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Please support official White Party Events, not "The Main Event"
Care Resource Press Release:
MIAMI; September 30, 2008 - As another White Party draws near, here we go again! It has recently come to Care Resource's attention that Peter Rauhofer, a well known DJ and Offer Nissim, are producing their own party at Mansion on Sunday November 11th. This party, titled "The Main Event," of all things benefits no one except themselves, and directly competes with Care Resource's Sunday night White Party Noche Blanca at Cameo. So once again, we experience a threat to this now 24 year old fundraiser we call White Party Week. This is yet another time, our community sees someone arrive in town, and capitalize on what our not-for-profit agency has spent years building to benefit our HIV positive community. We see someone capitalize on the fact that so many of you will be in town for our event, so it is the opportunity to draw you away, to something different. Interestingly, this could be construed simply as a capitalistic business enterprise. After all, when someone creates a great product, in our free market system, an opportunist will always attempt to swoop in and take a piece of it. The exception is White Party which has always been, since its conception by Frank Wagner, not a corporate venture, but a way to save lives. It is about community. It is about our community, which has over and over again, come together to help raise money to care for its own. Year after year, this is the only reason White Party happens. We should be proud, and we should stand together against these carpetbaggers. Because this is not about business enterprise, it is about us, our friends, those we are caring for, and those whose memories we will continue to honor, by helping those we still can. And that is what makes this so dishonorable. There are so many other weekends when talent could come to our great city, produce a great party, and be most welcome.
So when you think about what you would like to do during White Party, and you consider putting your hard earned money on the table to have some fun, think about the choices you have, and the difference you can make in the community. And know that it will make a difference. Splitting our crowd will not "add" anything to the overall week, as some would say. It will divide us and hurt our community, as we have seen time and time again. Every dollar which goes into the pockets of others this weekend is a dollar less we will have to care for those who need us. The choice is really a very simple one. You can help fight opportunistic infections still associated with AIDS, or you can support this infectious opportunism that has appeared in our community. Let's show the world that we are united in our fight against HIV/AIDS and these outsiders. Let's follow one track this week, the "sanctioned" event track. These are the parties so many DJ's, promoters, club owners and their representatives have come together to support by their donation of time and services. Let's do the right thing together. Let's all dance at Noche Blanca at Cameo on Sunday Night. Tickets are available on our web-site at www.whiteparty.org

Matt Damon and Alicia Silverstone host Voting Rally on Sunday
On Sunday, October 26, at 6pm, as part of Vote Fest '08, Matt Damon, Alicia Silverstone and Kerry Washington, will participate in an Early Vote Rally on Miami Beach, sponsored by the Miami-Dade Democrats. For folks who can't get there on Sunday, Matt Damon will be in South Beach on Monday, participating in one of our 27 Marches for Change being held throughout Florida – 27 Marches on October 27 for 27 Florida Electoral Votes that Barack will win on November 4. The march will begin at 21st and Collins and end at the Early Vote Center at Miami Beach City Hall. The march begins at 2100 Collins at 5pm.

The 7th Annual Miami International Wine Fair - October 25th-27th
The 7th Annual Miami International Wine Fair, to be held October 25-27 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, is the largest wine expo in Florida and one of the leading industry events in the country, featuring over 65,000 sqft of exhibit space and some 1,200 wines from 15 countries available for tasting. www.miamiwinefair.com

SAVE Dade Halloween Ball - Saturday, October 25th
SAVE Dade's Annual Halloween Ball will be held on Saturday, October 25th 9pm to 3am at SoHo Studios 2136 NW 1st Avenue. DJ Alyson Calagna. Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door. For more information, visit www.savedade.org

Macy's Passport Event at Regal - Thursday, October 23rd 7pm
You are invited to Macy’s Passport Event on Thursday, October 23rd. Come enjoy an evening of fashion, music and dance in high-definition on the silver screen. This event is at the Regal South Beach Cinema. The reception is at 7pm, followed by the screening, which begins at 8pm. All proceeds from this event will benefit Care Resource. Tickets are $10. With your ticket purchase you will also receive a $10 Regal gift card that can be used at concessions and a 20% discount at Macys through October 28th. SEE FLYER

Passport Magazine's Miami Segment om Passport TV
Click on the link to see the Miami segment on Passport TV. www.passportmagazine.com

Winter Party Florida Resident Passes Now On Sale!
From now until October 31st, Florida residents can be the first to purchase a pass for the 2009 Winter Party Festival. The Florida Resident Pass offers savings on three of our most popular dance events: the Beach Party, the Under One Sun Pool Party, and the Saturday night dance event. Advance tickets to these three events retail at $170, but the Florida Resident Pass offers all three for a total of $140. Only 150 Florida Resident Passes are available, so don’t wait to purchase yours at www.winterparty.com

Out in the Park - Sunday, October 19th 1pm to 4pm
You are invited to join Mayor Matti Bower and The Gay and Lesbian Business Committee for a day in Flamingo Park with DJ George Figares, soft drinks and lite food for a kick-off party for Gay Pride Miami 2009. SEE FLYER

12th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner - Saturday, October 18th
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force invites you to join us for the 12th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner, Saturday, October 18, at the InterContinental Miami. The hilarious Bruce Vilanch will host a ceremony recognizing the contributions of national activist and journalist Keith Boykin, The L Word creator Ilene Chaiken, and local heroine Joan Schaeffer. This year’s silent auction will feature an amazing array of items, including a Holland America cruise, a sofa from Design Within Reach, South Beach Food & Wine Festival tickets, Tiffany jewelry, Perry Ellis clothing and stays at fabulous hotels like the Delano and the Shore Club. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.MiamiRecognitionDinner.org

Don't Miss the 12th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force invites you to join them for one of the South Florida LGBT community's most memorable nights of the year, the 12th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner. The event will begin at 6:30pm on Saturday, October 18th, at the InterContinental Miami. The hilarious Bruce Vilanch will host a ceremony recognizing the contributions of national activist and journalist Keith Boykin, The L Word creator Ilene Chaiken, and local heroine Joan Schaeffer. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.miamirecognitiondinner.org

WEAM 3rd Anniversary / Photography Exhibit - Thursday, October 16th 7pm
The World Erotic Arts Museum (WEAM) will celebrate its third anniversary on Thursday, October 16th, with a party a special photography exhibition by photographer Henry Perez. Perez's exhibition "Goddesses and Monsters" graphically depicts what was once the underground world of drag queens. Perez has captured the essence of the "drag queen" idiom with such popular icons as Adora, Asia Aviance, Daisy D, Ebonee Excell, Fernand-Q, Chyna Girl, Victoria Grantty, Elaine Lancaster, Milancita, and Nicky White. In honor of WEAM's third anniversary, the general admission price of $15 per person will be reduced to $10 from 11am to 5pm, as well as for the reception from 7-10pm. WEAM is located at 1205 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. For more information, visit www.weam.com

Pandora Events: The Tenth - Saturday, October 11th
Pandora proudly presents an anniversary event of epic proportions benefiting Susan G. Komen's Race for the Cure. Pandora Evenst invites all of their gay boyfriends to come out and celebrate with the girls for their 10th year in business. They are transforming the historic Moore Building and Bamboo Gardens into an elegant women's sanctuary for an evening not to miss. Doors open at 10pm. Glamorous Attire is a must. Tickets and VIP Passes on sale. Moore building 4040 NE 2nd Avenue Miami Design District. To purchase tickets, Yesi at 305.495.6969 or Alison at 954.288.8691 or visit www.pandoraevents.com

The Adrienne Arsht Gala After Party - Saturday, October 11th 10:30pm
The Adrienne Arsht Gala After Party Host Committee: Brian Antoni / Daniel Arsham / Andres Asion / Dr. Ester & Amir Ben-Zion / Lance Burstyn / Michael Capponi / Ingrid Casares / Helio Castroneves / Tony Cho / Edison Farrow / Andres Faucher / Rodrigo B. Gonzalez / Ruth Infarinato / Jovar Andrews / Michelle Leshem / Vanessa Menkes / Max Pierre / Amy Rosenberg / Javier Soto / Jimmy Vargas invite you to a spectacular evening of cocktails and dancing at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Gala After Party "Coming Up Roses!" Proceeds from the evening benefit the arts and education programs and outreach initiatives at the Adrienne Arsht Center on Saturday, October 11th 10:30 pm. Music By: Paul Sevigny / DJ Ruckus / Induce. To Purchase Tickets: Call: 786.468.2035 or Email: Gala@arshtcenter.org SEE INVITATION

Obama/Biden Victory Fundraiser - Saturday, October 11th 7pm-10pm
Hosts: Ed Pascoe, Steve Herbits, David Caporini, Edison Farrow, Chip Arndt, Freedom Democrats, Obama Miami-Beach Office, and Host Committee invite you to the beautiful home of Ed Pascoe, 185 S. Hibiscus Drive, Hibiscus Island, Miami Beach, FL 33139 for a Obama/Biden Victory Fundraiser. Now is your chance to get involved and meet many volunteers from the campaign, who will help you help the campaign over the next three weeks. RSVP Required. Donation: $50. All proceeds go to the Obama Victory Fund. Checks will be accepted at the door also after you RSVP to Ed Pascoe ed@pascoeandcompany.com - or, sign up at the website: http://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/fundraising/gsxtft

Miami Recognition Dinner Seeks Volunteers
The Miami Recognition Dinner is set for Saturday, October 18th at the Miami Intercontinental Hotel. They are looking for high energy people to assist them in producing this event. This fundraiser consists of a high-end catered event with a silent auction and is attended by some of the most affluent individuals in our community. They are currently filling all positions for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to volunteerdirector@bellsouth.net or if you prefer to register by phone, please call the volunteer hotline at 561.243.9114.

Funkshion Fashion Week hits South Florida
The tents rise once again in South Beach, starting today. It's Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach Twenty-one designers—some professional, some amateur—will showcase their new lines in individual fashion shows through October 5. This is not the production company that stages Miami Beach Swim Week in July; that is staged by IMG Fashion, which also runs New York Fashion Week. But the Funkshion event will have some great shows (and great parties), including the Argyle Culture show by Russell Simmons and Secret Society Celebutante by Richie Rich (pictured), formerly of Heatherette. The shows are held between the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, and the pool at The Setai--and contrary to presumptions, the public can actually get tickets to these shows. Get all the details at 305-673-2756 or www.funkshion.com. www.southfloridablade.com

MDGLCC Explore Expo - Saturday, October 4th 9am-3:15pm
EXPLORE EXPO is presented by the Miami-Dade Gay & lesbian Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, October 4th from 9am to 3:15pm at the OI Offices 777 NW 72nd Street, Miami FL 33126 www.gogaymiamiexplore.com

Teen Admits To Killing Man Over Homosexual Comments
A 19-year-old who turned himself in to police on Thursday says he killed a man he believe was spreading rumors about homosexuality. Police said Hector Sanchez is accused in the shooting death of 24-year-old Levi Rollins, whose body was found inside a car parked in a Westside cemetery in July. www.news4jax.com

Miami Mayor Diaz co-chairs drive to defeat gay marriage ban
Miami Mayor Manny Diaz today became "honorary statewide co-chair'' of the SayNo2 campaign, which is seeking to stop Amendment 2, the marriage amendment that would ban gay unions, civil unions and domestic partnerships in Florida. "I don't see how this amendment protects anything," said Mayor Diaz. "Even worse, its vague language could actually take away important existing benefits like health care from Floridians." www.miamiherald.com/gay

"Little Britain USA": The British are Coming, and They're Bringing the Gays With Them
When fans of the wonderfully offensive sketch comedy Little Britain heard that the dastardly duo of out comedian Matt Lucas and partner-in-crime David Walliams had been picked up by HBO for a Stateside version of the series, most wondered if the at turns scathing satire and juvenile, potty-mouthed rebellion of the original conceit would lose any of its bite, wit, or nastiness in the translation. www.afterelton.com

A gay father finds victory in his family
After seven years, a foster dad has fulfilled a 12-year-old boy's dream to have a real father, as a judge rules against Florida's ban on gay adoptions. www.miamiherald.com

Clay Aiken comes out in People Magazine
Clay Aiken has officially come out of the closet as a gay man in the new issue of People magazine. www.perezhilton.com

Lindsay Lohan confirms romantic relationship with Samantha Ronson
It's official: Lindsay Lohan and DJ Samantha Ronson told an L.A. talk host they've been together "a long - a very long time." www.miamiherald.com/gay

Cynthia Nixon hosts Obama Event Saturday Night at Heathrow
Sex in the City's Cynthia Nixon will host a fundraiser for Barak Obama on Saturday night, September 28th at Heathrow Lounge 7pm to 9pm. Admission is a donation of $50 per person, $25 for college students. Heathrow Lounge 681 Washington Avenue Miami Beach 305.534.7614.

Spielberg and Capshaw Give $100,000 to Fight Gay Marriage Ban
More high-profile Hollywood figures have joined the fight against Proposition 8. Brad Pitt donated $100,000 last week and Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw matched that, Variety reported late yesterday.
Said Spielberg and Capshaw: "By writing discrimination into our state constitution, Proposition 8 seeks to eliminate the right of each and every citizen in our state to marry regardless of sexual orientation. Such discrimination has NO place in California's constitution, or any other." www.towleroad.com

Miami's JD Ordonez linked to Anderson Cooper and filming The Real World
JD Ordonez was first said to be romantically linked to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. Now Ordonez, a Miami dolphin trainer (seriously) is a current cast member on the now-filming new season of MTV's The Real World: Brooklyn reality show. www.gawker.com

Kareem Tabsch returns to MGLFF Fest as program director
From Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival:
Since our last communication, your MGLFF/FLGLFF Board has been moving forward to implement the new operating plans for the 11th Annual Festival in April 2009. We are delighted that two key positions have now been filled: Kareem Tabsch has returned to the Festival as Program Director. Brittany Clay has also returned to our operations team to assure seamless execution of the logistics of the Festival. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Gay Bowling League results for Week 3
1) Notorius (Michael Iannello, Stevan Iannello, Donn Dutton and Wolfgang Tillero) Score 1175
2) Mod Squad (Gary Bassell, Di-dri Hurt, Chris Chandler and Frank Ramirez) Score 1102
3) In The Gutter Balls (Paolo Pincente, Robert Daniels, Jarrod Luke and Eric Pachomski) Score 1076

Gay Grocery Shopping Monday Nights at Publix!
The official, unofficial gay grocery shopping night at Publix every Monday night 7pm to 11pm at Publix 1920 West Avenue Miami Beach. www.facebook.com

Brad Pitt Donates $100,000 to Fight Same-Sex Marriage Ban
Brad Pitt has donated $100,000 to fight Proposition 8, the November ballot measure that would ban same-sex marriage in California by declaring marriage between a man and a woman.
Said Pitt in a statement: "Because no one has the right to deny another their life, even though they disagree with it, because everyone has the right to live the life they so desire if it doesn't harm another and because discrimination has no place in America, my vote will be for equality and against Proposition 8." www.towleroad.com

Carol Coombes joins on as artistic director of Philadelphia Film Festival
TLAvideo.com has announced that the award-winning creative force behind the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Carol Coombes, will be joining TLAvideo.com as a Managing Editor. Coombes will be working to develop and nurture TLAvideo’s growing and popular lesbian catalogue. Her position begins in early October, 2008.
"I am delighted to be joining TLAvideo.com as Manager Editor of Lesbian content." Said Coombes. "I am looking forward to working with the terrifically dedicated team at TLAvideo.com." www.miamiherald.com/gay

Rosie's got a new neighbor -- and he's very, very rich
Rosie O'Donnell has a new next-door neighbor on Star Island -- Dr. Cem Kinay, physician, developer and owner of a 560-acre island in the Turks and Caicos chain. Kinay, 50, just paid $8.1 million for a six-bedroom waterfront estate at 44 Star Island Dr. Sellers: Dr. Theodore Struhl, 91, a retired surgeon, and wife Ruth, 89. They listed the Miami Beach property for $9.75 million. www.miamiherald.com

Let The Rainbow Flags Fly
On Wednesday, September 10, the Miami Beach City Commissioners unanimously agreed that a business flying the rainbow flag is not violating city code. One of Mayor Matti Bower's first tasks upon taking office was to create the Miami Beach Gay Business Development Ad Hoc Committee. The committee's goal is to improve the relationship between the gay community and local businesses and to work together to help increase gay and lesbian tourism. Soon after its formation, the committee pushed for Miami Beach's first ever gay pride festival, now scheduled for April 17th to 19th, 2009. www.sobegayinfo.com

Circuit Court rules against Florida's ban on gay adoptions
A Monroe Circuit Court judge has ruled Florida's 31-year-old gay adoption ban "unconstitutional" in an order that allows an openly gay Key West foster parent to adopt a teenage boy he has raised since 2001. Declaring the adoption to be in the boy's "best interest," Circuit Judge David J. Audlin Jr. said the Florida law forbidding gay people from adopting children is contrary to the state Constitution because it singles out a group for punishment. www.miamiherald.com

Click Sundays will move to Aero Bar
Click Sundays had its last Sunday night at Dek23 on September 7th. They will take a few weeks off and then launch at a new location on Sunday, September 28th. The new location will be Aero Bar 247 23rd Street in Miami Beach. This space was formerly Lola Bar, Nerve Lounge, Angel Ultra Lounge. SEE FLYER

Eye Believe - Friday, September 26th 6pm-11pm
Beranek Optometry proudly presents Eye Believe, a fundraiser to benefit Treasure the Children, on Friday September 26th 6pm to 11pm poolside at Midtown 4. Music by Power Infiniti, fashion Show by T Fabiano, Brazilian swimwear. Charlene Bowman, founder and director of Treasure the Children, will be the event’s speaker. View the entire eyewear collections from Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, ic! berlin, Diesel, Giorgio Armani & Marc Jacobs. Tickets: $20 advance ($25 at the door) Available at: Joshua Tree, Safari, Naked Grape, Midtown Miami & Beranek Optometry. For more information, visit www.eyebelievetoo.com

"Welcome to the Jungle" Pridelines Dinner & Dance - September 27th
Because of the success of their Adult Prom Dinner-Dance last September, Pridelines is planning to continue the tradition this year with "Welcome to the Jungle," an evening of music, entertainment, food and friends in the magical Treetop Ballroom at Parrot Jungle Island on Saturday, September 27th at 7pm in Jungle Island's Tree Top Ballroom 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail. Contact: Frank Avila at 305 864 0907 or email: frank@pridelines.org or visit www.pridelines.org

Miami Spice: Fine Dining at a Discount for Two Months
During August and September, Miami’s top restaurants offer three-course meals (Lunch $23, Dinner $36) featuring signature dishes created by world-renowned chefs. Discover the tropical fusion of ingredients that makes Miami dining so wonderfully out of the ordinary. An epicure’s paradise awaits you in Greater Miami and the Beaches! www.ilovemiamispice.com

Ready, Set, Seacrest
Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell were in town recently. The trio was spotted at Blue Door at Delano last Wednesday, and Jackson was seen buying some Samsonite luggage at Bodymindtravel on Saturday. www.miamiherald.com/scene_in_the_tropics

In Memory of Chad Adam Simo
South Beach has sadly lost another beloved character from our hearts. Chad Adam Simo passed away on Monday August 25, 2008. You may remember him from Balans the place where he and I met many years ago, then he was at Grill Fish, then a few odd jobs in between but most recently he fed the starving at Books and Books Cafe. There was a quiet yet fitting memorial held at Books and Books last Friday. The attendees included co-workers, friends, family and a lovely priest who presided over the memorial whom had gotten to know Chad right there over coffee. Many thanks to the staff and management that provided breakfast and a place for us to reminisce together. His parents, Larry and Gayle we over whelmed by the outpouring from all of his friends and were comforted to know he had such a large extended family here. FULL ARTICLE AND PHOTOS

SAVE Names Carlos "CJ" Ortuño, Executive Director
Safeguarding American Values for Everyone (SAVE) has named Miami fund-raiser and business executive Carlos "CJ" Ortuño as its new executive director. Ortuno's selection follows an intensive, nationwide search involving more than 120 individuals in Miami-Dade and beyond. www.miamiherald.com/gay

If you remember Amnesia, Sunday's for you
When it comes to nightlife, selective memory is key, especially for those sloppy nights of random PDA and Britney-caliber train wrecks on the dance floor. Now imagine trying to remember way back to, say, the early '90s, when the place now known as Opium Garden was called Amnesia and where Sunday Tea Dances and those gimmicky, soapy foam parties ruled. For some, the memories are as muddled as a mojito and for others, they are as clear as night. Wherever you stand or stumble, thanks to Edison Farrow, the Amnesia Tea Dance is once again more than just nostalgia, taking place at Opium from 4-10 p.m. Sunday.
Featuring DJ Brett Henrichsen, the tea dance, although it caters to a primarily gay male crowd, is open to anyone paying the $15 cover in advance or $20 at the door. A portion of proceeds will benefit SAVE Dade. VIP tickets, at $60, include a Ciroc vodka open bar.
Get tickets in advance at Halo or www.BrownPaperTickets.com. For more information, check out Farrow's website, www.SoBeSocialClub.com. www.miamiherald.com Velvet Underderground

5 years of the longest running Saturday night for women
On Saturday, September 20th, Icandee Productions will be celebrating Siren's 5th Anniversary party at Score's Creme Lounge. They have sexy go-go girls and boys, fire-eaters, snake charmers, incredible lights and sound, 5 girl DJ's, Citizen Jane, Meesh, Miss Flava, Dezrock & Guest DJ Miss M. and more. www.icandeeproductions.com

Bowling Results for Week Two
1st Place: Notorious, with a total score of 1118. Team members are Michael Ianniello, Stevan Ianniello, Don Dutton andWolfgang Tillero.
2nd Place: Fab Four, with a total score of 1106. Team members are Gage Hartung, Michael Mocoski, Jose Maisas and David Richardson.
3rd Place: Gaydiators, with a total score of 1046. Team members are Ed Pasco, Steven Briggs, David Caporini and Jamie Goff.

Miami Beach Gay Bowling League off to a great start!
Miami Beach's first gay bowling league launched on Tuesday, September 2nd. There was a huge turnout of 28 teams of four members with campy names such as "The Honeymooners", "Jeff Strykers", "In the Gutters". DJ Jenni Foxx rocked the house with a vast range of retro "sing-along" tunes as the players bowled, drank, danced and dined. You could feel the enthusiasm of the crowd resonating through the bowling alley.
The Miami Beach Gay Bowling League will meet every Tuesday for ten weeks at Lucky Strike Lanes 1691 Michigan Avenue in Miami Beach.

Amnesia Tea Dance: Dancing Through the Sandstorm
If you’ve ever wondered how it is that a town as flamboyant as Miami Beach has only this year established a date for its first Gay Pride celebration, then the explanation might have something to do with the fact that the boyz in this town make nearly every weekend on this flamingo pink sandbar a celebration of Pride. Take this past Labor Day weekend, for example-a weekend where south Florida found itself sandwiched between two hurricanes. Evacuations to the west and trepidation to the east-and meanwhile, on the Beach, surfers rode the waves while the boyz cruised the avenues, twirling from one party to the next. www.edgenewyork.com

Palin’s Pregnancy: When Abstinence-Only Sex Education Comes Home to Roost
The recent disclosure of the pregnancy of VP nominee Sarah Palin’s unmarried teenage daughter is a stark reminder that the abstinence-only sex education policies instituted by George Bush and strongly supported by the Alaska Governor have been an utterly miserable failure. www.gaysofla.com

Over the Rainbow - Miami Beach Gay Pride
Rainbows soon could be somewhere over Miami Beach, rain or shine. As part of a movement that would have made Judy Garland proud, city commissioners are on the verge of voting to end a ban on the public display of the rainbow pride flag. A longtime symbol of gay pride around the world, hanging the rainbow flag is currently illegal in Miami Beach, but not out of prejudice or homophobia — it was simply tied up in the minutia of city code that says only flags of sovereign nations can be flown from storefronts, homes and condos. But all of that is about to change.
"The gay and lesbian community is a vital part of the city," Mayor Matti Herrera Bower said. "I've been listening to complaints that [the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community, or GLBT] is losing business and not feeling the warmth it used to feel. I want the community to feel welcome here." www.miamisunpost.com

Gustav cuts short New Orleans gay Southern Decadance party
Southern Decadence, the largest gay festival in the South, had hardly begun when thousands of people Saturday night were told to flee New Orleans as hurricane Gustav continued to barrel down on the Gulf Coast. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin used stark language at a Saturday night news conference to urge residents to get out of the city, calling Gustav the "storm of the century." www.365gay.com

Hotel Developer Lands in Red Ink, Despite Boldface Names
Nicky Hilton no longer speaks to him. Neither does Rande Gerber, the lounge and bar owner, nor Don Peebles, the real estate mogul and Obama fund-raiser. His wife, Jennifer, divorced him. Even his mother is suing him. Although this roly-poly, baby-faced real estate developer is hardly a household name, he cut deals with plenty of people who were. Deftly working the celebrity circuit, while claiming to be developing more than $1 billion worth of properties around Miami and Chicago, he snared newspaper plaudits as the "condo-hotel king." www.nytimes.com

Asia de Cuba comes to Mondrian and Segafredo wins lease renewal
Adding to his ever-growing edible empire, Jeffrey Chodorow will open his famed Asia de Cuba restaurant during Art Basel at the yet-to-open Mondrian South Beach at 1100 West Ave. The restaurant will offer a fusion of Asian and Latin cuisines.
Congrats to the original Segafredo on Lincoln Road, which celebrated its remarkable eighth anniversary (and its lease renewal from the city, which wasn't looking too likely for a while). www.miamiherald.com

Chip Arndt Miami-Dade gay delegate represents
"You could call us all political junkies and this is our Olympics." They both happen every four years, require rigorous preparation and represent a gathering of people at the top of their games, but at the National Democratic Convention, the only game is politics. Chip Arndt is a gay man from Miami-Dade who has been in Denver this week, as an elected delegate to the 2008 Convention. www.floridablade.com

Miffed at MGLFF, Dobson creates rival film fest
As the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival seeks new leadership and venues to produce its 11th season, a group led by MGLFF’s former publicist is working on plans for new festival to launce just a week before MGLFF’s April 24 opening night. Jim Dobson, who has handled media for MGLFF, announced to the Blade his plans to premiere the Miami Latin Gay Film Festival, a three-day spree of gay latino films running April 16 – 19 on Miami Beach. www.floridablade.com

Gay Bowling League Gets Rolling
Over the past few years, Miami has built a reputation as a place that is gay-friendly and full of action. From clubs to restaurants and festivals, there is plenty out there celebrating the Gay and Lesbian community, including being the location of the annual White Party. Now, the Lucky Strike Lanes and the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce are doing their best to build on that reputation. They recently approached Edison Farrow of the South Beach Social Club about organizing the Miami Beach Gay Bowling League. Farrow predicts this will be a fun and great way to meet people. www.edgemiami.com

Siren Saturdays for women celebrates 5 years
Siren is the longest weekly Saturday night party in South Florida for women - ever. They will be celebrating their 5 Year Anniversary on Saturday, September 5th. Siren will be taking over both floors with music by 5 DJ's Dezrock, Meesh, Citizen Jane, Miss Flava and guest Dj Miss M. Siren @ Score727 Lincoln RoadMiami Beach21 & over Door opens at 10pm $8 Hpnotiq specials with roq candy For more info, visit www.icandeeproductions.com

Uncut Fridays moves to Delirium Lounge
Uncut Fridays just launched a few weeks ago at Dek23, but has already moved to Delirium Lounge 2701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140 305.532.4444. DJ Lannier, DJ TPRO, Doors open at 10pm. For more information, go to www.myspace.com

Last night of Click Sundays at Dek23
This Sunday will be the last week of Click Sundays at Dek23 due to the venue being sold. They will move to a new location next week.

"Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild" brings the laughs
It's been nearly 50 years since Fort Lauderdale earned its legendary status as the Spring Break Capital of America. Of course, lots of things have changed since Connie Francis, Frank Gorshin and company first headed to sunny South Florida for a relatively tame romp. Fort Lauderdale now boasts one of the largest gay communities in the country and regularly tops the lists of most popular travel destinations for gay men.This is the premise for writer/director Todd Stephens' "Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild," the highly anticipated sequel to "Another Gay Movie," our community's contribution to the parody film genre that started with "Scary Movie" and "Another Teen Movie." www.the411mag.com

Miami's Andy Tobias: Openly gay DNC treasurer addresses convention
Andy Tobias, the openly gay treasurer of the Democratic National Committee spoke to thousands assembled in Denver's Pepsi Center at the Democratic National Convention. Focusing his speech on the economy, Tobias explained how historically Democrats have brought a better economy than Republicans.
The line that garnered the most cheers, however, had nothing to do with budgets and deficits, but with Tobias's call for civil rights and equal treatment for all. "As a gay man, I yearn for a president who believes in equal rights for all Americans," he said. www.pageoneq.com

New Wine Bar to open on Lincoln Road
Eno's Wine Bar will be mmoving into 920 Lincoln Road in the space that was formerly Chroma, a few doors west of the recently closed Touch Restaurant.

SAVE Dade seeks volunteers to plan Halloween event
The time is fast approaching to scare the hell out of your fellow Floridians at SAVE's Halloween Miami 2008! But before you do on Saturday, October 25, 2008, the date for this year's event, help SAVE plan the party as a volunteer member of its Halloween Planning Committee. An important SAVE fundraiser, proceeds will go a long way to help SAVE efforts to defeat Amendment 2. Let us know if you can help by emailing carlos@savedade.org.

Sweet Thursdays, a new night for women at Halo
On Thursday August 28th, Pandora Events will launch Sweet Thursdays, a new women's night at Halo. DJ Jenni Foxx will be spinning a funky blend of 80s and 90s. $3 Miller Lights and $7 Flor de Cana all night. SEE FLYER

Scott Holland new Senior Editor at Hot Spots Magazine
"It is with great pleasure that I announce my new position as Senior Editor of Hotspots Magazine. After 3 1/2 years as the Marketing and Sales Director of Marks List I leave with the satisfaction of knowing that I have made a positive contribution to their growth. I have been watching Hotspots' growth and direction since Peter Clark re-launched the Magazine last January and have been impressed with what he has done in less then a year. I am excited to bring my energy and enthusiasm to the Hotspots team, as Peter and I share a similar vision that will positively impact our community for many years to come." Scott Holland

Huge response to Miami Beach Gay Bowling League!
We announced the Miami Beach Gay Bowling League on Monday, and by Tuesday night we had all 14 teams. So, we have decided to make two time slots to allow for 28 teams. Teams may now choose to play from 7pm-9pm or 9pm-11pm.

Gay bowlers get Lucky in South Beach
Want to sign up for the new Gay & Lesbian Bowling League at Lucky Strike Lanes in Miami? It's already too late. The League went from open slots to waiting list one day after it was announced by Edison Farrow of the SoBe Social Club. Farrow said he was approached by the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to kick off the League, and the response has been huge. "I am happy to add one more new and different activity to the Miami gay community," he said. "I think that it will be fun and a great way to meet people." www.expressgaynews.com

At the Boulevard goes back to gay format!
On Thursday August 28th, At the Boulevard will re-launch its gay format with a new design and layout. At the Boulevard 7770 Biscayne Boulevard,Miami FL 33138 Phone: 305.756.0121. For more information, go to www.attheboulevard.com

GLCC Hosts Women's Event on August 30th
Lavender Events, the new women’s committee established by the Gay and Lesbian Community Center (GLCC) of South Florida is pleased to announce its first dance! Lavender Events is comprised of lesbian, bisexual and transgendered women who take an active interest in the south Florida community. "I Am What I Am, So Come As You Are" is the theme of this event which will take place at the GLCC, 1717 N. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, August 30th from 8-midnight. DJs Rae Rae and Gemini from New Moon will be playing a variety of music for all ages. For further information regarding the dance, other events or volunteering, please contact Janet Vargas at 954-463-9005 or jvargas@glccsf.org

Morabito Does Opium! (Garden, that is)
For years, Morabito helmed the famous Saturday morning/afternoon affairs at Crobar (now Cameo) during White and Winter Party weekends. Can we say legendary? Anyone who remembers those parties knows those parties live on in the Great Party Pantheon. And for anyone who missed them, here’s an opportunity to witness Morabito work her soulful sexy groove in a setting evocative of the ancient Hanging Gardens of Babylon. www.edgemiami.com

26 domestic-partner couples sign up for recognition
The ceremony had all the romance of renewing a license plate -- which can be done a few floors down in the same, drab government building -- but it had powerful meaning on Monday for the first couples to register under Miami-Dade's new domestic-partnership law.
"This is a step in the right direction toward recognizing our relationship," said Mindy McNichols, an attorney for the Miami-Dade school district, who registered Monday morning with Ann Harrington, her partner of 18 years. www.miamiherald.com

The Divine Miss "M"- That's Morabito - Returns to South Beach
On August 31, 2008, a true musical master returns to South Beach for Edison Farrow’s second Amnesia Tea Dance at Opium Garden. Edison's Amnesia Ten Year Reunion party last month was a resounding success, drawing almost 1000 partiers to dance away Sunday afternoon and evening. A few nostalgic fans even flew in from around the country for the event to relive those long lost glory days. With the threat of rain that day, Edison was able to deliver on the hype. www.sobegayinfo.com

Amnesia Tea Dance - Sunday, August 31st 4pm to 10pm
On Labor Day weekend, the Amnesia Tea Dance returns for an incredible event with music by the legendary Susan Morabito NYC and Miami's own DJ Smeejay. Also on hand will be drag divas Adora, Asia, Barbarella, Chyna and Fantasy. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. $15 Advance tickets available at Halo or on line at www.BrownPaperTickets.com. Tickets at the door will be $20. $60 VIP tickets include a sponsored Ciroc Vodka open bar. You can purchase advance tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com

Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi wed
There was much dancing: Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are married, according to reports. In the biggest celebrity union since California legalized same-sex marriage, DeGeneres, 50, and de Rossi, 35, wed Saturday night in an intimate ceremony at their Beverly Hills home, People and Us Magazine reported. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Miami Beach residents pitch ideas for Flamingo Park
Before Flamingo Park undergoes a major renovation, city leaders want residents and business owners to tell them what should be part of the 36-acre site, the most heavily used park in Miami Beach. More than 50 people gathered for a charrette at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens on Aug. 6 to give their input on a new master plan for the park, which currently is shaped like a backward "L." It is bounded by Alton Road to the west, Meridian Avenue to the east, 11th street to the south and Española Way to the north www.miamiherald.com

Just When We Thought Chris Paciello Was On the Straight and Narrow
Chris Paciello was arrested yesterday on felony assault charges, according to TMZ. Apparently the former Miami club kingpin got in a tussle at Hollywood's Les Deux nightclub. According to TMZ, the victim exchanged a few words with Paciello and his pal, LA Clippers player Cuttino Mobley. Paciello allegedly left, picked up another LA hot spot owner, Villa's Reza Roohi, and then went after the victim, who was found beaten and battered. www.miamiherald.com/scene_in_the_tropics

The Planet Lounge on NE 79th Street, Miami
"The Planet Lounge is located in Miami's up and coming Shorecrest area. The Planet Lounge is more than just a lounge, it's a wonderful dining experience. Sophisticated and chic, it is surrounded by beautiful bamboo gardens and cozy outdoor seating where you can enjoy and delight your palate with a light yet delicious menu and refreshing cocktails, all while enjoying the relaxing music. The menu is a combination of International Fusion cuisine made with the freshest ingredients by our wonderful reknown Chef Guily Booth. After dinner, you can sit back and enjoy the intimate relaxed setting and the beautiful Miami night sky."
Planet Lounge 811 NE 79th Street, Miami 305.759.0036 www.myspace.com/theplanetlounge

New gay Sunday night at Delirium Lounge
E'rotica is a new gay Sunday night starting at Delirium Lounge on Collins Avenue and 27th Street. DJ Ruben will be spinning and admission is $5. Delirium Lounge 2701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140 305.532.4444. www.myspace.com

Dave Dade Campaign Results In Ordinance’s Historic DP Passage
A day SAVE Dade, volunteers, and community supporters have fought for has finally arrived – the opening of Miami-Dade County's Domestic Partnership Registry on Monday, August 18th. Registering is very important as it entitles domestic partners to visitation rights at healthcare, correctional and juvenile facilities, and extends health insurance and employee benefits to the domestic partners of county employees. www.savedade.org

Celine Dion's Taking Chances World Tour coming to Miami and FTL
Celine Dion's Taking Chances World Tour is coming to both Miami and Fort Lauderdale. She will perform at Miami's American Airlines Arena on Friday, January 23rd, and at Fort Lauderdale's Bank Atlantic Center on Friday, January 30th. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com/celine

Laundry Bar is closing
Rumor has it that the Laundry Bar is closing at the end of August. Shelley Novak is hosting a "Farewell Celebrity Roast" for the venue on Thursday, August 28th. Owners plan to re-open after renovations and a name change.

Photo Gallery: Staged gay marriage outside Miami Beach City Hall
Here are scenes from "... And Now You May Kiss The Groom", a staged gay marriage that took place Sunday outside Miami Beach City Hall. All pictured are locals and models, including the cop who arrests the two grooms. www.miamiherald.com/gay

The Black Banana in FTL Closing Up Shop
The Black Banana is no longer. The club, a first of its kind in Fort Lauderdale, quietly changed its name a couple of weeks ago to DaCribe, catering to a Hip Hop straight crowd. The club opened in January of this year but never caught on with gay clubbers. Owners of the club decided to a name and format change after several lackluster months of business. www.the411mag.com

Buzz Magazine to stop publication and launch internet TV
We hear that Buzz Magazine will stop publication after this Friday's issue. Instead, they have plans for an internet television production featuring the best of South Florida gay nightlife, events and hotspots. This will be a major project with many of the top South Florida magazines and websites linked to it.

"Express Gay News" to become "South Florida Blade"
Express Gay News made an announcement this weekend at the "Equali-Tea" event, which is part of HRC's Club Blue weekend: in a few weeks, we will retire this layout of the paper, including the name "Express," and we will be called the "South Florida Blade." We’re very excited. www.expressgaynews.com

Miami Beach Cinematheque presents "Chris and Don, a Love Story"
On Friday August 22nd and Saturday August 23rd at 7:50pm & 9:30pm, Miami Beach Cinematheque presents "Chris and Don, a Love Story". Chris and Don is the true-life story of the passionate three-decade relationship between British writer Christopher Isherwood (whose Berlin Stories was the basis for all incarnations of Cabaret) and American portrait painter Don Bachardy, thirty years his junior. With Isherwood’s status as an out-and-proud gay maverick, and Bachardy’s eventual artistic triumph away from the considerable shadow of his life partner, Chris and Don is above all a joyful celebration of a most extraordinary couple.
WINNER: Best Documentary Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
www.mbcinema.com

Miami wants adults-only website shuttered
A stroll down Northeast 27th Street doesn't feel X-rated, but it's here -- along a quiet, bayfront residential street -- that Miami has declared war against Internet porn. For about a year, Miami city leaders have tried to evict "Khali Kreme," "Sincere Luv" and the other "dorm dudes" of Cocodorm.com, a gay porn site that films out of a red-brick colonial-style house. www.miamiherald.com

Transgender Woman in the Running to Be America's Next Top Model
The new season of America's Next Top Model begins on September 3, and will for the first time feature a transgender contestant, named Isis. Says Isis to Us Weekly: "My cards were dealt differently. I like to help people [as a role model], but I'm here to follow my dreams." www.towleroad.com

One Step Toward Equality
August 18 promises to be a landmark day in Miami-Dade County for the multitude of unmarried couples living in long-term, committed relationships. At 10 a.m. the Miami-Dade community services department will open the county's first domestic partnership registry. County commissioners approved the measure May 20, with an 8 - 4 vote. The decision was hailed as a thorough, if not long overdue, victory for the gay community and for countless unmarried straight couples. www.expressgaynews.com

The Anglers Hotel's Maison d’Azur d’Closed
The periwinkles have packed their bags and gone back to the Riviera: After less than a year in operation, Maison d’Azur is out of business. The gorgeous seafood brasserie, set in the stunning Angler Resort on South Beach, served sensational seafood from the Mediterranean; their créme brûlée was finer than any in town. But it was très expensive. www.browardpalmbeach.com

Sosta Pizzeria to replace Johnny Rocket's on Lincoln Road
Now that Johnny Rocket's on Lincoln Road has closed, the owners of Quattro and Mokai have plans to open Sosta Pizzeria / Enotecca at the 1035 Lincoln Road venue across from Balan's.

