This past Sunday, June 14, Wilton Manors presented “Rally For The Remedy,” a peaceful demonstration that started at Hagen Park, and then marched down Wilton Drive, and back around to Hagen Park. There were many powerful speeches and I for one am glad I was there to see our community support the systematic racism that exists in our country!
The Politician Season 2 Drops on Netflix on Friday, June 19
I cannot wait for Friday, as one of my favorite shows from last season returns. This season Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) fights to unseat Dede Standish (Judith Light) in the New York State Senate race. As a long-time incumbent and greatly admired Senate Majority Leader with no-nonsense Chief of Staff, Hadassah Gold (Bette Midler) at her side, Dede’s re-election was supposed to be easy, but Payton – who sees this as the next step on his path to the Presidency – must decide what kind of politician he ultimately wants to be in order to succeed, even if that means exposing secrets, lies, and a throuple. Meanwhile, his mother, Georgina Hobart (Gwyneth Paltrow), makes a momentous decision that threatens to upstage him and everything he’s hoping to accomplish. But if Payton wants to rise above petty politics and succeed without compromising his character, he must find his voice and strengthen his political message to inspire and excite the voters. Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, The Politician offers a comedic and satirical glimpse into just what it takes to be a politician. For more information, go to: Netflix.com/thepolitician
Love Victor, now available on Hulu
Set in the world of the 2018 groundbreaking film “Love, Simon,” which was inspired by Becky Albertalli’s acclaimed novel, “Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda,” the series follows Victor, a new student at Creekwood High School on his own journey of self-discovery, facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city, and struggling with his sexual orientation. When it all seems too much, he reaches out to Simon to help him navigate the ups and downs of high school. Cast: Michael Cimino (“Anabelle Comes Home”), Ana Ortiz (“Whiskey Cavalier,” “Ugly Betty”), James Martinez (“One Day at a Time”), Isabella Ferreira (“Orange is the New Black”), Mateo Fernandez, Rachel Naomi Hilson (“This Is Us”), Bebe Wood (“The Real O’Neal’s,” “The New Normal”), George Sear (“Will,” “Into the Badlands”), Anthony Turpel (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) and Mason Gooding (“Booksmart”).
Gilda’s Club Live from South Florida…its Saturday Night is Going Virtual!
Join them for an incredible night of entertainment and comedy for a cause starring comedian Jimmy Shubert (Originally from Philadelphia, Jimmy Shubert has built an impressive resume as an actor, both in film and on television. He was a finalist on Last Comic Standing and has been seen on Comedy Central Presents, Dave Atell’s Comedy Underground, King Of Queens, Entourage, 2 Broke Girls, Reno 911, Monk, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Italian Job, and much more. His new comedy album ‘Zero Tolerance’ was recently the #1 bestselling comedy album on iTunes), Florida’s Funniest Female Kaycee Conlee, a special musical guest and so much more!
Tune in to Gilda’s Club Youtube channel on Saturday, June 20 at 7pm: (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk7AzC6_lGEmQYFCdblg4yQ?=)
Fab, The Duo Releases: “Our Love Is Resistance”
Fab The Duo, a biracial glam pop-rock duo and real-life couple, announced the release date and title for the group’s upcoming EP. Our Love Is Resistance: Friday, June 19. Of the title track and music video, Fab The Duo says: “We recorded this song and music video at the beginning of 2020 in a world that feels very different from the one we live in now. Yet this track and its message seem more relevant than ever. We must fight against the hate and injustices of the world at all costs and know that love will prevail.” Of the Our Love Is Resistance EP, Fab The Duo says: “We are proud to be making history as the first gay couple to make waves in the music industry. This EP is a culmination of love from each other and what we have received. Love is and always will be the ultimate form of resistance, and we hope that by listening to this EP, people will learn to love a little bit more and feel inspired to be their true selves.” Order Our Love Is Resistance EP at: https://orcd.co/fabtheduo-ourloveisresistance
Black Music Month Celebrated by TV One
TV One celebrates Black Music Month with the debut of its original documentary, The Beat Don’t Stop, airing on Sunday, June 21 at 8pm, followed by an encore presentation at 10pm. The long-awaited documentary was a year in the making and highlights the history and legacy of Go-go music. The film also delves into the evolution of the Go-go culture, celebrating the legacy of the Godfather of Go-go music, Chuck Brown, and the pivotal role Radio One played as the original broadcast platform for the music genre. Additionally, it examines the passion that fueled social movements, including the internationally recognized Don’t Mute DC, which emphasized the music’s power and influence amid a rapidly changing cultural landscape. The Beat Don’t Stop features a host of celebrities, artists, music historians, and community leaders including rapper Doug E. Fresh; band members from Junk Yard Band, Trouble Funk, E.U., Backyard Band, TOB, TCB and Maiesha and the Hip Huggers; the dance crew Beat Ya Feet Finest; music historians Dr. Natalie Hopkinson and Kato Hammond; music journalists Ericka Blount and Alona Wartofsky; Don’t Mute DC organizer Ron Moten; Moechella organizer Justin “Yaddiya” Johnson; talent promoter and former MCA Records executive Bo Sampson; music producer Tone P; Radio One Personality Angie Ange; DJ Flexx; hip hop artist DJ Kool; and many others.
