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…Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-Miramar) sent a letter along with Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20), Ted Deutch (FL-19), and Frederica Wilson (FL-17) to Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius regarding the urgent need for additional funds to address the ongoing AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) crisis in Florida. It’s online in this week’s SFGN headlines, which you can receive daily from us in your email. …At the same time, the AIDS Health Care Foundation posted a release also lauding Florida’s United States Senator, Marco Rubio, for his letter to Secretary Sebelius, also proposing a reallocation of funds for ADAP. Did you realize that over 9,000 people in 13 states are on AIDS Drug Assistance Program waiting lists for access to lifesaving medicines, including more than 3,700 in Florida, with the third highest AIDS rate in the nation? Which explains why events like the ones at Bill’s are still so important to our community.
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…Returning from a trip to the Windy City for the world famous Market Days, could not help but notice that Key West,Vancouver, Aspen, Israel, Palm Springs, and a host of other cities had booths marketing national and international popular LGBT venues. Unless I missed it, the only ones representing South Florida were a bevy of hot guys partying up and down Halstead Street for the two-day festival, which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to Chicago.
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More from Allen West Congressman compares being gay to picking ice cream flavor
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“There are people out there who don’t like me just because I wake up in the morning. I’m not going to make them happy, no matter what I do. But know one thing, I will gain their respect.” West said he opposes gay marriage but civil unions for gay couples are fine. He said all adoptions need to be assessed on a case-bycase basis and he doesn’t object to gay couples adopt-
here’s been a flap in Wilton Manors, where gay activists didn’t want you to speak. Is the issue of gay civil rights the same as the civil rights movement for AfricanAmericans? “You cannot compare me and my race to a behavior. Sexuality is a beAllen West havior. And so yeah, I said I can’t change my color. People can change ing children. their sexual behavior. And I’ve seen people Do you consider your wife’s brother, do that. I grew up in Atlanta, Ga., so I’ve whom she describes as “married” to his seen a very different perspective on human gay partner, as “married?” behaviors. So that’s where I’m coming from “California gave them a marriage license? on that. Guess what?” he said. “I’m not a a judge “Now everyone has the same basic rights, I’m not the justice of the peace. So if they’re and no one is telling people in the gay com- married, they’re married, OK? Nothing I munity that they don’t have the same basic can do about it.” rights that any American has. But when Do you have any regrets about the you tell me that I flap with Wassercannot have a perman Schultz, the “You cannot compare me spective on a posiWeston congressand my race to a behavior. tion and you’re gowoman who also is ing to preclude, like chairwoman of the Sexuality is a behavior. And I said a sitting UnitDemocratic Nationso yeah, I said I can’t change ed States congressal Committee? my color. People can change man from talking to “I have turned their sexual behavior.” business owners, I the other cheek as can see if you attack a Christian man so – Allen West me, but why would often I’ve got a crick you say you’re goin my neck. I will ing to boycott and attack businesses that not be disrespected. There comes a time want to talk to a congressman? To me that’s when you’ve got to stand up for yourself unconscionable. and you’ve got to fire that shot across the Should gay people change their behav- bow. And the DNC chair needs to rethink how she has her interpersonal skills relatior and not be gay? “No. I like chocolate chip ice cream and ed to me. So no regrets, no apologize, just I will continue to like chocolate chip ice move on.” West said the two haven’t spoken since cream. So there’s no worry about me changing to vanilla. I like to, you know, ride my last fall’s election. motorcycle. What do you want me to do? You want me to change my behavior and Visit http://tinyurl.com/3htw2vr for the comride a scooter? I’m not into that. plete article.
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After 43 Years Gay Skate Comes to an End Last week Gold Coast Roller Rink in Broward held it’s last gay skate (in recent years it’s been called Intoxiskate) after 43 years. The rink closed for good on Sunday. Robert Mulder shows how it’s done
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Miami’s Crossover King Joe Granda
By Tony Adams
here are countless crossover professionals, including psychics, undertakers, clergy, surgeons and home renovators willing to transport or transform you, but there is only one man to call if you are a Latin entertainer who wants to make the jump to popularity in the gay market: Miami’s Joe Granda. As CEO and founder of “Granda Entertainment” which merges the Latino and Anglo markets and also helps Latino stars reach the LGBT community, Joe has assisted an impressive list of clients, including Shakira, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, Gloria Trevi and Elvis Crespo. Born in Cuba and one of the 2979 refugees who took advantage of Castro’s 1965 one-month permission to leave the country via the port of Camarioca, Joe’s own crossover barely succeeded. He remembers the taste of his first Burger King sandwich aboard the Navy ship that rescued him when the small boat containing his family began to fail before reaching Key West. He was raised by his grandmother and gives her credit for his artistry.
“She brought me up in the arts. She knew how to sew, she made me puppets and she got me into ventriloquism. I started doing shows and promoting my act. When I was 9 years old I landed my own TV show on what is now Univision. The only way my parents would allow this was if I continued in school, so I had to do the show on weekends only,” Joe recalls. Joe would have his dummy do songs as part of his routine. His producer liked his voice and suggested that he move into a singing career. At the age of 15, Joe formed a group called “Majesty.” They were signed by a Miami indie label and recorded their first album in 1975. Joe recalls his high school years fondly. “I had a lot of fun, being in a band. I was popular but I got into a lot of trouble. I ended up going to all three high schools in my district. I wanted to become a lawyer. I wanted to be able to draft my own contracts and to protect myself, but I spent more time in chorus, music and drama.” Joe ran for student council, but lost to classmate and ex-CNN anchor Rick Sanchez. He studied business at Miami-Dade Community College and began to work big clubs, organize talent contests, and, out of necessity, he began booking bands to fill engagements. Joe explains how he got into the LatinoAnglo and straight-gay crossover business. “I grew up listening to the Beatles, the Stones and Journey, but every family party was all about salsa and meringue. I have the Latino rhythm in me. I am half way between both worlds so I was perfect for doing crossover. Also, I grew up in the heavy machismo of the Latino culture. I never felt comfortable with the idea of ‘coming out’ to my parents. It was not a topic of discussion.
I would be watching TV with them and hear their homophobic comments about Tiny Tim. At least there was Cristina Saralegui on TV who was one of my heroes. She is called “The Spanish Oprah.” She had a gay brother and she was a champion for gay rights, and opened up the hearts of many Latino people to accepting gays.” In 1993, Ricky Martin released a single called “Maria.” For marketing strategy, Sony sought the help of Right Touch Productions where Joe worked as the crossover promotion director. He makes his success sound simple. “I suggested that Ricky Martin do an English version of the song, and that we produce some remixes. With these, we could create some buzz at the clubs. ‘Maria’ started in Miami and jumped to Texas and soon it was everywhere on the radio, and then Sony went international with it and we kept crossing it back and forth.” Today, Joe has perfected the art of intro-
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ducing Latino music stars to gay consumers. He pairs them with DJs who remix their work, he books them into gay venues and cities and he arranges coverage in gay media. He will help them only when he is sure that their motives are sincere. He will not work with those who say they are pro-LGBT but only want the gay dollar without giving actual support. He admires Laura Leon who promoted condom use despite church backlash. He praises La India for her support for marriage equality. “It takes a lot of balls to be Elvis Crespo who is straight and married and very big in Puerto Rico but who supports equality and the right to love,” he says. “Once, on a Gloria Trevi concert tour, I saw a woman with a sign that said ‘Thanks. Because of you I have learned to accept my lesbian daughter.’ I have seen kids cry when they meet the artists who helped them accept themselves. I love my work.” Visit GrandEntertainment.com for more information.
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NYers support New Marriage Law A new poll from NY1/Marist shows a majority of New Yorkers support the recently passed New York Marriage equality law. The poll found that 55 percent of adults in New York support the legislation, 36 percent oppose it and 9 percent are unsure. When looking at party affiliation 66 percent of democrats support it, while 52 percent of republicans oppose the legislation and only 39 percent of republicans support it. As for age, those under 45 support the legislation with 62 percent and those 45 and older are evenly divided with 50 percent. Other results include 63 percent of those polled do not want the law overturned and 70 percent would attend the same-sex marriage of a friend or family member. Even 34 percent of those opposing same-sex marriage would still attend a same-sex wedding.
GOProud Names Ann Coulter ‘Gay Icon’ The national gay republican organization GOProud last week named conservative author and pundit Ann Coulter as the honorary chair of the group’s advisory council. Her official title though will be Honorary Chair and Gay Icon. tive movement, we are honored to have her as part of GOProud’s leadership,” said Christopher Barron, Chairman of GOProud’s Board. “Ann helped put our organization on the map. Politics is full of the meek, the compromising and the apologists –
Ann, like GOProud, is the exact opposite of all of those things. We need more Ann Coulters.” This isn’t the fist time Coulter has joined forces with GOProud. Coulter spoke at their group’s first “Homocon” in New York City last year. At that time they named her the right wing Judy Garland. “We knew our folks love Ann Coulter and that’s why we invited her. During her speech she said gay people should be part of the conservative movement, that everyone is welcome in the conservative movement. That was an important moment,” said Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia. “Ann has been a friend of GOProud for a long time, and we are so happy that she has agreed to take a formal role with our organization. We are thrilled to have her in our leadership.” Recently local LGBT republican group, The Sunshine Republicans, became an official chartered club of GOProud.
