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n the eyes of the South Florida gay community, Hollywood took a bit of a hit in 2018.
The Pleasure Emporium adult boutique was where 19 adult men were arrested in two undercover police stings last year for the alleged crimes of indecent exposure and oral sex. A handful of local media outlets plastered their faces on TV and the internet. Some of the men were outed, fired from jobs and ostracized from friends and family. People decried the use of limited police resources for such operations, among other objections both legal and otherwise. A Broward County judge later dismissed the charges, ruling that the men were in a private space and should not have been arrested. But a newly formed group is hoping to turn around any lingering negative perceptions about the police force or the city of Hollywood, and
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they’re off to a strong start. The Hollywood LGBTQ+ Council launched April 24 at the CIRC Hotel where 125 people showed up on its rooftop bar. The council is led by its president, Todd Delmay, and a steering committee. The group has held social events, its first town hall (60 people on a Saturday morning), and has been making connections with the Downtown Hollywood Business Association and key individuals in city government like Mayor Josh Levy, Police Chief Chris O’Brien and city commissioners. “I am taking [city officials] where they are right now. They have been super supportive and we are just opening the dialogue,” Delmay said. Delmay and Levy have appeared on a NBC6
TV segment about the council’s goals. In August, the council hosted O’Brien. Interest is high and the council wants to add members – it’s free to join. They are looking for those who are interested in supporting or serving the group in any of its activities and initiatives. “People kind of forget about Hollywood. We’re in the middle. We’re not Wilton Manors and we’re not South Beach,” Delmay said. He means that in both a geographical and literal sense. But Delmay said Hollywood also has life and activity, and an emerging downtown corridor and a growing gay vibe. Sidelines Sports Bar II recently opened there as well as the gay-owned Camp Cocktail Bar + Grill. “We have a gay community here; we have a very large trans community in Hollywood. We couldn’t have picked better timing [to launch the council],” Delmay said. Delmay owns a software company – Delmay Corp. – with his husband, Jeff Delmay, and six
employees. Their office building is located on the doorstep of the city’s downtown area. “There are exciting things happening downtown. We are bringing diverse voices to new spaces,” Delmay said. He’s working with Evan Snow of Zero Empty Spaces, a program that gives artists affordable studio space for exhibitions and other events in empty storefronts and properties. Delmay has also developed a rainbow sticker program for businesses. HRC equality index One of the first things Delmay did was work to get the city a higher score in the Municipal Equality Index published by the Human Rights Campaign. Hollywood had scored a 46 out of 100 possible points in the 2018 index. Fort Lauderdale’s was 99. “I was shocked that it was so low, so I met with
NEWS local the mayor and the commission,” Delmay said One reason for a low score was that city employment policies didn’t protect LGBTQ people. “They fixed it immediately,” Delmay said. “When LGBT voices are in the room it changes the conversation.” Delmay has been appointed to the city’s sustainability committee; and another gay person was put on the oversight committee. One of the biggest milestones came June 5 when Levy and the commission declared June as Pride month in Hollywood. “It’s my understanding that it’s the first time city has ever had the opportunity to recognize its LGBTQ community in any way,” Delmay said. The council is in the planning stages to host a Pride event in Hollywood next year – something small, at least at first. Delmay is especially proud that in early September, O’Brien appointed an LGBT policecommunity liaison to the department. Needless to say, the 2019 HRC score is already looking to be much higher. The application had to be submitted on July 31 and Delmay is expecting a 78. He wants 100 in 2020. Frontline of equality The council is run as a 501c4 nonprofit – which allows for political advocacy – and it has a partnership with Equality Florida. Politics is something Delmay is very familiar with, including working alongside Equality Florida. The couple made a name for themselves in the South Florida gay community when they were one of six plaintiffs to sue for the right to marry in the state, eventually prevailing. In January 2015, they were one of the first to
tie the knot in Miami-Dade County. Delmay is also known on the lecture circuit for his “From Stonewall to Hollywood – a look at LGBTQ+ History made by local Hollywood Residents” talk. The presentation features the stories of three Hollywood residents who stood up for their rights. He presented it at a recent Hollywood Chamber of Commerce luncheon and has more dates booked this year. The council continues to partner with other organizations and hopes to do trainings with law enforcement. Delmay plans to continue to engage with transgender members of the community and perhaps offer sensitivity trainings for allies as well. To connect The council has cast a wide net over the greater Hollywood metro area to include Dania Beach and Hallandale Beach in their membership. Its mission is to “elevate the voices, perspectives, and presence of LGBTQ+ residents, employees and business owners in shaping the vision for a vibrant and inclusive city.” As part of the mission, the council has outlined a goal based on each letter of LGBTQ – Life, Government, Business, Transformation and Quality of life. Members can decide what specific area of the mission they’d like to help support, including joining a committee. Delmay can be reached at 954-559-1893, or via email at email@example.com. Go online to lgbtqcouncil.com for more information, including social media links and the membership application.
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esearchers at the University of Miami are looking for local participants as they lead a national study of people as they age with HIV. Nearly half of all Americans living with diagnosed HIV were aged 50 and older. This study looks at why people with HIV are at an increased risk for cardiovascular and other diseases. Dr. Maria Alcaide, Dr. Margaret Fischl, and Dr. Deborah Jones Weiss are the study’s principal researchers. “We are looking to understand the effect of HIV as people age,” said Alcaide, the director of UM’s infectious disease research unit. “We are looking in terms of not only the HIV infection and infections that may be related to HIV, but also focusing on conditions that affect people as they age such as cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, metabolic conditions like diabetes, hypertension and other comorbidities.” The current study is more than seven thousand men and women. It’s been ongoing for decades. “The results of these studies have already contributed significantly to a lot of the guidelines that have been published, and are used by doctors in terms of following people with HIV,” Alcaide said. According to AmFar, an estimated 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV. In 2017, Southern states accounted for more than half of new HIV diagnoses in the U.S., despite making up just 38% of the overall U.S. population. Miami is significant because seven years ago, it became a study site for UM researchers. Before that, there was no adequate representation in the South among people who were HIV positive and women. “It is critical that Miami is a new site is because we will understand the epidemic in the South, which is where most of the new cases are especially in South Florida,” Alcaide said. “We have been asked to increase our recruitment so we can have a good representation of who are the new infections are. We are focusing on the kind of people who are aging and older people and who are those new infections and how these people who are newly diagnosed are affected in all of those in, you know, in all those areas.” “One of the things that we’re looking at, in the South and the Southeast the differences in outcomes between different groups of
people,” said researcher Deborah Jones Weiss who’s treated people with HIV since 1985. “Seeing if we can tease out some of the problems that are keeping some people from not doing as well as others in terms of health and not just physical health, but mental health. What we’re doing by collecting the information is we’re making it possible for scientists to go through that information and come forward with guidelines and new ideas for how to improve overall quality of life and health outcomes for everyone.” The study focuses on why people with HIV are at a higher risk for other diseases. “There is a higher rate of cancers, a higher rate of cardiovascular disease and things that are associated with that,” Jones Weiss said. “It’s not that the HIV is causing these disorders that we use to associate with HIV, like uh, Kaposi sarcoma. It’s that HIV is stimulating inflammation, which is making the body kind of wear out.” Researchers are also examining the nonclinical issues experienced by people aging with HIV. “A big component of this study that looks what we would call psychosocial issues,” said Jones Weiss. “We’re looking at people who are living with the virus, not just people who’ve been living with it for a long time, but people who are newly infected as well. We have plenty of data that support that people who are living with HIV do experience higher levels of depression, do experience, for example, stigma and discrimination, not only in the Southeast, all around the world. These combine to impact in part, for example, adherence to medication, adherence to treatment. So, these psychosocial factors are really important.”
Anyone interested in joining the study should contact Juan Casuso at the University of Miami. He can be reached at 305-243-3838.
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The campaign has ballooned to six candidates, including longtime Equality Florida foe and ex-Florida senator Daphne Campbell. “This is a seat that has been a Democratic stronghold, won or lost in the Democratic primary in August, which is a lower turnout election so not as many voters come to the polls,” said Saunders, who added Campbell has a record of being a “visible, proud opponent of LGBT rights.” “The contrasts of this race are stark,” he added. Saunders said Jones has what it takes to win. “He’s incredibly effective,” Saunders said. “He’s charismatic. He’s in a conservative, republican-led environment. He has passed transformative pieces of legislation because of how he navigates relationships. People like him up there.” As of last August’s campaign finance reports, the Shevrin Jones campaign had raised $98,518. SFGN made repeated attempts to reach Rep. Jones for comment but the calls were not returned. On his Instagram account, Jones is pictured at union rallies with Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport workers, joining forces with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio to provide hurricane relief for the Bahamas and participating with Miramar Mayor and Presidential candidate Wayne Messam at a job and career fair.
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Like a cat with nine lives, Craig Jungwirth keeps popping up. The man, who was once arrested, and made national news, by threatening to harm the Wilton Manors LGBT community with a ‘Pulse’ like attack in 2016, just won’t go away. From Facebook friend requests, to fake Instagram accounts, Jungwirth continues to harass the local community. For instance it appears he runs an instagram account @FortLauderdalePride, which is just close enough to Pride Fort Lauderdale’s account (@PrideFortLauderdale) to confuse people. “I already filed an infringement report with Instagram but since he’s not using our logo on it they can’t do much. We do have a valid trademark on Pride of the Americas Pride Fort Lauderdale, trans Pride Fort
Lauderdale and pride Fort Lauderdale which we will enforce as soon as he has posted our logo on anything,” said President of Pride Fort Lauderdale Miik Martorell. SFGN Publisher and criminal defense attorney Norm Kent believes the state has turned a blind eye to Jungwirth’s antics. “I think law enforcement officers could have charged Craig with criminal acts for orchestrating a conspiracy to defraud legitimate businesses by interfering with their operations and by filing phony lawsuits,” Kent said. “He’s crossed the line and it should be investigated by law enforcement. His civil stalking has become criminal harassment and it should be investigated and prosecuted. These are
a recap of Jungwirth’s recent legal issues: SPRING 2016 — Arrested and charged with interstate transmission of a threatening communication. January 17 charges dropped.
any and all no-contact orders – direct, indirect and that is through any means of social media – email, Twitter, Facebook, blogging.”
