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McCain’s Wife to Star in Gay Marriage Play Contrary to the Republican senator, his wife and daughter are pro-gay John McCain may oppose gay marriage, but that doesn’t mean his family does. Cindy McCain, wife of the politician, has announced she’ll be participating in an Arizona production of Dustin Lance Black’s Proposition 8 play, named “8.” She confirmed her appearance on Twitter: “Proud to be a part,” she wrote.

The ballot measure Proposition 8 stripped away gay and lesbian couples from the right to marry in California. The play is based on the true-life account of the Federal District Court trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Perry v. Brown). The case is currently being discussed in the U.S. Supreme Court. Arizona’s staging of the play

will hit Phoenix’s Herberger Theater in May. While Sen. McCain has publicly expressed his opposition to gay marriage, his wife and daughter, Meghan McCain, feel otherwise. They both posed for the NOH8 photo campaign in 2010. Director Rob Reiner said this year he wants to turn the play into a movie.

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Markell believes a bill legalizing gay marriage in the state could be passed this year Delaware Gov. Jack Markell is rallying around his state, pressuring legislators to introduce a bill to legalize gay marriage in the state. “It can happen here in Delaware and it can happen this year,” Gov. Markell said during a rally at the University of Delaware Trabant on April 8, The News Journal reports, .

“If you promise to do your part, and to ensure that a marriage equality bill reaches my desk this year, I make a promise to you, I will sign it.” For their part, Republicans in the state recently passed an amendment declaring that anyone hired by the Delaware GOP should line up with the party’s core values,

which include standing “for traditional family values and all hired representatives of that organization shall publicly reflect that view,” according to the Washington Blade. Civil unions were passed in Delaware on January 2012. The state also provides workplace protections against sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Tshepo told South Africa’s Mamba Online that with their openness they “hope to inspire people out there who are still struggling to come to terms with their sexuality,” “We see no reason to hide in darkness as if there is something to be ashamed about. Our marriage is largely symbolic and a sign that black gay men can commit and

build family through a happy and loving marriage,” he said. His partner Thoba added, “This is who we are and we are just tired of people judging with no understanding.” Same-sex marriage has been legal in South Africa since 2006. The grooms said they plan to have children through a surrogate mother.


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James Franco to Get LGBT Award at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival The actor will receive the HBO Ally Award for his career accomplishments and LGBT support. Gay Man Arrested After Refusing To Leave Sick Partner at Missouri Hospital The man was issued a restraining order and won’t be able to visit his partner anymore. Study: Who’s Top and Who’s Bottom in Gay Couples is Identifiable Research indicates people can guess partners’ sexual roles by just looking at their faces.

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The two grooms want to help inspire more Africans to be open about their sexuality Two gay South African men recently got married in what is believed to be one of the first gay marriages under the Zulu and Tswana traditions. The ceremony for Tshepo Cameron Modisane and Thoba Calvin Sithol, both 27, took place on April 7 in the town of KwaDukuza in KwaZulu-Natal, in front of 200 guests.

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Got a conservative friend? Get him to watch gay parents in a positive light. “Modern Family,” or perhaps “The New Survey results also showed that nearly 44 Normal.” A new survey indicates that such percent of those surveyed said they support shows are helping to change and shape gay marriage and television has not changed opinions regarding gay marriage. their opinion, while 28 percent have not A survey by Ipsos MediaCT found that 18 changed their opposition to the issue. percent of viewers ages The poll was conducted 13 to 64 affirm television from Monday, April 1 to has positively influenced Sunday, April 7, 2013 using their opinion on the issue. a nationwide sample of “With everything from 1,096 persons aged 13 to higher profile portrayals of 64 who watch prime time gay characters, to celebrity television at least two support of gay marriage, to nights a week. last year’s groundbreaking “Based on this data, I endorsement by President think we can conclude Ryan Murphy Obama, we are seeing a that TV has, at least in Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore shift in our culture that part, moved the needle of is being influenced by popular culture,” Ben public opinion to see same-sex marriage in a Spergel, senior vice president and head of TV positive way,” Spergel said. insights at Ipsos MediaCT, said in a statement. Television influence could play a role as Shows like Modern Family, The New the U.S. Supreme Court gets ready to issue Normal and Glee (the last two co-created by a decision on two crucial gay marriage cases openly gay producer Ryan Murphy) portray in June.

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Florida Gay Student Wins Suit Over Anti-Bullying T-Shirt

A federal court in Fort Myers, Florida ruled in favor of a female student who sued the Desoto County School District Board of Education and three school officials after they allegedly prevented her from organizing and participating in a National Day of Silence honoring LGBT students who face bullying and harassment, the Courthouse News reports. Amber Hatcher, an openly lesbian 16-yearold, filed a lawsuit on Feb. 26 against the DeSoto County High School arguing the school interfered with her First Amendment rights when they suspended her last year. In the lawsuit, Hatcher said she was wearing a t-shirt with the message “DOS April 20, 2012: Shhhhh” and communicated with peers and teachers by dry erase board. DOS is the abbreviation for “Day of Silence,” a national day of observance that takes place every year since 1996 to to protest the bullying and harassment of LGBT teens. The event was started by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network and takes place every April.

After repeated warnings from school administrators and a rotund disapproval from DeSoto County School Superintendent Adrian Cline, Hatcher decided to wear the t-shirt and proceed with her plan to protest last year. She was suspended from school later that day. “DeSoto County Schools is practicing the very kind of harassment and discrimination the Day of Silence is designed to address in schools,” Eliza Byard, GLSEN’s executive director, said in a statement. Desoto County High School principal Shannon Fusco said Hatcher was punished because of her protest activities. Fusco and the school board moved to dismiss the case, but U.S. District Judge John Steele preserved most of Hatcher’s claims on April 5, 2013 for trial. “At least some of these proposed activities were well within the First Amendment and required no approval by any school official,” Steele wrote in his ruling. Hatcher’s request for an injunction to prevent her school from repeating its actions again this year was denied.

+ UFC Suspends Fighter Matt Mitrione for Anti-Transgender Comments An Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight fighter was suspended by UFC President Danna White after he went on an unprompted, insult-laced tirade against transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox. Matt Mitrione, a former NFL player, was appearing in his “Mitrione Minute” segment of The MMA Hour when he compared Fox to the serial killer in Silence of the Lambs, Jame Gumb, according to SB Nation. “Maybe instead of being ‘the Queen of Swords,’ Fallon Fox should consider being “The King of the Buffalos,” Mitrione said. SB Nation then reports that Mitrione Matt Mitrione would go on to refer to Fox as a he, Photo courtesy of calling her “a lying, sick, sociopathic, Matt Mitrione’s Facebook disgusting freak.” Fox has been under the microscope “[UFC] finds Mr. Mitrione’s comments in recent months after the revelation offensive and wholly unacceptable and that she underwent gender reassignment – as a direct result of this significant surgery in 2006. She has won her only breach of the UFC’s code of conduct – two fights, and while one opponent is Mr. Mitrione’s UFC contract has been appealing their loss, Fox has another fight suspended and the incident is being later this month. investigated,” a UFC statement read. For his comments, Mitrione was “The UFC is a friend and ally of the suspended indefinitely by the UFC for LGBT community, and expects and violating the fighting promotion’s code requires all 450 of its athletes to treat of conduct. others with dignity and respect.”


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Popular Choice Dori Zinn

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A court Grand Marshal is nominated, a NASCAR Grand Marshal is chosen, but for the St. Pete Pride Carnavale, the public will vote for three of them. From now through May 1, anyone can visit and vote for one female, one male and one organization, respectively, as Grand Marshals for the 2013 St. Pete Pride Carnavale Promenade. “In the past, Grand Marshals were decided by a small group from within the community much like other parades,” says Eric Skains, St. Pete Pride’s executive director. This is the first year that the community, as individuals, can vote for Grand Marshals. According to the St. Pete Pride website, “Individuals and organizations nominated for Grand Marshal have made significant achievements for LGBT rights and have made considerable contributions to the LGBT community at large.” The Grand Marshals will be announced at a special event on May 18, and the Pride Carnivale will be from June 26 to June 30. See the nominees below and vote online at

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Herman’s investment firm, Silver Key Wealth Management, is the only investment firm in the U.S. to be accredited by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and to have an ADPA (Accredited Domestic Partner Advisor) accredited financial advisor. Sharon is involved in her community, belonging to the Working Women of Tampa Bay, the Good Old Girls Network, Audubon Society, Sierra Club, Tampa Bay Business Guild, and the Tampa Seminole Club. She has been a financial advisor since 2002, and holds a series 7, 63, 66, Life/Health/ Annuity licenses.

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Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Bias and West, partners of 35 years, met in Minneapolis before moving to Tampa in 1980 to attend the University of South Florida. Carrie is an Air Force Military Canine Police Veteran and received degrees in TV Communications & Political Science/Public Administration. Mark, nickname “Tea Cup,” is honorary bartender at multiple venues throughout Tampa and received his degree in Drafting and Architecture Building Design. Both have been lifelong activists in human and gay rights and involved in political and community activism. Women’s World Magazine named the couple “Honorary Lesbians” for their work within the community. Organizations the couple has been a part of include: MCC Tampa; National Lesbian & Gay Journal Association; National Lambda Car Club; Flamingo Auto Group (FAG); and the National Marine Safety Council. Both were founding members of the Tampa GLBT Community Center, St. Pete Pride, GaYBOR District Coalition, MC Arts Foundation, and Tampa Gay Video & Pride Store MC Film Festival.

