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May 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.

Thursday, May 1 – GLLN Luncheon 11:45pm – 1:15pm. Timpano Italian Chophouse, 450 E Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. 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/events/

Friday, May 2 - Sunday May 11 – The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, a critically acclaimed event, is based in the world-renowned historic South Beach neighborhood with additional films screened at locations throughout Miami-Dade County. The 16th Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will take place from. The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is committed to its mission: To inspire, entertain and educate the public, encourage a sense of community through international and culturally diverse film, video and other media that offer historical and contemporary perspectives on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience. The festival has grown from a 3-day event in which 25 films were presented to the current format of 10 days with 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/

Saturday, May 3, 2014 NO H8 Campaign Photo Shoot  2:00pm - 5:00pm. The Wetin Fort Lauderdale, 400 Corporate Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL. The first of three Open Photo Shoots in FLORIDA. *This location is not to be confused with The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. * *COME CAMERA READY *WEAR WHITE NOH8 Posing Fees/Costs: SOLO PHOTOS .......... $40.00. COUPLE & GROUP PHOTOS ........ $25.00 per person. Celebrity Photographer & NOH8 Co-Founder Adam Bouska will be working around the clock to photograph 5-10 frames for each person that comes through. The final selection he chooses will be retouched and made available to you in approximately 8 weeks through the website (timeline subject to change): www.NOH8Campaign.com

Tuesday, May 6 – Mack Power Lunch – 11:30am – 1:30pm at Beauty & The Feast @ The Atlantic Hotel. 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach 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

May 7-12 – Beach Bear Weekend benefiting the Pride Center of South Florida – Join the migration with thousands of other bears to the warm beaches of Fort Lauderdale May 7th-13th this event draws Bears from all over the globe to bask on some of the best beaches in the world by day and have the crazy Fort Lauderdale bear parties at night. http://beachbearweekend.com/

Thursday, May 8 – Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Gay and Lesbian Business Xchange (GLBX) Business After Hours. – 5:30pm - 7:00pm. Curiosities Auction House, 1105 NE 13th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. 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, May 9 – 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.

May 14-18 Aqua Girl 2014 As the largest charity women’s week in the country, your participation in Aqua Girl® contributes to a very good cause. In fact, 100% of the proceeds from Aqua Girl® benefit the Aqua Foundation for Women, a not-for-profit foundation whose primary mission is to serve as the funding catalyst for lesbian, bisexual, and transgender wellness and equality in South Florida through grants, scholarships, and initiatives. For information on Aqua Girl® including media information, sponsorship, or performing at Aqua Girl®, please contact Robin Schwartz, Executive Director of Aqua Foundation for Women. http://www.aquagirl.org/

Tuesday, May 13 – Mack Mixer Fort Lauderdale – 6:30pm - 9:00pm. Dapur, 1620 N Federal Hwy., 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, May 13 – The Pride Center’s Founders Circle Reception – 6:00 – 8:00pm. Daoud’s Fine Jewelry, 2473 East Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 . 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.

Thursday, May 15 – GLLN Happy Hour – 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Mustang Lounge at Bill’s Filling Station, 2209 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. 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/

Saturday, May 17– Pet Project Yappy Hour – 3:00pm – 9:00pm. Hunters Fort Lauderdale, 2232 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Florida 33305. Dog Wash 3-7pm, Small Dogs $10, Bigger Dogs $15, Silent Auctions. Make a donation or drop off Pet Food and receive a FREE drink ticket. ** Dogs are allowed in the bar during Yappy Hour. PLEASE SHARE IS WITH ALL YOUR PET LOVER FRIENDS. https://www.facebook.com/events/265494833623953/

Wednesday, May 21 – 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

Tuesday, May 27 – GFLGLCC Lunch, Learn & Network with Advocates for Surrogacy12:00pm - 1:00pm. Dapur, 1620 N Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, FL. Join us on May 27th when we will take over the Bali Room at Dapur for an intimate lunch of not more than 25. We'll begin at Noon and end promptly at 1 PM. Our featured speaker will be Candace O'Brien of Advocates for Surrogacy. The subject will be "Building Your Family Through Surrogacy.” https://www.facebook.com/events/651225274956345/

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:

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!!! 

Island City Art Walk – Held on the 3rd Friday of each month, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m., November through April, along the 1.1 mile Wilton Drive, in the Wilton Manors Art and Entertainment District. The official participants include galleries, eclectic stores, cafes, boutiques and upscale restaurants, which will host over 40 local artists. This is a grassroots collaboration bringing culture and business together for the public to enjoy. http://www.islandcityartwalk.com/
December 11 – Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Holiday Party – 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Blue Martini, 2432 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. http://www.glln.org/events/

Thanks,
Lee Rubin
rubinlee@yahoo.com

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