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local name south florida gay news July 6, 2016 vol. 7 // issue 27 global coverage SOFLAGAYNEWS S OUTH F LORIDA G AY N EWS SFGN COM Page 16 18 President Obama's LGBT accomplishments M O N T REA L 'S MU LTILIN G UA L P RIDE LGBT E X P ERIENCES A T S U P ER CO N Pages 9, 25 Page 34 INDEPENDENCE FOR ALL BEGINS I N CENTER CHECK OUT THE NEW WMG


2 7.6.2016 South Florida Gay News is published weekly. The opinions expressed in columns, stories, and letters to the editor do not represent the opinions of SFGN, or the Publisher. You should not presume the sexual orientation of individuals based on their names or pictorial representations. Furthermore the word gay in SFGN should be interpreted to be inclusive of the entire LGBT community. All of the material/columns that appears in print and online, including articles used in conjunction with the AP, is protected under federal copyright and intellectual property laws, and is jealously guarded by the newspaper. Nothing published may be reprinted in whole or part without getting written consent from the corporation, reserves the right to enforce its own standards regarding the suitability of advertising copy, illustrations and photographs. Copyright 2016 South Florida Gay, Inc. NORM KENT @ SFGN COM P IER ANGELO G UIDUGLI J ASON P ARSLEY JASON PARSLEY@ SFGN COM A RTWORK@ SFGN COM TB ERARDI 2014@ FAU. EDU WEBMASTER @ SFGN COM JW @ PRDCONLINE COM JOHN MCDONALD @ SFGN COM JRDAVIS12000@ HOTMAIL COM Associated Press MEMBER MEMBER MEMBER MEMBER MIKE TROTTIER @ SFGN COM JUSTIN WYSE @ SFGN COM EDWIN NEIMANN @ SFGN COM T IM .H IGGINS @ SFGN COM SALES @ RIVENDELLMEDIA COM Cover: Barack Obama with his wife Michelle, and their two daughters, Malia Ann and Natasha.SFGN W INNER of & 3 F LORIDA P RESS C LUB AwardsAnd runner-up forNLGJA Journalist of the Year OTHER PUBLICATIONS Get yours, on racks now! FIRST STEP TO FOREVER WEDDING ISSUE GUIDE TO THE DRIVE 1 GUIDE GUIDE DRIVE DRIVE GUIDE GUIDE GUIDE GUIDE GUIDE GUIDE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE TO THE Your Complete Guide to Whats Hot in Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale & Beyond ... 2016-2017 AN PUBLICATION SFGN


7.6.2016 3 T he United States has identied a new enemy. In response to several nefarious incidents, the U.S. State Department on Thursday designated al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) a Foreign Terrorist Organization. AQIS has claimed responsibility for an attack on a naval dockyard in Karachi, Pakistan and the murder of the publisher of the only LGBT magazine in Bangladesh. The United States also designated AQIS leader, Asim Umar, a foreign terrorist. This designation prohibits Americans from engaging in transactions with Asim Umar and pledged members of the group. On April 25, AQIS directed an attack on the headquarters of Roopbaan, Bangladeshs LGBT magazine. The attack resulted in the murder of well-known gay activist and U.S. State Department employee, Xulhaz Mannan. The Washington Blade reports Mannan was hacked to death and had his eyes gouged out by the terrorists. In the LGBT community in Bangladesh we STATE DEPARTMENT DES IGNATE S N EW T ERRORIS T O RGANIZATION John McDonald news highlight dont have any power, Mannans longtime friend Abul Kalam Azad, seeking asylum in Montral, told the global news organization Fusion. But Xulhaz was involved in the U.S. embassy and his cousin is the top leader of the Awami League, the ex-prime minister of our country. So we thought he was quite well connected, well established, and secured. But that person being targeted and being attacked, we are surprised and afraid. AQIS announced formation in a video released in September of 2014. Five people were killed in its attack on the magazine headquarters in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka.


4 7.6.2016 FUNDING ARTS BROWARD AWARDS $19,000 TO LOCAL LGBT ORGANIZATIONS Dori Zinn N on-pro t arts organization Funding Arts Broward (FAB!) recently awarded more than two dozen local groups with art grants as high as $12,500. Three LGBT organizations were among the recipients. Gay Mens Chorus of South Florida (GMCSF) received $6,000 for the Season Seven Concert Series beginning in 2017. Mark B. Kent, the executive director of GMCSF, said the grants have been a key factor in helping put on concerts from the chorus. FAB! grant funds have become an important part of the overall funding strategy that allows us to keep admissions a ordable, engage quality talent, expand our reach and impact more people with our messages of love and inclusion, he said. This is the third year that GMCSF has been awarded a grant from FAB! to help fund the concert series. The Gay Mens Chorus of South Florida continues to grow and thrive, reaching more and more audiences each season, Kent said. For the rst time, Stonewall National Museum & Archives in Wilton Manors received a grant from Funding Arts Broward. SNMA Executive Director Chris Rudisill said the $8,000 will fund the 2017 gallery exhibition series Icons and Outliers: Frontiers of LGBT Visibility in America. We are happy to join the ranks of other premier arts and cultural organizations throughout Broward County using the arts to elevate the community, Rudisill said. The season will run from January through July 2017 and include exhibitions "Gay Destinations of the Northeast Where Weve Found Solace," "BODY WORK," "HOME," "GAME ON: Lesbian Sports," "You Cant Show That," and "VIDEO, part of YOUR Story." SNMA does not charge admission, but Rudisill said donations are greatly appreciated. Because its free to visit, the museum relies on not only donations, but grants like the one from Funding Arts Broward to continue operations. Island City Stage in Wilton Manors received $5,000 for The Goldberg Variations. They are the only resident, nonpro t professional theater company in Broward County that details the lives, loss, and love of the LGBT community, according to Island City. According to Funding Arts Broward, the organization has now distributed more than $2 million to community arts. FAB! is proud to support deserving organizations which present impactful visual and performing arts programs in Broward County, said Elaine Blattner, president of FAB!, in a press release. Twenty-six local organizations were awarded grants ranging from $5,000-$12,500. In this cycle alone, $200,000 was awarded. Each grant that was awarded went toward an upcoming program in Broward County. The awards presentation, held on May 2 at Northern Trust in downtown Fort Lauderdale, had nearly 150 guests in attendance. Other grant recipients include Seraphic Fire, Symphony of the Americas, and Gold Coast Jazz Society, among others. news local Photo: Facebook. Photo: Facebook. Chris Rudisill, Michael Goodman, Sue Gunzburger, and Daniel Copher WE ARE HAPPY TO JOIN THE RANKS OF OTHER PREMIER ARTS AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS THROUGHOUT BROWARD COUNTY USING THE ARTS TO ELEVATE THE COMMUNITY.CHRIS RUDISILL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE STONEWALL NATIONAL MUSEUM & ARCHIVESSubmitted photo.


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6 7.6.2016 W HAT A BOUT T RAN S ? Dori Zinn W ith more than 1 million Americans self-recognized as transgender, do you know or even understand what its like to be trans? On July 12, The Pride Center and SunServe are teaming up to present Everything You Wanted to Know About the T in LGB but Were Too Afraid to Ask an open and informative panel discussion on all things trans. The Pride Centers Transgender Services Coordinator, Jodi Reichman, said even within the gay community, there was a lack of knowledge about transgender people. I found that there was a gap where the T was concerned due to lack of knowledge and understanding, Reichman said. This gave me the idea to try to bridge the gap and work on creating a knowledgeable and yet informal educational opportunity. With this panel, she hopes to educate not just the gay community but the community at large about what it means to be trans, and how to ask questions without being insensitive. People will ask sensitive questions and although it may seem that they are overstepping bounds, I believe that they basically want to know in order to understand, she said. The people picked for the panel are 100 percent open to answering all types of questions without feeling ridiculed or made fun of. Atticus Ranck, Director of Transgender Services at SunServe, will be one of more than half a dozen people on the panel. He hopes this panel serves as a safe space for those who want to understand transgender people but are scared to ask questions. There are a number of misconceptions about the trans community, he said. One is that all trans people are gay. Another one is that all trans people come out as gay rst, which is also not accurate. The discussion is aimed to educating everyone on the many legal and cultural discriminations that transgender people face. Ranck said intolerance goes far beyond the personal level, its also on a professional level. Its not that trans people arent capable of being employed or doing certain jobs but many employers dont understand trans people or think it will cause issues with customers, he said. Some employers dont know someone is trans until they have to see their legal ID and their name and gender hasnt changed yet. Rather than educating themselves, theyll simply dismiss the trans person or not hire them. In Florida, it is still legal to re a person for being LGBT. According to the Williams Institute, about 1.4 million Americans identify as transgender. Florida has the sixth highest amount of selfidentied transgender people in the country. With the risk of health and safety, Ranck said there are some issues that go overlooked by the larger community. There are many things trans people still have to worry about that cis people take for granted, he said. Everywhere trans people go they have to worry about their safety, if theyll be respected in a restroom, if their family and friends will use the right names and pronouns, who theyll date and if theyll be seen as the person they are. Panel discussion aims to educate on trans questions youre afraid to ask news local I f You G o Everything You Wanted to Know About the T in LGB but Were Too Afraid to Ask Tuesday, July 12, 6:30-9 p.m. The Pride Center: Schubert Building Main Hall 2040 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors Jodi Reichman, Coordinater of Transgender Services at the Pride Center.Photo: Facebook.


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8 7.6.2016 N early a month has passed since 49 people were shot dead at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. As the deadliest mass shooting in modern history, families of victims and survivors are continuing to cope with this tragedy. Immediately following the shooting, Equality Florida launched a GoFundMe donation page to raise funds for the victims and the victims families. To date, the campaign has raised nearly $7 million from almost 120,000 donors. On June 30, the LGBT civil rights organization launched #ForThe49 an online pledge spreading love, protection, and justice. According to Hannah Willard, Policy and Outreach Coordinator for Equality Florida, the campaign is the next phase in the organizations work in Orlando. Were moving into another year where we expect more anti-LGBTQ legislation to be passed, not just in Florida but across the country, Willard said. This is just the beginning of a larger campaign to move equality forward. As donations to the GoFundMe campaign continue to come in from around the world, Willard notes that the page started with a small goal in mind. The rst day we set the goal at $100,000, she said. I dont even know how many times theyve raised [the goal] now. Generosity has come from around the world with 120,000 donors from 120 countries. The global response has hit new heights, with celebrities and musicians donating money and sharing the link. Hillary Clintons campaign tweeted the link to the donation page as well. With bene t concerts, in-kind donations, and other creative donations, Willard said that many celebrities are taking inventory of what they have and how they can contribute. With the new #ForThe49 campaign, new allies can band together for a common purpose. There are folks that never considered themselves an ally and others that didnt think they needed to be vocal. These are the people who are coming together to end this senseless and heartbreaking violence, Willard said. We must uproot hatred and homophobia and end discrimination in the LGBTQ community. To take a stand, rst sign the pledge at Then post a photo or video on social media of yourself explaining why you stand #ForThe49. Then continue using the hashtag on social media to spread the message. Dont forget to tell friends, loved ones, and neighbors that you support them. There is a choice in front of every single American: are you going to take a stand or are you going to remain silent in the face of the largest mass shooting in United States history? Willard said. Were hoping this campaign will give folks that rst step in taking a stand and making a di erence. EQUALITY FLORIDA LAUNCHES #FORTHE49 CAMPAIGN news state Dori Zinn Photo: Facebook. Want to take the pledge? Go to to sign the pledge and spread the word. Spreading love, protection, and justice


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10 7.6.2016 LGBT Gun Group Membership Spike after Florida Shooting (Edge) Memberships have more than doubled in a national LGBT pro-gun rights organization since a gunman opened re at a gay nightclub in Florida, killing 49 people. Pink Pistols Utah chapter President Matt Schlentz said Pink Pistols membership has grown from 1,500 to 4,000 since the June 12 rampage, the Salt Lake Tribune reported (http://bit. ly/29p0eMI). "It's really sad that something on this scale had to happen for people to realize this is a need for our community," Schlentz said. "But the reality is, we still get attacked for kissing our partners or holding hands in public. We get windows smashed for having an equality sticker on them." Schlentz owns semi-automatic ri es similar to the Sig Sauer MCX that Mateen used, and said he gets mixed reactions from people who learn he's a gun rights advocate. "Obviously, as a gay man, I have to have some liberal views socially. But on this one point, I have very conservative views. The reality is what it is the world is a violent, terrible, scary place, and people do wish me harm based on who I love." Pink Pistols organized in 2000 in response to a series of violent incidents like the murder in Wyoming of gay college student Matthew Shepard. Some early slogans were "Queers bash back" and "Pick on someone your own caliber." Stonewall Shooting Sports of Utah is another pro-gun LGBT group. "As awful as Orlando is, I feel like this is a huge eye-opener for a lot of people that the world is not a perfect place, especially for a group that's at risk for this kind of violence," said Scott Mogilefsky, the group's president and an Army veteran. There was an increase in people inquiring with the group after Orlando, he said. "Security should be armed at all gay nightclubs, and all employees should run through a defensive shooting course once a year," Mogilefsky said. "When you think about supremacist groups, a gay bar is an easy target. And the shooter knew that. It was like shooting sh in a barrel." Compiled by Tucker Berardi EDUCATIONL GBTQ Students Subjected to Unfair School Discipline, Increasing Drop-Out RatesAccording to a new report, LGBTQ students experience high rates of school discipline, such as detention and suspension, as well as expulsion from school. The report from GLSEN, the leading national educational organization focused on assuring safe and a rming school environments for all students, revealed that compared to non-LGBTQ students, LGBTQ students were much more likely to have experienced multiple forms of discipline, often as a result of the harassment and discrimination they face daily at school. It is abundantly clear that LGBTQ students face disproportionately high levels of school discipline due to hostile school climates that ultimately deprive many of them, not only of their education, but also at the success in life that education a ords, Dr. Joseph Kosciw, GLSENs Chief Research and Strategy O cer, said. Given the ndings of Educational Exclusion, we must redouble our e orts to create supportive schools for LGBTQ students, particularly transgender and gender nonconforming students, students experiencing homelessness, students with disabilities and students of color. GLSEN also put out a series of recommendations to schools in order to keep LGBTQ students enrolled and out of the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Some of these recommendations include teachers incorporating positive representations of LGBTQ people and topics into their curriculum, laws and policies speci cally protecting LGBTQ students from harassment and discrimination, and sta training on LGBTQ bullying prevention. LEGAL N orth Carolina Lawmakers Leave Bathroom Law Largely Intact (CNN) North Carolina's controversial bathroom law survived largely unscathed after last-minute wrangling at the close of the state legislative session. Late Friday, the General Assembly passed a slightly tweaked version of House Bill 2, repealing only a workplace lawsuit provision, according state Rep. Chris Sgro, a Democrat who opposes the measure. The law was modi ed to restore workers' rights to use state law to sue over employment discrimination. It now goes to the desk of Gov. Pat McCrory, who had requested the change. Still, most of the provisions that outraged gay rights advocates, entertainers and business leaders remained in the bill -such as the requirement that people use the bathroom corresponding to their gender at birth in government facilities. "I am woefully embarrassed that this is the result of two and a half months of conversation about the most disastrous piece of legislation in the state's history," Sgro said of the modi cations, according to CNN a liate WRAL. The revision was a far cry from what LGBT groups and other critics demanded: a full repeal of the law. "Legislators shamefully walked away from their job ... without xing the deeply harmful and outrageous mess they created with HB2," JoDee Winterhof with the Human Rights Campaign said in a statement. "Lawmakers may have run out the clock on this short session, but they won't be able to run away from North Carolina's voters in November." And it's unclear whether the revised measure will a ect a pending lawsuit from the federal government over the law. The Justice Department lawsuit seeks declaratory relief and threatens to curtail federal funding to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and the University of North Carolina. After the law's initial passage in March, musicians Bruce Springsteen, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, and the bands Pearl Jam and Boston canceled concerts in the state. Those cancellations have cost one major venue nearly $200,000 in ticket sales. LEGAL M ississippi Blocked from Enacting Anti-Gay Law (OFO) U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves has struck down a recent Mississippi law that discriminated against same-sex couples. He ruled that Mississippi circuit clerks cant cite their own religious views to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Roberta Kaplan, the attorney who represented Edie Windsor in the case that found parts of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, also represented two lesbian couples in the states marriage equality lawsuit in 2014. She led a motion in the marriage equality case. Reeves found in favor of marriage equality and after the Obergefell decision, his ruling was certi ed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The new religious liberty law would have gone into e ect on July 1. Kaplan argued the law would create uncertainty for same-sex couples who wouldnt know which clerks would stand in the way of their constitutional right to marry. The state shouldnt be able to continue to create new legal barriers to marriage, she argued. According to the Jackson Clarion Ledger, Gov. Phil Bryant recently received an award from the Family Research Council for signing the bill into law.


