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SHOW YOUR PRIDE! Welcome to the annual Stonewall Pride edition of Hotspots! As we celebrate at Stonewall Pride this Saturday and at the many events to follow, please take time to remember those who fought so hard to get us here. Did you know that the first gay rights organization was The Society for Human Rights, founded by Henry Gerber in Chicago in 1924? It is the first documented gay rights organization. Let’s never forget the pioneers who stood tall and screamed “out of the bars and into the streets” during the Stonewall riots back in June of 1969. Let’s not forget Harvey Milk, a San Francisco city supervisor, and the first openly gay man to be elected to a political office in California, who fought hard for gay rights and was senselessly murdered because of it. Let’s not forget our current LGBT leaders – people like

comedian Ellen DeGeneres who risked it all to come out as a lesbian on national television on September 20, 2011 – and lost her career, becoming “untouchable” for many years because of it. That is, until her triumphant comeback as an Emmywinning talk show host. You’d think with all of these milestones, we could rest easy and that our job is done here. Let me remind you that it was this time last year that 49 souls were lost at the Pulse nightclub because of the growing wave of intolerance around us. So when you are out enjoying these events, give a thought to the sacrifices of LGBT pioneers who came before us, as well as the challenges that lie ahead for us now, and never forget to show your pride! Happy Pride, everyone!

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18th Stonewall Pride unfolds on June 17 By Scott Holland

2017 Grand Marshal

sharon gless South Florida's LGBT community gathers on Saturday (June 17) for the 18th Annual Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade & Festival. The event, which spans the one-mile length of Wilton Drive in the heart of Fort Lauderdale's gay community, starts at 3 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. The annual festival will this year see more than 100 vendors showcasing their products and services and some 30 bars, restaurants and food vendors serving food and drinks. The actual parade begins at 4 p.m. and will last approximately an hour and a half. It will begin on NE 20th Street and will end at Five Points. Four stages along the Drive will showcase some of the best local performers and entertainers.

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The Parade Grand Marshal this year will be Emmy award-winning actress Sharon Gless. Immediately following the parade, from 6:008:00 p.m., fans and festival attendees will have the opportunity to meet Ms. Gless and take photos with her at the Stonewall Gallery (2157 Wilton Drive). Gless is a 10-time Emmy Award nominee and seven-time Golden Globe Award nominee. She won a Golden Globe in 1986 and Emmys in 1986 and 1987 for Cagney & Lacey, and a second Golden Globe in 1991 for The Trials of Rosie O'Neill. Gless received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1995. She is beloved in the LGBTQ community for her portrayal of Debbie Novotny in the

Showtime cable television series Queer as Folk from 2000-2005. Gless also appeared as Madeline Westen in the South Florida based series Burn Notice from 2007-2013. She has recently shared her considerable talent with, starring as the Gay Fun Fairy in a series of public service announcements that can be seen online and at the venues of the partners. (OurNightOUT is a collaborative by three of Florida's leading LGBT cultural organizations: Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida, Stonewall National Museum & Archives and Island City Stage.)


What does Pride mean to you, and are you exciting to be performing at Stonewall Pride 2017?

uStonewall Week events are:

• Wednesday, June 14th from 8 p.m. till midnight, the Stonewall Skate Night is at Xtreme Action Park, 5300 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale. This event guarantees a good time with roller skating, dancing, featuring TP Lords, other performances and so much more. • Thursday, June 15, 6-9 p.m., Wilton Manors Stonewall Gala, invitation only, will be held at the Manor House, Richardson Park & Nature Preserve, 1900 Wilton Drive. • Friday, June 16, 9 a.m. NBC 6 Cafe' at Rosie's Bar & Grille, 2449 Wilton Dr.

Jackie Beat (Iconic Drag NYC Performer) – Pride to me just means being able to be whomever you are -- even if that is a crazy clown, like me. Be proud of you are, and don't let anybody tell you who you are. I am so exciting to be playing Progress Bar, so please cue see me. (Performing at Progress Bar) Company B (Susan Gonzalez, Dalia Chirinos, Siddy Betancourt, Gail Hoyer) -- The world was beautifully constructed, whether it be G-d or nature. It presents so many physical choices from the tree to the animal kingdom. When it comes to the homo sapien, we were created in many colors with many differences such as height, weight, ethnic background and culture. We are the only animal on the planet that can and does make choices, which include the option of discrimination and the ability to act on it. Hotspots.LGBT | 13

Company B is a band that is made of three women who are derivative of slave ancestry and immigrants. Each of these women have experienced some form of harassment and or discrimination. The women of Company B are proud to be a part of community that stands for justice for all and will always choose to take a stand. Stonewall is a reminder of what becomes of hate and bigotry and each year the gay community celebrates overcoming hate. Company B is honored to be a part of such a proud and cohesive community. We join this celebration to take one step closer to celebrating love. (Performing at Hunters Nightclub) Antonio Edwards (Mr. Stonewall 2016) -- What Pride means to me is a celebration of the connection I have with my community. I am extremely proud to be a part of the community of Wilton Manors. I entered Mr. Stonewall last year with that sense of pride in mind. It is a Gay Pride pageant. I am very excited to be working again this year at Georgie's Alibi/Monkey Bar along with Jennifer McClain and several of the entertainers on cast at the Alibi. Our show will be on the outside stage in front of the Alibi shortly after the parade. (Performing at Georgie's Alibi/Monkey Bar) Wendy Ho (Comedienne) -- Pride to me means living fully authentically and shamelessly in our skin and unafraid of fear and hatred. (Performing at Progress Bar) Starlet Skye (Miss Stonewall 2016) - -Pride means to be able to express yourself in whatever way you feel comfortable. We have come so far over the years and although things are not fully correct and free we still are in a better position than we were years ago. I try to remind the youth of today that without our elders we wouldn't be able to have this celebration. I'm very respectful of the past generations and proud to be part of a wonderful thing like pride. I'm super excited to perform on the stage this year I want everyone to have a great 4For more information, visit Donations are still need to defray security costs. Visit

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• The annual event in Wilton Manors which features a parade and festival takes place on Saturday, June 17 from 3pm to 11pm with the parade starting at 4 pm sharp with Parade Grand Marshall, Emmy award winning actress Sharon Gless.



• has evolved from doing absurd bits to acute stand-up following a transformative time of tragedy and loss in her life. Notaro's now-legendary "I have cancer" and topless sets put her on a path of cult icon status and critical acclaim. This New York Times bestseller author, comes to the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for one night only on Sunday, June 18 with tickets $28.50 - $34.50. SINGER


• who was born María Nieves Rebolledo Vila, the Spanish singer, songwriter and actress rose to international fame with the singles "Malo" and "Ella." Her music combines edgy dance-pop with flamenco and raw punk rock. Catch her at the Fillmore on South Beach on Friday, June 16th at 8pm. Tickets range from $49 to $225. BALLET


• Kirova Ballet Academy's annual student showcase on Sunday, June 18 at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center features students from beginning to advanced levels. The troupe will perform original pieces choreographed by faculty members, ranging from jazz, hip-hop and modern dance to classical pieces that have captivated audiences for centuries.



• The storytelling Colombian has performed in more than 15 countries and was recently featured as a main voice in the Spanish-language version of the animated film "The Secret Life of Pets." His "La Pelota de Letras Renovada" show tackles generational changes since the early 1900s and is performed in Spanish at the Fillmore on South Beach on Saturday, June 17 at 8pm. Tickets range from $49 to $245. Hotspots.LGBT | 21


By Scott Holland

What’s HOT

South Florida


n Thursday, was the GLBX's monthly After Hours Mixer at

BeWell MedSpa. Owner Oren was giving tours, and what a beautiful establishment this is.

On Friday, Magic City Casino hosted their annual Ultmiate Miami Drag Queen where they had 7 contestants vying for the $5,000 prize. In the end the new Ultimate Miami Drag Queen is Athena Dion (Girl, can I have a loan?). Seen there were performers Sharon Needles, and Jinkx Monsoon, Roxanne Vargas (who was a judge), Joel 24 | Hotspots.LGBT

Stedman, Peter Morales, Mark Fernandes, Bruce and Ben from Creative Male, and many more.

