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SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT PREVIEW Gay Men’s Chorus – Pg. 20 • Pride Wind Ensemble – Pg. 22 • Saturday Nite Alive – Pg. 25 Summer Movies and TV – pg. 28 • Rock of Ages – Pg. 29 • La Cage – Pg. 30

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YouTube video of Caiden Cowger, 14-yearold who hosts a conservative radio talk show in West Virginia, was posted last week where the teen claims that “President Obama is making kids gay,” and says that 30 kids he knows who weren’t gay when they were growing up have now decided to subscribe to the “belief” of homosexuality. Since then, Cowger’s rant was removed due to the YouTube’s policies against hate speech and his show shut down. More surprising than his comments was the fact that a 14-year-old hosted a political radio show.

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or the second month in a row, religious conservative organization One Million Moms called on mothers nationwide to boycott JC Penney. Last time it was for a lesbian moms ad, now it’s for a Father’s Day ad featuring a gay couple and their children that the retail giant printed on its June catalog. “JCP is continuing down the same path of promoting sin in their advertisements,” OMM wrote on their website. People expressed support for the dads on the Internet. JC Penney? They are not taking calls from OMM.

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o, that wasn’t a typo. Moscow upheld a new law that bans any gay pride celebrations in the city for the next 100 years. The only chance for LGBT activists in the country is to take the issue to the European Court of Human Rights, which Russia recently became a member of. According to the Advocate magazine, Madonna said she intends to “speak up for the gay community, to support the gay community and to give strength and inspiration to anyone who is or feels oppressed,” at her upcoming concerts in St. Petersburg and Moscow this August.

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The shame of Pride: Russian police arrest gays who attempted to defy ban on gay pride.

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ikky Smedley, who played yellow-suited Laa-Laa, spoke out to long-thought claims that the hit children’s show Teletubbies was laced with gay innuendo. “What kind of person can take the obvious innocence and turn it into something else? We were hardly sexual beings,” Smedley told UK’s The Telegraph. Coincidentally--or perhaps not--Tinky Winky wore purple and had a triangular antenna, both symbols in the gay pride movement. Is he still in the closet desperately trying to come out?

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ast week, Canadian gay porn actor Luka Rocco Magnotta was captured in Berlin after becoming the prime suspect in the murder and dismemberment of his Chinese boyfriend. Now, Los Angeles police are investigating Magnotta in connection to the murder of a gay man whose body parts were found near the Hollywood sign last December. He is also being investigated by the Miami Police Department for a 2009 murder in which bagged body parts washed up on Biscayne Bay.

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DOMA, another one bites the dust

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federal judge sided with 83-year-old Edie Windsor, who had found herself with a 6-figure inheritance tax debt after her wife died because the federal government wouldn’t recognize their Canada marriage.Windsor and her partner,Thea Spyer, are the protagonists of the 2009 documentary Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement.This is the fourth court case challenging DOMA to make headlines in just a month.

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Boxer Manny Pacquiao fights ‘gay sin’

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ust a few weeks after boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao apologized to the gay community for comments he had made voicing his disagreement with President Obama’s recent endorsement of gay marriage, the world champion went on the offensive again and threw a few jabs: “No, I don’t support gay marriage. I do not agree with that, but I am not condemning gay people,” he said. “But what I oppose is the sin they commit,” he told USA Today in a video interview.

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Porn Shy Marriott Hosting 2013 Leather Fetish Show

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hicago’s Michigan Avenue Marriott will be hosting the International Mr. Leather fetish show next year. There is a touch of irony there. This is the same hotel chain that has banned porn rentals from their guest rooms.  So the hotel of no porn goes to a paradise of rubber suits, harnesses and leather whips and chains. Cute.  “All politics is local, and that hotel wants more business,” International Mr. Leather coordinator John Krongaard told the Chicago Sun-Times. “They [the hotel] know exactly who we are, and I think that’s kind of neat.” The primarily gay event was held on Memorial Day weekend this year at the Hyatt Regency hotel just down the street from the Marriott. This year’s conference drew more than 17,000 attendees and crowned Woody Woodruff International Mr. Leather 2012. Anyone who approached the hotel was warned by large signs that the facility was

closed for the weekend with a sex-themed event not for the faint of heart. Even entry into the Leather Mart public festival of kinky excitement required patrons to sign a general release acknowledging they were participating in a sexually oriented festival. A spokesman for the Michigan Avenue hotel, Dan Preston, told the Sun-Times that securing the convention was a “lucrative” deal for the hotel and it was happy to have the group. It will be interesting to see what Bill Marriott of the hotel chain will do when the contract lands on the desk of their corporate offices. But Stephanie Hampton, a spokeswoman for the Marriott, apparently told online content provider, Xbiz, that the hotel chain “accepts all business unless it could put other guests in danger... we are a public company and provide public accommodations, and we embrace everyone as customers regardless of their sexual orientation, race or ethnicity.”

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Stonewall Summer Pride Announces Entertainment Schedule Bruce Vilanch to serve as Grand Marshall

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his weekend, Stonewall Summer Pride announced their complete entertainment schedule for what organizers hope will prove to be one of the greatest pride festivals South Florida has ever seen.  This year, six-time Emmy award-winning comedian Bruce Vilanch will serve as the Grand Marshall of the Stonewall Summer Pride Twilight Parade, which will begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 24.  The parade route will run along Wilton Drive, beginning on 20th Street and running north ending at 5 Points.  Vilanch’s appearance at Stonewall Summer Pride coincides with his performance in “Standing on Ceremony,” a collection of eight short plays on the subject of marriage quality.  The performances run June 21-24 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. All proceeds from the performances will benefit Equality Florida. Throughout the day, attendees will be entertained by dozens of guest performers including DJ’s D-Stu and Maximus 3000.  Fe-

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male impersonators will include Champagne Bordeaux doing a tribute to Donna Summer and Tiffany doing a tribute to Whitney Houston.  Also performing are Alyson Thomas, Asheeria Iconic Pryce, Ashiria, Estehania St. Lords, Krystal K, Mica Parish, Nicole Philips and Vashai Avionce as well as Jennifer Holiday. Immediately following the parade, festival attendees are encouraged to gather round the main stage for exciting performances by Johnny McGovern - The Gay Pimp and Mary Griffin - Patti Labelle’s Secret Weapon.  A very special performance by Andy Bell, lead singer of Erasure will close out the festival.  Misty Eyes will serve as the MC for the concert. For the complete list of performers and show times, please visit: www.stonewall-

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This year’s event is presented by the Rainbow Business Coalition and the City of Wilton Manors.  The festival begins at noon and will feature over 125 exhibition booths and the Children’s Pride Park. 

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HIV Is a Crime By Gideon Grudo

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obert Suttle broke up with his boyfriend in 2003. He was HIV-positive, and his partner pressed charges against him after the relationship ended. Suttle spent 180 days in prison and was on probation for two years. Underneath his photo on his driver’s license are two words in capital letters: SEX OFFENDER. Gay, black, HIV-positive, and now a convicted felon, Suttle was afraid for his future in Louisiana, where HIV criminalization laws allowed this all to happen. “I am not a criminal. I am not a sexual offender,” Suttle said when it was his turn to speak. “This is my life and that’s why I’m here.” He was speaking at a panel in Wilton Manors. The Positive Justice Project and Positively U, two organizations that battle the criminalization of HIV, put up the June 6 roundtable. It all took place at the Hagen Park Community

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Center, where about thirty people showed up to listen and ask questions. Three speakers explained from various angles how national laws, and Florida’s laws, are counterproductive to the battle against HIV. Suttle, a high-ranking official with the Sero project, another anti-HIV criminalization organization, was one of the speakers. He shared his story about his partner and how their relationship had been on the rocks. He said he had disclosed to his partner that he was positive, but none of this mattered when that partner later pressed charges. The law leaves the burden of proof on him, a burden impossible to bear. Thirty-six states in the U.S. have laws of this kind. According to Beirne Roose-Snyder, the managing attorney at the Center for HIV Law and Policy, two types of behavior can be criminal if the defendant is HIV-positive: biting and spitting, and sexual contact. The

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Panel confronts myths and realities of modern HIV criminalization across the country

Robert Suttle in Sean Strub’s ongoing documentary project ‘HIV is not a crime’ first is usually law-enforcement specific, as officers may deal with violence while arresting or at prisons or jails. The second is much more broad, and brings with it a slew of hardship on those accused of transmitting the virus. One of the major problems with these laws and statutes, Roose-Snyder said, is obsolescence. “They’re almost all coming from the 1990s. There’s a big disconnect between the era when these were introduced and the intent of Congress. The stigma was richer than it is today — it was considered a death sentence,” Roose-Snyder said, adding that the media doesn’t help this issue with how it publishes stories about it. “Those headlines, about predatory behavior, have a huge impact on the LGBT community both in how others view them and how they view their own sexual identity. There’s just this assumption that no one would ever knowingly have sex with someone who’s HIV-positive.” In Florida, there are two main laws that address the spread of HIV. One says a person who knows he or she is positive cannot have sex with another person unless the other person knows of his or her status and has consented. The other law forbids prostitution by those who are positive. The penalties range from a third-degree conviction and up to five years in prison to a firstdegree conviction and up to thirty years in prison, depending on the amount of partners the person had. (To see the laws in full, see the sidebar). According to Roose-Snyder, there is a significant amount of general ignorance about HIV in today’s public, leading to juries that are more biased than they should otherwise be. For example, she said, condom use

or a low viral load can rarely be used as a defense as a jury simply doesn’t understand these precautions’ effects. More importantly, though, juries don’t know the facts about the transmission of HIV, nor its effect on life expectancy. Instead, they know the myths, those propagated decades ago when HIV/ AIDS was much, much scarier. “There’s no intent to harm in Florida cases. It’s ‘Do you know that you’re HIV-positive?’ and ‘Did you disclose?’” Roose-Snyder said. “These laws haven’t had any positive effect. They’ve had a negative effect, worsening the stigma.” Brook Kelly, a human rights attorney with the US Positive Women’s Network, an organization working to improve life quality for HIV-positive women, explained the consequence of these laws on women. Kelly told the story of a woman who’d been interviewed by her organization in the past, a woman whose life was torn apart by allegations of wrongdoing. “She’d been living with HIV for some time and was living with a man who knew her status. They had a child together. When she left, she started finding notes written to her family and colleagues stating that she was positive, written by her ex. He then brought charges against her,” Kelly said. “She felt like, when she walked into the courtroom, that the judge had already passed a sentence. She just lost so much, and really it was a case of a personal relationship squabble.” After the ordeal, during which this woman was fired, it took her eight years to find a new job. Most importantly, Kelly emphasized that these laws have never improved the lives or status of women and that they never address the root cause of HIV or an attempt to squash it. “These laws isolate the people who may

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need help the most,” she said. A nurse with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Sunny Isles resident Eleanor Garcia, offered up that she had a problem with decriminalizing HIV completely. She said that she sees patients coming in and finding out that they have HIV/AIDS and then turning around and not informing their partners. “What bothers me the most is that they know, and could have known for years,” Garcia said. “They could be married to someone who doesn’t know. The partner is being lied to.” Brook Kelly had an answer for this issue, which she said isn’t uncommon and comes up often. “Most people would agree that there’s an ethical responsibility to inform your partner, but it gets tricky when it’s mandatory or if a doctor breaches your confidentiality by informing your partner,” she said. “This would destroy someone’s trust in their doctor and the ability to get candid medical care.” And getting medical care is just part of the issue. Laws like these may cause people to stay away from diagnosis, the panel unanimously agreed, leading to health issues and propagating the severity of a disease that can otherwise be dealt with. On the flip side, the panel was surprised to hear another effect of these laws. It came from 57-year-old Clifford Downing, a soft-spoken AIDS caseworker who’d just moved to Florida. He came to the panel to get insight about how to help his clients and talk to them about this issue, but then he gave his own insight. “There’s a stigma of having to discuss it,” Downing said. According to him, many of his younger clients will just think that instead of talking about it repeatedly with their partner, friends and family, they just think: “‘I’ll get it and then it’ll be done with.’” And by getting it, they mean actually putting an effort into contracting the virus, so it may become a non-issue. “Maybe you should have more talks with your partner instead,” Downing advised young people considering doing the same thing. “Find a way to make your sexual relations more enjoyable.” Roose-Snyder ended the panel with a call to action. “Is the blunt instrument of legislation the way to effect change? The answer is no. Laws are very black and white, but this is the mess of human sexuality,” she said. “When we segment off HIV, we say it doesn’t matter that people keep other STDs from their partners.” The Positive Justice Project, along with the ACLU, Lambda Legal and others, have come together to push the Repeal HIV Discrimination Act, its purpose to give states the incentive they need to reconsider their existing policies as they relate to HIV. According to Roose-Snyder, none of the bill’s current 26 sponsors hail from Florida.

