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photograph on his desk at SAGE’s New York offices reminds Bill Gross of what the organization’s Friendly Visitor program is all about. The photograph is of Douglas, a gay man in his late 60s, who Gross developed a friendship with in his early 20s. Over the years, the two grew closer and after Douglas’ partner of 50 years died; Gross stepped-in to serve as primary caregiver. That’s when Gross was introduced to SAGE’s Friendly Visitor program. “Douglas, like so many LGBT older adults, was pretty isolated,” Gross recalled. A volunteer from SAGE’s Friendly Visitor program arrived weekly to spend time with Douglas. They talked, watched movies and played cards, Gross said. “I saw first-hand what joy that brought to Douglas and also what joy that brought to me as a caregiver that I knew this volunteer was there once a week, someone I knew and trusted and that he was in good hands,” Gross said. Douglas has since passed, but his photograph reminds Gross of a purpose fulfilled. “It’s sort of a love letter to him knowing what this program can do for a client,” Gross said. SAGE (Services & Advocacy for Gay,

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Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders) asserts to be the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults. It has five centers operating in the boroughs of New York. Founded in 1979, SAGE’s Friendly Visitor Program was specifically created to support older LGBT Americans. The program matches older LGBT adults with volunteers to alleviate isolation, help with errands, meals, medications, provide technical assistance and establish a link to other elders in the community. “It’s one of the best programs SAGE has and is still going strong,” said Jerry Chasen, SAGE’s director of legacy planning. “It’s a program that has been proven very successful.” In New York, many of the volunteers are younger and responding to a sense of gratitude. “Very often they come to us because they are part of the LGBT community and very interested in paying back these generations before them that have paved the way,” Gross said. “They realize they have freedoms because of these generations and there’s a real activist feeling of ‘I want to support the generations that have come before.’” The U.S. Census Bureau has never measured America’s LGBT population, however SAGE

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notes there have been reports of upwards of three million LGBT adults over the age of 50. Many LGBT elders have no children or immediate family, Gross said. “These Friendly Visitor volunteers are one of the only means of social support,” said Gross. “It’s really important for this community.” Gross, 47, has worked at SAGE for five years and served in a similar capacity prior at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. He oversees all of SAGE’s Friendly Visitor programs. In Broward County, the program is coordinated with the South Florida Institute on Aging. Volunteers must pass a background check, commit to one year of service, complete trainings and monthly reports, attend meetings and maintain contact with staff supervisor. For more information, contact Patti Lynn at plynn@thesofia.org or via telephone at 954-484-7117, ext. 123. Lynn told SFGN she has 6 people that have signed up so far. She would like to have 12 before she presents the first training which she hopes to schedule at the end of September.

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Cover: BAHAMAS (Sept. 3, 2019) Overhead view of a row of damaged structures in the Bahamas from a Coast Guard Elizabeth City C-130 aircraft after Hurricane Dorian shifts north Sept. 3, 2019. Hurricane Dorian made landfall Saturday and intensified into Sunday. Photo credit: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Stanton.

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Trial continued until November for four men accused of hate crime in Miami Beach after Pride Jason Parsley

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nother new trial date has been set for the four men accused of attacking a gay couple last year after the closing festivities of Miami Beach Pride.

On the morning of Thursday, Sept. 5 the circuit court held a status conference in Miami on the matter. The case was continued until November. The four defendants — Adonis Diaz, Juan Carlos Lopez, Luis Alonso Piovet, and Pablo Reinaldo Romo-Figueroa — all in their early 20s, have pled not guilty. The new trial date is set for Nov. 18. The trial was supposed to start Sept. 16. The alleged attack took place when Rene Chalarca, 33, and Dmitry Logunov, 33, were leaving a public bathroom in Lummus Park in Miami Beach on April 8, 2018. “We were walking and holding hands and needed to use the bathroom,” told SFGN last year. So the two of them stopped at public restroom as they headed home for the evening. As Logunov walked out of the restroom he was allegedly called a “faggot” in Spanish, punched, and then beaten unconscious. His boyfriend at the time, Chalarca, quickly intervened, but three more men jumped in and began to attack them both. “This was my first time going to gay parade,” Chalarca said last year. Physically they’ve both recovered.

The attack was caught on camera and the four suspects have been charged with three counts of aggravated battery and a hate crime enhancement was added to the charges. Dennis Gonzalez Jr., the attorney for the four men, previously declined to comment about the ongoing case. However, one of the accused, Juan Lopez, wrote in February in Facebook post, “False hate crime claims ain’t a joke. I know first hand!” Last year Gonzalez publicly defended his clients. “All four of my clients condemn acts of violence toward anyone whether it’s motivated by hate toward the gay community, toward nationality or anything of that nature,” he told The Washington Post. “They come out and condemn that. We don’t believe there was any type of animus toward the gay community.” The four men made the news a couple of months ago when SFGN reported that they were introduced and recognized at SAVE’s annual Champions of Equality Gala in Miami on June 14. The now former executive director, Tony Lima, said on stage at the gala: “Finally, tonight we are joined by four young men

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Above: The alleged attack taking place in Miami Beach. Photo via the Miami Beach Police Department. Below, left to right: Luis Alonso-Piovet, Pablo Romo-Figueroa, Adonis Diaz and Juan C. Lopez. Photos via Miami-Dade Corrections.

wrongfully accused of a hate crime in Miami Beach last year. Juan, Adonis, Pablo, and Luis who are joined by the wonderful gay parents of one of the boys…SAVE supports you in your fight for justice and we appreciate you being here with us tonight.” Once those comments were reported by SFGN and subsequently followed up on by multiple media outlets a firestorm of controversy ensued with Lima being fired five days later. The state attorney’s office pushed back against Lima’s assertions.

“The defendants in the case are not wrongly accused. We are aggressively pursuing the prosecution of the case,” Terry Gonzalez-Chaveza, a spokesperson for the Office, said at the time. “We believe we have sufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the charges against them: Aggravated Battery with Prejudice/Weapon or Bodily Harm, Aggravated Battery, Assault with Prejudice/or on Religious Institution Grounds, and Assault. If that were not the case, the charges would have been dropped in the past.”


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ocal LGBT and LGBT-friendly organizations are joining forces to get much-needed funds and supplies to LGBT Bahamians whose lives were upended after Hurricane Dorian. Thousands of residents of Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands are relocating after the storm because they lack access to housing, food, and water. Among that population are presumed to be a significant number of LGBT people.