Werq the World’s Pride Castle
Queens Jaida Essence Hall and Yvie Oddly will star in Werq the World’s Pride Castle, streaming live on Saturday, June 27th at 8pm. Trans activist Candis Cayne hosts with special performances by RuPaul’s Drag Race favorites Heidi N Closet, Raja, Naomi Smalls, Kim Chi and Plastique. Net proceeds from Werq the World: Pride Castle ticket sales and 100% of viewer tips and donations will be donated to the National Black Justice Coalition, an organization dedicated to empowering the black LGBT+ community. Pre-sale tickets are $9.99 for a limited time at VossEvents.com. The show will be available for replay for 48 hours after the live event.
Ru Paul’s All Star Blair St. Clair Releases “9 Lives”
Speaking of Drag Race, Blair St. Clair just released her newest single, “9 Lives,” along with its accompanying self-directed music video. Alongside the release, she also announces her sophomore full-length album, Identity, via PEG Records alongside Warner Music Group’s independent distribution division, Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA). Blair first previewed “9 Lives” on the June 5 premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season 5, on which she is a current contestant. “’9 Lives’ is about getting second chances in life,” Blair shares about the track. “Sometimes, even more than a second chance. It’s a bit darker and mysterious in tone, and full of metaphors.” Taking a more hands-on approach for this album, Blair co-wrote several songs on Identity, and handled creative direction for the “9 Lives” music video. “For me, IDENTITY is all about sharing myself from the inside out versus what you may find on the surface,” Blair says of the new album, which she has been working on for over a year. “I wanted to come up with songs that were about my present, my past, and hint toward where I plan to go in my future. From making past mistakes, holding secrets, getting second chances, and dealing with both positive and negative personal discoveries, IDENTITY is simply me.”
Applications for The Residences at Equality Park open through June 26
The application process for The Residences at Equality Park is now open. The Residences represents Florida’s first affordable housing community with customized support services for LGBTQ+ Seniors. Crossroads Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Carrfour, will be accepting pre-applications for affordable housing until June 26th. They will use a lottery system in selecting applicants. It is NOT a “first-come-first-served” system. No date or time stamping is used in the process for applications received. To learn more and download an application go to: Carrfour.org.
Hospitality Council of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
The council is a member industry group established to guide the Chamber in all matters relating to: Advocacy and industry trends and analysis; LGBT tourism trends and tracking; Pink Flamingo Hospitality Certification Program, and Marketing Greater Miami and Beaches as a premier LGBT travel destination. This upcoming Virtual Hospitality Council meeting hosted by Carillon Miami Wellness Resort on Tuesday, June 23 from 10-11am is open to both members and non-members of the Chamber. Admission is free at: https://www.gaybizmiami.com/events/details/hospitality-council-meeting-virtual-20787
Preparing to file your Income Tax Return” presented by GALLA
The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) and GALLA (Gay & Lesbian Lawyers Association), invite you to join them for a free webinar on the topic of Taxes. Valuable information will be shared which will aid in your personal and/or business Income Tax filling due on July 15th. An opportunity for Q&A will be available as well. This free webinar on Thursday, June 25 from 4 to 5pm is made possible thanks to the collaboration of Chamber members “Greenberg Traurig” and “Berkowitz, Pollack, Brant Advisors & CPA” as well as guest speakers Gennette E. Faust & Pedro L. Porras CPA, MST. To register, go to: https://www.gaybizmiami.com/events/details/free-webinar-preparing-to-file-your-income-tax-return-presented-by-galla-gay-lesbian-lawyers-association-20797?calendarMonth=2020-06-01
NSU LGBTQA Pride Friday, June 19 at 12pm
Listen to LGBTQA panelists describe their paths. Hear the panelists share their personal journeys and describe the current challenges to overcoming barriers and stigmatization in a world designed for cisgender and heterosexual people. LGBTQA = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Asexual, & Allies. The panel consists of Cindy Brown, Manager Jewish Community Services Lambda Living Program, Miami LGBT Leader, President of Cenergy, LLC, DJ Diva Power Infiniti, Mindy Dunagan, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling, Amy E. Ellis, Ph.D., Alumna, Visiting Assistant Professor/Assistant Director, Trauma Resolution & Integration Program, Justin Maki, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling, Zaver D. Moore, M.S., M.A. Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student, Graduate Assistant–Student Counseling Services, Counselor in Residence, Nicolas Meade, M.S. Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student, Trauma Resolution and Integration Program, Carlos Manuel Perez, Ed.D., Alumnus, NSU Director of Outreach, Adjunct Professor, and
Steve Rothaus, Mainstream news pioneer on South Florida LGBTQ issues. Register for webinar at: https://nova.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ImO0553YS0SpxeXuLkIDOA
Lips Re-Opens on Thursday June 25
Lips, the ultimate in drag dining, is excited to welcome the community back to the perfect place for any celebration when it officially reopens at 7pm on Thursday, June 25, in compliance with local and state COVID 19 guidelines. In the tradition of Lips, the incredible cast will sashay on stage, deliver delicious dining options and pour signature drinks from Thursday through Saturday nights and for Sunday Brunch, until further notice. Sales from the reopening night will benefit all Lips employees as they make their glamorous return. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (954) 567-0987. Limited seating is available. For more info visit: Lipsusa.com.