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Balls Deep! From touchdowns to fouls, 2012 was a big gay year for sports page 20

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‘Boca Bigots Run City Hall’ Campaign Revisited page 5



3 16 Senator Barney Frank?


Top 10 Coming Outs of 2012




Fitness Guy: Suspension page Training

Dana Goldberg Comes to Manor

American Idol Returns: SFGN’s Look at its Gay Past

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Last week’s hottest items that couldn’t wait to be printed

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The actor was caught on video uttering a homophobic slur at an event and a half men actor shouted to a crowd in a clip originally obtained by TMZ. According to the gossip website, Sheen dropped the F-bomb during the opening of his new bar at the El Ganzo Hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Sheen later apologized for the comment. “I meant no ill will and intended to hurt no one and I apologize if

I offended anyone,” he said in a response to TMZ. “I meant to say maggot but I have a lisp.” Among the attendees at the event were Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash. In 2011 he was fired from Two and a Half Men after making a derogatory comment about the show’s co-creator Chuck Lorre.

ESPN Shows First Gay Athlete Kiss


Editor in Chief Jason Parsley

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Business Editor Richard Gary

Sports Editor Ryan Dixon

The sports network broadcast a kiss between a bowling athlete & husband

It was only a moment of celebration, but that might have just been enough to make history in the often homophobic world of sports. ESPN is getting praise from gay sports websites like Outsports for broadcasting what could be the kiss of a gay athlete and his husband on a sports

network. Scott Norton, a professional bowling player, was seen holding his head in his hands and crying after winning the 2012 PBA Chameleon Bowling Championship in Las Vegas; moments later he kissed and hugged his husband, Craig Woodward. According to Outsports, ESPN’s announcers referred to Woodward as Norton’s husband or spouse during the telecast.

Senior Features Correspondents Tony Adams Jesse Monteagudo

Norton, whose mother is Hall of Fame bowler Virginia Norton, came out in May of 2011. “It is extremely important for me to come out to show other gay athletes, both current and future, that it is important to come out to show that we are just like everyone else,” he said at the time. “Being gay doesn’t define who I am as a person or as a professional athlete.”


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

Lesbian Teen Stoned by Boys in Israel

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Girl says she was assaulted by group of yeshiva boys for her looks A lesbian teen was stoned by a group of orthodox Jewish boys while walking down the street allegedly for her “lesbian looks,” she said. The attack took place on Dec. 30, 2012.

According to Yediot Aharonot, an Israeli daily, the 17-year-old was hit in the face and bruised by the stones. “I was wearing my headphones and I passed a bus stop for yeshiva boys. There was a small group there. I passed them by and a few seconds later I started hearing yelling … They were yelling ‘lesbian’ and ‘is it a boy or a girl?’ and then they started throwing rocks at me,” the girl, who decided to remain unnamed, said.

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“Why did they mob me? They were judging me based on my appearance – and they were right, the way I look isn’t misleading – but the fact that a woman has a short hairdo doesn’t mean anything.” She and her mother have filed a complaint with the Israeli police. Israel currently has laws protecting LGBT people against discrimination.

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Charlie Sheen Drops Anti-Gay Slur Charlie Sheen isn’t known for his subtlety. The 47-year-old star of “Anger Management” recently came under fire after he was filmed uttering an antigay slur at an event in Mexico. “How we doing? Lying bunch of faggot assholes, how we doing?” the former Two

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Senator Barney Frank? Gay former Congressman seeks interim


ewly retired Rep. Barney Frank revealed on Friday that he would like to serve as a temporary successor to Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the secretary of state nominee. Frank told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he had asked Gov. Deval Patrick to appoint him to serve as the state’s interim senator until a special election is held to fill Kerry’s seat. “Coach, put me in,” Frank said Friday, one day after his 32-year career in the House ended. A spokeswoman for Patrick said the governor had no immediate comment. Under state law, the Democratic governor will be required to fill the seat with an interim appointment if the Senate confirms Kerry as secretary of state. The special

election would then be scheduled between 145 days and 160 days — about five months — after Kerry’s departure. Frank previously had said he didn’t want the appointment. But the 72-year-old Democrat, who served 16 terms and headed the House Financial Services Committee, noted Friday that the fiscal cliff deal that was reached earlier this week to avoid tax cuts on most Americans also means that major spending decisions will be made in next few months, and he would like to be involved in that. “A few weeks ago, in fact, I said I wasn’t interested, which is kind of like you’re about to graduate, and they said ‘You have to go to summer school,’” Frank told MSNBC. “That deal now means that February, March and April are going to be

among the most important months in American financial (history).” Patrick has made clear that he planned to choose an interim senator who was not interested in running in the special election. The winner of that race would serve out the remainder of Kerry’s term, which ends after the 2014 election. Frank said he has no interest in running in the special election. “I wouldn’t want to do anything more. I don’t want to run again,” he said. Michael Dukakis, the former governor and the 1988 Democratic presidential nominee, and Victoria Kennedy, widow of the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, have been among other names mentioned as possible interim senators.

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Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Network to award $1,200 By Lulu Ramadan


The 1,000 to 1,200 word essay contest will be due between Jan. 26 and Feb. 2, and is open to any student currently enrolled in Florida International University College of Law, Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, St. Thomas University School of Law, or University of Miami School of Law. The winner will be announced on March 1. Kolner hopes that writing the essay will bring attention and awareness to the problem of bullying for LGBT youth. “By talking about it and exposing the idea and airing it out, it can only help,” Kolner said. In addition to winning the scholarship award, the winning essay will be published in The Florida Bar News — the official newspaper of the Florida Bar. The winning student will also present their essay at one of GLLN’s monthly luncheons, where the organization brings local lawyers and judges as guest speakers to talk about issues facing the legal community. President of GLLN Lea Krauss believes having the winning student read their essay at the luncheon will be beneficial to the entire community on an emotional level. “We’re hoping to gain insight on the issue,” Krauss said. “Hopefully it will be a cathartic experience, whether it be for other law students who attend the luncheon or the students themselves that go through the exercise and get something from the essay contest.” The 1,000-1,200 word essays and applications must be postmarked and mailed to 2301 Wilton Dr., Suite 3, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 between January 26 and February 2. For application and more details about the GLLN, visit Photo Courtesy of Neil Kolner.

n the early 70’s, LGBT lawyers didn’t exist. Now, law students in South Florida have a chance to fund their education by writing about the very topic that would have prevented them from practicing law decades ago. Neil D. Kolner sits on the board of Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Network (GLLN) as vice president and education czar. For over four years now, GLLN has provided LGBT and gayfriendly lawyers, judges, and law students with a network to form relationships and assist each other in the legal community. “To be openly gay in the ‘80’s when I went to law school was almost unheard of,” Kolner said. “It wasn’t until the late ‘70’s that the Florida Supreme Court said that you were allowed to become a member of the Florida Bar if you were a homosexual.” For the first year, Kolner has proposed and organized a scholarship essay contest specifically for law students through the GLLN. His chosen theme is, “How to Deal with Bullying, or How I learned to survive as a Sexual Minority,” according to the application. “The concept of bullying is a huge one and it affects LGBT youth specifically. Writing the essay will allow students that have been impacted to share their experiences with a larger community and a sympathetic community.” Kolner said. Law students in South Florida will pour emotion and experience onto their pages and raise awareness about bullying for a scholarship award of $1,200. “We’re judging on the basis of originality, imagination, emotional impact, and quality of their writing,” Kolner said.

Left to right: Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Network (GLLN) Vice President Neil D. Kolner, former board member Miriam Richter, former board member Monica Salis, President Lea P. Krauss, Treasurer Calvin Steinmetz, and Secretary Jennifer Travieso at an event in April 2012.


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“Boca Bigots” Campaign May Return City Council Continues to Postpone Equal Rights By Dylan Bouscher


lorida’s youngest gay city official didn’t wait long after his appointment to make waves in Boca Raton. During his first community relations board meeting last December, teenage Boca resident Tyler Morrison gained unanimous support for a recommendation to the city council. Their recommendation? Revoke the city ordinance that makes Boca the only city in its county to forgo protecting its LGBT employees, and update the city’s now 47-year-old anti-discrimination policy. The city ordinance also removes protections for other minority groups and women as well, according to human rights and equal employment advocates. “There was really no reason not to,” Morrison told SFGN afterward. “I didn’t feel uncomfortable with it… after reading all the information I needed to read, after being surprised by some of the things that weren’t included, there was no question in my mind they should be at least talked about.” Morrison first spoke out against the city council’s lack of protections last November. Then in December, applied and was appointed unanimously to the community relations board by the same council members he blasted a month earlier. The recommendation won’t be official before mid-January, according to Morrison. “Hopefully it won’t drag on more than a few months,” Morrison said. But the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council (PBCHRC) and the Anti-Defamation League have been urging the city council to take these actions since last September, according to PBCHRC president Rand Hoch. “Every minority, and women, are affected by what the city of Boca Raton did in January of 2011,” Hoch said. He’s referring to the city council passing Ordinance 5161, which opted the city out of LGBT protections provided by Palm Beach County’s anti-discrimination policy. The PBCHRC learned about the city’s lack of protections when a $200,000 hazardous waste contract between the county and city nearly violated the county’s policy of not doing business with entities that do not adhere to its anti-discrimination policy. “The LGBT community, we’re the only ones that are unprotected, because the only law that protected us was the county law,”

Hoch said. So to keep the contract from being nullified, the city council adopted it with an exception to protect LGBT employees working under it. But the city has yet to expand the same protection to the rest of its employees, or to offer domestic partner benefits to its employees, which is another major concern to Hoch.

The city’s employee handbook also states family coverage is available, but the employee pays the costs of covering dependents. So the city does not protect LGBTs in its decades old anti-discrimination policy, and does not offer dependent insurance to its employees. But state and federal anti-discrimination policies do not include protection for sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender

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“It’s not going to cost them any more money, to offer insurance to domestic partners and the children of domestic partners,” Hoch said. “They can’t say ‘well we can’t afford to spend the money to insure domestic partners‘… The only reason they would deny domestic partners to be treated the same way as spouses was the city was anti-gay. There‘s no other reason.”

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expression either. And that makes what the city of Boca is doing legal, according to Boca Mayor Susan Whelchel. “We’ve complied with state and federal law,” Whelchel said at an October city council meeting. She declined to clarify her comments after the meeting. But Hoch did not stop there, he asked Pam Guerrier, Director of the Palm Beach County

Office of Equal Opportunity for a second opinion about the city‘s policy. “The option for African Americans, women and other minorities to utilize the services provided by this office are no longer available since the City opted out of the County’s Equal Employment Ordinance,” Guerrier wrote in a letter to Hoch. She also explains minorities and women had the option to file charges of discrimination from 1995 until the opt-out ordinance was passed around Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2011. Then Hoch forwarded her letter with one of his own to Boca City Manager Leif Ahnell, explaining he was not alone in his interpretation of the opt-out ordinance. “Your staff’s inaction has denied the City of Boca Raton the opportunity to finally remove this stain on the City in time for this year’s celebration of the birth of Dr. King,” Hoch noted in his letter. “Frankly, it is difficult to comprehend how your staff could allow this matter to drag on this long, considering the consequences to both the City and to each of you individually. (Do you really want the word “bigot” to continue to appear on the very first page of a Google search your names?)” The next city council meeting came after SFGN went to press. Visit for the latest updates. Morrison was set to speak at it, not as a community relations board member though. He’s the newest member of the PBCHRC’s Board of Directors, and planned to address the council as such. But because the city council advertises votes on ordinances for two weeks prior to them, and because the council hasn’t advertised a vote on rescinding Ordinance 5161, nothing will most likely have changed after the meeting. “My thought is that we reinstate the ‘Boca Bigots Run City Hall’ campaign if no progress is made at the next city council meeting,” Hoch wrote in an email to other members of the PBCHRC. But Hoch remains hopeful the city will change. “A combination of what Tyler is doing as an individual, the community relations board is doing as a government entity, the PBCHRC is doing in terms of educating the people of Boca Raton, I think that’s going to affect change,” Hoch said. “And change will occur in 2013.”



