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More Research on Gay Blood Donations A federal panel heard evidence this week to consider overturning a 15 year-old ban on blood bank donations by gay men – a holdover from the fear-filled days of the HIV virus and AIDS. But instead of suggesting the removal of the ban, members voted late Thursday to recommend funding continued research and establishing a Transfusion-Transmissible

Infections Monitoring System. The decision was a blow to advocates who have been pressing to overturn the 1985 FDA decision they say stigmatizes gay men and ignores advances in treatment and detection in the decades since. “It is inexcusable to hide behind statistics that highlight a percentage of gay men who do participate in risky behavior…

and then to ignore the sexual behavior of everyone else,” said Brett Donnelly, cofounder of Banned4Life, a Central Florida-based notfor-profit dedicated to lifting the ban. “This policy is not just discriminatory, but it puts every American who needs blood transfusions at risk.” From our media partner


Gay Waitress Loses Job A New Jersey waitress was out of a job on Saturday, weeks after her story of being denied a tip because of her sexual orientation brought an outpouring of sympathy and donations. Dayna Morales’ employment was terminated after an internal investigation into allegations that she made up the story, Gallop Asian Bistro manager Bobby Vanderhoof told CNN. “The results of that investigation are inconclusive as to exactly what happened

between Ms. Morales and the customers that night. However, in light of the investigation and recent events, both Ms. Morales and Gallop Asian Bistro have made a joint decision that Ms. Morales will no longer continue her employment at our restaurant,” the restaurant posted on Facebook. Dayna Morales, 22, a former Marine, first complained about the alleged incident on a “Have a Gay Day” Facebook page, posting a photo of a receipt that read, “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do

‘La Cage aux Folles’ Director Dies Edouard Molinaro, nominated for an Oscar for directing “La Cage aux Folles,” a French farce about a gay couple that struck a chord with a broad range of audiences, has died at 85. French President Francois Hollande’s office confirmed the death in a statement of condolence Saturday, praising

Molinaro as “great, appealing and original” and a director who “conquered the public and the admiration of his peers at the same time.” The statement didn’t provide further details. Molinaro’s career spanned six decades, including crime films and historical

not agree with your lifestyle and how you live your life.” The post went viral. Morales claimed the message was on a receipt for $93.55, for a meal ordered by a family of four at the restaurant in Bridgewater, New Jersey. But then a report on television station NBC4 displayed a receipt from a family showing an $18 tip on a bill of $93.55, and a credit card statement with the same total value, $111.55, to back it up. From our media partner CNN

adaptations. He was best known for 1978’s “La Cage aux Folles,” which was nominated for several Oscars. The movie, about two men with a transvestite club in St. Tropez who try to temporarily pretend they’re straight, was remade as “The Birdcage” in 1996. From the Associated Press


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News Briefs +Dick Cheney ‘Surprised’ by Public Spat Between Daughters Former Vice President Dick Cheney said [recently] he was taken aback when his daughter Mary and her wife took to social media to rail against his other daughter Liz’s stance on samesex marriage. “We were surprised when there was an attack launched against Liz on Facebook and wished it hadn’t happened,” Cheney told the audience at a National Press Club event. Cheney, at the venue to promote he recently released book, “Heart: An American Medical Odyssey,” expressed

regret that his daughters aired out their grievances in public. “It’s always been dealt with within the context of the family, and, frankly, that’s our preference,” Cheney said. When moderator Barbara Cochran, president of the National Press Club’s Journalism Institute, attempted to press Cheney to elaborate, he balked. “I’ve gone as far as I’m going to go on the subject,” Cheney said, before adding a final word of caution. “Don’t waste your time.” The feud between Cheney’s

daughters was sparked when Liz, who is challenging incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi in Wyoming, told Fox News’ Chris Wallace in November that she does not support same-sex marriage. The interview prompted a vitriolic series of Facebook posts from her sister Mary, who is gay, and her wife, Heather Poe. “Liz – this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree – you’re just wrong – and on the wrong side of history,” Mary Cheney posted on Facebook. Dick Cheney’s remarks at the Washington event echoed his


German President to Boycott Olympics in Russia Over Human Rights

German President Joachim Gauck will boycott the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, according to a report. The announcement would make Gauck, a former pastor, the first major political figure to boycott the Games, which will be held at the Black Sea resort in February. According to a report in the German publication Der Spiegel, Gauck made the decision in protest against human rights violations and the harassment of Russian opposition political figures. The magazine said the Russian government was informed of his decision last week. The German presidential office could not be reached for comment Sunday. Russia’s Presidential Press Service said there was no immediate official reaction to the report. Germany’s presidency is largely ceremonial; Chancellor Angela Merkel oversees the government. Some athletes have spoken out against Russia’s new “propaganda” law that bans even discussion of homosexuality anywhere that children might hear it. The legislation, which President Vladimir Putin signed in June, gives authorities the power to impose fines as well as detain and deport foreigners who are deemed to have breached the law. Some artists and activists have called for a boycott of the Sochi games, which run from February 7 to 23. “I don’t think that we should be going to the Olympics at all,” Lady Gaga said last week during an interview on the British television show.


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comments last month to CNN’s Jake Tapper. The former vice president told Tapper that his position on this issue is “well known” and he would “let (his) daughters speak for themselves.” In a statement to Tapper, Liz Cheney did not waver from her stance while insisting she’s always treated her sister’s family with kindness. “I love my sister and her family and have always tried to be compassionate towards them,” Liz said. “I believe that is the Christian way to behave.” From our media partner CNN.

business from discrimination allegations by gay couples. An administrative judge in Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission is scheduled to hear arguments in the case Wednesday morning. It’s unknown whether a ruling in the case will come the same day. The American Civil Liberties Union initiated the process last year on behalf of the couple last year. The bakery owner faces up to a year in prison if the court rules against him and he continues to refuse to make wedding cakes for gay couples.


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Putin said in an interview on state television in September that gay people would not be discriminated against at the Sochi games. But that appeared at odds with statements made by government officials that the anti-gay propaganda law would be enforced. Putin also later said everyone would be welcomed to the Winter Olympics in Russia, regardless of sexual orientation, state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported. The IOC in August said it received assurances “from the highest level of government in Russia” that the law would not affect people attending or taking part in the Games. The next month, the IOC said the law did not violate the Olympic Charter. U.S. President Barack Obama rejected soflagaynews //

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Court Hears Discrimination Case Over Wedding Cake

A discrimination complaint over a Colorado bakery’s refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple is being heard in a Denver court. At issue in the complaint from David Mullins and Charlie Craig against Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver is whether religious freedom can protect a


Gay weddings made up 17 percent of marriages in Washington this past year, the first year gay marriages were legal in the state. State officials reported Wednesday more than 7,000 same-sex couples got married between December 6, 2012 and the most recent complete month of data, September 2013. So far, most of the state’s same sex marriages, 62 percent, were between two women. The top five counties where same sex marriages took place are King, Clark, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties. Garfield County is the only county where no same sex marriages were performed. Washington’s gay marriage law is also driving tourism. About a quarter of the gay couples who got married this past year in Washington were from another state. The biggest number came from Oregon. From the Associated Press

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Ft Lauderdale Man Acquitted of Sex Assault Charges Associated Press A Florida flight attendant has been acquitted in Connecticut of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy more than 100 times. Connecticut Superior Court Judge George Thim on Thursday found Rafael Padilla-Cruz of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., not guilty of firstdegree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. There was no jury. The Connecticut Post reports (http://bit. ly/1iFP6LM) that Thim said he could not conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that Padilla-Cruz sexually abused the youngster. Padilla-Cruz’s lawyer said he was vilified because he is gay. The boy, who is now 16, testified that Padilla-Cruz, a family acquaintance, raped him almost daily between 2007 and 2008 while he was living with the boy’s family. Trial testimony says the boy was expelled from school in 2008 for drug abuse and violent behavior. He underwent mental health therapy. From the Associated Press

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Palm Beach Source for LGBTSensitive Therapists Donald Cavanaugh While researching another story, SFGN made a discovery that seemed important for Palm Beach County readers. The Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County ( has an online referral form that allows providers to indicate areas of specialty. What is unique about this list is the fact that it includes “LGBT Issues” as one of the fields providers can advertise. LGBT inclusion is not common among social services agencies in South Florida or many other places for that matter, so finding a resource that indicates a desire to help LGBT people is important. South Florida Gay News visited with Pamela Gionfriddo, executive director of the Mental Health Association to learn more. “About two years ago, when we were designing our new online tools, including the provider search tool, we decided there was a need for a database that would enable our site visitors to search for providers that specialized in their particular needs,” said Gionfriddo. We had had a Lunch and Learn program on LGBT issues just before we brainstormed the categories for inclusion so LGBT issues were at the top of mind,” she continued. “It’s an area that is often overlooked (well, you know that) but it is starting to get more attention.” Over 250 providers offer more than 65 types of specialties including some 55 providers who list LGBT Issues. In addition to specialties, selection criteria include location, specific licensing, age groups and insurance plans accepted and more. Providers must be licensed health professionals in good standing to be listed in the directory. However, Gionfriddo advises users to check licensing before engaging with a listed individual or agency and the site provides links to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration and the Florida Department of Health where this information is available. “Unfortunately with tight budgets and a lack of resources, we are just not able to constantly monitor the providers in our database,” said Gionfriddo. “We rely on users to let us know of any adverse information.” South Florida Gay News reached out to several providers who are listed in the database. Only two responded by press time: Ann McNeil, LCSW, a therapist in private practice in Boca Raton and Mark Rutherford, Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, and openly gay therapist in a multi-discipline practice in West Palm Beach. “I’m on the provider list,” McNeil said. “But I haven’t received any referrals so far. I’ve

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participated in a number of MHA programs though and they are really excellent.” Mark Rutherford also said he’s not aware of any clients being referred through the MHA system but added, “I haven’t gotten any referrals from the MHAPBC system to date but I know this type of program works because I have had success with my own website and a posting on Psychology Today.” “We don’t typically get a lot of feedback,” said Gionfriddo. “We have statistics that show a lot of people visit our site but users and providers tend not to let us know if they have made specific searches. We also help find referrals over the phone and give callers names of three providers so they may shop around and not just take the first person they meet.” The Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County was established in 1949 and moved to its current building at 909 Fern Street in 1963. The agency has another site at 2100 45th Street which houses its Peer Place Drop in Center. Gionfriddo joined the organization in 2009. With a team of 11 full and part time paid staff and some 65 volunteers she has created a suite of programs and tools, like the provider database, to help Palm Beach Residents find a safe and welcoming place when they need mental health assistance. “My wish is to enable people to get help before they become critical,” said Gionfriddo. Ideally we would start with the schools and have periodic scheduled mental health evaluations but like the gay issue the stigma around mental health has got to be overcome in order to achieve these goals.” Visit for more information. soflagaynews //

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News From South Florida AIDS Network, December Sean McShee Each month HIV service providers and members of the HIV infected and affected communities meet to exchange information and gain knowledge about HIV at the monthly meeting of the South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN). Below are the highlights of the SFAN meeting on December 6, 2013. Programs/Services Information A residential detox and 30 day aftercare program has opened for Ryan White Care eligible clients. This new program offers detox and thirty days aftercare for all types of

addictions: heroin, methamphetamine, alcohol, etc. Contact BARC Central (954-357-4851) for more information or to set up an appointment. The Ryan White Part B Medication CoPayment. This program provides co-pays for prescriptions, including non-antiretroviral drugs. Call 954-467-4700, Ext. 5663 to set up an appointment or for more information on this program. Taking medications as directed. Jansen Therapeutics has developed a web based program ( that texts reminders to people about when to take

their meds. It’s free if you have text messaging. It works for both non-HIV and HIV meds. Accomplishments Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission. Among all Broward births in 2013, no babies had contracted HIV from their mothers as of December 6 2013. Undetectable Viral Load. Since June 2013, the percent of ADAP (AIDS Drug Assistance Program) patients in Broward with an undetectable viral load has steadily increased from 74 to 77 percent, maintaining both their own health and reducing chances of their infecting others. Reports Florida Community Planning Network (a planning/advisory body, similar to SFAN but

on the state level). Kim Saiswick reported on their November meeting. HIV Florida Legislative issues: A bill has been introduced to facilitate routine HIV testing in medical procedures. HIV testing would remain voluntary and be at the doctor’s discretion, but with an “opt out” provision, rather than an “opt-in” provision. HIV Testing. A new HIV testing technique allows identification of HIV infection in its most acute and infectious stage. Ten people in Florida have been identified in this highly infectious stage so far and all have been linked to care. Next Meeting 1/10/14 at 10 am at the Holy Cross Healthplex, Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center, 1000 NE 56th Street Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334. These meetings are open to the public and newcomers are encouraged to attend.

