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@ SFGN SOUTHFLORIDAGAYNEWS SFGN. COM HATE MONGERS DISRUPT BIALYSTOKS FIRST PRIDEIN POLANDPAGES 6-7local name global coverage july 31, 2019 vol. 10 // issue 31 BACKLASH ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: THE NORM KENT SHOW RETURNS! PAGE 19

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2 7.31.2019 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 reserves the right to enforce its own standards regarding the suitability of advertising copy, illustrations and photographs. Copyright 2019 South Florida Gay News.com, Inc. Norm.Kent@sfgn.com CEO piero@sfgn.com Jason.Parsley@sfgn.com Artwork@sfgn.com Webmaster@sfgn.com JW@prdconline.com JRDavis12000@hotmail.com Justin@sfgn.com Edwin@sfgn.com Clark@sfgn.com sales@rivendellmedia.com SFGN WINNER of& 5 FLORIDA PRESS CLUB AwardsAnd runner-up forNLGJA Journalist of the Year COVER: Photo posted on Facebook by Teczowy Biaystok, the organizers of Biaystoks rst ever pride march. Associated Press Chico Cromartie is running for the City Council in St. Pete. But in his bid to win hes also running against the LGBT community. Cromartie, 47, is very public in his anti-gay stances and sentiment posting his vitriol on Facebook. Hes said homosexuality is a choice, he doesnt honor the Pride ag, and wont bow to the LGBT agenda. I hear you south St. Pete! Finally we have a leader whos not afraid to say, Too (sic) hell with gay pride & their ag, reads a post from June 23. Cromartie told the Tampa Bay Times: It makes me more popular as a leader. Because people understand Im going to lead based on American principles. Not because they choose to be a homosexual. The primary is Aug. 27, and the top two candidates will move on to the Nov. 5 general election. The race is non-partisan. Four people are running for the seat including incumbent Lisa Wheeler-Bowman. Equality Florida joins the bipartisan chorus of St. Petersburg-area leaders calling NEWS HIGHLIGHTST. PETE POLITICIAN RAGES AGAINST LGBT COMMUNITY IN BID FOR CITY COUNCIL I WHOLEHEARTEDLY CONDEMN MR. CROMARTIES RHETORIC.Todd JenningsREPUBLICAN P ARTY OF PINELLAS COUNTY CHAIR Jason Parsley for Chico Cromartie to drop out of the St. Petersburg City Council District 7 race. His blatantly homophobic remarks show hes not t to represent one of the most welcoming cities in the state, said Joe Saunders, Senior Policy Director. LGBTQ residents shouldnt have to put up with this sort of discrimination from their leaders, period. Even the local GOP has taken a stand against Cromartie. I wholeheartedly condemn Mr. Cromarties rhetoric, Todd Jennings, the chair of the Republican Party of Pinellas County, told Florida Politics. It is not emblematic of my values or the values of the Republican Party. The Republican Party believes in being the party of opportunity, and providing all Americans, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation, with the opportunity to live the American dream and fulll the pursuit of happiness, no matter what form that may take. Cromartie, who is black, told TBT the LGTB community in St. Petersburg is beneting at the expense of the black community and taxpayers. He also criticized the council, which has three openly gay members. The idea that the homosexuals should be considered to receive taxpayer dollars, based on the fact that they choose to be a homosexual, to me is not fair to the other citizens who choose not to be homosexual, he said. And if Im elected, Im going to dismantle all those policies. Chico Cromartie via Facebook.Too hell with gay pride says Chico Cromartie

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4 7.31.2019 Last week, the Broward HIV Planning Council hosted its Fighting Stigma Through Fashion runway show in Fort Lauderdale to raise HIV prevention awareness. The show was ran by the councils community empowerment committee, whose sole purpose is to educate and empower the community, said Jessica Jolly, Broward Regional Health Planning Councils HIV specialist. The committee chose to raise awareness on HIV/ AIDS through a more creative medium in order to engage the young adult age group. The dierent catwalk scenes each symbolized the events missions: one was red-themed for HIV awareness, one bluethemed for prevention and the last was white for ghting stigma. Models sported white T-shirts that displayed messages about dangerous HIV/ AIDS stereotypes and ghting stigma. In between each scene, videos played that educated the audience on HIV statistics and revealed testimonies from individuals living with the disease. Its an honor to walk in [the] fashion show because I spend everyday educating on HIV prevention and education, said model Jaime Marques from the Florida Department of Health in Broward County. To be able to support and stand with my community and eliminate the stigma of HIV is something long overdue that I take pride in doing. Angela Myammee Pitts, known for her stint on the reality TV show Flavor of Love, was the nights emcee. Now, she spends her time talking candidly about HIV/AIDS