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Robbie Rogers said he’s taking a break from the sport to discover himself Robbie Rogers, a U.S. soccer player best known for his stint with the Columbus Crew, announced that he’s gay, and that he’s taking a break from the sport, not retiring. The 25-year-old midfielder wrote a blog post entry on Feb. 15 on his website where he explains his decision to come out of the closet, and why he’s taking a hiatus from the sport at the

peak of his soccer career. “Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay. Try convincing yourself that your creator has the most wonderful purpose for you even though you were taught differently,” he wrote. “Now is my time to step away. It’s time to discover myself away from football.” Rogers got his breakthrough while

playing for the Columbus Crew in the MLS league. He was eventually called to be part of the U.S. national team. He was then signed by British soccer club Leeds United to play in the English second division, where he didn’t meet the coach’s expectations and was released this February, just days before he announced he was gay.

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Legislators write letter asking the President to issue an executive order A group of 37 senators are urging President Barack Obama to issue an executive order that would make it illegal for any employer to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. In a letter dated Feb. 14 and spearheaded by Sen. Jeff Merkley, legislators ask the president to “make federal law reflect the basic principle that

Americans should be judged on their skills and abilities in the workplace, and not on irrelevant factors.” The Employment NonDiscrimination Act is a bill that would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The legislation has been introduced for several years but never

reached a majority vote. “You are in a position to protect millions of American workers immediately,” part of the letter to Obama read.” According to the American Civil Liberties Union, if passed ENDA could help “create a tipping point moment with employment protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

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The country is set to introduce new measures to keep soldiers closeted While the U.S. expands laws that let LGBT service members openly express their sexuality, the Turkish army is taking new measures to expel gay soldiers. The Turkish Armed Forces are set to introduce a new regulation dictating soldiers must either be straight or stay in the closet, similar to that of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is the U.S. If they are open about their homosexuality

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a soldier would then face expulsion from the army and criminal charges under the army code, the Gay Star News reports. “When it is the case of mandatory military service, a gay person is considered sick and held exempt from military service,” Ali Erol from Turkey’s LGBT organization Kaos GL, told Hürriyet Daily News. “The military defines homosexuality

as a psychosexual disorder. But when a member of the military staff is homosexual, he is considered guilty of a disciplinary crime. This is discrimination on a double scale.” Military service applies to all male Turkish citizens ages 18 to 41. Openly gay males are forced to undergo “humiliating and degrading” examinations to prove their homosexuality.

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news world Bipartisan Group Introduces Bill to End Ban on HIV Organ Donation Sergio N. Candido

A group made of Republican and Democratic senators has introduced a bill on Feb. 14 that if passed, could lift the longtime ban on organ donation research for people with HIV. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) introduced the bill, called the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act, according to HIV Plus Magazine. They count with the support of a number of other senators, including Tammy Baldwin, the first openly lesbian senator elected to office in the U.S. The bill will be introduced in the House by Rep. Lois Capps. As a 1988 law states, it is illegal to transfer organs from one HIV-positive person to another one, or even to conduct research on the subject. “If the research demonstrates that transplants from HIV-positive donors to HIV-positive recipients can be safely and successfully completed, the HHS Secretary would then authorize the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network to establish safe procedures to begin such transplantations,” HIV Plus writes.

The introduction of the bill comes after nearly a two-year battle from activists and legislators to get it to be discussed in the House and the Senate. Some fear the HIV-infected organs could be transplanted to people who do not have the virus by mistake. A 2011 New York Times article lists two different instances in the U.S. in the last seven years where at least five recipients contracted HIV through erroneous transplants. Rep. Coburn, who happens to be a medical doctor, said the timing for introducing the bill seems right. “Our scientific understanding of AIDS is much better than when this research ban was established,” he said in a statement. “Those infected with HIV are now living much longer and, as a consequence, are suffering more kidney and liver failures. If research shows positive results, HIV-positive patients will have an increased pool of donors.” The only known transplants between two HIV-positive people took place in South Africa in 2010 and were successful.

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+Kenneth Faried: NBA’s First ‘Athlete Ally’

Homophobia in sports is a long way from being completely wiped out, but it seems that, one player at a time, athletes are realizing there’s nothing wrong with having gay teammates. The latest athlete to publicly come out in support of the LGBT community is Denver Nuggets star Kenneth Faried, who has reportedly become the first NBA player to join a gay rights organization. Faried has joined Athlete Ally, a group

that fights to end homophobia in sports, according to the Feb. 12 announcement on the organization’s website. “Becoming an Athlete Ally gives me the opportunity to spread a message of inclusiveness throughout the NBA and our country,” Faried said in a statement. “I have two moms and I love them both very much. I respect, honor and support them in every way. The bond I have with them has made me realize that I want

all members of the LGBT community -whether they are parents, players, coaches or fans -- to feel welcome in the NBA and in all of our communities.” The 23-year-old player’s two mothers married in 2007. The three recently appeared in a video for OneColorado, a gay rights organization, advocating for the legalization of civil unions in the state. Faried now joins other gay-friendly U.S. athletes like Brendon Ayanbadejo, who recently won the Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens, and NFL players Chris

+ Gallup Poll Breaks up Gay Pop. Percentages by State

Despite having several gay-friendly cities, Florida ranks 23rd among the 50 U.S. states regarding the number of people identifying as LGBT within each state, according to a newly released national Gallup poll. Polling service Gallup has released what they call the “largest single study of the distribution of the LGBT population in the U.S. on record,” which not also sheds some light on the number of LGBT people who are open about their sexuality, but also looks at the possible reasons behind the percentages. The study, conducted between June 1 and Dec. 30, 2012, asked an average of 1,000 people in each state to answer the question: “Do you, personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender?” Results show that residents in the District of Columbia were more likely to identify as LGBT, with 10 percent of respondents in the state saying “yes” to the question. District of Columbia was followed by Hawaii (5.1 percent) and Vermont (4.9 percent). Among the states with the lowest percentage of people identifying as LGBT were North Dakota (1.7 percent), Montana (2.6 percent) and Mississippi (2.6 percent). All states fell within a few percentage points from the national average of 3.5 percent. Gallup concluded that states with high LGBT percentages tend to be more liberal and have more supportive LGBT legal climates, while those at the lower end of the LGBT spectrum are generally the most conservative. This could also have an effect on the results of the survey; those who live in an environment that’s not welcoming of LGBTs—both legal and ideologically—could have remained closeted in their survey answers.


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American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Denver Nuggets, Kenneth Faried photos courtesy of Kenneth Faried’s Facebook profile

+ Woman Sues Starbucks, Claims Harassment

A Starbucks manager who was fired following an altercation with a fellow female employee claims that she was laid off because co-workers thought she was a lesbian. Alicia Brooks, 29, filed a discrimination lawsuit on Feb. 1 with the Supreme Court of New York explaining the series of events that she says led to her termination. According to the complaint, Brooks was arrested on assault charges following an altercation with a fellow employee identified in the suit as “Juliette.” Brooks alleges that things took a turn for the worse after the fight, when other employees at the coffeehouse started thinking the altercation was a lovers’ fight between the two women. soflagaynews //

Brooks claims that after being suspended, she was ordered by Starbucks to sign a statement saying she had had an “improper” relationship with Juliette. Then, she says she was asked during a company meeting in front of 10 other employees if she was a lesbian. Brooks says in the court document that she’s not a lesbian and has never been in a relationship with Juliette. Following that meeting Brooks claims in the lawsuit that she was harassed by another female employee, who “constantly” tried to get Brooks to “admit that she is a lesbian.” Brooks was eventually fired in 2012. Lawyer Emre Polat, who represents Brooks, told the Huffington Post that Starbucks fired his client after she complained about her treatment and requested a transfer to another store. “Starbucks created and condoned a hostile work environment for Ms. Brooks while

Kluwe, Scott Fujita, and Connor Barwin, another player who said he supports gay rights because he has a gay brother. “Kenneth’s advocacy for marriage equality was game changing and his work to transform the culture of sports as an Athlete Ally will also make a huge difference,” Brian Ellner, who serves on the Athlete Ally board of directors, said. “Today, Kenneth sends a loud message to young people around the world that you can be who you are and compete at any level.”

continuing to protect and employ those that have committed the discrimination and harassment. Ms. Brooks feared all along that her complaints would be answered with retaliation and shortly after making the complaint, all of her fears became true when she was unlawfully terminated in violation of her statutorily protected rights,” Polat told HuffPost in an email statement. For its part, Starbucks spokesman Zack Hutson, also spoke with HuffPost, saying he “believes there is no factual basis to the allegations [the claim] makes.” “Starbucks has a long history of promoting equality, inclusion and diversity both in our workplace and in the communities we serve, and we have a zero tolerance policy for discrimination or harassment of any kind,” Hutson added. Discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is illegal in New York. Starbucks said they plan to fight the lawsuit in court.


Poll: Almost Half of London Had or Would Have Gay Sex A new poll conducted by Time Out London Magazine concluded that 42 percent of the city’s population is into gay sex. Results from the survey showed that 60 percent of London’s women and 23 percent of men in the city either have had, or would have, a sexual experience with someone from the same sex. Other statistics from the study reveal that gay men engage in sexual encounters much more frequently than straight men. The average number of sexual partners straight men have is 13, while the magic number for gay men is 60. The poll does not specify what method it was used to survey people, or how many respondents participated.

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Mixed Reviews Over Obama’s SOTU LGBT activists weigh in on annual speech Lisa Keen, Keen News Service

President Obama continued his trend of including references to LGBT people in his State of the Union address Tuesday night (February 12), but he got mixed reviews from the community itself. Early in the one-hour speech, he told Congress and the national television audience, “It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country – the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love.” Later, in talking about the military, he said, “We will ensure equal treatment for all service members, and equal benefits for their families – gay and straight.” Neither the “Republican response” to the address, delivered by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), nor the response offered by Tea Party Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) addressed any gay specific issue. Family Equality Council Executive Director Jennifer Chrisler singled out the president’s general comment for fairness, saying ,”Tonight the President made clear that every American deserves to have a shot at the American dream regardless of where they live, what they look like or who they love.” Allyson Robinson, head of the OutServeServicemembers Legal Defense Network, applauded the military-specific statement, saying “President Obama was very clear tonight in his assertion that lesbian and gay service members and their families must be treated equally by the nation they serve.” But Rea Carey, head of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, sounded a disappointed tone. “We have often said that President Obama is the most pro-LGBT president in history. His first term was filled with monumental gains for LGBT people and our families, including the passage of a federal hate crimes law, repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and his declaration of support for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples,” said Carey. “But the state of the union for many LGBT people remains one of economic inequality and insecurity. We urge President Obama to use his leadership to help get us over the finish line during his second term.” Carey said the president should issue an executive order banning companies


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that contract with the federal government from discriminating in employment based on sexual orientation and gender identity. And she said President Obama should “pressure” Congress to pass the Employment NonDiscrimination Act. Anthony Martinez, executive director of The Civil Rights Agenda, a statewide LGBT group in Illinois, expressed disappointment that President Obama did not use “some of his political capital to push for passage of ENDA, immigration reforms that help same-sex couples, and marriage equality in states, such as Illinois. And Heather Cronk, managing director of the national activist group GetEqual, said the president’s remarks amount to “lip service.” “Time and time again, President Obama continues to pay lip service to employment equity,” said Cronk, “but refuses to take the simple step of signing an Executive Order that would end LGBT discrimination by federal contractors -- and that would prevent taxpayer dollars, including taxpayer dollars from President Barack Obama delivers the 2011 State of the Union Address. LGBT Americans, from going to Photo Courtesy of Pete Souza discriminatory companies.” sitting with First Lady Michelle Obama in In his first official State of the Union address, in 2010, President Obama the House gallery. This year, they chose called for repeal of the federal law barring Tracey Hepner of Arlington, Virginia, and openly gay people from serving in the a co-founder of the Military Partners and military. In 2011, just a month after signing Families Coalition (MPFC). The Coalition into law the bill that repealed “Don’t Ask, provides support and advocacy for LGBT Don’t Tell,” the president used his State of military partners and their families. She also the Union address to urge universities that full time for the Department of Homeland had been barring military recruiters over the Security as a Master Behavior Detection gay ban to start allowing recruiters back on Officer. She is married to the first openly gay or lesbian general officer in the military, campus. Last year, he made one direct reference Army Brigadier General Tammy Smith. The Human Rights Campaign noted that to something gay, saying that, when our servicemembers put on their uniforms, U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) invited a “it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white; same-sex couple, Kelly Costello and Fabiola Asian or Latino; conservative or liberal; rich Morales, to be his guests at the event. The White House released a “President’s or poor; gay or straight.” As in past years, the White House again Plan for a Strong Middle Class and a this year included an openly gay person Strong America,” in conjunction with the among their two dozen special guests, address Tuesday night. The plan made no soflagaynews //

mention of LGBT people specifically, but included one section called “Encouraging and strengthening families” in which the president proposes “to remove financial deterrents to marriage for low income couples, and to support and encourage fatherhood including working with the faith community and the private sector.” The plan also called for passage of the bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act but made no specific mention of the new provisions that would make the program available to victims of domestic abuse regardless of their sexual orientation. U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay person elected to the Senate, issued a brief statement applauding the speech. She did not highlight either of President Obama’s gay-related remarks.

