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September 2014 LGBT Events in Fort 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, September 4 – GLLN CLE Luncheon – 11:45am – 1:15pm. Timpano Chop House
, 450 Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. “Ethics and Professionalism: a View From the Bench” Presented by Judge Adalberto Jordan United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Judge Jordan serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals since Feb. 2012. Before that, he served on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida from 1999-2012; Chief Appellate Division, U.S. Attorneys’ Office, S.D. Fla. 1998-1999; law clerk to the Hon. Sandra Day O’Connor 1988-1999; and law clerk to the Hon. Thomas A. Clark U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit 1987-1988. This will be a very special presentation, which will be in a Q&A format, so please be prepared to ask Judge Jordan questions about ethics and professionalism. http://www.glln.org/events/

Monday, September 8 – VIP reception for Transcending Gender: Bodies & LivesStonewall National Museum & Archives, Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. The exhibit will run from Tuesday, September 8 – Sunday, October 19. Gallery hours are Tuesdays – Sundays from 2 pm – 10 pm. The exhibit is FREE and open to the public. Transcending Gender: Bodies & Lives is presented with support from Bank United, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and Ketel One Vodka. Please contact Emery Grant emery@stonewall-museum.org to RSVP for the reception and for more information about this exhibit and Stonewall National Museum & Archives.

Tuesday, September 9 – Mack Mixer Fort Lauderdale – 6:30pm - 9:00pm. Thasos Greek Taverana, 3330 E. Oakland Park 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, September 10 – Celebrate Equality with Bliss 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 Bliss Spa, 401 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale. Join Equality Florida for an Equality Connection Event--at Bliss Spa at The W. Lite bites and sips and free mini-spa treatments at the Bliss Spa with your favorite LGBT-rights organization. Special guest, State Representative Joe Saunders will update us on all the news from Tallahassee! We will be raffling off a Bliss Spa massage and a one night staycation at the beautiful W Hotel (valued at over $300). You won’t want to miss out on these fantastic prizes!  Our Connection events are open to all -- they are an excellent place to introduce others to the work of Equality Florida, so invite your friends. Space is limited, so please RSVP at http://eqfl.org/equalityconnection/broward2

Thursday, September 11 – Reception to Re-Elect Rep. Joe Saunders Candidate for House District 49 – 6:00pm - 8:00pm. The offices of Runyan Law Firm, 707 NE 3rd Ave., Suite 300, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304. Elected in 2012 as one of Florida’s first openly-gay lawmakers, in his first two years in the legislature, Rep. Saunders has fought for charter school reform, arts education, healthcare expansion, and equality in the workplace. Please join us in supporting a champion for our families. Suggested Minimum Contribution - $100.00. RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uAkNrlx33Gsuap8dqELMmad_wtSXepHkjSz21V6cNfg/viewform

Thursday, September 11 – Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Gay and Lesbian Business Xchange (GLBX) Business After Hours. – 5:30pm - 7:00pm. TBD. 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?submenu=Councils&src=gendocs&ref=GLBX_home&category=Groups

Friday, September 12 – SunServe Silver Serve Luncheon – 11:00am – 1:00pm (Second Friday of the Month). 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.

Saturday, September 13 – Impulse Group South Florida Presents: "I AM" – 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
 Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. Impulse Group South Florida brings our most powerful event yet. We invite you to join us to be a part of our efforts in pushes boundaries and giving you an experience unlike anything you've been a part of. Join us for complimentary cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and live music as we present to you.... i am. We are going to share with you intimate, personal, and compelling testimonies in a way you've never seen before. This isnt going to be an event....its going to be an experience! Make sure to arrive early as you dont want to miss the presentation and seats our limited. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/impulse-group-south-florida-presents-i-am-tickets-12240454529?utm_campaign=order_confirm&ref=eemailordconf&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=eventname