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me a traffic citation. new report released When I arrived at work in July found vioI was still in tears and lence against transmy boss Victor Zepka gender individuals is on the encouraged me as Miss rise nationally. Certain segFlorida to report the ofments of the population were ficer. I shared my expedisproportionately effected in rience with Jacqui Char2010 and the incident of viovet from the Transgender lence against LGBT individuEquality Rights Initiative als rose 13 percent according (T.E.R.I.) and she conto the National Coalition tacted former City Comof Anti-Violence Programs missioner Joe Angelo (NCAVP). who took my incident Fifty percent of minority very seriously. and LGBT victims did not The next day I was report the incident to police called into Wilton Manbecause they feared harass‘Sensitive’ cop (of Reno 911) ors City Hall where LGBT ment or worried they would J im Dangle (actor Thomas Lennon) Activist Michael Rajner not be taken seriously. More than 60 percent of those who did report escorted me to former Mayor Scott Newthe incidents described police attitudes ton and former Chief of Police Richard Peras ignorant, indifferent, abusive or deter- ez where they offered me a formal apology rent. About 48 percent of transgender and for their officers’ insensitive behavior. They trans-people of color reported police atti- assured me that all Wilton Manors Police tudes to be indifferent and were three times would be required to attend “sensitivity more likely to experience hate and/or vio- training” immediately so that an incident like this would not happen again. This took lence from police. Back in 2008, shortly after I had won the place in 2008. To my shock and disappointment in SepMiss Florida Pageant I was on my way to work and was pulled over by a Wilton Man- tember 2010 Wilton Manors Chief of Poors Police Officer. When he approached the lice Richard Perez was suspended 30 days window of my vehicle he seemed very friend- without pay for sending out racist emails ly and referred to me as “Miss.” After engag- and was ordered to attend “racial and culing in some friendly conversation he asked tural sensitivity training.” Perez was evenme to sit tight as he would run my drivers tually forced to resign or be fired. In July 2011 Sgt. Peter Bigelsen resigned license through the system and suggested if I had a clean driving record he would issue after being accused of making “hateful” comments about blacks and Hispanics. It me a simple traffic warning. When the officer returned to my vehicle I seems obvious that the “sensitive training” was taken by surprise as his demeanor had agreement that was signed in 2008 was percompletely changed and he began referring haps a hoax to silence me from bringing my to me as “Mister” several times. I explained incident to the media. I’m curious to know where the new mayor, to him that I was a transgender female and he responded, “But you were born a man Gary Resnick, and new administration stand weren’t you?” He added, “So you are still on sensitivity training for the police departa man!” I was in tears because I felt humili- ment. I have high hopes that sensitivity ated. I asked him why he was disrespect- training will be mandatory and benefit our ing me, but he continued to be rude and community from discrimination and ignohateful. He ended the conversation by once rance especially since Wilton Manors has again referring to me as mister and issuing such a diverse population.
August 17, 2011 • SouthFloridaGayNews.com
Nevada Gay Households Up by 87 Percent in 2010 Associated Press
AS VEGAS (AP) The number of same-sex couples sharing a home in Nevada nearly doubled from 2000 to 2010, revealing a budding constituency in a state where voters have banned gay marriage, but embraced domestic partnerships. Nearly 4,600 homes in Nevada were headed by lesbian couples at the end of the last decade, according to Census data released this week, while 4,724 households were headed by two male partners. The data shows that the number of gay and lesbian households in Nevada jumped 87 percent during the last decade, and about a quarter of those couples are raising children. Lesbian couples were more likely than the male couples to have children at home. In all, Nevada had more than 9,000 households led by same-sex couples in 2010, up from fewer than 5,000 such households counted in 2000. To be sure, same-sex couples living together remained a minuscule population among Nevada’s more than a million households. But their swelling ranks reflect Nevada’s increasingly gay friendly stance less than a decade after 67 percent of the state’s voters defined marriage as “between a male and female person.’’ “Folks who are LGBT may not have been excited (before) to move here from, say California, where they enjoy a lot of legal protections,’’ said Michael Ginsburg, southern Nevada director for the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. “Now that Nevada is catching up, that may not be a factor for people anymore.’’ It’s also possible some of the new samesex households reflect an increased willingness among gay couples to come out to the government, rather than actual growth. The Census doesn’t capture the overall gay population in Nevada, because it doesn’t allow single people to identify their sexual orientation. Gay activists insist Nevada is home to many more gay couples who cohabitate, and that the 2010 Census numbers only reflect people who were comfortable identifying
own comfort levels.’’ Ginsburg said he couldn’t recall if he or his live-in partner had confirmed that they were a couple to the Census. He wondered if gay couples were not coming out to the federal government because the survey does not allow unmarried participants to identify themselves by specific terms, Volunteers for the Youth Thanksgiving Dinner at the such as transgender or domestic Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada partners. The questionnaire asks homeowners to identify the people sharing themselves as gay to Census takers. “Are there even more? Absolutely,’’ said their roof under specific familiar categories, Candice Nichols, executive director for The such as child, parent or spouse. Couples Gay & Lesbian Community Center of South- who live together but are not married may ern Nevada. “I don’t think it’s a clear cut view only self-identify themselves as an unmarof how many same sex households there are ried partner. “You could look at those Census numbers actually are in Nevada. People don’t identify for various reasons, it just depends on their and say, `wow, there are no gay people in this
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9 state,’ which is laughable,’’ Ginsburg said. The Las Vegas Valley, where most of the state’s 2.6 million people live, is home to the majority of Nevada’s same-sex households. As with many states, Nevada has become more gay friendly in recent years, passing local and state laws recognizing the rights of domestic partners. The state Legislature passed a law recognizing domestic partners in 2009, but only after then Republican Gov Jim Gibbons vetoed it. State leaders went further this year, passing a series of laws that extended discrimination protections to transgender people and prohibited housing or employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. Casino executives, the state’s business elite, have supported the pro-equality measures. Still, overturning a gay marriage ban passed by Nevada voters in 2002 could take years because of the state’s complicated constitutional amendment process. Nichols said marriage equality proponents in Nevada agree their best option is to wait for the federal government to recognize gay marriage. “It’s going to be much easier for the states to say, `wait a minute, the federal government finds this unconstitutional,’’ she said.
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Czech President Attacks Diplomats Over Petition By Karel Janicek Associated Press
RAGUE (AP) The Czech president lashed out Monday at 13 ambassadors for their petition in support of a gay pride festival in the Czech capital, and refused to distance himself from a deputy who linked homosexuality to sexual deviation. Vaclav Klaus, a conservative politician and economist, said he considered the statement by the diplomats based in Prague – including U.S. Ambassador Norman Eisen – an “unprecedented step’’ as he could not imagine any Czech ambassador would dare use a petition to influence a political discussion in any democratic country. In their statement, the ambassadors expressed their “solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in the Czech Republic, supporting their right to use the occasion to march together peacefully and lawfully, in order to raise awareness of the specific issues that affect them.’’ “Everyone, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people should be free to enjoy the rights and freedoms to which people of all nations are entitled,’’ the joint statement, attributed to ambassadors from Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the U.S., said. Klaus said in a statement that he fully
agreed with his Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg’s reaction to the ambassadors, that nobody in the Czech Republic has denied or rejected gay rights, so for the diplomats to express support was “counterproductive and redundant.’’ Klaus said the issue at stake was not the approval of the festival, but that Prague mayor Bohuslav Svoboda -- a member of the ruling conservative Civic Democratic Party – is publicly supporting it. Klaus on Friday defended criticism of Svoboda by his deputy chancellor, Petr Hajek. Hajek has said the event is “a political demonstration ... of a world in which sexual or any other deviation becomes virtue,’’ and called on Svoboda to leave his party. Major opposition party, the Social Democrats, and junior ruling coalition party, the Public Affairs party, have called on Hajek to apologize. Klaus, however, has refused to distance himself from Hajek’s words, going one further and stating that he, too, is not proud of the event. Since 2006, parliament approved a law, despite a veto by Klaus, allowing same sex partners to live in an officially registered partnership and have rights to inheritance and health care similar to those enjoyed by heterosexual married couples. The law, however, does not allow same-sex partners to marry or adopt. The first Prague gay pride festival opens Wednesday.
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By Jonathan Wolfe,
on assignment in Cuba Havana, Cuba n a sweltering, rainy afternoon in Havana Ignacio Estrada, a gay man who is also HIV positive, and Wendy Triepa, a transgendered woman, became the first gay couple to be legally married in Cuba. The couple said their marriage was a present to Fidel Castro who celebrated his 85th birthday on the same day. Same-sex marriage is illegal in Cuba, but the government has recently permitted marriage between transgendered individuals who have changed their sex and wish to marry someone of the opposite sex. Although Triepa, previously Alexis, is now a woman
the couple insists on calling their union a gay marriage. The island nation has seen years of abuse against the gay community including sending homosexuals to labor camps in the 1960´s. The atmosphere in Cuba is still very oppressive toward LGBT individuals. The wedding was made possible by the support of CENESEX, the Cuban National Center for Sex Education, which is led by Mariela Castro, daughter of President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel. CENESEX has pushed for a measure that allows transsexuals to change their gender
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on their official identification documents as well as receive government funded gender reassignment surgery. In 2007, Triepa became one of the first women in Cuba to receive to receive the free surgery. However, the relationship between CENESEX and the couple has recently soured. Triepa was recently fired from her job at CENESEX. The couple believes this was because of her choice to marry Estrada, 31, a member of the group LGBT, vocal critic of CENESEX, and a gay man. Yoani Sanchez, a well-know blogger, replaced Mariela Castro, who was to be the witness at the wedding. When questioned by the press about the relationship, the bride, breathless from the heat and swarm of photographers, politely said, “I hope that this marriage will not be seen as an insult to Mariela.” The couple first met on May 13 at a meeting at CENESEX. Both were in what Triepa described as “suffocating” relationships and quickly decided to leave their partners and start a relationship together. Three months later they are now husband and wife. Although Estrada affirms his homosexuality he speaks openly about his love for Triepa and how she is a “completely functioning woman.” Many people in the couple’s neighborhood of La Sera have approached Triepa’s sister and ask why she would marry a dissident and man who is HIV positive. Triepa
responds that, “people think that AIDS is a ferocious wolf, a bug that is coming to eat you. He is not the first positive man I have shared my life with. In the meantime I use a condom and protect myself, so I don´t have a problem with it.” Triepa arrived to the event enthroned on the back of a Ford and held a huge rainbow flag that matched the ribbons tied to her bouquet of red roses. Smiling and waving to onlookers, she seemed completely unaware of the rain that was soaking her white dress. Many groups who are well known for criticizing the Castro government attended the celebration of around one hundred individuals. Women from The Ladies in White, a group of relatives and wives of political prisoners mingled with members of the gay community and dissident bloggers. A representative from the United States Interests Section in Cuba was also in attendance with his wife. At the reception, when asked about the significance of the wedding, witness and blogger Yaoni Sanchez said, “this is a first step, but now it is up to others to follow [the couple] from behind.” When asked about their plans for the future Estrada said, “we would like to make something together but we are not sure exactly. I think what we will create will be a foundation, a space for everyone. A space for youth.”
