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Candidate for Oakland Park Commissioner. Paid for and approved by Scott Herman, nonpartisan, for Oakland Park City Commission. Elegir a Scott Herman por la Comision de la Ciudad de Oakland Park Principios de poltica, porque te mereces algo mejor! EARLY VOTING HAS STARTED EARLY VOTING HAS STARTED VOTE NOW VOTE NOW OCTOBER 19 NOVEMBER 1 OCTOBER 19 NOVEMBER 1ELECTION DAY NOVEMBER 3 HA COMENZADO LA VOTACION ANTICIPADAVOTA AHORA! OCTUBRE 19 NOVIEMBRE 1 Y EL DIA DE LAS ELECCIONES 3 DE NOVIEMBRE Candidate for Oakland Park Commissioner. Paid for and approved by Scott Herman, nonpartisan, for Oakland Park City Commission. Dear Neighbor: As you know, the election for Oakland Park City Commission will be held on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2020. There may be a number of items for your consideration on this ballot and the city elections are usually listed at the “bottom of the ballot.” I am asking you to take the time to scroll to the end of the ballot and please cast your vote for me, SCOTT HERMAN. EARLY VOTING HAS STARTED EARLY VOTING HAS STARTED VOTE NOW VOTE NOW OCTOBER 19 NOVEMBER 1 OCTOBER 19 NOVEMBER 1ELECTION DAY NOVEMBER 3 Elegir a Scott Herman por la Comision de la Ciudad de Oakland Park Principios de poltica, porque te mereces algo mejor! HA COMENZADO LA VOTACION ANTICIPADAVOTA AHORA! OCTUBRE 19 NOVIEMBRE 1 Y EL DIA DE LAS ELECCIONES 3 DE NOVIEMBRE Queridos vecinos, Como saben, la eleccin para la Comisin de la Ciudad de Oakland Park se llevar a cabo el martes 3 de noviembre de 2020. Puede haber una serie de elementos para su consideracion en esta boleta y las elecciones de las ciudad generalmente se enumeran en la “parte inferior de la boleta”. Le pido que se tome un de la boleta y, por favor, vote por mi, SCOTT HERMAN.


Candidate for Oakland Park Commissioner. Paid for and approved by Scott Herman, nonpartisan, for Oakland Park City Commission. As a Gulf War Combat Veteran in the U.S. Army, I continue to work for the concerns in our courts, jails, hospitals, employment and to address the high rate of homeless veterans. I will create a more diverse and effective public safety plan for seniors. As a City Commissioner, I will aggressively advocate and be a strong individual to push water runoff throughout the city. Elegir a Scott Herman por la Comision de la Ciudad de Oakland Park Principios de poltica, porque te mereces algo mejor! EARLY VOTING HAS STARTED EARLY VOTING HAS STARTED VOTE NOW VOTE NOW OCTOBER 19 NOVEMBER 1 OCTOBER 19 NOVEMBER 1ELECTION DAY NOVEMBER 3 HA COMENZADO LA VOTACION ANTICIPADAVOTA AHORA! OCTUBRE 19 NOVIEMBRE 1 Y EL DIA DE LAS ELECCIONES 3 DE NOVIEMBRE 801-1789 (call and/or text) EARLY VOTING HAS STARTED EARLY VOTING HAS STARTED VOTE NOW VOTE NOW OCTOBER 19 NOVEMBER 1 OCTOBER 19 NOVEMBER 1ELECTION DAY NOVEMBER 3 HA COMENZADO LA VOTACION ANTICIPADAVOTA AHORA! OCTUBRE 19 NOVIEMBRE 1 Y EL DIA DE LAS ELECCIONES 3 DE NOVIEMBRE Candidate for Oakland Park Commissioner. Paid for and approved by Scott Herman, nonpartisan, for Oakland Park City Commission.


2 2 • • 10.22.2020 Win the Era, Pete Buttigieg’s political action committee, has endorsed four Democrats running for state level oce in Florida. The candidates are Florida District 35 Senator-elect Shevrin Jones, Florida Senate District 9 candidate Patricia Sigman, Florida Rep. Ben Diamond of St. Petersburg and Florida House District 118 candidate Ricky Junquera. Jones is set to become Florida’s rst Black gay Senator and was an early supporter of former Vice President Joe Biden. Sigman and Junquera are in tight races to ip NEWS NEWS HIGHLIGHT HIGHLIGHT John McDonaldFORMER MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG’S PAC ENDORSES FOUR FLORIDA DEMOCRATS Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Photo via Pete Buttigieg, Facebook. 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 SFGN, as a private corporation, reserves the right to enforce its own standards regarding the suitability of advertising copy, illustrations and photographs. Copyright 2020 South Florida Gay, Inc. October 22, 2020 • Volume 11 • Issue 42 October 22, 2020 • Volume 11 • Issue 422520 N. Dixie Highway • Wilton Manors, FL 33305 Phone: 954-530-4970 Fax: 954-530-7943 Publisher • Norm Kent Publisher • Norm Associate Publisher / Associate Publisher / Executive Editor • Jason Parsley Executive Editor • Jason Parsley Jason.Parsley@sfgn.comEditorialArt Director • Brendon Lies Webmaster • Kimberly Swan Arts/Entertainment Editor • J.W. Arnold Food/Travel Editor • Rick Karlin Gazette News Editor • John McDonald HIV Editor • Sean McShee Senior Photographer • J.R. Davis JRDavis12000@hotmail.comSenior Feature ColumnistsBrian McNaught • Jesse MonteagudoCorrespondentsDori Zinn • Donald Cavanaugh Christiana Lilly • John McDonald Denise Royal • David-Elijah NahmodContributing ColumnistsPier Angelo • 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 Distribution Services • Noah Lebel Sales Consultant • Charles A. Reid National Advertising Rivendell Media 212-242-6863 Accounting Services by CG Bookkeeping Printing by Stuart Web Inc. SFGN WINNER of& 5 FLORIDA PRESS CLUB AwardsAnd runner-up forNLGJA Journalist of the Year @SFGN Associated Press COVER: Photo via Adobe.SOUTH FLORIDA GAY NEWS.COM, INC. — —FOUNDED, DECEMBER, 2009 BY PIER GUIDUGLI AND NORM KENT Florida Senate District 9 candidate Patricia Sigman. Florida District 35 Senator-elect Shevrin Jones. Florida House District 118 candidate Ricky Junquera. Florida Rep. Ben Diamond of St. Petersburg.Republican held seats. Diamond is the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. “I am so honored to receive the support of a friend and someone who has paved the way for a new generation of leadership,” said Junquera, a Miami-Dade Democrat. “I only hope we can win on election day and push forward to build a new and better era!” Buttigieg, the former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has become a leading Democratic operative during the 2020 campaign. The gay-married Navy veteran has gone into unfriendly arenas such as Fox News to push back against Republican arguments. Buttigieg’s ability to eectively articulate cultural issues recently earned him the nickname “Slayer Pete” by the Los Angeles Times. “My *preference* is that the winner of this presidential election should choose the next justice,” Buttigieg tweeted Oct. 13, a reference to the outdated term “sexual preference” used by Supreme Court justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett. The four Florida endorsements are part of a eld of 47 candidates endorsed by Win the Era.


