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2 2 • • 3.11.2020 NEWS NEWS HIGHLIGHT HIGHLIGHTRAINBOW WAVE IN TEXAS IF ELECTED IN NOVEMBER, JONES WOULD BECOME THE FIRST LESBIAN FROM TEXAS TO SERVE IN THE U.S. CONGRESS. John McDonaldA record number of LGBT candidates celebrated victory in the Lone Star State last week. Led by Gina Ortiz Jones’ win in the U.S. congressional district 23 Democratic primary, LGBT candidates are winning in Texas like never before. “Texas is witnessing a rainbow revolution, with openly LGBTQ candidates winning key swing districts that can determine the fate of the state House come November,” said former Houston mayor and President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, Mayor Annise Parker. “We remain one of the most homophobic and transphobic state legislatures in the nation, in terms of the number of anti-LGBTQ bills put forward, and the best remedy for that nonsense is to elect more LGBTQ leaders who will standup to the bigotry and hatred.” Jones, 39, an Air Force intelligence ocer who served in Iraq, easily defeated four other challengers for the Democratic nomination in Texas’ swing district 23. The district stretches along the U.S.-Mexico border from San Antonio to El Paso. Its current representative, Republican Will Hurd, is retiring. “Folks in South and West Texas are ready to send a leader to Washington who will ght for quality, lower cost health care, responsible and compassionate immigration reform, and an economy that works for everyone,” Jones tweeted last week. If elected in November, Jones would become the rst lesbian from Texas to serve in the U.S. Congress. Elsewhere, four LGBT newcomers won state house races last week along with ve incumbent LGBT state legislators. “The women of the LGBTQ caucus are changing the hearts and minds of their legislative colleagues every day, but they need backup,” Parker said. “We have the opportunity to nearly double the number of openly LGBTQ state legislators — and that would be transformative.” 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 2020 South Florida Gay, Inc. March 11, 2020 • Volume 11 • Issue 11 March 11, 2020 • Volume 11 • Issue 112520 N. Dixie Highway • Wilton Manors, FL 33305 Phone: 954-530-4970 Fax: 954-530-7943 Publisher • Norm Kent Publisher • Norm CEO • Pier Angelo Guidugli CEO • Pier Angelo Associate Publisher / Executive Editor • Jason Parsley Jason.Parsley@sfgn.comEditorialArt Director • Brendon Lies Artwork@sfgn.comDigital Content Director • Justin Musial Webmaster@sfgn.comArts/Entertainment Editor • J.W. Arnold Social Media Manager • Paul Leary Food/Travel Editor • Rick Karlin Gazette News Editor • Sallie James HIV Editor • Sean McShee Senior Photographer • J.R. Davis JRDavis12000@hotmail.comSenior Features CorrespondentsJesse MonteagudoCorrespondentsDori Zinn • Donald Cavanaugh Christiana Lilly • John McDonald Denise Royal • David-Elijah NahmodContributing ColumnistsBrian McNaught • Terri Schlichenmeyer Dana Rudolph • Ric ReilyAssociate PhotographersCarina Mask • Steven ShiresSales & MarketingFor ad placement in SFGN, contact 954-530-4970 Sales Manager • Justin Wyse Senior Advertising Associate • Edwin Neimann Senior Advertising Associate • Clark Rogers Distribution Services • Rocky Bowell Bernard Wisneski Sales Consultant • Charles A. Reid National Advertising Rivendell Media 212-242-6863 Accounting Services by CG Bookkeeping Printing by Sun Coast Press SFGN WINNER of& 5 FLORIDA PRESS CLUB AwardsAnd runner-up forNLGJA Journalist of the Year COVER: CHRIS CAPUTO (RIGHT), THE CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF THE PRIDE CENTER, WITH DRAG QUEENS NICOLE HALLIWELL, SASHA LORDS AND NICOLETTE A T THE MIMOSAS & MARY’S IN THE SKY AIDS WALK BENEFIT BRUNCH. PHOTO CREDIT: STEPHEN LANG. @SFGN Associated Press Gina Ortiz Jones, the U.S. congressional district 23 candidate. Photo via Gina Ortiz Jones, Facebook.


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4 4 • • 3.11.2020seconds and it happened so quick he doesn’t remember pulling her hair. “To be honest with you, it was so fast, it was just such a quick turn and it was done,” he said. “I’m not saying I didn’t do it, I don’t remember it.” According to the witnesses interviewed in the incident report they claim Cerreta was the aggressor. Rivera told SFGN that on the day of the incident she simply had had enough of his verbal assaults. “When he red me I had nothing to lose so I gave him a piece of my mind,” she said. “My ery words set something o in him. There was a rage that I have never seen in his eyes before. He snapped. He was a completely dierent person. And he did not snap out of that until the three men jumped on top of him to restrain him and then in an instant, poof, he was back to being himself.” According to a police incident report Rivera, and the owner of the shop, Ron Cerreta, got into a heated argument after Cerreta confronted Rivera over her station not being clean. Rivera told police that while the two of them argued over a beauty product Cerreta grabbed her by the hair and pulled her to the ground. According to the report Cerreta told the police the same story but said he never “struck” Rivera. Two witnesses interviewed by the police conrmed that Cerreta was the aggressor, and did pull Rivera’s hair, but never struck her. About two dozen protestors showed up to support Rivera. “We will not tolerate violence against trans women, period, from no one. No justice, no peace in the community,” said Tatiana Williams. While Ryan Keeland added: “I want to support our transgender brothers and sisters. We have to stand up for what’s right and help protect those people.” Cerreta told SFGN he chalked up the confrontation to a misunderstanding. “I started wiping o all the water that she spilled all over the station, and she thought I was touching her stu again, so she ran up behind me and pushed up against me, and I pushed her back. Two guys jumped in,” he explained. “That was the end of it. That was it.” Cerreta said the incident was over in 10 NEWS LOCAL LOCALWILTON MANORS COMMISSION CANDIDATE LEADS PROTEST AGAINST TRANS VIOLENCE Jason Parsley Chris Caputo, a candidate for the Wilton Manors City Commission, led a protest in front of Ron’s Barbershop last week to support a trans friend, who had been red from the shop after a dispute that turned physical. Protesters in front of Ron’s Barbershop. Photo by J.R. Davis. “TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, IT WAS SO FAST, IT WAS JUST SUCH A QUICK TURN AND IT WAS DONE.”Ron CerretaOWNER OF RON’S BARBERSHOP Chris Caputo. Photo by J.R. Davis. Tatiana Williams (right) stands with other protesters. Photo by J.R. Davis.Martin Gould contributed to this report.


3.11.2020 • • 5 5 NEWS NEWS HEALTH HEALTH PLANS FOR ENDING THE EPIDEMIC: MIAMI-DADE AND PALM BEACH COUNTIES On Dec. 30, 2019, the Florida Department of Health (FL DOH) submitted its proposed plan for the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Initiative to the Centers for Disease Control. This plan combines the plans for all seven high impact counties in Florida. SFGN has previously reported on Broward’s portion of EHE. This article reports on the plans of Miami and Palm Beach Counties. This plan is a “living” document. Sean McShee FOUR INNOVATIONS STAND OUT IN THESE PROPOSED PLANS. First, FL DOH endorsed syringe exchange programs (SEP) or needle exchanges. As of Dec. 15, 2019, Broward, Leon, Manatee, MiamiDade, and Palm Beach Counties have passed ordinances approving SEPs. Second, Fl DOH endorsed “Undetectable equals Un-transmittable” (U = U) health messaging. Third, some county plans proposed tele-health and mobile clinics to resolve transportation issues. Telehealth refers to healthcare via cell phone or computer. Fifth and most controversially, FL DOH called for molecular HIV surveillance (MHS). That refers to using the genotype of HIV to identify new HIV transmission clusters. It is not clear how this works in practice, but it makes some people nervous. MHS shows that HIV transmission has occurred. It cannot show who gave it to whom. PROPOSED MIAMI-DADE EHE INITIATIVE In Miami-Dade, 28,345 people were living with HIV in 2018. The goal of HIV treatment is to suppress the HIV viral load. This county has fewer people with a suppressed viral load, 60%, than Florida has, 64%. Blacks fare worse. Only 53% have a suppressed viral load. From 2014 to 2018, new HIV diagnoses among gay and bi men increased by 3%. PILLAR 1 DIAGNOSE. Educate non-HIV providers on the importance of routinized opt-out testing. Routinize opt-out HIV testing in hospitals. Use social marketing to increase number of people testing. Promote home HIV testing kits. PILLAR 2 TREAT — Reduce time between diagnosis and treatment initiation. Use telehealth. Provide more transportation options. Develop a housing referral database. Increase number of ADAP pharmacies. PILLAR 3 PREVENT. Develop social marketing campaigns to promote PrEP among minorities. Use mobile units and peer educators to promote PrEP in the communities. Promote PrEP among providers. Develop same day PrEP services. Increase telehealth engagement. PILLAR 4 RESPOND. Improve the linkage to Develop protocol for MHS and increase genotype testing. Identify community partners for community education about MHS. PROPOSED PALM BEACH COUNTY EHE INITIATIVE In Palm Beach County, 8,574 people are living with HIV. This county has fewer people with a suppressed viral load, 59%, than Florida has, 64%. Blacks fare worse. Only 55% have a suppressed viral load. From 2014 to 2018, new HIV diagnoses among gay and bi men increased by 5%. PILLAR 1 DIAGNOSE. Deploy community outreach teams. Put in place universal HIV testing in emergency rooms. Routinize opt-out HIV testing in primary health care settings. For high risk populations, increase HIV testing in non-health care settings. PILLAR 2 TREAT. Use telehealth to promote adherence. Provide weekly counseling sessions for people without viral suppression. Decrease time between testing and obtaining antiretrovirals. PILLAR 3 PREVENT. Increase the number of PrEP providers. Use tele-health in PrEP. Expand access to PrEP. Use community education and social marketing to promote PrEP and to decrease stigma. PILLAR 4 RESPOND. Increase the number of HIV genotype tests ordered. Use community education and social marketing to promote MHS. HIV has become an intractable problem in Florida. HIV has impacted two overlapping groups particularly hard, Blacks and gay/bi men. It has also greatly impacted transgender people, but Florida has failed to collect and report adequate data on that group. The EHE initiative presents an opportunity to challenge that intractable problem.


