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n MISSING PERSON: Vincent Benigno last scene Feb. 10, 2011 on Wilton Drive.

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n WINTER PARTY: World class line up including HOT DJ’s DeMarko!, Eddie Elias, Citzen Jane & more.

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n THINK PINK: Tampa Bay Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’s 4th annual Pink weekend.

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n FEAR THE WOOLF: Mad Cow theatre production presents “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.”

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President Obama to no longer defend Defense of Marriage Act By ALEX VAUGHN In an about turn in Washington DC on Wednesday, President Obama withdrew his support of the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA). Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement, he has recommended, and the president has agreed, that the law unconstitutionally discriminates against same-sex couples who are legally married but whose status is not recognized by the federal government. "Given a number of factors, including a documented history of discrimination," Holder continued, the administration has concluded that classifications based on sexual orientation must be subject to a higher constitutional standard than ordinary laws. And the federal Defense of Marriage Act does not meet that test. The Attorney General acknowledged in the statement that, “Much of the legal

landscape has changed in the 15 years since Congress passed DOMA. The Supreme Court has ruled that laws criminalizing homosexual conduct are unconstitutional. Congress has repealed the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. Several lower courts have ruled DOMA itself to be unconstitutional.” In the two years of Obama’s administration, Holder said,“ the Department of Justice has defended Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act on several occasions in federal court. Each of those cases evaluating Section 3 was considered in jurisdictions in which binding circuit court precedents hold that laws singling out people based on sexual orientation, as DOMA does, are constitutional if there is a rational basis for their enactment. While the President opposes DOMA and believes it should be Courtesy, toptenz.net

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Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber court controversy from the community Born this way? A choice? The backlash. By ALEX VAUGHN As Lady Gaga soars on the success of ‘Born this Way’, the song called ‘the new gay anthem’ by Elton John, Justin Bieber finds himself in hot water after implying that being gay is a choice. The two polar opposite pop stars are joined by the fact they are currently the only two artists in history to reach over a billion views on Youtube, and, now by the backlash from the gay community they are BOTH facing. The 16-year-old Grammy nominated Canadian pop star made his comments in this month's issue of Rolling Stone, now on newsstands. When asked his views on being gay, Bieber responded: “It's everyone's own decision to do that. It doesn't affect me and shouldn't affect anyone else.” Bieber also told the magazine that he doesn't believe in abortion.“What about in cases of rape?” he

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Lady Gaga (left) and Justin Beiber both are facing backlash from the gay community. was asked. “Um. Well, I think that's really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I don't know how that would be a reason. I guess I haven't been in that position, so I wouldn't be able to judge that,” Bieber responded. Rolling Stone reporter Vanessa Grigoriadis, has came under fire in some

quarters for asking the teen about issues like abortion in the first place. She defended her line of questioning Thursday on Twitter. “A 16 year old kid, to be 17 in a couple weeks, who has control over a large popula-

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Vincent Benigno / White Male / 35 Years Old 5' 09", 140 Lbs / Brown Eyes / Brown Hair WILTON MANORS, FL - The Wilton Manors Police Department is investigating the disappearance of a 35 year old male, Vincent Benigno. He was reported missing Saturday, February 12, 2011. Benigno lives in a townhouse in the 800 Block of N.E. 22nd Street in Wilton Manors and attends Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale. He was last seen at the Texaco Gas Station on Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors on February 10, 2011 and there is concern for Benigno’s well being. The Wilton Manors Police Department is seeking out individuals who have had any contact with Benigno after Wednesday, February 10, 2011 or know the location of the car he was driving, a gold 2001 Volvo, Florida license plate: 994-TUD. At this time foul play is not suspected.H

Miami Beach Film Society to Host 2011 Oscar Night America, Miami Beach MIAMI BEACH, FL - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected the Miami Beach Film Society to host and be the beneficiary of the official celebration in Miami for the Oscar Night America (ONA) party. Oscar Night America viewing parties are the official nationwide celebrations of the Oscars. ONA Miami Beach 2011 will also act as a grand opening event hosted at the film society’s yet-to-be-unveiled cinematheque, located inside the historic Miami Beach City Hall, on Oscar Sunday, February 27, 2011. The Oscar Night America, Miami Beach red carpet and silent auction will be hosted by Miami Beach Film Society founder Dana Keith. People will begin arriving at 7 p.m. followed by a welcome champagne reception. Guests will then watch the Oscar telecast live from the Kodak Theatre at

Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood starting at 8 p.m. Attendees will toast Oscar winners while enjoying hors d’oeuvres cocktails and wine while bidding on extravagant items during the evening. Oscar fans will also be able to predict the night’s winners using a ballot system and become eligible to win great prizes. Includes an Academy Awards show program booklet for all guests. The Miami Beach Cinematheque, Miami’s premier art house cinema, recently relocated to Miami Beach City Hall (1130 Washington Avenue, 1st floor) after spending eight years at its original Española Way location on South Beach. MBC features high-definition digital projection with Bose surround sound, 75 plush stadium-style seats, a photographic arts gallery, gourmet concession stands. Tickets to the 2011 Oscar Night America Miami Beach are available for $125 or $110 for Miami Beach Film Society & Cinematheque and MIFF members. Ticket prices include food and beverages, tax and gratuity, a $25 Escopazzo gift certificate, the official 83rd Annual Academy Awards® program booklet and other event memorabilia. Please visit www.MBCinema.com for tickets.H

“Broward Bares It!” Announces New Venue for 2011 Show HOLLYWOOD, FL – “Broward Bares It!” returns on Friday, August 19. The new production, themed “All That Jazz”, will also move into a new venue, the Paradise Live Theater in order to accommodate a larger crowd and to give the show more of a cabaret atmosphere. Paradise Live is located at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood which opened in June 2008 and debuted with a series of classic live shows. Formerly known as Legends theater, Paradise Live has an incredible $3.3 million dollar sound and lighting system. “We are very happy to be working once again with the amazing people over at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino” said Terry DeCarlo, producer of Broward Bares It! “This new venue, much like a Broadway theater, has a huge double tier stage, three sets of working curtains, amazing lighting, sound and projection systems, Las Vegasstyle VIP booth sections, a separate floor VIP section, two levels for our treasured general admission guests and four working bars including a beautiful upstairs lounge with chairs and couches. This venue will truly help take the event to the next level and keep it on its way to being a major Broward County signature event.” Much information on the show is available at www.BrowardBaresIt.com and ticket sales will be on sale soon. “Broward Bares It!” 2011 will benefit Broward House, Broward County’s oldest and largest HIV/AIDS community service agency.H

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AIDS Walker Could Win 2-Night Stay at Crest Group Hotels WILTON MANORS – Participants in the year’s AIDS Walk Miami fundraiser who have raised $500 or more by February 28th are going to be automatically entered to win a two-night stay at a Crest Group Hotel. If you have not registered yet as an individual or team member, now is your opportunity to step into high gear. Raise $500 or more by Feb 28th and you will automatically be entered to win a two night stay in March at one of Crest Group Hotels' Award Winning Boutique Hotel properties on Miami Beach. Log in to www.aidswalkmiami.org and enter your offline donations today. The total value of this prize is $500. Drawing held March 1st.H

local /national news Terry Kemple is a leader in the Florida Coalition to Protect Marriage. He is responsible for bringing in the Hillsborough County vote in November for Amendment 2. It would cast in state constitutional stone marriage between men and women only. No gay marriages. No legal unions. No exceptions. “People are speaking up because they are outraged by the appointment of someone who opposes equality, the very thing this board is supposed to represent,” said Nadine Smith, executive director for Equality Florida.H

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Residents call to remove Kemple TAMPA, FL – Just 24 hours after Equality Florida called for the replacement of notoriously anti-gay activist Terry Kemple from a board tasked with supporting equality, more than 700 people have contacted the Hillsborough County Commission demanding action. By a 5-2 vote, Kemple was appointed to the Human Relations Board whose purpose is to, "encourage equality among all people." "People are speaking up because they are outraged by the appointment of someone who opposes equality, the very thing this board is supposed to represent," said Nadine Smith, executive director for Equality Florida. Kemple articulates an absolutist view — that homosexuals are stealing children from Christians by indoctrinating the young to gay lifestyles. He calls it the "homosexual agenda." Gay marriages pose the biggest threat of all.

