Miami Beach

  • Margaret Cho Wants to Marry You!

    No one has been celebrating the marriage equality victory more than comedian Margaret Cho and she wants to officiate over the marriages of LGBT couples in the audience at her upcoming appearance in Miami Beach.

  • Marriage Equality Rally in Miami Beach on Saturday

    On Saturday, June 28, a group of South Florida organizations will hold a rally calling on Florida to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. The “Countdown to Marriage” takes place at noon at the LGBT Visitor Center, 1130 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach.

  • Miami Beach Backs Non-Discrimination Bill

    The Miami Beach City Commission unanimously supported a resolution Wednesday urging the Florida Legislature to support a bill that will protect LGBT people from workplace discrimination.

  • Miami Beach Celebrates Centennial with 100 Hours of Free Events

    To stage a centennial celebration, officials here sought local talent to highlight their commitment to creativity and sense of community.

  • Miami Beach Drag Queen Handcuffed and Manhandled by Police on MLK Day

    “I was just put in handcuffs!” Henry Williams — better known for his drag persona Tiffany Fantasia — screamed to his followers on a Facebook live video Monday evening, as he recounted the story of how he had just been stopped by Miami Beach police and placed in handcuffs because he matched the description of a black male of interest in possession of a knife.

  • Miami Beach Gay Bashing Victims Frustrated with Lack of Progress

    It’s been almost a year since Rene Chalarca and Dmitry Logunov were brutally attacked at the close of Miami Beach’s annual Pride event. 

  • Miami Beach Gay Pride “Legacy Couple” Together for 55 Years Marries at BB&T Bank Fundraising Event

    Wedding bells chimed to the surprise and delight of guests who gathered recently for a Miami Beach Gay Pride “Legacy Couple” fundraiser at the BB&T Bank South Beach branch on Thursday, Feb. 19.

  • Miami Beach Gay Pride Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    For its momentous 10th year, Miami Beach Gay Pride 2018 will feature a week’s worth of events starting Monday, April 2 with the official Pride rainbow flag-raising ceremony at City Hall and the Miss Miami Beach Gay Pride pageant, which moves to glamorous new digs at the Faena Theater, 3201 Collins Ave. 

  • Miami Beach Gay Pride Supports LGBT Students

    Miami Beach Gay Pride donated $7,500 to the Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBT students. This is the second year Miami Beach Gay Pride has made a donation to the organization.

  • Miami Beach Police Department Accused Of Mistreating and Ignoring Victims

    Dmitry Logunov and Rene Chalarca were attacked in an apparent gay bashing after the end of Miami Beach Pride while on their way home. The suspects have since surrendered and may be charged with a hate crime. This incident alone was traumatic enough, but the victims have also accused the Miami Beach Police Department of downplaying their attack and mistreating them.

    At one point a female officer allegedly told Logunov to “stop the drama, shut the fuck up.” Another officer repeated that to him a few minutes later. One of the officers also told him to “put ice on your face at home and you’ll be alright.”

    When the police first arrived both men urged the officers to go after their assailants, whom they could still see in the distance, but were told: “We won’t chase them, they are far.”

    “If anyone feels mistreated by any of our officers, they are encouraged to contact MBPD’s Internal Affairs unit so that any complaint can be addressed immediately,” a spokesperson for the MBPD told SFGN after the attack. While City Commissioner Michael Gongora added: “I am disturbed by this and have sent to the Police Chief for investigation. Being Miami Beach’s first and only openly gay commissioner it’s important to me that our community be safe and treated well - especially during Gay Pride.”

    SFGN reached out to the former Mayor of Miami Beach Philip Levine, who’s now also running for Governor, for a comment.

    “Hate crimes have no place in Miami Beach, or anywhere in our country. Everyone should be treated with respect and dignity, regardless of who they love. As Mayor, I was committed to fighting injustices and was proud that our city received a perfect score from the national LGBTQ organization, Human Rights Council every year I was in office,” he said. “I’m also proud to have supported a key initiative, Safe Spaces, to ensure that a safe environment in Miami Beach is always fostered. As Governor, I won’t tolerate this. Not for one second.”

    But this doesn’t appear to be just an LGBT issue.

    SFGN has since interviewed the mother of a 16-year-old victim, whom she said was treated in a similar way after being attacked on the beach on President’s Day in February. The attack was caught on video and shows another girl beating her with a bottle.

