Pennsylvania State Senator Comes Out

Posted on 01 October 2014

A recent anti-gay beating in Philadelphia has prompted Pennsylvania lawmakers to take a new look at passing hate crime laws that include penalties when criminals target individuals’ sexual orientation and gender identity. During a press conference Tuesday advocating for the provisions, outgoing State Sen. Jim Ferlo (D) came out as gay. Ferlo asked to make […]

The Secret Life of Ken Keechl

Posted on 01 October 2014

Ken Keechl is running again for a seat on the Broward County board of commissioners representing District 4—the big swath of real estate that covers parts or all of Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hillsboro Beach, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Lighthouse Point, Oakland Park, Pompano Beach, and Sea Ranch Lakes and has more beach in it than any other […]

Freedom to Marry Launches a National TV ad

Posted on 29 September 2014

The equality rights organization Freedom to Marry has launched a 30-second commercial (below) that will start to air next week on cable TV. For more information, go to: www.freedomtomarry.org

Olympic Contract to Include Anti-Discrimination Clause

Posted on 27 September 2014

The International Olympic Committee has added an anti-discrimination clause to a contract that must be signed by the bidding cities for the 2022 Games. The clause states that “Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic […]

Kevin Miller’s Cartoons

Posted on 27 September 2014

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Wildlife Fair at the Keys this Weekend

Posted on 26 September 2014

Starting Saturday, September 27, the Florida Keys celebrate the peak of the fall birding season with a weeklong Birding and Wildlife Festival. Today’s Wildlife Festival is the premiere event, taking place at Curry Hammock State Park. Over 20 booths will celebrate the exciting wildlife a part of the Florida Keys. There will be a scavenger […]

Answers to 9/24/14 Puzzle

Posted on 26 September 2014

Catholic Church to Gay Couple: Divorce or Stay Away

Posted on 26 September 2014

LEWISTOWN, MT– Paul Huff and Tom Wojtowick has been in love for over 30 years, and since 2003 they have been active members of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church. Woitowick, 66, had served as the church’s organist for a time, while both Woitowick and Huff, 73, have sung in the choir. Not anymore. The […]

Egyptian Gay Marriage Video Actors Face Trial

Posted on 26 September 2014

CAIRO–Eight men arrested in Egypt for appearing in a “gay marriage” video that went viral on the Internet will face trial last Tuesday for inciting debauchery, judicial sources told the Agence France-Presse. Homosexuality is not included in a list of sexual offences explicitly outlawed by Egyptian law, but it can be punished under several different […]

Poll: Support for gay marriage drops

Posted on 26 September 2014

WASHINGTON, DC–A survey released Monday from the  DC-based Pew Research Center indicates American support for same-sex marriage could be leveling off slightly after several years of dramatic growth in acceptance of equal rights for gays and lesbians. According to the poll, 49% of Americans are in favor of allowing same-sex marriage and 41% opposed – a 5-point dip […]

Latest Marijuana Poll Suggests Victory for Amendment 2

Posted on 26 September 2014

CORAL GABLES—With slightly more than a month remaining until the Florida General Election on November 4, public support of Amendment 2, which makes the use of medical marijuana legal, is holding steady at 69 percent of likely Florida voters.  According to the latest poll numbers released by United for Care (unitedforcare.org), 28 percent of likely […]

Del Shores to Develop “A Very Sordid Wedding”

Posted on 25 September 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA–Award-winning writer, director, producer Del Shores (Southern Baptist Sissies, “Queer As Folk”, Blues For Willadean) has announced that his next feature film project will be A Very Sordid Wedding, a sequel to his 2001 gay cult classic film Sordid Lives. Bonnie Bedelia (“Parenthood”), Leslie Jordan (“Will & Grace”, “American Horror Story: Coven”) and Caroline […]

Ugandan Gay Activist Granted Asylum in US

Posted on 25 September 2014

BOSTON–John “Longjones” Abdallah Wambere, a prominent Ugandan gay activist for over 17 years, has been recommended for asylum in the United States. In a letter dated September 11, 2014, and just received by Agenda, the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services informed Wambere that his application was recommended for approval, pending a routine security check. “I […]

