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Melissa Etheridge to Wed in California The singer and her girlfriend were inspired by the Supreme Court decisions Lesbian rocker Melissa Etheridge announced she’ll be getting married to her longtime girlfriend, sitcom writer and producer Linda Wallem, following the U.S. Supreme Court historic decisions on two gay rights cases. “I look forward to exercising my American civil liberties... and getting fully, completely

and legally married this year to my true love of over three years, Linda Wallem,” Etheridge tweeted on June 26. The 52-year-old singer later talked to CNN about her decision, which was prompted by the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, and the high court’s dismissal of Proposition 8, the referendum banning gay

marriage in California. To top off the celebration, Etheridge said California is exactly the place where they’ll get married. “I’m going to get married in the state of California. I woke [the kids] up this morning telling them the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA. I love everybody out there. It’s a great day,” she said.

Democrats Looking to Repeal Rest of DOMA section 2 of DOMA, which would allow the government to recognize a legal gay marriage even in a state where gay marriage is not allowed. Feinstein said that even after the Windsor case, there still remain inconsistencies with the law. “Veterans benefits are based on the law of the state where the parties resided at the time of the

marriage, or when the right to benefits accrued. So, different veterans benefits might be granted or denied, depending on where a couple lived at different times, without any rhyme or reason,” she said in a statement on June 26. The bill has 161 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and 41 co-sponsors in the Senate.

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by religious groups, for example, won’t be able to exclude people from aged care based on the sexual orientation or gender identity. The legislation provides a milestone for the Australian intersex community as they are also included under its protections. “We acknowledge with great thanks all of those who helped,

particularly our LGBT allies, who went to the trouble of understanding and including intersex in their own efforts to bring about this historic legislative change,” said Gina Wilson, president of the group Organization Intersex International Australia. Religious nonprofits are still mostly exempt from the law.

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The bill will protect LGBTs from discrimination by health care providers

The Australian House of Representatives passed its third reading of a national bill that will protect LGBT and intersex people against discrimination. According to Gay Star News, the Sex Discrimination Amendment showed overwhelming support from the country’s parliament. Once the bill becomes law, care providers who are owned

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Group in Congress are now trying to repeal the entire Defense of Marriage Act

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Jerrold Nadler have reintroduced a bill that would repeal the rest of DOMA; the Supreme Court only struck down section 3 of the law, which prevented over a thousand federal benefits going to married gay couples. Feinstein and Nadler are specifically trying to repeal



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Court Rejects Gay Rights Cases from Arizona A law that made gay state employees in relationships ineligible for benefits was struck down Obama Promotes Gay Rights in Africa, Praises Court The U.S. president clashed with Senegalese President Macky Sall over gay rights

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The LGBT community adds another line of visibility: Eric Fanning has recently become the acting secretary of the Air Force, making him the highest-ranking gay person in the Department of Defense. Fanning is currently acting both as under secretary (his previous role) and secretary given the retirement of Michael Donley from the post and the fact that President Obama is yet to nominate someone to replace him, according to BuzzFeed. Before his current job, he had been deputy undersecretary and deputy chief management officer for the Navy since 2009. Fanning is also a former board member of LGBT rights PAC Victory Fund. Fanning has previously worked for the government in the 1990s, in the House Armed Services Committee, then for the Defense Department and the Clinton White House. Even as a civilian employee, he said that working in an environment where “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was in place proved challenging. “It was very difficult when we were getting

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to the end of the first two years [of the Clinton administration] and it wasn’t clear if we were going to be able to repeal [DADT],” he told the Washington Blade. While DADT has been repealed, he said he would like to see openly transgender people be able to serve. “I think everyone who serves in uniform should have full access to legal benefits, and so DOMA is the main roadblock to that,” Fanning said, making reference to the Defense of Marriage Act.

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+Gay Designer Narciso Rodriguez Marries Partner in NYC Out fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez has tied the knot to longtime boyfriend Thomas Tolan, People magazine reports. The wedding took place on June 22 at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City. High profile friends and clients like actress Jessica Alba and Jessica Seinfeld were in attendance.

“Tom makes Sunday gravy, meatballs and the whole deal. He’s a good cook, too. So we’ll cook together, open a bottle of red wine, and if it’s nice, we’ll sit on the terrace and watch the sunset,” Rodriguez told the New York Times about his new husband in 2011. According to People, Rodriguez is

best known for designing the iconic minimal bias-cut white silk sheath that Carolyn Bessette wore for her wedding to John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1996. “You search your whole life to find that person who is your soul mate,” Rodriguez later said of Bessette Kennedy. “She’ll always be my muse.”


Plea Deal Rejected in Fake Trans Doctor Case

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Ellen Sue Venzer rejected a plea deal as “too light” for Ron Oneal Morris, the trans fake doctor accused of killing two patients with hazardous cosmetic fillers. On June 25, Judge Venzer nixed a plea deal that would have sent Morris to 180 days in jail. Morris injected Fix-a-Flat, Super Glue and mineral oil into women’s bodies for cosmetic purposes, causing the death of Shatarka Nuby, one of the victims who went to the police after receiving injections filled with a concoction of products bought at Home Depot. “I don’t think it’s appropriate, not for the charges, not for second-degree felonies. These charges carry 30 years,” Venzer told The Miami Herald. Morris operated her illegal business in both Miami-Dade and Broward County. In Broward, she faces a manslaughter count in connection with Nuby’s death. According to SFGN trans columnist Victoria Michaels, Morris gained popularity among members of the transgender community eager to transition, but who did not have the funds to seek treatment at a certified clinic. “This is an overwhelming problem that plagues our transgender community as there just aren’t any LGBT organizations willing to assist transgenders in their desperate need to transition,” Michaels wrote in a 2012 column.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the Department of Defense will begin to provide full equal benefits to the spouses of gay military personnel, following the Supreme Court’s decision. “The Department of Defense intends to


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Before hitting it big, Rodriguez worked for Anne Klein under Donna Karan. Later, he moved to Calvin Klein. In 2005, Time Magazine named him one of the“25 Most Influential Hispanics in America.” The designer has also made his mark in the fragrance industry, winning several awards.

will look to [the Office of Personnel Management] for guidance. For civilian employees who are eligible for ID cardrelated benefits, the Department intends that ID cards will be made available to samesex spouses of civilian employees at the same time as same-sex spouses of military members,” a department spokesman said in a statement.

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make the same benefits available to all military spouses, regardless of sexual orientation, as soon as possible,” Hagel said in a statement. “That is now the law, and it is the right thing to do.” On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional, which gave legally married gay couples the same rights as straight couples at a federal level. What this means for gay couples in the soflagaynews //

military is that spouses will now enjoy all the benefits as the spouses of straight service members, including medical, dental, interment at Arlington National Cemetery, and with-dependent Basic Allowance for Housing. The DOD said it hopes to begin to update and process ID cards for same-sex military spouses within six to 12 weeks. “For civilian employees, the Department


A team of doctors at the University of Pennsylvania are giving the deadline HIV virus new meaning: they are using it to save lives. The researchers, led by Carl H. June, say they have been successful in genetically engineering HIV to target cancer cells, as reported by HIVPlus Mag. The treatment being developed by these doctors injects patients’ T cells with the modified form of HIV, disabling some parts of it some that it can’t cause AIDS, but still using it to attack cancerous cells in the body. They claim that one such HIV cell can kill up to 1,000 cancerous cells. Patients like 7-year-old Emma Whitehead, a girl from Pennsylvania who was fighting leukemia, were “infected” with the reprogrammed HIV virus. Months later her leukemia disappeared, doctors say. A total of 12 patients have been subjected to the treatment; nine of them are in full or partial remission, June said. The team now wants to see how their treatment can fight other types of cancer, like pancreatic cancer. “We want to cure cancer, we do,” June said. “I think sometimes it’s hard to think that you might actually succeed.”


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The Top 5 LGBT Court Cases Before DOMA and Prop 8 there were these cases… By Lisa Keen

Keen News Service The two high-profile opinions pending release this month from the U.S. Supreme Court could end up being as historic as the Loving v. Virginia decision, which struck down laws against marriage for interracial couples in 1967. They could be as dramatic as Roe v. Wade, which struck down most restrictions against abortion in 1973. And, they’re already getting as much attention now, if not more, than pending decisions on the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action. If the Supreme Court makes definitive rulings in U.S. v. Windsor (regarding the Defense of Marriage Act) and Hollingsworth v. Perry (regarding California’s Proposition 8), the opinions will certainly warrant inclusion on any Top Ten LGBT Cases list, maybe even among the Top Five. Here are the cases that would make most LGBT legal activists’ Top Five LGBT Supreme Court opinions list today:

Lawrence v. Texas Year: 2003 Vote: 6 to 3


Ruling: A Texas law making it a crime for two adults of the same sex to have consensual sexual relations in private violates the Due Process Clause. Impact: The ruling not only struck down the Texas law but those in eight other states. It also put a stop to the use of various other entities –employers, the military, family courts, and others—from using the existence of the laws to justify various other forms of discrimination against LGBT people. Many believe it is the decision that most paved the way for the success of much later litigation, including on marriage, to assert equal protection rights for LGBT people.

Bowers v. Hardwick Year: 1986 Vote: 5 to 4


Ruling: A Georgia law making it a crime for two adults of the same sex to have consensual sexual relations in private was constitutionally permissible. Impact: Politically and legally, Hardwick


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lashed out against an LGBT community that was growing dramatically, in part due to legal gains and in part due to a need to address the devastating effects of the HIV/ AIDS epidemic. It was cited by hundreds of later decisions in courts across the nation to justify all various restrictions on the rights of LGBT people.