Dek23 has been sold and is closing
Rumor has it that Dek23 that has been sold and will be closing by the end of the month. The venue has only been open two nights a week recently, housing "Click" on Sundays and "Uncut" on Fridays.

Europeans save day for tourism in South Florida
Europeans have flocked to South Florida this summer, rescuing the tourism industry from the first weakening in the domestic market since 9/11. www.miamiherald.com

Heddy Peña leaves SAVE to join Florida Red & Blue
Political director and former executive director Heddy Peña has left SAVE (Safeguarding American Values for Everyone) to join the Florida Red & Blue campaign to defeat Amendment 2. "It has been an honor to serve the LGBT community and I am pleased that I will be working with my friends at SAVE to meet the challenges that lie ahead" said Heddy. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Paris Hilton Responds to McCain Ad - THAT'S HOT!
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Vancouver Man Goes on Gay Pride Day Hammer Attack
A Vancouver man struck nine people in the head with a hammer on Davie Street in the center of the city's gay neighborhood late Sunday, which also happened to be the city's Gay Pride day. www.towleroad.com

Gay-Lo's Sapphic South Beach Romp!
Just spotted out back at the Delano: Are they or aren't they gal pals Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson. Yep, they are . . . here. According to some well placed sources, Lohan darted through the lobby, making a mad dash to the elevator while Ronson barked at her to come back and wait with her at the front desk. Lohan, sporting black spandex, refused. How romantic. www.miamiherald.com

Even This Ocean Drive Homeless Guy Leaves Miami For the Summer
Should you have strolled on Ocean Drive lately you may have noticed a major void---you know, the guy (?) sporting a bikini and sarong, dancing to his boom box with dollar bills tucked into his noticeable crevices? www.miamiherald.com

Miami Beach Cinematheque presents "Taking Woodstock"
On Wednesday August 13th at 7pm, Miami Beach Cinematheque presents "Taking Woodstock". Taking Woodstock is the funny, touching, and true story of the man who enabled Woodstock to take place. It is also the personal story of one man who took stock of his life, his lifestyle, and his future. In short, Taking Woodstock is like no history of Woodstock you have ever experienced. Meet Elliot Tiber, the man who SAVED Woodstock, and whose book and docu-comedy film are being made into a feature film by Ang Lee! Elliot will introduce his film, and there will be a Q&A and booksigning afterwards.
This is a fundraising event for Gay American Heroes. The "adoption of a hero", wine and cheese reception, film, and After Party at HALO are included in the ticket price of $40. www.mbcinema.com

Ouzo's Restaurant has closed
Ouzo's Greek Restaurant located at 1766 Bay Road in Miami Beach (formerly Madiba, Jade, Frankie & Johnny's) has closed. After several successful years on 71st Street, Ouzo's moved to the South Beach location with a monthly rent four times higher. Then, after a FPL (Florida Power and Light) project that closed their intersection from traffic in all four directions for several months, they were forced to file for bankruptcy. www.ouzosmiamibeach.com

Touch Restaurant closes, owners to open Meat Market across the street
The owners of Touch Restaurant are moving across the road, literally. Earlier this week, restaurateur David Tornek and chef Sean Brasel closed Touch, located at 910 Lincoln Road for the past eight years. Tornek and Brasel are not going far, however. They purchased the building in March of 2000 for $2,900,000 and the building sold in June for "in excess of $11 million." The restaurant was previously Michael Caine's South Beasch Brasserie.
The two are in the process of opening a new eatery called Meat Market, at 915 Lincoln Road, in the space that formerly housed the original Pacific Time. They hope to open by summer's end. www.miamiherald.com

Local celebrities to stage gay marriage photo shoot on Sunday
MiamiARTzine.com photo editor Henry Perez and two of his business partners are staging a gay marriage ceremony outside Miami Beach City Hall (across from Macy's) on Sunday afternoon. ". . . And Now You May Kiss The Groom" and was dreamed up by Ethan Klein a few months ago. On Sunday, August 10th, at 4 PM in front of the 17th Street Miami Beach City Hall (across from Macy’s), "we are staging a gay marriage and are asking all the prominent and well known South Beach personalities to be part of this photo." www.miamiherald.com/gay

Drag Queens Suing Rockefeller Center
A fierce group of drag queens is suing Rockefeller Center, alleging that security guards tried to stop them from taking photos outside in the plaza and ordered them to disperse. WCBS reports that the festively dressed transvestites were having a gay old time taking photos of themselves when security guards approached and said they were not allowed to take pictures in the plaza. www.gothamist.com

NBC Universal sells WTVJ to Post-Newsweek
NBC Universal sold its Miami-owned TV station, WTVJ, for just $205 million, according to a Federal Communications Commission disclosure. NBC bought the station for $270 million in '87. When WTVJ-NBC6 went on the market in March, industry sources predicted it could fetch at least $350 million. Buyer is Post-Newsweek Stations, which owns WPLG-ABC10. www.miamiherald.com

Clinics make a mint on fake HIV treatment
Scores of Miami-Dade healthcare clinics are defrauding the U.S. government by billing for bogus HIV drug infusion treatment as part of a multibillion-dollar underground economy. www.miamiherald.com

Brooke Hogan Shacking Up At The Flamingo
So Brooke Hogan moved into The Flamingo last weekend. She has an apartment on the 20th floor of the middle tower. Thing is, her spectacle show on VH1 used to film her living at The Mosaic on 38th and Collins, but we guess it proved to swanky--or too pricey--for her show's allotted budget and it's not like her legally bogged down family's shelling out a dime for it. www.miamiherald.com

"Escorts" the musical coming to Rising Action Theatre August 7th-9th
David Leddick (www.DavidLeddick.net) has written a book about male escorts! Out of this book, if you can believe it, comes a new musical "Escorts." The show reveals the stories of sixteen male escorts in words, song, and dance and in the flesh. With libretto and lyrics by David Leddick, music by Andrew Sargent, direction by David Kingery and produced by V. J. Colonna, musical theater doesn't get any sexier. The cast features world-renowned photographer David Vance who is supported by Felix Guitterrez, Stefan Pinto, Toby Morris and Brandon St. John. wwww.miamiherald.com

"Escorts" Book profiling rentboys spurns 'docu-musical show
Miami Beach septuagenarian David Leddick will be the first to admit-with a chuckle-he's had a "long and checkered career." The former dancer, naval officer, advertising executive, creative director for an international cosmetics company, and writer will add playwright and actor to his resume when the stage adaptation of his latest book premieres at Fort Lauderdale's Rising Action Theatre this weekend.
"Escorts: The Docu-Musical" tells the stories of 20 escorts Leddick interviewed for his book, "Escorts: 40 Profiles with Photographs of Men Who Sell Sex," co-written with Herberto Sanchez. www.expressgaynews.com

Film Festival board’s plan gets panned by gay business committee
Board members of the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival won little confidence Tuesday after they met with the Miami Beach Gay Business Development Committee to disclose how they will stage the festival’s 11th season with a threadbare budget, no sponsors and no organizational staff to raise money and produce the event. www.expressgaynews.com

Mario Lopez New Host for Extra
Prepare yourself to see a lot more of Latin hunk Mario Lopez in the next few years; The former "Saved By The Bell" star is taking over for Mark McGrath as the new host for Extra, once the Warner Bros. gossip show returns for its 15th season on September 15th. Lopez, 34, who last month was named PEOPLE's hottest bachelor, joined Extra in January 2007 and co-hosted the weekend edition of the program. www.bgay.com

Rosie O'Donnell returning to television?
The new show could turn out to be a 2009 version of Carol Burnett or even "The Ed Sullivan Show." The latter would even be better with Rosie presenting it all live — as in not on tape — from a Broadway theater, possibly on Sunday night. www.foxnews.com

Miami Gay Film Festival fires director Carol Coombes
The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival - about $50,000 in debt - on Friday fired its flamboyant festival director, Carol Coombes. Now, she may be deported. www.miamiherald.com

Two People Stabbed at Parliament House Nightclub in Orlando
It's not often you hear about stabbings at gay clubs, but that's what happened last night at Orlando's Parliament House:
"It happened around 1 a.m. Wednesday at the Parliament House on Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando. According to police, four people got into a fight in the bathroom. Police said two men were stabbed by one woman and one man. A third man was trampled during the incident, but he was not seriously hurt. The two stabbing victims were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center. One man is in critical condition and the other in serious condition. Two men were arrested at the scene. No names have been released." www.towleroad.com

Miami Designer David Jon Acosta launches Gold Saturn collection
Designer David Jon Acosta is a kid at heart, and his fresh, fun and quirky Gold Saturn collection reflects just that. From daily vintage outings as a teen to Key West excursions as an adult, David Jon has always been inspired by art, fashion, people, and traveling. A true style prodigy, at 22, David Jon is currently establishing Gold Saturn as one of the hottest, fastest-growing collections within the contemporary arena. www.goldsaturn.com

Uncut Fridays - new gay Friday night in South Beach
On Friday July 25th, Uncut Fridays will launch at Dek23 655 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. DJ T-Pro and DJ Lannier will be spinning Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, and Reggaeton. $5 before 12 and $10 after. Doors open at 10pm. SEE FLYER

Sally Kern Stopped from Entering Oklahoma Capitol with Gun
Sally Kern, the Oklahoma representative who is well known for her remarks that homosexuals are a worse threat to America than terrorists, was stopped by security at the state capitol on Wednesday when she tried to enter with a handgun. www.towleroad.com

Dancer Shot After Jumping Ship, Attacking Officer During San Diego Pride
A cruise ship dancer who jumped 30 feet off a deck into San Diego Bay last weekend was killed by police after attacking an officer who had helped pull him onto a rescue boat, officials said Monday. Steven Hirschfield, 37, a performer and bodybuilder who lived in West Hollywood, was hired to dance aboard Saturday night's Circuit Daze harbor cruise, a dance party attended by about 900 revelers as part of the weekend's gay pride celebrations. www.advocate.com

Matt Damon, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck host Obama Fundraiser
Please Join Luciana and Matt Damon, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck for a reception benefiting the Obama Victory Fund on Saturday, August 2nd at 7:30pm. The Miami Beach address provided upon RSVP. Minimum contribution $250. www.donate.barackobama.com

The top Miami producer who hit the skids
Just a few years ago, Scott Storch was one of the top producers in pop music, living in a $10.5 million mansion on an exclusive Miami island, driving a phalanx of luxury cars and dating the likes of Paris Hilton and Lil Kim. Nowadays, Scott Storch, 34, is missing in action. He owes over $500,000 in real estate taxes and had a warrant out for his arrest when he failed to show up in court in a child-support case last month. He has not had a top 10 hit in three years. wwww.cnn.com

From Mike Verdugo's Blog: Mikey V On Leave
Hey everyone, im sure you have all heard whats happening with me and the police department. For those who dont, I have been put on administrative leave with pay. Which basically means I have to be at home from 9-5 every day untill this whole thing is over. So no I really can't do too much work design wise from home which kind of sucks. If anyone still doesnt know whats happening, just google my name and I'm sure something will pop up pretty fast. I actually can not go into the details of it because of the very reason that there is an investigation going on. wwww.myspace.com

Anti-gay slurs sprayed on three South Florida homes
Vandals scrawled anti-gay slurs on three Wilton Manors homes early Friday, an incident police are investigating as a hate crime. Someone wrote the slurs on three adjacent homes in the 2800 block of Northeast Seventh Avenue, an area with a large gay population. Five cars were also defaced with black spray paint. wwww.miamiherald.com

'Design Star' police officer put on leave
Hollywood police have put patrol officer Michael Verdugo on leave until the department determines whether the HGTV Design Star contestant appeared in a 1996 porn film. wwww.miamiherald.com

Murder victim's online dating accounts searched
Police are examining the online dating accounts of Michael Green, a 52 year old openly gay Miramar man who was found fatally wounded in his home June 21. Police responded to a call from Green's former roommate, who said was asked by Green's mother to check up on him. Spokesman Bill Richardson said police entered the home at 3121 SW 65 Ave. and found Green's body lying on the floor. The injuries showed "obvious signs of that he had been murdered," but Richardson would not give additional details to the nature of the injuries or the crime scene. wwww.expressgaynews.com

Karu & Y's new owner hopes the second time is the charm
The Miami telecommunications entrepreneur and his company Seecomar Investments closed last week on a deal to acquire the high-profile restaurant and nightclub complex, with plans to reopen the shuttered facility under the Karu & Y name sometime next month. Seecomar envisions the complex serving as a catalyst for regentrification of the area, comparable to what happened in New York's meatpacking district. That's a similar vision to what previous owner Elliot Monter had when he opened Karu & Y in October 2006. Monter spent $25 million creating a glitzy complex featuring over-the-top decor and original artwork worth millions. Despite drawing crowds of celebrities and ringing up $8 million in revenue, the complex couldn't generate enough business to turn a profit. Karu & Y had been on the market for $6 million and people familiar with the sale say the deal closed for less than half the asking price. www.miamiherlad.com

Score Celebrates 10th Anniversary - Sunday, July 27th
On Sunday, July 27, 2008 Score will celebrate its 10 year anniversary by taking revelers on a journey back to the gay hay day of South Beach when Score first opened its doors on Lincoln Road. Back then and even today, revelers never wanted the party to stop, and as such Score will be throwing a marathon party starting with a Tea Dance at 5 p.m. and closing with a deliciously scandalous night party that will go on till 5 a.m. It will literally be day vs. night at Score as Drew Tribe kicks off the party spinning his upbeat vocal house tracks till Grammy Award winner Peter Rauhofer takes over and spins till the wee hours of the morning. www.scorebar.net

Open Call Casting: The Stylist - Saturday, July 26 10am to 4pm
The Producers of The Real World, The Simple Life, and Keeping up with the Kardashians are casting for a new television show looking for the hottest aspiring fahsion stylists! If you can't make to the casting call, check out the website for home tape submission info. More questions? Call the casting hotline.
Fresh on Fifth
458 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
818.989.8293 Casting Hotline

Next Gay Chamber Networker Wednesday, July 23rd at Lucky Strike
This month's MDGLCC Monthly Networker will be held at Chamber Member Lucky Strike Lanes in South Beach/Miami Beach. Located at 1691 Michigan Ave. Miami Beach, FL 305.532.0307 this great event will conclude with bowling for those who wish to be a part of our newly formed league (details to come). There will be food and drink served in lounge/restaurant portion of Lucky Strike Lanes. And, has become our tradition we will have a nice business card drawing for nice gifts at the conclusion of our break. For more details, call the Chamber Office at 305.573.4000. Cost is FREE for members; $10 for potential Members. www.gogaymiami.com

SoberNightLife.com Announces Miami Launch
Addressing the needs of a vibrant and growing recovery community, Sobernightlife.com, Inc., the world's first sober nightlife organizers expanded its reach in May 2008 with a newly launched interactive website www.sobernightlife.com. With a mission to bring an exciting nightlife alternative to the nation's sober community, Sobernightlife.com Inc. partners with lounges, coffee shops, and nightclubs to specifically cater events to members of the community living in sobriety. The Sobernightlife.com Miami Launch Party will take place from 8pm – 1am at The White Room, located at 1306 N. Miami Avenue, in Downtown Miami. Tickets for this event are available online www.sobernightlife.com

What a difference a decade makes
Then & Now: Some of South Beach's most infamous talk about how things have changed and what has stayed the same. But all good things must come to an end, and the Amnesia Tea Dance 10 Year Reunion Party, hosted by Edison Farrow on July 6, marked the event regarded as the end of the era. The Express Gay News caught up with some of 1998's most notorious characters, and asked them to look back in their memories and talk about those heady days back then, their impressions of the party scene now and—of course—what they think about achieving world peace. www.expressgaynews.com

Special 'Les Miz' Hollywood Bowl Auction Benefits BC/EFA
The world's most beloved musical comes to the famed Hollywood Bowl in an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime, staged concert adaptation, directed by Richard Jay-Alexander, with an All-Star Cast! Featuring Broadway's J. Mark McVey as "Jean Valjean"; Brian Stokes Mitchell as "Javert"; John Lloyd Young as "Marius", Lea Michele as "Eponine", MELORA HARDIN as "Fantine", Michael McCormick as "Thenardier", Tom Lowe as "Enjolras", Michaell Maika as "Cosette" and Rosie O'Donnell as "Madame Thenardier". www.broadwayworld.com

Mayor Matti Bower: South Florida's Favorite Fag Hag
But thanks to Mayor Bower, the most famous sandbar in the world will join the ranks of world class cities like Sao Paulo, San Francisco, New York City, Atlanta, and Madrid that officially honor the gay community, by hosting its first city supported pride event April 18-19, 2009. "It is hard to believe a city as diverse and as inclusive of the GLBT community as our city has not had an official Miami Beach Gay Pride in the past," says Bower. "I am very proud to be a part of such a historical event in our community and will make every effort to ensure that Miami Beach Gay Pride 2009 will be a success.". www.gaysofla.com

Restaurant at the Sagamore Not So Social Anymore
Say ciao to Social Miami at the Sagamore. It's closed for good. According to the official statement from China Grill Management, "Due to operational differences with hotel ownership, China Grill Management announces it has ceased operations at Social Miami at Sagamore as of Sunday, July 6, 2008. www.miamiherald.com

Homophobic Alabama Attorney General Troy King Preparing to Resign Over Gay Sex Scandal?
"The word is, according to multiple sources in Montgomery and elsewhere, that King was recently caught by his wife in a gay affair with a male aide and banished from his home. According to Tara Hutchison in the executive office of the governor they have heard of no plans in the works for King’s resignation. She said she had not heard that he had been kicked out of his home because of a gay affair. Governor Bob Riley’s press office had refused to return multiple phone calls from this independent press outlet even though some sources accuse Riley of perpetrating the leak. The attorney general’s press office also declined to return phone calls seeking comment." www.towleroad.com

Brother's memoir says Madonna's true love is herself
A memoir by Madonna's brother says the singer really does love her husband, director Guy Ritchie, but, apparently, not as much as she loves her career and herself.
Madonna's representative, Liz Rosenberg, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the singer had not read the memoir but found it "very upsetting" that Ciccone "has decided to sell a book based on his sister." "I would have to assume she has come to terms with the fact that they do not have a close and loving relationship," Rosenberg said. "And with the book coming out, I assume that will remove the chances of that ever happening." www.towleroad.com

BABYLON BEACH : Amnesia Tea Dance: 10 Year Reunion
Whoa! Well, good heavens! Just when half of us were struggling back to the Beach after a gargantuan New York Pride, and you might have imagined that we had little energy left to spare-along comes Edison Farrow’s Amnesia Reunion 10 to prove yet again that South Beach always has the last word in celebration. And just what exactly were we celebrating again? The Fourth of July? Gay Pride? Or was it Amnesia, the club that more or less defined a certain era in South Beach’s hedonism? Answer: all of the above. And woe to any poor soul who decided to curl up with a good book on this Sunday of all Sundays, because everyone else dusted off her do-rag and grabbed a new pair of shades and headed out the door. www.edgemiami.com

Stonewall Street Festival profits alledgedly stolen by imposter volunteer
Wilton Manors Police are looking for a man who posed as a volunteer at the Stonewall Street Festival Saturday night and made away with up to $4000 worth of donations from four bar booths set up along Wilton Drive. Several bartenders told police the man, who wore a volunteer t-shirt and identified himself only as “Howard,” helped the bartenders get supplies and made several rounds, before collecting funds from cash boxes. www.expressgaynews.com

White Party Week - Florida Resident Pass - Now on Sale!
The Florida Resident Pass gets the holder admission to both the 24th Annual White Party at Villa Vizcaya Museum and Gardens on Saturday November 29th and Poseidon's Muscle Beach (presented by One Mighty Weekend Producer Johnny Chisholm) on Sunday, November 30th. Available now for omly $150 (a $50 savings off tickets bought seperately). This limited offer is available to Florida Residents only with proof of residency. Purchases are limited to four passes per person. Only 200 of these passes will be available at this rate, after that time the Florida Resident Pass will go back up to its normal price. www.whiteparty.org

Miami Beach Bruthaz - July 17th - 20th
Miami Beach Bruthaz is an annual retreat in Miami that brings African-American and Latino bruthaz together from around the world for events and workshops focused on fashion, culture and knowledge. www.miamibeachbruthaz.com

Celebrities, 5,000 delegates and 120 choirs convene in Miami for world's largest gay and lesbian performing arts event
More than 5,000 delegates and 120 choirs from 40 states and six countries will gather in Miami, Florida, from July 12 through 19, 2008, to help GALA Choruses celebrate its 25th anniversary at Festival 2008. GALA Choruses Festival 2008 is the largest GLBT performing arts event in the world. It will be highlighted by performances from the following celebrities who have actively lent their support to the silver anniversary festivities: Alec Mapa, actor, comedian, playwright and journalist -- Ann Hampton Callaway, actress, singer and songwriter -- Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, singer and civil rights activist -- Toshi Reagon, singer, songwriter and activist -- Ari Gold, independent recording artist. www.miamiherlad.com/gay

Singing out: Miami hosts gay choruses from around the world
For one week beginning today, 5,000 men and women from more than 130 gay choruses worldwide are in Miami to perform and celebrate the 25th anniversary of GALA Choruses, a group that began in 1982 in San Francisco. www.miamiherald.com

William Keen: October 25th 1956 – June 26th 2008
A celebration of his life

Bill Keen has passed away after a long struggle with cancer and will be greatly missed by our community. Bill has been an important part of the South Beach for deacades and was always greatly respected. Bill was once the owner of the infamous Lulu's.
A formal service will be held in St. Patrick's Cathedral on July 5th at 1PM located at 3716 Garden Ave in Miami Beach. A celebration of his life will follow promptly after the service at the home of Lara Saieh located at 433 East Dilido Dr – (Venetian Causeway). We kindly request that any and all donations be sent to the William Keen Fund, where all proceeds will go to St. Jude's Children's Hospital and the Mission of Mother Teresa in Calcutta.
Please forward any and all checks to:
William Keen Fund
1400 Lincoln Road #504
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Restaurateur, ex-ballplayer call it quits
Efrain Veiga, founder of Yuca restaurant and co-creator of Nuevo Latino cuisine, and partner Billy Bean, a former Major League Baseball player, have split after 13 years. "Sometimes things don't work out," Veiga says. "There's still love." Says Bean: "It's a very difficult period, and we're both trying to get through it. I care deeply about him." Their Miami Beach home on North Bay Road is for sale -- for $1.595 million.
Veiga, 57, is renting a two-bedroom at 9 Island Ave., on the Beach's Belle Isle. He had a sad episode there on May 15: Federico Schostak, (MySpace Profile) 26, died in the apartment. Schostak arrived "for a sexual encounter" at 4:30 a.m., and the two fell asleep next to one another, the police report says. At 10 a.m., Veiga tried to wake him and realized "he wasn't breathing and had no pulse." Veiga called 911. Police found Schostak "on the bed, completely undressed." www.miamiherald.com

Police officer by day, interior designer by night
Mikey Verdugo was just another cop on the Hollywood, Fla., police squad when he applied for a spot on HGTV’s Design Star. The Hialeah native moonlights as an interior designer, having learned the trade through working with his family, building and redesigning homes. But will that stack up against the back-stabbing bitchery of his reality-TV rivals? The Express sat down for a chat with Verdugo, to discuss life on the show, and what it’s like being a police officer with a knack for design. www.expressgaynews.com

Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Falls Short
A dearth in corporate sponsorships, lackluster membership figures and failing to raise enough money to meet a cultural matching grant have forced the board of directors of the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, one of the few organized GLBT events based in Miami, to cut half its staff and likely move out of its office on Lincoln Road.
The budget shortfall totals nearly $100,000, according to festival insiders who did not want to go on record. Nonetheless, board of directors chair Franc Castro and vice-chair Francesca Roderick said they are determined to do what they must to keep the festival going. www.expressgaynews.com

Duelling Divas! at the Colony Theater - Saturday, July 12th 8pm
Mix equal parts stand-up comedy and grand opera, add a large helping of “I Love Lucy”, and finish with a pinch of pro wrestling. This comedic musical revue in two acts tells a story of passion, war, death, jealousy, and costume rivalry through banter, song, wit ..... and vodka.
www.duellingdivas.com
Colony Theatre
1040 Lincoln Road Miami Beach
Colony Theatre Box Office 305.674.1040
Use the code "Martini" for discounted tickets on the website, phone, and theater box office $10 instead of $15.
General Admission $15 at Ticketmaster Call 305.358.5885 or click here www.ticketmaster.com

Twist's 15 Year Anniversary - Wednesday, July 9th
Twist's 15th Anniversary Party will be held on on Wednesday July 9th with Complimentary Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres served 9pm to 11pm. They have been under a major renovation of the Dance Room for almost two months and we hear that it looks amazing and completely different. www.twistsobe.com

Amnesia Tea Dance 10 Year Reunion - Sunday, July 6th 3pm to 9pm
A special return to the venue Amnesia with DJ David Knapp, DJ Lazaro Leon, Daisy Deadpetals, Adora Shelley Novak. A portion of the proceeds will benefit SAVE in celebration of the passage of the Miami-Dade Domestic Partner Registry. Presented by Edison Farrow and SoBeSocialClub.com. Amnesia Tea Dance at Opium Garden 136 Collins Avenue Miami Beach. Advance tickets are $15. The VIP $50 ticket includes sponsored Belvedere Vodka open bar. Tickets at the door will be $20. Tickets will be available on www.brownpapertickets.com/event/36305

Barack Obama worked out at Equinox Miami Beach
Presumptive Democratic prez nominee Barack Obama worked out at Equinox South Beach Saturday, in town with some Secret Service men, working out in plain clothes. According to our gym bunny, "He had his iPod buds in, so the few people there left him alone. He left around 8:20 a.m., I guess to head to the Mayors' Conference." www.miamiherald.com

Halo's One Year Anniversary - Saturday, July 5th
Come out and celebrate the One Year Anniversary of Halo Lounge on Saturday, July 5th! This is an event not to be missed. Join the Halo staff and DJ George Figares for a spectacular anniversary, Halo style! www.haloloungemiami.com

Bryan Norcross is signing off after 25 years
Bryan Norcross, a South Florida TV meteorologist for 25 years, has signed off. His contract at WFOR-CBS4 expires on Monday, and he told station president and GM Shaun McDonald he will not renew. www.miamiherald.com

Heathrow Lounge set to open in completely renovated Goddess space
"Heathrow Lounge is a UK-inspired club where socialites and strippers are celebrated, diversity rules, and the entire staff is kissable. Imagine boozin and schmoozin with prince harry, kate moss, amy winehouse and ziggy stardust under one roof. We decided to go back to basics with Heathrow and offer great music, cool crowd, specialty liquor bottles and four rooms where debauchery is highly encouraged. Wilde Manor, an old English manor a rock star moves into. Hyde Park, Mr. Hyde's salon set in a burlesque forest. Milk Bar, Ziggy Stardust meets Clockwork Orange in this mod lounge. Spy Bar where Bond girls rule and martini's are shaken, never stirred." Fridays & Saturdays - Begining July 4th & 5th
Heathrow Lounge 681 Washington Avenue South Beach

Halo: First DC, the Miami Beach, and next Fort Lauderdale!
The arrival of DC based martini bar Halo turned Miami Beach's scene on its head, pumping some much needed life into happy hour with hot DJs and excotic half priced martinis (and did we mention that it is also smoke free?). Well, after rumors the bar would be expanded to Chicago, word has hit the street that Fort Lauderdale is next. Look for another outpost of the hip martini bar to land in 2009 on trendy Las Olas Boulevard (which hasn't been the same since Cathose Ray closed nearly two years ago). Given its success in Miami Beach, look for Halo Fort Lauderdale to shake up the scene just a bit in Broward, too. www.the411mag.com

Miami's Bryan Hawn has top 10 video on Logo TV
You can wacth the video and vote for Bryan Hawn's "More Than Enough" in the Logo video countdown here: www.logoonline.com

Return to the Sandbox - 4th of July Weekend in Miami
AMNESIA Tea-Dance 10-Year Reunion

Back when fabulous washed over South Beach like an algae tide, there was a club-a fabled club-where the fabulous gathered to play. Modeled after its Mediterranean sister on the isle of Ibiza, Amnesia opened on February 18, 1994-ushering in an era of hedonism not seen on Miami Beach since-well, since the last debauched era. With 32,000 square feet and a capacity for 2,500 revelers, Amnesia’s indoor/outdoor space was the scene of numerous bacchanals-and yet there was nothing quite like the annual Amnesia New Year’s Day party thrown by Craig and the Boys. www.edgemiami.com

Sunday's Amnesia Tea Dance 10 Year Reunion
Take Sunday's Amnesia Tea Dance 10 Year Reunion. Wow, 10 years? We thought it had been 20, frankly, but that said, for those who weren't born yet, who weren't here yet, or who hadn't found a decent ID then, Amnesia was the original club in the space that's now Opium Garden. This Sunday's reunion from 3-9 p.m. features DJs David Knapp and Lazaro Leon, with shows by drag divas Adora, Daisy Deadpetals and Shelly Novak, among other unintended, non-headlining drama queens. Advance tickets are being sold at Halo for $15; they're $20 at the door at Opium. A portion of the proceeds will benefit SAVE Dade's efforts to fight the Marriage Protection Amendment. In addition, dance diva Aleta will sing live. Shirts not required. If you've never experienced a tea dance, this is not your granny's sweet Lipton, so brace yourself for a wild and raucous time. www.miamiherald.com

Remembering Amnesia
Gone are the days of Warsaw Ballroom, Splash, Pump, Salvation, Paragon, Level, Kremlin, and the Loading Zone. Those gay nightspots defined South Beach in the 1990’s. Another weekly event that helped to define South Beach as a gay Mecca was the long-running Tea Dance held at Amnesia (now Opium Garden). Edison Farrow will be bringing back the decadence and fun of that weekly event that celebrated not only gay life, but life in general. Even with a name like Amnesia, it is hard to forget the drag shows and foam parties. The Amnesia Tea Dance 10 year anniversary party will be held once again at Opium Garden on July 6, 2008 from 3pm until 9pm. Farrow will also be bringing back the DJ that made this event such a success and who went on to be a superstar DJ himself. David Knapp held his Sunday service with his turntable as his choir and South Beach’s gayest as his congregation. Also making appearances will be Amnesia regulars Daisy Deadpetals, Adora and Shelley Novak. www.sobegayinfo.com

July 4th Fireworks 7:30pm on Ocean Drive at 10th Street
This is a truly unique, touching demonstration of our independence. Beginning at 7:30 PM, music by DJ Irie will bring the crowd to its feet. Fireworks will start at nighfall. I can’t think of a more patriotic or more purely Miami way to celebrate! Festivities will be on the beach at 10th Street and Ocean Drive. For more information, call the Miami Beach Tourism Center at 305.673.7400. www.miami.about.com

MDGLCC 7th Annual Gala Awards Dinner - Saturday, June 28th
Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) will honor corporate and individual leaders of the community at its 7th Annual Gala Awards Dinner, Saturday, June 28 at 6:30 PM. This year’s honorees are: Williamson Cadillac, AT&T Business of the Year Award; Yesi Leon and Alison Burgos, Business Persons of the Year; and SAVE Dade, Not-For-Profit Organization of the Year. Tickets are $140 per person/$1250 for table of 10; includes cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner, Cabaret and valet parking. Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel, 1601 Biscayne Blvd. For tickets and information, please call 305.573.4000 www.gogaymiami.com

Dealer Accused of Selling Banned Munitions to Army
The 22-year-old president of a Miami Beach arms-dealing company and three other people were charged Friday with selling prohibited Chinese ammunition to the Pentagon to supply Afghan security forces, federal officials said. A federal grand jury in Miami indicted the munitions dealer, Efraim E. Diveroli, president of AEY Inc., as well as two former employees and a business associate, on charges of fraud and conspiring to misrepresent the types of ammunition they sold to the Defense Department as part of a $298 million Army contract. www.nytimes.com

The Art of Being Blair Russell
Blair Russell has created a little spot on the edge of Miami's Historic Lemon City where coloring all over the walls is encouraged. A place where you can live within your art, create art and yes, even graffiti the walls - all in the name of improving the area and providing a haven for artists to live and work. Located on 62nd Street off Biscayne Boulevard, Russell bought a former crack house four years ago and converted it into affordable housing for local artists. www.ambiente.us

Ed Hardy 2008 Swimwear Fashions
Beach brights don’t always mean flowers and tropical prints. Give the florals a break with beachwear that is tattoo-inspired, minus the pain and commitment. All swimwear and accessories available at Shop 603 on Las Olas Boulevard, except Little Boy Blue Design briefs - available at www.lbbdesign.com. Models are Elio Soto, Alexa Elder, Amee Inger, Charles Justo, and Michele Graglia. All models are represented by Irene Marie in South Beach. www.expressgaynews.com

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force donates $180,000 to Dade Community Foundation
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force announced at a Coconut Grove reception last night that $200,000 from the 11th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner and the 2008 Winter Party Festival will benefit the local Miami GLBT community. Of that amount, $180,000 will be granted to Dade Community Foundation’s GLBT Community Projects Fund to be disbursed to local organizations providing critical services to LGBT people. The remaining $20,000 will be used to conduct a long-term strategic planning process for the future of the Winter Party Festival. Last year the Task Force’s donation to the Foundation was $160,000. www.miamiherlad.com/gay

Unity on the Bay "Summerfest 2008"
Unity on the Bay has been busy at work preparing its next concert "Summerfest 2008" which will take place on Friday, June 27 at 8pm at Unity on the Bay 411 NE 21 Street. The concert is being presented on a love offering basis, with a suggested donation of $25.00
They have a wonderful variety of artists lined up:
Tomey Sellars, Vocalist and Top 3 contestant in VH1's "Born To Diva" competition
Nicole Yarling, Vocals and Violin
Vince Broomfield, Jazz Saxophone
Unity on the Bay Choir- Voted "Best Choir in 2007" by the Miami New Times. Voces de Luz - Unity on the Bay's Spanish Choir, directed by local Latin artist Rafa Caraballo. Unity on the Bay House Band, lead by Grammy-nominated producer Dan Geary.