2016 — Jungwirth maliciously sues Alibi, The Manor, Hunter’s and PJ’s Bar in Wilton Manors in Orange County Court in Orlando for allegedly breaching Beach Bear Weekend contracts they never had signed, but Jungwirth bounces all his filing fee checks to the county and various Judges dismiss all the suits on motions by Norm Kent acting as their counsel.
August 2017 — Attempts to sue Publisher of SFGN, Norm Kent, for defamation. “Defendant Kent intentionally and with malice published an article which provided entirely different information and cited these various websites, contracts and various agreements as sources thus making misrepresentations and making false statement,” the lawsuit read. It was later dismissed. “His claim is specious without merit and a frivolous waste of the court’s time,” Kent said at the time. “Nothing we said about him was untrue. SFGN stands by its reporting.”
January 2017 — Charges against Jungwirth dropped after prosecutors admitted the evidence against him was “weak.” Federal investigators were not able to link the threats to any of the 59 Facebook profiles Jungwirth had access to. January 2017 — Jungwirth pleads guilty to skipping out on his bill at the Courtyard Cafe in 2015 as well as criminal mischief from an incident in 2016 when Jungwirth defaced the windows at Rumors with paint. Sentenced to probation. June 2017 — Arrested again after he violated the terms of his probation by not completing a psychological evaluation and assessment and violating a no-contact order with the victim of his crimes. “The bottom line is it wasn’t done. He needs to get it done. He was ordered to have it done. What he’s saying is clearly not true,” Judge Lerner-Wren said at the time. “I would certainly admonish Mr. Jungwirth to fully comply with
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FALL 2017 — Trying to avoid service on a suit naming him as a defendant, Jungwirth hides out in a county court bathroom and is removed by BSO. FALL 2018 — Jungwirth attempts to sue an Alibi bartender for defamation at a Pride Fort Lauderdale event. Pending, awaiting a ruling on a motion to dismiss. December 2018 — Arrested after an incident evolving an argument with his mother where he was accused of falsely imprisoning her, which included trying to prevent her from meeting with police officers. He was released on bond. Formal charges were not filed. The State Attorney declined to prosecute the case.
A past mugshot of Craig Jungwirth. Photo courtesy of the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
recurring, repeated and recidivistic acts.” from all you AIDS infested losers.” Meanwhile Shane Tate, organizer of Key At the time SFGN could not independently West Bear Weekend, keeps getting Facebook verify whether it came from Jungwirth since friend requests from Jungwirth. he was known to create multiple fake profiles “He has tried to friend me and several of to promote his Beach Bear Weekend events. my family members in the last month, but More recently Jungwirth attempted to sell I have warned everyone just to block him. I tickets to a legitimate pool party at a local do not engage him at all. I just immediately guesthouse that he had no part in. In the past block his accounts and his phone numbers Jungwirth has been accused of attempting when he tries to text me,” Tate to scam the gay community said. “I’ve never met this man. fake “Bear” events. “I’ve never met with Jungwirth legitimately I’ve never done anything to this man. I’ve bought the rights to Beach him, yet he threatened to put Bear Weekend but then was a bullet through my head. The never done accused of turning it into a man scares me. I have my Key anything to scam. The former organizers West Bear Weekend [coming then attempted to sue up] and I plan on giving all him, yet he Jungwirth to take the event my door people photos of threatened to back, but eventually dropped Craig Jungwirth just in case put a bullet the lawsuit after deciding the he attempts to enter any of my event was forever tainted parties.” through my and longer worth the hassle. Jungwirth made national head.” Eventually a new legitimate news in 2016 when he was event called Bearsurrection accused of posting this - Shane Tate was launched with the hope message on Facebook: key west bear weekend organizer of circumventing Jungwirth. “My events are selling out It didn’t work. cause you faggots are total Over the past month patsies. None of you deserve to live,” a man wrote on Facebook with the several members of the community profile name Craig Jungwirth. “If you losers contacted SFGN to alert us of the above thought the Pulse nightclub shooting was scam. Jungwirth even contacted SFGN on bad, wait till you see what I’m planning for Labor Day.” Another message read: “I’m Instagram promoting his event. When SFGN gonna be killing you fags faster than cops kill asked for a comment Jungwirth said “you niggers. It’s time to clean up Wilton Manors have nice hair.”
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Bisexual women seven times more likely to use weed Bisexual women are seven times more likely to consume cannabis on a daily basis than straight women, a new study shows. The study by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found 10 percent of bisexual women use cannabis daily, compared with six percent of lesbians, and 1.5 percent of straight women, the Independent reported. The researchers say the higher use in gay and bisexual women could be due to the stress of being a sexual minority. “This is part of a larger health burden, as bisexual women are twice as likely to have co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders yet often have little contact with service providers,” Morgan Philbin, one of the study’s authors said, according to the Independent. Researchers also say the study shows the need for more resources for sexual minority women.
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Ben Carson makes transphobic comments again Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said he’s concerned about “big hairy men” infiltrating women’s homeless shelters. Three people who were in the meeting in San Francisco interpreted his comments as being an attack on transgender women, according to the Washington Post. Many other people were visibly shocked by his comments. The agency introduced a policy in May that would allow federally funded shelters to force transgender women to share sleeping quarters and bathrooms with men because Carson wants everyone to be “treated fairly.” “His overall tone is dismissive and joking about these people,” an official at the meeting told the Post. “It’s disrespectful of the people we are trying to serve.” One of Carson’s top officials denied he made derogotory comments about transgender people, the Washington Post reported.
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Babalwa Mtshawu, a woman from the South African town Mthatha, didnâ€™t know she was intersex until she was 25 years old because of her conservative family. The now 32-year-old told CNN that intersex babies are often killed because theyâ€™re perceived as bad luck, and a manifestation of sorcery and witchcraft. South Africaâ€™s Mail and Guardian reported that midwifes and healers admitted to killing babies with indefinite genitalia. Mtshawu, who now lectures at a university in Capetown, says teaching students about intersex people will reduce the misconceptions and discrimination. â€œThe curriculum is slowly changing in South Africa, and I think it will be easy for them to teach intersex because it is just plain biology. This is a natural phenomenon, like someone being born without an arm or having an extra finger,â€? she told CNN.
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Police protected LGBT marchers at a pride parade in Lublin, Poland Saturday from anti-gay protestors trying to block their path. Riot police used water cannons and pepper spray against the protestors, according to the Associated Press. Reuters reported that police detained at least 30 people at the event, called the Equality March. Protestors tried to block the marchers’ path, and attempted to pelt them with eggs, among more heinous threats. “We’ve had death threats, (this violence) was about forcing us not to have this march,” Bartosz Staszewki, organizer of Saturday’s march, told Reuters. Conservative groups in Poland said that “LGBT ideology” undermines
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traditional Polish values. Lublin’s Mayor attempted to have the march banned for “security concerns.”
Albert Nabonibo, a gospel singer from Rwanda, came out as gay to live his life normally, but his friends and family have outlawed him. When Nabonibo came out in an August YouTube interview, TIME reported that Rwandans were shocked, as coming out as gay in the African country is rare. Although there is no law crminializing gay sex, gay marriage is illegal, forcing gay men and women to live under wraps. William Ntwali, a human rights activist said that even though gay people are protected under the law, they’re still discriminated against. “If you are gay, members of your community ostracize you,” Ntwali said, according to TIME. “People think you are not normal, and they look at it as an abomination.”
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Nabonibo’s friends say his coming out was shameful, and some were too embarrassed to even talk about him.
Rugby Australia forges alliance with gay community
Mexican soccer tells referees to crack down on anti-gay chant
After Rugby player Israel Folau’s contract was terminated for anti-gay posts on social media, Rugby Australia is trying to strengthen its ties to the LGBT community. They’re creating a committee in alliance with four rugby clubs that are already inclusive of the LGBT community, according to 7 News Australia. Rugby Australia wants to educate people about homophobia and include more gay rugby players. “We want rugby to be a game that all Australians can enjoy regardless of their age, race, background, religion, gender or sexual orientation,” said RA chief executive, Raelene Castle, according to 7 News. The alliance will include four Rugby clubs — Sydney Convicts, Melbourne
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Chargers, Brisbane Hustlers and Perth Rams — and the U.K. based International Gay Rugby.
If Mexican soccer fans chant a homophobic slur at the opposing team’s goal keeper, the referees will now stop the game, and force the teams to play without an audience. FIFA has fined the Mexican football federation because of it in the past, ESPN reported. Referees will have the ability to stop the game for five to 10 minutes, take the players back to the locker rooms, and even make them play behind closed doors. The federation president said that if the chants continue, they could run the risk of being left out of the World Cup. “If we don’t resolve this problem before the World Cup qualifiers for Qatar 2022, we’d be putting ourselves at risk of being punished by point deductions and in the worst-case scenario missing out
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on the World Cup,” federation president Yon de Luisa said, according to ESPN. “But we are convinced, as an industry, that we can’t miss out on a competition, especially a World Cup, for something off the field.”
