Page 1

local name global coverage may 9, 2018 vol. 9 // issue 19

To The Mothers (Regardless of how many you have) Page 14



NEWS local

May 9, 2018 • Volume 9 • Issue 19

2520 N. Dixie Highway • Wilton Manors, FL 33305 Phone: 954-530-4970 Fax: 954-530-7943

Publisher • Norm Kent

Chief Executive Officer • Pier Angelo Guidugli Associate Publisher / Executive Editor • Jason Parsley


Sponsorships of the Senior Health Expo Are Selling Like Hotcakes Dori Zinn

The Pride Center’s annual event takes place in October

Art Director • Brendon Lies Digital Content Director • Brittany Ferrendi Designer • Char Pratt Copyeditor • Kerri Covington Arts/Entertainment Editor • JW Arnold Social Media Manager • Tucker Berardi Food/Travel Editor • Rick Karlin Gazette News Editor • Michael d'Oliveira HIV Editor • Sean McShee Senior Photographer • J.R. Davis

Senior Features Correspondents Jesse Monteagudo •


omehow, one little project turned into a sell out for senior services. The Pride Center’s Boomer/Senior Health Expo — the brainchild of Senior Services Coordinator Bruce Williams and his team — is one of the biggest events the Center puts on every year. If you want to sponsor it, though, you’ll have to get in while you can. Last year, sponsorships sold out by June, even though the event was in October. “The [first] expo was instrumental in creating an awareness of the long-term care needs of our LGBT seniors,” Williams said. “Since then, the crowds have grown larger every year, and the number of our participating vendors has increased with each expo.” What started out as a way to bridge the knowledge gap between seniors and LGBT-friendly services offerings around town has now blossomed into one of the most sought-after events for both seniors and sponsors alike. Space is limited to 60 vendors, with sponsorship rates ranging from $500 to $6,000, depending on levels of participation. Williams said there is never a

Boomer/Senior Health Expo Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018

shortage vendors. “The response from our participating individuals, businesses and organizations has been an overwhelmingly positive one,” Williams said. “Providers have literally lined up to reserve space.” Reserving sponsorship spots is on a firstcome, first-serve basis. If you want to get your spot, you have to pay in full when you request it. Otherwise, a paying sponsor can snatch up your spot. Williams said groups are actually “clamoring” for space. Typically, it’s right after one event ends that organizations plan for the next year. “In [the] days following each expo, a number of current participants immediately commit their organization to the next year’s event,” Williams said. “It is always unfortunate when someone doesn’t receive a spot. Last year, the event sold out by the end of June, and we had a lot of disappointed would-be participants. Those folks and many of our regulars have reserved their space for this year’s event, and that’s why we already have a waiting list for cancellations.” There are plenty of different types of MEMBER

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Pride Center


See our news in video Online now!

sponsors that participate, including wellness programs, long term care services, financial services, and so many more. Williams said the largest recurring sponsors come from Broward Health Imperial Point, Marrinson’s Senior Services, and AIDS Healthcare Foundation. If you come up short on becoming a sponsor, there’s still hope for you in the event resource directory. “[The] booklet includes information about all expo participants and includes the ads of support and from those marketing their goods and services,” Williams said. “We have found that our attendees generally keep their copies of the Resource Directory and refer to them whenever they are in need of goods and services throughout the year.”

If you’re looking to reserve your spot or want more information about sponsorships for the 2018 Senior Health Expo, contact Bruce Williams at or call 954-4639005 ext. 109. 2040 N. Dixie Highway Wilton Manors, FL 33305

Cover: Happy Mother’s Day, however you celebrate. MEMBER

Associated Press


Dori Zinn • Donald Cavanaugh • Christiana Lilly • Denise Royal • Sean McShee • David-Elijah Nahmod

Contributing Columnists

Brian McNaught • Dana Rudolph • Ric Reily • Terri Schlichenmeyer

Associate Photographers

Carina Mask • Pompano Bill • Steven Shires

Sales & Marketing

For ad placement in SFGN, contact 954-530-4970 Sales Manager • Justin Wyse Advertising Sales Associate • Edwin Neimann Advertising Sales Associate • Clark Rogers Distribution Services • Rocky Bowell Lee Curtis Sales Consultant • Charles A. Reid National Advertising Rivendell Media 212-242-6863 Accounting Services by CG Bookkeeping Printing by Sun Coast Press

SFGN Winner of & 5 Florida Press Club Awards And runner-up for

NLGJA Journalist of the Year South Florida Gay News is published weekly. The opinions expressed in columns, stories, and letters to the editor do not represent the opinions of SFGN, or the Publisher. You should not presume the sexual orientation of individuals based on their names or pictorial representations. Furthermore the word “gay” in SFGN should be interpreted to be inclusive of the entire LGBT community. All of the material/columns that appears in print and online, including articles used in conjunction with the AP, is protected under federal copyright and intellectual property laws, and is jealously guarded by the newspaper. Nothing published may be reprinted in whole or part without getting written consent from the Publisher, at his law office, at SFGN, as a private corporation, reserves the right to enforce its own standards regarding the suitability of advertising copy, illustrations and photographs. Copyright © 2018 South Florida Gay, Inc.


5 . 9.2018


NEWS local

Red Hot Party Returns Thursday Promises to be Hotter than Ever

Denise Royal


he 6th Annual Red Hot Party at Hunters is about to heat up! This year’s event takes place on May 10 in Wilton Manors. Hosted by Daisy Dead Petals & Electra, this year’s free anticipated event begins at 7 p.m. with a scorching charity date auction showcasing some of South Florida’s most eligible scorching hot LGBT bachelors and bachelorettes. Guests will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with the select group of LGBT bachelors and bachelorettes who come with their own unique accompanying entertainment packages which may include concert tickets, outdoor adventures, performing arts shows, sporting event seats plus dinner and much more, plus bid on silent auction items, enjoy drink specials and have fun while benefiting a great cause. Some of the participants expected to take part in the auction include: • Kat Schober from Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino • Arshley Giraldo from Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino • Brittany Smith from Del Prado Elementary; 4th Grade Teacher • Robin Geffen from Jet Blue • Ricky Ayala from Jet Blue – Mr. Unlimited Bear 2017 • Dizeyee “Kody” Kotcher from Hunters Nightclub • Felix Marquis from Hunters Nightclub • Alex Amarosa from The Pub • Napoleon from OutClique • Robert Wagenseil from Goodman PR • Derek Mitchell, an FAU Entrepreneur • Joe Beasley from Rumors • Danee G from Bubble Rentals • Davie Morfa from Sunglass Hut • Trae Grenne from Alibi • Edmund Turnley from Alibi • Martinis Coleman from Latino Salud • Manny Simone from The Broward Center for the Performing Arts

This year’s date auction will benefit the organization’s first LGBT youth retreat for teens struggling with “coming out” to their families. Ten times a year, Deliver the Dream invites up to 15 families, all experiencing the same illness or crisis, to attend a weekend retreat free of charge. The retreat will also incorporate an HIV educational component and offer therapeutic discussions for both teens and parents. This retreat, along with nine other planned yearly retreats spanning various crises and medical conditions including autism, cancer, Down syndrome and epilepsy, combines traditional recreational activities with therapeutic activities, peerto-peer discussion groups and expressive arts and music activities. “Disclosing one’s sexual identity to parents and friends can be one of the most stressful experiences a gay individual is confronted with,” said Paul Withrow, executive director of Deliver the Dream in a statement. “With input from The Pride Center at Equality Park, our first-ever LGBTQ Youth Retreat will embrace teens and their families and foster inspiration and unity. Deliver the Dream wants to be part of the change to equip parents and caregivers with the tools necessary to gain strength, mend spirits and open dialogue.” Admission to the 6th Annual Red Hot Party at Hunters is complimentary.

For more information visit

5.9.2018 •


NEWS online

Action Online

Don't miss the

Interim Memorial Opens in Fla. for 49 Killed at Pulse Gay Club

Photo: WalterPro4755, Flickr.

First Openly Gay Member of Costa Rica National Assembly Takes Office

Trump’s New Faith Initiative Raises Concerns Among LGBT Advocates

President Trump signs an executive order creating a new faith initiative.

Transgender Texas Mayor Loses Election Bid for Full Term

Jess Herbst. By Jeffherbst, from Wikimedia Commons.

Mormon Support for Gay Marriage Gradually Grows

6. Mariela Castro to Push for Marriage, LGBT Rights in Cuba Mariela Castro, daughter of former Cuban President Raúl Castro. Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.

7. Australian Man Charged With Blackmail After Threatening to Out Grindr Match Photo via 9News.

8. Grandmother Delivers Viral Response to Son’s Anti-LGBT Comment Photo via Twitter.

9. Study: Lesbian, Bisexual Women More Likely to Develop Diabetes From Stress 10. Gay Veteran Elected Mayor in Texas Mayor Bruno Lozano. Photo via Facebook.

Visit to stay up to date on all the news across the web!


