We are proud to announce that our friend and columnist, Brian McNaught, has won the Selisse Berry Leadership Award from Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, the leading nonprofit organization committed to ending workplace discrimination for LGBT employees. They will be presenting him with the award tomorrow in Dallas, at their national conference, which draws close to 3,000 participants from 25 countries, including executives, human resource professionals, employee resource groups and individuals.

 

Ben Cohen’s Stand Up Foundation raised more than $10,000 at a fund raising reception in the private Fort Lauderdale home of Juan Pisani and Val Marmillion last week. Congratulations to the host committee of Craig Smith, Rafael Rodriquez, Joe Guerrero, Don Brust, Heine Lund, Neilus Scannel and Robert Nuzzo.

Are you a member of the newly formed Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce? If so, for a limited time only, you may be entitled to a discount of as much as 40 percent on some Fall advertising. Their launch party last week at Matty’s on the Drive was a huge success, and their president, Keith Blackburn, who owns Mary’s Resort, is a long-time friend.

How is this coffee cooler fact for you? Over ninety percent of the country’s largest companies state that diversity policies and generous benefits packages are good for their corporate bottom line, according to a new study from UCLA’s Williams Institute. The study finds that more than half of these companies specifically state that their policies prohibiting LGBT discrimination or extending domestic partner benefits are good for business. The study is based on a review of statements issued by the top 50 Fortune 500 companies.

My friend, Franklin Adderley, Chief of the Fort Lauderdale police, who I am suing by the way (I sue all my friends for the hell of it) has started a twitter account for the FLPD, if you want to access it, so you can hear about how someone is breaking into your car while you were at work. It’s @FLPD411. The lawsuit, that is SFGN vs. FLPD is for abridging the rights of photographers during the filming of a movie in the city. A hearing is set for next month.

By the way, my own twitter account, if you want a dose of my daily sardonic, sarcastic, humorous view of the universe is real simple, @normkent. It isa sobering thought that most of the porn stars I represent have more followers than I do, but then they have better bodies, too.I just have the mind of Jack Kerouac.

Special congratulations are in order for the ingenious method by which Richard Cimoch catered the well-attended Dolphin Democratics’ annual awards dinner on Sunday at the Fishing Hall of Fame, which the club rented for the evening. Instead of having the large overhead of purchasing a dinner, a number of restaurants brought in food for them, and they should be applauded for their contribution, including Alibi Catering, The Manor, Beefcakes, Jet’s Pizza, Café Seville, Lola’s, Casa D’Angelo, Rosie’s Bar & Grill, Sweeter Days, Christina Wans, and Moments in Time Catering.

The Fort Lauderdale Film Fest opened this week with a gala at the Signature Grand. I was looking forward to chatting with honoree Senator George McGovern, the 1972 Democratic Presidential candidate, whose campaign I worked on as a student at Hofstra University. Sadly, he took ill after arriving in Fort Lauderdale, and had to return home. Wishing him the best. ‘Dreaming American’ is amongst the LGBT films showing at The Manor on November 6.

Finally, and I don’t have all the information yet, we have to report to you that the marvelous event at the Sunshine Cathedral, Bravissimo, has been temporarily postponed until a later date.  Still, there is The Taste of the Island coming up on November 7 at Richardson Park in Wilton Manors. Get there early. The food goes quickly. Ciao!


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