6 6 • • 3.11.2020 NEWS LOCAL LOCAL Arianna’s Center CEO Arianna Lint. Photo credit: Carina Mask. HIV, IMMIGRANTS FLORIDA ORGANIZATION ADVOCATES FOR TRANS WOMEN WITH


3.11.2020 • • 7 7 NEWS LOCAL LOCAL“WE PUT THEM IN SCHOOL. WE TRY TO FIND THEM STABLE HOUSING. WE FIND THEM A FREE DOCTOR.”ARIANNA LINTCEO OF ARIANNA’S CENTER Arianna’s Center CEO Arianna Lint during an interview with the Washington Blade last month at the National LGBTQ Task Force’s annualCreating Change conferencein Dallas said her organization is “the rst resource for transgender” people in Florida who are in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody and once they are released. Lint said a combination of grants and private donations allows Arianna’s Center to purchase bus tickets to Florida for trans women after ICE releases them from their custody. Arianna’s Center also provides them with housing, monthly bus passes and access to free health care and English classes so “they can continue their lives.” “We have to provide everything,” said Lint. “We don’t pay them, but we give them transportation we put them in school. We try to nd them stable housing. We nd them a free doctor.”LINT MOVED TO U.S. TO COMPLETE TRANSITIONLint, 47, was a lawyer in her native Peru before she moved to the U.S. in order to complete her transition. Lint opened an escort service when she was living in New York. “It gave me the nancial life to continue my life, pay my bills,” Lint told the Blade. Lint moved to Florida after Sept. 11 and opened a construction company in Orlando. Lint told the Blade she “had a relationship and everything, and then” she tested HIV positive. “It was a very big shock for me,” she said. “I left my own business and everything.” Lint was a volunteer at an Orlando HIV clinic before she became a full-time employee. Lint worked for the Florida Department of Health before Sunserve, a Fort Lauderdalebased LGBTQ organization, in 2013 hired her as its trans director. Lint founded Arianna’s Center in 2015. “I decided to step out and open my organization because I saw in South Florida there were no trans-led agencies,” Lint told the Blade. Arianna’s Center, which is based in Wilton Manors, oers a variety of programs to its trans clients. These include home testing and linkage to care for those who test positive. Lint told the Blade her group conducts needs assessment, and encourages clients who are negative to go on PrEP. Lint also said many of Arianna’s Center’s clients are homeless, sex workers and survivors of domestic violence. “They don’t go to the oce,” she said. “We go to where they are.” Arianna’s Center partnered with Human Rights Watch on its report about trans women of color who live in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. Arianna’s Center also worked with the Transgender Law Center on a Florida and national survey about trans issues. Lint is a board member of the Trans Latin@ Coalition, a California-based group that advocates for trans immigrants and other groups around the country. Arianna’s Center opened Puerto Rico oce in 2019. Puerto Ricans with HIV are among the vulnerable groups that Hurricane Maria left even more at-risk after it devastated the U.S. commonwealth in September 2017. Arianna’s Center began to work in Puerto Rico a few months later. Lint told the Blade many Puerto Ricans with HIV come to Florida to receive treatments that are not available on the island. AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Borealis, Gilead Sciences, AIDS United, the Elton John Foundation, the Southern HIV Impact Fund and Miami Dolphins: Football Unites are among the organizations that have given Arianna’s Center funds to expand its work. Arianna’s Center is working with the University of Puerto Rico to conduct the rst needs assessment for people with HIV on the island. Arianna’s Center opened an oce in Puerto Rico in 2019. “They tell us what’s happened in Puerto Rico, so that was of interest for us to go to Puerto Rico and start working over here,” said Lint, referring to Puerto Ricans with HIV with whom Arianna’s Center works. Arianna’s Center’s sta now includes COO Tony Lima. Lint herself only began to receive a salary late last year. Casa Ruby CEO Ruby Corado is among those who Lint considers a “mentor.” Corado in a statement to the Blade said Lint’s “hard work and perseverance have evolved in building a center that is the lifesaving key for many Florida and Caribbean trans people.” “Her work is priceless,” said Corado. Trans Latin@ Coalition President Bamby Salcedo echoed Corado. “Arianna Lint is an example of possibility in the trans community,” Salcedo told the Blade. “Through hard work and determination, Arianna has been able to build a great center and be one of the leaders of the trans community in Florida and across the nation.” Lima said Lint “inspires me on a daily basis.” “She is the consummate advocate, who goes above and beyond to ensure that trans women of color are represented, included, protected and empowered to ght the discrimination they face daily,” Lima told the Blade. “She leads with passion, dedication and love and for this reason she is not only respected throughout Florida but also across the country.” Micheal K. LaversWashington BladeThe founder of a South Florida organization that serves transgender women says her goal remains to change her clients’ lives “in a good way.”Washington Blade courtesy of the National LGBTQ Media Association. Photos by Carina MaskArianna Lint during a garage sale to raise funds for Arianna’s Center. Photo credit: Carina Mask.


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10 10 • • 3.11.2020 MIMOSAS & MARY’S IN THE SKY TO SEE MANY MORE PHOTOS, VISIT SFGN ON FACEBOOK.Photos by Stephen Lang NEWS NEWS LOCAL LOCAL On Saturday Chris Caputo, the chair of the board of The Pride Center, held a fundraiser for the Pride Center’s Florida AIDS Walk team at the Tower Club in Fort Lauderdale. The event featured several drag performances by Nicole Halliwell, Sasha Lords and Nicolette as well as brunch and bottomless mimosas and a bloody Mary station. Chris Caputo (left) with Robert Boo, CEO of The Pride Center. Chris Caputo (center back) speaking to guests at the brunch. A glimpse of the fares offered. Several drag performances kept the vibrant atmosphere going.


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12 12 • • 3.11.2020 Afternoon Drive... local and LIVE.3 5 P.M.MONDAY FRIDAYLive streaming • Ad opportunities: 954-661-3361hear past shows on youtube FM 96.9 FM 103.9 FM 1470 AM People with compromised immunity are more susceptible to catching COVID-19, health ocials warn. Heart disease, diabetes and lung disease patients are at the highest risk of catching Coronavirus, noted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC’s list of serious chronic medical conditions that put people at a higher risk of catching Coronavirus does not include HIV. Steve Pergam is a medical doctor with a master’s in public health. He is on the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division’s sta at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Washington is the epicenter of America’s Coronavirus outbreak. “It’s all based on a level of immune suppression,” Pergam told POZ Magazine. “For an HIV patient who is on stable antiretroviral therapy and has a normal CD4 count, their risk may be slightly increased. People often lump HIV patients with other immunosuppressed patients, but HIV is a dierent disease than it was years ago. For people who have a reconstituted immune system because of treatment, I think the risk is not going to be HIV NOT ON CORONAVIRUS HIGHEST RISK LIST John McDonaldtremendously dierent.” Older Americans are at the greatest risk of taking ill from the novel Coronavirus, warned the government. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said the average age of death from COVID-19 is 80 and the average age of people seeking medical attention is 60. Nearly half of the HIV population is over the age of 50. In his interview with POZ Magazine, Pergam advised people to use hand sanitizer, wash hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, get the u vaccine and avoid close contact. Staying home from work if you are ill is the best practice, health ocials urge. Social distancing and self-quarantine have become much debated topics with the virus as has paid sick leave for workers. NEWS NEWS HEALTH HEALTH Photo via Pxfuel. Virginia joined a growing list of states that have prohibited the practice of conversion therapy on minors. On March 3, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill into law making it illegal for licensed medical professionals to engage in the practice of conversion therapy on individuals under the age of 18. Virginia is the rst southern state to enact conversion therapy regulations. Widely discredited by the medical community, conversion therapy is the practice of attempting to change a person’s sexual orientation from gay to straight with the premise being gay is a mental illness. “No one should be made to feel wrong for who they are — especially not a child,” Northam said in a prepared statement. “Conversion therapy is not only based in discriminatory junk-science, it is dangerous VIRGINIA BANS CONVERSION THERAPY John McDonaldand causes lasting harm to our youth.” Twenty U.S. states and Puerto Rico have now banned conversion therapy. In Florida, three counties and 18 cities have conversion therapy bans. NEWS NEWS NATIONAL NATIONAL


