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March 2014 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.

Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2 – Pride Fort Lauderdale 2014 – 12:00 pm – 7:00pm. This event is once again hosted at, Fort Lauderdale War Memorial Auditorium at Holiday Park (800 NE 8th St. Fort Lauderdale, FL). Admission price at the gate is $15 per day, or $25 for the weekend. Credit card payments can be taken at the gate with a $10 surcharge. For more information, visit: http://pridesouthflorida.org/ 

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. Interested volunteers, please contact: rubinlee@yahoo.com 

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 

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 6  – GLLN Luncheon 12:00pm – 1:30pm. J. Marks Restaurant, 1245 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. Monthly luncheons are the first Thursday of every month. 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/ 

Monday, March 10 – The Pride Center’s Founders Circle Reception – 6:00 – 8:00pm. Embassy Suites Hotel. 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. 

Tuesday, March 11 – Mack Mixer Fort Lauderdale – 6:30pm - 9:00pm. The Atlantic Hotel, 601 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 

Tuesday, March 11  – Stonewall Book Club 7:00pm. Stonewall National Museum & Archives, 1300 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 - Dos Equis by Anthony Bidulka - winner of the Lambda Literary Award. After a year-long, self-imposed exile, ten whispered words in a cryptic telephone message change everything for Russell Quant: “Quant, you are the only one who can help me.” Returning to his life as a prairie private eye, he comes face to face with the greatest horror of his career. When an old rival is found dead, Quant is thrust into his most personal and dangerous case yet. Up against a cold, calculating villain, Russell risks everything, including the lives of those he loves. Fighting to right a wrong, Russell recruits his entire entourage of family and friends in an unforgettable caper that races from the frigid winterscapes of Saskatchewan to the pristine beaches of Mexico’s Costa Grande, in a tale of love, loss, lies, and coming home. www.stonewall-museum.org 

Tuesday, March 13  – Stonewall Movie Night 7:00pm. Stonewall National Museum & Archives, 1300 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. Reaching For the Moon Directed by Bruno Barreto, English, original title, "Flores Raras." Stonewall National Museum & Archives celebrates Women’s History Month with the award-winning 2013 film Reaching For The Moon. A chronicle of the tragic love affair between Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares. (English). www.stonewall-museum.org 

Thursday, March 13  – Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Gay and Lesbian Business Xchange (GLBX) Business After Hours. 5:30pm - 7:00pm. Pelican Grand Beach Resort, 2000 North Ocean Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305. 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.
http://www.ftlchamber.com/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=GLBX%20admin%20Events 

Friday, March 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. 

Saturday, March 15 – A Tropical Plant Sale, benefiting the Pride Center – 8:00am – 3:30pm. Pride Center 2040 N. Dixie HWY, Wilton Manors, Florida. Presented by Equality Park Garden many plants will be available for sale. Experts will be present to answer your horticultural and landscape questions. Contact plantfair2014@aol.com for more info or 954-257-2317 

Saturday, March 15th – Florida Aids Walk Casino Night Kickoff Party – 8:00pm. Sidelines Sport Bar 2031 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL. Please join the Florida Aids Walk staff, Team Sidelines, and all the great volunteers of the organization for the Casino Night Kickoff Party for Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival! Try your luck at the Blackjack Tables, Texas Hold'em Tables, or the Roulette Tables. We will be giving away some great prizes for the winners, as well as have several silent auction items, and a 50/50 Raffle. For your donation of $20, you get $2000 in chips to play at your tables of choice, or try them all. The table will open at 8PM, and will stay open late into the night! Florida Aids Walk is also selling raffle tickets for a 7 day all inclusive trip anywhere in the world on the elite Silverseas Cruise Ships. Raffles tickets are $40 each, and there are only 500 tickets so get them early! http://takeaction.aidshealth.org/site/PageNavigator/FAW_Homepage

Saturday, March 15 – Tropic Magazine and SunServe present SPACE RACE dance party with DJ Julian March – 8:00pm until 11:00pm. The Sanctuary Church - Second Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale, 1400 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304.Tropic Magazine and SunServe invite you to dance the night away at SPACE RACE a ModWeekend event to benefit SunServe.In the Lunar Landing Waterfront Auditorium. DJ Julian MarshBar and hors d’ oeuvres courtesy of Dapur.Tickets $35.00 VIP tickets $60.00 All proceeds benefit SunServe. $35.00 tickets include admission, signature drinks and cash bar. VIP tickets include admission, full open bar and valet parking.*** 60's attire requested by not required***https://www.facebook.com/events/252277831617520/?previousaction=join&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=1 

