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on’t Ask Don’t Tell is over, and there’s samesex marriage in New York. But there’s still work to do. The recent suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14-year-old who had previously posted an “It Gets Better” video, showed how urgent there is a need to Ben Cohen act on the issues of bullying and discrimination. Without activists and organizations, the LGBT community would be lost in the struggle for equality. On Saturday, October 15, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force will honor and support these activists and organizations th Georg Ketelhohn with the 15 Annual Miami Recognition Dinner. The Dinner takes place at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, where attendees will gather in the Sparkle Ballroom. Co-chair of the dinner, Tim Nardi, states that “as a celebration of the 15 year anniversary…the theme will be ‘Sparkle’ and the evening is designed to evoke descriptions of ‘fun’ and ‘elegant.’ ” Another sparkle to the evening are the honorees. Ben Cohen, recipient of the 2011 Humanitarian Award, shows how

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LGBT allies are often at the forefront of LGBT activism. A straight athlete with a Rugby World Cup championship, Cohen shares that he “…founded the StandUp Foundation…to raise awareness of the damaging effects of bullying and homophobia.” Cohen will also be in town for a fundraiser “A Night With Ben” for his foundation Sunday, Oct. 16 at the home of Val Marmillion and Juan Pisani. Email Juan at JPisani27@gmail.com to RSVP. Suggested donation of $150. Cocktail reception begins at 6:30 p.m. South Florida attorney Georg Ketelhohn receives the 2011 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award, and proves the value of the adage: “think globally, but act locally.” When SAVE Dade needed someone to direct the No To Discrimination campaign, Ketelhohn left his job as a law firm attorney for this unpaid position, and successfully challenged the discriminatory legislation. Ketelhohn now works with the law firm of Siegfried, Rivera, Lerner, De La Torre & Sobel, P.A., contributing to the LGBT community as board treasurer with Florida Together, a coalition of LGBT groups. The sparkle doesn’t end there. Attendees can expect a sumptuous dinner, dancing, and a silent auction that includes items such as spa treatments, gym memberships, original art

and jewelry, and American Airlines tickets for all levels of wanderlust—Hawaii, South America, Europe, the U.S. as well as other locales. Co-chair Tim Nardi, says the evening is designed for “attendees… to do what they enjoy the most—talk to friends, bid at the auction and dance.” Speaking of what attendees enjoy, the official stage sponsor is Showtime’s The L Word Complete Series. Fans of the show can look forward to an appearance by actress Pam Grier. Outside of the glamor, the real sparkle is how the Miami Recognition Dinner benefits the LGBT community. In 2004, the Task Force began producing the Dinner and the Winter Party. Throughout the years, more than $1 million has benefited many organizations including the South Beach AIDS Project, Aqua Foundation for Women, and Equality Florida.

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Lesbian Lifestyles Linked to Breast Cancer By Denise Royal

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he American Cancer Society estimates that more than 230,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Nearly 40,000 of those women die. Different minority populations, as well as subgroups within those populations, face distinct challenges and risk factors when it comes to breast health. Lesbians and bisexual women make up one such subgroup. Last month, comedienne Wanda Sykes admitted that she’s undergone a double mastectomy after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis. Singer Melissa Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and spent a year battling the disease. Research has shown lesbians are less likely than heterosexual women to seek routine health care, perhaps because they lack insurance or feel discomfort discussing their lifestyle with doctors. That’s just the tip of the iceberg according to Liz Margolies, executive director of the National LGBT Cancer Network. “Provider insensitivity and ignorance follows the unwelcome that begins in the waiting room with the magazines and medical forms that do not match our lives. Until health care facilities and providers become knowledgeable, respectful and safe for lesbians, even free screening services will continue to be underutilized. Unfortunately, this can also result in cancers being detected at later stages when the prognosis is worse,” she said. Lesbians do not need to be screened differently than heterosexual women, but Margolies says they need to be welcomed into the healthcare system. “Until LGBT cultural competence training is mandatory for all staff in all facilities, discrimination against LGBT people is outlawed in all 50 states and health insurance becomes a basic human right, our screening rates will remain dangerously low.  ‘I treat all people the same’ erases the extra challenges lesbians face in accessing healthcare,” she tells SFGN. Also contributing to the problem is that

none of the large national cancer registries and surveys of cancer incidence collect data about sexual orientation or gender identity. This means LGBT cancer survivors are embedded and invisible among the vast wealth of information these surveys provide to other groups. Other ethnic, geographic, and racial populations are able to use the data gleaned from these statistics to develop prevention and treatment programs dedicated to eroding the health disparities they face. They know precisely how prevalent cancer is in their communities. LGBT people do not. Progress on this issue is underway on Capitol Hill. The Health Equity and Accountability Act was introduced last month in the House of Representatives. It is the most comprehensive legislation ever to recognize that gay and transgender health disparities cannot be addressed in isolation from other health disparities, including disparities affecting people with disabilities, communities of color, women, and people in families with mixed immigration statuses. Help is on the way even closer to home thanks to Area Resource and Referral Organization for Women (ARROW). As of 2011, over 200 health care professionals within the South East Florida region have received cultural competence training through ARROW providing the Removing the Barriers curriculum. While research has been conducted that specifically addresses lesbian cancer risks and experiences, the results have been inconsistent. “In almost every case, the sample sizes have been too small for us to draw reliable conclusions. We need more organizations like the Lesbian Health Research Center at the UC Medical Center in San Francisco and major financial backing to develop solid data about lesbians and cancer,” says Margolies. The center’s goal is to speed up the pace of research for the LBTQ community and to close the gap in LBTQ health disparities. It is

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the only lesbian-focused health and research organization housed within one of the world’s premier health science institutions, the University of California, San Francisco. It’s important to remember that being a lesbian does not increase the risk for breast cancer, but having one or more of the risk factors below might. A lesbian or bisexual woman without these risk factors is at no greater risk than a heterosexual woman: Cigarette smoking data suggest that lesbians smoke cigarettes at a substantially higher rate than heterosexual women. Alcohol use someresearchreportshigherratesofheavydrinking among lesbians than heterosexual women Obesity - some studies report that lesbians are morelikelytobeoverweightorhaveaBMIover25. Pregnancy  lesbians are less likely to have biological children before age 30, which would offer some protection against cancer. What should women lesbian and otherwise do with this information?

As a general rule, women should get a clinical breast exam every three years starting at age 20 and a mammogram and clinical breast exam every year starting at 40 years old. But populations at higher risk should be more vigilant. A key is breast self-awareness. Women should know their family history, calculate their risk and determine with their doctor a screening schedule. They also should become familiar with their breasts so that they’ll notice an unusual lump, hard knot, swelling or skin change. Healthy lifestyle choices also are crucial. They include exercising, limiting alcohol consumption and hormone use, limiting fatty foods and in general watching what you eat. Visit Cancer-Network.org for more information, or ArrowLBT.org for resources and support in South Florida.

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Compass’ HOPE Youth Mentoring Project Then and Now

The Man Behind the Youth Project

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t was 1992 and Keith Platt, a young gay man barely out of Florida Atlantic University with a newly minted master’s of social work degree, was asked by a colleague to meet with a gay teen who was in foster care and having a terrible time adjusting. “How can I help you?” Platt asked the teen when they first met. “I just want to know that I’m not the only one,” said the youth. “Do you know any other gay kids?” Platt had to admit that he did not know any gay teens but assured the youth that there were many others and that he, Platt, had been an isolated gay teen himself not that many years before. Not sure how, he agreed to try to help find others. A few days later Platt got a call from Greg Elliott, the then executive director of the Stop AIDS program which was changing its name to Compass and expanding its mission

to “support the healthy development of sexual minorities,” according to an article in the July 16, 1992 Sun-Sentinel. Elliott had also met a gay teen in foster care that needed help and gay kids were definitely part of the new organization’s mission. Could Platt assist? Platt had facilitated a gay group on campus during his undergraduate work at Florida State University so he felt comfortable with that format and he and Elliott agreed they would do something for the gay youth in Palm Beach County. The two youths that met with Platt came to the first gathering and discovered they knew each other peripherally through foster care. Four more youths appeared at the first meeting and a group was formed. “The kids were ingenious about finding more kids,” Platt said. “They remembered going to libraries and searching for information about homosexuality and being gay. So

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they hand-printed cards and put the cards into the books they knew other gay kids would seek out.” Soon the group had 25 kids and most of them had never talked to anyone else they knew to be gay. And that’s how Compass’ HOPE Youth Mentoring Project began. It quickly became obvious that there was a need and demand for services from the gay youth in Palm Beach County and it would require financial support to prevent it from collapsing under its own success. Platt and Elliott wrote a grant request for funding from the Palm Beach County Children’s Services Council. “It looked like the perfect opportunity

at the time,” Platt said. “We demonstrated how the program could help preserve families and keep kids in school and do all the important things a CSC would want.” But no one said it would be easy and Platt was shocked by the public outcry. “Religious groups in Miami and Broward hired buses to bring people to protest us getting the money,” he said. “We got death threats and bomb threats and it was unbelievable. People came to the hearings and screamed that we were recruiting and showed pornography. Thankfully wiser heads prevailed and we got the funding but there was still a lot of fear about what these people might do.” Platt’s statistics from the time are impressive. When the group first met, 30 percent indicated they had attempted suicide during the previous year. Only one individual reported this behavior at the end of the first year of meetings. Surveys also showed that the kids’ other risk behaviors dropped significantly including use of drugs and alcohol, unprotected sex and overall sexual activity. “We have come a long way from those early days of discovering how to support gay youth,” Platt said. “It’s hard to believe it has been 20 years and the kids still have the basic need to know they aren’t alone and that they’re ok. I’m really glad Compass has kept up this work.” Platt currently teaches at FAU’s School of Social Work. This is the first part of a two part series on Compass’ youth program. See next week’s edition for the second part.

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developing strong relationships and we get 25 to 30 youth at our bi-weekly group sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays. They come because it’s safe and we have fun.” Next year will be the 20th anniversary of the partnership between Compass and the Children Services Council providing services to the county’s LGBT youth. Plans are underway to mark the event with a grand celebration. “Twenty years of helping Matthew McWatters Jessica Beane gay kids grow up to be sucto undergo a comprehensive background cessful gay adults is an important milestone,” check that’s required by law but is something Leidesdorf said. “We anticipate continuing any responsible agency would do.” the work until there’s no further need. We’re Historically the youth program has includ- grateful to the CSC and the many others ed outreach and community education for who have supported our efforts these many schools and services providers about LGBT years.” issues and how to deal with gay youth. “The workshops and trainings is the most fun thing I did,” Leidesdorf said. “I spoke at any opportunity because aware adults provide better services to our children.” Leidesdorf registers enthusiasm for the life successes of many of the youth who have passed through the HOPE program. The list is too long to name them all but one recent success is Compass case manager Jessica Beane who joined the group as a teen for a safe place to meet and socialize with other gay youth. While still with the youth group she became a trained HIV tester/counselor and volunteered in that role before leaving to go to college. While studying social work at FAU she was an intern at Compass and moved from volunteer to employee when a case management position became available at the end of her internship. “They always told us not to give up,” Beane said. “The coordinators kept reminding us that we’re as good as anyone and we shouldn’t let anything stand in our way. The other big thing was knowing there was a place we could call home where someone would be there to listen and encourage us no matter how tough things got outside.” “The sense of belonging is really important to our success,” McWatters said.“We have 14 matched mentor/mentee pairs that are

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took over the HOPE Youth Group in 2002,” said Nicole Leidesdorf, now Chief Operations and Programs Officer of the program. “A lot had changed in ten years but a lot had stayed the same. I guess we could still say that but overall I think we’re making progress.” The biggest issue Leidesdorf saw as she started working with HOPE at the dawn of its second decade was a continued use of a disease model with focus on case management and mental health issues. “The APA [American Psychiatric Association] and others had removed homosexuality from the DSM [Diagnostic and Statistical Manual] in 1973,” she said. “I felt it was important to become less clinical and more support-oriented in our approach to the youth. We needed to work from a wellness perspective and we have been moving in that direction ever since. Today we have even begun working with youth and adults in a one-on-one mentoring program,” she said. The new mentoring program is for youth ages 6 to 17 whose lives have been affected by gender identity/expression or sexual orientation issues; their own or those of family or close friends. “So you don’t have to be gay to apply to have a mentor,” said Matthew McWatters, current coordinator of the group. “We could have a straight child who has a transsexual parent or a lesbian sister.” Similarly, you don’t have to be gay to be a mentor. “We need sensitive, caring adults who want to help kids,” McWatters said. “You don’t have to be gay, but you do have

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all for mentors and mentees – Compass HOPE Youth Group has developed a mentoring program for youth whose lives have been affected by gender or sexual orientation issues, their own or those of family or close friends. The program is open to youth ages 6 to 17 and adults age 22 and up (exceptions may be made). There’s a one-year commitment for mentor/mentees to meet twice a month for two hours at a time, a total of 4 hours a month. Mentors and mentees meet at Compass at mutually agreeable times. They are also welcome to attend the bi-weekly youth group sessions as part of their time together. Youth and families go through a thorough assessment to ensure a good match. Adult volunteers are also trained to be effective mentors and go through a comprehensive background check including the nationwide FBI criminal records search. Both mentees and mentors get a lot out of the program and often establish lifetime friendships. For more information call Matthew McWatters at 561-533-9699 x 4011 or email to matthew@compassglcc.com.