Freeport residents get water at a Rotary Water Distribution Center. Photo credit: Gregg Canes/CNN

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Pride Fort Lauderdale and the Rustin fund are many of our LGBT+ friends in the Caribbean—less partnering to get help to LGBT victims as quickly as than 100 miles from our shores—are still fighting for possible. basic human rights and recognition,” said Pride Fort “While there are already many organizations working Lauderdale president Miik Martorell, in a pre-released in the Bahamas, LGBT+ people are still frequently statement. “It will take years to rebuild the Bahamas, overlooked in disaster relief responses,” said Charlie and Pride Fort Lauderdale is committed to aiding the Rounds, who is managing the effort, in a LGBT+ community there that may be pre-released statement. “In the wake of overlooked by traditional relief efforts.” the first major hurricane of the season, You can make tax-deductible contributions at RustinFund.org. many displaced LGBT+ persons in the To donate emergency supplies and Bahamas are urgently in need of safe and other goods, contact Hurricane@ friendly temporary housing, as well as PrideFortLauderdale.org. To learn the basic necessities for survival.” more about Caribbean Vulnerable The Rustin Fund for Global Equality, “Pride Fort Communities Coalition’s work in the founded in memory of gay civil rights region, go to CVCCoalition.org. pioneer Bayard Rustin, is soliciting Lauderdale is Sunshine Cathedral is working financial donations online. Caribbean committed to with Church of the Holy SpiritSong Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) will distribute those funds to LGBT aiding the LGBT+ (COHSS), and Congregation Etz Chaim, to collect items for storm victims in organizations in the Bahamas. Both the community there the Bahamas. Water, non-perishable Rustin Fund and CVC work to empower that may be food, cots, blankets, first-aid kits, debris LGBT people in developing countries removal tools, tents, tarps, hygiene kits, actively. overlooked by diapers, and wet wipes are among the “What we like about this is that they traditional relief items needed. A collection is underway are making the funding decisions as to gather and deliver the items listed to who gets the money because it’s efforts.” below. Donations of these items will their backyard and it’s their expertise,” be gladly accepted at COHSS for the Rounds said. “Our job is to raise - Miik Martorell Pride Fort Lauderdale President next several weeks. COHSS will collect awareness here in the U.S. and offer donations on Sundays, from 8 a.m. to that tax-deductible way, which is all 12:30 p.m. You may also donate items at this money is deductible to get into the Caribbean. CVC has been working on these any of the City of Fort Lauderdale Fire Departments. issues in the Caribbean, for more than 20 years. It is You can also visit https://www.easytithe.com/ an umbrella group of LGBT organizations. I’ve met f/?k=XIYM68RWQF8AP6NL to donate online. these people; I’ve been to conferences with them, the organizational leaders. Quite honestly that’s why this is the best way to go because the money is all going to This Saturday, Broward House’s Give CVC.” A Shift Car Wash will donate half of its Pride Fort Lauderdale is collecting supplies that will proceeds to the Bahamas Relief Fund. (The go to the Bahamas. All three organizations are 501(c) 3 remaining half will still be going to us here charitable organizations, and all contributions are taxat Broward House’s Smart Ride Team Give deductible. A Shift.) The car wash is on Saturday, Sept. “As we prepare to host the very first Pride of the 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dick’s Service Americas next April, we are once again reminded that

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GBT activists in the Bahamas have joined efforts to help victims of Hurricane Dorian in their country.

Alexus D’Marco, executive director of currently at 43, but this figure is expected to the D’Marco Organization, on Friday told rise significantly. the Washington Blade her organization is Erin Greene, an “intersectional human providing support to people who are now rights advocate” who lives in Nassau, on living in shelters in the Bahamian capital of Friday told the Blade during a WhatsApp Nassau and assessing the specific needs they interview that some people who live on may have. D’Marco and her colleagues are New Providence, the island on which the also tracking missing people and reporting city is located, saw up to 3’ of water in their them to Bahamas’ National Emergency homes. Greene said the situation in Nassau Management Agency. is “relatively fine” compared to that on Grand D’Marco, who is also the executive director Bahama and Abaco. of the Bahamas Organization of LGBTI Affairs, “We dealt with a lot of rain and significant noted the Rustin Fund for Global Equality flooding in some areas,” she said. and the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Greene said her brother and sister-in-law Coalition have created a Dorian relief fund. live on Grand Bahama and she knows from “CVC has teamed up with social media posts they are the Rustin Fund to get rapid “good.” Greene told the Blade and urgent assistance to our she hadn’t heard from a friend LGBT brothers and sisters “who is a member of the LGBTI in the Bahamas,” reads the family in Abaco.” fund’s website. “This is a direct “I’ve gotten word that lifeline of support managed she’s safe, but I’m sure she by CVC through LGBT groups hasn’t been able to make any in the Bahamas ensuring communication yet,” she said. “...We’re not just emergency funds reach them Greene since Dorian has focusing in and quickly.” been sharing information D’Marco said she and her zeroing in on key about relief efforts on her colleagues are “trying to be Facebook page. She has also populations, but here for the long haul.” suggested people should “We’re trying to raise funds include boxer and boxer briefs also the elderly, for adequate shelter to put for women who may not wear LGBTI persons displaced persons of the LGBTI “feminine underwear/panties.” community, or the vulnerable “For members of the who have families population,” D’Marco told community, particularly that are affected.” gender non-conforming the Blade from Nassau during and a WhatsApp interview. “So, non-binary people, this is - Alexus D’Marco we’re not just focusing in and a very basic thing,” Greene Executive Director of the zeroing in on key populations, told the Blade. “A choice D’Marco Organization but also the elderly, LGBTI of underwear is a great persons who have families that psychological need for them are affected.” and could make dealing with a tragedy or Dorian had 185 mph winds when it made travesty of this nature easier simply with the landfall in the Abaco Islands on Sept. 2. The comfort of knowing I can continue to wear the Category 5 hurricane remained over Grand underwear of my choice.” Bahama Island for more than 24 hours before Both Greene and D’Marco told the Blade it moved away from the Bahamas on Sept. 4. they have not heard of any reports of Bahamian officials say Dorian’s death toll is Bahamians denied access to shelter and relief

CNN drone footage shows damage to Man-O-War Cay in the Abacos following Hurricane Dorian. Source: CNN.

efforts because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. “We are definitely monitoring that situation,” said D’Marco. “We are making ourselves very visible to ensure that this does not happen during this process.” ‘We’re accepting any help’ The Associated Press reported the U.S. Coast Guard has rescued nearly 300 people in the Bahamas since Dorian. The Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Grand Celebration on Saturday brought more than 1,000 Bahamians from Grand Bahama Island to Florida. D’Marco told the Blade that people who lived on Grand Bahama and Abaco before Dorian have been brought to Nassau and are living in shelters. U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green is scheduled to travel to the Bahamas on Sunday. Greene noted to the Blade that Bahamians are increasingly upset with their government’s response to Dorian, even though it has accepted assistance from the other countries that include the U.K. Chef José Andrés and Bethenny Frankel, who recently announced her departure from The Real Housewives of New York City, are among those who have joined the relief effort. “We’re accepting any help,” Greene told the Blade. “We don’t care if its coming from homophobes. Wherever it’s coming from, we’re accepting help.”

Hurricane renews calls to address climate change Dorian is the strongest hurricane to ever make landfall in the Bahamas. Hurricane Irma had 155 mph winds when it made landfall on Little Inagua and South Acklins Islands in the southern Bahamas on Sept. 8, 2017. Hurricane Matthew caused widespread damage in New Providence and other islands in the Bahamas in October 2016. Hurricane Joaquin was a Category 4 storm when it struck the southern Bahamas in October 2015. D’Marco said Dorian and the other powerful hurricanes that have made landfall in the Bahamas in recent years underscore the need to talk about the impact of climate change. D’Marco also noted the Organization of American States’ 2020 General Assembly is scheduled to take place in Nassau next summer. “Access to climate justice is very important,” D’Marco told the Blade. “That conversation must be had.” Greene agreed. “We need to center the region and ourselves as the ultimate victims of the behavior and action and dereliction of duty of others, and sustain not just a regional campaign, but a multiregional campaign, a small islands campaign that forces this agenda to the forefront of the global, political sphere,” she said.

