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ongressional leaders launched a bipartisan congressional HIV/AIDS caucus last week. The caucus replaces the Congressional Task Force on International HIV/AIDS. The new caucus will be chaired by Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA), Jim McDermott (D-WA) and Trent Franks (R-AZ). Joining the new caucus from Florida will be Democrats Cor-
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rine Brown and Kathy Castor; South Florida Democrats Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Alcee Hastings,Ted Deutch; and Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. “It makes a huge difference to have Republicans on board, and I’m really excited about that,” McDermott told The Huffington Post. “As a physician, I traveled in Africa in ‘87 to ‘88, and I saw the disease firsthand, and what it was doing. But when I came to Congress [in
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1989], no one was talking about this, and it was a gay man’s disease as far as anyone was concerned. I started a task force in Congress to address it in 1992, but it was tough to get people interested, and until today we didn’t have anyone on the other side.” This is the first time Democrats and Republicans have come together in a bipartisan fashion to create a group to combat AIDS. Besides Ileana Ros-Lehtinen two other Republicans have also joined the caucus. In total 59 congressmen and women have joined. The National Minority AIDS Council released a statement praising the decision. “Our nation’s response to HIV/ AIDS has reached a critical turning point,” said Deputy Executive Director Daniel C. Montoya. “The formation of the bipartisan Congressional HIV/ AIDS Caucus is an important step in ensuring that Congress does not lose sight of the impact their decisions could have on the more than one million Americans living with HIV/AIDS and the very real potential that their actions could bring an end to this 30 year struggle.”
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LA schools anti-bullying program promotes gays LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles school board has approved an anti-bullying program that promotes positive images of homosexuals and their contributions in the classroom. The Los Angeles Daily News says Tuesday’s resolution directs Los Angeles Unified School District officials to come up with an implementation plan within 90 days. District human relations coordinator Judy Chiasson says schools have always been leaders in social justice. The California Legislature earlier approved a law requiring school districts to include the contributions of LGBT Americans in their social studies curriculum. Chiasson says the Los Angeles program could mean middle school students studying history would learn about San Francisco gay rights leader Harvey Milk. And elementary school students with same-sex parents could be allowed to make two Mother’s or Father’s Day cards.
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Testimony: Cain campaign concealed gay aide’s role By Ryan J. Foley Associated Press
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- A former staffer for Herman Cain’s presidential campaign says aides tried to conceal its link to an adviser who had been ousted as leader of a gay pride group in Wisconsin amid financial scandal. Cain’s former Iowa straw poll coordinator, Kevin Hall, made the allegation in testimony seeking unemployment benefits. An administrative law judge ruled last week that Hall resigned after the campaign tried to get him involved in the alleged cover-up. Hall testified that some Cain supporters in Iowa were concerned about senior adviser Scott Toomey’s history with the Madison Pride Board, which removed him as treasurer in 2008 after discovering financial discrepancies. Hall says Iowa staffers were instructed to tell anyone who asked that Toomey was no longer involved with the campaign, which wasn’t true.
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By Donald Cavanaugh
n 2005, at the behest of community members trying to reach the gay market in South Florida, Compass investigated the possibility of creating a gay chamber of commerce in Palm Beach County. The chamber in Miami had become very successful as a focal point for LGBT and LGBT-friendly businesses to the south. “Why not do that up here?” asked several Compass supporters. Compass staff researched the project and discovered that the tax structure of a chamber is complex and not complementary to a non-profit status. “It was a mess that we didn’t need to step into,” said Julie Seaver, the current Director of Development who was not with Compass at the time. “But staff came up with another idea and that was the Pride Business Alliance (PBA) which, for tax purposes, could be just another community
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outreach program of Compass, Inc.” Seaver mentioned that she’d joined Compass in 2007 in large part due to the fact that PBA connections had helped her find a therapist and an attorney when she needed help ending a traditional marriage complicated by a business partnership and a young daughter. “I was really desperate to find someone who understood the issues gay people face at these times and Compass PBA helped. That’s when I knew I wanted to work here.” Another story Seaver shared from PBA archives involved a lesbian couple who called Compass for a referral for a plumber before the PBA was launched. The volunteer on the phone that day gave the caller the contact information for a plumber he had used in the past. What he didn’t know was the plumber was a homophobe and when he realized he was working for a lesbian couple g he stopped working, packed his tools and
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Rick Rose (l) and Peter Emmerich (r), co-owners of the Grandview Gardens Bed & Breakfast, one of the first organizations to join Pride Business Alliance. “We definitely have received business through the
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GLBT community due our involvement with Compass and PBA,” said charter member Rick Rose. “And there could be more. We have also utilized services there. For example, we have our dentist through PBA and found a great window cleaning service. We need more businesses, though, so we need to get the word out about the benefits to partic ipate.”
left a completely disassembled kitchen sink and a frightened client who didn’t know what might happen next. “That’s why we need a source for gay and gay-friendly services,” said Seaver. “You just don’t know who you might be letting into your home.” PBA was launched in 2006, thanks in part to a grant from then sponsor Wachovia (now Wells Fargo Bank). The first mixer was held at Grandview Gardens Bed & Breakfast hosted by owners Rick Rose and Peter Emmerich. Over 50 people showed up for that event and many charter members signed up that evening. Today, monthly mixers are held generally on the third Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 hosted by a different business every month. “We can move the date for the mixers if they conflict with other events going on in the community,” said Seaver. “We also try to support member organizations events with raffles, gifts and announcements.” Host companies provide food and beverages and people socialize and get to know one another. Around 7 pm, a Compass staff member becomes an MC and welcomes attendees. New members are announced and introduced to the group and attendees are invited to make announcements of general interest. The host company gets the floor to do a presentation on its products and services and the evening ends with more socializing. Meetings have been held in an automobile dealership, a body shop, a glass art studio, a
church, a nightclub, a restaurant, a designer furnishings store, an accountant’s office and more. “Some spaces are easier to work than others,” said Seaver. “But the people really like getting to know one another and sharing information about their businesses and themselves.” In addition to the monthly mixers, PBA membership entitles members to a listing on the website, www.gaypalmbeaches.com as well as inclusion in the annual Pride Guide that reaches over 15,000 people each year. Members may display brochures and posters on “Main Street” in the Center (outside the Youth Room) and have announcements included in Compass’ weekly e-newsletter. Membership is $125 per year for individuals and non-profits and $250 for corporations. To learn more or to sign up visit www.gaypalmbeaches.com.
The next Pride Business Alliance mixer will take place at When: Wed, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Where: Theatrics, 705 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth FL 33460 Description: Light Refreshments will be served...Come on out and mingle with gay and gay-friendly business people and their friends at the monthly Pride Business Alliance mixer! There is no cost to attend. More Info: www.theatricslakeworth.com
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LGBT Movement Advancing with Age
New study shows a wide gap between younger and older generations in regard to gay rights By Chuck Colbert Keen News Service
new national report provides data to back up what many have sensed for a long time: that the positive shift in America’s attitudes toward equal rights for LGBT people has a lot to do with age. There is a 20-point gap between so-called “millennials” (adults 18 to 29 years old) and “seniors” (ages 65 and older) on a range of LGBT issues, including marriage, civil unions, adoption, and protections for employment discrimination. That generation gap is the major finding in a report released August 29 by Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), a nonprofit, non-partisan research and education organization, located in Washington, D. C. And the generation gap on marriage equality is especially eye opening. Support for same-sex marriage among millennials has reached 62 percent, but among seniors, it is only 31 percent. “It is certainly impossible to understand current public opinion on rights for gay and lesbian Americans without understanding the steady upward trend in support, which actually includes an acceleration over the last two years,” said Robert P. Jones, PRRI’s chief executive officer and leading author of the report, during a telephone conference call. In 2011, public opinion polls for the first time began showing a slim majority of people in support of allowing same-sex couples to marry. And over the past five years, public support for marriage equality has registered double-digit increases. “When you look at the overall trends, broader context, and the strongly supportive attitudes, particularly among the millennial generation,” said Jones, “it suggests that we will look back at 2011 as a year marking the sea change for gay and lesbian issues, a change that is largely driven by Americans ages 18 to 29.” The PRRI report, Generations at Odds: The Millennial Generation and the Future of Gay and Lesbian Rights, is based on a random sample survey of 3,000 English and Spanish language telephone interviews (1,000 of which were to cell phones), conducted between July 14 and July 30. The margin of error is plus or minus two percentage points for the
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overall sample and plus or minus 4.5 percentage points for the sample of 18 to 29 year olds. It is one of the largest public opinion surveys on religion and gay issues ever conducted. The Arcus Foundation, which works to advance LGBT equality, funded the survey. The report notes that the independent findings of the study are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of Arcus. Millennials and seniors are indeed a generation at odds. As the report states, “It is difficult to find another issue on which there is a deeper generational disagreement than on the issue of homosexuality and rights for gay and lesbian people.” The report highlights other key findings, including that the generation gap on same-sex marriage is “striking and persists even among conservative religious and political groups.” For example, 44 percent of white young evangelicals favor marriage equality compared to 19 percent of white evangelicals overall and only 12 percent of white evangelical seniors.
Joining Jones on the teleconference call to release the survey results were Daniel Cox, PRRI’s director of research; Karlyn Bowman, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; and Laura Olson, a professor of political science at Clemson University all of whom offered observations on key findings. Cox pointed out that, in addition to age, four other powerfully important predictors that a person will oppose marriage equality are holding a literal interpretation of the Bible, attending religious services at least once a week, identifying as a political conservative, and being a white evangelical Protestant. Professor Olson said one likely explanation for the millennials support for marriage equality and equal rights for gays is the “exposure hypothesis.” “Young people today know gay people or they feel they know someone gay,” said Olson. “They see gay people who are portrayed by the media in importantly positive ways Ellen Degeneres, characters on TV shows, reality shows, the movies.” “Social science research indicates that the more exposure one has to a person with a characteristic different from their own,” said Olson, “the more likely that person is to be accepting of that characteristic.” “Proximity” to gay people also leads to “increased tolerance or acceptance,” added Bowman. The bottom line? The younger generation’s familiarity with gay people bodes well for the future of the LGBT civil rights movement. “The relationship younger Americans have with gay and lesbian people is not going to change as they get a mortgage, raise kids, and attend religious services in higher rates,” said Jones. And the survey also shows that “a number of people are willing to draw a line …making a distinction between support for public policy and what they believe in their own personal or religious lives,” said Jones. Thirty-nine percent of Americans say sex between two adults of the same gender is morally acceptable, according to the PRRI report, but even more (47 percent) favor allowing gay people to marry and 64 percent say gay and lesbian relationships should be accepted by society.
The survey also found that the majority of respondents in two major American religious groups white mainline Protestants (51 percent) and Catholics (52 percent) favor samesex marriage. But most black Protestants (60 percent) and most white evangelicals (76 percent) strongly oppose marriage equality. Sixty-seven percent of non-Christian religiously affiliated Americans a category that includes Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and other smaller non-Christians favor same-sex marriage. The survey found that most Americans believe it is difficult to live openly gay, but they also believe more lesbian and gay people “coming out” is a good thing for society. Sixty-nine percent of millennials say that religious groups alienate young people by being too judgmental about gay and lesbian people. But only 37 percent of seniors agree. More than six in ten Americans believe that negative messages from America’s houses of worship contribute to higher rates of suicide among gay youth. continued on page 35
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By Laurie Kellman and Jennifer Agiesta Associated Press
ASHINGTON (AP) Barbara Von Aspern loves her daughter, “thinks the world” of the person her daughter intends to marry and believes the pair should have the same legal rights as anyone else. It pains her, but Von Aspern is going to skip their wedding. Her daughter, Von Aspern explains, is marrying another woman. “We love them to death, and we love them without being judgmental,” the 62-year-old Chandler, Ariz., retiree said. “But the actual marriage I cannot agree with.” It’s complicated, this question of legitimizing gay marriage. Americans are grappling with it from their homes to the halls of government in the shadow of a presidential election next year. The ambivalence is reflected in a new poll that shows the nation is passionate, conflicted and
narrowly split on same-sex marriage. Fifty-three percent of the 1,000 adults surveyed believe the government should give legal recognition to marriages between couples of the same sex, about the same as last year, according to the nationwide telephone poll by The Associated Press and the National Constitution Center. Forty-four percent were opposed. People are similarly conflicted over what, if anything, the government should do about the issue. Support for legal recognition of same-sex marriage has shifted in recent years, from a narrow majority opposed in 2009 to narrow majority support now. Some of the shift stems from a generational divide, with the new poll showing a majority of Americans under age 65 in favor of legal recognition for same-sex marriages, and a majority of seniors opposed. In some places, government has moved ahead while the nation debates. New York
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Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch, endorsing Bob Turner, an opponent of same-sex marriage, for Congress.
in July became the sixth state, along with the District of Columbia, to legalize samesex marriage. Still, the issue played a part in the special election Tuesday to replace disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner, DN.Y. Democrat David Weprin’s support for gay marriage cost him support among the district’s Orthodox Jews, and he lost to Republican Bob Turner. Also Tuesday, lawmakers in North Carolina, the only state in the Southeast that does not have language in its constitution banning gay marriage, voted to put the question on the 2012 ballot. Most Americans who live in states where gay marriage is not already legal say it is unlikely their state will pass such a law; just 20 percent think it is likely to become law in their state. Americans also are conflicted on how to go about legalizing or outlawing gay marriage. One option is banning gay marriage by constitutional amendment. About half of the poll’s respondents, 48 percent, said they would favor such an amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Most who feel this way do so intensely. About 40 percent would strongly favor such a change. Forty-three percent said they would oppose such an amendment, and 8 percent were neutral, according to the poll. Most, 55 percent, believe the issue should be handled at the state level, however, and opinions on how states should act are split. People are about evenly divided on whether their states should allow same-sex marriages; 42 percent favor that and 45 percent are opposed and tilt in favor of state laws that allow gay couples to form civil unions, 47 percent in favor, 38 percent opposed and 13 percent neutral, according to the poll.