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‘Value Voters Summit’ Starts DC Ruckus GOP prez candidates, religious leaders attack each other

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ven with a seminar branded “Straight Talk on Gay Marriage,” the average LGBT leader was nowhere to be found at the ‘Values Voter Summit’ in Washington, D.C., at the Omni Shoreham Hotel this past weekend. This Christian-themed event featured thousands of participants, and was hosted by organizations listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as ‘hate groups.’ At the event a litany of Republican presidential candidates vied for a straw poll victory. The winner would eventually be Ron Paul, the libertarian-leaning candidate, who peppered his customary verbal assaults on American fiscal and foreign policy with biblical allusions. Paul garnered 37 percent of the vote to Herman Cain’s 23 percent. Senator Rick Santorum took third place with 16 percent. But Paul was a hero in a forum, which at times seemed like a revival meeting. “We have too long relied upon our king in Washington and we have to change that,” Paul stated, imploring the raucous crowd to help bring an end to wars “that undermines the families of America.” The three day conference featured leaders from the Family Research Council, the Heritage Foundation, the American Family Association, and the National Organization for Marriage. The seminars included forums

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on ‘Saving the American Dream,’ ‘Saving America’s Children from Pimps and Perverts,’ and ‘Exposing Planned Parenthood.’ Conservative radio host Bryan Fischer was roundly applauded for stating that “the homosexual agenda is the most immediate threat to every freedom and right that is enshrined in the first amendment.” A spokesman for the American Family Association, he declared “we have to choose between homosexuality and liberty because we cannot have both.” That was after calling for all Muslims to be deported. He was enthusiastically applauded each time. Mitt Romney called Fischer’s dialogue “poisonous…lacking in civility.” He asked the conservative audience to focus on “values that unite us…rather than an agenda which

narrows our vision.” Apparently, the crowd did not agree. Romney would finish last with 4 percent in the straw poll. Even though it was ordered by a state Supreme Court ruling, Fischer had previously blamed Romney for the fact that Massachusetts became the first state to recognize gay marriages, because it happened on Romney’s watch. Trying to focus on the stature of the U.S. in the world, Romney offered up again his trademark line that “I will never, ever, apologize for America,” and that under his watch the U.S. would become again “the strongest nation on Earth.” Another religious leader who took to the podium on Friday was Texas mega-church Pastor Robert Jeffress, who denounced Romney, claiming he wasn’t “a genuine follower of Jesus Christ,” and that “Mormonism was a cult.” Jeffress endorsed Rick Perry, saying that he preferred having a “competent Christian” like Perry over a “competent nonChristian” like Romney. But his remarks did not go unanswered. Former Education Secretary and radio host Bill Bennett called the Jeffress comments out and out “bigotry,” claiming he was doing Rick Perry “no favors” with his endorsement. On Sunday, Perry, an evangelical Christian, rejected the comments by Jeffress and said he did not believe Mormons were a cult. Meanwhile, Jeffress, back in Texas, defended

his remarks at his own church, stating that Mormonism “is a false religion.” Jeffress, who also once remarked that Oprah Winfrey is doing the “work of Satan,” told his congregation that he decided as a private citizen to endorse Perry to “push back against the evil that is engulfing our country.” Rick Perry had addressed the summit on its opening day, Friday, by taking an indirect shot at Romney’s position on abortion. “For some candidates, pro-life is an election year slogan to follow the prevailing political winds. For me, it’s about the absolute principle that every human being is entitled to life.” One of the loudest ovations during Perry’s speech came at the mention of his decision to defund Planned Parenthood in Texas. A Planned Parenthood Action Fund Spokesperson angrily retorted that Perry’s decision “has resulted in 300,000 Texas women losing access to preventive health care such as birth control, cancer screenings and annual exams.” One of the summit organizers, Tony Perkins, of the Family Research Council delivered the summit’s wrap up address on Sunday. Perkins defended Michelle Bachman’s husband, Marcus, who runs a Minnesota clinic which ‘cures people from their homosexuality’ by offering ‘reorientation therapy.’ Constantly on TV himself as a spokesman for the FRC, Perkins has argued that the homosexual agenda is “a devastating strategy “meant to destroy innocence, religious freedom, and ultimately, the family.” Fox News featured him three times in eight days in August alone. The popular gay themed Towleroad website referred to the gathering as the “Nuremberg Rally for the religious right.”

Transgender Candidate Donna Milo Runs for Miami Commish in District 2 Milo shares her vision for Miami’s future and clarifies her stance on gay marriage

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ormer Planning Advisory Board ViceChairman and community activist Donna Milo is gaining popularity and setting new standards since she announced her candidacy for City of Miami Commissioner for District 2. The election is set to be held November 1st and I had the opportunity to meet with her recently for a conversation about her aspirations for Miami. Milo is no stranger to the political scene. She ran as a Transgender Republican for Congress in May 2010 for Florida’s 20th congressional district. Milo came in third with an impressive 22 percent of the vote, which is a high percentage  considering that  records indicate  the third-place candidate

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typically receives between 10 and 18 percent question said Milo is against gay marriage. Her remarks, she said, were misconstrued of the vote. “It was my run for Congress in 2010 that I and completely taken out of context. This is - as well as others - realized that I was very what  The Advocate reported:  “Donna Milo is a social conservative who has said successful at pulling in  constituents  and marriage should be a religious sacvoters,” she said. “It was shortly after rament restricted to heterosexuthat when I realized that I still had the al couples and that ‘traditional compassionate desire to do something families’ should have priority positive in my own community right for adopting children over gay here in Miami, so I announced my couples.” candidacy for Miami Commissioner Milo replied with  sinin March.” cere  emotion, “As a parent Of course politics do not come myself, no child should without controversy as there ever become a ward to the have been statements printed in state and a two-parent reports  floating around the Inhome is always what’s best ternet.” One of those reports in Donna Milo

for a child whether they be gay parents or straight parents.” As for marriage equality, “I support marriage equality 100 percent, as well as the separation of church and state.”  When asked what makes her different from all the other candidates she replied: “Miami is a city on the brink, a city in a bad economy, and plagued by mis-management, where small business owners are suffering and/or failing. The city has internal auditor, and let us  not forget the SEC  and FDLE investigations that Miami still wakes up to everyday.” For the complete article, go to: sfgn.com/milo

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painted watercolors of the planes in his squadron, P-51s and B-29s. In fact, the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Japan, was part of Hester’s squadron. After the war, Hester began a career as an art director, starting at the New York department store Bonwit Teller. From there, he became a freelance art director, working on catalog assignments for well-known department stores such as Neiman Marcus and Wanamaker’s. It was while doing this work that he began his life as a photographer. “I had a friend that was a photographer,” A classic erotic image from George Hester Hester said. “As an art director, I sent him so much work he couldn’t do it all, so By Andy Zeffer I told him I would help him out and picked Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in up the camera myself. But after a while, he became jealous of the fashion end of it, so I the Express Gay News in 2004. It’s updated for decided I would try and do a book of nudes.” this week’s special gay history month section. At first, it was very tough for him to find willing models in those days. But he was an n the world of photography, George Hester, 88, is nothing short of a pioneer. established photographer with reputable New York modeling agencies such a Ford His books, The Classic Nude (1973), and Wilhelmina, so he eventually earned the Man (1975) and Woman (1975), were the models’ trust. By word of mouth he was able first published books of nude photography. to find subjects, sometimes doing fashion The nude has also been the subject of his shoots and headshots in return. other love, painting. The artist spoke to “With a lot of these people I photoExpress about his life and career. graphed, I painted as well,” Hester said. “And Hester’s life is as colorful as his paintmy books sold so well that I was able to leave ings. He began painting at a young age, and the city with the money I earned and bought continued to do so while stationed in Iwo an apple orchard upstate with 10,000 trees.” Jima during World War II, where Hester was The orchard was in a town called Kindera gunner aboard aircrafts. The young soldier

hook, which is just below Albany. Hester sometimes incorporated the negatives from his photography into his paintings. He works with oils, and has had his paintings in storage for a long time. “You don’t show paintings like that everywhere,” Hester said. Many of Hester’s nudes have stories behind them. He pointed out a painting of a muscular man whose wife asked Hester to paint him. Hester agreed to paint the husband but only if he could do two paintings and keep one for himself. “One time I was at the Metropolitan Opera for an affair, and Mayor Lindsay was there,” Hester recalled. “He was sitting at my table and asked everyone what they did. When I told him I was a photographer, they

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History Month asked what subject matter I shot, and I said nudes. An English lady approached me afterward and asked if I would like to photograph her children. I said I would love to, and she came to my studio with her children and a nanny. Of course when I photographed children, the mother or father was always there; I wouldn’t do it otherwise.” Hester has painted all sizes and shapes of men, women and children, including an obese man who he describes as a “very charming fellow.” Now that he has lost sight in one eye, it is difficult for him to get the dot in his subject’s eyes where he wants it, so he is now switching to a broad technique and painting landscapes. George Hester lives in Wilton Manors with his partner of 38 years, Alfredo.

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LGBTMonth History

Friedrich Von Steuben Father of the U.S. military

By Mark Segal

Exclusively for SFGN National Gay History Project

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here are few historians today who would doubt that Baron Friedrich Wilhelm Von Steuben was gay.

To appreciate the contributions von Steuben (1730-94) made to the American Revolution, consider this: Before his arrival in Valley Forge in 1778, the Revolutionary Army had lost several battles to Great Britain and, without him, the United States of America might still be the British colonies. Before Valley Forge, the Revolutionary Army was a loosely organized, rag-tag band of men with little military training. The military fumbled through the beginning of the war for independence lacking training and organization. Gen. George Washington and the Continental Congress knew that without help from additional seasoned military experts, the colonies would clearly lose. Since Washington himself was the best the colonies had, they looked to Europe for someone who could train the troops. To that end, Washington wrote the colonies’ representative in Paris, Benjamin Franklin, to see what he could come up with. Franklin, a renowned inventor, was treated as a celebrity in the French court. This would be pivotal in achieving his two major objectives in France: winning financial support for the revolution and finding military leaders who could bring a semblance of order to the Revolutionary Army. Franklin learned of a “brilliant” Prussian military genius, Lt. Gen. Baron Frederich von Steuben.Von Steuben had a string of successes (some self-embellished) with the Prussian army. There was one problem. He’d been asked to depart because of his “affections for members of his own sex.” This became urgent in 1777 when he literally escaped imprisonment in what is now Germany and traveled to Paris. In Paris, Franklin was interviewing candidates to assist Washington back in the colonies when he discovered von Steuben. During the interview process, Franklin discovered von Steuben’s reputation for

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having “affections” with males and the issue became pressing as members of the French clergy demanded the French court, as in other countries, take action against this sodomite. They had decided to make their effort a crusade and run him out of France. Franklin had a choice here, and he decided von Steuben’s expertise was more important to the colonies than his sexuality. At the same time, another colonial representative was in France with the explicit job of recruiting experienced military personnel from Europe to train the Continental Army. He was Silas Deane, a former representative to the first Continental Congress and friend of Franklin. Deane is best known for recruiting the Marquis de Lafayette. He also had a side job as a spy for the colonies. Besides being intelligent themselves, Franklin and Deane knew how to spot intelligence. It would have been impossible for either to not know about the reputation of von Steuben. Franklin, working with Deane, decided von Steuben’s “affections” were less important than what he, Washington and the colonies needed to win the war with England. Deane learned of von Steuben’s indiscretions – and that the French clergy was investigating – from a letter to the Prince of Hechingen, his former employer, which read in part: “It has come to me from different sources that M. de Steuben is accused of having taken familiarities with young boys which the laws forbid and punish severely. I have even been informed that that is the reason why M. de Steuben was obliged to leave Hechingen and that the clergy of your country intend to prosecute him by law as soon as he may establish himself anywhere.” Deane, along with Franklin, acted quickly before the clergy could deport or imprison von Steuben and plotted to send him to the colonies to serve with Washington.Von Steuben was given an advance for passage to America and began as a volunteer, without pay. Once he’d arrived in Valley Forge, Washington was concerned about von

