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welve years ago, when I launched the Express Gay News, I never imagined that it would become a springboard for so many individuals to see their standing in life improve much.

However, the Express was the vehicle, which would lead to Kevin Hopper, once the marketing manager, rise to the duties of Publisher of the South Florida Blade. Ian Drew, our entertainment editor, is now a full time writer for US Weekly, and appears regularly on CNN as a celebrity commentator. Andy Zeffer, a features writer, has gone on to publish a book and see it become a screenplay. The late Mike James eventually became the editor of the Independent. Our one time Palm Beach editor, Chip Alfred, is now a publicist for Equality Forum.

Gay Men Facing Arrest and Prosecution.


egrettably, gay men facing criminal prosecution dominate the news this week. Arrests are public record, and the news is the news, good or bad.

Many of these are cases we have separately reported on and more information on each case is available by accessing our search engine at www.sfgn. com and entering in the appropriate names. Here is some information on new cases and updates on old ones. courtesy of broward sheriff’s office

Express Sales Manager Publishes Book of Poetry

New newsworthy news From the publisher’s desk

Denny Hughes, the Da Vinci realtor charged with multiple counts of mortgage fraud and grand theft, continues to assert his innocence of wrongdoing. Last week, he took another continuance of his court date, postponing the case until mid-April. Hughes is now out on bond, but he had previously been held for a year on a violation of probation, denied the opportunity of pre trial release.

Justin Wyse One person whose career has changed in a transformative way though, is Craig One person who may know how Hughes felt is Combs, who was a sales manager and bookkeeper Justin Wyse, a sales manager of the monthly for the Express Gay News a decade ago. Today, I am newspaper, the South Florida Chronicle. Booked reading his book of poems, ‘Taking Tea in the into the Broward County Jail on charges of PossesBlack Rose,’ his newly published book of poems, sion of Methamphetamine with intent to deliver, the an absolutely perfect gift for Valentine’s Day. arrest constitutes a violation of his probation for Born and raised in Flint, Michigan, the 42-year-old grand theft, and he is presently incarcerated on a writer left the business world to expand his interest no bond hold. Meanwhile, detectives are searching in holistic health, nutrition, exercise, and herbalism. for his Brazilian born roommate, Lucus DaSalva, For a journey into his soul, stop by his website, implicated in the criminal conspiracy with Wyse, and charged with trafficking in crystal amines. Released on a bond, he apparently cut off his It is an insightful Craig Combs that emerges in electronic monitor and absconded. this book of distinctively visceral poetry, a candid and Meanwhile, former Agenda salesman Rob Kohl uncompromising exploration of heart and soul. It is is still facing a violation of state probation charges in a compilation of tales and tears that speaks with you front of Judge Michael Robinson, not only for rather than at you, worthy of your consideration. grand theft and forging checks, but also for a bizarre Subtitled ‘Singing Through the Shadows until we’re kidnapping scheme that led to federal charges for Dancing in the Light,’ it is a promising and provocative attempting to rob a bank… Just so we are up front, work, representing a collage of three decades of and not outdone, also facing Judge Robinson on a Craig’s life; his travails and travels. I am just grateful simple possession of methamphetamine charge is a there are no passages about me being his boss. The former SFGN correspondent, Jason Shutts. He book retails for $13.95.


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has pled not guilty, and is being represented by a skilled young attorney, who is a member of the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers’ Network, Gary Farmer. On a more serious note, we are just past the anniversary of the murder of a Wilton Manors couple, Kevin Powell and Steven Adams.We have not forgotten this brutal killing and neither should you.Their accused murderer, Peter Serge Avsenew, awaits trial in a Broward County Jail, held, obviously, with no bond. Detective Gary Blocker of the Wilton Manors PD is working the case if you have any leads. Meanwhile, in New Port Richey, Florida, Jason Andrews, a bisexual Chicago DJ with a British accent, whose chiseled jaw and good looks landed him roles in countless gay porn videos, has pled guilty to murder. With his girlfriend du jour, Amanda Logue, he stabbed and bludgeoned ‘Scooter’ Abrahamsen, a 41-year-old tattoo shop owner to death with a sledgehammer, celebrating the murder by hyping the sex they were going to have after the brutal killing with texts back and forth to each other. He will now have a lifetime of male bonding to weigh those choices- his sentence: life in jail. Speaking of murderous porn stars, world famous Ryan Idol remains in jail in California, pending a request for a new trial, following his conviction last fall for attempted murder and a series of other felony charges against his ‘girlfriend.’ I don’t know, but if you are going to be a gay porn star, do you really need a girlfriend? Also, Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives remain stymied and need your help in finding new leads on some cold cases, including the brutal September, 2010, murder of a Virginia communications executive, Samuel Del Brocco, whose body was found inside a condo in Pompano Beach. Now no one has been charged, no one is being accused, but surprise, at least one of his former acquaintances was apparently a former nude model and adult video star. Just sayin’…reminds me of the lyrics of that famous Jimmy Soul title, “if you wanna be happy for the rest of your life, never make a pretty woman your wife; so from my personal point of view, get an ugly girl to marry you.”

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Local News

Seiler Trumps Rynerson

Charlotte Rodstrom also wins election By Larry Barszewski, Sun Sentinel got the city moving in the right direction,” Seiler said. “[Tonight] is about the future of FORT LAUDERDALE — ayor Jack Seiler and Commission- Fort Lauderdale. It’s about a city commission er Charlotte Rodstrom sailed eas- working together as a team to move the city forward.” ily to re-election Rodstrom had touted her Tuesday, securing more conservative fiscal record than enough votes to avoid in securing a third and firunoff elections in March. nal three-year term. She Seiler, 48, faced an uncannot run again for comorthodox rematch from Earl missioner because of term Rynerson, who was one of limits. three opponents he beat “This is about workhandily in 2009. Rynering hard for the people son had encouraged a third you serve,” Rodstrom said. candidate into the race, Ga“We’ve come so far and we briel Crimi, which moved have so much to do.” the election from March to Rodstrom, 58, fended off Tuesday, the same day as challenges from Michael the Republican presidential Ferber, 57, who has been acpreference primary. tive on many city commitRynerson, who switched tees, and Lester Zalewski, from being a Democrat to Jack Seiler 55, a former vice president a Republican in November, hoped he could work the larger-than-normal of the Central Beach Alliance. Ferber finished turnout to his advantage in the non-partisan second and Zalewski finished third. “I think she’s been a pretty steady hand,” city election. He put up campaign signs claimsaid Bob Brantmeyer of Las ing to be the “conservative Olas Isles, who owns Sun choice.” On Tuesday, he had Dream Yacht Charters. “I signs greeting Republican think she’s looked out for voters that said, “Seiler supher constituents and I think ports Obama, Earl Rynerson she’s looked out for business supports you.” owners. She’s tried to supBut Rynerson, 59, was no port us.” match for Seiler, who previTuesday’s city races were ously served as a state legconsidered a primary beislator and mayor of Wilton cause each race had more Manors. than two candidates. If no “There are so many gold candidate had secured more stars for Jack Seiler, it wasn’t than 50 percent of the vote, even worth a look [at the a runoff between the top other candidates],” said artwo vote-getters would have chitect Bob Tuthill from been held March 13. the city’s Colee Hammock Two city seats are still up neighborhood. “Everything for grabs in March. Comclicked in his favor. It’s hard missioner Bruce Roberts times, but I think the city is Earl Rynerson faces Mary Graham and Combeing run nicely.” While Rynerson tried to portray the city’s missioner Romney Rogers is being challenged budget as out of control, Seiler could point by Jackie Scott. Vice Mayor Bobby DuBose was the only to a property tax rate that had not increased since he took office, an operating budget that current commission member to be re-elected dropped $18 million over that same time and without opposition. a city workforce that shed more than 200 jobs SFGN and Sun-Sentinel are media partners. without affecting public safety. “The voters overwhelmingly realized we’ve or 954-356-4556 steven shires

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Clarke Cooper, head of the National Log Cabin Republicans Group, said Mitt Romney won an “informal vote” among the leaders of Florida’s three chapters on the Saturday before Tuesday’s primary. And voters in Florida’s Republican primary on Tuesday gave Romney a victory, too, albeit a less resounding one than did Log Cabin Florida leaders. In the Log Cabin Florida straw poll, Romney won 24 votes to Newt Gingrich’s 6, Ron Paul’s 4, and Rick Santorum’s zero. Among voters participating in Tuesday’s Republican primary in Florida, Romney won 46 percent of the vote, compared to Gingrich’s 32 percent, Santorum’s 13 percent, and Paul’s 7 percent. A week out from the January 31 primary, Log Cabin leaders in Florida suggested their members were pretty evenly split between Romney and Gingrich. But in trying to catch up with Romney in the polls in the days leading up to the Florida voting, Gingrich began hammering Romney for being “pro-abortion, pro-gun control, pro-tax increase, and pro-gay rights.” He described the former governor as a “Massachusetts moderate—a liberal by Republican terms.” Romney had acknowledged to one debate audience that, as governor of Massachusetts, he had a policy of not discriminating based on sexual orientation but he opposed samesex marriage. Cooper said he thought Gingrich’s attempt to use Romney’s support for “gay rights” against him probably back-fired. “Any candidate attempting to use gays as a dividing rod in the 2012 election is bucking


public trends of inclusion and will find themselves unable to win a general election,” said Cooper. “Politics is about addition and the long term gains are made through building coalitions, not employing wedge issues.” The Log Cabin national board has not yet made an endorsement in the primary. While “gay rights,” abortion, gun control, and taxes are very significant to many voters, there is evidence to suggest that voters are giving heavier consideration to other issues. The CNN exit polls Tuesday night showed the majority (62 percent) of voters surveyed identified the economy as their most important issue, followed by the budget deficit (23 percent), abortion (7 percent), and illegal immigration (3 percent). CNN did not ask exit poll participants to identify their sexual orientation, but it did ask about marital status. Eleven percent of voters were unmarried men; 50 percent voted for Romney, 24 percent for Gingrich, 13 percent for Paul, 11 percent for Santorum, and 2 percent for others. Fifteen percent of voters were unmarried women; 47 percent voted for Romney, 28 percent for Gingrich, 11 percent for Santorum, 7 percent for Paul, and 7 percent for others. The Republican primary campaign in Florida made considerable issue of how much the contenders have paid in taxes. A week prior to the Florida vote, when Romney released his tax returns for 2010 and 2011, there was a flood of attention over the discovery that the multi-millionaire is paying only about 15 percent in taxes on his enormous earnings. But there was something specific for the

