The Pride Center’s “Coffee and Conversation” social was in full swing when it convened on the morning of Jan. 9.

The holidays are over; the snowbirds have returned to South Florida; and 185 gay seniors and their friends gathered for a morning of friendship, networking, pastries and coffee.

Bruce Williams, organizer of these and other events at the center on behalf of South Florida’s LGBT seniors, was once again in charge, starting out the informational part of the morning with one of his (in)famous jokes.

Williams asked if there were any “virgins” – people who were attending C&C for the first time. He then proceeded to remind the assembly that representatives from Broward Property Appraiser Marty Kiar and CapTel were present, ready to help whoever needed help with their property appraisal or with captioned phone service.

Williams introduced a series of speakers, who spoke about a variety of community groups or events of interest to gay seniors.

Kristofer Fegenbush, the Pride Center’s Chief Operating Officer, spoke about upcoming Center events. “Tom Katt” Pence (“I love you the most.”) from Celebration of Friends spoke about his group’s Saturday morning’s Coffee Klatch in Palm Aire.

Patti Lynn from the Broward Sheriff’s Office discussed the BSO’s upcoming “Shredathon.” Lisa Peters from SunServe reminded the group of SunServe’s lunch program Friday at ArtServe.

Ed Sparan from the World AIDS Museum gave a shpiel about “Heroes: Fighting the AIDS Trenches,” two one act plays by Michael Shayne.

“Heroes,” which features Michael Perry as Vito Russo and Marcie Hall as Ruth Coker Burks – both champions of the fight against AIDS - will be performed on Friday, January 19, at 7 p.m., at the Broward County Main Library Auditorium. (The real Ruth Coker Burks will be present.)

Tickets are $30 – though Sparan promised CC participants a senior discount - and it will benefit the World AIDS Museum.

Finally, the group heard from sponsor of this week’s Coffee and Conversation, Julie Peterman of the Health Coverage Solutions (, who gave an informative talk about health insurance and Medicare advantage plans.