Here's an updated, final schedule just released for Miami Beach Gay Pride:
MIAMI BEACH GAY PRIDE WEEK!!
In the FUN and SUN Capital of the World!
Schedule of Events
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Divas on Stage @Twist
10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Twist South Beach
1057 Washington Ave.
Join Adora and the Divas of South Beach for a night of amazing shows all benefiting Miami Beach Gay Pride. Marco Perez hosts this much anticipated event with DJ Aquiles spinning Latin grooves. Shows begin at midnight for Twist’s annual Miami Beach Gay Pride fundraiser.
Tuesday, April 8th
Spotlight Mega-Mixer @ Shore Club
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Shore Club Hotel – Poolside
1901 Collins Avenue
MDGLCC Members - $10
Non-Members - $20
A portion of the proceeds will be a donation to Miami Beach Gay Pride
The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce presents its Spotlight Mega-Mixer Networker benefiting Miami Beach Gay Pride. The Shore Club will showcase some of their menu items & cocktails will be served courtesy of GREY GOOSE Vodka & Bacardi. Cash bar for all other beverages.
Mingle and network, while enjoying the music of our resident DJ, with more than 200 Chamber members, guests and the community at large. Leverage the "Business Cards Bulletin Board" and members of the "Membership Committee" who will be present to answer inquiries and make introductions and connections. There will also be free drawings for great prizes courtesy of Chamber members, including a chance to ride in the Pride Float of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce at the Parade on Sunday 4/13. Event photos by Juan Saco Mironoff of Miami-Gay-Blog.com.
Bachelor Auction at MOVA
10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Mova Lounge / Miami Beach!
1625 Michigan Avenue
Come Get Your MOVA Lounge Bachelor! Bid on your favorite MOVA Bartender and others. All proceeds benefit Miami Beach Gay Pride! Hosted by Thomas Barker.
Wednesday, April 9th
Miss Miami Beach Gay Pride Pageant
10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The New Score
1437 Washington Ave.
The Second Annual Miss Miami Beach Gay Pride Pageant will be held in the upper level dance area of the New Score. Hosted by Tiffany Fantasia and Adora as Emcee, this glamorous fundraiser is the newest addition to the annual Pride line up. The winner receives $500 in cash and thousands in prizes. Missy Meykie Lepaige (Miss Pride South Florida) and Nikky White (Miss South Beach) will perform with many others throughout the evening. Show starts promptly at 11 p.m.
$15 general admission and $20 seating.
Proceeds donated to Miami Beach Gay Pride.
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Thursday, April 10th
VIP Kick-Off Celebration!
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
2201 Collins Avenue
Honoring Miami Beach Gay Pride’s original Executive Director Cindy Brown
Special Appearance by 2014 Grand Marshal Gloria Estefan
Hosted by Lea Black and Elaine Lancaster
Entertainment by Cabaret South Beach
Friday, April 11th
Entourage– Women’s Pride
10:00 p.m. - 4:00 a.m.
The New Score
1437 Washington Ave.
Produced by: Pandora and Icandee
Gather your girls for a sexy night of soulful music and more. Direct from NYC DJ Sherock spinning the best in Hip Hop, R&B and top 40. Opening set By DJ Laura D at the new Score on Washington Ave.
For more information, go to www.facebook.com/FlingMiamiBeachGayPride2014
Mova Block Party
7 p.m. - 2 a.m.
1625 Michigan at Lincoln Road
Party like a rock star with friends, neighbors, your favorite bartenders and new friends from across the world at MOVA Lounge's Block Party. Streets will be closed as internationally renowned DJs play your favorite sets on the main stage and inside MOVA Lounge with special guest DJ Tracy Young.
Saturday, April 12th
Miami Beach Gay Pride Beach Party
2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Ocean Drive & 11th Street
Talk about “Fun in the Sun” … for the second year in a row, Miami Beach Gay Pride presents a Beach Party like you’ve never seen. This FREE party features sun, surf, sand, international DJs, and, of course, cocktails! Hit the beach to hear the sounds of DJ Deanne followed by Masterbeat DJ Brett Henrichsen.