7.6.2016 11 Sen. Casey Talks Strategy on Equality Act (PGN) U.S. Sen. Bob Casey said lawmakers could nd new ways to push the Equality Act with lessons they learned in recent weeks through a House sit-in on gun reform and a Senate Democratic proceeding involving Judge Merrick Garland, the Supreme Court nominee whom Republicans have refused to consider. Were getting smarter and more e ective at using other strategies that other people have used in years past to create attention and focus, Casey told about 50 LGBT advocates gathered June 27 at the John C. Anderson Apartments. The senator spent an hour at the LGBTfriendly senior apartments listening to community concerns about LGBT homeless youth, funding for programs and passing nondiscrimination protections at the state and federal levels. Casey wanted to connect with the LGBT community in the wake of last month's shooting at an Orlando LGBT nightclub. The Scranton Democrat said its critical to get media attention for LGBT bills without being prompted by a horri c incident. He added the Equality Act which would ban LGBT discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations and other areas has not yet had a committee hearing, the rst step before it reaches the Senate oor for a vote. The best way for us to keep the Equality Act in front of people and to really advocate for it is to do things at home, Casey said, to do things in states and congressional districts across the country so people know what were talking about. As a lawmaker, Casey pledged to make the case for the Equality Act not just in Philadelphia, but also in places of the state where there is less support. Part of this is challenging people to disagree, but also engaging them and trying to persuade, he said. Weve got to go to places where theres an argument. Deja Lynn Alvarez, director of the Divine Light LGBTQ Wellness Center in North Philadelphia, wanted to know what Casey thought of the state legislature pursuing three separate nondiscrimination bills. She said many think the community should settle for antibias protections in housing and employment, but forgo public-accommodations protections. The trans community will be the ones hit the hardest if public accommodations are not covered, Alvarez said. I nd that a little di cult for myself and my community to swallow." Casey said the federal Equality Act still outlines comprehensive protections from discrimination. At this time I dont think theres any strategy that would involve truncating it or only focusing on some of the titles in the Civil Rights Act as opposed to others. In terms of funding for LGBT initiatives, Casey said its been about a decade since legislators were able to earmark small dollar amounts for projects. He said it used to be a way to give a seal of approval to a project in hopes of further government or private funds. Casey added he would have his sta look into grant options for speci c projects. Chris Bartlett, executive director of the William Way LGBT Community Center, wanted Caseys o ce to guide him and the directors of the seven other LGBT centers in Pennsylvania on applying for federal funds to make their buildings more secure. We dont want to be fortresses, Bartlett said. But we can look at things that would make the center safer for our community. I think were really nding thats a top priority. According to FBI data from 2014, hate crimes disproportionately a ect LGBT people. Orlando is a wake-up call, Casey said. Its not some theory. We have numbers that back up that [LGBT people are] a huge target for a lot of hate and a lot of violence. We need to use that as leverage to seek those dollars. news national Sen. Bob Casey


12 7.6.2016 Continued G oogle Gives Everyone the Chance to Walk in a Pride ParadePride is more than just a word. When we took to the streets one year after the Stonewall riots, Pride became synonymous with people standing up for what they believe in, surrounding themselves with those that share the same values, and a minority taking to the streets to declare visibility and change. Every year, as the spring months warm up into summer, cities across the globe celebrate Gay Pride Month with rallies, parades, and celebrations of life. But, not everyone can join in on the love. No matter the circumstances that prevent these queers from Pride, it is a celebration that should not be missed. Thats why Google has you covered with their new #PrideForEveryone virtual reality Pride parade. The immersive footage features LGBT Google employees taking part in Pride parades from around the globe in 25 di erent countries. You can participate in celebrations like Brussels, Tel Aviv, Sao Paolo, and Australia. This year we gave it a lot of thought how we bring Pride to people who cant physically not attend or are not really that comfortable News Briefs in attending Pride, Arjan Dijk, Googles vice president of growth marketing and executive sponsor of Gayglers told USA Today. We are bringing Pride to millions of people who can march in a virtual way and be part of it all. When you are at Pride, you get this sense of excitement and this sense of a community coming together. What we are aiming to do is bring this sense of excitement and this sense of community to people who normally would not be able to get to do that. He added: I do think after Orlando this message is even more relevant, that people should be proud of who they are and who they love and Google as a company fully supports that. In light of Orlando, its very important that we celebrate life. TECHNOLOGY N ew Estimate Doubles the Number of Transgender Americans (OC) Almost 40,000 Ohioans identify as transgender, according to a new national report that doubles previous estimates of the national population of trans Americans. The report released today by the Los Angeles-based Williams Institute estimates that 1.4 million Americans 0.6 percent of adults identify as transgender. In 2011, when much less data was available, it was estimated that 0.3 percent of Americans were transgender. The estimate for Ohio, based on residents answers to a 2014 federal survey of health and other issues, is that 0.45 percent of the states population is transgender. Estimates range from 0.3 percent of the population in North Dakota to 0.78 percent in Hawaii. The ndings from this study are critical to current policy discussions that impact transgender people, Jody Herman, one of the authors of the study, said in a Williams Institute news release. Policy debates on access to bathrooms, discrimination and a host of other issues should rely on the best available data to assess potential impacts, NATIONALincluding how many people may be a ected. Ohio was one of 19 states that asked people their sexual orientation or gender identity when surveying residents for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preventions 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Researchers used U.S. Census Bureau data for estimates in other states. Nationally, the percentage of people who identify as trans is highest among those 18to 24-years-old and lowest among those 65 and older. That statistic is the same in every state as well. More than 5,500 Ohioans between 18 and 24 identify as transgender, which is 0.5 percent of that population. Interestingly, states with transgender populations above the national average include some of the most socially and politically conservative: Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Almost 45,000 people identify as trans in North Carolina, where lawmakers and the governor approved a law dictating which restrooms transgender people must use. Photo: Google.


7.6.2016 13 passages Oakland Park Mayor Remembered For Compassion John McDonaldL arry Gierer is described as a man who truly cared for his community. He put the passion in compassion, said David Rafter, Public Information O cer for the City of Oakland Park. He was energetic and served the city with pride and passion. Gierer, a former two-term Oakland Park Mayor, died Saturday at his home following a long illness. He was 60. Personally, I appreciate and am thankful for Larrys compassionate and dedicated service to the people of Oakland Park, wrote sitting Oakland Park Mayor Tim Lonergan in an email to SFGN. He will be greatly missed! First elected to the City Commission in 2001, Gierer served twice as Mayor until his public service was term limited in 2009. He is remembered for spearheading several projects, most notably a commitment to performing and cultural arts programs. He was part of the team that brought us Oktoberfest, which has really become the citys signature event, said Rafter. The current revitalization Oakland Park is experiencing, Rafter said, particularly around Submitted photo. the Dixie Highway corridor is a result of Gierers vision. The fruit we enjoy today is because of the rm seeds Larry planted, Rafter said. Gierers impact extended to public safety where he served on the United Ways substance abuse committee and championed a single sale initiative. The initiative, Rafter said, was an e ort to curb under age drinking and eliminate driving under the in uence. Gierer is survived by his spouse, Carlos Lobo, his mother in St. Louis and numerous siblings, nieces and nephews.


14 7.6.2016 lgbtqia bites Compiled by Tucker Berardi lgbtqia bites continued Transgender T Investors have pulled out of a highlyanticipated web series because of the unstable UK economy following Brexit. "Di erent For Girls," an adaptation of Jacquie Lawrences novel of the same name, is a drama following a group of lesbian and bisexual women in West London whose lives revolve around children, marriage, betrayal and divorce, according to Pink News. Rachel Shelley from "The L Word" and Heather Peace from "Lip Service" were to be the stars of the series, and lming was expected to start this month. The web series was projected to be a response to televisions Dead Lesbian Syndrome (DLS) the increasingly high rate of lesbian characters being killed in television shows, Lawrence said. In reality the constant disposal of lesbian characters has an acute impact on younger viewers who are struggling with their sexuality. Lawrence is con dent that the series will eventually enter production. Di erent For Girls is not dead. Director Campbell X, producer Fizz Milton and myself see a bigger, bolder, bolder and better Di erent For Girls. This year, "Elle UK" will print four di erent September covers, one of which will feature Amandla Stenberg who recently came out as bisexual and nonbinary, according to Style. Mic. Another cover will feature transgender actress and model Hari Nef. Beyond her acting career, Stenberg has become a voice for young women, especially those of color, using her Tumblr page to speak out against race and homosexuality. She said that she would prefer to use they pronouns privately, but uses she and her for public use. As someone who identi es as a black, bisexual woman, Ive been through it all and it hurts and its awkward and its uncomfortable. said Stenberg. In a Tumblr Q&A she said, I cannot separate my gender from my race from my sexual orientation. Theyre all interconnected and theyre all intersectional. Stenberg and Nef hope that these covers are a step toward bringing other marginalized identities to the center of the fashion world. HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED LESBIAN WEB SERIES PUT ON HOLD DUE TO BREXIT ELLE IS MAKING HISTORY WITH TRANS AND BISEXUAL WOMEN ON DUAL SEPTEMBER COVERSLesbian L Bisexual B TWO TRANS WOMEN WIN CONGRESSIONAL PRIMARIESDV) Two trans women won primaries on Tuesday, June 28, and will be on the ballot for a U.S. House and a U.S. Senate seat. Oddly, both are named Misty. Utah Democrats chose Misty Snow to run against incumbent U.S. Sen. Mike Lee. Democrats in Colorados 5th Congressional district, which includes Colorado Springs, chose Misty Plowright as their nominee. The district includes the headquarters of the anti-gay hate group Focus on the Family. Snow won by 20 points after her opponent came out in favor of restrictions on abortion rights. Plowright is an army veteran who beat her opponent by 16 points. Both are considered long shots in the general election. Outside of Salt Lake City, Utah is a solidly Republican state and the Colorado Springs area is extremely conservative, even if the rest of the state is not. Photo: facebook. Misty Snow (left) and Misty Plowright (Photos: Facebook).


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16 7.6.2016 FEATURE OBAMA ADMINISTRATIONS RECORD OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY The president will leave the White House with a long list of achievements [Editors note: This is the latest Fact Sheet on the Obama administrations record on LGBT rights] We are big and vast and diverse; a nation of people with different backgrounds and beliefs, different experiences and stories, but bound by our shared ideal that no matter who you are or what you look like, how you started off, or how and who you love, America is a place where you can write your own destiny. President Obama, June 26, 2015 S ince taking office, President Obama and his Administration have made historic strides to expand opportunities and advance equality and justice for all Americans, including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Americans. From major legislative achievements to historic court victories to important policy changes, the President has fought to promote the equal rights of all Americans no matter who they are or who they love. That commitment to leveling the playing field and ensuring equal protection under the law is the bedrock principle this nation was founded on and has guided the Presidents actions in support of all Americans. And the progress the Administration has made mirrors the changing views of the American people, who recognize that fairness and justice demand equality for all, including LGBT Americans. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATIONS RECORD ON SOCIAL PROGRESS AND EQUALITY INCLUDES: PREVENTING BULLYING AND HATE CRIMES AGAINST LGBT AMERICANS and sign into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law in October 2009, which extends the coverage of Federal hate crimes law to include attacks based on the victims actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. other federal departments to establish a federal task force on bullying. One of the results was the creation of the website The site includes resources and assistance for LGBT youth, including examples of community groups that offer support and Prevention, the task force also funded a video called It Gets Better to address LGBT youth who have been bullied and are at risk of depression and suicide. students, including LGBT students, from bullying and harassment. These events included an LGBT Youth Summit in 2011 and a meeting with transgender students in June 2015, with a sixth summit scheduled for August 2016. SUPPORTING LGBT HEALTH sex domestic partners to apply for long-term care insurance.


7.6.2016 17 F EATURE and ensures that Americans have secure, stable, and affordable insurance. Insurance companies are no longer able to discriminate against anyone due to a pre-existing condition, and because of the law, insurers can no longer turn someone away just because he or she is lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. it easy to locate health insurers that cover domestic partners. through 2020, and is implementing it to address the disparities faced especially by gay and bisexual men of all races and ethnicities and transgender women of color. of so-called conversion therapy against minors and released a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration was developed in collaboration with the American Psychological federal in-depth review of conversion therapy. As SAMHSA reported, variations in sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression are normal. Conversion therapy is not effective, reinforces harmful gender stereotypes, and is not an appropriate mental health treatment. individuals. This center supports communities across the country as they aim to serve the estimated 1.5 to 4 million LGBT individuals who are 60 and older. This center provides information, assistance and resources at the state and community levels. funds just about every hospital in America to allow visitation rights for LGBT patients. The President also directed HHS to ensure that medical decision-making rights of LGBT patients are respected. REPEALING DONT A SK, DONT T ELL The President signed bipartisan legislation to repeal Dont Ask Dont Tell on December 22, 2010, allowing gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans to serve openly in the Armed Forces without fear of being dismissed from service because of who they are and who they love, putting in motion the end of a discriminatory policy that ran counter to American values. E N D ING THE L EGAL DEFENSE OF THE DEFENSE OF MA RR IAGE A CT (D O M A ) woman, leading to the Supreme Courts landmark decisions holding the Act unconstitutional. Act as unconstitutional, the President instructed the Cabinet to review over 1,000 federal statutes and regulations to ensure the decision was implemented swiftly and smoothly by the federal government to recognize the rights of same-sex couples. guarantee of marriage equality for same-sex couplesa position the Supreme Court vindicated in its historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. S TUA R T MILK ACCEPTING THE PR ESI D ENTIAL ME D AL OF FR EE D O M F R O M PR ESI D ENT BA R ACK OB A M A IN A UGUST 2009. regulations implementing the Supreme Courts same-sex marriage decision for federal tax purposes to ensure all individuals would be treated equally under the law. all valid same-sex marriages for purposes of determining entitlement Income. SSA continues to work closely with the LGBT advocacy community to conduct outreach to ensure that same-sex couples are PR OTECTING LG B T AM E R ICANS AGAINST DISC R I M INATION federal contractors from discriminating against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, continuing to set an example as a model employer that does right by its employees. and promote the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming Americans. These actions have included: requested to ensure that all students, including transgender students, can attend school in an environment free from discrimination. Students. concluded that the prohibition against sex discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 encompasses claims of discrimination on the basis of gender identity, including transgender status. took various actions to ensure that transgender Americans were documents, and in the health care system. T AKING S TEPS TO E NSU R E LG B T E QUALITY IN H OUSING AN D CR I M E PR EVENTION discrimination against members of the LGBT community in the renting citizens to offer comments on housing discrimination based on sexual worked to address LGBT housing discrimination.