Steuben’s inability to speak English so he appointed two of his officers who spoke French to work as his translators. One of those officers was Alexander Hamilton and the other his close friend John Laurens. Within months, von Steuben gained Washington’s confidence and beMajor General Friedrich Wilhelm Augustus Baron von Steuben gan to transform the by Ralph Earl colonial army. Washington and Franklin’s trust in ette as commander in Virginia. von Steuben was rewarded. He whipped 1781-83: Continues to serve as the rag-tag army of the colonies into a Washington’s inspector general, and is professional fighting force, able to take active in improving discipline and streamon the most powerful superpower of the lining administration in the army. time, England. Some of his accomplishSpring 1783: Assists in formulating ments include instituting a “model complans for the postwar American military. pany” for training, establishing sanitary Washington rewarded Von Steuben with standards and organization for the camp a house at Valley Forge (still in existence and training soldiers in drills and tactics and open for visits) which he shared with such as bayonet fighting and musket loadhis aide-de-camps Capt. William North ing. According to the New York Public and Gen. Benjamin Walker. Walker lived Library, (“The Papers of Von Steuben”) with him through the remainder of his the following is a list of his achievements life, and von Steuben, who neither marand timeline. ried nor denied any of the allegations of homosexuality, left his estate to North February 1778: Arrives at Valley and Walker. His last will and testament, Forge to serve under Washington, having which includes the line “extraordinarily informed Congress of his desire for paid intense emotional relationship,” has been service after an initial volunteer trial described as a love letter to Walker. period, with which request Washington The nation that von Steuben help concurs. found has memorialized him with numerMarch 1778: Begins tenure as inous statues, including those at Lafayette Square near the White House and at spector general, drilling troops according to established European military precepts. Valley Forge and Utica, N.Y. (where he is buried) and German Americans celebrate 1778-79: Writes “Regulations for his birthday each year on Sept. 17, hosting the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States,” which becomes a parades in New York City, Philadelphia fundamental guide for the Continental and Chicago. Army and remains in active use through If George Washington was the father the War of 1812, being published in over of the nation, then von Steuben, a gay 70 editions. man, was the father of the United States 1780-81: Senior military officer in military. charge of troop and supply mobilization Mark Segal is the publisher of the Philadelin Virginia. phia Gay News. 1781: Replaced by Marquis de Lafay-

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LGBTMonth History

Katherine Lee Bates Author of ‘America the Beautiful’

By Judd Proctor & Brian Burns

school. Her big break came in 1885, when she was invited back to Wellesley College to Exclusively for SFGN join the English department. Thus began her National Gay History Project 40-year legacy at her old alma mater. atherine Lee Bates was born on During her time at Wellesley, Bates Aug. 12, 1859, on Cape Cod in became a prolific author of travel books, Falmouth, Mass., to William and Cornelia Frances Lee Bates. Known as Katie volumes of poetry and children’s books. Today she is credited with popularizing early on, things would not be easy from the the notion that Santa Claus had a wife in the start. Her father, a pastor of the First Conbook “Goody Santa Claus On A Sleigh Ride.” gregational Church, was too sick to officiBefore then, Bishop St. Nicholas was unmarate or attend her baptism and died just six ried and later transformed into a secular days afterward. This prompted her mother Santa Claus in the 1820s. to take on odd jobs to support her four On the cover of an early version of the children. Bates’ brothers even went to work book, Santa hands two children an apple on to support the family. Bates’ interest in writing started at an ear- snow-swept landscape in full color. It was ly in life. By age 6, she started keeping a diary, published by D. Lothrop Company. Written as a long poem in 1889, it depicts her first being a tiny red leather notebook Mrs. Claus as wanting to accompany Santa with the notation “DIARY 1866” in gold. At age 9, one entry stated, “I like women better on his Christmas Eve trip to deliver his toys to all the girls and boys — not a stay-atthan men,” and “Sewing is always expected home wife. Instead, Santa’s wife takes a femiof girls. Why not boys? nist stance, demanding credit for her hard Bates’ family valued education. Her work in making Christmas possible including mother graduated from Mount Holyoke cooking to make Santa plump. Female Seminary and her grandfather had Goody Santa Claus, meaning Mrs. Claus, been president of Middlebury College. She states her case thus: too would be well educated. Just before turning 12, the family moved “Santa, must I tease in vain, dear? Let me to Graniteville, Mass., just outside Boston, go and hold the reindeer, where she would attend Wellesley High While you clamber down the chimneys. School, graduating in 1874. Bates would also Don’t look savage as a Turk! graduate from the more advanced Newton Why should you have all the glory of the High School two years later. joyous Christmas story, That same year, in 1878, at age 17, Bates And poor little Goody Santa Claus have began her long time association with Wellesley College, entering along with 43 other girls nothing but the work?” Like her creator Bates, this Mrs. Claus in the class of “’80.” She would be president would stand up for herself and beg the same of her class, the second to graduate from Wellesley. At the time, it was a bold move, as question: Why can’t women do the same work as men? women were considered not bright enough During her Wellesley years, Bates took to tackle to rigors of academic life. But to trips abroad for sabbaticals and summers Bates, it was what she craved. off. But it would be her cross-country train Bates gained a superb education at trip to Colorado Springs in 1893 — she’d Wellesley and became grounded in her studies. Her poetry writing began to flourish been asked to teach a summer session at with her first poem “Sleep” published in The Colorado College — that would spark the start of her work on her best known poem Atlantic Monthly during her undergraduate “American the Beautiful.” years there. The trip over would be a long one with After receiving her B.A. from Wellesley picturesque views through her train coach College in 1880, Bates entered her career window. as a teacher, with a stint at nearby Natick Passing through Massachusetts and then High School and then Dana Hall preparatory

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Statue of Katherine Lee Bates in Colorado

to New York, there was a brief stop at one of the continent’s most famous attractions, Niagara Falls. Then it was off to Chicago where Bates would have a weekend stopover at the family home of Katherine Coman, professor of economics and history at Wellesley. The two had met in 1887, and would live together for more than a quarter of a century in what was then known as a “Boston marriage.”

area during their free time. It was on Saturday, July 22, 1893, that Bates experienced her most exciting excursion. A group of instructors were invited to travel to the top of the mountain that loomed over their town below. At 14,110 feet above sea level, Pike’s Peak, while not the tallest in the Rocky Mountain range, commanded While in Chicago, they toured what the best view for miles around. Bates in her diary call “The Fair” — the The group went by horse-drawn wagon, World’s Columbian Exposition, celebrating which included the sign “Pikes Peak or the 400th anniversary of Christopher Co- Bust!” Bates described the experience thus, lumbus’ discovery of the New World. The “One day some of the other teachers and view of what was described as the “White I decided to go on a trip to 14,000-foot Pike’s Peak. We hired a prairie wagon. Near City” impressed Bates. the top we had to leave the wagon and go From Chicago, on July 3, 1893, both the rest of the way on mules. I was very Katherines boarded a train bound for tired. But when I saw the view, I felt great their summer classes in Colorado, passjoy. All the wonder of America seemed ing field of wheat as they traveled west through Kansas and into Colorado Springs. displayed there, with the sea-like expanse.” They would together view the Rocky Mountains for the first time. For the complete article, At Colorado College for three weeks, go to: sfgn.com/bates the two instructors had time to tour the

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LGBTMonth History

Neil Patrick Harris

Denise Eger

Alan Cumming

“I believe God made me just as I am. That is all I need to know, that I am exactly who God created me to be!”

“We need to do everything we can to counteract hatred and shame and we need to be strong in this fight.”

Actor       b. June 15, 1973

“I am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest.”

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eil Patrick Harris is an award-winning television, film and stage actor. Starting at age 16, he has forged an enduring career as a performer in Hollywood and on Broadway. Harris grew up in Ruidoso, New Mexico, the son of two lawyers who ran a restaurant. He took up acting in the fourth grade, playing the role of Toto in “The Wizard of Oz.” When Harris was 15, the family moved to Albuquerque. That same year, he made his feature film debut in “Clara’s Heart,” for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. When he was 16, Harris landed the leading role in the television series “Doogie Howser, M.D.” The series ran for four years and earned him a second Golden Globe nomination as well as a People’s Choice Award. In 1997, Harris accepted the role of Mark in the Los Angeles production of “Rent” and received a Drama League Award for his performance. He made his Broadway debut in 2002 opposite Anne Heche in “Proof.” Thereafter, he appeared as the Emcee in “Cabaret” and as Lee Harvey Oswald in Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Assassins.” Harris’s films include “Undercover Brother,” “The Next Best Thing,” “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle” and “Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.” In 2005, Harris joined the television series “How I Met Your Mother” as womanizer Barney Stinson. He received four consecutive Emmy Award nominations for this role. Harris came out publicly in 2006, telling People magazine, “Rather than ignore those who choose to publish their opinions without actually talking to me, I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions.” Harris has guest starred on dozens of television series, and received an Emmy Award in 2010 for his performance on “Glee.” He has hosted the Academy Awards, the Primetime Emmy Awards and the Tony Awards. In 2010, he was named one of the 100 Most Influential People by Time magazine. Later that year, Harris and his long-term partner, David Burtka, had twins, Gideon Scott and Harper Grace. Harris and his family live in Los Angeles.

Rabbi b. March 14, 1960

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ne of the first openly gay rabbis, Denise Eger served as rabbi for the world’s first gay and lesbian synagogue. She is the first female and the first openly gay president of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California. Eger was raised in Memphis, Tennessee. Active in her synagogue, she taught religious school from the time she was 12. She studied opera as a teen, intending to be a voice major in college. Eger received a bachelor’s degree in religion from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree from Hebrew Union College (HUC) - Jewish Institute of Religion. In 1988, she was ordained a Reform rabbi. Following ordination, she served as the first full-time rabbi at Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim, the first gay and lesbian synagogue. In 1991, Rabbi Eger cofounded West Hollywood’s LGBT-welcoming Congregation Kol Ami, which means “all my people.” Rabbi Eger was the founding president of the Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Interfaith Clergy Association. She worked with the Central Conference of American Rabbis to pass the resolution that allowed Reform rabbis to officiate at same-sex commitment ceremonies. A noted speaker on Judaism, spirituality and LGBT and family issues, Rabbi Eger is a frequent commentator on radio and television. She has written extensively for periodicals, including the Los Angeles Times, The Advocate, the Huffington Post and The Jewish Journal. She has also contributed to a number of books, among them “Twice Blessed: On Being Lesbian, Gay and Jewish,” “Positively Gay,” and “Lesbian Rabbis: THE FIRST GENERATION.” In 2008, Rabbi Eger officiated at the first legal wedding of a lesbian couple in California. The National Women’s Political Caucus named her one of its 12 Remarkable Women in 2010. The Human Rights Campaign presented her with the Community Equality Award in 2011. Rabbi Eger lives with her son in Los Angeles.

Actor b. January 27, 1965

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lan Cumming is an award-winning film, television and stage actor. He has appeared in more than 100 films and television series, as well as major theatrical productions in London and on Broadway. Cumming grew up on the east coast of Scotland, the son of a forester and a secretary. As a teenager, he began appearing in high school plays and local theater productions. In 1982, he enrolled at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where he received a B.A. in dramatic studies. After graduation, Cumming worked in Scottish theater and television before moving to London. In 1985, he married fellow acting student Hilary Lyon. The couple divorced eight years later. In London, Cumming performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre. He received two Olivier Awards, including Best Actor in a Musical for playing the Emcee in “Cabaret.” In 1998, he reprised this role on Broadway, receiving a Tony Award for his performance. Cumming’s many film credits include “Golden Eye,” “Emma,” “Eyes Wide Shut,” “Nicholas Nickleby,” “X2,” and “Burlesque.” On television, he has appeared on “Frasier,” “The L Word,” “Sex and the City,” Logo’s “Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World,” and on the hit series “The Good Wife” as conniving campaign manager Eli Gold. In 1998, Entertainment Weekly named Cumming one of the 100 Most Creative People in the World. In 2008, he received the Trevor Hero Award from The Trevor Project for being “a true role model for gay and questioning youth through his spectacular and highly successful career.” Cumming and his longtime partner, Grant Shaffer, entered into a civil partnership at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London. Cumming and Shaffer live in New York City.

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Brian McNaught

‘B’ is for Bisexual, but What and Who Are They? By Brian McNaught

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f someone asks you to explain bisexuality, simply say, “Bisexuals are people who have the potential to be physically intimate with both sexes.” This probably takes in the majority of the population, but bisexuals aren’t doing a very good job of putting a face on the issue, and telling us how their issues are different from those of gay men and lesbians. We need a Bisexual Liberation Movement, or at least an educational DVD. I would assume that among the challenges faced by bisexuals are the refusal of many people to believe the orientation exists, the pressure bisexual people feel to choose a gay or straight identity, the lack of strong, public role models of bisexuality, the fear many people have of the undependability of a bisexual’s commitment, and the feeling that bisexuality is a behavior rather than an orientation and identity. Bisexuality was added to LGBT for political reasons and not because there was, or is, understanding on anyone’s part of what the political and workplace issues of bisexuals are. Gay people’s advocacy for bisexuals is probably generated by their desire to protect the homosexual attractions of the person from discrimination. Anecdotes, data, and the business case are what I need most help in. My personal belief as a sexual person, and as a sexuality educator, is that most people would identify as bisexual if they saw it as meaning that there is the potential to be attracted to both sexes to varying degrees. If you go to Wikipedia and ask for a list of famous bisexuals, you’ll see hundreds of names, including Katharine Hepburn, Herman Melville, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Anne Frank. Some of the people listed as bisexual are probably gay or lesbian, but afraid to say so. There are far more bisexuals in the world who label themselves gay or lesbian, but who really aren’t. Who doesn’t have the potential to be physically intimate with both sexes under the right circumstances? Women are more honest about it than men. We men gravitate to one or the other end of the identity scale, finding community by saying “yuck” to the thought of being sexual with a woman or with another male. Gay guys and straight guys create their identity by saying what

they’re not. But women are more courageous and honest, except for those women who were once married and now identify as lesbian. That may be their label, but there had to have been some potential for experiencing physical intimacy with a man or they never could have shared a marriage bed with their husbands. I’m not saying the sex was great, but the cuddling must have been, and cuddling is intimacy. The same is true of gay men who were once married. They may insist today that they are gay, but that’s not an accurate description of their sexual potential. They spent time being intimate with at least one woman they chose to marry. One day, such men won’t find it necessary to be so gay. Today, they can be like converts to Catholicism.You’ve never seen people who are so orthodox. The term “bisexual” was coined in the 19th century, as were the terms “homosexual” and “heterosexual.” Some people today prefer the term “pansexual,” which doesn’t mean they find intimacy in the kitchen. It means they see themselves on the continuum between exclusive attraction to men or to women. Heidi Green is a bisexual woman who is mentoring people involved in Out and Equal (www.outandequal.org) on the issues facing bisexual men and women in society and in the workplace. As an advocate for bisexual people, I need her help, and that of others, in understanding how the workplace can be made to feel more welcoming to bisexual employees. What are their unique, everyday concerns? It’s clearly not about which bathroom to use, nor, if they are married to a person of the other sex, is it about having no heterosexual privilege. We need bisexual people to come out of their gay and straight closets to help us all understand the challenges faced by bisexual people, and perhaps in the process, enable us to claim our own pansexual capacity. 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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SFGN Editorial

October 12, 2011

Extremists of Many Stripes Parade Their Hate

Norm Kent, Publisher

Okay, I am violating a few editorial rules here by speaking in the first person, but I am just thinking how one of my mentors, Hunter S. Thompson, would have handled this Christian themed event I attended Friday and Saturday in Washington, D.C.