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delivery of a gay and lesbian newsletter, which a Los Angeles postmaster had deemed pornographic. Impact: This marked the first time the high court protected the rights of LGBT people specifically, and it did so in the context of harassment that began during the McCarthy Era of witch hunts against communists and homosexuals. By upholding the rights of gays and lesbians to express themselves politically and poetically, and to share those expressions among themselves through the mail, the court left open the important means of communication that the LGBT political

and cultural movements needed to exist and grow.

Hurley v. GLIB Year: 1995 Vote: 9 to 0


Ruling: The First Amendment right to freedom of association trumped a state law prohibiting discrimination on account of sexual orientation in places of public accommodation. Impact: This ruling not only weakened the ability of states to prohibit discrimination, it was the beginning of a trend in which people who did not like gays argued that the First Amendment gave them a right to express their disapproval in public contexts. In short order, numerous cases emerged, including Boy Scouts v. Dale (in 2000). Even today, the argument is raised, most recently in Christian Legal v. Martinez, testing the right of school officials to require student campus groups to treat all students equally.


Year: 1996 Vote: 6 to 3

Ruling: The voter-approved Amendment 2 to the Colorado constitution seeking to block any state or local jurisdictions from prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation violated the Equal Protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. Impact: It overturned Colorado’s hostile law and put the brakes on a devastating trend of other states passing or attempting to pass similar initiatives. It also put governments on notice that they could not pass laws that disfavored LGBT people simply because a majority of voters dislike LGBT people.

One v. Olesen

Year: 1958 Vote: Per Curiam (no dissenters)


Ruling: Without comment, the court overturned a Ninth Circuit decision that allowed the public mail service to refuse

In 1958 the Supreme Court first addressed the rights of LGBT people and ruled in their favor after the post office refused to deliver a gay and lesbian newsletter, deeming it pornographic. Photo courtesy of Nainil

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San Franciscans Dance in the Street After SCOTUS Marriage Ruling Stuart Milk sends message of hope to Florida David-Elijah Nahmod

In San Francisco, where marriage equality began nearly a decade ago, LGBT San Franciscans were joined by many straight allies for a lively street party on Castro Street, the city’s self-described “gayborhood.” In 2004, then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom opened the marriage equality floodgates when he took the law into his own hands and began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. This led to the California

State legislature legalizing gay marriage a few years later, until Proposition 8, a voter-approved ban on same sex marriage, became law in 2008. A federal district court and then an appeals court have since ruled prop 8 unconstitutional. On June 26, the Supreme Court declined to rule on the constitutionality of Prop 8, meaning that the lower court ruling stands. Same sex marriages will resume in California sometime in July. SCOTUS further declared

John Lewis and Stuart Gaffney celebrate in San Francisco after the Supreme overturned the Defense of Marriage Act and dismissed the Prop 8 case, which upheld the original ruling overturning the gay marriage ban in place. Photo courtesy of Danny Buskirk

DOMA — the Defense of Marriage Act — to be unconstitutional. The mood at the Castro Street celebration was jubilant. As music blared, gay men and lesbians danced together and embraced one another. LGBT seniors, many of whom didn’t think they would live to see this day, wept openly. LGBT parents partied with their children. Victor H. Floyd, pastor of San Francisco’s Metropolitan Community Church, informed SFGN that MCC has been performing same sex weddings for forty-five years. “Today same sex marriages have come one step closer to normal,” Rev. Floyd told SFGN. “And to paraphrase Harvey Milk, ‘if gay people can make it, anyone can make it.’” In 1978, Milk, then a member of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, was murdered at City Hall. He was the first openly gay man in U.S. history to hold a major elective office. Stuart Milk, the late Supervisor’s openly gay nephew, was present at the San Francisco party. The younger Milk, who has a home in South Florida, had a message for equality advocates in Florida. “Right now people in Florida are celebrating even though this ruling does not impact them,” Milk said. “But this is hope. You can feel it and taste it. Florida now has that hope.” In a famous speech made during the 1970s, Harvey Milk stated “You gotta give them hope.” For other attendees, the joy was tempered with a reflective sorrow. Patrick Santana, a


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gay man, carried a sign, which proclaimed “For all my fallen brothers who didn’t live to see this historic day, I remember you tonight with love.” The other side of Santana’s sign listed the names of his late lovers and friends, many of whom were lost to AIDS. Dancing in the street was the primaryorder of the day. As gay anthems from iconic artists such as Sylvester and Donna Summer blasted out of loudspeakers, thousands of people partied as they hadn’t partied in years. There were a few speakers. Openly gay Scott Wiener, who currently occupies Harvey Milk’s old Board of Supervisor’s seat, referred to the “Queer caucus” at San Francisco City Hall. Wiener is one of several openly gay elected officials in the city. Cleve Jones, a personal friend of Harvey Milk, called upon revelers to pay tribute to South African President Nelson Mandela, who’s in the hospital fighting for his life. “South Africa is currently the only nation on earth that recognizes LGBT people in its constitution,” Jones stated, as the crowd erupted into applause. But the fight isn’t over, some were quick to point out. Many states still have constitutional bans on same sex marriage, which need to be overturned. “We have much work to do,” said Rabbi Camille Angel, a lesbian spiritual leader at San Francisco’s Congregation Shaare Zahav, an LGBT temple. “I’m very proud to be part of the Jewish people. 80 percent of Jewish voters voted for marriage equality.”

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Meningitis Town Hall Draws Big Crowd Healthcare professionals educate public on recent meningitis outbreak Christiana Lilly

It was a day of marriage and meningitis. Floating on a high from the Supreme Court’s decisions on DOMA and Prop 8 Wednesday morning, a crowd entered the Pride Center in Wilton Manors to get serious and learn about the meningitis outbreak that has infected gay men in New York City and Los Angeles. Representatives from the Broward County Health Department, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene -- via phone -- participated in the panel to explain the basics of bacterial meningitis, the outbreak in the Big Apple, and details on the vaccination. “I’m not a doctor, are any of you a doctor?” Kristofer Fegenbush, COO of the Pride Center, asked the crowd. With no hands raised, he explained that the panel was here to answer any questions


for everyone to educate themselves on the disease. Dr. Marah Lee explained that bacterial meningitis causes an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms kick in within 48 hours and the disease is deadly without treatment. However, the difficulty lies in that many of the symptoms -- headaches, extreme fatigue, sore neck -- are similar to the flu. “You can be dead in two days,” she said. “Don’t wait like you do the flu. It won’t go away.” The disease is passed through saliva, so one can get the disease from sharing drinks, cigarettes, and French kissing. Since 2010, 22 gay or bisexual men have contracted the illness in New York City and seven have died. There is no reason for it to cluster among one population, which is what had officials concerned, said Molly

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Kratz, the special assistant to the deputy commissioner of Disease Control in New York City. “We really couldn’t find an obvious trend,” she said. To combat the problem, New York City is offering free meningitis vaccines to those who feel they are at risk. In fact, one doctor, Demetre Daskalaki, has taken to sex clubs in the city to give out free vaccines. When a New York Times article covered him in May, the number of men getting the vaccine skyrocketed. Today, more than 14,000 people have voluntarily gotten the vaccine, although Kratz thinks the number may be even higher. There have been no new cases since February 2013. A smaller outbreak of three men in Los Angeles spread worry, as many people in South Florida travel to California and New York. AIDS Healthcare Foundation offers free vaccinations in LA. However, so far the coast is clear in South Florida, but the program will offer the shots should someone become infected, said Jason King of AHF. “Today, we haven’t identified one single case in the MSM population in Broward,” said Patrick Jenkins, the epidemiology program manager at the Broward County Health Department. Wesley Schultz attended the town hall to learn more about the outbreak and so he can help educate his neighbors and community.


“It was well organized. I liked the fact that somebody was on the telephone giving a direct conversation,” he said, although he added he wished there was more diversity in the groups on the panel. Walter Dickey also attended the meeting and was happy with the results. “I feel like I’m a little better informed about it,” he said. “It doesn’t look like to me it’s a big concern in this area. But if it was, i certainly would [get the vaccine].” The vaccine varies from location to location, but on average costs $150 per dose. For those who are HIV positive, officials recommend that patients get two vaccines eight weeks apart. In New York City, proof of residency is not required to get the vaccine, said Dr. Mark Misener of the New York City health department. LifeWay, Inc. at 5353 N. Federal Highway Suite 301 will be hosting a vaccine day on June 29 starting at noon. Those who are interested in getting the vaccine should call 954-772-8554 so staff can make sure there are enough ordered. Vaccines are also available at the Broward County Health Department and AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Again, call ahead of time so staff can order a vaccine. The manufacturer of the vaccine has a patient assistance program to help pay for the doses for those who qualify.

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Broward House to Host ‘Dining Out For Life’ Conference Annual event attracts participants from around the world Christiana Lilly

Dozens of HIV/AIDS agencies from around the world will be converging in South Florida for the very first time for the annual Dining Out For Life Conference. Hosted by our very own Broward House (, the conference is being held at the Embassy Suites in sunny Fort Lauderdale from July 10 to 12. Sixty-

seven agencies from around the world will be sending up to 150 service professionals to attend seminars every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the hotel. There, they will be participating in sessions with pharmaceutical agencies, social marketing and social media experts, receive tips on how to publicize the work their agencies do, and plan their next

Attendees participate in last year’s conference, hosted in Nashville, Tenn. Photo courtesy of Broward House

Dining Out For Life event. “It’s a major, major undertaking of everybody coming together and exchange of ideas and what works and what doesn’t work,” said Terry DeCarlo, director of marketing, public relations and events. “It’s just a great way for agencies to talk to each other and find out what other agencies are doing and getting ideas.” Dining Out For Life ( is an annual, one-night event where area restaurants open their doors to raise money for their local HIV/AIDS agency. Cities in the U.S. and Canada participate, some raising hundreds of thousands of dollars. Broward House took over handling the event in the Fort Lauderdale area last year, with 11 restaurants donating anywhere from 25 to 100 percent of their profits to the agency. The restaurants helped raise $12,500 and seven have already promised to take part in next year’s Dining Out For Life, the third Thursday in April. During the conference, guests can discuss and learn how to promote their event to raise money for their agency to combat HIV/AIDS. “I get to meet people who do the same thing that I do every single day. We sit down and we find out what works for them, what doesn’t work for them, trials, tribulations,” DeCarlo said.