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LGBTQIA bites Bisexual

NFL player Ryan Russel comes out as bisexual Ryan Russel, a former defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers became the first openly LGBT major professional male sports player when he came out as bisexual in an essay published by ESPN. The 27-year-old is the only currently active LGBT male athlete in any of the four major professional leagues — NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL, according to Metro Weekly. Russel is now a free-agent, meaning he hasn’t signed to a team since playing for the Buccaneers. “I have two goals: returning to the NFL, and living my life openly,” he wrote in his essay. “Those two objectives shouldn’t be in conflict. But judging from the fact that there isn’t a single openly LGBTQ player in the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball or the NHL, brings me pause. I want to change that — for me, for other athletes who share these common goals, and for the generations of LGBTQ athletes who will come next.”

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Black transgender Florida woman murdered Bee Love Slater, a black transgender woman, was found burned to death beyond recognition in her car last Wednesday. The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office initially couldn’t identify her, but later confirmed the body was Slater’s, according to Advocate. One of Slater’s friends, Kenard Wade, knew it was her the moment he saw the burned car. Another friend thinks she was targeted because of her idnetity as a transgender woman, but police have yet to determine a motive for the crime. “I feel like she was targeted because of her lifestyle,” Desmond Vereen, Slater’s friend told TV station WBBH. Vereen organized a candle vigil in Slater’s memory. Slater was the 18th transgender person reported to be murdered in the U.S. in 2019, and the 17th black transgender woman.

Bee Love Slater. Photo via Facebook.


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Logan Paul says he’s asexual after sex-filled trip to Ibiza Youtuber Logan Paul said he’s asexual in his podcast, Impaulsive, following a summer trip to Ibiza. During a podcast about becoming a professional boxer, Paul spoke about the trip, saying “I fucked all of the libido out of me in Ibiza,” according to Dexerto. The conversation started when Paul’s co-host said he was “having some problems,” referring to his sex-drive. “I’ve said it on this show before, man… I’m like, legitimately asexual, and it’s so weird because it’s such a departure from just one month ago,” Paul said. One of his podcast co-hosts said that a study found that vegans have a higher sex drive, and suggested he becomes vegan, but Paul said he’d “rather die.” They also discussed using erectile dysfunction pills.

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Sarajevo holds first ever gay pride parade

Brazil paper publishes gay kiss comic, defying censorship

Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia, held its first gay pride parade called “Ima Izac!” which roughly translates to “coming out.” The Sunday parade was flanked by about 1,000 police officers amid violent threats, according to DW. But one of the organizers, Lejla Huremagic, says the crowd was brought together to stand against the violence. “If there was no violence I wouldn’t be here today,” she said in a speech, according to DW. “This gives us strength and faith that prejudice against us will start to wane and that it will become better for all of us.” While no violent incidents were reported in connection with the march, there were counterprotests by conservative and extreme Islamists

Sarajevo, Bosnia. Photo via Pixabay.

groups about a mile from the parade.

Marcello Crivella, the evangelical mayor of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, attempted to ban copies of the comic Avengers: The Children’s Crusade from a book fair, stating it held content that wasn’t suitable for children. The graphic novel featured an image of a kiss between two men, which Brazil’s biggest newspaper, Folha de S.Paulo put on the front page of their issue, according to The Guardian. The editor said the purpose was to “throw light on censorship threats.” “It is an attack on freedom of expression,” said Mariana Zahar, the vice-president of the National Union of Book Publishers, which organised the book fair, according to DW. “We will fight this to the end.” Brazilians have linked the attempted

Folha de S.Paulo. Image via @folha, Twitter.

censorship by the mayor to the government under conservative and homophobic President Jair Bolsonaro.

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Philippines Supreme Court axes gay marriage appeal

Australian gay athlete: Israel Folau’s comments are ‘awful’

The Philippines high court has decided to uphold the ban on gay marriage following an appeal by gay lawyer, Jesus Falcis. The court said that because Falcis doesn’t have a partner and does not wish to get married, he isn’t a victim of the laws, according to CNN. Falcis said successes in court on LGBT issues inspired him to try in the Philippines, but the court accused him of using litigation as propaganda. “I am out since the age of 15 and I suffered from discrimination throughout my school years, so I felt the need to advocate for LGBT rights,” said Falcis, who filed the application in 2015, according to CNN. “I decided to use the tool of litigation, because it has been successful in other countries -- such as

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Philippines High Court. Photo via sc.judiciary.gov.ph

the United States -- to have gay marriage legalized.” The Supreme Court called on the Congress to address the recognition of same-sex marriage.

Andy Brennan, Australia’s only openly gay soccer player, said rugby player Israel Folau’s comments against gay people are ‘awful.’ Folau said that hell awaits gay people on an Instagram post, and was terminated from his rugby team. Brennan says that while the post was awful, when he called it out on social media, someone saw his post and found the courage to come out to a friend, according to ABC News. “I kind of related it to myself,” Brennan said, according to ABC News. “If I was 16 years old and reading what he said, it would have made me feel awful...I wonder what would’ve happened if I’d read it, and how it would’ve changed my life.” Brennan became the first soccer player in Australia to come out as gay in May.

Andy Brennan, Australia’s only openly gay soccer player. Photo via Instagram.


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obin Schwartz, the producing events to spread “I’m thrilled former executive awareness and support of Equality to join the director of Aqua Florida’s work. dedicated team Foundation for Women, has In addition to Schwartz Equality been named the new Miami Florida also announced they hired at Equality Development Officer for Shreyas Amol Jethwani as their Florida in the Equality Florida. new South Florida field organizer. “We […] are very excited fight for full Amol is a former candidate to have her as a member of for The Florida House of equality for all our staff,” Stratton Pollitzer, Representatives, and also LGBTQ people.” Equality Florida’s Deputy worked on the Nikki Fried for Director, said in a prepared Commissioner of Agriculture and - Robin Schwartz New Miami Development statement. “Robin’s deep Consumer Services Campaign. officer for Equality Florida ties to the Miami-Dade Amol’s job will include overseeing community, her dedication the execution of local policy to LGBTQ equality, and her passion for campaigns, electoral engagement, and ensuring that everyone has a seat at the table community coalition building. make her the perfect fit for this role.” Schwartz is a co-founder of Aqua Foundation and most recently served its managing director. Additionally she is chair of the LGBTQ Advisory Committee of Miami Beach. In past has served as a committee member of the GLBTQ Projects Fund at the Miami Foundation and vice chair of Miami Beach Pride’s Board. “I’m thrilled to join the dedicated team at Equality Florida in the fight for full equality for all LGBTQ people,” Schwartz said in a prepared statement. “I love collaboration and look forward to continuing to work with the incredible LGBTQ and ally leaders in South Florida.” Schwartz’s job will include fundraising, serving as the liaison between Equality Florida and the Miami community, and Amol Jethwani. Photo via Equality Florida.

