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NC Attorney General Blasted For Support Of Gay Marriage A Durham attorney running for governor in 2016 says it’s logically inconsistent for expected gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper to oppose election and marriage laws while defending them in court as North Carolina’s attorney general. Ken Spaulding said Wednesday that Cooper

should appoint an independent counsel to represent the state in lawsuits challenging the election law and a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage or recuse himself from the cases. Spaulding and Cooper are both Democrats. Cooper has said his office has shown it can successfully defend the state in litigation

no matter what his personal views are. Spaulding says Cooper’s decision to remain on the cases is costing taxpayers additional money. Republican Gov. Pat McCrory hired private counsel to defend the election law because of Cooper’s public statements about the law. From the Associated Press

Man Found Guilty in Daniel Zamudio’s Murder Four Chilean men have been found guilty of firstdegree murder for killing a gay man and carving swastikas into his body. Daniel Zamudio’s murder set off a national debate about hate crimes in Chile that led Congress to pass an anti-

discrimination law. Judge Juan Carlos Urrutia said Thursday that Patricio Ahumada Garay, Alejandro Angulo Tapia, Raul Lopez Fuentes and Fabian Mora Mora are guilty of a crime of “extreme cruelty” and “total disrespect for human life.”

Two Charged in Bullied Girl’s Suicide It was a cold-hearted online post that a Florida sheriff said hastened the arrest of two girls, aged 12 and 14, in the bullyingsuicide case of 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd repeated the older girl’s Facebook comment almost word for word at a news conference Tuesday. “‘Yes, I bullied Rebecca and she killed herself but I don’t give a …’ and you can add the


last word yourself,” Judd said. But in an interview with ABC News that aired Wednesday, a couple identified as the 14-year-old’s parents said their daughter would never write something like that and that the girl’s Facebook page had been hacked. Authorities in central Florida said Rebecca was tormented online and at school by as many as 15 girls before she climbed a tower at


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The judge said the attackers also burned Zamudio with cigarettes, beat him with glass bottles and broke his right leg with a heavy stone before they abandoned him in a park in the Chilean capital on Oct. 3, 2012. The sentence will be read on Oct. 28.

an abandoned concrete plant and hurled herself to her death Sept. 9. But the two girls arrested were primarily the ones who bullied Rebecca, the sheriff said. They have been charged with stalking and released to their parents. Rebecca is one of at least a dozen or so suicides in the past three years that were attributed at least in part to cyberbullying. From the Associated Press

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Openly Gay State Rep Kicks Off Campaign for Second Term Watermark State Rep. Joe Saunders (D-Orlando) is the first one to admit that Tallahassee is a difficult place for Democrats. With Republicans running the Legislature and the Governor ready with his veto pen, there isn’t much a progressive can do. But Saunders, one of the first openly gay state legislators, isn’t about to give up. Less than a year into his first term, Saunders kicked off his campaign for a second term Tuesday, Oct. 15. Saunders’ honorary host committee reads like a who’s who of Democratic elected officials, including Congressman Alan Grayson (D-Orlando), State Sen. Darren Soto (D-Orlando) and State Rep. Linda Stewart (D-Orlando). When asked why he deserves a second term, Saunders’ points to various successes during the 2012-2013 session including: earning historic support for nondiscrimination protections for Florida’s LGBT community, leading the charge with Planned Parenthood to defeat four anti-choice bills, passing powerful legislation to force

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accountability and transparency for failing charter schools and fighting to strengthen access to quality of arts education programs for Florida’s students. In the upcoming session, Saunders agenda includes reintroducing both the FL Competitive Workforce Act and the ‘Arts for All Students Act.’ From our media partner Watermark



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News Briefs +FL State Senator Files Bill Banning Gay Conversion Therapy A Florida State Senator has filed a bill that would ban ex-gay therapy for minors. Also known as conversion therapy, the bill refers to a range of treatments intended to turn gay people straight. The practice has been condemned by

the American Psychiatric Association, and bans already exist in California and New Jersey. Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth) filed the bill Oct. 7. “The term “sexual orientation change therapy” means therapy that

seeks to change a person’s sexual orientation, including, but not limited to, efforts to change behaviors, gender identity, or gender expressions, or to reduce or eliminate sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward a person of the same gender,” reads the bill, and


Moldova Overturns ’Gay Propaganda’ Law

The Moldovan government has overturned the country’s “homosexual propaganda” ban on Friday in order to gain membership to the European Union, Pink

News reports.

Officials from Moldova, an Eastern Europe country between Ukraine and Romania, narrowly voted to eliminate the anti-gay law after being offered an EU Association Agreement at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, Lithuania in November. The ban was just passed in June, around the same time President Vladimir Putin signed Russia’s “homosexual propaganda” measure into law, and prohibited “relationships [other] than those linked to marriage and the family,” according to Pink News. The decision to overturn the measure was opposed by Moscow officials and several Orthodox Christians in Moldova, who protested outside the country’s parliament building. “Today they are allowing this propaganda and tomorrow they will allow gay marriages,” Orthodox priest Ghenadie Valuta told the AFP. Pink News reported in March a court in Balti, Moldova’s second largest city, overturned a similar law that also banned “homosexual propaganda.” From our media partner EDGE


Airline Apologizes For “I Am Gay” Sticker on Luggage

An Australian-based airline has apologized to a stay-at-home dad and are investigating the incident where its employees taped “I am gay” in stickers on his suitcase. According to an article on the Huffington Post, a stay-at-home dad was traveling on Jetstar, a discount subsidiary airline of Qantas in Australia and New Zealand, when he discovered at the baggage carousel at the Perth Airport that his luggage had been defaced, possibly by a Jetstar employee. The father of two, who has identified


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himself as ’Aaron,’ as noted in an article on The Atlantic Wire, said on Twitter that the incident made him realize the discrimination that LGBTs face. “I am a white heterosexual male. This trifecta of privilege means that I’m not routinely subjected to prejudice,” he wrote in an Oct. 12 Twitter post. “But for a few minutes I got to walk in the shoes of a gay person in a public place. For no good reason I had had a slur marked over my luggage. I was degraded. I was shamed. I was humiliated.” “For me, this was only a few minutes of one day of my life,” wrote ’Aaron.’ “If what I felt for those few minutes is extrapolated out every day over a lifetime, then I can fully understand why our gay friends feel persecuted and why they have such high rates of suicide. It is unacceptable.” Although some were offended that the man considered being called “gay” an insult, they were glad to hear that the airline had

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apologized, and initiated an investigation. “We are taking this matter very seriously and we have contacted the passenger to apologize for any distress caused,” Jetstar said in a statement. From our media partner EDGE


Man Paralyzed After Alleged Anti-Gay Crime

A gay man from Canada has been paralyzed after being attacked in an alleged hate crime on Oct. 12, CBC News reports. Scott Jones, 27, is currently in critical but stable condition at a hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia, after being stabbed twice in the back and having his throat slashed. According to Jones’ friend Amy Punke, she and Jones were out with friends celebrating the opening of a friend’s art studio. She didn’t witness the attack, however, but has been speaking to Jones about the incident.


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The attack took place around 2:30 a.m. Jones later told Punke that the suspects (both men) were at a bar he was at. They approached Jones and his friend, one of the men distracted Jones’ friend and the other man grabbed Jones from behind and whispered something in his ear. He then stabbed him in the back twice and slashed his throat, according to Punke. Jones told Punke he doesn’t know what the man whispered. The injury to Jones’ throat was superficial but the stabbing severed his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down, CBC reports. Police from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, arrested Shane Edward Matheson, 19, on Saturday night in connection with Jones’ attack. Matheson has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public place, according to CBC. Matheson is facing another charge of assault with a weapon for an incident against an 18-yearold woman. According to New Glasgow Police Const. Ken Macdonald, the charge is unrelated to Jones’ attack. Jones’ friends to the CBC they believe he was attacked because he is gay. “Myself, and his family and the people that know him, we feel that he may have been targeted because of the fact that he’s gay – and he’s openly gay in town,” Punke told CBC. Punke also spoke with UPI about the incident and shared similar sentiments, saying, “He’s very open about his sexuality,” she said. “Just the nature of the evening and the people that we were with and the fact that he was targeted out of all of us.” Jason Cormier, Jones’ sister’s fiancée, told the Chronicle Herald Jones was attacked because of his sexual orientation. Police have not stated if the attacked is a hate crime and said they are still speaking with witnesses. Matheson is in custody and is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday. From our media parnter EDGENews

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Anti- Gay Prejudice Linked to Physical Health Disparties Denise Royal Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals have a greater risk for a variety of negative health effects as a result of stress caused by anti-gay prejudice. That’s according to a new study that’s the first comprehensive overview of the various ways in which social inequality impacts LGB physical health. It found that LGB individuals are at increased risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes among other ailments. “Our review is the first to bring together social and basic science research to

demonstrate the truly negative impact that anti-gay stigma can have on the physical health of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people,” co-author Laura E. Durso said. One reason: Most health providers do not ask about sexual orientation or gender identity, nor are they trained in the unique health care needs of LGBT people or the health disparities they experience. Many LGBT patients are not “out” to their providers; as a result, they are not screened for issues that may disproportionately affect LGB people.

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“The review demonstrates that disparities in LGB physical health are quite real, and that more research is critical for understanding how to address such negative health outcomes for all Americans,” co-author David Lick said. The Williams Institute at UCLA report states that when compared to people who identify as heterosexual, LGB individuals report more asthma diagnoses, more headaches, more chronic diseases and more allergies. They are also increased cases of osteoarthritis and serious gastrointestinal problems. Researchers also found lesbian and bisexual women experience increased risks of some cancers when compared to heterosexuals, especially breast cancer; as well as a heightened risk of cardiovascular disease. Studies have shown lesbians are less likely than heterosexual women to have health insurance or get preventive health care such as mammograms, and they may also be at greater risk for ovarian cancer. A direct cause for may be the fact that lesbians are up to ten times less likely to be screened for ovarian cancer. When compared to heterosexual men, gay men experience greater risk of cardiovascular disease. They also have more migraine headaches and urinary incontinence.


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Dr. Albert Mestre, a South Florida infectious disease specialist, is not surprised by the report’s findings. He treats several HIV positive patients. Dr. Mestre points to a sobering statistic. Gay and bisexual men, especially those from communities of color, are disproportionately affected by HIV/ AIDS, accounting for roughly half of the 1.2 million Americans living with the virus and 66 percent of new infections in 2010. “That higher incidence of HIV and other STD’s put gay and bisexual men at higher risk for cancer,” he said. Another factor: One quarter of people with HIV are currently uninsured. This includes many gay and bisexual men. Lack of access to health care has been a major contributing factor to LGB health disparities. Dr. Mestre said it’s imperative that LGB individuals find a health care provider they trust. He suggests asking family and friends for recommendations. “You have to find a doctor that you trust and one that treats you fairly and with respect, “ he said. But it doesn’t end there. He suggests regular HIV tests. It also means, knowing your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. “Staying on top of those numbers and getting preventive tests can make a huge difference,” he said.



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Julio Suarez* (Name changed) is 24-years old. He lives on South Beach and has a Master’s Degree in Journalism. Like many young men who live in Miami-Dade County, Suarez is Latino. He’s also gay and not out to his parents. An estimated 1.4 million Latino/a adults identify as LGBT in the U.S., according to a new study by UCLA Williams Institute. This report sheds new light on this demographic and its unique characteristics that set it apart from others in the LGBT community. The recently released study coincides with Hispanic Heritage month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15). According to the data, Suarez is part of a trend among Latinos. They tend to live in areas where there are higher proportions of Latinos, but not necessarily a high concentration of other LGBT people. For example, a third of Latino/a same-sex couples live in New Mexico, California, and Texas. Miami-Dade County ranks sixth among U.S. counties with a Latino/a head of household. “While sometimes less visible in popular representations of LGBT people and families, Latinos make up a sizable portion of the LGBT population, and they tend to live in Latino, as opposed to LGBT, communities,” said Williams Scholar Gary Gates. Suarez agrees. “I live in South Beach, but I am always in Little Havana, because that’s where I find Mexican and Cuban food,” he said. But, having a graduate degree shows Mexican-American Suarez bucks other trends. The Williams report shows rates of education vary depending on individual ancestry. Individuals of Spanish or Cuban ancestry report higher levels of educational


attainment, while Mexican, Salvadoran, and Puerto Rican individuals report lower rates of college completion. The report also found that in 63 percent of same-sex couples with a Latino/a partner, the other partner is not Latino/a. This is the case for only 32 percent of heterosexual couples. That comes as no surprise to Suarez, who usually dates non-Latino white men. “In the Latino community, there are such a wide variety of different ethnicities. I am Mexican, which is very different than being Cuban or Puerto Rican. I relate more to some White people because of my American upbringing,“ said Suarez. Same-sex couples with only one Latino/a partner report a higher median household income compared to different-sex couples with one Latino/a partner ($85,000 vs. $75,000). This pattern is also true for same-sex couples with two Latino/a partners, however the reported median household incomes are lower overall ($55,000 vs. $46,300). The Williams report also states 29 percent of Latino/a same-sex couples are raising children. Suarez says that’s right in line with the value system he grew up with. “There is a strong sense of family in the Latino community. That sense of family will never go away. For me, the saddest part now, is that I recently went to a church wedding and I thought I can never have that. But I know that one day I will be able to have a legally recognized relationship and a family and that makes me optimistic,” he said. *Julio Suarez wanted his real identity kept hidden because he’s not out to his parents.

