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January 31, 2018 vol. 9 // issue 5 @ SOFLAGAYNEWS SS OUTH FF LORIDA GG AY NN EWS SFGNSFGN COM local name global coverage ABUSE OF POWERBEGINS ON PAGE16Bruce Presleys Past Disgrace Catches Up With the Present BEGINS ON PAGE 37CHECK OUT THE NEW WMG SFGN EX cC L usUS IV eE

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2 U\312\312\312 1.31.2018 GLAAD CRITIcC IZE dD FOR II N cC OMP lL ETE LGBTBT GUI dD E TO FlFL ORI daDA G LAADs Southern Stories: A Guide for Reporting on LGBTQ People in Florida has been criticized for factual errors and lacking information. Rand Hoch, a former judge and the president and founder of Palm Beach County Human Rights Council [PBCHRC], criticized GLAAD, an LGBT media watchdog organization, and laid out his criticisms in an email to the organization. He also spoke with SFGN. He called on the publication to be pulled until it can be corrected. In an email to GLAAD, Hoch stated that since GLAADs purpose was to ensure accurate and fair representation of the LGBT community The Board of Directors of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council requests that your organization stop distributing the Southern Stories: A Guide for Reporting on LGBTQ People in Florida until such time as you can provide accurate information. He went on to say that PBCHRC is dismayed that GLAAD did so little research about the work done by LGBTQ organizations and individual activists in Florida before publishing Southern Stories. It is obvious that GLAAD relied solely on information provided by the reports coauthor, Nadine Smith of Equality Florida. Relying on Equality Florida to provide an accurate LGBTQ history of Florida especially when it comes to Palm Beach County is like relying on Donald Trump for an accurate history of, well, anything. Hochs specic criticisms included the wrong date for the foundation of SAVE [GLAAD stated it was founded in 1973, but the real date is 1993]. They didnt even list PBCHRC on the organizations page! wrote Hoch. Pride Center at Equality Park and SunServe, both located in Broward County, are also missing from the list of LGBT organizations. No Broward-based LGBT organizations were listed in the guide. PBCHRC is also concerned that your statement that By 2010, a steady roster of municipalities had begun adding LGBTQ protection is both inaccurate and misleading. We also feel that your timeline is woefully inadequate. There was a lot of activity on LGBTQ initiatives especially in Alachua, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties long before Equality Florida began their marketing and media-grabbing campaigns. Hoch added that his organization has been generally pleased with GLAAD in the past. But, in light of this publication, how can we ever rely on GLAAD in the future?In an email response to Hochs criticisms, and a question about why no Broward LGBT organizations were listed, Smith wrote, Equality Florida is proud to partner with GLAAD in creating an Englishand Spanishlanguage guide to encourage media coverage of LGBTQ issues. The guide also assists news agencies in using the correct terminology and encourages them to speak directly to communities that are underrepresented in news coverage. I encourage organizations to share this important tool and provide additional information that can help encourage diverse and responsible coverage of LGBTQ issues. In an email response to Hoch, Zeke Stokes, GLAADs vice president of programs, thanked him for reaching out. We very much appreciate your keen eye and will make the correction you spotted to the founding year of SAVE DADE. A new version reecting that correction will be posted to GLAADs site in the coming days. If there are other factual errors, we are happy to correct those as well. We spent a great deal of time researching and fact-checking this document, but of course, we sometimes make mistakes and always welcome corrections. He added that the timeline wasnt meant to give an entire account of LGBT history in Florida, but a brief overview. We recognize that there was much, much more we could have included, thus the disclaimer in the guide on page 6: The timeline on these pages accounts for some of the important milestones in Floridas LGBTQ history. It is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather to provide a context in which LGBTQ people in the state nd themselves living at this critical juncture in the movement for equality and acceptance. Hoch responded that he understood the purpose of the timelines brevity, and suggested there were still some important rsts missing: the 1990 protection by Palm Beach County of LGBT workers employed by the county, West Palm Beach becoming the rst public employer in Florida to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in 1991, and West Palm Beach becoming the rst public employer in Florida to oer domestic partnership benets. GLAAD did not respond to multiple media requests. Michael dOliveira NENE W SS highlight 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 Publisher, at his law RI\277FH\017\003DW\003RUP#RUP.HQW\021FRP\021\003\DV\003D\003SULYDWH\003FRUSRUDWLRQ\017\003 reserves the right to enforce its own standards regarding the suitability of advertising copy, illustrations and photographs. 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1.31.2018 U 3 C losing in on the Mayorship, Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Dean Trantalis roused members of the LGBT community at the SFGN anniversary party Thursday night. Its time we seek the pinnacle of success in this community, said Trantalis from the stage at Hunters Nightclub in Wilton Manors. And no better place does it show itself than to be at the top of government in Fort Lauderdale. Trantalis, one of two Excellent in Achievement honorees at the South Florida Gay News 8th anniversary party, said the end goal is in sight. In his acceptance speech, he noted historical accomplishments made along the way. We came together because our community knew we were not going to allow police ocers to raid our bars, Trantalis said. We were not going to allow police ocers to confront us without provocation. We were not going to allow our equal rights to be transgressed by other people who felt we were not good enough to be married or not good enough to live in housing projects or be hired like everybody else. We put those backward notions away and we now live in a community where everyone shares equally. Trantalis won the rst round of the mayoral election, defeating rivals Bruce Roberts and Charlotte Rodstrom with 46 percent of the vote. With Rodstrom eliminated, Trantalis now faces Roberts, the citys ex-police chief, one-on-one, in the March 13 election. Dean wins this recognition for a life well lived as a spokesperson for human and LGBT rights, wrote SFGN publisher Norm Kent in his weekly column. Trantalis led the eort to have Fort Lauderdale recognize same-sex marriage, a position outgoing Mayor Jack Seiler never warmed to. Imagine a new scenario where the mayor of a major southern city was a proponent of your freedoms instead, Kent wrote. Attorney George Castrataro was also honored by SFGN. Castrataro placed third in the race for Fort Lauderdales district two commissioner. This is Georges rst foray into politics and his candidacy challenged a qualied, popular gay opponent, a former city commissioner, along with a young West Point graduate, Kent wrote. George wants to champion causes and people he thinks the city is forgetting. His past performance, ethics and advocacy makes him a worthy candidate. Castrataro thanked the room at Thursday nights awards party and quickly pivoted to heap praise on Kent, who launched SFGN with his business partner Piero Guidugli eight years ago. Its a privilege to stand next to Norm Kent, Castrataro said. Norm has done so many amazing things for us, including giving us this newspaper that we rely on so much to know whats going on and to be familiar with our community. We are really fortunate. TT R aA NTal AL IS, C aA STR aA T a A RO HONOREd D AT SFSF G NN ANNIVERSaA RY PaPARTY John McDonald D\f i>\230\312/\300>\230\314>\217\210\303\312 \303\314>\230`\210\230}\312\334\210\314\205\312-\023\024 N \275\303\312 v\234\325\230`i\300\303]\312 N \234\300\223\312\034i\230\314\312 >\230`\312*\210i\300\234\312\024\325\210`\325}\217\210\260 -ii\312\253>}i\312{\310\312v\234\300\312 \223\234\300i\312\253\205\234\314\234\303t Photo credit: J.R. Davis. NENE W SS local DEAN WINS THIS RE cC O gG NITION FOR A LIFE WELL LIVE dD AS A SPOKESPERSON FOR HUMAN AN dD L L GB TT RI gG HTS. NN orm KentSS F GNGN PP U bB LISHER

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1.31.2018 U 5 Destressing techniques were introduced at Tuesday mornings Coee & Conversation program at Pride Center. Joseph Hamilton, volunteer coordinator for Trustbridge, oered ways to destress. Trustbridge is a hospice and end-of-life care company serving Palm Beach and Broward Counties. We need volunteers to make sure people dont suer mentally, spiritually and emotionally, thats the whole point, said Hamilton. Stress is lifes No. 1 killer, Hamilton said. He then led the group in yoga and deep breathing exercises. Elsewhere, Pride Center Chief Executive Ocer Robert Boo said plans to bring senior aordable housing to Equality Park remain alive. We are doing everything we can to make this dream come true, Boo said. Boo said he would also be watching tonights State of the Union address. He said his trip to Israel and education about the Knesset taught SS ENIORS DO YY O gaGA TT O DESTRESS John McDonald NENE W SS coffee and conversation him the importance of listening to all points of view to nd common ground. Other speakers this week were Michael Albetta with the Broward Sheris Oce, Pride Center employees Ebony Wilson and Roger Roa and R.J. Hadley with the City of Wilton Manors. Albetta advised the room to avoid scams from telephone calls claiming to be from the IRS. The IRS does not call you, they send you a letter rst and you call them, Albetta said. Wilson said she is collecting donations for the Florida AIDS Walk, Roa plugged the centers cruise to Mexico and Hadley talked about the citys free shuttle. FF or more information about coffee and conversation, contact Bruce WW illiams, SS enior SS ervices Coordinator at 954-463-9005, ext. 109 This week's Coffee & Conversation

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6 U\312\312\312 1.31.2018 LesbianAn Albany appeals court ruled in favor of a lesbian couple who were looking to block a sperm donor from trying to take custody of their child. The court blocked the donor from taking a test to determine his paternity of the child, according to the Albany TimesUnion. The judge ruled that the parents were the presumed guardians through marriage and testing would provide stress to the child. [G]ranting the request of a sperm donor for a paternity test would eectively disrupt, if not destroy, this family unit and nullify the childs established relationship with the wife, her other mother, Justice Robert C. Mulvey wrote in his ruling. Testing in these circumstances exposes children born into same-gender marriages to instability for no justiable reason other than to provide a father-gure for children who already have two parents. LESBIaA N PaPARENTS GIVEN CUSTOdD Y O O VER SS PERM DONOR L BB isexual In a recent episode of grown-ish, bisexual character Nomi tackled a persons misconceptions about her sexuality. A lesbian character took Nomi out on a date in the episode Starboy, and she was oered a drink by a male character, according to NewNowNext. After rejecting the drink and later revealing she was bisexual, the lesbian character downplayed Nomis sexuality to a phase. Wait, did you just say phase? Nomi said. She just said phase, you guys. I heard it! As her date storms o, Nomi yells across the crowded bar, You know, its LG-B-TQ. Respect the letter, bitch! According to a study from adult toy company Adam and Eve, 47 percent of Americans would not date a bisexual person of any gender. On the other side, 35 percent said they would date a bisexual person. TVTV ShSH OW GROWN-IShH C haHA R ac AC TER Tak TAK ES ON BB IP hH OBI aA BB LGLG BTQ IAIA bites By RR yan LL ynch Photo Credit: Freeform/ Eric McCandless. CONSTANTINE PATSIMAS cpatsimas@weinsuregroup.com HOME | AUTO | BUSINESS We know Insurance, because We Insure Florida. ALEJANDRO KALAF III alejandro.kalaf@weinsuregroup.com \025"\037\r\312U\312 FLOOD U\312\001/"\312 \t-\026 \r--\312U\312 UMBRELLA U\312 RV s BOAT s U\312 JETSKI \303\312U\312 MOTORCYCLE 954.903.75191975 E. Sunrise Blvd, Suite 602 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 www.WeInsureFTLaud.com

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1.31.2018 U 7 2929 East Commercial Boulevard, Penthouse D | Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308 954-202-9770 | 954-202-9777 Fax THart@R3Accounting.com | www.R3Accounting.com Timothy S. Hart, CPAManaging Partner Accounting and Tax Services Accounting and Tax Services Well Handle It! Your Pallant Insurance TeamFREE Policy ReviewFREE Quotes FAST and Courteous Service FLOOD INSURANCE HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE HURRICANE INSURANCE Call or Come In Today954.522.3800 www.PallantInsurance.com1800 N.E. 26th Street Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305 TT ransgender OO S caCA RS NN OMIN aA TE FF IRST TT R a A NS DIRE c C TOR FOR AWa A R d D TT LGLG BTQ IAIA bites The Academy Awards made LGBT history with their 2018 nominations. Yance Ford became the rst ever transgender director to be nominated for an award, according to NBC News. His lm Strong Island follows the 1992 murder of his brother and was nominated for best documentary. I think that everybody out there should know that there is a generation of trans directors who are coming for their Oscars, Ford said to Entertainment Weekly. So this might be the rst, but it certainly wont be the last. The Academy Awards also nominated Sebastian Lelios A Fantastic Woman for best foreign lm. The Chilean movie follows a transgender womans mistreatment following the death of her boyfriend. Photo: Yance Ford, via Twitter.

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8 U\312\312\312 1.31.2018 TT here is a ght to ban conversion therapy in Florida and throughout the United States. While therapists and psychological groups alike have denounced the practice as ineective and dangerous, there is a lack of big data showing just how far a reach the therapy has until now. Conversion therapy is the attempt to change an individuals sexual orientation or gender identity through a number of therapeutic methods and has been found to hurt intimacy, as well as increasing rates of depression, substance and alcohol abuse and increase suicidality. Personal stories and anecdotes are eective in showing how individual lives are aected but now a new study from Williams Institute shows just how many peoples lives are impacted. And the numbers are extensive. Many professional health associations and the public support ending the use of conversion therapy on LGBT youth, Christy Mallory, the state and local policy director at the Williams Institute and lead author of the study said. Our research shows that laws banning conversion therapy could protect tens of thousands of teens from what medical experts say is a harmful and ineective practice. According to the study, approximately 6,000 LGBT youth (age 13-17) living in states where conversion therapy is banned would have been subjected to conversion therapy if their states never enacted a ban. What is staggering is the number of youth still at risk of going through conversion therapy. 20,000 current LGBT youth are estimated to go through state-licensed conversion therapy in the United States. Mallory said that the number could be reduced if more states and areas were to ban conversion therapy for licensed therapists. However, many parents turn to clergy and other unlicensed therapists to conduct the therapy in lieu of a state-licensed professional. The Williams Institute approximates about 57,000 current LGBT youth will receive therapy from unlicensed individuals before the age of 18. With such a large number of teens at risk of conversion therapy, study author and Williams Institute research director Kerith Conron said. We must ensure that families, faith communities and service providers have accurate information about sexual orientation and gender identity and work to reduce stigma and promote acceptance of LGBT youth and families. A lack of awareness is not the only issue, however. Groups like the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) and the Liberty Council are working to promote conversion therapy and prevent further bans from being enacted. While there are a large number of LGBT youth currently at risk for licensed and unlicensed conversion therapy, the number of U.S. adults that underwent the practice at some point in their life is even more astounding. The study estimates 698,000 LGBT adults in the U.S. have received conversion therapy, including 350,000 estimated to have received the therapy as adolescents. As projected by the study, these numbers will only grow unless conversion therapy in all forms is banned. A good share of the conversion therapy that is going on is being done by unlicensed therapists and clergy. And people like Julie Hamilton [of NARTH] are going out and training those sorts of people, Rand Hoch, president of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council said. At this stage, we cannot really take on clergy or parents or things like that, but I hope that one day we can ban [conversion therapy] everywhere. NENE W SS national AA good share of the conversion therapy that is going on is being done by unlicensed therapists and clergy.RR and HH och PP RESIDEN tT O fF tT HE PP BC HRHR C SS TU dD Y EE STIM aA TES NN E a A R lL Y 80,000 LGBTBT YY OUT hH AT RR IS kK TT O RR E c C EIVE CONVERSION ThTH ER a A PY rrf ntb r r nnnn nrnnnrnn b \230 n nrr nnnn Tucker Berardi

