Mississippi Gay Marriage Ban Plaintiff Enters Auditor Race

Posted on 26 February 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Democrat Joce Pritchett of Jackson said Friday that she’s running for Mississippi state auditor because she wants to fight corruption and hold officials accountable for how they spend tax dollars. “In recent years, we have seen scandal after scandal in our counties and our state agencies because the state auditor has […]

Gay Parents Could Produce Biological Babies In Two Years

Posted on 26 February 2015

My husband Michael is a regular softy where babies are concerned. Not ALL babies, mind you. Just the blond, blue-eyed kind, who also happen to be twin boys. And as long as I’ve known him, Michael has long spouted his desire to add a pair of blond twins to our family “as soon as possible.” […]

Here’s A Look At Recent LGBT Legislative Issues By State

Posted on 25 February 2015

North Carolina May Exempt Court Officials From Performing Gay Weddings RALEIGH (AP) – Some North Carolina court officials could opt out of marriage duties – including same-sex weddings – under legislation given state Senate approval Wednesday following a debate weighing centuries-old religious liberties with newly-expanded rights to marry. The bill gives magistrates and workers in […]

GOP’s Erickson: Gay Rights Activists Like ISIS Extremists

Posted on 25 February 2015

Erick Erickson, the founder of RedStates.com and frequent Fox News contributor, wrote a column last week in which he compared gay rights campaigners to ISIS extremists. It would be easy to dismiss such incendiary words if Erickson were not arguably the most powerful conservative in America today. “In Denmark, France, and elsewhere we have seen […]

Conversion Is For Currencies, Not Sexual Orientation

Posted on 25 February 2015

My parents arrived at my apartment in West Los Angeles to visit. Today was the day, but not the kind of day they assumed or even wanted — a typical parent-child outing where we picked a place to have lunch at a cozy eatery in Fox Hills, a hilltop, tree-filled neighborhood near Culver City, just […]

New LGBT Group In Jacksonville Endorses City Candidates

Posted on 25 February 2015

The Northeast Florida LGBT Leadership PAC has endorsed Republican Bill Bishop for mayor of Jacksonville and more than a dozen city council candidates who support LGBT equality. The organization filed their paperwork with Duval County earlier this month and announced their picks on Feb. 24 at City Hall. In addition to Bishop, the other candidates […]

March 3: A List Of Pro-LGBT Candidates On Tampa’s Ballot

Posted on 24 February 2015

Voters in Hillsborough County will head to the polls on Mar. 3 to pick a new Tampa mayor and city council. Equality Florida, the largest LGBT rights organization in Florida, has endorsed the following candidates: TAMPA CITY COUNCIL Mike Suarez (District 1) Yvonne Yolie Capin (District 3) Harry Cohen (District 4) Lisa Montelione (District 7) […]

Alabama Couple In Gay Marriage Case Still Can’t Adopt

Posted on 24 February 2015

MONTGOMERY, AL (AP) – The couple whose lawsuit overturned Alabama’s gay marriage ban is headed back to court after a probate judge again refused to grant their adoption petition. Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand filed the new lawsuit Tuesday against Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis. Searcy is seeking to be recognized as a legal […]

Study: Taking Pills Before, After Sex Can Help Prevent HIV

Posted on 24 February 2015

SEATTLE (AP) – For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men. The results offer hope of a more appealing way to help prevent the disease beyond taking daily pills and using condoms, although […]

Like Florida, Kentucky Has A Transgender Bathroom Bill

Posted on 24 February 2015

FRANKFORT (AP) – Kentucky’s state Senate voted Feb. 27 to force transgender students to use separate bathrooms in public schools, a move that recalled the dark days of segregation for some but for others represented a stand for privacy rights. The Senate voted 27-9 in favor of a bill that reversed a decision by Louisville’s […]

Arkansas Bans Local Anti-Bias Laws, Joins Tennessee

Posted on 23 February 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas on Monday banned local governments from expanding anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity, a move criticized by retail giant Wal-Mart and gay rights groups who said the prohibition damaged the state’s image. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson allowed legislation to go into law without his signature that […]