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4 4 • • 10.22.2020 Monday, Oct. 19 marked the rst day of early voting — even so, more than 2.5 million Floridians had already cast their vote by turning in their ballots by mail, according to the Florida Division of Elections. As early voting begins, here’s what you need to know to vote in the 2020 General Election:VOTING IN PERSONDuring early voting, Florida voters can vote at any early voting precinct in their county. This is dierent than when you vote on Election Day — in that case, you must vote in the precinct you have been assigned to (you can nd that location on your voter registration card or on the Supervisor of Elections website). Voting in person is from Oct. 19 to Nov. 1 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In Monroe County, voting hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Early voting is convenient for people who don’t have a exible schedule and could use the extra time to make their way to the polls. In Florida, you must bring a form of ID — typically, people bring their driver’s license. Ballots here are pieces of paper that you ll in a bubble to cast your vote. The ballot is then inserted into a machine to begin the counting process. Due to COVID-19, you must wear a mask when waiting in line and voting. Precincts have been providing hand sanitizer as well as giving each voter a pen for them to take home, rather than sharing them.VOTING BY MAILThere is also still the option to vote by mail. While this is not a new method of voting, many people this year are opting to mail in their ballot due to the coronavirus. If you are immunocompromised, or you simply don’t want to wait in a line, you can always mail in your ballot. If you haven’t requested your mail-in ballot, you need to move fast — the deadline is Oct. 24. Visit your county’s Supervisor of Election website to request one, or you can also call, go in person, or write to the oce. You will receive your ballot in the mail and voting rights advocates recommend that you mail it back as soon as possible to ensure that your vote is counted in time. Be sure to follow all the instructions on your ballot to make sure your vote is counted — the most common mistake voters make is not signing the envelope. After mailing your ballot, you can track the status of your ballot on your county’s Supervisor of Elections website. The US Postal Service also has a program called Informed Delivery to help customers track their mails — including their ballot! You can get more information on voting EARLY VOTING HAS STARTED Christiana Lilly NEWS NEWS LOCAL LOCAL Starting at 5:30 a.m. on Oct. 19, approximately 200 early voters began to form a queue and stood in the rain. Photo by Carina mail at the Florida Department of State’s website.DROPPING OFF YOUR BALLOTA mix of voting in person and mailing in a ballot, during early voting, you can drop o your lled-out ballot you got in the mail at any early voting site. Some people have been wary of their ballot getting lost in the mail, so this is a way to reduce your time at the precinct. After Nov. 1, you will not be able to drop o your ballot at an early voting site. You will have to ll out a brand-new ballot on Nov. 3, Election Day.OTHER NOTESA reminder that voting is not a test! Feel free to bring your notes or a cheat sheet of the people and amendments you want to vote for. This will help ease your anxiety and also get you out the door faster. Some people also prefer to vote by mail so that they can take their time at home to ll out their ballot. You can research candidates and amendments by visiting the League of Women Voters of Florida, endorsements from newspapers, the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, SAVE Action PAC, and other groups. The most important thing is that you vote, no matter what method you use! If you feel that somehow your voting rights have been violated, call the ACLU at 1-866-OUR-VOTE. SUPERVISOR OF ELECTION WEBSITESPalm Beach County: Broward County: Miami-Dade County: Monroe County: keys-elections.orgMail-In Ballot Request Deadline Saturday


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6 6 • • 10.22.2020 1164 E Oakland Park Blvd, Suite 201 Oakland Park, FL 33334 rf ntbt nnnnnrf ntbt nnn TREATMENT FOR:n •nn ntt •bnb bbt •tbnt nnPROCEDURES OFFERED:tb tbnb tnnt nnnt tntn btttb t nnDr. Amin Dr. Macek Anesthesiology and Pain Medicinerfntr bfb fnbn bnfbntMEDICARE AND PRIVATE INSURANCE ACCEPTEDnnt President Donald Trump’s youngest daughter hit the campaign trail in Tampa on Saturday for an event designed to reach out to LGBT voters. “I know what my father believes in,” said Tiany Trump in a 10-minute speech at the Westshore Grand Hotel. “Prior to politics he supported gays, lesbians the LGBQIA+ community, okay.” Organizers for the Trump Pride event touted the president’s global plans to decriminalize homosexuality and end the HIV epidemic. Tiany Trump’s mother, Marla Maples, was in the audience. Maples, a former Broadway actress, is the president’s second wife. “Unfortunately, one of her best friends passed away from AIDS and what I think is so powerful when my father says there will be a cure for AIDS within the next 10 years, there will be and God bless,” said Tiany Trump. Local Democrats, however, were not buying it. “Donald Trump is delusional if he thinks he can spend three years attacking our rights and then turn around and ask for our vote,” said civil rights attorney Michele Rayner. In a statement, Rayner, the rst Black queer woman elected to the Florida House of Representatives, said Trump’s last-ditch political stunt is not fooling anyone. “Waving a rainbow ag for an afternoon means nothing after his administration appointed dozens of anti-LGBTQ judges to federal courts, codied discrimination against transgender Americans, and are ghting to overturn the Aordable Care Act, and its protections for our community.” Before introducing Tiany Trump, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell blasted California Senator Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s vice presidential nominee, as the “queen bee of cancel culture.” “Kamala Harris doesn’t have the courage to sit across the table from someone she disagrees with who is a gay conservative,” Grenell said. “She votes against them, which is ne, but you should at least meet with them. Why can’t you sit and listen to a dierent argument, Kamala? You can’t because you’re the queen of cancel culture.” Grenell said he marched in Washington John McDonald NEWS NEWS NATIONAL NATIONAL Tiffany Trump. Photo credit: McCauley’s 1993 with gay and lesbian Democrats, Independents and Republicans, carrying a sign that read “Diversity and Tolerance.” “All we wanted was to be accepted,” Grenell said. Grenell railed against “Gay Inc.” and gay leftists determined to keep equality as a leverage issue. “They have lost their way,” he said. “They demand you be pro-abortion, they demand you be for immigration open borders, they demand you be for all of the left issues because they recognize we have made equality happen in this country. They don’t wanna give it up.” Brandon Wolf, Equality Florida Media Relations Manager, countered the event on social media. “I cannot express to you how tired I am of this pathetic grift,” Wolf tweeted. “Our ght for equality — the one we’re having to wage against you — is not yours to pervert for tacky campaign graphics. Get your hands o our rights and stop trying to gaslight us.” Equality Florida Action PAC called Trump Pride a “desperate and cynical sham.” “Donald Trump is the worst President the LGBTQ community has ever seen,” said Nadine Smith, EqFL Action PAC executive director. “This event is a pathetic attempt to hide his appalling record and it’s fooling no one. We are tired of Trump’s lies and our community understands a second term would be devastating.” TIFFANY TRUMP COURTS LGBT VOTERS IN TAMPA ‘PRIDE’ EVENT