Poverello Now Accepting Board Nominations

Posted on 25 September 2014

WILTON MANORS, FL – Poverello, a non-profit organization that provides food, nutrition and wellness services for those living with HIV/AIDS, is now accepting board nominations for qualified individuals committed to guiding the group to its next level of success. Since 1988, Poverello has been a beacon of hope providing thousands of meals, regularly, to help feed men, women […]

Belle & Sebastian, David Gray and the Tea Cruise

Posted on 25 September 2014

9/25   Luke Bryan – Tampa Luke Bryan’s country music career began in the mid-2000s when he wrote songs for Travis Tritt and Billy Currington. He subsequently signed with Capitol Records and released a series of successful albums, including I’ll Stay Me, Doin’ My Thing, Tailgates and Tanlines, and Crash My Party. In 2013 he […]

Gay House Candidate Scott Herman, Advocate For Veterans, Seniors And LGBT

Posted on 24 September 2014

Scott Herman is a disabled war veteran, a charismatic speaker and the Democratic candidate for Florida House of Representatives for the 93rd District, which runs from the beach in Fort Lauderdale to NE 4Ave. in Wilton Manors, down to Port Everglades on the south and the Palm Beach County border on the north. The one-time […]

Kevin Miller Cartoons

Posted on 22 September 2014

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Auntie Mame Has Passed Away

Posted on 19 September 2014

Live! Live! Life’s a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!  – From the original musical “Mame.” And live is exactly what Ron Wayne did. Originally from Boston, Wayne haphazardly began his act as Auntie Mame on Duval Street in Key West when a man, dressed for Halloween, threw his red dress costume […]

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Posted on 19 September 2014

    Delicious, healthy and bursting with flavor. This is easy and you can make a double batch and freeze some, that you can whip out when you have surprise guests. Or just for yourself. You deserve it. A nice dry pinot grigio goes down absolutely fabulous with this.   4 big carrots 4 roasted […]

Philadelphia: City of Brotherly Hate?

Posted on 18 September 2014

Even though same-sex marriage is now legal in the state of Pennsylvania, gay bashing is still not technically a hate crime. That’s what State Rep. Brian Sims, the state’s first openly gay lawmaker, hopes to change after an incident on September 11 in which two gay men were held down and beaten by thugs while the […]

Legal Handbook for LGBT Floridians

Posted on 18 September 2014

The third edition of the “Legal Handbook for LGBT Floridians and Their Families” is available from Equality Florida. It is a valuable tool for all LGBT Florida residents who are interested in the latest changes in the legal status and requirements of domestic partnerships, marriages and divorces. Equality Florida makes this publication, authored by legal […]

Faced with an Uphill Battle, Anti-Gay Marriage Groups Go International

Posted on 18 September 2014

Things have not been going well for Brian Brown, the president of the National Organization for Marriage.  As court case after court case have been being ruled in favor of allowing same-sex marriage to proceed in various states across the country, the man who preaches the horrors and damage done by allowing same-sex couples to […]

Aqua Turns Ten

Posted on 18 September 2014

MIAMI–It’s not polite to ask a girl her age, but in the case of Aqua, who turns 10 on September 20, it’s a cause for celebration.  In this case, Aqua is the Aqua Foundation for Women, the women helping women non-profit started in 2004 by Alicia Apfel, Alison Burgos, Alyse McGowen, Cindy Brown, Elizabeth Schwartz, […]

Pirates, Comics, and Vaginas

Posted on 18 September 2014

9/18   Walk on White Monthly Art Stroll — Key West Art lovers enjoy a neighborhood gallery stroll on the third Thursday of every month on the Key’s White Street from Southard to United streets and onto Truman Avenue. The evening includes exhibitions and receptions at galleries, shops, and other venues. Some of the best […]

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE UPDATE BY STATE

Posted on 17 September 2014

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The Laughing Stock Known as Florida

Posted on 17 September 2014

Laughing stock. While I’m not quite sure what the official definition of the old term is, I’m sure by this point the state of Florida plays a predominant part in it somewhere. First, we have an eerie-looking governor named Scott (last name, not first) who says that he wouldn’t dream of discriminating against anyone—this while […]