18 7.6.2016 housing programs and services are open to all persons regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. must be made available without regard to actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender orientation or gender identity or denying housing on that basis. In addition, the guidance makes clear that sexual orientation and gender identity should not and cannot be part of any lending decision when it comes to getting an FHA-insured mortgage. to be their true selves. Over the next two years, the initiative has developed and evaluated strategies to prevent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth from becoming homeless or intervene as early as possible once they do become homeless. sex relationships. Violence. The guidance serves two key purposes. First, it aims to examine how gender bias can undermine the response of law enforcement agencies to sexual assault and domestic violence. Second, it provides a set of basic principles that if integrated into law enforcement agencies policies, trainings and practices will help ensure that gender bias, either intentionally or unintentionally, does not undermine efforts to keep victims safe and hold offenders accountable. ADVANCING AND PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF LGBT PERSONS AROUND THE WORLD around the world to advance the rights of LGBT persons. The Administrations leadership and protect the human rights of LGBT persons. public-private partnership to advance the human rights of LGBT persons globally. Since organizations in 80 countries worldwide. LGBTI issues to internal and external stakeholders. vital work overseas. advance LGBTI rights around the globe. to obtain passports under the names recognized by their state through their marriages or civil unions. RECOGNIZING LGBT HISTORY AND CONTRIBUTIONS Service theme study to identify places and events associated with the civil rights struggle of LGBT Americans and ensure that the agency is telling a complete story of Americas heritage and history. The results of the theme study are expected later this year. Historic Landmark. Once the residence of noted gay rights activist Henry Gerber, the home Rights, was formed in 1924. The Henry Gerber House is one of nine LGBT sites that have been designated as a landmark or historic place during the Obama Administration. FEATURE "EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN GAY, STRAIGHT, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN DESERVES TO BE TREATED EQUALLY IN THE EYES OF THE LAW AND IN THE EYES OF OUR SOCIETY. ITS A PRETTY SIMPLE PROPOSITION." Barack Obama


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20 7.6.2016 KEY WEST FOR THE FOURTH Norm Kent CONVICTIONSI t was forty years ago this week that I moved from New York to Florida, from New York City to Key West. I was a young lawyer looking for a new start in a tropical environment. There was nothing more laid back than the home of pirates, rum, and drug runners. There was surf, sand, and sailing. There was a fantasy fest begun in 1981 that turned for a while into a hedonistic festival of unabated lust. Its still running every year.The one lane road from Miami to the Keys was daunting and dangerous. But there were choices. For $49, Chalks seaplanes ran regularly. You could jump on a small passenger prop plane and be landing there in less than an hour. You could be running into Captain Tony, the Banana Bread Lady, or the Iguana Man on the Mallory Square Dock.You did not wear long pants and you road bicycles. You went to Dick Dock on Higgs Beach or spent Sundays at the Monster Bar watching movies. You could camp out, smoke dope, or do acid. Nobody cared. We were one human family, and it was open, gay and proud. Key West has always been an escape, a journey to an adventure, a home for the lost, and a vacation spot for the very wealthy. When I got there, I rented a house in Old Town, at 1911 Seidenberg Avenue, and its still standing there today, just like the Half Shell Raw Bar. This place has history, like the Seven Mile Bridge, just something thats part of the road to Paradise. The naked gay strip club that was run by my friend named Sibby is gone from Truman, but it is now Bare Assets, a straight strip club. They have those in Key West, too. The gay one on Duval Street has become an entertainment mecca and resort hotel and bar hosted by Joey Schroeder, who owns New Orleans House and the Bourbon Street Pub. Its one of only about ve gay bars left in the city, but in their spacious resort, you can enjoy nude volleyball, foam parties, a great DJ in Gary Nolan, well poured drinks, and hot strippers, along with an outdoor patio bar and friendly environment. Once, Key West was the home of dozens of guesthouses, but it seems today like they have all reopened on the Fort Lauderdale beach. Once, Key West was the epicenter of gay tourism, and while the island is happily homosexual, you are more likely to run into a tourist o a cruise ship than a stunning young rst mateunless of course you make it to the Island House, still a gay mans paradise. The AIDS clinic is on the bottom of Whitehead Street, and the White Street Pier Memorial commemorates too many losses from those who have passed from HIV. On July 4, the dock and pier was the home of their annual reworks. The Key West community had once been the center of activism in South Florida. Not so anymore. But the memories are there, because their gay community spoke up early when it counted.La Te Da hosted a healthy holiday party and tea dance this past weekend, so few of the guests really knowing the rich history of the place, from Larry Formicas pink Cadillac, to the lost candidacy of McGovern vice presidential nominee Thomas Eagleton, whose tenure at the resort helped doom his place on the ticket. But the place has been restored, has new life, and lots of energy. It was April of 1983 when Key West seceded from Florida and became the Conch Republic; when residents determined they were iconoclastic and unique enough to be a mouse that roared. There was the Key West Cannabis Buyers Club, selling medical pot to AIDS patients in a building across the street from the courthouse. The medical necessity defense I used work, and most of the clients, already living with HIV, went home free. That was around 1992. I dont remember, the Key West sandbars and reefs, like the sun, melt your brain. The sunsets steal your heart. We still run a legal seminar there every December for the National Organization to Reform the Marijuana Laws. I do know that it is a place I treasure; that will always be a second home, whether its the little tiny place I had on Margaret Street or the tent I pitched on Stock Island. Its the place where I used to bring my dogs, and they could stay in almost any hotel, and run free anywhere. In fact, its a place where so many young runaways did wind up, looking for meaning and purpose. Key West is the place of Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, the Turtle Kraals, and Mel Fishers shipwrecks. Its a place where cops and district attorneys got themselves indicted and in trouble years ago. But the only real politics in Key West has always been insurrection and revolution, like in the 1970s when a bunch of protestors chained themselves to trees to stop the Navy from building barracks on public parks or native lands. Maybe that is why I return there, for astonishing sunsets, and the roads leading to nowhere, now lined with tourists, who need to be swatted away immediately. There are too many t shirts shops there today and too many people trying to get stoned and drunk, instead of just living there and being that way. Too many scooters, too, but the waters are still spectacular, and the drinks stronger. It is not the Key West it used to be, but its still Key West, and a special place to be any time of the year, whether you are hanging out at the Two Friends Patio Bar, Pepes Caf, or taking a sunset cruise on a catamaran. I think Key West, more than anything else, brings you back in time. And that is a journey always special, unique, and inviting. Go there and nd out for yourself. Publisher's Editorial


7.6.2016 21 R ecently, Stuart Milk supported us and Orlando by issuing an eloquent and moving statement that was picked up by media worldwide. He was one of our communitys strongest and most steadfast voices, appearing multiple times on national broadcast and cable TV, however, he would not let hate and violence stop him from his long-planned commitment to continue our support of the emerging and struggling LGBT community in the Baltic nations, and recently, in Vilnius, Lithuania, along with the President of the European Union, he led a remembrance. My name is Harvey Milk and Im here to recruit you. Those words were spoken by Harvey many times. He started saying them because of what was going on here in Florida. Many remember it well, but I can sadly tell you, many in our community, the younger generation in particular, dont even know who Harvey is. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Many people associate that quote with Winston Churchill but that, in and of itself is a history lesson, because it was actually written in 1905 by philosopher George Santayana, himself, probably a gay man. Over the past few weeks we have all been lled with a myriad of emotions from sorrow to anger. So overwhelming at times that we could not stop crying, could not stop wanting it all to go away, to crawl into that small and comfy space, close the door, and turn o the light. But this isnt about making ourselves feel better, this is about xing this horri c wound in our collective being; this is about making the world a better place. For everyone: gay, straight, bi, trans, and gender uid; Latino; Muslim, Christian, Jew, Buddhist, Hindu, or any other form of personal enlightenment; American or not the world the whole world. When a member stands up and speaks on the oor of the Parliament in Hungary and asks where all the Jews are, because we should keep track of them, we should be prompted to action. And no, that was not in Churchills day, that was in November 2012 and the world we barely noticed. And as Stuart Milk, often says, those who make such statements have a shopping list, and you can be certain, we are on it. We need to take action. We need to take action here, in America, we need to take action in Hungary, and we need to take action everywhere that people are being marginalized, minimized, bullied, brutalized, and yes, killed. Whether those people are LGBT or Jewish, Latino or Roma, or black, or Muslim. Who, is not the only issue why is just as important. We need to look at our world as what it really is a global community of humans. We need to learn about each other, get to know each other, support each other, and then all of them becomes all of us. So talk to people who are di erent from you. Strike up a conversation in the grocery line. Talk to your neighbor who you usually only wave to. Read a book about a di erent culture, better yet, start a book club and then read a book about another culture. Look at others di erences as what makes us human, not as what makes us separate. Volunteer. Educate others about your community, learn about others communities, make contact. An orthodox rabbi walked into a gay bar. Sounds like the opening line of a joke, but it isnt. As soon as the Jewish holiday of Column 'MY NAME IS HARVEY MILK AND IMHERE TO RECRUIT YOU.' Miriam Richter SO PLEASE, LOOK BEYOND OUR BORDERS, STOP SAYING WE NEED TO FIX THINGS HERE, AT HOME, BEFORE WE WORRY ABOUT ELSEWHERE. THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING. CONVICTIONSShavous was over, a Rabbi in Washington D.C. went, with several members of his congregation, to a gay bar. Why? Because they needed to do something in response to the horror in Orlando. They were moved to action. The werent too familiar with the gay bar scene so they went to the rst one that someone knew of. It turned out to be a bar that was frequented by the African American gay community and by the end of the evening, after crying together and praying together, talking to each other, and simply getting to know each other, they had moved the world a little closer to that better place. Over one hundred years ago, Theodore Roosevelt gave a speech in Paris on what it means to be a citizen in a republic. Many people know the speech for its description of the man in the arena who, when he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. But in that same speech, he also said that there is very little usefulness in this world for one who doesnt take action when action would be simple and e ective. Those words are more pertinent today than they ever were then. Until last week, many of us in the United States thought we had it good. We won marriage equality, we were rallying behind the trans and gender uid community and we had hope that we would change many hearts and minds towards acceptance of us all. But we really werent paying much attention to the world outside our borders. This is our wake-up call. We need to change our perspective. Vigils were held this past week in many other countries. From 30,000 LGBT people and allies in the center of London singing Bridge Over Troubled Water to over 1,000 people holding candles in Saigon, to 10,000 gathered in a cold night in Sydney, to 8,000 in Buenos Aires, even a handful in Moscow who were arrested for showing their support for Orlando but were undeterred. Those numbers tell it all. So please, look beyond our borders, stop saying we need to x things here, at home, before we worry about elsewhere. The whole world is watching. I want to close with the last lines of a poem written in 1624 by John Donne: Any man's death diminishes me, Because I am involved in mankind, And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee. Let Orlando teach us a lesson Photo: Michael Cushman.


22 7.6.2016 Belo Cipriani Belo Cipriani is the award-winning author of Blind: A Memoir and Midday Dreams. He is a disability advocate, and is currently the national spokesman for 100 Percent Wine -a premium winery that donates 100 percent of more at any people have great tales about how they came into the world. For Csar Baquerizo, the story of his birth includes a near death experience, surgery in a foreign land, and the loss of most of his hearing due to a reaction to medication. I su ered a condition called choanal atresia bilateral bone, which caused my internal outlet nostril to be closed. My grandparents paid for an expensive operation that took me to the U.S., said the 30-year-old Ecuadorian writer. Three days after his birth, Baquerizo had surgery at The Ear Center of Greensboro in Pennsylvania. And right after the procedure, he began a treatment of antibiotics that would later claim most of his hearing. In addition to losing 90 percent of his audible range in both ears, Baquerizo had to use a device to clear his nasal cavity for the rst couple of years of his life. I used an electric vacuum cleaner to wipe inside my nose for a while, he recalls -a task that proved to be extremely inconvenient. However, with the support of his family, who was determined for Baquerizo to enjoy a full life, he traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina at the age of 4, from his native Ecuador, to take language classes. At that time, he also received his rst set of hearing aids, and began developing his speech. But while Baquerizo relished in the support of his family for all things related to his disability, when it came to his sexuality, their bond was tested. For me, being gay is a natural part of who I am. In the beginning, I didnt feel a need to hide my true sexuality until I was exposed to the prejudices of others around me. Because of these external in uences, I wasnt proud of that part of who I am. I was ashamed, embarrassed, depressed, and alone, he said. His family was shocked when, at the age of 20, Baquerizo said to them, Im gay. Initially, his parents wanted to send him to a psychologist for help, but they later refrained from doing so. Im so grateful they were so quick to see the real me -the same son I had always been, he said. And even though Baquerizos family idea of sending him to a psychologist to help him cure his homosexuality never materialized, it did serve as inspiration for his debut book. A Safe Place with You is a novel that captures the experiences of LGBT people at straight conversion clinics in Ecuador. Based on newspapers about the unlawful conversion clinics, Baquerizo embarked on a journey to nd these victims. He shared, When I rst started writing the Spanish version in August 2011, it was di cult for me to talk directly with the patients, because most of the victims did not give their whereabouts and their names for fear of danger. Later, he was able to nd the victims testimonies and the reports about the illegal clinics from the Health Ministry of Ecuador, which helped shape Baquerizos characters in his novel. A Safe Place with You was published in Spanish in 2013, and is now being released in English by Pen Name Publishing. Baquerizo will be launching his book tour this summer in conjunction with pride festivities around the country. Heres the schedule: DALLAS, TX, BARNES & NOBLE, PRESTON & PARK, JULY, 9, 2016 AT 2PM NEW YORK, NY, BLUESTOCKINGS, JULY 14, 2016 AT 7PM. A CONVERSATION WITH DEAF, GAY ECUADORIAN AUTHOR CSAR BAQUERIZO Seeing In The Dark CONVICTIONS "IN THE BEGINNING, I DIDNT FEEL A NEED TO HIDE MY TRUE SEXUALITY UNTIL I WAS EXPOSED TO THE PREJUDICES OF OTHER AROUND ME." CSAR BAQUERIZO


