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9-YEAR-OLD BOY COMES OUT TO MAYOR PETE ON STAGE AT DENVER RALLY Chris Johnson
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The question was posed to Buttigieg on stage at the Denver rally via a member of his campaign, who read the youth’s inquiry aloud during a question-and-answer session. But the youth later came on stage himself to hear Buttigieg’s response. Buttigieg was able to offer two pieces of advice to the youth. The first was take caution because the road forward may be difficult. “It won’t always be easy, but that’s OK, because you know who you are, and that’s really important,” Buttigieg said. “Because when you know who are you, you have a center of gravity that can hold you together when all kinds of chaos is happening around you.” The second piece of advice Buttigieg told the youth was to keep an eye open to others looking for him to lead as an example. “You will never know who’s taking their lead from you, who’s watching you and deciding that they can be a little brave because you’ve been brave,” Buttigieg said to
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additional cheers from the audience. “When I was trying to figure out who I was,” Buttigieg added, “I was afraid that who I was might mean I could never make a difference, and what wound up happening instead was it’s a huge part of the difference I get to make.” Although there have been complaints from Rush Limbaugh over Buttigieg’s sexual orientation (and sometimes LGBT critics who say he’s not gay enough), the possibility of electing an openly gay person to the White House overwhelmingly has been an energizing factor in his candidacy, especially in Iowa, where he pulled off a victory. “You will never whose life you might be affecting right now, just by standing here right now,” Buttigieg said. “There’s a lot of power in that.” Buttigieg had one final thing to say to the youth. “Even if I can’t promise it’ll always be easy, I can promise that I’m going to be rooting for you,” Buttigieg said.
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hen a 9-year-old boy asked Pete Buttigieg on stage at a campaign rally in Denver Sunday for advice on having the bravery to come out, the gay presidential hopeful initially didn’t have much to offer, but said he was very impressed. “I don’t think you need a lot of advice from me on bravery,” Buttigieg said. “You seem pretty strong.” Although Buttigieg is a Rhodes scholar, Harvard University, Afghanistan war veteran, McKinsey consultant who ran for re-election to public office as South Bend mayor after coming out as gay, Buttigieg — who came out in his 30s — told the youth, Zachary Ro of Lone Tree, Yolo., he didn’t have his bravery. “It took me a long time to figure out how to tell even my best friend I was gay, let alone how to get out there and tell the world,” Buttigieg said. “And to see you come to terms with who you are in a room full of thousands of people you’ve never met. That’s really something.” The crowd of Buttigieg supporters erupted in cheers and waved “Pete 2020” signs in response.
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hou Art Woman is an event celebrating LBT women and their allies through performance and visual art. The art is from a variety of disciplines and transcends age, race, ethnicity, and income. It’s creativity by women for an audience of women and their allies. The event started as an open mic event six years ago. It’s now an annual threeday event including an art exhibit at ArtServe, and an unforgettable evening of live performances at the Broward Center for Performing Arts (BCPA.) This year’s event will take place March 13-15. It kicks off with a reception at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale Friday, March 13 at 6 p.m. On Saturday, March 14 the event will move to the Amaturo Theater at Broward Center. Thou Art Woman celebrates bi, lesbian, trans, queer, and intersex artists from a variety of disciplines. It’s a great way to experience art, poetry, music, and more. The performances are the perfect settings for a date night or girls evening out. If you don’t live in South Florida, it’s also a great excuse to visit. There are resources at ThouArtWoman.com for people traveling from out of town.
The highlight of the weekend is the Open Mic and Performance Night at the BCPA. Nik Harris and G Wright Muir host the event. “It’s a unique night for us to have the stage and audience filled with LGBTQI women and allies,” Muir said. “We can be at ease and be ourselves. The night is ours. Much of the content in the performances will connect to us as lesbians — from humor to challenging experiences.” Organizers encourage attendees to come an hour before in order to mingle and enjoy each other’s company before the show begins. Performers include: • JADE • RITAH WILBURN • RED WORDZ • VANESSA CHARLOT • DANCE GROUP DA HAUS • MUSIC BY DJ JESIMIXX This year, early bird ticket sales make it easier to buy tickets at a lower price. “People who buy tickets now pay only $20,” Muir said. “At the door they’ll cost $30. We felt like this would be a better deal for people this year.”
Tickets are now available for purchase at http://bit.ly/TAW2020TicketMaster. For more information about the events, visit ThouArtWoman.com.
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, affectionately known as “AOC,” who represents New York’s 14th congressional district recently tweeted a video promo to her 6.3 million followers of her hosting gig on the upcoming 12th season of “Rupaul’s Drag Race” which will premiere on VH1 in a two-part episode on Feb. 28. AOC, a self-proclaimed Drag Race super fan said of the experience, “This was absolutely, 100% a peak experience” before thanking the show for having her. AOC isn’t the only politician to watch as the Queens battle it out to become America’s next top drag superstar, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared on the hit show in 2018. AOC isn’t the only heavy hitter who will join the panel this season. Cortez will be in the company of EGOT
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photo via the U.S. Govt.
recipient Whoopi Goldberg, Thandie Newton, Chaka Khan, Leslie Jones and more famous faces when it kicks off later this month.
The queen of Drag and LGBT icon RuPaul Charles landed on the Saturday Night Live stage in his staple out of drag look with a brightly hued suit and bold glasses. The “Drag Race” creator regaled the audience during his opening monologue with memories of his arrival in New York in the ‘80s recalling a time when the city was “full of drugs, streetwalkers and seedy nightclubs. But it wasn’t all good.” Ru said he had hoped to share tales from his days as a lower east side drag queen, but the producers told him, “oh no, you betta don’t,” one of his ever present catchphrases. From teaching children “Reading” to transforming Pete Davidson’s recurring character Chad into “the future of drag,”
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Ru ripped through the evening with skit after skit without missing a beat. The night also featured two performances by musical guest Justin Bieber.
JAMEELA JAMIL FACES BACKLASH
DWAYNE WADE & GABRIELLE UNION GIVE A MASTERCLASS IN PARENTING
Jameela Jamil star of “The Good Place” is facing backlash following the announcement of her latest project “Legendary” with HBO’s new streaming service HBO Max. “Legendary” tells the story of modern ball room culture. The backlash began following the announcement Jamil would emcee the show, but she later clarified she would only serve as a judge on the show. Some were still not satisfied saying Jamil does not identify as LGBT, but the actress defended herself by coming out as queer. A surprisingly convenient timing for such an announcement. This comes days after producer and writer Tracie Morrissey blasted Jamil on her Insta story claiming Jamil’s stories of cancer, car crashes, being chased by
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bees, being confined to a wheelchair and other unfortunate events and accidents don’t add up. Morrissey said originally that the actress suffers from Munchausen syndrome, but later clarified saying she isn’t a medical professional, but rather just a nosy lady.