10.22.2020 • • 7 7 Also Recommended by PBA, FOP, Broward County Council of Professional Firefighters, The Hispanic Vote and AFL-CIOPolitical Adver tisement paid for and approved by Dennis Daniel Bailey , non-par tisan, candidate for Circuit Cour t Judge, Group 16. PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT3350 S.W. 148th Ave., Suite110 Miramar, Fl 33027 • www.reelectjudgebailey.comJune 14, 2020 Re-elect Dennis Bailey and maintain stability in the courthouse Sun-Sentinel Editorial Board Endorses: “Re-elect Dennis Bailey, an experienced Broward Circuit Court judge with a strong work ethic. Sep 30, 2020 NEWS NEWS STATE STATE WEEKLY TRACKING OF Sean McShee Source: Florida DOH Dashboard. 1,465 1,472 1,478 1,487 1,490 1,497 1,510 1,484 1,492 1,500 1,506 1,510 1,515 1,517 3,485 3,501 3,520 3,537 3,540 3,547 3,561 10/14 10/15 10/16 10/17 10/18 10/19 10/20 Cumulative Known COVID 19 Deaths in Three South Florida Counties: October 14 through October 20 Palm Beach Broward Miami Dade Percent Increase in cumulative COVID 19 deaths from 10/14 to 10/20 Palm Beach 3.1%, Broward 2.2%, and Miami Dade 2.2% 48,337 48,496 48,674 48,870 49,011 49,068 49,298 79,876 80,112 80,443 80,820 81,107 81,277 81,537 176,271 176,809 177,339 177,893 178,354 178,726 179,286 10/14 10/15 10/16 10/17 10/18 10/19 10/20 Cumulative Known COVID 19 Cases in Three South Florida Counties: October 14 through October 20 Palm Beach Broward Miami-Dade Percent Increase in cumulative COVID 19 cases from 10/14 to 10/20 Palm Beach 2.0%, Broward 2.1%, and Miami Dade 1.7% Source Fl DOH Dashboard THREE SOUTH FLORIDA COUNTIES: IN THREE SOUTH FLORIDA COUNTIES: 48,337 48,496 48,674 48,870 49,011 49,068 49,298 79,876 80,112 80,443 80,820 81,107 81,277 81,537 176,271 176,809 177,339 177,893 178,354 178,726 179,286 10/14 10/15 10/16 10/17 10/18 10/19 10/20 Cumulative Known COVID 19 Cases in Three South Florida Counties: October 14 through October 20 Palm Beach Broward Miami-Dade Percent Increase in cumulative COVID 19 cases from 10/14 to 10/20 Palm Beach 2.0%, Broward 2.1%, and Miami Dade 1.7% Source Fl DOH Dashboard


8 8 • • 10.22.2020 The state’s outsized role this year and the nal push to Nov. 3 is not lost on Equality Florida. The inuential LGBT advocacy organization stated this month that the Sunshine State has “the most important political real estate” in the U.S. So EQFL has made a bold move — hiring new sta that now comprise the largest elections team in its 23-year history — a total of 16 eld organizers and eld fellows across the state. The new hires and the organization’s election focus also comprise the largest state LGBT electoral program in the country, EQFL said. “We live in the most important political real estate in the country,” Wes Davis, EQFL’s eld director said in a statement. “Pro-equality voters will make the dierence on Election Day. We are thrilled to bring together some of the most talented minds in Florida’s LGBTQ movement.” The new hires come in the midst of what is already the group’s biggest election program and at a time when many polls show not only a tight presidential race, but tight down ballot races as well. Davis said more than 560,000 pro-equality voters in Florida would be mobilized in some way by EQFL this election cycle. The group has already contacted more than 717,000, lled 700 volunteer shifts and held 30 virtual grassroots events, he said. “Our team reects the state’s diversity and prioritizes the issues LGBTQ Floridians care about,” Davis said. The EQFL eld fellows are Ariel Colin-Castruita (Sarasota), Brenno Da Mota (Orlando), Chanz McIntosh (Orlando), Francesca Catena (Miami), Logan Bua (Tallahassee), Mars D’Amico (Deltona), Recquel James (Poinciana), Skoervitch Emile (Tampa), Alexandra Igoe (Lakeland) and Kristoph Marczinkowski (Lakeland). Ignacia Araya is a public policy fellow in Miami. NEWS NEWS STATE STATE Damon ScottIt’s well known that Florida is recognized across the country as the biggest battleground state in this year’s election — with its 29 electoral votes and historically tight election results.EQFL HIRES LARGEST LGBT ELECTION TEAM IN US More information is available at THE TEAM Yordanos Molla is a senior eld organizer in Tampa. She was previously an organizer at the Black Youth Project 100 and Advocates for Youth. Salvatore Vieira is a eld organizer in Orlando. He previously worked as a eld organizer in Central Florida for Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign and was part of Organizing Together 2020. Benjamin Stinson-Hurwitz is a eld organizer located in St. Petersburg. He has deep roots in Pinellas County and has volunteered with EQFL for many years. He studied political science at Florida International University. Sebastian Leon is a eld organizer located in Miami. He is a Colombian-born graduate of the University of South Florida with a degree in history and political science. He previously worked for Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Kathy Castor. All photos courtesy of EqFL.


10.22.2020 • • 9 9 Kevin Clevenger is the new Executive Director of Pride Fort Lauderdale. Read more on later this week. NEWS NEWS SNAPSHOT OF THE WEEK SNAPSHOT OF THE WEEKA PROUD NEW LEADERBREAKING NEWS


10 10 • • 10.22.2020 There isn’t much that Trantalis and Cooper agree on, and it became more than apparent on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 15 during a virtual forum with all the mayoral and commission candidates. Cooper has been consistently critical about the current commission and Trantalis. He likens the pace and overdevelopment of luxury condominiums on the U.S. 1 corridor to New York City. During the forum, Cooper was extremely vocal about his view on the current commission’s overspending and alleged mismanagement of funds for cosmetic updates for the City of Fort Lauderdale and the lack of funding for infrastructures, such as sewer and water lines, water plant, and police stations. “[This] commission is kicking the can down the road, [and its] proof is in the pudding. A prime example is the sewers; you’ve 50-year-old sewer pipes — they’re beyond the life span,” Cooper said. “Same issue with the water pipes and the water plant. Why is it always a crisis? The city’s management is run by crisis management and not foresight or planning.” Trantalis exploded back, “I am so outraged by what this gentleman just said — it’s lled with misconceptions; this community should not be burdened by what he just said.” Trantalis noted much of the city’s problems started with the previous city manager, Lee Feldman. Many of the recurring issues that were facing the city were never dealt with. Feldman was red from his position last October and replaced by Chris Lagerbloom on Jan. 1 of this year. “Go down any street in any neighborhood and we are rebuilding, we’re moving in a fast forward. This commission is a can do commission,” Trantalis said. “We’ve got stadiums, we’re rebuilding the aquatics center, we’ve got infrastructure, and we’re saving people’s lives with our response during COVID-19.” The water and sewer pipe system in Fort Lauderdale has been deteriorating for years. There have been multiple reports of pipes bursting throughout the city since last year. In February, city ocials warned pipes will continue to break. According to the Sun Sentinel between Dec. 10 and Feb. 8, Fort Lauderdale’s crumbling sewer pipes spilled 211.6 million gallons of sewage into waterways and streets. Vice Mayor Steven Glassman reminds Cooper that he was elected to commission only two years prior and states, “The police station has been kicked down the road from previous Carina Mask NEWS NEWS LOCAL LOCALadministrations for years and years.” Incumbent Vice Mayor/Commissioner Glassman was sworn into his rst term as a city commissioner for District 2 on March 20, 2018. Glassman said he understands the intricacies of working with small and large governmental organizations. He has over a decade of experience working with the Cultural Arts Division of Broward County. Two things that are close to Glassman’s heart: renovation and preservation of the Annie Beck House and approving a landmark Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Ordinance for LGBT protections. This past January, the current commission prioritized the improvement of infrastructure, updating the sewer and water mains, stormwater wells, and the seawalls. Kyle Gibson is challenging Glassman for his seat in District 2. Gibson has been a pastor at the African Methodist Episcopal Church for the last two decades. Gibson wants the city to be a leader when it comes to environmentally sound practices and pushing for sustainability and green energy. He’s taking a grassroots approach to fundraising and canvassing. He believes going door-to-door and starting conversations with his future constituents is the best way to harbor a relationship. Burnadette Norris-Weeks moderated a heated forum featuring Fort Lauderdale’s mayoral candidates, incumbent Mayor Dean Trantalis and his challenger Ken Cooper. Dean Trantalis (left) and Steven Glassman outside of the Virginia Shuman Young Elementary School. Photo via Facebook.VIRTUAL CANDIDATES FORUM MAYOR DEAN TRANTALIS PUSHES BACK AGAINST CRITICISM DURING — Over 150 Public Works projects have been initiated, starting with storm drain installations — Creating an Emergency Relief Program for small businesses recovering from COVID-19 — Creating more Affordable Housing Projects near the Downtown area — Increases community engagement by establishing the District 2 Neighborhood President’s Roundtable. — Approval for renovation for Fort Lauderdale’s Aquatics Center — Modernizing the War Memorial Auditorium at Holiday Park with a partnership with the Florida Panthers hockey team — Ending annual “raids” on the sewer and water funds which have been historically used to balance the books. — Downtown Master Plan — Transportation and congestion due to trafc — The need for affordable housing near the downtown area is a rising concern — The inux of homelessness pre-COVID-19 — Water quality of the waterways (Tarpon River) — Countermeasures addressing sealevel riseHERE ARE SOME OF WHAT TRANTALIS AND GLASSMAN CONSIDER ACCOMPLISHMENTS OVER THEIR TIME IN OFFICE, WITH PROMISES TO DO MUCH MORE. Ken Cooper addressing the homeless situation in Fort Lauderdale. Image via YouTube.