5 . 9.2018

AHF Healthcare Centers Delray Beach 2605 W Atlantic Ave, #D101 (561) 279-0991 Liberty City 1498 NW 54 St, Ste C (305) 603-8200 Orlando 1701 N Mills Ave (407) 204-7000 Tampa Bay 3135 State Road 580, Ste 1 (727) 725-9931

Dr. Mark Davis, AHF Dental Director

Warren, AHF Client

5.9.2018 •


NEWS national

Five LGBT Candidates Are Running for the Senate Two have a good shot at winning

Lisa Keen

Keen News Service


n historic number of openly LGBT people are running for the U.S. Senate this year: five. Two of those candidates are running in elections that are seen as the most competitive this year: Arizona and Wisconsin. And that competition is both good and troubling for LGBT candidates. It’s troubling news for the best known of the four candidates—incumbent U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin. She is facing fierce opposition spending from billionaire conservatives who apparently see an opportunity in the fact that Republican President Donald Trump won Wisconsin in 2016. The state had voted for the Democratic presidential candidate for the seven previous presidential contests, and the Senate seat Baldwin holds has been held by a Democrat since 1957. But a competitive race is good news for a second LGBT U.S. Senate candidate—U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema. She’s a Democrat from Arizona who is hoping to win over a predominantly Republican state for an historically Republican seat. Arizona has voted for a Republican presidential candidate in nine out of the last ten elections. And the last time a Democrat won a U.S. Senate seat from Arizona was 1988. Sinema was polling ahead of the Republican incumbent Jeff Flake even before he announced he would not run for re-election. Two of the other LGBT U.S. Senate candidates this year are running for the same seat – a U.S. Senate seat for Delaware currently held by a pro-LGBT Democrat, Tom Carper. Carper’s challenger for the Democratic nomination, Kerri Harris, is

when the final stretch begins in September and the Arizona seat is on the line, Republicans and conservatives are likely to pour money into stopping Sinema. 6

5 . 9.2018


a lesbian military veteran and long-time community activist for people with low incomes. Carper’s aspiring Republican primary opponent is a gay businessman and former executive at Paypal, Gene Truono. The fifth LGBT U.S. Senate candidate, who announced her bid in January, is Chelsea Manning, best known for being convicted of leaking classified government documents to WikiLeaks. Manning seeks to win the Democratic nomination from incumbent Democratic Senator Benjamin Cardin. Republicans currently hold the majority of seats in the U.S. Senate, 51. Democrats, and independents who caucus with Democrats, hold 49. For Democrats to take over the Senate, they need a net gain of two seats.

The promising newcomer Kyrsten Sinema could have the best chance of capturing one new seat for Democrats. A moderate Democrat from Arizona, she was a longtime member of the state legislature who developed some popularity even before winning her first term in the U.S. House six years ago. She has a pull-yourself-up-by-thebootstraps life story. For three years during her childhood, she and her family lived in an abandoned gas station. But she worked hard, was valedictorian of her high school, earned both a doctorate in social work and a law degree, served in the state house and senate, and, in 2013, became the first openly bisexual candidate to be elected to Congress. Sinema’s political popularity is probably due in large part to her willingness to ignore party lines on issues critical to her constituents. The political analysis group says Rep. Sinema has voted “in line with” President Trump’s position 57.4 percent of the time. That compares with liberal Senator Baldwin’s 22.1 percent. Several other election analysis sites (the Cook Political Report, CNN, Real Clear Politics, and others) say Arizona—which currently has two Republican U.S. senators (Flake and ailing Senator John McCain)—is now a toss up. That’s good for Sinema. But recent ABC polling shows an even rosier picture: Sinema beating any of the three Republicans seeking the GOP nomination. While the other three fight it out until the

Kyrsten Sinema.

Tammy Baldwin.

August 28 primary, Sinema has a growing and healthy campaign coffer and can rise above it all. She’s raised $6 million –more than twice the money raised by all three of the Republican candidates combined. But when the final stretch begins in September and the Arizona seat is on the line, Republicans and conservatives are likely to pour money into stopping Sinema.

The tough incumbent Republicans and conservatives are already pouring money into an effort to defeat incumbent Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin. The chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party says conservative Republicans are “coming after Tammy Baldwin like no other” U.S. senate candidate in this year’s elections. The Milwaukee Sentinel Journal says she’s facing a “tough re-election,” in large part because a “political network financed by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch has spent more than $5 million” to oppose her re-election. (Federal Elections Commission records through March 31 put the number at $3 million.) CNN and Politico say Baldwin’s seat is one of the 10 U. S. Senate seats most vulnerable to switching parties in November.

Tom Carper.

For almost a year, there has been big money being spent to push the state each way. Last July, a pro-Trump group directing messages to conservative blacks bought radio time for an ad that claims Baldwin’s pro-choice position “is a big reason why” one in three abortions in America are sought against “black babies” and threatens the birth of the “next Frederick Douglass or Rosa Parks or Martin Luther King.” Last October, the “Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce,” a tax-exempt group headed by the right-wing Koch Industries, vowed to spend $1.6 million in television and digital ads against Baldwin, a first-term Democrat and the first openly LGBT person elected to the U.S. Senate. The group said Baldwin supports higher taxes and “a broken system rigged against ordinary Americans.” Ironically, the ads voice allegations that Baldwin votes to raise taxes to benefit “well-connected special interests.” The Capital Times of Madison noted last month that Baldwin’s “favorability” rating has dropped from 40 percent to 37 percent since last year. As of April 4, the Americas PAC, a conservative political action committee based in Iowa, has spent $3,325,05 against Baldwin’s re-election and for one of her

NEWS national Republican opponents, according to the Carper has $1.2 million in his coffers and, for Center for Responsive Politics. the past two sessions of Congress, he’s had According to the Milwaukee Journal a 100 percent pro-LGBT record, according to Sentinel, one of Baldwin’s key Republican the Human Rights Campaign. opponents is businessman Kevin Nicholson. His Democratic primary opponent, Kerri In February, several news organizations Harris, has an impressive record of service reported that Nicholson’s parents and to her country and community but has brother had contributed the maximum raised only $23,000. She served in the Air allowable to Baldwin’s re-election. Force, volunteered with But his sister has been posting numerous community Chelsea crude Twitter messages against service groups, including Baldwin and others. Habitat for Humanity, Manning’s “Maybe you should stick to is a working mom, and bid to win the opioids, scandals and lesbians,” co-founded a civil rights wrote sister Rebecca Steve, a group. Democratic resident of Texas. Nicholson Truono has raised nomination for only $57,000 and reportedly asked his sister to stop the Twitter posts on his behalf. loaned himself $75,000. the U.S. Senate Despite the pummeling Baldwin His original primary seat from has been taking, the Cook Political opponent had raised Report says the seat is “likely” to three times that amount Maryland is remain Democrat. Baldwin has but developed health also an uphill raised $13 million in contributions issues and withdrew and has benefited from another from the race. But that struggle. $1 million in outside spending opponent has now for her. She also stands to benefit thrown his support to a from having two Republican candidates new Republican challenger, leaving Truono go through a harsh primary battle to win struggling. the GOP nomination. And Baldwin has Chelsea Manning’s bid to win the the incumbent advantage. The question is Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate Wisconsin: Is it moving into the red column seat from Maryland is also an uphill or was the state’s 2016 vote for Trump an struggle, though she has raised more than anomaly? $70,000 since January when she announced her campaign. But her opponent for the Democratic nomination is incumbent Ben Cardin, who has raised $3.6 million. He Two LGBT candidates are vying to carry also has scored a perfect 100 percent on the their party’s mantle into the November Human Rights Campaign’s Congressional election for U.S. Senate in Delaware: Gene Scorecard concerning LGBT-related votes. Truono, a Republican; and Kerri Harris, a, a statistical site that Democrat. It will be a long, uphill battle for focuses on elections and is led by openly gay both. analyst Nate Silver—puts Cardin’s likelihood Incumbent Democrat U.S. Senator Tom of being re-elected is 95 percent.

The longshots

Gene Truono.

Kerri Harris.

