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May LGBT Events in Ft. Lauderdale

May LGBT Events in Ft. Lauderdale

On this Blog, I will post a highlight of some of the LGBT non-profit and political Events that are going on in Ft. Lauderdale each month, so folks who want to attend can put them on their Calendars. 

Friday, April 26 – Sunday, May 5 –  Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival – The festival has grown from a 3-day event in which 25 films were presented to the current format of 10 days with over 65 films. The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is an internationally acclaimed event serving as a platform for numerous World Premiers, North American Premiers and East Coast Premiers. The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is the first MAJOR LGBT film festival to occur in the calendar year, setting the tone for the entire LGBT film festival season. http://www.mglff.com

Wednesday, May 1 – Richard Blanco, Inaugural Poet, at “Plum Blush of Dusk” Benefitting Palm Beach County Human Rights Council 7:30pm – 9:00pm. Ritz Carlton, Palm Beach, 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, FL. To attend the VIP event, the Poetry Reading and the reception, just donate $250. Your name will be added to the VIP list for each $250 increment donated. VIP event will be 6:00PM - 7:00PM. To attend only the Poetry Reading and the reception, just donate $40. Your name will be added to the list for the Poetry Reading and the reception for each $40 increment donated. For more information on tickets, please call Palm Beach Council Human Rights Council at 561-586-0203 or visit http://www.pbchrc.org

Saturday, May 4 – Pride United’s Spring Fling Noon – 8:00pm. Richardson Historic Park and Nature Presurve, 1937 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. Join Pride United for a Great Afternoon of Fun for the Whole Family. Carnival | Derby Tent | Raffles | Children's Corner  | Music | Food | Dance. Admission only $5. Sponsored by: The City of Wilton Manors, Rainbow Business Coalition, Pride South Florida, Stonewall Summer Pride, Hotspots Magazine, Marks List, South Florida Gay News, Guy Mag, Florida Agenda. https://www.facebook.com/events/588968847787842/?suggestsessionid=9c48d46dc6fa6af8734108a56916248f

Saturday, May 4 – Pride Center Flea Market 8:00am – 2:00pm. Pride Center, 2040 N. Dixie HWY, Wilton Manors, Florida 33305. Looking for something special? Come to the Pride Center's Flea Market - every first Saturday of the month! www.pridecenterflorida.org

Wednesday, May 7 – MACK POWER LUNCH – 11:30am – 1:30pm at Thasos Greek Taverna, 3330 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL. At the beginning of every Power Lunch we offer approx. 30 minutes to introduce yourself and chat with fellow attendees in a social setting. There may be a very brief presentation by an event sponsor to share insights and industry information. Then the rest of our time is enjoying lunch and breaking the ice to develop professional friendships with everyone around you.  $33.00, Advance Registration required: www.mackplanet.com

Wednesday, May 8 – Monday, May 13  – BeachBear Weekend, benefiting Sunserve – Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Beach, by Marriott. 440 Seabreeze Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. BeachBear Weekend was founded to bring men to greater Fort Lauderdale to experience the best we have to offer. We’re a cruise that doesn’t leave port. With world class beaches, the nearby Everglades, our wild nightlife and restaurants shopping and many other attractions, we’ll show the guys one hell of a time. www.BeachBearWeekend.com


Thursday, May 9Give Out Day   A National initiative that will engage hundreds of organizations and mobilize thousands of people on a single day across the country to give in support of the LGBT Community. Go to www.giveoutday.org and search for your favorite South Florida Organization.

Thursday, May 9  – Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Gay and Lesbian Business Xchange (GLBX) AFTER HOURS NETWORKING – 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. GRILLE 401, 401 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale 33301. Broward County's premiere gay-friendly networking organization, maximizing our members business profitability. The GLBX meets either the second or the fourth Thursday of each month, depending on venue. The events are free to Chamber members and their guests. https://www.facebook.com/events/157313501102441/?suggestsessionid=dfc83749df95e780023485b28d4c3a6d

Thursday, May 9 –GLBX Night at Broward Center for Warhorse 8:00pm. Broward Center. 210 NW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale. Save 15-20% PLUS Reduced Service Fees! Order by May 1st! • Lock In Your Seats Today! Log on to: www.eventusher.com, Enter the Password : GLBX or MDGLCC, Scroll down and click on the show you wish to purchase tickets

Saturday, May 11  – Bike It For Life – A one day progressive century ride. You can choose to ride 15 miles or 30, you can ride 60 or 100 miles in one day, it’s up to you, your skill your personal pace and what your ultimate goal is for the day. It’s a ride where you can bring all those who say I’d love to ride but I can’t do 100 miles, but can get on a bike and ride even for just an hour and in the end raise money and awareness to HIV/AIDS. The cost is also very different than The SMART Ride, it’s only $50 to register and a commitment to fundraise an additional $250. http://bikeitforlife.org/

