Fort Lauderdale

  • Letters to the Editor: Mayor Jack Seiler

    Two letters in response to Mayor Jack Seiler's anti-gay marriage stance...

  • LGBT Film Festival Opens in Fort Lauderdale

    The OUTshine Film Festival returns to Fort Lauderdale this weekend for the ninth year.

  • LGBT Issues, Guns Emerge at Debate as March 13 Election Looms

    Whether the city-owned War Memorial Auditorium should allow guns shows to continue and an LGBT-related fundraiser in Miami were two of many issues raised at a mayoral and District 2 commissioner candidate forum Feb. 26 in Fort Lauderdale.

  • LGBT Leaders Reflect At Museum Memorial

    LGBT Community leaders mixed music with words of encouragement Sunday evening at a Fort Lauderdale memorial for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando.

  • LGBT Prom ‘Masquerades’ through Wilton Manors

    On a recent Saturday, the Transinclusive Group completely shut down Wilton Manors in a big way. Its second annual all inclusive prom was held at The Venue. If you attended last year and not this year, prepare to be impressed, maybe even a little jealous. 

  • LGBT Youth Facility Opens In Fort Lauderdale

    Julian’s Fountain of Youth cut its ribbon last week in Fort Lauderdale.

  • Living in Grief: Sunshine Cathedral’s Bereavement Group helps community cope with death and loss

    Almost 20 years ago, Anne Atwell started attending services at Sunshine Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale. Today, she’s the Minister of Connections.

  • Local Election Roundup: Trantalis Claims Big Win

    Fort Lauderdale voters returned Commissioner Dean J. Trantalis to office in District 2 with an overwhelming 80 percent of the vote. Trantalis, an attorney, thanked supporters during a victory celebration, March 10, at the Warsaw Coffee Company.

  • Love Takes Over Corner Known for Hate

    Monday night the LGBT community in Fort Lauderdale claimed hostile territory as their own as they gathered on the corner of US1 and Oakland Park Blvd. near Target. The corner, which is known for anti-gay and conservative rallies, became a beacon of hope and spreading a message of love to the community.

  • Man Faces Obscenity Charge After O'Donnell's Daughter Found

    The owner of the home where Rosie O'Donnell's missing teen daughter was found earlier this week has been arrested for allegedly having inappropriate online communications with the 17-year-old girl, according to authorities and the star's spokeswoman.

  • Mirror: Explore The Unexpected Unconventional Museums

    Head to Wikipedia and you’ll find this definition for “museum:” A museum is an institution that cares for a collection of artifacts and other objects of artistic, cultural, historical or scientific importance.

  • Multiple Dead, Injured in Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting; BSO: Second Shooter Claim Unfounded

    Today a shooting at Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport has left five people dead and eight with injuries, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office on Twitter.

  • New Hello Sunny TV Network is A Destination-First Showcase of Fort Lauderdale

    On Saturday, December 3, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau launched a digital television network as a “major initiative to deliver exciting new content and exposure for Greater Fort Lauderdale,” reads the press release.

  • Next Mr. and Miss Pride South Florida to be crowned March 19

    It’s time to crown the next Mr. and Miss Pride South Florida. 

  • Niki Lopez Unleashes Her Elephant

    When people normally say “there’s an elephant in the room,” it’s generally associated with a negative connotation.

  • Officials Will Address Fort Lauderdale Water Infrastructure Concerns

    In response to concerns about Fort Lauderdale’s drinking water and sewage pipe infrastructure, Wilton Manors officials said they would address them with Fort Lauderdale officials.

  • One Person Shot at Boardwalk

    Police are searching for a gunman after a person was shot Saturday at a Fort Lauderdale strip club.

  • Op-Ed: How the Lauderdale Bars Remained Open

    Last Friday night, while enjoying dinner at The Grille, Paul Hugo’s spectacular new restaurant in Wilton Manors, a gentleman approached me and thanked me for my law firm’s victory in persuading the city of Fort Lauderdale to rescind its “homophobic” decision to close gay bars earlier.

  • Op-Ed: Reflections on the History of South Florida Pride 

    On a personal note, I am proud to deliver to you today the largest weekly paper in gay America.  At the same time, as I have told you before, never cook bacon naked.

    SFGN’s Place at Your Table 

    As we begin our tenth year, the amazing size of SFGN is a tribute to the economic strength of our own LGBT community, and that is not even counting the number of Long Island Iced Teas the Alibi will sell this Thursday night during Pride Week.

    Just like our bi monthly magazine, The Mirror, which touched down at 128 pages last month with our Arts and Entertainment issue, the LGBT community of greater Fort Lauderdale is making a statement. To steal a line from “Le Mis,”we are now the mayors of this town.

    In South Florida, LGBT residents are the makers and shakers of our communities; the movers and doers. We are the leaders who shape our lives, run our businesses, and dominate our politics, though since we are talking about gay stuff, I will go easy on the dominatrix thing.

    SFGN is proud to be your voice. It’s not all about me.  We are a group project. The paper stands tall because our content is credible, our reporting factual, our advertisers genuine, and our opinions independent.

