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A Donna Summer Letter Disputing Anti-gay Remarks is Published


isco queen Donna Summer was riding high on the fame wave in the late 70’s, until she was quoted by the Village Voice in 1983 as saying “AIDS was God’s punishment to gays.” While drugs and depression contributed to the singer’s downfall, many think it was the fact that the LGBT community—her biggest fan base—never forgave her for those remarks attributed to her. What many didn’t know is that Summer, who died last month of cancer at the age of 63, was looking to make amends with her gay fans. According to the 1989 letter to ACT UP, which was posted on the blog of gay rights activist Peter Staley, the singer wrote she had not responded immediately after the comments attributed to her because at around that time she gave birth to two babies in 18 months, was involved in a major lawsuit, and had suffered through some deaths in her family.

‘Gay Threesome Sex’ Video Leaves Teacher Jobless


ose Rosario-Gonzalez, a ninth-grade social studies teacher at T. Dewitt Taylor MiddleHigh School in Pierson, Florida, was scrolling through his YouTube videos on his school-issued laptop, which was hooked to a projector, when the headline for a video titled “Gay Threesome Sex” popped up. “The whole class was saying ‘eww’ and ‘What is that doing on there?’ and he just kept scrolling and didn’t say anything,” wrote one student in a statement cited by Tampa’s WTSP News. Gonzalez decided to resign rather than face termination after the incident. Online LGBT news site Queerty writes that “it’s not clear if students saw any visuals from the clip or how an explicit video appeared on YouTube, which normally bans such content.” RosarioGonzalez had been previously reprimanded for giving students the link to his personal blog— which had adult sexual content posted—in order to get class notes, according to WTSP.


transgender man who goes by the one-word name of Scout (that’s legally his full name), dropped down on one knee and popped the question to his partner--in front of President Barack Obama and the entire LGBT community. Scout told The Huffington Post he had been planning to pull the move at the White House for almost a year, so when the moment was right, he got down on his knee in the middle of Cross Hall, the main hallway on the first floor of the White House, where dozens of guests were sipping champagne and listening to the U.S. Marine Band. “All I’m [thinking] is, ‘Oh fuck, he’s on his knee,’” said Liz Margolies, his partner. “But, I said yes.” A nice way to wrap up the event.

Fifth-grader banned from giving gay marriage speech


he assignment: write a speech about whatever you want. A Queens, New York fifth-grader, Kameron Slade took his teacher’s word to heart. He wrote a speech in support of marriage equality. His speech won best of the class, and he was slated to deliver it at a school-wide competition, but the school’s principal told him his topic was “inappropriate.” That’s when the TV cameras stepped in. “I believe that same-gender marriage should be accepted worldwide and that parents and teachers should start to discuss these issues without shame to their children,” he read to a New York 1 News reporter. After mounting pressure, the 10-yearold was finally allowed to recite his speech at the event.

Sizzler Pays Lesbian $25,000 for Hate Crime


atch out next time you enter a Sizzler restaurant. Nearly two years ago, Liza Friedlander walked into a Sizzler in Queens, New York and the customer service wasn’t exactly what she expected: Friedlander was beat up by the restaurant’s manager, called a “he-she freak,” and hit by flying objects. Now, after a legal battle with the restaurant chain, she has finally been awarded $25,000 in compensatory damages, according to Lambda Legal, an LGBT rights organization that helped Friedlander file the lawsuit against Sizzler.

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Mature Men Celebrate Friends

By Jesse Monteagudo


his year’s “A Celebration Of Friends,” an annual convention for mature gay men, will be held on the weekend of June 21-24 at the Fort Lauderdale-Airport Hilton Hotel. Tom “Tomcat” Pence, a former Marine and the founder and president of A Celebration of Friends, Inc., says that “maturity matters” in a youth-oriented gay world, and that there should be a time and a place for maturity to be celebrated. Operating on a tight budget, the first event was held in 2002 in New Orleans, where 100 men enjoyed a wonderful weekend and raised $1,000 for “Buzzy’s Boys,” a non-profit organization benefitting hospitalized children living with HIV. In 2003, ACOF moved to Fort Lauderdale and, except for a one-time excursion to Miami, has met there ever since. “We have quite an age difference in members who attend the Celebration,” said “Tomcat” Pence. Last year, they had a member who was 92 years young — their pianist Jim Baker is also 92 — while their youngest member was 22 years old. The average age of attendees last year was 59, according to Pence. “We attract many from small towns who do not have many opportunities to shake their booties. Many of our members work hard all year long to save their pennies so they can attend the Celebration weekend and we work hard to keep the costs down while providing as much as we can for our members,” Pence said.

ACOF provides members with a free daily breakfast, a bus to Wilton Manors, a nightly free cocktail hour (with a full bar), and free entertainment at the hotel. This year’s Celebration showcases some of the best Fort Lauderdale local talent has to offer. Andy Fiacco, half of the production company “2 Guys on a Mic” will be bringing his extensive years of entertainment experience to the Celebration, providing shows, singers and dancers. A new addition is pianist Jim Baker. Country music singer and songwriter Jamie Mitchell comes to the area straight out of Nashville, and is currently living in Pompano Beach. But the biggest and most famous event of the Celebration is the “Saturday Night Pajama Party.” “I know, most people think that pajama parties are only for straight men, but you would be surprised how many big burly gay men sleep in Bugs Bunny PJ’s,” Pence jokes. Two of the major ACOF sponsors are Tony Dee and Charlie Mielke, who own Tropics Restaurant and Bar, a popular venue for mature men. Pence calls Dee and Mielke “the two men who originally helped put the gayness into that rundown bumpy highway called Wilton Drive.” In addition to the Tropics connection, the Tuesday’s Angels, an organization that provides support to men, women and children with HIV/AIDS, will be out in full force at the Celebration, while the Pride Center will be giving free rapid HIV testing for their members. In addition to being a social event, ACOF is also a major community fundraiser. Last year, ACOF and Pence were acknowledged by Tuesday’s Angels for donating over $100,000 to the group. ACOF will also contribute this year to a new organization, A Habitat of Friends, which plans to establish a low-cost retirement community for men. “If you are a mature man or someone who admires maturity, come join us this weekend. It will change your life forever,” Pence says. Those who are interested in learning more about “A Celebration Of Friends” can visit the ACOF’s website at

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COMPLERA may help: • Reduce the amount of HIV in your blood. This is called your “viral load”. • Increase the number of white blood cells called CD4+ (T) cells that help fight off other infections.

Important: Ask your doctor or pharmacist about medicines that should not be taken with COMPLERA. For more information, see the section “What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking COMPLERA?”

Reducing the amount of HIV and increasing the CD4+ (T) cell count may improve your immune system. This may reduce your risk of death or infections that can happen when your immune system is weak (opportunistic infections).

Read this Patient Information before you start taking COMPLERA and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment. What is the most important information I should know about COMPLERA?

COMPLERA does not cure HIV infections or AIDS. • Always practice safer sex. • Use latex or polyurethane condoms to lower the chance of sexual contact with any body fluids such as semen, vaginal secretions, or blood. • Never re-use or share needles.

Ask your healthcare provider if you have any questions about how to prevent passing COMPLERA can cause serious side effects, including: 1. Build-up of an acid in your blood (lactic acidosis). Lactic acidosis can happen in HIV to other people. some people who take COMPLERA or similar (nucleoside analogs) medicines. Lactic Who should not take COMPLERA? acidosis is a serious medical emergency that can lead to death. • Do not take COMPLERA if your HIV infection has been previously treated with Lactic acidosis can be hard to identify early, because the symptoms could seem like HIV medicines. symptoms of other health problems. Call your healthcare provider right away if you • Do not take COMPLERA if you are taking certain other medicines. For more get any of the following symptoms which could be signs of lactic acidosis: information about medicines that must not be taken with COMPLERA, see “What • feeling very weak or tired should I tell my healthcare provider before taking COMPLERA?” • have unusual (not normal) muscle pain • have trouble breathing What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking COMPLERA? • have stomach pain with Before you take COMPLERA, tell your healthcare provider if you: - nausea (feel sick to your stomach) • have liver problems, including hepatitis B or C virus infection - vomiting • have kidney problems • feel cold, especially in your arms and legs • have ever had a mental health problem • feel dizzy or lightheaded • have bone problems • have a fast or irregular heartbeat • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if COMPLERA can harm your unborn child Pregnancy Registry. There is a pregnancy registry for women who take antiviral medicines during pregnancy. Its purpose is to collect information about the health of you and your baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about how you can take part in this registry. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms • are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. The Centers for Disease Control and of liver problems: Prevention recommends that mothers with HIV not breastfeed because they can pass • your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice). the HIV through their milk to the baby. It is not known if COMPLERA can pass through • dark “tea-colored” urine your breast milk and harm your baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best • light-colored bowel movements (stools) way to feed your baby. • loss of appetite for several days or longer Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription • nausea and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. • stomach pain 2. Severe liver problems. Severe liver problems can happen in people who take COMPLERA or similar medicines. In some cases these liver problems can lead to death. Your liver may become large (hepatomegaly) and you may develop fat in your liver (steatosis) when you take COMPLERA.

