Mormons Publicly Back LGBT Rights For The First Time

Posted on 27 January 2015

For the first time, Mormon church leaders announced general support for legislation to protect LGBT people in areas such as housing and employment – as long as accommodations are made to protect the freedom of religious people who oppose such measures. “We must all learn to live with others who do not share the same […]

Packed House Greets Finance Guru Suze Orman In Boca

Posted on 27 January 2015

BOCO RATON — More than 1,000 people turned out to hear lesbian financial advisor and media superstar Suze Orman speak at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton. The panel discussion centered on civil rights for Florida’s LGBT community now that same-sex marriage has become legal in the state. “For the first time in my history […]

Social Security Recognizes Florida Gay Marriage Licenses

Posted on 27 January 2015

TALLAHASSEE — The Social Security Administration has now updated its website to officially recognize marriage licenses of same-sex couples in Florida. This means that state marriage licenses issued or recognized as of January 5, 2015 can now be used to obtain a legal name change on a social security card. This recently issued federal directive […]

GOP Lawmaker Introduces New Medical Marijuana Bill

Posted on 27 January 2015

TALLAHASSEE–Republican lawmaker Rep. Jeff Brandes from St. Petersburg has introduced a bill that would legalize medical marijuana and specify what health conditions could be treated. The Florida Medical Marijuana Act would authorize a doctor to use medicinal marijuana to treat patients afflicted with specific illnesses, including cancer, epilepsy, AIDS, ALS, Crohn’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. […]

Fidel Castro Breaks Silence on Warming U.S.-Cuba Relations

Posted on 27 January 2015

HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro ended his long silence over his country’s decision to restore diplomatic ties with the United States, writing that he backs the negotiations even though he distrusts politics in Washington. The comments were the first by the 88-year-old revolutionary leader on the talks with the U.S. since […]

Grassroots Coalition Pushes Workplace Discrimination Bill

Posted on 27 January 2015

TALLAHASSEE — A coalition of business leaders, lawmakers, faith leaders, LGBT community leaders and concerned residents has united to reform the state’s current non-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. The coalition, Florida Competes, is campaigning on behalf of a bill currently making its way through the state legislature. The Florida […]

Johnson Becomes Florida’s Top Corporate Recruiter

Posted on 27 January 2015

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Miami-Dade’s veteran port chief to head up Florida’s economic-development arm. Bill Johnson will lead Enterprise Florida and become the state’s top corporate recruiter, despite having no direct recruiting experience. Johnson replaces the out-going and enormously popular Gray Swoope as not only the CEO of Enterprise Florida, but also […]

FPL To Install 1 Million Solar Panels By End Of 2016

Posted on 26 January 2015

On the heels of a recent announcement by Floridians For Solar Choice to put solar energy reform before voters in 2016, the state’s largest utility, Florida Power & Light, said it plans to install more than one million solar panels in the next 24 months, tripling its current solar capacity to nearly 335 megawatts from […]

Study: Florida Leads Most U.S. States On Income Inequality

Posted on 26 January 2015

A new study by a Washington-based think tank ranks Florida fourth among all U.S. states in terms of income inequality, with the top one percent earning 43.3 times as much (on average) as the bottom 99 percent. In 2012, the average income of the top one percent of Floridians was $1.49 million, while the average […]

Lesbian Couple Behind Alabama’s Gay Marriage Case

Posted on 26 January 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The couple whose lawsuit toppled Alabama’s gay marriage ban said they are grateful, overjoyed and still a little a bit in disbelief. “We are still trying to take it all in. It’s overwhelming. We’re very grateful. Wow. It happened,” Kim McKeand said. Cari Searcy and McKeand, along with their 9-year-old son, […]

GOP Targets States Ahead of High Court Marriage Ruling

Posted on 26 January 2015

ATLANTA (AP) — A Texas lawmaker would strip the salaries from government officials who honor same-sex marriage licenses. Other states would protect government officials who opt out of performing gay nuptials. In Georgia, where lawmakers are considering a bill that critics fear could allow businesses to discriminate against gay customers, the former head of the […]

Alabama Gay Marriage Ban Overturned; 14-Day Stay Issued

Posted on 26 January 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has put a temporary hold on her decision that overturned Alabama’s gay marriage ban, but indicated she will soon answer a key question: Must state probate judges issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples when the stay is lifted? U.S. District Judge Callie V. S. Granade on Sunday refused […]

Sidelines Sports Bar Battles Landlord

Posted on 23 January 2015

Last Sunday, as the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks were winning their respective division championships to score a spot in the Super Bowl XLIX game (February1, 2015), there was a war of the off-turf sort about to start at 2031 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors, home to Sidelines Sports & Video Bar. As you […]