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8 Things You Didn’t Know About Black LGBT People New research sheds light on little known demographics Sasha Razumikhin of the LGBT community and show that couples are less likely than their different-sex likely to report veteran status than those some of the socio-economic challenges counterparts to have health insurance coverage in different-sex couples (9 percent vs. 3 percent). About 1 in 7 male African- American that racial and ethnic minorities face in U.S. for both partners (63 percent vs. 79 percent). society are shared by LGBT people of color.� 7.Notably, 58 percent of African-American individuals in same-sex couples have served in the military compared to 1 in 4 male Of course, of the results below, many are same-sex couples are female. connected to the inequality rampant across 8.Female African-American individuals African-American individuals in differentin same-sex couples are three times more sex couples (13 percent vs. 25 percent). the U.S., Kastenis said. “LGBT African-American parents and their children evidence significant economic disadvantage and many live in states without LGBT anti-discrimination laws or marriage equality,� she said in a statement. “Establishing these important legal of African-American Adults Estimated LGBT African-American African-American Individuals in of African-American Same-sex protections could really help Identify as LGBT Adults in the U.S. Same-sex Couples in the U.S. Couples Raising Children these families.� Overview Here are some of the This report uses the best available data to provide a population estimate of LGBT African-Americans and African-American same-sex (SS) couples in the United States, along with a general overview of their socioeconomic and demographic characteristics. research’s key findings, taken directly from the study... Geographic Distribution Same-sex Couples with an African-American Householder 1.Overall, how African- African-American individuals in per 1,000 Households American same-sex couples same-sex couples tend to live in areas by county (adjusted) where there are higher proportions fare compared to their of African-Americans, as opposed to different-sex counterparts areas with higher proportions of the varies significantly depending broader LGB population. More than on the gender of the couple 1/4 of African-American same-sex and whether the couple is couples live in Georgia, New York, Maryland and North Carolina. raising children. 2.About 34 percent of The county-level maps use U.S. African-American same-sex Census 2010 data measuring samesex couples. The Census data describe couples are raising children. both different-sex (DS) and same-sex African-American sameAAAAAA 0.0 (SS) couples by the race or ethnicity sex couples raising children 0.1 of the “householder,� who was Person report household median 0.2 1 on the Census form. Person 1 is incomes $15,000 lower than 0.3 - 0.6 usually the person in whose name AAAAAAAAAAAA comparable African-American 0.7 - 4.6 the home is either owned or rented. Appendix A contains a detailed different-sex couples ($47,300 Households with African-American Partner 1 No Couples w/ African-American Householder description of who is included in vs. $63,020). Alaska Hawaii SS Couples Couples with African-American Partner 1 No SS w/ African-American Householder section of this snapshot report, 3.African-American female each SOURCE: U.S. Census 2010 data (adjusted, see Data and Methodology section) along with additional information on same-sex couples report how to understand the map key. household median incomes $20,000 less than AfricanKey Findings American male same-sex 23% of LGBT African-Americans have completed a college Overall, how African-American same-sex couples fare couples ($51,000 vs. $72,000). compared to their different-sex counterparts varies significantly degree or more, compared to 26% of non-LGBT African-Americans. 4.LGBT African-Americans depending on the gender of the couple and whether the couple is raising children. African-American same-sex couples are less likely than their have higher rates of different-sex counterparts to have health insurance coverage for unemployment compared to 34% of African-American same-sex couples are raising children. African-American same-sex couples raising children report both partners (63% vs. 79%). non-LGBT African-Americans household median incomes $15,000 lower than comparable AfricanNotably, 58% of African-American same-sex couples are (15 percent vs. 12 percent). American different-sex couples ($47,300 vs. $63,020). female. 5.About 23 percent of LGBT African-American female same-sex couples report household African-Americans have Female African-American individuals in same-sex couples median incomes $20,000 less than African-American male samecompleted a college degree are three times more likely to report veteran status than those sex couples ($51,000 vs. $72,000). in different-sex couples (9% vs. 3%). About 1 in 7 male Africanor more, compared to 26 American individuals in same-sex couples have served in the percent of non-LGBT AfricanLGBT African-Americans have higher rates of unemployment military compared to 1 in 4 male African-American individuals in Americans. compared to non-LGBT African-Americans (15% vs. 12%). different-sex couples (13% vs. 25%). 1 6.African-American same-sex


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When it comes to bringing us LGBT data from the far reaches of mainstream issues, there’s no organization better at caring and achieving the feat more than the Williams Institute. The California think-tank’s latest home run has to do with the black portion of the LGBT population. SFGN published a profile earlier this month about the institute, highlighting Williams’ capacity and its effect on modern LGBT activism. This newest study is no surprise to us. “An estimated 1,018,700 (3.7 percent) of African-American adults consider themselves LGBT and 34 percent of AfricanAmerican same-sex couples are raising children,� the research found. Angeliki Kastanis, Williams’ public policy research fellow, and Gary Gates, a Williams Distinguished Fellow, authored the research, titled “LGBT African-American Individuals and African-American Same-Sex Couples.� Check out the entire report here. SFGN asked Gates, who’s an expert in LGBT demographics, why there should be research targeted at black LGBT people. “Because of limited data availability, very few studies are able to consider possible differences in characteristics of the LGBT community across racial and ethnic groups. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau and data collected by Gallup offer a rare opportunity to focus on the geographic and demographic characteristics of racial and ethnic minorities who identify as LGBT or who are part of a same-sex couple,� Gates said. “The analyses highlight the diversity

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Before taking COMPLERA, tell your healthcare provider if you: • Have liver problems, including hepatitis B or C virus infection, or have abnormal liver tests • Have kidney problems • Have ever had a mental health problem • Have bone problems • Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if COMPLERA can harm your unborn child • Are breastfeeding: Women with HIV should not breastfeed because they can pass HIV through their milk to the baby. Also, COMPLERA may pass through breast milk and could cause harm to the baby

This is not a complete list of side effects. Tell your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you notice any side effects while taking COMPLERA, and call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

COMPLERA can cause additional serious side effects: • New or worsening kidney problems, including kidney failure. If you have had kidney problems, or take other medicines that may cause kidney problems, your healthcare provider may need to do regular blood tests. • Depression or mood changes. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms: feeling sad or hopeless, feeling anxious or restless, have thoughts of hurting yourself (suicide) or have tried to hurt yourself. • Changes in liver enzymes: People who have had hepatitis B or C, or who have had changes in their liver function tests in the past may have an increased risk for liver problems while taking COMPLERA. Some people without prior liver disease may also be at risk. Your healthcare provider may need to check your liver enzymes before and during treatment with COMPLERA. • Bone problems can happen in some people who take COMPLERA. Bone problems include bone pain, softening or thinning (which may lead to fractures). Your healthcare provider may need to do additional tests to check your bones. • Changes in body fat can happen in people taking HIV medicine. • Changes in your immune system. Your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections that have been hidden in your body for a long time. Tell your healthcare provider if you start having new symptoms after starting COMPLERA.

Additional Information about taking COMPLERA: • Always take COMPLERA exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it. • Take COMPLERA with food. Taking COMPLERA with food is important to help get the right amount of medicine in your body. (A protein drink does not replace food. If your healthcare provider stops COMPLERA, make certain you understand how to take your new medicine and whether you need to take your new medicine with a meal.) Stay under the care of your healthcare provider during treatment with COMPLERA and see your healthcare provider regularly. Please see Brief Summary of full Prescribing Information with important warnings on the following pages.

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The most common side effects of COMPLERA The most include: common side effects of COMPLERA include: cially tell your healthcare provider Especially if youtell take: your healthcare provider if you take: antacid an antacid magnesium medicine that hydroxide, containsoraluminum,•magnesium hydroxide, or stop medicine that contains• aluminum, • trouble sleeping (insomnia) trouble sleeping (insomnia) cium calcium during carbonate. treatment If youwith takeCOMPLERA, an antacid during treatment with COMPLERA, urns carbonate. If you take an antacid • abnormal dreams abnormal dreams e the take the or antacid at least at 4 hours least 2after hours youbefore or at•least 4 hours after you nt of antacid at least 2 hours before e COMPLERA. take COMPLERA. • headache • headache • astomach, edicine to block the acid in your medicineincluding to block the cimetidine acid in your stomach, •including our • dizziness dizzinesscimetidine gamet), famotidine (Pepcid), nizatidine (Tagamet), (Axid), famotidine or ranitidine (Pepcid), hydrochloride nizatidine (Axid), or ranitidine hydrochloride • diarrhea • diarrhea ntac). If you take one of these medicines (Zantac).during If you take treatment one ofwith these medicines during treatment with • • nausea nausea MPLERA, take the acid blocker at COMPLERA, least 12 hours takebefore the acid or at blocker leastat 4 hours least 12 hours before or at least 4 hours er you take COMPLERA. after you take COMPLERA. • rash • rash heck • mouth of these medicines (if taken by any of these or injection): medicines (if taken by mouth or injection): • tiredness • tiredness tion. – clarithromycin (Biaxin) arithromycin (Biaxin) may • depression • depression

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uconazole (Diflucan)

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ethadone (Dolophine) , osaconazole (Noxafil)

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lithromycin (Ketek)

– telithromycin (Ketek)

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‘We Are All HIV Equal’

New campaign aims at leveling the field between people of any HIV status Sasha Razumikhin

A new social media campaign is launching a week before Halloween with the aim of making HIV less scary. It’s called HIV Equal because, according to this nifty promotional film for it, “we are all equal.” It’s being handled by Connecticut-based World Health Clinicians, a non-profit dedicated to curtailing the spread of HIV. This specific campaign is the brainchild of Jack Mackenroth, whom you may remember from SFGN’s April coverage, and celebrity photographer Thomas Evans. Mackenroth, best known for being a contestant on Project Runway, has dealt his hand to HIV activism in the past, most recently with the launch of a dating website that focused on the HIV-plus community. This time, it seems he’ll be emulating the NoH8 campaign’s photo campaign. “People love to place blame on anything that is ‘other’ so they can justify why it won’t happen to them,” Mackenroth told SFGN. “Unfortunately, as a culture we have bought into that belief and as a result many HIV-positive people internalize the blame and feel immense shame about their status. HIV Equal is meant to show that there are legions of people who reject the notion that we should be judged by our HIV-status. No one is perfect.” It’s all very simple: The campaign is a collection of photos of people (celebrities for now) wearing the emblematic HIV Equal logo (HIV and an equal sign) somewhere on their bodies. Then come high-res photos, and then comes the sharing. More specifically:


Participants who sign up to take a photo will also take an HIV test with an on-hand health professional. The test is confidential and involves a quick mouth swab with results in 20 minutes. If an individual does test positive, the staff is prepared with the necessary counseling and linkage to care. Individuals are photographed with a unique “HIV=” logo, which strategically appears on their body. As a play on the word “status,” a unique caption will read ‘STATUS:_______,’ and every model picks a word that exemplifies one aspect of their personality. “Basically we are taking photos of individuals—positive and negative—with our HIV= logo on their body and then they also get tested for HIV,” Mackenroth told SFGN. “It’s really going to be amazing.” The launch party comes Oct. 26 in Connecticut and jumpstarts what Mackenroth said he hopes to take to cities all over the country. It will exhibit Broadway star Nick Adams (“La Cage Aux Folles,” “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”), Congressman Jim Himes, AIDS and gay rights activist Peter Staley, Tony Award winning actor/singer Billy Porter (“Kinky Boots”), and drag superstar Bianca Del Rio, among many others. WHC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gary Blick is heading the medical aspect of the campaign. “It’s crucial to restart the national dialogue about HIV and HIV testing since the recent CDC statistics suggest that the younger generations are the most vulnerable when it