“The different moral standards in different areas, probably, are the biggest reason that same-sex marriages are an issue,’’ said Dale Shoemaker, 54, a military retiree from Boise, Idaho. If gay couples who want to get married live in a state that doesn’t allow it, they can move to one that does, he said. Either way, gay couples “should have benefits,’’ Shoemaker said. “If they’re living together and cohabitating and are a couple, (they should have) the insurance and retirement and that type of thing, the monetary benefits.’’ Nearly 6 in 10 (57 percent) in the poll shared Shoemaker’s take when it comes to government benefits. They said same-sex couples should be entitled to the same legal benefits as married couples of the opposite sex. Forty percent felt the government should distinguish between them. The poll did uncover some inequities. It suggests, for example, that opponents of same-sex marriage were far more apt to say that the issue is one of deep importance to them. Forty-four percent of those polled called it extremely or very important for them personally. Among those who favor legal marriage for gay couples, 32 percent viewed the issue as that important. Von Aspern is an example of an American whose opposition to gay marriage is deep and abiding. It’s based on her religion -- she is Mormon -- and as such it overrode other considerations when it came to her daughter’s wedding. “It was very difficult,’’ Von Aspern says. “We had to bring them to the house and hug them and love them and tell them these things and not let that keep us apart.’’
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GLAAD Must Start Choosing Its Battles Carefully By Jesse Monteagudo
he political website HuffingtonPost.com published an article August 30 about gay lifestyles by Amanda M. Fairbanks, apparently a heterosexual woman. Titled “Sex For Tuition: Gay Male College Students Using ‘Sugar Daddies’ To Pay Off Loan Debt,” the article featured a photo of a handsome Daddy and an equally attractive twink cuddling in bed. According to Fairbanks, “an increasing number of gay male students have . . . taken to the web in the past several years searching for wealthy benefactors. While young gay men exchanging sex for money certainly predated the financial collapse, recent events have pushed some students to consider engaging in risky behavior that in more robust economic times might have been unthinkable, according to several owners of websites that broker such hook‑ups. The rise in the number of straight and gay college students moonlighting as ‘sugar babies’ occurs at a time when the life plan of many 20‑somethings have taken a brutal detour.” As a frequent visitor to the Huffington Post, I read Fairbanks’ article the day it was posted and thought nothing of it. This was not the case with the folks at GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which issued a “Call to Action: Tell Huffington Post To Stop Masquerading Anti‑Gay Stereotypes As Journalism.” “Fairbanks and her interview subjects play into several alarming and dangerous stereotypes about the LGBT community ‑ completely unchallenged,” read the GLAAD press release. “This level of carelessness is surprising, given the Huffington Post’s track record of commendable coverage of LGBT issues,” said Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs at GLAAD. “It feeds into very outdated stereotypes, ignores the broad range of people from our community with many healthy and loving families and uses a few individuals to make sweeping and degrading generalizations about the gay community. It’s shoddy journalism.” GLAAD urged LGBT community members to “take action and let the Huffington Post know that they should not stand be-
hind this careless and derogatory approach to journalism.” What did Fairbanks write that was so horrible? Fairbanks interviewed Brandon Wade, founder of the hook‑up website SeekingArrangement.com, who told her that “the gay community were really the first to embrace the sugar lifestyle, even more so than the straight community.” Fairbanks herself added that, “unlike in the straight world, many say they find working as an escort on the gay scene to be an accepted, even applauded practice. And unlike the young women engaged in similar behavior who reported feeling great shame and remorse, the men generally seemed less traumatized by their decision. In fact, they often feel emboldened by the money they were able to earn, rather than shamed by the stigma.” She makes reference to Christian Grov, assistant professor of public health at Brooklyn College, who “finds the gay culture more accepting of one‑night stands and casual relationships.”So what’s wrong with that? Escorts, one‑night stands and casual relationships are more acceptable in the LGBT community (or at least the male part) than in the hetero‑sexual mainstream. So are public nudity, pornography and open relationships. By denouncing Fairbanks’ article, GLAAD seems to presume that our community shares in the heterosexual mainstream’s prejudice against any form of “sex” that is not justified by “love.” We might want the world to think that the LGBT community consists mostly of happy, monogamous couples, with or without children. But wanting something does not mean that it actually exists. We should accept and celebrate our LGBT community in all its diversity, not try to pigeonhole it into a socially‑acceptable “lifestyle.” This does not justify Fairbanks’ use of generalizations, as when she quotes “sugar baby” Jake’s opinion that, “in the gay scene, all you really have is your age or your money.” This has not been a good year for GLAAD. Earlier this year, it sent a letter to the FCC endorsing a proposed merger between communications giants AT&T and T‑Mobile. This was seen by many to be a conflict of interest, since GLAAD board member
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Troup Coronado was also a lobbyist for AT&T. This led to the resignation of GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios and eight GLAAD board members (including Coronado) before GLAAD withdrew support for the merger and took a stand in favor of net neutrality. But GLAAD is not over. It has since recovered enough to lead the charge against homophobic rapper Tyler the Creator after
he won Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards. GLAAD also called out comedian Chelsea Handler when she mocked transgender activist Chaz Bono on Dancing With The Stars. There is still a place for GLAAD in the LGBT community, but it must choose its battles carefully. For all its faults, Huffington Post is our friend. We already have too many enemies.
On Death and Whales
ith the wake of my boat, I rang the channel bell for Andy Whitfield, the thirtynine-year-old star of Spartacus: Blood and Sand who died that day of lymphoma. The clanging of the giant old bell was a message to the heavens of my thanks to Andy for the pleasure he brought me in his role as the famed gladiator, and of my loving thoughts to his wife and two small children. A short while later, after I rounded the Race Point lighthouse, thinking of death, sad with the signs of summer’s end, and perplexed by my need to make changes in some of my relationships, I turned off the boat’s engine and stretched out in the sun. I hoped to be lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of the boat. I then started to think about an email I had received that morning from a young mother who had decided to separate from
her husband. She said that she wanted the same love that she saw in Ray’s and my relationship. She didn’t want to settle for less. She was lonely in her marriage and had decided to move on. I had replied to her, “You are making a courageous decision. Do your best to do it with great love, and without closing any doors. We all need the time and space to make decisions, and the opportunity to change our minds.” As I pondered the significance of my friend’s decision and its possible thematic connection to the death of the Welsh actor Whitfield, and the end of summer, and the volatility of friendships, a handsome whale surfaced next to the boat. The sound of it blowing out air, and the sight of its sleek black body moving gracefully through the water, pulled me into a different realm a place of peace. I was no longer Brian in a boat with heavy things on my mind. I was
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in union with the small whale, and with the waves, the soaring seagulls, the warm sun, the pure sand, and the brilliant sky. For the briefest moment, I was a simple but important part of nature’s essence and wonder. But the whale didn’t resurface as I hoped it would, and in time I was forced to come back to the other reality, and my thoughts of death the end of life, the end of a relationship, the end of friendships, and the end of the season. All of it is about letting go, sometimes with a choice and sometimes with no choice. Sometimes it’s final and sometimes it’s not. But, it’s death. This morning, I got an email from a friend and fellow diversity trainer who wanted me to know that she had changed jobs and was now a wealth manager focusing on LGBT people, as she had in her corporate trainings. I think she made a good decision, but only time will tell. I was nevertheless very proud of her, and told her so. She seemed really happy. This afternoon, I took two transsexual women friends for a boat ride to Race Point. Through choppy waters and ocean sprays that soaked us completely, we rang the bell
in honor of their transitions, and we talked of the death they would have endured had they not chosen to fully embrace their female gender identity. Transsexuals cannot live full lives in the gender they were assigned at birth. LGB people in the closet will only experience death. When we reached the lighthouse, our focus was captured by the magnificent sight of a giant sunfish floating joyfully at the water’s surface. For a brief moment, we weren’t a gay man and two transsexual women in a boat. We were lost in peace and awe as three souls that shared life with the sunfish. But, then we headed back to shore, with more talk of making choices. Death brings new life. Letting go of one thing means the possibility of new life with another. Fall follows summer, and in the fall there are experiences I can’t have in the summer. What’s more, summer will return, so there is death, birth, death, and birth with human life, marriages, friendships, seasons, careers, gender transitions, sexual orientations, and all other aspects of our lives. It’s nature’s way. Choosing not to change or to let go can mean death. Staying in a marriage that is not loving is death. Staying in friendships that no longer feed you is death. Staying in a career that no longer interests you is death. Andy Whitfield didn’t have a choice. He wanted to live but death was going to have its way. But if he embraced his death, made peace with it, and let go, he too found life if only in the change of forms. Sometimes, when we’re feeling the weight of these important decisions to stay or to let go and move on, a whale surfaces or a sunfish plays. It’s an unexpected event, or sight, taste, sound, feel, or smell that takes us away from our dilemmas, and allows us to reside in a more peaceful frame of mind. But it doesn’t last long. It’s only a short peek into what’s possible. And then it ends. The moment dies, and then enters the world of someone else to give them peace. It’s important to remember in all of this that even the whales and sunfish must face death, and make decisions that can mean life for them. Brian McNaught was named “the godfather of gay diversity training” by The New York Times. He works with corporate executives globally, is the author of six books, and is featured in seven educational DVDs. He and his spouse Ray Struble divide their year between Ft. Lauderdale and Provincetown. Visit BrianMcNaught.com for more information.
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The Pleasures of Small Town Life
By A. Sebastian Fortino Wilton Manors, known for eateries, bars, and shops lining Wilton Drive offers other amenities, which only small towns can offer. There is a sense of civic pride and fun in towns like this. In fact, SFGN participated in the 20th Annual Island City Canoe Race this past May although we won’t reveal at what number we placed.
he Island City,” once again named a top mailing address for the gay community, maintains several parks and green spaces, several of which are on waterways. There are 17 parks and public facilities ranging in size from the 0.1 acre N. E. De Palma Park, located a block behind the Shoppes of Wilton Manors, to the 8.5 acre Colohatchee Park and the medians on Wilton Drive. In fact there are so many green areas Wilton Manors is considered a Community Wildlife Habitat, certified through the National Wildlife Federation. Residents and businesses can also apply to qualify for
Photos courtesy of wilton manors dept. of Leisure services
Part One: Wilton Manors Department of Leisure Services
Backyard Habitat status, in which the NWF surveys private property to see if candidates meet criteria to support local wildlife. Parkland is managed by the City of Wilton Manors Leisure Services Department, in their mission to improve the life of residents, those who work here, and visitors. Hagen Park, is located just behind Wilton Manors City Hall. They have a Community Center, available to rent for private events, flanked by a tennis court to improve your serve. On weekends the parking lot hosts a well-attended farmers market. The center also boasts a small, wellequipped municipal gym. “Not many cities have gyms,” said Chris Cooper, Administrative Program Director for the Department of Leisure Services. Cooper, who is earning his masters in public administration and already has a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation administration, is clearly well-suited to the task. Yet, sourcing funds are always an issue in his line of work. “It’s a challenge to find revenue support-
ing these facilities,” he said. “We opened four years ago and were able to pay off the equipment within three years. Now it’s a new source of revenue for the city that supports the health and well-being of the community.” The gym has 175 members, with reasonable rates for people who live or work in Wilton Manors. Mornings are busiest, but only half-a-dozen people seem to work out at the same time. “It’s great for people who want to work out at a smaller gym,” said Cooper, of the gym. “It’s more private.” If you haven’t heard about the fitness center that’s because Cooper and his staff work without a marketing budget. The Island City Park Preserve, in the Highland Estates section of town, is a large green area along the water boasting a canoe and kayak launch, outdoor pavilions, playground and when I went through the space during the summer a day camp for local children. “This is a transformation for that neighborhood,” said Cooper. “The Island City Park Preserve receives federal funding from the Community Development Block Grant to rehabilitate blighted areas.” The main meeting room can hold about 100 people. As the park is not located on
Wilton Drive, in a quiet residential section of the city, it is a bit more private than the Community Center at Hagen Park. “We strive to make the parks and other amenities integral to life here in the Island City,” Cooper said proudly. “Leisure Services is, ultimately, a direct reflection of what the city can and should be.” In addition to the parks mentioned above Colohatchee Park offers a boat ramp to launch boats into the intercoastal, a dog park, and other amenities including barbeques. Mickel Field is an athletic complex with baseball fields, dugouts, press box and has been home to Wilton Manors Little League since 1995. The Snook Creek Boat Ramp is yet another location for waterway enthusiasts which can accommodate boats up to 17 feet long, and serves as the only access to the water on the west side of the city. Donn Eisele Park also has a floating dock, pavilion offering shade and a butterfly garden. The Island City, it seems is also a City of Parks. Next week SFGN will tour the Wilton Manors Historical Society and the Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve. Visit WiltonManors.com for more information, or be neighborly and drop into the Community Center at Hagen Park for brochures.
