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wanna be your boytoy.” Another one reads: “But the Beave-ster doesn’t have this effect just on women – he turns straight men gay faster than you can peel his skinny jeans off,’ the description states.” The box also clarifies the blown up doll offers “multiple entry.” According to The Sun, Bieber is “incensed” about the doll.

“Justin is absolutely incensed with this monstrosity. He’s already set his lawyer on these sickos,” a source told The Sun. Nick Orlandino, head of the company behind the sex toy, believes they are poised to make huge profits thanks to the media attention.

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Same-sex marriage could be legal by 2013 in the European country Despite opposition from the Roman Catholic church and other religious groups, France has adopted a draft bill to legalize gay marriage and adoption. As the Gay Star News reports, while the bill would put gay marriage

on a path to legalization, it will prevent lesbian couples from using artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization to conceive. “This is an important step towards the equality of rights,” Dominique Bertinnoti, minister of Family Affairs, told AFP. The French parliament will vote on the bill early next year. The country’s prime minister, JeanMarc Ayrault, said the text in the

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bill might change, but chances for it to pass are strong. Since 2001, eleven countries (Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden) allow gay marriages, including some parts of some parts of Mexico. In the U.S., nine states and Washington D.C. have also legalized it.

Contributing Columnists Wayne Besen Brian McNaught Leslie Robinson Dana Rudolph David Webb Michael Verdugo Ric Reily Victoria Michaels Calendar Editor Brian Swinford Editorial Cartoonists Karl Hampe Darryl Smith Staff Photographers J.R. Davis Pompano Bill Steven Shires

Rhode Island Aims for Marriage Equality Rhode Island could vote to approve gay marriage next year

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The victories in Washington, Maryland, and neighbor Maine, coupled with a pickup of LGBT allies in the state’s legislature have gay rights advocates in Rhode Island confident they can soon push for gay marriage on their

home turf. “We are emboldened by the momentum of this election cycle will steadfastly work to make 2013 the year that Governor Chafee finally signs marriage equality into law,” Fight Back RI campaign director Ray Sullivan said in a statement on Nov. 7 “Thanks to the efforts of many, 2013 will see more pro-equality Senators and Representatives seated in the Assembly than at any other point in history.”

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According to the Associated Press, Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox has vowed to hold a vote on gay marriage in the House next year. Last May, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee said he would support a law approving gay marriage in this state. The state already recognizes samesex couples who were married elsewhere.

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•Gay Love Triangle Leads to Vicious Stabbing in Australia

A Texas man was stabbed 14 times when his partner found out he was with another man

•Man Fined $1.5 Million for Pirating Gay Porn Films

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LOCAL NEWS

Broward House Replaces CEO

Molestation allegations led to ouster By Jason Parsley

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fter pressure continued to mount from children’s advocates and funders, the CEO of Broward House, Michael McGuigan, resigned last week. Allegations of sexual abuse and improper advances toward children have followed him for years. No charges though have ever been brought. However, his adopted son was taken from him just this past summer amid a sex abuse investigation involving a foster child, The Miami Herald reports. Two months ago in September former CEO Angelo Castillo left the organization. Michael McGuigan replaced him despite his history of child molestation allegations. Now Castillo is refusing to answer questions. The Miami Herald also reports that Broward House’s board knew of some of the allegations surrounding McGuigan two years ago — before he was even promoted to vice president. “I have no comment on it whatsoever,” Castillo told the Herald. “It

has nothing to do with me.” He then suggested to the Herald that McGuigan did nothing wrong. “Has he been convicted of anything?” he asked a reporter. So far it seems those in charge of the Broward House are coming to McGuigan’s defense. Mark Budwig, president of Broward House’s Board of Directors, told the Herald, “He did an excellent job, and he does not deserve to have to resign. I think it’s unfortunate.” Dean Trantalis, a member of Broward House’s board, also rushed to his defense. “If Mr. McGuigan were convicted of crimes of this sort, then my position would be that it was inappropriate for him to head the agency of Broward House,” Trantalis told the Herald. “In all fairness to anybody who is accused of something, they have the right to defend themselves and be heard in a court of law.” Taking over for McGuigan will be long time employee Chief Operating Officer, Stacy Hyde. More information, visit http://hrld.us/UDDvuP

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US NEWS

LGBT Candidates Make Historic Gains on Election Night Election night victories included a pansexual, bisexual, transgender person, and gay person of color By Lisa Keen, Keen News Service

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first-ever openly gay person elected U.S. Senator, the largest ever number of openly LGBT people elected to Congress, two new speakers at state houses, the firstever openly transgender person elected to a state legislature, and the first openly LGBT candidates elected in numerous states. That’s just a snapshot of what made Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund President Chuck Wolfe call November 6 a “breathtaking leap forward.” Election Day 2012 contests for LGBT

candidates spanned 37 states, including such conservative bastions and North Dakota and West Virginia. They included victories in seven out of eight federal office races, 71 out of 94 state offices, and 40 out of 50 local offices. Of 152 LGBT candidates on the ballot November 6, 77 percent (118) won, while 22 percent (33) lost. One local election race is still pending. By comparison, in 2010, 65 percent (106) of 164 openly LGBT candidates won, according to the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.

There were many historic firsts this year, including the high-profile victory of U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, overcoming a multimillion-dollar super PAC campaign against her by right-wing operative Karl Rove, to become the first openly gay person elected to the U.S. Senate. “It goes right up there in history with Ed Brooke of Massachusetts,” said longtime gay Democratic activist David Mixner. Brooke, a Republican, became the first African American elected to the U.S. Senate, in 1966.

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“Words almost can’t describe the barriers this has broken down and it is a moment in the institution of the U.S. Senate that will be forever remembered,” said Mixner. He said Baldwin’s victory was in large part due to her being “a really great candidate who worked her ass off.” But he also said Baldwin’s victory and that of so many others November 6 was a “shift in attitudes” of American voters about LGBT officials and issues. In California, teacher Mark Takano became the first openly gay person of color elected to Congress, winning a seat representing conservative Riverside, California. The LGBT community also celebrated the elevation of four of its own to positions as state legislative Speaker of the House –two new to the position and two re-installed. Oregon State Rep. Tina Kotek, 46, who has been serving as the House Democratic leader, is now in a position to become the state’s first openly gay Speaker and, thus, the first lesbian to head of a state legislative chamber anywhere in the country. Kotek, a three-term representative of North Portland, helped pass legislation in 2007 to prohibit sexual orientation discrimination. Her areas of focus have been education, health, and fighting hunger. State Rep. Mark Ferrandino, 35, a Democrat representing Denver, was the unanimous choice of the Democratic majority in Colorado’s 65- member House of Representatives. Ferrandino will receive the gavel in January from outgoing Republican Speaker Frank McNulty, who killed a civil union bill poised for passage by sending it back to committee last May. Openly gay Colorado State Senator Pat Steadman was a potential candidate for president of the State Senate but was beat out by a strong LGBT civil rights supporter, John Morse, from conservative Colorado Springs. And two incumbent speakers will hold onto their positions: Rhode Island Speaker Gordon Fox and California Speaker John Perez. Fox, re-nominated House Speaker November 9, was at the center of controversy

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recently for setting aside a marriage equality bill and pushing instead for a civil unions bill. The bill passed and represented a step forward for the state, but many LGBT activists were sorely disappointed at Fox’s tactical decision --to push for what he knew would pass-- rather than insist on full equality. Fox, 50, represents Providence and is an attorney. He was first elected to the House in 1992, was elected majority leader in 2002, and was first elected speaker in 2010. California Assembly Democrats unanimously chose John Perez to serve as speaker again. Perez, a 43-year-old union organizer from Los Angeles, was first elected speaker in 2010, becoming the state’s first openly gay speaker. The first openly gay speaker of any state legislative chamber in the country was Allan Spear. Spear, a staunch leader for LGBT civil rights, led the Minnesota Senate from 1992 until 2000. He was one of the first openly gay elected officials in the nation, having come out two years after his first election to the state senate in 1972. He died in 2008, from complications of heart surgery. In other historic election news November 6, Democrat Stacie Laughton became the first openly transgender person to be elected to a state legislature, winning a seat representing her hometown of Nashua in the New Hampshire state house. Laughton, who owns and operates a small business selling environmentally friendly products, had already been elected to public office once, serving on the Nashua Board of Selectmen. Her issues of focus have been helping the homeless and supporting a proposed commuter rail. The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, which helps direct funding to openly LGBT candidates, did not include Laughton on its list of endorsed candidates but issued a statement celebrating her historic victory. Laughton lives with her campaign manager and former wife Lisa Laughton. Almost as remarkable as the first transgender election was the election of openly gay candidates in North Dakota and West Virginia. Democrat Joshua Boschee won a seat to the North Dakota state house, being the top vote-getter (3,411 votes) out of four candidates for two seats representing North Fargo. Boschee, a native of North Dakota, has been involved in both city, community, and LGBT institutions. And Democrat Stephen Skinner, an attorney and founder of Fairness West Virginia, a statewide LGBT civil rights group, beat his Republican opponent by 699 votes –less than one percent of the 7,475 cast

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in the House of Delegates race to become the state’s first openly gay legislator. And the list goes on. Other standout LGBT candidates on November 6: •Following her primary campaign for the Texas legislature this summer, Democrat Mary Gonzalez identified herself as a pansexual and ran unopposed in the general election, securing a seat representing El Paso. On her campaign website, she noted that she is board co-chair of allgo, a “statewide queer people of color organization” and has been involved with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. •Democrat Jacob Candelaria, 25, won a New Mexico state senate seat representing Albuquerque in his first run for public office. After winning 69 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, he was unopposed for seat from the heavily Democratic district November 6 and became the first openly gay man to be elected to the New Mexico legislature. •Angie Buhl, 27, won re-election to her State