Chelsea Manning. 5.9.2018 •


NEWS miami-dade

The Ruby Gala to Honor Corporate and Individual LGBT Allies 17th annual awards celebration takes place May 19 Jose Cassola


he Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian The YES Institute is being named the Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) AIDS Healthcare Foundation Non-Profit will honor corporate and individual Organization of the Year; and the Seminole supporters of the local LGBT community at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood its 17th annual gala and awards celebration, will be receiving the AT&T Business of the The Ruby Gala, at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Year Award, which is presented annually the Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne to organizations whose mission statement Blvd. adheres to the highest standards in their The honorees were selected for their long- outreach to the LGBT and allied community. term commitment to fostering Nominees must have been a diversity, as well as for their Chamber member for at least efforts in contributing to the two years, be active in the overall quality of life in South LGBT community and have Florida. non-discrimination (sexual “Our annual gala is one of orientation/ gender identity) the most-anticipated events language incorporated into of the year for the LGBTQ their human resource policies. and allied communities,” “In addition to its active said Steve Adkins, MDGLCC involvement in the LGBTQ president and CEO. “While at community through its core, the gala is all about philanthropic sponsorships networking, the social and and support of community camaraderie aspects of the events...Seminole Hard event are undeniable.” Rock promotes diversity and Among this year’s honorees inclusivity among its team - Steve Adkins MDGLCC president and CEO is Vicki Brail, who has been members,” Adkins said. serving the therapeutic, safety “[They] undergo diversity and functional needs of adults, children sensitivity training that promotes equality and members of the LGBT and allied and acceptance among gender, sexual communities for more than 45 years. Brail orientation, race, generation and more. is being named the Regions Business Person Seminole Hard Rock’s LGBTQ-plus Alliance of the Year. Roger Thomson, treasurer of is comprised of a group of dedicated team the National LGBTQ Task Force, will be members who spearhead and facilitate receiving the Morgan Stanley Bob Balsam initiatives committed to promoting dialogue Civic Achievement Award. and fostering social change.”

“While at its core, the gala is all about networking, the social and camaraderie aspects of the event are undeniable.”

Staff of the ACLU receiving the “2017 Non-Profit of the Year” award. Photo credit: Dale Stine.

Marty Davis (2017 Chair of The Topaz Gala). Photo credit: Dale Stine.

Adkins says gala honors are given annually to individuals and organizations that embrace and embody the highest standards of diversity and inclusion of the LGBT and allied communities. The YES Institute’s mission, for example, is to prevent suicide and ensure the healthy development of all youth through communication and education on gender and orientation. “As the voice of the LGBTQ business community in Miami-Dade, the Chamber is especially proud to have such an accomplished and extraordinary group to recognize this year,” Adkins said. Following a tradition set four years ago, the MDGLCC Gala Committee selects a different color of the rainbow flag for the gala’s theme and elevates the status

of that color by interpreting it in its gem stone complement. The 2018 “ruby” theme signifies love, health, wisdom and good fortune. The MDGLCC encourages guests to wear a splash of ruby to this year’s event. The Ruby Gala starts with a reception, silent auction and interactive pop-up displays, which will be followed by a grand buffet, the awards presentation and “Moonlight Networking.” The Pioneer Winter Collective will be the featured entertainment at the gala. Tickets are $2,000 for tables of 10 or $200 for individual tickets and include reserved seating, the grand buffet, an open bar, a VIP gift bag and participation in the drawing. Interactive PopUps are $1,000 and include one admission to the event.

Reservations are available online at or by calling 305-673-4440.


5 . 9.2018





A “TOP 10”




Accounting and Tax Services



Timothy S. Hart, CPA Managing Partner

2929 East Commercial Boulevard, Penthouse D | Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308 954-202-9770 | 954-202-9777 Fax |

5.9.2018 •






By Ryan Lynch Bisexual

Georgia Judge Reveals he is Bisexual

Lesbian-Themed Film Causes Uproar In Orthodox Jewish Community

Rachel McAdams (left) and Rachel Weisz.

A movie involving an Orthodox Jewish lesbian relationship is creating some controversy upon its release. “Disobedience,” which stars Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams, was criticized for the lack of Orthodox people involved with the film, according to The Advocate. Members of the Orthodox community also questioned the portrayal of some religious sects in the movie. “The producers calling it Orthodox,

instead of ultra-Orthodox, is part of the erasure I and a lot of other people will inevitably feel, that this Jewish film narrative don’t represent us,” Orthodox Jew Chana N. said to The Advocate. Another criticism was that Orthodox women were portrayed as too oppressed, according to The Advocate. No major criticisms were raised about the film’s depiction of homophobia within the community.

Judge Mike Jacobs.

A Georgia judge and former Republican representative has come out as bisexual. Mike Jacobs posted a photo on Twitter earlier this month at the Stonewall Bar Association spring mixer, an event for LGBT law professionals, according to Gay Star News. While this did not confirm Jacobs’ sexuality, a statement to Project Q Atlanta made it more clear.

“DeKalb County has never had a trial judge who openly identifies as LGBTQ,” he said. “This is something I can change simply by sharing this part of who I am with the public.” Jacobs said he and his wife Evan Jacobs wanted to set an example for their three children by being open about this part of their lives.

Call or Come In Today


Your Pallant Insurance Team

We’ll Handle It!

1800 N.E. 26th Street · Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305

Homeowners Insurance Hurricane Insurance Flood Insurance


5 .9.2018




New Hampshire Legislature Passes Transgender Protection Bill

Freedom New Hampshire. Photo via Facebook.

A bill passed in New Hampshire’s legislative body will provide protections for transgender people against discrimination. Members of the state Senate and House of Representatives agreed to send the bipartisan legislation on to Governor Chris Sununu, according to Vox. Sununu said previously he would sign the bill into law if sent to his desk. The law would extend protection against discrimination in housing, employment and places that serve the

public, such as hotels. “In a national landscape where transgender people are too often attacked for who they are, New Hampshire is a shining example for other states across the country,” campaign manager for Freedom New Hampshire Linds Jakows said in a statement. “We look forward to the day Gov. Sununu seals New Hampshire’s motto of Live Free or Die with his signature.” New Hampshire will be the 20th state to sign such a bill into law.

5.9.2018 •


community announcement

Pride Fort Lauderdale to Award 1 scholarship and 15 Grants Applications due May 25


he board of Pride Fort Lauderdale is now accepting applications for community grants for local charitable organizations and a new scholarship for an LGBTQ student. The grants and scholarship are funded from proceeds from the annual Pride Fort Lauderdale festival and first South Florida Trans Pride held on Feb. 11 at Fort Lauderdale Beach. Pride Fort Lauderdale will award up to ten (10) $1,000 grants to 501(c)3 charitable organizations that serve the local LGBTQ community and up to five (5) $1,000 South Florida Trans Pride grants to 501(c)3 organizations that specifically serve the local transgender community. Grants may be used for a special project or to advance the organization’s mission by funding operations. This year, the board also established a $2,500 scholarship for a deserving LGBTQ student. Applicants must either be enrolled

or plan to enroll at an accredited professional school, college or university and the scholarship may be used for tuition, books or other related expenses. Applicants are asked to complete a short online application and provide two academic or personal references. “We are very pleased to have this opportunity to give back to our community,” said Pride Fort Lauderdale president Miik Martorell. “A record 50,000 people came together as a community to celebrate the Love Pride on Valentine’s Weekend and the scholarship and grants will help develop future leaders and strengthen our community throughout the year.”

The scholarship and grant applications can be found at

Your new home for PrEP

Midway Specialty Care is an official PrEP site. We screen, do the necessary tests, and get you the meds you need. PrEP is approved by the FDA and has been shown to be safe and effective at preventing HIV infection.

We welcome Howard A. Grossman, MD to the Midway Specialty Care team. Call Today! Same Day Appointments Available.

954-530-8357 Come visit our new office at: 2500 NE 15th Ave | Wilton Manors, FL 33305


5 .9.2018

free AHF Wellness Centers Broward 750 SE 3rd Ave, 1st Floor Ft Lauderdale, 33316 (954) 767-0273

South Beach 1613 Alton Rd Miami Beach, 33139 (877) 259-8727

Biscayne 2900 Biscayne Blvd Miami, 33137 (877) 259-8727

Wilton Manors 2097 Wilton Dr Wilton Manors, 33305 (877) 259-8727

5.9.2018 •


FEATURE mother’s day

happy mother’s day

A select few quotes from what our mothers told us when we came out


What do we do to fix her?





Did God make my child gay?





Whose fault is this?





Join Us For Our Annual

SURROGACY SEMINAR & GAY PARENTING EXPO FORT LAUDERDALE — JUNE 9-10 Limited space, pre-registration is encouraged.

Financial Assistance • 25+ Gay Parenting Exhibitors Peer & Expert Advice • USA/Canada Options

Men Having Babies has helped thousands of gay men worldwide become biological parents. 14

5 .9.2018

5.9.2018 •



Off The Wall


HIGHLIGHTS MAPLE CABINET MINISTERS CANADA The Minister of Health is a Doctor The Minister of Transport is an Astronaut The Minister of Agriculture is a former farmer The Minister of Finance is a successful businessman The Minister of Justice, a Crown Prosecutor The Minister of Science is a PhD Medical Geographer The Minister of Immigration was an immigration critic.

IKEA CABINET SECRETARIES USA Incumbent Alex Azar is a former drug company lawyer Incumbent Elaine Chao, previously Secretary of Labor, Peace Corp Director. Sonny Perdue – Politician -81st Gov. of Georgia Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury, investment banker who wants to repeal Dodd-Frank and lower corporate taxes. Attorney General: Jeff Session, politician & lawyer. Recused himself from any investigation into Russian interference after lying under oath Science falls under the Dept. Of Energy! Rick Perry former Gov. of Texas said that “fossil fuels can help prevent sexual assault by keeping the lights on” Homeland Security: Incumbent: Kirstjen Nielsen, former Deputy WH Chief of Staff.