Cossette has been the festival director for the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival for the last 9 years. Her love of film and the audience experience is what has driven her to spread the message of TIGLFF, which is to entertain, empower and enlighten the local community through film. She is also the administrator of the Tampa Bay Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, formerly known as the Tampa Bay Business Guild. She has been in this role for 9 years, helping to provide an environment for business owners and local organizations on both sides of Tampa Bay, to build a community based on shared goals, friendship and trust. “Our diverse membership defines gay friendly”. Renee and Kathie Michael, her life partner of 12 years, share their home with their cat Thelma and their dog Ivy.

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Watermark Magazine

Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas McGrath is the president of the Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas, an organization that helps elect pro-equality candidates from the local races all the way to Washington. Locally, the Stonewall Democrats were instrumental in the elections of two openly gay Pinellas pioneers: St. Petersburg City Councilman Steve Kornell and Largo Commissioner Michael Smith. Kornell was the first openly LGBT elected official in Pinellas County and Smith defeated a long time anti-equality incumbent who gained national notoriety in the firing of transitioning city manager Susan Stanton. Nationally, Susan was an organizing fellow for President Obama’s 2012 campaign and was elected a delegate representing the LGBT community at the national convention in Charlotte.


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Blanchard became the editor of Watermark Newsmagazine in the summer of 2009. He first started at the statewide LGBT publication in 2005 as a freelance contributor and eventually became a staff writer before he was promoted to Tampa Bay Bureau Chief. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in communications, Blanchard began his professional writing career even before he graduated college, working as a sports reporter in a small, mid-Missouri town. When he and his partner, Phil, moved to Florida in 2000, he continued his journalism career at the Sun Newspapers located in Port Charlotte Florida. It wasn’t until he moved to Pinellas County in 2004 that Steve found interest in covering LGBT news and issues. In 2008, he and his partner were one of 18,000 same-sex couples to be legally married in the state of California and in 2012, the couple registered as domestic partners in the City of St. Petersburg, and plan to also register with Pinellas County later this year. Outside of his work with Watermark, Blanchard is a fitness enthusiast and an animal lover. He lives with his partner of 15 years and their five dogs in St. Petersburg.

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Keeffe has been the executive director of Trans*Action Florida (formerly known as Transgender FORGE) since November 2009. Michael is a lifelong resident of Tampa Bay and currently resides in Pinellas County. He is dedicated to working for equality and human rights for all people, especially the transgender community. Keefe “came out” as transgender in 2007 in a newspaper article concerning the Susan Stanton case. He had not yet begun his physical transition process and the newspaper interview was his catalyst for change. Over the next year he would lose his career, his family and his home. Keeffe’s passion for advocacy stems from his personal experiences with discrimination and social injustice. Under Keeffe’s leadership, Trans*Action Florida has worked with the Florida DMV to remove the surgical requirement from policies concerning gender marker changes on identification cards and driver licenses. Trans*Action was also instrumental in recent changes to the Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Board’s decision to add gender identity to their policies, creating specific protocol on how to accommodate transgender persons in homeless shelters. In addition, Trans*Action provides training and advisement to other organizations concerning gender identity policies.

Metro Wellness and Community Centers was founded as Metropolitan Charities by King of Peace MCC in 1993. This year, the organization celebrates its 20th year of service in the Tampa Bay Community. What started as an effort to assist those suffering from HIV/AIDS in Pinellas County has grown into a thriving beacon of service and education to those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and a hub of activity for the LGBT community across the Tampa Bay area. Metro Wellness and Community Centers, a 501(c) (3) organization, is committed to providing premier HIV services, social networking, and other health and wellness programs that enhance the quality of life. Today, the organization serves an average of 8,000 clients each year.

Organizations AIDS Service Association of Pinellas AIDS Service Association of Pinellas is an AIDS Service Organization providing comprehensive HIV services since 1987. ASAP has served thousands of individuals living with HIV or AIDS. In addition to those on-going services, they also provide prevention education, free HIV testing, a children’s program and other support services to the HIV affected population in Pinellas and surrounding counties.

PFLAG Tampa PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays), is a national nonprofit that promotes the health and well-being of LGBT people, their families and friends through support, education and advocacy. Recently, the ACLU has reached out to PFLAG Tampa to uncover problematic areas for transgender school-age youth, and to better understand these issues in order to assist them in set legal precedents. PFLAG Tampa is staffed entirely by volunteers and started operating in Tampa Bay in August of 2011. It has quickly immersed itself in numerous educational and LGBT advocacy efforts in Tampa Bay. soflagaynews //

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news local Trans Symposium Forwards Mission of Educating Medical Field Christiana Lilly

It’s pouring rain outside, but those inside the conference rooms at the Embassy Suites in Fort Lauderdale are too engrossed in their seminars to care. During the second day of the third annual Transgender Symposium, the conference has drawn doctors, medical students, and the transgender community to help educate the medical community about the special needs of transgender patients. In one room, guests learned about the process of the gender From left, Jodie Reichman, Dr. Jean Rich, Kristin Rich, and Evelyn Ullah (front) at the third annual Transgender Medical Symposium at reassignment surgery as well the Embassy Suites in Fort Lauderdale. as the physical and emotional Photo courtesy of Christiana Lilly healing process that follows. Next door, a doctor led a Jodie Reichman is trying to change. Now in seminar about HIV/AIDS in the transgender the third year of the medical symposium, community. In another conference room, it has grown rapidly from a 90-person a lecture on transgender youth turned into standing room only meeting to a two-day a discussion amongst parents, medical affair at a hotel. This year, registration had professionals and three youths who came to to be reopened so more people could attend. talk about their experiences. It included doctors of all disciplines, case Tori Gabriel, the mother of a transgender managers, and students from medical and teen, told the story of how her family nursing schools. struggled to find the cause of her son’s “It’s finally got to the point of where I had anguish five years ago. Then identifying envisioned this when we first started it,” as an 11-year-old girl, Tori’s son became Reichman said. isolated, wore black, didn’t make eye contact, Working in HIV/AIDS for 27 years, for the and stopped being affectionate with family. last four years she has been the transgender Gabriel found a picture he had drawn of him program director for the Broward County with a girl, and initially thought he was gay. Health Department. In her experience, For the next year, the family brought their the transgender community tends to be son to the hospital four times for cutting and overlooked in LGBT causes. suicidal ideations. Finally, with support from “I still get calls from a lot of people in an online transgender teen group, he came the community who can’t find providers out to his family that he didn’t belong in the that they’re comfortable with, who are not female body he was born in. educated,” she said. “It was the worst year of our lives. It was Reichman and the Health Department are really scary,” Gabriel remembered. “When I working to compile a directory of doctors look at now, how happy he is now… It’s like I who are considered transgender friendly by have my kid back.” the community. She also tries to find out why Today, her son identifies as a male and a certain doctor doesn’t treat transgender has blossomed. He smiles, shows off his face patients, and she gets three responses: A lack happily and continues to communicate with of education, it goes against their religion, his online support group. However, another and because they don’t want to. struggle for the Gabriels was finding medical Unfortunately, Reichman said, the help for their son. Many doctors were not majority of responses are the latter two. familiar with dealing with transgender “That’s when I come back and hit them people, and it took multiple referrals before with the Hippocratic Oath. When you they found a doctor who could help their son graduate, you get that license in your hand with hormone therapy. and you medically treat somebody, you treat Gabriel says it was like “finding a needle in a human being, and I don’t care what that a haystack.” human being is or who that human being is. This is not an uncommon story for They come to you for care because they need transgender patients, and that’s something care,” Reichman said.


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AIDS Walk Miami Celebrates 25 Years of Activism

Christiana Lilly

This weekend marks a special anniversary in the fight against AIDS in Miami. For the last 25 years, AIDS Walk Miami has raised money for Care Resource, the oldest and largest HIV/AIDS community organization in the region. The walk on April 28 in Miami Beach is a celebration of a legacy of activism and community partnership. “We have a tradition of running HIV awareness and fundraising campaigns since the very beginning of the epidemic,” said Joe DePiro, marketing and public relations manager at Care Resource. Each year, the walk draws about 2,500 people from across the country and some even from outside the U.S. This year, the 3.1-mile walk starting at the Miami Beach Convention Center will include “flamingoes” that participants can pick up along the way to later use in a raffle. After the walk, there will be music by MTV Latin America, vendors and food at the Botanical Gardens. Most importantly, there will be rapid HIV testing sites where one can find out their status in a private setting in less than 30 minutes.

AIDS Walk Miami Festivities Walk Pre-Party

April 18 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Haven Lounge, 1237 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. Dance to tunes from MTV DJ Mauricio Parra while sipping on free drinks. $20 voluntary donation to AIDS Walk Miami.

Kommona Paddle Race

April 20 at 8:30 a.m. at Purdy Docks, 18 Street and Purdy Avenue in Miami Beach. Jump on your paddle board for a race around part of the Venetian Causeway to benefit AIDS Walk Miami. Afterward, festivities at Beer and Burger Joint. Registration $40.