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1.31.2018 U 9 TT wo openly gay candidates seeking political oce in Miami-Dade County spoke to prospective voters at a kicko event for the 2018 election season Jan. 20 at the Hotel Gaythering in Miami Beach. State Representative David Richardson, who is running for the congressional seat currently occupied by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Javier Estevez, who is running for the State House in District 105, laid out their agenda for the upcoming campaign season at the event organized by the Miami-Dade LGBTA Democratic Caucus, which relaunched in April 2017. Richardson who is currently in his third term as State Rep. and was the rst openly gay individual elected to the Florida Legislature six years ago has much he would like to accomplish in Washington if elected to Congress. His platform includes prison reform, healthcare, gun violence and LGBT issues such as housing protections for LGBT individuals facing discrimination, banning conversion therapy for gay minors and repealing the marriage equality prohibition we still have on the books. Richardson says the most important thing that we have to do this election season is get more Democrats elected in the state of Florida. The Florida Legislature is two-thirds controlled by the Republican Party and the Democrats are in the super minority with only a third, Richardson said. All of those issues that are important to Democrats are not gonna get a hearing, theyre not gonna get talked about, theyre not gonna get a vote until we have more Democrats on the oor....Democrats are winning in seats that have not been won in many, many years and thats really encouraging for whats going to happen this coming November. Estevez, who describes himself as a regular guy from the neighborhood Im not a lawyer, Im not a businessman....Im a full-time assistant manager at American Eagle said he is running for oce because he is sick and tired of the legislators not prioritizing our community and the issues that aect us. A lifelong Democrat and Cuban American, this is Estevezs rst time running for oce, although he has volunteered before for SAVE and other Democratic candidates. The seat he is campaigning for encompasses areas west of Southwest MM I aA MI LGBTBT DEMOcC R aA TS HO ldLD KI ckCK OFF EE VENT NENE W SS miami-dade Photos courtesy of David Richardson. Democrats are winning in seats that have not been won in many, many years and thats really encouraging for whats going to happen this coming NN ovember.DD avid RR ichardson S tT A t T E REPRESEN tT A t T IVE Jose Cassolajocacommunications@outlook.comGay candidates gave speeches, helped recruit volunteers for the Caucus at Hotel Gaythering 107th Avenue, north of Southwest Eighth Street, up to Miramar, west to Naples and south to the Hammocks and Country Walk. Mostly, I just have seen the lack of interest from the legislature to really focus on solving the issues that most aect my community, said Estevez, 32, who lives in Sweetwater. There are a lot of issues aecting our community and our city, but I know that theres ways we can x it. Estevez said the rst step is to pass legislation to keep any discriminatory actions away from our community. We need to make sure that all of the LGBTQ community is protected from discrimination once and for all....and we need to make sure that our trans brothers and sisters are protected under that, Estevez said. We also need to build our public education system...and raise the pay for teachers...We have to protect the kids. In addition, Estevez says there needs to be plans in place to combat climate change, use renewable energies and expand Medicaid in the state of Florida. The fact that Florida isnt leading in solar energy production in this country is ridiculous and we need to change it right away, Estevez said. The fact that weve ignored expanding Medicaid has hurt the most vulnerable in our communities and we need to end it. These are just some of the issues that are aecting us every single day. In spite of these issues, Estevez said he still has hope because hes seen men and women of every age, race and sexual orientation stand up and stand strong to run for oce and ght for these issues... We have a ght to ght and this is our moment to ght it, Estevez said. I know that if we all come together right now, we can build a future that we can all believe in. We can build a future where we all nally strive and not just survive. We can build a future where a family doesnt have to worry about sending their kids to a good public school. And we can build a future where a family doesnt worry about putting food on their tables or that their cities are safe or if WE are safe leaving a club on Miami Beach....If you join [me] right now for this ght in this moment, I know that we can nally begin to build tomorrow today. Walker Burttschell, president of the Miami-Dade LGBT Democrats, said the kicko event was a great way to get our base, our gay community excited about the upcoming elections in 2018. Volunteers helped register people to vote, update peoples voter registration cards, sign up other volunteers and get people to sign up for the Caucus. We plan to have a really strong presence in 2018, Burttschell said. We want to be in all the bars at least once a month up until the elections. Were really pushing people to go out and vote in November. Burttschell added: Our mission is to regain the Democratic majority we held just a few years ago. To do that we need YOU. We are proud to represent your voice, regardless if it is a GLBT voice or other person that faces discrimination. We are the only GLBT organization in Miami-Dade County aliated with the Democratic Party and we welcome anyone to join us to help elect progressive, fair-minded Democrats. For more information, visit www.miami-dadedems.lgbt.

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10 U\312\312\312 1.31.2018 rfntrb brfrtnfrrrr trfbrnn frfbfrf \220 brftnbtfrrfbr f \220 frbnfrb fnnrfbrrbr rbbnrbn rfntrb Im irresistible, not irresponsible. rTRUVADA for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a prescription medicine that is used together with safer sex practices to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 through sex. This use is only for HIV-negative adults who are at high risk of getting HIV-1. To help determine your risk of getting HIV-1, talk openly with your healthcare provider about your sexual health. Ask your healthcare provider if you have questions about how to prevent getting HIV. Always practice safer sex and use condoms to lower the chance of sexual contact with body uids. Never reuse or share needles or other items that have body uids on them.fntbftnfntf r \220 f You must get tested to make sure that you do not already have HIV-1. Do not take TRUVADA to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 unless you are con rmed to be HIV-negative. \220 ff If you have u-like symptoms, you could have recently become infected with HIV-1. Tell your healthcare provider if you had a u-like illness within the last month before starting or at any time while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection include tiredness, fever, joint or muscle aches, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, night sweats, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or groin. \220 f \220 f \220 Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months. \220 If you think you were exposed to HIV-1, tell your healthcare provider right away. \220 f \220 Know your HIV status and the HIV status of your partners. \220 Get tested for other sexually transmitted infections. Other infections make it easier for HIV to infect you. \220 Get information and support to help reduce risky sexual behavior, such as having fewer sex partners. \220 Do not miss any doses of TRUVADA. Missing doses may increase your risk of getting HIV-1 infection. \220 ff f TRUVADA by itself is not a complete treatment for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. \220 TRUVADA is not approved to treat HBV. If you have HBV and stop taking TRUVADA, your HBV may suddenly get worse. Do not stop taking TRUVADA without rst talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to monitor your health. r \220 ff If you are HIV-1 positive, you need to take other medicines with TRUVADA to treat HIV-1. TRUVADA by itself is not a complete treatment for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. \220 certain medicines to treat hepatitis B infection.rb \220 Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check your kidneys before and during treatment with TRUVADA. If you develop kidney problems, your healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking TRUVADA. \220 (lactic acidosis), which is a serious but rare medical emergency that can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, stomach pain with nausea and vomiting, cold or blue hands and feet, feel dizzy or lightheaded, or a fast or abnormal heartbeat. \220 b which in rare cases can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark tea-colored urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, or stomach-area pain. \220 including bone pain, softening, or thinning, which may lead to fractures. Your healthcare provider may do tests to check your bones. in people taking TRUVADA for PrEP are stomach-area (abdomen) pain, headache, and decreased weight. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.f r \220 Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis. \220 f It is not known if TRUVADA can harm your unborn baby. If you become pregnant while taking TRUVADA for PrEP, talk to your healthcare provider to decide if you should keep taking TRUVADA. \220 f (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed. If you become HIV-positive, HIV can be passed to the baby in breast milk. \220 including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. TRUVADA may interact with other medicines. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine. \220 f with TRUVADA, your healthcare provider may need to check you more often or change your dose. These medicines include certain medicines to treat hepatitis C (HCV) infection. f TVDC0162_PrEP_B_10x10-75_SFloridaGayNews_Drag_p1.indd 1-2 9/12/17 10:14 AM

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1.31.2018 U 11 rfntrb brfrtnfrrrr trfbrnn frfbfrf \220 brftnbtfrrfbr f \220 frbnfrb fnnrfbrrbr rbbnrbn rfntrb Im irresistible, not irresponsible. rTRUVADA for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a prescription medicine that is used together with safer sex practices to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 through sex. This use is only for HIV-negative adults who are at high risk of getting HIV-1. To help determine your risk of getting HIV-1, talk openly with your healthcare provider about your sexual health. Ask your healthcare provider if you have questions about how to prevent getting HIV. Always practice safer sex and use condoms to lower the chance of sexual contact with body uids. Never reuse or share needles or other items that have body uids on them.fntbftnfntf r \220 f You must get tested to make sure that you do not already have HIV-1. Do not take TRUVADA to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 unless you are con rmed to be HIV-negative. \220 ff If you have u-like symptoms, you could have recently become infected with HIV-1. Tell your healthcare provider if you had a u-like illness within the last month before starting or at any time while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection include tiredness, fever, joint or muscle aches, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, night sweats, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or groin. \220 f \220 f \220 Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months. \220 If you think you were exposed to HIV-1, tell your healthcare provider right away. \220 f \220 Know your HIV status and the HIV status of your partners. \220 Get tested for other sexually transmitted infections. Other infections make it easier for HIV to infect you. \220 Get information and support to help reduce risky sexual behavior, such as having fewer sex partners. \220 Do not miss any doses of TRUVADA. Missing doses may increase your risk of getting HIV-1 infection. \220 ff f TRUVADA by itself is not a complete treatment for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. \220 TRUVADA is not approved to treat HBV. If you have HBV and stop taking TRUVADA, your HBV may suddenly get worse. Do not stop taking TRUVADA without rst talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to monitor your health. r \220 ff If you are HIV-1 positive, you need to take other medicines with TRUVADA to treat HIV-1. TRUVADA by itself is not a complete treatment for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. \220 certain medicines to treat hepatitis B infection.rb \220 Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check your kidneys before and during treatment with TRUVADA. If you develop kidney problems, your healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking TRUVADA. \220 (lactic acidosis), which is a serious but rare medical emergency that can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, stomach pain with nausea and vomiting, cold or blue hands and feet, feel dizzy or lightheaded, or a fast or abnormal heartbeat. \220 b which in rare cases can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark tea-colored urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, or stomach-area pain. \220 including bone pain, softening, or thinning, which may lead to fractures. Your healthcare provider may do tests to check your bones. in people taking TRUVADA for PrEP are stomach-area (abdomen) pain, headache, and decreased weight. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.f r \220 Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis. \220 f It is not known if TRUVADA can harm your unborn baby. If you become pregnant while taking TRUVADA for PrEP, talk to your healthcare provider to decide if you should keep taking TRUVADA. \220 f (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed. If you become HIV-positive, HIV can be passed to the baby in breast milk. \220 including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. TRUVADA may interact with other medicines. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine. \220 f with TRUVADA, your healthcare provider may need to check you more often or change your dose. These medicines include certain medicines to treat hepatitis C (HCV) infection. f TVDC0162_PrEP_B_10x10-75_SFloridaGayNews_Drag_p1.indd 1-2 9/12/17 10:14 AM

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12 U\312\312\312 1.31.2018 MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT TRUVADA FO R PrEP rfr n tbb You must get tested to make sure that you do not already have HIV-1. Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 unless you are conrmed to be HIV-1 negative. n Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection include u-like symptoms, tiredness, fever, joint or muscle aches, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, night sweats, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or groin. Tell your healthcare provider if you have had a u-like illness within the last month before starting TRUVADA for PrEP. rfr n tbbbbbrfr b n tbbrfr Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you think you were exposed to HIV-1 or have a u-like illness while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. n bb If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. C\001 See the How To Further Reduce Your Risk section for more information. bbb n TRUVADA is not approved to treat HBV. If you have HBV, your HBV may suddenly get worse if you stop taking TRUVADA. Do not stop taking TRUVADA without rst talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to check your health regularly for several months. ABOUT TRUVADA FOR PrEP TRUVADA for PrEP is a prescription medicine used together with safer sex practices to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 through sex. This use is only for HIV-negative adults who are at high risk of getting HIV-1. C\001 To help determine your risk of getting HIV-1, talk openly with your healthcare provider about your sexual health. rfrb nbbb C\001"&\000*\001\(*&.\001*\.*\001\001*&\001-*&..\001\022\001.+*\(.\006\001HOW TO TAKE TRUVADA FOR PrEPn not just when you think you have been exposed to HIV-1. C\001 Do not miss any doses. Missing doses may increase your risk of getting HIV-1 infection. C\001 Use TRUVADA for PrEP together with condoms and safer sex practices. C\001 Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months. You must stay HIV-negative to keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP.POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF TRUVADA FOR PrEP bbb C\001 Those in the Most Important Information About TRUVADA for PrEP section. C\001\035*<\001\001<*\001\000.\'*\004\001.\(:\\000.\+&.:*\006\001 C\001 Too much lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious but rare medical emergency that can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, stomach pain with nausea and vomiting, cold or blue hands and feet, feel dizzy or lightheaded, or a fast or abnormal heartbeat. C\001 Severe liver problems, which in rare cases can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark tea-colored urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, or stomach-area pain. C\001\022*\001'*\006 in people taking TRUVADA for PrEP include stomach-area (abdomen) pain, headache, and decreased weight. These are not all the possible side effects of TRUVADA. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any new symptoms while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. tbbb rfrBEFORE TAKING TRUVADA FOR PrEPbb C\001 Have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis. C\001\030&;*\001&>\001-*\001*\&\001\(\ C\001\021*\001*,&\001\001&\001\001'*\(*\001*,&\006\001 C\001 Are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed. If you become HIV-positive, HIV can pass to the baby in breast milk. bbb C\001 Keep a list that includes all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements, and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist. C\001 Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about medicines that should not be taken with TRUVADA for PrEP.HOW TO FURTHER REDUCE YOUR RISKC\001\032<\001>:\001\030\031$\001&:\001&\-*\001\030\031$\001&:\001+\001>:\001&*\006 C\001 Get tested for other sexually transmitted infections. Other infections make it easier for HIV to infect you. C\001 Get information and support to help reduce risky sexual behavior, such as having fewer sex partners. C\001 Do not share needles or personal items that can have blood or body uids on them.GET MORE INFORMATIONC\001 This is only a brief summary of important information about TRUVADA for PrEP. Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist to learn more, including how to prevent HIV infection. 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1.31.2018 U 13 BlackBLACK COMMUNITY NENE W SS health A II D SS RR EMaA INS a A CRISIS IN ThH E Denise Royal MM ore than 1.2 million people are living with HIV/ AIDS in the U.S., including more than 498,400 who are Black, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). HIV diagnoses among Blacks are concentrated in a handful of states, with ten accounting for the majority (68 percent) of Blacks living with an HIV diagnosis at the end of 2014. Florida closely follows New York at the top of the list, according to KFF. Blacks comprise nearly 16 percent of the adult population in Florida but represent 47 percent of adult HIV infection cases, and 52 percent of adult AIDS cases were reported in 2014 according to AIDSVu. The rate of black women living with an HIV diagnosis is nearly 18 times that of white women. The rate of black males living with an HIV diagnosis is 4.5 times that of whites. Wilson Williams (not his real name) is one of them he received the diagnosis in 1997. The 51-year-old said the news was devastating. I thought it was a death sentence, he recalls. I used to feel cursed, like God hated me for being gay. But that was then. HIV treatments have come a long way so has Williams. The West Palm Beach resident returned to college in his 40s and earned a bachelors degree. He has a new job, a 14-year committed relationship, and hes been sober for three years. I have a new respect for life. I am now more present. I want to do more than survive; I want to live! But living well is not so easy for many black people with HIV/AIDS. The ght against HIV/AIDS is still looking tough under President Trump. His administration does not have a National Director of AIDS Policy; a shift from previous administrations, and late last month the president red the entire council that advises the White House about the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The uncertainty about policy remains as blacks, especially, young black, gay men, the demographic where the majority of new HIV infections are occurring, are hit the hardest. Blacks maintain the highest death rate among all populations diagnosed with HIV. If current rates persist, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) projects that approximately one in 20 black men, one in 48 black women, and one in two black gay and bisexual men will receive a diagnosis of HIV during their lifetimes. Why? In part because of poverty, lack of access to health care, racial inequality and stigma. Stigma remains one of the many barriers in the ght against HIV/ AIDS within the black community, said Lorenzo Lowe, Director of HIV Prevention at Compass the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Palm Beach County. Unfortunately, we as a community are remaining silent about our needs and our fears. The judgment and shaming surrounding HIV/AIDS tend to be more harmful than the disease itself. Adherence to treatment will promote longevity and quality of life. However, it is the narrative of life ending at HIV positive that needs to change. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is Feb. 7. The 2018 theme is Stay the Course; the Fight is Not Over! NBHAAD aims to raise awareness of HIV/ AIDS prevention, care, and treatment among Africans Americans in the U.S., as well as serve as a catalyst to mobilize the African American community. The NBHAAD initiative leverages a national platform to educate, bring awareness, and act with organizers planning activities and events, particularly in cities with the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS in African American communities. Testing is another key aspect of NBHAAD. Testing helps reduce the transmission of HIV. Early diagnosis allows those infected to take steps to protect their partners from infection, and early treatment can lower viral load, and reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to others by 96 percent. Preventive medicine is the best medicine, said Williams. Get tested. Be proactive. I wish I had been tested sooner. Treatment helps people with HIV live healthy lives and prevents transmission of the virus to partners. But too few African Americans living with HIV receive the care and treatment they need. The CDC estimates that of the roughly half a million African Americans living with HIV in 2013, 87 percent were aware of their status. And a recent CDC study suggests that among African Americans with diagnosed HIV, less than half (49 percent in 2013) have achieved viral suppression (that is, the virus is under control at a level that helps them stay healthy and reduces the risk of transmission). Williams is one of them. His viral load has been undetectable for years. These days, he takes two medications, in the morning and before bed. I feel healthy, he said. HIV or not. NN ational Black HIVHIV / AIAI D SS AA wareness Day is on FF ebruary 7 To nd a list of HIVHIV testing locations near you, visit https: www.HIVHIV .gov/locator. B LALA CK ARAR T AA W A A K ENINGENING A A T T HEHE PRIDEPRIDE C ENEN T ERER The PP ride Center at EE quality PP ark hosts a Black AA rt AA wakening as part of its NN B HAADHAAD commemoration. AA spoken word artist will share her story of living with HIVHIV Compass hosts a dinner for NN B HAADHAAD on Tuesday, Feb. 6. The event begins at 6 p.m., there will be a presenter and food will be served. Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Alejandro Rodriguez at 561-533-9699 ext. 4003 or alejandro@compassglcc.com. Compass is located at 201 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth.