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Equality Florida’s Lobby Days ‘Families First,’ domestic partnership bill, this year’s focus Caity Kauffman

For Nate Klarfeld, Equality Florida’s Lobby Days are the essence of being an American. “There is a huge, huge, advantage of being a citizen of the United States, standing in front of your representative and telling them, ‘I want you to vote this way,’” he said. “You feel powerful.” Equality Florida, a civil rights organization dedicated to supporting and promoting Florida’s LGBT community, wants to equip everyone with that power – through their annual Lobby Days on March 11 and 12. This year, Equality Florida will be marching straight to the steps of the state capitol to encourage Florida representatives to vote in favor of the “Families First” bill. A statewide initiative recently introduced by Broward County-based Senator Eleanor

Sobel (D), the “Families First” bill would allow every Floridian domestic partnership rights and would extend legal protection to same-sex couples, including hospital visitation rights and the ability to make healthcare decisions for a partner. For Klarfeld, an active member of Equality Florida and Chair of the Broward County Steering Committee, this bill hits home in double time. “My partner’s daughter is a lesbian, my daughter-in-law, and she doesn’t have any rights with her partner and their child. This hits us really deeply,” he said. “We are not only one gay family, we are two gay families.” Currently, same-sex domestic partnership rights are only extended to citizens in Palm Beach County, Broward County, Miami-Dade

County, Volusia County, Orange County, Gainesville, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Gulfport, Tampa and Sarasota. “A majority of Americans support extending benefits to couples in domestic partnerships. We cannot allow Florida to be the last state to treat all of its citizens fairly and equally,” Senator Sobel said. “I am committed to sponsoring and fighting for this bill until it is heard, passed and signed by the governor.” Florida residents will have the opportunity to confront the lawmakers face-to-face and generate a discussion. “Even if they say no, you get to have the last word,” Klarfeld said. “It’s very exciting.” According to Equality Florida Public Policy Director Mallory Wells, South Florida is one of the regions in the state that Equality Florida Lobby Days 2012 attendees sit in the Florida Senate is underrepresented in Chambers and listen to trainers discuss lobby techniques. Photo Courtesy of Equality Florida Tallahassee. “Important South Florida voices are needed… it’s a region we lack,” she said. “A lot of our lawmakers come from South Florida, its worth the time and investment to make the state a better place.” For rookie lobbyers, Equality Florida What Equality Florida Lobby Days will provide lobby training and educate participants on the particulars of the March 11 – 12 bill so they’re well prepared to face their When representatives. In addition to the “Families First” bill, Lobby Days will focus on a statewide non- Where Tallahassee, Florida – discrimination bill that would prohibit LGBT State Capitol discrimination in employment and housing. Klarfeld believes the in-person Why To advocate for the Families confrontation is what makes headway on First bill these types of initiatives. “I was a face; I am a person to my representative. I am not More Equality Florida will organize transportation to Tallahassee for a number,” he said. “We will be back every Info those interested and hotel room year until this passes.”


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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Team, and the Policy Team. The work groups February 7, 2013, marked one of the first focus on the four major target groups: Blacks, public presentations of Broward County’s Latinos, MSM of all races, and Transgender new HIV prevention plan. people. These work groups provide a link “The focus is to increase HIV prevention between the communities and prevention in communities hardest hit, expand effective planning. combinations of evidenced based prevention If you’re interested in joining one of these approaches,” said Donna Sabatino, Broward work groups: Call Donna Markland at 954County HIV Prevention Planning Council 467-4700 Ext, ext. 5600 to join the Black Co-Chair, “And to educate all Americans Advisory Group; Call Evelyn Morales at 954about HIV and how to prevent infection.” 467-4700 ext. 5705 to join the Latino group; High Impact Call John Daily at 954-467Prevention (HIP) forms 4700, ext. 5528 to join the the core of the new plan, MSM Advisory Group. consisting of prevention To join the Transgender for HIV-positive people, Advisory Group, Call 954condom distribution, 467-4700 and ask the increased HIV testing, operator for the Trans social marketing, and coordinator. structural initiatives to The plan acknowledges align policies with HIV all the work groups and strategies. lists their members with “The components one exception: The MSM of HIP are dependent Advisory Group. “The on effectiveness Jurisdictional Prevention and cost, full scale Plan 2012-2016: Defining implementation and HIV-Planning through Our coverage,” Sabatino said. Eyes” Donna Sabatino, Broward County HIV While previous Joey Wynn, Co-Chair of Prevention Planning Council Co-Chair prevention efforts the Florida HIV Advocacy Photo Courtesy of D. Sabatino emphasized HIVNetwork, has criticism negative people of both the plan and the remaining HIV-negative, prevention for process to develop it. HIV-positive people focuses on linking “The Broward County Health HIV-positive people to treatment to achieve Department’s HIV Prevention Program has an undetectable viral load. Unfortunately, been working on this plan for the past two about 20 percent of HIV-infected people years; and only recently hired a gay man to think they are still uninfected, and only work on this plan,” he said. “It is time for gay about 28 percent of HIV-infected people men to get back to our advocacy roots; HIV is have achieved an undetectable viral load. still a HUGE issue for gay men, especially in In 2011, the Broward County Health South Florida.” Department began a series of meetings with Broward County’s new HIV prevention HIV prevention and treatment providers. plan represents a great deal of work by These meetings resulted in Broward’s local people working with limited resources and plan, “The Jurisdictional Prevention Plan time constraints, but all plans have flaws 2012-2016: Defining HIV Planning through and can be improved. HIV prevention looms Our Eyes” While this is a public document, large in the political agenda of gay/bi and it was not available online as of press time. other men who have sex with men (GBMSM), This new plan creates a twenty-one who form about 67 percent of the people member Broward County HIV Prevention living with HIV/AIDS in Broward. People Planning Council (BCHPPC), the overall from the target communities should read the planning body, with three teams and four full plan, discuss it, and give feedback. workgroups. While the teams are appointed, Target populations can also be citizens the work groups are open to the public. and empowered agents of their own The three teams are the Epidemiology and destiny. Research Team, the High Impact Prevention

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opinion guest Rev. Dr. Lea Brown

The Hope is Not With the Pope I wish I could say that I feel at least some sense of appreciation for Pope Benedict XVI, for his life and ministry. But the truth is, I don’t. I am doing my best not to judge him; after all, that’s not my job. Gratefully, I’ll leave that one up to God. I don’t wish him ill, either. I believe in karma… Or, as the Bible says, “you reap what you sow.” I trust in God to bless Pope Benedict in whatever way would be best for him. Honestly, though, what I find myself feeling the most at the news of his big announcement this week is anger. This Pope has hurt millions of people so deeply, and in many cases irreparably, all in the supposed name of God. I suppose I am glad that he won’t be spending more than a few more days dishing out the poison he calls doctrine and theology, but I am angry at the cowardice and utter lack of remorse I believe he has displayed throughout his years as a religious leader. After all, this was the man who, in his role as the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (formerly known as The Roman Inquisition) did everything he could to silence the courageous priests, nuns and theologians speaking out on behalf of the poor in Latin America. This is the man who called homosexuality a “morally intrinsic evil” in his now infamous “Halloween letter” of 1986, at the height of the AIDS epidemic. At a time when thousands of gay Catholics were in desperate need of spiritual comfort, all they received from Cardinal Ratzinger was callous condemnation. How many gay Catholics with AIDS were shunned by their Catholic families as they suffered, and how many died thinking they were going to hell, because of him? This is the man who has strategically targeted and has begun to systematically destroy those who I consider to be the very best part of Catholicism: The nuns. His crackdown on the leadership of U.S. sisters has appeared to be nothing less than a return of the original Inquisition, designed to force those who are spending their lives on behalf of the poor and most vulnerable into doctrinal prisons built to keep women in their “place.” As if these legacies were not bad enough, this is also the man who refused to use the immense power of his papal office in a situation that desperately needed it. As


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Pope, he could have brought some measure next pope or in the cardinals who will them - these wonderful and loving people, of healing to the Catholic survivors of sexual choose him. My faith is in the millions of who, against all odds, still believe that they abuse perpetrated by the very religious Catholics, laypeople, priests and religious are beautiful and sacred children of God just authorities to whom they had given their who continue to give their lives in service to as they are. trust. He could have instituted a “Year of the poor. My faith is in the nuns who refuse And therein lies the hope of The Repentance;” he could have led the way with to be silent on the cause of social justice and Church. prayer and fasting, with sincere expressions progressive theological integrity. Rev. Dr. Lea Brown is the Senior Pastor of remorse to those harmed, and with actions Most of all, my faith is in the “recovering of MCC of the Palm Beaches in Palm taken to make amends to all those whose Catholics” in my largely GLBT congregation. Beach Gardens, FL. She is a recovering lives were broken by predatory priests. He My hope will never be in the Pope, but it is in Baptist. could have been the one voice with enough power and influence to show his people that The Church really can be a humble institution devoted to healing and reconciliation, and to putting the needs of its people above the reputations of its authorities. But he did none of these things — in fact, he did just the opposite. And now, Pope Benedict is resigning. He leaves in his toxic wake thousands, if not millions, of people who have left The Church and God behind forever because of the damage inflicted upon them through the doctrines he held in far higher esteem than the lives of those he was supposed to serve. Yes, I am angry, and God help me, I have to say this: Shame! Shame on you, Pope Benedict XVI. Shame on you, on your name, and on the legacy of denial, cruelty, and arrogance you are leaving behind. I wish I could say that I have hope for the Catholic Church now that a new pope will soon be chosen. But the truth is, once again, I don’t. Pope Benedict also leaves behind a legacy of cardinals in power who are just about as likely to make a progressive choice for the next pope as the U.S. Tea Party is to endorse Hillary Clinton for president. But that doesn’t mean that I Pope Benedict XVI performing a blessing during the canonization mass in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, Italy have no hope at all. Photo Courtesey of Rvinn88 My faith is not in the soflagaynews //

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No Cross, No Tiara

Religious LGBT folk are unsung heroes

“Injudicious if not improper” is how, in 1976, the Presbyterian Church USA described the ordination of openly gay men and women. In May 2011, they changed their mind, and agreed that lesbians and gay men could serve at all levels of the church. The Episcopal Church in the United States has its roots in the Anglican Church of England, which opposes marriage equality. But, their National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. is now the site of gay weddings. Despite the dire warnings of the Pope, the majority of Roman Catholics in the United States support marriage equality. There are openly gay and lesbian bishops, priests, rabbis, imams, nuns, and religious brothers today, but that has not always been true. Many people in my generation were denied ordination in their churches because of their sexuality. What happened? Did Ellen DeGeneres bring about this


