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January 2015 LGBT Events in Ft. Lauderdale Blog


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, January 3 –Sunshine Cathedral Performance:  The Society of Orpheus and Bacchus – 8:00pm. Sunshine Cathedral MCC, 1480 SW 9th Ave. Fort Lauderdale. The SOBs at Sunshine Cathedral MCC - The Society of Orpheus and Bacchus - Tickets: $25.00. On All-Hallows’ Eve in 1938, twelve of the sweetest voices at Yale University converged at Mory’s Temple Bar to form an a cappella group unlike any other. This group went without a name until they capitalized on a backhanded compliment they heard at a party: “These SOBs are good!” And thus the Society of Orpheus and Bacchus was born. Armed with the mellifluous talents of Orpheus, the soulful minstrel of Olympus, and the care-free revelry of Bacchus, god of merry-making, our society has seamlessly fused our ancient traditions of musicianship and festivity with a professional flair for 75 years. For more information and tickets click here: http://sunshinecathedral.org/?page_id=7898

Tuesday, January 6 – Mack Power Lunch – 11:30am – 1:30pm at Grille 401, 401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale. 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

Tuesday, January 6 – David Leddick Portrait of a Life – VIP Exhibit Opening Stonewall National Museum and Archives – 7pm. Stonewall National Museum Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. Catering and refreshments by Bill’s (formerly Alibi Catering) and Ketel One. David Leddick, who was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1930, was a dancer with the New York Metropolitan Opera in the mid-1950s. After that, he worked at various advertising agencies and was the worldwide creative director for Revlon, working in both New York and Paris. He has written and edited numerous books of photography, including the Lambda Award-winning Naked Men and The Male Nude. He has also authored novels, such as My Worst Date, and self-help books, including How to Hit 70 Doing 100, about aging gracefully as a gay man. As an actor, Leddick has appeared in many theatrical shows, including Some Men by Terrence McNally. He has written five musicals with composer Andrew Sargent. The latest is Rent Boy…The Musical. Guests who may be interested in learning more about and supporting Stonewall National Museum & Archives are encouraged. RSVP:  email David Jobin at David@Stonewall-Museum.org or 954-763-8565 by Friday, January 2

Thursday, January 8  Stonewall National Museum & Archives and Congregation Etz Chaim Movie Screening 7:00pm. The Classic Gateway Theatre, 1820 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. Stonewall National Museum & Archives and Congregation Etz Chaim are pleased to partner for a screening and discussion of the feature length documentary titled RUTHIE & CONNIE: EVERY ROOM IN THE HOUSE (Updated Release). Etz Chaim and Stonewall National Museum & Archives. A discussion with film subjects Ruthie Berman and Connie Kurtz will take place at the Gateway Theatre following the film. Ruthie Berman and Connie Kurtz are available for interviews. http://www.stonewall-museum.org/

Thursday, January 8 – GLLN CLE Luncheon – 11:45am – 1:15pm. Dapur, 1620 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Cost: $25 members; $30 non-members. Includes appetizers, entree, dessert, soda, coffee/tea, tax and tip. Sponsored by our Strategic Alliance Members: Alpine Jaguar, Bailey Associates Reporting, The Eppy Group, LexisNexis and Sabadell. PLEASE NOTE: 

PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY, IT IS NOW GLLN POLICY THAT credit card payments or payments by check will not be accepted after 5pm on the Monday before the luncheon (Monday, January 5, 2015), but if there is space available on the day of the event, we will accept payments (cash, credit card or check) at the door which will be an additional $5. http://www.glln.org/events/

Thursday, January 8  – 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, January 9 – 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.