New Jacksonville LGBT Group To Endorse City Candidates

Posted on 23 February 2015

JACKSONVILLE — A newly formed political action group for LGBT rights will unveil its first-ever picks for Jacksonville mayor and city council tomorrow. Members of the Northeast Florida LGBT Leadership Political Action Committee said they will announce the endorsements on the steps of City Hall at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb 24. “After much deliberation […]

U.S. Names First Global Envoy For LGBT Rights

Posted on 23 February 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States named its first international envoy for gay rights Monday, tasking a veteran diplomat with leading U.S. efforts to fight violence and discrimination against LGBT individuals overseas. Randy Berry, currently the consul general in the Netherlands, will promote human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, Secretary of State […]

‘Transgender Bathroom Bill’ Comes Up For Vote On March 3

Posted on 23 February 2015

TALLAHASSEE — LGBT advovacy groups are gearing up for a legislative floor fight on March 3 over a House bill that would restrict all public, single-sex restrooms and dressing rooms to persons of that gender only. Introduced by Rep. Frank Artiles on Feb. 4 and dubbed the “Show Your Papers To Pee Bill”, HB-538 says […]

PHOTOS: Feb. 21 Art Walk On Wilton Drive

Posted on 23 February 2015

Chef Art Smith Hosts Mass Gay Wedding On Miami Beach

Posted on 22 February 2015

MIAMI BEACH (AP) – With a mix of elegance and irreverence, only celebrity chef Art Smith could round up his famous chef buddies, a sea of white orchids and a drag queen DJ to pull off a wedding ceremony Saturday for more than two dozen same-sex couples on Miami Beach. Smith, a Florida native and […]

PHOTOS: Feb. 19 Vigil For Kristina Gomez In Miami

Posted on 20 February 2015

Washington Florist Who Refused Gay Wedding To Appeal

Posted on 20 February 2015

SPOKANE, WA (AP) – A florist who refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding has rejected an offer from the Washington state attorney general to settle a discrimination case by paying a $2,000 fine and agreeing to sell bouquets for same-sex ceremonies in the future. “Our state would be a better place if we […]

Here’s A Look At Recent #LGBTQ Legislative Issues By State

Posted on 19 February 2015

NY Court: Not Disclosing HIV Before Sex Is Misdemeanor ALBANY (AP) – New York’s highest court says an HIV-positive man who told a partner that they could safely have unprotected sex should face a misdemeanor reckless endangerment charge, not a felony. The Court of Appeals says Terrance Williams didn’t expose his partner “out of any […]

Sunserve: Vital LGBTQ Assistance From Cradle To Grave

Posted on 19 February 2015

You are never without help here in South Florida because Sunserve, the largest LGBTQ social service agency in the area, is only a stones-throw away with a location in Wilton Manors and another on the campus of Sunshine Cathedral. It’s amazing what this mid-size organization with only 30 employees is able to offer. Want a […]

PSA: A UNIQUE PROGRAM TO HELP THOSE NEWLY DIAGNOSED WITH HIV/AIDS OR HAVE FALLEN OUT OF CARE

Posted on 19 February 2015

Care Resource’s Patient Connector program supports those clients in South Florida who are newly diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, have fallen out of medical care or are facing obstacles to engage in medical care, such as language barriers, literacy, mental health, substance abuse, financial issues, homelessness and relocation. This program not only provides these clients with the […]

Police Probe Death Of Transgender Woman In Miami-Dade

Posted on 19 February 2015

MIAMI — Miami-Dade police are treating the death of a local transgender woman as a homicide after her body was found in her Miami apartment on Sunday, Feb. 15. According to a police spokesman, the death of Kristina Gomez, who was also known by her stage name, Christina Grant Infiniti, was originally classified as a […]

Marriage Equality: The Times They Are A-Changin’

Posted on 19 February 2015

For the LGBT community at large, there is much to be happy about these days, particularly where same-sex marriage is concerned. It’s currently legal for gays and lesbians to be married in 37 states (and the District of Columbia). Raise the rainbow flag and celebrate. While it’s still illegal to perform same-sex unions in the […]