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change? Harvey Milk? The Human Rights Campaign? No, despite the inability or refusal of many gay historians and queer academics to acknowledge it, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim sects have changed thousands of years of biblical interpretation and practice because of the unwavering witness of their LGBTQIA members. Chris Glaser is one of them. Author of the book, Uncommon Calling, A Gay Christian’s Struggle to Serve the Church, movie-star-handsome Chris served as the only openly gay member of a 1976-1978 Presbyterian Task Force to Study Homosexuality. He’s one of the brave, determined people who stayed in the denomination to force it to change its demeaning policy. You won’t see Chris’s name in a timeline of American LGBTQIA history and culture. His steadfast, lifetime contribution of service, which had an enormous impact on the Presbyterian Church USA changing its position on the ordination of openly gay people, is deemed less significant than a television star coming out of the closet. You won’t see the names of Ellen Barrett, the first open lesbian to be ordained by the Episcopal Church in 1977. Had Barrett not been ordained, would Gene Robinson have ever been made a bishop by the Episcopalians? And what about Bill Johnson, the first gay man ordained into the ministry in any denomination in 1972? Had he not endured his trial three years after Stonewall, had John Boswell not done his scriptural explorations, had Michael Collins not fought for a seat at the Methodist table, would Richard Blanco have been invited to write a poem for Barack Obama? Legislators and Supreme Court judges today are unable to cite Judea-Christian belief and practice when supporting laws that dehumanize gay people, because in the late 1960s and early 1970s, gay caucuses such as Dignity, Integrity, and Evangelicals Concerned were formed in every major religious denomination. Any progress made among Jehovah Witnesses is because of the presence of openly gay members of that denomination. Mormon allies are marching in gay parades because of the hard work of LGBTQIA Mormons. There were just a handful of us, a halfdozen young, inspired, self-confident men and women in every mainline denomination, who in the early 1970s dared to openly defy soflagaynews //

our churches and our families, by declaring in whatever public means available to us that we were gay, religious, and not uncomfortable with either. Our heroic stories have been ignored by most gay historians, but President Obama would never have endorsed marriage equality had we not liberated sexual theology. We were a threat to closeted clergy, and disparaged by radical movement leaders. We shook the very foundations of our churches with our books, civil disobedience, fasts, firings, ordination denials, and excommunications. We petitioned our church leaders in thoughtful letters. We sat for years on commissions that would decide our sinfulness in the nicest of terms. We got more hate mail collectively Illuminated Crucifix on display in Needful Things. Photo Courtesey of Dominic Alves than any group of gay leaders in the country. Conservative songwriters or tennis players. Christians, Muslims, and Jews can twist the When he heard that I was collecting words of the Bible or Koran into the most historic artifacts for an exhibition on demeaning sentences. They have particular LGBTQIA People of Faith, Chris Glaser sent animosity for people of their kind who me the one-of-a-kind T-Shirt that he had threaten the peace of their daily lives and made up in 1976 that proclaims, “Injudicious weekend services. if not Improper.” He wore it whenever he We were a band of brothers and sisters attended Presbyterian Church conferences. who knew each other, sometimes intimately. I get as excited about this artifact as I do We stayed at one another’s houses when we the gavel Barney Frank sent from the end traveled. There was no e-mail at the time, of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” debate.If telephone calls were expensive, and we were you’d like to learn more about the heroic mostly unemployed. We kept up with one men and women who transformed their another’s lives through The Advocate, Gay religious denominations by standing up Community News, or caucus newsletters. for themselves and for us in the early days We met up at national conferences, and we of the movement, and who have continued shared hotel rooms. We all had been told by to work for a theology that embraced us as our denominations, “No Cross, no Crown,” fully human and worthy to be represented at which meant that if you didn’t suffer as the President’s inauguration, visit the LGBT Jesus did by carrying a cross, you’d never Religious Archives Network at www.lgbtran. be crowned in heaven. We were also told by org. our denominations that being homosexual Brian McNaught was named “the was our cross, and that unless we repented godfather of gay diversity training” by The there would be no crown, or, in some New York Times. He works with corporate cases, no tiara. But we earned our crown or executives globally, is the author of six tiara by standing up to the most powerful books, and is featured in seven educational people in the world: the Pope and all other DVDs. He and his spouse Ray Struble divide ecclesiastical princes. There are more their year between Fort Lauderdale and lash marks on the backs of gay Christians, Provincetown. Visit Jews, and Muslims, than on those of gay for more information.

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The past few years have been a rainbow of progress for the LGBT community. We truly live in historic times. SFGN has been fortunate to emerge as a credible and conscientious voice, celebrating our achievements while acknowledging the many good people who have given vitality and vision to our cause. As our paper has matured and progressed, so have our hometowns. South Florida is becoming the epicenter of gay life in America, from young communities in Lake Worth to nightclubs on South Beach. This paper started on a business gambleand a leap of faith by my friend, and CEO, Piero Guidugli. But it also started with an idea that our community was growing with solid businesses, aspiring entrepreneurs, and dedicated citizens. It began with a vision that our future was so strong, so bright, a committed and dedicated newspaper, with legitimate journalists, could plant itself in our soil and grow like a flower in the sun. We first focused on South Florida, then

on the state, then on the nation, and now on the world. We started with the premise of “South Florida” Gay News, and a double entendre, Straight Facts, Gay News. We have now grown to Local Name, Global Coverage. But there is something else I realized one morning after a meeting with Rivendell Media, our national marketing representative. SFGN “reaches people who care.” This week, as we celebrate a third anniversary, we inaugurate a new design, a new face, and a new look. Norm’s old football logo is on the way out, and a sleeker modern version, created by a young Art Institute hot shot, Mark Pauciullo, gets a play. That is the way of the world. Retire the old. Reach for the new. Still, forget not the past, because it helps predict our future. Thanks for being here with us, and finding partnerships within our pages. You are here because you care, and that matters to us. We will give you, as I said moments ago, a new foundation with a local name, but global

coverage. Our look will be more modern, our coverage, and launching simultaneously stories still upbeat, our design progressive. a striking new website which will be as We won’t forget the days cops called us compelling as the mainstream media likes faggots, and we will be there when LGBT to think they are. As a matter of fact, South cops wind up with domestic benefits. We Florida Gay News is now consistently were there when the FBI made us out to be larger than the alternative weeklies already deviant, and we will be published by some of our there when an FBI chief is media partners. openly gay. We were there This is the future. This is when Pedro Zamora died our future. We have a niche of AIDS and we will be to honor, a cause to protect. there when we celebrate a Celebrate it with us, and cure, and not condemn a stay informed of where curse. We were there when we’ve been, where we are, James Dale got booted and where we’re going. It out of the Boy Scouts, but is great to be part of this by the end of this year, I family, and enriching that suspect we will be there so many of you have helped when some gay Eagle scout make our vision become gets sworn in to a local your reality. troop. Thank you so much. We are here, and we’re not going anywhere. We SFGN’s new Art Director, Mark Pauciullo Photo Courtesey of Julia Arielle Cox are expanding our print

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Log Cabin Executive Director Resigned after Broward LCR Conflict

During the recent national elections, the Broward Log Cabin Republican (LCR) Club was intentionally humiliated, publicly intimidated, and subjected to threats of censorship and desertification from the staff of its organizational headquarters in Washington DC, as the immediate-past LCR Executive Director did all in his power to discredit the Broward club’s ad campaign for Election 2012. Now we learn that the national board of Log Cabin accepted the October 2012 resignation of Executive Director, R. Clarke Cooper, an Army Iraqi War Major, as a “planned event.” Miraculously, in the end, these Gay/Gay-friendly freedom fighters in Broward were the ones who have seemingly won the final round. Good Riddance to the un-loyal Major R. Clarke Cooper some will say. His decimation of the famed Fort Lauderdale Log Cabin Club has left him unwanted in the ranks of Log Cabin leadership. The drama goes back to Broward LCR running a full-page ad in the Florida Agenda with a photo of our near-dead U.S. Ambassador to Libya being carried by proAmerican Libyan citizens trying to save his life and find medical help. Our devoted Ambassador, Chris Stevens, was greatly admired and also respectfully rumored to have been a dignified gay man – he did have those exceptionally handsome and svelte looks. In the local Log Cabin’s controversial ad the group sees the Obama Administration as being less that aggressive in the protection of “Gay/Gay-friendly American Citizens from the terror of Islamic Radicalism” and


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protection from “Shariah Law.” In that context Broward Log Cabin saw Israel as the “one beacon of hope in the Middle East defending our communities’ human rights.” In fact, the very photo in the Broward LCR ad, that was resoundingly condemned by the Florida Agenda and the local Progressive Gay Left as “unacceptable” and “censored” is exactly the same image used by Lebanon media, the website of the Jewish Defense League of Britain, and reviewed by our Pentagon. It had total credibility except that it was embarrassing to Obama-ites during the heated campaign. Yet, like others on the Left, the discredited Executive Director of the National LCR national office also condemned it; and Mr. Clarke authored a published op-ed in a Broward gay paper to rebuke it and cultivate disgust with the Broward LCR team who put the ad together. Simultaneously, Clarke sent e-mails to Sandy Steen, the Broward LCR VicePresident and a former Wilton Manor Mayor, promising censorship with strong suggestions of desertification of the first Gay GOP Club ever chartered into the Florida GOP, years ago. He essentially sabotaged the Broward LCR ad campaign for the 2012 GOP presidential election. And many members of the club, several of which are former military vets and officers, were appalled at the infidelity of the now former LCR Executive Director. Even GOProud, another national Gay Republican activist organization, issued a stronglyworded counter statement in support of the Broward LCR Club in light of media attacks from Mr. Cooper. This was a sad act of betrayal by Mr.

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Cooper in the context that Lisa Keen News Service, run by the very reputable former Editor-in-Chief of the Washington Gay Blade, commissioned a 2011 study revealing that the Gay vote in South Florida led Gay America in voting Republican during the 2010 midterm elections. According to Ms. Keen’s study, South Florida Gay Repubs defeated the 2010 Gay Democrat vote 48 percent Republican to only 47 percent Democrat, an accomplishment that was driven by very visible and successful ad campaigns by the Broward LCR brain trust and their Alums. Parts of her study was published in the SFGN soon the 2010 midterm elections. It’s rather obvious that Broward LCR is an indisputable “get-out-thevote” role-model for all René Clarke Cooper is an American political figure. Cooper was appointed LCR Chapters. Executive Director of Log Cabin Republicans in 2010. Fortunately, it appears that the national LCR board decidedly did without raising great speculation as to why not approve of Clarke’s attack on LCR such an ignoble departure happens? Broward’s charter, or the South Florida Log Cabin should be thanked for its years 2012 campaign ad. of dedicated work and financial support Additionally, Andy Eddy, a co- needed to help defeat DADT and the DOMA founder of the Pride Center and former initially signed into law by the Clinton LCR Southeast Regional Director, had Administration. In fact, Log Cabin took the telephone conversations with current lead in the historical California Supreme national LCR Board members, he is friends Court decision to successfully overturn the with for many years. state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Those board members told Eddy, the Log Cabin must be treated as national and unified Washington LCR Board objected community GLBT allies and heroes, and not to Clarke’s attacks on Broward and sternly hated, demeaned, and viciously ridiculed counseled him to end his bizarre behavior, as enemies of equality of rights by the Gay according to former Wilton Manor Mayor Left....or betrayed by the likes of national Sandy Steen. LCR leaders such as the split-personality and Shorty thereafter in October during the unreliable character of R. Clarke Cooper. final 30 days of Campaign 2012, Cooper R. Clarke Cooper is a disappointment to so presented his resignation, leading many many. objective observers to believe he was Matthew Tsien is a member of the Broward essentially pressured to leave. Republican Executive Committee and a 1991 After all, how many voices of national Graduate of the National Journalism Center movements resign in the “4th quarter” in Washington, D.C.