On Saturday, ArtsUnited hosted a show United & Proud at Byron Stewart's Magnetic Pompano and featured LGBT themed work from various local artists like Manuel Leon & Dennis Dean for gay pride month. This just reminds us that the gay power reaches far outside the Village.

Also on Saturday, Mod Wine Lounge hosted their 2nd Anniversary 60's Themed Party with live music from The Pop Tarts. Congrats to Chad Thilborger and his entire staff on 2 fabulous years! Sunday Afternoon, was so busy, we had to split up our

staff. The first event in Fort Lauderdale was when

Stonewall National Gallery hosted Unity Coalition's TransArt show with a display of some of the artwork as well as a Q&A with some of the artists on hand. Seen there were Herb Sosa, Kenneth Wilcox, and art from Diana Hemingway (who unfortunately left this world in 2016), Max Kristula-Green, and Milo Wissig. I would personally like to thank Herb and the Stonewall Museum for keeping our Transgender brothers and sisters in the forefront!

Afterwards we went to downtown Fort Lauderdale where hundreds gathered for

Everything you need to plan your week the Unity Rally which included a moving tribute to the victims of the Pulse Nightclub attack along with dignitaries and high profile speakers. We were all reminded that our fight for equality is far from over and that we are stronger together!

On Sunday afternoon on South Beach was the inaugural “Swet XXL” pool party at the Hall produced by Luis Morera and Raul Vegas. The event starred the sexy sounds of DJs Jesus Montanez of Mexico and Yazz Burrell of Miami and featured state of the art sound, an unbelievable LED Wall (Vizion L.E.D Events), beautiful dancers, VIP Cabanas and hostesses Athena Dion Valeria Courtier. Seen there were Mel Chestnut and her boys, DJ AJ Reddy, Score Boys, Gerard, Jason and Kenny, and many more sexy boys in their cute speedos. The next Swet Pool Party at Hall will be on Sunday, July 2 and star DJ Hannah, Athena and Valeria. Sunday evening, Georgie's Alibi/Monkey Bar hosted the 2017 Mr. & Miss Stonewall Pageant and crowned Miss Agatha Tolley and Mr. Efrian Reyes. Seen there were head judge Amanda West who was celebrating her 10th

anniversary as Miss Stonewall, last year's winners Antonio

Edwards and Starlet Skye, Jose Vega, Steve Soto, Erika Norell, Misty Eyes, Selena Jiminez, Velvet LeNore, Franchesque Richards and many more. u THURSDAY JUNE 15

The GLLN invites everyone to join them for Happy Hour at Rumors from 6-8pm. This event is generously sponsored by our Strategic Alliance Members Edward Jones and Seacoast Bank.

Starting today through Sunday, June 18th My TropiXXX is featuring a Pride Sale, where Ruby members get 40% off and 20% off for nonmembers.

From today until June 20, the Pride Factory features a sale where the more you spend, the more you save. Spend $50 and

save $5, or spend $100 and save $15. u FRIDAY JUNE 16

NBC 6 Cafe' at Rosie's Bar & Grill from 9a.m. to 11:30a.m with free coffee and treats and the opportunity to meet the NBC 6 Morning News Team! This is an Official Stonewall Pride Week event appearance by NBC 6 for the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade & Festival.

The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood announces the opening of its summer exhibitions tonight. Charley Friedman: Moist Things – Selected Works 1995-2017 and David Rohn: In Service | Out Of Service. Also showing is Lisa Rockford: Dear 33020. The

exhibitions will run through August 20 with the opening reception taking place on tonight from 6 to 9 pm. Admission to the opening reception is $10 and free for members. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm; Saturday – Sunday 12 – 4 pm; closed on Mondays. Admission to the Center following the opening reception is $7 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for members. Hotspots.LGBT | 25


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& Luis and DJs Aulden Brown & Luis and DJs Aulden Brown and Alex Infiniti. and Alex Infiniti.

Rumors Stonewall festival is The 18th annual Stonewall The 18th annual Stonewall Rumors Stonewall festival is their largest outdoor festival of their largest outdoor festival of rade and Street Festival will Parade and Street Festival will the year and will feature their ke place today in Wilton take place today in Wilton the year and will feature their kick-off party from 5-7pm with kick-off party from 5-7pm with anors from 3p.m. to 11p.m. Manors from 3p.m. to 11p.m. MC Mia Patricyk, and then from r more information, go to For more information, go to MC Mia Patricyk, and then from 7:30p.m. to 10:30p.m. Nicole or or 7:30p.m. to 10:30p.m. Nicole Halliwell and Sasha Lords on the ll the hotline at 754-200-2979 call the hotline at 754-200-2979 Halliwell and Sasha Lords on the outdoor stage and from t 610. ext 610. outdoor stage and from 9:30p.m. to 10p.m. and then 9:30p.m. to 10p.m. and then again from 10:30p.m. to 11p.m. Hunters presents, live on again from 10:30p.m. to 11p.m. Hunters presents, live on they feature a live concert stage immediately after the they feature a live concert age immediately after the starring X Factors Lillie McCloud parade, Company B perfroming starring X Factors Lillie McCloud rade, Company B perfroming and the Voice’s Donna Allen . their hit songs “Fascinated,” and the Voice’s Donna Allen . eir hit songs “Fascinated,” “Full Circle,” and “Perfect Lover,” ull Circle,” and “Perfect Lover,” Scandals Saloon presents Scandals Saloon presents d more. and more. “Queen Style Corn,” on the patio “Queen Style Corn,” on the patio Progress Bar in association at 8pm. This is a Progress Bar in association at 8pm. This is a with Impulse South Florida country/comedy show starring th Impulse South Florida country/comedy show starring which will all of the Scandals Saloon’s esents a presents a Pride BashPride Bash which will all of the Scandals Saloon’s feature Wendy Ho vs. Jackie reigning Corn Queens. This is ature Wendy Ho vs. Jackie reigning Corn Queens. This is Beat. The event will also star hillbilly hilarious! eat. The event will also star hillbilly hilarious! Amanda Austin, Calypso manda Austin, Calypso onroe, Kat Wilderness and Southern Nights Fort Monroe, Kat Wilderness and Southern Nights Fort Lauderdale presents an all day smine Lords and dancers Jose, Lauderdale presents an all day Jasmine Lords and dancers Jose,


As part of LGBTQ Pride month, Logo today As part of LGBTQ Pride month, Logo today nnounced special programming including announced special programming including Pride History Project,” and “Trailblazer Honors." "Pride History Project,” and “Trailblazer Honors." “Pride History Project” is a series of ten “Pride History Project” is a series of ten nimated vignettes highlighting LGBTQ people animated vignettes highlighting LGBTQ people hroughout history, created by renowned artist throughout history, created by renowned artist nd activist Daniel Arzola. Narrated by Laverne and activist Daniel Arzola. Narrated by Laverne