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Two local teams win the Gay World Series Justin Musial

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outh Florida will bring home two championship wins from this weekend’s Gay World Series in Kansas City, Missouri.

“I am so proud of our SilverHawks players SFAAA captured three medals at the GSWS for our undefeated run at the GSWS. We had in Kansas City, tying with Atlanta and Austin. 16 players on the roster that all did what was Dallas claimed the most with five. asked of them,” said Ed Vincent, coach of the In total nine teams from South Florida SilverHawks. “Our pitching was amazing, we competed in this year’s tournament. Those ran hard and our defense was impeccable. included: Stampede; Supervillains; Felicias, Those are all the ingredients needed to win Riptide; The Coalition; Hot Hitters; Alive and a championship.” Kicking; Code Blue; and the Silverhawks. Alive and Kicking, and the SilverHawks The World Series is organized through from the South Florida the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Amateur Athletic Alliance. Association (which oversees This year a record breaking local gay softball) both won 207 teams competed from 46 in their division while Fort cities across North America. Lauderdale Code Blue also The Gay World Series is brought home a medal for divided up into multiple thier fourth place finish. divisions based on skill level “Most of these men have so there was a winner for played over 10 or 15 years each one. and they are beyond thrilled Alive and Kicking won to bring home their first the Masters C Division, championship trophy,” said while the SilverHawks won Alive and Kicking team in Masters D. Both teams manager Steven O’Brien. went undefeated in this “They caught fire with their year’s tournament. In last - Steven O’Brien hitting in the bracket games year’s World Series the Team manager for and average over 15 runs per SilverHawks took home Alive and Kicking game.” third. This is not the first time a “It was an honor to lead local team has won the championship. Fort SFAAA at the 2019 GSWS. We performed Lauderdale Code Blue won the championship very well. More importantly, our players and in 2017 and has taken home a medal four teams supported each other on and off the times in the last 5 years. Before that the field and had huge support from everyone Fort Lauderdale Cyclones won in 2009. It back in Fort Lauderdale,” said Vincent, who does appear this is the first time two South also serves as the Commissioner of the South Florida teams won in the same year. Overall, Florida Amateur Athletic Association.

“Most of these men have played over 10 or 15 years and they are beyond thrilled to bring home their first championship trophy.”

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“SilverHawks” and “Alive and Kicking” at the Gay World Series. Photos via Ed Vincent.

Here’s how the rest of the local teams fared in this year’s tournament:

Riptide D Division 13th Place (Tie)

Alive and Kicking Masters C Division Champions

The Coalition D Division 13th Place (Tie)

SilverHawks Masters D Division Champions

Felicia’s D Division 25th Place

Code Blue Masters D Division 4th Place

Stampede C Division 33rd Place

Supervillains Division 9th Place

Jan Allen, who represents one of this year’s main sponsors, Missie B’s thanks South Florida for making the trip. “If you ever are back in Kansas City, come say hi! Remember, we are all family now,” Allen said. Next year the Gay World Series returns to Columbus, Ohio.

Hot Hitters E Division 9th Place


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s President Trump pro-longed the war in Afghanistan, Democrats ramped up their campaigns heading into this week’s pivotal debate in Houston. “The future doesn’t have to be a dark place,” candidate Pete Buttigieg said in a speech to the New Hampshire Democratic Convention. “I can’t wait for a future where we look back in pride on the choices that we made in 2020. I can’t wait to tell my future children what we did to set them up for success.” Buttigieg, the gay Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has climbed to as high as fifth in a recent poll by Politico. He is one of 10 Democrats who qualified for the debate stage Sept. 12. The Democratic National Committee raised requirements for this debate, requiring candidates to have at least two percent support in four different surveys while amassing 130,000 unique donors. Joining Buttigieg in the debate are former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar, former Texas representative Beto O’Rourke, venture capitalist Andrew Yang and former Housing & Urban Development secretary Julian Castro. ABC News and Spanish language network Univision are airing the debate, hosted by Texas Southern University, Thursday from 8 to 11 p.m. EST. Elsewhere, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York withdrew from the race. Gillibrand, who declared she was going to ‘Clorox the Oval Office,’ did not qualify for the Houston debate. Other candidates who did qualify but are still in the race include, Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, Montana Governor Steve Bullock, spiritual author Marianne Williamson, Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard, former Maryland representative John Delaney, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Navy Admiral Joe Sestak and billionaire Tom Steyer. Meanwhile, former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford announced intentions to seek the Republican party’s nomination. Sanford, 59, said the country is financially vulnerable and there needs to be a conversation about what it means to be a Republican. He joins former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld and talk radio host Joe Walsh as primary challengers to President Trump. Seemingly ignoring his GOP rivals, Trump spent the week trolling CNN on Twitter over

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Returning to the Radio Will life ever be the same?

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eginning next Monday, Sept. 16, my talk radio show returns to the local airwaves, 2- 4 p.m. daily on WNN 1470 AM and 95.3 FM. “What hath God Wrought ?,” asked Samuel Morse The world is different than when I first went on the air as a broadcaster thirty years ago. Today, the show can be live streamed at wwnnradio.com. You can listen to the broadcast while working on your computer, sitting by your iPhone, or wait till the next day to access the podcast. As an attorney, I have been an advocate for free speech and your rights. On the air, though, you can’t win a not guilty verdict. You can’t cure cancer either, but you can talk about having to wait hours to see a doctor. You can become a voice for common sense. You can speak out against politicians who trespass on your freedoms and city commissioners trying to raise your taxes. For SFGN, and me, the radio show is another venue to ensure the LGBT community’s voice is heard and our rights are protected. It is also a chance to showcase some of our leaders, makers and shakers, whose deeds and works make our lives better. SFGN delivers quality content every week, and so will the radio show. We will be able to give you a platform to hear your own voice on those very issues that matter to you. The faith our advertisers place in SFGN is because they know we are true to our task, conscientious in our work, honest in our reporting. So too will the show be so. Some of the initial sponsors of the Norm Kent Show are professionals I have known for years, quality individuals who first embraced

the Express Gay News in 1999, long before it became SFGN in 2010. SFGN is equally lucky to have a seasoned CEO, an enthusiastic sales team and hard working journalists devoted to delivering a quality product. We are also lucky in this town to have a wealth of honest LGBT professionals, distinguished and determined to deliver their services with dignity and quality. I am fortunate and blessed that gentlemen like Joe Pallant, John Castelli, and Dr. Howard Cunningham are amongst those helping me launch this venture by allowing me to endorse their services. Still, I do not discount, but rather applaud and recognize how many more professionals so steadily and honestly serve your needs conscientiously, and I don’t just mean the Dairy Queen with its Blizzard Floats. The circle is big enough for everyone, and I hope to showcase all of us. There are too many to mention here on these pages alone. One of my favorite new sponsors, and there will be others, is Medixall.com. It is an Expedia for diagnostic health care services, an online platform that allows you to pay the least amount for the best medical services you choose on your own, with no registration fees or strings attached. My radio show expands the SFGN product line. It adds to our very special LGBT universe a solid and spontaneous on air presence, saying with the spoken word what we know in our hearts- that our lives count, and our voices matter. You get into a car, and the first thing you do is turn on the radio. Your ears are always hungry. Talk radio is still the universal public square. People are passionate about it.