The Power of Purple - Friday, June 27th
Each year, between 50,00 and 100,000 lesbians and as many as 50,000 gay men are battered. The Power of Purple will be an event to raise awareness about intimate violence in the GLBT community on Friday, June 27th at 7pm at Score 727 Lincoln Road Miami Beach. Admission is $10. For more information, contact Gheisha at 305.693.1170 ext 237 or email gheishar@thelodgemiami.org www.thelodgemiami.org

Memoir coming from Madonna's brother Christopher Ciccone
The mystery is solved: Madonna's brother, Christopher Ciccone, is writing a memoir about his sister, to be released in mid-July by an imprint of Simon & Schuster, the publisher told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "Life With My Sister Madonna" will have a first printing of 350,000. Financial details were not disclosed. Ciccone, 47, has worked often with his older sister, designing and directing her "Girlie Show" tour in 1993 and serving as artistic director of her 1991 documentary, "Madonna: Truth or Dare." But according to Madonna's spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg, they are no longer close. www.news.yahoo.com

Desmond Child: Livin' out his prayer
Songwriter/producer Desmond Child's name may not be universally known, but chances are you've heard to one of his songs, and probably have had one of his hook-heavy anthems stuck in your head for days. Miami-born of Cuban descent, Child, 54, has penned some of the biggest, if not most memorable, songs in recent pop history including Aerosmith's "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)," "The Thong Song" by Sisqo, "Livin' la Vida Loca" by Ricky Martin, and his signature anthem, Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer." He's considered a genius in songwriting circles, having written major songs in just minutes. And on June 19th, Child will be inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, joining music giants Stevie Wonder, John Lennon, and one of Child's greatest musical heroes, Joni Mitchell. www.expressgaynews.com

Lee Schrager: The Food Festival Booker, Catering to Star Chefs
On a morning early this spring, Lee Brian Schrager phoned Kimberly Yorio, a publicist who works with chefs. Ms. Yorio had been trying to figure out how to promote a client’s book, and she used the occasion of the call to ask about the New York City Wine & Food Festival that Mr. Schrager was planning for October. www.nytimes.com

True Colors Tour - Thursday, June 19th
Tickets are now on sale for the True Colors tour starring Cyndi Lauper, The B-52s, Rosie O'Donnell, Deborah Cox, The Clicks and hosted by Carson Kressley. The concert will be at the Sinatra Theater in the Bank Atlantic Center in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, June 19th at 6:30pm www.ticketmaster.com

Glitzy Karu & Y restaurant seeks a buyer
In retrospect, the owner of Karu & Y realizes that spending $25 million to open a restaurant and nightclub on the edge of Overtown was a prescription for failure. Monter won't disclose how much money he lost since opening the Karu & Y complex in October 2006, although he admits that spending $25 million was ''way too much.'' During its first year of operation, Karu & Y, at 71 NW 14th St. in Miami, rang up $8 million in revenue and attracted lots of high-profile celebrities to the glitzy complex with its over-the-top decor and original artwork worth millions. Yet, it still couldn't generate enough revenue to cover the investment. www.miamiherald.com

Record producer Scott Storch's legal, tax problems spin out of control
Record producer Scott Storch, who owns a $10.5 million home on Miami Beach's Palm Island, is behind in property taxes -- $511,839.16. He owes $294,492.50 for '06, and $217,346.66 for '07. Storch, 34, who has worked with such major names as Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Dr. Dre and Paris Hilton, also has mounting legal problems. He is in arrears on child support for son Jalen, 2, and was a no-show at a hearing. So Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Marc Schumacher issued a pick-up order, authorizing cops to jail Storch until he can be brought to court. www.miamiherald.com

Karu & Y is done: Stick a fork in it
Celeb not-so-hot spot Karu & Y is way done. The $25 million downtown Miami restaurant closed in February and now Y Ultralounge, the other glitzy half of the complex, has shuttered its doors, too. Opened in September 2006, Karu never could seem to shake the fact that it was on the edge of an impoverished section of Overtown. High-end patrons often had to be escorted to their cars by bodyguards, and kids on bikes peddled around the entrance asking for money. www.miamiherald.com

Hollywood, FL Designer Mike Verdugo Chosen for HGTV's Design Star
He's a ploice officer with a passion for building and design. Now Michael Verdugo is hoping to turn his passion into a TV career, as one of the nine designers competinh on HGTV's "Design Star". www.cbs4.com

Former Nicky O site sells for $25M at auction
The investors behind Jordache Jeans bought the Breakwater and Edison hotels for $25 million in a bankruptcy auction. A condo-hotel plan had fallen flat. www.miamiherald.com

She sees your True Colors
When Cyndi Lauper and her True Colors Tour pulls into the BankAtlantic Center on Thursday, June 19, fans will hear more than great music during the five-hour program. In each city, the all-star line-up has varied; the south Florida concert will feature headliners Lauper, The B-52s, Rosie O’Donnell, Deborah Cox, The Cliks, as well as former porn star-turned-singer Colton Ford. "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" fashion expert Carson Kressley is serving as host for the tour. www.expressgaynews.com

SoBe Fest - June 13th - 16th
This year, Miami Beach will have its first summer gay weekend celebration with eight different events held at seven of Miami Beach’s hottest venues including the rooftop of the Catalina Hotel, Score Nightclub, Halo, Gem Restaurant, Palace Bar, Dek23, and TWIST nightclub. Each venue will have a live DJ and performances by local, national, and international artists. 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the South Beach Aids Project. Call 305.535.4733 to purchase tickets or email SoBeFest@Sobeaids.org. SEE FLYER

Miami Gay Chorus "By the Sword" - June 13th - 15th
The Miami Gay Men's Chorus' June concert "By the Sword" (a tribute to America's armed forces) will be performed at the Colony Theater 1040 Lincoln Road in South Beach. Performances will be Friday June 13th at 8pm, Saturday June 14th at 8pm and Sunday June 15th at 3pm. For tickets or more information please visit www.miamigaychorus.org

Casting Gay Millionares for Season 2 OF Bravo's "The Millionaire Matchmaker"
Bravo's latest hit docu-series, "The Millionaire Matchmaker," returns for a second season of exciting romantic introductions with real-life cupid Patti Stanger, The series chronicles this matchmaker's life mission to bring people together in hopes that they can find their true love.
We are in search of eligible gay male and female millionaires* who are ready to meet the love of their life. Selected participants will gain the benefit of working with Patti Stanger of the Millionaire's Club, one of the most upscale executive matchmaking services in the nation.
We are interviewing candidates in Southern California and select cities around the country until June 6th. To schedule an interview or receive video submission instructions please call or email a brief description, including a recent photo, and your contact information to:
Attn: Goloka Bolte
Casting Producer
108casting@gmail.com
Office: 323.472.62229

Miami-Dade domestic partners ordinance now law
Thanks to the support of Mayor Carlos Alvarez, the Domestic Partners and Family Health Coverage Ordinance is now law in Miami-Dade County. The Miami-Dade County Commission approved the ordinance at their meeting on May 20, 2008 in a historic 8 to 4 vote. Any measure that is passed automatically becomes law after 10 calendar days unless vetoed by the mayor. www.miamiherald.com

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel: Working It Out in Miami
Spotted working out again at the David Barton Gym at the Flamingo South Beach Tuesday afternoon: Justin Timberlake, working out with his girlfriend Jessica Biel. www.miamiherald.com

Mario Lopez hits the beach in Miami
Marion and Kartina Smirnoff enjoy some time together in Miami while Mario was in town for a book signing last week. www.socialitelife.com

Dad: Lindsay Lohan Lesbian Romance is Obvious
Responding to photos which surfaced late last week of Lindsay Lohan and DJ Samantha Ronson necking and kissing in Cannes, Lohan's father Michael told Us Weekly that the couple's "romance is evident to anyone with half a brain." www.towleroad.com

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Charlie David: Star of the hit indie comedy, "A Four Letter Word"
Fort Lauderdale's Gateway Cinemas hosts the gay indie film "Four Letter Word," starring Charlie David ("Dante's Cove") and Jesse Archer ("Slutty Summer"). The film won a positive review from The New York Times, described as "good natured raunchiness;" it opened in Fort Lauderdale on May 9. Express caught up with David, to ask him about relationships, nakedness, and what that "four letter word" really means. www.expressgaynews.com

A FOUR LETTER WORD - Wednesday, June 11th
Join us for this special screening of Casper Andreas' A FOUR LETTER WORD on Wednesday, June 11th. There will be two screenings 7:45pm and 9:30pm. This will be the only Miami screening of this film. The film stars Charlie David and Jesse Archer. There will be an After Party immediately following each showing.
Miami Beach Cinematheque 512 Espanola Way in Miami Beach
You can purchase advance tickets here: www.mbcimena.com

Magic Kingdom: One Mighty Weekend - June 5th - 8th
In 1991, a small gay group donned eye-catching red shirts and gathered at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, having no idea that word of mouth would propel their ''Gay Day'' outing into an event of epic proportions. Within six years, attendance had swelled to 60,000, and a single day had morphed into nearly a week of activities. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Orlando: One Mighty Weekend - June 5th - 8th
Noted party impresario Johnny Chisholm invites you to experience ONE MIGHTY WEEKEND 2008 - four days and nights of legendary dance events, world-class entertainment, wet and rambunctious pool parties, plus "family fun" in the Disney parks. Chisholm's ONE MIGHTY WEEKEND festivities are the only Orlando Gay Days Weekend events hosted at the Walt Disney World® Resort. For more information, go to www.onemightyweekend.com

Sex and the City: The girls are back
There are no Wookies in the Sex and the City movie -- no Vulcans with pointy ears or hobbits with oversize feet or aging archaeologists fond of bullwhips and fedoras. Heck, there probably isn't a single computer-generated special effect in it, although it's a safe bet its overwhelmingly female target audience will be oohing and aahing through it anyway. www.miamiherald.com

The News at 55th Street Station is now open!
Mark Soyka, who owns the 55th Street Station retail and restaurant complex, is opening an indoor-outdoor cafe and bar there -- this month. He planned to call it The News - he operates News Cafe on South Beach's Ocean Drive. Soyka, 64, also operates Van Dyke Cafe and Segafredo on Lincoln Road, and on Biscayne Corridor, Soyka's and Andiamo pizza. www.miamiherald.com

Vlada Bar is coming to Mid-Town Miami!
Well, it's official. Vlada was given permits and permission and is now officially coming to Miami. Look for a grand opening coming in a few months. www.vladabar.com

Miami Dade Domestic Partnership Passes
In a 8-4 vote, the Miami-Dade County Commission approved a county-wide domestic-partnership registry, providing recognition to all non-married couples who register in the county. The measure includes shared health insurance for county employees, as well as family visitation rights for partners at county health care facilities. www.expressgaynews.com

Footlights on once again
The musical theater genre can be seen as a metaphor for the way gay people live: suppressing emotions until they can’t bear holding them inside any longer, and bursting into song and dance. Reality may translate such experiences into “coming out” to family and friends, or even just making that drive to the single gay bar in the area that is hours away. Nevertheless, as the modern gay rights movement has evolved and fought for legitimate representation on the large and small screen, the stage has excelled in using theatrics to tell stories that speak about the LGBT experience. www.expressgaynews.com

John McCain and Ellen DeGeneres Talk Same-Sex Marriage
John McCain taped Ellen DeGeneres' show yesterday and the subject of same-sex marriage came up. Ellen is firing on all pistons here. She takes what was becoming an awkward impasse and drives home her argument with a laugh. www.towleroad.com

"Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad" takes Downtown Miami
"I put the whore in hora," declares the Goddess Perlman, ringmaster and MC extraordinaire of Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad – and so goes an evening of bashing all stereotypes ever uttered about Jewish women. Bringing a combination of comedy, parody and burlesque to South Florida for one evening only, the cast of Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad will take to the stage on Saturday, May 31 at 9 p.m. at the historic Alfred I. DuPont Building 169 E Flagler Street in downtown Miami. Admission is $18 and tickets may be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 800.838.3006.

Lavender Footlights Festival - May 31st - June 1st
The 6th Annual Lavender Footlights Festival is being held on Saturday May 31st and Sunday, June 1st at the Miami Science Museum, 3280 South Miami Avenue, across from Vizcaya. The festival will feature daily cocktail receptions with entertainment. The full-lineup of plays, talents, and events will be announced in early April.
For more information and to learn how you can get involved call 305-433-8111 or visit www.lavenderfootlights.org

Save the Date! Amnesia Tea Dance 10 Year Reunion - Sunday, July 6th
Oh, the good old days! On Sunday, July 6th, Edison Farrow will take you back to the days of the Amnesia Tea Dance with DJ David Knapp, DJ Lazaro Leon and performances by Adora, Daisy Deadpetals and Shelley Novak. This event will be back at the venue where it all happened, Amnesia, which is now Opium Garden.

Underdog Denim 1 Year Anniversary Friday Night
You are invited to party, eat, drink & meet in celebration of the One Year Anniversary of Underdog Denim. This is an all men's boutique with jeans, tees, jewelry, bathings suits, footwear and accessories. 25% off on all items. Complimentary cocktails 4pm to 10pm, DJ Sean Drake.
Underdog Denim 6665 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138.
For more information, call 305.746.5151.
www.underdogdenim.com

An Evening with Music - Friday, May 30th 8pm
You are invited to a complimentary evening of classical music featuring South Beaches finest Classical musicians on Friday, May 30th at 8pm at the Standard Hotel 40 Island Avenue Miami Beach, FL 305.673.1717 . This casual evening fuses Strings, Arias, and true to Miami style, a DJ. Featuring Thomas Moore and Melissa Palichat on Violins, Richard Fleischman on Viola, Michael Andrews on Cello and the musical stylings of DJ Tavin. Arias by Eduardo Calcano (Tenor), Suana Diaz (Soprano), Maria Aleida Rodriguez (Soprano). See Flyer

Dade approves domestic-partner benefits
Unmarried couples in Miami-Dade won the right to hospital and jail visitation on Tuesday, following an 8-4 vote by the County Commission, and county employees will be able to buy health coverage for their partners. Couples will be able to register their partnerships with the county's Consumer Services Department by late August. The system is open to unmarried, nonrelated couples -- gay or straight -- who are at least 18 and live together. "It's a matter of compassion, a matter of correcting an injustice, a matter of moving forward as a progressive county," said Commissioner Katy Sorenson. County staff estimated 900 couples would file this year. www.miamiherald.com

Drag Queen robs Burger King
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Miami Ink ending after three years of tattooing
The stars of Miami Ink, the series that thrust a South Beach tattoo parlor into reality TV fame, say the show has come to an end after nearly three years on the air. Ami James said Monday he and co-star Chris Nuñez declined to extend Discovery Communications' option to order more episodes of the TLC show. James said that move effectively ended their contracts with the cable conglomerate, and that no talks are under way to shoot more episodes of their life as South Beach tattoo artists. www.miamiherald.com

South Beach clubs face tougher noise rules
In a blow to the South Beach nightlife industry, city commissioners took steps toward beefing up Miami Beach's noise ordinance in two big ways on Wednesday. As it stands now, the city can temporarily shut down clubs and restaurants for a weekend after the business's fourth noise violation. Under the proposed change, the gathering spots could be closed for the weekend upon their second violation. www.miamiherald.com

Cuban Government Backs Calls to Combat Homophobia
Cuba's gay community celebrated unprecedented openness -- and high-ranking political alliances - with a government-backed campaign against homophobia on Saturday. The meeting at a convention center in Havana's Vedado district may have been the largest gathering of openly gay activists ever on the communist-run island. President Raul Castro's daughter Mariela, who has promoted the rights of sexual minorities, presided. www.advocate.com

Vote for Tiffany on "RuPaul's Drag Race"!
"RuPaul's Drag Race" will feature contestants competing to become 'America's next superstar drag queen,' with RuPaul serving as host, mentor and judge. Vote for Miami's Tiffany to be a contestant on the show. You can vote for Tiffany "Fantasia" Phillips (The Palace, Twist) on the Logo webiste at www.rupaulsdragrace.com

Gay Pride Miami Beach coming in 2009! - April 17th - 19th 2009
The City of Miami Beach has put together a team of people, lead by Mayor Matti Bower, to plan for a Miami Beach Gay Pride April 17th to 19th 2009. On Saturday April 18th, Ocean Drive will be closed to traffic for a parade followed by a dance party on the beach.

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi to Marry
The first high-profile couple to take advantage of California's big Supreme Court decision yesterday, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi announced they're getting married during the taping of Ellen's show yesterday. The show will air today. www.tmz.com

Bernadette Peters' first book "Broadway Barks"
On May 12th, 2008, Bernadette Peters hosted a launch party for her first book, "Broadway Barks". A long time advocate for pet adoption, Peters and fellow actress Mary Tyler Moore started the organization Broadway Barks! Each year they hold a star-studded dog and cat adopt-a-thon, benefiting New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies. www.broadwayworld.com

Seeking Asylum Based on Sexual Orientation - May 27th 7pm
On Tuesday, May 27th at 7pm The Miami Beach Branch Library will host a seminar on seeking asylum in the United States based on sexual orientation. The seminar will be at the Miami Beach Branch Library, 227 22nd Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, please call 305.535.4219.

North American Gay Volleyball Champoinships in Miami this weekend
This weekend, the North American Gay Volleyball Champoinships are in Miami Beach playing at the Miami Beach Convention Center May 21st to May 25th. For more information, go to www.nagva.org

Sizzle Miami - May 22nd - 26th
Over the past six years, Sizzle Miami has grown to become America's most celbrated black gay event. There are evnets over the five days including a Booze Cruise, Quuens of Comedy Show, Sizzle Beach, Haulover Beach Party, Crown & Sexy Affiar and the Stripp Off. For full information, go to www.sizzlemiami.com

New York's Vlada coming to Mid-Town Miami!
Vlada Lounge Miami will be coming to Mid-Town Miami at 3215 NE 2nd Avenue. They are planning for a July 4th weekend Grand Opening.
www.vladabar.com

Miami Council says gay bar will bring “bad element” to Design District
Vlada Von Shats is on the brink of opening the Miami Design District's first full-time gay bar: her eponymous New York lounge, Vlada, is slated to open its second location here in south Florida, at a spot on the corner of 32nd and NE 2nd Ave. But after leasing the space and paying for all the necessary permits, the city commission has denied her request to open for business, based on worries that the lounge will bring a "bad element" to the neighborhood. www.expressgaynews.com

SoBe Social Club Goes to the Dogs
On Tuesday, May 20th, from 9:00 PM to midnight, The Oasis Pool at The Raleigh Hotel is going to the dogs, literally. It’s the latest promotion from Edison Farrow, the well-known creator of The Sobe Social Club. Farrow promotes very popular weekly events and parties at all Sobe’s hotspots. Next week, he has arranged for his ever so famous "Martini Tuesdays" to help benefit animals in need. He’s calling the event "Mutts and Martinis." Volunteers of The Greater Miami Humane Society will be accepting voluntary donations at the door. www.edgemiami.com

"Mutts and Martinis" and "Halo Happy Hour"
Should you experience a brutal, post-weekend hangover, consider catching Martini Tuesdays next week, when the usual weekly cocktail confab transforms into Mutts & Martinis for a Humane Society of Greater Miami fundraiser from 9 p.m.-midnight at the Raleigh Hotel's Oasis Pool Bar, 1775 Collins Ave. Dogs (and their owners) are welcome and The Humane Society will be taking donations at the door. Speaking of Martini Tuesdays, its mastermind, Edison Farrow, has joined forces with Jason Tamanini and Halo, 1625 Michigan Ave., to create Halo Happy Hour, from 4-9 p.m. Fridays, featuring half-price drinks, free hors d'oeuvres, music and mingling. It's about time this city realized the proper time for happy hour isn't 11 p.m. www.miamiherald.com

CNN / The Insider's Thomas Roberts featured in The Advocate
In 2006 a blog announced to the world that Thomas Roberts is gay, and the then CNN anchor instantly became the poster boy for a very rare breed: the out news anchor. But as Sean Kennedy reports, the success of Roberts and other out anchors and on-air talent may finally shatter their industry’s glass ceiling for gays -- and usher in the future of broadcast news. www.advocate.com

A Four Letter Word (R) *** Light fare's quite fulfilling
Is love just another four-letter word? That's the question that haunts Casper Andreas' well-crafted, deceptively light 'n' fluffy romantic comedy. www.miamiherald.com

Dan Renzi new Editor in Chief at Expess Gay News
Dan Renzi has just been hired as Editor in Chief for the Express Gay News. Dan is known from his days on MTV's Real World and Road Rules. He has also worked as a writer for the New York Post and the Miami New Times. www.expressgaynews.com
You can read his blog "How's your day, Dan?" here: www.danrenzi.typepad.com/

Miami gay Judge David Young up for Emmy Award
Young, 49, says he was "absolutely flabbergasted" at his nomination. After all, he says, he's a TV rookie - his show launched last September. "There are so many others who've been doing it much longer and have such a good reputation that I never thought that the new kid on the block would be able to compete." He wants to walk the red carpet with his partner, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Scott Bernstein. www.miamiherald.com

Madonna to end tour at Dolphin Stadium
Madonna's Sticky and Sweet tour is coming to South Florida, promoters announced Thursday. The tour will wrap up Nov. 26, a Saturday, with a show at Dolphin Stadium. That's nearly two months after the North American leg of the tour kicks off Oct. 3 in East Rutherford, N.J. It is Madonna's first major tour since 2006. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. May 31. They are priced at $70, $120, $195 and $390. www.miamiherald.com
Tickets are available at www.livenation.com

Pacific Time set to re-open in Design District
For nearly 15 years, Jonathan Eismann's Pacific Time on Lincoln Road was a favorite hangout for locals, celebrities, restaurateurs, rock stars and fashionistas. Pacific Time was internationally recognized for its food and service, and for the quintessential sexy, laid back ambiance that epitomized South Beach style.
Pacific Time plans to open at 35 NE 40th Street in the Design District next week. For reservations, call 305.722.7369.

The Girlie Brunch - Sundays 11am to 4pm
The Girlie Brunch just launched a few weeks ago at Gem Lounge 671 Washington Avenue South Beach. It is a fun drag show with great food. Please support Pussila, Geraldine, FernanDcute, DJ Troy Landon and your host Andres.
Entrees range from $9 to $13 and include coffee, orange juice and a mimosa. For reservations, call 305.674.0977 www.thegirliebrunch.com

"Mutts and Martinis" special 'dog friendly' Martini Tuesdays - May 20th
Save the date for a special "Mutts and Martinis" Martini Tuesdays on Tuesday, May 20th. This will be a night to bring your best canine friend along for a night on the town. This event will benefit the Humane Society of Miami.

Aqua Girl - May 14th - 18th
Something for everyone, held in a variety of locations on Miami Beach, this year’s Aqua Girl line-up includes a night of comedy with national comic, four unique evenings of dance parties; a women’s art exhibit, a dining event, a wet and wild pool party; a delectable women’s jazz brunch, first annual mega beach party, a girls rock concert and more. Having so much fun, never did so much good. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.aquagirl.org

Cut! Filming in Florida just got less attractive
Without $25 million in production subsidies, Florida will find it tough to lure movies and TV shows to shoot here. www.miamiherald.org

Aquagirl Tea Dance for EVERYBODY at Opium (Amnesia)! - Sunday, May 18th
This will be their first co-ed party, that's right an event that everyone will enjoy. They are taking you back to the legendary "South Beach Tea Dance" that we all know and love. Aquagirl is inviting all gay gentlemen friends to show them how the girls can party with the best of them! They even have their own superstar DJs and entertainment including our hometown girl, Tracy Young to tear up the turntables spinning some classics and the latest House music. DJ Kidd Maddony & chart topping Diva, Joi Cardwell. Tickets only $20! Opium Garden 136 Collins Avenue Miami Beach 1pm to 7pm.
To purchase tickets, go to www.aquagirl.org

A FOUR LETTER WORD opens Friday in Fort Lauderdale!
Certain four letter words take on a twist in the witty, modern-day, gay romantic comedy A Four Letter Word, directed by Casper Andreas (Slutty Summer, Mormor's Visit). Produced on location in New York, and starring two high-profile gay actors, Jesse Archer and Charlie David, the film takes a fresh, honest, and hopelessly hilarious approach to modern day romance. Because not everything is what it seems. Not even a gay cliche. Being true to oneself is the only real therapy in this fun, sexy, seemingly frivolous tale of New York City boys and those who love them.
Opening Friday, May 9th Gateway Cinemas 1820 East Sunrise Blvd FTL. For more information, please visit www.afourletterwordmovie.com

Paul Jacober's t-shirts are hot, cool and oh-so-chic
Miami graphic designer Paul Jacober’s line of t-shirts have a chic, vintage vibe to them. His 'Florida' series is inspired by Miami Beach and Davie. His ‘Nevermind The Roses’ line focuses on popular British imagery. Click the link to check out the 'cool shirts'. www.the411mag.com

SoFla hottie Mike Verdugo on HGTV's Designstar starting June 8th!
Michael, a bilingual police officer in Hollywood, Florida, spent his teens working alongside his father in a kitchen design business. A few years later, Michael, or “Mikey V” as he is know to his friends, found a creative outlet for his building and design passion by “flipping” homes that he renovated and redesigned in his spare time. The venture was so successful that he runs his own home staging company when he’s not out on patrol.
HGTV’s top-rated series, HGTV Design Star, returns for a third season on Sunday, June 8, at 9 p.m. ET/PT and runs through Sunday, August 3. www.hgtv.com/designstar

Aniston to Paparazzi: I'm Not Your Friend, Buddy!
Jennifer Aniston got accosted at a Florida Marlins game Thursday night by an overzealous photog who got a little too close for comfort. Hands off Mayer's woman!
Aniston was filming a scene at the game with Owen Wilson for their upcoming movie "Marley & Me." CBS4 in Miami tells that after they were done filming, a photog got too close to Aniston and wouldn't back off. Cops warned him several times to keep his distance, but he wouldn't listen -- so officers moved in. www.tmz.com

"Chat Noir Club" Mondays at Dream
The "Chat Noir Club" is an amazing new burlesque cabaret review Monday nights at Dream Nightclub 1532 Washington Avenue. Circ X 's dancers, singers, drag queens and acrobats perform in this outrageous, edgy show every Monday from 10pm to midnight!

Clubland revival: New blood on lower Washington Avenue
A dozen years ago, a night on the town in South Beach meant dressing to kill and heading for Washington Avenue. The area between Fifth and Eighth streets was ground zero for South Beach's international nightlife explosion. Bash and Living Room drew supermodels, European high-rollers and stars including Madonna and Sylvester Stallone. www.miamiherald.com

"Don't Fall in Love with a Homo"
Jonny "The Gay Pimp" McGovern’s latest video, "Don't Fall in Love with a Homo", is finished and debuts on-line today! www.gaypimp.com

Chat Noir: The Cabaret Culture Returns to South Beach
Chat Noir Club is a bohemian culture cabaret show featuring everything from song and dance laced with comedy, to more exotic displays of exhibitionism such as contortionists, fire acts and even dramatic theatre set to music. www.southbeach-usa.com SEE PHOTOS

Justin Timberlake chows down at Epicure
Justin Timberlake was spied at Epicure on Alton Road in Miami Beach on Tuesday afternoon with three regular guys (as in, no one appeared to be the pop star's bodyguard). They were sitting at a table near the back, eating lunch. www.miamiherald.com

SAVE Champions of Equality Awards Reception - Wednesday, May 7th
On Wednesday, May 7th SAVE Dade will be holding their annual SAVE Champions of Equality Awards Reception honoring the City Of North Miami City Council and SAVE's Founders. Please join them for a special fundraising evening celebrating SAVE's 15th Year Anniversary. Cocktails, hors d' oeuvres, awards reception & silent auction 6pm to 8:30pm. At the ICON Brickell Condominium Sales Center 501 Brickell Avenue, Miami. Tickets are $100. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.savedade.org

"Star Trek" icon Nichelle Nichols talks about her role in gay film
Actress Nichelle Nichols instantly became a television icon when she signed aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise 40 years ago as communications officer Lt. Uhura on "Star Trek." The first African-American woman cast as a lead character in a network television series has since devoted her career to roles that break down societal barriers and promote understanding. www.expressgaynews.com

George Slover | 1965-2008 : Maitre d' "lived his life onstage"
In the gilded universe of South Beach dining -- where success depends as much on image and buzz as food and service -- George Slover sparkled like $200 champagne. www.miamiherald.com/gay

George Slover - October 21 1965 to April 29 2008
George B. Slover was born on 10-21-65 and passed on 4-29-08 at the Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton, Arkansas with his mother Cecelia at his side. He was a long time resident of South Beach and was most recently employed employed by the Mandarin Oriental Group in Singapore. His illustrious career also included Operating Partner of O-R-O as well as successful stints at Barton G. The Restaurant, China Grill, Delano, Hudson Hotel, and Kiss Steakhouse. George was also well known as the first ever Maitre D'Hotel at the Ritz Carlton South Beach. He was the Spirit of Hospitality in South Beach and was loved and respected by all who knew him and will continue to be the Spirit of Hospitality on his next adventure.
There will be a memorial:
Saturday, May 3rd 3pm to 6pm
Clarke's Miami Beach 840 1st Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139 305.538.9885
At the request of George's family, for those who wish to give a donation in his name, do so to Bay Point Schools (email jasonfclarke@hotmail.com) or Make-a-Wish Foundation of South Florida, www.wish.org.
RSVP to Laura Cullen: laurac@clarkesmiamibeach.com

Jim Carrey and Rodrigo Santoro Play Gay in I Love You Phillip Morris
Last week Towleroad.com reported that Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, and Rodrigo Santoro had been spotted doing some "research" at Edison Farrow's popular gay Martini Tuesdays at Halo Lounge in Miami Beach.
Here's your first look at Carrey and Santoro flaunting their Versace in the film I Love You Phillip Morris, which just began shooting in Miami. www.towleroad.com

Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor at Martini Tuesdays at Halo
In town filming I Love You Phillip Morris, based on the true story of a Texan convict who fell in love with his celly, Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor and Rodrigo Santoro were spotted doing some field research at Edison Farrow's Martini Tuesdays party at Halo, the gay bar off Lincoln Road, where they were hanging out at a table, drinking champagne (water for Carrey). Said McGregor, "Jim's character is a con artist and an escape artist, who escapes from prison to be with me. It's an incredible story." If you live here on South Beach that story is more typical than incredible, but we'll take it. www.MiamiHerald.com
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Actors Research Man4Man Love at SOBE Gay Bar
Actors Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor & Rodrigo Santoro were apparently boning up for their upcoming roles in the Brokeback Prison flick I Love You Phillip Morris being filmed in Miami. The threesome was seen sharing a table & a bottle of Champaign and enjoying each other’s company Tuesday night at Halo Lounge, a popular South Beach gay bar.
Party Promoter extraordinaire Edison Farrow is accustomed to having celebrity visitors drop in for a drink or two at Martini Tuesdays, his roaming gay party. The weekly Miami Beach soirée has attracted the likes of Sandra Bernhard, Janice Dickinson and Rupert Everett. www.GaySoFla.com

Lance Bass Birthday Party Sunday Night at Gansevoort Hotel Rooftop
On Sunday night from 9pm to midnight, Lance Bass will be celebrating his birthday on the Gansevoort Hotel's fabulous rooftop lounge 2377 Collins Avenue. RSVP to SuperMarketMia@aol.com

For a price, South Beach clubs make you a VIP
It's Sunday night at the Shore Club hotel's Skybar, and a couple of guys from Indianapolis are living the South Beach dream. They're up in the VIP section with their hot blonde dates, a bottle of hip-hop's over-invoked Cristal and another of Grey Goose on their table.
They're spending more than $1,400 for the bottle service that guarantees admission to the VIP rooms of most South Beach clubs. The lure of those roped-off enclaves can be intoxicatingly strong. One problem: when the bill comes, the high living can end in clubland sticker shock. Add alcohol, and disputes over the bill can turn ugly. www.miamiherald.com

Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival - April 25th - May 4th
The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, a critically acclaimed event, is based in the world-renowned historic South Beach neighborhood and screens films and videos in locations throughout Miami-Dade county and Ft. Lauderdale. The 10th annual edition will run April 25 - May 4th, 2008. Additionally, our Screening Series, which runs June - February, provides additional screenings, educational and social opportunities throughout the year. www.mglff.com

Miami Beach Real Estate Up in Smoke: Gansevoort South Beach Burns
The Gansevoort South Hotel rooftop is hot! So hot that is was on fire (yes, literally) on Thursday! www.southbeachrealestateblog.com

Dubai firm buys half of Fontainebleau
A Dubai firm has bought half the Fontainebleau resort for $375 million, putting Miami Beach's most iconic hotel partly into the hands of an oil-rich Middle Eastern government. Nakheel Hotels, whose parent company is managed by the Dubai emirate, will partner with developer Jeffrey Soffer as he prepares to reopen the Fontainebleau this fall following two years of renovations at the 1,500-room complex. www.miamiherald.com

Antique Haven closing sale
After a nine year run on 72nd Street and Biscayne, Antique Haven will be closing. Everything must go! Antiques, mid century furniture, artwork, jewelry, rugs, pottery, porcelain, display cases.
Antique Heaven Inc. 7235 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, Fl 33138

Perez Hilton calls Florida blogger a defamer
Perez Hilton claims that a Florida blogger slandered him by claiming the online gossip columnist solicited sexual favors in exchange for help promoting the man's nascent web site. In an April 8 Los Angeles Superior Court complaint, Hilton (real name: Mario Lavandeira) alleges that Jonathan Lewandowski recently told reporters that he was manipulated into sending sexually explicit videos to Lavandeira, and that the pair had sex and dated. Lavandeira, 30, charges that these claims are false, adding that Lewandowski (who uses the handle Jonathan Jaxson when blogging) has also invaded his privacy by posting his cell phone number online. www.thesmokinggun.com

PlanetOut agrees to sell magazine business for $6 million
Gay and lesbian media portal PlanetOut Inc. agreed to sell its magazine and book publishing business to Here Networks for $6 million in cash. PlanetOut publishes magazines like Out and Advocate, but wants to return its focus to its web sites gay.com and planetout.com, which have been contributing a smaller percentage of its revenue recently. www.sanfrancisco.bizjournals.com

First steps taken towards statewide gay rights bill
With the support of both Democrats and Republicans, a Florida Senate committee approved a bill this morning to prohibit discrimination against gay men and lesbians in employment, housing, and public accommodations.
"Today's vote is truly historic," said Rand Hoch, president of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council. "This demonstrates that Florida lawmakers are finally beginning to understand the need for a statewide law prohibiting discrimination faced by the GLBT community." www.miamiherald.com/gay

Mark's South Beach restaurant closes
After eight years as one of South Beach's top restaurants, chef and owner Mark Militello has closed Mark's South Beach in Hotel Nash. www.chefmark.com

Elephant Paints Self Portrait
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Out Magazine Names 50 Most Powerful Gays and Lesbians in America
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8 Club Mansion bouncers held in beatings
Nearly a dozen bouncers inside South Beach's Club Mansion viciously beat three University of Delaware students over a disputed bill early Friday, according to Miami Beach police. Fort Lauderdale lawyer Kevin "Bo" Dennis plans to file a lawsuit this week on the three men's behalf, claiming that they were bloodied in a back room of Club Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave. The young men had cuts and black eyes. www.miamiherald.com

Magicians Kevin and Caruso will leave you spellbound
Kevin and Caruso have been delivering cutting edge magic shows in Miami that not only break the mold of traditional entertainment, but offer a window into the genius of two creative masterminds. Together they combine a "magical" blend of comedy,Vegas-style costumes, impeccable choreography, and of course, illusions that will leave you awe-struck. www.the411mag.com

MODEL CASTING CALL: Jay McCarroll Fashion Show
Jay McCarroll, winner of Project Runway Season 1, is coming to Miami for a screening of his documentary "Eleven Minutes," about his show in New York Fashion Week. The screening will be followed by a party on the Dorset Hotel rooftop deck, featuring a fashion show of Jay's latest line.
CASTING DATE: Saturday, April 19, from 12-5 PM
LOCATION: Maxine Hotel 1756 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Casting models models models:
Women: at least 5'8", sizes 2 to 4
Men: 5' 10" to 6' 2", sizes 40R to 42L, lean trim body types
Agency affiliation helpful but not necessary. There is no pay. All products, makeup, hairstyling, everything is being donated. There will, however, be heavy media exposure.
SEE FULL INFORMATION

12th Annual "A Night of Hope" - Thursday, April 17th
Join HELP Inc for the 12th Annual A Night of Hope on Thursday, April 17th from 6pm to 9pm. The event will be held at the Romero Britto Gallery 818 Lincoln Road. Tickets are $40 in advance and $55 at the door. HELP Inc is South Florida's only full service free legal clinic for indigent persons living with HIV/AIDS. For more information, go to www.helpinclaw.com

20th Annual AIDS Walk Miami - Sunday, April 20th
This AIDS Walk is one of oldest and largest in the country, and benefits Care Resource, South Floridas oldest and largest HIV/AIDS community organization serving both Fort Lauderdale and Miami-Dade. The course is 3.1 miles (5K) starting and ending outside the Miami Beach Convention Center. Registration begins at 8:00am. As participants come to the end of the walk at the Botanical Gardens, a celebration, sponsored by TBA is held to thank all the walkers. www.aidswalkmiami.com

Margaret Cho com­es to Miami for her "Beautiful" tour
Fresh off the Australian leg of her hilarious new tour, “Beautiful,” the controversial comedienne gabs about her latest gig, why her heart belongs to homos, her passion for Perez Hilton, and when she’s returning to a TV near you. MARGARET CHO "Beautiful" Saturday, April 12th 8pm The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater www.the411mag.com

Jim Carey Movie Casting Gay Men - Wednesday, April 16th 11am - 3pm
Lori Wyman is currently casting "I Love You Phillip Morris" starring Jim Carrey and Ewan Mcgregor. They are looking for good looking physically fit men for a gay club and gym scene. The men are supposed to be gay or OK with kissing another man on camera.
If you are interested in attending the casting, please call or just show up at the office Wednesday 11am to 3pm.
Lori Wyman Casting
16499 NE 19th Avenue Suite 203
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
305.354.3901
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Save the Date! Edison's Birthday Bash! - Tuesday, April 15th
Please join us on Tuesday, April 15th for a Martini Tuesdays Special Event as Martini Tuesdays "Kingpin" Edison Farrow celebrates his birthday at Dream Nightclub 1532 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach. DJ FR8-0 will be spinning a wide variety of fun dance hits upstairs in the VIP Room. DJ Le Brion will be spinning progressive House music in the Main Room. There will be a fashion show by Underdog Denim with models provided by David Barton Gym. Complimentary vodka drinks 9pm to 10pm. There is no cover charge for this event.
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Your guide to the Pride in the Sun festival
Pride South Florida’s Pride in the Sun festival, which will be held in Fort Lauderdale’s Holiday Park on Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13, promises to be one of the largest Pride celebrations on the East Coast, attracting thousands with dance tents, more than 250 vendors, Florida’s largest displa­y of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and nationally recognized entertainers.
The gates open at noon on Saturday and Sunday, and the festival continues through 7 p.m. each day. Admission is $8 or $5 for students with valid ID. The following is a guide to the festival’s events. For more information, go to www.expressgaynews.com

GLAAD Media Awards Coming to South Florida April 12th
For the third consecutive year, the GLAAD Media Awards honoring LGBT images in Spanish-language media will be held in South Florida on Saturday, April 12 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Actor Wilson Cruz will receive the group’s Visibilidad Award at this year’s event. The Visibilidad Award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Spanish-language media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for our community. The ‘Hollywood Red Carpet’ style awards program and dinner will also feature a live performance by Canadian R & B singer-songwriter and actress Deborah Cox. www.gaysofla.com

George Michael Announces Summer U.S. Tour
Calling it a "rounding off" of the first phase of his career, George Michael says he'll tour the U.S. in June for the first time in nearly two decades as a prelude to phase two, which may or may not include television production, an autobiography, and producing more music, which he says he'll likely give away for free. www.towleroad.com

A Boy the Bullies Love to Beat Up, Repeatedly
All lank and bone, the boy stands at the corner with his younger sister, waiting for the yellow bus that takes them to their respective schools. He is Billy Wolfe, high school sophomore, struggling. Moments earlier he left the sanctuary that is his home, passing those framed photographs of himself as a carefree child, back when he was 5. And now he is at the bus stop, wearing a baseball cap, vulnerable at 15. www.nytimes.com

Ex-boyfriend kills gay bar's owner, hangs self, police say
Michael Brown, owner of H.G. Roosters, a bar that has been a gathering spot for the city's gay community for more than two decades, was beaten and stabbed to death by a former boyfriend who was found dead in his apartment with him Friday evening, police have determined.
Police were dispatched to Brown's 3705 S. Flagler Drive condominium about 5 p.m. Friday because the affable bar owner had not shown up to work. They found a blood-spattered apartment in disarray and Brown's body in the bedroom. Brown, 50, died of blunt trauma to the head and multiple stab wounds, an autopsy showed. www.palmbeachpost.com

Inside Miami Beach bribery scandal
A controversial Miami Beach developer, having paid more than $110,000 in bribes to city building inspectors to get his projects expedited, spent the past year wearing a wire to help law officers make a public corruption case against three men he paid off, prosecutors said Wednesday. www.miamiherald.com

Weston Senator Wants To End Florida's Gay Adoption Ban
Hoping to reverse a three decades old ban on adoptions by gay and lesbian couples because of their sexual orientation, state Senator Nan Rich of Weston has introduced a new bill that would instruct judges to consider the child's best when placing them in permanent homes. Florida is just one of three states that ban gay and lesbian couples from adopting children; the other two are Mississippi and Utah. www.cbs4.com

PrideFest of the Palm Beaches will be this weekend in park
The PrideFest of the Palm Beaches is set for noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Bryant Park, at Golfview and Lake avenues along the Intracoastal Waterway.
The 15th annual event will be a celebration for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. The event generally attracts more than 10,000 people, according to Compass, which organizes the festival. www.sun-sentinel.com

Winter Music Conference - March 25th - March 29th
Winter Music Conference, in its 23rd year, is regarded as the singular networking event in the dance music industry, attracting professionals from over 62 different countries. With its high concentration of top international artists, DJs and industry professionals, WMC permeates the international press and is thereby one of the most publicized events in the business. Every aspect of the industry is represented including the top technological innovators, artists, DJs, producers, radio and video programmers, retailers, distributors, audio manufacturers and many more. www.wintermusicconference.com

Florida's Gay political clout growing
From mounting a major offensive against Fort Lauderdale's mayor to winning county protections for transgender residents, South Florida's gay community wants politicians to know: We're here. Get used to it.
Buoyed by rising numbers, gay and bisexual activists have racked up a few recent political victories and now some political candidates hoping for a November win are actively courting them.
A few openly gay candidates are vying for several local, county and state seats, including one who could become the state's first openly gay state legislator. www.miamiherald.com

Crunch buys SoBe Sports Club
We hear that Crunch just bought the gym formerly known as Gridiron, Ironworks and most recently SoBe Sports Club.