You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or severe liver problems if you are COMPLERA may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may female, very overweight (obese), or have been taking COMPLERA or a similar affect how COMPLERA works, and may cause serious side effects. If you take certain medicines with COMPLERA, the amount of COMPLERA in your body may be too low and medicine containing nucleoside analogs for a long time. it may not work to help control your HIV infection. The HIV virus in your body may become 3. Worsening of Hepatitis B infection. If you also have hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection resistant to COMPLERA or other HIV medicines that are like it. and you stop taking COMPLERA, your HBV infection may become worse (flare-up). A “flare-up” is when your HBV infection suddenly returns in a worse way than before. Do not take COMPLERA if you also take these medicines: COMPLERA is not approved for the treatment of HBV, so you must discuss your HBV • COMPLERA provides a complete treatment for HIV infection. Do not take other HIV medicines with COMPLERA. therapy with your healthcare provider. • the anti-seizure medicines carbamazepine (CARBATROL®, EQUETRO®, TEGRETOL®, • Do not let your COMPLERA run out. Refill your prescription or talk to your healthcare TEGRETOL-XR®, TERIL®, EPITOL®), oxcarbazepine (TRILEPTAL®), phenobarbital provider before your COMPLERA is all gone. (LUMINAL®), phenytoin (DILANTIN®, DILANTIN-125®, PHENYTEK®) • Do not stop taking COMPLERA without first talking to your healthcare provider. ® ® • If you stop taking COMPLERA, your healthcare provider will need to check your health • the anti-tuberculosis medicines rifabutin (MYCOBUTIN ), rifampin (RIFATER , RIFAMATE®, RIMACTANE®, RIFADIN®) and rifapentine (PRIFTIN®) often and do regular blood tests to check your HBV infection. Tell your healthcare provider about any new or unusual symptoms you may have after you stop taking • a proton pump inhibitor medicine for certain stomach or intestinal problems, including esomeprazole (NEXIUM®, VIMOVO®), lansoprazole (PREVACID®), omeprazole COMPLERA. (PRILOSEC®), pantoprazole sodium (PROTONIX®), rabeprazole (ACIPHEX®) • more than 1 dose of the steroid medicine dexamethasone or dexamethasone sodium What is COMPLERA? COMPLERA is a prescription HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) medicine that: phosphate • is used to treat HIV-1 in adults who have never taken HIV medicines before. HIV is the • St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). If you are taking COMPLERA, you should not take: • contains 3 medicines, (rilpivirine, emtricitabine, tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) • other medicines that contain tenofovir (VIREAD®, TRUVADA®, ATRIPLA®) combined in one tablet. EMTRIVA and VIREAD are HIV-1 (human immunodeficiency • other medicines that contain emtricitabine or lamivudine (EMTRIVA®, COMBIVIR®, virus) nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) and EDURANT is an EPIVIR® or EPIVIR-HBV®, EPZICOM®, TRIZIVIR®) HIV-1 non-nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI). • rilpivirine (EDURANT™) It is not known if COMPLERA is safe and effective in children under the age of 18 years. • adefovir (HEPSERA®)


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Also tell your healthcare provider if you take: The most common side effects of COMPLERA include: • an antacid medicine that contains aluminum, magnesium hydroxide, or calcium • trouble sleeping (insomnia) carbonate. Take antacids at least 2 hours before or at least 4 hours after you take • abnormal dreams COMPLERA. • headache • a histamine-2 blocker medicine, including famotidine (PEPCID®), cimetidine • dizziness (TAGAMET®), nizatidine (AXID®), or ranitidine hydrochloride (ZANTAC®). Take these • diarrhea medicines at least 12 hours before or at least 4 hours after you take COMPLERA. • nausea ® ® ® • the antibiotic medicines clarithromycin (BIAXIN ), erythromycin (E-MYCIN , ERYC , • rash ® ® ® ® ® ERY-TAB , PCE , PEDIAZOLE , ILOSONE ), and troleandomycin (TAO ) • tiredness ® • an antifungal medicine by mouth, including fluconazole (DIFLUCAN ), itraconazole ® ® ® (SPORANOX ), ketoconazole (NIZORAL ), posaconazole (NOXAFIL ), voriconazole • depression (VFEND®) Additional common side effects include: • methadone (DOLOPHINE®) • vomiting Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you are not sure if your medicine is • stomach pain or discomfort one that is listed above. • skin discoloration (small spots or freckles) Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines and show it to your • pain healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine. Your healthcare provider and your pharmacist can tell you if you can take these medicines with COMPLERA. Do not start any new medicines while you are taking COMPLERA without first talking with your healthcare provider or pharmacist. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for a list of medicines that can interact with COMPLERA. How should I take COMPLERA? • Stay under the care of your healthcare provider during treatment with COMPLERA. • Take COMPLERA exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it. • Always take COMPLERA with a meal. Taking COMPLERA with a meal is important to help get the right amount of medicine in your body. A protein drink does not replace a meal. • Do not change your dose or stop taking COMPLERA without first talking with your healthcare provider. See your healthcare provider regularly while taking COMPLERA. • If you miss a dose of COMPLERA within 12 hours of the time you usually take it, take your dose of COMPLERA with a meal as soon as possible. Then, take your next dose of COMPLERA at the regularly scheduled time. If you miss a dose of COMPLERA by more than 12 hours of the time you usually take it, wait and then take the next dose of COMPLERA at the regularly scheduled time. • Do not take more than your prescribed dose to make up for a missed dose. • When your COMPLERA supply starts to run low, get more from your healthcare provider or pharmacy. It is very important not to run out of COMPLERA. The amount of virus in your blood may increase if the medicine is stopped for even a short time. • If you take too much COMPLERA, contact your local poison control center or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away. What are the possible side effects of COMPLERA? COMPLERA may cause the following serious side effects, including: • See “What is the most important information I should know about COMPLERA?” • New or worse kidney problems can happen in some people who take COMPLERA. If you have had kidney problems in the past or take other medicines that can cause kidney problems, your healthcare provider may need to do blood tests to check your kidneys during your treatment with COMPLERA. • Depression or mood changes. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms: - feeling sad or hopeless - feeling anxious or restless - have thoughts of hurting yourself (suicide) or have tried to hurt yourself • Bone problems can happen in some people who take COMPLERA. Bone problems include bone pain, softening or thinning (which may lead to fractures). Your healthcare provider may need to do additional tests to check your bones. • Changes in body fat can happen in people taking HIV medicine. These changes may include increased amount of fat in the upper back and neck (“buffalo hump”), breast, and around the main part of your body (trunk). Loss of fat from the legs, arms and face may also happen. The cause and long term health effect of these conditions are not known. • Changes in your immune system (Immune Reconstitution Syndrome) can happen when you start taking HIV medicines. Your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections that have been hidden in your body for a long time. Tell your healthcare provider if you start having new symptoms after starting your HIV medicine.

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Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of COMPLERA. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088). How do I store COMPLERA? • Store COMPLERA at room temperature 77 °F (25 °C). • Keep COMPLERA in its original container and keep the container tightly closed. • Do not use COMPLERA if the seal over the bottle opening is broken or missing. Keep COMPLERA and all other medicines out of reach of children. General information about COMPLERA: Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use COMPLERA for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give COMPLERA to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them. This leaflet summarizes the most important information about COMPLERA. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information about COMPLERA that is written for health professionals. For more information, call (1-800-445-3235) or go to What are the ingredients of COMPLERA? Active ingredients: emtricitabine, rilpivirine hydrochloride, and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate Inactive ingredients: pregelatinized starch, lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, povidone, polysorbate 20. The tablet film coating contains polyethylene glycol, hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, triacetin, titanium dioxide, iron oxide red, FD&C Blue #2 aluminum lake, FD&C Yellow #6 aluminum lake. This Patient Information has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Manufactured and distributed by: Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA 94404 Issued: August 2011 COMPLERA, the COMPLERA Logo, EMTRIVA, HEPSERA, TRUVADA, VIREAD, GILEAD, and the GILEAD Logo are trademarks of Gilead Sciences, Inc. or its related companies. ATRIPLA is a trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb & Gilead Sciences, LLC. All other trademarks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners. © 2012 Gilead Sciences, Inc. All rights reserved. 202123-GS-000 02AUG2011 CON12377 4/12


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ChamberChat Monthly Column From the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

Visit the LGBT Visitor’s Center in Miami By the LGBT Visitor Center in Miami


he LGBT Visitor Center in Miami Beach has been bustling with activity since the beginning of the year. Lots of new programs have been implemented and planning is underway for even more great stuff! BREAKING NEWS! If you have guests coming to visit or you want to plan a staycation for yourself, make sure you go to the brand new travel section and click on Hotels. There you will find the most competitive rates on LGBT friendly hotels.You will have access to some of the best hotels in Miami, competitive rates, quality assurance and some are even Pink Flamingo certified. What is Pink Flamingo Certification? It insures that the property has inclusive benefits for their employees, a non-discrimination policy that includes Sexual Orientation and gender Identity, staff has undergone the Yes Institute training and we have conducted a site visit to ensure that what they promise, they provide. Instead of giving a big website or travel company your business, the LGBT Visitor Center will benefit so that we can keep our doors open for all of the great stuff we do.