Gay Murders in Paradise

Posted on 17 September 2014

Flagler Drive is one of those strange little streets in Fort Lauderdale that runs diagonally through a mostly industrial neighborhood of warehouses and storage facilities, intersecting Sunrise Boulevard just east of The Home Depot store. On Tuesday, September 9, a gay African-American man was inhumanly murdered in a townhouse on Flagler in the bedroom of […]

AGENDA EXCLUSIVE

The Secret Life of Ken Keechl

Posted on 01 October 2014

Ken Keechl is running again for a seat on the Broward County board of commissioners representing District 4—the big swath of real estate that covers parts or all of Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hillsboro Beach, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Lighthouse Point, Oakland Park, Pompano Beach, and Sea Ranch Lakes and has more beach in it than any other […]

ALERT!

Freedom to Marry Launches a National TV ad

Posted on 29 September 2014

The equality rights organization Freedom to Marry has launched a 30-second commercial (below) that will start to air next week on cable TV. For more information, go to: www.freedomtomarry.org

ALL-STAR WOMEN OF WILTON MANORS

Karen Carroll and Julie Slater: Chic Optique

Posted on 16 October 2013

Chic Optique is not your typical eyewear retail outlet. Yes they have many styles and price points available, but the real bread-winner is their friendly disposition. “It’s very important for us to give good customer service,” says co-owner Julie Slater. “We do adjustments and repairs for everyone that comes in for free, all the time. […]

As I See It

Gay House Candidate Scott Herman, Advocate For Veterans, Seniors And LGBT

Posted on 24 September 2014

Scott Herman is a disabled war veteran, a charismatic speaker and the Democratic candidate for Florida House of Representatives for the 93rd District, which runs from the beach in Fort Lauderdale to NE 4Ave. in Wilton Manors, down to Port Everglades on the south and the Palm Beach County border on the north. The one-time […]

ASK THE FITNESS MAN

Special Health Report: The Truth About Breakfast

Posted on 28 August 2014

More than of 65 percent of Americans are short-changing their health, fitness goals and optimal daily human performance by eating an unhealthy breakfast – or worse, not eating breakfast at all. Reviewing food diaries and helping clients improve their nutrition as part of my occupation gives me a first-hand perspective into how, what and when […]

Bar Guide

FLORIDA BAR GUIDE

Posted on 31 July 2012

FORT LAUDERDALE/WILTON MANORS ALIBI 2266 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Gayborhood tradition since 1997. Comfortable, inviting atmosphere with indoor video bars, outdoor drinking and dining. Drink specials all week, with mammoth 22-ounce Long Island Iced Teas for $3 on Thursdays. BILL’S FILLING STATION 2209 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors Videos, pool tables, dart boards, dance floor, happy […]

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 […]

Commentary

Letter from the Founder

Posted on 24 May 2014

I am thrilled to be able to announce the appointment of award-winning writer Richard Hack to the position of Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Agenda as well as editor-in-chief at Guy Magazine. I have known Richard for nearly a decade, and for much of that time, he has been a consultant to Multimedia Platforms LLC […]

Community Services

Bullying Problem? “Wishaphants” to the Rescue

Posted on 14 November 2012

The national bullying epidemic knows no age boundaries, with stories of its tragic consequences reported in the halls of higher learning (as witnessed by the Rutgers’ bullying/suicide) as well as on the playground. One man who has made a local commitment to bring the crusade against bullying to a younger segment is Norman Rea, the […]

Dining

Dream Wine Lounge

Posted on 11 July 2014

Dream Wine Lounge 1201 NE 26th St Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-565-8828 Dream Wine Lounge would be easy to overlook. It’s nestled in one of the storefronts in the massive Wilton Station complex and has little in the way of street presence. That’s a shame because this upscale wine, Champagne and sake bar is a welcome […]

Editorial Archive

Gigi Unchained

Posted on 24 July 2013

For some time now, two movie musicals gave me comfort and, simultaneously, a sense of horror. The musicals are “Gigi” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” What gives me comfort is obvious— the creativity, the beautiful melodies, etc. What horrified me were the plots and lyrics in a modern world context. I mean, if an […]

Entertainment

Wildlife Fair at the Keys this Weekend

Posted on 26 September 2014

Starting Saturday, September 27, the Florida Keys celebrate the peak of the fall birding season with a weeklong Birding and Wildlife Festival. Today’s Wildlife Festival is the premiere event, taking place at Curry Hammock State Park. Over 20 booths will celebrate the exciting wildlife a part of the Florida Keys. There will be a scavenger […]

Featured Business

Sweet Treasures: Bulk Candy Hits the Drive!