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14 14 • • 3.11.2020 NEWS NEWS INTERNATIONAL INTERNATIONALCELEBRITY FILM BY JOHN PORTER BY JOHN PORTER THEKEEP UP WITH THE CELEBRITIES IN OUR COMMUNITY GAY VINE VINEMUSIC WILL & GRACE STAR SEAN HAYES TO STAR IN ‘LAZY SUSAN’ CARDI B TAKES A STAND ON TRANSPHOBIA Actor Sean Hayes will premiere on April 3 in “Lazy Susan,” a lm the Actor co-wrote and will star in opposite the legendary Allison Janney. Hayes portrays the title character Susan, who is a frumpy, bumbling, unmotivated cis gendered middleaged woman who decides to turn her life around after decades of shrugging o professional and personal pursuits. The lm is described as “A slice-of-life comedy about a woman on the edge with nowhere to go but over, ‘Lazy Susan’ is a story about a spectacularly unmotivated cisgender woman for whom doing nothing is exhausting.” Hayes, who is an out Actor and known for playing the over the top character Jack on NBC’s Will & Grace (which will wrap up its revival this winter) has been featured in animated lms, but this will be his rst major role portraying a person of a dierent gender. Hip Hop super star Cardi B is taking a stand in defense of Dwayne Wade’s daughter Zaya. Wade shared publicly that his 12-year-old came out to him and his wife as trans and requested to be referred to as Zaya and with she/her pronouns. Transphobic trolls were quick to weigh in after the Wade family shared their journey, but the “I Like It” singer was not here for the shenanigans. Cardi shared a pro-trans rant on a recent Instagram live saying, “People are saying that this kid is too young to transition, but it’s like, ‘How old is too young? What’s the point of you being older and then transitioning, and being like, ‘Damn, I shoulda been do this. I coulda been found my happiness if I woulda been do it.’ Let people nd their happiness. Especially kids. Let them feel comfortable doing what they want to be.” TELEVISION Sean Hayes. Photo via Sean Hayes, Facebook. Cardi B. Photo via Facebook. Actor Rick Cosnett came out recently with a heartfelt video shared to his Instagram. “Hi everyone,” the Actor began with a nervous laugh before adding “Dramatic pause. I’m gay! And I just wanted everyone to know because I’ve made a promise to myself to live my truth every day.” Cosnett went on to say that living honestly can be dicult “when you have all these subconscious things you don’t even know about from childhood and from society and from being, you know, just life.” Despite his “dramatic pause” joke, Cosnett doesn’t consider his coming out to be something that will surprise people. “I’m sure most of you probably knew anyway.” Cosnett has enjoyed a successful TV career with roles in “The Vampire Diaries,” “Quantico” and his most recognizable role as Detective Eddie Thawn on “The Flash.” ACTOR RICK COSNETT COMES OUT A Bernie Sanders campaign has developed a reputation for social media bullying and a campaign ocial has been red after it was revealed that he ran a private Twitter account which was bashing other candidates and their supporters. One of his tweets targeted “Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness after he came out as HIV positive. “Jonathan Van Ness trying to look hot while Daddy Ronald Reagan watches him die of AIDS,” the campaign ocial wrote. Van Ness spoke out about the controversy on Twitter, sharing “How many senior Bernie staers saw these tweets for months and promoted their behavior? It’s commonplace I endure this by extreme Bernie supporters daily. The change has to come from inside their campaign.” While the campaign has terminated the ocial, a number of supporters continue to tweet in support of the staer. JONATHAN VAN NESS FIRES BACK AT BERNIE SANDERS CAMPAIGN Rick Cosnett. Photo via Rick Cosnett, Facebook. Jonathan Van Ness. Photo via Jonathan Van Ness, Facebook.


3.11.2020 • • 15 15 ASK US ABOUT: Call us at 1-800-818-1211 or visit for more information. Repeat Guest Discounts Military & Veteran Discounts Spa Specials & Memberships Florida Resident Discounts Student Discounts Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech Co Ltd announced last week it has agreed to sell Grindr, a popular gay dating app, for $608.5 million. The company acquired Grindr in 2016 but since then the U.S. government has scrutinized the company over its handling of personal data. Kunlan has agreed to sell its 98.59% to San Vicente Acquisition LLC. Grindr is based in West Hollywood, California, and has over 4.5 million daily active users. It describes itself as the world’s largest social networking app for LGBT people. Last year Reuters reported that Kunlun had given some Beijing-based engineers access to the personal information of millions of Americans, including private messages and HIV status. Reuters reports a U.S. government panel asked Kunlun to divest itself of Grindr. It’s not the rst controversy the Chinese company faced over Grindr either. In 2018 the president of Grindr, Scott Chen, posted on Facebook that he believes “marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and a woman.” The comments sparked a backlash and were rst reported by Grindr’s own digital magazine, Into. Chen later apologized saying, “I wrote a post on my personal Facebook account meant to condemn those advocating against same-sex marriage in Taiwan. The words I chose related to marriage between a man and a woman were meant to express my personal feelings about my own marriage to my wife — not to suggest that I am opposed to marriage equality. I am an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and have been since I was young. I support gay marriage and I am proud that I can work for Grindr. I apologize that my words did not clearly convey these feelings.” Six weeks later Grindr shutdown down their magazine. CHINESE COMPANY SELLS GRINDR NEWS NEWS INTERNATIONAL INTERNATIONAL Grindr represents in Taiwan. Photo via Grindr, Facebook.The popular dating app sold for $608.5 million Jason Parsley THE COMPANY ACQUIRED GRINDR IN 2016 BUT SINCE THEN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS SCRUTINIZED THE COMPANY OVER IT’S HANDLING OF PERSONAL DATA.


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18 18 • • 3.11.2020 A MAYOR LOST | CELEBRATION OF LIFEWILTON MANORS SAYS GOODBYE TO MAYOR JUSTIN FLIPPEN IN EMOTIONAL CELEBRATION OF LIFE His death shocked the city, and its collective grief was on full display at the Venue in Wilton Manors, where the community gathered for an emotional tribute to the 41-year-old, who died Feb. 25 of a brain aneurysm while en route to his City Commission meeting. “In my deep grief on the loss of my friend, I know that his memory will remain alive and vibrant as we continue to lift up the legacy and spirit of ‘The People’s Mayor’ as we together, heal,” said Julie Carson, a friend and Wilton Manors City Commissioner. “Give us all the Jason Parsley strength to live as Justin lived — bold and loud, quiet and tender, doing justice, walking humbly throughout the journey of his life.” Carson led the celebration that included remarks from rest of the city commission, his brother Gregory Flippen, Broward County Commissioner Nan Rich, Congressman Ted Deutch, and members of the United Church of Christ. The speakers detailed Flippen’s commitment to his faith, politics, the local community, LGBT rights and children. “On this occasion, as we reect on Justin’s life and share in song, stories and prayers, together as a community family, we will live his memory into the future,” Carson said. The evening also included a candle lighting ceremony, a video tribute, “America the Beautiful” sung by Wilton Manors Elementary School Choir, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” sung by the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Daniel McCrater and Rowan Cannon, two of Flippen’s young friends. Flippen was born in Hollywood. He was the oldest of ve boys. He graduated fromCoconut Creek High School and received degrees from Broward College, and Florida Atlantic University. At FAU he was the rst openly gay student body president. He also attended the University of Florida where he earned a law degree. “Justin Flippen was full of life, love and ambition [] building a successful career in public service,” his brother Greggory said. Justin was rst elected to the Wilton Manors City Commission in 2008. He was elected mayor in 2018 in a historic election where Wilton Manors became the second city in the country, and rst in Florida, to have an all LGBT commission. “Because of his grassroots approach to public service, populist appeal, and longstanding history and connection to Wilton Manors, Justin was always known as ‘The People’s Mayor,’” Greggory said. “Justin was a man of, and for the people. He worked tirelessly to break the model and changed Wilton Manors, earning a spot in the hearts of everyone.” Justin worked full-time for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. He had a passion for parks and traveling the U.S. He had visited all 50 states, as well as 500 national and state parks by the time he turned 40. During the service a couple of the commissioners noted Justin’s devotion to protecting local parks and how they’d like to see park named in his honor. Justin was also a man of faith. “Justin Stuart Flippen was a devout Christian, his relationship with God shines through everything he did,” Greggory said. “He strived to be the most honest, just and hardworking man that he could be, loved by many, Justin was also known to have a light heart, nding humor in everything he did. He lled the room with laughter and optimism. His passing was an unexpected tragedy. He will be forever and deeply missed by those who knew him.” Carson also noted Justin’s passion for children and families pointing out his Harvey Milk Book Reading initiative. “[This] demonstrated his love for children, our city, education and weaving the fabric of equality into the lives of our youngest residents,” Carson said. During the video tribute images of Justin’s life, ashed on screen with the song “I Hope You Dance,” playing in the background, while the audience lit candles in the former mayor’s memory. "HE WORKED TIRELESSLY TO BREAK THE MODEL AND CHANGED WILTON MANORS, EARNING A SPOT IN THE HEARTS OF EVERYONE."Gregory FlippenJustin Flippen's BrotherMore than 700 people came together Friday to say goodbye and celebrate the life of Justin Flippen, the beloved late mayor of Wilton Manors. Instead of owers or gifts, Flippen’s family is asking for donations to be made to the Justin Flippen Memorial Fund, at, or to the United Church of Christ Fort Lauderdale, 2501 NE 30th St. in Fort Lauderdale. Julie Carson, Wilton Manors City Commissioner, was one of many who spoke in memory of Justin Flippen. Photo credit: J.R. Davis.


3.11.2020 • • 19 19 A MAYOR LOST | CELEBRATION OF LIFE ‘I Hope You Dance’COMMUNITY CELEBRATES A HERO Photos by J.R. DavisPictured below are more photos captured during the celebration that took place on Friday, March 6. The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida. Rev. Joel Slotnick of the United Church of Christ Fort Lauderdale. Maria Berei, Commissioner Julie Carson and Michael Rajner. Wilton Manors students led the pledge of allegiance. Wilton Manors Commissioner Paul Rolli. TO SEE MANY MORE PHOTOS, VISIT SFGN ON FACEBOOK.