SuperURGE - The Official Miami Beach Gay Pride Saturday Men’s Event
10 p.m. - 7 a.m.
The “New” Score
1437 Washington Avenue
For the fourth consecutive year, SCORE Productions and Hilton Wolman are proud to present URGE: The Official Saturday Night Party for Miami Beach. But this time it is BIGGER and better, justifying the name SuperURGE!! Reuniting world renowned DJ ABEL and Brazilian sensation DJ PAULO PACHECO at what is sure to be Miami Beach's most eagerly anticipated gay party of the year.
$30 - $60
Ménage à Troi – Women’s Pride
10:00 pm - 4:00 am
30 NE 14th St, Miami
Produced by: Pandora and Icandee
For ONE NIGHT ONLY, the women completely take over the hippest club in Miami, The Vagabond for their mega dance party. Three rooms, three vibes and three great DJs. DJ Citizen Jane in the terrace with Latin & Latin Rock. DJ Bonnie Beats at the front bar with retro, nu disco, soul & more. A special guest DJ will spin in the main room.
For more information, go to www.facebook.com/FlingMiamiBeachGayPride2014
Sunday, April 13th
6th Annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade & Festival
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Ocean Drive from 7th to 15th Streets
Featuring Grand Marshals – International Superstar and Miami Icon Gloria Estefan and Legendary Director and Choreographer Kenny Ortega
Miami Beach Gay Pride is an extraordinary event that features a loud and colorful parade and more than 100 LGBT-friendly vendors and businesses, exciting celebrities, musical performances, refreshments, food and a family-friendly play area. Coming into its sixth year, Miami Beach Gay Pride has grown into the largest, single-day event of the entire year in Miami Beach. The hugely successful event in 2013 drew more than 80,000 revelers from different parts of the country and all age groups. No cover for the parade, concert or stages!
Azucar High Heel Race
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
7th Street and Ocean Drive
Come out and watch your favorite drag queens and divas make a dash for the finish line … in stilettos!
Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade
Featuring Grand Marshals International Superstar and Miami Icon Gloria Estefan together with Multi-Faceted ArtistKenny Ortega
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Ocean Drive, from 7th Street to 15th Street
TD Bank Festival Concert Stage
1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Lummus Park at 11th Street
Featuring Courtney Act from “RuPaul's Drag Race” performing live with emcee Elaine Lancaster and the infamous DJ Lady Bunny on the turntables along with Alex Infiniti and special performances by Cazwell and the legendary Kevin Aviance.
Pepe Production presents Latin Stage
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Ocean Drive at 13th Street
The finest in Latin DJs and performers will put the caliente into your Pride experience!
BB&T 12th Street Stage
1:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
DJs will keep you dancing into the cool Miami Beach evening. This free outdoor dance party features top-notch sound, lights and entertainment. Divas to the dance floor! The BB & T 12th Street Dance Stage is a pre-cursor to Miami Beach Gay Pride's Closing Party Gay Champions.
Opening set by DJ Sushiman then direct from the Boatslip in Provincetown -- DJ Maryalice!
Over the Ocean
Gay Champions - Pride’s Official Closing Party
10:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m.
1020 Ocean Drive
Performance by Beth Sacks
DJ Cindel followed by DJ Aron
Forth Annual Pride Cruise Aboard Norwegian Sky
From Ocean Drive to the ocean with Pride, Miami Beach Gay Pride 2014 is setting sail on the high seas once again with Source Events for the “Miami Beach Pride Cruise” immediately following the last of the Miami Beach Gay Pride festivities. The Pride Cruise is an ideal way to extend the magic of Pride for another five days at sea. The event also represents an opportunity to “cruise for a cause” as a portion of all tickets sold through Source Events will again be donated back to Miami Beach Gay Pride.
The Pride Cruise is a four-night/five-day voyage aboard the popular Norwegian Sky with stops in Grand Bahamas Island, Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island and the site of our spectacular beach party.