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LGBT community to scrutinize, too. It wasn’t on Romney’s regular returns, but rather on the returns he files for his private Tyler Charitable Foundation. Romney pours a million or so dollars into the foundation every year and the foundation contributes the money to other charitable groups, including ones to help kids, to fight certain diseases, to help a homeless shelter for veterans, the United Way and the Red Cross. But CNN found, and other returns this reporter discovered online, show the Romney foundation also gave money to such virulently anti-gay groups as the Massachusetts Family Institute, the Salvation Army, and the Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty. “The biggest part of this money,” said CNN reporter Tom Foreman, has been the Mormon Church. Foreman didn’t mention it, but the Mormon Church was heavily involved in funding the successful campaign to pass California’s ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8. According to a report in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Romney family made its largest annual donation to the Mormon Church—$1.8 million—in 2008. That is the same year the Mormon Church gave heavy financial support to Proposition 8. The Huffington Post reported last week that the family foundation has also given to the Boy Scouts of America, and gave $10,000 to the Massachusetts Family Institute. Asked whether he thinks Romney’s contributions to groups like the Massachusetts Family Institute, which has opposed nearly every effort to secure equal rights for gays in

Massachusetts, would push away gay voters who might otherwise support Romney, Cooper said Log Cabin members are “not single issue voters.” “Like most Republicans,” he said, “they take a macro view of each candidate running for office. Domestic bread and butter issues are showing to be prime interest in the 2012 election cycle for voters, including the LGBT community.” The 2010 returns for the Gingrich Foundation showed modest contributions to the Catholic Church, some small historic associations, a couple of disease research groups, and some small colleges. His personal returns show just $9,000 to the Catholic Church and other “miscellaneous” contributions. Both the Catholic Church and the Mormon Church have contributed heavily to political efforts to ban same-sex marriage, and neither Romney nor Gingrich has been supportive of full equality for LGBT citizens. But Romney’s funding presented the most trouble for his prospects of securing 27 percent of the LGBT vote in the general election this year, as Republican nominee John McCain did in 2008. “The donations by the Romney family to these far right groups,” said Michael ColeSchwartz, communications director for the Human Rights Campaign, “only proves the point that Mitt Romney has had every position imaginable on LGBT issues, from first saying he’d be better on gay rights than Ted Kennedy to funding the groups that want to turn back the clock on marriage in Massachusetts.”

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In Anita’s Wake: The Irrational War on Florida’s Gay Families ACLU presents stories of gay


artin Gill’s usual morning concern these days is getting his kids ready to go to school — no longer worried and wrapped up in legal battles over whether they’ll be coming back home. But while Gill’s battle was fought and won, overturning in September 2010 a ban on gay adoption in Florida, the ACLU’s director in the state, Howard Simon, foresaw that the issues themselves “are not resolved when the verdict is given.” “We’re not out of the woods until the legislature bangs the gavel and goes home,” Simon said. Along with Gill, Simon was on a panel that also included Elizabeth Schwartz, a Miami-based adoption attorney. It was part of a training event put on by the ACLU on Feb. 2 at University of Miami’s Law School. The Aqua Foundation for Women and multiple other co-sponsors helped put things together. First item on the bill was the screening of In Anita’s Wake: The Irrational War on Florida’s Gay Families. It told Gill’s story and two other same-sex couples’ adoptive stories, as they were affected by the adoption ban imposed in part by the efforts of Anita Bryant’s — the 1970s orange juice spokesperson turned anti-gay evangelist. Then the three panelists got together to explain what hardships lay ahead, after which they took questions. Schwartz was the first to speak, and summarized the film in a sentence. “Now it’s the law of the land in Florida that this ban can’t be approved,” she said, adding that judges have loved the slew of adoptions, over a hundred of them, since the ban was overturned. Since Gill’s kids were given permanency in his home, various claims of their undoing have been debunked. “When we get home, my 11-year-old son helps me cook.


His favorite foods to cook are macaroni and cheese, hamburger helper (we use ground turkey), and pizza,” Gill said. “Once they are done [with homework], they like to play YouTube videos and make up dances. They are both talented hip-hop dancers. They like Justin Bieber, Usher, and the Black Eyed Peas.” The kids are asleep by 9 p.m. Weekends include bikeriding at Oleta Park, kayaking or maybe a relaxing stay at the pool they have at home. Regardless, Gill said, the kids play “basketball daily in the front driveway. They are both gifted athletes.” “They know well what the difference is between foster care and being adopted as they have seen many kids come and go,” Gill summarized, adding that he’s had by now 25 foster kids. “They have the security of knowing they are part of a forever family.” Leah Weston, 26, a first year law school student at UM, attended the session because “this is a very important civil rights issue.” “The tide of public opinion on this is really changing,” she said about her intentions to go into law school in the first place. “It’s timely.” While Schwartz agreed that the gay community has seen “incredible progress” in this regard, she said the road ahead is still uncertain. “We need to talk to lawmakers about our families and the harmful effects of bigotry and short-sighted partisanship,” she said. “We also need to be informed about the state of the law and make sure we’re ready for any sort of attack our families may face, either at the ballot box or in Tallahassee.” That’s why the ACLU is running these training sessions, as Simon carefully explained. “It’s urgent that people become informed on this

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Gill Family because in the climate in which we live, none of our rights are secure,” he said. “If we relax and are not vigilant, we might not notice that a movement gets started aimed at taking away our rights.” That’s where organizations like the ACLU and Aqua Foundation step in, trying to put a dent in mass unawareness. “This training is essential because we cannot get complacent in thinking the adoption issue is resolved,” Schwartz said. “There are those who want to ignore all of the experts, all of the credible science, and what’s truly in the best interests of children and deny gays and lesbians parental rights. It’s asinine but true.”

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he Aqua Foundation for Women’s first Aqua Ally Awards event takes place Friday, Feb. 10 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Coral Gables. “We want to thank those who stand with us,” said Robin Schwartz, executive director of Aqua. Schwartz explained that the funds from the ceremony will be used to “transform” and “build” the community, which are two of Aqua’s major goals, the last being “leading.” The honorees include Howard Simon, the executive director of Florida’s ACLU chapter, and Patricia Ireland, former president of the National Organization for Women. “We chose Patricia because of her leadership of women across the board for many years,” Schwartz said. “Howard was instrumental in overturning the adoption ban.” The event will take place on the 15th floor

of Bacardi Building, 2701 Le Jeune Road, Coral marrying violates their constitutional rights. Gables. The cost is $75 for members; $85 for It was open to the public and received non-members and $95 at the door. widespread media coverage, so the recordings Visit for more information. would not have revealed any new evidence or testimony. Walker, who has since retired and revealed Court won’t release CA gay marriage trial videos he is in a long-term relationship with another man, originally wanted to broadcast the trial federal appeals court refused Thursin other federal courthouses and on YouTube. day to unseal video recordings of a The U.S. Supreme Court forbade him from landmark trial on the constitutionalmoving forward with that plan after the ban’s ity of California’s same-sex marriage ban but said it needed more time to decide if a lower sponsors argued that distributing trial footage could subject their witnesses to harassment. court judge properly struck down the voter“The 9th Circuit correctly ruled that when approved ban. Siding with the ban’s supporters, the 9th a trial judge makes a solemn promise, as Judge U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco Walker did by assuring the parties that the ruled the public doesn’t have the right to see trial video would not be publicly released, the the footage that former Chief U.S. District judiciary must not be allowed to renege on its Judge Vaughn Walker had produced with the pledge,’’ said Austin Nimocks, a lawyer for the caveat it would be used only by him to help coalition of religious conservative groups that sponsored Proposition 8. him reach a verdict. The 9th Circuit still must resolve the Chief Judge Walker “promised the litigants that the conditions under which the recording more substantive issue of whether Walker was maintained would not change – that correctly struck down Proposition 8 on there was no possibility that the recording federal constitutional grounds. The appeals would be broadcast to the public in the court panel heard arguments on that issue future,’’ a three-judge 9th Circuit panel said a year ago but does not face a deadline for making a decision. in a unanimous opinion. A coalition of media organizations, including The 2010 trial over which Walker presided lasted 13 days and was the first in a federal The Associated Press, and lawyers for the two court to examine if prohibiting gay couples from couples who successfully sued to overturn Proposition 8 in Walker’s court had petitioned to have the Proposition 8 trial recordings made public on First Amendment grounds. Jack Stokes, a spokesman for the AP, said the news organization had no comment on the ruling. Walker’s successor as the chief U.S. district judge in Northern California, James Ware, agreed in September and planned to unseal the videos. In its Thursday ruling, the threejudge 9th Circuit panel said Ware had erred and ordered the recordings kept under seal. The panel also refused to return to Walker a copy of the recordings that Ware gave his colleague upon his retirement last year. Walker had used snippets of footage in public talks about the value of broadcasting court proceedings. Gay rights advocates said they wanted to use the recordings to try to puncture political arguments used by opponents of same-sex marriage.

Two gays: we were jailed in ohio without our pants


wo gay men who say they were punched and pinned to the ground by an off-duty police officer before being called offensive names and jailed without their trousers have sued the city and its police over what they call anti-gay bias. Steven Ondo and Jonathan Simcox said the off-duty officer, who was a neighbor,


complained about a noisy argument on the street and attacked them last April and had them arrested. A week later, they said, they were arrested by SWAT officers and were punched again at their home while lounging in T-shirts and underpants. They said they were denied a chance to get their pants and weren’t provided with any in jail for a day. The men were charged with assaulting the officer but were acquitted Oct. 20 in a nonjury trial. Ondo, 22, and Simcox, 25, filed the U.S. District Court lawsuit against the city and its police last month and asked for unspecified damages. They said their goal was to deter biased treatment by police. During the second arrest, the lawsuit says, the officers repeatedly referred to Ondo and Simcox as “faggots” and said “faggots don’t get to wear pants to jail” when they were transported to the city lockup. Simcox’s brother was at the house and asked if he could get the pants for them, but police refused, although he was allowed to get their shoes, the lawsuit says. Police usually allow cooperative arrested people to retrieve their clothing. A top city official said Friday the city wouldn’t discuss details of the litigation. “The city of Cleveland is aware that the lawsuit has been filed and will appropriately address this legal matter in court,” interim Law Director Barbara Langhenry said in an email. Ondo and Simcox could not be reached Friday. No phone was listed for Ondo in court records, and a phone number for Simcox provided by his attorney wasn’t accepting calls. Attorney Dan Chaplin, who represented Ondo in the criminal case, said each man weighs about 120 to 130 pounds and they were tossed around like rag dolls by their 225-pound neighbor. About a week later, he said, a SWAT team calling them “fags” and “queer” arrested them at their home at about 5:30 a.m. on a warrant accusing them of assaulting a police officer. The team then put them in a police van and drove around for a couple of hours making other arrests, he said. “They were humiliated and embarrassed. They were shackled to strangers while they were in their underwear and they couldn’t leave,” Chaplin said. “And the other guys that were arrested were allowed to get clothes on.” At the jail, he said, police mocked them, telling them “fags don’t deserve to wear pants” and asked them questions about their sex lives. “It was just real old-fashioned gay bashing by the Cleveland police department,” he said. Cleveland police and the city’s Office of Professional Standards said no complaint had been filed in the case, mayoral spokeswoman Andrea Taylor said.