Source: Edwin J Bernard, Editor, criminalhivtransmission. blogspot.com, edwin@ edwinjbernard.com

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Florida’s HIV laws

Here are the two main Florida laws that pertain to HIV and its illegal transmission

Fla. Stat. Ann. 384.24(2) Unlawful acts relating to HIV exposure It is unlawful for any person who has human immunodeficiency virus infection, when such person knows he or she is infected with this disease and when such person has been informed that he or she may communicate this disease to another person through sexual intercourse, to have sexual intercourse with any other person, unless such other person has been informed of the presence of the sexually transmissible disease and has consented to the sexual intercourse.

Fla. Stat. Ann. 796.08(5) Prostitution with knowledge of HIV-positive status A person who commits prostitution, offers to commit prostitution or (by engaging in sexual activity likely to transmit HIV) procures another for prostitution, and who had previously tested positive for HIV and knew or had been informed of the test result and of the possibility of transmission to other through sexual activity is guilty of a third-degree felony.

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Mark N. Silber:

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ark N. Silber is an openly gay man who grew up in South Florida and, in 1973, founded the Stonewall Library, which is now known as the Stonewall National Museum & Archives. “I always stop here when I’m in South Florida,” he said during an interview at the archives. “This time I’m here for my 40th high school reunion at Nova High School in Boca. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long.” Currently living in Philadelphia, Silber was born in Queens, NY and moved with his family to Hollywood, Fla when he was eight. “My parents wanted to raise their three kids in what they thought would be a more wholesome environment than Queens,” he said. “An aunt was living in Hollywood so they decided to come down here and settle in.” After Nova High, Silber matriculated at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton earning a degree in anthropology. When he realized that anthropology didn’t offer a lot of real life opportunities he took his father’s advice and studied gemology. As a certified gemologist, he has dealt in fine jewelry for many years including spending several years as manager of the jewelry shop aboard the Queen Elizabeth II.

“Remember,” he went on. “South Florida has an amazing history with gay rights even “Gay kids… do not know before Anita Bryant started spreading her their history nor what it poison. Miami was one of the first places that gave gays civil protections until Bryant got took for gay men and women them overturned.” to lay the groundwork Today Silber is a landlord in a historical that lets them enjoy neighborhood in Philadelphia and an active member of the Association of Philadelphia as much freedom as Tour Guides and the University City Historithey have today.” cal Society. “I’m thrilled by the growth of this place,” – Mark N. Silber he said. “They have over 21,000 books and more than 7,000 artifacts. It’s amazing.” “But I have to say that I am worried about tional Museum & Archives, as it’s currently the generations of gay kids who are coming known, for their efforts to make their rebehind us,” he added with a note of distress sources more available to more people.” in his voice. “They do not know their history nor what it took for gay men and women to lay The Stonewall National Museum and Archives the groundwork that lets them enjoy as much is located at 1300 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort freedom as they have today. They don’t know Lauderdale. Hours of operation are Monday to about being arrested or assaulted or even be- Friday from 11 am to 8 pm and Saturday from 10 ing murdered just because you looked differ- a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Sunday. For additional ent. And as far as we’ve come, there’s still so information call 954-763-8565 or visit the webmuch to do. So I applaud the Stonewall Na- site at www.stonewallnationalmuseum.org.

“That was an amazing experience,” he said, his eyes lighting up. “I was part of the captain’s cadre and got to sit at his table so I met all kinds of important people from theater, politics, and business from around the world.” Silber and some friends from FAU began gathering books for the Stonewall Library in 1973 largely through donations of volumes from their own libraries. The first collection was housed in a spare room in Silber’s parents’ home in Hollywood. It stayed there for almost 10 years when SunShine Cathedral MCC, which at the time was on SW 27th Street in Fort Lauderdale, offered to house the growing collection in a classroom on the church campus. “We needed a public place where people could come and read or do research,” he said. “My parents’ home just didn’t make it so we were lucky to get space at the MCC.” In 1984, Silber and his boyfriend at the time both got jobs in New York City. They were eager to experience life in one of the world’s cultural capitals so they packed up and left the library in willing hands. “I wasn’t worried about the library when I left South Florida,” Silber said. “I knew the people who succeeded me were committed to keeping alive our history and culture and judging by what we see today, I was right”

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NNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – The daughter of Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer has disclosed she is a lesbian. Iowa-Neb. NAACP Leader Stefany Hoyer Hemmer told the WashResigns Over Gay Marriage ington Blade, a gay newspaper, that she is gay. She says she made ES MOINES, the announcement in Iowa (AP) – part to show her supThe presiport for Maryland’s gay dent of the Iowa and marriage law, which will Nebraska conference likely be decided by of NAACP branches voters in a November has resigned over the referendum. group’s national board Hemmer told The resolution to support Baltimore Sun that it was gay marriage. important for her to go KCCI-TV in Des public with her sexual Moines says Wednesorientation because of day that Rev. Keith Rev. Keith Ratliff Sr. her father’s visibility on a Ratliff Sr. resigned from local and national level. the National Association for the AdvanceHemmer, who is 43, lives in Talbot County ment of Colored People and as president of on the Eastern Shore. She says she has lived the state conference. with a partner for the past 18 months. She Ratliff, of Maple Street Missionary Baptist also says that friends and family, including Church in Des Moines, has long opposed her father, have known she is gay. gay-marriage. He said he was struggling with the group’s endorsement made during a leadership retreat in Miami last month Majority Say Ravi and was uncertain about his future with Sentence Not Enough the NAACP. The Iowa/Nebraska Conference RENTON, N.J. (AP) – A new poll includes Ames, Burlington, Cedar Rapids, finds a majority of New Jersey Davenport, Des Moines and Sioux City in residents believe a former Rutgers Iowa and Nebraska branches in Lincoln University student convicted of using a and Omaha. webcam to spy on his gay roommate got a

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individual units to accept gays as adult leaders, but a spokesman says there’s no expectation that the ban on gay leaders will in fact be lifted any time soon. The resolution was submitted by a Scout leader from the Northeast in April and presented last week at the Scouts’ national meeting in Orlando, Fla., according to BSA spokesman Deron Smith. Smith said Wednesday it would be referred to a subcommittee, which will then make a recommendation to the national executive board. The process would likely be completed by May 2013, according to Smith, who said there were no plans at this time to change the policy. During last week’s meeting, the Scouts were presented with The Marble Church in Copenhagen a petition, bearing more than 275,000 names, protesting Denmark Approves Gay the ouster of a lesbian mother, Jennifer Weddings in Church Tyrrell, who’d been serving as a Scout den OPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – mother near Bridgeport, Ohio. Denmark’s Parliament has apAmong those who presented the Change. proved a law allowing same-sex org petition, and met with Scout officials, couples to get married in formal church was Eagle Scout Zach Wahls, an Iowa college weddings instead of the short blessing cerstudent who was raised by lesbian mothers. emonies that the state’s Lutheran Church Wahls, in a telephone interview, said he currently offers. and his allies planned a campaign to mobilize Lawmakers voted 85-24 on Thursday to opposition to the gay-exclusion policy from change Denmark’s marriage laws. within Scout ranks, with the goal of building The law takes effect June 15 and will put pressure for the resolution to be approved. Denmark on par with countries such as “Up to the day they end this policy, they’ll Iceland and Sweden that allow full wedding be saying they have no plans to do so,’’ ceremonies for gay and lesbian couples. Wahls said. “But there’s no question it’s In 1989, Denmark became the first councosting the Boy Scouts in terms of memtry to allow the registration of gay partnerbership and public support.’’ ships. Since 1997 gay couples in Denmark The Scouts, who celebrated their 100th can be wed in special blessing ceremonies anniversary in 2010, have had a long-standat the end of regular church service. ing policy of excluding gays and atheists. Controversy over the policy intensified in 2000 when the U.S. Supreme Court allowed Scouts to Review Ban on the Scouts to maintain the policy in the face Gays; No Change Imminent of a legal challenge. Leaders of several regional scouting EW YORK (AP) – The Boy councils have asked for the policy to be Scouts of America will review scrapped or modified, to no avail. a resolution that would allow

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lenient sentence. Dharun Ravi (dah-ROON’ RAH’-vee) was sentenced May 21 to 30 days in jail, three years probation, counseling and 300 hours of community service. He could have received up to 10 years in prison. The Rutgers-Eagleton poll released Thursday found 51 percent of respondents said Ravi’s sentence for bias intimidation and invasion of privacy convictions in the Tyler Clementi case was “not tough enough.’’ Thirty-nine percent think Ravi got “the sentence he deserves,’’ while seven percent believe it was “too tough.’’ The poll surveyed 1,191 adults from May 31-June 4 and has a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points.

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IKEA Wins Gay Biz Award By Gideon Grudo

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t’s that time again — to celebrate the local LGBT heroes in Miami-Dade. The Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) will be hosting its 11th Orange Gala on Saturday, June 23. The gala’s purpose is to point a cheering finger at the people who help promote LGBTQA businesses in the county. The event — to take place in the downtown Miami Hilton — will kick off with a champagne reception and silent auction, followed by dinner, award presentation and, finally, dancing. The Business of the Year Award goes this year to IKEA. MDGLCC gives the award to an organization whose commitment to diversity is unwavering in its inclusion of LGBT and allied community issue, according to a spokesperson. Among its reasons to award IKEA are a 2007 commercial in which the company featured a gay couple, and an IKEA Sunrise donation of new furniture and a kitchen to the LGBT Visitor Center and Chamber’s offices.

The chamber takes this as a sign that IKEA is acknowledging the LGBT community in an award-worthy manner. The Person of the Year Award this year goes to Steve Haas, owner of the City Hall restaurant. Haas uses his restaurant — and often his culinary mastery — to help promote various LGBT events and initiatives, like chamber meeting, for instance. He said that in less than a year, City Hall has hosted 50 events and helped host 30 additional events on other locations. “I’ve been supporting the LGBT chamber since it started,” Haas said. “I’d like to believe we’re a leader in the community — straight and gay. I’m very excited and very proud. Whatever the LGBT community needs, the answer is always yes.” The Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award goes to Miami Beach Visitor & Convention Authority (VCA). This award is similar to the Business of the Year Award, but focuses on non-profit organizations that promote the LGBT business environment and its people.

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Dade Chamber honors local stars

MDGLCC is recognizing the VCA’s grant distributions, a third of which went to LGBT events like the Winter Party Festival, the Miami B each Gay P r ide, the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and Aqua Girl. The VCA uses imSteve Haas of City Hall pact reports to help decide where to send grants, the most recent involved in the community — and here I am,” one showed that LGBT tourism brought the Spring said, having been a member of the most hotel room booking out of the other board since its inception and having been ten categories. involved in housing developments, business Finally, the MDGLCC offers up a Special guilds, and other public works. “My hope Recognition Award. This year, it goes to Dan- is that younger generations see this recogiel Spring, owner of the South Beach Insur- nition — that the next generation gets inance Agency. The agency tends to ensure, per volved, as well.” its namesake, many of the South Florida LGBT Spring said that his work, and the work events. But Spring has done more than that. done by the other honorees of the Orange “My parents always encouraged me to be Gala and active community members atlarge, are helping to keep the county a safe place for LGBT people to work and live. But to keep the work going, Spring explained, it’s important that the community doesn’t forget to keep pushing the message out. His business is one of the oldest LGBT businesses in the county, going back to 1991, and his partner of 17 years makes Spring a pillar of the LGBT community. For more information or to order tickets, go to www.gaybizmiami.com.