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wo young women in bridal gowns gather up the folds of their dresses with one hand, and with the other they raise their bouquets. They look down, but they are laughing with their entire bodies. Their mouths are open as if in midsong, hitting one of the highest notes of their lives. “They both looked so joyful,” said ArtsUnited board member Jane Kreinberg, who took the photograph, Here Come the Brides, at her lesbian niece’s same-sex wedding. This past June, the photo was on display during ArtsUnited’s second annual United & Proud art show at The Pride Center. ArtsUnited is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing opportunities for LGBT artists in South Florida. They provide visibility for artwork that otherwise may not be In June 2012, this photo was pat of ArtsUnited’s second annual United & Proud art show at the Pride Center, which seen and appreciated. would lead to the group’s new national photo project, “We Do, Too! What Marriage Equality Means to Us”. Here Come the Brides is a celebratory portrait — one that speaks ArtsUnited invites all couples in sameof LGBT self-acceptance and pride, which sex marriages to participate in this art show. is a depiction that is always needed. Not There is no entry fee, but space is limited surprisingly, ArtsUnited started to consider since the entire exhibition will consist of 10 ways to expand on what this photograph to 12 photos. The submission deadline is represented. Tuesday, January 15. “It got us to thinking about doing an entire Couples should send a maximum of show of same-sex wedding photos,” said three wedding photographs. ArtsUnited More Info: Kreinberg. will potentially select one photo to frame This was in June 2012, long before the and display. The others will be placed in a www.artsunitedflorida. same-sex marriage victories in the states of Wedding Album available for viewing at the com/home.html Washington, Maine and Maryland during show. Click on “Call to Artist” to November’s election. Of course, the photos ArtsUnited will “not necessarily [be] download entry form and will resonate with how same-sex marriage is looking for formal wedding poses,” but complete guidelines developing on a political level. rather “for works of art which express your “We hope this show will add to the relationship...” Deadline: momentum from those victories,” stated The entry form also requires a written Kreinberg. “And help propel us toward full statement of 100 words or less on “what Tuesday, January 15, 2013 marriage equality.” getting married means to you.” If your photo “We Do, Too! What Marriage Equality is selected, this statement will be included in How Much: Means to Us” is scheduled for the Miami the exhibition. No entry fee. Beach Gay & Lesbian Visitors Center during “We are especially interested in hearing March and April 2013. The photographs will from Florida residents about having to go out contact: also travel to the Compass Gay & Lesbian of state to get married,” shared Kreinberg. Jane or Gerard at Community Center of Lake Worth and the “Then coming back and not having their Palm Beaches, and The Pride Center in marriage recognized.” Wilton Manors. Dates for those locations will Even if your entry is not selected as one of be announced. those on display, your photos may end up in a But who are the artists? That’s where you wedding album at the show and in an online come in. photo exhibition.

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Spreading the love Broward Sheriff ’s Office praised after reports show county no longer highest rated for hate crimes By Dylan Bouscher


hen Captain Richard after Wierzbicki’s testimony led to Florida’s Wierzbicki was put in charge state house and senate passing the historic of a Hate Crimes task force Crimes Against Homeless Persons Act. This four years ago, Broward legislation incorporated “homeless” as a new County led the state in reported hate crimes, category in Florida’s Hate Crimes statute. while Florida led the nation. But Wierzbicki’s law enforcement history Last week, two hate crime reports goes back further than the Hate Crimes task released by the National Coalition for force. He served on the Wilton Manors police the Homelessness and the state Attorney force for 25 years before his appointment, General’s office praised the Broward Sheriff’s spending the last 7 as chief of the department. Office for reducing hate crimes in 2011. Now, “Helping people who need help the most,” Broward County no longer ranks Wierzbicki said about what’s highest in reported hate crimes. at stake here. “A lot of the Wierzbicki saw both reports victims are targeted because in the same day. of their beliefs, you know law “It was kind of like a perfect enforcement needs to step up storm of things coming in,” and protect all victims from Wierzbicki told SFGN. “BSO being targeted.” is now considered a national Seems like Wierzbicki and the model for protecting the rights rest of the BSO have stepped up. of the homeless.” Those reports arrive two years Richard wierzbicki

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ChamberChat A Look Back at 2012 Monthly Column From The GFLGLCC

By Joey Amato


ast year was a busy and highly productive year for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce - GFLGLCC. Their membership grew significantly in addition to gaining eight media partners and nine community partners. The GFLGLCC’s exclusive relationship with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)


allowed the Chamber to offer many unique benefits and opportunities to members. Take a look below for a sampling of what the GFLGLCC accomplished in 2012: In January, the Chamber moved to its first “official” office. Later that month, President/ CEO Keith Blackburn took part in an NGLCC teleconference headed by NGLCC CoFounder & President, Justin Nelson after his

meeting with Vice President Biden. Export Import Bank Chairman, Fred Hochberg, and other senior officials discussed major economic themes from the 2012 State of the Union address and what they mean for the LGBT and allied business community. In February, the Chamber was an active member of community events, having sponsored the 2012 GLBT Travel Expo Tour Fort Lauderdale, and attending both Palm Beach Pride and GLBT Expo in New York City. In early March, Blackburn traveled to ITB in Berlin, Germany to promote LGBT travel to Greater Fort Lauderdale. In May, Blackburn took part in an NGLCC Real Estate Teleconference. On the call, diversity and industry experts from JPMorgan Chase, Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae, discussed how businesses within the real estate industry can benefit through participation in the Supplier Diversity Initiative (SDI). Great insights were gained, which could greatly benefit those in the real estate industry. Later that month, the Chamber participated in a hand-delivered letter to President Obama -with the NGLCC and other affiliate chambers, thanking him for his support of Marriage Equality. The Chamber was an official sponsor of “Beach Bear Weekend” which helped raise money for Sun Serve while board members represented the GFLGLCC at Miami Beach Gay Pride, Gay Days Orlando Expo, St. Pete Pride and Stonewall Summer Pride. The summer brought more exciting events as the Chamber hosted a packed launch party for at Dapur and Blackburn moderated a session at the Florida Diversity Council’s Inaugural GLBTAllies Diversity Summit, which took place at the Pride Center. President/CEO Blackburn and Board Members Steve McAleer, Alan Beck and Todd Bludworth attended the NGLCC National Business & Leadership Conference in Chicago. Blackburn then traveled to Las Vegas for the Gay Days Las Vegas Trade Expo. Blackburn took part in the historical, first U.S. Government backed LGBT Trade Mission and the inaugural LGBT Summit of the Americas in Bogotá Colombia, where he met with Michael McKinley, U.S. Ambassador to Colombia. For the second year, the Chamber sponsored the Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, as well as a benefit for the Stonewall National Museum and Archives held at the iL Lugano Hotel and Residences. Blackburn attended the 13th Annual Community Marketing & Insights (CMI)

Conference in San Francisco along with Board Member Alan Beck and Rickard Gray, the newly appointed Managing Director of the LGBT Market for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). In November, Blackburn, McAleer and Beck attended the first-ever Federal Procurement Fair for LGBT businesses at the Department of Commerce in Washington, DC. Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank spoke to the attendees. 12 Federal agencies were represented, all looking to do business with our LGBT Certified members. The group met with the Small Business Administration Deputy Administrator, Eugene Cornelius Jr. The fair was designed to connect LGBTowned businesses with the over $400 billion the federal government spends annually on goods and services, of which nearly $100 billion is with small business suppliers. At the fair, NGLCC announced significant memorandums with federal agencies, deepening collaboration with government leaders to bring resources, access, and new opportunities to your business.

While in D.C., the group, joined by Board member Todd Bludworth attended the NGLCC's 10th Anniversary National Dinner: Beyond Expectations at the National Building Museum. This coincided with the official opening for the NGLCC Supplier Innovation Center, where U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills performed the ribbon cutting honors. Finally the Chamber announced that their inaugural Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay Travel Guide will be published in early 2013 and have a circulation of 10,000 copies and a worldwide distribution. For more information, visit www. OUTreach Public Relations specializes in LGBT marketing. Founded by Joey Amato, OUTreach PR has become one of the most sought after companies for firms looking to target the ever growing and affluent LGBT consumer. Visit OutReachPublicRelations. com.

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Obamacare Article: ‘Thoughtful and Informative’ By Kevin P. Hanaway


ean McShee’s article on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare was thoughtful and informative. Thank you for the information and thoughts that are particularly helpful for our GLBT community. In Table 1 I believe the Eligibility Ends amount was meant to reflect 400 percent amounts but did not. Having studied the ACA, hereafter I will refer to it as Obamacare, I believe it is none too nuanced to say Obamacare is too complex, or that “we do not have enough information” as is quoted in the article by Anthony Johnson. While I think Anthony is correct (specific to the HIV community) that more information will need to come, in general Obamacare is clearly a step in the right direction! Also, the idea that the entirety of Obamacare needs to be clear to anyone who takes a quick glance at it, I believe, is asking way too much! Many politicians, among


others, have taken the view that it is easier to say Obamacare is confusing rather than sit down and study it, or better yet ask a professional. While Obamacare is complex, the document of the ACA, is rather clear. Of course, interpretation of Obamacare is complex, but it is clearly the right direction. For example, the US Constitution is simple and needs to be practically appreciated and understood by most citizenry, yet we still benefit from the expertise of lawyers who specialize in constitutional law. The ACA is no different. Two parts of Obamacare deserve special praise from the GLBT community. First, since the GLBT community has been, and continues to be marginalized by many, Obamacare cares for many, GLBTs and others, who have been marginalized in society, i.e. the poor, sexual minorities, women, and others. Obamacare has made

it a moral & ethical reality that affordable healthcare will be available to all! Second, in a cursory reading of the Obamacare (ACA), it is not at all difficult to find how services focused on GLBTs could be supplied and funded since there are specific funding sources for community health facilities and initiatives. There is a ton of money here! Community based health initiatives will spring up and be funded where there are needs, not only for GLBTs, but for all communities who have specific needs. The bottom line: now everyone is invited to the healthcare table, not just those who can afford it. Kevin P. Hanaway, MA MBA MDiv MSN RN. Hanaway is an advanced practice nurse and regular priest presider at the local Dignity-Fort Lauderdale chapter for Catholic GLBTs.

