As many of you recall a group of our community members came together to feed hot meals to people in need twice a week for 15 weeks. In honor of their hard work, last week in the Wilton Manors Commission meeting, Vice Mayor Tom Green proclaimed: “now, therefore, be it proclaimed by the city of Wilton Manors that July 14, 2020 be designated as: Dawn Cohen Holloway (The Pink Sub), Howard Andrew (Fabscout Entertainment), Laymon Rupe, Rev. Joel Slotnick, Bill Huelsman, Skip Vandelinde (Fur The Love Of Dogs), John Michael Gordon, Kevin Clevenger (The Pet Project) and Victor Lords (Lords of Mac) day.”
Some residents of Pompano Beach decided it was time to have a gay beach in their city and went out with a gay flag and officially pronounced their own gay beach. Their Facebook group already has over 300 members…check it out.
Last Week Velvet Lenore, Miss Noche Latina 2020, performed at a Black Lives Matter Benefit in Palm Beach…please note….EVERYONE is wearing a MASK!!
Friday, July 17
Stonewall National Museum & Archives (SNMA) is pleased to announce the opening of its first exhibition since it consolidated its programming at its Fort Lauderdale location. The exhibition will open from 6 – 7 pm with a free virtual opening and curatorial talk by SNMA Executive Director Hunter O’Hanian on ZOOM. Individuals will receive a link and password via email. The exhibition focuses on a serial publication within the Stonewall Archives – BLK The National Black Lesbian and Gay News Magazine. Founded in 1988, BLK sought “first and foremost,” to be the monthly magazine that “covered the African-American lesbian and gay communities in the United States.” The exhibition may be viewed in-person starting July 20, from Monday to Friday, 11am – 5 pm. Normal safety guidelines (social distancing, masks, temperature checks, etc.) will be in effect. Attendees will be limited to 10 people at a time. Stonewall National Museum & Archives is located at 1300 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. The exhibition will be on view throughout summer 2020. For those who wish to see the exhibition from their homes, a virtual version of the exhibition will be available on SNMA’s website, stonewall-museum.org.
100% of Wine Proceeds Go To Black Trans People
Offering her artistic talents to help those in need, Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs has collaborated with Napa Valley winery Ashes & Diamonds to create eighteen uniquely individual, hand-painted magnum Rosé bottles. In the spirit of assisting Black Trans people struggling with financial and food disparities, each singular, exquisitely handcrafted bottle by Karen O will sell for $250, with 100% of the proceeds going to The Okra Project, a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by providing home-cooked, culturally specific meals, monetary grocery assistance and food education. To purchase please go to: https://ashesdiamonds.com/shop#karen-o-rose
Fatal Affair Premieres on Netflix
Ellie (Nia Long) tries to mend her marriage with her husband Marcus (Stephen Bishop) after a brief encounter with an old friend, David (Omar Epps), only to find that David is more dangerous and unstable than she’d realized. Fatal Affair is directed by Peter Sullivan. Fatal Affair releases globally on Thursday, July 16, and for more info go to: netflix.com/FatalAffair
ArtServe & Fort Lauderdale’s Gay Men’s Chorus Fundraiser
ArtServe is teaming up with the Fort Lauderdale’s Gay Men’s Chorus for an amazing online fundraiser on Wed, July 22, from 7-8:30pm. Grab your favorite drink and experience a selection of never-before-seen performances by the Fort Lauderdale’s Gay Men’s Chorus featuring ballads, up-tempo, solos, choral pieces and more. You’ll have a chance to bid on original artwork and a live painted art piece while their mixologist crafts the signature drink of the night: The Very Berry Cosmo. Watch, enjoy and support ArtServe and the Ft Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus – two organizations on the front lines of supporting our community. This is your chance to help the artistic community and have a significant impact! Got to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drinks-and-a-show-ft-lauderdale-gay-mens-chorus-fundraiser-tickets-110308961072?aff=efbeventtix
Die Hart July 20-29 on Quibi
In Die Hart, Kevin Hart plays a fictionalized version of himself who’s tired of being the comedic sidekick. He gets his wish when a famous director offers him his dream – to be a leading man action star – but there’s a catch: Kevin must first train at the world’s greatest action star school, run by a lunatic. Pushed to his limits by this action school coach and a tough-minded rival student (Nathalie Emmanuel) Kevin must survive a series of hilarious, over-the-top action sequences and face his fears if he wants to achieve his dream and land the role of a lifetime
Tri-Rail Suspended Fares Due to Covid-19
The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) has adjusted Tri-Rail train schedules and suspended all fares since Saturday, March 28 and until further notice. “We are committed to staying up and running for health care workers and others in our community who need to get to essential jobs, as well as those who have no other means of transportation during this trying time,” said Steven L. Abrams, SFRTA Executive Director. “With fewer people on the trains it has become easier to practice social distancing, and with fewer trains in service we can enhance our efforts to disinfect the equipment. Though there are fewer trains, we will add additional cars on each train set to give passengers more room to distance themselves,” said Abrams. “And suspending fares will protect passengers and the officers who check tickets by minimizing contact between them. For the most updated information on Tri-Rail service, including the temporarily modified schedule, visit tri-rail.com or follow Tri-Rail’s Facebook or Twitter pages. Tri-Rail’s Customer Service call center at 1-800-TRI-RAIL (874-7245) will remain open from 4:50 am to 11:30 pm on weekdays and 7am to 5pm on weekends.