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party starting at 11a.m. and community the Manor has NO community the Manor has NO party starting at 11a.m. and featuring DJ Joshua Atom during COVER all night! COVER all night! featuring DJ Joshua Atom during the day and DJ/Producer Chris the day and DJ/Producer Chris Cox at night along with shows at Cox at night along with shows at u MONDAYu JUNE MONDAY 19 JUNE 19 8pm, 11p, and 1am by RuPaul’s 8pm, 11p, and 1am by RuPaul’s Gather your friends for a Gather your friends for a Drag Races Derrick Barry. Drag Races Derrick Barry. great dinner out at Bona Italian great dinner out at Bona Italian Restaurant and meet more Restaurant and meet more The Manor Complex presents The Manor Complex presents community-minded people as community-minded people as an indoor/outdoor event from an indoor/outdoor event from Bona gives back to our local Bona gives back to our local 3p.m. to 4a.m. Outside, on their 3p.m. to 4a.m. Outside, on their communities. A portion of your communities. A portion of your now infamous LED wall stage now infamous LED wall stage bill (minus tax and gratuity) will bill (minus tax and gratuity) will and DJ Booth catch DJ Sushiman and DJ Booth catch DJ Sushiman be donated back to support the be donated back to support the form 3p.m. to 6p.m and DJ JPS DJ JPS form 3p.m. to 6p.m and mission of Stonewall National mission of Stonewall National from 6p.m. to 11 p.m. Inside the from 6p.m. to 11 p.m. Inside the Museum & Archives. Dinner main room catch DJ Kidd main room catch DJ Kidd Museum & Archives. Dinner hours are 4 - 10 pm and all dinehours are 4 - 10 pm and all dineMadonny from 10pm to 4am Madonny from 10pm to 4am in, take-out orders are included! in, take-out orders are included! and inside the Ivy Dance Room and inside the Ivy Dance Room and Patio, Noche Latina and Patio, Noche Latina Saturdays opens 1 hour early at Saturdays opens 1 hour early at u JUNE TUESDAY u TUESDAY 20 JUNE 20 10pm with resident DJ Larry 10pm with resident DJ Larry Larr spinning to 4a.m. The Room Larr spinning to 4a.m. The Room will star Kalah Mendoza Rumor’s Bar and Grill Rumor’s Bar and Grill will star Kalah Mendoza (Miss (Miss presents their monthly Drag Noche Latina 2015), Angie Noche Latina 2015), Angie presents their monthly Drag Bingo for charity from 9pm to Ovahness (Miss Noche Latina Bingo for charity from 9pm to Ovahness (Miss Noche Latina 2017) and 2017) and Aries M. Kelly close, this month benefitting Aries M. Kelly close, this month benefitting Stonewall National Museum and (National Showman 2017). As a Stonewall National Museum and (National Showman 2017). As a Pride present to the entire Pride present to the entire Archives. Archives. event that celebrates Cox and in collaboration with Harvard Cox and in collaboration with Harvard event that celebrates leaders at the forefront of professor and queer historian Michael professor and queer historian Michael leaders at the forefront of LGBTQ equality, will LGBTQ equality, will Bronski, the project includes stories about Bronski, the project includes stories about premiere Friday, June premiere Friday, June the following historical figures: the following historical figures: 23rd at 9PM ET/PT. This * Plato & Sappho (Ancient Greece) * Plato & Sappho (Ancient Greece) 23rd at 9PM ET/PT. This year’s honorees include * Hadrian & Antinous (Ancient Rome) * Hadrian & Antinous (Ancient Rome)year’s honorees include Cyndi Lauper and the Cyndi Lauper and the * Joan of Arc (Middle Ages) * Joan of Arc (Middle Ages) creators of “Will & creators of “Will & * Richard I, Edward II & James I (British * Richard I, Edward II & James I (British Grace,” Max Mutchnick Grace,” Max Mutchnick Monarchy)Monarchy) and David Kohan. More * Leonardo Da Vinci & Michelangelo * Leonardo Da Vinci & Michelangelo and David Kohan. More honorees to be honorees to be (Italian Renaissance) (Italian Renaissance) announced soon. announced soon. * Walt Whitman & Albert Cashier (Civil * Walt Whitman & Albert Cashier (Civil War) War) * We’Wha (Native American History) * We’Wha (Native American History) * Frida Kahlo (Mexican History) * Frida Kahlo (Mexican History) * Gladys Bentley & James Baldwin * Gladys Bentley & James Baldwin (Harlem Renaissance) (Harlem Renaissance) * Mattachine Society & Daughters of Bilitis * Mattachine Society & Daughters of Bilitis (Early Gay Liberation) (Early Gay Liberation) Trailblazer Honors,” a one-hour special Trailblazer Honors,” a one-hour special

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What is TRUVADA for PrEP ?

TRUVADA for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a prescription medicine that is used together with safer sex practices to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 through sex. This use is only for HIV-negative adults who are at high risk of getting HIV-1. To help determine your risk of getting HIV-1, talk openly with your healthcare provider about your sexual health. Ask your healthcare provider if you have questions about how to prevent getting HIV. Always practice safer sex and use condoms to lower the chance of sexual contact with body fluids. Never reuse or share needles or other items that have body fluids on them.


IWhat is the most important information I should know about TRUVADA for PrEP? Before taking TRUVADA for PrEP: u You must be HIV-negative before you start taking TRUVADA for PrEP. You must get tested to make sure that you do not already have HIV-1. Do not take TRUVADA to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 unless you are confirmed to be HIV-negative. u Many HIV-1 tests can miss HIV-1 infection in a person who has recently become infected. If you have flu-like symptoms, you could have recently become infected with HIV-1. Tell your healthcare provider if you had a flu-like illness within the last month before starting or at any time while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection include tiredness, fever, joint or muscle aches, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, night sweats, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or groin. While taking TRUVADA for PrEP: u You must continue to use safer sex practices. Just taking TRUVADA for PrEP may not keep you from getting HIV-1. u You must stay HIV-negative to keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP: • Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months. • If you think you were exposed to HIV-1, tell your healthcare provider right away. u To further help reduce your risk of getting HIV-1: • Know your HIV status and the HIV status of your partners. • Get tested for other sexually transmitted infections. Other infections make it easier for HIV to infect you.

• Get information and support to help reduce risky sexual behavior, such as having fewer sex partners. • Do not miss any doses of TRUVADA. Missing doses may increase your risk of getting HIV-1 infection. u If you do become HIV-1 positive, you need more medicine than TRUVADA alone to treat HIV-1. TRUVADA by itself is not a complete treatment for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. TRUVADA can cause serious side effects: u Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. TRUVADA is not approved to treat HBV. If you have HBV and stop taking TRUVADA, your HBV may suddenly get worse. Do not stop taking TRUVADA without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to monitor your health. IWho should not take TRUVADA for PrEP? Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP if you: u Already have HIV-1 infection or if you do not know your HIV-1 status. If you are HIV-1 positive, you need to take other medicines with TRUVADA to treat HIV-1. TRUVADA by itself is not a complete treatment for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. u Also take certain medicines to treat hepatitis B infection. IWhat are the other possible side effects of TRUVADA for PrEP? Serious side effects of TRUVADA may also include: u Kidney problems, including kidney failure. Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check your kidneys before and during treatment with TRUVADA. If you develop kidney problems, your healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking TRUVADA. u Too much lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious but rare medical emergency that can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, stomach pain with nausea and vomiting, cold or blue hands and feet, feel dizzy or lightheaded, or a fast or abnormal heartbeat.

Please see Important Facts about TRUVADA for PrEP including important warnings on the following pages.

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TRUVADA for PrEP™? The once-daily prescription medicine that can help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 when used with safer sex practices. • TRUVADA for PrEP is only for adults who are at high risk of getting HIV through sex. • You must be HIV-negative before you start taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Ask your doctor about your risk of getting HIV-1 infection and if TRUVADA for PrEP may be right for you. u Severe liver problems, which in rare cases

can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, or stomach-area pain. u Bone problems, including bone pain, softening, or thinning, which may lead to fractures. Your healthcare provider may do tests to check your bones. Common side effects in people taking TRUVADA for PrEP are stomach-area (abdomen) pain, headache, and decreased weight. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away. IWhat should I tell my healthcare provider before taking TRUVADA for PrEP? u All your health problems. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis. u If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if TRUVADA can harm your unborn baby. If you become pregnant while taking TRUVADA for PrEP, talk to your healthcare provider to decide if you should keep taking TRUVADA.


u If you are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to

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This is only a brief summary of important information about taking TRUVADA for PrEPTM (pre-exposure prophylaxis) to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection. This does not replace talking to your healthcare provider about your medicine.

MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT TRUVADA FOR PrEP Before starting TRUVADA for PrEP: • You must be HIV-1 negative. You must get tested to make sure that you do not already have HIV-1. Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 unless you are confirmed to be HIV-1 negative. • Many HIV-1 tests can miss HIV-1 infection in a person who has recently become infected. Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection include flu-like symptoms, tiredness, fever, joint or muscle aches, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, night sweats, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or groin. Tell your healthcare provider if you have had a flu-like illness within the last month before starting TRUVADA for PrEP. While taking TRUVADA for PrEP: • You must continue to use safer sex practices. Just taking TRUVADA for PrEP may not keep you from getting HIV-1.

• You must stay HIV-negative to keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you think you were exposed to HIV-1 or have a flu-like illness while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. • If you do become HIV-1 positive, you need more medicine than TRUVADA alone to treat HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. • See the “How to Further Reduce Your Risk” section for more information. w

TRUVADA may cause serious side effects, including: • Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. TRUVADA is not approved to treat HBV. If you have HBV, your HBV may suddenly get worse if you stop taking TRUVADA. Do not stop taking TRUVADA without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to check your health regularly for several months.

