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.
Tuesday, February 4 – Stonewall Book Club – 7:00pm. Stonewall National Museum & Archives, 1300 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 - Join the Stonewall Book Club in a discussion of Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham (Pulitzer Prize and Lambda Literary Award -winning author of The Hours). Specimen Days is a 2005 novel by American writer Michael Cunningham. It contains three stories: one that takes place in the past, one in the present, and one in the future. Each of the three stories depicts three central, semi-consistent character-types: a young boy, a man, and a woman. Walt Whitman’s poetry is also a common thread in each of the three stories, and the title is from Whitman’s own prose works. The film rights to the book have been optioned by American movie producer Scott Rudin, who has turned Cunningham’s previous novel The Hours into an Academy Award-winning movie.
Wednesday, February 5 – Gay Writes – Stonewall Writers Group 7:00pm - Also meets Wednesdays – February 5, 12, 19 and 26. Stonewall National Museum & Archives, 1300 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. Gay Writes gives writers a weekly opportunity to share their work, gain valuable feedback and discuss the challenges and joys of writing with others in an LGBT affirming space. All genres and walk-ins welcome. Please be LGBT or otherwise writing about a LGBT character. Currently a mixed group of nine meets regularly to read a maximum of 5 pages each week. Call Stonewall with questions or more information 954-763-8565.
Thursday, February 6 – 2014 February GLLN Luncheon – 12:00pm – 1:30pm. Timanpo 450 Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. The mission for the Gay & Lesbian Lawyers Network is to provide a social network in which gay, lesbian and gay friendly lawyers can develop their practices through friendships, referral relationships and professional development. Our intention is to fully realize a true business and social network and to provide the opportunity to our participants to support one another in our practices, to promote ourselves within our firms, and to offer a helping hand to each other when needed. http://www.glln.org/uncategorized/luncheons/
Thursday, February 6 – Black Gay Pride - Opening Art Reception– 7:00pm at The Pride Center, 2040 N. Dixie HWY, Wilton Manors, Florida 33305. Black Gay Pride South Florida presents BLACK GAY PRIDE 2014 - Celebrating Black History Month With Pride - Opening Art Reception - Photographer Alonzo Lowery presents his exhibit “Images of Africa” “I considered it a personal challenge to capture people at their best with the camera lens.” His works are on exhibit through Feb 28th. https://www.facebook.com/events/213321838860821/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&suggestsessionid=e9a0f67d274684eab5042d91f34f99bc
Saturday, February 8 – ArtExplosion 2014 Show and Fine Art Sale– 6:00pm – 9:00pm at ArtsUnited 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL. Come celebrate ArtExplosion 2014 on Saturday February 8th from 6pm to 9pm. $10 Donation to support ArtsUnited's Program. Enjoy fine art, drinks and food by Pink Submarine. https://www.facebook.com/events/1460559790831657/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
Saturday, February 8 – Broward House’s 25th Anniversary Gala – 8:00pm – 11:00pm. Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, 1881 SE 17th Street Causeway, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316 Get ready to channel your inner Madonna, Ferris Beuler, Divine, Boy George, Cyndi Lauper, Pee Wee Herman, Don Johnson, or one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as Broward House takes you through a time machine back to the 80’s. http://www.browardhouse.org/events.html
Tuesday, February 11 – Mack Mixer Fort Lauderdale – 6:30pm - 9:00pm. S3@Hilton 505 N. Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL. 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, February 12 – Body Counts by Sean Strub, Author Reading and Presentation– 7:00pm. Stonewall National Museum and Archives, 1300 East Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL. Sean Strub reads from his new memoir as part of the SNMA author series this February. Sean Strub, founder of the groundbreaking POZ magazine, producer of the hit play. http://www.stonewallnationalmuseum.org/event/body-counts-author-reading-and-presentation/
Thursday, February 13 – Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Gay and Lesbian Business Xchange (GLBX) Business After Hours. – 5:30pm - 7:00pm. Events by the Grateful Palate, 3003 NE 32nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Broward County's premiere gay-friendly networking organization, maximizing our member’s business profitability. The GLBX Business After Hours receptions are a key element in creating and fostering these relationships. The GLBX meets either the second or the fourth Thursday of each month, depending on venue.