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comes to new HIV infections, as data from 2010 cites that over 90 percent of new HIV infections are found in young men ages 1334,” Blick said in a statement. “HIV Equal appeals directly to that demographic.” Mackenroth is enthusiastic that HIV Equal will get the message across and do so in a fun and interactive way, for once. “Our goal is to photograph people from all walks of life who support ending HIV stigma, regardless of their personal HIV status. We launched the campaign with celebrities, politicians, artists and many recognizable faces in order to draw attention to our mission, but we plan to include everyone since HIV affects us all,” Mackenroth said. “HIV Equal goes a step further to include testing so that everyone photographed knows their status. We need to take care of ourselves and each other, as well as to reignite the global conversation about HIV to stop the spread of misinformation, fear and judgment.” What’s the end goal? “There is no end goal—unless of course we find a cure for HIV. It’s an ongoing project. We just want HIV Equal to grow exponentially and continue to spread across the country,” Mackenroth said. “We want the photos by Thomas Evans to become synonymous with HIV awareness when people see the black background and the magenta glow. We want to take the campaign all over the country as a mobile testing initiative and get people involved again in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The possibilities are endless.” For more information, go to


The creators of HIV Equal are launching their social media campaign on Oct. 26 in Connecticut. The event will exhibit Broadway star Nick Adams (“La Cage Aux Folles,” “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”), Congressman Jim Himes, AIDS and gay rights activist Peter Staley, Tony Award winning actor/singer Billy Porter (“Kinky Boots”), and drag superstar Bianca Del Rio, among many others. Photo courtesy of HIV Equal

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Marsha Shapiro and Louise Walpin married each other for the third time early Monday. But this time, it was especially memorable: They were among the first to tie the knot after samesex marriage became legal in New Jersey. A rabbi first “married” the couple in 1992 in a Jewish ceremony. They married a second time in New York in August 2012 after samesex marriage became legal there. The third time was just after midnight Thursday in the Garden State. The couple helped pave the way there through a 2011 lawsuit that brought about the change. New Jersey now becomes the 14th state to recognize gay marriages. Shapiro and Walpin were married in the home of state Sen. Raymond Lesniak, who championed same-sex marriage in the legislature. But throughout the state, other gay couples exchanged vows in early morning ceremonies. At the Newark City Hall, Mayor Cory Booker married seven couples, two of them straight. He had refused to conduct any marriage ceremonies until same-sex marriages were legal in the state. “It is officially past midnight,” Booker said. “Marriage is equal in New Jersey.”

High court clears the way

On Friday, the New Jersey Supreme Court denied the state’s request to temporarily prevent such marriages.

Troy Stevenson, executive director of the gay rights group Garden State Equality, said last week that the high court’s decision means “the door is open for love, commitment and equality under the law.” “This is a huge victory for New Jersey’s same-sex couples and their families,” added Hayley Gorenberg, deputy legal director of gay rights group Lambda Legal and the organization’s lead attorney on the case. “Take out the champagne glasses — wedding bells will soon be ringing in New Jersey!” That enthusiasm was not shared by everyone. “It is extremely disappointing that the New Jersey Supreme Court has allowed the ruling of an activist judge to stand pending its appeal through the court system,” said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, last week. “All in all, today’s ruling is another sad chapter in watching our courts usurp the rights of voters to determine issues like this for themselves.” Gov. Chris Christie’s administration appealed — and asked the court to delay — a lower court’s September 27 order that the state must allow same-sex couples to marry beginning October 21, rather than give them the label “civil union.” The state Supreme Court on Friday declined to delay the September order in the meantime, writing that “the state has not shown a reasonable probability that it will succeed on the merits” of the appeal. “When a party presents a clear case of ongoing unequal treatment, and asks the court to vindicate constitutionally protected rights, a court may not sidestep its obligation to rule for an indefinite amount of time,” the 20-page decision read. “Under those circumstances, courts do not have the option to defer.” On Monday Christie said his administration is withdrawing its appeal.

the rights and benefits of marriage. As far as state rights and benefits went, civil unions and marriages differed only in label. Three states offer civil unions, but not marriage, to same-sex couples. They are Colorado, Hawaii and Illinois. Same-sex marriage is now legal in 14 U.S states — California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey,

New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington — as well as the District of Columbia. Same-sex marriage is banned in every state not mentioned above, except for New Mexico, which has no laws banning or allowing it. CNN’s Jason Hanna and Kevin Wang contributed to this report. From our media partner CNN

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news local Macy’s comes through for Poverello Non-profit food pantry gets 10k grant award. John McDonald

Poverello’s 10,000 square foot thrift shop is located at 2056 North Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors Photo courtesy of John McDonald

Poverello provides life-saving services and those services received much needed funding recently. The organization was the recipient of a $10,000 grant award from Macy’s Foundation, said chief executive officer Tom Smith. “We couldn’t survive without this,” said Smith, who has worked for the non-profit food pantry for 24 years. Poverello is where people living with HIV/ AIDS in Broward County can go for fresh and healthy food. There is also a 10,000-square foot thrift store inside the building with a fitness center. Located in Wilton Manors, Poverello services 2,400 clients a year. “I started fundraising 24 years ago,” said Smith, who worked his way to CEO three years ago. “Everybody realizes we’re all intersected by HIV. It’s not just a gay disease, it either affects or effects you… and it’s not just gay men, but straight men and women and children.”


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The grant award comes at a good time for the non-profit, which receives aid via the Ryan White federal government program, but those funds are limited. Smith said a Ryan White client can receive just 24 weeks of food assistance. “Nobody can live on that,” Smith said. The grant award from Macy’s, a retail corporate giant, will be used entirely on food, Smith added. “They’ve always been supportive,” Smith said of Macy’s. “It’s good to have multiple funding sources and we’ve had a lot of support from the corporate world.” Along with Macy’s, Wells Fargo, WalMart, Publix and Winn Dixie have all made generous donations to Poverello in the past, Smith said. If you would like to make a $10 donation to Poverello, text ‘EAT’ to 50555.  Visit for more information.

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The secret, Bobby Kyser claims, is in the make-up. Heavy make-up. “There’s something about the energy. It’s unmatchable,” said Kyser, as he explains Wicked Manors, the annual Halloween Street Festival co-presented by the Pride Center and the City of Wilton Manors. Billed as South Florida’s only major street festival held on Halloween (Oct. 31), Wicked Manors brings together the realms of creativity, music, design and entertainment into one night along one street. “It’s a way to promote Wilton Drive as a destination,” said organizer Doug Cureton. Together, Cureton and Kyser created the festival in 2007 and much to their surprise were greeted by 7,000 people the first year. This year officials at the Pride Center estimate anywhere between 12,000 to 15,000 people will attend the festival. The theme is “Walking Dead on the Drive” and Kyser expects the pavement to be filled with zombies, werewolves, vampires and anything else that requires hair and make-up. “We know how gay people love to dress up,” Kyser quipped. “The energy this festival


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provides is amazing. I think it’s all the heavy make-up. Even the butch ones want to wear make-up on Halloween.” For Wicked Manors, all traffic on Wilton Drive from NE 21st Court to North Dixie Hwy. will be blocked off, beginning at 3 p.m., so that festivalgoers can safely stroll the street. Treat or Treat for children begins at 5 p.m. with a kids costume contest at 7 p.m. and a pets costume contest at 7:30 p.m. As the night goes on, the adults come out to play. DJ Pedro Rocha, an up and coming tri-lingual music maker, will provide the beats. A flashmob performance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. and a drag show, emceed by Misty Eyez, promises to entertain. Above all, it’s a night to get wickedly dressed up. “There will be wonderful costumes,” Cureton said. “Some people really go over the top.” A grand prize of $1,000 awaits the winner of the best costume matching this year’s “Walking Dead” theme. For more information on parking and times, visit

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A nightclub owner known as much for his philanthropy as his popular hospitality establishment was arrested last Friday on charges of possession of cocaine and driving under the influence after allegedly running a stop sign and crashing into another car in front of the Pride Center at Equality Park in Wilton Manors. Just after midnight on Friday, October 18, Officer Gary Keesling arrived to the location at 2040 North Dixie Highway to conduct a crash investigation. According to the police report leading to his eventual arrest, Officer Keesling concluded, during his contact with Padgett, 48, that the nightclub owner might have been impaired by alcohol and “requested a DUI investigation.” Arriving on scene, Officer Craig Buttery spoke to an eyewitness whose car was struck in the incident. She said that Padgett had failed to properly stop at a stop sign while heading east on NE 20 Drive, and instead turned carelessly into the northbound lanes of Dixie Highway against traffic, eventually hitting a curb, before striking her vehicle. Officer Buttery then stated when he turned to Padgett for a response, he was leaning over on his police car. According to the report, the Alibi club owner had “red watery eyes, a flushed face, and very slurred speech, along with the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.” Officer Buttery determined that Padgett’s gait was unsteady, and requested him to submit to roadside exercises and breath testing, which he refused. Officer Buttery’s report states he warned Padgett that such a refusal could provide a foundation for his arrest and be used as evidence against him in court. Officer Buttery then wrote the “defendant did maintain his refusal and was arrested.” Padgett was then taken into custody, transported to the mobile Breathalyzer unit, and advised of his implied consent warnings and asked to take a Breathalyzer test. He refused, “stating he wanted a lawyer, ” and “I’m not doing it.” Officer Buttery stated in his report that he observed and monitored Padgett’s behavior for a time, concluded he was “babbling” and engaging in “mood swings.” Subsequent to his arrest, a search of Padgett’s person revealed the disclosure of a brown wallet in his pocket, which contained “2 yellow small plastic bags from within the billfold.” Field-tested on the scene, they purportedly contained a white powder that


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tested positive for about 3 grams of cocaine, leading to the felony drug charge. They will be delivered to the Broward Sheriff’s crime lab for corroborative testing. Padgett bonded out of jail later that day. No court date has yet been set. Jackson Padgett’s club, the Alibi, has become nationally known as the heartbeat of gay nightlife in South Florida while cultivating an award-winning reputation for serving the best cheeseburger in town. First opened in 1997 when Wilton Manors was beginning to emerge as a popular LGBT venue, the Alibi continues to distinguish itself as the epicenter of the growing Wilton Manors entertainment district, now popularly known as “The Drive.” Padgett and his life partner, Mark Negrete, also operate Alibi Catering Services and Bill’s Filling Station. The two life partners have also established the nonprofit Padgett/ Negrete Foundation, contributing and underwriting multiple local charitable ventures. In fact, the foundation is slated to receive the “Community Partnership Award” from Equality Florida next month at its Broward Gala. Editor’s note: A first time charge for cocaine, a third degree felony, is punishable by up to five years in prison, but usually the arrestee is a candidate for a sentence of probation, involving no jail time, and a ‘withheld adjudication of guilt.’ Broward County Drug Court is also an option, which gives the arrestee an opportunity to have all charges dismissed after completion of a rehabilitation program. Both options would not impact the operation of Padgett’s nightclubs or its liquor licenses. They may continue to operate as usual.


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ALIENS. Where is Ellen Ripley? I became a proud denizen of AMERWRECKA, a mythical land somewhere in our not so distant universe, over 30 years ago. I went through the legal procedures requested by the Government, waited, bided my time, followed the rules until I became a full fledge passport carrying taxpaying voting denizen. It was one of the happiest days of my life. It was better than belonging to an exclusive VIP club; this was the country where all are created equal, this was the cradle of Democracy, the home of civility. The Ferrari of nations, the land of opportunity and fairness. Politicians, no matter what their party affiliation was, were relentlessly working for the good of the country and its people. They were admired, they were respected. AMERWRECKA was a utopian beacon envied throughout the solar system. I wanted to be part of the democratic process from the start.