20 20 • • 3.11.2020 ART AFTER DARK FRIDAYS FROM 5 TO 10 P.M. AT THE NORTON MUSEUM OF ART, 1450 S. DIXIE HWY, WEST PALM BEACH View an exhibition, attend a talk, participate in an art activity, enjoy sip cocktails, and dine in the Museum’s elegant new bar and restaurant. Free admission. Visit PALM BEACHES PRIME TIMERS SECOND SATURDAYS AT 3 P.M. AT COMPASS GLCC, 201 N. DIXIE HIGHWAY IN LAKE WORTH An active fraternal and social organization dedicated to bring together mature gay and bisexual men for friendship, activities, support, and personal growth for the best times of our lives. Free. Call 561-533-9699 or visit STD TESTING AND FLU VACCINATIONS FIRST THURSDAYS FROM 3 TO 6 P.M. AT COMPASS GLCC, 201 N. DIXIE HIGHWAY IN LAKE WORTH The Department of Health comes monthly. Call 561-533-9699 or visit FREE FRIDAY CONCERTS FRIDAYS AT 7:30 P.M. AT THE DELRAY BEACH CENTER FOR THE ARTS 51 N. SWINTON AVE. IN DELRAY BEACH Enjoy live music from the comfort of your picnic blanket or lawn chair every week, for free! Returns in October. Call 561-243-7922 or visit COFFEE CLATCH AT COMPASS FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH FROM 10 A.M. TO NOON AT COMPASS, 201 N. DIXIE HWY, LAKE WORTH A social group focusing on the mature LGBT+ community in Palm Beach County, providing a relaxed environment for meeting friends, discussing interesting topics, and engaging in community projects. Free to attend, email joekolb@ for details. TRANSCENDENCE MEETS AT COMPASS GLCC, 201 N. DIXIE HIGHWAY IN LAKE WORTH A closed transgender youth support group for teens ages 12 to 19. For more information, email BEACH DATEBOOKdelegate to Trump’s 833. “Unlike most Republican Party advocate for the LGBTQ community. As recognized domestic partnership rights, took steps to protect gay and lesbian students, and signed an amicus brief in support of created the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth and supported allowing transgender individuals access earned the support of LGBTQ Republican voters.” Biden is currently the front runner in Florida with the last poll showing him almost 50 points ahead of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. “Like many Democratic Party evolve on LGBTQ issues. But once he came out publicly in favor of marriage equality rights has not wavered,” said Rand Hoch, the Biden called transgender rights ‘the civil to make the Equality Act a top priority for his administration and he opposes any legislation that would allow religion to Biden deserves the support of the LGBTQ community.” Early voting has started in Florida. The election is Tuesday, March 17. Meanwhile on the Republican side President Donald Trump is almost guaranteed to win Florida and the PALM BEACH Jason Parsley The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance has endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden in the Democratic Primary and Bill Weld in the Republican Primary. CONSTITUTIONAL TAX COLLECTOR Anne Gannon PALM BEACH COUNTY COMMISSION (DIST. 1) Karen Marcus BOCA RATON MAYOR Scott Singer BOYNTON BEACH CITY COMMISSION (DIST. 2) BOYNTON BEACH CITY COMMISSION (DIST. 4) Ty Penserga DELRAY BEACH CITY COMMISSION (SEAT 2) DELRAY BEACH CITY COMMISSION (SEAT 4) HAVERHILL TOWN COUNCIL (SEAT 2) JUPITER TOWN COUNCIL (DIST. 1) NORTH PALM BEACH VILLAGE COUNCIL (GROUP 3) Darryl C. Aubrey PALM BEACH GARDENS CITY COUNCIL (GROUP 3) PALM BEACH SHORES MAYOR Myra Koutzen WEST PALM BEACH CITY COMMISSION (DIST. 1) WEST PALM BEACH CITY COMMISSION (DIST. 5) Christina Lambert politics Visit to check out their endorsements online. PBCHRC ENDORSES JOE BIDEN AND BILL WELD IN PRIMARY Check out their local endorsements as well BELOW IS THE LIST OF THEIR LOCAL ENDORSEMENTS.


3.11.2020 • • 21 21 PALM BEACHnewsFIRST PALM BEACH COUNTY PRIDE 5K TO TAKE PLACE MARCH 27 Jason ParsleyThe LGBT walking/running group in West Palm Beach has organized a Pride 5K at 7 p.m. Friday, March 27 in Lake Worth Beach in collaboration with Compass. promote health, diversity and camaraderie through physical activity,” Night Runners President Rudolph Galindo said in a press we’re excited to collaborate with the 2020 Pride 5k while inviting the entire community to join in on the fun.” The event takes place the same weekend as this year’s annual Palm Beach Pride, Beach. Night Runners received a $5,000 donation from Brooks Running Company to help with the expenses of the event. The Night Runners meet twice a week at 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at Howard The cost of the 5K is $40. Registration ends March 26. So far 136 have signed up. They can accommodate up to 400 registrants. Besides additional runners organizers are also still looking for more sponsors and volunteers. NIGHT RUNNERS RECEIVED A $5,000 DONATION FROM BROOKS RUNNING COMPANY TO HELP WITH THE EXPENSES OF THE EVENT. INJECTABLES*Dysport $3.75 a unitSave an instant $75 when 100 units or more are injectedRestylane Dermal Filler Offer:Buy Two 1ml Restylane Lyft and Receive one 1ml Restylane FREE ($550 Savings) PROMOTIONS EXPIRE 3/31/20924 N. Federal Hwy Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304owned & operated by J.A. Astaphan• PHOTO FACIALS • LASER SKIN REJUVENATION • LASER HAIR REMOVAL • BOTOX / DYSPORT XEOMIN • SCULPTRA • RADIESSE /BELOTERO RESTYLANE / JUVEDERM / VOLUMA / KYBELLA • PLASMA PEN SKIN TIGHTENING • PRP HAIR RESTORATION Fourteen Years Serving the CommUNITY Fourteen Years Serving the CommUNITY


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3.11.2020 • • 23 23 PALM BEACHpoliticsSHOWDOWN IN HAVERHILL Jason Parsley IN A TOWN OF BARELY 2,000 RESIDENTS TWO MEN IN THE LGBT COMMUNITY ARE FACING OFF AGAINST EACH OTHER FOR A SEAT ON THE TOWN COUNCIL. Daniel Sohn, 29, is the incumbent, and Council Seat 2 in March of 2018 becoming “I care about these people. I feel like I’m their only voice on this council,” Sohn said. Meanwhile Ray Caranci, who works for planner, is challenging him. “I have always been involved with the town. I’ve contemplated [running] for a while,” Caranci said. “I want to do my public service.” It’s rare for there to be contested elections in the town, but this year both seats up for grabs have two people running. In Haverhill the saying, “every vote counts” couldn’t be more true. In 2018 Sohn received 47 votes while his opponent received 29. The two main LGBT groups have split their endorsements with the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council choosing Caranci, and Equality Florida choosing Sohn. “Equality Florida Action PAC has endorsed Councilman Daniel Sohn in the 2020 election for Haverhill City Council. Our endorsement standard is to support incumbent elected “Commissioner Sohn has been a frequent and vocal advocate for policies that affect the lives of LGBTQ Floridians and has regularly used his platform as a local elected leader to call on lawmakers in Tallahassee to pass comprehensive nondiscrimination protections.” Caranci, 59, has been with his partner for 31 years and has lived in the town for 15 years. Two of the issues that are important to Caranci are public safety and commonsense code enforcement. on the town council.” As for why he’s running, especially when an out politician already occupies the seat he said, “I think a resident should be in the council seat.” He did not explain further. Rand Hoch, president of the PBCHRC said his organization interviewed both candidates and felt Caranci would accomplish more if elected. “He’s a great guy. He’s smart. His heart is in right place,” Hoch said. “And he’s lived there for years.” In 2018 PBCHRC endorsed Sohn for the seat. Sohn recently made history when he married his partner in the Florida Capitol same-sex marriage had been performed there. According to Sohn his time on the council hasn’t always been smooth sailing. and they didn’t like that. I forced them to become more active than they have been. I’ve challenged their way of thinking,” Sohn said. “I’m not a rubber stamp politician. I’m not a ‘yes’ man. I want to continue be that lightning rod for change.” Daniel Sohn, the defending incumbent.Two out men face off against each other for a council seat Glen Weinzimer (left) and Mark Byrd (right) were honored by Mark Kent and Fred Boykin on behalf of the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida at their annual brunch at Bona Italian Restaurant for their philanthropic work. Photo credit: Chris Caputo. NEWS NEWS LOCAL LOCAL SNAPSHOT WEEKOFTHE Vol. 9 Issue 1 February March 2020 READ IT ONLINE AT THEMIRRORMAG.COM PHOTO VIA ADOBE. OUT NOW!LOOK FOR IT NEAR YOU, OR ASK FOR YOUR COPY AT SFGN SOUTH FLORIDA GAY NEWSWINTER ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT PREVIEW Ray Caranci, the challenging incumbent.