7.6.2016 23 A nna Marie Duke Pearce was small in physical stature, but as an actress and as a mental health advocate she was a powerful force to be reckoned with. She became world famous as Patty Duke, winning an Oscar in 1962 for her mesmerizing portrayal of Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker. Keller was a blind-deaf girl who grew up to become one of the worlds greatest disability advocates. A little over two decades later, Duke would do the same for people su ering from mental illness. Throughout the 1960s, Dukes career was riding high. After The Miracle Worker she starred in The Patty Duke Show, a sitcom which ran for 104 episodes and which continues to air today on ME TV. Though her 1967 lm Valley of the Dolls, an overthe-top melodrama about pill popping showgirls in Hollywood, turned out to be more of a campfest than a serious movie, it was a box o ce success and remains a cult favorite. Duke continued to work steadily, winning an Emmy Award in 1970 for the TV lm My Sweet Charlie, a then-daring tale of a pregnant, single Southern girl who falls in love with a Black man. One role after another followed-her 1972 horror lm Youll Like My Mother (newly out on Blu Ray) earned good reviews and was a moneymaker. A second Emmy came Dukes way in 1976 for the acclaimed miniseries Captain and the Kings. Three years later Duke starred in a remake of The Miracle Worker this time she played Annie Sullivan, the woman who taught Helen Keller how to speak and communicate. Throughout all these career highs, Duke was su ering. Her life had become a series of outrageous psychotic episodes followed by deep, physically debilitating depressions. By the early 1980s, her career and her marriage to actor John Astin were unraveling. In 1983 a desperately ill Duke was hospitalized. As she recounts in her 1987 autobiography Call Me Anna, her doctor walked into her room, informed her that she was su ering from manic depression (now known as bipolar disorder) and handed her a pill. Duke took those pills for the rest of her life. Her manic episodes disappeared. Duke reclaimed her career, ultimately amassing more than 125 credits at Internet Movie Database by the time of her death on March 29, 2016. She served as President of Screen Actors Guild and dedicated much of her o -screen time to mental health advocacy. She wrote and spoke openly and honestly about her own manic episodes and let people know that help was out there she let people know that they need not be ashamed because they had done nothing wrong. More than anyone, Patty Duke, Anna, de-stigmatized mental illness and showed millions of people that recovery was possible. She let the world know by example that people with mental health issues could live full, rich and rewarding lives. Dukes illness was not a character aw, it was the result of a chemical imbalance in her brain. My illness, PTSD, was caused by the after e ects of the severe traumas I was subjected to, growing up as I did in an abusive home. Though PTSD and bipolar disorder are decidedly di erent conditions caused by di ering situations, both can manifest themselves in similar ways. As a child I loved The Patty Duke Show. But the sparkling teen I saw on my television screen stopped being Patty long ago. To her friends, her family, and to me she is Anna. Anna is a role model who helped me to realize that I could succeed as a writer and journalist in spite of my past and the PTSD symptoms, which continue to lurk in my shadow. Without Anna, I would not be here today. Dukes son, actor Mackenzie Astin paid beautiful tribute to his mom at her memorial service 18 days after her death. She made it OK to be who you were, Astin said, ghting tears. She took her own story and gave it to the world, telling each and every other person so a icted that they were not alone in their su ering. There are people alive today who would not be had my mom not had the audacity to put into print what had been too taboo before. Astin also urged people to continue his moms work. Leave this memorial today with something of a call in your hearts, he said. I ask that you take Anna with you today, and to go forth and to speak freely to others about your experiences as she did about hers. There is considerable value in doing so her life was proof of that. And I believe that by doing so, sel essly and with great courage, each of you can carry her work forward towards a greater community of understanding, acceptance and love. Count me in. Mackenzie Astins speech can be viewed here: If You Could Read My Mind : A PTSD DIARY ANNA MARIE DUKE PEARCE David-Elijah Nahmod More than anyone, Patty Duke, Anna, destigmatized mental illness and showed millions of people that recovery was possible. CONVICTIONS David-Elijah Nahmod is an American/Israeli half-breed who has lived in New York City and Tel Aviv. Currently in San Francisco, his eclectic writing career includes LGBT publications, SF Weekly & monster magazines. A survivor of childhood gay conversion therapy, he lives with PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Photo: Youtube.(1946-2016)


24 7.6.2016 W hen I learned of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, my own son was in elementary school, and I was shaken to the core. He is in middle school now, and the Orlando massacre has shaken me again. The victims this time were not young children but they were all someones children. At 13 years old, my son is too old for me to shelter him from the news he had rst heard about Orlando online, when he saw the black ribbon Google put up in honor of the victims. He said all the kids on his bus the next day were talking about it. I found myself once more trying to explain to him why innocent people had been shot in our country. I explained what I knew about what happened and asked him how he was feeling. He said it was awful that we lived in a world where someone could just walk into a nightclub and start shooting. He said, But you dont go to places like that, and I had to tell him I did, once upon a time. We talked about Stonewall, the evolution of LGBTQ equality, and the increase in acceptance over the past few decades. I said we live in an area where violent incidents are rare, although that is not true for everyone. We spoke of privilege and skin color and the fact that most of the victims were Latinx. He knew that some people would unfairly blame all Muslims for the act of one. I told him I thought that security in public places, including schools, had gone up in the wake of 9/11 and recent school shootings. (I didnt mention that I wasnt sure it was enough.) We discussed the need for stronger gun control lawsand used his love of Nerf guns to explore why restricting access to real guns was so contentious. I avoided talking about the spate of anti-LGBTQ bills passed or introduced around the country recently, wavering between full disclosure and a parents desire to protect her child from nightmares. It is enough for now that he knows there is anti-LGBTQ sentiment in our world. I want him aware, but not anxiety-ridden. Did I succeed? Time will tell. I, too, learned early on about hate and massacres. I grew up in a Jewish family, minimally observant but very aware of our culture and of the millions who died in the Holocaust. I knew there were people who killed others simply for being who they were. It saddens me to no end to have to discuss hate and violence in todays worldon whatever scale, for whatever reasonwith my son. We have the privilege of being Whiteskinned, however, and I know that the threat of violence is far stronger for people of color in the United States. While a ban on assault weapons is vital, it also remains necessary to continue addressing racism and the many other systemic ills of our society, including homophobia and transphobia, which can overlap with racism to tragic results. Fourteen transgender people, almost all people of color, were reported murdered in the rst six months of 2016, the Advocate said. How can we hope to change things, though, when it seems we havent learned from the past and the next tragedy is just around the corner? My own answer is to nd inspiration in my son, whose very existence was in part motivated by hope in the face of tragedy. My spouse had always wanted children. I hadnt been opposed to them, but a few career shifts since college had kept me focused on establishing myself in my latest jobin a building right next to the World Trade Center. Every day, I would take the train to the station underneath WTC and walk across to my o ce next door on the top oor. Two business days before September 11, however, I switched to a new position in our New Jersey o ce. Things might easily have been di erent, and I began to re ect on unseized opportunities and the swiftness of our lives. That, and the family joy I experienced over a relatives new child, gave me the added push I needed. My spouse and I began to talk seriously about children in the months that followed, and about a year later, she was pregnant with my egg. Yes, it gave us pause, wanting to bring a child into a world of unpredictable violence. But when we lose our faith in the future, those who wish to cause harm have already won. We have to have faith now that we can build a future for our children that lets them grow up safe and loved and able to love whom they will. We have to believe in a future of human connection across the intersecting lines of race and sexual orientation and gender and all the other aspects of our identities. A future in which kindness and understanding outweigh oppression and disenfranchisement. A future where access to guns is more strictly controlled. We must then work to make that future happenin our homes, our communities, our country, and our world. Easy? No. But I think of my sons somber, worried face when we discussed Orlando, and I know we have to try. OF HATE AND HOPE Dana Rudolph Dana Rudolph is the founder and publisher of Mombian (, a GLAAD Media Award-winning blog and resource directory for LGBTQ parents. Mombian CONVICTIONS IT SADDENS ME TO NO END TO HAVE TO DISCUSS HATE AND VIOLENCE IN TODAYS WORLDON WHATEVER SCALE, FOR WHATEVER REASONWITH MY SON.


7.6.2016 25 Essentially, its an unintentional but undeniable safe zone for those who are gender non-conforming. As someone who was very much in the closet about my bisexuality prior to my transition to male, I didnt have as many opportunities to explore the vast and diverse LGBT communities that would have welcomed this selfexploration of expression. To put it short, a straight girl isnt likely to stumble into a lot of drag bars, especially not in the small Midwestern community where I grew up. Conventions were my chance to explore my identity. Even this weekend, walking through the crowd at Supercon, I bumped shoulders with more than a few bearded school girls, four-foot-tall militants with mascara moustaches, and oddly-busty Spidermen. For the average straight, cisgender and sheltered person, this anti-conformity utopia of self-expression is also a chance to see diversity in person possibly for the rst time while still cloaked in a safe veil of geeky normalcy. It isnt about who passes, or who looks the most like their character. Its about having fun, and making memories, free of judgement. Shouldnt it be like that everywhere in life? This was the rst time I walked through one of these underrated safe zones since I transitioned, and I couldnt help but re ect on how much easier it was to pull o my superhero of choice now that I didnt need to use eyeliner and dry-bristles to emulate the appearance of face stubble. But its good to know that someday when I give Wonder Woman a shot, no one is going to blink twice at the oddlylow sideburns peering out from beneath my wig. In fact, theyll probably just ask for a photo. W e all have role models. For some of us, its a family member, or maybe a celebrity. But for others, its a ctional character. The rst time I deliberately dressed as male, it so happened it was as the main character from a show I loved as a kid. At school, everyone unfortunately knew right away who I was supposed to look like, and so began a long phase of being mocked for not acting like the other girls. But as I got older, I found a group of friends where this sort of cross-dressing was acceptable and they werent rainbow-clad drag queens. They were cosplayers. That is, they dressed as characters they loved, and sometimes even crossplayed, meaning they dressed as characters from a di erent gender. This wild fad has always existed in some extremity or another, but has hit the mainstream like never before in the past decade. Children and adults alike come from far and wide to attend conventions, where self expressing themselves through characters that they look up to or relate to in some way is entirely the norm. Basically its Halloween year round. It was among groups like these, under the guise of fandom, that I nally felt safe to begin exploring my male image. Just this weekend, Supercon hit South Florida, with an estimated attendance of over 50,000 people crowding into the Miami Beach Convention Center. Guests included William Shatner from Star Trek, Ben McKenzie from Gotham, and Nancy Cartwright, who is known for voicing Bart Simpson. A plethora of vendors and artists alike lled two massive show rooms, each eagerly conversing with these loyal fans that had come from all around the United States. However, upon entering the convention, cosplayers were greeted near the doors by a small group of Christian extremists picketing with signs warning of Hell if they didnt repent their questionable ways. Certainly cross-dressing is not the main goal here, rather unabashedly showing o the ctional faces that touched your life in some way or another. However, there are absolutely no limits as to who dresses in what way. Whether straight or gay, youre welcome to come in a wig, a set of combat boots, or even walk among the crowd in full drag no one would blink twice. A SAFE SPACE FOR UNCONVENTIONAL APPEARANCES Brendon Lies Vitamin T CONVICTIONS IT WAS AMONG GROUPS LIKE THESE, UNDER THE GUISE OF FANDOM, THAT I FINALLY FELT SAFE TO BEGIN EXPLORING MY MALE IMAGE. Brendon Lies is a 25-year-old trans man originally from Fargo, North Dakota, and the current Art Director of South Florida Gay News. Ever since he began his transition in 2013, he has been using art in every form to express and share his journey with others.


26 7.6.2016 community announcement D o you ever wonder what is the best way to introduce yourself to others the rst time you meet them? Once you have done the traditional shaking of hands, whats next? In business we are meeting potential clients every single day and it is important to know how to keep the communication. Our Corporate Partner member Dale Carnegie Training shares with use ve simple tips to remember:1. Names are a Valuable Key Remember that a persons name is to that person the sweetest and most important sounds in any language. 2. Become Interested in the Other Person Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves. 3. Speak in a Friendly Tone Actions speak louder than words, and a smile says, I like you. You make me happy. I am glad to see you.' 4. Make the Person Feel Important People will cherish your words and treasure them and repeat them years after you have forgotten them. 5. Arouse in the Other Person an Eager Want First, arouse in the other person an eager want. He who can do this has the whole world with him. He cannot walks a lonely way.We invite you to put these tips into practice attending two great networking opportunities that the MDGLCC has put together for the month of July. GALLA (Gay & Lesbian Lawyers Association) Networking Social Mixer @ Drinkhouse Fire & Ice (1672 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) on July 13, 2016 from 6 p.m. 8 p.m. Monthly networking program sponsored by Kaufman Rossin tailored for attorneys, judges, and professionals in the legal eld held and anyone interested in marketing to them. Join us for a unique social mixer at the Drinkhouse Fire & Ice ( The venue will be o ering small bites, a complimentary beverage, happy hour prices, and free entry to the Ice Bar! Admission: $10 (Members) / $20 (Others) "Using the Power of Media to Market your Organization" Networking Luncheon & Business Expo @ The Ritz-Carlton (1 Lincoln Road, MB) on July 27 from 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. Engaging and interactive panel discussion by Media experts; Television Sean Michael (NBC 6 South Florida, NBCUniversal), Radio Jessica Fernandez (iHeart Media), Print Alexandra Villoch (Miami Herald), Digital Media Josie Llado (Greater Miami Convention & Visitor Bureau), Public Relations Richard Murry (Duree & Company). Admission: $45 (Members) / $55 (Others). 5 TIPS FOR A GOOD CONVERSATION Chamber Chat For any inquiries or interest in joining the MDGLCC as well as RSVPing for the above mentioned events, please visit or reach us at / 305-673-4440. Jorge Richa Marketing & Programming Director; Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) We treat the chemical dependency and the underlying issues that contribute Detox I Residential l OutpatientPM l Aftercare Where People Get Better800.778.6792 www.FHErehab.comAll calls are condential. Your treatment may be covered 100% by insurance.Nationally Accredited Treatment Center All calls are condential. Your treatment may be covered 100% by insurance. C M Y CM MY CY CMY K SFGN_Florida_House3_Top_WP.pdf 1 4/22/2015 10:44:34 AM Nite Life Law If you drink, dont drive. If you drive, dont drink. If you do both, call us.Kent & Cormican Criminal Defense Law Center 954.763.1900 The Law Center of Norman Elliot Kent & Russell Cormican 12 S.E. 7th Street, Suite 709 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