I considered myself an intensely political man. Joined and supported a party, rejoiced in its victories, believed that its accession to power would bring the country even closer to social justice and prosperity for all. But also gave the other side the backing they needed when they won, including the benefit of the doubt. It was unconditional love and support. I am now engulfed in a sense of helplessness which is compounded with the failure to understand what happened, what went Photo courtesy of Donkeyhotey wrong, as if body snatchers from the old planet called Earth took over and imposed their system of narcissistic bastards. Their ego-cancer makes them unaware Dysfunctional Pseudo Democracy on all of us. of the mounting disgust the population at The Left came, gave place to the Right, large feel at the way we are ruled. It doesn’t which gave room to the Left. Nothing even matter at this point if the people had changed. Disillusionment wasn’t swift but voted for or against any politicians they now I eventually reached a state of political despise. We the people would be happy to despair and dark cynicism. A state I am still lock them all up in the local church, throw in and from which I see no escape. away the key and set it ablaze. I can now say with certainty that there There is very little hope for change. It is is a preponderance of psychopaths at a carousel without a stop button. Although the top, in the corporate, ecclesiastical, politicians often talk and promise a better political worlds with a clinical absence world, especially on the campaign trail, of empathy. Like creatures from a science not one of them gives evidence of having fiction movie. Irresponsibility and total any real desire to change this rotten system disregard for the good of the country is the because it works so well to the real purpose norm in a game where the word bipartisan of maintaining power for themselves, and has become anathema. Obstructionism the benefits that come with it. The people be is the norm. Paralyzing the Government damned. Keep them sick and poor. They are with blackmail is the favorite sport of the elected gasbags. The word “do jour” is easier to control. We have become a mass of zombies negate instead of negotiate. listening to hours of inane political chatter, Heimatland Security should round them enduring what one could hardly call it up and ship them to Guantanamera with a news. Foxymoron News recycling the same one way ticket. We are the hostages. They pundits and faces that have been appearing are the terrorists. for decades, the same things happening, Too many times recently I had to agree the same twisted spins full of lies and with others that we are ruled by thieves and misinformation. They oppose this, oppose liars. It is as if the last remaining vestiges of that and by their selfless efforts they vow to restraint and shame have been overcome shutdown the Government by placing it in a and it is no longer necessary, on the part political coma, and then what? of the politicians, to pretend that they are It is the end of common sense, more lies anything less than what they are: power and more empty words. Ear bashing plain and hungry self centered monochromatic greedy

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simple ...” HE will protect the lives and interests of the people - HE will appeal to his fellow citizens’ patriotic interests and in general set the welfare of the country above his own.”... Nothing ever exceeds the length of an MTV video or a tweet. Sound bites, no substance. What a piece of political science fiction. It is our fault. We elect these sociopaths and pay their salaries. They are predators who use charm, money, manipulation, intimidation, religion and fear to control others and to satisfy their own selfish needs. We routinely elect barbarians who take what they want and do as they please without guilt or remorse. We should start blaming ourselves for accepting the status quo. It doesn’t matter if you are a Barblican or a Demicrat or a Tbagger unless you have a permanent lapse of reason you have to admit that those who represent you belong in a three ring circus, or preferably in a loony bin. I am exhausted by how stupid everyone is getting. More to the point: you know they didn’t get up there by themselves, they don’t belong up there, they don’t know what to do while they are up there, they are elevated beyond their ability to function, and you just wonder what kind of dumb ass put them there to begin with. You know the dumb ass is you. It is all of us. Politicians, like diapers, must be changed often and for the same reason.

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Harvey Milk Stamp in the Works aware that a lunatic might silent his voice at any moment. We have seen several lesbian, gay, or bisexual people on stamps over the years—including Josephine Baker, James Baldwin, Andy Warhol, Walt Whitman, and Tennessee Williams, amongst others-

but none that were elected as openly gay figures to a political office. If the U.S. Postal Service can create stamps for everything from state flowers to Disney characters, Hollywood stars and cartoon figures, we can also certainly honor our real American heroes.

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The Harvey Milk Foundation confirmed Oct. 10 that the U.S. Postal Service would honor gay rights icon Harvey Milk with a stamp in honor of his memory and legacy. Milk, the first openly gay man to hold political office in California, will break new ground once again as the first openly LGBT political official to be featured on a postage stamp, which will be released in 2014. Stuart Milk, Harvey’s nephew, broke the news on Twitter two weeks ago, and while it has been celebrated in the national LGBT media, lunatics from the Liberty Counsel have used the honor to resuscitate a defamatory campaign against Milk, posthumously demonizing him as a pederast unworthy of the honor. The truth is people like Matt Barber are evil haters not worthy of the recognition they continue to get in media venues. The truth is that the Internet now gives everyone a universal voice and an international blog. It can be used to spew angels or demons.

The right wing is still out there, and we can never become too complacent as we comfortably settle into the social acceptance of homosexuality and our lifestyle. There are still bullies and bruisers that need to be beaten back. Sooner or later, without notice or warning, we can all be called upon to stand naked against the cannon. We must rise to that occasion. No more Matthew Shepherds. Not every county, city, or community has a gay pride event every other week. The world is bigger than South Florida. Ask Uganda. Look at Kenya. See what Stuart Milk endured this past summer in Lithuania. All our battles are not won. We are as good as we make ourselves. The enduring message of the Milk Foundation is that ‘Hope Will Never Be Silent.’ The bullets of a false revenge can steal a life, but not sabotage a dream. Harvey Milk represented the best of gay life in America, a courageous political figure fully soflagaynews //

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Don’t Repeat the Past. Learn Your Gay History. Website offers insight into LGBT history John McDonald John D’Emilio wants you to contribute to your community. As co-creator of the website OutHistory. org, D’Emilio is searching for new voices to tell those key stories about important figures and events throughout LGBT history. “History is so important in building a community,” said D’Emilio in a telephone interview last week from from Chicago where he teaches in the Gender & Women’s Studies program at the University of IllinoisChicago. “Through history we get a sense of who belongs and why it is important and, quite frankly, there has been so little recorded about LGBT history.” D’Emilio has written extensively about gay life. His “Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America,” a book he coauthored with Estelle B. Freedman, is in its third edition. It was cited by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in the

landmark case, Lawrence v. Texas (2003), which struck down sodomy laws in 14 states. D’Emilio called the citing his “greatest moment.” He hopes will give people a new platform to share their lives, stories and in the process serve as a vital resource for those researching LGBT issues. On the website, one can search through names, places, subjects and documents. Under a participate category, those visiting the site can add their own content, network with others or tell their own story. “The history of sexuality is in a new era. The meaning of sex in people’s lives has changed,” D’Emilio said. “Today, sex is a form of identity for people.” contains notes on many influential people from Oscar Wilde to Lady Gaga. As for his own personal favorite, D’Emilio cited Chicagoan Jane Addams as a world-class

social justice reformer. “I wish she was my great aunt,” he joked. The brainchild of Jonathan Ned Katz, who penned the groundbreaking documentary “Gay American History,” OutHistory. org launched its redesign last month and D’Emilio envisions the site to become a key place to learn about the gradual development of the American LGBT community. Florida, he said, should be strongly represented. “You have to learn your own community…where you are living,” he said. “Shouldn’t Florida have a rich LGBT history?”

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LGBT History Month

Remembering Bob Basker Jesse Monteagudo

October is LGBT History Month; a month when we honor the achievements of LGBT Icons. This year I propose to look back and recall some gay icons who influenced my life, both personally and politically. One of those was Bob Basker, founder of Mattachine Midwest and the Dade County Coalition for Human Rights, who passed away in April 2001. According to Bill Kelly, a friend and fellow board member of Mattachine Midwest, Basker was in the terminal stages of heart failure. He was 82. I met Bob Basker in 1975, when I was 22-years old and he was president of the Alliance for Individual Rights (AIR), one of Miami’s first “gay rights” organizations. A year later, AIR was one of eleven groups that formed the Dade County Coalition for the Humanistic Rights of Gays. Basker was then 57 years old, the same age as my father, though there the similarity ended. Unlike my staunchly-conservative Dad, Basker was an old lefty who played a vital role in virtually every political movement in the USA from the thirties to the nineties. As a student of history, and as a fledgling activist, I learned much from Bob Basker’s vast knowledge, experience, and commitment to the causes that he held dear. Bob became my friend and my mentor, and it was because of him that I got involved with the Dade County Coalition for Human Rights. To a great extent, my political vision was shaped by my friendship with Bob Basker. In many ways, Robert Sloane Basker’s life was a microcosm of the American gay experience during the Twentieth Century. Bob was born Solomon Basker in East Harlem on September 30, 1918. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he changed his name to Robert. Though he was actively gay since his teens, Basker married and had children, like so many gay men of his generation. As “Bob Sloane,” Basker was the founding president of Mattachine Midwest, an early homophile group out of Chicago (1965). Later he moved to Miami and then to Cuba, where he made a living teaching English at the John Reed School of Languages. Back in Miami, Basker helped found that city’s Gay Activist Alliance (1971) and Alliance for Individual Rights (1973). Shortly after I met Bob Basker, he helped start the Dade County Coalition for the Humanistic Rights of Gays, later the Dade County Coalition for Human Rights. As


Basker remembered in an interview with Keith Vacha (Quiet Fire), “I declined the chair but was prevailed upon to stay as Convenor, and eventually gained the title of Coordinator. At this time I was getting deeply into debt since all this politicking had become full-time with no pay. Eventually they started to pay me $100 a week, then changed it to $300 a week when they changed my title to Executive Director.” “Our coalition screened candidates, sent out questionnaires, made endorsements, and passed out ninety thousand endorsement leaflets at bars and baths. When the smoke had cleared, seventy-five percent of our endorsed candidates had won. At the same time we lobbied before the Dade Fair Housing and Employment Appeals Board, the mayor, and the county commissioners to amend the discrimination ordinance to add the words ‘affectional and sexual preference’ to the existing categories that could not be discriminated against. The Dade Commission voted unanimously in favor on the first reading, but six weeks later, on the second reading, there was a furor. Anita Bryant was part of the furor, along with Phyllis Schlafly. A lot of right-wing people came into town with their Bibles and filled the hearing room before eight o’clock in the morning. I tried to hold the line, and we lost several votes, but we still won, five to three. That is when Anita Bryant held the press conference and started the movement she called ‘Save Our Children.’ Eventually she gained so much support that the antidiscrimination law was repealed.” As if our antigay enemies were not enough, Basker and the DCCHR also had to deal with a lesbian and gay community that was mostly closeted and apathetic. They also had to face the fact that the Coalition was not organized to wage a political campaign. The group tried to clean house in April 1977, when it imported a team of professionals led by Ethan Geto, then Special Assistant to Bronx Borough President Robert Abrams. Bob Basker himself was lost in the shuffle, kicked upstairs to a newly-created and mostly-ceremonial post of community liaison. “A sophisticated New York firm came down and sold us a bill of goods - that Geto had to have total control,” Basker complained. Whether Geto et al. actually made things worse is debatable, though I doubt the DCCHR could have done anything to prevent

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the voters from repealing the ordinance on June 7, 1977. As I recall, Bob took the defeat hard, and yearned for a change of venue. In 1978, soon after the Dade County disaster, Bob Basker moved to San Francisco. Basker’s move to the West Coast did not end his activist career, however. He got involved with the Alice B. Toklas, Harvey Milk and Stonewall Gay Democratic Clubs and helped found the Alexander Hamilton Post #448 of the American Legion (1983). Nor did Basker’s honors end with his change of address. Basker was eventually inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame for his Mattachine work and was honored as a “male ally” by the San Francisco Chapter of the National Organization for Women. The last time I saw Bob Basker was in 1998, when he returned to South Florida to appear


at the Stonewall Library and Archive’s annual Heritage of Pride history project. Though 80 years old and in bad health, Basker’s wit and wisdom were as sharp as ever, and he educated and entertained his audience with his recollections and anecdotes. For me personally, Basker’s return to South Florida allowed me to get together, after many years’ separation, with an old and valued friend. Though our reunion was too short, we managed to share some good memories and exchange views on the ever-changing scene. Though I never saw Bob again, I spoke to him the following year when I called to interview him for an article that I was writing about Florida’s pioneer activist Richard Inman (whom Basker knew). Here again, in spite of his worsening health, Basker was helpful and kind.

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LGBT History Month

Out on Screen Before Stonewall LGBT Films Before the Riots

Madchen in Uniform (1931)

David-Elijah Nahmod Long ago and far away, these films were made by maverick, courageous filmmakers who would not be silenced. Some of them risked their careers, and their lives, in order to make their voices heard. Each baby step they took helped lead to the visibility we enjoy today.