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LESBIAN . . . Or Mature Women Seeking Same Sex Relationships?

By Samantha Elphick and Stu Feinstein


nce upon a time our heroine would walk into a room and all male eyes turned her way, she moved with an effortless grace portraying an aura of self awareness and confidence . . . believing that life would always be this way. But that was then, and this is now . . . she has been replaced with younger, younger and younger. Generations of past women had the luxury of experiencing certainty and predictability. Growing up they had inherited the profound belief that they would be loved and cared for by the man of their dreams. He would sweep her off her feet and they would live happily ever after. Today that is a fairy tale. Mature women in the 21st century are experiencing something very different—male scarcity. Our proud damsels, perched on the carousel of success, believed that their ride would be endless, never contemplating that their journey may be nearing a conclusion . . . a grand finale without a man? Who would have thought? The proof is in the pudding, statistics show that the biggest groups of on-line-dating participants are women over fifty. These women herald a trend that experts expect to grow as the baby boom generation heads into retirement. Almost half of women between the ages of 45 and 59, surveyed by AARP last year, consider living with a friend as an attractive way to grow old. They are joined by a third of women in their 60s and above. What is happening in the years 2000? The fall from grace can be harsh and painful as one enters a twilight zone of disillusionment, loneliness, self-doubt and economic instability. Our heroine’s male counterparts also face a similar set of circumstances. Both sets of Boomers are typical, in that the majority lived their lives with one foot in yesterday and the other in tomorrow. Boomers were too busy living to appreciate and bask in the

creating new modes of survival. As it is with all of us, life is but a wink and change—that’s inevitable. There are those who walk the tightrope of change with a daring ease, but they are few and far between. For the aging female Boomer it is not always that easy and in many instances there is no safety net to offer security. Yesterdays are but reflections in a fading mirror and the promise of tomorrows are reduced to dreams and hopes. It is all about today, and today is forever. So, can our heroine and female

Baby Boomers climb back on that carousel of happiness with same sex relationships? Samantha Elphick is the author of a trilogy series, UNbridled, UNtamed and Unscripted. As the mother of a gay daughter, Samantha dedicated her first sequel, Untamed, to her daughter Perri. It is the story of a young man who realizes that he is gay and hides out in the tough world of the Montana firefighters. Visit or Stu Feinstein, award winning party planner and owner of Le Clique

glow of now, but as today’s woman begins the process of determining what she really wants from life, research also shows that she wants companionship, conversation and all that goes with the inherent satisfaction of a real relationship. Many mature women go under the knife time and time again, refusing to let go of their youth and their dreams, continuing the marathon hunt for a man. Often they are offended by the mere suggestion of entertaining options, especially the option of seeking a woman as a life partner. Will this eventually change the older they get? At first this premise threatens the mature woman who has never thought of herself to have lesbian tendencies, but this is different. Could she find happiness in a female relationship is more to the point? Why not, women have so much in common and lifealtering decisions should be defined by personal needs in modern times. There seems to be a growing trend of female Baby Boomers who are finding happiness together and are in fact, living happily ever after. These women willingly merge their lives just as they had in sorority/dorm life, sharing apartments, travel, marriage, child bearing and rearing, in sickness and in health. Rebecca G. Adams, a University of North Carolina sociologist who studies adult relationships says, “Baby Boomer women have been on their own more than previous cohorts have . . . Many women who lived a traditional married life are feminists and more likely to return to an all female environment.” The trend is expected to evolve as the years go by. The shackles of habits and patterns that lock people into status quo thinking will be broken. The fears that inhibit people from the freedom to create a new order of relationship will eventually evaporate. Baby Boomers are a special breed; they have a history of dealing with outmoded economic, religious and social systems. They are a tough-minded bunch and experienced in

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Appeals Court Hands Gays a Valentine

Norm Kent, Publisher


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vested. Most importantly, ore than three it seems to say there is no years after Callegitimate governmental ifornia voters interest in declaring hoapproved a ban on same-sex mosexual partnerships marriage, an appeals court second-class status. on Tuesday decided that Over time, whether it vote unconstitutionally dehas been with women or nied the rights of LGBT citiAfrican Americans, gays zens to marry. or immigrants, AmeriProposition 8 was chalca and its courts come lenged by same-sex couaround and side with ples, but the California those seeking rights and Supreme Court upheld it as Judge Walker liberties. The course is a valid state constitutional amendment. The suit led to a historic fed- long, and the road scarred, and the bodies eral trial that examined the nature of sexu- many, but we get there. We always have and al orientation, the history of marriage, and we always will, and that’s why America will always be that city on a shining hill. discrimination against gays and lesbians. It’s never an easy battle. There are civil As you may recall, retired Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker presided over the tri- rights workers from the 1960’s buried in Misal and ruled against Proposition 8 in 2010, sissippi graves, and union workers from the declaring that same-sex marriages should 1900’s who were brutally beaten in Detroit. be lawful and protected by the states. Judge There are students, like myself, who were Walker, who is gay, graced a cover of SFGN in attacked in public parks by police with Billy 2010. Regardless of his sexual orientation, his clubs in Chicago in 1968, for protesting an unjust war in Vietnam. ruling was made on solid legal grounds. There were incredible women that fought The higher court had postponed the implementation of Judge Walker’s ruling pending for universal suffrage, and gutsy advocates their decision on the appeal, which was ren- who launched battles against prohibition. Todered yesterday. But don’t rush to the altar day, there are occupiers in cities across this just yet. As the case winds its way to the High country fighting for Americans to take back Main Street from Wall Street. In California, Court, the case could be stayed again. The case is not over, and the losing party medical marijuana patients risk their freedom can ask that the entire court of nine judges, by standing up for dispensaries being unconnot just the three-judge panel to rule upon it. scionably raided by the federal government. If they do so, that would slow its path to the Stand up for your rights today and you will United States Supreme Court, where the firm never have to look back with regret tomorrow. The U.S. Constitution empowers Ameriand final ruling would be made. There are many legal theorists who scoff at cans with certain ‘inalienable rights’, amongst the decisions of the 9th Circuit Court of Ap- them the right to pursue happiness. What does peals, deemed by scholars as one of the most that mean? It should mean that you should be liberal courts in the country. Historically, the able to love who you want and partner with US Supreme Court has found a legal basis to whom you want without a judicial decree of overturn many of their rulings, with an ex- ‘acceptability’. An ‘inalienable right’ means traordinarily high percentage of reversals. It that you have a citizen’s right card and guaranwould almost not bode well for same sex mar- tee beyond government control. The decision was never anyone else’s to make or take away. riage proponents. But this case is different. The march for fairness and equality got a It will take a few more days to assess and fully interpret this ruling, but it appears to boost from a California court this week, and stand for the proposition that no voter’s ballot your life today is safer tomorrow because of can summarily strip away a civil right already that decision.

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Same Sex Marriage Ban Illegal By Lisa Leff The Associated Press


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SFGN Editorial

AN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal appeals court on Tuesday declared California’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional but agreed to give sponsors of the bitterly contested, voter-approved law time to appeal the ruling before ordering the state to resume allowing gay couples to wed. The three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Tyler Barrick & Spencer Jones, Appeals ruled 2-1 that a lowa gay couple whose marriage was nullifi ed by Proposition 8 er court judge correctly interpreted the U.S. Constitution and Supreme fense Fund, a Christian legal aid group based Court precedents when he declared in 2010 in Arizona that helped defend Proposition 8. One legal analyst said the U.S. Supreme that Proposition 8 - a response to an earlier state court decision that legalized gay mar- Court might not agree to take up the case on riage - was a violation of the civil rights of appeal because the appeals court focused its decision exclusively on California’s ban. gays and lesbians. “The ruling is on the narrowest ground “Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and possible,” said University of Santa Clara conhuman dignity of gays and lesbians in Cali- stitutional law professor Margaret Russell. Supporters of gay marriage praised the rulfornia, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those ing as historic. “The message it sends to young LGBT peoof opposite-sex couples,” states the opinion written by Judge Stephen Reinhardt, one of ple, not only here in California but across the country, (is) that you can’t strip away a funthe court’s most liberal judges. However, the appeals panel took pains to damental right,” said Chad Griffin, president note that its decision applies only to Califor- of the American Foundation for Equal Rights. nia, even though the court has jurisdiction in He formed the group with director Rob Reiner nine western states. California is the only one to wage the court fight against Proposition 8. The panel also said there was no evidence of those states where the ability for gays to marry was granted then rescinded, the court that former Chief U.S. Judge Vaughn Walker, who struck down the ban 18 months ago, noted in its narrowly crafted opinion. “Whether under the Constitution same- was biased and should have disclosed before sex couples may ever be denied the right to he issued his decision that he was gay and in marry, a right that has long been enjoyed by a long-term relationship with another man. opposite-sex couples, is an important and Walker ruled after the first federal trial to highly controversial question,” the court examine if the U.S. Constitution guarantees said. “We need not and do not answer the same-sex couples the right to marry, Proposition 8 backers had asked the 9th broader question in this case.” The ruling will not take effect until the Circuit to set aside Walker’s ruling on constideadline passes for Proposition 8’s backers tutional grounds and because of the thorny to appeal to a larger panel of the 9th Circuit. issue of the judge’s personal life. It was the Lawyers for the coalition of conservative re- first instance of an American jurist’s sexual ligious groups that sponsored the measure orientation being cited as grounds for oversaid they have not decided if they will seek a turning a court decision. Walker publicly revealed he was gay after 9th Circuit rehearing or file an appeal directhe retired. Supporters of the gay marriage ly to the U.S. Supreme Court. “We are not surprised that this Hollywood- ban argued that he had been obliged to previorchestrated attack on marriage - tried in ously reveal if he wanted to marry his partner San Francisco - turned out this way. But we - like the gay couples who sued to overturn are confident that the expressed will of the the ban. American people in favor of marriage will be upheld at the Supreme Court,” said Brian Raum, senior counsel for the Alliance De- See full story online.