Dwayne Wade made an appearance on television Icon Ellen DeGeneres’s day-time show recently to promote an upcoming documentary, but began by giving a master class in parenting by talking about accepting and supporting his 12-year-old child’s decision to use the pronouns she/her. The former Heat player said he and actress wife Gabrielle Union feel a responsibility as “proud parents” and “proud allies” to listen to any issues their child might face, and to then provide “the best feedback that we can.” Wade says the 12-year-old, “came home and said, ‘Hey, call me Zaya, and I’m ready to take on this.’ I looked at her and said, ‘You are a leader. You are a leader, and it’s our opportunity to allow you to be a voice.’”
Dwayne Wade (left) and Gabrielle Union. Photo via Facebook.
LGBTQIA BITES Bisexual
NEW SPIDER-MAN RUMORED TO BE BISEXUAL Sony reportedly wants to make the next Spider-Man bisexual, according to We Got It Covered, who said sources informed them of a possible Spider-Verse live-action. The sources who, according to We Got It Covered, were right in the past, said the live-action would unite the different Peter Parkers (Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and Toby Maguire). Sony wants to give Garfield’s Parker a boyfriend in the movie, sources said. “I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ. And I was like, ‘What if MJ is a dude?’ Why can’t we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality? It’s hardly even groundbreaking! … So why can’t he be gay? Why can’t he be into boys?” Garfield said in a 2013 Entertainment Weekly interview. We Got It Covered clarified that nothing is set in stone regarding the live-action or the character’s sexuality, and that the studio is only exploring the option at this stage.
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50 CENT MAKES SEXUAL ABUSE JOKE ABOUT DWYANE WADE’S TRANSGENDER DAUGHTER After Dwyane Wade’s daughter Zaya came out as transgender, the internet erupted with support for the family. But along with the support came backlash — mostly saying Zaya, 12, is too young to decide she wants to transition. But on Sunday, Feb. 23, 50 Cent posted a meme on Instagram featuring Wade next to R. Kelly, who faces sex trafficking charges and has been accused of sexually abusing minors. In the meme, Kelly says “Heard you had a daughter now,” to which Wade replies, “U touch her I’ll kill ya,” according to Page Six. The Wade’s haven’t responded to 50 Cent’s post, but in a video, Wade asks Zaya what she’d do when people are mean to her for being herself. “I know it can get tough, definitely, but I think you push through, and you be the best you,” Zaya said in the video, according to Page Six. Wade confirmed his daughter is transgender in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres earlier this month.
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Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (Be Extra Careful About Marriage) released on Friday, Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, as India’s first major gay romantic comedy, according to Agence France-Presse. India’s Supreme Court overturned colonial era rules criminalizing gay sex in 2018, but LGBT people still face stigma and discrimination. The film’s writer and director, Hitesh Kewalya, said he thought the best way to show that gay couples should be accepted is through comedy, AFP reported. Bhushan Kumar, chairman and managing director of coproducer T-Series told AFP they were on board the moment they heard the story. “When we heard the story, our first reaction was that it’s a perfect family entertainer that subtly speaks about
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the fact [that] love has no boundaries, no gender,” Kumar told AFP. “We have an interesting message — of societal acceptance — albeit [presented] in a much more fun manner so that it reaches more people and helps them re-evaluate their pre-conditioned thoughts.”
Queensland in northeastern Australia introduced a bill that, if passed, would ban gay conversion therapy and make offenders face up to 18 months in jail, HuffPost reported. A Human Rights Law Centre report said gay conversion therapy is “pervasive” in Australia’s faith-based communities, and many of the bill’s opponents say the term conversion therapy is too broad, and could lead to innocent people going to jail, according to HuffPost. But LGBT advocates are still saying to pass the bill, as is. “It’s ground-breaking because it will be Australia’s first gay conversion therapy ban if the law is passed in Queensland,” Shelley Argent, a Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays in Australia spokeswoman told Reuters.
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“Conversion therapy is psychological abuse because it’s telling the person they are broken.” Australia began allowing same-sex marriage in 2017, and decriminalized gay sex 20 years ago, HuffPost reported.
BRITAIN’S FIRST GAY SOCCER PLAYER INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME
FIRST TRANSGENDER DANCER LEADS DRUM SECTION AT CARNIVAL
Justin Fashanu, Britain’s first out gay soccer player, was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame on Feb. 19, which would’ve been his 59th birthday. Fashanu took his own life in 1998, according to Daily Mail. Fashanu played for 22 teams over the course of his career, and came out in 1980. His induction into the hall of fame coincides with the National Football Museum’s LGBT+ Tour, which tells the story of LGBT football history, Daily Mail reported. But Fashanu’s niece, Amal Fashanu said, “It warms my heart to witness his legacy being honoured more than 21 years after his untimely passing.” “It’s unfortunate that we are still discussing discrimination in football in 2020 and it’s because of this harsh
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reality that we decided to create a platform in his name to tackle homophobia, racism and mental health within the game,” Amal said, according to Daily Mail. Amal founded The Justin Fashanu Foundation in 2019 to promote inclusion in football.
Camila Prins, 40, was selected out of dozens of models and TV celebrities to lead the Colorado do Brȧs samba school’s drum section. Prins is the first ever transgender woman to do so, according to HuffPost. The leader of the section is called the “godmother.” As godmother, Prins’ job was to dance in the parade as the judges asses the drummer’s performance. Prins told HuffPost that as a child, she was allowed to dress as a girl to attend Carnival, and said she dreamed of being in the parade as a dancer. She said this is a step towards transgender visibility in many capacities in Brazil. “Gorgeous women wanted to be here. I’m very excited because this shows we can be anywhere. We can be godmother of the drummers, we can
Camila Prins. Photo via Camila Prins, Facebook.
be owners of a samba school,” Prins told The Associated Press before the parade. “Soon they will see many other transgender girls, who will find it easier than I did.” Prins led Colorado do Brȧs to 11th place.
‘VAGINA CANNALOGUES’ GIVES 411 ON WOMEN & CANNABIS Denise Royal
et’s be blunt — women are increasingly consuming cannabis.
