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New HIV Prevention?



First LGBT Business Summit



Florida Supercon 2012



New Campaign to Raise HIV Awareness


COMPLERA (emtricitabine/rilpivirine/tenofovir i disoproxil fumarate) is a prescription medicine used as a complete single-tablet regimen to treat HIV-1 in adults who have never taken HIV medicines before. COMPLERA does not cure HIV or AIDS or help prevent passing HIV to others.



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Patient model. Pill shown is not actual size.

INDICATION COMPLERA® (emtricitabine 200 mg/rilpivirine 25 mg/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate 300 mg) is a prescription HIV medicine i that contains 3 medicines, EMTRIVA® ™ (emtricitabine), EDURANT (rilpivirine), and VIREAD® (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) combined in one pill. COMPLERA is used as a complete single-tablet regimen to treat HIV-1 infection in adults (age 18 and older) who have never taken HIV medicines before. COMPLERA does not cure HIV and has not been shown to prevent passing HIV to others. It is important to always practice safer sex, use latex or polyurethane condoms to lower the chance of sexual contact with any body fluids, and to never re-use or share needles. Do not stop taking COMPLERA unless directed by your healthcare provider. See your healthcare provider regularly.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION Contact your healthcare a provider right away if you get the following side effects or conditions while taking COMPLERA: • Nausea, vomiting, unusuali muscle pain, a and/or weakness. These may be signs of a buildup of acid in the blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious medical condition • Light-colored stools, dark-colored urine, and/or if your skin or the whites of your eyes turn yellow. These may be signs of serious liver problems (hepatotoxicity), with liver enlargement (hepatomegaly), and fat in the liver (steatosis) • If you have HIV-1 and hepatitis B virus (HBV), your liver disease may suddenly get worse if you stop taking COMPLERA. Do not stop taking COMPLERA without first talking to your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider will monitor your condition COMPLERA may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how COMPLERA works, and may cause serious side effects.

Do not take COMPLERA if you are taking the following medicines: • other HIV medicines (COMPLERA provides a complete treatment for HIV infection.) • the anti-seizure medicines carbamazepine (Carbatrol®, Equetro®, Tegretol®, Tegretol-XR®, Teril®, Epitol®), oxcarbazepine (Trileptal®), phenobarbital (Luminal®), phenytoin (Dilantin®, Dilantin-125®, Phenytek®) • the anti-tuberculosis medicines rifabutin (Mycobutin), rifampin (Rifater®, Rifamate®, Rimactane®, Rifadin®) and rifapentine (Priftin®) • a proton pump inhibitor medicine for certain stomach or intestinal problems, including esomeprazole (Nexium®, Vimovo®), lansoprazole (Prevacid®), omeprazole (Prilosec®), pantoprazole sodium (Protonix®), rabeprazole (Aciphex®) • more than 1 dose of the steroid medicine dexamethasone or dexamethasone sodium phosphate • St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) • other medicines that contain tenofovir (VIREAD®, TRUVADA®, ATRIPLA®) • other medicines that contain emtricitabine or lamivudine (EMTRIVA®, Combivir®, ® Epivir® or Epivir-HBV i , Epzicom®, Trizivir®) • rilpivirine (Edurant™) • adefovir (HEPSERA®) In addition, also tell your healthcare provider if you take: • an antacid medicine that contains aluminum, magnesium hydroxide, or calcium carbonate. Take antacids at least 2 hours before or at least 4 hours after you take COMPLERA • a histamine-2 blocker medicine, including famotidine (Pepcid®), cimetidine (Tagamet®), nizatidine (Axid®), or ranitidine hydrochloride (Zantac®). Take these medicines at least 12 hours before or at least 4 hours after you take COMPLERA • the antibiotic medicines clarithromycin (Biaxin®), erythromycin (E-Mycin®, Eryc®, Ery-Tab®, PCE®, Pediazole®, Ilosone®), and troleandomycin (TAO®) • an antifungal medicine by mouth, including fluconazole (Diflucan®), itraconazole (Sporanox®), ketoconazole (Nizoral®), posaconazole (Noxafil®), voriconazole (Vfend®) • methadone (Dolophine®) This list of medicines is not complete. Discuss with your healthcare provider all prescription and nonprescription medicines, c vitamins, or herbal supplements you are taking or plan to take.


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Save up to

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You may be able to save on the co-pay for your COMPLERA prescription with a Gilead HIV Co-pay Assistance Card. Call 1-877-505-6986 for more information or visit*

A complete HIV treatment in only 1 pill a day. Ask your healthcare provider if it’s the one for you.

Before taking COMPLERA, tell your healthcare provider if you: • have liver problems, including hepatitis B or C virus infection • have kidney problems • have ever had a mental health problem • have bone problems • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if COMPLERA can harm

your unborn child • are breastfeeding; women with HIV should not breast-feed because they can pass HIV through their milk to the baby Contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience any of the following serious or common side effects: Serious side effects associated with 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 can happen in some people who take COMPLERA. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms: feeling sad or hopeless, feeling anxious or restless, or if you 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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Common side effects associated with COMPLERA: • trouble sleeping (insomnia), abnormal dreams, headache, dizziness, diarrhea, nausea, rash, tiredness, and depression Other side effects associated with COMPLERA: • vomiting, stomach pain or discomfort, skin discoloration (small spots or freckles),

and pain 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 healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088. 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 • Stay under the care of your healthcare provider during treatment with COMPLERA and see your healthcare provider regularly

Please see Patient Information for COMPLERA on the following pages. *The co-pay program covers up to $200 per month for 1 year from card activation or until the card expires, up to $2400 in a calendar year. The program is subject to change or cancellation at any time.

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FDA-Approved Patient Labeling Patient Information COMPLERA® (kom-PLEH-rah) (emtricitabine, rilpivirine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) Tablets

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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Playing Politics with Gay Rights, Miami Style

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Rumors about Magic Johnson and Ghandi: Who knew?

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iami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson is running for a seat in the Miami-Dade County Commission, and it looks like the Democratic politician is playing a little politics to achieve her goal. Shirley recently received the endorsement of conservative anti-gay religious group the Christian Family Coalition. How did she get their support? The Miami Gardens mayor has vowed to review Miami-Dade’s human rights and domestic-partnership ordinances, according to the Miami Herald. But right after making her promise, she actually said the opposite. “My personal opinion is, if we’re looking at the fact that Dade County already has it, then I’m not going to go take it away,” Gibson said, adding she wouldn’t “initiate” a repeal. All talk.

Did Magic Johnson get HIV from a Transsexual Hooker?


o Magic Johnson took part in a documentary about blacks and HIV and was asked the question he’s always been asked—how he got the virus— and he gave the same answer he has always given: “Sleeping with a lot of women.” Gawker editor AJ Daulerio, however, writes that years back, a source told him Johnson might have actually gotten HIV not from a woman, but most likely during an infamous sex party at Eddie Murphy’s mansion, where transsexual hookers were often involved. The source wanted cash to go on the record, and the website didn’t have enough of it. But things have changed, and Gawker is now ready to write some checks: “If anyone has any more information about who gave Magic Johnson HIV, please feel free to contact us. I think we can afford to pay more money for this now,” Daulerio writes.

Government Coverup of Ghandi’s Sexuality?


book was published last year that hinted that Ghandi may have had a gay relationship with his close friend Hermann Kallenbach, a GermanJewish architect. At the time, many were enraged that the father of India could have been a homosexual. Now the controversy has been stirred again after the Indian government dished out $1.28 million to purchase over 1,000 letters, documents and telegrams exchanged by the two men between 1905 and 1945, as well as several gifts Gandhi gave to Kallenbach over the years. Suspicions? Sanjiv Mittal, a senior official at India’s Ministry of Culture, however, told the Wall Street Journal the purchase of the material had nothing to do with the controversy over Gandhi’s sexuality.


Pelosi Preparing Super PAC to Sink Allen West


By Karl Hampe

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emocrats in Florida are setting up their campaign war chest in an effort to defeat outspoken conservative Congressman Allen West in the upcoming November House elections. According to political blog the Shark Tank, Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi and other veteran democrats like Charles Halloran, a long time aide to President Bill Clinton, are organizing a new political action committee with the sole purpose of taking West down. Shark Tank writes that left wing billionaire George Soros is among those committed to provide substantial cash to defeat West. The estimated budget to achieve their goal: $5 million. The Super PAC is expected to file with the Federal Election Commission this week.


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penly gay Catholic priest Father Bernard Lynch came out with a new book detailing his 14-year marriage to another man. He also reveals he has officiated over the weddings of many gay and lesbian couples. Father Lynch had previously been in the public eye when he was falsely accused of abusing children. He says it’s all part of a ploy by the Vatican to get rid of him: “I was expelled from my order just as recently as November of last year and I am under threat of suspension from the priesthood,” he told the Huffington Post. In his book, Lynch writes that he believes more than half of all priests are gay and blames the Catholic Church’s child abuse scandals on the celibacy rule. “We enter seminary at the young age of 17,” he explained. “It is my belief that we were and are seriously arrested in our own psychosexual emotional development.”

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HIV Pill to Reduce Risk of Infection Approved by FDA submitted photo

By Sergio N. Candido


he Food and Drug Administration approved this week the first pill to reduce the risk of HIV infection in uninfected individuals. “Today’s approval marks an important milestone in our fight against HIV,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg in a statement. The pill, called Truvada, has to be taken daily. According to FDA research, a study of  2,499 HIVnegative men or transgender women “who have sex with men and with evidence of high risk behavior for HIV infection, such as inconsistent or no condom use during sex with a partner of positive or unknown HIV status, a high number of sex partners, and exchange of sex for commodities” showed that the pill  was effective in reducing

the risk of HIV infection by 42 percent. A similar study of 4,758 straight couples where one partner was HIV-infected and the other was not showed Truvada reduced the risk of becoming infected by 75 percent. A general public release date has not been announced yet.

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health and good health improves everything.” Fawcett said that “most people, including most gay people, don’t think about couples in conjunction with homosexuality. But there are a lot of couples out there and we need to recognize and support them.” He continued, “It’s the way we’re acculturated. From early childhood no one tells or shows us how to be in a coupled relationship. It’s a conflicts and much more. heterosexual only issue. Still, “We’re breaking new we all know of long-term reground,” said Gurucharlationships so we know it can ri. “Most programs aimed be done. Hopefully Couples at reducing health risks Speak will help more couples in the LGBT community succeed.” focus on individuals and Robertson, who also coordon’t take couples into dinates Brothas Speak, a disconsideration. PALS has cussion group for black gay been working with indimen, added, “This is one of viduals for a long time and the issues the men in Bronow we’re taking what thas Speak talk about. There’s works for individuals and no information for how to be applying it to couples.” part of a couple, and it’s com“If we’re going to change, David Fawcett pounded if you’re black and we need to practice,” Fegenbush said. “Couples Speak provides an op- gay or bi.” “Over 60 percent of gay and bi men now portunity to do just that.” “We really focus on expanding health testing positive for HIV identify as being routines,” Gurucharri said. “We have a very in a coupled relationship,” Fegenbush said. health-centric approach to everything we “When couples have different HIV status, do under the PALS umbrella. “We work with communication can become more difficult.” “The stigma of AIDS affects both memthe couples to develop a specific health plan. Diet and exercise are really important to good bers of the mixed status couple and can be

Couples Counseling – The LGBT Variety By Donald Cavanaugh


ne of the things that makes this program unique is the fact that it focuses on couples in relationships,” said Kristofer Fegenbush, Deputy Director of Pride Center at Equality Park of South Florida Fegenbush was talking about the recently launched Couples Speak, a program offered through the Pride Center’s PALS (Positive Action for Living Safely) Project underwritten by the Community Foundation of Broward. Joining Fegenbush in the interview with SFGN were Frank Gurucharri, PALS Project Manager; Lorenzo Robertson, a Facilitation Consultant and David Fawcett, the Lead Clinical Program Consultant for Couples Speak. The four-week program was launched in June with five couples. New groups of approximately six couples will be formed every month. The program will help participants with a wide range of issues faced by gay and bisexual couples including communication, negotiating sexual agreements, managing

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Focus will be on relationships rather than individuals

very challenging,” added Robertson. “There’s the fear of offending and driving one another away. But these are issues that can be resolved and that’s where we hope to help.” “Meeting and working with other couples, sharing skills, as well as areas where we need improvement make a big difference,” said Fawcett. “It shows you’re not alone and others have similar issues.” Program sessions are designed to provoke thought and conversation using interactive exercises, small group discussion and creative roleplaying. Couples Speak joins two other PALS programs: The 17-week L.I.F.E. Program and the five-week CHOICES Program. L.I.F.E. (Learning Immune Function Enhancement) helps men living with HIV create and implement personal goals for health improvement, boosting immune systems, lowering risky behavior and increasing adherence to health routines and medication schedules. CHOICES (Choosing Healthy Options & Improving Communication Effectiveness) focuses on equipping HIV-positive men with coping skills to build healthy relationships, negotiate safer sex, lower stress and disclose HIV-status to family, friends and sex partners. Interested couples should contact the Pride Center at 954-463-9005, or email Additional information can be found at



Executive Director of Sunserve Mark Ketcham accepts a $12,000 check from one of the founders of BeachBear Weekend, Bob Young. Next year, BeachBear Weekend will take place from May 8 to May 13 in Fort Lauderdale.


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ChamberChat Chamber supports Office Depot Foundation, American Written by Jorge Richa (Marketing & Programming Director, Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce)


he Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) is taking an active role in positively impacting the community that we live in. Special partnerships and opportunities have been created for its members and the community-at-large to get involved and leverage. On July 14, the MDGLCC will be joining walkers from our community who will go around the clock in the battle against cancer when the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Miami Beach gets underway with teams of residents gathering at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers

Cancer Society, and NGLCC’S Trade Mission to Colombia

at their camp sites during Relay. Relay brings together people from all walks of life - all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. We encourage you to get involved and join our team! Beginning July 18 (at the MDGLCC’s Women’s Empowerment Luncheon featuring Mary Wong, President & CEO of Office Depot Foundation), the MDGLCC will announce its strategic partnership with the Office Depot Foundation’s successful “Sack Packs for Kids” program. Members and friends will be asked to purchase sack packs and fill them with important school supplies. The completed sack packs will be returned to the LGBT Visitor Center (sponsored by MetLife) and presented in late August to Miami-Dade Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho.  We encourage you to give back, contribute to the cause and help make a difference in a kid’s life. The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce have been working to-

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gether for many months planning a historic trade mission to Colombia in conjunction with the launch of a Colombian LGBT chamber of commerce.The MDGLCC will be partnering with NGLCC in putting this exciting trip together. The final dates for the 2012 NGLCC/ MDGLCC trade mission to Colombia are set for September 11 - 15, 2012.  MDGLCC’s members and the LGBT community at large who would like to participate of this trip should reach out to us as soon as possible to get more information.