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McNaught’s Notes

There are No Cooties in the Garden of Eden

By Brian McNaught


he Garden of Eden is not a mythological place like heaven and hell. It is located in our own zip codes, on our own streets, in our own homes. But there are no cooties allowed in the Garden of Eden, nor shame. If you think you have cooties, or you are ashamed of who and what you are, you’ll never find it no matter how hard you search. The Garden of Eden is bliss, or, if you prefer, great happiness. It is a moveable feast that travels with you to school, work, and recreation. It is there when people love you and when they hate you. It is there when you are considered a failure and when you are considered a success. You can feel it in the White House and in jail. But you can’t feel it if you have cooties, or are ashamed of who you are. Children tell each other that they have cooties, with the intention of causing shame. But children first learn of cooties at home. Cooties are things that other people find disgusting. A guest at lunch yesterday told us that because she had polio as a child, her mother told her, “God gave me five normal children. What happened to you?” Polio is cooties. If you believe you have cooties, you feel shame. If you feel shame, you can never experience bliss. If you can’t experience bliss, you can’t be in the Garden of Eden. While taking friends through the “Our Stars” exhibition at the Stonewall National Museum, one spotted the poster for Making Love, the 1982 commercially-released film in which actors Harry Hamlin and Michael Ontkean kiss passionately. “When I saw it,” he said, “people in the audience gasped in disgust.” Men who kiss men have cooties. If you believe that, you feel shame. When I was a child, the black woman my mother hired to babysit for us asked for a drink of my pop (I’m from Michigan.) I said, “Eew, no, you have germs.” It was a response I had learned to give to everyone. I was shocked when the woman got angry and said, “I don’t have no special germs.” Way back in the late 1950s, she was letting me know that she didn’t have cooties just because she was black. I suspect she entered the Garden of Eden long before I did as a gay man who squirmed in fear in response to the expressions of disgust at Making Love. Fundamentalist Christians can get quite smug when they announce that “God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.” They want gay men and women to accept that we

have cooties and no place in the Garden of Eden. We shouldn’t expect to join them in the place they call heaven. I’ve come to believe that there is no personal God who creates, guides, and judges humans, and that people who try to create hell for others will never experience bliss in this world. The gates to the Garden of Eden are closed to them as long as they attempt to make others feel less than perfect. Ray and I remind ourselves and each other on a daily basis that we are in heaven. It’s true not because we enjoy a very privileged lifestyle, but because neither of us feels as if we have cooties, and neither of us feels shame. And it’s not just the cooties of homosexuality that we have rejected as false, but also the cooties of being unworthy of other people’s respect and love on any basis. Perhaps it’s our age, but we don’t care any longer if others approve of us. We don’t apologize for being white, male, able-bodied, American, privileged, agnostics, Buddhists, non-drinkers, early diners, early risers, controlling, passionate, old, or any other characteristic for which others might want to make us feel shame. It breaks my heart when I look at anyone who feels shame about who they are, or who feels they need to offer excuses for their existence. Perfection is an illusion. People who tell us that we have cooties, or who make signs of disgust about our personhood, are not happy people, and they don’t want us to be happy either. When we participate in any way to make others feel as if they have cooties, for whatever reason, we are seeking to shame them, and we lose that moment’s opportunity for bliss. If you want to be happy, regardless of your race, sex, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or any other factor, be happy because of your race, sex, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or any other factor. They’re not cooties. They’re beauties. That’s the key to the gate at the Garden of Eden. Brian McNaught was named “the godfather of gay diversity training” by The New York Times. He works with corporate executives globally, is the author of six books, and is featured in seven educational DVDs. He and his spouse Ray Struble divide their year between Ft. Lauderdale and Provincetown. Visit for more information.

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Local News

Allen West Flees Wilton Manors Redistricting shakes up South Florida’s congressional races

By Jason Parsley


fter the Florida state legislature redrew the 22nd Congressional District to include more democrats and a much larger slice of Wilton Manors Republican Congressman Allen West decided to seek reelection to the House of Representatives in the newly proposed 18th Congressional District, which includes northern Palm Beach County, and all of St. Lucie and Martin counties. If West had decided to run for reelection in the 22nd district it would have been an uphill battle. The newly proposed 18th district, however, will be far more republican friendly. Republican Tom Rooney currently represents the area, but is leaving to run in the proposed 17th Congressional District on the west coast of Florida. Democrats naturally blasted West’s decision to relocate. Former West Palm Beach Mayor Democrat

Lois Frankel, who’s running for West’s seat, released a statement: “Allen West just announced that he is cutting and running from a fight with me - he is retreating to another district,” she said in a prepared statement. “Mr. West had to see the writing on the wall- after spending his time in Washington practicing his extreme tea-party politics, he lost touch with our district’s values.” While Patrick Murphy, another democratic candidate for the seat, said: “Allen West went from talking tough this weekend and telling progressives to “get the hell out of this country” to abandoning the people who elected him. There is no other way to interpret this: Allen West is a coward. The truth is that the maps are far from set and I will continue to monitor the redistricting process closely.” Since West has relocated former Majority Leader of the State House of Representatives Republican Adam Hasner has decided to drop his bid for the U.S. Senate and instead

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run for the 22nd district. The Legislative Director of the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus, Michael Rajner, has a theory on why the Republicans redrew West’s district. “The republican controlled legislature set him up for failure. To throw him out of Congress essentially,” he said. A theory it turns out West doesn’t necessarily dispute. In an interview with CBS News he said: “I think for whatever reason they had some alternatives for some maps they could have accepted as amendments that would have kept this as a very competitive district. Whatever reason they decided to go a little more extreme. No one is gonna lay a trap for me and so that’s why we saw a great opportunity with Tom Rooney shifting to a new district.” West also went on to say the new district contains 23 percent of his current district

and that there’s a lot of commonality because it’s on coast of Southeast Florida. “It’s quite interesting that Allen West this whole time while campaigning continued to tell democrats to bring it on,” Rajner said. “He’s like a sewer rat trying to climb to higher ground to fight the flooding waters. He paints himself as a soldier in battle fighting against the odds but he put his tail between his legs and went shopping for a different district.” With the departure of West, Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs has also now jumped in to the race.


Democratic Candidate

Patrick Murphy Hopes to Usher in New Generation of Politicians Brings with him significant financial experience, champions gay rights

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By Michael Anguille


Drop what you’re doing, grab the remote and pick a side, red, blue or otherwise. It’s that time again: national elections are this year, and are being called some of the most important in modern history – mostly because of the current financial crisis and the perceived decline of the middle class. Especially after the 2000 election debacle, South Floridians know that each vote counts and know that now, perhaps more than ever, knowledge is power: they need to know not only who they’re voting for but why they’re voting as well. The 2008 election ushered in what was supposed to be a new, lasting era of progressive liberalism. But two years later in 2010, the political climate was again shaken up when the “Tea Party” movement swept the nation and had a significant impact on the mid-term elections. This year, while the people have made it clear they’re willing to take their country back, it’s still anyone’s guess what that “country” will actually consist of. A good place to start in determining its final make-up, though, is to look at the legislative elections, and that’s what SFGN is doing this week. Enter Patrick Eric Murphy, 28-years-old, and a candidate for the 22nd district of the U.S. House of Representatives. If elected he would be the youngest sitting member of the House, and brings with him a far different background than most politicians. Neither a lawyer or career politician, he is a CPA and businessman who appears more willing to explore the issues rather than dictate his positions. Make no mistake: he knows what he stands for, but places “progress over partisanship” and spoke with the SFGN for nearly an hour demonstrating his unwavering dedication to “full LGBT equality and rights” and sharing his stances on other issues from the budget and national security to social security.


Born and raised in the Florida Keys, Murphy graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in finance and accounting. This prompted a 5-year tenure as an external auditor of Fortune 500 companies on behalf of multi-billion dollar auditing and accounting firm Deloitte and Touch. His financial experience acting as a catalyst for his ambitions in business led to his eventual move to Coastal Environmental Co., with a specific emphasis on clean-up efforts following the 2010 BP Oil Disaster. Murphy is currently the VP of Coastal Environmental Services, according to the Website of parent company Coastal Construction. He worked on the front lines of the BP oil spill, which turned out to be more than just motivation for Murphy, though. Being a part of the middle class and feeling its negative affects resultant of the economic downturn, Murphy’s work in helping the environment eventually transformed itself in to political ambitions. “One day towards the end of 2010, I found myself contemplating the world around me, wondering where this country was headed, and I realized that I was no one to point the finger and complain without truly doing anything about it,” Murphy says. And so began Murphy’s bid for national office as a representative of the 22nd district, with his campaign’s official kick-off in March of 2011. Gathering a team headed by Eric Johnson, 14-year chiefof-staff to Former U.S. Congressman Robert Wexler, along with polishing his message and gathering endorsements from Republicans and Democrats alike, Murphy began to hit the political circuit and hit it hard, raising $1.4 million in his campaign’s 11 month existence, according to Johnson. Among some of his more notable endorsements: Former 19th District Congressman Wexler (D), Former Governor of Florida Charlie Crist (R), Former Secretary of Health and Human Services and current President of the University of Miami Donna Shalala as well as a slew of political notables both in and out of the state of Florida. Currently running what he calls a mutually agreed upon

“friendly” primary race against former West Palm Beach Mayor, Lois Frankel, Murphy set his sites further in his interview with the SFGN – namely on the incumbent of the 22nd district, and his would-be opponent following a primary win – the highly outspoken (and blatantly anti-gay) Allen West. With much to say on the subject of West, however, the election took a drastic turn for Murphy when, following the interview with SFGN, the Florida State Legislature’s Re-Districting Committee re-drew the 22nd District’s boundaries to include more democrats and more of Wilton Manors. West simultaneously decided to move his race to the more conservative former 16th (now 18th) district – leaving Murphy and Frankel alone to duke it out in a primary race. But even that wouldn’t last for long as former Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner has since entered the race, dropping his bid for the U.S. Senate, in an attempt to hold on to the 22nd district for the Republicans. Still, for Murphy, while the dynamic of the race has undoubtedly shifted, the show must and will go on. Aside from his representing the next generation of politicians and his willingness to work with both sides to ensure forward progress, one may ponder Murphy’s lack of experience as a seasoned politician. Taken against the backdrop of the economy, however, there are undoubtedly some, if not many, who openly endorse the idea of electing a financial professional with extensive budgetary experience in dealing with companies whose financials rival in complexity as those of the United States as a whole. Naturally, in the grand tradition of American politics, these decisions ultimately rest with Murphy’s constituents. But if past elections and primaries are any indicators, Murphy’s subtle but decisive speeches coupled with his indisputable background in finance and his fresh face may help the American voter in the area in which they falter the most in making political decisions: distinguishing “heart from head” and choosing to vote for change rather than simply complain about it.

