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  • 2013 Review and Roundup From PBCHRC

    Since 1988, the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council has worked diligently with public officials to successfully enact more than 65 local laws and policies that provide equal protection and benefits to Palm Beach County's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Palm Beach County is now one of the best places in the world for LGBT people to live, study, work, socialize and retire.

  • American Cancer Society Launches New Cancer Statistics Web Site

    The American Cancer Society has launched a new web tool to make it easier for reporters, the public, and those involved in the cancer fight to find and share cancer statistics. The Cancer Statistics Center (CancerStatisticsCenter.cancer.org) uses data from the Society’s annual Cancer Facts & Figures report and Cancer Statistics article (published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians), as well as much, much more data, to create a comprehensive interactive resource to help the public learn about the cancer burden in the United States.

  • Buying A Gym Membership Won't Make You Fit!

    Often we have the idea that because we join a gym, we will automatically get in shape. We create a false perception that our habits will change and that we’ll be deemed the healthiest and fittest person.

    Think about how many times you have paid for a gym membership or a fitness club that you never used, or a fitness class that you never went to. Or maybe you did attend but maybe just for the first week and then never went back. It has happened to you, right?

    Changes don’t happen from one day to the other. To be able to see those changes we need to put time, effort and commitment into it.

    The same thing happens when you are reaching out to potential clients with the ultimate objective of obtaining new business. We all have our strategies for obtaining new clients and referrals. However, one of the most effective strategies for obtaining potential leads is by joining a local networking group.

    Networking groups provide you with the opportunity of meeting professionals like you. They also help you to establish powerful connections that will potentially turn into business or refer you business.

    Often people join networking groups expecting immediate results, however they do not put the effort into getting involved in the group activities, networking opportunities or getting to meet the other members of the group. Like the gym, to be able to exceed and see results while joining a networking group takes effort and time. Nonetheless, the connections it creates are long lasting and forever.  

    Networking memberships won’t make you fit. They will provide you with all the tools, and opportunities that you need to be able to create a solid base to move your business forward. Networking memberships provide you with long lasting relations that will train you to get your better self ready to obtain more and build your business core.

    Joining the networking group is the first step to success. Attending the networking events, conferences, and meetings is like doing the cardio workout for your business needs. Obtaining client referrals because you participated in those events is like seeing your abs for the first time. Getting to experience the amazing opportunities that networking can offer is like showing off your abs to the world and letting them see how fit you are.

    The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce’s Gay and Lesbian Business Exchange Council (GLBX) is one of the best trainers in town to get yourself networking fit. They offer all the networking opportunities that you need to create long lasting business connections and community outreach to help you show those business abs.

    The GLBX is the all-inclusive council. Within its multiple offerings, the Council has created the GLBX Referral Advantage leads group, which is the Chamber's Gay and Lesbian Business eXchange group. The GLBX leads group is open to any business interested in doing business with the community. The GLBX council and leads group are all-inclusive which means that they have a diverse membership. The Referral Advantage group also has "power teams" which are sub-groups that work very closely together to promote other businesses in a synergistic way.

    If you would like to get networking fit, and experience better business, check out the GLBX council networking opportunities, or come to one of the Council’s monthly events.

    The next event will be held Thursday, April 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Sea Watch on the Ocean, 6002 North Ocean Blvd., in Fort Lauderdale.

    You can follow the GLBX on Facebook Facebook.com/FortLauderdaleGLBX/ or you can contact the GLBX Council Chair, Karen Prescod at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain more information on how to become a member or check out what this exciting networking group has to offer you.

    Make the GLBX one of your New Year’s resolutions.          

  • Community Announcement: Freedom to Be - An Embracing Life Experience for LGBTQ Youth

    November 6 – 8, 2015

  • Community Announcement: National Youth Advocate Program

    Foster parents are amazing, everyday people who offer our children the safety and nurturing home environment they deserve. At the National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP), a licensed child placing agency, our foster parents live their purpose and make a dramatic change in children’s lives.

  • Community Announcement: Stonewall Museum Names New Director

    Stonewall National Museum & Archives (SNMA), has a new Executive Director. After a national search by SNMA, Chris Rudisill has been named to the position following a vote of the Board of Directors of the Fort Lauderdale-based museum, library, archives and gallery. He assumes his role December 7, 2015.