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

Mary Wong of Office Depot Foundation

For more information on the above mentioned initiatives, on the MDGLCC’s programs (including details on the 2nd Annual LGBT Symposium of Aging on 9/22/12 @ the Hyatt Regency Miami) or to become a member of the MDGLCC please contact us at 305-673-4440, jorge@gaybizmiami. com or






PREZISTA® (darunavir) is a prescription medicine. It is one treatment option in the class of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) medicines known as protease inhibitors. PREZISTA® is always taken with and at the same time as ritonavir (Norvir ®), in combination with other HIV medicines for the treatment of HIV infection in adults. PREZISTA® should also be taken with food. • The use of other medicines active against HIV in combination with PREZISTA®/ritonavir (Norvir ®) may increase your ability to fight HIV. Your healthcare professional will work with you to find the right combination of HIV medicines • It is important that you remain under the care of your healthcare professional during treatment with PREZISTA® PREZISTA® does not cure HIV infection or AIDS and you may continue to experience illnesses associated with HIV-1 infection, including opportunistic infections. You should remain under the care of a doctor when using PREZISTA.® Please read Important Safety Information below, and talk to your healthcare professional to learn if PREZISTA® is right for you.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION What is the most important information I should know about PREZISTA®? • PREZISTA® can interact with other medicines and cause serious side effects. See “Who should not take PREZISTA®?” • PREZISTA® may cause liver problems. Some people taking PREZISTA,® together with Norvir ® (ritonavir), have developed liver problems which may be life-threatening. Your healthcare professional should do blood tests before and during your combination treatment with PREZISTA.® If you have chronic hepatitis B or C infection, your healthcare professional should


check your blood tests more often because you have an increased chance of developing liver problems • Tell your healthcare professional if you have any of these signs and symptoms of liver problems: dark (tea-colored) urine, yellowing of your skin or whites of your eyes, pale-colored stools (bowel movements), nausea, vomiting, pain or tenderness on your right side below your ribs, or loss of appetite • PREZISTA® may cause a severe or life-threatening skin reaction or rash. Sometimes these skin reactions and skin rashes can become severe and require treatment in a hospital. You should call your healthcare professional immediately if you develop a rash. However, stop taking PREZISTA® and ritonavir combination treatment and call your healthcare professional immediately if you develop any skin changes with these symptoms: fever, tiredness, muscle or joint pain, blisters or skin lesions, mouth sores or ulcers, red or inflamed eyes, like “pink eye.” Rash occurred more often in patients taking PREZISTA® and raltegravir together than with either drug separately, but was generally mild Who should not take PREZISTA®? • Do not take PREZISTA® if you are taking the following medicines: alfuzosin (Uroxatral®), dihydroergotamine (D.H.E.45,® Embolex,® Migranal®), ergonovine, ergotamine (Cafergot,® Ergomar ®), methylergonovine, cisapride (Propulsid®), pimozide (Orap®), oral midazolam, triazolam (Halcion®), the herbal supplement St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), lovastatin (Mevacor,® Altoprev,® Advicor ®), simvastatin (Zocor,® Simcor,® Vytorin®), rifampin (Rifadin,® Rifater,® Rifamate,® Rimactane®), sildenafil (Revatio®) when used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension, indinavir (Crixivan®), lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra®), saquinavir (Invirase®), boceprevir (Victrelis™), or telaprevir (Incivek™) • Before taking PREZISTA,® tell your healthcare professional if you are taking sildenafil (Viagra,® Revatio®), vardenafil (Levitra,® Staxyn®),

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There is no other person in the world who is exactly like you. And no HIV treatments are exactly alike, either. That’s why you should ask your healthcare professional about PREZISTA® (darunavir). Once-Daily PREZISTA® taken with ritonavir and in combination with other HIV medications can help lower your viral load and keep your HIV under control over the long term. In a clinical study* of almost 4 years (192 weeks), 7 out of 10 adults who had never taken HIV medications before maintained undetectable† viral loads with PREZISTA® plus ritonavir and Truvada.®

Please read the Important Safety Information and Patient Information below and on adjacent pages. Find out if the PREZISTA® EXPERIENCE is right for you. Ask your healthcare professional and learn more at *A randomized open label Phase 3 trial comparing PREZISTA®/ritonavir 800/100 mg once daily (n=343) vs. Kaletra®/ ritonavir 800/200 mg/day (n=346). †Undetectable was defined as a viral load of less than 50 copies per mL. Registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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This is not a complete list of medicines. Be sure to tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you are taking or plan to take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. What should I tell my doctor before I take PREZISTA®?

• Changes in body fat have been seen in some patients taking HIV medicines, including PREZISTA.® The cause and long-term health effects of these conditions are not known at this time • Changes in your immune system can happen when you start taking HIV medicines. Your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections that have been hidden • The most common side effects related to taking PREZISTA® include diarrhea, nausea, rash, headache, stomach pain, and vomiting. This is not a complete list of all possible side effects. If you experience these or other side effects, talk to your healthcare professional. Do not stop taking PREZISTA® or any other medicines without first talking to your healthcare professional

• Before taking PREZISTA,® tell your healthcare professional if you have any medical conditions, including liver problems (including hepatitis B or C), allergy to sulfa medicines, diabetes, or hemophilia

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

• Tell your healthcare professional if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding

Please refer to the ritonavir (Norvir ®) Product Information (PI and PPI) for additional information on precautionary measures.

— The effects of PREZISTA® on pregnant women or their unborn babies are not known. You and your healthcare professional will need to decide if taking PREZISTA® is right for you

Please read accompanying Patient Information for PREZISTA® and discuss any questions you have with your doctor.


tadalafil (Cialis,® Adcirca®), atorvastatin (Lipitor ®), rosuvastatin (Crestor ®), pravastatin (Pravachol®), or colchicine (Colcrys,® Col-Probenecid®). Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking estrogen-based contraceptives (birth control). PREZISTA® might reduce the effectiveness of estrogen-based contraceptives. You must take additional precautions for birth control, such as condoms

— Do not breastfeed. It is not known if PREZISTA® can be passed to your baby in your breast milk and whether it could harm your baby. Also, mothers with HIV should not breastfeed because HIV can be passed to your baby in the breast milk What are the possible side effects of PREZISTA®? • High blood sugar, diabetes or worsening of diabetes, and increased bleeding in people with hemophilia have been reported in patients taking protease inhibitor medicines, including PREZISTA®

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IMPORTANT PATIENT INFORMATION PREZISTA (pre-ZIS-ta) (darunavir) Oral Suspension PREZISTA (pre-ZIS-ta) (darunavir) Tablets Read this Patient Information before you start taking PREZISTA 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 your treatment. Also read the Patient Information leaflet for NORVIR® (ritonavir). What is the most important information I should know about PREZISTA? • PREZISTA can interact with other medicines and cause serious side effects. It is important to know the medicines that should not be taken with PREZISTA. See the section “Who should not take PREZISTA?” • PREZISTA may cause liver problems. Some people taking PREZISTA in combination with NORVIR® (ritonavir) have developed liver problems which may be life-threatening. Your healthcare provider should do blood tests before and during your combination treatment with PREZISTA. If you have chronic hepatitis B or C infection, your healthcare provider should check your blood tests more often because you have an increased chance of developing liver problems. • Tell your healthcare provider if you have any of the below signs and symptoms of liver problems. • Dark (tea colored) urine • yellowing of your skin or whites of your eyes • pale colored stools (bowel movements) • nausea • vomiting • pain or tenderness on your right side below your ribs • loss of appetite PREZISTA may cause severe or life-threatening skin reactions or rash. Sometimes these skin reactions and skin rashes can become severe and require treatment in a hospital. You should call your healthcare provider immediately if you develop a rash. However, stop taking PREZISTA and ritonavir combination treatment and call your healthcare provider immediately if you develop any skin changes with symptoms below: • fever • tiredness • muscle or joint pain • blisters or skin lesions • mouth sores or ulcers • red or inflamed eyes, like “pink eye” (conjunctivitis) Rash occurred more often in patients taking PREZISTA and raltegravir together than with either drug separately, but was generally mild. See “What are the possible side effects of PREZISTA?” for more information about side effects.


What is PREZISTA? PREZISTA is a prescription anti-HIV medicine used with ritonavir and other anti-HIV medicines to treat adults with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) infection. PREZISTA is a type of anti-HIV medicine called a protease inhibitor. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). When used with other HIV medicines, PREZISTA may help to reduce the amount of HIV in your blood (called “viral load”). PREZISTA may also help to increase the number of white blood cells called CD4 (T) cell which help fight off other infections. 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). PREZISTA does not cure HIV infection or AIDS and you may continue to experience illnesses associated with HIV-1 infection, including opportunistic infections. You should remain under the care of a doctor when using PREZISTA. Avoid doing things that can spread HIV-1 infection. • Do not share needles or other injection equipment. • Do not share personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them, like toothbrushes and razor blades. • Do not have any kind of sex without protection. Always practice safe sex by using a latex or polyurethane condom to lower the chance of sexual contact with semen, vaginal secretions, or blood. Ask your healthcare provider if you have any questions on how to prevent passing HIV to other people. Who should not take PREZISTA? Do not take PREZISTA with any of the following medicines: • alfuzosin (Uroxatral®) • dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. 45®, Embolex®, Migranal®), ergonovine, ergotamine (Cafergot®, Ergomar®) methylergonovine • cisapride • pimozide (Orap®) • oral midazolam, triazolam (Halcion®) • the herbal supplement St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) • the cholesterol lowering medicines lovastatin (Mevacor®, Altoprev®, Advicor®) or simvastatin (Zocor®, Simcor®, Vytorin®) • rifampin (Rifadin®, Rifater®, Rifamate®, Rimactane®) • s ildenafil (Revatio®) only when used for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Serious problems can happen if you take any of these medicines with PREZISTA. What should I tell my doctor before I take PREZISTA? PREZISTA may not be right for you. Before taking PREZISTA, tell your healthcare provider if you: • have liver problems, including hepatitis B or hepatitis C • are allergic to sulfa medicines • have high blood sugar (diabetes)

• h ave hemophilia • are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if PREZISTA will harm your unborn baby. Pregnancy Registry: You and your healthcare provider will need to decide if taking PREZISTA is right for you. If you take PREZISTA while you are pregnant, talk to your healthcare provider about how you can be included in the Antiretroviral Pregnancy Registry. The purpose of the registry is follow the health of you and your baby. • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed. We do not know if PREZISTA can be passed to your baby in your breast milk and whether it could harm your baby. Also, mothers with HIV-1 should not breastfeed because HIV-1 can be passed to the baby in the breast milk. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Using PREZISTA and certain other medicines may affect each other causing serious side effects. PREZISTA may affect the way other medicines work and other medicines may affect how PREZISTA works. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take: • medicine to treat HIV • estrogen-based contraceptives (birth control). PREZISTA might reduce the effectiveness of estrogen-based contraceptives. You must take additional precautions for birth control such as a condom. • medicine for your heart such as bepridil, lidocaine (Xylocaine Viscous®), quinidine (Nuedexta®), amiodarone (Pacerone®, Cardarone®), digoxin (Lanoxin®), flecainide (Tambocor®), propafenone (Rythmol®) • warfarin (Coumadin®, Jantoven®) • medicine for seizures such as carbamazepine (Carbatrol ®, Equetro ®, Tegretol ®, Epitol ®), phenobarbital, phenytoin (Dilantin®, Phenytek®) • medicine for depression such as trazadone and desipramine (Norpramin®) • clarithromycin (Prevpac®, Biaxin®) • medicine for fungal infections such as ketoconazole (Nizoral®), itraconazole (Sporanox®, Onmel®), voriconazole (VFend®) • colchicine (Colcrys®, Col-Probenecid®) • rifabutin (Mycobutin®) • medicine used to treat blood pressure, a heart attack, heart failure, or to lower pressure in the eye such as metoprolol (Lopressor®, Toprol-XL®), timolol (Cosopt®, Betimol®, Timoptic®, Isatolol®, Combigan®) • midazolam administered by injection • medicine for heart disease such as felodipine (Plendil®), nifedipine (Procardia®, Adalat CC®, Afeditab CR®), nicardipine (Cardene®) • steroids such as dexamethasone, fluticasone (Advair Diskus®, Veramyst®, Flovent®, Flonase®) • bosentan (Tracleer®) • medicine to treat chronic hepatitis C such as boceprevir (VictrelisTM), telaprevir (IncivekTM) • medicine for cholesterol such as pravastatin (Pravachol®), atorvastatin (Lipitor®), rosuvastatin (Crestor®)

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IMPORTANT PATIENT INFORMATION • m edicine to prevent organ transplant failure such as cyclosporine (Gengraf®, Sandimmune®, Neoral®), tacrolimus (Prograf®), sirolimus (Rapamune®) • salmeterol (Advair®, Serevent®) • medicine for narcotic withdrawal such as methadone (Methadose®, Dolophine Hydrochloride), buprenorphine (Butrans®, Buprenex®, Subutex®), buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone®) • medicine to treat schizophrenia such as risperidone (Risperdal®), thioridazine • medicine to treat erectile dysfunction or pulmonary hypertension such as sildenafil (Viagra®, Revatio®), Staxyn ®), tadalafil vardenafil (Levitra ®, (Cialis®, Adcirca®) • medicine to treat anxiety, depression or panic disorder such as sertraline (Zoloft®), paroxetine (Paxil®) This is not a complete list of medicines that you should tell your healthcare provider that you are taking. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you are not sure if your medicine is one that is listed above. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your doctor or pharmacist when you get a new medicine. Do not start any new medicines while you are taking PREZISTA without first talking with your healthcare provider. How should I take PREZISTA? • Take PREZISTA every day exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. • You must take ritonavir (NORVIR®) at the same time as PREZISTA. • Do not change your dose of PREZISTA or stop treatment without talking to your healthcare provider first. • Take PREZISTA and ritonavir (NORVIR®) with food. • Swallow PREZISTA tablets whole with a drink. If you have difficulty swallowing PREZISTA tablets, PREZISTA oral suspension is also available. Your health care provider will help determine whether PREZISTA tablets or oral suspension is right for you. • PREZISTA oral suspension should be given with the supplied oral dosing syringe. Shake the suspension well before each usage. • If you take too much PREZISTA, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away. What should I do if I miss a dose? People who take PREZISTA one time a day: • If you miss a dose of PREZISTA by less than 12 hours, take your missed dose of PREZISTA right away. Then take your next dose of PREZISTA at your regularly scheduled time. • If you miss a dose of PREZISTA by more than 12 hours, wait and then take the next dose of PREZISTA at your regularly scheduled time. People who take PREZISTA two times a day • If you miss a dose of PREZISTA by less than 6 hours, take your missed dose of PREZISTA right away. Then take your next dose of PREZISTA at your regularly scheduled time.

