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From the PUBLISHER Peter Clark

NEVER FORGET: THE ORIGINAL STONEWALL WAS A RIOT. Welcome to the Stonewall Pride edition of Hotspots. I remember attending the very first Stonewall Street Festival planning meeting at Galanga restaurant on Wilton Drive so many years ago. Today, it has evolved into the massive parade and Pride celebration we'll take part in on Saturday. The festival commemorates the Stonewall Riots of June 28, 1969, when NYC police brutally raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, and patrons took to the streets in response. While we have made tremendous advances in LGBTQ rights since the riots, we still have a long way to go. Right now, the current administration is working to undo much of the good work done by those who have come before us. As you surely know, just last week the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. While

many of us want to echo Robert De Niro's bleeped-out comments from this past Sunday's Tony Awards, we must remain steadfast and continue to fight the good fight. I was moved by the comments made by Andrew Garfield, who saluted the LGBTQ community in his acceptance speech for Lead Actor in a Play for his performance in Angels in America, saying, “Let's just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked.” So, as we come together in Wilton Manors this weekend, remember to be thankful to the brave queers who stood up against hatred and bigotry in 1969. Many were beaten and incarcerated so that we can enjoy a better life. Yes, it's time to celebrate, but let's not forget all those who have fought — and continue to fight — for our right to love who we chose. Enjoy the festival!

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ast Tuesday, Arts United hosted their United & Proud exhibit at the Broward County Library Sixth Floor.

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The show is showing till the end of the month. A special congrats to Maciel Cantelmo on the Best of Show award!

pageant (an official preliminary to Miss Florida F.I.), and congrats go out to winner Alexis Couture.

On Wednesday, Pride Fort Lauderdale held their annual Check Presentation Party at Hunters Nightclub and gave out $15,000 to local organizations. A special shout out to Dawn from Pin Sub for providing delicious food! 12 | Hotspots.LGBT

On Thursday, the GLLN held their annual Check Presentation Party and luncheon at Timpanos and awarded The Stonewall National Library & Archives $15,303 from their annual gala and fundraising efforts.

Afterwards we headed to the Boardwalk to help

celebrate their 33rd anniversary, which was packed! Congrats to Victor, Alyson, Scott and the entire Boardwalk/Beefcakes staff for a fabulous anniversary!

On Friday, SAVE! held their annual Champions of Equality gala at The Penthouse at Riverside Warf in downtown Miami and awarded several people for their help in the community including my good friend (I

can't believe I put that in print…LOL) Marky G. Seen amongst the packed event were: DJ Sushiman, Victor Gimenez (Outshine Film Fest), Dave Cook (MBGP), Bruce and Ben (Creative Male), Cindy Brown, Gino (Arsht Center), Michael Grieco and his beautiful wife, Dale Stine, Missy Meyakie LePaige and her sexy new hubby, David Richardson,


Everything you need to plan your week Will Portalatin, and many more. Congrats to Tony Lima and his entire staff on an amazing event!

On Saturday, The Pub hosted The Pet Project's annual Swimsuit Auction with swimsuits being donated from The Pride Factory. This event featured bartenders and customers on display walking the red carpet with Pet Project Pups.

Later that evening we headed over to The Manor as Noche Latina Saturdays inside the

Ivy Dance Room and Patio at the Manor was celebrating Puerto Rican Pride, and they packed both the dance room and patio.

On Sunday, The Arsht Center hosted their second annual Communi-T and was hosted by the newly crowned Miami's Ultimate Drag Queen Tiffany Fantasia. Commissioner Michael Gongora awarded her with the proclamation "Tiffany Fantasia Day." Cngrats to Tiffany on a well-deserved honor. There were many drag

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The Pub is celebrating Pride with, back by popular demand, Marti Gould Cummings tonight at 10pm and Saturday at 11pm.

The Lambda Men's Brotherhood presents “Daddy's Day Weekend” where they will be having parties to celebrate Daddy's. The first is tonight at Leather Works from 9pm to Midnight entitled “Daddy's Dungeon Party” with a $20 cover. The next is a “Daddy's Day Private Pool Party” on Sunday from noon to 5pm, with advance tickets only at Lmbftl.org. The third is Tuesday with Bingo Night at Alibi with Amanda Austin from 9pm to midnight.

Our Night Out, an LGBTQ Arts Celebration presents the official Friday night Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Party at the Manor in the brand new Crystal Ballroom from 7-11pm. The night will star Monet X Change, from season 10 of RuPaul's Drag

Race, The Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida, Island City Stage, Stonewall National Museum, Chuck Panozzo (of Styx), Yoli Mayor (America's Got Talent), Elle Emenope, Jonathan Hawkins, Heather O'Neill, Arts United, DJ's Dancers and drag performers. For tickets go to: OurNightOut.Eventbrite.com u SATURDAY JUNE 16

The annual Stonewall Pride Parade and Street Festival Wilton Manors takes place from 4pm to 11pm with the parade at 5pm. For more information, see the feature in this week's magazine or go to: WiltonManors Stonewall.com.

Hunters celebrates Pride with recording artist Crystal Waters performing live. They will also feature performances by The Big Dipper and Reijo Rich. Southern Nights Fort Lauderdale is celebrating Pride with 2 shows: 7:30pm and 12:30am starring Marci Mogul, Tlo Ivy, Dominique Taylor and Fantasia Royale.

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Georgie's Alibi/Monkey Bar presents a Huge Pride Party with DJ AJ Reddy pumping the beats outside and DJ Mike James inside. The preshow will include Alibi cast members Antonio Edwards and Jennifer Mcclain on the outside stage from 7-8pm, and then at 8pm Kitty Meow takes over as hostess and she will feature performances by Carmen Adore (this week's Queens We Love), Charisma Adore, Rianna Petrone, TP Lords, Jaynell Butler, Miss Florida F.I. 2017/19 Kalah Mendoza, and Erika Norell.

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The Manor presents and indoor/outdoor street party from 3pm to 4am. The party starts outside with the manor

stage that is always spectacular and features DJ Sushiman from 3pm to 6 pm and DJ JPS for 6pm to 11pm. The inside party starts at 10pm with DJ Kidd Madonny in the Ballroom and Noche Latina Saturdays inside the Ivy Dance Room and Patio features DJ Larry Larr and performances by Taina Norell and Angie Ovahness Pryce, along with Sexy Latin GoGo Papi's. As a special pride present to the community the Manor features NO COVER ALL NIGHT LONG!