Prices for the Pride Cruise begin at $469 per person, based on double occupancy, plus taxes and fees. For reservations or more information, visit www.SourceEvents.com, call (888) SOURCE8 or visit www.MiamiBeachGayPride.com/travel and click on the link to the cruise.
'The Honeymooners,' 'I Love Lucy,' 'Andy Griffith,' coming to Blu-ray in high definition (with video)
News release from CBS Home Entertainment:
THREE OF TV’S ALL-TIME GREAT COMEDIES TO DEBUT ON BLU-RAY™
Pristine HD Episode Transfers, Many Original Broadcast Elements And Great Special Features
I Love Lucy – Ultimate Season One, The Andy Griffith Show – Season One and The Honeymooners – ‘Classic 39’ Episodes Blu-ray™ Collections Arrive May 6, 2014
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (March 28, 2014) – Three of television’s most beloved classic comedies will arrive looking better than ever when I LOVE LUCY – ULTIMATE SEASON ONE, THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW – SEASON ONE and THE HONEYMOONERS – “CLASSIC 39” EPISODES make their Blu-ray Disc debut May 6th from
CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. All three shows are finally available in high-definition with image quality never seen before. Specifically, every episode has been transferred from the original camera negative, producing crisp details, and rich sharp blacks.
I LOVE LUCY – ULTIMATE SEASON ONE
I LOVE LUCY – ULTIMATE SEASON ONE brings to Blu-ray the hilarious first episodes of the groundbreaking series starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Alongside such classics as the “Lucy Does a TV Commercial” episode selling Vitameatavegamin are never-before seen treats, including Lucy and Desi’s makeup and wardrobe tests where the off-screen couple are filmed together just days before full-scale production began. Also included is the pilot episode, re-mastered from its recently discovered original 35mm negative. Along with radio broadcasts, on-set color home movies and backstage photos, the collection features some of the series’ most beloved episodes, including “The Ballet,” “Pioneer Women” and “The Freezer.”
THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW – SEASON ONE BLU-RAY
All 32 episodes of the first season of THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW have been restored in sparkling high definition, with original sponsor openings and closings. Starring Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts and Frances Bavier, the beloved series about small-town America includes rare special features, including color on-set home movies shot by Ron Howard’s father Rance, Edward R. Murrow’s insightful interview of Andy Griffith on Person to Person in 1957 and a new HD transfer of the Return to Mayberry television movie.
THE HONEYMOONERS – “CLASSIC 39” EPISODES BLU-RAY
Also brilliantly re-mastered in high-definition, THE HONEYMOONERS – “CLASSIC 39” EPISODES BLU-RAY collection contains full-length episodes of the iconic series, starring the one and only Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph. Special features include a never-before-released, hour-long musical The Honeymooners: The Adoption from 1966; a memorable 1984 “60 Minutes” profile of Jackie Gleason; both The Honeymooners Anniversary Special (1990) and The Honeymooners 50th Anniversary Celebration (2002) Jackie Gleason interviewing a Queens bus driver as guest host for Edward R. Murrow on Person to Person; and original openings, closings and cast commercials.
BY CHRISTOPHER WEBER
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- In the heart of this close-knit gay community, Luke Martel reflects the feelings of many when it comes to a strain of meningitis that has killed three gay men this year in Los Angeles County: He's concerned but not overly so.
Martel, a gay bartender who moved to West Hollywood from New York City several months ago, called the deaths from the rare bacterial infection that can be passed by kissing, sharing utensils or coughing "a little scary" but said he doesn't plan to heed calls to get vaccinated.
"I might not take a drag off someone's cigarette now. And I'll run from people who don't cover their mouths when they cough," he said. But otherwise, he believes, "I'm safe."
Health officials this week announced a cluster of cases of invasive meningococcal disease that sickened eight people in the LA area. Among those who fell ill, half were gay or bisexual, including the three who died. Two of the victims were HIV-positive.
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BY AMANDA LEE MYERS
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge says he will strike down Ohio's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, meaning the state must recognize marriages of gay couples who legally wed elsewhere.