New York's Vlada Lounge coming to Miami?
Rumor has it that the owner of the Vlada Lounge 311 W. 51st Street in New York's Hell's Kitchen is here in South Beach preparing for the opening of Vlada South Beach. She is planning for an April opening. www.vladabar.com

True Colors Tour comes to Bank Atlantic Center
Tickets are now on sale for the True Colors tour starring Cyndi Lauper, The B-52s, Rosie O'Donnell, Deborah Cox, The Clicks and hosted by Carson Kressley. The concert will be at the Sinatra Theater in the Bank Atlantic Center in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, June 19th at 6:30pm. www.ticketmaster.com

Lambda Legal to represent lesbian in suit against Jackson Memorial
Lambda Legal, a national organization that advocates for gay rights, announced last week that it had sent a letter of intent to sue to Jackson Memorial Hospital, the largest hospital in Miami Dade County, for discriminating against a lesbian couple and their family during a medical emergency last year. Lisa Pond, a 39-year-old social worker from Washington state died in the hospital’s intensive care unit after suffering a brain aneurism about an hour after boarding a cruise ship at the Port of Miami sponsored by Rosie O’Donnell. www.expressgaynews.com

Ultimate Knights for MEN
For the first time in history, there is now a business opportunity exclusively for gay men. Ultimate Knights for MEN is a ground-breaking party-plan company that works in a similar manner to Mary Kay, Avon and other in-home party sales companies. Their Ultimate mission is to empower gay men while providing them a safe & fun environment to "tell all" as well as creating a discreet & confidential space in which gay men can share and laugh about "coming out", romance, sex, passion, career, relationships, breakups, life and much more.
Ultimate Knights Parties provide a discreet, safe, clean, fun environment to see, touch, smell and taste the most innovative sensual & sexual products available today. The perfect "Guy's Night In" allows men to see what the "buzz" is all about and purchase these products in the utmost privacy. Just like Ultimate Nights for Women, UK for MEN provides an opportunity for gay men to own their own businesses in a fun, exciting, explosive growth industry as well as the ability to laugh, learn, inform, enjoy and most of all, earn multiple streams of income. For further information, please feel free to contact Dennis Carman at 786.897.5558. www.ultimateknightsparty.com/dennis

Vigil for slain teen raises calls for action against gay hate crimes
As police continue to investigate two possible hate crimes against gay people, mourners, community leaders and activists united Thursday at an emotional vigil to honor the life of a 17-year-old gay teenage youth at the spot where he was killed last week. www.sun-sentinel.com

Shelly Novak Awards - Results and Video
Missed the Shelly Novak Awards? See the video here: Watch-The-Video

Beating of gay Fort Lauderdale diner possible hate crime
An early-morning breakfast in Fort Lauderdale turned into an onslaught of slurs and a beating for a gay Fort Lauderdale couple, who said they were the victims of a hate crime. The police department, which has its own liaison to the gay community, was investigating the episode as a possible hate crime. The restaurant called to apologize, according to the couple. www.miamiherald.com

The Palace Food Bar was sold
The Ocean Drive bar and restaurant Palace Food Bar has been sold. The new owner, Tom Donell, is gay and owns gay bars in Michigan. He plans to renovate and improve the business.

First Annual Equality Florida Bar Crawl - Saturday, March 15th
For the first time in history, all of South Beach’s seven day-a-week gay bars will work together on the First Annual 2008 Equality Florida Bar Crawl, which will raise funds for Equality Florida, the only statewide LGBT rights organization working to change state law. The 7 hour, four bar event is part of a weekend long celebration ending with a major donor VIP reception on board the luxurious Aqua Yacht. The crawl will begin at Palace at 8 p.m. and continue on to Halo at 10 p.m. then Score at midnight and then wrap up at TWIST at 2 a.m. Each venue will provide complimentary Absolut Mandarin and Absolut Citron cocktails for the first hour and a half. That’s six hours of free cocktails! Tickets are currently on sale for $25 in advance and $30 at the door. 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Equality Florida. To pruchase tickets, visit www.eqfl.org/tickets

Bill Clinton hosts Hillary Clinton Fundraiser - Sunday, March 16th 8:30pm
You are cordially invited to a reception with President William Jefferson Clinton in honor of Hillary Rodham Clinton in support of her Presidential Campaign on Sunday, March 16th 8:30pm at the home of Irene & Chris Korge 10355 SW 67th Ave Pinecrest, FL. Minimum Contribution: $250 per person. Host: Contribute $2,300 per person or raise $2,500. Please make personal checks payable to “Hillary Clinton for President”. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Courtney Whitney at (786) 375-0037 or e-mail cwhitney@hillaryclinton.com or RSVP online at www.contribute.hillaryclinton.com

Jimmy Kimmel is F---king Ben Affleck!
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Memorial to honor gay victims of hate
Scott Hall didn't think much about gay rights, even after a stranger cracked him across the head with a baseball bat 25 years ago outside a gay bar in Melbourne. www.miamiherald.com

Rocker Boys in the rough
A skinny young man stares numbly at the ground. The camera catches him in a contemplative moment wearing an ill-fitting dress that falls off one shoulder and a pair of killer high heels. Another waiflike tough smokes a cigarette in what looks like a seedy motel room. He too looks as if he is lost in thought, but this time it seems like he's in the midst of a fresh post-coital memory. The cigarettes, the long hair, the long lanky limbs, the barely there waists, the tattoos and the wood-paneled walls all comprise a world of male sexuality in photographer Melissa Rodwell's current show, "The Boys Collection." www.expressgaynews.com

MDGLCC Monthly Business Networker - Wednesday, March 12th 6pm
MDGLCC Monthly Business Networker will meet on Wednesday, March 12th at Mamushka's Made in Havana Arts Café 31 NW 36th Street from 6pm to 9pm. Beverages by Finlandia Vodka, Barefoot Wines and Southern Comfort provided. Hors d'oeuvres will be home-made by Mamushka's Cafe and entertainment by the Gold Coast Society Dance Band. A $20.00 suggested donation with proceeds going to the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival's Cultural Challenge Matching Grant. For more information, call 305.573.4000 or visit www.gogaymiami.com

Gay teen shot dead while dressed as woman in Fort Lauderdale
The shooting death of a gay teenage boy who was dressed in women's clothing is being investigated as a possible hate crime, while detectives try to determine whether he was targeted because of his sexual orientation. Simmie Williams Jr., 17, was attacked on the 1000 block of Sistrunk Boulevard by two young men who wore dark clothing and might live in the neighborhood, police said. www.sun-sentinel.com

Gay man bequeaths $65 million to LGBT groups
Ric Weiland, one of Microsoft's first five employees, has left tens of millions of dollars of his estate to a fund to benefit eleven LGBT charities, PageOneQ has learned. The bequest includes multi-million dollar gifts to Seattle's Pride Foundation, Lambda Legal, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. www.pageoneq.com

Gay festival is fun - but hosts mean business
Winter Party is a day at the beach, but National Gay and Lesbian Task Force organizers want everyone to know that the big, weeklong festival has a serious side, too. www.miamiherald.com

New Gay Miami/LA Based Reality Show
Ne'er-do-well socialite Fabian Basabe, last seen on TV in "Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive," is trying his hand at another reality show. He told me at the Sunset Tower's W magazine party that he's shooting a pilot called "The Mean Boys." "The concept is we're opening a lounge in L.A., and we decide who we're going to invite and who we're not," he said. Flanked by his wife, La Perla heiress Martina, Basabe introduced me to his co-stars: South Beach publicist Nick D'Annunzio and Jose Ortiz, who writes for Ocean Drive magazine. "Jose is the first lady of Miami," said Basabe. "I tell everyone that." www.nydailynews.com

Frank Ciliberti Art Show at Circa 28 - Saturday, March 8th 7pm
Artist (and Twist bartender) Frank Ciliberti will be showing his artwork at Circa 28. The opening for his show "SOMETHING_YOU_DON'T_KNOW_ABOUT_ME" will be held on Saturday, March 2nd at 7pm. Circa 28 2826 North Miami Avenue, Miami. To view his work and for more information, go to www.FrankCiliberti.com

The Barber of Seville free performance in Flamingo Park - Saturday, March 2nd
The City of Miami Beach’s Arts in the Parks program, together with Miami Lyric Opera, presents the comedic opera "The Barber of Seville" ("Il Barberiere di Siviglia") on Saturday, March 2nd 6pm at Flamingo Park, Meridian Avenue and 12th Street, Miami Beach. Open to the public and admission is free. www.miamibeachfl.gov

2008 Winter Party Festival - February 27th - March 3rd
The ocean will be your backdrop as DJ Joe Gauthreaux takes you on a fantastic musical journey at the 15th Annual Winter Party Beach Party on Sunday, March 2nd. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force invites you to join us and over 10,000 people from around the globe -- for the 2008 Winter Party Festival, February 27 to March 3, 2008, in Miami Beach. For tickets or more information, go to www.winterparty.com

Domestic-partner rights plan passes first Dade hurdle
Plans to create domestic-partnership rights in Miami-Dade County passed a first test Tuesday, winning a preliminary 8-4 vote by the County Commission. The `no' votes came from Commissioners José‚ "Pepe'' Diaz, Joe Martinez, Dorrin Rolle and Javier Souto. Commissioner Natacha Seijas was at the meeting but not on the dais for the vote. www.miamiherald.com

Cocktail Party with Nicole Henry at Van Dyke - Friday, February 29th
On Friday February 29th from 7:30pm to 11pm, local jazz legend Nicole Henry will perform at Lincoln Road's popular Van Dyke Cafe as a Winter Party Festival sanctioned event. Nicole will perform Jazz, and R&B with her Jazz trio. This event is the After Party for the Winter Party Runway Fashion Show at Euclid Circle on Lincoln Road. There is no cover charge for this event.
Van Dyke Cafe 846 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach www.winterparty.com

Martini Tuesdays 7 Year Anniversary at Cameo
And from newcomer to old-timer - in the most complimentary of ways -- congratulations to Edison Farrow, whose Martini Tuesdays party, the city's only nomadic weekly event for gay professionals, celebrates its seventh anniversary on Tuesday at Cameo featuring free Absolut from 9 -10 p.m., an underwear fashion show, Melissa Rodwell's awesome photo exhibit, The Boys Collection (which will have its own fete from 7-10 p.m. March 8 at the Independent Gallery at District Lab, 175 NW 22nd St.), and DJ Daisy D. If you're new in town or just haven't been feeling very shaken or stirred on Tuesday nights these past seven years, check out www.sobesocialclub.com. www.miamiherald.com

1,000 march in Oxnard in tribute to slain gay teen
The Goths in their black T-shirts were there. So were the punks with fluorescent hair and multiple piercings. There were even a few adolescent boys carrying skateboards among the nearly 1,000 Oxnard youth and other supporters who turned out Saturday for a hastily organized peace march to pay tribute to Lawrence King, 15, the Oxnard student shot to death in a classroom last week. "Larry, Larry, Larry!" the crowd chanted before marchers clasped hands in a moment of silence for the fallen student. www.latimes.com

"Two Fathers"
Terrence has two fathers. English subtitles) www.youtube.com

Miami Beach Mayor Bower creates gay-business development committee
Miami Beach Mayor Matti H. Bower’s first initiative of 2008 is to create a Gay Business Development Ad Hoc Committee to address a variety of issues critical to the future and welfare of Miami Beach's gay business and residential communities. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Gay 15 year old student declared brain dead
An Oxnard junior high student who was shot in the head by a classmate earlier this week was declared brain dead Wednesday, and the 14-year-old male suspect now faces a first-degree murder charge, authorities said. The teenager sometimes wore feminine clothing and makeup, and proclaimed he was gay, students said. "He would come to school in high-heeled boots, makeup, jewelry and painted nails -- the whole thing," said Michael Sweeney, 13, an eighth-grader. "That was freaking the guys out." www.latimes.com

SAVE THE DATE! Martini Tuesdays 7 Year Anniversary! - Tuesday, February 26th!
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 26th 9pm to 5am! The Martini Tuesdays 7 Year Anniversary will be an amazing event with a Photography Exhibit by Melissa Rodwell and an Underwear Fashion Show to be photographed that night for a 411 Magazine editorial spread. DJ Daisy D will be spinning! SEE FLYER AND DETAILS

The 15th Annual Shelley Novak Awards - Monday, February 25th
Every year, South Beach drag diva Shelley Novak brings local celebrities, fashionistas, and club kids together to celebrate the wonderful world of drag. This year’s Shelley Novak Awards will be co-hosted by infamous drag superstar, Adora, and will include over eight different award categories ranging from Most Comedic to Best New Comer. The awards show, which last about two hours, will include over-the-top performances by South Florida’s most talented drag superstars. The 15th Annual Shelley Novak Awards will take place for the first time at Score 727 Lincoln Road. The party starts at 10pm, the show begins at midnight.

The 15th Annual Shelley Novak Awards - Monday, February 25th
It's that time of the year again for local drag glitterati to get awarded for all of their glamorous work. It’s time for the 15th annual Shelley Novak Awards! www.the411mag.com

South Beach Food and Wine Festival - February 21st - 24th
The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival is a national, star-studded, four-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world's most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. Hosted by Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida and Florida International University (FIU), the festival benefits the Teaching Restaurant and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center, both located at FIU. Now in its seventh year, the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival began as a one-day festival known as the Florida Extravaganza held at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus. For six years, the Florida Extravaganza showcased wines from national and international wineries paired with food from local restaurants and chefs working with students of FIU’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. For tickets or more information, go to www.sobewineandfoodfest.com

Miami Oscar Party at Hotel Victor - Sunday, February 24th
Join us on the Red Carpet Sunday, February 24th at 6:30pm, and experience the Oscars in Celebrity Style. Come celebrate at Miami’s ONLY Oscar Night Party officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, presented by Hotel Victor, and benefiting The Miami Beach Cinematheque. 6:30pm: Red Carpet arrivals and cocktails. 8pm: Live telecast of the 80th annual Academy Awards on WPLG-Channel 10 with Master of Ceremonies Laurie Jennings. For tickets or more information, go to www.tix.com

In Florida: Is you neighbor anti-gay?
Type in your county and street and you can find out in a second which, if any of your neighbors believe they can protect heterosexual unions by forbidding committed gay couples from enjoying the legal and societal benefits of marriage. Never mind that gay marriage is already illegal under Florida law. You can search by name, too, which has allowed inquiring minds to find out which public officials have signed the petition. www.abcactionnews.com

Winter Party seeks volunteers
The 2008 Festival will span six days and include over 20 different events. None of this would be possible without the time and energy of hundreds of volunteers. Your participation will help put smiles on thousands of faces and raise vital funds for the LGBT community on both the local and national levels. To volunteer, go to the Winter Party Volunteer page. Complete and submit the online application and a member of our Executive Committee will be in touch with you soon. Volunteers receive a free ticket to the Beach Party as well as a free ticket to Blast Off!, our Thursday night dance event. Winter Party Volunteer

ACLU sues Fla. school over "rainbow ban"
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Jan. 31 against a rural Florida school district for allegedly denying students the right to wear or display rainbow-colored T-shirts or stickers, pink triangles or any message that supports gay rights — even if it just appears on the cover of a notebook. www.expressgaynews.com

John McCain Flip Flops on Gay Marriage
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Andres Morochz hospitalized after accident left him immobile
On December 31st, 2007, while welcoming the New Year with his family in Ecuador, Andres dove into a pool and broke two vertebrae on his neck. Andres is only 33 years old and is now laying in his bed at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. He can't move his arms, fingers or legs.
His friends, coworkers and family are trying to collect money to cover the high medical costs. By donating, $10, $20 or more you will be making a difference is his life.
Below is a link with his story, please feel free to make your donation and forward this to all your friends. www.andresmorochz.com

Colin Farrell to be best man on gay brother's big day
Actor Colin Farrell is to be best man at his brother's civil partnership ceremony. Eamon Farrell, 35, is planning to marry his 23-year-old boyfriend Steven Mannion after a proposing to him in New York last year. www.pinknews.co.uk

Miami Beach Coldwell Banker Festival of the Arts 2008
The Miami Beach Coldwell Banker Festival of the Arts 2008, to be held February 9th & 10th at Ocean Terrace (East of Collins from 73rd to 75th Street) will be an enriching cultural arts experience with captivating activities for the whole family to enjoy! Admission is free. This signature community event for residents and visitors of the City of Miami Beach showcases the artwork of 150 artists from across the nation on exhibit with their paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, and photographs. The artwork is juried and prestigious cash prizes are awarded. www.miamibeachfl.gov

Gay internet dating thief pleads not guilty
The last time Travelboy79 logged on to his Manhunt.com Internet account was more than two weeks ago. His enticing profile depicts a tall and lean headless torso flexing for the camera in the buff. "Lets have some fun," reads the header. "Just a normal 28 yr old looking for a guy to have some fun with. Maybe even have a date." Boasting a 6-foot-three athletic frame, green eyes, dark blond hair, and a penchant for being a top, the posting is likely to spark much interest among online cruising aficionados. But Travelboy79 is not available for action. He’s in the Broward County jail. www.expressgaynews.com

SAVE Dade helps pass Citizens Bill of Rights for transgender and sexual orientation
On Tuesday, voters in the City of Miami voted in favor of including a Citizens' Bill of Rights in the Miami City Charter, with about 80% of the vote. Among other provisions, the Bill prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.
SAVE Executive Director Heddy Pena said, "SAVE was pleased to help craft the inclusive language of this law. Discrimination in any form weakens communities; protecting people's rights strengthens communities. We are delighted that our hard work paid off once again, and that Miami-Dade now joins Miami Beach and other progressive communities nationwide in safeguarding the rights of transgender citizens." www.savedade.org

Spiegelworld, a burlesque, old-style circus
The circus has come to town — well, sort of. This winter, a magical tent appeared on Miami Beach’s Collins Park, but it wasn’t your normal circus tent. This tent, the Spiegeltent, is a throwback to the opulent tents constructed of canvas, cut glass, teak, mirrors, billowing velvet and brocade that served as the venues for traveling gypsies and burlesque shows that traveled from village to village across Europe in the last century. www.expressgaynews.com

Stunning model has sex change
With her long blonde hair and green eyes Katherine Dalton had a body most women would die for. She worked as a top model and starred in pop videos. Yet Katherine has now spent £30,000 on a sex-change operation after feeling trapped for years as a gay man in a woman's body. And in another amazing twist the ex-model, now known as Adrian, is dressing again as a woman at night - as she launches a new career as a drag act. www.sundaymirror.co.uk

Brian Antoni book signing "South Beach: The Novel" - Tuesday, February 12th 8pm
Brian spent the last twenty years researching South Beach: The Novel, working – at times -- as a doorman and bathroom attendant at South Beach ’s hippest clubs. He traveled illegally to Cuba to study the plight of refugees, interviewed numerous Holocaust survivors and visited Auswitch. To learn about the fashion business, he rented his house out for photo shoots. Bruce Weber shot part of an infamous Abercrombie and Fitch catalog at his house, in a photo story entitled "Can You Find Love in a House of Lust?" Helmut Newton shot porn star Vanessa Del Rio in his Florida Room in an advertisement for Taschen Books.
Books and Books 933 Lincoln Road www.brianantoni.com

Seeking real people for gay insurance ad
Nationwide Insurance has some representatives currently in Miami who are casting for their GLBT advertising campaign. If you are picked to be in one of their ads, the pay would be up to $1000. They are not looking for models, they are looking for real people of all types. So if you are intersted, feel free to contact Michael Lehman at 610.659.9272, or at michael.lehman@comcast.net

Foreman resigns as director of Task Force
Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force for the past five years, announced this week he is stepping down from his job in April to become head of the gay and lesbian program division of a San Francisco foundation that supports liberal social causes. www.washblade.com

Hump Wednesdays returns to Fort Lauderdale
The infamous Hump Wednesdays returns on Wednesday, January 30th. China White has been converted into JetSet and will be returning with Hump's staff DJ Chaos spins, Mizz Cori hosts, Rebecca Glasscock at the door, VIP hosted by Jordan Bailey, there's never a cover, open bar 'til midnight. www.jumponmarkslist.com

Silence the Hate '08 Fundraiser - Wednesday, January 30th 7-10pm
You are invited to Silence the Hate '08 a fundraiser for Gay American Heroes on Wednesday, January 30th at Halo 1625 Michigan Avenue from 7pm to 10pm. Join hosts Judge David Young, Chip Arndt and Scott Hall for this special event. Casual dress, drink spEcials, hors d'oeuvres. $40 donation. SEE FLYER

Book Signing John Leake's Entertaining Shades - Monday, January 28th
Join author John Leake for his book signing on Monday, January 28th at 6pm at Books & Books in Coral Gables and hear his brief and entertaining talk about his recently published book.
"Entering Hades" is the true story of an author, freelance journalist, and international serial killer. After murdering 11 women in three different countries on two different continents (and reporting on the crimes before he himself fell under suspicion) he was finally arrested on Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, in February 1992. www.enteringhades.com

Seeking real people for gay insurance ad
Nationwide Insurance has some representatives currently in Miami who are casting for their GLBT advertising campaign. If you are picked to be in one of their ads, the pay would be up to $1000. They are not looking for models, they are looking for real people of all types. So if you are intersted, feel free to contact Michael Lehman at 610.659.9272, or at michael.lehman@comcast.net

High school won’t allow lecture by transgendered performer
As an adjunct to his show at the Arsht Center in Miami Jan. 25 and 26, female-to-male transgender performance artist Scott Turner Schofield will be leading a series of workshops in three Miami-Dade High Schools and at Pridelines Youth Services. Schofield’s work deals with finding one’s true identity and expressing one’s truth to the world. He thinks the message can make a positive difference in the lives of teenagers, who are constantly in the throes of identity crises. The administrators at North Miami Beach High School, Dr. Michael M. Krop High and Homestead High saw it that way too, and they allowed Schofield to speak at the schools. But at Coral Reef High in west Kendall, school leaders thought Schofield’s presentation was inappropriate for students. www.expressgaynews.com

New Bacteria Strain Is Striking Gay Men
A new, highly drug-resistant strain of the “flesh-eating” MRSA bacteria is being spread among gay men in San Francisco and Boston, researchers reported on Monday. In a study published online by the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, the bacteria seemed to be spread most easily through anal intercourse but also through casual skin-to-skin contact and touching contaminated surfaces. www.nytimes.com

Same-sex marriage ban may not make ballot
A proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Florida may not make it to voters this year, after organizers -- who proclaimed a month ago they had gotten it on the November ballot -- found out Monday they haven't collected enough signatures after all. A counting glitch -- which has the state pointing fingers at Miami-Dade County -- has resulted in Florida4Marriage.org falling 22,000 voter signatures short of the 611,000 needed to place the amendment on the ballot. www.miamiherald.com

Janet Jackson's new music video "Feedback"
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Winter Party seeks volunteers for 2008
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is looking for enthusiastic people to assist with the upcoming Winter Party Festival, taking place from February 27 to March 3. More than 400 volunteers are needed to assist with all aspects of this six-day celebration, including serving as greeters and bartenders, staffing the Welcome Center, working behind the scenes at receptions and fashion events, monitoring shuttle buses and setting up and striking more than 20 events. The volunteer shifts cover a wide range of events from dance parties to picnics and include exhibits on LGBT history and civil rights, an event for LGBTQ youth, a dinner for the transgender community and the Under One Sun Pool Party, among others.
No experience is necessary and volunteers who complete their tasks will receive a free ticket to the15th Annual Winter Party Beach Party, a $95 value. Those volunteering at the Beach Party can select alternative benefits. Additionally, all volunteers will be invited to a post-Festival appreciation party in late March or early April. For more information, go to www.winterparty.com

Coliseum Nightclub Closed
Brett Tannenbaum, one of Coliseum's owners has officially confirmed rumors that one of the most successful and longest running Gay nightclubs in South Florida history has closed. Mark's List regrets to announce that last Monday night's New Years Eve Party at Coliseum was the last. www.jumponmarkslist.com

"The Supper Club" New Friday Night for Women
Lynn Bove and Icandee Productions have just announced their newest event - The Supper Club, which will begin Friday, January 25th. Enjoy an evening of fine dining, live entertainment and dancing overlooking beautiful Biscayne Bay. This event will take lace at Bleu Moon 1717 N. Bayshore Drive (Inside The Grand) Miami, FL 33132. For more information, go to www.icandeeproductions.com

"Becoming A Man In 127 EASY Steps" - Friday, January 25th
The Carnival Center & Tigertail Productions present the East Coast Premier ~ "Becoming A Man In 127 EASY Steps," starring Scott Turner Schofield on Friday, January 25th, at 8:00 P.M. in the Studio Theater at the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts, 14th Street and Biscayne Blvd. For more information, go to www.tigertail.org

New H.I.V. Cases Drop but Rise in Young Gay Men
The number of new H.I.V. infections in men under 30 who have sex with men has increased sharply in New York City in the last five years, particularly among blacks and Hispanics, even as AIDS deaths and overall H.I.V. infection rates in the city have steadily declined.
New figures from the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene show that the annual number of new infections among black and Hispanic men who have sex with men rose 34 percent between 2001 and 2006, and rose for all men under 30 who have sex with men by 32 percent. www.nytimes.com

Upper East Side Green Market
Starting Saturday January 12th 9am to 3pm, there will be a Green Market in Legion Park at Biscayne Boulevard and 66th Street. More than 20 venors will be selling fresh fruits and vegtables, cut flowers, orchids, plants and trees, local honey, imported ethnic products, fresh baked bread, handmade soaps. The Green Market will continue every Saturday through March 15th.

Ethel Merman's Ghost Haunts Musical Theatre Fan in The Eleven O'Clock Number
Directed by Kevin Dean, the limited engagement will run December 31st through February 24th. The play, according to press notes, is described as "a metaphysical comedy about a die hard musical comedy nut whose life is turned upside down when Ethel Merman's ghost moves in with him and begins granting his every wish." The Eleven O'Clock Number was the winner of the Best New Play Award at Stage 3 in Sonora, CA and was first runner-up in the New Orleans Saints and Sinners New Play Competition.Rising Action Theatre is located at 840 E. Oakland Park Boulevard in Oakland Park, FL. For ticket information visit www.risingactiontheatre.com

Art Deco Weekend - January 18th - 20th
Art Deco Weekend 2008 will celebrate and explore the world of the Broadway theater throughout the 1930s and 40s. Anything Goes: Art Deco Taps Its Toes will feature films of the era's great musical comedies, lectures on the history of the New York theater, and a panel discussion by three of New York's biggest producers, looking at the state of the art today. This year's festival, the 31st annual event, will also include music and dance performances, classic cars, the "Arf" Deco dog parade, a Friday evening parade, art and antique vendors, and classic street food. www.mdpl.com

Global Gay Ski Weeks
Gay ski weeks have become a hugely successful part of the queer calendar and there are now a whole host of events to choose from that are taking place all over the globe! It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or if you can carve your way gracefully down the most challenging of black runs, there’s something for all levels of skier. www.rainbownetwork.com

Top 10 state and local gay stories of 2007
The Express dubbed 2006 "the Year of the Closet" — and among those who were found hiding behind the tie rack were a conservative Republican politician, Mark Foley, and a right-wing preacher, Ted Haggard. Well, in 2007, the closet was out and the bathroom was in for people who wanted to hide their sexuality. In fact, it was the year of public officials hiding their gay sexual proclivities from the public by having clandestine sex — in public. www.expressgaynews.com

Sugar Daddy Sundays - Downtown’s Coming Out
For seven years, Edison Farrow has been hosting his SoBe Social Club parties like Martini Tuesdays and Simple Life at Buck15, bringing the gays (and the straight girls who love them) to the nightclubs of South Beach. His success is partially marked by his insistence to march to his own beat -- literally. "It's tragic, the gay music they play at gay clubs," he says. "Gays used to be trendsetters, and we got stuck in this time warp 15 years ago and never got out of it. Now the music sounds like pots and pans. I hate gay-club music." www.miaminewtimes.com

South Beach's Mario de Armas is a new designer on TLC's Trading Spaces
See the trailer for his show. www.tlc.discovery.com

South Beach Comedy Festival - January 16th - 19th
Laughter will be as plentiful as the sand on South Beach when the third annual SOUTH BEACH COMEDY FESTIVAL returns. The four day culturally diverse Festival takes place Wednesday, January 16th through Saturday, January 19th. Now in its third year, the SOUTH BEACH COMEDY FESTIVAL delivers another bold line-up featuring today’s top performers including one of the hottest stand-up acts pimp extraordinaire Katt Williams. The Festival will also feature Kathy Griffin, Dave Attell, Louis CK, Billy Eichner, Susie Essman, Raul González. In addition, the festival will feature another strong line-up of up and coming comedians nightly on its outdoor, free stage on Lincoln Road. For tickets or more information, go to www.southbeachcomedyfestival.com

Art Deco Weekend - Volunteers Needed!
A festival of this scale can only happen through the work of a committed core of volunteers. There are a wide variety of positions available, and the minimum commitment is just a single three to four hour shift. (However, many of our volunteers love to work throughout the festival, because it's a lot of fun!)
Like to join us, or simply need more information? Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Kevin Doran, at 305-868-8433, or by email at volunteer@mdpl.org. Alternately, you can also call our office at 305-672-2014.

Is Florida marriage-ban vote designed to turn out GOP voters?
A proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage is headed directly to the November ballot — setting the stage for a vigorous battle between gay rights advocates and opponents. www.sun-sentinel.com

Boy Bar sold and under O'Zone management
The Boy Bar, on Normandy Island, has been sold. The former mangement of O'Zone has taken over the space and are will open on Thursday, December 27th with a new look and a new schedule of events. They plan to be open Thursday through Sunday.
Boy Bar 1220 Normandy Drive, Miami Beach FL 33141 305.864.BOYS

Gay-marriage ban will be on ballot
Florida voters, who have been asked in the past eight years to approve smaller class sizes, ban smoking in restaurants and allow slot machines in South Florida, will decide in the fall of 2008 whether to put Florida's ban on same-sex marriage in the state Constitution. The hot-button issue appears likely to spark an emotional debate from both sides and could likely prompt increased voter turnout during a year when Florida will once again become a battleground state in the presidential election. www.miamiherald.com

New Friday for Women at The Office
Pandora and Ultra Events present "The Weekly Gossip" Fridays at The Office 2701 Collins Avenue. 21 and over. Doors open at 10pm. For more information, go to www.pandoraultra.com

Will West Hollywood's The Abbey be coming to Miami?
The Abbey's owner David Cooley intends to build Abbeys in cities across the country, and has spent much of the past year scouting locations including San Diego, Phoenix, Miami, New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, and Las Vegas; the plan is for the first new Abbey to open in Chicago within a year. www.popnography.com

Job Opportunities at SAVE Dade
Next year during the presidential election, Florida will face a statewide constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between one man and one woman and also ban civil unions and domestic partnership registries which means it will also take away all domestic partner benefits currently received by some in our community. If Election Day were today, our polls tell us voters would pass the initiative by at least 10 percentage points.
SAVE Dade, the organization fighting for equal rights for LGBT people in Miami-Dade County , www.savedade.org, is currently searching for full-time, experienced staff to support its operations and its campaign. They are looking for an experienced Field Director, Field Organizer and Associate Director. Please see the job descriptions attached. For a full job description, go to www.savedade.com

Liza Minnelli Collapses
Liza Minnelli collapsed on stage during a performance in Sweden and was rushed back to the United States for medical treatment, a concert spokesman said Thursday. www.365gay.com

Winter Party Festival Entertainment Casting Call
Winter Party Festival invites you to become a part of the cast of performers. They are seeking local, national and international talent to fill positions as hot go go boys, yummy go go girls, fierce drag queens and kings, professional dancers, specialty acts such as stilt walkers and puppeteers to be visual entertainment at our signature dance events. There is no monetary compensation except free tickets to the dance events. Travel and lodging will not be provided. Some costumes will be provided.
Please send your contact information, photo, a full body picture, short video submission of your specialty work. Please send your information to damientwo@aol.com. Subject line "WPF Entertainment Casting Call". You can also apply by mail to The Task Force, Attn: WPF Director of Programming, 3510 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 206, Miami , Florida 33137. For more information, go to www.winterparty.com

Jodie Foster comes out, finally
After guarding her private life fiercely for 15 years, Hollywood actress Jodie Foster has publicly acknowledged her lesbian partner. The Oscar-winning actress thanked "my beautiful Cydney" after winning an award at the Women in Entertainment Power 100 breakfast in Los Angeles. She went on to praise Cydney Bernard, saying the film producer "sticks with me through all the rotten and the bliss". www.entertainment.timesonline.co.uk

Tommy Hilfiger coming store to South Beach
Look for the opening of a Tommy Hilfiger store coming to 616 Collins Avenue in South Beach. They are hoping for a Spring 2008 opening.

Ring in the new year at one of South Florida’s gay parties
Whether your thing is rock ‘n roll, disco, magic or a fund-raising party, South Florida is full of places to pop the cork and leap into the leap year of 2008 in style.
Read full article for a list of Miami and Fort Lauderdale options for NYE. www.expressgaynews.com

Rockstar Fridays is done! Sugar Daddy Sundays coming December 23rd!
Rockstar Fridays has ended in order to start a new night in an amazing location in Wynwood. This will be Edison Farrow and SoBe Social Club's first weekly party in Miami. We are crossing the bridge!
Sugar Daddy Sundays will be at Circa 28, a venue with 3 rooms. There is a Lounge on the first floor, a Dance Room upstairs and a Patio Bar. The space is set up similar to Jade Lounge. Look out for the Grand Opening on Sunday, December 23rd!

Ricky Martin Outed by Hollywood Skincare Guru Ole Henriksen?
Hollywood skincare guru Ole Henriksen's comments about Ricky Martin have been receiving international attention. In an interview with E's Ted Casablanca, Henriksen perhaps broke the client confidentiality rule when asked who he'd take on a romantic getaway (aside from his partner). Said Henriksen: "I’d go for Stig Tøfting [former Danish soccer player], but since he’s straight, I’d say my client Ricky Martin." www.towleroad.com

Miami Gay Men's Chorus Holiday Concert - December 14th - 16th
The Miami Gay Men's Chorus will present their annual holiday show "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" at the Colony Theater on Friday Decemeber 14th at 8pm, Saturday December 15th at 8pm and Sunday Decemeber 16th at 3pm. For tickets or more information, go to www.miamigaychorus.org

Sex And The City - movie trailer
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Changes at Palace Food Bar on Ocean Drive
Rocky's Italian Ices has closed. It seems that they just packed up and ripped everything out (including the sinks from the walls) overnight leaving town with a trail of bounced checks and back rent due. They even stiffed employees for two or three weeks pay!
Also, Segafredo has taken over the kitchen at the Palace as of this week complete with an entire new menu including pizza. www.myspace.com/palacefoodbar

In Macho Argentina, a New Beacon for Gay Tourists
Home to the sexy tango and strapping meat-eaters, this South American capital has long been thought of as a bastion of macho attitudes. But a new hotel here is adding to the city’s growing image as a bastion of gay-friendliness. The Axel Hotel, a Spanish import that opened in November, has come to symbolize Buenos Aires’s increasingly aggressive effort to court gay dollars and euros. It is Latin America’s first luxury hotel built exclusively with gay customers in mind. www.nytimes.com

Unity on the Bay’s Annual Holiday Concert - December 14th
Awaken Your Holiday Spirit with Unity on the Bay’s Annual Holiday Concert on Friday, December 14th at 7:30pm at Unity on the Bay 411 NE 21st Street Miami, FL 33137 305.573.9191 two blocks east of Biscayne Blvd. Parking on 22nd Street. Admission: Love Offering (Donation).
New Times Magazine named Unity on the Bay Choir “Best Choir in Miami” for 2007. Our music ministry will be joined by Voces de Luz (Unity on the Bay Spanish Choir), The Universal Truth Center Mass Choir, and Voices of Intention from Unity of the Palm Beaches. This will be an unforgettable experience of festive holiday musical selections from the following genres: Traditional, Contemporary, Gospel, Spiritual, Classical. And for the first time ever, the Unity on the Bay Choir performs the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah.

MDGLCC Monthly Business Networker
MDGLCC Monthly Business Networker will be held at Chamber Member Napapijri 1008 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach 305.695.7301 on Friday, December 14th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and drinks during this special evening, plus Chamber Members get 20% off store merchandise, and, the Miami Gay Men's Chorus will preview their Holiday Concert at the Colony Theatre right down the block. A suggested donation of $10 per person is requested. All proceeds will benefit the Miami Gay Men's Chorus! For more information, call (305) 573-4000. For more information, go to www.gogaymiami.com

State high court rejects gay student's suit
Four years after Jeffrey Woodard was kicked out of Jupiter Christian School for being gay, the Florida Supreme Court slammed the door shut on his legal battle with the religious institution. In a one-paragraph ruling that baffled and disappointed Woodard's attorneys, five of the seven justices said they were not going to rule on an issue that a lower court had deemed to be a matter of great public importance. www.palmbeachpost.com

Roslyn Kind in a special Palm Beach engagement
One of the premiere interpreters of popular song, Roslyn Kind continues to succeed in every new facet of her performing career delighting audiences with her spellbinding talent. "Forget that Roslyn Kind is Barbra Streisand's kid sister. She's too good and too special to have to worry about comparisons." Monday, December 10th 7:30pm Cuillo Centre for the Arts 201 Clematis Street West Palm Beach. Call 561-835-9226 or on-line at www.cuillocentre.com

Tourism chief shares keys to Fort Lauderdale's success
Broward tourism chief Nicki E. Grossman recalled the unusual day not long ago when both the Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth 2 were docked at Port Everglades. "There are never enough queens in Fort Lauderdale," Grossman told 200 applauding attendees at the eighth International Conference on Gay & Lesbian Tourism, being held through Wednesday at the St. Regis Resort on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitor's Bureau, told the group of travel professionals how her town became the No. 1 resort destination this year for gay visitors, according to readers of OutTraveler.com. www.miamiherald.com

Gay rumours eclipse Condi’s glory moment
It should have been Condoleezza Rice’s finest hour as US secretary of state: at last President George W Bush was hosting a Middle East peace conference that she had been struggling to organise for months. Yet when Rice's photograph appeared on the front page of America's bestselling weekly newspaper last week, it had nothing to do with her peacemaking efforts. She had been dragged into a National Enquirer article headlined "Who’s Gay and Who’s Not". www.timesonline.co.uk

More gay men describe sexual encounters with U.S. Sen. Craig
David Phillips. Mike Jones. Greg Ruth. Tom Russell. Four gay men, willing to put their names in print and whose allegations can't be disproved, have come forward since news of U.S. Sen. Larry Craig's guilty plea. They say they had sex with Craig or that he made a sexual advance or that he paid them unusual attention. www.idahostatesman.com

In a Progressive State, a City Where Gay Life Hangs by a Thread
To live in Newark often means grappling with unrelenting poverty, the anesthetizing lure of drugs, murderous gangs, a lack of decent jobs. But for gay men, lesbians and transgender people, there are additional obstacles that are seldom acknowledged: gay bashings, H.I.V., open hostility from many religious leaders and sometimes callous treatment by the police. www.nytimes.com

Poll: Clinton enjoys huge lead among LGB Democrats
A new poll of lesbian, gay, and bisexual voters, conducted by Hunter College, has found that 63% of LGB likely voters in the Democratic primaries say they will support Sen. Hillary Clinton, while 22% are backing Sen. Barack Obama, and 7% will vote for John Edwards. www.advocate.com

Shoppes of Wilton Manors sold
The Shoppes of Wilton Manors, the strip mall that houses several gay businesses including Alibi and Boom nightclub, was sold for more than $16.5 million Nov. 19 to a North Carolina real estate firm that specializes in managing renovated commercial properties. www.expressgaynews.com

Is a Male Escort Behind Trent Lott's Resignation?
Mississippi Senator Trent Lott announced today he'll be resigning by year's end. The decision to retire only one year after a re-election many people saw as a rebound from the Throm Sturmond birthday scandal that caused him to lose his Majority Leader post had some scratching their heads. Others are already alleging that it's a pre-emptive resignation designed to lighten the fallout from a scandal that is just about to hit. www.towleroad.com

Janet Reno joins effort to stop anti-gay amendment
Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno has joined the Fairness for All Families Campaign. The group is fighting a proposed amendment to ban gay marriage that is expected to be on Florida’s 2008 election ballot. The amendment could also cause gay men and lesbians as well as unmarried heterosexual Floridians to lose their employee health insurance, according to the Fairness for All Families Campaign. www.expressgaynews.com

Art Basel - December 6th - 9th
Art Basel Miami Beach takes place from December 6th - 9th. The international art show in Miami Beach (Florida) is the American sister event of Art Basel in Switzerland, the most important annual art show worldwide for the past 37 years. Art Basel Miami Beach is a new type of cultural event, combining an international art show with an exciting program of special exhibitions, parties and crossover events including music, film, architecture and design. Exhibition sites are located in the city's beautiful Art Deco District, within walking distance of the beach and most hotels and restaurants. An exclusive selection of 200 leading art galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia will exhibit 20th and 21st century art works by over 1500 artists. www.artbaselmiamibeach.com

Pennyback Wednesdays moves to Macondo
Due to the recent sale on Ink Lounge, Pennyback Wednesdays has moved one block south from Ink to Macondo 665 Washington Avenue. Join the Pennyback boys every Wednesday at their new location. For more information, go to www.myspace.com/pennybackwednesdays

Gay demographics could reshape electoral landscape
On Desperate Housewives recently, Susan finally realizes her new Wisteria Lane neighbors Bob and Lee (both men) are not just business partners, and exclaims, "Oh, that's super! Yeah, I've seen a lot of cable, so I get it. You're just great."
New analyses of Census Bureau data suggest this scene is playing out increasingly across this nation as same-sex couples become more visible in even the most conservative neighborhoods. What remains to be seen is whether politicians understand what this means. www.usatoday.com

HGTV's Design Star 3 casting now
Do you think you have what it takes to host your own series on HGTV? Would you love the challenge of competing in a design-based reality show? Here's your chance! HGTV Design Star is an on-air competition to name the network's next star. In each of the nine episodes, approximately 10 finalists will compete in design-based challenges with one to two designers being eliminated each week. The contestants will be narrowed to the final two and the winner will be chosen by our viewers and announced in the final episode of the series. www.hgtv.com

1 in 22 gay, bisexual men in Florida has HIV, study says
Hoping to call attention to the extent of HIV/AIDS among gay men, state health officials said Tuesday that an estimated 1 in 22 gay and bisexual men in Florida had the virus last year, an infection rate that dwarfs any other group. HIV has struck some areas of the gay community even harder, with rates as high as 1 in 11 among gay white men in Broward County, 1 in 13 gay black men in Palm Beach County and 1 in 12 gay Hispanic men in Miami-Dade County, officials said. By comparison, in the least affected group, 1 in 1,625 white women had the virus. www.sun-sentinel.com

"The Fundraiser" for Bay Pointe Schools - November 30th
Join Miami’s finest along with sporting and entertainment celebrities for the screening of the worldwide premiere of "The Fundraiser", a humorous and touching behind the scenes documentary film exposing the good, the bad, the ugly and everything in between - featuring Baypoint Charity volunteers, donors, celebrity supporters and the everyday challenges facing the Baypoint School Boys. Special guest appearance by Enrique Murciano of “Without a Trace”, Serena Williams and Jason Binn. Red Carpet Celebrity Reception begins at 7 pm. Friday, November 30 at The Gusman Theatre, Downtown Miami, 174 E Flagler Street, Miami. For ticket information or details contact jasonfclarke@hotmail.com, 305.371.6421 / 305.443-8980 or visit the website www.theblacksannualgala.org

Last Smooth Saturdays at Albion Hotel
This will be the last week of Smotth Saturdays at the Albion Hotel. So, stop by and see DJ FR8-O and Tony at the bar for Free Absolut Vodka 10pm to 11pm. No cover charge. Albion Hotel 1650 James Avenue South Beach.