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12 12 • • 10.22.2020 PALM BEACHnewsPBCHRC WORKS TO EXPAND ANTI-DISCRIMINATION ORDINANCES WITH TO 5’ CAMPAIGN Christiana LillyUnfortunately, in Palm Beach County, businesses with less than 15 people are exempt from equal opportunity ordinances. The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council wants to change that, and this summer they started the “Fifteen to Five” Campaign, which would decrease the number of employees a small business must have and still be covered by the law. [employees] or less, but I have received calls over the years for businesses that have maybe 10 or 12 people that I would have to say ‘I really can’t do anything for you because your employer is not covered by the law,’” said Hoch, the president and founder of the PBCHRC. But it goes beyond sexual orientation. In an email blast to subscribers, the group announced the campaign and said that they have received “hundreds of complaints of employment discrimination from LGBTQ people, people of color, immigrants, other minorities, and women, who worked at small businesses. Unfortunately, there was little we could do to help.” The law, which was enacted in the s, originally called for 15 people to protect family-run businesses that wanted to keep employees in the family, hiring their children, cousins, uncles and aunts to help run the business. However, calls have been made to make the number fewer as these sorts of businesses are less popular. “When the Supreme Court determined that the civil rights laws cover employers for both sex and gender identity, we took a look at the law again here and we looked at our own laws and realized we still also had 15,” Hoch said of Palm Beach County. Currently, Broward, Miami-Dade, Orange and Pinellas Counties have lowered their ordinances to working in a business. With assistance from the PBCHRC, the city of West Palm Beach amended its own equal opportunity ordinance in August and now businesses cannot discriminate against its employees. Now, PBCHRC is working to get this protection passed across the county. Since they were founded in 1980, the group has helped enact more than 140 laws and policies protecting employees and people from discrimination. They are the oldest independent and nonpartisan LGBT group in the state. Part of its work is to educate legislators of issues that they may not realize exist in their community. “When you educate someone while them know this is our group, this is what we do, this is why we do it, we would like your help in doing this, as they move up not only exist but we’re often not provided protection,” Hoch said. He cited the example of this summer’s Supreme Court ruling protecting LGBT employees from discrimination — prior to that decision, many people didn’t realize that in most counties in Florida, “it was perfectly legal to tell someone ‘Oh, we don’t hire lesbians.” The PBCHRC brought their “Fifteen to Five” campaign to the Palm Beach County Commissioners this summer and are hoping it will make an item on the agenda this fall. They anticipate that it will pass. IN PALM BEACH COUNTY, BUSINESSES WITH LESS THAN 15 PEOPLE ARE EXEMPT FROM EQUAL OPPORTUNITY ORDINANCES. To learn more about the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council and its work, visit RAND HOCH GETS A CALL FROM SOMEONE WHO BELIEVES THEY WERE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST AT WORK, HE HAS TWO INITIAL QUESTIONS FOR THEM: WHERE DID THIS HAPPEN, AND HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE EMPLOYED THERE? Rand Hoch, the president and founder of the PBCHRC. Photo via Rand Hoch, Facebook.


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14 14 • • 10.22.2020 Pay to park could be coming back to Wilton Manors, but what will it look like? During last week’s virtual commission meeting, a discussion on paid parking meters commenced. “Everyone is reluctant to bring parking fees back,” said Acting Mayor Tom Green in a telephone conversation with The Wilton Manors Gazette. “Fort Lauderdale raised their parking fees. We still have to vote on it. The bar owners are not really happy about it.” Green said the parking discussion will continue at the commission’s next meeting on Oct. 27, which will be his last as acting mayor. Wilton Manors currently has a contract with Atlanta-based Lanier Parking Solutions. “It’s really tough,” Commissioner Julie Carson said. “Our business community is suering a great deal, however at the same time we have a parking fund that is diminished. If we want to be fully robust I’d like to see us bring the fees back. If we do it, we need to do it with plenty of notice and proper education. I’m certainly willing to support bringing the fees back at the rate that they were before.” Previously, the rate was $1.25 per hour. Carson said she looks forward to the public comment and exploring ways of transporting people into the city that are not car-related. Jason Basilico, a business owner and commission candidate, asked that paid parking meter enforcement be reinstated when businesses are allowed to operate at full capacity and normal hours. Basilico also expressed concern for the upcoming Halloween weekend and the expected increase in foot trac in the arts and entertainment district. “The last thing we need is a huge spike in [COVID-19] cases causing a longer delay in getting back to normal,” Basilico said. Along with parking, commissioners discussed a new landscaping agreement, a development proposal at 2041 NE 9th Ave., litigation with Challenge Fitness over a noise ordinance violation and listened to feedback from residents. One of those residents, Michael Rajner, By John McDonald Wilton Manors City Hall. Photo via Facebook.• • • www • • •Wilton Manors Commission Takes Up Parking Issue HAVE YOU JOINED THE GAZETTE’S FACEBOOK GROUP?Visit to join the discussion. The Gazette welcomes feedback for its community initiative. Email with comments, suggestions, etc. Wilton Manors Gazette WMG WMG WMG WMG criticized the city’s police department for canceling its National Night Out program. “I think it was a missed opportunity for the police department during a time where law enforcement is trying to really engage with communities and dialogue,” Rajner said. “I think the police department should have considered trying to do the event via Zoom citywide. They probably could have engaged more with residents on issues of policing and crime and how to protect your home more. They do a lot working through some of the neighborhood associations, which is great but a lot of people are not part of neighborhood associations.” Rajner suggested the police department reach out through Zoom and reschedule the National Night Out program. At the start of the meeting, proclamations were issued recognizing activists Jesse Monteagudo and Barbara Stuart. Monteagudo is a Cuban American gay rights activist and SFGN columnist, while Stuart served for many years as president of the Broward Teachers Union and was an antagonist of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. WMG Russell CormicanAttorney at Law THE CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAW CENTER OF SOUT H FLORID A2520 N. Dixie Hwy Wilton Manors, FL 33305The Practice Of Law Is No Practice.FOUR DECADES OF EXPERIENCE. A LIFETIME OF TRUST.954.763.1900Norman Elliott KentAttorney at 12 SE 7th St Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 2266 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 • (954) 565-2526