H CANADA: Imagine, politicians that know something about the department they head. How strange is that? On the other hand, The Trump administration has truly let the foxes into the henhouse, turning over control of vital government agencies to incompetents, science deniers from corporate stooges to ideological zealots who aggressively attack sound science when it gets in the way of their agenda. Furthermore, President Trump has done more damage to our planet than any president in modern history. He’s:

- Withdrawn us from the Paris Climate Agreement out of spite - Nominated a climate change denier to run the Environmental Protection Agency - Unleashed a budget that slashes key climate and clean energy programs - Stripped the words “climate change” out of EPA documents and FEMA disaster response plans - Took steps to roll back Obama-era car emissions standards More to the point: you know they didn’t get up there by themselves, they don’t belong up there, they don’t know what to do while they are up there. They are elevated beyond their ability to function. Civility, class, style have gone by the wayside, hysteria has taken over, elected politicians resort to innuendos, sneers, manipulation, misrepresentation, greed, and unsubstantiated attacks of the opposite side just because it is the opposite side. I fear that the rules our nation so successfully followed for more than 200 years were designed for another time, a different breed of human beings.


5 .9.2018







OPEN MON - SAT: 10AM - 9PM • SUN: 12 - 6 PM EVERYTHING YOU NEED! MORE THAN YOU EXPECT! The Best Since 1996 15 Minutes From The Beach or I-95



Two Locations!




5.9.2018 •


column letters to the editor

Children Do Not Regularly Use the Pride Center Playground Clarence Collins is a ‘good-natured soul’ who is ‘benign’

Dear SFGN Editor: In your news articles about The Pride Center, you make the assertion more than once that children regularly use the playground there. This is factually inaccurate. The reality is that children very rarely (if ever) use that playground. And any parent of a young child who would permit their child to use that small, non-fenced playground (which is located with a parking lot on two sides) without adult supervision would be negligent. Everyone who uses The Pride Center regularly knows that the playground is not much more than a public relations stunt. The law is what it is, and Clarence was responsible for obeying the law regarding his proximity to a playground. But to be very clear, since the playground is rarely used, and since children should never be there unsupervised, no child was ever endangered by Clarence’s employment in that regard. Furthermore, Clarence’s main “failure” was that he never said “No!” Need someone to clean-up after an evening event? Ask Clarence! Need someone to set-up for a morning event? Ask Clarence! Need to use the coffee-makers? Ask Clarence! Need someone at the front desk? Ask Clarence! Need to use the video equipment? Ask Clarence! Mr. Alalouf criticized Clarence for fixing the sound equipment (as requested) during an event when children were present. Does anyone

think for one moment that any child was “endangered” because Clarence entered a room filled with parents and their children? Clarence worked a great many hours “off the clock.” And in order to be available at The Pride Center at any hour during the day and evening, he moved into a small room with a shared bath which was nearby and for which he paid $900/month. This also represented a violation of Clarence’s sex-offender registration because of its proximity to a day care facility. It seems that everyone assumes that Clarence Collins is an evil man because of a horrible crime committed 25 years ago. Those of us who know Clarence know that he is now a good-natured soul with mild cognitive impairment who is basically benign. He certainly rehabilitated himself through 15 years of unselfish service at The Pride Center. I am not suggesting that Clarence should not be required to follow the law regarding sex offenders. But I am stating categorically that no child was ever endangered because of Clarence’s employment because he never had the occasion or the opportunity to be alone with any child for any reason. I hope that you will publish these facts which are certainly relevant to an accurate understanding of The Pride Center controversy.

Cordially, Edward A. Slough

Let your voice be heard!  Submit your own letter to 18

5 .9.2018


Editorial Cartoon

Editorial Cartoon By Mike Luckovich

5.9.2018 •



BEEFCAKE’S 10th anniversary

On May 3, John, Kelly, Chris & Vicky all joined the local landmark bar and grill’s VIP anniversary party in kicking off a hot night of celebration. At midnight, a grand prize drawing awarded tickets to Grand Resort & Spa, as well as a 50-inch flat screen TV. J.R. Davis

To see many more photos, visit South Florida Gay News on Facebook. 20

5 .9.2018


17th Annual

from $599

Halloween Cruise

Oct 28- Nov 4, 2018 7 Day Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston

Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas Ports: Galveston, Roatan, Costa Maya, Cozumel

from $2,283 from $3,999

Aug 13 - 20, 2019 7 Nights – Labor Day Castles on The Rhine River Cruise Aquafest Hosted Group of LGBT Travelers September 5-17, 2019

Exclusive LUXURY LGBTCruise Tour Vietnam, The Mekong River, and Cambodia (Angkor Wat) with #1 Tour Operator Abercrombnie & Kent

More In African Safari, Vietnam & Cambodia, Alaska, Baltic, Caribbean, Danube More In Machu Picchu & South America, Mediterranean, Canada Fall Foliage 2019 2019

(800) 592-9058 /

5.9.2018 •


lifestyle homo history

Jeffrey Dahmer Once Lived in South Florida The serial killer and cannibal killed 17 men and boys Graham Brunk


effrey Dahmer, the cannibalistic serial killer, once lived in South Florida. With the recent release of the movie “My Friend Dahmer,” I thought it a good time to remind people that Dahmer lived in South Florida for a short while in 1981 after a stint in the military. The movie is based on the true biographical graphic novel by Derf Backderf (who coincidentally got his career start as a cartoonist for the Palm Beach Post in the 1980s). Unbeknownst to anyone at the time Dahmer had already killed hitchhiker Steven Hicks a few years earlier, but none of that was learned until after his notorious 1991 arrest when police raided his Milwaukee apartment and found evidence of cannibalism, body parts stashed all over the apartment— some in jars of acid, and others frozen. Most of Dahmer’s crimes took place outside of Florida, but there has been speculation he killed people while he lived down here. We know so much about his time here in part because several writers have attempted to connect Dahmer to the kidnapping and murder of Adam Walsh, which took place that summer of 1981. For 6 months that year Dahmer had been living just a few miles away in Sunny Isles Beach. Shortly after graduating high school with no real plan of action for what to do with his life and at the urgency of his father, Dahmer entered the U.S. Military. In spring of 1981 Dahmer was discharged primarily for alcohol abuse. Because military officials did not feel Dahmer’s issues in the military would directly affect others outside of the military, his discharge was deemed “honorable.” Offered a one-way ticket by the government to anywhere in the country free charge, Dahmer, not able to face his father and sick of the cold weather, chose Miami. Miami was probably far from what Dahmer had pictured. At the time Miami Beach was mostly run down and full of low income retirement homes. With no money he made a home for himself among many other drifters along Sunny Isle. One day Ken Haupert, the manager of Sunshine Subs in the strip mall at NE 170th St. and Collins Ave. noticed Dahmer digging through the dumpster behind his business. Haupert invited him in for something to eat and learned of Dahmer’s recent discharge from the military. He offered Dahmer a job and even put him up in a room at the nearby Bimini Motel. Haupert had difficulty with Dahmer as an employee, he often came to work looking very disheveled and sometimes even drunk. Often Haupert would just send him home and try again the next day. Perhaps the most startling thing to happen during Dahmer’s employment was the time Dahmer had approached Haupert to inform him of a dead body behind the sub shop that Dahmer

claims he had been stepping over all morning when unloading trash into the dumpster. Miami-Dade Police records show that Dahmer did indeed report finding a dead body on July 7, 1981. This was just a few weeks before the infamous kidnapping of Adam Walsh, son of America’s Most Wanted host, John Walsh. Adam was kidnapped from the Hollywood Mall on July 27, which was only a few miles away from where Dahmer was living. A few years ago Hollywood Police closed the case and pinned it on Jacksonville serial killer Otis Toole, who had already died in prison in 1996. But was Toole really guilty? True crime writer and former reporter for the “Hollywood Sun Tattler” newspaper Arthur Jay Harris has set out to trace Dahmer’s time in South Florida and has written several books on the topic. He is the reason we know so much about what Dahmer did here. Harris is convinced Dahmer may have been responsible for this crime. Many witnesses reported Adam was kidnapped by someone in a blue van. Sunshine Subs owned a blue van that employees regularly had access to that disappeared for days on end often. Did Dahmer have access to this van? Could he have used it to kidnap Adam Walsh? Harris did present some interesting observations. Exactly two weeks before Walsh was kidnapped, a young boy named Terry Keaton was playing in a similar Atari display in the Sears at the Twin City Mall in North Palm Beach. A man attempted to grab him and Keaton got away but not without making quite a ruckus in the store. The attempted kidnapper also got away but several people got a good look at him, enough so that North Palm Beach police were able to publish a police sketch which resembled what Dahmer would have looked like at the time. Harris along with Willis Morgan, a witness who claims to have seen Dahmer at the Hollywood Mall that day, looked into more about the man Dahmer found behind the sub shop. They located an abandoned meter room next to the dumpster where the body was found. Relatively untouched since 1981 there was an aged axe leaning against the wall and what looked like blood splatter. The discovery was so intriguing, ABC’s Primetime even did an investigation with luminal which did indeed prove there was blood on the wall. Is this perhaps where Adam Walsh was killed? Again, we may never know. But it is indeed an interesting coincidence.