LOS ANGELES, CA – The original “King of Rock and Roll” has been dethrowned by the Queens on the Fox TV show, “Glee”. The cast of “Glee” has taken over the record for the most-charted songs in the Billboard list’s 52 year archives. Last week, “Glee” had six debuts on the Hot 100 on Billboard.com. The “Glee” cast has placed 113 songs on the chart, besting the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley who has 108 chart entries logged since the survey’s inception in 1958 and 2003. A remake of Katy Perry’s recent Hot 100 No.1 hit ‘Firework’ represents the “Glee” cast’s highest debuting title this week.H

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Radical hate group intended to picket Living Arts Studio FORT LAUDERDALE – Pastor Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church have announced on their official picketing schedule on www.godhatesfags.com that they intend on picketing the Living Arts Studio on the 26th February for the centers performance of The Laramie Project. On the schedule they denounce Matthew and his family, and implore people not to see the play. The Laramie project is a play about the reaction to the 1998 murder of a gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. Andrews Living Arts Studio, 23 NW 5thStreet, Fort Lauderdale.H See National News for more controversy surrounds Pastor Fred Phelps.

The “Queens” Have Toppled the “King”?

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FORT LAUDERDALE – It must have been a barn-burner of a Broward County Commission meeting on Tuesday, February 22. While working on public policy matters, County Commissioner Chip LaMarca took some time at around 11:30 a.m. to tickle his keyboard and comment on Sun-Sentinel writer Brittany Wallman’s Facebook meanderings about stock car racing. Wallman, who reports about Broward County news for the Fort Lauderdale-based newspaper, was herself at the commission meeting, covering the proceedings for her bosses. LaMarca, who won his commission seat last year after defeating Broward County Mayor Ken Keechl – at one time the nation’s highest ranking gay elected official – entered Wallman’s FB thread when he noticed Wallman banging away at her own keys. The Commish was apparently under-impressed by whomever was addressing the county elders (“Are you posting while Broward's most famous speaker rants?,” LaMarca typed on Wallman's page). Wallman ‘fessed up immediately on her page (“full disclosure: I'm commenting while “covering” a Broward County Commisssion [sic] meeting,” she wrote), but only after acknowledging that she’d been “BUSTED!” The identity of “Broward's most famous speaker” - and the subject of LaMarca's dry posting - remains unknown.H

LOS ANGELES, CA – Merrill Lynch and Bank of America filed a 57-page court complaint that the Regent Group of Entertainment Companies and its director, Stephen Jarchow falsely represented the company’s intentions in obtaining $90-million dollars in loans. The Regent Group includes: Out Magazine, The Advocate, Alyson Books, Gay.com and the here! subscription gaythemed cable network. Merrill Lynch claims that in 2005 and 2006 it advanced $50 million on two loan agreements to Regent's affiliates, for them to acquire film rights and “to finance the print and advertising costs in connection with the exploitation” of the film rights, which were considered collateral, the complaint states. Regent promised to sublicense the film rights to get licensing fees, which would be used to pay back the loans, according to Merrill. Merrill contends that it based its loans to Regent on licensing contracts with third parties. But it claims that Regent and its affiliates “conspired to create sham license and distribution agreements to give the appearance that the films being financed were contractually entitled to a fixed revenue of a certain amount.”H

Facebook Adds New Options to User Profiles PALO ALTO, CA – Social networking giant, Facebook, added “civil union” and “domestic partnership” to options in setting up user profiles. “Today, Facebook sent a clear message in support of gay and lesbian couples to users across the globe,” said Jarrett Barrios, President of Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). “By acknowledging the relationships of countless loving and committed same-sex couples in the U.S. and abroad, Facebook has set a new standard of inclusion for social media. As public support for marriage equality continues to grow, we will continue to work for the day when all cou-

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ples have the opportunity to marry and have their relationship recognized by their community, both online and off.” In October 2010, Facebook partnered with GLAAD and other national LGBT organizations to create a “Network of Support,” an educational initiative that works to combat anti-LGBT cyber-bullying. GLAAD also worked with Facebook to reshape the way that the site responds to hateful, anti-LGBT comments posted on public pages. Facebook claims over 600-million users worldwide.H

Troops Begin Post-DADT Classes AFGHANISTAN – This week, troops in Afghanistan began to receive training to prepare for the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. A senior U.S. Marine general said that soldiers coming off the battle field will undergo formal classes, discussion groups and extensive training to make sure each person understands the new rules. Educational materials have already been distributed to senior officers. H

Group Threatens Rev. Phelps’ Group TOPEKA, KA - A website hacker group, known as Anonymous, has threatened to shut down the websites of the Reverend Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church located in Topeka, Kansas. Previously, Anonymous has disabled sites belonging to Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange, Visa and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Phelps and his followers have several websites including GodHatesFags.com and GodHatesAmerica.com. The open letter to WBC from Anonymous said: “We, the collective super-consciousness known as ANONYMOUS - the Voice of Free Speech & the Advocate of the People - have long heard you issue your venomous statements of hatred, and we have witnessed your flagrant and absurd displays of inimitable bigotry and intolerant fanaticism. We have always regarded you and your ilk as an assembly of graceless sociopaths and maniacal chauvinists & religious zealots, however benign, who act out for the sake of attention & in the name of religion.” “ANONYMOUS cannot abide this behavior any longer. The time for us to be idle spectators in your inhumane treatment of fellow Man has reached its apex, and we shall now be moved to action. Thus, we give you a warning: Cease & desist your protest campaign in the year 2011, return to your homes in Kansas, & close your public Web sites.” The Westboro Baptist Church responded: “Bring it on!”H


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President agrees the law is unconstitutional GAY MARRIAGE continued from Page 1 repealed, the Department has defended it in court because we were able to advance reasonable arguments under that rational basis standard. “ The President has also concluded that Section 3 of DOMA, as applied to legally married same-sex couples, fails to meet that standard and is therefore unconstitutional. Given that conclusion, the President has instructed the Department not to defend the statute in such cases. Consequently, the Department will not defend the constitutionality of Section 3 of DOMA as applied to same-sex married couples in the two cases filed in the Second Circuit. Holder also reassured that, “The Department will also work closely with the courts to ensure that Congress has a full and fair opportunity to participate in pending litigation. “ For the immediate future, Holder stat-

ed that, “I will instruct Department attorneys to advise courts in other pending DOMA litigation of the President's and my conclusions that a heightened standard should apply, that Section 3 is unconstitutional under that standard and that the Department will cease defense of Section 3.” In conclusion he noted, “The Department has a longstanding practice of defending the constitutionality of duly-enacted statutes if reasonable arguments can be made in their defense. At the same time, the Department in the past has declined to defend statutes despite the availability of professionally responsible arguments, in part because – as here – the Department does not consider every such argument to be a “reasonable” one. Moreover, the Department has declined to defend a statute in cases, like this one, where the President has concluded that the statute is unconstitutional. “ H

Born this way? A choice? The backlash. BACKLASH continued from Page 1 tion should be asked all questions,” she wrote. Responses to Bieber’s comments were luke warm and questioned the ethics of the reporter than his statement itself. Its ambiguity made it unclear as to whether he believed it a choice, or whether he was simply saying let anyone love who they want. Meanwhile on the other side of the fence Lady Gaga’s anthem has not been free of controversy. She was questioned for the blatant similarities of ‘Born this Way’ to Madonna’s iconic empowerment anthem, ‘Express Yourself ’. The eccentric 24 year old made an appearance on Jay Leno, fresh from winning three more Grammys. When asked about Madonna, Gaga said ‘I got an email from her people and her, sending me their love and complete support on behalf of the single and if the queen says it shall be, it shall be...’ However just days later, Liz Rosenberg, Madonna’s publicist put a statement out saying there was no such email from Madonna’s people. Simultaneously to fans accusing her of copying the ‘Queen’, the backlash of Gaga’s ‘Gay Anthem’ spread online like wildfire. Joseph Alexiou of The Business Insider ran a story claiming the gays have had enough of Lady Gaga. He said, ‘I don't hate her message. I love that she has taken the issue of gay invisibility and made a big, sparkly, meatwearing deal out of it. Her refusal to be silent is refreshing and, yes, I have danced to her music, starting in 2007. It's catchy and the lyrics are easy to remember — and while it works, that's not always a good thing. Good music has staying power, and I'm not sure this stuff does.’ He then went on to address the ‘gay anthem’ aspect and how just telling people what to think wasn’t going to cut it. “Sailing through the gay blogosphere,

gay men seem to be at odds with being told what the new gay anthem is, instead of deciding it for themselves. As former club kid James St. James points out, a gay anthem becomes one "because we find ourselves empathizing with the singer's passion or pain or exuberance. It's the realization that their pain is our pain too, that their joy is our joy..." Daily Beast's Jacob Berstein posted his own take, Gays Turn On Lady Gaga. Bernstein points out that Gaga may have over played her hand and that the reactions from her ‘gay’ audience was mixed and in no way all positive, he quoted, Eric Ord, an openly gay chap working in New York in commercial real estate, who said, "I think she sees herself as the gay messiah and it bugs me." According to him, the song would be like "white people writing a song about breaking free from slavery and expecting black people to worship us for it." And Aaron Newbill, a modelling agent, referred to an old quote where Gaga said she wrote the song in 10 minutes. "She should have taken at least 11," he said. However the backlash has not slowed the Gaga juggernaut, or the dollars rolling in. The song is number 1 on the Billboard 100. The single in fact became the 1000th No.1 hit in Billboard’s 52 years to which Gaga said “It is a tremendous honor to be the 1000th No. 1 on Billboard…I would be silly not to say this is the greatest honor of my career” adding that “I am so humbled and so honored and overwhelmed by the reception to Born This Way”. The single made 448,000 sales in digital alone in the opening week breaking previous records of female artists including Britney Spears’ ‘Hold It Against Me’ which sold 411,000 upon its arrival. It was also the fastest selling song on itunes. H