Women also use cannabis a lot differently than men. There’s an enormous stigma surrounding pot use for women. That’s why a group of women is coming together for The Vagina Cannalogues. “The Vagina Cannalogues is about destigmatizing and educating women about the benefits of cannabis use,” said Angie Willoughby, event co-sponsor and owner of The Green Baker. “Cannabis affects women very differently than it does men. As
“...A LOT OF WOMEN HAVE THE ATTITUDE THAT IT’S OK FOR YOUR HUSBAND OR BOYFRIEND TO SMOKE, BUT YOU’RE PROBABLY NOT WILLING TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT YOU CONSUME CANNABIS.” - Angie Willoughby EVENT CO-SPONSOR, OWNER OF THE GREEN BAKER
caretakers, as mothers, a lot of women have the attitude that it’s OK for your husband or boyfriend to smoke, but you’re probably not willing to let people know that you consume cannabis. So, there’s a lot of things that are very different for the female experience when it comes to cannabis and not to mention the fact that there are no safe spaces for us to be able to verbalize and vocalize those things, you know.” The Vagina Cannalogues is purported to be Florida’s first-all female traveling cannabis lecture series, providing a glimpse into how and why cannabis can benefit women. Each “cannalogue” is a look at the feminine experience as it pertains to cannabis use. The gathering is inclusive for all women — including those who identify as LBTQI. The lectures will focus on a broad spectrum of issues, including motherhood, combating stigmas from family, friends, or society at large, domestic violence, marriage, relationships, sex, intimacy, and so much more.
(Left to right) Dr. Michelle Weiner, Brit Francis and Angie Willoughby will be among a host of other advocates at the event. Photo via The Green Baker LLC, Facebook.
THE GROUP WANTS THE GATHERINGS TO BE A SAFE AND INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT WHERE WOMEN FEEL SAFE TO TALK AND SHARE (THEIR THOUGHTS AND IDEAS). THE PANEL WILL BE COMPRISED OF WOMEN FROM VARIOUS SPECTRUMS OF THE CANNABIS WORLD; THEY ARE:
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Dr. Michelle Weiner is a double board-certified in Interventional Pain Management and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is the chair of the Florida medical marijuana advisory committee.
is an avid CBD advocate and a medical cannabis patient advocate. Working in central Florida with The Winter Park Pain Management Center The Vagina Cannalogues kicks off on Saturday, February 29, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Liberty Health Sciences Miami Bird Road. The address is 6827 Bird Road, Miami, FL 33155. The night begins with a mocktail hour at 6 p.m. and a discussion at 7 p.m. The event is free, and tickets are available at Eventbrite. More information is available at www.Facebook.com/events/569416973911185.
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resident Trump announced on last week he has named Richard Grenell, who was the highest-ranking openly gay member of his administration, as acting director of intelligence. The move puts Grenell — now the U.S. Ambassador to Germany — in charge of overseeing U.S. intelligence agencies and advising Trump and the national security adviser on measures related to national security. Grenell arguably will be the most senior openly gay official of any administration in U.S. history, or the first openly gay Cabinet member, although as an appointee in an acting role, his job would technically be temporary and wouldn’t require Senate approval, so his claim to that distinction is dubious. Although Trump has a predilection for naming Richard Grenell. Photo credit: U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa / U.S. 6th Fleet, via Flickr. appointees on an “acting” basis even for permanent roles, Grenell confirmed on Thursday his appointment would, in interfered in the 2016 election, but later recanted. Coats security adviser and secretary of state. fact, be temporary. Annise Parker, CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Institute, issued Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), vice chair of the Senate stepped down from the role in the months that followed. Highly critical of the decision to name Grenell as head a statement Friday on Grenell’s appointment, dubbing him Intelligence Committee, took issue with Grenell in a statement, saying Trump’s pick lacks experience and of intelligence was Samantha Power, who served as U.S. the highest-ranking openly LGBTQ presidential appointee in Ambassador to the U.N. during the Obama administration. U.S. history. sidesteps the confirmation process. In his capacity as U.S. ambassador to Germany, Grenell has “A little over sixty-five years ago, President Eisenhower “The intelligence community deserves stability and an experienced individual to lead them in a time of massive spearheaded an initiative to decriminalize homosexuality signed an executive order barring LGBTQ people from national and global security challenges,” Warner said. “And in the more than 70 countries around the world where it serving in the federal government, resulting in the dismissal remains illegal. of hundreds of dedicated LGBTQ employees solely because at a time when the integrity and independence Earlier this year, he held an event at the of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” Parker said. of the Department of Justice has been called United Nations on the initiative and named “The ‘lavender scare’ originated in the idea that LGBTQ into grave question, now more than ever our CLOSELY TIED each of those countries, although other human people were a national security risk — and that ludicrous country needs a Senate-confirmed intelligence TO GRENELL IS rights groups in attendance were dubious about notion persisted well into the 1990s. For an openly LGBTQ director who will provide the best intelligence the Trump administration’s initiative. person to be appointed to the most important intelligence and analysis, regardless of whether or not it’s THE LOG CABIN Grenell, who had concurrently served as U.S. position in the U.S. government exemplifies how far we’ve expedient for the president who has appointed REPUBLICANS, envoy for Serbia-Kosovo peace negotiations, come.” him.” is also credited with helping to negotiate with Parker also pointed out the anti-LGBTQ policies of WHICH PRAISED Angering many in Germany, Grenell has Kosovo President Hashim Thaçi the first steps the Trump administration and urged Grenell to use his built a reputation for his combative style as a NEWS GRENELL in the creation of a presidential commission on newfound influence to call them out. diplomat. Just this week, Grenell singled out WOULD BE LGBT rights. “Acting Director Grenell has remained loyal to Trump in a series of three tweets targeted European It remains to be seen what the state of the throughout ambassadorship, and now is the time to cashpoliticians for complaining about the Trump’s APPOINTED TO THE global initiative to decriminalize will be in the in and use his that influence to confront the administration administration’s approaches to NATO and the SENIOR ROLE ON aftermath of Grenell’s appointment as head of on its anti-LGBTQ policies,” Parker said. “Representation European Union. U.S. intelligence. in government is invaluable when people speak out, take The appointment of Grenell, a Trump loyalist, TWITTER. Closely tied to Grenell is the Log Cabin on discriminatory voices and advocate for change. It takes would be a change from former DNI director Republicans, which praised news Grenell would courage — especially in an administration stocked with Dan Coats, who had a frosty relationship with be appointed to the senior role on Twitter. anti-LGBTQ activists — but we hope Grenell proves up to Trump. Trump reportedly has an affinity for Grenell, whose name the challenge. If Trump believes an openly LGBTQ person Coats, for example, went on the record to contradict Trump after a widely panned performance in 2018 during a has repeatedly come up in news reports as a possible pick for can lead our national security apparatus, one would think joint news conference with Russian Vladimir Putin. After a more senior roles in the administration. Grenell reportedly Trump should also support that person’s right to live free of meeting with Putin, Trump undermined assessments Russia was on the short list for Trump’s choices as the next national discrimination in the country he serves.”