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Treasure Coast ‘Dancing with Pride’ To Benefit Suicide Prevention
he Treasure Coast Bowling Club is sponsoring a dance for the LGBT communities on Oct. 5 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. People living from Vero Beach to Hobe Sound are encouraged to attend. “Our LGBTQA Bowling league is one weekly event that has been growing since its inception in 2015,” said David Axton, President, TCBowling Club. “Because there are no wholly gay venues or nightclubs, we decided to hold an event (a dance) so that for one magical night, the LGBTQA community could unite and have a good time.” DJ Chris from Next Level DJs and Entertainment will play music from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today. “He is sure to get people off their feet and to the dance floor all night long,” Axton said. In addition to proceeds from ticket sales, there are numerous donated items up for raffle, including local community theatre shows, a brand new 40 inch Smart TV, works of art, household baskets, beauty baskets, and much more. The event will raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. “We decided on this, because each of us on the Board of TC Bowling Club have been personally touched by the self-inflicted death of someone they know or love,” Axton
said. “We need to try to prevent further victims and get the awareness out there, as well as the message that life WILL get better with age.” According to Save.org, Asian American, African American, Latino, and Native American people who are LGB attempt suicide at especially high rates. More than 40 percent of trans adults said they had attempted suicide, in one study. The same study found that 61 percent of trans people who were victims of physical assault had attempted suicide. LGB young people who come from families that reject or do not accept them are over 8 times more likely to attempt suicide than those whose families accept them. According to Florida’s Department of Children and Families, suicide was the second leading cause of death for individuals within the 25-34 age group in 2017; similar to the national ranking of 2016, and the third leading cause of death for individuals within 15-24 age group. Advance tickets $15 or $20 at the door. Seating is limited. If you’re unable to attend, but want to support, you can still purchase tickets for the event. More information and tickets are available at www.TCBowlingClub. com.
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Alleged Gay Bashers’ volunteer Service Called Into Question Four men accused of a hate crime last year in Miami supposedly worked for SAVE to redeem themselves. Now their volunteerism is being disputed.
hen former executive director of SAVE, Tony Lima, said on stage at one of their annual galas that four men accused of a hate crime in Miami Beach were wrongfully accused and volunteered at the LGBT rights organization it shocked the community.
“More details have come to light to show that this was not a hate driven crime. Basically they were defending themselves. We’re supportive of their case moving forward. We support the truth coming to light,” Lima said at the time. “It’s very easy to jump on a bandwagon when you feel your community is being attacked. It’s important to look deeper into things when there is a shadow of a doubt.” Less than a week later the board of SAVE unanimously terminated Lima. Now the young men’s volunteerism is being called into question. According to a source close to the board of SAVE, who did not have the authority to speak on the record, the organization conducted an internal investigation and found no evidence the four men ever volunteered for the SAVE. Lima initially told SFGN they volunteered for 6 months. Later though in a video apology to the community he said 6 weeks. Here’s an edited version of the transcript. So about six weeks ago, I received a call from the gay parents of one of the four men that were accused of this horrific crime. And they said that they wanted to get involved with SAVE. They wanted to give back to the community, and really be able to show the community that they are committed to being their their best selves. And when they reached out to me, I thought of our former President Obama, and how even he had an evolution in support of the LGBT community. So I thought, this is an important moment. Because at SAVE we are here to change hearts and minds, and to be inclusive, and to be able to give people the opportunity to learn and to be a better version of themselves. So I agreed that they could come and volunteer with us. And in the six weeks or so since this transpired, the four men have come in and volunteered two to three hours each mostly data entry. Some of it was surrounding preparation for our gala.
When the four men showed up to the gala he said he wanted to acknowledge their efforts. “I wanted them to really be able to have the opportunity
Circled left to right: Luis Alfonso, Juan Lopez, Pablo Romo, Adonis Diaz. Mugshots and street footage via the Miami-Dade Police Department. Group photo: SFGN file photo.
to engage with our community at a deeper level,” Lima said. “That was my mistake. I should never have done that.” But SFGN’s source insists the volunteering never happened. SAVE declined to comment. When SFGN reached out to Lima again he said of the four men: “you can talk to them directly and they can confirm having volunteered.” SFGN reached out to the four men’s lawyer, Dennis Gonzalez Jr., who did not respond to an email. He has responded to SFGN in the past. One of the alleged attackers was raised by two gay men. Last year the gay father spoke out in defense of his son. Juan Lopez, the father of Juan Carlos Lopez, told NBC6 that his son, along with the others, have never attacked “any gay people.” “I’m sure 100 percent of that,” Juan Lopez told NBC6, also saying that his son respects “everybody in this community” and that he “loves LGBT.” SFGN reached out to Lopez but did not receive a reply back. SFGN also reached out to the State Attorney’s Office to see if they were ever made aware of this community service. “The State Attorney’s Office has had no interactions with these defendants and their activities at SAVE. This is still an active criminal prosecution and we are getting ready for our criminal court trial,” a spokesmen for the State Attorney said. “By the way, your use of the term ‘community service’ is somewhat incorrect as community service is usually used as a part of a criminal court sentence and this case has not been resolved or gone to trial. Simply put, this entire matter would have nothing to do with the State Attorney’s Office.” 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 and are awaiting trial. In the last three months their trial has been postponed twice. The new trial date is set for Nov. 18.
The four men are accused of attacking a gay couple as they were leaving a public bathroom in Lummus Park in Miami Beach on April 8, 2018. The alleged crime was caught on video. “We were walking and holding hands and needed to use the bathroom,” Dmitry Logunov 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, Rene Chalarca, quickly intervened, but three more men jumped in and began to attack them both. 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. 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.” Russell Cormican, a well known criminal defense attorney in Broward County, gave some insight into why the men would want to volunteer for an LGBT rights organization. “When people are charged with a crime, they sometimes react by getting involved in charitable work. Sometimes they are motivated to do that by a true desire to help others,” Cormican said. “Other times, they may simply be trying to put their best face forward because they know it may help them with their pending cases.” Cormican also noted though that if the men only attended a gala that would not hold much weight with a judge.
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ore than 50 mayors and former the luxury of partisan gridlock that often mayors recently signed on to an op- paralyzes Washington. Instead they have ed endorsing South Bend, Indiana to work hard at coming up with practical Mayor Pete Buttigieg for president. solutions for their cities. “We are more than 50 mayors across the “Our residents expect electricity when country — from Santa Monica, they flip the switch, clean California, to Topeka, Kansas, water from their taps and trash to Hartford, Connecticut — picked up regularly. It would “It would be who know that an executive be unthinkable for a mayor unthinkable for like Pete to shut down the with vision and proven ability to get results is the key to a because of a petty a mayor like Pete government bright future for our nation,” ideological disagreement,” the to shut down the op-ed reads. “We see exactly op-ed reads. “Pete’s vision for that in Pete Buttigieg, mayor of the government Medicare For All Who Want It South Bend, Indiana.” is a great example of advancing because of a The op-ed naturally leans progressive goals with a heavily on Buttigieg’s record as petty ideological commitment to achieving mayor of South Bend. results.” disagreement.” “We have watched Mayor Local gay mayors Dean Pete over the past eight years, Trantalis of Fort Lauderdale - Op-ed signed by over 50 as his steady and inspired and Justin Flippen of Wilton mayors and past mayors leadership has revitalized his Manors were both signers of city,” the op-ed continues. “It the op-ed. was no surprise to us when his constituents Eight months ago the gay small town reelected him with 80% of the vote. Pete mayor was virtually unknown. So far he’s has transformed South Bend, and now he is outpaced most pundit’s expectations, showing what American leadership can and including raising the most money in the should be in the years ahead.” second quarter topping $24 million and has The op-ed notes that mayors don’t have raised more than $51 million in total. White House Watch is a weekly column taking a look at the state of the 2020 presidential election. 10.2.2019 •
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West Palm Beach by Storm LGBTA running group continues to grow Kristen Grau
A snapshot of everyone who attended during one of the recent night runs. Photo via Night Runners WPB, Facebook.
udolph Galindo, a West Palm Beach resident and parks and recreation employee, didn’t think a four-person running club he started for fun would ever reach a high of 77 people.
Out of a run that happened because Galindo and three others hated running on their own, the Night Runners West Palm Beach was born in December 2016. When it started, the group’s focus was on the LGBT community “because there weren’t a lot of places we could make friends,” Galindo said. But they’re inclusive of people of both different backgrounds and speeds. “Everybody’s there for the same reasons: to socialize and get some physical activity,” Galindo said . “It’s not about the competitions or cliques.” Night Runners West Palm Beach is also nonprofit — with Galindo as the board of Photo via Night Runners WPB, Facebook.
directors’ president. They use their funds on things like water for everyone after the runs every Monday and Thursday at 8 p.m. starting in Howard Park in West Palm Beach. He’s not sure why the group’s participation has boomed in the last year or so, but the board’s vice president, Avion Goordeen, has a guess. “We present ourselves as a welcoming group,” said Goordeen, who’s been running with the group for a year and a half. “We try to inspire, try to motivate … and that’s what got me hooked.” Next year, the Night Runners will kick off Compass’ annual PrideFest with a 5K run.
This is the first time Compass is partnering on a race, but not the first time the two organizations have worked together. “We love the Night Runners organization and their board - it’s made up largely of some of our most stalwart volunteers,” said Claudia Harrison, Chief Information Officer for Compass. Last month, some of the runners represented the group at Compass’ fifth annual Women’s Wellness Conference to educate people on fitness as a “preventive medicine,” said Goordeen. He has been involved with running groups in the past, but none have paralleled the encouragement, inclusivity and positivity that Night Runners has, he said. Lately the group has been seeing more diverse ages show up as as well. According to Goordeen, there are several mother and son duos — and one mother in her 30s who brings along her 7-year old, 5-year-old and toddler to the runs. Pace diversity is also important for the group. On each of the nightly runs participants can choose a 2 mile walking route, or a 3 mile running route. Ever since they added a walking group Galindo has noticed higher participation rates. Aside from running, the group also encourages its members to socialize outside of its twice weekly runs. “It’s more of a familial bond to say the least,” Goordeen said. “Cohesion with the
group is at an all-time high.” They’ll often partner with different running groups from the county or participate in local races like the St. Jude Walk/Run that took place last weekend in West Palm Beach. The Pride 5K taking place next March will be the group’s first race they’re organized on their own. Races don’t come cheap either. Galindo said it would cost about $9,000 to organize the event. Other events include the one they’ll be hosting next March with Compass and ones in the past like a popular glowstickthemed run they participated in. “We’re there as a community, not to judge people,” Galindo said. Some members — like Galindo and Goordeen — give back to the LGBT community further by having participated in the SMART Ride, a 165-mile bike ride from Miami to Key West. The SMART Ride donates its proceeds to local HIV related organizations, and prevention and treatment providers, like Compass. What Galindo and Goordeen are particularly humbled by is how fast they’ve grown without a rigid digital marketing strategy. For the most part, they said, people have found out about the group via word of mouth. But Goordeen said that growing organically has helped strengthen its community-driven purpose. “It takes a big group to do something like this, and keep up the momentum,” Galindo said.