Posted on 13 February 2014

Sweet Treasures 2278 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors FL 33305 954-900-3867 There’s a secret hidden among the Reese’s Pieces and salted pistachio nuts at Sweet Treasures, the new candy, gift and card store in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors. A visit to this emporium of all things chocolate and tasty is a thrill ride of discovery. […]

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 […]

FOUNDER'S TALK SHOW

Thriving in South Florida: Laurie Whittaker and Jennifer Morales

Posted on 24 October 2013

  “Thriving In South Florida With Bobby Blair” is designed to empower and inspire readers. In each interview, I will be featuring members of our community who share their real stories of bravery, tenacity and a strong will to survive. Their dilemmas and hardships are ones to which we can all relate. Yet, in the […]

Guest Editorial

The Kiss Seen ‘Round the World

Posted on 20 May 2014

Michael Sam, the 6’ 2”, 255-pound defensive lineman from the University of Missouri, made National Football League history by becoming the first openly gay athlete to be drafted by the NFL several weeks back. As if that weren’t enough to get our attention, the African American celebrated the moment by kissing his white boyfriend, former […]

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

Five Habits That Will Keep You Fit and Buffed

Posted on 24 July 2014

As a fitness trainer and gym owner, I’m often asked the same questions: “How can I stay fit? What’s the best way to lose weight and gain muscle?  How often must I work out?” All of these questions are valid and I can’t offer easy answers. Once more, there is a lot of conflicting information […]

HOW TO Issue - 2013

HOW TO…Get the Most—and Save the Most Money—from the Home Buying Process

Posted on 27 February 2013

By CARL MARZOLA, CIPS, CRS, CBR, Master Broker There’s a reason that buying a home is one of the most important elements comprising the “American Dream” (even for people who live in other countries). For many people, this exciting event is a hallmark of having “arrived,” of reaching a major one of life’s cornerstone. There’s […]

jean's kitchen

Artichauts à la Barigoule

Posted on 28 August 2014

Artichauts à la Barigoule or Artichoke Hearts Stewed in Olive Oil is a typical Provençal dish and this recipe comes from Vero’s Aunt Lilian, who would buy her veggies from the local market in “Bormes-les-Mimosas,” the most beautiful small Provençal village in the south of France. Drink an ice cold dry Rosé wine with this […]

Love Jones

Precious Pumpkins and Devilish Gifts: The Story of a Boy Named Jack

Posted on 24 October 2012

By JUSTIN JONES Hey there! I’m going to hollow out a piece of fruit, carve a face into it, shove some fire inside it, and name it after you. Gather ’round, kiddies, and let me tell you a story about a boy named Jack who had this very thing happen to him. Before we begin […]

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 […]

OPINION

Kevin Miller’s Cartoons

Posted on 27 September 2014

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Passages

In Memory of John Thomas Fuller

Posted on 12 February 2014

John Thomas Fuller, born December 22, 1970, passed away on Monday morning due to a massive heart attack. Originally from Chicago, Mr. Fuller worked at The Field Museum, Macy’s, and Robin’s Chiropractic Center to name a few. The youngest of six, Mr. Fuller was one the faces of the community in Wilton Manors. He frequented […]

Passages

Joan Rivers Dead at 81

Posted on 04 September 2014

Popular comedian Joan Rivers has died. Her daughter Melissa has posted the following statement: “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount […]

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. […]

Puzzle

Answers to 9/24/14 Puzzle

Posted on 26 September 2014

Q&A

Grand Stand: Steve Grand Talks About His Massive Kickstarter Success

Posted on 22 April 2014

Once in a great while, I get the opportunity to talk to someone who is at the beginning of their career and on the path towards a meteoric rise. Gay singer/songwriter Steve Grand is one of those people. I was fortunate enough to speak with him in July 2013 as he was making national headlines […]