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16 16 • • 10.22.2020 THE MANORS MAYORAL RACEIT’S JULIE CARSON’S TIMENorm Kentnorm.kent@sfgn.comPublisher's EditorialWilton Manors is the epicenter of South Florida’s LGBT centric community. It has been for nearly 20 years. Not surprisingly, South Florida Gay News has ourished for over a decade with its oces at Five Points, in the heart of the Manors. During this time, SFGN has grown, thanks to your support. We have even established a twice-monthly news insert focused just on our city, the Wilton Manors Gazette, or WMG, as you see it in on our masthead. We send reporters and photographers out weekly to cover city commission meetings, breaking news and community events. They illuminate our lives in this auent island city of many waterways. SFGN has interviewed the candidates, published their positions, and presented to you, their ideas. Online and in print, in the Mirror Magazine and our paper, we have laid out their vision for your future. Each are advocates for a better city. Now it is up to you to decide the ones that best advocate your concerns. JULIE CARSON FOR MAYOR Earlier this year, our city sustained an incalculable loss. A vigorous young mayor, Justin Flippen, lost his life, felled by a fatal and totally unanticipated stroke. Life is ever so precious, and the tragedy so sudden, it was not just frightfully stunning, but enormously painful. Adversity is a challenge that gives people an opportunity to rise to the occasion. City Commissioner Julie Carson did. She became the spiritual center for a hurting community. Carson galvanized our souls with strength and courage. Julie Carson empowered us to carry on — to maintain faith and fortitude in the face of the loss we sustained. Julie Carson has convincingly demonstrated she can lead this community in the toughest of times. Then came COVID, and our world itself has been tested even more so. With patience and calm, Carson has also helped this city negotiate a second, continuing crisis. Carson’s experience, temperament and work ethic have judiciously integrated our community’s social responsibilities with its entrepreneurial and economic needs. Now gender or orientation are not grounds alone for supporting a candidate. But opening the doors to diversity most surely is. Passing the torch to a new generation of leaders is what our country should be all about. In a community that has been forever white and male, Julie Carson demonstrates to Wilton Manors that it’s time for a female. Carson’s most credible opponent is a worthy candidate himself. Scott Newton is a former mayor running again, who helped lay the foundations a developing community is building upon. We respect that work, acknowledge his tenure, and applaud his integrity. Still, time marches on. Today, I believe that Carson is the person most capable of representing our city’s diverging interests while promoting public safety and economic growth. The candidacy of Josie Smith-Malave demonstrates that eventually any one of us can nd a place at the table, either as a chef or a commissioner. At this time, however, Smith-Malave simply does not have the track record or experience her opponents have garnered. We always knew that Julie Carson could ride a horse. This year, on both a personal and professional level, she has shown us she can buck a bronco. She has earned your support. She has led us already. Give her a full term to do more. CITY COMMISSIONERS Like every other city in this country, the Manors is facing the challenge of negotiating its way through a pandemic. The virus has delivered a right cross to our small businesses and hospitality industry establishments. The wealth of exceptionally qualied candidates for city commission is proof that Wilton Manors has a rainbow of future community leaders ready to undertake tomorrow’s challenges. Thank goodness. We should be proud of the voices seeking election to city hall this year. We do not have barefoot stalkers or charlatans trying to steal your vote or enhance their stature while ghting restraining orders or DUI’s in the courts. It’s a pleasant sea change from elections past. In fact, mark this year, 2020, as one where Wilton Manors voters have more eminently qualied candidates than open seats to ll them. Make your decisions thoughtfully. Amongst the voices seeking to represent you are Doug Blevins, who has been a respected and honorable civic activist for years, and then the younger Chris Caputo, who has distinguished himself in the nonprot sector. Newcomer Mike Bracchi has orchestrated a professional campaign that brings to the table his reputation as a distinguished attorney. Jason Basilico integrates the experience of a Navy veteran with running a popular local bar. Two other candidates bring unique experiences to the table. One might want to move here before running for oce, though. Nevertheless, most are more qualied than unqualied. We have learned this year that even the decisions of city commissioners can impact your lives immensely. If you want to drink clean water, have safe local roads, and ensure that a global health pandemic is addressed with wisdom and caution, then vote for the person you think best able to address those needs. The life you save may be your own. Good Luck. NOW GENDER OR ORIENTATION ARE NOT GROUNDS ALONE FOR SUPPORTING A CANDIDATE. BUT OPENING THE DOORS TO DIVERSITY MOST SURELY IS. CONVICTIONS CONVICTIONS Julie Carson. Photo via Facebook.