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Meet the Grand Marshal: Dr. Robert Gallo

With Miami and Fort Lauderdale ranking as the top two cities in the nation for new HIV infections per capital, the walk is especially important. With the AIDS epidemic seeming to be a problem from another generation as well as medical advancements making AIDS a lifelong illness rather than a death sentence, people have become lax. However, an AIDS patient could spend up to $600,000 in medical costs in their lifetime. “The infection rates here are high but there’s two things we can do to bring that down and alleviate it, and the first one is everybody needs to know their status — plain and simple,” DePiro said. “The second part of it is if you’re HIV-positive… get into treatment early. As soon as you find out, get into treatment.” For 30 years, Dr. Robert Gallo was the head of the Laboratory of Tumor Cell Biology at the National Institutes of “It will bring the numbers down until a Health’s National Cancer Institute. He also founded the Global Virus Network and the Institute of Human Virology, vaccine is found, and hopefully with recent where he works today. news, we’re hoping five years from now we Photo courtesy of University of Maryland Institute of Human Virology won’t have any more AIDS.” Visit for more Dr. Robert Gallo is credited as the co- Gallo had to be able to prove it. His second information. discoverer of the link between HIV and AIDS contribution to the world of medicine was in 1984, forever changing the lives of AIDS creating the blood test still used today to patients worldwide. This year, he will be identify AIDS. traveling from Maryland to serve as the AIDS “Before you had to wait until somebody Walk Miami grand marshal. had AIDS, now it was a few weeks after Gallo’s interest in medicine stemmed from infection. And the blood test for me was his sister’s death when he was 6; she was just critical for etiology – cause – because it was 12 when she succumbed to leukemia. His goal simple, it was fast, it was safe, it was rapid, it was to study the disease, which eventually led was inexpensive, so it could be done all over him on the path to studying AIDS. Even as a the world, and it was. So we got confirmation doctor, he first heard of the disease ravaging very quickly and the world accepted… HIV is gay men from reading newspapers. the cause of AIDS,” Gallo said. He then heard Dr. James Curran, now the Gallo’s work went beyond the laboratory dean of Emory University’s Medical School as he met some of the biggest names in the in Georgia, lecture twice on AIDS. The first gay rights movement, including Martin time didn’t resonate with him. Delaney, the founder of Project Inform, “I heard him lecture again. This time it was and Larry Kramer, an LGBT activist and clear this was important, it was growing, it playwright. He would attend meetings and was scary, people were really suffering and I conferences across the country with them AIDS Walk Miami believed he was looking at me when he said, throughout the years. April 28 at 8 a.m. at the Miami Beach ‘Where are the virologists?’” The doctor first met Kramer at a party in a Convention Center Hall D, 1901 Convention At that time, proposing that AIDS was a loft at Greenwich Village. He told the doctor Center Drive in Miami Beach. Registration at virus was groundbreaking. In 1980, Gallo and he had read that AIDS can’t be transmitted 8 a.m., opening ceremonies at 8:30 a.m., 3.1- his colleagues discovered the first real cancer through sharing drinks. mile walk at 9 a.m. Registration $25. virus, belonging to a family of retroviruses. “He was drinking a drink and a few Later, the group discovered a substance that minutes later he said, ‘Hey this is great, why Post-Walk Celebration has the ability to increase T-cell growth. don’t you try it?’ So I did, to prove a point,” April 28 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Miami Those infected with AIDS have a dramatic Gallo said. Beach Botanical Gardens, 2000 Convention drop in T cells, a type of white blood cell. For 30 years he was the head of the Center Drive in Miami Beach. Music by White blood cells are critical in defending Laboratory of Tumor Cell Biology at the BarrioActivo and Aulden Brown, free the body from illness. National Institutes of Health’s National massages and drinks, goodies and vendors. As their work progressed, the study Cancer Institute. He also founded the Global Visit for more became a full-time job in the lab. When they Virus Network and the Institute of Human information. finally made the link between HIV and AIDS, Virology, where he works today. soflagaynews //


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Adam Lambert’s GLAAD Award a Joke Few things reflect how shallow national LGBT organizations can be other than the revelation that the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is going to coronate Adam Lambert with a national media award in San Francisco next month. When my business partner and I started the South Florida Gay News four years ago, we promised each other we were going to publish a newspaper that focused on illuminating the


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lives and dimensions of America’s emerging LGBT community. We were unified in mind and spirit that there were local and national newsmakers working towards LGBT equality, fighting for your rights, and standing up for all of us, who you would want to read about. Neither of us thinks Adam Lambert is such a person. Good, he can sing. Good, he became a national star on American Idol. As obvious

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as it was that he was gay, he also remained in have gone galactic. My business partner and I the closet during his meteoric rise to stardom were blown away. while on the TV show. Four years of publishing the Express Gay Now that he is open and out, everyone News, and four years into South Florida Gay wants to play off his celebrity. Fresh off being News, and the story that takes down our crowned the Queen of Gay Pride in Miami website is Adam Lambert’s breakup with his Beach, he is now headed to Pittsburgh in June boyfriend? This is unreal. How shallow have to play the Grand Madame in their parade. we become? He is a rising young gay star whose career The award that Lambert is getting from is just beginning, and maybe someday he will GLAAD is it’s highest honor. It’s presented to “an take his fame and fortune and advance the openly LGBT media professional who has made cause of LGBT equality. But he has not yet a significant difference in promoting gay rights.” Give me a break. This award is presented to done so. Therefore, seeing him on the cover of our whoever can fill the seats and make money newspaper a few weeks ago Partner and me for GLAAD at its annual fundraising dinner. “Adam Lambert’s continued success as one puke. In fact, for all intents and purposes, of the world’s best-selling pop stars shows consider Pier Guidugli the co-author of this column. We are 100 LGBT people that they can be themselves and make it in a mainstream industry that many percent on the same page about this issue. As I have been on leave, the staff has been feel unfairly rejects them,” GLAAD spokesman running the show. You hire good people and Wilson Cruz said in a statement. Save it, please. Struggling to find anything you trust them to do the job. My business that Lambert has ever done for gay partner trusts me to rights, the group noted that he spoke make sure we get the out for a referendum in Maryland job done. Both of us last year upholding a gay marriage went ballistic that law. Oh, he also wore a purple shirt Lambert was on our on Spirit Day last year. cover. Other than Adam Lambert has become an feature new makeup openly gay world-class performer every day, what has this and is a remarkably talented singer kid done to warrant a and songwriter. In truth, there cover story? is really no legitimate reason he While Pier and I were should not be on our cover. We have fuming over the cover Adam Lambert at 2010 GLAAD featured entertainers before, and in the evening, our Media Awards. he was the grand marshal of Miami Associate Publisher, Photo courtesy of Greg Hernandez Beach pride. There was a local angle Jason Parsley, was to feature him in South Florida. setting up an exclusive Still, folks, let’s marshal our senses. Adam follow up interview with Lambert for the next morning. During the interview, Lambert Lambert may be a Grammy nominee, a revealed to Parsley that he had recently Billboard 200 artist, and he may sleep with broken up with his boyfriend. Parsley is the other men, but he has not made a career promoting gay rights. He has made a career first to get the story. Sensing the newsworthiness of this promoting himself, his music, and his albums. GLAAD is sucking off that publicity and shocking revelation, Parsley goes online with fame to line their own pockets, instead of it immediately. Thanks to Adam Lambert and Jason Parsley, choosing someone worthy of that award. our SFGN website crashed. Why? Because GLAAD needs to get its priorities straight. after Parsley’s story on Lambert’s boy breakup Stop awarding celebrities and acknowledge went online at, it was picked up the unheralded champions of justice that first by Lambert’s groupies and within hours fight the good fight for LGBT justice everyday. a slew of entertainment and gossip sites had There are many out there. Meanwhile, thanks Adam. Because of you picked up the story and linked back to us. Our our website got more hits and a spike we servers could not handle the traffic. Because Adam Lambert has become a had never received anything like ever before. national obsession, the story went viral, from Break up more often, and when you do give coast to coast and into Europe. It may as well Mr. Parsley a call.


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opinion mcnaught’s notes Brian McNaught

Is the Lady in the Muscle Car a Good Lawyer? It fascinates me how many kinds and colors of cars I see on the road today. I don’t know their makes and models unless I get close enough to see the names or logos on the back. But, I’m taken with the variety of bodies. If you imagine all of those different cars pulling into a parking lot, and all of the drivers exiting to a building, you’d never know who went with what car body, and you wouldn’t judge the drivers’ skills at lawyering, accounting, or information technology by the model or color of the cars they drove. And yet, we often make decisions about a person’s skills by looking at the design and the color of the body they move around in. Not only do we make personal and professional decisions about others based upon the age, structure, and color of their bodies, but also as to whether their bodies behave in the way we think the designer intended. “That’s a Corvette muscle car. Drive it faster and with more aggression.” “That’s a pink VW Beetle. Slow down.” “You’re a man. I expect more of you.” “You’re a woman. Should I expect a pregnancy leave?” Boys and girls are models for which we imagine we know the designer’s intentions. When the bodies don’t comply with our expectations, we make decisions


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about their true worth. The new focus of our civil rights battle is the discrimination faced by anyone whose gender expression is diverse. You may be thinking I’m talking about transgender people. But, the “T” in LGBT actually stands for all of us, gay and straight, who aren’t “manly” men or “girly” women. If you think about it, bullying of nonconforming gay and straight kids has the same scarring effects, and is not different from the discrimination experienced by people who identify as transgender. A sissy is a sissy is a sissy. But that says nothing about his skills as a doctor. A college fraternity brother of mine was one of the most effeminate men I’d ever met. He was as affected as every campy gay character on television today. People used to pull me aside and whisper, “You’re friend is a fag.” But, he’s straight. I suspect that he has suffered social disapproval and discrimination similar to that I’ve faced in my life. Most gay men experienced discrimination in school, not because their peers imagined them engaging in sex with other boys, but because they didn’t act in a “manly” way. They cried. They couldn’t catch a baseball or football, or hit the backboard with the