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Publisher’s Editorial

Patrick Murphy and Lois Frankel:

Two new friends in Congress


By Norm Kent

e all focused so much on into her life experience. Maybe she can President Obama's retalk compromise and conciliation into the election, we have underplayed blockheaded obstructionists impeding the the significance of two newly nation's duties. elected congressional leaders from South For me, I will always admire Frankel as Florida. the first person in the Florida legislature, One is young and male, the other older almost 20 years ago, to be an advocate for and female. One has a track record, and AIDS patients, sponsoring bills and laws the other looks like he could run track, but that targeted the disease while protecting both have something in common. They are the sanctity of patients. At that time and in incredibly supportive of LGBT issues, and those days, her stands were professionally both campaigned vigorously advocating for honorable and politically risky. If you admire gay rights equality. perseverance and dedication, you will come teenage runaways. On April 13, 1978, while I my best friends, Peter Deutsch, who would First, let's congratulate Patrick Murphy, to love Frankel. was a young law professor at Florida Atlantic years later serve in the very congressional who challenged and conquered Allen So think about it South Florida. We University, it was Alcee Hastings who seat she now holds. Fox News likes to West. Murphy's initial foray into politics already have in Congress two of the fiercest administered my oath of admission into the castigate her brutally, but as we have seen, has been based on principles and policies and most forceful advocates for gay rights Florida Bar. Debbie is a dedicated mom, an outstanding and a passion to do good. From the very in Alcee Hastings and Debbie Wasserman Add to our congressional mix the zest and spokeswoman for seniors, the LGBT earliest days of his candidacy, he openly Schultz. Hastings has been a voice for relentless energy of Wasserman Schultz, community, and working families. A cancer embraced the gay community, publicly equality since the 1970's. In fact, when he and we have four horsemen who will be by survivor, like me and many of your own censuring Congressman West's offensive was a Broward County juvenile court judge, our side from South Beach to Port St. Lucie. friends, she understands the importance of and Neanderthal comments about our lives he joined with me in fighting for a homeless Wasserman Schultz and I first met when she fighting for universal health care. and status as citizens. shelter on the Fort Lauderdale beach for was working as a legislative aide for one of It's scary in a way, seeing all these people Challenging the well-funded you knew as a kid grow up, West, a key tea party figure, took now running the country. courage, commitment, and cash. I get to reflect about it Few people were willing to dare passively at home with undertake such an effort against my laptop , dogs by my formidable odds. Murphy dared side, and 60 inch TVs in to, and working day and night, front of me. They, on the speaking frankly and from the other hand, all have to go heart, he swayed the electorate out in the snow and climb by virtue of his tenacity and trust. fiscal cliffs. When they fall Good for him and great for us. off, we will blame them At 28-years-old, Murphy brings for it too, because let's youth and vision to the table, face it, no good deed goes along with a promise to act frugally unpunished. I wish them and fight for environmental luck. It's no easy task. issues vigorously. One of his first We are fortunate at least appointments was to make a local that those representatives gay man, Eric Johnson, his chief of who will be speaking for staff and another respected local us in D.C. all bring to the gay leader, Michael Kenney, will table class, concern and assume the role of District Director. conscience. Now if they Lois Frankel's congressional could also get banks to election culminates a distinguished start loaning Americans career as a liberal activist, during money again, that would her tenures in the Florida state be nice too. Oh, and also legislature and as a mayor in while you are there , stop West Palm Beach. She's from my global warming, legalize hometown of Brooklyn, and at cannabis, lower the price 62-years-old, integrates a history of gasoline, make the rich enough to understand the Earth more green, end dangers of foolish foreign wars such all wars, homeless and as Vietnam. She may not be able laws that discriminate to work an iPhone or computer against gays. By noon next like Murphy can, but at least Tuesday, if you could. Patrick Murphy, United States Representative for Florida’s 18th American politician, lawyer and former member of the Florida House Frankel brings breadth and depth congressional district. of Representatives for fourteen years, Lois Frankel


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Suspension Training By Michael Verdugo & Frankie Watson


t’s a new year and the beginning of a new you. With your resolutions set, take your body to the next level with the TRX Suspension Trainer. The TRX engages and develops your core, flexibility, strength and balance all simultaneously. The great part about TRX is that you can perform hundreds of exercises and get a total body workout. Using your own bodyweight and the natural resistance gravity provides, you can create a challenging workout you won’t get bored with and see amazing results. The TRX is also made for home gyms, simply setting up outside or in your garage. There is also an alternative TRX system for setting up in a doorframe. With the almost limitless exercise options and the results rendered; the cost is worth it. Visit to buy for your own home. Suspension training is a revolutionary method of leveraged bodyweight exercise. A person can safely perform hundreds of exercises that build power, strength, flexibility, balance, and mobility all at the intensity that they choose; allowing fitness levels from beginners to experts to achieve an intense workout. Here are several exercises we perform at Bodytek Fitness. Bodytek is a new and revolutionary total body workout program which is scientifically designed to significantly improve your fitness level through interval cardio and strength training. At Bodytek we provide our clients with group personal training. Group personal training will make achieving your fitness goals more enjoyable and motivating than you ever thought possible. Visit bodytekfitness. com for more information. Two Locations: Wilton Manors (Recently Expanded) and Davie. Classes offered: Total Body, Abs Core & Cardio, Spinning, Yoga and Pilates. Mike Verdugo Owner/Trainer www. Two Locations, 2216 N Dixie HWY, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 & 7020 SW 22nd CT, Davie, FL 33317

Hamstring Have a seat on the floor facing the wall and position your heels securely on the TRX. Lift your body up with your arms. Hands can either face forward toward or away from the wall whichever is more comfortable. Position yourself far enough away from the wall so that your legs are straight. In a back and forth motion, pull your knees as close into your chest as possible. Repeat this exercise in three sets of fifteen to twenty reps.


Rear Fly “T”



Grab the TRX with both hands and face the wall. Have your hands together with palms facing each other. Keep your back straight and extend your arms out with your elbows slightly bent. “Fly” your arms back and forth in a controlled motion. Squeeze your back muscles together when you extend your arms out. Standing closer to the wall creates more resistance and the farther away you stand creates less. Repeat this exercise in three sets of fifteen to twenty reps.

Chest Fly



Grab the TRX bands in each hand and face away from the wall. Lean forward with your elbows slightly bent with your arms extended wide. Keep your back straight and push your arms forward so that they meet in the middle, your palms should face each other. Squeeze your chest muscles as your hands come together. Because you’re using your own body weight you can control your resistance level. Standing closer to the wall creates more resistance and the more forward you stand creates less. In a controlled motion, slowly go back into starting position. Be careful not to relax quickly into the wide arm stance. Not only can you injure yourself with a quick, sporadic movement; by going slower and controlling the entire motion you’re still working out your muscles as you “relax” back into starting position. Repeat this exercise in three sets of fifteen to twenty reps.


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DJ Tracy Young's New Year’s Day Party Photos By J.R. Davis

10th Annual DJ Tracy Young’s New Year’s Day party “Genesis” at Mansion in Miami Beach

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Top 10 Coming Outs of 2012

The courageous people that helped gain visibility for the LGBT community By Sergio N. Candido revealed his first love had been a man in a blog post last July. Ocean’s coming out in the often-homophobic business of rap and hip-hop music is living proof that things are getting better for the LGBT community.


Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz

Boxer Orlando Cruz knocked off the boxing world when he announced he was a “proud gay man” in October. According to the Associated Press, Cruz is believed to be the first professional boxer to come out as gay while still competing. “I developed physically and mentally to take such a big step in my life and in my profession, which is boxing, knowing that it would have pros and cons, highs and lows in this sport that is so macho," Cruz told the AP. "I kept this hidden for many, many years.” The Puerto Rican boxer, ranked among the top in the world in the featherweight division, made the announcement in the heels of his fight with Mexican boxer Jorge Pazos for the WBO Latino title. Cruz won the fight unanimously. “I've been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself,” he said. “I have always been and always will be a proud gay man.”


R&B Singer Frank Ocean

If there were any stereotypes left to be broken, they are gone now. Frank Ocean shook the hip-hop community when he



Journalist Anderson Cooper

While many thought the news would be a turnoff for many fans, people appreciated his bravery. The media attention he received, coupled with his talent, put him at the top of the music charts this year. He was the bestselling artist for U.K. music retailer HMV, was named MTV person of the year, and received six Grammy nominations. CNN news anchor and war correspondent Anderson Cooper publicly announced he’s gay in a letter to long-time friend writer Andrew Sullivan of The Daily Beast last July. Sullivan wrote that, knowing that Cooper was gay, he asked him for his outlook on how the visibility of gay people was paramount for the LGBT community to gain full equal rights. Cooper responded by coming out of the closet and explaining why he didn’t publicly talk about his sexual orientation before. “The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud,” Cooper wrote.


Matrix director Lana Wachowski

Larry is now Lana. One of the Wachowski brothers, Larry, known for directing the blockbuster trilogy “The Matrix,” became the first major Hollywood director to publicly come out as transgender in late July. The 47-year-old director revealed her transition while promoting her latest film, “Cloud Atlas,” The New York Post reported. A trailer of the movie showed Lana introducing the film with her brother, Andy Wachowski, and director Tom Tykwer. “Hi, I’m Lana,” she’s seen saying, with her hair styled in pink dreadlocks, a reminiscent to that of Milla Jovovich in “The Fifth Element.” Before transitioning, Wachowski had actually been married for over 10 years. Lana Wachowski revealed she had struggled with her sexuality from a young age, and even contemplated suicide before transitioning during a speech she gave while accepting the Visibility Award at the Human Rights Campaign annual gala in October.

partner for six years and she’s never met him. It wasn’t acceptable for her, and we never talk about it when we see each other,” Davis, now 34, a former defensive back for the Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins, told SFGN. “The idea of masculinity is something that people grew up with in the black community. That makes you question, can I grow up strong black gay man? They think you’re weak, effeminate. It’s a black community problem, not a black MSM problem,” he said. Davis came out publicly in an interview with Out Sports last June. He now works providing LGBT youth with support and advice at the Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York.

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Former NFL Player Wade Davis

When former NFL player Wade Davis came out to his sister almost eight years ago, she made a comment saying she was going to be their parents’ favorite from now on. When he approached his mother, she told him that being gay is an “abomination” and that “you already have enough being black.” “That process was very hard; me and my mother are still evolving. I’ve been with my

Astronaut Sally Ride

Sally Ride, the first American woman to be in outer space, came out posthumously in a letter after battling and succumbing to pancreatic cancer last July. According to The Washington Post, she now makes history, not only for being the first U.S. woman to be launched into space, but she was also the first gay person to do so. Ride had been in a relationship with a woman for the last 27 years, before that, she had been married to a man. It is believed that she never publicly addressed her sexuality prior to her death at the age of 61, after a 17-month battle with cancer. In December, a NASA spacecraft crash landing site on the moon was renamed in honor of the lesbian astronaut.

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attracted to, feels invisible.” The actor has three children with partner and publicist Simon Halls.