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I kind of look at this like the vil rights movement of our day d completely and fully support equal rights across the board.

A few highlights LGBT Rights, marriage, adoption “I’m all for anything that is related to LGBT Community. I kind of look at this like the civil rights movement of our day and completely and fully support equal rights across the board. This means marriage, adoption, and anti-hate crime legislation. All of it, if it’s a part of the gay community, it’s a part of the whole community. They’re one as far as I see it. Every opportunity I have to support the community is great: I’m happy to talk about it at any and every club or venue I can.

On the issue of the budget, what is the best way to cut spending while continuing to generate revenue for the government? First, I completely support repealing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 1% of Americans. This is digging a deeper hole for the country. As for revenue side, reigning in out of control defense spending corporate tax loopholes and incentives.

What are your views on Social Security reform? Social Security has been the most successful federal program in history and is sustainable as is for 28 more years. Privatizing Social Security is destroying social security. I believe we need to work within the current system to improve and strengthen it. Alternatives like adjusting the cap on social security taxes for the wealthiest Americans is the kind of reform that can be looked at.

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Potentially representing a district with a very high proportion of Jewish constituents, what are your views on relations between the U.S. and Israel?

I believe in an unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel. Israel is our most important ally in the world and their safety and security is paramount to me. I believe that the right-wing assault on President Obama’s policy towards Israel is simply political gamesmanship. The President has stood up for Israel at the UN, coordinated unprecedented military cooperation with Israel, sold them bunker busting bombs that even the Bush administration refused to sell and been there in emergencies like the one that occurred in the Egyptian embassy. I will let the words of Deputy Foreign Minister (and former Israeli ambassador to the US) Daniel Ayalon speak for themselves: “I can tell you in a very categorical way that we have not had a better friend than President Obama.”

How about creating jobs and helping not only make them, but make sure they pay a living wage? I support stimulating economic growth with an aggressive job’s bill like the president has proposed. On having higher paying jobs, consider that CEO’s are making well over 50 times what their lowest paid employee is making down the line.] And while we can’t regulate CEO’s, we can re-build by creating and re-building higher paying jobs and providing stimulus to companies who keep their jobs on our shores.

Being in a district, which is so ethnically diverse, how do you feel about immigration reform?

I believe strongly in enforcing our border and our immigration laws. I am also a realist who knows that 11 million people will not “self-deport” or be physically thrown out by the US, therefore I support reasonable reforms like the Dream Act. [Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act allowing young immigrant/aliens who have met certain criteria either enter the military, attend college or carve a path to citizenship they’d otherwise not have been afforded according to]

On national defense, what are your views on entering conflicts abroad? America should always be ready to take on its enemies throughout the world. Without question, there are times where will have to use force, but the philosophy of [Congressman Allen] West has, in my view, made us less safe.

For more information or to contact Patrick Murphy, please visit www.patrickmurphy2012. com. Murphy can be reached directly via E-mail at: Among his upcoming speeches, Murphy has an appearance Feb. 14th appearance for the American Veterans for Equal Rights in Wilton Manors. More information on this event can be obtained by contacting Angel at (305)318-8227.


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Palm Beach County

South Florida Symphony Orchestra The 55-piece orchestra, under the music direction of Sebrina Maria Alfonso, will perform Shostakovich: Festive

Raul Esparza in Concert

*The Official Blues Brothers Revue

Overture; Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major,

What started out as a Saturday Night Live skit flourished

featuring pianist Jeffrey Chappell; and Ellen Taafe Zwilich:

into two Hollywood films paying tribute to Dan Aykroyd and

Symphony No. 5. Come see this 55 piece orchestra set on

John Belushi’s faux brothers, Jake and Elwood. Expect the

March 11 at 2 p.m. Visit

*The Melodies and Memories Series “At Last”

Key West

most fun-filled sing-a-long, dance-a-long, action packed


Dead Man’s Cell Phone

This show is part of the Melodies and Memories Series,

Center on Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. Visit

Broward County

event ever. You can see this amazing play at The Kravis

bringing you four “enchanted evenings” of glorious

In a quiet cafe a cell phone rings. And rings. The stranger at


the next table has had enough. She confronts the owner of

music from the Great American Songbook. A group

*Bernadette Peters

One of the world’s best-loved operas, Verdi’s Rigoletto is the

the cell phone, but, well...he’s dead. She begins to answer

of talented musicians and singers participate in four

Bernadette Peters, Broadway’s brightest star, in an

story of a court jester who enables the Duke’s philandering and

his calls and suddenly finds herself enmeshed in his life

spirited celebrations of great songs from Tin Pan Alley,

evening of songs from the Broadway shows she’s received

mocks the husbands and fathers of the victims. When he finds

and family. Unfortunately, the dead guy has quite a number

Broadway and Hollywood. Catch this amazing play at

accolades for, as well as from her Grammy-Award winning

his own daughter, whom he has kept a well hidden secret, to be

of shady loose ends. Through Feb. 18 at The Waterfront

Aventura Arts & Cultural Center on Feb. 8 to 12. Visit

albums including standards, Rodgers & Hammerstein,

the Duke’s newest victim, he tries to repay evil with evil, and it

Playhouse at 8 p.m. Visit

and Stephen Sondheim. A glamorous evening with a full

goes horribly wrong. Playing at The Arsht Center on Feb 9. at 8

orchestra as only Bernadette Peters can do at The Kravis

p.m. Visit

Billy Elliot

Center on Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. Visit

*Raul Esparza in Concert

This musical will be showing at the Broward Center for

Community Calendar Broward

the Performing Arts Feb. 29- Mar 11. This show is about

*La Cage Aux Folles

On Feb. 11 catch this fantastic concert at The Arsht Center

one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. The

Winner of three Tony Awards including the award for Best

for this Four-time Tony Award nominee, which brings his

story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring

Musical Revival, this new production of La Cage Aux Folles

musical talent home, where he’s become an Arsht Center

and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising passion

was the biggest hit of the 2010 Broadway season. La Cage

favorite following show-stopping performances in Babalú

that inspires his family and his whole community. Visit

is a tuneful and touching tale of one family’s struggle to stay

and at the Fifth Anniversary Season Gala. Visit Arshtcenter.

*Exhibit of Nudes and Nature Studios

together. The show features a glorious score of hummable


Mangum Gallery will host the first South Florida exhibit of critically acclaimed New York photographer Kelly Grider,

melodies and a dynamite cast featuring the “notorious and

Next to Normal

involving 30 original works of romantic nudes and nature

One family is about to face the music. Next to Normal is the

studios. The exhibition runs Feb. 17 to March 15. Grider’s

The Irish Comedy Tour

winner of three Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize

work is a mix of the romantic and ethereal, and has been

On Saturday Feb. 4 come to the Atlantic Theatre for this

for Drama. It is about one woman’s struggle with manic

long recognized for its expressive qualities. “Grider blends

hilarious one night event. The past years have been

depression and the toll it takes on her family. This play is

sensuality, eroticism, awe and power.” Call Greg Mangum at

sellout and standing room only and this season should be

truly a remarkable, moving and powerful new musical.

954-514-7149. Visit

no exception. Don’t miss three hilarious Irish American

Now through Feb. 12. Call 305-444-9293x604, or email pr@

comedians as they tear apart as well as validate all of the

*Clay Court Classic Tennis Tournament

dangerous Cagelles.” Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. Visit

Irish myths and stereotypes. Visit

The B-52s

On Feb. 17-20, at the Fort Lauderdale Tennis Club, Sidelines

Soweto Gospel Choir

The World’s Greatest Party Band returns to The Arsht

will host a Happy Hour Party for the participants on Saturday,

Soweto Gospel Choir’s will be at The Parker Playhouse on

Center on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. From groundbreaking songs like

Feb. 18 at Sidelines from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. It is estimated that

Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. with an inimitable performance style has

“Rock Lobster,” and “Dance This Mess Around” to chart-

over 200 tennis players will be competing in the tournament.

become a worldwide phenomenon since its foundation in

topping hits like “Love Shack” and “Deadbeat Club” to their

Call Jennifer Morales 305-519-1876.

2002. Performing to sell-out crowds in the world’s greatest

reemergence on the pop scene with their 2008 CD Funplex

concert halls, the Choir has played alongside superstars

the B-52s’ unforgettable tunes start a party every time their

*Sunshine Cup

including Bono, Queen, Celine Dion, John Legend, Peter

music begins. Visit

The annual gay flag football tournament also held over President’s Day Weekend, Feb. 17 to 20. This tournament will

Gabriel, Josh Groban, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder.



Miami City Ballet presents Giselle (Program III)

bring teams from New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago,

Get The Led Out “The American Led Zeppelin”

Giselle (Coralli and Perrot/Adam) The quintessential 19th-

the tournament’s closing party and the Awards Ceremony

Century romantic ballet will be at the Arsht Center from Feb.

on Sunday, Feb. 19 from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Call Jennifer

Get the led out at the Parker Playhouse on Feb. 18 with this

17-19, Giselle tells the story of a young peasant girl who is

Morales 305-519-1876.

tribute to Led Zeppelin. From the bombastic to the epic and

betrayed by her disguised aristocratic lover, dies of grief

mystical, “Get The Led Out” has captured the essence of

and madness, yet comes back from the grave to rescue him

*Latinos Salud’s SOMOS program

the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the

from the implacable revenge of the fearsome Wilis. Visit

This program is for gay/bisexual male Latinos 18 to 30.

big concert stage. Visit

On Thursday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m. there will be a “Keeping your


Valentine’s Day Guy” workshop. Trainers show you how to

An Evening with Kate Clinton

On Friday March 2 at 8 p.m. come to The Adrienne Arsht

keep things hot, how to get along with his friends, and what to

Stonewall National Museum & Archives presents

Center for Pilobolus. Celebrating 40 years of defying

do to stay safe. Dinner provided. Every Monday night, join the

legendary comedian Kate Clinton on March 17 at The

gravity, this incomparable dance company has delighted,

Core Group to help plan alternative activities for young gay

Parker Playhouse. Kate Clinton is a faith-based, tax-

dazzled and amazed audiences across the planet with their

Latinos. 2330 Wilton Drive, 954-533-8681.

paying, America-loving political humorist and family

superhuman flexibility and fascinating forms that challenge

entertainer. Visit

the limits of the human body. Visit

and Houston. Sidelines Sports Bar is proud to be hosting

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To Submit Listings Email: Brian at Fax: 954-530-7943. Please include a brief description, address, phone number, date, time and cost. Stage Door: Highlighting the Arts

Pieter M.Van Hattum

By J.W. Arnold

La Cage

They Called Him a Slut at 82

Gender Bending Entertainment

Is 80 the new 50? Author/Playwright/ Actor David Leddick would have you believe so. The Miami Beach resident keeps on going and going with more juice than the Energizer bunny. He has penned many plays and books, the most recent, How to be Gay in the 21st Century. Last week, Leddick landed on The Huffington Post Gay Voices with a piece that argues gay seniors are breaking stereotypes and leading the way toward new aging trends. In addition to his article, “They Called Me a Slut at 82,” he has two new books in the works, How to Hit 70 Doing 100 and Meaningless Hugs, Meaningless Kisses, a memoir of his romances along with a collection of essays about living. Apparently he does kiss and tell.