September 21, 2011 • SouthFloridaGayNews.com
A HISTORY OF DADT
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Ends White House Photo, Lawrence Jackson
President Barack Obama fulfills campaign promise of ending
By Jason Parsley
never really thought it was a personal fight for me, but more for all of my friends that rowing up Walker Burttschel, 29, are serving that are gay. They’ve had to live of Miami Beach always dreamed this double life. Thankfully they don’t have of serving in the military. to worry about their career being jeopar“The day after 9/11 I dropped out of dized anymore.” school and enlisted,” he recalled. “It was For some though the fight isn’t over yet. always a goal, but the attacks made me jump The Log Cabin Republicans are still challengon it a lot sooner.” ing the law in court even though it’s been Burttschel said he knew he was gay repealed. They’ve already had some success before he joined the Marines, but was only with one judge ruling it unconstitutional. out to a few close friends. “A judicial ruling will make it more for“I never really thought it was an issue,” mal,” said Executive Director Clark Cooper. he said. “All of my friends were in the “Legislative repeal struck the law off of the military.” books but didn’t address whether it was a Two years later his dream turned in to a nightmare when someone found out he was bad law. It doesn’t memorialize how unjust it was. A ruling would set a precedent gay and threatened to expose him. against future statutes that might pop up.” “I went a little ballistic and became very For Cooper the end is not just his orgadepressed,” he said. “I tried to commit suicide and was hospitalized for a few weeks.” nization’s mission, but it’s also personal. He’s been in the army since 2001 and is currentIn the end those threats of being outted never came to fruition. Instead, while in the ly a captain in the army reserves. And he’s always been fairly open about his sexuality. hospital, he came out to his physician who He said one of the biggest problems with then exposed him. “I thought I could tell my doctor anything DADT was the arbitrary enforcement. “That’s the arbitrary nature of Don’t Ask but that wasn’t true, not in the military,” he said. “I didn’t realize that, I was a little naïve.” Don’t Tell,” he said. “It’s just a bad law. There’s a whole list of reasons why it was bad.” Today Burttschel works for a real estate Before 1993 when someone joined the developer and for the past couple of years military he or she had to answer whether has taken an active role in attempting to or not they were homosexual. After Presioverturn DADT. He hasn’t decided if he’ll dent Clinton signed DADT in to law that try to re-enlist yet. question was removed and personal life was “I’m just extremely happy,” he said. “I
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supposed to stay private. Instead over the next 18 years more gay men and women in uniform were discharged for being gay than before the policy went in to effect. “It was never applied the way it was intended,” Cooper said. “Service members were supposed to be able to live a private life. They just couldn’t bring it in the work place. The military wasn’t supposed to seek it out.” However, that’s not what happened. Mark Cady saw the arbitrary enforcement first hand and said some in the military have used DADT to retaliate against other members. “It all depended on who was in higher rank,” he said. “One person I know of was in one command and no one cared.Then he got transferred and ended up getting booted out.” Cady, who served in the navy for 12 years, said some areas were more tolerant than others like the U.S. Naval Medical Command. “They would not be able to function without gay and lesbian doctors,” he said. “It was always something overlooked in the medical command.” Cady recently founded Out and Proud Veterans of America in Orlando and serves as the executive director. He celebrated the end of DADT at the Orlando VA medical center. Cady came out to his military officers in 1994 and asked to be discharged because he didn’t believe in the DADT compromise. “I got out in protest,” he said. No one knows for sure how many LGBT service members there are but Gary Gates, a demographer at UCLA’s Williams Institute has been studying the issue for years. The Williams Institute is a leading research institute on sexual orientation and gender identity law and policy. He estimates there to be about 71,000 LGBT active duty members and reservists. He also estimates the military lost about 4,000 people a year because of DADT and the policy cost the military about $364 million because of having to train new people to do the job of the discharged members. “The issue now is will more gay people sign up, or are they more likely now to provide more information,” he said. While Gates doesn’t know what his
institute will be studying next he believes some of the issues in the future will be how the military deals with HIV, partners of LGB service members, and transgender issues. This week’s formal end of the policy is the final nail in the coffin for this discriminatory law. It’s over. There are no more studies that need to be completed, no more votes, no more certifications. Now gays and lesbians can serve openly alongside their heterosexual counterparts for the first time in U.S. history.
Countries that allow gays to serve in the military: This week the United States formally ended Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Below is a list of other countries that allow gays and lesbians to serve. Austria Belgium Canada Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Ireland Israel Italy Lithuania Luxembourg Netherlands New Zealand Norway Slovenia South Africa Spain Sweden Switzerland Taiwan UK Uruguay This is a June 2009 report compiled from the Palm Center, a University of California, Santa Barbara-based think tank that studies controversial public policy issues.
Navy Clears Gay WWII Vet’s Record By Julie Watson
Aaron Belkin, an expert on gays in the U.S. military at Associated Press AN DIEGO (AP) — Nearly 70 years the University of California, Los Angeles. He added: “This illustrates, at least in the after expelling Melvin Dwork for case of one person, that the military is trybeing gay, the Navy is changing his discharge from “undesirable” to “honorable” ing to set things right.” About 100,000 troops were discharged — marking what is believed to be the first time the Pentagon has taken such a step on between World War II and 1993 for being gay and lost their benefits as a result, Belkin behalf of a World War II veteran since the said. Under the more relaxed “don’t ask, repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” don’t tell” policy, which allowed gays to The Navy notified the 89-year-old former corpsman last month that he will now be eli- serve as long as they kept their sexual origible for the benefits he had long been denied, entation to themselves, about 14,000 troops were forced out, but most were given including medical care and a military burial. Dwork spent decades fighting to remove honorable discharges that allowed them to draw benefits. The repeal of “don’t ask, don’t the blot on his record. tell” officially takes effect Tuesday. “I resented that word ‘undesirable,’” said Since Congress voted last year to repeal Dwork, who was expelled in 1944, at the the Clinton-era law, dozens of gay veterans height of the war, and is now a successful who were given undesirable, dishonorable interior designer in New York. “That word or less-than-honorable discharges before really stuck in my craw. To me it was a ter1993 have stepped forward, seeking to rible insult. It had to be righted. It’s really worse than ‘dishonorable.’ I think it was the have the stain removed from their records, according to the Servicemembers Legal worst word they could have used.” Defense Network. For Dwork, victory came with a heartThe SLDN, which provides free legal breaking truth: Last year, when the Navy representation to gays in the military, said finally released his records, he learned that Dwork is the first World War II veteran his name had been given up by his own they know of to succeed in getting his boyfriend at the time. records changed. The decision to amend his discharge Many of the other cases involve veterans papers was made by the Board for Correcfrom the Gulf War era of the early 1990s. tions of Naval Records in Washington. Next to Dwork, the oldest veteran is from In its Aug. 17 proceedings, obtained by the Vietnam era, the SLDN said. The Associated Press, the board noted that Navy officials said that legally, they could the Navy has undergone a “radical deparhave amended the discharge records of gay ture” from the outright ban on gays that veterans even during the “don’t ask, don’t was in place in 1944. The board pointed out tell” era. But they could not say for certain Dwork’s “exemplary period of active duty” whether that was ever done. And the SLDN and said that changing the terms of his dissaid it could not recall any such cases. charge was done “in the interest of justice.” “As the military progresses and the Navy officials declined to discuss Dwork’s culture progresses, people should not be case, citing privacy reasons. left with the inaccurate characteristic of “I think that with the end of ‘don’t ask, their service with words like ‘unfitness’ or don’t tell,’ there is a growing realization ‘undesirable’ on their paperwork,” said David within the military that not only gays be McKean, SLDN legal director and Dwork’s allowed to serve openly now but this was attorney. “That paperwork has consequences probably the wrong policy all along,” said
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for people throughout their lives.” Dwork was not allowed to draw GI benefits to continue his studies as a young man and was denied medical care in his later years. He said he needs a hearing aid that he cannot afford. Over the years, he filed countless requests with the Navy, traveled to Washington, lobbied lawmakers and hired a law firm to help. The Board for Corrections of Naval Records said it would reinstate Dwork’s benefits retroactively. But exactly what that means — whether, for example, the Navy will write him a check for the benefits he missed out on over a lifetime — is unclear, his attorney said. The son of open-minded, liberal parents, Dwork grew up in Kansas City, Mo. He said he realized at 18 that he was gay and had his first serious relationship soon afterward with a man he met while studying at the Kansas City Institute of Art. Both joined the Navy hospital corps in 1943. “I had heard that the hospital corps was simpatico to gay people,” Dwork said. “Being in the hospital, you took care of people who were in trouble.” While working at the Marine base on Parris Island, S.C., Dwork sent letters to his boyfriend, stationed in New Orleans, declaring in one: “I love you, love you, love you incessantly.” But after his gay friends warned him to be careful, he stopped writing love letters. Later, Dwork was sitting in class, training to be an officer at the University of South Carolina at Columbia, when MPs showed up, whispered something in his instructor’s ear and marched him out of the room. His teacher told the class that if he were Dwork’s father, he would cut off Dwork’s genitals. He was thrown in the brig, then transferred to a psychiatric ward in Charleston, S.C., where he said he spent a couple of weeks being peppered with “stupid” questions.
“This patient is a 22-year-old male who keeps his robe tightly wrapped around him and speaks in a slightly effeminate manner,” the doctors wrote in their report. They said Dwork took an “avid interest in female attire, household furnishings and shopping.” Dwork said he had assumed his love letters had fallen into the wrong hands and led to his discharge. After he recently learned the truth, he contacted his former boyfriend, who had long ago married and had children. The man did not want to discuss the matter, Dwork said. Dwork said he does not blame his former boyfriend; he said the young man was pressured into giving up names as part of a “witch hunt.” “It was confusing to me that anything like that could happen,” Dwork said. “I always knew I was innocent, and I wasn’t ashamed of what I was or what I am. It was just a sad period. I didn’t know frankly at that point it would affect the rest of my life.”
Documentary chronicles dishonorable discharge By A. Sebastian Fortino
he Undesirable” is a documentary currently in production focusing on the life and love of renowned interior designer Melvin Dwork. As a young man Dwork always knew he was gay and never thought anything of it, until he was undesirably discharged from the U.S. Navy’s Hospital Corps during WWII due to his homosexuality. Not having broken any of the military’s rules or regulations, Mel was under the impression the Navy opened his mail and discovered he was writing his lover Dale, who was also in the Hospital Corps but stationed in Louisiana. In the end they were both “undesirably discharged” from the Navy, a badge of dishonor they have carried around with them for over 67 years. The film is currently still in production and is accepting 100% tax-deductible donations towards the making of this film. Visit TheUndesirable.com to learn more or make a donation.