Miami-Dade Police records show that Dahmer did indeed report finding a dead body on July 7, 1981.


5 .9.2018

Jeffrey Dahmer (left) and a composite police sketch from the Twin City Mall incident.

Dahmer was asked about the Walsh case in 1991 after his arrest. He denied having had anything to do with it. Hollywood police eventually dismissed him a suspect since it did not fit his typical “M.O.” Though in reality it would be hard to tell if Dahmer was responsible for more killings than he admitted to. It is known that he very much did not want to be subject to the death penalty, which did not exist in Wisconsin, but did exist in Florida. Harris believes Toole was spoon-fed information by police and often got a lot of information wrong before he got it right concerning the Walsh case. And, since by the time police closed the case in 2008 Toole had already died, it seemed easy to pin it on him. As for Dahmer, unable to make something of himself in South Florida, his father wired him money to return home by the end of the summer of 1981. The rest of Dahmer’s story is history. If you’d like to read more about Jeffrey Dahmer’s time in Florida and his possible involvement in Adam Walsh’s murder, check out Arthur Jay Harris’ “Jeffrey Dahmer’s Dirty Secret” or Willis Morgan’s “Frustrated Witness.” Both offer great insight on the case and what South Florida was like at the time. According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) there are currently 6 unidentified bodies that were found in Broward and Dade counties from the summer of 1981. We don’t know who the victims were or what happened to them. Could these be additional Dahmer victims? At least 4 of them fit Dahmer’s primary interest of young men.

Graham, a West Palm Beach native, is a local librarian with an interest in LGBTQ history in South Florida. He welcomes emails and story ideas. Contact him at

H is for History Fort Lauderdale’s historical restaurants



Rick Karlin

n last week’s article we looked at some restaurants of historical significance in Wilton Manors. This week we turn our attention to a few Fort Lauderdale places of note. There are a few historic structures that have been turned into restaurants, some places have a history of their own and some are famous (or infamous) because they appeared in a movie or on television.



We know Insurance, because We Insure Florida.

CONSTANTINE PATSIMAS to read the rest of this article.

If you’re looking for a delicious way to treat yourself, search no more! We’ve got the hot tips you need. We know you have fine taste... so come treat yourself.




1975 E. Sunrise Blvd, Suite 602 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

5.9.2018 •



F O R T H E W E E K O F M a y 1 0 - M a y 1 5 , 2 0 1 8 • W W W . S F G N . C O M J.W. Arnold

Where American Idol Meets the Hunger Games



fundraiser Head down to Hunters in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors tonight at 7 p.m. for the sixth annual Red Hot Party to benefit Deliver the Dream’s first-ever LGBTQ youth retreat for teens struggling with coming out to their families. Bid for dates with sizzling bachelors and bachelorettes and enjoy performances by hostesses Daisy Deadpetals and Electra. For more information, go to Facebook. com/DeliverTheDream.



theater Rock ‘n roll icons Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash came together for an impromptu jam session at Sun Record Studios in Memphis in 1956. “Million Dollar Quartet,” the smash Tony Award-winning musical about that incredible evening, opens this weekend at Actors Playhouse, 280 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, and runs through June 24. Tickets start at $57 at





Tune into Europe’s biggest television event, the Eurovision Song Contest grand finals, today on Logo. Singers/songwriters from more than 40 countries will bring it, but only one will win it. Ross (“the intern”) Matthews and RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Shangela host the live broadcast beginning at 3 p.m. and they’ll have plenty to say about those aspiring stars. Check local listings for channels and show times. Photo Credit: Eurovoix.


5/12 SUN

5/13 MON

5/14 TUE






The nation fell in love with ventriloquist Terry Fator, winner of the first season of “America’s Got Talent.” Now Fator, one of the most popular acts on the Las Vegas strip, is bringing his unique style of entertainment back to the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach for one show only at 8 p.m. He and his “friends” will sing everything from Nat King Cole and Elvis to Garth Brooks and Bruno Mars. Tickets at

It’s Mother’s Day. Now, you could be predictable and take her to brunch or maybe even bring flowers. Or, you could give her a special memory—a tour of the stunning Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, 900 N. Birch Rd. in Fort Lauderdale. Mom gets in free with one full paid adult admission. Together, you can stroll the historic house museum and explore the pristine gardens. More information at

Monday is traditionally a day of rest after all those hot tea dances on the drive, but if you’ve still got some getup-and-go tonight, head down to the Pub, 2283 Wilton Dr. in Wilton Manors, at 10 p.m. where the Queen of Meme, Nicolette, is hosting her new game show. You just might win cash money, too. Did we mention that drinks are 2-4-1 on Mondays? It’s a win-win for everybody. More information at

The iconic doo-wop hits of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons come to life in the 2006 Tony-winning musical “Jersey Boys,” playing at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale through Sunday, May 20. You’ll be singing along with the cast to “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and more in this jukebox musical. Tickets start at $30 at


5 .9.2018

5.9.2018 •



A&E theater

Trans Director Tackles TonyWinning Musical at Infinite Abyss J.W. Arnold


Antiques, Furniture, Musical Items, Mid Modern, Nick Nacks, Etc. Diane & Stevan 954-626-0568

We are dedicated to selling your fine pieces on consignment, you get 60%!

1950 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL On Wilton Drive Next to Dairy Queen

Instagram @yellowbrickroadthrift

s its title belies, “Next to Normal” is not the typical “feel good” Broadway musical, but audiences always manage to connect with the dark story, explained Daimien Matherson, the transgender director of a new production opening this weekend at Infinite Abyss Productions in Wilton Manors. “I think it’s a reflection of the idea that so many families feel they have to be perfect. That white picket fence mentality still exists,” he said. “The show challenges that idea by saying it’s okay to be a mess sometimes. It’s okay to sometimes just get by. Things will be okay.” The 2008 rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, “Next to Normal,” opening this tells the story of a suburban mother who weekend at Infinite Abyss Productions, struggles with worsening bipolar disorder is a musical about a “nearly perfect” and reveals the effects that her illness and its family dealing with mental illness. Photo courtesy of Infinite Abyss Productions. management have had on her family. Other uplifting subject matter includes drug abuse, suicide and grief and ethics in modern if you give up on creativity. I’ve learned that psychiatry. some things may be unconventional, but “I feel it connects with audiences because they work.” even though the subject matter of mental Matherson was quick to credit his cast, illness or losing a child may not specifically noting that Sabrina Lynn Gore, who portrays be something everyone can relate to, the the mother, Diana, “finds a healthy mix of experience of loss, coping, and coming to the humor in the role but still can break your terms with things not having to be perfect to heart with just the look in her eyes,” and be okay is something everyone experiences,” Christopher Alvarez as the spirit of a dead Matherson said. “The show infant son creates “a character also makes you (become) so that is relatable with his own invested in every character on arc.” It truly is an stage. It truly is an ensemble As director and founder ensemble piece. of Measure for Measure piece. And there is someone on that stage that everyone Theatre, Matherson said, “The And there is can say, ‘I see myself in them.’ biggest challenge is finding someone on It doesn’t hurt that the music the balance, guiding the cast is amazing!” in telling the story without that stage The biggest challenge for creating the stereotypes that everyone Matherson is producing a behind the characters.” Broadway musical—even a He’s still glad he accepted can say, ‘I see relatively small ensemble the challenge. myself in them.’ piece—in the intimate space Matherson said, “(This) is of the new Infinite Abyss a show that has always been - Daimien Matherson Foundry space on Dixie on my bucket list to direct. Its Director Highway. score is incredible, the story He elaborated, “It has will break your heart, and it’s a presented its challenges, sound especially. I show that people will continue to talk about think working out these kinks now will allow long after they have left the theater. So, I for even more types of performances that figured…why not take this one on? Go big or can be done in this space. You’re only limited go home!” Infinite Abyss Productions and Measure for Measure Theatre present “Next to Normal” by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt, May 10 – June 3 at the Abyss Stage (also home to Island City Stage), 2304 N. Dixie Hwy. in Wilton Manors. Tickets are $39.50 at


5 .9.2018

A&E queerly digital


SILENCE Russian Doll

OK Thriller, Better Subplot David-Elijah Nahmod


elcome to Queerly Digital, a monthly column for cinema lovers from across the LGBT spectrum. All titles are available on DVD, Blu-Ray, or both. This column will, as the months progress, be sure to include titles which honor all LGBT experiences.