The touring company of the Tony Award-winning revival of La Cage Aux Folles makes its first stop in South Florida with a run February 14 - 19 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber star in this tuneful and touching show with music by University of Miami alum Jerry Herman. And don’t forget to watch out for those fierce Cagelles! Tickets start at $25 at

And the Lights Dim While David Leddick remains alive and kicking, South Florida lost an important arts organization well before its time when the Women’s Theatre Project (WTP) announced the suspension of the remainder of the 2012 season. WTP has gained national attention performing works exclusively by and starring women and became just the latest casualty of the weak economy on the local theater community. The company will continue Girl Play, its lesbian-themed short play competition and festival. For more information, go to

Sure Shooters Anagram Entertainment brings Top Gun: The Musical to Fort Lauderdale’s Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Dr., Thursday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, March 4. Don’t expect a musical adaptation of the popular movie starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis (haven’t at least one of them come out?). This 13-song show is more of a parody, with writer Billy Palmer finding himself in a tailspin when “his” musical adaptation of the movie goes badly wrong. In addition to a bitchy cast, he must deal with the ex-Navy Seal who signs on as a producer. Tickets are $25 at the door or $5 off when you purchase online at and use the promo code “ADVANCE.”

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To Submit Listings Email: Brian at Fax: 954-530-7943. Please include a brief description, address, phone number, date, time and cost. *Latinos Salud’s JUNTOS programs

a.m. to 3 p.m. Not For Profit Organizations will be invited

2012 Duck Fest Derby

from 7:15 to 9 p.m. Meeting starts with a discussion on

Latinos Salud’s Juntos programs, for Latino guys 25 to 44

to participate that day and talk about their individual

The Duck Fest Derby presented by JM Family is one of Fort

current events followed by introductions and then a group

and gay/bisexual. Also, join the JUNTOS gay networking

organizations. Email

Lauderdale’s signature events as 15,000 rubber ducks make

activity. Visit

dinners on Friday, Feb. 10 and 24 at 8 p.m. Develop your

their way to the finish line down the New River to win the

Love, Desire, & Relationships: Transform Your Life

Grand Prize of a six night Hawaiian getaway, complete with

Boardwalk Friday Fest

a role in keeping the safer sex message strong with your

volcano and surfing experience. Will take place Sat, Feb.

Come out to Hollywood Beach Theatre East of A1A at

friends. Call 954-533-8681. Visit

Love is the most important thing in our lives. We want to

25. at Esplanade Park located at 400 S.W. 2nd Street in

Johnson St and the ocean. Admission: Free every Friday

love better, and we can if we stop thinking so much about

downtown Fort Lauderdale. Ducks can be “adopted” for $5

of every month. Live jazz, blues, pop and everything in

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

what others can do for us, and start thinking more about

each by visiting

between along Hollywood’s signature 2.5 mile Broadwalk.

On Saturday, March 12, Downtown Fort Lauderdale will

cherishing them. This is the best way to create peace,

transform into a sea of green for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

harmony, and satisfaction in all our relationships with

and Festival, sponsored by the Downtown Development

community leadership skills over free dinner, and also play

Charming oceanfront cafes and restaurants serve up delicious innovative cuisine while you enjoy the best array

others. $10/class or $23/series includes vegetarian food

The 14th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit

Authority and the City of Fort Lauderdale. The parade will

after class Feb. 16 - The Meaning of Life: Learning to

The 14th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit is to be held

org or call 954-924-2980

begin at 2 p.m. along East Las Olas Boulevard and end at

Cherish Others; Feb 23 - Connecting with Gratitude: The

this year at Revolution Live on Feb. 19. Come to the meeting

Huizenga Plaza. Visit

Kindness of Others; March 1 - The Source of Happiness:

and purchase a pack of tickets to re-sell and earn your


Benefits of Cherishing Others. Call Elizabeth Jurado at

own admission for free. Pick up flyers to distribute and get

Most Toastmasters meetings are comprised of about 20


energized to help to make this the best Benefit yet. For more

people who meet weekly for an hour or so. Participants

information email

practice and learn skills by filling a meeting role, ranging from

TacoStock It’s here! The first annual Taco Cook-off with craft

of live music and tropical ocean breezes. Visit Hollywoodfl.

Downtown Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 5 p.m.

Conquering Anxiety: Life & Death, Self & Others

A Survivor Support Group

timer, evaluator or grammarian. Toastmasters meet at the

For the pre-sale price of $25, you will receive 6 tickets

We suffer a lot from anxiety. Anxiety over our wishes and

A Survivor Support Group is being held on the first and third

GLCC/Pride Center Monday at 7:15 p.m. Call Ted Verdone at

that can be used for either tacos or craft beer, or both.

plans, our successes and failures, reputation, finances,

Wednesday of each month at the 211 Community Center, 250

954-599-7916 or email:

Brewers such as Cigar City, Magic Hat and others will be

etc is the source of most of our mental pain. We need a

NE 33rd Street, in Oakland Park.The Florida Initiative for

showcased. Visit

fresh perspective that will get us out of our obsession

Suicide Prevention (FISP) is sponsoring this free support

Safe “T”

with our own problems of the moment. $10/class or $23/

group and is open to all family members and friends of those

Safe “T” is a new support group for gender variant adults

Vendor Day in the Park

series; Feb 12 - Starting with Joy: Our Precious Human

who have died by suicide. Call 954-384-0344 to register. The

18 plus that meets Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00

Under the Riverwalk District Plan, consideration is being

Life; Feb 19 - Overcoming Worry: Death Meditation; Feb

group meets from 7-8:30 p.m. Visit

p.m. at Sunserve’s Wilton Manors location at 2123 Wilton

given to allowing a small number of varied vendors along

26 - Changing Our Focus: Exchanging Self with Others. For

the Riverwalk. Rivewalk Trust will host a day in the park

more information call Elizabeth Jurado at 954-537-9191

beer and local music, all at beautiful Esplanade Park in

for interested vendors on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10

giving a prepared speech or an impromptu one to serving as

Drive, second floor. This is a “drop-in” psycho-educational

Grief Support Group

support group. No registration required, free- however

Grief Support Group led by Heartland Hospice meets every

donations are welcome. Call 954-764-5150.

3rd Tuesday at American Burial & Cremation Center @

PUT ON YOUR WALKING SHOES. Because they no longer can.

Jennings Funeral Home 1801 E. Oakland Park Blvd. from 2-4

GreenMarket Pompano Beach

pm. Call 954-731-4321. If you need support in your time of

At the corner of Dixie Highway and Atlantic Blvd. 8 a.m. to

loss they invite you to attend.

1 p.m. Includes the freshest fruits and vegetables, juices, baked goods, seafood, gourmet teas and coffees, as well as

Eating Disorder Support group

orchids, plants, and health-related products and services.

This group will meet Friday evenings from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Held every Saturday through April 28. Also features art

At Sun Serve’s Wilton Manors location at 2123 Wilton Drive,

shows, antique automobile shows, and environmental

second floor. This is a “drop-in” psycho-educational support

exhibits. Visit

group. No registration required, free- however donations Victims of ALS often lose the ability to walk before ultimately losing the ability to dress, speak, eat, breathe and survive. Join the walk to defeat ALS and help us come one step closer to striking out Lou Gehrigs disease. Sign up at

South Florida Walk to Defeat ALS Sat Mar 3 | Check-in 8:30 am Topeekeegee Yugnee Park

are welcome. Call 954-764-5150 for more information.

Winter Heat 2012 Feb. 16-20, at the Bahia Mar Beach Resort & Yachting

SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch

Center. Events at: George’s Alibi, Torpedo Bar, Green Room,

First Sunday of every month. An ideal way to relax and enjoy

Heat Waves, Voodoo, Living Room, Winter Waterland. See

Fort Lauderdale’s scenic Riverwalk. Live, outdoor concert

website for details.Visit

series bringing the area’s best local jazz artists. Listen to welcome to attend, including well-behaved, leashed pets.

Alternative MC Tuesday night Eaten Meeting

There is plenty of room to set up chairs, blankets and picnic

Tue Nite Eatin Meeting will be held at The Alternative MC

baskets to experience the fabulous entertainment.

Clubhouse at 4322 NE 5th Ave in Oakland park. There will

the soulful sounds on four different stages. Everyone is

be fun, food, and fellowship. There will be hambergers,

Florida Renaissance Festival

hotdogs, all the fixins, cold drinks, desserts, and snacks.