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This is his fifth year attending the conference. Last year, the conference was hosted in Nashville by Nashville Cares Not only is it a chance for HIV/AIDS agencies to get together to share ideas, but it’s also an opportunity for Fort Lauderdale to strut its stuff. Broward House put together a welcome package for guests, including a list of restaurants, bars, and activities to check out in the area. Macy’s is supplying welcome bags and pharmaceutical companies pitched in to pay for dinners. “Everybody is just gearing up and getting ready to welcome these people to the town. It’s a way to show off our town to these people,” DeCarlo said. While DeCarlo has heard that guests are looking forward to coming down to Florida, land of sun, surf and tourists, it also is fitting because South Florida is unfortunately home to the largest number of new HIV cases in the country. “We are still a hotbed of activity for HIV/ AIDS,” DeCarlo said. “To have this … major HIV/AIDS conference right here in Fort Lauderdale, put the focus right here, does help us.” Dining Out For Life is April 17, 2014. For more information, call Broward House at 954522-4749 or go to

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Next Tuesday will mark one year since former WPTV-Channel 5 weatherman Rob Lopicola, aka Inmate No. 0435541 at the Palm Beach County main jail, was arrested and charged with having sex with underage boys. It’s likely that, should the former TVpersonality-turned-go-go-dancer be convicted, the months spent in jail would be credited. Thing is, he still has close to five more months to wait, since his trial was scheduled for Oct. 21. According to jail logs obtained by Gossip Extra, meanwhile, Lopicola has only been visited by a handful of family members and friends and, at best, receives one visit a month. Among the visitors was Kravis Center Production Manager Coreen Gottschalk, who visited him three times in February and March. She declined to discuss her visits in detail. “I have known Rob for 20 years,” Gottschalk wrote in an e-mail, “his family is devastated, the last thing they need is to be exploited.”

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turns visiting Lopicola. Just why is the formerly popular weekend weatherman waiting for so long before he is either convicted or let go? In a nutshell: Lopicola has not able to post his $130,000-bond; He has been determined to be indigent and is being represented by already-overextended public defenders; And he waived his right to a speedy trial.

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“There are indeed a number of individuals in pre-trial detention for that amount of time,” said Palm Beach County State Attorney spokesman Mike Edmondson. “Sometimes, it’s because the judge determined that the individual could be a danger to the community or a flight risk.” Channel 5 legal analyst Michelle Suskauer, meanwhile, said the system tends to speed up when someone can’t make bail. That, however, hasn’t happened for Lopicola. If you’re the defense attorney, you don’t want to rush to trial before you’re ready,” she said. “But it does seem a little bit long.” Jose Lambiet’s Gossip Extra and SFGN are media partners.

opinion sfgn editorial Norm Kent

Untenable. Unimaginable. Unconscionable. Unacceptable. Pride South Florida’s behavior has crossed the line Two weeks ago, SFGN censured Marc Hansen, the director of Pride South Florida, for refusing to release the notices sent to the group by the IRS, following its apparent failure in a tax audit. Last week, the Pride South Florida board had an opportunity to rectify this colossal mistake by overruling the ignorant act of Mr. Hansen. But the supplicant and compliant board rolled over and did nothing, denying you the right to see why Pride South Florida is under an IRS inquiry. This week, SFGN has made its own public records request to the IRS. We have also gone to circuit court to sue them, asking for a declaratory judgment that their withholding of these records last week was a patently illegal act. One of the things you learn as a lawyer is not to ask a question you don’t know the answer to. When SFGN asked Mr. Hansen for the tax notice, we knew we had a right to it. So do you. Anyone in the public does. If you doubt it, just download IRS Form

4506-A. Here is what it reads, and what Pride South Florida board members ignored: “Public disclosure by a tax exempt organization: Exempt or political organizations must make their returns, reports, notices, and exempt applications available for public inspection.” The regulations provide that if you visit the organization they must be given to you on the spot if they are open for business. At the last board meeting, John Fugate, an Advisory Board member of PSF, asked for the notice. He well should have. As an advisory board member, he has a fiduciary obligation to the community and the association to insure that none of its tax filings are deficient, that no audits have been failed, and that no more directors are stealing thousands of your dollars. He was denied access as well. Marc Hansen arbitrarily refused him the copies. It may be one thing to deny an outsider access to records you deem private, but it’s

quite another to deny those same records to a legitimate board member. The board failed to overrule him. Not one person spoke up for John’s right to inspect those records. This kind of intransigent and defiant behavior from one of the community’s largest non-profits is untenable and unimaginable, unconscionable and unacceptable. This newspaper now calls upon our community leaders and non-profit representatives to demand disclosure and transparency from Pride South Florida, before the orders come from a circuit court judge. Come they will. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the late United States Senator from New York, once stated, “that if you visit a country and all you see in their paper is good news, there are a lot of good people in jail in that country.” SFGN is filing a declaratory judgment action in the circuit court seeking a judicial ruling that the refusal by Pride South Florida

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to turn its public records over to us upon our lawful request was an illegal act by them against YOU. Today is the 21st day of their ignorance, and no way to celebrate the 4th of July. The 4th celebrates the independence of a country founded upon a free press. It’s one of those amendments we honor this week. Sunlight is a great disinfectant. If Pride South Florida had intelligent leadership, prudent guidance, and nothing to be ashamed of, and we would have had these tax notices – which may yet prove to be minor – without judicial review. Instead, the board shames and embarrasses the gay community. Pride South Florida is not the National Security Agency and their records should never have been classified as ‘Top Secret.’ The people seeking to unmask their coverups are not spies. They are reporters doing their duty, exposing fraud and incompetence where they find it.

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letter to the editor

Reader Defends Gail Burnaford Against ‘Unfounded’ Accusations Dear SFGN, As a reader of your paper, a supporter of the LGBTQ community, and an advocate for the rights of all people, I must take issue with your article on the so-called firing of Professor Robb Kvasnak, because he is gay [Unequal Opportunity: FAU professor claims getting booted for being gay, June 27, 2013, Vol. 4, Issue 26]. While I do not know Mr. Kvasnak or his work, I do know Dr. Gail Burnaford. It is simply bad reporting to even suggest that

Gail Burnaford Photo courtesy of Florida Atlantic University

Mr. Kvasnak’s firing was because of Dr. Burnaford’s “homophobia” or “faith.” I came to know Dr. Burnaford almost seven years ago when she joined the Coral Gables United Church of Christ, of which I am the senior pastor. We are a congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a denomination that ordained the first openly-gay pastor in 1972. The UCC has been and continues to be a constant advocate for the rights of all people, regardless of sexual orientation. In 2005, we were the first mainline denomination to support gay marriage. Coral Gables United Church of Christ is a beacon of light for those seeking a faith home in the Miami area who have been excluded from other churches because of their sexual orientation. As a church, we have taken strong and bold stands in the belief that all people, regardless of where they are on life’s journey or with whom they walk that journey, are loved by God just as they are, and should be welcomed and affirmed in the life of the church. We witness to these things by participating in every single Pride Parade in Miami. We perform Holy Unions and bless weddings of same-gendered couples. We constantly

promote and provide programs, Bible studies, and other gatherings which articulate our message of acceptance and welcome and differentiate us from those who use the Bible and their faith as a weapon against the LGBTQ community. Dr. Burnaford made a commitment to join this particular church because of our stand on justice, peace, openness, and welcome to all. She travels well over two hours each Sunday from her home in Boca Raton, passing hundreds of churches to attend and participate in a faith community which is open and affirming to all. Your facts are also not correct in suggesting that she is a protestant minister. This is simply not true. She did graduate with an MA from Lancaster Theological Seminary, a seminary of the United Church of Christ, which offers courses including Queer Theology, Liberation Theology, and Feminist Theology. It is one of the most progressive, open-minded, and theologically liberal seminaries in the nation. I grieve with the statistics that the article presented about our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters who have lost their jobs based on their sexual orientation. I am appalled that there is not better protection for those who

are discriminated against, simply because of who they are. I am sad about these facts that present the economic disparity that exists. I can assure you that, if indeed discrimination had taken place in this situation, Dr. Burnaford would have been the first to fight against such an injustice. And, I would be right behind her, as would the members of our congregation. Please do not attempt to take down good people who are advocates for the very positions that you stand for as a paper. Let’s work together to eliminate discrimination and injustice, but not on the back of misinformation and that which is untrue. The Rev. Dr. Laurinda Hafner Senior Pastor Coral Gables United Church of Christ [Editor’s Note: A couple of readers have stated that Gail Burnaford is not a Protestant Minister. But according to Burnaford herself, she is a minister. From the reporter: “I wrote the sentence the exact way that I confirmed it with Burnaford. She took a sabbatical in 2012 to become a Protestant minister. Maybe she’s not practicing as a minister at the moment (since she’s back at FAU).”]