What kind of great stuff you ask? A few months back an alliance was forged with ArtsUnited, an organization whose mission it is to present a positive message about the LGBT community using diverse performance and visual arts. Since instituting the partnership the center has hosted two ArtsUnited exhibits with receptions and has plans for four more exhibits into 2013. When you enter the space you will find the work of South Florida based LGBT visual artists, great artists, that now have the opportunity to have their work exposed to, and available for sale to, an international audience that includes a visit to the LGBT Visitor Center in their travel plans. And while we are talking about the website…..Check out the “Events in Miami” tab of for a listing of what is going on with other community organizations in Miami. Whether it is Winter Party, Pride or the Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, you will always know what is going on.

Other programs currently taking place are; weekly SMART Recovery meetings for anyone wishing to address an addictive behavior. These are offered free of charge to the community on every Tuesday night. More information about these meetings is available at Needing some stress relief? TransYoga, currently taking a summer sabbatical, is a welcoming way to decompress and keep your body flexible to face the madness this world throws at you. Classes will begin again in Mid-August. Those who do business on Miami Beach or are often filling time in between meetings can stop by the center, log into our free wireless and get some work done. There is always free wireless access at the center and we invite you to come use it!! If you are a member of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber you are also eligible to use the conference room for up to 1 hour per week free of charge. The conference room and the entire center is available for rent for events, meetings & seminars. You can find information with free schedule on the Community center tab at Coming soon is our Computer Center. We are currently fundraising for 3 computer stations that will be available to both visitors and locals for quick searches checking email looking for a job or to help decide where to have dinner tonight. Clearly there is a lot going on, and there is so much possibility that we have yet to even consider. The LGBT Visitor/Community Center is here for the community and we want you to use it. The Visitor Center is funded and operated by the MDGLCC Foundation, Inc., the non-profit arm of the Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Chamber membership includes restaurants, nightclubs, realtors, retail operators, municipalities and more. Stop by the Visitor Center and pickup a copy of our membership directory. At the Chamber we promote “S.O.M.A.,” which means Support Our Members Always, and we hope you will too! For more information about the Visitor Center, any of our events or to inquire about space rental, please contact Cindy Brown, Executive Director at 305.397.8914 or

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his Sunday the Rocky Mountain Chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER-RMC) was the lead unit for the Color Guard for the 2012 PrideFest Parade. This was the first time such a group has participated since the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ DADT restricted service members from expressing their individual choices in fear of dishonorable discharges. The AVER-RMC Color Guard is the only regulation level GLBT color guard in the nation. They made their first appearance in the 2011


Pride Parade as Grand Marshals, prior to the repeal.They have marched in the Veteran’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Memorial Day Parades. The actual color guard is made up of seven flag bearers who have served in Operation Enduring Freedom. They werefollowed by active duty service members and veterans who have served in WWII, Korea, Viet Nam and the more recent conflicts. Their spouses, family and friends marched with them in support. This is especially notable considering the recent remarks from Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta recognizing the contributions and service of the GLBT service members. In a taped video theSecretary stated that GLBT service members “can be proud of who and what you are”. This is a major step in the acceptance of gays and lesbians in the military. Many members of the Armed Forces were invited to President Obama’s celebration of Gay Pride at a recent White House gathering. The local AVER Chapter intends to continue to provide an opportunity for GLBT service members and veterans to show their pride of service as well as pride in who and what they are. In addition, their goal is to work towards obtaining benefits equal to their counterparts, including all the marital benefits provided for straight service members.

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Pentagon to Mark Gay Pride Month By Pauline Jelinek Associated Press

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ASHINGTON (AP) — Last summer, gays in the military dared not admit their sexual orientation. This summer, the Pentagon will salute them, marking June as gay pride month just as it has marked other celebrations honoring racial or ethnic groups. In the latest remarkable sign of change since the military repealed the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, the Defense Department will soon hold its first event to recognize gay and lesbian troops. It comes nine months after repeal of the policy that had banned gay troops from serving openly and forced more than 13,500 service members out of the armed forces. Details are still being worked out, but officials say Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wants to honor the contributions of gay service members. “Now that we’ve repealed ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ he feels it’s important to find a way this month to recognize the service and professionalism of gay and lesbian troops,” said Navy Capt. John Kirby, a spokesman. This month’s event will follow a long tradition in the Pentagon of recognizing diversity in America’s armed forces. Hallway displays and activities, for example, have marked Black History Month and Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Before the repeal, gay troops could serve but couldn’t reveal their orientation. If they did, they would be discharged. At the same time, a commanding officer was prohibited from asking a service member is he or she was gay.

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta Although some feared repeal of the ban on serving openly would cause problems in the ranks, officials and gay advocacy groups say no big issues have materialized — aside from what advocacy groups criticize as slow implementation of some changes, such as benefit entitlements to troops in same-sex marriages. Basic changes have come rapidly since repeal — the biggest that gay and lesbian soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines no longer have to hide their sexuality in order to serve. They can put photos on their office desk without fear of being outed, attend social events with their partners and openly join advocacy groups looking out for their interests.

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OutServe, a once-clandestine professional association for gay service members, has nearly doubled in size to more than 5,500 members. It held its first national convention of gay service members in Las Vegas last fall, then a conference on family issues this year in Washington. At West Point, the alumni gay advocacy group Knights Out was able to hold the first installment in March of what is intended to be an annual dinner in recognition of gay and lesbian graduates and Army cadets. Gay students at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis were able to take same-sex dates to the academy’s Ring Dance for third-year midshipmen. Panetta said last month that military leaders had concluded that repeal had not affected morale or readiness. A report to Panetta with assessments from the individual military service branches said that as of May 1 they had seen no ill effects. “I don’t think it’s just moving along smoothly, I think it’s accelerating faster than we even thought the military would as far as progress goes,” said Air Force 1st Lt. Josh Seefried, a finance officer and co-director of OutServe. He said acceptance has been broad among straight service members and has put a spotlight on unequal treatment that gays continue to receive in some areas. “We are seeing such tremendous progress in how much the military is accepting us, but not only that — in how much the rank and file is now understanding the inequality that’s existing right now,” he said. That’s a reference to the fact that same-sex couples aren’t afforded spousal health care, assignments to the same location when they

transfer to another job, and other benefits. There was no immediate change to eligibility standards for military benefits in September. All service members already were entitled to certain things, such as designating a partner as one’s life insurance beneficiary or as designated caregiver in the Wounded Warrior program. As for other benefits still not approved, the department began a review after repeal with an eye toward possibly extending eligibility, consistent with the federal Defense of Marriage Act and other applicable laws, to the same-sex partners of military personnel. “The department is carefully and deliberately reviewing the benefits from a policy, fiscal, legal, and feasibility perspective,” Eileen Lainez, a Pentagon spokeswoman said Thursday. Gay marriage has been perhaps the most difficult issue. Though chaplains on bases in some states are allowed to hold what the Pentagon officials call “private services” — they don’t use the words wedding or marriage — such unions do not garner marriages benefits because the Defense of Marriage Act says marriage is between a man and a woman. The policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell” was in force for 18 years, and its repeal was a slow and deliberate process. President Barack Obama on Dec. 22, 2010, signed legislation repealing it. Framing the issue as a matter of civil rights long denied, Obama said that “we are a nation that welcomes the service of every patriot ... a nation that believes that all men and women are created equal.” The military then did an assessment for several months to certify that the forces were prepared to implement it in a way that would not hurt military readiness. And it held training for its 2.25 million-person force to inform everyone of the coming change and what was expected.


SFGN BRIEFS Gay Men’s Chorus of S. Fla. to Honor SunServe for Service to LGBT Youths


he Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida will present its annual Exellence in Service Award to SunServe’s youth program for its many activities aimed at improving the lives of Broward County’s LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) young people. “As part of our own outreach to both the gay and straight communities, the chorus wants to recognize SunServe for its phenomenal youth services programs,” said Randy Washburn, the chorus’ vice president for marketing and public relations. “These programs include youth groups at six locations throughout the county; individual counseling for LGBTQ youths; a ‘drop-in’


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Under the direction of Gordon Roberts, the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida marks the end of its second season with the “Take Me to the World” concert. The approximately 130-member chorus will be accompanied by a full orchestra made up of members of the Symphony of the Americas, James Brooks-Bruzzese, artistic director.

Pride South Florida Announces Grant Recipients


ride South Florida recently elected a new board for next year’s event, which will take place in March.The new board includes Co-Chair / President Marc Hansen; Co-Chair / Vice President Marc Sharphorn; Secretary Rocky Bowell; Treasurer Tim Towey; Board Member Emeritus Miss Vickie Keller and Board Members at Large, Roger Handevidt, Sonia Mitchell, Shawn

Manning, Scott Holland, John Fugate, Megan Wright, Richard Cimoch and Tiffany Smith. The board raised $12,000 to distribute to several local charities, which include: Brian Neal Fitness & Health Foundation, Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus, Red Hispania, Pride Wind Ensemble, Names Project of South Florida, and SAGE of South Florida. Almost all of the applicants who applied to receive grants actually did so. “We gave out to most of the applicants, and in that process there were some that received a full grant of $1500 and others that we had to split the grant in order to make sure those we felt were worth it got something, instead of being left behind with nothing,” said Co-chair Marc Hansen. This year the PSF Grant Presentation will be held Saturday, June 23 at noon, and will be hosted by Gilda’s Club CEO Shelly Goren at the South Florida Gilda’s Club Office, 119 Rose Drive in Fort Lauderdale.