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18 18 • • 10.22.2020 Jesse Monteagudo Pat Rocco (1934-2018) was a pioneer gay lmmaker and activist. Though he was popular and well-known during his heyday he is hardly remembered today. Whitney Strub, in an essay (2014) published by the UCLA Film and Television Archive on its website, called Rocco “a pioneering gure in the cultural wing of the sexual revolution, but his work goes too little remembered today. Though on a technical level he was no cinematic virtuoso, between 1968 and 1976 Rocco built a truly remarkable body of work. His erotic shorts helped spearhead the zesty vitality of gay liberation which his documentaries in turn captured.” The man Esquire called “the Cecil B. De Mille of gay lms” was born Pasquale Vincent Serrapica in Brooklyn, the son of an Italian American family. Rocco moved to Southern California at 11 and came out as gay at 13. During the s and s Rocco pursued a diverse career in entertainment. He had his own radio show, appeared on television with Tennessee Ernie Ford and other celebrities, ran a theater in the Simi Valley and directed plays. In 1967 Rocco answered an ad in the Los Angeles Free Press and began a new career as a male physique photographer, which in turn led to the creation of his production company, Bizarre Productions, which specialized in gay erotic lms. “The timing,” Strub noted, “could not have been better: a conuence of forces, including gay activism and its push for increased visibility, the rapidly diminishing scope of obscenity laws, the market demands of a gay consumer base, and the broader spirit of sexual revolution, all worked in tandem to open a new space for gay erotic expression.” In 1968, after years showing straight skin icks, the Park Theater in Los Angeles began its series of “homosexual lm festivals:” homoerotic works by Rocco, Kenneth Anger, Jean Cocteau, Bob Mizer, and others. These were the rst movies to show full-frontal male nudity, though critics derided them as “danglies” (where the penis would “dangle” and not do much else). Rocco’s “male nude lm festival” was the most popular of the lot. Film scholar Thomas Waugh noted that “Rocco’s short and sentimental danglie programs were so sensational that the premieres were covered by Variety, hyped by spotlights and limousines, and attended by the lmmaker’s mother.” Rocco himself told an interviewer that his lms “were the rst really overt gay lms with nudity in a public theater. I have had a number of people tell me that ‘I came out because of your lms.’ Soon there was an enormous upsurge of popularity. Men would come up and say, ‘I’ve got several young men that I know that I’d like you to meet.’ In a couple of cases I had fathers come and say, ‘I’d like you to use my son in a lm.’” Even gay activists were impressed: Jim Kepner called Rocco’s lms “exhilarating, fresh, ideal, basic and agonizingly beautiful” while Jack Nichols wrote that “Pat Rocco will do more to uplift the morale and self-image of American homosexuals than a thousand Mattachine orators.” Kepner and other devotees of Rocco formed the fan club SPREE — Society of Pat Rocco Enlightened Enthusiasts. A social club and service organization, SPREE oered its members “entertainment with an emphasis on male nudity in a wholesome atmosphere.” Though Rocco’s lms were remarkable for their time and place, in retrospect there was not much to write home about. Jerey Escoer, in his history of gay porn cinema, called Rocco’s movies “conventionally sentimental. His lms usually showed attractive boys holding hands, walking through shady woods, and kissing behind chion curtains. They rarely even showed simulated sex. Nevertheless, showing two males kissing was considered daring. Altogether Rocco made more than a hundred lms over the next few years — for the Park and other theaters.” Lacking a major lm studio’s budget, Rocco lmed his naked boys in outdoor locations throughout L.A., including BEFORE GAY PORN THERE WAS PAT ROCCO WHO LED THE WAY 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 Pat Rocco. Courtesy photo. “I HAVE HAD A NUMBER OF PEOPLE TELL ME THAT ‘I CAME OUT BECAUSE OF YOUR FILMS.’”Pat RoccoFILMMAKER, ACTIVIST LGBT HISTORY MONTH Disneyland, Hollywood Boulevard, Grith Park, Echo Park and even the L.A. Freeway. Though Pat Rocco specialized in short subjects, the Park and other venues showed them in groups as full-length features. One of them, “Mondo Rocco (It’s a Gay World)” (1970), is available on YouTube. With production, direction, photography, editing, narration and screenplay by Pat Rocco, “Mondo Rocco” is Rocco in a nutshell. It includes several of Rocco’s soft-core features, starring Rocco regulars like Ron Dilly and muscle-bound Rick Cassidy. Of greater historical value are Rocco’s documentaries. In “Meat Market Arrest” Rocco lmed a police raid on L.A.’s Meat Market bar, where dancer Bob Philpot was arrested for dancing completely nude. (Rocco later returned to the bar to lm Philpot’s “obscene” performance.) In “Homosexuals on the March” Rocco captured his friend, the Rev. Troy Perry of the Metropolitan Community Church, leading a gay protest against California’s sodomy law. Finally, “A Night at Joanie’s” showcases Halloween night at that iconic bar, complete with a costume contest (the ubiquitous Rev. Perry was one of the judges) and a performance by female illusionist Jim Bailey as Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, and Mae West. Sadly, as porn historians Kenneth Turan and Stephen F. Zito wrote, “Pat Rocco is an interesting example of almost instant obsolescence in the erotic lm world.” The rise of hardcore porn left behind a man who porn producer Gorton Hall called “the Walt Disney of the homosexual” (and not as a compliment). When the Park Theater’s owners urged Rocco to include explicit sex in his features, the lmmaker refused. “It was not an easy decision to make,” Rocco recalled. “I was oered great sums of money to make certain lms. I really feel however that showing the complete sexual action — hardcore — is not necessary to make a story real or believable. It can be indicated without going into explicit or clinical detail. Yet this is what the distributors wanted.” It was also what the consumers wanted. Even so, Rocco continued to make movies, including the full-length drama “Drifter” (1974) and the documentary “We Were There” (1976), which featured “naked gay men, lesbians, and elephants all triumphantly marching” (Strub) in the bicentennial year’s Pride parades in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Pat Rocco lived his remaining decades in quiet retirement with his partner and died on November 8, 2018, at the age of 84. This article owes much to Whitney Strub’s essay “Hey Look Me Over: The Films of Pat Rocco,” as well as books by Jerey Escoer, David K. Johnson, Kenneth Turan and Stephen F. Zito, and Thomas Waugh.


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20 20 • • 10.22.2020 Christiana Lilly Model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen recently shared devastating news with her social media followers: she and her husband, singer John Legend, had lost their child halfway through her pregnancy. She shared heartbreaking black-and-white photos of the couple at the hospital, including her clutching a tiny blanket bundle holding their son, who they named Jack. Most of the comments were of condolences and heartbreak, including women sharing their own experiences with miscarriage and stillbirth. But there were the haters. “Doesn’t change the fact that you’re [devil emoji]. God doesn’t like what you’ve done.” “It’s called karma. Bad things happen to bad people.” “Look at it this way you can eat him now.” “What a joke. After everything you were accused of. You thought you’d be blessed with another soul.” Teigen, who has two children, is one of a swath of celebrities who has been accused and attacked on social media as being a part of an underground circle of Hollywood pedophiles, including Oprah Winfrey, Hilary Du, Justin Bieber, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Bill and Melinda Gates, and more. The theory was started by right-wing conspiracy theorist group QAnon, which believes that the celebrities control the U.S. and have ties to Jerey Epstein, a convicted sex oender who killed himself while in prison. With each accusation on social media comes the hashtags #SaveTheChildren and/or #SaveOurChildren — a slogan that has been heard, and used against the LGBT community many times over the last 100 years. “When I saw those things happening, I thought, this is the same kind of nonsense,” said Hunter O’Hanian, the executive director of the Stonewall National Museum & Archives. “It’s the same silliness that happened mid-20th century and then it was repeated again by Anita Bryant in the s and then it was repeated again in the early part of the 21st century around the issue of [same-sex] marriage.” In the 1950s, alongside the Red Scare of hunting for alleged communists was the “lavender scare,” where homosexuals were targeted. The Johns Committee in Florida was founded in 1956 and investigated those they believed to be homosexuals, and even pulled students out of classrooms to be interrogated. In the notorious “purple pamphlet,” a report by the committee, they noted the dangers of homosexuality and how it would negatively impact youth. “The plain fact of the matter is that a great many homosexuals have an insatiable appetite for sexual activities and nd special gratication in the recruitment to the ranks of youth,” according to the pamphlet. In comparing the dierences between child molesters and homosexuals, the pamphlet explains that the homosexual, “prefers to reach out for the child at the time of normal sexual awakening and to conduct a psychological preliminary to the physical contact. The homosexual’s goal and part of his satisfaction is to ‘bring over’ the young person, to hook him for homosexuality.” The fear-mongering against LGBT people returned in the 1970s with the Save Our Children campaign by Christian singer Anita Bryant. She used her platform to ght the battle against “homosexual militants” when Miami-Dade County passed an ordinance protecting gay people from workplace discrimination. Again, she brought up the FEATURE FEATURE Courtesy of Stonewall National Museum and Archives. “PEOPLE HAVE BEEN USING THE FAMILY AND THE CHILDREN’S EXCUSE FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME WHEN THEY WANT TO DEMONIZE HOMOSEXUALS AND GAY PEOPLE.” Hunter O’HanianEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE STONEWALL NATIONAL MUSEUM & ARCHIVES LGBT HISTORY MONTH dangers of homosexuals and their impact on children and the American family. In an ad in the Miami Herald, her group wrote, “The other side of the homosexual coin is a hair-raising pattern of recruitment and outright seduction and molestation — a growing pattern that predictably will intensify if society approves law granting legitimacy of sexual perverts.” Finally, the concern for children and families returned in the early 2000s when equal rights groups fought for marriage equality and the overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act. Those against same-sex marriage argued that it would deteriorate the sanctity of marriage, and later, they feared for children adopted by gay people and couples.“People have been using the family and the children’s excuse for a long period of time when they want to demonize homosexuals and gay people,” O’Hanian said. “If it weren’t so serious, it would be laughable because it’s so far removed from any kind of factual underpinning. It’s meant to make people afraid.” QAnon and the people who are convinced by their #SaveTheChildren and #SaveOurChildren theories believe that Hollywood and elites are at the heart of child human tracking rings in the United States and have turned to social media to raise awareness. While human tracking is and has been a massive problem — Florida ranks third in the nation for tracking cases — unfortunately their good intentions to “save the children” are rooted in misinformation. Somy Ali, the founder of No More Tears, which assists victims of human tracking and domestic violence, says she has not come across any Hollywood human tracking rings in her 14 years of experience. In fact, most human tracking cases are not initiated by kidnappings, but rather, children and adults are groomed for months to lure them into tracking. “The myth is that human tracking involves kidnapping or physically forcing someone. In reality, trackers use psychological means,” she said. “The myth is that it’s people you don’t know. Many survivors, they’ve been tracked QANON’S HATE CAMPAIGNNOT SAVING CHILDREN, JUST AN ANTIGAY HISTORY