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My HIV Diary Pushing on

Each week Ryan Dixon shares his story of taking HIV medication. Photo courtesy of Jared Rodriguez

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

Week 43

(June 21 to June 27) The last year of my life has been an incredibly successful and fun one, overall. Granted the last month has been a troublesome one to say the least, but I’ve tried real hard not to get down on myself or give up. Three people have told me to pack things up and head back to Florida. I thought about it actually, but deep down I told myself to prove people wrong and to make things here in Atlanta work. I missed my doctor’s appointment I was supposed to have on June 24. I couldn’t find a ride, rather I had one that didn’t show up, and I ended up having to walk. I could have taken the train or the bus but I still haven’t landed any solid work, which has left me very broke. I arrived to the hospital about 90 minutes after I was supposed to be seen.

I was told that I would have to reschedule or wait around all day for the chance to go through my intake. I left and told them I’d call to reschedule when I had a better grasp on my situation. The reassuring look from the receptionist did help me feel a little better. The only thing that really makes me feel better is that I have a two-month supply of my medicine. I do have an upcoming appointment to go sit down and talk with a mental health worker. I just want to make sure I’m doing well inside my head. I may think I’m doing fine, but my mind could be playing tricks on me. After living with HIV for nearly five years, I know the importance of a sound body and mind. I’ve been able to find somewhat of a stable living condition even if it is staying on a couch for a week at a time. That has eased my mind so much. You’d be surprised how amazing an uncomfortable and springy couch sounds to me. Most of my time during the day is spent at Piedmont Park or at the library. I’ve done a lot of reading, mostly about the history and culture of Atlanta and Georgia. I think I’ve found the true meaning of “Southern hospitality” in the homes of complete strangers. I turn 26 on July 4. I’ll be spending another birthday alone and this time in a city where I feel abandoned. Maybe this year I’ll answer the phone when my mother calls.

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lifestyle people

Saving the Oceans Advocate and activist Dustin Cranor Jesse Monteagudo

In May 2008 the Advocate published a special “Green” issue (#1007) which featured the nation’s top LGBT environmental “movers and shakers.” One of them was Dustin Cranor, just 25 but already communications manager for the environmental group Oceana. Five years later, Cranor continues the fight for the world’s oceans and the creatures that live there, only with a more imposing title. On May 22 Cranor was promoted to Communications Director for U.S. Campaigns at Oceana. Cranor responsibilities include “spearheading the public messaging for Oceana’s North American campaigns focused on seafood fraud, climate and energy and responsible fishing, which includes efforts to protect sharks, sea turtles and corals.” “I was born and raised on a small pig farm in Southeast Kansas,” Cranor said. “and while I have always cared about the well-being of animals, it was my love for public relations that brought me to Oceana in July 2007. After graduating from the University of Arkansas, I moved to Washington, D.C. where I worked my way up at TheWadeGroup, Inc., a small boutique PR firm. Oceana happened to be one of our clients and the organization quickly asked me to come on full-time” as communications manager. Cranor admits that “when I first moved to Washington, I was hesitant about being openly gay. However, I quickly found out that my employers were much more interested in my skill-set than my sexual orientation. While it may sound corny, I’ve always wanted to make the world a better place. But I don’t think it’s because I’m gay. It’s just who I am.” What is Oceana? According to Cranor, “Oceana is the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans. Oceana wins policy victories for the oceans using science-based campaigns. Since 2001, Oceana has protected more than 1.2 million square miles of ocean and innumerable sea turtles, sharks, dolphins and other sea creatures. More than 550,000 supporters have already joined Oceana. Global in scope, Oceana has offices in North, South and Central America and Europe.” Before Oceana, less than one-half of one percent of all resources spent by environmental nonprofit groups in the United States went to ocean advocacy. Oceana, later joined by the Ocean Law


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Project and the American Oceans Campaign, deals with the problem that threatens our living oceans. And what is that problem? Cranor puts it in a nutshell: “We are simply taking too many fish out of the water, while putting too many pollutants in.” What is Oceana doing about it? “Oceana is currently working on a campaign to Stop Seafood Fraud for when you get a different fish than the one you paid for, which can hurt our wallets, our health and our oceans. Oceana is also working to stop seismic airgun testing, which is currently being proposed along the East Coast to look for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean floor. The government’s own estimates show that as many as 138,000 whales and dolphins would be injured from this testing, which the sound alone is 100,000 times more intense than a jet engine,” Cranor said. Just in the past year, Oceana helped stop offshore drilling in Belize, advanced protections for great white whales in California, banned wild sea trout fishing in the Baltic Sea’s Gulf of Finland and got the European Union to ban shark finning and curb overfishing. As Oceana’s Communications Director, Cranor “oversees all communications efforts for Oceana’s U.S. campaigns. This includes everything from developing and executing strategic communications plans to securing stories about our campaigns in media outlets around the globe.” Cranor organizes events that involve celebrities like Kate Walsh and Ted Danson and draw media attention for Oceana. He has worked with the National Aquarium in Washington, D.C., now sadly in need of a new home. “Oceana has had a long partnership with National Aquarium. We believe that the Aquarium plays an important role in helping to educate the public about our oceans and their inhabitants, including the threats they face and what can be done to help protect them.” One of Cranor’s most popular projects is managing Oceana’s partnership with the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week. “Shark Week provides the perfect opportunity for viewers to get involved in shark conservation. Since our partnership with Shark Week began, we have seen dedicated programing focused on shark science and conservation,” he said. “As top soflagaynews //

predators, sharks are needed to maintain healthy oceans for future generations. Unfortunately, human activities, including shark finning, are driving shark populations to dangerously low levels.” Shark Week returns to the Discovery Channel on Sunday, August 4. In 2010, Dustin Cranor moved to Fort Lauderdale, where he works to increase Oceana’s presence in this region. “Living in South Florida has made me appreciate my job even more,” Cranor said. “I am very lucky to enjoy the same ocean that I work daily to protect. Oceana is currently

working to protect Florida’s East Coast from seismic airgun testing. We are also continuing to work to protect sharks and sea turtles as well as to stop the mislabeling of seafood in the U.S.” Now a South Floridian, Cranor encourages readers to get involved in the fight to save the oceans and its inhabitants: “Oceana is a wonderful organization that truly does great work to help protect our oceans. I can honestly say that I love my job and I try to never take that for granted.” Visit to learn more about Oceana.

Dustin Cranor (right), Communications Director for U.S. Campaigns at Oceana Photo courtesy of Dustin Cranor


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lifestyle auto

Top 5 Gay Cars for 2013

F Steve Siler

rom phones to clothes to cars, products that appeal to gays tend to share certain attributes: Easy to use, comfortable, and they gotta look good. Okay, we may be willing to bend on the “comfortable” thing — hello, skinny jeans — but they absolutely must look good. And

while we’re not all made of money, we’re certainly willing to pay a slight premium to get what we want. Now, when it comes to clothes, we tend to find our own way. But when it comes to cars, sometimes we’d rather have a personal shopper. This is why we have put together a list of cars we think are the best match to our tastes and lifestyles for 2013.

Best Sports Car — 2013 Porsche Boxster

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If you, like so many people, think the Porsche Boxster is nothing more than a poor-man’s 911, think again. For starters, anything that starts at $50K for a stripped-down base model and touches six figures with all the boxes checked is not a “poor-man’s” anything. Second, the implication that the Boxster is less of a car than the Carrera in any measurable way is quickly snuffed as soon as one slips behind the wheel. The gorgeous, all-new 2013 Boxster is a supremely satisfying sports car unto itself. Indeed, in some ways, it is even better than the vaunted Carrera. Heresy? Not when the 911 Carrera has grown so cushy as to compete with plus-sized Maseratis and monster-motored Mercedes. In the Carrera’s wake, the Boxster has evolved in turn, rising in style and capability into the sweet spot formerly dominated by the 911. Telepathic steering, pan-flat handling, and right-now thrust from the deliciously rotary engine (which is mounted right behind your head!) have always been Boxster calling cards, but all of which have been taken to the next level in this year’s all-new, third-generation model. The new Boxster looks terrific, too. Stretching the wheelbase imparted it with elegant, supercar-like proportions, while the headlamps and tail lamps are now more uniquely Boxster rather than Carrera knock-offs. Like the 911, the interior is more luxurious this year, yet no one will mistake it for a Bentley. My favorite color combo is the one I tested recently: a classic silver exterior with rose red top and matching interior. But seriously, you can’t go wrong no matter what hue you choose. Now, while the Boxster is hardly cheap, the $25K—$30K you’ll save by not buying a comparably equipped Carrera Convertible can go quite a ways toward packing its two trunks (one in front, one in back) with Italian shoes, gourmet jeans, and fancy things in little blue boxes. Or a Jeep. The one to get: 2013 Porsche Boxster S with 20-inch Carrera S wheels

Best Luxury Car — Audi A7/S7/RS7

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The Audi A7 is essentially an A6 sedan rendered as a 5-door hatchback. A hatchback?!? Why would we choose a hatchback as the best luxury car for gays? Because it’s drop-dead gorgeous, that’s why. Seriously, while the A6 sedan is nice, when parked next to an A7, the A6 may as well be a pair of sensible shoes next to Louboutin pumps. The A7’s swoopy, unconventional profile and ducktail tush are simply riveting in the metal. The A7 also wears a more angular front fascia, complete with skinny ropes of sexy LED lights in the headlamps that Audi has become known for. And we do love our pretty shiny things. The interior is similarly special. Rendered in premium materials and assembled with the loving craftsmanship with which Audi has set the industry standard for decades, the A7 is easily as luxurious as anything under $100K. Four-place seating makes the A7’s cabin a particularly exclusive place to be (a rear bench is optional, but not preferable), though the sloping roof translates into tight headroom. Compensating somewhat, however, is the generous cargo area, accessed by that surprisingly sexy rear hatch. Among the A7’s musthave features is a matte-finished layered oak inlaid wood treatment that must be seen to be believed. Three powerful engines are available, all of which come standard with all-wheel drive. You can’t go wrong with any, as even the base supercharged V-6 boasts more than enough power. The turbocharged V-8s in the S7 and RS7 take performance from decadent to overkill, at least for U.S. roads, though the cars themselves don’t look much different than the base A7. So my advice is to stick with the six and spring for some sweet aftermarket wheels, and maybe a few options, like, say, a B&O sound system or full-LED headlamps. The one to get: 2013 Audi A7 Premium Plus with 20-inch Sport package.