ABOUT TRUVADA FOR PrEP TRUVADA for PrEP is a prescription medicine used together with safer sex practices to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 through sex. This use is only for HIV-negative adults who are at high risk of getting HIV-1. • To help determine your risk of getting HIV-1, talk openly with your healthcare provider about your sexual health.

Do NOT take TRUVADA for PrEP if you: • Already have HIV-1 infection or if you do not know your HIV-1 status. • Take certain medicines to treat hepatitis B infection.

HOW TO TAKE TRUVADA FOR PrEP • Take 1 tablet once a day, every day, not just when you think you have been exposed to HIV-1. • Do not miss any doses. Missing doses may increase your risk of getting HIV-1 infection. • Use TRUVADA for PrEP together with condoms and safer sex practices.

• Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months. You must stay HIV-negative to keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF TRUVADA FOR PrEP TRUVADA can cause serious side effects, including: • Those in the “Most Important Information About TRUVADA for PrEP" section. • New or worse kidney problems, including kidney failure. • Too much lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious but rare medical emergency that can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, stomach pain with nausea and vomiting, cold or blue hands and feet, feel dizzy or lightheaded, or a fast or abnormal heartbeat.

• Severe liver problems, which in rare cases can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, or stomach-area pain. • Bone problems. Common side effects in people taking TRUVADA for PrEP include stomach-area (abdomen) pain, headache, and decreased weight. These are not all the possible side effects of TRUVADA. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any new symptoms while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Your healthcare provider will need to do tests to monitor your health before and during treatment with TRUVADA for PrEP.

BEFORE TAKING TRUVADA FOR PrEP Tell your healthcare provider if you: • Have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis. • Have any other medical conditions. • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. • Are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed. If you become HIV-positive, HIV can pass to the baby in breast milk.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take: • Keep a list that includes all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements, and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist. • Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about medicines that should not be taken with TRUVADA for PrEP.

HOW TO FURTHER REDUCE YOUR RISK • Know your HIV status and the HIV status of your partners. • Get tested for other sexually transmitted infections. Other infections make it easier for HIV to infect you.

• Get information and support to help reduce risky sexual behavior, such as having fewer sex partners. • Do not share needles or personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them.

GET MORE INFORMATION • This is only a brief summary of important information about TRUVADA for PrEP. Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist to learn more, including how to prevent HIV infection.

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The best chatter on Facebook this week “Margaret Court is telling us tennis is full of lesbians. The way I see it, there are three options regarding this statement. Number one – this is true and who gives a F**k? Number two – this is not true and who gives a f**k? And number three – this is half true and should we really give a f**k? —Tennis legend JOHN McENROE, responding to homophobic rantings by tennis bigot Margaret Court.

“Will someone please call Noah and tell him he forgot me? Number is 2x2x2…”

—JOHN EMMET, Wilton Manors, commenting on the flood of 2017 in South Florida.

“No matter if you’re gay or straight, black brown, Christian, Muslim we are all one community, sharing the same space – and we should celebrate that…” “Mr. President, it is not the ‘fake news’ media that’s your problem. It’s you. It’s not just your tweeting, it’s your scapegoating.” —Fox News host NEIL CAVUTO, offering “advice” on air to the president.


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—ERIC SKAINS, executive director of St. Petersburg (Fla.) Pride which is happening all month long, responding to a report of a home-owner who placed several hate signs in his yard.

“…our country is in a pretty f**ked up place if we are holding comedians to the same standards as the president of the United States. Interesting how Pu**y-grabbing was relegated to locker room talk… And mocking the disabled was glazed over…” —ADAM COHEN, West Palm Beach, social media commentator

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eek 12 started out with Michelle Visage telling the Top 4 that they would be working with Todrick Hall and they would have to write and record an original verse for RuPaul's “Category Is.” They would then have to learn some killer choreography, which they would have to perform on the main stage the next day in an all-singing, all-dancing world debut of their track. In addition to all of this, they would each be a guest on RuPaul's Podcast “What's The T” with Michelle Visage. Trinity and Sasha have trouble with the

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singing and the dancing, but by show time have both improved tremendously. However, the real stars of the performance were Peppermint and Shea. On the runway, the category was Eleganza Extravaganza, and all four girls brought their best and looked amazing. Ru then asked all 4 this question: If you could turn back time, what would you say to your young self? They all answered the question well, but Peppermint, who was first to answer killed it! Ru then asked them the million dollar question: Why should you, and not one of your fellow queens, be America's next Drag

Superstar? Again they all answered well, but I thought Sasha answered the best. Ru did not pick a winner, although if she had I think Peppermint took this week, but rather made all four girl lip sync for their lives. In the end, after much deliberation, Ru decided not to have a Top 3 and take all four girls to the finale (first time ever!). During the season, I generally don't predict a winner (except for season 6, where I predicted Bianca from episode 2 or 3), but at the end I am always asked my opinion, so here goes. Sasha: Although I must admit (I can't believe I am putting this in writing) in the beginning I was taken back by her, she has grown on me, and I would love to sit down with her and have a cup of coffee. She is so intelligent, I am sure I could learn a lot from her. I am predicting Sasha to be the winner. Sasha was never in the bottom, and has two amazing qualities: 1) She knows exactly who she is as an entertainer, and 2) She is

incredibly fashion-forward. Shea: She is nipping on Sasha's heels and has won the most challenges (four), and except for one misstep was always on, or near, the top. She also has an incredible fashion sense, and could easily take the crown. Trinity: Although she is a Florida girl, who I have judged before in the pageantry system, and has grown the most throughout the season, I don't think she has done enough to take the crown. However, don't feel bad for Trinity as she is a great entertainer and is already traveling around the world. Peppermint: I love me some Peppermint, but she has been on or near the bottom too many times. Having said that, NOBODY in this season has the stage presence and likability factor that Peppermint has, and she could be the dark horse! I think this is the first season where I would be, “ok, whoever Ru crowns deserves it!� Having said that, who do you want to win? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook before the finale on June 23.

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An emotional moment at Sunday’s rally was this tribute to the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub shootings one year ago.



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he need for all groups feeling marginalized by the Trump administration to unite and fight for equality was the common theme of more than a dozen speakers an Equality Rally held Sunday at Huizenga Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale . The event, held in solidarity with the Equality March on the same day in Washington, D.C., and similar events across the country, attracted a crowd of mostly LGBT community members estimated at about 500. The loudest applause of the evening Continued

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“We need to lock arms” U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Shultz

was given to U.S. Rep. Debbie WassermanShultz (D-Florida) who told the crowd it’s “important we stand side by side” to fight prejudice and discrimination and reminded them, “Love trumps hate. Whether it’s Orlando or North Carolina or Chechnya, evil is still present in our midst,” she said. The congresswoman struck a serious note when she spoke about the proposed health care proposal under which HIV is in jeopardy of being considered a ‘pre-existing condition,’ consequently impacting health coverage for 1.1 million mostly HIV-positive gay men. “We need to lock arms and fight that horrible piece of legislation,” Wasserman-Shultz said. “The other side knows that if you are quiet, they win.” Hosted by Fort Lauderdale Vice Mayor Dean Trantalis, other speakers included State Rep Bobby DuBose, Equality Florida’s Row Iliescu, Publishers Peter Clark (Hotspots Media Group), Norm Kent (South Florida Gay News) and Bobby Henry (Westside Gazette) and local transgender entertainer and activist Tiffany Ariegus. Entertainment included the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida. The event was organized by Trantalis as well as David Jobin, CEO and president of Our Fund, Miik MaMartorell, president of Pride Fort Lauderdale, Row Iliescu of Equality Florida, and Hotspots Media, among many others. More photos online at MarksList.LGBT and Hotspots.LGBT

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Tiffany Ariegus

Debbie Wasserman-Shultz

Peter Clark, publisher of Hotspots, addresses the crowd.

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UNITED THEY STAND: From left, Bobby Henry, Publisher of the Westside Gazette; Scott Newton, Wilton Manors City Councilor; State Rep. Bobby DuBose; Justin Flippen, Wilton Manors Vice Mayor; and Michael Albetta and Patty Lynn of the BSO.