HIV in Broward Among adult women living with HIV/AIDS in Broward County, 81.1 percent are African-American. About 72 percent of all adult female HIV cases in Broward result from heterosexual contact.

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Gay Lawyer Convicted in Mutual Benefits Fraud Joseph Elliot A prominent and distinguished gay Fort Lauderdale lawyer was convicted last Wednesday of playing a material role in a Ponzi scheme that prosecutors say scammed investors out of more than $1 billion. Anthony M. Livoti Jr., 64, endured an 11 week trial and nearly 8 days of jury deliberations, but in the end, was found guilty of fraud and conspiracy on 3 major felony counts, which could send him to jail for decades, due to the amount of the

criminal fraud. On 20 other counts, Livoti was found not guilty. U.S. District Judge Robert Scola ordered Livoti, who had a $2 million bond, taken into custody immediately. He is being held at the Miami Federal Detention Center until his sentencing Feb. 21. He faces a potential life sentence because of the massive scale of the investment scam allegedly orchestrated by executives at Fort Lauderdale-based Mutual Benefits Corp.

Steven Steiner, who served with Anthony Livoti on the board of directors of CenterOne, once the oldest and largest HIV service agency in Broward County, has already been convicted in the scam. He has been sentenced to 15 years, but faces more time for two related convictions. That sentencing date is now set for next Monday. Livoti’s defense attorney, Joel Hirschhorn, stated outside the courtroom to the Miami Herald, that his client was “crushed. He really is crushed.” Livoti played the role of trustee who controlled Mutual Benefits’ investment accounts. He steadfastly denied any wrongdoing, arguing to the jury that Mutual executives lined their own pockets but kept him in the dark about the fraud. Livoti, who has recently served as the general counsel for the Florida State Fraternal Order of Police, was a popular LGBT lawyer who sustained many charitable causes over the decades.

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Gays Hit the Slopes in Aspen Gay Ski Week returns to Colorado resort town John McDonald It was once the epicenter of the counterculture movement. Now, Aspen, Colorado is a recognized week for gays to go outdoors. Fabulously, of course. But, remember, it is quite different climate than South Florida. “It was 15 degrees here yesterday,” said Aspen resident Jim Guttau.

Guttau works in public relations in Aspen. When he’s not waking up to 10-feet of snow overnight, he is busy promoting the 37th Annual Gay Ski Week, a week filled with events for every taste – even those who do not ski. “We have people who come here just to go out at night and party and they sleep all day,” said Guttau.

Imagine that. Aspen is steeped in folklore and has long been a popular tourist destination. The city inspired songs by singer John Denver, was a silver boom town in the early 1900s and became the home of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, who made an unsuccessful bid for county sheriff in 1970.

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These days Aspen boasts world class spas, renowned restaurants, high end shopping and a wide variety of relatively tame winter activities from snowmobiling to horse drawn sleigh rides. The pace picks up next month for the 37th Annual Aspen Gay Ski Week, Jan. 12-19. “I would absolutely recommend people to go,” said Fort Lauderdale resident Frank Guglielmo. “It’s sort the U.S. version of a cute Alps town.” Guglielmo and a group of friends were visiting the Stonewall Museum in Fort Lauderdale last week and while perusing the current exhibits, the group discussed travel hotspots. During the peak winter season, Aspen’s population swells from around 6,000 residents to just over 32,000. The city is about a four-hour trip by car from the Denver airport. “World famous Aspen plays host to a week of epic skiing, après-ski events at The Limelight Hotel and exciting nightly events,” remarked Kevin McManamon, co-chair of Aspen Gay Ski Week. What started out as just a small group of friends on a winter retreat has ballooned into one of the must see events for the rich and famous. “It’s very well heeled,” said Guglielmo, a CPA who summers in New Jersey. “The town is strikingly beautiful and the nature is beautiful. If you could just keep out the people from L.A. it would be great.” Comedian Mario Cantone (Sex and The City) headlines this year’s lineup. Proceeds from nightly events – Film Night Gala, Testosterone Party and Trunk Show, and the local favorite, Downhill Costume Contest -- benefit the Roaring Fork Gay and Lesbian Community Fund, an organization that has been building tolerance in this unique resort community since 1996. All the fun and games takes place at elevations of 8,000 feet or more with Colorado’s gorgeous Elk Mountains as your backdrop. For more information, visit www.

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My Latest Thanksgiving Family Mildred Smith, Eligibility Specialist for Compass

Thanksgiving hasn’t always been this way. Growing up it was about family, parents, grandparents, siblings, and sometimes aunts, uncles, and cousins all converging on one house with food in hand. “Food enough for an army,” we would always say. It always felt a bit shameful to me that we would have that much food. I thought if it was enough for an army then perhaps we ought to be finding one to join us. The host and hostess for these family gatherings were responsible for the main


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dish, turkey of course; the trimmings were left to the relatives. It always seemed well orchestrated and never any duplicates. We would have the traditional round robin of telling what we were currently most grateful for before the host carved the turkey, the eldest said a prayer, and someone passed the biscuits. Someone inevitably said that they were most grateful for the gathering of the family and the love they shared. That’s how it was and I thought that was how it would always be.

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My first thanksgiving away from home was with the military in 1975. The mess hall was sparse of people, but plentiful in traditional thanksgiving food and the guests were a family of another kind; a family by design more than anything else. We were family because we were all soldiers with the common life styles and common beliefs, regardless of where we came from. We were soldiers who chose to serve long after the draft had ended and who could not or chose not to go home for Thanksgiving. We made the best of it, this family by design. In later years, after I realized who I was, and whom I loved, I chose not to go home because of the incessant questions about Photo courtesy of Craig Dugas relationship prospects. I would much rather have talked about life always the same. There is always a diverse in the barracks, a call to duty and honor or better yet, someone else’s private mix and representation of our larger human life, for obvious reasons. Finally, the day family. Everyone feels connected and safe came when I couldn’t take the questions to live honestly, to express gratefulness and any more, when my moral compass for pride for whom and how they love. It’s not honesty had been kicked off kilter one too really much different than the Thanksgiving many times and I blurted it out. “I don’t with a family of origin; except for some of us have a boyfriend, I don’t want a boyfriend. I it is. For a brief period of time I spent sometimes have a girlfriend and when I do I wish I could bring her home with me.” That Thanksgiving with strangers as I worked is when I found out, holiday or not, blood is with other organizations in my community not always thicker than water. I was asked to to feed the homeless. The faces changed leave. Not an uncommon experience, but it every year, but the warmth and gratitude I felt for the opportunity to give back certainly felt like a lonely one. Now what? What will my Thanksgiving to those in my community who shared be like, I wondered, not to mention the thanks for what they had on that day made other holidays when traditionally my family them family too. For one day we all had gathered together? I soon learned what. a singular gratitude and none of us felt Family of choice it’s called. When your alone or lonely. None of us judged harshly biological family pushes you away in one where we came from or who we were in manner, or another, you find or create a new that moment. We were just grateful to family. I found the family who created the share a warm meal on a cold day and find a quintessential lesbian potluck Thanksgiving little hope for a better tomorrow. So should you find yourself languishing with foods from multiple cultures that for family on the holidays, consider this, surround the American traditional turkey. This is the family who gives thanks for the families, be they families of origin or families chosen family, others with whom there is a of choice, change for all of us. If you have common thread of life styles and beliefs, and lost what you define as family go out and a safe place to express struggles and celebrate redefine it for yourself. If you are missing triumphs. This is the family that accepts, and your family somewhere, there is a family in fact celebrates, what biological families missing you too. They may be family of far too often do not. Not unlike the family origin, family by design or family of choice, of origin, those who make up the family of but they are out there somewhere. Look choice changes over time. Sisters come and around you. Someone else is looking back. go, relationships shift and people move to Go find your family, share a moment, a meal, other chosen families, but the feeling is or life time and give thanks.


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Christopher Reina is doing a five-year sentence in federal prison. In his writing he shares how he is surviving prison life as a gay inmate. Chris is paying it forward by donating his compensation for this column to The Pet Project, an organization near and dear to his heart.

Entry 4: December 11 By far, the hardest part about being locked up is knowing that life for those I love and care about goes on without me. I received an email from Mark telling me that Sheba, our 21-year-old cat, wasn’t doing well. Her weight had dropped to four pounds and she had lost her interest in food. We knew the day was coming, and this past Saturday Mark took Sheba to the vet where they assisted her in her transition to her next destination. Mark tells me that she passed gently in his

arms, and for that I am profoundly thankful. But I cannot tell you how much it hurts that I was not there for the two of them. So much so that I am coming apart just writing this. Thank God I have a cell to myself at the moment. I know that Sheba forgives me; animals seem to have an unlimited capacity for forgiveness. It is I who cannot forgive myself. She’s gone and I wasn’t there to say goodbye, and now my heart aches. I think to myself, what else is coming? Our other two cats are both about 13. Will they live long enough for the happy reunion that I have imagined? Will Mark stay healthy? Will I? Mom is 71 and my grandmother, God bless her, is 95. If I were to lose any of them while on the inside I’m not sure that I could handle the grief. But what choice do I have? I’ve already made the choices that really mattered and I, more often then not, chose exceedingly poorly. It’s times like these that I

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feel like I am standing in the middle of an enormous bomb crater, looking out at the wreckage of my life. Dear God, what have I done?! How will I ever fix... STOP IT!... hold still... and...breathe... OK, time for a change of subject. Let me just toss out this softball sized wad of tissue that I’ve been sobbing into. There, that’s better. Yes, so I mentioned Mark. Since he has given me permission to include him in my story, let me fill you in on who he is and what he means to me. Mark and I lived together for the past nine years, up until April 14th, the day the FBI walked me out of our house in handcuffs. Mark and I were lovers for the first few years that we lived together, but we came undone as I started to return to my first love – drugs. But, for better or for worse, we continued to live together and care for one another. As you can imagine, I did a piss poor job of holding up my end of things. So we’re not lovers but we’re more than friends, though that did not stop me from putting him through sheer hell for the past few years as I gave myself over to my addiction. It’s a


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‘queer’ sort of relationship that I am sure many couples can identify with. Since there isn’t a precise word for what he means to me, I will simply refer to him as Mark. Mark is alternately, a bit martyr, and a lot of saint for putting up with me, and after all is said and done, it is my connection with him that keeps me sane in here. In fact, I am thrilled to tell you that I will get to see him this Saturday for the first time since early July. But it’s more than that; I will actually get a chance to hug him for the first time since I can’t remember. Here you get to greet your visitor with a hug and a kiss and sit together at a table. In Broward’s main jail, you can only communicate through a miserable video link, though at the Paul Rion facility you can at least be in one another’s presence, but you are still divided by a thick sheet of glass. I’ll probably dissolve into a fountain of tears in front of my fellow inmates when I finally see Mark, but it will be worth it. I can’t wait for Saturday! Next time: Food, inglorious food! Until then, stay safe everybody. #50095-004

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Fort Lauderdale Conference Spotlights LGBT Travel J.W. Arnold

LGBT tourism and travel are the focus of an international conference this week in Fort Lauderdale. More than 200 industry leaders and representatives from convention bureaus, hotels and airlines around the world are registered for the 14th Annual LGBT Tourism and Hospitality Conference, Dec. 11-13, organized by Community Marketing & Insights (CMI), a San Francisco-based marketing and research firm.