September 21, 2011 • SouthFloridaGayNews.com
A HISTORY OF DADT
House GOP Attempts One Last Time to Delay DADT Repeal By Lisa Keen
n a request that seems more like political theatre than political combat, the House Armed Services Committee sent a plea to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asking that repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell be delayed. The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the federal law which has barred openly gay people from the military for 18 years, was enacted on Tuesday, 60 days after military officials and President Obama certified to Congress that the military is ready to repeal the law. But in a September 12 letter, Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Armed Services, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), chairman of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, urged Panetta to delay repeal. “The Department is not ready to implement repeal because all the policies and regulations necessary for the transition are not yet final,” states the letter. Specifically, McKeon and Wilson claim that they have not received from the DOD “revised regulations and a summary of all the specific policy changes, especially with regard to benefits, that will take effect upon repeal.” A Defense spokeswoman said Thursday, September 14, “The repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell will occur, in accordance with the law and after a rigorous certification process, on September 20. Senior Department of Defense officials have advised Congress of changes to regulations and policies associated with repeal. We take that obligation seriously.” A spokesman for the House Armed Services Committee downplayed the significance of the letter, saying its point was simply to “highlight” that, with any big change, it’s important that regulations are in place “and things go smoothly.” “We haven’t seen any evidence those things have happened,” said the spokesman. Specifically, the letter asked Panetta that
memoranda from senior military leaders regarding repeal of DADT be “made public and transmitted” to the Committee. But the Defense spokeswoman said, “Senior Department officials, including the General Counsel, have met with House Armed Services Committee staff and shared with them all of the proposed revisions to the regulations and new policies to be promulgated.” And another senior Defense official said, “The service secretaries, service chiefs, and combatant commanders submitted their recommendations months ago, and none of them suggested that repeal be postponed.” McKeon and Wilson’s request to make public memoranda from senior military leaders came at a particularly ironic time. Just three days earlier, the Republican-led House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) informed a federal judge that BLAG did not consent to being videotaped during its defense of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court next month. The court had asked to videotape the proceedings in order to make them available to the public. Republican Congressional leaders published a Pledge to America in September 2010, promising to make their actions “more transparent.” Aubrey Sarvis, head of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), said the House committee’s letter was “another example of the hardcore opposition attempting to delay or undo” DADT repeal. “I expect they will continue to look for openings to deny gay and lesbian service members the same rights and dignity as their straight counterparts,” said Sarvis. Sarvis said the law passed by Congress last December and signed by President Obama, “only requires that the new regulations be prepared—not issued—before certification.” President Obama, Secretary Panetta, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen sent Congress written notice July 22 that
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variety of benefits, even after repeal of DADT. The federal Defense of Marriage Act, it said, bars the DOD from providing benefits, such as health insurance coverage, to the spouses of gay servicemembers. And gay servicemembers will the military is prepared still be denied access to to implement repeal of housing for military famithe ban. lies, relocation services, Human Rights and other aid. Campaign President Joe “It is time to finally Solmonese called the end this discriminatory House Armed Services Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta law,” said Solmonese, Committee letter “a “and moves to stall will be seen by desperate move by extremist House memAmericans for what they are—homobers to continue to discriminate against gay and lesbian service members in our military.” phobic attempts to prevent the military from continuing down the path of full HRC noted that gay and lesbian serequality.” vicemembers would still be denied a wide
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Outserve No Longer Underground
New magazine launch coincides with Sept. 20 By A. Sebastian Fortino
n organization serving LGBT people in the United States Armed Services, Outserve, launched last summer. However, now they will be serving gay military personnel openly…with both an online and hardcopy magazine. Despite being a clandestine group there are more than 4,000 members across the globe. Ironically these numbers mean it is one of the largest LGBT employee resource groups in the world. Of that number 100 will be featured in the upcoming Sept. 20th issue, which will be stocked on the newsstands of some military bases. “Gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members once had to conceal their true identities. By featuring their pictures and their stories, we are signaling that time has passed,” J.D. Smith, co-director of Outserve told The Advocate. Outserve magazine will truly let their readers come out of the barracks as it gives readers the opportunity to comment and repost articles on social networking sites. “It is time for these military members to be honored for their extraordinary commitment and sacrifice in defense of our country,” Smith continued.
Visit OutserveMag.com to learn more.
Tony Woods, former Army Captain discharged under DADT.
A brief timeline of gays in the military in the U.S 1777 – Baron von Steuben, who was widely rumored to be gay, helps train the U.S. revolutionary forces and later becomes President Washington’s chief of staff. 1778 -- Lieutenant Gotthold Frederick Enslin becomes the first soldier discharged from the military (at that time, the Continental Army) for sodomy. 1916 – The military explicitly prohibits homosexuality in the Articles of War of 1916. 1939 – The ban on homosexuality isn’t enforced until World War II. By the end of the war more than 4,000 of the 12 million men conscripted for the war are rejected for being gay. 1975 -- Leonard Matlovich of the Air Force comes out of the closet while serving. He’s discharged and subsequently becomes the first serviceman to fight the ban on gays. 1984 -- Perry Watkins is discharged from the military for being gay even though he checked the “yes” box in the category of “homosexual tendencies” in 1968 when he was drafted for the Vietnam War. He challenges the ban in court and wins and is reinstated. 1988 -- Leonard Matlovich dies. On his tombstone it reads: “When I was in the military, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.” 1992 -- Colonel Margarethe “Grethe” Cammermeyer is discharged from the National Guard for being a lesbian. She files a lawsuit and wins and is reinstated. That same year Bill Clinton campaigns for president with the promise to lift the ban on gays in the military. 1993 – Congress enacts the Military Personnel Eligibility Act of 1993, which later becomes known as Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. 2009 – Serviceman Dan Choi comes out of the closet on the Rachel Maddow Show and is discharged from the military. He quickly becomes the face of DADT repeal and leads the charge. 2010 – Congress repeals Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. 2011 – The U.S. formerly ends Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and allows gays to serve openly in the military.
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Fighting the Good Fight Norm Kent, Publisher “Is the culture of victimhood so entrenched in the LGBT community that we can no longer recognize a true ally when he invites us into the White House?”
n a thoughtful editorial appearing in last week’s Washington Blade, Editor Kevin Naff opens his column with this question. He then uses his perch to chastise leading gay activists for calling President Obama to task for moving to slow on LGBT issues. Recalling the presidency of George Bush, Naff applauds the leadership of Barack Obama for being remarkably supportive of LGBT causes. He criticizes activists like Lt. Dan Choi and the GetEqual movement for being too demanding and not adequately appreciative of achievements the movement for LGBT equality has made in recent years. Having spent 40 years in protest movements, from Vietnam war sit-ins to rallies right here on Wilton Drive, I have a perspective measured by history. In my opinion, Kevin Naff is wrong. He is one of those limousine liberals willing to be chauffeured
to a civil rights demonstration, but wants to celebrate the cause with cocktails at an HRC blast in the W Hotel, instead of putting his neck on the line. Real protest requires real risks. When Henry David Thoreau, 200 years ago protesting a tax was asked by his friend, Ralph Waldo Emerson, why he was in jail, Thoreau replied, “Why are you not?” One of the most eloquent American treatises on freedom came from the Rev. Martin Luther King, when he wrote his historic “letter from a Birmingham jail.” To help desegregate restaurants in the Deep South, four young students sat at a counter in Greensboro refusing to get up. Like Rosa Parks on the back of a bus, they stood their ground and kept their seats. These are not people whining because they were victims. These were courageous men and women who said they would be victims no longer. When a crowd of activists gathered last month on a hot summer day to protest Congressman Allen West, they were not whining about how he did not agree with them.
They were gathering to say they would not allow him to abuse them with demeaning and disgraceful comments. If they barricaded his office with their presence, I would applaud rather than criticize them. When all of you show up in tuxedos next month at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Dinner at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach it will be, for many of you, your typical contribution to LGBT rights. It takes a lot more guts to chain yourself to a White House fence and get arrested fighting to end discrimination in the military than it does to eat caviar and down champagne in a hotel on South Beach. It is one thing to say ‘tear this wall down.’ It is quite another to help tear it down yourself, and put your body on the line for the cause and risk your freedom in a trial. Choi may be more than acquitted in his present trial for chaining himself to the White House fence, protesting the slow end to DADT. We may be able to show that the US government vindictively targeted him for a harsher prosecution than other protestors similarly situated. We may be able to show that his expressive efforts to bring down DADT so antagonized the White House that they engineered a prosecution to treat him more harshly than others who also protest on the White House sidewalk. After 18 years of injustice and 14,000 discharges of gay soldiers, acts of civil disobedience by protestors should be celebrated, not censured. What laptop liberals do not seem to get is that we should never have to plead, beg, grovel, and submit to someone else to get rights we should lawfully have had in the first place. We have to do those things necessary to bring the walls down. Sometimes you have to pull the chain and rattle the fence.
Mr. Naff reminds us how much better Mr. Obama was than Mr. Bush. But neither should have been holding us by a leash to begin with. It’s like saying Sheriff Bull O’Connor was nicer to “Negroes” in the 1960’s because he used water hoses to stop their protests but another sheriff used batons. If you tolerate injustice, you perpetuate it. If you wait for someone to dole out a hand, you lose sight of the fact that the hand was never theirs to give, and the arm is rightfully ours. While each of us owes a duty to law, there is no moral imperative to obey an unjust law. The protestors who chained themselves to a White House fence in order to point out the injustice of gays being excluded from the military were acting under a principle of justice which is intolerant of those who tolerate injustice. We don’t want the ‘tolerance’ of those who would ‘accept’ us. Keeping the pressure on people who keep us from accessing the full breadth of our liberties is a good and healthy thing. When laws that violate the human spirit are maintained, the rule of law is itself diminished and compromised. Break those laws and you do not necessarily disgrace the rule of law, you more speedily help create a new one that is more just, universal and equal. By all means, go enjoy your cocktails at a Human Rights dinner, but don’t you dare stand on a pedestal looking down at those willing to go to jail for your cause. Editor’s Note: Norm Kent is one of the attorney’s on Dan Choi’s legal team. Visit WashingtonBlade.com/2011/07/21/ourculture-of-victimhood to read Kevin Naff’s original story.
September 21, 2011 • SouthFloridaGayNews.com
Letter to the Editor
Why Not Now
’m remembering that fateful day on September 11, 2001. On that day there was “unity” and “oneness” at work; on that day, side by side, brave men and women gave their lives for one another; on that day, there were no thoughts given to one’s culture, religious affiliations, sexuality, sexual preference, political ideology, or race. We stood in “unity” and “oneness” facing the tragedy that had befallen us. My question is, “Why does it take a tragedy to bring us to oneness and unity? Why is it, especially in this free country of America, our humanity must be splintered and even broken when it comes to expressing the same comradery we witnessed on 9/11? We’ve seen how it’s done; we’ve watched the best of human kindness unfold in front of our eyes on 9/11. Can we not “pay it forward” regardless of the differences that exist between us? For a moment in time, “differences” did not exist in the hearts of the brave men and women, who graced us with their courage on 9/11, as they worked, side by side, to lift us all out of the rubble, left behind on that tragic day. If we are to honor them, and stand for anything, can we not stand together in oneness and unity? Let’s not wait for another tragedy to befall us; let’s be the best that humanity has to offer, “now!” – S idney Andrews, an author, who happens to be a lesbian. Port St. Lucie
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Gifts of Loss, Life, and Love By Dana Rudolph
his is a month of love and loss, marked for me by two tragic events. The first was the World Trade Center disaster of September 11, 2001. For most of 2001, I worked on the top floor of Two World Financial Center in New York City. Every morning, around 8:45 a.m., I walked the passageway from the train station under the World Trade Center to my building next door. I started a new position in the company’s New Jersey office, however, on September 10 at 8:46 a.m. on September 11, when the first plane hit, I was pulling into a parking lot in suburbia, not in a crowd of panicked commuters underneath the World Trade Center. Shortly thereafter, I asked my partner of 8 years if she wanted to start a family. I knew her answer, for she had always wanted children, but until then, my career had been my priority. On September 11, however, a heightened sense of fleeting possibilities motivated me to carpe ovum. Yes, it gave me pause, wanting to bring a child into a world where “detonate” is a reflexive verb. But when we lose our faith in the future, the terrorists have already won. I don’t want to overstate my experience versus those who were killed, injured, or knew those who were, either on 9/11 or in the military actions that followed. But the event made me realize how important it is to make the most of every moment with loved ones. We had our child in 2003, when a family crisis again underscored that lesson. The day before our son was born, my father came home from the hospital after a stemcell transplant for lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. He’s said that thinking about the pending birth of his first grandchild gave him strength. This year, shortly before the 9/11 anniversary, my father passed away after what may have been complications from the pancreatic cancer he had survived in 2008. I’ve been awash in the usual gamut of emotions: grief over his passing, relief that he is no longer suffering, and concern about the impact on my mother and my son. But I have also been
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reflecting on the gifts that parents pass on to their children, and which last even after they are gone. It seems to me there are four key gifts: Practical knowledge: We teach our children how to talk, use the bathroom, read, write, add, and subtract. We may teach them to ride a bike, play an instrument, bake a cake, start a campfire, or drive a car the practical skills that, broadly speaking, they will most need to take care of themselves and get along in the world. But they are of limited use without other gifts as well. A sense of values: We may not all have identical values, but we teach our children to know right from wrong as we perceive them. Most of us teach our children to share, be polite, play well with others, and not to lie, cheat, or steal the guidelines that help them use their practical knowledge wisely. We teach them what love is and how to express it. We may also teach them precepts from our religion or codes of conduct handed
down from our own parents which brings us to the third gift. Heritage: Most of us identify, at least to some extent, with a certain culture, race, religion, national or geographic origin, or combinations thereof. LGBT parents may even pass on a dose of LGBT culture to our children, regardless of our children’s own sexual orientation or gender identity. Our heritage affects the practical knowledge we convey as well as our sense of values. I know how to make knishes a potato-filled Jewish pastry only because my father learned from his mother, and passed on the recipe to me. (I use the term “recipe” loosely, since my grandmother never wrote down a recipe in her life). But even more than the food itself and the fact that “low carb” was not in my ancestors’ vocabulary my father showed me the importance of providing for one’s family, of taking the time to prepare things with care and then to enjoy them with each other. However we come by our heritage, it gives us a sense of belonging, rooting us in the past so that we have a strong base from which to grow into the future. Inspiration: The most ephemeral of the gifts, but the catalyst that helps our children make use of the others. Without inspiration, they would not want to take their first steps, even if we showed them how. They would not want to follow our sense of values if they did not see us do so to good effect. And they would not care about their heritage if we did not show them how it enriches our lives. Sometimes, too, we inspire them by showing them what they would not want to do. They learn from our mistakes as much as our successes. Those of us who have ever lost a parent, through natural causes, accident, or deliberate act, feel a similar pain. But these tragedies also offer us an opportunity to reflect on what they have given us, and to hope that we are able, in some small way, to offer our own gifts to our children in turn.