Q-Point

New Fence at ‘Shoppes of Wilton Manors’ Doesn’t Equate to Good Neighbor Policy

Posted on 05 April 2013

Editor’s Note: On April 4, 2013, Doug Blevins, a Wilton Manors resident and former President of Wilton Manors Main Street (now the Wilton Manors Development Alliance) sent the following email to Mike Durham, who manages the Shoppes of Wilton Manors for the owner, Rivercrest Properties, concerning the new fence that has been installed around the […]

Real Estate

Is This a Buyer’s or Seller’s Market?

Posted on 26 March 2013

It appears that right now in South Florida, we have both a buyer’s and seller’s real estate market at the same time, although record low levels of inventory will eventually lead us more towards a stronger seller’s market.  Real estate, like any market, is driven by supply and demand, and “supply” in real estate is […]

SEXCAPADES

Sex Happens: An Interview with Dr. Leight

Posted on 13 November 2013

Before I met with Dr. Arlen Leight, I didn’t know much about sexologists. I’ve read some advice columns from sexologists, but that was as far as I got. The dentist-turned-sexologist known as Dr. Leight has just released a book for “any gay men at a crossroads in their relationships,” titled Sex Happens. Dr. Leight sat […]

SPECIAL EDITIONS

Gifts for Travelers

Posted on 19 December 2013

Anyone who’s flown on a plane with a screaming kid (is there ever a flight without one?) will recognize the value of Bose QuietComfort 20i noise cancelling headphones. Priced at $300, its noise cancelling rivals full-sized headphones and it takes up almost no room. There’s an in-line mic/remote for music and call functions and “aware” […]

Special Events

Poverello’s Give Out Day

Posted on 14 May 2014

Wilton Manors, FL – Last year, Poverello provided food to nearly 2,600 low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS. The center provided over 1.5 million meals from their “specialty food pantry account.” “We need your help as federal funding is being debated and may very well impact the amount of food that Poverello can provide to our […]

Special Feature

Gays Not Getting Tested for HIV

Posted on 01 October 2014

MENLO PARK, CA – More than thirty years into the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and at a time when infections among gay and bisexual men are on the rise in the U.S., a new national survey of gay and bisexual men by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) finds that though HIV/AIDS is named as the number one […]

Special Report

Shuttle Service Between Fort Lauderale and Wilton Manors Starts this Weekend

Posted on 09 January 2014

On Monday, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce announced a free shuttle service that will run Friday and Saturday nights between Wilton Manors and Fort Lauderdale Beach. Beginning Friday, January 10, a complimentary shuttle (provided by FAB2GO) will change the lives of tourists (and those living near the beach) forever. The […]

Sunshine State

And The 2014 “Pink Flamingo Awards” Go To …

Posted on 26 September 2014

MIAMI BEACH-–A performance artist spray painted flamingoes onto the stage backdrop as nearly 300 guests flocked to the 2nd Annual “Pink Flamingo Awards” ceremony, which honored the community’s favorites in 21 hospitality-related categories and benefited the LGBT Visitor Center in Miami Beach. Determined by online voting of nearly 5,000 South Florida residents and tourists, pink […]

THE WEEK

Belle & Sebastian, David Gray and the Tea Cruise

Posted on 25 September 2014

9/25   Luke Bryan – Tampa Luke Bryan’s country music career began in the mid-2000s when he wrote songs for Travis Tritt and Billy Currington. He subsequently signed with Capitol Records and released a series of successful albums, including I’ll Stay Me, Doin’ My Thing, Tailgates and Tanlines, and Crash My Party. In 2013 he […]

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

Atlanta: It’s a Peach

Posted on 26 June 2014

While Atlanta’s Pride festival doesn’t take place until October, you might want to head up there for a long weekend at the end of June and catch Rainbow Days at Six Flags Over Georgia on June 28. It’s just a little over an eight-hour drive to Atlanta. Round trip airfares from Fort Lauderdale run about […]

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