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ive hours after spending the night whoring around the dens of homosexual promiscuity in the all too gay Du Pont Circle, I surrendered my soul to the gathering of shirts and ties formulating a new, more religious America at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. If only the conference had been postponed until Tuesday, National Coming Out Day, we could have merged Christian Reckoning with a homosexual awakening. Afraid to tell them an open homosexual was sharing the public toilets with them, I surreptitiously mingled with the crowd of god-fearing wifebeaters, trying to find out whether members of the American Family Association actually also put milk in their cheerios. I then sat with them calmly, a sodomite amongst Christians. Bigotry, I learned, is apparently a new value of Christ, and if there is anything these people hate more than queers and faggots, it’s Muslims and Barack ‘Hussein’ Obama, who, according to most of the speakers, has apparently seized the White House from God. Even better than the speakers who seemed to have slipped off the top of the Grand Canyon, and woke up in a crazed mind-crushing daze, were the exhibit halls that featured such remarkable groups as the American Society for Tradition, Family and

My favorite was the guy who said while Muslims ‘present the greatest threat to America, homosexuals present the more immediate threat’

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Property, a self-described Catholic organization whose representatives seemed to be wearing red cloaks, preparing early for gay lynchings or Halloween, not sure which. At their booths, I learned that gay marriage will turn a moral wrong into a civil right, because let’s face it, Bill and Bob living together in one house in Missouri is sure going to stop Ron and Sue from raising their kids successfully in Mississippi. Basically, the exhibit hall was a collection of paranoid schizophrenics with mental fungus who need to be rounded up inside a large barbed wire fence and shipped off to the Phantom Zone. Instead, they sat com-

fortably in a Washington, D.C. hotel while a myriad of Republican presidential candidates sucked up to them, begging for their support and votes. The Traditional Values Coalition, another anti-gay hate group hosted a table filled with paraphernalia and Propofol, apparently in pulp form. The conference also entertained platforms for the Freedom Center, calling on the United Nations to be abolished, by tomorrow morning, if possible. There was also this new mysterious group called ‘Stop the Islamization of America,’ which was pressing its own ‘Preserving Freedom Conference’ next month in Nash-

ville. They want to stop the threat of Sharia Law from overturning every municipal ordinance from Peoria to Pensacola, or swallowing us all up, like those pea pods from Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The AFA held the Friday luncheon, where I learned that the TV program Glee is in fact ‘the most horrifying show in America’, and presents a real threat to our children. Introduced as a hero to the crowd was none other than freshman female congressperson, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) She got elected by parading a Neanderthal message to young conservatives- warning us that if you legalize gay marriage today, you will be opening the door to legalizing pedophilia and incest tomorrow. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) also mocked gay people repeatedly, which probably means you can talk to him about it on one of the next RSVP cruises. On and on the conference went, until the cannibals started devouring each other in their attempt to outflank their buddies. Even Mitt Romney and his Mormons were denounced as ‘operating a fake religion,’ by a Texas minister who has declared all Muslims should be deported. Romney wanted people to be more civil with each other, which explains why he finished last in the straw poll with 4 percent of the votes. My favorite was the guy who said while Muslims ‘present the greatest threat to America, homosexuals present the more immediate threat,’ as compared to a typhoon or hurricane. But then, if you remember what Reverend Pat Robertson once said, we gays are responsible for those too.

One week after being at the Human Rights Campaign dinner with a sea of 3,000 homosexuals in tuxedos dining on pressed chicken, I could not help but think how cool it would have been had both events been held at the same hotel at the same time. After a day there, with a head cold coming on, hung over by medical marijuana and homosexual trysts with Russian embassy staffers the night before, I returned home to the safety of Fort Lauderdale and the bosom of the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, where I knew the spirit of Reverend Kennedy would take good care of me. Somehow, the lesbian flight attendant and homosexual pilot negotiated the rough skies and got me home safely, even though I was seen reading the Koran on my iPad. America survives.

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Off the Wall

The History of Us By Pier Angelo

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ow do you record or write the history of a secret, of something that until recently did not even dare to speak its name? Homosexuals have been around since Homo sapiens but how do you go about finding the progress of a minority that has throughout the centuries been perceived as everything from pariahs to child molesters? Who writes history? The victor gets to write it. The ruling class puts its stamp of approval on it. The parties in power twist it or change it to suit their own means. Often remarkably short-sighted and darkly colored views get recorded under the name of “history.” Take the Texas Board of Education. It voted 11-4 in favor of changing the textbook guidelines for history, economics, social studies, religion, capitalism and government to reflect a more conservative perspective of America, including which major cultural movements to focus on and which to leave out. On the other hand, this past summer, the State of California passed a law making Gay History a requirement in public schools.  The law adds LGBT Americans to a long list of groups that should be represented in social studies classes. State Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, introduced the measure requiring public schools to teach the  contributions, rights, history, and humanity of gay Americans.  It was approved by the Assembly 49-25 on a party line vote July 5, and was signed into law nine days later. Supporters of the new law  believe teaching gay history will help to foster tolerance on campus. UC Berkeley professor Tina Trujillo says a change in instruction can shift students’ opinions on a given subject. For the first time in the United States teachers are figuring out how to incorporate the new material into their classes. The teaching of Gay History becomes an historical landmark for our still fledgling movement. What do we know of our history? The further back we go the more doubtful its accuracy is, as is the case for the ancient Greeks and their student lovers. Or it is speculative and tentative, with little proof to back it up, when it applies to gay monarchs and popes through the ages. It is a collection of incomplete bits and

CA State Sen. Mark Leno

pieces when artists, writers, composers from previous centuries  are discussed in a gay context. It becomes more reliable when we read about the horrors brought on, starting in 1871,  by Germany’s Paragraph 175, which later became a tool for the persecution of homosexuals under Hitler’s Third Reich. Time can be  a great, albeit slow, storyteller; churning forward while oppression inevitably gives way to acceptance. Students in California will  perhaps have a chance to learn  of  the legal trials of Irish playwright Oscar Wilde, of the scandal of reparative therapy, the reason for ACT-UP, the travesty of disallowing gays in the military, the killing of Harvey Milk. But also  the recorded post Stonewall celebrations, legacies born out of that seminal act of defiance such as Gay Pride events the world over, Gay Games, National Coming Out Day, the glory, mixed with the heartache of the AIDS Quilt, the repealing of both DADT and the sodomy law, openly gay politicians serving in Congress, same sex marriage in  Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, plus Washington D.C. They are little dots and sparks when looked in the context of eons of history. We will take whatever we can get. We have been a people forced to hide ourselves and our history. But the secret is out, we have a story to tell the world.  Millions of stories never told until now, and history is also written by common, everyday people. We have to take note of our achievements and mark the milestones that let us see how we came to be and where we are heading. As Dwight Eisenhower said, in 1961, what we have in front of us is:   “The long lane of history yet to be written.”

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Gloria Reaches Out to the Gays In this exclusive chat, the Queen of Latin Pop talks conservative upbringing, gay marriage and controversial Target deal

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loria Estefan isn’t called the Queen of Latin Pop for nothing. Over three decades – and counting – she’s earned it. Since needing a “Dr. Beat” to control her feet in the ’80s, then as part of Miami Sound Machine, Estefan has amassed seven Grammy awards and released 25 albums (selling over 90 million copies of them worldwide), spawning hits like “Conga,” “Reach” and “Rhythm is Gonna Get You” – which it did, many times over. And it will yet again with Miss Little Havana, her first Englishlanguage release since 2003 that returns to her Latin-dance roots with producer Pharrell Williams’ urban flair. The album, though, isn’t just getting buzz for being her longawaited comeback – but the way it’s being released. Estefan partnered with Target, known for its recent support of antigay politics, for the release of Miss Little Havana (it’s also available through iTunes). In this exclusive chat, the 54-yearold performer opened up about the deal, why she hopes you’ll give the corporation another chance and just how deep her everlasting love for the gay community goes. For the complete article, go to: sfgn.com/estefan

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Nightlife by J.W. Arnold

The Thrilling, Chilling Holiday Season is Here

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By Brian Swinford

Have an event you want to list? If so send me an email at Calendar@sfgn.com.

All My Sons by Arthur Miller

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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

Theatre Broward County

Miami Hairspray

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. Actors Playhouse Oct. 12 through Nov. 13. Visit Actorsplayhouse.org

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Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol

*Paula Poundstone

Comedian Paula Poundstone in concert Saturday, Oct. 22 at The Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach. It’s impossible to attend a Poundstone performance without marveling at her ability to interact spontaneously with audience members in conversations bound to garner riotous laughter. Visit Playmardigras.com

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

Palm Beach

Turn off the TV Theatre: The Good Life!

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. Visit Actorsplayhouse.org

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*CAMP 4 Health Benefit Fundraiser

CAMP 4 Health is holding a benefit fundraiser called “Laughter’s The Best Medicine” on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale. Meet and Greet the cast and staff from 7-8 p.m., followed by a comedy sketch show. Suggested Donation $5. Anyone interested in further info please call Bill at 954-530-4832. Visit Camp4Health.org

K.D. Lang and the Siss Boom Bang

Come to the Pride Center at Equality Park on Oct. 15 for a day of celebration and education about breast health. Features include: the Brass Knuckle Bombshells Burlesque Troupe; Triple Touch Instructor; Breast Cancer Survivor Testimonials, Live Entertainment; Breast Health Seminars-for women, men and Trans; Bra Fittings; Fascinating Speakers; Booths; Vendors; Goodie Bags and more. Visit PrideCenterFlorida.org

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” on Oct. 22. 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. Visit Kravis.org

Mamma Mia!

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 show features many of ABBA’s timeless songs. Oct. 25-30. Visit Kravis.com

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PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Tues. of the month at the Sunshine Cathedral at 1480 SW 9th Avenue to support the parents of LGBTQ youth in Broward. No charge. Visit community.pflag. org/pflagfortlauderdale for more information.

SunServe Therapy Groups

Provided for the LGBT community at SunServe on a regular basis. Groups require an intake interview. Call the Intake Coordinator at 954-764-5150 to learn which therapy groups have openings. Visit SunServe.org

Substance Abuse/Use Recovery Group

Weekly group designed to support one another, share struggles of recovery, and find different ways to maintain sobriety. October 5, between 7 and 8:30 p.m. There will be a mental health professional to facilitate the group and participants will gain an understanding about substance use/ abuse, treatment, and recovery. Visit SunServe.org

Fort Lauderdale Ghost Tour

The 60- to 90-minute walking tour of the ghosts of historic Fort Lauderdale begins on Las Olas Blvd. and ends near the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Tour guide John Carr also reveals the history of Fort Lauderdale and the stories of pioneers such as Ivy and Frank Stranahan and the Philomen Bryan family. Fridays and Saturdays at 8:45 p.m. $20 for adults; $15 for children under 10; and free for children 5 and under. Visit Fortlauderdaleghosttour.com

Peter Frampton

“Frampton Comes Alive! 35th Anniversary World Tour” Grammy winning celebrated artist Peter Frampton will bring his “Frampton Comes Alive! 35th Anniversary World Tour” to Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on October 9 at 7:00 p.m. He will perform the legendary platinum-selling album Frampton Comes Alive! In its entirety. Tickets on sale now. Hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com

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resh off its triumphant residency in Paris, Miami City Ballet presents Program I, including works set to the music of Vivaldi and Corelli, Debussy and Philip Glass at the Arsht Center in Miami, Oct. 21 to 23; the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale, Oct. 28 to 30; and the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Dec. 9 to 11. The company, headed by George Balanchine protégé Edward Villella, then ushers in the holiday season with The Nutcracker. Set to the music of Tchaikovsky, this Christmas classic will be presented at the Arsht Center, Dec. 15 – 18, and the Broward Center, Dec. 21 – 24. Visit MiamiCityBallet.org for information.