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Arts United presents the premiere of the movie “Thirsty” at Savor Cinema (formerly Cinema Paradiso…503 SE 6th St, Fort Lauderdale). Doors open at 6pm with a cash bar and free appetizers with the red carpet starring Joe Posa as Joan Rivers. At 7pm catch a live performance by Thirsty Burlington as Cher, and then from 7:30-9:30 is the movie

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There are few characters in books and film as wicked, selfish, and somehow as lovable as Emily Charlton from The Devil Wears Prada. Sure, she was plenty snarky and had a glare that could pierce through your soul, but she was ambitious and wildly entertaining. Perhaps, that's why author Lauren Weisberger is finally giving Em the book sequel she desperately deserves. According to Entertainment Weekly,

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Weisberger's new novel When Life Gives You Lululemons will be all about Emily's life far away from Miranda Priestly and the pressure that went


followed directly by a Q&A with Thirsty. Admission is $20 and for VIP limited seating which includes a photo with Thirsty. ArtsUnitedFlorida.com

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Rumors presents their monthly Drag Brunch featuring DJ Ricciardi with performances by Erika Norell, Starlet Sky, Alandra Matthews and Kimberly Venomm.

Marlin Beach Tea 2.0 - Who's Your Daddy takes place from 27pm at The Sanctuary -On The Middle River (1400 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale). This is an inside/outside Venue and includes drinks, food, DJ and lots of Daddies! They will also feature a “Who's Your Daddy Contest” with 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place winners. The Marlin Beach Tea 2.0 benefits Julian's Fountain of Youth. u WEDNESDAY JUNE 20

Join the Front Runners and Walkers Fort Lauderdale at 6:45pm in celebrating Pride Month as they present a Pride

Run/Walk $100 Gift Raffle and Picnic in Holiday Park. All skill levels welcome. No membership required. Free event. For more info, go to: FrontRunnersFortLauderale.org

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Stonewall Skate Nights (3rd Wednesday of each month), is a unique fundraising event benefitting Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade and Street Festival and takes place at Xtreme Action Park from 8-11p.m.. The event features roller skating, dancing, DJ Richie Rich, Kitty Meow, special guests and a full liquor bar. But tickets online at: Xtremeactionpark.com/stone wall-pride-skate-nights

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Georgie's Alibi/Monkey Bar presents the premiere of “Drag Superstar” at 9pm, their monthly drag competition hosted by Carmen Adore. This seasons cast includes: Ariel Rimm, Kimberly Venom, Jackie Kae, Carmen Taylor, Isabella Diamond and Angie Ovahness.

along with being an assistant for the most-respected (and feared) fashion editor in the country. Now, a 36-year-old Emily can be found in Greenwich, Connecticut, where she works as an "image consultant" for the rich and the famous, EW reports. Oh, and she's also married to a guy named Miles, who according to an excerpt from EW obtained, has a "beautiful body." The story, which will follow Emily as she works to save the reputation of a supermodel/senator's wife who gets a DUI, begins in Los Angeles — or,

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as the book calls it, God's "least favorite city on earth" — at Gigi Hadid's house. It's New Year's Eve, and everyone who's everyone is in attendance. Now, a 36-year-old Emily can be found in Greenwich, Connecticut, where she works as an "image consultant" for the rich and the famous, EW reports. Oh, and she's also married to a guy named Miles, who according to an excerpt from EW obtained, has a "beautiful body." The story, which will follow Emily as she works to save the reputation of a supermodel/senator's wife who gets a DUI, begins in Los Angeles — or, as the book calls it, God's "least favorite city on earth" — at Gigi Hadid's house. It's New Year's Eve, and everyone who's everyone is in attendance.

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While you were living it up at GayDays in Orlando, dancing, drinking, modeling, and doing shows by the pool, Nike was, as usual, all business: The athletic-wear behemoth quietly dropped the shoe of the summer. But which summer? 2018? Or… 1988? Jumping with both feet into the '80s fashion recrudescence, Nike has taken the lowly shower slide, the official footwear of vaguely international soccer hotties everywhere (socks optional), and updated (backdated?) it by turning the strap into a mini fanny pack. Throw in a couple neon colorways — the slides are available in magenta/black and turquoise/lime (as well as basic black, for party poopers) — and you've got the hottest Frankenshoe we've seen in a long time, and one that is 1988 down. British design mag i-D has dubbed the Benassi “Fanny Pack” Slide “the ugly summer shoe we need.” We're calling it the only summer shoe we need. Just zip keys, lip balm, a platinum card, and a small wad o' bills into the left one, and we're betting we can cram a StarTAC phone and a couple Magnums into the right. What time's the party? —Bill Henning

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The parade is the star attraction of this annual celebration, but don’t miss the four stages along The Drive — at Hunters, The Manor, and Rumors, plus the iHeartRadio stage at 6th Avenue — all supplying entertainment from late afternoon well into the evening. And the Marketplace will feature over 100 exhibitors and vendors, including tasty food and drinks. Sat Jun 16, from 4pm; parade steps off at 5pm. Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. FREE. WiltonManorsStonewall.com. DADDY LOVE FATHER’S DAY 2018

With events and restaurant promotions happening all over town, it would be impossible for us to pick just one to list here. So instead, we’ll just say: Spend some quality time with your father, or give him a call! If you’re looking for a gift for dad — or any of the daddies in your life — check out our Father’s Day Gift Guide at Hotspots.LGBT. Sun Jun 17, but really every day! ANIMATED FLICK INCREDIBLES 2

It took 14 years, but they finally made a sequel to one of our favorite films of all time. In the new movie, Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world. Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, and Huck Milner. In theaters Fri Jun 15. Rated PG, 1h 58m. POP SENSATION MAROON 5

Led by Adam Levine, fragrance entrepreneur and everybody’s favorite coach on The Voice, the three-time Grammy Award-winning multiplatinum band touches down in South Florida in support of the group’s latest album, Red Pill Blues. Sun Jun 17, 7:30pm. BB&T Center (2555 NW 136th Ave, Sunrise). Tix $45–$145. TheBBTCenter.com. MAGIC SHOW THE ILLUSIONISTS — LIVE FROM BROADWAY

This jaw-dropping spectacle showcases the talents of five of the most incredible illusionists on Earth: The Trickster, Jeff Hobson; The Inventor, Kevin James; The Deductionist, Colin Cloud; The Manipulator, An Ha Lim; and The Daredevil (AKA The Stud), Jonathan Goodwin. Tue–Sun Jun 19–24. Au-Rene Theater @ Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale). Tix $30–$100. BrowardCenter.org. Hotspots.LGBT | 27


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The nation’s largest gathering of black film and television enthusiasts, the ABFF is an annual event dedicated to showcasing quality content by and about people of African descent. The 22nd edition features screenings (including both Whitney and The Bobby Brown Story) plus an extensive schedule of panels, parties, master classes, and networking opportunities. Thu–Sun Jun 14–17. Various locations in Miami Beach. ABFF.com. HEADBANGER THEATRE ROCK OF AGES