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Legal Analysis

Swinging Richards Legal Battle Coming to a Head By Norm Kent


he City of North Miami Beach has again extended the deadline for Swinging Richards to comply with their law banning nudity in alcoholic beverage establishments, this time until July 15. However, despite negotiations, discussions, and even a city council meeting, the sides appear no further to a consensus or resolution. In fact, the legal issues have been more clearly defined. First, it is clear that the City of North Miami Beach has in fact allowed nude heterosexual clubs to operate with impunity for years. Joined into the battle are nightclub G Five and Dean’s Gold, straight clubs that are now also impacted by the city’s pronouncement nudity must end. The fact that straight clubs existed and operated without enforcement activity strengthens the legal argument of Swinging Richards that the newfound attention to this issue by the city may be driven by the fact they are operating a gay club. It would enhance their claim they have been singled out for prosecution because they are gay, but now the city is targeting straight nude clubs, as well.  The real question should be who at the city dropped the ball and allowed straight clubs to be nude for so long in violation of their own law?  And now should they be allowed to enforce a law they let lapse against everyone? There in fact is a long-standing legal doctrine that if a city absolutely ignores its own laws and never enforces them, for a period of over ten years, and people or businesses rely on that, the law is effectively abandoned. This would mean that while the city might be able to pass a new law and set a date for compliance, certain clubs would be grandfathered in and protected as they are now. Second, Swinging Richards has won extensions without even a lawsuit. Both the city and the club agreed that in exchange for a voluntary dismissal without prejudice, which means the club can re-file the litigation, the parties would continue talking amicably without being burdened with legal time

constraints and pleadings. In other words, it is cheaper to just talk right now. Third, city attorney Darcee Siegel, while positing the parties are far apart, is suggesting the appropriate resolution is not the arrest or incarceration of management for violating liquor laws, but rather having the club simply face zoning violations before the city’s code enforcement board. This is a process, which if begun after July 15, would still take months for sanctions to kick in. Fourth, there is an indication that the state agency supervising nightclubs, Alcohol, Beverage and Tobacco is taking a close look at the club, for secondary activity which might be outside the scope of other laws. If you look online, you can see if there has been some enforcement activity initiated against a club. ABT, which has broad supervisory  authority, will typically investigate a club for illegal acts of underage drinking, allowing prostitution, or even not selling branded cigarettes.  Administrative action by the state agency for illegal behavior requires substantial proof, none of which has as yet been alleged against any of the North Miami Beach clubs, straight or gay. However, ABT does have the power of emergency suspensions in the public interest, or summary revocations of liquor licenses for cause. Meanwhile, the full frontal male nudity will go on at Swinging Richards for at least 30 more days, and likely some time beyond that.

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app on your smartphones. Mike Trottier manages our sales team, and he is working with Edwin Neimann and Justin Wyse, who, to their credit, are bringing in new accounts weekly, while heading our marketing department is John Fugate. If you want our paper delivered to your venue, or your event listed in our datebook, call Brian Swinford, our office manager, and he will get it to you. Of course, you can also read our paper online as a PDF, or pick it up at any of 50 outdoor red distribution boxes. Aesthetically, our paper remains visually spectacular because of the early morning and late night efforts of our creative director, George Dauphin, who also put together our last copy of ‘The Mirror’, already on shelves from South Florida to San Francisco. What we do is here at SFGN is publish a community newspaper and magazine, which illuminates our lives and tells the truth. If you advertise with us, what we offer is a simple, ongoing, honest business relationship with a credible LGBT newspaper. If we are doing our work right, it makes you proud to call it your own hometown paper.

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By Brian Swinford

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Theater Broward County 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 through June 24. Times vary. Visit

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 and 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. or call 954 832-0060

The Gay Marriage Plays

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

Palm Beach County

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 or phone 800-564-9539


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

Jesus Christ Superstar

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


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

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 index.php


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


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

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

Male Revue

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Stage Door

By Mary Damiano

I Do, I Do… I Hope



Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays runs June 21-24 at the Amaturo Theatre at Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. For tickets and more information, visit

Bryan Batt

David Livingston

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Gay Marriage is Explored in Short Plays

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resident Barack Obama is for it. Vice President Joe Biden is for it too. And the majority of Americans agree with the Commander-in-Chief and his second in command. According to a recent Gallup Poll, 53 percent of Americans are in favor of same-sex marriage. That hot-button topic is brought to life in Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, which comes to Broward Center June 21-24. Presented by City Theatre, the Miamibased company known for its annual production, Summer Shorts, and Broward Center, Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays was originally conceived by Brian Shnipper and began as a series of fundraisers in Los Angeles. A portion of each ticket is donated to marriage equality organizations. Since City Theatre has been producing an annual short play festival for 17 years, John Manzelli, artistic director of City Theatre, felt that this is the right time and the right company to bring Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays to local audiences. “So rarely as theater artists do we have the opportunity to use our art in a truly meaningful way in the larger community,” said Manzelli. “The subject of marriage rights for gay couples has become one of the major social/political issues of our time and the opportunity to produce an evening of really great short plays and bring this type of arts advocacy to South Florida seemed a perfect fit for City Theatre.”  The nine short plays in Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays are written by well-known playwrights:  Mo Gaffney,

Jordan Harrison, Moises Kaufman, Neil LaBute, Wendy MacLeod, Jose Rivera, Paul Rudnick and Doug Wright. The subjects of the plays run the gamut, from a couple reminiscing about their wedding, to the loss of a partner, to a confrontation between a Midwestern housewife and a Focus on Family member. Bryan Batt, best known for his role as a closeted art director on AMC’s hit show Mad Men, and comedy writer and actor Bruce Vilanch, who donned a dress to play Edna Turnblad in the stage musical Hairspray, headline the cast. Jazz singer Nicole

The Amaturo Theatre

Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays Bruce Vilanch Henry will perform in the production on Friday, June 22 and Sunday, June 24.  “This show is as much a celebration and a theatrical event as it is a show and so we knew that bringing in some high profile names would help us reach a larger audience base for this important work,” said Manzelli. “So many fine performers wanted to be part of this issue and production that we had a number of choices. Bryan and Bruce each have Broadway caliber credits and a history with this project. Additionally, Nicole Henry freed her schedule to join us for 2 nights as an actor and will be lending her elite talents as one of the nation’s premiere jazz vocalists to the closing Sunday performance with a short celebration of song.” In addition to the production, each performance features a reception with music and wedding cake after the show. While Manzelli believes audiences will enjoy a “fun and touching evening,” he also hopes Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays will spark more examination and more discussion of a thought-provoking subject. “I don’t expect that you can change minds in a 2 hour show,” said Manzelli, “but maybe through laughter and tears, we can soften the dialogue just a little.”


raditional Wedding by Mo Gaffney: A lesbian couple reminisce about their wedding. The Revision by Jordan Harrison: Two men rewrite their vows to more accurately reflect the limited options available to them. This Flight Tonight by Wendy MacLeod: Is there any hope for happiness when a lesbian marriage begins in Iowa? On Facebook by Doug Wright: Adapted from an actual Facebook thread chronicling one long fight among friends on the subject of gay marriage. Strange Fruit by Neil LaBute: Two men who plan to marry “the old-fashioned way” are stymied when reality rears its ugly head. The Gay Agenda by Paul Rudnick: A plea for understanding by an Ohio homemaker and member of Focus on the Family. My Husband by Paul Rudnick: A gay twist on the stereotype of the Jewish mother desperate to marry off her children. London Mosquitoes by Moisés Kaufman: A widower tries to make sense of the loss of his longtime lover. Pablo and Andrew at the Altar of Words by José Rivera: Two men use their marriage vows to “say the things we never really say.”

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By J.W. Arnold


et an early start to the Stonewall Pride weekend this Friday with movies presented by Oakland Park Main Street and the Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Billed as “Cinema Under the Stars,” the films, Kawa and What Happens Next, will be screened at dusk in Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N. Dixie Hwy. in downtown Oakland Park. Kawa is a touching coming-out story set in the native Maori community of New Zealand. With a screenplay from the writer of The Whale Rider, the film tells the story of Kawa, a businessman who must find the courage to tell his wife, kids and Maori friends that he’s gay. It’s not an easy struggle as he makes his decision in this lushly-filmed movie. Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me!, Hot in Cleveland) stars in What Happens Next, a film that explores the changing definition and meanings of family and relationships. Paul Greco (Jon

Lindstrom) seems to have it all, until his overbearing sister (Malick) gives him a dog. While walking the pooch, Greco encounters Andy Chance (Chris Murrah), a gay, advertising whiz, and his life gets turned on its head. Food and drink vendors will be at the park beginning at 7 p.m. and the public is encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the double feature. “Cinema Under the Stars is a great way to celebrate Pride with friends and family,” said Jason Hagopian, president of Oakland Park Main Street. “We have two wonderful films and Jaco Pastorius Park is the perfect setting to kick off the festive weekend.” Oakland Park Main Street is a non-profit volunteer organization founded to support the city of Oakland Park’s business growth initiatives and create a special sense of pride and place in the downtown business district. For more information, go to

Steamy Scenes


ou still have two weeks to catch Moe Bertran’s performance in “Love Scenes” at Empire Stage. In a one-man, award-winning show by David Pumo, Bertran portrays six characters, including a 20-year-old hustler falling for his kinky mentor, a Broadway producer locked in a locker room brawl with a starlet who’s after his man, and a drag diva who settles for true love after seeking a rich husband. The show was voted Best of the San Francisco Fringe Festival and comes off sold out runs in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. through July 1 at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Dr. in Fort Lauderdale. All tickets are $25 at

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Key West

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:

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@

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


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

The Club Fort Lauderdale

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 - $ wear any type of leather.