on her social media pages as part of her self-started Project A&M. Myamee actively interacted with the audience by asking them HIV-related questions about the videos throughout the show. Today, an estimated 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the United States, according to HIV.gov and 20,000 in Broward County, according to the Florida Department of Health. Most of the clothing toward the fashion show was donated by Goodwill. They provided 80 percent of the clothing, shoes, and accessories. What made me excited was being given the chance to capture our audience through such an interactive and educational show, Jolly said. The creative process overall and being blessed with the models that we had was cool because they were all so positive, exible, energetic and committed to the cause. PLANNING COUNCIL HOSTS FASHION SHOW FOR AWARENESS NEWS LOCAL Photo via Facebook.BRHPC offers several free medical and support services, including HIV quality improvement networks, among other things. For more information, contact hivpv@brhpc.org. Deon C. Jefferson Its an honor to walk in [the] fashion show because I spend everyday educating on HIV prevention and education.Jaime MarquesMODEL/FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEAL TH EMPLOYEE YOUR FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD VAPE AND SMOKE SHOP EVERYTHING YOU NEED! MORE THAN YOU EXPECT!MENTION SFGN FOR 30% OFF YOUR PURCHASE!15 Minutes From The Beach or I-95954-267-9005 4800 N. DIXIE HIGHWAY, FORT LAUDERDALEJUST SOUTH OF COMMER CIAL BLVD @ PEACEPIPE F ORTL AUDERDAL E754-779-7007 821 N. FEDERAL HWY., FORT LAUDERDALEJUST SOUTH OF SEARS TOWN NEXT TO CUBBY HOLE F ACEBOOK. COM/ PEACEPIPEFL Two Locations! L ARGEST SELECTION IN TOWN! AND GREAT PRICES TOO!

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6 7.31.2019 Drag queens strut, rainbow ags utter in the breeze, and smiling marchers form heart symbols with their hands. From certain angles, the pride parade looks just like other such events held around the world, from San Francisco to Berlin, London to Taipei. But behind the glitter and glamor, there is a darker side to this celebration: Chers Believe blasting from the sound system isnt simply music to dance to; it is there to drown out the boos, the bangs of ash-bombs and the chants of perverts! Because this is no ordinary pride gathering: It is the rst-ever equality march in the deeply conservative Polish city of Bialystok, where the LGBTQ communitys increasing visibility has sparked a backlash. The northeastern city of 298,000 is located in the Bible-belt region of Podlasie, which is a stronghold of the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) and has become synonymous with farright movements. Many of the acts of xenophobic aggression have been committed in Podlasie compared to other regions in Poland, Rafal Pankowski, from the antiextremism group Never Again, told CNN. The mayor of Bialystok, Tadeusz Truskolaski, an independent, is eager to change that reputation. Unlike some centrist and right-wing counterparts in Poland, who have attempted to ban pride marches from their cities -Truskolaski let the Bialystock event proceed -despite widespread criticism from ocials in the PiS. According to one 2017 study by Polands Public Opinion Research Center (CBOS), more than half of Poles (55%) think homosexuality is abnormal but should be tolerated. Around a quarter (24%) believe it should not be tolerated at all. As the country gears up for an election this fall, the right-wing PiS is targeting what it calls LGBT ideology to re up its conservative base. This hostile rhetoric has emboldened far-right elements in the country. The ruling partys socially conservative message has also helped it in the national polls -it crushed a coalition of opposition parties in Mays European Parliament elections, winning 46% of the votes. Experts predict another victory in Octobers elections and LGBTQ activists are bracing for the worst. Polands opposition is divided on whether to address the increased marginalization of the countrys LGBTQ community, or to cater to socially conservative voters. In February, Warsaws liberal mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, from the opposition Civic Platform (PO), signed a declaration in support of LGBTQ rights. But just months before, his PO colleague Krzysztof Zuk, mayor of Lublin, banned that citys rst pride march, citing security concerns. The march went ahead after Lublins Court of Appeals overturned the mayors decision. The problem for PO is that if they embrace LGBTQ rights too much, they might lose some of their conservative electorates, explained Volha Charnysh, assistant professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). That played out last Saturday. According to Hubert Sobecki, co-president of Warsaw-based LGBT+ organization Love Does Not Exclude, the Bialystok event was one of 24 such parades planned this year in Poland-a country where samesex marriage and adoptions are illegal, there is no hate crime category for the LGBTQ community, and gay conversion therapy is legal. The pride marches reect many urban Poles growing support for increased LGBTQ rights. They are also a deant response to a rise in homophobic and transphobic rhetoric from Polands Catholic leaders, the right-wing press, and the ruling Law and Justice Party NEWS INTERNA TIONAL (PiS). In June, tens of thousands of people took part in Warsaws pride march -said to be the largest pride parade in central and eastern Europe. But Bialystoks pride marchers were outnumbered, four to one, by thousands of counter-protesters, according to local police. Nationalist football ultra fans, members of far-right groups and others packed the parade route and nearby parks. Get out of this city, yelled a group of men trying to break through the 700-strong line of riot police protecting the marchers. This is MY city, orange-haired parade steward Precel, 19, shouted back, warning marchers to watch out for rocks thrown by the counter-protesters. Dozens of LGBTQ marchers were physically assaulted before, during and after the parade, according to the Warsaw-based advocacy group Campaign Against Homophobia (KPH), the organizers of the parade, and witnesses CNN spoke to. Ant Ambroziak, a journalist from Warsaw, told CNN he was spat at and assaulted as he live-streamed the protest for work. I have a friend who was assaulted before the march. He was punched in the face because he [was wearing] lipstick he said. Another marcher was spat on and hit in the back, all in front of my mothers eyes, who started to cry and tremble, Paulina Brzoza, 28, told CNN. They were hunting us down, said Precel, who is gender non-conforming and prefers they/them pronouns, adding that they had been spat at and chased by a group of men. Michal Bilewicz, who researches the social psychology of groups at the University of Warsaw, said Polands socio-political environment had demonized diversity and otherness. What happened Saturday is a consequence of political language and discourse which targets gay people, he told CNN. According to Urszula Boublej, the spokesperson for Bialystoks mayor, there were about 32 protest groups registered for I have a friend who was assaulted before the march. He was punched in the face because he [was wearing] lipstick.Ant AmbroziakPOLISH JOURNALIST Tara JohnCNNTHE FAR RIGHT TURNED IT INTO CHAOSA CITYS FIRST PRIDE MARCH WAS MEANT TO BE A DAY OF JOY Photo via Facebook.

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7.31.2019 7 NEWS INTERNA TIONALSaturday, the majority in opposition to the pride march. It included the far-right group All-Polish Youth, which took its name from fascist and anti-Semitic pre-war youth organization. Last year, its former head Adam Andruszkiewicz who went to college in Bialystok, joined the federal government as Secretary of State at the Ministry of Digital Aairs. Critics said the appointment was another example of PiS mainstreaming rightwing extremism, according to Pankowski. Both the PiS and the government refused repeated requests for comment from CNN. Bialystoks Archbishop Tadeusz Wojda told congregants to defend Christian values by attending a family picnic -organized by the marshal of Podlasie Artur Kosicki -or an outdoor prayer vigil. Kosicki, a PiS member, refused to speak to CNN at the picnic, which came replete with a military artillery display and bouncy castles. At the vigil, CNN saw hundreds praying, some on their knees, outside the grand Bialystok Cathedral, in which participants held a banner aloft that read, reparation to god and the blessed mother for the sin of sodomy. The Polish Ministry of the Interior said they have determined the identity of 104 people who broke the law in Bialystok with 77 people, actions have already been carried out in relation to committed crimes or oenses, it added. Interior Minister Elzbieta Witek, who is a member of the PiS, condemned the violence. Ocers ensure security regardless of the ideas, values and beliefs proclaimed by citizens. Any person who breaks the law... should know they can be held responsible, Witek said on Twitter, Reuters reported. But according to research by The Warsaw-based nonprot Campaign Against Homophobia (KPH), some 90% of violent incidents against people who identify as non-heterosexual go unreported, Miroslawa Makuchowska, head of the political division at KPH, told CNN. People who are attacked dont want to report to police because they feel the authorities cant do anything. They are traumatized and afraid of having to hear homophobic slurs, Makuchowska, head of the political division at KPH, said. Precel, who has been toying with the idea of leaving Bialystok, said the attacks at the Pride parade may have hastened that decision: I was born here, and now I am studying here, but now I dont know how it will be in the future. I dont really feel safe in Bialystok. What happened Saturday is a consequence of political language and discourse which targets gay people.Michal BilewiczSOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY RESEARCHER Photo via Muhammad Darwish/CNN.