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Queer for Cookies Lesbian Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith Brings Her Sweets to South Beach Wine & Food Festival “The career of pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith has been a journey toward confident simplicity.” Owen Dugan, Wine Spectator When speaking about can’t miss desserts, no other name in the region elicits a more passionate response than that of Hedy Goldsmith. Recently awarded a James Beard nomination (Outstanding Pastry Chef 2012), the Executive Pastry Chef of The Genuine Hospitality Group of restaurants (Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami and Grand Cayman, Harry’s Pizzeria in Miami) remains one of the most respected professionals in the country. With the October 2, 2012 release of her first cookbook, BAKING OUT LOUD: Fun Desserts with Big Flavors (Clarkson

Potter), Goldsmith is busier than ever. Now in her 3rd season of Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets, she has appeared on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Iron Chef America and Food (ography). Hedy and her recipes have been featured in People, The Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, The New York Times, Bon Appétit, The New York Post, Wine Spectator, Huffington Post and MSNBC. Hedy is a regular contributor on and her seasonal desserts can be found on cooking Since James Beard Award wining Chef Michael Schwartz opened his flagship Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in 1997, part of the restaurant’s success has been the talent of Goldsmith’s perfectly sweet match to the restaurant’s fresh, simple

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and pure cuisine. In fact, these two Philly native’s collaboration contributed to The New York Times recognizing the restaurant as the fourth best new restaurant in the country. Hedy creates desserts that are layered with straightforward flavors, textures and techniques. “My whole life has influenced the desserts that I make, and those early salty-sweet memories and big flavors still shape my palate.” In Hedy’s debut cookbook, Baking Out Loud: Fun Desserts with Big Flavors, you’ll find signature in-your-face flavors like her tangerine cremsicle pots de crème, buttered popcorn gelato, chocolate bourbon fudge tart and basil panna cotta as well as playful riffs on her childhood favorites like her now legendary Pop Tarts, Snickers, Milk


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Founder LisaRaye McCoy brings awareness to HIV/AIDS Emily Jane Scott

An actress, a mother, a former first lady of Turks & Caicos – LisaRaye McCoy considers herself to be “a voice” speaking up in the hopes of changing the conversation about HIV & AIDS. Clad in her signature white, McCoy recently put out a video for Break the Silence, a grassroots public awareness campaign devoted to raising awareness of AIDS issues. In her recent PSA for the Break the Silence campaign, McCoy speaks of AIDS awareness as though she is speaking to her daughter, asking, “What is my responsibility? What is your responsibility to you? Protect yourself, that’s the least you can do.” McCoy began working in conjunction with Break the Silence not only as a concerned mother, but as a concerned voice for the minority community. She has long been a television fixture and a role model for African American women. Her ascent to notoriety began with a lead role in the 1998 film The Players Club, written and directed by Ice Cube and co-starring Bernie Mac. In

2003, she took on the role of Neesee James on the UPN/CW sitcom All of Us. This role earned her a nomination for an NAACP Image award in 2007. During that time, she also appeared in 2005’s Beauty Shop. She currently appears as Keisha on the VH1 program Single Ladies. McCoy, who has a particular penchant for wearing white, was married to the Premier of the Islands of Turks and Caicos, Michael Misick, from 2006 to 2008, making her the island nation’s first lady. In the aftermath of her divorce McCoy and her daughter Kai starred in the reality show “LisaRaye: the Real McCoy” on the TV ONE network. Beyond incorporating her political position in her acting life, she also saw her stature as a means to do charity work. On her website, she mentions the importance of working with many underserved communities in the island nation. In addition to this work, she has been a Global Ambassador for the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation, Circle of Promise (as listed on her website), working with fellow actor Steve Harvey. She also joined Newt Gingrich and Rev. Al Sharpton on their “Listening and Learning “ tour, where they traveled the country and spoke with parents, students and teachers about education reform. But McCoy has not only worked as a crusader against disease – she has also worked specifically to help young girls of the African-American community. Through her Lady Raye foundation, she has put on the Miss Raye Diant Jewels Teen Pagent. Unlike typical pageants, McCoy’s program is built around reinforcing the self-esteem of young girls. As per her website, the pageant serves as “an opportunity to expand their skilled and creative minds, overcome challenges like peer pressure and low self – esteem, have confidence and social skills,”

and prepare them for the future. Thus far, Miss Raye Diant Jewels Teen Pageants have been held in Atlanta, Charlotte and Chicago, continuing McCoy’s mission from her years in Turks and Caicos, working with young girls in underserved communities. Break the Silence is a new charity venture for McCoy, but one she feels strongly about. Grown out of a grassroots publicity campaign, Break the Silence’s stated mission “is to change the way America [thinks] and [talks] about HIV/AIDS.” Whereas 20 years ago, when Magic Johnson contracted HIV, AIDS awareness was a huge part of the national conversation. The Break the Silence campaign feels that the focus has slipped away from AIDS awareness, and it appears this is particularly true in the African American community. According to the CDC, as of 2009, African-

Americans accounted for 14 percent of the U.S. populations, but 44 percent of new HIV infections for the calendar year. The CDC also reports that being unaware of an HIV diagnosis also puts patients at risk – something that LisaRaye McCoy and Break the Silence are actively trying to fight. McCoy is working specifically with this campaign to remove the stigma of openly discussing sexuality and the possibility of disease in the African American community. Her first PSA has gone viral, posted repeatedly on Break the Silence’s Facebook and Twitter pages. She is continuing to work with the organization, and looking to work with charity partner Steve Harvey. Based on the statistics, her fight to raise awareness and affect the community conversation will indeed be a life-saving one.

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Disabled & Demanding One-legged Michael Nunnenkamp says he wants his money back Gideon Grudo


right and early on the morning of Feb. 19, 55-year-old Michael Nunnenkamp wheeled himself up to the sidewalk in front of Wilton Station and called its property manager a thief. Stuck to the back of his wheelchair read a sign: Ponzi Thief Manager @ Wilton Station. In Nunnenkamp’s front he held another sign: Janet & Jim Ellis Stole My $ Money $.


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cover A Wilton Station guard soon materialized and stood a dozen feet away, taking notes. Within minutes, Peggy Kennedy, the president of the board at Wilton Station, briskly walked toward Nunnenkamp. When she reached him, her voice was low. But within seconds, she was raising it, explaining to him what extortion meant. She then threatened that her and 40 other people would go and protest in front of a local Target, where Nunnenkamp’s partner works. Nunnenkamp told SFGN she said to him, “We’re going to destroy you.” Hours after the incident, Kennedy spoke to SFGN off the record, but agreed to an interview at a time after publication. At the one-man protest Kennedy held up a piece of paper to Nunnenkamp forcing him to read it. It was an old note he’d signed about a year earlier. In sloppy script, it read:

“1/17/2012: Received from James Ellis all principal monies from 2008 appx. $24,000. Will cease and desist from any further action on the matter. Will not call, talk, text Janet Ellis or bother in any manner.” Nunnenkamp admits to signing this letter, but said his total investment was more than $24,000.

Later, the note was dropped off at SFGN’s offices with an added note: “Thought you might like to know who it is you are really dealing with. As a journalist, I assume you would like the whole story. Besides, threatening people to get $ from them is called EXTORTION.” By getting money, the writer of the letter is referring to Nunnenkamp seeking $10,000 that he claims is still owed to him. James “Jim” Ellis — who confessed to a federal charge of fraud on Feb. 1 — allegedly worked alongside George Elia, who’s facing 180 years in prison on similar charges. His victims include many at Wilton Station, an upper-class condominium complex in Wilton Manors. Ellis has admitted to enticing potential investors to put their money with his “accountant” George Elia, who he said got him hefty returns was a victim of Elia. These sentiments were reinforced as Ellis lived lavishly, spending big at bars and restaurants on the soon-to-be Ponzi victims. From the beginning, the accusations have spilled over onto Ellis’ daughter, Janet Ellis – a property manager at Wilton Station, but none of them have stuck so far. “[Janet] told me that when her grandfather died, she got an inheritance and invested it with George,” Nunnenkamp said. Ellis also told people that his inheritance was deposited with Elia. “I was very friendly with

Jim. Lunches, dinners. He always treated me well. How could I not trust this man?” Ellis pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, which could result in five years imprisonment, followed up by three years probation. He is also subject to a quarter of a million dollars in fines. His sentencing date is set for April 11. It’s expected that the U.S. Attorney’s office may ask for reduced penalties, based on Ellis’ early admission of guilt and future cooperation in the trial against co-defendant George Elia. Elia’s trial is now set for early March. “I’m not thrilled that [Ellis] pleaded guilty. I wanted to testify against him,” Nunnenkamp said. “I don’t hesitate to think that he’s told the court half truths or definite lies. The man is definitely a pathological liar, and so is his daughter.” But even without testifying, it looks like Nunnenkamp may have been the source of hard evidence that connects both Jim and Janet Ellis to the multi-million dollar fraud. Ellis vehemently maintained to friends – until his plea – that he himself was a victim. According to Ellis’ Feb. 1 plea, “Ellis received a blank $14,000 check from investor ‘M.N.,’ which Ellis made payable to International Consultants with ‘J.E. and J.E.’ in the memorandum.” The M.N. is Michael Nunnenkamp. The

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In an early investment, Michael Nunnenkamp said he gave Jim Ellis a blank check for $14,000 with the intention of investing. Ellis filled out the Pay To space and the Memo space with information that would later reappear in his plea. International Consultants is the name of the company George Elia is accused of using to enact his Ponzi scheme. // // 2.20.13 //



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Peggy Kennedy, president of the board at Wilton Station, yelling at Michael Nunnenkamp to stop what he’s doing. The protester told SFGN she told him, “We’re going to destroy you.” Nunnenkamp was out protesting an alleged Ponzi scheme. Photo by Gideon Grudo

first J.E. is Jim Ellis, but who’s the second J.E.? According to Nunnenkamp, it’s Janet Ellis. “That was the first check that I gave to Jim,” Nunnenkamp said. “He convinced me to take a home equity line of credit on my condo for the $14,000.” When doing so, Nunnenkamp went so far as to list Ellis on the deed to the condo, which he would later sell for $20,000, and hand over all the money to Ellis. As of press time, SFGN has been unable to reach Janet Ellis for comment. “I trusted the man completely. I thought he had my back to the end. I knew him from


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New York. I knew Janet since before she was driving,” Nunnenkamp said. “Imagine how I feel. I thought I was a fairly good judge of character, but not anymore.” “I just want to see justice done,” he said. “These people are supposed to be victims, too.” Like others, Nunnenkamp found out that he wasn’t going to be seeing his investment returns in early 2012. It was by then that the gig was up, and various investors were requesting their money back. But for Nunnenkamp, the news brought big concerns. The same week he found out about the soflagaynews //

money, he also had his left leg amputated. At that point he was used to getting small returns on his investments. But his bad luck would continue and soon enough Nunnenkamp would be unable to afford his insurance and to go on Medicare and Medicaid. Luckily for him, Nunnenkamp said he received some payments after the scheme fell apart. In mid-January, George Elia met him at a local CVS and gave him a check for $6,500. That night, he received a call from Jim Ellis. “‘We’re supposed to be friends,’ Ellis told me, and then he said, ‘And I hope you lose

your other leg,’” Nunnenkamp told SFGN. Ellis’ wish may be coming true. HIVpositive, with stage three kidney disease and peripheral artery disease (PAD), Nunnenkamp might soon be losing his second leg, as well. “When I heard that he pleaded guilty, all bets were off. [Janet] is as guilty as her father, and they are both pathological liars,” Nunnenkamp concluded. “They should each put a roll of toilet paper under their chin for all the shit that runs out of their mouths.”