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Queer Speak There has been so much controversy sometimes about what I’ve said or done because I believe there are no mistakes, because God is the only one who can judge us. That’s the reason I deleted my Twitter account because I said on there that I believed in gay marriage because everyone should have the right to love each other, and I got such hate mail about my being a bad person. – Singer Miley Cyrus on Twitter and gay marriage
21st Century Quotes on Being Gay in America
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Where the Girls Are: Womenfest in Key West By Andrea Dulanto
f you’re a lesbian who didn’t get her Pride on this summer -- or even if you did and want more -- then consider the th 25 annual Womenfest in Key West, September 6-11 hosted by The Key West Business Guild. This Sapphic paradise welcomes thousands of women and presents a diverse schedule of activities over six days, including the arts, music, sports, sightseeing tours, and girl-watching by the pool. “One of the things that is so exciting about Womenfest is the broad demographics that it attracts… just about anybody can find just the right way to spend their days … and their nights,” states KWBG Executive Director, Rebecca Tomlinson. There is definitely a party vibe—bikini contests, try-not-to-spill-your-drink-in-theclothing-optional-pool kind of activities. Southernmost Hotel, Alexander’s Guesthouse, Aqua Nightclub and Pearl’s Key West are some places to find your inner hedonist. Several activities are free or offered at a discounted cost. Tomlinson confirms that “many of the pool parties and dance parties are free…parties that charge a cover keep their prices low… you could just hang out by the pool…and go home feeling like you
had a tropical vacation.” Womenfest also supports your intellectual side. On the schedule—a literary reading by Ronni Sanlo, an exploration of visual arts and music by singer-songwriter guitarists Natalia Zukerman and Adrianne Gonzalez, and the U.S. premiere of the awardwinning British documentary Jan’s Coming Out directed by CaroReid. In the movie, Jan Walker, described by Reid as “an effervescent 50-year-old Baby Dyke,” speaks with writers, actors and others about their experiences as lesbians. Singer Jennifer Corday, and comedians Julie Goldman and Jackie Monahan appear in the film and perform at Womenfest. “Womenfest is a fantastic celebratory event and Jan’s Coming Out is a fantastic celebratory film. It seems like a perfect match,”
says Reid who will attend Thursday night’s premiere as well as a Q & A session with Jan and producer Alison Thompson. Hone your sense of humor with comedians Goldman and Monahan as well as Gloria Bigelow at Friday night’s “Curiously Strong Comedy” show. When asked about performing at Womenfest, Bigelow voices what many visitors may feel: “Beautiful women in a beautiful place. I have absolutely no complaints.” Monahan professes: “I have been in love with Key West since I was a teenager reading Hemingway… It is especially exciting to be… [there] for Womenfest. I like the ladies!!!” Can they convince women to go to their comedy show instead of a bar? Goldman advises everyone to “…combine all your favorite activities. Getting inebriated, lezzin
out, and laughing your ass off.” Bigelow elaborates: “If you stay at the bar… you’ll end up sloppy, dry-mouthed… standing on the corner arguing with your new girlfriend who you met the night before. This show will keep you hydrated and save your relationship.” Live music events include DeBlois Milledge, Jennifer Corday & the Cougars, Shelly Bush & the BroadBAND, and others. For the past five years, Sister Funk has been a Womenfest music favorite, playing rock and all else that moves the dance floor. Recently inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame, Sister Funk appears throughout the week at Hog’s Breath Saloon, and performs on a Sunset Dinner Cruise on Friday night. Band co-founder Denise Troy observes “Usually Women’s festivals are concentrated to the ‘festival’ site... at Womenfest you fully experience what Key West has to offer.” She adds that “women are…empowered in a safe and encouraging environment and have a fantastic time…” Tomlinson also credits the uniqueness of Womenfest to Key West: “Our city motto is One Human Family…we don’t invite you to hang out at a hotel or a bar, we invite you to an island and into a lifestyle…We live the way other people vacation…that’s the experience we want our visitors to have.”
Womenfest in Key West Hosted Annually by Key West Business Guild September 6-11, 2011 http://www.womenfest.com
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T R A V E L
24 Hours In Chattanooga By Joey Amato
hattanooga is one of the most historic cities in Tennessee. A pivotal Civil war battleground, the city has earned its place in United States history. The word “Chattanooga” is a Creek word meaning “rock coming to a point” and it is thought to be a description of Lookout Mountain, one of the attractions we visited. Chattanooga’s main attraction is without a doubt the Tennessee Aquarium, home to a collection of thousands of animals, divided amongst two buildings: River Journey and Ocean Journey. The first stop on our visit is River Journey, the aquarium’s original building and features freshwater creatures and habitats from the Southeast and around the world. Visitors can explore two living forests under glass and get face to face with giant catfish, prehistoric sturgeon and alligators. Ocean Journey takes visitors beneath the waves where 10-foot sharks, fierce barracuda and graceful stingrays glide through amazing coral formations. Other galleries showcase cuttlefish, squid, crabs and jellyfish. An indoor rainforest showcases the aquarium’s butterfly exhibit. After touring the aquarium, head over to IMAX and enjoy, Born to be Wild 3D, an inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals, narrated by Morgan Freeman. The film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them. This heartwarming adventure transports viewers into the lush rainforests of Borneo and across the rugged Kenyan savannah as they watch the animals be rehabilitated and returned back to the wild. Operated by the aquarium is the River Gorge Explorer, a 70-passenger catamaran, which transports guests downstream into “Tennessee’s Grand Canyon,” the Tennessee River Gorge. This scenic waterway is home to a remarkable array of plants and animals in addition to historic mansions. Angled seating allows each guest to enjoy the scenic beauty and wildlife. The 3-hour sunset cruise is not to be missed. After a long day of sightseeing, check into
Sheraton Read House
the Sheraton Read House. Nestled in the heart of downtown Chattanooga, the historical property combines Georgian architecture with modern amenities, including an indoor pool, fitness center and spacious guest rooms complete with complimentary wireless Internet, feather and down pillows and luxury linens. The hotel is also home to Porter’s Steakhouse, voted one of the best restaurants. There is also a Starbucks Coffee located in the hotel’s lobby. Well-rested and ready for adventure, we head to Rock City, one of the city’s greatest attractions. The destination, said to have been “created by God and enhanced by man,” is a unique geological and botanical wonder. Located toward the top of historical Lookout Mountain, the attraction offers people the opportunity to experience enchanting beauty as they adventure along a nature trail, with added man-made entities. The adventure begins as guests wind in and out of narrow rock formations and caverns. Intertwined into the attraction are Fairyland Caverns and Mother Goose Village, a fun experience for any age. One cannot deny Rock City’s overall beauty. The massive rock formations are estimated to be 200 million years old and the panoramic views of seven states from the observation deck at 1,700 feet above sea-level are unparalleled. If that isn’t enough, Rock City features a majestic 100-foot waterfall and thrill-seeking swing-along bridge suspend-
ed hundreds of feet high. Also located on Lookout Mountain is the mystical Ruby Falls, one of the largest underground waterfalls in the world. Discovered in 1928 by cave enthusiast Leo Lambert, Ruby Falls is also located in one of the deepest commercial caves, at a staggering 1,120 feet underground. Guests visiting Ruby Falls for the first time will not know what to expect. Upon being transported via elevator hundreds of feet below, visitors are welcomed into an enormous cave, which doesn’t give any indication that it is home to a gigantic waterfall.
As a tour guide leads a group through a maze of rock formations, one can only be in amazement of what Lambert went through to discover the falls, which he named after his wife. After a nearly a 30-minute hike past breathtaking stalagmites and stalactites, the cavern opens up and visitors get a glimpse of the awe-inspiring wonder. Enhanced by multi-colored lights, Ruby Falls is one of the most thrilling sights in Chattanooga. Guests are encouraged to walk around the falls to really appreciate its sheer beauty. Chattanooga is definitely a place that can be enjoyed by history buffs and thrill seekers alike, and, visitors should take in a little of both for the best experience. Who would have thought we could do all of this in just 24 hours? Visit ChattanoogaFun.com for more information.