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The Pride Center at Equality Park will holding a huge community and family outreach day collaboration with Broward Sheriff’s Office on Oct 29 and will include police vehicles, paintable fire truck, snow cones, MacGruff the Crime Dog, music, food, sketch artist, a Kid’s Costume Contest and more. Visit PrideCenterFlorida.org

*Senior Health Expo

Sesame Street Live/Elmo’s Super Heros

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*Sheriff’s Community Day at the Pride Center

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 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

THEATRE SPOTLIGHT

On Saturday, Oct. 22, come to the Pride Center at Equality Park for an epic, annual health fair and trade show will feature various LGBTQ-friendly medical, professional and financial services that benefit our Seniors. Seminars, booths, vendors, food and more! One-of-a-kind day at the Center. Visit PrideCenterFlorida.org

*Breast Fest

*Art Across the Bridge

The Riverside Park Residents’ Association, in conjunction with the Sailboat Bend and Tarpon River neighborhoods will host the Southwest Fort Lauderdale Art Show and History Celebration. Public space will be provided at Riverside Park on Saturday Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for local artists to show and sell their work. This event is sanctioned and part of the City of Ft. Lauderdale’s Centennial Celebration. Visit Riversidepark.org.

Gay Men’s HIV+ Long Time Survivors’ Group

This is a support group that gives men who have been HIV+ for a long time (5 yrs +) the opportunity to give and receive support around topics of interest and issues for concern that are raised by the members. This group meets on 1st and 3rd Thursday at Sunserve 2312 Wilton Drive from 6:30 – 8 p.m. There is no cost, but donations are welcome.

Gay Male Empowerment Group

Topic discussions include issues and concerns about being a gay man in South Florida. Meets on Thursdays at the Pride Center from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Call 954-353-9155 or e-mail info@sunserve.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. Pumpkin Patch Time

The time for carving pumpkins are back at Kiwanis Club. Come to this great pumpkin patch in Wilton Manors at five points and 26th St. The opening day is October 9, so come get your mini pumpkins, corn stalks, Indian corn and a limited supply of White Pumpkins. Call Randy Comer 954-303-3565

Meth911

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.

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.

Gender Benders

Support Group for Youth who cannot-will not-choose not-do not confirm to gender “norms.” This group meeting is held 7:00pm-8:30pm on Monday night’s at SunServe’s Youth Room at 1480 SW 9 Ave in Ft. Lauderdale.. 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 open drop-in meeting is held Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the New Sun Serve Building at 2312 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Call 954-764-5150

Beach Boot Camp with The Health Colonel

Thinking of dropping a few pounds…The Health Colonel is here to help you keep in shape. Monday and Wednesday at 7 p.m., and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Individual classes $15. Every session incorporates three elements – cardio, strength, and flexibility. The colonel says “The real issue has nothing to do with food -- or exercise for that matter. It has everything to do with how you think.” Visit NoMoreCryBabies.com

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

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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 one date left Oct. 8. Call 954-977-4434 or email gardens@butterflyworld.com

Palm Beach *Mack Mixer

MACK coined the term ‘Gay Owned. Straight Friendly.’ by launching their first business networking groups for the South Florida business community in March 2005: Power Lunch and Mack Mixer. Five years later, MACK continues to be a trusted name for the LGBT business community and its supporters. Come to Cantina Laredo on Oct. 19 for a great networking experience. Visit Mackplanet.com

Denim & Diamonds

On October 14, from 7pm-11pm come to Out of the Blue located on the waterfront in Jupiter at the Jonathan’s Landing Country Club Marina. Tickets are $40 and include a lip smacking’ good dinner, dancing’ the night away, a silent auction, and rip roaring’ good time. There’s a cash bar and don’t miss taking a stroll along the waterfront and enjoy the evening breeze. Call Michelle at 561-301-3818

Yoga On The Waterfront

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.

*Latin Night Against HIV/AIDS

On Oct 15 at 9 p.m. come to The Coco Cabana Bar & Grill for The Comprehensive AIDS Program of Palm Beach County provides and promotes education, advocacy, and compassion to individuals and families infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in Palm Beach County. CAP has been conducting its Community Promise program within the Hispanic community to hinder new infections among Hispanics. Call Hernminia Mercedes at 561-472-2466 ext. 133.

BrothasSpeak

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

Scare Me – Spotlight on Halloween

runs deep in history rich with tales of murder, greed and debauchery. Once a bustling town with flourishing businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs, the thirst and hunger By Brian Swinford for power, lust and money really t’s getting closer to Halloween, drove this quaint town of South and it’s that time of year to Florida into a now deserted and get your scare on. The classic and barren village – A village cursed by campy The Rocky Horror Picture Show –is live at the Andrews Living murderers, thieves, demons and the paranormal. Visit VillageofArts opening Oct. 14 and playing Horrors.com for more info. through Halloween. ALA Studio Last but not least has completely there is the Halre-configured its loween Fetish Ball seating area to 2011. This Halloween accommodate the party is a tour-dearrival of “Eddie’s force of fetish clubmotorcycle” down bing featuring a huge the aisle of the theatre and to facilitate audience par- multi-room space transformed into the most elaborately decoticipation in “Time Warp.” There rated fetish nightclub beyond your are many other surprises as well wildest imagination, filled with that have re-invented this classic a fun and playful crowd. In years Broadway show for the intimate, past, this party has been known to black box space that makes Andraw more than 2,000 fetish-frendrews Living Arts a unique venue for those who like their entertain- zied partiers in a single night. The Halloween Ball takes place Saturment “up front and personal.” day Oct. 29 and will be held at the Visit AndrewsLivingArts.com for incredible Exit 66.With all of these info. exciting events going on in Fort The Village of Horrors takes Lauderdale there is something for place at the War Memorial Auditorium on select nights between everyone. Be sure to come by any of these events for a great scary Oct 13 and 29. Come see, and night with ghouls, ghost, tricks, experience some of the Scariest and tasty treats. Visit Fetish-FacHaunted Houses in Fort Laudertory.com/halloween for more info. dale. The story of Cross Town

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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. 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

Yoga

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

Living Buddhism

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

Paths

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

Good Orderly AA

These meetings take place at Compass, and geared toward recovering alcoholics. Every Tues. and Thurs. at 7 p.m. and on Sat. at 6 p.m. These meetings will help recovering alcoholics cope with the stress of everyday life without the use of alcohol.

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. Bring blankets, chairs, and coolers or purchase 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

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

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Dine Out Lauderdale

Dine Out Lauderdale, a six-week celebration of the area’s top restaurants, chefs and cuisine. From October 1 through November 10. Greater Fort Lauderdale restaurants are offering specially-created, three-course menus at a $35 fixed price. Enjoy the very best restaurants set amid a tropical backdrop of turquoise waters, golden sands, emerald palms and sun kissed skies. Visit Sunny.org

Dolphins Cycling Challenge 2011

Registration fee of $150 for all rides. The ride will be Nov 5-6. Registration fee includes: in-ride and post-ride food, beverages, medical supplies, mechanical assistance, Dolphins Cycling Challenge ride jersey, commemorative water bottle, two (2) tickets to the Miami Dolphins DCC celebratory game on Dec. 4, versus the Oakland Raiders, etc. An on-field ceremony will be held to at this game honoring cyclists and participants in the DCC. Visit Miamidolphins.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: mdglcc@bellsouth.net, 305-673-4440

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

Ability Explosion Blast-Off

A 5-day series of events helping to create awareness and improve the lives of people living with disabilities on Oct. 19. The Blast Off Party will be held in the Banyan Room at the beautiful Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. Festivities include a performance by acclaimed performer Maryel Epps. 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

80’s Baby

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

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13th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

This year the IGFA inducts the 13th class into the Fishing Hall of Fame on October 25th. John Chibnall, Al Lindner, Allen and Buddy Merritt, Frank O’Brien, Jr., and Paxson Offield will join the ranks of fishing’s luminaries at the annual induction ceremony, emceed by 2004 Inductee Mark Sosin. Next to the privilege of having a great fish on the line, the event is one of fishing’s highest honors. Igfa.org

*Business Builders Luncheon

Coral Gables – October 5 - MDGLCC presents its monthly networking program held on the 1st Wednesday of each month at Seasons 52 Restaurant, 321 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, 305-442-8552. Registration 11:30 a.m. with luncheon/networking from noon to 1 pm. . Cost: MDGLCC members ($30), Potential Members ($40, $10 applied to new MDGLCC membership). Includes seated style lunch limited to 25 persons.

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

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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. 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. The show begins Sept. 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

Key West

*Goombay 2011 Black Tie Banquet

On Oct. 1 come to The Doubletree Grand Key Resort in Key West for Key West Legends Men of Soul Concert Honoring the one and only “Mr. Lofton “Coffee” Butler. Contact Melissa at (305) 293-2339 or (305) 294-1296.

*Headdress Ball

Come to the Southernmost on the Beach at 8pm for this “over the top” Headdress Contest that includes an extravagant and entertaining show with lots of Key West razzle dazzle! You never know what’s going to happen next at the Headdress Ball. This is an official event of Fantasy Fest Oct. 25. Visit Gaykeywestfl.com

*SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival

On Oct 13 come to Tropic Cinema at 416 Earton Street in Key West .Wild & Scenic Film Festival is where filmgoers are transformed into a congregation of committed activists, dedicated to saving our increasingly threatened planet. Festival Films illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities are doing to protect the environment. Visit Web.keywestchamber.org

*Fantasy Fest Street Fair

Join most of Key West for Duval Street’s mile-long entertainment extravaganza, featuring arts and crafts, food vendors, lively libations and costumed frivolity! The Street Fair is on Friday, October 28, 2011 from 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. Visit Fantasyfest.net/street-fair.cfm

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. 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

*Dead Man’s Cell Phone

In a quiet cafe a cell phone rings. And rings. The stranger at the next table has had enough. She confronts the owner of the cell phone, but, well...he’s dead. She begins to answer his calls and suddenly finds herself enmeshed in his life and family. Unfortunately, the dead guy has quite a number of shady loose ends. This plays opening night is Feb 2 at The Waterfront Playhouse at 8pm. Visit Waterfrontplayhouse.org

DRINK/DANCE/ PLAY Broward 321-Slammer

Bathhouse. 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

Atomic Boom

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) 5675978. Large Bar/ Nightclub, Amazing. Drink Specials in Wilton Manors. Wednesday’s After 9pm $10 Miller Lite Beer Bust

Boardwalk

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

The Club Fort Lauderdale

Bathhouse. 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.

2345 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 (954) 626 0082 Come Dine, Dance, Drink, Mingle and of course Relax. 2-4-1 Happy Hour Tues-Friday 3-9pm. Indoor/Outdoor Dining. Dance the night away Thursday - Sunday. Live Music Weds, Fri, Sat, Sun - Visit themanorcomplex.com FOR MORE DETAILS.

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. 5 p.m.

Mona’s

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

Monkey Business

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 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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

New Moon

H.G. Rooster

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 6 p.m., Karaoke 11 p.m.

The Lounge

517 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. (561) 6559747. The most unpretentious South Beach styled lounge in West Palm Beach. Great Drink Deals Tues-Thurs 9 p.m. - 3 a.m.

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.

Tag Bar

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

Miami

Club Space

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.

2440 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, (954) 563-7660 Your neighborhood 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

Club Sugar

PJ’s Corner Pocket

Discotekka

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

Ramrod

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 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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

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

Johnny’s

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.

Score

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

Twist

Clubhouse II

Sidelines Sports Bar

Corner Pub Bar

Smarty Pants

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 a.m.

Key West

Cubby Hole

The Stable

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 11a.m. – 8 p.m.

Bathhouse. 2650 E. Oakland Park Blvd , Fort Lauderdale, Florida (954) 566-6750. 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. 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 p.m. 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 9 p.m. 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

Georgie’s Alibi

2266 Wilton Drive ,Wilton Manors, FL 33305 ,(954) 5652526. Fort Lauderdale’s Best & Longest Happy Hour. Wednesdays $2 Domestics & $1 Schnapps after 9 p.m. Wednesdays

Johnny’s

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+

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The Manor

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

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.

Torpedo

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 a.m.

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.

801 Bourbon Bar

Club Aqua

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 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Kwest

705 Duval St. , Key West, Florida,(305)292-8500 Key West All-Male Strip Club. Daily Happy Hour from 3-8 p.m., And a piano sing-a-long every Wednesday night.

Palm Beach The Cottage

Pearl’s Patio Bar

522 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth, Fl, 33414. (561) 586-0080 Great Service, Great Food, Full Stocked Bar, Great Professional Tea-Dance every Sunday

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 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday’s are Extended Happy Hour 5pm-9pm

Fort Dix

Virgilio’s

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.

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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Stage Door

Girl Power this Weekend on South Florida’s Stages By J.W. Arnold

It’s a big theater weekend in South Florida with four openings and a staged reading. All five shows seem to explore a common theme: empowered women. ctors Playhouse on the Miracle Mile in Coral Gables opens Marc Shaiman’s Broadway hit, Hairspray, with Producing Artistic Director David Arisco starring as Edna Turnblad, the gender-bending role made famous by Harvey Fierstein and later John Travolta on film. If you’ve seen any of the local press about the show, you know that Arisco actually had to hire a trainer and lose weight to take on the full-sized role.