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A rose by any other name…. Facebook announced last week that they had updated their systems to allow relationship status to include ‘Domestic Partnership’ and ‘Civil Union’. There is no question attitudes towards official gay partnerships are changing in the US. Every day there is a new debate into accepting ‘gay marriage’. In England we have Civil Partnerships which afford same sex couples all of the rights of straight married couples. The difference is solely in the name. Marriage. From what I see one major stumbling block here and globally for that matter, is the view that marriage is only possible in the eyes of God as a religious union between a man and woman. Now whether we agree with that or not, should the question really be what we call it or the rights at stake? If Civil Partnerships were to be brought into the US in the same format they follow in the UK. Same sex partners will be afforded key rights; immigration, health benefits, inheritance, tax and many more. Surely it is better to achieve the rights then the official name of marriage. Many activists claim we should have equal use of the word. Perhaps they are correct, but the cost of fighting this point is preventing the importance of same sex unions from coming to the fore. Obama has stated that he, ”supports full civil unions and federal rights for LGBT couples and opposes a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage” as well as saying, “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. For me as a Christian, it is a sacred union. You know, God is in the mix." So by that very position he is fundamentally against the word ‘marriage’, not the union. Let’s just take a moment to think here, if the biggest issue is the word… Change it. Once a Federal law is in place that allows a union, the foundation has been laid for continued change. Just this past week in the UK the government announced steps are being taken to allow Civil Partnerships to be blessed in houses of worship. The new laws do state that each house of worship can opt out if they choose. However this is all going in the right direction. Civil Partnerships

were brought into the UK in 2005 so in six years we are already creating a dialogue with the religious sects, who are notoriously against same sex partnerships. America has no reason to stumble and to not follow suit. More and more states are changing their position on the issue, however I am sure by dropping the word ‘ marriage’ we could speed it up. In fact public

Alex Vaughn opinion to same sex unions has grown. An August, 2010 Associated Press poll found growing support for allowing same-sex marriage in the United States. 52% of respondents answered the federal government should give legal recognition to marriages between couples of the same sex (46% in 2009), 46% was against (53% in 2009). If we take into account that removing the word ‘Marriage’ would undoubtedly enhance the position, it really becomes evident that to raise more support the battle is really about one word. How much signifance does that one word have? In Europe where civil partnerships are recognised the powers that be don’t call

Letter to the editor Hats off to Alex Vaughn, for his excellent, so truthful article about drinking to excess in South Florida, especially Fort Liquordale. For over forty years 4 P.M. to me was Happy Hour time wherever I might be on a given day. It never interfered with my profession during my working years. However, with retirement and a move from the north to Fort Lauderdale, to enable me to live life as an openly gay person, it soon took its toll. One evening in a local gay bar, attempting to drown my sorrows from a broken relationship, I allowed alcohol to overtake me to the point of verbally abusing my Ex and his

new partner, and many others in the bar that fateful night. Falling to the floor into unconsciousness, breaking a shoulder and creating a hematoma in my brain, I was removed by paramedics to Holy Cross hospital, where I was hospitalized for over a week. I WAS the subject matter of Mr. Vaughn’s wonderful article of 2/17/11 in the Agenda. That evening two years ago was the beginning of a liquor free lifestyle for me. Several doctors that week informed me that my alcohol level that night in the ER was nothing short of deadly. Today, as I experience the loss of another

it marriage. Sure it would be nice if we could call it marriage, but in order to get the the rights, the party, the celebration and the union of love recognized, surely it is worth giving on that one issue. When you are in a bar or meeting new people, you can still call your partner your husband or wife, and in your eyes and legally they will be your official partner just like a heterosexual husband and wife.. The FBI won’t parachute out of the sky to arrest you for not referring to each other as civil partners. Elton John calls his civil partner, David his husband. I have met couples here in Florida who have no union or official stamp and have been together for 20 years refer to each other as husbands or wives. Americas’ attitude to gay rights is generally on an upswing, with Don’t Ask Don’t Tell being repealed, and the country is slowly moving towards allowing couples to be joined. Now is the time to get creative, to push further. Take advantage of our growing support and take each milestone and continue to build upon it. As of 2010 Domestic partnerships are recognised in Miami Dade and Broward counties, so we have a benchmark to start deciding what additional rights we need to make that a full partnership. Think about some unique campaign ideas and put them out there. ‘No H8’, The California based campaign against Proposition 8 is coming to Fort Lauderdale in mid March. Go and have a picture taken. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with "NOH8" painted on one cheek in protest. I will be there and so should you to show that here in Florida we stand up l as one of the biggest Gay meccas in the world. Drop ‘ Marriage’ out of the equation until we have the rights, then call it whatever you like, after all it will still smell as sweet.H

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partner in my life, after just two short years, I find myself handling this devastating situation with a more humanly realistic, non abusive manner, now that I am a liquor free individual. Even though I have been deeply hurt by this person, I am in no way attempting to return the hurt with abuse or disrespect. I offer sincere apologies to anyone else I have offended that evening at the establishment, by my irritant, liquor- tainted behaviour. Heartfelt gratitude to Mr Vaughn, for enabling me to celebrate Presidents Day this year, with appreciation for its true meaning! Sincerely, Michael D of Oakland Park

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Who Knew? By SAM KNEW, MSW If there’s one word that pervades gay communities around the country its “PRIDE.” It’s symbolized with rainbow flags, public displays of affection among our love ones and the occasional parade down Main Street. But oddly enough there is one place gay and bisexual men are neglecting to show their true colors – their doctor office. New York’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a study showing that 4 in10 gay men were not out to their doctor. It identified minorities at the top of the list, contributing to them being less likely to be tested for infectious diseases and other illnesses. As discussed in my recent article, “Save the Tatas: Male Breast Cancer,” when it comes to any illness, early detection is key. However, patients and doctors share this responsibility. The CDC recommends that doctors make screening for specific infections regular practice – and it’s not all about

HIV/AIDS. Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention at the CDC, shared with the New York Times that other infectious disease, such as syphilis and gonorrhea are a “major threat to gay and bisexual men’s health.” One study showed that more than a third of men who tested positive for gonorrhea, were initially missed due to the fact doctors did not test patients from all potential points of infection (throat, genitals and rectum). In some of these cases doctors may have been more vigilant if patients had shared their sexual practices. Fair or not, gay and bisexual men are at greater risk of some infections. 17% of these men are more likely to develop anal cancer. Additionally, contraction of human papillomavirus (HPV) (a sexually transmitted infection) increases those risks, especially for individuals with already weakened immune systems. So what’s a guy to do? How do you find the right doctor and how do you identify yourself as a card-carrying member? For

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starters, when looking for a general practitioner ask your friends for referrals or your local GLBT community center. You can also contact your insurance provider and ask them for a list of gay-friendly doctors. Many physical and mental health professionals will make this information available. It also may be easier to ask the tough questions before you make an appointment by phone. When you contact the office ask, “Does your practice have any GLBT patients?” One benefit of this is that you don’t have to give any personal information. But most importantly, know what to ask your doctor. Gay/Bisexual men have unique needs. You should be able to talk with your doctor openly about your sexual practices. This includes sexually transmitted infections (STI) prevention techniques to routine medical practice, such as undergoing anal pap smears. If you’re uncomfortable asking these questions directly consider e-mailing your doctor ahead of time, or create a list you can hand to the doctor. Aside from having a healthier, more open relationship with

your doctor, these practices also may relieve increased levels of depression and anxiety. Gay and bisexual men have been shown to be at higher risk of mood disorders – also putting them at greater risk of suicidal behavior, by a whopping 16% greater than their straight counter parts. That behavior can manifest beyond the traditional concepts – such as taking one’s life. In some cases, individuals participate high-risk sexual practices, purposely contracting and spreading infections. The numbers alone can - and do - scare us away from the doctor. Some individuals suffer an onset of increased blood pressure just walking into the office (usually referred to white-coat syndrome). We also have our own cultural misconceptions; such as if you go to the doctor you’ll get sick. Additionally, there’s the fear of being discriminated or denied service. These are no easy hurdles for potential patients, but make no mistake – your well-being depends on overcoming them. And that’s something you can take real pride in.H