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Nina West Debuts ‘Treat Yourself,’ for Gay Men’s HIV Awareness Day Jason Parsley
ina West, a well known drag queen Drag Race placing sixth. But West is also well who appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race, known for her philanthropy. debuted a new music video last week The iconic drag queen even got a shout in honor of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS out from progressive firebrand Democratic Awareness Day on Sept. 26. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who said on “Treat Yourself,” a song about knowing Twitter at the time of her elimination from your HIV status is presented Drag Race: “Just know how by OraQuick, the only in-home important you are to the bigger oral HIV test approved by the picture, and I’m so proud of Food and Drug Administration. you and your fun-damental Besides West, the video also kindness and goodness. And features choreographer Mark I’m just really looking forward Kanemura, known for his role as to watching you grow. You’re a former backup dancer for Lady amazing, and I’m sad, but I’m Gaga and “So You Think You Can excited for you.” West has raised more than $2 Dance” all-star. million for the community and in “Keeping our community 2015, she established The Nina vibrant means owning our West Fund at The Columbus health and to do that we should Foundation to support local know our HIV status,” West non-profits that provide services says in the video. “Knowledge - Nina West for the LGBT community. is power, and we want to have Drag Queen In 2008 the National power, don’t we?” Association of People with The song will be released on iTunes on Oct. 4 with all of the proceeds AIDS launched National Gay Men’s HIV/ going to Equitas Health, a full-service, non- AIDS Awareness Day to recognize the profit medical center with multiple locations disproportionate impact of the epidemic on gay men. This year’s theme is “The in Columbus, which is West’s hometown. West appeared on Season 11 of RuPaul’s conversation about HIV is changing.”
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osh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the twin towers of the Jewish High Holidays, also known as the Days of Awe. During the ten days that boundary them we are called, invited, cajoled, commanded and adjured to take stock of our behavior during the past year. At its best it is a fearless inventory that we share with our Creator to inspect our hearts and our actions, and nothing is forgotten. Because our tradition understands God as allknowing and all-seeing, there is no reason to try and hide or disguise our thoughts and actions; they are already known by the One we stand before. There is nothing gained by arrogance, the attempt to claim that no wrong was done because “they deserved it.” There is nothing gained by excuses, claiming “what else could I have done?” There is nothing gained by claiming innocence, “Who me, I didn’t do anything!” Actually, the only thing gained is a world continually corrupted by arrogance, excuses, and whome-ism. Admittedly taking stock of our own behavior is difficult. It is painful to consider the harm we have done to others, and it is humiliating to admit that we are capable of inflicting harm. Yet we do it every day, when we cut someone off in traffic and give them the finger when we pass them, when we give a Facebook “like” to a meme that belittles another person or class of people, and even when we belittle someone for a failure while we stood idly by witnessing their struggle. Our tradition recognizes the difficulty and
eases it by insisting that we do it together. This cheshbon hanefesh, accounting of our souls, is a communal activity and is reflected as such in our liturgy. The prayers that plead for forgiveness are always written in the plural, “…for the wrong we did before You by hardening our hearts, for the wrong we did before You by scoffing and mocking, for the wrong we did before You by tormenting others, for the wrong we did before You by dismissing serious matters with a joke…”. The confessions are intentionally written inclusively so we should not think that somehow we are better than the person standing next to us. Since we all know that we cannot be perfect, the question is, how good do we have to be? The answer comes in a story about a rabbi and their chasid (a student who takes spiritual guidance from them). One day the chasid comes to their rabbi with a problem. The chasid is a landlord and has accepted a deposit from someone who now wants to get their deposit back because they found better accommodations. The chasid knows that the law allows them to keep the deposit, but they also know that the family could really use the money and the space could be quickly re-rented. So the chasid asks, “Do I have to return the money?” Their rabbi responds, “It depends on your level.” So that’s the answer. How good we have to be will depend on how good we want to be. May we all choose to raise our level of goodness. May this New Year be one of blessing, peace, and prosperity for us all.
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When I saw a letter to the editor in the Sept. 25 issue of the SFGN titled, “We need to Forgive Mark Foley” curiosity got the better of me. It wasn’t long before I surprised by what I read and felt the need to opine. In the first sentence the author calls out another article for its perceived “regurgitation” regarding Republican Mark Foley’s past. The second sentence recalls a Democrat Representative’s “escapades” during his career in politics. The third sentence goes on to compare the way the 2 political parties reacted to these situations. What I don’t understand is why whenever a Republican has a lapse in moral judgement their response is always, “the Democrats do it too”? Is the author suggesting the Democrat caused the Republican to act the way he did? Deflecting one’s own guilt by highlighting another’s neither diminishes nor excuses that indiscretion. It does show one’s refusal to take responsibility for one’s own actions. This is something a child does when confronted by a parent for misbehaving. Certainly as we mature we learn that this behavior is inappropriate and that moral integrity comes from admission of the event and the desire to right that which was wrong. People don’t do immoral things because they are Republican or Democrat. They do it because because they feel the need to act out in that manner for whatever the reason. If the consequences for the action were important to them the act would never happen. As far as I’m concerned, what’s in the past is in the past. However, he who forgets the past are condemned to repeat it.
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o you ever feel like you’ve only been invited somewhere or asked to be a member of something because you’re trans? It’s like the opposite of what’s been happening, and continues to happen, for most of modern transgender history which is to not be invited somewhere or to be unwelcome because of who we are. Now, because of our activism and advocacy on trans issues, people, organizations, research studies, and companies are eager to hear from trans people, whether as part of focus groups or as an employee. It’s a good thing. Our voices are finally being heard and we’re starting I’m proud of my to be valued for who we are. professional But sometimes it feels like it’s not me they want, but my identity. I start career, and to question, Am I only here because I’m it’s opened so trans? Would I still be here if I wasn’t? Am I being valued for what else I bring many doors. to the table? Am I checking off some sort Nevertheless, I’m of box so that the people who brought me here feel better about themselves? Am I tired of feeling only here so that this company doesn’t get like I’ve only called out for discriminatory practices? It’s hard to separate, if not impossible, been brought to who I am as a person from my identity the table because support groups for trans men. This all other trans people get their foot in the door? And not and experiences as a trans person. happened because I chose to be out about just trans people who “look respectable” and have a I’m trans. Nevertheless, it can be difficult who I am. college education. I’m talking about all trans people, sometimes to feel like I’m only welcome I’m proud of my professional career, and including trans women of color, I’m talking about trans because I’m trans and not for any other part of my it’s opened so many doors. Nevertheless, I’m tired of people who engage in sex work, I’m talking about trans identity. feeling like I’ve only been brought to the table because people who are immigrants or don’t speak English, or As the saying goes, “Nothing about us without us.” I’m trans. I want to be at the table making the decisions are living in poverty, or have been kicked out of their It’s imperative that decision makers and policy makers because I’m smart, and articulate, and passionate, and I homes. Too much of the public face of trans identity have trans people at the table if decisions are going to have something to say worth hearing. looks exactly like me – white, cis-passing trans men as be made that affect our lives. This is crucial. What’s I recognize that there have been times when I’m well as feminine, white trans women. No more. even better, though, is if instead of just bringing trans part of something because I’m trans. But it’s time for It’s time for companies and organizations and people to the table because we’re trans, trans people others, and myself included, to step it up. Maybe I was research studies to stop using trans people like a token start to become the decision makers. Trans people start brought to the table because I’m trans, but I can use and stop making us feel like you’ve brought us to the deciding who sits at the table and what is even on the that to my advantage – I got my foot in the door, now table so that you can pat yourself on the back for being agenda to begin with. what am I going to do about it? How am I going to help so inclusive. We’re worth more than that. I feel like my professional life has only happened the way it has because I’m trans. This isn’t a bad thing. Because of my experiences based on my identity, I’ve Atticus Ranck is the Health Programs & Supportive Services Manager for Bradbury-Sullivan helped over 100 people legally change their name and LGBT Community Center in Allentown, PA. Previously, he was the Director of Transgender gender. I’ve given dozens of trainings and presentations Services at SunServe in Wilton Manors. Atticus is a trans man who advocates for the LGBT across the country on transgender competency. I’ve led community through his work, trainings, presentations, and everyday encounters.
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Welcome to LGBT History Month LGBT History Month October marks LGBT History Month, which was started in 1994 by a Missouri high school teacher, Rodney Wilson. He sought out other teachers and community leaders who then chose October because school was in session and it coincided with National Coming Out Day on October 11. SFGN will be participating in a special history project spearheaded by the Philadelphia Gay News throughout October. More than two dozen LGBT media outlets around the country will run the weekly features. Since print space is limited, SFGN will run many of the stories online. Visit SFGN.com/History2019 to read them.
Headlines For Celebrities, an Off-Screen Journey to On-Screen Equality This piece by former Miami Herald reporter Steve Rothaus chronicles the history of LGBT celebrities in media. (edited) A Portrait of Charlotte Cushman – the Greatest American Actress of Her Era This piece by award winning journalist Victoria A. Brownworth explores the life of actress Charlotte Cushman (18161876), a theatrical superstar and a gender-nonconforming lesbian. Her life on and off stage was amazingly out and progressive for it’s. time. (edited) Authors and Activism: A History of LGBT Bookstores This piece by Jason Villemez takes an in-depth look at the history of LGBT Bookstores, going back to the very first one, Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop in NYC, to the most recent, Category is Books in Glasgow Scotland. The story explores the impact of LGBT bookstores on our community from Stonewall to AIDS to government censorship.