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High Intensity Interval Training Michael Verdugo HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is about mixing high intensity bursts of exercise with moderate or light intensity recovery periods. The secret to Bodytek’s training is not just about how many calories you burn per session, but that your body continues to burn calories long after the session is over. This is called Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) which basically means that your body keeps burning calories long after the sweating is done. In fact, researchers have discovered that this EPOC can last as long as 36 hours. Bodytek: Never The Same Workout
Bodytek is a new and revolutionary total body workout program which is scientifically designed to improve your fitness level through interval cardio and strength training. At Bodytek we provide our clients with group personal training. Group personal training will make achieving your fitness goals more enjoyable and motivating than you ever thought possible. Two Locations: Wilton Manors (Recently Expanded) and Davie. Classes offered: Total Body, Abs Core & Cardio, Spinning, Yoga and Pilates

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Grab a pair of dumbbells and lean forward with a slight bend in your knees. Keep your back straight and your elbows bent. The motion of the dumbbells comes from your elbows as you “kickback” your arms to workout your triceps; essentially isolating that muscle. Complete three sets of 12 to 15 reps each.

Squat & Press Grab two dumbbells and position them on either side of your head with your arms spread out. Sit into a squat. As you stand up out of the squat position, press the dumbbells up. You are working your lower body as well as your shoulders. Complete three sets of 12 to 15 reps each.


2 Renegade Row Grab two dumbbells and move into a plank position. Keep your back straight so that your body forms one straight line from your feet to your head. Alternate left and right as you pull the dumbbell up. Your elbow should be bent but close to your torso. As you pull the dumbbell up, squeeze your back. Alternate left and right. Complete three sets of 12 to 15 reps each.



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Thinking Cap Theatre’s Nicole Stodard isn’t afraid to challenge her audiences, but her latest production is also entertaining. The Rover is Stodard’s adaptation of a raucous 17th century sex comedy from one of the first women playwrights, Aphra Behn. Not sure about Restoration comedy? Stodard has condensed the play—leaving Behn’s language largely in tact—and updated it in a way that shows how brilliant writing can be relevant centuries later. (Case in point, the works of William Shakespeare.) Catch the show at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Dr. in Fort Lauderdale, this weekend and next, Thursdays through Sunday. Tickets are $30-35 at

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Audiences in Palm Beach County will get the first look at the latest program from Lourdes Lopez’s Miami City Ballet. The company opens Program III at the Kravis Center with performances at 8 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. The program includes George Balanchine’s beautiful choreography to works by Tchaikovsky, Bizet and Ravel and a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances to choreography by Ratmansky and debuted last season. The program will be repeated at the Broward Center, March 1-3, before the company returns to its home, Miami’s Arsht Center, March 8-10. For performance times and tickets, go to or the individual performing arts centers’ websites.

Poetry The Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami, welcomes hometown poet Richard Blanco tonight, Feb. 22, with a free community event. Blanco, who is openly gay, captivated the world with his poetry at the Inauguration Ceremony for President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. last month. Blanco, who was born and educated in Miami, will offer a bilingual reading of selected works, including the poem selected for the ceremony, followed by an onstage interview and a question-and-answer session. The evening will conclude with a book signing in the Arsht Center lobby. For more information, go to

Renato Penteado in Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux. Photo © Alexandre Dufaur

SAT Music


The Symphony of the Americas, Broward County’s resident professional orchestra, kicks off its new Rosemary Duffy Larson matinee series this afternoon with a program of popular classics from opera to Broadway. Maestro James BrooksBruzzese and several talented guest artists will have audiences singing along and tapping their toes to familiar arias and rousing show tunes. You’ll

recognize tunes from Don Giovanni, Carmen and Toscas, as well as Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific and Carousel. Tickets are $25 – 50 at This program will be repeated at 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26 in the Amaturo Theatre.

Food We all know that everything tastes better with bacon. The Seminole Coconut Creek Casino celebrates all things bacon with the first annual

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BaconFest today. The casino parking lot will be transformed into a bacon-lover’s paradise with free food sampling from 20 South Florida restaurants and a “hog” motorcycle show. Chef Todd Fischer from Discovery’s Destination America network show, The United States of Bacon, will be the host, but the piece de resistance will be a concert by The Bacon Brothers, featuring actor and musician Kevin Bacon. Tickets start at $25. For tickets and more information, go to

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Typically we highlight the week’s arts and entertainment events, but hey, food can be art, too. Today is the last day of the Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival, so head down to Miami Beach and check out the Publix Grand Tasting. In addition to demonstrations from some of the biggest stars on the Food Network, you’ll have the opportunity to sample wines and gourmet bites of all sorts from both local, national and international companies. Skip brunch because you’ll be nibbling on artisan cheeses and breads, meats, and desserts while sipping some of the most exciting wines and liqueurs. For tickets and more information, go to

TUE Theater


Tosca, Puccini’s sizzling opera of love, deathdefying loyalty and villainous deceit will be performed tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Miramar Arts Center, 2400 Civic Center Pl. Noted as one of the most performed operas in the repertoire, the plot includes torture, murder and suicide in a riveting psychological drama that leads to one of the genre’s most stunning conclusions. The production, sung in Italian with English subtitles, comes from Italy’s Teatro Lirica D’Europa and features live orchestra. Tickets are $40-45 at

WED Theater

Tosca, one of Puccini’s most popular operas, comes to the Miramar Arts Center on Feb. 26. Photo courtesy of Teatro Lirica D’Europa.


If you haven’t heard of the hit musical Les Miserables—especially this year—you must have been living under a rock. The hit musical got a makeover two years ago and was then followed by an Academy Award-nominated feature film this year. The latest tour production makes a stop at Miami’s Arsht Center this week as part of the Broadway Across America series. Gone is the ubiquitous turntable and the production has been scaled down, but that’s not such a bad thing because the cast can sing the heck out of Boublil and Schonberg’s songs. For tickets and show times, go to

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Teens Combat Bullying with Music J.W. Arnold

More than 50 talented high school musicians have been rehearsing for weeks for a special concert this Sunday at the Broward Center. The students represent high schools from Miami-Dade County all the way up to northern Palm Beach County and all were selected to participate in the second annual Youth Pride Band. Founded last year as a response to the large number of anti-gay bullying incidents and rise in suicides among LGBT youth, the band promotes understanding through music, explained Adam DeRosa,

coordinator of the project for the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, the region’s LGBT and allies concert band. “We had 23 students last year and the band more than doubled this year to 55 musicians,” he said. “We’re very pleased with the growth. Obviously word has spread across South Florida—both about the band’s mission, but also the excellent musical opportunity for the students.” While some of the students identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual—one flute player even describes himself as “pansexual”—

Members of the Youth Pride Band rehearse for this weekend’s concert. Photo courtesy of South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble

most are straight allies. Some have experienced bullying in one form or another, but they all share a passion for music. Natalie Mullen, a senior clarinet player from McArthur High School in Hollywood, tells an especially moving story about a gay classmate who broke both of his legs during a failed suicide attempt while jumping from a second story balcony. Another admitted to friends on Facebook that he cut himself. “It’s really important to support my friends,” she said. “The bullying really affects their self-esteem.” “In Flight” is the uplifting theme of the concert Sunday and each of the musical selections relates, from Defying Gravity from the musical Wicked and the Frank Sinatra standard, Come Fly with Me, to Gustav Holst’s classic Mars from The Planets and the finale from Stravinsky’s ballet, The Firebird. The youth band will perform the first half of the program and the students will be joined in the second by the adult members of the Pride Wind Ensemble for a massed band of more than 100 performers. Pride Wind Ensemble Artistic Director Dan Bassett will conduct along with guest conductors Brian Worsdale of the Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps from New York City and Neil Jenkins, executive director of the Florida Bandmasters Association. “It was very important for us to provide the students with a quality musical experience,” emphasized Bassett. In addition to nationally recognized conductors, during rehearsals the students work with adult coaches from the Pride Wind Ensemble, many of whom are music teachers and freelance musicians. The


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opportunity to perform with the adult band is also a unique experience. This is something they can’t get with county, regional or state honor bands. Five students will receive $1,000 scholarships to continue their studies. Witnessing the growth of the program over the past two years, DeRosa is optimistic that the program might spread. The Pride Wind Ensemble is a member of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association, of which DeRosa serves as president, and other bands across the country have expressed interest. “This is a great program that is making a difference for the kids,” he said, “and we’re hopeful that it will continue to grow. We’ve received tremendous support here in the South Florida community and see it as a model for others.”


Youth Pride Band Concert


Sunday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m.


Amaturo Theatre, Broward Center, Fort Lauderdale

How Much

Tickets $25 at

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Celebrate LGBT Families at the Aqua Family BBQ Andrea Dulanto

Aqua Foundation Family BBQ 2012 Photo Courtesey of Aqua Foundation for Women

For the third year in a row the Aqua Foundation for Women is celebrating LGBT families with its Family BBQ. This year’s event takes place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. In previous years, the event took place at Oleta River State Park in North Miami. It has now moved to Greynolds Park in North Miami Beach. And it’s free. That’s right – no charge. However, there is a parking charge of $6 for cars and SUVs, and fifteen dollars for buses, trucks or RVs. Executive Director of AFW, Robin Schwartz, discussed how the Family BBQ got started: “When I first became Executive Director, I had the opportunity to speak with many women, some who were already parents and some who were considering becoming parents. Several expressed to me the need to meet other women with children. With this in mind, Aqua created the Family BBQ.” The event is open to all LGBT families as well as families headed by LGBT allies. Schwartz commented on why it is important to offer the Family BBQ. “… it is important to have opportunities to socialize with each other. Since there are fewer opportunities for LGBT families, it is important we create them.” She also added that “the Aqua Family BBQ is a perfect place for LGBT parents to make new friends, share ideas on raising their children, get referrals from each other and simply have a blast” The number of attendees has steadily increased over the past few years. “The first year, we had about fifty,” Schwartz said.

“Last year, we had about one hundred.” There will also be more activities for children, including a bounce house, face painter, games and a playground. For older children, there will be football, soccer and other games. As far as food, the event will offer vegetarian options such as veggie burgers as well as the standard BBQ fare. Schwartz noted the feedback from past attendees. “Many have shared that they were extremely happy to meet other LGBT families. They are pleased their children can spend time with other families that have two moms or two dads.”