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The Gospel According to Kristin Chenoweth Singer talks country music, queers and Christians Photos by Jeremy Cowart By Chris Azzopardi
ne of the most happy-go-lucky ladies in showbiz, Kristin Chenoweth doesn’t get miffed very easily. But when she does, she does. And last year she did, after Newsweek published a commentary on the inability of gay actors to play straight roles. It upset the 43-year-old actress/singer so much she wrote an extensive letter to the magazine, calling the article “horrendously homophobic,” which was published shortly after the debacle – and which she spoke about during this interview. Chenoweth’s allegiance to the gay community goes way back to being a child and growing up in the South – a place she returned to for her latest album, Some Lessons Learned, her first of four to fully embrace her country roots. But her success hasn’t been confined to just the music business; Chenoweth broke out on Broadway, where she originated the role of Glinda in Wicked and most recently starred alongside Will & Grace star Sean Hayes in Promises, Promises. There’s also been a book (2009’s A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love and Faith in Stages), and several TV spots: Pushing Daisies, Glee and, coming soon to ABC, Good Christian Belles. So we had lots to talk about when we recently caught up with Chenoweth, who was on a dinner break from shooting her upcoming sitcom. During it, she discussed her history of dating gay men, her opinion on Michele Bachmann’s support of gay conversion clinics and being a little bit wicked.
I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s thought this. Oh no. Are you kidding? I was like, “Wait a minute!” But I just think the most important thing for me as an actress, because of the lines that come out of my mouth, is to just have to speak them and keep going, because they’re so funny and her name is so funny and the whole thing is just so great. I love it. Does your character have anything in common with April Rhodes, who you play on Glee? (Laughs) Probably not on paper, but they’re both pretty outlandish people. Carlene, though, is the antithesis of April. Speaking of April, when do you think we’ll see her on Glee again, considering the ban on guest stars for the third season of the show? I don’t know! Nobody’s mentioning it, so I’m hoping it happens. I certainly love her. She’s so fun to play.
You grew up in Oklahoma, so country music is your roots. How is this album a reflection of that? It’s so funny, because I get asked, “Why a country album now?” But that’s how it all began for me – and, of course, why would anyone know that? It’s not something I’ve been talking about a lot, but it’s the music I grew up listening to. One of my biggest influences is Dolly Parton, and when you look at the history of songs in musical theater and in country, they’re both usually great storytellers. I can’t get over your character’s I know just how lucky I am to do this kind of last name on Good Christian Belles: music. Getting to go to Nashville and sing this muCockburn. Carlene Cockburn. (Laughs) You can’t?! I can’t wait for my family sic that feels like home to me was a real gift, and one that I don’t take lightly. to hear that one. continued on page 30
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Nightlife by J.W. Arnold
Here’s a look at some of the highlights of the upcoming week in South Florida: Wednesday, Sept. 21
he Palace, SoBe’s beach bar, presents Elite Nights weekly with live performances. Tonight, enjoy the music of Daniel Valencia, accompanied by hostess Noel Leon. Arrive early for the open bar from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Palace is located at 1200 Ocean Drive.
TAG bar, the new destination in Delray Beach. Located at 25 NE 2nd Ave. in Pineapple Grove, one block from Atlantic Ave., it’s an option for boys in between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. On Fridays, the club features live drag performances beginning at 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24
oco Bar, Miami’s newest nightspot at 7250 NW 11 St. serves up Latin rhythms tonight at Coco Caliente with DJ Bill James and a special performance by Noel Leon. Arrive early for open bar from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. DJ Kidd Madonny is burning up I-95 this weekend. Tonight, he’s at the Manor, 2345 Wilton Drive, for Replay, featuring club hits from yesterday and today with a twist. Erika Norell will be giving a special performance, also. Sunday, Sept. 25
outh Beach promoter Edison Farrow has been on a roll lately and tonight he inaugurates his new party, Chalet Sundays at Treehouse, 323 23rd St. in Miami Beach. DJ Kidd Madonny is in the booth and everyone will celebrate with complimentary vodka drinks from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. submitted photo
iami is preparing for the first Orgullo Hispanic Pride celebration on Saturday, Oct. 1 and a great way to get into that hot Latin frame of mind is at one of the dance competitions leading up to the big festival on South Beach. Several preliminary rounds have been held, but you still have a chance to strut your stuff and earn a place in the finals. The next prelims are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24 at Noche Latina Saturdays at the Manor, 2345 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors, and Mova lounge, 1625 Michigan Ave. in Miami Beach on Tuesday, Sept. 27. In addition to the dance competition, the Orgullo (Spanish for “Pride”) festival will celebrate the region’s diverse Hispanic culture and showcase musical performances, folkloric dance, celebrity guests, drag performers and vendor booths representing non-profit organizations and the business community. For more information, go to CelebrateOrgullo.com.
Thursday, Sept. 22
ohnny’s kicks off its 31st anniversary weekend tonight with three special nights. In addition to the club’s extraordinary dancers, enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and $3 Chambord vodka drinks all night long. You’ll find it all at 1116 W. Broward Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Friday, Sept. 23
here’s a new gay night way down south in Homestead.Yes, there is life south of Coral Gables and you’ll find the action at Zeus Fridays at Miami Knights, 26600 S. Dixie Highway. If you live to the north, why not head to
Tom Brady Monday, Sept. 26
he only place to catch Monday Night Football is SideLines Sport Bar, 2031 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Enjoy the game on the dozens of flat screen TVs and don’t miss your last chance at the bar’s September Chambord specials, $4 vodka drinks and $5 funshots, from 9 p.m. to close.
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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 As Bee’s in Honey Drown
As Bee’s in Honey Drown is a comedy about the pitfalls of the unquenchable hunger for fame. A gay writer meets his Auntie Mame meal ticket (or so he thinks) in this delicious and breezy comedy. Sept. 9 to Oct. 9 Fri, Sat at 8 p.m., Sundays at 7 p.m. Tickets $35. Visit Risingactiontheatre.com
João Carlos Martins and the Bachiana Filarmonica
Audiences will experience what legends are made of when João Carlos Martins and his remarkable Bachiana Filarmonica Orchestra bring the music - and the beat - of their native Brazil to the Broward Center’s Au-Rene Theater on Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. The New York Times says, “Maestro Martins has lived a life of renowned, challenge, tenacity and triumph sufficient to fill a lively memoir.” Visit BrowardCenter.org
Cloud 9 by Caryl Churchill
At the Boca Raton Campus of Florida Atlantic University on Sept. 23 through Oct. 2 the winner of multiple awards, Cloud 9 had a long run Off-Broadway to rave reviews. It’s a biting, witty, satirical farce set in Victorian Africa and 1980s London. It riotously examines a cornucopia of sexual mores -- from heterosexual adultery to bisexual incest -- in a circus of carnal confusion and topsy-turvy theatrics. The New York Times called it “a non-stop round-robin of sexual liaisons” and “an evening of inspired lunacy” from one of the world’s foremost playwrights. Visit FAUevents.com
Rain- A Tribute to the Beatles
Come see a band that has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance in this multi-media concert, that’s as Infectious as it Is transporting. This adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends. Don’t miss this tribute band Oct. 4-6 at the Broward Center. Visit BrowardCenter.org
Arts Ballet Theatre - Harlequinade
Originally made into a ballet in 1900, by Marius Petipa, with music by Riccardo Drigo, Harlequinade follows Harlequin, and his lover, Columbina, as they outwit Columbina’s father, Cassander. Subscribe by Oct. 9, and get 15 percent off of all three magical performances in the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida’s upcoming season in the Amaturo Theater. Visit BrowardCenter.org
Beauty and the Beast
The most beautiful love story ever told comes to life at the Broward Center on Nov 15-27. Based on the Academy Award winning animation feature film, this eye popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 25 million people worldwide. Visit BrowardCenter.org
*Turn off the TV Theatre: The Good Life!
Every Saturday at The Luna Lounge in Lake worth for an evening of community Theater featuring burlesque, variety, comedy, and entertainment. Turn off the TV Theater hosts an evening of entertainment in downtown Lake Worth Florida! The dinner theater offers a 3-course meal and two shows every sat night. Dinner at 8:30 p.m. and shows at 9:30 p.m. Visit Turnoffthetvtheater.com
K.D. Lang and the Siss Boom Bang
Throughout a career that has encompassed styles ranging from country to pop to classic torch songs, Lang’s musical journey has been distinguished by one unique component: a truly singular and beautiful voice that makes any song, in any style, truly identifiable as a K.D. Lang performance. Come to the Kravis Center on Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. for this great stand up and sing performance. Visit Kravis.org
Sesame Street Live/ Elmo’s Super Hero’s
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
The Brundibár Experience
Ms. Weissberger will speak about her experiences as a young Jewish girl coming of age in 1940’s Czechoslovakia as a prisoner in the Terezin concentration camp, Hitler’s “Model Ghetto.” Ela was chosen to play the role of the cat in Hans Krása’s children’s opera, Brundibár, performed over fifty times by the children of Terezin. Her insightful and poignant presentation will set the stage for Insight through Education, Palm Beach Opera, the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches and the Kravis Center’s performances of Brundibár on Oct. 22. Visit Kravis.org
Mamma Mia! Is the ultimate feel-good show. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the Greek island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship to a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget. Relive the fun … again! Sponsored by Carolyn and Richard Sloane, Annual Friends Members Dessert Reception at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Visit Kravis.com
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
Hairspray is Broadway’s hottest musical-comedy phenomenon with so much heart and soul that it also inspired a major motion picture. A joyous tribute to the ‘60’s, this intelligent and hilarious musical has the best Broadway score in recent years. Come to the Actors Playhouse Oct. 12 through Nov. 13 for 1962, and pleasantly plump Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire, to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” Visit Actorsplayhouse.org
Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol
Get ready for a holiday treat Dec. 7 through Jan. 1 at the Actors Playhouse. Move over Scrooge, it’s time for Jacob Marley to tell his story! Join Marley and his heroic behindthe-scenes effort to save old Scrooge’s soul - and in the process save his own, in this delightful gem of a show. Filled with laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, this wonderful play is irreverent, funny, and a deeply moving twist on Dickens’ classic, told with warmth and infectious zest. Visit Actorsplayhouse.org
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Bullied Screening at Cinema Paradiso
BSO is proud to say they donated
Sheriff Al Lamberti, Captain Rick
Broward County Sheriff’s Office Anti-Bullying Initiative
funds to produce the film, primar-
Wierzbicki of the Sheriff’s Office
ily used in classrooms to educate
Hate Crimes and Anti-Bias Task
By A. Sebastian Fortino
students about bullying.
Force as well as Andrew L. Rosen-
Bullied is a documentary, which
The film will screen Monday,
kranz, Florida Director of the
premiered last spring, chronicling
Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Cinema
the experiences of Jamie Nabozny,
Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale. Prior
who in the late 1990s stood up
to the film guests will enjoy a
against his anti-gay bullies. This
reception, catered by Georgie’s
Youth Ranches, whose mission is to
led to a landmark case, which
Alibi and Bill’s Filling Station at
prevent delinquency and develop
held his school board accountable
5:30 p.m. After the film a panel
lawful citizens who make positive
for not stopping the atrocious
discussion hosted by the BSO’s
contributions to our communities.
behavior and violence inflicted
Anti-Bullying Initiative will com-
on him because of his sexuality.
mence led by Broward County
Visit FTLChamber.com or email Marcia@ PrintBasics.com to RSVP as seating is limited.
