Braswell's Songbook debuts this Sunday in South Beach, for one night only. Come enjoy a fun musical revue filled with comedy and ballads from his prior shows. This one hour performance will include songs from Braswell's new musical entitled Cuban Courage, which brings to the stage the amazing story of Operation Pedro Pan. Vocalists will be Clay Cartland and EnVee, with music direction and accompaniment by Caryl Fantel. Aug. 3rd. 7:00 & 9:00 pm. Free admission. Cash bar. The Cabaret, 233 12th St., Miami Beach, FL. 305-763-8799.
News release from Pridelines Youth Services:
Pridelines Youth Services, South Florida’s oldest LGBTQ service agency, is proud to announce its annual gala to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community. Pridelines’ Masquerade Ball, presented by Jim Tyrrell, Jay Richard DiBiaso and Roger Thomson, will take place Saturday, August 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. Tickets are on sale now for $150 per guest or $1,500 for a table of 10.
“An evening of elegance and romance, reminiscent of Venice’s Carnival, ‘Pridelines' Masquerade Ball’ will undoubtedly be one of the community's most enjoyable events of the year,” said Victor Diaz-Herman, executive director of Pridelines. “Masquerade will feature a silent auction, cocktail reception, and a formal dining experience along with entertainment and dancing,” he added.
Performing at Masquerade will be Noel Leon, JesiMixx and DJ Sayho. Guests are encouraged to wear elaborately decorated masks in keeping with the Masquerade theme, Diaz-Herman said, adding that Beatnix in South Beach is offering a 20% discount on masks to customers who mention the Pridelines Masquerade Ball.
Proceeds benefit Pridelines Youth Services, South Florida’s oldest service agency dedicated to the lesbian,gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community and their straight allies. Pridelines’ mission is to support education and empower South Florida’s LGBTQ youth in safe and diverse environments, and to promote social change through dialogue. Pridelines provides nightly programs, Youth Enrichment Activities, HIV testing and support groups, meals and snacks, a David Bohnett Cybercenter, and the only drop-in center in Miami-Dade County for the LGBTQ community. Most importantly, Pridelines provides referral services for youth who are at-risk of or dealing with issues such as suicidal ideation, substance abuse, physical abuse, as well as emotional abuse at home, in school or on the streets. Pridelines is also dedicated to providing wrap-around services, safe spaces, and affirming environments for Homeless LGBTQ youth.
Tickets are available at www.pridelinesmasquerade.com. Table host and sponsorship opportunities are also available on the website or by contacting Diaz-Herman email@example.com or 305-571-9601 ext. 3.
Miami Beach Bruthaz recently held its annual conference in South Beach and shares photos from events from July 17-20, 2014.
"Miami Beach Bruthaz was founded in July 2006 as an annual summer lifestyle event for same gender loving men and women from across the country.
"Through a series of social, knowledge-filled and personalized activities, this event promotes unity, camaraderie and a sense of belonging among its attendees."
Photos by Ramses Frederick. Click here to view more pictures.
From Lorenzo Robertson, conference coordinator of the Ujima Men’s Collective.
“Our conference is scheduled for October, but we need people to register now,” Robertson says.
According to the website: “The Ujima Men's Collective was formed to create a collective of Black same gender loving men and those that love and work with them to meet, educate and build a strong network where they live to address issues of equality, enlightenment for our greater community, safety and health concerns in their community.”
Robertson has provided details of the conference:
The Ujima Men’s Collective will hold its annual conference at the Westin Hotel Fort Lauderdale, October 24-26, 2014. The conference theme is Dare 2B AWARE, and keynote speaker Phill Wilson (CEO, Black AIDS Institute) will address delegates and lead discussion on the importance of genuine social equality, enlightenment for our greater community and health and HIV concerns in the Black same gender loving (SGL) community. Filmmaker Amir Dixon will screen his award-winning documentary, Friend of Essex at the conference and entertain a Q and A with conference attendees.
The Ujima Men’s Collective believes that personal responsibility is simply a moral choice. In addition, The Ujima Men's Collective conference comes at a critical time when more Black same gender loving men are plagued with challenges of health issues, bullying, homophobia and self-hatred.