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Joseph T. Campanella “Joe Bell” (1932-2019)

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oseph T. Campanella, also known as “Joe Bell,” passed away on Sept. 6 at the age of 87. A quiet and unassuming man, Joe was not “out” in the sense that he openly proclaimed his sexual orientation to the world.

But Campanella/Bell was one of our community’s group as “Closet Clusters,” too timid for its own good. I unsung heroes. It was Joe who organized the Tuesday once attended a posh TNG reception where Bell never Night Group (TNG), Broward County’s leading LGBT used the “G word,” opting instead for the more discrete organization of the seventies and eighties. Thanks to “community person.” the Tuesday Night Group, lesbian and gay business “I felt it was derogatory the way they were using people and professionals felt safe enough to venture it and I did not want to use it. I did not want any out of their closets, and to lend their talents, abilities names attached to the TNG,” Bell told me. I suspect and funds for the benefit of our he knew what he was talking about. community. According to Andy Eddy, Under his leadership, TNG was able to a friend and fellow activist, Joe “passed the powers that be, moneyed and It was Joe who reach away after a period of time in an Wilton influential people. Unlike other groups, organized Manors ALF, where he lived after TNG drew a large number of women. dealing with his first minor stroke.” “We were the first to get women the Tuesday According to Eddy, the Tuesday involved with men. We encouraged Night Group Night Group had its roots in a Fort the women and that broke the ice.” Lauderdale Business Club called Amity, (TNG), Broward Thanks to TNG, LGBT people became of which Campanella was a member. In a political force in Broward County County’s an interview I conducted with “Joe Bell” politics. And though the Group broke back in 1994, he told me that TNG dates up in the mid-eighties, its influence on leading LGBT its beginning back to 1973-74: “A friend our community is still being felt today. organization of mine who came down from New York “Those of us who have known Joe was entrapped and as a result was put over these many years will never forget of the seventies in jail and treated very badly. A week his charisma, dedication, and hard and eighties. later he hanged himself. Because of that work on behalf of those in need,” Eddy I was really shocked and that is when I tells me. “Many of us will neither forget started the group,” he told me. meeting in his condo on the beach TNG soon attracted an affluent, professional as a small cluster of activists dealing with issues of membership that wouldn’t be caught dead at meetings concern in those early days. Many of us were tied to of more upfront groups like the Broward County the old Church of the Holy Spirit MCC - now Sunshine Coalition for Human Rights. “In the early days,” Bell Cathedral - and were friends of Rev John Gill and told me, “we used to meet on Tuesday nights (of Rev. Grant Ford. They were honored with Joe at a course) in private apartments and had 65 people over. gala ‘Remembering When’ held at the old Chardee’s Then when it got so big we went to the old Unitarian Restaurant in Wilton Manors. Each year Joe would Church located across from the Courthouse on S.E. 3 run a luncheon with friends and it seemed like only Avenue. And when we had our cocktail parties we had yesterday when we gathered for that annual event. over 800.” Thank you Joe for all you did without asking for Critics of TNG - and I was one of them - derided the anything in return.

Jesse Monteagudo is a freelance writer and journalist. He has been an active member of South Florida's LGBT community for more than four decades and has served in various community organizations.

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Trans Talk

Being an Ally Part 2

Atticus Ranck

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few weeks ago I wrote an article about how to be an ally to the transgender community. This is the second part of that article.

1. Don’t invalidate someone’s gender. Invalidating someone’s gender means to not believe someone or question them when they tell you how they identify. Some people who identify as male may not “look male” according to what our society deems to be male. Maybe that person isn’t on Hormones yet. Maybe they never want to be. It doesn’t matter. If they say they are male, then they are and it’s not up to you to question that. Some people identify as non-binary but may appear to you to be male or female. Again, they identify as non-binary, not as male or female, so address them appropriately.

Know the difference between gender identity and terms are cisgender, transgender, non-binary, gender expression. Breaking down the definition of gender queer, trans man, trans woman, feminine gender into gender identity and gender expression of center, masculine of center, agender, gender 2. Don’t ask about body parts usually confuses my audience when nonconforming, etc. It’s OK if you don’t memorize I give trainings but bear with me. all of these but being aware that they exist is a good I don’t know why I even have to write Use the right Gender identity is feeling masculine or place to start. this, but you’d be surprised (or maybe feminine or androgynous or any other Finally, don’t ask a trans person to do all the name and not) by how many people I don’t know type of gender. Everybody has a gender education for you. If you do want to educate yourself, or have just met who ask me about identity, not just trans people. Gender books and resources exist. Reach out to your local pronouns for surgeries or about what I have “down expression is how you express that LGBT Center to see if they can recommend anything. that person there.” It’s none of your business. You identity. For example, if you identify as If you work for a company and want to educate your wouldn’t ask a cisgender person about feminine and are able to wear a dress coworkers, bring in a trans person to do a training for even when that their body parts or surgeries they’ve and heels, then you are expressing you. Do not bring in a member of the LGB community had; don’t ask a transgender person. person isn’t your gender identity. However if you who is not trans to do a trans-specific training. Even as masculine but wear a dress if they are a member of the same community but around, in fact, identify 3. Educate Yourself and heels because you aren’t able to are not trans, then they are not qualified to do the especially when dress in a masculine manner, then training. And, please, pay the person you ask to come Know the difference between your gender identity and expression in. Even if it’s for 15 minutes or just a small group or that person sex, gender, and sexual orientation. are not congruent and likely causes a classroom of students, pay them. We’re bringing These three things are interrelated gender dysphoria. When expression in a wealth of knowledge and information and we isn’t around. but they are not the same thing, nor and identity are aligned, we are more deserve to be adequately compensated for our time are they a cause-and-effect situation. at peace. and labor. Sex is the anatomy and biology, the primary sex Educate yourself on the various identities characteristics. My assigned sex at birth was female. there are a lot of them. Some sexual orientation Being an ally takes work, but it’s worth it Gender is a social construction, it’s masculinity and identities are straight, gay, bisexual, lesbian, asexual, because educating yourself and treating trans femininity. Gender is, “Oh, you’re having a baby boy, demisexual, pansexual, aromantic, skoliosexual, people like the regular people we are can save here is everything blue, and he’ll grow up to be a same gender loving, queer etc. Some gender identity lives. It really does. strong man, and there’s no need to cry, etc.” Sexual orientation refers to who someone is attracted to romantically and/or sexually. This is usually referred Atticus Ranck is the Health Programs & Supportive Services Manager for Bradbury-Sullivan to as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and more. A LGBT Community Center in Allentown, PA. Previously, he was the Director of Transgender person’s sex assigned at birth, and how they express Services at SunServe in Wilton Manors. Atticus is a trans man who advocates for the LGBT their gender, has no say on who they are attracted to. community through his work, trainings, presentations, and everyday encounters.

