From Boxes in a Dorm Room to National Spotlight

Not too many years ago, if you wanted to find books about our community you had to borrow them from a friend, go to an urban bookstore, or scour the public library for some old books, out of date and hidden away. Today, the nation’s largest gay and lesbian circulating library, The Stonewall Library & Archives, houses a collection of over 20,000 books, 1,000 movies and 40 tons of historical archival material. Last year with over 10,000 patron visits and major traveling exhibitions, The Stonewall took its place among the nation’s largest GLBT cultural institutions.

BSO Cop Booted

ABSO deputy terminated after his work computer was found to contain sexually explicit images of females compounded things for himself by publishing demeaning remarks about homosexuals to his former colleagues.

Already the target of a sexual discrimination suit, Lt. James Murray was fired the week of January 11th after BSO discovered “adult content matter” and “images of females in sexually explicit positions,” the investigation’s report reads.

Gay Cop Fights Back

EXCLUSIVE: Fourteen years ago, in a lifetime far away, Mike Verdugo spent an afternoon making some extra cash by participating in a stupid gay bondage film called Rope Rituals. He was ripped, cut, handsome, and gay. It was no big deal; just a soft core erotic shoot. Don’t expect to see it on the Golden Globes.

There was nothing illegal about participating in the film. The production was a one time deal taking less than a day to film and Verdugo was paid as a subcontractor with an IRS 1099 form.

But that film on that day would come back to haunt him years later. Today, because of it, he is fighting for his job. Why? Because Mike became a cop. A good one.

The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards are around the corner. Here are some predictions of artists who I think will walk away with trophies during the award ceremony which airs live January 31 on CBS.

When Steve Rothaus joined the staff of the Miami Herald, it was 1985.  Ronald Reagan was president; Rock Hudson was about to make AIDS a household word; and Rothaus himself was still a journalism major at Florida International University.  “I started working at The Herald during my junior year at FIU,” Rothaus recalls.  “For about a year-and-a-half, I worked nights from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.  I attended classes weekday mornings before work.”  Twenty-four years later, Rothaus is the journalist that South Florida turns to for news and information about the local gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

For our first excursion, let’s visit the crown jewel of Scandinavia, Stockholm, Sweden.  Home to international icons including IKEA and H&M, Stockholm is a vibrant city filled with great people, great food and lots of activities for the GLBT community.  On a recent vacation to this fabulous destination, I spent three magical days in a city that I rank as one of the top vacation spots in all of Europe.  Gay life in Stockholm is easily accessible, hugely fun and always welcoming. First-time GLBT visitors to Stockholm will be quick to realize that Stockholm is a fun-loving city which is also steeped in tradition.  Stockholm is built on 14 islands, set in the magnificent Baltic Sea, just as spectacular as the city itself.  Although the city is vibrant in the warmer months, travel deals are abundant in the winter if you are brave enough to face the long, harsh starry nights.

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