During the past ten years, the Ujima Men’s collective initiated a number of sustainability initiatives, and committed to a prominent campaign to build a network of Black SGL men. These men are dedicated to making strides in areas of leadership, advocacy, spirituality, relationships and health & wellness.
Alongside the keynote addresses, delegates to the conference will also have access to a range of workshops on leadership, advocacy, spirituality, relationships and health & wellness. This is an initiative of Ujima Men’s Collective Conference Coordinator Lorenzo Robertson, who believes Black SGL men and their supporters should have the opportunity education, empowerment and encouragement in a non-threatening environment. Contact us, if you are interested in facilitating a workshop.
"Learning techniques and applying them to your personal life can create significant changes for Black same gender loving men and their supporters; and the conference will give many a unique opportunity to learn from other Black same gender loving men," he says.
"This is something I believe that the conference is an exceptional occasion for Black same gender loving men learn and grow, and I am proud that Ujima Men’s Collective is taking a determined lead to address the issues concerning Black same gender loving men."
The Ujima Men’s Collective Conference, Dare 2B AWARE will be held at the Westin Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, Friday-Sunday, October 24-26, 2014. We will have a keynote address and discussion by Phill Wilson. Register early for attendance and/or facilitating a workshop, log onto www.ujimamen.com.
July 26, 2014 in AIDS and Health, Arts, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Florida, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Key West & Monroe County, Lesbian, LGBT, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Palm Beach County, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace | Permalink | Comments (0)
The Ft. Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will expand to seven days in 2014, running from Oct. 10-12 and 16-29, with screenings at the Classic Gateway Theatre and Cinema Paradiso.
Here's the news release:
The 6th Annual Ft. Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (FLGLFF) is doubling the number of films it will present and extending the schedule to seven days this year, announced Mark Gilbert, board chair and interim festival director. The expansion comes following a hugely successful FLGLFF in 2013 that saw record attendance and ticket sales. Dates for the 2014 event will be Friday, October 10th through Sunday, October 12th, picking up again the following weekend, Thursday, October 16th with the Centerpiece film and party and continuing through Sunday, October 19th, 2014.
“Absolutely, last year was the best Ft. Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival ever,” said Gilbert. “Moviegoers truly embraced our line-up of films, our parties and the special guests who came to town. Clearly, the Ft. Lauderdale community supports the film festival and we are thrilled to show our appreciation by bringing more films and more parties to this year’s event.
“As FLGLFF continues to emerge as a significant, stand-alone festival, it’s critical that we bring the best, newest films available to our audiences,” Gilbert continued. “While we will show a couple of the favorite films from last May in Miami, the Ft. Lauderdale festival will definitely not be ‘Miami, the Sequel’. It will be its own, unique experience.”
To bring that unique experience to FLGLFF, Gilbert has hired noted film festival programmer Joe Bilancio from the Rehoboth Beach and Miami gay and lesbian film festivals as programmer for FLGLFF 2014.
Along with a new programmer and the expansion of FLGLFF films, a new venue has been added this year. Films will now be shown at The Classic Gateway Theatre, 1820 East Sunrise Boulevard, and Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE 6th Street.
As screenings and special events are finalized, Gilbert says filmgoers should check the website frequently and sign up for e-mail announcements at www.flglff.com. Follow FLGLFF on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FLGLFilmFest, on Twitter @FLGLFF, and on www.Instagram.com/FLGLFF.
July 25, 2014 in Arts, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Florida, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Lesbian, LGBT, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Palm Beach County, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Television, Theater, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
Posted July 19, 2014, to YouTube:
In honor of Yoshida-san allowing marriage in the game to happen regardless of race, origin, state, and gender, Rough Trade Gaming Community (the world's largest LGBT guild) wanted to provide a video of thanks. We also want to remember Erotes, one of our own players who was tragically murdered in the Calgary stabbings a month before this video took place. Even when tragedy affects our community, there's still a reason to keep on marching.
Keep on being fabulous, gamers. If you are tired of hate speech and are 18+, please fill out an application and join us on Gilgamesh. You can be you in your own fantasy. rtgc.enjin.com/ffxiv
Final Fantasy XIV is a respected trademark of Square-Enix, Copyright 2010-2014. Rough Trade Gaming Community supports Final Fantasy XIV as players but does not represent or reflect the views of Square-Enix or its affiliates.