Lord Andrew Lloyd Weber’s take on rock ’n’ roll, Rock of Ages is an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Night Ranger, STYX, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake, and many more. It’s all about dreaming big, playing loud, and partying on! Thu–Sun Jun 14–July 1. Amaturo Theater @ Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale). Tix $25–$60. BrowardCenter.org. ARTS OUR NIGHT OUT

The Gay Men’s Chorus, Island City Stage and Stonewall present Our Night Out, an unforgettable evening that for the first time brings together the best of South Florida’s LGBTQ arts and cultural organizations combined with world-class performers, including Ru Paul’s Drag Race season 10’s Monet X Change, for a proud celebration of the uniquely creative expression of the LGBT community. Fri, June 15; 7-11pm; + Add to CalendarThe Manor (2345 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors) Tix start at $10; ournightout. eventbrite.com

The Miami-based, Cuban-American salsa/merengue legend brings it home to the Knight Center on Sunday. Chirino released his first album in 1974 and has since won both Grammy and Latin Grammy awards, including a Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2014. And Willy’s still at it: Last year he released Sigo Pa’lante. Sun Jun 17, 7pm. James L Knight Center (400 SE Second Ave, Miami). Tix $49–$199. JLKC.com.

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INSPIRATION IT GETS BETTER

The It Gets Better Project began in 2010 after writer Dan Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, created a YouTube video in which worldwide supporters assured youth who felt bullied that “it gets better.” This presentation includes recorded student material — poems, songs, skits and more — from the local It Gets Better program at Compass LGBT Community Center in Lake Worth as well as a live performance by the It Gets Better cast of professional artists. Sat Jun 16, 7:30pm. Rinker Playhouse @ Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd, WPB). Tix $32. Kravis.org.


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Episode 11 of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 began with a Mini Challenge entitled “Resting Brunch Face,� a tribute to brunch Sundays across the nation. The girls had 15 minutes to drag up pancakes and create a devastatingly delicious breakfast. The guest judge was American Horror Story's Cheyenne Jackson, and he picked Asia to be the winner of the $2,000 gift card from The Spa on Rodeo (as in Rodeo Drive, as in Beverly Hills). Ru then went on to say that we all have an inner saboteur before announcing that the Maxi Challenge would be for each queen to create two distinct characters: the first, to showcase herself at her best and brightest; the second, to be the first one's evil twin, the dark-side bitch that oozes negativity. They

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“I'm a New York queen, and we are used to raising the bar.”

would also have to write and record dialogue for both characters. When the girls presented these characters on the runway, Aquaria walked away (both of her!) with a well-deserved win. Her prize? A trip for two (actual people, I think, not personas) to… The Grand Resort and Spa, right here in Fort Lauderdale, plus two glam sets of Raden luggage. The bottom two girls were Miz Cracker and Cameron Michaels, and in the end Miz Cracker sashayed away. For the first time this season, I disagreed with Ru's choice. The two queens were about even in the lip sync, but Miz Cracker has a much stronger record on the show. At what age did drag become an interest? I wasn't interested in drag at all until Bob the Drag Queen forced me into it at 26. He did my makeup and turned me around, and that's all it took! How did you pick your name? My name came from my favorite snack, Brie on a cracker, which was my original name. That was too much for people, so I changed it to Miz Cracker.

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How many times did you apply to be on RuPaul's Drag Race, and how did it feel when you found out you had been chosen? I applied two times, and I missed the phone call that I was cast because I was doing a stand-up comedy gig. I got the message like three hours later. That was the one day in four years I left my phone at home! Is there additional pressure now that RuPaul's Drag Race has been on for nine seasons plus three seasons of All Stars? Absolutely! Every season they up the ante. So, I was like, Girl, you have to bring it. But I'm a New York queen, and we are used to raising the bar. Tell us about your Drag Race experience? I can sum it up in one word: Bipolar. It was either the greatest triumphs of my career or the hardest days. What's your marital status? If single, what are you looking for in a man? My focus is always on the work I do as a drag queen, and that's where I want to keep it. Who do you want to win and why? I'm not rooting for any of the queens. It's not that I don't like them; I'm just not rooting for one or the other. I'll leave that to the judges. With more than half a million followers on Instagram, you're quite the influencer. How do you feel about that? Every time I gain a follower, I gain an opportunity to push my mission, which is to make the world a better place through drag. It's a huge responsibility that I take seriously! What's ahead for Miz Cracker? In addition to my stand-up comedy tour, “It's Time,” I'll be working with organizations like Pride Uganda to help queens improve their drag skills as a way of improving their lives.

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Don't Call It a Gala The SMART Ride Is Billing the 15th Edition of Its Annual Fundraising Dinner as a “Non-Gala.”

The Event The SMART Ride Non-Gala Gala The Date Friday, June 22 at 8pm (7pm for VIP reception)

The Venue Pompano Beach Cultural Center (50 W Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach)

The Cause The Non-Gala raises funds to stage the SMART Ride itself, the annual 2-day, 165-mile bike-a-thon from Miami to Key West. The Ride raises money to support local organizations on the front lines, providing services to people living with HIV/AIDS and working to prevent the spread of HIV. SMART Ride 15 is slated for November 16–17 with the goal of raising $1,500,000. To date, the Ride has raised $9,300,000 for direct client care.

The Honorees Eight people recognized for their contribution to the SMART Ride and to the community: Chris Caputo, Agile Element Kevin Clevenger, Poverello Lorrie Cram, Children's Diagnostic and Treatment Centers Mark Hunter & Patrick Volkert, Hunters Nightclubs Stephen R. Lang, Mark's List [our own superstar shutterbug!] Leah Payne, 15-year cyclist on the SMART Ride Joey Schroeder, Bourbon Street Mike Trottier, Dettman Realty Group, LLC

The Entertainment Live music by the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, living art by airbrush body-painter Avi Ram, plus a DJ The Spread Cocktails and artistic culinary fare (but no sit-down dinner; hooray!)

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still pretty firmly under wraps, and we'd like to take this opportunity to encourage the teams behind both movies to add a lot more homosexuality to the final cut. Unhappy LGBT audiences will be a bad response for biopics about LGBT heroes, we can all agree.

Supergirl Adds Transgender Character

CIRCLE OF LIFE Taron Egerton plays John in the 1970s, well before the singer announced his bisexuality, married a woman, then divorced her and came out as gay in the early 1990s.

Will Rocketman Downplay Elton John’s Sexuality? We are somewhat worried. Not too much, not yet, but a little. See, we watched the trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody, the Freddie Mercury biopic coming this fall, and like a lot of queer people, we're a little anxious that Mercury's gayness and his death from

“We encourage the teams behind both movies to add a lot more homosexuality to the final cut.”

AIDS will take a backseat to the glory of Queen's music.

