Barry University’s 50+ Program, an outreach of its School of Adult and Continuing Education, will host six film and lecture events catered to LGBT issues beginning Feb. 12.

The South Florida Amateur Athletic Association Celebrates History

February is a magic month for baseball fans. Major League pitchers and catchers cast the opening spell, as they are the first to report. Then the rest of their teammates show up and it isn’t long before Florida is knee deep in spring training.

Greg Louganis

Greg Louganis has always had chutzpah.

When he was a toddler, the boy who would become history’s greatest diver sneaked into his sister’s dance class and outshined the older kids. By 3, he was singing and dancing on stage, and at 8, was doing gymnastic stunts off the diving board at home. By 9, he was diving competitively.

``I’ve been performing all my life,’’ Louganis said. ``I always need a creative outlet, no matter what.’’

AHF Testing Van

When the valets park guests’ cars at the W Hotel on the Fort Lauderdale Beach, it is not unusual to see a Bentley or Rolls being driven to a secure spot. But on February 2, courtesy of the AIDS Health Care Foundation, a different kind of vehicle was being rolled out.

Halfway through a reception for Florida AIDS Walk team captains, AHF unveiled its new Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) to the surprised and awe-struck crowd. The vehicle had been delivered only hours before.

The biggest open secret in the landmark trial over same-sex marriage being heard in San Francisco is that the federal judge who will decide the case, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, is himself gay.

Many gay politicians in San Francisco and lawyers who have had dealings with Walker say the 65-year-old jurist, appointed to the bench by President George H.W. Bush in 1989, has never taken pains to disguise - or advertise - his orientation.

A funny thing happened after Adm. Mike Mullen called for gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the military: A curious silence befell much of the right. If this were a Sherlock Holmes story, it would be the case of the attack dogs that did not bark.

John McCain, commandeering the spotlight as usual, did fulminate against the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” But the press focus on McCain, the crazy man in Washington’s attic, was misleading. His yapping was an exception, not the rule.

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