Stonewall 50 Finally Gets Our History Right Each week in October SFGN will publish a series of stories to showcase our history. For more visit SFGN.com/history2019 Mark Segal
Member Gay Liberation Front 1969-71 Publisher, Philadelphia Gay News
omething very strange happened during last June’s celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. The LGBT community, especially those of us from Gay Liberation Front New York realized how the history we created from 1969 to 1971 was being distorted by those who had recorded it. Gay rights demonstration (Trafalgar Square—the Trafalgar Hotel is in the background) including members of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF). Photo via LSE Library / Flickr.
history month Mark My Words Even LGBT organizations, whose mission is to give resources and information to mainstream media, fell short and had to be corrected by the mainstream media it was supposed to assist. On an anniversary of this scope, communities begin to both look back at their history and think critically about where they are at present. Right now, our community is struggling with issues of privilege and identity, specifically whitemale privilege and class-based identity. It’s often been said that history is written by the powerful, and sometimes those in power embellish or minimize historical facts, or they distort history to purposely maintain a misinterpretation. Stonewall was and remains the starting point of a contemporary LGBT movement for equality. Stonewall is our 1776. There were other demonstrations and disturbances before Stonewall, like the Compton’s riot in San Francisco in 1965, a sit-in at Dewey’s restaurant in Philadelphia, even organized demonstrations, but none of them created a sustainable inclusive movement. They all failed to gain momentum. The most famous of them were the marches every July 4th at Independence Hall in Philadelphia from 1965-69, which some historians mistakenly connect to Stonewall and the first Gay Pride March in 1970. Stonewall and the year that followed up to the First Gay Pride, then called Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day, changed everything and everyone in the LGBT community. It was not simply a revolt against mainstream society, but also against an LGBT leadership that was tone deaf to the counter-cultural and political atmosphere of the 1960’s. The marches in Philadelphia were the prime example of that deafness. Those of us from Stonewall and Gay Liberation Front were rebelling not only against mainstream society but those people who marched in Philadelphia because we felt they had all
lost touch with our community. A similar occurrence had happened in the Black Community in the late sixties as well. More radical organizations wanted a new approach to the civil rights movement. They thought of Martin Luther King Jr. as a throwback, and as detailed in “Death of a King” by Tavis Smiley, it made his last year on earth a sad one. Historians who do not make the point that Stonewall was a rebellion against the prim and proper LGBT movement to that point in time are committing a serious distortion of our history. In doing so they skip what was most likely the most pivotal year of change in our community. They minimize what was the Mount Vesuvius of change in LGBT History: the radicalization of the LGBT movement. Stonewall did not happen in isolation. The country was ripe with change, especially among LGBT youth which found itself left completely out due a lack of leadership among the existing organizations, the same organizations which created those Philadelphia marches that looked more like 1950’s black and white television America than antiwar, radical 1969 America. Stonewall gave LGBT youth a voice. Gay Liberation Front, born from the ashes of Stonewall, gave the movement organization in the form of radicalism. While the old leadership wanted to portray the community as women in dresses and men in suites and ties, those at Stonewall and the founders of Gay Liberation Front dressed in jeans and t-shirts, and in drag or what soon would be considered “gender fuck.” While the old leadership disdained any public association with trans people, Gay Liberation Front welcomed them as it did youth and people of color. While those at the Philadelphia marches wanted to fit in with middle class America, those in Gay Liberation Front wanted to work alongside other marginalized groups fighting
Stonewall was and remains the starting point of a contemporary LGBT movement for equality.
Gay rights demonstration at the Democratic National Convention, New York City. Photo via the Library of Congress.
for social justice. While those at the Philadelphia marches were polite, those in Gay Liberation front were out, loud, and in-your-face. The two groups could not have been more different. The first Gay Pride was literally and figuratively a break from those Philadelphia marches. It was a celebration of what we had created from the riots one year before. To be very clear, historians have attempted to group those Philadelphia marches with Stonewall and the first Gay Pride, and that is an absolute misrepresentation of history. That first Gay Pride, created by Craig Rodwell and Ellen Broidy, was about what we of Gay Liberation Front created from the ashes of Stonewall. And that first year, create we did. The first Gay Youth organization, GYNY, the first trans organization, STAR, the first LGBT Community Center, on west 3rd Street, the first demonstrations against media and police, and a continual public presence as we took back our streets. We appeared on TV and spoke on radio and Gay Youth even spoke in High Schools. We attended antiwar marches and leafleted almost every night. We held public meetings. And we held dances in a time when it was illegal to do so, and we advertised them to show our resistance
and to dare the police, the politicians and organized crime to stop us. This was not simply a movement; it was an entire community being created. And that is what we celebrated on that first anniversary: resistance and building community where there was none before. While those people who marched in Philadelphia were brave to do so, they failed in creating a movement, an identity or an inclusive community. Gay liberation Front did. Even though we didn’t know it at the time, Stonewall was the start of Gay Liberation Front. The people who wrote on the streets and walls that first night, the people who created the second, third, and fourth nights, were the founders of Gay Liberation Front. The people who spoke from the steps of Stonewall were the founders of Gay Liberation Front. The people who did the leafleting and that first march 3 weeks later were the founders of Gay Liberation Front. Stonewall was not one night, or two, or six. Stonewall was one year, a year of building a community and a sustainable movement. There were people at Stonewall who passed by, people who craning their necks from around the corner watching, people who tossed a stone and ran since the police chased people up and down
Stonewall was not one night, or two, or six. Stonewall was one year, a year of building a community and a sustainable movement. Continued on next page. 10.2.2019 •
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It’s often stated that we were so radical that we were dysfunctional. That statement couldn’t be more true. the street, but the spirit of resistance that gave birth to the new movement was all Gay Liberation front. We didn’t leave Stonewall after one night. It’s often stated that we were so radical that we were dysfunctional. That statement couldn’t be more true. Gay Liberation Front had no permanent chairperson. A stick was tossed at the beginning of the meeting and whoever caught it was the chair. We had no Roberts Rules of Order and no officers. Everything had to be decided by consensus, and we debated every issue passionately in order to define ourselves because we refused to allow society to define us any longer. We debated everything, including masculinity and white privilege, though that wasn’t the term used at the time. We fought hard amongst ourselves. We even took in stride the ever present shadow of the FBI and NYPD undercover agents. You often heard one member say to another, speak into the coffee can, since we knew we were bugged or had informants, and it turns out we were correct. So who threw that first brick at Stonewall? The idea that whoever threw the first brick started the movement is a strong one, and if that is the criteria, then the person who threw the first brick was a trans person at the Compton’s Riots in San Francisco. In the case of Stonewall, popular culture wants to believe it was either Sylvia Rivera or Marsha P. Johnson throwing the brick. Marsha has stated on the record that she didn’t arrive until 2 a.m.; long after the rioting had started. Sylvia has also jokingly said: “maybe I threw the second brick.” But what people don’t realize is that Sylvia and Marsha did something much more important then simply toss a brick and be part of a crowd in a riot. They created a sustainable organization where there had been none before, the worlds first trans organization, Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries,
which was a committee of Gay Liberation Front, formed during the GLF occupation of NYU’s Weinstein Hall. It was Gay Liberation Front’s LGBT Community Center that became STAR’S first home for homeless trans people. And Marsha and Sylvia did it without public funds, training, or programs. They created Star House, funded by contributions from GLF and GY, and with GLF members doing carpentry and electric work to make their new home habitable. In doing so GLF began to create and shape a community that would offer resources for its most disenfranchised. There was no segment of society that didn’t feel GLF’s presence that first year after Stonewall. With demonstrations, disruptions and sit ins, we fought back against media silence, police oppression and the disdain of universities. We did so by creating a grassroots inclusive and communitywide campaign. We would no longer accept a segregated or isolated movement, so we joined forces and marched to free Angela Davis, a black activist, we marched with the Young Lords, who fought against oppression of the Latino community, and the women of Gay Liberation Front were major voices in the women’s movement. We made sure to speak to the straight community as often as we could, and allied with as many who would have us. One of my fondest memories as a member of Gay Youth was going to speak at Oceanside Senior High School with Tony Russamono and Doug Carver. The school newspaper, The Spider Press (a copy which is now among the Smithsonian’s papers) wrote the front page headline: “Gay Activist Lecture: They are not Neurotic” In 1970, the people who had marched in Philadelphia from 1965 to 1969 wanted to do the same old thing again. But those of us in New York wanted no part of it. We didn’t want the status quo. We wanted to resist the status quo, and that is what we marched for. This was a gay liberation
At that time, 99% of our community was not ready to come out. We were.