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We will, of course, take a seat on this until we actually see the film. But still, now we can't help being a little nervous by association for Rocketman, the Elton John biopic that finally arrives in theaters in May of 2019. Taron Egerton plays John in the 1970s when his career blew up with albums like Honky Château and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, well before John announced his bisexuality, married a woman, then divorced her and came out as gay in the early 1990s. Directed by Dexter Fletcher — who stepped in to finish Rhapsody after the firing of Bryan Singer — Rocketman is

Supergirl, the underrated, progressively-minded CW series that keeps on rolling in spite of a network change (from CBS) and a ratings slump, will see the arrival of a transgender character in its upcoming fourth season. Kara Danvers — the reporter alter ego of Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) — will welcome a person named Nia Nal to the newsroom. All current information suggests that this character will take a leading roll in Danvers' workplace and BENOIST that the character will also be a trans woman. As trans characters slowly make their way into narratives on network TV, it's beginning to feel like a mini revolution, and each new addition is great news. Of course, casting becomes a flashpoint issue for trans characters, and we're hoping that actual trans actors are the only candidates being considered. Why not let the cis male actors who want to stretch go find a different way to accomplish their goals? It's simply time. Romeo San Vicente adds a lot of homosexuality to everything he touches.


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u The boys of Rosie’s grab some cocktails

and relax at Hunters.

JUST A TRIM

u Starlet Skye takes a break

between numbers to get a touch up from Tomy at the Cabaret Barbershop.

PIGS

u Jason and his boyfriend Ryan

have fun people watching at Ramrod’s Pig Dance #118.

READY 4...

u Friends Bryan & Rick get ready to hit

up the Alibi Plaza for fun & trouble.


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u Condrags to Tiffany Fantasia the new

Miss Ultimate Miami Drag Queen!

u Boyfriends Anthony & Jordan enjoy a quick break from dancing while at Twist.

ON THE DRIVE

WINNER

u Fascinator Fanatic Arnie

and his crew bring fun & merriment to Wilton Drive.

BIRTHDAY BOY

u Jeffrey Selzer celebrated his birthday

with some friends at Flip Flops Dockside Eatery’s T Dance.

u Mr. IML James Lee & Mr. Gay Days Leather 2017 Chip Wegner II congratulate Denny Morelock Jr. on his recent 2018 win.


Pride

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ride season in South Florida is inally drawing to a close, and a little bird told me (I think her name was Vanessa Williams) that they saved (one of) the best for last. Wilton Manors Stonewall Parade and Pride Festival will rock the Island City on Saturday, June 16, as more than 45,000 of us arrive to get our rainbow on. It all kicks off when the Marketplace opens at 4pm, with more than 100 booths spread along the length of Wilton Drive, including vendors of every stripe, artists, activists, service agencies, and, of course, plenty of food and drank. Meanwhile, parade contingents will have been queuing up just south of the river (and the Dairy Queen!) at Fort Lauderdale High School, preparing to step off at 5pm. The parade lasts about 90 minutes, then The Drive slips into full-on street-party mode. Who am I kidding? The Drive is in full-on street-party mode all day and evening, with

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folks enjoying the Marketplace — and each other's company. The focus of much of the partying will be the four major stages set up along the parade route, EYEZ where the best, the brightest, the queerest, and the most outrageous among us will be strutting their stuff from mid-afternoon. Read on for the skinny on all the hot stage action.

iHeartRadio Stage 4–11pm, Wilton Dr at 6th Ave The iHeart Stage is ground zero for your Stonewall Pride celebrations, and it all kicks off

PHOTOS: Stephen R. Lang (Mark’s List)

This Saturday All of LGBT South Florida Converges on Wilton Manors for Stonewall Pride By Bill Henning


street party. They're bringing in food trucks! Meanwhile, out on The Drive, the megaclub showcases two of its most popular resident DJs on its outdoor stage: DJ Sushiman gets things going at 3pm, and DJ JPS takes over from 6pm to 11. Between beats, expect plenty of performers. To help you transition from the street into the club (no cover tonight!), DJ Kidd Madonny will be stepping up to the decks on The Manor's indoor stage at 10pm, where the Miami fave will keep the crowd jumping until 4am.

with the of icial opening ceremonies at 4:15pm, featuring appearances by local leaders including Wilton Manors Mayor Gary Resnick, Vice Mayor (and mayoral candidate!) Justin Flippen, and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

After the parade wraps up around 6:30, the stage kicks into high gear with DJs including iHeartRadio's Mobile Mike as well as special guest DJs from 93.9 MIA, not to mention dozens of local performers. Keeping them all in line will be your lovely and talented hosts: Misty Eyez, Nicole Halliwell, and Hotspots LIVE's very own Kitty Meow. The Manor Stage 3–11pm, 2345 Wilton Dr The Manor parking lot will be its own little

Hunters Stage From 6pm, 2232 Wilton Dr You can expect a DJ and emcee, but the big draw at Hunters will be the big name: Crystal Waters. The dance-music queen got her break in 1991 with “Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless),” a worldwide phenomenon. Since then, she's been singing a whole lot more than just “la da dee, la dee da.” Girlfriend's had twelve No. 1 Billboard WATERS Dance Club Hits over the past quarter century, including last year's smash “Testify” (with HiFi Sean) and her current charttopper, “I Am House.” Also appearing: The Big Dipper, who Vice described a few years ago as “a hairy, ilthymouthed queer rapper out of Chicago who has a theater background, and way better style than you,” will be jetting in from his new base in L.A. He'll be joined by NYC-bred rapper (and dancer) Reijo Rych, who will not need to ly in because he's now local talent. This won't be Rych's irst time on The Drive. He's played Stonewall before. He even won Rumors Talent Search back in the day.

Rumors Stage 6–11pm, 2426 Wilton Dr Speaking of Rumors, the Upper Drive staple is promising its largest Stonewall stage ever. And they're gonna need it to hold all the talent because this year the popular bar and grill is springing for a 7-piece live band. Fronted by both male and female vocalists, the band will be serving up your pop favorites for the ages: Britney to Bruno Mars, Bon Jovi to Lady Gaga. Sounds like if you need a break from drag performances during Stonewall — say it isn't so! — Rumors will be your of icial lip-sync-free zone.