Saturday, September 13 – Art & Antique Appraisal Fair & Salon Social – Proceeds Benefit Stonewall – 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
Stonewall National Library and Archives and ArtServe Auditorium, 1300 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. Join supporters of Stonewall National Museum & Archives and supporters of the Venetian Arts Society for a unique opportunity to have your art and antiques professionally appraised by Decorative Arts and Fine Antiques, located in Fort Lauderdale. The social will be held at ArtServe Auditorium and Stonewall Library & Archives, featuring the music of The Venetian Arts Chamber Ensemble, cocktails, refreshments, and guided tours of the Stonewall Archives. Art & Antique Appraisal Fair: 2-7 pm
Salon Social: 7-9 pm
Tickets: $10 General Public
Appraisals $20 Per Piece A portion of the proceeds benefit stonewall national museum & archives. Learn more about The Venetian Arts Society at venetianartssociety.org.
Email Willie@VenetianArtsSociety.org or call (954)709-7447 with questions. BUY TICKETS https://www.eventbrite.com/login?referrer=/myevent%3Feid%3D12211355493

Tuesday, September 16 – Lambda Legal Fort Lauderdale Fall Momentum Mixer – 5:30pm - 7:30 pm. J Marks,1245 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Join fellow supporters for a mix-and-mingle evening of fun, complimentary cocktails and appetizers, and an update on Lambda Legal's work! For more information or to RSVP, please contact Judi O'Kelley at jokelley@lambdalegal.org or 206-588-1938.

Wednesday, September 17 – 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, September 18 – GLLN Happy Hour – 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. Stonewall Museum has arranged with Scarfone’s Coal Fired Pizza to provide complimentary food and also with Ketel One to provide 1 FREE DRINK, followed by a “$5 cash bar” for additional cocktails. PLEASE JOIN US, AND BRING YOUR FRIENDS! 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, September 19 – Museum Mixer Fridays – with World AIDS Museum & Island City Art Walk – 7:00pm – 11:00pm. Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. Experience both of Wilton Manors’ world-class museums on the 3rd Friday of each month during the Island City Art Walk.  Free admission and free Hopper Shuttle Bus service to/from Stonewall Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive and the World AIDS Museum, 1201 NE 26th Street (in Wilton Station). Transcending Gender: Bodies and Lives will be on exhibit at the Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery until October 30. Galleries open & shuttle service from 7 – 11 pm. Refreshments served. www.stonewall-museum.org

Saturday, September 20 – Aqua Affair – 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Gale South Beach, 1690 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. Join the Aqua Foundation for their 10 year Anniversary Celbration. Open Bar, Lite Bites, Silent Auction. Tickets: In Advance $55 Members. $75 Non Members, At Door $95. For more information: www.aquafoundation.org

Saturday, September 20 – 3rd Annual Reverse Quinceanera Pageant benefiting Sunserve –6:00pm – 9:00pm. Second Presbyterian Church, 1400 N Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. This year’s theme is Tacos and Tiaras, you bring the Tiara we supply the Tacos. Your $60 dollar donation gets you in the door for the show, dinner and drinks. This year’s cast members will entertain and compete for the title of Ms. Reverse Quinceanera and you won’t want to miss all the action. Last year’s show sold out 5 weeks prior to the show, so buy your tickets early (tickets go on sale July 20). Doors open promptly at 6:00, cocktails and dinner will be served. You can go to our web site www.juliansrq.com to purchase tickets, make donations to your Dama of choice or donate silent auction items. http://www.juliansrq.com/

Monday, September 22 – Dining With Pride – 11:30am – 11:00pm. P.F. Chang’s, 2418 E. Sunrise Blvd., Galleria Mall, Fort Lauderdale. You must mention “The pride Center” or “Dining with Pride” to your server. A portion of your check will to The Pride Center. Good for Food and Beverages. Reservations Suggested! https://www.facebook.com/events/779081638810356/

Tuesday, September 23 – GFLGLCC Lunch, Learn & Network – Noon - 1:00pm. TBD.(Fourth Tuesday of each month.) Join GFLGLCC for an intimate lunch of not more than 25. We'll begin at Noon and end promptly at 1 PM. https://www.facebook.com/GFLGLCC

Tuesday, September 23 – The Pride Center’s Founders Circle Reception – 6:00 – 8:00pm. W Hotel, 401 North Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd, 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 Roger Roa at Rroa@PrideCenterFlorida.org and he 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.