A flyer from the New York-based Gay Liberation Front that was distributed in Washington, D.C. during 1970-71. Photo via Washington Area Spark, Flickr / Photo by Peter Hujar.
march, not a plea for acceptance. The title said it all: “Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day March.” That proposal was presented by Ellen Broidy a member of Gay Liberation Front along with Craig Rodwell and Fred Sargeant. Gay Pride was Born. With the close of that first year between Stonewall and CSGLD, there was now a community in place. And it wasn’t just in New York. Chapters of the Gay Liberation Front popped up in most major cities, as did Gay Youth organizations. In Los Angeles they created a west cost version of the CSGLD march committee, and as far as London the new movement was felt. That break from those Philadelphia marches was now complete and a new movement had been born. From less then 100 marching in Philadelphia in 1969, Gay
Liberation Front had inspired a national movement now in the tens of thousands across the country in just one year. During the life of Gay Liberation Front, we fought the former leadership of our community. The closeted LGBT middle class wanted nothing to do with us since our motto, as the famous poster stated, was “COME OUT.” At that time, 99% of our community was not ready to come out. We were. But we had our disagreements. Infighting in the organization caused a split and created Gay Activists Alliance, which became popular with historians since it went back to those respectable looking homosexuals that they preferred represent our community and which were overwhelmingly white men. They didn’t want those of us in Gay Liberation Front who were drag, youth, street kids and
history month Mark My Words every shade of radicalism. Want to see the difference between Gay Liberation Front and Gay Activists Alliance? Simply Google a photo of Gay Activist Alliance meetings and note the ocean of cisgender white men. Sadly, Gay Liberation Front’s inclusive community was not to be seen again for a long time. Our community returned once again to assimilation. But here is the simple fact. Gay Liberation Front built the community and equality movement we have today. From its earliest achievements from creating the nation’s first gay youth organization, trans organizations, and the first Gay Pride, GLF members went on to become the founders of PFLAG and Lambda Legal. They founded the Callen-Lorde Clinic, an episodic care program housing the nation’s first community-based HIV clinic, and The Rainbow Book Fair, the longest-running LGBT book fair and largest LGBT book event in the country. They founded the Gay Press Association, the nation’s first LGBT media organization. They were builders of the first official federally funded affordable housing for LGBT seniors and the first to work with elected officials to create LGBT liaison commissions in state and city government. Our members stormed lived TV shows to end our community’s invisibility long before Ellen Degeneres or Will and
Grace. We went on to organize the first international Gay Youth Conference, the first national LGBT University Student Conference. Members of Gay Youth went on to be founding members of the House of Extravaganza. Identity House, one of the first LGBT peer counseling organizations, counts among its co-founders a GLF member. Identity House and debates on Phil Donahue by GLF members were a major factor that led to the American Psychological Association changing its nomenclature. Others in GLF were and still are the leading writers on sexual politics. And another member was a leader of The Advocate and Out for 33 years. There is one thing stands above all else. All of us were out. All of us were unafraid to be brave and define ourselves how we wanted. All of us were steadfast in wading through the unknown and piecing together what we felt we deserved as a community. Gay Liberation Front laid the foundation for what we as a community are today. There has never been another organization in the LGBT community that has successfully met its core goals so well. We created a community where there was none before. We showed the world that LGBT people get to tell our own story. And this year the members of Gay Liberation Front claimed their rightful place in the story of our community.
Gay Liberation Front built the community and equality movement we have today.
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‘Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic’ New book reexamines history Graham Brunk
here did AIDS come from? Where did it start? How did it arrive in the United States? In 1987 Randy Shilts felt he had the answers and published them in his critically acclaimed book “And the Band Played On.” In it he named Canadian Flight Attendant Gaetan Dugas as “patient zero” or the person who first brought AIDS to the U.S. Shilts examined the CDC’s investigation in the crisis at the time and drew his conclusions based on Dugas’ common association with so many men in many different areas. Since Dugas was a flight attendant he seemed a likely candidate for this distinction based on what we knew in the 1980s of the disease. A new book has now come out that discounts Shilts’ research as nothing more than classic media sensationalism. Richard McKay’s “Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic” examines Dugas’ life like no other book prior. McKay reveals how Shilts’ publisher found the “patient zero” theory to be the key element to sell the book and how they strongly encouraged Shilts to write his book centralizing around this theory. The term “patient zero” did not exist prior to the AIDS crisis. In fact, McKay’s book shows us it was never an intentional title at all. When examining the spread of AIDS in detail in its earliest days, the Center for Disease Control identified a patient as Patient ‘O’ as in the letter which in turn meant “Outside of California” but researchers would later erroneously interpret this as the number zero, and that person was Gaetan Dugas who indeed was from outside of California. The book effectively demonstrates McKay’s passion for the topic through the vast examination of the many difficult to attain aspects of Dugas’ life even though the book should not necessarily be considered a biography of his life but rather an example in scapegoating and what happens when lab information gets in the hands of prying journalists. In fact, McKay told me in an interview with SFGN “It was very difficult to locate individuals who knew Gaétan Dugas and who could speak first-hand about his life and illness experience. It required a great deal of time and effort—using my extended personal networks, letters to LGBT newspapers, nationally broadcast radio interviews—to find and build trust with people who
were willing to share their reminiscences. It took me over ten years to research and write the book, and many of my findings would have been impossible on a short timescale.” McKay shared with me his own personal goal in writing the book was to highlight “...overly simplistic explanations for how this erroneous story of AIDS origins became embedded in popular consciousness. This is a multifactorial story—not the result of a single typographic error or one media report, but rather many intersecting structures, individuals, and actions. I believe that rigorously evidenced historical explanations that resist simplistic thinking—not only about how epidemics begin in the first place but also by showing the interconnected ways in which phenomena like scapegoating take shape—are crucially needed today.” McKay was encouraged to write about this after having had his own false positive HIV scare. He said “...this health scare had a profound effect on me, which extended to my research interests. I’d always enjoyed studying history, but after this personal trauma, my focus sharpened to the history of medicine and disease, and the history of HIV/AIDS and sexual health specifically. “ The book, while academic in presentation, reads just as easy as “And the Band Played On” but gives a multitude of sources on each page detailing all aspects of McKay’s research. Shilts’ book was a voice at a time when people wanted a response or something to be said about the disease that at the time we still knew so little of. McKay would like for people to be able to balance a sense of hope regarding the progress that has been made in tackling the epidemic, while still recognizing that much work remains to be done. This book clarifies a lot of the early thoughts and examinations of AIDS in its early days and its easy to think that we have this more under control than ever but McKay warns “It’s also important to remember that only half of the more than 36 million people living with HIV worldwide have access to life-saving treatment, at a time when government funding for these initiatives is flatlining. It’s important to recognize how far we’ve come, but also how much further we still need to go.”
Gaétan Dugas. Image Courtesy of Canada's Macleans Magazine.
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 GrahamBrunk@gmail.com.
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Male Photographic Collection of Famed ‘Bruce of Los Angeles’ Auctioned Off Last Week in West Palm Jason Parsley
alm Beach Modern Auctions in West Palm Beach auctioned off a significant archive of photos taken by Bruce Bellas, popularly known as ‘Bruce of Los Angeles’ last week.
The 1950/60s photographer was famous for his male physique photos. Bellas died in 1974. Some writers have gone so far as to say male physique magazines were the foundation of the gay liberation movement before Stonewall. Oftentimes these magazines were the only thing that would bring gay men together. “Around the same time Playboy magazine was launching its controversial first issue with a nude Marilyn Monroe centerfold, Bruce Bellas was creating his own provocative art – photographs of the male anatomy,” said PBMA co-owner Rico Baca in a prepared statement. “In addition to being an accomplished studio photographer, Bellas was a well-known presence at bodybuilding and weightlifting competitions. He was one
of the earliest photographers of gymnastics and acrobatics at LA’s Muscle Beach.” Jesse Monteagudo, one of SFGN’s history columnists, has written about the impact of physique magazines on himself and the gay Photos (above, lower left): Samples of Bruce Bellas’ auctioned photos from Urban Culture. liberation movement. “Though most of the physique magazine readers were gay men, the mags themselves men who came of age in the crucial decades phone lines, and online bidding made it were never gay. Instead [the photographers] that followed World War II.” clear that even 60-plus years after these pretended that they published their More than 200 lots of vintage prints, images were produced, the impact of Bellas’ magazines to promote physical fitness, art, negatives, slides, real-photo greeting cards, contribution to gay culture and the art world or a so-called ‘Greek Revival’ and posing props were is still fresh.” movement,” Monteagudo auctioned off. The few remaining pieces that are left can “...[the wrote in 2011. “I was not “Most of the photographs still be purchased through the auction house. photographers] the only gay man whose life in the auction are black and “People calling through to try and was changed by physique white, which was the standard purchase the remaining pieces,” Baca said. pretended that magazines. In its 1945in those days,” Baca said. The collection was owned by Dimitri Levas, they published 1970 heyday, male mags “They’re beautiful, artistic a board member of the Robert Mapplethorpe their magazines influenced a generation of images of men, including Foundation. Mapplethorpe was an iconic gay actor Joe Dallesandro, who photographer known for the homoeroticism to promote starred in Andy Warhol in his photographs. He died of HIV in 1989. physical fitness, movies and is considered the Levas acquired the collection by art, or a so-called most famous male sex symbol happenstance from someone he once of both gay subculture and helped out. It was initially left to Levas ‘Greek Revival’ American underground films and the The Mapplethorpe Foundation, movement.” of the 20th century.” but the organization did not want another Baca noted that the sell photographer’s work. So Levas kept the - Jesse Monteagudo through rate was 94 percent. collection. “The sale was a resounding “It was left to me 30 years ago. I had just success with the marketplace giving its been storing it. It was in my garage,” Levas nod to the relevancy of Bruce Bellas as a said. “I just hope it goes to good homes. I photographer and a historically noteworthy wish there was a place that could have taken figure,” Baca told SFGN after the auction. it. I know there are collectors of this stuff out “The excitement I felt from the live audience, there so I hope they enjoy it.” For questions about the remaining pieces call 561-586-5500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Urban Culture Auctions online at www.urbancultureauctions.com.