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u Moe, Jonathan, and their boys have a blast at the Bear Pool Party at Gay Days.


u Ryan shows off the latest wears from

My Tropixxx at the Festish Gear Expo at Gay Days.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY u Boardwalk celebrated their 32nd

Anniversary with a month-long party.


u Connor, Oscar, & Alan take a break

on the beach with some cocktails at OMW’s Riptide Party at Typhoon Lagoon.


u John Paul & JD Fernandez

have a blast with all the boys at OMW’s Pool Party at the B Hotel.


u Husbands DJ Kidd Madonny & Joel

get ready to have some fun at OMW’s Cadabra After Hours.


u The Lady Fancy recently held her

monthly Gospel Jubilee at Scandals.



u Cam-Cam had fun with Hotspots Media

Group’s Steven during the Gay Days Expo.


u Condragulations to Asheeria Pryce

the newly crowned Miss Village Pub 2017.

u Tampa’s TJ and his crew invade One Magical Weekend’s Red Party in full force.


FINDING NEVERLAND Comes to the Broward Center


by Scott Holland

Photos by Jeremy Daniel

inding Neverland, Broadway's biggest new hit and the winner of's Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, is playing The Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale through June 25. Based on the Academy award-winning Miramax motion picture by David Magee, and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, Finding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up – one of the most beloved stories of all time. Directed by Tony-winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair) with book by Olivier Awardnominee James Graham, music and lyrics by Gary Barlow (Take That) and Grammy Award- winner Eliot Kennedy, and choreography by Emmy Award-winner Mia Michaels (“So You Think You Can Dance,” Cirque du Soleil's Delirium), this new musical, packed with

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mesmerizing visuals, irresistible songs and plenty of laughs, is a timeless story about the power of imagination… and spectacular proof that you never really have to grow up. It was a pleasure to sit down with Will Ray, who plays the lead role of J.M. Barrie, for this Hotspots exclusive interview: Q: Were you always a performer, even as a kid, or when did you get “the bug”? A: I actually haven't always been a performer. In fact, growing up my dad was a college coach and I played sports all throughout my childhood. I was captain of our high school football team, a starter on our basketball team and a letter man in track and ield. However, after joining choir with some of my buddies my sophomore year, I decided to audition for the school musical the following year. That is when I caught “the bug” and fell in love with theater. I hung up my cleats and took to the stage. We had a great high school arts program and my director took me under her

wing and, with her encouragement, auditioned at a number of musical theater college programs my senior year. I went on to attend the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music and upon

graduation moved directly to NYC. I have been acting ever since! Q: What was your irst professional/paid gig? A: My irst professional paid acting gig came following my freshman year of college. Back then the University of Cincinnati had a summer rep theater series called Hot Summer Nights. I was in the ensemble of Oliver, in which I played the knife grinder. This role has a small solo in the song, “Who Will Buy,� that was actually too low for my voice at the time so instead of having this deep baritone knife grinder, you had this skinny 18 year old kid belting out his solo lines which must have been pretty hilarious looking back on it. I also played Butch, one of the cut dancers in A Chorus Line, that summer. I've never been an amazing dancer hence my playing a cut dancer, but you better believe for that iconic opening number, I thought I was up there giving you a Broadway Tony award winning dance performance! Q: You have played some iconic Broadway roles. Other than your current role, what has been your favorite role? A: My favorite role I've had the

opportunity to play would have to be Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. I was fortunate enough to get to play the role over 60 times this past year on Broadway. Les Miserables was the irst musical that I was introduced to back in high school and I fell in love with it. I remember listening to Colm Wilkinson on that 10th anniversary album over and over in my basement. Never did I dream that I would actually get to go out onto a Broadway stage one day and tell Victor Hugo's classic tale through the eyes of its protagonist, Jean Valjean. It was truly a dream come true. Q: What is your fantasy role to play? A: A fantasy role of mine would have to be either Jerry in The Full Monty or Bobby in

Company. Both characters come with so many laws and go through some pretty incredible emotional journeys throughout the show to truly ind themselves. Not to mention they both get to sing some pretty amazing scores! Q: What should South Florida audiences expect from the touring production of Finding Neverland? A: I think Florida audiences will really be amazed by this production of Finding Neverland. There have been some great rewrites and additions since the Broadway production, which I believe are some terri ic improvements. There is truly something for everyone in this show young and old alike. You will, without a doubt, be thrilled by some of the sets and special eects and walk out of the theater humming the tunes from this catchy score. You'll laugh, you may shed a tear, and then you'll laugh again! For the children in the audience, this will be perhaps the irst time that they've been introduced to this timeless story of imagination. For the adults, it is a reminder that we all still have a piece of that child inside of us. One thing is for sure, it will de initely be a memorable night at the theater. Hope to see you there!

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Tickets for FINDING NEVERLAND, are available at the Broward Center AutoNation Box Of ice, 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33312, or call 954.462.0222. Orders for groups of ten or more may be placed by calling 954.660.6307. Ticket prices start at $40.25*. For more tour and casting information: or follow them on Social media at: Facebook: or Instagram: @FNLmusical

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uPompano Bill Calcaterra, who turned 91 on January 12 has been photographing the LGBT scene in South Florida for several decades and has been breaking ground in gay publishing. Originally from Norway, Michigan, Bill served in the U.S. Navy and was at IBM. Today he still takes pictures on his travels around town and Hotspots is proud to reproduce them here. Pompano Bill is a recognizable face in our community and is loved by all.

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[exclusive interview] by Scott Holland Photos by Michael Anthony Clarke

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“I'm like a fresh set of eyes.”

uWhat was the first drag show you saw? Tell us about the experience? My first drag show was at the age of 16 when I sneaked out the house to a local bar. I saw the bright lights and the shiny sequins and knew it was for me. uWhen did you decide you wanted to do drag and when did you realize it would be a profession? I've always been in the entertainment industry from a young child. On New Year's Eve, when I was 16, I tried it for the very first time. From that moment, I realized I could make a lot of money doing it so I continued and my love for it grew. uWho is your drag mother and who is your favorite queen other than your drag mother and why? Well, my drag mother is Velvet LeNore, as she adopted me when I moved here. She is a wonderful person. As for my favorite queen, there are too many to choose from. However, there are two I honestly look up to and admire: Erika Norell and Electra. Their creativity amazes me. I've watched both creating something wonderful from scratch. uWhat's your favorite number to perform and why? I'm a huge Disney freak, so anything Disney. I do most of the villains and princesses. My latest one was Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and I honestly felt like a princess. It was wonderful. uWhat's the best thing that has happened to you in drag? Appreciation is the best thing. I don't do it for money only (don't get me wrong, it's nice), but when I see people smile and laugh and have fun, it's the best thing ever! About 10 years ago I opened gay pride in Grab Canaria in the Canary

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Why We Love Her! Who doesn't love an accent She does so many characters (impersonations) She won Stonewall on her first try! She came to Florida with no bookings or family and has made an impact! Islands for over 30,000 people, and it was televised over Europe. That was pretty amazing! uWhat differentiates you from other queens. What do you think makes you unique? I think and believe I bring a new spark to the scene. I'm not like the Florida girls as I've grown up different and experienced different things in life. I've been places and seen things that others haven't. So, I'm like a fresh set of eyes. uWhat does the future hold? Work‌constant work, hopefully! I shall be going to nationals for all American Goddess on June 24th, and I'm hoping it will open doors for me to travel around the US and perform at different venues. That would be awesome.

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MY COUSIN RACHEL: Did She or Didn’t She?


by Scott Holland he plot of the movie, My Cousin Rachel(and, of course, the book) is of a rather naive young bachelor struggling to determine if his deceased guardian's charming widow is either the woman of his dreams… or a cold-blooded killer and inheritance-chasing gold-digger. But when Rachel eventually arrives to visit the estate of her late husband, Philip meets a woman who seems nothing like the black-hearted poisoner of Ambrose's deathbed ravings.

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When leaving a movie, I usually know what the outcome was, and its generally wrapped up with a beautiful bow. However, when I left My Cousin Rachel, the question was: Did she or didn't she? It's been about three weeks and I still can't answer the question, but I am excited as I am about to interview Rachel Weisz (who plays Rachel) and I am sure she will answer my conundrum. Q: Can you start off with talking about researching the role and how you wanted to

make it different from others who have played it? A: I didn't watch the original 1950s classic, because I didn't want to have Olivia de Havilland's performance in my mind. But I did read the novel, because obviously I could interpret that in my own way and not be haunted by another actress' reading. I read the script and I like to ride sidesaddle -- and that was about it in terms of active research. The rest is just imagining.