  • Elton John: Putin Called After I Asked to Meet On Gay Rights

    LONDON (AP) — Elton John says Vladimir Putin has phoned him, after the musician requested a meeting to discuss Russia’s anti-gay environment.

  • Four Weeks Left to Select a Healthcare Plan

    Broward Regional Health Planning Council and partners working hard to help Broward County residents navigate and sign-up

  • Gay 'Vampire' Stands Trial for Murdering Boyfriend, Drinking His Blood

    A gay Swedish man, being described as a "vampire," is currently standing trial, accused of murdering his boyfriend by slitting his throat and drinking his blood, according to TheLocal.se.

  • Gay Softball League Wraps Up Season

    Pomp, pageantry, purpose and a poignant touch were on display as the South Florida gay softball league closed its 22nd season recently with its End of Season Ceremony.

  • GNI Celebrates 30th Anniversary With Annual Gathering

    This year marks the 30th Anniversary of The Gathering (officially known as The Annual International Gathering of Male Naturists). Gay Naturists International’s (GNI) signature event is the largest nude rendezvous in the world. It attracts over 500 men annually to a spacious, 350-acre summer camp in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. The Gathering is open to all gay, bisexual, and gay-friendly men who are at least 21 years old.

  • January is Declared as Human Trafficking Awareness Month

  • Jim Webb To Drop Out of Democratic Presidential Primary

    (CNN) -- Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb will drop out of the 2016 Democratic presidential race on Tuesday, according to a source with knowledge of the decision. Webb is expected to make the announcement at a 1 p.m. news conference.

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  • Judge Clears Way for 48-Year-Old's Gender Reassignment, Denies Parents' Effort to Block It

    DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday cleared the way for a 48-year-old transgender woman to undergo gender-reassignment surgery, rejecting her parents' effort to block the operation because they say she's mentally incompetent.

  • Kentucky Clerk Who Won't Issue Marriage Licenses Divorced Three Times

    (CNN) -- The Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses for religious reasons despite a Supreme Court ruling has been divorced three times, according to court documents.

  • Latinos Salud Expands to South Beach

    Latinos Salud, a South Florida-based agency that offers free HIV and STD testing, prevention education, outreach, and linkage services is expanding its services to Miami Beach. Beginning August 8, 2014 the agency will have a second location at 555 Washington Avenue, Suite 235. The new location will be open Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 9 p.m.

  • March is Colon and Rectal Cancer Awareness Month

    Colon cancer is not a common topic of conversation, but it is a fairly common type of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), about 102,480 new cases of colon cancer are diagnosed each year. When coupled with rectal cancer, which accounts for about 40,340 new cases annually, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women, excluding skin cancers. If you were born in 1964, you will turn the big 5-0 this year. Even if you aren’t ready to sign up for an AARP membership card, you should undergo a colorectal cancer screening. That is because your chances of developing the disease increase considerably after reaching the half-century mark. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, about 9 out of 10 people diagnosed with colorectal cancer are at least 50-years-old.  

  • New Army Website Will Assist LGBT Discharged Vets

    (AVERUSA) The US Army has created a website to establish online assistance in applying for discharge upgrades. An upgrade of a discharge classification for a veteran could mean access to benefits that were previously denied by the veteran’s other than honorable status, including disability compensation, separation pay, and education benefits under the GI Bill.

  • Pride Follies 2017 Opens Pride Week

    After a highly successful revival, the Key West Follies moves this year to its original slot and name  to open Key West Pride week with a large variety of local talent in an old fashioned vaudeville type show. Performance time will be on Saturday Evening, June 3, 2017, 8 p.m. downtown at the newly renovated Key West Theater at 512 Eaton Street.

  • Pride Fort Lauderdale to Award 15 Grants/Scholarships

    The board of Pride Fort Lauderdale is now accepting applications for community grants for local charitable organizations and a new scholarship for an LGBTQ student. The grants and scholarship are funded from proceeds from the annual Pride Fort Lauderdale festival and first South Florida Trans Pride held on Feb. 11 at Fort Lauderdale Beach.