7.6.2016 27 1 July 6, 2016 www .WMGAZETTE. com By Michael dOliveira Experience and success were the driving factors in the commissions decision to hire a law rm to defend Wilton Manors in the vacation rental lawsuit led against the city. City Attorney Kerry Ezrol recommended Nabors Giblin & Nickerson because of the rms past success defending Flagler County against a lawsuit dealing with vacation rentals. In that case, the court ruled Flagler County could regulate vacation rental properties but only ones that started operations after the regulations were passed. Ezrol said Nabors Giblin & Nickerson were slightly more expensive than other rms but Mayor Gary Resnick said the extra expense would be worth it. Folks, you dont really want to nickel and dime this. The lawsuit was led in May by vacation rental owners Je ery Hill and Roger France. They successfully sued the city several years ago over the same issue. In a previous commission meeting, Ezrol said the city lost because former Community Services director Wayne Thies tried to regulate vacation rentals by classifying them as transient rentals. A judge disagreed with the classi cation. This time, the city could have a stronger case because it passed regulations. Hill and France say the city is charging too much and is trying to discriminate against vacation rental owners. The ordinance was drafted to discourage persons from renting properties for 30 days or less and to require personal information from those renters that is not required of renters for durations of more than 30 days, reads the lawsuit. The cost of registering a vacation rental was also included in the lawsuit and labeled as excessive. In the lawsuit, the petitioners claimed the regulations would require the expenditure of $13,500 a year to register all their properties. The city requires each unit be registered for $750. Let there be no misunderstanding. We Legal Battle Over Vacation Rentals Continue as City Hires Law FirmNeon Signs: Nuisance or Necessary?Neon is a necessity. Thats what business owner Nick Berry told city commissioners on June 28. Without neon signs, Berry says potential customers will drive right by businesses without knowing that they are there. You wont even see that its a bar. That its a restaurant. According to the citys code, Neon, ber-optic and similar tubing or banding. The use of banding or tubing on a building is permitted subject to the following conditions: The closest part of any tubing or banding on the sides of a building facing a residential or mixed residential/commercial lot shall be at least two hundred (200) feet from any such lot; (2) It is not used to border a window or any portion thereof; (3) It is limited to one band with up to three (3) colors per building; and (4) That the Director determines that it is used only to emphasize the architectural features of a building rather than to draw attention to the building itself. City Attorney Kerry Ezrol said the general intent of sign codes is to ensure the aesthetics dont get out of control and lead to eye sores. Berry asked the commission to not be anti-business and to take another look at the regulations regarding neon signs. His request sparked a familiar discussion amongst commissioners: Are we going to start not enforcing codes? What was the purpose if not to enforce it? asked Commissioner Justin Flippen. But Vice Mayor Scott Newton responded that the city has been willing to not be as stringent in enforcing some of its codes in the past. We did that before on [business] ags. Its kind of the same thing. Commissioner Julie Carson stated there are other code regulations the city doesnt actively enforce, such as requiring home By Michael dOliveira Business Wilton Manors Gazette Wilton Manors Gazette WMG Volume 3 Issue 13 July 6, 2016 owners to keep their roofs clean. In April, commissioners voted to allow business owners to keep displaying temporary signs and banners. Previously, business owners were allowed to use temporary signs and banners until December of 2015. When Mayor Gary Resnick said that the city should pay more attention to enforcing the ag and banner regulations along Oakland Park Boulevard, which he said had become an eye sore, the rest of the commission disagreed in favor of holding o on a code enforcement push. Resnick called the neon signs a matter of the character of the city we want to be. Newton said he didnt consider neon signs a pressing issue as long as they werent too bright and intrusive. He added that business owners should be allowed to keep current signs up for now but new ones shouldnt be allowed until the commission addresses the issue further. Resnick said hed put his neon sign back up tomorrow if he was a business owner and heard the commission was not strongly enforcing its own regulations. Commissioners voted to review the regulations and discuss them at a future meeting. WMG also want unlicensed rentals to either comply with the previous reasonable laws that we already have complied with or shut down, too. But adding requirements for those already obeying the law doesnt stop those who are now and will continue to be illegal. Where is the equity in that? wrote Hill and France in a letter to The Gazette on June 10. The city approved the regulations earlier this year amidst calls by residents to take action. Some residents have said that irresponsible tourists are ruining the peace and quiet of their neighborhoods by having late night parties. Parking and trash problems are also among the complaints. Some vacation rental owners have responded that they are responsible in whom they rent to and shouldnt be punished because of the irresponsible owners. Commissioners responded to residents calls for action by saying they couldnt pass regulations that were too stringent because it would put the city at risk for losing a lawsuit. Its a question of what your appetite for litigation is, advised Ezrol at the time. WMG


28 7.6.2016 By Michael dOliveira Community Dont Forget Your 'Precious Cargo' In A Hot CarIts a momentary lapse of memory that can have a lifetime of repercussions. To help prevent the deaths of children and pets because they were left in hot cars, the Wilton Manors Police Department is providing free stickers and pamphlets to remind parents and pet owners not to leave their precious cargo behind. According to the WMPD, 10 children nationwide have already died in 2016 due to vehicular heatstroke deaths. There have been 77 in Florida between 1990 and 2015, but that number is probably an underestimation because of unreliable data collection. NBC 6 reported on one of those deaths in May, an 11-month-old girl in Hialeah who was left in a car for an unknown number of hours. In 10 to 15 minutes, the temperature of a car which is parked and not running, could go from 80 degrees to 130 degrees, said Hialeah Fire Chief Miguel Anchia in an interview with NBC 6. Even cracking the windows doesnt prevent a signi cant rise in temperature. State law penalizes individuals who leave children unattended or unsupervised in a vehicle for more than 15 minutes. The penalty ranges from $50 to $500 if the child is unharmed and becomes a third degree felony if the child is seriously hurt, disabled or dis gured. The state also allows individuals to break vehicle windows to help unattended children and pets. Individuals cant be sued as long as they make sure the vehicle is locked, call 9-1-1, notify law enforcement before or immediately after they break the window, use no more force than is necessary and remain with the child or animal until emergency responders arrive. Stickers and pamphlets can be picked up at the police department, 2020 Wilton Drive; Wilton Manors Library, 500 NE 26 St., and at various animal hospitals and dog-related businesses. WMG 2 July 6, 2016 With only a few weeks to go before the Republican Convention in Cleveland, followed by the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, thought I would take the opportunity to talk politics on a more local level, right here in good ole Wilton Manors. This year we have a local election for Mayor and two City Commission seats. For those accustomed to seeing my name on the ballot, I am not running in this election, but remain involved in our city as President of the Westside Association of Wilton Manors, Chair of the citys Budget Review Advisory Committee, and Secretary of The Friends of The Wilton Manors Library. I will enjoy watching from the sidelines, while our eld of very quali ed candidates race to the nish line. The race for Mayor has two candidates running, our incumbent Mayor Gary Resnick, and his opponent Boyd Corbin. In the race for two commission seats, we have the two incumbents, Tom Green and Julie Carson, and two challengers, Paul Rolli and Celeste Ellich. The mayoral race will probably be an easy win this time for our longserving mayor, Gary Resnick, lacking former challenger, Doug Blevins, who is currently busy with the Wilton Drive Business Improvement District. Perhaps an easy win, but with Boyd Corbin as your opponent, theres sure to be plenty of drama and excitement along the way. Ive always had an underdog appreciation for Boyd, listening to his speeches at City Commission Meetings on how he was treated unfairly by Police and city o cials dating back to an incident one Halloween when his tiki torch set re to a drag queens wig. Yes, accidents do happen. However, wearing a KKK out t and carrying a lit torch around drag queens with big hairdos is probably not the best choice one could make. In the race for two Commission seats, it was a cli hanger waiting to see if Commissioner Carson would decide to run for re-election. In the end she decided to throw her hat into the race, along with another last minute surprise, Celeste Ellich. Name sounds familiar? You are correct, it is the same Celeste Ellich who, as President of the Wilton Manors Business Association, thought it would be a great idea to invite and host then Congressman Alan West to Wilton Manors. Talk about not making the best choice. Celeste, did you really think the residents of Wilton Manors would roll out the red carpet for Allen West after his ferocious attacks on the LGBT community? After a ve-year retreat from city politics, perhaps Celeste, who also serves as Vice Chair of the Broward Republican Executive Committee, thought it a good year to ride in on Donald Trumps coattails Opinion And Theyre OffBy Sal Torre With only a few weeks to go before the Republican Convention Publisher Norm Kent NORM KENT @ SFGN COM P IER ANGELO G UIDUGLI J ASON P ARSLEY JASON PARSLEY@ SFGN COM Editorial B RENDON L IES ARTWORK@ SFGN COM C HARLES P RATT W EBMASTER @ SFGN COM M ICHAEL D O LIVEIRA Correspondents MIKE TROTTIER @ SFGN COM J USTIN W YSE JUSTIN WYSE @ SFGN COM EDWIN NEIMANN @ SFGN COM C INDY CURTIS CINDY. CURTIS@ SFGN. COM T IM .H IGGINS @ SFGN COM SALES @ RIVENDELLMEDIA COM WMG South Florida Gay News is published weekly. The opinions expressed in columns, stories, and letters to the editor do not represent the opinions of SFGN, or the Publisher. You should not presume the sexual orientation of individuals based on their names or pictorial representations. Furthermore the word gay in SFGN should be interpreted to be inclusive of the entire LGBT community. All of the material/columns that appears in print and online, including articles used in conjunction with the AP, is protected under federal copyright and intellectual property laws, and is jealously guarded by the newspaper. Nothing published may be reprinted in whole or part without getting written consent from as a private corporation, reserves the right to enforce its own standards regarding the suitability of advertising copy, illustrations and photographs. Copyright 2014 South Florida Gay, Inc. Associated Press MEMBER MEMBER MEMBER MEMBER www .WMGAZETTE. com and go after the angry white vote here in Wilton Manors. Perhaps she is on to something and, come this time next year, we will be calling Donald, Mr. President and Celeste, Madam Commissioner. Oh god, its too late for April Fools jokes! Now to the other candidates in the Commission race, Tom Green and Paul Rolli, my favorites to win. Commissioner Tom Green is running for re-election, and this city will be all the better if he is voted to serve another four-year term. Commissioner Green is passionate about Wilton Manors and about improving the quality of life for all here in our city. Commissioner Green is frequently spotted at various city board and committee meetings, is proud to serve on the Metropolitan Planning Organization and on the Florida League of Cities. He is also the major voice for our environment and green building practices. Tom Green is a true asset to our City Commission and our residents. Paul Rolli, my second choice for the two commission seats, would also be a real asset to our City Commission. Paul has served two terms as Chair of the very important Budget Review Advisory Board, helping steer this city on a sound nancial path. Pauls background and thorough understanding of our citys budget makes him a perfect choice to serve as one of our next City Commissioners. Residents can have the comfort of knowing that Paul Rolli is watching out for them now and into the future when it comes to the citys tax base, spending, future planning and security. As for Commissioner Carson, she has de nitely served our city well and deserves our heartfelt gratitude, but not for re-election. I would urge Commissioner Carson to look beyond our small citys borders if she desires to remain in public service. Julies passion and commitment deserve a much larger audience. Unfortunately, her vision looks beyond our residents, our tax base, our hometown needs, and limited resources. So the race is on. Lets keep it civil and professional, and lets all be respectful of our fellow residents decisions about who they choose to support. After all, that is what makes us a democracy! And having that choice makes life just better here WMG Gary Resnick. Photo: Facebook.


7.6.2016 29 Recently the news has been full of stories about the referendum in the UK where voters decided albeit narrowly to leave the European Union. There were a number of reasons for the Brexit vote, and while I am not an expert on British politics, one of the driving issues was that people were fed up with granting decision making power to remote bureaucrats who did not necessarily understand their concerns or have their best interests in mind. Closer to home you need only look about 100 miles to the north, and you see the ongoing crisis with Lake Okeechobee and the algal blooms wreaking havoc in many waterfront communities. There is a compact a bond of assumed faith and trust that occurs when you cede responsibility to someone. You do this conditionally; on the assumption that a collective decision will be wise and accretive to value for the greatest number of people. But when that compact is broken, people will ask whether the scales have tipped and the costs have become greater than the bene ts. You may think this has nothing to do with real estate, but in it lies a very important message for anyone in the market to buy, sell or invest in real estate here in South Florida. Under the traditional model, information was closely held and anyone in the real estate market had to cede a great deal of control to outside experts, at a high price. But now things have changed. What was once closely held is now more plentiful and available. Oftentimes colleagues tell me that buyer/investor customers do a great deal of the work themselves. Will there be a Brexit vote or a battle of Lexington and Concord? Probably not. But the rumblings are out there. The value proposition is changing. An industry changes along with it or it is disrupted by outsiders. There are 65,000 Realtors in the marketplace between Miami and West Palm. How many do you think are seeing this, and are worried about it? There are two incontrovertible facts: First: Information is free and plentiful; knowledge is costly and scarce. And second: When given a choice, a client would rather have something done for them, than to them. No, there probably won't be a dramatic vote at the polls, or a secret gathering where people sign a list of grievances and declare their independence. But change is going to come to the real estate industry. Buyers, sellers and investors will demand it; you already see the outline of the new paradigm. Will Realtors and related professionals adapt, or be just as out of touch as bureaucrats in Brussels or a Hanoverian king? WMG James Oaksun, Broward's Real Estate Geek(SM), is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in Fort Lauderdale. In addition to having degrees from Dartmouth and Cornell, he is a graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI).Brexit and Independence Declarations Real Estate Geek By James Oaksun Brexit and Independence 3 July 6, 2016


30 7.6.2016 4 July 6, 2016 www .WMGAZETTE. com If this citys three incumbents want to keep their seats, theyll have to beat three incumbents. This November, Mayor Gary Resnick will face o against Boyd Corbin while Commissioners Tom Green and Julie Carson will be up against Celeste Ellich and Paul Rolli. In 2014, Resnick won with 51.83 percent to Corbins 4.23 percent. Doug Blevins got the rest of the vote. Ellich, the former president of the Wilton Manors Business Association, has ran unsuccessfully twice for a commission seat in 2008 and 2010. In 2010, Carson defeated Ellich in a special election 51.52 percent to 48.48 percent. Rolli, president of the Central Area Neighborhood Association, has never run before. Unlike some larger cities, Wilton Manors has no designated geographical areas so the two commission candidates with the most votes will be elected. Commission terms are four years and the mayor is elected for two years. WMG By Michael dOliveira Community Resnick, Carson Running for Reelection By Michael dOliveira Briefs A forum, featuring all the judicial candidates running for election and re-election, will be held on Wednesday, July 20 at 7 p.m. in the Hagen Park Community Center, 2020 Wilton Drive. Elections for judges will be held August 30. WMG WMPD Earns ReaccreditationJudicial ForumNews Briefs From Around Wilton ManorsThe Wilton Manors Police Department has been o cially reaccredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. To earn the award, the WMPD had to comply with about 260 standards. The process, held every three years, is a review of the police department, its personnel and policies by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. The bene ts of accreditation, say WMPD o cials, includes more e cient use of sta ng and equipment through best practices adopted through the accreditation. This is one of the proudest moments of my career, said WMPD Accreditation Manager Doug Robertson. The reaccreditation lasts until 2019 and then the WMPD will have to reapply. WMG Will Face Off Against Old FoesWilton Manors Summer Book Fair 2016The non-pro t, all volunteer Friends of the Wilton Manors Library is hosting their Summer Book Fair on Saturday, July 9th, 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 ction, nonction books, videos and music CDs for adults and children o ered to the public for a requested donation of no more than $1.00 per item. Book topics range from ction bestsellers and cookbooks to history, health and the arts. Help support your local independent library. For additional information contact 954-566-9019. WMG Admission and parking are free. Friends of the Wilton Manors Library Lecture SeriesRuth Greenspan, mother of Jason Alexander who played George Castanza on the long running sit-com Seinfeld, will be the guest speaker. Join the Friends of the Library for an enjoyable and fun evening. All are welcome to attend. Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 Wilton Manors Richard C Sullivan Public LibraryRefreshments at 6:30 pm, Lecture begins at 7 pm. WMG "My life, my career, and my son, Jason Alexander" Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution on June 28 calling on federal and state legislators to pass more e ective gun control laws. Commissioner Justin Flippen said enough is enough and that it was past time for state and federal o cials to take action. Silence equals death. Mayor Gary Resnick reiterated the fact that he and other commissioners could be ned and removed from o ce, per state statute, by the governor if they tried to regulate the manufacture, sale, or distribution of rearms. Any local laws passed can also be nulli ed by the legislature.By Michael dOliveira Community Commission Passes Gun Control ResolutionBut one resident wanted the commission to try anyway. Just try em out. Make it an ordinance. See what they do, said Mike Burke. WMG