Thursday, February 13 – Come Out and Play –7:00pm – 10:00pm. C&I Studios in Fat Village, 541 NW 1st Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. Featuring an exculive shoing of Photography by Kyle Poff. No cover, Music by Xian. Local Food Trucks on site. Complimentary drinks. Impulse Group consists of a core group of socially active, young gay men who seek to educate their peers and promote healthier sexual lifestyles. As young gay men, we must take ownership of our own health, and spread this message to the people we love. Impulse makes no distinction between those who are negative and those who are positive. We are all in this fight together. https://www.facebook.com/impulseFTL
Friday, February 14 – SunServe Silver Serve Luncheon – 11:00am – 1:00pm. ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL. SunServe is a model 501(c)(3) nonprofit social service agency serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) community in South Florida. We provide high quality, compassionate, and progressive care for all, including those in financial need, minorities, youth, seniors, families, and those with life-challenging physical or emotional conditions. We also perform numerous education and outreach projects. Kindly RSVP by calling 954.764.5150 ext. 114.
Sunday, February 16 – Equality Florida’s Equali-Tea Dance at The Royal Palms Resort & Spa! – 2:00pm – Royal Palms, 717 Breakers Ave., Fort Lauderdale The Royal Palms’ chic design and tropical comforts along with Florida’s largest statewide LGBT civic rights organization combine to create a fun afternoon of relaxing by the pool, dancing to the music, drink specials, raffles, and a short program about the work of Equality Florida. RSVP Here:
Tuesday, February 18 – Our Fund Education Seminar Series - Financial Planning for LGBT Parents – 6:00pm – 7:00pm – The Pride Center, 2040 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, FL. The most important factor in successful estate, financial and gift planning is your involvement. Your professional advisors can help you navigate and provide you with advice but only you can see it to completion. An important element in this process is your knowledge of the issues involving estate, financial and gift planning. This session will feature Suzannah Richards and Elizabeth Schwartz, Esq. Space is limited - register below or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, February 18 – CheeseMania 1: A fundraiser for AHF's Florida AIDS Walk – 7:00pm – 9:00pm – New York Grilled Cheese, 2207 Wilton Drive, Fort Lauderdale. On Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 beginning at 7:00 PM we are throwing a HUGE party to benefit AHF's Florida AIDS Walk: CheeseMania IS ON!!! Mark your calendars ladies and gentlemen; as we will be launching our official commercial LIVE, while raising money for an AMAZING cause! Come join all the cast from our commercial, and our STAR and lovely hostess Amanda Austin! This will definitely be a night to remember as we reveal our new store front! Come get some amazing food, while giving back to a wonderful cause. We will give back 20% of all profits during this event to The Florida AIDS Walk. See you all there! https://www.facebook.com/events/1438038859762880/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
Wednesday, February 19 – 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. For more info contact for Chuck Nicholls at email@example.com
Thursday, February 20 – GLLN Happy Hour – 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Scandals Saloon, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305. Join the Gay & Lesbian Lawyers Network for the happiest of happy hours! Come for free hors d'oeuvres and drink specials! The mission for the Gay & Lesbian Lawyers Network is to provide a social network in which gay, lesbian and gay friendly lawyers can develop their practices through friendships, referral relationships and professional development. Our intention is to fully realize a true business and social network and to provide the opportunity to our participants to support one another in our practices, to promote ourselves within our firms, and to offer a helping hand to each other when needed. http://www.glln.org/uncategorized/happy-hour/
Saturday, February 22 – Pride Center’s Evening in Paradise – Carnaval! – 7:00pm – 9:30pm. Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve located at 1937 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Florida. On Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 7:00pm, The Pride Center will collaborate with the City of Wilton Manors to present Evening in Paradise – Carnaval! Proceeds benefit The Pride Center‘s vital programs and services along with Wilton Manor’s Island City Foundation. Evening in Paradise, now in its third year, has grown to represent the signature Spring fundraising and entertainment event for The Center and the community. Throughout the evening, guests will be entertained and delighted by a little bit of Rio de Janeiro at the Richardson House in Wilton Manors. Samba dancers, food, music and decorations will tantalize the senses. Be a part of this exciting party and celebrate Carnaval! To buy tickets visit: www.eveninginparadise.org