Billy Bean's YouTube Debate Question
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Champions of Equality Reception - Wednesday, November 28th 5:30pm - 8pm
SAVE will be hosting a reception on the evening of November in honor of the historic actions of the following former and present Mayor and commissioner of the City of Miami Beach: Mayor David Dermer, Commissioner Matti Herrera Bower, Commissioner Simon Cruz, Representative Luis R. Garcia, Commissioner Saul Gross, City Attorney Jose Smith, Commissioner Richard Steinberg, These champions of Equality approved legislation establishing a Domestic Partnership Registry, offering protections for the transgender community and requiring City contractors to provide equal benefits for Domestic Partners.
Northern Trust Bank of Florida 700 Brickell Avenue, Miami. For more information, go to www.savedade.org

Boy George Charged With False Imprisonment
Musician Boy George was formally indicted Tuesday on a charge of falsely imprisoning a 28-year-old man. It is the latest in a recent string of legal problems for the openly gay performer. The 47-year old singer and DJ, whose real name is George O'Dowd, was been ordered to appear before a court on Nov. 22. The charge stems from an incident last April where a male escort claimed to have been chained to a wall in George's London apartment. www.365gay.com

New Sunday Night coming to Gem Lounge - November 25th
It has taken over two years, but Gem Lounge's rennovation will soon be complete. Trojan Sundays are slated as the gay night starting November 25th. Gem Lounge 671 Washington Avenue. http://www.myspace.com/upallnitefl

The 23rd Annual White Party at Vizcaya - Saturday, November 24th 6:30pm - midnight
The Crown Jewel of fundraisers, where the eclectic crowd is as much the show as anything else. Thousands dressed in white dance under the Miami moon with the countries top DJ's, special celebrity performances, a food court filled with some of Miami's hottest restaurants, Macy's Jazz Casino and ten acres of the most breathtaking renaissance gardens in the country, The White Party at Vizcaya is not your typical party, and must be seen to be believed. For more information, go to www.whiteparty.org

Cyndi Lauper will brighten up White Party with a performance
Every year, amazing performers come to perform at White Party. This year’s headliner has been an awe-inspiring vocal supporter of gay rights for many years. Singer, actress, artist, activist Cyndi Lauper will sing her hits, plus songs off her new album for the crowd at Vizcaya Mansion. www.the411mag.com

Jury finds Florida Rep. Bob Allen guilty in gay bathroom sex case
Republicans pressured a Florida House representative to resign after his conviction for trying to pay for gay sex with an undercover police officer. A three-man, three-woman jury deliberated nearly 3 1/2 hours Friday before finding state Rep. Bob Allen, R-Merritt Island, guilty of soliciting prostitution, a misdemeanor. Allen was accused of peering over a stall at a young, black undercover police officer, then agreeing to pay $20 to perform oral sex on him. www.miamiherald.com/gay

Twilo re-opens as Stereo - November 24th
The former Twilo Miami and Players Nightclub space will re-open on Saturday, Novemebr 24th during White Party week. The Grand Opening will be White Starz an official White Party event with DJs Peter Rauhofer, Joe Gauthereaux and Miik. www.stereomiami.com

The Leather Masked Ball 2 - Friday, November 23rd 8pm
Bound South, a leather community service organization, brings Fort Lauderdale and the USA the premiere leather gathering of 2007, "The Leather Masked Ball 2." The event will be held at Uncles on Friday, November 23, 2007 from 8PM to 3AM. There will be a VIP pre-cocktail reception beginning at 8PM, silent auctions, and music provided by renowned DJs such as DJ DeMarko of New York and DJ Lydia Prim of Ft. Lauderdale, as well as a performance by singer Brian Kent. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door, $35 for VIP in advance, and $45 for VIP at the door. For more information, go to www.boundsouth.com

FTL Open Casting Call for ANOTHER GAY MOVIE SEQUEL on Saturday
CASTING EXTRAS FOR:
MEN, 18-50 (ALL ETHNICITIES): Beach goers, Party Attendees, Frat Boys, Bears, Twinks, Hotties, Models, Muscle Boys, College Kids, Nudists This is a visual audition there will be no script reading or monologues. Please be prepared to have your picture taken and fill out contact form. They will be filming in Fort Lauderdale and North Miami November 27th – December 22nd.
WHEN: Saturday, November 17th 6pm-10pm
WHERE: Bill’s Filling Station
2209 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors
Questions? Can’t make it? Submit pictures and contact info to: AGScasting@gmail.com

Women's Picnic - Sunday, November 18th at Noon
The GLCC Monday Night Women's Group, Women's Basketball, South Florida Butches and Femmes and Lezpower cordially invite you to a fun-filled day at TY Park. Admission is $5 if you bring a main dish or dessert to share. $15 w/o a dish. Children 17 and under enter for free. All profits to be donated to The Pet Project. Games, basketball and volleyball. For more information, call Ellen 954.854.4513 or elliemaes61@aol.com
TY Park 3300 N. Park Road, Hollywood, Shelter #7

Modern French Interiors @ Wolfsonian Museum - Thursday, November 15th 6:30pm
The Wolfsonian Museum invites you to the opening of Fashioning The Modern French Interior on Thursday, November 15th 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Cocktails courtesy of Grey Goose Vodka. Free for Wolfsonian members. All guests and non-members are admitted for $10. RSVP required: 305.535.2645 or RSVP@TheWolf.FIU.edu SEE FLYER

Hotspots Magazine Sold!
After 22 years as publisher and owner, Jason Bell has sold Hotspots Magazine. Peter Clark has been working behind the scenes at the magazine for several months and will now take over as owner and publisher. www.hotspotsmagazine.com

Are gay neighborhoods obsolete?
As their populations age and their real estate booms, pricing out many younger people, traditional LGBT meccas like San Francisco's Castro, Key West, Fla., and West Hollywood in Los Angeles have become much less gay, although they still hold much symbolic import for both residents and visitors alike. The changes in these enclaves reflect greater levels of acceptance of LGBT people in other parts of the country. www.nytimes.com

Showcase your clothing line with a Martini Tuesdays Fashion Show
If you are interested in presenting a fashion show for your store or clothing line at a Martini Tuesdays, please contact me. We are planning for a special Martini Tuesdays event at the National Hotel on Tuesday, Novemeber 20th (the night before the White Party events begin). Future dates are also available.
Edison@SoBeSocialClub.com

Rosie O'Donnell: MSNBC deal fell through
It looks as though Rosie O'Donnell won't be facing off with Larry King after all. The acid-tongued talk-show host, who famously clashed with Elisabeth Hasselbeck on "The View," announced on her blog Wednesday that talks to give her a prime-time show on MSNBC had fallen apart. www.news.yahoo.com

House passes ENDA in 'historic' vote
The House of Representatives Wednesday passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), marking the first time either chamber of Congress has approved a gay employment rights bill since such a measure was first introduced 33 years ago. The vote was 235 to 184, with 35 Republicans joining 200 Democrats to pass the bill by what Capitol Hill observers called a respectable margin of 51 votes. Twenty-five Democrats joined 159 Republicans in voting against the bill. Fourteen House members — eight Democrats and six Republicans — did not vote. www.washblade.com

A bad day for gay candidates in Miami Beach
South Florida’s gay community watched the election returns in the Miami Beach City Commission race on Nov. 6 with anticipation, as two openly gay candidates, incumbent Michael Gongora and newcomer Frank Kruszewski, vied for seats. But at press time, both candidates appeared to have lost their bids. With all the precincts reporting, Gongora, the first openly gay elected official in Miami Beach, trailed challenger Ed Tobin by only 31 votes or .34 percent. www.expressgaynews.com

Comedian Lisa Lampanelli "The Queen of Mean," comes to Miami Beach
No matter what your race, religion or sexual preference, Lisa Lampanelli will joke on you. The self-proclaimed Queen of Mean burst onto the scene on the Comedy Central Roast of Pam Anderson in 2005. After busting on Courtney Love, Andy Dick, and of course, Pammy, she became someone everyone watched for. Lampanelli followed up with more Comedy Central Roasts of William Shatner and Flavor Flav, an appearance in "Larry the Cable Guy" and in her comedy special called "Take It Like a Man." Not for the sensitive, Lampanelli's humor is nasty, shocking, offensive and hysterically hilarious. The 411 chatted her up in advance of her upcoming show at The Fillmore. www.the411mag.com

Out Magazine VIP Shopping Event at Macy's - Tuesday, November 13th 7-9pm
There will be an exclusive fashion show highlighting Fall's must have INC items for the season that kicks off the 23rd Annual White Party Week and benefits Care Resource on Tuesday, November 13th from 7pm to 9pm at Macy's South Beach 1675 Meridian Avenue Level 1, Men’s Department. There will be complimentary Svedka cocktails and appetizers at this event which benefits Care Resource. $25 gift cards for the first 25 guests who spend $100 on INC men's fashions the evening of the event. RSVP HERE

Laugh Out Loud - Friday, November 9th 7:30pm
Alison Burgos presents the Laugh Out Loud comedy series brings the first of several Comedians to South Florida this season. Funny girl, Suzanne Westenhoefer will be performing along with special guest, Daisy Deadpetals, the hardest working queen in the business. 7:30pm, Friday, November 9th, at the Broward Performing Arts Center 201 SW 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 www.browardcenter.org

Vivica A. Fox in "Whatever She Wants - November 2nd-4th
Vivian Wolf (Vivica A. Fox) has suffered one heartbreak too many and has no room left for unfulfilling relationships. Now she has come up with the solution to every woman’s problem, a private club called “Whatever She Wants” where men have to qualify to get in. No baby daddies, no bad credit, no car, no pot bellies, and no living with your mama will get you NO ENTRY. To be in the presence of these women you have to be able to give them whatever they need.
James L. Knight Center 400 SE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL. For more information, go to www.imreadyproductions.com

B52s set to release first album in 16 years
The B-52's are going from the "Love Shack" to the Funplex. The long-running Athens, Georgia foursome (which does indeed include Cindy Wilson once again) gave Rock Daily the lowdown on their first album of fresh material since 1992's Good Stuff, which is coming out in February. "We thought, we're gonna keep touring, we're gonna need some new songs for the show, we need to put a new album out there," explains guitarist Keith Strickland. During a trip to Maui in 2003, he says, "This idea for the sound of the new album just popped into my head, and I felt that the sound and direction of the music would be right for us, so for the first time in years, I felt inspired enough to begin writing music for a new B-52's album." www.rollingstone.com

Out Magazine names Out 100 Honorees on the Year
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Broward judge, defender apologize for gay sex jokes
A Broward judge and a veteran assistant public defender have apologized for jokes they made in the courtroom last Thursday in a case of a man accused of having sex with a teenage boy. Judge Jeffrey Levenson, 50, and Assistant Public Defender Brian Reidy, 49, apologized to their peers and others in the courthouse for their remarks. www.miamiherald.com

Madame's Cabaret closed
Madame's infamous drag queen restaurant in Sunny Isles has closed. Ruby J's restaurant has opened in this space.

OPEN CASTING CALL for ANOTHER GAY SEQUEL - Thursday, November 8th 8-11pm
From ANOTHER GAY MOVIE writer/director Todd Stephens comes...
CASTING EXTRAS FOR:
MEN, 18-50 (ALL ETHNICITIES): Beach goers, Party Attendees, Frat Boys, Bears, Twinks, Hotties, Models, Muscle Boys, College Kids, Nudists. Come out early to The Simple Life @ Buck15 for Another Gay Sequel’s open casting call and stay for the party! This is a visual audition there will be no script reading or monologues. Please be prepared to have your picture taken and fill out contact form.
WHEN: Thursday, November 8th 8pm-11pm
WHERE: The Simple Life @ Buck15 707 Lincoln Lane N, Miami Beach
FILMING: North Miami and Fort Lauderdale November 27th – December 22nd. Questions? Can't make it? Submit Pictures and Contact info to: AGScasting@gmail.com

Task Force 11th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner - Saturday, November 3rd 7pm
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force presents its 11th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner on Saturday, November 3rd. The event features presentation awards to and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist/author Leonard Pitts, Jr., Jerry Chasen and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Pre-dinner cocktail reception, silent auction and dinner. Individual tickets are available for a donation $190 ($175 prior to September 1) and $300 for VIP preference. The Dinner begins at 7 PM at the InterContinental Miami Hotel, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami. For more information, please call (305) 571-1924, or go to www.MiamiRecognitionDinner.org

Chat line crimes on the rise
In April, 19-year-old Darnell Boykin, pictured, climbed into the car of a homeless advocate named Albert Merritt, 41, outside a Little Haiti church. The two had met through a popular telephone chat line. Moments later, Merritt was shot dead. Boykin stole his Nextel phone and sold it, police say. Soon, Boykin was charged with murder. http://www.miamiherald.com

Gaybabel a new series of gay translations books
The "GayBabel" series is comprised of Gay Spanish, Gay Italian, Gay French, and Gay German. These handy, pocket size books ain't your daddy's fusty old phrasebooks. They start out with basics like "what's your name," "what's your sign" and "is the guy you're with your boyfriend?" Things progress quickly to the bedroom but cover a lot of ground along the way, including dating, falling in love, breaking up, making up and saying goodbye. And, there's an extensive dictionary section with terms and expressions not covered in the phrases, from "fag hag" to "sixpack". www.gaybabel.net

Heatherette Halloween with Amanda Lepore, Richie Rich, Tracy Young
This amazing event will be hosted by Heatherette's Amanda Lepore, and Richie Rich with DJ Tracy Young spinning at Hotel Victor 1125 Ocean Drive. Join us Wednesday, October 31st as doors open at 9pm. If you would like to be on the Guest List for complimentary admission, email me at: Edison@SoBeSocialClub.com
Include first name, last name and number of guests (John Doe +2) www.sobesocialclub.com

Rocky Horror Picture Show on Halloween - Wednesday, October 31st 8pm
The Rocky Horror Picture Show, an erotic nightmare beyond any measure, will be shown in its entirety at the beautifully restored Colony Theater free alcoholic drink, lots of free giveaways, audience participation props and a full liquor bar at reasonable prices. Doors open at 8 and the movie starts at 9pm. This is Halloween night and is a Fund Raiser for the Environmental Coaltion of Miami Beach www.ecomb.org. Tickets are available at the Colony box office 305.674.1049 and Ticketmaster 305.358.5885 www.ticketmaster.com

The Bugchasers at Carnival Center - October 25th - October 27th
Sensual and violent yet hilarious and heartbreaking, The BugChasers is a dance-theater meditation on sex, lies, and death-wish eroticism. Through high-intensity visuals and provocative texts, the Camposition Ensemble tells a dark story of those who would risk their lives to achieve a twisted sense of intimacy. Gay and straight, male and female - anyone could be a BugChaser. www.carnivalcenter.org

SAVE Dade Halloween Ball - Saturday, October 27th 9pm to 2am
Join SAVE Dade for their 12th Annual Halloween Ball on Saturday, October 27th from 9pm to 2am. This year's event will be held at The Moore Building in the Miami Design District 4040 N.E. 2nd Avenue. www.savedade.org

Florida Red and Blue Fundraiser - October 23rd 7:30pm t 10:30pm
Florida Red and Blue, the bipartisan coalition fighting the anti-gay "marriage protection" amendment that will be on the Florida ballot next year, will host a South Beach cocktail reception fundraiser next Tuesday, October 23 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm at Nikki Beach Club, located at One Ocean Drive on Miami Beach. The suggested donation to attend is $50. To RSVP, contact Adam Conderman at floridaredandblue@yahoo.com or call 305.934.6067 www.floridaredandblue.com

Funeral Services for Dr Jim Elliott
Wake services will be held on Wednesday, October 17th 6pm – 8pm at the Kalis-McIntee Funeral & Cremation Center 2505 N. Dixie Hwy Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954.566.7621.
Church Services to be held on Thursday, October 18th 12pm at the Church of Religious Science 1550 NE 26th Street Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954.566.2868.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, October 18th 2:30pm at the South Florida VA National Cemetery 6501 S. State Road 7 Lake Worth, FL 33449 561. 649.6489.

Divas Modern Goddess Pageant - Friday, October 19th
Sorority girls from FIU will compete for the title of DLP Diva 2007 as they reveal their inner goddesses and battle the runway with evening gowns, sorority pride, and talent competition. The twist is that between elimination rounds will be performances by the top drag queens in Miami, including our host: Tiffany Fantasia Phillips. Special Guest performances by: Nikki Wyte, Josie Love, TP Lords, Vegas Dion Kitty Meow and Champagne Bordeaux. Tickets are $10 Presale, $15 at the door, and all proceeds go toward benefitting Care Resource. Doors open at 6:30pm. SoBe Live 1203 Washington Avenue

Group plays the straight card in effort to block marriage ban
The leaders of Florida Red and Blue, an organization that fighting to block a Florida state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, expect the 2008 election season to be a long, tough one. The organization is expecting the petition drive to put the anti-gay marriage amendment on the ballot to succeed. www.expressgaynews.com

Gay judge uses humor, show tunes to teach lessons
Judge David Young considered a few major points in his most famous case when he sentenced two America West pilots for attempting to fly a jetliner while intoxicated. He weighed the danger in which the pilots placed their passengers, the damage they did to aviation and the fact that they could be so reckless as to show up drunk to fly an airplane in the post-Sept. 11 era. www.expressgaynews.com

Antique Collectibles Show returns Sundays to Lincoln Road
Lincoln Road's Antique Market will be back as of the Sunday, October 14th. 125 dealers come out every other Sunday to sell their goods. Go to the website for more information. www.antiquecollectiblemarket.com

Our Secret Consignment Boutique Opens in South Beach
Announcing the opening of Our Secret, a stylish boutique, that brings a fresh approach to buying and selling home furnishings, art, accessories, gifts and collectibles. Owner, John DiPrizito, drawing upon his many years of retail experience in New York, Paris and Miami Beach has created a much needed marketplace on South Beach for buyers and sellers of specialty items for the home. Here you will find quality consignment items, unique home décor pieces, as well as jewelry, art and photographs by local artists at very reasonable prices. Located at 110 Washington Avenue , Our Secret is open 11am-7pm, Tuesday-Sunday. Inquiries may be directed to John at 305.534.7004.

Aging and Gay, and Facing Prejudice in Twilight
"In one nursing home, an openly gay man, without family or friends, was recently moved off his floor to quiet the protests of other residents and their families. He was given a room among patients with severe disabilities or dementia. The home called upon Amber Hollibaugh, now a senior strategist at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the author of the first training curriculum for nursing homes. Ms. Hollibaugh assured the 79-year-old man that a more humane solution would be found, but he hanged himself, Ms. Hollibaugh said." www.nytimes.com

'Dear Abby' Says She's for Gay Marriage
For years, rumblings have surfaced on the Internet, conjecture about her casual references to "sexual orientation" and "respect." Now, Dear Abby is ready to say it flatly: She supports same-sex marriage.
"I believe if two people want to commit to each other, God bless 'em," the syndicated advice columnist told The Associated Press. "That is the highest form of commitment, for heaven's sake." www.ap.google.com

Miami Recognition Dinner Seeks Volunteers
The 11th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner is just a few weeks away, and the planning committee still needs more volunteers. This is a Black Tie event produced by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and attended by high level donors. Last year’s event even included a surprise visit by former President Bill Clinton. The event takes place Saturday, November 3rd at the InterContinental Miami Hotel in downtown Miami. There are various shifts which include greeters, hospitality, silent auction, set-up, registration and more. This is a fabulous event in which to take part, and all involved have a great time. In addition, food will be provided, and all volunteers will be invited to a special appreciation event held at a later date. For more information or to sign up please contact Dave Cook by phone or e-mail at: davecookwp@bellsouth.net or (305) 571-1924.

Anti-Gay Mystery flier stirs up Beach commission race
A new attack flier hit Miami Beach voters' mailboxes Thursday and shook up the sleepy, four-person race to replace term-limited City Commissioner Matti Herrera Bower. The flier depics crossed-out images of a blond woman, a pink Teletubby and a dark-skinned doll. Though no names appear on the flier, the images presumably are meant to to represent candidates Linda Grosz, who is blond, Frank Kruszewski, who is gay, and Elsa Urquiza. The only candidate missing from the flier is Deede Weithorn. www.miamiherald.com
A similar incident occurred last year when Deede Weithorn was running against Michael Gongora. A smear campaign was mailed out from a fictitious organization and Mid-Beach address with fliers knocking all of he opponents. SEE WPLG VIDEO OF THIS STORY

Kansas Church: If Clay Aiken's Gay, He Can't Sing Here
Parishioners at the Central Christian Church in Wichita, Kansas where Clay Aiken is reportedly scheduled to give a Christmas concert in late November are apparently worried they might have a gay enter their holy sanctuary and want to make sure that's not the case before Aiken is allowed to sing there. www.towleroad.com

White Party Announces Guest Superstar Cyndi Lauper
Care Resource and White Party Miami are pleased to announce their superstar performer for the 23rd Annual “White Party” at the world famous Villa Vizcaya on Saturday night November 24 as part of White Party Week 2008.
Her voice is unforgettable, she is one of the greatest superstars in history, we are talking about the world famous Cyndi Lauper. After winning a Grammy in 1985 for best new artist and becoming the first artist in history to have five top ten singles from a debut album, Cyndi continues to win critical acclaim as a singer, musician, actor and writer. Cyndi has released 11 albums, over 40 singles and has sold more than 25 million records world wide. She has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, 2 Emmy Awards, 2 American Music Awards, 7 American Video Awards, and 18 MTV awards.

Get Involved with Winter Party
Winter Party Festival 2008 is still months away, but the planning has already begun. Just in case you didn’t know, the Winter Party Festival is staffed almost entirely by volunteers – people just like you. And all the proceeds benefit the LGBT community on both the national and local level. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force produces the event and returns 2/3 of the net proceeds to Miami-Dade LGBT service organizations. The Festival Planning Committee is hard at work to make this year’s festival bigger and better than ever, but they are still looking to fill a few positions. If you have an interest or experience in Operations, IT/database or Sports they could use your help. Maybe you would like to help plan their Family Picnic? Or perhaps you would like to volunteer, but you are not quite sure in what area. Please contact Joseph Mooradian at joseph.mooradian@gmail.com, to find out how you can be a part of one of the premiere gay events in the world.

She Ventures Out - Let's Go Fishing!
Join the ladies from She Ventures out for a fun day of deep-sea fishing on Saturday, October 13th. Boat leaves at 9:00 am from the Haulover Park Marina. Rates are $50 p/p includes:bait, rod, tackle, tax & gratuity. For more information & to check out other fun events for lesbians, visit www.sheventuresout.com

Queer Riot! Bruce Vilanch, Judy Tenuta, Lady Bunny - Saturday, October 13th 8pm
On Saturday October 13th, three outrageous comics will take the stage at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts. Bruce Vilanch, Judy Tenuta and Lady Bunny will be the three headliners for this night of over-the-top comedy. For tickets call Ticketmaster 305.358.5885 or on line at www.ticketmaster.com

Funk. Fashion. Friends. - Saturday, October 13th 7:30pm
The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida cordially invites you to come groove to Funk.Fashion.Friends. on Saturday, October 13th at The Moore Building in The Miami Design District 4040 N.E. 2nd Avenue. There will be a special performance by Candi Stratton. Attire: Groovy, Hip, 70s. $250 per person. After Party $100 per person with complimentary bar. www.epilepsyfoundation.org

The Campiest Show Ever
'Queer Riot' is the perfect description for what's going to happen when Bruce Vilanch, Judy Tenuta and Lady Bunny take the stage in Miami. The 411 got in touch with the threesome to find out what we should expect from their performances. www.the411mag.com

Discotekka closed due to lack of permits
Discotekka, located in Downtown Miami, has closed due to alck of permits. They plan to re-open soon. But meanwhile, they have moved their events to Studio A.

Senate Passes Hate Crimes Bill by Vote of 60-39
Success has been achieved in a cloture vote on the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes. The Senate passed it by a vote of 60-39. The Senate then added the Kennedy-Smith hate crimes amendment to the Department of Defense authorization bill by voice vote. www.towleroad.com

Casa Casuarina (Versace Mansion) To Pay $197,706.79 to Former Manager
A unanimous American Arbitration Association panel today ordered Casa Casuarina to pay $197,706.79 to Reto Gaudenzi, the former general manager of Casa Casuarina (formerly the Versace Mansion), and finding that he had been fired without cause. This amount includes $90,000 in attorney’s fees, and $17,959.79, in arbitration costs. Mr. Gaudenzi was fired via fax. www.citydebate.com

Donald Trump partners with Ocean Drive to publish Trump Magazine
Today billionaire mogul and best selling author Donald J. Trump and publishing legend Jerry Powers announced their partnership to publish TRUMP Magazine, debuting late November 2007. Ocean Drive Media Group, the perfect extension for the Trump brand, prides itself on luxury, high-end style and brings to TRUMP magazine beautifully conceived covers, engaging content and a sharp intelligent editorial content surrounding today's fashion, product and accessory trends, and home design. Trump Magazine, published quarterly, will be available on newsstands and in bookstores in New York, Miami, Palm Beach, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and other major markets. In addition, Trump Magazine will serve as the exclusive coffee table book for all residential owners of Trump real estate projects throughout the world.

Seeking Hotel Sponsor for Queer Riot! Stars
We are currently seeking a hotel sponsor for "Queer Riot!". Four hotel rooms are need for the stars of the show.
If your hotel is interested in sponsoring these rooms, please contact: Edison Farrow edison@sobesocialclub.com

Lady Bunny's Promo Video
www.ladybunny.net

Dr. Leonel Canderon on Mega TV
If you missed Dr. Leonel Calderon on Mega TV talking about Botox, Acid Peels and Derma Fillers, you can see the clip here: www.web.mac.com

Save the Last Dance: Is the Circuit Party Over?
Although a few stalwarts limp on, the circuit party looks set to become the latest casualty of the changing face of gay America. www.out.com

San Diego Mayor's emotional speech in support of gay marraige
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders changes his stance on gay marraige and reveals that his daughter is gay in this speech to the media. SEE VIDEO HERE

Saturday Night: 4 Year Anniversary on Siren Saturdays for Women
On Saturday September 29th Lynn Bove of icandee invites everyone to their 4 Year Anniversary party with a special performance by the sexy burlesque group “Knockouts.” The night will also star DJ Dezrock, Meesh and Miss Flava with the doors opening at 10pm. Icandee Saturdays takes place upstairs at Score in the Crème Lounge. www.icandeeproductions.com

Miami Spice Months - August and September
During August and September, nearly 80 of Miami’s top restaurants will offer three-course meals (Lunch $22, Dinner $35) featuring signature dishes created by world-renowned chefs. Discover the tropical fusion of ingredients that makes Miami dining so wonderfully out of the ordinary. www.miamirestaurantmonth.com

Dr. Leonel Calderone to appear on MegaTV's El Circulo Tuesday at 9pm
Dr. Calderón will be featured on MegaTV, Tuesday September 18th at 9:00 p.m. with Ana Remos, "El Circulo." Leonel will be speaking about his business specializing in Derma Fillers, Rejuvenating Treatments, Botox and Acid Peels.

Southwest Airlines launches GLBT Travel website
"Welcome to the first ever Southwest Airlines dedicated web page to the gay and lesbian community. We have so much fun stuff to help you get out and about, that we thought we'd put it all in one easy-to-find place. From gay-friendly destinations to gay events around the country, you'll find information to suit your needs. Remember to check out the spotlight section each time you come back. We'll have something just for you. We've been a great travel partner for over 35 years and hope that you'll take great pride in partnering with Southwest every time you fly." www.southwest.com

Rice and Bean? Condoleezza Rice's "Closest Female Friend"
Glenn Kessler's new book The Confidante: Condoleezza Rice and the Creation of the Bush Legacy explores Rice's sexual orientation and her personal life in general. Rice's "closest female friend" is a woman named Randy Bean, who is unmarried and whose sexual orientation is not stated. She is described as a "liberal progressive;" she's a documentary filmmaker. According to newly revealed information in the book (which Kessler found through real estate records), the two women, Rice and Bean (yes, hilarious), own a home together and have a line of credit together. signorile2003.blogspot.com

CNN's Thomas Roberts moves to The Insider and exposed in Manhunt.com Photos
New York blogger Kenneth In The 212 posted some headless nude pics he allegedly got off Manhunt of someone he gently suggested could be openly gay CNN and "The Insider" dreamboat reporter Thomas Roberts. But then Page Six took things a step further, screaming "NEW SEX MESS JOLTS 'INSIDER'". and the scandal was "yet another embarrassment to the syndicated Paramount TV show." WARNING: EXPLICIT PHOTOS

HIV horror on rise among NY city's under-30 gay men
HIV is staging a comeback among young gay men in New York, with new cases increasing by a third in those younger than 30 and doubling among teens in the past six years, health officials said yesterday. In 2001, there were 374 new HIV diagnoses among gay men younger than 30; last year, there were 499, a city report said. In gay males ages 13 to 19, cases increased from 41 six years ago to 87 last year. www.nydailynews.com

Miami 'Top Chef' gay bashing: "I feel like I was run over by a truck"
TV Top Chef contestant Josie Smith-Malave felt the hatred as a mob of a dozen teenagers surrounded her and two other women, kicking and punching them while yelling anti-gay epithets. www.miamiherald.com

Rosie to kick off Miami Book Fair
The Miami Book Fair 2007 is almost upon us, and among the hundreds of authors from all over the world coming to town are several notable "Evenings With" events. The ever-opinionated Rosie O'Donnell starts the week off Sunday, Nov. 4, to speak about her book Celebrity Detox. Don't be surprised if she throws in some Bush-bashing and amusing anecdotes from her notorious stint on The View as well. www.miamibookfair.com

Spencer Tunick nude photo shoot at Sagamore Hotel - Monday, October 8th
The world famous artist, Spencer Tunick is coming to do an installation at the Sagamore Hotel in Miami Beach on Monday, October 8th (Columbus Day). Tunick is the artist who puts hundreds, sometimes thousands of nude people in an environment and photographs them. The installation will take place out in the back of the hotel and in the pool. Also, the artist is looking for participants in the installation to pose nude with thousands of other nude people. Those interested in being part of the installation must apply online: www.tunick.sagamorehotel.com

Bowl with the Miami Gay Men's Chorus - Sunday, September 16th 2pm
Join the Miami Gay Men's Chorus for an afternoon of bowling fun at Lucky Strike Lanes 1691 Michigan Avenue South Beach. This event is an opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about the chorus to come and meet the guys. Whether you want to sing, volunteer your time and talents or just have some fun, this promises to be an exciting event. Please RSVP by September 13th by clicking the link above or by calling Avi Flashenburg at 305-975-4023. VIEW INVITATION

Pridelines' "A Night in the Jungle" - Saturday, September 15th 7pm
Pridelines Youth Services invites you to "A Night in the Jungle" on Saturday, September 17th at Parrot Jungle Island's Tree Top Ballroom. Tickets are $125 per person nd $200 for VIP tickets. For more information, contact: Nate Bodner 786.264.1316 nate@pridelines.org SEE FLYER

At the Boulevard - No Longer Gay Nightclub!
"The news in true, owner Leroy Griffith of At The Boulevard has changed hands once again and the club will no longer be a gay nightclub starting today. The staff responsible for the success of Boulevard is now out of work and the club is back in the hands of former lessee Lenny of BLACKGOLD. Leroy decided to sell the lease as he claims the gay nights did not make enough money to support the mega complex (a club that has being paid for since the late 90's). On behalf of myself, many thanks to the staff and all our wonderful customers; we had a great time and are very happy and thankful of our turnout of Boulevard Fridays and Saturdays. Thanks to Carlos Clausen, Hector, Asnel, Bill Hallquist, Ricardito and his dancers, Teresita & Sophia, Adora & guests and all of you for making At the Boulevard a great success in our vision. 700+ people in attendance almost every Saturday for the past 3 months and over $18,000+ may not have being enough to keep the club according to owner Leroy but certainly proved that Miami does need a change and a new nightclub scene. I entered in this deal with Mr. Griffith with very skeptical feelings as myself and many people in this industry know how tough it is to work with him as never wanted to re-invest in the business; but it was all worth it and the times we had were great and so much fun. Stay tuned for the next Boysinthenight event. I wish Lenny and Leroy lots of luck in their new venture and we hope our customers discontinue coming to Boulevard as this is now a straight, hip hop, female strip club."
Lazaro Leon
Promoter, DJ & Marketing Dir. & Manager

Puma store South Beach set to open October 30th
The Puma Store located on 9th and Collins in South Beach is set to open on October 30th. They are currently hiring for all positions. If you are interested in applying, please contact Brandon at the Puma Store in Avenutura 305.931.3271, or email your resume to brandon.conrad@puma.com

Larry Craig in 1982: Gay rumors and scandals 25 years ago
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Anti-gay remarks cost Naugle his seat on tourism board
Mayor Jim Naugle's series of controversial comments about homosexuality cost him his seat Tuesday on the board that promotes Broward County to tourists. County commissioners accused him of jeopardizing the area's multibillion-dollar tourism industry. They said Naugle forced them to take the nprecedented step of stripping him of the job when he ignored warnings to stop his attacks. Since Naugle made his initial allegations about rampant gay sex in public restrooms nearly two months ago, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has been deluged with hundreds of angry e-mails from tourists. Some said they had canceled vacations, while others threatened to go elsewhere. www.sun-sentinel.com

Two years after Katrina and thousands are still without homes
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GOP Idaho Senator Larry Craig in Lewd Conduct Men's Room Arrest
Another closeted Republican hypocrite caught in his own web. A plainclothes officer in Minnesota arrested Idaho Senator Larry Craig in an airport men's room while he was investigating lewd conduct complaints in June, it has been revealed: "Craig’s arrest occurred just after noon on June 11 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. On Aug. 8, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct in the Hennepin County District Court. He paid more than $500 in fines and fees, and a 10-day jail sentence was stayed. He also was given one year of probation with the court that began on Aug. 8." www.towleroad.com

Hulkster sells home to filmmaker Bay
Terry Bollea, aka wrestler and actor Hulk Hogan, has sold his Miami Beach mansion on the bay -- to Michael Bay, Hollywood director and producer. The deal just closed -- for slightly south of the sticker price of $18.9 million. Bollea, 54, bought the gated residence at 2900 N. Bay Rd. in April '06 for $12 million. www.miamiherald.com

Join Bill and Hillary Clinton at Convention Center - Thursday, September 6th
You are cordially invited to join President William Jefferson Clinton and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in support of her Presidential Exploratory Committee. The event will take place on Thursday, Septemeber 6th 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Miami Beach Convention Center Rm D 128-1313 1901 Convemtion Center Drive, Miami Beach. General Admission $50. www.hillaryclinton.com

FTL Tourism Board Wants Mayor To Stop Anti-Gay Remarks
"I am the Mayor that’s not going to back down." That from Ft. Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle during a meeting Thursday of the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau board. Board members are furious over the mayor’s comments about gays, sex in public and AIDS; saying the comments make greater Fort Lauderdale look close-minded and unwelcoming worldwide. "The damage has been done to the destination," said Nikki Grossman with Broward County’s Visitor and Convention Bureau. "We need to get back to work fixing it. The rhetoric needs to stop and the anger, the mischaracterizations and the hurtful mean-spirited rhetoric has to stop." www.cbs4.com