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32 7.6.2016 Candidate Brings Wilton Drive To Forefront Of CampaignBoyd Corbin has a long list of issues he wants to address if elected mayor. Crime, taxes, spending, bar safety, pedestrian safety, increasing parking and more. But at the top of the list is the planned lane reduction of Wilton Drive. Hes rmly against it. Since the lane reduction was rst proposed, most of the public opinions expressed have been in favor of reducing the street from four lanes to two. But Corbin is so far the most vocal opponent of the project since it became public several years ago. Proponents of the reduction say it would make the street safer, add additional parking spaces and bene t business owners. Essentially, the idea is to make Wilton Drive more like Las Olas Boulevard. Corbin has spoken against the reduction at commission meetings, on social media and his campaign website. Hes also started a petition drive, with some of the signatures coming from the booth he set up during the Stonewall festival last month. If the lane reduction is approved by the state, city o cials have stated the Florida Department of Transportation [FDOT] would pay for the costs association with altering the physical structure of the road. But, said City Manager Leigh Ann Henderson, any additional landscaping or beauti cation would have to be paid for by the city. But Corbin, who is challenging Mayor Gary Resnick, is against the reduction for reasons that dont include money. This insane project will only bene t some business owners on the Drive. They want wider sidewalks for putting tables and chairs on. Let the residents vote. Last year, Mayor Resnick mentioned having a referendum to let residents vote on the issue. This needs to be done before continuing with this bizarre project that will create huge tra c jams not only on Wilton Drive but also on Andrews Avenue, Powerline Road and Northeast 26th Street. In November of last year, Resnick promised public hearings would be held on the issue and suggested a referendum be held. A consultant will be at the next commission meeting on July 12 to present scenarios for the Wilton Drive redesign. The current commissions support for reducing Wilton Drive is predicated on the nancial burden being borne by FDOT. Until recently, o cials resisted calls to take on the project because they said the city could not a ord to do so on its own. Fort Lauderdales request to narrow Northeast 4 Avenue from Sunrise Boulevard to Wilton Manors prompted city o cials to request the same for Wilton Drive. If elected, Corbin, who unsuccessfully challenged Resnick for mayor in 2014, would most likely still face a majority of commissioners in favor of moving forward with the lane reduction. Commissioners Tom Green and Julie Carson, both candidates for re-election this November, voted to apply to FDOT for the reduction. In April, Green said a two-lane Northeast 4 Avenue and a four-lane Wilton Drive could cause problems on Wilton Drive. The sudden expansion from two to four lanes, said Green, could encourage drivers to speed up once they get into Wilton Manors. That is something that would run counter to the e orts by city o cials, residents and business owners to make the street safer for pedestrians. Paul Rolli supports the lane reduction and agrees with Green, saying that tra c problems could cause arise from not altering the road. Celeste Ellich, the other candidate for commission, said she needs to study the issue further before forming an opinion. WMG By Michael dOliveira Politics 6 July 6, 2016 www .WMGAZETTE. com Photo: Facebook. TREATMENT FOR: BACK PAIN NECK PAIN JOINT DISEASE HIV NEUROPATHY HEADACHES SHINGLES PRP AND STEM CELL THERAPY PROCEDURES OFFERED: EPIDURAL STEROID INJECTIONS JOINT INJECTIONS BACK BRACES SPINAL CORD STIMULATION PHYSICAL & MASSAGE THERAPY BOTOX (COSMETIC & THERAPEUTIC) RADIO FREQUENCY ABLATIONTOM MACEK, MDBoard Certi ed in: ANESTHESIOLOGY PAIN MANAGEMENTNEEL AMIN, MDBoard Certi ed in: ANESTHESIOLOGY PAIN MANAGEMENTT: 954.678.1074 | F: 954.938.2127 IMPERIAL POINT MEDICAL ARTS PAVILLION 6333 N. FEDERAL HIGHWAY, SUITE 250 FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 33308 AMERICANPAINEXPERTS.COM medicare & private insurance accepted NEW LOCATION OPENING AUGUST 20161164 E. OAKLAND PARK BLVD. 33334


7.6.2016 33 Editorial Cartoon By Andy Marlette CONVICTIONS I ts hard to find anyone who doesnt love coffee, and this delectable drink is sometimes difficult to part with. It is enjoyed around the world and even offers us some health benefits like a lower risk for diseases such as diabetes and Alzheimers. Unfortunately our love of coffee does come with the drawback of stains which can negatively impact your smile. These stains are actually caused by polyphenols which are found in coffee and adhere to the surface of your teeth. Preventive action is the key against dreaded coffee stained teeth but also against the acidic buildup that over time can cause a faster growth of bacteria. If you have questions regarding these stains or their effects on your teeth, Premier Smile Center is always here to help with answers and a positive direction towards your oral health. In the meantime, here are a few tips you can use between dental visits. When possible, you can try sipping your beverage through a straw. This aids in reducing how much liquid is in contact with your teeth. If you cant avoid the contact with your teeth, be sure to rinse your mouth after drinking coffee as often as you can or drinking water between coffee beverages. Along with being good for you, water will help rinse away any dark liquids from your mouth. Ideally, brushing your teeth after would be a great option and would avoid having it sit on your teeth for long periods of time. Try carrying your toothbrush and toothpaste, or disposable toothbrushes with you. And dont forget to floss, because the unwelcome plague attracts food and beverage stains. If you dont want to carry a toothbrush, you could always keep a pack of sugar-free gum with you, the kind formulated to prevent and/or treat stains. The chewing action produces saliva and it aids in keeping your mouth clean. Before diving into using any selfwhitening products, we recommend you first start by making an appointment with your dental hygienist and get your teeth professionally cleaned. This is the start to brighter, whiter, healthier smile.COFFEE LOVE AND A HEALTHY WHITE SMILE paid content How to keep your teeth clean and white while still enjoying your beloved coffee beverages.


34 7.6.2016 From then we built on the success and the relationship we have with the community, Boudreault said. I think we succeeded because from 70,000 people, a $135,000 [CAD] budget, we are this year close to a $3 million budget and close to somewhere around half a million people. So what can you look forward to this year? Boudreault told SFGN the standout events are happening on the Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Pride. On Thursday night, RuPauls Drag Race cast members Violet Chachki, Pearl, Katya, Alaska, Willam, Phi Phi OHara and Manila Luzon will entertain the masses in an outdoor show co-hosted by Bianca Del Rio. Friday night is all about The Diva Den event. Big name Quebec talent will perform, as well as singers from elsewhere in Canada, the United States and Europe. Saturday night is a mixed bag of treats with the B.Y.O.L. (Bring your Own Lesbian) party back for the ladies and 15 of Montreals best drag queens hitting the stage for Illusion. In an exchange program of sorts, the city will also host performers who entertained audiences at Toronto Pride just a few weeks before. For your information, Montreal Pride also let Toronto borrow their talent. And while were not endorsing missing the parade on Sunday, the Mega T-Dance starts at the same time. But it continues for hours afterwards, so you can certainly make it to both events. The Mega T-Dance will feature several internationally renowned DJs who will cap their sets just before midnight. You can then just stay right where you are to see Canadian drag superstar Jade London close up Pride. Nowhere else in the francophone world is there a festival or a Pride that lasts seven days like we do, said Boudreault, who likes to remind people that Pride in Montreal bests any in France. Believe it or not, Montreal Pride was only a three-day event in 2007. In 2017, itll expand even further to a 10-day festival in celebration of Canada Pride. If that sounds unfamiliar, its because Montreal was awarded the rst ever Canada Pride, to take place from Aug. 11 to 20, 2017, in 2015 after the organizations that make up Fiert Canada Pride voted unanimously to give the city the event. The celebrations coincide with Montreals 375th anniversary as a city and the 150th anniversary of Canada as a nation. We came together and we thought, Why not? Canada is the second biggest country in the world. Were bigger than Europe. So why not do something like they do in Euro Pride or World Pride and do a bigger event that could go around Canada. Organizers expect Canada Pride to attract between 700,000 and 800,000 visitors to the city. The event will rotate host cities every four years. Were looking to have big, big names to do something huge for Canada, Boudreault said. We want to build something strong to have a strong legacy for the next city. We try to have a little something for everybody, said Jean-Sbastien Boudreault, vice president of Montreal Pride/ Fiert Montral. With a lengthy program lineup thats on from Aug. 8 to the 14 and an expected attendance of about 500,000 people this year, its hard to believe that just a few years back Pride in Montreal was ghting for its very existence. The festival has only existed in its current form since 2007. Before that, Divers/Cit had been organizing Pride in the city, as it had since 1993. After Divers/Cit made it known they wanted to become an LGBT music festival instead, Montreal Prides current president, ric Pineault, consulted the community about whether or not they still felt a need for Pride celebrations. The community was so afraid that Pride would be lost, recalls Boudreault. Suce it to say, the community responded with a resounding yes and immediately got to work to ensure 2007 did not go by without celebrations. They set up a nonprot organization in May and Pride followed that very July. feature travel En Franais and Anglais Daniela Costa Organer pec Canad Prid t attrac betwee 700,000 an 800,000 visitor t th cit. P ride in Montreal H ave you ever considered a bilingual Pride? While its not exactly as sexy as it sounds, the ideas still pretty damn enticing. Neighbors to the north Montreal have denitely got it going on.


7.6.2016 35 H OMO H I S TOR Y 101 Pier Angelo lifestyle history History was never as straight as we are told. Recording our history means reporting the truth. G reg L ouganis: (1960) is an American Olympic diver, LGBT-rights activist and author who won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games on both the springboard and platform. He is the only male and the second diver in Olympic history to sweep the diving events in consecutive Olympic Games. At sixteen Louganis took part in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, where he placed second in the tower event, behind Italian sport legend Klaus Dibiasi. Louganis was a favorite for two golds in the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, but an American boycott of the games prevented him from participating. At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Louganis won gold medals in both the springboard and tower diving events. He repeated his 1984 feat in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, despite suering a concussion after his head struck the springboard during the preliminary rounds. He completed the preliminaries despite his injury, earning the highest single score of the qualifying round for his next dive and repeated the dive during the nals, earning the gold medal by a margin of 25 points. In the 10m nals, he won the gold medal, performing a 3.4 diculty dive in his last attempt, earning 86.70 points for a total of 638.61 At the time of the 1988 accident, Louganis did not disclose to the public that he was HIV positive, a diagnosis he had received six months before the Olympics. His doctor placed him on the antiretroviral drug AZT, which he took every four hours round-the-clock. As expected of the culture at that time, most of his corporate sponsors dropped him as a client when his HIV status was announced in 1995. The exception was swimsuit manufacturer Speedo, which retained him as an endorser of its products until 2007. Louganis was among the rst class of inductees into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame on August 2, 2013. 2008 Summer O lympics: In the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, only 11 athletes out of the 10,708 participants were openly LGB including: Matthew Mitcham (Australia, diving) Judith Arndt (Germany, cycling) Imke Duplitzer (Germany, fencing) Gro Hammerseng (Norway, handball) Katja Nyberg (Norway, handball) Natasha Kai (U.S., soccer) Lauren Lappin (U.S., softball) Victoria Sandell Svensson (Sweden, soccer) Rennae Stubbs (Australia, tennis) Linda Bresonik (Germany, soccer) Vicky Galindo (U.S., softball, bisexual) Only one of them, Matthew Mitcham (who also won a gold medal), was male. Mitcham gained media coverage in Australia as reporters thought he was the rst Australian to compete in the Olympics as an openly gay person at the time. However, Mathew Helm, the Australian diver who won the silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the men's 10m platform, had publicly announced he was gay before the Olympics began. Other notable gay Australian Olympians include Ji Wallace, who competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics and won a silver medal in the inaugural trampoline event; however, he came out after the Games. 2012 Summer O lympics: The organizers of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London were the rst in Olympic history to include a commitment to diversity in its bid, making it the most gay-friendly games to date. The organizers publicly supported pro-LGBT concerns during the lead-up to the Games, such as during Pride London 2010, when special pins featuring the Games' emblem and a rainbow ag were sold as part of a wider range celebrating various aspects of diversity. LOCOG chief executive Paul Deighton stated that "Our vision is as bold as it is simple to use the power of the Games to inspire change. We want to reach out to all parts of the community and connect them with London 2012." A slightly larger number of LGBT athletes competed at London in 2012, with 23 out of more than 10,000 competitors, and only three gay men. Outsports co-founder Jim Buzinski considered it to be an "absurdly low number," and considered that in comparison to the arts, politics or business worlds, "sports is still the nal closet in society." Photo credit: Cloudzilla, Flickr.SUMMER OLYMPICS E DITI O N 2012 OLYMPICS C L OS ING C EREM O NY.