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Newspaper Owner Kevin McClatchy

Kevin McClatchy, the former owner of baseball team the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the current head of the media conglomerate under his name -- which includes The Miami Herald -- came out in September. “I'm sure people will criticize me because I came out later, and I should have come out while I was in baseball and in the thick of it,” McClatchy told the New York Times, adding that his decision to come out was made in part due to the homophobic climate in baseball. McClatchy, 49, owned the Pirates from 1996 until 2007. “You're not going to solve any problem until you start a dialogue,” he said. “And there's no dialogue right now.”


Australian Rules footballer Jason Ball became the first player in the sport to come out in an effort to wipe out homophobia. And it actually worked pretty well. “It was the one place I never thought I’d be able to come out. Ever. It just felt like a really hostile environment. I worried I’d be bullied, maybe I’d get kicked out of the side, maybe the opposition would treat me differently or I’d get abuse [from supporters] over the fence,” he told The Sunday Age referring to his teammates. ”I didn’t know any footballers who were gay, so I could only assume the worst, and it scared me.” Ball also started a campaign to show an anti-homophobia ad during a major championship game. The petition garnered over 25,000 signatures in a short period of time.

10 Actor Matt Bomer

Perhaps one of the most dazzling actors in television today, Bomer’s coming out has been seen by critics as a risky move for an actor who guns for male leading roles along female characters in big screen movies. Nevertheless, the 35-year-old White Collar star came out in February. Bomer opened up about what it was like for him to spend his high school years closeted and growing up “covering his tracks,” while at a Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network awards ceremony. “When that happens, when you aren't allowed to speak about who you are, one of the most authentic parts of who you are, which is who you love or who you're

Australian Footballer Jason Ball

Olympic Archer Karen Hultzer

South African archer Karen Hultzer publicly confirmed she is a lesbian while competing at the Olympic Games in London. "I am an archer, middle aged and a lesbian. I am also cranky before my first cup of coffee. None of these aspects define who I am, they are simply part of me,” she told SBNation and Outsports. “I am fortunate that my sexual identity is not an issue, and I don’t suffer the level of discrimination and violence that black lesbians in South Africa do. I look forward to the day when this is a non-issue and as relevant as my eye color or favorite sushi.” According to SBNation, she is the second South African Summer Olympian to come out, following beach volleyball player LeighAnn Naidoo in 2004.

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n 1999 the gay politics and lifestyle magazine The Guide published an article, “Postcards from Around the World,” which celebrated gay men as the world’s sexual adventurers. “More than serially-coupled heterosexuals or long-mating lesbians, gay males are the free radicals of social life. Rare is even the ‘monogamous’ gay relationship not peppered by extramural flings. And if homophillic desire is defined by attraction to the same, on another level, it’s characterized by the pursuit of the exotic. All the great pioneers of homosexual identity - Oscar Wilde, Wilhelm Van Gloeden, Andre Gide - were sex tourists.” While heterosexuals “are weighed down by the practical imperatives of ‘proper’ match-making” gay men, “with relationships founded on nothing more than personal magnetics and pleasure, support a richer internal heterogeneity. Take that queer

male lust for variety and throw in the democratization of travel and communications in the late 20th century, and the result is a gay worldwide web of friendship, affection, and sex.” Though The Guide’s author exaggerated straight (and lesbian) monogamy, his depiction of gay male travel habits was spot on. Though The Guide magazine is sadly gone, gay sex tourism remains vital in the 21st century. “What is Gay Sex Tourism?” asks the web site,

Photo Courtesy ofFrank Jania

By Jesse Monteagudo, Senior Features Correspondent

Check out the winners of this year’s SFGN’s “Best of Gay Friendly South Florida” here at

In November we asked you, our readers, to vote for your favorite restaurants, hangouts, and charities – from your favorite Gay Friendly Social Network and favorite Barber to who you think serves the best pizza in town. We received hundreds of votes. These are your opinions – not ours. Don’t agree with the winners? Well then make sure you vote in next year’s contest. 18

which proceeds to answer its own question: “Sex tourism is the practice of traveling to a domestic or foreign city with the purpose of taking part in sexual activities. Gay sex tourism is simply sex tourism for gays! The types of activities that gay sex tourists participate in vary - some go with the sole intention of having sex with others whereas others only partially go with that intention.” The gay sex tourism industry, we are told, “is a niche tourism market that is starting to catch on more predominantly around the world. As homosexuality is becoming much more acceptable around the world, more and more people are openly taking part in gay sex tourism and it is expected to become a much larger and open industry with new specifically gay sex tour companies opening up all the time.” The Australian historian Robert Aldrich discussed gay sex tourism in the 19th and 20th centuries in his books The Seduction of the Mediterranean: Writing, Art and Homosexual Fantasy (1993) and Colonialism and Homosexuality (2003). Michael T. Luongo collected accounts from more recent gay sex tourists in Between the Palms: A Collection of Gay Travel Erotica (2004), Looking For Love In Faraway Places: Tales of Gay Men’s Romance Overseas (2007) and Gay Travels In the Muslim World (2007).z Berlin publisher Bruno Gmünder Verlag, which knows a thing or two about gay sex and gay tourism, has done its part for gay travel literature with the recent publication of The

Promiscuous Traveler ($17.99), a collection of travel tales by a well traveled gay sex tourist known to us as Sebastian V. “These pages are a diary, a confessional, a record of what happened, to somehow make it all real and permanent. The tales are fantastical and masturbatory, but the facts are as solid and honest and unforgiving as the earth,” Mr. V tells us. “I am a promiscuous traveler. And the title is that on two accounts. The first reason is a little more oblique: I never like to go back to the same place twice. The second is more traditional: I’ve tasted so many different types of men. Young, old, big, small, brown, black, white, straight, gay, or simply just men. I appreciate all the tastes of all the cuisines of the world.” According to Mr. V, his travels have taken him to more than 70 countries – “Even Greenland, even Antarctica” - and he enjoyed sex in most of them. “I’ve had sex on trains, on boats, in speeding cars, [even]in a horse carriage,” he writes. This very promiscuous traveler’s sexual adventures are catholic; that is, universal. They include trysts in such places as Puerto Rico, Estonia, Senegal, Russia, Australia, Ghana. Hawaii, Tahiti, Morocco, Hong Kong, Egypt - even the Magic Kingdom in Orlando. The stories are wellwritten, and they are as interesting as they are stimulating. But are they true? No doubt Mr. V, like most men, exaggerates his sexual conquests. On the other hand, there is no reason for us to doubt him. So let us enjoy The Promiscuous Traveler for what it is, a joyous celebration of gay sex tourism.

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The Regulars

By Karl Hampe

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The Rise of the Straight Ally By Cyd Zeigler, Jr. Cyd Zeigler, Jr. is the President of, which was founded in November of 2000. This feature is published in partnership with them


GBT equality in the sports world has been two steps forward and one step back since we started in 1999. Jim calls it a zig-zag, never directly forward and never directly back. Whatever the analogy, 2012 offered a ton of hope and a bunch of setbacks.

While there have been some powerful coming out stories in sports this year, one overarching theme defined the LGBT movement in sports in 2012: The emergence of straight voices. While folks like Hudson Taylor and Ben Cohen have been at it for a couple years, dozens of professional athletes – including some of the biggest names in the NFL and NHL – gave interviews and recorded video PSAs in support of gay teammates and samesex marriage this year. Robert Griffin III talked about his gay teammate in high school. Ahman Green opened up about his gay brother and lesbian sister. Dozens of NHL players used You Can Play to say they would support a gay teammate.

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Texas A&M hosted a first-ever academic conference on LGBT sports issues, hosted by George Cunningham. The conference included a summit of sorts of top academic minds, along with several activists.

After making crude jokes about cricket being a “gay” sport, actor Jason Alexander issued possibly the most well-written, sincere apology the LGBT community has ever received.

These are only some of the major highlights and lowlights in the world of sports over the last year:

March 4 Feb. 3 Trying to make waves at the Super Bowl, WFAN’s Mike Francesa reported that then-DenverBroncos-star Tim Tebow had refused an interview with Rosie O’Donnell because of her “lifestyle.” Hours later, Rosie herself reported that she had met Tebow… and tried to set him up with Jenny McCarthy.


Patrick Burke launched the You Can Play project with a spot on NBC. Since the launch, the project has highlighted the support of dozens of NHL players who would warmly welcome a gay teammate. The group has also created the Invisible Athlete Forum, which speaks at schools about issues facing LGBT athletes.

June 14 The first Nike LGBT Sports Summit was held in Portland, Ore., with leaders from across the community meeting to strategize how to end homophobia in sports by 2016. One of the key takeaways: Redefine what it means to be a champion.

May 6 Two months before the U.S. Olympic Trials, former Stanford gymnast Josh Dixon came out publicly on Outsports. The adopted, biracial athlete made it to the 15-man finals but missed a spot on the Olympic team.

June 21 Trans hammer thrower Keelin Godsey narrowly missed a spot on the U.S. women’s track & field team, finishing 11 inches off of the qualifying distance. Godsey would have been the first publicly trans U.S. Olympic athlete.

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North Dakota State College of Science football head coach Chuck Parsons kicked freshman linebacker Jamie Kuntz off his team for kissing his boyfriend during a game. The school claims the dismissal has nothing to do with Kuntz’s sexual orientation, but few have bought the bridge they’re selling. The story was covered by everyone from SB Nation to ESPN.

Cleveland Browns rookie linebacker Tank Carder called someone a “faggot” on Twitter. Both the NFL and Browns refused to take any action against him.

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At the close of the Olympic Games, LGBT athletes had soared. Ten athletes had won medals, which would have tied Team LGBT would have tied Mexico in the medal count. Possibly the most powerful gold was that of soccer player Megan Rapinoe, whose stellar performance in the semifinals lifted Team USA over Canada.

The Last Closet, a campaign to end homophobia in men’s pro sports, launched.

Oct. 3 Orlando Cruz became the first bigtime professional boxer to come out publicly. Several weeks later, he won his first bout as an out gay man.

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As the Olympic Games opened, dozens of LGBT athletes and their fans prepared for the hallmark two-week spectacle. In the next 17 days, Outsports would count 23 out athletes, including one – South African archer Karen Hulzer – who came out publicly on Outsports during the Games.

You Can Play announced a groundbreaking partnership with the America East Conference, bringing anti-homophobia messages to the league’s nine member schools, including Boston University and the University of New Hampshire.

Nov. 13 Sept. 15 Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar wrote the gay slur “maricon” on his eye black in a loss to the Boston Red Sox. He was suspended for three games by the team; His game checks were donated to the You Can Play project and GLAAD.

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Former University of Southern Maine baseball player James Nutter came out publicly on Outsports and put a face to the power of casual homophobia. Nutter had attempted suicide due to the anti-gay slurs and jokes he heard from his friends. Those same friends embraced him when he came out in November.