esbian owned Wolfe Video offers this crime thriller which offers a better sub-plot than its main story. Melanie Brockmann Gaffney stars as Viola, a Boston detective still mourning the loss of her wife two years earlier. She and her partner EJ (Sarah Hollis) are trying to find and save the life of Darlene (Aly Trasher), who’s been kidnapped after stumbling onto a murder plot involving a play called The Russian Doll which is currently in production—the playwright/star (Peter S. Adams) has lived off the play for decades. Only he’s not the playwright—he stole The Russian Doll from its true author, driving the author to commit suicide. Now, many years later, the real playwright’s daughter and her boyfriend are plotting to kill the thief. Darlene is the daughter’s roommate who needs to be kept silent. There are several disturbing sequences in which Darlene is tortured for trying to escape from her captors. Russian Doll is an OK thriller, though far from a great one. Far more interesting to LGBT viewers is the sub-plot involving Viola’s attempts to move on from the memory of her late wife and to start dating again. Sparks fly when Viola’s Mom introduces her to the beautiful Faith (Marem Hassler). The attraction between the two women is obvious, but Viola finds herself unable to let go of her wife’s ghost. She still lives in the house they shared and, two years later, has yet to remove her wedding ring. Viola soon

has an erotic dream involving herself and Faith which suggests that she might finally be weakening. The film randomly moves back and forth between the two storylines, each of which has nothing to do with the other. Its almost as though Melanie Brockmann Gaffney is starring in two completely different, unconnected films. The Russian Doll story does offer a few nice twists, such as when it’s revealed that two of the characters are actually the playwright’s daughter and her boyfriend in disguise. And in the film’s most shocking sequence, the thief is shot to death live on stage in front of an audience. The acting is decent. Gaffney is convincing as a cop determined to crack her case. She’s even better as the grieving widow, struggling to come to grips with the memory of her wife and with her burgeoning feelings for the new woman in her life—Gaffney and Hassler have great chemistry as the fledgling couple. Trasher is superb as the kidnapping victim who’s determined to break free. No matter what her captors do, she fights back, giving them quite a run for their money. And Peter S. Adams is wonderfully creepy as the thieving playwright who ruined someone’s life and just doesn’t care. While no masterpiece, Russian Doll does have its moments. Wolfe’s disc includes the film’s theatrical trailer, as well as an English subtitles option.

Read next week’s edition of SFGN for the details.

Legacy Planning for LGBTQ Individuals

Wi LLs & Gays Free Luncheon & Seminar | Tuesday May 22 11:30 Mix, Mingle, Mimosas & Lunch | 12:30-2 Seminar The Pride Center at Equality Park, Wilton Manors

“Oh honey, I would, but ... I don’t want to.” Karen Walker, Will & Grace

Presented by David Treece, AIF®, MBA

Featured Speaker Elizabeth Schwartz, Esq.

Don’t be like Karen Walker when it comes to talking about how you want your legacy defined. No matter what your economic or marital status, estate planning is something EVERYONE needs to address. Join the high-energy team of “David & Liz” for a fun-yet-fact-filled afternoon that will address issues specific to LGBTQ individuals in a supportive and interactive atmosphere.

FREE! RSVP online at 305.751.8855 | email 5_2_18 Treece 1_3V SFGN ad R1.indd 1


4/27/18 • 3:13 2 PM7 5.9.2018

may 9 - may 15


Theater Tucker Berardi



*South Florida JAZZ at Bailey Hall

Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 PM at the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus, 3501 Davie Rd. Enjoy a video presentation of Afro-Cuban Jazz and Beyond, narrated by legendary drummer Ignacio Berroa. Tickets $15 to $45. Visit or call 954-201-6884.

*Carbon Leaf 25 Year Anniversary Tour

Friday, May 18 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts at 201 SW Fifth Ave, Fort Lauderdale. Carbon Leaf and special guest Katie Rose will blend rock, folk, Celtic, bluegrass and Americana traditions into a high-energy musical extravaganza. Tickets $25 to $35.Visit or call 954462-0222.


Friday, May 18 at 8 pm at Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach. This play is not for the lighthearted — follow a psychiatrist’s struggle with uncovering a boy’s motivations for blinding six horses in this psychological thriller. Tickets $55 to $90. Student tickets available for $15. Email for more info.

broward county *Marc Cohn comes to Broward Center

Thursday, May 10 at 8 pm at the Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. Partake in this intimate performance by Cohn who offers behind-the-scenes stories of life as a musician as well as his greatest hits. Tickets $45 to $85. Visit BrowardCenter. org or call 954-462-0222.

An Accident by Lydia Stryk

May 2 to May 27 at Empire Stage, 1140 N Flagler Drive, Ft Lauderdale. A play about recovery and forgiveness through vehicles of confrontation and eroticism. Tickets $30. or call 954-678-1496.

What We Play Is Life

May 22 at 6 pm at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School presents a night of jazz from the Stoneman Douglas jazz band, joined by world renowned artist Herbie Hancock, jazz artist Wycliffe Gordon and musician Paquito D’Rivera. Tickets $20 to $40. Visit

Friday Night Sound Waves Music Series

Fridays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Hub, Las Olas Boulevard and A1A in Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy live, outdoor music spanning genres and tributes every Friday evening through November. Free. Visit

Carbon Leaf's 25 Year Anniversary Tour will be at the Broward Center for Performing Arts on May 18. Photo via Facebook.

palm beach county *Boyton Beach Art Walk Joint Celebration

Saturday, May 12 from 6 pm to 10 pm at the Boynton Beach Art District, 404-410 West Industrial Ave will host a collection of art events including Foreel Recovery, the Tiny Doors Project, The Box Gallery and more that will showcase a number of different artistic projects and stylings. The event is free and for all ages.

Ruben Studdard Sings Luther Vandross

Sunday, May 13 at 7:30 pm in Dreyfoos

Hall, Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach. Special Mother’s Day opportunity to see American Idol star Ruben Studdard sing his top hits. Tickers $15 to $100. Visit

Something Rotten

May 1 - May 6 at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach. Hear the story of the Bottom brothers as they struggle to find their place in the theater world dominated by William Shakespeare. Tickets $28 - $68. Visit

miami-dade county From The Dirt

April 18 to 28 at 8 pm at the Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE 2nd Ave, Miami Shores. An Americana-inspired contemptorary dance work about the human experience. Tickets $25. Call 305-751-9550.

Outdoor Music Series

Third Thursdays at the Perez Art Museum Miami, 101 W. Flagler St. in Miami. Come out for live music from DJs and musicians by the bay. Drink specials available. Free with museum admission. Call 305-375-3000 or visit

Full Charge Bookkeeping Services

The Big Show

Fridays and Saturdays at 9 p.m. at Just the Funny Theater, 3119 Coral Way in Miami. A collection of comedy mixing the likes of improvisation and sketches. Tickets $12. Call 305-693-8669 or visit

* Denotes New Listing 28

5 .9.2018

A&E comedy Peter Bisuito, right, and Harry Redlich star in the upcoming internet sitcom, “Vent and Chester.” Photo courtesy of Peter Bisuito.

Local Comedian to Film Web Sitcom, ‘A Dream Come True’ J.W. Arnold


omic Peter Bisuito has always dreamed of starring in his own television sitcom. The South Florida transplant made a splash on the standup scene as My Big Funny Peter, “the world’s only gay muscle bear comedian,” and quickly gained an international following, selling out performances in the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Canada. Finally, Bisuito’s wish is coming true. He pulled together a local dream team with a long list of industry credits, including Tony Awardwinning director Michael Bush, writer Michael Aman, costume designer Peter Lovello and composer Matthew Doers, and filming of the pilot episode of his internet television series “Vent and Chester,” is scheduled to begin next week. SFGN sat down with the 48-year-old funnyman to discuss the project: How did “Vent and Chester” come together? This project is 35 years in the making. Since I was a teenager, my biggest dream was to one day be the star of my own sitcom. Unfortunately, my life didn’t take me in the direction of show business until six years ago, at the age of 42, when I decided to give up my entire life to pursue my true passion of entertainment. I quit my job, gave up my income entirely, put myself on food stamps and Medicaid. My husband and I even sold our house and one of our cars for me to fulfill my pipe dream. I knew two things: Number one, I was definitely talented enough to be the next sitcom star. Number two, I was too old to start. Realistically speaking, Hollywood would never consider a new 40-something-year-old for anything because the competition is too great. Fortunately, in this day and age, you don’t need Hollywood to make you famous anymore, so I’m sort of taking matters into my own hands

and creating a project that will go viral on the internet to fulfill my own dream. Did you write the screenplay? I created the show, the characters and the plot. However, I have the most amazing team of entertainment professionals working on this project…The actor playing opposite me is Harry Redlich, who’s acted in feature films and national commercials. We had a list of over a dozen people auditioning for the role of Chester. Harry was the first audition and it was clear that we needn’t look any further. He embodied the role and brilliantly portrayed the character. What inspired your story? There have been so many dynamic duos in television history—Lucy and Desi, Will and Grace, Cheech and Chong—the list goes on and on. So, I knew I wanted two characters and I wanted them (to be) completely different. I also wanted the characters to be middle-aged, not just because I’m middle-aged, but because it seems as though show business is so (youth) oriented. I wanted to create a show that caters to people 40 and older, but still enjoyable for the young people. That’s when I came up with “Vent and Chester.” Two middle-age gay men, both very different, but with similar problems and issues. What is your production schedule like and how will the show be distributed? We are filming our pilot episode the week of May 14. We are writing an additional five episodes this summer and hope to film them all in October with a series premiere around Thanksgiving. Right now, it’s going to be a web series on YouTube. Our goal is to make it go viral so we can pitch it to larger networks such as Netflix, Hulu, YouTube Red, etc.