36 7.6.2016 Y ouve never been so mad in your life. Boy, you were angry. Ready to scream, spit nails, tear the world apart with bare hands. So mad you couldnt see straight, as they say, and youre still seething. As in the new book All the Rage: A Quest by Martin Moran, would the trespass against you ever be forgivable? It was unimaginably di cult to make that last call, even though there had been other calls over the years. Martin Moran had to make sure that someone was monitoring the man whod molested him decades before. Bob was elderly by now, but Moran knew that Bob wasnt rehabilitated if such a thing could even happen. He was relieved to know that California authorities had Bob on a registry. In another memoir, in another time, hed written about Bob pseudonymously. He didnt want to cause trouble then, for himself or anyone else, but the memory of what happened when he was twelve still, of course, lingered. Hed waited thirty years, after all, to nally call the cops. And yet, he didnt hate Bob. His stepmother, yes, but not Bob. And he didnt think he was angry about the whole thing; no, what irked him most was when people asked him if he was angry. He had a life to live, a career as a writer and actor; he lectured, traveled, explored, loved his family and his partner. Who had time for anger? Who had time for forgiveness? That was something Moran wrestled with. He worked as an interpreter for a man who was seeking asylum in the U.S., and the horrors the man endured were nearly unbearable. He seemed to forgive those who hurt him. An old friend whod been molested lifestyle books 'ALL THE RAGE: A QUEST' Terri Schlichenmeyer by Martin Moran 232 pages $24.95 / $33.00 Canada c.2016, Beacon Press was able to forgive, too; in fact, he almost seemed to think that Bob was a nice guy. Could anybody ever think of Hitler or Stalin as a human being worthy of grace? Or was justice needed before we can truly forgive? If a book, a nonsentient item made from dead trees, could have feelings, All the Rage would throb with aching. Author Martin Moran indicates in this memoir that he no longer feels compelled to be coy with his molesters name, so he speci cally identi es the catalyst for this journey. That up-front-ness immediately feels squirmy in part, because everythings suddenly more personal, and in part because Moran already seems oddly blas toward Bob, who nonetheless is a ten-foot-tall, constant presence in this story. All that happens in the rst pages. Because of the unsettling feeling were left with then, what comes next, and for the rest of the book losses, bewildering arguments, nal words exchanged with a friend, and yes, a blazing realization of hatred becomes compellingly soul-washing, not only for writer, but for reader, too. Though theres plenty of rawness here both in feeling and in word this meditation on justice, compassion, and mercy is something we all need at some point, so nd All the Rage. If you miss it, you may never forgive yourself. Memorial at theMuseum Our Fund and the South Florida Gay News Thank the following individuals and companies for their contributions and kindness in making the benet at the Museum for victims of the Orlando Massacre a meaningful event which successfully raised money for the victims of this terrible tragedy.Flowers Wilton Manors The Pink Submarine Home Depot The Museum of Art Print Basics South Florida Symphony Orchestra AIDS Healthcare Foundation Raquel Williams, Vocalist Brendon Lies, Designer Anthony Cedeno, Designer


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38 7.6.2016 G oogle gave some more exciting news about its next operating system (announced back in March). So far, the update is being called simply "Android Nougat." After version titles like Donut, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jellybean, it seems the tech giant has more of an obsession with sweets than I do. For a few months, Google had publicly accepted ideas for a new name (as long as the word started with the letter N). All you had to do was search the hashtag #nameandroidn. Some of the suggestions had been quite wild, like Android Nachos. Some of the suggestions had been quite creative, like Android Nutella. My suggestion of Android Nutsack had been ignored. Lets recap what we know so far about Android Nougat. Probably the most noteworthy of the new features will be Multi-Tasking. Hold the Overview Key and your app will shrink to one side, giving you the option to open another app on the other side. Imagine the possibilities. Now you can chat with someone on Grindr while Facebook stalking him at the same time! Well, maybe I'm the only one that does that. Some phones have this capability already, but this will be the rst time the feature is native to Android. A better noti cation panel will make your smartphone even smarter. After the update, you'll be able to reply to emails and texts with ease. Though iPhone beat Android to the punch on this one, it's still a worthwhile improvement. Other apps, like Google Hangouts, will enable you to reply to your noti cations. Plus, Google promises a cleaner look and a scaled-down version of the Quick Settings menu. Quick Settings can be customized with six buttons to activate options such as Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, and DoNot-Disturb. I only wish men were this customizable. If you're looking to save money on that data bill, a brand-new feature called Data Saver should be the solution. Though Google's laptop operating system has Data Saver, the mobile version will act quite di erently. Data Saver will limit how much cellular data your apps will be allowed to use. So no more surprise overage charges because you decided to watch an entire Net ix season of American Horror Story on your phone. Set your cellphone plan's data limit and Data Saver will notify you when you're closing in on that maximum allowance. Most apps will be shrunk to occupy less hard drive space. That means that it will be smaller with faster performance, just like my ex-boyfriend. Apps will see a 75 percent reduction in size, so that's more space for sel es. Battery life will be enhanced with Doze, which was introduced in Android Marshmallow. Doze was designed to activate a low-power state when it realizes you're not moving. It's sort of like whiskey for your smartphone. With Android Nougat, expect Doze to work better. What we don't even know for sure yet is the o cial release date. It is expected in the fall of 2016, but here's the downside... not every phone will be compatible with Android Nougat. With iPhone users, Apple directly updates the software. But with Android users, Google does not directly update the software. Instead, the Mountain View company is at the mercy of phone manufacturers, wireless carriers, and chip makers. Whether you can enjoy these new features or not will depend on which phone you own. lifestyle tech addict ANDROID'S NEW OPERATING SYSTEM Chris Ayala Chris Ayala studied screenwriting and worked in television in Los Angeles before pursing his dream of writing novels. He currently resides in Fort Lauderdale where hes published two series: the fantasy saga The Last Days and the gay concentration camp novella Confinement. MAY ISSUE VISIT SFGN.COM TO SEE WHERE TO FIND YOUR COPY MARRIAGE EDITION


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40 7.6.2016 Rick Karlin lifestyle food DOWN ON THE FARMTo be sure, the food is plentiful; the meal starts with a choice of three soups, one of which is always a vegetarian option. Two of the soups were in giant pots on the wood-burning stove; the third was suspended over a re pit. Soups are served with yummy cheese bread, and optional grated cheese, chopped scallions and fried skin pork (torresmo or chicharones). Then the main course begins and there is an abundance of options. Yucca, beans, oxtail, chicken, okra, corn, sausages and greens, are all dished up from the pots bubbling away on the giant outdoor stove. The emphasis is on quantity, the food is all pretty bland and unexceptional. About an hour after the entrees are served, a table is cleared and desserts are brought out. Again there are numerous o erings, but almost everything had coconut. Its all very charming, with large picnic tables dotting the expansive, tree-shaded yard in which chicken roam about and with pens of rabbits and tractor rides for kids. The entire meal is $25 a person, plus a buck or two for soft drinks. Its a BYOB place and Reginas has plenty of wine glasses and wine openers and doesnt charge a corkage fee, so the evening is really quite a bargain, so its no surprise that, when I went to the web site I discovered that it is booked well into the fall. According to the website; Regina started her little farm (its really just a large backyard) and cooking for others because of the nostalgia that she has for her state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. The description goes on, People of every walk of life come to the farm to dine and what we hear from our guests most is how much eating at the farm reminded them of their home. On the night we attended (after making reservations months in advance), we noticed plenty of LGBT folks at the tables. As a matter of fact our group of six gay men shared a large table with a group of four lesbians, who brought plenty of champagne to celebrate a birthday. I wonder how many would be there if they knew what I uncovered when I did a little research afterwards in preparation for the article. I discovered a few facts that make me wonder if the folks lining up at the gate to the farm realize where their money goes. One of the news articles mentioned that Rodrigues and Silva met at seminary in Brazil. Rodrigues and Silva are quite proud of the fact that the money raised by their dinners helps support the Las Olas Worship Center, where Silva is a pastor. The couple seems warm and welcoming, so I thought, perhaps they are the types of Christians who really follow the doctrine and accept all people. However, knowing how some faith-based enterprises arent exactly forthcoming about their beliefs, I did some digging and found out that Rodrigues used to work for Westminster Academy, the school a liated with the vehemently antiLGBT Coral Ridge Church. A little more digging unearthed the fact that Las Olas Worship Center is part of the Assemblies of God church, which has issued statements against same-sex marriage, allowing gays in the Boy Scouts. ( I tried contacting the couple via the e-mail address on their web site, but it bounced back with the message that no such address existed, A message left on their Facebook page went unanswered, as did a phone message. None of the many articles I read about Reginas Farm make anything beyond a passing mention that the event is a fundraiser for the Las Olas Worship Center. If I had known about the churchs anti-gay stance, I certainly wouldnt have given them my money, and I would hope others feel the same way. Submitted photo. Regina's Farm. Photo by Rick Karlin. Reginas Farm 1101 Middle St., Fort Lauderdale 954-465-1900 reginasfarm.comR egina's Farm gets lots of press about providing a unique Brazilian dining experience. Brazilian natives Regina Rodrigues and her husband Elizeu Silva are effusive hosts who produce an elaborate picnic buffet about three Saturdays a month. Each event draws about 150 people and there is a month-long waiting list for the three-course family style buffet meal. To read more of Ricks restaurant reviews visit


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42 7.6.2016 FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 7 JULY 12, 201 6 WWW.SFGN.COM SFGN ITES J.W. Submitted photo. Early reviews are already in and The Secret Lives of Pets is going to be one of the biggest films of the busy summer season. The premise of the animated feature is pretty simple what kinds of trouble do our animals get into when their human owners go off to work. Well, they throw raucous parties, plot mayhem and engage in romantic liaisons and its hilarious. Check local listings for theaters and show times. SAT 7/9 FI L M The Excelsa Quartet returns to South Florida with two performances, Friday, July 8 at the Josephine Leiser Center, 221 SW 3rd Ave. in Fort Lauderdale, and tonight at the Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St. Both performances begin at 7:30 p.m. The diverse program includes trios by Schubert, Haydn and Beethoven and the Kodaly Intermezzo for String Trio. Tickets are $37.73 at C UL T U RE Quebec-based Cirque Eloize brings its new production, Cirkopolis, to the Arsht Center in Miami tonight through Sunday, July 31. The disciplines of circus, dance and theater converge into an eye-popping, jaw-dropping, gravity-defying show that is sure to be the hottest ticket of the summer. Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets at TH U 7/7 CIRC U S The Stonewall National Museum and Archives presents a new exhibition, Marilyn: Kissing an Icon, opening on Thursday, July 7 and running through August 7 at its Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Dr. The exhibit includes a diverse collection of artifacts, memorabilia and fan collectibles dedicated to the hyper-sexual gay icon who was ahead of her time on LGBT and social justice issues until her untimely death in 1962 at the age of 36. For more information, go to S U N 7/10 E X HI B IT FRI 7/8 CONCERT Take a memorable musical journey back to the s with Boy George and Culture Club tonight at 8 p.m. at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. In addition to the bands timeless signature, Karma Kameleon, sing along to all the bands biggest hits, including Ill Tumble 4 Ya and Do You Really Want to Hurt Me. Dont miss this opportunity to experience the sensation. Tickets at BrowardCenter. org.CONCERT The second installment of FLOpocalypse, The United Journey, comes to the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center tonight for a high energy evening of poetry. Featuring nationally and internationally acclaimed professional poets, including HBO Def Poet Asia Samson, FLOpocalypse is a nonstop spoken word rollercoaster that will leave audiences speechless. Tickets start at $20.31 at MON 7/11 T U E 7/12 B oy George and Culture Club perform their iconic '80s hits, including "Karma Kameleon," this weekend at the B roward Center in Fort L auderdale.


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44 7.6.2016 I f I could kiss the personication of the lm My Beautiful Laundrette, I would. This was a 1985 lm centering on a Pakistani-English gay man and his attempts in opening up a laundry business, while resisting the racial tensions of Margaret Thatcher's London. Also, happy spoiler alert: the silverscreen couple featured in the lm actually have a positive resolution. Neither becomes torn apart by death or painful tragedy! Which, Ive seen, seems to be a rare occurrence on TV with gay characters even in the year 2016. (Giving shifty eyes to you, CWs The 100.) Omar (Played by an authentically talented Gordon Warnecke) is a young adult whos given a run-down laundromat by his uncle. Soon after, he gets attacked by a gang while in his car but the situation immediately takes a dierent turn when he nds out the leader is his former lover, Johnny. Omars eventual reunion and romance with street punk Johnny (Played by Daniel Day Lewis in one of his earliest works) plays as a catalyst against the social issues that aect their daily life racism, homophobia, socioeconomic dierences, and so on. Johnny becomes devoted to Omars cause, but not reformed to the best of Omars liking plus, tensions rise within Omars family for their own individual conicts, both related to the couple and not. While the story lends itself to the main couple, the depth of its supporting cast makes this lm complex and rich in its characterization. It feels like a painting in the world that was once true: seedy, contemporary London with seedy, contemporary love in all of its spectrums. I denitely recommend My Beautiful Laundrette to anyone with an interest in 1980s lms, lms centering on challenging internal racism, and any movie bu who enjoys a thoughtful portrayal of complicated, fascinating characters and their developing interactions with each other. It is a snapshot of the past, but the lm doesn't feel dated. Everything within it is a wealth of character, setting and story, all interweaved together to make a wonderful social commentary on the life of our beautiful laundrette, Omar Ali. MY B EAUTI F UL L AUN D RETTE Jae Kanella A look back at a wonderful film Jae Kanella is a South Florida native, cat parent, and writer. Jae's pronoun preference is they/them/theirs. Jae is 19-years-old and radically queer. I T FEELS LIKE A PAINTING IN THE WO R L D THAT WAS ONCE T R UE: SEE D Y, CONTE M PO R A R Y L ON D ON WITH SEE D Y, CONTE M PO R A R Y LOVE IN ALL OF ITS SPECT R U M S. Popular YouTuber PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, is the rst YouTube star to surpass 10 billion views. He was also kicked out of his home in the UK last week when his landlord accused him of having loud gay sex, according to Pink News. Kjellberg was lming a video for his channel when his landlord, who he had not met previously, came to the door and wrongly accused the YouTuber of having gay sex, calling him a faggot. He was then evicted, receiving a formal noise complaint only after being kicked out of his home in Brighton. Kjellberg expressed his feelings on the confrontation to his Twitter fans: To be clear: I made a video, landlord thought I was having gay sex. Comes down to call us faggots. Next day evicted w/o previous notice he wrote. Another read, Was planning to ght against the situation, but honestly happy to just move far away from that guy. Got more important shit to deal with. Kjellberg also posted a seven minute video that included a portion of the exchange with the landlord. The YouTuber had the resources to nd a new home quickly, Pink News Reports. Though Brighton is considered to be gay friendly, Kjellberg expressed how hard it is to nd places to live in the city. He said if anyone else were put in a similar situation, they could potentially nd themselves homeless. YOU T UBE S TAR GETS WRONGL Y ACCU S E D O F GA Y S EX WHILE F ILMING A VID EO Tucker Berardi a&e film Photo: Youtube.


7.6.2016 45 H ave you ever stood at the counter at your local co ee shop and just gazed at the work of steaming, creamy art whipped up right there in front of you? Sharon Stephenson, founder of Blooming Bean Co ee Co., believes brewing the perfect cup of co ee is indeed an art that deserves to be experienced and shared. Beginning on July 16, Stephenson will be o ering The Brew Series at Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) in Pompano Beach. The three-class series will introduce students to di erent tastes, styles and methods to roast, brew and serve co ee. Each session will involve blind tastings, pairings and detailed discussions about industry issues such as fair trade vs. organic and sustainable production. My goal is to introduce co ee culture and take participants to the level of co ee enthusiast or even purist, explained Stephenson. They will pro le their own noses and develop their own palates through blind tastings. If the terminology sounds much like wine tasting, it is, she told SFGN. Co ee is an exciting world of tastes, blends and philosophies. And, just like grapes, the character of co ee beans is a ected by their terroirthe set of all environmental qualities, soil and climate, where each crop is grown. Each individuals taste buds process the avors in di erent ways, reacting to acidity and varying avor notes. Most importantly, like good wine, a good co ee is always the one the drinker enjoys most. Each class will include pairings with pastries and desserts by Love Well Bakery. Participants will also take home a package of artisanal roasted co ee. Co ee is undergoing a renaissance, so to speak, said Stephenson, who rejects the current notion that dark roasting is the preferred method. We have been in the Dark Ages. Weve been sold a bill of goods.were all really tired of being told how to drink our co ee. A lifelong drinker, Stephenson later developed her passion for co ee during her travels. She and her husband would seek out local roasters and six years ago, decided to begin roasting her own co ee. She married her love for co ee with advocacy work for at-risk youth and victims of child tra cking. It was the best way to pour into a passion but to mentor at the same time, she said. Stephenson is also a vocal supporter for the local roasting community, which has grown signi cantly over the past few years. A barista throw-down challenge was one of the featured events at last months art walk in Fort Lauderdales FAT Village. She can also be found at the many other local roasters like Switchbox in Oakland Park or Alchemist in Wilton Manors, depending on the vibe Im feeling. On Sept. 10, Stephenson will open her Blooming Bean Co ee Co. shop in BaCA, the thriving cultural arts center in Old Town Pompano Beach. The inaugural celebration will include an appearance by an artist who paints using co ee. BaCA director Sarah Benichou said, We are thrilled that Sharon is teaching this class. Co ee is so immersed in our culture and our daily routines, gaining a better understanding of how to create a better cup is something we can all appreciate. Learn the art of co ee at The Brew Series at Bailey Contemporary Arts, 41 NE 1st St. in Pompano Beach, on Saturdays, July 16, July 30 and Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. Each session is $25 with discounts for multiple classes. Seating is extremely limited. For more information or to register, call 954-284-0141 or go to BaileyArts. org. SUMMER SERIES EXPLORES THE ART OF COFFEE IN POMPANO a&e culture J. W. Arnold To learn more about Blooming Bean Coffee Co., go to The art of coffee is the subject of a series of workshops offered at Bailey Contemporary Arts in Pompano this summer.


