The Mirror

  • Editor's Note: Key West will re-open to visitors on Sunday, Oct. 1 and they need your support.

     

    Only a 3-hour drive from Miami surrounded by clear turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean on the left and the Gulf of Mexico on the right (or faster still by plane), Key West is just as much the gay destination as it’s ever been.

  • Daimien J. Matherson, a local trans man, has big plans for Measure for Measure Theatre, a new company making its debut this fall. 

  • Who is Ramzan Kadyrov? Where is Elena Milashina? Why was Murad Amirev detained? What caused the targeting of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya? And how can this torture train be stopped?

  • South Florida is a foodie’s paradise. So why do you keep going to the same restaurants time and time again? While we all have our favorites, you owe it to yourself to break up the routine and try something new. I suggest you start with these five places, each extraordinary in its own way. I’ve included places throughout the Dade-Broward-Palm Beach areas because a good meal is often worth the trip.

  • San Juan is a city of contrasts: 500-year-old brick casas sit next to gleaming glass-and-steel hotels. Caribe Indian, Spanish and African cultures compete and combine in every conceivable way. Busy highways divide affluent and struggling neighborhoods. An U.S. commonwealth, its residents are Americans, but more proudly Puerto Rican.

  • Let’s face it, our community will turn anything into a celebration and a reason to go out to wine and dine. You got a new job? Let’s go out for dinner! You quit your job? Let’s go out for dinner! While cocktails may be in the forecast later in the evening, celebrating any special occasion seems to call for getting together for dinner at a fancy (read expensive) restaurant. Here are a few places that, while they will run you a few bucks (more than $25 a person, for dinner and a drink) are perfect for celebrating that special event.

  • When “Society and the Healthy Homosexual,” Dr. George Weinberg’s most famous book, was published in 1972, the consensus was that LGBT people were mentally ill. 

  • In 1974, barely out of his teens, Daniel Nicoletta moved to San Francisco, where he got a job in Castro Camera, Harvey Milk's camera shop. Almost immediately the young man began photographing his community – and he's still taking photos over forty years later.

  • Go West! Northwest, to be exact.

  • The nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., awaits—just a quick two-hour flight to the north. Join the masses this summer for the LGBT March on Washington in June, and while you’re there, enjoy world-class dining, fascinating museums and pageantry, too.

  • The spa business is competitive—especially in appearance conscious South Florida. Now, we’re not saying that people here are shallow, but spa owners are constantly looking for the hot new treatment to keep customers coming in, especially during the slow summer months.

  • Like most resorts along South Florida’s beaches, the Forbes Five-Star Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa offers all the usual amenities upscale travelers expect—fine dining, exotic spa services, luxurious rooms designed by Jonathan Adler. But, for the serious foodie, Eau Palm Beach offers this customized experience:

  • Step onto any gay beach – from Miami’s Haulover to Asbury Park’s 5th Ave. to Will Rogers Beach in Los Angeles – and you’ll bear witness to a veritable catwalk of loosey-goosey board shorts, fitted trunks, and skintight Speedo-like swimwear.

  • We’ve all been warned about the complexities of office romances. When love is in the air, Monday mornings may seem a little brighter, long days can pass just a little more quickly. But the pressure to perform can also stress relationships — literally.

  • $170,000.

    That’s how much a forensic accountant told Carol Wartenberg and Laura Hohnecker that they are missing out on in retirement savings because, essentially, they are gay.

  • There are those who are intimidated by the idea of pairing food and wine. They’ve been intimidated by those wine snobs who make a big production about smelling the cork, swishing the wine in their mouth and practically gargling at the table. The whole point of pairing food and wine is finding food and drink that complement each other. It is a little more complicated than “white with fish, red with meat”, but not so much that you need to feel intimidated. These are not so much rules, but guidelines, to help you get the most out of your meal.

  • Welcome to the Mirror's Food and Wine Issue, the last one before the menu changes for every fine restaurant in Florida.

  • The first thing readers will notice when they peruse "The Box," Ron Amato's striking new photo book of male nudes, is the age diversity of the models. There are cute younger guys, but there are also models pushing fifty and beyond. Some of the models have full heads of darker hair, while others have the white hair that comes with age. Still others are bald. The models hail from a variety of cultural backgrounds. 

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  • In the short time since same-sex marriage became legal throughout the U.S., wedding trends among LGBT couples have changed dramatically. A survey conducted via collaboration between WeddingWire, Inc., GayWeddings, The Gay Wedding Institute and Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) found that 79 percent of same-sex couples are now celebrating their unions with a formal ceremony and reception with invited guests. That figure represents a 36 percent increase since a similar survey conducted in 2013.The average same-sex couple spends $11,000 on their wedding, according to the survey, an 88 percent increase since 2013. More than two-thirds of those weddings are held in the couple’s home state because they no longer need to travel to other states or countries to tie the knot.

  • After less than two months in office, the Trump administration undid one of the Obama White House’s pro-LGBT legislation: bathroom rights for LGBT students.

  • You don’t just visit Vancouver; you do Vancouver. This coastal British Columbia seaport, with the highest population density of any Canadian city and a waterfront ringed with glass towers, orders you to get outdoors and explore its natural beauty. Vancouver wants you in walking shoes, on a bicycle, hiking its parks or exploring its beaches. I was glad to oblige. Having heard that Vancouver was one of the most livable cities on earth, I was eager to test its reputation. It lived up to the hype.

  • For most of the country, Labor Day signifies the unofficial end of summer. For those of us lucky enough to live with endless summer, it’s just another three-day weekend and that’s reason enough to get away from the height of South Florida’s heat. Here are a few mini-vacation ideas to fill up that weekend in style.

  • Chris Leonard was sitting in on a domestic violence committee meeting when he noticed a word that kept being used: she.