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he amazing, American Buddhist teacher, Pema Chodron, counsels us to run to the things that scare us. Don’t run away, she says, because our spiritual/emotional growth depends upon us dealing with our fears. I’m doing just that shortly, confronting one of my fears. Straight men. Since childhood, I have been exceedingly cautious around straight boys and men. Some of them scared me, not only because I knew that secretly I represented what they grew up hating, but also because I found a few of them emotionally unpredictable, especially in their teens. Straight boys seemed capable of doing any number of irrational things, such as starting fights, picking on the weak and unliked, laughing loudly behind people’s backs, and running together as a pack. Macho straight guys, or their sycophants, were threats to my physical and emotional safety. “Hoods,” “greasers” and “juvenile delinquents,”were the names of “bad boys” in my youth. But, bullying could also result because the guy was richer and looked down on you, or poorer and resented your Most teachers and family’s “wealth.” You never knew what might get them parents would step Maybe it’s possible for me not to initially be physical assault were a bit more intense if you were gay than focused on you – how you carried your books, in and punish a instinctively cautious around straight men. if you were the nerdy scholar who had his books dumped in being animated, having dandruff. They could I know lots and lots of heterosexual men the hallways of his high school. be the cop, coach, or cleric who had authority straight boy for didn’t automatically scare me, but My biggest challenges during this warrior in training over you, and at who’s mercy you needed to bullying the skinny who most of them weren’t or aren’t macho. Does weekend will be: Not assuming I will feel separate because rely. If you were gay, you always worried they “masculinity” get defined by machismo? It I’m gay, listening to the straight men without judgment, could see through your mask, and know you kid who wore so from looking at a distance at football holding my own as a gay man, and not changing anything were a vulnerable “sissy.” What do we do about glasses. But, we gay seems players and coaches, cops, Marines, Army about myself in order to fit in. macho and insecure men, and the residual fear boys worry it will enlistees, prisoners, and gang members, What I hope to get out of the weekend is resolution on we have of them? among others. feeling the odd man out when I’m among straight men. The Mankind Project is a global “personal be OK to kick and To be clear, I don’t fear or dislike straight Maybe that’s not possible. Can a black man ever lose development program” for men, that offers punch us because we men, per se. Straight men and women occupy the feeling of being different when he’s surrounded by “life-changing experiential training and support” to help men find their masculine are allegedly vermin many of the seats closest to my heart. And, white men? I don’t want my defenses to go up when I first I’m aware that many straight men will say that encounter macho straight men. And I don’t want to assume selves and assume leadership in service to in the eyes of God. they feared other straight men as much as I that “macho” means “mean.” their loved ones and their communities. I’ve did. Just being a nice guy, or the student with Am I looking for approval and acceptance? No. I’d say signed up for the New Warrior Training which the highest grades, made them the prey of insecure straight I’m looking for freedom from the memories of my youth promises to fundamentally alter my experience of manhood. when I was so afraid of what straight men could do to me. 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Even if because I had a huge community of support, made up of gay, to growth. But, I don’t want to be comfortable, with relatively so we repent and live chaste, celibate lives, we are not free of bisexual, and straight people. But fear still runs through my little time to have more life-enhancing experiences. Why go mockery and disgust. “Kill a queer for Christ,” the bumper memories, and it affects me. We’ll see. I’ll report back. if it’s a gay retreat where I know I’d relax, laugh, sleep, and sticker and pins instruct. So, the fear of public derision and understand the language that described the obstacles to self-actualization? I’m 71-years-old, and before I die I want to confront one of the biggest ball and chains I drag around Brian McNaught has been a leading educator on LGBTQ issues globally since 1974. He has behind me. made his many books and DVDs available for free at Brian-McNaught.com. The New York Straight men.
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et ready Mr. DeMille, Pompano Beach is ready for her close-up. After years of being relegated to the second row of the chorus, metaphorically speaking, Pompano Beach is poised to take its bow in the spotlight. While the new construction along Atlantic and the intra-coastal seems to be taking forever. The revitalization of the beachfront area is going full-steam ahead. The Pompano Beach pier should be open by the time you read this and the recently opened Oceanic, located right on the beach, is already drawing an upscale crowd ready and willing to pay the $5 valet fee (which it turns out is cheaper than the nearby meters). With views, décor and service to rival any trendy South Beach spot, Oceanic will quite simply take your breath away. It starts the minute you walk up the grand staircase and through the large glass doors, which are opened for you. As you step through those doors, you’re greeted with an expansive view of the dining room and beyond that the massive terrace and the beach and ocean. There is also a beautifully decorated waiting area which I’m certain will get plenty of use once season arrives. The place was packed on the Friday we visited, and Oceanic had only been open two weeks! Executive Chef Brian Cantrell has designed a menu that combines locally sourced ingredients with innovative recipes. Yes, you’ll find the ubiquitous salmon, but it is crusted in walnuts and rosemary. ‘Sun Kissed Shrimp,” Oceanic’s version of the traditional bam bam shrimp recipe, manages to make the shrimp plumper, more tender and with a lighter sauce than other versions I’ve tried. An heirloom tomato salad featured the freshest and most luscious tasting slices of tomato, paired with an almost burrata-like mozzarella. Of our entire the meal, the only disappointment was the grilled artichoke. The dish arrived with a whole artichoke, halved and grilled. Whatever butter or sauce there was to moisten the dry petals of the artichoke
had leached away and all that was left was an acrid, almost chemical taste. Other first course options (most with portions generous enough to serve as a light meal) include; conch chowder, shrimp cocktail, ceviche, smoked salmon, tuna tataki, calamari, and beef carpaccio. Salad options include watermelon with grilled shrimp and feta, one with ancient grains, an iceberg wedge, Caesar and a yummy sounding cashew chicken. Our entrees arrived and the memory of the artichoke was swept away by a panoply of flavors and aromas. The mahi featured a delicious sundried tomato infused beurre blanc, and was accompanied by rice, asparagus, artichoke hearts, heirloom cherry tomato and fennel dressed in a delightful lemon vinaigrette. I splurged and ordered the bone-in cowgirl ribeye and to go all in I went for the crab Oscar topping. Sure, it’s rich and decadent, but this is a special occasion place for 99% of us, so why not? The steak was perfectly prepared with a good sear of the outside and a pink juicy center. The steak practically melted in my mouth and the Oscar topping was as rich as you expect something made with crab, cream and cheese to be! Our attentive server, Rui, was a delight and certainly knew his way around the menu. Entrée options range from equally decadent Angus beef cuts of filet mignon and New York strip and baby back ribs and a bacon blue burger to healthier items such as cauliflower steak, brined roast chicken and fresh fish (of course) including diver scallops, mojo shrimp, salmon and slightly naughty treats such as crab cake. Side dish options include mashed potatoes (to which you can add lobster with Cajun gravy), Kennebec fries, cheese fondue, grilled asparagus and horseradish-maple Brussels sprouts. Specialty desserts, made in-house, include the Chocolate Trilogy, a decadent combination of bittersweet ganache, chocolate hazelnut mousse and milk chocolate cake served with a scoop of pistachio gelato and a chocolate nougatine. The Key Lime Crème Brulee
features toasted coconut meringue, fresh berries and a graham cracker crumble. Both were exceptional. Other options include the “Fat Elvis Pie,” which offers up a chocolate banana mousse in a Nutter Butter cookie crust, garnished with candied bacon, upside down pineapple bread pudding, a warm, seasonal fruit tostada with vanilla bean gel and a variety of gelati. Brunch is served on weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering favorites such as Nutella stuffed bananas Foster French toast, surf and turf eggs Benedict with crab, chicken and waffles, steak and eggs, New Orleans shrimp and grits, avocado toast and custom omelets. There is a full wine and cocktail list and the terrace bar makes for a lovely place to wait for your table. A second-floor private party room offers even more spectacular views than the main dining room and terrace.
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theater Dan Fingerman’s 2016 Fresh Fruit Festival hit, “Boys of a Certain Age,” opens tonight and runs through Oct. 27 at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Dr. in Fort Lauderdale. Jeffrey Bruce directs the Florida premiere of this dramedy about two men who made very different choices early in life and must now grapple with the consequences for a new generation of gay men. Tickets are $20-35 at EmpireStage.com.
food Join Latinos Salud for the 8th annual Hispanic Heritage Food Bazaar celebrating National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day and Hispanic Heritage Month, tonight at 6 p.m. at ArtServe, 1350 Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Sample dozens of delicious, authentic dishes. Admission is free, but tickets must be reserved at Eventbrite.com/e/latinos-saludannual-hispanic-heritage-fo odbazaar-2019-tickets-70083572853
Next to Bravo, the queerest network on TV is the CW. Tonight, two DC Comics-inspired series debut: “Supergirl” returns for a fifth season and “Batwoman” premieres. “Supergirl has featured prominent lesbian characters, but Batwoman (Ruby Rose) is totally gay, herself! We predict “Batwoman” is going to develop a cult following that will match or eclipse “Xena, Warrior Princess.” Check local listings for channels and show times. Photo credit: The CW.
The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, 253 Barcelona Road in West Palm Beach, kicks off its fall season with a free community open house today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For one day only, the public can step through the garden gates into the secluded 2-acre gardens, join guided exhibition tours and enjoy refreshments, music and other special surprises in the courtyard. For more information, go to ANSG.org.
We’re used to silly, sexy comedies from local playwright and producer Ronnie Larsen. Tonight, he premieres a very different kind of play: “An Evening with John Wayne Gacy, Jr.” Yes, that John Wayne Gacy, the serial killer who murdered more than a dozen young men in the mid-1970s. And yes, he sometimes worked as a clown at children’s parties. Crazy stuff! Tickets are $3550 at RonnieLarsen.com.
Who says you have to wait until the weekend for an evening of theater? Local playwright and producer Ronnie Larsen is bringing his comedy/ thriller, “Happy Ending,” back with performances on Mondays and Tuesdays through Oct. 14 at the Foundry at Wilton Theater Factory, 2308 N. Dixie Hwy. in Wilton Manors. You’ve never experienced a massage like this! Tickets are $35 at RonnieLarsen.com.
Can you hear the people sing? Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning, global musical phenomenon, “Les Misérables,” is returning to the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale tonight through Oct. 20. If you’ve never seen this passionate and tuneful show, you’ll certainly be moved to join the revolution. Tickets at BrowardCenter.org.