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Senate seat in South Dakota, representing Sioux Falls. Before her first election in 2010, she worked as a consultant to Equality South Dakota. She beat her competitor by winning 2,973 votes, or 55 percent of the senate voting district. The Argus Leader newspaper characterized Buhl’s race as one

of the “most hotly contested legislative match ups this year.” Her opponent was another Democrat who had held the seat until 2010 and ran as an independent to oppose Buhl in the general election. The newspaper endorsed Buhl. •Democrat Kay Floyd took 69 percent of the vote to win her Oklahoma City district State House seat held by openly gay politician Al McAffrey, who is now in the state senate. •Marcus Brandon, who in 2010 won his first-time run for state representative in North Carolina, becoming the state’s first openly gay member of the House, won re-election unopposed November 6, and •Lesbian Kate Brown won reelection as Oregon’s Secretary of State, despite a well-funded Republican challenge. •And Krysten Sinema’s lead for a Congressional House seat representing the Mesa, Arizona, area has grown to more than 5,000, as of Monday. The Secretary of State has yet to call the race, but the Washington Post reported Monday the lead was too large for her opponent to overcome. If true, she’ll become the first openly bisexual person to be elected to Congress. At deadline, biotech manager Steve Hansen was awaiting results of a tally of 4,000 remaining votes in his race for the Sacramento City Council. As of November 9, he was only 46 votes behind opponent Joe

Yee. Throughout 2012, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund tracked a total of 177 LGBT candidates in all in 2012, though 25 of those lost their primary races earlier in the year.

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s w s e N ief r B By Sergio N. Candido

Gays get New Rights in Hallandale Beach

After the landslide victory for the LGBT community in the general elections, here’s the icing on the cake for South Floridians: The city of Hallandale Beach has approved a resolution offering tax reimbursement to city employees in a domestic partnership. With this measure, the city would reimburse its gay employees in a domestic partnership up to $900,The Miami Herald reports. Some LGBT activists believe the tax break to be a “historic” step for equal rights, putting the South Florida city as the only one

to offer such benefit to its gay employees. Some private companies, like Microsoft, already offer this tax reimbursement. “We are hoping other cities will take Hallandale’s lead and pass similar laws,” Tim Ross, president of The Dolphin Democrats, told the Herald. Before the resolution, city employees whose partner is covered by the employee’s insurance had to pay taxes on that benefit, while married couples were exempt.

Jessica Simpson’s Dad Denies Gay Rumors

Rumor had it that Jessica Simpson’s father, Joe Simpson, had divorced his wife Tina earlier this year because he came out of the closet and was dating a gay escort. But after much speculation, Joe Simpson has addressed the claims, saying they are “ridiculous” and “absurd” TMZ reports. Simpson, 54, denied dating model Bryce Chandler Hill. For his part, Hill took to Twitter to talk about the story. According to Gay Star News, he posted on Nov. 2: “Yes, I’ve read the story...it’s simply NOT TRUE.” (The tweet may have been deleted by Hill as SFGN couldn’t find it on the model’s account) A former youth pastor and Baptist minister, sources told Radar Online Simpson didn’t officially come out because he didn’t

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want to ruin his reputation as a “God-loving Christian.” “Joe doesn’t want to publicly admit he’s gay,” an insider told Radar Online. “Despite his alleged dalliances with gay men, he’s still a devout family man. He knows he’s

deeply embarrassed Tina, Jessica and Ashlee, especially by the way he’s been outed.”

John Travolta is Not Gay, Says Kirstie Alley

Former Jenny Craig spokesperson and actress Kirstie Alley told Barbara Walters in an interview that she thinks “with her heart and soul” that John Travolta is not gay. “I think it’s some weird way, in Hollywood, if someone gets big enough and famous enough, and they’re not out doing drugs and they’re not womanizing, what do you say about them?” she said, as quoted by Huffington Post. The 61-year-old actress also revealed that John Travolta the “greatest love” of her life but that they were never together because she was married in 1989, when the two starred in “Look Who’s Talking.” After Elton writer LouisVirtel thinks Alley’s comments defending Travolta’s sexuality are offensive to the LGBT community. “I hate when people make the act of suspecting an actor’s gayness seem shallow, petty, or always mean. It’s like she’s suggesting that gayness is invisible, and those who suspect he’s gay are just inflicting a bad word on him,” she writes. “No. Gayness is real, it’s often perceptible, and we have been given plenty of reason to believe, in particular, that this person is gay. That’s why many of us think he’s gay.” Earlier this year, Travolta was sued by two masseurs who claimed the actor had inappropriately touched them, according to The Daily Beast.

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STATE NEWS

LGBT Florida Voters Vital to President Obama’s Win By Sergio N. Candido

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new study reveals the gay vote was a deciding factor for Obama’s win, not only nationally, but in Florida, where the President won by a few tenths of a point. “In this close election, data suggest that the overwhelming LGBT support for President Obama constitutes a key factor in his victory,” says Gary J. Gates, analyst at the Williams Institute, a national think tank on LGBT issues. According to the data, preliminary returns from Florida showed that 420,000 LGBTs voted in the Sunshine State; out of those about three fourths (or 300,000) voted for Obama. It is estimated that a total 4.5 million

votes were cast by the LGBT population nationwide. The final results for Florida showed Obama won with 4,169,984 votes (49.9%) against Mitt Romney’s 4,117, 614 votes (49.3%). The numbers ratify the gay vote indeed made a significant difference in favor of the President. While exit polls did not report the LGBT vote for Florida, researchers at the institute assumed 5 percent of the voters in the state were LGBT based on the national average. A previous poll indicated that about 90 percent of the LGBT community nationwide voted for Obama.

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COVER STORY

Pedaling Philanthropy

Massive, 165-mile bicycle ride expected to raise $800,000

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len Weinzimer stopped pedaling cycling event of its kind in the country, next to mile marker 18 on the road first place going to the AIDS Life Cycle in back from Key West in 2003 — he California. It is, however, the only cycling saw something on the road. event of its size to give 100 percent of its He got off his bicycle and adjusted his proceeds away. eyes under the sun. How much, exactly? Well, a ticker at the top It was a giant message written in chalk on of the event’s website (www.thesmartride. the road: “Thank you, Glen.” org) kept count until early November, That was when it hit him. His SMART when it was taken down to eschew mystery Ride (or the Southern Most AIDS/HIV Ride until the unveiling of the final number in Twenty-Twelve), Key West over the 165-mile the weekend. bicycle trek to It last showed Key West to over $600,000, promote money according to and awareness Kris Fegenbush, of HIV/AIDS, who’s part of the was actually Pride Pack, one bringing change, of many teams was actually who’ll be riding making people down to Key feel something. West. “I wasn’t “This ride doing it for gives me the them, but I motivation to realized then keep up my work why we were year-round,” doing this. said Fegenbush, People were who’ll be touched by this,” embarking on Weinzimer told his third SMART SFGN, choking Ride. “The year on his words. before I first rode, “They walked my partner rode. away changed. I went down to When I saw that Key West to meet note, it was an him. It was in ‘Oh my God’ January — it was chris caputo moment.” cold and rainy. He’ll be taking One of the riders off toward the South for the ninth time on couldn’t have a normal bicycle and had to Friday, Nov. 17, along with 700 other people. use his arms to go. Watching that guy come Weinzimer founded SMART Ride back in in through the wind and the rain, I realized 2003 to give back. Having worked for HIV that I had no excuse not to do it.” agencies, Weinzimer — who’s been positive Now, Fegenbush said he knows he’ll since 1993 — saw how fundraising events always be part of the Ride, that it’s part of his could go awry, no one really benefitting from life now. them. This was his way of ensuring that the Weinzimer expects the funds this agencies in charge of helping those affected year to exceed $800,000 (they’re sitting by the virus got the funding they needed to comfortably at about $3.3 million since the operate. event’s inception), and said the event is “Going in and making photocopies wasn’t well on its way to accomplish this feat. The doing it for me,” Weinzimer said. “That was beneficiaries of the money this year will be my motivation.” strewn all across the state: Today, SMART Ride is the second largest •Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment

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Center •Pride Center at Equality Park •Metro Wellness and Community Centers •Center for Positive Connections •AIDS Help •Miracle of Love •Comprehensive AIDS Program of Palm Beach County This year, a new element makes its way into the fund allocation, called the 10 percent Lifeline. Essentially, SMART Ride will keep a portion of the funds to allocate throughout the year to agencies that may be in need of quick cash infusions. “From the very start when I created the event, the goal wasn’t just to help the largest agencies, but also the smaller ones,” Weinzimer said, and added that places like the Poverello Center will now be able to appeal for something like $10,000 to run an event, anytime through the year. For more information, go to www. thesmartride.org.