Out Destination: Seattle, Washington M By Joey Amato

icrosoft, Nordstrom, Amazon. com and Starbucks are just a few of the companies headquartered in Seattle, Washington ¬– The Emerald City. The city boasts a vibrant arts scene, iconic music venues and some of the freshest and delicious food on the west coast. My first stop was a visit to the Seattle Art Museum, a magnificent building located in the heart of downtown. During my visit, the museum was gearing up to host some of its most prestigious exhibitions ever, most notably, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: Treasures of Kenwood House, London. Within the neoclassical Kenwood House on the outskirts of London, resides a magnificent collection known as the Iveagh Bequest, which includes masterpieces by Gainsborough, Hals, Rembrandt, Reynolds, Romney, Turner, Van Dyck, and many others. The Iveagh Bequest was donated to Great Britain by Edward Cecil Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh (1847–1927) and heir to the world’s most successful brewery. Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: Treasures of Kenwood House, London, also features Rembrandt’s late Self-Portrait (1665), which has never before left Europe. Another exciting exhibit coming to SAM will be Future Beauty: Thirty Years of Japanese Fashion, a collection of eighty gowns ranging from the classic to the outrageous, by celebrated designers such as Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, Junya Watanabe, and Jun Takahashi. The exhibit will also feature runway show videos, artist photographs, and magazines images. Just a short walk from the Seattle Art Museum is Six Seven Restaurant, a glorious ocean-front restaurant offering the freshest seafood in the city. Begin your meal with a pint of Alaskan Summer Ale, which is very affordable and the perfect accompaniment to your meal. Upon recommendation, I opted to try the Smoked Salmon as my starter. The melt-in-your-mouth salmon was the most delicious I’ve ever tasted and was actually caught earlier that morning. Other delectable starters include Jumbo Dungeness Crab and Shrimp Cake with crab lemongrass sauce and tomato jam as well as Braised Beef and Truffle Ravioli made with butternut squash, chanterelles, toasted pine nuts, grilled radicchio in a truffle honey reduction.


Entrees are hearty and plentiful, most notably the Arugula Pesto Brushed Halibut with artichokes, roasted fennel and cherry tomato salad in a lemon vinaigrette. My favorite among the entrees however is the restaurants famous Northwest Bouillabaisse consisting of scallops, halibut, salmon, mussels, saffron potato, crisp calamari and a lemon aioli crouton. You will be asking for extra bread in order to sop up the tasty broth left at the bottom of the bowl.

remarkable and hosts a variety of musicrelated exhibits. The Harley-Davidson Museum in partnership with EMP are currently presenting Worn To Be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket, a dynamic exhibit that traces the path of the leather motorcycle jacket. Worn primarily by aviators during WWI and WWII, the leather jacket became the pièce de résistance of the biker, and remains an iconic piece of clothing. Jackets on display

After a bountiful dinner, check in to the luxurious Hotel Monaco, a boutique hotel featuring modern furnishings and décor, plush linens, evening turndown service and complimentary wireless Internet. The Kimpton property offers a hosted wine reception daily in their lobby as well as a 24hour fitness and business center. Begin your next day with a visit to Pike Place Market, a public market overlooking the Seattle waterfront. Opened in 1907, the market is one of the oldest public farmers' markets in the United States. It is a place of business for many fisherman, farmers, and merchants. Named after the central street, Pike Place, it is one of city’s most popular tourist destinations. While there, be sure to sample some homemade chowder from one of many bustling cafes. Music enthusiasts should be sure to visit Experience Music Project (EMP). The Frank Gehry-designed masterpiece is truly

range from early military jackets, famous Hollywood costumes, and leather jackets worn by stars like Elvis Presley, to haute couture by Jean Paul Gaultier and Gianni Versace. Right next door to EMP is Seattle’s most iconic landmark, the Space Needle. Head to the observation deck for unobstructed views of the city and the majestic Mt. Rainer. Adjacent to the Space Needle is Chihuly Garden and Glass, a celebration of Seattle glass sculptor, Dale Chihuly. The Exhibition Hall contains eight galleries and three Drawing Walls, offering visitors a comprehensive look at Chihuly’s significant works. The Glasshouse presents a suspended 1,400-piece, 100-foot-long sculpture and the Garden is a backdrop for four other monumental pieces. This venue is a must-see for art lovers. For dinner, head to Capitol Hill, Seattle’s gay neighborhood, and visit any one of

dozens of gay-owned establishments along Broadway. I recommend The Grill on Broadway, known for the best Sunday brunch in town. Mimosas With Mama takes place every Sunday and features some of the best drag performers in town. Visitors looking for a bit of old-world tradition should stay at the Mayflower Hotel. Built in 1927, the property has been restored with crystal chandeliers, gleaming brass and period antiques that offer a uniquely European elegance. Conveniently located to all major Seattle attractions, guestrooms at the Mayflower are beautifully appointed in classic color schemes with custom comforters, drapes and artwork designed and tailored for each hotel room. The hotel also boasts one of the city’s best restaurants, Andaluca. Sample the Roasted Mussels with baby tomatoes, sizzling lemon butter, rosemary and white wine or the delicious Tuscan Tomato Bread Soup with basil crème fraiche. For my entrée, my guest and I shared Andaluca Paella, an oversized portion of prawns, clams, chicken, chorizo, aborio rice, harissa butter served in a saffron broth. Tourists looking for a trendier experience should head to The Hotel Max, a boutique property which provides the platform for both emerging and established Seattle artists and photographers. More than 350 original paintings and photographs are found throughout the hotel in the lobby, guest rooms and corridors. Red Fin restaurant offers eclectic Asian fusion fare and is a favorite among tourists and locals alike. Spend your last night in Seattle by visiting any one of the city’s famous LGBT nightspots. Favorites among neighborhood gays include R Place, Neighbors and Q, an ultra-modern dance music venue featuring sleek designs, specialty cocktails, a bourbon lounge and four disco balls to keep the party going all night long. For more information, go to www.visitseattle. org. OUT Destinations is part of OUTreach Public Relations, a company specializing in LGBT marketing. Founded by Joey Amato, OUTreach PR has quickly become one of the most sought after companies for firms looking to target the ever growing and affluent LGBT consumer. For more information, please visit

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By J.W. Arnold



he evolution of mankind is the inspiration for Cirque du Soleil’s newest production, Totem, opening tonight in the big blue and yellow tent outside SunLife stadium. The French Canadian circus troupe never disappoints with inventive acrobatics, brilliant costumes and original music set in the phonetic language dubbed “Cirquish.” The show’s creators take audiences on a journey through our species’ evolution from our original amphibian state to the ultimate desire to fly, all on a stage configured like a giant turtle, symbol of origin for many cultures. Totem runs TuesdaysThursdays through Feb. 24. Tickets are $58 to $143 at


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iami City Ballet premieres another major ballet by the brilliant young (and gay) choreographer Liam Scarlett. At just 25 years old, the young Brit has taken the dance world by storm with his works for the Royal Ballet. Also on the program are two favorites from the company’s Balanchine repertoire, the Mozartian Divertimento No. 15 and the Duo Concertante. Miami City Ballet presents the program Friday, Jan. 11 to Sunday, Jan. 13 at the Arsht Center and then repeats the program at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale, Friday, Jan. 18 – Sunday, Jan. 20. For tickets and showtimes, go to




oetic Stage, the Arsht Center-based theater company that turned heads in its first two seasons, presents All New People, a new play by Zach Braff. Braff, best known as star of the long-running comedy Scrubs on television and the writer, director and lead of the hit film Garden State, uses the play to look at the unexpected and accidental friendships that arise in life’s most trying moments. Stuart Meltzer directs. Catch All New People Wednesdays to Sundays in the Carnival Studio Theater at the Arsht Center through Jan. 27. Tickets are $40-45 at





he rich culture and exotic beauty of 5000 years of civilization in China are presented by a cast of dozens of dancers, musicians and performers from Shen Yun Performing Arts. Together, they retell legends of heavenly wonder, imperial drama and heroic legends, accentuated by massive, colorful backdrops and handcrafted props and costumes. This epic production returns to Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center this weekend with four performances beginning on Friday and concluding with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Jan. 13. Tickets are $70-200 at

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he South Florida Symphony continues its 15th anniversary season with Epic Heroes and Their Goddesses. Pianist Natasha Paremski takes the stage for Rachmaninov’s decadent Piano Concerto No. 3. Maestro Sabrina Maria Alfonso will also conduct Richard Strauss’s tone poem Macbeth, Pohjola’s Daughter, a symphonic fantasy by Sibelius and Debussy’s Marche ecossaise sur un theme populaire. Catch the concert on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Old School Square in Delray Beach. The program will also be offered on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center and Monday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Broward Center. For more info and tickets, go to





he golden days of radio come alive this week at Fort Lauderdale’s Parker Playhouse. Agatha Christie’s The BBC Murders, staged adaptations of four previously undiscovered stories from the famous mystery writer, comes to town as part of the Broadway Across America season. Enjoy spine-tingling theater and the electricity of a “live” radio broadcast with this inventive production playing a three-week run, Tuesdays-Sundays, through Feb. 3. Tickets are $26.5066.50 at

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he old adage goes, “Write what you know.” Local playwright Tony Finstrom has done just that with his new play, Back Stage Story, a tale that is based on intrigues he encountered early in his career on New York stages. The play will get a staged reading on Monday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Lynn University’s Wuld Performing Arts Center in Boca Raton. While we know the story will be saucy, we wouldn’t miss the performance the “First Lady of Florida Theatre” Jan McArt. The legendary diva will be joined by Michael McKeever, Patti Gardner, Jeffrey Bruce, Kevin Reilly and the equally fabulous Iris Acker. Wayne Rudisill directs. Tickets are $10 at


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Art and Advocacy Converge in PBS Documentary

Film Chronicles First Gay Mayor in Key West By J.W. Arnold


hroughout most of his career, filmmaker John Mikytuck has managed to combine two passions — his art and a call to advocacy. His documentary, The Newcomer, premiering on WPBT on Jan. 14, is just the latest example. The Newcomer tells the story of Richard Heyman, who made headlines as the first openly gay mayor in the United States when he was elected to lead Key West in 1983. San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk became the first gay elected official in 1977 before he was assassinated a year later and Congressman Gerry Studds was forced to publicly come out in 1983 after an affair with a House page became public. Thirty years later last week, the first openly gay United States Senator, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, was sworn in and dozens of openly gay officials have been elected to Congress, statehouses and city halls across the country. “From Richard’s perspective, I imagine that he didn’t think it would become as big of a deal as it became,” said Mikytuck. “You

could say that Key West was a gay-friendly town, but that doesn’t necessarily translate that it should have a gay mayor. You could say Fort Lauderdale or Miami Beach are pretty gay friendly town, but none of them have gay mayors.” Ironically, Heyman’s sexual orientation wasn’t nearly as big an issue for Key West voters as his status as a “newcomer” to the island. Beyond the obvious historical importance of Heyman’s election was a much more compelling story for Mikytuck, a New Jersey native who called Key West home from 2000 until 2006. “I wanted to tell the story about HIV and AIDS and its impact on the community,” he recalled. “As I was doing research on the history I came on the story of Richard.” Mikytuck came across a memoir written by Heyman’s assistant following his death in 2004: “It said he hadn’t been tested for

HIV until 1989 and that got me wondering why,” said Mikytuck, noting Key West had one of the highest infection rates in the country at the time. “From that question, I started to look into Richard’s story and everything I found out is what you see in the documentary.” Beginning in 2009, hours of research

led to interviews and a magazine article. Recognizing the story would make a compelling film, he re-interviewed many of the sources on camera and began a lengthy editing process. The film was shown at several film festivals before Mikytuck began approaching PBS stations. After WPBT expressed interest, he added more interviews, resulting in the final version that will premiere next week, culminating nearly four years of dedication to the project. Mikytuck, now 46, had devoted much of his career to activism, developing educational programs and using his talents to raise awareness about pressing issues within the gay community. An Emmy award-winning journalist, he produced programs for the gay program In the Life and the History Channel. While working on a piece about the growing number of LGBT youth living on the streets and incarcerated in the juvenile justice system, he more recently took a position with a non-profit organization devoted to the cause in New York City. Mikytuck concluded, “My job takes me to different worlds… This is such a problem in our community.” If you want to see The Newcomer, a film by John $ ret be airing on bawill Mikytuck it de: ca o c o prom WPBT2, Monday, Jan. 14, 9 p.m. check local listings.