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The Rare Reporter
Coming Out is Still Hard to Do – Even in 2011 By David Webb
oming out is still so very hard to do, especially if someone delays doing it for a very long time. That’s what I recently learned when the 40-something-year-old son of a friend of mine confided to me he had finally accepted his sexual orientation and now had a boyfriend. He broke the news to me by saying, “I’m involved in a new relationship with someone, and his name is … .” The ironic part of all this is my friend, his mother, told me when her son was about 13-years-old she was pretty sure he would be gay. She was an interior decorator, had lived in liberal cities prior to moving to Texas and had quite a few gay and lesbian friends. I thought she might be correct in her assessment. Despite my friend’s worldliness and acceptance of her friends’ homosexuality, she expressed a concern that her son’s life would be much tougher if he indeed turned out to be gay. We had this conversation about 20 years ago so her assessment seemed reasonable enough at the time. I had to agree that being gay certainly hadn’t made my life any easier up to that point, especially in light of the raging AIDS epidemic that was killing many of my friends and scaring me to death. As it turned out, her fears about him being gay seemed to be unfounded. He went off to college, met a girl, lived with her, left her and wound up marrying another girl. Two of his best friends from high school with whom he grew up went on to come out and live as openly gay. One died of AIDS in the early 1990s. My friend and I remarked on our surprise about how things had turned out, but we both generally acknowledged we apparently
had been incorrect in our assumptions he would be gay. Still, I had this nagging feeling something wasn’t quite right. I wondered if he was bisexual. My friend’s son and his wife had a child, and they moved away from Texas to the West Coast and a much more liberal environment. They seemed happy for a long time, but then my friend began to confide that her son was having emotional problems. In fact, he had become estranged from other members of his family after a conflict with them before he left Texas. Finally, I heard he and his wife had separated, then divorced. At the same time, my friend and I began drifting apart even though we had been friends for a quarter-century. I noticed her politics were becoming more conservative. She told me she didn’t think the country was ready for same-sex couples enjoying the right to become married. I began to realize her liberal attitudes were only skin deep, and I was disappointed. When my friend’s son told me he was gay, I promised not to say anything about it to anyone until he had charted his course of action. I did advise him that if he planned to tell his teen-aged son I thought he should first tell his ex-wife, whom had become his best friend after their divorce. He also confided to me that when he was a teenager he had fooled around with one of his male friends, and he had felt guilt and shame afterwards. He told me after he accepted his homosexuality and began dating other men, it felt natural for him. After a couple of months he told his wife. She took the news excellently, telling him that she wanted him to be happy. His son seemed to take it in stride while posing a lot of questions. The funniest question he
got from his son was, “Are you going to start wearing dresses now?” Then he called his mother and told her, and she admitted she had known it all of his life. She also began weeping and told him she was concerned it would make his life much harder. In an email to me, she said she was not shocked by his revelation, but it made her sad. She also expressed surprise he had told his son. I’ve always been of the opinion people come out when it is the best time for them to do so. His personal time table required
him to wait about 20 years longer than I did, but that was right for him. He adores his son, enjoys his close friendship with his ex-wife and hopefully will have a good relationship with another man to round out his life. In short, I’m hoping he proves his mother wrong. It doesn’t have to make life tougher in this day and age. David Webb is a veteran journalist who has covered LGBT issues for the mainstream and alternative media for three decades. E-mail him at email@example.com.
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The Fun Star
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Singer talks being butch, out and being the first gay country star (before Chely Wright)
‘Loud’ and Proud By Chris Azzopardi
.d. Lang is manning up, and here’s why: Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and all the other sexpots of pop who shoot whipped cream from their chests and ride disco sticks. In our recent interview with Lang, a longtime gay activist and singer of the purest form who turns 50 later this year, she told us how her decision to boost her butchness was a rebellious choice. The look is evident in “I Confess,” the lead single from the recently released Sing it Loud. K.d.’s first record made
entirely with a band in over 20 years ago, the new album features her sublime voice in all its glory. The singer chatted about the album’s evolution, how being the first out country star doesn’t matter (she doesn’t even know who Chely Wright is), and why she’s proud to have been part of Glee. Why did you approach Sing it Loud with a fuller sound and, for the first time in a while, a band? It just seemed to be the right thing to do. It was just what I was feeling. I was
working with Joe [Pisapia], writing songs, and it came time to record them and I just felt like the band was the right way to approach it – very live and spontaneous and kind of rock. We put the band together and it was beyond my wildest dreams what transpired. We recorded eight songs in three days and the love in the room was palpable, and the communication and the magic was just extraordinarily creative. There’s lots of love on the album. What inspired all of it? We wanted to write something that
was unpretentious and uplifting and made the listener feel good and felt good while we were playing it. It’s not really an autobiographical record because it’s highly collaborative. How will the new songs translate to a live venue? I really believe that the energy that we feel for each other and for the music will translate to the audience – at least I’m hoping, but I’m pretty sure it will. continued from page 26
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ey West is a popular destination any time of the year, but this weekend, the island is hot, hot, hot for Tropical Heat weekend. Hosted by the Key West Business Guild, the annual event features pool parties, performances and lots of fun for all. The weekend kicks off Thursday, Aug. 18 with a party at Big Ruby’s Resort, 409 Appelrouth Lane, followed by the infamous “Reality is a Drag” show and dance party at Aqua nightclub, 711 Duval St. Friday warms up at 2 p.m. with the “Splash!” men only pool party at Bourbon Street Pub, 724 Duval St., and then throw on any old sheet for “Toga in the Tropics” at Equator, 818 Fleming St. Later, choose from the “Hot Night” dance party at Kwest, 705 Duval St., or “Hotter than Hades” dungeon and fetish party at 801/Saloon One, 801 Duval St. On Saturday, tour the city on the Gay Key West trolley tour or take a skinny dip at the infamous Island House pool party, 1129 Fleming St. All of your favorite bars host the howling happy hour, followed by “The Big O” at Bourbon St., 801 Duval St. or “Hot Nights” dance party at Kwest. Wrap up the weekend with the 1950s Motown pool party at Alexander’s Guesthouse, 1118 Fleming St., then play a game of Gay BINGO at 801 on Duval St. The final event is a comedy show featuring Paul J. Williams. Visit TropicalHeatKW.com for more information. Meanwhile, here are a few highlights of the week ahead in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties:
Smarty Pants, 2400 E. Oakland Park Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, is a friendly neighborhood bar located just across the street from Target and tonight Ms. Fritz Ann is headlining a show with her friends at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19
J Bryan Zero is spinning Top 40, dance and house tonight at Bar 721, 721 N. Lincoln Lane in Miami Beach. Go for the music and show by Adora, but also enjoy the open vodka bar from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. In Fort Lauderdale, international porn god Dean Monroe is performing two shows tonight at Boardwalk, 1721 N. Andrews Blvd. Can’t get enough beefy bodies in one night? Spencer Reed will be on stage for two shows on Saturday. Saturday, Aug. 20
J Kidd Madonny celebrates his birthday bash tonight at The Manor, 2345 Wilton Drive. Stop by early for live entertainment in the lounge and then dance the night away. The Corner Pub has a big night planned with the grand entrance from the Stonewall Knights motorcycle club for Bike Nite at 8 p.m. Enjoy special performances by The Ringerz, door prizes and plenty of drink specials. Corner Pub is located at 1915 N. Andrews Ave. Sunday, Aug. 21
e love DJs Marc Scott and Richie Rich and today they’ll be in the booth for Boom’s big wet weekend tea dance. The best part? There’s no cover, so get soaking wet tonight. Boom is located in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors. Monday, Aug. 22
mmy Award-winner Leslie Jordan (“Will & Grace,” “Sordid Lives”) returns to South Florida for a special hursdays are Latin Night at Johnny’s appearance tonight at Bill’s Filling Station, Miami, 62 NE 14th St. In addition to 2209 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. the new club’s sexy dancers, enjoy shows by Teresita La Caliente and Marytri- There’s no cover, and, after you’ve laughed ni and stick around for the sexy underwear your last laugh, stick around for Jennifer McClain’s Cast Party. contest with $1000 in cash and prizes. Thursday, Aug. 18
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By Brian Swinford
Have an event you want to list? If so send me an email at Calendar@sfgn.com.
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Theatre Broward County
*Alison Krauss & Union Station
Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas brings their Paper Airplane Summer Tour 2011 to the Broward Center as part of their 50 date national tour, performing brand new songs from their eagerly anticipated album released in April. This emotionally charged and musically exquisite show features Jerry Douglas (Dobro, lap steel, vocals), Dan Tyminski (guitar, mandolin, lead vocal), Ron Block (banjo, guitar) and Barry Bales (bass, vocals), with Krauss on lead vocal and fiddle. These five distinct personalities come together to form something truly unique as a band. This breathtaking live performance is one of a kind and should not be missed. Visit BrowardCenter.org.