Thirtieth anniversary White Party 2014 to be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Perez Art Museum Miami
BY STEVE ROTHAUS
This year’s 30th-anniversary White Party seeks to return to its white roots: Lots of glamour and no torn shorts or T-shirts.
“Oh, no! I want this to be the highest level of formal wear so they can show their elegance,” said Jonathan Welsh, marketing and development manager of Care Resource, the agency that presents and benefits from the annual fundraiser. “A fantastic world of white.”
White Party, from 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Nov. 29, also has a new outdoor venue: Perez Art Museum near downtown Miami.
“We have hundreds of international visitors who come from Brazil and France and Israel and they want to be outside,” Welsh said. “They want to see the bay, they want to see the city, they want to see Miami.”
White Party is centerpiece of White Party Week, which runs during the Thanksgiving holiday from Nov. 26 through Dec. 1.
For more than 25 years, White Party was an early-evening soiree at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens popular with thousands of middle-age gay men.
In 2010, Miami-Dade County sought nearly $60,000 to rent Vizcaya for the 2011 event and Care Resource said no.
White Party moved to Miami Seaquarium, then to a club in Wynwood. The event also shifted from early evening to late night, hoping to attract thousands of young gay men in club attire.
Results were lackluster and this year Care Resource has decided to shift back to an early-evening party it hopes will attract a more diverse audience.
“Our goal is to bring in a larger spectrum of people from Miami,” said Steve Beko, Care Resource’s events coordinator. “White Party isn’t just an LGBT event, it’s a Miami event. Something our city can be proud of.”
White Party is centerpiece of White Party Week, which last year grossed nearly $600,000 for Care Resource. For decades, the agency has been known for HIV/AIDS care, but now also provides adult primary medical care, women’s healthcare, dental and pediatric care.
“We are a federally qualified health center,” Welsh said. “White Party Week grossed $592,425 in 2013 with 86 cents of every dollar going back towards programs and services offered to our South Florida community.”
Returning to White Party will be drag queen Elaine Lancaster, acting as emcee for the 16th year.
“Sixteenth year in a row. Can you believe it? I’m still here honey,” said Lancaster, who has done HIV/AIDS fundraisers since the early 1980s.
“AIDS is still important, still a crisis,” Lancaster said Thursday. “People are not even practicing safe-sex anymore because they don’t think it’s a crisis. What idiots!”
Miami/Fort Lauderdale is No. 1 nationally in new HIV/AIDS diagnoses, according to recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“White Party started 30 years ago with an urgency to save lives,” Beko said. “It’s 30 years later and this pandemic is something that can be medically treated. But the urgency still exists because people are getting infected more and more in our community.”
If you go
White Party Week tickets go on sale Aug. 1 at www.whiteparty.org
Admission to White Party at Perez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd.: $200, including all-night open bar and hor d'oeuvres from 7 to 9; $250 day of event.
There will be no welcome center this year. All event tickets should be printed from the website at time of purchase. Wrist bands will be mailed until just before White Party Week.
July 24, 2014 in AIDS and Health, Arts, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Florida, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Key West & Monroe County, Lesbian, LGBT, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (14)
DJ Kidd Madonny provides sounds at #VersaceVersaceVersace, a new "Fashion Haus Party" thate premieres 10 p.m. Thursday at Haven, 1237 Lincoln Rd.
From Lauren Foster:
#VersaceVersaceVersace, with DJ Kidd Madonny. We're bringing the party back to Lincoln Road! Old school fun, hot boys and a few drag queens.
Calling all Fashionistas, Trend Setters, Artists & Glam Squads. Your Thursday night just got booked up. We will be premiering our Fashion Haus Party July 24th called #VersaceVersaceVersace, where Couture is encouraged but Avant Garde is preferred.
Needing a reason to bring out that sparkled up, feathered down, chiffon laced, leather strapped get up you have been dying to show off? Here's your moment. Listen to the sounds of DJ Kidd Madonny spinning the sounds of David Bowie, Madonna & more to get you in the catwalk state of mind. Enjoy Drink Specials by Moët Champagne & Belvedere Vodka from 10PM-5AM!