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American Idol’s Biggest “Gay” Controversies The Popular Singing Show Returns Next Week for its 12th Season By Jason Parsley


merican Idol’s twelfth season kicks off next week with three new judges at the table after Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler called it quits this past summer. Joining Randy Jackson at the table this year will be Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban. Despite last year’s finale being down 32 percent from the 2011 finale, it still attracted 22 million people, making it one of the most watched shows of the year. Only time will tell whether the new judges will infuse new life into the aging show. In advance of the premier on Wednesday, Jan. 16 on FOX, SFGN wanted to take a look back at the biggest gay controversies over the past 12 seasons. Few Idol fans can forget — and even non-fans of the show remember — the controversy surrounding Adam Lambert’s sexuality in Season 8. Lambert kept the world guessing by refusing to discuss his sexual orientation while still on the show. He finally revealed himself to be gay in a Rolling Stone’s cover story shortly after the show wrapped up. Below are 5 other gay controversies over the years that you may or may not remember.

1 David Hernandez This season 7 finalist set the Internet ablaze when it was revealed that he was a former male stripper for three years at Dick’s Cabaret in Phoenix, Arizona where he was reportedly known as “Caden.” FOX did not disqualify him once the revelations came out, but America quickly gave him the boot the first week of the finals after he sang “I Saw Her Standing There.”

2 Mandisa This season five finalist earned the ire of the gay community when The Advocate reported that she listed author and evangelist Beth Moore as one of her personal “Idols.” Moore is the founder of Living Proof Ministries and has written that homosexuality is a “fraudulent attachment” and supports ex-gay ministries. Mandisa was booted in week four after singing Shania Twain’s “Any Man of Mine.” Some people speculated her early ouster was because of her anti-gay affiliations. When The Advocate gave her a chance to defend herself she told them she’s not anti-gay but would not be comfortable performing at a gay pride event and said this: “Based on what I believe, I’m not an advocate for (being gay), so it’s nothing I would take part in.”

3 Carrie Underwood This season four winner faced immediate backlash from her country music fans after voicing support for gay marriage to a British newspaper. “As a married person myself, I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love, and want to marry,” Underwood told The Independent in 2012. “I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.” After controversy ensued, she told the Associated Press: “I was asked a difficult question in the last five minutes of an interview and I answered it the best way I knew how…I generally try to stay out of any kind of controversy. The role-model word is really scary to me, because no matter what happens in your life, something you do, wear, say, sing, whatever — somebody somewhere is probably not going to like it too well. I just really try hard to do what I do and try to be nice to people and make great music and if people think they can look up to that, that’s wonderful. If not, that’s OK too.”


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4 mario vasquez This early favorite in Season 4 shocked Idol fans when he suddenly dropped out of the competition after making it to the finals. Initially the contestant cited a “personal family thing” as the reason. But his “reasons” continued to evolve over time. In his first interview after quitting, Vasquez went on the air and denied a rumored feud with Idol producers, instead praising them. He later said he wanted more artistic control of his music and felt the show would have restricted him. That same year he signed a record deal with J Records/Arista Records. The Vasquez story, as well as his career, quickly faded away. But the controversy resurfaced two years later with a decidedly gay twist: A lawsuit was filed against Vasquez, FOX Entertainment, and Fremantle Media alleging Vasquez “sexually harassed” a male employee, which included him attempting to masturbate in front of the employee in a bathroom on the set of the show.

5 clay aiken In 2006, the loveable season 2 runner-up was thrust into the middle of a gay sex scandal when a former Green Beret turned porn star, John Paulus, claimed to have unprotected sex with the singer in a North Carolina hotel. Paulus told his story to the National Enquirer and later went on the Howard Stern show to give a graphic account of the encounter. Months later, Paulus apologized for telling his story to the Enquirer. But then the story took another twist in 2007 when Reality Blurred reported on a alleged blog post on Paulus’ website where he recanted his entire affair with Aiken. The posting in question, though, was quickly removed. The Miami Herald contacted Paulus about the recant. He emailed them saying, “It’s unfortunate that in their desperation, Clay Aiken fans would take a sarcastic retort that I made in response to their ludicrous assertion and construe it as a statement of fact. Again, there was never a legitimate recant made by me nor will there be. I stand by the story as reported by the National Enquirer and as told by me on the Howard Stern Show.” It wouldn’t be until 2008 before Aiken (finally) came out of the closet.

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Laugh Your Way into the New Year

Comic Dana Goldberg Comes to The Manor By Andrea Dulanto “The more you look alike, the longer you’ve been together.” Comic Dana Goldberg was talking about a long-term lesbian relationship. But any two people in a couple — whether they’re LGBT or straight—can end up morphing into one entity. That’s what makes Goldberg’s comedy connect to even mainstream audiences. Some of her material may be lesbian-centered, yet it’s relatable to everyone.

touch a stage for almost nine years. I was terrified to speak in public. When I was 26, I decided to audition for a show in front of 650 people in a sold out theater. My hands were shaking. I didn’t dare touch the microphone for fear I would turn it into an amplifying vibrator of sorts. I hit my first big joke and heard the most deafening laughter I have ever heard. I was hooked.

talk about this connection between comedy and charitable causes? I started cultivating relationships with non-profits very early in my career. If I have a voice that can reach people, I need to use it for the greater good. The HRC [is] making amazing strides for the LGBT community. It genuinely makes me feel good to know that I’ve been able to contribute to that cause.

Who were some of your earliest comedic influences?

How would you describe South Florida audiences?

Robin Williams, Steven Wright, Billy Crystal … The Comic Relief benefit shows. I watched Saturday Night Live religiously. Gilda Radner was one of the most brilliant comic minds of her time.

How would you describe your style?

HOT! It’s a fun, rowdy crowd. Alison Burgos and Pandora Events have a brilliant production team and they always get the ladies to come out. I’m looking forward to another fun night! To purchase tickets, visit http://www. and click on Out For Laughs under Events.

If You Go Where: The Manor 2345 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL When: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. How Much: General Admission Tickets $25 VIP Front Row Tickets for $35 are SOLD OUT

I’ve been described as a thinking woman’s comic by Curve Magazine. I have to agree with that. My routine is edgy but intelligent.

What made you decide to be out as a lesbian comic?

On Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, Pandora Events presents Out for Laughs at The Manor with Dana Goldberg. Since 2003, Goldberg has performed throughout the U.S. and abroad; produced Southwest Funnyfest, an annual comedy show benefit in New Mexico; and performed at the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner 2009 (with the likes of President Obama, Lady Gaga and the cast from Glee). In an email interview with South Florida Gay News, Goldberg shared her thoughts on comedic influences, funny women, and how she uses comedy to help others.

When did you know that you wanted to be a comic?

My kindergarten teacher told my mother I was the funniest five-year-old she had ever met…I won my high school talent show with a ten-minute stand up routine… [then] I didn’t

I’m not sure I ever intentionally wanted to bill myself as a “lesbian comedian.” My sexual orientation is a big part of my act, but it doesn’t encompass all of who I am, [yet] being “out” makes me feel more authentic on stage. At this point I believe that if you’re funny, the fact that you’re gay has become very secondary. Modern Family and The New Normal have broken down a lot of barriers.

What are your thoughts on the state of women (particularly LBT women) in comedy right now? Whose work do you admire?

Amy Schumer to Wanda Sykes and everything in between. The stigma that “women aren’t funny” is being broken down. I would really like to see more LBT women performing in front of mainstream crowds. I admire so many of my colleagues’ work: Erin Foley, Jessica Kirson, Dana Eagle, Gina Yashere. You often perform at Human Rights Campaign (HRC) benefits and produce Southwest FunnyFest which raises money for the AIDS Foundation in New Mexico. Can you

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Men Are Pigs New play looks at relationships By J.W. Arnold


Brothers Grimm, Weikel threads adult themes throughout his story, addressing fear of commitment, communication and the hard work required for relationships to succeed. Unfortunately, Weikel is more than a bit self-indulgent with his wordy script. What could or should have been a short — perhaps accompanied by a second one-act “faerie” tale — gets dragged out into a full 90-minute play. Even the comic relief provided by Kyle and Mama Truth doesn’t provide enough distraction to compensate for some serious edits. And, as expected, Johnny eventually comes to realize his fears are what transformed Dave, but that “a-ha” moment the audience is waiting for is conspicuously missing. Rogow and his actors make the most of the material. The breakout star is Perez in his bovine role. The man deserves hazard pay for crawling around the floor on makeshift hooves and the strain the realistic squealing must have on his voice. But, it’s his expressions that are uncanny, despite the pig snout mask. His eyes are incredibly expressive throughout the entire show, a constant reminder of the man trapped in a pig’s body. Michael McClain’s set makes good use of Empire Stage’s intimate quarters and some tweaks by David Hart on the sound design should accentuate the production for the remainder of the run.