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1.31.2018 U 15 FF ollowing the conclusion of another SMART Ride, Glen Weinzimer had a message for people who complain about their lives. I try to keep things in perspective, Weinzimer said. So you got a at tire, you know what? Some people cant aord their medicine or have no place to live. Weinzimer told SFGN nal gures for the 14th annual SMART Ride (Southern Most AIDS Ride). He said $830,245 was raised this cycle, a satisfying total for a rescheduled event, and registration for the next ride is at record pace. I am completely blown away by the community and their support, Weinzimer said. One of the riders this year was Kevin Clevenger, who participated on behalf of the Poverello Center in Wilton Manors. The SMART Ride was incredible, Clevenger said. I love the experience coming from a rst time rider. I had volunteered the past two years and that had inspired me to take my commitment to the next level.\000$\003R ,'\(\003R $ is \( s \003\007\033\026\023\017\023\023\023 John McDonaldA 165-mile course from Miami to Key West, the SMART Ride raises money for HIV/ AIDS service organizations. In Key West, cyclists received a police escort and closing ceremonies are held at White Street Pier. Key West welcomed us with open arms, Weinzimer said. It was truly a one human family experience police escort, confetti, marching band. It was great. Planning is underway for the next ride, Weinzimer said. SMART Ride 15 is set for Nov. 16-17. NENE W SS state Smart Ride participants.

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1.31.2018 U 17 PP ush ups. Sit ups. Jumping jacks. Repeat. John Watkin, 59, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina can remember those exercises like they happened yesterday, even though it was 40 years ago in 1978. It was punishment. All high school kids get in trouble. But this wasnt a normal reprimand. Watkin was naked and dripping wet while his housemaster, a long time teacher at the prestigious Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, sat in his brown leather chair a few feet away and watched him, instructing him on which exercises to complete. The housemaster who made Watkin do these naked exercises is Bruce Presley a prominent gay entrepreneur, philanthropist, and documentarian in South Florida. Hes a former board member of the Stonewall National Museum & Archives and a current board member of the South Florida Symphony Orchestra. SFGN named him as one of its OUT50 honorees in 2016. His real estate habits even caught the attention of the New York Times in 1996 when they ran a prole of him. Presley, 79, created the worlds rst textbook on working with computers and once owned a computer textbook company, Lawrenceville Press. In 2007 he sold his company and founded Downtown Loft Studio, which has helped produce videos for LGBT organizations like the Pride Center, Broward House, Gamma Mu Foundation, CenterLink, and Compass. Recently he produced The Bruce Presley Oral History Project for Stonewall. SFGN investigated these allegations and interviewed six victims who claimed Presley abused his power and violated them during their time at Lawrenceville. All of them were 17 or 18 at the time of these alleged incidents. Three of the victims SFGN interviewed went on the record while the other three did not want their names used in the article. All told similar stories. It would begin with them getting into trouble, at which time Presley would give them a choice: take the schools punishment, such as losing their weekend privileges, or take Presleys inhouse punishment, like naked exercises while he watched. Presley would sometimes tell the students that if they didnt take his punishment, hed have to tell the school, or their parents, and sometimes hint at a possible suspension. SFGN contacted Presley via several email addresses and sent him Facebook messages. A colleague of Presleys told SFGN Bruce is not well at the moment, so its not a good time. Thanks for understanding. II thought II could just drive into a telephone pole It ruined my life. It caused me a lifetime of pain, said Brent McCowan, a 58-year-old retired educational lmmaker in Houston, Texas. Unlike many other young men who faced Presleys punishments and talked about them, McCowan kept it a secret from his housemates. Its haunted him for 40 years. McCowan was caught o campus without permission and had to make a choice: take Presleys punishment or be reported to the school. Since McCowan was already suspended earlier in the school year he felt like he didnt have a choice. He took Presleys deal. McCowan had no idea what he had just signed up for. Presley, he remembers, knocked on his door around 4 a.m. and told him to follow him. McCowan was in just underwear, so he attempted to get dressed before leaving Presley stopped him. The housemaster wore a white bathrobe as he led McCowan into another room. Presley leered at him while McCowan completed a series of exercises: push ups, jumping jacks, and sit ups. After McCowan nished up, Presley ordered him to shower. Unlike his other housemates, McCowan had a suite with a private bathroom. As he walked toward it, Presley instructed him to instead use the common-area shower. It was very strange to me. I was in a vulnerable place and I felt very uncomfortable, he said. But he did as he was told. After McCowan started to shower, Presley walked in and ordered him to start exercising again, nude, in the shower, NENE W SS feature while the water was running. I hesitated. I thought, What the fuck is this? But I started the sit ups, he said. I sat down on the tile. I did two or three while he watched me. I was suddenly overcome with this overwhelming anxiety and discomfort. At that point, McCowan stopped. Im not doing any more. You can suspend me, he told Presley. I grabbed my towel and walked back to my suite. But that wasnt the end of McCowans story. Later in the school year, just a couple of weeks before graduation, McCowan got in trouble again. This time Presley said to him: We found you o campus a second time. Meet me in my apartment at 10 pm. after lights out. I was scared he was going to have sex with me, he said. So I thought, Screw this I am out of here. McCowan packed up his car, ed campus, and never looked back. Today, he said quitting school changed his life and sent him in a dierent direction. I was driving to my lake house [...] I II t ruined my life. II t caused me a lifetime of pain. Brent MM cCowan H H ouston Bruce PP resley in 2013 PP hoto credit LL awrenceville SS chool, FF acebook.

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18 U\312\312\312 1.31.2018 NENE W SS feature thought I could just drive into a telephone pole. I literally picked out a couple of poles. I resigned myself that this is it, Im going to do it, he recalled. But in a moment of clarity he reasoned with himself: I dont have to do it tonight. With a couple hundred bucks in his pocket, he ended up going to West Palm Beach, where he got a job as a vacuum salesman. He wrote a letter the following fall to the school detailing what had happened. He never received a response. Later, when he applied to go to University of California San Diego, he used what Presley did to him as the basis for his application and got accepted. HH e threatened to tell my parents For Watkin it all started when he was in the shower. I was in the shower with the other guys and I was blabbing my mouth loudly about getting drunk the night before, said Watkin, who was 18 at the time and of legal drinking age in New Jersey. After the shower, Presley confronted him about his bathroom confession. Presley apparently overheard him because his apartment was located across the hall. He threatened to call my parents and told me I may not graduate. Then he said or you can come do some exercises. Watkin chose the exercises. The next morning Presley was banging on his door at 5 a.m., telling him to get up. He told Watkin to take a shower. He said something weird like, the shower will get my muscles warmed up, Watkin recalled. Watkin had learned of these punishments when other boys in the house reported them to him as the house president, so when he got in trouble, he knew what to expect from Presley. Shortly after his shower started, Presley walked in and watched him nish up. When Watkin reached for a towel, Presley interjected by telling him to forget drying o and instead follow him to his apartment across the hall. Even after four decades, Watkin vividly recalls the incident. He still remembers how dark it was inside the apartment. There was a big painting on one wall and a massive stereo system on another. There were antiques scattered throughout. Presley sat in a big overstued leather brown chair where he watched Watkin for 30 minutes as he did a series of exercises naked, dripping wet. It started with jumping jacks, then moved to push ups, sit ups, leg lifts, and a scissor-like exercise, which he said he couldnt gure out how to do correctly. Watkin, who was 18 at the time of the punishment, remembers Presley sitting back pretending not to look at him. He tried to conceal it a little bit. He pretended to look at a newspaper. I guess he held it there so he wouldnt come across as a blatant pervert, Watkin said. He made it so nonchalant, like this happens every day. At the end of the session when Watkin couldnt handle the exercises anymore, he remembers Presley saying something to the eect of you cant do anymore. Youre o the hook. Go take a shower. It was extremely orchestrated, Watkin said. Watkin entered the Lawrenceville School that year as a postgraduate student and was so excited when the house elected him to be president. Later that feeling would fade as guilt would set in because of Presleys punishments. In another victims case, the infraction was academic. The attorney and former prosecutor, who did not want his name used, said Presley was keeping track of his school progress. Presley warned him in advance there would be punishment if he didnt get a high enough grade. When he didnt meet his mark, Presley summoned him for a punishment. What should we do about this? he remembers Presley asking him. I oered up a number of restrictions to him like house arrest. But none were good enough. Instead Presley oered up his own punishment naked exercises. He didnt feel like he had much of a choice. He knew Watkin had already reported Presley and nothing happened. I just thought to myself, I have to play along here, he said. But he was prepared to ght back if Presley touched him. It never came to that. At one point during the exercises, Presley ordered him to take a shower, told him not to dry o, and then nish the session naked and dripping wet. It was bizarre and super uncomfortable, he said. I was put in this position with nobody around and it was stressful. Watkin remembers a close friend of his in the house being punished by Presley the rst week of school. Other students would have to endure those punishments throughout the school year as well. Many of them reported their experiences to Watkin as the house president. After multiple complaints piled up, Watkin went to Student Government to report Presleys conduct. Both the president and vice president of the class admitted to hearing rumors, but said they couldnt help, so they referred him to an administrator. The administrator promised he would look into it. Nothing was ever said again. I did the right thing by going to the head of the upper class, Watkin said. But the school didnt act on it. Watkin said at least 15 young men in the house experienced one of Presleys exercise sessions that year, or almost half of the 37 boys that were living in that oncampus house. I was the president of the house so I felt responsible, Watkin said. It still breaks my heart today. At the time I felt defeated, beat up. Now I feel sad I couldnt have helped these guys more. When SFGN rst made contact with Watkin, he was hesitant of going on the HH e pretended to look at a newspaper. II guess he held it there so he wouldnt come across as a blatant pervert.John WW atkin N N orth Carolina VV iew of the campus. PP hoto credit LL awrenceville SS chool, FF acebook.

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1.31.2018 U 19 NENE W SS feature record. But what happened to Watkin wasnt a secret. He told his housemates and other people over the years, including his wife and children, about this experience. At the time I was scared of being kicked out of school, Watkin said on why he didnt continue to report Presley. I felt helpless. I couldnt get anything done. I was really trying to be a good president. Today, Watkin is an antiques dealer, owns a video production company, and is in real estate management. Guy Dorgan of Robbinsville, New Jersey also shared his story with SFGN. His recollection is similar to Watkins. He remembers the showering and the nude exercises. I just have to get through this to get my weekend back, Dorgan, 57, remembers thinking as he was going through the motions. I justied it in my head. Hes getting his rocks o and thats ne, hes not touching me and I get my weekends back. AA n OO pen SS ecret Student Government knew about it. An administrator knew. And even students outside of the house knew what was going on. But nothing happened. According to Dirk Digiorgio-Haag, a former day student at the school the same year as the victims SFGN interviewed, it seemed Presleys punishments were an open secret. I remember one discussion among several boys about it. It was news to me, but others already knew about it, said Digiorgio-Haag, who unlike the other former students SFGN spoke with, did not live on campus. The conversation was gossipy, like, Better stay on his good side or hell make you do pushups, haha. I was very naive and would not have appreciated the potentially serious issues involved. Digiorgio-Haag only knew Presley through class and did not experience any of his punishments rst-hand. He said his former physics teacher was stern but fair and expected a lot from us. He also remembers Presley threatening to electrify the doorknob to make sure students arrived on time. He never did anything to the door, but I was always sure to be on time just in case. Watkin believes this pattern of alleged abuse continued over the course of many years. In fact hes close to the house president from 1974, who told him the same behavior was happening four years before he arrived. LL awrenceville II nvestigates and RR esponds The Lawrenceville School is a college preparatory boarding school located in Lawrenceville New Jersey. Its one of the most prestigious high schools in the nation and it was even more so 40 years ago when Watkin and the others attended. It was founded in 1810 and has an esteemed list of alumni that include country singer Dierks Bentley, former press secretary Jay Carney, former President of Honduras Ricardo Maduro, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, and many others. When Watkin, Presley, and others attended in 1978, Lawrenceville was an all-boys school. Its been co-ed since 1987. SFGN obtained an email to alumni regarding a year-and-a-half-long investigation into whether any sexual misconduct has ever occurred at Lawrenceville. The letter detailed four past incidents. Three of them were discovered at the time and the abusers were forced to resign. The fourth involves the same allegations SFGN investigated. Below is a portion of the email the school sent out to its alumni. AA number of people interviewed alluded to secondhand information of a housemaster, who, in the words of one alumnus, engaged in an abuse of power and sexual harassment. A A ccording to the reports, students who had broken a SS chool rule could avoid detention or other discipline by agreeing to perform push ups fully unclothed, while the teacher in question watched. AA t the time, the administration conducted some level of review but it is not known whether any follow-up action was taken. One alleged victim is unhappy with the schools investigation. He didnt want his name used in this story but sent an email to the current headmaster of the school. As an investigator with over 30 years of experience, I was personally dismayed at the apparent lack of eort demonstrated Bruce PP resley during his time teaching at LL awrenceville SS chool.