The SMART Ride’s top 5 teams These teams of riders have raised the most money collectively for the 165-mile bicycle trek to Key West and back — all proceeds go to charity

1. SoBe SAFE Riders $85,630 2. Pride Pack $60,981

The SMART Ride’s top 10 riders These fundraisers have raised the most money individually for the 165-mile bicycle trek to Key West and back — all proceeds go to charity

1. Timothy Haymon $20,775 2. Julie Slater $12,374 3. Michael Dillon $12,250 4. Ed Pascoe $10,910 5. Gabriel Hernandez $10,592 6. Neal Harry Barton $10,535 7. Michael Fowler $10,250 8. Paul ORourke $9,120

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THE SAVINGS START NOW

An Appeal to Decency

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One SMART Rider’s letter to potential donors Dear Friends, This letter is a long time overdue. The truth is, I’ve written it many times over, but my emotions got the best of me and I was never able to finish it. Every now and then I still look back at the Facebook post I made on June 23, 2011. What I expected to be just another typical ‘meaningless overshare’ became a marker for the day my life changed: the day I tested HIV positive. I had just tested HIV- three weeks prior, and I was 100% certain that there was no way today’s test result would be any different. A clinical intern who sat in on my HIV test shared that she had been volunteering at the Pride Center longer than expected; she had to keep volunteering until she had one HIV+ test result. The moment she said that, somehow, I just knew it was going to be me. That feeling is the last thing I can recall from my visit to the center that day. Apparently, memory loss is not uncommon in traumatic events. The universe has a unique way of bringing people and institutions in our lives at just the right time. I had just accepted a position on the Board of Directors at the Pride Center, and I had begun to develop a personal friendship with Kristofer Fegenbush, the Center’s Deputy Director. Having nowhere else to turn to, and faced with a crisis that was larger than life itself, I reached out to Kris for help. Without a moment’s hesitation, Kris Fegenbush cleared his calendar for the day and came to my house where I sat in tears with my HIV- boyfriend. Through some miracle of God, Kris was able to convince both my partner and I that we were going to be okay. I learned that day I didn’t have to die of AIDS and I could have a loving, healthy relationship with my HIV- partner. Somehow, in the midst of the mess, he even convinced me that I would turn this tragic news into a positive force in my life. Armed with hope that I could survive HIV and make a difference, I signed up to participate in my first SMART Ride as a member of the Pride Center’s “Pride Pack.” While our team wasn’t big, the effect they had on my life was huge. Life was such an emotional rollercoaster last year... There were some days that the only thing that got me out of bed in the morning was training rides with my fellow Pack-mates. By the time SMART Ride 8 was over, thanks to close adherence the very expensive antiretroviral therapy, my HIV viral load had

gone “undetectable” and I achieved a T-cell level typical for an HIV- individual. I thought I had my life entirely under control. Then, about a year after my relationship began, my partner and I decided it was in our best interest to go separate ways. I was forced to deal with a new reality: being single, gay, 30, and HIV+. Once again, I turned to the Pride Center. It was suggested that I enroll in the L.I.F.E. program, a 17 week program that helps men arms HIV+ men with information and skills necessary to live long, healthy lives. While I think every one of the 45 men in my L.I.F.E. cycle had a different reason for enrolling, the end result was the same: a new outlook on life. It isn’t until the day you test positive for HIV that you realize just how essential organizations like the Pride Center are to our community. Free HIV testing, FREE condom distribution, HIV education & counseling, and so much more are absolutely essential in Broward County, where our rates of HIV infection are some of the highest in the nation amongst gays, straights, men, women, white, black, and Latino! The Pride Center is a beneficiary organization of this year’s SMART Ride. While riding 165 miles from Miami to Key West again this year won’t be easy: it must be done. I must ride... because HIV is very real in our community, and HIV is very real within me. Fighting HIV is often an uphill battle, and it can only be done if our whole community gets involved. Gratefully, Chris Caputo

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LOCAL NEWS

‘Happy Moment for the Movement’ Panel discussion about recent elections celebrates victories, breaks down challenges By Gideon Grudo

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raised over $1.3 million. The four panelists who attended came of their own volition, paying their own way and giving their own time. The conversation started with each panelist summarizing a bit of what they felt was of note this past election, as it relates to their respective organizations. “We are officially a blue state right now. For us, it’s been a watershed moment,” said Nadine Smith, the executive director of Equality Florida. “The writing on the wall in terms of where our state sits is sending a signal to moderates who’ve been flying a tea party flag that it’s time to step up. Photo courtesy of Middle River Arts Photography

magine that for 32 consecutive birthdays, you ask for a puppy and all you get is a creepy lizard. But on the 33rd birthday, you open the box to find not one, but four cute puppies — four times what you were looking for. That was Rea Carey’s metaphor of the 2012 national elections, a metaphor for which she invited modification but instead got applause. “We don’t want this year to be an anomaly,” Carey, the executive director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, said to a crowd of invite-only attendees at Monday, Nov. 12’s panel discussion. “We

The Panelists of the Our Fund Forum, “Road to Equality: After Election Day”. Left to right: Nadine Smith, Chuck Wolfe, Paul Smith, Leslie Gabel-Brett, Rea Carey.

are not finished — we are no where near finished with LGBT equality.” The roundtable was the brainchild and product of Our Fund, an organization that collects donations and allocates them to agencies and events in South Florida. The roundtable took place at the Horvitz Auditorium next to the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale — the hall was packed. In its 18 months of life, Our Fund has already

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Being right on LGBT issues is a winning proposition.” Smith said there were three main elements that determined the progressive voice in the Florida elections, which landed the first and second ever openly LGBT in the state legislature: A shift of demographics within the state, the unprecedented rise of allies and a slew of businesses openly showing their support for the cause.

Fellow panelist Chuck Wolfe is the president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute, which endorsed 180 openly LGBT candidates across the country, 121 have been elected into the office they were seeking. While he congratulated Florida on its wins, he said some concerns remain. “Most of these wins are happening coastally, not in the center of the country. I don’t think we’re there yet,” Wolfe said. “We had these wins because Barack Obama was at the top of the ticket. The real test is where are in 2014 and who are the turnout voters then. Until we have a consistent level of turnout, we won’t be at that point.” On the judicial end, Leslie Gabel-Brett, director of education and public affairs at Lambda Legal, said victories in court often lead to a citizenry that questions its own institutions of law. “The backlash [of winning court cases] is people questioning the legitimacy of courts and judges, saying they have no right to make decisions like that,” she said. “We have a lot of work to do — to protect the judges and the courts to let them do their jobs.” However, Gabel-Brett added that her and colleagues have begun to call this time “Gay Day at the Court.” Out of six LGBT-centered issues sitting on the Supreme Court’s shelf and awaiting to be picked up, four are challenging DOMA (two from Lambda, one from GLAAD and one from the ACLU); there’s the Prop 8 case in California which if picked up will settle the case and if not will return the decision on gay marriage to the appeals court which has already ruled in favor; and a lawsuit against Arizona on behalf of two lesbian state employees whose rights were taken away. Events like the recent elections make it clear to judges, Gabel-Brett said, that being supportive of LGBTs is being “on the right side of history.” Chuck Wolfe reminded attendees that the president has, to-date, appointed 250 LGBT federal employees, “Those people will be in their positions for years to come influencing policy.” In conclusion, Gabel-Brett said that the work is far from over, and it can only work if the various agencies work together.

“There are so many states where we have basic protections to gain,” she said. “We must keep having all the gears working together.”

Public questions, expert answers After the panelists finished up their discussion at the “Road to Equality” roundtable, attendees got to ask them their own questions. Here’s a sample: How do we help get to the group of people who are so vocal in the Log Cabin Republicans? Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute: “It’s a legitimate question and it’s important to remember — everyone wants to beat people up who’re still in the closet. In this case, you also have to celebrate the variety of people in our community. Sometimes, there is no conversation. All they do is berate us. It’s a mess getting into it. But there are coalitions that have been built in winning elections without Republicans. They’re not always on the opposite side. As time goes on, you’ll see more and more people voting for the person giving them their rights.” What about younger people who are absent politically? Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force: “The people doing the work on the ground at the campaign are a wide range — a lot of them are young. It’s happening. They’re organized and active and will eventually run for office.”

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LOCAL NEWS

The Second Ponzi Schemer Nine months after allegations arose that a South Florida gay community was being swindled by one of its own, Jim Ellis has been officially charged by the feds By Gideon Grudo

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a conspirator, who recently admitted his involvement and is willing to testify at trial against Elia,” the documents read. “After the return of the anticipated SSI, both defendants will need to be arraigned.” Elia’s trial is set for March of 2013, but could now be postponed by the superseding indictment naming Ellis as well. One victim alleges that Ellis is only the tip of the iceberg. “He is just one in a series of thieves that have to be dealt with,” said Rick Khun, one of over a dozen alleged victims who’ve been pursuing Ellis in civil court for more $8 million in damages. “The dominoes are starting to fall, but there other issues that need to be addressed, like Wilton Station.” Ellis’s daughter, Janet Ellis, who used to host the very parties at which victims allege Ellis sweet-talked them into bad investments, appears to be still untouched by the entire ordeal. She works for Continental Management, the company that runs Wilton Station, an upperclass community in Wilton Manors where many of the alleged victims live. During the course of SFGN’s investigation, numerous allegations accused her of Jim Ellis (left) has been charged federally with conspiracy to commit having abused her access to the wire fraud, and helping George Elia (right), who has been indicted for a Ponzi scheme. tenants’ financial information, in order to determine their million with Elia. But even an SEC civil suit value as targets for Elia’s Ponzi scheme. alleged that there was no record of Ellis ever Continental has defended Janet since receiving an inheritance. allegations first arose, and she is still From the beginning, Ellis was adamant employed by the company. that he was a victim himself, but the “All of the professional people that live indictment by the government has turned here — the lawyers, the doctors — they’re the tide on what was until now largely a he- all leaving,” Khun told SFGN. Khun has said-she-said contest. called upon both Continental and the Court documents acquired in late October Wilton Station board to get rid of Janet Ellis, by SFGN revealed that Ellis, facing indictment arguing that she is too close to the alleged as a co-conspirator, may have taken a wrongdoing. plea bargain to reduce his sentence. The Khun stated, “No one’s done anything to documents reveal the federal government’s her. In lieu of the serious allegations that are intention to seek a “Second Superseding so close to the vest of [Janet], it’s about time Indictment,” naming an additional party and the state did a financial audit of the books.” new charges. “The government anticipates that the SFGN first broke the story of Jim Ellis’ Second Superseding Indictment (SSI) will involvement in February and will continue to add a new conspiracy count and will identify keep you updated.