Judge Timothy Black made the statement Friday following final arguments in a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the marriage ban.
He says he'll issue the ruling April 14 prohibiting Ohio officials from enforcing the ban, which he says violates constitutional rights to equal protection and due process. Black's ruling will not mean Ohio has to allow couples to marry there.
Attorneys for the state had argued that it's Ohio's sole province to define marriage as between a man and a woman.
By announcing his intention ahead of his ruling, Black gives time for the state to prepare an appeal that can be filed as soon as he rules.
Several hundred LGBT community leaders packed Miami Beach Botanical Garden on Thursday evening as Human Rights Campaign (HRC) presented the city with an award for its perfect score on the group's 2013 Municipal Equality Index.
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine accepted the award on behalf of the city and his predecessor, Mayor Matti Herrera Bower, who also was in attendance.
"It's a testament of the leadership of Miami Beach," Levine told the crowd.
Whitney Lovell, HRC's State and Municipal Legislative program manager, presented the award, above right.
Mississippi governor signs religious practices bill that LGBT activists fear will lead to discrimination
BY EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Thursday that supporters say will assure unfettered practice of religion without government interference but that opponents worry could lead to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians.
The bill, called the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, will become law July 1. It also will add "In God We Trust" to the state seal.
An early version of the bill, considered weeks ago, was similar to one Arizona's Republican governor, Jan Brewer, vetoed after business groups said it could hurt that state's economy. Supporters say the final Mississippi bill bears little resemblance to the failed Arizona measure.
Outside the state Capitol on Thursday, more than 75 gay-rights supporters protested against the bill. Jeff White of Waveland, a founder of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Lesbian and Gay Community Center, said as someone who is gay and Jewish, he worries such a new law could make him more vulnerable to unfair treatment.
"It's the first time in my life that I've actually considered moving out of Mississippi," said White, 32. "It made me physically ill the past few days, realizing what they're trying to do."
BY MICHAEL LIEDTKE AND SARAH SKIDMORE SELL
Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich is stepping down as CEO and leaving the company following protests over his support of a gay marriage ban in California.
The nonprofit that makes the Firefox browser infuriated many employees and users last week by naming Eich head of the Mountain View, Calif.-based organization.
At issue was Eich's $1,000 donation in 2008 to the campaign to pass California's Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that outlawed same-sex marriages. The ban was overturned last year when the U.S. Supreme Court left in place a lower-court ruling striking down the ballot measure.
Eich's contribution had drawn negative attention in the past but took on more weight when he was named CEO. Mozilla employees and users criticized the move on Twitter and elsewhere online. Earlier this week, dating website OKCupid replaced its usual homepage for users logging in with Firefox with a note suggesting they not use Mozilla's software to access the site.
Contrary to his coming out video last year where he said he still fancied girls, Tom Daley has admitted that he isn't bisexual at all, declaring 'I am a gay man now'.
Daley, the Olympic medalist, appeared on ITV2's Celebrity Juice and said his relationship with boyfriend Dustin Lance Black is 'all good'.
On March 21, I spoke at “Listen, Learn and Connect: SPJ-FIU Media Conference,” an all-day journalism symposium at Florida International University's Biscayne Bay Campus.
Other Miami Herald journalists at the student conference: Caribbean correspondent Jacqueline Charles and photographers Patrick Farrell and Al Diaz.
My panel's topic: "How to Brand Yourself."
Being openly gay, [Steve] Rothaus said he faced resistance writing and reporting on LGBT issues in South Florida. But that beat was his branding.
“It’s ok to be engaged,” he said, addressing that being gay made him more qualified than most to report on LGBT issues and topics. “Being engaged in your community is not a bad thing.”
Rothaus said one can still be a creditable, trusted and respected journalist while simultaneously being plugged into a certain community.
“I know a lot of people, and they know me for being a gay reporter with the Miami Herald,” he said. “That in no way impacts my credibility. My job is to provide a voice to people who have traditionally underrepresented.”
Click here to read the complete article about the conference.