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basketball. They played with the girls. That’s transgender behavior because it is outside of the box of what is expected for a boy. The word “trans” means across. When a boy cries or is not athletic, his behavior moves away from “male.” Straight boys and gay boys can both be a part of the big T. The majority of gay and straight men say they don’t understand the transgender issue. They want to be supportive of the caboose at the end of the acronym, but they don’t get why anyone would want to have his penis cut off, or to dress up in women’s clothes, except on Halloween or at Mass. Many lesbians have no use for male-tofemale transsexuals, and some are outright hostile to transsexual women who want to attend “women only” events, or participate in women’s sports. Some lesbians see crossdressing men as offensive in their caricature apparel of wigs, lipstick, fake eyelashes, nylons, long dresses, and jewelry. All of those items, they say, have been worn by women to please men, and are thus symbols of the patriarchy. A dress doesn’t make a man into a woman, they insist. Nor does having a vulva. But, many lesbians are transgender too. They’re too good at sports to be girls. They shun traditional “girly” attire. When they get married as lesbians, one of them is often in a tuxedo, like a groom. Many lesbians love to watch men play professional sports. Some eschew cooking anything but basic food. Those are examples of gender expression deviance or diversity. As soon as a girl or woman engages in the roles of men, or dresses in the clothes of men, she is in movement away from cultural expectations of her biological sex. That’s transgender. The phrase “gender expression diversity” is a much bigger, and more accurate, umbrella expression than is the word “transgender.” Using the broader term frees us to focus attention on the real problem at work. If corporations and other entities only focus attention on providing health care coverage for transsexual medical procedures, and on which bathroom a “T” should use, instead of on the


The majority of gay and straight men say they don’t understand the transgender issue, why anyone would want to have his penis cut off, or to dress up in women’s clothes? Photo courtesy of Martina Lombardo

organizations’ strict adherence to traditional gender expression among all of their employees, they’re not dealing with the bigger and far more significant business issue. Will a straight man with limp wrists and a lisp be considered for hiring or promotion? Will a straight woman with a deep voice, mannish clothes, and well-developed biceps be seen as the best person to speak for the team to the client? He’s supposed to be a Corvette muscle car. She’s supposed to be a pink VW Beetle. But how much does the car we drive tell others about the skills we have, and the business we’ll attract? What do our bodies have to do with our skills? Gender expression diversity is the underlying theme of most workplace discrimination, and the primary source of the loss of productivity, retention, and sales. It is a systemic assumption that a car and its driver are the same, and that we know best about the intention of the designer of the vehicle. I am not my car, and I am not my body. 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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My HIV Diary HIV and Youth

After everything that happened in the past, how are young people not paying attention? 12,000 people between the ages of 13 and 24 are infected with HIV every year Photo courtesy of Elvert Barnes

Ryan Dixon (a.k.a former porn star Kameron Scott) has started taking HIV medication. He’s keeping a diary of his experience. Being in my mid-20’s isn’t easy, add HIV on top of that and we have one hell of a complicated life. I’m making the best out of the hand life has dealt me and the decisions I’ve made along the way. Writing helps free my mind. Hopefully these words will help you understand the plight of others like myself, and inspire you to live each and every day in the moment.

Week 32

(April 5 to April 10) If I’ve gotten one email saying that a person can’t believe that a 25-year-old is living with HIV, I’ve gotten a million of them. I have to admit, I wasn’t that surprised when I was told I was HIV positive. I mean, I worked in porn and yeah, I was a bit of a slut. The fact still remains, when I was infected, I was highly uneducated on what HIV is and how it works. Dan Dias, is 30 years old and the co-chair generationCURE. GenerationCURE is an organization of young people dedicated to helping amfAR accelerate its search for a cure for HIV/AIDS by grooming the next, and hopefully the last, generation of HIV/AIDS advocates. Dias wants to see a cure and AIDS free generation but can’t do it alone “I had a lot of friends that became infected,” Dias told SFGN. ”I thought to

myself, ‘how are they still being infected?’.” I can relate to that. After everything that happened in the past, how are young people not paying attention? 12,000 people between the ages of 13 and 24 are infected with HIV every year – that’s 1,000 a month. Over 72,000 young people are living with HIV right now. “We need to make them more aware,” Dias said. “We need to get people to help fight, to end AIDS in our generation.” How does that happen? By education and raising funds, according to Dias. One of his favorite tools is talks that people can attend with a scientist working in the HIV field. It’s a chance to see and learn first had what HIV is doing and how we are combating it. “We want to focus on the science behind HIV and find a cure,” Dias said. “But of course what’s going to help is prevention.” Prevention isn’t just wearing a condom or not sharing needles. Prevention is having an open and honest discussion with your community and sexual partners about HIV and all STDs. “This is still a pandemic, there are still people being infected,” Dias said. “This virus is still growing and I fear there is a level of complacency.” He’s right. HIV isn’t a death sentence, but it is a life sentence. Use a condom. Know your status and be honest about it. Spread the word not the virus.

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Two Gay Men With an Agenda Launch Online HIM-Magazine David Griffiths and Alex Vaughn Partner on their own vision Norm Kent


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HIM is not bar or boy-centric. Links on their site take you to a plethora of options, including fashion, lifestyle, fitness, health, leisure, business, arts, spirituality, and even editorials. Many of those articles are authored by Alex Vaughn, who is London based and worked with Griffiths at the Florida Agenda for a year. Vaughn brings to the table a history of experience in public relations as well as fashion and design writing in Europe. He too has just fulfilled a dream of his own. His first book was published. He co-wrote “Beyond Face Value,” a revealing story of a transgender activist, the memoirs of

ones dealing with these issues, and that there are ways to overcome some of these obstacles.” The Griffiths’ mantra is that “As gay men, we are often told that we’re not good enough, but in reality, we are fabulous! We should never allow anyone to put us down or make us feel like we’re not worthy of the same kind of love anyone else can enjoy.” HIM Magazine online is attempting to lend credibility to Griffiths’ vision. Since its inception, it has grown to more than 10,000 visitors each month from all over the world. When the magazine began, they published about 12 to 15 new features each month. A year later, they have doubled that, and

last September and drew 1,200 visitors within 24 hours. Last fall, their ‘Be Unique’ issue featured a Vaughn interview with world-renowned artist, Romero Britto. They are limited only by the boundaries of their imagination. Each month, Griffith and Vaughn bring to HIM magazine something they could never get working for a paper or magazine controlled by others. They bring their heart, soul, and independent vision to a product that is all their own; that no one can ever take away from them. Humbled and grateful for his achievements so far, Griffiths said “every single issue has been a labor of love for us, and we are so thankful to our many contributors- these great people, some of whom I have never even met in person, but

My grandmother used to say “cast your bread upon the waters and it shall come back sandwiches.” -Alex Vaughn

Founders of HIM Magazine Alex Vaughn and David Griffiths. just voted HIM Magazine one of the “Top 10 Gay Dating Advice Magazines” right up there with OUT, The Advocate, and Instinct. Photo Courtesy of Steven Lang

Rajindra Narinesingh. Griffiths designed the cover of the book. Vaughn said of the project “I knew it was important for her to tell her story, I just didn’t realize before I was in the middle of the project how important it would be for me. I learned so much in the process, not to mention a renewed appreciation for life and for the fortunate blessings I have.” Of the magazine, Griffiths is excited by its unique approach to sensitive issues not typically covered in the mainstream media: “Alex and I have formed a wonderful partnership, even if on different continents, across the pond from each other. We are touching on some of the community’s biggest issues and insecurities and hopefully, we’re able to show others that they’re not the only soflagaynews //

expect to grow with even more contributors this year. “We are also interactive, so on our site you can find videos, music, and other interactive features that you cannot get in print, even monthly dance remixes,” Griffith adds. Ultimately, HIM hopes to become an ecofriendly entertainment portal for the gay community- available on any computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone. As to sustaining the site on a long term basis, Griffiths says the online portal will be true to its advertisers, since “they can be assured that we know all the stats for our pages and we can tell them just who their advertising will reach and how many people have looked at and clicked on their banners.” The ‘Being Butch’ issue went online


One day you have an agenda to meet the boss’s needs, and the next day you have an agenda to fulfill your own dream. Such is the story of both Dave Griffiths and Alex Vaughn, two gay writers and designers that have created the emerging online LGBT monthly, HIM Magazine. “Our goal is to showcase a different side of the gay community; one that is not bar-centric,” Publisher Dave Griffiths said. “HIM Magazine has features on topics such as fashion, entertainment, fitness, health, business, politics, as well as editorials from our diverse group of contributors.” Griffith brings to the table experience as a graphic designer who was once the Associate Publisher of the Express Gay News in Wilton Manors. More recently, he was designing and writing for the Florida Agenda. But there is nothing like becoming your own boss, and liberating yourself to achieve your own dream. “HIM” “is an anagram,” Griffith notes, stating that it stands “For the Man Who Invests In Himself!” He adds that the magazine has “everything from Manscaping to Landscaping” in its issues. The magazine celebrated its first anniversary in January, its history populated by unique monthly themes from ‘Leather Brotherhood’ to ‘Being Butch,’ to this month’s ‘Bear’ issue. In its first year, there were also themes of ‘Letting Go,’ ‘Your Fears,’ and the ‘New You.’ All the archives are online The site is populated with many features on local personalities, including Keith Blackburn from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Terry De Carlo of Broward House and Glen Weinzimer, founder of the Smart Ride. Local photographer Steven Shires took many of the photos, including monthly lifestyle shoots of adult film stars such as Cameron Kincade and Christian Matthews. The website was redesigned by a local graphic artist, Ed Garcia, who works at the Pride Center. HIM Magazine has sponsored the Winter Party Festival, The SMART Ride, Bike It For Life, Beach Bear Weekend, One Magical Weekend, along with Broward House events. From the online world, they have promoted real world non-profits.

who have all stepped up and helped make my dream a reality.” “David and I just decided to invest in ourselves,” Vaughn said. “We just started rubbing both our pennies together to build HIM Magazine from scratch. We had worked so well together at the Agenda and Mark magazine, we knew we could learn so much from each other, and build a magazine that was demographically inclusive and socially valuable.” Griffiths, recognizing such an undertaking is not one he could have done alone, also left room to thank his partner, Ken Eunice, “the most supportive man I have ever been withwho continues to make sure that I know, even when I am feeling overwhelmed, that I can do it.”