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I STAND... WITH CARMEN ADORE

The daring diva talks about her days sneaking into clubs and her love for the national anthem (well, one version of it, anyway). By Scott Holland

Carmen Adore has had quite the rollercoaster ride through the entertainment world: from doing drag, to not doing drag, to starting the process of transitioning, to realizing that becoming a woman wasn't being true to herself. Lucky for all of us, Carmen's now back to performing and, speaking of tumultuous rides, she even travels all the way to Virginia once a month to do shows alongside her bosom buddy, Champagne Bordeaux. Locally, you can catch Carmen working stages all over Wilton Manors in drag and, if you have a sharp eye, even out of it. (She works at Georgie's Alibi — sshhhhhhhhh! — as a boy.) It was a pleasure to sit down with Carmen for this exclusive Hotspots interview. 72 | Hotspots.LGBT


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What's the first drag show you saw? I honestly can't remember the first one, but it would have been in a popular Latin club in Miami when I was about 16 years old. Tell me about the experience. I had a friend whose mother was dating one of the doormen, so we got to sneak in. I'll never forget that experience. I was sneaking out of the house late at night — I'm not even sure my mom knows, but she will now! I don't remember who was performing, but I was just thrilled to be around a crowd of people just like me. When did you decide you wanted to do drag? When I first moved to Wilton Manors, around 2006, I had a group of friends, and we all lived in the same house like a fraternity. I was only 19, so they would have to get me in drag when we went out to the bars so I wouldn't get ID'd by security. When did you realize it would be a profession for you? After a while sneaking into the bars, people just assumed I was one of the performers. I thought it would be fun to give it a shot. The first person to take a chance on me, and include me in her show, was Misty Eyez when she had her Trannie Palace show in Steel Nightclub [in Fort Lauderdale, now closed]. She had no idea I was underage. When I actually turned 21, no one believed me! Who's your drag mother? I have two: Noel Leon and Misty Eyez. Both have taught me so much: how to do my makeup, how to present myself. I'm so humbled by them. Besides Noel and Misty, who's your favorite queen? My favorite queen, on stage and off, is Champagne Bordeaux. Apart from being a legendary performer, her energy on stage just makes me smile. Off stage she's been a really close, amazing friend.

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Why We Love Carmen! She's been persistent in pursuing her dreams.

She always gives back to the community.

We love a hairy man who is beautiful in drag. She never stops growing and learning.

"After a while sneaking into the bars, people just assumed I was one of the performers." What's your favorite number to perform and why? That's a really tough question because I love to do all kinds of genres. Lately my favorite number to perform is my Fergalicious Mix. In the middle of the number, I cut into Maya Rudolph's impersonation [on Saturday Night Live] of Fergie singing the national anthem. I get to make silly faces and have the audience laugh. I spent a lot of time listening to that version of the national anthem — just so I would be able to lip-sync it without laughing myself!

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What's the best thing that's ever happened to you in drag? This is going to sound real vain, but I'm going to say it anyways: The best thing was seeing myself on TV at the RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8 reunion. I was only going to the reunion to have fun. I dressed up without even thinking I might get any kind of attention. But being there was such an experience! And then coming back home and having the reunion shown on national television was amazing. All these people texted me to say they just saw me on TV. I felt like a miniature celebrity, and I was living for it. What differentiates you from all the other queens? I'm not scared to try new things and push my drag in different directions in order to find the best version of myself. Also, I make a lot of my looks myself: doing my own makeup, hair, and outfits. At the beginning it was not the best. But I have definitely grown, having done drag for 10 years.

"I make a lot of my looks myself: doing my own makeup, hair, and outfits. At the beginning it was not the best." What does the future hold? Who really knows? I'm just taking everything day by day, focusing on my brand, #StyledByCarlos, and creating new and unique looks for all of your favorite local drag queens. I am also creating shows at Alibi, like my newest one: Next Drag Superstar, which premieres June 20 and will continue on the third Wednesday of each month. I continue to enjoy my craft. Without it, I think life would be pretty boring. Drag for me isn't about competition or being better than the next person; it's about being a family and sharing our arts and talent with the audience.

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More important, the parade isn't the culmination of St. Pete's Pride festivities. It's surrounded by events that guarantee Pridegoers are participants, not mere spectators, such as the hours-long celebration that precedes the parade and the massive Pride Street Festival that follows on Sunday. St. Pete Pride is totally worth traveling for, which is why so many do.

ST. PETE PRIDE HIGHLIGHTS

All addresses in St. Pete, unless otherwise noted. For more info: StPetePride.com.

Wednesday, June 20

St. Pete Pride Reception 7–9pm. Museum of Fine Arts (255 Beach Dr NE). $30. Pride gets off to a swanky, early start at the Museum with art, hors d'oeuvres, full bar, and good company.

PHOTOS: Tony Fowler

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It seems like every one-horse town in America has its own Pride celebration these days. Which is fantastic, of course. It's a sign of how far our LGBTQ community has come. But the flood of Pride events (especially in June) can also make it a little hard for a city or town to stand out from the crowd, to make its Pride seem special. Not for St. Petersburg. St. Pete Pride is special. With more than 200,000 participants, St. Pete Pride is Florida's — and one of the country's — largest. And it's grown to that size in just 16 years. It's hard to beat a nighttime Pride parade. The evening hour is perfect for our Florida climate, but it also provides an opportunity for spectacular, dazzlingly lighted showmanship. Last year 40 floats and more than 100 contingents made their way down Bayshore Drive, including dancers, soldiers, drag queens, and drill teams such as popular favorites the ROTC (Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps).


(7pm), Rolando (8pm), and '80s cover band The Spazmatics (9pm). No outside beverages allowed, hunties. But don't go thirsty! Beverage sales at SP2 benefit the St. Pete Pride Community Grants Program.

2nd Annual One Love — Prom in Wonderland 9pm–2am. State Theater (687 Central Avenue N). Advance tix: $15/VIP 30; Day of: $20/$40 VIP. projectnolabels.org. Wish you could've taken a queer date to your high school dance back in the day? Now's your chance. Project No Labels is back with its LGBTQ+ prom. This year's theme is Wonderland, and the venue is just a bit nicer than your high school gym (but will DJ Ace Vedo take requests?).

Saturday, June 23

St Pete Pride 2017 Thursday, June 21

Rooftop Kick-Off Party 7–9pm. Kimpton Hotel Zamora (3701 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach). No cover. Head over to St. Pete Beach and enjoy panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway from the Zamora's Castile Rooftop Bar. If you Uber over to the party and show your (digital) receipt to the valet, you'll get a free drink upon entry.

Pride on the Bay Yacht Party 6–9pm. Port of St. Pete (250 8th Ave SE). $59. Y2K Productions returns with a second edition of their floating Pride extravaganza: three levels, four parties, three DJs, two live shows, and one amazing location (the Bay!). But who's counting? We are. There's only space for 600 — this will sell out!

SP2 Concert 7–10pm. North Straub Park (400 Bayshore Dr NE). FREE. Hosted by Coco Montrese of RuPaul's Drag Race (Season 5), SP2 features Swipe Right

Pride Rooftop Disco Noon–7pm. Station House (260 1st Ave S). Tix: $20–$40. priderooftopdisco.com. It's all about the music at this elevated event featuring resident DJ Austen van der Bleek plus Chicago's Mystic Bill, NYC's Richard Vasquez (AKA Dr. Love), and Salt Lake City's Jesse Walker. After the parade, the party continues until 3am at Ichicoro Ane (260 1st Ave S). A portion of proceeds will benefit Metro Wellness & Community Centers. TransPride March Assemble 5pm. Step off 6pm. Vinoy Park (701 Bayshore Drive NE). FREE. Once again the TransPride March leads the Pride Parade. Come out and help create a world where all trans and gender nonconforming people are safe, loved, and empowered. All are welcome. First 500 people to register (StPetePride.com) receive a free TransPride t-shirt. St. Pete Pride Parade 2–10pm. Parade step off 7:15pm. Bayshore Dr (from 5th Ave N to Dali Blvd). FREE.