Q: You were in Rent a while ago. Can you talk about possibly doing other LGBT movies, or how that one affected you? A: I just produced and starred in a ilm called Disobedience, an adaptation of a Naomi Alderman novel, which is a love story between two women. Disobedience is just in post-

production right now. It's a novel that I optioned and sought out the director and found the inancing and we made it at the beginning of this year in London. It stars Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola. It's set in the

Orthodox Jewish community of North London.

Q: Could you speak a little bit about the decision of how to play Rachel and ind that balance? Did you work closely with the director? Did you rely on your interpretation? A: I made a decision. When I irst read the script, I didn't know. It was open to interpretation and ambiguous as to did she or didn't she but I made a decision before I actually played her as to whether she was guilty or innocent. The director asked that I keep that a secret from him, so I did — it's a secret still. He still doesn't know.

Q: Most of the big ilms being released today are the big special effects blockbusters, Star Trek, Star Wars, Superman vs. Batman. Can you address the challenges in releasing a ilm like this and getting people to come to see a ilm like this in today's market? A: Honestly, I don't know because it's not my job to market a ilm. But we have an exemplary

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There's a certain oppression of the time that is expressed through the clothes, and also beauty, there's great beauty in them as well. company with Fox Searchlight and 20th Century Fox marketing and producing the movie, so this is their specialty. They make specialty ilms, which are giving people alternatives to the wonderful blockbusters that are out there. This is for someone who wants to see something dierent. Q: One of the things which was so fascinating about the physical look of the movie, was the way that you used the period clothing and also very formal manners as a sense of personal expression for the character. Can you talk a little bit about that? How did you maneuver in all those big costumes yet still be so expressive? A: Well, wearing a corset, you can't put it on yourself, someone has to lace you in. So it takes time and once you're in it, you're very restrained and it immediately makes you more formal, more poised. You feel less modern, you feel, I guess it's kind of like a cage of femininity strapped on to you. It's quite intense, wearing a corset. You can't breathe. I understand why women used to say, you can only shallow breathe. It's a whole other feeling, than if I was in jeans and t-shirt. There's a certain oppression of the time that is expressed through the clothes, and also beauty, there's great beauty in them as well. Q: I thought one of the things which really drove the movie forward was the way that 84 | Hotspots.LGBT

Louise Kendall serves as a really unexpected foe to Rachel, playing her own strategies against it. Can you talk about, did you and Holliday Grainger work through some of those or did that just kind of evolve as you were ilming? A: No, no. In fact, I saw her earlier today. She had no idea, and neither did I. When I saw the inished ilm a few days ago, I suddenly was, 'oh my God, is Roger, the director, suggesting that there's a possibility that Louise was the bad guy, if you like. And she had just plotted against Rachel to get what she wanted, which was marriage and children, nothing wrong with that. But she might've spun stories about Rachel.' Q: For the last question, can you please tell us whether or not you decided her guilt or innocence now that the ilm is out? A: I'm afraid not, I can't, I'll take it to the grave. I'm so sorry (Authors Note: Damn, now I will never know).

My Cousin Rachel is in theaters now nationwide. If anyone can igure out if Rachel is guilty or innocent, please let me know!

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ASIA BAY 1111 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale 954-848-9900 Elegant riverfront dining with a menu of Japanese and Thai dishes including creative sushi rolls.


BEEFCAKES (at Boardwalk) 1721 N. Andrews Ave., Ft. Lauderdale 954-463-6969 Open daily from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. The best burgers and chicken wings in town. BONA ITALIAN RESTAURANT 2468 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors 954-565-7222 Under new ownership! Fresh made Italian food. Signature dishes include Fazzoletti, (pasta purses with fontina cheese, cream sauce, peas/bacon), Chicken Cyriac or traditional Eggplant Parmigiana. CEVICHE BY THE SEA 2823 E. Oakland Park Blvd. 954-999-0751 Intimate seafood and Peruvian cuisine. Recommended as a “truly remarkable dining experience.” Reservations recommended. Open for lunch. Happy Hour M-F, 5-7 p.m.

Zuckerello’s owners Adam Zucker (right) and Eli Biton. ZUCKERELLO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 3017 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale 954-776-4282 Familiar Italian pastas and flavorful mainstays (plus great early-bird specials) are offered up in this warm, inviting restaurant. The concept of Zuckerello's Italian Restaurant began in November 1989 in the mind of Adam Zucker. His desire was to operate a neighborhood restaurant and bar. It was important to him that Zuckerello's be a place where locals could come and dine in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. After 12 years, in 2001, Eli Biton joined Adam in this endeavor, and pursued the same envision for the concept of Zuckerello's Italian Restaurant. Try this restaurant just once and it will quickly become a favorite!

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Relax on the dock while sipping a specialty cocktail or eating a fresh, made-toorder item from the menu. GEORGIE’S ALIBI & MONKEY BAR 266 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors 954-565-2526 Relaxed patio atmosphere with a full menu offering award-winning burgers, wings, hot & cold sandwiches, sliders, flat bread pizzas and fresh fish, shrimp and chicken entrees. Full bar. Check website for great weekend brunch entertainment. KALUZ 954-772-2209 Modern American dining with spectacular waterfront views from an elegant dining room or from a more casual patio and outdoor bar. LIPS 1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park 954-567-0987 A restaurant/cabaret that “dresses up” to entertain its guests! Fabulous drag and tons of fun! MIND YOUR MANORS 2045 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors 754-223-2172 A fun, relaxing garden pub and wine bar serving comfort food and hospitality. Enjoy a wide range of creative cocktails, craft beers and a very unique wine list. NABU AMERICAN FUSION BUFFET 3485 N. Federal Hwy. 954-568-2208 This place offers it all: Japanese, American, Italian and Chinese. Incredible buffet. Q BAR 2362 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale

954-565-2229 Live jazz & blues acts perform at this gastropub serving gourmet burgers & Creole-type dishes. ROSIE’S BAR & GRILL 2449 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors 954-563-0123 A Wilton Drive favorite, this place is known for its non-stop party every “Sunday Funday” with live DJs spinning great music. Great burgers, fresh seafood and amazing Sunday Brunch 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. RUMORS BAR “PALATE PARTY” 2426 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors 954-565-8851 Full bar, restaurant and entertainment venue serving fresh, local ingredients in delicious dishes by award-winning Cutthroat Kitchen chef Robyn Almodovar.

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SAGE 2378 N. Federal Highway 954-565-2229 Chic, intimate bistro delivering French country cooking in a romantic locale with patio seating. TEE JAY’S SUSHI 2254 Wilton Drive 954-537-7774 Casual locale for Thai & Japanese eats with Asian decorative touches and some traditional low tables. THAI SPICE 1514 E. Commercial Blvd., Oakland Park 954-771-4535 Voted the “Best Thai

EATING OUT Restaurant in South Florida 2015” by the Sun-Sentinel, this gem dishes up Thai classics and specials by owner/chef Michael Tatton on a huge menu that includes Pan-Asian fare & steaks in a soothing space. Happy Hour with half-off appetizers and drinks from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. TROPICS PIANO BAR & RESTAURANT 2000 Wilton Drive 954-537-6000 Tropics Restaurant & Piano Bar is a warm, friendly place where you can enjoy fine dining, cocktails and live entertainment. Patrons can relax in one of the three dining rooms or three full-service bars.

SHOOTERS WATERFRONT 3033 NE 32nd Ave, Ft. Lauderdale 954-566-2855 Fort Lauderdale’s most popular waterfront dining destination is back with a completely new look and a freshly inspired menu. Now owned by the same restaurant and yacht provisioning experts which for years earned a reputation as one of South Florida’s most highly regarded culinary teams at The Grateful Palate, the all new Shooters Waterfront delivers superb food, service and spectacular views of the Intracoastal Waterway. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner and features Fort Lauderdale’s most scenic Sunday brunch. With three large, artfully designed bars inside and out, a chic outdoor waterside lounge and resort contemporary dining room, Shooters Waterfront is Fort Lauderdale’s most exciting dining destination. With 340 feet of dockage and valet parking, guests are welcome to arrive by car or by boat.