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eanwhile, New Theatre, 4120 Laguna Street in Coral Gables, opens Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, by A. Rey Pamatmat.This controversial and timely new play examines the lives of two practically abandoned teens who bond as a family and get through the pains of growing up together.

mantra is, “Other students take a test. Mine go play in the road.” Genie Croft directs at Six Star Studio, 505 NW 1st Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Runs Oct. 13 – Nov. 6, tickets $15-25 at WomensTheatreProject.com.

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nfinite Abyss Products is not afraid to take on edgy and controversial subjects and this go-around, the plucky young company led by Erynn Dalton presents, Mitzi’s Abortion, at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Dr. in Fort Lauderdale. The play, receiving its South Florida premiere, explores the issue that have shaped the national debate over abortion over the past 40 years, but also serve as a reminder that some decisions are neither simple or easy. Previews, Oct. 13 and 14 and opens Oct. 15, running through Nov. 5. Tickets $30 at InfiniteAbyss.com.

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rolific local playwright Tony Finstrom concocts a classic murder mystery, Murder on Gin Lane, which will receive a ready on Monday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. as part of Jan McArt’s Theatre Arts Guild Reading Series at Lynn University’s Wold Center in Boca Raton. Described as “delicious,” the play follows three aging divas who must solve the death of Runs Oct. 14 – 30, tickets $25-40 at New-Thea Broadway producer at a glitzy mansion at the atre.org. end of secluded Southhampton street. Starring he Women’s Theatre Project preCarbonell judge Jeffrey Bruce, Becon TV host mieres the latest play from Terry Iris Acker, Symphony of the Americas board Lawrence (Speaking Elephant), Women Drivers, an irreverent comedy about wom- president Beth Holland, and Jan McArt, first lady of Florda’s musical theatre. en and driving. See the road through the eyes of driving instructor Erin Ford, whose Tickets are $10, rsvp by calling 561-237-9000.

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Cotton Club Broward House Gala Photography by J.R. Davis

V IE W S O F THE NE W S Victor Jackson and Company

Kathleen Cannon, Mark Budwig, and a flaper friend

Bill Huelsman, Nikki Adams, Terry Decarlo

Jorge Diaz with the Flappers

Bullying Forum at Lynn University on Sept. 21 Photography courtesy of Marmie Kitty

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Theater

Jon & Juan’s Wedding New Take on Off-Broadway Classic By J.W. Arnold

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ere Comes the Bride?” Not Quite at Jon & Juan’s Wedding Straight or gay, any wedding is bound to offer plenty of real-life drama and “Jon & Juan’s Wedding,” a new production opening at the Broward Center this weekend, is no exception. “It’s a real wedding, but it’s not a real wedding,” explains producer Ellen Wedner, who does double duty as the wedding planner in the interactive show, which supposes how a gay wedding between Jewish and CubanAmerican gay men might play out, at least in five states and the District of Columbia. “We have a full dinner with the show, a toast donated by Asti Spumante, lots of songs and dancing, the hora and the ‘Hokey Pokey’,” explains Wedner. “We hope no

Stephen Perrot & Ernesto Reyes relationship in this world—gay or straight— who hasn’t lived through these stories.” For years, gay theater has focused on coming out stories or the AIDS epidemic, so the opportunity to tell a different story with the resources and production values at the Broward Center is exciting for the arts activist. As guests at Jon and Juan’s wedding party, audiences will be served a cross-cultural meal including Bubbe’s noodle kugel and salad, black beans and rice, Abuela’s ropa vieja and plantains, and of course, wedding cake, along with plenty of craziness from the outspoken families and friends of the grooms. Actor Andy Herrman, who portrays the singing “maid” of honor, David Schwartz in a drag alter ego named Veronica, predicts audiences will enjoy the interactive nature of the show, which grew out of improvisational rehearsals. “We spent three weeks in rehearsal and a lot of the story came out of improv,” Her-

one’s real wedding goes like this, but I suppose someone’s has.” The show, modeled after the popular Tony & Tina’s Wedding, was developed in a series of workshops in 2002, and is a coproduction of the Broward Center and Wedner’s Creative Arts Enterprises, a non-profit organization formed a decade ago to promote gay and lesbian culture. The production kicks off the Center’s inaugural Pride series targeted at the LGBT community. “In 2002, everybody told us the idea of a gay wedding was wild, but times have really changed,” she says. “It really didn’t seem that far-fetched to me, and certainly weddings haven’t changed much since.” Wedner, who is straight, Jewish and married to a Catholic, drew on some of her own experiences of clashing culture for inspiration: “There is nobody that has had a

A Solid Performance at the Lake Worth Playhouse By Donald Cavanaugh

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any in the audience on Saturday (Oct 8) stood to applaud the current production of Little Shop of Horrors which opened at the Lake Worth Playhouse on Oct 7 and will run through Oct 23 with shows at 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. It’s a fun rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman that was originally launched in 1982 at the Orpheum Theatre in New York City produced by the WPA (Workshop of the Players’ Art) Theatre led by producing director Kyle Renick. One of the longest running off-Broadway shows ever, the award-winning musical is a perennial favorite and has been performed at theaters around the world. Little Shop of Horrors is the story of Seymour (Tom Cooch), a nebbishy plant man in love with the voluptuous Audrey (Mary Tesoriero), the cashier where they both

work at Mushnik’s Skid Row Downtown Florist Shop. Business has been so bad that Mushnik (Marc Streeter) is about to close down but just in time Seymour produces an amazing plant that apparently came to earth during a total solar eclipse and that now brings business to Mushnik’s and fame and fortune to Seymour. The musical opens with a 20th Century Motown Greek chorus comprised of Crystal (Nancy Saint Pierre), Ronnette (Nikki Bradley), and Chiffon (Shenise Nunez) who sing and dance and fill in the lines in the story making sure the audience gets the action, and the “messages” of the tale. The three women make a great team with solid voices and smooth execution of the straightforward choreography by Ricky Nahas. Nahas is also the director and delivers a production that is basically solid if a little uneven here and there. Cooch is Seymour and carries it off from start to finish. Streeter as Mushnik is excellent.You could imagine

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encountering him in a shop on Manhattan’s Lower East Side – but maybe not at a florist’s. Tesoriero seems a little disconnected from the bathos of her role as Audrey but basically pulls it off with vocal mastery. Domenic Servidio as the dentist Orin, on the other hand, is extremely overblown and does not come across as an abusive straight man, dentist or otherwise. This seems as much a directorial oversight as an actor’s interpretation. Servidio also plays a number of walk-on roles which feel mostly like mildly modulated versions of his Orin character. Carl Barber-Steele is excellent as the voice of Audrey II although he occasionally sounds muffled. That may be due to the

rman, a New York transplant and veteran of Fort Lauderdale’s Rising Action Theatre, says. “If it’s good, we would go home and write out our scripts. But still, no matter what type of theater it is, things happen and there’s a little leeway to go off book a bit. That’s the fun of live theater.” He’s not worried about the success of the show, in any case, because he says, “Everybody likes a guy in a dress and wig and lots of jewels. Oh, and the grooms are very handsome, too.” While marriage equality doesn’t seem likely in Florida anytime soon, Wedner is optimistic.

“I don’t know if plays like ours will ultimately change things,” she concluded. “It will make everybody feel good. We’re all diverse and our points of view are valid…..and sometimes we just need to laugh at ourselves a little.” Jon & Juan’s Wedding Abdo New River Room, Broward Center for the Performing Arts Wednesday, Oct. 12 – Sunday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. and 1 and 6 p.m on Sundays Tickets $59.50 include wedding dinner and cake For tickets or more information, go to BrowardCenter.org

sound system which seems to blur some sounds and lose some quality at the upper and lower reaches. The musical accompaniment is fine under the direction of Evan Ferrar who also plays the piano with Will Cromer on bass and Fred Weng on percussion. The amplified voices do not overwhelm the instruments nor does the ensemble drown out any of the softer vocals. The set by Norma Dobrikow O’Hep was functional and provided the illusion of an anywhere skyline even while containing the Skid Row street scene and the inside of Mushnik’s shop. And the lettering on the shop’s door is properly “backward.” Audrey II, the puppet, is well constructed and puppeteer Phillip Morgan beautifully synchs the plant’s movements to appear to be talking with Seymour one moment and lip-synching Barber-Steele’s off-stage speaking and singing the next. A sweaty Morgan was invited to join the actors for a welldeserved bow. I didn’t join my fellow patrons in the standing ovation last Saturday. The show is fun; the production is mostly solid. I’m glad I saw it and I would recommend it to others but having seen what the Playhouse is capable of with shows like “Rent” the overall production did not bring me to my feet.

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Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Stories of Love, War, and Addiction: Lesbian Cinema at the Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival By Andrea Dulanto

to an apartment where the neighborhood kids play in the woods nearby. When sychotic or dead—that has often been the story for a LBT woman or Laure goes to meet them, she encounters girl on film. Her stories were a cau- Lisa (Jeanne Disson)—a tall girl with long tionary example—meant to serve a purpose. brown hair, the girl that everyone wants to impress—including Laure who introduces They were never meant to give her a voice. Tomboy,The Night Watch and Hit So Hard are herself as a boy named Mikael. As Mikael, Laure becomes more of who three films where she actually shares her story. she is—the confident soccer star with the Directed by Céline Sciamma, Tomboy is neighborhood boys. There’s one embarrassa French drama about Laure (Zoé Héran), a ing accident during a pee break, but Mikael ten-year-old girl with short hair who wears gets inventive at hiding gender. Before they T-shirts and cargo shorts. go swimming, a one-piece bathing suit is She has a loving, stable family—a father turned into a pair of trunks and Play-Doh is (Mathieu Demy) who shows her how to put to creative use. drive a car and provides her first sip of Exhausted by the subterfuge, Mikael beer (remember, they’re French), a mother retreats into an earlier childhood at home, (Sophie Cattani) on maternity leave getting ready to give birth to a son, and six-year-old sucking his thumb, finding comfort with his sister Jeanne (Malonn Lévana), who has long father and sister. He does win Lisa’s affection—the first curly hair and wears pink tutus—the femirelationship outside of his family where he nine counterpart to Laure’s boyishness. finds trust and acceptance. Reminiscent of Drew Barrymore as a But as the “truth” of his assigned gender child, Jeanne is six going on thirty-five, acting comes out, Mikael’s family and friends decide as Laure’s confidant and protector. In the middle of summer, the family moves whether to stand by him. Although Tomboy

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comes to a resolution, Mikael’s story is left unfinished as he moves towards adolescence. This unfinished quality does not take away from the artistic cohesiveness of Tomboy. Instead, it adds another perspective—one that asks us to consider—where does a story end or begin? The Night Watch asks the same question—but with a more experimental story structure. Richard Laxton directs this British film, set during and after World War II in 1940s London. Based on a Sarah Waters novel, the story starts in 1947, then literally rewinds to three years in the past, then to three years before that, and fast forwards back to 1947. At first, it’s uncertain what has happened and how the central characters relate to each other. We are introduced to Kay (Anna Maxwell Martin), a comfortably out lesbian; Vivian (Jodie Whittaker), a woman having a long-term affair with a married man;Vivian’s brother, Duncan (Harry Treadaway), a gay man recently out of prison; and Helen (Claire Foy), a closeted lesbian, one of Vivian’s coworkers at a meet-up agency for singles. At the start of The Night Watch, the main character, Kay, aimlessly walks through London, smoking cigarettes. Dressed in a coat, tie and pants, her hair shorn, she is taken for a man. We learn of her work as a paramedic during the war—a position previously reserved for men. There’s clearly empowerment, but one of Kay’s friends cynically observes: “Looking like a man doesn’t give you the same rights.” After the war, Kay is left with a loss of purpose, and the loss of a lover taken not by the bombings, but by an ex-girlfriend. As a paramedic who witnesses the war’s devastation, Kay is acutely aware of how her situation compares—yet, she knows no balm for her distress. The disjointed narrative in The Night Watch may lose some viewers, but it mirrors the chaotic nature of war. When the story finally comes together—there is order and connection. Another kind of chaos and order are seen in the documentary Hit So Hard: The Life and Near Death Story of Patty Schemel, directed by P. David Ebersole. The former drummer of Hole, an addict in recovery, a lesbian, and funny as hell, Schemel’s wry twisted humor turns up when she talks about addiction: “I took a trip to… crack heroin

island and stayed out there for a long time.” In the documentary, former Hole bandmate, guitarist Eric Erlandson, shares his theory that drummers are comedians. Schemel’s video camera footage from the 90s gives further evidence of her funny streak— she plays to the camera, makes faces, dances. Hit So Hard also includes recent interviews with Schemel’s other bandmates: Courtney Love Cobain and Melissa Auf der Maur. Also featured—videotape from the Live Through This tour in the 90s. One clip shows Courtney stage-diving into an audience that strips her of a slip-as-dress and stockings. Carried back on-stage, wearing a black bra with a torn strap and black panties, she holds her ground: “You do that to all the guys?” Schemel doesn’t directly address feminism, but there is an undercurrent of female empowerment with other musicians interviewed for the documentary — Gina Schock from the Go-Go’s, Kate Schellenbach from Luscious Jackson, folk singer Phranc who says “…the grunge movement took all their fashion from…1970s lesbians… the jeans, the flannel shirts… it’s lesbian feminist fashion.” During production of Hole’s second album Celebrity Skin, Schemel’s producer and bandmates replaced her with a session drummer—“Johnny One-Take” as Schemel calls him. In the years that followed, she left the band and her sobriety by the wayside, ended up homeless. Hit So Hard interviews Schemel at different stages of her latest sobriety which covers five years. In some ways, the story of recovery is an unfinished story, an ongoing effort. Three films, three voices of substance and emotional complexity. For those interested in the real voices of women—start here.