Different From the Others (1919)

Before Hitler came to power, German LGBT people enjoyed unprecedented freedoms during the Weimar Era. In spite of Paragraph 175, the German law which criminalized homosexuality, 1920s Berlin was a gay and bohemian mecca. Different From the Others was co-written by Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, who’s Institute For Sexual Science was a voice in the medical community, which called for sexual tolerance. It’s an intense drama about a Paul Korner, a famous, classical violinist who falls in love with a young male pupil, and is promptly blackmailed by a sleazy extortionist. Conrad Veidt, who that same year starred in The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, the first feature length horror film, gives a strong performance as Korner in this, cinema’s first sympathetic portrayal of a gay man. In later years Veidt worked in Hollywood, appearing in the classic Casablanca (1942). Different From the Others is available on DVD via Kino Lorber Films.

The dark cloud of the Third Reich was looming on the horizon when Madchen (Maidens) in Uniform opened in German cinemas. This film version of a popular, if controversial, play featured the stage cast. Set in a girl’s boarding school, Madchen in Uniform is about a young student who falls in love with a female teacher. Although the teacher doesn’t return the romantic feelings, she encourages the young lady to embrace who she is and defends her to the stern headmistress. During the Nazi era, the film was ordered destroyed, but fortunately a few prints survived. It can now be viewed on You Tube in its entirety, in German with English subtitles.

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

October is Halloween, and so we remember James Whale’s magnificent sequel to his 1931 classic. Whale, a gay man, used the man made monster (Boris Karloff) to express his own loneliness and frustration about living in a time when “people didn’t talk about such things.” While the first film was a deadly serious chiller, Bride is a camp masterpiece. Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive), is attempting to distance himself from the murderous creature he created. Dr. Praetorius, his old medical school professor, blackmails the doc into creating a woman. As played by Ernest Thesiger, Praetorious is a screaming, effeminate queen who gazes lovingly at his much younger pupil. He also looks at Baroness Frankenstein (Valerie Hobson) with the kind of comic revulsion that could only be a bitchy queen thinking about heterosexual sex. When the lady monster, the Bride, (Elsa Lanchester) is revealed, she’s dressed in a long, flowing gown, her Afro hairdo streaked white. Her gestures are dramatic. For all intents and purposes, she’s a drag queen. The entire film, which is filled with morbid, graveyard humor, is played at a hysterically over the top fever pitch. Now viewed as Whale’s coming out film, Bride of Frankenstein is a grand entertainment. It’s on DVD & Blu Ray.

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Dracula’s Daughter (1936)

Gloria Holden is wonderful as the Count’s daughter who’s repulsed by the blood she’s forced to drink in order to survive. She spends much of the film trying to escape her family curse. 1930s audiences must have had heart attacks when the Countess, pretending to be an artist, picks up a young girl. “I’m doing a study of a young girl’s head and shoulders,” says Lady Dracula. She stares lustfully at her victim’s neck & bosom as the girl dutifully removes her top! In other scenes, the Countess feasts upon men, making her the first bisexual character not only in horror films, but in Hollywood films in general. The film can be found on the five film DVD box set Dracula: The Legacy Collection.

Victim (1961)

Inspired by Different From the Others, this dark, disturbing British drama is about a closeted, married lawyer (Dirk Bogarde), who decides to track down and stop a blackmailer who’s been targeting gay men all over London. The film, made at a time when homosexuality was a criminal offense in England, dares to question straight society’s “morals” and effectively conveys the brutality of a system that crushed so many lives. It’s on DVD.

The Killing of Sister George (1968) British character actress Beryl Reid is wonderful as a popular but aging soap opera star who’s being killed off her show. Closeted, boozy and foul-mouthed, she takes her anger out on her much younger girlfriend (Suzanna York). When Mrs. Croft (Coral Browne) a TV network executive, takes a sudden interest in the GF, things get kinky! Though not a porn film, the seduction scene between Brown and York is surprisingly graphic. The film was released with an X rating, and moviegoers at the time reportedly watched this sequence in stunned silence. Director Robert Aldrich had previously called the shots on the chillers Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962) and Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte (1965). He infuses Sister George with the same dark, satirical edge he brought to those earlier films. Almost a comical horror film, the female/female seduction scene was meant to be as shocking as possible. The film also features a lengthy scene set in a London lesbian bar. It’s on DVD.

Tea and Sympathy (1956)

Based on a 1953 play, Tea and Sympathy is about Tom, a slightly effeminate young man (John Kerr, repeating his Broadway role) who prefers classical music and the theater to all the “manly” things boys are “supposed” to enjoy. Under pressure, he attempts to lose his virginity with a prostitute, but the encounter is a fiasco. Tom attempts suicide. The play made Tom’s homosexuality clear, but the film de-gayed the story, even tacking on a new ending. The film features a famous line that many drag queens have borrowed: “Years from now, when you talk about this, and you will, be kind.”

Staircase (1969)

We end our gay cinema history lesson with Staircase. The film was shot right before the Stonewall Riots and released right after. It’s based on a 1966 two character play about a troubled, aging gay couple. The film adds additional characters and takes part of the story out of their apartment. Richard Burton and Rex Harrison play the couple. Both were huge stars at the time and were known for bedding many women: casting them as a gay couple must have been a publicist’s dream! The deadly serious play was “camped up” for the screen, and the film bombed. Not on DVD, Staircase sometimes airs on TCM for Pride Month. It’s now considered a “lost treasure, a rare Hollywood movie to depict the gay experience with wisdom, humor, and warmth,” according to film critic Armond White, who’s been published in the New York Times and Film Comment Magazine.

Voodoo Island (1958)

One more for Halloween. Horror icon Boris Karloff leads a motley crew of folks to a deserted tropical island in order to investigate its voodoo legends. Jean Engstrom, a forgotten actress of the 50s & 60s who worked primarily in TV guest shots, plays Claire, an architect who works for a developer that wants to build a hotel on the island. Claire makes no attempt at hiding her disdain for men. She speaks about belonging to a club that’s “private and very exclusive.” She flirts openly with the other woman in the party. Not a great film, Voodoo Island is a fun little drive-in flick. For having the courage to play a lesbian so brazenly during the conservative 1950s, Jean Engstrom, who died in 1997, deserves to be remembered. The film is on DVD together with The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake, another chiller of the period.

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LGBT History Month

A Look Back: Florida’s John’s Committee Fred Fejes

Imagine you are a college student sitting in class at one of Florida’s Universities. All of a sudden two uniformed police walk into the classroom. They speak quietly to the professor who then points you out. The police approach you, ask you your name and then ask you to come with them. They escort you out of the classroom and into a waiting car and then drive to a nondescript motel on the edge of town. You enter one of the rooms. Inside are three men sitting behind a table. You are asked to take a chair in front the table. They ask you your name. Then they ask, “Have you ever engaged in homosexual activity?” They explain: you have been identified as a homosexual by another person who testified. Homosexual activity is a crime in Florida. You can be expelled from the university. However if you cooperate and give them the names of all of the homosexuals you know, both students and faculty, they will go easy on you. Unreal? No, this is Florida circa 1960. The three men behind the table were investigators from The Florida Legislative Investigation Committee. Created by


the Florida state senate in 1956, it was popularly known as the Johns Committee after its first chairman, north Florida state senator Charley Eugene Johns. Although modeled after U.S. Senator Joe McCarthy’s infamous red witch hunt investigations, the Committee’s real target was the emerging civil rights movement in Florida. Johns, along with many of Florida state legislators at the time, was an ardent segregationist who viewed the demands for civil rights with alarm. He saw the Committee as way to harass and stop the civil rights activists. However his efforts were frustrated when the activists got a Supreme Court ruling denying the Committee access to the rights organization’s membership lists. Seeking to continue the Committee’s existence and funding, Johns switched targets. At his urging, the State Legislature directed the Committee to investigate the presence and activities of homosexuals in the state funded universities. Throughout late 1950s and early 1960s the Committee hired both student informants and undercover police to hang out in the rest rooms and quickly nab both students and faculty acting

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suspiciously. The suspects were brought before the Committee’s investigators and told to name names. They were not allowed any legal assistance or allowed to confront their accuser. Although the major focus was male students and professors, a number of women were brought before the committee and accused of lesbian activity. Anything considered “gay” such as two men eating lunch together or wearing Bermuda shorts were grounds for suspicion. Although Florida had a sizeable gay community, particularly in South Florida, it was very closeted and homosexuality was highly stigmatized. As a result, the Committee was able to work for over five years with little publicity and with the full cooperation of the universities’ administrators. Professors and university personnel who were accused were fired or quietly resigned. Students were offered the option of either seeking psychiatric treatment at the student health center or being expelled. Many withdrew from school. In all over 30 professors and Deans were fired or resigned. One department chair attempted suicide and then allowed


to resign. It was unknown how many students left. The Committee extended its investigations into the high schools and over 70 teachers were fired. In 1964, hoping to justify increased funding and permanent status, the Committee published a report of its activities. Entitled Homosexuality and Citizenship in Florida and printed with a bright purple cover, the report raised dire warnings about the threat that homosexuals posed. “The best and current estimate of active homosexuals in Florida is 60,000 individuals. The plain fact of the matter is that a great many homosexuals have an insatiable appetite for sexual activities and find special gratification in the recruitment to their ranks of youth. The homosexual’s goal is to “bring over” the young person, to hook him for homosexuality…We hope that many citizen organizations in Florida will use this report… to prepare their children to meet the temptations of homosexuality lurking today in the vicinity of nearly every institution of learning.” As a primer on the homosexual threat, the report contained detailed descriptions

of the activities of homosexuals seeking out young boys. At the back was a glossary of “homosexual terms” such as “dog’s lunch” (“Either a normal or gay person whose looks and actions are unattractive to the point of non-association”) and “sea food”(“Homosexuals in the navy”). To further alarm the Florida’s citizens, the report contained explicit photos of homosexual activity, one showing a “glory hole,” another of a young boy tied up in bondage and a page of photos of half-clad prepubescent boys. But the shocker was the picture on the report’s title page: underneath the words “Homosexuality and Citizenship in Florida” was the image of two naked men kissing. Printing over 2,000 copies, the Committee was hoping to start a panic that would explode in cries of support for the Committee. Were they ever wrong. The report was immediately labeled “obscene.” The Dade County state’s attorney said possession of the report would be a crime. Legislators previously friendly to the Committee now denounced it as using taxpayer’s money to publish “pornography.”

Ironically the publicity immediately made the report a best-seller and hundreds of orders came to the state printing office before it was pulled from distribution. Copies of the report were later sold in New York as pornography. Embarrassed by the whole episode the state legislature withdrew the Committee’s funding and disbanded it. Just as the McCarthy committee became synonym for a witch-hunt, the Johns Committee, along with the 1977 Anita Bryant campaign, became bywords for rampant homophobia. In later years a number of those involved in the investigations apologized for their involvement, seeing it now as the hateful, homophobic behavior that it was. Not Charley Johns. Before he died in 1972 a reporter asked him about the Committee. He responded, I don’t get no love out of hurting people. But..if we saved one boy from being made homosexual, it was justified.” Also the law making homosexuality a crime is still on the books. University of Florida archives site for the report:


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LGBT History Month

Rainbow Flag Turns 35 Andrea Richard

Thirty-five years ago in June of 1978, Gilbert Baker stitched together eight colors of cotton fabric to make a flag. Little did Baker know on that fateful day that this flag would become a worldwide symbol of hope for the LGBT community.

From small beginnings to global recognition

Baker was raised in a small Kansas town. Born in 1951, he grew up feeling alone as he was plagued with the perplexing truth of his sexuality. His parents sent him to a psychologist to work things out, but instead he dealt with his inner turmoil through his own art therapy. His imagination served him well, and he sought to conjure up a better life for himself. In 1970 he was drafted in the army leaving his Kansas life, and arrived in bustling San Francisco where he resided after receiving an honorable discharge two years later.   It was then that he took up sewing, so he could make clothes he couldn’t afford. He wanted to delve into drag, and designed

David Bowie-esque outfits. He got involved in marches and activism in the Bay Area, and he would sew banners for LGBT parades and anti-war protests. He befriended the late politician Harvey Milk, and was inspired by Milk’s optimistic vision. In 1978, Baker’s sewing catapulted him to the forefront of LGBT rights movement when he made the rainbow flag. Baker and Milk debuted the flag on June 25, 1978, during the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade. Since then, millions of individuals have embraced it. A few months later, Milk was assassinated on November 27, 1978. Baker, heartbroken, sought to carry out Milk’s activism. Baker returned to San Francisco in 2008 to reconstruct his banners and flags from the 1970s in honor of the film “Milk,” starring Sean Penn. “My sewing craft was always my activism and my way to connect to the community,” Baker said on his recent visit to Miami Beach where he honored with the Keys to the City.