Journey back to the 16th century, Feb. 11 to March 11, as you

The meeting will begin at 8pm and end around 9pm. For more

step through castle gates and into the days of yore. Explore the

information Visit

artisans’ village and view live demonstrations of glassblowing, steel-fighting, archery, and more. Weekends only, plus President’s Day, 2/20 Visit

Gay Men’s HIV+ Long Time Survivors’ Group This is a support group that gives men who have been HIV+

Young Adult GLBT Presented by: Quantum Rehab

(A Division o Pride Mobility Products)


for a long time (5 yrs +) the opportunity to give and receive

A social group open to all LGBT people ages 18-35. This group meets Fridays at the Pride Center in Wilton Manors

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that are raised by the members. This group meets on 1st

Women4Women Personal Growth Support Group

and 3rd Thursday at Sunserve 2312 Wilton Drive from 6:30

This is a safe and loving place to explore all the concerns and

– 8 p.m. There is no cost, but donations are welcome.

topics raised by group members. This open drop-in meeting

*American International Fine Art Fair

is held Wednesdays at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the New Sun

This will be a glittering array of painting and design from

Gay Male Empowerment Group

Serve Building at 2312 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Call

many of the most prestigious art dealers in the world

Good Orderly AA

Topic discussions include issues and concerns about being


will present their best at the Sixteenth Annual edition

These meetings now take place at Lambda North at 18 S J

of the American International Fine Art Fair on February

Street, and geared toward recovering alcoholics. Every Tues.

support around topics of interest and issues for concern

a gay man in South Florida. Meets on Thursdays at the

at The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Palm Beach

enjoy the beach bon-fires with a different dress up theme

County. For more information Visit

each night. Bonfire Dates: January 13th (New Year) & 27th (Favorite Movie), February 10th (Pirate) & 24th ( 70’s Night ). Visit

Pride Center from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Call 954-353-9155 or e-mail

Man2Man Discussion Group

3-12. Peruse fully vetted paintings, sculptures, jewelry,

and Thurs. at 7 p.m. and on Sat. at 6 p.m. These meetings will

Man-2-Man talk is an informal discussion group of gay men,

antiques, and decorative designs from classical antiquity to

help recovering alcoholics cope with the stress of everyday

with all age ranges and backgrounds welcomed. Bldg A,

contemporary creations. Visit

life without the use of alcohol. Visit

*Allianz Championship

Seniors vs. Crime

The players are legendary and their skills spectacular.

Seniors vs. Crime is a free service that provides help to

Allianz features adult and junior Pro-Am tournaments,

seniors who have been victimized by businesses or service

PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Meets on the 2nd and 4th Tues. of the month at the Sunshine

Room 206. Visit

Palm Beach County

Cathedral at 1480 SW 9th Avenue to support the parents of LGBTQ youth in Broward. No charge. Visit Community.

*New Alternatives

putting contests, clinics, and more. Best of all there is no

providers and need assistance. This event will take place at for more information.

Social group with regular outings and social mixers for

ticket required. All you have to do is show up and you are

Mae Volen Senior Center at 1515 W. Palmetto Park Road. By

LGBTQ ages 18 to 30. This meeting will take place at The

in. Admission to the Allianz Championship is free on Feb

appointment only so call 561-736-3820 or 561-395-8920.

SunServe Therapy Groups

Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Palm Beach County.

12. Takes place at The Allianz Championship Old Course at

Provided for the LGBT community at SunServe on a regular

For more information on this group please email matthew@

Broken Sound in Boca Raton. Visit

basis. Groups require an intake interview. Call the Intake or Visit

Yoga On The Waterfront Lake Pavilion at 101 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL /

Eve Menes

Yoga On The Waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach on

*Sober Sisters AA

The exhibition continues through Feb. 8. Gallery hours are

Wednesday Evenings at 5:45 PM. Residents $40 per 8 week

Support group is dedicated for lesbians who are recovering

Tuesday through Saturday 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday

session, Non-Residents $50 per 8 week session, Drop-ins

Fusion Wilton Manors - Connections

from alcoholism. This meeting happens every Monday

By Appointment Only, Sunday Closed. Eve Menes was born

$10 per class. To register, please call 561-804-4902.

Gay men’s group discussion. Different subject every week.

at 7 p.m. at the beautiful Lambda North Clubhouse. Visit

in Antwerp, Belgium, and at an early age, after the outbreak

Dr. David Fawcett, a gay therapist, who has been in private

of World War II, moved with her family to Brazil and later

MS Walk - The Palm Beaches

to the United States. Visit or email

Sign up for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society 2012 MS

Walk on Sunday Feb 26 at 7am. Help raise awareness and

Coordinator at 954-764-5150 to learn which therapy groups have openings. Visit

practice in Fort Lauderdale for the last ten years, leads the event. No charge with no commitment to attend every

*PBC Gender Support Group

week. Starts at 7 p.m. Call Fusion Monday-Friday at 954-

All ages support group dedicated for transgender


individuals. This meeting happens the 1st and 3rd Thursday

Beach Bon Fire

Walk is the rallying point of the MS movement; a community

of every month at 7:30 pm. These meeting will take place

The city of Lake Worth invites everyone to come out and

of friends, family and co-workers coming together with a

funds for research, programs, services and advocacy. MS

shared commitment and determination to create a world free of MS. Visit


By Brian Swinford

Thursday Feb. 9


ohnny’s Miami is located on 62 NE 14th St., Miami. If you are hot, young, sexy and have a strong body take a chance at winning $1,000 in the amateur strip contest Thursday Feb. 9 at Johnny’s Miami. Sign up by midnight, or make sure you are there well before to get the best seats. As always only the Stiffest Cocktails at Johnny’s Miami. Visit

Friday Feb. 10


f you didn’t win the amateur strip contest the night before at Johnny’s Miami, visit Johnny’s in Fort Lauderdale to console yourself while watching the hottest and most muscular dancers in South Florida. Friday nights are Towel Nights at Johnny’s in Lauderdale. Come see these sexy studs in nothing but a towel. This is the only place in town for the best steamy sexy shows from 6 p.m. until close. Don’t forget about the hottest VIP rooms in Fort Lauderdale. Visit JohnnysBarfl. com.

Saturday Feb. 11


he Boardwalk is packed with porn stars on Friday nights. These sexy hot boys are waiting on you for a night of fornication, and lust and the hottest party in Fort Lauderdale.


YOGA Among the Orchids It’s time for Yoga Among the Orchids at the American Orchid

Friday nights at The Boardwalk are hosted by Tiffany Arieagus & Misty Eyes. Don’t forget to ask these hot bartenders for the Special Kool-Aid Drink…sooo good! Visit BoardWalkBar. com.

Sunday Feb. 12


t’s Mardi Gras at The Manor Complex from 530 p.m. until 9 p.m. with this amazing T-Dance. Only a $5 cover, plus you get a free drink, and stunning drink specials. This Mardi Gras event will be benefiting SunServe, and is sponsored by Chase Roofing Contracting, and Fast Prints design studio. DJ Marc Scott will be spinning the best in 70’s, 80’s, and the greatest current hits for you dance to till 9 p.m. Visit

the flower inside with an hour of breathing exercises, toning, and yoga poses under a canopy of lush orchids. Classes are Wed. at 9 a.m. Cost is $20 and RSVP is suggested. Call 561404-2011. Visit

Jazz on the Palm 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

Sunday on the Waterfront

Monday Feb. 13


Society, 16700 AOS Lane, Delray Beach. Relax and replenish

he Wiltons Bier Garden is an up and coming hot spot located right across the street from The Alibi. Mondays at the Bier Garden is “Bavarian Night” hosted by Ditmar Lederer. German beer specials all night, with Deutsche Sausage platter for only $10. This will be one Monday night you will not forget. Visit

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

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so much more. These amazing event will start May 2-6 in


South Beach.

This group is a black gay men’s discussion group that Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. this group will be

Miami City Ballet 26th Anniversary Gala

directed toward issues for and about black men. Visit

Three of the world’s biggest artistic sensations come

together for one spectacular evening when Miami City

is held at the Compass in West Palm Beach. Every

Ballet, Florida’s Internationally Acclaimed Company. The


performance and gala take place on Thursday, March

Paths is a social/discussion group held at Compass in Lake

1, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Call

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

The First Annual “State of the Community” Luncheon Feb. 9, the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of


Commerce will host an important annual State of Our

Yoga with Deborah will change your life. Bring a mat and

Community luncheon, focusing on the coming years most

get ready to stretch the stress away every Tuesday at The

important legislative issues focusing particular attention

GLCC in Palm Beach from 6 to 7 p.m. This yoga experience

to those topics which impact the LGBT Community. The

will uplift and transform your life. $6 Entry Fee. You must

luncheon will take place at the Hilton Miami/Downtown

bring your own mat. Visit

Hotel, 1601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami. Pre-Paid Reservations strongly advised: 305-673-4440 –

Living Buddhism in Lake Worth will be holding a discussion group for

Pride After Party - Poolside SwimWear Fashion Show & Auction

overcoming obstacles and obtaining happiness. This group

You’re not going to want to miss this super sexy after

is great for getting internal enlightenment. Release your

party event co-sponsored by The Depot Cabana Bar, Pride

inner stress, and become free. Visit

Factory and Pistol Pete SwimWear. Performances by


Signal 2 and Special Meet & Greet with The Voice Finalist

On the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. Compass

Beverly McClellan. Email Marc Scharphorn at Marc.

*Gay & Lesbian Walking Tours of South Beach The MDGLCC, Greater Miami Convention Visitor Bureau,

4th Annual LGBT Explore/EXPO — Design District

and the Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL),

The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

present a ninety-minute guided Gay & Lesbian Walking

will be hosting their fourth annual “Explore/Expo” to

Tour of South Florida. Tour starts at 5 p.m. and depart

spotlight LGBT and LGBT friendly businesses for the

from the MDPL Art Deco Welcome Center at Ocean Dr.

community. This free event takes place on Sunday, Feb.

and 10th St. Miami Beach. Reservations are not required.

12 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Moore Building in the Miami

Tickets are $20, and can be purchased at MDPL’s Art

Design District. Attendees will have an opportunity

Deco Welcome Center at Ocean Dr. and 10th St. FREE to

to speak with representatives from a diverse cross-

MDPL and MDGLCC members. RSVP to 305-673-4440 or

section of businesses, including advocacy organizations,

entertainment companies, financial services, health services, non-profit organizations and travel firms.