*Kenny Vance and the Planotones
Audiences are invited to get up close and personal in An Evening with Kenny Vance and The Planotones, August 27, as they open up their ‘basement’ rehearsal studio for an intimate evening of song and stories spanning Vance’s illustrious 50-year career and the music that has been its unique soundtrack including “Looking For An Echo,” “Cara Mia,” “She Cried,” “Only In America” and more. Visit ParkerPlayHouse.com
*New Times Pairings Vintage 2011
Get ready to sip, sample, and savor culinary delights from the area’s finest restaurants perfectly paired with wines from around the world at New Times’ 4th Annual Food & Wine Pairing event on Sept. 15. General Admission is $45 and $55 at the door. The main event, at 7 p.m., will feature bites from 40 amazing restaurants each complemented with the perfect wine selection, specialty cocktail or craft beer, along with a wide range of live entertainment. Visit NewTimesPairings.com
West Palm Beach All My Sons by Arthur Miller
This morality play about the cost of lying and the price of truth telling, examines a troubled family and a father who placed duty to his family above the lives of others, and now must face the consequences. This play is showing at The Palm Beach DramaWorks Clematis Theater Nov. 12 through Dec. 11. Visit PalmBeachDramaWorks.org
Eddie Griffin is a popular comedian turned actor who started his career on-stage as a dare, funnyman Eddie Griffin has built an ever-growing fan base since jumping onto the comedy scene in 1990. Come to The Improv Comedy Club in West Palm Beach on August 19. To see Eddie Griffin the highly accomplished individual who has contributed significantly to the arts and the entertainment industry and is a star and gifted entertainer in the entertainment world. Visit Improv.com
*Palm Beach Wine Auction Dinner & Live Auction
The Palm Beach Wine Auction Dinner & Live Auction features a five-course wine dinner paired with specially selected wines from all over the world. The live wine auction takes place throughout the dinner and includes wines presented during the evening as well as some of the world’s most renowned and highly rated wines. This elegant evening appeals not only to the wine connoisseur but also to anyone who enjoys world class cuisine. On January 25 Palm Beach Wine Auction will benefit the award-winning education programs at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Visit PalmBeachWineAuction.org
Sharr White’s tale follows a couple as they struggle to survive together through the boom of the ‘50s; hope and unbearable losses of the ‘60s; and the resounding search for redemption following the Vietnam War. Showing at The Caldwell Theatre on Wed. Aug. 10, this is the play to see if you are a Baby-Boomer. Visit CaldwellTheatre.com
Sesame Street Live/Elmo’s Super Heros
Leslie Jordan Comes to Wilton Drive Petit Emmy-winner is big fun
By A. Sebastian Fortino Bill’s Filling Station is proud to welcome performer Leslie Jordan to their stage on Monday, August 22 at 9 p.m. where he will surely have the audience doubled over
Calling all super heroes! Come help Elmo and friends get his super-ness back. In West Palm Beach Elmo and friends will sing, dance, and exercise their way thru important life learning lessons. Come join Sesame Street friends at the Kravis Center on Oct. 15 for a great experience for adults and kids alike. Visit Kravis.org
In Palm Beach on August 17 come to the Sunset Bar and Grill for Palm Beaches New Gay/ Straight Friendly Professional Cocktail Social. These events are great to network and meet and greet. Find new ways to market your company and meet CEO’s. With the entry fee of $10 you are allotted one free Grey Goose Vodka Cocktail. Visit MackPlanet.com
Miami/Key West *Henry V
“Beverley?” pays homage to the
Henry V, the final play about the reigning family crown, chronicles King Henry V’s war with France over land and titles. On August 26 come see William Shakespeare’s play Henry V at the New Theatre in Coral Gables. For Cheaper tickets visit New-Theatre.org or call 305-443-5909
character of Beverley Leslie he
with laughter. The show, entitled
originated on Will & Grace. While the petit Chattanooga, Tenn. native stands only 4’11” he is quite the recognizable actor. He garnered much gay fame when he appeared as Brother Boy in 2000’s cult-classic Sordid Lives and the roles keep coming. Never one to shy away from his sexuality the out actor subtitles his appearance at Bill’s with the phrase “Self-proclaimed Gayest Man I know.” The venue promises $4.00 Stoli cocktails, $5.00 martinis and Jennifer McClain’s cast party after the show starting at 10:30 p.m. SFGN wonders, with such great rates on martinis…is it possible Karen Walker will show up to tease and battle wits with Jordan? Best of all BillsFillingStation.com is proud to announce the show is free to attend.
On August 19 come to The Fillmore Miami Beach and get your groove on with Brian McKnight . Hot 105 is presenting Brian McKnight for one night only. Ticket prices are reasonable at $36 to $48. The show starts at 9 p.m. and you never know when it might end. Visit FillMoremb.com
Flickin’ Summer Movies: The Breakfast Club
At the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center on Aug. 25, there will be a classic movie showing of The Breakfast Club. The Flickin’ Summer movie series returns for a third season as we showcase four classic teen movies followed by an onstage dance party with DJ MR PAUER. At only $10 per ticket, it’s a cool way to spend a hot summer night! Visit GusmanCenter.org
August: Osage County
In Key West at the Waterfront Playhouse on Dec 20, it’s August in Oklahoma. A father is missing, a mother is in the grip of addiction, a marriage is unraveling and lies are being exposed. You are cordially invited to one bitch of a family reunion. This raucous dark comedy transforms one family gathering into an evening filled with sex, secrets, and really inappropriate behavior. One of the most lauded plays of the decade, August: Osage County is a can’t-miss hilarious and stinging look at the American family. Visit WaterfrontPlayhouse.org
Community Calendar Broward County *Broward Bares It
On August 19 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood be prepared to laugh, sweat, whistle, cat call, scream and salivate, because the entertainers are ready to give it to you all night long. The hit sensation of 2010 is back with a few returning gluttons for punishment plus a whole new gaggle of characters taking it off for you all in the name of a good cause. Climaxing in a not to be missed mega steamy finale, erupting with hot bodies all over the stage to make sure you leave with a Happy Ending. Visit Browardhouse.org/bares/tickets1.html
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This coming November 18 and 19 will be the Miami-Key West Ride for Charity. Every year, the SMART Ride donates 100 percent of donations to benefiting agencies. Not only that, you decide which agencies receive the funds you’ve raised. Visit TheSmartRide.org
By Brian Swinford
Tonight is the West Palm Beach
ABILITY EXPLOSION’S FIRST “LIGHTS OUT” EVENT
Gay/Straight Friendly Professional
bring multiple people from around the tri county area together to
On Aug. 24 “Lights Out Miami” is a unique simulation that teaches people what it’s like to experience the tastes, the sounds and the energy of a great restaurant without ever seeing it. Everyone from the guests, to the wait staff, will face their own challenge when discovering how they would adapt to losing their sense of sight in a dynamic environment. Visit Abilityexplosion.com
network. Mack Mixers are usually at very nice places. This week’s this
Tropical Heat Key West
Cocktail Social. The Mack Mixer has been around for many years. It helps
for the South Florida business community in March 2005. Ever since it’s
Tropical Heat, Aug. 18 to 21, is Key West’s hottest event for men. What can you do during four days of all-male themed parties and adult-oriented entertainment? Find out on this tropical island that exudes tropical heat. Key West’s gay guesthouses fill-up quickly for this event, so book your room today. Visit TropicalHeatkw.com
been a great way for local professionals to network and mingle with oth-
*Key West Impromptu Classical Concerts
event will be held at Seasons 52 in West Palm Beach. MACK launched the first ‘Gay Owned Straight Friendly’ business networking groups
er people in the community. MACK aims to be the most reliable business and social network for the Gay and Lesbian Community of Florida. continued from page 21 Temple Beth Israel Open House
Temple Beth Israel Open House. Come see all they have to offer. Religious Studies Program for Children, a Meet greet with Rabbi Bater. Select your High Holy Day Seats. Join our family. $1254 Family Membership. No building fund. Visit TBIFL.com
*LGBT Senior Expo
This year’s LGBT Senior Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 22 at The Pride Center, 2040 North Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors. The event will provide LGBT Seniors with a comprehensive overview of healthcare services available to benefit the elder LGBT community. The event will feature a Trade Show with various LGBT friendly medical, professional and financial services providers, who are eager to assist our community.
Mack power Lunch
On September 13 the Mack Power lunch will be taking place at the beautiful Seasons 52 in Fort Lauderdale. This lunch is for the Gay & Straight friendly professionals to come together to network, and enjoy a great meal. Advanced registration online will save you a couple of bucks. Visit MackPlanet.com
West Palm Beach
*Jazz on the Palm
Jazz on the Palm - Downtown West Palm Beach Waterfront - Gather with friends and family to enjoy the diverse vibrant sounds of jazz under the stars every 3rd Friday of month at the new Downtown West Palm Beach waterfront concert series. Free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Visit Wpbgo.com/2010/06/jazz-on-the-palm
*Sunday on the Waterfront
Sunday on the Waterfront is a free concert series, which takes place the third Sunday of most months in the beautiful downtown West Palm Beach Waterfront area. This familyfriendly event is the perfect way to unwind this weekend with good times and great entertainment for all ages with plenty of free kids’ activities. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and chairs and can bring coolers or purchase tasty treats at the concert. Free parking in all city lots and at city meters. 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. May through October. Visit OnTheWaterFront.com
This group is a black gay men’s discussion group that is held at the Compass in West Palm Beach. Every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. this group will be directed toward issues for and about black men. Visit Compassglcc.com
Paths is a social/discussion group held at Compass in Lake Worth. This men’s group takes place every Monday from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Paths men’s group will be discussing relationships, coming –out, safer sex issues and more. Visit Compassglcc.com
Yoga with Deborah will change your life. Bring a mat and get ready to stretch the stress away every Tuesday at The GLCC in Palm Beach from 6 to 7 p.m. This yoga experience will uplift and transform your life. $6 Entry Fee. You must bring your own mat. Visit Compassglcc.com
On the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. Compass in Lake Worth will be holding a discussion group for overcoming obstacles and obtaining happiness. This group is great for getting internal enlightenment. Release your inner stress, and become free. Visit Compassglcc.com
GOOD ORDERLY AA
These meetings take place at Compass, and geared toward recovering alcoholics. Every Tues. and Thurs. at 7 p.m. and on Sat. at 6 p.m. These meetings will help recovering alcoholics cope with the stress of everyday life without the use of alcohol.
*SoundScape Cinema Series
The free SoundScape Cinema Series is held every Wednesday at the new Miami Beach SoundScape ExoStage, at the corner of 17th Street and Washington Avenue. Movies begin at 8:30 p.m. This week the SoundScape Cinema Series is showing Back to The Future. Visit MbCulture.com
State Redistricting Town Hall Meeting
On Aug. 17 at the Miami Dade Wolfson Campus there will be two town hall meetings featuring state senators and representatives discussing the plans for redrawing Florida’s political boundary lines. Here you will be able to voice your concerns about how redistricting will affect you and express how you feel our districts should be drawn.
