• 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 Gatekeeper: Scott Wyman on Inside of Historic Mayoral Term

    It’s hard to talk about Scott Wyman’s South Florida experience without mentioning Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis. And he’s OK with that. Because it’s also true that Wyman should be mentioned in the conversation of Trantalis’ recent successes.

  • 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.

  • The Kinsey Sicks are Back

    and Have Aspirations for Higher Office

  • The LGBT Community Shines in Transparency

    Customarily, my editorials in the Mirror have been promotional pieces celebrating the creativity and diversity of the magazine. Not so this issue.

  • The Mirror Arts and Entertainment Fall Issue

    Table of Contents

  • The Mirror Magazine

    The Mirror is a bi-monthly LGBT glossy magazine published by South Florida Gay News, and is distributed in major cities across the country, as well as our normal distribution points in South Florida. We use ISSUU for our PDF and flip book hosting.  You can download full PDFs by clicking on an issue, and then select "Share:Download" on the bottom of the flip book. 



  • The Mirror Summer 2014 Issue

    Be sure to pick up the latest copy of The Mirror Magazine at our normal distribution points, of read it online by clicking here!

  • The Mirror Takes a Look at Gay Rights in the Most Conservative States

    Gallup sought to find out the most conservative states in the country, and after a year of polling, the results came in: Alabama, North Dakota, Wyoming, Mississippi, and Utah.

  • THE MIRROR: Fast Food Frenzy

    As much as we all love to relax over a leisurely meal, let’s face it, we usually don’t have the time. How often have you been running errands or have only a few minutes between appointments and find yourself so hungry you could eat the steering wheel? When that happens, fight the urge to pull up to the drive-through of a fast food franchise, and check out one of these options.

    Jack's Old Fashion Hamburger House

    4201 N. Federal, Fort Lauderdale


    591 S. Cypress, Pompano



    Jack’s not only looks like a throw-back to a ‘60s burger joint, the menu still reflects that simple menu. While not quite the same price as you’d pay back then, the burgers are pretty reasonably priced, especially when you compare them to the slew of new “gourmet” burger joints (I’m talking to you BurgerFi and Shake Shack). Cooked fresh to order, the burgers range in size from quarter to half pound and are ground fresh daily from whole briskets of USDA beef. They taste like a real hamburger that your dad used to cook on the grill.

    Humpy’s Pizza

    2244 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors



    You can’t beat Humpy’s meat. Humpy’s features standard (sausage, meatball, pepperoni) and unusual (Buffalo and BBQ chicken, roasted wild mushrooms) pizza toppings, available by the slice, and those slices are huge. Check out the lunch special; you get a slice, salad and soda for $5 (slightly more for special ingredients). There is also an occasional special; buy two slices get a soda for free.

    Dairy Belle

    118 N. Federal, Dania Beach



    Canadians, and those fond of Canadian cuisine (!) head to Dairy Belle for that classic poutine, a pile of French fries tossed with salty, mozzarella-like white cheese curds smothered in hot gravy. The gravy melts the cheese and you’re left with a delicious mess. Dairy Belle also offers a variation, poutine Italienne, substituting red sauce for the gravy. Or, try the galvaude, which adds shredded chicken and peas to the classic poutine. Order a large with the works and you’ll still walk away with change from your $10.

    Zona Fresca

    1635 North Federal, Fort Lauderdale



    Yes, it is a chain, but a small one, and all of the food is made to order. That means you may have to wait for a few minutes for your food, but I’m certain you won’t mind; the guys behind the counter are gorgeous. The dining room is also usually filled with so many hot guys that you’d think it was the break room for a porn shoot. I’m partial to the burrito with marinated charbroiled chicken, a choice of black or pinto beans, jack and cheddar cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo, and sour cream. Best of all, it’s only $7.95 and it comes with a handful of freshly made tortilla chips. Other filling options include the roasted pork or machaca burrito with slowly braised shredded beef, pinto beans, jack and cheddar cheese, avocado, lettuce and pico de gallo. If you’re looking for something lighter, order what all those hotties are having; the Cali-wrap, which features chicken, avocado, tomato, onion, cilantro and lettuce, tossed in lemony dressing or the grilled shrimp and mango salad. Nothing here costs more than $10.

    Knucklehead Burgers

    4900 S. University, Davie



    If you’re looking for a taste of the Midwest, head over to Knucklehead and order the Mahoney's Baloney. The sandwich features two thick slices of grilled Boar's Head bologna, a fried egg and American cheese between two slices of Texas toast. It ain’t healthy, but it sure is good. And, it’s only $6.

    Smitty's Old Fashioned Butcher Shop

    1980 NE 45th Street, Oakland Park



    The old-school butcher shop doesn’t make a big deal about it, they don’t even mention it on their web site, but they’ll put together a hearty sandwich for you. Opt for the Italian, laden with salami, sopressata, and ham, and then dressed with hot and sweet peppers, a ripe tomato, provolone, onions, mustard, oil, and vinegar in a crusty roll.