For Baker, the rainbow flags symbolizes a “beacon of hope,” intended as a “direct visibility action that belongs to everyone.” Until he designed the rainbow flag, the pink triangle was the most recognized symbol of the gay community. But Baker felt that since the triangle was born out of oppressive Nazis rule, the community needed Gilbert Baker (middle), gay flag creator another symbol, a symbol Photo courtesy of Juan Saco Mironoff, www.Miami-Gay – that was born out of hope rather than fear, and so broke the world’s largest flag record again in the rainbow flag came to be. Key West, by displaying a flag that crossed Baker broke two world records by creating the entire island from coast to coast. the world’s longest flags for demonstrations. In honor of the Rainbow Flag’s 35th In 1994, he created a mile-long Rainbow Flag, milestone, Baker has created 35 limited which was carried by 5,000 people during edition flags with his signature. New York City’s twenty-fifth anniversary of They can be purchased via his website: the Stonewall Riots. And later in 2003, he

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LGBT History Month: 31 Days, 31 Icons From

Tom of Finland

Brenda Howard

Martin Duberman

May 8, 1920 - November 7, 1991

December 24, 1946 - June 28, 2005

August 6, 1930-

“Bi, Poly, Switch—I’m not greedy, I know what I want.”

“I’m overwhelmed at the great distance that we have all traveled.”



“My whole life long I have done nothing but interpret my dreams of ultimate masculinity, and draw them.” Tom of Finland was an artist whose sexually charged drawings of musclemen impacted gay culture. He is known as the most influential creator of homoerotic images. Born Touko Laaksonen in a small Finnish town, he was the son of two school teachers. At 19, Laaksonen moved to Helsinki to study advertising and began drawing erotic images. In 1957, he submitted drawings to Physique Pictorial, an American magazine, under the pseudonym Tom. When his gay-themed illustrations were published, the magazine credited Tom of Finland, a name he assumed for the remainder of his career. Tom introduced to mainstream culture a stylized masculinity in sharp contrast to the effeminate stereotypes of gay men. His work, which embraced sailors, bikers, lumberjacks and construction workers in leather and jeans, became popular and widely distributed in the gay community. In the late 1950s, U.S. censorship codes restricted depiction of “overt homosexual acts” and limited the distribution of Tom’s work. In the 1962 case of MANual Enterprises v. Day, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that nude male photographs were not obscene. As soft-core gay pornography flourished, Tom’s illustrations became more explicit, including exaggerated musculature and genitalia. By 1973, Tom was publishing erotic comic books and exhibiting his work in the mainstream art world. In 1984, he cofounded the Tom of Finland Foundation, which is dedicated to the preservation of homoerotic artwork. In 1995, the Tom of Finland Clothing Company introduced a fashion line based on his art. Tom created more than 3,500 illustrations in his fourdecade career. Five Tom of Finland’s drawings are featured in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Harvey Miller, an art patron, said, “Tom of Finland is one of the five most influential artists of the 20th century. As an artist he was superb, as an influence he was transcendent.”


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Brenda Howard was an LGBT activist. She organized the first Pride parade and is known as the “Mother of Pride.” Born in the Bronx, Howard was raised on Long Island. In the 1960s, she became involved in the anti-war and feminist movements. Howard participated in the 1969 Stonewall riots that marked a turning point in the gay rights movement. A year later, she organized the first Christopher Street Liberation Day March to mark Stonewall’s anniversary. The march was the first Pride parade in the world. Her efforts encouraged other cities and countries to hold similar events, laying the groundwork for Pride parades internationally. During the 1970s, she chaired the Gay Activists Alliance and was an active member of the Gay Liberation Front. In 1978, she graduated from Manhattan Community College with a degree in nursing. She was actively involved in the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights, successfully lobbying for LGBT rights laws in New York City. In 1987, Howard cofounded the New York Area Bisexual Network. She also founded the first chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous specifically for bisexual people. She successfully lobbied for the inclusion of bisexuality in the 1993 March on Washington at a time when the movement was focused on gay men and lesbians. Howard participated in ACT UP protests and other rallies for people living with HIV/AIDS. The Brenda Howard Award, created in her memory by PLFAG, is presented annually to a group or individual advocating on behalf of the bisexual community. Howard is survived by her partner, Larry Nelson.

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Martin Duberman is a historian, a playwright, an LGBT activist and the founder of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School. He is an acclaimed author of more than 20 books. Duberman was born in New York City. He graduated with honors from Yale and received his Ph.D. in American history from Harvard. In 1961, Duberman won the prestigious Bancroft Prize in American history, and was subsequently named a full professor at Princeton. In 1971, he left Princeton and joined the faculty at CUNY as a Distinguished Professor of History. Duberman recounts questioning his sexuality in his 30s. He sought therapy to be “cured.” When he accepted his sexual orientation, Duberman began exploring gay activism. He challenged homophobia in academia and society. When he came out in the early ’70s, he was one of the few openly gay academics. A renowned essayist and playwright, Duberman is known for literature on African-American history and abolitionism, and for his biography of Paul Robeson. Critics have described his work as “refreshing and inspiring” (The New York Times) and “magnificent” (USA Today). He co-edited and contributed to the anthology “Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past,” a standard reference in the field of LGBT studies. Duberman’s biography “James Russell Lowell” was a finalist for the 1966 National Book Award. Duberman wrote plays that deal with gender issues and the construction of male identity. In 1963, his play “In White America” won the Vernon Rice/Drama Desk Award for Best Off-Broadway Production. In 1991, Duberman founded CUNY’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) to further LGBT scholarship and curriculum. CLAGS, one of the first organizations of its kind, hosts conferences and awards research grants. His most recent publication, “The Martin Duberman Reader,” was published in May 2013.

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2015 BMW i8: the High-style Hybrid As much as Prius drivers claim moral high ground when it comes to getting around town on a whiff of gasoline, the fact of the matter is that people still like trucks. Big ones. And not just in Texas. And not just for contractors. Or lesbians. Or lesbian contractors. Indeed, there are many people that just like big pickups, and for them, there may be none better than the 2014 GMC Sierra. Along with its twin, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado (which, to be fair, is just as slick), the Sierra wears square-jawed styling that is both butcher and classier than ever. A little extra glitz comes via LEDs above and below the big headlights, while massive chrome wheels are available to fill the wheel wells. Seriously, this is a truck that brandishes its gleaming, chrome-grilled hugeness with chest-thumping pride. Now, given that not everyone is keen on brazen displays of bling and bravado these days, I didn’t know what reaction to my silver SLT test truck was going to be like during the week I had it, but without exception, people loved it. Especially after they climbed inside. The heated and cooled seats inside were covered in supple brown leather, with a stitched dashtop and huge swathes of real aluminum contributing a sense of richness once reserved for Cadillacs. Lighting is all provided by LEDs, while the center screen presents its many controls in an app-like arrangement not unlike your iPad. Bluetooth is included, of course, as are two household power plugs and no fewer than five (yes, five) USB ports to plug in and charge your gadgets. This is one lux rig. The sense of luxury continues on the road,

with cabin tranquility rivaling that of Lexus’s big LX570 super-ute. The engine is quiet (too quiet, perhaps) while brilliant aero tuning allows utterly zero wind noise in, even at high speeds. Steering is accurate, though the brakes and accelerator both feel spongy and rather unresponsive. Also, as a full-size truck (a 4X4 in the case of my tester) the Sierra does retain a bit of bounce over the road, though hardly enough to rattle the fillings out of your mouth. At least parking is a cinch, thanks to front and rear parking sensors and a rear camera. And even with its big V-8, fuel economy is more like a crossover than a big truck standards, with EPA ratings of 16 city / 22 highway and 18 overall. While this truck’s $49,710 out-the-door price may sting (base for a 4X4 SLT Crew Cab is $43,125), consider that it also came with forward collision warning, OnStar, land departure warning (handy on a truck this high and wide), a moon roof, powerful Bose audio, and even a heated steering wheel. Overall, it convinced me that, greenies be damned, trucks are more awesome than ever. Long live the big Amurrrrican pickup! Renowned automotive journalist and gay car geek Steve Siler has turned his life-long love of cars into a fruitful and enthusiastic career traveling the world to test thousands of new vehicles as they are introduced. Siler is s regular contributor to Car and Driver Magazine,,, AOL Autos and Yahoo! Autos, and also pioneered automotive writing for the GLBT community more than a decade ago.

Taking the Frankfurt Auto Show by storm earlier this month was BMW’s much anticipated i8 plug-in hybrid sports car, this time in fullfledged production trim. What you see here is exactly what BMW will sell starting next year as a 2015 model, butterfly doors, radically

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Here’s an exhibit title that caught our attention: Tales in the Ground Glass: Adventures of a Badass Grandma, on display through Friday at Dina Mitrani Gallery, 2620 NW 2nd Ave. in Miami. From still lifes to moving pictures, Peggy Levison Nolan turns photographic details from everyday life into film-like adventures. The prints are arranged in small clusters that flow into larger scenes and create a narrative of ordinary life that is often missed in the daily hustle and bustle. Nolan has taught photography at Florida International University for 10 years and, yes, she is a grandma. For information, go to 




Catch Island City Stage’s production of The Timekeepers, Dan Clancy’s thoughtprovoking play about concentration camp prisoners during World War II, at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Dr. in Fort Lauderdale. The play offers a hard look at the treatment of gay prisoners and the unfolding relationship between a hustler and a Jew who survives the atrocities by repairing the watches of his German captors. The talented Michael McKeever and Mike Westrich star in this moving work. Performances are offered Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. through Nov. 24. Tickets are $30 at

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Bipolar disorder is no laughing matter, but it becomes a powerful subject for the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical from Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, Next To Normal, currently being produced by one of the region’s edgiest young companies, Slow Burn Theatre. Director Patrick Fitzwater leads compelling performances from Sharyn Peoples and Matthew Korinko at the West Boca Performing Arts Theater, 12811 Glades Rd., Oct. 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. and at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Nov. 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $2540 at


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OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will present a special night of programming focusing on the conversation around being gay in America. Oprah’s Next Chapter leads off at 9 p.m. and will feature in-depth conversations with popular gay celebrities including comedienne Wanda Sykes, Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Scandal star Dan Bucatinsky. Immediately following at 10 p.m. is the world television premiere of the groundbreaking documentary, Bridegroom from filmmaker and Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth Thomason. The film chronicles the true story of a gay couple facing the insurmountable obstacles presented by the lack of protection offered by legal marriage. Check local listings. soflagaynews //


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This should be illegal: Naked Stage’s 24 Hour Theater Project—the entire creative theatrical process on SPEED! At 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27, eight playwrights will gather at Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St. in West Palm Beach, and randomly select the headshots of four actors and one director. They are then given a list of ridiculous play titles and must each write a short play to be staged, rehearsed and performed the next day! Tonight at 8 p.m., you’ll see what they came up with— thanks to lots of coffee and Red Bull. Ticket are $30 at




Remember junior high shop class? Well, woodworking has come a long way from the quaint little checkerboards, lamps and bookshelves you made in school, especially if you completed the class with all your fingers. A new exhibition at Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, 1 Las Olas Blvd., showcases amazing woodworks, Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design. The exhibit includes more than 90 amazing installations, sculptures, furniture and objects. The museum is open daily, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Mondays, with extended hours on Thursdays. Admission is $10 adults, $7 seniors/military. For more information, go to

Fashion Police Star Appearing at Sawgrass Mills

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Stylist George Kotsiopoulos is perhaps best known as the male member of Joan Rivers’ outspoken, ticket-issuing team on E! network’s hit show, Fashion Police. But, make no mistake, George “K.” is no reality TV hack. His celebrity clients include Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Julianne Moore, Kerry Washington, Courtney Cox Arquette, Eva Mendez and Zooey Deschanel.  He currently serves as Style Director for C  magazine and was formerly Market Editor and Producer at The New York Times Magazine. And, his book, Glamorous by George, will be released in January 2014. Kotsiopoulos will make his own fashion statement this Friday, Oct. 25 at the Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills for the Tour de Fashion: An Indulgence in Shopping, Mojitos and More, a fundraising event for two dozen local charities, including Poverello and the Pride Center. SFGN spoke with Kotsiopoulos recently about some of the emerging trends in fashion and how television is affecting the industry:

you see ankle. I know it’s something that’s on all the runways for fall and the skinny suit has been embraced by straight culture. It took men a long while to get into tailored suits. It’s funny, when you look back at old, old television shows from the ‘60s, every single man’s pant was short and you saw mankle. It fascinates me how things change.

years ago—the more “fashiony” elements like a metallic trench coat from Burberry—but that’s too much now. I draw the line between looking dignified and looking like a clown…. Some looks are too youthful for me, yet most 44 year olds wouldn’t wear what I wear. I have the luxury of having fun, wearing outfits that people find fun and aspirational.