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Off the Wall

Leviticus and the Gideons By Pier Angelo Rocky Raccoon checked into his room only to find Gideon’s Bible (The Beatles)

 

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he first thing I do when I walk into a hotel room is go straight to the night stand open the drawer remove the Bible and toss it in the trash. Then I proceed to rearrange the furniture, clear all surfaces of the usual crap, unpack and finally help myself to the mini bar. Often I have to do it again the next day because, apparently, every hotel employs  a large number of Gideons whose only job is to make sure there is a Bible stashed in every drawer at all times. Sorry but I can’t be in the same room with the book that for centuries has been used as a tool of gay oppression and the most accepted reason for discrimination against those who do not take out a membership card to the  ‘One Book Only’ club. The hospitality industry must be the last hold out against Political Correctness. Why just the Bible? What about the Torah or the Koran? What kind of powerful lobbying do these Gideons have? I never met one. I don’t know what they look like. Are they an ethnic minority who specializes in printing Bibles?   

• We finally make our first appearance in the Revised Standard Version of 1946 Let’s briefly look at some of the most commonly misused passages in the Bible and weep, plus some of the most ridiculous ones that can break the old Colgate Laugh-O-Meter at any time.

Does the “The Book” really and clearly states that Homosexuality is a sin?

Let’s take a quick look at the facts: • It was written a long time ago by many authors, at different times, translated over and over from various languages leaving the translators  free to interject their  bias into somebody else’s thoughts. These men surely  practiced censorship, made errors,  and provided embellishments on top of it. The latest book by the Pope, for instance, talks about the use of condoms as an assumption of responsibility, but in the German and English editions the text cites the example of a male prostitute, implying homosexual sex while the Italian edition uses the feminine form of prostitute instead.  Just by changing a pronoun can lead to a completely different interpretation of the thought of the original writer.  That’s called “Lost in Translation” and the Bible must be filled to capacity with this kind of errors. The word Homosexual does not appear in the King James Version, in fact the word itself was not coined until the end of the 19th century.

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Leviticus -The Holiness CodeBesides the infamous  “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination,” it also tell us not to shave, or wear fabrics of blended fibers or eat shellfish, and we are also told to stone disobedient children (the latter not a bad idea).  The best is when it says that he who touches the skin of the pig shall also burn in Hell. So I guess Hell will be full of homosexuals and football players. If you are a fan of the sport it will be a nice place to be. Like having an NFL package for free 24/7. It seems a little bit too convenient to use Leviticus’ Code a la

carte and choose only those passages that fit a particular right wing Christian agenda. It’s all or nothing.  

Romans 1:26-27

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. Since the time Paul wrote these words the world has dramatically changed. We no longer think that semen is the source of life, you need an egg or two to go with it in order to create it. The Earth is no longer the center of the solar system either.  Paul was referring to pederasty and male prostitution. It was a condemnation of acts consistent with lust, avarice, exploitation, idolatry. None of these acts have anything whatsoever to do with a loving relationship or homosexuality. Paul was a man of his time and if all of his words must be taken literally then: • We should “beware of dogs” (Philippians 3:2) • Order slaves to obey their masters (Ephesians 5:4) • That it is better and easier to be near God if one eschews marriage and remains a virgin (Corinthians, Chapter 7), we never hear any member of “Focus on the Family” or those who crafted and passed DOMA quoting this passage. 26

To continue on the subject of family so dear to the Bible thumpers: Exodus 21:7 suggests selling your daughter into slavery. And for those who have more than one job to support themselves and their families, or are employed by the service industry  Exodus 35:2 has no mercy, in fact if you insist working on the Sabbath, you should be put to death. Imagine  a world without Happy Hour on weekends and no Sunday brunches.

Genesis - Sodom and Gomorrah (no they are not a Hip Hop duo) It is actually a story about nasty, arrogant, greedy, overfed people guilty of attempted rape. Traits that can be found among heteros and homos alike and have nothing to do with sexual orientation.  

When they have exhausted the use of the Bible to condemn homosexuality the Christian Right turns to  Jesus as its secondary weapon. The interesting thing is that of all the quotes attributed to Jesus in The New Testament, not one mentions homosexuality. These people are more obsessed with “males lying with males” than poverty and injustice — two subjects that were instead a big part of Jesus “socialist” philosophy. Sorry my Republican friends: Jesus was the original “pinko.” Many right wing Christians would not  befriend him today. There is not enough talk about love in the Church nowadays. In fact one would think that, for example,  God hates homosexuality, but loves the death penalty. If I were God I would be mighty annoyed with the manipulations going on around my name and the words of my son. After all the fundamentals of Christianity are very simply summed up by Jesus when he said: “Love the Lord God with your mind, all your heart, all your strength and love your neighbor as yourself, and on Judgment Day those who encountered the ‘least of my brethren’, the sick, naked, hungry, thirsty and imprisoned and did nothing for them will be shut out of heaven.” (Matthew 25). That throws a big monkey wrench into my eternal expectations. I had no intention of going to a place populated by the likes of Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Republicans, Christian Right zealots and religious fanatics of any denomination. I was shooting for a crowd of fun party animals, lots and lots of homosexuals and football players. I envisioned Hell as a gigantic bath house, so I’ve been ready to go for awhile. Now, after rereading Jesus’ process of selection for the final ticket I’m sorely disappointed. I might actually end up in Heaven and be bored out of my skull for eternity. Oh well, might as well have fun now before it’s too late. After all as Don Koons said recently: “Hell is easy to define. It would be spending eternity with Evangelicals.” PS: “An Eye for an Eye and a Tooth for a Tooth” will leave you with a bunch of blind toothless people.

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Catching My Breath

What Lady Gaga Stole from Jesus By R.E. Frederique ‘Catching My Breath’ is a personal ref lections column about gay life. If you want to ‘catch your breath,’ submit your stories to editor@southf loridagaynews.com’

Jesus hangs “out”

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ears ago, I opened a wine shop in upstate New York, shortly after moving there during a troubled time in my life. Fishkill Plains was a breathtakingly beautiful land with a small community of neighbors who looked out for each other. One such neighbor, Leo, who was in his early 90s, used to come to my store for his weekly fifth of Ernest and Julio’s Cream Sherry. Leo was a Jehovah’s Witness.  Behind my counter, I kept a portrait of the Sacred Heart that my father had given me. It was my “protection.” When Leo noticed this image, he charitably offered to take me under his wings, not to convert me to become a Jehovah’s Witness, but so that I could become more familiar with the Bible. Since, at the time, I was grasping for “answers,” I happily agreed to go to his house every Sunday afternoon to study the New Testament. It was the most beautiful time of the year when the trees lit up with the multi-colored autumn leaves and the cold of the air had not yet gone into bitterness. One such afternoon, as Leo poured himself a cup of tea and I read a chapter he had assigned to me, a cat jumped at the nearby early-winter frosted window, as if trying to break in. This startled both of us and caused me to skip some verses in the Scripture. My eyes fell on Matthew 19:12. “What’s this?” I asked Leo. “Jesus is talking about eunuchs?” “What are you reading?” Leo snapped back.

It was the only time I ever saw him show anger. “You should only read the parts that I tell you to read! Otherwise, you wouldn’t know how to interpret what you’re reading.” “That’s odd,” I thought, as I found my way back to where I had left off before. “Why would Leo get so upset about reading the Bible. I thought the whole idea was to encourage me to read it?” Needless to say, the minute I got home, I found my way back to Matthew 19:12. It seems Jesus was hanging out with his celibate friends (which is what he did when he wasn’t performing miracles). At first glance, it looks as if it’s a lecture on divorce, as we would term it today. He was essentially saying that you can’t just leave your wife when you get tired of her. In the midst of this lecture, one of the disciples says, “Maybe it’s better not to get married at all.” I can only imagine this as a witty remark that caused all his buddies to chuckle. And here is the remarkable statement that has survived over 2,000 years: “Marriage is not for everyone,” Jesus answered as he goes into a categorization of “eunuchs” who are exempt from marriage. Much of the text didn’t make any sense as I read it. If we interpret the word “eunuch” as “castrated men,” by today’s definition — or even by the Greek definition meaning “The bedroom guard” — one has to start by asking why Jesus is concerned about a handful of such men (who served in the royal palace of Jerusalem) getting married to women. Some research on the word “eunuch” suggests the original language was either mistranslated or intentionally altered in later centuries. The word can be more logically traced back to one meaning “He who abstains,” or “He who is celibate.” Thus the phrase to be found in Matthew 19:12, if correctly interpreted is “There are those who are celibate who are born that way.”  This Jesus said, some 2,000 years before Lady Gaga put it to music.

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Of course, Leo was right in telling me that I could misinterpret the Bible if my reading is not tethered to someone else’s bias. But he was right only in that everything is open to interpretation. How we read the Bible depends on the environmental bias that we bring to the reading. Unless, of course, that bias is logic. And that bias can only exist if you are an atheist—because atheism takes faith out of the equation. As an atheist, I have no interest in the outcome of my interpretation. Is it logical that Jesus would be sitting around talking about the possibility of castrated men marrying women? Of course, it’s not logical— not even if he thought they could marry each

other, in a Biblical forewarning of same-sex marriage. The only logical interpretation is if he is talking about something else—not even about marriage. The only logical reading is if he is talking about homosexuality. (Just as he could not have been talking about divorce at a time when there was no word for such a thing, but more likely the subject was the treatment of women.) According to Matthew, this is what Jesus said: “Husbands should be faithful to their wives. But marriage is not for everyone. There are men who do not have sexual relations with women. They are born that way.”

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Guest Column

I promise – I know what I am talking about here. The Christians in the Carolinas, or Alabama, or South Florida have got nothing on me. I was raised as a fundamentalist Bible Baptist, and I know the Bible inside and out. I have a Master of Divinity degree from PacifBy Rev. Dr. Lea Brown ic School of Religion, a school that can trace its origins all the way back to those folks we know as The Pilgrims. I have a Doctor of Did you catch that? It’s reMinistry degree from Episally important, so I’m going copal Divinity School in to say it again: Don’t believe a Cambridge, MA, and I have word of it. Any of it. If you are served in ordained minisa man who loves other men, try for over 16 years in the who loves the bodies and the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps smell and the taste and the and as a pastor from Calisheer power of other men, fornia to Texas to Florida. don’t give a second thought I know whereof I speak, to the words of Sean Harris. and the truth is that I canIf you are a woman who not keep from saying “don’t loves other women, if you believe a word of it” belove the way they move and cause I am sick to death of touch and sound and can GLBT people being emoturn your whole world intionally and spiritually Sean Harris side out with just one glance, abused by well-meaning don’t lose a wink of sleep over anything that people who use the Bible as a tool of torture Charles Worley has to say. and death. The truth is that you and I who If you are one of those fortunate human are same-gender lovers, and all of us who beings whose emotional attractions and sex- defy anyone’s definition of gender except our ual desires are not limited by gender, or if you own, are not spiritual outcasts. We are not an are someone whose entire being and dress abomination. We don’t deserve to be beaten and life transcend the narrow confines of by our parents or anyone else because of who gender imposed upon humanity today, don’t we are, and we are most certainly not going to worry. There is a place in heaven for you too, be punished by God for being true to who we right there along with the homos, no matter were created to be. what terrible song is being sung by little chilHere is the real truth I hope that every dren trapped in fundamentalist Christianity. one of us can believe and embrace, no mat-

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ads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch. Ok?” — Sean Harris, Senior Pastor, Berean Baptist Church “Build a great, big, large fence...put all the lesbians in there,”...have that fence electrified so they can’t get out...and you know what, in a few years, they’ll die out...” — Charles Worley, Pastor, Providence Road Baptist Church “I know the Bible’s right, somebody’s wrong...ain’t no homos gonna make it to heaven.” – sung by anonymous toddler at Apostolic Truth Tabernacle If you are like me, you have had more than your fill of obscenely hateful religious rhetoric directed at GLBT people over the last month or so. Thanks to smartphones and the internet, it is almost impossible to turn in any direction for news these days without being bombarded by horrifying evidence of the very worst that religion has to offer. As a lesbian, a pastor of a South Florida church and as a Christian, I have to say this to my GLBT sisters and brothers who have been under attack: Don’t believe a word of it.