24 24 • • 3.11.2020 “Hi Scott — we don’t have anything to share at this time. Thanks!” Peppy use of the exclamation point notwithstanding, Amazon public relations representative Mackenzie Ritter’s sole substantial reply (if one can say that of a 12word email) to this reporter’s weeks-long request for comment cut like the whirling blades of a failed drone delivery test. “We don’t provide details regarding our marketing programs — you can nd out more about how we support the LGBTQ communityhere,” said Mackenzie in a quote attributed directly to Amazon, which arrived a few hours after one nal appeal. Follow thatlinkand you’ll nd “carefully considered and deeply held” progressive positions on everything from the federal minimum wage to immigration reform to heat-induced climate change. It’s the LGBTQ+ rights section, however, that gives credence to the sticking point of Troy Masters, publisher and editor of the Los Angeles Blade (the Washington Blade’s sister publication). Amazon cites its “early and strong support of marriage equality” and ongoing commitment to “advocate for protections and equal rights for transgender people,” noting they “stand together with the LGBTQ community,” and crowing about their “perfect score” on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index for the last three years. Standing together with our community, says Masters, must translate into direct engagement, by going beyond providing gender transition benets to employees or advocating for legislation at the federal and state level (both of which Amazon does). “I am unaware that they have a marketing or philanthropy footprint inside our community,” says Masters. “They don’t seem hostile, but they are not an active ag-raiser, except perhaps via employee groups at very select events. To me, that kind of marketing is dark marketing — it’s dark because it is not at all inclusive.” Now there’s a zinger Masters says can be applied to “every other company like them, every company that chooses to rub elbows at our multimillion-dollar fundraisers, make a relatively small donation, buy a table at an event, and get their LGBT employees drunk for a night. It’s an oensive strategy, in my opinion, if it is not backed up with general community-wide visibility and outreach.” “They’re missing the chance to reinforce their already pretty good reputation in the gay community,” says Pride Source Media CFO Jan Stevenson, who, along with her wife, Susan Horowitz, has been publishing Michigan’s weekly newspaper, Between the Lines, for 26 years. “The demographic of the gay community tends to be very close to Amazon’s ideal customer. We’re rst adopters. We’re loyal. Even aside from the social aspect of it, I just think it makes good business sense.” Stevenson recalls attempting to engage Amazon, which has “a huge distribution facility not far from our oces. When they were doing ‘Help Wanted,’ we approached them about ads, but they didn’t take us up on it.” Masters has a similar tale of unsuccessful outreach at the local level. “I attempted to get live-streaming release ads from Amazon video,” he says, “since they own nearly every billboard in Los Angeles and they are doing a great deal of LGBTspecic or themed programming as part of NEWS NEWS BUSINESS BUSINESS “THEY KNOW WE ARE CUSTOMERS. THEY BELIEVE IN MARKETING, AND THEY EVEN BELIEVE IN TARGETED MARKETING — YET THEY EXCLUDE US INTENTIONALLY WHILE ALSO APPEARING TO EMBRACE US.”Troy MastersPUBLISHER AND EDITOR OF THE LOS ANGELES BLADEAMAZON DOESN’T KEEP LGBT OUTREACH IN STOCK Photo via Amazon, Facebook. Scott StifflerWashington Blade From books to booze to pop-up tents to toiletries, tell Amazon what you want, and they’ll deliver almost anything — except a straight answer about their outreach to the LGBT community, as it pertains to advertising, marketing, and communication.


3.11.2020 • • 25 25 NEWS NEWS BUSINESS BUSINESStheir multibillion-dollar content spree in Hollywood.” Nationally, adds Masters, “Todd Evans and his team are the LGBT liaisons for our community, with such accounts.” As noted in two previous similarly themed articles focusing on Apple and Starbucks, Evans is president and CEO of Rivendell Media, which places advertisements for the National LGBT Media Association. Together, the association’s members — including Boston’s Bay Windows and NYC’s Gay City News — reach an estimated 500,000 weekly print and online readers. “In 2013,” Evans notes, “Amazon did the funny Kindle same-sex beach commercial. In 2018, they did another one for Fire TV featuring two gay men,” and also what Evans calls “the lonely ad”—a singlepage print ad for Amazon’s wedding registry, in the April issue of Out Magazine. The fact that he’s able to cite three ads that acknowledge LGBT consumers, says Evans, “is what’s dierent about them. They’re at least doing something, whether it’s to provoke thought or just test the waters, to see what various responses are.” Evans says he’s surprised Amazon didn’t do a deeper dive. “It’s so much easier to carry it to fruition, into LGBT media, where everybody is going to be paying attention to it,” says Evans. “There are plenty of other gay publications to advertise in.” Of the Fire TV commercial, notes Evans, “There are plenty of digital networks you could run a TV ad on today. You could even run it on Logo, where you have a superfriendly gay audience More than most companies, they already target consumers based on buying habits. So they should have an understanding of how important the LGBT consumer is. Like Apple and Starbucks, I feel these are all good companies that just really need to be educated on how to reach large numbers of LGBTs in ‘our’ specic media.” One company that got, and continues to get, the message is Absolut Vodka. As of last year, Absolut had spent $31 million on LGBT marketing, and donated over $40 million to LGBT charities. Unlike Apple, Starbucks, and Amazon — none of which responded to our outreach with detailed comment — Absolut Vice President Regan Clarke was quick to respond, noting Absolut “was the rst spirits brand to publicly support the LGBTQcommunity, beginning in 1981.” Clarke called that move, unheard of for its time, “a risky decision for mainstream brands, because taking a stand for equality meant risking backlash from conventional culture. Today, Absolut is proud to stand as a beacon of diversity and inclusivity alongside LGBTQ communities, and continues to push the envelope of cultural progress — while celebrating and supporting the people and actions that have made that progress possible.” It’s a far cry from the Amazon approach, says Masters, who is confounded by the chasm between knowledge and action. “They know we are customers,” says Masters, of Amazon. “They believe in marketing, and they even believe in targeted marketing — yet they exclude us intentionally while also appearing to embrace us. It’s been happening much too long, this equation of elite support. We need to reel it in before our own media cease to exist and our journalisticvoice is replaced byrubber chicken dinners at ve-star hotels.” “THEY’RE MISSING THE CHANCE TO REINFORCE THEIR ALREADY PRETTY GOOD REPUTATION IN THE GAY COMMUNITY.”Jan StevensonPRIDE SOURCE MEDIA CFO Washington Blade courtesy of the National LGBTQ Media Association. Photo via Amazon, Facebook.


26 26 • • 3.11.2020 Jesse Monteagudo Unlike full-frontal female nudity, which is rather common, male nudity is virtually nonexistent in American movies and television. This makes Mr. Man a valuable resource for those of us who are devotees of the male form. On Feb. 6 Mr. Man announced the winners of the Sixth Annual Manatomy Awards. These Awards, we are told, “shines a spotlight on the past year’s naked male achievements in lm and TV.” As the website puts it, “the 6th Annual Manatomy [Awards] are nally here! Our dick, butt, and everything in between experts have rounded up all of the lewdest, crudest, and most importantly nudest scenes of the year from movies and television.” “For years, nude scenes were primarily the domain of female actresses,” Phil Henricks of Mr. Man noted in a press release. “That has been changing as each year there are more scenes and actors to choose from. We are celebrating the ne actors who have the balls [pun intended] to go naked.” Winners were chosen through a “comprehensive process” that included the editorial, production and marketing teams from Mr. Man. They selected ve contenders for each of their 43 categories and then sat in a conference room, re-watched all the scenes and voted on the winners. “It got heated in the room. Jake [Gyllenhaal] came close, but in the end, it was decided that he didn’t show enough nudity.” Some categories are new. For example, “Best Locker Room Scene” was created to honor Euphoria’s “iconic” full-frontal locker room scene with 21 guys in it. And “Best Bloomin Onion” was created to honor Orlando Bloom’s butt in Carnival Row. Visit manatomyawards for the full list, and all the Awardwinning scenes. Meanwhile, here are some of the major Manatomy Award winners: PRESENTING THEMANATOMY AWARDS Jesse Monteagudo is a freelance writer and journalist. He has been an active member of South Florida's LGBT community for more than four decades and has served in various community organizations. Jesse’s Journal Jesse’s Journal CONVICTIONS CONVICTIONSRicky Whittle from “American Gods.” Photo via Ricky Whittle, Facebook.Mr. Man ( is a website that specializes in locating, rating, and posting instances of male nudity in lm and television. Going live in October 2013, Mr. Man is a spin-off from the popular Mr. Skin web site. BEST PICTURE“SAUVAGE”BEST TV SHOW“TALES OF THE CITY”BEST FULL FRONTALJACK REYNOR “Midsommar”BEST BUTTRICKY WHITTLE “American Gods” (this author’s personal favorite)BEST GAY SCENEBRIAN JORDAN LVAREZ AND RYAN O’CONNELL “Special”BIGGEST COCKAARON TAYLOR JOHNSON “A Million Little Pieces”BEST I JUST BLUE MYSELFYAHYA ABDUL-MARTEN II “WATCHMEN”BEST GAY MAKE OUTTARON EGERTON AND RICHARD MADDEN “Rocketman”BEST UNCUT COCKCHRISTOPHE DE COSTER “Vida”BEST PROSTHETIC PENISCONNOR SWINDELS “Sex Education”BEST TANLINECHACE CRAWFORD “The Boys”BEST SUPERHERO NUDITYJOSHUA ORPIN “Titans”BEST FURRY FRIEND FRONTALCOLLIN BAJA “Tales of the City”LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDDANIEL CRAIG