Aqua Foundation Third Annual Family BBQ


Sunday, Feb. 24 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Greynolds Park, Pavilions 4 & 5 17530 West Dixie Highway North Miami Beach, FL

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BBQ is free. Parking is $6 for cars & $15 for SUVs, buses, trucks or RVs. Cash only

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Actress gets ‘Looped’

Stefanie Powers plays Tallulah Bankhead J.W. Arnold

“How the hell did you learn all these lines?” actress Stefanie Powers asked her friend, Valerie Harper recently. “She told me, ‘One at a time’.” Powers could not have anticipated the call she got just a few weeks ago: Harper was all set to star as legendary film actress Tallulah Bankhead in the national tour of Matthew Lombardo’s play, Looped. Harper took the role to Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award, but would have to bow out of the tour because of illness before the first performances in Fort Lauderdale. While Powers is best known in the United States for Hart to Hart, an ‘80s television series about a glamorous, rich couple that solved murders, the

actress devoted much of her career to the stage and was actually a natural choice to play Bankhead. Lombardo’s play is about a looping session, in which individual lines from a movie are re-recorded in the studio, that took place for Bankhead’s last film, Die, Die My Darling, and a 20-year-old Powers co-starred. “It was the first time I had ever met her and worked with her,” recalled Powers. “We became friends, as much as you could given the age difference.” The young actress knew she was working with a legend, though. In the 1930s, she regularly was cast as the romantic ingénue in the movies. A decade later, Bankhead starred

Stefanie Powers will star as Tallulah Bankhead in the touring production of Matthew Lombardo’s Looped Photo Courtesey of

in a very popular radio program — second in ratings only to Bob Hope — and Powers’ parents and their adult friends all listened. And, as televisions became commonplace in American homes, Bankhead moved to TV. “She was famous and infamous and notorious at the same time,” Powers noted. Yet, Bankhead sat out nearly two decades before she returned to the silver screen in 1965 for her final movie role in Die, Die My Darling. The experience working on the film with Bankhead gave Powers a special insight into this role. “She was a gay icon. Every drag queen did imitations of her and my challenge is not to parody her,” she explained. “This event (in the studio) occurred just after she was diagnosed terminally ill and given six months to live. That becomes very much a part of the underlying subtext.” Powers called Looped a “very interesting study of this woman at the end of her life, bigger than life, but bigger than life throughout her life. She lived her life in an exaggerated manner, that’s how she chose to live.” Lombardo’s play takes on a gay twist, too. While Bankhead struggles endlessly with the single line that


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must be looped, the playwright takes a little license with history, as she successfully helps a young producer deal with his sexuality, a fitting last role for the gay icon. Following the engagement at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale, the Looped tour will move to Baltimore, Boston and Hartford, with dates to be announced.




Feb. 26 to March 3


Parker Playhouse 707 NE 8th St. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

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On the Front Lines of Feminism at The Pride Center in Wilton Manors Andrea Dulanto

She cautioned that feminism continues to be necessary: “Some of the old problems still persist: rape, domestic violence, gender pay disparity, sexual harassment. Other issues, now being recognized are also unresolved: sex trafficking, honor killings, bride burning, clitoridectomies.” Ockman shared the expectations for On The Front Lines of Feminism: “I hope a new generation realizes they can make a significant difference and the older generations gain a sense of pride.”

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On The Front Lines of Feminism


Wed., Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.


The Pride Center 2040 North Dixie Hwy Wilton Manors, FL

How Much


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Sandy Rapp and Terry O’Neill Photo courtesy of Joan Roth

I wasn’t raised to be a feminist. My mother wanted me to be dulce, a sweet girl—an obedient daughter. But in the early 1990s, I went to college, took a women’s studies course, and fell in love with a woman. As a lesbian feminist, I didn’t have to be dulce. I could find my own voice. On Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m., The Pride Center presents On the Front Lines of Feminism, a discussion about the Women’s Movement in the 1970s. Sponsors for the event include Women In Network (WIN), Women with Pride, Planned Parenthood, the National Organization for Women (NOW) in Broward County and Palm Beach County, BLAST: Women of West Palm Beach, Boca Rap Group, and Veteran Feminists of America. “It is exciting to have a community event that is so truly collaborative,” said Dr. Eleanor Pam, vice-president of the Veteran Feminists of America, and facilitator of On the Front Lines of Feminism. Pam’s co-panelists are feminist activists Marilyn Fitterman, Syd Beiner, and Mary Vasiliades. In addition, singer/ songwriter Sandy Rapp is scheduled to perform her music, and there will also be time for the audience to ask questions. According to Pam, the discussion will focus on “some of the major players and personalities in the movement, giving people insights into these icons as human beings.” “It is my hope that everyone can learn something about feminism from attending this event, not only the ones who know very

little but also the panelists themselves—all of whom are pioneer feminists. I, myself, re-learn my feminism every day,” Pam said. “It is important for women to know their own history. This panel discussion will be, in effect, an outreach effort to teach that history.” Rapp also supports this effort: “I write our history in music as I think it helps us to remember it. We’re in danger of forgetting, and we need to stay on our toes. ‘Gotta keep marchin.’” In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Rapp sang in Manhattan women’s bars Three and Chez Pat. She defines her work as “feminist and GLBT issue oriented” and has performed at rallies such as the 2004 March for Women’s Lives and the Gay Millennium March. Meredith L. Ockman, President of Palm Beach County NOW and Vice President of Florida NOW, also noted the importance of history: “Unfortunately, so many of the women who should have been included in the history books have been left out. We don’t learn about the important contributions women made unless we dig deep. And even that is not always the full story.” When asked about the current state of feminism, Pam observed that “the gains of the women’s movement have been so integrated into the normal lives of females today, that many assert feminism is either dead or irrelevant. Actually, that is high praise, confirmation that we succeeded more than we pioneers could ever have envisioned.” soflagaynews // // // 2.20.13 //



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Broward County The Rover

Aphra Behn’s seventeenth century sex comedy is adapted and directed by Nicole Stodard. The Rover is playing between Feb. 8 and March 3 at the Thinking Cap Theatre. Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and military service members, and $20 for students who are 25 and under with valid I.D. Visit

*Opera to Broadway

Saturday Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday Feb. 26 at 8:15 p.m., Maestro James Brookes-Bruzzese and Symphony of the Americas present “Opera to Broadway” with singers from the Sydney Opera House, La Scala in Milan, and opera houses in Germany at the Broward Center for their 25th anniversary opera season. Tickets range from $25 to $85, depending on the seat. Visit

*150 Voices Strong!

Tuesday March 19 at 8:15 p.m. and Sunday March 24 at 2 p.m., the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida are collaborating with Symphony of the Americas to perform classical works at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets range from $50 to $75, depending on the seat. Visit

*The Five Beethovens

Presented over three days, on Sunday Apr. 14 at 2 p.m., Monday Apr. 15 at 8:15 p.m and Tuesday Apr. 16 at 8:15 p.m., acclaimed pianist Conrad Tao will perform all five Beethoven concertos. The first three concertos will be played the first two nights, and the last two will be played on Tuesday. Tickets range from $50 to $75. Visit

*Singin’ and Dancin’ in the Rain

Saturday Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. and Sunday Feb. 24 at 2 p.m., Saladino Dance Productions presents a tribute to late movie musical star Gene Kelly at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Tickets range from $32.50 to $39.50. Visit

*Klezmer East

Klezmer is a tradition of Jewish secular music that developed in Eastern Europe during the 15th century. Klezmer East, a group performing Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. in the FAU University Theatre, performs a variety of traditional and contemporary klezmer works. Tickets are $10. Visit

*Clint Holmes

Wednesday Feb. 27 and Thursday Feb. 28 at 8 p.m., Vegas singer Clint Holmes is performing classic hits from James Taylor, Billy Joel, Elton John, and Paul Simon at the FAU Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium. Tickets range from $29.00 to $69.00. Visit


Stephanie Powers stars in the national tour of Matthew Lombardo’s madcap comedy Looped from Tuesday, Feb. 26 – Sunday, March 3. Ticket prices are $28, $46.50 and $66.50. Visit


The Miramar Cultural Center and Teatro Lirica D’Europa presents Puccini’s Tosca on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Opera Series. This opera is a drama of love, death-defying loyalty and deceit. Sponsored by Novus Realty, LLC, the performance features a live orchestra and is sung in Italian with projected English subtitles. Tickets are $40 and $45, for more information call 954-6024500.

Laffing Matterz *Fred Hersch Trio

Saturday March 9 at 8 p.m., South Florida Jazz presents the Fred Hersch Trio at the Miniaci Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $40.00. Visit

Tony Bennett

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

March 22 to April 7, the Tony award-winning author Joe DiPietro’s new comedy is being performed at the Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW 9th, Delray Beach. Tickets are $30. Call 561-272-1281 Ext. 4 or visit


A.R. Gurney’s comedy about life is being performed from May 17 to June 2 at the Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW 9th, Delray Beach. Tickets are $30.Call 561272-1281 Ext. 4 or visit

Tribute to Judy Garland

Feb. 25. Plaza Theatre, 262 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan. Starring Melissa Jacobson at 7:30 p.m., featuring a songbook of numbers like “The Trolley Song,” “Get Happy,” “You Made Me Love You” and “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” Call 561-588-1820 or visit


Bennett returns to South Florida with a concert in the Au-Rene Theater on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. His hits include the Grammy-winning “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” as well as “I Wanna Be Around,” and “The Good Life”. Tickets are $51, $76, $101, $126 and $151, with Club Level seats available for $161. Visit



Palm Beach County Miami-Dade

Singer-songwriter Melanie will perform in the Amaturo Theater on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. With a talent that combines amazing vocal equipment, disarming humor and a vibrant engagement with life, she has created hits including “Beautiful People,” Brand New Key,” “Ruby Tuesday,” “What Have They Done To My Song Ma” and “Lay Down (Candles In The Rain).” Tickets are $25 and $35. Visit

Harriet Tubman

Gabba Gabba! Live!

The Last Romance

On March 23 and 24, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. both days, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts hosts the family friendly “Get the Sillies Out” tour of the TV show turned live performance. Tickets range from $26.00 to 46.00. Visit

Waist Watchers — The Musical! Thursday Feb. 21 through Sunday May 12, the Plaza Theatre presents a comedy with parody lyrics to popular tunes that has been selling out across the country for six years now. Set mostly in a women’s fitness center, the musical directed by Andy Rogow is starring Shelley Keelor and Missy McArdle. Call 561-588-1820 or visit

Feb. 15 to Feb. 24. Studio One Theatre, FAU Boca Raton. Regular tickets $20. A 1973 play, which made its way to Broadway and written by Peter Shaffer, tells the story of a psychiatrist who attempts to treat a young man convicted of blinding six horses. Call 1-800-564-9539 or visit

hBritish Invasion

Friday March 1 at 8 p.m. in the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, the Nowhere Band is performing a tribute to the Beatles. ZStoneZ is performing a tribute to the Rolling Stones, and George Trullinger is making a special guest appearance as Ed Sullivan. Tickets range from $36.50 to $41.50, and $1 lap tickets are available for 12 month olds and younger. Visit

This musical drama and tribute to the great American is being presented as a part of the Smart Stage Matinee Series on Friday, Feb. 22 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. in the Amaturo Theater. Tickets are $6 for individuals, $5.50 for groups of 10 or more and $3 lap seats for infants 12 months and under. Visit

The Magic Flute

See Mozart’s operatic masterpiece on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. in the Au-Rene Theater. The prince Tamino must rescue the daughter of a queen from the hands of Sarastro. As his quest nears its end, Tamino begins to realize who the real villain is. Tickets range from $21 to $200. Visit

Russian National Orchestra

The Russian National Orchestra performs Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. in the Au-Rene Theater. Vasily Petrenko leads the Orchestra in a program featuring Barry Douglas on piano and including: Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol Op.34;” Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 No. 2 in B-flat minor, and Op.23” Tickets are $35, $50, $65, $80 and $95, with Club Level seats available for $125. Visit

Eating Alabama

The Southern Circuit Independent Film Series continues with Eating Alabama on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Following the screening, the film’s director and producer Andrew Grace will engage in the audience in a discussion about the film and his other work as a filmmaker. Tickets are $15 with subscription packages available. Visit

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A Chorus Line

Sunday March 17 at 3 p.m., the winner of nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for drama, the traveling production of the musical “A Chorus Line,” is stopping at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Tickets range from $45 to $65. Call 786-5735300 or visit

Eddie Palmieri

Saturday March 9 at 8 p.m. the so-called “Sun of Latin Music” and nine time Grammy Award winner is performing at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Tickets range from $15 to $35. Call 786-5735300 or visit


Saturday March 2 at 8 p.m., comedian, ventriloquist, and magician Gemini is performing at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Tickets range from $34.50 to $36.50. Visit


Sunday March 3 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., the ballet “Chipollino,” based on Gianni Rodari’s tale about vegetables, is being presented in two acts. Tickets are $25 for adults, $1 lap tickets are available for 12 month olds and younger. Visit