Sunday, September 28  – The Lavender Salon Presented By Stonewall National Museum & Archives And Florida Atlantic University 7:00 pm. Wilton Manors Gallery At 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL. Topic: The trans moment: the next chapter in the story? In the inaugural lavender salon, a panel comprised of academics, activists, and professionals in the field of transgender care will explore the nature and significance of the trans movement and its relationship to the lesbian/gay male experience and communities. The Lavender Salon Forum is part of the “transcending gender: bodies and lives” on exhibit at the stonewall national museum - Wilton Manors Gallery until october 19. The Lavender Salon: A  series of forums devoted to the discussion LGBTQ issues, topics and  scholarship is facilitated by Fred Fejes, Ph.D., Professor. Director Of Graduate Studies, School Of Communication and Multimedia Studies. www.stonewall-museum.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:

Monday, October 6 – Broadway, Boys & Briefs 7:00pm. The Manor, 2345 Wilton Drive, Fort Lauderdale. On October 6, Jonathan Hawkins will thrill a Fort Lauderdale audience in a special benefit performance. Presented by Push Fitness, all proceeds benefit jointly the Stonewall National Museum and Archives and Brian Neal Fitness and Health Foundation. A classically-trained singer, Hawkins, 28, was born in Oregon, schooled in Los Angeles and studied vocal performance at Azusa Pacific University. He now resides in New York City.  Artistic director of the event is the fabulous Shawn Palacious, better known as the larger-than-life national personality Kitty Meow. The event will take place at The Manor complex on Wilton Drive. Among the evening’s features will be a silent auction and a fashion show featuring male models wearing the latest swimwear and underwear. http://www.pushfitnessftl.com/ticket-sales/

Tuesday, October 7 – Mack Power Lunch – 11:30am – 1:30pm at Events at The Capital Grille, 2430 East Sunrise Blvd., 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, October 11 – The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Honors Philanthropist, 
Jim Pepper – 7:00pm. Fountainbleau Hotel, Miami, Florida. The Miami Recognition Dinner is the premier annual celebration of South Florida's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force produces the event and donates a significant portion of the proceeds to other nonprofit organizations serving the Miami-Dade LGBT community. http://www.miamirecognitiondinner.org/

Thursday, October 23 – The Pride Center’s Founders Circle Reception – 6:00 – 8:00pm. Mayor’s Jewelry Store, 2414 E. Sunrise Blvd., 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 Roger Roa at Rroa@PrideCenterFlorida.org and he 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, November 10 – Our Fund presents The 4th Annual National LGBT Leadership Forum and Reception – 5:00pm 7:00pm. Horvitz Auditorium, adjacent to the Museum of Art - Fort Lauderdale, One East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. Join us for an in-depth discussion with national LGBT leaders regarding the future of equality, one week after the mid-term elections. Complimentary wines and hors d’oeuveres will be served after the Forum. http://www.our-fund.org/

Friday, November 14 & Saturday, November 15 – SMART Ride – The SMART Ride is a 2-day, 165-mile bicycle ride from Miami to Key West. What makes this ride unique is the 100% guarantee that every penny you raise as a participant will go to AIDS Service Organizations in Florida. Since 2003, The SMART Ride has raised more than $5.2 Million! Another unique aspect of this ride, is that you have some control over the distribution of the funds you raise, to AIDS Service Organizations listed. If you have questions or want additional information send us an email at info@thesmartride.org

Sunday, November 16 – Equality Florida's Annual Broward Gala – The 12th Annual Equality Florida Broward Gala will once again be held in the beautiful Waterfront Panorama Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, November 16th. The Gala is a “must attend” event that brings together over 400 of our county’s political, business, and civic leaders to celebrate and support the work of Equality Florida, the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s LGBT community. This wonderful event that includes drinks, delicious hors d'oevres, an exciting program, including a special address by Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $500 - only $41.67 per month. Please contact Row, South Florida Development Director, at 305-335-2102 or row@eqfl.org for more information.

Wednesday, December 3 – The Pride Center’s Founders Circle Reception – 6:00 – 8:00pm. Gallary One Hotel, 2670 E. Sunrise Blvd., 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 Roger Roa at Rroa@PrideCenterFlorida.org and he 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.

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/

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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