What trend would you like to see go away? I’d have to say the stud trend. I’m so shocked and surprised that it’s still around. Everything has studs (from) shoes to bags. If you pick any decade—in the ‘80s it was shoulder pads—there’s something that just makes us cringe. We’re going to look at this decade 20 years from now and it’s going to be identifiable by all the studs. But, on that note, there’s a whole punk thing happening for fall and you can’t have that without studs and straps and motorcycle jackets. If it’s a funky take, I can still like it. Ultimately, fashion is about having fun and experimenting with different looks.

What drove you to get into television? One of the reasons I got into television was because of all the men I saw speaking about fashion on TV. I had worked at the New York Times magazine for eight years, so I know what I’m talking about, and I didn’t see anybody like me. There were just a lot of caricatures of the gay man who works in fashion, the clowny guy who says “girlfriend” and “sister” all the time. There is nothing wrong with that, not all of us are like that, even I can queen it out. But more importantly, I think most of the guys talking about fashion didn’t have any pedigree.

What are the best fashion trends right now? For guys, the cropped pant, not like a capri, but more like Mad Men. There’s no break and

How has your own style evolved over the years? There are things that I would have worn 10

How has television and the Internet changed the industry and your career? Television has had a huge effect. I started working as a stylist 16 or 17 years ago.

Celebrity Stylist George Kotsiopoulos Photo courtesy of Sawgrass Mills

People would say, “Oh, you do hair?” and I would tell them, “No, I work in fashion.” Now everyone knows what a stylist is, because of people like Rachel Zoe. When I started working you could only find fashion through designers….today, people know what Louis Vuitton, Prada and Gucci are and can afford a taste of it. Tickets are still available ($3075) for the Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills Tour de Fashion at

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The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) will honor one of the biggest stars of the ‘50s, Tab Hunter, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. While Hunter’s filmography is impressive enough, it’s his character off screen that continues to serve as an inspiration for fans and film lovers. Hunter became Hollywood’s golden boy at the tender age of 19, when he starred opposite Linda Darnell in the romantic South Seas adventure, Island of Desire. “It was a terrible film, but she was terrific,” recalled Hunter, who dealt with sudden stardom. “I wasn’t one of those actors who came from New York, where you have a theater background…but I was very much as ease doing film work.” He would go on to make more than 40 motion pictures, starring alongside Sophia Loren, Natalie Wood, Gwen Verdon, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner and Debbie Reynolds, and working for legends Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner and Daryl Zanuck during the heyday of the Hollywood studios. “Those were the days. If you were going to be doing a film for Jack Warner, he’d say he wanted you to go to work by Thursday and you did it. The main difference is today there are no longer studios, they’re all just large corporations,” explained Hunter. The actor was also one of the biggest recording artists of the time. His single, Young Love, zoomed to the top of the charts for six weeks and knocked Elvis out of the top spot, leading Warner Bros. to create a recording division. But, it was on acting he would stake his career. Hunter starred in the film adaptation of the musical, Damn Yankees—the only actor who wasn’t a member of the original Broadway cast—and went on to headline Playhouse 90 Portrait of a Murderer on NBC opposite Geraldine Page. But, as he says, “When Hollywood cools on you, they really cool on you.” His film career hit the skids, but it wasn’t because he was secretly gay.While other gay actors like Rock Hudson and Anthony Perkins regularly created headaches for their studios’ publicity departments, Hunter was always discreet about his sexuality, preferring to spend time on his ranch with his horses to tawdry pool parties in Hollywood. “Jack Warner never ever said a word to me because I led a very private life,” Hunter said. “I was brought up by a very strict German mother. We were reserved and quiet, private lives are private lives.” He does credit his Playhouse 90 costar Page with an important piece of advice that


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Movie legend Tab Hunter will be honored next week by the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Photo courtesy of Tab Hunter

has guided both his career and his personal life: “Everybody loves you and if people don’t get your message, that’s their bad taste.” After surviving on the dinner theater circuit, Hunter’s film career got a second wind when director John Waters cast him in his camp classic, Polyester, leading to roles in Grease 2 and the cult comedy Western, Lust in the Dust. A new generation was introduced to the handsome actor. Yet, in later years, he was happiest with his horses and his partner of 30 years, Allan Glaser. “I feel closest to God with a pitchfork in my hand. It’s my touch of reality in that unrealistic world of Hollywood,” explained the actor, who only publicly came out in his autobiography published in 2005. “Allan said somebody is going to be writing a book on you and they need to get it from the horse’s mouth and not from the horses ass,” he said. “Just give me the facts, man…. Everything is so in your face today.” Tab Hunter Confidential was warmly received by his costars and fans and the actor feels it closes that chapter on his life. “Allan says I should get an agent, but when I think of acting, I look at it in my past life. Nobody is knocking my door down….I did that. There are other things that are just more important,” he concluded. Tab Hunter will be presented with the FLIFF Lifetime Achievement Award on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 6:45 p.m. at Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE 6th St. in Fort Lauderdale, followed by a screening of John Waters’ Polyester at 8:15 p.m. For tickets and information about other LGBT interest films screening as part of the festival, go to The festival continues through Nov. 11 at locations across Broward County.

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Next To Normal is Anything But Normal Jason Parsley

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Slow Burn Theatre in West Boca tackled the rock musical Next to Normal as its season opener. And tackle it they did. It was an emotionally gripping show that will tug at your heartstrings. I can’t remember any one song that particularly stood out above the rest; instead I mostly remember the raw emotion displayed by the actors and the topics and themes the musical addresses. The story follows a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effects that her illness has on her family. The themes include grief, suicide, drug abuse, and medical ethics. All very serious topics that are dealt with in a respectful way, while also leaving room for some laugh out loud moments. I won’t give away the story twists, but there is one the middle of the first act that will certainly shock the audience and the musical did not end the way I thought it would. Sharyn Peoples plays the leading lady Diana with the perfect amount of emotion and craziness. I felt her grief, her helplessness

and when she lost control. The rest of the cast was equally excellent in their roles. Next To Normal isn’t your dance and singalong musical. It’s a drama that happens to have a lot music in it. But it’s a show that everyone must see. On Broadway the show has done quite well being nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 2009, winning including Best Original Score, Best Orchestration and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical. It also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2010, becoming the eighth musical in history to do so. This will be Slow Burn’s first show in its history to be eligible for South Florida’s most prestigious theater awards – the Carbonells. And it was certainly a good show to start out with. This weekend the show continues at West Boca High School in Boca Raton and the following weekend it travels to Aventura Arts and Culture Center in Aventura. Visit for more information. soflagaynews //

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DateBook Theater

By Christiana Lilly,

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Broward County The Timekeepers

Oct. 24 to Nov. 24 at the Island City Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive in Fort Lauderdale. A Jewish clockmaker and a gay man become unlikely friends when they are thrown into the same concentration camp during the Holocaust. Tickets $30. Call 954519-2533 or visit

Eva Ayllon

Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. at the Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place in Miramar. Considered the Tina Turner of Peru, Ayllon is a six-time Latin Grammy Award nominee. Tickets $30 to $50. Call 954-602-4500 or visit

Program 1: First Ventures

Oct. 25 to 27 at the Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. In the season opener for Miami City Ballet, the company presents “Polyphonia,” “Serenade,” and “Ballo della Regina.” Tickets $20 to $155. Call 954-462-0222 or visit

* Bobbie Celler’s Screamfest 2013

Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. at the BB&T Center, One Panther Parkway in Sunrise. An insane lineup of artists, including Far East Movement, Victoria Justice, Carly Rae Jepson, Cobra Starship, Jon Secada and more. Tickets $75 to $125. Visit

* ElectriCity Circus Presents Brendan O’Hara

Oct. 26 at 8:15 p.m. at the Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. A modern twist on the traditional circus, with choreographers, live art, music, videographers, ventriloquists and more. Tickets $35 to $50. Call 954-462-0222 or visit

* Selena Gomez

Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the BB&T Center, One Panther Parkway in Sunrise. The pop princess goes solo, performing fan favorites such as “Come & Get It.” Tickets $75 to $125. Visit

* nine inch nails

Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the BB&T Center, One Panther Parkway in Sunrise. Celebrate Halloween early with nine inch nails, which released its latest fulllength album Sept. 3. Tickets $35.50 to $92.25. Visit

Palm Beach County Next to Normal

Through Nov. 2 at Slow Burn Theatre in West Boca at West Boca High School. Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize and with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, Next to Normal explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Tickets are $25 to $40. Call 866-8114111 or visit


Lisa Landry

Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. at the Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave. in Lake Worth. The Louisiana comedienne jokes about her conversion from Catholicism to Judiasm, because “it’s the same guilt trip but with 20 percent off at Macy’s.” Tickets $26 to $30. Call 561586-6410 or visit

* Faculty Jazztet

Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. at Palm Beach State College’s Stage West, 4200 S. Congress Ave. in Lake Worth. Music faculty come together for a septet of jazz music. Tickets $10. Call 561-868-3309.

Jeff Harnar

Oct. 25 from 8 to 11 p.m. at Arts Garage, 180 NE First St. in Delray Beach. New York cabaret singer and recording artist Harnar has performed at some of the country’s best venues and will be entertaining South Florida. Tickets $25 to $50. Call 561-450-6357 or visit

All Shook Up

Through Oct. 27 at the Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave. in Lake Worth. A mix of Elvis Presley’s rocking’ introduction to the world in the lines of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Tickets $26 to $35. Call 561-586-6410 or visit

Of Mice and Men

Through Nov. 10 at Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St. in West Palm Beach. John Steinbeck’s novel of the struggle of two migrant workers come to the stage in the theater’s season opener. Tickets $52 to $75. Call 561-514-4042, ext. 2 or visit

* Free Friday Concerts

Fridays at 7:30 p.m. at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave. in Delray Beach. Enjoy live music from the comfort of your picnic blanket or lawn chair every week, for free! Call 561-243-7922 or visit

Miami-Dade County Choreographers’ Ball

Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St. in Aventura. Choreographers and dancers from schools and academies across the community will be performing their latest acts. Tickets $20 to $50. Call 305-4668002 or visit


Through Oct. 27 at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1200 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. The Greek myths of Ovid are told through performance in an underwater stage. Tickets $45. Call 786-468-2000 or visit

Repertory Dance Ensemble

Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St. in Aventura. Dancers from the New World School of the Arts presents classic and contemporary dance styles. Tickets $10. Call 305-466-8002 or visit

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Ruthless! The Musical

Through Nov. 3 at the Actors Playhouse at the MIracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. A satirical musical about a girl’s yearning for stardom in today’s celebrity-obsessed world. Tickets $40. Call 305-444-9293 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 of comedy mixing the likes of improvisation and sketches. Tickets $12. Call 305-693-8669 or visit


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Selena Gomez

Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the BB&T Center, One Panther Parkway in Sunrise. The pop princess goes solo, performing fan favorites such as “Come & Get It.” Tickets $75 to $125. Visit


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Community Calendar By Christiana Lilly,

Broward County Happy Hiney Health

Oct. 23 from 6:45 to 9:30 p.m. at the Pride Center, 2040 N. Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors. Dinner followed by a presentation by Dr. Elit Schochet on colon and rectal health. RSVP to Michael Childers at 954-463-9011, ext. 305 or email

Boo-tiful Reds

Oct. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, One E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Fourth annual red wine tasting and parings led by sommelier Stephanie Miskew. Tickets $35 to $40. RSVP to Gail Vilone at 954-262-0249.