Jazz Around the World

Zameru Investment presents Jazz Around the World on Friday, February 22 at 8:30 p.m. This journey through jazz culture features artists such as Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald. It incorporates jazz of various eras and countries, and adaptations of other genres. Tickets are $35 with $50 V.I.P. tickets, which include a postshow champagne toast with the company. Visit

Hal Linden

The City of Aventura presents a performance by Tony Award-winner Hal Linden on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. Linden presents an entertaining combination of songs, ranging from classic pop to jazz standards, Broadway and feature film tunes, standards from the American and theatrical musings highlighting memorable moments from his life and career. Tickets are $36.50 and $41.50. Visit

The PreNup

On Saturday March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Miramar Cultural Center, this romantic comedy will follow what happens when two people, married for more than five years with no kids and too much money, decide to divorce. Tickets range from $23 to $28. Visit

Tribute to Pavarotti

On Monday March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Miramar Cultural Center, the center’s Opera series will continue with an orchestra, chorus, and international soloists paying tribute to opera’s Luciano Pavarotti. Tickets range from $40 to $45. Visit

Broadway in Miami 2012-13

Ziff Ballet Opera House will hold the Broadway In Miami spectacle through May 12. Experience the return of Les Misérables - in its lavish new 25th anniversary production, along with the Miami premieres of Broadway’s biggest fun-filled hits including the high-stepping Mary Poppins, the outlandishly colorful Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the Rock of Ages -- a 2010 Tony Award winner. Visit

From March 3rd to March 5th the Miami International Piano Festival presents the Masters Series at the gorgeous Amaturo Theatre of the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale where virtuosos will perform four unique programs in celebration of the French Impressionists. Impressionism in music, as in visual arts, focuses on a suggestion and an atmosphere rather than on a strong emotion or the depiction of a story. For the Impressionists it was all about the sound effects which paved the way for the emergence of jazz and a new age of music. The first of the four concerts “A Tribute to Debussy and Ravel” starts at 3:00PM and will provide an exquisite overview of well known signature pieces by Debussy (such as Elegie) and Ravel (from Mirroirs). Next is a delightful program for the Sunday evening performance at 7:45pm on March 3rd “Celebrating the 150th Birthday of Debussy”. There is perhaps no better way to appreciate Debussy’s obsession with the piano than to listen to his masterpiece “In white and black” written for two instruments performed as duo on Monday, March 4th at 7:45PM. The Miami International Piano Festival concludes this three day festival with a very special 2013 Master Series grand finale with a program featuring piano, cello, and violin chamber music. To purchase your tickets today simply call the Broward Center box office 954.462.0222 or visit Tickets range in price from $15-$50 depending on seat selection.

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DateBook Nightlife

By Dylan Bouscher,

Broward County 321-Slammer

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

Atomic Boom

2232 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 954630-3556 Best Sound & Light Show in Broward County. Mondays “porn bingo” with Desiree Dubois. $3 Margaritas, $1 Draft

Bill’s Filling Station

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


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

The Club Fort Lauderdale

Bathhouse. 110 NW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL, 954-525-3344 Good. Clean. Fun. 1/2 price rooms... Tuesday Nights and 1/2 price Lockers. Thursdays Nights. Always busy.

Clubhouse II

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

Corner Pub Bar

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

Cubby Hole

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

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

Dudes Bar

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

Georgie’s Alibi

2266 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 954565-2526. Fort Lauderdale’s best & longest happy hour. Wednesdays $2 Domestics & $1 Schnapps after 9 p.m.


1116 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, 954-522-5931. Monday Dragon with TP Lords, Daisy D. and DJ Rob Sky Some of the hottest guys around with great happy hour drink specials. Bring all your friends to this sexy Bar.

The Manor

2345 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954626 0082 - Come Dine, Dance, Drink, Mingle and of course Relax. 2 for 1 happy hour Tues-Friday 3 to 9 p.m. Indoor/Outdoor Dining. Dance the night away Thursday through Sunday. Live music Wed., Fri., Sat., Sun. Visit

Matty’s on the Drive

2426 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954564-1799. Matty’s is one of the few bars in Wilton Manors that’s just that –a bar. Wild Wednesday’s $.75 Drinks, 13 Drinks for less than $10. 5 p.m.

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502 E. Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, 954-525-6662. The eclectic décor and a friendly staff makes. Mona’s a great place to have fun in Fort Lauderdale. Thursday’s College Boy’s Night 8 p.m. Enjoy College Boy’s Choice 2 for 1

Monkey Business

2740 North Andrews Ave, Wilton Manors, FL 33311. 954-514-7819. The Monkey Business Bar is a Small Outdoor Bar Among The Shops Just off Marina Blvd. No Frills But Comfortable and a Great Place to Stop and Meet Good People. Happy Hour 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Naked Grape Wine Bar

2039 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. 954563-5631. A Casual, Hip, Fun Experience and if You Have a Taste for Deliciously Unique Wines, You Need to Make This Your Next Stop! Happy Hour All Night on Thursday

New Moon

2440 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 954563-7660. Your neighborhood lesbian bar in the heart of Fort Lauderdale and just minutes from Fort. Lauderdale Beach. Wednesday All the fun, half the price 2-4-1 All Day, All Night

PJ’s Corner Pocket

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


1508 NE 4th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, 954763-8219. South Florida’s Leading Levi, Leather and Uniform Bar/Club. Every night is Bear Night. Bear Happy. Hour Every Thursday. Caged Hunks Sat Night // // 2.20.13 //


Rosie’s Bar and Grill

2449 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 954567-1320. Wilton Manor’s Best Burger in Town. Try the Fat Elvis. Happy Hour 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Scandals Country Western Bar

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

Sidelines Sports Bar

2031 Wilton Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305, 954563-8001. Sidelines Sports Bar and Billiards is a unique, friendly, and accepting place to relax with a cold beer, great drinks and Martinis. Happy Hour M-F 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Smarty Pants

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

The Stable

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


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

Village Pub & Piano Bar

2283 Wilton Dr. Wilton Manors, FL 33305, 754-2005244 Looking for a relaxing place to spend the early afternoon? Or perhaps you want to come in and “work?” We have incredibly fast WiFi, complimentary outlets for you to power up your phone or laptop AND 2-4-1 Happy Hour MondaySaturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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

The Mad Hatter

1532 North Dixie Hwy ,Lake Worth, FL 33460. 561547-8860. Cheap drinks, friendly bartenders, and free pool Sunday-Thursday. Stop by and relax at this no-attitude haunt.

The Bar Lake Worth

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

Miami-Dade Club Space

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

Club Sugar

2301 SW 32nd Ave, Miami, Florida, 33145, 305-4437657. All the sweetness you’ll need in one club. Every Thursday “drag wars” with TP Lords. $5 house drinks & $4 Domestic beers all night.


950 NE 2nd Ave, Downtown Miami, Florida 33132,305-350-9084. One of the best night clubs In Miami. Every Saturday the hottest DJ’s from the top performers. Drink Special Every Saturday

522 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth, Fl, 33414. 561-5860080 Great Service, Great Food, Full Stocked Bar, Great Professional Tea-Dance every Sunday


6205 Georgia Ave, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405 Directions, 561-533-5355. Mostly local crowd looking to mingle and relax. Place rocks with a Fabulous DJ on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday T-Dance.

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Eros Lounge

Fort Dix

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823 BELVEDERE ROAD, WEST PALM BEACH FLORIDA 33405, 561-832-9119. H.G. Roosters is West Palms oldest gay club. Sunday’s Complimentary BBQ 5 p.m., Hot Male Dancers 6 p.m., Karaoke 11 p.m.

Palm Beach County The Cottage (Tea-Dance Sundays)


H.G. Rooster

8201 Biscayne Blvd. Miami 305-754-3444 Open 6 days a week Happy Hour 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Free parking, and on Thursdays. Back to Paradise. A night of Soulful NYC House music. DJ David Solero

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



Community Calendar By Dylan Bouscher,

Broward County

Water, Sports and Travel Festival

The first-ever Water, Sports & Travel Festival, presented by leading water sports organizations will be held at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center and several locations throughout Greater Fort Lauderdale from April 2628. The exhibition will feature four co-located shows including “The Board Show”, “The Dive Show”, “The Boating & Water Toys Show”, and “The Travel Show.” Visit

GLBX Business Advantage Referral Group

GLBX Business Advantage Referral Group will be held at the chamber offices on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 8 to 9 a.m. If you are interested joining, please contact Ken Stollar at to see if your category is open and to attend as a guest. Visit Ftlchamber. com/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=GLBX_ home&category=GLBX

Latinos Salud’s programs

Multiple programs/groups for bi/gay Latino guys. Latinos Salud’s SOMOS for guys 18 to 30. Proceeds benefit Latinos Salud with HIV Prevention and testing. Join Core Group every Thursday night at 7 p.m., to help plan activities. 2330 Wilton Drive. Call 954-533-8681 or visit

Man2Man Discussion

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

Meditation After Work

On Mondays from 6-6:30 p.m. there will be Guided meditation w/ western Buddhist teacher Gui Passow. This class is free at Drolma Buddhist Center. Call 954-537-9191 or visit

Floral Designs for the Holidays

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

Buddhist Meditation Classes

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


Car Classic

Every Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pre-1980s classic cars, modern classics and custom cars from 1981-2012 will be showcased. $10 car registration from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Show Car Entrance: 20th Avenue & Tyler Street). People’s Choice Award - 2 Classes; Top Ten Vehicles Award. Call 954-214-2457

Living Healthy

Fusion in Wilton Manors will be having a free workshop on healthy choices, and healthy living on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This workshop provides interactive learning, practice and mastery techniques for a healthier and more active life, and positive changes for quality of life. Call 954-6301655

Life Coaching

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

LGBT Quit Smoking Groups

Did you know that LGBT people are more likely to smoke than most other populations in the United States? Being around other smokers can make it more difficult for people to quit. But many of us are trying, and the Quit Smoking Now Program in Wilton Manors is here to show us how. Visit or call 305-942-6378

Island City-Wide Yard Sale

Annual yard sales are held at Hagen Park, 2020 Wilton Drive, on the second Saturday of the month through April 2013 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spaces available to purchase. Last year there were 60 to 90 vendors, so register early while there is still space. More info call the Leisure Services Department at 954-390-2115 or 954-390-2130.