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Announcement from the LGBT Visitor Center in South Beach:
The LGBT Visitor Center has launched open nominations for the 2nd Annual “Pink Flamingo Awards” to honor the people and places that have made Miami Beach a top 10 destination for LGBT travel, according to a 2013 market research study conducted by Community Marketing & Insights. This year, the entire community is being invited to be part of the nomination process in addition to picking the winner, said Lori Lynch, executive director of the LGBT Visitor Center. Write-in nominations in 20 categories launched today at www.pinkflamingoawards.com and will be open through August 20.
“We want the ‘Pink Flamingo Awards’ to be our community’s People’s Choice Awards because the nominees and the winners will be voted on by tourists who have visited the Center as well as locals who frequent the Center for community events and activities,” Lynch said. “After the fill-in-the-blank nomination process is over, the five with the most nominations in each category will become finalists and we’ll initiate a second round of community voting. We encourage everyone to vote early, but unlike other voting events in Miami, you can only vote once.”
Nominations are now open in the following categories:
1. Favorite Hotel/Resort
2. Favorite Hotel/Boutique
3. Favorite Restaurant/Fine Dining
4. Favorite Restaurant/Casual
5. Favorite Chef
6. Favorite Fundraising Event – One Day
7. Favorite Fundraising Event – Weekend or Longer
8. Favorite Drag Queen
9. Favorite Singer(s)/Band
10. Favorite Nightlife Destination
11. Favorite Dance Club
12. Favorite Local DJ
13. Favorite Bartender
14. Favorite Media Personality
15. Favorite Miami Attraction
16. Favorite Retail Store
17. Favorite Gym
18. Favorite Spa
19. Favorite Local Hero
20. Favorite Nonprofit Organization
After the nomination period, the five finalists in each category will be unveiled at a Kick-Off Party in early September at Palace South Beach and voting for the winners will begin. The award winners will then be announced at a reception and dinner party on Tuesday, September 23, at the Miami Beach Convention Center beginning at 7 p.m. The high-spirited evening affair will include an open bar cocktail reception; a silent auction; a three-course, seated dinner; and live entertainment. Tickets are $75 per person and are on sale now at www.pinkflamingoawards.com.
Proceeds from the “Pink Flamingo Awards” benefit the LGBT Visitor Center which welcomes thousands of international visitors throughout the year and serves as a major hub of activity for the local community. The Visitor Center is funded and operated by the MDGLCC Foundation, Inc., the non-profit foundation of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
"La Femme … en Noir et Blanc," an exhibit by Miami photographer Henry Perez, opens with a free reception and celebration on Friday, July 25, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden in Miami Beach.
The show is important to me because it showcases women in their natural, unretouched states,” Perez says. “It shows them at play, having a fun time and enjoying life.”
Above, Miami Beach Botanical Garden Executive Director Cindy Brown. Click here to view more photos from the exhibit.
Here are details from Charlotte Libov:
Are you tired of seeing images of women Photoshopped to such an extent that they are virtually unrecognizable? Miami Photographer Henry Perez was, which is why he spent a year working on his upcoming exhibit "La Femme…en Noir et Blanc."
This exhibit focuses on 50 women, who span in age from their early 20's to nearly 80. They also represent a variety of races and ethnicities, reflecting the multiculturalism of Greater Miami, where most of the photo shoots took place. Perez photographed them in scenes of their choosing, and created the digital images in black and white, so the color of their clothing would not be distracting from their images. He collaborated with them in selecting the surroundings that reflect their personalities and passions, and he also left the images completely untouched.
The result is a striking collection of "real" women, photographed in scenes that reflect their work, their passions, or their multicultural identify. The women featured range from the well-known, such as Miami Beach's first woman mayor, Matti Herrera Bower, popular entertainer Maryel Epps and Miami Beach Botanical Garden Executive Director Cindy Brown.
The show will be unveiled at a free reception and celebration on Friday, July 25, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden in Miami Beach. Perez will be on hand to discuss his work, along with most of the women showcased. There will also be music, refreshments, a raffle and a silent auction to benefit the non-profit Sabrina Cohen Foundation. Cohen is among the 50 women featured.
This is the fourth show for Perez and it is by far the most extensive, both in its scope and cultural significance.