• Coffee & Conversation: Travel Agency Matches Dreams With Reach

    Travel agents David Brams and Diane Hickey sponsored this week’s Coffee & Conversation program at Pride Center.

  • Column: Happy New Year!

    This time of year, we hear a lot about new year resolutions.  A resolution is an “intention to do or not do something”.  The question we must ask ourselves is “How do we turn this intention in to a reality?” A resolution that works is not an event, it’s a lifestyle change.  

    At our church, instead of a one-time hour-long event, we are claiming the entire month of January as a “travel plan” to discern and navigate our journey for the new year. We have contacted our travel agent (God) and plan a month-long trip whose destination stops include Sundays of Epiphany, Burning Bowls, Baptism and Letters to God.

    January 6th, on Epiphany Sunday we look back at where we have traveled before and learn from those trips. What have been our motivations and how have they worked for us in the past? Like the Wise Men, we will choose to be guided even more by the light that exists within us. We will review our encounters with the divine. We will commit to grow, change and being transformed, and are open to infinite possibilities as the spirit guides us to her plan for us.

    January 13th, on Burning Bowl Sunday we travel to the land of discernment and throw away the souvenirs that we have been carrying around for years. We toss in to the fire, life’s experiences that we have allowed to hold us back and keep us from feeling connected with the divine. We send them to the department of “lost luggage”, never to be seen again.

    January 20th, on Baptism Sunday, we make a statement to the community of people who travel with us.  We share our firm commitment to our divine travel plan.  It’s also a commitment of those who travel with us to support one another and to love one another even when there are layovers or temporary canceled flights!

    And last but not least, January 27this “Letters to God” Sunday when we will print out our itinerary for the new year. We write a personalized travel plan to God.  This itinerary is returned to us six months later for review and possible revision for different routes or modes of transportation.

    God invites to New Beginnings.  Wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome to pack your bags and come travel with us.  All Are Welcome!

    United Church of Christ Fort Lauderdale

    2501 NE 30thStreet

    Fort Lauderdale, FL  33306

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    Services:  Sundays and Thursdays at 10:30am

  • Column: Owning Stonewall

    Roland Emmerich is a filmmaker who is best-known for directing blockbusters like “Independence Day” (1996) and “The Day After Tomorrow” (2004). For his latest project Emmerich, who is openly gay, filmed a dramatization of the most important event in LGBT history, the Stonewall Uprising.

  • Column: Pride and Politics

    My name is Ryan Hurst and I’m gay. As we celebrate Pride this month I feel compelled to share the story of how Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum helped me to find my place in the community and understand the meaning of pride, and in doing so I hope that you will give Andrew Gillum a chance to earn your vote for governor of Florida.

  • Column: Stonewall 1969 - 2019

    The term “post-gay" was first used by British journalist Paul Burston in 1994 to connote the willful disassociation from certain stereotypes within gay culture. The term hit home with the American audience four years later, when Out Magazine Editor in Chief James Collard recycled the phrase to assert that gays need no longer define themselves by their sexuality.

  • Column: The Buck Doesn't Stop Anywhere Anymore

    If You Could Read My Mind: A PTSD Diary

  • Column: Wilton Manors Pride

    As I sit down to write my article on the eve of our city’s Stonewall Pride Festival, we here in Wilton Manors have plenty to be proud of. This past week has reinforced my pride in our city, our community, and within myself. 

  • Community Announcement: 2014 Key West Pride Inclusive To Whole Community

    Key West does PRIDE with splashy pool parties, on-the-water adventures, beach parties, late-night dance parties, a race for tutu-wearing competitors, an intriguing film premiere and a lively community, hometown parade. Set for Wednesday through Sunday, June 11-15, the festival spotlights the all-accepting diversity that has helped make Key West an internationally renowned gay and lesbian vacation spot.

  • Compass Points: Pride Returns – Join us March 30-31 

    It’s March in South Florida. So that means there should be only one thing on everyone’s mind: Palm Beach Pride on March 30 and 31 at Bryant Park in Lake Worth! 

  • Compass: The Road to Pride 

    There are several performances to look forward to during this year’s Palm Beach Pride. But to prepare for two straight days of dynamic performances, it takes months of focus and swallows dozens of hours. 

  • Corporations Celebrating Pride

    To kick off LGBT Pride Month this June, corporations are stepping in and celebrating pride with their fans.

  • Curacao Kicks Off Fourth Annual Pride Week Sept. 26 to Oct. 2

    Curacao, the Dutch Caribbean island south of Cuba, north of Venezuela, will celebrate its gay pride week in the capital city of Willemstad.

  • Cyprus To Hold First Gay Pride Festival

    Cyprus' Orthodox Christian Church lashed out against homosexuality Thursday after activists announced the country's first gay pride festival.

  • D.C. Gay Pride Parade Will Feature Military Color Guard For First Time

    WASHINGTON (AP) - For the first time, a U.S. military color guard is expected to march alongside rainbow flags in Washington's gay pride parade.

  • DC School Principal Comes Out at Gay Pride Event

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The principal at one of the District of Columbia’s largest public high schools told students for the first time Wednesday that he is gay at a Pride Day event.

  • Delaware Pride Festival Moves To State Capital

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Organizers of Delaware's Pride Festival have moved the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender event to Dover for the first time to thank lawmakers for enacting marriage equality.

  • Detroit Gay Pride Parade Marks Weekend Festival

    Two pioneers of the movement to legalize same-sex marriage in Michigan led the procession as Detroit celebrated the 43rd Motor City Pride Festival and Parade under drizzly skies Sunday.

  • Disney Reveals Pride Collection

    It turns out Disney is doing more than rainbow-colored Mickey Mouse ears for Pride Month.

  • Disneyland Paris to Hold the First ever Official Pride Event

     In June 2019, Disneyland Paris will host “Magical Pride,” Disney’s first ever official Pride event. 

  • Drag Queen to Host Bisexual Dating Show ‘The Bi Life’

    She was on RuPaul’s Drag Race and won Celebrity Big Brother UK. Now, she’s going a step further in the reality television scene — by making one of her own.