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20 U\312\312\312 1.31.2018 NENE W SS feature by your legal team to obtain rst hand information regarding the allegations, the retired federal law enforcement ocer wrote. The schools letter calls this incident serious adult misconduct and harassment but they have no information that it involved any physical contact with students. SFGN has not spoken to anyone accusing Presley of inappropriate physical contact. SFGN reached out to the school for a response to the allegations. Jennifer Szwalek, the director of Communications and Public Aairs at The Lawrenceville School, emailed a statement. Mr. PP resley was a member of the faculty at The LL awrenceville SS chool from 1960 to 1984. The DD ecember letter noted reports of inappropriate disciplinary behavior toward students but, until recently, no victims had come forward to share their experiences. S S ubsequent to the DD ecember letter, we began receiving communications from alumni regarding Mr. PP resley. We are in touch with those alumni, we are grateful for their outreach, and we are investigating their reports with the assistance of outside legal counsel. AA s underscored in both letters to the community, we are committed to engaging with anyone who has any information they want to share with us, to addressing forthrightly allegations by victims of past misconduct, and to ensuring a safe environment for all students to learn, grow and thrive. Two of the victims SFGN spoke with forwarded their email conversations with the school to SFGN. Here is part of that correspondence between the school and the victims. Please dont take my silence for inaction. We are currently assessing a range of responses we have received, yours among them. These things take time -many thanks for your patience, current headmaster Steve Murray wrote to John Watkin. In a follow up email Murray stated: I am writing to reiterate our appreciation for your recent communication and to let you know that we are organizing a process to carefully and thoroughly look into the information you shared, and in fact this process has begun. This may take some time, however, as we will try to proceed methodically, but I just wanted you to know that we are taking steps and will remain in touch. Watkin responded: I must demand a response to my report of being sexually abused as a student at Lawrenceville by Bruce Presley. Glacial speed is not acceptable. Not when you have alumni who are struggling with the embarrassment, guilt, and anxiety of coming forth and baring their souls to you. WW hy NN ow? It wasnt until the #MeToo movement exploded last year, as a slew of prominent celebrities were outed as sexual abusers, that Watkin decided to look Presley up. He had assumed his former housemaster had long passed so he was shocked when he came across a couple attering proles of the former teacher in the South Florida Gay News. He wanted people to know the truth and so he left a comment on the story detailing his abuse. Guy Dorgan had been following Presley for years and grew frustrated when he also read glowing proles of Presleys life on SFGNs website and wanted the world to know the truth. He rst left an anonymous comment in 2016 detailing his own story of coercion and abuse. But it took almost two years before he emailed an editor at the newspaper directly. He said it started to irritate him when he saw women coming forward decades after being abused and people not believing them. I understood why they waited so long. Its embarrassing. Until something provokes you, explained Dorgan, who is now a freight broker. Throughout the last eight years I would Google him. I once saw an article about him working with younger people, and I thought, Thats not a good situation. I just kept thinking about it, Dorgan said. Later when he came across a prole of Presley on SFGNs website, he said, It was just a big step to leave my comment there even though no one knew who I was. More recently Watkin and DigiorgioHaag also left comments on SFGNs website and SFGN was able to track them down to interview them. I read somewhere that [Presleys] had a pretty charmed life, Dorgan said. I hope it doesnt end so charming. WW e are currently assessing a range of responses we have received, yours among them. T T hese things take time. SS teve MM urray Current HH eadmaster, addressing one of the victims Jason PP arsley can be contacted at Jason. PP arsley@sfgn.com. PP hoto credit LL awrenceville SS chool, FF acebook. VV iew of the campus. PP hoto credit LL awrenceville SS chool, FF acebook.

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22 U\312\312\312 1.31.2018 LL ate drag queen Sexilia loved performing as Wonder Woman. But to her friends and the local LGBT community it wasnt a performance she was a wonder woman. Fourteen years ago this month in 2004, Sexilia, born Reynaldo Pagan Rivera, died of AIDS-related complications, extinguishing a light in the community that now shines in the hearts of those who loved her. A native of Puerto Rico, Sexilia rst arrived on the scene in the early 1990s. Known for her razor sharp wit and great comic timing, she eventually became the hostess of Karaoke Nights at Twist and also held a hosting gig at Club Liquid during its heyday. Adora, born Danilo De la Torre, the grandmother of the Miami drag scene, said she met Sexilia around 1992. Its a bit of a blur...but I know [Pagan] wasnt doing drag yet, Adora said. He had just moved here from Puerto Rico. We clicked. He was funny. Adora said Sexilia used to hang out with a group of Puerto Ricans, who were a hoot. One night Adora thinks it was Halloween they all came out in drag. Fun, fun, fun. Pagan was in the group and already had a drag name, Adora said. To my ears, I heard Cecilia. I think all of them went, no, nia! They were all shouting at the same time...until Sexi took command and pulled me closer and explained, Sexilia, chica. Como la de Almodvar. I was so happy that it was not Cecilia, Adora laughs. Well, I think the following Monday, she was doing a show at Barrio, a Mexican restaurant, Adora continues. It wasnt open yet. Barrio was the place to be, the birthplace of many, many talented drag performers. I had the pleasure of introducing all this river of talent every Monday night, and Sexi got her debut and she was Puerto Rican ball of ery rica. I loved it. [The audience] loved her. After that night, she became a regular and part of the South Beach drag history. Adora added: it was very sad seeing Pagan dying. It was horrible to see. But even sick as a dog, she would volunteer for the W Party, Adora said. That night they had to call the rescue. She got sicker, wasnt receiving much help from institutions she volunteered dearly no questions asked, like all of us did. Fortunately, she had some good friends who could take care of stu for her and sadly, some not too helpful in the health department. We managed to give him a proper goodbye. Adora added, it was a very special night, where we all came together to celebrate her life, our friendship with her and all the Photo courtesy U.S. Army. NENE W SS miami-dade EVEN SI cC K AS A d D O gG SHE WOUL dD VOLUNTEER FOR THE W W PP ARTyY . AA dora A kK A DD ANILO DD E LA TORRE RR EMEMBERINg G T hH E WW ON d D ER WW OM aA N OF SS OUT hH BB E ach ACH people around us. We walked her to the bay, followed by more than a hundred people holding candles. It was really special. She left with reworks and all. I love her and miss her dearly. Estranged from his family for years, a fax had to be sent to Riveras parents in Puerto Rico, signed in front of a notary and faxed back to Miami in order for Rivera to be cremated, which were his wishes. Close friends of Sexilias turned to me for help in organizing her memorial, longtime Miami Beach promoter Edison Farrow said. She was still not released from the hospital or cremated due to lack of funds. Farrow added, I quickly realized that I could organize a fundraising event at Jade Lounge, where I was promoting a weekly gay Friday night event. I went to the funeral home with Adora and I wrote the check for the services. I, then, started organizing the memorial. Farrow purchased 300 tall white candles in glass for the room. Adora organized the drag queens, whom donated their performances for the event. Photographer Dale Stine donated his photographs of Sexilia to auction o. Amy Rivers volunteered to accept donations at the door. At the end, 300 guests all formed a processional, walking towards the shoreline in order to place Sexilias remains into the water, which was her wish, Farrow said. After her closest friends said their nal goodbyes, they tossed her ashes into the ocean. At this point, a reworks nale went soaring into the air above the scene. I kept this as a total surprise. In the dark of the night, you could see the ashes from the reworks lighting up the faces of the onlookers with tears streaming down their faces. They stood in shock as they embraced one another. Farrow said this was one of the most memorable nights from his 23 years in Miami Beach. The community raised $5,793 that night, which paid for Sexilias funeral, and $4,000 was donated to AIDS charities. I never told the others, however, Sexilia and I were never friends, Farrow said. I rst met her in 1995. I had just moved to Miami from New York. She was working the door for an after-hours party. She would not let me in. Farrow said he would later see Sexilia often when he was a bartender at Twist. I was very close with all of the performers. However, Sexilia would never look at me or say hello, Farrow said. Our relationship never improved. It is quite ironic that I would be the person paying for her funeral and organizing her memorial. However, I looked at it as our community coming together in order to help one another. DJ Power Inniti, a drag entertainer who now lives in Central Florida but travels Jose Cassolajocacommunications@outlook.comFriends share memories of the late drag queen, Sexilia, who died 14 years ago SS exilia (second to left). PP hotos credit of J. RR Davis. S S exilia (left).

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1.31.2018 U 23 NENE W SS miami-dade regularly to South Florida for work said Sexilia was probably the most wellrounded performer hes ever known. While some of us specialize in one particular genre of performance art, she was devastatingly good at many, Inniti said. Her shows ranged from camp drag and comical to high energy circuit type dance music. And she could move! She could give you a bizarre eect or a beautiful classic drag look. She could do it all. Inniti knew Sexilia from 1994 until her death. During this time, he was the entertainment director for Salvation. So many, many times over the ve years I worked there, I would hire her to perform both on her own and with me, Inniti said. Did you know that in her nal days she was working on a book? I dont know if it was ever completed, but boy...it would have been a good read. If she was alive today, fellow drag entertainer of the day, Leslie Quick, believes Sexilia would still be performing. Yes, Pagan was a comedian. At the heart of it all, she loved to entertain...in and out of drag, Quick said. One of the rst times I was booked in South Beach, Sexilia and I were both doing Wonder Woman on the same weekend. She went out of her way to make sure my look was correct. Thats just an example of who she was. [She] always helped others, treated all the girls like her sisters. The following are more testimonials from members of the community who knew Sexilia directly and indirectly: SS helley NN ovak, a comic drag legend, who lives on Miami Beach and hosts Karaoke Circus Thursdays at Kill Your II dol: MM y biggest memory of S S exilia was towards the end. I I didnt even know that she was sick. S S he showed up for the S S helley NN ovak AA wards at Crobar. II gave her the LL ifetime AA chievement AA ward. SS he asked me if theres a place she can lay down before she goes on. I I ve done that myself. I I thought maybe she was tired. W W eve all come to gigs after working all week, three weeks with hardly no sleep. SS he laid down before she went on and got her award. AA week later, we did this VV egas night and she came and she turned it up. SS he did this Josephine Baker banana dance thing. You wouldve never known she was going to be dead a week later. But that was the kind of person she was. II f she had a gig, she was going to do it. SS he was a force of nature. Michael M RR odriguez, musician, who now lives in NN ew Jersey: SS exilia was fearless and had an amazing warped sense of humor. TT here was one time in 1997 when II released my rst solo song, MM ove UU p and in my show tape, II had a part where the WW onder WW oman theme song played. SS exi was dressed as W W onder W W oman. W W onder woman was totally her thing. A A nyway, she did a choreographed ght scene with my two dancers. Joval VV aldivia, who works promotions, yering events in Miami: WW hat can II say...FF rom her WW onder WW oman performances to EE artha KK itt, SS exilia worked with legendary divas such as Cher, Gloria EE stefan and many others. S S exi always said to me you are a hard worker. You will shine one day. I I miss you, SS exi. RIPRIP . A A nd more from AA dora, a drag legend who still lives and performs in Miami, most notably for SS eor Frogs for their SS unday drag brunch: SS exilia was good and funny, camp funny. II remember one time she did her II ris Chacons merengue, MM e Gusta, M M e Gusta at AA mnesia. SS he went crazy after nding an almost 30-inch ziplock bag full of cocaine inside this huge suitcase she brought on stage. EE uphoria took off until she found, II think, a 5x4 credit card and started to mix and make her six-feet-long lines. SS he collapsed at the end. TT he crowd went wild. TT hat was really memorable. II remember rolling her in a garbage can inside a restaurant where we were doing a drag night. II introduced her and she came out in a Cat WW oman outt, singing live just like EE artha KK itt. SS he used to host an after-hours party on 21st SS treet. II t was mobbed. TT here was a huge crowd trying to get in. I I come outside to see whats up. SS exilia was up on the electric pole that was right in front of the entrance.... II mean, like somebody who knows how to climb coconut trees, but with a gown and a guest list in hand, cursing at everybody. AA T THE HEART OF IT ALL, SHE LOVE dD TO ENTERTAIN...IN ANdD OUT OF dD RA gG . LL eslie Quick DD RAG QUEEN \ \( & / \001 \007 \001 $ \ % ) Tj0.791 0 Td(/ \001 PLAN YOUR RIDE TO PRIDE FORT LAUDERDALE Due to overwhelming demand for shuttles last year, Pride Fort Lauderdale has partnered with Sprint to increase service from Wilton Manors and the Galleria. And, to get the party started early, local drag performers will be entertaining on the shuttles between 12 noon and 3 p.m. (Tips are always appreciated.) Other convenient and inexpensive transportation options are also available, including Yellow Cab, Sun Trolley, Water Taxi and ridesharing services. We look forward to seeing you at Pride Fort Lauderdale.For more information, go to PrideFortLauderdale.orgPlease note: Shuttle routes and travel times may be aected by heavy trac or other unforeseen conditions beyond our control.