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GAETZ TELLS ‘THE VIEW’ GRENELL’S PROMOTION GOOD FOR GAYS John McDonald
lorida Congressman Matt Gaetz used an appearance on The View last week to highlight the Trump administration’s commitment to gay Americans. Gaetz went on the daytime talk show for a political discussion with co-hosts Joy Behar, Whoppi Goldberg, Sunny Hostin and Meghan McCain. The Republican lawmaker from the Florida panhandle defended President Trump’s promotion of German Ambassador Richard Grenell to acting director of National Intelligence. “Fifty years ago, a gay man or woman
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he oldest Florida gay rights law — the Palm Beach County Fair Housing Act protecting gays from housing discrimination — recently hit a milestone.
The ordinance was voted into law in 1990 and recently marked its 30th year on the books Jan. 17. Rand Hoch was involved from the start in getting it passed. He also carries the distinction of having been Florida’s first openly gay judge. Hoch is also the founder and president of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council. “Florida has always been slower than a lot of states when it comes to gay rights,” Hoch said. He recalls that in the late 1960s and early 1970s, equal rights initiatives had begun to take hold in cities like New York, where gays and other marginalized groups demanded to be treated like everyone else. In 1977, the (then) Dade County Commission passed a gay rights ordinance, making Miami the 40th U.S. city to do so. Its passage prompted a crusade by anti-gay rights activist Anita Bryant, who called for a referendum to repeal the ordinance. “It was an ugly campaign,” Hoch said. “Portraying gay people as pedophiles, it was frightening.” Bryant got her wish later in the year when the referendum passed by an almost 2-to-1 margin.
Hoch said it had a demoralizing effect on Club played a big part. Gay Democrats from the gay rights movement. across Palm Beach County strategized and “It took until the late 1980s for anyone to met. even try to get something done,” he said. At the time, they were facing a county “She did such a number on the minds of commission that was Republican by a 3-toFloridians, even in relatively progressive 2 margin. It was known that the Republicans Miami.” opposed the change and the Democrats In the late 1980s, supported it. Congress made changes to Hoch said the strategy the federal Fair Housing wasn’t so much to gather Act for people 55 and older scores of gays for public to accommodate “adultrallies and try to ram only” communities. through legislation, but “That opened a door, to methodically become because every place that involved in political had fair housing laws that campaigns in order to gain didn’t protect those 55 influence. and over now had to do it,” “We wanted to get to Hoch said. know the people who run Hoch, who was an campaigns and the elected attorney, saw a unique officials,” Hoch said. “To opportunity to be help people get elected.” leveraged. Hoch’s influence would “We figured we could increase, too, with roles get the words ‘sexual as vice chair and chair of - RAND HOCH orientation’ added [to the the Palm Beach County Palm Beach County Fair Democratic Party. Housing Act] to cover “And all of the LGBTQ,” he said. “In sudden once we had reality, we got sexual orientation defined as these connections, we said: ‘Yes, we have ‘homosexuality and bisexuality.’” a gay agenda. To protect people from discrimination,’” Hoch said. THE LONG GAME They decided to keep the pressure on, but keep it as simple as possible. As one might imagine the process took a “We were asking them to put in a couple lot of organization and work — in fact about words and a definition,” Hoch said of the asthree years’ worth. non-threatening-as-possible strategy at the The former Atlantic Coast Democratic time. And instead of going to the media and creating a lot of publicity, they went directly to the county commissioners. “The idea was to simply convince at least one Republican to vote for the new language,” Hoch said. But the media eventually caught wind of the situation, and headlines read “Law to protect live-in lovers,” and things of that sort, Hoch said. So much for flying under the radar — but they stayed optimistic. Two hearings were soon set: a “first reading” and a final vote. Hoch said supporters mostly sat quietly in the first hearing to gauge the opposition, which he said generally fell into two groups. “There were the Realtors who worked in gay areas that were worried about being fined [under the proposed change],” he said. “They thought it was unfair.” Fines for violating the ordinance went up to $50,000. And then there were “the crazies.”
“Florida has always been slower than a lot of states when it comes to gay rights.”
“And all of the sudden once we had these connections, we said: ‘Yes, we have a gay agenda. To protect people from discrimination.’” - RAND HOCH
The Jan. 24, 1990, cover of The Weekly News announced the victory. Image courtesy of Rand Hoch.
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“It was monumental for us. This was breaking the glass ceiling.”
Hoch said the crazies were those who perpetuated the AIDS scare. They essentially had the view that gay people were bad and were going to spread AIDS across Florida if the ordinance was passed. Fortunately, Hoch said, there weren’t many in that group. “We had our people there with buttons reading ‘Housing is a Right, Not a Benefit.’ We had preachers, teachers and lawyers on our side. The other side underestimated our organization,” Hoch said. The day of the final hearing Hoch printed out a list of the many municipalities across the U.S. that had already enacted similar laws to show that what they were trying to accomplish wasn’t a radical idea. “We were demonstrating that if it’s OK to protect gays from housing discrimination in other cities, it’s OK in Florida. That was significant,” he said. When the commissioners cast their votes it was 4-to-1 in favor of the new law. They got two Republican crossovers. “It was monumental for us. This was breaking the glass ceiling,” Hoch said. “It takes a while to build something monumental like this.”
LIFE OF ACTION Hoch had founded the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council in 1988 with Jim Swope in the midst of the campaign for the new law. The group helped do much of the organizing in the runup to the 1990 hearing. It remains very active today, recently launching a gender-neutral restroom initiative in West Palm Beach. Hoch, who has vast political and civic experience, grew up in Massachusetts and moved to Florida in 1978. He was a real estate broker before he went to Stetson University College of Law to be “near a gay beach” in St. Petersburg. Hoch himself said he’d been discriminated against in 1984 for being gay. He was employed by an undisclosed law firm at the time. The
experience was part of what motivated him to get the law changed in Palm Beach County. Hoch had come out to his employer to let them know if there were functions where spouses were invited, he’d like to bring a date if he had one. He said he’d assumed it was OK to be gay at the firm. But a series of events made it clear that the firm thought his sexuality would be more trouble than it was worth. Hoch went on to practice real estate law, labor law and unemployment law, representing unions and workers. In 1992, he became Florida’s first openly gay judge. He did one judicial term in Daytona, representing Volusia, Seminole and Flagler counties.
When the commissioners cast their votes it was 4-to-1 in favor of the new law. They got two Republican crossovers.
Rand Hoch as the grand marshal of a Pride event in Palm Beach County in 2012. Photo courtesy of Rand Hoch.
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lorida legislator Al Jacquet apologized last week for calling his opponent an anti-gay slur. But the mea culpa was too late and did not go far enough for many Democrats.