*Ability Explosion Blast-Off
The Ability is kicking off the 2nd annual Ability Explosion on Oct. 19, a 5-day series of events helping to create awareness and improve the lives of people living with disabilities. The Ability Explosion Blast Off Party will be held in the Banyan Room at the beautiful Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. The festivities will include a performance by acclaimed singer, songwriter and actress, Maryel Epps. Also in attendance will be the Mayor of Miami Beach, Matti Herrera Bower, as well as members of the Miami Beach City Commission. All proceeds will benefit Access Now/Ability Explosion and will be used to help people living with disabilities. Visit AbilityExplosion.org
Miami Seaquarium is offering swashbuckling adventures thru August 20 for the whole family with Swashbuckling Summer. The park is featuring exciting daily high wire acts by the pillaging “Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean.” In addition, “Swashbuckling Summer” includes a Giant Shark Slide that is more than 25 feet tall and a Pirate Skeleton Walk. Guests should also prepare to hit the deck as Pirates take over. Top Deck Dolphin Show all summer long. Visit MiamiChildrensMuseum.org
On August 21, wrapping up its 2011 concert season with Amernet String Quartet. The ensemble-in-residence at Florida International University. 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Duval and Eaton streets. Tickets are $20—free to those aged 19 years or under—and may be purchased in advance by phone 305-295-7676. Visit KeyWestImpromptu.org
*Key West Free Museum Weekend
On August 20 and 21 a free cultural pass for South Florida residents and visitors to experience the rich history of Key West by offering free admission to eleven participating museums, including the Flagler Station Over-Sea Railway Museum, Key West Lighthouse Museum, Hemingway House, Key West Art and Historical Society at Custom House and many more. Attendees must log onto WLRN.org and click on the “Key West Museum Weekend” banner to print out the free weekend pass.
Broward Bars 321-Slammer
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2650 E. Oakland Park Blvd , Fort Lauderdale, Florida (954)5666750. A Private Club for Bi/Gay men. Bear and Cub Thursday $4 Off For Bear & Cub. Tuesday Leather Night - $4. off wear any type of leather
The Club Fort Lauderdale
110 Northwest 5th Avenue,Fort Lauderdale, FL ,(954) 525-3344 Good. Clean. Fun. 1/2 price rooms...Tuesday Nights and 1/2 price Lockers. Thursdays Nights. Always busy
2266 Wilton Drive ,Wilton Manors, FL 33305 ,(954) 565-2526. Fort Lauderdale’s Best & Longest Happy Hour. Wednesdays $2 Domestics & $1 Schnapps after 9pm Wednesdays
2232 Wilton Drive ,Wilton Manors, FL 33305, (954) 630-3556 Best Sound & Light Show in Broward County. Mondays Porn Bingo with Desiree Dubois. $3 Margaritas, $1 Draft
Bill’s Filling Station
2209 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, (954) 567-5978. Large Bar/ Nightclub, Amazing. Drink Specials in Wilton Manors. Wednesday’s After 9pm $10 Miller Lite Beer Bust
1721 North Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311. (954) 463-6969. A Cute Little Hangout in Fort Lauderdale Pool-Room/Game Room on One Side and a Bar-Strip Club on the other. Mondays $3 Well & Dom, after 9pm $3 U-Call-It Shots
Corner Pub Bar
1915 North Andrews Ave, Wilton Manors, FL 33311, (954) 564-7335. Redefining What a Bar Should Be. Thursday’s Margarita. Madness $4, Monday’s Underwear Night. 2 for 1 until 9:30 pm
823 North Federal Highway ,Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, (954) 728-9001. The Cubby Hole is one of Fort Lauderdale’s Most Unique and Popular Neighborhood Bar for Men. Underwear Wednesday’s. Boxers n’ Briefs get 2 for 1 on Drinks 9pm till Close
1243 Northeast 11th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, (954) 537-7076. Voted the “Friendliest” Gay Bar in Fort Lauderdale. Monday’s $1.99 Drinks and $.50 Wings Open to Close
1116 West Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, (954) 522-5931. With over 30 dancers there is something for everyone. Here in Fort Lauderdale. Sunday’s Muscle Tea $3 Huge 12oz Long islands, Domestic Beer $3
Matty’s on the Drive
2426 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 (954) 564-1799. Matty’s is one of the few bars in Wilton Manors that’s just that –a bar. Wild Wednesday’s $.75 Drinks, 13 Drinks for less than $10. 5pm
502 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, (954) 525-6662. The eclectic décor and a friendly staff makes. Mona’s a great place to have fun in Fort Lauderdale. Thursday’s College Boy’s Night 8pm Enjoy College Boy’s Choice 2 for 1
2740 North Andrews Ave, Wilton Manors, FL 33311, (954) 514-7819. The Monkey Business Bar is a Small Outdoor Bar Among The Shops Just off Marina Blvd. No Frills But Comfortable and a Great Place to Stop and Meet Good People. Happy Hour 8 am to 9 pm
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The Stable: A Rare Breed By Brian Swinford
As many of you have noticed around town the smoke is clearing. Many of the local bars have turned or are turning into non-smoking establishments. For us smokers that are still out there, there are only a few bars for us to go. Probably the best smoking bar around is The Stable. With a fully stocked bar and great bartenders, this is the bar to get your drink on. It’s one of the rare breeds left that you can still smoke and
2345 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, (954) 626-0082. Food, Service, Atmosphere, Value, Drinks Makes The Manor the One Stop Shop for Good Times. Happy Hour 3pm- 9pm $5 Tapas until 7pm
205 East Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park, FL 33334, (954) 565-4506 The Stable is a Gay and Lesbian Country Western Bar in Fort Lauderdale Florida that a lot of bears hang out in. Stable Sunday’s Dart Tournament
2829 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, (954) 587-2500. Your Dance Destination Till Dawn. Open Late for You To Devour The Night. Open 7 nights a week till 4 am
2039 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, (954) 563-5631 A Casual, Hip, Fun Experience and if You Have a Taste for Deliciously Unique Wines, You Need to Make This Your Next Stop! Happy Hour All Night on Thursday
2440 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, (954) 563-7660 Your neighborhood Gay and Lesbian bar in the heart of Fort Lauderdale and just minutes from Ft. Lauderdale Beach. Wednesday All the fun, half the price 2-4-1 All Day, All Night
PJ’s Corner Pocket
950 NE 2nd Ave, Downtown Miami, Florida 33132,(305)3509084 One of the Best Night Clubs In Miami. Every Saturday The Hottest DJ’s from the Top Performers. Drink Special Every Saturday
Rosie’s Bar and Grill
Scandals Country Western Bar
705 Duval St. , Key West, Florida,(305)292-8500 Key West All-Male Strip Club. Daily Happy Hour from 3-8pm, And a piano sing-a-long every Wednesday night.
Sidelines Sports Bar
711 Duval St.,Key West, Florida,(305)294-0555 Monday’s Dueling Bartenders. Your Bartender’s sing, shake, and stir their way through happy hour 5:30pm-8:30pm
525 United Street, Key West, FL(305)293-9805 ext. 156 Pearl’s Patio is a great place to enjoy a drink and relax. Happy Hour – every weekday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Friday’s are Extended Happy Hour 5pm-9pm
Oakland Park, FL 3334, (954) 567-2432. Scandals Gay and Lesbian Country Western. Dance Bar in Wilton Manors. Tuesdays Pool League, and Free Dance Lessons 2031 Wilton Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305, (954) 563-8001 Sidelines Sports Bar and Billiards is a unique, friendly, And accepting place to relax with a cold beer, great drinks and Martinis. Happy Hour M-F 4pm to 2am 3038 North Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306, (954) 561-1724. Great Local Hangout in Fort Lauderdale with Great Drink Specials. Saturday’s Free Breakfast to Order – 8 am
823 BELVEDERE ROAD, WEST PALM BEACH FLORIDA 33405, (561)-832-9119. H.G. Roosters is West Palms oldest gay club. Sunday’s Complimentary BBQ 5pm, Hot Male Dancers 6pm, Karaoke 11pm
2301 SW 32nd Ave, Miami, Florida, 33145,(305)443-7657. All the Sweetness you’ll need in one Club. Every Thursday Drag Wars with TP Lords. $5 House Drinks & $4 Domestic Beers all night
801 Duval St. , Key West, Florida,(305)294-4737 Cabaret shows upstairs with nightly performances by famed performers Sushi, Kylie, RV Beaumont, Margo, and others. Happy Hour specials daily from 11am - 8pm.
2449 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, (954) 567-1320 Wilton Manor’s Best Burger in Town. Try the Fat Elvis. Happy Hour 5pm to 9pm
6205 Georgia Ave, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405 Directions, (561)533-5355. Mostly local crowd looking to mingle and relax. Place rocks with a Fabulous DJ on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday T-Dance.
1508 NE 4th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, (954) 763-8219 South Florida’s Leading Levi, Leather and Uniform Bar/Club. Every night is Bear Night. Bear Happy. Hour Every Thursday. Caged Hunks Sat Night
1057 Washington Ave, Miami Beach , Florida , 33139, (305)538-9478 Never a Cover…Always a Groove. Resident star DJ Mika spins tribal. Every Saturday TWIST is full of the hottest men in Miami. Muscle boy dancers taking it off in the Bungalow Bar.
34 NE 11th St ,Miami ,Florida, 33132,(305)350-1956 Space Miami Voted Best U.S Club IDMA 2011. The go-to venue for any nightlife enthusiast in the nation,The club is proudly marching on into its second decade of operation.
924 North Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, (954) 533-0257. One of The Most Diverse Bars in Fort Lauderdale. $2 Drinks Every Wednesday, Spades Every Thursday
522 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth, Fl, 33414. (561)586-0080 Great Service, Great Food, Full Stocked Bar, Great Professional Tea-Dance every Sunday
2211 North Dixie Highway, Lakeworth, FL 33460, (561) 370-3954. Men and women share this mostly-locals space as a calm and friendly watering hole. The bar often features live music which can be a nice break from thumping bass.
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517 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. (561) 655-9747. The most unpretentious South Beach styled lounge in West Palm Beach. Great Drink Deals Tues-Thurs 9pm-3am
1532 North Dixie Hwy ,Lake Worth, FL 33460. (561) 547-8860. Cheap drinks, friendly bartenders, and free pool SundayThursday. Stop by and relax at this no-attitude haunt.
