Another board member is resigning from Pride Fort Lauderdale. 

Jay Soboe-Rodriguez, the organization’s secretary, is leaving. He hasn’t publicly discussed the reasons for his departure, but it comes at a critical moment for Pride. They are just about a month away from Pride of the Americas (POTA) and he is the third person in two weeks to leave. He follows former entertainment director Shawn Palacious, aka Kitty Meow, and executive director Kevin Clevenger. Clevenger is staying on through February to work with sponsors.

This is the latest in a series of crises in Pride that SFGN first reported in late December. The event, marketed to the entire hemisphere to show off Broward County’s commitment to the LGBT community, is now a shadow of its first incarnation. Once a three-day party on the beach, it’s now a one-day event a couple of blocks off the beach.

Organizers are trying to put together a pool party for Sunday, Feb. 12, but unwise assumptions and disorganization have that in jeopardy. Usually, the host hotel would be the spot for this type of event and people involved in the planning say it was assumed Pride could use the space. But that day is Super Bowl Sunday, and most pools big enough for that type of event are already booked.

Friday Night Party

Friday, Feb. 10, POTA will kick off not at the beach, but in Wilton Manors. Pride On the Drive will happen in the parking lot of Shoppes of Wilton Manors, home to Georgie’s Alibi Monkey Bar and Hunter’s Nightclub. And that night just got a big boost.

Wilton Manors Business Association (WMBA) and Pride announced Thunderpuss is reuniting to perform for the first time in nearly 19 years. DJ Barry Harris and DJ Chris Cox, collectively known as Thunderpuss, will play on the stage in front of Hunter’s.

“The last party Chris and I played together as Thunderpuss was the 2004 White Party at Vizcaya in Miami,” Harris said. “The stars have aligned for us to reunite in Florida almost 20 years later for Pride Fort Lauderdale! I am excited to DJ along with Chris and we can’t wait to party with everyone again!”

Wilton Manors and local organizations stepped up to create Pride On the Drive late last year when Pride was showing signs of organizational problems with POTA.

“Music brings people together, so it’s only fitting that Chris and Barry will be reuniting in Wilton Manors during Pride,” said WMBA President Gary Van Horn, Jr. “There is no other city in the U.S. where diverse communities happily live together.”

The show is free but you must register.

SFGN has reached out to Pride President Miik Martorell and other remaining Pride board members, but all have declined comment.


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