Jacquet quickly stepped down as ranking member of the Rules Committee after being roundly condemned by Democrats. The furor erupted when Florida Politics reported on a video that Jacquet had posted to his Facebook page where he called his opponent “batty boy,” a common anti-gay slur in the Caribbean. A day later Jacquet apologized saying “In the heat of the moment, I said something I should not have said. I apologize for my words that have offended some of my colleagues.” But that statement did not quiet the intense backlash from members of his own party. “As a colleague, friend, and fraternity brother to Representative Jacquet, it is my hope that he would understand the impact of what he said,″ Rep. Shevrin Jones, an openly gay Democrat who represents parts of Broward County, told the Palm Beach Post. “There is no room for discrimination of any kind, and I know Rep. Jacquet to be better than the language he used. I call on him to apologize, and hope that moving forward he understands that our words matter.” Another gay representative, Carlos Guillermo Smith, also blasted Jacquet, “Homophobia is toxic and dangerous. Words matter and legislators on both sides of the
“THE APOLOGY HE SUPPOSEDLY HAS ISSUED WASN’T SENT TO ME AND HE HAS MY CELL NUMBER. HE HASN’T REACHED OUT TO ME AT ALL.” - Omari Hardy
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Florida legislator Al Jacquet. Photo via Al Jacquet, Facebook.
aisle should condemn this hateful rhetoric immediately. This is totally unacceptable. I am disgusted.” Jacquet represents Florida House District 88 that spans most of the length of the county from Delray Beach in the south to Riviera Beach in the north. “That’s the union boy. The batty boy, union boy,” Jacquet said on the video about his opponent, Lake Worth Beach Commissioner Omari Hardy. The slur is common in the Caribbean islands where Jacquet was born. Hardy is running against Jacquet in the upcoming Democratic primary in March. “I want to make it really clear that anti-gay language is reprehensible,” Hardy said. “We shouldn’t tolerate it from our elected officials, just as we should not tolerate it from anyone in our lives.” Hardy is not gay, but he was raised in a same-sex household with two mothers. “Anti-gay language is not OK. But there is nothing wrong with being gay. I’m not offended by someone calling me gay even though I’m straight,” he said. “What offends me is this elected official is using hateful language — hateful language that is used to stigmatize people. Trying to weaponize it for his own political benefit.” Hardy did not accept Jacquet’s apology. “The apology he supposedly has issued wasn’t sent to me and he has my cell number,″ Hardy told the Post. “He hasn’t reached out to me at all. I don’t know to whom he was apologizing. When you hurt someone you
(personally) apologize to them.″ Rand Hoch, president of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, said his group has endorsed Jacquet in the past. “While Al Jacquet has never been involved with the local LGBTQ community in a significant way, PBCHRC Voters Alliance repeatedly endorsed him based on his cosponsorship of pro-LGBTQ legislation,” Hoch said. “I sincerely doubt that will ever happen again.” Hardy has been a Lake Worth Beach City Commissioner for three years. Stephen Gaskill, President of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus, released a statement. “Rep. Jacquet should know better. Language matters, and has a real-world impact. Rep. Jacquet needs to apologize to Florida’s LGBTQ community for using an antigay slur intended to demean a large segment of his Palm Beach County constituents,” Gaskill said. “The Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus is in Tallahassee for our annual Lobby Days, and we encourage him to meet with us while we’re here.” The chair the Florida Democratic Party, Terrie Rizzo, also admonished Jacquet. She posted this tweet. “@FlaDemsvalues everyone. Words do matter & hurtful & insulting language has no place in any discourse. I’m glad Rep. Jacquet realized his words were hurtful & apologized. I personally encourage him to reach out to his colleagues & groups who have supported him & make this right.”
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ne of the best things about living in South Florida is the vast array of food festivals and food events offering enticing opportunities to taste a variety of scrumptious fare. The majority of these events are scheduled during the Spring months while the snowbirds are still in town and before the weather becomes too hot. Here’s an overview of some of the fests slated for this Spring. For some events, tickets are required and the fee includes food and drinks. Occasionally, discounts are offered for early purchase. Other events are free to enter, and you purchase food directly from vendors. Some events are specifically for ages 21 and older, check the event websites for specific information. THE 13TH STREET CRAFT BEER & WINE FESTIVAL will be held Saturday, March 7 in Fort Lauderdale. Six street blocks will be closed (along 13th St., from 4th to 10th Ave.) for pedestrian traffic only from 4 p.m. till midnight. Admission is free however craft beer & wine sampling packages can be purchased in advance. Event highlights along the hot new District 13 area, with creative retail, dining and shops include a classic car show, more than a dozen local breweries with beer sampling for ticket holders, food trucks, artisan’s market, live music and DJs. General admission is free and craft beer and wine tasting tickets can be $30 purchased in advance at eventbrite. com, $35 the day of event. For more info, go to centralcityalliance. org.
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Catch the wave during the annual DANIA BEACH ARTS & SEAFOOD CELEBRATION, Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29. Enjoy local and regional bands, live performance art, a juried fine art vendors and crafters showcase, family activities, and seafood galore in the heart of downtown Dania Beach at Frost Park. For more information, go to daniabeachfl.gov.
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0 Days. 40 days of Holy Time. This is the time during which churches enter the Season of Lent, a time of anticipation, a time of preparation, a time of transformation during which we anticipate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The death and resurrection of our Lord establishes a miraculous transformation. Once, a young person tried to stump his pastor by asking her, “who is the person in the whole world, ever, who had the greatest sin?” The pastor responded, “Jesus Christ.” Through his death Jesus took unto himself the sin of the whole world, dying the death that was, in truth, ours. In his rising, Jesus gives to us the life he himself experienced coming forth from the grave. A New Life. A New Creation. A miraculous transformation from death to life, not only
for Jesus, but for us as well. The gathering of the church for worship reflects this transformation. Always it proclaims Christ’s victory over death and the grave, and new life in God’s kingdom. Indeed, through the lives of worship we catch glimpses of his kingdom. For, we cannot give of ourselves in praise and adoration and not be changed ourselves. Lives of worship become lives of service. The worshipful life is one which seeks guidance from God, submits itself to God’s will, and celebrates God’s purpose for us. A life of worship is one in which prayer is unceasing. The worshipful life is to live the cruciform life of our Lord, the cross-life to which we are each called. During this season of repentance, may the presence of our saving God touch your life and bring to you the joy of God’s forgiveness and new life.
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fter announcing the first open application period for its new scholarship initiative on Dec. 1, officials at the onePULSE Foundation said the response has been “overwhelming.” The group is offering 49 scholarships in honor of the 49 people who died at the Pulse Nightclub mass shooting in Orlando on June 12, 2016. The “Legacy Scholarship Initiative” was designed to provide academic opportunities to recipients who “embody love, hope, unity, courage and unconditional acceptance.” The Foundation was established after the shooting to “honor and preserve the legacy of those killed and to create a sanctuary of hope.”