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24 U\312\312\312 1.31.2018 been in 1998 and 2002 due to extraordinary circumstances. In 1998, there was outrage over the impeachment of President Clinton. In 2002, there was an anti-terrorism sentiment after the attacks on 9/11.) A CNN poll published in December found 56 percent of respondents say theyll most likely vote for a Democrat in the mid-term election compared to 38 percent who say theyll vote Republican. According to CNN, that 18-point advantage is the biggest since the organization began polling on the 2018 election and the widest margin in two decades at this point in the election cycle. Democrats have their goals in sight. To win control of the House in 2018, Democrats needs 24 seats. To win control of the Senate, Democrats need just two thanks to the surprise victory of Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) in the special election late last year. Part of the eort for Democrats to win control of Congress will be LGBT candidates seeking election to the House and Senate. In Wisconsin, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), the only out lesbian in Congress, will seek to keep her seat in the Senate. That seat might be a challenge for Democrats to hold even in a good election cycle. The Hungton Posts Amanda Terkel published an article this month titled, Wisconsin Is Quietly Becoming The Top Senate Race Of 2018. According to the article, conservative groups have reported spending at least $3.1 million against Baldwin, which is more than what all the other Democratic Senate incumbents on the ballot this year have faced combined. But that only counts the reported money, not the dark money coming from groups that dont necessarily have to report their contributions to the Federal Election Commission. Nine groups have spent more than $4.7 million on ads that attack Baldwin or boost one of the Republicans seeking to unseat her, according to the article. Parker said conservative groups are targeting Baldwin because shes focused and eective and doing a great job in the Senate. Its going to be a tough re-elect for her, nor just because shes going to have opposition on the right, but because theres already evidence of a massive independent expenditure campaign against her, Parker said. If she werent so eective, I dont think theyd be dropping the millions of dollars that they are to try to defeat her. Among the groups spending money against Baldwin is Americans for Prosperity, the Super PAC funded by the Koch brothers that has sought to unseat Democrats in Congress. Chris Johnson WERE gG OIN gG TO haHA VE MORE LGBTBT caCA N dD I daDA TES T haHA N WE haHA VE hadHAD EVER IN OUR hH ISTORY.ANNISE PaPAR k K ER C EOEO OF T hH E GaA Y & LESBI aA N VV I cC TORY FF UN d D LGBTBT C aA N dD I daDA TES HOPIN gG TO RR I dD E DEMO cC R aA TI cC WaWA VE WW ith President Trump facing low approval ratings, signs continue to point to a political wave against him in this years mid-term elections and LGBT candidates are hoping to benet. A record number of openly LGBT candidates are running for oce, many in high-prole statewide races, which could result in a milestone election for a group that has been historically underrepresented. Annise Parker, CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, predicted LGBT candidates endorsed by the organization in 2018 are going to do well. Were in this business because we think our candidates are going to do well in any election, but we dont see just a Democratic surge, we actually see a progressive surge across the United States, Parker said. Parker added, were going to have more LGBT candidates than we have had ever in our history, but also candidates who are women and people of color also stand to make historic wins. Even though those candidates who arent from our community and wouldnt be our endorsed candidates, I think theyre going to help carry the banner for us a little bit, Parker said. Signs are strong that Democrats will pick up seats in 2018, which is consistent with the historical trend of the party in opposition to the party of the president gaining seats in the mid-term elections. In every mid-term election, the presidents party loses an average of 32 seats in the U.S. House and two seats in the U.S. Senate. (The only exception to these losses in recent years has NENE W SS national AA nnise PP arker, CEOEO of the VV ictory FF und. Courtesy of TT he VV ictory FF und, FF acebook.

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1.31.2018 U 25 According to the Hungton Post, Americans for Prosperity has spent $861,669 in the race. Parker said she doesnt believe these groups are targeting Baldwin because of her sexual orientation, but because she has been an eective progressive voice in the Senate. Theyre looking at the last presidential campaign and trying to project from that, Parker said. I dont think that thats going to be successful. Meanwhile, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) is running for the U.S. Senate seat in Arizona being vacated by retiring Sen. Je Flake (R-Ariz.). If Sinema is elected, shed be the rst openly bisexual person elected to the Senate. Sinemas race could be interesting because a slew of right-wing candidates seeking the nomination could be her opponent in the general election. The newest entrant in the race is Joe Arpaio. President Trump pardoned the former Maricopa County sheri last year after he faced jail time for unconstitutionally enforcing immigration law to target immigrant communities. Parker said the Victory Fund is working hard on Sinemas race because thats an opportunity to move a seat into a progressive column. Considering whos on the Republican side of that race, its going to be a very clear pro-LGBTQ progressive candidate versus a right-wing ideologue, whichever one of them comes through, Parker said. A number of non-incumbent LGBT candidates are also running in U.S. House races and seeking to take seats from Republican candidates. Non-incumbent candidates with good shots of winning are Lauren Baer, whos running in Floridas 18th congressional district; Angie Craig, whos running in Minnesotas second congressional district; Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis, whos running in New Mexicos rst congressional district; Gina Ortiz Jones, whos running in Texass 23rd congressional district; and Florida State Rep. David Richardson, whos running in Floridas 26th congressional district. Richardson is running for the seat currently occupied by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), whos considered the most pro-LGBT Republican in Congress and announced shed retire at the end of this year. Richardsons prospects are strong in the heavily Democratic district that Ros-Lehtinen has maintained for years. Meanwhile, gay Reps. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Mark Takano (D-Calif.) are seeking to keep their seats in the House and will likely prevail given their incumbent status, favorable districts and strength of Democrats in 2018. Other LGBT candidates could replace Democrats who are leaving their seats at the end of this year. In New Hampshires rst congressional district, State Rep. Chris Pappas is seeking to claim the seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.). The race to replace retiring Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.) in Massachusetts 3rd congressional district is a veritable freefor-all of LGBT candidates. No fewer than 12 candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination, including three LGBT candidates. Theyre Rufus Giord, whos gay and served as U.S. ambassador to Denmark in the Obama administration; Steve Kerrigan, whos gay and ran to become Massachusetts lieutenant governor in 2014; and Alexandra Chandler, whos transgender and a former Navy intelligence specialist. Other gay candidates are in uphill battles seeking to claim seats in Republican strongholds. Among them is John Duncan, a gay HIV/AIDS activist running in Texas sixth congressional district. Another candidate facing a challenge is Dan Canon, whos straight, but fought as an attorney for marriage equality in Kentucky and is running in Indianas conservative ninth congressional district. If LGBT House and Senate candidates win each of these races, it could signicantly shake up LGBT representation in Congress and potentially more than double the number of seven openly LGBT public ocials currently serving. A victory for Chandler would make her the rst openly transgender person elected to Congress. LGBT candidates are involved in other signicant state races. At the top of the list are the gubernatorial campaigns of Rep. Jared Polis in Colorado and State Sen. Rich Madaleno in Maryland. Should either of them win, theyd claim the distinction of being the rst openly gay people elected as governor in the United States. In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown, whos bisexual, is seeking re-election. In 2016, she already claimed the distinction of being the rst openly LGBT person elected as governor. In Nevada, State Assembly member Nelson Araujo (D-Las Vegas) is running to become Nevada secretary of state. If he wins, hell become the rst openly gay person of color to win statewide election anywhere in the United States. In the wake of major victories for transgender candidates in 2017, other transgender hopefuls, such as Chandler in Massachusetts, could see victories. In Maryland, transgender activist Dana Beyer is seeking Madalenos seat as he pursues the bid for governor and could be the rst openly transgender candidate elected to a state Senate anywhere in the country. In Texas, the blue wave could result in the election of a record number of LGBT candidates running for oce at various levels of state government. The Houston-based OutSmart Magazine reported 42 people are running for oce in Texas, including two candidates for governor: former Dallas County Sheri Lupe Valdez and Dallas businessperson Jerey Payne. Parker declined to identify her highest priority race for 2018, but said the Victory Funds bread and butter is local races. Also important, Parker said, are Baldwin and Sinemas races for Senate seats and the gubernatorial elections with gay candidates. When analyzing candidates to support, however, Parker said the Victory Fund doesnt take into account whether a year will be a Republican or Democratic wave. Its going to be great for our candidates, but its not what we depend on, its not what we look at when were vetting them, Parker said. Its just means that if it happens, were going to take advantage of it. NENE W SS national CONSI dD ERIN gG W hH OS ON T hH E RR EPUB lL I caCA N SI dD E OF T haHA T R acAC E, ITS gG OIN gG TO BE aA VERY clCL E aA R PRO-LGBTBT Q PRO gG RESSIVE caCA N dD I daDA TE VERSUS a A RI ghGH T-WINgG I dD EO lL O gG UE, W hH I chCH EVER ONE OF T hH EM cC OMES T hH ROU ghGH . ANNISE PaPAR k K ER C EOEO OF T hH E GaA Y & LESBI aA N VV I cC TORY FF UN d D VV olunteers with the VV ictory FF und in MM anassas, VV irginia spent time knocking on doors to advocate for Danica RR oem, a trans woman who was elected as a Delegate in the state of VV irginia on NN ov. 7, 2017. Courtesy of the VV ictory FF und. P P hotos: Democrat LL auren Baer (left) is running for FF loridas 18th Congressional District, currently held by Brian MM ast, a R R epublican. David RR ichardson (right) is a Democratic member of the FF lorida HH ouse of RR epresentatives and is now running for F F loridas 27th Congressional District to replace II leana RR osLL ehtinen, a RR epublican, who is retiring. Both are gay candidates.

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26 U\312\312\312 1.31.2018 NENE W SS miami-dade GET YY OUR WW EEkl KL Y QUEER OO N Check out these weekly parties for the Miami LGBT scene SS o many parties, so little time. Contrary to popular belief, Wilton Manors is not the be-all, end-all of the best Tea-dances, bars, clubs and pop-up events in South Florida. Miami is also a force to be reckoned with oering drag shows, live music, performance art and even free barbecue and drinks on a weekly basis. South Florida Gay News compiled a list of some of the must-go-to parties to check out. Last week we highlighted the monthly events. This week we take a look at the weekly parties.Jose Cassolajocacommunications@outlook.com PP hoto: HH oche De Cabaret. Courtesy of Jose Cassola. SUNSUN D AA Y PP ussilas UU nderwear Contest at TT wist, 1057 W W ashington AA ve., MM iami Beach; 1 a.m. every S S unday. Comic drag legend PP ussila hosts this weekly party at the Bungalow bar one of seven bars at Twist, where she invites up to ve unsuspecting patrons on stage to dance, do a little striptease and show off their underwear. The winner by unanimous applause wins a $100 bar tab. II ts always fun and a good time. NN oche de Cabaret at AA zcar NN ightclub, 2301 SW SW 32nd AA ve., MM iami; 11 p.m.-closing every S S unday. LL atina drag legend Marytrini is back at A A zcar, where she years ago launched the club catered to LL atino music of all genres: salsa, merengue and reggaeton...not to mention drag shows. HH er partner in crime is Mariloly, a comic and LL atina drag legend in her own right. Together, the two queens host a cabaret-inspired event with a rotating set of drag entertainers every week. Follow AA zcar on II nstagram at @azucarnightclubocial. MONMON D AA Y KK araoke at HH otel Gaythering, 1409 LL incoln R R oad, MM iami Beach; 8 p.m.-closing every M M onday. EE very rst Monday of the month, SS M ASHASH the SS lumlords hosts The RR eal ( AA ffordable) H H ouseSS pouses of Miami a music Monday karaoke night, where audience members throw pettiness, drama and shade all night to raise funds for affordable housing and LG LG BTQ homeless youth in Miami. Free to enter, a $10 donation gets you a drink and a house card; $5 gets you a free JellOO shot. SS ubsequent Mondays are just as fun, emceed weekly by Miami drag entertainer Tiffany Fantasia with resident bartender and singer RR obbie EE lias serving you drink specials all night long. Drag MM ondays at KK ill Your II dol, 222 EE spaola W W ay, MM iami Beach; 10 p.m. every MM onday. Featuring The EE ye DD olls, a group of upand-coming drag queens managed by Karloz Torres, DD rag Mondays at Kill Your I I dol bring in new guests every week but The EE ye DD olls are the main stars, Torres said. The event has been going on for seven years now, originally called GG litter Box with producers D D ustin R R effca and D D J S S meejay. When RR effca moved on to EE lectric SS heep at S S core, Torres took over the event in 2016, rebranding it DD rag Mondays. PP op MM ondays at TT wist, 1057 WW ashington AA ve., M M iami Beach; 2-5 a.m. every MM onday. PP op Mondays has been a mainstay at Twist for almost as long as 17-year resident bartender and VV J NN athan PP aul SS mith has been working there. For the last 10 years, the weekly party at the upstairs video bar has entertained patrons, who enjoy SS miths remixed videos of both the latest and most classic pop tunes. RR egular queens RR uby D D ior, NN elly NN orell and LL a DD onna SS ucia never disappoint with their drag performances. L L ittle known fact: one of the original queens to perform at PP op Mondays back in the day was Tiffany Fantasia, who has since moved on to residencies at PP alace and SS eor Frogs and has even appeared on Bravos Watch What HH appens LL ive with AA ndy Cohen. Mondays at Twist also include halfpriced drinks for Miami Beach locals and those in the industry all night long. TUESTUES D AA Y HH ome Cookin at RR cket, 150 NWNW 24th SS t., W W ynwood; 10 p.m.-midnight every TT uesday.RR esurrecting a 90s staple, newly opened R R cket in Wynwood is making a quick name for itself especially when theyre serving free barbecue and open bar weekly for two hours. HH osted by legendary drag comic S S helley NN ovak, the funny entertainer is no stranger to grilling meat and serving it with a smile. I I n 2017, she hosted a one-time popup event at PP hilly GG rub near Brownsville. SS o far, the free food and drinks have helped build business at RR cket. PP laneta MM acho at SS core, 1437 WW ashington A A ve., MM iami Beach; 11 p.m.-closing every T T uesday. This LL atino-themed party, emceed by a different Miami drag entertainer every week, is the only event to transfer over from SS cores iconic old location on LL incoln R R oad four years ago to its current location on Washington AA venue. RR esident bartender Charlie DD ominguez always has a smile on his face and greets all with enthusiasm. AA nd did we mention there are hot LL atino go-go boys dancing in their undies? DD rink up all you can for open bar from 11-11:30 p.m. WEWE D NESNES D AA Y TT rivia NN ight / Gaymer NN ights at HH otel Gaythering, 1409 LL incoln RR oad, MM iami Beach; 8 p.m.-midnight every WW ednesday. EE njoy a double whammy event at HH otel G G aythering. While co-owner A A lexander G G uerra hosts Trivia at the main bar, SS M ASHASH the SS lumlords project lead AA drian Madriz emcees GG aymer NN ights in the lobby, raising funds and awareness for affordable housing and LGLG BT homeless youth. AA ttendees at the event enjoy playing such popular games as SS uper SS mash Bros for Wii UU Just DD ance 2018, PP laystation VRVR Mario Kart, retro games and a ash tournament every 30 minutes, where the winner gets a free bar tab and a free specialty Mario shirt from the S S uper SS mash Bears series by OO so AA pparel. Tournaments are a suggested $5 donation to enter. AA ttendees must be over age 18 to attend. Madriz said the event, organized by WORLDSORLDS Miamis rst majority black-owned worker cooperative dedicated to video games is gaming for a great cause. Bingo with MM iss TT oto at Gramps, 176 NWNW 24th SS t., WW ynwood; 9 p.m.-midnight every W W ednesday. PP lay Bingo for free with your supreme hostess, Miss Toto. GG rab your dauber by the shaft to win drinks, swag, gift certicates, vinyl records and more. EE njoy Jack D D aniels Tennessee Whiskey as the GG ramps well whiskey only during the game and also get 2-for-1 shots of Jack DD aniels Tennessee H H oney and Jack DD aniels Tennessee Fire. The event celebrates two years at GG ramps this A A pril. FF resh WW ednesdays / LL a FF iesta De LL a Croqueta at TT wist, 1057 WW ashington AA ve., MM iami Beach; 1 a.m. & 2 a.m. every WW ednesday. T PP LL ords hosts the fresh part of this evening event while Josena LL a Mujer de los G G lobos hosts the comedy drag show with VV J Yessie serving $5 Cachaca shots at the LL atin bar. For more LL atin goodness, come back for S S abroso Thursdays / SS azn LL atino with DD J A A dora and 2-for-1 drinks all night long.THURSTHURS D AA Y KK araoke Circus at KK ill Your II dol, 222 EE spaola W W ay, MM iami Beach; 10 p.m. every TT hursday. SS ince 2016, comic drag legend SS helley N N ovak has hosted this karaoke night with Kill Your II dol resident bartender and partner in crime, Karloz Torres. The event attracts everyone (gay or straight) to the dive bar owned by the same folks who run next doors L L ost Weekend, which celebrated its 21-year anniversary in SS eptember 2017. NN ovak always sings a tune by nights end, but this show is ruled by amateur singers belting out songs of all genres and musical eras. Double SS tubble at Gramps, 176 NWNW 24th SS t., W W ynwood; 9 p.m.-closing every TT hursday. Featuring a rotation of drag performers every week, DD ouble SS tubble parties include music mixes by resident DD Js DD aniel HH ottpants, Mystic Bill and Terence Tabeau. DD rag shows start at 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. LL abeled always fun, always free, there is no cover all night. The party was voted Best Monthly G G ay PP arty by the Miami NN ew Times in 2015. FRIFRI D AA Y TT he LL ab at SS core, 1437 WW ashington AA ve., M M iami Beach; 11 p.m.-closing every FF riday. RR eigning UU ltimate Miami drag queen A A thena DD ion and comic drag legend SS helley N N ovak started this party at SS core two years ago. The event is solely run today by DD ion and her band of LL ab RR ats, many whom perform regularly at Counter Corner, GG ender Blender and DD ouble SS tubble. RR esident bartender Charlie DD ominguez, a mainstay at S S core for years, serves drinks with a smile all night long. EE njoy open bar well drinks from 11-11:30 p.m. while hot LL atino go-go boys dance for you in their underwear.VV iernes de LL okuras at AA zcar NN ightclub, 2301 SW SW 32nd AA ve., MM iami; 11 p.m.-closing every F F riday.LL okura means craziness in SS panish, and it can certainly get that way at AA zcar, where L L atina drag legend Marytrini hosts this party with a rotation of drag queens every Friday night. SS ome of the regular performing drag queens include reigning Miss Florida F.II Kalah Mendoza, EE lishaly DD Witshes and S S asha LL ords. SATURSATURD AA Y Bailo at Club TT welve, 7335 NWNW 36th SS t., M M iami; 10 p.m.-6 a.m. every SS aturday.This SS aturday party is full of LL atin men from all over the world dancing to drums, base and the LL atin/ HH ouse beats of DD J OO tto P P and DD J Kike W. HH osted by Marytrini, alongside Teresita L L a Caliente, the sexy bartenders keep the alcohol owing all night. Check out the drink specials before midnight. For bookings, call 786-344-2074. LL a PP uta NN ota at TT he HH angar, 60 NENE 11th SS t., M M iami; after-hours party, 4 a.m.-noon every S S aturday. This after-hours destination, located next to Club SS pace, welcomes everyone (gay or straight). The party has been run for years by E E ly L L ords and partner D D anny V V illar. I I ts the perfect place to go when youre in no mood to go home and just want to keep dancing. TT he Gay Corner at Club SS pace, 34 NENE 11th SS t., M M iami; after-hours party every SS aturday. Miami bartender and drag artist RR oger L L ords, who represented SS tolis Key West Cocktail Classic in 2016 and has won multiple bartending competitions, is the host of this weekly after-hours party catered to the gay peeps in his community...but all are welcomed. GG et on his exclusive guest list and youre hooked up with a few drinks from his complimentary bottle of tequila or whatever other alcohol he may be serving that particular week. L L egend A A lan T. always entertains, working the door. Check out this corner at SS pace. Youll have a gay ol time.