Here’s A Look At Recent #LGBT Legislative Action By State

Posted on 18 February 2015

Lawyers To Judge: Drop Stay In Arkansas Gay Marriage Case LITTLE ROCK (AP) – Lawyers for gay couples challenging Arkansas’ same-sex marriage ban want a federal judge to drop a stay she imposed while tossing the prohibition last year. In a court filing Wednesday, the lawyers cite recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions to not grant […]

Former Broward Deputy Sentenced For Immigrant Sex Acts

Posted on 18 February 2015

FORT LAUDERDALE — A former Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy accused of forcing undocumented immigrants into sex acts while on the job has pleaded guilty to 14 counts of armed false imprisonment, 15 counts of battery and four counts of stalking, in a case which has spanned seven years and over a dozen potential defendants. Thanks […]

Competitiveness: More Labor Needed To Avoid Biz As Usual

Posted on 18 February 2015

It’s a growing who’s who of Corporate Florida: office supplier Office Depot, cruise line Carnival Corporation, family restaurant chain Darden, Jacksonville-based health insurer Florida Blue, pro baskeball franchise Miami Heat, electric utility NextEra Energy, Clearwater-based Tech Data, banking giant Wells Fargo and grocer Winn Dixie — some of the 23 major employers throwing their collective […]

Man To Refuse Jury Duty In Protest Over Court Weddings

Posted on 18 February 2015

JACKSONVILLE — An openly gay man plans to take a stand against a recent decision by the clerk of courts to stop performing any more weddings at the Duval County Courthouse. Chuck Chapman will appear for jury duty on Feb. 24 to tell the judge that he will not serve because he feels uncomfortable in […]

Issue Of Gay Couple’s Pension Benefits Remains Unresolved

Posted on 18 February 2015

TALLAHASSEE — A gay couple who successfully sued the state of Florida over employee benefits were told they couldn’t change their pension plan, although Department of Management Services (DMS) officials said they were working to resolve the issue. “The DMS is developing a plan to contact all (Florida Retirement System) recipients and provide them necessary […]

PHOTOS: Political Fundraiser For Attorney Dean Trantalis

Posted on 18 February 2015

As I See It

Gay Parents Could Produce Biological Babies In Two Years

Posted on 26 February 2015

My husband Michael is a regular softy where babies are concerned. Not ALL babies, mind you. Just the blond, blue-eyed kind, who also happen to be twin boys. And as long as I’ve known him, Michael has long spouted his desire to add a pair of blond twins to our family “as soon as possible.” […]

Ask the Fitness Man

Why We Must Change the Way We Eat

Posted on 23 January 2015

This is the fifth in a series of interviews with Fort Lauderdale health, fitness and medical experts on topics pertinent to the LGBTQ community. Fort Lauderdale’s Melissa Binkley is a nutrition expert, certified Holistic Health and Transformation Coach, and an inspirational speaker. Melissa is a graduate of The Ohio State University as well as The Institute for Integrative Nutrition […]

Bartender of the Week

JC Mounduix: The Next Hurricane To Hit

Posted on 13 February 2015

At 22, JC Mounduix (mon-doo-icks) is no stranger to trying new things, jumping in headfirst and swinging through the forest of life screaming: “Live with no regrets!” And that he does. Raised in the Fuencarral neighborhood of Madrid, JC was born into a family with strictly conservative views. Feeling confined and unable to express his true […]

Breaking News

Wilton Manors Needs Better Event Planning, Group Says

Posted on 14 January 2015

Some key business leaders have approached the city of Wilton Manors about how to sponsor events more efficiently inside city limits. With the city funding and providing resources to organizations every year to assist with events, the Wilton Manors Development Alliance (WMDA) has proposed new ideas for more effective use of the same resources in […]