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Priyanka Chopra has your back. Though India's government still criminalizes homosexuality, Chopra – global icon, star of ABC's gayinclusive “Quantico” and one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2016 (she has nearly 18 million Twitter followers, more than Beyoncé) – is standing up for LGBT people “everywhere.” The actress-modelproducer candidly affirms her support for the community during our recent call, from Miami, where Chopra, 34, speaks passionately about isues affecting her queer friends and fans – including whether Baywatch co-star Zac Efron's abs are real.

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Have you done gay press in India?

Yes. I have because I am very pro-LGBT community and pro-choice, and I think that's the conversation that exists all around the world.

What was your introduction to the gay community?

I was in high school in America when I was 12 years old and one of my best friends – I used to borrow his shoes! He used to dress in drag. In fact, I remember wearing his shoes to prom!

Wait, you were wearing “his” shoes?

Yeah, we were the same size! To me, there wasn't a difference. You never thought, “OK, this makes it different.” He was just my friend

and he had the best shoes. Shoes are expensive! And he always had the best ones!

You once said you'd been propositioned by lesbians, so you obviously have a gay following. When were you first aware of your LGBT following?

I think when… when I was propositioned! (Laughs) (It was at) a nightclub after a couple of years of being an actress. It was extremely flattering, for sure. And you know, honestly, I believe that everyone has choices about their sexuality and who they are, more than anything else. I'm not judgmental about it at all, and I think it's actually amazing.

Because India deems homosexuality illegal, have you ever had any hesitation speaking openly about LGBT issues?

I mean, not really. I don't. I'm a very opinionated girl, and I was raised to be that way, so I'm not afraid and won't shy away from what I believe in. I always encourage everyone who likes my work or likes me to be the same way. The world is such a small place today, and we all have to understand that if we don't stand by each other, then we're only creating divisions in the world. That's what I stand for everywhere, especially for the LGBT community. We're just people who want to be the best versions of ourselves.

Can you say that you are pro-gay in India and not receive flak for your progressive views?

I would, and I may or may not. Wherever in the world you go – I don't think it's just something that happens in India – you would get flak for it. But it's something I believe in, and I stand by whatever I say.

Were you propositioned at a gay nightclub?

It was in Indonesia, actually. In Bali. And it wasn't a gay nightclub. It was just a nightclub, and this girl was a big fan and she was just super flattering, and I didn't know what to say. I just said, “I have a boyfriend!” (Laughs) Whether it was a girl or a boy, I think that's the best way to handle a situation like that – if you're not interested, that is!

Could you talk about the changing gayness of Bollywood over the years?

Modern-day Indian films are extremely accepting of different kinds of genres, whether it's the LGBT community or the storytelling, which is out of the box. We're at a place where we're just telling really great stories about so many different things, and the LGBT community is a big part of that.

As someone who's involved with regional cinema via your own India-based production house, Purple Pebble Pictures, do you plan on producing stories related to the LGBT community?

Yes. I don't think that's the way I look at storytelling, anyway. You don't pick up a subject or something to talk about and then make a movie. The story has to lend itself to that. But I'm definitely somebody who would be open to making a film about the LGBT community, completely, if the story lends itself to it. Just because there are gay characters doesn't mean the plot needs to be about them “being gay.”

My TV show, “Quantico,” has so many incredible very strong gay characters, and that is a part of diversity. It's about treating gay people as just people.

Regarding “Baywatch:” I feel so bad for you. Having to work alongside two of the world's studliest studs – Zac and Dwayne – must've been hard. (Laughs) Actually, it was really easy! And, yes, there is Dwayne and, yes, there is Zac, but if you look at the Baywatch babes, we compensate well.

After working with a shirtless Zac Efron, do you better understand the infatuation gay men have with him?

I guess I do understand the infatuation, definitely, that “everybody” has with Zac. I have a lot of friends who are fans of him and asked me to find out about the situation with his abs: “Are they real or not?” And I can vouch for the fact that they're real. We spent

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a lot of time doing scenes and I was like, “Wait a minute?” Honestly, all jokes aside, it takes an incredible amount of discipline, which both Zac and Dwayne have, when it comes to their training and their working out. It's amazing to see.

Tell me about your feminist line in the movie when Zac calls you “crazy” and you tell him, “If I were a man, you'd call me driven.”

I loved that. Playing Victoria was one of my favorite things. She's a woman in a man's world, and she's ambitious and driven and there's nothing wrong with that. That is one of my favorite lines.

Can you relate to her and her drive?

I have to say, Victoria is a lot more evil than me, for sure. (Laughs) But ambition is a really great thing for young people and for people in general. It gives you goals and then you become whoever you want to be, and if you don't have that drive, you'll never find the best version of you, so, yes, I definitely think I'm similar.

“Dostana,” about two straight men who pretend they're gay to win your love, was called “rebellious” upon its release in 2008 because of its queer content. Did you make it as a pro-gay statement?

Well, there needs to be conversations. And entertainment, especially pop culture, is such a great way to make the conversation go forward. “Dostana” was extremely progressive, and our producer is one of the biggest producers in India and he's an openly gay man who just had two babies. Those are conversations that take the LGBT community forward. Him making the film and having the conversation and taking that forward was a big step in that direction.

“We're just people who want to be the best versions of ourselves.”

You're referring to Karan Johar, I believe, who recently wrote in his autobiography, “(I) will not say the three words that possibly everybody knows about me,” because “I live in a country where I could possibly be jailed for saying this.”

What did you make of his approach to coming out?

I guess, culturally, it's very hard to do. It's something that people face all over the world, but it gets really difficult when you have that kind of resistance. It can get really ugly. And for him to do it even in the way he did, it was extremely brave. He's always been someone who openly talks about it on his TV show (“Koffee with Karan”) and he's really an icon for the LGBT community, and his struggles are real. Generally, and not just with Karan, (coming out) is a hard thing to deal with, especially in countries where it's become hard to be who you are. The more and more I travel around the world, I see that it's something that you see in any country. There is such a resistance to people just being themselves, and, as humanity, we need to deconstruct it to the point where people can make their own choices and that's when we'll be in a progressive society. uAs editor of Q Syndicate, the international LGBT wire service, Chris Azzopardi has interviewed a multitude of superstars, including Meryl Streep, Mariah Carey and Beyoncé. Reach him via his website at and on Twitter (@chrisazzopardi).

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his month we take Pride in celebrating the sacrifices, accomplishments and progress of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people everywhere! As a Gay man, trainer, writer and massage therapist, I've been pleased and proud to serve the LGBT community in South Florida these past 14 years. In honor of Pride and all of those in our community who sweat and struggle and sacrifice to stay healthy, happy and fit, I'd like to share five steps that I believe will help you to maintain a successful fitness lifestyle for years to come.

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Make fitness fun. There's too much drudgery in life to make you miserable! Staying fit should be exciting, something you enjoy completely. If you can't endure pumping iron in the gym, try running and swimming at the beach. If all those ab classes give you a pain in the backside, then try yoga or Pilates. If you feel isolated in a gym doing your own thing, then sign up for a Cross-fit challenge. It's easier to get into the habit of staying fit, if you have a blast doing it!


Set fitness goals. If you set meaningful, measurable, realistic and challenging goals, you're more likely to stick to your fitness plan and keep up the motivation. Having goals like “lose weight' or “get toned' aren't enough. Be specific like, “I need to lose 10 lbs. to reach a healthy BMI” or “I want to reduce body fat by 2% in 6 weeks”. Have a master plan and a workout schedule. Having a set plan means that you get to the gym on time, knowing what you're going to do and how you're going to achieve it. Sticking to a consistent routine will deliver visible and measurable results. Don't just try and squeeze your workout into an already busy day. Treat it like any other important appointment in your schedule that you must keep. Keep records. Your exercise routine is too important to approach it haphazardly. Maintaining some sort of training journal (a notebook in your bag, an app on your phone) is essential for keeping track of all your hard work and long hours. Log the days and the times you train, the muscle groups you work, the weights you lift, even how you feel on those days. Stay focused. Although you may arrive at the gym on time and ready to get busy, it's too easy to lose concentration! There are so many distractions- the noise, the cellphones, the hottie on the leg -press machine. Remember why you're here. Stick to your routine. Count your reps and sets and perform each exercise with perfect form. Time rest periods between each set (30 seconds to no more than 2 minutes). Limit socializing until after you've accomplished your mission!