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• I f you miss a dose of PREZISTA by more than 6 hours, wait and then take the next dose of PREZISTA at your regularly scheduled time. If a dose of PREZISTA is skipped, do not double the next dose. Do not take more or less than your prescribed dose of PREZISTA at any one time. What are the possible side effects of PREZISTA? PREZISTA can cause side effects including: • See “What is the most important information I should know about PREZISTA?” • Diabetes and high blood sugar (hyperglycemia). Some people who take protease inhibitors including PREZISTA can get high blood sugar, develop diabetes, or your diabetes can get worse. Tell your healthcare provider if you notice an increase in thirst or urinate often while taking PREZISTA. • Changes in body fat. These changes can happen in people who take antiretroviral therapy. The changes may include an increased amount of fat in the upper back and neck (“buffalo hump”), breast, and around the back, chest, and stomach area. Loss of fat from the legs, arms, and face may also happen. The exact cause and long-term health effects 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. Call your healthcare provider right away if you start having new symptoms after starting your HIV medicine. • Increased bleeding for hemophiliacs. Some people with hemophilia have increased bleeding with protease inhibitors including PREZISTA. The most common side effects of PREZISTA include: • diarrhea • nausea • rash • headache • abdominal pain • vomiting Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all of the possible side effects of PREZISTA. For more information, ask your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. How should I store PREZISTA? • Store PREZISTA oral suspension and tablets at room temperature [77°F (25°C)]. • Do not refrigerate or freeze PREZISTA oral suspension. • Keep PREZISTA away from high heat. • PREZISTA oral suspension should be stored in the original container.

Keep PREZISTA and all medicines out of the reach of children. General information about PREZISTA Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use PREZISTA for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give PREZISTA to other people even if they have the same condition you have. It may harm them. This leaflet summarizes the most important information about PREZISTA. If you would like more information, talk to your healthcare provider. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information about PREZISTA that is written for health professionals. For more information, call 1-800-526-7736. What are the ingredients in PREZISTA? Active ingredient: darunavir Inactive ingredients: PREZISTA Oral Suspension: hydroxypropyl cellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, methylparaben sodium, citric acid monohydrate, sucralose, masking flavor, strawberry cream flavor, hydrochloric acid (for pH adjustment), purified water. PREZISTA 75 mg and 150 mg Tablets: colloidal silicon dioxide, crospovidone, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose. The film coating contains: OPADRY® White (polyethylene glycol 3350, polyvinyl alcohol-partially hydrolyzed, talc, titanium dioxide). PREZISTA 400 mg and 600 mg Tablets: colloidal silicon dioxide, crospovidone, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose. The film coating contains: OPADRY® Orange (FD&C Yellow No. 6, polyethylene glycol 3350, polyvinyl alcohol-partially hydrolyzed, talc, titanium dioxide). This Patient Information has been approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration. Manufactured by: PREZISTA Oral Suspension Janssen Pharmaceutica, N.V. Beerse, Belgium PREZISTA Tablets Janssen Ortho LLC, Gurabo, PR 00778 Manufactured for: Janssen Therapeutics, Division of Janssen Products, LP, Titusville NJ 08560 NORVIR® is a registered trademark of its respective owner. PREZISTA® is a registered trademark of Janssen Pharmaceuticals © Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 2006 Revised: May 2012


By Sergio N. Candido

here is more driving businesses to adopt LGBT-friendly workplace policies than ethics; for companies, having inclusive policies means louder “chachings!” in their cash registers. “How are we going to attract high quality candidates to companies if the state doesn’t have legal protections for gay couples? Economically, it makes sense to change company policies,” said Nadine Smith, executive director at civil rights organization Equality Florida, to a crowd of about 50 company representatives, ranging from Starbucks coffee to Visa. Smith was one of several speakers at the GLBT-Allies Diversity Summit this past June 22. The event, held at the Wilton Manor’s Pride Center, was the first of its kind in South Florida. It brought together local LGBT organizations, attorneys and companies to discuss the state’s current LGBT climate in terms of laws and the best practices for companies to attract a diverse workforce. The summit was put together by the Florida Diversity Council, a nonprofit with the goal of establishing and promoting policies


that foster diversity and inclusiveness at work. It has regional chapters in Jacksonville, Orlando, Southwest Florida, and Tampa. “We wanted to take this to South Florida. Most of our venues are universities, but we wanted to make the link with the pride center,” said Stephen Wilke, communications co-chair for the council. The 4-hour-long event kicked off with a series of educational seminars. The first one, called “Legislative Update: Building Equality and Fairness in the Florida Workplace,” was headed by Smith and attorney Stephanie Schneider, who has experience dealing with longterm care planning for gay domestic partners. Smith explained how Florida’s current laws make it hard for big businesses to recruit out-of-state talent. “For companies who are trying to move people from one state to the other, if you want to open an office in Jacksonville and the person hired was living in Massachusetts, how do you do that if they are not going to feel safe there?” Smith asked the crowd. Only a handful of cities, including Miami, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Orlando, Or-

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ange County and Volusia County have adopted a domestic partnership registry for gay couples. It gets worse at the state level. Florida has no statewide law banning LGBT people from being fired based on their sexual orientation. And there is no legal recognition for same-sex couples. According to an eQualityGiving chart listing equality goals reached by each state, Florida ranks Dana Hill of Blue Florida among the bottom 10 was one of the speakers at the GLBT Summit 2012 states when it comes to range from minute things, like updating job LGBT rights. “The reputation Florida has is not partic- applications by adding another box for those ularly positive for LGBT people,” Smith said. who do not consider themselves “female or “But to have economic diversity, there has to male,” to amending harassment, and bathbe a thriving LGBT community … when cul- room policies. The summit closed with a panel discussion turally different people share ideas, that’s that included representatives from Florida’s how you get the big idea.” Schneider seconded what Smith said, and Blue Cross & Shield, Wal-Mart, Wyndham also talked about why it is important to change hotels, and a lawyer from Quarles & Brady, a the law, citing recent challenges to the De- Naples law firm. The debate was moderated by Keith Blackburn, president of the Greater fense of Marriage Act in the Supreme Court. Set in 1996, DOMA is a law that defines Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of marriage as a union between a man and a Commerce. The companies talked about how each one woman, thus depriving gay couples of the rights and privileges granted to heterosexual supports their LGBT workers. Wal-Mart, for couples, like filing tax returns together and example, has its own division called “Pride at Wal-Mart,” which is basically human remaintaining estate rights after widowing. Last month, a federal judge in New York sources experts dedicated to making everysided with 83-year-old Edith Windsor, who one feel comfortable at work. Wal-Mart also found herself with a 6-figure inheritance tax has a non-discriminatory policy that indebt after her wife died because the federal cludes sexual orientation. Patrick Costello from Quarles & Brady said government wouldn’t recognize their Canahis office offers domestic partner benefits to dian marriage. The next session, by Ford & Harrison at- its employees. For Costello, amending antitorney Aisha Sanchez, focused on how to discrimination policies and having domescreate a comfortable work environment for tic partnership benefits are “paramount” for transgender and transsexual people. She companies to stay at the top of the game. James Kar, a representative of Principal shared the story of her sister, who became a Financial Group, a Desmoines-based investtransgender man at the age of 50. Sanchez then pointed out issues compa- ments group, was among the attendees jotnies often face when dealing with transgen- ting down notes to take back to the office. “Talking about transgender people is esder employees, like to which restroom should they go, or whether the transgender person pecially important. I’ll be sending a memo to should be addressed with a masculine or my company about what we discussed here,” he said. feminine pronoun. For Wilke, that’s what the summit was all “People should be treated as they present themselves,” Sanchez summed up, empha- about. “The most important things that people sizing how co-workers should be sensitive of transsexual employees, especially if they are should get out of this is learning from the stories people have told, and listening.” he transitioning into their new self. Steps to make workplaces more inclusive said.

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But also believes it will be the destruction of our society By Gideon Grudo


he half-Armenian-Lebanese, halfWest African was born in Liberia and fled with his family to the U.S. in 1979, avoiding a civil war. He spent a majority of his teenage years incarcerated, calling himself a “troubled” teenager. In 1992, the 19-year-old Jack Hakimian accepted Jesus Christ as his savior while sitting in a dark cell in the L.A. Penitentiary. “Since then, I’ve been walking as a Christian,” said Jack Hakimian, who’s now a pastor in North Miami, and has been labeled by local media and politicians as anti-gay. He left L.A.’s Pasadena and headed to South Florida with his wife, who grew up down here, in 2008 — a move he was reluctant to make. “I hated South Florida because of the humidity and the extreme cultural shock that’s here, and said to myself I’d never move to Miami or South Florida,” Hakimian said and paused to smile. “But, you know, you want to make God laugh? Tell him your plans.” The couple moved to South Florida in 2008 and wanted to plant a church. They saw an ethnic hodge-podge and a place where wealth was divided, an urban setting perfect for the work they hoped to accomplish. Four years later, in mid-June, the pastor was involved in an effort to extinguish the potential reversal of a North Miami ordinance prohibiting strip clubs. A local PBSsubsidiary, WPBT, partnered with Hakimian on the distribution of a leaflet calling citizens to fight the law reversal, which eventually passed. This alignment was attacked by openly gay North Miami Commissioner Scott Galvin, who labeled Hakimian an anti-gay pastor and accused WPBT of “sloppy politics.” But the pastor refutes this claim — somewhat. Hakimian calls his sermons “expositional,” or relying on the literature of the bible and its study more so than topical themes, as other sermons might do. “This makes us confront topics that some-


times are not very popular,” Hakimian said. “I think the word anti-gay is loaded. I know for a fact that many of people in the gay community wouldn’t consider me anti-gay.” To have the theological view that homosexuality isn’t okay in the face of God is okay, Hakimian argued, as long as a given pastor isn’t propagating or endorsing bullying, lack of civil protection or hate of the LGBT com-

the civil liberty to be married. My beef has been with people who are — very wisely so — using Christianity to endorse their behavior,” he said. “I’m arguing a Christian perspective of sexual ethics, social ethics, and so on. But always with a condition that we understand that this is not the defining issue of our century.” Hakimian said that homosexuality is not high on his list of priorities, but had to begin

Pastor Jack Hakimian was part of mid-June’s public animosity between North Miami Commissioner Scott Galvin and WPBT, a PBS-subsidiary who joined forces with Hakimian in an effort to stun proposed legislation that would allow a strip club to open next door to the station. Galvin accuses Hakimian of being an anti-gay pastor and called WPBT’s alignment with him “sloppy politics.” Hakimian disagrees. munity. He said he believes that the LGBT community should have a voice and rights in the public arena. He considers the issue a purely theological one, and said he wants to see the government protect and provide same-sex couples the same rights they offer heterosexual couples, as long as these notions stay out of Christian pews. “I do believe that homosexuals should have

dealing with it as it entered the public realm more and more — he had people asking him about the issue. The topper on the list is unbelief, which according to Hakimian is unforgivable. The second on the list would be pride, which according to Hakimian was the folly of Satan. Selfishness and greed — which he called “two twin sisters” — take third place on the list, homosexuality not even

making it to the top three. “I’m not God’s hit list polltaker, but I’d say that homosexuality is wrapped in a quadruplet — fornication, adultery, homosexuality, incest,” Hakimian said. “I do see them as equal sins. All of us human beings struggle and have the potential to struggle with these things.” The sanctioning on a societal level of homosexuality and the other items — specifically not on a micro level — are a mark on that given society, Hakimian maintained. He said he thinks the concept of marriage has historically been between men and women, and has always allowed the potential for procreation. Repeating that he’s speaking from a Christian perspective, he explained that this type of marriage — of the JudeoChristian variety — needs to be maintained. “I think there’s a an argument there for it to be protected. I think it’s good for a society to not blur those lines, because marriages and children are good,” Hakimian said. He added that the founding fathers, who were in the least bit influenced by Christian philosophy, saw the world through a Christian lens and couldn’t have imagined present-day America, where the question of gay rights exists. “Did they ever think of homosexuality as something within the framework of the constitution? No. You had sodomy laws in almost every state.” Hakimian concluded that there’s “no way” that the founders themselves saw the Constitution as one that would eventually protect LGBT couples. But he still thinks that this day, those rights are deserved, though the effects of such rights will have an adverse effect on society. “It’s spiritually — I don’t believe it produces the blessing of God,” Hakimian said. From a biological and evolutionary perspective, Hakimian said that “the hard facts are just slapping us across the face. A male penis is made for a woman’s vagina. Nature is speaking.” In an anticipated defense of the homosexualityin-nature-argument, Hakimian called it an abnormality, which he said God permits, but

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“The hard facts are just slapping us across the face. A male penis is made for a woman’s vagina. Nature is speaking.”

– Pastor Jack Hakimian

that it still negates what he called the “overarching theme of the Pentateuch (Judaism) — biological species procreate.” But, later, Hakimian said not procreating is not the major sin of the homosexual. There’s another. The homosexual partner who’s not procreating, he continued, is “evil” because of the emotional and sexual bond that negate God’s intention. While there’s a natural love amongst men, it’s not supposed to “distort” into homosexual relationships. Eventually, these relationships will turn against the society that allows them, Hakimian said. “I don’t think that the negative consequences of homosexuality are obvious right now. When you study history, the practice of homosexuality has a slow, degenerative consequence when it comes to morality, when it comes to the way that it begins to spread and compete with heterosexual intimacy,” he

said, comparing it all to the Romans, where he claimed homosexuality became a desire stronger for men than being with their wives. “We’ve yet to see the ramifications of it. From a theological perspective, even if there is no consequence, the Christian is forced to question where God is in this.” Pastor Leslie Tipton, associate pastor at the Church of the Holy SpiritSong, however, told SFGN that there’s no theological basis for Hakimian’s claims, at least no foundation from the Christ. At the Holy SpiritSong, a class called Homosexuality and the Bible showcases only facts, and none of them come from the gospels, she said. “Jesus never said anything about homosexuality. Anytime any group tries to make someone feel ‘less-than,’ less than them or someone else, that’s not preaching the gospel,” Tipton said. “Jesus didn’t put people down. Jesus tried to teach people how to love his way.”

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But Tipton didn’t want to define the term anti-gay ­for SFGN. Others took a shot at it. Nadine Smith, the executive director of Equality Florida, said that if a pastor believes in gay rights, but hates homosexuality, he or she is anti-gay. And, of course, the reverse is true, as well. “Anyone who believes that gay people should not be treated equally under the law is anti-gay,” she said. Commissioner Scott Galvin of North Miami told SFGN that “A religious leader does not have to follow the stereotype of preaching ‘fire and brimstone’ in order to be antigay. Simply by calling gays sinners and saying that we can ‘change’ shows where one stands.” Hakimian readily admits that his sermons involve the “wrath of God” and aren’t always beloved by mainstream churchgoers. “[Scripture] forces you to look at reality. I mean, the bible is not a rated-G book. It’s an

MA-rated book, as I like to say,” Hakimian said. “It’s full of incest, it’s full of murder, bigotry, conspiracy. You’ve got horrific, horrific, stories with very dramatic detail of what the human potential is capable of doing.” The fundamental issue of homosexuality is that it disobeys God, Hakimian holds. “I think that the Christian community should be proposing a social ethics that discourages homosexuality.” Recently, public outcries over his “anti-gay” sermons have surfaced and resulted in the Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent releasing a statement promising to look intending a local school’s contract with the pastor. SFGN will follow the story online, go to for more. Pastor Jack Hakimian preaches with his Impact Church on Sundays at 11 a.m. at North Miami High School, at 13110 NE 8th Ave, North Miami, FL 33161.