    Pollo Tropical


    OK, so it’s a chain with hundreds of locations, but I have to admit I love the food at Pollo Tropical and so does my husband who is a picky eater and a vegetarian! I usually opt for the chicken and rib combo. It’s a carnivore’s dream; featuring one-quarter of a chicken and a half-rack of Caribbean Ribs. The tropical barbecue sauce and herbs must be laced with crack, 'cause I’m addicted. I also appreciate the variety of sauces available. In addition to the Caribbean sauce, the condiment bar offers up guava BBQ, pineapple rum sauce and a cilantro cream. The chicken wings are equally good and the Tropi-Chop bowls allow you to customize your meal by picking a protein (chicken, mojo roast pork or calypso beef), a base (yellow, white or brown rice with veggies or lettuce) and toppings (beans, chopped fresh tomatoes, corn, sautéed onions and sautéed peppers). Even the sides are not your typical fast food fare; tomatoes and red onions in a balsamic vinaigrette, steamed green beans in a garlic-cilantro butter, macaroni and cheese and, often, Caribbean corn soufflé. There’s a vegetarian Tropi-Chop and often seasonal options, such as shrimp.

    The next time your stomach starts growling in traffic consider one of these options where you can “have it your way” because “you deserve a break today,” so “head for the border.”

  • THE MIRROR: Starbucks Lonely Hearts Café

    “Café,” in continental Europe, refers to a traditional type of coffeehouse, but elsewhere "cafe" may refer to a tea room, small and cheap restaurant or other casual eating and drinking places. A coffeehouse may share some of the same characteristics of a bar or restaurant. In this country Coffeehouses and coffee shops range from owner-operated small businesses to ubiquitous multinational companies such as Starbucks.

    From a cultural standpoint, Cafes have, in the past, served as centers of social interaction by providing patrons with a place to congregate, talk, entertain one another, or pass the time, whether individually or in small groups.

    They can also serve as an informal club for its regular members. As early as the 1950s Beatnik era and the 1960s folk music scene, Cafes/coffeehouses have hosted singer-songwriter performances, typically in the evening. It is there that news is communicated and where those interested in politics freely criticize the government without being fearful. Innocent games resembling checkers, hopscotch, and chess, are played. Poets take turns telling stories in verse or in prose.

    Think of Paris or Rome’s Cafes: vibrant, noisy, bustling, full of people engaged in face to face conversations, and then enter a Starbucks or any American Café.

    You will be hit by the sound of silence. Since the development of Wi-Fi, coffeehouses with this capability, especially in the U.S., have become places for patrons to access the Internet on their phones or tablets and the line between talking and socializing has been blurred, the hope is that it will not blur the line between talking and thinking because Facebooking or Tweeting is like muttering to oneself.

    At any given time of the day the tables, the bar stools or the couches are filled with young men on Grindr, if you are in the gayborhood. In the straight venues men and women are silently sipping lattes, immersed in isolation, while peering into their screens swiping on the faces of strangers they have not yet met. They are on Tinder, Hinge, Happen, OkCupid, whatever.

    People used to meet their partners through proximity, by a chance encounter, in a noisy bar, or in a real "live" cafe. Now dating apps are surpassing any other form. It's like online shopping, browsing for a person instead of a microwave. Nobody knows how to talk face-to- face since their anxiety about intimacy comes from having grown up on social media, forming their first impressions of an individual based on Facebook rather than human connection. They are absorbed and too anxious about what tweet they might be missing. There is no emotional intimacy and the world around them is no longer real unless it is reflected off a small screen. Many find it difficult to talk to one another without technological devices. Social media and its endless apps are eroding emotional, social, even cultural development. Mental muscles become flabby and the mind lapses into a complete and comfortable vacuum.

    Starbucks and the like are just one aspect, it happens everywhere, all around us, just stroll the boulevards of a big city, or the sidewalks of a small town, people are bumping into each other, into things, into the oncoming traffic, tripping all over the place, and they have iPhones in their faces or ears.

    Ironically with all this “we are more connected than ever” we have never been farther apart. Conversation is fading away, a lost art. We have become more detached and isolated from one another, even lonelier, because this hyper interactivity is shallow if not ephemeral. And even in public places we meet fewer people now, and when we do our bonds are not as meaningful because we are distracted by wanting to contact those who are not present. It is as if people are instantly bored with whoever is sitting in front of them and so they click and wait and swipe and wait for somebody else to chime in. We want to spend time with machines that seem to care about us. We expect more from technology and less from each other.

    We need less isolation and more real socialization with family and friends. Our society seems to have lost stimulus and ideals, communication is reduced to 140 truncated characters interspersed with the frivolous narcissistic selfie.

    I unplugged long ago yet I don’t feel disconnected, quite the opposite. I can actually hear and see what’s really important. And the fact is, I don't miss a whole lot when I'm not on social media. You should try it. Sometimes it can be liberating because we need to focus on the many ways technology can lead us back to our real lives, our own bodies, our own communities, our true friends, our own politics, our own planet away from this opaque reality and the globalization of indifference.

    When will they make an app for a nap?