Business Directory

Meet the Intense Fitness Team

Posted on 05 June 2013

If your traditional gym just isn’t cutting it anymore, Intense Fitness might be just what your body is looking for. Located in Oakland Park, the private personal training establishment uses non-conventional equipment to give you a workout like never before. The facility offers up a variety of workout plans, covering weight loss, muscle growth or […]

Community Services

Sunserve: Vital LGBTQ Assistance From Cradle To Grave

Posted on 19 February 2015

You are never without help here in South Florida because Sunserve, the largest LGBTQ social service agency in the area, is only a stones-throw away with a location in Wilton Manors and another on the campus of Sunshine Cathedral. It’s amazing what this mid-size organization with only 30 employees is able to offer. Want a […]

Cover Story

GOP’s Erickson: Gay Rights Activists Like ISIS Extremists

Posted on 25 February 2015

Erick Erickson, the founder of RedStates.com and frequent Fox News contributor, wrote a column last week in which he compared gay rights campaigners to ISIS extremists. It would be easy to dismiss such incendiary words if Erickson were not arguably the most powerful conservative in America today. “In Denmark, France, and elsewhere we have seen […]

Dining

J. Mark’s Restaurant: Lick Your Lips Prime Rib

Posted on 24 October 2014

I entered through one of the glass wood-framed doors, and within a few steps, I’m prepared to be impressed. The host stand is a friendly place, with a Floor Manager usually standing nearby. The room is cleverly designed with a comfortable, edgy, contemporary, clean atmosphere. There’s lots of soft wood tones shedding just the right amount […]

Exclusive

Wilton Manors Sets Stonewall Pride Events For June 19-20

Posted on 04 February 2015

WILTON MANORS — Despite a series of announcements from Pride South Florida on its intentions to host a Pride Parade in Wilton Manors, the city has announced its own plan for the annual Stonewall Street Festival and Parade. The new and confirmed dates are Friday, June 19 for the twilight parade which will begin at […]

Featured Business

INTERVIEW: Gym-Now-Pizza & Wings Kingpin Bryan Nosal

Posted on 15 December 2014

By Cliff Dunn Riddle me this: How does one of the most-seen guys in the Gayborhood turn into the Invisible Man practically overnight? “Open a restaurant,” Bryan Nosal jokes. The owner of Kingpins Pizza & Wings in Wilton Manors is celebrating one year in business (okay, so it hasn’t been exactly “overnight”), and what a […]

Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Two Screenings in Advance of Fort Lauderdale Gay And Lesbian Film Festival

Posted on 28 August 2014

As a prelude to the 6th Annual Ft. Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (FGLFF) opening on October 10, organizers have announced two hilarious films to be shown at the Classic Gateway Theatre as part of the Festival’s GLOW series.  The films, “Such Good People” and “Cupcakes” will be screened at Fort Lauderdale’s Classic Gateway […]

Guilty Pleasures

The Ladies of ‘Lips’ Celebrate 5 Years

Posted on 06 November 2012

It’s hard to believe that it has been a whole five years since Lips Cabaret opened its doors in Oakland Park (1421 E Oakland Park Blvd).  Yvonne Lamé, the creator and founder of Lips, enjoys spilling the “skinny” on how it all began. “We started in New York City 16 years ago, and our concept […]

Health

Study: Taking Pills Before, After Sex Can Help Prevent HIV

Posted on 24 February 2015

SEATTLE (AP) – For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men. The results offer hope of a more appealing way to help prevent the disease beyond taking daily pills and using condoms, although […]

Left Coast

Conversion Is For Currencies, Not Sexual Orientation

Posted on 25 February 2015

My parents arrived at my apartment in West Los Angeles to visit. Today was the day, but not the kind of day they assumed or even wanted — a typical parent-child outing where we picked a place to have lunch at a cozy eatery in Fox Hills, a hilltop, tree-filled neighborhood near Culver City, just […]