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LOCAL NEWS

Hunting Season Poverello Turkey Hunt returns to serve up dinners for those in need By Ryan Dixon

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n this day in age, what can $15 get you? You can get five Long Islands from Alibi’s on Thursdays, also known as a hangover. Wild Wednesdays at Matty’s on the Drive will serve you up twenty drinks for the same amount. Local bars and businesses have had to come up with creative ways to get people in and not have them break the bank, while still keeping their own lights on. The same goes for our local charities. The Poverello Center is using donations of $15 to give people a well-deserved Thanksgiving. Since 1987, The Poverello Center has been a vital not-for-profit organization in Broward County. For the last 25 years, The Poverello Center has been providing life-saving food and basic living essentials with “the highest degree of understanding, respect and love” for people living with HIV/AIDS in Broward. Clients of The Poverello Center also have access to experienced case managers, as well as a full-service gym and alternative therapies such as chiropractic, acupuncture and massage at no cost, thanks to supporters. While the average cost of this meal from a local grocery store today would be approximately $35, The Poverello Center is able to purchase each meal for significantly less from participating vendors at around $15 each. Coming into the Thanksgiving holiday, The Poverello center starts back up what has proven to be a rewarding and very beneficial fundraiser. The goal for this year’s Turkey Hunt is to provide 2,000 turkeys as well as all the trimmings to families in need in Broward County. For a minimum donation of $15, you can give thanks and provide a traditional family meal for someone in need. “Many individuals live alone or don’t have anywhere to go for the holidays, and we are committed to brightening their season with a joyful and nutritious meal,” said Tom Smith, Executive Director of The Poverello Center. “We encourage others to help us feed one or more families by making a donation; and we thank our generous supporters who recognize that we need their help now more than ever.” To make a donation or for more information about The Poverello Center, please call (954) 561-3663 or visit www.poverello.org.

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A Closer Look at How Wilton Manors Voted By Sean McShee

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Closer Look at How Wilton Manors Voted Second gayest city in America overwhelmingly support President Obama By Sean McShee Voters in Wilton Manors gave Obama 74.6 percent of their votes. While this may seem impressive, voters in majority-Black Lauderhill gave Obama 91.9 percent of their votes. Rather than concentrating in one area, Latinos live throughout Broward County, making it impossible to examine specific precincts to understand how Latinos voted. Obama received 67.11 percent of all votes in Broward County as a whole. The New York Times conducted a national exit poll that showed how different groups voted. Obama received 94 percent of African-Americans votes, 71 percent of Latino/Hispanic votes, 73 percent of Asian/ Pacific Islanders votes, and 76 percent of LGBT votes. This exit poll also found that 5% of all voters identified as LGBT. In two precincts on the eastern edge of Wilton Manors, Obama won 65.5 percent of the vote but in the six other precincts of Wilton Manors, Obama won 77.5 percent of the vote, a 12-point difference. Political differences do exist within Wilton Manors but 65.5 percent of the vote would still be considered a landslide. These two precincts consistently voted more “conservatively” in the other races on the ballot than the other six precincts. Not everyone in Wilton Manors identifies as LGBT and people in the LGBT community live in many other districts, including Lauderhill, but LGBT people have concentrated in Wilton Manors, indicating

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that the other residents were friendly to LGBT people and issues. But according to the 2010 census Wilton Manors is the second gayest city, at least in term of samesex couples per household. As such, we can use the election results in places like Wilton Manors, to examine the influence of the LGBT community in the electoral process.

Senate and House Generally, Democratic candidates did better in Wilton Manors than they did in Broward County and they did better in Broward County than they did in Florida. Incumbent Democratic Senator Nelson did slightly better than Obama, receiving 76.7 percent of all votes in Wilton Manors, but with fewer people voting in the senatorial race than in the presidential race. In Broward County, Nelson received 69.56 percent of all votes. Lois Frankel easily won the Congressional race with 53.37 percent of the votes in Broward County but in Wilton

Manors, she received 74.2 percent of the vote. Total votes cast for the congressional race were about 4 percent less than those votes cast for President.

Amendments The placement of many long Constitutional Amendments on the ballot no doubt increased the wait time in the lines for the polls. In order to pass, each proposed amendment needed a 60 percent “Yes” vote. All failed in Wilton Manors and Broward County, but three passed in the state overall. The three passing amendments involved property tax breaks to poor seniors, veterans and their “opposite” sex spouses. Some of the failing amendment intersected key issues in LGBT politics. Over 65 percent of voters in Wilton Manors rejected Amendment 1 (barring implementation   of “Obamacare”), Amendment 6 (restricting funding for abortions) and Amendment 8 (“Religious Freedom”).

Turnout People in Wilton Manors voted in somewhat larger numbers than other areas in Broward. The turnout in Broward overall was 66.7 percent, but in Wilton Manors it was 69.2 percent. While the six more “liberal” precincts of Wilton Manors had a turnout of 68.9 percent, the two more “conservative” precincts on its eastern edge had a voter turnout of 70.5 percent. Even with record turnout among African-Americans, voter turnout in Lauderhill was 65.5 percent, just

below the county average. In contrast, the Romney-majority precincts in Davie had an average voter turnout of 73.1 percent, six points above the county’s turnout. As the above shows, GOP voters tend to have more consistent and higher turnout than Democratic voters. According to the Florida Division of Elections, voter turnout drops at least 20 percent between high turnout Presidential election years (2004, 2008, and 2012) and low turnout Congressional election years (2002, 2006, and 2010). Most importantly, Florida always elects Governor in these low turnout Congressional election years. The Obama campaign developed its extraordinary Get Out the Vote organization to counteract this voting pattern.

Early-voting In both Wilton Manors and Lauderhill, early-voting provided a much larger percentage of votes cast for Obama than did absentee or election-day voting: This pattern did not hold for Romney voters in these two areas. They showed a preference for election-day voting. People have long acknowledged Black preference for earlyvoting but LGBT preference for earlyvoting is not well known. At present we do not know why this preference appears among LGBT voters. It could be that more liberal voters are more likely to adapt new technologies than more conservative voters. Alternatively, the mere proximity of the early-voting location in Wilton Manors City Hall could have increased the popularity of early-voting. This data from both Wilton Manors and Lauderhill supports charges that restricting early-voting would affect Democratic voters more than Republican voters. This election in Wilton Manors confirmed two long-standing assumptions about LGBT electoral politics: 1) the LGBT population tends to have high voter turnout and 2) the LGBT community tends to give about 75% of its votes to Democrats. Surprisingly this election did show a probable preference among LGBT voters for early-voting.

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IT’S A FABULOUS LIFE NOVEMBER 28 - DECEMBER 2 Ring in the holidays with this way gay holiday musical! Using the premise of It’s a Wonderful Life, a young gay man wishes he hadn’t been born gay, an angel grants his wish, and madcap musical mayhem ensues. Celebrating real family values and the holiday season, the gay hero faces troubles Jimmy Stewart’s George Baily never dreamed of! From show boys to drag queens and dancing reindeer, this show has it all! Don your gay apparel and be there...with bells on!

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Breakdown of the white festivities for the week of November 19 through 25 By SFGN Staff

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etting psyched for the upcoming White Party? The 28th installment of the Care Resource’s annual party is coming to Miami next week. Here’s a schedule of all of the events. For more information, go to www. whiteparty.org.

www.whiteparty.org/events/kenneth-cole-shoppingevent/ Where: Kenneth Cole South Beach 190 8th St., Miami Beach, FL 33139 When: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

White Party Fashion Show

www.whiteparty.org/events/white-party-fashionshow/ Where: SOHO Studios 2136 NW 1 Avenue, Miami, Florida 33127 When: 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

11/19 Macy’s Cocktail Shopping Event www.whiteparty.org/events/macys-cocktailshopping-event/ Where: Macy’s South Beach Fashion Store When: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

White Loft

http://whiteparty.org/events/white-loft/ Where: Eros Lounge Miami 8201 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138 When: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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White Martini

www.whiteparty.org/events/white-martini Where: Mova Lounge 1625 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139 When: 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.

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www.whiteparty.org/events/mdna-the-official-afterparty Where: Grand Central Miami 697 North Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33136 When: 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

11/21 Dolce http://whiteparty.org/events/dolce Where: Queen Lounge 841 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

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www.whiteparty.org/events/white-journey/ Where: Score Bar 727 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139 When: 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

11/23 White Paradise Pool Party www.whiteparty.org/events/white-paradise-t/ Where: Dream South Beach Hotel 1111 Collines Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139 When: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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www.whiteparty.org/events/white-dreams/ Where: Space Nightclub 34 NE 11th St., Miami, FL 33132 When: 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. www.whiteparty.org/events/bang/ Where: Score Bar 727 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, FL 33139 When: 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

www.whiteparty.org/events/the-white-party/ Where: SOHO Studios 2136 NW 1st Avenue, Miami, Florida, 33127 When: 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

www.whiteparty.org/events/cirque-blanc/ Where: Nikki Beach Club 1 Ocean Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139 When: 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

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Heatwave Pool Party

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White Splash Pool Party

www.whiteparty.org/events/heatwave-pool-party/ Where: Dream South Beach Hotel 1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139 When: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

www.whiteparty.org/events/white-sunset-tea/ Where: The Palace Bar 1200 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139 When: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

www.whiteparty.org/events/muscle-beach/ Where: 12th Street Beach, Miami Beach 12th Street on the sands of Miami Beach When: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

www.whiteparty.org/events/white-splash-poolparty/ Where: Maxine’s 1752 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 When: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Letters to the Editor “Beautiful Article” from Brian McNaught

Reader Blasts Florida Agenda’s New Advisory Board

My partner and I were very taken with Brian’s beautiful article. Actually, it sounds like we could have written it... there are so many similarities. We have been together 40 years and my partner tells me daily, “I am the luckiest man in the world”...of course I agree, lol. But the most important message are the last 2 sentences in his article. We would be very grateful if you would forward this to him. There are so many couples we know that feel as they do and it’s good to realize we all know something about love, for sure.