Tomboy The Manor - IVY Room October 15, 2:30 p.m.

Hit So Hard The Manor - IVY Room October 15, 4:30 p.m.

Closing Film: The Night Watch The Manor - IVY Room October 16, 5:30 p.m. Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival October 13 - 16, 2011 Visit www.flglff.com for more information and tickets

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Film Review

The Joys of Berlin Before the Third Reich Christopher & His Kind Director, Geoffrey Sax Based on the book by Christopher Isherwood

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his film opens with legendary gay writer Christopher Isherwood, sitting at a typewriter, in an astoundingly white room recalling his youthful days some 30-yearsprior when he was lured to Berlin to teach English. Although that wasn’t only it – he admits, “I went to Berlin for the boys.” The film then flashes to his widowed mother, who does not wish him to go to Germany. Her reasons seem unconvincing at first – she wants him to go to medical school, he is a vibrant young writer – until the camera catches a photograph of her late husband in WWI dress. She reminds Christopher that the Germans killed him in battle, pain still runs deep between the two nations, even as late as 1931. The film flashes back and forth between his breezy beachside home in California, the neat, cramped, Edwardian elegance of his mother’s home in England, and the heydays of Berlin cabarets. It delivers much the same story as in “The Berlin Stories” which later became the basis for the Academy-Award winning musical “Cabaret.” However, when he was asked to write “Christopher and His Kind” it was to expose the truth of those days, and he speaks about how he was always a gay rights activist. It is much the same characters, yet it is

a history, a memoir. He even names the real person behind Minnelli’s character, Jean Ross who like him left Berlin after the Nazi takeover. He bumps into her casually in London. She has become a communist, a reaction many people had to the advent of fascism. When asked if he can see her again she says farewell, implying that too much has passed, too many sad memories, of decadent people – gays, actors, bohemians – in addition to the loss of their wealthy Jewish friends the Landauers. Isherwood, in fact has lost someone too. He took his handsome German boyfriend to England only to see him sent back to Europe. This telling of the true story behind his legendary short stories is a British-produced film for television. The sexuality – both literal sex and the mystique of sex – is raw and beautifully caught. This film though will not capture the hearts of those who are not interested in the history of the time, the fact Isherwood took gay culture into the mainstream, living openly with his boyfriend in Hollywood, or are unaware of the musical “Cabaret.” However, Isherwood’s life, no matter how it is told – via fiction, or this more literal interpretation – will be an inspiration to anyone who wishes to learn to write about what one knows. Sunday, Oct., 16th, 6:00 p.m., The Manor Entertainment Complex, Epic Theater, visit MGLFF.com for ticketing information.

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Sebastian’s Picks for the week. By A. Sebastian Fortino

Crossword Puzzle

Top Shelf Telegrams Listening Patrizo – Happy Columbus Day…to those lucky enough to be Italian! Last Telegrams I said I was returning to my Italian roots. I did not orchestrate finding the self-titled album Patrizio by Italian pop-sensation Patrizio Buanne on my desk this week. Perhaps some PR rep read my pasta recipes, & knew I’d want material for Columbus Day. For some reason Italians do everything well, fashion – perfectly suited, food – glorifies nature, music – eh, not so much. Minus of course Andrea Bocelli, disco-sensation Dalida & Italian-Americans like Sinatra & Dean Martin…Italians should stick to opera. Not so with Patrizio, his fifth album captures all the cupidity of Michaels Feinstein & Buble, all the joy of Ricky Martin & the romance of sitting in a café in Italy sipping Campari. He pokes a little fun at Italian-American music with “Mambo Italiano,” & “You Wanna be Americano,” a version of which is included on the soundtrack of “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” Yet, in “Never, Never, Never,” Buanne’s Italian is sexy enough to make your eyes close. “Solo tu,” offers a fun, yet, danceable beat, that doesn’t drown out Buanne’s voice. Patrizo is distributed by Concord Jazz in the United States & can be found on Amazon.com & the iTunes store.

Grooming Key West Aloe, Sunsorb – I like locally made skincare products made with natural ingredients, and local. Key West Aloe started in the late 1960s, when an enterprising chemist got a little tooooooo much sun while wintering there. Locals taught the sunburned Frank Romano & his friend Joe Liska the secret to healing your skin, aloe vera.You might think it funny this natural, go-to sunburn ointment was unknown in the 1960s, but then chemicals were the way to go…unless of course you were a hippie. The company, which has had a presence in KW since their first shop opened, still makes their SPF sunblock with 10% aloe, it’s also paraben and fragrance free. While they aren’t made in Key West – and with space & the cost of property I can see why – they are still made in Florida, but moved to Deerfield Beach a few years ago. That made me very happy, we need to buy locally-produced items as much as possible. The 30 SPF Sunsorb is light, feels like a moisturizer & is so comfortable I find myself keeping it in my bag, instead of the medicine cabinet. Also great, their products distinguish whether they are for the face, body, or mouth. Their Sunsorb SPF 30 lip balm includes aloe & vitamin E…so your kisses will be soft, not burnt.Visit KeyWestAloe. com for more information or to place an order.

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Watching Prohibition – Ken Burns’ documentary aired on PBS last weekend. However, I am telling you about it now because many people were bored by his 2009 documentary, his 12-hour masterpiece entitled, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” They might well be the country’s best idea, but 12 hours – the length of some Korean operas – was not Mr. Burns’ best idea! Prohibition is less than six hours. Not only is the subject something Americans know very little about, other than it was the worst idea in our history, & most people think it was a bunch of Christian women, tired of being abused by “drunkard” husbands. There is far more to it than that, and not just the wonderful images Burns’ sources, the narration by Peter Coyote, Frances Sternhagen & others. The tidbits are amazing – the organizations women started against alcohol taught them to become suffragists, the U.S. banned alcohol but was the largest importer of cocktail shakers in the world, alcoholism soared more than any point in American history, &…young women became flappers & were having a ball. PBS will air this again but PBS.com streams the video & sells the DVD for less than $40, this is the most fun you’ll ever have watching a documentary.

Staying Pearl’s Rainbow – while this Key West guesthouse was founded as a woman’s only resort in 2000, a few years ago they decided to accept everyone. “Due, in part,” owner Heather Carruthers told SFGN’s magazine this September, “because gay people are getting more comfortable in more places and the need for separateness has fallen off.” As I was going to Key West a few weeks ago with my partner we did not need to stay at a gay male, clothing-optional resort. However, large corporateowned chain hotels do not appeal to me so…Pearl’s Rainbow was the right fit for us! At first I thought the ladies staying there would find us to be an annoyance. However, poolside & at the bar we were treated no differently. We had a lovely suite in the well-constructed, beautifully appointed, mid-19th century house, facing with a shared balcony. Breakfast was a delight. Pearl’s offers a dining card with your name & number of days you are staying. It entitled us to what boyfriend described as “a real breakfast,” not only Continental fare. Also, if you are a mixed-sports-fan-couple the happy hour was great, he watched a Florida State University game with the fun lesbian gals at the bar while…I… went shopping! Ms. Carruthers and the friendly lesbian staff exemplify the “One Human Family” attitude one encounters in Key West.Visit PearlsRainbow.com to find your rainbow & your room!

Down 1 Theater opening for Greeks? Across 2 Word on a map of Israel 1 It gets a gel hard 3 Highly skilled 5 Suffix with Smurf 4 Ingredient for a Susan Feniger dish, 9 Jack on the card table perhaps 14 Major or minor, to Jerry Herman 5 Hans Christian Andersen’s naked 15 Lo follower marcher 16 Desi’s daughter 6 Itty-bitty 17 Got on one’s knees and asked for it 7 Was active in B&D 18 Fruit cover 8 One no longer subject to DADT 19 Out-and-out 9 Jack of The Odd Couple 20 Series with an out gay guy named Max 10 Crackers or bananas 23 With the waterworks on 11 Dramatic division 24 Margaret Mead interviewees 12 Go head to head 28 Trick 13 Always, to Byron 29 New Deal org. 21 Jodie Foster’s alma mater 30 Colette, to herself 22 Church section 31 Smile self-consciously 25 Illicit love affair 34 MTV show with a gay lacrosse player 26 Streisand’s Prince of Tides costar 36 Tale opening 27 Separates, as flour 37 Before, in verse 31 Parts of floats 38 Jabba the ___ of “Star Wars” 32 Not potent 39 Program set in Toronto with a trans- 33 Janis Joplin’s “Me and Bobby ___” gender character 34 More than bi42 Is noisy in bed 35 Well-integrated Harvey? 44 Art, these days 37 Oral pleasure with a foamy head 45 Log Cabin member, for short 40 With thick plates 46 Carbon compound 41 Rank Billie Jean, e.g. 47 Mississippi riverboat 42 Brandy sipper’s glass 49 Word-for-word 43 Bene beginning 53 Comedy in which Lily has two dads 46 Bad weather culprit 55 Kind of bear 48 Place for a G-string 58 Mapplethorpe’s Man in Polyester___ 50 Out of bed 59 May be seen now 51 Dress with a flared bottom 60 Taper off 52 Paul of Hollywood Squares 61 Triangle ratio 54 Screw royally 62 Give for a while 55 Butter portion 63 Still in the closet, perhaps 56 Tie for Madame Butterfly 64 Estimating words 57 On the ___ 65 ___-highs (drag queen’s hosiery) Gay TV

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Queer Speak

21st Century Quotes on Being Gay

– Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron speaking at the Tory Party Conference in Manchester, England

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“We’re consulting on legalising gay marriage. To anyone who has reservations, I say: Yes, it’s about equality, but it’s also about something else: commitment. Conservatives believe in the ties that bind us; that society is stronger when we make vows to each other and support each other. So I don’t support gay marriage despite being a Conservative. I support gay marriage because I’m a Conservative.”

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Emerging Italian Activists By A. Sebastian Fortino

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ast week, we introduced you to Regina Satariano, an LGBT-activist based in gay tourism destination Torre del Lago in Tuscany who also owns popular gay nightclub Priscilla. The town is much like Provincetown or Wilton Manors, what wikipedia deems “a gay village.” Satariano and associates in that section of the Italian Riviera known as Versilia were interviewed and featured in L’espresso one of the most read newsweeklies in Italy last month. “This is the birthplace of Giaccomo Puccini, the great opera composer whose body of work often includes the depiction of many facets of real life including violence. Regina, together with the drag queens of the area belongs to the “Friendly Versilia” association, which in the last decade has turned this town into the most gay-friendly beach in all of Italy,” said L’espresso in a translation by Piero Guidugli, SFGN’s CEO and proud

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Italian. “It has become a gay mecca with bars and sidewalk cafes and restaurants, street performers, tea dances and,” most importantly given Italy’s anti-gay culture, “thousands of young gays walking proudly, hand-in-hand.” Then, this summer, the tide changed. Conservative Italians sought to rid the village being a haven for the gay community. “The area became a target for vandalism against gay properties,” the article goes on to say, “sparking fights and attacks ignored by the police and authorities.” If you saw only a few scenes of the Amanda Knox trial in Perugia incidentally that city is not far from Torre del Lago you might find it curious a large crucifix dominates the courtroom. The cross in the Knox courtroom hangs above the judge, where in America an image of George Washington might be placed. In the case of Italy it should be an image of Garibaldi, the Italian patriot who united Italy under one flag in the 1850s.

flickr / Stefano Dottori

Part two: Forza Torre del Lago, Stonewall a la Italia!

This is especially odd because Italians are increasingly secular and many only step inside a sanctuary for a wedding or a funeral. When you understand this imposing yet hypocritical concept of “God in the courtroom” you will understand why Stonewall, a la Italia, took place some 40 years later. A crucifix, for an Italian, is not merely “an idol” as the Westboro Baptists would drolly infer but is a visual connection to their God. Or in the Italian case, good oldfashioned, Italian-Catholic guilt. Gays for perhaps the first time in Italian LGBT-history organized themselves and fought back against fines and “bogus infractions limiting their hours of operation.” Regina which means “queen” in English said, basta, enough! She stood in front of her nightclub declaring she would refuse food and water until the gay business owners’ venues were left alone. An Italian refusing food…well, this is very serious! “If they shut down Priscilla, we will all be unemployed,” Satariano exclaimed. In these rough times, there are fewer jobs to go around. A community thought of as second-class is invisible when it comes to

being employed, more so in bad economies. LGBT-people often can only find work and acceptance in gay owned-businesses. Alessio de Giorgi, another activist SFGN met this spring owns a nightclub in the village of Torre del Lago. His disco, Mamma Mia, neighbors Priscilla. He promised to constantly be “on guard against the right wing fanatics who just want us to disappear back in the closet.” A sit-in was threatened on the steps of the city hall, and the mayor against a crowd of protestors and LGBT-organizations from not only Torre del Lago but all over Italy had no choice but to relent. The clubs, and “Friendly Virsilia” business owners are allowed to stay open. “At least for now. Until the next round. But a point was made and a battle won,” states the article in L’espresso. Like all revolutions it takes only a few voices to release a “shot heard round the world.” At soccer games in Italy they shout “Forza Milano,” “Forza Roma,” meaning, “Go team go!” Therefore, in a play on the machismo of Italian culture, the LGBT-community in the United States says “Forza Torre del Lago!”