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sland City Stage wowed audiences and critics alike with its debut, The Twentieth Century Way, last summer. Now, Artistic Director Andy Rogow’s company is offering Chris Weikel’s Pig Tale at Fort Lauderdale’s Empire Stage as its sophomore production. But, make no mistakes, although it’s dubbed, “An Urban Faerie Story,” there is nothing sophomoric about the play. Men are pigs. Straight men, gay men, bi men, whatever — it’s a fact. Now that the obvious is out of the way, let’s get down to Weikel’s play and the Island City production,

Jobe Anderson and Angel Perez in Pig Tale

which opened last Saturday. The tale begins in Johnny’s East Village apartment after a night partying with f*ckbuddy Dave. The boys are a modern incarnation of the Odd Couple, Johnny (Jobe Anderson) is a neurotic, non-committal queen, while “Porn Star Dave” (Angel Perez), as he is known, is a party boy who just might be looking for love from the wrong guy. Dave would just like to stay the night, but Johnny can’t seem to even make that concession — an admission the two might be in any kind of relationship. An argument of course leads to make-up sex when suddenly Dave is transformed into a pig. This sets into motion a crazy set of events as Johnny struggles to change Dave back into a man. Rounding out the cast are fresh-faced New World grad O’Neil Delapenha as Johnny’s friend Kyle, a likeable stoner who just happened to complete a master’s degree in folk tales (mostly while high), and Larry Buzzeo, juggling several roles, including the sassy trannie “witch” Mama Truth who is believed at first to have hexed Dave. Like the much darker fairy tales of the


If You Go Where: Island City Stage at Empire Stage 1140 Flagler Dr., Fort Lauderdale When: Thursdays to Sundays through Feb. 2. How Much: Tickets $30 at 954-6781496

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Theater Broward County

*Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company

Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company at the Amaturo Theater stage on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. with a world-class performance that will inspire audiences with its exhilarating passion. Comprised of some of flamenco’s most unique and creative musicians, singers and dancers from Spain. Tickets are $35 and $45. Call 945-462-0222 or visit

*Natalie Cole

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts hosts the one-night only concert by nine-time Grammy Award-winner Natalie Cole on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. in the Au-Rene Theater. Natalie Cole will perform hits from her 20 albums, which showcase her unique style of music that is a crossover between R&B, soul, pop, gospel and adult contemporary. Tickets are $39, $49, $59, $69 and $79 with Club Level seats available for $119. Call 954/462-0222 or

*Marriage of Figaro

The Opera Series at the Miramar Cultural Center | ArtsPark kicks off with Teatro Lirica D’Europa’s presentation of The Marriage of Figaro on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. This witty yet profound tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness follows the mayhem that ensues as a wedding party tries to get to church on time. The performance features a live orchestra and is sung in Italian with English projected subtitles. Tickets are $40 and $45. Call 954-602-4500 or visit Miramarculturalcenter. org

*Pig Tale – An Urban Faerie Story

For anyone who’s ever found themselves staring at their partner – wondering what in the world happened to that hot, handsome man they first started dating – playwright Chris Weikel is happy to explain it in his own twisted bedtime story. Set in the wilds of New York’s East Village, Chris Weikel’s Pig Tale explores some of our worst dating fears. The ticket price is $30. Through February 2. Call 954-678-1496 or visit, or or call Smarttix at 212-868-4444.

Jon Faddis Quartet

Jon Faddis is the consummate musician, conductor, composer, and educator. Time Out New York praises Faddis as “the world’s greatest trumpeter ... brash soloistic logic and breathtaking technical acuity.” Be sure to see Jon Faddis at the Broward Center on Jan 9, at 7:45 p.m. Visit Goldcoastjazz. org

Monty Python’s Spamalot

At the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Friday and Saturday, January 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table and features a bevy of beautiful showgirls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people. Tickets start at $25, $39, $49, $59 and $65 with Club Level seats available for $109. Call 954-462-0222

Laffing Matterz

Laffing Matterz at the Broward Center continues in the Abdo New River Room Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. and selected Sundays throughout the season at 4:30 p.m. Taking on the latest scandal, social media, current events and everything in-between, Laffing Matterz at the Broward Center combines the best of dinner theater with the hilarity of topical satire. Admission is $59 and $65 and includes the show and a dinner with house salad, a choice of entrée and warm sourdough bread. Visit

Palm Beach County A Raisin in the Sun

In this powerful, classic drama, a substantial insurance payment could have life-changing consequences for a poor black family living on Chicago’s South Side in the 1950s. This play is directed by Seret Scott and produced by Calla & Ralph Guild. At the Palm Beach Dramaworks on Feb 1- Mar 3. Visit

Singing in the rain

This high-energy romantic comedy overflows with splashy song-and-dance numbers, including glorious songs such as “Good Morning,” “Make ‘Em Laugh” and the show-stopping title number, “Singin’ In the Rain.” The golden age of movie musicals comes alive as we follow silent movie actor Don Lockwood’s journey into the talkies of the late 1920s. At Maltz Jupiter Theatre through Jan. 27. Visit www.JupiterTheatre. org/


Master Playwrights Series, the new series will kick off on with four concert performances of Camelot, the final Broadway musical from the legendary writing team of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe on Jan.11 at 8 p.m., Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. Be sure to catch this amazing musical at the DramaWorks Playhouse. Call 561- 233-9918

Musical Theatre Masters Series

Stanley Jordan Trio

Palm Beach Dramaworks, (201 Clematis Street/ West Palm Beach), announces new Musical Theatre Masters Series. Modeled after PBD’s very popular Master Playwrights Series, the new series will kick off on Jan. 11-13. The series will be directed by Clive Cholerton, Musical director for Camelot is Caryl Fantel. All tickets are $35.00. Call 561-514-4042 or visit

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Stanley Jordan is the most gifted guitarists of his generation, renowned as the uncontested master of the spectacular two-handed tap technique that allows him to play rhythm and melody simultaneously. Jan. 12 at the Miniaci Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Visit An innovative program of musical genres selected by audiences through surveys and Facebook suggestions during the past year. Selections range from Mozart, Vivaldi, Gershwin and tangos to original works performed by string quartets and rhythm sections with Spoken Word artists. At the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Theater on Jan. 26. Visit

Johnny Mathis

The world’s greatest romantic singer” and living legend Johnny Mathis will make his first stop of the near year in South Florida on Monday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for Performing Arts. His hits include “Chances Are;” “It’s not for me to say;” “Wonderful, Wonderful;” “Loving You;” and The Lion King’s rousing “They live in you.” Tickets range in price from $55 to $85 with Club Level seats for $125. Call 945-462-0222.

Agatha Christie’s The BBC Murders

Agatha Christie’s Classic Mystery Series The BBC Murders on Tuesday, Jan. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 3. Four Agatha Christie classics, Three Blind Mice, Yellow Iris, Butter in a Lordly Dish and Personal Call have been adapted for the stage by Judith Walcutt and David Ossman from lost BBC radio scripts. Tickets are $26.50 to $66.50. Showtimes vary. Call Rachel at 954-776-1999 ext. 230

*Blood, Sweat and Mouseketears!

Blood, Sweat and Mouseketears! with Lindsey Alley on Friday, Jan. 18 and Saturday, Jan.19 at 8 p.m. as part of the Cabaret by the Bay Series. Former Mousketeer Lindsey Alley, who began her career on the Mickey Mouse Club with Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aquilera, hosts the show. Singing such favorites as “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “Someday My Prince Will Come,” as well as new favorites like “Part of Your World” and “Go the Distance,” she shares stories about her quest for the elusive “happily ever after.” Tickets are $34.50. Call 877- 311-7469

*The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner

The Aventura Foreign Film Series continues with The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. When a young man leaves his country behind and loses his memory in a car accident, his grandfather attempts to cure his amnesia by taking him on a spiritual journey back into his pastTickets are $10. Call 877-311- 7469 or visit

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Have an event you want to list? If so send me an email at *Love Free or Die

The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival continues its monthly movie series “GLOW Miami” by presenting “Love Free or Die,” directed by Macky Alston at the Miami Beach Cinematheque,1130 Washington Avenue, on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 9 p.m. Cocktail reception at 7:30 p.m. cash bar. Call 800-927-0939 or visit

Ballet – Edith Piaf

Ballet Etoile presents “Edith Piaf” at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center on Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. - a tragically romantic biography of famed 1940’s singer told through contemporary dance, live singing and dramatic theatre. This ballet drama shows several episodes from the life of the famous French chansonniere and attempts to bring the phenomenon of Piaf closer to the audience: her life on the streets of Paris; first professional success; her misfortune in love and her fall from grace; alcohol and drug problems and her return to the stage. Visit

All New People

From Zach Braff, the writer, director and lead of the hit film Garden State and star of the long-running TV comedy “Scrubs,” All New People is a fresh look at unexpected and accidental friendships that arise in life’s most trying moments. Charlie is having a tough time with life and, on his 35th birthday, decides to call it quits. Ruining his plans is a parade of hilariously odd but engaging characters who are somehow sent to save his life. At the Carnival Studio Theatre on Jan 10, at 7:30 p.m. Visit

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An Affair of the Arts Performance and Gala The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) will honor director and choreographer Debbie Allen, violinist Joshua Bell and actor and alumnus Adrian Grenier at An Affair of the Arts Performance and Gala on Saturday, Jan. 12, held in Downtown Miami at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts and the Historic Alfred I. DuPont Building. Contact Ellen Gray at 305-377-1140 X1208 or Email: egray@

Broadway in Miami 2012-13

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

Community Calendar Broward County

*What Would Dr. King DO -and What Will YOU DO - in 2013?The Martin Luther King Jr.

Day is hosted and sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Lauderdale and will be held on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 11 a.m. and at 12:15 p.m. after the sevice stay for lunch. Also Occupy Fort Lauderdale Labor Outreach will be at the church to help people from 1:15 – 4:30 p.m. All this and more at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Lauderdale located at 3970 NW 21st Avenue (between Commercial and Oakland Park). Call 954-484-6734

The all new

The first-ever Water, Sports & Travel Festival, presented by leading water sports organizations will be held at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center and several locations throughout Greater Fort Lauderdale from April 26-28. The Festival exhibition will feature four co-located shows including “The Board Show”, “The Dive Show”, “The Boating & Water Toys Show”, and “The Travel Show.” Visit

Floral Designs for the Holidays

“Flower Designs for the Holidays”. Janice Hamlin, Master Flower Show Judge from the Manatee River Garden Club in Bradenton, Florida will inspire us by demonstrating the creation of flower designs for the holidays. Call 954-561-8475. Visit

LGBT Quit Smoking Groups - Free Nicotine Patches

Did you know that LGBT people are more likely to smoke than most any other population group in the United States? Being around other Smokers can make it more difficult for people in our communities to quit. But many of us are trying, and the Quit Smoking Now Program in Wilton Manors is here to show us how to quit and stay without smoking. Visit QuitsmokingWM. com or call 305-942-6378

The 6th Annual I Care I Cure…I Run 5K

The 6th Annual I Care I Cure…I Run 5K and Family Fun Day! is on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 a.m. at the BB&T Center (formerly BankAtlantic Center), 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise, Florida. Register online at:, Adults $25 and Children $20. The I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation supports the development of, and raises public awareness about, cutting-edge research for targeted therapies for childhood cancer. Contact Sue Trilling at 800-807-8013

Island City-Wide Yard Sale

Annual Island city-wide yard sale. The Yard Sales are held at Hagen Park, 2020 Wilton Drive, on the second Saturday of the month through April 2013 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The City Yard Sales spaces will be available to purchase. Takes place Jan. 12 and February 9. Last year, the yard sales hosted from 60 to 90 vendors, so register early while there is still space. More info call the Leisure Services Department at 954-390-2115 or 954-390-2130.