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Same-Sex Marriage Update: Two Steps Forward, One and a Half Steps Back By BOB KESCKEMETY Perhaps no state more than California expresses the confusion over the topic of marriage equality in the United States. The status of same-sex marriage in California is unique among the 50 U.S. states, in that the state formerly granted marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but has discontinued doing so. The period of granting such licenses began on June 16, 2008, due to a ruling by the Supreme Court of California based on an equal protection argument and ended November 5, 2008, due to the passage of Proposition 8, an amendment to the California Constitution that limited marriages to those between one man and one woman. Before the passage of Proposition 8, California was only the second state to allow same-sex marriage. Marriages performed prior to the passage of Prop 8 remain legally recognized and retain full state-level marriage rights. On August 4, 2010, federal judge Vaughn R. Walker, a conservative judge appointed to the federal bench by President H.W. Bush, declared the ban unconstitutional but temporarily stayed his ruling. On

August 6, 2010, both sides submitted legal briefs to Judge Walker arguing for or against a long-term stay of the ruling. On August 12, 2010, Judge Walker had scheduled to lift his stay. On August 16, 2010, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals granted the motion to stay, ordered expedited briefing on the merits of the appeal, and directed the parties to brief the issue of why the appeal should not be dismissed for lack of standing. On August 17, 2010, the same Ninth Circuit panel ordered appeals calendared for oral argument during the week of December 6, 2010, in San Francisco. The Ninth Circuit has now requested the California Supreme Court to rule on an issue related to whether the Ninth Circuit has jurisdiction to hear the case. Same-sex marriage remains a contentious issue within the state, with samesex marriage supporters trying to get another ballot initiative in the 2012 election to return the state to granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Currently, five states (Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont) and the District of Columbia do allow same sex unions.. However, the U.S. government does not recognize these

marriages on a federal level. The states of New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Rhode Island do not permit same-sex marriages, but do recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington, Illinois, Colorado, Wisconsin, Maryland and Maine have bans on same-sex marriage but permit, on a state-by-state basis, certain rights such as limited rights or civil union rights. Thirty-one states have constitutional bans on same-sex marriage and/or civil unions of any kind, including Florida. This year, there has been some movement along the lines of marriage equality: RHODE ISLAND – The Rhode Island State House Judiciary Committee recently held hearings on a bill to permit same-sex marriage in that state. The hearings on the bill included public statements: 137 people spoke in favor of the bill, 60 against. The next step is for the committee of vote on the bill which expected to pass which would then be passed on to the entire State House for discussion and vote. HAWAII – The governor of Hawaii is expected to sign into law this week a civil unions law granting its residents full rights and privileges of marriage without actually using the term “marriage”. This bill will take effect January 1, 2012. In 1997, Hawaii was the first state to offer Reciprocal Beneficiaries which permitted same-sex couples access to a limited number of rights and benefits on a state level. ILLINOIS – The governor of Illinois has signed a civil union law which will take effect June 1, 2011 giving its residents

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the full rights of marriage. Though there has been a momentum toward same-sex civil unions, there has also been movement against: IOWA – Republican members of the Iowa House have proposed an amendment to the state’s constitution to say that “marriage between one man and one woman shall be the only legal union valid or recognized in this state.” Iowa already permits same-sex marriage. With a 60-40 Republican majority in the House, the amendment is considered certain to pass. However, it faces long odds in the Democratic-controlled Senate, where the leadership has consistently said they will never allow it to come up for a vote. INDIANA - Republican lawmakers in Indiana have resumed pushing for a constitutional amendment that would shore up an existing state law banning gay marriage. A GOP-ruled House committee voted 8-4 along party lines recently to advance the proposal, which now moves to the full House for consideration. The amendment states that only marriage between one man and one woman is valid in Indiana, and prohibits civil unions by stating that a legal status "substantially similar" to marriage for unmarried people is not valid. H

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In this issue... n this issue of style you will find our Oscar's. Feature Page complete with our top picks for the 83rd Academy Awards, the hits and misses of the past and a walk down memory lane! We also have an exclusive interview with Co-Founder of the ‘It Gets Better’ project, Dan Savage and how to turn your yard into the perfect oasis to escape from the rat race! H

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Tallassee Tantalizes The Florida Panhandle Detour

By PAUL RUBIO Each fall, Florida’s capital city, Tallahassee, swells with thousands of students ready to take on a world of scholarship, adulthood, binge drinking, and explorative promiscuity. A few years back, national polls revealed that the city’s flagship university, Florida State University, boasted some of the hottest college guys in the world. It’s not hard to see why. Innocent ball tossing on grassy patches looks more like a homoerotic Abercrombie & Fitch shopping bag circa 2006. Shirtless studs assert their dominance across campus, comparing pec muscles at sports games, six packs at frat parties, and fake IDs at nightclubs. The young and the beautiful congregate at the Leach (the student recreation center/gym), pumping iron and exchanging locker room butt slaps as they talk about their latest “score.” Beyond FSU eye candy, Tallahassee has evolved as an entity far more attractive than the typical university or government town. Most recently, the unveiling of hyper-modern Hotel Duval (850.224.6000, www.hotelduval.com) ushered in an element of uber glam relatively unknown to the Tallahassee scene. The rooftop bar, Level 8, has quickly become North Florida’s answer to big city sophistication, packing the house nightly for bespoke cocktails served by gorgeous servers in a South Beach-esque setting. Pimped out contemporary suites grace levels 1 to 7 of the hotel, with impeccably stylish furnishings and amenities, including varnished tree trunk stools, oversized rain showers and a bit of tech-y fantasia via ICE, the digital in-room concierge! Hotel Duval’s trendsetting prowess is so unexpected and refreshing, flaunting a vibe, a clientele, and a product usually found in the world’s greatest metropolises. Accordingly, a number of restaurants and bars have also upped the ante to partake in this mini renaissance. Tallahassee’s mid-town area brings on the gastropub phenomena with Midtown Filling Station (850.224.8272, www.midtownfillingstation.com) while the Wine Loft (850.222.9914, www.thewineloft.net) matches handpicked wine selections with succulent small bites like the Shrimp and Lump Crab Empanadas and daily artisanal

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Goodwood Museum and Gardens: Living Heritage of the Deep South

cheese plates. Kool Beanz caters to the eclectic, Portland types, with an emphasis on fresh, funky, and different, living up to its amazing reputation. (850.224.2466, www.koolbeanz-cafe.com). A bit further afield, the gay owned and operated Lee’s Wine Bar (850.692.3404, 1700 North Monroe Street) facilitates an ideal commingling of gay and straight crowds over house cava and delicious wines from around the world. Tallahassee The coolio rooms has yet to reat Hotel Duval establish an exclusively gay bar or nightclub since the closing of Brothers in 2008. Instead, weekend gay nights have cropped up around town, fulfilling the desire to dance, drink and hook up, supplementing what cannot always be achieved online! The night begins early on Friday at Lee’s, Wine Loft, or the gay friendly, 101 restaurant (850.391.1309, www.101tallahassee.com),

known for its dirt-cheap happy hour prices. By 11p.m. Friday night, everyone checks into Rehab (926 W. Tharpe Street) for the hot Friday night party, "Relapse." The weekend party continues with Out & Out Saturdays at Paradigm (850.224.9980, www.paradigmrestaurant.net) in the heart of downtown. For those not prone to massive hangovers or next-day‘Haze Him’ remorse, Tallahassee offers a surprising wealth of natural and cultural heritage by day. Once considered part of the Deep South, America’s largest concentration of original plantations (71 plantations over 300,000 acres) begins in Tallahassee and ends in nearby Thomasville, Georgia, 28 miles north. Several of these plantations remain open to the public, including Goodwood Museum and Gardens (850.877.4202, www.goodwoodmuseum.org), which still operates as a working plantation. Docents indulge the curious in the sordid and splendid history of the plantation, beginning with its construction in 1837 to its southern antebellum reinvention circa 1911 by the illustrious (and stocky) socialite, Fanny Tiers. Detailed tours highlight the original, antebellum period furnishings as well as the sprawling colorful grounds, replete with centuries old oaks, Spanish moss, and manicured gardens. The 17th century Spanish mission and Apalachee Indian settlement, Mission San Luis (850.245.6406, www.mission