The main event doesn't get rolling until sunset, but the warm-up is an all-day party in North and South Straub Park featuring community organizations, vendors, food, drank, and nonstop live entertainment on two stages. It's all capped off with fireworks at 9:45pm.

The Glamstands 5–10pm. 400 Bayshore Dr NE. Tix: $85 single/$900 VIP box. StPetePride.com If you love a parade but need your creature comforts, the Glamstands are back, and this year they're directly across from North Straub Park on Bayshore. Besides premium views, Glamstanders enjoy live DJs, a private open bar, nibbly bits, and air-conditioned bathrooms. Bleacher seating is available (first come, first served). Spring for a VIP Box to secure reserved (and roped-off) seating for you and up to nine of your closest friends.

Sunday, June 24

Divine Disco Brunch 10am–3pm. The Cider Press Café (601 Central Avenue N). Recover from the parade and refuel

(bottomless mimosas!) for the festival with Cider Press' award-winning plant based cuisine. It's a 1970s groove at brunch with disco beats and a Divine theme. Come dressed in your Pink Flamingos best because, from what we've heard about your antics earlier in the weekend, you just may be The Filthiest Person Alive!

St. Pete Pride Festival 11am–5pm. Grand Central District. FREE. A crowd of more than 50,000 will come together to pick up where they left off on Saturday, enjoying a day of live entertainment, community booths, art, and fantastic food. Again, no outside beverages allowed, but water and other beverages will be sold throughout the festival.

It's hard to beat a nighttime Pride parade. The evening hour provides an opportunity for spectacular, dazzlingly lighted showmanship.

PHOTOS: Tony Fowler

St. Pete Pride After Party 9pm–2am. Quench Lounge (13284 66th St N, Largo). No cover. QuenchLounge.com The official Parade After Party is in Largo. Mingle with the sexy Men of Quench, twirl to DJ Bruce Devery, then soak up the notorious Diva Show — with Eden Deck, Elain Southern Belle, Lady Janet, and Star Montrese Love — at 11pm!


My Top 5 Pics of the Week!

Happy Birthday The PUB’s Alex, with an old friend Black and Bling George of Manor Grove

Good Friends Denton and Devon

Under the Lanterns Toni Barone and Mark at Rosie’s

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Behind the Patio Bar Vince at LeBoy


By Scott Holland On the heels of a highly successful multi-city tour and run on Broadway, the world's bestselling touring magic show, The Illusionists – Live From Broadway (theillusionistslive.com), will play the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale June 19 – 24 as part of its North American tour. The Illusionists – Live From Broadway is produced by Simon Painter, Tim Lawson and MagicSpace Entertainment. Conceived by Simon Painter, the show's creative team also includes executive producer Tim Lawson, director Neil Dorward and creative director Jim Millan. Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, The Illusionists has shattered box office records worldwide and thrilled audiences of all ages with a mind-blowing spectacular showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of five of the most incredible illusionists on earth.

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Creative producer Simon Painter said, “We can't wait to bring this electrifying show to Fort Lauderdale for a truly entertaining experience for the whole family. The Illusionists is the most non-stop and powerful mix of outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on the live stage.” The five stars, each a master in their own field, are: The Trickster, Jeff Hobson is the epitome of glamour and showmanship. Don't be fooled by his innocent appearance; Jeff has audiences laughing long after the curtain goes down. The Inventor, Kevin James is known for innovative illusions, is an inventor, comedian and collector of the strange and unusual. Kevin is one of the most prolific inventors of magic in the world and has created some of the most celebrated


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illusions of the last century. The Deductionist, Colin Cloud is one of the greatest thought readers of all time. He is a psychic savant known as a real-life Sherlock Holmes. Don't play against him in a game of poker – he's never lost. The Manipulator, An Ha Lim the first place winner at Korea's Busan International Magic Competition (2006), Italy Club Convention Manipulation (2006) and World Magic Seminar in Asia (2007). An Ha Lim was also a Golden Lion Award winner at the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas (2008). The Daredevil, Jonathan Goodwin is widely considered one of the most creative, skilled, and frankly crazy stunt performers in the world. He is an accomplished knife thrower, archer, escape artist, fakir, martial artist, free diver, and free climber. Unlike the other performers in the show, Jonathan is not a magician or illusionist but he will leave the audience breathless with his death-defying stunts. It was a pleasure to sit down with the Trickster, Jeff Hobson, for this exclusive Hotspots interview: How old were you when you saw your first Magic Trick and when did you get the bug to become a magician? I was 7 years old when I saw a magician at my school. At that moment, I knew I wanted to be a magician for the rest of my life. At that moment, I told all of my classmate that I was going to be a magician. What was your first paid gig as a magician? I was 12 years old when I got a phone call at my home. It was a man who saw me perform magic. He said he wanted to hire me for his daughter's birthday. He asked me, “What do you charge?” Since I never charged for a performance before, I told him it wasn't necessary. He replied that he would pay me nonetheless. After the show, he gave me $5. I was thrilled. Now, I make a little more than that. When did you know that Magic would be your career? That show at my school engulfed all of my energies into practicing magic. I never looked back. I never thought about anything else. I knew then that I would be a professional magician as my career. When I was 16 years old, I was making more money than my father was at his job as a skilled tradesman. That was the mental slam-dunk that this was the job of a lifetime for

me. But I really don't think of it as a job. I am truly living out my childhood dream. Thank you America. Who is your Mentor in the Magic World and why? His name was Karrell Fox. He was arguably Michigan's most famous magician. I looked up to him and copied his business techniques of keeping shows simple and to “pack small but play big”. He also had many different characters that he could play depending upon the type of show that was offered. He had a character for children's shows, one for hypnosis shows, another for mentalism magic and one for his corporate show appearances.

What is your favorite trick and why? The rarely seen Floating Lightbulb as performed by the late Harry Blackstone Jr. There was nothing more magical than that. What should the South Florida audience expect from The Illusionist Live from Broadway? I like to think about it as the ultimate, variety show of magic. There's a number of different types of magic in our show. Dramatic sensational magic, poignant beautiful magic, jaw-dropping amazing magic and funny magic. All performed by magicians from around the world. It's a show for ages 5 to 105. If you're 106, you may be out-of-luck. This will be the best magic show you've ever seen.

Tickets for The Illusionists are available at the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office, 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33312, Browardcenter.org or by calling 954.462.0222. Ticket prices start at $35.25.

