• Short Story: Camping On The High Seas

    In 1956 I was just 16 when I completed my training and enlisted in the British Merchant Navy. I already suspected I was gay but had a rather romantic and unrealistic view of life. I had a steady girl friend and believed I should wait and see how things would turn out.

  • Short Story: From the Corner You Can See the Bay

    I didn't remember the conversation until after he was dead and cremated. It had been so off-handed and whimsical at the time. Neither of us was going to die right away. We were going to retire in maybe a year -two at the outside. Sell the house and go to Northern California and live in a rented house on the Russian River. Lung cancer had metastasized throughout his body, the oncologist said, spread to the bone and later to the brain and the other vital organs. Three months from diagnosis to cremation.

  • Short Story: One Dog Day Night IN the Himmarshee Zone

    They call them the 'dog days' of summer…you know, the way man's best friend has of just lying around in the shade doing nothing from about June to November. For us humans it's like waking up hot in the morning because the sun is seeping in through the blinds and is making you sweat even though your air conditioner is set at 75 degrees. The sheets feel kind of clammy and your skin feels about the same as the sheets. You don't want to get out of bed and go to work, assuming that you're the kind of person who has a job to go to. Or if you're idle, like me, you don't want to get up because you have no schedule.

  • Should LGBT Travelers Spend Their Dollars in the Caribbean?

    This summer, Floridian ports will be jam packed with visitors from around the world eager to hit the seas and head to the Caribbean.

  • Singer Aiden Leslie’s Talks Up New Single

    Aiden Leslie’s hot new single, “Nobody Said” is another of the out singer/songwriter’s self-described “diary entries.” In a Skype session from New York, the Cincinnati-born performer discussed his song, which stemmed from a breakup.

  • Singer Ralph Solo Talks Up New Single/Album To The Mirror

    Raph Solo is an out British musician whose work comes from a very personal place. His new single, “Glass of Wine,” from his recent album “Am I Too Much?” address his coming to terms with being gay and finding true love. While his single has an upbeat tempo, Solo shows his considerable range on his new album. He chatted with The Mirrorabout being gay, and making music.

  • SoBe Fest Founder Explores South’s Greatest Delicacy: Fried Chicken

    Brined, battered, double battered, bathed in buttermilk and slathered in secret sauce. Everyone loves fried chicken and there are countless ways to prepare this distinctly American dish.

  • Something’s Cooking in the Kitchen

    The Mirror interviews Ronnie Woo

  • Soviet Style Sexual Repression, Here at Home

    In a piece that Russian lawmakers might very well call “gay propaganda,” The Mirrorbrings you nine U.S. states that have similar anti-gay laws — or what Russian lawmakers would approvingly nod their heads at.

  • Steve Glassman: From Retirement To New Gay Commissioner

     (Mirror) For the last 10 years, Steve Glassman was officially retired. Today, he’s a Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner. Glassman was always active in civic engagement and community politics. For nearly 20 years, he watched almost every meeting of the planning and zoning committee. But last year, he saw an opportunity.

  • Swooning Over Matt Zarley

    A star is not always made out in Hollywood… Sometimes they are just born. This is the case with Matt Zarley, who Billboard Magazine stated, “Stunning. A marquee mainstream artist is born.”

  • Tattoo You. A Brief History Of ‘Tats’

    Once upon a time, in the early 80s, I was in Brazil with my boss and our local sales rep who, during a weekend, took us to the famous Copacabana Beach for sun, fun and people watching. Somehow the conversation turned to tattoos and our rep, a right wing homophobe at best, suddenly said, "People with tattoos are just criminals who belong in jail.”

  • Television and Film: Stonewall is the Fall's Must See Movie

    The fall television schedule offers viewers much more the same fare: increasingly ludicrous reality series and low budget game shows. One pleasant return is the third season of “Please Like Me,” on Pivot. Created by Australian Josh Thomas, the series is a poignant coming of age story about the trials of a young gay man. A great alternative to the latest “Real Housewives” franchise.

  • The ‘Sex Positive’ Revolution

    What is sex positivity?