10.22.2020 • • 21 21 This is a part of our LGBT History Month special package. Check out daily for new stories. Robert B Robert B Thompson ThompsonFOR CITY COMMISSIONFormer 2-term NH State Representative Former Firefighter Local Government Academy Graduate 2018 City volunteer Oakland Park Resident for 6 years954-682-4213WWW.THOMPSON4CITYCOMMISSION.COMVOTENovember 3 2020 THE PEOPLE’S CANDIDATE FOR OAKLAND PARK by romantic partners, spouses, family members, including parents. That’s been my experience.” One of her most recent cases involves a woman who ed New Jersey because her husband was pimping out their 5-year-old son to friends and “customers” while she was at work. In the past, Ali has worked with teenagers who were lured by pimps online when they saw them post that they were unhappy or hated their parents. A few years ago, she assisted in rescuing a 2-year-old who was being sold on the dark web by her father — people paid $500 to watch sexual acts performed on her. “We don’t have the white van grabbing the girl from the mall and putting chloroform on her face,” Ali said. In response to the conspiracy theories, she said the allegations are “preposterous.” “You’re providing false information, you’re misleading people, you’re misleading the public, and you’re misleading innocent people who want to do good,” she said. “Whoever is coming out with this propaganda, they are taking away from the good work that many of us are doing and it’s appalling.” In recent rallies, people have called for an investigation into “Pizzagate,” a debunked theory from 2016 that alleged Hillary Clinton and other Democrats were a part of a child sex tracking ring and a Washington, D.C. pizza parlor was one of their meeting grounds. The rumors led to a man driving from North Carolina and shooting into the restaurant. Polaris, an organization that runs the National Human Tracking Hotline, was inundated with calls in July when rumors spread throughout the internet that online furniture company, Wayfair, was secretly tracking children. “While Polaris treats all calls to the Tracking Hotline seriously, the extreme volume of these contacts has made it more dicult for the Tracking Hotline to provide support and attention to others who are in need of help,” Polaris said in a statement. “What we can say is that none of the reports we have received involving Wayfair contained any information beyond what has been widely shared online.” As the internet provides seemingly endless access to information at the click of the button, it’s also a breeding ground of misinformation and “fake news.” With that, the mission to “save our children” from false prey has returned. “It is disappointing to see that certain groups are bringing [the slogan] back as a weapon,” O’Hanian said. “I suspect that we’re going to continue to see this as a weapon for a while.” LATE BREAKING:Due to this report on QAnon, SFGN’s Facebook page was agged as potentially dangerous content. Said Publisher Norm Kent, “If the president really does not know who or what QAnon is, it just proves how woefully incompetent and shamefully embarrassing he is as the Commander In Chief. Vote him out.”“WHOEVER IS COMING OUT WITH THIS PROPAGANDA, THEY ARE TAKING AWAY FROM THE GOOD WORK THAT MANY OF US ARE DOING AND IT’S APPALLING.” Somy AliFOUNDER OF NO MORE TEARS rf n r t b rfn bbrbf tb n r t b b n t n t bf r rb rf ntbb r rfntbbn


22 22 • • 10.22.2020 One of the joys of fall has always been the tailgate parties before football games, or gathering at someone’s home to watch the game and share some treats. Just because we can’t get together in large groups is no reason not to enjoy some game day treats. Relax in front of your television and pretend you’re at the big game. For those of us who don’t follow sports (the only tight end I’m interested in is Matt Bomer’s), these treats will work just as well for a marathon viewing of early seasons of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Whip up these recipes from one of Fort Lauderdale’s most noted chefs, Pablo Salas from The Westin Hotel’s Lona Cocina & Tequileria and pretend you’re gathering in the parking lot of a stadium. LIFESTYLE LIFESTYLE FOOD FOOD SNACKS FOR A TIGHT END HUNGRY FOR MORE? VISIT SFGN.COM/FOOD! Rick Karlin is SFGN’s food editor. Visit to read his previous reviews. Have a culinary tip to share? Email Rick at Rick KarlinCHICKEN WINGS IN CARAMEL GUAJILLO SAUCE INGREDIENTS 1lb. of bone-in chicken wings 1qt. vegetable oil salt & pepper to taste (caramel guajillo sauce) 5 dried guajillo peppers 8 cups of water 8 oz. white sugar (wing seasoning) 1 cup cornstarch cup water oz. white vinegar salt & pepper to taste DIRECTIONS Lightly season chicken wings with salt & pepper, cool in refrigerator. Make caramel guajillo sauce. Combine water & guajillo peppers in a medium saucepan, bring to a boil. After peppers soften, transfer liquid to blender. Blend on high until mixture thickens, strain and return to saucepan. Add white sugar and mix well, return to boil, set aside. Combine wing seasoning ingredients in a small mixing bowl, mix well. Lightly toss wings in seasoning mix. Fry wings for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees. Toss wings in guajillo-caramel sauce and serve. Chicken Wings in Caramel Guajillo Sauce. Pico De Gallo. Pico De Gallo. Guacamole With Crab or Chicharrn.GUACAMOLE WITH CRAB OR CHICHARR”NINGREDIENTS 3 fresh ripe avocados lime salt to taste DIRECTIONS Place the avocados, lime juice and salt in a bowl. Roughly mash ingredients together. Optional, blend in chicharron or crab meat. Garnish the guacamole with pico de gallo (recipe to the right). PICO DE GALLOINGREDIENTS 2 tomatoes, diced 1 jalapeo pepper, seeded & minced cup nely chopped white onion 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped 1 lemon, juiced salt to taste DIRECTIONS Mix the tomato, jalapeo pepper, onion, cilantro, lemon juice and salt together in a bowl.


