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Bahamas Still Struggling After Dorian AHF continues its relief efforts to the hard hit island nation
So far, AHF has flown two cargo planes to the Bahamas, carrying 15 tons of supplies.
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A recent load of supplies that was shipped by AHF to the Bahamas. Photo via AHF South, Facebook.
tarps, saws, nails, duct tape — items that help provide residents with shelter from the sun and protect whatever they have that left until they can have more sustainable repairs. “One of the things we’ve heard a lot from people on the islands when we’ve been doing the deliveries is that there are no lumber stores, so they can’t even actually do fullfledged repairs because there’s no additional source of lumber,” Kahane said. “The other things that they’re not getting enough are baby food and diapers.” So far, AHF has flown two cargo planes to the Bahamas, carrying 15 tons of supplies. AHF’s 350 employees in South Florida purchased everything that went over. “Our staff is also amazing,” Kahane said. “For instance, we told everyone what was needed. Our mobile testing unit drove to BJ’s and filled the entire thing up with supplies. Everyone responded massively.” AHF is also working with HIV agencies,
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both in Grand Bahama and Nassau. “Right now, there is no shortage of HIV meds,” Kahane said. “But there may be a shortage in the future because there may be a supply chain issue. But the Ministry of Health worked very hard to get the additional medications to Freeport.” Kahane was able to see the damage and devastating need first hand. “Being at the airport, particularly in Grand Bahama and seeing women and children on the other side of the fence, literally begging us to put them on the plane and take them back because the children were injured and needed medical attention,” he said. “Unfortunately, because there’s no temporary protective status for a Bahamians in the U. S. we weren’t able to do so, but it was absolutely heartbreaking to see people that close, in dire need of medical care and we simply weren’t able to switch that. That’s the part of it that, you know, punch me in the gut the hardest.”
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Denise Royal t’s been less than a month since Hurricane Dorian wiped out much of Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands. The Category 5 hurricane was the strongest to make landfall on the islands. As of this week, the official death toll from Hurricane Dorian is 60 people, though hundreds are still missing. In the wake of the devastating storm, several South Florida companies and nonprofit organizations sprang into action. AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is one of them. “Our relief effort has been concentrated mainly in Grand Bahama, Abaco, and Nassau,” said AHF Southern Bureau Chief Michael Kahane. “We’re working very closely with the Ministry of Health of The Bahamas, and with the Bahamian federal government offices that are supervising relief. They’ve been in touch with us about things that they need, despite the initial response.” AHF is also working closely with USAID. “They’ve all told us specifically what is needed as opposed to what the receiving,” Kahane said. “So they’re receiving a lot of, nonperishable food items and they’re receiving a lot of water. They’re telling us it’s not an issue anymore, but what they said they’re not receiving are things to help, shelter and repair for folks on Grand Bahama, as well as some for Abaco.” Instead of food, people need things like
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Law Enforcement Trust Fund Helps Non-Profits There’s still time to apply for a grant
ustaining a productive non-profit Every year, BSO helps local non-profit organization is challenging. A non- organizations fulfill their mission in the profit needs to be financially stable community by encouraging them to apply to succeed. Fundraising is a significant part for money from the LETF. The funds come of running a viable charitable from the forfeiture and organization. seizure of contraband used Eligible 501(c)3 organizations in the commission of a felony. may be able to benefit from State law allows BSO to use a fund run by the Broward those funds to help improve County Sheriff’s Office. It’s the community. called the Law Enforcement In 2018, 88 organizations Trust Fund (LETF). split just under $980,000. “Non-profits that provide “All have been successful a clear understanding as in the facilitation on to why their projects are their projects (in terms of needed in Broward County expending funds, compliant with monitoring and are ideal,” said Norma feedback from participants),” McGraw, Grants Manager for McGraw said. the Broward Sheriff’s Office. - Norma McGraw This year, that number “Applicants must successfully Grants manager, dropped to 51 charities incorporate in their programs Broward Sheriff’s Office splitting nearly $636,000. statutory requirements “Funding for LETF comes (Crime Prevention, Safe Neighborhood, Drug Abuse Prevention, from successful litigation of forfeitures and and Education); and Sheriff Tony’s Priority confiscations,” McGraw said. “Decreases Initiatives: Diverting youth from the criminal in funding from last year to 2019, includes justice system, reducing gun violence, and the number of applicants requesting programs that assist the homeless and funds and amount of funding available.” mentally ill.”
“Non-profits that provide a clear understanding as to why their projects are needed in Broward County are ideal.”
To find out if your non-profit is eligible, visit Sheriff.org/CS/Pages/LETF.aspx. All applications must be scanned and emailed in PDF format to LETF@sheriff.org with your agency name in the subject line by 11:59 p.m. Monday, October 28, 2019.
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NEWS local Bruce Williams (left) with Jim O’Rourke at The Pride Center’s 2018 Aging Expo. SFGN File Photo.
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or 10 years, The Pride Center’s Active we have sold out exhibitor spaces by the early Aging Health Expo has grown from spring,” Williams said. “Each year has gotten less than 100 attendees and a handful bigger and better as far as great fun, food of vendors to nearly 700 attendees and 65 and prizes. And each year we have been able vendors. The event connects older LGBT to include a greater number of businesses, community members with groups and individuals who healthcare resources. are adept identifying issues This year is the 10th Annual and at addressing the needs Active Aging Health Expo, of our LGBTQ Active Agers.” taking place from 10 a.m. to The exhibits range from 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at The Pride health, finance, insurance, Center, 2040 N. Dixie Hwy, travel, entertainment, in Wilton Manors. Admission retirement and helpful and parking for the event are community organizations. free. The expo will also offer several “What started out as a medical services including project years ago to find out flu shots, blood pressure if there were any LGBTQscreening and testing for friendly and culturally hearing, cholesterol, glucose, - Bruce Williams competent providers for HIV and more. Senior Services older adults in our area “An area favorite, Stork’s Coordinator has mushroomed into a Bakery provides free coffee gathering that boasts over 65 and goodies; Broward Health businesses, draws an annual crowd of nearly Imperial Point provides lunch for the first 700 LGBTQ adults and serves as a fun- 400 arrivals. Every visitor has a free chance filled opportunity to get to know our many to win a giant flat-screen television, a gift community resources,” said Bruce Williams, package from The Hard Rock Casino and Senior Services Coordinator. lots of other fabulous door prizes,” Williams Ten years ago, when the event started, the said. “Most importantly, you have the event consisted of a handful of exhibitors opportunity to communicate directly with a and less than 100 attendees. plethora of incredible community resources “Well the seed grew; for the last six years, in a one-stop, fun-filled day.”
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Food Bazaar Big Success Annual event showcased a variety of Latin American cuisines
The Cuban table.
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undreds came out to sample dozens of dishes from more than 15 Latin American cuisines last week for Latinos Salud’s eighth annual Hispanic Heritage Food Bazaar.
The Brazilian table.
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“I want you to think of this, almost like a Thanksgiving dinner,” said Stephen Fallon, executive director of Latinos Salud. “For many years, people assumed, that’s your Thanksgiving dinner. And they’re not allowed to attend because they’re not Latino, or they’re not a member of the agency. And what we wanted to say to them ‘benvenuto,’ you are more than welcome here. We are opening our hearts and our tables to you.” Each table at the event represented a different Latin American country and cuisine. Thirteen countries were represented this year, up from 12 last year. More than 250 people attended throughout the evening. “Volunteers at each table dressed in traditional attire, and decorated booths with flags and other hallmarks of their heritage,” said Joshua Caraballo, Research and Evaluation Coordinator for Latinos Salud. “Each year, the staff and members introduce the agency to the community at
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large, through the senses. Guests heard, of people living with HIV in the U.S. are smelled, and shared in foods prepared by Hispanic, and 77 percent of those folks are members, while also learning what they men who sleep with men. can do to stay safe from or live “So Latinos Salud works healthier with HIV.” hard every day, trying “Guests heard, Three prizes were given out to help people stay safe for best food (Colombia), best smelled, and shared from, or live healthier decorations (Mexico), and best with HIV,” Fallon told the in foods prepared traditional dress (Brazil). crowd. “So what we want The event celebrates by members, while you to do today is to make Hispanic Heritage Month new friends, support one also learning what and commemorates National another and join us in the Latinx AIDS Awareness Day. they can do to stay fight against HIV and AIDS “We come together as a by simply doing two things. safe from or live community, then we solve Number one, protecting healthier with HIV.” yourself. If you’re HIV problems. And one of the problems we have here in negative stay that way. If - Joshua Caraballo South Florida, is that we are you’re HIV positive, stay Research and Evaluation Coordinator, the epicenter of the HIV and in care because you have Latinos Salud AIDS,” Fallon noted. a long life ahead of you. He went on to point out that And number two, this is Miami-Dade and Broward counties are the the tougher one, I want you to please call number 1 and 2 counties in the U.S. for new people out. If you hear anybody saying HIV infections. anything stigmatizing about our friends Caraballo added to that saying 24 percent living with HIV and AIDS.”
Prince George’s bisexuality explored in new documentary Private Lives of the Windsors, a threepart documentary series, will explore the lives of the royals, including Prince George, Queen Elizabeth’s uncle. George was said to have had affairs with both men and women, prompting the directors to explore his sexuality, Pink News reported. At a time when homosexuality was illegal, George “dove headfirst” into London’s LGBT nightlife, the series trailer says. “It was so different from the formal life he had been brought up in,” author D.J. Taylor said, according to Pink News. “Suddenly here, just outside the palace gates was this burgeoning free and easy socially mixed alternative world that he could take and leave as he [chose].” Though the prince married a woman, he allegedly had a 19-year relationship with a male playwright. The documentary premiered on Monday, Oct. 7 on the Smithsonian Channel.
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Religious leader’s comments concern transgender community Utah’s Elder Dallin Oaks said during a meeting with Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints leaders that one’s gender is their sex determined at birth. The Utah transgender community has expressed concerns for their members in the church, according to ABC4. “One of the things we have to realize is we have transgender individuals in our community who are very strong in their faith and with the church, so it really starts to work at their faith and their ability to live within their religion,” said Sue Robbins, chair of the Transgender Education Advocates of Utah. “We see that people start struggling because they find their relationship with the church to be broken. They’re trying to find a way to work through it and decide what it means to them.” The Latter-day Saints conference is coming up, and Robbins warns people of further comments against the transgender community.
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Intersex soccer player says he faces discrimination James Johnson, a Nigerian soccer player, says he faces discrimination as an intersex individual in sports. Johnson initially played as a woman for the Nigerian national team, but was dismissed because he’s intersex, according to BBC. It started when an opponent pulled his pants down during a game, and he was subject to a medical check because of it. They found he was “more male than female,” he told BBC. Johnson was then kicked off the women’s team, and floated between male teams. “The people I expected to [support] me more from the Nigerian Football Federation, the support wasn’t coming from there,” Johnson told BBC. “I started having issues with discrimation like: You were once in women’s football, we don’t think you can fit into male football.” An NFA spokesperson told the BBC that the administration at the time should’ve done more to assist him.