I read with uncertainty and skepticism the recent announcement of Multimedia Platforms forming an advisory board for its publications, including the Florida Agenda. It seems to me counterintuitive to have a newspaper “partnered” as they put it, with its advertisers and the businesses/ organizations in the LGBT community that a good LGBT newspaper is supposed to watch over and objectively report on. I would encourage SFGN not to follow with such an advisory panel. We count on our newspapers to report “the good, the bad and the ugly” without being influenced by an advisory board some of whose members might find themselves under the journalistic microscope of an unbiased newspaper doing it’s job.

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biweekly column from compass in lake worth

Equal Rights and Mashed Potatoes By Ryanmarie Rice

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n the night of the presidential election, Compass’ LGBTQ Youth Program held an election party. One by one, each of us went around the room and shared what our hopes were for the next four years. One girl -- a sixteen-year-old lesbian and longtime participant -- said, “Politics don’t really pertain to me.” If I were a cartoon character, my eyes would have bulged out of my head and steam would have shot from my ears. My reaction was to start rattling off a list of issues that directly concern her and so many young women just like her: Reproductive rights, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the Defense of Marriage Act vs. Marriage Equality, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, adoption laws for LGBT couples, etc. I received a blank stare in

return, and we were soon listening to the kid sitting next to her talk about his hopes for a stronger economy and more jobs, issues that his father believed were the most important of this election. Later that night, I watched in awe as Maine and Maryland made history as the first U.S. states to pass marriage equality on the ballot, and Representative Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay person elected to the United States Senate. I listened to President Obama address the nation after landing a second term, and I thought of that sixteenyear-old girl. I realized that it doesn’t matter how many history courses she had taken or how many youth discussions my colleagues and I had facilitated about LGBT issues and gay politics. We’ve been going about it all wrong. Sixteen-year-olds have little concept of

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a world without the Internet, cell phones, going to be the mashed potatoes. I’m social networking sites, and 800+ television thankful for my freedom, my right to vote, channels. It is easy for a sixteen-year-old girl my reproductive rights, my student loans, and to be a woman in to feel that politics the 21st century. I’m don’t pertain to her thankful that women as she sits with her are represented in the LGBTQ youth group in the grand hall of U.S. Senate more than ever before, openly gay the state-of-thepoliticians are being art, gay and lesbian elected and reelected community center. It is easy for us to across the nation, and marriage equality take for granted is quickly gaining that which we’ve widespread approval. always had. Instead We have come so far, of asking that room full of teenagers but still have a ways to go. I have never been what more they more confident that wanted from by the time the next this presidential election rolls around, administration, I the LGBT community should have first asked them what will have even more to be thankful for. they’re thankful Ryanmarie Rice is for. the Coordinator of As Thanksgiving the Youth and Peer approaches every Navigation programs year, I start to at Compass Gay & prepare that ryanmarie rice Lesbian Community canned response Center in Lake Worth, for the moment when it’s my turn to share what I’m thankful FL. For more information, contact her at for at the dinner table. This year, it’s not Ryanmarie@compassglcc.com

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ChamberChat Monthly Column From The MDGLCC

A Look Back at 2012

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s we approach the end of another year, the Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) reflects on its accomplishments and looks forward to the prospect of an even better 2013. Your Chamber has been hard at work making plans for the next year. Before we provide a glimpse of what is to come, let us recap some highlights of what we have accomplished in 2012: •Membership Growth will top 125 new companies (26% net increase over 2011) •MDGLCC will have provided over 100 networking opportunities ranging from our popular Spotlight Mega-Mixer and Business Builders lunches to, our monthly GALLA meeting. •The Orange Gala, held at the Hilton Miami Downtown, was the most successful to date (both in attendance and, net income) •We formed our first standing committee in

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over 5 years (Membership Committee) •We held our 2nd Annual Symposium on Aging in front of an enthusiastic audience at the Hyatt Regency Downtown. •Our 1st Annual “State of Our Community” luncheon was held before a sold out crowd where, for the 1st time 4 standing Miami-Dade Mayors addressed the LGBT Community. We are very proud to represent this community and our members. Next year promises to be even more exciting with new programs, new website and improved Marketing tools to name a few. We invite you all to join us as we help provide even greater opportunities to connect and build your businesses. Visit us online at www. gaybizmiami.com, call us at 305-673-4440, email us to info@gaybizmiami.com or just stop by at 1130 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach.

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SPOTLIGHT

Blast from the Past When SFGN was founded in 2010, our first issue featured HDTV Design Star, Mike Verdugo, pictured, right below. At the time, Mike Verdugo was a noted Hollywood Police officer, whose department was trying to fire him and take away his state certification for having done some porn shoots 12 years before, prior to him ever serving on the force.

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Aided by constitutional rights attorneys Norm Kent and George Castrataro handling the case pro bono, Verdugo and the Hollywood Police Department settled with Verdugo retaining his state certification. However, he has not been in law enforcement since, He is currently running the popular Bodytek Fitness Studios on Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors. Verdugo is pictured to the left with the newly elected Sheriff Scott Israel at Sunday night’s incredibly successful Equality Florida gala at the Museum of Art on East Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale.The local buzz is that with Israel in office, Verdugo may be back in a police saddle again. Sheriff-Elect Israel takes office in January, and word is that some other prominent LGBT leaders may find senior staff positions with the Sheriff, who was supported in the campaign by the Dolphin Democratic Club.

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FEATURE

Christmas in the Tropics Sale Local Store Benefits Young Adults Transitioning Out of Foster Care By Andrea Dulanto

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unky Flamingo 2nds Resale Shop in Fort Lauderdale will be celebrating its one-year anniversary with a sale called Christmas in the Tropics. On the surface, Funky Flamingo 2nds may look like just another resale shop. But it has an artsy façade, which of course is absolutely essential for any thrift store. The front of the aqua blue building displays a painted mural of two palm trees rising out of flames on each side of the French doors, and a bright pink store sign sits above the entrance—it would be difficult to miss this storefront on 6th Avenue. Yet, Funky Flamingo 2nds stands out in more significant ways. All of the proceeds at Funky Flamingo 2nds go to benefit H.O.M.E.S., Inc., an organization that focuses on creating self-sufficiency and economic development for disadvantaged individuals and neighborhoods. H.O.M.E.S. assists with affordable homeownership, and also provides housing, job assistance and internships, particularly for youth who are transitioning out of foster care. Youth also work at Funky Flamingo 2nds as part of the jobs program. Without this assistance, many TIL Youth—Transitioning Independent Living Youth—would be more vulnerable to homelessness, drug abuse or crime. It’s also important to note the number of LGBT youth within the foster care system. According to a report by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), studies estimate that between five and 10 percent of the 260,000 youth in foster care are LGBT. “Because of homophobia and transphobia in their homes, schools, and social settings,” states the NCLR report. “LGBTQ youth enter the foster care system at a disproportionate rate.” Consider the recent case of a gay Miami teen within the foster care system that experienced harassment by administrators and other foster children after he was forced to disclose his sexual orientation. The Miami Herald and Florida Agenda shared the teen’s ordeal as well as the reprehensible inaction

of the Department of Children and Families. If this is the experience of LGBT teens within foster care, then it is even more important to consider how these individuals will transition into their lives as adults. Organizations such as H.O.M.E.S. can offer a way to ease the transition. Although the size of the store limits the inventory to household items and furniture, there is still a market for these goods. And as Time Magazine reported in 2011, thrift store businesses are thriving throughout the country, mainly due to the stagnant economy but also because consumers are concerned with the environment. Thrift stores such as Funky Flamingo 2nds provide an immediate way to act on these convictions. The store is also part of a concerted effort to revitalize an area in transition. One recurring event that creates more of a sense of community is 2nd Fridays where customers are encouraged to socialize as they shop. Another way to create community is to celebrate the one-year anniversary with Christmas in the Tropics. Snacks and refreshments will be served, and all items will be marked as 10% off. The store will also be taking donations of gift cards for youth who reside in the H.O.M.E.S. apartments. For additional information about the store, go to www.funkyflamingo2nds.com

If you go to Christmas in the Tropics When:

Sunday, November 18, 12:00 p.m.4:00p.m. Where: Funky Flamingo 2nds Resale Shop 1234 N.E. 6th Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

For furniture donations, contact Catherine Kent at 954-563-5454 or ckent@homesfl.org

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FEATURE

MCCPB to Feature Preacher Jay Bakker Pro-Gay Son of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker

Plans special recognition award to gay liberation theologian and author John J. McNeil

By Donald Cavanaugh him this way: “Jay Bakker lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where he is co-pastor of Revolution Church NYC, a church that meets in a bar and has a strong online following. Jay speaks to congregations and other groups all over the country about faith, grace, and his experiences with the underside of life and Christianity.” “We hope people will join us for this multi-service experience of the best of worship, music, and preaching our community has to offer,” said Rev. Dr. Lea Brown, pastor at the MCCPB. “Come and discover just how spiritually powerful we really are!” According to Brown, it is her personal belief that it is good for a church to expose its members to a variety of spiritual and theological beliefs to help them refine their own spirituality. She