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28 U\312\312\312 1.31.2018 Photos: Roxanne Vargas, this years Ally Grand Marshal, at the soiree. Courtesy of Jose Cassola. MM iami Beach Gay Pride celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The festivals milestone kicked into high gear Friday, Jan. 26, as Pride leaders, organizers and other supporters, including volunteers and sponsors, gathered for the annual Soiree by the Sea fundraiser and kicko event at the Miami Marriott in Miami. NBC6 in the Mixs Roxanne Vargas, this years Ally Grand Marshal, served as hostess of the event while also celebrating a birthday at the soiree. The always cheerful local media personality was surprised with birthday cake by the Pride sta. She was joined on stage throughout the evening by co-host Grant Van Ulbrich of Celebrity Cruises; Dave Cook, executive director of Miami Beach Gay Pride; current Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber and former mayor Matti Bower. Reigning Miss Miami Beach Gay Pride 2017 Joanna James did a performance to Chers Believe. James relinquishes her crown to the next winner of the Miss Miami Beach Gay Pride drag pageant Monday, April 2, at the Faena Theater, 3201 Collins Ave., in Miami Beach. Also at the soiree, the Pride team presented a $7,500 donation to The Point Foundation to support scholarships for LGBTQ students. The Point Foundation is the nations largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students of merit. Point also provides mentorship, leadership development and community service training. In 2017, Miami Beach Pride launched its new Angels program in association with the Point Foundation. Proceeds from the Angels memberships, ranging from $300 to $2,500, help LGBTQ students in Miami-Dade County and around the country achieve their full academic and leadership potential. The Angels program is what actually allows Miami Beach Gay Pride to actually still be free, one of the few opportunities that are still happening across North America, Van Ulbrich said. To become an Angel, Cook says go to our web site, miamibeachgaypride.com, click on our Angels tab and you can sign up very easy. It will help support underprivileged children go to higher education. Added Vargas: Thats what its all about. Its about educating everyone in this world and this community. Thats where it starts. Vargas says being named an Ally Grand Marshal at this years Pride has meant a lot to her. Since day one, my husband and I have been nothing but loved and adored and welcomed with open arms by the LGBTQ community, Vargas said. To have been named an Ally Grand Marshal this year, its been such an incredible opportunity to have really smart conversations about the community and about getting more allies to come out and support and to understand what this means to the community and to just show up. Being here sends out the message that we are one and that we need to love each other and respect each other. Were all just really great people making this world go round and we need to do that together. Since its inception in 2009, Miami Beach Gay Pride has grown from a neighborhood event to an event on the global stage with A-list celebrities such as Gloria Estefan, Mario Lopez and Elvis Duran serving as Grand Marshals and Adam Lambert and Jordin Sparks as headline entertainers. Attendance has grown from an estimated 15,000 spectators for the rst Pride parade in 2009 to an estimated record of 135,000-plus revelers in 2017. Last years parade and festival featured a recordbreaking number of parade entries, including 74 parade contingencies, 22 oats and more than 3,000 participants. Recently, Miami Beach Gay Pride was named one of the Top 100 Events of the Year for the third year in a row by BizBash Magazine and earned the Pink Flamingo Award as favorite multi-day event for the fourth year in a row. Miami Beach Gay Pride also earned Best LGBT event honors in the SFGNs Best of 2017. It takes an army of dedicated volunteers and sta, the support of the City of Miami Beach and the help of all our sponsors to produce a Pride of this magnitude, said Mark Fernandes, chair of the Miami Beach Gay Pride Board of Directors. A special shout-out goes to our presenting sponsor Celebrity Cruises, who really helped us bring Pride to a new level last year. Richard Murry, marketing director for Pride, said the 2018 parade and festival will have a full week of events to celebrate the 10th anniversary. So far conrmed: a rainbow ag raising ceremony over Miami Beach City Hall; the Miss Miami Beach Gay Pride Pageant; a Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce MegaMixer, which is a fundraiser for Pride; a VIP kick-o reception; beach party, parade and festival; and Pride Cruise. We will also be doing Pride Lights the Night, where buildings throughout the county will light up in the rainbow ag colors. This event is done as a tribute and remembrance of the Pulse shooting victims and families, Murry said. MM I aA MI BB E achACH PP RI dD E HOSTSKI ckCK OO FF FF UN d D R aA ISER NENE W SS miami-dade SS IN cC E dD A y Y ONE, M yY HUS bB AN dD AN dD II HAVE b B EEN NOTHIN gG b B UT LOVE dD AN dD A dD ORE dD AN dD WEL cC OME dD WITH OPEN ARMS by BY THE LL GB TT Q c C OMMUNIT yY . RR oxanne VV argas AA LL y Y GG RAND MARSHAL Dates for MM iami Beach Gay PP ride 2018 are AA pril 2-8. F F or more information, visit www.miamibeachgaypride.com.Jose Cassolajocacommunications@outlook.com TT his years event will take place AA pril 2-8 and celebrate 10 years

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30 U\312\312\312 1.31.2018 OO n behalf of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce we would like to wish our members and the community at large a prosperous New Year 2018 ahead. May this be a year of personal and professional growth where businesses continue to thrive in order to contribute to our economy and the progress of our city. $8 Billion That is the estimated LGBT purchasing power in Miami-Dade County. We encourage the LGBT community to support those businesses that invest in our community needs. It is from this support that we thrive and have a voice in the policies that shape our nation, our state, and our local communities. As an organization that has been the voice of the LGBT businesses and its allies in south Florida for more than a decade now, we begin our networking programming this year with the th Annual State of Our Community EXPOsure Networking Luncheon. This much anticipated event is sponsored this year by Morgan Stanley and Mark Migdal & Hayden, and will count with the participation as guest speakers of: t/ \001 t / \r\312" f\023 \312 O" ,\312\n"\037\037 \026 t/ Chamber Chat To RSVPRSVP for the th A A nnual SS tate of our Community" N N etworking L L uncheon & E E X POPO or if you're interested in joining the M DGLDGL CC, please visit www.gaybizmiami.com or reach us at info@gaybizmiami.com / 305-673-4440.Jorge RichaMarketing & Programming Director; Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) cC O mmMM UNI tyTY announcement X SS tate RR epresentative DD avid RR ichardson X Mayor Francis SS uarez (City of Miami) X Mayor DD an GG elber (City of Miami Beach) X Mayor Carlos HH ernandez (City of HH ialeah) X SS teve AA dkins (MiamiDD ade GG ay & LL esbian Chamber of Commerce) X Joe SS aunders ( EE quality Florida) X Tony LL ime ( SAVESAVE) Dont miss the opportunity to network with fellow attendees and listen to our speakers talk about their 2018 plans & its impact to the LGBT community. The event will be taking place at Miami Airport Marriot (1201 NW LeJeune Road) on Thursday, February 8 from 11 a.m. 2 p.m. (lunch program from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.). Cost of admission for MDGLCC members is $45 and for non-members is $55.

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34 U\312\312\312 1.31.2018 TT hose of us who lived in Miami between 1977 and 1980 are familiar with the bilingual sitcom Qu Pasa, U.S.A.? Produced by Miamis public television station WPBT2, the series chronicled the lives and tiempos of the Peas, a CubanAmerican family who lived in Miamis Little Havana neighborhood. Though Qu Pasa, U.S.A.? has special meaning for those of us who are Cuban-American, its message is relevant to all immigrant communities. Qu Pasa, U.S.A.? was supposed to be a sort-of after-school special to help recently arrived Cubans and their rst-generation children adapt to life in a new country with a bit of levity. Instead it became the Modern Family of South Florida on a fraction of a Hollywood budget. It was the rst bilingual sitcom on television, built on a cast of professional Cuban writers and actors in exile, according to Miami Herald reporter Carlos Fras. Velia Martnez and Luis Oquendo played Adela and Antonio, the stubbornly Spanish-speaking grandparents; Ana Margarita Martnez-Casado and Manolo Villaverde played parents Juana and Pepe, who struggle to adapt to American ways while remaining true to their traditions; and Ana Margarita Menndez (Ana Margo) and Rocky Echevarria (Steven Bauer) played their children, Carmen and Joe, who are completely assimilated. Echevarria, whose Latin good looks made Qu Pasa, U.S.A.? popular with South Floridas gay men, is the most successful member of the cast, using this show as a springboard to a successful movie career under the name Steven Bauer. While the dialogue in Qu Pasa, U.S.A.? skips from English to Spanish (or Spanglish) and back, one does not have to be bilingual to understand what is going on. The Peas must balance their loyalty to Cuban ways with life in a strange new world. While the abuelos are content to live in the past; and the kids are happy being American; the parents (especially Pepe) must struggle. Will Carmen be allowed to go out without a chaperone? Will Juana be able to improve herself by going to night school? Will Joe become an American citizen? This last one was a serious topic back in the seventies, a time when many Cubans, like Pepe, refused to become citizens, expecting to return to the island in the very near future. I myself could not apply for citizenship until I turned 18, thus free from my parents objections. Though none of the Peas were LGBT (that I know of), some of the episodes of Qu Pasa, U.S.A.? have some gay relevance. Like most traditional Cuban fathers, Pepe has a double standard that demands that Carmen remain a virgin but expects Joe to sow his wild oats. When Joe admits that he is still a virgin, Pepe worries that his son is strange. In Juana Gets Smart, Joe helps his mother by doing housework, wearing an apron. When a woman drops by to get signatures, she sees Joe with the apron and decides that he would not want to sign her petition. (This was a reference to Anita Bryant, who in 1977 led a successful campaign to repeal Dade Countys rst gay rights ordinance.) In Joe Goes to Heaven Joe visits a then-popular Fort Lauderdale gay disco to research a school paper, leading his scandalized parents to think that their son is gay. (Though in those days many of us who were seen in a queer bar claimed to be doing research, in the case of Joe Pea this was actually true.) Qu Pasa, U.S.A.? ceased production in Jesse Monteagudo Jesse Monteagudo is a freelance writer and journalist. HH e has been an active member of SS outh Florida's LGLG BT community for more than four decades and has served in various community organizations. 1980. Still, it remains one of WPBT2s most popular programs, without period costumes or a British accent. WPBT is currently showing reruns on weekdays at 5 p.m. Meanwhile, according to Johnny Diaz of the Sun-Sentinel, Qu Pasa, U.S.A.? is returning to Miami as a live stage show: A live stage production of the sitcom to be called Qu Pasa, U.S.A.? Today...40 Years Later will debut May 17, 2018, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. This is news for some of the original cast members and creative crew, who forfeited their royalty rights to this educational show. Both Villaverde and Martnez-Casado have expressed their outrage that WPBT continues to prot from the fruits of their labor. Were well within our rights to do anything we want with it, retorts Je Hu, Chief Operating Ocer of South Florida PBS. WPBT uses the show, and its prots, to serve the arts in South Florida. To which I say, ay caramba! Those of you who cant get enough of Qu Pasa, U.S.A.? should visit the shows delightfully-bilingual web site (QuepasaUSA. org). There you can buy Qu Pasa, U.S.A.? 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1.31.2018 U 37 1 \207 January 31, 2018 Wilton Manors Gazette WMG Volume 5 \207\003 Issue 2 January 31, 2018 Its not your mothers quilt. Thats how Janet Dolland describes the quilts of Gees Bend. Theyre very bright. They do not follow the traditional quilts that you see. Theyre quite improvisational and made from old clothes and old fabric. They just dont follow the norm. The corners dont meet. Sometimes theres no pattern at all. Dolland, an advocate of the quilts and the collective of women who make them, will be bringing seven from her collection to Wilton Manors as part of The Quilts of Gees Bend: The Fabric of Their Lives. They will be displayed as part of the free exhibit will held Feb. 3 to March 10 at Art Gallery 21, 600 NE 21 Ct., Wilton Manors. Art Gallery 21 is open to the public Thursdays to Saturdays from 12 to 8 p.m. Dolland rst learned about the women of the collective, which was formed in the early 20th Century, about 15 years ago when Martha Stewart featured them on her TV show. The quilts have also been recognized by the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, the National Museum in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Postal Service. After taking a trip from her Michigan home down to Gees Bend, a small African American community in Alabama, Dolland began her love aair with the quilts. Today, she owns 12. She purchased her rst one for $350. Some of them can be several thousands of dollars eight, nine, $10,000, depending on the quilter. The range has changed over the years. Ive got a few other hobbies, but this probably is the biggest one that I really have become involved in. And, of course, the ladies. You could never have asked for a more personal, hospitable, welcoming group. One of the ladies, China Pettway, 66, has been quilting since she was 11 years old. Her family didnt have much, so anything and everything was used to make quilts, including old clothing. We were poor. Whatever we had, we made use of that. My mother always taught us you use what god gives you. Its a memory of the way I grew up in hard times . Its a joy to sit down and sew. Pettway draws inspiration from her own life, but also from important African American gures from the past, such as Martin Luther King and Harriet Tubman. My mother put quilts up on the wall, the windows, to keep the wind out. She put 12 Quilts of Gees Bend Exhibit:Not Your Mothers QuiltBy Michael dOliveira SOME OF THEM CAN BE sS EVERAL THOU sS AND sS OF DOLLAR sS EIGHT, NINE, $10,000, DEPENDING ON THE QUILTER.Janet DD olland QUIL t T S O fF GG EES BEND A A DVO cC A t T E or 13 on the bed [over my siblings and I]. They used to be so heavy we could hardly move. But they kept us warm. In addition to buying quilts from the women, Dolland also donates fabric to them. She estimated that shes donated over 2,000 pounds of fabric over the years. One time, I took 300 pounds in my van. Another time, 400 pounds. Dolland will also be giving two free lectures on the quilts: Saturday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at Art Gallery 21, and Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at Old Dillard High School, 1001 NW 4 St., Fort Lauderdale. WMG For more information about the exhibit, visit QuiltsOfGeesBend.com or artgallery21.org. CO mmunMMUN I tyTY \207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003 www .WMGAZETTE. com \207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207 Janet DD olland.