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ued, “are the idolized rock stars of the gay world, showing up for personal appearances and autograph sessions, participating in gay pride parades, and establishing a celebrity presence that permeates multiple levels of the gay subculture.” Matthew Rush certainly got rock star treatment at the Stonewall Pride By Jesse Monteagudo the event, as he was sought after by many eager fans. Why is this so? In Bigger Than Life: The porn stars (straight or gay) taking part in History of Gay Porn Cinema from Beefcake to Martin Luther King Day, St. Patrick’s Day or Hardcore, Jeffrey Escoffier offers an explaColumbus Day parades or festivals. This is nation: “Worshiped as models of masculine beauty, treated like sexubecause gay porn stars enjoy a al athletes, porn stars are special status in the gay commore than objects of desire. munity that their straight counPorn stars embody the sexterparts do not have elsewhere. ual ideals of gay men.” (By “gay” of course I mean gay “As a group that is both men.) As Joe A. Thomas noted, defined by its sexual activin an article about “Porn Stars” ity and rejected by the mahe wrote for jority culture for it, gay men (an encyclopedia of gay, leshave often seen in pornogbian, bisexual, transgender & raphy an all-too-rare posiqueer culture): “Performers in Matthew Rush at the tive image of gay sexuality,” gay pornography hold a relaStonewall Street Festival Thomas wrote elsewhere in tively esteemed position in gay Performers culture, in contrast to their het- (Wilton Manors, FL), 2008 erosexual counterparts. This is largely due in gay adult movies were openly gay role modto the fact that hard core pornography itself els at a time when most gay men were still in is such an integral and accepted part of gay their closets. Early porn stars like Casey Donmale life, especially in comparison to the ovan and Al Parker were not only models of marginalized position straight pornography masculine beauty and sexual acrobatics but also open, unashamed and self-confessed gay holds for its audiences.” “Gay porn performers,” Thomas contin-


few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting porn star Matthew Rush at the Stonewall Pride Parade and Street Festival in Wilton Manors. Rush, whose real name is Gregory Grove, is a long-time resident of South Florida. Modestly covered in a Speedo bathing suit and flip-flops, the comely Mr. Rush made quite a sight at the Stonewall event, promoting a local video store and meeting his fans. And Matthew Rush was not the only adult performer to attend the Stonewall Pride Parade and Street Festival. Also present at the event were dancers from local bars (some of who also appear in adult films) and representatives of gay porn studios who rode on open cars and parade floats and made themselves available to their adoring fans. (Full disclosure: Though I have no direct connection to the gay porn industry, for several years I reviewed gay adult features for the now-defunct magazine, The Guide.) The active participation of adult film performers is something that is unique to LGBT pride parades or festivals: You will never see



Porn Stars: Gay Men’s “Idolized Rock Stars”

men. Even “gay for pay” performers like Jeff Stryker and Ryan Idol served to remind us that sex between males was good and fun and productive. To quote Jay Thomas (again), gay male porn stars “represent the unashamed expression of gay identity through their open practice of the sexuality that defines that identity.” We may agree that, to some extent, gay adult film stars serve our community as “rock star idols” as well as objects of desire. But they should not be role models. Like the rest of us, adult film performers run the gamut from great to horrible. Some, like Greg Grove, are successful business owners and community activists. (Grove was one of the leading fundraisers at the recently-held Florida AIDS Walk.) Others, sadly the ones who get most of the headlines, are criminals, drug addicts, or suicides. And while a porn star’s career is a short one, it is to be expected in a profession that is highly dependent on a performer’s looks or sexual energy. During the last decades, many accomplished athletes, actors, musicians, writers and politicians have come out as relatively happy, welladjusted gay men. As a result, we no longer need porn stars to remind us that gay is good. But we can still admire them for what they are: attractive, athletic, muscular and masculine men whose sexual performances onscreen or online give us a brief respite from the harsh realities of life.

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God Save the Queens By Pier Angelo


ou have to give it to the Brits. They certainly know how to put on a show. From a funeral to a wedding; from Masterpiece Theatre, to the most recent Diamond Jubilee, they are all riveting, fascinating, engrossing. Gay people in particular are prone to be affected by them; we love all that Campiness and Circumstance. We eat it all up. So much so that we never stop and ask some simple and basic questions. Why has the Queen remained so out of touch with modern society when it comes to LGBT people? Even our politicians are more outspoken on the subject. Not once, in her 60-year reign, has she publicly acknowledged the existence of the LGBT community. She hides behind the old adagio that she is “above politics.” Except when she is busy sabotaging a criminal court case to protect Charles’ gay, over-eager valet. When there are major tragedies involving the loss of life, the Queen always visits the site and the victims in hospitals but this did not happen when neo-Nazi, David Copeland, bombed the Admiral Duncan gay pub in Soho, London, in 1999, killing three people and wounding 70 others. Something that

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Princess Diana, for example, would have certainly done. A few weeks ago, however, she had no problem in meeting and shaking hands with Martin McGuinness, a former provisional IRA commander, and now deputy first minister of Northern Ireland’s Catholic-Protestant power-sharing government. The monarch and McGuinness met privately inside Belfast’s riverside Lyric Theatre during a cross-community arts event featuring Northern Ireland musicians, poets and artists. Apparently, former terrorists deserve, and get, more respect than her law-abiding gay subjects. Even when she announced government plans for gay law reform in her Queen’s Speeches, she did not use the words lesbian or gay. Her silence sends a loud and clear message of exclusion that is hard to ignore. If she were still ruling India we would think that LGBT people are the British equivalent of the “untouchables.” And this is a country where, since 2005, same-sex couples are allowed to enter into civil partnership, a separate union that provides the legal consequences of marriage. On Sept. 21, 2010, the Liberal Democrats, the junior member in the governing coali-


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ast week, when the Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act, I found myself in the perfect laboratory of national opinions, surrounded by families, businesspeople, and gay flight attendants all passing through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport. As CNN announced the breaking news that the Supreme Court had left the Affordable Care Act standing, passengers waiting for flights started speaking out: “There goes the middle class,” groused a guy behind me. “Now we know what we need to do—get that guy (President Obama) out of office,” snorted a woman sitting with her elderly mother. “This is why our forefathers left England. It’s Socialism!” insisted a history-

the Church’s relationship with the nation. Defenders of the monarchy point out that many royal staff are gay men. And the point is? Having gay men wait on the Queen only proves that she likes good-looking, well-mannered, well-groomed male servants. It’s the old refrain sang by rich racists claiming that they can’t be racist because they employ black staff or republican conservatives saying that some of their best friends are gay. It still does not make it right. Perhaps the Sex Pistols were not so far off the mark when they sang:

Section of a portrait of Queen Elizabeth by lesbian photographer Annie Leibowitz tion, became the first major political party to formally endorse same-sex marriage, when the party’s conference in Liverpool approved the policy motion “Equal Marriage in the United Kingdom.” In February 2011, the government expressed its intention to begin a consultation to allow both religious same-sex ceremonies and civil marriage for same-sex couples. In September 2011, the government announced its intention to introduce same-sex civil marriage by the next general election. Still, Elizabeth remained, and remains, silent. As head of state, the Queen is supposed to represent and embrace all British people, not just a few chosen ones. As Head of the Church of England, she has also remained mum when the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, accused the government of failing to think through its plans to introduce same-sex marriage, adding that the legislation would undermine

Not if you agree that healthcare should prevent untimely deaths. The U.S. is in eighth to last place in the industrialized world when it comes to life expectancy. The only relatively developed nations we outlive are the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Mexico, Poland, Slovakia, and Turkey. We rank dead last amongst highly industrialized nations.  Not challenged senior. exactly what you would exRight now, more Ameripect for the third wealthicans have come around to est country in the world accept gay marriage than with the “best” healthcare. are in favor of the Affordable • “We just can’t afford Care Act. What’s behind this universal healthcare.” virulent hatred of a national We’re already paying healthcare program? the price tag for universal  Ignorance. healthcare, just not getting  Now, I’m not saying that its benefits.  The U.S. pays there aren’t legitimate contwo-and-one-half times per cerns about the ACA in its person as much for healthcurrent form.  We can have Stephen J. Fallon, MD care as the average for all a good debate about the details of its roll out. But first let’s put some other industrialized nations. Pre-existing condition exclusions blocked many Americans common arguments to rest. • “The U.S. has the best healthcare in the from getting health insurance, and high premiums still block others. So many of the 50 milworld.”  

Healthcare Socialism is Even Worse than Gay Marriage in America! By Stephen J. Fallon, PhD


Off the Wall

God save the queen She ain’t no human being …our figurehead Is not what she seems God save the queen The fascist regime They made you a moron… The song was about rebelling against British politics. A lot of young people felt alienated by the stifling rule of the old-fashioned royal monarchy. It expressed anger toward the establishment. Thirty-five years later we ask: “How much longer will her LGBT community have to wait for a royal nod of inclusion”? The sad conclusion, even for an anglophile like me, is: The Royal Family is homophobic – if not by intent, certainly by default. But not to worry: Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (e.g. cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries, with cream, when in season. Jolly good!

lion uninsured Americans use the emergency room as their primary healthcare provider. The average emergency room visit costs $1,318, or $1,565 for patients over age 45. Worse, by the time uninsured people get to the ER, their conditions are much more costly to treat. For example, we spend more than any country in the world on hospital admissions for preventable diabetes. When patients can’t pay, you and I are already picking up the tab through increased insurance premiums, and increased taxes as hospitals write off their losses.   •  “Well, we don’t want to be like Canada, with its rationed healthcare, or socialist like France!” Agreed, we’re an innovative capitalist country. But since we’re paying more and getting less for our healthcare dollar, just saying “no” to “socialist ObamaCare” isn’t good enough. Let’s borrow a better business model from one of the industrialized nations that has a successful healthcare system without resorting to universal healthcare.  Have you got a country in mind?  If you do, you must have gone back in time, because ever since Israel changed its system in 1995, we’re the only nation in the industrialized world that does continued on next page

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Sonia Fajardo (right) was the winner of the SFGN & Best Buy Stonewall Summer Pride iPad Giveaway. It just happened to be her birthday, too! Happy Birthday, Sonia!

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not have universal healthcare. That’s right, it’s not just Canada and France that have universal healthcare, but also Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brunei, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxemburg, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.  And they all pay less per person, and all live longer, on average, than we do. Not a single American I’ve spoken to who is opposed to the Affordable Care Act knew this most basic fact. Too often, they’re getting their news from the same sort of polarizing instigators who also warn about the evil “gay agenda.” The truth is, we can’t afford not to have universal healthcare.  Among those employed, medical expense is the number one cause of household bankruptcies in the U.S. You can sock away savings all of your life, but when genetics, age, bad habits or bad luck bring a major medical issue to your home, too often

all financial reserves are lost. So go ahead and call universal healthcare “socialism.” I believe government has two core functions.  Defend the nation’s people against enemy attack, and defend citizens from unnecessary death.  No town buys its own tank and jet fighter for a possible war, and very few households could save up enough for a medical catastrophe.  This is why societies have governments in the first place, not just socialist governments. Take it from Mitt Romney, who supported an individual mandate to establish universal healthcare in 2006, “Folks, if you can afford health care, then, gosh, you’d better go get it.  Otherwise you’re just passing on your expenses to someone else. That’s not Republican, that’s not Democratic, that’s not Libertarian. That’s just wrong.” Sticking stubbornly to our broken, privatized model is just plain wrong. Stephen Fallon is the President of Skills4, a healthcare consulting firm that provides services to CDC and HRSA funded providers, primarily gay- or minority-based agencies and clinics.

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every August, during the island’s hottest men’s event of the year. Tropical Heat offers four days of fever-pitch revelry in the island city whose openness and respect for diversity have made it a world-renowned gay vacation destination. This men’s event includes intriguingly decadent adult parties at some of Key West’s finest gay venues including the Island House, Bourbon, 801, and Equator Resort. Tropical Heat Passes can be purchased in ad-

vance or at the clothing-optional opening party held at Big Ruby’s Resort. Tropical Heat Pass holders will enjoy the convenience of advance pay admission for most Tropical Heat events and save money! In addition, the passes provide holders with a 25 percent discount from Blu Q Water Adventures for men, and it also serves as a Day Pass to the Island House Aug 16-19. Key West’s gay guesthouses fill-up quickly for this event, so book your room today. 

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Shane Crone’s Tragic Story to Be a Movie

keep up with the progress of Shane Crone’s movie:

The Hollywood celeb whose viral video advocated for same-sex rights is now looking to take it to the next level By Gideon Grudo


hane Crone, celebrity-turned-activist, will be telling his story through a publicly-funded movie. His partner Tom Bridegroom of just under five years fell from a roof while photographing a model — his sometimes job and always hobby. The fall killed Bridegroom, and the ensuing ordeal that Crone faced, trying to deal medically, emotionally, financially and otherwise with a deceased partner to whom he wasn’t more than a friend according to the law, was more than he could bear. Crone made a short video about it all and submitted it to YouTube. When SFGN originally wrote about Crone in early May, the video had two million hits. As of print time, that number is closer to three million. But Crone is past that YouTube video these days, and had started a project to make a film about his story. He threw the idea up on, a site that allows people to pitch the public for donations to complete their projects. As of print time, Crone reached his $300,000 goal, and then some. His Kickstarter page, appropriately called ‘Bridegroom — An American Love Story,’ is

Facebook: Twitter: Website: Kickstarter: set to announce its completion on Thursday, July 19. It features a new video about Crone’s and Bridegroom’s story, as well. “We wanted to get married — that’s the highest form of commitment. Because we weren’t married, I wasn’t able to be there for him when I should have been,” Crone told SFGN. “It’s not just his family that got in the way, it was also the government that got in the way.” The Kickstarter site explains that the purpose of the film is really to educate its viewers on what it’s like to experience a tragedy without full rights. “The story of what happened after [Bridegroom’s] accidental death– of how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized-- is poignant, enraging,” the site reads. “[It] opens a window onto the issue of marriage equality like no speech or lecture ever will.” As of press time, the project had 6,012 backers, or people who’ve donated money to make it.

Shane Crone lost his partner Tom Bridgeroom in a tragic accident. Since the two weren’t legally married, the ensuing months tore Crone apart. Now, he’s taking his story to the cinema.