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Anti-Defamation League. A suggested donation of $25.00 will benefit the Florida Sheriff
To Submit Listings Email: Brian at Calendar@sfgn.com Fax: 954-530-7943. Please include a brief description, address, phone number, date, time and cost. continued from page 23 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
*(GLBX) After Hours Networking
Hamilton Gallery Hosts the Gay & Lesbian Business Exchange, Thursday, September 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. No cost. Socials take place at various members’ businesses so they can enjoy a variety of venues and also give everyone the opportunity to learn firsthand about that member’s business. Call Drew Miller 954-462-6000
Group is held Mondays at the Pride Center at Equality Park between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. This is a free, weekly, drop -in group for confidential, non-judgmental information and support regarding gay men, substance abuse, and wellness. The key focus of the group is meth. Call 954-548-4602.
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Community Calendar Broward
*Fusion Wilton Manors - Connections
Gay men’s group discussion. Different subject every week. Dr David Fawcett, a gay therapist, who has been in private practice in Fort Lauderdale for the last ten years, leads the event. No charge with no commitment to attend every week. Starts at 7 p.m. Call Fusion Monday-Friday at 954-630-1655.
*Grand Opening of the South MiamiDade Cultural Arts Center
Sat Oct 1, 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. is the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. You can buy tickets at the main gate from $20-50. Visit SMDCAC.org
*Movie Mogul presents A Love To Hide
Support group for youth who cannot-will not-choose not-do not confirm to gender “norms.” This group meeting is held on Monday night’s at the new SunServe building at 1480 Sw 9 Ave in Wilton Manors. This meeting is for transsexualDrag Queen- Drag King- Trans men- Trans Women. Call 954-764-5150
*Women4Women Personal Growth Support Group
This is a safe and loving place to explore all the concerns and topics raised by group members. This meeting is held Wed. 5:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the New Sun Serve Building on SW 9 Ave in Wilton Manors. Call 954-764-5150
*The Depot Cabana Bar One Year Bar Anniversary
1 year anniversary at new location on Federal Hwy Saturday, October 1. They will be celebrating with a big Pool Party from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Special Guest Host - The World Famous Sushi (from Key West - and CNN’s New Year’s Eve Celebration) with the 801 Girls of Key West and Special Guest DJ Bill Bennett - Presented by BigMuscle.com North America’s #1 Bear DJ. Call 954-537-7076
Tuesday, September 20, 7:30 p.m., 1881 NE 26th St, Wilton Manors. Under German occupation and Vichy persecution of the “third sex”, two young gay lovers, Jean and Philippe must keep their relationship a secret. Into their lives falls Sara, a young Jewish woman and an old friend of Jean’s. While Jean and Philippe harbor Sara from the Nazis, Jean’s brother Jacques, a black marketer, returns from prison. As everyone tries clandestinely to keep their secrets, Jacques’ jealousy and betrayal threatens them all. Call 954-564-9232 or visit EtzChaimFlorida.org
Halloween Fetish Ball 2011
*High Holiday Workshop
Monsters & Mosaics
Wednesday, September 21, 7pm. Know enough about the Jewish holidays to want to come to them, but not quite enough to understand them? Apples and honey will be especially tasty afterwards. Free, reservations requested to have materials on hand. Congregation Etz Chaim, 1881 NE 26th St., Wilton Manors, 954-564-9232.
Outside the main tent at Fashion Week New York City, these folks showed us that you’ve got style only when it’s fun.
This Halloween party is a tour-de-force of fetish clubbing featuring a huge multi-room space transformed into the most elaborately decorated fetish nightclub beyond your wildest imagination, filled with a fun and playful crowd. In years past, this party has been known to draw more than 2,000 fetish-frenzied partiers in a single night. The Halloween Ball takes place Saturday Oct. 29 and will be held at the incredible Exit 66 Nightclub on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Visit Fetish-Factory.com Come to Anne Kolb Nature Park at 751 Sheridan Street Sept. 6-28 to see beautiful Sculptures and Décorative Arts Exhibited by JoBeth Thomas & Ry Nielsen. There will be a reception Friday Sept.16 7 p.m to 9 p.m. Call 954-357-5163
Photography by Tony Adams Morton’s Steakhouse Hosts Inaugural Golf Classic
Morton’s Steakhouse is hosting its inaugural Golf Classic at Lago Mar Golf Course benefitting Birdies for the Brave. The day’s festivities include a shotgun-style golf tournament and lunch on the golf course, followed by an awards ceremony, silent auction and three-course dinner Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. Awards reception and three-course dinner immediately following. Visit Mortonssoflgolf.eventbrite.com
Temple Beth Torah
On Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. till 6 p.m. Temple Beth Torah is introducing something new on the first day of the Jewish New Year– a free Rosh Hashanah outreach service for interfaith couples and spiritual seekers. This innovative service is ideal for beginners and assumes no knowledge of Jewish tradition. Directed to both Jews and non-Jews, it strives to attract all individuals seeking to learn more about Judaism. Everyone is welcome regardless of their religious affiliation. Visit Tbtonline.org
Justin Ryan’s “Ive Been There” Concert
Unity of Pompano Beach is hosting Justin Ryan’s youth-inspired concert series “I’ve Been There” inspired by the overwhelming number of LBGT youth suicides in the past several years. The concert is free (Love Offering Accepted). This event will take place Friday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at Unity of Pompano, 261 SE 13 Ave. Visit Unitypompanobeach.org
Beach Boot Camp with The Health Colonel
Thinking of dropping a few pounds…The Health Colonel is here to help you keep in shape. Come to Fort Lauderdale Beach Monday and Wednesday at 7 p.m., and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Individual classes are $15. Every session incorporates three elements – cardio, strength, and flexibility. As you might expect, the man named The Health Colonel knows a thing or two about fitness. “The real issue,” he says, “has nothing to do with food -- or exercise for that matter. It has everything to do with how you think.” Visit NoMoreCryBabies.com
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To Submit Listings Email: Brian at Calendar@sfgn.com Fax: 954-530-7943. Please include a brief description, address, phone number, date, time and cost. Cardio Strip & Pole Dancing Class
Every Thursday at The World Fitness Association grab that brass pole and shake that cellulite away. Cardio Strip & Pole Dancing Classes are fun from beginning to end. Wrap your thighs around a stiff pole and sweat those pounds away. The best thing about these classes is that your first one is free. Call 954-564-6743
Butterfly Gardening Workshop
Learn how to start your own butterfly garden, how to identify and attract local butterflies. Workshops are held indoors, at Butterfly World’s Grand Plaza, 3600 W Sample Rd. in Pompano Beach. This workshop is free with paid admission. Only two dates left Sept. 10 or Oct. 8. Call 954-977-4434 or email email@example.com
LGBT Senior Expo
This year’s LGBT Senior Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 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.
The Clubhouse II
Is a great spot for bi and gay men. On Tuesdays, there is “Leather Night,” which Clubhouse claims is the largest leather party in town. You get $4 off admission if you’re in leather, and it’s an open bar. Along with Tuesdays and Thursdays, the bar is also complimentary on Fridays and Saturdays. Pay $35 for a six-month membership. For a one-day pass, add $10 to your purchase of a room or locker. Lockers are from $13 to $19. The new Sunday special is $13. Rooms cost $24 and $30 for VIP. Clubhouse II is open 24 hours. Visit ClubHouse2.com
*Yoga On The Waterfront
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
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
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
*Clematis by Night featuring Taylor Road
Every Thursday night in downtown West Palm Beach from 6-9pm in Centennial Square at the top of Clematis Street, Come enjoy live music and great restaurants every Thursday. This Thursday night come experience live entertainment by Taylor Road. One of South Florida’s best rock bands, Taylor Road is heavily influenced by modern music. No matter where you see Taylor Road performing be prepared for an incredible show and a night of great music. For more Clematis by Night info, please call the City of West Palm Beach Community Events Division at 561-822-1515.
YOGA Among the Orchids
It’s time for Yoga Among the Orchids at the American Orchid Society, 16700 AOS Lane, Delray Beach. Relax and replenish the flower inside with an hour of breathing exercises, toning, and yoga poses under a canopy of lush orchids. This is orchid headquarters so pick up a few pointers from the pros in between sun salutations. Classes are Wed. at 9 a.m. Cost is $20 and RSVP is suggested. Call 561-404-2011. Visit OrchidWeb.org
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
– Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood
*The 21st Annual Gigantic Garage Sale
On Sept 23 come be a part of the Honda Civic Tour: Blink 182 & My Chemical Romance at Cruzan Amphitheatre. The Honda Civic Tour has provided over two million fans with an exclusive, interactive concert experience featuring up-close and personal access to their favorite bands. This year the Honda Civic Tour returns with Blink 182 as the headliners and are joined by popular band My Chemical Romance. Westpalmbeach.com/calendarofevents
“These people who are making a big deal about gay marriage? I don’t give a f*ck about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?! We’re making a big deal out of things we shouldn’t be making a deal out of … Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want.”
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
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*Honda Civic Tour: Blink 182 & My Chemical Romance
21st Century Quotes on Being Gay in America
Lake Pavilion at 101 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL / Yoga On The Waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach on Wednesday Evenings at 5:45 PM. Residents $40 per 8 week session, Non-Residents $50 per 8 week session, Drop-ins $10 per class. To register, please call 561-804-4902. This Is the garage sale that you have all been waiting for at the South Florida Expo Center. Early Buyers admitted on Saturday from 7:00a.m to 8:00a.m. $5.00 admission fee. General admission follows 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $3 admission fee. Expo Center. Enter Gate 3 or 12. For more information, please call 561-790-5219
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.
Symposium on Aging
“Symposium on Aging” at the Hyatt Regency Miami (400 SE 2nd Avenue, Miami) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 24 hosted by the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Community Partners will hold its 1st “Symposium on Aging” with the objective to educate and explore the needs of the LGBT community. The fee for admission, which includes seated lunch and refreshments throughout the day, is $35 for members of the MDGLCC and $55 for nonmembers of the MDGLCC. Event is open to the public. RSVP required at GoGaymiami.com
Business Builders Luncheon –Upper Eastside
Business Builders Luncheon - Upper Eastside – Sept. 22 MDGLCC presents its monthly networking program held on the 2nd to the last Thursday of each month. Soyka’s Restaurant, 55th Street Station , 5556 NE 4th Ct., Miami, 305-759-3117. Registration 11:30am with luncheon/networking from noon to 1:00 pm. Cost: MDGLCC members ($30), Potential Members ($40, $10 applied to new MDGLCC membership). Includes seated style lunch limited to 20 persons. Please bring a friend. RSVP requested: 305-673-4440 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Food Trucks in the Park
Come to Tamiami Park, 7900 SW 40 Street, Miami, every Friday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. until Sept 27 and enjoy great food served from a mobile stove with the entire family. These trucks have everything you could think of from pulled pork sandwiches to carnival funnel cakes. Call 305-226-8315
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 Blast Off Party will be held in the Banyan Room at the beautiful Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. The festivities include a performance by acclaimed singer/songwriter/actress, Maryel Epps. Also in attendance will be Mayor of Miami Beach, Matti Herrera Bower. All proceeds benefit Access Now/Ability Explosion and will help people living with disabilities. Visit AbilityExplosion.org
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To Submit Listings Email: Brian at Calendar@sfgn.com Fax: 954-530-7943. Please include a brief description, address, phone number, date, time and cost. continued from page 25 Business Builders Luncheon - Downtown
Business Builders Luncheon – Downtown – Sept. 29 - MDGLCC presents its NEW addition to the monthly networking program held on the last Thursday of each month. City Hall The Restaurant, 2004 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-764-3130. Registration 11:30 a.m. with luncheon/networking from noon to 1:00 pm. Cost: MDGLCC members ($30), Potential Members ($40, $10 applied to new MDGLCC membership). Includes seated style lunch limited to 25 persons. Please bring a friend. RSVP requested: 305-673-4440 or email@example.com
Theater Night “Hairspray” Florida Regional Premiere
MDGLCC, in association with the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, presents Theatre Night at the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Mile Theatre (280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables) on Thurs., Oct. 13. There will be a pre-performance reception with wine & hors d’oeuvres in the theater lobby at 7 p.m. $30 - Reception and Performance. Hairspray is Broadway’s hottest musical-comedy phenomenon and a joyous tribute to the ‘60’s. The show has won 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical. RSVP Required: firstname.lastname@example.org, 305-673-4440
The Incredible Dog Show
See canines perform Frisbee tricks, dog diving, run through an obstacle course, weave through poles and leap, jump and bark for the audience. Show features professional dog actors that have appeared in movies such as “Water for Elephants” and “Life is Ruff.” The show begins September 28 at Bicentennial Park. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 3:30 p.m. Saturdays; Noon, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 24. Call 1-787-331-0696 or visit TheIncredibleDogs.com
Miami to Key West Ride
This coming Nov. 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
Save Dade Presents Hellrotika: Seed of the Beast Hellrotika: Seed of the Beast, SAVE Dade’s 17th Annual Halloween event, to be held Saturday Oct. 29, 8 p.m. at Jungle Island’s Sabal Palm Courtyard. Last year the event brought out 1,200 partygoers, and more are expected to attend this year’s celebration, which is praised as the “premier” Halloween event in South Florida. The VIP experience includes premium open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $125 in advance and $150 after Oct. 21 and at the door. Free valet parking. All VIP ticket holders will also receive a special gift bag. Visit Hellrotika.com
Come to Badrutts Place every Tuesday and re-visit the days of bad fashion-sense and egos bigger than baggy pants. Happy hour is on Tuesday nights. European tradition and cuisine, with an 80’s twist, meet for a night that’s a bit more tasteful than acid-washed jeans. DJ Lenym plays 80’s favorites and there’s half off drinks from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ladies drink complimentary cosmos until 10 p.m. Visit Badrutts-place.com
Smithsonian Magazine’s 7th Annual Museum Day
The Custom House Museum and the Key West Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarters Museum will each participate in the seventh annual Museum Day, presented by Smithsonian magazine. Doors will be open free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and Smithsonian.com visitors for an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in history. Museum Day is Sept. 24. Open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 305-294-0012
USS Spruance Arrives in Key West
The US Navy’s newest destroyer arrives in Key West Sept. 23, in preparation for the official commissioning the following week. Visit the Key West Truman Annex waterfront at the end of Southard Street to get a view of the ship docked at the Mole Pier. KeyWestTravelGuide.com
Bear-Fest in Key West
Calling all Bears and Cubs! Bear-Fest takes place Sept. 2225. If you go pick up a Weekend Pass ($119), which includes free admission to all of the parties on the official schedule of events. Most of all, it includes Saturday night’s All You Can Eat Buffet dinner at Braza Lena Brazilian Steakhouse, 421 Caroline St. The pass also grants you free day-pass privileges to the Island House Resort for Men for each day. If you do not want to buy the pass, you can pay the door charge that is noted on each event description. Visit KeyWestBearFest.com
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
321 W Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33311. Slammer sex club the best place to cruise for the hottest gay men. Thursday’s is leather night, fri-sat night live dj’s. Monday & tuesday -- $9 entry fee
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) 5652526. Fort Lauderdale’s Best & Longest Happy Hour. Wednesdays $2 Domestics & $1 Schnapps after 9pm Wednesdays
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
The Depot Cabana Bar and Grill
2935 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, (954) 5377076. 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) 5225931. Monday Dragon with TP Lords, Daisy D. and DJ Rob Sky No cover, drags/trans drink free 10 p.m. to midnight . Everyone else gets $3 drinks all night!. Finally something fun to do on Monday 18+
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
Naked Grape Wine Bar
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
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
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
Rosie’s Bar and Grill
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
Scandals Country Western Bar
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
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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.