    “The police told her there was nothing they could do about it,” said Maria Morales, the girl’s mother. Her mother said during the attack her daughter lost her cell phone so when she came across the police she asked for help and they ignored her pleas. “She’s 16 years old. She’s a minor. That’s unacceptable.”

    Her daughter eventually left the police and found another way to contact her mother, who left work and picked her up.

    Morales took her daughter to the police station to file a report, where she said, the police at first tried to downplay the attack. Morales, though, wouldn’t let up. Eventually she tracked down two of her daughter’s assailants and took the information to the police. One girl was eventually arrested and charged.

    “Don’t fuck with a child’s mom,” Morales said. “I did all of their leg work. I got the videos. I got their names.” 

    In January SFGN reported on another incident in which Tiffany Fantasia, a local drag queen whose real name is Henry Williams, was put in handcuffs and manhandled by the MBPD because she matched the description of a black male in possession of a knife.

    At the time of the incident Williams was in men’s clothes but he still had his drag makeup on.

    At the time Williams posted this on Facebook:

    “I have never been so disgusted with Miami Beach Police Department. The way they handled the situation was horrible. They handcuffed me out of nowhere while walking down my own block with a McDonald's bag, cell phone and keys saying that I matched the description of somebody with a knife. And then when I asked why [they were] handcuffing me, they're telling me to be quiet and listen with my ears.... I did nothing wrong! Obviously, from a mile away, you could tell I wasn't the person! And some of you wonder why black people have a problem with y’all.”

    Fantasia later met with Police Chief Daniel Oates where they were able to work out their differences.

     

    Correction: An earlier version of this story identified former Mayor of Miami Beach Philip Levine as current mayor. This has been corrected online.

  • Miami Beach Pride Surprises and Delights Attendees  

    “There’s just a burst of color,” Christopher Loader, a London native visiting Miami said at the conclusion of this year’s Miami Beach Pride parade. “Everyone is super super happy, it’s a big wedding and everyone is getting married.” 

  • Miami Beach’s Hotel Gaythering Turns 5 

    Turning five is always a big deal, whether you’re a sweet child or a destination hotel. It’s a right of passage; a sign you’re growing up and have found your place in the world. 

  • Molto Brings New Life to Struggling Gay SoBe

    Raymond Ortega, co-owner of Molto Bar and Restaurant on Lincoln Road, had a vision: to open a gay bar in South Beach where the hosts and servers also put on a show for you -- in drag.

  • Oregon Regulators File Gay Housing Discrimination Lawsuit

    MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - State regulators have filed a housing discrimination lawsuit on behalf of a gay couple, alleging a Medford senior living community denied the pair residency because of sexual orientation.

  • OUT Miami Foundation to Hold LGBT Town Hall on Thursday

    OUT Miami Foundation is holding two events back-to-back — one a town hall and the other an anniversary celebration — on Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Hotel Gaythering, 1409 Lincoln Road, in Miami Beach.

  • OUT Miami Foundation Unveils New Funds at LGBTQ Town Hall

    OUT Miami Foundation recently celebrated its third anniversary by holding an LGBT town hall to announce new initiatives, address concerns and take suggestions from attendees on how to better serve the community.

  • Pride Party at World Erotic Art Museum

    The Peaceman Pride Party fundraiser event takes place at the World Erotic Art Museum on Miami Beach Friday, April 7, and you’re invited. Guests are welcome to attend the costume sex symbol themed party in their best Marilyn Monroe or James Dean. The $100 a ticket fundraiser event is raising funds that will be dedicated to worthwhile LGBT/PTSD causes. 

  • Singer Headlines Miami Beach LGBT Arts Festival

    New York-based cabaret and drag artist Joey Arias will headline FUNDarte’s eighth annual Out in the Tropics LGBT arts festival, June 22 – 25 in Miami Beach.

  • Sponsored Content: Care Resource Commemorates its 30th Year of AIDS Walk Miami!

    Sunday, April 22, 2018, marks the 30th anniversary of AIDS Walk Miami at SoundScape park located at 500 17th Street in Miami Beach, FL.

  • The Grand Return of Palace and its Queens

    Who says you can't go home again? Author Thomas Wolfe's most famous novel explored the notion that if you try to return to a place you remember from the past, it won't be the same as you remember it.