Friday, January 9 – David Leddick Portrait of a Life – Public Opening Stonewall National Museum and Archives – 7pm. Stonewall National Museum Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. Join us for the public reception for the opening of a retrospective exhibit of the life,work and humor of David Leddick. Light refreshments provided. David Leddick, who was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1930, was a dancer with the New York Metropolitan Opera in the mid-1950s. After that, he worked at various advertising agencies and was the worldwide creative director for Revlon, working in both New York and Paris. He has written and edited numerous books of photography, including the Lambda Award-winning Naked Men and The Male Nude. He has also authored novels, such as My Worst Date, and self-help books, including How to Hit 70 Doing 100, about aging gracefully as a gay man. As an actor, Leddick has appeared in many theatrical shows, including Some Men by Terrence McNally. He has written five musicals with composer Andrew Sargent. The latest is Rent Boy…The Musical. www.stonewall-museum.org

Saturday, January 10 –Sunshine Cathedral Performance: Sunshine Cathedral Performance: Melinda Doolittle – 8:00pm. Sunshine Cathedral MCC, 1480 SW 9th Ave. Fort Lauderdale. Melinda Doolittle became a household name on season six of American Idol continues thrilling audiences with her powerhouse vocals and charm. In 2013 alone, Melinda was featured on 5 studio albums, including her sophomore release You’re The Reason. Her latest album offers listeners a true glimpse into Doolittle as an Artist, as she wrote and performed half of the songs on the album. Melinda told the Hollywood Reporter that she approached the album “from the aspect of love. It’s what shapes my life daily. I wanted to be transparent and honest.”
Ticket Prices: $25.00 Online/$35.00 Door. All tickets sales are final. For more information and tickets click here: http://sunshinecathedral.org/?page_id=7643

Saturday, January 10 – Pride Center Bingo – Second Saturdays of Each Month. 6:30 p.m. doors open; 7:30 p.m. games begin Main Hall, Schubert Building. Bingo; proceeds benefit The Pride Center. The cost is $15.00 for the Bingo Package.  There will be a concession stand open and there is a 50/50 raffle. In general about $1100.00 in prizes are given out. http://www.pridecenterflorida.org/

Tuesday, January 13 – Mack Mixer Fort Lauderdale – 6:30pm - 9:00pm. Chima, 2400 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 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: www.mackplanet.com

Wednesday, January 14 – 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, January 15 – GLLN Happy Hour – 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Rumors Bar & Grill, 2426 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL . Happy Hours are on the 3rd Thursday of every month at various locations. 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, January 17 – Revelation too, Presented by the Gamma Mu Foundation – 6:30pm. Riverside hotel, E. Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale. Please join us for a fun evening from 6:30 until it’s over. Cocktails, hors douvres, dinner, dancing entertainment. Business dress/ black tie optional. Celebrate another successful year for the foundation and support our ongoing awards for scholarships and grants. Making your annual fund drive donation?? Mention “revelation” and you will be invited to the donors’ lunch on Saturday at Noon. Your donation is applied to your annual total. Register online at: www.gammamufoundation.org

Saturday, January 17 – Island City Art Walk – Held on the 3rd Saturday 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/

Saturday, January 17 – Stonewall Museum Mixer with World AIDS Museum 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. Experience both of Wilton Manors’ world-class museums on the 3rd Friday of each month.  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). Galleries open & shuttle service from 7 – 11 pm. Refreshments served. http://www.stonewall-museum.org/

Monday, January 19 – Panel Discussion on Advancing Civil Rights for LGBT Community sponsored by ADL and Temple Beth El – 7:00pm. Temple Beth El of Boca Raton, 333 SW 4th Ave, Boca Raton. Guest speaker: Suze Orman. Panelist include:
Mitchell Gold, Founder of Faith in America and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Furniture; Rabbi Dan Levin, Temple Beth El; Nadine Smith, Equality Florida; David Varkey, ADL Civil Rights Area Counsel; Jamie Schaefer, Faith in America. To RSVP: tbeboca.org/social-action. http://www.tbeboca.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=events.details&content_id=1966&

Thursday, January 22 – The Pride Center’s Founders Circle Reception – 6:00 – 8:00pm. Needham Estate, 828 SE 4th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL. 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.