Shane Crone and Tom Bridegroom — Before Tragedy Struck


efore Tom Bridegroom fell to his death, igniting a tormented period for his partner Shane Crone, the two had a prosperous and in some ways magical relationship. In an exclusive interview with SFGN, Crone gave a taste of how it used to be. Crome came to meet Tom through a mutual friend at Entertainment Tonight, where he used to work. They actually met each other for the first time in 2006 at L.A.’s bowling alley Pinz. “Not that we’re talented bowlers by any means,” Crone said. “The one thing about Tom is that he can do anything well.” They would meet again with friends and on that second time exchanged phone numbers. And it just went from there. “The one thing that Tom and I both agreed about was that we didn’t have to tell our parents that we were gay until we found that person we wanted to spend the rest of our lives with,” Crone said.When he realized that Tom was it, Crone told his parents. It went down at his apartment in Burbank, California. Crone’s mother was sitting in a chair while he and Bridegroom sat together on an opposing couch. “The funny thing is that I started to say,


‘Mom...’ and she said ‘You’re gay,’ ” Crone said. “I didn’t even tell her — she kinda told me.You kinda just think that they have an inkling that their son is gay.” Later, Crone said he encouraged Bridegroom to tell his parents, as well. “They were furious. They blamed me for making him gay. They basically just made him feel like he was nothing,” Crone said. “After all that went down, he came back to California, and he realized there was no need to go back to Indiana anymore.” To this day, Crone said, Bridegroom’s family hadn’t apologized for how they treated Tom’s coming out. “I don’t know. I don’t understand how our Moms could react in such different ways,” Crone said. “I don’t think I have an answer.” While Crone had wanted to become an actor upon his initial move to Hollywood, that desire soon faded away. “Having Tom and being in love with him was way more important than being an actor,” Crone said. The two started a social media consulting business, which Crone runs to this day. The company mainly focused on helping musicians, primarily singers, to promote their online presence. “Our passion was music,” Crone said. “It

was a huge part of our lives.” While he couldn’t quite name the couple’s favorite song, he did share the first one that came to mind. “It’s gotta be Garth Brooks’s ‘The Dance.’ The lyrics are basically about living life to the fullest — that you wouldn’t change anything about it, even if there were tragedies,” Crone said. “It’s about life, it’s about the dance. Tom literally lived each day like it was his last.” People often referred to the two as an old married couple because they stayed in more often than they went out, with opportunities to live the crazy L.A. lifestyle. They also share a favorite type of dessert: Vegan. As for color, Bridegroom’s favorite was blue, but Crone had a hard time figuring his out. “I’m not that kind of person who is matter-of-fact about things,” he said. I don’t really have a favorite color.” After a slight pause, Crone sighed and said his favorite color is now blue. Finally, asked what Bridegroom’s strangest strength was, Crone laughed and immediately answered: “He was a master at playing Mario Brothers on regular Nintendo.”

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Nick Santa Maria, Stephen G. Anthony and Paul Louis in Real Men Sing Show Tunes...and play with puppets.

By J.W. Arnold


n 1982—long before the emergence of proverbial “metrosexual”—author Bruce Feirstein informed the world, “Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche,” with a groundbreaking book that topped the bestseller lists for 55 weeks. Feirstein defined the dilettante, trend-chasing, sensitive man who eschewed traditional masculine virtues. Now 30 years later, Paul Louis and Nick Santa Maria would have us believe that real men not only eat quiche, but sing show tunes…..and play with puppets, too. That’s the premise of the wacky musical revue the duo cooked up and premiered last weekend at Actors Playhouse in Coral Gables. The testosterone courses through the Miracle Theatre as Louis, Santa Maria and fellow funnyman Stephen G. Anthony—accompanied by pianist and music director Manny Schvartzman—take the stage to enlighten the audience with a hilarious show about the joys of manhood, “Real Men Sing Show Tunes….and Play with Puppets.” In a series of vignettes that trace the male lifespan (Really Single, Really Domesticated, Really Forty, Really a Parent and Really Relic), the trio cope with their manhood issues with the aid of a 12-step program and quotes from the “Book of More Men.” There are nods to some of Broadway’s biggest hits throughout, including naughty puppets a la Avenue Q and the sacrilegious Book of Mormon. There’s even a six-foot dancing dick. The zany musical numbers are perfectly staged by Director David Arisco and complemented by bawdy puppets designed by Louis with help from costume designer Ellis Tillman. Some of the standout numbers include “I’m Not (Gay)” and “Look Straight Ahead,” which lays down the rules of men’s room etiquette at a row of urinals. “All About the Wings” shares the straight man’s misguided notion that people eat at Hooters for the food (just

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like guys read “Playboy” for the articles), while “A Woman with Kids” questions a husband’s commitment to his bratty stepkids. The puppets and clever staging and props prove to steal the show in “Prairie Men,” featuring cowboys who dance ballet; “That’s My Boy,” about a father who finds some shocking surprises while reminiscing in his son’s childhood bedroom; and “I Will Be There for You,” featuring fathers pledging their devotion to their newborn sons. In between all the laughter, the audience was nearly brought to tears in “A Real Man,” a poignant salute to the fathers who served as our role models that closed with projections of the actors’ own dads. “Real Men Sing Showtunes….” certainly has a commercial future, providing an alternative to all those “women’s” shows (“Motherhood the Musical,” “Maternity the Musical,” “Divorce Party the Musical”) that seem to be constantly playing across the country. It can be produced in a small theater relatively inexpensively with a small cast and a single piano player, although a splurge on more musicians would really enhance the musical numbers. The show would also benefit from some editing. Despite a nice variety of musical genres (blues, jazz, vaudeville, boogie woogie), the 25-plus songs tend to run together over the two-hour show. The creators would also be wise to focus on one of the story-telling motifs (12-step program/Book of More Men readings/five stages of a man’s life) to move the show along more expeditiously.

“Real Men Sing Showtunes….and play with puppets” Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday, 2 p.m. through Aug. 11 Actors Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables Tickets $44 at

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Symphony Sparkles in Summerfest Series By J.W. Arnold

Symphony of the Americas


ach summer, the Symphony of the Americas, Broward County’s only resident orchestra, engages in a cultural exchange with a major foreign orchestra. This year, musicians from the Mission Chamber Orchestra of Rome made the long journey to perform across South Florida. On Saturday, June 15, the musicians took the stage John Knox Village’s Village Center Auditorium to perform for an enthusiastic audience of nearly 300 residents and guests. Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese opened the program with C.P.E. Bach’s Sinfonia in B-flat Major. Carl Phillip Emmanuel, the fifth child of Johann Sebastian and second to survive to adulthood, proved to be an important transitional composer bridging the didactic, high Baroque masterpieces of his father with the lithe, joyous works of the Classical period, as epitomized by Mozart and Haydn. This three-movement Sinfonia followed the compositional forms of the latter period, yet was decidedly rooted in the pedantic sounds of Bach’s father, as the

The Symphony of the Americas welcomes musicians from Italy for its annual Summerfest series presented at locations across Broward County. musicians tackled complex contrapuntal and ornamental passages with precision. The clock then turned back as the orchestra performed Arcangelo Corelli’s Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 5. In the late 17th century, Corelli’s music was a staple in the chapels and palaces of Italy, including the Vatican, where the Mission Chamber Orchestra often performs. The concerto grosso as a musical form was composed to create a melodic dialogue between a small group of soloists (the concertino) and the full orchestra (the ripieno). Unfortunately, an electronic keyboard, simulating a harpsichord, overpowered the concertino, dismissing the intended effect. Flutist Marilyn Maingart dazzled in her own transcription of Camille Saint-Saens’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, originally composed for famed violinist Pablo Sarasate. Maingart premiered the piece during the American musicians’ trip to Rome a month ago. Maingart was a consummate artist, stretching every romantic phrase in the introduction and then attacking the virtuousic, arpeggiated passages in the rondo with gusto, despite the unforgiving, dry acoustics of the auditorium. The conductor of the Mission Chamber Orchestra, Lorenzo Turchi-Floris, took to the stage to open the second half, performing his own composition, “Tarantango,” for piano and string orchestra. A curious hybrid


of the traditional Italian tarantella and the fiery Argentinian tango, the work is colorful, utilizing broad compositional vocabulary to create musical imagery appropriate for a motion picture score. The remainder of the program was much lighter, rounded out with C. Hubert Parry’s An English Suite for Orchestra, Alexander Borodin’s Nocturne from String Quartet #2, and Felix Mendelssohn’s Sinfonia No. 10 in B-minor. Maetro Brooks-Bruzzese described Parry as the “English Brahms,” but this suite was not heavy or even particularly moving, just simply cordial, even jolly in its celebration of British trifle. Borodin, best known for the lusch “Polovetsian Dances” (“Stranger in Paradise”), composes with a distinct tonal voice, immediately recognizable in this pleasant arrangement that arguably was more effective in its original setting. The program closed with Felix Mendelssohn’s Sinfonia No. 10 in B-minor, a pleasant work that showcased how tight an ensemble the orchestra had become during the exchange. Symphony of the Americas Summerfest continues July 24-29 with performances of this program in Key West, Miami, Weston, Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach. For more information and tickets, go to

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By Brian Swinford

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Theater Broward County

Love’s Labor’s Lost by William Shakespeare

This play can be seen at Studio One through July 21. This play is about The King of Navarre and his three companions swear an oath to renounce all thought of women for a period of three years for the sake of study. Their resolve is immediately challenged by the arrival of the Princess of France and her three lovely companions. Of course, its love at first sight for all concerned awkwardly masked by the gentlemen’s highly entertaining but clumsy efforts to disguise their true feelings. Visit

Tony Award nominee Cathy Rigby takes flight in an all-new production of Peter Pan. Discover the Magic all over again of this two-time EmmyAward-winning and two-time TonyAwardnominated production of Peter Pan starting August 1 at 7 p.m. at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall. Visit

The Exorcist

The most chilling test of faith comes to life on stage at the Gil Cates Theater through 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


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 index.php

Show tune by Jerry Herman

Put on your Sunday clothes” and enjoy this toe-tapping revue celebrating the work of Jerry Herman through July21 at the University Theater. Incorporating hit song after hit song, Showtune is sure to please audiences young and old alike with witty lyrics set to iconic tunes from shows including Hello Dolly!, Mame and La Cage Aux Folles. Visit

Baby Girl

The Fantasticks

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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! July 13 through August 5. Visit

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Baby GirL centers on Ashley, described as a spirited daydreamer, This Filthy World who is alienated by her adoptive at the Parker Playhouse family when she comes out as a lesbian. Ashley then embarks July 28th, 7:00 pm on a journey to find love and a place to call home. Baby GirL runs July 13 through August 5, at Empire Stage, 1140 North Flagler Dr. Fort Lauderdale. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. Call 954-678-1496. For tickets, visit: or 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 *Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theater the city’s dreamiest pop-up club! Disco is back and better than presents Hairspray ever with this play. The Donkey Show will be at the Ziff Ballet With big hair and an even bigger heart, Tracy Turnblad, Opera House on July 13 to Aug. 12. It’s the ultimate night fever Broadway’s favorite plus-sized teen, tries to integrate the - a crazy fun house of disco mirror balls and feathered divas, Corny Collins Show and find true love in this Tony-winning of roller skaters and hustle queens, enchanted by an ever-somusical based on the classic John Waters film. Performed by light sprinkling of Shakespearean magic. Visit adults and teens in age-appropriate casting. Catch this amazBroadway in Miami 2012-13 ing play on July 20-21 at the Broward Center. Show times may This season Ziff Ballet Opera House on Oct. 9 to May 12 will vary. Visit 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 outland*Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story ishly colorful Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the awesomely The man, the music, the legend will leave you rockin’ in cool Rock of Ages, and - the 2010 Tony Award Winner for the aisles on July 22 at the Walnut Street Theatre. Buddy Best Musical - Memphis, a triumph of explosive dancing and Holly was a brilliant musician who changed the face of powerhouse songs. Visit popular music and paved the way for the next generation of rock’n’rollers. Follow Buddy’s meteoric rise to fame, from his *Malinche/Malinches humble country music roots to the top of the record charts On July 19 & 20 come to the Carnival Studio Theatre for and his untimely death in 1959. Visit Malinche. The Malinche is “something” in our collective unconscious that we can’t seem to comprehend, something Hairspray that is hard to interpret. Who are we? Are we bastards? Are Hairspray sweeps you away to 1960’s Baltimore where the we children of betrayal, ambition, gossip? Lover, concubine, 50’s are out and change is in the air. Loveable plus-size slave, maid, mother, woman, native. All attempts to explain heroine, Tracy, has a passion for dancing, and wins a spot the Mexican soul are intimately tied to her. Malinche is our on the local TV dance program. Overnight she finds herself country, and also duality and legacy. Visit transformed from an outsider to teen celebrity. Through July 29. Tickets are $23 to $35. Visit *André & Dorine André and Dorine are a unique elderly couple who, like so Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of many others, have drifted into apathy as a result of routine. Fleet Street But a disease interrupts the monotony: Alzheimer’s, our This 1979 Tony award winning musical by Stephen Sondheim great enemy, a destroyer of memories, of identity. A journey and Hugh Wheeler will awe you with its stunning music, through memory, a struggle to remember who they were so dazzling images, and wickedly intriguing script. July 26-29 at as not to forget who they are. See this amazing play at CarniFAU’s Studio One Theatre in Boca Raton. Tickets $20. Visit val Studio Theatre on July 21-22. Visit or phone 800-564-9539


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Community Calendar Broward County *Come On, Get Happy! - Group

Come On, Get Happy! is a self-help discussion group that helps you discover the ability and power inside you to maintain & achieve happiness, harmony and wellbeing with emotional balance and stability. Led by Dr. Lewis James Jordan PHD LHMC. ‘Believe in your power to be happy. This group will take place at the Sunserve building located at 2312 Wilton Drive at 7pm-8:30pm. For more information visit

*Women 4 Women Drop In Group

Open Group for women who partner with women to work on personal growth issues. Facilitated by Kris Drumm LCSW on July 18 at the Sunserve building located on Wilton Drive from 6pm-730pm. For more information visit


“954 GLOW” Presents: “My Best Day”

The Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (FLGLFF) is continuing its monthly movie series “GLOW” (Gays & Lesbians on Wednesdays) by presenting “My Best Day,” written and directed by Erin Greenwell at the Gateway Theatre on July 18 at 8 p.m. The FLGLFF “GLOW” series consists of a monthly program filled with feature films and documentaries produced with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in mind. The films chosen are produced and directed by prominent independent filmmakers from across the globe. Visit

Saturday Nite Alive

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

Tundra Gay Night

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

GLBX Business Advantage Referral Group

GLBX Business Advantage Referral Group will be held at the chamber offices on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 8 to 9 a.m. The leads group is looking for additional members. If you are interested joining, please contact Ken Stollar at to see if your category is open and to attend as a guest. Visit php?src=gendocs&ref=GLBX_home&category=GLBX

Wild Inspirational Gatherings

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

Corporate Challenge of Florida

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

Queer Youth Nights

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

Latin Night Bingo

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

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By J.W. Arnold Cirque du Soleil Returns to Sunny South Florida


he inventive French Canadian circus spectacle, Cirque du Soleil, returns to South Florida with an exploration of the exotic cultures of the Far East in Dralion, July 19-29 at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise. The 3,000 year old tradition of Chinese acrobatics will be on center stage in the show, named for the fusion of a dragon and lion, and featuring dozens of jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, gymnasts and dancers. The show also includes vocals and a live orchestra, as well as four characters symbolizing the elements—fire, water, air and earth—who serve as guides through the action. Performances are Tuesdays-Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1 and 5p.m. through July 29. Tickets are $18-$145 at


Let Your Hair Down


ndrews Living Arts (ALA) Studio is “the little theatre that could,” never afraid to tackle big shows. Last weekend, ALA opened the American tribal love-rock musical, “Hair.” Audiences are sure to feel the real love of the Summer of ’69 because the show is being performed outdoors under the stars, along with Sunday afternoon matinees. Bring your lawn chairs and get ready for the rock anthems of the Vietnam protesting flower children. Performances are Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at ALA, 23 NW 5th St. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $29.95 for adults and $24.95 for seniors at or by calling 800838-3006.