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SAGE Launches ‘Friendly Visitor’ Program in South Florida Program will match volunteers with older isolated LGBT people for companionship John McDonald
ast week the Friendly Visitor program was launched in South Florida. The iniatiive matches a volunteer with an isolated older LGBT individual, who is in need of companionship. S The program is a collaboration between SAGE, the South Florida Institute on Aging, and the Our Fund Foundation. So far six volunteers have signed up and completed a mandatory training session. But more are needed. Volunteers must pass a background check, commit to one year of service, complete trainings and regular reports, attend meetings and maintain contact with a staff supervisor. For more information, contact Patti Lynn at email@example.com or via telephone at 954484-7117, ext. 123. The Friendly Visitor program started 40 years ago in New York City and today has about 100 volunteers. Now the program is expanding outside of New York with South Florida being the second geographic area. For Bill Gross a photograph on his desk at SAGE’s New York offices reminds him of what the organization’s Friendly Visitor program is all about. The photograph is of Douglas, a gay man in his late 60s, who Gross developed a friendship with in his early 20s. Over the years, the two grew closer and after Douglas’ partner of 50 years died; Gross stepped-in to serve as primary caregiver. That’s when Gross was introduced to SAGE’s Friendly Visitor program. “Douglas, like so many LGBT older adults, was pretty isolated,” Gross recalled. A volunteer from SAGE’s Friendly Visitor program arrived weekly to spend time with Douglas. They talked, watched movies and played cards, Gross said. “I saw first-hand what joy that brought to Douglas and also what joy that brought to me as a caregiver that I knew this volunteer was there once a week, someone I knew and trusted and that he was in good hands,” Gross said. Douglas has since passed, but his photograph reminds Gross of a purpose fulfilled. “It’s sort of a love letter to him knowing what this program can do for a client,” Gross said. SAGE (Services & Advocacy for Gay,
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Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders) asserts to be the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults. It has five centers operating in the boroughs of New York. Founded in 1979, SAGE’s Friendly Visitor Program was specifically created to support older LGBT Americans. The program matches older LGBT adults with volunteers to alleviate isolation, help with errands, meals, medications, provide technical assistance and establish a link to other elders in the community. “It’s one of the best programs SAGE has and is still going strong,” said Jerry Chasen, SAGE’s director of legacy planning. “It’s a program that has been proven very successful.” In New York, many of the volunteers are younger and responding to a sense of gratitude. “Very often they come to us because they are part of the LGBT community and very interested in paying back these generations before them that have paved the way,” Gross said. “They realize they have freedoms because of these generations and there’s a real activist feeling of ‘I want to support the generations that have come before.’” The U.S. Census Bureau has never measured America’s LGBT population, however SAGE notes there have been reports of upwards of three million LGBT adults over the age of 50. Many LGBT elders have no children or immediate family, Gross said. “These Friendly Visitor volunteers are one of the only means of social support,” Gross said. “It’s really important for this community.” Gross, 47, has worked at SAGE for five years and served in a similar capacity prior at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. He oversees all of SAGE’s Friendly Visitor programs. In Broward County, the program is coordinated with the South Florida Institute on Aging and the Our Fund Foundation.
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U.K. failing to wipe records of gay sex convictions
Japanese official suggest allowing gay marriage under constitution
In 1967, the U.K. legalized consensual gay sex, but gay men were still convicted under different laws until 2004. The government devised a plan in 2012 to wipe these convictions off English and Welsh gay mens’ records, but have deleted less than 200 crimes since. Of the 663 convictions submitted, the government has only wiped 183, according to the Guardian. Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell told the Guardian that around 100,000 men were convicted under anti-gay laws from 1885 to 2003, and the government failed the 15,000 that are still alive. “Many of these men had their lives ruined. Not only did they carry the stigma of a criminal conviction but many were jailed and beaten,” Tatchell told the Guardian. “Some lost their homes,
Peter Tatchell. Photo credit: Colin, via Wikipedia.
jobs, marriages and children. These men deserve compensation for their suffering but so far the government is refusing them recompense.” Tatchell said the government did a poor job of publicizing the plan, which led to the low application rate.
A Japanese official and ally of the prime minister said the ruling party should discuss revising the constitution to to allow same-sex marriage. Although the constitution doesn’t specifically rule out gay marriage, it doesn’t allow it either, according to NBC News. Kanoko Otsuji, an LGBT lawmaker, said a change isn’t needed because the constitution doesn’t ban gay marriage. But other activists say the legislature should amend it. “The constitution did not envision same-sex marriage when it was written...but it was not prohibited,” Gon Matsunaka, head of Pride House Consortium, which promotes LGBTQ awareness told NBC. “Society and the world have changed and it is the responsibility of the legislature to pass a
Gon Matsunaka. Photo via Gon Matsunaka, Facebook.
law in line with that.” Nearly 80 percent of Japanese 20 to 50-year-olds favored legalising gay marriage, NBC News reported.
Brazilian minister prosecuted for funding cuts for LGBT film
Gay Mauritians challenging anti-gay law
Citizenship Minister Osmar Terra, who oversees Brazil’s film agency, ANCINE, withheld about $17 million meant to fund around 80 films. Four of those were surrounding LGBT issues. Brazilian prosecutors filed charges against Terra through Rio de Janeiro’s federal court, asking to restore the funding and fine the minister, according to Reuters. They also want to ban Terra from political office for eight years. The prosecutors said the only way to stop only the gay films from airing was to cut all films’ funding. “As there was no legal way to prevent only the four projects from being excluded from the contest in its final phase, the ‘solution’ found was to sacrifice the entire process,” the prosecutor’s office said, according to Reuters.
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Many Brazilian lawyers, artists and politicians blame the alleged censorship on the country’s growing homophobia under President Jair Bolsonaro.
A law in Mauritius, a small island off Africa’s coast, makes gay sex a crime. Complainants are challenging the law, saying it promotes homophobia and violence against LGBT people. Under the law “sodomy” is punishable by up to five years in prison, according to Reuters. Najeeb Ahmad Fokeerbux, founder of Young Queer Alliance and lead complainant in the case, says that gay and bisexual men face violence because of the law, and are discriminated against in school. “We know that homophobia won’t end with the law being scrapped. But it’s a step in the right direction,” he said, according to Reuters. “All we want is the same rights are everyone else. The right to choose the partner we want. The right to have the freedom to love who we want.
Najeeb Ahmad Fokeerbux. Photo via Facebook.
The right to live with them in dignity.” A Mauritius gay pride parade was forcably cancelled last year because of violence and death threats, Fokeerbux said.
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Williamson Once Described Her Generation An ‘Ambisexual Wasteland’ John McDonald
arianne Deborah Williamson continues to campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination despite low poll numbers and poor fundraising. Williamson, as of the most recent FEC reporting cycle, had raised just over $3 million. That number is below 18 other candidates some of whom (Jay Inslee, John Hickenlooper and Kirtsen Gillibrand) have already dropped out. Her campaign lists Sacramento, Calif. as its home address. Williamson, 67, is the author of several best-selling books. In “The Age of Miracles Embracing The New Midlife” Williamson writes candidly of relationships she has been in and celebrities she has met along the way. In a chapter of the book titled “I Will Survive” Williamson Marianne Deborah Williamson. Photo via Twitter. writes of binary choices: “The problem I see most often blocking In “The Age of Miracles” Williamson often the romantic impulse is a stifled sense of self: Many men aren’t really sure how to be men, inserts short prayers to God. Most recently, and many women aren’t really sure how to she admitted to praying to God to keep be women. Our generational detour into powerful sea storms away from American an ambisexual wasteland was part of what shores. Williamson founded the Los Angeles emotionally stunted many of us for years.” Williamson continues, “When a woman Center for Living to provide care for people thinks that she can overdo her ‘masculine living with HIV/AIDS. At the time, science had yet to catch up to the deadly virus and self’ and a man will still want medicine was scare. Case her, or a man thinks he can files from the Center revealed overdo his ‘feminine self’ and Speculation many of those suffering from a woman will still want him, the disease were shut-ins and then all manner of confusion swirls as to how mostly homebound. leads to all manner of pain.” much longer Project Angel Food was The book was published Williamson started, Williamson said, to before transgender and gender deliver food to homebound fluidity became more visible in will remain in people with AIDS. Since 1989, American culture. Williamson the race for the organization has served participated in a presidential the Democratic more than 12 million meals. forum sponsored by GLAAD Speculation swirls as to last month in Iowa but is not nomination. She how much longer Williamson scheduled to participate in did not qualify will remain in the race for the Human Rights Campaign for the party’s the Democratic nomination. town hall next week. She did not qualify for the Her campaign could not next debate, Oct. party’s next debate, Oct. 15, in be reached for comment via 15, in Ohio. Ohio. Despite low fundraising telephone. numbers Williamson merited At the GLAAD event in Iowa, Williamson defended past comments enough attention to be spoofed by the concerning prayer and disease in relation to writers of NBC’s late night comedy sketch, Saturday Night Live. her sister’s breast cancer experience. On the Sept. 28 show the actress Chloe “I believed that with love for each other we could get through it together and with my Fineman played Williamson declaring she behavior we demonstrated that,” Williamson was going to impeach President Trump by trapping his soul in a crystal. said. White House Watch is a weekly column taking a look at the state of the 2020 presidential election. 10.9.2019 •
Hialeah Pride founders crank it up a notch for year two This year’s event will feature a same-sex wedding and a youth zone Damon Scott
f you go to the second annual Hialeah Pride on Oct. 13, you’ll likely notice an expansion of partners, entertainers and features – and fellow attendees.
Last year, almost 6,000 people showed up for the inaugural event at historic Hialeah Park. Organizers said the numbers could be double that this year. “We really have focused on it as a true community event versus a destination Pride or block party,” cofounder Karen Larrea said. More than a few eyebrows were raised when it was announced in 2018 that a Pride event would be held in Hialeah – the city known as one of the most conservative in Miami-Dade, if not much of Florida. While perhaps not a likely choice, part of the answer lies with cofounder Madeline Fernandez, who is also known as DJ Citizen Jane, one of the most in-demand DJs in the LGBT community across the country and internationally. Hialeah is where she spent her youth. She occasionally hangs out there and her father still calls it home. “I don’t want people to go through what I did – to have to move to a new city and create a new life somewhere else,” Fernandez said. She said because of her tomboyish looks – short hair, boy clothes – she was often teased, bullied, and felt like an outcast. After seeing the gay areas of Miami Beach she began to feel more herself and came out at 19. She started her DJ career there at 21 and it’s her home today. The idea for a Pride in Hialeah wasn’t simply meant to provoke, but to make inroads and to “change the mentality” there, Fernandez said.
Ally formation Hialeah Pride cofounders DJ Citizen Jane (left) and Karen Larrea. Photo: Stephen Lang/SRL Media.
Some of the changes at this year’s event might seem small, but the pair said they are
actually big and required a lot of outreach and persistence. The Hialeah Police Department will have a presence at the event for the first time. There will be select officers who will show support by wearing rainbow patches on their uniforms. Larrea and Fernandez have also formed an alliance with Hialeah Hospital’s CEO Michael Bell. Bell was at a recent launch party for the 2019 event. He is directing the hospital to fly a rainbow flag on the day of Hialeah Pride. “He said we are one human family and the hospital should not discriminate,” Larrea said. The sentiment goes well with this year’s theme: “One Love.” Hialeah mayor Carlos Hernandez was at last year’s event and is expected this year as well.
Something for everyone Hialeah Pride offers options to a wide variety of Pride-goers to say the least. Last year there were 15 featured performers and this year there will be 17. The headliner is Latino heartthrob Julio Iglesias Jr. This year’s “padrino,” a kind of grand marshal for the event, is producer and Grammy award winner Desmond Child. A full list of performers can be found at hialeahpride.com. Attendees can again experience different “zones” at the event – health, food truck, vendor, family, kidfest, senior and youth space. The health zone offers HIV testing, blood glucose testing, blood pressure testing and an opportunity to connect with various medical professionals and groups.
Hialeah Pride’s 2018 ‘padrinos’ – TU94.9 Enrique Santos and NBC6’s Roxanne Vargas. Photo: Stephen Lang/SRL Media.
The senior zone with a perched up view “He said they’d had an amazing day and will feature the Lambda Living Program wonderful time with their daughter,” Larrea for LGBT seniors and AARP. There will be said. domino tables and other activities, too. The raffle prize turned out to be significant, The youth space zone is new this year and too – a domino table. will be hosted by Miami’s Alliance for GLBTQ Larrea said the father told her that it just Youth. so happened that dominos was a previous The Alliance will be awarded a college activity the family used to do together. scholarship to be granted through the Hialeah “He said the domino table now represents Pride nonprofit Future Bright Minds. what that day meant to them,” Larrea said. The program awards scholarships to low “It makes all the 16 hour days and the back income high school LGBTQI+ and forth worth it to us. It’s seniors in the Miami-Dade a labor of love to give back to and Broward County public the community.” school systems. Last year the first There’s more scholarship went to Rakia Walker from Barbara This year’s event will Goleman Senior High feature what Larrea and School. Hernandez think is the The youth zone is geared first same sex wedding to those between 12 and at a Pride event in South 20 years old – what Larrea Florida. Miami-Dade Judge describes as a “Pride within David Young is scheduled to a Pride.” officiate. Hernandez said it was The couple was given particularly important to her the opportunity through an to boost the youth options. essay contest. “The youth in our They will also receive a community is our future; three-night honeymoon - Carlos Hernandez they will remember the Pride in Key West at Alexanders Mayor of Hialeah that invested in them,” she Guesthouse and wedding said. bands. The ceremony will be streamed live on It’s Happening OUT. ‘Labor of love’
“The youth in our community is our future; they will remember the Pride that invested in them.”