The Mad Hatter
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.
25 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483 954-8013247. Delray Beach’s only Gay Bar. Mon - Sun: 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. Awesome Drink Specials
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
Miami 62 NE 14 Street Downtown Miami Florida (305)640-8749 No Cover 7 nights a week. The hottest men in the universe strip shows nightly from 6 p.m. Sexy from Wall to Wall. Saturday SEPT 3 in Miami FIRE & ICE at the SPOT…The Hottest POP, Hip Hop and Latin alongside the COLDEST Electro and House Beats. all on Miami’s Best Sound System.
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
Sidelines Sports Bar
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
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 A neighborhood bar with a different theme every night, from drag shows and bingos, to bears and underwears.
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
(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
Palm Beach The Lounge
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
522 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth, Fl, 33414. (561)586-0080 Great Service, Great Food, Full Stocked Bar, Great Professional Tea-Dance every Sunday
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.
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
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
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.
801 Bourbon Bar
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.
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.
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
Pearl’s Patio Bar
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
524 Duval St, Key West ,Florida, (305)296-8118 Classic Cocktails, Italian Cuisine ,Live Music. $5 Martini Mondays, Late night dancing in Their Garden Bar Setting.
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National LGBT Leadership Forum Our Fund presents five nationally recognized leaders
Rea Carey Executive Director, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force
Paul Smith Law Partner, Jenner & Bock in Washington, DC
Michael Adams Executive Director, Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders
By A. Sebastian Fortino
ur Fund, a foundation connecting the LGBT community, is hosting a roundtable discussion about strategy, collaboration, achievements and setbacks towards equality with leaders of national and state organizations serving the gay community. The event will take place beginning at 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3 at the Riverside Hotel on Las Olas Boulevard in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Space however is limited. Anthony Timiraos, CEO and President of Our Fund, requests those interested in attending contact him by Sept. 30 at 954-683-6619 or email him at RSVP@our-fund.org to RSVP. The five speakers whom have been engaged are Paul Smith, Law Partner at Jenner and Block of Washington, D.C. whose firm overturned sodomy laws in 2003 via the Lawrence vs. Texas case of 2003; Michael Adams the Executive Director of Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, or SAGE; Rea Carey Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director of Lambda Legal and Nadine Smith Executive Director of Equality Florida. Smith will act as moderator.
Visit our-fund.org for more information.
Also, donâ€™t forget to check out the Florida Together Conference, Saturday, September 24 in Miami. Visit FLTOGETHER.org for more information.
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A Gay Way to the “Forum” J.W. Arnold
ince the early days—and I mean the earliest days—of theater, the gays have loved their musical theater.There’s no telling how many aspiring drag queens expressed their guilty pleasures by donning wigs and dresses to play the female roles in what was a decidedly male profession. Broward Stage Door opened its 2011-12 season last weekend with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Stephen Sondheim’s thoroughly modern musical that pokes fun at the pillars of civilization in ancient Rome. Director Dan Kelley, a veteran of several Stage Door productions, places himself on center stage as Prologus, an actor, (and later Pseudolus, a wily slave seeking his freedom) who lets the audience know up front that tonight’s production will be a “Comedy Tonight” while reserving the tragedy for tomorrow. One by one, the cast of this great comedy are introduced: Hero (Andrew Betz), the young lad lovesick for the lovely virgin Philia (Lauren Cupples); Marcus Lycus (Mark Harmon), a dealer in courtesans who has sold Philia to Roman general Miles Gloriosus (Shane Tanner); Erronius (Jack Livesey), a citizen of Rome whose twin infants were kidnapped by pirates; Senex (Ken Clement) and Domina (Christine De Frece), Hero’s parents and Hysterium (Ricky Dain Jones), their slave. Rounding out the cast are the colorful courtesans (Tintinabula, Panacaea, The Geminae, and the Amazonian Gymnasia) and three Proteans who cover every other supporting role from soldier to eunuch. In order to win his freedom, Pseudolus promises to help Hero win the hand of Philia, and that’s where the serious comedy begins as the slave’s plans go awry. Did I mention the show is pretty gay? From the gaggle of giggling eunuchs skip-
ping across the stage to the fetish fantasies suggested by Gymnasia and Miles Gloriosus, it’s blatantly stereotypical and still hilarious. Hysterium is pretty fey and so is Pseudolus in the hands of Kelley, who frequently takes his performance over the top, completely overshadowing his costars. Musically, the score, unlike many of Sondheim’s later works, is melodic and accessible and, under the musical direction of David Nagy, sung with gusto. Kudos to Stage Door for taking on relatively large shows at a time when most theaters are cutting back, but the tradeoff is David Cohen’s orchestration tracks. They are painstakingly constructed, but no substitute for the spontaneity of a live ensemble in the pit. Chrissi Ardito’s choreography is once again superb, employing physical comedy, acrobatics and clever tricks throughout. And Anthony White’s lighting design accentuates the relatively simple staging of the show, which takes place in front of three cartoonish Roman houses designed by Ardean Landhuis. Once again, Stage Door employs the vast resources of Costume World to outfit its cast in colorful—indeed flamboyant—Romanesque wear. More than one local drag queen is undoubtedly salivating over Miles Gloriosus’ ostrich plumed helmet and I know I’ve seen Gymnasia’s gilded metal Dcups on stage somewhere.
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” Through Oct. 9 Broward Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Rd., Coral Springs Oct. 14-Nov. 13 Byron Carlisle Theatre, Miami Beach Tickets $38-$42 at StageDoorTheatre.com
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Kristin Chenoweth lot of women don’t even know they’ve done it! And Sean Hayes is just a darn good kisser, what can I say?
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“What Would Dolly Do?” reminds me a lot of Dolly herself. I co-wrote that, and (producer) Bob Ezrin asked, “Who’s had the biggest influence on you country music-wise?” I said, “Dolly, without question.” And he said, “How would she approach it? Let’s think: What would Dolly do?” I said, “Bob, why aren’t we writing that song?” There’s something about her that I feel very attuned to. There’s only one Dolly. I’m not comparing myself, but I’m just saying her spirit and the way she looks at life is pretty similar to me. And the cover I did of hers (“Change”) is actually a very emotional thing and it reminded me – of course, how could I ever forget? – what an amazing songwriter she is.You know, I didn’t do a lot of covers. I did two covers, one of Carrie (Underwood’s) and one of Dolly’s, and I just love both of them. I love their music, I love their spirit; everything they stand for.
It’s true. You are two of the happiest people I know of. So, tell me… what pisses you off? (Laughs) Oh gosh. I don’t really get mad that often. But I’m not going to lie, when I do, there’s a quiet that comes over me that is a little like whoa, and that happens when I don’t feel other people are prepared or doing their job or pulling their weight. I come from a family where my dad came from nothing and worked hard to get where he is, and he said, “Work hard, play hard, Kris,” and I guess that’s kind of been my motto in life. So when I see people squandering opportunities or having a sense of entitlement, that really makes me crazy. Because I don’t understand it. It’s not a world I get. You’re driving, so how about something that ticks you off about other drivers? You know what, I don’t get road rage! I just don’t. I’m like, “OK, you cut me off – you must need to go somewhere a lot quicker than I do. Go on then.” And also, I’ve had so many people in my life be affected by car wrecks, and I’ve had a few myself, that I just have realized, “Eh, you know, life’s too short.”
It makes total sense, because, to me, both you and Dolly epitomize happiness. Oh my god, thank you. That’s the biggest compliment you could give me.
Wait, so you dated a gay man in high school? Yeah, and I’m like, “Well, that’s why we were such a great couple!” He didn’t pleasure me in any way but he helped me pick out my prom dress!
I know one thing that makes you upset, and that’s homophobic people. I don’t like that, you’re right. Your letter in response to that Newsweek column said it all. Why was it important to address your feelings on that issue? To be honest with you, I wasn’t prepared for what was going to happen. I was on Broadway doing Promises, Promises, and I read the article and I actually thought it was pretty irresponsible. I’m not even talking about whether a person agrees with being gay or not, I’m talking about artistry and gay actors trying to play straight. It just made me mad, because I thought, “Well, I’ve played a prostitute, does that mean I am one? No.” I just thought it was a little bit of a bullying thing, and I honestly prayed about it – no kidding, I prayed about it. I wrote that letter in one fell swoop and I gave it to a good friend of mine to proofread, because the last thing I wanted to do was sound like an idiot, which I can do as well. So we sent it on and
the next thing I know, they printed it. And by the way, I’m a big fan of the magazine, which is why I was so bummed. But I think that they felt bad and hopefully there’s been some discussion about it and some learning, because that’s what we’re here to do on this Earth, to learn our purpose. Well, one of my purposes in this life – since I’m a believer and a Christian – is to help people realize that not every Christian thinks that being gay is a sin. To reinforce your stance that gay actors can indeed act straight, you made out with your Promises, Promises co-star Sean Hayes at the Tonys last year. It might’ve been a little jib. It might’ve been a little one. (Laughs) What was it like to make out with a gay man, and was that your first time making out with one? Well, let’s face it, my high school boyfriend is gay, so I don’t think it’s my first time making out with gay men – and I bet a
Was he one of the first gay people you knew in Oklahoma? Yeah. I want to tell you something I know about myself: When I was in the second or third grade, I first heard the word “dyke,” and it was in reference to a girl in our school who was very, very tomboyish – and I didn’t really understand what the word was, but I knew I didn’t like the way it was said. And for some reason I’ve always been drawn to the person that was alone, and I don’t mean to make me sound like I’m Mother Teresa, because I’m not, but I’ve always been drawn to people who felt left out or different, and maybe it’s because I too felt different and unique. People would not think this of me, because there’s this perception of me that, “Oh, life’s been perfect and things have come so easily.” But let’s face it, my speaking voice is very interesting.Yes, I was a cheerleader but I also wanted to do all the plays, I was in renaissance choir, and I too felt a little bit like an outsider. I was always drawn to people who felt that way too. And sure, some of them were gay and I never did understand – I guess the word is fear. God made us all equal. He made me short, he made someone gay, he made someone tall – whatever it is, it’s not a sin; it’s how we’re made. And that’s the way I feel about it. It flies in the face of a lot of what Christians believe, but as I’m finding out there’s a lot of Christian people who think the same as me. So that’s my deal, and I think we should not be careful of the unknown but rather accepting and loving of it. As someone who’s Christian and supports the gay community, how do you feel about the pray-awaythe-gay program that Michele Bachmann supports? (Long pause) Um, you know what – you can have your opinion. One of the great things about being in this country is we get to freely say what we believe. I just don’t happen to agree with that. I like the pray part! (Laughs)
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Andrej Pejic, Guy & Doll “The hottest model in womenswear these days is also a hot model for menswear,” reported Juju Chang on ABC’s Nightline. “He’s already graced more covers than any other male model.” 19-year-old Andrej Pejic, is 6’2” with a very slight waist. His reed-like body was quite in demand on the runways of New York’s recent Fashion Week. He also commands women’s salaries – three times more than males. “I think the term transgender…is an umbrella term,” he told Chang when asked about his identity. “But I feel comfortable the way I am now…don’t feel the need to alter my body significantly.” He feels gender is not that important, when he looks in the mirror he sees himself. Perhaps, what is most interesting is Pejic’s roots. The hot ticket model was raised in a refugee camp in Serbia, during the ethnic war in Yugoslavia. Now, he’s been dressed – in a superb wedding gown – by Jean Paul Gaultier. Check out TinyURL.com/3p42vj7 to see the interview.