Save the Date:
Saturday, March 1 – Out & Ready for Hillary @ Pride Fort Lauderdale 2014 – Out & Ready for Hillary will have an exhibitor booth at Pride Fort Lauderdale 2014. We'll be giving away free Ready for Hillary swag so be sure to stop by our booth! Ready for Hillary is a national grassroots movement encouraging Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016. Started by two volunteers in January 2013, Ready for Hillary now has nearly 2 million supporters and over 35,000 grassroots donors. ** We are currently looking for volunteers for our exhibitor booth. Potential volunteers should live near Ft. Lauderdale or have already planned on attending Pride Fort Lauderdale on their own. Interested volunteers, please apply using this Google form: http://goo.gl/X1G8cW
Tuesday, March 4 – Mack Power Lunch – 11:30am – 1:30pm at Grill 401 Las Olas, 401 Las Olas Blvd., Ft. 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
Friday, March 7 – VIP Reception for National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Winter Party Festival – 7:30pm – 10:00pm. The James Royal Palm, 1545 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL. Tickets are $85pp. http://www.winterparty.com/purchase
March 5 -10 – National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Winter Party Festival – Launched in 1994 as a one-time charity dance event on the sands of beautiful South Beach, Winter Party Festival has evolved into a week-long series of events benefiting the LGBT community nationally and locally. A portion of the net precedes of WPF support the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's efforts to take action, build power and create change for LGBT people. The majority of the proceeds are donated to local service organizations through a grant-making process administered by The Miami Foundation. Over 10,000 guests from around the world attend our annual six-day extravaganza featuring the most spectacular venues, the most unforgettable parties and receptions and the best international DJ talent. http://www.winterparty.com/about-winter-party-festival
Thursday, March 27 – PYP’s Cocktails for a Cause: 2nd Annual National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day Event – 7:00pm Las Olas Fine Art Gallery (701 E. Las Olas Boulevard). Cocktails and hors d'ouevres. Suggested donation $100 (however, all donations are welcome and appreciated) PYP website is www.pypf.org For more info contact Irwin Drucker at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, March 30 – Lambda Legal Garden Party – 5:00pm – 7:30pm. Bonnet House, 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Please join Lambda Legal for the 10th annual Fort Lauderdale Reception. This annual event, a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception among the lush grounds of the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens will bring together more than 300 of our supporters from across South Florida’s LGBT and allied community to celebrate the work of Lambda Legal.
Saturday, April 5 – 5th Annual International Gay Polo Tournament at the International Polo Club in Wellington – Mark your calendars for the 5th Annual International Gay Polo Tournament. This year marks the organization's most ambitious event ever. We have kept the best of the best, while changing up a few things. GPL is a community that shares a love for adventure, fun and the challenging sport of polo. GPL is committed to providing members with an enjoyable, supportive and competitive experience. GPL represents a wide range of ages, backgrounds and skill levels. GPL trains and competes in mainstream matches and GPL events to share enthusiasm for the sport and change perceptions about the LGBT community. For more information about GPL visit: http://gaypolo.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f38e1c15f9659ed8a06cf68f2&id=aa9b96fd30&e=6b46ab1789.
Sunday, April 6 – 3rd Annual Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Network Fundraiser Gala benefiting Our Fund – 4:00pm – 7:00pm. Hugh’s Culinary, 4351 NE 12th Terrace, Oakland Park, FL 33334. Tickets $50 until March 24, 2014 ($100 after 3/24/14). Tickets include 2 complimentary drinks, butlered hors d’oeuvres, food stations and desserts. Also available, 2 VIP Tickets $150 until March 24, 2014 (VIP tickets include Champagne and Caviar Reception 3:15pm – 4:00pm. http://www.glln.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/AD-Gala2014.jpg
Saturday, September 20 – 3rd Annual Reverse Quinceanera Pageant benefiting Sunserve – 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Second Presbyterian Church located at 1400 N Federal Hwy Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 SAVE THE DATE!!!
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