*Business Builders Luncheon MDGLCC presents its monthly networking program held

Winter Party

on the last Thursday of each month. This month it will be

From Feb. 29 to March 5 come to party at the Winter Party.

at City Hall the Restaurant. Registration 11:30 am with

Which has grown into one of South Florida’s premier

luncheon/networking from noon to 1:00 pm. Includes

events. The Beach Party is set to be held on Sunday March

seated style lunch limited to 25 persons. Please bring

4th and attracts over 6,000 people to dance on the sands

a friend. RSVP requested: 305-673-4440 or mdglcc@

on Miami Beach every year. Visit

Lambda Dade Clubhouse *Aqua Girl 12

A meeting place for the LGBT communities and friends in

There will be 14 culturally diverse events for everyone to

recovery. Hosts Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon,

choose from. Aqua Girl is a week for a cause. Whatever you

Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA), Debtors Anonymous

do, don’t miss being in South Beach for this spectacular

(DA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and Sex & Love Addicts

week! We have dance parties, a comedy show, live music,

Anonymous (SLAA), meetings. (305) 573-9608. 212 NE

pool parties, a bowl-a-thon, a jazz brunch, a dine-out

24th Street. Miami. Visit

event, a VIP reception, celebrity meet-and-greets, and

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Local News

Tennis Teams Up With Gay tennis club’s national Togethernesstournament to benefit SunServe By Gideon Grudo


ennis players in the global LGBT community will be coming together for a tournament in Fort Lauderdale — and it’s about more than just winning, according to the people running it. More than 200 players are expected at the annual Clay Court Classic, hailing from Australia to Europe. It’s put on by the South Florida Tennis Club (SFTC), a wing of the international Gay and Lesbian Tennis Association (GLTA). The games are from Feb. 17 to Feb. 20, as the tournament usually falls on President’s Day Weekend. The fees to play — $109 for singles and an extra $20 for doubles — are collected and proceeds are then donated to charity. This year, the recipient will be Sunserve. All members of the organizations are gay or allies, according SFTC’s president, Robert O’Dor, in keeping with the mission of having a tennis organization made up of LGBTA. O’Dor said that last year’s tournament was a major success, its donation of $2,500 going to the Broward House, self-described on its website — — as “South Florida’s oldest and largest HIV/AIDS community service. “We have a very competitive tournament,” O’Dor said. “But we also enjoy the fact that we can raise a little bit of money for charity.” The three-day event includes the games, a silent auction and a banquet. O’Dor said that the social gatherings intend to “to get all the players together.” “It’s important that players get to meet various


players from all over the world,” he said. “It gives us an opportunity to get new friends.” Dan Merrithew, commissioner for GLTA, oversees the seven-member board that coordinates the 70 or so annual tournaments around the world and the 10,000 players that participate in them. This year, Merrithew said, GLTA will expand into Africa, its hands arching over five continents by then. The concept started about 30 years ago when several San Franciscan tennis clubs were looking to compete with each other and create an LGBTA tennis community. They spread into Texas first. Within ten years, in 1991, they incorporated as a non-profit — the rest is history. “Every year we’ve grown to another city,” Merrithew said, who started playing in 1999 and has been to 200 tournaments since. He added that “it goes beyond the tournament.” Merrithew recently calculated that GLTA has donated over $1.3 million over its life-span. “None of the tournaments can make a profit,” he said, explaining that they all donate their revenues to charities ranging from at-risk youth to LGBT-focused. “All of the proceeds go back into that community.” Aside from benefiting local communities, Merrithew said, the events also promote a united social scene, especially provocative to the younger crowd. “The college kids — even high school kinds — may feel like they don’t belong in mainstream sports,” he said. “These give them an opportunity to be safe and play.”

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Teens, New Band Combat Bullying With Music By J.W Arnold


hile stories of anti-gay bullying have made the national and international news in past year, the problem is not new. Just ask Valerie Trumps of Fort Lauderdale: “I was very shy in high school and didn’t really have a lot of friends,” she recalls. “I was made fun of and it was hurtful.” But Trumps found support in her school band. “The band was somewhere I felt comfortable and belonged. It was me and the geeks,” she says. Thirty years later, Trumps bands together each week with nearly 50 other local LGBT and straight musicians to perform in the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble (SFPWE). Many shared the same experiences growing up.


“Music is physically healing, as well as emotionally and spiritually,” says Trumps. As yet more bullying stories hit the news following the tragic suicide of Tyler Clementi, a violinist who was a freshman at Princeton University, then-SFPWE president Adam DeRosa raised the cause to his organization and asked what their band could do. The result was the Youth Pride Band of South Florida. “With so many teen suicides and assaults occurring in the past year or two, we felt it important to do what we could to address bullying and provide a positive experience for young musicians,” explains Alain Ortiz, current president of SFPWE. Membership was opened to lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning and allied students across

South Florida and three will receive $1,000 college scholarships. Twenty-seven students from a dozen Broward and Miami-Dade high schools applied to participate. The Youth Pride Band will give its inaugural performance at the Amaturo Theatre at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. Internationally acclaimed conductor and composer David Shaffer of Miami University of Ohio will conduct a program of traditional band music, as well as several of his own compositions. Conductor Shaffer remembers his own experiences being bullied as a teen and supports the mission of the band, “I definitely relate back to when I was in junior high school. This is a fantastic opportunity to get kids involved in a weekend making good music and bringing young people together.” For clarinetist Natalie Mullen, 17, a straight senior at McArthur High School in Hollywood, the band provides an opportunity to support her friends. One openly gay friend broke both his legs after trying to commit suicide by jumping from a second story building. Another admitted on Facebook that he cuts himself. “The bullying really affects their self-esteem,” Mullen says. Bisexual flutist Christina Dunbar, 18, president of the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) at Pembroke Pines Charter High School, knows firsthand how hard it is to come out and often hears antigay slurs from her classmates. She is enjoying

working with the adult members of the SFPWE. “This is a side of the gay community that I hadn’t seen,” she says. “It’s amazing how supportive everybody has been.” And for gay saxophonist Julio Marcone, 17, a senior at Fort Lauderdale High School, the band provides an opportunity to make music. His school eliminated the band program due to budget cuts. “It’s been an experience,” he says of the first rehearsal. “I heard about the band from a friend I’m so glad I have the chance to play again.” Self-described “band mom” Audrey Williams of Hallandale Beach encouraged her straight daughter, Ashley, 17, to join. Williams, a native of Jamaica, supports the band’s mission and plans to spread the word to other band parents in South Florida. “This is a fantastic opportunity for the kids to build understanding,” she says. “That’s important.” In addition to the performance at the Broward Center, the Pride Youth Band will produce a video similar to the “It Gets Better” project that raised so much awareness of the problem of bullying.

Check it out r Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts Sunday, February 12, 7 p.m. Ho uc $10 at the Broward Center Box Office, For more information,

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Next Step Dance Company


Choreographer interprets love for Valentine’s Day

By J.W Arnold


hen William Crowley’s Next Step Dance Company takes the stage at the Broward Center next week with its latest production, “Eros,” the South Florida choreographer hopes to capture his audiences’ hearts. “The show is based on the ideal of love,” he explains, “which corresponds with our presentation on Valentine’s Day weekend. We explore the different facets of love—finding it, struggling with it, coming to some sort of resolve—every aspect of the emotion and not just the romanticized version.” Crowley’s ninth show, “Eros” utilizes combinations of both male and female dancers to explore the emotions inherent with love. The program, he notes, will include an encore performance of choreographer Pioneer Winter’s popular male pas de deux that was premiered last year. And, as in previous years, the program is a “mixed bag,” making use of a variety of styles and music from classical to contemporary. “I really strive to keep our audiences engaged and I think there is always something for everyone in the audience to enjoy,” he says. Crowley will dance the premiere of his new work, “Hymn to Eros,” an interpretation of the Greek god of love, set to music based on an ancient Greek chant. “It’s definitely proven to be challenging to me as an artist because I’m taking it solely from the myths of his creation, his coming into being,” says Crowley. “It would be interesting to get into the stories of his interaction with human beings and the mischief he got into, but I chose to focus on his creation and purpose in the bigger picture of life.”


Crowley’s goal was to get to the root of the legend and the mystical Greek culture from which it evolved with the goal of an authentic performance. Many months were spent researching the various tales of Eros and developing a storyline for his dance. He admits it was a difficult exercise, trying to communicate these abstract myths to an audience with only his movement and the music. Crowley characterizes Next Step Dance as a “pick up” company, with dancers assembled and rehearsals held just weeks prior to the group’s performances. In most years, they have staged one show, usually in the summer, but the opportunity to do a Valentine’sthemed performance led him to schedule two performances. Crowley maintains a busy teaching schedule throughout the academic year, including classes at the University of Miami, but he has worked with many of the same dancers for many seasons, allowing the program to come together with just a few rehearsals, despite the many technical and artistic challenges in the dances. As the big night approaches, he loves— pun intended—the opportunity to again share his love of dance with his neighbors in Broward County, especially on Valentine’s Day weekend.

“Eros” Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale Saturday, February 10, 8 p.m. o c $26.50 at

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Heard it on...

By Anna Jaffray, courtesy of


‘Brangelina’ Ends Engagement with Gay Marriage


rad Pitt has said that he is ready to make the commitment to Angelina Jolie, in addition to the joint custody of their six children. Many advocates of marriage equality were ecstatic at Pitt and Jolie’s initial commitment to equal rights. However, the honeymoon is over. Both Pitt and Jolie can’t seem to wait it out much longer. At the pleading of their children, the call of romance and a rumored pregnancy, the two have retracted their promise not to marry. It is unclear whether or not Pitt has proposed to Jolie, however,

they have expressed their desire to get married, partly on behalf of their six children. It was in an October 2006 article in Esquire that “Brangelina” originally said they would not marry until everyone in America can. In an interview with Parade Magazine, Pitt called this discrimination, “blatant, ugly bigotry,” a belief that had no logical grounds.While the couple continues to profess their outrage over gay marriage, for their family, they just can’t wait. It is unclear how quickly things may move forward for the two, but it seems for now, their kids and their family have won over the couple’s ever-present social activism. Pitt and Jolie have been together for seven years, have three biological children and three adopted children.

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Food chick By Chef Marci Boland

Catering to LGBT



nbelievably, it is still only commitment ceremonies here in South Florida, but soon we will have marriages available for everyone! Commitment Ceremonies are all the rage in the meantime. The wonderful thing about gay and lesbian weddings is that there are no traditional rules – we get to make the rules up as we go along. The truth is that there are as many different kinds of ceremonies and receptions styles as there are couples. In this day and age, “traditional” weddings have received a major face-lift. Weather it is destination wedding , like the ones we can host here in South Florida , Jazz Brunches, Over-the top dance parties, Gorgeous garden receptions, Weddings at Home, Beach, Museums, Parks and everything in between. Now that you have decided to commitWhat Next?

The Food Celebratory consumption is a beautiful thing. Planning the menu for your wedding reception might seem daunting (Buffet or sitdown service? Passed hors d’oeuvres or appetizer table—or both? Serve food you like, such as sushi, or go for traditional fare?), but figuring out your food offerings is easier once you find a caterer you trust (or a wedding planner to guide you). the right caterer can make or break your reception, so don’t leave this one to chance. After all, the food generally takes up a large portion of that 40 percent of your wedding budget for food, drink and venue. Narrow down your caterer choice to three, basing your decision on reputation, reviews and personal references.You’ll have a preliminary meeting before a full tasting of the caterer’s offerings to go over your culinary visions for your reception. Go armed with ideas to discuss.

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