Fort Lauderdale

  • Generosity May Be One Link Between Two Still Unsolved Gay Murders

    The murders of Michael Miccio, 60, and Guy Eargle, 68, aren’t linked by police. But friends say the two men shared a generous spirit, and it may have been beneficiaries of that generosity that murdered the two gay men. Police are still investigating their deaths.

  • Glassman Seeks Fort Lauderdale Commission Seat


    A gay candidate has entered the race to represent district two on the Fort Lauderdale City Commission.

  • H&M Opens Fort Lauderdale Store

    Workers danced, pop music echoed overhead and eager shoppers waited patiently to step inside the newest edition to The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale.

  • Health: MSM Wellness Confab Comes To Fort Lauderdale

    The second incarnation of a wellness conference designed for men who have sex with men (MSM) is coming to Fort Lauderdale.

    While the conference isn’t scheduled until the first month of 2019, organizers hope people will save the date and make a commitment to attend. While the free conference is open to anyone, organizers are clear about the demographic they seek to engage with.

    “We’re being intentional and trying to cover a broader spectrum of health issues facing men who have sex with men,” said Mark Reyes, one of the key organizers.

    Reyes expects about 200 GBT and other men who have sex with men to attend, mostly from Broward County and surrounding communities.The conference first took place in 2015, a two-day format, when more than 200 came.

    Topics to be covered at the 2019 Men’s Health and Wellness Conferenceinclude HIV and non-HIV-related health issues such as sexual health, physical fitness and mental health. “It’s about how to be healthy men and make better decisions,” Reyes said.

    Reyes, the senior director of community relations and administration at the Urban League of Broward County, said the disparity of those who have HIV among men who have sex with men is out of whack compared to other populations – it’s a big part of the driving force of the conference.

    Reyes hopes to move attendees toward positive actions that would improve their health outcomes.

    “We want to mobilize the MSM community,” he said. “Black and Latino communities and others are being impacted by HIV, access to health care and insurance, issues with housing or full employment, and disease. It’s all related,” Reyes said.

    Reyes has been at the Urban League for five years. He’s worked for nonprofits and at-risk communities for much of his young career, including at UrbanPromise Miami and in New York City doing HIV prevention work.

    “This conference is important for me, personally, as a gay man, and for Urban League,” he said. 

    The Broward County HIV Prevention Planning Council is the main organization heading up the event. Reyes is the community co-chair of its MSM advisory group. 

    The advisory group brings together leaders and decision-makers to mobilize organizations and allies who serve the MSM community in Broward County. The group addresses the various factors that bring about HIV infection in the MSM community – what is often called an epidemic in Broward County.

    Reyes said members of the advisory group include staff from leading AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs), LGBT organizations, government agencies and allied organizations, as well as non-affiliated community members.

    Conference attendees can expect a lineup of presenters, workshops and plenaries. 

    Reyes said he expects to provide a spectrum of local and national leaders to present at the conference.

    There will be three plenary sessions and three interactive break out workshop sessions. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

    The one-day conference takes place Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott North, located at 6650 North Andrews Avenue. 

    There are still vendor and sponsorship opportunities for those who are interested. Online registration for the free event will be available soon. Contact Reyes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 954625-2598for more information or to pre-register.


  • Highest Rate Of New HIV Infections In Country

    In a new story, Science Magazine highlights how Miami and Fort Lauderdale lead the country with the highest rates of new HIV diagnoses per capita.

  • Highly Anticipated Pride Fort Lauderdale Arrives!

    This weekend will be packed full of activities, so open up the calendar app on your phone and start taking notes! It all begins Friday, Feb. 22 with Pride on the Drive as area bars, restaurants and businesses offers specials and parties to welcome the nearly 50,000 additional folks Fort Lauderdale Pride is expected to bring to the area. 

  • Historic Pride Parade On A1A Approved by City

    On Tuesday, Oct. 9, the Fort Lauderdale City Commission approved Pride Fort Lauderdale’s proposal to hold a Pride parade on A1A on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m. 

  • House of Lords, Helen Swan take Lifetime Achievement Honors at Shelley Novak Awards

    The House of Lords received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 25th annual Shelley Novak Awards — an event known for honoring drag entertainers and club kids of the scene, from Miami Beach to Fort Lauderdale.

  • In HIV Funding, Fort Lauderdale’s Campbell Foundation Raises Profile

    Fort Lauderdale is home to one of the top funded HIV/AIDS philanthropic organizations worldwide.

  • Inflatable Swans Will Soon Invade Sebastian Beach

    Summertime fun might seem a far away thought, but for this one you need time to get your swan ready.

  • Intimate Theatre Stages Gay 1980s Drama

    Almost hidden away on a side street in Fort Lauderdale’s arts district is a play about friends coping with crisis.

  • Jesse's Journal: A Celebration of Friends - Where Maturity Matters

    “A Celebration Of Friends” (ACOF) is a semi-annual convention or celebration for mature men and their admirers. This year’s Celebration (number 16) will be held on the weekend of July 20-23 at the Ramada Fort Lauderdale Oakland Park Inn, located at 3001 North Federal Highway.

  • Jesse's Journal: Mayor Dean Trantalis - A Day That Will Live in History

    In 1995 the Gay and Lesbian Community Center (now the Pride Center) joined forces with the Stonewall Library (now the Stonewall Museum and Archives) to produce a poster meant “to increase the awareness of the citizens of Broward County to some of the historically important events of the Broward County gay community.”

  • John Waters Talks Films, Filth and More

    Could John Waters be mellowing with age? The creator of counterculture cult flicks like “Mondo Trasho,” “Multiple Maniacs” and “Pink Flamingos” be getting soft? Nah, he insists.

  • Keep The Promise Concert to Bring Awareness to National Black HIV/AIDS Day

    National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, observed every year on February 7, is the perfect opportunity to shine a spotlight on the racial disparities in HIV infection that persist in the U.S. 

  • Lance Bass Leads Mass Fort Lauderdale Wedding

    Pop star serves as ‘Love Is Love’ ambassador

  • Lauderdale Air Show Books Dates for 2016

    The jinxed Lauderdale Air Show is set to fly again in 2016.

  • Lauderdale Film Festival Showcases LGBT-interest Films

    Several LGBT-interest films will be among the 160 features, documentaries and shorts screened during the 32nd annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF), running through Nov. 19.

  • Lemongrass Asian Bistro Dishes Up a Great Dining Experience

    I’m not really a foodie. I don’t know the difference between wines and I couldn’t tell you if the spice is basil or coriander, but I know what I like. Not all of us are five-star chefs or can afford to dine at some expensive restaurant, so when my partner and I decide to go out for dinner, we’re generally thinking about our tastes and what we enjoy. This week, we were in the mood for good Asian food on our weekly date night, so a friend recommended Lemongrass Asian Bistro.

  • Letter to the Editor: An Open Letter to Commissioner Dean Trantalis

    I was interested to see that you went along with the zoning change that allows a Chick-Fil-A to open in my neighborhood. The newspaper article from the Sun-Sentinel stated you were satisfied with some franchise statements.