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#ThisIsWhatALesbianLooksLike SFGN Staff

For our photo campaign during the month of March we revisited an earlier SFGN campaign #ThisIsWhatALesbianLooksLike, in honor of Women’s History Month. This photo campaign was launched last year in response to former Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll’s comments: “Black women that look like me don’t engage in relationships like that.” She said those now infamous words after a staffer working under Carroll opened her boss’ door and allegedly found the politician in a compromising position with her travel aide. Carroll’s comments inspired Atlanta-based lesbian artist Doria Roberts to start the Twitter hashtag #ThisIsWhatALesbianLooksLike. This is SFGN’s second photo campaign. The first one, #LoveWins, kicked off the series in February, and asked couples to submit photos of themselves. To check out February’s campaign visit SouthFloridaGayNews Throughout the month of April we’re asking readers to submit to us what they love about being gay for our #GayAboutGay campaign. It could be the sex, the friendships, the music, whatever! Send your photos, or words to our Editor in Chief Gideon Grudo at Make sure to use the hashtag #GayAboutGay.

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Lizz Roberts, Deborah Suzannie Quon and Jeanne Broussard taken on the night of their wedding, February, 22, 2013 in Bellingham, Washington.


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A Weekend at Vitambi Springs Jesse Monteagudo

Toto Ron roughing it at Vitambi Springs Photo courtesy of Jesse Monteagudo

Vitambi Springs’ Neil Sweeney at Pride of the Palm Beaches Photo courtesy of Steve McCloud

The State of Florida is blessed with several year-round, gay or gay-friendly camp grounds: Sawmill in Dade City, Camp David in Inverness and Camp Mars in Venus, among others. Add to the list Vitambi Springs (vitambi. com), a members only, all male, year-round wilderness camp and resort near Clewiston (82 miles from Fort Lauderdale). Before business partners Steve McCloud and Martin Ruddock bought the land, it served as a camp for wayward boys, among other things. The partners, McCloud said, “set out several years ago to find a suitable camp/ resort to better meet the needs of South Florida’s gay population. The gay community should have a place with good food and good drink in a natural secluded location that allowed us to be us. We all need a nearby escape and a place to meet like-minded friends and make new friends. Traditional gay bars, restaurants and gathering spots are not always the best for meeting new people, quiet conversation, star gazing, long walks holding hands and the chance to cuddle in a cabin in the woods. We wanted to create a country club setting and an overnight option away from home.” Ruddock and McCloud named their park Vitambi, a Swahili word meaning “pride.” McCloud described Vitambi Springs as a “private members only, gated, 21 and over, all male, year-round resort camp set on 269 tropical forest acres below Florida’s frostline.” Among Vitambi’s more popular amenities are the Bongo Bar, the Bolo Cafe and the Garden Quarter pool area. Accommodations


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range from secluded tent sites to cabins, the Barracks bunk house and the lush Pine Tree Inn. And while “connections for RVs and trailers are currently not available, a plan to provide temporary RV and Trailer accommodations is currently underway.” Women are not allowed at Vitambi Springs, though plans are currently being made for future “mixed” events. On the other hand, pets are welcome, as long as they are well behaved and kept on a leash. Membership in this private club is required for everyone, even for holders of day passes. Vitambi Springs is a work in progress, which is why it hasn’t had a grand opening yet. “Sometimes I remind people that we are just a few good guys with great ideas. Sure this would have been much easier if we were a Hyatt or a project with major financial backing, but we all know there is a loss of vision in that route. We have slowly moved this project forward with the help of great friends, volunteers and a small underpaid staff,” McCloud said. This year a swimming pool finally opened at the Garden Quarter, along with a spacious modern shower house and a Myst Room. Long-term plans include a larger resortstyle pool near the Lodge and Wood Shed area. Fortunately, unlike other gay resorts in Florida, Vitambi Springs has not had any trouble with the nearby community. Like other gay resorts, Vitambi Springs has a clothing-optional policy. Though clothes are required in all public buildings and designated areas (the North Loop); the Garden Quarter and campgrounds (the soflagaynews //

South Loop) are clothing-optional. During special N-VS weekends, nudity is permitted everywhere in the park except inside the Big Oak Lodge (which houses Registration, Bolo Cafe, Bongo Bar, Safari Outfitters General Store and administrative offices). Not surprisingly, Vitambi Springs is very much a part of the gay nudist or naturist movement. As McCloud tells me, “Vitambi Springs is very proud of their connection with Gay Naturist International (GNI). We support their goals and ideals and are very happy to play a part in bringing their members together and assist in anyway in helping them gain new members. The same is true for other nudist groups that have participated in activities here such as Tamiami Area Nudists, the Gold Coast Bare Skins and Wildfyre.” Like other LGBT social groups, Vitambi loves acronyms. According to McCloud, N-VS - pronounced “envious” – “was a name we decided on to note any of our weekends that have an expanded clothing optional policy. N-VS - Naturist Vitambi Springs - has developed a following with guests looking for those weekends by name. NUDgE - Nude Devil’s Garden Enthusiasts - is our own inhouse nudist group. (Devil’s Garden is a folklore name of the area that surrounds Vitambi Springs.) Neil Sweeney oversees activities for this group and has put together several events; the most popular being the Boots ‘n’ Buns hike and the late-night fullMOON hike.” I attended the most recent N-VS Naturist Weekend, “Spring Breeze,” held on Easter


Weekend. My friend Ron and I made camp at Robur Woods, a primitive campground within walking distance of the Garden Quarter. Along with our friends Dan, Steve, Sal, Benson, Seth and others (almost 100 in all), we took part in a weekend full of activities, nudist or otherwise. Among the bareass activities we took part in - often led by the always-delightful Sweeney - were the Boots ‘n’ Buns wilderness hike, burgers and brews by the pool, wine tasting, Easter egg hunt, introductory yoga class at the Gym, and a bonfire drum circle. Needless to say, by the end of the weekend I was exhausted. Vitambi plans to hold its next N-VS Naturist Weekend, “Taboo”, on June 7-9. But those who are not nudists will still find much to enjoy at Vitambi Springs. Future weekend events include Earth Day (April 19-21), Lumberjock II (April 26-28), Hombre Latino weekend (May 3-5), Hot Ash-Commando (May 17-19), Labyrinth Yoga Retreat (May 31June 2), leather and bear weekends. But this is just the beginning for Vitambi Springs. According to McCloud, “we would very much like to develop programs and housing opportunities on this large property that can help to meet the needs of the aging gay community. It is an issue close to our hearts. We continue to look for funding that could make this dream a reality. The acreage and amenities here can provide the perfect setting for many forward-thinking ideas.” Vitambi Springs Resort & Camp is located at 28280 Etumakee Way, Clewiston, FL 33440. For more information, phone 863-983-8488 or email

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National Poetry Month

Audre Lorde / Author

Federico Garcia Lorca / Poet

2/18/1934 - 11/17/1992

6/5/1898 - 3/19/1936

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

“To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.”

A self-proclaimed “Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” Audre Lorde dedicated her life to combating social injustice. She helped found Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, the world’s first publishing company run by women of color. She began writing poetry at 12 and published her first poem in Seventeen magazine at age fifteen. In 1954, Lorde attended the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), where she solidified her identity as both a poet and a lesbian. She entered the Greenwich Village gay scene in 1955. Lorde worked as a librarian while continuing to write and publish poetry. In 1962, she married Edwin Rollins. The couple had two children before their marriage dissolved. Much of Lorde’s poetry written during these years explores themes of motherhood and love’s impermanence. In 1968, Lorde received a National Endowment for the Arts grant and published her first volume of poetry, “The First Cities” as a poet-in-residence at Tougaloo College in Mississippi. She began a romantic relationship with Frances Clayton that same year that would last until Lorde’s death in 1992. Rich with introspection, Lorde’s work contains extensive sociopolitical commentary. As a lesbian woman of color Lorde asserted, “I have a duty to speak the truth as I see it and to share not just my triumphs, not just the things that felt good, but the pain, the intense, often unmitigating pain.” Lorde explored her long battle with cancer in her last work, “The Cancer Journals” (1980). In an African naming ceremony shortly before her death, Lorde took the name Gamba Adisa: “Warrior: She Who Makes Her Meaning Known.”

Federico Garcia Lorca was a celebrated Spanish poet and dramatist. He is internationally recognized as one of the most important poets of the 20th century. Born in Grenada, Lorca was the son of a wealthy farmer and a pianist. He attended the University of Grenada to study law, but soon abandoned his studies to pursue poetry and theater. In 1919, Lorca moved to Madrid, where he organized local theatrical performances and read his poetry in public squares. He wrote “The Butterfly’s Evil Spell” (1920), “Book of Poems” (1921) and “Gypsy Ballads” (1928), which garnered him international fame. Lorca became associated with a group of artists known as Generation 27, which included filmmaker Louis Bunuel and artist Salvador Dali. In 1929, Lorca moved to New York City to study English at Columbia University. The experience inspired him to write “Poet in New York,” which was published posthumously. The book explores the oppression of minorities, a common theme in his works. Lorca returned to Spain during a period of political turmoil. He founded a theater company and wrote the well-known tragedies “Blood Wedding” (1933), “Yerma” (1934) and “The House of Bernarda Alba” (1936). Spain’s traditional Catholicism caused Lorca to conceal his sexual orientation. While he never used the word homosexual, many of his poems speak of his “secret desires.” Shortly after the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, Lorca was arrested by right-wing nationalists because of his outspoken liberal views. Two days later, he was murdered. His books were publicly burned in Grenada’s Plaza del Carmen and his works were banned in Spain. Controversy still surrounds the details of and motives for his death.