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According to David Paisley, CMI Senior Research Director, the conference at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa on Fort Lauderdale Beach is one of the largest to focus on the strong LGBT market and will highlight industry trends, including mobile marketing, same-sex marriages and family travel. Seminars include, “Mobile is SO Gay: Rules for LGBT Engagement,” “The Emerging Gay and Lesbian Wedding Market,” and “Family Vacation: The New Modern Family, Parent(s)

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Who Identify as LGBT and Their Children.” The conference will also focus on emerging LGBT travel markets, including China. Liu Ping, CEO of Journey of Soul (of China Star), will present a program entitled, “Is China Ready for LGBT Travel?” Argentina, another country growing its LGBT market, is a sponsor of the conference. One of the key benefits of the conference is the opportunity for participants to share success stories. Explained Paisley: “It’s not unusual for competitors to really want More than 200 travel professionals from around the world will meet in Fort to grow the market and Lauderdale this week at the 14th Annual LGBT Tourism and Hospitality make it successful for Conference at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa. everyone. There will a lot Photo courtesy of Doug Castenada of case studies.” During the conference, CMI will also The tourism industry, in addition to liquor brands, pioneered announce the results of its 18th annual travel outreach to the community more than industry survey, noting steady growth in two decades ago, recognizing the size and LGBT travel following the recession. “We see an uptick in leisure travel in strength of the LGBT market and tapping billions of dollars of disposable income in gay community, but there are still a lot of concerns about the economy. One of the the process. Noting the longtime popularity of South concerns of the industry as a whole is a Florida destinations, a workshop on creating continued downtick in business travel. The LGBT visitor’s centers will include Steven recession really knocked business travel Adkins, president of the Miami-Dade Gay down and that is true in the LGBT segment and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, which as well,” Paisley said. He noted that gay professionals and operates a visitor’s center in Miami Beach. Thursday’s keynote luncheon speaker will couples often use business travel as a be Nicki Grossman, president and CEO of pretense for longer leisure trips. “During the recession, we weren’t going the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and to Hawaii, Canada or Europe because of the Visitors Bureau. Said Richard Gray, a longtime Fort high travel costs. There was definitely pent Lauderdale Beach gay hotelier who is now up demand,” Paisley said. Younger travelers, aged 35-45, are also the only full-time employee of a convention and visitors bureau charged with focusing influencing trends, spiking interest in visits on the LGBT market, “Without any doubt to urban areas like Chicago, New York City Greater Fort Lauderdale is the #1 LGBT and Philadelphia. “They are coming into their own destination in the state of Florida. In fact, Greater Fort Lauderdale, per CMI, is the top financially and are interested in big cities, male resort destination in the U.S. and the whereas older travelers tend to focus on #8 LGBT destination for both business and warm weather destinations,” he added. Many of the conference participants leisure travelers in the U.S.” He cited the abundance of LGBT guesthouses, will be exhibiting at a LGBT Travel Expo bars and nightlife destinations and the organized by Steven Levenberg Productions Stonewall National Museum & Archives and on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 12 noon to 4 new World AIDS Museum as key drivers of p.m. at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa. LGBT tourism to the county, in addition to the Admission is free. For more information, go to sunny beaches and warm winter climate.




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2013 Audi SQ5: Equal Parts Quick and Slick We gays are famous for adding “s” to things, and when it comes to Audis, I highly recommend adding an “s” before the name Q5. Doing so amps up Audi’s tasteful Q5 crossover into a high-style, highperformance trucklet that’s as quick as it is slick. The 354-hp supercharged V-6 engine, paddle-shifted eight-speed automatic and suspension all have multiple modes ranging from “I got this” (comfort) to “let’s play” (dynamic), always serving up the right amount of response when you want to get frisky, or smoothness when you just want to take it easy. Making every SQ5 distinct from workaday Q5s are matte silver mirrors, 20-inch wheels, an aggressive front fascia and a contoured rear bumper with quad chrome exhaust tips. The black leather-andAlcantara interior on my tester was made even more special with beautiful blackstained wood that was inlaid every quarter inch or so with an aluminum pinstripe.

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The holidays are a very busy time for Poverello. Our thrift store and food pantry are in need of volunteers. Can you or your organization provide a few hours to help Poverello assist those living with HIV/AIDS? Contact Robert Schelhammer (954) 561-3663 ext. 112 or or You can also visit the Poverello website Go to the Ways To Help tab and click on Volunteer Information.

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AIDS: Signs of progress, but worries about cuts Lisa Keen

More than 9,000 people with HIV were on a waiting list for federal assistance in buying their medications in August 2011. Earlier this month, President Obama announced that number is down to zero. “At one time, the need was so great that over 9,000 people were on the waitlist,” said the president, at a White House ceremony December 2 marking World AIDS Day. “We vowed to get those numbers down. And I’m proud to announce that, as of last week, we have cleared that waitlist.  We are down to zero. And we’re going to keep working to keep it down.” Carl Schmid, an official at the AIDS Institute who has devoted considerable voice to shining a light on that waiting list, agreed the Obama administration deserves some credit. Schmid said the administration’s re-direction of $35 million in funding to the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) two years ago “really helped” clear the waiting lists. The vast majority of names on the waiting lists (96 percent) were in southern states. In August 2011, the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) showed Florida with 3,751 names on the waiting list; Georgia with 1,718; Louisiana with 961; South Carolina with 896; Virginia with 875; North Carolina with 316; Alabama with 130; Arkansas with 51. The only other states with waiting lists were Ohio with 247, Utah with 40, Montana with 29, and Idaho with 25. And most of these same southern states have now declined federal funding under the Affordable Care Act to expand their Medicaid programs and to set up staterun exchanges that citizens can use to find affordable health insurance options. Schmid said the lack of state-run exchanges doesn’t hurt so much because people with HIV can seek options through the national exchange. (The AIDS Institute has surveyed the options and is making its recommendations through a mainstream media outlet later this week.) But the refusal of many states to accept Medicaid expansion does hurt many people with HIV, said Schmid, because “most ADAP clients are low income, and the majority are below the poverty level.” So, said Schmid, it’s just not clear how much money will be needed for ADAP in the future because no one can forecast yet just how many people with low incomes and HIV will be able to get medication assistance under Medicaid or through private insurance in the exchanges. Schmid and other AIDS activists are also concerned about federal and state budget

cuts generally, as well as the looming sequestration cuts that could hit as soon as January. Many analysts are predicting those cuts could be much more dramatic next year than the first round of sequestration cuts that took place this year. Such AIDS-related funding took on renewed urgency for the LGBT community last week when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported last Friday that, among men who have sex with men (MSM), “Unprotected anal sex at least once in the past 12 months [has] increased from 48% in 2005 to 57% in 2011.” Also in 2011, said the report, MSM “accounted for at least half of persons diagnosed with HIV in all but two states.” The two states were Pennsylvania and South Dakota, but even in those two states, MSM still accounted for between 46 percent and 49 percent of HIV infections. In his World AIDS Day remarks, President Obama signaled he understood that urgency for the LGBT community and others particularly hard hit by HIV. “We need to keep focusing on investments to communities that are still being hit hardest, including gay and bisexual men, African Americans and Latinos,” said the president. He also announced that the National Institutes of Health would re-direct $100 million in funds over the next three years toward research seeking a cure for AIDS.

Meanwhile, many of the community’s own AIDS organizations are struggling with loss of funding and continued federal budget cuts. The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) went out of business earlier this year after filing for bankruptcy. Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) in New York suffered a $66,000 cut in federal funding to its meals program for people with HIV and the state was able to chip in only $22,676 last week to help make up that deficit. A survey of 131 AIDS organizations in 29 states, released by the AIDS Institute in October, found that 85 percent of the groups experienced a drop in funding at the same time that 79 percent of them saw an increase in clients seeking help. AIDS Institute Executive Director Michael Ruppal said his group was urging “Congress and the President to reverse the cuts caused by sequestration and adequately fund critical public health programs, including those that prevent HIV and provide for care and treatment for people living with HIV.” But it’s hard to predict whether there’s any chance of that happening. A House-Senate conference committee working on a budget agreement for FY 14 missed its December 2 deadline. Some media reports indicate that the committee is getting close to a two-year budget agreement to head off another round of automatic sequestration cuts. The impact, whatever

Congress ultimately agrees on, is expected to be felt far and wide. Officials at Howard Brown Memorial Clinic in Chicago say another round of sequestration cuts would “seriously jeopardize” the clinic’s mission. “The cut in funding for the Ryan White Care Act, the federal law which provides funding for HIV treatment and prevention, would translate into a potential waiting list for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) which provides life-saving medications to those living with HIV….HBHC would also have to reconsider and/or cut funding to meet the current demand for care including adding medical providers which directly impacts our ability to provide comprehensive care to persons living with HIV,” said David Dodd, communications manager for the LGBT community-based clinic. Similar LGBT community health and HIV clinics around the country are facing the same cuts. The House is due to leave December 13 for the holidays but leaders on both sides of the aisle have indicated they are still optimistic they can come up with a bottom line for the federal FY 14 budget by next week. From that bottom line point, lawmakers then have until January 15 to work out the details agency by agency. © 2013 Keen News Service. All rights reserved.

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Are you HIV positive and losing weight without trying? If you’re taking your meds, have lost weight without trying and feel less physical endurance, you may have HIV-associated wasting. Are You Wasting Time?

Are you wasting time? Visit to register for more information and download a free booklet to help you learn more about HIV-associated wasting so you can have an informed discussion during your next health care provider visit.

What is Serostim® [somatropin (rDNA origin) for injection]? Serostim is an injectable prescription medicine used for the treatment of HIV patients with wasting or cachexia to increase lean body mass and body weight, and improve physical endurance. Treatment with antiretroviral therapy at the same time is necessary.

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What are the possible side effects of Serostim®?

You should not take Serostim if you have:

Serostim® [somatropin (rDNA origin) for injection] may cause serious side effects, including:


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A critical illness due to complications after open heart surgery, abdominal surgery, serious injuries or have severe breathing problems Cancer or undergoing treatment for cancer Certain types of eye diseases caused by diabetes Allergies to growth hormone or benzyl alcohol, an ingredient in the liquid used to mix Serostim®

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Concomitant antiretroviral therapy Impaired glucose tolerance/diabetes Intracranial hypertension Fluid retention/carpal tunnel syndrome Kaposi’s sarcoma, lymphoma, and other malignancies Local and systemic reactions Pancreatitis

What should I tell my healthcare provider before using Serostim®?

Before using Serostim®, tell your doctor if you have or are:

The most common side effects of Serostim® include:

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Pregnant or nursing Taking any medications, especially cyclosporine, hormone replacement therapy, insulin or other diabetes medications, drugs containing steroids, or drugs for seizures Liver or kidney disease Over 65 years of age Have any other medical condition

A critical illness due to complications after open heart surgery, abdominal surgery, serious injuries or have severe breathing problems Cancer or history of cancer Skin lesions Diabetes, a family history of diabetes or have been told by your doctor that you are at risk for diabetes Multiple hormone deficiencies

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In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions included swelling (particularly of the hands or feet), muscle pain, joint pain, numbness and pain in extremities. Injection site reactions (pain, numbness, redness, swelling). Change (rotate) your injection site to help lower your risk for injection site reactions.

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Let’s talk about HIV-associated wasting.

Fluid retention Bone, joint or muscle pain Swelling of the extremities Carpal tunnel syndrome Breast enlargement Nausea Fatigue Increase in blood glucose Increase in triglycerides

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088. To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact EMD Serono at 1-800-283-8088 EXT. 5563. This information is not intended to replace discussions with your doctor. For additional information about Serostim® [somatropin (rDNA origin) for injection], please consult the Prescribing Information and talk to your doctor. You can also visit Serostim® is available by prescription only. Please see brief summary on following page.


Brief Summary for SEROSTIM® [somatropin (rDNA origin) for injection] What is Serostim® [somatropin (rDNA origin) for injection]?

Serostim® is an injectable prescription medicine used for the treatment of HIV patients with wasting or cachexia to increase lean body mass and body weight, and improve physical endurance. Treatment with antiretroviral therapy at the same time is necessary. You should not take Serostim® if you have: •

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A critical illness due to complications after open heart surgery, abdominal surgery, serious injuries or have severe breathing problems Cancer or undergoing treatment for cancer Certain types of eye diseases caused by diabetes Allergies to growth hormone or benzyl alcohol, an ingredient in the liquid used to mix Serostim®

What should I tell my healthcare provider before using Serostim®? Before using Serostim®, tell your doctor if you have or are: •

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A critical illness due to complications after open heart surgery, abdominal surgery or serious injuries or have severe breathing problems Cancer or history of cancer Skin lesions Diabetes, a family history of diabetes or have been told by your doctor that you are at risk for diabetes Multiple hormone deficiencies Pregnant or nursing Taking any medications, especially cyclosporine, hormone replacement therapy, insulin or other diabetes medications, drugs containing steroids, or drugs for seizure Liver or kidney disease Over 65 years of age Have any other medical condition

What are the possible side effects of Serostim®? Serostim® may cause serious side effects, including: •

Concomitant Antiretroviral Therapy: In some experimental systems, somatropin has been shown to increase HIV replication in vitro. Because of this possibility for acceleration of virus replication, it is recommended that you continue on your antiretroviral therapy for the duration of Serostim® treatment.

