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June 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.
 

Wednesday, June 4 – ArtsUnited, We Do, Too – A photography show about Marriage Equality 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Gallery 6, Broward Main Library 100 S Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. A photography show about Marriage Equality featuring couples from Florida who were married out of state. Show runs through June 30th. Free and open to the public
https://www.facebook.com/auwedotoo#!/events/475059065960103/

Thursday, June 5 – 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. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. http://www.glln.org/events/

Thursday, June 5 – VIP Fundraising Reception Preceding “The Day It Snowed In Miami” film screening and panel discussion at the Gateway Theatre. – 5:00pm. Chill Wine Lounge, 1828 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. Tickets: $75 and include one glass of wine, light food and movie ticket. http://www.stonewall-museum.org

Thursday, June 5 – “The Day It Snowed In Miami” Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion. 7:00 pm. The Classic Gateway Theatre, 1820 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL. The screening will serve as a fundraiser to benefit Stonewall National Museum & Archives and SAVE (formerly SAVE Dade). The fundraiser is presented with gratitude for resources and information SAVE and SNMA contributed to the making of the film. Tickets: $25 Advance $30 At The Door. Purchase tickets at: http://www.stonewall-museum.org 

Saturday, June 7 – The Pride Wind Ensemble will present "A Little Night Music" – 7:00pm. Amaturo Theatre of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Join us for this exciting concert as we explore "Music of the Night." From movie soundtracks to musicals, this concert will have the usual variety of music and visual elements that the Pride Wind Ensemble has become known for. Tickets are just $25 and can be purchased from the Broward Center website at www.browardcenter.org or by calling the box office at 954-462-0222.

Tuesday, June 10 – The Pride Center’s Founders Circle Reception – 6:00 – 8:00pm. B Ocean Hotel Fort Lauderdale, 999 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, 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.

Tuesday, June 10 – Mack Mixer Fort Lauderdale – 6:30pm - 9:00pm. Shooters, 3033 NE 32 Avenue, 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

Thursday, June 12 – Annual Pride Art Show by ArtsUnited Members Reception 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Pride Center at Equality Park.2040 N. Dixie HWY, Main Floor,Wilton Manors, Florida 33305, ArtsUnited and its member celebrates the month of Pride with its annual members only show. The show features an array of work by ArtsUnited members. The show is being held at the Pride Center at Equality Park. From June 10th to June 28th. Prizes will be awarded for Best in Show and Best in Class. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, June 12 – Party Like a Progressive, New Leaders Council Broward County 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Vibe Las Olas, 301 East Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301. NLC Broward is a 501(c)(3) working to recruit, train and promote the progressive entrepreneurs and leaders of tomorrow. NLC is creating an exciting community of individuals, highly-skilled in working together across sectors to improve the progressive infrastructure and ensure strong democracy, social justice, and equal opportunity. Come meet the inaugural Broward New Leaders Council (NLC) class. A ticket gets you 1 free drink, awesome conversation, and the self satisfaction of supporting positive change and progressive values in Broward County. $25 Presale $35 at the door. Secure your spot: https://broward.secure.newleaderscouncil.org/page/contribute/support-nlc-broward

Friday, June 13 – SunServe Silver Serve Luncheon – 11:00am – 1:00pm. ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL. Every Second Friday of the Month. 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.

Friday, June 13 – ARTOPIA: Bridging Communities through the Arts, An Annual GLBX Fundraiser – 6:00pm – 9:00pm. GALLERYone - A DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 2670 East Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304. An annual GLBX fundraiser showcasing how Broward County's professional and cultural communities unite to celebrate our unique diversity that empowers our local economy to prosper. The evening will showcase a variety of arts, including: Culinary Arts; Fashion, Visual Arts; and Performance Arts. General Admission: $50/GFLCC Members - $65/non-members. VIP: $75/GFLCC Members - $85/non-members. www.ftlchamber.com/artopia

Friday, June 13 – Sunday, June 15  – Little House on the Ferry, benefitting Stonewall Pride – 6:00pm – 8:00pm (2:00pm Sunday Matanee). Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. At the beach resort of Fire Island Pines, Randall's 30th birthday turns into a weekend of self-discovery and change when marriage equality becomes law in New York State and he is caught in a love triangle. One choice is Randall's lover Timothy, the New York tax attorney, who is caught by surprise when the law passes and is reluctant to commit. The other choice is 'love at first sight' Jake, the political activist who invites Randall to his native Kansas. Randall copes with help from his co-worker Antonio, the Fire Island boy crazy newbie, and Donnie, the veteran house "Mom". Max, the "Steroid Queen", gets in a few words. There are 15 original songs and 8 reprises, each in a different genre. The musical starts on June 24, 2011, the eve of the New York vote on gay marriage and unfolds over the weekend with sun, sand and Planter's Punches. Tickets $30. For information: www.littlehouseontheferry.com

Wednesday, June 18 – 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, June 19  – VIP Reception for “Days Without Sunshine: Anita Bryant’s Anti-Gay Crusade”– 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Stonewall National Museum & Archives - Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL. In 1977 the Metropolitan Dade County Commission added 'sexual preference' to its existing ordinance banning discrimination in employment, housing and public services. Anita Bryant was instrumental in repealing the gay-rights referendum. It's taken decades of effort, but LGBT people have made tremendous gains in equality, including more states allowing same-sex marriage. But we still face discrimination and bullying on many levels. The exhibit Days without Sunshine, in reminding us how far we've come, lets us know there's still more to do. www.stonewall-Museum.org

