Category | Sunshine State

Orlando’s Parliament House Declares Bankruptcy

Posted on 29 July 2014

Parliament House, an iconic gay resort and entertainment, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on last Friday citing $15.5 million in debt. Ironically, the resort is in the middle of celebrating its 39th year anniversary. According to bankruptcy attorney Scott Shuker, the 4.5-acre complex defaulted on loans during the recession in 2009 and has been locked […]

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Florida Keys Not Open for Same-Sex Weddings Quite Yet

Posted on 24 July 2014

KEY WEST, FL—With all the hoopla over the court victory at the hands of Judge Luis Garcia, there has been the expected stream of phone calls to Key West businesses about scheduling wedding events in the Southern most land in the continental US. Guy Ross, executive director of the Key West Business Guild, says finality […]

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SKYY Vodka Links with Freedom to Marry at Alibi

Posted on 24 July 2014

SKYY Vodka and Freedom to Marry will host a series of events across the country to raise awareness and funds for Freedom to Marry.  Events will be held in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Columbus, Chicago, New Orleans, Houston, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and of course Fort Lauderdale. Freedom to Marry is an American coalition committed to […]

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Diner-By-The-Sea Gets Own Reality Show

Posted on 16 July 2014

LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, FL—The television cameras were rolling this past Monday at Diner-By-the-Sea, following longtime servers and friends Arlene Hames and Nancy Pisarzewski who have since left on a trip of a lifetime. The pair was selected as guests on the Swiss TV show “Jobtausch” (“Job Swap” in English) in which employees exchange jobs for a week. […]

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Hillsborough County Heads toward Anti-Discrimination

Posted on 16 July 2014

TAMPA, FL — It’s been nearly 20 years since Hillsborough County Commissioners voted to exclude homosexuals from a county ordinance providing civil rights protections. Last year, the commissioners seemed to move more toward a liberal view when they voted to repeal a ban on country promotions at gay pride events and festivals. The historic vote […]

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Metropica to Become “City Within a City”

Posted on 16 July 2014

SUNRISE, FL—The “city within a city” announced this week by Sunrise, Florida, will provide gays with creative expression and job security. Called Matropica, the megaproject will have enough space to hold 11 Wal-Marts and 2,300 condos. According to information provided by the development company, K-Group Holdings, Metropica is 65-acre, mixed-use development project that is positioned […]

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Orlando Considers Transgender Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

Posted on 09 July 2014

ORLANDO, FL—The Orlando City Council has taken under consideration a new ordinance that would formally ban discrimination of all transgender individuals. If passed, the ordinance would add those who identify as transgender from being denied jobs or promotions, renting apartment, homes and condos, or being refused service in bars, restaurants, nightclubs or hotels by Orlando […]

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Key West Bartenders Await Marriage Ruling

Posted on 09 July 2014

“I will not be issuing an order from the bench today,” Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia said as he opened the hearing for summary judgment in Florida’s latest same-sex marriage case. Key West bartenders Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones had hoped to marry immediately following any ruling. Together for 11 years, Huntsman and […]

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Same-Sex Marriage Legal Battle Before Florida Judge Today

Posted on 02 July 2014

MIAMI, FL – On Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m., the legal fight for equal marriage rights in the state of Florida will face its first hearing before Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel. The judge will hear a motion on a lawsuit filed by gay and lesbian couples in January that claims that the state’s ban […]

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Fort Lauderdale Mayor in Hot Seat

Posted on 01 July 2014

The following exchange was sent by HIV activist Marc Paige to Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler and back. Dear Mayor Seiler: I was one of the speakers last night prior to the Fort Lauderdale Commission’s vote on a resolution to support marriage equality. As a married gay man (July 18, 2013 in Massachusetts), I was […]

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