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ter what our sexual orientation or expression of gender might be: What we desire and what we do sexually, and how we live out our gender every day, are actually things God wants us to love about ourselves. I have watched lives change in very positive ways and deep spiritual wounds heal again and again when people have the opportunity to hear these words of affirmation and support from religious leaders and in places of worship. If you need this kind of change and healing in your life, it can happen for you too. No matter what anyone says, don’t let any person or religious institution force you to separate your spirituality from your sexuality or gender. The gender that is sacred for you, and the union of sex and spirit in your life are your absolute birthright. Each one of us deserves nothing less, and any religion or theology that says otherwise doesn’t deserve a nanosecond of your attention. Thankfully, here in 2012, there are churches and synagogues and places of many spiritual practices that are safe places for GLBT people. Somewhere there is a place for you where you can hear words of love for who you are. When you find that place, listen carefully to those words, and let them find a home in the deepest part of your being. They are the only words that are worthy of the beautiful creation you were made to be. Rev. Dr. Lea Brown is the Senior Pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of the Palm Beaches, where people of all sexual orientations and genders are fully celebrated. www. mccpalmbeach.org

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May: A Month of Anti-gay Rants Gone Viral By Sergio Candido

Here’s a rundown of each “man of God” and what they were caught saying to masses of followers: 1. Rev. Charles L. Worley of the Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C. On a message reportedly delivered on May 13, the North Carolina pastor who called for gays and lesbians to put in an electrified pen and ultimately killed off. “Build a great, big, large fence--150 or 100 mile long--put all the lesbians in there,” World said in the video clip. “Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out … and you know what, in a few years, they’ll die out … do you know why? They can’t reproduce!” Just a few weeks after the video was posted on YouTube, more than 1,000 protesters gathered in front of the Justice Center in Newton, a small town seven miles from the church, waving signs with messages such as “Will God judge me for loving or hating?” and “Don’t Fence Me In,” according to Reuters. 2. Ron Baity, founding pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. Ron Baity, founding pastor of WinstonSalem’s Berean Baptist Church and head of the anti-marriage equality organization Return America, said in a sermon that homosexuality was “a perverted lifestyle,” adding that  gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people should be prosecuted, according to LGBT blog Good as You, who reported the story on May 5. “For 300 years, we had laws that would prosecute that lifestyle,” Baity says. “We’ve gone down the wrong path. We’ve become so dumb that we have accepted a lie for the

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ne said gays should be put in an electrified pen and then killed off, another one advocated parents should “punch” their male children if they seem effeminate. A third one called for government to do the dirty job and send homosexuals seven feet under. All in the name of God. These are just some of the hate-filled messages pastors and preachers (many from North Carolina) delivered to their parishioners this past May; caught on phone cameras for the whole world to watch on YouTube. Some have backed down due to mounting pressure and backlash, others have stood their ground on what they said.

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truth, and we’ve...discarded the truth on the shoals of shipwreck!” 3. Pastor Sean Harris of the Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, N.C. Another North Carolina pastor’s anti-gay rant made it to the web.This time it was Sean Harris, senior pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville. In a speech about North Carolina’s Amendment 1 (which had already passed), which defines marriage in the state constitution as the union between one man and one woman and outlaws civil unions and domestic partnerships, Harris took time to urge his congregation to “punch” their children if they seem effeminate. “Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch. Ok? You are not going to act like that,” said the pastor in a video uploaded by Good as You on May 1. According to the Fayetteville Observer, the pastor later said he was joking in his sermon. “If I had to say it again, I would say it differently, no doubt,” Harris told the Observer. “Those weren’t planned words, but what I do stand by is that the word of God makes it clear that effeminate behavior is ungodly. I’m not going to compromise on that.”

5. Curtis Knapp of New Hope Baptist Church in Seneca, Kan. Pastor Curtis Knapp’s voice was recorded calling for the death of gays--by the government. “They should be put to death — that’s what happened in Israel,” Knapp said. “That’s why homosexuality wouldn’t have grown in Israel.” “Oh, so you’re saying we should go out and start killing them? No, I’m saying the government should.They won’t, but they should.” In a CNN interview about the controversial speech, Knapp said he stood by what he said. “We punish pedophilia. We punish incest. We punish polygamy and various things. It’s only homosexuality that is lifted out as an exemption,” he said. 6. Pastor Dennis Leatherman of the Mountain Lake Independent Baptist Church in Oakland, Md. This Maryland-based pastor went balls to the wall recently, saying he “kind of likes” the idea of killing LGBT people but “it’s wrong.” “First of all, there is a danger of reacting in the flesh, of responding not in a scrip-

tural, spiritual way, but in a fleshly way. Kill them all. Right? I will be very honest with you. My flesh kind of likes that idea...but it grieves the Holy Spirit. It violates Scripture. It is wrong,” says Dennis in the audio, uploaded by Good as You blog on May 29. In a statement posted on the church’s website, the pastor said that his words had been “misunderstood and taken out of context.” 7. Toddler singing gay hate song, Rev. Jeff Sangl and congregation applaud in Greensburg, IN. A phone video taken during a gathering at the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle church in Greensburg, Indiana, and then anonymously uploaded to YouTube last month shows a toddlers singing about gays not going to heaven to a standing ovation. ”The Bible is right, somebody’s wrong. Romans 1 and 27, ain’t no homos gonna make it to heaven,” sings the 4-year-old in the video. According to Channel 6 of Indiana, neither the church, nor its pastor, The Rev. Jeff Sangl, have replied to calls seeking comment.

4. Tim Rabon, pastor at Raleigh’s Beacon Baptist Church, N.C. This pastor condemned states such as Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maryland which have shown to be supportive of LGBT law reforms. In this recording uploaded on May 4 by Good as You, Rabon compares gay marriage with a union between a man and an animal. “What is stopping them from refining marriage from a person and a beast? We’re not far from that,” he asks his congregation.

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By Brian Swinford

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

Theater Broward County

Enjoy an entertaining and provocative evening featuring eight short plays on the subject of marriage equality written by some of today’s most brilliant playwrights and performed by a dynamic celebrity cast at the Broward Center on June 21-24. Offering their unique takes on the moments before, during, and after saying “I do,” these prominent writers have created theater that is as insightful and stirring as it is funny and heartwarming. Visit Standingonceremony.net

*La Cage Aux Folles

Winner of three Tony Awards including the award for best musical revival, this hilarious new production of La Cage Aux Folles was the biggest hit of the 2010 Broadway season, leaving audiences in stitches night after night! This amazing musical revival will be at the Broward Center on June 12 to 24. Times vary. Visit BrowardCenter.org

*IK School of Gymnastics Recital

IK School of gymnastics is the first professional school of South Florida. Led by the world-renowned champion and coach Iryna Kobets, the IK School of Rhythmic Gymnastics offers your children an opportunity to learn this beautiful sport. Rhythmic Gymnastics is one of the most beautiful and feminine sports. See this recital at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center on June 15 at 6 p.m. Visit Ikgymnastics.com

*Ft Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus’ “Comedy Tonight”

The Original Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus presents “Comedy Tonight” Concert will Friday & Saturday June 29 & 30 at 8 p.m. This Is an R rated show directed by the Chorus’ original founder Dr. Gary Keating featuring music and skits from top Broadway productions such as The Producers, Sordid Lives, Avenue Q, Altar Boy and others Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art Auditorium. Cash cocktail bar available. Tickets $25 & $40. Theftlgmc.org or call 954 832-0060

*August

August is a romantic drama that tells the story of Troy and Jonathan, who reunite after a painful breakup. A seemingly innocent rendezvous turns into an attempt to revive old passions, but the rekindled romance proves difficult since Jonathan has a new boyfriend. You can see this excellent film at Gateway Theater on June 13 at 8 p.m. Visit www.flglff. com, or call 877-484-8499.

Palm Beach County

The Gay Marriage Plays

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Pride Wind Ensemble at The Broward Center

*Pride Wind Ensemble’s Music of Our Lives

The South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble will feature small ensembles as well as the full band as they play pop favorites from the classics to Lady Gaga. Special lighting effects, videos, guest artists and lots of surprises will surely wow the audience and have them leave wanting more. This onenight-only concert will sell out, so get tickets early! At the Broward Center on June 16 at 8 p.m. Visit BrowardCenter.org

Yachad Israeli Dance Festival

*The Brand New Kid

A kids’ musical about being different and overcoming teasing through the power of acceptance and friendship. You catch this awesome musical at the Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse June 19 at 10:30 a.m. Lazlo S. Gasky just moved to the United States to start his first day of second grade – where he finds himself the target of the other kids’ teasing. But when popular Ellie McSnelly decides to take a chance on him, all the kids learn that our differences are what make us great. Visit Kravis.org

*Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

This 1979 Tony award winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler will awe you with its stunning music, dazzling images, and wickedly intriguing script. July 26-29 at FAU’s Studio One Theatre in Boca Raton. Tickets $20. Visit www.fausweeney.com or phone 800-564-9539

*Xanadu

This hilarious musical adventure includes the hit songs “Magic,” “Suddenly,” and of course “Xanadu.” This tale of endless fun will keep you in stitches, while the legendary chart-topping tunes will lift you out of your seat. You’ll want to keep the music in your head, and Xanadu in your heart, forever. Opens June 22 at the Slow Burn Theatre in West Boca. Visit Slowburntheatre.org

*Jesus Christ Superstar

Festival Yachad will feature more than 500 dancers on stage with local groups and invited companies from Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Panama and Israel, performing to Israeli folk dance music, with colorful costumes, amazing scenery and spectacular lighting effects. This year our Festival Yachad reaches 16 years and the Gala Performance theme is “Shir”, which in Hebrew means “Music.” This breathtaking festival will take place at the Broward Center on June 10. Visit Bamachol.com

The dynamic rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice is a musical interpretation of the final days of Jesus Christ that is not so much a story about religion as it is about the emergence of a charismatic rebel who surfaces among an oppressed people to pacifistically challenge the moral state of existing affairs. At the former Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton, July 5 to 15. Tickets are $25, $15 for groups and children under 12, and $10 for student at the door on day of show. Visit EntrActeTheatrix.org

KeyHole

If you like action and adrenaline Keyhole is for you. Keyhole has it all: from gangsters to police to a great love between a husband and wife. Keyhole will be at Mos Art Theatre on May 31. Visit Mosarttheatre.com

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SPOTLIGHT

By Michael Smith, VP PR FTLGMC

Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus Presents “Comedy Tonight”

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he Original Ft. Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus, now in its 26th year, is busy preparing for its June concert. Under the direction of guest conductor and original founder Gary Keating, the Chorus will present Comedy Tonight, a fun, ‘R-rated’ show which includes a mixture of music and skits from top Broadway and other theatrical productions, such as The Producers, Sordid Lives, Altar Boyz, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Avenue Q. It will take place at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art Auditorium June 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $40 for premium seating. “It is wonderful to be in front of a gay

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men’s chorus again. There is such a strong community about being in a gay chorus you don’t experience anywhere else. And, as an ‘out’ high school teacher, I can tell you that the GLBTQ choral movement is as vital today as it was 26 years ago when I started this chorus,” Keating said. The Chorus is part of Fort Lauderdale Performing Arts, Inc, which also includes the Fort Lauderdale Women’s Chorus.  The Women’s and Men’s Choruses rehearse at St. Mark’s School in Oakland Park. Auditions for the Men’s Chorus will be held July, in preparation for the final concert of the season on September 28 and 29, also at the Museum of Art. The Chorus recently received a grant

from the John Graves Charitable Fund from the Community Foundation of Broward and also receives funding from the Broward County Cultural Division. Bradley Bush, the Chorus President, stated that without funding from these organizations, continuing to operate would be difficult. Ticket sales only provide about 40 percent of the revenue, so donations and grants are what keep the chorus going.   The Men’s Chorus was the first gay performing arts organization in the State of Florida and led to the formation of other gay choruses in the state. The Chorus belongs to GALA, the international associa-

tion of gay and lesbian choruses. Visit www.theftlgmc.org, email info@ the ftlgmc.org or call 954 832-0060 for more information.