Impaired Glucose Tolerance/Diabetes: Cases of new onset impaired glucose tolerance (pre-diabetes), new onset type 2 diabetes mellitus and worsening of current diabetes mellitus have been reported in patients receiving Serostim® [somatropin (rDNA origin) for injection]. Some patients developed diabetic complications (ketoacidosis and diabetic coma). In some patients, these conditions improved when Serostim® was discontinued, while in others, the glucose intolerance persisted. Intracranial Hypertension: Intracranial hypertension, a rise in the pressure inside the skull, associated visual changes, headache, nausea, and/or vomiting has been reported. Fluid Retention/Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Water retention may occur in adults during Serostim® therapy. Increased swelling, particularly in the hands and feet, muscle or joint pain may occur during treatment with Serostim®. Often these reactions resolve with analgesic therapy, or after decreasing the number of doses. Carpal tunnel syndrome may occur during treatment with Serostim®. If the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome do not resolve by decreasing the weekly number of doses of Serostim®, it is recommended that treatment be discontinued.

Kaposi’s Sarcoma, Lymphoma and Other Malignancies: Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS), lymphoma, and other malignancies are more common in HIV-positive individuals. There was no increase in the incidence of Kaposi’s sarcoma, lymphoma, or in the progression of cutaneous Kaposi’s sarcoma in clinical studies of Serostim®. Patients with internal KS lesions were excluded from the studies. Potential effects on other malignancies are unknown.

Local and Systemic Reactions: Injection sites should be changed (rotated) to avoid tissue atrophy. Patients should be informed that local and systemic reactions are possible and that prompt medical attention should be sought if allergic reactions occur.

Pancreatitis: Inflammation of the pancreas has been reported rarely in adults receiving growth hormone.

The most common side effects of Serostim® [somatropin (rDNA origin) for injection] include: •

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In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions included swelling (particularly of the hands or feet), muscle pain, joint pain, numbness and pain in extremities. Injection site reactions (pain, numbness, redness, swelling). Change (rotate) your injection site to help lower your risk for injection site reactions. Fluid retention Bone, joint or muscle pain Swelling of the extremities Carpal tunnel syndrome Breast enlargement Nausea Fatigue Increase in blood glucose Increase in triglycerides

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088. To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact EMD Serono at 1-800-283-8088 EXT. 5563. This information is not intended to replace discussions with your doctor. For additional information about Serostim® [somatropin (rDNA origin) for injection], please consult the Prescribing Information and talk to your doctor. You can also visit Serostim® is available by prescription only.

©2013 EMD Serono, Inc. US-SER-1013-0003 All rights reserved.

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lifestyle tech

Queer History Gets Smarter

New smartphone app recalls key moments in time John McDonald

Creator of new LGBT history app Quist, Sarah Prager. Submitted Photo

Are you Queer? Well, if you are there’s an app for that. Quist, which launched this past summer, is a smart phone application designed to educate the LGBTQ community on its history and important milestones. With emphasis on the “Q” part of the acronym. “The Q stands for Queer,” said Sarah Prager, creator of Quist. “It’s an umbrella term meaning anything that’s not straight.” The app is a colorful edition to your smartphone and provides interesting bits of information about LGBT people and those funky queers that typically come from the artistic side of society, Prager said. Quist primarily delves into history, for example on November 13, the app revealed Nazi plans to transfer homosexual prisoners to a special concentration camp in 1933. “Top-level members of the Third Reich advise the Head of Police to transport


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homosexuals to the concentration camp Fuhisbuttel,” read the app. For a deeper look, Quist allows the user to browse by events, country and date. Prager said Quist takes submissions from around the world and every day there is a nugget of knowledge to learn about LGBTQ culture. “Much of what has become our community today did not exist 150 years ago,” said Prager, a lesbian who came out at the age of 14. “In those times, a gay person might have been called a sodomite.” Prager is hoping young users will find Quist can help them in their coming out process. “Reading stories helped me to know I wasn’t alone,” said Prager, who is married to her partner Liz. The couple resides in Maryland. Quist can be downloaded on iPhones and Androids. It is free and, according to Prager, “growing every day.”

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Can’t Stand the Lines? Find these gifts online David-Elijah Nahmod It’s holiday time! It’s time for everyone to break open that piggy bank for those in our lives whom we love above all. Here’s a few items that might be worthy of a nice gift wrapping:


Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn

Babs’ 2012 concert tour is now available in a CD/DVD combo. The extraordinary show features the great diva on stage with her gorgeous, now openly gay son Jason Gould for the first time. Jason also sings an impressive solo number, showing that he inherited Mom’s pipes. Other onstage guests include the young Italian tenor group Il Divo, who join Barbra for a stunning rendition of Charlie Chaplin’s classic song Smile. Barbra sings many of her greatest hits, recalls her childhood in Brooklyn NY, all while looking decades younger than her actual age. This unforgettable show will get the Barbra fan in your life right into the joyous spirit of the holiday season. All for a mere $18.74 at Amazon.

Marry Me A Little: Songs By Stephen Sondheim (Ghostlight Records)

Not that we would ever promote stereotypes, but gay men have been known to develop a fondness for musical theater. The Great White Way rarely gets gayer than the delightfully gay composer Stephen Sondheim. This cast recording of the 2013 New York revival of Sondheim’s classic musical Marry Me a Little is a sheer delight. Through song, the show explores themes of longing and desire. The tear inducing title tune, and


numbers like Can That Boy Foxtrot--the gayest song EVER--will make those toes go tap-tap-tapping. This disc would make a great holiday gift for couples.

Philip Chassin: Somethin’ Real Special (PS Classics)

Crooner Chassin owns and operates PS Classics with his husband. The record label is dedicated to bringing the finest theater music to discriminating fans. Chassin is also a performer in his own right, performing in theaters around the country. On this lovely, newly recorded CD, Chassin pays tribute to lyricist Dorothy Fields. Feilds (1905-1974) won an Oscar in 1936 for coauthoring the song The Way You Look Tonight from the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers musical Swing Time. Fields’ career thrived for forty years at a time when women were not seen as composers. These days, her name is somewhat forgotten, even though her lyrics remain popular. At his 2009 inauguration, President Barack Obama paraphrased Field’s legendary song Pick Yourself Up: “Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again,” she wrote in the 1930s. If you’re gift hunting for a musical theater lover, consider the gift of Dorothy Field’s lovely lyrics as performed by Philip Chassin’s velvety smooth voice.

Bruno Gmuender offers some of the hottest 2014 calendars around, most of which are based on their equally hot photo coffee table books. There are calendars for every taste, but the hot models in the pics might distract you from remembering whatever appointments you might need to keep. Hombres 2014 showcases the homoerotic photos of Joan Crisol. If you like scantily clad, buffed Latin boys… Gods of Sports 2014 offers a selection of pics from Pedro Virgil’s best selling book. Gasp… Like a little body hair? Jim French 2014 Classic Fur presents photos from the sexy vaults of Colt Studio photographer Jim French. It’s masculinity personified. All American 2014 showcases 12 photos of the scantily clad boys next door. Check out these and other hot calendars (and sexy coffee table books) at: Hey, you can always buy a holiday gift for yourself!


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Jewelry San Francisco based Nalukai offers a series of dog tag styled pendants produced with shiny, sterling silver, glittering gold and rose gold. Produced to celebrate the hard won equalities we’ve already won, and those we will win, the pendants can be worn by men, women, or teens. The simple design enables the wearer to proudly display the word equality around their necks wherever they may be the lovely pieces can be bought in pairs as gifts for couples. For Christmas, Chanukah, or for a wedding! Nalukai is a Hawaiian word which means “a wise soul who has weathered life’s storms.” That’s us! Check out the catalogue at

Undies More sexy gifts abound at Jockstrap Central, a great place for couples to buy naughty gifts for each other. When you give your boyfriend or partner some scanty undies, you can say “it’s for you, dear.” Only you need to know that’s actually a gift for you, a gift that’ll keep on giving every time he wears it! Even better the online company was founded in 2005 by a gay couple!

Cards Of course you can’t give a gift without a nice card to go with it. To that end, Brooklyn resident Ryan founded Out Loud Greeting Cards, a small business which designs and prints LGBT greeting cards for all kinds of occasions. Ryan’s cards can be tied in with weddings, coming out, Pride, and other queer celebrations. Though he has yet to offer cards specific to the holiday season, some of his Love cards make a nice addition when gift giving to that special someone. Check out:

Everything Else If you still haven’t found that perfect gift, head over to for everything under the sun. The gay owned company offers a gaggle of gift giving delights: all sorts of things that

you may never have imagined. Items include clothing, jewelry, naughty underwear, decals, even gifts for gay pets. If you haven’t found it anywhere else, you might just find it here! Happy Holidays! soflagaynews //

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Keep Your Dollars Gay

Gay-owned businesses ready for shopping season John McDonald If you are looking to keep your dollars gay this holiday season, the South Florida Gay News has a few recommendations. For starters, Pride Factory is your one stop shop for everything from designer clothing to adult films. Located at 850 NE 13th Street in Fort Lauderdale, Pride Factory carries stylish shoes, clothing and bags from British label Gola. The store, in operation for 17 years, also carries several other labels that appeal to the cool kids and those who like to wear tight clothing. Other items of interest include a vast selection of jock straps, swimsuits and adult toys. You’ll also be hard pressed to find a larger or more diverse selection of gay films in what is considered a gay landmark business. Pride Factory general manager Rocky Bowell said the store recently received a new line of high quality T-shirts from Brown Dog Fashion, which advertise local hotspots such as Haulover Beach and Wilton Manors. Bowell, GM at Pride Factory for 14 years, said the store, with its 8,300-square feet of showroom is a shopper’s delight. “This is where we want the LGBT community to come and do their shopping,” Bowell said. “Support your local retailer, not Amazon or some other online firm.” Moving over to the heart of the gayborhood and we arrive at To The Moon Marketplace, a fun little shop loaded with sweet stuff. To The Moon’s inventory of candy and chocolates can’t be beat. This writer was surprised to find Turkish Taffy, king size Sugar Daddy bars and a whole host of chocolate covered balls. The store also has a mighty selection of superhero memorabilia for Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman collectors and is proud to carry authentic American made Kit Cat clocks. Store owner Antonio Dumas said he is expecting a delivery of handmade candy canes and “old world” Christmas cakes just in time for the holidays. Located at 2205 Wilton Drive (next to Bill’s Filling Station) To The Moon is also a great place to pick up that special ornament for your Christmas tree. Mermaids and Mermen are literally hanging from the ceiling. To find your special gift, call Antonio at 954-564-2987. Just down the drive is The Outlet, a clothing store geared for the guy going out


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for a night on the town. Fashionable dress shirts, jeans and pants – all new -- are on sale and The Outlet also carries men’s necklaces, hats, wristbands, cologne and rings. “We are modeled for the shopper who wants value,” said store owner Jon Anthony, who has been in business 18 years in Wilton Manors. Anthony notes his prices for shirts begin at $4.99 and max out at $45. For jeans, prices top out at $24 and accessories begin at $2. “We want people to enjoy the shopping experience and still be able to buy something that may brighten their day,” Anthony said. Sandwiched between an ice cream shop and a sports bar, The Outlet (2031-B, Wilton Drive), Anthony said, receives 40 to 50 percent of its business from straight customers.

For those shopping in Miami Beach, Perfect Gifts SoBe is the place to get your gay on. The store at 1516 Washington Avenue is known for its greeting cards, novelties and pet accessories, but also has a concept says owner Perry Martino. “Get a gift, get it wrapped and go on to your party,” Martino explained. Perfect Gifts SoBe has a beautiful selection of candles and fragrances and their greeting cards, Martino notes, range from naughty to nice. Formerly the Pink Palm on Lincoln Road, Perfect Gifts has been at its Washington Avenue address since early June. The store is open daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Traveling further up north there’s Studio 205, which bills itself as the ‘Fun Store’ and

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takes the distinction of being the only Pride store in the county. It’s conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Lake Worth. The store carries a collection of unique gifts, vintage items, and adult humor. The store opened strictly as a gay and lesbian pride store 20 years ago. “I’ve evolved over the 20 years,” said Andy Amoroso, the store’s owner. “We still carry the gay and lesbian stuff, but we also have touristy items, and an organic juice bar. I try to carry things you don’t see everywhere else so it makes it unique to shop here. We encourage people to shop local, and shop in their own backyard.” They’re open every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 561-533-5272 for more info.