Thursday, June 19 – Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Gay and Lesbian Business Xchange (GLBX) Business After Hours. – 5:30pm - 7:00pm. Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre, 2542 B East Sunrise Blvd., Galleria Mall East End, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308. 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. Members: $10 pre registered Non members $20 pre registered add $5 at the door. http://www.ftlchamber.com/index.php?src=events&srctype=detail&category=Events&refno=108263

Thursday, June 19 – GLLN Happy Hour – 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Blue Martini, Galleria Mall, 2432 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL,. 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, June 20, 2014 – Stonewall Author Reading: Johnny Diaz presents his new book “Looking for Providence” – 7:00pm. Stonewall National Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Florida. Two best friends, two big cities, two adventures of a lifetime. A story about the power of friendship and love. About Johnny Diaz: Johnny Diaz is a Sun Sentinel features reporter. Former Boston Globe media reporter and author of Boston Boys Club, Miami Manhunt, Beantown Cubans and Take the Lead. His fifth book, Looking for Providence was published in May 2014. www.stonewall-Museum.org

Saturday, June 21 – Stonewall Street Festival Noon – 11:00pm.The Stonewall Pride Street Festival will be held on Saturday, June 21st from noon to 11 PM and will extend from N.E. 20th Street on the south end of Wilton Drive to Five Points at Dixie Highway on the North End of Wilton Drive.Wilton Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic from 5:00 AM on Saturday until 3:00 AM on Sunday. http://www.stonewallpridewiltonmanors.com/festival.html
 
Saturday, June 21 – Stonewall Pride Parade – 7:00pm. This years Twilight Parade is scheduled for Saturday, June 21st at 7:00 p.m. The parade will begin on the South end of Wilton Drive at Ft. Lauderdale High School and continue up Wilton Drive to Five Points at Dixie Highway. You can view the parade anywhere along Wilton Drive. There will also be bleacher seating available at various locations up and down the drive. http://www.stonewallpridewiltonmanors.com/parade.html


Tuesday, June 24 – GFLGLCC Lunch, Learn & Network with Midland Medical Center – Noon - 1:00pm. Dapur Asian Tapas and Ultra Lounge, 1620 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305. Join GFLGLCC on June 24 where 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 Dr Kenney of Midland Medical Center. The subject will be "Taking Advantage of the Affordable Care Act Benefits." https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e9elohid3d849833&c=c42c4590-bfad-11e3-8d9d-d4ae52a6892e&ch=c57a4960-bfad-11e3-8dab-d4ae52a6892e

Wednesday, June 25th – Legal Implications of Gay Marriage & Couples Communication Skills for Creating Your Ideal Wedding – 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. ArtServe (Annex Room) 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 33304. Dean Trantalis, Esq. & Doug Nelson, LMHC will share insights from both a legal and counseling perspective about important details to consider and negotiate for building a solid foundation when transitioning from life partners to legal spouses. RSVP preferred at 954-789-9061 to guarantee a seat.  

Wednesday, June 25 SAVE Screening of Just Gender at Colony Theater, Miami Beach - 7:00 pm. Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach.SAVE kicks off its new campaign to add gender identity and expression to Miami-Dade County's human-rights ordinance with a screening of the film, Just Gender. Just Gender, narrated by Bebe Neuwirth, will be screened 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach.Tickets are $25 and $100 (including a VIP cocktail reception with Just Gender director George Zuber). http://www.eventbrite.com/e/save-presents-just-gender-tickets-11710373041 

Saturday, June 28 Join Equality Florida, SAVE, ACLU, NCLR and the LGBT Visitor Center at the Countdown to Marriage Rally - Noon - 2:00pm. LGBT Visitor Center, 1130 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. Join a coalition of South Florida organizations will host “Countdown to Marriage,” a rally to call on the State of Florida to overturn the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. Speaking with one voice, Equality Florida, SAVE (Safeguarding American Values for Everyone, formerly SAVE Dade), ACLU of Florida, National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the LGBT Visitor Center will be joined by numerous other local agencies and organizations at the rally. Following Attorney General Bondi’s inflammatory comments that marriage for same-sex couples would cause “significant public harm,” the reaction from the LGBT community and its allies was swift and united. Organizers of the rally hope to leverage that enthusiasm into action. http://eqfl.org/rally


Monday, June 30 – The Pride Center’s Dining With Pride at TeeJays Wilton Manors – Lunch and Dinner. 2254 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors. Eat lunch or dinner at Mojo and help the Pride Center! Mojo will donate a percentage of your check to The Pride Center. http://www.pridecenterflorida.org



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:

Tuesday, August 5 – Mack Power Lunch – 11:30am – 1:30pm at Events at the Grateful Palate 3003 NE 32 Ave. 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

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!!!

Sunday, November 16 – Equality Florida's Annual Broward Gala – 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. 

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/

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/

Thanks,
Lee Rubin
rubinlee@yahoo.com

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