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Hairspray sweeps you away to 1960’s Baltimore where the 50’s are out and change is in the air. Loveable plus-size heroine, Tracy, has a passion for dancing, and wins a spot on the local TV dance program. Overnight she finds herself transformed from an outsider to teen celebrity. July 5 to July 29. Tickets are $23 to $35. Visit LakeWorthPlayhouse.org

Mona Golabek in the Pianist of Willesden Lane

The Pianist of Willesden Lane is performer Mona Golabek’s true family story, chronicling hope, survival and how through our darkest times, music has the power to help us survive. Visit Geffenplayhouse.com/index.php

The Exorcist

The most chilling test of faith comes to life on stage at the Gil Cates Theater from July 3- August 12. The Exorcist transforms the unsettling battles of good versus evil, faith versus fact and ego versus ethos into a uniquely theatrical experience as sophisticated as it is suspenseful. For more Information visit Geffenplayhouse.com/index.php

The Fantasticks

The Fantasticks is the world’s longest running musical and is about captivating love story about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall, the narrator, El Gallo, creates a world of moonlight and magic, then pain and disillusionment, until the boy and girl find their way back to each other. The score, which includes “Try to Remember,” is as timeless as the story itself! Visit Palmbeachdramaworks.org/index.php

Miami-Dade

Red Barn: Match

This Broadway hit stars like the hysterical Tom Luna as Tobi Powell, an eccentric and endearing dancer, choreographer and teacher. A married couple arrives at Powell’s apartment to interview him about his life, but it is soon evident that their agenda is as multi-layered as Tobi’s life story. Call 305-2969911 or Email: info@redbarntheatre.com

Kiss Me Kate

The annual musical-in-concert features Cole Porter’s production starring Susan Powell and Richard White. This classic from the Golden Age of Broadway musicals is pure entertainment gold with hits songs and great dance sequences. The guest artist roster is to reflect the Pops’ usual practice of bringing together out-of-town artists and Key West favorites. Starts at 7:30 p.m. and is at the Tennessee Williams Theatre. Call 305-296-6059 or Email: info@ keywestpops.org

Community Calendar Broward County * Tundra Gay Night

Tundra restaurant will be holding a gay mixer night every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come for the great food, drinks, and people. When you come to Tundra for the gay night try a great martini from there dozens of specialty drinks. Visit Tundralasolas.com

*Siudy Between Worlds

A unique, electrifying fusion of flamenco, urban rhythms and dance featuring master flamenco performer Suidy Garrido and 22 extraordinary flamenco and urban dancers is sure to become the ride of a lifetime! Come watch these talented dancers shake their booty on June 23-24. Siudy between Worlds/Entre Mundos is a love story told through the universal language of percussion and dance, set in a futuristic world. Visit Arshtcenter.org

*The Donkey Show

In the spirit of Studio 54, that epic shrine to disco, the celebrated smash hit The Donkey Show now takes Miami by storm as the city’s dreamiest pop-up club! Disco is back and better than ever with this play. The Donkey Show will be at the Ziff Ballet Opera House on July 13 to Aug. 12. It’s the ultimate night fever - a crazy fun house of disco mirror balls and feathered divas, of roller skaters and hustle queens, enchanted by an ever-so-light sprinkling of Shakespearean magic. Visit Arshtcenter.org

*Broadway in Miami 2012-13

This season Ziff Ballet Opera House on Oct. 9 to May 12 will hold the Broadway In Miami spectacle. Experience the return of the world’s greatest musical spectacle - Les Misérables - in its lavish new 25th anniversary production, along with the Miami premieres of Broadway’s biggest fun-filled hits - including the high-stepping Mary Poppins, the outlandishly colorful Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the awesomely cool Rock of Ages, and - the 2010 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical - Memphis, a triumph of explosive dancing and powerhouse songs. Visit Arshtcenter.org

Summer Shorts

Summer Shorts is one fast and furiously fun program of the nation’s hottest “short” plays! Strung together in a whirlwind of bite-size nuggets, these mini-plays will one minute have you laughing hysterically and the next shocked beyond belief. Hang on for the ride of your life in this wonderful evening of theater from June 1-17 at the Carnival Studio Theater in the Ziff Ballet Opera House. Visit Arshtcenter.org

The Brand New Kid

This delightful kids’ musical based on the children’s book by television journalist Katie Couric is about being different and overcoming teasing through the power of acceptance and friendship. This killer musical will be at the Carnival Studio Theater in the Ziff Ballet Opera House on June 9 -17. Visit Arshtcenter.org

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Strike Up the Band

Key West

Proof

This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning drama Proof will be at the Palm Beach Dramaworks located at 201 Clematis Street. This play is about a daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Visit Palmbeachdramaworks. org/index.php

By J.W. Arnold

*Human Trafficking and the LGBT Community

The Broward LGBT coalition Is holding a training class at the Sunshine Cathedral on Human Trafficking and the LGBT community on June 22. There will be great presenters such as Sarah Gillespie Cummings, LMFT, for the Broward Sheriff’s Office, and Pamela Washington from the FBI Victim Specialist. Please email your RSVP to Kdrumm@sunserve. org. Suggested donation of $5. Proceeds to benefit Broward LGBT DV Coalition.

By J.W. Arnold

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emember the “mix tape?” You know, the customized compilations of rock anthems and mellow ballads we all captured on primitive plastic cassette tapes in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Many found their way to our cars, helping us to pass the time on the road, while others were presented as personalized gifts to friends and loved ones. The South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble is offering Artistic Director Dan Bassett rehearses up a musical “mix the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble. tape” of sorts at its spring concert, “The Music of Our Lives,” on Saturday, body. The program will even include some June 16 at 8 p.m. in the Amaturo Theatre of of the greatest hits from Lady Gaga and the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. the theme from the video game “Super According to Artistic Director Dan Mario Brothers.” Bassett, the program will include many In addition to lively musical selections, familiar and popular songs that also the program will again be accentuated by spotlight the various sections of the band. stunning video and lighting effects and apFrom Rimsky-Korsakov’s brilliant “Flight of pearances by special guest performers. the Bumblebee” to Billy Joel’s “Root Beer Tickets are $25 at BrowardCenter.org. Rag” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” from For more information, go to PrideWindEnQueen, there will be something for every- semble.org.

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*Hairspray

Stage Door

*Break the Cycle of Negativity

Learning how to purify this negativity before it ripens as painful experiences is one of the kindest things we can do for ourselves and others. $10/class or $30/series includes vegetarian food after class. You can join these workshops at Drolma Buddhist Center in Oakland park. Series begins June 14; It is Not About Guilt: The Power of Regret. June 21; Faith & Compassion: The Power of Reliance. June 28; Making Up for the Past: The Power of the Opponent Force July 5; Setting Realistic Goals: The Power of Promise. Call Elizabeth Jurado at 954-537-9191. Visit MeditationInFortLauderdale.org

Essential Buddhism

What are the underlying causes of our suffering and dis-satisfaction? It seems like these are coming to us from outside, but even when we change our external situation, we never become free from problems. The origin of our cycle of impure life, samsara, is the delusions in our mind, such as anger, attachment, and self-grasping ignorance. This cycle of contamination continues in life after life, as long as these poisons remain in our mind. Once we see this, we can start to reduce these distorted conceptions, by following the path presented by Buddha. Eventually we will attain a final cessation of all delusions and the suffering they cause, a permanent liberation known as nirvana. $35 includes vegetarian lunch Come join this class at the Drolma Buddhist Center on June 23 from 10am-3p.m.. Visit MeditationInFortLauderdale.org

Andy Rogow Resurrects Rising Action

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ake that “reincarnates” Rising Action. The former Rising Action Theatre, which developed a loyal following by featuring gay-themed plays but closed mid-season last year, is back this fall as Island City Stage. Artistic Director Andy Rogow has assembled a new board of directors and has embarked on plans for the company’s first production this August at Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale. Last week, Rogow issued an audition notice seeking two male actors to star in Tom Jacobson’s Twentieth-Century Way. Tony-nominated director Michael Leeds will take the helm in this award-winning story about two actors auditioning for a film designed to entrap “homosexuals” for social vagrancy in Long Beach, Ca. circa 1914. The show is scheduled to run August 9 through September 9 at the intimate Flagler Drive theater. In his first productions with Rising Action at its former home at the Sunshine Cathedral, Rogow improved the production values and performances markedly. Expect more of the same with Island City Stage, especially after Rogow identifies a new venue and relocates the company to Wilton Manors.

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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. Four Powers of Purification

Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do the same things keep happening to us, even though we have already learned from them? This is the result of negative karmic imprints. Until this karma is exhausted, suffering will keep appearing, and we will continue to feel stuck in a cycle. Learning how to purify this negativity before it ripens is one of the kindest things we can do for ourselves. $10/ class or $30/series includes vegetarian food. Series begins June 14 with It is Not About Guilt: The Power of Regret, and June 21 with Faith & Compassion: The Power of Reliance, and June 28 with Making Up for the Past: The Power of the Opponent Force, and July 5 with Setting Realistic Goals: The Power of Promise. Visit Meditationinfortlauderdale.org

Learning from Death, Waking up to Life

It can feel like our life is one mundane task after another, until we are exhausted, with no time or energy for spiritual activities. Worse, our preoccupation with worldly affairs is a source of tremendous anxiety and frustration, leaving us with no peace or contentment. Strangely, the most powerful solution to these problems is to remember that we are going to die. By seeing our existence in this much broader context, we realize what really matters and make time for it, finding deep satisfaction and fulfillment. From Joyful Path of Good Fortune. $10/class or $30/series begins June 17 with Overcoming Anxiety: The Eight Worldly Concerns, and June 24 with Freedom from Denial: Death is Certain , and July 1 with Making Every Moment Meaningful: The Time of Death is Uncertain, and July 8 with Preparing for the Future: At Death and Afterwards, What Helps? Visit Meditationinfortlauderdale.org

Corporate Challenge of Florida

Opening ceremony begins August 2012. Corporate Challenge of Florida is bringing the spirit of the Olympics to Broward County. Offering many different sporting events throughout Broward. The largest sporting event in South Florida will have the opportunity to show unity, sportsmanship and camaraderie. Each company’s registration fees will support the American Heart Association, breast cancer research, Make a Wish Foundation and more local charitable South Florida organizations. Visit Ccoffl.org/ thanks.php

Wild Inspirational Gatherings

WIG is a new and exciting weekly event that will inspire and empower you to celebrate life. Imagine a gay revival mixing spirituality, disco meditation, drag divas, WIG’s Gayngster Choir and a fabulous message from Rev. Jamie! WIG seeks to empower gay youth, adults and our allies with positive energy, a fun environment and a gay spirit. Doors open at 7:30, curtain up at 8. Tickets: $10 suggested donation, VIP booth seating $30. 754-444-1WIG (1944)

Queer Youth Nights

LGBTQ & allied youth 13-21 are welcome any time after 6 p.m. at the SunServe building on Wilton Drive for a great place to meet new friends, play board games and a Queer Themed Movie at 7 p.m. Email Afrosch@sunServe.org

Saturday Nite Alive

GLBTA Diversity Summit

The Florida Diversity Council is please to be sponsoring its Inaugural GLBTA Diversity Summit on Friday, June 22 at the Pride Center at Equality Park from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Registration for the half day event is $49 and the event will be held at The Pride Center in Wilton Manors, Florida. Visit Glbtsummit.com

Man2Man Discussion

Man2Man Discussion Group meets at the Pride Center on Mondays from 7 until 8:30 p.m. Any subject may be discussed. Members regularly reassemble afterwards for ‘repast’ at The Courtyard, PeterPan Diner. Visit Glccsf.org

Meditation After Work

On Mondays from 6-6:30 p.m. there will be Guided meditation w/ western Buddhist teacher Gui Passow. Looking for a way to rest and re-charge before starting your evening? Come in for a free guided meditation to clear your mind at the end of the day. This class is free at Drolma Buddhist Center. Call 954-537-9191 or visit meditationinfortlauderdale.org

Buddhist Meditation Classes

All the happiness there is in the world arises from wishing others to be happy. By abandoning self-centered thoughts and replacing them with the belief that others are important, we will overcome our suffering and find true happiness inside our own hearts. $10/class or $30/series includes vegetarian food after class. Call The Drolma Buddhist Center at 954-537-9191.