Saturday, May 11 – Aqua Foundation VIP Cocktail Reception – 7:00pm – 10:00pm. The private home of J. Michael Heider and Thom Carr, 2411 NE 32nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, Fl, 33305. If you have sophisticated taste and love the fusion of music, food, and interesting people, then our fabulous VIP cocktail is for you. Join us as we kick off the start of the 14th year of Aqua Girl for the first time in Ft. Lauderdale, featuring delicious hors d’oeuvres and luscious libations. We will also be celebrating the Broward honorees for Volunteer and Community Lead of the Year Awards. Allow your senses to take in the authentic Italian flavor of our hors d’oeuvres catered by da Campo Osteria, known for their fresh, intense, yet delicately prepared, dishes. $60 in advance/$80 at the door. $50 in advance for members. http://www.aquagirl.org/events/


Tuesday, May 14 – Mack Mixer Fort Lauderdale – 6:30pm - 9:00pm. Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale, 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL. Fun, yet professional, cocktail socials in Fort Lauderdale. There’s no doubt MACK continues to redesign how business people create new relationships and establish friendships - regardless of sexuality. MACK aims to be the most reliable business and social network for the Gay and Lesbian Community of South Florida. Join their mailing list, register for a lunch, swing by one of the mixers, but most important - bring your friends! Everyone is welcome. MACK is less about orientation and all about discovering untapped opportunities! For information, visit: http://mackplanet.com

Wednesday, May 15 – Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Networking Luncheon – 11:30am – 1:30pm. Mojo Restaurant and Lounge, 4140 North Federal Hway, Fort Lauderdale. Join us for our Quarterly MetLife "Planning with Pride" Networking Luncheon Series. We've booked all of Mojo Restaurant and Lounge so we won't be sharing the restaurant with anyone else! The chef has planned a fantastic 3-Course lunch, beverages and more! This will be a networking themed luncheon, so we promise not to bore you with endless speeches. http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e7dl20vw5fe2f484&llr=siv77qhab

Wednesday, May 15 –  The Equality Garden Club – The Equality Park Garden Club meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month except December.  It is a Gay and Straight friendly garden club with a variety of plant related events.  Meetings include a guest speaker with a horticultural topic, plant exchange, raffle table, and refreshments.  May 11 we have a ramble to nurseries in Homestead on a chartered bus and seats are still available. For more info contact for Chuck Nicholls at canick@aol.com

Thursday, May 16 – The Pride Center’s Dining With Pride at Tee-Jay Thai Sushi – Lunch and Dinner. Tee-Jay Thai Sushi. 2254 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors, FL 33305. Eat lunch or dinner at Tee-Jay Thai Sushi on May 16 and help the Pride Center! Tee-Jay Thai Sushi will donate a percentage of your check to The Pride Center.

Monday, May 20 – The Pride Center’s Founders Circle Reception – 6:00 – 8:00pm. Broward Center’s New Club Level of the Au-Rene Theater, 210 NW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale. The Founder's Circle are individuals who make a monthly gift of $100 to the Pride Center. If you are interested in attending the event to see what it is all about, just email me at rubinlee@yahoo.com and I will put you on the Guest list. There is no commitment to become a Founder, just a chance to meet folks and hear about the great work the Pride Center is doing.

Monday, May 27 – Dinner with Super Bowl Champ and Marriage Equality Advocate, Brendon Ayanbadejo! – VIP 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Kitchenetta, 2850 North Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale. Super Bowl Champ Brendon Ayanbadajo lives in Fort Lauderdale and is joining Equality Florida! Brendon has made national headlines as the NFL’s most outspoken supporter of Marriage Equality, and as a Florida resident he’s 100% committed to helping us win right here. Please join Equality Florida in welcoming the NFL’s most outspoken Marriage Equality advocate to our team! The evening includes a sumptuous and intimate dinner, beer & wine, and a special program with Brendon. Hurry! Seating is very limited – get your tickets today! http://eqfl.org/champevent

Thursday, May 30 – Lambda Legal Fort Lauderdale Mixer  –  5:00pm - 7:00pm. Galanga, 2389 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL. Join fellow supporters for a mix-and-mingle evening of fun, appetizers, and an update on Lambda Legal's work! Guests will enjoy special happy hour pricing of beer, wine and a specialty sake martini out on Galanga's gorgeous patio. For more information or to RSVP by May 28, please contact Judi O'Kelley at jokelley@lambdalegal.org or 206-588-1938. Space is limited, so please RSVP early!


Friday May 31st – FUSION WILTON MANOR Summer BBQ – 6:00PM. 2304 NE 7th Avenue Wilton Manors, FL 33305.Bring something to throw on the Barbie! Bring your favorite dish (and a friend) and join us for an evening of fantastic conversation in a safe, fun, friendly, drug/alcohol free environment! *Hot Dogs Provided. The Broward County Health Department is excited to sponsor Fusion.  Fusion @ Wilton Manors is a center which provides a safe space where the community can go to, meet new people, hang out with friends, and participate in social activities and events.  It has computers with internet access and WiFi; a lounge and conference area.  We serve snacks and beverages, and hold special monthly groups such as BOLT.  We also sponsor projects which cater to the community’s interests.  All at no cost to the community! https://www.facebook.com/events/145881345590993/

Thanks,
Lee Rubin

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