sanluis.org), functions as a bizarro living museum recreating daily life during a time when these two cultures first met (though I don’t think these encounters really played out like an Epcot exhibit…). Thirty minutes south, Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park (850.926.0700, w w w. fl o r i d a s t a t e p a rk s. o rg / WA K U L LASPRINGS) reveals a glimpse of old Florida’s natural beauty, housing several miles of protected forest along and around the largest and deepest freshwater spring in the world. Stanch protection since the 1930s has allowed generations of manatees, alligators, turtles, wood ducks, and 181 other bird species to prosper and regenerate, resulting in an ecological treasure teeming with charismatic wildlife unafraid of human presence. Yes, that means if you decide to swim in the springs, you could be quickly met by a group of curious manatees or friendly gators. Older generations may recognize the park as the jungle setting for some of the original Tarzan films starring Johnny Weissmuller, looking exactly as it did decades ago.

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Opinionated & Controversial Dan Savage Gets Candid? By TROY MAILLIS Dan Savage, Co-Founder of the “It Gets Better” Project, is making an appearance in “An Evening With Dan Savage” at Art Explosion in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, February 26 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 - $35 and can be purchased at browardcenter.org. Savage, who writes the controversial sex and relationship column “Savage Love,” also has a book coming out in March. Through various forms of media, Dan Savage has consistently pushed the envelope and has become a trendsetter in the realm of getting his point across. Dan recently spoke with Mark’s List about his upcoming appearance, his column and his new book. You are making an appearance at Art Explosion for ArtsUnited. What can we expect from “An Evening with Dan Savage”? Well, that depends—I'm most comfortable working in a question-and-answer format, so it's really the audience that drives evenings with me, just as they drive columns with me, and podcasts with me. I like doing it that way because then, if the conversation gets too dirty or nutso, the audience really has no one to blame but itself. Are you happy with the success of the “It Gets Better” Project? Why do you think it took this long for a campaign like this to come about? What were your personal experiences that helped form this campaign? I'm touched by the success of the "It Gets Better" Project, but I wouldn't say I'm happy. I'd be happy if there were no need for something like the "It Gets Better" Project. I'd be happy if LGBT kids weren't being bullied, and there was no need for the IGBP anymore, and we could pull the whole thing down tomorrow. And I think that if we hadn't have launched this campaign, someone would've thought of it or something similar. Clearly my husband and I weren't the only adult LGBT people or allies who were aching to reach out to hurting LGBT youth—and not all LGBT youth are hurting; in many ways, and in many places, there's never been a better time to be a queer kid than right now. It just needed a spark. We gave ourselves permission to talk to LGBT kids, and by

proxy gave all LGBT people everywhere permission to talk with these kids, and so many people leapt in, stepped up, and took action that it's obvious to me that people were waiting for someone to say, "Let's do this." If it wasn't us, someone else would've jumped in, I'm convinced. I was bullied a bit in middle school, and a little in high school. But I didn't have it as bad as my boyfriend had it—he was brutalized. I also hear every day at "Savage Love" from LGBT kids all over the country, many of them are being bullied not just by their peers, but also by their families, and they're in so much pain—queer kids whose families reject them are eight times likelier to attempt suicide. People need to understand that rejecting your gay kid won't make him straight, but it could make him dead. You have a book coming out in March. What will the book be about? The book is a collection of essays—some new essays, and some adaptations from the videos on the website. We collected some of our favorites, transcribed them, edited them, and asked the folks who made them to revise them. It's powerful stuff. We hope the book will reach kids who aren't wired, and we're hoping it will be placed in school libraries all across the country. How has your column changed since you started it? Do you think if you started it in 2011, you would have been able to call it “Hey, Faggot”? Well, when I started the column in 1991 the "Hey, Faggot" salutation was a reference to a roaring debate in the gay community, inspired by Queer Nation activists, about "reclaiming hate words." If we used them, if we embraced them ("Yeah, I'm a fag/dyke/sissy, so what?"), then they couldn't be used to wound us anymore. I thought the logical end-point for that reclamation process was giving straight people permission to use those words in a non-hateful way. Hence, "Hey, Faggot." I still use the word faggot in the column—I love the word faggot—but I don't think that if I started the column today I'd use that salutation, just because the debate it referenced is long over, and the joke is over. The thing that changed my column most was the Internet—I started doing

"Savage Love" before there was a Google, and I'm doing it now years later. Before Google, I got a lot of "What's a cockring?" questions, and "Where's the BDSM group in my area?" questions. I don't get those anymore, which is a shame, because those were easy questions! Now I get mostly questions that involve situational ethics—lots of gray. It's hard to screw up the answer to "What's a cockring?" It's easy to screw up the answer to "My husband cheated on me and I'm not sure I want to stay in this marriage." You’ve been controversial in many of your columns, do you think there is a line that exists that can still be crossed? I don't know—I'm always looking for lines and bursting past 'em, and I've yet to find the uncrossable line that couldn't be crossed! Would you ever run for political office?

Yes I would, if my boyfriend would permit it, which he wouldn't, so no. What can we expect next from Dan Savage? You can expect me to go on a nice, long vacation. My boyfriend-inAmerica/husband-in-Canada and I have been working round the clock on IGB since the project launched, and then the book, and now we're heading out on a book tour (which sounds like a vacation but definitely is not), so we're thinking Hawaii is next for us—a beach in Hawaii, with a cocktail waiter standing at the ready. That's also one of the ways in which it gets better! H

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Mushrooms Provence Pharaohs ate mushrooms as a delicacy, Greeks believed them to be a source of strength and Chinese regarded them as health food. There are over 14,000 types of mushrooms in the world, out of which about 3,000 are edible, about 700 have known medicinal properties and around 1400 have been recognized as poisonous. Today, mushrooms are eaten by people, for their flavor and texture as well as for the health benefits they offer. Some mushroom materials, including polysaccharides, glycoproteins and proteoglycans, modulate the immune system responses and inhibit tumor growth. Some medicinal mushroom isolates that have been identified also show promising cardiovascular, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-diabetic properties. Currently, several extracts have widespread use in Japan, Korea and China, as adjuncts to radiation treatments and chemotherapy. Dietary mushrooms are a good source of nutrients, especially protein and fiber. They are also rich in mineral content and the fat or “lipid content” is very low. Mushrooms are a low-calorie food appropriate for low-calorie dieting, usually cooked raw or with oil to provide a healthy and light starter. Here’s one that’s easy and delicious..

INGREDIENTS – -1 lb small button mushrooms -A bunch of spring onions -The juice of two lemons -1 clove of garlic, cored and crushed

-A handful of golden raisins, soaked for an hour -Fresh thyme -Fresh rosemary -A glass of white wine -1 tsp cracked pepper -Salt and pepper -Olive oil Trim and wash the mushrooms thoroughly. In a thick heavy pot heat up 2 tablespoons of olive oil and cook your mushrooms for about 3 minutes or until all the cooking juices have evaporated. Meanwhile, in a separate sauce pan, pour the wine, 1 tablespoon of water, half of the lemon juice, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, the cracked pepper, the herbs, the finely chopped garlic, raisins and white onions. Season with some salt and bring to the boil. Cook for about 15 minutes and then add the mushrooms. Turn the heat up and cook until the liquid reduces by 3/4 of its starting volume. When done, pour the cooked mushrooms into a bowl and allow to cool down before refrigerating. Just before serving your mushrooms add the left over lemon juice and give’em a good stir. This recipe makes a great refreshing appetizer on a hot sunny day...you are a chef !H

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There’s no place like home By MICHAEL FRENCH

OK “Dorothy”, are you dreaming of finding the perfect place to run away from it all? Emerald City is much closer than you ever imagined. Does a window have to hit

home you in the head for you to realize this “perfect place” has been right under your feet, literally, all along? Take a different look at your own back yard! The back yard is often an undiscovered opportunity to create your own private resort! It can be the largest “room” of your home. In Florida, your back yard can be morphed into a “LIVING” room, an actual extension of your home. Plus we can use it all year long! By living I mean, decorating with plants. Hello! This is Florida! We are so fortunate to live in the subtropics. Choices of gorgeous, exotic, shrubs, trees, ground covers, of every shape and size are infinite. Plants are found in every color of the rainbow. Did I say rainbow? Have fun! Just like any room, choose color schemes and motifs to reflect who you are. Zen, minimalism, jungle, and desert are just a few themes. The use of natural decorative stone, mulch, even colored recycled glass is very popular. They add incredible detail. Soothing water features such as ponds, waterfalls, and fountains, are available in abundant shapes, sizes, in all price ranges. Don’t forget lighting. Strategic lighting is paramount. It showcases. Lighting creates drama, the good kind. Seriously, become the visionary architect of your own private paradise! Turn that sow’s ear of the typical, bland, suburban lawn into a silk purse! Create a dreamscape, one that will stand out and shine with your uniqueness. This is your golden opportunity to stand out! All it takes is ingenuity, thoughtful planning, research, imagination, and a little sweat. There is no limit to what you can do!