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Jalal al-Din Rumi / Sufi Mystic/Poet 9/30/1207 - 12/17/1273 “Only from the heart can you touch the sky.”

Jalal al-Din Rumi was a poet, theologian and Sufi mystic. He founded the Order of the Whirling Dervishes, a branch of the Sufi tradition that practicies a gyrating dance ritual representing the revolving stages of life. Rumi was born in the Persian province of Balkh, now part of Afghanistan. Rumi’s father was an author, a religious scholar and a leader in the Sufi movement— the mystical dimension of Islam. When Rumi was 12, his father moved the family to escape the impending invasion of Mongol armies, eventually setting in Konya, Anatolia, the westernmost tip of Asia where Turkey is today. In 1231, after his father died, Rumi began teaching, meditating and helping the poor. He amassed hundreds of disciples who attended his lectures and sermons. Rumi was married and had one son. After his wife’s death, he remarried and fathered two more children. In 1244, Rumi met a man who changed his life. Shams of Tabriz was an older Sufi master who became Rumi’s spiritual mentor and constant companion. After Shams died, Rumi grieved for years. He began expressing his love and bereavement in poetry, music and dance. Rumi had two other male companions, but none would replace his beloved Shams. One of Rumi’s major poetic works is named in honor of his master, “The Works of Shams of Tabriz.” Rumi’s best-known work is “Spiritual Couplets,” a six-volume poem often referred to as the greatest work of mystical poetry. In “Rumi: The Book of Love Poems of Ecstasy and Longing” (2003), Rumi expresses his perception of true love. “Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” Rumi died surrounded by his family and disciples. His tomb is one of the most revered pilgrimage sites in Islam and is a spiritual center of Turkey.

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LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO “Delivering more bang for the buck than most other classical companies in America.” —The New Yorker

Combining a wicked sense of humor with a respect for true classical dance, the all male dance company dances a fine line between high art and high camp. With their studied postures, over the top gestures and powerhouse technique, don’t miss an evening of pure dance entertainment!


For tickets and group discounts call 954.462.0222 or visit All programs, artists, dates and times are subject to change.

“Trey McIntyre is a bright light, a brainy ballet choreographer whose best works fuse visceral physicality with a deep and true humanism.” —Los Angeles Times

April 26 & 27 Underwritten by

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Cabaret singer David Meulemans is one of South Florida’s best kept secrets. David’s critically acclaimed appearances include the famous Don’t Tell Mama in New York City, the Pheasantry in London, New American Theatre in St. Petersburg and the Torch Club in Fort Lauderdale. You can enjoy his entertaining show tonight at 7 p.m. at a free performance at Broward Art Guild, 3280 NE 32nd St. in Fort Lauderdale, presented by Mark Breiman of the Association of Financial Educators. Enjoy wine, appetizers and the plenty of pleasing music. Seating is limited and RSVPs are requested at



Brooklyn-based artist Zura will present his first solo show in Florida, Zurism!, at NAC Gallery, 3325 NE 32nd St. in Fort Lauderdale’s emerging North Beach arts and design district. Known for sculptures, Zura makes a departure, turning to acrylic on canvas with palette knife. His paintings are explorations of abstract imagery, faces and figures, the outcome of a lengthy drawing process involving multiple canvases. Some works carry political connotations relating to the turmoil in his native Republic of Georgia. Opening night reception is tonight, beginning at 7 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 19. More information at The cast of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – The Musical make another stop in South Florida this week at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. Photo Courtesy of Joan Marcus

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4/20 SUN

C’mon, you know you’ve been curious about the “mommy porn.” SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody, a hilarious new musical comedy that puts its own clever take on the risqué, recordbreaking book, Fifty Shades of Grey, comes to the Parker Playhouse, Friday, April 19 and Saturday April 20 at 8 p.m. SPANK! promises to touch the inner goddess in everyone and have them laughing out loud with hysterical comedy, musical numbers, sexy striptease performances from the devilishly handsome leading man, plus lots of surprises. Tickets are $36.50 and $46.40 at


4/21 MON

South Florida’s Master Chorale celebrates its 10th anniversary with a festive concert of works by Rutter, Mozart, Vaughn Williams and more. Joining the 100 voice professional chorus are Maestros Joshua Habermann, Jo-Michael Scheibe, Karen Kennedy and Alec Schumacker, accompanied by the Symphony of the Americas and Girl Choir of South Florida. Catch the concert on Friday at First Presbyterian Church in Pompano Beach, Saturday at Pine Crest School in Boca Raton and Sunday at First Methodist church in Coral Gables. Tickets are $30. For more information, go to MasterChoraleOfSouthFlorida. com or call 954-418-6232.


4/22 TUE

Recent Carbonell Award-winning playwright Michael McKeever’s latest work, Finding Mona Lisa, will be presented as a staged reading for one night only, tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Lynn University’s Wold Performing Arts Center in Boca Raton. Directed by Michael Leeds, the cast includes Alex Alvarez, Lindsey Forgey, Maribeth Graham, Peter Haig, Matthew Korinko and Scott Douglas Wilson. The new work is featured as part of Jan McArt’s New Play Reading Series, to develop new plays and musicals by Florida playwrights. McKeever is one of several openly gay playwrights featured at Lynn this year. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved at

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They’re baaack! Those wacky drag queens on a bus trip across Australia’s Outback pull into the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. That’s right, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert - The Musical — pink bus and all — make another stop in South Florida with a high-energy show packed with sequins, spandex, lots of disco favorites and plenty of heart. In fact, it’s worth the ticket price just to check out the hundreds of costumes straight from Broadway and valued at over a million dollars. So get your groove thing on and head up to West Palm Beach. Tickets start at $25 at

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A Match Made in Opera J.W. Arnold

Allen Charles Klein was just 21 when he arrived in Washington, D.C. in 1962 to take his first job as an assistant designer at the Washington Opera. While his duties were anything but glamorous — painting scenery and furniture, assembling props — the move resulted in a professional and personal journey that would span more than 50 years. It was in Washington, working on Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, that Klein met Bliss Hebert, the new general manager Opera designer Allen Charles Klein, left, and director Bliss of the company, who would become Hebert, partners for 50 years, bring their production of La partner both on stage and off. traviata to Florida Grand Opera this weekend. Together, director Hebert and Photo courtesy of Florida Grand Opera. designer Klein have become one of the most celebrated creative duos in the with anyone other than other gay couples,” opera world, collaborating on more than 70 Hebert said. “We never were in a strictly gay productions. This weekend, Florida Grand environment, but even in those days people Opera will open their production of Verdi’s knew we were a couple.” classic La traviata at Miami’s Arsht Center. They didn’t purchase a single bed for “Living together helps in dealing with any their Manhattan apartment until the late artistic problem,” explained the soft-spoken 1960s, opting for twin beds, like many other Hebert. “We begin to read each other’s gay couples. This was a lifestyle particularly minds, especially when you have the same familiar to Brooklyn native Klein, whose gay aesthetic sense.” uncle lived in a relationship for more than Without missing a beat, Klein finished 50 years. Hebert’s thought: “I’ve worked with other “They always had separate bedrooms, but directors and Bliss has worked with other their lives were gay lives, their friends were designers. You may have meetings when gay friends. They had a second home in you’re working with them… We’ll be doing Cherry Grove on Fire Island, the only place the dishes after dinner and discuss it right at that time gay men and women could find then and there. We can change the entire total acceptance,” he elaborated. “We never creative process of how the production had that sense.” might take shape.” It may have been serendipity that brought While opera in general has struggled over the couple together so many years ago, but the years to attract new audiences, their Hebert suggested something bigger. Like works continue to thrive. Their production most grand operas, there is the element of of Turandot, one of Puccini’s masterpieces, fate. He should know, he grew up in a small premiered in 1981, has been used by nearly Adirondack town in New York ironically every regional opera company in the U.S. and named, “Faust.” continues to generate income for its creators. “We have to take a certain pride in its longevity,” Klein said. “It just won’t die.” They credit their success to a shared aesthetic. “Traditionalist is a bad word. We’re Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata classicists, collaborators with the composer What Florida Grand Opera and librettist. Even if the composer is dead, he is still a partner,” Hebert said. Added Klein, “We like to be a mirror to When •Arsht Center, Miami April 20, 21, 23, 24, 26, 27 the music.” Unlike many actors and other artists, & •Broward Center, the couple has not been forced to live the Where Fort Lauderdaleextremely closeted life required to maintain May 2, 4, 5 their careers. “The only word I would use is ‘discreet’. For tickets and showtimes, go to Fifty years ago, any gay person was discreet More and we never discussed our relationship Info.



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community announcement chamber chat GLBX Welcomes New Business Development Executive

Rene Cantu Photo courtesy of GLBX

The Gay and Lesbian Business Exchange (GLBX), a Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, is excited to welcome Rene Cantu as the new business development executive dedicated to the growth and success of the GLBX membership. The addition of this position at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce signals its continued commitment to the advancement of the GLBX Council and to providing an allinclusive business networking platform for the LGBT community in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area.