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As I wake up to the beginning of September on this Sunday morning, I realize how much we have to be happy about. Thankfully, our date with the ferocious Dorian was a no show. Speaking of no shows, I cannot help but mention Commissioner Resnick’s many recent absences from City Commission meetings. These frequent absences and attending meetings by phone have many thinking that something is not right here in Wonderland. The rumors are swirling around town, but I don’t wish to entertain such gossip on this lovely September morn. Hopefully, our missing commissioner will once again emerge on the dais. Twice a month is not too much ask from our elected officials. Last year, while still Mayor but running for City Commission, Resnick stated that being a City Commissioner would be a lot easier than being Mayor. He seems to be proving his point. Now, let’s get back to the beginning of September. Society has developed certain seasonal rituals over the years such as summer BBQ’s, colorful spring-time festivals, and unwritten fashion Have you joined rules such as, “You simply cannot wear white after the Gazette’s Labor Day.” I think it’s Facebook page? time for a new unwritten rule for this time of year, Do so today “You simply cannot sell to join the Pumpkin-Spiced Lattes before Labor Day!” conversation. was so eagerly anticipated Reports started in early each year. Remember what August that national grandma use to say, “Too chains, eager for increased Facebook.com/ much of a good thing is sales, would start selling groups/WMGazette no good for you.” That is pumpkin-spiced lattes certainly true about pumpkin much earlier than years spice. past. Not willing to wait The most amazing notion till the end of summer and the beginning of the autumn season for about this discussion is that September is such tomfoolery, these eager little beavers here already. It seems like I just put Christmas are no longer waiting for us to put away the decorations away a few months ago and now summer grill, finish our quick trips to the it’s getting close to pulling them out again. It’s Cape, or complete folding away our summer downright scary how fast this year is zipping whites before making sure we have, what by. For me, September signals that the end some call scrumptious, pumpkin-spiced of year is fast approaching, with two-thirds lattes at a corner near you. Looking ahead to three full months of of 2019 now in the past tense. If you haven’t every food item on the grocery shelf having gotten to checking off some items on your a pumpkin-spice alternative, the last thing I yearly To-Do list you better get moving fast, will be looking forward to on Thanksgiving ‘cause 2020 is now just around the corner. Day is that big ole piece of pumpkin pie that Moving past this official end-of-summer

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The Science of Value

Real Estate

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By James Oaksun Last time, I ended the column with a teaser question: Can we apply the same scientific methods to determine the degree to which price variation in Wilton Manors and nearby neighborhoods is due to the locations themselves? In other words: Can we look at directly competitive neighborhoods from a price perspective and estimate the “cost of entry?” That is, holding everything else constant, assessing the exact same house with the exact same characteristics (e.g., square footage of house and lot, number of baths, presence of a pool or garage, water frontage), how much more are people paying to live in different neighborhoods? I broke my analysis into two parts. First I included the two sections of Wilton (West and North Central, and then East and South Central), compared with the most directly competitive areas with respect to price (meaning, Poinsettia Heights, Oakland Park Corals, Coral Ridge Isles/Knoll Ridge, and Imperial Point). And then, because so many buyers encounter “sticker

Can we look at directly competitive neighborhoods from a price perspective and estimate the “cost of entry?”

shock” with respect to these neighborhoods, I included more “value conscious” neighborhoods (i.e., Middle River Terrace/ Lake Ridge, South Middle River, North Andrews Gardens (separated into the areas north and south of Commercial), and Twin Lakes/Royal Palms). First let’s consider Wilton and its competitors. My analysis found that, holding everything else constant, West/North Central Wilton, Oakland Park Corals, and Coral Ridge Isles/ Knoll Ridge had pretty much the same base price of entry. For Imperial Point, add roughly $20,000 to that base. For Poinsettia Heights, you would pay about $100,000 more, and East/South Central Wilton tops it off at a roughly $125,000 premium to the base. I say again, because it’s important: this would be a total apples to apples comparison of the exact same house, with the exact same characteristics. Now let’s look to the more value-priced segments. Starting with a base of the Twin Lakes/Royal Palms neighborhood,The north section of North Andrews Gardens has a $10,000 premium. South Middle River is about $10,000 over that. The South side of North Andrews Gardens has a roughly $10,000 premium over South Middle River’s value. And, finally, Middle River Terrace/Lake Ridge comes in another $30,000 higher – and thus about $60,000 over Twin Lakes/ Royal Palms. A significant and oft-overlooked driver of the disparity in value is the age of the housing stock. People pay more for

relatively-newer homes in these neighborhoods. Generally speaking, the development in this part of East Broward spread south to north, and east to west. Poinsettia Heights, Lake Ridge, Middle River Terrace and South Middle River came first, up through the mid-1950s. Wilton was next, with most homes originally built throughout the decade of the 1950s. Oakland Park Corals, Coral Ridge Isles, Knoll Ridge, and North Andrews Gardens were built up from the mid-50s through the mid-60s. Then Imperial Point came on line though the 1960s and into the early 70s. Finally, Twin Lakes/Royal Palms was built largely in the 70s. Thus wraps up my look at scientific pricing. Where shall I turn my geekish glaze next? WMG James Oaksun, Florida’s Real Estate Geek(SM), is Broker-Owner of New Realty Concepts in Fort Lauderdale. In addition to having degrees from Dartmouth and Cornell, he is a Graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI).

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Love Sonnet to a Bistro Rick Karlin

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How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee for serving morn, noon and night For dim sum, curries and miso so light For your servers with smiles upon their faces And food that’s spicy in the right places I could go on waxing poetically (actually no I couldn’t – it’s my husband that’s the poet in the household) but let’s talk more about the wonderful food and congenial servers that make dining at Bangkok Bistro such a wonderful experience. Let’s start with dinner and work our way backwards through the all-day menu, for Bangkok Bistro is unusual in that it is an all-day Thai restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Kick off your experience with an appetizer, for the selection is vast, reasonably priced and wellprepared. Soups are an excellent choice, and a real bargain. The miso is light and flavorful and only $3 for a good-sized bowl. Other options range in price, depending upon your protein choice, from $5 for tofu to $8 for seafood, and include such classics as wonton, creamy tom yum, spicy coconut, or bok choy (and these are just the starter soups, there’s a whole other menu section for entrée soups). Salad options range from a simple house salad to standard green papaya, to the surprising crispy papaya. I ordered the crispy papaya expecting a healthy dish with green papaya tossed in a rice-wine vinaigrette but was amazed to see strands of battered and deep-fried fruit. It may have been a surprise,

but it was a delightful one and has become one of my favorite dishes. Both versions of the classic Thai salad feature shredded green papaya, dried shrimp, roasted peanut, garlic, tomato, green beans and steamed shrimp lightly bathed in a piquant Thai lime dressing. The selection of cold and hot apps is vast and truly enough for a meal on their own. Hot choices include a yummy chicken lettuce wrap, mussels or scallops served with a spicy creamy sauce topped with crunchy flakes, grilled or fried squid, chicken wings, satay, Bang-Bang shrimp and shrimp or pumpkin tempura. A must-try are the BKK Fries, topped with special sauce, Japanese seasoning and sliced seaweed. And those are just the hot apps, which range in price from $5 to $12. The cold options are even more inventive and run the gamut from crispy salmon skin (sort of like chicharron) to a tower of cucumber, avocado, tempura flake, spicy tuna and masago. When it comes to entrees, Bangkok Bistro has the expected dishes for traditionalists with vast listings of rice and noodlebased dishes, curries and stirfries. No matter which starch and sauce you opt for, the price is determined by your choice of protein; chicken, tofu or veggie will run you $13.50, beef, crispy pork, pork belly, shrimp or squid are a buck and a half more, while scallops, duck, crab or mixed seafood vary in price from $16.50 to $22. Sauce options include; garlic pepper, curry, sweet and sour, ginger, basil, cashew and pumpkin, all delivered in your choice of mild, medium, medium hot, spicy or Thai spicy. I like spicy food and the regular spicy was almost too much for me, so make your selection accordingly. It’s always better to go less spicy and add more from the