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Avoid the expense of a landscape architect. Just do your homework and you won’t break the bank. Web sites abound offering free, reliable and educated advice. Most important to consider are light levels in your yard and water usage. Think GREEN! Xeriscaping, is landscaping with plants that need less irrigation and typically need fewer chemicals because they tend to be more resistant to pests. It’s the best way to go for the environment and your wallet! Use the web to find these plants. You’ll be surprised at the variety and often lower cost. Many native Florida plants fall into this category. Indigenous plants tend to be low maintenance, saving big bucks in landscaping and water costs. Water will only get more expensive. Beautiful landscaping is likely to increase the value of your home. The right plants attract a myriad of butterflies, humming birds, help keep your home cooler, give privacy and seduce you with the perfume of their flowers; nature’s incense. There’s a plethora of beautiful, luxuri-

ous resorts locally where you can spend this and next week’s pay in just one long weekend. Fantasize about the joy of waking every morning to your own Eden. What a wonderful way to start your day! Better yet, after a hard day’s work you’ll want to skip happy hour and put the pedal to the metal to get home. Instead of just throwing the keys down and crashing on the couch, you’ll rush outside, gaze and gloat, rightfully so, at the beauty you have created. Have a pool? Skinny dipping will become a ritual. Guaranteed you will feel refreshed. Renewed desire to entertain at home will only come naturally. Oh, the parties! Your search for a place to get away from it all is over. Why? Tell em Dorothy! H

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And the Oscar goes to... 83rd Academy awards…let’s look back at the hits and misses.

Oscar fever is upon us again as we prepare for the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday. Who will take it home? Will there be surprises? Or will Natalie and Colin continue their successful awards juggernauts? Enjoy my views on the top 10 movies, songs, snubs and losses! H

Top 10 Oscar Winning Movies Casablanca All About Eve Titanic Silence of the Lambs Ghandi Out of Africa Terms of Endearment The Godfather Crash Slumdog Millionaire

Top 10 Oscar snubs

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Bette Davis and Marilyn Monroe in ‘All About Eve’

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Denzel Washington – Philadelphia Malcolm McDowell – A Clockwork Orange Judy Garland – Wizard of Oz Leonardo DiCaprio – The Aviator Susan Sarandon – Bull Durham Anthony Perkins – Psycho Matt Damon – The Talented Mr. Ripley Faye Dunaway – Mommy Dearest Dennis Quaid – Far From Heaven Audrey Hepburn – My Fair Lady

Top 10 ‘should have won’ Oscars

Judy Garland in ‘The Wizard of Oz’

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Sharon Stone – Casino / Lost to Susan Sarandon – Dead Man Walking Shawshank Redemption / Lost to Forrest Gump Glenn Close – Fatal Attraction / Lost to Cher – Moonstruck Emily Watson – Hilary and Jackie / Lost to Gwyneth Paltrow – Shakespeare in Love Ralph Fiennes – Schindlers List / Lost to Tommy Lee Jones – The Fugitive Imelda Stauntun – Vera Drake / Lost to Hilary Swank – Million Dollar Baby Taxi Driver / Lost to Rocky Quentin Tarantino – Pulp Fiction / Lost to Robert Zemeckis – Forrest Gump Martin Scorcese – Goodfellas / Lost to Kevin Costner – Dances with Wolves Dame Judi Dench – Mrs. Brown / Lost to Helen Hunt – As Good as it Gets

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PRIDEFEST ANNOUNCES ENTERTAINMENT LINE-UP

“THE HOTTEST WINTER IN THE WORLD”

The 34th annual PrideFest is set for March 12th and 13th from noon to 6 p.m. at Jaco Pastorius Park in Oakland Park at N.E. 38 Street and N. Dixie Highways. Entertainment this year includes Chely Wright, Georgie Porgie, Linda Clifford, Chantal Carrere, Debby Holiday, Shelina, Teri Catlin, Heather Craig, Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus, Marc Hansen, Fort Lauderdale Woman's Chorus, South Florida Pride Jazz Ensemble, KP Productions, Church of the Holy Spirit Song, Mark Angelo Cummings, Rising Action Theatre and Bishop SF Makalani-MaHee. Spinning in the dance tent this year will be D.J. MIIK, D.J. Bugie, D.J. Sol and D.J. Gina. Masters of Ceremonies this year will be Craig Stevens, Donna & Denise and Derek Hartley.H

It may be called the Winter Party Festival, but that doesn't mean you’re in for a chilly time. Dance your heart out at five full days of jam packed parties. From club nights to mixers to beach parties, Winter Party is a veritable thrill ride of sight and sound. A multitude of eye candy is a safe assumption, as are thousands of groggy travelers once the music stops. Winter Party runs from March 2 through March 7 on Miami Beach. A fundraiser for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. For more information, go to http://www.winterparty.com.H

“WEST SIDE STORY” LAST PERFORMANCE Saturday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it’s back on Broadway mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, “West Side Story” soars as the greatest love story of all time. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway's finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming”, “Tonight”, “America”, “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere”. Tickets: $29 $79 in the Au-Rene Theater.H

THE HOUSE BOY Massimo Stinco & The blue seagull International Production / NoirDesir.it present THE HOUSEBOY Sex. Love. Despair. A scandalous new play. A stage adaptation by Massimo Stinco inspired to the movie “The Houseboy” by Spencer Schilly. Warning: Contains Full Frontal Nudity. Empire Stage, 1140 N FLAGLER DRIVE FT LAUDERDALE 33304, Runs, February 18th – March 12th. Tickets: $30 group rates available. Call 954-678-1496 or visit www.empirestage.com H

HONOREES ANNOUNCED The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce have proudly announced their honorees for their 2011 Awards Presentation: Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association (MetLife Business of the Year), Ms..Naomi Wilzig — W E A M (Hilton Miami Downtown Business Person of the Year), Switchboard of Miami, Inc. (Wachovia Non-Profit Organization of the Year), Grey Goose Vodka (AT&T 10th Anniversary Special Recognition Award). The MDGLCC awards will take place on Saturday, March 26. If you’d like to attend, for more information or tickets, visit www.gogaymiami.com.H

WESSON & BLUE RIBBON Move over, Mimosas! Beat it, Bellinis! Where there's smoked salmon, bagels and eggs, there's a bottle of wine guaranteed to make the whole schmear taste that much more delicious. Join Joshua Wesson, IHOP's top syrup steward (and A&P's Director of Breakfast Beverages) and Bruce Bromberg (Blue Ribbon's co-Founder and Executive Chef) on this jamstained, crumbs-in-bed tour across a brunchscape where Challah French Toast makes sweet love to Sherry and Smoked Salmon Toast gets down with Champagne. Crazy-good Brunch Wines featuring Josh Wesson and Blue Ribbon on Sat., Feb 26 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the W South Beach, 2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Special MDGLCC member ticket price $60.00 - www.sobefest.com use discount code BRUNCH11 or call: 877-762-3933H

"TOGETHER IN SONG.” Miami Gay’s Men’s Chorus to host our 2nd Annual Choral Festival February 26th, 7PM, Tickets $25 Trinity Episcopal Church (464 NE 16th Street) Tickets available at: www.miamigaychorus.org or at the Event.


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LAUNCH OF GAY SAFE HAVEN’S RAINBOW411.COM

“WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?”