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Insurance & Financial Allstate Direct: personal auto, home, condominium,boat and life insurance. For a free quote call Joe Mier 305-754-7414 -------------------------------------------------SECRET WALL ST. INVESTMENT 14% yearly interest, $30,000 returns $350 per month interest: secured 200% by automobile contracts and other guarantees alden (863)678-0195 -------------------------------------------------CASH NOW! Cash for your structured settlement or annuity payments. Call J.G. Wentworth. (866)494-9115. Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau. -------------------------------------------------$$$ ACCESS LAWSUIT CASH NOW!!! $$$ As seen on TV.$$$ Injury Lawsuit Dragging? Need $500-$500,000++within 48/hrs? Low rates APPLY NOW BY PHONE! Call Today! Toll-Free: (800)568-8321 www.lawcapital.com

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Domestic Partnership Benefits in Business -------------------------------------------------ONE DAY ONLY Oct. 22. New lake property release. Offered at up to 60% below market value! Lakefront land on private mountain lake only 1 hr from Atlanta! Lake living from $49,900. 1.5 to 5 acre homesites available. Call (877)535-3307 or www.livelaceola.com. -------------------------------------------------BANK FORECLOSED, LAND LIQUIDATION, from $9,900, Blue Ridge mountains, paved roads, utilities, county water, panoramic views, excellent financing. Sale September 24th, Call now! (888)757-6867 ext. 214 -------------------------------------------------ABANDONED LAKESIDE FARM! 4 acres - Lake access - $16,900; 10 acres - Huge view - $29,900; 8 acres - Lakefront $69,900. Foreclosure priced land in Upstate NY’s So. Tier!! Survey, clear title! (877)3522844. www.newyorklandandlakes.com -------------------------------------------------GA LAND SALE - 17 Tracts to choose from. Creeks, pond sites, wooded, clear cut, etc. Visit our website. stregispaper.com (478)987-9700 St. Regis Paper Co. -------------------------------------------------LAKEFRONT BARGAIN! 1+ Acres -only $49,900 DOCKABLE DEEPWATER! Was $89,900. Prime lakefront parcel with direct access to Gulf. On 12,000 acre recreational lake covered in huge live oaks! Close to the city. Paved roads, county water, power, phone, community boat launch. Excellent financing. Call now (866)952-5302 -------------------------------------------------Lender- Ordered Lake Liquidation Sale! Saturday 8/27 only! 2+ acres with free boat slips only $19,900. Was $59,900. Boat, ski, fish on 160,000 acre Kentucky Lake. All infrastructure completed. Own for pennies on the dollar. Excellent financing. Call now (800)704-3154 -------------------------------------------------NY – SOUTHERN TIER FARM SALE! 9 acres - $24,900. Woods, lake rights, mins. North of the PA border! Survey, clear title! Call (877)458-8227 or click: www.NewYorkLandandLakes.com. -------------------------------------------------UPSTATE NEW YORK FARMLAND SACRIFICE!5ACs - $19,900. Gorgeous views, apple trees, woods & meadows! Nearby lakes & state land! Perfect for country getaway! (877)458-8227 www. NewYorkLandandLakes.com

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Professional Services Free Roof Inspections. Free written Detailed Roof Evaluation. By State licensed Roofing Contractor. Lic # RC29027398 (954) 580-1818 Or (561) 955-0700 -------------------------------------------------Butler Plumbing One of South Florida’s best plumbing service companies - Professional plumbing services along with kitchen and bath remodeling. 100% quality work. One year warranty on workmanship. Call 561-613-7338 www.butlerplumbinc.com

REAL ESTATE BANK FORECLOSURE! FLORIDA WATERFRONT CONDOS! SW Coast! Brand new upscale 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,675sf condo. Only $179,900! (Similar unit sold for $399,900) Prime downtown location on the water! Buy & get $8,000 in flex money for a limited time. Call now (877)888-7571, X63 Terra Mar Island 3/2 Paradise -------------------------------------------------VERY PEACEFUL RESIDENCE Lakeridge house: very private, immaculate XLg 1BR, private gated entry, CAC, WD, tile flooring, walk-in closet, ample storage off street parking, fenced patio ZEN meditation/orchid gardens front/rear VERY quiet. Minutes to Publix, $985/mon. Call Joe: 954-610-6712. -------------------------------------------------Auction - Over 110 Properties: AL & FL. October 24th-28th. Commercial, Homes, Condos, Acreage & Lots. Sperry Van Ness www. BidOnBankREO.com. Auctioneer#1832 Broker#000058515-0 / FL Auctioneer#AU220; Broker#CQ1036111 -------------------------------------------------Developer Closeout Sale! Sat. 9/3 Only Prime Panama City Beach Waterfront Condo 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath, Only $289,900! Similar Unit Sold For $751,000. Bonus: NO CLOSING COSTS Over 40 units sold in just 6 weeks! Only 9 units remain. Call before they’re gone! (877)888-2296 x90

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-------------------------------------------------20 Acre Ranch FORECLOSURES! Near Growing El Paso,TX Was $16,900 Now $12,900 $0 Down, take over payments, $99/ mo. Beautiful views, owner financing. FREE color brochure (800)755-8953 www. sunsetranches.com -------------------------------------------------Walk to Beach. Private heated pool & spa Fenced Butterfly Garden, impact windows. Secure 3/2 + office, LR, FR & sc.patio. Formal DR,Comm. AC.Upgrades. Bob@KellerWilliams Call 954-562-7692. -------------------------------------------------1/1 close to Wilton manors & downtown, half duplex, quiet community, private parking, water/garbage included 600/mo + one month security call 954-736-7583 -------------------------------------------------BANK FORECLOSED, LAND LIQUIDATION, from $9,900, Blue Ridge mountains, paved roads, utilities, county water, panoramic views, excellent financing. Sale September 24th, Call now! (888)757-6867 ext. 214 -------------------------------------------------Andrews gardens: Oct. 1st Occupancy. 5111 NW 1st Ave., cozy, clean, happy 2/1 private home. Patio, fenced, paver drive, close to everything. 985/mo. (1st + sec.). 954-629-0393. -------------------------------------------------BANK FORECLOSED, LAND LIQUIDATION, from $9,900, Blue Ridge mountains, paved roads, utilities, county water, panoramic views, excellent financing. Sale September 24th, Call now! (888)757-6867 ext. 214 -------------------------------------------------Auction 24 Beautiful Home Sites in Mountain Blue Saturday, August 27th, 11:00AM Jackson County, NC 10% BP NCL # 1787 (800)241-7591 www.jltodd.com (800)289-7512 www.wcproperties.com -------------------------------------------------620 NE 7th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 For Sale: 250,000. 3 Bedrooms 2.5 Bath. Call John Castelli at (954) 563-9889 -------------------------------------------------KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY- Ted Adcock, Realtor Cell: 954-609-4393 tedftl@aol.com -------------------------------------------------WATERFRONT CONDO LIQUIDATION! SW Florida Coast! Brand new, upscale 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,675sf condo. Only $179,900! (Similar unit sold for $399,900) Prime downtown location on the water! Call now (877)888-7571, x28 -------------------------------------------------North Carolina Mountain Lakefront lots. New gated waterfront community. Dockable lots with up to 300’ of shoreline, Low insurance, Low property tax. Call Now (800)709-5253 -------------------------------------------------NC mountain property must go. 4.5 acres with outstanding views and privacy. $25,000 OBO, great for home or cabin. (828)394-9298. Ask for Richard -------------------------------------------------DEVELOPER FORCED LIQUIDATION Smoky Mountain TN. Lake Condos & Lots Priced @ Foreclosure/Short sale! Up to 100% Financing/5% interest. 2Acre Lake Lot w/dock, $19,900 (866)4348969ext100 ------------------------------------------------Two Bedroom Middle River Homes Condo. Two bedroom, two bath condo in pet friendly building with wash/ dryer in unit. Close to Wilton Manors. First and second floor units available March 1. $975 f/l/s. Jimmy Cunningham licensed Real Estate Agent Castelli RE Services 954-303-7380. -------------------------------------------------LUSH 2 BEDROOM HOME FOR SALE Oasis close to restaurants & highway Private & landscaped yard for relaxing Hardwood flooring in living room Call Ana Salazar @ Keyes 954-593-3089

October 13, 2011 Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Riverside Hotel 620 E Las Olas Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Contact: Drew Miller Phone: 954.817.3021 Email: drew@ftlchamber.com Tickets will not be sold at the door due to limited seating!

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-------------------------------------------------2836 NE 23RD ST, Fort Lauderdale, FL $1,095,000.00. A free service of Larry Revier 2810 East Oakland Park Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL MLS # F1130335 • 3733 square feet. 5.00 bedroom(s), 5 bath(s) -------------------------------------------------THE SHAPIRO GROUP INC. Residential Property Management LICENSED REAL ESTATE BROKER. www.shapiroproperty. com 954-434-0175 -------------------------------------------------3321 NE 37TH ST Fort Lauderdale, FLORIDA 33308 Listing # F1113917: 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms. Price: $825,000 call Jason Johnson Office Phone: (954) 563-9889 ------------------------------------------------HOLLYWOOD OCEAN FRONT CONDO FOR SALE ON PENTHOUSE LEVEL 2 Bed/2 Bath, Newly renovated. Only Motivated Buyers. 2,200 sqft. $570,000. Call 954-328-7412 Ronnie ------------------------------------------------DISCREET PRIVATE SECURE. FT LAUDERDALE BEACH CONDO $169,900. Building & Unit totally renovated. Ocean views from Bedroom Balcony Living Room. Intracostal Apartment elegant. Bob McGlynn Exit Realty. rebobmac@yahoo.com 954-478-6321 -------------------------------------------------GAY ANDREWS AVENUE Large 1/1, all utilities incl, granite, d/w, private fenced tropical yard, all tile, vaulted ceiling, adt security. $750. Call 772-626-1345

Rent/Lease South Middle River / Ft.Lauderdale. Large 2 BD, 1 Bath Tile Floors, Parking, Lots of Closets. Half a Duplex, $850/month, Large 2BD/1 BA, Central A/C, Tile Floors, Washer/ Dryer Large Updated Kitchen, lots of closets, Fenced Yard, Dog Friendly, Call: 954-815-2550. -------------------------------------------------1/1 close to Wilton manors & downtown, half duplex, quiet community, private parking, water/garbage included 600/mo + one month security call 954-736-7583 -------------------------------------------------SPACIOUS OFFICE FOR RENT. Office suite in great building available approx 2500 sf set up as offices with conference room in two adjoining suites. Located at 1220 ne 4th ave just south of wilton manors. 954-7634214 To see. Rent $ 2500 with annual lease -------------------------------------------------Andrews gardens: Oct. 1st Occupancy. 5111 NW 1st Ave., cozy, clean, happy 2/1 private home. Patio, fenced, paver drive, close to everything. 985/mo. (1st + sec.). 954-629-0393. -------------------------------------------------2/2 WILTON MANORS. Quiet area, w/pool, laundry, small pets accepted. First and 1 month deposit. Call Astrid: 954-806-7607.

-------------------------------------------------West Hollywood 2/2 Large Unique Duplex, Small office in unit, open kitchen w/ dishwasher, W/D, wood deck patio + privacy fence all around, we are extremely pet friendly, call Rita 954-549-9228 -------------------------------------------------1/1 Wilton Manors. Freshly painted, 1/1 in quiet community w/pool Laundry facilities on premises,Close to everything. $775/Mo. Call 954 566 4423 -------------------------------------------------Lakeridge Cottage. Nice quite studio w/ private sun deck, Minutes from beach & Wilton Manors, downtown. Includes All. $700/ Mo. Weekly or Monthly. Call Jeff 954-593-6833

Roommates Room 4 Rent in 2 bed/1 bath Clean! $500 mo. includes utilities. North of Sunrise/East of Andrews. Walk to Wilton Manors. Must be gay friendly male/female. -------------------------------------------------Roommate wanted to share townhouse in s. pompano. $450 a month. Everything included. Male or female. Call Margie at 954-829-3933. ------------------------------------------------Victoria Park Large Townhouse Lge. Pvt. Bedroom w/full use of home Key West Style Street with view. References with happy stable life. $625 plus 1/2 utilities. cbado@Live.com or 954.709.0505 ------------------------------------------------FTL-Coral Ridge Pool Home Male to share remodeled 4BD/4BA home w/2 males. Unfurn, W/D, chef’s kitchen, wi-fi, lg pvt backyard w/dive-in pool,1.5 mi to beach. $800/mo. 954-609-9405.

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