The pilot episode of Peter Bisuito’s “Vent and Chester” is planned for late June. Follow the series on social media @VentAndChester and at 5.9.2018 •




Nite Life Law

may 9 may 15

Tucker Berardi

If you drink, don’t drive. If you drive, don’t drink. If you do both, call us.

Top Picks

*Oakland Park Citywide Yardsale

Saturday, May 19 at Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N Dixie Highway is your time to clear out your clutter and and make some cash while doing it. Remember that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Reserve your table space for $10 to $20 by calling 954-630-4500.

Kent & Cormican Criminal Defense Law Center


*REFLECT: Healing Through Art

May 7 through May 25 at ArtServe, 1350 East Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale. This multimedia exhibition explores the many ways in which art heals the soul and rejuvenates the spirit. Admission to the gallery is free. Visit

Norman Elliott Kent & Russell Cormican 12 S.E. 7th Street, Suite 709 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

*Inspired Art Exhibition

Monday, May 14 to November 16 at the GALLERYone at 2670 E. Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Featured are artists all over Florida, reception takes place on Monday, May 14 from 5:30 to 7 pm. The event and gallery are open to the public. Contact rvegas@bfabroward. org or call 954-940-5344 to RSVP.

Broward Support Services PFLAG

Tuesdays in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Southwest Ranches. A support group for parents of LGBT youth 13 to 21. Free. Visit for dates and locations.

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 for dates and times.

Survivor Support

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

broward county *Oakland Park Citywide Yardsale

Saturday, May 19 at Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N Dixie Highway is your time to clear out your clutter and and make some cash while doing it. Remember that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Reserve your table space for $10 to $20 by calling 954-630-4500.

Kalis-McIntee Funeral & Cremation Center

Wilton Manors’ Neighborhood Funeral & Cremation Service Provider Since 1959

Family owned and operated Bernie & Marcia McIntee

*CABARET: A Digital Art Experience

May 12 to June 8 at the Claudia Castillo ART studio, 2215 Wilton Drive. Experience digital and kinetic three-dimensional portraits, live video installations and performances. Wine and food will be served, Call 954-274-7047 for details.

Lunch With Art

We invite you to stop by and talk with us regarding any questions you may have about services we offer as a full service funeral home. Available 24 Hours a day, 7 days a week.

2505 N. Dixie Highway • Wilton Manors / Fort Lauderdale 954-566-7621 30

5 .9.2018

Every Wednesday from 12:15 to 1:15 pm at 41 NE 1st St. Atlantic Blvd. 2nd Floor Ave, Pompano Beach. Indulge your creative side in this free hands-on program. Bring your own lunch or grab a bite to eat at the in-house cafe.

Pride Film Series — The Shape of Water

Tuesday, May 8 at 1:15 pm at the Pride Center in Wilton Manors. Enjoy this free showing of Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water. Must be 18 or older to attend. Soda and popcorn will be served.


Tuesday, May 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Brinny Irish Riverfront Pub, 304 S Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale. Join the Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT Chamber of Commerce at their May Mixer aboard the Double Decker Water Taxi. Complimentary drink included, cash bar and Hors D’oeuvres available. Tickets free for members, non-members $10. Visit

Cuisine for Art Fundraiser

Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 pm at the Hard Rock Event Center, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. An annual fundraiser

may 9 - may 15 to benefit the Art and Culture Center/ Hollywood. Entertainment will include the Dale Powers Band, vocalist Maria DeCrescenzo, and Michael Dean as Cher. Tickets $150.Visit

4th Annual Heart & Soul Festival

Soul Music’ with this locally based band that mixes blues and groovy influences sure to inspire a good time. Tickets $10 to $15. Call 561-450-6357 or visit

LGBTQ Teen Support Group

Friday, April 27th from 6 pm to 9 pm at the GALLERYone DoubleTree Suites by Hilton in Fort Lauderdale. Local artists will showcase their collection of art, live jazz music and gourmet food. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Visit

Tuesdays from 6 pm to 7 pm at the Falk Center for Couseling, 22455 Boca Rio Road, Boca Raton. Join experts in a support group that addresses discrimination, coming out, depression, PTSD and how to deal with these stresses as an LGBTQ teen. Call 561483-5300 to register in advance.

Super Saturated


Friday, April 27 at 7:30pm at the Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121 Ave, Davie. SuperSaturated is a night of sensation featuring interactive art installations, live music and performance art paired with plenty of beer, cocktails and food! Tickets $100. Call (954) 424-5064.

palm beach county JM & The Sweets

Friday, May 11 at 8pm at the Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. Get your fill of what has been described as ‘South Florida

Meets at Compass GLCC, 201 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth. A closed transgender youth support group for teens ages 12 to 19. For more information, email

Palm Beaches Prime Timers

Second Saturdays at 3 p.m. at Compass GLCC, 201 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth. An active fraternal and social organization dedicated to bring together mature gay and bisexual men for friendship, activities, support, and personal growth for the best times of our lives. Free. Call 561- 533-9699 or visit

miami-dade county *Stormy Daniels to Appear at Cam Con

Tuesday, May 29 at 1701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. Adult film star Stormy Daniels will appear at this year’s Cam Con, who are sharing a venue with Inked Con and Cannabis Con. Visit

The Cons 2018

May 29 to June 1 at Miami Beach’s SLS South Beach Hotel. Come check out the convening cons: Inked Con, Cannabis Con and Cam Con have something to offer for everyone. Register at

Champions of Equality 25th Anniversary Gala

Wednesday, May 16 from 7 to 9 pm at the home of SAVE Guardian John Byrne, 400 Alton Road, Unit 3007, Miami Beach. Celebrate 25 years of SAVE with lite bites and complimentary cocktails, presented by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Visit to order tickets and RSVP.

Arsht Center Farmers Market

Mondays from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Parker

and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Purchase fresh food from local farmers, including fruits, vegetables, meats, prepared foods, as well as chefs, live music, and cooking demonstrations. Tickets $45 to $75. Free. Visit

key west Tea Dance: A Key West Tradition

Sundays at 4 p.m. at La Te Da Hotel, 1125 Duval St. An early evening dance in the Key West tradition. Call 305-296-6706 or visit

Jazz in the Gardens

Sundays 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela St. in Key West. Wind down from the crazy weekend with a few hours of soothing jazz. Call 305-294-2661.

Gay Key West Trolley Tours

Saturdays at 4 p.m. meeting at 628 Duval St. See the gay side of Key West on this trolley tour. Tickets $25. Call 800-535-7797 or visit

* Denotes New Listing

PORN pulse

Porn King Labels MSNBC Host ‘Homophobe’ Hunter Houston


dd gay porn producer Michael Lucas to the chorus of boos directed towards MSNBC host Joy Reid. In an interview with Breitbart News, Lucas called Reid a “homophobe” and said the cable television network was letting Reid “weasel her way out.” It was revealed Reid used gay in a derogatory way to criticize actor Tom Cruise, political consultant Karl Rove and Supreme Court Justice John Roberts. She also referred to Florida Congressman Charlie Crist as “Miss Charlie” and called conservative author Ann Coulter a “dude.” Another blog post took issue with gay men kissing. “Most straight people cringe at the sight of two men kissing,” Reid wrote.

“The nature of political correctness is that gay people are allowed to say straight sex is gross but the reverse is considered to be patently homophobic.” When some of these comments came to light in December she immediately apologized. But Reid, 49, a former South Florida talk radio host, later said her blog may have also been hacked. She has since walked those claims. “I genuinely believe I did not write those hateful things because they are completely alien to me. But I can definitely understand based on things I have tweeted and have written in the past why some people don’t believe me,” she recently said during her show. “I cannot take any of that back. I can only say that the person I am now

is not the person I was then. I like to think that I’ve gotten better over time, that I’m still growing.” Many in the LGBT community have rushed to her defense, but not Lucas. “It would be insane to fall for Joy Reid’s claim that she was hacked,” Lucas told Breitbart’s Jerusalem bureau. “Not only did MSNBC not fire her, they didn’t even condemn her views. They are allowing her to try to weasel her way out of this situation using ridiculous lies.” Lucas, 45, owns one of the world’s largest gay porn studios, New York based Lucas Entertainment. He has directed and starred in many of his films in Israel and is a staunch advocate of the HIV prevention method PrEP.

MSNBC host Joy Reid. Photo via Facebook.