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7.31.2019 9 CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOR, MCC2011 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, FL 33435SUNDAY SERVICE 10 A.M.Rev. Wendy Woodruff, Pastor561-733-4000www.ChurchOfOurSaviorMCC.orgMCC, Transforming Ourselves as We Transform The World Wherever You Are On Gods LGBTQIA Rainbow, You Are Welcome... All Souls Episcopal ChurchSERVICES SUNDAY AT 8 A.M. & 10:30 A.M.4025 PINE TREE DRIVE, MIAMI BEACH 305-520-5410 | ALLSOULSMB.ORGAll Are Welcome!All Souls Episcopal Church For millennia, people of all faiths have worshipped their God with music: The Book of Psalms is not only a collection of poetry, but also Hebrew songs of praise. Pope Gregory was inspired to notate plaintive chants that would echo in immense Gothic cathedrals for centuries. Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederick Handel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and other classical masters contributed scores of glorious masses, cantatas and oratorios. Today, its not uncommon to hear folk, gospel, jazz and pop music in sanctuaries around the world. At Christ Lutheran Church on Oakland Park Blvd., our congregation celebrates the rich and diverse liturgy of the church each and every week. Our services include the classic hymns of the Protestant tradition with a sung liturgy and open communion. The experience is diverse and varied, incorporating the great hymns of Martin Luther, John and Charles Wesley and Ralph Vaughan Williams; contemporary and traditional mass settings; and special music by our volunteer choir and handbells. Enthusiastic congregational singing and choral anthems are accompanied on the churchs 13-rank Zimmer pipe organ, a beautifully constructed and voiced instrument that lls the bright sanctuary with soaring melodies and rich harmonies, and a Yamaha baby grand piano. Christ Lutheran Church oers a traditional worship experience that is at once familiar to people who grew up in the church before the latest trends of praise bands and projector screens on the walls. And, as a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Christ Lutheran Church is a reconciling congregation that welcomes our LGBTQ brothers and sisters and their families and friends. We recognize that many LGBTQ people of faith have had complicated, even painful experiences with religion and the church, but our congregation believes every person is a child of God deserving of His grace. If you appreciate music and liturgical worship, Christ Lutheran Church would love to become your new church home. Our members invite you to join us each Sunday morning at 10 a.m. and, if you especially enjoy making music, there are many opportunities, as well. The choir rehearses before services each Sunday morning at 9 a.m. and singers of all levels and abilities are encouraged. Our handbell ringers practice periodically and soloists and instrumentalists are featured at special services and holidays. Together, lets make that joyful noise to the Lord. PRAISE GOD WITH MUSICJ.W. ArnoldChrist Lutheran Church Music Director FAITH & PRIDE SPIRITUALITY 924 N. Federal Hwy Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304owned & operated by J.A. Astaphan MD954.462.7455www.thesilklasercentre.com LASER SKIN REJUVENATION LASER HAIR REMOVAL BOTOX / DYSPORT RADIESSE / BELOTERO RESTYLANE / JUVEDERM / VOLUMA / KYBELLA PLASMA PEN SKIN TIGHTENING PRP HAIR RESTORATIONFor Your Convenience, We Are Open Saturdays Thirteen Years Serving the CommUNITY DOCTOR ALWAYS ON PREMISESEXP 8/31/19IS YOUR SCALPBURNINGIN THE SUMMER SUN? THEN START PRP HAIR RESTORATION3 Double Kit sessions only $3,000(regular $1,200 each)

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10 7.31.2019 One underdog Democratic presidential candidate with rsthand experience of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s wants to wield love including gay love as her weapon of choice to take on President Trump in 2020. Marianne Williamson, an author whose vision for a Politics of Love is the subject of her latest book and drew attention at the rst Democratic debate, said in an interview Thursday with the Washington Blade her vision applies to LGBT people. I dont think that theres gender to love, I dont think theres sexuality to love, Williamson said. I think that sexuality and gender are the containers and the ways we express our love, but I think love is love. I honor gay love because its love. I honor love. Williamson, 67, said her work during the height of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s is well-documented. At the time, she founded the Los Angeles and Manhattan Centers for Living, which sought to provide free nonmedical care to people with HIV, and Project Angel Food, which delivers food to homebound people with AIDS. Ive worked with thousands of people during that time, during the AIDS crisis, spiritual support groups, food, etcetera., Williamson said. So actually, my activism on behalf of that community has been ongoing and began during the AIDS crisis, so my connection to that community has been strong and has been going on for a very long time. In the aftermath of racist tweets from President Trump and presiding over a rally in which supporters chanted send her back in reference to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Williamson likened the current administration to Nazi Germany before World War II. Asked what aspect of the Trump administrations anti-LGBT record bothers her the most, Williamson identied the transgender