Cleo TV Heats Presents new episodes of All Things Adrienne
CLEO TV heats up your summer with more episodes of All Things Adrienne With Adrienne Houghton, which premiered Saturday, July 11 and runs through Saturday, September 26. The series delves into the intimate details of Adrienne’s lifestyle and how influential her Latin heritage has been. In one episode, Adrienne challenges herself by swapping roles with her glam team to see if her beauty knowledge expands beyond their areas of expertise. Fore more information about CLEO TV visit Mycleo.tv and check out CLEO TV YouTube Channel.
Barnie’s NEW Cold Brew
Barnie’s Coffee & Tea Co. invites loyal fans and new customers, alike, to chillax this summer with the rollout of its newest product, a 32 oz. convenient “grab-and-go” bottle of unsweetened Barnie’s Cold Brew. Barnie’s Cold Brew is a smooth, richly flavored blend of Barnie’s own 100% Arabica Crop•Ex Brazil and Crop•Ex Papua New Guinea premium coffees punctuated by notes of caramel and chocolate. Less acidic and naturally sweeter than traditional iced coffees, Barnie’s Cold Brew is ideal for consumers who want a refreshing and guilt-free treat when on the go. One 32 oz. bottle has four, 8 oz. servings that are sugar-, fat- and gluten-free. Priced at $5.99 each, Barnie’s Cold Brew bottles are available for purchase at the company’s Winter Park café located on Park Avenue, and online at barniescofee.com, Barnie’s offers free shipping through the end of July 2020.
Outshine Film Festival Miami and Fort Lauderdale Goes Virtual
With the continuing situation with COVID-19, OUTshine will be transitioning into a full VIRTUAL film festival for 2020, and take place from August 20-30. It’s more important than ever to continue supporting LGBTQ+ art & culture organizations who are being hit especially hard during these times. Please rally behind them to make OUTshine’s Virtual Festival a success so they will be back in 2021 to present their festivals and in-person events. If you’re a member, please consider renewing. For more information, go to: Outshinefilm.com.
Celebrate National Ice Cream with a Drive-Thru Giveaway
Although Miami Children’s Museum’s doors are temporarily closed to the public, they are still celebrating National Ice Cream Day with a contactless drive-thru Ice Cream Giveaway, sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers. Take a drive with your family to the Museum to celebrate National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 19th from 11am-2pm and enjoy a sweet treat courtesy of Florida Dairy Farmers and Blue Bell Ice Cream. The drive-thru event is free and open to the public! The first 1,000 people will receive free individual servings of Blue Bell Ice Cream, plus a goody bag from Florida Dairy Farmers. The system is set up to be a contactless drive-thru pickup, so cars must form a line around the Museum, pull up to the distribution point when it is their turn, then exit the facility after distribution is complete. Guests are required to stay in their cars at all times. It is first come first serve while supplies last and no walk ups will be allowed.
For more information about the National Ice Cream Day celebration at Miami Children’s Museum, please visit Miamichildrensmuseum.org.
Key West Events
Key West has officially cancelled their popular Tropical Heat (originally scheduled for August 12-16) and Womenfest (Originally scheduled for September 2-6) due to Covid 19. However, they are announcing the dates for events in 2021 including Pride (June 2-6); Tropical Heat (August 11-15) and Womenfest (September 1-5).