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28 28 • • 3.11.2020 GAY MEMOIR RECALLS ERA LONG GONE Now available in hardcover, paperback and kindle, Joseph Caldwell’s “In the Shadow of the Bridge” is a heartfelt memoir about being gay in the New York City of the 1950s and s, as well as a remembrance of the peak years of the AIDS crisis. At 203 pages, it’s a short, easy read that packs a lot of punch. Caldwell, an award-winning novelist, a playwright and a soap opera writer, remembers the life he lived in the New York of long ago. He resided in what was then called a cold water at in a tenement building that stood literally in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge. His window was so close to the bridge that he could reach out and touch it. It was the 1950s, a time when homosexuality was something that most gay men swept under the carpet. And yet, Caldwell found a community. He recalls an early friendship with the great African American gay writer James Baldwin, and eloquently writes about sitting in bars and restaurants with the various creative people who made up his social circle, all of whom seemed to be gay. It was a very dierent New York then. An apartment could be rented for 24 dollars a month. Caldwell remembers those early days with wit and heart. He gets a job at WQXR, a classical radio station, writing copy for the station’s on air sta. He begins authoring plays that are produced o Broadway. He also becomes a soap opera writer, not exactly the work he wants to do, but it paid well and enabled him to pursue his theatrical endeavors. Fans of the horror themed soap opera Dark Shadows will be particularly fascinated by Caldwell’s memories of working on that show. Caldwell co-created the character of Barnabas Collins with fellow gay writer Ron Sproat. Barnabas was the anti-heroic vampire who put Dark Shadows on the map, giving the show a cult status which endures to this day. Caldwell and Sproat wrote Barnabas as a “reluctant” vampire, a lonely man who was lled with shame over his bloodlust and who had to hide his true identity from those who knew him—Barnabas was not unlike the two writers, gay men who often had to be “discreet” in a society that would not accept them. Dark Shadows creator Dan Curtis is referred to by Caldwell as “a committed homophobe” who at one point considered ring an actor he thought might be gay. Caldwell and Sproat intervened on the actor’s behalf, noting that if Curtis were to dismiss everyone on the show who was gay, he’d also have to let go of most of his writing sta, the actor who played Barnabas, and the show’s romantic lead. Raised in a strict Catholic, Caldwell had to reconcile his religious beliefs with his sexuality. He examines this dilemma in an insightful section of the book. He questions the hypocrisy of religion, and slowly comes to terms with his faith, which he comes to see not as judgement from God, but as self-love. The portion of the book in which Caldwell recalls the plague years are the most moving. Himself HIV negative, Caldwell didn’t want to sit around and do nothing. He volunteers at St Vincent’s Hospital, the primary care center for people with AIDS, and becomes an assigned buddy to 10 dierent patients, moving on to the next after the previous one dies. “I wanted to do more than just wring my hands and weep or even pray,” he writes. In the midst of the crisis Caldwell calls Gale, a former boyfriend. Gale was Caldwell’s rst love, and he never quite got over Gale. Fifteen years after they last saw each other, Caldwell invites Gale to the theater. Gale accepts, telling Caldwell that he is sick and that he suers from Kaposi’s Sarcoma, an AIDS related skin cancer which causes lesions to appear all over the body. They go to the theater and renew their friendship. As Gale’s illness progresses, Caldwell moves into his house to care for him. What Caldwell did he did out of love, a love that hadn’t diminished some three decades after he and Gale had rst met. Vividly written, In the “Shadow of the Bridge” is an emotional journey through one man’s life. It’s a story about living one’s life authentically and truthfully, a story about a city that was once a mecca for writers, artists and performers, a city that, for all intent and purposes, no longer exists. But mostly it’s a story of one man’s enduring love for another. Now 91 years old, Caldwell still carries that love with him. CALDWELL REMEMBERS THOSE EARLY DAYS WITH WIT AND HEART. David-Elijah Nahmod LIFESTYLE LIFESTYLE BOOKS BOOKS David-Elijah Nahmod is an American/Israeli half-breed who has lived in New York City and Tel Aviv. Currently in San Francisco, his eclectic writing career includes LGBT publications, SF Weekly & monster magazines. A survivor of childhood gay conversion therapy, he lives with PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Joseph Caldwell.


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3.11.2020 • • 31 31 CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOR, MCC2011 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, FL 33435SUNDAY SERVICE 10 A.M.Rev. Rick Rhen-Sosbe, Pastor561-733-4000www.ChurchOfOurSaviorMCC.orgMCC, Transforming Ourselves as We Transform The World Wherever You Are On God’s LGBTQIA Rainbow, You Are Welcome... “Love without judgement”A home for your spirit.Holy Angels National Catholic Church2917 NE 6th Ave Wilton Manors, FL 33334 954-633-2987 Sunday 11:00 AM mass in English All are welcome! SFGN is here for you, no matter who — or what — keeps you going. Read our Spirituality Section to stay in touch with your local religious LGBT community. The only requirement? Be yourself. A LITTLE BIT OF FAITH AND PRIDE SEE MORE ONLINE AT SFGN.COM/TABLE/NEWS/RELIGION The day before Ash Wednesday Justin Flippen died as a result of a brain aneurism, he was 41. Two days before two people died in New Orleans after being run over by a oat. Two years ago 17 people were killed on Ash Wednesday, most of them under 18 years old. These tragic events reect the traditional formula repeated as ashes are distributed on Ash Wednesday; “Remember O man that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” But while Mayor Flippen respected traditions, he was not traditional. The other formula that is used as ashes are used to trace a cross on the forehead is “Turn away from sin and believe in the good news.” These words more accurately describe the faith and life of Justin Flippen. Where he saw evil, he worked to bring good. Where there was injustice, he worked for justice; in division he saw unity through diversity. When others would speak words of hate, Justin would speak words of healing and love. He was a man who lived not by goals, but by ideals. The best way to honor a person and their legacy is to pick up the torch they carried. As we continue our Lenten journeys, we take up the challenge to turn away from sin and believe in the good news. We do that in our personal lives and our civic responsibilities. This is a season that calls us to examine our lives and actions; to see where we are not charitable, where we judge others, where we speak words of hate and hurt, where we hold onto anger and resentment. It is a time to change and grow spiritually. Lent challenges us to change thoughts and the actions that ow from those thoughts. To acknowledge the evil in our lives and world, but to believe that there is a more powerful good. I believe that Justin was Wilton Manors’ own Don Quixote. He tried to right the unrightable wrongs he saw in society. Let us commit during Lent to make the world a better place. In the words of Saint Francis, “where there is hatred let me sow love, where there is injury — pardon, and where there is doubt — faith.” And like Justin Flippen, let us reach for that unreachable star. A REFLECTION ON LENT IN HONOR OFMAYOR FLIPPENJamie ForsytheHoly Angels National Catholic Community FAITH & PRIDE FAITH & PRIDE SPIRITUALITY SPIRITUALITY Justin Flippen. Photo via Facebook.




34 34 • • 3.11.2020 Former porn star Antonio Biaggi stars in “Naughty and Nuts,” tonight at 8 p.m. at Wilton Theater Factory, 2304 N. Dixie Hwy. in Wilton Manors. Biaggi, who spent 12 years in the adult entertainment industry, shares stories about his experiences both on and off the camera. If talking about sex, sex and more sex makes you uncomfortable, get over it because Biaggi is unapologetic. Tickets start at $40 at FRI FRI 3/13THEATER The biggest Broadway hit of the 1970s, “A Chorus Line,” opens this weekend at the Wick Theatre and Costume Museum, 7901 N. Federal Hwy. in Boca Raton. Mitzi Hamilton, the inspiration for the character Val in Michael Bennett’s phenomenal original production, takes the helm as both director and choreographer. Catch the Pulitzer Prize-winning show through April 12. Tickets are $75-95 at THU THU 3/12 FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 12, 2020 MARCH 17, 2020 FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 12, 2020 MARCH 17, 2020 SFG N ITES J.W. Arnoldjw@prdconline.comTHEATER Photo Credit: LiveNation Entertainment. It’s hard to believe it’s been 35 years since Pee Wee Herman hit the big screen in his wacky comedy, “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.” Enjoy a special anniversary screening of the lm tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Dr. in—you guessed it!—Coral Springs. Afterward, Pee Wee’s creator Paul Reubens will share amazing stories about the making of the lm. Tickets start at $25 at Be there, or be square! COMEDY SATURDAY SATURDAY 3/14 Queer women, lesbians, LGBT women and allies share their talents and their stories at the Thou Art Woman open mic and performance night, tonight at 7 p.m. at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy poetry, spoken word, dance, comedy, music and whatever else may be inspired during this spontaneous arts event hosted by Ghenete “G” Wright and Nik Harris. Tickets are $25 at SAT SAT 3/14 Congregation Etz Chaim presents the final selection in the South Florida Israeli-Jewish-LGBTQA+ Film Festival, today at 4:45 p.m. at the Pride Center, 2040 N. Dixie Hwy. in Wilton Manors. “Golden Boys” is a touching documentary about 10 elderly gay men who meet weekly at the LGBT community center in Tel Aviv. These witty and gritty men dispel the misconceptions of aging. Tickets $11 at SUN SUN 3/15 Broadway legend Chita Rivera and former “Phantom” Chris Mann share the Dreyfoos Hall stage with Michael Feinstein and the Kravis Center Pops Orchestra in West Palm Beach for an evening of remarkable music, tonight at 8 p.m. Join them as they honor the legendary crooner Vic Damone and celebrate the many musical legends who also inspired a generation of music lovers. Tickets start at $39 at MON MON 3/16 The multitalented Harry Connick, Jr. performs selections from his new album, “True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter,” tonight at 8 p.m. in the Knight Concert Hall at the Arsht Center in Miami. He’ll also perform many of the jazz classics from his 30-year career. In addition to a fabulous concert by Connick, every pair of ticket holders will receive a complimentary copy of the CD. Tickets start at $75 at TUE TUE 3/17ARTS FILM CONCERT CONCERT Get Ready for a Wild Ride Get Ready for a Wild Ride