military ban, saying Trump in many ways, leads the pack in cultural attitudes against transgender people. When the Blade asked Williamson why she thinks Vice President Mike Pence seems so uncomfortable with the idea of gay rights, she laughed and referenced rumors that Pence is himself gay without explicitly saying so. Well, there are all kinds of theories about that, arent there? Williamson said. Everyone can have their own can have their own. I have no idea, but I have a sense that other people do. Remembering Los Angeles as being hard hit by AIDS in the 1980s because it aected many people in the entertainment industry and LGBT people, Williamson became emotional and unable to speak when she reected on the ravages of the disease. Those of us who did experience it, it imprints them, Williamson said. Youre imprinted with something. I cant even talk about it now and not David Kessler, a gay longtime friend of Williamson, said the candidate is brilliant and articulate and she has always been someone who thinks a little out of the box, marveling at her work during the height of the AIDS epidemic. The two met, Kessler said, as a result of an AIDS support group she held in his living room every Monday night when he was in another section of town doing a support group. Recalling the days when medical practitioners would decline to treat people with AIDS, Kessler said Williamson would visit gay men as they were dying in hospitals and came up with the idea for the Los Angeles Center for Living. Even back then, I said, Well, do you have a business plan? Kessler said. And she goes, No. I dont have a business plan. Im just trying to make this happen. And Im like, Well, youre going to need a business plan for an organization. And she goes, Im going to just make this happen. And she started calling people, and started saying we have to this place for people to come, and the next NEWS NA TIONALthing I know, she started this amazing LA Center for Living. Kessler said Williamson started Project Angel Food when she realized gay men with AIDS had stopped coming to the center because they were too sick to leave their homes. They were getting sicker and they couldnt come in for lunch, Kessler said. And she said, Well, we have to bring them lunch, and that turned into Project Angel Food, which still exists today, and just the other day served its 12 millionth meal. Williamson has taken ak for once calling vaccine mandates Orwellian and draconian a statement for which she has since issued an apology and bristled when asked whether she would support a hypothetical HIV vaccine. I think my quote unquote, concern over vaccines has been vastly misrepresented, Williamson said. I am pro-vaccine. I am also pro-independent scientic research. And I am aware of how often in our country today because of the inuence of Big Pharma, independent research through such sources as the Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health so forth, is diminished. I also am never happy with the suppression of independent consultation In the United States. Regarding the AIDS vaccine, Williamson said she knows that it exists. Just last week, the National Institutes for Health announced the start of trials in the United States and abroad for a potential HIV vaccine. Kessler defended Williamson as a supporter of medicine, saying theres been things said that shes against medicine, which is completely utterly wrong. I remember Marianne giving men money and taking them to UCLA for the AZT study and giving them money for prescriptions, Kessler said. Theres no part of Marianne that was anti-medicine. Despite Williamsons record of working for LGBT people, many LGBT voters have been drawn to other candidates, including gay South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (whose success to date Williamson called wonderful.) One gay Democratic advocate with familiarity of LGBT donors in Los Angeles, who spoke on condition of anonymity for greater candor, said eyes have been on other candidates who appear better poised to win in the general election. I know that there are a number of folks here who look very kindly on all of the work that she did in the community in the past but most are now focused on more serious candidates who stand a real chance at beating our current threat: Donald Trump, the advocate said. MARIANNE WILLIAMSON: I HONOR GAY LOVE BECAUSE ITS LOVE I think that sexuality and gender are the containers and the ways we express our love, but I think love is love.Marianne WilliamsonPRESIDENTIAL CANDIDA TEPhoto via Facebook.Chris Johnson Washington BladeWashington Blade courtesy of the National LGBTQ Media Association.Underdog presidential candidate has long history supporting LGBT community

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7.31.2019 15 FEA TURE PETS The adoption fee for dogs over 6 months is $100 and felines over 6 months are $30. When you adopt from the Humane Society of Broward County the dogs and cats are spayed or neutered, microchipped, receive preliminary vaccinations, cats are feline leukemia tested, and dogs over 7 months are tested for heartworm. They also receive a ea/tick preventative, a 10-day limited health care plan from VCA Animal Hospitals, 30 days of Trupanion Pet Insurance and a bag of Purina ONE pet food. The HSBC opens daily at 10:30 and is located at 2070 Grifn Road, a block west of I-95. For more details call 954-989-3977 ext. 6. To see who else is looking for a home visit www.humanebroward.com. HunterAfter having a home his entire life Hunters (ID 616741) owner became ill and can no longer care for him. This devoted fellow is quite sad, but is hopeful another loving family will give him a chance. Hunter is 6 years old, loves his toys, knows basic commands, is smart, enjoys going for car rides and is good with other dogs, but never lived with felines. He enjoys being with people of all ages and going for walks. Can he be part of your family?Devoted boy