(Sunday only), 111 Southwest 2nd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, (954) 522-0733. Voodoo Lounge is in Fort Lauderdale Florida is now Gay on Saturday nights. The club also hosts Noche Latina, an event for South Florida’s Latino community
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The Mad Hatter
727 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139,(305)561-5521. Score is located in the heart of South Beach, In the thriving and infamous promenade, Lincoln Road. Bigger Saturday’s Sexy Male Dolls
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Broward Bares It: Sexy Evening Serves a Good Purpose By J.W. Arnold
ore than 125 performers will “take it off” this weekend at the Paradise Live Theater at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to benefit Broward House, the county’s largest HIV/AIDS service organization. On Friday, Aug. 19, Broward Bares It will offer a sexy evening of burlesque, music and comedy. Under the direction of former Miss Florida Nikki Adams and David Meulemans, this year’s theme is “Tantalizing Temptations, Titillating Temptresses and Torrid Testosterone,” featuring 24 acts. “It will be tastefully naughty,” promises Adams, “with a lot of humor. We have two hours of really great acts, both national performers and local, and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Broward House.” Among the performers recruited by Adams and Meulemans to perform are the
Men of LaBare, Dame Edna, Nelson Polanco, Debra Hampton, Tori Holden, Next Step Dance, C&J Productions, Bambi LaFleur and Angeliki Poularis. Local choreographer William Crowley of Next Step Dance created the glitzy opening and Adams says many more surprises are in store.
Preparations for the show began more than six months ago and organizers expect nearly 500 attendees. The goal for the evening is to raise $50,000, which Adams feels is attainable but fundraising and ticket sales have still fallen short. “We’re certainly hopeful,” she says, not-
ing a few tickets are still available from $25 each at BrowardBaresIt.com. With 12 locations across Broward County, Broward House serves more than 6000 men, women and families with services ranging from housing to medical care. The organization rarely turns away a client, thanks to the support of the community. “Last year was spectacular, but this year is going to be bombastic due to the caliber of talent that has come on board,” says Adams. “We’re able to accommodate a much larger audience at the Paradise Live this year and the show is going to have a Broadway atmosphere. This is definitely one event not to be missed!” Visit BrowardBaresIt.com for tickets. Visit BrowardHouse.org to learn more about the organization.
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Broward Center Celebrates 20 Years, Plans for Future
or two decades, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts has been the centerpiece of the county’s cultural arts scene, hosting more than 700 performances and 700,000 patrons each year. As the center wraps up its 20th anniversary year, Chief Executive Officer Kelley Shanley reflects on the past, present and future. “Collaboration is part of our DNA here at the organization,” he explains. “This is due in large part to how the facility came
to be in the first place, a community-wide collaboration with non-profit and four government entities working together.” The center was always intended to be a busy place, according to Shanley, but in the last 10 years, the number of performances at the Broward Center doubled, making it one of the top 10 centers in the country. And, with more performances, the center expanded its audiences, reaching audiences of diverse ages, ethnicities, cultures and sexual orientation. He is particularly proud of statistics that show even distribution of center attendees across the county.
courtesy of Broward Center for the Performing Arts
By J.W. Arnold
“We’re trying to respond to their needs, wants and desires, not only for these shows, but interest in a series, packing it and targeting it,” he says. In recent months, Shanley has been crisscrossing the county to promote a major capital campaign for the center. The South Florida’s large LGBT community is $44 million plan would upgrade the center’s 20-year-old technical capabilities, create an also reflected in programming and attenoutdoor café and build a pavilion down to dance at the Broward Center. the Riverwalk area for events and educa“There’s no question the gay and tional programs. lesbian community has been responsive,” “Twenty years later, we have a similar visays Shanley. sion of the facility as the center of the arts The center has long been home to gay and lesbian musical organizations and offered community,” he says, “but our needs have evolved as has technology.” programming of interest to the community. Shanley is seeking the support of For the 2011-12 season, executives created Broward County, the city of Fort Lauderthe Pride Series, a subscription series with dale, the school district and other original three shows: “Jon and Juan’s Wedding” this fall, the a cappella singing group Kinsey Sicks partners for the project, expected to take and a performance featuring comedian Leslie 18 to 24 months in stages once funding is committed and construction begins. Jordan and female impersonator Varla Jean “The facility is aging and if we don’t reinMerman. Series subscribers will also have vest, we’re going to fall behind,” he warns. the option of adding the Broadway Across “We also must maintain a forward-looking America production of Jerry Herman’s hit attitude as we prepare for the future.” musical, “La Cage Aux Folles.”
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k.d. lang Loud and Proud The Fun Star
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Explain the line “I’ll be your daddy” on “I Confess.” Well, it’s pretty self-explanatory, isn’t it? (Laughs) Definitely, but how did it come about? Was it your line? We were just sitting around and I said to Josh [Grange] and Daniel [Clarke], who I wrote the song with, “I want to write a Roy Orbison song.” It just started coming out of us, and I was just kind of riffing on lyrics and fooling around – “I love you madly,” and I just went, “I’ll be your daddy” – and Josh is like, “Oh my god, that’s so cool.You have to keep it.” How do you think that line would’ve been received had you recorded this song 20 years ago when you first came out of the closet? Probably the same as now. I think there’s going to always be people who feel uncomfortable with it and there’s always going to be people who are titillated by it.You just have to know that’s going to be the case for a long time.
performers today, which seems to be more important than vocal talent these days. But you’ve always been about the voice. What do you make of the way the music business has shifted in the way it sells music? It’s kind of the direction it’s been going. If you’re really a historian you can probably go back to television, to video, to multimedia and see how it sort of extracted it from its purist Would you say you’re embracing your butchness more than you form, which is making music. Now you’re on camera every single time you open your used to? mouth. I’m surprised someone isn’t video tapYeah – this music really asks for it. I also ing this interview for the web. (Laughs) think that the aesthetic nature of today’s I actually think it’s boring because music, with people like Lady Gaga and Katy everything is so overexposed. But it’s fine; Perry – not that it’s new, it certainly isn’t; I know better than that – being very exagger- it is what it is. I’m not going to be one of ated, I thought, I can exaggerate too. (Laughs) those people going, “Oh, it’s gotta be like it used to be.” I think it’s relative and it’s the evolution of the way things are. In terms of You mention the aesthetic of
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music, there is always going to be a place for someone who can sing and someone who can communicate with an audience. I don’t think that will ever be in danger, because that’s what separates the cream from the crop. If you can walk on stage and really deliver, yeah – you can’t fake that. Did you ever feel pressure to conform in your career? That would depend on what I wanted to reap from my music. I’ve always been quite sure that I wanted to have a more artistic career and a career of longevity, so in that respect, no. I’ve made decisions that have nurtured my art rather than my public awareness or my celebrity. That’s been selfdetermined, so no, I never felt the pressure. So do you think people who nurture their celebrity status are less likely to endure than people who don’t? I don’t know. I wouldn’t say less likely.You get what you get; it’s fate.You either have a huge amount of success at the beginning and then your career kind of dwindles, or you have something kind of consistent like me and it goes for years and years, or you work really hard and nothing happens and then you explode later on in life. I don’t really think that one is better than the other. If you hadn’t come out publicly at 30 and you were still closeted,
how do you imagine your life and career now? I can’t imagine, because I was always out and coming out wasn’t really a big deal for me just because I was living out to my family, and in the world, for a long time. But it certainly made things easier. I can’t imagine what it would be like, but at the same time it’s definitely made my life easier just because it kind of stripped away the question marks in the audience’s minds or the business mind – the sort of public understanding of who I was. It took away any pretense or any question. So even though in some circumstances it’s more difficult, it’s definitely open and honest, so in that respect it makes it so much easier. There was this big hoopla when Chely Wright came out last year as the first gay country star, because there was the argument that you beat her to it. How did you feel about all that? I don’t know who Chely Wright is. But I don’t care. I mean, to a whole generation of people who know Chely Wright, they probably don’t know who I am, so to them it is the first country star to come out. (Laughs) I don’t really care who’s the first, who’s the last, because before me there were a lot of people that helped get me to a place to feel confident and comfortable with coming out. When you look back at the films that you’ve done in the past, like Eye of the Beholder or Salmonberries, what do you think? Do you watch them? No, I don’t watch them. (Laughs) I don’t watch a lot of movies, and if I were to watch a movie, I certainly wouldn’t pick one of mine. Last year you lent your voice to a song on a Glee soundtrack. Would you ever do the show? I don’t know. I don’t really watch Glee, but I know it’s very popular and very gay friendly, which is great. And Jane Lynch is hilarious. So I guess if they asked me I would consider it, but I’m really happy that I could be a part of something that’s supportive and promotes alternative and varying lifestyles.
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a weekly star with
Oliver Douglas has been a resident of Wilton Manors for 4 years. He is an event manager, singer/ songwriter and freelance writer. Thru this blog, he hopes to share his love of human sexuality, culture, politics, and community action.