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een by over 95 million viewers on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” the daredevils of Los Angeles-based dance company Diavolo are coming to the Arsht Center in Miami on Saturday, Oct. 12. Led by artistic director Jacques Heim, the 12 performers blur the lines between art and athleticism while soaring beyond the grasps of gravity. For 26-year-old Daniel Jacob Glenn, the inventive performances explore the relationship between the human body and its surrounding architectural environment. “I would honestly describe it as an abstract art piece coming to life on stage. We get these structures and environments that we have to immerse ourselves in. The best part is it isn’t always about getting the moves just right, as much as it is how you’re affected by the structures. I also like the teamwork aspect.” For this tour, the company is showcasing two highly conceptual, yet exciting works: “Voyage” is the company’s newest adventure, inspired by travels in space and the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. A young woman dreams of traveling distances only astronauts can cover, escaping from the ordinary world into a surreal landscape of infinite possibilities. Gravity-defying bodies join her on the journey in a universe that is alive with kinetic energy, fantastical whimsy and surprising transformation. “Trajectoire,” featuring an enormous rocking “ship” on the stage, takes the audience on a visceral and emotional journey through the ebb and flow of the
human experience. As the performers struggle to find their balance on a voyage of destiny and destination, the work displays the transcendence of the human soul against all odds. Glenn who studied contemporary dance and toured with world-renowned companies before winning his spot in Diavolo appreciates the departure from the usual choreography. “(Diavolo) has really shaped my approach and given me a more realistic perspective to my movement. It’s allowed me to excel,” he explained. “With all those set pieces and structures, it’s a nice balance from technical dance (and) allows me to incorporate a theatrical aspect, as well.” He added about “Trajectoire,” “That boatlike structure takes you on its own journey. The ability to manage change becomes very important in this company. It could be different every time you do the same move. You must always be constantly aware of everything going on around you.” Given the unpredictability of the stunts and the toll their acrobatic acts can take on the body, injuries are not uncommon for the performers, Glenn admitted. “Yeah, we get injured sometimes,” he said. “Unfortunately, that’s part of the learning experience and part of the reality of what Diavolo is. If you do make a mistake and it causes you to get hurt, that becomes a learning experience…but, honestly (being a part of Diavolo) is breathtaking for us as performers, also.”
Diavolo, Architecture in Motion, performs at the Arsht Center in Miami on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $30 at ArshtCenter.org.
Angelica Ross will receive the Trailblazer award at Unity Coalition/Coalición Unida’s Art of Fashion gala on Oct. 12 in Miami. Credit: Twitter.
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ose” star Angelica Ross will be honored in Miami on Oct. 12 as part of Unity Coalition/Coalición Unida’s 9th annual Celebrate Orgullo festival. The transgender actress will be awarded the Trailblazer award at the Art of Fashion gala at the Frost Museum of Art FIU, 10975 S.W. 17th St. in Miami. With her new role in “American Horror Story: 1984,” Ross is making history as the first transgender performer to be cast in two network series roles. She is the founder and CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises, an organization dedicated to employing transgender people in the tech industry. Ross brought LGBT issues to the forefront of the 2020 presidential election when she was chosen last month to host GLAAD’s Presidential Candidate Forum on LGBTQ Issues, featuring the 10 leading presidential candidates. The program will also spotlight rising Hispanic LGBTQ fashion designers, including Bo Khasamarina, Chloe Martini, Chaplin Tyler, Miguel Rodez, Ralk Vidaland and Juan Mantilla; and community activist Melba De Leon will receive the annual volunteer award. Diva Dolls created in tribute to legendary local drag performers will be auctioned at the gala and guests will have the opportunity to tour the “Art after Stonewall” museum exhibit, one of the largest LGBTQ traveling collections on display at the Frost Museum through January.
Tickets for the gala are $80 in advance and $40 for guests under 21. The event is expected to sell oute early, according to organizers. “Our 9th annual Celebrate Orgullo festival celebrates the art of fashion, honoring the LGBTQ designers and artists that push on towards equality for all,” said the organization’s CEO Herb Sosa in a statement. “As we honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprisings…the marches on the streets and on the runways continue today because we are still not equal. Because we are still attacked, beaten and killed for who and how we love. This year’s events carry the torch of creativity forward, for the future generations of LGBT creatives who will continue to impact our culture.” The gala is just one of several events planned during Hispanic Heritage Month in October to showcase the creative contributions of South Florida’s LGBTQ Latinx community, Sosa emphasized. Other Celebrate Orgullo events include the popular Art Diva bus tours, Oct. 5 and 6 from 2 – 6 p.m. Local drag performers serve as the hostesses on board busses that transport guests to LGBTQ-themed exhibits and art installations in Miami, Miami Beach and Oakland Park Tickets are $20 and the tours have sold out in recent years. Unity Coalition/Coalición Unida’s 9th annual Celebrate Orgullo festival is being held through Oct. 15.
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Friday, September 27 to October 5 at the Studio One Theater on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Rd. Vanya has dedicated his whole life to a pedantic old fart who can’t get it up. That same old fart is married to the beautiful woman Vanya desperately loves, but she finds Vanya tedious and pathetic. In this sunny, funny play of desperate people, one man tries to escape his misery but his misery just won’t let go. Tickets $22. Visit fauevents.com.
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The Aventura International Film Series will arrive at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center on Tuesday, October 15. Photo via the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, Facebook.
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Tuesday, October 15 at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. The second feature film from actress-turned-filmmaker Jeanne Herry, the film throws the audience deep into the milieu of the French social assistance services where the fate of one baby boy exposes the conflicting conundrums faced by many women – those giving up their babies and those desperate to have their own. Tickets $12. Visit AventuraCenter.org for details.
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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 SunServeYouth.com 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 SunServeYouth.com for dates and times.
First and third Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Broward Health Imperial Point Hospital cafeteria, 6401 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. Find support from counselors and peers who have lost loved ones to suicide. Call the Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention at 954-384-0344 or visit FISPOnline.org.
broward county *Broward County Carnival
Friday, October 11 to Saturday, October 12 at Central Broward Park and Broward County Stadium. Watch steel drum competitions, music, dancing and paint parties at the kickoff of this carnival celebration! Visit MiamiCarnival.org for more details.
Art of Wine & Food Series
October 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the NSU Art Museum, One East Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale. Sample a variety of Italian wines with small bites served to pair with each one. Come just for the food and wine, or arrive at 5:30 p.m. for a tour around the museum before the event. Tickets $30-$40. Visit NSUArtMuseum.org.
Thursday, October 3 at 11:45 a.m. at Timpano’s, 450 Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale. Join the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Network for this special luncheon and hear the honorable Phyllis Williams Kotey talk about “implicit bias.” Tickets $35.
SafeT Support Group
Every Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at SunServe, 2312 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors. SunServe Mental Health Services & Midway Specialty Care Center Presents: SAFE T A weekly drop in group for anyone who identifies as transgender and or gender variant. Visit SunServe.org/SafeT for details.
Nonbinary and Gender Variant Support Group
Every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at SunServe, 2312 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors. A group limited to self-identified gender marginalized & gender questioning peoples. Gender marginalized includes cis-women, womxn, femmes, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, agender, trans & gender questioning. Learn more at SunServe. org/ENBY.
Spirits of Stranahan House Halloween Tours
October 25, 31 and November 1 at 7 p.m. at the Historic Stranahan House Museum, 335 SE 6th Ave, Fort Lauderdale. Listed as one of South Florida’s must-see Halloween events year after year, the annual Spirits of Stranahan House Halloween Ghost Tours are back! Let us introduce you to the dearly, but not really departed spirits who reportedly still call the Historic Stranahan House Museum and other parts of South Florida their home. Tickets $25. Visit tinyurl. com/Spirits2019.
Trans-Scend Trans and Allies Spiritual Group
First Tuesday of every month from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 1419 E Commercial Blvd, Ste B, Oakland Park. Enjoy spirituality, uplifting music, food, drinks and community!
Hall of Heroes
July 3 to September 2 at the Museum of
Discovery and Science, Fort Lauderdale. This comic book superhero exhibit immerses you in the action as soon as you enter, with fullscale statues of biggies such as Superman, Iron Man, Batman (and his Batmobile) and The Hulk. At interactive stations, visitors can see how they match up against the superheroes. More info at MODS.org.
palm beach *Halloween Drag Bingo
Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 100 N. Palmway, Lake Worth. Come in your costumes and enjoy prizes, refreshments, fun and of course drag performances! Tickets $25. Visit VoicesOfPride.org.
*The Body Says I Am A Fiesta — Art Installation
October 4 to March 1 at the Norton Museum of Art, 1450 S. Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach. This exhibition addresses ideas about the body and its symbolic and societal implications in modern Latin American cultures through the paintings, photography, sculpture, and works on paper by artists active in Latin America and the United States between the early 1900s and the present.
Art After Dark
Fridays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Norton Museum of Art, 1450 S. Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach. View an exhibition, attend a talk, participate in an art activity, enjoy a performance, concert, or film, sip cocktails, and dine in the Museum’s elegant new bar and restaurant. Free admission. Visit Norton.org.
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 CompassGLCC.com.
Coffee Clatch at Compass
First Monday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon at Compass, 201 N. Dixie Hwy, Lake Worth. A social group focusing on the mature LGBT+ community in Palm Beach County, providing a relaxed environment for meeting friends, discussing interesting topics, and engaging in community projects.
Free to attend, email joekolb@compassglcc. com for details.
Family Nights with Food Truck Invasion
Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 8802 Boynton Beach Blvd, Boynton Beach. The event features rotating entertainment activities and a large collection of Food Trucks on site! Admission is free.
miami-dade Community Integration Workshop
Saturday, October 5, 2 to 4 p.m. Pridelines, 6360 NE 4th Court in Miami. Meet and learn from people whose businesses are changing the community. Speakers include Robin J. King, Estate Attorney, and Gabriela Arias, Realtor. Refreshments provided. Free.
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 ArshtCenter.org/en/Visit/Dining.
POZCONNECT Support Group for Spanish Speakers
Mondays 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Pridelines, 6360 NE Fourth Court in Miami. A support group for HIV+ people, in Spanish. Free. Call Eddie at 305-571-9601, ext. 105 or visit Pridelines.org.
POZCONNECT Support Group for Gay and Bi Men
Tuesdays from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Pridelines, 6360 NE Fourth Court in Miami. A gay and bi men’s roundtable HIV+ support group. Free. Call Eddie at 305-571-9601, ext. 105 or visit Pridelines.org.
key west 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 GayKeyWestFL.com.
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