Trunks in the front and back! Photos courtesy of Steve Siler, Porsche, Audi, Jeep, Mazda, and Ford


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Best SUV — Jeep Grand Cherokee

Best Sedan — 2014 Mazda 6

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Okay, gays driving Jeeps may seem cliché — about 10 years ago I dated four guys in a row who had them — but the truth is, the Grand Cherokee has never been a better match for us than it is in 2013. Built on the same platform as the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, the Grand Cherokee has strong bones, a high-feature interior, and all-American good looks. It’s one of those rare automobiles that looks right at home no matter where it’s parked, whether it be in a Costco parking lot, at a yacht club or perched up on a rock. If it looks a little different than what you’ve seen before, that’s because it has been freshened for 2014, with squintier headlamps, a more sculpted front bumper, and a slightly revised rear end. Retained are its thick bodysides, trapezoidal wheel arches, high ground clearance and, of course, Jeep’s trademark seven-slot grille. Inside, the cabin can be spec’d out from basic to ultra-luxurious, and if you haven’t been in a recent Jeep or Chrysler product, you will be downright shocked with the sense of quality. That said, no matter how much leather and wood lines its interior, the Grand Cherokee wouldn’t be able to hold its own next to a Range Rover if it couldn’t keep up with it off-road, and so three all-wheel drive systems are available. Not that many folks will take either one off-road, but they always want to know they can. More relevant to Grand Cherokee buyers is the availability of a quiet new diesel V-6 that can tow a boat like a monster V-8 while delivering fuel economy numbers solidly in the mid-20-mpg range. Prices range from about $30K to $64K for the hedonistic and insanely fast SRT-8 model. As far as I’m concerned, you can’t go wrong with any. The one to get: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited with the diesel V-6

Best Economy Car — Ford Focus Ford’s been hitting home runs lately with its new products, and with its combination of thriftiness, attractive price, and of course, great looks, the 2013 Focus is one of Ford’s sweetest products ever. The 2013 Focus is available in many flavors, from basic (S, SE) to feature-laden (Titanium) to sporty (ST). There’s even an electric version. But unless you’re a serious gearhead or an environmental activist, I think the best one to get is the Focus Titanium, with blackout exterior accents and slick, multispoke wheels. Also, as with the saucy Audi A7, which took our luxury car crown this year, the Focus is markedly more stylish as a hatchback than it is in four-door sedan form. Both body styles, however, boast the same

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The beloved Miata notwithstanding, Mazda remains one of the most under-considered car brands out there, especially among us gay folks. But trust me on this, anyone who runs out and buys a Honda Accord, Toyota Camry or Volkswagen Passat without first checking out the gorgeous, allnew 2014 Mazda 6 may have a case of buyer’s remorse in the making. Like many of the cars on this list, the Mazda 6’s appeal starts with its sexy looks. The front end features a broad, vertical grille, predatory headlamps (emblazoned with LED running lamps on top-tier Grand Touring models) and front wheels pulled forward to perfect the car’s proportions. Sculpted body sides and a swept-back windshield give the car a sleeker look than most anything in its class. And the big, 19-inch wheels that come standard on the mid-grade Touring and the Grand Touring models are pure glam. The 6’ beauty is more than skin deep. The cabin looks and feels more like an Audi than a Mazda, with restrained elegance and excellent fit and finish. Highlights include supremely comfortable cobra-wing front seats, cool white instrument illumination, and a sophisticated ergonomic interface that includes a segment-first “Commander Switch” dial that resembles BMW’s iDrive and Audi’s MMI knob for Touring models and above. The 6 also aspires to greatness in terms of its feature content, available with tons of safety and convenience features, such as rear cross-traffic detection, radar cruise control, front obstacle warning, and an integrated TomTom-based navigation system, among many other niceties. At this point, all Mazda 6s are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that sounds good and gets moving with gusto, thanks to an attentive six-speed automatic transmission and remarkably low overall weight. Fuel efficiency is stunning at 26 city and 38 on the highway with the automatic versions. Best of all, it is priced right on top of the segment’s more popular, though considerably less attractive, leaders. So now that you know about it, give it a whirl. It’s time to put some “family” in this sweet family sedan. The one to get: 2014 Mazda 6 Grand Touring with Advance package

Photos courtesy of Steve Siler, Porsche, Audi, Jeep, Mazda, and Ford

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interior goodness, starting with surprising build quality and tons of available technology features. Ford’s SYNC infotainment system, for example, is one of those extremely highfunctioning technologies you wouldn’t expect to find in a car like this, yet here it is. Also offered on the Focus are things like parallel parking system, reverse sensors, an available high-contrast white-and-black interior, and customizable ambient lighting. How does it drive? We wouldn’t let it win this category if it didn’t make us happy behind the wheel. Even in a segment of the market full of spunky runabouts, the Focus’ excellent steering and European-feeling handling are quite impressive. Power is

adequate from the four-cylinder engine, but trust us when we say it is best paired with the five-speed manual transmission rather than the six-speed automatic. Whichever you choose, however, you’ll get great fuel economy. If we could give an honorable mention award in this category, it would go to the 2014 Ford Fiesta, which basically takes all the Focus’s best attributes—style, SYNC, responsive handling and all—and shrink-wraps them into an even more economical package. Whichever you

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choose, Ford’s small cars are where it’s at this year when it comes to budget-friendly transportation. Score another one for the home team! The one to get: 2013 Ford Focus Titanium Hatchback with the 5-speed manual

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lifestyle history

Stonewall Visits Stonewall Board members of local museum visit site of where the gay rights movement all began Tony Adams

Selected board members of the Stonewall National Museum & Archives recently visited Stonewall Inn in New York City. The 1969 riots that took place at the famed and historic bar is known as the beginning of the modern gay rights movement in America. Photos courtesy of Tony Adams

On Saturday, June 29, 2013, board members and supporters of Fort Lauderdale’s National Stonewall Museum and Archives joined its executive director David Jobin in New York City at the historic Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village to present a plaque honoring the bar as the location of the June, 1969 riots that constituted a pivotal moment in the gay rights movement. Jobin talked about the significance of the Stonewall Inn and how the Stonewall National Museum and Archives draws upon its place in the history of gay rights in continuing the quest for equality and justice through visibility and recorded history. “Here in this room, we feel the presence


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of men and women whose actions were so powerful in the history of the LGBT community,” he said. “We are honoring them with this commemorative plaque, letting them know how much we appreciate all they did.” He presented the plaque to Fred “Tree” Folk, a Stonewall veteran (a member of the group present at the riots of 1969) who is now a bartender at Stonewall Inn. Jobin reported that in the course of their conversation, Folk pledged to donate his personal mementos to the museum. Stonewall board member Gregory Stephens also spoke at the ceremony. “Giving this historic designation to Stonewall Inn and standing in this place today is momentous and personally soflagaynews //

moving. When I was asked to come onto the board, I reflected on why we need this museum,” he said. “I made the decision to do this knowing the importance of the LGBT struggle to be considered ‘normal’—not that we ever thought there was anything wrong with us. Given the events of this week—the overthrow of DOMA—we have taken huge steps to becoming legitimized as part of ‘normal’ society. What happened on this spot in 1969 was a huge step and we have so many more to go.” The inscription on the plaque is “STONEWALL INN, Greenwich Village, site of the 1969 uprising by the LGBT community and the beginning of the movement to establish LGBT equal rights. THIS BUILDING


HAS BEEN DESIGNATED A HISTORIC LGBT LANDMARK by Stonewall National Museum and Archives” Jobin, Stephens and other board members and friends of the Stonewall National Museum and Archives were cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd of thousands when they assembled the following day and took part in the NYC Pride March down New York City’s 5th Avenue ending on Christopher Street at the Stonewall Inn. Stonewall National Museum and Archives, located in Fort Lauderdale, is celebrating its 40th anniversary by touring the country with special exhibits and events. Visit for more information.

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lifestyle comics

Comic Books Come Out New titles teach history and stand up to hate David-Elijah Nahmod

Dan Parent is an artist and writer for Archie Comics. He’s also the writer/creator of the Kevin series which focuses on Kevin Keller, Archie’s first openly gay character. Submitted Photo

This year’s Pride celebrations have a definite comic twist: Two brand new gay comic book titles are being published. In July, Bluewater Productions offers The Stonewall Riots, a fact-based graphic novel which tells the story of that fateful night in New York City, 1969, when LGBTs fought back against oppression for the first time. The three-day battle they waged against harassment from the New York Police Department is credited with launching the modern equality movement. On August 7, Archie Comics will publish issue #10 of Kevin Keller. In that issue, openly gay Kevin, who hangs out with Archie and the gang at Riverdale High, will kiss his boyfriend in full view of readers. The storyline was inspired by an Archie boycott organized by One Million Moms, a Christian conservative group which seeks to silence entertainment they find “unwholesome”. Michael Troy, writer of The Stonewall Riots, and Dan Parent, writer/creator of the Kevin series, spoke with SFGN about why this turn of events is coming. “It seemed like the right time,” Parent said