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condiments at the table. For less adventurous diners, there’s fried rice, teriyaki and sushi rolls – both cooked and raw. I want to go back and try the entrée soups. The ones I find most intriguing are the duck noodle soup, Alaskan noddle soup, seafood tom yum and the ramen. The lunch menu offers smaller portions of many of the dinner menu’s dishes served in a combination with soup and a pot sticker (for an additional buck you can add a spring roll personally I don’t think it’s worth it). Try the pad Thai or the pad see ew (other than the shape of the noodle and the only difference is that pad see ew doesn’t have peanuts). The lunch specials are about $12 each. For lunch (or breakfast) I prefer the dim sum platter which offers a choice or any three of the following; fried or steamed pork or beef gyoza, shrimp shumai, crispy chive cake, mini chicken or shrimp buns or satay. The dim sum deal is about the same price as the combo plates. Those stopping in for breakfast can select from a variety of different egg and meat

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combos, most familiar to Western palates, or you can try something new; jook, a typical breakfast in Thailand (as well as much of Asia). Jook is a savory rice stew served with a poached egg, fresh ginger, scallion, cilantro and garnished and side of crispy noodle. Meats and vegetables are often added. At Bangkok Bistro the choices include; bok choy, sesame shrimp, shiitake mushroom and stir-fry pepper steak with onion, bell pepper and mushrooms. For those seeking something lighter, smoothies and juices are also available. Service is always friendly, if sometimes not the most polished or efficient. Try to get a table served by Mubarak and you won’t regret it. He is always eager to please. He tends to your every need and is by far the most polished server. Wine and beer are available and, while the selection’s not vast, like the rest of the menu, it is reasonably priced. In fact, Bangkok Bistro is such a wonderful and well-priced place, I may stop cooking all together, especially if Mubarak can serve me.

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theater Porn star Antonio Biaggi stars in “Naughty & Nuts,” tonight at 7 p.m. at Wilton Theater Factory, 2304 N. Dixie Hwy. in Wilton Manors. Biaggi, who spent 12 years in the industry, will share stories about his experiences, both on and off the camera. If talking about sex, sex and more sex makes you uncomfortable, he is unapologetic. Tickets start at $25 at Eventbrite.com/e/Naughty-NutsTickets-64265463732.

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The Original Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Gary Keating, presents its first concert of the season, “With a Little Help from Our Friends,” tonight at 6 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 333 Tarpon Dr. in Fort Lauderdale. Popular local entertainers Jennifer McClain, Sharyn Peoples and Alexander Zenoz will join the chorus in this program that celebrates friendship. Tickets start at $25 at FTLGMC.org. Photo credit: YouTube.

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A new exhibit, “Art After Stonewall: 1969 – 1989,” opens today with a guest lecture at 4 p.m. followed by reception at the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, 10975 SW 17th St. in Miami. The show includes more than 200 works and is the first time the entire collection has been displayed in its entirety. The show runs through Jan. 5. Free admission. For more information, go to Frost.FIU.edu.

Don’t miss the world premiere of “All Male, All Nude: Johnsons,” tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Classic Gateway Theatre, 1820 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. After the documentary about the Wilton Manors strip bar, head over to Johnsons, 2340 Wilton Dr. in Wilton Manors for a special party to benefit the OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival, opening Oct. 10 in Fort Lauderdale. More info at OUTshineFilm.com.

It’s Movie Monday and today we’re headed to the local cineplex for “Hustlers.” The plot sounds familiar: a group of strippers join forces to flip the script on their wealthy clients. But, we’re told it’s not really a comedy and, with a mostly A-list cast that includes Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Kiki Palmer and rapper Cardi B, surely it will be worth price of admission. Check local listing for theaters and show times.

If you loved and miss “Desperate Housewives,” then you really need to check out Marc Cherry’s latest campy housewives drama, “Why Women Kill,” streaming on CBS All Access. We know you’ve been waiting for the latest season of “Star Trek: Discovery” and the premiere of “Picard” next year, but this fun diversion will help you justify the $5.99 monthly fee in the meantime. Watch at CBS.com/All-Access.

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ed carpet events featuring glamorous Hollywood stars may be commonplace in South Florida, but the VIPs walking down the red carpet at a film premiere this weekend will be local celebrities, of sorts. Owner Matt Colunga and the employees of his Wilton Manors gay strip club, Johnsons, are the subjects of “All Male, All Nude: Johnsons,” a documentary that will be screened for the very first time on Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Classic Gateway Theatre in Fort Lauderdale. The film was directed by award-winning filmmaker Gerald McCullouch, who spent more than 10 years uncovering the world of male strippers. His first documentary, “All Male, All Nude,” chronicled the lives of dancers at the former Swinging Richards in Atlanta. That’s where he first met Colunga. “It is kind of a sequel,” said McCullouch, who also appeared on TV in “CSI” for 10 seasons. “Matt’s journey is really inspiring. People may have judgements about the industry he has chosen to pursue his dreams in, but, as a filmmaker, I’ve been charting this person’s life for 10 years. No one gets to do that.” Like “All Male, All Nude,” the documentary introduces many of the dancers, revealing young men with aspirations and dreams that extend beyond the club’s stage and VIP rooms. There’s “Alexander” who entertains children dressed as Spiderman and video game characters during the day, and “Yankee,” an accomplished artist and now gallery owner. Others speak frankly about the challenges of performing and the temptations that come. “There are two big differences from the first film,” McCullouch said. “Matt allowed me access. The first film we had to shoot guerillastyle…and then there’s the issue with the title. The dancers at Swinging Richard’s got totally naked, which is not allowed in Wilton Manors. I got to spend time with the guys outside the club, in the locker room. Skin presented itself.” But, don’t expect porn, although McCullouch did accompany one of the employees to a porn shoot one afternoon that made its way into the final cut. “People may have a misconception about what the film is about…The title isn’t necessarily the journey, or maybe it’s a nice metaphor in that these guys reveal themselves in the film in a way that people don’t see when

Johnsons owner Matt Colunga (left) with filmmaker Gerald McCullouch. Credit: Eric Dickson.

they go to the club,” he explained. “The biggest surprise for me was my own preconceived notions of why people fall into this lifestyle.” One of unexpected stars is the city of Wilton Manors, the director pointed out. “When I began this project, I was not familiar with Wilton Manors at all. I fell in love with that unique island city and wanted to make it a character in the film,” McCullouch said, noting former mayor Gary Resnick appears prominently in the film, discussing how the city became a haven for LGBT residents, businesses and nightlife. McCullouch and his crew shot the film over about five months, enough time to both develop relationships with his new subjects and “let their lives evolve.” Needless to say, many hours of compelling stories were left on the cutting room in order to finish the 83-minute 5documentary. “That’s the quandry of a documentary filmmaker,” he sighed. Colunga, who is planning to franchise Johnsons, expects the film will improve the public’s perception of gentlemen’s clubs— both gay and straight. “I really wanted to add new life to this industry,” Colunga said of the project, “since it’s had such a bad reputation. After seeing (the film), I think people will want to check out clubs.” Colunga is anxiously awaiting the premiere, but, thanks to his previous experience, expects the portrayal to be balanced and accurate. “I’m thinking it’s going to turn out great,” he concluded.