Teenage Angst Relived ndergrounds Coffeehaus, 3020 N. Federal Hwy. in Fort Lauderdale, turns back the clock— gasp!—nearly three decades with a brat pack triple feature on Sunday, July 22 at 7 p.m. Classic films of our youth, like Pretty in Pink, 16 Candles and St. Elmo’s Fire must seem so quaint to the hip, counterculture Millennial crowd that flock to this popular local joint. Just because we’re middle-aged now doesn’t mean we can’t crash the place and celebrate those simpler days of teenage angst sans Facebook, cellphones and ADHD meds. For information, call 954-630-1900.

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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. Latinos Salud’s programs

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

Man2Man Discussion

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

Meditation After Work

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

Buddhist Meditation Classes

Survivor Support

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

Sunday Jazz Brunch

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

Intimate Partner Abuse Group

Boardwalk Friday Fest

Dream Car Classic


Living Healthy

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

Life Coaching

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


Miami Beach Bruthaz is Back on South Beach

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

Young Adult GLBT

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

By Sergio Candido

Sex & Love Anonymous

All the happiness there is in the world arises from wishing others to be happy. By abandoning self-centered thoughts and replacing them with the belief that others are important, we will overcome our suffering and find true happiness inside our own hearts. $10/class or $30/series includes vegetarian food after class. Call The Drolma Buddhist Center at 954-537-9191. SunServe is offering a new weekly support group for LGBT people that are experiencing abuse in their intimate relationships, or have just left an abusive intimate relationship. Abuse includes: name calling, put downs, slurs, humiliation, isolation, being kept from friends and family, economic deprivation, threats, intimidation, violence, sexual coercion, and sexual violence. Call 954-764-5150 extension 104.


A social group open to all LGBT people ages 18-35. Meets Fridays at the Pride Center in Wilton Manors from 7:15-9 p.m. Meeting starts with a discussion on current events followed by introductions and then a group activity. Visit Come out to Hollywood Beach Theatre East of A1A at Johnson St and the ocean. Admission: Free every Friday of every month. Live jazz, blues, pop and everything in between along Hollywood’s signature 2.5 mile boardwalk. Charming oceanfront cafes and restaurants serve up delicious innovative cuisine while you enjoy the best array of live music and tropical ocean breezes. Visit or call 954-924-2980 Most Toastmasters meetings are comprised of about 20 people who meet weekly for an hour or so. Participants practice and learn skills by filling a meeting role, ranging from giving a prepared speech or an impromptu one to serving as timer, evaluator or grammarian. Toastmasters meet at the GLCC/Pride Center Monday at 7:15 p.m. Call Ted Verdone at 954-566-2074 or email: Tedverdone@comc​

Safe “T”

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

Tuesday Night Eatin Meeting

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

Congress Hotel


ulture has historically made it harder for gay black people to express who they are, but things are getting better: R&B singer Frank Ocean recently came out, and a new music video features California rapper Murs wearing a “Legalize Gay” shirt and kissing another man in an effort to call out homophobia. This weekend will be another opportunity for gay and lesbian black people to continue putting an end to the cultural stigma and celebrate their sexuality at the annual Miami Beach Bruthaz convention, which kicks off this Thursday July 19 until Sunday, July 22. The four-day event includes a pool party, a swimwear and underwear fashion show, happy hour gatherings, pulsing parties running into the early hours of each night, and a Sunday beach party and drag show. But it’s not all fun in the sun. The event is also aimed at discussing social, economic, political and health issues affecting the gay community through informative workshop sessions. “Even from the first year, people were making connections, friendships that became relationships that continued throughout the year,” Ian Smith, Miami Beach Bruthaz founder, told SFGN in a previous interview.

Smith said Miami Beach Bruthaz started in 2006, when he and a group of 22 friends planned a weekend getaway to South Beach. “It all started when I planned a weekend trip for a few friends,” recalls Smith, 41, a resident of the Tampa area. “We were going to have a nice relaxing weekend but it became so much more.” Since the event has grown to be considered a full Gay Pride fest, attracting participants from across the United States and Canada, as well as Brazil, Honduras and even Sweden. According to its organizers, Miami Beach Bruthaz does not discriminate based on age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, gender, ethnic background or other differences. “The Bruthaz concept is definitely embracing all groups,” Smith said. Miami Beach Bruthaz is working with an official host hotel, the trendy Congress Hotel on Ocean Drive - you can book one of the special weekend packages here. Organizers are also working with the gayfabulous Lords Hotel South Beach. Tickets for individual events range between $20 to $25. All weekend packages between $85 to $200. For more information, go to

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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. Eating Disorder Support

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

Gay Men’s HIV+ Long Time Survivors’ Group

A support group that gives men who have been HIV+ for a long time (5 yrs +) the opportunity to give and receive support around topics of interest and issues for concern that are raised by the members. Meets on 1st and 3rd Thursday at SunServe 2312 Wilton Drive from 6:30 – 8 p.m. No cost. Donations welcome.


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

SunServe Therapy Groups

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

Fusion Wilton Manors - Connections

Gay Male Empowerment

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

Palm Beach County Lake Worth Bike Night

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

Motivation Man Triathlons

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


Gay men’s group discussion. Different subject every week. Dr. David Fawcett, a gay therapist, who has been in private practice in Fort Lauderdale for the last ten years, leads the event. No charge. Starts at 7 p.m. Call 954-630-1655.

PFLAG is a monthly support, coming out and rap groups for families of & for Gay, Lesbian, Bi, and Transgender people. Meeting in Palm Beach County is at 6:30 on the third Wednesday of the month. Call or email Carol at 561-716-9464 Pflag@

Women4Women Support

New Alternatives

A safe and loving place to explore all the concerns and topics raised by group members. This open drop-in meeting is held Wednesdays at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the New Sun Serve Building at 2312 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Call 954-764-5150

Man2Man Discussion

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

Social group with regular outings and social mixers for LGBTQ ages 18 to 30. This meeting will take place at The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Palm Beach County. Email or Visit

Sober Sisters AA

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

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

Good Orderly AA

These meetings now take place at Lambda North at 18 S. J Street, and geared toward recovering alcoholics. Every Tues. and Thurs. at 7 p.m. and on Sat. at 5:30 p.m. These meetings will help recovering alcoholics cope with the stress of everyday life without the use of alcohol. Email Seniors vs. Crime is a free service that provides help to seniors who have been victimized by businesses or service providers and need assistance. This event will take place at Mae Volen Senior Center at 1515 W. Palmetto Park Road. By appointment only so call 561736-3820 or 561-395-8920.

Seniors vs. Crime

The NAMES Project Foundation AIDS Memorial Quilt Display signifies thousands of people who have been lost to AIDS

Yoga On The Waterfront

Lake Pavilion at 101 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL / Yoga On The Waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach on Wednesday Evenings at 5:45 p.m. Residents $40 per 8 week session, Non-Residents $50 per 8 week session, Drop-ins $10 per class. To register, please call 561-804-4902.

YOGA Among the Orchids

It’s time for Yoga Among the Orchids at the American Orchid Society, 16700 AOS Lane, Delray Beach. Relax and replenish the flower inside with an hour of breathing exercises, toning, and yoga poses under a canopy of lush orchids. Classes are Wed. at 9 a.m. Cost is $20 and RSVP is suggested. Call 561404-2011. Visit Jazz on the Palm - Downtown West Palm Beach Waterfront - Gather with friends and family to enjoy the diverse vibrant sounds of jazz under the stars every 3rd Friday of month at the new Downtown West Palm Beach waterfront concert series. Free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Visit Wpbgo. com/2010/06/jazz-on-the-palm

Sunday on the Waterfront

Sunday on the Waterfront is a free concert series, which takes place the third Sunday of most months in the beautiful downtown West Palm Beach waterfront area. Bring blankets, chairs, and coolers or purchase treats at the concert. Free parking in all city lots and at city meters. 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. May through October. Visit

Cold Sweat Miami will take place on July 19-22 in South Beach. This will be the first ever Cold Sweat Party that is going to be for men and women. Come feel the Cold Sweat premium event for sexy,powerful, strong men and women. The host hotel will be the Courtyard Marriott Miami Downtown. Rooms are going for 116.00 per night. For more information visit or call 305-374-3000. Miami Beach Community Health Center’s “Making Memories” will assist those interested in creating an AIDS Quilt panel as a way to pay tribute to a life lost to AIDS. Workshops are held the fourth Saturday of every month through October. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Workshops are free. Visit Miamibeachhealth. org or 305-538-8835 or 1-800-393-1290

Lambda Dade Clubhouse

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

nightlife Broward County


This group is a black gay men’s discussion group that is held at the Compass in West Palm Beach. Every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. this group will be directed toward issues for and about black men. Visit



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

Paths is a social/discussion group held at Compass in Lake Worth. This men’s group takes place every Monday from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Paths men’s group will be discussing relationships, coming out, safer sex issues and more. Visit

Atomic Boom


Yoga with Deborah will change your life. Bring a mat and get ready to stretch the stress away every Tuesday at The GLCC in Palm Beach from 6 to 7 p.m. This yoga experience will uplift and transform your life. $6 Entry Fee. You must bring your own mat. Visit On the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. Compass in Lake Worth will be holding a discussion group for overcoming obstacles and obtaining happiness. This group is great for getting internal enlightenment. Release your inner stress, and become free. Visit


Cold Sweat Miami 2012

AIDS Quilt Panel Workshops

Jazz on the Palm

Living Buddhism


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

Bill’s Filling Station

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


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

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By Brian Swinford Friday, July 20

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

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

Dudes Bar

3270 NE 33 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. rd


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.

Georgie’s Alibi

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.

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

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.


502 E. Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, (954) 5256662. 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) 563-5631. A Casual, Hip, Fun Experience and if You Have a Taste for Deliciously Unique Wines, You Need to Make This Your Next Stop! Happy Hour All Night on Thursday

New Moon

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

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

The Manor Complex 2345 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors: 954-626-0082 This Friday at the Manor party like a rock star with the CD Release Party of Midnight Red and their new single “Hell Yeah.” DJ JPS will be in the main room, and non-other than DJ Daisy D in the Hip-Hop room spinning their hottest mixes. While your partying like a rock star be sure to see the special performances by TP Lords, Estephania St. Lords, and Sasha Lords in the main room. Check out The Manor Complex on Facebook for a chance to win a free VIP bottle service. No cover for anyone 21 or older all night.Visit

Saturday, July 21 The New Moon 2440 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors: 954-563-7660 This Saturday get your dancing shoes out and party at New Moon Bar located on Wilton Dr. DJ Pat Pat will spinning the hottest hits from 10 p.m. to close.You’ve heard DJ Pat Pat spin at The Women’s White Party in South Beach, Girls in Wonderland in Orlando, and Aqua Girl in Miami. Be sure to bring all your friends to this smoking hot party. As always there is no cover all night so you can spend you flow on the New Moons awesome drinks, bartended by the best around.Visit

Sunday, July 22 Bills Filling Station 2209 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors: 954-567-5978 End your weekend at Bills Filling Station for Bills Hot Summer T-Dance party from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.You can have your cupcake and eat it to at Bills Filling Station with DJ’s Andy Ajar and Kenny Poole from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with free cupcakes and cupcake vodka cocktail. If you don’t have to work on Monday be sure to stick around for three-dollar long island ice teas. With all this money you will be saving be sure to tip your super-hot bartenders.Visit

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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

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.

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.

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.

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


Watch the Olympic Games at Sidelines Sports Bar July 27. In this photo from Ralph Lauren, designer for Team USA, is swimmer Ryan Lochte.

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. 2829 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, (954) 587-2500. Your Dance Destination Till Dawn. Open Late for You To Devour The Night. Open 7 nights a week till 4 a.m.

Palm Beach County

The Cottage (Tea-Dance Sundays)

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

Fort Dix

6205 Georgia Ave, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405 Directions, (561) 533-5355. Mostly local crowd looking to mingle and relax. Place rocks with a Fabulous DJ on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday T-Dance.

H.G. Rooster

823 BELVEDERE ROAD, WEST PALM BEACH FLORIDA 33405, (561)-832-9119. H.G. Roosters is West Palms oldest gay club. Sunday’s Complimentary BBQ 5 p.m., Hot Male Dancers 6 p.m., Karaoke 11 p.m.

Mara (Thurs-Sat)

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

The Mad Hatter

1532 North Dixie Hwy ,Lake Worth, FL 33460. (561) 547-8860. Cheap drinks, friendly bartenders, and free pool SundayThursday. Stop by and relax at this no-attitude haunt.

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


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. 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) 538-9478. Never a Cover…Always a Groove. Resident star DJ Mika spins tribal. Every Saturday TWIST is full of the hottest men in Miami. Muscle boy dancers taking it off in the Bungalow Bar.