Intimate Partner Abuse Group

SunServe is offering a new weekly support group for LGBT people that are experiencing abuse in their intimate relationships, or have just left an abusive intimate relationship. Abuse includes: name calling, put downs, slurs, humiliation, isolation, being kept from friends and family, economic deprivation, threats, intimidation, violence, sexual coercion, and sexual violence. Call 954-764-5150 extension 104.

Dream Car Classic

Every Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pre-1980s classic cars, modern classics and custom cars from 19812012 will be showcased. $10 car registration from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Show Car Entrance: 20th Avenue & Tyler Street). People’s Choice Award - 2 Classes; Top Ten Vehicles Award. Call 954-214-2457

Living Healthy

Fusion in Wilton Manors will be having a free workshop on healthy choices, and healthy living on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This workshop provides interactive learning, practice and mastery techniques for a healthier and more active life, and positive changes for quality of life. Call 954-630-1655

Life Coaching

Latinos Salud’s Life Coaching program is for Latino gay/bi guys ages 18-44. Come by Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for free one-on-one life coaching with certified CRCS coaches. Set your goals, and meet action steps to make them come true. Stop in for more info at 2330 Wilton Drive or call 954-765-6239. Visit Latinossalud.org

The free event will showcase the best of Fort Lauderdale Beach for 11 fun filled Saturday nights: through August 11 (7 p.m. – 11 p.m.). The entertainment lineup includes more than 20 high-energy entertainment acts i.e. Billy Bones, Taiko Drummers, Swahili, House of Flying Cards, Rafael & Ligia and the Bahamian Junkanoo Revue. Each Saturday night, entertainers will perform on the sidewalks along the west side of AIA on Fort Lauderdale Beach from Hall of Fame Drive to Castillo Street. Visit Wizard-Entertainment.com

Sex & Love Anonymous

Latinos Salud’s programs

PFLAG

Multiple programs and groups for bi/gay Latino guys. Latinos Salud’s SOMOS program is for guys 18 to 30. All proceeds will benefit Latinos Salud in our efforts to educate on HIV Prevention and testing. Every Thursday night at 7 p.m. join the Core Group, and help plan alternative activities. Also offers Popular Opinion Leader group for guys ages 25 to 44 and a Life Coaching program for guys ages 18 to 44. Come by Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for free one-on-one life coaching with certified CRCS coaches. Located at 2330 Wilton Drive. Call 954-533-8681 or visit Latinossalud.org

Latin Night Bingo

Latin night bingo and dinner fundraiser for Hildana Ciser at the Pride Center in the main hall, building A. The Latin inspired dinner starts at 530 p.m. and bingo starts at 730 p.m. Dana will be raffling away one of her paintings. Don’t miss out on owning an original Dana work of art. There are sponsorships available for those interested. The will also be an open snack bar for all that attend. Call 954-463-9005

S.L.A.A. believes that sex and love addiction is a progressive illness which cannot be cured but which, like many illnesses, can be arrested. It may take several forms -- including, but not limited to, a compulsive need for sex, extreme dependency on one or many people, or a chronic pre-occupation with romance, intrigue, or fantasy. Meets at The Pride Center at Equality Park in Bldg A, Room 200 Fridays 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visit Slaafws.org 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

Survivor Support

A Survivor Support Group is being held on the first and third Wednesday of each month at the 211 Community Center, 250 NE 33rd Street, in Oakland Park. The Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention (FISP) is sponsoring this free support group and is open to all family members and friends of those who have died by suicide. Call 954-384-0344 to register. Meets from 7-8:30 p.m. Visit Fisponline.org.

Eating Disorder Support

Meets Friday evenings from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. At Sun Serve’s Wilton Manors location at 2123 Wilton Drive, second floor. A “drop-in” psycho-educational support group. Free. No registration required. Donations welcome. Call 954-764-5150

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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. Sunday Jazz Brunch

First Sunday of every month. An ideal way to relax and enjoy Fort Lauderdale’s scenic Riverwalk. Live, outdoor concert series bringing the area’s best local jazz artists. Listen to the soulful sounds on four different stages. Well-behaved, leashed pets welcome. Plenty of room for chairs, blankets and picnic baskets.

Young Adult GLBT

Safe “T”

Safe “T” is a support group for gender variant adults. Meets Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Sunserve’s Wilton Manors location at 2312 Wilton Drive, second floor. A “drop-in” psycho-educational support group. Free. No registration required. Donations welcome. Call 954-764-5150.

Tuesday Night Eatin Meeting

A social group open to all LGBT people ages 18-35. Meets Fridays at the Pride Center in Wilton Manors from 7:15-9 p.m. Meeting starts with a discussion on current events followed by introductions and then a group activity. Visit PrideCenterFlorida.org/contact-us

Tuesday Night Eatin’ Meeting will be held at The Alternative MC Clubhouse at 4322 NE 5th Ave in Oakland Park. Fun, food, and fellowship. There will be hamburgers, hotdogs, all the fixins, cold drinks, desserts, and snacks. Meeting begins at 8 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. Visit Alternativemc.com/events/ florida-events

Boardwalk Friday Fest

Gay Male Empowerment

Come out to Hollywood Beach Theatre East of A1A at Johnson St and the ocean. Admission: Free every Friday of every month. Live jazz, blues, pop and everything in between along Hollywood’s signature 2.5 mile boardwalk. Charming oceanfront cafes and restaurants serve up delicious innovative cuisine while you enjoy the best array of live music and tropical ocean breezes. Visit Hollywoodfl.org or call 954-924-2980

Toastmasters

Most Toastmasters meetings are comprised of about 20 people who meet weekly for an hour or so. Participants practice and learn skills by filling a meeting role, ranging from giving a prepared speech or an impromptu one to serving as timer, evaluator or grammarian. Toastmasters meet at the GLCC/Pride Center Monday at 7:15 p.m. Call Ted Verdone at 954-566-2074 or email: Tedverdone@ comc​ast.net

Gay Men’s HIV+ Long Time Survivors’ Group

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. Meets on 1st and 3rd Thursday at SunServe 2312 Wilton Drive from 6:30 – 8 p.m. No cost. Donations welcome.

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

Palm Beach County

PFLAG

Check out who will be at MARA on June 27. Show starts promptly at 9 p.m. and runs until 2 a.m. $10 cover to party all night. Open to the first 200 people and then the doors are shut to keep the crowd to a minimum so the dancers can pay individual attention to each attendee. Four hot hunks, one low cover and 200 screaming fans. Open to women and men. Visit Maraglobaldimensions.com

New Alternatives

Male Revue

Stonewall Ball

The doors always open at 8:30 p.m. on June 30 and the ball features several live entertainment acts, a silent auction and dancing as we gather in a celebration of history. Palm Beach casual, cocktail and costumed attire, in black and white, is encouraged. Regular admission is $25, or $15 with Compass memberships. Visit Compassglcc.com

Lake Worth Bike Night

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

The Lake Worth bike night is fun, and it’s for a cause. Join loads of people in downtown Lake Worth every Thursday from 7 p.m.-10 p.m.. The event is free and open to bikers and non-bikers. For more information visit Lakeworthbikenight.com

Fusion Wilton Manors - Connections

Motivation Man Triathlons

SunServe Therapy Groups

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. Starts at 7 p.m. Call 954-630-1655.

Women4Women Support

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 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the New Sun Serve Building at 2312 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Call 954-764-5150

Man2Man Discussion

Man-2-Man talk is an informal discussion group of gay men, with all age ranges and backgrounds welcomed. Bldg A, Room 206. Visit Glccsf.org/calendar/

Choose your distance and choose your race! Ready to prove you can do it solo or did you want relay participation with friends? Either way, it’s your way to swim, bike and run through picturesque streetscapes and historic neighborhoods of The Palm Beaches. This event is free to spectators and will take place in beautiful Downtown West Palm Beach. For more information Visit Motivationman.com

Music for the Mind

Kretzer Piano presents Stuart School of Music. Offering lessons in piano, voice, clarinet, guitar, violin, viola and cello from a faculty of nine professional teachers. Honor students along with faculty members will perform. Proceeds will benefit music scholarships and the school’s music education program. Takes place June 19 at 7 p.m. at the Harriet Himmel Theater. Visit Kretzerpiano.com/localevents-concerts

PFLAG is a monthly support, coming out and rap groups for families of & for Gay, Lesbian, Bi, and Transgender people. Meeting in Palm Beach County is at 6:30 on the third Wednesday of the month. Call or email Carol at 561-716-9464 Pflag@pobox.com Social group with regular outings and social mixers for LGBTQ ages 18 to 30. This meeting will take place at The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Palm Beach County. Email matthew@compassglcc.com or Visit Compassglcc.com.

Sober Sisters AA

Support group is dedicated for lesbians who are recovering from alcoholism. Meeting happens every Monday at 7 p.m. at Lambda North Clubhouse. Visit LambdaNorth.net

PBC Gender Support

All ages support group dedicated for transgender individuals. This meeting happens the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. These meeting will take place at The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Palm Beach County. Visit Compassglcc.com

Good Orderly AA

These meetings now take place at Lambda North at 18 S. J Street, and geared toward recovering alcoholics. Every Tues. and Thurs. at 7 p.m. and on Sat. at 5:30 p.m. These meetings will help recovering alcoholics cope with the stress of everyday life without the use of alcohol. Email tcamie@aol.com

Seniors vs. Crime

Seniors vs. Crime is a free service that provides help to seniors who have been victimized by businesses or service providers and need assistance. This event will take place at Mae Volen Senior Center at 1515 W. Palmetto Park Road. By appointment only so call 561-736-3820 or 561-395-8920.

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 p.m. 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.

SPOTLIGHT

By Joey Amato

Stonewall Summer Pride Announces Children’s Pride Park S

tonewall Summer Pride 2012 will feature the first ever Children’s Pride Park designed specifically for the kids to enjoy. “We are very excited about our first Stonewall Summer Pride kids zone at Hagen Park in Wilton Manors,” said Drew Miller Board Member of Stonewall Summer Pride. “We think the Children’s Pride Park with its attractions and events will be a big hit with the families.” Some of the activities planned include fire truck painting provided by the Broward Sheriff ’s Office, a Hockey Rink from the Florida Panthers and a train that will be included in the Stonewall Summer Pride Parade. There will also be other attractions and activities including slides, face painting, spin art and other surprises. Stonewall Summer Pride comes to Fort Lauderdale

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on June 24 and is presented by the Rainbow Business Coalition of Greater Fort Lauderdale and the City of Wilton Manors. The party begins at noon when Wilton Drive comes alive with the Stonewall Summer Pride Street Festival, which will feature live entertainment, over 125 exhibition booths and the Children’s Pride Park. The festival stage will feature entertainment all day long with a variety of acts sure to please the vibrant crowd. At 7 p.m. sharp, the Stonewall Summer Pride Twilight Parade takes to the street with fabulous floats and costumes. The parade will begin on 20th Street and run north, up Wilton Drive ending at 5 Points. Following the parade, Andy Bell, lead singer of Erasure, will take the stage for what promises to be a memorable and exciting evening filled with timeless dance classics. More entertainment will be announced in the next week. Visit stonewallsummerpride.com for more information.

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ANNOUNCEMENT

2012 United and Proud Show

Our annual Pride show will be held this June at the Pride Center from June 9th to July 6th. The Best of Show award ($250) is sponsored by Runyan Law Firm and Tom Runyan. $50 Prize for each Best of Class. Winners will be invited to show in Miami during ART BASEL 2012 on Miami Beach. Artist Reception: Thursday June 14th from 7pm to 9pm. FREE in the Pride Center Main Room. Refreshments provided. For more information or questions: please visit www.artsunitedflorida.com, email artsunitednews@gmail.com, or call Peter at 305-281-0556.

Saturday Nite Alive

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he free event will showcase the best of Fort Lauderdale Beach for 11 fun filled Saturday nights: through August 11 (7 p.m. – 11 p.m.). The entertainment lineup includes more than 20 high-energy entertainment acts i.e. Billy Bones, Taiko Drummers, Swahili, House of Flying Cards, Rafael & Ligia and the Bahamian Junkanoo Revue. Each Saturday night, entertainers will perform on the sidewalks along the west side of AIA on Fort Lauderdale Beach from Hall of Fame Drive to Castillo Street.Visit Wizard-Entertainment.com.