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DANCE All-male, Argentinian dance company Che Malambo brings their percussive dance and music spectacle to the Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. 8th St. in Fort Lauderdale, tonight at 8 p.m. Malambo is a dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming and song that originated 300 years ago on the South American pampas. These gauchos are hot! Tickets start at $37.50 at ParkerPlayhouse.com.
OPERA The Palm Beach Opera presents “The Barber of Seville,” Rossini’s classical tale of bribery, deception and disguise, tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. A grand plan is hatched, full of mischievous escapades and inventive antics in this masterpiece of comedy. Will the clever barber Figaro get the girl in the end? Yes! Tickets start at $20 at Kravis.org.
Actress and comedian Jackie Hoffman brings her new one-woman show, “Themeless,” to the Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 S.E. 9th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale, as part of the Outlandish performance series. She was nominated for an Emmy for her portrayal of Mamacita in FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan” and famously made a scene after losing the coveted statue. Hoffman continues her downward spiral into oblivion with this entertaining mix of original music and monologues. Tickets start at $35 at OutlandishFL.com. Photo Credit: FX.
Some questions are best unanswered, but if your penis could talk, what would it say? Find out at “The Penis Talk Show,” tonight at 8 p.m. at the Foundry at Wilton Theater Factory, 2308 N. Dixie Hwy. in Wilton Manors. Four “anonymous” penises will answer your questions in this hilarious, sexy show from the wickedly funny mind of playwright Ronnie Larsen. Tickets are $25 at RonnieLarsen.com.
Congregation Etz Chaim’s weekly Israeli-Jewish-LGBTQA+ Film Festival continues today at 4:45 p.m. with Ofir Trainin’s moving documentary, “Family in Transition.” A family from a small Israeli village must cope when their father comes out as a transgender woman. Screenings at the Pride Center, 2038 N. Dixie Hwy. in Wilton Manors. Hebrew with English subtitles. Tickets are $11 at EtzChaimFlorida.org.
Some nights you just need to stay home and veg out in front of the television. Amazon Prime video has released new episodes of two of the streaming service’s long-running series, “The Tick” and “Mozart in the Jungle,” as well as the films, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” and “Zathura: A Space Adventure,” a 2005 “Jumanji” in space, starring a pre-“Twilight” Kristen Stewart. Watch at Amazon.com.
Broadway lovers have to make a tough decision. You’ve got two touring productions to pick from tonight: “Mean Girls” opens at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale and runs through March 15. Tickets start at $40.50 at BrowardCenter.org. Meanwhile, at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, a new production of the epic “Miss Saigon” opens tonight and runs through March 8. Tickets start at $48 at Kravis.org.
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Trixie Mattel experiences an early mid-life crisis in her new show coming to the Broward Center on March 3. Credit: TrixieMattel.com.
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f 50 is the new 40 and 40 is the new 30, where does that put Trixie Mattel, who is struggling with turning the big 3-0? “I’m too old, too young, 100 and 5 at the same time,” the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” AllStars season 3 winner said. “Am I a grown-up or did I waste my best years?” After some silent reflection, Mattel added, “I don’t feel old, but looks wise, I spent my 20s waiting for myself to visually peak. I either missed it or it didn’t happen. As far as dating and sex, it all changes as you get older, also.” Mattel has been doing drag for a decade and fans have watched her grow on television. “Is doing drag for 10 years something to be proud of or sad about? Everybody else is becoming accomplished in the traditional ways — getting married, having children. When you’re a gay crossdresser traveling the world, there are different benchmarks,” she noted. Mattel certainly hasn’t wasted her time. She’s drawn an international following thanks to her stints with RuPaul and has toured the country three times, performing both in drag and as an accomplished folk musician. She has two businesses and owns that house, just like her straight friends. Mattel is still pretty skeptical about relationships and certainly about marriage.
She’s in a relationship, but the “M” word is not an option…yet. “If I put everything I’ve done on a scale, what does it weigh up to?” she asked. South Florida audiences will get the chance to ponder these questions with Mattel when she comes to the Broward Center on March 3 with her new show, “Grown Up.” In addition to a little group therapy session on the Amaturo Theater stage, Mattel will be performing with a live band on tour for the first time. Her latest album will come out during the 29-city tour. “I’m like a tired old show hag now,” acknowledging that, at 30, she just doesn’t have the stamina for the 60-city tour she last attempted. “The show is a celebration and proves that no matter how tragic or iffy your life may be, you can joke through anything. There’s nothing more universal than getting older.” Mattel has always loved toys and dolls — hence her drag name — and finds them therapeutic with the creative process. But, make no mistakes, her show can get dark, like her Florida audiences. “You all are some damaged people and like dark jokes,” she joked, dismissing her own issues for a moment. “Some drag queen should do a show called ‘Florida Man’.” Suddenly, Mattel’s existential issues don’t seem nearly so tragic.
“Trixie Mattel: Grown Up” will be performed on Tuesday, March 3 at 8 p.m. at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets start at $39.50 at BrowardCenter.org.
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iss Richfield 1981 is ready for the fight and she’s coming out swinging in her new show, “Below the Belt.” The mild-mannered Midwesterner, who dedicated her career to the amiable citizens and merchants of Richfield, Minnesota (“where butter is a spice and gravy is a beverage”), is channeling her inner “Rocky” for her latest comedic romp on March 7 at the Sunshine Cathedral. “It’s really a show, not about conflict, but rather about fighting for what you believe in, standing up for who you are,” said Miss Richfield’s male alter ego Russell King. “Miss Richfield, of course, had to fight to win her beauty title in 1981 and now she’s asking what do we have to fight for in 2020? It’s really a time where we need to think about that. It’s a challenging time.” One of the inspirations for the new show was the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage this August. While marriage equality and many LGBT rights are still new, people forget that it was just a century ago that women won their right to have their voices heard at the voting box. Even those hardfought victories are under attack through voter suppression and anti-LGBT legislation and policies. “I think about our community and the people who need to stand up and be counted,” King explained, “and the boxing theme seemed like it would be appropriate and fun.” King has created new costumes, songs and videos for the show, which he promises will leave funny bones bruised and broken by the final bow. He first explored a love for theater in high school in his native Minnesota. Growing up in a very conservative Christian family, “we didn’t go to theater, it wasn’t part of our experience,” King recalled. In college, he focused on his journalism studies, but the yearning for the spotlight was never quite forgotten. Miss Richfield 1981 made her debut at a Miss America viewing party more than 20 years ago. “We jokingly all came in pageant attire, just as a joke,” King said. Soon Miss Richfield 1981 was performing at local clubs in Minneapolis. One night,
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the regular emcee took a break and the microphone was handed to King. Within a few months, Miss Richfield’s performances moved from the bars and clubs to theaters and cabaret rooms. His early act was set as a Christian radio show with Miss “R” as the host. Even his religious family came to accept their gay son’s drag. “It took time, especially for my dad, but he came around and was very cordial and good to my boyfriends. With the drag, again, that took some time for them to adjust. I compared it to Uncle Milty [Milton Berle] or Flip Wilson. It’s not that I want to be a woman, it’s just a fun character, a role,” King emphasized. Within a few years, the performer was headlining Atlantis gay cruises and holding court in the gay summer mecca of Provincetown. Now, she’s one of the top names in an industry increasingly crowded with young stars, thanks to “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” “I’m traveling all year round, all around the globe. This year, I’m working New York City, Fort Lauderdale, Washington, D.C., San Diego, Palm Springs…I’m the official spokesperson for Palm Springs, so I’d better mention them,” he said, breathlessly. King is now contemplating a big move from Minneapolis to Philadelphia, where his boyfriend lives. “I’ve been thinking about relocating, but Miss Richfield will never really leave Richfield. She’s never home, but she’ll always call Richfield home.”