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For my mom’s 63rd birthday my sisters and I took her to Drag Queen Bingo. She won a round and ended up on stage. My 7-year-old son obviously didn’t go to the 18+ event. But we told him where we were going which prompted the question, “What’s a drag queen?” I explained that a person in “drag” is in costume, and that a drag queen was usually a man playing the role of a very glamorous woman, almost like a cartoon character. “Oh, okay,” my son said. Had a child posed the same question to Laurie Higgins, however, I suspect much pearl clutching would have ensued. Higgins, who covers cultural affairs for the Illinois Family Institute, is not a fan of drag queens. Writing for the IFI webpage on May 25, Higgins sounded the alarm that drag queens were targeting children! By reading to them at public libraries in New York and Chicago. “Pray for our nation’s little ones,” Higgins writes, lest they “end up at their local library or bookstore for story time with drag queens.” Forgive me if I expected “pray for our nation’s little ones” to be followed up with something about hunger or gun violence. But nope, it’s drag queens. Higgins was especially incensed that a drag queen named Lil Miss Hot Mess (who Higgins insists on calling “Mr. Mess”) dared to read a book called Worm Loves Worm, a book where two worms fall in love and get married regardless of expected gender norms, to “children too young to think critically but old enough to be indoctrinated with lies by deceitful and feckless adults.”

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Higgins takes specific issue with Worm Loves Worm author J.J. Austrian, picking apart a 2016 interview he did on the Lu and Bean Read podcast. In the interview Austrian says, “Boys can wear skirts. Girls can wear pants. I’m not a cowboy but sometimes I wear a cowboy hat.” Higgins pounces on this bit. “Austrian is unwittingly treading on dangerous PC territory here. In referring to ‘boys’ and ‘girls,’ he affirms the dreaded—and to many trannies, mythical—sexual binary.” First of all, transgender people (not “trannies” you jerk) and drag queens are not the same. Secondly the idea that those who are trans or gender fluid want to eradicate the very idea of “boys and girls” is silly. Higgins chooses to see any deviation from gender norms as some kind of perversion and a threat to the binary she holds so dear. Higgins continues, “When [Austrian] said that he wears a cowboy hat despite not being a cowboy, he implies that boys who wear skirts are not actually girls. He inadvertently face-planted onto the concrete truth.” Uh, no, that isn’t what he is saying. Wearing a cowboy hat doesn’t make you a cowboy, unless you identify as a cowboy. It must be nice to live such a comfortable life that you see drag queens reading books to kids as threatening. In the words of Bianca Del Rio, “Not today, Satan.” D’Anne Witkowski is a poet, writer and comedian living in Michigan with her wife and son. She has been writing about LGBT politics for over a decade. Follow her on Twitter @MamaDWitkowski.

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BIG ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE Trump’s latest address to religious group should raise eyebrows BY PETER JACKSON


he American dream is big enough for everyone – for people of all races and religions, for men and women, for immigrants, for LGBT people, and people with disabilities. For everyone.” That was one of the memorable soundbites by Hillary Clinton last November when she conceded the election to Donald Trump – a day, we now know, that would also herald the worst setback to date in the social advancement of the LGBT community and the battle for equality in America. As Pride celebrations and equality marches and rallies take place across the nation, Clinton’s words are an ideal worth remembering. Our constitutional democracy, said Secretary Clinton, “enshrines the principle that we are all equal in rights and dignity, freedom of worship and expression. We respect and

cherish these values… and we must defend them.” President Trump and his core evangelical supporters don’t believe in that version of the American Dream. They see an America where the majority of people reflect their optics, conservative beliefs and narrow understanding of the world. They do believe the Bible’s instruction to “Love Thy Neighbor” – but only if that neighbor isn’t LGBT or Muslim or African-American or otherwise different from them. At a time when the need to bring the American people together and encourage tolerance has never been greater, the president sadly declined to acknowledge Pride month 2017 and its historic significance to an estimated 12-15 million LGBT Americans. Instead, on June 8 he addressed the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference, a gathering of a thousand or so anti-LGBT evangelical activists, where he won loud approval for declaring, “we’re under siege.”

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“Our government will once again celebrate and protect religious freedom.” President Donald Trump Speaking in the nation’s capitol, even as streams of paper rainbows and Pride flags were being strung in preparation for the parade two days later, Trump told the evangelicals, “We will end the discrimination against people of faith. Our government will once again celebrate and protect religious freedom.” End the discrimination of faith? That could only mean Trump’s support for the First Amendment Defense Act, a nasty piece of legislation proposed late last year by Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas who, not incidentally, happens to high-up in the ranks of the Faith and Freedom Coalition. FADA would prohibit the government from taking punitive action against any business or person that discriminates against LGBT people. That means, according to the bill, LGBT individuals (and presumably, individuals suspected of being LGBT, because, you know that pink triangle on our foreheads makes our sexual and gender orientations immediately identifiable!) can be refused service in any establishment if the waiter or nurse or dentist or emergency technician believes, according to the bill, “(1) marriage is or should

be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or (2) sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.” This frightening bill was first introduced in 2015. It failed then, but things have changed. Now with Trump’s support, a homophobic attorney general, the most anti-LGBT administration in history and a Republican majority in place, the bill has a chance of succeeding. The evangelicals want it. And Trump’s political future depends on keeping the evangelicals happy. Last Sunday’s marches and rallies across the nation need to be the first of many if the voices of the LGBT community and other marginalized members of our nation are to be heard. Our battle cry must be that of equality for all Americans. Hillary was right: America – and the American Dream – are big enough for everyone. Peter Jackson is the vice president and general manager of Hotspots Media Group. He can be reached at PJackson@Hotspots.LGBT

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By Woody Miller



ey Woody! The good news is that I got us into the soccer play-offs by blocking the opposing team’s penalty kick. The bad news is I blocked it with my crotch. I’m still limping from it. My question: Why did my stomach hurt so much if it was my balls that took the hit? --- Ballsy

Hey, Woody! I’m curious about something. How long does sex last? My current boyfriend is a minuteman, but my last one took forever. I’m not sure which is worse. How long does the average f$%k last? ---Hungry for more…time



Dear Ballsy: Our testes are more sensitive than a bunch of kinky men who just got told to get off the cross. They’re dense with nerve endings. The testicles, I mean. Well, the kinks too, but in a different area. The reason your stomach hurt so much is that the testes are connected to the abdomen by nerves and blood vessels. Testes form in the abdominal cavity and then they descend into the scrotum sack before birth. “Undescended” testicles are fairly common in premature babies and occur in about 4% of all full-term babies. If they can’t “find” your testes (funny, my boyfriend never has that problem) an abdominal ultrasound may help figure out where the suckers went. Getting a soccer ball kicked into your groin is no laughing matter. I’m wincing even as I type. The recommendation: Ice packs for the first 24 hours, followed by sitz baths, and then by prayer. A blow like that could result in “testicular torsion,” a serious emergency where the testicle becomes twisted in the scrotum and loses its blood supply. You’ve got about 2 hours from the time it happens

for a doc to relieve the twisting or you can literally kiss your testicle goodbye.

Dear Hungry: Your letter reminds me of a Halloween party I went to a few years back. I went in jeans. The host, confused, reminded me that it was a costume party. I said, “I am in costume. It’s my premature ejaculation costume.” He still couldn’t figure it out. “Don’t you get it?” I said. “I came in my pants.” Anyway, where was I? Oh, yes. There isn’t much scientific evidence on the average length of intercourse. Plenty on width; but not length. Studies based on memory are notoriously unreliable (if you think men lie about how big they are you should see how they lie about how long they last). Still, there is agreement among sex researchers about a general range. And it ain’t pretty. Kinsey’s survey found that 75% of men lasted less than five minutes. Shere Hite found that 62% of men lasted less than 5 minutes, and Masters & Johnson’s studies showed about the same length of time. Of course, their studies were confined to hetero men, but there’s no reason to think homo joes would last any longer. Face it; most of us are “two pump chumps.”

uAsk Woody a question at Want more dating tips? Check out Woody’s book, Meet The Hottie in The Corner. The 21 Day Plan To Overcome Your Fear Of Rejection, Master The Art Of Icebreakers And Snag Guys You Never Thought You Could Get.

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