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. Classes are Wed. at 9 a.m. Cost is $20 and RSVP is suggested. Call 561-404-2011. Visit OrchidWeb.org

Jazz on the Palm

Jazz on the Palm - Downtown West Palm Beach Waterfront - Gather with friends and family to enjoy the diverse vibrant sounds of jazz under the stars every 3rd Friday of month at the new Downtown West Palm Beach waterfront concert series. Free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Visit Wpbgo.com/2010/06/jazz-on-the-palm

Sunday on the Waterfront

Sunday on the Waterfront is a free concert series, which takes place the third Sunday of most months in the beautiful downtown West Palm Beach waterfront area. 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

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

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

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

Miami-Dade

*Healing Service for HIV/AIDS

A healing service will be presented at All Souls’ Episcopal Parish, 4025 Pine Tree Dr., Miami Beach on June 19 at 7 p.m. This is a monthly event offered to those living with and/or affected by this pandemic and case workers at the many agencies our AIDS ministry deals with daily. Call 305-520-5410.

Transgender Symposium

On Sat. June 16 at 8 a.m. till 4 p.m. come the Coral Gables Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall for this amazing discussion featuring Internationally Recognized Sexologist Marilyn Volker. This workshop has a $10 registration fee. The registration fee, payable when attendees sign-in, helps cover cost of materials, continental breakfast and lunch. This is going to be one workshop you will not want to miss. Email Melanie@safeschoolssouthflorida.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. AIDS Quilt Panel Workshops

Miami Beach Community Health Center’s “Making Memories” will assist those interested in creating an AIDS Quilt panel as a way to pay tribute to a life lost to AIDS. Workshops are held the fourth Saturday of every month through October. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Workshops are free. Visit Miamibeachhealth.org or 305-538-8835 or 1-800-393-1290

Lambda Dade Clubhouse

A meeting place for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender communities and friends in recovery. Hosts Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon, Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA), Debtors Anonymous (DA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA), meetings. (305) 573-9608. 212 NE 24th Street. Miami. Visit Lambdadadeclubhouse.org

Cubby Hole

823 N. 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 drinks 9 p.m. to 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

Dudes Bar

3270 NE 33rd St Fort Lauderdale FL 954-568-7777. Sexy hot men starting to shake the booty daily from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Sundays enjoy karaoke with Peter Petrucci. Great drink specials every Monday with $1 well drinks from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Georgie’s Alibi

Key West

2266 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, (954) 565-2526. Fort Lauderdale’s best & longest happy hour. Wednesdays $2 Domestics & $1 Schnapps after 9 p.m.

Mercury Marine Ladies Dolphin Championship

Female anglers have seven (7) ways to win $10,000 in cash and prizes for catching dolphin during the one-day event. A $3,000 cash prize is to be awarded to the angler catching the single heaviest dolphin during the day-long tournament. The second-place angler is to receive $1,500 cash and the third-place angler is to receive $500 in cash. A boat prize of $2,500 will be presented to the team weighing in the heaviest aggregate weight of two dolphins. Contact: Lee Murray 305296-0364 or 305-797-1117 or email: lee@murraymarine.com

17th Annual Golf Tournament

One of the longest running golf tournaments in the Florida Keys, the event supports scholarships for Florida Keys students in the hospitality and culinary fields of study. Just $100 per player includes greens fees at Key West Golf Club, goodie bag, food (Breakfast and Lunch), drinks, hot dog stand, Mimosas and Bloody Marys and much more! Team up with four of your friends or sign up individually. Call 305-2964959 or Email: executiveoffice@keyslodging.org

Johnny’s

1116 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, (954) 5225931. Monday Dragon with TP Lords, Daisy D. and DJ Rob Sky Some of the hottest guys around with great happy hour drink specials. Bring all your friends to this sexy Bar.

The Manor

2345 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 (954) 626 0082 Come Dine, Dance, Drink, Mingle and of course Relax. 2 for 1 happy hour Tues-Friday 3 to 9 p.m. Indoor/Outdoor Dining. Dance the night away Thursday through Sunday. Live music Wed., Fri., Sat., Sun. Visit themanorcomplex.com

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 E. 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 8 p.m. Enjoy College Boy’s Choice 2 for 1

Monkey Business

nightlife Broward County

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.

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, Friday and Saturday night live DJs. Monday & Tuesday -- $9 entry fee

Atomic Boom

2039 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. (954) 5635631. 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

2440 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, (954) 563-7660. Your neighborhood lesbian bar in the heart of Fort Lauderdale and just minutes from Fort. Lauderdale Beach. Wednesday All the fun, half the price 2-4-1 All Day, All Night

2232 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, (954) 630-3556 Best Sound & Light Show in Broward County. Mondays “porn bingo” with Desiree Dubois. $3 Margaritas, $1 Draft

Bill’s Filling Station

2209 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, (954) 567-5978. Large bar/ nightclub, amazing drink specials in Wilton Manors! Wednesday’s after 9 p.m. $10 Miller Lite Beer Bust

Boardwalk

PJ’s Corner Pocket

924 North Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, (954) 533-0257. One of The Most Diverse Bars in Fort Lauderdale. $2 Drinks Every Wednesday, Spades Every Thursday

1721 N. 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 9 p.m. $3 U-Call-It Shots

Ramrod

The Club Fort Lauderdale

Rosie’s Bar and Grill

Bathhouse. 110 NW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL, (954) 5253344 Good. Clean. Fun. 1/2 price rooms...Tuesday Nights and 1/2 price Lockers. Thursdays Nights. Always busy.

Clubhouse II

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.

Corner Pub Bar

1915 N. 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.

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Naked Grape Wine Bar

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 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

Sidelines Sports Bar

2031 Wilton Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305, (954) 563-8001. Sidelines Sports Bar and Billiards is a unique, friendly, and accepting place to relax with a cold beer, great drinks and Martinis. Happy Hour M-F 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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The Stable

Johnny’s

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. 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 underwear.

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.

Palm Beach County

The Cottage (Tea-Dance Sundays)

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

Fort Dix

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.

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 5 p.m., Hot Male Dancers 6 p.m., Karaoke 11 p.m.

Mara (Thurs-Sat)

1132 North Dixie Highway, Lake Worth FL $3 Drinks. No Cover. Open till 5 a.m. Ladies night on Thursdays and Karaoke on Fridays.

The Mad Hatter

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 Miami 62 NE 14 Street Downtown Miami Florida (305) 640-8749. Open Wed. through Sun. The hottest men in the universe strip shows nightly from 6 p.m. sexy from wall to wall. Free entrance. Free parking. Free VIP rooms. Featuring the Hottest Male Dancers and The Best VIP ROOMS and always $5 Drinks. Full Lineup at ed at  http://www.Facebook.com/JohnnysMiami

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.

Swinging Richards

17450 Biscayne Blvd, N Miami Beach, Fl 33160 954-357-2532 Tuesdays-Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Come and enjoy fully nude guys dancing to the best music in South Florida.

Twist

1057 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, Fl, 33139. (305) 5389478. 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.

Key West 801 Bar

801 Duval St., Key West, Florida,(305) 294-4737. Cabaret shows upstairs with nightly performances by famed performers Sushi, Kylie, RV Beaumont, Margo, and others. Happy hour specials daily from 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.

The Bourbon St. Pub

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.

724 Duval St. (305) 296-1992. Key West’s premier video bar with LIVE DJ’S nightly. A taste of N’Awlins in the heart of Old Town – Enjoy Key West’s hottest music videos on the large screen while the boys entertain on the bar. No Cover.

The Bar Lake Worth

La Te Da

2211 North Dixie Highway Lake Worth. (561) 370-3954 Thebarlakeworth.com. Men and women share this mostlylocals space as a calm and friendly watering hole. The bar often features live music which can be a nice break from thumping bass.

Tag Bar

1125 Duval St. 305-296-6706 Fun Gay-Friendly atmosphere. Cabaret entertainment during season including Randy Roberts and Chris Peterson. Enjoy great live music Tuesday thru Sunday with Lenore Troia. Cover charge may apply. Great outside bar if you just want to enjoy a cocktail and chat while people watching on Duval Street.

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.

Club Aqua

Miami-Dade

Kwest

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.

Club Sugar

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. 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.

Pearl’s Patio Bar

525 United Street, Key West, FL(305) 293-9805 ext. 156. Pearl’s Patio is a great place to enjoy a drink and relax. Happy Hour – every weekday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday’s are Extended Happy Hour 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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.

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Summer Film & TV Preview

Hot Summer Flicks: By J.W. Arnold

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f you’re one of the devoted fans shedding tears with the conclusion of the current “Mad Men” season or the sinking of “Battleship” at the box office, don’t worry because there’s plenty of steamy drama coming this summer. At the Cinema

Rock of Ages (Opens nationwide on June 15) You may only dream of sleeping with Tom Cruise, but chances are pretty good you turned a trick with one of the hundreds of local extras who filmed this ‘80s rock anthem, filmed last year in Miami and Broward. Adam Shankman (“Hairspray”) adapted the hit Broadway show for the big screen. The music of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner and more will be performed in this sweet story about the

(L-R) Alex Pettyfer, Matthew Mcconaughey and Channing Tatum in Warner Bros. Magic Mike Hollywood dream, featuring Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Russell Brand and “Dancing with the Stars” hoofer Julianne Hough.

story heats up quickly as John Ross (Josh Henderson) and Christopher (Jesse Metcalf) squabble about the usual storylines—oil, cattle and women. Hagman and Duffy are back, along with Linda Gray (Sue Ellen), Charlene Tilton (Lucy) and Ken Kercheval (Cliff).

Magic Mike (Opening nationwide on June 29) A dramatic comedy set in the steamy Falling Skies world of male strippers, “Magic Mike” is (Premieres June 17 on TNT) based on the real life experiences of actor LGBT science fiction fans—and there are Channing Tatum, who got his start swingplenty of us—have been looking forward ing on a bronze pole to the next chapter for hordes of horny in the story of an women. Mike (Tatum) alien invasion of Earth takes a young dancer that leaves civilization called The Kid (Alex devastated, except for Pettyfer) under his the brave resistance wing and schools him fighters of the Masin the finer arts of sachusetts 2nd Militia. Hunky Noah Wylie partying, romancing has really matured— the ladies and making and beefed up, too— a quick buck. Look since leaving “ER” and for appearances by leads the brave men our favorite “out” TV and women, using his actor Matt Bomer knowledge of history (“White Collar”) and Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx in to inspire the troops. the always ripped New Line Cinema’s rock musical He’s definitely come a Matthew McCoRock Of Ages long way from the silly naughey. We have a “Librarian” series. feeling the boys and girls will be both hollering for these studs Bistol Palin: Life’s a Tripp to take it off at the local multiplex! (Premieres June 19 on Lifetime) Like it or not, Lifetime basically exploits On TV gay men with incessant reruns of “Will & Grace” and trashy made-for-TV movies Dallas about exploited women. But, it’s the audi(Premieres June 13 on TNT) ence that is likely to be the victim in the When the tired original series was finally latest scheme by the washed-up politician’s put out to pasture in 1991, John Ross and daughter to cash in on mommy’s fame and Christopher Ewing were just little boys. fringe followers. The only way to avoid this Well, they’ve grown up and they’re sexier train wreck is to book her on “Survivor” than Larry Hagman or Patrick Duffy could and get her permanently voted off the ever have been, even in their prime. The island. David james

Loose Cannons (Available on Xfinity Video on Demand and iTunes) Nothing impresses a date more than a sophisticated foreign film and you can enjoy this one from the comfort of your own home. “Loose Cannons” (“Mine vaganti”), a film by Ferzan Ozpotek, shows that coming out can be just as traumatic—and dramatic—for Italian families as in this country.

Young college graduate Tommaso (Riccardo Scamarcio) comes home to Southern Italy to tell his family he will be pursuing a career as a writer and not in the family pasta business….oh, and he’s gay, too. The shocker comes when older brother Antonio (Alessandro Preziosi) beats him to the punch and sends dad to the hospital with a heart attack.