This week’s star: Derek Hartley
’ve known Derek Hartley for more than 5 years now. Maybe it’s more appropriate to say I was his stalker. Derek Hartley is probably best known for his role as host of The Derek and Romaine show on Sirius XM’s station, OutQ. His often bawdy humor is paired with the timing and instincts of a standup comedian. Derek’s on air persona is self-deprecating and verbose, exposing situational comedy in the every day queerness that is his life. After many years of listening and calling in to his national radio show, and seeing him host numerous gay pride events from Vegas to Fort Lauderdale, I had the chance to ask him a few more questions. This has been such a fun year for your GLAAD award winning show on Sirius XM. You’ve spent time with superstars like Lance Bass, Rutina Wesley (True Blood), Amanda Lepore and many others. Who is your dream guest and what makes them so special? It has been an extraordinary couple of years for us on the show. Winning the GLAAD Award, having the Paley Center for Media turn one of our specials into an interactive feature, being in the Out 100. Those are a lot of big milestones for our show, and I certainly appreciate all of them, as well as the great guests we have had with us on the air. My favorite guests are the ones I grew up with like Jason Bateman or Olivia NewtonJohn. I danced with Charo! As a kid, TV was more real to me than real life so to grow up and meet these people has really been the biggest thrill. Our most recent specials were an hourlong profile of Alan Ball followed by a behind the scenes look at True Blood. Alan has been such an extraordinary creative force in pop culture over the last decade and he was so
generous in trusting us with such a candid interview and access to the people he works with everyday. And that came from him being a listener of our show. Obviously the big name guests are the ones that get the press, but for us the show is all about the listeners we have collected along the way.Yes, some of those listeners are famous like Alan or Rosie O’Donnell or Luke MacFarlane, but we get so much from all the people who listen to the show and come out to see us when we travel. So I think my favorite thing out of the last eight years is the relationship we have forged with all those who have listened along the way. I’ve learned from your book, Colonnade: A Life in Columns, that you’ve religiously blogged about your life (and sex) for well over a decade. Like your radio show, your book and blogs are sexy, funny and snappy. But they often take on a darker, more introspective tone than the show. What can we expect with your upcoming book, When Nightlife Falls? “I give my point of view for four hours everyday on the radio, but I am reluctant to really talk about things that are personal to me. But when I write, I try to be as candid as possible. And as humorous as they are, they do have a darker tone than the radio show. On the radio we are trying to keep people entertained at the end of a long hard day at work. But in a book, you are trying to tell a story. And in a memoir, you are trying to tell your own story. So I try to peel back the layers and let the reader see what is really going on in my mind and how I really feel about what comes my way. For the complete article, go to: sfgn.com/hartley
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August 17, 2011 • SouthFloridaGayNews.com
A MESSAGE FROM YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Talk with your doctor about ways to help protect your immune system. HIV treatment is now recommended for everyone with a T-cell count of 500 or less and should be considered when T-cells are higher than 500, according to the DHHS* and the IAS-USA†, along with other factors. Starting treatment early may help protect your immune system and vital organs. Today’s medicines may have fewer, more manageable side effects. They may help you live a longer, healthier life. Receive helpful information about living with HIV that you should know. Call toll free 1-888-453-2596, or visit TREATHIVNOW.COM. *DHHS = Department of Health and Human Services †IAS-USA = International AIDS Society USA. ©2011 Gilead Sciences, Inc. All rights reserved. UN9725 07/11
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Gay Softball: It’s Not Just for Gays Anymore By Dan Woog
t sounds like a headline straight out of The Onion: Discriminated-against gays discriminate against straights. But the facts – couched a bit more legalistically than that, of course – came straight from a United States District Court judge. Recently, John Coughenour ruled that the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance – which oversees gay softball teams and leagues – stood on firm legal ground in limiting the number of “non-gay” athletes permitted to play in major tournaments. The case began three years ago, when a team in the Gay Softball World Series was charged with having too many “non-gay” players. After intense questioning – which explored athletes’ sexual histories and examined their predominant attractions – a lawsuit was brought. Judge Coughenour’s decision brings an end only to the “non-gay” issue. Still to come: a determination of possible damages due to the “interrogation.” The ruling drew little press notice. But where attention was paid, there were howls of outrage. Pete Olsen – a second-year student at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law – responded on Wide Rights, a website devoted to “gay rights and the sports industry.” “I cannot believe more people are not offended by this,” Olsen wrote – describing the NAGAAA’s policy, not the judge’s ruling. “Hell, I cannot believe the entire LGBT/Queer community is not pissed off about this.” He said the sport’s organization’s exclusionary policy was “founded on antiquated
views of sexuality.” And, he added, it is “incredibly offensive.” Olsen noted that the term “non-gays” includes not only heterosexuals, but many others. “Bisexuals, pansexuals, those who are questioning” – all are excluded from the NAGAAA’s definition of gay softball. “So much of the (LGBT) community’s struggle has been to distance society from the need to label people based on their sexuality, or to live in these strict binaries of male/female, man/woman, gay/straight,” Olsen said. “For this reason alone, the policy needs to be removed.” But there is another reason, he said, that the NAGAAA’s stance is “unfounded and shortsighted”: Straight men will not ruin “the culture of the league.” Homophobic men will not suddenly want to play gay softball, he said. Nor will super-athletic straight guys take over the sport. Those worries perpetuate the stereotype that straight men are better athletes than their gay counterparts. The NAGAAA defended its policy by saying it was created as a response to “sports environments that were hostile and dangerous for people perceived as gay,” wrote Roger
Bigham in the Bay Area Reporter Online. However, Bigham claimed, many other gay sports groups – for runners, basketball players, wrestlers, swimmers, rugby players and more– formed for the same reason. They have “thrived quite nicely without similar discriminatory language.” Why would the NAGAAA institute such a rule? Bigham asked. He answered: “Fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of those who are different. Fear of openness. Fear of being free of labels and stereotypes to hide behind.” That bears an uncanny, uncomfortable resemblance to the same macho, heterosexist culture that kept gay men out of sports for so many years. “Sounds a lot like the homophobia (gay sports) is supposed to be fighting,” Bigham wrote. “So unnecessary, so locked into the past rather than reaching for the future.” The NAGAAA case is complex. As in any lawsuit, side arguments were raised, precedents cited. One of those mentioned by Judge Coughenour was the Boy Scouts of America. He likened the softball organization to that national youth group. And he noted that
several years ago the United States Supreme Court decided (5-4) that the Boy Scouts have a right to exclude gay members. In Boy Scouts v. Dale, Olsen said, the majority “concluded that BSA had an official view opposing homosexuality and that its freedom to express that view was significantly affected by forced inclusion of gay members.” We – the LGBT community – can’t have it both ways.We can’t argue that our exclusion from the straight sports world – whether malicious or unintended – is wrong, yet then turn around and exclude “non-gay” people (whatever that means) from our gay sports world. We can’t invite straight allies to support our cause, welcome them onto our teams and into our leagues as validation of who we are, yet then enact a rule that says only a certain number of them are actually welcome. And we can’t bring litigation against institutions in one part of society, charging that they have treated us badly and asking the courts to remedy that situation, while at the same time creating institutions in another part of society that do exactly the same thing. “Gay softball” has a nice ring to it. It’s fun to play and to watch. But as Neil Patrick Harris sang at last month’s Tony Awards, it – like Broadway – “is not just for gays anymore.” Dan Woog is a journalist, educator, soccer coach, gay activist, and author of the “Jocks” series of books on gay male athletes. Visit his website at www.danwoog.com. He can be reached care of this publication or at OutField@qsyndicate.com.
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Reading Miss Timmins’ School for Girls, A Novel, by Nayana Currimbhoy, HarperCollins.com Normally I do not go for books identified as murder mysteries because there are few writers who can convincingly create such a narrative.The novel concerns a young school teacher, Charulata Apte who is sent to teach at an exclusive all girls boarding school in a distant outpost of what was once the British Empire. Initially young Miss Apte thinks she will simply be teaching Shakespeare to young, wealthy Indian schoolgirls. However, despite the Victorian management & climate at the school the world is changing. Not only does Miss Apte meet hippies, indulge in hash, & discover rock n’roll in the strange universe of the school but she finds herself drawn to fellow teacher Moira Prince.Their friendship ceases to be merely platonic, further change for the young, well-raised Indian teacher. One evening, during monsoon season, further change comes for the previously sheltered Miss Apte & she finds herself a suspect in the murder of her beloved Moira Prince. It is the schoolgirls who ultimately play the part of detectives. In addition to the murder the relationship of Miss Prince with a certain woman at the school offers another unexpected plot.The writing, according to one reviewer, is “atmospheric” & the word perfectly describes the carefully executed prose, which transports you to India.
Top Shelf Telegrams Waiting The groundbreaking U.K. drama, which captivated audiences around the globe for celebrating gay culture with intelligence, wit, & humor arrives to DVD from Acorn Media on Sept. 27, with the release of Queer As Folk:The Complete Collection. Audiences can once more enjoy the antics of Stuart Allen Jones, an unrepentant rake, as he wreaks havoc in Manchester’s gay scene. He is of course accompanied by his bestfriend Vince who has a crush on him and a 15-year-old lad who has super confidence which might put today’s twinks to shame. True, the landmark British program was cancelled after only one season while Showtime’s version dragged on – I mean went on, that’s it – went on for five years. However, there is something still fresh about the British version after nearly 12 years. Perhaps because their “programmes” have limited, smaller batches, in terms of their seasons or “series” as they call them. Behind-the-scenes, interviews with cast members & a featurette – that’s a short film here in the States, make this a great collection to have whether a fan of the American version, love British television or…just have a thing for the accents.You might want to pre-order on Amazon.com or other source.
Watching Of course you can be all 2001, pick out your movies, then wait for NetFlix via the post office to deliver the DVDs to your front door. This is 2011, whenever I watch a movie it’s streaming & it’s not always porn. That way I can even watch a film while I am at my desk…shh, don’t tell the publisher! HOWL, starring is-he-gay, isn’t-he-straight, could-he-be-bisexual James Franco was recently added to Gay & Lesbian Dramas on the NetFlix.com Watch Instantly list. The film chronicles the experiences that led the openly-gay late poet & prophet of the Beat Generation to write the poem HOWL, the subsequent obscenity trial brought against the poet. In terms of NetFlix…it seems as if they are getting better about adding LGBT-films we actually want to watch online. They even added the Miami-centric comedy The Birdcage to their streaming list. I hope it rains this weekend so I have an excuse to watch it!
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