Cantu is a recent transplant to Fort Lauderdale from Houston, Texas and brings with him 20 years of non-profit and chamber of commerce management experience. Most recently, he served as the executive director of Leadership Houston and was responsible for all aspects of the organization, including fundraising, community outreach, administration and program development. Prior to that, Cantu served as the vice president of Programs and Services as well as director of communications with the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. During his tenure with the chamber, it was awarded ‘National Large Hispanic Chamber of the Year’ by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, Cantu holds his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University. His community involvement includes serving on boards for the Education Service Center - Region 2, the Corpus Christi Minority Business Opportunity Center, the Houston & Corpus Christi Yale Alumni Schools Committee, Ambassador for the Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Heights (Houston) Chamber of Commerce and the Houston Hispanic Chamber. Cantu’s vast experience with chambers of

commerce make him a very welcomed and ideal candidate for his new position with the GLBX Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. If you are interested in joining the GLBX, please contact Rene Cantu directly at Mark your calendars - Upcoming GLBX events: Thursday, April 18 - 5:30 p.m. — Richardson Park, Wilton Manors – Chamber Afterhours in conjunction with GLBX and Oakland Park-Wilton Manors Councils. Thursday, April 25 - 11:30 a.m. — B Ocean Hotel the GLBX 1st quarter Luncheon sponsored by Edward Jones. Speaker Ralph Quintero presents “The $35MM Tip - How Three Simple Things Transformed My Business.” Thursday, May 9th - 5:30pm — Grill 401 on Las Olas Blvd. - GLBX Afterhours and War Horse at Broward Performing Arts Center in conjunction with the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. For further information about GLBX, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and upcoming events, please check out the chamber’s website at www. and don’t forget to “Like” GLBX on Facebook (GLBX – Gay Lesbian Business eXchange).

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They’re coming to Ft. Lauderdale (There goes the neighborhood)

DateBook Theater

By Christiana Lilly,

* Denotes new listing

Broward County

Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody

April 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St. in Fort Lauderdale. Based on the bestselling erotic novel, a naïve college student finds herself in a “relationship” with a young, sexy billionaire with an insatiable sexual appetite. Tickets $36.50 and $46.50. Call 954-462-0222 or visit

* Brit Floyd

April 24 at 8 p.m. at the Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. In honor of the 40 anniversary of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” album, all five album sides will be performed by tribute band Brit Floyd. Tickets are $29 to $99. Visit 954-462-0222 or visit

Miami City Ballet/Trey McIntyre Project April 26 and 27 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. A ballet extravaganza from the Trey McIntyre Project and Miami City Ballet with three works: “Pass, Away,” “Arrantza” and “Queen of the Goths.” Tickets $45 each or $99 special. Visit

* Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

May 2 at 8 p.m. at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St. in Fort Lauderdale. An all-male ballet dance company takes on the parts of swans, water nymphs, princesses and Victorian ladies in a performance that mixes both the drama and comedy of the art. Tickets $37.50 to $57.50. Call 954-462-0222 or visit

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Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. and select Sundays at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 20 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Actors tackle the latest fads and current events through dinner theatre. Tickets $59 and $65. Call 954-462-0222 or visit

Palm Beach County Lysistrata

Through April 21 at the FAU Studio One Theatre, 777 Glades Road in Boca Raton. The women of Athens protest the Peloponnesian War by refusing to have sex with their husbands. Tickets $12 to $20.Cqll800564-9539 or visit

Sweeney Todd

Through April 21 at West Boca Performing Arts Theatre at West Boca Raton High School, 12811 Glades Road in Boca Raton. Enjoy Stephen Sondheim’s creep musical. Call 866-811-4111 or visit


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Laffing Matterz

Commercial Music Ensemble April 18 and 19 at the University Theater at FAU, 777 Glades Road in Boca Raton.A mix of original work and covers from students.Tickets $10. Visit music.

Dance Theater of Harlem

April 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Founded in 1969, the company has performed ballet with the vision to promote the dreams of Martin Luther King, Jr. Tickets $25 to $60. Visit

Flowers, Sunshine and Shadows April 20 at 7 p.m. at University Theater at FAU, 777 Glades Road in Boca Raton. The school’s chorus performs the work of international composer Michael McGlynn. Visit

* Broadway Divas Under the Stars

April 20 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the PGA National Resort, 400 Avenue of the Champions in Palm Beach Gardens. Enjoy a live show from divas Melissa, Ricky, Roxi and more to benefit the Compass Community Center. Tickets $25. Call 561-627-3111 or visit

Miami-Dade South Pacific

Through April 27 at the Ring Theater Stage at the University of Miami, 1312 Miller Drive in Coral Gables. A classic by legendary duo Rodgers and Hammerstein, a love story that takes place on an island during World War II ends the university’s 2012 to 2013 season. Tickets $10 to $25. Call 305-284-3355 or visit

Esperanza Spalding

April 19 at 8:30 p.m. at the Knight Concert Hall at Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Since her debut in 2006, Spalding has made a name as a musician mixing jazz, neo-soul and world music. Tickets $35 to $95. Visit

Road Through Heaven

April 19 to May 5 at the New Theatre, 1645 SW 107th Ave. in Miami.Part of the Cuban Culture Week in New York City, Evelyn Perez stars in this collection of poetry.Tickets $15 to $40. Call 305-443-5909 or visit

La Traviata

April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Knight Concert Hall at Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Verdi’s opera of an ostracized Parisian woman who finally finds a man who loves her for who she is, but is forced to make a sacrifice for her father. Tickets $25 to $254. Visit





Community Calendar By Christiana Lilly,

Broward County


April 19 from noon to 5 p.m. at Esplanade Park,
400 SW Second St. in Fort Lauderdale. A spinning fundraising event for Kids in Distress and Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center. Registration $20 individuals and $300 for teams. Visit 2013spinathon.


Annual Spin-A-Thon

Exotic Plants Removal

Third Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Temple Shaarei 9085 Hagen Ranch Road n Boynton Beach.A support group for friends and family of LGBT youth. Call Carole 561-716-9464 or Joyce 561-292-3273.

Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Compass GLCC, 201 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth. A discussion group dedicated to gay black men. Call 561-533-9699 or visit

April 20 from 9 a.m. to noon at Synder Park, 3299 SW Fourth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Join Earth Day By Woody Miller efforts by helping remove exotic plants to make Sober Sisters AA Lesbian Group way for native Floridian flora. Visit and at Timber Mondays at 7 p.m. at Lambda North, 18 S. J St. Tipsregister for Getting in Lake Worth.A support group for recovering alcoholics. Visit


* Softball Tournament


April 20 from 8 4 p.m. at Mills Pond Park, 2201 NW Ninth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Get ready for a day of slow-pitch softball to benefit NORML of Florida. Volunteers needed. Visit SignUpGenius. com/go/8050844ABAF2DAB9-420softball.

Dune Restoration

PBC Gender Support

First and third Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Compass GLCC, 201 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth.A support group for transgender individuals of all ages. Call 561-533-9699 or visit

Miami-Dade County

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DateBook Nightlife

By Christiana Lilly,

Broward County

The Mad Hatter

2209 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Check out this huge bar and nightclub with drink specials to boot. On Wednesdays after 9 p.m., indulge in a $10 Miller Light beer bust. Call 954-567-6969.

The Bar Lake Worth

Bill’s Filling Station


1721 N. Andrews Ave. in Wilton Manors. Share drinks over a game of pool or check out the bar and strip club. Call 954-463-6969.

1532 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth. Cheap drinks, friendly bartenders and free pool from Sunday to Thursday. Call 561-547-8860.

2211 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth. A friendly watering hole with live bands. Call 561-370-3954.

Miami-Dade County


Club Space


Club Sugar

2266 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Best and longest happy hour; Wednesdays $2 domestics and$1 Schnapps after 9 p.m.

1116 W. Broward Blvd in Fort Lauderdale. Some of the hottest guys around with drink specials to make it even sweeter. Call 954-522-5931.

The Manor

2345 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Indoor and outdoor dining followed by hitting the dance floor. Live music Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Call 954-626-0082. w


2426 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. For a chill night, hit up the bar with great prices. All 954-564-1799.

Naked Grape Wine Bar & Tapas

2039 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. A casual, hip bar to try out all sort of wines. Happy Hour all night on Thursdays. Call 954-563-5631.

New Moon

2440 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. The area’s favorite lesbian bar with Wednesdays half-priced drinks. Call 954-563-7660.

Palm Beach County The Cottage

522 Lucerne Ave. in Lake Worth. Tea Dance Sundays with great service, food and drinks. Call 561-5860080.

Fort Dix

6205 Georgia Ave. in West Palm Beach. A great place to mingle and relax with DJs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Call 561-533-5355.

H.G. Rooster

823 Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach. The city’s oldest gay club, with hot male dancer, free BBQ and karaoke. Cal 561-832-9119.


34 NE 11th St. in Miami. Known for crazy all-nighters to electronic dance music and hip hop. Call 305-3501956.

2301 SW 32nd Ave. in Miami. Drag Wars on Thursdays, $5 house drinks and $4 domestics. Call 305-443-7657.


950 NE Second Ave. in Miami. Come on Saturday nights for some of the best DJs around. Call 305- 3509084.

Eros Lounge

8201 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. NYC house music on Thursdays. Call 305-754-3444.


62 NE 14th St. in Miami. The hottest men performing in a strip show every night from 6 p.m. Free. Call 305640-8749.


727 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. Located in the heart of South Beach on the famous Lincoln Road strip. Call 305-561-5521.

Swinging Richards

17450 Biscayne Blvd. in North Miami Beach. Fully nude men dancing to the best music in South Florida. Call 954-357-5521.


1057 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach. Awesome music, muscle boy dancers and never a cover. Call 305- 538-9478.