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16 7.31.2019 GRAND OPENING LIFE DOESNT ALWAYS GIVE YOU OPTIONS.MEINEKE DOES.No Credit Check Financing AvailableFT. LAUDERDALE901 N. Andrews Ave.954-462-7560www.meineke.com Must be presented at time of estimate. Valid at 901 N. Andrews Ave., Ft. Lauderdale location only. Oil change includes up to 5 quarts of Mobil motor oil and standard lter. Reaction with TPM System available at additional cost. Additional disposal and shop fees may apply. Special oil and lters are available at an additional cost. Most cars and light trucks. Not valid with any other offer or warranty work. One coupon per vehicle. OIL CHANGE SPECIAL$1495+ taxFull Synthetic Oil Change$3999+ taxup to 5 quarts of oil, most cars Includes FREE Tire Rotation & Balance Check The City of Wilton Manors is embarking on an exciting path of reinvention and visioning for the future. The Island City, nestled in between the Cities of Oakland Park and Fort Lauderdale has always taken great pride in its individuality and protected its desire to remain a small urban village despite South Floridas trend toward more intense development. Times are changing, and like other innovative municipalities around the world, Wilton Manors is guring out how to ensure the future sustainability of its community, identity, and way of life while opening doors to dynamic development and investment. We understand that as City Leaders we must take bold steps to cultivate the City we want to be and not just wait for the development community to determine our future, says Mayor Justin Flippen. Over the last few years, the City has been evaluating its land use policies and is in the nal phases of proposing signicant updates to improve the urban form along the major commercial and transportation corridors throughout the City. By the end of 2019, the City will consider changes along Wilton Drive, Andrews Avenue, and NE 26th Street that will add additional density to support transit oriented development. Land-use changes come with higher design standards to ensure that the new urban form does not feel out of scale with existing neighborhood characteristics that have become the standard in Wilton Manors. These land use changes will be completed in conjunction with signicant investments currently underway along Wilton Drive, which will work to provide a more walkable downtown and will allow for outdoor cafes, public gathering spaces, a redesign of Jaycee Park, and improved landscaping and street furnishings. The City of Wilton Manors will be making signicant investments in the public realm over the next ve years, says City Manager Leigh Ann Henderson. The Citys sta is currently working on their long-term utilities and public services plan to support the Citys vision for increased development. We are a small city, and therefore we plan our investments carefully and take a conservative approach to development. Our vision for the future must be supported by a solid public service infrastructure, says City Manager Henderson. Another exciting eort currently underway are the City Hall Visioning Public Workshops, the rst of which was held in May. The City is working with the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council to establish a Master Plan for the potential redevelopment of the City Hall and its surrounding property. The Community will have an opportunity to share their thoughts about what kind of new uses they would like to see on this site, as the City considers engaging a developer to reimagine the most central and pivotal location along Wilton Drive. Current community suggestions include a Hotel, residential, upgraded recreational facilities, cultural gathering spaces, additional parking, and commercial space. Wilton Manors is a small city with big vision, which means that it is ripe for economic expansion, investment, long term success, and prosperity. Community engagement and business partnerships are key to this development and will result in success for residents, businesses and the City overall. ECONIMIC DEVELOPMENT COMES TOWILTON MANORS COMMUNITY PRESS RELEASE Press Release Interested in development or investment opportunities in the City of Wilton Manors, contact, Pamela Landi, Assistant City Manager, 954-390-2103. #knowyourstatusGet tested. Get PrEP. Get treatment. At Midway Specialty Care Center with Dr. Howard A. Grossman In a world where I could be anything, I chose to be kind. I became a medical assistant so that I can play a part in caring for people. Health and happiness are not privileges, they are a human right. 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7.31.2019 19 The Afternoon Drive... local and LIVE.2 4 P.M.MONDA Y FRIDA Y1470 AM 95.3 FM 1470 AM 95.3 FMThe Norm Kent ShowMake Radio Gay Again! 