Gay & Gay Owned Shopping Outlets in South Florida Art Frenzie 2055 Wilton Drive (954) 537-3518 Boomerangs 2367 Wilton Drive (954) 530-6734 Gay Mart 2240 Wilton Drive (954) 630-0360 Mangum Gallery

2301 Wilton Drive (954) 514-7788

Mix Menswear 2258 Wilton Drive 954-566-9166

Some Like It Haute

2378 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Fl,33305 (954) 561-8650

Out of The Closet 2097 Wilton Drive (954) 358-5580

Pride Factory

850 NE 13th Street in Fort Lauderdale (954) 463-6600

Rossetti Fine Art

2176 Wilton Drive 954-916-8653

Rock Hard Adult Store 2301 Wilton Drive (954) 318-7625

To The Moon – Candy, Gifts & More 2205 Wilton Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305 (954) 564-2987

Creative Male – Underwear

Water Mill Flowers 5600 NW 12th Avenue #304 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 954-772-0200

Palm Beach

222 NE 25th Street, Suite # 106 Miami, FL 33137 305-573-3080

Studio 205 – Gifts & More

600 Lake Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33460 (561) 533-5272

XO Gallery

2376 Wilton Drive (954) 213-9797

Shades of The Past Antiques

2360 Wilton Drive (954) 829-3726


Ocean and Twelve Swimwear Store 1200 Ocean Drive #103 Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 532-1402

The Outlet by Anthony – Clothing

2031 Wilton Drive (954) 396-3383

Beatnix, Inc – Costume Store

Tiny Treasures Puppies

1149 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 532-8733

2043 Wilton Drive (954) 630-1751



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To Read or Not to Read… A holiday gift guide to giving books this season Terri Schlichenmeyer

Doesn’t it seem like your gift list grows each year? One new member of the family by birth, three more by marriage. Two “adopted” kids who call you Mom or Dad just because. Friends who have become dear. A new Secret Santa program. It adds up, as it subtracts from your holiday budget. But here’s a great suggestion: books!  Books are cost-effective. They’re like taking a trip without going anywhere. They give and give again, and they’re share-able. What more could you want to give? So. Without further ado, here are some great books you can give to the people on your give list this holiday season…  

General Fiction

Perfect for historians who love a good novel, “The House of Special Purpose” by John Boyne takes a fictionalized trip back to czarist Russia with an elderly man who must lay secrets to rest before he dies. Give this book as a gift – and borrow it back!

Houston, for the most thrilling gift you can possibly give. If a danger-filled novel is what that certain someone on your list would love, look for “The Return” by Michael Gruber, a book about a man who isn’t who he seems. Yes, he looks like an easy-going guy, but revenge is really what’s on his mind… and he’s not going to stop until he finds it. Wrap it up with “Island of the White Rose” by R. Ira Harris, a historical novel of revolution (in Cuba ) and intrigue, love and danger.

So how well do you know that new family member? In “The Darkling” by R. B. Chesterton, a family takes in a teenager who’s been orphaned and they hire a tutor to get the girl up to speed. But there’s something about the girl that just doesn’t seem right – something that will scare the daylights out of your giftee. Wrap it up with “Seduction” by M.J. Rose, which is a literary-based novel of suspense and chills. For the person who likes a little terror with their holiday, “The Demonologist” by Andrew Pyper will give them that, abundantly. This is the story of a professor who accepts a dark offer that’s too good to be true. Problem is, it’s not to good to be horrifying.  Wrap this one up with “ Domino Falls ” by Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due, for a perfectly frightful night-ful.

Does your giftee like the kind of novel that’ll keep her guessing? Then “The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards” by Kristopher Jansma will be exactly what you want to wrap up. At first, it seems like this is a book about rivalry between two writers, but there’s so much more to this story. Suffice it to say that unwrapping this book isn’t going to be the only surprise your giftee gets – particularly when you pair that book with “This is How You Die,” an anthology with the premise that every character knows the end is near… they know how, but they don’t know how…


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If your giftee loves a novel that sprang from real events, then wrap up “My Mother’s Secret” by J.L. Witterick, a fictionalized tale of two women who sheltered a Jewish family in their Sokal, Germany home during World War II. It’s a bit of a thriller, made even better because it’s based on a true story. Fans of suspense won’t be able to resist opening the covers of “Storm Front” by John Sanford. In this thriller, an ancient stone has been stolen, which sparks an international manhunt that settles in Minnesota . Yes, it seems like a movie plot but for fans of this genre, this book is far from mere drama. Team it up with “Dead Insider” by Victoria soflagaynews //

award-winning singer. Yes, there’s a little bit of narrative here (and a forward by Jean Paul Gaultier), but mostly… it’s pictures, and more pictures. If there’s a future musical star on your gift list, you’ll be wrapping up a winner when you give “The Worst Gig,” by various musicians and band members, as told to Jon Niccum. In this book, rock & roll has never looked more soul-crushing… or more fun.

Pets & Animals

For the reader who loves a good murder novel, “Love Gone Mad” by Mark Rubinstein might be what you want to wrap. When a famous heart surgeon and a nurse meet at work, it seems like romance is in the air. But no, it’s danger they sense, and a fight for their very lives. Wrap it up with “The Russian Endgame” by Allan Topol, an international thriller with political undertones, and watch your giftee smile. The person on your list who loves a good romance will enjoy “Love Rehab: A Novel in Twelve Steps” by Jo Piazza.  It’s a story filled with all those things you DON’T want to do when lookin’ for love. And for something different, wrap it up with “Dying for Dinner Rolls” by Lois Lavrisa, the first in the Chubby Chicks Club mystery series. Food and murder… what more could you want?


No doubt, your giftee will want to put a little color on the table with “Sprinkles! Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts” by Jackie Alpers. The recipes in here – I need to warn you – are fun and addicting. I mean, who won’t want to eat homemade pop tarts, homemade donuts, cupcakes, waffles, and more? Pass the dessert, please, but don’t pass up this book.


Perfect for photography fans and fashionistas alike, “Kylie Fashion” by Kylie Minogue & William Baker is a huge coffeetable-sized book filled with photographs featuring the fashion and career of the


Pigeons. Cockroaches. Sea gulls. Why do we hate them, while we love doves, spiders, and pelicans? In “Trash Animals,” edited by Kelsi Nagy and Phillip David Johnson II, your giftee will read a series of essays on how these creatures – which are often considered disgusting – are really quite intriguing. If your giftee has lost a beloved family member this year, then show your support by wrapping up “Furry Friends Forevermore: A Heavenly Reunion with Your Pet” by Gary Kurz. Will we meet our furkids someday again?  Will they be waiting for us?  The author answers those questions in a very comforting way. Be sure to wrap it up with a big box of tissues. It’s that kind of book. Or add “One Big Happy Family” by Lisa Rogak, to the gift box. It’s a heartmelting book about animals of different species that care for other animals, and it might be the soothing balm that’s needed. For the new doggy parent on your gift list, you can’t go wrong with “The Complete

Book of Home Remedies for Your Dog” by Deborah Mitchell. This book starts off with the most basic of health care (nutrition) and will help your favorite pet lover take care of the new family member. Wrap it up with “Throw the Damn Ball” by R.D. Rose, Harry Prichett, and Rob Battles. It’s a book of puppy poetry, as told by several short-haired Longfellows.

LGBT Specific Books

No doubt you’ve got a bird lover on your list, and no doubt that bird lover would love to unwrap “1001 Secrets Every Birder Should Know” by Sharon “Birdchick” Stiteler. This is a book filled with fun-to-know facts about all kinds of feathered friends: their physical quirks, migratory habits, diet, and more – plus, tips and hints on being a successful birdwatcher. Give it to show you’re no birdbrain.

If there’s someone on your gift list who has the opposite of gaydar and a good sense of humor, then wrap up “Straight People: A Spotter’s Guide to the Fascinating World of Heterosexuals” by Jeffrey Self. This book will help anyone spot the (not-so) elusive heterosexual in its natural habitat, including its habits, breeding information, and a comprehensive overview of the various species and sub-species.


If there’s an hardwired someone on your gift list this year – someone who wants to break the too-available cord - then wrap up “Boundaries in an Overconnected World” by Anne Katherine. This is a book especially for someone who longs for communication the way it used to be. Someone who wants to know how to get away from it now and then. Someone like your giftee, right? Wrap it up with “Confidence: Overcoming Low Self-Esteem, Insecurity, and SelfDoubt” by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Phd, an empowering book that will help that businessperson on your list to gain the strength to say “no” and take her life back. It’s always nice to have a plan for the New Year, which means your businessminded giftee would appreciate unwrapping “Financial Fresh Start” by Shari Olefson. This book offers a step-by-step process for adapting to the “New Economy,’ and some of the tips can be used the minute your giftee rips the wrap. For the person on your list who needs to know how to kick-start creativity in the workplace, “The Myths of Creativity” by David Burkus will be a welcome gift. It’s a book about how innovation starts, where the best ideas come from, and how to put that knowledge to work. Pair it up with “Unlimited Sales Success” by Brian Tracy and Michael Tracy for a well-rounded (and very helpful) holiday gift. First, the housekeeping: some of these books may be challenging to find. Release dates are approximate. Titles may be slightly different. Still, there you have it: gift ideas for everybody you love. And if you don’t see the perfect book on this list, throw yourself at the mercy of the friendly bookseller in your hometown. She knows books and making someone smile makes her smile, too. Season’s Readings!

For the political animal on your list, Christine Quinn’s “With Patience and Fortitude” may be just the right biography to wrap up. It’s the story of Quinn’s life, her rise to power in New York City , her battle with breast cancer, and the secret she knew would eventually come out. If there’s a novel lover on your list, look for “The Revelations of Jude Connor” by Robin Reardon, the story of a young man who desperately wants to reconcile his church life with the life he senses he needs to live. Can his belief stand beside temptation?

For the person on your list who is doing a lot of self-inspection lately, “Out Your Ego!” by Staci Backauskas may help put a few things into perspective. This book will help tame an out-of-control ego to get to the root of who your giftee really is. Wrap it up with “The Scar Letters” by Richard Alther, a novel about a man who must confront the demons of his past in order to move ahead to the strong future he knows he deserves.

So there’s someone on your gift list who’s very close to a sibling. How far would he (or she!) go to help that brother or sister? In “My Brother’s Name” by Laura Krughoff, a young woman is convinced by her mentally-ill brother to assume his identity, but the ruse can’t work for long… For the person on your list who loves the holidays – all holidays – wrap up “Gifts Not Yet Given and Other Tales of the Holidays” by Kergan Edwards-Stout. It’s a collection of short stories about the holidays we hold dear and the ways we keep them. soflagaynews //

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2013 SFGN Staff Gift Guide SFGN Staff

It’s that time of year and there’s no time of the year better than the holidays! This year the staff at South Florida Gay News wanted to bring to you some ideas for that hard to buy for shopper in your life. If you’re looking for something unique for your favorite techie or something fun for that little kid inside all of us or something for the homemaker, look no further our list has gifts ranging from $19 $500. Now let’s get on with it already and get to these fabulous gift ideas.

Neato Vacuum Cleaner $429.99 at The Neato XV-21 uses infrared lights to scan its surroundings five times per second giving it the ability to clean your floors from corner to corner. The Neato is the most powerful robot vacuum available today. At the core of every Neato is a centrifugal compression-impeller that uses jet engine airflow principles to create highpowered suction. The Neato automatically recharges its batteries when low on power and returns to its base to recharge. When its charged it returns back to where I left off keep your floors clean without you ever having to lift a finger to vacuum. Jason Parsley – Associate Publisher : “I hate cleaning. And that’s why I love the Neato. It’s the best cleaning invention ever. I push a button, when it’s full, I empty the dirt, that’s it. Can’t get better or easier than that.”


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Furby Boom

Google Chromecast

Xbox One

$64.99 at

$35 at

$499.99 at

The all new Furby Boom has a mind of its own and combines physical and digital ways to play! Interact with your Furby Boom 1-on-1 to shape its personality. Only with Furby Boom can you hatch and raise digital Furby Furblings. Furby Boom has more than twice as many responses as the previous Furby, remembers the name you give it, has 5 new personalities to discover and, on top of all that, it’s hatching a new generation!