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24 24 • • 10.22.2020 Welcome to Queerly Digital, a regular column about LGBT cinema on DVD, Blu-Ray and streaming platforms. QUEERLY DIGITALDavid-Elijah Nahmod LGBT cinema on DVD/Blu-Ray, a monthly column A&E A&E DVDS DVDS HALLOWEEN WITH CARMILLA AND DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS A new take on an old classic and a restored version of another classic, both featuring lesbian vampires, oer a fun double feature for your Halloween viewing. When it was rst published in the 19th century, J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s novella “Carmilla” no doubt shocked readers. “Carmilla” is the story of a female vampire, and it predated Bram Stoker’s legendary novel “Dracula” by some 25 years. What was shocking about Le Fanu’s prose is that the titular vampire was a lesbian. At a time when society would not admit that homosexuality existed, the undead Carmilla displayed a yen for young ladies. In 1970 “Carmilla” was lmed by England’s Hammer Films as “The Vampire Lovers.” That lm aunted its sexuality and was a huge hit with audiences, though, despite Carmilla’s lesbianism, “The Vampire Lovers” was a fairly traditional horror lm, lled with drafty castles, fog bound graveyards and chilly crypts. Now comes a new take on “Carmilla.” Just released on DVD and streaming at Vudu, this British lm oers a darkly sensual vision of the classic tale. Like the novel, the new lm is simply called “Carmilla.” Set in the late 18th century, the lm tells the tale of teenaged Lara (Hannah Rae) who lives in an isolated country house with her widowed father, a few servants, and her very strict governess Miss Fontaine (Jessica Raine). It’s a lonely life, a life lled with harsh discipline. But all that changes after a mysterious carriage crash near the house nds an injured young girl (Devrim Lingnau) recuperating in a spare bedroom. While Lara’s father sets out to nd the girl’s family, Lara and Carmilla slowly come to feel a growing attraction to each other. For Lara, their relationship is an awakening of her own suppressed desires, which horries the puritanical Miss Fontaine. Lara and Carmilla soon become “blood sisters,” cutting their hands and licking each other’s blood. Is Carmilla a vampire? Though the V word is never uttered during the lm, it soon becomes apparent that she indeed is one, and that Lara is not her rst victim. “Carmilla” was simply shot in a real house on the English countryside. The candle lit abode is often bathed in shadows, while the sun never shines over the surrounding hills. This gives the lm an ever-encroaching sense of dread and makes Carmilla’s seduction of Lara feel all the more eerie. Raine is superb as the austere Miss Fontaine, while Rae and Lingnau oer a dark sensuality as the bloodthirsty lesbian couple. Emily Harris’s assured direction keeps the lm moving. Despite its somewhat slow pace, “Carmilla’s” 96 minutes pass fairly quickly. For those in the mood for something a little bit dierent, “Carmilla” may be what you’ve been waiting for. Film Movement’s DVD of the lm includes a making of documentary which includes interviews with Harris and members of the cast. And if “Carmilla” wasn’t enough to whet your Halloween appetite, Blue Underground, purveyors of cult cinema, presents a stunning new 4K restoration of “Daughters of Darkness,” the beloved 1971 cult lm about a lesbian couple, both vampires, who prey upon a pair of newlyweds at a desolate Belgian hotel. The husband is bisexual and is on the run from “mother,” his sugar daddy. Blue Underground’s print is scanned from the lm’s original 35 mm camera negative for this special Blu Ray release. The disc is chock full of extras, including separate commentary tracks with writer/director Harry Kmel and co-star John Karlen (“Dark Shadows”), who, to the delight of some DS fans and to the shock of others, appears nude in the lm. There are also interviews with co-stars Andrea Rau and Danielle Ouimet, a souvenir booklet, and a soundtrack CD, among other extras. Though the lm was shot in Belgium the actors speak in English. Delphine Seyrig, who in 1971 was a huge star in European cinema, heads the cast as Countess Elizabeth Bathory, a centuries old Hungarian noblewoman who retains her youth by bathing in female blood. She’s accompanied by her “secretary” Ilona (Andrea Rau). The two are staying at a deserted seaside hotel where they meet Stefan and Valerie (John Karlen, Danielle Ouimet), the aforementioned young newlyweds. The Countess develops an attraction to Valerie, while Ilona is interested in Stefan. The two couples become engaged in a highly erotic game of cat and mouse as the vampirism of the Countess and Ilona becomes apparent. “Daughters of Darkness” is an elegant, beautifully shot lm, and evokes a kinky sensuality. Seyrig is sensational as the immortal countess. It’s impossible to take your eyes o of her when she smiles with her ruby red lips — she is the perfect seductress, at once creepy and profoundly sexy. The deserted hotel setting creates the perfect atmosphere for this chilly tale of forbidden sexual delights. Like “Carmilla,” “Daughters of Darkness” is something a bit dierent, a Halloween tale for those who prefer their horror lms to be a bit more adult in nature. “Daughters of Darkness” is also streaming at Tubi TV, though this is not the restored version. Happy Halloween! “Camilla,” a lm by Emily Harris. “Daughters of Darkness,” a lm by Harry Kmel.


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As record numbers of voters line up to cast their ballots early and the airwaves are ooded with political ads, one local theater company is taking advantage of election season to make political “points.” In the nal weeks of this landmark 2020 election, Fort Lauderdale-based Thinking Cap Theatre (TCT) is oering Samantha Mueller’s award-winning drama, “Laced,” an examination of the events leading up to and following a horric LGBT hate crime, as well as a salute to the women who fought for the right to vote a century ago. “As a trailblazing arts organization both in our region and in our nation, TCT has long championed theatre’s activist potential and the importance of anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-homophobic ideals and practices onand o-stage,” said Artistic Director Nicole Stodard in an email to subscribers. Plans for the company’s 10 anniversary celebration were largely scuttled by the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year and nancial struggles followed, but Stodard was resolute about the importance to carry on and confront the challenges society still faces, if through virtual means. “The upside of the series of horric moments we have witnessed? Dialogue, reection, accountability, and active change. The once ‘fringe’ mission and vision of TCT and like-minded organizations is now nally being valued, centered, and adopted in arts organizations in South Florida and around the country,” Stodard explained.“Laced,” which will be streamed over two weekends, Oct. 23 — 25 and Oct. 30 — Nov. 1, introduces audiences to three characters, Minnow (Angelina Lopez de Catledge), Cat (Jordan Patriarca) and Audra (Stephon Duncan), amidst the debris of a terrifying accident. The action then alternates between the moments before and after the hate crime, as the characters bare their souls as they struggle to understand, clean up and move forward.On Saturday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Nov. 1, TCT will present “Meet the [Sura]Gettes,” a “playful” tribute to the champions of the 19th Amendment, allowing women the right to vote. This unique, family-friendly theatrical performance (re)introduces audiences to LOCAL THEATER EMBRACES ELECTION SEASON WITH VIRTUAL PERFORMANCES J.W. Arnold For more information and tickets, go to ThinkingCapTheatre. A&E A&E THEATER THEATER “Meet the [Suffra]Gettes” is one of the creative virtual performances offered by Thinking Cap Theatre during the heated 2020 election season. Credit: Thinking Cap Theatre.10 leading gures of the women’s surage movement. 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In the late 1970s, while doing research at Radclie College, scholar Bettina Friedl rediscovered these long-forgotten treasures and compiled them into a special edition. These dramatic gems humorously and pointedly tackle issues such as the work/life balance dilemma and the oppressiveness of socially-prescribed gender roles. Viewers can expect to enjoy some laughs and marvel at both how far we’ve come and how we’ve still to go in the journey for equal human rights, according to promotional materials.


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