2-4 p.m, Monday FridayLive Streaming wwnnradio.comAfternoon drive... Local and live Common Sense Talk Radio THE N ORM KENT RADIO SHOW RETURNS L ABOR DAY Norm Kentnorm.kent@sfgn.comPublisher's EditorialNo, I have not hired a publicist. No, I am not paying a thousand dollars for a market wire press release. But yes, I am announcing today, in the midst of this hot Florida summer, that I am going back on talk radio. I am going on the Health and Wealth Network, WWNNradio.com. Kind of funny, though. Not sure I am either. I am making that announcement right here, right now, in this column, on the pages of SFGN. That should be a good start, as we get ready in our tenth year, to publish our 500th issue. SFGN is distributed and disseminated to over 350 locations in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. We estimate that we have 25-30,000 readers weekly. Aside from the newspaper, our magazine, The Mirror, is now delivered bi-monthly. Each product delivers content and creativity, and a commitment to conscientious journalism. Thats why we are still here. But its a free paper, so I have to thank our sales team as well. The reason we have made it is because the businesses that generously advertise get bang for their buck. Our LGBT community is loyal to our sponsors. My radio show expands the SFGN product line. It adds to our very special LGBT universe a solid and spontaneous on air presence, saying with the spoken word what we know in our heartsthat our lives count, and our voices will be heard. The advantage of the 21st century is that you can also listen to a radio show podcast anytime you want. You can hear the rebroadcasts in the evenings, or you can live stream in your oce WWNNradio.com. It starts on Labor Day. I am not going to tell you that the show is the elixir for all the worlds ills. I wont cure malaria by being on the air two hours a day, but I can sure expose a city commissioner who is trying to raise your taxes, or step on your rights. Talk radio is still the universal public square. You get into a car, and you turn on the radio. Now you can also listen on an iPhone or do something called live streaming on a computer. I hope that is not illegal. If it is, I will take the case for free. For some, talk is music to their ears. It can be harmony or cacophony. When you are sitting in trac trying to make that light, and the guy in front of you is stopped dead, oblivious to the trac, texting a friend about his dinner plans, you want to scream. Talk radio lets you. We all wait on the phone 30 minutes to tell Comcast our Internet is down. Then, just as you are ready to speak, they hang up on you. So might I. Welcome to life. Thirty years ago, when I started this gig, I was practicing law full time. Now I am winding down a bit, with my partner, Russell Cormican, picking up the slack. One thing remains the same, though. We are still advocates. Our community still needs a voice. We come together as a society not to restrict the rights of any, but to secure the rights of all. Diversity is the strength of America. White supremacy is not. That should be hiding in the past. Unfortunately, from the Oval Oce to the chambers of the United States Senate, toxic messengers want to roll back our nations progress. We cant let that happen. Look at Poland. But its just a show, a radio show. If we can direct you to the best restaurant to get a good burger, give you a good hearty, laugh, or simply tell a story you can share with others, we will be doing a public service as well. Its afternoon drive, and we start next month. Listen in, live and local, uncensored and unafraid. CONVIC TIONS Returning to the Local Airwaves After All These Y ears I WONT CURE MALARIA BY BEING ON THE AIR TWO HOURS A DAY, BUT I CAN SURE EXPOSE A CITY COMMISSIONER WHO IS TRYING TO RAISE YOUR T AXES, OR STEP ON YOUR RIGHTS.

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20 7.31.2019 TO SEE MANY MORE PHOTOS, VISIT SOUTH FLORIDA GAY NEWS ON FACEBOOK. LIFESTYLE PHOTOSJ.R. DavisFOR A CAUSE THE ANNUAL BAR TERNDER, BOXERS AND BRIEFS EVENT TOOK PLACE JULY 22, RAISING $6,300 FOR TUESDAYS ANGELS FUND A T ALIBI/MONKEY BAR. (Left to right) Bill Westberry and Richard Komnath. (Left to right) Hunters barmen Brandon and Alex. (Left to right) MCs/Auctioneers Miss Kitty, T.P Lords, Missy Meyakie Lepage and Nikki Adams. (Left to right) Alibi barmen, twins Brian and Alex Hocke. Kelly Anderson from the Pub, in her custom all-brief outt.

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22 7.31.2019 Looking for Dick, Finding Jane, playwright Michael Amans new comedy, closes this weekend at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Dr. in Fort Lauderdale. The two smart oneact comedies offer a raw look at what makes a family a family, and include a clever whodunnit and some genderbending fun, too. Michael Bush directs and local favorites Sharyn Peoples and Harry Redlich star. Ticket are $35 at EmpireStage.com. FRI 8/2THEATER New York Times best-selling author, motivational speaker and Emmywinning television personality Iyanla Vanzant, host of Iyanla Fix My Life on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), appears tonight at 8 p.m. in the Au Rene Theater at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale to celebrate the updated 25th anniversary edition of her bestselling book, Acts of Faith. Tickets are $29.75 69.75 at BrowardCenter.org. THU 8/1 FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 1, 2019 AUGUST 6, 201 9 SFG N ITES J.W. Arnoldjw@prdconline.comLECTURE Everybody Loves a ParadePhoto credit: Cirque du Soleil.. Cirque du Soleil has been wowing South Florida audiences with its hit arena show, Corteo, closing today at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. Corteo, Italian for solemn funeral procession, is a surprisingly joyous event, a festive parade imagined by a clown. Featuring the Canadian troupes unique blend of the artistic and athletic, the show tranports audiences into a theatrical world of fun and fantasy situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth. Tickets and more info at CirqueDuSoleil.com. CIRCUS SUNDAY 8/4 Thinking Cap Theatre and Miamis City Theatre have teamed up for She Shorts by the Seashoretry saying that three times fast! This anthology of nine fierce, funny and smart short plays by and featuring women closes this weekend at the Vanguard, 1501 S. Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Elena Maria Garcia, Gail Garrisan, Margaret M. Ledford and Gladys Ramirez direct. Tickets $40 at VanguardArts.org. SAT 8/3 Jill and Rich Switzer, co-hosts of the Morning Lounge on Legends Radio 100.3 FM and both talented musicians, close out the Sounds of Summer concert series at Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St. in West Palm Beach, with two performances that pay tribute in word and song to their favorite Great American Songbook artists. Saturday at 8 p.m. and today at 2 p.m. Tickets are $35 at PalmBeachDramaworks.org. SUN 8/4 Who ever said Mondays are a night to stay in the house? Head down to Georgies Alibi/Monkey Bar for Michael Walters starring as Floridas Own Dame Edna for a unique cabaret experience at 8 p.m. and then hang on for Minutes of Fame, an outrageous karaoke show hosted by the one-and-only T.P. Lords on the main stage. Drinks are always 2-4-1 until 9 p.m. More information at AlibiWiltonManors.com. MON 8/5 If you absolutely must stay in tonight, tune in to Netflix for the final season of Orange is the New Black. Or, you can check out the gripping new sci-fi series, Another Life. Katie Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) stars as the commander of a deep space mission manned by a crew of simultaneously arrogant and angstridden Millennials. We think the writers were making some sort of point. Watch at Netflix.com. TUE 8/6THEATER CABARET CABARET TELEVISION

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24 7.31.2019 AN ARTISTIC CELEBRATION OF COMMUNITY rfntr r br bb r r rf rrfn r tr ntrnnnt r rrf r Years ago, a producer approached Tonynominated director and playwright Michael Leeds about developing a musical based on the life of Hollywood heartthrob (and closeted gay man) Rock Hudson. While that project never took o, Leeds found himself fascinated not so much with the handsome Hudson, but with Henry Willson, the homely, gay and larger-than-life agent who groomed himand many other young actorsinto stars. A decade later, Leeds play about Willson, Hudson and his bevy of boys, Starmaker, is receiving its world premiere at Island City Stage. Willson sort reminded me of Mama Rose from Gypsy, said Leeds during a quick interview between rehearsals, the ultimate stage mother. He was this combination of agent extraordinaire and Roy Cohn, the rst Hollywood manager before they called them managers. Willson found these young men, gave them new names, told them what to wear, introduced them to Hollywood. He created paragons of masculinity, heterosexuality. It was this gay mans joke on the world. In between projects, Leeds returned to the play, rewriting and tweaking the dialogue along the way. It was given a staged reading at Lynn Universitys Jan McArt New Play Reading Series and more changes were incorporated. Audiences will immediately notice the presence of a Greek chorus. Henry was so bigger than life, I wanted that Greek choruspeople who would play dierent roles, but speak to us about Henry correcting him when he was talking to us, serving as his conscious. That Greek chorus includes some of his most successful proteges: Tab Hunter (who also would later come out as gay), Troy Donahue, Rory Calhoun and Lana Turner. The only character who doesnt speak to the audience, Leeds noted, was Hudson. In his role as director, Leeds faced an unusual challenge preparing actors who were too young to remember these stars from Hollywoods golden era. They did their research, but theres also some universality to the theme of following your dreams, which each of them did. Its a story about the need to be true to yourself, both Henry and Rock. Hollywood called them Beauty and the Beast, but both were living out a lie and there was a cost, the playwright explained. More than 50 years later, Hollywood leading men are still afraid to come out and risk their careers, Leeds pointed out. Back then, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover (himself a closeted gay man) was investigating homosexuals and even proposed quarantining gays and lesbians. Today, LGBT people are facing renewed bigotry and discrimination, shrouded in hateful tweets and calls to make the country great again. It was a very, very threatening time and its easy to understand what it was like for Rock then and actors today, Leeds added. As hard as it is to believe, these themes still resonate today. What wouldnt you do to be a star? If you could be Julia Roberts, if you could be Brad Pitt, what wouldnt you do to have money and fame? When you start to think about that, the goal post moves. NEW PLAY L OOKS AT MAN BEHIND HOLLYWOODS LEADING MEN Island City Stage presents the world premiere of Michael Leeds Starmaker, Aug. 8 Sept. 8 at Wilton Theater Factory, 2304 N. Dixie Hwy. in Wilton Manors. Tickets are $38 at IslandCityStage.org. A&E THEA TERx J.W. Arnold Playwright and director Michael Leeds, right, rehearses actors for the world premiere of his new play, Starmaker, at Island City Stage. Photo via Island City Stage.

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