With Chromecast, you can easily enjoy your favorite online entertainment on your HDTV—movies, TV shows, music, and more from Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, Google Play Movies and Music, and Chrome. No more huddling around small screens and tiny speakers. Chromecast automatically updates to work with a growing number of apps.

Experience a great custom tailored entertainment system with the new Xbox One. The new system provides you with stunning realism, perfect power and performance and takes gaming to a whole new level. Everyone is invited to experience smarter matchmaking, less waiting, and better performance with Xbox Live. It now offers the best games, tv, movies, music and sports all in one place. This is Microsoft’s best gaming console they have ever made.

By Justin Wyse – Sales Manager: “There’s nothing better than taking you back to being a teenager than the new advanced Furby. It’s a great gift for yourself or for that special little one in your life.”

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By Mike Trottier – Director of Sales & Marketing : “I bought Google Chromecast when it first came out. Since the TV in my bedroom is not a Smart TV, it was a cheaper alternative to getting a Roku that comes with tons of apps I didn’t need. Since I’m an Android and Google user already, it was a perfect fit. It connects through my Wi-Fi at home from your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone, I use it every day. Definitely worth getting.”


By John Fugate – Community Outreach Coordinator: “It’s the best video game console ever, especially since you can watch your local cable through the game console itself.”

Rowenta IS1430 Compact Steamer $50.00 at Smooth move. This IS1430 compact steamer can straighten everything in your closet. With continuous refill and smart maximum capacity control, the steam heats up in just two-and-a-half minutes. The large steam output provides efficient results for a variety of uses, including suits, slacks, blouses, curtains, and household furnishings. Plus, the various accessories offer convenience and ease of use. By Mark Pauciullo – Graphic Design Specialist: “Great for a variety of uses from getting wrinkles out and steam cleaning your clothing, curtains and pillows! I use mine at least once a week and never Iron!”

My Passport 2TB External USB Portable Hard Drive $149.99 at Do you take a lot of pictures or videos and save them on the computer? Takes up a lot of space, doesn’t it? Now that “solid state” hard drives are starting to take over the computer storage industry, traditional hard drives are selling cheap. This year, I hope I’m getting the 2 Terabyte external hard drives from Western Digital. This is definitely a storage solution for anyone who wants extra storage, or the ability to take media on the go. Compatible with any OS X Lion or Mountain Lion. By Dennis Jozefowicz – Online Producer: “The price is right for such a huge amount of storage space in a portable unit.”

Great for the Wine-o! Oster Wine Opener & Chiller $29.99 at

This wine opener makes uncorking and serving your favorite wine simple and easy. Opens with the touch of a button and offers a convenient, rechargeable cordless base, opens up to 30 bottles of wine with one charge, includes a foil cutter and thermal stainless steel wine chiller, Stainless steel/ polystyrene/plastic. Batteries not required.

Indy Car Ride Along at Cloud 9

Scandal Season 1 DVD

$159.99 at

$19.00 at

Prepare to climb aboard a 600 horsepower; 2 seater Indy style race car and experience the thrill of a lifetime! Sit back and hold on tight as you ride shotgun with one of our professional racing instructors at speeds approaching 180mph! Like Mario Andretti, the racing legend who started this experience, you’ll be going full throttle with g-forces guaranteed to take your breath away.

Scandal is a political thriller ABC series starring Kerry Washington. Created by Shonda Rhimes, it debuted on April 5, 2012. Kerry Washington’s character, Olivia Pope, is partially based on former George H. W. Bush administration press aide Judy Smith, who serves as a co-executive producer. The show takes place in Washington D.C. and focuses on Olivia Pope’s crisis management firm, Pope & Associates, and its staff, as well as staff at the White House.

By Jason Gonzalez – Sales Assistant: “I think creating a memory and giving someone an experience is something they will cherish forever, especially 3 laps in an open-air, open-wheel, 600 horsepower, full-size Indy car going 180 mph! It’s a great gift for someone who has everything and a hell of a lot better than a crummy gift card. If you want to add to the thrill there’s an option to actually drive the Indy car! If your gift recipient doesn’t have the need for speed Cloud 9 has many other experiences to choose from.”

By Adrain Evans – Classifieds Sales Associate “This is the perfect gift for someone who likes to throw dinner parties. The wine opener is fast and easy so and make service fast and easy without the hassle of breaking the cork or getting it stuck. Also if you are a person who likes your red wine with a chill to it, the wine chiller is perfect for getting that perfect temperature for you. I think these two are a perfect pair! “

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By Edwin Neimann – Advertising Sales Associate “A Presidential Affair and hi-jacked presidential election, top-secret military program leaks, power-hungry political insiders, and dozens of potential ‘scandals’ involving the nation’s elite- what is not to love about ABC’s hit show Scandal? In case you have missed out on all the action, you can get the complete first season on Amazon for under $19. This Holiday takes some extra time to throw that popcorn in the microwave and get out your new DVD of Scandal, Season 1, and get caught up on one of the best shows on tv.”

Hurry off to your favorite store as you only have 14 days left before Christmas to get these great gift ideas in your hands. Many of our gift ideas can be found at local retailers here in South Florida as well, just spend a little time shopping around and waiting in lines to make that special someone happy this year. The staff here wishes each of you a Happy Holiday and Happy New Year!

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Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken Chad Thilborger


ow that the holidays are in full swing we are all hopping from party to party and event to event. It’s all exhausting. There are only so many cheese cubes veggie trays and pigs in a blanket to munch on folks. this is my favorite time of year to pull out the slow cooker. I can run around all day and make appearances at different


4 to 6 chicken breasts 1 teaspoon chipotle f lakes 1/2 chopped onion 4 tablespoons chopped parsley 8 cloves garlic 3 stalks celery chopped 1 tablespoon salt 2 teaspoons crushed black pepper 1 large bottle of your favorite BBQ Sauce 1/2 cup water


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networking events and holiday parties and still go home to good food. So it’s time for a twist on an old favorite. I love pulled pork but I try and cut down on my intake, unless it’s bacon so now I do slow cooker pulled chicken. Chad has authored the recent cookbook Whole Heap of Goodness and he can be reached at

Tast y Recipe!

Throw all ingredients into slow cooker except BBQ sauce, Pour 1/2 the bottle in now and save the other half. Turn slow cooker onto high for 1 hour then lower to low and let cook for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. When chicken falls apart with a fork, it’s done. Proceed to break apart breasts with fork and then pour in remaining BBQ sauce and serve with warm buns! Take this to your next pot luck or have it waiting when guests arrive for holiday cocktails. soflagaynews //


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From London’s West End, the worldwide smash-hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton, We Will Rock You, comes to Miami’s Arsht Center for a limited engagement. This award-winning and record-breaking show boasts a fantastic score of killer Queen tunes including Another One Bites The Dust, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Are The Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody and, of course, We Will Rock You.  It’s the world champion of musicals and the show that rocks harder than any other. Playing through Sunday, Dec. 15. Tickets start at $26 at


From Orson Welles and the thrilling Mercury Theatre broadcasts of the 1930’s to Guy Noir and the hilarity of A Prairie Home Companion, the radio play has been one of America’s signature art forms.  Arts Garage, 180 NE 1st St. in Delray Beach, presents It’s a Wonderful Life, one of the most beloved holiday stories of all time today at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The classic film script will be performed live, with performers utilizing specially designed sound effect devices, providing a nostalgic trip to the past with a modern twist. Tickets are $15-20 at

A Fort Lauderdale holiday tradition, the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade this Saturday night features dozens of colorful decorated boats sailing along the New River and the Intracoastal Waterway. Photo Courtesy of Michael James.




From Lily Langtree to Cyndi Lauper and Betty Boop to Tina Turner, or from Rosie the Riveter to Britney Spears, female entertainers and their music provide a vivid reflection of how much has changed for women since the beginning of the 20th century. Respect: A Musical Journey for Women, the latest production from the Boca Raton Theatre Guild, showcases these empowering tunes at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center in Boca Raton through Jan. 5. Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Wednesday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $38 at


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Don’t miss The Santaland Diaries, writer and comedian David Sedaris’ hilarious one-man send up of his brief, misguided career as a Macy’s department store elf. The show skewers our sentimental love of all things Christmas – the happy children, the spritely elves, the gifts, the good cheer. You’ll never feel the same way about our American Christmas traditions again! Jamie Morris (Mommie Queerest, Silence of the Clams) stars as Crumpet the Elf at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Dr. in Fort Lauderdale, through Dec. 22. Tickets are $30 at soflagaynews //


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New York City may have the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but South Florida kicks off the holiday season with the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade. Instead of giant balloons, boats of all shapes and sizes are decorated for a festive nighttime parade up the Intracoastal Waterway. This year’s theme is Passport to Paradise and features racecar driver Ryan Hunter Reay and 90210 actress Tory Spelling as grand marshals, along with Santa Claus, of course. The parade leaves the New River at 6:30 p.m. For more information, go to




Comedy and charity will take center stage tonight at 7 p.m. as Broward House, Broward County’s largest HIV/AIDS service organizations, presents Cheech & Chong in a special benefit performance at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. The iconic comedy duo of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong defined an era with their hilariously irreverent, satirical, counter-culture, no-holdsbarred comedy routines, winning a 1973 Grammy award and starring in Up in Smoke, the 1978 box office smash film. Tickets are $49-104 at or

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Cheech and Chong this Weekend at Hard Rock

Show will benefit Broward House Denise Royal

Comedy duo Cheech and Chong take center stage for a special benefit Sunday, December 15. Submitted Photo

Broward House is taking its latest fundraiser to a new high! Comedy duo Cheech and Chong take center stage for a special benefit performance benefiting Broward House, South Florida’s oldest and largest HIV/AIDS community service organization. The show takes place on Sunday, December 15 at 7 p.m. at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “Broward House has made a promise to the South Florida community to never turn anyone away from our doors who needs our help no matter what their financial situation,” said Terry DeCarlo, Director of Development and Public Relations at Broward House. “With cuts in government grants, funding this becomes harder, daily. Events such as this give us the ability to keep this promise and make sure no one goes without food, medicine, medical care, and a roof over their head.” The iconic comedy duo Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong defined an era with their hilariously irreverent, satirical, counterculture, no-holds-barred comedy routines. Cheech and Chong’s phenomenal success began on the stand-up comedy circuit which led to nine hit comedy albums and eight hit films, breaking box office records, shattering comedy album sales, garnering multiple Grammy nominations and mesmerizing fans for more than a decade.


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This is Cheech and Chong’s first tour in more than 25 years. Their reunion was music to the ears of event planners at Broward House. “When we heard that news, we jumped on it and started contacting agents, managers, and anyone we could get on the phone to get closer to them and finally it all worked out. They are incredible performers this could very well be their last tour ever, they will be doing all their old routines, and I really think us getting them for this event was a coup and I personally cannot wait for the show,” DeCarlo said. While the show promises big laughs, Broward House has a serious message as well. “Thank you to the South Florida community for always supporting us and during the World AIDS Awareness Month, go get tested, it is better to know your status then not know. Remember, HIV is no longer a death sentence, but you need to know your status and if you need to get into care, then we can make that happen immediately. Know your status! Get tested, get tested, get tested!” said DeCarlo. Tickets cost $100, $75, $65 and $45; all seats are reserved and available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at www.myhrl. com, or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Doors open one-hour prior to show start time.

December 15, 2013 • 7:30 pm — Special Sunday Evening Concert —


Performing a Sensational Holiday Program You Won’t Want to Miss! — 150-voice strong —


Complimentary wine and soft drinks at intermission. GENERAL $35 • SENIORS $30 • STUDENTS $10


Gusman Concert Hall

 • UM • 1314 Miller Dr. • Coral Gables

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This program is sponsored in part by Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Mayor, the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners, Funding Arts Network, The Miami Salon Group, Citizens Interested in Arts and with the support of the City of Coral Gables, by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, Whole Foods Market, Coral Gables, and our many generous underwriters, supporters, advertisers and friends.