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plans to set the stage for attendees’ spiritual explorations with her opening address on Thursday. “I believe that LGBT people have the power to be truly spiritual people but because of hurt for so long a time by organized religion we run away from that part of ourselves,” she said. “We need to celebrate our lives and wake up to our spiritual power. We need to believe in ourselves as spiritual beings,” she said. In addition to Bakker on the 18th, on Nov. 16 and 17, respectively, at 7 p.m., the services will feature Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins, Senior Pastor at the Sunshine Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale and Rev. Lillie Brock, an elder with the Metropolitan Community Churches in Dallas, Texas. “We’ll also have some great music,” Brown said. “In addition to our own wonderful MCCPB Sanctuary choir led by Jeremiah Cummings we have several other terrific musicians who will help us celebrate our spirituality with music.” On the Nov. 15, music will be provided by Jeremiah Cummings & the MCCPB Sanctuary Choir. On Nov. 16 Elena Correia, vocalist at Sunshine Cathedral and a graduate of the Julliard School will perform. MCCPB member Sarah-Helen Land, a faculty member of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, graduate of the Julliard School, and Rev. Brown’s wife, will sing on Nov. 17 and on Sunday, Bakker’s words will be musically underlined by Jeremiah Cummings with well-known contemporary Christian musician and minister, Shawn Thomas and his partner Brian Ladd. Also on Nov. 16 the MCCPB plans to make a Special Presentation of Awakening Award to author and LGBT

liberation theologian John J. McNeill. Born in 1925, McNeill enlisted in the army during World War II and spent six months as a prisoner of war. He was an ordained Jesuit priest in the Roman Catholic Church until he spoke out in support of homosexuality and spirituality. A scholar, psychologist and spiritual advisor, McNeill is the author Submitted Photo

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etropolitan Community Church of the Palm Beaches (MCCPB) announced a special four-day series of services from Nov. 15 through 18, culminating on the 18 with a Sunday sermon by the internationally recognized gay-friendly Christian preacher, Rev. Jay Bakker, son of former televangelists Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Bakker Messner. Bakker will be speaking at the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday the 18th. The other services will be at 7 p.m. All will be held in the sanctuary at MCCPB, 4857 Northlake Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens. Bakker is the author of Fall to Grace: A Revolution of God, Self & Society, and Son of a Preacher Man. His Web site (www.jaybakker.com) describes

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of many books and publications on gay spirituality. One of his books, Taking a Chance on God, has become the basis of a recently released documentary on McNeil’s life has and MCCPB screened it on Nov. 10. They also featured the book in their October Book Study discussion group. “We know that LGBT people need to understand that it’s ok to be spiritual and gay so we hope to fill the church all four nights, said Brown. Everyone is welcome.”

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osaic Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, Richard Jay Simon, has never been afraid to tackle uncomfortable topics and the opening production of the company’s season is certain to give audiences the heebie jeebies: Conor McPherson’s “The Birds,” a powerfully haunting story about strangers who take refuge in an abandoned house, seeking sanctuary from the malicious birds that are killing everyone around them. Sound awfully like a legendary movie by Alfred Hitchcock? Well, that’s because McPherson’s work is adaptation of the short story by Daphne Du Maurier that also inspired the master filmmaker. Mosaic is resident at the American Heritage School, 12200 W. Broward Blvd. in Plantation. Performances begin Thursday, Nov. 15 and run through Sunday, Dec. 9. Tickets are $40 ($36 for seniors) at www.MosaicTheatre. com. By J.W. Arnold

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11/15-18 The Tide of Marriage

When the Family Comes to Visit….. t’s been a nasty autumn up north and your relatives and friends (and friends of friends) are probably already planning on descending on your guest room for a winter respite in sunny South Florida. What will you do with them? That’s an easy question. Take the to the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. Laffing Matterz, the popular local comedy troupe, resumes its residency in the Abdo New River Room this week for a six-month season of dining and comedy. Whether you’ve got to please picky Aunt Alice or entertain that former college roommate, you’ll satisfy their taste buds before the crack comics offend everybody in the room. Seriously, nothing is sacred and they’re libel — ahem, liable — to take cheap potshots at every sacrosanct topic from politics and religion to gays and Lady Gaga. Dinner and the show are served up on Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $59-65 at www.BrowardCenter.org. By J.W. Arnold

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he spotlight will shine on our community’s best and brightest at the Stonewall National Museum & Archives’s benefit gala, Stonewall Stars: Turning the Tide. This event, co-chaired by Fred Brugal and Rob Delehanty, will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m., at the Manor Complex, 2345 Wilton Drive. Stonewall’s annual gala benefits its museum programming and library services. This year’s event will also serve as a preview for the new Stonewall exhibit, Stonewall Stars, which will be on display from Nov. 21 to Dec. 31. Turning the Tide and the Stonewall Stars exhibit will celebrate champions of marriage equality on both the national and the local level. The gala will honor retiring U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D.-Mass.) and his husband, Jim Ready, for their contributions to marriage equality. General admission tickets to Stonewall Stars: Turning the Tide are $75. VIP tickets are $150 and include free valet parking and an open bar in the Ivy Room Lounge. Those who donate $500 will have the opportunity to attend a limited-attendance brunch on November 18 with Rep. Frank and Mr. Ready. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.stonewallnationalmuseum.org. By Jesse Monteagudo

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TECHNOLOGY

Drag: There’s an App for That!

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here’s some real drama brewing in the gaming industry with the upcoming release of Dragopolis, a gender-bending app that spices up the endless runner game genre with a new kind of heroine — a drag queen! Dragopolis is a “fantabulous adventure starring a drag queen fighting for the spotlight, as they usually do.” Users must get the heroine to the nightclub to reclaim her title as Queen of Dragopolis by jumping and clawing her way past increasingly difficult fierce minions of the evil drag queen, Apocalypstyk, all while serving up new looks for the paparazzi. Along the way players can customize their ferocious drag character with sickening wigs, outfits, and even their own

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he South Florida Symphony, under the baton of Sabrina Maria Alfonso, opens its 15th season with a program dedicated to contrasting works, “Beauty and the Bear.” Alfonso will open the concert with Tchaikovsky’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, featuring Canadian violinist Lara St. John. Then, for the first time, the orchestra will tackle a symphony by the Austrian composer Anton Bruckner, the lush “Romantic” Symphony No. 4. The program will be presented Friday, Nov. 16 at the Tennessee Williams Theatre in Key West; Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, Aventura; Monday, Nov. 19 at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale; and Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Old School Square in Del Ray Beach. Performance times and ticket prices vary. For more information and tickets, go to www. SouthFloridaSymphony.org. By J.W. Arnold

faces. “I’ve been a huge fan of drag performers for years,” said Jeff Meador of So Much Drama Studios, which also created the hit game, Fireflies! “The whole genre has such a bold style that really resonates with me. There’s a humor, bawdiness, and theatricality to drag that I just love. Putting drag queens in a game like Dragopolis is a natural fit. You haven’t seen a game like this before – from and for the LGBT community.” Dragopolis will be available for free download

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A&E

Equality Florida Hosts 10th Annual Broward Gala Record-breaking 52 elected officials on honorary host committee “Voice for Equality” award presented to Broward County Commissioner Sue Gunzburger Photos by JR Davis, except where noted

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quality Florida held their 10th annual Broward Gala on November 11 at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. More than 350 people attended the event and they raised $301,800. “We beat the goal and set an all time fundraising record. It’s $40,000 more than we raised last year,” said Stratton Pollitzer, deputy director of Equality Florida. “The gala whether you’re looking at the 52 member honorary host committee, the huge and diverse crowd, or the dollars raised this is a testament to the unprecedented level of participation in the LGBT civil rights movement right now.” Broward County Commissioner Sue Gunzburger was presented with the Voice for Equality award, for her 20 years of service of helping to protect LGBT workers and families. In 2011 Gunzburger led the fight to pass Florida’s first countywide Equal Benefits Ordinance, which is one of the strongest domestic partner policies in the country.

this photo, courtesy of steve rothaus of the miami herald can be found at www.miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthfloridan along with many others of the event. this photo features newly elected joe saunders (left) and david richardson (right).

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Tasty

7th Annual Taste of the Island food festival draws huge crowd

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issed the food festival last week in Wilton Manors? The one that offered up gourmet foods and drinks and desserts and really everything delicious? Not to worry, SFGN has you covered with photos of the teams that worked so hard to make the event the success it was.

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A&E

Orchid

New production needs pruning

By J.W. Arnold

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t’s been nearly 30 years since the Cirque du Soleil phenomenon—artsy, fanciful productions featuring exquisitely costumed tumblers, jugglers and aerialists—swept the globe. Each Cirque du Soleil production was more lavish than the last, with incredible sets and more daring tricks, and, of course, it was performed in a big traveling tent, lending magic to a nation accustomed to packing sports arenas for entertainment. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Cirque du Soleil should be flattered. Pompano Beach is home to Neil Goldberg’s Cirque company, which has brought the spectacle to performing arts centers around the world. And, in recent years, Miami has been the destination for traveling productions based on pirate and Halloween themes and Absinthe, a period show performed in a wooden, 19th century spiegeltent. The latest cirque iteration to set up in Miami is Orchid, performed in a spiegeltent in the “Pleasure Garden,” a park on the northwest corner of Biscayne Boulevard and 38th Street on edge of the Design District. Billed as the ultimate mix of sexuality and cirque, Orchid, a new production directed by William Baker and promoted by the Arsht Center, purports to present a tale of the creation of beauty in a solitary, pristine garden. Voiceovers introduce the Master Gardener (Richard E. Waits), who creates the ultimate flowering beauty, Orchid (Lexy Romano). But, as in the Biblical Garden of Eden, the Master Gardener’s creations are tempted by the Bee Keeper (Patrick Ortiz) and his bees. The show is part burlesque (get ready to see lots of boobies covered with clever pasties), part musical theater and part circus, and unfortunately, never really hones in enough in any area to be coherent: Let’s face it, this garden needs a good pruning. The book (Baker and Terry Ronald) is downright hoky, filled with every possible double entrendre about the flowers’ “vessels” and evoking far too many comparisons to the Eden story. The story is certainly not