“All Male, All Nude: Johnsons” will receive its world premiere on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Classic Gateway Theatre, 1820 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. An afterparty benefit for OUTshine LGBTQ Film Festival will be held at 8:30 p.m. at Johnsons, 2340 Wilton Dr. in Wilton Manors. For more information and tickets, go to OUTshineFilm.com.


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rt after Stonewall: 1969 – 1989,” an unprecedented exhibition of more than 200 works by LGBT artists, opens this weekend at Florida International University’s Frost Art Museum in Miami and will remain on display through January. The Stonewall Riots are considered a historic flashpoint for the LGBT movement, and the first two decades of art-making that immediately followed the uprising have never been explored before in this way. This exhibition was first presented in New York at the Leslie-Lohman Museum and New York University’s Grey Art Gallery and will travel to the Columbus Museum of Art early next year. According to the show’s curator, Jonathan Weinberg, “Art after Stonewall” is the first national museum show to survey the impact of the LGBT civil rights movement during the pivotal two decades after the riots, as the first Pride parades and festivals were organized. The diverse works are arranged in several themes, including “Coming Out,” “Sexual Outlaws,” “The Uses of the Erotic,” “Gender and Body,” “Things are Queer,” “AIDS and Activism” and “We’re Here.” “’Art after Stonewall’ is all about using art for empowerment and community, making visible queer identities in a myriad

of fabulous forms,” said Weinberg. “When the police raided the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, that night’s events changed the course of American history. ‘Art after Stonewall’ brings to light the evolution of the modern LGBT movement and its undeniable impact on the art world,” said Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, director of the Frost Art Museum FIU. The exhibition includes works by wellknown artists, including Andy Warhol, Diane Arbus, Martin Wong, David Hockney, Marlon Riggs, Greer Lankton and Robert Mapplethorpe. Many others are still relatively unknown or only now coming to light. “The exhibition acknowledges the guts and grit of these artists, gay and straight, to make declarative and public visual statements about gender and sexuality in a predominantly homophobic world,” Pomeroy explained. Two of the artists had Miami connections: Martin Kreloff designed the poster for the first White Party AIDS fundraiser in Miami, an inspiration for communities nationwide to raise much-needed funds for people suffering from the epidemic. Felix Gonzalez-Torres also confronted the AIDS crisis, with a haunting billboard that was displayed for six months in 1989 above the site of the Stonewall Riots.

“Art after Stonewall: 1969-1989” will be on display Sept. 14 – Jan. 5 at the Frost Museum of Art on the campus of Florida International University, 10975 S.W. 17th St. in Miami. Curator Jonathan Weinberg will give a lecture on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 4 p.m., followed by a reception. The museum is open for regular viewing Tuesday – Sunday and admission is free. For more information, go to Frost.FIU.edu. 9.11.2019 •

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Queerly Digital LGBT cinema on DVD/Blu-Ray, a monthly column

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hen “Before Stonewall: The Making Of A Gay And Lesbian Community” was first released in 1985, the Stonewall Riots were less than twenty years in the past and still fresh in many people’s minds. This gave the film a very special resonance. Now, in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the riots, this intense film has been re-released on DVD in a newly restored print. Narrated by acclaimed lesbian author Rita Mae Brown, “Before Stonewall” is, as the title suggests, a documentary about what LGBT life was during the decades which preceded the riots. It’s a powerful testimony to how difficult and dangerous life was like for Queer people during the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s. It was a time when people were forced to live in secret, when being out or “discovered” could mean arrest, loss of jobs, or even jail time. Co-directors Greta Schiller and Robert Rosenberg do an impressive job of finding people who recall those bygone years with great clarity. Participants who were around during the 1920s and 30s were quite old by the time the film was made--these interviews were the last chance the filmmakers had to speak to people who were alive during that time. The film is therefore an important historic document. Interviewees speak of the secretive lives they were forced to live, and of the coded language they would use to find each other. There was enormous societal pressure to marry. What little community there was existed underground. Yet there a few who dared to live quasi-open lives, such as Gladys Bentley, an African American lesbian who performed in clubs in New York’s Harlem. Bentley dressed like a man and, at one point, ran off to Atlantic City to marry her girlfriend. Harlem, and the Barbary Coast of San Francisco, were among the few places where LGBT people could gather and create a semblance of a community. The film takes viewers through the World War II era, when many LGBT people heeded the call to fight for their country. But they also have to fight for their right to remain in the military. One woman, who during the war worked for future president Dwight D. Eisenhower, remembers being

ordered to weed out all the lesbians who were serving in his unit. “My name will be first on the list,” she tells the general. As the film continues, the chilling witch hunts of the McCarthy era are recounted, as is the first emergence of a visible gay movement. During the 1950s The Mattachine Society, a gay men’s organization, and the Daughters of Bilitis, a San Francisco based lesbian activist group, were formed. At a time when gay materials were viewed as obscene, both organizations had the courage to defy convention and publish magazines, possibly the first regular gay publications in US history. Interviews with Mattachine co-founders Harry Hay and Chuck Rowland are included, as is an interview with a woman who recalls going to her first Daughters of Bilitis meeting around 1955—she speaks excitedly of how it felt to be in a room full of lesbians for the first time. “Oh, what a thrill that was,” she says. In the 60s, many LGBT people involved themselves with the civil rights movement, and this inspired some to publicly take a stand for gay rights for the first time. In 1965, a small but hearty group of gay men and lesbians marched in front of the State Department in Washington DC and demanded employment rights. They still had a long way to go--inside the building people were laughing at them. It was no walk in the park to be queer in the decades that preceded Stonewall, and the film does an amazing job in recreating that history. Besides interviews with dozens of “old timers,” the film includes a gold mine of archival footage. We’re not told, for example, that those brave activists who picketed the State Department were laughed at. Instead, we see actual footage of Dean Rusk, who served as Secretary Of State under presidents Kennedy and Johnson, assuring his colleagues that the department does not knowingly employ “homosexuals,” and that when “homosexuals” are discovered in the department they are dismissed. The scope and depth of the research that went into creating “Before Stonewall” is breathtaking. This nearly fifty year history of the LGBT community makes it easy

The scope and depth of the research that went into creating “Before Stonewall” is breathtaking.

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to understand why patrons at the Stonewall Inn exploded that night in June 1969--their resentment at how they’d been treated went far beyond the police raids they’d been enduring at the Stonewall. People were tired of being treated like third class citizens, tired of hiding who they were, tired of the harassment and bigotry they’d been forced to live with for so long. “Before Stonewall” takes on a whole new meaning today, what with the Trump administration’s numerous attempts at rolling back LGBT rights. The community’s hold on the rights that have been gained is tenuous at best. “Before Stonewall” reminds us what was fought for, and that the battle is far from over.


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