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Gay Actor and Animal Handler Makes Maltz Theatre Debut Donald Cavanaugh SFGN readers who get the chance to see the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s production of the Tony Award-winning musical, Annie, which runs from Dec 3 through Dec 22, will have the good fortune to see a young gay actor named Schuyler Beeman. If his performance on stage is anywhere near his ebullience in a recent interview, Annie goers are in for an extra treat. Maltz has been doing some fantastic productions in the past few seasons and this run of Annie should keep up the pace where Beeman plays a significant role. In addition to five parts in the ensemble: Hooverville Man 5, Pierre the butler, Sailor, SFX Man, and Howe, Beeman is the animal handler managing the stage presence of Macy who plays the role of Sandy, Annie’s ever faithful dog – a critical part of the production. Schuyler Beeman is a multi-faceted artist who lists himself as an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer and model. He has led something of a charmed life in his brief 25 years as the only child of Mary and Jeff Beeman who have been supportive of everything he has done including coming out to them as gay. “Wellll,” Beeman said, elongating the “l” and hesitating slightly in response to a question about his parents learning the news. “I have to admit, it was hard at the beginning but we’ve figured it out. In fact they loved my boyfriend, Greg (yes the one in the playbill), when I brought him home a while ago.” Born in New Haven and raised in Guilford, CT, Beeman attended Middlebury College in Vermont, initially majoring in biology. “I’ve always been an animal lover,” he said. “I was planning a career as a zoo habitat designer. I loved theater too and was in my first play in seventh grade, but I didn’t think you could make a living at it.” In his sophomore year he came out and switched to a theater major. “I saw a student written play in my first semester and decided that if another student could do that, I wanted to do it too.” And he did with a variety of plays and musicals for the rest of his college career and beyond. Then performance opportunities dried up and he didn’t get cast for two years. A year ago, Bill Berloni, the world renowned animal trainer for theater, movies, TV and more asked Beeman if he’d like to become an animal handler. Beeman jumped at the chance and is glad he did.


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Schuyler Beeman is the gay dog handler at Maltz’s production of Annie playing now in Jupiter. Submitted Photo

“It’s the perfect job for me,” he said. “I love animals and I love theater and here I have them both.” When asked if he thought being gay had held him back in getting roles he demurred. “Being gay has nothing to do with your ability to play a role,” he said. If a role calls for someone to behave in a particular way, you behave that way.” Beeman is currently dating actor Greg London. They don’t live together, yet, but plan to share an apartment in New York City when both are scheduled to be there for work next year. “It will be a relief to have someone to be with in the city,” he said. “I lived there before and even in the midst of all those people I often found myself lonely and alone. It can grind you down.” “We’ve talked about getting married and having kids,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to have a family and I think Greg does, too. The good thing is that we can discuss things openly and share our hopes and dreams. It’s a wonderful experience.” When asked about his experience at Maltz, Beeman said, “This theater is top notch. I’ve never felt so taken care of. I’m really grateful to be here.” The theater is located at 1001 Indiantown Road in Jupiter. Tickets for Annie  start at $52 and may be purchased by calling  (561) 575-2223 or visiting shows/Annie.

a&e theater Maltz Theatre’s “Annie” a Family Must See Donald Cavanaugh

Leapin’ lizards! To quote Little Orphan Annie on whose comic strip life the musical Annie is based. Or as our more modern social mediasts might say, “OMG! What a production. The Maltz Jupiter Theatre has outdone itself once again with the award-winning musical about “America’s favorite orphan, Annie,” running from Dec. 3 to Dec. 22 with times and tickets available at the box office at 561-575-2223. “With its knockout score and catchy lyrics, Annie is an example of musical theatre excellence at its finest,” said Andrew Kato, the Theatre’s producing artistic director. “Annie is both a large-scale song and dance extravaganza and a wonderfully uplifting story about two unlikely people finding each other. It will absolutely delight kids of all ages.” “What a brilliant production,” said my husband, Taylor Stevens, as we left the theater. He is a former song and dance trouper on and off Broadway and an irrepressible devotee of musical theatre. “It’s so close to Broadway quality that I half expect to step out of the theater into a night of New York chill,” he commented. “Little Orphan Annie” was a depression era comic strip by Harold Gray that ran from 1924 to 1968, long outliving the effects of the Great Depression. The musical was based on a book by Thomas Meehan with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin. It opened on Broadway in 1977 and won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical. It ran for six years and spawned a 1982 film, a 1999 TV special, two Broadway revivals and untold numbers of professional and amateur productions, according to Carbonell Award winner Mark Martino in his director’s notes. Annie (Clara Young) is an orphan who, as a baby, was left at the orphanage by parents who couldn’t afford to care for her. She is sure her parents will come for her and has run away to look for them. She’s returned to the orphanage which is ruled by the tyrannical drunk, Miss Hannigan (Carbonell Award winner Vicki Lewis). In the simpler days of the Depression era, with no Department of Children and Families, Annie is invited to spend two weeks at Christmas at the home of the richest man on earth, Oliver Warbucks (Christopher Carl). After Annie leaves with Warbuck’s assistant, Grace Farrell (Emily Ferranti), Miss Hannigan gets a surprise visit from her brother, Rooster (John Scherer) and his lady friend, Lily St. Regis (Elise Kinnon). They want to borrow some money but Hannigan says “no” and the three break

Annie at Maltz Jupiter Theatre Photo courtesy of Alicia Donelan

into an incredible song and dance routine called “Easy Street.” This routine alone is worth the price of admission. The audience seemed entranced. Annie’s spunk and optimism soften Warbuck’s heart expanding his singleminded focus on money to the need for love and family. See the play to learn the rest. Leapin’ lizards if there were any flaws in this production they were so minor as to not be noticed. The casting, direction, choreography, staging, scenery, costumes, lighting and music were just plain wonderful. And if the adult characters were great, the youth who played Annie’s fellow orphans were even better. This is truly a family show that children will enjoy even if they don’t get the references to historical figures such as Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis or mute comedian Harpo Marx. They will, however, resonate with the show’s themes of love and loss, optimism and determination and the need for family to be truly whole – especially appropriate at this time of year. So don’t miss this thoroughly wonderful production. Buy your tickets today. And don’t wait for Tomorrow even if it is just a day away. The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is located at 1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Tickets start at $52 and are available at the box office, 561-5752223 or online at soflagaynews //

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DateBook Theater

By Christiana Lilly,

* Denotes new listing

Broward County The Santaland Diaries * 50 Shades! The Musical

Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St. in Fort Lauderdale. If you enjoyed the raunchy love story between Christian and Anastasia in “50 Shades of Grey,” you’ll love this hilarious tale of a ladies book club that is turned upside down by the book. Tickets $39 to $59. Call 954-462-0222 or visit

* The Chocolate Nutcracker

Dec. 13 to 15 at the Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. The classic Christmas ballet by Tchaikovsky is adapted to the Black experience, incorporating drummers, African dancers, and the story of Kwanzaa. Tickets $15.50. Call 954-462-0222 or visit

* South Florida JAZZ

Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. at the Miniaci Performing Arts Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. The Cyrus Chestnut Trio is joined by guitarist Russell Malone for a night of jazz, blues, gospel and pop. Tickets $40. Call 954-262-5480 or visit

* Jingle Ball

Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the BB&T Center, One Panther Parkway in Sunrise. A night of talent, including Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Demi Lovato, Enrique Iglesias, Fall Out Boy, Avril Lavigne, Jason Derulo and more. Tickets $56 to $266. Visit The BBTCenter. com or

* The Nutcracker

Dec. 21 to 22 at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St. in Fort Lauderdale. The classic Christmas ballet by Tchaikovsky as performed by Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida. Tickets $16.50 to to $36.50. Call 954-4620222 or visit

The Book of Mormon

Through Dec. 22 at the Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. The acclaimed musical brought to you by the creators of “South Park.” Tickets $52.51 to $182.31. Visit BookofMormonTheMusical. com and

The Santaland Diaries

* Laffing Matterz: With a Vengeance...

Through March 22, 2014 at the Broward CEnter, 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Hailed as the best dinner theatre by local critics, night after night this gang of performers will have you cracking up. Tickets $63 to $69, $125 on New Year’s Eve. Call 954462-0222 or visit

Palm Beach County Kate Clinton

Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. The lesbian comedian will have you in stitches over her political humor. Tickets $35, benefitting the Stonewall National Museum & Archives. Call 954-763-8565.

* Michael McDonald

Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. The five-time Grammy winner performs holiday favorites and his hits. Tickets from $25. Call 561-833-0691 or visit

* Divas Christmas Party

Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. at the Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave. in Lake Worth. Get in the holiday spirit with a performance by queens Lupita, Pepper, Melissa, Maxine RaeJean and Roxy. Tickets $15. Visit

* Ayikodans

Dec. 14 and 15 at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. The Haitian dance company mixes African, Indian, French and religious dance together in an impressive performance. Tickets from $28. Call 561-833-0691 or visit


Through Dec. 15 at Arts Garage, 180 NE First St. in Delray Beach. At the beginning of the ‘80s, students at the High School for the Performing Arts in New York City finish up their studies in the arts, while also dealing with prejudice, sexuality, drugs, literacy, and more. Tickets $20 to $35. Call 561-450-6357 or visit

Harlem on my Mind

Through Dec. 22 at the Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive in Fort Lauderdale. David Sedaris’s hilarious memories of working as a Macy’s elf, showing the other side of Santaland. Tickets $30. Call Smarttix at 212-868-4444 or visit

Through Dec. 18 at the Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW Ninth St. in Delray Beach. A compilation of show tunes that represent the breakdown of racial barriers in performance art over the years. Tickets $30. Call 561-272-1281, ext. 4 or visit

* Cinderella

* Once Upon a Holiday

Dec. 29 at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St. in Fort Lauderdale. The State of Ballet of Russia comes to South Florida to perform the beloved fairy tale. Tickets $33.50 to to $65.50. Call 954-462-0222 or visit


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Dec. 21 and 22 at the Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW Ninth St. in Delray Beach. The holidays and a mystery for the audience comes together on stage. Tickets $15 to $18. Call 561-272-1281, ext. 4 or visit soflagaynews //

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* Dave Chappelle

Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. at The Fillmore, 170 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach. The comedian is heading back to the stage with a special performance in South Florida. Tickets $55. Call 305-673-7300 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 * Urban Apparel

Dec. 12 to 22 at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Explore the short attention span we have when it comes to fashion and the hijinks of a group of friends. Tickets $30. Call 305949-6722 or visit

* The Nutcracker

Dec. 13 to 15 at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St. in Aventura. The classic Christmas ballet by Tchaikovsky as performed by Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida. Tickets $35.50. Call 305-4668002 or visit

* Michael McDonald

Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. The five-time Grammy


winner performs holiday favorites and his hits. Tickets $39.50 to $79.50. Call 305-949-6722 or visit

* We Will Rock You

Through Dec. 15 at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. The music of rock opera band, Queen, comes to life in this musical. We’ve been warned: it’s going to be LOUD! Tickets $26 to $96. Call 305-949-6722 or visit

* Alive

Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Main Street Theater, 6766 Main St. in Miami Lakes. HBO Def Jam poet Asia Samson will be performing new poetry for his upcoming tour. Tickets $15 at the door or call Michael Pavlov at 305-450-5221 or email

* Itzhak Perlman

Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. The Israeli-born and Juilliard-trained violin virtuoso performs Beethoven, Strauss and Tartini. Tickets $50 to $150. Call 305949-6722 or visit

My Name is Asher Lev

Through Dec. 22 at the Biltmore’s GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave. in Coral Gables. Based on the novel by Chaim Potok, the story of a painter trapped between his Hasidic roots and his wishes to further himself in art. Tickets $52 to $55. Call 305-445-1119 or visit



Community Calendar By Christiana Lilly,

Broward County Life After Liberation

Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to Noon at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, One E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Discuss three short films on Holocaust survivors and their life after World War II, followed by a viewing of the “Roman Vishniac Rediscovered” exhibition. Tickets $10 for nonmembers, free for members. RSVP to 954-262-0227 or email

Here, There, Everywhere… Global Trekking

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 * Madrigal Dinner

Dec. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Pride Center, 2040 N. DIxie Highway in Wilton Manors. An exhibition of Harvey Chasser’s photography from the last year. Purchases will go to The Pride Center. Visit

Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 10 NE Mizner Blvd. in Boca Raton. Enjoy a dinner renaissance style, including a court jester, minstrels, delicious food, and more. Tickets $100 to benefit the FAU Department of Music. Cal 561-297-2337 or visit

Hot Topics

* Cinema Talk: JAWS

* Holiday Sparklers

* Perspective for Artists Workshop

Dec. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St. in Hollywood. A reception followed by a lecture on the work of political illustrator, Lyle Ashton Harris. Tickets $5 to $10. Visit

Dec. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, One E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Learn more about and sample sparkling wines, perfect for the holidays, with sommelier Stephanie Miskew. Tickets $35 to $40. RSVP to Gail Vilone at 954-2620249 or visit

* 2013 Orange Bowl Basketball Classic

Dec. 21 at 2 and 4:30 p.m. at the BB&T Center, One Panther Parkway in Sunrise. College basketball lovers are treated to the Florida State Seminoles taking on the Massachusetts Minutemen, followed by the Florida Gators battling the Fresno State Bulldogs. Tickets $20 to $150. Visit The or


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

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

Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave. in Delray Beach. Join other movie buffs for a screenings and discussion of cinema’s most famous shark. Tickets $10. Call 561-243-7922 or visit

Dec. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave. in Delray Beach. Artists of all skill levels will be lead by Ralph Papa. Tickets $165. Register at 561-243-7922, ext. 478 or visit

* Home for the Holidays on Ice

Dec. 20 to 22 at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave. in Delray Beach. Skaters take to the ice in an exciting array of holiday performances. Tickets $45. Call 561-243-7922 or visit

Miami-Dade County

LGBT Holigay Celebration & Toy Drive Dec. 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the LGBT Visitor Center, 1130 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach. Have fun while benefiting a great cause, with music, food, drinks and photos with Santa. Admission is an unwrapped toy benefitting the Miami-Beach Police Department Toy Drive. RSVP to, rsvp@gogaymiami. com, or 305-397-8914.

