South Florida: AQUA Men Party Canceled
When the Aqua Foundation For Women’s Executive Director, Robin Schwartz, created Aqua Men, she did so in order to encourage more involvement between men and women in the gay community.
Over the decade, AFW has produced the AQUA Girl party that welcomes thousands of lesbian, bisexual and transgender women to Miami Beach for a week-long celebration featuring nightclub events, film, and comedy. According to the Aqua Girl website, all proceeds benefit AFW, which funds LBT organizations in South Florida, and has awarded over $369,000 in grants and scholarships.
“Sometimes because our name has ‘women’ in it, men may automatically think there is no place for them at Aqua; but there is,” stated Schwartz. “Aqua is fortunate to have many great guys support us, but I would like to see more men do so.”
SFGN has learned that the AQUA Men party that was to take place at the Shore Club in Miami Beach has been canceled due to what Schwartz describes as an inappropriate sound level for the event.
“After being assured the sound was good, we found out the sound level at the Shore Club is not appropriate for this event. My contact had assured me it was and only on Friday (Nov. 2) did I find out it could be an issue,” Schwartz said.
Schwartz went on to say that she and the DJ for the event, DJ Pride, visited the venue Sunday Nov. 4 and the sound was “way too low”. She added that the Shore Club is not willing to add speakers or do anything different in sound because the club is dealing with issues with a nearby hotel, The Satai.
Schwartz wanted to stress that the Shore Club has been great to Aqua.
“They are only trying to protect their business but without their cooperation to correct the sound we cannot move forward,” she said.
Schwartz said that AFW is aiming to hold the AQUA Men event in early 2013.
“The goal to bring men and women together is still high on our list. This speed bump will not stop us from moving forward.”