Friday, January 23 – Performing at Sunshine Cathedral: Suzanne Westenhoefer – 8:00pm. Sunshine Cathedral MCC, 1480 SW 9th Ave. Fort Lauderdale. Suzanne Westenhoefer in a word: Candid. She’s refreshingly candid, disturbingly candid and oh-my-god-she-just-said-that candid. Happily, she’s funny, too. For over two decades, this bold and brazen out lesbian comedian has been traveling the world, sharing her heart and soul with audiences. Whatever is going on in Suzanne’s life, you’ll get an earful of it. She doesn’t tell jokes. She tells the truth. Or the truth as filtered through her uniquely twisted life experience. Ticket Prices: $25.00 Online/$35.00 Door. All ticket sales are final. For more information and tickets click here:
http://sunshinecathedral.org/?page_id=7683

Sunday, January 24 – Pride Center Bingo – Fourth Sunday of Each Month. Doors open at 3:00PM- Games Begin at 4:00PM. Main Hall, Schubert Building; Bingo; proceeds benefit The Pride Center. The cost is $20.00 for the Bingo Package.  There will be a concession stand open and there is a 50/50 raffle. In general about $1100.00 in prizes are given out. http://www.pridecenterflorida.org/

Friday, January 31 – Performing at Sunshine Cathedral: Steve Grand – 8:00pm. Sunshine Cathedral MCC, 1480 SW 9th Ave. Fort Lauderdale. Ticket Prices: $30.00 Online/$40.00 Door. All ticket sales are final. For more information and tickets click here:
http://sunshinecathedral.org/?page_id=76890

Save the Date:

Island City Art Walk – Held on the 3rd Saturday 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/

Pride Center Bingo – Second Saturdays of Each Month. 6:30 p.m. doors open; 7:30 p.m. games begin Main Hall, Schubert Building. Bingo; proceeds benefit The Pride Center. The cost is $15.00 for the Bingo Package.  There will be a concession stand open and there is a 50/50 raffle. In general about $1100.00 in prizes are given out. http://www.pridecenterflorida.org/

Pride Center Bingo – Fourth Sunday of Each Month. Doors open at 3:00PM- Games Begin at 4:00PM. Main Hall, Schubert Building; Bingo; proceeds benefit The Pride Center. The cost is $20.00 for the Bingo Package.  There will be a concession stand open and there is a 50/50 raffle. In general about $1100.00 in prizes are given out. http://www.pridecenterflorida.org/

Saturday, February 14 – Stonewall National Museum & Archives presents Broadway Star Cheyenne Jackson at the Parker Playhouse – 6:00 pm open bar and silent auction. 8:00 pm performance. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33338. Tickets are either: $200 VIP seating, pre-show open bar, post-show champagne reception and photographs with Cheyenne Jackson; or $100 pre-show open bar and orchestra seating. ONLY tickets purchased directly through this page benefit Stonewall.

Saturday, February 21 – Pride Center’s Evening In Paradise “Mykonos” – 7:00pm – 9:30pm. Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve located at 1937 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Florida. Annual fundraising gala with a fun theme, amazing decorations, sexy models and bartender. This year’s theme is “Mykonos” Greek Islands. Tickets are $120 per person / $50 for 21-28. http://eveninginparadise.org/

Thursday, March 19 – The Pride Center’s Founders Circle Reception – 6:00 – 8:00pm. Law Offices of Selzer & Weiss, 1515 NE 26th St., Wilton Manors, FL 33305. 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, March 29 – Lambda Legal in Fort Lauderdale 2015 at Bonnet House – 5:00pm – 7:30pm. Our annual Broward County fundraiser celebrates the many victories in the LGBT and HIV positive movements in the past year. This year our honoree is Stephen Draft, who recently retired from his leadership post at the Bonnet House. Join almost 400 supporters of Lambda Legal, the country’s largest national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBT persons and those living with HIV, at this signature event. Come for cocktails and hors d’hoeuvres, to honor Stephen Draft and to hear more about Lambda Legal’s recent accomplishments and significant upcoming work. For more information or to register, visit http://www.lambdalegal.org/fortlauderdale15

Thursday, April 16 – The Pride Center’s Founders Circle Reception – 6:00 – 8:00pm. Yolo/Vibe Lounge, 333 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. 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.

Thanks,
Lee Rubin
rubinlee@yahoo.com
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