Key West 801 Bar

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

The Bourbon St. Pub

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

La Te Da

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

Club Aqua

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


Swinging Richards


The Bar Lake Worth

950 NE 2nd Ave, Downtown Miami, Florida 33132,(305) 350-9084. One of the best night clubs In Miami. Every Saturday the hottest DJ’s from the top performers. Drink Special Every Saturday

711 Duval St.,Key West, Florida,(305) 294-0555. Monday’s Dueling Bartenders. Your Bartender’s sing, shake, and stir their way through happy hour 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


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

Pearl’s Patio Bar

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

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By Gideon Grudo


he International AIDS Conference is coming to Washington, D.C., for the first time in 22 years — which means it’s time for another biennial conference from the Global Forum on MSM (Men who have sex with men) & HIV (MSMGF). It’s a pre-conference conference, which sounds confusing but isn’t. It’s held on July 21, a day before the 19th bi-annual International AIDS Conference begins. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., over 600 experts on HIV/AIDS and what it means to the MSM and transgender populations. Like the international one, this conference will be in Washington. It’s called “From Stigma to Strength.” The day of events will include 23 breakout sessions, all revolving around the complex situation of MSM and transgender people that are facing HIV/AIDS — which MSMGF considers a priority during these days of changing policy and evolving public opinion. As a useful resource, the MSMGF also compiled all of the sessions at the international conference that target the MSM and transgender community into what they call the AIDS 2012 Roadmap. Here are some of the experts and officials who’ll be leading sessions and lectures:

The Honorable Congresswoman Barbara Lee, United States House of Representatives The Honorable Michael Kirby, Former High Court Judge, Australia Dr. Kevin Fenton, Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS,Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention (CDC) Dr. Mandeep Dhaliwal, Cluster Leader: Human Rights, Gender & Sexual Diversities (UNDP) Dr. Tonya Nyagiro, Senior Specialist: Gender, Key Populations & Human Rights (Global Fund) Ernest Massiah, Director, UNAIDS Caribbean Regional Support Team Rafael Mazin, Senior Advisor on HIV, STI and Hepatitis, Pan-American Health Organization (WHO) Francis Kaikumba, Chief Executive Officer, African Health Policy Network Thomas Cai, Director, AIDS Care China Ben Plumley, Chief Executive Officer, Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation Dr. Andrew Spieldenner, Deputy Director, Latino Commission on AIDS Earl Fowlkes, President, International Federation of Black Prides Mauro Cabral, Co-Director, GATE - Global Action for Trans* Equality Dr. Robert Grant, Senior Investigator and Professor of Medicine, Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology, University of California San Francisco Dr. Ian McGowan, Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Here are the names of the preconference sessions: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: Addressing Criminalization in All Its Forms Optimizing Treatment/Revolutionizing Prevention: New Research and Its Implications for HIV Responses Among Gay Men/MSM and Transgender People Why Laws Matter? New Strategies in Prevention: Research and Emerging Science Bridging the Divide: HIV Criminalization and Perceptions of Responsibility for HIV Prevention LIVING 2012 Continued PART 1: Implications for MSM and Transgender Advocates Mounting an Advocacy Response Against Human Rights Violations and Abuses Faced by Transgender Communities Worldwide Targeting YMSM: An International Look at Programs and Funding for Young MSM Keeping the Pressure Up: A Dialogue With Donors on Increasing HIV Investments Targeted at Programs for MSM and Transgender People SexualHealthandHappinessPart1:ResearchProcess ,Methods,andDesign CommonBonds/DifferentJourneysPartI: StrengtheningtheResponseto HIV Among Ethnic Minority MSM & Transgender People in the Global North

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Florida Supercon 2012 Finds LGBT Audience By Andrea Dulanto

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f you went to Florida Supercon 2012, June 29 – July 2, then you walked into a world where you could run into Spike from Buffy or Green Lantern or Spider-Girl. It didn’t matter if you got lost in the hallways, if the escalator or AC was broken—okay, that did matter. Yet it was a testament to the power of geek unity that people wearing vinyl bodysuits or furry costumes took it in stride. There aren’t too many events in South Florida where individuality, eccentricity and weirdness are not only embraced but encouraged. That’s why convention-goers keep coming back year after year. They love steampunk and anime, comic books and gaming. But they are also looking for community and acceptance. For LGBT fans of comic cons, it’s even more important to find that connection. At Florida Supercon, the LGBT community could connect with Dan Parent, an Archie Comics writer/artist for twenty-five years and creator of Kevin Keller, the first gay character at Riverdale High. Parent declared that the reaction to Kevin has been “fantastic.” He also noted that the character was not introduced to support any agenda, but was meant to bring Archie Comics into the 21st century. Parent recalled the most memorable reaction: “It was a phone call from a fourteen-year-old kid, also named Kevin, he was very nervous. He said ‘I want to thank you [for this character] it means a lot to me,’ and then hung up. It must have taken a lot of courage [to call]. I was very moved.” He also added: “Parents of gay kids are appreciative of the comic book. It’s a good entry level point of discussion about gay people.” In an upcoming issue, Kevin Keller #6, Kevin meets George Takei from Star Trek, mixing comic books and sci-fi. Florida Supercon’s headlining guests came from two shows with a significant LGBT fanbase: Nicki Clyne and Michael Hogan from Battlestar Galactica, and Alex Kingston from Dr.Who. At the Battlestar Galactica Q&A session, Nicki Clyne (Cally Henderson Tyrol) recounted the experience of “boot camp,” in which prior to the first season, most of the cast members learned about military protocol and watched episodes of the original series. When Michael Hogan (Colonel Saul

Tigh) was asked about his favorite scenes, he singled out “the flashback [in Season Two] when [Adama and Tigh] first meet.” Alex Kingston had never appeared at a U.S. comic books convention. During her Q&A session on Saturday, she was asked about her reaction to cosplay, i.e., when attendees dress up as sci-fi or anime characters: “People [in America] certainly go to town.You can see how much energy and thought they’ve taken into creating what they’re wearing. I’m really impressed.” Kingston’s character on Dr.Who, River Song, happens to be bisexual. The character has also become a model of female empowerment, reminiscent of past icons: “When the Alien movies came out, I imagined how fabulous it would be to play Ripley,” said Kingston. “I feel like I’ve been given that opportunity.” She added: “…out of all of the Doctor’s associates, [River Song] is his equal. She knows how to fly the Tardis.” A roller derby girl from Miami’s Vice City Rollers asked Kingston whether she believed in gay marriage, then concluded: “If so, would you marry me?” The audience broke into applause. Kingston affirmed her support of gay marriage, but as far as the proposal, she was already spoken for. Miami’s Vice City Rollers hosted several panels of their own, and an exhibitor’s booth. Jessica Diaz (Tallygator) founded the team with her girlfriend Kristen De La Rua (De La Ruthless), and their friend William Herrera (Will Da Thrill).

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For Diaz, the appeal of roller derby is “the camaraderie—you get to skate and be with interesting people.” “You don’t have to come from an athletic background,” added De La Rua. “Petite girls, Amazonians, everyone has their place.” Although the team has only been around for a year, four hundred spectators attended their last bout. Crowds are expected at their next game at Suniland Hockey Rink in Kendall-Perrine on August 18. The Pineapple Shaped Lamps, a theater and comedy troupe from Wilmington, North Carolina, embodied camaraderie during two shadowcasts of work by LGBT favorite Joss Whedon (pre-Avengers days)— Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More With Feeling and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog. At Buffy, the room was claustrophobically small, the AC wasn’t working, and there weren’t enough seats. People were turned away at the door. Towards the end, the DVD malfunctioned, leaving the actors without music or video. But the performers vibrantly improvised, and it only made everyone enjoy the show more. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog also had several moments of elation—most notably during “Everyone’s A Hero” when the audience raised their lit cell phones to the music. Several people called for an encore at the end of the show—but how can you encore that? At the Goddess Gaming exhibitor’s booth, founder Julie Furman surmised that “convention culture is not about buying, it’s about bonding.” Furman started her organization to reach out to all gamers, particularly women. It evolved into a podcast, and will debut a full fashion line, including T-shirts, jewelry, and other items. “Geek chic. It’s a lifestyle,” said Furman.

Her business partners, Jessica Fernandez and Vicky Tabora, also concurred that geek is “very in, sexy…open to everyone.” Yet, one hopes that a true geek never becomes too “in.” Geek is counterculture—just as the LGBT community is often counterculture. Of course, the trajectory has been altered with multi-million dollar superhero movies. However, a visit to the Star Trek Discussion Room at Florida Supercon can restore faith in the existence of the unadulterated geek. Intelligent, passionate, adamant, and insightful individuals argued about which Star Trek series was the best. They also discussed the changes in comic cons. Doug, 50, was dressed as one of the Men in Black. “Over the last twenty-five years, sci-fi has gotten smaller,” he reflected. “There’s more gaming…cosplay, anime.” Dressed in the Star Trek New Generation uniform, Jennifer Nanek admitted: “I like the big tent aspect…more people come for different reasons.” Doug reassured: “Sci-fi will always be here… there will always be a choice.” Florida Supercon 2012 offered many choices for its audience, particularly the LGBT community, and we can only encourage them to continue this tradition.

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Federal Government to Tackle Partner Abuse and LBT Obesity LGBT progress report outlines 2011’s goals and objectives for 2012

By Gideon Grudo


t’s a long read, but shows exactly what the feds have been up to last year and what they’ll do next year for the LGBT community. It also has a long name — The Health and Human Services (HHS) LGBT Issues Coordinating Committee 2012 Report. According to the report, major progress has been seen in six areas for the community, including research, LGBT children and families, cultural competency, anti-violence efforts, the Affordable Care Act, funding opportunities, and outreach. Future goals include issues of discrimination, obesity and smoking in the family. HHS coordinates with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on a lot of its efforts through a program called the New Beginning Initiative (NBI). The NBI brings together different organizations in an effort to effect policy and regulatory changes that may help the LGBT community. The Task Force’s Brad Jacklin had a hard time picking one realized goal over another, based on those listed in the HHS report, but felt that information was the most impor-

tant element for the community. “The federal government gives out a lot of money depending on a specific community’s need. If there’s one thing that ties all of those things together, it’d be data collection,” Jacklin said. “In order for the LGBT community to get real access to those resources, there needs to be a better understanding of what the community needs. Without data, there’s no way to realize that.” At the same time, while community data is a priority and is starting to make its way into the hands that need it, national data is still hard to come by. “What we’re missing is large-scale information, but I think we can do this. We’ve been able to demonstrate that through projects and research,” Jacklin said. “We’re not where we need to be. That’s why the LGBT advocacy community has really been pushing data collection. And it’s why the HHS has been pushing the same thing.” Regardless of what’s been accomplished and what still needs work, Jacklin said that when it comes to healthcare, and issues out-

side of HIV/AIDS altogether, openness with officials and doctors is a sure way to move the community forward. “One of the impediments to healthcare is people who are afraid to tell their providers about their lives. Good outcomes are born

out of good and honest conversation,” he said. “There are a lot of people who are very dedicated to the issue of LGBT health in the HHS. They’ve been very good partners and we’re very pleased with the progress that they’ve made to date.”

THE REPORT The 2012 HHS report outlined 2011’s goals and 2012’s objectives. Here’s a breakdown of the major items for each section.

2011 Goals Research Since the HHS made public its objectives a year ago regarding data collection on the LGBT community, organizations across the country have risen to the occasion and helped the government get what it needs. Among these are the National Institute of Health, the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. According to a factsheet based on the data collected this past year, gay and bisexual men comprise more than half of new HIV infections in the US, and HIV among transgender women is higher than 25 percent in the county. For more stats, go to http://1.

LGBT Children and Families The Administration for Children and Families released in April 2011 a report designed to help foster care facilities and families attend to LGBT youth correctly and offer them a much protection as possible. Further, and while many states have chosen not to do so, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services clearly told states that they can extend nursing privileges to same-sex partners, not just to married couples.

Cultural Competency The Health Resources and Services Administration awarded the Fenway Institute a grant to create what they called a National Training and Technical Assistance Center — its point is to assist more than 8,500 community health centers on improving LGBT health. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, on its side, developed an LGBT-focused publication for health providers on how to deal with substance abuse victims, an information guide on health issues pervading the LGBT community, and a video series that offers up best practices for providers serving homeless LGBT youth and their families.

2012 Objectives The NIH will release a report regarding the gaps and opportunities of health in the LGBT community. Eight grants will be awarded to organizations who actively work to improve care for transgender women of color with HIV. Five studies in places across the county will try to identify and find ways to combat obesity in lesbian and bisexual women. For the first time ever, the CDC will release data from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey on sexual violence, stalking and intimate partner violence by sexual orientation. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will pay particular attention to LGBT older adults in its upcoming training videos for healthcare providers regarding the social stigma on the community, and the rights of consumers in nursing homes, hospice and home health care. To check out the entire report, go to


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LGBT Centers Serve 33,000 People a Year National report brings insight on LGBT Centers

By Gideon Grudo


he numbers are in — LGBT community centers are kicking butt and taking names across the country, but they’re not as strong as they could be. The 2012 LGBT Community Center Survey Report came out this last month. It was coordinated by CenterLink, a Fort Lauderdale based LGBT community center advocate, and by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), a research conglomerate intended to give LGBT advocates the resources they need. The two organizations solicited 200 LGBT community centers they estimated were active across the U.S. Of those, only 79 responded, giving a worthwhile picture of how LGBT centers are doing. One of the most significant findings is that these centers serve around 1.7 million people annually, or a collective 33,000 people a week, or so. “I think it’s important that people understand the work that community centers are doing, in many times with limited resources,” said Denise Spivak, CenterLink’s director of membership about the numbers that the re-

port provides. “It’s vitally important for the centers, so they can use it to let their communities know what’s going on, and for donors to know what’s going on.” The survey is conducted once every two years. But it’s hard for all community centers to join in, said MAP’s LGBT Movement and Policy Researcher Naomi Goldberg. “The survey is a time commitment when you look at the breadth of the report,” she said. “For centers that don’t have the budget to have full time employees, it’s hard to find the time to complete the survey.” Goldberg added, however, that getting almost half of the centers to respond is a good sign. Goldberg explained that one of the most important findings to her was figuring out who’s going to the centers and using the resources they offer. While the numbers showed a diverse collection of different types of people, the results were disproportionately people of color, male, transgender, and of low-income. “Who comes to an LGBT center is a really important question,” she said. “These people are usually not the ones writing big checks.” But the people writing the checks are the ones who will be using the report. According to the centers, the main purposes of agreeing to be surveyed were for the community, for the LGBT movement and for funders. Florida is estimated to have 14 LGBT community centers, half of which participated in the survey. These seven put Florida as the third highest state in terms of the number of centers that participated in the survey, right under New York and California. While that may seem low, it’s assuring that of the seven, five were large and only two were small. The researchers categorized a large community center as one that has a budget higher than $150,000 and a small center as one that has less than that. Goldberg pulled the seven centers in Florida

Facts and Figures From the Survey  ere are some numbers from a national report H (79 community centers participated) ➊ LGBT Community Centers serve about 33,000 people a week (or a little over 1.7 million people annually). ➋ Of those 33,000 helped, 4,458 were referred to other organizations. ➌ On average, community centers are open to the public about 50 hours a week. ➍ On average, community center patrons are people of color, male, transgender, and of a low-income. ➎ On average, 78 percent of the community center’s expenses went to programming. ➏ One in five centers rely on unpaid staff completely.