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in a phone interview. “He’s dating. There’s a kiss, but the sex is all implied.” Parent told SFGN that one of the characters in the story is a potential member of One Million Moms. “Veronica tapes the kiss and uploads it. The Million Moms lady goes crazy, it gets media attention, and there’s a community forum,” he said. “The Moms are on one side, the pro-Kevin camp is on the other.” Parent said that the familiar Archie characters are all on Kevin’s side. “It’s the most political storyline we’ve done so far, but it’s not going to be like this every issue,” Parent said. “There’s a lot of fun stuff coming: There will be some competition between Kevin and Veronica.” The Kevin comics are near and dear to Parent’s heart, yet the popular comic book auteur, who has became a staple at fan conventions, is straight. He said that a person’s sexuality has never been an issue with him. “I grew up in Vermont, the ‘first gay state’, in a very liberal household,” he said. “I was raised in an open minded manner, soflagaynews //

and I always find it strange to meet people from conservative areas — I’m astounded by their views!” Parent reported that parents of Archie readers have been very welcoming of Kevin, but that the most gratifying mail has come from LGBT youth. “We hear from parents of gay kids who thank us for having a gay character in a normal fashion,” Parent said. “We’ve also heard from kids and older gay men who tell us that Kevin ‘makes a difference.’” Parent is very excited to report that Warner Brothers is now developing a big screen, live action Archie movie, and that Kevin will be included. He’s grateful to One Million Moms for drawing so much attention to his baby. “They’ve increased sales and opened discussions,” he said. Openly gay Michael Troy told SFGN that he has a more personal stake in The Stonewall Riots, the book he authored. “Part of the reason we’re doing the book is that it keeps the story of Stonewall alive,” he said, speaking via phone from the gay mecca


of West Hollywood, Cali. “The younger generation has never heard of Stonewall. They have no idea of its impact.” Troy, 40, can recall a time when it wasn’t easy for gay couples to hold hands on the street. “That’s why people fought so hard. Rather than bitch about it, I’d rather educate. Stonewall is an important part of American history — it should be taught in schools.” He said that the world of comic book fandom has been largely supportive of his work. “I’ve been associated with gay comics for years,” he said. “There are more gay comic geeks than you think. Comic book geeks, even when straight, feel ostracized as it is, so they’re more accepting.” Troy remains confident that the sea change in society will continue. “We’re the only group of people still denied our rights,” he said. “One hundred years from now, this will be an embarrassment.” For more info on Kevin Keller, go to For more info on The Stonewall Riots, and other gay interest titles from Michael Troy, go to

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See it For Yourself

June 2013

Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties

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Tri-County Rallies Following the Supreme Court’s historic decisions last Wednesday overturning the Defense of Marriage Act and dismissing a challenge to a lower court’s decision to overturn Prop 8 in California, the LGBT community came out to rally in support, in each of South Florida’s three counties.

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Terry DeCarlo of Broward House and Mark Martin of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation were roasted and toasted in a community event held last Sunday night at the Manor Entertainment Complex on the Drive in Wilton Manors. Gary A. Santis Productions coordinated the fun and festive affair.

About 200 people showed up to the Broward County rally that took place at the U.S. Federal Building & Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale. Activist Michael Rajner, who attended the rally, said “the jubilant crowd celebrated and hugged one another as cars and trucks honked while passing by.” Speakers included several married couples: Mary McGuire and Jackie Emmett who are married for 51 years and met while serving in the military; Bob Collier and Chuck Hunziker; and Pastor Leslie Tipton and Sandra Rutland-Tipton. Elected officials that spoke included: Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Dean Trantalis, Wilton Manors Vice Mayor Julie Carson and Florida State Senator Chris Smith.

More than 500 people packed the courtyard of the Miami Beach LGBT Visitors Center for the MiamiDade rally. Equality Florida Deputy Director Stratton Pollitzer called on the crowd to enlist in Florida’s fight for marriage equality by signing up for the organization’s new Get Engaged campaign, which is a statewide public education effort to win marriage in Florida. Speakers included the ACLU’s Daniel Tilley, who gave a quick overview of some of the legal effects of the ruling.

About 100 people showed to the Palm Beach County rally that took place at the West Palm Beach downtown library, Charlie Fredrickson, who attended the rally, said the atmosphere was “Giddy, absolutely giddy!” Speakers included WPB Mayor Jeri Muoio, State Rep. Mark Pafford, representatives of Compass Community Center, Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, MCC of the Palm Beaches, and others.


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Terry DeCarlo of Broward House and Mark Martin of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

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Impulse Group was formed in February 2011 with the support of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). It consists of a core group of socially active, young gay men who seek to educate their peers and promote healthier sexual lifestyles using modern social approaches. According to the group, the rise of HIV infection rates in young gay males is what makes the mission of sexual responsibility vital and more important than ever. Impulse focuses on all areas of prevention, detection, and treatment. Visit for more information.

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The clock has been turned back to the disco era at Manalapan’s Plaza Theatre, 262 S. Ocean Blvd. “8-Track: The Sounds of the ‘70s” features 40 of the greatest hits of the decade as performed by a talented—and youthful—cast of four singer/dancers. From The Carpenters and Helen Reddy to the Bee Gees and Barry Manilow, all your favorites made the cut. If for no other reason, go for the amazing costumes by Peter Lovell. Join the fun at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $38 at

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Lynn University in Boca Raton concludes its Live at Lynn summer arts series tonight and tomorrow, July 6 and 7, with Atlantic City Boys, four talented performers who all starred on Broadway in Jersey Boys. Take their distinctive ‘60s boy band repertoire (“Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Oh What A Night!” and “Sherry Baby”), blend it with the charm of these dynamic singers and you get the Atlantic City Boys. Catch Saturday’s show at 7:30 p.m. or the Sunday matinee at 4 p.m. in the Wold Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $35 at


Arts Garage in downtown Delray Beach is the coolest place to beat the summer heat. The venue’s summer Jazz Project continues tonight with Grammy-winning saxophonist Felipe Lamoglia performing with his jazz quartet from 8 to 11 p.m. Born and educated in Cuba, Lamoglia was a member of the acclaimed band, NG La Banda, by the age of 18. He moved to Brazil in 1992, where he lived for eight years absorbing the country’s musical and spiritual wealth and playing with great artists including Raul de Souza, Bocato and Sizao Machado. Tickets are $25-35 in advance at and $5 more at the door.


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Legendary pin-up photographer Bunny Yaeger’s distinctive work is on display this summer at Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, 1 Las Olas Blvd. Yaeger got her start in 1954 when some photos she snapped of the then-unknown Bettie Page in front of a Christmas tree landed in Playboy magazine, catapulting both of their careers. Yaeger became one of the leading female photographers of the ‘50s and ‘60s and her photographs are considered classics. Fifty years after her career stalled with the rise of explicit pornography, the South Florida resident is making a comeback. Admission is $14 adults, $9 seniors. For museum hours, go to soflagaynews //


Songwriter Chrystal Hartigan is South Florida’s queen of the open mic. Each month, she hosts a songwriters showcase and open mic night at the Broward Center’s Abdo New River Room. Aspiring songwriters and performers can sign up by 7:20 p.m. to present one original song up to 3 ½ minutes in length. At 9 p.m. tonight, Hartigan welcomes three accomplished guest musicians to the stage, Chris Horgan, Marci Geller and Zachary Jones. Plan to join Hartigan and her friends for an evening of acoustic music making. Cover is $10 at the door. For more information, go to




Normally, South Florida’s busy regional theaters are dark on Monday nights. This summer, however, several are offering audiences a unique theatrical experience—readings of new plays—on Mondays. Tonight, it’s Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St. in West Palm Beach, at 7:30 p.m. with Mark Perlberg’s The Timmins Children. Witness this work in progress, set in Toronto ca. 1992, as a renowned journalist interviews a physician after he receives a lifetime achievement award. Turns out the two share an unexpected and unfortunate past. Admission is free. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the reading at 7:30 p.m. For information, call 561-514-4042 ext. 2.

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Fireworks and flame-grilled hamburgers may be standard fare for the Independence Day holiday, but 236 years after our founding fathers revolted against our British masters and just days after the Supreme Court reasserted our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, South Florida residents have plenty of ways to celebrate America’s birthday. Whether you’re a first generation American or your ancestors came over on the Mayflower, Independence Day is one of the nation’s most cherished holidays. Here’s a look at some of the celebrations taking place on July 4th across the region:

A Flaming Holiday in Miami Beach

Popular DJ Maximus 3000 kicks off “Fire on the Fourth,” an afternoon of hot dance music at Lummus Park at 9th St. from 1 to 5 p.m., followed by Fred Thomas from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and a concert of patriotic classics by the South Florida Symphony quartet at 8:30 p.m. The sky will be lit up with a dazzling display from Zambelli Fireworks following the concert. Free shuttles will run along Collins Ave. from North Beach to South Beach from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, go to

Dance, Dance, Dance at the Surfcomber Get a jump on the festivities at the Surfcomber’s annual pool party, IndepenDANCE, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The Surfcomber, long the popular host hotel for the White Party, is brining in DJ Funkagenda, Wally Lopez and Norman Doray. Soak in the sun and dance the holiday away. Tickets are $65-85 at

Fun for the Whole Family

Scenic Bayfront Park, located on Biscayne Bay, is the destination for a family friendly celebration. LGBT families can revel in the recent Supreme Court decisions with their children. The free event includes a Kids’ Zone from 3 to 7 p.m., along with plenty of food and beverage vendors and a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Free, no bottles, cans, coolers or personal fireworks allowed. For more information, go to

Race to the Fourth

If being American means “mom, apple pie and Chevrolet,” in 2013, it also means Nascar. Homestead-Miami Speedway hosts

“Race to the Fourth,” a free evening of games, food and drinks, children’s activities and more. For $10, enjoy VIP parking and enjoy the fireworks display form inside the Champions Club. For details, go to HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.