One of the winners during last year’s raffle was a man from Orlando. He came to the event with his wife and their transgender daughter who is attending Florida Atlantic University’s Jupiter campus. Larrea later met the man at her home in Miami Beach because he around when his name was called for the raffle. Larrea learned that he and his wife had wanted to understand their 18-year-old daughter better and to show their support. He’d found Hialeah Pride during an online search and rounded everyone up to attend. It was the first Pride event for all of them.
Look ahead Larrea and Hernandez have three goals for future Hialeah Pride events. One is to hold a Pride parade down 49th Street – the “main” artery of the city. The second is to have the city approve a rainbow crosswalk. Goal No. 3 is to have the city approve a Pride flag to be flown in front of city hall on the day of Hialeah Pride. This year’s event will run two hours later than last year – from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Historic Hialeah Park is located at 2200 East 4th Ave.
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Starbucks Serves an Empty Cup to LGBT Media Gay newspapers criticize coffee conglomerate’s lack of advertising
any are happy to stand in line for what they serve at Starbucks—but the global coffee conglomerate has left LGBT media standing at the altar, rebuffing repeated proposals to court a demographic of discerning tastemakers who would, seemingly, make for a marriage made in marketing heaven. “It’s surprising to me that Starbucks predisposed to having creative [print-centric wouldn’t target ads to our community,” said material at the ready]. That’s all the more Todd Evans, president and CEO of Rivendell reason for Starbucks to be more precise in Media, which places advertisements for the their marketing. We will definitely be reaching National LGBT Media Association. Together, out again shortly.” the Association’s members—including Also making the case for direct marketing is Boston’s Bay Windows and the Washington Michael Yamashita. The president and CEO of and Los Angeles Blades —reach an estimated BAR Media Inc, Yamashita is publisher of San 500,000 weekly print and online readers. Francisco’s Bay Area Reporter, a member of Evans, who had just returned from a the National LGBT Media Association. Starbucks run when the Blade spoke with “It’s as close as you can get to speaking him, said numerous deep dives searching directly to the LGBT consumers, and LGBT media for the company’s the decision makers in ubiquitous mermaid logo left the community,” says “Advertising in a Rivendell treading water in a sea Yamashita, of advertising in of unproductive efforts. print and online, via LGBTlocal or regional “We monitor all LGBT focused outlets. publication says, newspapers and websites to see Bay Area Reporter who’s out there, advertising,” reader surveys, he notes, ‘We care about said Evans of his sales team, “and consistently show LGBT you, and we care they’ve not come across our radar readership is “interested to as doing any outreach. Like Apple, know which corporations about the news the thing I would most want to support them,” and more that affects your say to them is, with a company inclined to give those community.’” with a presence in every major corporations their business. urban center, they have to know “There are several - Scott Wazlowski the LGBT market is a big part of Starbucks locations in the Bay Area Reporter vice their clientele.” gay [Castro] neighborhood president of advertising Evans says Rivendell has here,” Yamashita said. been reaching out to Starbucks “They’ve been a mainstay for “for years,” through its various advertising years. Our sales manager, he’s pretty aggressive agencies (currently Spark Foundry). “And about trying to get local corporations to the answer was always, ‘Starbucks doesn’t advertise with us, but we’ve never seen any do print.’ Now they do. I see their ads all the advertising from them.” time, in the New York Times and Martha That absence is not just felt locally, says Bay Stewart Living Magazine, so we know they’re Area Reporter vice president of advertising
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Scott Wazlowski. “I’ve been here since 2010, and, to the best of my knowledge, they’ve never done any print or online advertising in our publication—and beyond that, I don’t think I’ve seen them in any LGBT publication.” Although Rivendell handles national sales, Wazlowski did reach out to Starbucks locally, and was “told by the store manager the only thing they could do to show any support would be to provide product” at Pride or other notable LGBT events. Starbucks, he notes, “brings coffee and pastries for each of the monthly membership meetings of the Castro Merchants.” A tasty treat perhaps, but of no help to the bottom line. “We didn’t want that,” Wazlowski said. “We wanted an ad in the paper. Advertising in a local or regional publication says, ‘We care about you, and we care about the news that affects your community.’ Anecdotally, advertisers who do that seem to do better, in terms of having an impression among our readers.” Wazlowski cites San Francisco Federal Credit Union as a success story of how local engagement pays dividends. A winner of its
Reader’s Choice Award for Best Bank or Credit Union, they never, Wazlowski recalls, “showed up on the radar until they placed ads with us. They skyrocketed in the ratings, and have held that position ever since.” Wazlowski attributes this ascension to advertising “at least once, monthly, or in special editions” as well as, in past years, having a booth at the Castro Street Fair. “That multipronged appeal to the LGBT community,” he says, “has proven very successful.” Much more successful, says Yamashita, than gestures perceived as merely symbolic, or downright opportunistic. “It’s a frequent criticism,” he notes, “to see a lot of these corporations participate in our Pride parades and events in the month of June. But they are nowhere to be seen before or after. People do see that concentrated presence in June as a token recognition. That’s pretty much the heart of the matter right there.” Echoes of token recognition reverberated through two weeks of email communication, when the Blade’s request for an interview with a Starbucks representative was answered by a Seattle-based member of global communications firm Edelman.
NEWS business A/C RECHARGE Replying on the day of this reporter’s the counter at Starbucks… It’s one thing to talk deadline to repeated requests to answer a about equality. It’s another thing to act upon series of questions sent via email, Jonathan J. it.” Cruz, Account Executive, Starbucks Corporate In the realm of LGBT engagement, & Crisis Communications, wrote, “Apologies Starbucks should act now, says Evans. “Like for the delay as we worked on gathering details Apple, they’re not the only game in town for you. anymore. Pretty much everyone makes a latte Unfortunately we are unable to facilitate today. Why not capitalize on their already your request for an interview, but we’re happy loyal following?” to share more details on how Starbucks Still, Evans observes, the java conglomerate supports and advocates on behalf of the consistently “comes up as a gay-friendly LBGTQ+ community.” company” in surveys, and places well in the Starbucks’ “longstanding commitment to Human Rights Campaign’s annual Corporate creating an environment of Equality Index. belonging and inclusion” was But they’re hardly immune one such example. Ally status from controversy. was further claimed, when In May 2018, the company Cruz noted U.S. and Canadian shuttered thousands of its U.S. customers were privy to stores for a training session, “limited edition rainbow Pride after the April arrest of two cups, and our in-store partners black men at a Philadelphia (employees) had the option to location. A photo from a May wear Pride t-shirts.” 29, 2018 NPR article showed He also noted the raising of a a sign on a Starbucks cafe in Pride flag at Starbucks’ Seattle Portland, Maine, noting the headquarters (“for the sixth shutdown’s purpose was to year in a row”), and a June 2019 “reconnect with our mission - Todd Evans partnership with the Born This and share ideas about how to president and CEO of Way Foundation, in which the make Starbucks even more Rivendell Media Starbucks Foundation engaged welcoming.” in “matching donations to the In 2015, a gay D.C. man BTW Foundation up to $250,000 which will filed a discrimination complaint claiming the be used to increase access to mental health manager of a Dupont Circle Starbucks called resources and support organizations that him anti-gay slurs and assaulted him. “You are empower the LGBTQ+ community and young fucking with the wrong one and I will break people across the country.” your neck you little fag, and I will break your Bringing a perspective from the town where spic boyfriend’s neck as well,” the complaint Starbucks started, Seattle Gay News editor quoted the store manager as saying to the gay George Bakan said of their local presence, couple. “They spend a lot of money at Pride, they Evans also noted an annual kerfuffle that sponsor community events, and they have began in 2015, when Starbucks introduced a scholarship fund. There’s lots of ways you a red cup for the holidays, instead of a can help a community besides advertising in Christmas-oriented one. the gay press, as much as I hate to say that. I’d “I literally heard about that while I was in love to get a big check from Starbucks every line at a Starbucks store, looking at one of month, to help my business. But I’m much their Advent calendars,” recalls Evans. “It was more concerned with their equitable hiring, a really poorly handled public relations thing and welcoming everybody as a customer. for Starbucks, because they didn’t push back. I A gay couple holding hands will not elicit a thought, ‘Oh, what a shame.’ LGBT consumers smirk or a comment from somebody behind are fiercely loyal… The idea is to turn your best customers into your advocates—and this is a company, like Apple, that could really do that with just a little specific outreach. I know it would certainly make me feel better about the amount of money I spend there.” Moral support aside, Evans makes the case for a presence in LGBT media thusly: “Who are the people reading it? The people who care the most, the people who want to see who is reaching out to them, who want their business. So from a corporate standpoint, they haven’t been open to it, but maybe it’s time to say, ‘We should support our best customers. It is time do this.’ ”
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ominic Grasso admits he isn’t the most masculine guy around, but that didn’t stop him from joining the LGBT Flag Football League 8 years ago.
“I am 5’4”, 150 pounds. I am not the most masculine person that there is. All I would say is if I can do it anyone can do it,” Grasso said. “I didn’t even know what a cleat was. When I first joined I was not good at all. I was really bad actually.” So out of all of the sports, why football? “I’ve always been told I can’t play football,” Grasso said. “I’m too small. Too gay. To girly. That motivated me.” Now he is the league’s commissioner. But Grasso, 30, almost didn’t sign up. “I did hesitate to sign up, or join for those reasons,” he said. “It’s totally understandable.” When Grasso moved down here to South Florida to attend Florida Atlantic University he said he didn’t know anyone. “My whole family was in New York. I thought this would be a good way to meet new people and new friends.” he said. “Now most of the people in the league are pretty much like family. I’ve formed great friendships. I wouldn’t change any minute of it.”
Grasso encourages others who may be thinking about sports to give the league a chance. “This has really been a life changing thing for me, to be able to play a sport and have the opportunity to do that, it’s been great,” he said. Another concern with football are injuries but Grasso says that because in flag football there is no full on tackling “we don’t typically see many major injuries.” Grasso is especially excited about this season because the South Florida Flag
Football League is partnering with the Miami Dolphins for the first time. “We are partnering with them to host their first ever pride event during the game against Buffalo Bills on Nov. 17,” he said. If the SFFFL is able to sell 250 tickets to that game the league will have the opportunity to host their championship game in February at the Dolphin’s practice facility in Davie. The league kicked off their opening games about a month ago. “This will probably be our best season yet,” Grasso said. “We have a lot of new events and sponsors this season.” Grasso wanted to give a special shout out to the league’s premier sponsors this season, Hunter’s Nightclubs and Sound Bar. This year the league has 10 teams and about 100 players participating. Registration though is closed for this season. “New people can always come out and check out the games,” Grasso said. Those games take place Saturdays from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Wimberly Fields Park in Oakland Park. While interested members may have missed this season Grasso said the league will be looking for players to sign up for their annual tournament, the Sunshine Cup, in February.