Saturday, Feb. 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Streetcar Charlie's, 1811 N. 15th St. in Ybor City. You’re invited to the launch of Gay Safe Haven's Rainbow411.com and fundraiser for Metro Charities. Dress to impress for this red carpet affair. Appetizers, drink specials, 50/50, raffles, silent auction and will be a great opportunity for networking. Drag extravaganza at 9p.m. and bring your dancing shoes because this is going to be some party.H

Presented by Mad Cow Theatre now through February 27. On the campus of a small New England college, George and Martha invite a new professor and his wife home for a nightcap. As the cocktails flow, the young couple find themselves caught in the crossfire of a savage marital war where the combatants attack the self deceptions they forged for their own survival. For tickets and more information, visit http://www.madcowtheatre.com H

4TH ANNUAL PINK WEKEND

“UNCUT CABARET”

The Tampa Bay Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence 4th Annual Pink Weekend is upon us, February 25 through 27. Beginning Friday, Feb. 25, Sister Merry Widow will be hosting a Multimedia Art Show at PLAY (1701 E. 8th Ave Ybor City, Tampa). This event will feature artists, fashion, performances by Rachael Sage and much, much more. Proceeds will be going to benefit the Hillsborough Arts Council’s Arts Education Youth Program. 8 to 11 p.m. $8 cover. Saturday, Feb. 26 will bring an evening of fun at the fabulous Flamingo Resort in St Petersburg. Special performances by Alexis De La Mer, Iman, Bobbie York and the Tampa Bay Sisters. 9 to 11 p.m. No cover but donations accepted. Sunday, Feb. 27 it’s time to enjoy Sister Aggy’s yummy barbeque lunch and special entertainment by Melanie Minyon at Club City Side in Tampa. The event will benefit the Francis House of Tampa Bay starting at 3 p.m. No cover but donations accepted. Drink specials, Jello shots and raffles as well as antics by your favorite Tampa Sisters will keep the day going. Don’t forget to wear your pink. Check into www.flsisters.org for more details.H

On February 24, 2011 at 8 p.m., the Orlando Gay Chorus is proud to present “Uncut Cabaret” featuring OGC's best, performing songs they'd never do anywhere else and hosted by the Lovely and Talented Chantel Reshael. Come join us for a night full of surprises at The Footlight Theatre at Parliament House Resort. Tickets are $15 and may either be reserved in advance by emailing OGCUNCUT@yahoo.com or purchased at the door.H

MARDI GROWL …An Orlando Bear Bash Kickoff Party on Saturday Feb. 26 in Orlando from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Mr. Sister's, 5310 E Colonial Dr. in Orlando. This is where there is really something for everyone and with no cover charge. Come see what all the excitement is about with Mr. Sisters Orlando. If you have not experienced this amazing venue, you won't want to miss this opportunity to party there with the bears. Join them early for dinner. The party starts at 7 pm when friends of Orlando Bear Bash will receive 25% off appetizers and tapas. This is your chance to come taste the great food at Mr. Sisters with this bear discount. After you fill up, dine, dance and be hairy!H

2011 EQUALITY FLORIDA TAMPA GALA

BACK DOOR BUMBY

Join Equality Florida for an evening of fabulous food, drinks, and equality at the Tampa Garden Club, the “venue with a view”, 2629 Bayshore Blvd. in Tampa. Tickets are $100 and sponsorship opportunities begin at $500. To be held on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. Over the last 4 years, the Equality Florida Tampa Gala has blossomed into a “must attend” event that brings together over 300 of Tampa’s political, business, and civic leaders. With your help, this year's event promises to be the best ever. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://eqfl.org/tampagalaH

Revolution Nightclub (375 S. Bumby Ave (408) in Downtown Orlando) along with GRINDR and MyFlexRadio presents: “Back Door Bumby: Enter Through the Back” every 3rd Thursday starting February 17th. This is Orlando's premier college night as you've never seen it before. No cover when you show your GRINDR or MyFlexRadio App. No cover ‘til 11pm for those 21+ (18+ welcome) and no cover ‘til 12 midnight with college or theme park ID. Free drinks 11 to 11:30 p.m. Drinks specials throughout the night. Performances by: Shantell D’Marco and Macaviti. D.J. Joanie on the decks in the disco area and V.J. J.B.H


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classifieds WILTON MANORS 1,766 sqft Beautiful, contemporary 3 level loft European style kitchens w SS appliances, built in 2007. Polished concrete floors, 24 ft ceilings, granite staircase. 2.5 gorgeous baths, private fenced yard, huge patio. Impact windows and doors, 2 car secure garage. Not a short sale or foreclosure, 20+ lb pets welcome. Great location, walk to all the action on Wilton Drive. Call Joseph Schutz at 954-4617895. MLS F1116993 See www.DaVinciRealtyGroup.com for more pics. WILTON STATION 2/2 Hard Wood Floors, Granite Countertops. Close to dining and nightlife in Wilton Manors, with 4th floor balcony view of the Drive! 2617 NE 14th Ave, Unit SF405. $209K. DaVinci Realty Group. 954.533.1130 (C): 954.993.1745. WE BUY HOMES FOR CASH ANY CONDITION, FAST 5 DAY CLOSING CONTACT ROBERT AT 954-336-0436

REAL ESTATE FLORIDA IS ON SALE - FT LAUDERDALE & MIAMI Yes now is the time to buy!! Not finding what you’re looking for? Frustrated? Too busy? Visiting and don’t know where to start? Tell me what you’re looking for and I’ll do all the work and find you the perfect place. For HOT deals, Short sales, Foreclosures, and Rentals…Call Joann Marcus/ Kensington & Company. Cell (954)940-1244 FORT LAUDERDALE Glen Wright gated community near downtown. 2,885 SQ FT, pool home built in 2005. Upgrades galore! $550K Call for photos or appt. Owner financing available. Kensington Realty 954-940-1244 KEY WEST STYLE Amazing Wilton Manors corner lot cottage in a tropical setting. Private outdoor patio overlooking new spa pool. Upgraded kitchen, new stacked washer/dryer, new A/C, front and back impact doors. Walk to Wilton Drive. $184,900. 954.612.0946, 954.881.1753 JOE MINOTTO Realtor, Real Living Infinity International LUXURY VICTORIA PARK DREAM HOME $679K Great 2500+ Sq Ft 4 BR/4 BR pool home. Gorgeous living and dining areas with a beautiful working fire place. Plush tropical pool area with fountain. This home is move-in ready. Motivated seller! Call Brandon Frencic at 954-483-9205 for more info. Robert Blair Real Estate, LLC. MIDDLE RIVER TERRACE 2/1 Single Family Home, oversize yard, separate laundry. Close to shops and restaurants on Wilton Drive. 1417 NE 5th Terrace. $104K. DaVinci Realty Group. 954.533.1130 (C): 954.993.1745. PROGRESSO Huge Private 2/2 double lot, fireplace, brick front porch. 5 mins from Wilton Manors. 1203 NE 2ND Ave. $119K. DaVinci Realty Group. 954.533.1130 (C): 954.993.1745. PUT YOUR IRA ON STEROIDS! Use your IRA to buy wholesale bank owned real estate and create a 12% plus annual cash on cash return.Turn Key Real Estate company helps you buy a wholesale bank owned foreclosure with equity. Company also provides affordable renovation teams and property managers. Build wealth today with our proven 20 year turn key acquisition and management program. Contact Robert for more information. 954-336-0436 www.robertblairrealestate.com TOWNHOUSE ISLES Great location, private courtyard on tropical island paradise. Walk to Wilton Drive, minutes from shops and restaurants. Middle River views from bedrooms and driveway. Newer kitchen and bath. $249,900. 954.881.1753, 954.612.0946 JOE MINOTTO Realtor, Real Living Infinity International WILTON MANORS Well-designed, within walking distance to Wilton Drive. Spectacular new contemporary kitchen and baths. Covered patio with view of large deck with spa. Master suite has stacked washer/dryer and large walk-in closet. Upgrades include impact windows/doors, 24x24 porcelain floor tile. Massive garage and workshop. $374,900. 954.612.0946, 954.881.1753 JOE MINOTTO Realtor, Real Living Infinity International WILTON MANORS 2.2/5 Stunning Riverfront Town Home with gorgeous views. Wall of sliding glass opens from light filled living area to very private deck and dock,perfect for entertaining.. Home is beautifully renovated and meticulously maintained. Kitchen features light wood cabinets,granite counter tops and S.S. appls. Complex has lush landscaping & great pool are. Best of all you get to enjoy it all w/o the maintenance. pet friendly. $249,900 Joann Marcus/Kensington & Company 954.940.1244

WILTON MANORS 3 BR, 2 ½ Bath. Beautiful upgraded gourmet kitchen with breakfast area, granite counters, double ovens, large living/dining area that opens onto covered patio with full-sized pool. Mexican tile, wood stairs. $525,000. 954.881.1753, 954.612.0946 JOE MINOTTO Realtor, Real Living Infinity International