Revenue: Combined revenue for the 79 participating centers was $9.8 million, while expenses were about $106.3 million. Of that revenue, 27 percent came from federal grants, 12 percent from state grants and 7 percent from local grants. The grants are usually focused on HIV/AIDS-programming. together to come up with some state-specific information. Four of the centers are located in South Florida including Compass Gay & Lesbian Center in Lake Worth; Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Key West; SunServe in Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors; and the Pride Center at Equality Park in Wilton Manors. The other three are the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida; JASMYN: Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network; and METRO Wellness & Community Centers in Tampa and St. Petersburg. Notably, Golberg said, the average age of these centers is 20 years, meaning Florida has some of the oldest community centers in the country. All of them are independent. Four of them

have one location, while the other three have between two and five locations. The centers are open about 61 hours a week — 11 more hours a week than the national average — and all of them offer weekend hours of some sort. The centers as a whole serve 2,660 people a week. And all but one of the centers have a full time executive director. Why does all of this matter? Well, Goldberg said, Florida is pretty inactive on the state level when it comes to LGBT support. So having this kind of traction heaving forward from the LGBT community centers is a double plus. For more information, go to www.lgbtcenters. org and



he Board of Tuesday’s Angels, Inc. wishes to acknowledge a $10,000 bequest from the estate of Dominick Mondanaro. Don passed away earlier this year and is missed by many in our membership. This kindness by Don will help to make a difference in the lives of many financially needy people in Broward County with HIV/AIDs. We are all saddened by his loss.


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New campaign to raise HIV awareness

By Dani Justice


obert Joshua, of the Joshua Tree, has always been an artist in his own right. A modern day historian and former Development Director for the Butler Institute of American Art, he shamelessly sports a pride flag over his business doors. His customers call it “the flag of good taste.” The Ohio native has never been one to shy away from promoting LGBT activeness in one’s community, either. His latest work of art calls for all other business owners in our area to step up and show initiative towards awareness of something that plagues our county worse than any other.
 Joshua opened his first Joshua Tree in Youngstown, Ohio almost twenty-three years ago. Since than everything has changed. He retired just before the millennium and auctioned off everything before he began his new life in South Florida. Joshua has always been the type to stress cautiousness and have fun his way, keeping in my mind how to do it the safe way.

“Just when I relax my guard, after 25 years of ambivalent caution, I end up positive. And not just me- a handful of my friends.”
 It was autumn in 2009 when Robert Joshua had a friend visiting and was doing some shopping. A conversation came up involving his friend telling him she hadn’t ever gotten tested for HIV. He encouraged her it didn’t matter her age, gender, or sexual orientation but that it’s something everyone should be careful of. It had just been a few weeks since his previous testing, but he insisted he would bring her with him to the local Out of the Closet so they could comfortably get tested together for free. They shopped around and when the results came back his friend was happy to know she didn’t have the infection. When it came to Joshua though, his results were a little harder to deliver. The man had just seen Joshua not even a month earlier where his test came out negative. As the man fumbled with his papers and dropped his pen, Joshua puts two and two together. 
 “After 25 years of actively working on

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boards, committees, and fundraisers. Middle age is the peak average of infection. You think its a time you can relax in decision making, even after growing up watching hundreds of friends succumb to this awful plague.”
 Thanks to his friends at the AHF North Point, he is able to now lead a healthy and happy life. “And I’m simply living with and managing a chronic illness. The point of this campaign is we need to wake up: no matter who you are, you are still at risk. So I am calling out to leaders in our community, whether business, social, political, clergical or clerical to prepare next July to paint the town red.”
 The idea came to him through a recent Tic Tac ad. It unveiled their new flavor for July – Ruby red grapefruit. Red symbolizing the ribbon used for HIV/AIDS awareness. It revealed July may be the first National HIV Awareness month, and since everything goes pink in October to support Breast Cancer Awareness they think July would be a good time to support the cause. “We can beat these numbers,” Joshua said. “And if we all take the time out to put forth some effort we can do our bit to save lives.”
 With hope, this act coming from one man finding strength in a weakness, will be the catalyst that compels owners of houses and buildings all across South Florida to be prepared next year to do something in an effort

Robert Joshua to remind people how important it is to practice safe sex and get tested regularly. Whether it be a flag, a strip, or whole wall painted red; with a bit of effort July 2013 might be a rosy one. “I think as business owners, whether large or small, we have obligation to promote awareness in our community. Based on statistics we need to be more proactive and not reactive. A message sent is a message received, so lets paint it red.”

Record-Breaking Donation to the Miami Foundation More than $200,000 to be distributed to LGBT organizations

By Gideon Grudo


ore than 100 people looked on as the Miami Foundation’s Charisse Grant accepted a $211,291 check from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. It happened at a June 14 reception at Bacardi USA’s national headquarters in Miami. The donation comprises two-thirds of the combined proceeds from the 2012 Winter Party Festival and the 15th Annual Recognition Dinner, both of which were held in Miami Beach. Miami Foundation will distribute the money to LGBT organizations in South Florida as part of its GLBT Community Projects Fund. Grant is the Foundation’s senior vice president for programs. “It is not just one donor establishing a Fund,” Grant said about the Community Projects Fund when she accepted the check. “It represents the collective charitable aspirations of an entire community.” Miami Foundation’s relationship with the Task Force — which has resulted in more than $1.4 million of grants — goes back to 2005, when the latter took over the production of two large fundraising event in South Florida: The Winter Party and the Miami

Recognition Dinner. These two events used to be run by the Gay Human Rights Foundation, but it went bankrupt in 2004. The Task Force’s executive director at the time didn’t want to lose these events, seeing as that might bring an end to a major source of funding for the South Florida community. So he got the Task Force to pick them up and run with them, said the Task Force’s Events Director Michael Bath. “Especially today, the way the economy is, many smaller non-profits struggle to survive. This money can go to LGBTQ youth, health programs — it basically touches a lot of different lives,” said Bath, who produces the two events annually. “Without it, some of the services that are provided to our local community might disappear or at least struggle.” According to Bath, the national Task Force didn’t want to risk allegations of favoritism or unfairness when it took over the events in 2005, and figured that a local company with local ties and local knowledge should be the one disseminating the money raised at its events. That’s where the Miami Foundation came in. “The Task Force did not want that re-

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sponsibility itself. By removing the funding source — us — from having any say-so on how the money is distributed, it eliminate any issues,” Bath said. “The honest truth is that the Task Force has a very small team. The events live and die on the volunteers that work on them for free all year round. The longer we do this, the better it is. There’s a driving force around the people we attract that they want to best the year before.” Charisse Grant told SFGN that grants like this show a strengthening community and a stronger future. “It’s huge. I think it says a couple of things: One, it really recognizes and respects the incredible, particularly volunteer contribution from the community; Two, this particular money is encouraging organizations that weren’t initially set up to work on LGBT issues to move that way,” she said. “I think it really speaks to a bright future. It speaks to the perseverance of the community. When it matters, people put their money where their mouth is.” The event at which the grant was announced was sponsored by Grey Goose, whose mother company, Bacardi USA, is headquartered in

Miami. Grey Goose also sponsors the Winter Party and Recognition Dinners, as well as more local events like the Orange Gala. “We’re really committed to South Florida. We probably do more here than we do elsewhere,” said Bryce Goodwin, a Grey Goose/ Vodka senior brand manager. “It’s important for every company to support the LGBT community. It’s a vibrant part of the region. When [the Task Force is] able to raise a significant amount of money like [it has], it all goes back to the community. We’re honored to have built a strong brand that can help the Task Force.” From the dollars rolling into the Foundation’s coffers to the hands that work hard to get them out to the communities and organizations that need them, Charisse Grant said that this all a significant operation in the LGBT world. “We’re just really grateful and take very seriously the responsibility that’s been entrusted in us,” she said. “LGBT fundraising dollars are very important dollars.” For more, go to and


By Tony Adams


att Fish had a ten-year career as a professional basketball player, including a stint with the Miami Heat. Now, at the age of 42, he is getting back to fundamentals, including his belief that all people—gay or straight—play for the same human team. He is the latest in the growing ranks of prominent sportsmen who are “straight allies.” Like rugby player Ben Cohen who founded I Stand Up [against bullying] and wrestling star Hudson Taylor who started Athlete Ally, Matt Fish has created a foundation, Team Human Race, to combat homophobia in sports. He has also written a soon-to-be-released book by the same name that offers young people lessons he has acquired in the course of his life as a vagabond professional sportsman. In addition to the foundation and the book, Fish’s advocacy for equality and fair play is evident in his new role as “Ally Editor” at Compete Magazine, a popular gay sports magazine. While talking about his past, Fish’s natural ease with diversity infuses his secure sexual-

ity with magnetic warmth and good humor. He is one of those straight guys for whom “gay” is a non-issue. When he talks about the fundamentals that shaped him, he includes his parents who raised him with two black siblings. He adds the facts that he was a band geek who played piano for ten years before first touching a basketball as a high school junior, and has since lived in a variety of cultures including Japan, Italy, China, Argentina, Poland, France and Portugal. He has two children, including a 22-year-old bi-racial son. Fish is driven by the strong desire to “give back and make a difference.” As he moves into his new career as an ally to the LGBT community, he expresses sadness at leaving his post-basketball career working with kids as an educator (he has an MA in education, as well as an MBA). He is certain that he is the right person for the role of LGBT ally, given his experience as a teacher, communicator and retired professional athlete. Not all of the fundamental lessons of Matt Fish were easily acquired by him. In his first year of college, alcohol almost permanent-

ly derailed his sports career. He showed extraordinary determination in getting himself back on track. As a professional, he discovered that while fans may think that ball players are all instant millionaires, wealth is not simply handed over to a player and personal financial management is a skill that is sometimes learned the hard way. He is concerned about the sense of entitlement he often sees in young people, and he is convinced that parents and teachers should emphasize the connection between work and reward. When Fish answers a direct question about homophobia in the NBA and what will be required to erase it, he displays the unrehearsed honesty that seems to be his trademark. He soundbitelessly responds, “I don’t know if anyone can answer that question.” He responds with a shrug to questions about NBA play-

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Matt Fish: NBA Legend and Straight Ally

ers who are gay and closeted, saying that there were always some men who were the subject of gossip among their teammates, but he had no specific friendships with other players who came out to him secretly. He is confident that he can partner with Ben Cohen and Hudson Taylor to improve diversity in professional sports and create a safer environment for gay athletes. He smiled with unexpected modesty and gentility when I suggested that in order to catch up to Cohen and Taylor he should start taking his shirt off for photographers more often. Through his easy laughter, he thanked me for the suggestion and said, “I’ll keep that in mind.”

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TIP OF THE WEEK OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS OFFER MANY HEALTH BENEFITS It’s well known that salmon is a rich source of high-quality protein and omega-3 fatty acids, a “good” fat which helps reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes and has anti-inflammatory properties. But now research suggests omega-3 fats also play a role in weight loss as salmon and other foods high in omega-3’s increase blood levels of a hormone called leptin, which makes your belly feel full. A weekly serving of salmon will give us an adequate supply of omega-3’s. If you dislike eating salmon, supplement with Omega 3-6-9 capsules available at drug and vitamin stores. Tip: Store them in the refrigerator and you will digest them easier. Peter Jackson is nationally-syndicated fitness columnist and the owner of Push Fitness, a private, full-service personal training gym in Oakland Park which offers cutting-edge fitness programs for individuals, couples and small groups. Peter welcomes your questions at or visit him online at www. and

EXERCISE OF THE WEEK DUMBBELL SPLIT SQUAT This is a great exercise for your lower body. Holding the dumbbells at your sides, put your left foot forward and your right foot back. Lower your body until your front knee almost touches the floor. Pause. Return to starting position. Perform 10 reps then switch legs and repeat. That’s one set. Do two more sets. Photography by

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RENT/LEASE - FORT LAUDERDALE MIDDLE RIVER TERRACE AREA 1BD/1BA $725/MO. All tile, eat-in-kitchen & large effic $700/Mo. elec included w/ a 12 month lease. For more details call 954-467-2501 --------------------------------------------------------------------------3/2 REMODELED HUGE YARD $1,300/MO. Stainless appliances, granite, private fenced fully landscaped yard w/ pergola deck. Just south of Wilton Manors in South Middle River. Must see to appreciate. Call 954-599-6216 --------------------------------------------------------------------------LAKE RIDGE 1BD/1BA VILLA 1BD/1BA Villa w/ FL RM, Nonsmoker, on lesbian owned property w/ clothing optional pool. Near Wilton Manors, Gateway, Galleria & Beaches. HW FLRs, Tile BA, Private Gated Carport. Wtr & Trash Included. Trop paradise $1,100/Mo. + dep. Call 954-809-9754 --------------------------------------------------------------------------ONE ROOM COTTAGE - MIDDLE RIVER TERRACE Tile, central AC, full kitchen, private fenced yard and deck, laundry room. Cable, electric and Wi-Fi included. Pets OK. First and Security. Available 8/1. $695/Mo. Alan - cell/text 954-234-5770

WILTON MANORS HOUSE WITH POOL TO RENT House for rent 2/2 POOL with patio RENOVATED ! clean ! NICE! study Marble floors , modern kitchen granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. includes washer and dryer 2 modern bathrooms quiet street in Wilton manors avail 1 JULY $1700/ month call 954 309 2815 811 NW 29 court --------------------------------------------------------------------------CLASSIC FLORIDA HOME WITH 3 LARGE BEDROOMS, 2 FULL BATHS With Equipped Kitchen, Florida Room and Rear Deck with Fully Fenced Yard. You won’t believe the size of the 2 car garage w/ work bench. Tons of storage! Central A/C, Marble Fireplace, W/D, Circular Driveway. Quiet street in great neighborhood. Priced lower than similar sized homes. Small pets welcome! Call Denis at 954-805-8891 or Bill at 954-226-8315. --------------------------------------------------------------------------WILTON MANORS 2/2 RENTAL HOUSE Great house quiet street, near the bowling alley, not far from the Drive. 2 bed 2 bath, porch and carport. Michael 954-270-9597

RENT/LEASE - OAKLAND PARK OAKLAND PARK - MINUTES TO WILTON DRIVE VERY nicely updated 2/1, private courtyard, central ac, quiet, easy access to Wilton Manors or I-95, great neighbors, laundry on premise, ONE assigned parking space. $900 first/ security. Call 954-655-2299 for appt to see. --------------------------------------------------------------------------BEDROOM W/ PRIVATE BATH IN OAKLAND FOREST One-level/high ceilings 2 Bed/2Bath villa w/ living-dining room, kitchen w/ bar counter, private fenced patio overlooking a lake. Villa located in gay friendly gated community w/ pool, tennis court/gym. $550, $200.00/deposit includes cable, internet, electricity, washer & dryer, central air. Call (954) 295-3269, (se habla Español) Chris ( --------------------------------------------------------------------------HUGE TOWNHOUSE - 3BD/2.5BA New construction. Oversize 2 car garage, 12 ft. ceilings, 3BD/2.5BA with balconies in every bedroom. Granite, Stainless Steel Appl, W/D, Jacuzzi in master bath. 1 mile to Wilton Drive, 2 miles to beach. Small Pets welcome. Last one to go. $1800/ Mo. Call 754-204-7400.

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July 18, 2012 •

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A Cross to Bear

07/18/12 V3I29  

A Cross to Bear