The Four Noble Truths

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

Pozitive Attitudes

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

Queer Youth Friday Nights

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

GLBX Business Advantage Referral Group

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

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

Man2Man Discussion

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

Meditation After Work

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

Buddhist Meditation Classes

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

Dream Car Classic

Every Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pre-1980s classic cars, modern classics and custom cars from 1981-2012 will be showcased. $10 car registration from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Show Car Entrance: 20th Avenue & Tyler Street). People’s Choice Award - 2 Classes; Top Ten Vehicles Award. Call 954214-2457

Living Healthy

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

Life Coaching

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

Sex & Love Anonymous

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

Survivor Support

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

Eating Disorder Support

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

Queer Youth Nights

Latinos Salud’s programs

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

Sunday Jazz Brunch

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

Young Adult GLBT

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

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Boardwalk Friday Fest

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


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

Tuesday Night Eatin Meeting

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

Gay Male Empowerment

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


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

SunServe Therapy Groups

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

Fusion Wilton Manors - Connections

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

Women4Women Support

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

Man2Man Discussion

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

Palm Beach County *Reflections of the Holyland

Griffin Gallery Ancient Art invites you to its upcoming exhibition opening of Reflections of the Holyland on Jan. 10 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Griffin Gallery. There will be photos by Michael Gora and Charles Cohen. The exhibition continues through March 14. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:30 A.M. until 5 p.m., Monday by appointment only, Sunday closed. Visit

The Borland Unveiled

The Borland Center for Performing Arts invites you to join us with free food, drinks, and live music in celebration of our 2013 unveiling! At The Borland Center we can offer a variety of room types and sizes available within our 10,000 square-foot flexible space for your special occasion. The elegant and contemporary space is unique to Palm Beach Gardens, FL. On Jan 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Borland Center for Performing Arts, Palm Beach Gardens. Visit

Speaker Luncheon - Palm Beach Round Table On Jan.10 the Palm Beach Round Table will hold a Speaker Luncheon beginning at 11:30 am at The Beach Club in Palm Beach with Guest Speaker John Browne, Former Member of Parliament. An area high school choir will perform and receive a scholarship grant. Call 561-832-6418, Email info@

Lake Worth Bike Night

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

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Alternative Life Style Show

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


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

New Alternatives

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

Sober Sisters AA

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

PBC Gender Support

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

Good Orderly AA

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

Seniors vs. Crime

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

Yoga On The Waterfront

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



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

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

Jazz on the Palm

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

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


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

Living Buddhism

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


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

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Driving 101

On January 11, from 9AM-5PM drive a real NASCAR race car from some of NASCAR’s greatest stars at the Miami International Speedway! The fleet consists of actual race cars that have been driven by current NASCAR drivers including Jimmie Johnson, Dale Jr, Jeff Gordon and other NASCAR favorites. For more info: (877)-RACE-LAP (722-3527)

Kart Racing Tour

On Feb. 8-10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. enjoy The Florida Winter Tour which is one of the world’s largest, and longest running kart racing programs. In 2012 the FWT featured over 400 drivers from 28 countries and all six karting continents, and for the 5th consecutive year was the world’s largest official Rotax Max Challenge series and event. General admission viewing is free. Pit passes are $10. Call 305-469-6188

Taste of Miami

It’s time to dust off those bell bottoms and grab those platform shoes for the 4th Annual Taste of Miami event -- Saturday Night Feeder. Takes place Saturday, Jan. 12 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Hosted by the LGBT Visitors Center. Contact Karen Brown at 305-397-8914 or email her at

Ransom Mondays

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

Rainbow Circle

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

Sex Talk

Lambda Dade Clubhouse

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

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

Atomic Boom

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

Bill’s Filling Station

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


1721 N. Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311. (954) 463-6969. A Cute Little Hangout in Fort Lauderdale. Pool-room/game room on one side and a bar/strip club on the other. Mondays $3 Well & Dom, after 9 p.m. $3 U-Call-It Shots

The Club Fort Lauderdale

Bathhouse. 110 NW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL, (954) 5253344 Good. Clean. Fun. 1/2 price rooms...Tuesday Nights and 1/2 price Lockers. Thursdays Nights. Always busy.

Clubhouse II

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

Corner Pub Bar

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

Cubby Hole

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

The Depot Cabana Bar and Grill

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

Dudes Bar

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

Georgie’s Alibi

2266 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, (954) 565-2526. Fort Lauderdale’s best & longest happy hour. Wednesdays $2 Domestics & $1 Schnapps after 9 p.m.


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The Manor

H.G. Rooster

1116 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, (954) 522-5931. Monday Dragon with TP Lords, Daisy D. and DJ Rob Sky Some of the hottest guys around with great happy hour drink specials. Bring all your friends to this sexy Bar. 2345 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 (954) 626 0082 - Come Dine, Dance, Drink, Mingle and of course Relax. 2 for 1 happy hour Tues-Friday 3 to 9 p.m. Indoor/Outdoor Dining. Dance the night away Thursday through Sunday. Live music Wed., Fri., Sat., Sun. Visit

Matty’s on the Drive

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


502 E. Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, (954) 5256662. The eclectic décor and a friendly staff makes. Mona’s a great place to have fun in Fort Lauderdale. Thursday’s College Boy’s Night 8 p.m. Enjoy College Boy’s Choice 2 for 1

Monkey Business

2740 North Andrews Ave, Wilton Manors, FL 33311. (954) 5147819. The Monkey Business Bar is a Small Outdoor Bar Among The Shops Just off Marina Blvd. No Frills But Comfortable and a Great Place to Stop and Meet Good People. Happy Hour 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Naked Grape Wine Bar

2039 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. (954) 563-5631. A Casual, Hip, Fun Experience and if You Have a Taste for Deliciously Unique Wines, You Need to Make This Your Next Stop! Happy Hour All Night on Thursday

New Moon

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

PJ’s Corner Pocket

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


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

Rosie’s Bar and Grill

2449 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, (954) 567-1320. Wilton Manor’s Best Burger in Town. Try the Fat Elvis. Happy Hour 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Scandals Country Western Bar

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

Sidelines Sports Bar

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

Smarty Pants

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

The Stable

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


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

Village Pub & Piano Bar

2283 Wilton Dr. Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 754-200-5244 Looking for a relaxing place to spend the early afternoon? Or perhaps you want to come in and “work?” We have incredibly fast WiFi, complimentary outlets for you to power up your phone or laptop AND 2-4-1 Happy Hour Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Palm Beach County

The Cottage (Tea-Dance Sundays)

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

6205 Georgia Ave, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405 Directions, (561) 533-5355. Mostly local crowd looking to mingle and relax. Place rocks with a Fabulous DJ on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday T-Dance. 823 BELVEDERE ROAD, WEST PALM BEACH FLORIDA 33405, (561)-832-9119. H.G. Roosters is West Palms oldest gay club. Sunday’s Complimentary BBQ 5 p.m., Hot Male Dancers 6 p.m., Karaoke 11 p.m.

Mara (Thurs-Sat)

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

The Mad Hatter

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

The Bar Lake Worth

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

Tag Bar

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

Miami-Dade Club Space

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

Club Sugar

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


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

Eros Lounge

8201 Biscayne Blvd. Miami 305-754-3444 Open 6 days a week Happy Hour 5:00pm - 9:00pm Free parking, and on Thursdays, Starting Jan. 10th. Back to Paradise. A night of Soulful NYC House music. DJ David Solero


Miami 62 NE 14 Street Downtown Miami Florida (305) 640-8749. Open Wed. through Sun. The hottest men in the universe strip shows nightly from 6 p.m. sexy from wall to wall. Free entrance. Free parking. Free VIP rooms. Featuring the Hottest Male Dancers and The Best VIP ROOMS and always $5 Drinks. Full Lineup at ed at


727 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139. (305) 561-5521. Score is located in the heart of South Beach in the thriving and infamous promenade, Lincoln Road. Bigger Saturday’s sexy male dolls.

Swinging Richards

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


1057 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, Fl, 33139. (305) 538-9478. Never a Cover…Always a Groove. Resident star DJ Mika spins tribal. Every Saturday TWIST is full of the hottest men in Miami. Muscle boy dancers taking it off in the Bungalow Bar.

Key West 801 Bar

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

The Bourbon St. Pub

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

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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) ------------------------------------------------------------MASSAGE IN WILTON MANORS Have a great Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reflexology or Sports Massage in a quiet private atmosphere. 1 hr $50 for any massage. Call Steve 954-565-1996 LIC# MA16988 ---------------------------------------------------------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 -----------------------------------------------------------AFFORDABLE, AWESOME MASSAGE BY JIM Offering Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports and Lomi Lomi Massage; All in a very comfortable, relaxed and Private Massage Studio conveniently located on the SE corner of Oakland Park Blvd and Federal Highway. Nationally Certified & Licensed. Call Jim Libonati at 954-600-5843. #MM22293 SPECIAL: First Time Client Rates -------------------------------------------------------------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 ---------------------------------------------------------NEW CLIENTS GET $10 OFF ANY SERVICE Located in a very nice, private & comfortable massage studio. Nice linens, music, oils, hot towels and more. SPECIALS: Swedish, Integrative or Sports Massage 60 Minures $60, 90 Minures $85, 105 Minures $95 www. Call 954-816-7260 Keith Angel, LMT 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 www.

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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

We here at Art Frenzie would like to invite you to come visit us at our new relocation at 2151 Wilton Drive, our ribbon cutting event was in November 2012. We are proud to say we are the oldest Art gallery specializing in the Art of Custom Framing in our Island City going in to our 17th year thanx to the support of our wonderful community. Come check out our all new expanded beautiful facility featuring even more artists in the trendiest & hottest styles ever. Of course still providing the highest quality framing & selection of frames & mouldings anywhere at very competitive pricing. Still offering custom framed mirrors any size you like , glass tabletops, and the largest selection of Steve Walker art in the widest variety of formats available since we first brought him here in 1998. 3 of Steve's originals are available at this time. We have also added sculpture, decorative accessories and artisan jewelry to our repitoire and have even more suprises coming up in the near future. Look forward to seeing you soon! 2151 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 (954)560-3684 check out our Facebook page Art Frenzie


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 screened-in back porch. Small pet allowed $1250/month call 561-362-6104 or 954-254-2499 ------------------------------------------------------$700 DOWNTOWN / SAILBOAT BEND Quiet, small complex. 1BD/1BA. Large walk-in closet, brand new carpet. Living room, dining area, kitchen, FREE hot water, NEW A/C, LOW electric bills, assigned parking, “””MOVE-IN SPECIAL””” $700/MO. Call 954-566-6251 ------------------------------------------------------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.

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SPIRITUALITY MIAMI –DADE NEW THOUGHT Spirituality group has counseling , coaching to help you get past what challenges you the most. Success in any area is possible. Call us and discuss your goals . Many of our activities are low or no cost. Inspirational gatherings every Sunday 11am, group work / classes in Broward- Dade. 1:1 counseling (phone or in person.) email us with your requests or ask to receive our E- letter (bi weekly) packed full information to change your life. www.Miamicsl. org text or message or contact us at (305) 993 9018



PROPERTY MANAGEMENT HOME WATCH - PROPERTY MANAGER “Peace of mind while you’re away!” I will watch over your home inside and out as if it were my own! Starting at $35/Mo. Since 1987 Licensed/ Bonded 954-522-3310

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: 754-235-2911 --------------------------------------------------------1BD APARTMENT UPSTAIRS 1142 NE 4th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale $700/Mo. Yearly Call 954-764-0212 or 954-581-2573

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RENT/LEASE • WILTON MANORS 1414 NE 5TH TER. LARGE 2BD/1BA Open gourmet kitchen w/ smooth top stove, D/W, crisp white cabinets, tile floors, central AC, private patio, onsite laundry, pets OK. $1,180/Mo. F/S. Owner/Licensee. Call 954-448-9811

RENT/LEASE • WEST PALM BEACH 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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