This past Sunday was the annual Stonewall Street Festival and Parade down Wilton Drive. Although Mother Nature was extremely unkind, beating us with unbearable heat, the crowds still came out to party and spend the entire day walking up and down the drive and supporting all the local business. I spoke to quite a few of the business owners and the consensus was that they were all EXTREMELY happy!
Congratulations go out to all the organizers of the Pride of Greater Fort Lauderdale for putting on another successful event. In this situation, I will let the pics talk…so enjoy and stay tuned for many more pics in next week’s edition!
Thursday, June 24
Clematis By Night Compass Fundraiser takes place tonight where you can go and see your favorite bartenders from The Lounge, Roosters, The Bar and The Mad Hatter Lounge serve it up under the stars and rock the night with Datura Street Band!
The newest addition to Miami’s art world, AD013 Studio, will host an open house party starting at 6:30 pm, and a full program will continue into the night. Guests will be greeted by a raffle opportunity, the prizes of which will be professional photo shoots, complete with hair and makeup, gift certificates from the night’s sponsors and a free photography workshop. An enticing bar will keep the thirst quenched, delicious French hors d’oeuvres from Miami’s Le Boudoir will satisfy any appetite, and DJ Sonny will spin the hottest jams. At 7 pm, a short presentation will explain what AD013 Studio is all about and what workshops are offered. Following, live photo shoots will take place in the studio with extravagant sets and professional photographers. For more information about this event, the workshops offered, studio rental pricing, as well as David’s photography services, please visit the website, AD013Studio.com, or call the studio at 305-640-8758
Friday, June 25
The Epic Show Lounge at The Manor presents an evening with Bruce Vilanch starting at 7:30 pm. General admission is $25 with VIP seating $40. Tickets are available at The Manor box office anytime. Dinner seating is available before and after the show.
Saturday, June 26
Noche Latina Saturdays at the Manor in the Ivy Lounge and Patio presents the 4th annual Puerto Rican Pride celebration starring Erika Norell and Amanda West with DJ Larry Larr. They will also feature the Hottest Boricua Contest at 1:30 am with $300 in cash and prizes.
The Miami Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce proudly presents their 9th annual Gala Awards celebration, this year entitled The Blue Gala. The gala will be held at the Hilton Miami Dowtown, 1601 Biscayne Blvd; and suggested attire is shades of blue. Tickets are $95 with VIP tables of 10 going for $1500. To order tickets call 305-673-4440 or e-mail MDGLCC@bellsouth.net. For more information go to GoGayMiami.com
The 9th Annual Stonewall Ball, brought to you by COMPASS and Sutka Productions International, will be held at the Harriet Himmel Theater in City Place. This year’s ball, themed “Stonewall Heroes United,” will be the resurrection party everyone will be talking about! Dinner in downtown CityPlace and then doors open at 8:30 of the Harriet for Stonewall Ball “Heroes United!” Did you miss Velvet’s production at PrideFest of the Palm Beaches? Community Hero Velvet Lenore and friends will be performing this year at Stonewall Ball! Palm Beach costumed black and white attire is encouraged. General admission is $25 for pre-sale and $30 at the door or $15 with new membership. To purchase tickets call 561-533-9699.
The founder of the Poverello Center Food Bank, Father William Collins, OFM will celebrate 50 years of service to the community with a Golden Jubilee at the Broward Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd, starting at 6 pm. For more information or to purchase tickets go to Poverello.org
The Ramrod presents a fundraiser for Southeast Leather Boy Sean.
Sunday, June 27
Sidelines Summer Cook-off Competition continues today at 5 pm with the Chicken Wings Cook-Off. Although they have celebrity judges they also give out audience awards so there will be wings for everybody. To register see the manager on duty for contest rules.
Scandals presents Lady Fancy and the Jubilettes in their monthly Gospel Jubilee with a special appearance by their version of the Goodman family. They will be celebrating old fashioned southern gospel music starting at 6 pm. If you want good seats, you better go early!
Monday, June 28
The Stable presents Lady Fancy as the fabulous Tina Turner starting at 8 pm. I heard her version of Proud Mary is amazing, so I will be there to check it out. Lady Fancy will also have some of her friends as special guest performers.
Congratulations to Vero and Jean owners of Le Patio who have been awarded “Best Outdoor Dining 2010 Broward/Palm Beach” by “New Times.”
Cuchifrito at Johnny’s presents the finals of their $500 Elite Underwear contest on Thursday, July 1st. The winners of the last 8 weeks will come back to compete for the grand prize. So check out these hotties who will do almost anything to win.
The Cross the Line Fetish party being produced by the Fetish Factory that was supposed to take place on Sunday, June 27th at The Manor has been moved to Friday, July 2nd. The good news is that this party will now be a regular monthly party taking place the first Friday of every month.
Following a recent call for nominations, new leadership was ushered in at a board meeting of the Rainbow Alliance with the appointment of Terry Hochmuth, proprietor of the Villa Venice Resort, as Chairman; Keith Blackburn, proprietor of Mary’s Resort and Ed Lugo, proprietor of Ed Lugo Resort as board members. Roger Handevidt, proprietor of the Orton Terrace Guesthouse, returns to the board as immediate Past Chair and founding member Richard Gray of the Royal Palms Resort continues as Board Member Emeritus. With newly appointed members to its board of directors, the Rainbow Alliance will continue to lead the Greater Fort Lauderdale GLBT hospitality and lodging industry by focusing their efforts on new strategies to build consumer awareness, maintain the strength of its membership base, and tap into the growing groups and events arena. With their newly adopted internet portal GoGayFortLauderdale.com the 40+ member group is shifting gears to better facilitate a cooperative effort to represent and promote gay and gay friendly businesses to prospective gay visitors.
This realization came to Michael Bamford, founder of Frisky Factory LLC, who immediately began the creation of FriskyHands.com once Mr. Richie, an accomplished fashion model and television personality, professed his community, the GLBTQ deaf community, as socially isolated. FriskyHands.com is specifically tailored for the GLBTQ deaf and their friends and admirers to help eliminate the loneliness and social isolation those in the GLBTQ deaf community might feel. FriskyHands.com will virtually unite the millions of GLBTQ deaf and their friends across the English speaking world. Users can interact through live chat, rich web messaging and stay mobile through their iPhones.
FriskyHands.com aspires to be the leading website where the GLBTQ deaf and their friends and admirers go to find others for friendship, travel, dating and more! Soon they will add a video-conferencing function. This stunning new platform will allow the deaf and hearing populations to directly communicate without sign language, in English. Its search function will allow you to find men or women with common interests in a defined geographical area for social interaction. No longer will deaf gay people be isolated from full participation in our community.
Tresvivant products is pleased to offer a new sugar scrub and shimmer set exclusively for the lips. Cooler weather brings its own challenges, especially on our bodies and they have the perfect solution. Their Lip Sugar Scrub exfoliates the chapped weather beaten skin; follow this by their Lip Shimmer, which rehydrates the undamaged skin beneath. These two products will bring great relief for those in need, and they come in gift sets or as singles and trust me your lips will thank you.
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