High Court Tackles Gay Marriage: What You Need to Know

Posted on 23 January 2015

By Richard Hack In a stunning turn of events, and after years of declining to rule on the issue of same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court last Friday agreed to rule on the power of the states to ban same-sex marriages and to refuse to recognize such marriages performed in another state. While just how the […]

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 […]

U.S.-Cuba Normalization Talks Underway in Havana

Posted on 22 January 2015

HAVANA (AP) — The United States and Cuba began laying out the path to normalized ties Thursday as the highest-level U.S. delegation to the communist island in more than three decades held a second day of talks in Havana. Officials from both countries described the morning session as cordial, straightforward and focused on the details […]

Multimedia Platforms Goes Public; Buys FunMaps

Posted on 21 January 2015

FORT LAUDERDALE — Publicly-traded Sports Media Entertainment Corp. has changed its name to Multimedia Platforms Inc. (MMP) after signing a definitive agreement to acquire MMP, a multimedia technology and publishing company targeting the multi-billion dollar LGBT market. MMP delivers news, entertainment and advertising to LGBT businesses and consumers in Florida and the United States. The […]

Obama includes ‘LGBT’ in State of the Union speech

Posted on 21 January 2015

Editor’s Note: Here is the text of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Jan. 20. The references to same-sex marriage and L-G-B-T are in bold: ___ Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, my fellow Americans: We are 15 years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching […]

Newlywed Dads From Hollywood To Attend Obama Speech

Posted on 20 January 2015

WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) has invited newlyweds Todd and Jeff Delmay of Hollywood to attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address tonight. The Delmay’s were the second couple in Florida to marry on Jan. 5 when Judge Sarah Zabel in Miami-Dade removed her stay on legalizing same-sex marriage. The couple […]

Dolphin Democrats Endorse Candidates in March Elections

Posted on 19 January 2015

WILTON MANORS–The Dolphin Democrats, Florida’s oldest LGBT political organization, has endorsed several candidates running for office in Broward County’s upcoming municipal elections on March 10. “We believe that each of these dedicated public servants are strong advocates of not only the LGBT community, but of all people,” the group said in a statement: Dean Trantalis […]

Gay Men’s Chorus To Hold 29th Anniversary Fundraiser

Posted on 19 January 2015

FORT LAUDERDALE — The Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus (FLGMC) is holding a fund raising event this Sunday, Jan. 25. The event will be held at Mojo Restaurant, 4140 N. Federal Highway and begins at 5:00 p.m. with appetizers and cocktails, followed by a three-course dinner at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for the event are $95 […]

U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Gay Marriage Case; Decide By July

Posted on 16 January 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is getting back in the marriage business. The justices agreed Friday to decide a major civil rights question: whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution. The court will take up gay-rights cases that ask it to overturn bans in four states and […]

Gambian President Calls Homosexuals an ‘Evil Empire’

Posted on 15 January 2015

BANJUL, Gambia — His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya Abdul-Aziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh Naasiru Deen Babili Mansa is at it again. The president of Gambia gave a speech last Saturday in which he stated that homosexuals are part of an “evil empire” and will doom the world. During his speech, delivered in Banjul to […]

My Husband’s Not Gay–or Is He?

Posted on 15 January 2015

Last Sunday, The Learning Channel (TLC) aired a special titled My Husband’s Not Gay which offended on so many levels that it managed to generate a pre-broadcast petition from Change.org that attempted to get the show cancelled before its broadcast. The petition was the brainchild of Josh Sanders of Virginia Beach, VA, who feels that […]

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 […]

Brevard Couple Adds Married Name to Driver’s Licenses

Posted on 14 January 2015

Two Brevard County men received new driver’s licenses with their married name today after suing the state of Florida for refusing to honor their out-of-state marriage. Scott Wall-DeSousa and Daniel Wall-DeSousa walked out of the county tax collector’s office in Palm Bay with new driver’s licenses bearing their new hyphenated last name. Daniel Wall-DeSousa stopped […]

Anti-Gay Marriage Bill Would Punish Texas Employees

Posted on 13 January 2015

AUSTIN, TX — A new Republican proposal in the Texas state legislature would strip state employees of their salaries if they recognize same-sex marriages. Although Judge Orlando Garcia ruled against the state’s marriage ban last February, he subsequently stayed his ruling allowing for the appeals process to be completed. Currently, the case is being heard […]

Only One Pride Weekend In 2015, Group Says, on June 13-14

Posted on 13 January 2015

The organization behind gay pride has announced that it will host only one weekend of events in Broward County this year on June 13-14. Pride South Florida will hold an outdoor festival in Fort Lauderdale’s Holiday Park on Saturday followed by the Stonewall Parade down Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors on Sunday afternoon. Both events […]