Foley, Police at Odds Over Computers
Florida's top police agency said Wednesday its investigation into former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley's lurid Internet communications with teenage boys has been hindered because neither Foley nor the House will let investigators examine his congressional computers. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says it hopes to conclude its investigation next week. Foley, a Florida Republican, resigned from Congress on Sept. 29 after being confronted with the computer messages he sent to male teenage pages who had worked on Capitol Hill. "We have requested to review federally owned computers that Mr. Foley used during his time as a representative, but the U.S. House of Representatives ... cited case law restrictions that prohibited them from releasing those computers," said Heather Smith, an FDLE spokeswoman. www.sfgate.com

Local-based nightlife, chamber anchor Miami community
With the state of GLBT nightlife in Miami and its mainland environs, it’s hard to imagine it was once the battlefield for the anti-gay Anita Bryant-led campaign. www.expressgaynews.com

Fire Erupts at Micky's Nightclub in West Hollywood
A fire broke out at Micky's on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood on Tuesday afternoon. Santa Monica Boulevard was shut down in the area, so fire crews could get to the blaze. The flames from the fire shot through the two story building's roof. Dozens of firefighters reported to the blaze, with some going on the roof of the building to battle the flames. SEE VIDEO AND STORY

Clinton trounces rivals in survey of gay donors
An informal Express survey of gay and lesbian activists and celebrities who have made contributions to candidates running for president in 2008 shows that Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York received the lion’s share of their money. Among a sample of 35 gay contributors, including gay movie director Bryan Singer, Clinton received contributions from 18 of them, totaling $50,750. www.expressgaynews.com

MGLFF presents MALA NOCHE by Gus Van Sant - Wednesday, August 29th 7:30pm
The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival has announced the special retrospective presentation of Mala Noche, the first film by Gus Van Sant director of Good will Hunting, Finding Forester, and Elephant on August 29th at 7:30pm at the Byron-Carlyle Theatre in Miami Beach. Tickets are $12 for non-members and $9 for mglff members and can be purchased by phone at 305-531-2117 or online at www.mglff.com www.mglff.com

Lynn Bove to launch new party for sophisticated ladies
Icandee Productions, a lesbian party production company, has created a new monthly event for older, most sophisticated ladies. Called FUSE, the roving party will debut on Thursday, Aug. 23, on the new casino yacht Aquasino. www.expressgaynews.com

Lance Bass to Start as Hairspray's "Corny Collins" on Broadway
Lance Bass begins his stint as "Corny Collins" in the Broadway production of Hairspray tomorrow night. He told the New York Daily News that the experience has been far different than performing in a boyband: "I'd much rather play to 50,000 people than 1,000! In a theater, you can see everyone! It is like doing a live TV show. Everything has to be perfectly in-sync. I hate to use that phrase. But [on stage] you don't want to miss your cue." www.towleroad.com

TV Titan Merv Griffin Dies of Prostate Cancer at 82
Pioneering talk how host and game show innovator Merv Griffin died over the weekend at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The cause was prostate cancer. First treated for the disease in 1996, Griffin was recently hospitalized again, and doctors said the cancer had spread to other organs. www.towleroad.com

Cannon Discovered at City of Miami Beach Construction Site
The City of Miami Beach is currently renovating Belle Isle, which is situated in the center of Venetian Islands in Miami Beach. At approximately 10:00 a.m. EST today during an excavation process, a 10-foot long cannon was discovered by construction workers in a two-foot entrenched area adjacent to the Lido Spa and Hotel, located at 40 Island Avenue. City staff contacted the Historical Museum of Southern Florida immediately and is awaiting information as to its authenticity. www.citydebate.com

Ricky Martin wants "family of many colors"
Ricky Martin wants kids, perhaps adopting "one from each continent," if possible. "It's something we want to begin to create this year, a family of many colors," the 35-year-old pop star told reporters Wednesday in Puerto Rico, where he is scheduled to perform this weekend. www.miamiherald.com

Two gay men assaulted and robbed in Wilton Manors
Two local gay men were jumped and robbed on July 19 by four suspects who approached them on bicycles and asked them if they were straight before assaulting them, according to a police report filed with the Wilton Manors Police Department. Police have arrested a juvenile who allegedly took part in the attack. www.expressgaynews.com

Donald Trump: "Bush is the Worst President in History"
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2008 NY Firefighter Calendar Hunk Gone Wild!
As if scoring the cover spot on a calendar full of insanely hot NYC firefighters wasn't enough of a distinction, there may be something else about Staten Island's own Michael Biserta that'll set your parts pumping: at least one blogger has noticed the striking resemblance between the FDNY calendar coverboy and the star of a particularly infamous clip from a "Guys Gone Wild" video that made the rounds a while ago. www.fleshbot.com

Killer of gay Canadian bartender caught after massive manhunt
A manhunt involving three police forces ended last night in Portage du Fort, Que., as Ontario Provincial Police arrested Jesse Norman Imeson, 22, the suspect in three Ontario murders. One of the murders was that of gay architecture student and bartender Carlos Rivera. Imeson also tried to become a dancer to make quick money in a gay bar, but was denied because of lack of ID. www.canada.com

Queer Eye guys to produce The Beard, Billy Beans consults
Scout Productions, the team of David Collins and Michael Williams who produced Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, has set up a project with Showtime entitled The Beard. The Beard is a romantic comedy about a gay pro baseball player who enters into a relationship with a woman in order to survive in the sports world. Jack Lechner (Mad Men) will produce the project, and they've hired a consultant who knows a thing or two about the topic — former Dodgers and Padres player Billy Bean, who came out of the closet in 1999. www.towleroad.com

Drunk Minister In Skirt Charged With Indecent Exposure
A Baptist minister has been charged in Tennessee with indecent exposure and driving under the influence. Police said 58-year-old Tommy Tester of Bristol, Va., was wearing a skirt when he was arrested last week after allegedly relieving himself in front of children at a car wash. A report also accuses Tester of offering police officers oral sex and says an open bottle of vodka and empty oxycodone prescription bottle was found in his car when Tester was arrested Friday. www.wgal.com

Varla Jean Merman - "Beautiful"
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SAVE Dade at Lucky Strike for Debates - Thursday, August 9th 8:30 - 10pm
Please join SAVE for the Democratic Presidential Debate, a discussion of our issues on the national stage, on the Logo Channel. There will be a Miami Beach viewing party at Lucky Strike 1691 Michigan Avenue on Thursday, August 9th from 8:30pm to 10pm.

Macy's in South Beach reopens Thursday after a four-month renovation
Say goodbye to grandma's department store and hello to a Macy's that looks like it belongs in South Beach. After four months of renovations, the Macy's in South Beach will celebrate its grand reopening with a VIP party on Thursday night and a public opening at 10 a.m. Saturday. Customers will find a store with a design that reflects South Beach's Art Deco history and an upgraded, contemporary mix of merchandise. For the first time, the South Beach Macy's will feature apparel brands like Lacoste, Ed Hardy, Paris Hilton and Michael Kors. The assortment also includes Chanel cosmetics, Coach handbags, Calvin Klein shoes and Betsy Johnson accessories. This will be the first Macy's in Florida to offer Bobbi Brown cosmetics. www.miamiherald.com

Drug use called No. 1 AIDS risk for black and Hispanic men
Drug use and the resulting risky behavior are the biggest factors in the spread of HIV/AIDS in the United States, and Hispanic and black men are more likely to be infected this way than others, an AIDS expert told a national AIDS conference in Miami Beach on Monday.
''Drugs, whether you inject them, inhale them or take them orally, alter your judgment and put you at risk for HIV,'' Dr. Rhonda Hagler, medical director of Proceed Inc., an Elizabeth, N.J., AIDS clinic, told the 2007 National Conference on Latinos and AIDS, meeting here through today. www.miamiherald.com

Pennyback Wednesdays - New Night at INK
Get ready for a fun new Wednesday night at INK. Pennyback Wednesdays will launch on Wednesday August 1st. DJ Affect, doors open at 10pm, Performance by Twat LaRouge. INK 717 Washington Avenue. SEE FLYER

Scissor Misters, Jake to marry
The most glam wedding of 2008 - the fabulously OTT Scissor Sister Jake Shears is getting hitched to his boyfriend Chris. www.sundaymirror.co.uk

Scissor Sisters - "Take Your Mama" Live
Speaking of the Scissor Sisters, have you seen this video? Amazing!!! www.youtube.com

Macy's South Beach reopens August 4th
Macy's South Beach will have a Grand Opening on Saturday, August 4th. www.macys.com

Funkshion Lounge on Lincoln Road has closed
Funkshion joins the long list of businesses that have recently closed on Lincoln Road.

Gay Movie Classic Sundays at Twist
Besides serving up the usual cocktails, Twist will be serving up gay movie classics and complimentary popcorn on Sundays at 10pm. This will be followed by Twist's Retro 70's & 80's night. (This will all take place in the Martini Bar / Bar 4 / The Hip-Hop Lounge).

Comedian Sandra Bernhard takes serious look at showbiz, South Beach
Sandra Bernhard will discuss just about anything: career, ambition, the future of show business, gay rights, her female partner, her young daughter. Just about anything. Except Madonna. The quirky comedy star -- who performs four shows this weekend at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach -- won't rehash what happened -- or didn't happen -- nearly two decades ago between her, then-girlfriend Ingrid Casares and Ms. M. www.miamiherald.com

"An Evening with Sandra Bernhard" - Friday, July 27th & Saturday, July 28th
On Friday July 27th and Saturday July 28th at 7:30pm and 10pm, Sandra Bernhard will perform at the historic Colony Theater on Lincoln Road. "An Evening with Sandra Bernhard" includes comedy, commentary and music, and Bernhard appears with musical director/pianist, Mitch Kaplan and her band. A portion of the proceeds from these two performances will benefit Switchboard of Miami's GLBT Suicide Awareness Initiative. Tickets ON SALE NOW! Tickets are available on Ticketmaster and at the Colony, Byron Carlyle and Jackie Gleason Theaters. Tickets may be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 305-358-5885 or on the internet on www.ticketmaster.com

Gaytino! at International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami - July 28th 8:30pm
Mariachi to Merman. Sondheim to Cesar Chavez. Show tunes and canciones en español. A remarkable life journey from East Los Angeles in the 50s to New York's Broadway in the 60s and 70s and back to Hollywood, moving from the back of the bus to the front of American pop culture. A father/son relationship and a treasured boyhood friendship drive this 75-minute autobiographical play through decades of Chicano history and the gay experience from a unique and personal perspective. Touching, hilarious and absolutely one-of-a-kind, Dan Guerrero finally brings his two fascinating worlds together in a riveting solo show.
Prometeo Theatre at MDC - Wolfson Campus 300 N.E. 2nd Avenue Miami. Tickets at $25 by calling 305.237.3262.

Flush Naugle: Gays in Fort Lauderdale Call on Mayor to Resign
Forty to fifty gay activists with Flush Naugle gathered at the Fort Lauderdale City Hall on Tuesday to protest comments made by six-term Mayor Jim Naugle surrounding the proposed installation of a $250,000 self-cleaning, robotic toilet there. Naugle, who claims he uses the word "homosexual" rather than "gay" because gay people "are unhappy," has said that an added plus to having the toilets is that they would keep gay people from using the facilities for public sex. www.towleroad.com

Pacific Time to become steakhouse
Touch Restaurant owner David Tornek has signed the lease for the former Pacific Time space with plans to become a steakhouse.

South Beach Design Group set for Photography Studio
South Beach Design Group will be moving from their Lincoln Road location into Miami's Design District. Their former space at 701 Lincoln Road (across from Nexxt cafe) will become a photography studio.

Lance Bass Recalls First Encounter with New Beau
Connecting with new boyfriend Pedro Andrade was a real high for Lance Bass: He first spotted him 35,000 feet up in the air. "He was asleep in the back of the plane on the way over," the former 'N Sync star said of the Brazilian model, who was also en route to Vienna for the May 28 Life Ball.
Bass will also be joining the cast of Hairspray on Broadway on August 14th as dance show host Corny Collins. And, he can be seen in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry as a wedding singer. www.people.com

Guess what's going into Cafeteria?
A Guess store has signed the lease for the space that was formerly Cafeteria South Beach. They plan to open in October.

Slide show South Beach Club scene, then and now
This slide show is a great "walk down memory lane". If you hold your mouse over the photos, it has a description of every photo. Memories! www.miamiherald.com

The evolution of South Beach
Twenty years ago, South Beach was a tired seaside village best known for Scarface drug deals and flocks of retired people rocking on the front porches of decrepit hotels. But a fight to save the old buildings helped fuel a renaissance. Preservationists, artists, photographers, designers, performers and other avant-garde types smitten with the promise of a forgotten but architecturally unique corner of America joined forces to turn the place around. By 1987, a handful of funky restaurants, clubs and refurbished hotels began to draw cool crowds. www.miamiherald.com

Man Accused Of Stealing $400,000 For Hustler Boyfriend
An Oregon man accused of draining $400,000 from the accounts of investors spent all of the money in less than four months on a gay hustler he met in an Internet chat room according to police. Gary Sparks, 64, is charged with 32 counts of securities fraud and theft. www.365gay.com

Unveiling the Versace mystique
Long-time partner recalls life with fashion icon 10 years after his mysterious murder. www.expressgaynews.com

Bruthaz event to bring diverse itinerary to South Beach
Miami Beach Bruthaz, an educational and social gathering that caters to black and Latino gay people, will take place on South Beach for the second year in a row. The weekend offers black and Latino gays the chance to engage in discussions about issues relevant to gay life and life in general. The gathering also includes several cultural and social activities. www.expressgaynews.com

Republican Fla. State Representative Accused Of Soliciting Sex In Men's Room
Florida state Rep. Robert "Bob" Allen, R-Merritt Island, was arrested Wednesday and charged with soliciting an undercover male officer for sex at a park in Central Florida, according to police. Investigators said Allen was acting suspicious and went in and out of the men's restroom at Veteran's Memorial Park, located on East Broad Street. Minutes later, authorities said, Allen solicited the male officer inside the restroom, offering to perform oral sex for $20. Allen is married and has a child. www.local6.com

NARDICIO'S GREAT AMERICAN GAY ROAD TRIP Trailer
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Sandra Bernhard Brings Her Nervy One Woman Show to South Beach
"You're a cigarette come to life!" was fellow Los Angeles comic Paul Mooney's stunned reaction to Sandra Bernhard's brusquely satirical stand-up act in 1977. Nothing was off-limits when the then 21-year-old Bernhard took the stage - not the sexual mores of Beverly Hills divas whose nails she manicured by day, not the debauched perspectives of the Hollywood rock 'n' roll crowd she ran with by night and certainly not even the most intimate details of her own personal life. www.oceandrive.com

Sandra Bernhard - Sexy Rockin' Fun
I was a Sandra Bernhard fan long before I did my first interview with her in 1999. Back then, she had just brought her daughter, Cicely, into the world and was tackling the difficult task of motherhood and touring with ease. Eight years later, I sat down for my fourth interview with this delightful diva of stage and screen, as she prepared for her visit to South Florida. www.shemag.com

Miami Beach Bruthaz - July 19th - 22nd
Miami Beach Bruthaz is an annual retreat held on South Beach for gay men and women that promotes unity and camaraderie. The event will be held July 19-22 and attendees from across the country with gather to socialize, network, empower each other and learn about issues facing the gay community. The event also includes networking socials such as a poolside reception, buffet luncheons, a jazz and poetry slam, a talent show and model search and a penthouse party. For more information, visit www.miamibeachbruthaz.com

AIDS advocates to protest Gov. Crist at Miami summit
HIV/AIDS Patients, Medical Care Providers and Concerned Community Members to Hold Candlelight Vigil Outside Intercontinental Miami Hotel on Thursday, July 12th at 8:00 p.m. During Summit�s Formal Dinner to Protest Governor's Silence on Floridaï's Growing HIV/AIDS Crisis and Cuts to Medicaid AIDS Program. www.miamiherald.com

GLAAD Condemns Niurka Marcos' Ignorant Anti-Gay Comments
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today condemned novela actress Niurka Marcos' use of defamatory anti-gay comments during interviews aired last week on Univision, Televisa, Telefutura, Telemundo and Azteca Am�rica. Marcos' ex-husband, Bobby Larios, is starring in "Descarados" (Shameless), a play in which Larios will portray "Lejo," a gay man who struggles with his sexual orientation before finally coming out to his friends. www.glaad.org

Task Force blasts self-proclaimed family values senator for blatant hypocrisy
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., who has built his political career around "family values" and railed against same-sex marriage, admitted Monday night to "a very serious sin in my past" after his telephone number appeared among those associated with an escort service operated by the so-called "D.C. Madam." www.thetaskforce.org

$1 million raised to fight gay marriage ban
A new statewide organization has collected $1 million in the past two months to fight a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage. www.miamiherald.com

Advocate to Offer Magazine Without 2nd Cover
The Advocate, the national gay magazine, is kicking off the covers. That is, the magazine is starting to do away with the extra cover that is placed on the magazine before it is sealed in a plastic wrapper, concealing its identity during shipment. Its July 3 issue, which features on its cover a gay Marine who is a war veteran, was mailed to most subscribers with a standard address label in the lower left-hand corner, looking like any other magazine delivered by the Postal Service. www.nytimes.com

Halo Lounge now open!
Halo is Miami Beach's new gay lounge. This is the sleek Lounge was needed in South Beach. They are open 7 nights a week with a daily Happy Hour.
1625 Michigan Avenue 305.534.8181

Side Door Sally Sundays at Dream ends
The Sunday night party that launched just 2 weeks ago has ended. There will be a new Sunday night "HotSexyCool" for a more straight/mixed crowd.

Johnny V restaurant in the Astor Hotel closes
Johnny V restaurant, which opened at Hotel Astor in South Beach last December, has closed. "The concept did not do the revenues we anticipated," says chef-partner Johnny Vinczencz, 46. "A business decision. Sometimes you have to think with your head instead of your heart." www.MiamiHerald.com

Shooting suspect: Butt-grab made me do it
A Hialeah truck driver who says he shotgunned his pal to death last week told detectives he was furious because the man began grabbing "his buttocks in a sexual manner," authorities disclosed Monday. Rolando Aguilar, 55, then ransacked his own bedroom to make it appear robbers had stormed the apartment and killed Omar Febles, 48. www.MiamiHerald.com

Wanted: openly gay lawyers
Many lawyers are coming out of the closet in small practices and large law firms to help gay and lesbian clients with complicated legal needs. www.MiamiHerald.com

Gay Marriage Protestor Files Papers To Run For Miami Beach Mayor
A Miami Beach man who has angered gays, his neighbors and city hall over a huge banner denouncing same-sex marriage filed his papers Friday to run for mayor in November. www.miamiherald.com

Gay Sports Magazine Launched
Media Out Loud, LLC owners Eric Carlyle and David Riach launched the new, first-of-its-kind Gay Sports Magazine -- SPORTS OUT LOUD on June 9th. The first issue features amateur athletes from Dallas in a swim suit layout. The studio shoot was conducted by celebrated photographer Sean Northcutt. Sports Out Loud magazine cover "Sports Out Loud is Men's Health meets Sports Illustrated with just a hint of The Advocate thrown in," says Carlyle. "We hope to serve a healthy dose of sports and fun for both the gay spectator and gay athlete." www.sportsoutloud.com

YOU CAN RUN by Jesse Archer
"YOU CAN RUN: Gay, Glam, and Gritty Travels in South America is a LITERARY TOUR-DE-FORCE from a man who is undoubtedly going to become one of the most important voices in GBLT America." - Kareem Tabsch, Miami Editor-in-Chief, Edge Publications
Jesse Archer is an actor and a writer who has traveled the world and lived in Paris, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, and Capetown. He writes a monthly column for Out Magazine, and can be seen on the big screen starring in the gay romantic comedies "Slutty Summer" (2004) and "A Four Letter Word" (2007), which he also co-wrote. www.jesseonthebrink.com

DESIGN FLAWS OF THE HUMAN CONDITION by Paul Schmidtberger
"Debut novelist Schmidtberger's take is very funny, and his hilarious observations about contemporary urban life, from its escapable therapy-speak to the damage done to the skyline by Donald Trump, play well alongside this ultimately sentimental story about the virtues of friendship. Schmidtberger's wryly wrought characters lend authenticity to this confection of a summer novel." Out Magazine - July 2007 www.paulschmidtberger.com

"Heroes" exhibit to honor hate-crime victims
Matthew Shepard has been the face of hate crimes for the past decade. His murder was extremely gruesome, but it's just one example of the many lives that have been lost to hatred and cruelty. A new traveling memorial called Gay American Heroes is being put together to honor GLBT victims of hate crimes. "Bless Matthew, but there are a lot of other people who also lost their lives." said Scott Hall, founder and chairman of Gay American Heroes. www.expressgaynews.com

Fort Lauderdale mayor says $250K robotic toilet may put stop to "illegal sex"
Now the mayor has shifted his attention to a robotic toilet, saying the invention could have a special edge over a traditional restroom in preventing the "homosexual activity" that he said plagues other public restrooms. www.sun-sentinel.com

Bill Gates Rescues The Advocate, Gay.com, PlanetOut.com and Out Magazine
Word leaked out over the holiday break that someone had come to the rescue of troubled gay media empire PlanetOut, whose stock (Nasdaq: LGBT) closed at a paltry $1.66 a share on Tuesday. A news release said that the company had (mysteriously) raised "$26.2 million in private placement financing." The Seattlest is now reporting that it was Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, aka the second richest man in the world, who did the good deed, keeping the doors open at The Advocate, Gay.com, PlanetOut.com and Out magazine for the foreseeable future. www.towleroad.com

Teen who testified on hate crimes dies in jump from ship
A Texas teenager who was violently beaten and later testified about the attack at a congressional hearing on hate crimes died Sunday, after jumping from a cruise ship headed to Mexico. U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, hopes the death of David Ritcheson, 18, who reportedly still was troubled by the brutal attack, will change the minds of those opposed to expanding the current hate crimes law. www.chron.com

Homophobic banner posted at 4760 Alton Road for alleged Mayoral candidate
This week, a huge, blatantly homophobic sign heralding an alleged candidate for Miami Beach mayor appeared banner-like at a home on Alton Road. The sign and advertised campaign web site assert that God made "Adam and Eve" not "Adam and Steve"; and employs sadly classic code words and phrases to further advance anti-gay prejudice.
Email: smatt@mayorbillsmatt.com
Phone: 305.531.0577
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Miami Code Enforcement Debates Sex House Legality
An NBC 6 investigation in May revealed that an adult business is operating in the middle of a Miami residential neighborhood. Now the city of Miami is taking action to stop it. The Miami Code Enforcement Department board met on Wednesday to decide whether live sex shows broadcast on the Internet from inside the house violates the law. www.nbc6.net

3 former leaders of ex-gay ministry apologize
Three former leaders of Exodus International, often described as the nation's largest ex-gay ministry, publicly apologized Wednesday for the harm they said their efforts had caused many gays and lesbians who believed the group's message that sexual orientation could be changed through prayer. www.latimes.com

Team Florida Victory laps in Paris
South Florida swimmers took top honors at the International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics Championships, which were held in Paris May 23 to 28. Team Florida, comprised of 38 members of Fort Lauderdale's Hammerheads and Miami's Nadadores, broke 22 individual meet records and eight relay records in the process. www.expressgaynews.com

Ex-escort Mike Jones to speak tonight at Books & Books on Lincoln Road
Mike Jones, the escort who brought down the Rev. Ted Haggard in a sex and drugs scandal, will read from his new book, I Had to Say Something: The Art of Ted Haggard's Fall, 8 tonight at Books & Books on Lincoln Road. www.miamiherald.com

Ex-escort Mike Jones at Books & Books Lincoln Road - Thursday, July 5th 8pm
Mike Jones, the escort who brought down the Rev. Ted Haggard in a sex and drugs scandal, will read from his new book, I Had to Say Something: The Art of Ted Haggard's Fall, 8pm July 5th at Books & Books on Lincoln Road. www.miamiherald.com

Pacific Time - another one bites the dust!
After 14 years as one of Miami Beach's favorite and finest restaurants, Pacific Time has closed.

Demise of unique shops darkens SoBe's spirit
Changes are afoot at Lincoln Road, and they all add up to sad news for style aficionados. Chroma is closing. Sasparilla is closing. Toff is closing. Around the corner, on Bay Road, CPO Consignment has already closed. www.miamiherald.com

Allamericanguys hunks footage plus Rihana
Yes, you can stand under my um-burr-ella, ella, ella! www.youtube.com

Danny DeVito Invades South Beach
DeVito's Italian restaurant is at 150 Ocean Drive the former space of Joia and about a block or so north of Nikki Beach restaurant. Michael Brauser, a joint partner in the venture, along with DeVito and South Florida restaurateur, David Manero, said a $4 million investment went toward completely gutting and renovating the building. www.edgemiami.comwww.expressgaynews.com

Wilton Manors' Chardees restaurant shuts down after 17 years
Chardees, the oldest gay restaurant in Wilton Manors, has closed. The building that the restaurant was leasing at 2209 Wilton Drive has been sold to two gay businessmen from Key West. www.expressgaynews.com

Miami Beach's Fireworks on the Beach - July 4th 7:30pm
Join thousands of people for Miami Beach's "Fireworks on the Beach" on Wednesday, July 4th at 7:30pm. The event will take place on the sands of South Beach at 8th Street and Ocean Drive. Free concert with Jencarlos. VIEW FLYER

8th Annual danceAble - Friday, June 29th
This year's danceAble, an annual gathering in Miami of dancers and other artists with and without disabilities, held within the Florida Dance Festival, features a half-day forum, di(verse)ability, that features two prominent artists in the GLBT disability community. The forum, which takes place on Friday June 29, features a keynote speech by John Killacky, filmmaker and renowned disability activist based in San Francisco. Also participating in the forum will be Terry Galloway, from Tallahassee, a lesbian writer, performer and comic who is hearing impaired. The di(verse)ability forum of danceAble is specifically focused on the ways that artists with disabilities have multiple identities of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. www.tigertail.org

She Ventures Out snorkeling trip - Saturday, June 30th
On June 30, 2007 SHEVO will be sponsoring a snorkeling trip leaving from the Miami Beach Marina to Emerald Reef, Starfish & Coral Reef. Considered by Ned DeLoach to be, by far, the most beautiful reef group in Miami. Please register by June 15th. For more information, visit their website www.sheventuresout.com

Carnival Center deficit blamed on managers
A Miami-Dade County assessment of the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts found that the independent trust that manages the county-owned facility committed expensive errors in budget planning and failed to institute cost controls that could have stemmed an estimated $4.1 million deficit incurred in the inaugural year. www.miamiherald.com

A painful partition from a dying partner
A woman from Washington state says a Jackson Memorial Hospital social worker refused to let her see her dying partner and told her Florida is ''an anti-gay state,'' according to an article in The Olympian that Rosie O'Donnell posted on rosie.com. www.miamiherald.com

Hoofer kicks up his heels for gay chamber
In his heyday, Michael Vita sang and danced in some of Broadway's biggest hits (Bye Bye Birdie, Sweet Charity and Chicago), behind legendary women of musical comedy including Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera and Gwen Verdon. www.miamiherald.com

New Sunday night at Dream - Sunday, July 1st
Side Door Sally (is she Back Door Bamby's illegitimate daughter?) will be a new Sunday night party at Dream (formerly Shadow Lounge, SIN and Amika) 1532 Washington Avenue. DJ Allison Calagna, DJ Chaos and DJ Pride will be spinning. VIEW INVITATION

The Science of Gaydar
If sexual orientation is biological, are the traits that make people seem gay innate, too? The new research on everything from voice pitch to hair whorl. www.nymag.com

Gay groups want Florida Representative Alan Hays out of office
Minutes after the conference, Hays released a statement denying that he told two nurses and a regional manager for a nonprofit AIDS health-care program Wednesday that his cousin was "queer as a three-dollar bill" and "had that homosexual lifestyle and deserved what he got." www.orlandosentinel.com

Funkshion ended on Friday, June 15th
Showgirls Cabaret and Funky Fridays at Funkshion have ended.

Halo Miami to open soon, but not this weekend!
With construction workers working around the clock, Halo hopes to have a soft opening as soon as they ae able to. But, they will NOT be ready to open this Saturday. The Grand Opening is set for July 7th. This will be a "smoke free" venue with outdoor seating for smokers. Halo Miami will be located at 1625 Michigan Avenue, Miami Beach.

New Sunday night at Dek23 - Sunday, June 17th
Click Sundays will have its Grand Opening on Sunday, June 17th at Dek23 655 Washington Avenue. DJ Bill Kelly, DJ Kidd Madonny and DJ T-Pro will be spinning. VIEW INVITATION

New Thursday night at Bricks - Thursday, June 28th
Foreplay Thursdays will kick-off on Thursday, June 28th at Bricks. DJ George Ferrero will be spinning. www.myspace.com/upallnitefl

New Sunday night at Flavour - Sunday, July 1st
Machos Sundays will launch on Sunday, July 1st at Flavour in Coconut Grove. DJ George Ferrero will be spinning. www.myspace.com/upallnitefl

Twilo Miami closed
Twilo nightclub in Downtown Miami has officially closed.

Boulevard Nightclub and Video Lounge re-opens
At the Boulevard, Miami's new Nightclub and Video Lounge, re-opened on May 17th. 7770 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami 305.756.7770. For more information, go to www.attheboulevard.com

Hush Hush - New Women's Sunday night at Oxygen - Sunday June 24th
Hush Hush Sundays will launch on Sunday, June 24th at Oxygen Lounge in Coconut Grove. Doors open at 9pm. For more info call 786.718.6450

Heroine - New Women's Friday night - Friday June 15th
Come check out this new venue where progressive women can come together and have a stimulating conversation with one another, be entertained by local live female artists and dance to the best music ever heard in a Lesbian club This event will take place every Friday, June 15th from 10pm - 3am @ Amendment XXI Bar & Lounge, 190 NE 46th Street. $8 Door Cover. For more info www.eveinterrupted.com

Cupids Cabaret new format and new name - Lifestylez
Bowing to pressure from County Officials, Cupids Cabaret prepares to change from being Florida's only nude male strip club to a new nightclub venue with an emphasis on celebrating all "Lifestylez". Long known for bringing in the hottest male dancers and porn stars from around the country, Cupids now finds itself caught up in the pressures of a conservative county government and plans to change the venue rather than close its doors. www.jumponmarkslist.com

Twist celebrates 14 years! - Wednesday, June 27th
On Wednesday June 27th, come out for Twist's 14th Anniversary Celebration. South's Beach longest established gay bar will offer complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres from 9pm to 11pm for this special event. www.twistsobe.com

Miami gay chamber to honor philanthropist Patrick Ward and others
Dinner, entertainment and recognition of local philanthropists will all be on the menu at the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce�s Sixth Annual Gala Awards Dinner. Sharon Gless, who starred in �Cagney and Lacey� and �Queer as Folk,� will be on hand to introduce singer Jim Bailey, who will perform as �Judy Garland� at the dinner. www.expressgaynews.com

Fort Lauderdale's Stonewall Street Festival - Sunday, June 24th
On Sunday June 24th, The 8th Annual Stonewall Street Festival and Parade will kick off from Fort Lauderdale High School at 11am and march down Wilton Drive to 5 points. The Festival and Stage entertainment will begin immediately after with over 150 vendors and a full day of entertainment on the stage until 6pm. There is no admission charge to attend the Stonewall Street Festival. Parking will be available at Fort Lauderdale High School. www.stonewallstreetfestival.com

MDGLCC Gala Dinner - Saturday, June 23rd
The 6th Annual Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Gala Dinner will take place in the Grand Ballroom at the Radisson Miami Hotel 1601 Biscayne Blvd. Silent Auction, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dinner program begins at 8 p.m. Entertainment by Jim Bailey as Judy Garland. Attire: A touch of blue. RSVP 305.573.4000 For more information, visit www.gogaymiami.com

Attend the next Winter Party planning meeting - Tuesday, June 26
It's not too late to be part of the planning team for one of Miami's largest annual celebrations. On Tuesday, June 26th, the Winter Party Festival committee will hold its second planning meeting for the upcoming festival, which will be held February 27th to March 3rd, 2008. Anyone interested in helping to produce this landmark event should be at the Task Force Miami office, located at 3510 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 206 at 7:00 pm on June 26. For more information, please call 305-571-1924. www.winterparty.com

Pop singer Mika performing Sunday night in Miami - Gay? Not Gay?
Pop singer Mika, who's performing Sunday night in Miami, is featured on the cover of July's Out magazine. Is Mika gay, post-gay or not gay? Should we care? And what exactly is post-gay? http://miamiherald.typepad.com

Top Chef 3 Miami's Sandee Birdsong
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the kitchen, Bravo's hit culinary competition series, Top Chef 3 Miami, returns on Wednesday, June 13, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, as the latest crop of 15 of the country's most impressive rising chefs hit the beautiful Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. www.shemag.com

Daisy D's "Help Paris Escape" a hit on YouTube.com
Daisy D just recorded "Help Paris Escape!". This is a Paris Hilton spoof recorded to "The Sweet Escape" by Gwen Stefani. The video is climbing up the charts on YouTube! www.youtube.com

Murder leads to a web of clues, characters
William Fenzau, HIV-infected social worker turned drug dealer, surrounded himself with characters from the underbelly of South Florida's party scene: A cunning former lover. A gruff gay nightclub doorman. An alluring Brazilian stripper. A mysterious drug supplier they all knew as Mexican Ben. And a secret federal informant. Two years ago last week, Fenzau's bloodied body was found, stabbed more than 30 times with three knives, naked and slumped against the front door of his manicured Upper Eastside home. www.miamiherald.com

Conservative activist coming out
An 18-year-old leader of Young Americans for Freedom and a conservative campaign operative is coming out of the closet. Tyler Whitney, the immediate past chair of Western Michigan University YAF, the chair of the Michigan Teenage Republicans, or TARs, and the current webmaster for the Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colorado) for President website, has been telling other conservative activists for about a month of his coming out journey. www.miamiherald.com

Enrique Iglesias Serenades Male Fan at G-A-Y in London
Enrique Iglesias made a visit to G-A-Y nightclub in London on Saturday night and made one gay fan very happy.
Normally when he performs the track Hero he invites a girl up on stage to serenade her, but given his audience, things were a bit different this time. The crowd went wild as Iglesias asked a young man on stage and unabashedly gave him the treatment. www.towleroad.com

Lance Bass Gets Real for Logo
Music stars as diverse as Jessica Simpson and Ozzy Osbourne have seen their careers boosted by starring in their own reality shows. Now a gay superstar is following in their footsteps. Former N Sync member Lance Bass, who came out last year, is working with the Logo network on a reality show of his very own. Logo is part of the MTV Networks family. www.nyblade.com

Miami Gay Chorus - June 15th - 17th
The Miami Gay Men's Chorus presents this season's double bill Changing Hearts and That 80s Show. Changing Hearts will include special guests LAMBDA Chorale. There will be three shows; Friday June 15th 8pm, Saturday June 16th at 8pm and Sunday June 17th at 6pm. All of the shows will be at the Colony Theater. To buy tickets or for more information, visit www.miamigaychorus.org

Top Chef 3 Miami Beach - Premieres June 13th
This year is the 3rd season of Top Chef and they are competing right here in Miami Beach. Among the fifteen chefs competing are Miami's own Sandee (Executive Chef at Tantra), Sara M., and Howie. www.bravotv.com

Ricky Martin named as king of the Puerto Rican Day parade in New York
Grammy-winning pop star Ricky Martin, chosen as the king of this weekend's 50th annual Puerto Rican Day parade in New York City, said he is excited for the sea of revelers, but he hopes no one will get out of hand. www.iht.com

Cafeteria closed!
Cafeteria Miami Beach has closed. The Lincoln Road restaurant closed due to a dispute with the landlord concerning an increase of monthly rent payments. The landlord fought to increase the monthly rent from $65,000 to $75,000 per month! The business was evicted leaving 100 workers unemployed.
Cafeteria in New York remains open as usual.

Tony winner Charles Nelson Reilly dies
Charles Nelson Reilly, the Tony Award winner who later became known for his ribald appearances on the Tonight Show and various game shows, has died. He was 76. www.miamiherald.com

Top Chef Miami Launch - Sunday, June 10th Noon � 3pm
Top Chef sets up camp in the heart of famed Lincoln Road (at Pennsylvania Avenue) to host an outdoor tasting of food from 8 of Miami�s finest restaurants. Participating restaurants are invited to bring their Top Dishes to �A Taste of Miami Spice,� where tasting booths will be fully outfitted and signed, giving passers-by a free preview of what they can expect from Miami Spice Restaurant Month in August. Top Chef�s host, Padma Lakshmi, and renowned chef/restaurateur and TOP CHEF�s leading judge, Tom Colicchio, will welcome attendees together with Miami Beach�s Vice-Mayor Michael Gongora and Commissioner Richard Steinberg.

Rocks on the Mile - new gay lounge in Coral Gables
Rocks on the Mile opened on Sunday, June 3rd. Rocks on the Mile 96 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables 305.444.7933

Rosie won't be back on 'The View'
Rosie O'Donnell has fought her last fight at 'The View.' ABC said Friday she won't be back on the show following her angry confrontation with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Wednesday. O'Donnell asked for, and received, an early exit from her contract. She was due to leave "The View" in mid-June. www.miamiherald.com

Miami Psychologist Leslie Armstrong dies
Leslie Armstrong, a mental health counselor and longtime host of the Clean and Sober Hour on local radio, was found dead Tuesday in her room at the Loews New Orleans Hotel. Armstrong, 50, was in the Big Easy to give a seminar, says her brother, attorney Lance Armstrong. A hotel employee found her in bed, he says. No cause of death yet. www.miamiherald.com

One Ninety Restaurant re-opens
One Ninety Restaurant, formerly in the Design District, has re-opened in Little Haiti. One Ninety Restaurant 26 NE 54th Street 305-758-7085.