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CREEP DANA ROHRABACHER OF THE WEEK BY D'ANNE WITKOWSKI

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One of the most important things you can s I write this it is Memorial Day, a day do is to work to elect decent people to when we as a country mourn our lost government. You must vote, of course, but veterans and give thanks for service members beyond that, get involved with a campaign. past and present. Make phone calls, knock on doors, talk to I do feel sad on this Memorial Day, but it's voters. There are so many great people mostly because our veterans and current running across the country, and they really service members have such a totally need your help. incompetent and unworthy commander in You're busy — I get it; we all are — but do chief. America owes them all an apology. you want to face your children/nephews/fur I'm also sad about the 1,500 or so children babies years from now and say, "When that U.S. Immigration and Customs Trump was president I Enforcement (ICE) has binge-watched every ripped from their season of The Great parents and put into British Baking Show "foster homes or and BoJack Horseman whatever" (in the because I just couldn't immortal words of even."? No. No, you White House Chief of do not. Staff John Kelly) only to Because that's how completely lose track of people like Rep. Dana them. It's sickening. And Rohrabacher (R-CA) it's happening right continue to hold of ice. here, right now. Rohrabacher — whose I'm also sad that the name has come up NFL will punish players repeatedly in the who kneel for the Russia investigation national anthem in that is de initely not a protest of police hoax — recently murdering unarmed declared that it should black and brown men, END OF THE LINE "We've drawn a line on be totally ine for women, and children. If racism, but I don't think we should extend people to refuse to sell you're outraged by that line," Rohrabacher replied when houses to gays. people kneeling during questioned about his support for "Every homeowner the anthem but you discrimination against LGBT people. should be able to make haven't managed to a decision not to sell muster that same their home to someone [if] they don't agree amount of outrage over homelessness among with their lifestyle," Rohrabacher told a veterans in this country, I'm going to go out on group of Realtors. a limb and suggest your issue isn't respect for Later, when asked for clari ication, he troops so much as it is contempt for black and brown people. doubled down. "We've drawn a line on But I'm not just sad. I'm pissed. And I hope racism, but I don't think we should extend you are, too. There's so much work to do to that line," Rohrabacher told the Orange stem the tide drawing us all into the cesspool County Register. "A homeowner should not of Trumpism. be required to be in business with

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someone they think is doing something that is immoral." Now, I have strong doubts that Rohrabacher is even cool with the line being drawn at racism. But for anyone who was wondering where the ight over bakers making cakes for gay weddings was heading, this is it. This is why cakes matter. It was never about cakes. It's about real people's lives. Thankfully, this display of anti-gay animosity led the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to stop supporting Rohrabacher with campaign contributions. I'm also happy to report that Rohrabacher's days in Congress may be numbered. "For the irst time in 15 terms, Rohrabacher, a perennial shoo-in, might inally have cause to worry about his incumbency," wrote the Register. "Rohrabacher's 48th Congressional District swung narrowly to Hillary Clinton in 2016,

causing Democrats to target the newlycompetitive seat as one of 23 they need to retake control of the House of Representatives." If you're in Orange County, support Rohrabacher's opponent this fall. [At press time, the morning after California's June 5 primary, Democrats Harley Rouda and Hans Keirstead, were still duking it out to become Rohrabacher's challenger.] If you live elsewhere in the country, no doubt you have your own Rohrabacher to battle. Put on your volunteer armor and get to work.

“Every homeowner should be able to make a decision not to sell their home to someone [if] they don't agree with their lifestyle."

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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hen guys want to burn off calories, they sometimes resort to drastic measures. Spending long hours in the gym grinding out intense cardio or pumping more and heavier weights are a couple of frequently deployed tactics, but these can be counterproductive and unrealistic. And

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don't even get me started on "fat-burning supplements" or crash diets! Why not begin with some easier and more practical ways to torch those unwanted calories and fat? Here are five surefire strategies you can use every day.

Drink Up. Did you know that the body often confuses thirst for hunger? This makes it dangerously easy to down a few hundred calories through mindless eating when all you need is a glass of H2O! Keep a water bottle with you all day, and stay hydrated. Also, have a glass of water or two before each meal to keep your appetite under control. But Don't Drink Your Fruit. Instead of a glass of juice at breakfast, opt for a whole orange or apple, a few melon slices, or a cup of berries. Fruit juices contain a greater concentration of


An 8-ounce glass of orange juice contains 122 calories, but you can eat a whole orange for just 69 calories.

sugar, and thus more calories, than whole fruit. For example, an 8-ounce glass of orange juice contains 122 calories, but you can eat a whole orange for just 69 calories — and benefit from downing 3–5 grams of healthy fiber.

Swap Out Ingredients. Perform some creative swapping when you prepare meals. Going vegan is commendable, but most guys still want meat in their diet. Instead of doing without entirely, try cutting back a little to save some calories and fat. When making burgers, meatloaf, or meat sauce, try replacing some of the ground beef with chopped mushrooms or veggies like carrots, zucchini, or eggplant. Those ingredients have a meaty texture, add flavor, and contain a lot fewer calories than meat — and no saturated fat. You can do the same with carbs. When you make mashed potatoes, try a mix of half potatoes and half rutabaga Cauliflower makes a yummy substitute for rice. When boiling pasta, start with fewer noodles, and then toss some chopped vegetables into the water during the last few minutes of cooking.

Trade Snacks for Mini-Meals. Making it from one meal to the next can be a struggle once you're hungry. Instead of eating quick, handy junk food, treat each snack like a mini-meal. Choose items that have a good balance of protein, unsaturated fat, and fiber-rich carbohydrates. Go for hummus with chopped

vegetables, apple slices with almond butter, or yogurt topped with a few nuts. And whatever your healthy snack of choice, keep your house (and office) well stocked!

Work It Out. It's great when you can budget time for the gym, but sometimes work makes that impossible. The solution is to do things at your job to burn more calories and stay fit. Walk to work if you can. Park farther away from your destination at work (or when running errands). Take the stairs whenever you can. Take a brisk walk or do some push-ups and crunches during your break times. Sure, your coworkers may give you shit. But is it ever bad to be known as the guy in the office who's serious about staying fit? I don't think so.