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Associated Press MEMBER MEMBER MEMBER MEMBER Earlier this week I caught myself using the word bbery in a discussion at work. Afterwards, not sure if such a word really existed, I looked to conrm that it was proper English usage. Fibbery: The act or practice of bbing; the telling of lies, falsehoods, bs. A b is further dened as a trivial or childish lie. Fibbery doesnt sound so bad, sounds a bit amusing, like some outdated term from Edwardian times. Anyhow, bs are not really lies, are they? Maybe they are just concealing the truth so as not to oend someone, just a little white lie that doesnt hurt anyone. So why all the fuss? In Dantes Inferno, the Nine Circles of Hells lowest depths are reserved for those who tell lies, who are spreaders of falsehoods. Today many of us no longer hold such beliefs or are willing to suer such misery as we nd ourselves embracing, allowing, and participating in the prevalent acceptance of bbery in our society, edging out more noble doings, such as honesty, righteousness, and decency. We are all collectively aected by the downward slide of the discourse on social media and in personal discussions, when it comes to feeding the false news reality many have come to accept and believe. When society begins to accept such behavior from our leaders and those of moral authority as the norm, the act of bbery, the telling of lies and the spreading of falsehoods quickly permeates all levels of society. It becomes acceptable for city sta to tell a b when not wanting to anger a resident or admit a mistake. Its OK for elected ocials not to be honest with constituents so as not to lose a vote. It becomes OK for supervisors to make up lies instead of implementing company policy. This sends the wrong message to our children, that its easier to lie and b than to face and deal with the truth, not a good barometer of where we are heading as a society. Feeling good at all costs, making everyone happy and keeping up the charade, with no bad news to upset anyone has become the accepted norm. One little b today, big lies tomorrow. Residents of Wilton Manors should never expect bs or lies from our elected ocials, our city sta, or organizations operating within our city. Unfortunately, we are not immune to the rampant choice of bbery over truth. Most of us would much prefer the harsh truth over being lied to, except perhaps when talking about good looks and weight loss. This is a major benet and importance of having a free press in our society that will ask questions and hold a spotlight on those who are misbehaving. Thankfully for Wilton Manors residents, South Florida Gay News publishes The Wilton Manors Gazette, oering local news and so much more. Having a quality news outlet reporting and asking tough questions makes this community a better place in which to live and do business. So, as we move ahead in 2018, there are some tough questions for city sta and our elected ocials that need some honest answers and future planning. As the City of Oakland Park moves ahead with a total redesign project of Andrews Avenue from Prospect Road to Oakland Park Boulevard with medians, bike lanes, crosswalks and so much more, why is nothing planned for Wilton Manors as we continue to wait for our Land Use Study? Why do we keep getting told that its a county road and the countys responsibility? Obviously, the City of Oakland Park found a way make things happen. Why has Leisure Services plopped down an eyesore of a storage shed right next to the painstakingly restored historic Richardson Carriage House? Why should so many residents who donated large sums of money and time on the restoration project be so unhappy with the recent actions by city sta? Why have so many surrounding cities initiated wrapping utility boxes with locally inspired artwork while none have been done in our city? Why should we believe that the new unfunded Public Art Committee will have any success at making this happen? Why are so many residents in River Manor still not receiving the Town Crier, even after numerous phone calls, complaints; and why does city sta keep responding that the problem has been taken care of? The bs of the past by city ocials as to why things are done a certain way or cannot be done at all are catching up with them as we see other cities moving forward with projects that many here in Wilton Manors have been asking about for many years. How can we make these things happen? 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1.31.2018 U 39 3 \207 January 31, 2018 By Michael dOliveira Science Night at Wilton Manors Elementary was part fun, part future job training. Its everything. Its technology, its living things, its sound experiments . Were preparing them for jobs [in science and technology] we dont even know exist. Its very cool, said Lori Goldsmith, the schools magnet program coordinator. Held Jan. 25 at the school, Science Night featured handson science demonstrations about sonar, buoyancy, marine life, plankton, marine conservation and research, and other scientic principles. You have to do the hands on. Thats how the kids construct their own knowledge, Goldsmith said. The scientic expertise was provided by Florida International University [FIU]. In general, its to garner excitement for STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] related elds and get kids excited in math and science where they have a tangible example of what that means, said Nick Ogle, education outreach program manager for FIUs College of Arts Sciences and Education. The hope, he added, is that this is a part of what gets students interested in pursuing a STEM-related career. School administrators funded FIUs participation through a grant the school won for its environmental sustainability eorts the P3 Eco-Challenge. The kids work really hard . above and beyond a normal school. We do [environmental sustainability] because its the right thing to do. But when someone recognizes us, its amazing, said Principal Melissa Holtz. Were the rst elementary school in the county to win [this award], said Goldsmith. Maria Schwartz, a rst-grade teacher and the schools science contact with FIU, said the students have put a lot of eort into making the school more environmentallyfriendly. Exotic plants have been removed and replaced with native vegetation, the buttery garden has been renovated, students participated in a campaign to promote the use of sustainable materials, learned about climate change and sustainability issues, and more. A lot of the grant prize came from getting the kids involved in local sourcing for food, said Schwartz. WMG Science Night Aims to Create Future Scientists, Engineers TT HE KID sS WORK REALLY HARD... ABOVE AND BEYOND A NORMAL s S CHOOL. Melissa HH oltz PP RIN cC IPAL CO mmunMMUN I tyTY www.EmeraldEliteHomeHealth.com rfrntbb Ernest@EmeraldEliteHomeHealth.com License #30211589 rLooking for strong males to lift and hold up LGBT male seniors. Must care for gentlemen who are at risk for falling, have dementia, Parkinsons, Stage 4 Cancer, etc.). Must be gay-friendly and enjoy the company of gay people in gay settings. Many seniors have live-in senior partners. rfrntbb Include your name, number, and your level of experience in senior care or your willingness to devote your time to senior care. brtnr

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40 U\312\312\312 1.31.2018 Ar o und T o wn By Michael dOliveira Check out whats happening 2nd Annual Art With A Heart2nd Annual Art With A Heart, bene ting artists and the Poverello Eat Well Center, will be held Saturday, Feb. 10 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Kiwanis Club Wilton Manors, 2749 NE 14 Ave., Wilton Manors. Artists are invited to sell, donate, or display artistic pieces that are made of paint, ink, pencil, mixed media, photography, or sculpture. Artists who want to participate should email art@poverello.org. For more information, call 954-561-3663 Ext: 106. WMG Permit fee reductions extendedNear the end of 2017, Wilton Manors commissioners approved a 25 percent reduction in permit fees related to fencing, windows and doors, existing shed replacement, and re-roofs. Recently, the reduction was extended to March 30. The reduction was approved to help property owners impacted by Hurricane Irma. Those who apply should mention that the permit is related to the hurricane. Call 954-390-2180 for more information. WMG Splash pad opened in Mickel ParkOn Jan. 19, city o cials and residents celebrated the unveiling of the citys latest park improvement the splash pad at Mickel Park. According to the city, the splash pad is one of several Mickel Park improvements paid for by a $356,752 grant o cials secured from Broward Countys 2000 Park and Open Space Trust Fund. Other addons to the park include new energy-e cient LED lighting, and an electric vehicle charging station. O cials estimate the new lighting will save $18,000 a year. WMG Photo courtesy of the City of Wilton Manors. BRIEFS CANA meetingThe Central Area Neighborhood Association will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at Hagen Park, 2020 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. Other scheduled meetings are May 2, July 25 and Oct. 24. Visit CanaWM.org for more information. WMG Books for saleThe Friends of the Wilton Manors Library will have its Book Tent on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Hagen Park Community Center, 2020 Wilton Drive. Books, videos, and audio materials are available in exchange for a small donation. Money raised by The Friends is used to fund programs and buy equipment for the citys library. WMG 4 \207 September 6, 2017 4 \207 January 31, 2018 Lightship Media In a city populated mostly by small businesses, which dont do television or other advertising beyond social media or newspapers, one business in Wilton Manors helps companies think bigger. Lightship Media, founded in 1999 by Andy Perrott, is a full-service creative agency with a client list that includes companies large and small, including Disney, The Singing Machine, R6 Cosmetics, Tri-Rail, Safety Harbor Resort and Spa in Clearwater, and New York Grilled Cheese here in Wilton Manors. And, added Perrott, more could soon be added to the list. We are on our way with a couple big companies. The agency also has a host of non-pro t clients, including Stonewall, Gay Mens Chorus, and Our Fund. I think were involved in all the gay non-pro ts in one way or another, Perrott said. Like the rest of Wilton Manors small business community, Lightship prides itself on its level of service. We o er a certain level of customer service. We can just really take the rains and move forward. You dream it, want it, we do it, said Denise Wissmann, who recently became a partner at Lightship. Originally focused on multimedia, television, animation, real time video, and live events, the addition of Wissmann, said Perrott, brings a lot to the table: an enhanced capability to handle websites, social media, print, virtual reality, marketing, increased creative, and event planning. Were a small agency, but we deliver big ideas, he said. The two are particularly proud of the New York Grilled Cheese television commercials they and their team, which includes producer Louis Pedraza and social media director Andrew Low, have created. The series of commercials features Brie Wa eton, a drag queen mother who dislikes New York Grilled Cheese at rst because her son prefers their cooking to hers. But, she eventually becomes the restaurants biggest fan and champion. It all came o their slogan: Its not your mothers grilled cheese, Perrott said. Leor Barak, owner of New York Grilled Cheese, is very pleased with the ads and the impact they had. Its not just me [who is a fan of the ads]. Our customers are big fans. They wound up following and walking through our doors. It was the right place, right time . You also have to push the envelope to have people remember you. Wissmann said she loves the opportunity to let your inner sassy come out with Wa eton. Why do the norm? If you do the norm, youre not going to cut through the noise. The character is great to work with. Thats what makes my job exciting. Being able to create on a daily basis. Asked, jokingly, if their creative ad agency is anything like Mad Men, the show about a 1960s Madison Avenue ad agency, Wissmann responds, There might be a few moments like that. We certainly have fun. WMG By Michael dOliveira The small Wilton Manors creative agency with big clients WE CAN JUST REALLY TAKE THE RAINS AND MOVE FORWARD. YOU DREAM IT, WANT IT, WE DO IT.Denise WissmannPARTNER BUSINESS Andy Perrott and Denise Wissmann with Lightship Media. \207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003 www .WMGAZETTE. com \207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003\207

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1.31.2018 U 41 5 \207 January 31, 2018 \207\003\207\003\207\003\207\003 www .WMGAZETTE. com \207\003\207\003\207\003\207 Wilton Manors Approves Marijuana Treatment CentersWilton Manors commissioners have approved allowing the opening of marijuana treatment centers in certain parts of the city. At their Jan. 23 meeting, commissioners voted to approve the centers and rede ned pharmacies to make them in line with the states de nition. The city also approved the repeal of previous regulations because they werent in line with requirements by Tallahassee. The Florida Legislature has given every local government a choice treat marijuana treatment centers as pharmacies or ban the centers entirely. Wilton Manors o cials chose the former. If someone does open a treatment center, as long as it is located at least 500 feet from a school or daycare center, they will be able to do so in the Arts & Entertainment District, Oakland Park Boulevard, Andrews Avenue, Northeast 26 Street, and a small part of Powerline Road. At a previous meeting, Mayor Gary Resnick said someone had approached him about opening a treatment center, but the mayor did not name the person. Resnick said hes met residents who use medical marijuana and he thinks a treatment center in the city would provide much-needed convenience to them, as opposed to having to travel to Miami or get their medicine in the mail. Im glad we decided not to ban them, said Resnick. Given the options we have, this is the right way to go, said Vice Mayor Justin Flippen. I understand were limited by the state. I wish we werent, said Commissioner Julie Carson. Commissioner Tom Green said he was supportive of allowing treatment centers. Any business, within reason, that wants to open in the Arts & Entertainment District is better than a bar. But he expressed some nervousness at what could happen in the future. Currently, medical marijuana is provided in pill form. In the future, there may be a lot of smoke coming from these places. Lets see what the legislature does, said Green. Resnick also said the city would most likely have to alter its own policies on employees using medical marijuana. Commissioners, on Jan. 23 and a previous meeting, expressed worries about rents going up even more on Wilton Drive if a treatment center opens. They also talked about how the new regulations might limit other businesses from opening in the Arts & Entertainment District, such as sleep disorder clinics. I think were limiting the diversity of our community, Carson said. WMG By Michael dOliveira City May Increase Fire Fees on Non-profits Wilton Manors Commissioners may increase the re assessment fees on nonpro ts, which own property in the city. At the Jan. 23 commission meeting, Commissioner Tom Green said he wants to look again at possibly increasing the re fee. Fire assessment fees are levied on property owners to pay for re-related services provided by the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department, which contracts with the city. After years of toying with the idea of making non-pro ts, such as churches and organizations like Kids In Distress, pay the assessment fee, commissioners approved charging property-owning organizations 20 percent in 2015. Vice Mayor Justin Flippen was the only commissioner to vote against it at the time. I dont know if this is the right direction, said Flippen in 2015. Mayor Gary Resnick said at that time that even non-pro ts, which bene t from the re services provided by the city, should pay their fair share to fund those services. WMG By Michael dOliveira POLITICS NEWS GIVEN THE OPTIONS WE HAVE, THIS IS THE RIGHT WAY TO GO. Justin Flippen VICE MAYOR