Please email tips (or more, if you desire) to 5.9.2018 •




Business Directory



Law office of george castrataro 707 NE 3rd Ave #300, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 954.573.1444

law office of Gregory Kabel 1 East Broward Blvd #700, Fort Lauderdale, 33301 954.761.7770

Law office of Robin bodiford 2550 N Federal Hwy #20, Fort Lauderdale, FL 954.630.2707

law office of Shawn Newman 710 NE 26th St, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954.563.9160

To place an ad in the Business Directory, call our sales team at 954.530.4970



Trantalis & Associates attorneys Dean J. Trantalis, Esq. 2301 Wilton Drive Suite C1-A, Wilton Manors, 33035 954.566.2226


Ft Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus PO Box 9772, Ft Lauderdale, FL 33310-9772 954-832-0060

dental Oakland Park Dental 3047 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306 954.566.9812

Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida 2040 North Dixie Hwy, #218, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-763-2266




Licensed & Insured


custom alarm


contractors, Inc.

Est. 1989 “Experience Matters” Service after the sale! ▶ residential security ▶ commercial security ▶ closed circuit tV 32

5 .9.2018

South Florida Gay News

transportation RAINBOW RIDES-SAVE MONEY ON YOUR RIDE! - We treat you like family! SPECIALIZING IN AIRPORT RIDES! Need a ride to FLL, MIA, or PBI? (or anywhere else?) I'm a friendly driver with a nice, clean Chevy Malibu. My fixed-rate pricing beat all ride sharing - apps every time. Call or text me to schedule a ride, I'll be there early and I'll text you when I arrive. No 'surge" prices, no hassles. Call or text Nikki at 954-600-3133.

SouthFloridaGayNews It’s about time. It’s about us. A paper that speaks with you, to you, and about you. A paper that pulls no punches, protects our friends, defends our allies, and defines our adversaries. Our goal is to have you make our paper your home page.

Welcome to the South Florida Gay News.

final arrangements Kalis-McIntee Funeral & Cremation Center

2505 N. Dixie Hwy, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-566-7621

financial services WE’RE HERE FOR ALL YOUR

FINANCIAL NEEDS Taxes IRS Issues Accounting

Bookkeeping Small Business Advising

health insurance Medicare/MedicaID Florida Blue / Blue Cross Blue Shield 2765 West Cypress Creek Road Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309 Call Steve Herbstman @ 954-554-7074

health American Pain Experts 6333 N. Federal Hwy, Ste. 250, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 954-678-1074

professional services


7:0 0P M

2435 North Dixie Highway • Wilton Manors, FL 33305







Miami/Broward/Palm Beach Paint/Caulk/Remove Grout/Yard Work Fix Drips & Switches/Debris removal Assembles Furniture & Appliances Repair or Fix Call "Avrom" Keith 786-227-9981



Custom mad e Roller shad  Curtains es  Verticals  Blinds  Movie scre ens  Windows  Wifi door lo cks  Wifi light sw itches 




YOU WORK YOU RIDE We also inst all/replace A / C thermos the latest in tats of technology (Ecobee or — downloa Nest) ded and co ntrolled by your sma r t ph o


Contact Hai m to schedu le a no obligatio n quote!




2430 N. DIXIE HIGHWAY WILTON MANORS FLORIDA 33305 954.581.5655 954.581.5606 FAX 5.9.2018 •




Business Directory

To place an ad in the Business Directory, call our sales team at 954.530.4970 professional services


William D. Turner 2520 North Dixie Hwy Wilton Manors, FL 33305

954.630.2627 TED’S PLUMBING

call us to reserve space!


The Parish of Sts. Francis and Clare

6330 N. ANdrews Ave. Fort LAuderdALe

Licensed & Insured

Where we welcome and appreciate diversity.

2300 NW 9th Avenue (Powerline Rd) Wilton Manors, FL 33311


standard service call during regular business hours. Limited time offer.

Quality Repairs ● Emergency Service ● Fair Prices!

sports Tennis Lessons at Hagen Park in Wilton Manors. Individual or group lessons. Call Robert 732-604-0362 for more information.

Mass Times: Saturday 5:00 PM Sunday 10:30 AM Ecumenical Catholic 954.731.8173 Baptisms • Weddings • Memorial Services

social 34

5 .9.2018

2 bedroom/2 bath condos from


Ocean/Intracoastal from



Helping Buyers, Sellers, Renters, and Investors for over 18 years in South Florida.


Brian S. Bedigian, P.A.

Your South Florida Specialist for Over 18 Years


Pest and Termite Control, Inc

#1 In Customer Service ● 35 Years Experience

Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors & Oakland Park REMODELED homes:

3 bedroom/2 bath homes

Taylor & Turner

When You Need a Plumber... Call Ted!

real estate



SFGN Classified$ To place a Classified Ad, call us at 954.530.4970

attorney Injury or illness? - Unable to work due to injury or illness? Call Bill Gordon & Assoc., Social Security Disability Attorneys! FREE Evaluation. Local Attorneys Nationwide 1-855-643-2430 [Mail: 2420 N St NW, Washington DC. Office: Broward Co. FL (TX/NM Bar.)]

commercial for sale

employment positions wanted Male-Caregiver - 10+ Experience, Certified in State of Florida. Call Antonio 954.599.3265

handyman HUSBAND FOR RENT - Is he procrastinating home repairs? He says he will do it tomorrow?? After the football game?? We fit right in - in the house or the yard, small or big jobs: tile, dry wall, paint, plumbing, roof leaks, broken furniture, irrigation, fences, and more! It doesn't cost to hassle us to see the work - so why wait? Neat, clean work for a reasonable price. Call Haim at 954-398-3676,

rentals wilton manors MIKE THE RENTAL GUY - NE Lauderdale/Wilton Manors/Oakland Park-1/1 from $1090, 2/1 from $1140. Victoria Park-2/1=$1290.00 cable included. Credit & Income Requirements-Pets okay with restrictions Call for Details Mike 561- 703-5533 or miketherentalguy@

WILTON MANORS - 1/1 contemporary furnished condo steps to Starbucks and Five Points, new tile floors, 2nd floor 16 unit bldg. $1000 first, last, and deposit not negotiable. Phone or text 954-654-4910 or email

rentals fort lauderdale Drake Tower - 2 Bedroom - Two Bath, Totally Renovated, Spectacular River View. Fully Furnished, Upgraded Cable Included, 1 Year Lease - $1600 per month + Security. Available May 1, 2018. Call Anthony - 619.822.5158

real estate


4% TO LIST AND SELL • Michael Tublin 561-703-5533 United Realty Group

television DIRECTV SELECT PACKAGE! - Over 150 Channels, ONLY $35/month (for 12 mos.) Order Now! Get a $200 AT&T Visa Rewards Gift Card (some restrictions apply) CALL 1- 888-597-7205

home health care

COMPANION AIDE - Strictly Professional, TBI, PCA, and NHTD certified Over ten years’ experience. Provide light personal care, light cleaning. Laundry and major meal prep. Respite for caregiver. Serious inquires call Karl 954-616-8952

help wanted dog runner sought (with references) - Victoria Park, Fort Lauderdale. Call Norm 954-661-3361


AT&T - High Speed Internet Starting at $40/month. Up to 45 Mbps! Over 99% Reliability! Bundle AT&T Digital TV or Phone Services & Internet Price Starts at $30/month. Call 1-855-830-9658

FREE Information Kit


Only one product is beyond the government’s reach when it comes to defects and safety: firearms.


electronics for sale Kodi TV Box Fully Programmed, $79.00 2Gb/16Gb • Movies, Premium TV & Sports, No Monthly Fee. IPTV Service Available. 800 Channels with VOD $100 per year, Free Trial 9542837557 HDTVME.Com

electrician HARRY’S ELECTRIC RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL - Additions, renovations, service upgrades, breaker panels,FPL undergrounds, code violations, A/C wiring, ceiling fans, recessed, security & landscaping, lighting, pools, pumps, Jacuzzis, water heaters, FREE PHONE ESTIMATES 954-522-3357 Lic & Ins. www.

employment wanted SPECIAL HIRE NEEDED - Earn $45,000 per year. Experienced, self-motivated professional salesman needed. Work competitively in a highly flexible and relaxed LGBT-friendly environment. Fax resume to 954-530-7943.

WANT TO LEARN HOW TO PLAY THE PIANO? Learn from an experienced teacher. All levels and ages welcome. Learn to play classical, popular, jazz, or show tunes. Visit or call 954-826-9555 for more information.

painting GREGG'S PAINTING - I paint both interior and exterior. Great rates, free estimates. I am detailed-oriented, friendly, reliable, punctual, and neat. No job too small. Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Call Gregg at 617-306-5694 or 954-870-5972 Email:

pool service COOL POOLS- RELIABLE POOL SERVICE Professional pool service.Covering Wilton Manors, Lighthouse Point, and eastside of Pompano Beach. 15 years experience. Licensed and insured.Free estimates. Call 954-235-0775. 5.9.2018 •


5/9/18 V9i19  

To The Mothers

5/9/18 V9i19  

To The Mothers