Gold Coast Watercolor Society Through January 2014 at the Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center, 1000 NE 56th St. in Fort Lauderdale. Selections from the society’s 14 Signature Ladies will be on display in the Patricia R. Guerrieri Pavilion. Free. Call 954-351-7800.


Halloween Drag Bingo

Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at Compass GLCC of the Palm Beaches, 201 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth. Come in drag or in costume for entertainment, prizes, contests and Bingo. Tickets $20 benefit Pride and Compass. Call 561-2474554 or visit

* Victims Walk

Oct. 26 at 9:30 a.m. at Dreher Park in West Palm Beach. A walk by the Committee Against Gun Violence and Mothers Against Murder. Call 561-212-6924 for more information.

Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton, 2601 St. Andrews Blvd. in Boca Raton. A documentary about the failed War on Drugs and the country’s incarceration record. $5 donation recommended. Email Martin Lipschultz and Susan Caruso at

* South Florida Science Center and Aquarium Golf Classic

Oct. 28 at 11:30 a.m. at Mayacoo Lakes Country Club, 9697 Mayacoo Club Drive in West Palm Beach. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. followed by a cocktail party and awards presentation at 5:30 p.m. Tickets $150 per golfer, $600 foursome. Call 561-832-1988 or visit


* The Tropicana!

SunServe Youth Group

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

Gender Bender Youth Group

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

Survivor Support

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 * “After Tiller” Screening

Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Emergency Medical Assistance and Presidential Women’s Center, 100 Northpoint Parkway in West Palm Beach. The premiere of “After Tiller,” a documentary about Dr. Tiller, who provided third trimester abortions and was killed. Email

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* “The House I Live In” Screening

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. First and third Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Stonewall Library, 1300 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Join other LGBT writers to work on your latest story, memoir or novel. Free. Email

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Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave. in Lake Worth. A night of 1950s fun Havana style with drinking, gambling, hors d’oeurves, dancing and cabaret entertainment. A portion of proceeds go to the playhouse. Tickets $40. Call 561-586-6410 or visit

Miami-Dade County * Snail Social

Oct. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Essentia Restaurant & Lounge at The Palm Hotel & Spa, 3025 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach. Enjoy cocktails and signature bites to benefit Slow Food Miami, a nonprofit working to promote good, clean and fair food for all. Valet $15. Call 305-908-5458 or email Essencia@

Faces of Continuum

Through Oct. 31 at the LGBT Visitor Center, 1130 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach. Enjoy the portrait photography by Jeff Larsen, known for his controversial exhibit “Men in Living Rooms.” Closing reception on Oct. 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. Call 305-397-8914.

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

Sex Talk

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

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DateBook Nightlife

By Christiana Lilly,

Broward County Alibi

2266 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Best and longest happy hour; Wednesdays $2 domestics and $1 Schnapps after 9 p.m. Call 954-565-2526 or visit

Angel’s Cafe

2287 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Enjoy happy hour on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. with $3 wines and beers, free snacks, raffles, and music by DJ Sol. Two-for-one Sunday dinner special. Valet parking in rear. Call 954-900-5217.

The Club Fort Lauderdale

110 NW Fifth St. in Fort Lauderdale. A gym oasis with a pool, steam room, hot tub and half-priced rooms on Tuesday nights and half-priced lockers on Thursdays. Call 954-525-3344 or visit


1116 W. Broward Blvd in Fort Lauderdale. Sixty hot dancers with drink specials to make it even sweeter. Call 954-522-5931 or visit JohnnysBarFLcom

The Manor

2345 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Dance club Friday and Saturday nights.Call 954-626-0082 or

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Naked Grape Wine Bar & Tapas 2163 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. A casual, hip bar to try out all sort of wines. Happy Hour all night on Thursdays. Call 954-563-5631 or visit

Rumors Bar & Grill

2426 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Come check out Rumors Bar & Grill. Call 954.565.8851 or visit

Sidelines Sports & Video Bar

2031 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Relax with a cold beer for some friendly competition on the pool table. Call 954-563-8001 or visit

Swinging Richards

1350 SW 2nd St, Pompano Beach, FL 33069. Fully nude male dancers for the best shows in the South. Call 954-357-5521 or visit

Village Pub Wilton Manors

2283 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Never miss out on a happy hour, as the pub is serving up two-forone drinks Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, hit the dance floor with world class VJs. Call 754-200-5244.

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Palm Beach County

Eros Lounge

522 Lucerne Ave. in Lake Worth. Tea Dance Sundays with great service, food and drinks. Call 561-586-0080.


The Cottage Fort Dix

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

727 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. Located in the heart of South Beach with hot male dancers, Pop Fever Thursdays and Filthy Gorgeous parties Fridays. Call 305-561-5521 or visit

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Twist South Beach

Vita Ultra Lounge Saturdays

Key West

823 Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach. The city’s oldest gay club, with hot male dancer, free BBQ and karaoke. Cal 561-832-9119. 1225 Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach. LGBT Saturdays with the best drag queens around. Call 561835-8482 or visit

Miami-Dade County Azucar

2301 SW 32nd Ave. in Miami. Jock night Wednesdays, drag Thursdays, girls night Fridays and more. Call 305-443-7657 or visit

Club Space

34 NE 11th St. in Miami. Come out for a night at the infamous nightclub known for crazy all-nighters to the best live electronic dance music. Call 305-3501956 or visit


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



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8201 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Bingo Tuesdays and Born to be a Drag Fridays. Call 305-754-3444 or visit


1057 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach. Multiple rooms to give you the music you want, muscle boy dancers, and never a cover. Call 305- 538-9478 or visit

801 Girls Cabaret

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

Bottlecap Groove Lounge

1128 Simonton St. in Key West. Thursday pool tournaments and dance parties Friday and Saturday nights. Tips during Happy Hour on Fridays will benefit a different nonprofit every week. Call 305296-2807 or visit

The Bourbon St. Pub

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

Club Aqua

711 Duval St. in Key West. Dueling bartenders on Mondays as they sing, shake and stir their way to victory. Call 305-294-0555 or visit

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PERFECT VACATION RENTALS! Spring & Summer specials from $69/night and $395/week.Award Winning Gay Hotel. Beautiful Studio, 1 & 2 BR Self Catering Apts. with Full Kitchen.Clothing optional heated pool, laundry, private parking. Central to Wilton Manors &HauloverBeach.Incl.Wi-Fi utilities, cable, tel. Gay Owned & Operated. Pets Welcome. Celebrating 15 YearsCall Joe or Jack at (954) 927-0090 or visit *Four Week+ Relocation Discounts Offered* LOOKING FOR LODGIING NEAR SUNLIFE STADIUM? Completely furnished luxury 1/ BD/1BA Condo. Easy access to public transportation and major express ways. Shopping and dining are in walking distance. Gated Community and private parking. Reasonably priced @$375 a week or $1,500 a month plus $400 processing and move in fees. Call 305-793-8650.

air conditioning HONEST, RELIABLE AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING SERVICES Gay owned and operated company, Eiland Air, Inc. 24 hour service. Reasonable prices. Licensed & Insured #CAC1817222 Call Mike 786-247-6022

antiques/collectables MOVIE POSTERS WANTED Private collector buying vintage movie posters, lobby cards, film stills, photography and other old entertainment memorabilia. Call for a free appraisal to find out what your stuff is worth! All calls confidential. Ralph (800) 392-4050 email:


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BROWARD HOUSE Case Manager for MEGA program working with 18 – 30 year old MSM (men who have sex with men) at risk for substance abuse and HIV. Candidate with have a Bachelors degree and provide testing and case management services addressing health care, social supports, and other life areas. Individual must also have the ability to facilitate groups specific to target population. Forward resumes to FINANCIAL OFFICER Responsible for maintaining financial, acctng, admin. and personnel services in order to meet legal requirements and support organizational operations. Email for more information! HOLIDAY DECORATOR NEEDED Looking for a holiday decorator or skilled person to help during Christmas season. Starting Nov 1, must be reliable ,trustworthy, respectful and energetic.Call Staps Interior Design 561-929-2434

counseling/psychotherapy LICENSED CHRISTIAN COUNSELOR Dr. Saul Thermidor, FACCT # LCCP 0365011212 Licensed Christian Psychologist provides Christian counseling on LGBT, anger, violence & personal issues. I speak , English, French and Creole. Call 305-407-9397 day, evening & weekend! TERRY DAVIS, LCSW, LLC #SW1079 Supportive male therapist, specializes in LGBT issues, HIV/AIDS,addictions, etc. Affordable, sliding scale. Eves/weekend.* (954) 731-5505

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seeking employment PERSONAL ASSISTANT & MALE COMPANION SEEKING a part-time job as a personal assistant & male companion in Broward County. Will take you to doctors appointments. Help you w/ your grocery shopping. Refill or pick up medications. Will drive you to do all your errands & assist w/ daily household chores. Great driving record, honest, professional, reliable, trustworthy, & always willing to help and assist. If you have any further questions please call 954-5481798 or email Thank you. EXPERIENCED , LICENSED BARTENDER I am available for parties, weddings, private events and more. Available evenings and weekends. Call 410-299-6874 for more info.

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handyman DEREK’S HANDYMAN SERVICE Cabinet shop for all your Custom Made Cabinetry, Countertops and Cabinet Re-facing. MUST SEE OUR WORK! JUST ASK OUR CLIENTS! ALL Electrical to code, any/all plumbing work, drywall finish work/repair, crown/baseboard pro-install, int./ ext. painting, demo work. Pressure washing, DÉCOR TILE Install, complete home up-dates. Also, PGT Windows (Wholesale) and Frameless Shower Enclosures. For large jobs, 4 man crew available. WE HANDLE IT ALL!!! Instant call back direct service response. No job is ever too small. Excellent references. Derek 954-825-5598 or email: HUSBAND FOR RENT! Is he procrastinating home repairs? He says he will do it tomorrow?? After the football game?? We fit right in - In the house or the yard, small or big jobs: Tiles, Dry walls, paint, Plumbing, Roof leaks, broken furniture, Irrigation, Fences & more. It doesn’t cost to hassle us to see the work- so why wait? Neat, clean work for reasonable price Haim, 954-275-0952,

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piano for sale LOVELY FAMILY STEINWAY & SONS GRAND PIANO Walnut color with Piano bench incl. Lived with same family since 1960. It taught their two daughters and now has taught the grandson how to play. Its parents are 75 and 89 years old and are moving to a small apartment and cannot bring it with them.It needs a new home with an owner who will love it and enjoy its marvelous sound . Last tuned in June 2013. Appraised at $20K , will sell for $ 12K. Email

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PALM AIRE Affordable and ready to move in. Beautiful 1 bedroom King Apt. 1.5 bath, new flooring and freshly painted walls. Can be furnished or unfurnished. A great place to live!! Call Myron 201-214-3992.

NEWLY RENOVATED 2BR APARTMENT Very private location, all stainless appliances ,tile throughout, minutes from beach, small dogs and cats ok, includes gas, water and electric $1300/ mo , first and security, for more info call Sean 954-621-7009

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condo for sale MANOR GROVE CONDOS Two bedrooms with two baths ,condo for sale.1180 sq ft located in a nice and quiet community. Beautiful pool with clubhouse and friendly neighbors. $145k. Call Louisa for more information 561-654-8708

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rent/lease furnished PERFECT RELOCATION RENTALS!! 4 WEEK + SPECIAL FROM $325 A WEEK!!!. Gay Owned & Operated Apartment Hotel. Beautiful Studio, 1 & 2 BR Apts.With Full Kitchens.Turn-key, fully furnished & equipped, clothing optional pool, laundry, parking. Central to Wilton Manors & Haulover Beach. Incl. Wi-Fi, utilities, cable, tel. Pets Welcome. Call Joe or Jack at(954) 9270090 or visit

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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

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 LARGE TOWNHOME WITH POOL, EAST FORT LAUDERDALE Beautiful 2BR/2BA townhome in quiet 5-plex.Large eat-in kitchen with center island, 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.$1,250 /mo. Check out photos & complete descriptions at or call Rick at 954-253-1929 1BR/1BA Condo Oakland Park Near Wilton Manors. Pet Friendly. Recently remodeled bathroom. Wood and tile floors. Dixie Hwy. $775/ mo call 305.304.8405

roommates 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

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