Key West

801 Girls Cabaret

801 Duval St. in Key West. The island’s only daytime drag show. Call 305-923-9296 or visit

The Bourbon St. Pub

724 Duval St. in Key West. Get a taste of New Orleans with the best video bar with live DJs every night. Call 305-296-1992.

1132 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth. Ladies nights on Thursdays, karaoke on Fridays. Call 561-827-6468.

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cleaning services HEAVENLY HOUSE CLEANER Upscale service that’s out of this world. Trustworthy & reliable. 10 years exp, references, not an agency, pet friendly, call Nina 954-601-6141 CLEAN IT RIGHT The best cleaning for your buck. 1BD $50, 2BD $60, 3BD $70. Excellent rates & references. 10 years in business. Serving Broward, North Miami Dade & S. Palm Beach. Call Manny 954-560-4443

counseling/psychotherapy TERRY DAVIS, LCSW, LLC #SW1079 Supportive male therapist, specializes in LGBT issues, HIV/AIDS,addictions, etc. Affordable, sliding scale. Eves/weekend.* (954) 731-5505 soflagaynews //

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landscaping IRRIGATION SYSTEM REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE 19 years experience, excellent work, referrals upon request. Call Roberto 954383-8980

Angler Landscape, Inc. Residential and Commercial Lawn and Landscape

(954) 448-6394 Install Grass - Mulch - Rock - Hedges - Trees - Lighting Weekly and Monthly Service

licensed massage EXP. MATURE MALE WPB MASSEUR In-calls only, private studio setting by Belvedere/SR7 in quiet area. Highly skilled, intuitive theraputic bodywork by friendly LMT. Affordable rates but cash only. Early to late, 7 days. Call (561) 2548065 for appt. or walk-in OK. RELIEVE STRESS & TENSION WITH MAGICAL HANDS PRO MASSAGE (FL: MA51008) THE BRITISH POUND John Maroussas LMT Sports Massage, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular, Trigger Point, Swedish, Salt or Sugar Scrubs. Private Studio w/ Shower. Wilton Manors Location near Bill’s Lic#MA51123 954-999-2240 RECESSION RELIEF $40 per 90 MIN - Out calls higher. Swedish, Deep Tissue, Specialty Back, Lower Body & Feet. Couples Discounts. Seniors Welcome. Delray Beach. 16 years experience. MA18563 Dennis (561) 502-2628 BEST MASSAGE & BODYWORK IN SOUTH FLORIDA READ MY REVIEWS AT WWW.SCHEDULENOW.INFO KEITH ANGEL, LMT (954) 816-7260 MA62951 MM27048 WILTON MANORS MASSAGE Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports. $59 Swedish Hour. call or Text Chris Tunkus 954-258-8779 1322 NE 4th Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL

pets STEVEN JAY’S LOVING PET CARE! I care for your pet in my home. One client at a time if requested. Multiple pets and all pets welcome! I have a very clean home and low rates! Call Steven Jay , 954 -565-1996

Dog Walking: $10.00 starting at Pet Sitting: $40.00 In House Pet Sitting: $45.00 Training: $10.00 starting per visit Pet Taxi (FTL Area): $20.00 Dependable • Reliable Service Delivered with Love and Respect


AFFORDABLE AWESOME MASSAGE BY JIM Offering Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports and Lomi Lomi Massage for Men; in a very comfortable, relaxed and Private Massage Studio, Conveniently located with plenty of parking. Same Day appointments are welcome; please call Jim Libonati 954-600-5843 visit my website for details, rates, testimonials and more: http://www.massagebyjim. com Licensed and Certified MM22293 STAY TUNED FOR ALL NEW, LARGER, MORE ACCOMODATING STUDIO COMING TO WILTON MANORS May 1, 2013.

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psychic services CHRISTIAN PSYCHIC READER AND ADVISOR BY SHAWN Reunite you with loved ones or family. Will guide you for success. Tell past, present and destiny to come. For further information call Shawn at 954-549-8243

plumber BULTER PLUMBING, INC. Residential & Commercial, Licensed & Insured, Palm Beach 561-613-338, Broward 954 -9993315, Miami-Dade 786-999-2152 24/7 -365 days,, www.bultler-plumbing. com“ Just tell your friends the BUTLER did it”


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rent/lease ft. lauderdale LARGE TOWNHOME WITH POOL, EAST FORT LAUDERDALE Beautiful 2BR/2BA townhome in quiet 5-plex.Large eat-in kitchen, central a/c, ceiling fans, Washer/dryer in unit, dishwasher, sparkling pool and more. All in tropical paradise within 5 minutes of the Atlantic Ocean & 1-95 & 8 minutes to Wilton Drive. Master bedroom has walk-in closet and sliding glass doors to private balcony. Great neighbors and neighborhood. Small pet ok. $1,225/mo. Check out photos & complete descriptions at or call Rick at 954-253-1929

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2/2 DUPLEX-WILTON MANORS Walk to Wilton Drive, central a/c, your own carport and laundry room, W/D. Large backyard and pet friendly. $1200 a month. Call 954-6054666

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PERFECT RELOCATION RENTALS 3 TO 6 MONTHSFrom 325/week & 1300/month. Gay owned and operated hotel resort with beautiful studio, 1 & 2BRself catering turnkey, fully furnished & apartments with full kitchens. Clothing optional pool! Central to Wilton Manors & Haulover nude beach in historic Dania Beach . Pets welcome. Includes ,utilities, parking , cable, wifi , internet/telephone . Call Joe & Jack at 954927-0900 or visit

roommates WILTON STATION LUXURY CONDO Share 2/2 with loft, private bath, parking, pool, gym and Jacuzzi. Utilities included. Looking for mature professional, background check required. $875 a month ,call 516-655-3216 LAUDERLAKES ROOMATE WANTED Share a 2/2 on lake w/ hot tub, private bath, W/D , dishwasher ,central a/c and cable. $ 400/mo includes utilities & internet. Looking for a mature professional. 1st & security deposit. Background check req. Call Gary 954-803-0885 FREE RENT –LARGE 2BR APARTMENT Have your own BR with private bath and shower. Needed, experienced strong mature male caretaker, capable of assisting wheelchair bound gay 55 year old male with spinal cord damage. Smoker. Located State Rd between Oakland and Sunrise blvd . 15 minutes to Wilton Manors. Call Joe at 954-740-2155. MALE ROOMMATE WANTED Male roommate wanted for 2/1/13. Beautiful WPB 2BD/2BA apt to share $650/Mo. Water, Elect, Waste Mgt included. Deposit + 1st. mo. Required. Call 561-316-7236 LOOKING FOR MALE ROOMATEGay male with small dog looking for stable professional to share my newly renovated upscale 2/2 condo. Located in Oakland Park, close to Wilton Manors. Private room with bath , full use of common areas. Utilities included, free wifi and cable. Must pass condo criminal background check. First month + 1 month security deposit and 100 dollar application fee. Gay friendly gated community with heated pools and clubhouse with gym. $475 Call Mark 954-203-2345 WILTON MANORS 3 BED POOL HOME Room for rent, gay professional male, must be dog friendly, $600/mo. Full access and utilities included. Call Gary 954-268-6547

LAKERIDGE FURN. GARDEN STUDIO Central to beach/downtown/Wilton Drive. Clean newly ren. 1 rm and bath. Lg. private fenced courtyard.private entry with parking,laundry onsite, water and electric included. $765/mo. 1st and security with lease. Avail March 1st call 941-548-7989 MIDDLE RIVER TERRACE 1/1 efficency $675/mo. Or $165/week, 6 mos or 1 year lease. Large 3BD house $1,250, carport, office, and all tile. Pay your first month’s rent with an approved application and you’re in. Water & electric included* Call for details. 954-527-9225 VICTORIA PARK - LARGE 1BD/1BA Completely renovated. Torazo floors, new kitchen apps, Walk-in closet, new paint, A/C, shared W/D. Quite 5 unit bldg in safe area. $800/Mo. Call 954-763-3222 HUGE 2/2 POOL DUPLEX - POMPANO BEACH Updated, Lushly Landscaped, East of Fed Hwy 1 Mile to Beach, D/R, Sep. Laundry W/D, Fab Lrg Pool, New Central AC, Tile Floors, Small Dog or Cat ok. $1390, Available 2/1/13 Call Tim: 754235-2911 1BD APARTMENT UPSTAIRS 1142 NE 4th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale $700/Mo. Yearly Call 954-764-0212 or 954-581-2573 DUPLEX APT. CORAL RIDGE ISLES ( close to Holy Cross Hosp. and shopping ) Newly remodeled and landscaped 2B/2B ( each bedroom with adjoining bathroom) ideal for roommates. Spacious rooms with plenty of closet space, upgraded kitchen with micro, D/W. Your own laundry room with new W/D.Huge back yard and screenedin back porch. Small pet allowed $1250/ month call 561-362-6104 or 954-254-2499 2 ROOMS FOR RENT 1BD/1BA new carpet, kitchenette, $1,200/Mo. will reduce to $775 for experienced handyman. Also 1BD $700/Mo. will reduce to $400 for experienced handyman. No pets allowed. Preferably young and strong male. Contact John 954-549-8243 for more info. VICTORIA PARK - LARGE 1BD/1BA Completely renovated. Torazo floors, new kitchen apps, Walkin closet, new paint, A/C, shared W/D. Quite 5 unit bldg in safe area. $800/Mo. Call 954-763-3222

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PB COUNTY-LAKE PARK 2/1 CONDO 2nd Floor Corner - Next to Kelsey Park across from Intracoastal Great Locations. $750 per month - 1 year Lease • No Pets • No Smoking • 1st & Security Call 561-310-0615


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