Well Pride was a blast, wasn’t it? Hope you had as much fun as I did, and if you drank as much, come join me in walking it off at Florida’s AIDS Walk on March 20. It begins in Downtown Fort Lauderdale at the Huizenga Plaza, walking east along the beach and then back again. Join me bright and early at 8 a.m. for registry. This is a great cause and as a community that is greatly affected by HIV and AIDS it is up to us to dig our heels it and walk towards a better future. Anyone can walk, regardless of sexuality or age, so bring your friends and family out for the stroll.

On March 22, the Miramar Cultural center presents the critically acclaimed opera, Madama Butterfly. If you have not seen this masterpiece now would be the time to go! Madama Butterfly is a tragic story about a young 15-year-old Japanese girl, nicknamed Butterfly who is given to an American as his bride. The aria focuses on Butterfly’s unconditional love for her husband, shunning her ancient religion and family for him. The opera was conceived by Giacomo Puccini, first staged in 1904, and has enthralled the world for over a century.

On March 26, the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is holding it’s 10th annual Gala Awards Celebration entitled “A Royal Affair”. It takes place at the Miami Hilton starting with VIP Champagne reception and a silent auction at 6 p.m., Grand Buffet at 7:30 p.m. and finally the award ceremony at 9 p.m. Four noted awards will be given, Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Non-Profit Organization of the Year and the AT&T 10th Anniversary Special Recognition award to the most deserving individuals. For pricing and ticket information, go to www.gogaymiami.com and be sure to wear something purple -- it is “A Royal Affair” after all.

Till next week ;)