3.11.2020 • • 35 35 Mass of the ChildrenIncluding John Rutter’s It’s A Wonderful World!Chuck Stanley, Artistic Director Anthony Ciotti, Accompanist • Peggy Joyce Barber, Founding Director EmeritusFeaturing Floranada Elementary’s After School Chorus, Jared Doyle, Director, on “Mass of the Children”Friday, 3/13/20 • 8 pm St Joseph Episcopal 3300 S Seacrest Blvd. Boynton Beach 33435 Sunday, 3/15/20 • 4 pm Sunshine Cathedral 1480 SW 9th Ave. Fort Lauderdale 33315 Tuesday, 3/17/20 • 7:30 pm Christ Church 4845 NE 25th Ave. Fort Lauderdale 33308Presented by Nova Southeastern University All Performances $15 Advance/$20 on Concert Day Children 12 and Under Free • Students with I.D. Free Advance Tickets Available: NOVA.EDU/NOVASINGERS (954) 683-8866/BrowardCounty • (561) 212-2112/Palm Beach Countyand a Musical Medley from Broadway’s Les Misrables rfn ntb ttb tt tn brtt t rfrntbf nn rffntbfnb


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3.11.2020 • • 37 37 Mart Crowley, the playwright behind one of the most groundbreaking queer plays of all time, has died at 84. Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi as Edward Martino Crowley, his play “The Boys in the Band” was the rst major American drama explicitly dealing with the lives of gay men. Reportedly written at the suggestion of the actress Natalie Wood, for whom he worked as a personal assistant, it debuted o-Broadway in 1968 — at a time when queer representation on the stage and screen was largely non-existent. It drew packed audiences, both gay and straight, and was made into a lm by director William Friedkin in 1970. While the play has long been seen as a seminal work in the LGBT canon, it has not always been embraced by critics or by the community; its caustic, bitchy characters, who viciously take out their frustration and self-loathing on each other at a birthday party as they get progressively drunker, have been criticized by many as presenting a negative image of gay life — such as the legendary out gay playwright Edward Albee, who said in an interview for the 2011 documentary “Making the Boys,” “I went to see ‘Boys in the Band’ several times, and more and more I saw an audience there of straights, who were so happy to be able to see people they didn’t have to respect.” It was only within recent years that the play has been reassessed to take its place as an important piece of LGBT history, a portrait of gay existence before the Stonewall Uprising jump-started the Gay Liberation Movement the following year. When “Boys” was remounted on Broadway in 2018 with an all-star cast, director Joe Mantellotold the New York Times, “The people who criticize the play have the luxury to do sobecauseof the play.” The Tony-winning 2018 production, which was the play’s ocial Broadway debut, is being brought to the screen later this by Netix; it will feature the acclaimed revival cast reprising their roles, including Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells, and Jim Parsons. Crowley wrote a sequel, “The Men from the Boys,” in 2002. He also wrote several television scripts, including for “Hart to Hart,” starring Robert Wagner, the widower of former employer Wood who remained a lifelong friend to the playwright. Wagner, speakingto the New York Timesin a phone interview after Crowley’s passing, said, “He was his own man at a time when it was really, really dicult.” Crowley died Saturday night in Manhattan as a result of complications from heart surgery following a heart attack. He has no immediate survivors. MART CROWLEY, ‘BOYS IN THE BAND’ PLAYWRIGHT, DIES AT 84 John Paul King A&E A&E IN MEMORIAM IN MEMORIAM Left: Mart Crowley. Right: a poster from “Boys in the Band.” Public Domain. “THE PEOPLE WHO CRITICIZE THE PLAY HAVE THE LUXURY TO DO SO BECAUSE OF THE PLAY.”Joe MantelloBROADWAY DIRECTOR


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Over a 30-year career in Fulton County (Georgia) schools, Randy lived and worked through the cultural revolution that allowed to him to go from being “The GAY teacher” to being a teacher who just happened to be gay. His book explores both the changes he has seen in the schools, and his own personal evolution as a teacher. Surprisingly, Randy still advises young LGBT teachers to proceed with caution, as in some areas you can still be red for this. Some school districts were very progressive as far back as the s and s, but in some districts, even today, LGBT teachers are at risk if they have pictures with their partner or spouse on their desk. It’s really a rural vs. urban thing. And Randy knows this well as he began his teaching career in rural Alabama, but eventually left to teach in metro Atlanta, believing he would nd more acceptance, which he did. During his years in Atlanta Randy wrote columns for the Southern Voice and cofounded the Atlanta Chapter of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Teachers Network. But he found that even in Atlanta schools he needed to be careful. Randy shares some powerful memories dealing with homophobic students and parents and with administrators and colleagues who were supportive for the most part, until he became well know as a columnist for a gay publication and a gay rights activist. And he credits the Milton High School English department head Judy Hammock for being his champion. “I don’t think my career would have been possible without her willingness to say, ‘I don’t care what you think of him as a person. It’s what he does as a teacher that SOUTHERN.GAY.TEACHER. IS AVAILABLE FROM AMAZON, BARNES AND NOBLE AND AT SOUTHERNGAYTEACHER.COM.MOVING MEMOIR EXPLORES CHALLENGES OF BEING ANOUT GAY TEACHER IN THE SOUTH Welcome to Business Spotlight, the column that thanks advertisers who support SFGN. 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40 40 • • 3.11.2020 Paul Leary broward county broward county*Urinetown the MusicalMarch 13th 29th at The Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts, 17195 Sheridan St, Pembroke Pines. Winner of three Tony Awards this hilariously funny and touchingly honestmusical is a satire of the legal system and a love letter to musical theatre itself! In a Gotham like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought has led to a ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that prots by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom.More information and tickets at*Island Song (Regional Premiere)March 12th 29th, byMeasure for Measure Theatre at the Sunrise Civic Center 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. A poignant, obeat dramedy with a kinetic pop-rock score (boasting 7 MAC-nominated songs), takes us through a year in the lives of ve twentyand-thirty-somethings sharing a city and the chain of surprising, poignant, and partially random connections that bring them into each other’s spheres at moments that become pivotal. As the city pulses around them, they all must work through their own complex relationships with ambition, distraction, and the search for connection. Information and tickets at measureformeasuretheatre.comCome Out! Come Out!Running through March 29 at the Wilton Theater Factory, 2306 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors. Set in 1920s New York. A time when engaging in homosexual activity could get you arrested, beaten, even killed. Despite the dangers, gay men found areas where they could meet for clandestine trysts. Most settled for eeting physical gratication. But some wanted more. Some longed for aection. Jacob just wanted to be kissed... by another man. See this high energy, light hearted, yet poignant new musicallled with music from the Roaring 20s and joyous tap dancing. Think Eddie Cantor meets Fred Astaire in Central Park. Tickets $35.00 detail at ronnielarsen.comHelen on WheelsMarch 5th — 29th, at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale. Another heartwarming comedy by Cricket Daniel about Helen Wheeler is a gun totin’ and whiskey drinking Granny, living in the small town of Crockett, Oklahoma. When Helen isn’t locked up in the local clink, she’s on her front porch shootin’ up critters and the local kids. Not even the local sheri, can manage to uphold the law when it comes to Helen, her sidekick Zona, and their daily “Thelma and Louise” antics. Helen’s son Nelson thinks it’s time for Mama to move out of Crockett and closer to him.Loss, loneliness and the threat to independence that accompany aging are issues that Helen and the other characters wrangle with zany comedy and touching realism. Helen on Wheels is a delightful heartwarming new comedy proving that feisty old ladies have the right to cause hell, play bingo and to bear arms.Tickets: $39 Info at 866-811-4111or palm beach county palm beach countyWitness For The Prosecution Through March 15 at the Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Avenue, LakeWorth. Leonard Vole stands accused of murdering a rich widow. The stakes are high with shocking witness testimony, impassioned outbursts from the dock and a young man’s ght to escape the hangman’s noose. Generally regarded as one of Christie’s most accomplished plays, this suspenseful thriller keeps audiences guessing until the very end. Box Oce (561) 586-6410 or visit LakeworthPlayhouse.orgThe SOUND OF MUSICSaturdays through April 11th at Showtime Performing Arts Center, 503 SE Mizner Blvd Royal Palm Place, Boca Raton. Featuring cherished songsClimb Ev’ry Mountain, My Favorite Things, Do Re Mi, Sixteen Going on SeventeenandThe Sound of Musicearned 5 Tony Awards and 5 Oscars. The inspirational story follows Maria, an ebullient postulant who serves as governess to the 7 children of Captain Von Trapp, who brings music and joy to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, the Von Trapp family DATEBOOK* Denotes New Listing MARCH 11 MARCH 17 Urinetown the Musical is a satire of the legal system and a love letter to musical theatre itself. See it any time fromMarch 13th 29th at The Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts. Photo via Facebook. must make a moral decision. Tickets $15.50 kids, $25.50 adults, info miami-dade county miami-dade county A Wonderful WorldPerformances through April 5th, Miami New Drama at The Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. A world-premiere musical about jazz legend and singular American icon Louis Armstrong, with songs recorded and made popular by Armstrong. It traces Armstrong’s odyssey, the musical genre he helped dene, and the complex history of race in America, from the birth of jazz in Armstrong’s native New Orleans to international stardom and the Civil Rights era. Details and tickets at or (305) 674-1040OLIVER! Runs through March21st at Area Stage Company at the Riviera Theatre, 1560 South Dixie Highway, Coral Gables. Featuring students from the ASC Conservatory. This award-winning musical adaptation of the classic Dickens novel springs to life on the streets of Victorian England. Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, escapes to nd acceptance by a group of pickpockets led by the comedic but sinister Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap Oliver back, threatening his chance to nd love. Details at key west key west Priscilla Queen of the DesertThrough March 28th at the Waterfront Playhouse, Mallory Sq, Key West through March 28th. Based on the smash-hit movie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends, and features a hit parade of dance oor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” “Hot Stu,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Go West,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and “I Love The Nightlife,” this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS! Ticket are $35.00 $80.00 and available at waterfrontplayhouse. org