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Trading Places 5 Pro Tips For Setting up a Relaxing and Super Low-Cost Home-Swap Getaway

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ne of the best ways to have a memorable vacation — and save a ton of cash on lodging — is a home swap. I've written several articles about how I've turned my homes into profit-producing tourist rentals, but I've never divulged my secrets to swapping homes with fellow travelers. The first time I swapped accommodations was Independence Day weekend a few years ago. A lady contacted me through my rental listing on Airbnb with a proposal: She and her family would take my place, and in exchange we could choose a holiday stay at one of her timeshares across the country. Lady had a lot of timeshares. Because I didn't want to travel far from home (driving to a nearby destination saved me the cash I would have spent on flights to a more exotic locale), I chose a deluxe suite at a Wyndham property in Atlantic City. The extra dough in my pocket meant more money to gamble, and since the swap was equitable in terms of space (two bedrooms), I was able to invite a couple friends to enjoy the free weekend with me. Of course, opening your home — and leaving strangers unattended — can be worrisome. Will they set the place on fire, steal your stuff, stumble upon your sex toys? All of it could happen. So, in order to reduce your risk and squelch those fears, consider these handy tips meant to ensure a smooth swap.

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Personally, I've never drawn up a contract for a swap, mainly because I Personally, I've never drawn up a contract for a swap, mainly because I vet my guests in advance, and I consider myself a good judge of vet my guests in advance, and I consider myself a good judge of character (I can character (I can identify a weirdo identify a weirdo even over the even over the phone), but it never phone), but it never hurts to have a hurts to have a legally binding legally binding agreement in case agreement in case something goes something goes awry. awry. I'm pretty I'm pretty easygoing, so if easygoing, so if guests break an item guests break an item by accident, I by accident, I generally overlook generally overlook it; things happen, it; things happen, and nine times out and nine times out of ten, the guest will of ten, the guest will offer to pay for it. offer to pay for it. But you may feel differently. You may expect the guest to pay for any But you may feel differently. You may expect the guest to pay for any damage, even if it's a broken drinking glass. If that's the case, put it on damage, even if it's a broken drinking glass. If that's the case, put it on paper. If you don't, you won't have the authority to demand restitution paper. If you don't, you won't have the authority to demand restitution once you return home. once you return home.

If you have friendly neighbors who can If you have friendly neighbors who can help you hand off keys, it's ideal. help you hand off keys, it's ideal.

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The whole purpose of a swap is to exchange properties simultaneously — each party is in the The whole purpose of a swap is to exchange properties simultaneously — each party is in the other party's respective property at the same time (unless you've worked it out otherwise). other party's respective property at the same time (unless you've worked it out otherwise). That can be tricky, though, especially if you're each traveling to the respective properties at the That can be tricky, though, especially if you're each traveling to the respective properties at the same time. same time. If you have friendly neighbors who can help you hand off If you have friendly neighbors who can help you hand off keys, it's ideal; that way you can give them a set for the keys, it's ideal; that way you can give them a set for the guests and a set to hold onto in case of an emergency while guests and a set to hold onto in case of an emergency while you're gone, i.e. the guests get locked out. If you don't have you're gone, i.e. the guests get locked out. If you don't have neighbors willing to help out, you can send keys to guests neighbors willing to help out, you can send keys to guests in the mail or leave them in an inconspicuous spot on your in the mail or leave them in an inconspicuous spot on your property, like in an empty birdhouse or under furniture in property, like in an empty birdhouse or under furniture in the backyard. the backyard. Personally, I have keypads on my doors, and I just leave Personally, I have keypads on my doors, and I just leave the door unlocked (it's a nice neighborhood, so I don't fear the door unlocked (it's a nice neighborhood, so I don't fear daytime break-ins) or keep it locked until guests arrive, at daytime break-ins) or keep it locked until guests arrive, at which time I unlock the house and disarm the alarm via an which time I unlock the house and disarm the alarm via an app on my phone. Inside my home, I leave keys guests can app on my phone. Inside my home, I leave keys guests can use to come and go, so I don't have to provide them the use to come and go, so I don't have to provide them the security code. security code.

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3. Prepare detailed rules and instructions.

I have three basic rules when guests stay in my home while I'm not there: 1) Don't get locked up, 2) Don't get locked out, and 3) Don't burn the place down. There are rules, expectations, and certain instructions that I need to convey to my guests to prevent any mishaps. Before I depart, I leave notes on how to work appliances, where to find essentials, and what to do with recyclables, etc. This is probably the most important aspect of a smooth swap. To create the list, go room to room and think about what others might need to know about whatever's in it. Write it down, and be descriptive; a comprehensive list will result in fewer calls asking where the iron is or how to work the dishwasher. Also, feel free to mention that you prefer the lights to be turned out in unoccupied rooms, the air conditioner shut off when it's not necessary, and any other energy- and/or money-saving techniques that you practice in your daily life.

If guests break an item, I generally overlook it; things happen, and nine times out of ten, the guest will offer to pay for it. 4. Respect the property.

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This step will be easier to accomplish if the guest has left a detailed list of rules and instructions — the concept of “respecting” one's place differs dramatically — but hopefully common sense will prevail. It's never OK to throw a party; invade someone else's privacy; or otherwise do anything to, with, or in the owner's property for which you haven't received express permission. If you think you're doing something wrong, you probably are. Bottom line: Do unto others as you want them to do unto you. If you don't, prepare to be sued.

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5. Be5. sure to leave the place Be sure to leave the place as you found it. as you found it.

At the timeshare in Atlantic City, there was At the timeshare in Atlantic City, there was a cleaning person who whipped the place a cleaning person who whipped the place back into shape after we left. Still, we did back into shape after we left. Still, we did our part before leaving. We didn't scrub the our part before leaving. We didn't scrub the toilets, but we made sure used linens were toilets, but we made sure used linens were in a neat pile, dishes were washed and put in a neat pile, dishes were washed and put away, the fridge was emptied of our food away, the fridge was emptied of our food (and clean!), the floor was swept, and (and clean!), the floor was swept, and counters were sanitized. counters were sanitized.

It's common courtesy to leave the home It's common courtesy to leave the home in which you were staying the way you in which you were staying the way you found it, or at least in the best condition found it, or at least in the best condition you can without getting on your hands and you can without getting on your hands and knees. No one expects you to clean like a knees. No one expects you to clean like a professional (although some swappers may, professional (although some swappers may, so find that out before you arrive), but you so find that out before you arrive), but you should definitely do your part to make sure should definitely do your part to make sure that when the owners arrive home after a that when the owners arrive home after a long day of traveling they don't have to do long day of traveling they don't have to do anything out of the ordinary. anything out of the ordinary. Just like you, they want to relax upon Just like you, they want to relax upon return. A tidy home will facilitate that. It return. A tidy home will facilitate that. It will also make a good impression on the will also make a good impression on the owner — and keep the proverbial door owner — and keep the proverbial door open for another swap in the future. open for another swap in the future.

Mikey Rox is an award-winning journalist and LGBT lifestyle expert whose work has been published in more Mikey Rox is an award-winning journalist and LGBT lifestyle expert whose work has been published in mor than 100 outlets across the world. Find more of his money-saving travel tips on Facebook, Twitter, and than 100 outlets across the world. Find more of his money-saving travel tips on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @thenominalnomad. Instagram @thenominalnomad. Hotspots.LGBT | 125


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