Miss Richfield 1981 presents “Below the Belt” as part of the Outlandish performance series on Saturday, March 7 at 8 p.m. at the Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 S.W. 9th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets start at $30 at OutlandishFL.org.
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Drag icon Miss Richfield 1981 is getting into the ring to fight for LGBTQ rights in her new show, “Below the Belt.” Credit: Outlandish performance series.
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Through March 8th at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center located in the Central Broward Regional Park, 3800 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill. The classic tale as old as time tells of Belle, a young woman in a small town, and a Beast, who is really a young prince under a spell. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. Time is running out and if the Beast doesn’t learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed forever. See all your favorite characters including Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth, Lumiere and more! Tickets $35-$55, more info at lpacfl.com
*Mean Girls - The Musical
March 3-15 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Direct from Broadway, MEAN GIRLS is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including book writer Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), composer Jeff Richmond (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), lyricist Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde) and director Casey Nicolaw (The Book of Mormon). Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. This naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung. Tickets · $35 - $130 details at browardcenter.org
*Helen on Wheels
March 5th – 29th, at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale. Another heartwarming comedy by Cricket Daniel about Helen Wheeler is a gun totin’ and whiskey drinking Granny, living in the small town of Crockett, Oklahoma. When Helen isn’t locked up in the local clink, she’s on her front porch shootin’ up critters and the local kids. Not even the local sheriff, can manage to uphold the law when it comes to Helen, her sidekick Zona, and their daily “Thelma and Louise” antics. Helen’s son Nelson thinks it’s time for Mama to move out of Crockett and
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closer to him. Loss, loneliness and the threat to independence that accompany aging are issues that Helen and the other characters wrangle with zany comedy and touching realism. Helen on Wheels is a delightful heartwarming new comedy proving that feisty old ladies have the right to cause hell, play bingo and to bear arms. Tickets: $39 Info at 866-811-4111or pigsdoflyproductions.com
The Rocket Man Show
Friday, February 28 at Coral Springs Center For The Arts. Remember when rock was young? You will after this show! Rus Anderson is Elton John’s official body double for his ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ world tour videos & photos! Picked by Elton himself, Rus performs as a young Elton John in ‘The Rocket Man Show’ - driving a night of Elton’s greatest hits, with spot on vocals & fierce piano playing. Rus painstakingly recreates an early concert with gorgeous, colorful & flamboyant costumes actually worn by Elton - including boots, glasses & jumpsuits from 1973, as well as his sparkly tuxedo from 1984! With all the classic young Elton antics, audiences are in for a night of nostalgia, singing, laughing & participation. Information and tickets at thecentercs.com
palm beach county *Miss Saigon
March 3-8, at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach.This is the story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim who is orphaned by war and forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris, but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son. Featuring a stunning spectacle and a sensational cast of 42 performing the soaring score, including Broadway hits like The Heat is On in Saigon, The Movie in My Mind, Last Night of the World and American Dream, this is a theatrical event you will never forget. Tickets start at $48 more info at kravis.org
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Picked by Elton himself, Rus performs as a young Elton John in "The Rocket Man Show" on Feb. 28 at Coral Springs Center For The Arts. Photo via Coral Springs Center For The Arts, Facebook.
Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton. Alexandra thought her life would never change. Living in the castle with her father, the failed poet, her maid, the wise Galstina, and catching glimpses of her mother as she runs from the stables to the rose bushes, trying not get caught by the palace guard. And of course, there was the grand piano made of glass that she swallowed as a child, sitting inside her at all times. But then Lucien arrives and suddenly, anything seems possible. A US Premiere. Details at fau.edu/ artsandletters/theatrelab
*A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City
Though March 1st at the Sol Theater, 3333 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton. A foul-mouthed twenty-something comedian and a middleaged man embroiled in a nasty divorce are brought together unexpectedly when their cancer-stricken mothers become roommates in the hospital. Together, this unlikely duo must negotiate some of life’s biggest challenges…while making some of the world’s most inappropriate jokes. Can these two very lost people learn to laugh through their pain and lean on each other, when all they really want to do is run away? Tickets $40 info at primalforces.com or (866) 811-4111
miami-dade county * A Wonderful World
March 5-April 5 from Miami New Drama at The Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. A world-premiere musical about jazz legend and singular American icon Louis Armstrong, with songs recorded and made popular by Armstrong. It traces Armstrong’s odyssey, the musical genre he helped define, and the complex history of race in America, from the birth of jazz in Armstrong’s native New Orleans to international stardom and the Civil Rights era. Details and tickets at miaminewdrama.org or (305) 674-1040
*The Trojan Women
Through February 29th, at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, 1312 Miller Drive, Coral Gables. A war to retrieve the beautiful Helen of Troy has ended. The city has been laid to waste; its men slaughtered. Its women have been forced to the beach where the Greeks will soon enslave them as the spoils of war. As they await their fate, Queen Hecuba, her daughter Cassandra and the other women confront the travesties and devastation of war. Ellen McLaughlin’s contemporary adaptation of Euripides’ centuries-old drama is a lucid and humbling perspective on the refugees of war. Tickets $12 - $27 info at (305) 284-3355 or miami.edu/ring
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BROWARD SUPPORT SERVICES PFLAG
A support group for parents, family and allies of the LGBT community. Coral Springs: second Thursday of the month at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, 1400 Riverside Drive in Coral Springs. Fort Lauderdale Meeting: third Tuesday of the month, 1480 SW 9th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. All meetings are 7-9 p.m. Free. Visit SunServeYouth.com for more information.
SUNSERVE YOUTH GROUP
Tuesdays and Thursdays in Fort Lauderdale, Southwest Ranches, Coral Springs and Hollywood. A support group and night of fun for LGBT youth 13 to 21. Free. Visit SunServeYouth.com for dates and times.