Pridelines seeks volunteers for Gay Youth Prom
The Pridelines Youth Services 12th Annual Gay Youth Prom will be held on June 9th at Temple Israel in Miami and they are looking for Adult Chaperones and Sponsorships/Donations. The Gay Youth Prom is a chance for GLBTQ Youth 13-20 to bring who they REALLY want to their Prom in a safe and welcoming environment. Expected are 250 youth and 40-50 Adult Chaperones are needed to attend a training either Saturday May 26th 11:00am-12:30pm or Tuesday May 29th 6:00pm-7:30pm. For more information, please contact Executive Director Vivian Marthell at Vivian@pridelines.org or call her cell at 305-807-7304. www.pridelines.org

Mary Cheney Gives Birth to a Baby Boy
Mary Cheney and her partner Heather Poe gave birth to a baby boy this morning at Sibley Hospital in Washington, D.C. It is the sixth grandchild for Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne. Mary Cheney's partner of 15 years, Heather Poe, will have no legal relationship with the child under Virginia law. www.towleroad.com

Gay Youths Find Place to Call Home in Specialty Shelters
One girl said she started living on the streets after her mother beat her for dressing like a boy. Another said she ran away from home after her father pulled a gun on her for hanging around with so many �tomboys.� A third said she left home after a family acquaintance raped her because she was a lesbian and he wanted to "straighten her out." www.nytimes.com

NGLCC International Business and Leadership Conference - May 31st
The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce will be holding its 2007 International Business and Leadership Conference in Miami this year. Join LGBT business owners, corporate leaders, state and local LGBT chambers, experts, and entrepreneurs at the 2007 NGLCC International Business and Leadership Conference: Out for Business! For more information, go to www.nglcc.org

Ricky Martin buys $8 Million Miami Recording Studio
Ricky Martin has reportedly bought an $8 million recording studio in Miami, just months after putting his home there up for sale. www.pr-inside.com

AnnualCreditReport.com - check your credit score!
If you've ever wondered what your credit score is, you can find out free of charge just go to this government owned website. You are permitted to check your credit score once a year for free. www.annualcreditreport.com

Georgie's Alibi sold to new owners
Georgie's Alibi, the popular Wilton Manors gay bar, has two new owners. Jackson Padgett and Mark Negrete, owners of Bill�s Filling Station bar, have bought out two of the Alibi�s owners. But George Kessinger, the man who is most associated with the Alibi and its namesake, will remain as a partner. www.expressgaynews.com

Former Fort Lauderdale pride festival treasurer sentenced to probation
John G. Chambers, the former treasurer of Pride of Greater Fort Lauderdale, was sentenced to 18 months of probation and ordered to pay $8,000 plus interest in restitution after pleading no contest to a charge of grand theft, a spokesperson for the Broward County State Attorney's Office said this week. www.expressgaynews.com

Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell dies
The Rev. Jerry Falwell, the television evangelist who founded the Moral Majority and used it to mold the religious right into a political force, died Tuesday shortly after being found unconscious in his office at Liberty University. The televangelist had a long history of spewing hate toward the gay community. During the AIDS crisis he declared, "AIDS is the wrath of a just God against homosexuals." He was 73. www.msnbc.msn.com

Name Change Appears Imminent for Jackie Gleason Theater
After nearly seven months of negotiating, a final agreement on the fate of the Jackie Gleason Theater may be near. The Miami Beach Finance and Citywide Projects Committee met Wednesday afternoon to go over a list of 29 terms in a tentative agreement for the Gleason to be renovated and run by entertainment company Live Nation. The next phase is for the item to be discussed and voted on at the regular City Commission meeting May 16 at City Hall. www.miamisunpost.com

Manager tries to make a transition - in job and gender
Fired by one Florida city for wanting to become a woman, a transgendered bureaucrat hopes for a new job in a new town. www.miamiherald.com

Miami drivers have the worst road rage
For the second consecutive year, rude Miami drivers have earned the city the title of worst road rage in a survey released Tuesday. Miami motorists said they saw other drivers slam on their brakes, run red lights and talk on cell phones, according to AutoVantage, a Connecticut-based automobile membership club offering travel services and roadside assistance. www.msnbc.msn.com

The View's Elizabeth Hasselbeck Talks Gay Marriage
Former Big Brother contestant and host of LOGO's Round Trip Ticket Will Wikle sits down at The View desk with Elizabeth Hasselbeck and chats with the co-host about Republicans and gay marriage. WATCH THE VIDEO

Boulevard Nightclub and Video Lounge opens this weekend
At the Boulevard, Miami's new Nightclub and Video Lounge, opens this weekend with a Grand Opening May 17th - May 20th. 7770 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami 305.756.7770. For more information, go to www.attheboulevard.com

Bobby Brown Threatens British TV Host Over Gay Sex Joke
Bobby Brown, the first guest on the new UK show 24 Hours With, in which host Jamie Campbell interviews a celebrity as they are locked together in a room for an entire day, threatened to become violent when Campbell joked about the idea of gay sex with the singer. Click the link to WATCH THE VIDEO

Weekend Celebrity Sitings
Be on the lookout this weekend for former Desperate Housewives landscaper Jesse Metcalfe, who, fresh out of rehab, was at SET last night where, to his credit, he sucked down countless sugar free Red Bulls and cigarettes. Usher, who was spotted by two sources who lunch yesterday on Lincoln Road, around noon and, strangely, solo. America Ferrera, aka Ugly Betty, who checked into the Shore Club--alone--yesterday. Miami Herald - Scene in the Tropics

Planet Out May Be Down and Out
Owner of Gay.com, Advocate reports a dismal first quarter; seeks $15 million investment

After becoming the dominant media company for the gay community, PlanetOut Inc. is now just trying to survive. The San Francisco owner of Gay.com, along with the Advocate and Out magazines, disclosed this week that it will run out of money before the end of the year without an infusion of cash. The dire situation is a consequence of PlanetOut's declining subscriptions for personal ads, a shortfall in advertising revenue and trouble booking passengers on its gay-oriented cruises. www.sfgate.com

My Hawaiian Penthouse by Mark A Thompson
In this engaging comic novel, Mark A. Thompson spins a cautionary tale about the perils of too much drama, drink, and deceit. Filled with backstabbing, greed, and self-abasement, My Hawaiian Penthouse tells the story of a would-be actor and an elderly millionaire-and their friendship (with privileges). www.amazon.com

Winter Party Festival first planning meeting - Tuesday, May 22nd
Tuesday May 22nd, marks the beginning of the planning process for the 2008 Winter Party Festival, which will be held February 27 to March 3 of next year. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Winter Party Festival Committee would like to invite all interested parties to attend the first planning meeting on Tuesday, May 22nd. The Festival Committee is expanding and looking for people interested in taking an active role in event production, marketing, fundraising, outreach, logistics and more. This first meeting will be an orientation to the new committee structure and an overview of opportunities for involvement in the planning process. It is open to anyone interested in playing a part in the planning and producing the 2008 Festival. The meeting will take place at 7pm at the Task Force's office, located at 3510 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 206. Please call 305.571.1924 for more information.

Wig Out on the River - Saturday, May 19th
Party at a fundraiser for Tigertail Productions at a wonderful historic Miami River location as they play adult dress-up with wigs, disguises, and shifting identities. With great food and drink, live entertainment, costume-themed activities, a silent auction of original artwork, and more. B.Y.O.W. Bring your own wig and outrageous outfit and compete in the WigOut! contest. DJ Yard, Video walls by Kevin Wynn, Haitian world-beat music from Jan Sebon and band Performances by Miami drag icon Adora, Wig War from Octavio Campos and others. Great food and open bar. www.tigertail.org

Styx member Chuck Panozzo's new book describes life as a closeted gay rocker
When frenzied female fans threw bras and panties on stage at Styx concerts, bass player Chuck Panozzo was not impressed. At the time, he was closeted and always worried that his sexual orientation would be found out. The band that brought us "Come Sail Away" and "Lady" was extremely popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s. With record sales of over 54 million and several platinum records, Styx was a household name. www.expressgaynews.com

Gay Mayor of North Miami Kevin Burns re-elected
Kevin Burns, the first openly gay mayor of the city of North Miami, was re-elected May 8, surviving what he referred to as a "negative campaign." Burns received 54 percent of the vote. His opponent, Jean Monestime, garnered 46 percent of the vote. Monestime was also Burns' opponent in 2005. Burns won that race with 58 percent of the vote. www.expressgaynews.com

Simon Cruz for Mayor Fundraiser - Wednesday, May 16th 7pm
You are cordially invited to a Cocktail Reception and Dinner / Campaign Fundraiser to support Simon Cruz for Mayor. Join hosts Walter Moriarty, Gerry Kelly, James Cubby, Jordi Verdi, Edison Farrow, Julian Chang, Gigi Ganatra, Marysol Patton, James Butler, Mykel Stevens, Cece Feinberg, Benny Belot, Donna Lambert, Suzanne Oostdyk and Andrew Ott on Wednesday, May 16th at 7pm for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres ($100 donation). Johnny V Restaurant at Hotel Astor 956 Washington Avenue. Please make check payable to Simon Cruz Campaign Fund. Please email me if you plan to attend! edison@sobesocialclub.com SEE FLYER

Aqua Girl - May 10th - 14th
It's hot. It's steamy. And it happens only once a year. It's the thrill of being amid thousands of women, coming together in one of the most beautiful and exciting locations in the world, South Beach, Miami, Florida, for a weekend of spectacular events. For more information, visit www.aquagirl.org

Ft. Lauderdale Skycap Fired for Anti-gay Bible Broadcast
The skycap called it a prank. His bosses didn't find it funny. And now he is no longer working for them. Jethro Monestime, 23, was fired Monday for a stunt he pulled six days earlier -- broadcasting an anti-gay message over the public address system at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. www.miamiherald.com

CNN's out gay anchor Thomas Roberts has left Headline News
Headline News anchor Thomas Roberts left CNN on May 1, TVNewser has confirmed. "After five years, he has decided to leave us, with intentions to settle in the Washington, D.C., area," Ken Jautz wrote in a memo on Monday. www.mediabistro.com

Streisand's 'expensive' UK tickets sell out in 20 minutes
Despite their hefty price tag, tickets for Barbra Streisand's first UK gig in 13 years sold out in just 20 minutes today. The music legend has now added a second date at London's O2 arena. www.dailymail.co.uk

Philanthropist Beau Clarke Dies
Beau Clarke, a prominent New York City businessman who was a major donor to several gay and AIDS causes, died on May 1 in London. As of press time, police were still investigating the cause of death. He was 61 when he died. Clarke was well known on the party circuit as the partner to superstar DJ Tony Moran. www.edgeboston.com

Aqua Girl to draw thousands of women to Miami
Thousands of women from all over the world are coming together from May 10 to 13 for fun and a good cause. It's time for the seventh annual Aqua Girl weekend in Miami. The largest non-profit women's weekend let's you have a good time, all while raising money for other women in the lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. www.expressgaynews.com

Gay Couple Claims Threatening Message Announced On Airport PA
FORT LAUDERDALE - A gay couple is asking for an investigation after they claim they heard threatening comments announced over the intercom system at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. "My partner said, 'Did you hear that?' And I said, 'I kind of think I did,'" said Anthony Niedwiecki. "Then about two minutes later we heard it again. 'A man who lies with a man as if he were lying with a woman shall be subject to death.'" www.nbc6.net

Schweickert gets 40 years in rape case
TAMPA - A federal judge sentenced Scott Schweickert to 40 years in prison for using drugs to rape and torture a young Tampa man. Friends and family members of the victim - Michael Wachholtz, whose decomposed body was found in his Jeep Cherokee - called it a good start. www.sptimes.com

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Historic Hate Crimes Bill
WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives today voted to pass the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, H.R. 1592, in a vote of 237 to 180. The proposed legislation, which has the endorsement of 230 law enforcement, civil rights, civic and religious organizations and the support of 73 percent of the American people, was introduced in March by Reps. John Conyers, D-Mich., and Mark Kirk, R-Ill., along with more than 100 other members of Congress. The Senate will soon consider an identical companion bill called the Matthew Shepard Act. www.hrc.org

Isaiah Washington to Shoot PSA for GLAAD and GLSEN
Grey's Anatomy actor Isaiah Washington continues to make amends for the anti-gay slurs he hurled in the direction of castmate T.R. Knight earlier this year. Yesterday it was announced that Washington would shoot a public service announcement for GLAAD and GLSEN. www.towleroad.com

Former Gov. James McGreevey seeking to become Episcopal priest
Former Gov. James E. McGreevey has started the process to become a priest in his newly adopted Episcopal faith and has been accepted into a three-year seminary program starting this fall. McGreevey, who often described himself as a devout Catholic while in public office, was officially received into the Episcopal religion on Sunday, at St. Bartholomew's Church in Manhattan. www.nj.com

Construction to begin on vertical center at Alton Road and 5th Street
Envision three stories of retail shops and a giant grocery store in a futuristic white-and-glass complex at the east end of the MacArthur Causeway. If all goes according to plan, the vision will become reality in less than two years. Groundbreaking for Fifth & Alton South Beach - a 179,000-square-foot ''vertical retail center'' and 1,100-space parking garage - is set for June 7. It's bounded by Fifth Street on the south, Sixth Street on the north, Alton Road on the west and Lenox Avenue on the east. The development is supposed to include a 45,000-square-foot Publix supermarket. www.miamiherald.com

GLAAD Media Awards - Thursday, May 10th
For the second year, GLAAD will dedicate a Media Awards ceremony to honor outstanding portrayals of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Spanish-language media. 2007 promises to bring exciting entertainment and an impressive array of celebrities. The event will be held on Thursday, May 10th from 5:30pm to 11:59pm at the JW Marriott 1109 Brickell Ave in Miami.
5:30pm - 7:30pm Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction
7:30pm - 8:30pm VIP Dinner
8:30pm - 10:30pm Media Awards Show
10:30pm - 12:00am VIP After party
www.glaad.org

IKEA prepares for its Sunrise opening
The countdown to IKEA's opening in South Florida is underway. The Sunrise store is expected to open in September or October. www.miamiherald.com

The Lesbian Bride's Handbook
What is the right thing to wear to a wedding? Women have been asking themselves this question for generations and, I suppose, coming up with many of the same answers as I have. Black and gray, the colors I usually wear, are obviously too somber. Red is a bad idea: too garish, too iconic - the whore instead of the virgin - and, as a saleswoman at Saks explained to me, one doesn't want to draw attention away from the bride. But then I am the bride. Sort of. www.nymag.com

Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival - Friday, April 27th - Sunday, May 6th
The dates of the 2007 Festival will be Friday, April 27th - Sunday, May 6th. Venues will be Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, Regal Cinemas South Beach, Colony Theater Lincoln Road and Sunrise Gateway Cinemas (Ft. Lauderdale.) The complete program for the 2007 Festival will be announced on March 24, 2007 and tickets for the general public will go on sale starting April 2, 2007. www.mglff.com

Miami gayfestival to offer parties and more than 100 films
Forget the Sundance Film Festival. The famous event is in freezing Park City, Utah, which can't compare to the steamy weather and sultry backdrop that Miami offers. From April 27 to May 6, South Floridians will have their own Hollywood-style event - the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Now in its ninth year, MGLFF offers film openings, appearances by film directors and tons of parties. www.expressgaynews.com

Meet the gay film festival's quirky director, Carol Coombes
It's a gas, the way Coombes, whose funky vintage getups and shocking red hair and lipstick hearken to lesbian pulp-fiction characters of old, pronounces the title of the film that pokes fun at feminist politics. Coombes is more than happy to work her British accent for the amusement of festivalgoers. She is not one to fear consonants, or rush words. www.miamiherald.com

WORLD PREMIERE: A Four Letter Word - Friday May 4th 8pm
Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival at Flamingo South Beach
A FOUR LETTER WORD, starring Jesse Archer and Charlie David, will have its world premiere at the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival on May 4th. The South Beach outdoor screening is sponsored by HBO and will be followed by an After Party hosted by Edison Farrow. Jesse Archer (SLUTTY SUMMER, BOY CULTURE) is an Out Magazine columnist and also the co-writer of the film's script. Charlie David stars in DANTE'S COVE and hosts gay travel show BUMP. A FOUR LETTER WORD also stars Cory Grant, Stephen M. Goldsmith, J.R. Rolley, and Virgina Bryan. It's the second feature film from writer/director Casper Andreas. www.mglff.com

Book signing for Dan Mathews' Committed - Wednesday, May 2nd at 8pm
Having grown up poor and gay, with a penchant for punk rock and Lawrence Welk, Mathews, who is now campaign chief for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, had a rough start. But, he's as willing to make fun of himself as he is of his many targets-including Vogue editor Anna Wintour and deli-meat-hurling Iowan children. Then again, this is a man who dresses up regularly in a carrot costume. Aided by humor, luck and friends like Pamela Anderson and Morrissey, Mathews makes clear there is savvy to his controversial methods. "The flair you bring to a protest is as important as the issues themselves - if you want to reach beyond the small core of whoever might care about an issue."
Books & Books 265 Aragon Avenue Coral Gables www.amazon.com

I'll Shave Tomorrow: The Shelley Novak Story - Monday, April 30th
On Monday April 30th at 9:30pm, Miami Beach Cinematheque will present "I'll Shave Tomorrow: The Shelley Novak Story". This is Shelley's One Man Show on life as Miami's Illustrious Drag Performer written by the drag star himself Tommy Strangie, about his childhood in Massachusetts, and his move to Miami Beach in its 1990's heyday, with inside revelations about the ensuing illustrious drag career full of outrageous, funny and occasionally even poignant moments. Shelley tells all, using photos, multi-media, song, and his/her own wacky sense of humor to paint a picture for you of Miami Beach's self described "Barnie Rubble in a dress". www.mbcinema.com

Señor Frogs South Beach closes
After many years in South Beach, Señor Frogs at 616 Collins Avenue has closed "due to lease".

SOUTH FLORIDA PREMIERE: Emile Norman - Sunday, April 29th 1:30pm
In Emile Norman - by his own design we are introduced to the genius of a brilliant artist, a hidden treasure in the pantheon of openly gay artists. From his humble beginnings on a ranch in the San Gabriel Valley, Emile quickly progressed into designing window displays for department stores and creating headdresses for movie musicals. Along the way, he met Brooks Clement, his repairman, and fell passionately in love. They shared their lives for 30 years thereafter, living together as an openly gay couple in the 1940's and 50's in the picturesque town of Big Sur. www.mglff.com

Danny DeVito restaurant on Page Six
Some Miami Beach restaurateurs are fuming over attempts by Danny DeVito and his partner to poach employees for his own new eatery. Nick Fielding, general manager of upscale Table 8, tells The Post's Braden Keil that DeVito's partner, David Minero, has been furiously working the phones trying to get his maitre d' and other staff members to jump to DeVito's South Beach, the Italian place the pint-sized producer is opening this spring. "He talked a lot of trash to [the female maitre d'] about other local restaurants in his effort to entice her," said Fielding. "Fortunately everyone has stayed." DeVito's rep did not return calls. www.nypost.com

Age-old themes: A tale of two counties / Miami vs Broward
It's not easy growing old gay in youth-obsessed South Beach. Aging is a theme of this year's Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, which opens Friday with a new version of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, set in 1980s New York during the early days of AIDS. www.MiamiHerald.com

Hairspray trailer
See the trailer for the upcoming release of the movie version of Hairspray starring John Travolta (as the mother Edna Turnblat), Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christoher Walken. www.dlisted.com

David Beckham poses nude
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Gay news anchor Craig Stevens likes to participate in community events
You won't just see WSVN's Craig Stevens' handsome mug on television. The openly gay news anchor is often out and about participating in many high-profile events in the area. For the past six years, Stevens has lent his celebrity to promoting AIDS Walk Miami. It's an event that Stevens feels passionate about. "It's an important event," he says. "It's an issue that has to be talked about and is such a huge part of the culture." www.expressgaynews.com

Halo Lounge coming to South Beach!
The much anticipated opening of South Beach's new chic, gay lounge is coming soon. The grand opening is scheduled for mid June with a soft opening in mid May. The space, formerly Jeffrey's Restaurant and Hemisphere, has been fully gutted and is located at 1625 Michigan Avenue, just south of Lincoln Road. www.theartoflounge.com

Seeking Volunteers: 9th Annual Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
In less than 2 weeks, the 9th Annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will be taking place. They will need more volunteers than ever before, especially in Broward County and for 2 HUGE outdoor events (the Centerpiece Party Wednesday May 2nd, and our first outdoor screening on Friday May 4th). They will need nearly 50 volunteers for each of the outdoor events. If you can volunteer (from driving, to ushering, to tending bar) and have not signed up yet, please come to our Volunteer Orientation this Wednesday, April 18th at 6:30 at the Miami Beach Cinematheque on Espanolia Way, or email the Festival.
Philip
MGLFF Volunteer Coordinator
Email: mglfilmfestvolunteers@yahoo.com
305-975-6626

The Big Gay Sketch Show premieres on LOGO TV April 24th
Headed by a cast of eight fresh, up-and-coming comedic actors, The Big Gay Sketch Show features a combination of traditional and music-based sketches, pop culture parodies and recurring characters, all from a unique LGBT perspective. Check out the gay werewolf, Tranny 911, the gay Facts of Life, All in the Family, The Honeymooners and more. The show is produced by Oh Really! Productions and executive producers are Rosie O'Donnell, Jim Biederman, Dan MacDonald and Joe Del Hierro. Scott King (MAD TV) is the head writer for the series. Amanda Bearse (Married with Children, director of numerous episodes of Mad TV), is the series director. www.logoonline.com/

Gwen Cooper interview on her novel Diary of a South Beach Party Girl
About the book: South Beach in the late 1990s is a town of blink-and-you'll-miss-'em nightclubs populated by celebrities, models, mobsters, heiresses, drug dealers, drag queens, and fun seekers of all stripes. It's a place where the famous come to party like locals, the locals party like rock stars behind velvet ropes, and the press is savvy enough to know what not to report. www.jumponmarkslist.com

Commissioner Michael Gongora Re-Election Meet and Greet/Fundraiser - Tuesday, April 24th 6:30pm to 8:30pm
On Tuesday April 24th, Jack and Lucia Penrod invite you to a special meet and greet with Commissioner Michael Gongora at Nikki Beach 1 Ocean Drive. Refreshments will be served. www.michaelgongora.com

Burn This at the Main Street Playhouse through April 22nd
The Alliance Theatre Lab presents Burn This by Landford Wilson throuh April 22nd Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 5pm. The play is performed at Main Street Playhouse 6766 Main Street in Miami Lakes. For tickets and info call 305-567-2721 .

Pas de Deux of Sexuality Is Written in the Genes
Desire between the sexes is not a matter of choice. Straight men, it seems, have neural circuits that prompt them to seek out women; gay men have those prompting them to seek other men. Sexual orientation, at least for men, seems to be settled before birth. 'I think most of the scientists working on these questions are convinced that the antecedents of sexual orientation in males are happening early in life, probably before birth,' Dr. Breedlove said, 'whereas for females, some are probably born to become gay, but clearly some get there quite late in life.' www.nytimes.com

Now on Sale: Diary of a South Beach Party Girl
DIARY OF A SOUTH BEACH PARTY GIRL is the first-ever no-holds-barred look inside the SoBe scene. It chronicles the rises and falls of Rachel Baum, a sheltered, career-oriented girl who moves to South Beach in pursuit of the life less ordinary. With tremendous wit and razor-sharp insight, DIARY portrays one girl's frequently humorous and occasionally painful exploits among South Beach's privileged Beautiful People. Advance reviews and praise for DIARY have already appeared in outlets including Entertainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Publisher's Weekly, Jossip.com, and PlanetOut.com. www.amazon.com

Miami artist Noel has been making gorgeous paintings for years
Like Cher, Prince and Madonna before him, Miami artist Noel goes by one name. This has served the artist well, as the short signature has made him even more recognizable. The artist has enjoyed much popularity since he first started painting professionally in Miami in 1989. www.expressgaynews.com

Competing Memorial Day weekend events spark conflict between gay promoters
Tensions are beginning to sizzle in paradise, with a pair of competing, Atlanta-based party promoters getting into a war of words in recent weeks as they both try to attract gay crowds to Miami for Memorial Day weekend. Both sides now hope to downplay the nasty dust-up that included accusations of racism and counter-charges that a national black gay leader is self-serving. www.expressgaynews.com

GLAAD Media Awards on LOGO TV April 21st
GLAAD Media Awards nominees were published, released or broadcast between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2006. Nearly 1,000 media projects were considered in 26 English-language and 16 Spanish-language categories. This year, more than 5,000 people will attend the GLAAD Media Awards in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and South Florida, raising more than $3.7 million for the organization's work. www.logoonline.com

Miami's Carlos Anaya honored at 18th Annual GLAAD Media Award in New York
Colombian Journalist Carlos Anaya was awarded the prestigious 18th Annual GLAAD Media Award in New York City for Best Outstanding Variety Program Segment. His report featured the life and struggles of Maria Belen, a South American transsexual, prior to seeking political asylum in the United States. Anaya has previously worked with Emmy-Award winning journalist Maria Celeste Arraras (Telemundo), and TV Talk Show Host Cristina Saralegui (Univision). Carlos was the only latino among Tom Ford, Whoppi Goldberg, Kate Klinton, Patti LaBelle, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Hudson, John Waters y Cynthia Nixon, among other celebrities. www.glaad.org

Three popular downtown Fort Lauderdale events call it quits
You can shed a single tear for gay nightlife in South Florida. Last Friday marked the last Fagtabulous Friday at China White until further notice. In addition, Hump Wednesdays at China White and the fairly new Simple T party are also on hold. This represents one of the larger recent shifts in the very shifty world of South Florida gay nightlife. Some of your favorite standbys for a drink or boogie might be bidding adieu, but the departures are making room for some interesting arrivals as well. www.expressgaynews.com

Miami Gay Men's Chorus - April 20th and 21st
On Friday, April 20th at 8pm and Saturday, April 21st at 8pm, the Miami Gay Men's Chorus will present The Night They Invented Champagne featuring cabaret music from the 40's. The performances will be Friday, April 20th at the Miami Beach Community Church and Saturday, April 21st at the All Soul's Episcopal Church. For tickets or more information, go to www.miamigaychorus.org

AIDS Walk Miami - Sunday, April 22nd
This AIDS Walk is one of oldest and largest in the country, and benefits Care Resource, South Floridas oldest and largest HIV/AIDS community organization serving both Fort Lauderdale and Miami-Dade. The course is 3.1 miles (5K) starting and ending outside the Miami Beach Convention Center. Registration begins at 8:00am. As participants come to the end of the walk at the beautiful Miami Botanical Gardens, a celebration, sponsored by MTV is held to thank all the walkers. www.aidswalk.kintera.org

The Glass Closet
We all know which stars are inside the glass closet, so why won't they come out? www.out.com

Out Magazine Ranks the Top 50 Gays
Here's a first glimpse at the cover of Out magazine's "50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America" issue. (Click here for a larger image.) Those are models holding Jodie Foster and Anderson Cooper masks on the cover. Neither, of course, would appear themselves. www.miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida

Hal Sparks at Miami Improv in Coconut Grove - April 12th - 15th
Actor/comedian Hal Sparks began his professional career as a teenager in Chicago. Sparks moved to Los Angeles and immediately began performing at numerous comedy clubs, including The Improv, The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory and The Ice House, as well as at Comic Relief's American Comedy Festival. He has starred in "Queer As Folk", "Talk Soup", "Celebrity Duets", and VH1 hit pop culture series "I Love The 90's," "I Love The 80's," "The 80's Strike Back" and "I Love The 70's." For mpre information, go to www.miamiimprov.com

Statewide Hate Crimes Vigil at Pridelines - Saturday, April 14th
Ryan Keith Skipper, a 25-year-old Polk County man was viciously murdered and his body left on the side of a road in what the Sheriff's office is classifying as an anti-gay hate crime. As an initial step, Equality Florida is assisting with plans to hold vigils in Polk County , around the state, and in other parts of the nation on Saturday - April 14th. We will mourn Ryan's tragic death, join friends and family in celebrating his life and we will also spotlight the terrible impact of hate violence at the local, state and national level. On April 14th at 1pm, the Vigil to honor Ryan�s memory will be held in Miami at Pridelines Youth Services, 180 NE 19th St, Miami.

Lavendar Footlights Festival - April 10th - 15th
Creative Arts Enterprises Proudly Presents: The Fifth Annual Lavender Footlights Festival April 10th - 15th, with sSix Nights of staged readings of new and emerging gay and lesbian-themed plays www.caemia.org

Florida Gay Rodeo - April 13th-15th
Make your plans to attend the 2007 Sunshine Stampede Rodeo, presented by Coors Light - April 13-15, 2007. Rodeo tickets are now on sale. Visit the Ticket page to purchase your tickets now. www.fgra.org

3rd Annual Beach Ball Festival - April 14th and 15th
On Saturday April 14th and Sunday April 15th, the 3rd Annual Beach Ball will take place on the beach at 8th Street and Ocean Drive. This will be a volleyball competition between the top nightclubs, restaurants, bars, and hotels throughout South Florida. There will be performances by Kelis, Elliott Yamin, No Mercy and Josh Hoge. This event will benefit the important work carried out by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Admission is free.

Lavender Footlights' Ellen Wedner: A passion for theater
Ellen Wedner is not gay, but she has been making her mark in the local gay and lesbian community for many years. As an events planner with her own company, Wedner & Friends, she has been involved with the SAVE Dade Halloween Party, White Party Weekend, Winter Party and other local events. But her pride and joy is Lavender Footlights, an annual gay and lesbian film festival that her company produces in Miami each year. www.expressgaynews.com

Meet Lily Tomlin and her closest friends
Thursday night, Tomlin (along with Ernestine, Edith Ann and Co.) appears onstage at the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts. After the concert, she'll have dessert with fans to raise money for the Lily Tomlin Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center in Hollywood, Calif., which is associated with the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Community Center. www.miamiherald.com

Disney Opens 'Fairytale Weddings' to Gay Couples
The Walt Disney Co. announced yesterday that it would open its "Fairytale Wedding" program to same-sex couples in response to criticism of its policies from AfterElton.com in early March. The "Fairytale Wedding" package includes "a wedding planner, the ceremony, food and beverages, flowers and table decorations" according to Reuters, and is available for $8,000. An upgraded version of the package includes "a ride to the ceremony in the Cinderella coach, costumed trumpeters heralding the couple's arrival, and attendance by Mickey and Minnie Mouse characters dressed in formal attire." www.towleroad.com

For Shtetl by the Sea, Only a Few Fading Signs Remain
The synagogue at 1415 Euclid Avenue had only a few members left when Daniel Davidson, a New Yorker seeking a standout South Beach retreat, bought it in 2003. Like so many buildings that served a thriving Jewish population here for decades - synagogues, delicatessens, kosher markets and hotels, even Yiddish theaters - Temple House's history is all but imperceptible now. The community that earned Miami Beach nicknames like Little Jerusalem and Shtetl by the Sea is largely gone, and many of today's residents know nothing of it. www.nytimes.com

Ricky Martin Defends Gay Musicians
Ricky Martin defended the right of pop stars to come out of the closet, saying he felt solidarity with Christian Chavez of Mexican band RBD, who recently said publicly that he is gay.
"Life is too short to live closed up, guarding what you say," said Martin, whose sexual orientation has been the subject of speculation, in an interview with The Associated Press. Christian "has to be free in many aspects. I wish him much strength." www.music.msn.com

Miami Beach gay designer David Bromstad has new show on HGTV
An ironic phenomenon is taking place on television sets across America: A string of specifically gay channels such as Logo and Here!TV are sprouting up only to risk being out-queered by the content on more established, mainstream networks. www.expressgaynews.com

La Cage Aux Folles at Actor's Playhouse - March 7th - April 8th,
As a long running Paris boulevard comedy, later as a highly original classic film, and now as a major musical theatre hit recently revived on Broadway, La Cage Aux Folles has millions of fans for its endearing heartwarming story. The hit film Bird Cage featuring Nathan Lane and Robin Williams is another parody of the play, which was filmed in our own South Beach. Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. Phone 305.444.9293 www.actorsplayhouse.org

Couple: Hotel Wouldn't Rent to Us Because We're Gay
A gay couple looking to rent a hotel room say they were turned away because of their sexuality. "She wasn't discreet about it," said Jason Pickel, referring to a hotel employee. "She was not apologetic. She just said, 'We do not rent to gay people.'" www.wltx.com

Fire Island Pines Pavilion Resurrected
It looks as if windows are in on the Pavilion at Fire Island Pines, according to the latest shot from their blog. I'd be interested to know what kind of outdoor space there will be, since this photo doesn't seem to reveal much of that. It's pretty quick work for six winter months, though. There's also word out now of a reality show being filmed in the Pines this summer, centered around the staff of the 2007 summer season. They're beginning to cast for it now. www.towleroad.com

Pridelines Fundraiser at the Palace - Saturday, April 7th 4pm - 6pm
Come out on Saturday and see Tiffany "Fantasia" Phillips, Noel Leon, Geraldine and the Pridelines Youth perform.
Palace Food Bar 1200 Ocean Drive.

Florida Man Says Sex Change Should End Alimony
Lawrence Roach agreed to pay alimony to the woman he divorced, not the man she became after a sex change, his lawyers argued in an effort to end the payments. But the ex-wife's attorneys argued Tuesday that the operation doesn't alter the agreement. www.abcnews.go.com

Mickey Rourke battles South Beach canine boutique
Hot Dog Puppies, a South Beach pet store, is suing actor Mickey Rourke after he staged yet another protest against the store. Rourke, a South Beach resident, had previously staged a protest against the store because he believed the owners were responsible for the death of a Chihuahua puppy that he had bought from the store. The owners of Hot Dog Puppies, located on Espanola Way in South Beach, are now fighting back with a lawsuit against Rourke claiming defamation of character. www.miamistar.com

Jesse Metcalfe goes to rehab
A couple of weeks ago the Desperate Housewives gardener, Jesse Metcalfe, was spotted acting like a drunken fool at the Mondrian Hotel. Witnesses say he was out of control and looked like he hasn't slept in days. Well, his rep issued this statement: "On Monday, March 19, Jesse Metcalfe entered a rehab facility to deal with alcohol issues. He realized he had a problem and was anxious to deal with it immediately. The actor, best known as the hunky gardener on the ABC show 'Desperate Housewives' and the star of the film 'John Tucker Must Die,' hopes that the media will allow him the privacy to deal properly with his treatment." www.dlisted.com

Christopher Lee Nutter Book Signing at Books and Books - Thursday, April 5th 8pm
Christopher Lee Nutter came out of the closet in 1994 with a bang in a brutally honest essay for Details magazine, thrusting him into the spotlight as an unofficial mentor to gay men across the country looking to live a more authentic life. Twelve years later in The Way Out: The Gay Man's Guide to Freedom No Matter if You're in Denial, Closeted, Half In, Half Out, Just Out, or Been Around the Block (HCI Books, May, 2006), Nutter chronicles his journey from closeted Southern boy to gay New York bartender and party boy, sharing everything he's learned about how gay men are taught to see themselves in a fundamentally destructive way.
Chris will read and sign books from his celebrated memoir and work of philosophy for gay men at Books & Books, 933 Lincoln Road. For more information call 305.532.3222 or visit www.christopherleenutter.com

Latino Boys Magazine's Latino Press Awards - Wednesday, April 4th
Latino Boys Magazine is pleased to present the 1st South Florida Latino Press Awards on Wednesday, April 4th. The event, which will be held at Club Azucar in Miami (2301 SW 32nd Ave), will begin with Red Carpet entrance at 7pm, with the program beginning promptly at 8pm. Award categories will include; Outstanding Latino Columnist, Outstanding Latino DJ, Outstanding Event Photographer, Outstanding Performer Outstanding Artist, Outstanding Drag Performer and the Latino Community Service Award. A complete list of categories, a nomination form, and voting ballot are available online at www.latinoboysmagazine.com

Communion Celebrates Art Two - Saturday March 31st
ART SALE - SILENT AUCTION COCKTAILS - MUSIC & MORE
Some of South Florida's most talented artists will showcase their work and donate one piece of art for a silent auction. All artists will also donate 15% of their sales made during the evening. Shop, bid, meet friends old & new and enjoy delicious food & drink to the sounds of DJ Michael Rucker. $40.
The Bakehouse Art Complex
561 Northwest 32 Street, Miami
www.communionfoundation.com

The Smart Ride - Friday, March 30 - Saturday, March 31
Now in its 4th year, The Southernmost AIDS/HIV Ride 4 is getting bigger and better than ever and with your help we can raise more than $500,000 this year alone. www.thesmartride.org

Ray Raymond at Arts at St. Johns - Saturday, March 31st 8pm
Ray Raymond will a debut a preview of his UK tour in Miami Beach, March 31. The singer/songwriter from South Beach will perform original material from his new album "Gratitude" featuring the sounds of POPERA, the new genre that combines the vocal styles of Pop, Opera and Broadway. Arts at St. Johns 4760 Pine Tree Drive. Tickets cost $15, $12 if purchased online www.rayraymond.com

Attackers in 2006 Kevin Aviance Gay Bashing Plead Guilty
The four attackers who threw garbage bags and a paint can at drag performer Kevin Aviance before brutally beating him in New York's East Village in June 2006 pleaded guilty to charges last night: "In exchange for their guilty pleas Gerard Johnson, 17, will be sentenced to 15 years in prison; Akino George and Jarell Sears, both 21, will get eight-year prison terms; and Gregory Archie, 19, receive a six-year sentence. They had faced up to 25 years in prison if they had been convicted of the top count, first-degree assault as a hate crime. Designating an offense a hate crime increases the sentence the judge is allowed to impose." www.towleroad.com

Star Jones Shines at Hotel Victor Birthday Party
Over the weekend, Star Jones was amongst friends celebrating a girlfriend's birthday. While partying the night away at the South Beach hotspot Hotel Victor, Jones sipped on lemon drop martinis and jumped on the microphone to wish her pal Vanessa a very Happy Birthday. Sources tell us that the newly thin Star was dancing provocatively around the DJ booth and having a great time. www.miamistar.com

Shootout Injures Bartender At Gay Orlando Bar
A man who tried to rob an Orlando bar is on the run. Orlando police are investigating a shootout that happened at Studz bar on Mills Avenue on Sunday night. Officers said a man dressed in black entered the bar when an employee went to empty the trash. They said a bartender then opened fire on the suspect. www.wftv.com

Changing Oakland Park gets its first openly gay mayor
Oakland Park - When voters elected Larry Gierer to the City Commission in 2001, he hoped his status as an elected official would break barriers for gays and HIV-positive people. His bid for public office alone had already made him an unlikely candidate in Oakland Park, a blue-collar suburb with a history of social and racial intolerance. During the campaign, Gierer's opponent publicly questioned his ability to serve as an elected official because of his sexuality and HIV-status. www.sun-sentinel.com

Discotekka Miami Grand Opening March 28th
Miami's newest gay veune, Discotekka Miami, will open on March 28th in Downtown Miami at 950 NE 2nd Avenue. For more information, go to www.discotekka.com

Ouzo's Greek Taverna takes over Madiba
The Normandy Island Restaurant on 71st Street, Ouzo's, has taken over the space formerly known as Frankie and Johnny's, Jade, Madiba.

Authorities: Florida Man Was Killed Because He Was Gay
Authorities are investigating the killing of a central Florida man as a hate crime after interviews with people who knew him revealed he was gay, officials said. William David Brown Jr., 20, and Joseph Bearden, 21, were being held without bond in the Polk County Jail Saturday after being charged with first degree murder in connection to Ryan Keith Skipper's death, authorities said. They are also charged with the armed robbery of Skipper's car and computer. If convicted of murder, the two men would be eligible for the death penalty under Florida law. www.news4jax.com

No more Florida property taxes?
The Florida House of Representatives has proposed a plan to transform the way we pay for government services. The proposed Constitutional Amendment would eliminate the property taxes on homestead property and reduce the tax on non-homestead properties by 20% and provide funding for local government with an additional 2.5% state sales tax which is paid by Floridians and tourists. www.nomorepropertytax.com

Winter Music Conference - March 20th - 25th
Winter Music Conference, in its 22nd year, is regarded as the singular networking event in the dance music industry, attracting professionals from over 60 different countries. With its high concentration of top international artists, DJs and industry professionals, WMC permeates the international press and is thereby one of the most publicized events in the business. wintermusicconference.com

Celebrity 5K Run - Sunday, March 25th
Join Emilio Estefan, Belkys Nerey, Romero Britto, Lili Estefan, Jon Secada and more for a 5K run to benefit the homeless on Sunday, March 25th at 8am. www.celebrity5k.com

Male accuses former American Idol finalist Mario Vazquez of sexual harassment
Former American Idol contestant Mario Vazquez has been accused of sexual harassment by a former male employee of the number one rated TV show. In a lawsuit filed on March 9 in Los Angeles Country Superior Court, former American Idol assistant production accountant Magdelano Olmos claims Vasquez repeatedly harassed him. He also claims that he was unjustly fired for reporting the harassment. www.edgemiami.com

Former gay NBA player John Amaechi gets mainstream endorsement
Former NBA player John Amaechi became the first openly gay male athlete to sign an endorsement deal with a mainstream company. HeadBlade Inc., creators of a popular head-shaving razor, announced Monday it had signed Amaechi to a multiyear deal. Financial terms were undisclosed. "I think it's fantastic that HeadBlade has approached me to endorse the brand," said Amaechi in a statement. Amaechi became the first NBA player to acknowledge his homosexuality with the release of his memoir, "Man in the Middle" in February. The book is currently on The New York Times Best Seller List. www.msn.foxsports.com

Spring break takes gay turn in Key West
About 10,000 gay college students are expected to head down to Key West over the next month and a half. Spring break, long the bastion of the straight and the fratty, is getting a gay makeover in Key West. www.expressgaynews.com

David Bromstad's Color Splash premieres March 19th
Miami Beach hunk and HGTV Design Star champion, David Bromstad, won a slot as host of the new series, Color Splash. He brings his exuberance, passion, decorating savvy and unwavering belief that "color is the root of great design" to transform tired rooms for homeowners each week into vibrant, unforgett's able spaces while he teaches us to do the same in our homes. Watch Color Splash every Monday 9pm, starting March 19. www.hgtv.com

New Saturday night Saturday Hegante at Katrine, Coral Gables
Saturday, March 10th will be the Grand Opening of a new gay Saturday night in Coral Gables. Katrine, located on the corner of Ponce DeLeon and Valencia, is the venue. For more information, call 305.405.0424.