Corner Pub Bar

nightlife Broward County 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

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

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.

Cubby Hole

823 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, (954) 7289001. 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

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Photos: Courtesy of Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

“Cinema Under the Stars” Kicks Off Pride Weekend Festivities




By Karl Hampe

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To Submit Listings Email: Brian at Fax: 954-530-7943. Please include a brief description, address, phone number, date, time and cost. Dudes Bar


Georgie’s Alibi

Palm Beach County

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. 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.


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

Matty’s on the Drive

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.

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.

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.

Mara (Thurs-Sat)


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.

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

2740 North Andrews Ave, Wilton Manors, FL 33311. (954) 514-7819. The Monkey Business Bar is a Small Outdoor Bar Among The Shops Just off Marina Blvd. No Frills But Comfortable and a Great Place to Stop and Meet Good People. Happy Hour 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Naked Grape Wine Bar

2039 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. (954) 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) 5637660. 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

PJ’s Corner Pocket

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


1508 NE 4th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, (954) 763-8219. South Florida’s Leading Levi, Leather and Uniform Bar/ Club. Every night is Bear Night. Bear Happy. Hour Every Thursday. Caged Hunks Sat Night

Rosie’s Bar and Grill

2449 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, (954) 567-1320. Wilton Manor’s Best Burger in Town. Try the Fat Elvis. Happy Hour 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.

Smarty Pants

3038 North Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306, (954) 561-1724. Great Local Hangout in Fort Lauderdale with Great Drink Specials. Saturday’s Free Breakfast to Order – 8 a.m.

The Stable

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.

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

The Bar Lake Worth

2211 North Dixie Highway Lake Worth. (561) 370-3954 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

25 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483 954-8013247. Delray Beach’s only gay bar. Mon - Sun: 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. Awesome Drink Specials.

Miami-Dade 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

2301 SW 32nd Ave, Miami, Florida, 33145, (305) 443-7657. All the sweetness you’ll need in one club. Every Thursday “drag wars” with TP Lords. $5 house drinks & $4 Domestic beers all night.


950 NE 2nd Ave, Downtown Miami, Florida 33132,(305) 3509084. One of the best night clubs In Miami. Every Saturday the hottest DJ’s from the top performers. Drink Special Every Saturday


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


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.


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.

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Lew Balaban:

Nothing Lost in Translation South Florida Gay Men’s Chorus

Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida’s “Take Me to the World” this Saturday

By J.W. Arnold


or two decades, Lew Balaban has been a familiar face at concerts and performances across South Florida. He’s often on stage and gives a compelling performance, but he’s not a singer or actor. Balaban is a sign language interpreter who is passionate about his job interpreting for the hearing impaired and deaf, and this weekend, audiences at the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida concerts will witness his commitment in concerts at the Sunshine Cathedral in South Florida. Signing was a natural for the 64-year-old native New Yorker who made a career transcribing testimony verbatim as a court reporter before moving to South Florida two decades ago to be with his aging parents. “I hate being a court reporter,” Balaban admitted with a haughty laugh, “and I’m not ashamed to say it.” While capturing every word at a trial was tedious, he was introduced to sign language interpretation at a church service where his mentor and friend, Keith Muller, was signing. “I remember watching Keith sign at that service and I just fell in love with it,” Balaban recalled. “It was so beautiful.” He learned to sign and soon was teaching and interpreting for many local LGBT performing groups, including the Lambda Chorale, Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus and now the South Florida Gay Men’s Chorus. He also maintains a very busy schedule providing captioning services for the Broward, Kravis and Arsht Centers and productions on Broadway, assisting the hard of hearing with use of a LED display on the stage. “I love working with the hearing-impaired population,” he said. “It’s my passion.” And while his captioning work provides

literal translations of the action on a stage, sign language interpretation is much more challenging. American Sign Language does not follow normal spoken grammatical syntax and the music calls for an added artistic interpretation. He and his fellow chorus interpreters, Karen Dougherty and Muller, spend weeks preparing for each performance, just like the singers in the chorus. They are given sheet music initially. The interpreters take the lyrics and practice carefully, making sure they are accurately translated. “Not every word has a sign and so we have to find the words that have a sign to convey that message,” explained Balaban. They then attend many rehearsals and carefully work out the interpretation. The next step is to create a “visual story” for the song. He says, “We try get into the spirit of the song, the meaning, and use our faces and body language to convey the music.” One of the biggest challenges is interpreting songs written in foreign languages, like the ones featured in this weekend’s Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida concert, “Take Me to the World.” The 100-voice chorus, conducted by Gordon Roberts and accompanied by a full symphony orchestra, will be singing a wide range of works from every corner of the globe, many originally written in French, German, Hebrew and other languages. “That’s a big challenge because we have to get a good translation and then figure out how to sign it,” he said. At a recent chorus concert, Balaban found himself interpreting a song with only two words, “Ave Maria,” repeated over and over for four minutes. “Keith told me not to sign it since it’s just two words, but I felt the music through my soul,” he said, and audiences at the spring concert approved. Balaban and Dougherty will interpret “Take Me to the World,” Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23 at 8 p.m. at the Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. General admission tickets are $30 at

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Pride LGBT Month Five Poets and Playwrights for LGBT History Month

Questia Honors LGBT History Month With Community’s Most Researched Poets and Playwrights


Allen Ginsberg: A self-proclaimed

“novelist in the making,” Ginsberg is remembered for writing about taboo topics and alternative form of sexuality and was also a leading figure in the Beat Generation, which was a group of post-World War II writers and poets who helped introduce a liberalized culture. Ginsberg vigorously opposed sexual repression and was an early proponent of freedom for gay people, expressing himself and his beliefs openly within his poetry.   W.H. Auden:  One of the greatest writers of the 20th Century, Auden penned nearly 400 poems throughout his lifetime and is credited with being “The Modern Poet” for his use of regular stanzas. To avoid persecution in Nazi Germany for his sexual orientation, Auden married the daughter of a fellow writer in a marriage of convenience, but later met poet Chester Kallman who would become his lifelong companion.    Gertrude Stein:  The author of one of the earliest coming out stories, Things as They Are, Stein based the book on a three-person romantic affair she joined while studying at John Hopkins University. As Stein became more involved in the homosexual community, she authored essays such as “Miss Furr and Miss Skeene,” which is one of the first homosexual revelation stories to be published, however historians believe many of the references were missed by readers at the time due to it being one of the first published works to use the word “gay.”   


Frank O’Hara

Tennessee Williams: Beginning in Mississippi and known as Thomas Lanier Williams, Tennessee Williams was born in an Episcopal rectory and was doted on by his grandmother, grandfather (an Episcopal priest), mother and sister. It wasn’t until after college that he took on the name “Tennessee” and decided to become a writer. Much of what the public knew about his personal life was orchestrated by Williams himself, including the year he was born. “His devil-may-care attitude, bringing him fame and fortune as a playwright of sexuality and violence, really was a rebellion against his Puritan upbringing. Deep down, he was an intensely serious writer who saw his creativity as a gift and writing as a vocation” (Tischler 1).

Frank O’Hara: A member of the New York School of Poetry, Frank O’Hara is known for both his groundbreaking works during his lifetime as well as posthumous works.  Many of O’Hara’s poems followed an “I do this, I do that” format that invoked emotion and declared a moment, with works such as “Second Avenue” delivering a brash and avant-garde side.  Many of his pieces were influenced by Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism.    Adrienne Rich:  Rich was an American poet, essayist and feminist and is credited with bringing the oppression of women and lesbians to the forefront of poetic discourse.  She became actively involved in the New Left and supported anti-war, civil rights and feminist causes.  Rich’s style and subject matter earned her a National Edward Albee Medal of Arts, which she declined in protest to the House of Representatives voting to end funding for the National Edward Albee: Albee was born in Endowment of Arts.  March of 1928 and was the adopted son of Reed A. and Frances Cotter Albee of New York. Albee’s contribution to the theatre   community has not gone un-noticed. He Oscar Wilde: Born in Ireland in 1854, has received three Pulitzer Prizes, one of Wilde was a self-proclaimed aesthete. His which was for Three Tall Women. “In 2002, various poems, short stories, fairy tales, Albee won the Tony Award for Best Play plays, dialogues and novels are some of the for The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? Through it most highly regarded and notorious works all, Albee has not missed a step, continuof the nineteenth-century. Wilde achieved ing to teach, direct, and write new plays” public success as a comic playwright, (Mann 1).  Some of his most famous works crowned by The Importance of Being Earnest include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A in 1895 (Murray and Wilde 1). In that same Delicate Balance, The Zoo Story and The Lady year, Wilde was tried and found guilty of from Dubuque. courtesey of American Conservatory Theatre


Tony Kushner: Kushner was born in

“homosexual offenses.” After his imprisonment, he wrote the poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol, which is one of his most famous works.

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ay rights have come a long way over the years, so Questia (www., the premier online research tool for students, is honoring LGBT History Month by sharing a few interesting facts on the gay community’s five most researched poets and playwrights. In addition, Questia has opened up its library to make the reference works on the poets cited below free for a whole month.  


