Miami Beach

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Palace to Move to New Location

    “Every Queen Needs A Palace” is the slogan of The Palace, a 29-year-old gay restaurant/bar on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach that features daily drag shows.

  • Tiffany Fantasia Appeared on 'Watch What Happens Live' with Andy Cohen

    Tiffany Fantasia, drag entertainer and hostess of drag brunches at Palace Bar and Señor Frogs on Miami Beach, was recently invited by Andy Cohen to join him on BRAVO's "Watch What Happens Live" as his guest bartender.

  • Tony-winner Betty Buckley brings her ‘Voice of Broadway’ to Miami Beach

    Betty Buckley’s career is the stuff Broadway musicals are made of. 

  • TransArt Showcasing International Transgender Artists and Their Works

    Since Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida was established in 2002, its president and CEO Herb Sosa says transgender and gender non-conforming rights and equality have been at the forefront of the nonprofit's mission and programming.

  • Victims of Gay Bashing Recovering; Grateful for Public’s Support

    It was Rene Chalarca’s first Pride festival.

  • Winter Is Coming: National LGBTQ Task Force Hosts 25th Annual Party

    Call it what it is — a week of dance parties for gay men.