“Now most of the people in the league are pretty much like family. I’ve formed great friendships. I wouldn’t change any minute of it.” - Dominic Grasso
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Argued Before SCOTUS Could conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch side with the liberals? Lisa Keen
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t was the second day of the court’s 2019-20 session, and the two hours of arguments Tuesday, Oct. 8, were split between cases involving discrimination based on sexual orientation and discrimination based on transgender status. But very early on in the discussion around employees from discriminating “because of the sexual orientation cases, the justices sex.” The question is how to interpret “sex.” veered off into territory involving bathrooms Does it encompass sexual orientation and and locker rooms and even the court’s own transgender status or does it mean only male dress code. or female. “The arguments are very similar in both of “When an employer fires a male employee the cases and the justices themselves seemed for dating men but does not fire a female a little confused about which case they were employee for dating men, he violates Title discussing,” said Jon Davidson, chief counsel VII,” Karlan said. He does so, she said, at Freedom for All Americans and former because the employer “treats that man worse legal director of Lambda Legal. than women who do the same thing. And “They kept asking Pamela Karlan [the that discrimination is because of sex.” attorney representing two employees fired But attorneys on the other side of the for being gay] about transgender people.” issue, including Solicitor General Noel They did it so much, Karlan Francisco, said it’s not. He took the liberty of reminding argued that the employer Ultimately, over who fires someone for being the justices she was there to argue the sexual orientation the course of the gay would do so regardless of issue. whether that employee was two hours, the But Justice Sonia a man or a woman. So it’s not Sotomayor pushed back, sex discrimination, it’s sexual justices seemed noting that the “big issue orientation discrimination. to meld the right now raging [in] the That’s different, he said, and country is bathroom usage, that was not on the minds of different issues, same-sex bathroom usage.” of Congress when even though they members Ultimately, over the course they passed the Civil Rights will eventually of the two hours, the justices Act in 1964. seemed to meld the different Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg address them issues, even though they will prompted Karlan to address in two different eventually address them in that argument, noting that, two different opinions. in 1964, same-sex relations opinions. The three cases before the were a “criminal offense,” court Tuesday are what most that the American Psychiatric Supreme Court observers consider “the most Association considered being gay a “mental watched” cases of the session. Regardless illness.” of how the justices decide the cases, the “This court has recognized again and consequences will almost certainly be again forms of sex discrimination that were profound for all LGBT people. not in Congress’ contemplation in 1964,” Only one law is at issue: Title VII of responded Karlan. “In 1964, those were the the Civil Rights Act of 1964. That section days of “Mad Men.” She was referring to prohibits employers who have more than 15 the popular television series about people
The Supreme Court in 2015. Photo credit: Ted Eytan, via Flickr.
in marketing during the 1950s, a series that prompted much discussion around sexbased expectations. “Most courts didn’t find sexual harassment to be actionable” in 1964, she said, until the Supreme Court eventually ruled that Title VII did include sexual harassment. The two cases involving sexual orientation Tuesday included one is from New York and the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and one from Georgia and the 11th Circuit. Both involved gay men who were fired after acknowledging they were gay. The Second Circuit, ruling in Altitude Express v. Zarda, said the employer’s firing of parachute instructor Daniel Zarda for acknowledging he was gay did violate Title VII. But the 11th Circuit dismissed Gerald Bostock’s lawsuit, Bostock v. Clayton County, saying the court was bound to conform to its ruling in an earlier case, a ruling that Title VII does not cover sexual orientation. The third case, and the subject of the second hour of argument, is Harris Funeral v. EEOC. It marks the first time the U.S. Supreme Court has taken up the issue of whether a transgender person is
protected by Title VII. The Harris case, from Michigan and the Sixth Circuit, involves a funeral director, Aimee Stephens, who worked for years identifying as a man because that was the gender assigned to her on her birth certificate. But Stephens sincerely believed, since a young age, that her gender is female. When she got the courage to live true to her gender identity, she told her boss she would begin transitioning to live life as a woman. Her employer fired her. Stephens filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which ruled that Harris Funeral’s action violated Title VII, and the Sixth Circuit agreed. In an opinion piece for The Washington Post October 6, attorney Chase Strangio, who is part of Stephens’ ACLU legal team, wrote that the October 8 argument in Harris would be breaking new ground. “Tuesday may feature the first time the word ‘transgender’ is spoken during oral arguments in the highest court in the United States. And when the justices look out from the bench and see my co-counsel and me at counsel table,” he wrote, “it may be the
NEWS national first time they have looked at transgender Optimism awaits a decision attorneys defending our own existence before their powerful bench.” Davidson said he found the exchange Interestingly, when ACLU attorney between Gorsuch and Cole reason for David Cole tried to make the court aware optimism. that transgender attorneys were in the “Gorsuch, who could also be the deciding courtroom, there was some resistance. vote here, seemed to say the employees had “I say that recognizing that transgender the better sense of the literal argument –is people have a right to exist in the workplace this because of sex,” said Davidson. And and not be turned away Gorsuch’s concern about because of who they are does “massive social upheaval” has not end [with] dress codes or “Tuesday may a “very easy answer.” restrooms,” said Cole. “There “If Congress doesn’t like feature the first are transgender lawyers in how the court resolves this, time the word this courtroom today, and Congress can always amend the….” the statute,” said Davidson. ‘transgender’ is “Of course there are,” “To the extent all these spoken during interrupted Justice Neil concerns were raised about Gorsuch gruffly. “That’s not oral arguments in the bathrooms and the the question, Mr. Cole.” locker rooms and women’s the highest court Gorsuch was trying to get sports and dress codes,” said Cole to address a specific Davidson, “Congress could in the United concern, one voiced by always amend the statute… States.” a dissenting judge in the and say what they think the appeals court, that covering rules should be about each - Chase Strangio transgender status under Title of those things, and about ACLU Attorney VII would cause a “drastic religious exemptions.” change in this country,” “So the only question here covering things such as bathrooms and dress is, ‘Is it discrimination because of sex to codes. fire someone because they are lesbian, gay, “Nobody is questioning…the legitimacy of bisexual or transgender,” Davidson said. the claims [made by the employee] and the “We seemed to have a majority that agreed importance of them,” said Gorsuch. “The that it is, but some of them were troubled question is about judicial interpretation. about what that would mean.” Cole said he was “not asking you to apply It typically takes several months for the any meaning of sex other than the one that Supreme Court to issue an opinion, once everybody agrees on as of 1964….We’re not a case is argued. Even more typically, with asking you to rewrite it.” LGBT-related matters, the court tends to “I agree with that,” Gorsuch said. “The issue its opinions in late June. question is...when a case is really close, Only 21 states prohibit discrimination in really close, on the textual evidence, and employment based on sexual orientation assume for the moment I’m with you on the and transgender identity. Legislation has textual evidence –it’s close, OK? …At the been pending in Congress for more than four end of the day, should [the court] take into decades, attempting to establish protections consideration the massive social upheaval nationwide; but, the legislation –which has that would be entailed in such a decision and taken on different forms—has not cleared the possibility that Congress didn’t think Congress. about it and that that is more appropriately a legislative rather than a judicial function?” Cole said courts have already been venturing into these waters. “Federal courts of appeals have been recognizing that discrimination against transgender people is sex discrimination for 20 years,” he said. “There’s been no upheaval.” “As I was saying, there are transgender male lawyers in this courtroom following the [Supreme Court’s] male dress code and going to the men’s room. And the Court’s dress code and sex-segregated restrooms have not fallen. So the notion that this is going to be a huge upheaval,” said Cole, “we haven’t seen Attorney Chase Strangio. Photo via the that upheaval for 20 years.”
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ext week, most of me will be celebrating my 70th birthday. My two front teeth won’t be.
Late last night, at about 1 a.m, I had just started working on my editorial for this week, which was going to be about the importance of a few gay rights cases being argued before the Supreme Court. I was walking to the kitchen to make some coffee, which required me to pass through a hallway that I have traversed what — about a half million times while living in the same home for over four decades. But wait, there’s a wrinkle in the stew. It’s late at night, and I am beat and exhausted. Bad knees, dark hallway, no lights on, and a rock hard, tiled floor. What could go wrong? Well, his name is Shadow, he is my 9 year old, 82 pound very large Black Lab, and that’s where he was sleeping. I was not looking for him, and did not see him. I don’t even remember falling over him or crashing to the ground. I did not have a chance to grab or hold on to anything. One moment I was standing, and in the space of a moment I did not see coming, I was on the floor trying to stop blood from gushing out of my mouth. Suddenly not finishing my editorial was not a pressing issue. Earth will remain on its axis without my words populating the pages of SFGN this week. The Dodgers losing game four of the National League playoffs earlier in the evening did not seem as disconcerting either. My mouth was hurting so much I did not realize how badly I banged up my alreadyreplaced-once knee. And how do you handle a dental catastrophe in the middle of the night ?
I felt like I was in a car crash in my own house. Of course, living with four dogs, two roommates and a house guest, the place normally looks like a train wreck anyway. But I am very grateful those passengers were around. John, Brian, and Dilan helped me to a couch, got me ice, a few thousand pain pills, calmed me down, and called the doctors. The dogs of course were constantly getting in the way by ceaselessly licking me, but I am not sure they weren’t thinking my blood was left over steak sauce from the Whole Foods ribeye we had earlier in the evening. Anyway, I felt like the lady in the ‘I’ve fallen and I can’t get up commercial.’ That ‘Life Alert’ gadget suddenly made a lot of sense. I was lucky it was Monday night. Both my roommates are in the hospitality, restaurant and bar business. Fortunately, they are off on Mondays. Normally, they would have been at work. So I had immediate and necessary help at my disposal - just no teeth and I couldn’t walk. Plus the Dodgers lost to the Nationals. That’s a felony. Still, It could have been a lot worse. I could have been temporarily immobilized without the AT&T remote and forced to watch non stop reruns of the Flex Seal commercial on TV. So I was appreciative, but still in pain-and a radio show to do 12 hours later with the editorial page editor of the Sun Sentinel, Rosemary O ‘Hara. How the hell was that going to happen? You have to look at the sunny side of life though, even in the worst of times. After all, now you don’t have to read another lengthy editorial by me about legal injustice at the highest levels. I will make it brief. The new Supreme Court majority is going to suck for
I am so grateful to you for supporting our paper, magazine and my radio show. Let me say thank you again. After all, somebody has to pay for my new teeth.
Norm Kent with Duke (left) and Shadow. Photo via Facebook.
the LGBT community. But seriously, I am lucky. My forehead could have struck the ground. I could have been alone, easily knocked unconscious. I could have woken up liking Donald Trump. So many times in life there are close calls. This was one of them. I am not 30 anymore. Things can happen anytime, at any age, of course. They just happen a little bit more often when you have turned 35 twice. It’s nothing special. Your number just comes up. There is a moral here somewhere, like in the play Oklahoma, which began with Gordon McRae singing “Oh, what a beautiful day. I have got a beautiful feeling, everything’s going my way.” Sometimes, they don’t. Sill, there’s a bright golden haze on the meadow, and a bunch of new crowns and bridges in my mouth, thanks to Oakland Park Dental and Dr. Howard Cunningham. My thanks to their office for such immediate, professional service. We are fortunate to be part of a community that has a wealth of dental professionals
comparable to Dr. Howard Cunningham, and others, in a host of fields, servicing our lives in the legal, medical, insurance and real estate professions. And not just there, but carpenters and plumbers and mechanics too. We are everywhere. Let’s face it. Be proud. The LGBT community in South Florida is strong. Heck, SFGN has almost 7,500 ballots cast in this year’s ‘Best Of’ edition alone. Vote this week. One is for best dog most likely to trip you. I am so grateful to you for supporting our paper, magazine and my radio show. Let me say thank you again. After all, somebody has to pay for my new teeth. You can’t sue your own dog. You know, we just published our 500th issue of SFGN, and I only have this forum because you have our back. Anyway, enough with the sucking up. I could use a good electrician right now to put a light in my hallway. And when Tomas from Top Dog Mobile Grooming shows up to bathe Shadow next week, if instead of cutting his nails he knocks out a few teeth, i might understand.
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As I regularly witness a number of homeless LGBT people in the Fort Lauderdale area, which statistically is the third most expensive urban area in the nation to live in regard to what percentage the average worker here pays out of their income for housing, I am wondering why your newspaper rarely touches on the issue of LGBT homelessness in this community? You must be blind to not see the number of people in the LGBT community who are regularly sleeping in doorways, on benches, on grassy areas near busy streets and sometimes asking for handouts at bus stops, in front of stores, etc. Or do you see them and just turn away as many people do? Perhaps you are taking your cue from the Director of the Pride Center who has placed a focus on providing for affordable housing in the senior LGBT community, even though I know of no seniors who are homeless in the LGBT community here, yet the Pride Center has no programs to assist those in the LGBT community who end up homeless. Call the Pride Center and ask what programs they have in place to assist homeless in the LGBT community if you feel so disinclined to believe me. The answer will be none, just as there is no referral program in place at the Pride Center to help someone who identifies as L or G or B or T who has been locked out of their home by a parent, a roommate, their husband or their wife resulting in that person becoming homeless. They are simply told by the Pride Center staff to call a shelter to see if the shelter will take them and more times than not, the homeless L or G or B or T person is told by workers in the shelters that there are no beds available in the majority of shelters in the Fort Lauderdale area irregardless of their sexual orientation because of the shortage of beds in area shelters.