46 7.6.2016 H ow far will a starry-eyed Barbra Streisand fan go to get close to the beloved icon? Jonathan Tolins imagines a hilarious scenario in his hit O Broadway comedy, Buyer & Cellar, coming to Actors Playhouse in Coral Gables this weekend. The play chronicles the hilarious experiences of Alex More, a struggling gay actor who lands a job working in the shopping mall Streisand built in the basement of her Malibu compound. After weeks of minding the store, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to shop. But, eventually Alex begins to wonder if the bond he feels in the basement will ever make it upstairs. Actors Playhouse artistic director David Arisco had been eyeing the show for more than a year. Actor Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) originated the role of Alex and took the play to New York, Los Angeles and London before the rights became available. I had to keep an eye on its journey, explained Arisco. The question was whether it would be released to regionals. There were other theaters in South Florida that were trying to get it at the same time. The intimate show o ers a stark contrast to the big musicals Arisco typically programs, such as West Side Story, Ragtime, Miss Saigon and 776. Im always looking to create as eclectic a season as I can. I felt we didnt have a lighthearted comedy, he said. After snagging the rights, Ariscos biggest challenge would be nding an actor who could handle the challenge: This character has to be charming with a capital C, in addition to playing more than a half-dozen roles including Alex, boyfriend Barry, James Brolin, Steisands house manager and, ultimately, Babs herself. That actor would be Carbonell Awardwinner Chris Crawford, a Carbonell winner last year for Murder Ballad at Actors Playhouse. First and foremost, its a challenge. As an actor, you dream of doing a one-man or onewoman show. Its all me for 40-something pages. This script, in particular, has so much heart. Were all struggling with something and looking for more in our lives, just like Alex, Crawford said. As a gay man, Crawford particularly relates to his character. He noted a line in the show when Alex rst catches a glimpse of Streisands People dress and has a moment. Crawford grew up watching Barbra Streisand concerts on VHS video tapes, but nally had his own moment rehearsing this show. She had never been the icon to me until I did this show and now Im obsessed. Shes such a fascinating person. Im very much like Alex in that way. Ive always respected that shes a part of gay culture, but now I get it. Arisco already knows both gay and straight audiences will ock to the show: It is a gay man who is telling a gay mans dream story, but the charm of the character opens the door for the straight community, as well. The jokes wont be lost on them. a&e theater 'BUYER & CELLAR' IS A SALUTE TO STREISAND FANS J. W. Arnold See the Florida regional premiere of Jonathan Tolins comedy, Buyer & Cellar, July 13 Aug. 7 at Actors Playhouse, 280 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. Tickets are $45 53 at Crawford stars in Buyer & Cellar, opening this weekend at Actors Playhouse in Coral Gables. Credit: Brooke Noble


7.6.2016 47 YouTube star Calum McSwiggan said he was the victim of a hate crime on Tuesday night, but police claim otherwise. The British vlogger was with his friends in Los Angeles visiting a popular gay club, The Abbey. Later on, McSwiggan took to social media to claim he was attacked by three men and posted a photo of himself in a hospital bed. According to The Advocate, Holly M. Perez of the West Hollywood Station of the Los Angeles County Sheri s Department stated o cers were unable to substantiate the assault and that McSwiggan had no visible injuries. McSwiggan was then arrested when deputies found him vandalizing a car, Perez added. Personnel also claimed the 26-year-old YouTuber injured himself with the handle and receiver to a payphone inside the cell and taken to a hospital. Thats when the star posted a photo on Instagram of him on the hospital bed. After one of the most wonderful weekends at VidCon we went out to a gay club to celebrate, and towards GAY YOUTUBER FAKED HATE CRIME, POLICE SAY Brittany Ferrendi a&e news the end of the evening I was separated from my friends and beaten up by three guys, he wrote in the caption. The authorities should have been there to help and protect me but instead they treated me like a second class citizen. He added: With three broken teeth and six stitches in my forehead, I've never felt so terri ed to be a gay man in the public eye. McSwiggans friend and fellow YouTuber Riyadh Khalaf was with him that night, but did not observe the attack. He took to Twitter when he found out about his friend in the hospital. Terrifying to see this shit still goes on in todays world and to one of my closest and dearest friends, Khalaf wrote. On Wednesday after the release of the police departments statement, Khalaf tweeted stating he would not comment until he could legally speak. He also claimed that McSwiggan didnt fake it. Intended for audiences of 18 years and older TICKETS at Ticketmaster | 954.462.0222 Broward Centers AutoNation Box Of ce Group Sales | 954.660.6307 BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! JULY 22 JULY 22Follow us: BrowardCenter #NakedMagicFTL


48 7.6.2016 Photo: Facebook Christiana Lilly Theater broward county July 9 at 8 p.m. at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St. in Fort Lauderdale. The eight-piece rock band performs dozens of songs celebrating music through the decades. Tickets $22.17 to $36.32. Call 954-462-0222 or visit Picks DatebookJuly 7 to 24 at Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave. in Lake Worth. Its the s and Drew has dreams to be a rock star and Sherri is a small-town girl with dreams of their own. Working at the Bourbon Room, the audience will be entranced by the rock and roll era on the Sunset Strip. Tickets $29 to $35. Call 561-586-6410 or visit July 7 to 31 at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Circus arts returns to the center with a combination of dance, theater, and highflying feats. Tickets $49 and up. Call 305-949-6722 or visit July 8 at 8 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 501 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Boy George is back with favorites like Karma Chameleon, Ill Tumble 4 Ya, and Do You Really Want to Hurt Me. Tickets $49.50 to $129.50. Call 954-462-0222 or visit Top Picks JULY 6 TO JULY 14 July 9 at 8:30 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 501 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Spoken word performances hosted by Jerris QUICKThePoet Evans. Tickets $20.31 and up. Call 954-462-0222 or visit Fridays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Hub, Las Olas Boulevard and A1A in Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy live, outdoor music spanning genres and tributes every Friday evening through November. Free. Visit palm beach county July 7 to 10 and 14 to 17 at 8 p.m. at Seabreeze Amphitheater at Carlin Park, 400 South SR A1A. in Jupiter. The theatre troupe is back for an under-the-stars performance of Shakespeares Taming of the Shrew. Free. Visit SeabreezeAmphitheater July 9 to 31 at FAUs Studio One Theatre, 777 Glades Road in Boca Raton. The university performs the hilarious rendition of The Princess and the Pea. Tickets $20. Call 800564-9539 or visit Fridays at 7:30 p.m. at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave. in Delray Beach. Enjoy live music from the comfort of your picnic blanket or lawn chair every week, for free! Call 561-243-7922 or visit miami-dade county July 15 to 17 at the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. In this unique play in the Internaitonal Hispanic Theater Festival, Shakespeare and Cervantes vie for the a ections of Dorothea. Tickets $34.. Call 305-9496722 or visit Thursdays at the Perez Art Museum Miami, 101 W. Flagler St. in Miami. Come out for live music from DJs and musicians by the bay. Drink specials available. Free with museum admission. Call 305-375-3000 or visit Fridays and Saturdays at 9 p.m. at Just the Funny Theater, 3119 Coral Way in Miami. A collection of comedy mixing the likes of improvisation and sketches. Tickets $12. Call 305-6938669 or visit #OrlandoUnited: Every week, SFGN will pay tribute to one member of our community who was lost in Orlando.


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50 7.6.2016 I llma Gore imagines Donald Trump with a small penis. A micro penis to be exact. Gore, a California artist, painted a nude portrait of the New York businessman with a diminished endowment. Her painting, titled Make America Great Again, attracted much attention as well as anger from the Republican leaders followers. In May, Gore reported being punched in the face by a man who yelled Trump 2016! I am sad that this is the state of our America right now, Gore posted on Instagram after the incident along with pictures of her black eye. I am sad that Trump, and many of his supporters, dont nd words enough to express their opinions they need walls, waterboarding and punches. Heated emotions aside, Gores nude Trump portrait, created with pastel pencil, has a message, says the artist. One should not feel emasculated by their penis size or vagina as it does not de ne who you are, Gore said. Your genitals do not de ne your gender, your power, or your status.TRUMP NUDE PORTRAIT ELICITS TREMENDOUS EMOTIONS porn pulse Hunter Houston Photo: Facebook. Gore concludes her argument with Trump as the example. Simply put, you can be a massive prick, despite what is in your pants, Gore said. During the Republican Party primary election, Trump was on the defensive about his penis size when U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida called attention to Trumps small hands. You know what they say about people with small hands, Rubio said. The innuendo forced Trump to declare during a GOP debate that there was no problem with his cock size. Meanwhile, limited edition prints of Gores 14x17 Make America Great Again are available for purchase for $250 apiece. Im 26 and transitioning. I have a lot going on I dont need to be mocked, misgendered, or marginalized, and I dont have time to hunt out news that matters to me. Thats why I read EDGE on my Android tablet. Im being true to my future and thats where it will be.The person depicted here is a model. Their image is being used for illustrative purposes only. Christiana LillyCalendar@SFGN.comDatebook Community broward county July 8 to Aug. 7 from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Stonewall National Museum Mona Pittenger Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Memorabilia and fan collectibles from Marilyn Monroe, from her humble beginnings through her tragic history. Closed Mondays. Free. Call 954-763-8565 or visit July 8 at 7 p.m. at the Pride Center, 2040 N. Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors. The Kiki Project hosts this conversation about healing from oppression and racism. Free. Call 954-463-9005, ext. 306, 308, or 309, email kikiproject@pridecenter, or visit Top PicksJuly 14 to 16 at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St. in Fort Lauderdale. Women from across the state descend on Fort Lauderdale to vie for the crown. Tickets $28 to $47. Call 954-462-0222 or visit Through Aug. 6 at Tedds ART WORKS Gallery, 2422 N. Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors. View works by 37 South Florida artists from a number of media. Call 703269-8244 or email tedd@tedddavisevents. com Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Latinos Salud Clubhouse, 2300 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Get one-on-one life coaching from certi ed CRCS coaches. July 9 and 30 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach. Learn the traditional Japanese bon odori dance, typically performed during a summer celebration of ones ancestors. Tickets $15 with paid museum admission. Call 561-495-0233 or visit Morikami. org. July 11 from 8 to 9 p.m. at Concrete Beach Brewery, in Miami. Social Hall Manager and Certi ed Cicerone Jesse Morris discusses American styles of beer and their in uence on modern beer drinkers. Tickets $5. Visit http:// July 12 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Pride Center, 2040 N. Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors. An informational and educational panel about the transgender community. Free. Email Bender Youth GroupMondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at SunServe Campus, 1480 SW Ninth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. A group for LGBT youth 13 to 21 to discuss gender, gender expression, binary systems, friendship, family and whatever else comes up! Free. Visit SunServeYouth.comPFLAG Tuesdays in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Southwest Ranches. A support group for parents of LGBT youth 13 to 21. Free. Visit for dates and locations.GayWritesWednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Stonewall Library, 1300 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Come join us and write your memoir, poem, blog, novel or short story. Free. Email ijasher@aol.comSunServe Youth GroupTuesdays and Thursdays in Fort Lauderdale, Southwest Ranches, Coral Springs and Hollywood. A support group and night of fun for LGBT youth 13 to 21. Free. Visit for dates and times.Survivor SupportFirst and third Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Broward Health Imperial Point Hospital cafeteria, 6401 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. Find support from counselors and peers who have lost loved ones to suicide. Call the Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention at 954-384-0344 or visit Support Services


7.6.2016 51 JULY 6 TO JULY 14For guys living with HIV, their partners, and anyone who identi es as transgender. Free. Call 954-765-6239 or visit Mondays 6 to 6:30 p.m. at the Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center, 140 W. Prospect Road in Fort Lauderdale. Join a guided meditation and instruction with Western Buddhist teacher, Jay Radin. Free. Visit palm beach county Meets at Compass GLCC, 201 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth. A closed transgender youth support group for teens ages 12 to 19. For more information, email Mondays at 6 p.m. at Compass GLCC, 201 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth. Get moving with a certi cated Zumba instructor for an infusion of exercise and dance moves. Donation of $5 or more. Call 561-324-1626 or visit Mondays at 6:15 p.m. at Lambda North, 18 S. J St. in Lake Worth. A support and discussion group for female recovering alcoholics. Visit Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at MCC of the Palm Beaches, 4857 Northlake Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens. AA for the LGBT community. Free. Call 561-775-5900 or visit at 7 p.m. at Compass GLCC, 201 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth. Join the Gay Mens Chorus as they practice every week. Free. Call 561-533-9699 or visit CompassGLCC.comMondays at 7 p.m. at Lambda North, 18 S. J St. in Lake Worth. A support and discussion group for LGBT recovering addicts. Visit miami-dade July 10 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive in Miami Beach. Edukos, headed by Chef Jose Marmol, presents ve Venezuelaninspired BBQ dishes. Tickets $55 bene ting the botanical garden. Visit Mondays from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Purchase fresh food from local farmers, including fruits, vegetables, meats, prepared foods, as well as chefs, live music, and cooking demonstrations. Free. Visit en/Visit/Dining. Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the University of Miami Flipse Building #302, 5665 Ponce de Leon Drive in Coral Gables. An open discussion about coming out, relationships, peer pressure, bullying, depression and more. Free. Visit from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at Jose Marti Park, 362 SW Fourth Ave. in Miami. Yogis 18 and older of all levels are invited to a practice lead by a certi ed instructor. Bring your own yoga mat, water, and towel. Free. Call 305-358-7550 or visit Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at South Beach AIDS Project, 1234 Washington Ave. Ste. 200 in Miami Beach. A support group for those who are HIV positive. Free. Call 305-535-4733, ext. 301 or email Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center, 1273 Coral Way in Miami. Buddhist monk, Gen Kelsang Nurbu, will lead classes on learning the foundations of Buddhism. Call 786-529-7137.Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Bayfront Parks Tina Hills Pavilion, 1075 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Learn the Brazilian art of capoeira, a mix of dance and martial arts, with Mestre Ze Com Fome. Free. Call 305-989-6628 or visit


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