Sunday, March 16 – Equality Florida Miami Gala– 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Perez Art Museum. You are cordially invited to join us for this wonderful event that includes drinks, delicious hors d'oevres, an exciting program, including a special address by Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith. Tickets are $150, to register online go to: http://eqfl.org/miamigala 

Sunday, March, 16 – Evolution 2014 - A Pool Party Driving Progressive Change – 1:00 pm - 7:00pm. Get Wet With DJ Christian and the Impulse Group - Fort Lauderdale Models. OPEN BAR. Complimentary Valet * Food * Swag. No cover 18 - 40; 41+ $50Impulse Group - Fort Lauderdale is a group dedicated to the advancement of safe sex awareness and practice among young, sexually active gay men between the ages of 18-35. http://impulsegrp.org/

Wednesday, March 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 canick@aol.com 

Thursday, March 20  – GLLN Happy Hour – 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Rumors. 2426 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL. Complimentary appetizers and 2-for-1 happy hour drink prices 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/ 

Friday, March 21  – The TIMES of Our Lives Exhibit Opening and Sneak Peak of the new Stonewall National Museum – 7:00pm. Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33334. Exhibit runs Friday, March 21 – Sunday, March 30, 2014 - The TIMES of Our Lives features LGBT People and Issues on the Cover of Time Magazine. Also exhibited are t-shirts and original artwork from graphic designer and photographer A. J. Epstein.www.stonewall-museum.org

Sunday, March 23 – Rick Case Auto Group presents SunServe's 3rd Annual Hat & Garden Party 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Lori Parrish's Enchanted Garden, 2701 SW 141 Terrace, Davie, Florida 33330. Join SunServe for traditional English fair and tea or coffee with a twist as you marvel at Broward County’s Emerald Award winning Thousand Orchid Garden on the grounds of  Broward County Property Appraiser Lori Parrish's home. As is yearly tradition, attendees are encouraged to wear hats and vie for the cachet of having Broward County's Most Fabulous Hat 2014! http://sunserve.org/ 

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 irwin@pypf.org 

Thursday, March 27– Stonewall Author Reading – 7:00pm. Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33334. Gregg Shapiro and Allison Nichol read gay and lesbian short fiction from Jonathan and the anthology Defying Gravity, respectively www.stonewall-museum.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. 

To see a listing of other events, check out OutClique, South Florida’s newest and most fabulous site for Gay South Florida. They feature gay and gay-friendly events. Drink specials, social events, charity functions, leather themed groups, dance parties, whatever is going on, its there. OutClique is your one-stop-shot for the gay happenings in South Florida. http://www.outclique.org/index.php/event-list

Save the Date:

Wednesday, April 9 – Reading Queer – Literary Salon/Queer Depot at Stonewall – 7:00 pm Stonewall National Library & Archives 1300 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. Featuring Maureen Seaton & Julie Marie Wade. Is all art-making inherently queer, particularly in a world that devalues art and consigns most artists to the margins of mainstream work?  Maybe queerness is a kind of potential we all have to express ourselves creatively, apart from gender, race, orientation, etc. What if it is? How can we tap into this potent energy source? The discussion begins: Queer Depot 101.   

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 

Thursday, April 24 – Dining Out for Life® to benefit Broward House - Help raise much needed funds for HIV/AIDs....and all you have to do is go out and have a fabulous meal!! On April 25, 2013, restaurants throughout South Florida will participate in the international annual event Dining Out for Life® presented by Subaru. The event is an HIV/AIDS Fundraiser and in South Florida the licensed agency for this event is Broward House, Broward County's oldest and largest HIV/AIDS community service organization supplying services up to and including housing, medical care and a myriad of other services to over 6,000 South Florida residents living with or at risk for the disease. For a full list of South Florida's participating restaurants, visit http://www.diningoutforlife.com/fortlauderdale

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!!! 

Thanks,
Lee Rubin
rubinlee@yahoo.com

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