First and third Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Broward Health Imperial Point Hospital cafeteria, 6401 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. Find support from counselors and peers who have lost loved ones to suicide. Call the Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention at 954-384-0344 or visit FISPOnline.org.
broward county *SongFest 2020
Friday, February 28, at 7:30 PM, ArtServe 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale. Explore the traditions of American opera and musical theater throughout the 20th and 21st century. At SongFest, context is the key: both treasured classics (Leonard Bernstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rodgers and Hammerstein) and littleknown masterpieces (Carlisle Floyd, Douglas Moore, Stephen Schwartz) are combined to bridge the gap between these two genres and celebrate American music! Performed by members of the Florida Grand Opera Studio Artist Program. Tickets and details at fgo.org
*TASTE of Oakland Park
Friday, February 28, 6 to 9pm at Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N Dixie Highway, Oakland Park. The City’s marquee event held in the downtown area, known as the Culinary Arts District. TASTE of Oakland Park is a grand tasting showcase of the City’s restaurants. Participating restaurants and food businesses will provide bite-sized “tastes” of their menu items. By solely focusing on Oakland Park restaurants, it’s a celebration of the local flavor of culinary entrepreneurs. Tickets: Pre-Sale: $15; at the gate: $20 details at oaklandparkfl.gov
*Broward Equality Connection
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at Whale’s Bar & Grill, 3537 Galt
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palm beach *A Conversation between firsttime author Leslie Gray Streeter and literary legend James Patterson
Monday, March 2 at The Colony, 155 Hammon Avenue in Palm Beach. Leslie Gray Streeter is the pop culture columnist for The Palm Beach Post, where she has covered music, movies, celebrities, staycations and more since 2002. Her first book, a memoir, is being published in the spring of 2020 by Little, Brown & Company. James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author and a major cultural philanthropist. Books by the former advertising executive have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide and more than 100 of his titles have been The New York Times bestsellers. More information at palmbeachculture.com
Ocean Dr, Fort Lauderdale. Equality Connections are a great way to introduce new people to the important work of Equality Florida. Stop by to mix, mingle, and enjoy delicious lite bites, drink specials, and a raffle. This will be a fun event, open to all! On hand will be Equality Florida’s local South Florida leadership team to let you know what’s next in the fight for full equality in the midst of this contentious legislative session. There is no charge for this event, so please bring a guest! Details at eqfl.org
*Music of the Knights
Flagler Village Artwalk
Though March 29th at 512 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach. Experience Impulse, a one-of-a-kind interactive sound and light show in Downtown West Palm Beach. Impulse includes 12 large illuminated seesaws that respond and transform when put into motion. Create a dynamic light and sound wave giving a pulse of warmth and playfulness. FREE and open to the public. Hours are Sunday – Saturday 10am – 11pm. For more information, visit DowntownWPB. com/Impulse.
Every last Saturday of the month starting at 6 pm at the Artwalk in Flagler Village, which includes FAT Village, MASS District, and nearby art galleries! Free parking is available at 844 NE 4th Ave, one block south of Sunrise Blvd. on the West side of Federal Highway. flaglervillage.org
Nonbinary and Gender Variant Support Group
Every Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at SunServe, 2312 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors. A group limited to self-identified gender marginalized & gender questioning peoples. Gender marginalized includes cis-women, womxn, femmes, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, agender, trans & gender questioning. Learn more at SunServe. org/ENBY.
Feb. 29–March 1 at Lynn University 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Iconic. Enduring. Powerful. Celebrating Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney. Four singers are backed by a 12-piece orchestra as they commemorate iconic masterpieces from three of Britain’s finest songwriters, including “Memory,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “Yesterday.” Ticket $50-$70 information at lynn.edu/events
miami-dade *Miami Beach Pride Women’s Event
Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 8 PM at The Nest Rooftop Sunset Lounge 723 North
Lincoln Lane, Miami Beach. Free with RSVP! Join the women’s mixer to learn about women’s programming and activations at Miami Beach Pride 2020, mix and mingle, and dance to beats by DJ ZEHNO! Enjoy open bar from 8-10 PM! Make sure to bring your friends and RSVP ahead of time - space is limited! RSVP to this event in advance for FREE admission at facebook.com/MiamiBeachPride. Admission is $5 at the door.
*Double Stubble fundraiser for the AIDS Walk
Thursday, February 27, 9 PM – 2 AM at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St, Miami. Get LIT with the killer queens and foxy kings of Double Stubble! With Residents DJ Hottpants, Mystic Bill, Terence Tabeau, Special live performance by Imperium, The First. Performances by Azula Faux, Sapphire, Christina Diamond, Kream Kase, Opal Lords. Shows at 10:00pm and 11:30pm $8 Madras Ball (Absolut, OJ, and Cranberry Juice) Always FUN / Always FREE We’re here. We’re queer. Dance with us!!! Details at facebook.com/doublestubble
*Young Professionals Network Poolside Social
Thursday, February 27th 7 PM – 9:30 PM at the Riviera South Beach, 318 20th St, Miami Beach. YPN is a group meant for LGBTQ professionals and aspiring professionals with a mission to provide educational engagements, create networking opportunities, foster support and collaboration with community leaders by bridging the gap between generations, nurture professional development and growth, and create paths to success within our community. Tickets: $10 (pre-register & pay online); $20 (at door) all details at gaybizmiami.com
key west Hot Naked Hump Days
Wednesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Island House, 1129 Fleming St. in Key West. Relax in the middle of the week with two-forone drinks, free shots, videos and music, giveaways, and naked boys at the pool. Call 305-294-6284 or visit IslandHouseKeyWest. com
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UR O Y E K A M L L ’ SHE
Love comes in all sizes at the Humane Society of Broward County, and if you’re looking for a big beautiful gal to be part of your family, Jazz (ID #475766) might be the perfect fit. This caramel colored, seven-year-old gal is 84 pounds of love. She was given up because her family doesn’t have time to devote to her with their new baby. Jazz is curious and excited about new things, but her favorite thing is to play with tennis balls. She is not a fan of water, but likes mud. If you’re looking for an affectionate dog to be part of your family, Jazz is the gal for you.
The adoption fee for dogs over 6 months is $100 and felines over 6 months are $30. When you adopt from the Humane Society of Broward County the dogs and cats are spayed or neutered, microchipped, receive preliminary vaccinations, cats are feline leukemia tested, and dogs over 7 months are tested for heartworm. They also receive a flea/tick preventative, a 10-day limited health care plan from VCA Animal Hospitals, 30 days of Trupanion Pet Insurance and a bag of Purina ONE pet food. The HSBC opens daily at 10:30 and is located at 2070 Griffin Road, a block west of I-95. For more details call 954-989-3977 ext. 6. To see who else is looking for a home visit www.humanebroward.com.
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