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44 U\312\312\312 1.31.2018 LI fF ES tyTY LE homo historyWW hen Donald Chauncey took over for the late Mike Anguilano as Miami-Dade Public Library Systems Film Librarian in 1982 he never dreamed that hed one day be labeled Dade Countys ocial pornographer, by a local Miami pastor. As lm librarian, Chauncey, a self proclaimed gay man, his job was to nd ways to grow the library systems lm collection and give it exposure. In the 1980s this was quite a job. With over 5,000 lm reels, Miami-Dades lm collection was among the largest belonging to a public library in the country. During this week in 1987, Chauncey felt he would put a modern spin on the American Library Associations Banned Books Week and screen a series of banned X-rated lms. He chose La Cage aux Folles, a Franco-Italian comedy about a gay couple that runs a drag show club and later inuenced the popular 1996 lm The Birdcage. He also chose to screen Last Tango in Paris, which was controversial due to its very explicit content which include a graphic rape scene. Once the library system began promoting the series of screenings, which were to take place after library hours and only those above the age of 18 were to be admitted, Jesus Fellowship Church of Miami pastor Rick Patterson stepped forward arguing that lms depicting pornography or homosexuality should not permitted inside a publicly funded tax paying facility. Chauncey argued that the lms were not being screened to the masses but rather shown on the context of censorship. He said that each lm was chosen for its artistic merit, and for its reason for censorship, whether that be homosexual themes or sexual/moral reasons. He also went on to add that the library system had received a private grant for the program and tax payer monies were not being used. Despite this, it wasnt long before one publication quoted Patterson as calling Chauncey Dade Countys Ocial pornographer, Patterson argued to a Miami News reporter that there was no purpose in showing the movies. The idea that by showing a previously banned movie to endorse its position against censorship is ludicrous. He went on to say that if he didnt stop it now Miami could nd itself full of pedophiles by 1990. Patterson was stunned when not only did county commissioners side with the library system, but the lm screenings ended up being complete sell outs. He was indeed successful in raising awareness, but not the opposition he was hoping for. Patterson can probably inadvertently be thanked for creating the appreciation for some of the controversial cinema displayed here and paving the way for more. It was this appreciation that likely allowed Chauncey to go on to create the Queer Flickering Light (QFL), Miamis rst LGBT lm festival in 1993. The festival, which happened twice and took place at The Colony Theater in Miami Beach, featured lms such as Raising Heroes which touted being the rst LGBT action hero lm and David Schimmers gay portrayal in the 35 minute short Party Favor. Screenings later at night featured sexier lms such as Mel Chionglos Midnight Dancers, an erotic Filipino thriller about three brothers who consider themselves straight, but work as gogo dancers (and more) at night. While the lm festivals were fairly well received, Chauncey said he had hoped to have David Schwimmer present, but he claimed to have a prior commitment. Chauncey said in an interview with Barron Sherer in the Miami Rail magazine that ...we [the LGBT community/advocates] could ll the Colony Theater with a lm about lesbian body piercing, which everybody thought six people would go to. Whatever we screened at QFL was near capacity. There was a hunger for this programming. I wanted to replicate the conversations that were going on in gay communities across the United States. Now living the retired life, but still active in Miamis lm scene, Chauncey told me he was not interested in putting on annual festivals, but simply wanted to prime the pump for someone else. It did eventually morph into OUTshine, South Floridas current LGBT lm festival. Chauncey still thinks it was a fantastic experience for him and it allowed him to meet his all time hero, Quintin Crisp. Maybe once being labeled Dade Countys Ocial Pornographer wasnt such a bad thing after all. In the end we all seem to crave, what were told we cant have. MM I aA MIS OO FFI cC I alAL PP ORNOgG R aA P hH ER WW HATEVER WE S cC REENE dD AT QFLFL WAS NEAR cC APAcC IT yY T T HERE WAS A HUN gG ER FOR THIS PRO gG RAMMIN gG DD onald Chauncey Graham Brunk The story of DD onald Chauncey and his battle against censorship GG raham, a West PP alm Beach native, is a local librarian with an interest in LGLG BTQ history in SS outh Florida. HH e welcomes emails and story ideas. Contact him at GG rahamBrunk@gmail.com. Donald Chauncey

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48 U\312\312\312 1.31.2018 Wilkommen. And Bienvenue! Welcome! FOR THE WEEK OF febr FEBR U arARY 1 febr FEBR U arARY 6, 201 8 U WWW.SFGN.COMSFGN ITES J.W. Arnoldjw@prdconline.com Photo courtesy of the Kravis Center. Were you glued to the television last night for the Super Bowl? Then get out tonight and catch up on some of the Oscar-nominated films youve missed. We think the Luca Guadagninos beautifully filmed coming out story, Call Me by Your Name, is one of the best. Also, The Shape of Water, Darkest Hour and Ladybird, Greta Gerwigs quirky coming of age tale. Check local listings for theaters and show times. SAT 2/3 fiFI L mM Tonight is opening night for the Maltz Jupiter Theatres production of J.B. Priestly,s An Inspector Calls. When a police inspector mysteriously arrives at the home of the affluent Birling family, their intimate dinner party takes a turn for the worst. It seems murder is on the menu in this thriller. The Maltz is located at 1001 E. Indiantown Rd. in Jupiter. Showing through Feb. 18. Tickets at JupiterTheatre.org.theaterTHEATER Jazz singer Diana Krall heats up the stage at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale with her sultry, expressive vocals and evocative piano technique. Krall, the only singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard jazz charts, sings selections from her latest album, Turn up the Quiet, produced by Grammy-winner Tommy LiPuma. Tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49.50 at BrowardCenter.org. TH UU 2/1 concertCONCERT The South Florida Symphony, under the direction of Sebrina Maria Alfonso, continues its triumphant 20th anniversary season with a concert of beloved Broadway show tunes, And the Tony Goes To, tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. The program will be repeated in Miami, Boca Raton and Key West, Feb. 7 10. More information and tickets at SouthFloridaSymphony. org. S UU N 2/4 concertCONCERT FRI 2/2 concertCONCERT The Cleveland Orchestra celebrates its 100th anniversary at Miamis Arsht Center this weekend with an allBeethoven program. Franz WelserMst will lead the famed orchestra in the fateful Fifth Symphony, as well as the Overture to Coriolon and Symphony No. 8. Performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. in the Knight Concert Hall. Tickets start at $83 at ArshtCenter.org.theaterTHEATER Dont miss your last chance to see Slow Burn Theatre Co.s stunning production of Jason Robert Browns Tony-winning musical The Bridges of Madison County at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale, closing tomorrow in the Amaturo Theatre. A moving stage adaptation of the popular novel and film, Browns score features soaring melodies and lush harmonies. Tickets start at $47 at BrowardCenter.org. MON 2/5 T UU E 2/6 Kander and EE bbs classic musical about life in pre-World War IIII Berlin, Cabaret, comes to the Kravis Center in West P P alm Beach through S S unday, Feb. 11. S S am Mendes and R R ob Marshalls gritty Tony A A ward-winning production still offers thrills and chills as the audience enters the infamous Kit Kat Klub inhabited by AA merican SS ally Bowles and her raucous companions. Tickets start at $28 at Kravis.org. x theaterTHEATER Tuesday 2/6

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50 U\312\312\312 1.31.2018 II n last weeks anniversary issue, I wrote about eight of my most memorable celebrity interviews since the launch of SFGN. I wish I could have waited just one more week because I still have goosebumps from my recent telephone call with Charo. Any reader of a certain age knows the singer, actress and virtuoso Flamenco guitarist. In the 1970s, Charo was everywhere. She appeared on a host of variety shows hosted by Tony Orlando and Dawn, Dean Martin, Merv Grin, Donny and Marie Osmond, and yes, even the Brady Bunch. She was a frequent panelist on The Hollywood Squares and competed on Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes. But, I would be grossly remiss if I didnt cite Charos 10 appearances on The Love Boat as the plucky Mexican stowaway April Lopez that would secure her place in pop culture. Charo reremerged last year on ABCs Dancing with the Stars and next week, will perform the world premiere of her new dance mix Fantastico at Pride Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, Feb. 11. The Spanish-born performers accent is still strong, but I found it wasnt her choice of words that resonated most. It was the boundless energy and enthusiasm that managed to travel a continent over a crackly connection. Charo, born Mara del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martnez Molina Baeza, told me that, as a child, she spent summers on the farm of her grandfather near the town of Murcia. She was entranced with the Spanish custom of bulerias, the fast clapping that accompanied Flamenco music. Im going to have the audience clapping at the same time. Its very exciting, she promised. Everyone will be clapping with the downbeat and then Im going to introduce the remix. Then the conversation got personal: You know how much I love the audience. Im telling you that when I can see a lot of peoplehappy, looking for dreamsI will be looking for you. I will be dancing with you. Yes, she was talking about me, but I had a feeling that everyone else on Fort Lauderdale A C ONVERSONVERSA TION TION WITWIT H CHA RORO J.W. Arnold Charo will greet fans at the PP ride Fort LL auderdale kick-off party on Friday, Feb. 9 at the B O O cean Fort LL auderdale. Tickets are $65 in advance and $75 at the door. SS he will also perform on the main stage at PP ride festival at Fort LL auderdale Beach PP ark on SS unday, Feb. 11. AA dmission is free. For more information, go to PP rideFortLL auderdale.org. J.W. AA rnold serves on the board of PP ride Fort LL auderdale. AA & EE music *\234\253\312V\325\217\314\325\300i\312\210V\234\230\312>\230`\312\223\325\303\210V\210>\230\312\n\205>\300\234\312\334\210\217\217\312 Li\312>\253\253i>\300\210\230}\312>\314\312*\300\210`i\312\023\234\300\314\312L\035 >\325`i\300`>\217i\312\234\230\312 -\325\230`>\336]\312\023iL\260\312\231\260\312Photo credit: John Skalicky.Pop culture icon and musician Charo will be appearing at Pride Fort LauderdaleBeach gathered around that stage will feel the same way. When I came to United States of America, I found it a little conservative and I desired to shake it up and introduce myself in the 70sI was shaking maracas before Shakira and Sophia Vergara, Charo said. Shes also looking forward to an appearance at Pride. Her family taught her at a very young age about the evils of discrimination. (I have) many friends who are gay writers, producers, designersthey are dreamers and I am a dreamer. I never stopped my dreams and I felt very connected with their personalities, happiness, their joy. I became a supporter of the LGBT (community), Charo said. I talk from my heart and Im proud to be invited and to be a part of your family. Like most of my most memorable interviews, time ew by as we chatted like old friends. I had to ask her THE question shes undoubtedly been asked a million times: Where did her signature phrase, cuchi cuchi, come from? Nobody has ever asked me these questions that way, she responded genuinely and I believed her. It turns out she was inspired by a little dog, Cucio, who wiggled uncontrollably whenever excited. It was a very funny looking dog that shaked back and forth, she said before adding with a chuckle, They thought I was a little bitch, too. DONT MISS A TASTE FEELING THE HUNGER? Read SFGNs weekly food column for an exclusive bite on local bars, restaurants, and seasonal avors. S FG N .COM/ F OO D

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52 U\312\312\312 1.31.2018 Christiana Lilly Calendar@SFGN.com DatebookTheater -$$<\003\026\024\003\020\003\b% $<\003\031 broward county KHQ\003\314\312\314\205i\312\t\300\234\334>\300`\312\ni\230\314i\300\312\234\230\312\033>\230\260\312\316\243\260\312Photo credit: Shen Yun.women come together to plot murder to overcome the insanity of Paris. Tickets $35. Call 561-297-6124 or visit fauevents.com. \ 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! Returns in October. Call 561-243-7922 or visit DelrayArts.org. miami-dade county \r\003KH\003HFRQG\003&LW\\000\003/RRN\003%RWK\003 :D\\000V\003%HIRUH\003DONLQJFeb. 1 at 8 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Culture Center, 3385 NE 188th St. in Aventura. The comedy troupe celebrates 60 years of comedy. Tickets $39. Call 305-466-8002 or visit AventuraCenter.org.\r\003&LUTXH\003=XPD\003=XPD Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Culture Center, 3385 NE 188th St. in Aventura. The group returns to the US for a night of acrobatics, music, and dance with a nod to African culture.Tickets $29.75 to $40. Call 305-466-8002 or visit AventuraCenter.org.&ODUN\003*DEOH\003OHSW\003+HUH Feb. 2 to 25 at Main Street Players, 6766 Main St. in Miami Lakes. The night of the Golden Globes, the sta of one of Hollywoods biggest stars is scrambling to gure out what to do with the dead male prostitute in his room. Tickets $30. Call 305-558-3737 or visit MainStreetPlayers.com.DORPH Through Feb. 3 at the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. A princesss erotic dance leads to her destruction in this opera so controversial it was banned in Vienna and London when it rst appeared. Performed in German with English and Spanish subtitles. Tickets $25 and up. Call 305-949-6722 or visit ArshtCenter.org.:URQJIXO\003'HDWK\003DQG\003WKHU\003&LUFXV\003 $FWV Through Feb. 4 at the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Personal injury lawyer Laura Mendes chases after cases after a fatal plane crash in this play that examines worth we place on people. Tickets $50 and $55. Call 305-949-6722 or visit ArshtCenter. org.XWGRRU\003\000XVLF\003HULHV Third 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 PAMM.org.KH\003%LJ\003KRZ Fridays and Saturdays at 9 p.m. at Just the Funny Theater, 3119 Coral Way in Miami. A collection of comedy mixing the likes of improvisation and sketches. Tickets $12. Call 305-693-8669 or visit JustTheFunny.com.

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1.31.2018 U 55 -$$<\003\026\024\003\020\003\b% $<\003\031\r\003%ODFN\003$UW\003$ZDNHQLQJ\035\003%ODFN\003 +LVWRU\\000\([KLELW Feb. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Pride Center, 2040 N. Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors. A cocktail and art reception to celebrate Black History Month and National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Free. Contact 954-463-9005, ext. 308, lrobertson@pridecenterorida.org, pridecenterorida.org.\r\003\ Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the BB&T Center, One Panther Parkway in Sunrise. Join the Gay & Lesbian Lawyers Network and the MiamiDade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce for a pride night as the Florida Panthers take on the Los Angeles Kings. Tickets $25 to $60. Visit bit.ly/apride.\000DVFDUD\017\003\000LUWK\003\t\003\000D\\000KHP\035\003 ,QGHSHQGHQFH\003'D\\000RQ\003\ ,VODQG\003\020\003KRWRJUDSK\\000E\\000XVDQ\003 .UDYLW] Through March 11 at the Stonewall National Museum Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Photographer Susan Kravitzs exhibition chronicling the Invasion of the Pines. Exhibit closes March 11. Suggested donation $5. Call 954-763-8565 or visit Stonewall-Museum.org.\r\003&DUH\003HVRXUFH\003HFRYHU\\000*URXS Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Care Resource, 3160 NW Ninth St. in Oakland Park. A weekly meeting with licensed behavioral clinical counselors on healing ones entire being in the recovery process. Visit CareResource.org. palm beach county KH\003$UV\003\000XVDH\035\003G\\000VVH\\000\Through Feb. 4 at the Box Gallery, 811 Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach. A 40foot mural installation by Italian artist Marzia Ellero Ransom as a part of Palm Beach Art Week. Free. Call 786-521-1188 or visit TheBoxGallery.info.UDQVFHQGHQFHMeets 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 youth@compassglcc.com.XW\003RI\003WKH\003&ORVHW\017\003,QWR\003WKH\003/LJKW 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 MCCPalmBeach.org.XW\003RI\003WKH\003&ORVHW\003$\003*URXSMondays at 7 p.m. at Lambda North, 18 S. J St. in Lake Worth. A support and discussion group for LGBT recovering addicts. Visit LambdaNorth.net.RVLWLYH\003&RQQHFWLRQ Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Compass GLCC, 201 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth. Men who are HIV positive are invited to come together for support, education, and advocacy. Closed group. Call 561-324-1626 or visit CompassGLCC.com. miami-dade county \r\003\000D[LPL]LQJ\003
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