Lifestyle

PHOTOS: Feb. 21 Art Walk On Wilton Drive

Posted on 23 February 2015

Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

People Who Need People: An Interview with Filmmaker Mikael Buch

Posted on 24 April 2013

In Finnish and French with English subtitles, the modern, campy farce “Let My People Go!” (Zeitgeist) follows  a young gay couple, Ruben (the elastic Nicolas Maury) and Teemu (Jarkko Niemi), as their relationship is threatened by a variety of outside influences. The first and greatest is that postman Ruben unwittingly finds himself in possession of about 200,000 Euros. This […]

Personal Coaching

Relationships: Can’t Live with them, Can’t Live Without Them

Posted on 19 March 2013

In the 1972 musical “Company,” Stephen Sondheim wrote “Isn’t Warm? Isn’t Rosy? Side by side/Ports in a storm, comfy and cozy/Side by side.” To this, I add: Not! Relationships: Whether we like it or “not,” we are the product of them, born into them and our lives defined by them. The word almost sounds soothing […]

Political Desk

Could LGBT Political Success Imperil Marriage Equality Ruling?

Posted on 29 March 2013

WASHINGTON, DC — With the justices of the Supreme Court considering how they will rule in the pair of separate cases concerning the question of gay marriage, a word of caution has been raised in some activist quarters that support marriage equality, counseling caution in trying to predict which way the high court will rule. […]

Special Events

Gay Film Festival Film Features Local Drag Stars

Posted on 09 October 2014

“South Beach on Heels,” a new film by Dmitry Zhiov, will be screened at the Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival on Sunday, October 12th at 9:30 p.m. The 80 minute documentary features drag stars of South Florida that many of us are familiar with, in interviews and stories of their lives and their […]

Special Report

Rick Scott Wins Re-Election as Governor; Gary Resnick Returns as Wilton Manors Mayor

Posted on 05 November 2014

After months of campaigning, three debates and millions of dollars spent on campaign advertising, Rick Scott won re-election by the smallest of margins. Scott earned 2,846,127 votes to opponent Charlie Crist’s 2,769,381 (48% to 47% of the vote in very low voter turn-out). Former Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat, conceded Florida’s close gubernatorial race against […]

Sunshine State

New LGBT Group In Jacksonville Endorses City Candidates

Posted on 25 February 2015

The Northeast Florida LGBT Leadership PAC has endorsed Republican Bill Bishop for mayor of Jacksonville and more than a dozen city council candidates who support LGBT equality. The organization filed their paperwork with Duval County earlier this month and announced their picks on Feb. 24 at City Hall. In addition to Bishop, the other candidates […]

The Scene

SHOPPING: Gucci, Prada, And Louis — At Haute Bargains

Posted on 14 February 2015

Doug Cureton loves consignment shopping but noticed there weren’t any stores exclusively for male clients in Wilton Manors. Realizing the need and the potential draw, he went to work setting up South Florida’s only upscale men’s consignment store. Located in the heart of Wilton Manors on the drive, Some Men Like it Haute sells men’s […]

The Week

THE WEEK: Wuthering Heights, Rebecca & The Tempest

Posted on 04 February 2015

2/5 Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte’s classic novel Wuthering Heights is turned into a theatrical production at the Kravis Center. On the lonely moors of northern England, ill-fated lovers Heathcliff and Catherine deal with the destructive effect of jealousy and vengefulness. Aquila Theatre’s signature style and skill at creating innovative and modern productions of great works […]

Theater

“Body Awareness” Will Blow You Away

Posted on 13 March 2013

“Body Awareness” Empire Stage 1140 N. Flagler Dr., Ft. Lauderdale (954) 678-1496 islandcitystage.org, empirestage.com smarttix.com Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 5:00pm, through April 7. $30.00 It’s been a long time since I was blown away by an evening of theater. Empire Stage’s production of the 2009 Drama Desk Award-winning “Body Awareness” is a […]

Travel

Gay Party Cruise Gets Turned Around At Sea After Incident

Posted on 12 February 2015

MIAMI – What was supposed to be a week-long joy ride to Mexico and the Caribbean turned into a near-death buzzkill at sea for almost 4,000 gay men from around the world. On Feb. 8, the RSVP Vacations’ 30th Anniversary Gay Cruise left Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, stopped in the Bahamas and was on […]

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