The Four Noble Truths

It is our mind of attachment that continues to deceive us, causing us to relate to things in mistaken ways, leading us straight into problems and misfortune. Learn how to break this cycle. $10/class or $30/series includes vegetarian food after class, members free. Visit

Pozitive Attitudes

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

Queer Youth Nights

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

Queer Youth Fridays

For people ages 13-21, drop-in from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. This youth group meets at the SunServe building on 1480 SW 9th Ave on the second floor. Queer Themed Movie showing at 7 p.m. on Friday nights. Free wi-fi, plus board games that you can bring or the ones that provided by the group. Visit soflagaynews // // // 2.20.13 //


Sex & Love Anonymous

Sex and love addiction may take several forms -including, but not limited to, a compulsive need for sex, extreme dependency on one or many people, or a chronic pre-occupation with romance, intrigue, or fantasy. Meets at The Pride Center at Equality Park in Bldg A, Room 200 Fridays 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visit

Survivor Support

On the first and third Wednesday of each month at the 211 Community Center, 250 NE 33rd Street, in Oakland Park. The Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention (FISP) is sponsoring this free support group and is open to all family members and friends of those who have died by suicide. Call 954384-0344 to register. Meets from 7-8:30 p.m. Visit

Eating Disorder Support

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

Sunday Jazz Brunch

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

Young Adult GLBT

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

Boardwalk Friday Fest

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


Meetings are comprised of about 20 people who meet weekly for an hour or so. Participants practice and learn skills by filling a meeting role, ranging from giving a prepared speech or an impromptu one to serving as timer, evaluator or grammarian. Toastmasters meet at the GLCC/Pride Center Monday at 7:15 p.m. Call Ted Verdone at 954-5662074 or email: Tedverdone@comc​

Tuesday Night Eatin Meeting

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

Gay Male Empowerment

Topic discussions include issues and concerns about being a gay man in South Florida. Meets Thursdays at the Pride Center from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Call 954-3539155


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

SunServe Therapy Groups

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

Fusion Wilton Manors Connections

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

Women4Women Support

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

Man2Man Discussion

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

Palm Beach County Coming Out Support Group

Coming Out Support Group for all ages, men and women. Meets every Thursday evening at Compass, GLCC of the Palm Beaches , 201 N. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth, Florida from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Call Forrest @561-479-8313

Sober Sisters AA

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

PBC Gender Support

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

Good Orderly AA

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

Seniors vs. Crime

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

New Alternatives

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

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From Ocean Drive to the ocean waves, Miami Beach Gay Pride 2013 is setting sail once again with Source Events for the “Miami Beach Pride Cruise” immediately following all the Miami Beach Gay Pride festivities. The Pride Cruise takes place from Monday, April 15 to Friday, April 19. Visit

South Miami Rotary Art Festival On Sunset Drive between U.S. 1 and Red Road, the show offers a weekend exhibition of 148 displays of fine arts and crafts. Free admission for patrons and ample garage and street parking are available. Come and support your local arts community on Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. and Sunday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m. Visit

Ransom Mondays

Rainbow Circle

It’s time for Yoga Among the Orchids at the American Orchid Society, 16700 AOS Lane, Delray Beach. Relax and replenish the flower inside with an hour of breathing exercises, toning, and yoga poses under a canopy of lush orchids. Classes are Wed. at 9 a.m. Cost is $20 and RSVP is suggested. Call 561404-2011. Visit

Jazz on the Palm


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

4th Annual Pride Cruise

Yoga Among the Orchids

Alternative Life Style Show


March 6 – 11, 2013. Dancers at Winter Party Festival are among the hundreds of volunteers who help make the six-day event a success. While there is no monetary compensation, free tickets to events are provided to those who volunteer their time. Costumes will be provided. Visit

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

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

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

Winter Party Festival 2013

This amazing party takes place at Mokai in Miami Beach. The party, hosted by Mark Lehmkuhl, sort of takes now-defunct Bella Rose’s Black Sunday murder mystery theme but gives it a Patty Hearst twist. Every week, some prominent nightlife fixture gets held for ransom, and the only way it gets returned is if you party your ass off. Only $20 to attend. Visit

Yoga On The Waterfront

In downtown West Palm Beach Waterfront - Gather with friends and family to enjoy the vibrant sounds of jazz under the stars every third Friday of month at the new downtown West Palm Beach waterfront concert series. Free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Visit

Lake Worth Bike Night


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


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


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

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

Sex Talk

Conduct outreach events, record video messages, participate in a series of performances and organize special events with a purpose. This event takes place the second and fourth Thursday every month at Pridelines Headquarters located at 9526 NE 2nd Ave #104 In Miami Shores from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visit

Lambda Dade Clubhouse

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

Key West The 48th Annual Old Island Days Art Festival

A two-day juried outdoor fine art festival. That will take place on Feb. 23-24. The show is sponsored by the Key West Art Center, and was originally held to raise money for the renovation of the building at 301 Front Street. Explore beautiful art from locals in Key West. Visit

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EXPERIENCED GROOMER? Looking for a P/T experienced groomer with good scissoring skills to work on all breeds of dogs & cats. Only serious candidates apply. References will be verified. No drama!! 954-530-7216

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ENTRY LEVEL SALES EXECUTIVE Full time Sales, Client Services, Direct Marketing, Lead Generation, Telemarketing & Email Services. Microsoft Word & Excel experience. Competitive Salary plus Commission, Medical/Dental, 401k & Profit Sharing . Email Resume: aleen@ HUMPYS IS HIRING! Part time counter help to work nights and weekends. Requires good customer service and food prep with restaurant experience preferred. Humpys Pizza 2244 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors.


WILTON MANORS BOOK FAIR 2013 The non-profit, all volunteer Friends of the Wilton Manors Library is hosting its semi-annual Book Fair on Saturday, February 9th, 2013, from 8:00 A.M. to 2 P.M. This event is held indoors in the Hagen Park Community Center at the rear of 2020 Wilton Drive. There will be more than 4,000 fiction and non-fiction books and videos for adults and children offered to the public for a requested donation of no more than $1.00 per item. Help support your local independent library. For additional information contact 954566-9019. Admission and parking are free.

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SIDELINES SPORTS BAR POSITIONS AVAILABLE Bartenders and bar backs. Now accepting applications and resumes. Mon-Fri from 3-6PM. No Phone calls please!

computers 3 LGBT SFL DOMAINS FOR SALE and Perfect for anyone serving the LGBT market in SFL. Real estate, tourism, promotions, endless possibilities. Take all 3/$1500! Credit cards/paypal accepted. Contact dennis@


COMPLETE COMPUTER REPAIR FREE ESTIMATES - no extra charge for in-home. FREE Computer tune-up with any service. Replacement of laptop screen & key board. Viruses, spyware, data recovery, lockouts & more. SAME DAY SERVICE - LOWEST PRICE GUARANTEE Call Ernesto: 754-234-5598 HATE WINDOWS 8?We can bring back the look and feel of windows. Same day service. Call 954-986-1316


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

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

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

employment SALES POSITIONS Sales position open at high end antiques gallery in WPB. Knowledge of antiques, sales experience required.

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insurance services GAY FRIENDLY INSURANCE We represent 50 companies for all your auto, home, health, life and business needs. We offer affordable rates and free quotes. Available nights and weekends 24/7. Diamond Landers 954-665-3375 // // 2.20.13 //



pet services

licensed massage 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

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


RECESSION RELIEF $40 per 90 MIN - Out calls higher. Swedish, Deep Tissue, Specialty Back, Lower Body & Feet. Couples Discounts. Seniors Welcome. Delray Beach. 16 years experience. MA18563 Dennis (561) 502-2628 NEW CLIENTS GET $10 OFF ANY SERVICE Located in a very nice, private & comfortable massage studio. Nice linens, music, oils, hot towels and more. SPECIALS: Swedish, Integrative or Sports Massage 60 Minures $60, 90 Minures $85, 105 Minures $95 Call 954-816-7260 Keith Angel, LMT MA62951 MM27048 WILTON MANORS MASSAGE Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports. $59 Swedish Hour. call or Text Chris Tunkus 954-258-8779 1322 NE 4th Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

property management licensed massage EXP. MATURE MALE WPB MASSEUR In-calls only, private studio setting by Belvedere/SR7 in quiet area. Highly skilled, intuitive theraputic bodywork by friendly LMT. Affordable rates but cash only. Early to late, 7 days. Call (561) 2548065 for appt. or walk-in OK. RELIEVE STRESS & TENSION WITH MAGICAL HANDS PRO MASSAGE (FL: MA51008)

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


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MASSAGE IN WILTON MANORS Have a great Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reflexology or Sports Massage in a quiet private atmosphere. 1 hr $50 for any massage. Call Steve 954-565-1996 LIC# MA16988 soflagaynews //

property management

rent/lease ft. lauderdale LARGE TOWNHOME WITH POOL, EAST FORT LAUDERDALE Beautiful 2BR/2BA townhome in quiet 5-plex.Large eat-in kitchen, central a/c, ceiling fans,Washer/dryer in unit, dishwasher, sparkling pool and more. All in tropical paradise within 5 minutesof the Atlantic Ocean & 1-95 & 8 minutes to Wilton Drive. Master bedroom has walk-in closet and sliding glass doors to private balcony. Great neighbors and neighborhood. Small pet ok. $1,225/mo. Check out photos & complete descriptions at or call Rick at 954-253-1929 MIDCENTURY STUNNER WON’T LAST! Newly restored 3 bed/1 bath. New Floors, Stainless Appliances, Granite, New bath, Fresh Paints, Garage, 2 Screened Patios, W/D . Landscaped. Walk to shops, Bars, Resturants. Just Reduced $1390 watch?v=GMcdMZmhfRo

Grüm is a warm friendly barber-styled men’s salon, located just East of I-95 on Oakland Park Blvd. We offer precision haircuts with practical advice about what styles will look best for you. We also offer a wide range of professional styling products to keep you looking great after your cut. Services Provided Haircuts • Color: Camo & Permanent • Highlights • Beard Trim Eyebrow Waxing • Manicure • Pedicure Products American Crew & Redken

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 941-5487989

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MIDDLE RIVER TERRACE Walk to Wilton Drive, large 2BD/2BA, extra large kitchen w/ dishwasher, central a/c, LR, DR, tile floors, parking, dog friendly. $1,200/mo. + Security. Call 954-815-2550

real estate services

MIDDLE RIVER TERRACE 1/1 efficency $675/ mo. Or $165/week, 6 mos or 1 year lease. Large 3BD house $1,250, carport, office, and all tile. Pay your first month’s rent with an approved application and you’re in. Water & electric included* Call for details. 954-527-9225 VICTORIA PARK - LARGE 1BD/1BA Completely renovated. Torazo floors, new kitchen apps, Walk-in closet, new paint, A/C, shared W/D. Quite 5 unit bldg in safe area. $800/Mo. Call 954-763-3222 HUGE 2/2 POOL DUPLEX - POMPANO BEACH Updated, Lushly Landscaped, East of Fed Hwy 1 Mile to Beach, D/R, Sep. Laundry W/D, Fab Lrg Pool, New Central AC, Tile Floors, Small Dog or Cat ok. $1390, Available 2/1/13 Call Tim: 754-235-2911 1BD APARTMENT UPSTAIRS 1142 NE 4th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale $700/Mo. Yearly Call 954-764-0212 or 954-581-2573 DUPLEX APT. CORAL RIDGE ISLES (close to Holy Cross Hosp. and shopping ) Newly remodeled and landscaped 2B/2B ( each bedroom with adjoining bathroom) ideal for roommates. Spacious rooms with plenty of closet space, upgraded kitchen with micro, D/W. Your own laundry room with new W/D.Huge back yard and screened-in back porch. Small pet allowed $1250/month call 561-362-6104 or 954-2542499

125 E Oakland Park Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, FL 33334 $700 DOWNTOWN / SAILBOAT BEND Quiet, small complex. 1BD/1BA. Large walk-in closet, brand new carpet. Living room, dining area, kitchen, FREE hot water, NEW A/C, LOW electric bills, assigned parking, “””MOVE-IN SPECIAL””” $700/MO. Call 954-566-6251


2 ROOMS FOR RENT 1BD/1BA new carpet, kitchenette, $1,200/Mo. will reduce to $775 for experienced handyman. Also 1BD $700/Mo. will reduce to $400 for experienced handyman. No pets allowed. Preferably young and strong male. Contact John 954-549-8243 for more info.

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

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

landscaping MALE ROOMMATE WANTED Male roommate wanted for 2/1/13. Beautiful WPB 2BD/2BA apt to share $650/Mo. Water, Elect, Waste Mgt included. Deposit + 1st. mo. Required. Call 561316-7236

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spirituaity MIAMI –DADE NEW THOUGHT Spirituality group has counseling , coaching to help you get past what challenges you the most. Success in any area is possible. Call us and discuss your goals . Many of our activities are low or no cost. Inspirational gatherings every Sunday 11am, group work / classes in Broward- Dade. 1:1 counseling (phone or in person.) email us with your requests or ask to receive our E- letter (bi weekly) packed full information to change your life. www.Miamicsl. org text or message or contact us at (305) 993 9018 // // 2.20.13 //


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