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ast month I presented what I In ancient Hebrew the word for “brother” believe to be strong evidence that could be applied to a wide range of blood David and Jonathan were far closer and non-blood relationships. Further, it than the Church and most scholars have was not uncommon for lovers to be referred officially admitted. We reviewed, among to as “brother” and “sister” (see, e.g., Song other elements, the diatribe King Saul of Songs 4:9 “You have ravished my heart, launched against his son, Jonathan. The my sister, my bride”). Context is everything translation of St. John Chrysostom (circa and here David is not speaking of a political 349-407), Archbishop of Constantinople, ally, but rather comparing Jonathan’s love seems to make the point in a painful, albeit to that of a woman. “Your love to me was familiar, way: “You son of common whores, wonderful, passing the love of women.” who are men crazy and run after every man Bruce Gerig reports that “one ancient who comes into sight; you weak, effeminate Septuagint manuscript … translated this wretch; you nothing of a man, who lives part as ‘Your love fell upon me like the love only to shame yourself and the mother who of women’” (footnote omitted). It’s little bore you” (1 Samuel 20:30-31). Saul’s insults wonder that homophobic interpreters have provide insight into the Jonathan-side of struggled with the meaning of this passage. the relationship. Coupled with Nowhere in scripture is David David’s lament upon receiving said to love anyone, including the news of Jonathan’s death the eight women with whom “Your (2 Samuel 1:19-27), we he reportedly had intense love may have the strongest relationships. Yet, there to me was homoerotic evidence of is an outpouring of love wonderful, their relationship. for Jonathan with a key passing the David’s lament has been omission. There is no love of described as a masterpiece reference whatsoever to the women.” of early Hebrew poetry – a prince’s repeated efforts to (2 Samuel 1:26) heart-felt expression of pure help David, ruling out, in my human emotion without any view, that the lament is merely explicit religious thought. Initially, an expression of political loyalty lost. David laments both the loss of King Saul There is an undeniable homoerotic as well as Jonathan, mentioning both four subtext to David and Jonathan’s relationship. times by name. Just when one might expect The most sensible reading of scripture is the lament to end, David speaks only of consistent, then, with the existence of a Jonathan – as if emotion carried him beyond same-sex attraction and passion between the intended conclusion of the eulogy to a David and Jonathan. It’s for this reason stunning, grief-stricken climax expressed that, when praying Eucharistic Prayer C, in three short lines: “I am distressed for you, which names the patriarchs, I not only add my brother Jonathan; greatly beloved were the names of the spouses of each patriarch you to me; your love to me was wonderful, but also speak of the God of David and passing the love of women” ( 2 Samuel 1:26). Jonathan.
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Dating, Disclosing, and Love Atticus Ranck
inding love is a big concern for trans people, and it’s not without its validation. A trans guy told me that when he came out to his mom, his mom said, “Who’s going to love you?” I’ve heard from parents of trans kids that of all the concerns they have regarding their children’s future, dating and love is one of their biggest fears for their children. Who will love them? Will they be safe? What happens if they’re fetishized for their identity? Will they be loved despite being trans? And trans people ask themselves all these same questions. These concerns and questions are valid. When trans people date, they are often tasked with deciding when and where to disclose their identity. Some trans people may feel like they are being fetishized for their identity. They may ask themselves, Am I only “dateable” because I appear trans? Will that person want to be seen with me in public as a couple? Will this person still like me when/if I appear cisgender? These questions are not just rhetorical. The moment a trans person chooses to disclose their identity is the moment when violence is most likely to occur. I can’t talk about love without talking about the homicide rate of trans people, particularly trans women of color. Some of these murders are the direct result of transphobia at the hands of acquaintances or partners. Many of the killings are the result of the intersection of homophobia, racism, sexism, and transphobia. Some of the killings are because circumstances force trans people into less than ideal situations – poverty, homelessness, food insecurity, economic insecurity, survival sex work and other underground economy work. Meeting new people, dating, putting yourself out there - it’s frightening, and a concern for trans people and the people who love us. I am one of the lucky ones. When I first met my wife in August 2016, I was scared and I pushed her away. Even though I was really attracted to her physically and emotionally, I didn’t know if I wanted to be with a trans woman. I felt like if I was with a cisgender woman, it helped to solidify my identity as a heterosexual, cispassing male; it affirmed my identity. If I was to be with
The moment a trans person chooses to disclose their identity is the moment when violence is most likely to occur.
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a trans woman, did that mean that only trans people deserved other trans people? Was I not “male enough” to be with a cisgender woman? Plus, I was struggling with some internalized homophobia. What would people think? What did I think? Ultimately, I moved out of the state and I didn’t know if we would continue to see each other. Luckily, neither of us could forget the other quite so easily. She said she saw something in me and knew I was a good person. I came to realize that she is what I want and fuck it to my own internalized homophobia and my own demons and whatever society says I should do or
be. Now we have a love that is more than I ever thought I deserved. She teaches me everyday to let go of my to-do lists and just live, she teaches me that I’m enough and I’m worthy and I’m deserving of all the good things in my life. Conversely, she’s told me that I’ve helped her be more open and forgiving and warm. Worrying about when and where to disclose is a real and valid concern. Safety when dating should be taken seriously. Take proper precautions but don’t let it stop you from realizing that you are worthy of love, you are deserving of being with someone who validates you and makes you feel beautiful.
Atticus Ranck is the Health Programs & Supportive Services Manager for Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown, PA. Previously, he was the Director of Transgender Services at SunServe in Wilton Manors. Atticus is a trans man who advocates for the LGBT community through his work, trainings, presentations, and everyday encounters.
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City Lowers Fees for AirBNB Type Rentals By Sallie James
City officials have lowered the fees real challenge. The city has 61 registered required to register vacation rentals here vacation rentals but more than 300 and reduced the annual renewal fees. The vacation rentals pop up when you go to new fee schedule went into effect on Oct. www.airbnb.com and choose “Wilton Manors” as a destination. 1. “I think the biggest concern is Vacation rentals are surging in popularity across the nation as vacationers identifying the unregistered ones,” said shy away from traditional hotels in search City Council member Paul Rolli. “You can Google them but you can’t find of better deals and out where they are.” ac c o m m o d at i o n s City council members that are more like The city has amended the ordinance that home than a resort. 61 registered regulates vacation rentals to But cities struggle to keep tabs on an vacation rentals include these changes: ever-changing and but more than • Defined “permanent sometimes tough residence” as “the place to regulate class of 300 vacation where a person has a rental properties. rentals pop up true, fixed and permanent Adjusting the fees home and the principal is just one example when you go to establishment … to which, of how cities are www.airbnb.com whenever absent, has the trying to figure out intention of returning. to best regulation and choose and monitor these “Wilton Manors” • Required an emergency relatively new forms contact/responsible party of residential rentals. as a destination. placard to be mounted on a Wilton Manors wall inside the front door. City Council members in September lowered the • Set a cap of 20 for the number registration fee from $750 to $500 of persons allowed to gather at a and reduced the annual renewal fee to vacation rental at one time. $300. Some vacation rental owners had complained the previous fees were too Council member Gary Resnick high and were deterring some owners wondered if the city could enforce any from registering their properties. Its new territory for the city, and business restrictions in regard to vacation keeping track of vacation rentals is a rentals. He wondered if someone rented a
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vacation rental and then tried selling medical marijuana from the vacation rental if there would be a problem. The city’s legal counsel said such a scenario would be a violation of city code. One city resident wondered why the city couldn’t issue registrations for a year, instead of only issuing registrations from Oct. 1 of one year to Sept. 30 of the next year and requiring
all registrations to be renewed on Sept. 30, even if the vacation rental had just been registered in early August. Vice Mayor Tom Green said he is opposed to vacation rentals in single family home neighborhoods. “Duplexes, multi-family are fine,”Green said. “If people would just stay out of single family neighborhoods.” WMG
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Fantasy is an idea with no basis in reality. Reality is its blunt, truthful cousin. For those who attended or have been following the Treasure Coast Planning Council’s public hearings on the future of the city owned property next to city hall, “fantasy” is the best description. In a city that could not move ahead with a proposed 100-unit condominium by renowned Miami architect Rene Gonzalez on a 4.9 acre site located on the church property on NE 26th Street, I find it very hard to believe that anyone in attendance would think that plans calling for a 100room hotel, 100 residential and townhome units, along with parking garages, residents of our great city are sitting on a pot amphitheater, public space, and so much of gold we now call the Hagen Park/City Hall more could be anything even bordering on property. All this talk about not just one hotel, but the realm of reality. two, comes just months after our city elders And that’s only Phase One. Phase Two calls for adjacent land were delivered the horrible news that a hotel purchases and additional hotel rooms, is not feasible in our city given current market condo units, residential micro units, and conditions. This harsh news was reality in all its bluntness, not easy to swallow, but better another parking garage. Kim Delaney, the director of strategic than sugar coating with some unattainable development for the Treasure Coast fantasy. In a world driven by market realities, Regional Planning Council stated that this scenario takes some creative license with long-term investment for such large-scale developments are far more density. Kim might call it likely to be grounded in creative license, but those reality than fantasy. One of us a bit more grounded Have you joined reality behind the City Hall in reality call it fantasy. Master Site Plan is that the From the beginning the Gazette’s financial locomotive pulling presentation a few months Facebook page? this plan forward will be the ago when Delaney and attraction of a substantially company kept referring to Do so today sized publicly owned property the property in question as to join the and millions of dollars in an eight-acre site right here additional investment by on Wilton Drive, I knew we conversation. local municipal taxpayers. were in trouble. There are many residents, This eight-acre site of myself included, that want public land they want Facebook.com/ to see increased density to peddle to developers groups/WMGazette throughout our city, already house our meaningfully and carefully. relatively new City Hall and We have a five-acre site sitting Police Station, our Hagen on NE 26th Street and NE Park Community Center, and so many other recreational amenities. 15th Avenue crying out for development. The amount of property available for all this Right down the block we have an almost development is much less than those eight vacant shopping plaza that should have been acres we keep hearing about. In addition, developed years ago. Then there’s the Shoppes of Wilton their plans call for the purchase of more privately-owned parcels around the current Manors which stands in limbo with many footprint at an additional cost of over $2 vacant un-usable retail spaces crying million. Not sure who would be asked to out for development. Andrews Avenue is pay for all this, but no need to worry about ripe for more density and new mixed-use such things since according to DeLaney, development. The Dixie Highway corridor
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Sales & Marketing sits totally underutilized. There is no shortage of properties throughout our city offering enormous possibilities. Dreaming is what moves us ahead. Walt Disney’s dream created one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the world. But dreaming of a better tomorrow with all its possibilities, must be based on reality, not fantasy. Dealing with current market conditions, the effects of climate change, residents and taxpayer’s interest, and many additional factors all must be part of the discussion. Otherwise, dreams are not possibilities of what can be, but just a fantasy; and that is the blunt reality. Now it is time for our elected officials and city management to take all this latest information gathered by the planning council and come up with a course of action for the Hagen Park/City Hall site. We should not look to squeeze everything that is needed throughout our two-square-mile city into this space that is much smaller than the touted eight-acre site. City stakeholders need to be visionary with bold and innovative ways, grounded in market realities, to bring needed development to all areas of our city. Some bold methods might be needed to get existing property owners moving on very important parcels located around our city. Condemning buildings that have sat vacant for years with collapsing storefronts, leaking roofs, boarded up windows might be a good start. Our city has a variety of tools at its disposal to make dreams a reality. Many residents already know we are sitting on a pot of gold, but that pot of gold is not located off Wilton Drive next to our City Hall. It is under the entire two square miles we call the Island City. Marketing the uniqueness of these two square miles will make life just better here. WMG
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A Better Educated Consumer
By James Oaksun Several years ago, before I moved to the land of milk and honey (i.e., South Florida), I lived in the Northeast U.S. A frequent advertiser on late night television was an offprice men’s clothing merchant whose advertising tagline was, “An educated consumer is our best customer.” (He even got an article written about him in Forbes magazine!) In the real estate market, I strongly believe this as well. Now don’t get me wrong. I am happy to educate people myself, since I am a good teacher (so is said by many people; not for me to assess). But I think it’s generally better to have clients who have an understanding up-front of the outcomes they want. That’s been one of the main drivers of my writing here since I began this column. My hope has been that my regular readers gain a better understanding of market conditions, and trends in real estate, than people who receive information elsewhere – or not at all. I know I have readers who are real estate professionals,
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as well as readers who are prospective buyers and sellers of South Florida real estate. But this week, I’m not going to enlighten you. Rather, I’m asking you to help enlighten me – and hopefully the other regular readers. There are subjects about which I like to write, and that I hope people enjoy reading. I determine this by what I hear “on the street” and what I think people really should know as they navigate the real estate market. But let me ask you: Are there kinds of things that you would like to hear more about? Topics I haven’t covered in as much detail or depth – or even at all? Once again we are entering High Season here in Our Fair City – Wicked Manors is right around the corner now, after all. The Snowbirds return, visitors seeking second and retirement homes, and a change to a new (and I think better) way of life, descend… and current residents wonder whether this is the year to sell. I am here to serve – to share my knowledge with you, and to make sure I am sharing the right things to help. So today I ask you to reach out to me – send me a quick email (to James@NewRealtyConcepts.com) if there’s a topic or two you would like to see a column (or two) about. I won’t mention your name (unless you want me to) and I guarantee I will respond to every email I receive.