propelled by the score either, which is part New Age soundtrack/part rock anthem, with the small cast tackling familiar pop songs, including “Like a Virgin” (during the pollination sequence, no less), “I Want Your Sex,” “I Feel Love,” “9 to 5,” and “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.” Most of the vocals are competently tackled by Waits, Romano and Ortiz, but attempts to harmonize with the dancers and performers rarely are convincing. The girls were obviously hired for talents other than their voices. The costumes, designed by Stevie Stewart and Baker, are colorful, but a little confusing. The Master Gardener is portrayed as a sort of a confusing Mad Hatter character more suited for a Tim Burton film. The Bee Keeper looks like something from the pages of The Great Gatsby in pinstripes, wingtips and straw hat. Two performances make Orchid worth the ticket price: Stunning aerial acts by the King Bee (Hampus Janssen, a Nordic Adonis whose every ripped muscle glistens under the lights) and comic relief from burlesque performer Kitty Bang Bang (as herself). The mixed gay/straight crowds both ogled Janssen’s perfect body every time the statuesque blond took the stage and sighed with each show of upper body strength. As for Kitty — I’m still not clear how she fits into the whole “garden” thing — well, she stole the show with a high energy, sexy dance number performed with flaming torches and culminated with blazing pasties. If you go, plan to linger in the Pleasure Garden, tastefully decorated by Luis Pons in giant flowers constructed of garden lattice that perfectly complement the European character of the spiegeltent and accompanying restaurant, featuring a $38 prix fixe menu by award-winning celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, munch on the duck fat popped popcorn during the show or down a kosher hot dog slathered in kim chee. Just like the show, there are plenty of competing flavors, both salty and sour.

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LGBT Bound, Part 2 LGBT Authors, Issues Featured at Book Fair By J.W. Arnold

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vid readers rejoiced across South Florida this week when the 29th Miami Book Fair International opened for another annual tribute to the written word. Sponsored by Miami Dade College, the event began with six nights of readings and discussions leading up to the popular Street Fair that draws thousands to the downtown Miami campus, Nov. 16-18. LGBT authors have always found a welcoming environment at the fair, with many new writers launching careers there. This year, LGBT social issues again take center stage, with two panel discussions targeted at the community. On Saturday, Miami erotica author Ily Goyanes (Girls Who Score: Hot Lesbian Erotica) will be featured in a panel discussion, “The State of Erotica.” Writers M.J. Rose, Mitzi Szereto, Susie Bright and Aretha Bright will join Goyanes, a self-described “omnisexual” who was recently profiled by South Florida Gay News, at 12 p.m. in Room 8501 in Building 8. Well-known local author, journalist and critic Mary Damiano will moderate the discussion. The cultural phenomenon that occurred when Archie Comics introduced the first gay comic book character, Kevin Keller, will be examined on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the Centre Gallery. Dan Parent, creator of the Kevin Keller character, will be joined by Marvel Comics writer Marjorie Liu, graphic memorist Ellen Forney (Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me), editorial cartoonist Stephanie McMillan (The Beginning of the American Fall) and Macmillan editor Riva Hocherman for a discussion entitled, “Comics and Social Change,” moderated by DC Comics/Vertigo editor Joan Hilty. In addition to this panel discussion, the fair is also featuring several programs on the impact of comics and graphic novels on other aspects of society. Nearly a dozen other LGBT authors will also participate in presentations and readings during the fair. They include:

Saturday, Nov. 17

Michael Bronski, A Queer History of the United States (Beacon Press) 11 a.m., 8501 William J. Mann, Hello, Gorgeous:

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Becoming Barbra Streisand, 11 a.m., 8501 Rodger Streitmatter, Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples, 11 a.m., 8501 Richard Blanco, Looking For The Gulf Motel (University of Pittsburgh Press) 12:30 p.m., 8303 Nate Berkus, The Things That Matter (Spiegel & Grau) 5 p.m., 8501

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T. Cooper, Real Man Adventures (McSweeney’s Books) 11 a.m., 8502 Jeanne Cordova, When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love and Revolution (Spinsters Ink): 11 a.m., 8502 Paul Lisicky, Unbuilt Projects (Four Way Books) 2 p.m., 8301 Neil S. Plakcy, Dog Helps Those (A Golden Retriever Mystery) (Amazon Digital Publishing) 2p.m., 8502 Justin Torres, We the Animals (Mariner) & Nina Revoyr, Wingshooters (Akashic Books) 3:30 p.m. 8301

If you go Miami Book Fair International Through Nov. 18, Street Fair Nov. 1618 Where: Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami (Most LGBT readings held in Building 8) How Much: Free, for more information, go to MiamiBookFair.com

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Broadway in Miami 2012-13

By Brian Swinford

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

Theater Broward County Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White’s beloved classic, comes to life on stage as part of the Smart Stage Matinee Series on Thursday, November 15 at 10 a.m. The heartwarming children’s book tells the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a little barn spider named Charlotte. Tickets are $6 for individual seats, $5.50 for groups of 10 or more and $3 lap seats are available for infants 12 months and under. Visit ParkerPlayhouse.com

Nathan Pacheco

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts and PBS-TV WPBT Channel 2 present power pop and classical crossover sensation Nathan Pacheco on Saturday, November 17 at 8 p.m. An exciting PBS sensation who is being called “the voice of a new generation,” Pacheco masterfully bridges the worlds of opera and pop, delighting audiences with classical favorites along with beautiful original compositions. Tickets are $27.50 and $37.50. Visit ParkerPlayhouse.com

Divorce Party the Musical

Still reeling from her divorce, Linda is rescued by her three friends who have come to turn her despair into a weekend of hilarity in Divorce Party The Musical: The Hilarious Journey To Hell…and Back! on stage from Tuesday, Nov. 27 to Friday, Nov.30 at 8 p.m. From the producer who brought you the Off Broadway hit Menopause The Musical, it’s the ultimate Girls’ Night Out. Tickets are $31.50 and $39. Performances continue through December. Visit ParkerPlayhouse.com

Bank of America Broadway Across America-Ft. Lauderdale and Florida Theatrical Association in partnership with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents Million Dollar Quartet through Sunday, Nov. 18 in the Au-Rene Theater. The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time recreates that legendary night. Visit BrowardCenter.org

It’s A Fabulous LIfe

Will be performed from Nov. 28 through Dec. 2 in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. An audience favorite that is returning due to popular demand to the Broward Center for a third time, this gay musical borrows the premise of It’s a Wonderful Life to tell the story of Joe, a gay actor cast in Randolph the Rainbow Reindeer, who has a difficult holiday season filled with family tensions and backstage backstabbing that make him wonder if heterosexuals are happier. Wednesday, Nov. 28 to Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec.1 at 3 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 2 at 1 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $35. Call 954-462-0222 or visit BrowardCenter.org

Miami-Dade

*GEN SILENTFree public screenings of “GEN

SILENT,” the critically acclaimed documentary, from filmmaker Stu Maddux, will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. - At The Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores. “GEN SILENT” addresses the question, Do LGBT seniors need to go back in the closet? For many LGBT elders the wrenching decision to enter a nursing home is just one of the problems they are facing. The screening will be followed by a panel of local experts who will address the issues discussed in the film. www.gensilent.com Call Ellen Wedner: 305.573.6477 – wednerfriends@hotmail.com

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

Community Calendar Broward County The Four Noble Truths

We all have certain things that feel to us like true sources of happiness, but which in reality have caused us no end of suffering, time and time again. It is our mind of attachment that continues to deceive us, causing us to relate to these things in mistaken ways, and leading us straight into problems and misfortune. Learn how to break this cycle. $10/class or $30/ series includes vegetarian food after class, members free. Visit MeditationInFortLauderdale.org

Taste of the Island

Wilton Manors is holding its 7th annual Taste of the Island at historic Richardson Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets available at Barton Miller Cleaners, Wilton Manors Library, and at Wilton Manors City Hall. Includes a Silent Auction, which will take place in the Richardson’s historical house. Visit TasteOfTheIsland.org

Adventure Bears - Fall 2012 Caribbean Cruise Adventure Bears offers a truly unique travel experience where you can relax/recharge from a stressful job or be social with other like-minded traveler -- all while being pampered on one of the finest cruise lines in the world, Princess Cruise newest ship, the Ruby Princess. Call or email Paul B. Stalbaum at paul@crusiedesignstravel.com or 954-566-3377

Broward House presents Wanda Sykes, A World AIDS Day Benefit Concert

Sykes will make her only South Florida appearance in 2012-13 in this one-night only engagement during World AID Days weekend on Dec 2, at 8 p.m. at the Broward Center Au Rene Theater as a benefit for Broward House, Broward County’s oldest and largest HIV/AIDS community service organization. Wanda Sykes is considered “one of the funniest stand up comics” by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People in America. Visit BrowardCenter. org

Pozitive Attitudes 

Topic driven Peer lead support group for gay and bisexual men who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.  Meets every Wednesday 7-9 p.m. at the Pride Center 204 N.Dixie Hwy Room 204.   Refreshments, no charge, open meeting. PAHereandNow@aol.com  www.PozitiveAttitudes.com

Queer Youth Friday Nights

LGBTQ and allied youth group for people13-21. This Is a drop in group anytime from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. This youth group will be SunServe building on 1480 SW 9th Ave on the second floor. A Safe Space to be yourself! Queer Themed Movie showing at 7 p.m. on Friday nights. This group is a safe hangout to meet new friends, free Wi-Fi to bring your laptop or your iPad, plus board games that you can bring or play the ones that they provide at the group. Visit Sunserve.org/youth/ index.htm

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 Kenneth.Stolar@sci-us.com to see if your category is open and to attend as a guest. Visit Ftlchamber.com/index. php?src=gendocs&ref=GLBX_home&category=GLBX

Queer Youth Nights

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

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

Man2Man Discussion

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

Meditation After Work

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

Buddhist Meditation Classes

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

Dream Car Classic

Every Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pre-1980s classic cars, modern classics and custom cars from 1981-2012 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 954214-2457

Living Healthy

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

Life Coaching

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

Sex & Love Anonymous

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

Survivor Support

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

Eating Disorder Support

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

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.