Tiffany & Co. Runs Its First Same-Sex Marriage Ad

Posted on 13 January 2015

NEW YORK, NY — For the first time, iconic jeweler Tiffany & Co. is featuring a same-sex couple in an advertising campaign for engagement rings. Linda Buckley, Tiffany’s vice president for North American marketing, said that the two men featured in the ad are not professional models, but in fact are a real-life Manhattan couple […]

As I See It

Sidelines Sports Bar Battles Landlord

Posted on 23 January 2015

Last Sunday, as the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks were winning their respective division championships to score a spot in the Super Bowl XLIX game (February1, 2015), there was a war of the off-turf sort about to start at 2031 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors, home to Sidelines Sports & Video Bar. As you […]

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

Aaron Adams Of Hunters

Posted on 22 December 2014

By Cliff Dunn I wouldn’t exactly say that seeing Aaron Adams incites your “fight or flight” response (granted, there are probably a few other responses that he incites at first glance, but that’s my business). At first blush, it’s possible to think that the friendly and popular bartender at Hunters Fort Lauderdale nightclub would take […]

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

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 […]

Cover Story

High Court Tackles Gay Marriage: What You Need to Know

Posted on 23 January 2015

By Richard Hack In a stunning turn of events, and after years of declining to rule on the issue of same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court last Friday agreed to rule on the power of the states to ban same-sex marriages and to refuse to recognize such marriages performed in another state. While just how the […]

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

Latest Cuban Propaganda: Raül Castro Favors Gay Marriage

Posted on 31 December 2014

By Richard Hack The Castro family business known as Cuba has made great strides in the “handling” of homosexuals in this Communist country since the 60s and 70s when gays and lesbians were imprisoned in labor camps. Now they’ve been placed under the watchful eye of Mariela Castro, president Raül Castro’s daughter and niece to […]

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

Health Insurer Humana Cuts HIV Drug Prices for Members

Posted on 23 December 2014

By RICHARD HACK / TALLAHASSEE, Fl. —Florida’s Office of Insurance Regulation signed an agreement with Humana, the nationwide health provider, to reduce HIV/AIDS drug prices in the state for its members. Previously, Humana expected its members to pay 40-50 percent of the drugs costs. That amount has now been capped to 10 percent. “This is […]

Lifestyle

Photographer Loves All Things Cuba, Especially Its Men

Posted on 13 January 2015

By Daniel Hicks With the Cuban embargo slowly but surely disintegrating after more than 50 years, 45-year-old Kevin Slack from Hagersville, Canada has become one of the first photographers to shoot some of the island’s most beautiful men. Slack traveled far from his one-stoplight town where he grew up as a farmer’s son, in a […]

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

Dolphin Democrats Endorse Candidates in March Elections

Posted on 19 January 2015

WILTON MANORS–The Dolphin Democrats, Florida’s oldest LGBT political organization, has endorsed several candidates running for office in Broward County’s upcoming municipal elections on March 10. “We believe that each of these dedicated public servants are strong advocates of not only the LGBT community, but of all people,” the group said in a statement: Dean Trantalis […]

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

Packed House Greets Finance Guru Suze Orman In Boca

Posted on 27 January 2015

BOCO RATON — More than 1,000 people turned out to hear lesbian financial advisor and media superstar Suze Orman speak at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton. The panel discussion centered on civil rights for Florida’s LGBT community now that same-sex marriage has become legal in the state. “For the first time in my history […]

The Scene

Check Out What’s Happening in Key West on New Year’s Eve

Posted on 30 December 2014

FLORIDA KEYS (fla-keys.com) — New Year’s Eve celebrations in the Florida Keys traditionally feature balmy temperatures and a warm welcome for revelers fleeing colder climes. From beachside fireworks where overcoats and gloves aren’t allowed, to wacky takeoffs on the traditional ball drop in New York’s Times Square, the island chain offers visitors a wealth of […]

The Week

THE WEEK: Orlando, Tampa & Miami

Posted on 23 December 2014

ORLANDO 12/26 The Book of Mormon The popular touring production of The Book of Mormon continues its trek across Florida, having been previously been performed in Miami and then West Palm Beach. Tonight it begins a one-week stay in Orlando. Lampooning both the Mormon religion and traditional Broadway musicals, The Book of Mormon has received […]

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

Vivid Vancouver

Posted on 29 November 2014

It’s not as if anyone needs a reason to stay in Vancouver. The mild winter makes it a perfect place to visit to get in the holiday spirit. It turns out though that in the next few months, there are plenty of reasons to head to Canada’s west coast. When it comes to holiday traditions, […]

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