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The month of Libra (which we have just entered as I wrote this) has a special energy about it. Let’s use that energy – together – to make all our current and prospective readers both educated consumers and great customers! James Oaksun, Florida’s Real Estate Geek(SM), is Broker-Owner of New Realty Concepts in Fort Lauderdale. In addition to having degrees from Dartmouth and Cornell, he is a Graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI).
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Please pass on the following information regarding the AHF building Kent believes we should have. He is obviously misinformed and this may provide him with the facts for his next article about the project. There are also a couple of future walking tours scheduled. Maybe Kent can get there in his wheelchair to see the sad reality of it all. That snide comment about a Maybach does SFGN no good either! That just dragged SFGN into the gutter. Also the piece about Apple not running ads in any gay publications is a pathetic attempt to shame someone when it is apparent Kent is just upset that Apple is not providing SFGN with advertising revenue. Did Kent miss his sales goal for this quarter? From Kent’s past rants about advertisers and revenue it is glaringly obvious the only reason he supports AHF is from the amount of advertising AHF gives him! That is PATHETIC!!!! People can read between the lines and see what is actually going on here. You have a decent product but Kent continues to tarnish it.
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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 Stonewall 50 Finally Gets Our History Right This piece is written about Mark Segal, publisher of Philadelphia Gay News. He comments on being at the Stonewall Riots in 1969. 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.
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BC News correspondent Gio Benitez says that as a young reporter in Miami, he was inspired by the greats of television journalism: Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw, Barbara Walters and Katie Couric. He didn’t seek out gay role models in the media, “because at the time I was very conflicted about it myself.” Gio Benitez proposing to TommyDiDario. Photo credit: Pierre Torset.
“I thought that if anybody found out, that I would never be able to do this work,” says Benitez, 33. “Even a local reporter who was my friend at the time said to me, ‘Oh, you can’t be gay and successful in the news.’ He was around my age. That always stuck with me for a bit, but I ultimately said, ‘You know what? I can’t deal with this.’ And everyone at ABC was so supportive from the very beginning.” Benitez began his TV news career as a 17-year-old high school intern at WFOR, the CBS-owned station in Miami. Eventually a weekend anchor, he left the station for ABC in 2012. A rising network star, Benitez never had an official coming out. Then, on Sept. 17, 2015 in Paris, he got down on his knee and proposed to boyfriend Tommy DiDario, an on-air lifestyle expert. The couple posted the pictures on social media. “I hadn’t sent anything out that said, ‘Hey I’m gay and I’m coming out!’ I just posted this photo because it meant so much to me,” says Benitez, whose 2016 wedding to DiDario was covered by People magazine. “All these network executives were calling me. The president of DisneyABC Television called me while we were in Paris to congratulate. “So I just thought, ‘Oh my gosh. All these ideas that I had about success in the media and being out, they were just wrong.’ Obviously not wrong at another time in history, perhaps. But in this moment in time, I was wrong about it.”
history month Media Not long ago, however, an LGBTQ media gay friends at a birthday party in a funny, celebrity couldn’t be safely out. sad, bitchy drama that translated onscreen Actor and author Bryan Batt, who co- two years later with its original cast. Actors starred in the 1995 gay comedy film “Jeffrey” Jon Voight and Bob Balaban had an onand a decade ago in the popular TV series screen sexual encounter in the Oscar“Mad Men,” says that as recently as the winning 1970 Best Picture, “Midnight 1990s, an agent warned him not to come Cowboy.” And Hal Holbrook and Martin out if he wanted to work as a mainstream Sheen played a same-sex couple in the actor. 1972 made-for-TV drama, “That Certain “I remember during ‘Jeffrey,’ it was a very Summer,” in which Holbrook’s divorced big decision. I finally said to myself, ‘No character comes out to his teenage son. look, I have to pretend on stage for a living, In 1975, wholesome “Brady Bunch” dad I’m not going to pretend in life.” Robert Reed (gay and closeted in real life) Being out actually helped win Batt the played a male middle-age doctor who role of Sal, a closeted ad agency art director transitions in a two-part storyline on CBS’s on “Mad Men,” a drama set in early 1960s “Medical Center.” The season-opening New York City. episodes were titled, “The Fourth Sex.” “I remember Matthew Weiner, who as About the same time, TV sitcoms also the creator of ‘Mad Men,’ saying to me that began regularly including gay characters, he was very happy when he found out that the acknowledged first being a somewhat I was gay, because he wanted to cast a gay forgotten 1972 ABC summer replacement man in this role. He didn’t want to fake it, series called “The Corner Bar.” 1977 is which I found very, very refreshing. considered a breakthrough year: Linda “From the pilot, I had a line when we Gray (the future Sue Ellen Ewing in were in the strip club, and one of the CBS’s “Dallas”) played TV’s first girls said, ‘Oh, I love this place. transgender character in a It’s smoky, private, hot, full Norman Lear syndicated of men.’ And I went, ‘Me, comedy, “All That The barriers came too!’ There was just a Glitters”; and young little giveaway. Billy Crystal played an down slowly and by “Basically, Matt out gay lead in ABC’s the early 1970s, theater, told me, ‘I want it hit sitcom “Soap.” film and television began to be very clear to In 1982, Michael today’s audience that Ontkean, Kate approaching homosexuality he is gay, but to the Jackson and Harry more directly and not 1960 world that he’s Hamlin starred in the in, they can’t detect it.’” 20th Century Fox film just for laughs. Batt, 56, recently wrote “Making Love,” about and is performing a onea doctor (Ontkean) who man show, “Dear Mr. Williams,” leaves his wife (Jackson) for a about the iconic gay playwright sexy gay novelist (Hamlin). The film is Tennessee Williams. perhaps best remembered for Ontkean and Through the late 1960s, there was Hamlin’s big on-screen kiss – which drove virtually no LGBTQ representation in the some shocked audience members straight mass media, although some supporting out of theaters. characters’ sexuality was inferred — When “Making Love” came out on DVD usually as prissy, fussy men and tough, decades later, Hamlin, who had since bitter women. become a TV star in the mid-1980s NBC The barriers came down slowly and by series “L.A. Law,” told the Miami Herald the early 1970s, theater, film and television that the gay role ruined his chance to began approaching homosexuality more become a big movie star. directly and not just for laughs. “I can’t say it more emphatically – Mart Crowley’s 1968 Off-Broadway hit playing that part ended my feature-film “The Boys in the Band” depicted a group of career,” Hamlin said in 2006, the same year
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that “Brokeback Mountain” earned Oscar nominations for screen lovers Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. Before the days of “Pose,” “Queer Eye” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” very few out LGBTQ celebrities had widespread national visibility. Robin Tyler, 77, a veteran lesbian activist and comic, was among the first to perform in mainstream clubs, records and television during the 1960s and ‘70s. “The gay men were always our biggest fans,” she says, joking, “because the lesbians hadn’t discovered humor then.” The Canadian-born Tyler says that when she started in show business, there were few gay role models. “I ended up going on stage to start telling my story. There was nobody to imitate. I talked about how to come out. All that kind of stuff. I made an album called ‘Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Groom,’ which is now in the Smithsonian as the first out gay or lesbian – GLBTQIAA whatever – comedy album.” In 1978, Tyler and her then-lover and performing partner Pat Harrison appeared on ABC’s “The Krofft Comedy Hour.” This was a year after conservative singer and Florida orange juice spokeswoman Anita Bryant successfully led a national campaign to repeal Miami-Dade County’s
human rights ordinance. “I was doing rallies against Anita Bryant and I said something like, ‘Anita Bryant is to Christianity what paint-by-numbers is to art.’ The news caught it: ‘Avowed lesbian Robin Tyler – you couldn’t be a lesbian, you had to swear, you had to sign it in blood – avowed lesbian Robin Tyler tells a joke about Anita Bryant.’” Tyler’s mainstream TV bookings dried up. “Everyone always said to us, ‘Wasn’t that terrible? You could have been a big star.’ And here’s what I said: ‘I was thrilled because it was embarrassing to go on and do those little sketches, and to be a fan of Lenny Bruce or the Smothers Brothers or Richard Pryor, and to all of a sudden to be made a sweet little girl, I absolutely hated it.” Instead, Tyler got involved in gay theater, working in New York with John Glines – who himself made history in 1983 when he won the Tony for producing the original Broadway production of Harvey Fierstein’s “Torch Song Trilogy” and thanked his “partner and lover” on national television. Tyler – who with late wife Diane Olson were the original plaintiffs in the 2004 California gay marriage lawsuit and the first same-sex couple to legally marry in the state four years later – believes young
“I was doing rallies against Anita Bryant and I said something like, ‘Anita Bryant is to Christianity what paint-by-numbers is to art.’” - Robin Tyler, comedian and first – with her wife – to legally marry as a gay couple in California Continued on next page. 10.9.2019 •
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“I just thought, ‘Oh my gosh. All these ideas that I had about success in the media and being out, they were just wrong.’” - Gio Benitez, News correspondent
LGBT History Month Headlines The Peculiar Case of Robert Rayford This is the story of “patient zero,” the man once believed to have spread HIV throughout the U.S., written by Graham Brunk. A History of Poppers in South Florida This is the history of poppers in our backyard written by Graham Brunk. Will the Real Allen Parsons Please Stand Up? This is the story of a South Florida gay man who has evaded police for 41 years written by Graham Brunk. For Museum Curators, Garments Offer Stylish Storytelling Read about a beloved new exhibit of LGBT garments, which features and discusses the history of gay and gendervariant attire as far back as the 1800’s. Alfred Kinsey “Was Our Stonewall” There was a time when 1 out of every 2 Americans Gallup polled knew Alfred Kinsey’s name. Read Michael Bedwell’s tribute to “the man who made the homosexual movement possible.” Visit SFGN.com/History2019 to read them.