Old Florida Fun

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, perched at the end of Commercial Blvd. and A1A, offers visitors a taste of “Old Florida” with its beach bungalows, cozy cottage inns and touristy shops. Take a step back in time beginning with a patriotic parade at 10 a.m., followed by a fair at 11:30 a.m. featuring a community picnic, live music, a dunk tank and volunteer fire department demonstrations in El Prado Park, across from Town Hall. Walk down to the historic fishing pier for the best view of the fireworks display at 9 p.m. For more information, go to

Where the Boys Are

The city of Fort Lauderdale celebrates the Fourth of July where it all began, at the intersection of Las Olas Blvd. and A1A. We’re not even going to entertain the thought of the crowds at the legendary Elbo Room, but people watchers should have a ball all day long, beginning at 1 p.m. Enjoy live music, beach games and a huge fireworks show at 9 p.m. Call the City of Fort Lauderdale events hotline, 954-828-5363 for more information.

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Delray Beach is the Palm Beach County destination for culture and sophistication. Celebrate with a sand sculpture contest, the Cars as Art parade beginning at 5 p.m. and running from Old School Square on Atlantic Ave., and the free Red White and Blues festival. Performances will be simulcast on Sunny 104.3 FM during the fireworks spectacular over the ocean beginning at 8:50 p.m. Lest the festivities seem just a little too uppity, be sure to stop by for the hot dog and three-pound burger eating contests. For more information, go to

Rope ‘em and Ride ‘em in West Palm Beach

Remember the Wild, Wild, West at the Fourth on Flagler celebration in West Palm Beach with a mini rodeo, kids’ activities and a “Ride them Hogs” Harley exhibition that is going to draw every lesbian in the tri-county area like moths to a flame. Silly stereotypes

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Sidelines Sports Bar to Remain ‘On The Drive’ Sidelines Sports Bar won’t be moving after all. The owner, Laurie Whittaker, had previously announced that it would be moving from its current location on Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors to a new and larger location, where the former “Jib Room” was once located, on Oakland Park Boulevard. But it was not to be. Whittaker called off the move when she learned that her new prospective location was compromised with structural defects and unauthorized renovations that had not been made to code. “It would not be fair to our customers to move into a venue that was not up to par,” she stated. After signing the new lease and working with general contractors and architects, Whittaker discovered more than one problem.

As a result, she made an executive decision, and announced last week that the popular sports bar would be remain at its present location, but be “renovated and revived.” “They tried to rent me a parking lot as part of the lease that the property owner did not own. We were faced with delays and setbacks that were costing us money,” Whittaker noted. As a result, the bar, named in a national magazine as one of the best LGBT bars in the country, will remain on Wilton Drive, closing briefly in August for renovations to the both the exterior patio and interior facility. “We will be reopening before the NCAA and NFL Football season’s kickoff games in late August,” Whittaker said. Known for hosting charitable community events

and monthly cook-offs, along with its complimentary popcorn and peanuts, the venue has always been a focal point of the Wilton Manors gay community. An ongoing lawsuit over proprietary concerns has not in any way interfered with the club’s popularity as a hospitality hotspot. Said Whittaker, “For seven years, Sidelines has made a success of the gay sports bar brand and its loyal patrons include both local and out-of-town customers. They have enjoyed the fun and friendly atmosphere, excellent customer service, attention to cleanliness, and a comfortable ambience. “ Whittaker promises that atmosphere will continue for “years to come in a new and vibrant environment that will be as popular as ever.”

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By Christiana Lilly,

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Broward County Kathy Griffin

July 11 at 8 p.m. at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, One Seminole Way in Hollywood. Funny lady Kathy Griffin will have you laughing all night. Tickets $51 to $81. Visit

* Organic Love

July 12 and 13 at the Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place in Miramar. Ebony and Tyson are lovers and business partners in their organic diner. However, Tyson suspects the diner’s silent investor is a former NFL player -- as well as Ebony’s first love. Tickets $25 to $30. Call 954-602-4500 or visit

* Cedric

July 18 at 8 p.m. at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, One Seminole Way in Hollywood. Comedian Cedric the Entertainer takes the casino stage. Tickets $49 to $79. Visit

Palm Beach County * Man of La Mancha

July 10 to 21 at Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St. in West Palm Beach. Be a part of the adventures of Don Quixote in this popular musical. Tickets $35. Call 561-514-4042 or visit

Miami. Making a name for herself as more than just Beyonce’s little sister, singer/songwriter Solange comes to Miami after performing at the Glastonbury Festival. Tickets $25 to $50. Call 305949-6722 or visit

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

* Miami 1-Acts Festival

Through July 21 at the FAU University Theatre, 777 Glades Road in Boca Raton. Roman slave Pseudolus must help his master woo the woman next door to win his freedom. Tickets $20. Call 800-564-9539 or visit

The Man Who Came to Dinner

July 13 to 20 at the FAU University Theatre, 777 Glades Road in Boca Raton. In the 1930s, radioman Sheridan Whiteside injures his leg while dining at a prominent family’s home. While following doctor’s orders to stay on bedrest, he entertains himself by meddling in the family’s business. Tickets $20. Call 800-564-9539 or visit

Side by Side by Sondheim

* Coriolanus

July 11 to 14 and 18 to 21 at 8 p.m. at the Seabreeze Amphitheater in Carlin Park, 750 S. SR A1A in Jupiter. Pull out your blankets, beach chairs and picnic baskets for a performance by Shakespeare by the Sea XXXIII under the stars. Free. Call 561-9667099 or visit

* In the Heights

neighborhood for three generations of music wafting through bodegas and homes going through a period of change. On opening night, enjoy a threecourse dinner from Paradiso Ristorante before the show for $55. Tickets $23 to $35. Call 561-586-6410 or visit

July 11 to 28 at the Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave. in Lake Worth. The audience will be transported to New York City’s Washington Heights

Sundays through July 7 at the FAU Studio One Theatre, 777 Glades Road. A presentation of the music and lyrics by Steven Sondheim, performed for the theater. Tickets $20. Call 800-564-9539 or visit

Miami-Dade Solange

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July 5 to 7 at the Roxy Performing Arts Center’s New Theatrem 1645 SW 107th Ave. in Miami. Enjoy three days of nonstop theater with 16 oneact plays. Tickets $10. Call 305-443-5909 or visit

Hispanic Theater Festival

July 11 to 28 at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Two weeks of theater in tribute to Peru. Visit for full schedule and tickets.

Summer Shorts 2013

Through July 30 at the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Back for another round, almost two months worth of nightly shows featuring 90 minutes of theatrical shorts from local actors. Tickets $35 per show. Call 305-9496722 or visit

The Big Show

Fridays and Saturdays at 9 p.m. at Just the Funny Theater, 3119 Coral Way in Miami. A collection of comedy mixing the likes of improvisation and sketches. Tickets $12. Call 305-693-8669 or visit

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Community Calendar By Christiana Lilly,

Broward County

Antiques Festival

July 4 from 12:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Fort Lauderdale Beach, A1A and Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy a day in the sun with music, live entertainment and fireworks. Free. Call 954-828-5363 or visit

Green Market

* 4th of July Spectacular

* Sea Turtle Walks

July 3, 10, 15, 16 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St. in Fort Lauderdale. Learn about sea turtles at the museum before heading out for a nighttime adventure on the beach to look for hatchlings and Loggerheads. Tickets $18 to $20. Call 954-713-0930.

* L.I.F.E. Project

Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Pride Center, 2040 N. Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors. Get the tools you need to treat your HIV positive diagnosis and live a full, productive life. Free. Call 954-463-9005.

* Young Men’s HIV Group

Fridays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at SunServe, 1224 NE Fourth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Meet other young men who are HIV positive and learn more about the disease. Call Bryan Ortega at 954-764-5150 or visit


Tuesdays in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Southwest Ranches. A support group for parents of LGBT youth 13 to 21. Free. Visit for dates and locations.

SunServe Youth Group

First weekend of the month at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd. in West Palm Beach. A monthly antiques market. Tickets $7 to $25. Visit Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon at West Palm Beach Waterfront, 101 S. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. A relaxing morning of shopping through green vendors and live entertainment. Contact Katrina Resch 561822-1520 or

Open Mic Night

Third Thursdays from 7 to 10 p.m. at ActivistArtistA Gallery, 422 W. Industrial Ave. in Boynton Beach. Free. Be moved by spoken word poets. New poets welcome. Call 786-521-1199

Miami-Dade County * HIV Support Group

Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at South Beach AIDS Project, 1234 Washington Ave. Ste. 200 in Miami Beach. A support group for those who are HIV positive. Free. Call 305-535-4733, ext. 301 or email

Rainbow Circle

Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the University of Miami Flipse Building #302, 5665 Ponce de Leon Drive in Coral Gables. An open discussion about coming out, relationships, peer pressure, bullying, depression and more. Free. Visit

Sex Talk

Tuesdays and Thursdays in Fort Lauderdale, Southwest Ranches, Coral Springs and Hollywood. A support group and night of fun for LGBT youth 13 to 21. Free. Visit for dates and times.

Second and fourth Thursdays at Pridelines, 9525 NE Second Ave. #401 in Miami Shores. Conduct outreach events, record video messages, participate in a series of performances, and organize special events with a purpose. Free. Visit

Gender Bender Youth Group

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Survivor Support

Key West

Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at SunServe Campus, 1480 SW Ninth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. A group for LGBT youth 13 to 21 to discuss gender, gender expression, binary systems, friendship, family and whatever else comes up! Free. Visit First and third Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Broward Health Imperial Point Hospital cafeteria, 6401 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. Find support from counselors and peers who have lost loved ones to suicide. Call the Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention at 954-384-0344 or visit

Palm Beach County * Art Cinema at the Crest

Wednesdays from July 10 to August 28 at 6 and 8:30 p.m. at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave. in Delray Beach. Catch a film every Wednesday, including host Caroline Breder-Watts of 91.3 WLRN at each 8:30 p.m. screening. Call 561-2347922, ext. 1.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m. through July 31 at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 St. in Cutler Bay. Get fit and have fun doing it with this Brazilian-style dance workout. $6 first time students, $12 a class. Call 786-573-5300 or visit

* Freedom

July 3 to 4 at Bourbon St. Pub, 724 Duval St. in Key West. Celebrate the Fourth of July with pool parties. Call 305-294-9354.

