During World War II the Nazis conducted a series of medical experiments on concentration camp prisoners, primarily Jews but also LGBT people, Romani, Poles, Russians, and disabled Germans.
As everyone knows, the present pandemic forced many groups (queer or otherwise) to stop meeting in person. Instead, group members gather in front of their computers or other devices to attend virtual meetings or events.
In 1992, a photo appeared in The Weekly News (twn), South Florida’s gay community newspaper, which featured several LGBT community leaders in the early part of the “Gay Nineties.”
This is a troubling year for the American people.
COVID is here to stay. This is the way it seems, 18 months after the virus entered our lives to wreck them.
In 1722 Daniel Defoe, the author of “Robinson Crusoe,” wrote “A Journal of the Plague Year.” This was a semi-fictional account of the Great Plague, an outbreak of bubonic plague that struck London from 1665 to 1666.
In 1978 the historian Barbara W. Tuchman published “A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century.”
The last time I wrote my Coronavirus Journal it was still 2020, an “awful year” that I compared to Barbara W. Tuchman’s calamitous 14th Century.
A song stylist is a singer with a distinctive or original style. Fort Lauderdale’s own Davide [pronounced Dah-ví-day] Durrell McGonigle has expressed his love for the art for decades, doing commercials, theater, television, film and even some nude modeling.
Book burning is as old as books themselves. People in power always felt a need to control what theirsubjects read.
Emanuel Xavier (born 1970) is a Latinx poet, spoken word artist, author, editor and LBGT activist.
In a way, Brian McNaught led an enviable life.
For much of the past century gay men have compiled lists of gay or gay-friendly venues: bars, baths, hotels, restaurants, resorts, and cruisy places, among others.
Anyone familiar with cable television programs knows that Americans love the occult.
In a previous column I wrote about the financial troubles of Vitambi Springs Florida Wilderness Resort & Camp and worried that this LGBT community treasure might not be with us much longer.
At year’s end, we look back and remember those members of the LGBT community who improved our lives or made valuable contributions to our culture.
I met Joseph McQuay in 1982 when he was hired as an editor of The Weekly News, Miami’s gay community newspaper.
I love thrift stores. The price is mostly right, the quality is surprisingly good, and my money usually goes to good causes. I began to shop thrift stores at a time when my finances were not so good and now, though my finances are better, I continue to do so.
“You don’t look Latin,” people sometimes say to me when they learn about my background. “What does a Latin look like?” I reply, knowing full well what their answer might be.
On LGBTQ History Month, we remember and celebrate those of us who lived our truths at a time when to do so was a dangerous thing.
One of the most ridiculous creations of the millennial generation is the gender reveal party.
When I came out (almost 50 years ago), I learned much about being gay from older gay or bisexual men, Hispanic and Anglo, who I met in Miami’s then-flourishing gay bars.
It is seldom a good time to be a dissident Cuban, in Cuba or in Miami. As far as my compatriotas are concerned, I am not a very good Cuban.
The death of writer Herbert Huncke in 1996, and of his colleagues William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg in 1997, ended one of the most influential literary movements in American history: the Beat Generation.
This is not an easy time to be a political progressive in Florida.
Recent Republican victories in Florida have led many of us to consider moving out of the Sunshine State.
The State of Florida has often been described as a purple state, not as blue as California but not as red as Texas.
When I learned about the death of Fidel Castro, I immediately thought about my father, who died 25 years ago. Like other Cuban exiles of his generation, my dad looked forward to the day when Cuba’s communist government would fall; and he and his family would return to a free Cuba.
I met Morris Kight (1919-2003) in 1978. That year, Kight came to Miami to serve as Grand Marshal in the annual Pride Parade.
The proliferation of anti-LGBT bills in state legislatures this year – 321 of them according to the ACLU – would make one think that the American people have become more homophobic or transphobic during the last few years.
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