queer people today don’t know much about their history. “We’re a group of people that survived mental institutions, penal institutions, behavior modification. We lost our families by coming out, our parents, we got our children taken away. Science called us sick, religion called us sinful,” she says. Jazz Jennings, arguably the world’s best-known trans teen, disagrees that younger LGBTQ people are ignorant of the movement’s past. “In this new age of technology, I would say that most queer young people are pretty knowledgeable about Stonewall and LGBTQ+ history. “Especially with ABC News correspondent Gio Benitez. the recent 50th anniversary, I think a lot more people are recognizing the roles that trans women played in kickstarting the DeGeneres began preparing the public Gay Liberation Movement, specifically seems to know Harvey Milk, but not the Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and groundbreaking activists who preceded for her announcement months before, including an appearance on O’Donnell’s hit Miss Major Griffin-Gracy,” says Jennings, him. “Why do we need one hero? Why do we daytime talk show, where she told TV fans a reality TV star who names trans actress Laverne Cox as her professional role need one Harvey Milk?,” Tyler says. “When they would soon learn the Ellen character you take one person and you think they’re is “Lebanese.” model. O’Donnell, who publicly came out in Jennings says “young people are the epitome of the movement and you forget [Metropolitan Community Church 2002, then teased DeGeneres: “Maybe I’m creating a new history just by existing as founder] Troy Perry or [1950s activist] Frank Lebanese.” who they are.” Added DeGeneres: “Half of Hollywood is “In this modern world being LGBTQ+ Kameny of Mattachine, all of a sudden it sucks the air out of the room.” Lebanese.” is a struggle, and by living as their Tyler, who admires fellow comedians Out comedian Judy Gold, who won 1998 authentic selves, queer young people are starting a movement of increased Ellen DeGeneres and Lily Tomlin, also and ’99 Daytime Emmy awards for her work carries some personal resentment. on “Rosie,” recalls the DeGeneres-O’Donnell awareness and inclusivity.” “The one thing I want “Lebanese” exchange as spontaneous, not Jennings is 18. Tyler, who is to say – the only thing scripted. 59 years older, believes much that bothers me – is “It was just brilliant and it was a turning of what young people are when somebody point,” recalls Gold, 56. “The beginning of being taught about LGBTQ like Lea DeLaria everyone coming out. history is distorted by says she was the “You can’t imagine, it’s only 22 years Hollywood and the media. first on television, ago and how much it could destroy your Tyler says she and then Rosie career. They were easing in. Think about participated in the O’Donnell keeps it: Daytime is way more restrictive than second night of protests thanking her for nighttime talk shows. It was so great to hear at Stonewall Inn after the - Robin Tyler being the first on in the community, ‘Hey, did you see that?’ It June 28, 1969, New York City television. I finally was just fucking ‘Go girl!’ You just wanted to police raid and remembers tried to contact Rosie prop them up and say thank you.” things differently. and say Lea wasn’t the first, Gold, who has two sons, ages 22 and 17, “Let me assure you, it was 93 I was.” says she publicly came out because of her percent, 94 percent gay men. Young gay 1997 was a watershed year in our history, children. “It was like, ‘Oh my God, I have men,” Tyler says. “To rewrite it as any when the first major media celebrity so much material. Everyone talks about kind of history that it wasn’t, and there (DeGeneres) officially came out on the April their families and, look, I was kind of happy were a ton of white gay men, to rewrite about it. the history and to leave them out in 14 cover of Time magazine: “Yep, I’m gay.” At the same time, DeGeneres’ character “You can’t be a great comedian if you’re order to be politically correct is really on her popular ABC sitcom Ellen, also came lying. The only thing that’s funny is truth. very wrong.” out, adding to the media frenzy. “I think back to the people who were She’s also angry that everyone
“Why do we need one hero? Why do we need one Harvey Milk?”
history month Media out onstage: Bob Smith. He was my Can’t Take a Joke,” about freedom of best friend. He was the first openly gay speech from a comedian’s perspective. comedian on the “Tonight” show. His Gold often clashes with young LGBTQ coming out joke was so brilliant: I made activists and says there is a definite gay my carefully worded announcement generation gap. She recalls a recent at Thanksgiving. I said to my mother, experience at one of her concerts: ‘Would you please pass the gravy to a “There was a very young couple, two homosexual.’ She passed it to my father.’ women, in the audience and I said, ‘Oh, “It’s so non-threatening,” Gold says, are you two lesbians?’ They said no. I “it’s so not-in-your-face. And he looked said, ‘Wait, so you’re a couple, but you’re like Jimmy Stewart. He was all-American, not lesbians?’” handsome, brave and brilliant.” One of the young women told Gold, Smith died of Lou Gehrig’s “No, we’re queer.” disease in 2018. His New “And I said, ‘You know York Times obituary was what, you’re welcome. headlined, “Bob Smith, And you don’t get to Groundbreaking Gay change the name.’ Comedian, Is Dead at The older – my 59.” generation people – In 1997, the year started clapping.” Smith wrote his Gold says she comedic memoir, recently lost a job “Openly Bob,” he told because she’s not the Miami Herald he politically correct. - Judy Gold didn’t like being considered “I have been canceled a gay role model. “Everyone from a gig because I do who comes out is a role model. a transgender joke – as I do a But I don’t want to be a role model for lesbian joke, a gay joke, I talk about my the whole gay community. We’re too kids, my girlfriend, everything. I talk diverse,’’ he said. about EVERYTHING!” Before his 1994 Tonight appearance, Many young LGBTQ people have no host Jay Leno asked if he wanted to be sense of “context and intent” and have introduced “as a gay comedian.” no clue “where is this person coming “I said, ‘No, you don’t introduce from? What has this person done in someone as a Jewish comedian,’” Smith their life?” Gold says. recalled. “I have spent my entire adult life as an Gold’s Jewish identity, however, is also activist as someone who is a huge part part of her act. Her Twitter handle: @ of the community, fighting for equality, JewdyGold. living with dignity, marriage equality. She tours regularly, hosts a weekly And you’re canceling me from a gig?” podcast called “Kill Me Now” and is she says. “You wouldn’t be talking about writing a book to be published in 2020, these issues if it wasn’t for so many “Yes I Can Say That: And F*ck U If U people before you.”
“You can’t be a great comedian if you’re lying. The only thing that’s funny is truth.”
Comedian Judy Gold. 10.9.2019 •
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‘Indecent Advances’ Explores Life for Gays Before Stonewall Graham Brunk
GBT history after 1969’s Stonewall incident is quite well documented. It is that event that primarily put LGBT issues in the political spotlight. The 1970s was a decade of sexual liberation for gays and was the first time many LGBT businesses, such as nightclubs and bookstores, put themselves in the spotlight as such. The 1980s brought more attention to the guest ledger along with the fact he knew LGBT community through tragedy with details others could not have known. the AIDS crisis, which eradicated a good What conspired prior to the murder; their portion of the population. What about a evening out, why they got a room together, time before the Stonewall crisis? What was or how they came to meet in the park are it like to be a known member of the LGBT questions that were never posed. community earlier in the 20th century? Other cases Polchin examines detail Indecent Advances, a new book by James similar incidences dealing with sailors and Polchin published by Counterpoint Press, another incident where a friend of Allen uncovers the hidden history of true crime Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac was accused of and prejudice against gays before Stonewall. murdering a part time janitor claiming he In the book he details 7 individual cases made unwanted advances towards him. spanning from 1923 to 1958 featuring Kerouac not only helped bury the victim’s incidences that happened in locations from glasses, but also was vital in helping defend San Francisco to Manhattan to Miami. his friend with the so called gay panic Polchin starts out with an early defense. example that happened on a Of course, no book on this spring evening in 1923 in topic would be complete San Francisco. Twenty without the story of Indecent two year old Rabbi Eastern Airlines flight Advances, a new Alfred Lafee met attendant, William T. book by James Polchin a young sailor in Simpson, who was Golden Gate Park murdered in North published by Counterpoint with whom he rented Miami by two young Press, uncovers the hidden men who use to get a hotel room after a brief evening out a kick out of “rolling history of true crime and together. The next fags” or baiting them prejudice against gays day Lafee was found for sex then robbing before Stonewall. strangled and his skull them instead. It is that battered with a spittoon. case that influenced the The perpetrator, nineteen year name “gay panic defense.” old Gladwell Richardson plead not Polchin says in an interview that guilty due to an act of self defense and used he choose to write about this topic because what would later be called the “gay panic “queer people continue to experience the defense” stating that Lafee “attacked” him effects of this history, such as housing in the middle of the night. and workplace discrimination, as victims Despite the obvious innuendo the case of violent attacks, and in the forcing of presented, it was eventually thrown out adults and children into harsh practices of when a judge felt they simply didn’t think conversion therapy.” Richardson’s confession was enough to He drew his inspiration from the charge him with the crime to begin with scrapbooks of well known late LGBT writer even though his handwriting was identical Carl Van Vetchen which contained not in his diary in conjunction with the hotel only tons of LGBT related photographs
The cover of “Indecent Advances” by James Polchin.
and other ephemera, but true crime stories clipped from newspapers. Polchin claims other things in the scrapbooks like drag balls he was well aware of but found the newspaper crime stories intriguing and wanted to research how they fit into the “history of queer experience.” Polchin says he hopes this book educates
people to realize “the legacy of criminalizing queer citizens is one we continue to live in, and one we continue to fight against,” For anyone interested in LGBT history and want a fresh take on the documented prejudice and crime against LGBT individuals before Stonewall, this book is sure to keep your attention.
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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hen a restaurant is also a winery, the wine better be good, and at Cooper’s Hawk it is. So good in fact that you’ll be surprised to find the winery is in Illinois, located just a couple of hours drive from Chicago. With wines to equal those of Northern California, Cooper’s Hawk has a lot for which to be proud. However, for most folks the food will be the focus of attention, and on that end, it’s equally up to the task. While the food isn’t fancy, it is well prepared and tasty, for the most part. Located above P.F. Chang’s in the Galleria Mall, one can enter from the mall or via a private elevator at street level. The window seats offer a view of the constant parade of arrivals and departures. We placed our order with our excellent server Mina and sipped wine as we waited for our appetizers to arrive. Minutes later there was a back waiter with our first app, a tuna sashimi platter. I knew we were in trouble as soon as I touched the plate. It was warm, like, fresh out of the dishwasher warm. Normally that wouldn’t be a big deal, but raw fish on a warm plate is not a good combination. Sashimi should always be served chilled. The change in temperature affected not only the taste, but the texture of the fish. When the dish was removed, the back waiter didn’t ask why much of the dish was untouched. This was a consistent problem throughout the meal, the folks delivering the food weren’t at the same level as our server. Dishes were brought to a table for two and delivered to the wrong person, or worse yet, “auctioned off.” At an establishment at the level of Cooper’s Hawk it is inexcusable. That being said, for the rest of the meal, the food was delicious and well-prepared. The deviled eggs and toast appetizer
wasn’t at all what I expected; a few deviled eggs on toast points. Instead it was presented as a mound of egg salad with hearty slices of toasted baguette. Instead of the dainty appetizer, it proved to be enough for a light supper or a filling lunch. It was so tasty that we gobbled every bit of it down. Things were beginning to look up. For our next course we shared a soup and salad combo. I ordered the excellent wedge, a perfect example of the classic, with crumbled blue cheese and bacon, while my hubby enjoyed a cup of the lobster bisque. Cooper’s Hawk offers some high-end chops and steaks and grilled seafood on the entrée portion of the menu. My hubby loved the barramundi filet. The menu has a sort of “choose your own adventure” aspect allowing you to pick different options to create your own surf and turf combo. I chose the exotic sounding Asian pork paired with bacon wrapped shrimp. The shrimp were a tad over-cooked (a chance one takes when pairing with bacon), but tasty. The pork was not what expected at all. I pictured a version of Chinese barbecue pork it was, instead, a chop crusted with Asian spices. It was delightful surprise, moist and warming without being too spicy. The portions were so generous, we each took more than half our entrée home. By the time desserts came we had a stack of left-over containers, so we should have passed. However, I thought I’d take a peek at the offerings and my self-control melted away faster than an ice cream cone on a Fort Lauderdale summer day. My husband was able to make his way half-way through the banana-toffee sundae, while I did some major damage to the caramel banana bread pudding. For oenophiles there are all sorts of programs including a wine club which all sound quite tempting.
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Wine & Dine While Cooper’s Hawk may be one of the few restaurants in the area to boast its own winery, that doesn’t mean it’s the only place focusing on wine. Here are a few other wine-centric options. 33rd St. Wine Bar 3337 NE 33rd St., Fort Lauderdale 954-566-2111 33rdstreetwinebar.com Casa D’Angelo 1201 N Federal, Fort Lauderdale 954-564-1234 casa-d-angelo.com Café Vico 1125 N Federal, Fort Lauderdale 954-565-9681 cafevicorestaurant.com
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Rick Karlin is SFGN’s food editor. Visit SFGN.com/Food to read his previous reviews. Have a culinary tip to share? Email Rick at RickKarlinFL@gmail.com.