  • The Best LGBT Books

    Dan Savage, Jackie Collins, and William Klaber

  • The Best of Regional Theater

    Broward County is seeing a resurgence in regional theater this fall. Slow Burn Theatre Co., the resourceful troupe that has built a strong reputation bringing new life to the quirky musicals that didn’t do so well the first time around on Broadway, is moving from West Boca High School to the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater. The first production in their new home is the stage adaptation of the film, “Big Fish,” Oct. 22 – Nov. 8. Tickets and more information at BrowardCenter.org.

  • The Coupe Scoop: Now These Cars Ain’t for Everybody, Only the Sexy People

    Wanna look butch? Get a truck. Wanna be seen? Get a convertible. But if you want to look sexy, get yourself a coupe.

  • The Day I Met Harvey Milk

    On May 21, 2014, I was honored to be in attendance at the White House ceremony when our nation released a United States postage stamp honoring Harvey Milk, a gay man who became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, when he spectacularly won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

  • The Equality Act Isn’t a New Thing

    It was first introduced in to Congress in 1974

    It’s been more than a year since LGBT Floridians celebrated marriage equality in the state, but the fight for equality still rages on.

    It was also last year that the Equality Act was introduced in Congress, filled with eager goals for LGBT Americans to be able to live free from discrimination. 

    “The Equality Act is definitely historic, but not unprecedented,” pointed out Chris Rudisill, the new executive director at the Stonewall National Museum and Archives.

    It all began on May 14, 1974, when Democratic Reps. Bella Abzug and Ed Koch brought forth the Equality Act of 1974 to the House of Representatives, which would make it illegal to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation.

    “Hopes were actually high, even in a time prior to any previous pro-LGBT equality legislation,” Rudisill said, noting that the early ‘70s were a time of great civil rights fervor in the country, namely for gay rights.

    The Stonewall Riots kicked up the movement in 1969 and various grassroots advocacy groups were hitting the streets in newsworthy protests and “zaps.” However, despite their efforts and the interest in gay rights nationally, the bill failed to make it past the committee. Various versions of the bill would be resurrected three more times in 1975, but still failed.

    Twenty years later, in 1994, congressmen tried another angle to give equality to LGBT people through the Employment Non Discrimination Act. Every year it has been brought forward -- save for two years during President George W. Bush’s administration -- and every year it failed. Rudisill noted that it had the best chance of passing in 2007, but only if gender identity had been removed from the bill.

    According to the Human Rights Campaign, 63 percent of LGBT Americans have experienced discrimination in the workplace, so ENDA would prove to be vital. Currently, only 19 states have protections for LGBT people in the workplace, namely states in the West and Northeast.

    In July 2015, the Equality Act was resurrected from the history books by Democratic Rep. David Cicilline. After all, LGBT people deserve equality on all fronts, not just in the workplace. The new bill expands upon the famed Civil Rights Act of 1965 and guarantees protections for LGBT people, including housing, education, the workplace, and more.

    “There’s a lot of very strong support for the bill,” said Brandon Lorenz, communications campaign director at the HRC.

    “It’s a brand new bill, but we had a record number of cosponsors upon its introduction, and endorsement from Ted Olson and David Boies,” he added, referring to the two lawyers who fought against and ultimately won their lawsuit that overturned Proposition 8 in California.

    However, Lorenz sees this as a long-term project for America, not an overnight guarantee. Throughout 2016, HRC plans to help build support for the bill in the business community and in Congress.

    As for the American people? There’s an overwhelming percentage of support for equality for LGBT people, regardless of political affiliation. According to the HRC, 78 percent of Americans support nondiscrimination laws for LGBT people. Most Americans, in fact, would probably be surprised to learn that LGBT people don't already have these protections.

    “One should have the opportunity to earn a living, to live free from fear of discrimination, and provide for their families, including people who are LGBT,” Lorenz said. “There are a number of states across the country where you can get married, maybe post a picture on your Facebook page, and you’re at risk when you go back to work... because we don’t have explicit nondiscrimination protections.”

  • The Israeli Opera at Masada: Preserving History through Performance Art

    History buffs, travel enthusiasts and opera lovers can all find something to adore at the Israeli Opera productions that are performed at Masada. Against a desolate but magnificent scenery, the Israeli Opera delivered open air performances this past summer that brought history and passion to life in a region that has not changed in many epochs.