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February 2015 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.

Tuesday, February 3 – Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Wall – VIP Exhibit Opening– Public Opening Stonewall National Museum and Archives – 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Stonewall National Museum Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. Join us for the public reception for the opening of Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Wall. Stonewall Society members gather at the opening of a special exhibit, presented in partnership with Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York – Catering and refreshments by Bill’s (formerly Alibi Catering) and Ketel One. Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Wall, is a historical retrospective of sexy and erotic illustrations by artists who made work for the gay male magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s. Guests who may be interested in learning more about and supporting Stonewall National Museum & Archives are encouraged to attend.RSVP:  email David Jobin at David@Stonewall-Museum.org or 954-763-8565 by Friday, January 30. www.stonewall-museum.org


Thursday, February 5 – GLLN CLE Luncheon – 11:45am – 1:15pm. Timpano Italian Chop House, 450 Las Olas Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale. Cost: $25 members; $30 non-members. Includes appetizers, entree, dessert, soda, coffee/tea, tax and tip. TOPIC: “UPDATE ON LGBT LAW” SPEAKER: Greg Nevins, Esq., Lambda Legal, Workplace Fairness Program Strategist in the Southern Regional Office, Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Nevins will provide a legal update on: Same-Sex Marriage; Florida LGBT Family Law, LGBT Employment Law; HIV related Legal Issues; and Transgender Legal Issues. This will be a very exciting seminar, and is the 3rd year in a row when we have been fortunate enough to have Lambda Legal Speakers address the GLLN. Because this topic will be of interest to all, even though we have applied for 1 CLE credit, THIS LUNCHEON IS OPEN TO EVERYONE. PLEASE REGISTER EARLY AND BRING FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES. http://www.glln.org/events/


Tuesday, February 10 – Mack Mixer Fort Lauderdale – 6:30pm - 9:00pm. IMPORTANT UPDATE: CHANGE OF VENUE
GRILLE 401, 401 E Las Olas 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: www.mackplanet.com


Thursday, February 12  – Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Gay and Lesbian Business Xchange (GLBX) Business After Hours – 5:30pm - 7:00pm. Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach, 505 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.,4th Floor BalQony, Fort Lauderdale 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. Members: Complimentary. Non members $10. Parking $5. http://www.ftlchamber.com/index.php?submenu=Councils&src=gendocs&ref=GLBX_home&category=Groups


Thursday, February 12  – Opening Reception ArtExplosion 2015 presented by ArtsUnited 6:30pm to 9:00pm. JM Family Gallery at ArtServe,1350 E Sunrise Blvd. Show Dates:  February 2nd to the 20th. Food provided by Courtyard CafĂ©. $10 donation at the door to support ArtsUnited programs. http://artsunitedflorida.com


Friday, February 13 – 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, February 14 – 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/


Saturday, February 14 – Zumba Fundraiser for Poverello – Express your love though dance and aerobics and help support Poverello's specialty food pantry. The event will be held at The Pride Center at Equality Park (2040 N. Dixie Highway) Building B. Two classes at 1 pm & 2:30 pm. Suggested Donation $12 per class. Call (954) 561-3663 ext 122 to reserve your place. https://www.facebook.com/events/621449767961796/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming


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.

http://www.stonewall-museum.org/support/cheyenne-jackson/

Wednesday, February 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, February 19 – GLLN Happy Hour – 6:00pm – 8:00pm. 219 South Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale 33301. 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, 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. Four the 4th year, The Pride Center is teaming up with the City of Wilton Manors to present Evening in Paradise. This year's theme is Mykonos - Gods and Goddesses. Throughout the evening, guests will be entertained and delighted by the Gods and Goddesses from Greek Mythology at the Richardson House in Wilton Manors. Food, music and decorations will tantalize the senses. Be a part of this exciting party and celebrate Mykonos- Gods and Goddesses created by Bobby Kyser of Panache Style! Proceeds will benefit The Pride Center’s vital programs and services along with Wilton Manor’s Island City Foundation. Last year, over 25,000 people attended Center activities; outreach activities over the past year directly impacted another 30,000+ individuals in South Florida. Evening in Paradise, now in its fourth year, has grown to represent the signature Spring fundraising and entertainment event for The Center and the community. Tickets are $120 per person. “Next Gen” tickets for guests 18-35 are $50. 

http://www.pridecenterflorida.org/2015/01/evening-in-paradise/

Saturday, February 21 – 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, February 21 – 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/


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/


Tuesday, March 3 – Mack Power Lunch – 11:30am – 1:30pm at Thasos Greek Taverna, 3330 East Oakland Park 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.  $34.00, Advance Registration required: www.mackplanet.com


Saturday, March 14 –Sunshine Cathedral Performance: Leslie Jordan – 8:00pm. Sunshine Cathedral MCC, 1480 SW 9th Ave. Fort Lauderdale. Leslie new one-man show “Say Cheese! My Life in front of the Camera” humorously examines his life in front of the camera; more specifically, his relationship with the camera of good friend and professional photographer Jim Cox. Cox’s photos of Leslie and friends are featured prominently, as the show’s subject matter. General Admision Tickets $35, VIP $55, Includes reception and admission. https://www.easytithe.com/f/?k=6I3NRLA75ZR9LGYE


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


Saturday, April 11 –Sunshine Cathedral Performance: Amy and Freddy, An Evening of Full-bodied Cabaret – 8:00pm. Sunshine Cathedral MCC, 1480 SW 9th Ave. Fort Lauderdale. Quite possibly, Amy & Freddy can lay claim to one of the longest running gigs in show biz, as headliners for 14 consecutive years on one of the world’s highest profile cruise line companies, RSVP Vacations.General Admision Tickets $25, VIP $55, Includes reception and admission. https://www.easytithe.com/f/?k=RRBDHMHXL9MKRAMA


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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