Peaches Christ and Mink Stole Presents Idol Worship
Peaches Christ invites you to the online celebration of Mink Stole in their virtual version of “IDOL WORSHIP” on Friday July 17 qt 8pm and repeated at 10pm. This cabaret show had been touring when Covid hit and so this one-night-only online version is a new way to present the intimate, revelatory, and heartfelt happening that takes the form of a chat/variety show starring living legend and cult film icon Mink Stole, hosted by drag impresario and filmmaker Peaches Christ. The dynamic duo have been close friends for almost two decades and would like to invite you to join them for this special happening. With interviews, stories, film clips, anecdotes and a live Q&A, this is a wildly entertaining, and uncensored exposé that aspires to be as hilarious as it is revealing. Once you sign up for your free ticket at Peacheschrist.live, you will receive an email, along with a text, with your link to watch at the scheduled time. For questions, emails firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quibi Released Dummy
Based loosely on the life of creator Cody Heller, Dummy is a female buddy comedy about an aspiring screenwriter (Anna Kendrick) who befriends her boyfriend’s sex doll and the two take on the world together. In addition to Kendrick, Dummy stars Meredith Hagner and Donal Logue, and is 10 episodes.
Alessia Cara Presents This Summer: Live Off The Floor
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Alessia Cara gives fans around the world an intimate look into her creative process and the live evolution of her deeply personal songs with the release of her new EP, This Summer: Live Off The Floor, available at all platforms July 17th via Def Jam Recordings. Alessia will be donating her share of net royalties to Save the Children for the next 21 years. She explained her decision further on this Instagram post: “I put out an EP last September and shortly after recorded a live off the floor version, which was set to come out this summer. Then the world flipped upside down, so I decided to donate all my proceeds from this EP for the next 21 years to ‘Save the Children’, a global organization that saves and improves the lives of children who have been denied their rights by ensuring they have shelter, food, protection, healthcare, and education. Thanks to my team for getting on board, and to the wonderful musicians who played on this record. Hope this will be a bit of light in a (for lack of a descriptive enough term) weird time. (abridged version to see full version go to Alessia’s Instagram Account)
South Florida Symphony presents Imagine Being a Concert Pianist
South Florida Symphony, led by Maestra Sebrina María Alfonso, keeps the music playing by bringing the music to the community via Facebook and YouTube with its Intermission Music Series, featuring livestream recital concerts, music movie watch parties and more. The nest Movie Watch party: Imagine Being a Concert Pianist is this Saturday, July 18 at 8pm on their facebook page and at southfloridasymphony.org. Imagine: Being a Concert Pianist gets under the lid of this extreme form of musicianship. Celebrated pianists Yevgeny Kissin, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Chinese wunderkind Lang Lang, talk intimately about their lives, their work and their motivation. This 58-minute BBC documentary gives a frank and personal perspective on a profession for which the only real qualification is genius, richly illustrated with specially recorded rehearsal and performance.
Galleria’s Seasons 52 Chef Elvis Bravo on Faccebook Live
The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale’s Seasons 52 Chef Elvis Bravo returns with a recipe for scrumptious brunch! Join him on Facebook Live on Tuesday, July 21, at 2 pm, for his next Cooking with The Galleria free virtual tutorial series segment. Bravo will livestream and share tips for preparing Savory Herb French Toast topped with crispy bacon, sautéed mushrooms, poached egg and parmesan cheese. Launched in April on Facebook Live, Cooking with The Galleria has successfully entertained thousands in the local community. The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale is currently open with limited hours and additional safety measures complying with government guidelines. Seasons 52, The Capital Grille and P.F. Chang’s are offering full-service dining and take-out. For more information call (954) 564-1036 or visit Galleriamall-fl.com.
Virtual Hospitality Council Meeting hosted by the Miami Beach Convention Center
The Hospitality Council of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is a member industry group established to guide the Chamber in all matters relating to the below items.
- Advocacy and industry trends and analysis
- LGBT tourism trends and tracking
- Pink Flamingo Hospitality Certification Program
- Marketing Greater Miami and Beaches as a premier LGBT travel destination
The upcoming meeting on Tuesday, July 21 from 10-11am is open to both members and non-members, and it’s free. For more information or to register, go to: Gaybizmiami.com/events/details/hospitality-council-meeting-virtual-20805?calendarMonth=2020-07-01