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Young Adult GLBT

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

Boardwalk Friday Fest

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

Toastmasters

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

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 Alternativemc.com/events/floridaevents

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

PFLAG

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. Call the Intake Coordinator at 954-764-5150 to learn which therapy groups have openings. Groups Include a Gay Men’s HIV+ Long Time Survivors’ Group, a Safe “T” support group for gender variant adults, an Intimate Partner Abuse group and others. Visit SunServe.org

Fusion Wilton Manors - Connections

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

Women4Women Support

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

Man2Man Discussion

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

Palm Beach County

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival

Foodies have a reason to celebrate as a flood of epicurean talent descends upon the area for the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2012. Award-winning chefs and culinary personalities, authors, winemakers, journalists, and mixologists are creating a culinary event of a magnitude never before seen on the illustrious island and beyond. This sixth anniversary year of the Festival includes an expanded lineup, growing from five nights of culinary delights to nearly a dozen events with both day and evening programming, including a star chef golf tournament and trade-only panel discussion. On Dec7-11 at various locations. Visit Pbfoodwinefest.com

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Palm Beaches Marathon & Run Fest

December in Florida and striding through tropics. Now that will impress your friends and family. Palm Beaches Marathon & Run Fest isn’t just a race or a way to keep in shape before the holiday parties and cheer; it’s a vacation onto itself. This event will start and finish on Flagler drive on Nov 20-Dec 2. Visit Runpalmbeaches.com

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. Visit Lakeworthbikenight.com

Alternative Life Style Show Featured guests contribute to the community. All are welcomed to call in. Many give aways and prizes including a contest for free buffets at  Isle Capri Casino in Pompano. You can also listen by adding W4CYRADIO to SKYPE or call in at  561-623-9429. Up coming spotlights on parties of interest and special events.

PFLAG

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

New Alternatives

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

Sober Sisters AA

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

PBC Gender Support

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

Jazz on the Palm

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

BrothasSpeak

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

Paths

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

Yoga

Yoga with Deborah will change your life. Bring a mat and get ready to stretch the stress away every Tuesday at The GLCC in Palm Beach from 6 to 7 p.m. This yoga experience will uplift and transform your life. $6 Entry Fee. You must bring your own mat. Visit Compassglcc.com

Living Buddhism

On the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. Compass in Lake Worth will be holding a discussion group for overcoming obstacles and obtaining happiness. This group is great for getting internal enlightenment. Release your inner stress, and become free. Visit Compassglcc.com

Miami-Dade

Ransom Mondays

Need an excuse to keep partying well after the weekend is over? The Monday-night party at the recently renovated Collins Park lounge. This amazing party will take place at Mokai in Miami Beach. The party, hosted by Mark Lehmkuhl, sort of takes now-defunct Bella Rose’s Black Sunday murder mystery theme but gives it a Patty Hearst twist. Every week, some prominent nightlife fixture gets held for ransom, and the only way it gets returned is if you party your ass off. Only $20 to attend. Visit Mokaimiami.com

Rainbow Circle

Rainbow Circle is a peer-led LGBTQ support & discussion group. Topics covered often include coming out, relationships, bullying, peer pressure, drugs & alcohol, depression and selfesteem. You pick and develop discussion topics and are able to express your thoughts and feelings without fear in a safe and supportive environment. This group will take place every Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the University of Miami, Flipse Building #302. Visit Pridelines.org

Sex Talk Sex Talk: Peer Health Educators are young LGBTQ adults who learn how to talk to other young adults about sex, sexuality and HIV/STD prevention. You’ll conduct outreach events, record video messages, participate in a series of performances and organize special events with a purpose. This event takes place the second and fourth Thursday every month at Pridelines Headquarters located at 9526 NE 2nd Ave #104 In Miami Shores from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visit Pridelines.org

Lambda Dade Clubhouse

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

Key West

*The Key West Business Guild Mixer

The Key West Business Guild invites you to attend their special holiday mixer on Wednesday, Nov.14 in the 900 Block of Frances St. This annual block party, hosted each year by Gourmet Nibbles & Baskets with Flowers by Request, kicks off the Key West Police Department’s Holiday Toy Drive. The mixer will feature twenty-five of our local nonprofits and businesses along with music by Top Jimmy and plenty of food. Even Santa is rumored to once again be making an appearance! Visit Keywestbusinessguild.org

nightlife Broward County 321-Slammer

Bathhouse. 321 W Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33311. Slammer sex club the best place to cruise for the hottest gay men. Thursday’s is leather night, Friday and Saturday night live DJs. Monday & Tuesday -- $9 entry fee

Atomic Boom

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

Drag Queens at Sea

Join ALandCHUCK.travel and CRUISE on Dec 1, with the largest gathering of Drag Stars ever! Join nearly 40 stars along with Celebrity Hostess Michelle Visage for an incredible 8 day cruise with cocktail parties, drag performances, comedy shows, Q&A panels and so much more. Visit Facebook.com/ events/148246971907863/

Good Orderly AA

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

Seniors vs. Crime

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

Yoga On The Waterfront

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

YOGA Among the Orchids

It’s time for Yoga Among the Orchids at the American Orchid Society, 16700 AOS Lane, Delray Beach. Relax and replenish the flower inside with an hour of breathing exercises, toning, and yoga poses under a canopy of lush orchids. Classes are Wed. at 9 a.m. Cost is $20 and RSVP is suggested. Call 561-4042011. Visit OrchidWeb.org

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Corner Pub Bar

1915 N. Andrews Ave, Wilton Manors, FL 33311, (954) 564-7335. Redefining what a bar should be. Thursday’s margarita madness $4, Monday’s “Underwear Night. 2 for 1” until 9:30 p.m.

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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

The Club Fort LauderdaleBathhouse. 110 NW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL, (954) 525-3344 Good. Clean. Fun. 1/2 price rooms...Tuesday Nights and 1/2 price Lockers. Thursdays Nights. Always busy.

Boardwalk

Clubhouse II

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

Bathhouse. 2650 E. Oakland Park Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (954) 566-6750. A Private Club for Bi/Gay men. “Bear and Friends” Thursday $5 Off a room 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday Leather Night - $5 off for those in full leather gear.

823 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, (954) 728-9001. The Cubby Hole is one of Fort Lauderdale’s most unique and popular Neighborhood bar for men. Underwear Wednesday’s. “Boxers n’ Briefs” get 2 for 1 drinks 9 p.m. to close

The Depot Cabana Bar and Grill

2935 N. Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, (954) 537-7076. Voted the “Friendliest” Gay Bar in Fort Lauderdale. Monday’s $1.99 Drinks and $.50 wings open to close

Dudes Bar

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

Georgie’s Alibi

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.

Johnny’s

2740 North Andrews Ave, Wilton Manors, FL 33311. (954) 5147819. 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

Ramrod

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

1116 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, (954) 522-5931. 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.

Rosie’s Bar and Grill

The Manor

Scandals Country Western Bar

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

Matty’s on the Drive

2426 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 (954) 564-1799. Matty’s is one of the few bars in Wilton Manors that’s just that –a bar. Wild Wednesday’s $.75 Drinks, 13 Drinks for less than $10. 5 p.m.

Mona’s

502 E. Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, (954) 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

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Monkey Business

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. Oakland Park, FL 3334, (954) 567-2432. Scandals Gay and Lesbian Country Western. Dance Bar in Wilton Manors. Tuesdays Pool League, and Free Dance Lessons

Sidelines Sports Bar

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

Smarty Pants

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

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205 East Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park, FL 33334, (954) 565-4506 A neighborhood bar with a different theme every night, from drag shows and bingos, to bears and underwear.

Torpedo

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

Palm Beach County

The Cottage (Tea-Dance Sundays)

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

Fort Dix

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

H.G. Rooster

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

Miami-Dade Club Space

34 NE 11th St ,Miami ,Florida, 33132,(305) 350-1956 Space Miami Voted Best U.S Club IDMA 2011. The go-to venue for any nightlife enthusiast in the nation, the club is proudly marching on into its second decade of operation.

Club Sugar

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

Discotekka

950 NE 2nd Ave, Downtown Miami, Florida 33132,(305) 3509084. One of the best night clubs In Miami. Every Saturday the hottest DJ’s from the top performers. Drink Special Every Saturday Miami 62 NE 14 Street Downtown Miami Florida (305) 640-8749. Open Wed. through Sun. The hottest men in the universe strip shows nightly from 6 p.m. sexy from wall to wall. Free entrance. Free parking. Free VIP rooms. Featuring the Hottest Male Dancers and The Best VIP ROOMS and always $5 Drinks. Full Lineup at ed at  http://www.Facebook.com/JohnnysMiami

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Score

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

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.

The Mad Hatter

Swinging Richards

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

The Bar Lake Worth

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

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Mara (Thurs-Sat)

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

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Twist

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.

“ONE HELLUVA PARTY! A BRILLIANT TRUE STORY, A PHENOMENAL CAST AND MORE HIT SONGS THAN ANY OTHER SHOW IN TOWN!” North American Tour Cast. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

The Stable

Tag Bar

25 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483 954-801-3247. Delray Beach’s only gay bar. Mon - Sun: 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. Awesome Drink Specials.

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