bar to bar. Circo is San Juan’s most popular gay dance club, Metrosex Men’s Club (formerly the Eagle) offers male strippers, while the tiny dance club VIP features hip-hop. Scandalo is a small dance club that hosts drag shows, Tía María Liquor Store is a divey, but pleasant, bar with two pool tables and the only place in Santurce open every night of the week For dining in Condado; Bebo’s Café is one of San Juan’s most popular spots. Buenos Ayres is, as you might guess, an Argentinian steakhouse; BudaTai specializes in nuevo Latino/Asian fusion cuisine while il Postino and Di Parma Trattoria offer up Mediterranean food. In Santurce, Kasalta is a casual deli and bakery with great food and Punto de Vista in Old San

Juan is the spot for mojitos and mofongo, while The Parrot Club focuses on contemporary island cuisine.

Aruba Aruba, just 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela, is not large enough to support much of a gay community, but the island is gay-friendly and has launched several campaigns aimed at attracting GLBT visitors. After a day at the beach, check out the art galleries, museums and flea markets. For a chance to commune with nature, a trip to Arikok National Park, Bubali Bird Sanctuary, area caves, or a butterfly farm will help you do just that. Getting around the island is easy thanks to reliable, affordable bus lines serving popular tourist areas. Flights to Aruba are a bit pricier than many Caribbean destinations, a recent search turned up round-trip fares for around $500, however four-day package deals are available for as little as $750. In addition to the major chain hotels, there are two independent spots. Little David Guesthouse is gayowned and men-only with only four rooms and a clothing-optional swimming pool. Bucuti Beach Resort on Eagle Beach is a member of IGLTA, and has a wedding planner on site experienced at throwing same-sex weddings. If you prefer a chain hotel, the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort gets high marks as an all-inclusive spot. Jimmy’s Place is the only gay bar in Aruba, but many folks also hang out at Eet Cafe and the Paddock, both in the Orangestad area. Dining options include Screaming Eagle offering up a taste of Miami at Eagle Beach and Windows on Aruba is a steakhouse in Palm Beach. In Orangestad, check out Que Pasa? or Yemanja Woodfired Grill while Marandi is a great place to dine while enjoying the sunset.

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