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Legal at last: Photos from Geo Bustamante's 21st birthday party at Discotekka

Thursday night, David L. Wylie Sr. hosted a 21st birthday party for photographer Geo Bustamante. Wylie and Bustamante have launched a gay online magazine, gaysofla.com. The party, attended by about 75 friends, also benefited Trevor Project, a national group raising awareness of suicides among gay youth.

All photos by STEVE ROTHAUS / The Miami Herald (click pictures to enlarge)

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Geo Bustamante and David L. Wylie Sr.

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Diego Cabral of Regal Home Lending, Ron Brenesky of Unity Coalition, George Maiko Coronado of Give Me a Beat Productions, Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Gongora and photographer Dale Stine.

Here's Wylie's e-mail:

Dear Online Friends,

I hope you'll take a moment to read this.  This is not spam.  I'm sending it to my friend list on Yahoo and if you receive this email unwanted just politely send me a message and I'll remove your name. But I hope you'll take a moment to read.

Did you know thatgGay men are six times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight counterparts and the numbers increase exponentially during the holidays. A report from P-FLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) states that in a study of 5,000 gay men and women, 35 percent of gay men and 38 percent of lesbians have considered or attempted suicide. The statistics are even higher among gay teens: The Department of Health study indicates that gay youth are up to six times more likely to attempt suicide than straight teens, and gay teenagers account for up to 30 percent of all teenage suicides in the nation.

For many Gay youth...suicide is the ultimate way to 'stay in the closet'.  It would be better to not live than to be found out.  But there is hope.

Groups like The Trevor Project are helping young Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and questioning youth find a reason to live.  This Thursday, my 'lil bro', my friend, my buddy, Geo is doing his part to bring attention to the problem of the struggle gay youth have with thoughts of suicide by celebrating his 21st birthday with a benefit for The Trevor Project (www.thetrevorproject.org) at Club Discotekka in downtown Miami.  This is a cause close to Geo's heart because less than a year ago he was a questioning youth, trying to find himself and, after coming out to his parents, considered suicide. 

Bec ause of the support and encouragement of many friends, Geo is with us today.  Recenlty Geo and I started an online magazine (www.gaysofla.com).  Geo will be a regular contributor as both a writer and a photographer.  He will be writing a bi monthly column for gay youth, GEN NOW!

I am proud to support Geo by hosting this birthday celebration and the official launch of Miami's newest online magazine for the south Florida GLBT community.  I'm pleased to be a party of supporting the Trevor Project.  I hope you'll join us.

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Broward gay activists Waymon Hudson, left, and partner Anthony Niedwiecki, with their friend Olympia R. Duhart.

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Geo Bustamante and Gina DiAngelo

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