Lance Bass to Write His Autobiography - Out of Sync
Former boy-bander and aspiring cosmonaut Lance Bass is adding a new title to his resume: author. The onetime 'N Sync heartthrob, 27, plans to reveal "all about his life, his music and his sexuality" in a memoir, Out of Sync, his publisher, Simon Spotlight Entertainment (an imprint of Simon & Schuster), announced Wednesday. www.people.com

Her Milkshake Brings All the Cops to the (Jail)Yard
Singer Kelis was arrested early Friday morning in Miami Beach after screaming racial obscenities at two female police officers who were posing as prostitutes. www.tmz.com

Naked Principal Found With Sex Toys Watching Gay Porn In Office
As authorities stormed into a middle school office to arrest an alleged meth-dealing principal inside, they found an even more surprising scene inside. Sources said 50-year-old John Acerra, of Allentown, was naked and watching gay pornography when they arrived at Nitschmann Middle School in Bethlehem to arrest him on Tuesday. Acerra also had sex toys, drugs, cash and a pipe in his school office when authorities stormed his office, the sources added. www.nbc10.com

Chris Paciello story Kings of "South Beach" on A&E
Based on a true story, this is the wild and sexy tale of Miami's charismatic "It Boy"-- Chris Troiano--and his dangerous secrets. Troiano founded South Beach's most glittering nightclubs, frequented by the likes of Madonna and Kate Moss. But when Chris, with the help of his mysterious best friend, Andy Burnett, opens up one of the most sizzling night spots ever to hit Miami, the secret lives led by both Chris and Andy collide in a whirlwind of mobsters, money, and murder. Stars Donnie Wahlberg, Jason Gedrick, Nadine Velazquez, and Ricardo Chavira, and written by Nick Pileggi, writer of GoodFellas and Casino.
Air Dates:
Monday, March 12 @ 9pm/8C
Tuesday, March 13 @ 1am/12C
Tuesday, March 13 @ 10pm/9C
Wednesday, March 14 @ 2am/1C
www.aetv.com

Florida Official Fired Over Sex Change Plan
Steve Stanton professed his love for the city and asked the people of Largo to support his decision to undergo a sex change and allow him to keep his $140,000-a-year job as city manager. To his sorrow, the answer came back no. www.nytimes.com

Equality Florida's Nadine Smith arrested for distributing "Don't Discriminate" fliers
Just one person was arrested during the tense meeting Tuesday that led to the dismissal of City Manager Steve Stanton, who is planning a sex change operation. But how did a Tampa Bay activist's simple attempt to hand someone a piece of pink paper saying "Don't Discriminate" turn into a felony charge? Police contend Nadine Smith, executive director of the gay and lesbian advocacy group Equality Florida, became disruptive when they told her stop distributing the fliers in violation of a city ordinance. www.sptimes.com

Kinsey Sicks bring dragapella to Broward Center
South Florida may have slept through a quiet hurricane season last fall, but this weekend, the outrageous dragapella beauty shop quartet the Kinsey Sicks will be taking Fort Lauderdale by storm. Blowing in from a winter engagement in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the wacky divas will be bringing their politically incorrect harmonies to the Broward Center March 8 to 10. www.expressgaynews.com

Anderson Cooper to Interview Thomas Roberts on Priest Abuse
Anderson Cooper will speak with openly gay fellow CNN newsman Thomas Roberts this Monday, March 12th at 10:30 in an AC360 piece entitled "Sins of the Father" in which Roberts will discuss the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of a priest between 1987 and 1989 when he was a student at Calvert Hall College High School, a Catholic school for boys. www.towleroad.com

Last Saturday at Roxy in New York - Saturday, March 10th
This Saturday, March 10th, will mark the end of an era as John Blair's Roxy Saturdays in New York come to an end. After 16 years, 53 DJs and 781 Go-Go boys, the night will come to an end. But, he already has a tentative date for his new Saturday night event set to begin on March 31st with the locaton still to be announced. For more information, go to www.jblair.com

Kinsey Sicks at Broward Center - March 8th - 10th
The amazingly talented live singing drag act, the Kinsey Sicks, will be performing at the Broward Center March 8th - 10th. For more information, go to www.browardcenter.org

Ricky Martin Selling His Big-A$$ Casa
Metrosexual pop singer Ricky Martin is selling his Florida waterfront mansion for a crisp $16.9 million. That's a lot of bon-bon shaking. The ginormous Mediterranean style crib features 7 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, what, no gift shop? The Miami palace boasts a few famous neighbors too; Matt Damon and that other bon-bon shaker, Shakira. Ricky bought the house back in May 2005 for a mere $10 million. Not long ago, Ricky sold another house a block away and pocketed $4 million profit. Ricky sure knows how to flip. www.tmz.com

Financial Guru Suze Orman: I'm Gay
"Orman says she 'has a relationship with life". Suze reveals that her 'life partner' is Kathy Travis and, "We're going on seven years. I have never been with a man in my whole life. I'm still a 55-year-old virgin." Orman says they'd like to get married, and both "have millions of dollars in our name. It's killing me that upon my death, K.T. is going to lose 50 percent of everything I have to estate taxes. Or vice versa." www.towleroad.com

Miami activist Eddy McIntyre dies
William Edward "Eddy" McIntyre, an attorney and community activist, died Monday, Feb. 12, in his home in Miami Shores after a long struggle with depression. He was 47. McIntyre was widely known for his generosity, openness and compassion, said Steve Adkins, executive director of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. www.expressgaynews.com

Winter Party Festival - February 28th - March 5th
Winter Party Festival is a celebration of social and cultural events (including art, dance, music, food/wine) benefiting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The week of events culminates with The Beach Party, a world-class dance party attended by over 4,500 visitors in the hottest destination in the United States' South Beach. Approximately 10,000 participants from all over the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Australia attend the 5-day celebration. To purchase tickets or for more information, go to www.winterparty.org

Guardian of Smith's baby shuns the spotlight
For a few minutes, the courtroom was closed and the minute-by-minute details about Anna Nicole Smith's life, death, body and baby were out of sight. The man who drew the curtains on the weeklong court performance was Richard Milstein, an unassuming, accomplished Miami attorney. www.miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida

Canela Cafe on Food Network
The Food Network's, Food Detective recently featured Canela Cafe located at 5132 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami. Canela serves Pan Latin and Spanish Cocina. www.canelamiami.com

A Winter Party Wine Tasting at Pacific Time - March 1st 6pm-8pm
On Thursday March 1st, please join one of Lincoln Road's most popular restaurants when Pacific Time presents A Winter Party Wine Tasting. This private tasting, from 6pm to 8 pm, features four to six premier wines. Tickets are $40, but guests who wish to stay and enjoy Pacific Time's savory menu offerings can purchase tickets at the discounted price of $25. www.winterparty.com

Winter Winter Welcome Reception - Wednesday, February 28th 7:30pm - 9:30pm
The magical journey we call Winter Party Festival begins with this complimentary welcome reception presented by Showtime Networks. The South Florida community and all of our out-of-town guests are invited to join us for cocktails and hors d�oeuvres poolside at our host hotel, the Doubletree Surfcomber. www.winterparty.com

South Beach Food and Wine Festival - February 22nd - 25th
The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival is a national, star-studded, four-day weekend destination event showcasing the talents of the world's most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. Hosted by Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida and Florida International University (FIU), the festival benefits the Teaching Restaurant and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center both located at FIU. www.sobewineandfoodfest.com

Gay Reality Show Casting in Miami - February 27th and 28th
"The Great Gay Escape", a new reality show from the folks who brought you Jacob & Joshua: Nemesis Rising, is holding open casting calls across the country for something that sounds like a bit of a gay Surreal Life. They're looking to recruit a diverse group of LGBT individuals for a "docu-drama" which begins filming this summer in an undisclosed "hot vacation spot." For more information, go to www.stilettocasting.com

SpeakOut with Emanuel Xavier
Gay & Lesbian spoken word performance and workshops February 20th - 24th
Tigertail Productions launches their new SpeakOut project for the GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered) community with a weeklong residency with nationally recognized Latino gay spoken word poet Emanuel Xavier. Workshops and an open mic evening for GLBT youth, as well as readings throughout Miami-Dade, take place from February 20 through February 24. The South Beach Books and Books at 933 Lincoln Road will host Emanuel for a free reading on Thursday, February 22nd at 7:30pm, presented in partnership with Winter Party Festival and Design Within Reach. All events are free. For more information and a full schedule of events, call Tigertail Productions at 305 324 4337 or visit www.tigertail.org

NBA rebukes Tim Hardaway for anti-gay rant
The NBA today removed Tim Hardaway from its All-Star weekend activities, a day after he said, "I hate gay people" in a radio interview with a Miami Herald sports columnist. The NBA canceled all of Hardaway's assignments this weekend, including an appearance as an "NBA legend" at the YMCA of Southern Nevada and participation in the NBA's community caravan leading up to Sunday's All-Star game in Las Vegas. "It is inappropriate for him to be representing us given the disparity between his views and ours," NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement issued by the league. www.miami.com

Miami Heat's Tim Hardaway "I don't like gay people"
Retired Miami Heat guard Tim Hardaway, known for his candor, said on a radio show Wednesday that he would not want a gay player on his team, would ask for him to be traded, and went so far as to say: "You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known. I don't like gay people and I don't like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don't like it. It shouldn't be in the world or in the United States." miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida

Miami Gay Chorus Spring Concert - March 16th and 17th
Join the chorus boys in their first ever cabaret style performance, as they take you through a nostalgic tour through the music that made the 1940's so memorable. Tickets are now available. Premium seats are $30 and Regular seats are $20. Discounted seats for Seniors (55 or older) and Students are available at the Colony Theatre Box Office or from any chorus member. Senior/Student seats are $15 with a valid photo ID. Tickets can be held at Will Call, or mailed to your home address for a minimal fee of $0.50. www.miamigaychorus.org

TomKat Moving to Star Island?
Our sources are also reporting that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes looked at houses to purchase on Star Island. The couple spent last Saturday afternoon shopping around the exclusive island for homes between the $15-and $20-million-dollar range. Star Island resident Rosie O'Donnell must be plotzing! Someone also needs to tell Tom that the Jackie Gleason Theatre is available and would make an ideal home for the Scientology Celebrity Center South. http://blogs.herald.com/scene_in_the_tropics/

Miami Beach wants to stop entertaining in you own home!
Miami Beach is a wonderful town where many of the best parties take place in private homes! These parties are world famous, bringing our city international acclaim and they are the heart and spirit of Miami Beach.
Not anymore! Not if the City Commissioners have their way!
The City of Miami Beach is about to enact an ordinance that will dramatically reduce homeowners' rights to hold parties in their houses. This potentially unconstitutional piece of legislation is the City's misguided response to concerns about noise, traffic and parking problems that may be caused by large parties. While these concerns are valid, they are already addressed by existing laws aimed at noise, traffic and parking! The ordinance, if enacted in its present form, would virtually eliminate your right:
To use your house for private gatherings
To entertain friends in your home
To enjoy the benefit of sponsorships
www.homerights.org

First NBA player comes out
Former NBA center John Amaechi has become the first professional basketball player to come out of the closet. Amaechi, whose autobiography, "Man in the Middle," will be published on Feb. 14, is just the sixth male pro athlete from the top four major U.S. sports (basketball, baseball, football and hockey) to come out publicly. www.advocate.com

New gay club coming to Downtown Miami
Discotecca Miami will be replacing Area 51 in Downtown Miami. This new venue plans to be open 4 nights a week for gay events.

Winter Party Festival, volunteers needed! February 28th - March 5th
Winter Party Festival needs a few good men and women. Show your support of this vital fundraiser and unparalleled celebration by becoming a volunteer. Volunteers who sign up and successfully complete two shifts will receive a complimentary ticket to the Beach Party on March 4 and a complimentary ticket to Liftoff on Thursday March 1. Winter Party Festival is a celebration of social and cultural events benefiting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The week of events culminates with The Beach Party, a world-class dance party attended by over 4,500 visitors in the hottest destination in the United States' South Beach. Approximately 10,000 participants from all over the world attend the 5-day celebration. To purchase tickets or to become a volunteer visit www.winterparty.com

SAVE's Valentine's Day Open House - Wednesday February 14th 5pm to 8pm
Is your Valentine's Day date committed to marriage(equality)? Does your date want to be your domestic partner? Find out for sure at SAVE's Valentine's Day Open House. Learn about volunteer opportunities at SAVE and the upcoming battle against the so-called "marriage amendment". A rose and a glass of champagne for everyone attending.
Date: Wednesday, February 14th 2007
Location: SAVE HQ
Address: American Legion Bldg 6445 NE 7th Ave Miami
Time: 5pm to 8pm
See their complete volunteer schedule is at www.savedade.org

Shaken, not stirred; Martini Tuesdays marks its sixth anniversary
South Beach party prince Edison Farrow throws four huge parties a week for the local gay crowd. On Tuesday, Feb. 6, he's throwing a six-year anniversary bash for his original party, Martini Tuesdays. Farrow says he fell into the party planning business "by accident." www.expressgaynews.com

Nate Bercus at Buck15 Thursdays
Last night, Oprah's sidekick Nate Bercus spent several hours partying with the boys at Buck15 Lounge for Edison Farrow's Thursday night party "The Simple Life".

Miami's Hemley Gonzalez a regular on national TV
Each episode of My House is Worth What? features real estate experts and home owners from different cities around the country. Gonzalez has filmed seven shows, in which he helps condo and home owners determine the value of their property. Prior to signing up with "My House Is Worth What?" Gonzalez had appeared in four episodes of "National Open House" another popular series on HGTV. The February airings of My House Is Worth What? are as follows: February 7th 10:30pm, February 8th 2:30am, February 11th 11am, Febbruary 18th 12:30pm, February 20th 11pm, February 21st 3am, February 21st 10:30pm, February 22nd 2:30am, February 25th 11am. www.hgtv.com

Crobar to reopen as Cameo and Vice
Cameo and Vice Nightclub, located in the historic art deco Cameo Theater, is set to open February 10th. There will also be a Superbowl party with DJ AM on February 2nd. Lead designer Callin Fortis, of Big Time Design Studios, took the room to the walls, started with a clean slate and reworked all aspects of both rooms. Downstairs, or Cameo Nightclub (Cameo) has been transformed from a dance club into a true nightclub. There have been two bars added on the mezzanine levels to convenience our customers and allow more areas to watch the action below. On the second floor there is a brand new second room and separate concept called Vice. Vice Nightclub will often work in conjunction with Cameo, especially on the weekends. But the intention is to allow Vice to work as it's own club during the week. A mix of Rock & Roll, and contemporary design, Callin Fortis took the design of this room to a level of distinction very rarely seen in a hotel let alone a nightclub. www.cameomiami.com

Miami's Hemley Gonzalez a regular on national TV
Each episode of My House is Worth What? features real estate experts and home owners from different cities around the country. Gonzalez has filmed seven shows, in which he helps condo and home owners determine the value of their property. Prior to signing up with "My House Is Worth What?" Gonzalez had appeared in four episodes of "National Open House" another popular series on HGTV. The February airings of My House Is Worth What? are as follows: February 11th 11am, February 18th 12:30pm, February 20th 11pm, February 21st 3am, February 21st 10:30pm, February 22nd 2:30am, February 25th 11am. www.hgtv.com

The Early Show filming in Miami Beach this week
The CBS Early Show will be filming at 10th Street and Ocean Drive January 31st - February 5th from 6:45am to 9am with Dave Price, Harry Smith, Hannah Storm, Julie Chen and Russ Mitchell to gear up for Super Bowl XLI. Guests for the show will include Matt Hasselbeck, John Legend, Joe Nammath, Bobby Flay and Donovan McNabb. If you would like to be in the audience, RSVP to liveinmiami@cbsnews.com

Child transgender begins sex change
Twelve-year-old Kim is believed to be the youngest person to begin gender reassignment. Biologically male and originally named Tim by her parents, Kim was diagnosed officially as a transsexual two years ago and has been undergoing hormone treatments. miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida

Save the date! Martini Tuesdays 6 Year Anniversary - Tuesday, February 6th
On Tuesday February 6th, come out to celebrate the 6 Year Anniversary of Martini Tuesdays. This will be an amazing event at a very special location. SEE INVITATION

Atlantis Partners With Cruise Critic to Launch World's First "Virtual Gay Cruise"
Atlantis Events, Inc., the world's largest company specializing in all-gay and lesbian cruises and resort vacations, is partnering with Cruise Critic, the leading online cruise community, to launch the world's first virtual gay cruise. Atlantis has chartered the world's largest passenger ship - Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas -- for an all-gay Caribbean cruise departing Miami on January 28. Writers and photographers will be onboard to document the daily events, activities, and ports - and answer readers' questions -- as the 160,000 ton vessel tours the Caribbean over seven days with 3,700 gay and lesbian guests aboard from around the world. Their writings and photographs will be posted daily to the CruiseCritic.com website, one of the most popular online cruise communities with over 160,000 registered members. http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/

Dead or Alive singer Pete Burns sues after disfiguring lip job
Former Dead or Alive frontman Pete Burns is suing a plastic surgeon for 1 million after a botched lip transplant that he says left him unable to leave the house for months, forced him to eat through a straw, and destroyed his life and career, according to the Daily Mail. www.towleroad.com

Famed Chef David Bouley opens Evolution in South Beach
Evolution is to be the first restaurant created by David Bouley outside of Manhattan. Designed by Jacques Garcia (who worked with David to design Danube, which achieved the number one ranking for decor in the Zagat Survey of New York City Restaurants), the aim is for this restaurant to bring to Miami Beach an unparalleled level of cuisine and service. The dramatic Art-Deco space features a lounge, sushi bar, dining room, and two private rooms. Evolution 1669 Collins Avenue. www.bouleyevolution.com

Martini Tuesdays 6 Year Anniversary
Miami Beach, FL - On Tuesday February 6th, Martini Tuesdays will celebrate its 6 Year Anniversary with a special event at Chakra. The 6 Year Anniversary party will be sponsored by Roth Vodka and Fever USA. Pangea Band, featuring lead vocalist Christina Sichta, will be performing for this event. Chakra is the club, restaurant and lounge that was formerly Billboard Live and Barton G 1501. www.southbeach-usa.com

Amika turns into Sin
Opening next weekend in the old Amika space is Sin, a renovated high-end club with supersonic sound systems and bathrooms that reportedly cost $80,000. While the jury's out on the place itself, at least there's something to justify its name. www.miami.com

Crobar preparing to re-open as Cameo
The space that was Crobar is preparing to open under the name Cameo. They are aiming for a February opening.

State will become Set
The former Bar Room, 320, Spin Club, Spi, State is being re-opened as Set. The Opium Group has purchesed this venue and is getting ready to open for Super Bowl weekend.

Miami Beach Supports Repeal of Adoption Ban
This past week, Miami Beach Mayor David Dermer's and the City Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution urging the Governor and Legislature to repeal Florida's infamous ban on adoption by gay and lesbian prospective parents. Take a moment to send a short email to the Mayor and all City Commissioners, including newly elected openly-gay Commissioner Michael Gongora, to thanks them for their courageous support of fair adoption in Florida. www.ga4.org

"Work Out" TV Trainer Doug Blasdell Dies After Sudden Hospitalization
Bravo just issued a statement regarding what a reader wrote in tell me a short time ago: Doug Blasdell, one of the trainers on Bravo�s reality show Work Out, was suddenly hospitalized over this weekend and died unexpectedly yesterday. www.afterelton.logo-blogs.com

Academy Award Nominations Announced
Nominees for the 79th annual Academy Awards were announced this morning. Films nominated for Best Picture are Babel, Letters from Iwo Jima, The Queen, Little Miss Sunshine, The Departed. Dreamgirls received the most nominations with 8, but was passed over for Best Picture. www.towleroad.com

New Sunday night in the Palace's new back bar
"The 12th Spot" is a new Sunday evening party in the new back bar at the Palace. Prince G spins Hip-Hop and Reggaeton and this party attracts a fun, young Latino crowd. The room is small, but packed. The party starts at about 7pm and Raymond bartends every Sunday. http://www.myspace.com/palacefoodbar

Madonna's First performance at Danceteria in New York
This is a fun old video clip being shown on YouTube.com. Check out this 1982 performance by Madonna from legendary doorman and club promoter Haoui Montaug's talent shows at New York's Danceteria in the 1980s. www.youtube.com

Lips New York coming to Fort Lauderdale
The owners of Lips, the infamous drag queen dinner show place located at 2 Bank Street in new York, is set to open a Fort Lauderdale location. www.lipsnyc.com

New Sunday afternoon party Circa 39 Hotel
From 4pm to sunset every Sunday, there is a new poolside event with a complimentary BBQ at the Circa 39 Hotel 3900 Collins Avenue. There are drag shows by Tiffany and Ebonee Excell. There is no cover charge. For more information, call 305.538.4900.

Billy Joel spotted at Quattro
Friday afternoon at 2pm, I spotted Billy joel was having lunch at Quattro restaurant on Lincoln Road.

Iron People Gym shut down
Iron People Gym (formerly Idols Gym), located at 715 N. Lincoln lane was shut down by the City of Miami Beach with an evistion notice on January 10th, 2007. www.ironpeople.com

Caña Brava, new Latin bar opening on Coral Way
In a few weeks, look out for Caña Brava. This new venue will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Gay ex-governor's wife writes memoir
The estranged wife of former New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey, who in 2004 stunned the nation by announcing he was gay and resigning from office, is writing a memoir. Dina Matos McGreevey's "Silent Partner" is scheduled to be published this spring by Hyperion Books. www.expressgaynews.com

Bernadette Peters brings her song and dance to South Florida
When Broadway legend Bernadette Peters isn't captivating audiences on the Great White Way, she takes her favorite songs to the heartland on an exciting new concert tour. Peters is appearing at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts next week. The Express caught up with her as she put the finishing touches on her latest show. www.expressgaynews.com

Wellness Event and Philip Gray Fashion Show at Sagamore Hotel
You are invited to a Wellness event in the cabanas by the beach at The Sagamore Hotel on Wednesday January 24th from 7pm to 10 pm. The event starts at 7pm and at 10pm there will be an amazing fashion show lined up with a 20 feet runway beside the pool. Sixteen of South Beach's models and 6 gorgeous male models will be wearing the latest collections by Philip Gray. J Fabian G spinning live and there will be gift bags and raffles.

Jake Gyllenhaal on Saturday Night Live
If you missed the opening of Saturday Night Live with Jake Gyllenhaal as host. He opened and went into drag to sing "And, I am Telling You" from Dreamgirls. You can see it here on YouTube. www.YouTube.com

David Vance poster from "The Woods"
Miami resident, Photographer and Author, David Vance, recently made a poster of one of his images, which was the cover of his book, "The Woods." The poster can be viewd by clicking the link to his website. www.davidvancephotographer.com

Madonna steps up security after car incident
Security has been stepped up around Madonna following a frightening incident on the roads of New York this week. The singer was nearly run off the road by two drivers just hours after appearing on David Letterman's chat show, according to a report today. www.digitalspy.co.uk

MySpace Misery for Mobster Chris Paciello
While Brooklyn mobster Chris Paciello tries to start a new life in Los Angeles, having served six years in prison for a 1993 murder, there are plenty of former friends from Bensonhurst who wouldn't mind if he got run over by a truck. www.nypost.com

Madiba Miami closed
The venue that was formerly Madiba Miami has closed. This space was once Frankie and Johnny's and Jade before it became Madiba. The business is now for sale.

View and Vote for Freddy Stebbins
Freddy Stebbins recently performed at the Improv in Coconut Grove. The night was filmed for CBS 4 and Comedy Central. The comic with the most votes will get to perform in the South Beach Comedy Festival with Jon Stewart, Rosanne Barr, David Spade, Lisa Lampinelli, Andrew Dice Clay and other big names next weekend. You can view his act and vote here: www.cbs4.com

Seven bar sold!
No big surprise here, but Seven was sold. This new gay bar at 7th and Washington was listed on the market soon after they opened the doors as "Seven". This venue has changed hands several times over the years. The new owners are turning it into a sports bar.

Bringing suicide out of the closet
Gay suicide awareness program to train bartenders, others to recognize signs of depression
After battling drug and health problems, it appeared that Kevin Cline had put his life back on track. He had overcome his addiction problems and was serving as a mentor to others struggling in recovery. In fact, he had helped fund and organize a clubhouse for gay people in recovery in South Beach. After being on disability because of illness, Cline, 44, had just re-entered the workforce, starting his own home-renovation company. www.expressgaynews.com

Miami Hotel Guidebook
Travel writer Michael de Zayas is in Miami on an assignment--30 Miami hotels in 30 Miami nights. You will be able to find his detailed travel musings in Miami and Miami Beach books later this year. www.hotelchatter.com

Gay Student Group Seeks Injunction Against Florida School District
LGBT students, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida asked a federal court Thursday to order Okeechobee school officials to allow a Gay-Straight Alliance to start meeting. The ACLU argues that the Equal Access Act stipulates that when a school allows any non-curricular club to meet on campus, it must allow all non-curricular clubs to meet on campus. www.365gay.com

Miami's Mayor Alvarez courts gay vote
Carlos Alvarez's campaign to change the Miami-Dade charter and become a strong mayor takes him tonight to Unity Coalition, the county's leading Hispanic gay civil-rights group. www.miami.com

"Gay, Straight or Taken" on Lifetime TV
You can't help but notice that cute guy at the gym, in the bar or around the neighborhood. You smile at each other. And all you're thinking is one question. Is he gay, straight or taken? Well, now you can find out how your intuition measures up by watching this new kind of dating game. It's a dating game with a twist like no other. Go to the website and see former South Beach resident and Twist/Townhouse Hotel bartender, Luciano. www.lifetimetv.com

Just another naked calendar???
"Les Zandis se mettent a nu" is not quite your typical naked calendar. For them the challenge was to get naked but also to face people's reactions! Photographed by Laurent Masurel, Cyril Maire and Fabrice Prouteau. For more information visit www.ohlalaparis.com

"Where Neon Goes to Die" at Regal Cinemas
For over sixty years, Miami Beach flourished with over half a dozen Yiddish theatres, scores of choruses, and folksinger groups, literary activity and more. Then one day, it vanished in a fog of disco lights and redevelopment. This is the story of America's not too distant past, when her ethnic communities were the pride of the world.
See this movie's World Premiere at the Miami Jewish Film festival on Monday, January 22nd at 6pm. www.whereneongoes.com

Call for Artists for Palm Beach Pride Festival
Meyerhoefer Gallery announces a call for artists for a PRIDE show to coincide with the Compass Palm Beach Pride Festival in March 2007. The show will feature the work of GLBT artists as a way to show pride and create unity. Artists are requested to submit photos of their work by email or in person at the gallery by appointment. All work submitted for consideration must be available for sale during the show. For additional information, please contact Peter Meyerhoefer at 561-533-5332 or by email at peter@meyerhoefergallery.com. www.meyerhoefergallery.com

NY Post's Page Six: Domenico Dolce Pick Up in South Beach
Domenico Dolce does not pick up men - he has them selected and brought to him. The venerable designer - one half of the Dolce & Gabbana clothing empire - was at Miami hot spot Snatch the other night with several friends and one special employee whose assignment was "to get hot guys in the club to go to his table," giggled our spy. "Domenico would point at a guy, and his employee would go bring the man over. It was extremely effective." Next to the table of giddy men was Kevin Connolly with Anna Anisimova and a table headed by Laguna Beach's Kristin Cavallari. www.nypost.com

Seraphic Fire Choir spotlights rising Stars
Seraphic Fire, Miami's professional chamber choir, presents the second of its exciting new recital series. Baritone David McFerrin will be singing Schubert's beloved song cycle Die schone Mullerin Friday, January 26th at 7:30pm at the First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables. For more information or to purchase tickets ($15 General Admission) call Seraphic Fire at (305) 476-0260 or send an e-mail to info@seraphicfire.org. www.seraphicfire.org

New year brings changes to local gay club scene
Elements sold; Ozone owners seek new location as popular club shuts down after losing lease. www.expressgaynews.com

Sandals Grand Opening
Saturday January 6th, was the Grand Opening of Sandals, a new gay club in the old Zippers/Cupids space on 79th Street in Miami. It was great see see the venue packed all night with an endless line to enter. The O'Zone crowd turned out in huge numbers for the Grand Opening (O'Zone having closed the week prior). The new owners added a dance floor to the center of the room and they also added another room in the building attached to it. It's not exactly Philippe Starck design, but it was crowded!
Thursdays: "Caliente", Fridays: "Happy Hour" 6pm to 10pm followed by "Ladies Night", Saturdays: "Calentura con Adora and Marytrini", Sundays: "De Estrellas".
Sandal Night Club
1060 NE 79th Street, Miami
305.758.3556 or 305.335.1995

Aromaz, new gay Restaurant and Lounge in Coral Gables
Aromaz Restaurant and Lounge is located at 96 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. They have Glitch Ladies Night on Fridays from 10pm to 4am with drinks specials and guest DJs. Sophisticated Saturdays are for men and women from 10pm to 3am. For more information, call 305.351.6787.

Dreamgirls - Amazing!
Well, I finally got to see the new movie version of Dreamgirls and it is amazing! The cast is outstanding and the classic story and music from the original Broadway show are fantastic and timeless. www.dreamgirlsmovie.com
I had the pleasure of seeing the Broadway version of Dreamgirls in the 80s with the incredible Jennifer Holliday. You can see her performing the scene when she is fired from the group and sings "And, I am Telling You" on the 1982 Tony Awards on You Tube here: www.YouTube.com

Gay octogenarian ties the knot
Geneva - Two men have become the first couple in Switzerland to join in a same-sex union, following a change in the law. The men, aged 89 and 60, who wished to remain anonymous, registered their partnership on Tuesday in Locarno in the southern Swiss state of Ticino. The two have been together for around 30 years. www.news24.com

Fire Sale: Own a Piece of Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston may be free of hubby Bobby Brown, but not the cumbersome debts she racked up over their failed 14-year marriage. So to help pay off some $200,000 in outstanding bills, a New Jersey auctioneer is set to sell off a slew of the "Saving All My Love" singer's personal effects. The fire sale of 400-plus items "including designer costumes custom-made for Houston by the likes of Donna Karan, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana, props, stage sets, sound and studio equipment such as speakers and mixers, furniture and tool" will kick off next Tuesday in Irvington, New Jersey. www.music.yahoo.com

30th Annual Art Deco weekend - January 12th - 14th
Miami Design Preservation League will be presenting the 30th annual Art Deco Weekend from January 12th through 14th. The theme for the 2007 event is "East Meets West: Art Deco from Shanghai to Miami," investigating the Art Deco architecture found not only in Shanghai, but across the entire Pacific Rim. Public programs, films, and lectures will echo this theme - positioning Art Deco as history's first truly international design style. www.mdpl.org

Duplex Duo Reopening Historic Stonewall Bar in New York
Workers renovating the historic Stonewall tavern at 53 Christopher Street--site of the famous 1969 bottle-tossing, meter-uprooting riot that birthed the gay-rights movement--have confirmed that the hallowed venue is scheduled to reopen in February. www.therealestate.observer.com

"She Ventures Out" So Fla Women's Group
She Ventures Out (SHEVO) was formed due to the overwhelming need for lesbian women to have cultural, sporting and social events to participate in outside the nightclub scene in a comfortable and safe environment where women can share their oneness and camaraderie. SheVO (Sensational Happiness in Exciting Vibrant Oneness) offers all lesbian women the opportunity to join other women with like-interest in venturing out in a host of exciting activities and special social events geared to the full enjoyment of life. SheVO offers its members a tantalizing array of adventures with sporting, cultural, social and travel events facilitating the cultivation of new friendships. For more information go to www.sheventuresout.com

2007 Winter Party Festival tickets now on sale!
Tickets for the 14th Annual Winter Party Festival, which will be held in Miami Beach, Florida, from February 28 through March 5, 2007, are now on sale at www.winterparty.com. Multi-event passes, which offer substantial savings over individual ticket prices, are being sold at early bird discount rates through January 15.
The six-day celebration, produced by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, features dance parties at some of the most popular nightclubs in South Beach and downtown Miami, as well as an expanding line-up of cultural events and programming for specific segments of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The climax of the Festival is the Winter Party Beach Party, which will bring over 5400 attendees to an outdoor dance on the sands of South Beach on Sunday, March 4. More than 10,000 people from across the country and around the globe are expected to attend at least one Winter Party Festival event. www.winterparty.com

Miami Beach Civic Leader Frank Kruszewski to seek Commission Seat
Miami Beach statesman, civic leader and businessman Frank Kruszewski declared this week his intention to join the Miami Beach City Commission and announced his candidacy for Group 6 in the November 2007 city election. www.frank4mbc.com

Gay teen draws scorn for proposed club at school
The teen's effort to establish a Gay-Straight Alliance at Okeechobee High School has sparked a federal lawsuit. The message to gays in this rural cattle town is spoken politely, sometimes with a drawl, sometimes quoting the Bible, but the meaning is anything but a hospitable Southern welcome. High school senior Yasmin Gonzalez has been hearing it a lot lately -- from kids hanging out bus windows shouting, "Are you the one that's gay?" to the teacher who said homosexuals should die. www.miami.com

The New Face of Miami Beach Politics: Michael Gongora Becomes The City's First Openly Gay Commissioner
"Yet as the victor in last November's sharply contested race for Miami Beach city commissioner, he's also this burg's first-ever openly gay elected official. It's a historic step that's bound to inspire disbelief. After all, with the Beach's worldwide image as a 'gay mecca' burnished by popular films such as The Birdcage, late-night bacchanals such as the annual White Party, and a body-conscious social scene that has even the local straight boys obsessing over moisturizers, one would expect gays here to be running City Hall in 2007, not just taking their first seat at its seven-member dais." www.oceandrive.com

SoBeSocialClub.com website traffic for month of December 2006
During the month of December 2006, the web site received 122,751 visits. Visitors came from 62,531 distinct Internet addresses (computers). www.sobesocialclub.com

Lincoln Road Mall closing off vehicle traffic from Lenox Avenue to Alton Road
City commissioners unanimously approved a redesign that includes closing the 1100 block of Lincoln Road -- between Lenox Avenue and Alton Road -- to all vehicles. The plan was touted as a way to spruce up the block, which now resembles a large cul-de-sac. In place of concrete, the redesigned block will include benches and several walk-through and water gardens featuring groupings of sculptural sabal palms, cypress trees, live oaks and indigenous plants. www.miami.com

Art Miami: In its 17th year, the fair aims to attract locals
Now in its 17th year, Art Miami is very much a local attraction with international flair, featuring 117 galleries from more than 20 countries. All of its 25 Florida galleries are from South Florida, with many from Coral Gables and Miami (by comparison, Art Basel Miami Beach featured three Miami galleries out of 200 exhibiting). www.miami.com

WGAY-TV goes online and announces programming slate
The start of this New Year marks the beginning of a digital revolution in Gay entertainment. The insurgency of online entertainment has created something for everyone, except the GLBT audience, until now; WGAY.TV, features free online content, for the GLBT audience, available 24 hours a day and accessible from anywhere in the world. WGAY-TV will be an online entertainment network, for the GLBT audience to call their very own. www.wgay.tv

The top dozen South Florida stories of 2006
It was a year of gains and losses for the gay community in South Florida. In this issue, the Express reflects on the top dozen local stories that made headlines and turned our heads in 2006. www.expressgaynews.com

Miami's South Beach both warms and welcomes gay travelers
In South Beach, it's all about the beach, but there's much more to do and see. But let's get the beach out of the way first. South Beach's unofficial gay beach is the 12th Street Beach, opposite 12th Street and Ocean Drive. By the way, that intersection is also the location of the only gay bar on the beach, the Palace Food Bar. www.inlamag.com

SoBeSocialClub.com Commercial on the Beach Channel
If you live in Miami Beach, please look out for the SoBeSocialClub.com commercial that started airing this week. The segment features Funkshion Fridays and the Drag Queen Dinner Show, Thursdays at Buck15 and Martini Tuesdays. This is the first Miami Beach gay travel segment on the station and will air several times a day for one year. The Beach Channel can be seen in Miami Beach on Atlantic Broadband's channel 19. They broadcast to over 105,000 homes and include all of the Miami Beach hotels. www.thebeachchannel.tv

Gemma - new Lincoln Road jazz club
Gemma will be a swank new lounge opening above Rosinella on Lincoln Road featuring stellar views of the pedestrian parade below from an outdoor balcony, and a cozy chic interior with dark wood bar and comfy couches, serving wine, champagne, cocktails, meat and cheese plates, and chatter from local hipsters looking for a place to chill without the chilly attitudes. www.miami.com

New Miami gay bar Sandal Night Club
On Saturday January 6th, Sandal Night Club (formerly Zippers and Cupid's Cabaret) will have a Grand Opening. Located on the 79th Street Causeway, this new Miami gay venue will be open 4 nights a week and has 500 free parking spaces. Thursdays: "Caliente", Fridays: "Happy Hour" 6pm to 10pm followed by "Ladies Night", Saturdays: "Calentura con Adora nd Marytrini", Sundays: "De Estrellas".
Sandal Night Club
1060 NE 79th Street, Miami
305.758.3556 or 305.335.1995

New bus service: Lincoln Road to Carnival Center
If you are attending a performance at the Carnival center for the Performing Arts, grab dinner on Lincoln Road and then hop on a "Route A", a new and convenient roundtrip shuttle bus service between Lincoln Road and the Carnival Center. The Route A will depart every 20 minutes form Lincoln Road and Meridian Avenue commencing at 6pm. The service, which costs $1.50 each way, will run until 11:40pm, and the hours will be extended for any late performances. After the show, Route A will take patrons back to Lincoln Road. For more information, call 305.770.3131 or 305.891.3131.

The Buzz on WiFi Wireless Network in Miami Beach
Last year, the City of Miami Beach entered into an agreement with IBM to install a secure citywide wireless broadband network, also known as WiFi (wireless fidelity), to support public safety and other government use, and also to provide free hotspots for public access. The network design phase is completed and the nodes are being deployed. The service is expected to be available in early 2007.