just not comfortable with an LGBT person of the “T” persuasion appearing on the show. “If you got that excess time and that amount of hostility, I’m not so sure that I can say anything to you that would make you change your feelings,” Cher said, originally reported by E Online. “Those are feelings of such hostility and fear I don’t know that I would have any magic words to make you feel more comfortable and to soothe you into not being terrified of my child dancing on Dancing With the F*cking Stars.” We removed the “U,” as this is a family publication, ahem. Speaking of family both Ellen and Cher believe reminding the haters Bono is someone’s child should pull at some of their heart strings or, at least…shut them up. “What if someone attacked your child,” the talk show host and entertainer asked her audience. “Try to put yourself in someone else’s shoes.” Bono commented on his dancing shoes saying that his first dance is the cha-cha, and he was terrified at first. “The quickstep gives me nightmares, but I’m starting to feel pretty confident,” said Bono. “We did it for some of the other people on the show today and they seem to really like it.”
Is that Kirstie Alley from Cheers or…Agnes Moorhead from Bewitched? Knowing the actress who played witchy motherin-law Endora died in the 1980s… we’ll have to assume that’s Kirstie Alley. For New York’s Fashion Week the actress, 60, was invited to model for Malaysian designer Zang Toi whom she has known since the early-1990s. “I did the cover of Redbook and I wanted something really beautiful,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “...he just has the most beautiful clothes, period.” The color of the gown, a stunning blue. Alley appears skinnier than she has been in ages, her poise confident. The gown however could also suit anyone wishing to be Endora for Halloween…we couldn’t find a fullCher plans to be in the audience, for at length-shot but long, flowing, layered gowns least one broadcast. Initially the legend adwas a hallmark of Endora. mitted she had some issues with Bono’s deciThe dress could also be a suitable mothersion to transition to male, but she seems of-the-bride dress during…a Russian winter. to be comfortable with it now. Even going so Or something the high priestess of an interfar as to say to Bono doing the quickstep, “is stellar cult might wear when…called back to about as scary as you making the change.” her home planet.
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Cher Drops F-Bomb on Ellen Unexpectedly Cher called into Ellen while son Chaz Bono was being interviewed about his upcoming appearance on Dancing With the Stars. The program has been feeling the wrath of conservative viewers who are
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By Victoria Michaels
BC’s Dancing With The Stars only began Monday yet it’s been under a storm of scrutiny and controversy for weeks right after the announcement of this years celebrity cast, which includes Chaz Bono, a transsexual male and son of Sonny and Cher. He’s been paired with professional dancer Lacey Schwimmer. Before transitioning to a male Chaz Bono was known to the world as openly lesbian Chastity Bono. Chaz is the first transgendered contestant that’s been on the show. His appearance has drawn harsh criticism as well as inspired defenses. Chaz’s mother, pop diva / gay icon Cher called in to The Ellen Show to defend her son. “There are such feelings of hostility and fear that I don’t even know if I have the magic words that could make viewers feel more comfortable or perhaps sooth them into not being terrified of my child dancing on Dancing with the f*cking stars” Her response was well received by the audience and there was a huge round of applause when she made her statement. During an interview with Joy Behar on The Joy Behar Show Chaz Bono said, “I thought this experience would be fun and I thought it would be physically challenging by get-
ting me in better shape.” He added, “I’m use to the scrutiny because I have been an advocate for the LGBT Community since the 90’s so I’m not bothered by it at all.” Dr. Keith Ablow, a licensed psychiatrist and Fox News contributing blogger compared Bono’s gender dysmorphia to that of mentally ill patients who suffer from limb dysmorphic disorder the amputation of healthy limbs. Ablow has been on the record numerous times calling Bono’s appearance on the show “toxic,” and said “I advise parents to not allow their children to watch episodes in which Chaz appears.” In the past years Chaz Bono has authored a book, and made an Emmy nominated documentary. Chaz said he never had any intentions of announcing himself as a transsexual on the show. Instead his plan from day one was too announce him only as an author and advocate. Chaz’s response to Ablow’s outrageous words, “No, his comments don’t hurt my feelings because this shrink only has an agenda against gays and transsexuals and he is only jumping all over this for media attention to try to further his career.” Strangely enough, there seems to be little
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outrage towards new contestant Carson Kressley, the openly gay star of Queer Eye For The Straight Guy. A quick glance at the DWTS official message board reveals scores of people who feel the show is no longer family-friendly, and believe it is pushing “the gay agenda.” An executive producer for DWTS told The Hollywood Reporter, “As far as the any gay agenda that some say we are pushing, well that’s just nonsense. We don’t have an agenda of any sorts. I think of all the 120 celebrities we have put on the show, we’ve had now only three transgender and/or gay contestants. If that’s a homosexual agenda, we’re not doing very well at it.”
think that it’s wonderful that this season’s DWTS cast is comprised of an excellent and diverse range of performers, which will help remind us that families come in all shapes, colors, genders, and sizes. Chaz Bono is an inspiration whether you are straight or gay. His participation in this highly popular show is ground breaking and long over due. I believe Chaz will bring in huge ratings for ABC and at the same time spread awareness of the ‘T’ in LGBT. Like being gay or lesbian being transgender is not a choice despite what the haters might say. I grew up feeling I was trapped inside the wrong body and it was agonizing day after day as a child to feel as if God made a mistake. I felt helpless as if there is nothing you can do about it. It’s hard enough to come forward and tell your family and friends about these feelings and get them to understand and accept. Then we go through the agony of the transition just to finally feel comfortable with our true gender identity. Then to have the public criticize us after everything we have been through is profoundly disgraceful. Who cares if the show looses a few viewers simply because they hold bigoted thoughts. I’m certain that the show will be gaining and achieving so much more by having Chaz in the cast. I’ve never watched DWTS but this season I am tuning in. It doesn’t matter if Chaz wins the competition for he is already a winner and a champion for having the courage to do it. As we say in the entertainment industry, “Break a leg Chaz, and congratulations for having the “balls” to do it!”
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From Fur to Fantasy, Key West Offers Upcoming Delights By Steve Smith
ecently I was in Philadelphia at the 21st annual convention of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association. I caught up with many colleagues including Fred Karger, the first openly gay candidate for president of the U.S. Fred wants to come to Key West and meet with our LGBT community and tour the island for the first time. It would be fun to have him here if he can manage it during his busy schedule! I left Philadelphia the day before the rains came, and was very pleased to be out and about in Key West instead of stuck in a hotel room watching the liquid sunshine. Speaking of out and about, I stopped at the Bourbon St. Pub for the Saturday pool party and tea dance. A fun crowd
played volleyball in the pool while playing Bourbon St.’s version of ring toss. Stop by when you’re here and try your hand; drinks are BOGO — buy one and get one free! Key West Bear Fest starts Sept. 22 for a weekend of fur, bears, otters and cubs. Feast on bear-size portions at Antonia’s, Square One, and Braza Lena. Frolic with the bears at pool parties, bear drag shows, and late-night parties to welcome the sunrise. This third year of our Bear Fest is shaping up to be one of the best ever. I am way too busy with the Fantasy Fest king and queen candidates’ events, which are heating up everyone’s schedules for the next month. Recently Dave for King hosted an orchid auction with more than 125 attendees, and Sunshine had a Key lime barbeque party at Ker-
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Fitness Guy By Peter Jackson, CPT THE SECRET TO HUGE TRICEPS Q: I’ve been lifting weights pretty hard for the past year and have built a lot of muscle, but my triceps don’t seem to be growing even though I work them 2-3 times a week. What can you suggest? A: It sounds like you are over-training your triceps. But first let’s understand this important muscle group.
The triceps brachii (Latin for “three-headed arm muscle”) are located at the back of your arm on the opposite side of the biceps and actually make up about two-thirds of the muscle in your arms. Any movement involving straightening your arm uses the triceps. While bulging biceps are always impressive, it is your triceps that will add size and make your arms look massive. Guys with well-developed triceps typically boast a horseshoe-shape ridge of muscle, which is truly a thing of beauty! There are three distinct muscles in the triceps which all join together at the elbow: the lateral head (the outer area), the long head (the inner area and the largest of the three) and the medial head (mostly covered by the lateral and long heads). It’s important to understand that most upper body exercises require the use of your arm muscles. Pushing movements, such as the bench press, recruit the triceps to allow you to straighten your arms, while pulling movements, such as the cable row, recruit your biceps. So by default, when you are pushing heavy weight your triceps are simultaneously getting a good workout. There are hundreds of exercises to work the triceps, but
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I recommend paying special attention to those which recruit the long head, the largest of the three and the one with the most potential to add size rapidly to your arms. Important tip: The farther away your arms are from your torso, the greater the emphasis is on the long head. Closegrip Bench Presses and overhead extension exercises using dumbbells, an EZ-bar or cable should therefore be at the top of your list of triceps exercises. My favorite among these is the Lying Overhead Extension also known as Skull Crusher for obvious reasons! Dips, and there are dozens of ways to do them, are also excellent for recruiting and building all the muscles of the triceps. Two more of my favorite triceps exercises are Dumbbell Kickbacks and Rope Triceps Pressdowns. Training your triceps specifically, as you say, 2-3 times a week amounts to overtraining considering that you are probably training your chest at least once a week as well, which inherently means you are also working your triceps. Muscles don’t grow in the gym but during the process of recovering, so cut back on the frequency of your triceps workouts. Hitting them twice a week is sufficient. Work out with a trainer or gym buddy to allow you to lift heavy and change your workouts regularly.
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PRIME THE PUMP TO LOSE THE PLUMP Never skip breakfast! Eat protein (such as eggs) and carbohydrates (such as oatmeal and whole grain cereals) with 30 minutes of waking up to jumpstart your metabolism and provide energy for your morning. NO WHITE AT NIGHT Eat carbohydrates early in the day when they can be used for energy and consume protein-rich meals in the early evening when they can be used for muscle recovery and growth. PRE-LOAD TO RE-LOAD Don’t go to the gym or meet your personal trainer on an empty stomach. Eat one hour before working out to prevent fatigue and maximize performance. Have a protein shake handy to drink within 30 minutes of working out.
Ted Williams demonstrates the Hammer Curl. (Photo by Toby’s Photos) This exercise, which replicates the movement of using a hammer, is a good one to build your biceps. Stand with your arms by your sides holding a dumbbell in each hand with a neutral grip (palms facing your side). Curl one arm at a time, keeping your elbow close to your side. Squeeze your biceps at the top of the movement and return to the starting position. Repeat with the other arm. Perform three consecutive sets of 12, 10 and 8 reps, increasing weight with each set.
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Evan Wolfson, founder and president of the National Freedom to Marry (FTM) organization, said PRRI’s findings confirm “powerful support from young people.” He said the support is part of the “shifted political equation” towards “the national majority” for marriage equality. Boston-based Charles Martel, co-chair of Catholics for Marriage Equality, said, “The current research on millennials shows that acceptance not tolerance is a hallmark of the shift in attitude towards gay persons.” “From a religious perspective,” he said, “millennials find themselves questioning attitudes and teachings about homosexuality that do not reflect their own experiences and knowledge and therefore see these teachings as lacking substance based on reality.” Executive director of Equality Illinois, Bernard Cherkasov, said, “The findings of the survey are encouraging across the board.”
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