New York to parents who were symphony musicians. At age two, the family moved to New Orleans after they inherited a lumber business, but Kushner returned to New York to attend college. He attended Columbia College and received a bachelor’s degree in medieval studies—his evident love for history carried over into some of his greatest works. He also received a Masters of fine Arts degree from New York University (NYU). “In his undergraduate and graduate years, he saw as many plays in Manhattan as he possibly could. During these years, he was in therapy to try to change his sexual orientation, but in 1981, he called his mother from a pay phone in New York to tell her he was gay” (Nelson 248). Some of his most famous works include Angels in America, Slavs! and Homebody/Kabul.

Noël Coward: Coward was so influential that the name “Coward” has become synonymous with an English style. The style is reflected in silk gowns, sophisticated cigarette holders, upper-class accents, wit and sex appeal. “His plays reinforced image, and Coward was not averse to audiences confusing him with his leading male heterosexual characters” (Duerden 81). Coward’s humor was found and written within common phrases that were perfectly timed, so the delivery itself was funny, not the words he used. Some of his most notable works include I’ll Leave It to You, Hay Fever, Easy Virtue and Private Lives.

About Cengage Learning and Questia Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. Questia, part of Cengage Learning, is the Web’s premier online collection of copyrighted fiction and non-fiction books, academic journals and research periodicals for students and includes integrated tools for note taking, organizing research, citing sources, creating footnotes and building bibliographies to help students write better research papers faster. For more information, visit or

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Pride LGBT Month Obama Proclaims June 2012 as Pride Month


rom generation to generation, ordinary Americans have led a proud and inexorable march toward freedom, fairness, and full equality under the law -- not just for some, but for all. Ours is a heritage forged by those who organized, agitated, and advocated for change; who wielded love stronger than hate and hope more powerful than insult or injury; who fought to build for themselves and their families a Nation where no one is a second-class citizen, no one is denied basic rights, and all of us are free to live and love as we see fit. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community has written a proud chapter in this fundamentally American story. From brave men and women who came out and spoke out, to union and faith leaders who rallied for equality, to activists and advocates who challenged unjust laws and marched on Washington, LGBT Americans and allies have achieved what once seemed inconceivable.This month, we reflect on their enduring legacy, celebrate the movement that has made progress possible, and recommit to securing the fullest blessings of freedom for all Americans. LGBT DEMOGRAPHICS

Since I took office, my Administration has worked to broaden opportunity, advance equality, and level the playing field for LGBT people and communities.We have fought to secure justice for all under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and we have taken action to end housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.We expanded hospital visitation rights for LGBT patients and their loved ones, and under the Affordable Care Act, we ensured that insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage to someone just because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Because we understand that LGBT rights are human rights, we continue to engage with the international community in promoting and protecting the rights of LGBT persons around the world. Because we repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans can their country openly, honestly, and without fear of losing jobs because of whom they love. And because we must treat others the way we want to be treated, I personally believe marriage equality for same-sex couples. More remains to be done to ensure every single American is treated equally, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Moving forward, my Administration will continue its work to advance the rights of LGBT Americans. This month, as we reflect on how far we have come and how far we have yet to go, let us recall that the progress we have made is built on the words and deeds of ordinary Americans. Let us pay tribute to those who came before us, and those who continue their work today; and let us rededicate ourselves to a task that is unending -- the pursuit of a Nation where all are equal, and all have the full and unfettered opportunity to pursue happiness and live openly and freely. NOW,THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2012 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

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Pride LGBT Month

ArtsUnited Celebrates Pride Month with United & Proud Art Show By Andrea Dulanto


n honor of Pride Month, ArtsUnited celebrates the work of LGBT artists at the second annual United & Proud art show, which is on display from now until July 6 at The Pride Center in Wilton Manors. Since 1999, ArtsUnited has been a mainstay for local LGBT arts and culture. According to their website, the nonprofit is dedicated to “[using] the arts to break down historical barriers preventing lesbians and gays from contributing fully and openly to the cultural, social and economic success of South Florida.” Peter Meyerhoefer, President of ArtsUnited, discussed what visitors can expect at United & Proud: “As a diverse community, we produce diverse art.” He added that “people are amazed by the quality. We are not a juried organization so we have people of all talent levels. But when we present a show, the quality is very high. Many of our members show in commercial galleries throughout Florida and the country.” On June 14, the public gathered for an artist reception where awards were presented to the following works: Best of Show—Alfred Phillips’ painting Service Alley; Best Painting—Robert Saunders’ Thinking Back; Best Photography—Paul Domenick’s Footprints; Best 3D—Angel Giraldo’s stoneware piece Taino Soy #9; and Best Mixed Print—Gerard Delaney’s The Price of Popularity. Award recipients have been invited to display their work at Art Basel 2012. The judges also recognized Frank Crowley’s mixed media Liquid Nostalgia, Gregory Little’s painting As I am, and Ken Merrifield’s photograph Gay Pride I. Other intriguing works include the metallic cityscape of Francisco Sheuat’s Urban Consumption; Jose E. Arce Jr.’s pop art reminiscent Reptilian Fairy and Punky; and Hildana Ciser’s depiction of two figures entwined in Tango. Board Member Jane Kreinberg’s memo-


Best Painting: “Thinking Back” by Robert Saunders rable photographs are also featured in the show. Here Comes the Brides showcases two brides in white dresses with their mouths open in mid-yell, holding up their bouquets in exultation. Cypress Serenity is a meditative study of cypress trees. Kreinberg noted how she first became involved with ArtsUnited: “When I moved to Fort Lauderdale three years ago, I had never exhibited any of my art. One of the board members saw my photographs and strongly encouraged me to start showing them. So I joined ArtsUnited, started showing my work, and have never looked back. I’ve gotten to know many of the member artists, who are very supportive of each other, which I love. I became a board member in January of 2011, because I wanted to support the organization that has supported me.” This kind of support is even more vital when one considers Board Member John Coppola’s comments about the current state of LGBT artists in the mainstream

have met resistance from artists that didn’t want to be labeled as ‘gay.’ They wanted their art to stand on its own, which I agree with. But there are collectors whose art collection is based on supporting LGBT artists. Just like a collector may only collect photographs or work by street artists or by Cuban artists.” Meyerhoefer added that members “[want] opportunities [to] show their work in a non LGBT venue.” ArtsUnited is currently searching out these venues. When asked about how artists and art enthusiasts can participate with the organization, Kreinberg urged them to visit “[the ArtsUnited] website. Download a membership application. Check out our upcoming events and members’ art. Sign up for [their] email list.VolunBest of Show: teer to help out at events.” “Footprints” by As with many nonprofits, Paul Domenic help is always needed. “We rely on volunteers,” said Meyerhoefer. “[and] we art world: “There have been very few are branching out from just the Fort museum exhibitions that collectively surLauderdale area… We are seeing more veyed LGBT artists, [in] the way [that]… funding coming back to the arts, which museums have looked at women or black will allow us to produce more events.” artists. Shows of individual gay and lesbian Non-LGBT artists and art enthusiasts artists, such as Rauschenberg or Ellsworth are also encouraged to get involved. Kelly, have usually been presented without In fact, Meyerhoefer estimated that context, and often provoked controversy, “about 20 percent of [their] membership most notably, Mapplethorpe in the 1990s.” is from the [non-] LGBT community.” However, Coppola also observed recent Kreinberg reaffirmed that ArtsUnited progress: “On a positive note, the New reaches out to everyone interested in the York Board of Regents just chartered the arts: “LGBT, gay-friendly, artists, art lovers. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian All are welcome.” Art, the first of its kind.” ArtsUnited But what is gay art? “There is a perception about what art United & Proud Art Show by the LGBT community should repreOn display from June 9 – July 6, 2012 sent,” said Meyerhoefer. “In 2007, I had All work is for sale a Pride show for Compass Community The Pride Center Center in Lake Worth. A reporter thought 2040 North Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, FL ‘it would be gay art.’ I said ‘No it is art 954-463-9005 by gay artists.’ The second issue is does [identifying as a gay artist] help or hurt your career. In putting shows together, I

June 20, 2012 •

The “Gay Pimp” to Perform at Stonewall By Justin Wyse


viewing the ever popular videos and coming to shows at Pride events around the globe. Jonny’s favorite thing about being an Out & Proud music artist and comedian is over the past 10 years of his career, he has helped countless members of the LGBT community work through their struggles of coming out and being gay. He performs at countless events and shows at GLCCs and Pride Centers around the world, hoping to help give back to the LGBT community as much as possible. In February 2012, The Gayest of All Times was released and is currently on World Tour. The current single “Hash Tag T.O.T.D.F” is a fantasy of the gayest night in one big dance venue as a Pride anthem to help unify the community. The record was created by the help of his fans who raised more than $18,000. The album has everything from music to start your night to afterthe-party music. Featuring songs like “Sexy Nerd” and “Dickmatized,” this is by far Jonny’s favorite album to date. So with a big South Florida and Wilton Manors welcome, please join Jonny at Stonewall Summer Pride where he will perform his greatest hits and the new ones. He’s even bringing cast members from his videos to help put on a show that Stonewall Pride is sure to remember. For more information and to download his newest song, visit www. or Scene from Dickmatized iTunes.