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television If you plan on staying in tonight, then tune in to the season premiere of “Dynasty” on the CW. The network’s reboot is a red-hot campy mess and that’s why we like it—along with all the male eye candy. Grant Show (Blake) has turned into a handsome daddy and Rafael de La Fuente (Sammy Joe) is mucho caliente, too. Forget the catfights, we’ll have another serving of ripped abs. Check local listings for channels and show times.
Start your engines because RuPaul’s back and her girls all have those cheeky British accents! “RuPaul’s Drag Race UK” debuts in high definition tonight at 8 p.m. on VH1. Talk show host Graham Norton joins the judging panel, but the formula is still the same for the Emmy-winning reality competition series. The race is already shaping up to be a nail-biter and we’ve got our eyes on Baga Chips. Check local listings for channels and show times. Photo credit: VH1.
Prepare to be amazed. The incredible dance/acrobatic/cirque troupe Diavolo: Architecture in Motion is coming to the Arsht Center in Miami tonight for one show at 7:30 p.m. The top 10 finalist on “America’s Got Talent,” founded by Jacques Heim, is debuting a new show that both challenges his fearless young daredevils and is thrilling audiences around the world. This group is special. Tickets start at $30 at ArshtCenter.org.
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 playing at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale through Oct. 20. If you’ve never seen this passionate and tuneful show, you’ll certainly be moved to join the moving musical revolution. Tickets at BrowardCenter.org.
Jennifer McClain’s Cast Party, the weekly celebration of musical theater, has a new home at Tropics Grille, 2000 Wilton Dr. in Wilton Manors. In addition to an evening of beloved show tunes, the popular local singer always has surprises for her loyal fans, including guest performances by touring actors and singers. You never know who might appear on stage. For more information, go to Facebook.com/TheGrilleOTD.
If you’ve been enjoying the OUTshine Film Festival all weekend, tonight is the night to head to the local cineplex and catch up on the big studio blockbusters. Joaquin Phoenix’s performance in “Joker” is wowing critics, while the animated feature “The Addams Family” is a fun Halloween season treat. We’ll be heading back to see “Downton Abbey” at least one more time. Check local listings for theaters and show times.
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laywright and director David Goldyn still chuckles about the conversation decades ago with his parents that inspired his hit comedy, “Daddy Issues,” opening next week at the Center for Spiritual Living in Fort Lauderdale. “In 1990, while I was living in Orlando, my parents came to visit,” he recalled. “Knowing the only thing that would make my parents happy was a grandchild, I invented a kid that I had 10 years ago with a college friend. I got the idea while doing a college exercise where we took a kernel of truth and then had embellish a believable story from it.” Goldyn kept up the act for nearly 45 minutes before he finally admitted that he had not fathered a grandchild. “They didn’t care that we had it out of wedlock or that I had kept the secret for The cast of “Daddy Issues” includes (clockwise nearly 10 years,” he said. “Let’s just say from left): Jesus Reyna, David Goldyn, Elijah they never asked me again about having a Pearson and Michael Salvanto. Credit: grandchild.” George Wentzler. That conversation would become the plot for the play that debuted three years ago Off-Off-Broadway. The play became so Wilton Manors and later at the Sunshine popular that the production was moved Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale. Nearly a Off-Broadway, earning a nod for Best Off- decade ago, he began spending more time in New York City. Broadway Play by Broadway World. “I’m not a snowbird,” he insisted, In Goldyn’s retelling, Donald Moscowitz “preferring the term ‘dainty is an openly gay actor living in little snowflake.’” New York City in 1982 whose The play He mounted a short run overbearing Jewish parents became so of “Daddy Issues” last year at know he’s gay, but don’t allow the Willow Theater in Boca that fact to stop them from popular that Raton and sees this run at demanding a grandchild. When the production the Fort Lauderdale church Donald learns that Grandma was moved as an opportunity to explore Moscowitz will double his the launch of another theater inheritance if he produces a Off-Broadway, company in South Florida. grandchild, he enlists the help earning a nod The continued success of of his 10-year-old neighbor to for Best OffIsland City Stage, Ronnie Larsen play his son—the result of an Presents at the Wilton Theater Broadway Play experimental tryst he had in Factory and independent college. His two best friends, by Broadway productions at Empire Stage Henreitta and Levi, a drag star World. demonstrates that there is a from the Village, fight over year-round audience for gay who will play the birth mother. When Mom and Dad finally show up, what theater. “This is a test,” he said, noting that he will could go wrong? For many years, Goldyn was the artistic also continue making trips to the West Coast of Rising Action Theater, an LGBT-centric to promote a movie script that also draws on theater company that produced shows in his hilarious personal experiences. “Daddy Issues” by David Goldyn opens Oct. 18 and runs through Nov. 3 at the Theater at the Center for Spiritual Living, 4849 N. Dixie Hwy. in Oakland Park. Tickets start at $35 at DaddyIssuesThePlay.com.
The teen coming-of-age story, “Adam,” is the opening night film of the OUTshine Film Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Oct. 10 – 20. Credit: Wolfe Distributing.
OUTshine Film Fest Returns to Fort Lauderdale J.W. Arnold
ort Lauderdale film buffs will be treated to more than 30 new features, shorts and documentaries when the 11th annual OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival opens this weekend. Formerly known as the Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Festival and MiFo LGBT Film Festival, OUTshine will offer screenings over two weekends, Oct. 10 – 13 and 17 – 20, at the Classic Gateway Theater on Sunrise Blvd. and Savor Cinema downtown, home of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. The festival kicks off on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. with the Southeast premiere of “Adam” at the Museum of Discovery & Science. Directed by Rhys Ernst, this lively coming of age comedy follows a young high-schooler (Alexander) as he navigates life, love and Brooklyn’s young LGBTQ+ community. A Q&A session with the film’s star, Nicolas Alexander, will follow, along with an afterparty at Stache Drinking Den. The Ladies Spotlight Film, “Carmen & Lola,” will follow on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Classic Gateway Theater. Set in the Roma neighborhoods of Madrid, Carmen, a teenager preparing for her wedding begins to question tradition and awakens to unexpected feelings for a young artist, Lola.” An afterparty will follow at the Wilder in Fort Lauderdale. “Defiant Souls” was selected by the festival screening committee as the Centerpiece Film and will be screened on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at Savor Cinema. This period drama, set in early 19-century Cuba, is based on the true story of a woman who, disguised as a man, became the first female surgeon in Latin America. The Men’s Spotlight Film is “From Zero to I Love You,” screening at Savor Cinema on
Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7:15 p.m. In this awardwinning comedy, Pete Logsdon is just a guy from Philadelphia whose fear of intimacy has led him to failed romances with married men. The afterparty will take place at the RitzCarlton Fort Lauderdale Beach. The shorts collections are among the most popular films at the festival and this year, both women’s and men’s shorts will be presented on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2:45 at the Classic Gateway Theater and 5 p.m. at Savor Cinema, respectively. “We’re especially excited for this year’s Fort Lauderdale edition of the OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival and its unprecedented amount of international award-winning features,” said executive director Victor Gimenez. “In addition to bridging the cultural divide and showcasing important voices and viewpoints from other countries, we’re uniting our own community in celebration of diversity.” Among the international award-winners selected for the festival are “Portrait of A Lady on Fire,” an Oscar nominee and winner of the Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival; “Song Lang,” from Vietnam; “To The Stars,” the Cinetopia Directors Award winner; and “El Príncipe (The Prince),” by Sebastián Muñoz, a recent winner of the Queer Lion Award, a collateral award of the 76th Venice International Film Festival. The festival concludes at Savor Cinema on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. with “And Then We Danced,” a Georgian film about a young who experiences a sexual attraction to another dancer. The drama was controversial in the culturally conservative eastern European nation. The closing night party and awards ceremony is planned for Nu River Landing in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
The Fort Lauderdale edition of OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film festival runs Oct. 10 – 20. Tickets and a complete schedule of films and events are available at OUTshineFilm.com. 10.9.2019 •
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broward county *Gay Amnesia
November 15 to December 8 at Elliot Hall, 2501 NE 30th St., Ft. Lauderdale. Relationships are tough, but when your partner forgets that he is gay, your life and love can be a real big headache. Tickets $25. Visit Eventbrite.com for details.
West Side Story
November 4 to December 1 at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, 3800 NW 11th Pl, Lauderhill. West Side Story re-imagines Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in 1950’s New York City. A bitter rivalry between gangs is forever altered by a forbidden love affair between the young couple Tony and Maria. Tickets at LPACFL.com.
Boys of a Certain Age
October 3 to October 27 at the Empire Stage Theater, 1140 N. Flagler Dr, Ft. Lauderdale. Ira and Larry were Hebrew school classmates who took different paths in life. Ira came out and moved to the city; Larry got married, had a family and came out later in life. Now they’re spending one memorable weekend together on Fire Island with Larry’s son Bryan, Ira’s nephew Christopher and a whole lot of gay history! Tickets $35. Visit EmpireStage.com!
Friday Night Sound Waves Music Series
Fridays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Hub, Las Olas Boulevard and A1A in Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy live, outdoor music spanning genres and tributes every Friday evening through November. Free. Visit FridayNightSoundWaves.com
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Friday, October 11 to November 3 at the Don & Ann Brown Theater, 201 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach. Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire , the Pulitzer Prize-winner that is on virtually every critic’s short list of greatest American plays, opens Palm Beach Dramaworks’ 2019-2020 season. Tickets $15 to $92. Visit palmbeachdramaworks.org.
October 3 to 20 at the Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth. Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Tickets available at LakeWorthPlayhouse.org.
Friday Night Sound Waves features music every Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Hub, Las Olas Boulevard and A1A in Fort Lauderdale. Photo via Friday Night Sound Waves, Facebook.
Free Friday Concerts
Fridays at 7:30 p.m. at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave. in Delray Beach. Enjoy live music from the comfort of your picnic blanket or lawn chair every week, for free! Returns in October. Call 561-243-7922 or visit DelrayArts.org.
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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.
Outdoor Music Series
Third Thursdays at the Perez Art Museum Miami, 101 W. Flagler St. in Miami. Come out for live music from DJs and musicians by the bay. Drink specials available. Free with museum admission. Call 305-375-3000 or visit PAMM.org.
The Big Show
Fridays and Saturdays at 9 p.m. at Just the Funny Theater, 3119 Coral Way in Miami. A collection of comedy mixing the likes of improvisation and sketches. Tickets $12. Call 305-693-8669 or visit JustTheFunny.com.
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The Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale hosted a ribboncutting ceremony to commemorate its revamped exhibit, “To Fly.” The aviation exhibit features ways for visitors to learn about the fundamentals of flight, such as navigation and the construction of airplanes. Photo credit: J.R. Davis. To see more, visit SFGN on Facebook.
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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.
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 full-scale 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.
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
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 *Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America
Saturday, October 12 at 5 p.m. at the Classic Gateway Theatre, 1820 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale. This film is a look at the untold stories of LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers who have fled intense persecution from their home countries and who are resettling in the U.S. Tickets available at www.save.lgbt.
*Existencia Natural – Natural Existence Exhibit
Friday, October 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at 50 West Atlantic Boulevard, Pompano Beach. Come out for the opening reception of this exhibition of painting and installation works of Cuban artists Guillermo Portieles. This artist’s work reflect social commentary on modernity, and his use of architectural elements represent how our homes and structures shelter us from the elements while simultaneously housing our memories. Free to attend. Visit ccpompano.org.
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.
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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,
*Compass Open House
Saturday, October 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Compass Community Center, 201 N Dixie Hwy, Lake Worth Beach. Come and visit Compass for their open house featuring music, free HIV testing and health screenings, light snacks, games and more! Visit CompassGLCC.com for more info.
*Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials
Saturday, October 12 at 8 p.m. at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach. Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials have been nominated for 16 Blues Music Awards and are two time winners of the “Best Band” category at the Blues Music Awards. The band’s big sound, fueled by Lil’ Ed’s gloriously rollicking slide work and deep blues string bending, along with his rough-edged, soulful vocals, is as real and hard-hitting as Chicago blues gets. Tickets at artsgarage.org.
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.
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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.
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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 email@example.com for details.
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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 People Living With AIDS
Thursdays from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Pridelines, 6360 NE Fourth Court in Miami. A drop-in support group and Spanish-speakers support group. Call Eddie at 305-571-9601, ext. 105 or visit Pridelines.org.
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