* July 4th Picnic

July 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Casa Marina, 1500 Reynolds St. in Key West. Get outside and enjoy the day with a picnic buffet, live entertainment, silent auction, and fireworks. Tickets $10 to $25. Visit

Traditional Cuban Pig Roast

July 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Jack’s, 6000 Peninsular Ave. in Key West. A full Cuban meal with cash bar and live music to raise money for the Task Force Dagger Foundation. Tickets $25. RSVP to 305-292-3121.



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To place an ad call 954.530.4970 or visit employment CAREGIVERS NEEDED! Looking for honest, caring, reliable caregivers (male/ female). Agency in Wilton Manors. (954)226-4660. ACCOUNT MANAGERS ,BOOK KEEPERS AND SALES REPRESENTATIVES Work your own flexible schedule! Pays $1500 to $2000 monthly plus benefits. Must be computer literate, have 2-3 hours access to the internet weekly . We are looking for efficient and dedicated people who are at least 21 years of age. contact us for more details .If you are interested and need more information send your resumes to FT OFFICE MANAGER Stonewall National Museum & Archives, a non-profit organization, is located in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Seeking an individual who is highly organized with strong management skills, basic computer fluency (including Microsoft Office Suite, including MS Word and Excel), database management system, a working knowledge of billing practices, volunteer/staff coordination, and a positive disposition. FT with benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. Please send cover letter and resume to Office Manager Search, Stonewall National Museum & Archives, 1300 East Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, or email to David.

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

computers COMPLETE COMPUTER REPAIR FREE ESTIMATES - no extra charge for in-home. FREE Computer tune-up with any service. Replacement of laptop screen & key board. Viruses, spyware, data recovery, lockouts & more. SAME DAY SERVICE - LOWEST PRICE GUARANTEE Call Ernesto: 754-234-5598 HATE WINDOWS 8?We can bring back the look and feel of windows. Same day service. Call 954-986-1316 PERSONAL COMPUTER TUTOR! Basic computer skills* Emailing pics /docs, scanning* Microsoft office programs*Excel, Word, Outlook and Powerpoint* Virus Removal* PC speed optimization* Secured Wireless home network setup* Wireless printer installation* PC purchasing consultant. Call (954) 980-0383 or email

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


employment ENTRY LEVEL SALES EXECUTIVE Full time Sales, Client Services, Direct Marketing, Lead Generation, Telemarketing & Email Services. Microsoft Word & Excel experience. Competitive Salary plus Commission, Medical/ Dental, 401k & Profit Sharing . Email Resume: aleen@ MEDICAL ASSISTANT –FULL TIME Natura Dermatology and Cosmetics is seeking a personable, and well educated medical Assistant. Experience is preferred yet not required. Email resumes to bobby@ SALES POSITIONS Sales position open at high end antiques gallery in WPB. Knowledge of antiques, sales experience required. Reply: EXPERIENCED COOKS AND SERVERS To work breakfast , lunch and dinner. To apply in person at Angels Café , 2287 Wilton drive, Wilton Manors , FL 33305 or email resume to

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home care COMPANION,HOME CARE,SENIOR SERVICES. Make life a little easier for you or your loved one. 53 yr old experienced caregiver available. Light Cleaning, cooking and laundry included. Also shopping, appointments, gardening and organizing Im friendly, engaging and compassionate. Hourly or afternoon/evening/late night shifts available. Bonded insured, college educated and references. Call for more info, Robert 954-707-0264.

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

THINGS YOU NEED TO ACCOMPLISH? Minds at ease, A+ handyman service. Prompt, Reliable & Honest. Call Keldon Keller 954-551-3127 TOP NOTCH CONTRACTING Knows all and does all!! Many years experience and easy on the eyes! Remodeling, Trimming, Ground molding, Drywall, Painting, Landscaping, Roofing , Tile work, Electrical, Windows, Doors and more. Very reasonable rates and free estimates. Call Shawn 954-549-8243


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

GARUNTEED ISSUED LIFE INSURANCE HIV/ Aids accepted. NO health questions. NO medical exams. Simplified Issue Life. Leave tax free money for your partner. Free end of life planning. All Health & Life lines. Affordable “A” rated insurance cos. Miller Insurance Co. 561-221-2072

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


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

painting services LEENYX HOME IMPROVEMENT Interior and Exterior Painting, Popcorn Removal, Baseboard/ Crown Molding Install. Residental and Commerical. No job is too small!! We service all of broward with great competitive prices! Visa/Mastercard accepted. Call 954-696-6840 or email,

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LARGE 2BR/1 BA Beautiful wood floors, private yard, single family home with canvas covered parking, amazing bonus room, washer/ dryer. Quiet neighborhood walking distance to Wilton Drive/restaurants, clubs, etc. Background check/credit check required. Available NOW!!! $1,650month Please call Terri Wright with Sea Island Realty, Inc 954-401-4918

AFFORDABLE-READY TO MOVE IN NEWLY REMODELED, Wilton Manors, ready to move-in 1BD/1BA for $695.00, in newly renovated. Our largest unit. Walk in closet, renovated kitchen and bath, new appl., new tile floors, off-street parking. Smoke free. No pets. $695.00. Call 754-366-7563

plumber BUTLER PLUMBING, INC.Residential & Commercial, Licensed & Insured, Palm Beach 561-613-338, Broward 954 -999-3315, Miami-Dade 786-999-2152 24/7 -365 days,, www.“ Just tell your friends the BUTLER did it”

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MIAMI WATERFRONT LOCATION, KeystoneNew Stunning Renovation. Boca Style 3274 sq ft, 2 story, Open design Cherry wood kitchen. granite counter,stainless steel appliances. 10 ft ceilings, 4br/2ba +26 ft bonus room,dining room,den large lot and 40 ft long pool. Best Buy $895K, 305-433-1775,631-433,0690

Strong, caring perceptive therapist for your body in need. Full time therapist for over 15 years! Easy and relaxed home studio for your comfort and healing.Convenient and affordable, flexible hours, in and out calls. MA64031, Alan 954-2799935 // 7.3.2013 // //

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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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AFFORDABLE AWESOME MASSAGE BY JIM Offering Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports and LomiLomi Massage for Men; in a very comfortable, relaxed and Private Massage Studio, NOW conveniently located in Wilton Manors on NE 26th Street, with plenty of free parking. Same Day appointments are welcome; please call Jim, 954-600-5843 email: or visit my website for testimonials, rates and more. GREAT OPENING SPECIAL NOW AVAILABLE! Licensed and Certified MM22293


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roommates WILTON STATION LUXURY CONDO Share 2/2 with loft, private bath, parking, pool, gym and Jacuzzi. Utilities included. Looking for mature professional, background check required. $875 a month ,call 516-655-3216 LAUDERLAKES ROOMATE WANTED Share a 2/2 on lake w/ hot tub, private bath, W/D , dishwasher ,central a/c and cable. $ 400/mo includes utilities & internet. Looking for a mature professional. 1st & security deposit. Background check req. Call Gary 954-803-0885 MALE ROOMMATE WANTED Male roommate wanted for 2/1/13. Beautiful WPB 2BD/2BA apt to share $650/Mo. Water, Elect, Waste Mgt included. Deposit + 1st. mo. Required. Call 561316-7236

rent/lease furnished PERFECT RELOCATION RENTALS 3 TO 6 MONTHSFrom 325/week & 1300/month. Gay owned and operated hotel resort with beautiful studio, 1 & 2BRself catering turnkey, fully furnished & apartments with full kitchens. Clothing optional pool! Central to Wilton Manors & Haulover nude beach in historic Dania Beach . Pets welcome. Includes ,utilities, parking , cable, wifi , internet/telephone . Call Joe & Jack at 954927-0090 or visit

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

rent/lease ft. lauderdale LARGE TOWNHOME WITH POOL, EAST FORT LAUDERDALE Beautiful 2BR/2BA townhome in quiet 5-plex.Large eat-in kitchen, central a/c, ceiling fans, Washer/dryer in unit, dishwasher, sparkling pool and more. All in tropical paradise within 5 minutes of the Atlantic Ocean & 1-95 & 8 minutes to Wilton Drive. Master bedroom has walk-in closet and sliding glass doors to private balcony. Great neighbors and neighborhood. Small pet ok. $1,225/mo. Check out photos & complete descriptions at or call Rick at 954-253-1929 LAKERIDGE FURN. GARDEN STUDIO Central to beach/downtown/Wilton Drive.Clean newly ren. 1 rm and bath. Lg. private fenced courtyard. private entry with parking,laundry onsite, water and electric included. $765/mo. 1st and security with lease. Avail March 1st call 941-548-7989 MIDDLE RIVER TERRACE 1/1 efficency $675/ mo. Or $165/week, 6 mos or 1 year lease. Large 3BD house $1,250, carport, office, and all tile. Pay your first month’s rent with an approved application and you’re in. Water & electric included* Call for details. 954-527-9225 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 $700 DOWNTOWN/ SAILBOAT BEND Quiet, small complex.1 BD/ 1BA. Large walk-in closet , like new carpet. Living room ,dining area, kitchen. FREE hot water, NEW A/C, LOW electric bills. Assigned parking. ** MOVE –IN SPECIAL** $ 700/Mo. 954-566-6251

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From Sea to Shining Sea, Gays Celebrate