Black Male Revisited

Dec. 13 to 22 at the Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE Second Ave. in Miami Shores. Performance and visual artist Jaamil Olawale Kosoko examines our views of the black male body. Tickets $15 to $20. Call 305-751-9550 or visit

* Wynwood History Graffiti Walk Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Midtown Miami, 3401 N. Miami Ave. in Miami. Explore the artsy Wynwood neighborhood’s graffiti walls and the eclectic Design District. TIckets $20 to $30. 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

visit Call 954-626-0082 or visit

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.

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

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

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

H.G. Roosters

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

Hot ’n horny hookups.

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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HATE WINDOWS 8?We can bring back the look and feel of windows. Same day service. Call 954-986-1316

STATE-OF-THE-ART-DENTISTRY General & Cosmetic Dentistry Sedation Dentistry

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.

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!


SWINGING RICHARDS NOW HIRING Quality Male Dancers & Waiters. Full nudity/upscale club environment with great income potential. Please text (865)385-9568 or email photos/info to

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

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!

CLEAN IT RIGHT The best cleaning for your buck. 1BD $50, 2BD $60, 3BD $70. Excellent rates & references. 10 years in business. Serving Broward, North Miami Dade & S. Palm Beach. Call Manny 954-560-4443

COMPLETE COMPUTER REPAIR FREE ESTIMATES - no extra charge for in-home. FREE Computer tune-up with any service. Replacement of laptop screen & key board. Viruses, spyware, data recovery, lockouts & more. SAME DAY SERVICE - LOWEST PRICE GUARANTEE Call Ernesto: 754-234-5598

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employment ENTRY LEVEL SALES EXECUTIVE Full time Sales, Client Services, Direct Marketing, Lead Generation, Telemarketing & Email Services. Microsoft Word & Excel experience. Competitive Salary plus Commission, Medical/Dental, 401k & Profit Sharing . Email Resume: ACCOUNT MANAGERS ,BOOK KEEPERS AND SALES REPRESENTATIVES Work your own flexible schedule! Pays $1500 to $2000 monthly plus benefits. Must be computer literate, have 2-3 hours access to the internet weekly . We are looking for efficient and dedicated people who are at least 21 years of age. contact us for more details .If you are interested and need more information send your resumes to HANDYMAN NEEDED!! Part time handyman needed to with building projects. Painting, Tile work, Electrical, Construction. Wages based on experience. Call 954-892-0494


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furniture repair AAA FURNITURE HOSPITAL We specialize in gluing and clamping of” broken and loose” tables, chairs and occasional pieces. Other services include repair of cigarette burns,perfume stains ,dog bites, water damage,recliner and sofa bed repairs. Free estimates 954-493-5221

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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,

health care

home care HEART TO HEART HOMEMAKER AND COMPANION If you or your loved one are elderly, or temporary or chronic disabled, we can help you with home chores (cooking, lighthouse cleaning, laundry) and bring companion for home or where you need to go. We will work with you to find the Plan that fits your needs. (954)226-4660. Right in the heart of Wilton Manors.

THE BRITISH POUND John Maroussas LMT Sports Massage, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular, Trigger Point, Swedish, Salt or Sugar Scrubs. Private Studio w/ Shower. Wilton Manors Location near Bill’s Lic#MA51123 954-999-2240 REIKI MASSAGE BY JONATHAN Relieves stress and all other negative energy. You will feel great! One visit will convince you. For more information or to schedule and appt. Call Jonathan 954-549-8243

piano lessons WANT TO LEARN HOW TO PLAY THE PIANO? Learn from an experienced teacher. All levels and ages welcome. Learn to play classical, popular, jazz, or show tunes. Visit or call (954)826-9555 for more information..

painting services PAINTING - INTERIOR & EXTERIOR Residential & Commercial. Drywall & stucco repair. 20+ years experience in Broward. Lic & ins. CC#92-6690-PU-X. Great references. Call Bob for a free estimate 954-465-1041

home improvement THINGS YOU NEED TO ACCOMPLISH? Minds at ease, A+ handyman service. Prompt, Reliable & Honest. Call Keldon Keller 954-551-3127


TOP NOTCH CONTRACTING Knows all and does all!! Many years experience and easy on the eyes! Remodeling, Trimming, Ground molding, Drywall, Painting, Landscaping, Roofing , Tile work, Electrical, Windows, Doors and more. Very reasonable rates and free estimates. Call Shawn 954-549-8243

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

human resources WE GOT YOU COVERED! Advocates for student needs. Specializing in helping foster student and others transition into responsible, independent Adults. We are here to help find resources and outlets for stable and healthy adult lives. Call 786793-8650 for more information.

Dog Walking: $10.00 starting at Pet Sitting: $40.00 In House Pet Sitting: $45.00 Training: $10.00 starting per visit Pet Taxi (FTL Area): $20.00

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

Dependable • Reliable Service Delivered with Love and Respect

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EXP. MATURE MALE WPB MASSEUR Incalls only, private studio setting by Belvedere/ SR7 in quiet area.Highly skilled, intuitive theraputic bodywork by friendly LMT. Affordable rates but cash only. Early to late, 7 days. Call (561) 254-8065 for appt. or walk-in OK. RELIEVE STRESS & TENSION WITH MAGIC HANDS PRO MASSAGE (FL: MA51008) RECESSION RELIEF $40 per 90 MIN - Out calls higher. Swedish, Deep Tissue, Specialty Back, Lower Body & Feet. Couples Discounts. Seniors Welcome. Delray Beach. 16 years experience. MA18563 Dennis (561) 502-2628

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AFFORDABLE AWESOME MASSAGE BY JIM Offering Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports and LomiLomi Massage for Men; in a very comfortable, relaxed and Private Massage Studio, NOW conveniently located in Wilton Manors on NE 26th Street, with plenty of free parking. Same Day appointments are welcome; please call Jim, 954-600-5843 email: or visit my website for testimonials, rates and more. GREAT OPENING SPECIAL NOW AVAILABLE! Licensed and Certified MM22293 WPB/ LAKE WORTH MASSEUR Strong, caring perceptive therapist for your body in need. Full time therapist for over 15 years! Easy and relaxed home studio for your comfort and healing. Convenient and affordable, flexible hours, in and out calls. MA64031, Alan 954-279-9935 www.

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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 WILTON MANORS MASSAGE Swedish, to play. Its parents are 75 and 89 years old and Deep Tissue, Sports. $59 Swedish Hour. call or are moving to a small apartment and cannot bring it with them.It needs a new home with an owner Text Chris Tunkus 954-258-8779 1322 NE 4th Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL www.WiltonManors- who will love it and enjoy its marvelous sound . Last tuned in June 2013. Appraised at $20K , will sell for $ 12K. Email soflagaynews //


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

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property management Professional

HOME WATCH “Peace of mind while you are away”

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Peter D. Petrucci Property Manager Licensed - Bonded - Insured Highly Trained and Experienced Since 1987


condo for sale MANOR GROVE CONDOS Spacious 2/2 corner unit, w/ wood laminate flooring, new paint throughout, & huge master walk-in closet. AC 2006, new water heater, & rolladen storm shutter protection. Walking distance to The Drive. Low maint. fee of $316/mo. Small pet under 20 lbs. okay. Call Jeff Sullivan, EWM Realtors, 954-383-2117

rent/lease wilton manors

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

rent/lease ft. lauderdale

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 Remodeled 1 Remodeled 1 BDRM w/ granite/stainless kitchen, updated bath, pool view, & private patio. Small pet okay/ no smoking. Available 1/6/2014 w/ credit/background checks/ assoc. approval. $925/ mo., first, last, security, 1 yr. lease. Call Jeff Sullivan, EWM Realtors, 954-383-2117 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

3BD/1BA HOUSE FOR RENT- PROGRESSO AREA Beautiful remodeled 1200 sq. ft. with new kitchen, bathroom, appliances, tile floors throughout, central a/c, large private fenced yard, parking, bright corner lot and much more. Small pets OK, no smoking, 1 year lease, 1st and security. Minutes from Wilton Manors, beach, airport & downtown. Must see! Available January 1, 2014 Call Ilan @ 561-330-0688 Asking $1,250/mth

real estate for sale

DAYTONA BEACH Gay rental complex for sale 2br home + 5 detached rental units beach side. Owner financing real estate, trade or cash down. $420k

FIXER UPPERS! Bargains, lowest prices. These home needs work. Call or go online for a free list with pictures. Free recorded msg.1-800-6795965 1D#1048 Mathew L. Eicholz, P.A. Weichert Realtors,3045 N. Fed Hwy, Ft. Laud 33306

rent/lease pompano beach

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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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

rent/lease west palm beach

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

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 561-316-7236 Roommate Needed Gay, mature man and 3 cats looking for a roommate to share a three bedroom duplex with myself and another roommate. Private room with shared bath. You will have full use of the premise. NO SMOKERS or party animals, otherwise all welcome. Located on the North side of Wilton Manors, minutes from Wilton Drive. The room is furnished, but unfurnished is possible. $475 per month (a deposit would be required but can be done in installments.) Available December 1st. Call Richard Sedlak at 954-296-5633 or email at

spiritual METAPHYSICAL CHAPEL Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida offers Sunday Divine Services, Healing, Psychic fairs & more. 1480 SW 9th Ave, FtLaud.

2BR/2BA MIDDLE RIVER TERRACE Charming 2 Bedroom 2 Bath with Gated Private Back Yard, Front Yard, Tile Floors, Vaulted Ceilings, Washer and Dryer, 2 Private Off Street Parking Spaces and Pet Friendly. Walking distance to Wilton Drive. Centrally located and convenient to downtown, beach/shopping. $1200/mo., move in/$2800, By appt only , call Mark, at 954-6146603 WHY RENT WHEN YOU CAN OWN FOR UNDER $1300/MO Free information recording at 1-800-679-5945, ID# 1051 or go online, TWO STORY VILLA – OAKLAND PARK Use as 2/2 or 3/2, Kitchen, Living Room, TV room, Balcony, Sundeck, over 1500 sq ft, W/D included and pets are ok. 4001 NE 14th Ave $1,800/mo Call 954-485-9440 HOUSE FOR RENT! Beautiful 2200sf, house, Open concept. New kitchen/Laundry/Tile/ Central air/heat. Fenced yard, patio, Mango and Avocado trees. By appt. 954-629-2884 Victoria Park 1 BA 1BR Renovated, Terrazzo Floor, Walk-in Closet, A/C, Shared Washer/Dryer, Newly Painted. Quiet Five Unit Building, Safe Area. $825 per month – Call 954-763-3222 MIDDLE RIVER TERRACE Remodeled 1 BDRM w/ granite/stainless kitchen, updated bath, pool view, & private patio. Small pet okay/ no smoking. Available 1/6/2014 w/ credit/ background checks/ assoc. approval. $925/mo., first, last, security, 1 yr. lease. Call Jeff Sullivan, EWM Realtors, 954-383-2117 soflagaynews //

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