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South Florida Stars in Rock of Ages By J.W. Arnold

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irector Adam Shankman curled up on the coach at Miami’s Mandarin Oriental hotel as he reflected on “Rock of Ages,” the ‘80s jukebox musical filmed in South Florida and opening in theaters across the country this weekend. Locations across the region were transformed: North Miami Avenue became the Sunset Strip, Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale’s Himmarshee Village was rechristened The Bourbon Room, and even “Mt. Trashmore,” the monumental Coconut Creek landfill, got a cameo with the famous Hollywood sign. Hundreds of eager locals were on set day and night as extras, hoping for a glimpse of the film’s A-list stars. After a long day of interviews with the local press, Shankman admits with a giggle this is the only city where he’s been asked about filming in Florida. Newcomer, Julianne Hough, familiar as one of the celebrity hoofers on TV’s Dancing with the Stars, sitting next to him, is quick to jump in. “It was great staying on the beach,” she said, noting she began every day with a walk on the beach. When asked which she prefers, Miami Beach or California, Hough, making her debut as a leading lady, doesn’t hesitate, “South Beach.” But, after the chit chat, it’s back to business as the two plug their movie. Shankman acknowledged the challenges of adapting a Broadway musical for the cinema. Best known as a choreographer and one of the regular judges on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, his last turn in the director’s chair was the campy 2007 adaptation of Hairspray, starring John Travolta. While filming Rock of Ages,”he says he heeded advice offered years earlier by Hairspray writer/director John Waters. “He told me not to even try to remake his film or the musical, but to make my own movie….,” Shankman recalls, “to be true to my vision.” Rock of Ages, like Hairspray, was a hit on Broadway, but offered completely different demands. The show makes use of the rock anthems of the ‘80s, including songs by Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and Poison. The story centered around the romance of Sherrie (Hough), a small town girl from Oklahoma, and city boy Drew (Diego Boneta), who dreams of a career as a rocker. They meet at The Bourbon Room, a legendary bar where the careers of Sta-

Julianne Hough as Sherrie Christian and Diego Boneta as Drew Boley in Rock Of Ages cee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) and his band Arsenal were launched. When the Mayor’s proper wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) launches a crusade to liberate the Sunset Strip from the evils of rock music, you can guess where the story goes. While Hough and steamy brown-eyed Boneta were relative newcomers, Shankman recruited some of the biggest names

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available, including Cruise, Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Bryan Cranston, Paul Giamatti and Mary J. Blige. And, while Zeta-Jones and Blige are well known as singers, Shankman wasn’t taking a complete risk with his cast. “Believe it or not, I had heard everyone else sing at some point before……except Tom Cruise!” he said,”

but, he did a great job.” Shankman then turned to Hough and asked, “And how was it getting felt up all day by Tom Cruise?” referring to one of the crucial scenes in the movie. A blushing Hough only mustered a giggle. Talk about a hard day at the office. Judging from the results at a recent preview screening, it was definitely a job well done.

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La Cage aux Folles

photos by Paul Kolnik

Musical’s Love Story Still Relevant Today

George Hamilton as Georges in La Cage aux Folles

By J.W. Arnold

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n the 29 years since La Cage aux Folles opened on Broadway, societal attitudes about gays and marriage equality may have changed, yet the show remains as relevant as ever. The 1983 Tony Award-winning musical, with a book by Harvey Fierstein and score by University of Miami alum Jerry Herman, was an adaptation of a 1973 French play about a gay couple in Saint-Tropez: Georges, the owner of a drag club, and Albin, his romantic partner and the star attraction as his alter-ego, “Zaza.” When they learn Georges’ son is marrying the daughter of an ultra-conservative politician, the antics

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begin as they try to conceal their flamboyant lifestyle. Since taking home Broadway’s top prize, the show has racked up two wins for best revival in 2004 and 2010, but the story is perhaps best known thanks to the 1996 feature film set in South Beach and starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane. The 2010 touring production makes a stop at Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center this week as part of the Broadway Across America season and the center’s inaugural Pride Series. While headliner George Hamilton (Georges) is not stranger to Fort Lauderdale—he filmed Where the Boys Are 50 years

ago—Tony-nominated actor Christopher Sieber is making his first appearance in South Florida, portraying Albin/Zaza. A gay man who recently married his longtime partner, the relevance of La Cage is not lost on Sieber. “The funny thing is how many things have changed since (the show premiered),” he says. “It was such a big gamble back in the early ‘80s because it was just so gay, gay, gay.” Even then, Director Arthur Laurents and composer Herman took women as dates to the opening: “Those two queens took girls!” he chuckles. Sieber actually took the role at the encouragement of writer Fierstein, who

Christopher Sieber as Zaza

was playing Zaza. The original actor cast for the role quit suddenly and Sieber had just a week to learn the role. “I’ll never forget how he asked me in his gravelly voice,” Sieber says. And, when the production was ready to hit the road, Fierstein was committed, so producers asked Sieber to switch roles. It was a challenge, he admits. “Zaza is one of the most physically, emotionally and vocally demanding roles I’ve ever done,” he explains, adding, “and George only has three costumes. Albin has 15!” Despite the challenges, Sieber relishes the role. “I get the opportunity to make people laugh and fall out of their chairs and then a few minutes later, I have to make them cry,” says Sieber. He especially enjoys the opportunity to share the show’s story about love and acceptance, especially in areas that might not be as progressive as the East or West Coasts. He recently ended a run in North Carolina, which passed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, and was awed by the warm reception from audiences. Sure, he says, a few people walked out, but “too bad for them. City to city, it’s not the people. Everybody that I meet are fantastic. It’s the politicians and the talking heads on TV who are stirring the crap.” Sieber especially loves the end of the show as the husbands who were “dragged by their wives” end up standing and enthusiastically clapping as the cast takes their final bows. “This show has a lot of heart and if you don’t feel it during the show,” he says, “you should go see a doctor.”

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KEY WEST PRIDE 2012

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Out Destination: St. Louis By Joey Amato

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t. Louis, commonly referred to as “The Gateway to the West” is home to some of the country’s most recognizable corporations including Enterprise Rent-ACar, Edward Jones Investments Energizer, and of course, the city’s most popular company, Anheuser-Busch.  The city is also home to three professional sports teams: The St. Louis Cardinals, Blues and Rams and is one of the LGBT capitals of the mid-west.  Visitors arriving to St. Louis should take note of the MetroLink. The train system has two routes, is easy to navigate and is an inexpensive way to travel throughout the city.  MetroLink connects Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to downtown as well as a host of other neighborhoods worth visiting including my personal favorite, Forest Park. Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. At 1,371 acres, it is approximately 500 acres larger than Central Park in New York City. Forest Park is home to the Art Museum, Science Center, Zoo, Jewel Box Greenhouse and History Museum, as well as a 7.5-mile biking, jogging and skating path. Most of these attractions are free of charge.  The St. Louis Zoo is home to 655 species of animals, many of them rare and endangered.  Catch a glimpse of the cheetah, African black elephant, lion and penguin habitats while enjoying a leisurely day with friends and family. Later this year the zoo will open Sea Lion Sound, combining a spacious new sea lion habitat with the zoo’s popular Sea Lion Show. A brisk walk through Forest Park will lead

you to another great attraction, the St. Louis Art Museum. The museum is among the nation’s leading comprehensive art museums with collections that include works of art throughout history.  Most notable are the Chinese, pre-Columbian and 19th & 20th Century Masters galleries. The museum building itself is an architectural masterpiece and a highlight of the park. St. Louis’ most recognizable icon is without a doubt, The Gateway Arch, the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in downtown St. Louis.  The arch was completed in 1965 and at 630 feet, the stainless steel structure is the tallest man-made monument in the country.  The view from the top is a site that should not be missed.  Don’t forget to bring your camera! After a day of history and culture, head to the Central West End neighborhood, a gayfriendly destination, with numerous sidewalk cafes, small boutiques, and antique stores. The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis is also located in this neighborhood and houses the world’s largest collection of mosaic art. The cathedral, designated a basilica in 1997, was built between 1907 and 1909 and is one of St. Louis’ main attractions. Those looking to stay close to LGBT nightlife should check in at The Cheshire, a boutique hotel reminiscent of a traditional British inn. The hotel contains beautifully appointed rooms with luxury linens, deep soaking whirlpool tubs and complimentary tea service. The Cheshire truly transports visitors to the English countryside and for a while,

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you forget you are in St. Louis. For a quick snack, stop by Fox & Hounds Tavern and sample traditional British fare. Most of St. Louis’ LGBT culture is centered around The Grove, a growing business and entertainment district along Manchester Avenue about a five minute taxi ride from the hotel.  The Grove is home to a variety of independently-owned restaurants, nightlife options, and retail shops.  Stop by Atomic Cowboy for some Mexican cuisine such as shredded pork tacos, fish tacos, or buffalo chicken sliders or head to The Bad Dog Bar & Grill to mingle with the leather and bear crowd and enjoy happy hour cocktails and traditional American fare. Ladies should make an effort to go to Novak’s, regularly voted one of the top lesbian bars in St. Louis. The vibrant bar and grill features weekly karaoke nights and a regular lineup of live entertainment. Gays looking to party St. Louis-style should head to Just John Nightclub located in the heart of Manchester Avenue.  Just John offers an upscale environment with high tech lighting, premium sound, flat screen TV’s, private tables and the friendliest staff in town.  The focal point of Just John is The Florida Room, an indoor/outdoor area that is climate controlled and features a fireplace, tropical plants and lots of windows overlooking the patio area. While at Just John, find Andy and ask him to pour you his signature Pineapple Upside-down Cake.  One of the “coolest spots” to visit in The Grove is Erney’s 32 Degrees. The bar features a large, walk-in Vodka Box — a glass-

enclosed freezer, which people can gather in to sample dozens of vodkas from around the world. It gets quite cold inside the box, so dress appropriately. St. Louis is also proud to host one of the largest pride festivals in the region.  The twoday event held in Tower Grove Park is expected to attract over 60,000 visitors this year and will feature headlining entertainment from Deborah Cox, Christine W and Pandora Boxx.  St. Louis Pride will also include an Athlete’s Village and a non-denominational prayer service.  Also part of this year’s festivities will be a special performance by Margaret Cho at Lumiere Place. A highlight of St. Louis’s LGBT scene is the Gateway Men’s Chorus. The GMC was formed in 1988 with 22 singers and has since grown to encompass approximately 80 talented men, making them one of the most successful male choral arts organizations in the country.  St. Louis is also home to numerous gay sports leagues, non-profit organizations and cultural groups, making the city a must-see “out destination.” For more information on St. Louis, please visit www.explorestlouis.com OUT Destinations is part of OUTreach Public Relations, a Nashville-based company specializing in LGBT marketing.  Founded by Joey Amato in 2012, OUTreach PR has quickly become one of the most sought after companies for firms looking to target the ever growing and affluent LGBT consumer.  Visit www.outreachpublicrelations. com for more information.  

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This is so perfect, for the time you look

at this image you don’t know if it’s a boy and a girl, a girl and a girl, a boy and a

boy, a black man and white girl, white man

and Asian girl, you know nothing. Just the simplicity of the connection and the beauty of two human beings sharing love and that is all that should ever matter.

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Last week in our special Spirit section we erroneously mixed up two names on the photo on page 38 in the story “Coming Together in the Name of Science.” We apologize to Michael Ruppal and Spencer Lieb. We also misidentified Terry DeCarlo, Broward House’s PR and marketing director as “Tony” DeCarlo in the article “Fighting the Fight” on page 36. We apologize to Terry DeCarlo. In the same article under the subsection “Palm Beach County – Comprehensive AIDS Program” we misidentified Dr. Rik Pavlescak’s as the Chief Programmer/CEO. He is the Chief Program Officer/Chief Operating Officer. Some other clarifications include CAP’s Street Smart program, which is an HIV Prevention Program for minority youth – not a housing program. FoundCare is not a subsidiary of CAP. As part of its strategic plan in 2000, CAP’s Board of Directors recognized the need for health care services and as a result, they created another organization, FoundCare, Inc. which operates a health center. CAP currently does not provide dental care or offer pharmacy services. Those services are planned for future implementation.

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