RENTAL - FT. LAUDERDALE 1414 NE 5TH TER. LARGE 2BR/1BA Open gourmet kitchen w/ smooth-top stove, D/W, crisp white cabinets. Tile floors, Cen Air, Private patio, onsite laundry, $1050/mo. F/S. (954) 448-9811 ALIBI AREA FURNISHED STUDIO APT. Lg Studio with private entrance and parking, walk-in closet, fa, C, kitchenette, laundry on site, Electric and Direct TV included, NO SMOKING,NO PETS $650/mo+sec. Call 954-682-9428 LAKERIDGE 1/1 $745/mo, Newer everything, Spacious w/ granite kit & Icemaker, On-site Laundry, Pets OK, 1 yr lease,F/S. Call (954) 448-9811. LAUDERDALE BY THE SEA Walk to beach and restaurants. Large 2BD/2BA with over-sized 1 car attached garage on corner lot. CAC. Carpet/tile, washer/dryer, unfurnished. $2475/mo, annual lease. Includes water & lawn service. Call Larry (owner/agent) 954.776.8022 MIDDLE RIVER & LAKERIDGE MOVE-IN SPECIAL 1/2 OFF 1ST MTH RENT!! 1 Bedroom/ 1 Bath $680/mo or $175/wk OR 2/2 $850/mo or $225/wk--(6 or 12) month lease. Pay your deposit today and you're in* details (954)527-9225 OFFICE SPACE Office and Flex Space for Lease. Oakland Commerce Center at the NE Quadrant of I-95 & Oakland Park Boulevard. 850 to over 11,000 s/f. Spaces come with bathroom and kitchenette. Call 954-233-6000 or stop by our on-site office. Colliers International Lic. Real Estate Brokers. OAKLAND PARK 2BR / 1BA Cottage $850 per month. First and last required. Small pets OK. Non-smoker preferred. Large Yard. Call Ed at (954) 562-3080. 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 954.565.2025 SOUTH MIDDLE RIVER 2/1 Home for lease . $995/mo. Newly renovated, new carpet and tile thruout, big back yard, minutes to Downtown Ft Lauderdale, Wilton Manors & Beaches. 954-319-0072, 954-245-5536 WILTON MANORS - EFFICIENCY Recently renovated, Tile Floors, Ceiling Fan. Truly the heart of Wilton Manors, it doesn't get any better! A couple of steps to Alibi/seconds to Tropics/walk to Publix! $675/mo & $775/mo Water & Electric included. Call (561)703-3306 WILTON MANORS LOFT Beautiful, contemporary 2/2.5. 3 level townhouse/loft walking distance to Wilton Dr nightlife. 1,766 sqft, Modern kitchen, stainless steel appliances, black granite countertops, washer/dryer, Polished concrete floors, gorgeous modern baths, 24 ft soaring ceilings. Large balcony, private fenced yard w patio, hurricane windows/doors. Secure, attached garage w 2 parking spots outside. Price reduced down to $1,900/mo. Avail. Now! Call Joseph Schutz at 954-461-7895.

WILTON MANORS Walk to the Drive! Beautiful 1/1 in duplex. Recently renovated, tile throughout. Crown molding, mini blinds and window treatments, new appliances. Laundry on-site. $780/mo, $400/sec. dep. Call 954.537.7513 WILTON MANORS/THE WOODS CONDOS- 1BD/1BA, Waterfront, Poolview, Large Deck, W/D in unit, $795/mo + Deposit. Call 202.841.9216

RENTAL/FURNISHED HOUSING PERFECT WINTER VACATION RENTALS From $89/Night & $495/Week Beautiful Studio, 1 & 2 BR Apts. with Full Kitchens. Clothing optional heated pool, laundry, parking. Close to Gay Dania & Nude Haulover Beaches

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ACCOUNTING/TAXES TAX PREPARATION SERVICE for individuals and selfemployed. Electronic Filing, Reasonable Fees, Personal Service. Located in Fort Lauderdale/Wilton Manors area. Call Tom (954)764-0221 or e-mail taxpreparationservice@yahoo.com

CLEANING SUNSHINE CLEANING Professional cleaning services for your home office. We are reliable and offer competitive rates. Specializing in deep cleaning & organization. We work within your schedule. Serving Broward County for over 10 years. References available. Nicholas (954) 773-5372

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ROOMMATE FT LAUDERDALE Room for rent in pool home on water. Share house & pool. NO security deposit. Utilities, cable, internet, W/D included. NO drugs. Smoking outside. Steady income required. $600/mo. NO pets. Call Rob or Mark (954)792-1761

ADULT/DATING MATURE CONTACTS & FRIENDSHIP The Caffmos Community is a contacts and dating community site for mature men, bears, daddies and their admirers both young and old. Registration and membership is free. Come and join us at: CaffmosCommunity.com

COMPUTER SERVICES ** OPTIMA** COMPUTER REPAIR-COMPLETE IN HOME SERVICE. Get the best performance, protection & value from your computer investment, *A+ Hardware & OS CERTIFIED. *Friendly, professional, RELIABLE service. Reasonable rates. \Call Mike (954) 817-3883 FREE BRIEF COMPUTER ANSWERS BY ERIC AT THE STONEWALL LIBRARY BY APPOINTMENT Also Affordable In-Home, Installations, Tutoring, Virus Disinfection & Troubleshooting. Knowledgeable, Personable Service. Call Eric (954) 903-4383 or eric@startcomputing.info

COUNSELING A MIND AT PEACE/ THERAPEUTIC SERVICES/ RON "DOC” CHAMBERS, MSW 954-627-0103 1975 East Sunrise Blvd Suite 629 Fort Lauderdale HIV RelatedIssues/ Anxiety/Depression/ Schizophrenia/ Relationship Problems/Anger Management Problems/SameSex Battering/ Domestic Violence Most Insurance Accepted/Credit Cards Accepted LONELY? Not leaving the house much? And you just can't get motivated? Depressed, at the end of your rope? Can't find anyone to talk about what's going on in your head? Be a good friend; know when depression crosses the line. Call the GLBTQ Helpline & Suicide Awareness Program. Simply to talk, learn, and become aware. GLBTQ HELPLINE & Suicide Awareness (305) 646-3600. Free & Confidential. Tri-lingual counselors available 24/7 For you or a friend.

EMPLOYMENT ARE YOU A GAY OR BISEXUAL MAN OVER 18? Do you ever take Xanax, Percocet, or any other RX pills with or without a prescription? Confidential research study. Cash compensation. Call for more information. (305) 529-1489 LATE NIGHT PARTY BAR looking for bartenders, door staff, security. torpedomgr@cs.com TWIST The popular gay bar in South Beach seeks responsible applicants with experience for the following positions; Bartender, Bar back, Door host and Security. Candidates should be friendly, hardworking and a team player. Apply online: twistboys@aol.com THE DRIVE CAFÉ is seeking full and part-time employees! Call 954.873.3889 SHORT ORDER BREAKFAST COOK 5AM-2PM part time dependable, people friendly, clean & sober Fort Lauderdale area OPEN KITCHEN Call Mica 954.465.7757 SPA CABANAS ESTHETICIAN and/or cosmetologist needed pt-time or full-time. No hair services. Excellent communication/ client skills. spa@thecabanasguesthouse.com. Norman. SOUTH BEACH AIDS PROJECT is currently seeking an office manager for its executive offices in Miami Beach. Duties include reporting, answering phones and office administration. The job will be Monday through Friday. Experience is a big plus. Looking for someone who can start now. Call (305) 535 4733. South Beach AIDS Project has worked in the gay communities if South Florida for over 10 years. Offering free HIV testing/ counseling, prevention and educational programs. Come be a part of a great team!

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 or E-mail: DerekGallaway@att.net MASTER ELECTRICIAN- Service Upgrades, interconnected smoke alarms, phone and cable jacks, remodels, etc. No job to small! All work will be done in a neat & clean manner. LIC. CONTRACTORS BUILD CONFIDENCE! Gay owned. Lic#02CME2028X Call 954.665.0417


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SPIRITUALITY CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRITSONG Welcomes you to come and worship with us every Sunday at 10 am and every Wednesday night at 7 pm. We meet at the Spirit Song 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, info@cohss.com, www.cohss.org THE PARISH OF STS. FRANCIS AND CLARE 101 NE 3rd Street, just north of Broward Blvd and east 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. Now accepting appliactions for Music Director. 954.731.8173 www.stsfrancisandclare.org

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