Dozens of gay South Florida civic leaders are furious that a Grammy-winning DJ and a major Miami Beach nightclub group have again scheduled a dance party at Mansion that they fear will lure gay tourists -- and their money -- from a Winter Party Festival fundraiser on March 7.

Winter Party is a six-day annual festival that attracts 10,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people -- many of them from out of town -- to South Beach, said chairman Chad Richter, who accuses New York-based DJ Peter Rauhofer and Miami Beach's Opium Group of piggy-backing on the fundraiser's tourist draw.

The Defense Department starts the clock next week on what is expected to be a several-year process in lifting its ban on gays from serving openly in the military.A special investigation into how the ban can be repealed without hurting the morale or readiness of the troops was expected to be announced Tuesday by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

She was 4’ 3” tall, but friends and co-stars say her heart was as big as her activist spirit. On January 27th, actress Zelda Rubenstein, best remembered for her role as psychic Tangina Barrons in the ‘Poltergeist’ films, died of natural causes in Los Angeles; she was 76.

Rubenstein began her film career in 1981, but it was her appearance 1982’s ‘Poltergeist’ in a part specifically created for a little person that catapulted her to fame.

Hollywood Police Officer Gathers International Support in Job Fight

Within hours after SFGN broke the ground-breaking news feature, “A Gay Cop Fights Back,” websites from USAToday.com to MSNBC.com picked up Mikey Verdugo’s campaign to take back his job as a Hollywood police officer.

Fired for shooting a porn movie in 1996, five years before he ever became a cop, an arbitrator ruled last month his firing was legal. Verdugo said he is exploring with counsel his legal remedies and wants to challenge the determination in court.

Did you know a good resumé is equal to 1,000 pictures? So, where do you go to acquire that lightning jab of prose combined with solid shots of enthusiasm and looking pretty jazzy in the process? Attend the Lavender Event’s Job Fair on Feb. 5, at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center (2040 N. Dixie), starting at 10:00 am.

“We have seven professionals,” says Chair­person Wendy Phillips, “that will be doing different workshops right now.”

You write a story like this in disbelief. But it is true.

A healthy hound retriever mix, entrusted to an Oakland Park gay couple for its care, was killed when the morons performed amateur surgery on the dog in their living room while holding the dog down against its will.

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