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46 46 • • 3.11.2020 MARCH 11 MARCH 17BROWARD SUPPORT SERVICESPFLAGA support group for parents, family and allies of the LGBT community. Coral Springs: second Thursday of the month at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, 1400 Riverside Drive in Coral Springs. Fort Lauderdale Meeting: third Tuesday of the month, 1480 SW 9th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. All meetings are 7-9 p.m. Free. Visit for more information.SUNSERVE YOUTH GROUPTuesdays and Thursdays in Fort Lauderdale, Southwest Ranches, Coral Springs and Hollywood. A support group and night of fun for LGBT youth 13 to 21. Free. Visit for dates and times.SURVIVOR SUPPORTFirst and third Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Broward Health Imperial Point Hospital cafeteria, 6401 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. Find support from counselors and peers who have lost loved ones to suicide. Call the Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention at 954-384-0344 or visit broward county broward county*SAGE & Friends Fort LauderdaleFriday, March 13th 6 to 8pm, 3003 NE 32nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale. SAGE salutes those who have been at the forefront of the modern LGBT movement. Honoring Sue Wilder for her signicant contributions to the local LGBT community. A gift will be made to the South Florida Institute on Aging to support their work in support of LGBT older people. LGBT elder trailblazers have always stood on the front lines of our community’s struggle for equality, and now, we must make sure they have the support and resources they need to age with the dignity and respect they deserve. Details and tickets at*Pee-wee’s Big Adventure 35th Anniversary Tour with Paul ReubensSaturday, March 14, 2020at 7:30pm at Coral Springs Center For The Arts. Aspecial screening of the lm Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, followed by amazing stories about the making of the movie told by Paul Reubens. Tickets and details at*Pride Skate Nights St Patricks Day AfterWednesday, March 18th, 8 PM — 11 PM at Xtreme Action Park, 5300 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale. Live music & video with dj TPROMIX and a ton of surprises. Beneting the Wilton Manors Stonewall Parade & Festival. Come early to enjoy the entire Park, Skate 7-10 pm, Advance Tix available ALL AGES, Full Bar Available 21 & up, $15 to Skate/$25 VIP. Spread the word! Invite Your Friends! The Stonewall Parade & Festival is a star-studded event featuring local community heroes, dignitaries, and organizations. Bring friends and family along for classic fun on quad skates in our Arena Roller Rink. Tickets and details at Village ArtwalkEvery last Saturday of the month starting at 6 pm at the Artwalk in Flagler Village, which includes FAT Village, MASS District, and nearby art galleries! Free parking is available at 844 NE 4th Ave, one block south of Sunrise Blvd. on the West side of Federal Highway. palm beach palm beach*Tony Sands: It Was A Very Good Year — A Frank Sinatra TributeWednesday, March 18th, 7:30 PM at Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth. The show starts with Sinatra’s early days with Tommy Dorsey to the bright lights of New York City to his come back at Madison Square Garden the “Main Event.” Tony, who is uncanny portraying Frank’s mannerism and singing voice, takes the audience on a musical journey. It’s as if Frank walked o of the screen * Denotes New Listingand on to the stage to perform for the audience. Don’t miss this one of a kind musical tribute to Frank Sinatra starring Tony Sands. With a Special Guest Holly Faris. Tickets $25.00 details at*St. PAWtrick’s DayTuesday, March 17th from 11 AM — 6 PM at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League 3200 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach. Feeling lucky? Try your luck at nding your new best friend this St. Pawtrick’s Day. March 17th, take advantage of FREE adoptions for dogs over 40 lbs and cats 5 months & older. Rabies tag fee applies to Palm Beach County residents, Excludes o-site adoption locations. Details and info at peggyadams.orgIMPULSEThough March 29th at 512 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach. Experience Impulse, a oneof-a-kind interactive sound and light show in Downtown West Palm Beach. Impulse includes 12 large illuminated seesaws that respond and transform when put into motion. Create a dynamic light and sound wave giving a pulse of warmth and playfulness. FREE and open to the public. Hours are Sunday — Saturday 10am — 11pm. For more information, visit After DarkFridays from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Norton Museum of Art, 1450 S. Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach. View an exhibition, attend a talk, participate in an art activity, enjoy a performance, concert, or lm, sip cocktails, and dine in the Museum’s elegant new bar and restaurant. Free admission. Visit Palm Beaches Prime TimersSecond Saturdays at 3 p.m. at Compass GLCC, 201 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth. An active fraternal and social organization dedicated to bring together mature gay and bisexual men for friendship, activities, support, and personal growth for the best times of our lives. Free. Call 561533-9699 or visit miami-dade miami-dade*Counter Corner Sunday, March 14th, 10pm at The Corner, 1035 N Miami Ave, Miami. Miami’s hottest and original queer monthly, every third Sunday of the month. Ready those lewks and join us this month for all the gender non-conforming fun you can handle. Featuring Timba Xxl all night long showtime at Midnight. This month’s cast: Lolita Cabrn, Mami Issues, Petty Boop, Stephanie Cockroach, Trinity Beat, Candice Jay Foxx, Victor Vendetta, and Aura Velvet. Details at *Get Out the Vote Phonebank!Monday, March 16th, 6 PM — 8 PM at SAVE, 1951 NW 7 Avenue, suite 600, Miami. Join SAVE, HRC, Equality Florida, and Pride at Work South Florida for an evening of mobilizing Equality Voters to help increase pro-equality voter turnout in Miami-Dade for the Presidential Preference Primary that is on March 17th. Bring your smartphone, tablet, or computer for a text and phone bank encouraging LGBT people and our allies to vote. The stakes couldn’t be higher this election cycle and we need your help to mobilize our members and supporters. RSVP at *Stand-Up Night Featuring Freddy StebbinsFriday, March 13th, 10:30 PMat the Villain Theater 5865 NE 2nd Ave, Miami. This event will also feature Mariza (Florida’s Funniest Females), Dan Caso, Jared Sandler (Grown Ups, Sandy Wexler, The Goldbergs) and host Anastasia Pavlinskaya. Freddy Stebbins is a professional comedic artist/performer/ humorist. His craft combines freestyle character impersonations, stand-up comedy, satire and accent (dialectic) expertise. Recognized for his successful season with the Travel Channel’s “Get Packing!” and extensive national TV commercial work, his voice has been heard by millions of Americans through radio/tv/lm/animation/sports/ attractions. General Admission $10.00 info at key west key westHot Naked Hump DaysWednesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Island House, 1129 Fleming St. in Key West. Relax in the middle of the week with two-for-one drinks, free shots, videos and music, giveaways, and naked boys at the pool. Call 305-294-6284 or visit Paul Leary Calendar@SFGN.comCommunityDATEBOOK


3.11.2020 • • 47 47 The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, recognized as Broward County’s premier shopping destination, will unveil a signature artwork by local artist Robert Tabor in recognition and support of the inaugural Pride of the Americas festival in Fort Lauderdale. The sculpture, entitled “All Walks of Life,” will be on display in early April in advance of Pride of the Americas, April 21-26. “We welcome Pride of the Americas delegates and attendees to The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale,” said Melissa Milroy, senior marketing manager at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale. “As an ocial Welcome Center for the event, we are proud to embrace the ideals of equality, inclusiveness and acceptance.” “All Walks of Life” was conceived, designed and fabricated by Fort Lauderdale artist Robert Tabor who is nationally renowned for his whimsical and elaborate fantasy shoe sculptures and interior design panache.The colorful 3D berglass sculpture,standing ve feet tall and spanning 16 feet in length, embodies the diverse heritage and playful spirit of sunny South Florida. Tabor has designed costumes, interiors and more for Mattel Toys, MTV, Nickelodeon, Stolichnaya, Seagram’s, Macy’s and Ritz-Carlton. He is the exclusive interior designer for Lips, the ultimate in drag dining, with locations in Fort Lauderdale, New York City, San Diego, Atlanta and Chicago. Additionally, Tabor’s larger-than-life commissions have appeared at Sawgrass Mills and at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood with numerous other creations being donated for charitable LGBT+ causes. “It was an honor to commission this sculpture for Pride of the Americas and The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale,” said Tabor. “The concept of shoes and where they can take you in life has always been a passion of mine. This clever gender-neutral creation reects both the diversity of our residents and the future signicant paths they will continue to trailblaze along our sandy shores.” The inaugural Pride of the Americas festival is organized by Pride Fort Lauderdale, the oldest Pride celebration in the state of Florida, with the support of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, the presenting sponsor. The festival features a runway fashion show, an arts festival, an LGBT+ Health and Wellness Conference, a Business of the Americas Conference and a Transgender Summit. The celebration will also showcase concerts, a beach party, parade and other social activities at various venues around Greater Fort Lauderdale. THE GALLERIA AT FORT LAUDERDALE TO UNVEIL SIGNATURE ART IN SUPPORT OFPRIDE OF THE AMERICAS For more information about Pride of the Americas Week 2020 activities, visit For information about The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale or for a complete list of retailers and restaurants, please call 954-564-1036 or visit Release COMMUNITY COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT ANNOUNCEMENTPhoto via Facebook.


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