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orn in Brooklyn, NY in 1975, Jonny McGovern has traveled the world from Thailand to Egypt and back to Boston. When he was just 18 years old, he began his music and comedy career in New York City, writing comedy acts for the stage and shows. In 2002, he began writing a piece based off of Eminem as a protest piece, “The Wrong Fag to Fuck With” and ‘The Gay Pimp’ was born. In 2003, Soccer Practice was produced and went viral, email style all over the world, yes this was before YouTube made everything possible. Shortly thereafter in 2004, “Dirty Gay Hits” was created and began touring the hottest nightclubs in the USA and abroad. The R&B comedic style of music brings not only gay fans but teens and housewives from around the world

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South Florida Summer Pride to Be ‘Huge’

By Gideon Grudo


eece Darham’s day is going to start around 4 a.m. on June 24 and end around 3 a.m. the following morning. He’s co-chair of the Stonewall Summer Pride board, meaning he’s involved in every aspect of the event this year. “I’ll know we did well when I can finally put

my head on the pillow, knowing that the Rainbow Business Coalition (RBC), Stonewall Summer Pride board, and the city of Wilton Manors have produced a community event that we can all be very proud of,” Darham said about his metric for success this year. “And knowing that we’ll grow this into a major national event.” From the sheriff’s office donating fire trucks for kids to paint to national headliners for the day’s concert, this year might indeed satisfy Darham’s hopes. On Sunday, June 24, the Stonewall Summer Pride kicks off at noon and continues officially until 10 p.m. (unofficially into the night). The festival will run until 7 p.m., the

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Children’s Park runs until 6 p.m. or so. At 7 p.m., the parade kickstarts. And at 8:30 p.m., the show begins. It all happens in Wilton Manors, along Wilton Drive. The Children’s Park, a spot for kids to come run wild, will be one of this year’s highlights, and geared toward a family audience. “Even though it’s a pride event, it’s not necessarily a gay event,” Darham said. “We’re extending that to the community, the whole community. It allows for a separation of the adult playing area and the children’s playing area.” Indeed, kids will have plenty to do, and maybe not enough time to do it all. Drew Miller is on the RBC board and was put in charge of the Park. Since many of his friends are gay couples who’ve adopted or have had kids, he wanted to make sure this part of the celebration was perfect for them. The two big sponsors of the Children’s Park are the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Panthers. BSO is bringing a bounce house and a few fire trucks, one of which the kids will be allowed to paint. The Panthers are bringing an inflatable hockey rink where kids can play the not-very-tropical-game. They’ll also be bringing a video game entertainment truck. And it doesn’t end there. There’ll be a spot where kids can drop paint on sheets of paper that are clipped to hinges that spin, appropriately called Spin Art. The finished pieces of art are the kids’ to take home. There will also be a slide in the shape of the titanic (honoring the 100th anniversary of the sinking), the back end of which will be seemingly sticking out of the ground. There will be a DJ spinning kid-appropriate music (can’t have any part of Pride not complete with music). And there will be a trackless train riding kids around Wilton Drive between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. It can take 16 kids at a time, and will join the front of the parade at 7 p.m. “We made the decision to have the children at the front of the parade so they can get through and get done early,” Miller said. “The front of the parade would also be the most comfortable if there were any moderately clad individuals toward the back of the parade. We made an effort to be conscious of children’s time to get home and get to bed, and for visual purposes.” Having the Children’s Park is an important part of the pride event, Miller said.

“It just normalizes our event to a place where there’s nothing different between our festival and, let’s say, something like St. Patrick’s Parade,” he said. “We’re just as normal as any other festival. It shows our and the community’s support.” Now that the kids are taken care of, there’s a lot more going on this year. Jennifer Holiday, for example, is set to sing on the North Stage at 6 p.m. And the entertainment at 8:30 p.m. is headlined by no other than Andy Bell of Erasure fame. Other performers include Johnny McGovern, Mary Griffin, Tiffany Arleagus, Champagne Bordeaux, and Electra. This year will be the pride event’s 13th anniversary. But Reece Darham said that the close-knit relationship that RBC has had with Wilton Manors, on everything from public safety to accommodations like parking and appropriately closed roads, will result in a huge event. He expects around 30,000 people to show up. Of those, almost one thousand will be members of A Celebration of Friends, an international group of mature, LGBT men. The organization’s founder, president and CEO said he expects “friends” from as far as Australia, South Africa and Japan to show up at the festivities this year. “Our people — we have a lot people who normally come in from small towns. They’ve saved their money all year to come to this. It’ll be like a family reunion. It gives them a chance to kick up their heels,” said Tom “Tomcat” Pence. “We have a lot of people who would normally not celebrate themselves.” Darham added that he hopes this reinforces and improves the LGBT community’s strong relationship with the city of Wilton Manors. “We’ve worked tirelessly and exceptionally close to the city,” Darham said about RBC’s push this year to partner with the city. “On every level, we’ve taken lessons from the past and implemented them for a great day.” The parade itself, thought to include about 600 people, will have Bruce Vilanch, the multiple Emmy-winning comic, as its Grand Marshal. Called a Twilight Parade due to its timing, it will start at 7 p.m. on Wilton Drive and progress from 20th Street and run north to 5 Points. For more information, go to

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James Sugarman: E.D. of West Palm Library Foundation By Donald Cavanaugh

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hat do you do when you’re introduced to a wealthy philanthropist who might be interested in your cause? If you’re James Sugarman, a local gay fundraiser and executive director of the West Palm Beach Library Foundation (WPBLF), you waste no time explaining the educational, cultural and social benefits to be derived by students, educators and the general public and you win a $5 million endowment to change the name to the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. Jim Sugarman has been a fundraiser for many causes over the years. About a year ago, he signed on with the West Palm Beach Public Library Foundation on a part-time basis. His mission was to help them raise money for an endowment to keep the library a vibrant and an integral part of the city and the county. “The library has become a major attraction for downtown West Palm Beach,” said Sugarman, warming up his obvious passion for the marriage of philanthropy and civic duty. “We take every contributor seriously because every donation adds to our ability to serve the

James Sugarman public. Little did I know how important the Mandels would be when Lois Frankel first introduced them to me at a reception about a year ago.”

The Mandels’ initial reaction to the library was to suggest a small but not insignificant contribution and be done with it. But Sugarman convinced Barbara and Morton to at least learn more about the library and gave them a tour. At the end of the tour, the Mandels, who have lived in the city for 50 years but had never visited the library, said they were “blown away” by the significance of the institution and the impact it has and will have on the life of the city. “A public library like the one we have in West Palm Beach has all the ingredients to meet the Mandels’ philanthropic objectives as defined in their mission statement,” said Sugarnam. “They state, ‘The Hallmark of our philanthropy is our commitment to invest in people with the values, ability and passion to change the world.’ A library like this one can certainly inspire people to change the world.” The library policy invites “anyone who lives, learns, works or plays in the City of West Palm Beach” to apply for a library card,

which becomes their key to a huge range of services including online access to books and periodicals, programs for children and adults, and a wide range of educational and fun events every month. There are more than 140 public access computers, and Wi-Fi is available throughout the facility. Many members of the gay community in South Florida know and will recognize Sugarman for his fundraising efforts as chief development officer for the Palm Beach County Comprehensive AIDS Program (CAP). He has also held positions as CEO of the Child Life Institute and CEO/Executive Director of American Lung Association in West Palm Beach. Before moving to Florida, Sugarman lived in New York City where he was executive director of RSVP/NYC, the largest senior volunteer program in the country. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he has been in the non-profit world for over 35 years. Sugarman lives with his partner in Atlantis and says, “Being gay has been a gift. It forces you to really work to understand yourself and your place in the world.” He said the Mandel Foundation staffers had no problem working with a gay man and suspects “they run into a lot of us in these lines of work.” Sugarman is justifiably proud of his achievement. “Five million dollars is a significant amount of money in any industry but especially in the world of libraries,” he said. “I hope SFGN readers will make the effort to discover this treasure. There are still some naming opportunities available.” The Mandel Library of West Palm Beach is at 411 Clematis Street West Palm Beach. Hours are Monday – Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.


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Fitness Guy By Peter Jackson, CPT

EXERCISE OF THE WEEK REVERSE-GRIP BARBELL CURL Mark Collins, a client at Push Fitness, demonstrates the Reverse-Grip Barbell Curl . Photography by

Building your back: wide grip vs. close grip Q: Should I be doing wide-grip or close-grip movements to build the muscles in my back? A: You should be doing both because your grip (wide versus close) together with the type of movement, affects which part of your back is trained.

Many guys focus on the “vanity muscles” – the chest, biceps and triceps – and fail to build the muscles of their back, leading to an imbalance which leaves you with slumped shoulders and poor posture. Your back is comprised of several muscles including the large, triangular-shaped trapezius muscles (or traps) in your upper back, the rhomboids which lie beneath them, two large muscles on the outer edges called the latissimus dorsi (or lats for short) , and the erector spinae in your middle and lower back. Generally speaking, the lats are emphasized when a wide grip is used in exercises such as the Lat Pull-down and Pullups. When you use a close-grip, you tend to emphasize the rhomboids and traps as your elbows remain close to your body. If you want to create a “V” shaped torso, incorporating wide-grip Lat Pull-downs into your routine is a must. Use a variety of exercises (movements), angles and grips to effectively hit all the muscles of the back. Some of the best exercises include the Lat Pull-down, Seated Cable Row, Bent-Over Barbell Row, Straight-Arm Pull-down and Reverse Cable Flye.