    Advertisers spend their money with us because they recognize that they get bang for their buck. Businesses realize an advertisement in our paper today can deliver them customers and consumers tomorrow. It makes sense. We reach 400 venues in three counties with distribution points in over a dozen cities.

    Our online editions with breaking news stories are as much of an enterprise as printing the paper and the magazine. We offer immediate news updates and instant gratification for media junkies. From Italy to Alaska, people read SFGNonline. 

    Publishing and distributing our digital and print editions costs a small fortune, though. 

    We pay for our content. Our staff, insurance, cars and even freelancers cost money. But good work ain’t cheap, and cheap work ain’t good. 

    Your support and advertising dollars make this endeavor and labor of love possible. So I thank you today, individually and collectively, for helping make our journey continue.

    South Florida’s Gay Press 

    Having a free and forceful gay free press matters in America. We have come a long way, but we have always had something worth fighting for — our rights to equality. A gay press has been the forum for your voice. 

    For decades, Fort Lauderdale’s gay magazines and bar guides have also sponsored pride rallies and hosted fundraisers for charitable causes. They provide editorial space for organizations and columnists to illuminate causes that count. Their media sponsorships have been additional spark-plugs that furthered our community’s economic growth and vitality.

    Along those lines, SFGN has illuminated our lives and our loves; our victories and our losses. We have lobbied for domestic unions and gay soldiers. Today, we now demand equal participation and protection for our transgender community. We won’t ever let up. Nor should you, not as long as you have a breath in your body.

    In this issue, SFGN provides a forum for Equality Florida to articulate its stance on a controversial LGBT bill before the state legislature. On other pages, our columnists discuss health and aging and arts and entertainment. Whether you are rich and retired, a runaway or homeless, we will be your advocates; our pages your voice.

    A gay free press matters, whether it is uncomfortable for a politician in office or a pride director caught with his finger in the pie. Our duty, however, is to always be honest and thorough. If we don’t live up to that, your duty is to hold us accountable. We are not beyond criticism. Heck, you can find something wrong with me everyday. My mother did. 

    South Florida’s Gay Pride History

    The first ever Pride Fort Lauderdale parade on our beach begins this Saturday at 5:30 p.m., near Sebastian Street, not far from what was once the famous and very homosexual Marlin Beach Hotel. You may know it as the home of the movie “Where the Boys Are,” starring Connie Francis. This weekend, expect a few more boys. 

    It was in the basement of the Marlin Beach, in 1984, that a small group of eight concerned gay Fort Lauderdale residents met to form an advocacy group to call attention to an emerging health crisis impacting gay men.  America came to call it “AIDS.” Back then, it was also known as 
    “G.R.I.D.;” a Gay Related Immune Deficiency. 

    It was in South Florida that the issue of gay rights took on national prominence. In January of 1977, a group of conservatives — led by entertainer and Florida orange juice spokeswoman Anita Bryant — packed Miami-Dade County’s commission chambers to protest the potential passage of a gay rights ordinance. It passed anyway.

    The results shook the planet. 

    The very first day after Miami Dade became the first major urban area in the country to pass legislation protecting gays, it snowed in Miami for the first time ever.  It was also the first and only time snow fell upon the city, at least until gays showed up at the White Party in Vizcaya. 

    This crazed juice queen Anita would lead a repeal fight and get the ordinance reversed.

    It took more than 20 years for Miami-Dade to revive and pass the law. Rights deferred are rights denied. What takes forever to build you can lose in a minute. 

    A year later, something called the Briggs Initiative in California would seek to ban gays and lesbians from working in public schools. The first openly gay legislator in the country, Harvey Milk, a San Francisco city supervisor, would be assassinated in his office.

    When I moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1977, radio talk shows were still debating whether the American Psychiatric Association had wrongly declassified homosexuality as a “mental illness” in 1973. There were no pride parades. 

    If you are old enough to remember, 50 years ago, in 1968, a tobacco company launched a liberating, self-affirming feminist marketing campaign for Virginia Slims cigarettes. Somewhat condescending, but universally popular, it was capsulized as “We have come a long way, baby.”

    South Florida has now become one of the safest and most livable places for LGBT Americans to reside, play, and work. Gay men and women have enhanced this corner of our country. It’s not only tropical; it’s tolerant.

    We have come a long way, but we are not babies.Like women, minorities, and immigrants, American institutions for too long historically and unjustifiably disgraced LGBT populations. Today’s parade therefore can’t just be a party of rainbows and beads. We can’t forget a past tarnished by unacceptable indignities.

    This week we must also shine a light on history. This is the very year we celebrate the 50thanniversary of the Stonewall Bar riots in New York City. Many who helped pave the road for us are not here today to walk upon it. Remember them.

    Yes, today, along the same Fort Lauderdale beach where we were once censured for looking at each other the wrong way, we smile unabashedly, parade unapologetically, and hug and kiss enthusiastically.  

    We have indeed come a long way. Enjoy the moment.

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    (Photo Credit, Pride Fort Lauderdale)





  • OpEd: Anti Homeless Ordinance Stains Fort Lauderdale

    "We need to stop what is going on because it's not only hurting the homeless.  It's hurting us as a city. Our community is shamed as a result of what we've done." ~Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Dean Trantalis