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--------------------------------------------------------------------------AFFORDABLE, AWESOME MASSAGE BY JIM Offering Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports and Lomi Lomi Massage; All in a very comfortable, relaxed and Private Massage Studio conveniently located on the SE corner of Oakland Park Blvd and Federal Highway. Nationally Certified & Licensed. Call Jim Libonati at 954-600-5843. #MM22293 SPECIAL: First Time Client Rates --------------------------------------------------------------------------THE BRITISH POUND John Maroussas LMT Sports Massage, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular, Trigger Point, Swedish, Salt or Sugar Scrubs. Private Studio w/ Shower. Wilton Manors Location near Bill’s Lic#MA51123 954-999-2240 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

HEALTH AND LIFE INSURANCE Solutions Insurance Services – More Than Choices…Solutions. Health, Dental, Life, Medicare, Travel and Supplemental. Guaranteed issue coverage available. Let us compare what you paying today and see if we can save you money. Guaranteed Issue products available. We can help. If you think you can’t get insurance, call us. 954-839-6375.

LEGAL SERVICES CREDITORS CALLING? Call Us! The Law Offices of GeorgeCastrataro, PA. Serving Clients With Integrity and Compassion 954-573-1444 --------------------------------------------------------------------------PROUDLY SERVING THE SOUTH FLORIDA GLBTX COMM. since 1993. Law office’s of Robin L. Bodiford, PA specializes in Bankruptcy, Probate, Wills&Trust. Call 954-630-2707 --------------------------------------------------------------------------SELZER & WEISS, ATTORNEYS AT LAW Last Will & Testament, Living Will. Health Care Power of Attorney (POA) w/HIPAA release, Durable Financial POA, for $399.00. PERSONAL INJURY: Free consult, if no recovery, no fee or cost to you. 954-567-4444. --------------------------------------------------------------------------SHAWN C. NEWMAN, PA Helping you protect what matters to you. Estate Planning, Domestic Agreements, Wills & Trusts, Estate Administration, Probate Administration, Wealth Preservation, Powers of Attorney. Free initial consultation. Available weekends and evenings by appointment. Call 954-563-9160 710 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 --------------------------------------------------------------------------GREGORY W. KABEL, ESQ. We can’t marry, but many of the rights of marriage may be achieved through contract. Let me help. Wills & Trusts, Estate Planning, Probate, Domestic Agreements, Business Formation & Transactions, Real Estate. 2312 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 Call 954-761-7770 --------------------------------------------------------------------------DAVID L. JACOVITZ - ATTORNEY AT LAW Revocable Living Trusts, Last Will & Testament, Durable Financial & Medical Powers of Attorney, Cohabitation Agreements, Living Wills. Advising the South Florida LGBT Community for 19 years. Call 954-630-8847 --------------------------------------------------------------------------RAY & KOLNER LAW Immigration, Deportation, Family Petitions, Asylum, Sexual Orientation, Divorces, Adoptions, Criminal, Sex Offenses. Call 305-377-9000 --------------------------------------------------------------------------KENT & CORMICAN, PA Sometimes the road of life brings trouble…We are here for when that happens. Criminal & Constitutional Law. Call 954-763-1900

--------------------------------------------------------------------------CHAIYA - TRADITIONAL THAI MASSAGE & MORE… The Luxury You Deserve! 954-7321473 MA56806 --------------------------------------------------------------------------WILTON MANORS MASSAGE Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports. $59 Swedish Hour. Call or Text Chris Tunkus 954-258-8779 1322 NE 4th Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL

MOVERS ALWAYSS MOVING know what you’re paying before you move! Licensed & Insured MC/ Visa/ Discover Accepted Family owned 20 years. Complete moving Services. Flat Rate& Free Estimates Call 305-650-9080

PIANO LESSONS PIANO AND VOICE LESSONS Young, gay professional offering lessons Serving the Ft. La, Miami, SOBE area! In Your Home or my Studio. Let’s have FUN making music! Call Jonathan 646-418-4043 --------------------------------------------------------------------------PIANO LESSONS Learn from an experienced teacher who holds the M.M. Degree in Piano Performance. All ages and levels welcome. Learn to play classical, jazz, blues, rock or gospel. Call Edwin C. Neimann 954-826-9555 www.

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PLUMBER BUTLER PLUMBING, INC. Residential & Commercial, Licensed & Insured, Palm Beach 561-613-7338, Broward 954-999-3315, Miami-Dade 786-999-2152 24/7 – 365days, info@ “Just tell your friends the BUTLER did it!”


--------------------------------------------------------------------------VICTORIA PARK SPACIOUS STUDIO Studio, pool, updated, corner unit, lots of windows. Walk to Gateway and Galleria. No Smokers. $825/Mo. Call 954-270-0304 --------------------------------------------------------------------------3 MINUTES TO WILTON DRIVE!! Beautifully landscaped small & cute Middle River Terrace bldg of all gay men! Freshly painted, ceramic tile thru-out, updtd kitchen, big bedroom, extra lge walk-in closet, laundry on premises, good parking, cat OK. $750 month. 954-242-7566

RENT/LEASE - WILTON MANORS LUXURY 1 BD $900 Beautiful 1 BD condo for rent, pool, laundry, private pation front and rear, ceramic tile, granite counter top, stainless stell appl, central A/C, security gated, call Matthew for info at 954-294-2057. Small pets ok --------------------------------------------------------------------------2BD/1BA HOUSE TO RENT CLOSE TO WILTON DRIVE Closed in porch, tile floors, tile bath, recessed lighting, ceiling fans, off-street parking, courtyard patio, central A/C. $950/Mo. First/Security. No lease required. 954-522-3357 --------------------------------------------------------------------------WILTON MANORS 1BD/1BA RENTAL 1/1 completely renovated available June 1st. NON SMOKER $1200 - $3600 move in first/last/security “UTILITIES INCLUDED” - includes dishwasher, washer, dryer, central a/c private parking and patio/yard Call 954-383-9442


REAL ESTATE SERVICES COLDWELL BANKER - In a tough market, you want a tough Realtor. In this market you need Andy Weiser. Call 954-5609667 --------------------------------------------------------------------------CASTELLI REAL ESTATE SERVICES Main Office 954-563-9889 2227 Wilton Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305 --------------------------------------------------------------------------RAINBOW REALTY Wondering what your home is worth? I offer a FREE online market analysis and more at www. Call Keith Blackburn 305-798-5455 --------------------------------------------------------------------------ATLANTIC PROPERTIES The Dale Russell Network, 2039 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-608-6919 --------------------------------------------------------------------------BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS Michael McClure, Realtor 954-873-9976

RENT/LEASE - FORT LAUDERDALE MIDDLE RIVER TERRACE AREA 1BD/1BA $725/MO. All tile, eatin-kitchen & large effic $700/Mo. elec included w/ a 12 month lease. For more details call 954-467-2501 --------------------------------------------------------------------------BEAUTIFUL 3BD/2BA VILLA Mostly tile, newer kitchen, large yard with patio. Carport and parking for 4 cars. Access to laundry room. Close to I95 and 595. Available June 7. $1200/ Mo. 954-513-9469 --------------------------------------------------------------------------WATERFRONT CONDO ON THE MIDDLE RIVER Newly remodeled modern 1 BD. Ground flr, corner unit with spectacular views with Large Deck/Dock. Pool outside front door. $950/Mo. includes utils/Murphy Bed. (Furnished also avail.) Call 303-517-1055.

NICE 2BD/1BA $925/Mo. Great location on the lake, close to Wilton Manors, pool, laundry, tile, granite, stainless steel, large closets, awesome neighborhood, secure area. Call Matthew at 954-294-2057. No pets --------------------------------------------------------------------------1BD COTTAGE CLOSE TO WILTON MANORS 1BD Newly remodeled, new kitchen, new bath, new flooring, freshly painted. Close to shopping, beaches, I-95 and the Drive. $750/Mo. includes electric, water, parking. Call owner/ agent Charlie 954-763-5505. --------------------------------------------------------------------------ROYAL PARK 2/2 Condo, Pools, parks, Quiet Gated Comm, Near Oakland & I95,Walk-in closet, water, cable included, $900/month + Deposit. 786-999-5471

ROOMMATES SHARE BEAUTIFUL 3/2 WITH POOL - $650 Beautiful house on an ocean-access canal. Private bathroom. All utilities included. Three miles to Wilton Drive. or 954-465-7629. --------------------------------------------------------------------------OAKLAND PARK MATURE MALE ROOMMATE WANTED - $600/MO. Gated community, share 3BD/2BA Villa with cable, WiFi, 1/2 Utilities, with bed or not. No drugs or drunks. Dog friendly. $300 security. 954-822-5062 or --------------------------------------------------------------------------ROOM FOR RENT-Lake Emerald. Stylish professional looking for same to rent LARGE room in my 2/2 condo.Lake view/ access/screened terrace.Close to 95.Rent includes all utilities/WIFI. Must be clean/employed/no pets/no drugs.$600/ Month.1st month/$600 security. 214-404-7680 --------------------------------------------------------------------------MALE ROOMMATE WANTED Share a 2/1 house in Lakeridge. Great private yard, off street parking. $550 + electric. Prof gay male. Call David 754-367-3043

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