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, September 1 – Equality Florida Connection – Thirteen Restaurant & Bar, 2390 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Join us for a fun and special night at THIRTEEN! Carol Moran and her team are providing complimentary yummy appetizers and there will be Happy Hour drink specials from 6-8 p.m. for Equality Florida's guests. Equality Florida will be presenting a very special "Community Partner for Equality" award to Wilton Manors Commissioner Julie Carson! Julie is a tireless advocate for LGBT rights and a tremendous partner and friend to Equality Florida. We are delighted to bestow this well-deserved honor. Equality Connections are fun events open to the public and are designed for Equality Florida members, LGBT equality supporters, and those new to our organization to gather, mingle and learn more about supporting equality - so feel free to invite a friend or three! http://www.eqfl.org/equalityconnection/broward2015-2
Thursday, September 3 – GLLN Social Luncheon – 11:45am – 1:15pm. TIMPANO CHOPHOUSE 450 E Las Olas Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. Monthly luncheons are on 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. Topic: “legal and ethical writing in the 21st century” speaker: 4th district court of appeal judge, melanie g. May judge may formerly served as a circuit judge of the 17th judicial circuit from april 1991 until gov. Jeb bush appointed her to the court of appeal in october, 2001. She served as chief judge of the 4th dca from july 2011 through june, 2015. Approved for one (1) cle ethics credit for this luncheon. 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, 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. You may pay using a credit card, paypal, or check. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. This includes the 5.00 late fee. You may pay by check or cash at the door. If paying by cash, exact change is appreciated. https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ebfwl26y5ce452d2&oseq=&c=&ch=
Thursday, September 3 – Stonewall Society opening night for STRIKE A POSE – 7:00-9:00 pm. Stonewall Gallery on Wilton Drive, 2157 Wilton Drive. Stonewall Society members are encouraged to bring guests with whom they want to share their interest and passion in the work of Stonewall National Museum & Archives. Exhibition dates: September 3 – October 4, 2015. This is not your fathers “ballroom”. Coinciding with the Southern Comfort conference hosted in Fort Lauderdale, one of the largest gatherings of the transgender community in the world, this exhibit documents the creation and development of the gay underground ballroom “vogue” scene in South Florida. With explorations of gender, race and social class served up with attitude as young participants walk the runway, exposure to this LGBT subculture has been limited, for most, to Madonna’s 1990 hit single “Vogue”, and the 1991 documentary, Paris is Burning. This Stonewall exhibition will provide a deeper appreciation of the modern drag culture, styles, and catwalk performances that continue to inspire, and support the creativity of a proudly resilient gay subculture in South Florida. Curated by SNMA Director of Community Engagement Emery Grant. RSVP to David Jobin at email@example.com
Tuesday, September 8 – Mack Mixer Fort Lauderdale – 6:30pm - 9:00pm. PLEASE NOTE UPDATED LOCATION: SuViche 401 Las Olas East, 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! Entry $10 includes one Kettle One Cocktail. For information, visit: www.mackplanet.com
Wednesday, September 9 – Cheese-A-Rama 3 – 7:30pm - 10:30pm. New York Grilled Cheese Co., 2207 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, Florida 33305. Mark your calendars for a September event with New York Grilled Cheese Co.. It's Cheese-A-Rama 3! Thank you Leor Barak for giving back to the community!!! Great night to mingle enjoy great entertainment and get some early holiday gift shopping done while helping SMART Ride raise money to produce and give back 100% of your funds raised. https://www.facebook.com/events/704179313049080/
Wednesday, September 9 – MiFo LGBT Film Festival Reception – 6:00pm-8:00pm. Reception for new supporters of the festival. MiFo LGBT Film Festival is the new name for what was the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and the Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. The reception will be from 6-8 PM, and details of the location can be obtained by emailing an inquiry to MiFoCountMeIn@icloud.com. More information about MiFo and the October Fort Lauderdale MiFo festival can be found at mifofilm.com
Thursday, September 10 – Artopia Launch Party/(GLBX) Business After Hours – 5:30pm - 7:00pm. Audi of Fort Lauderdale, Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL. The GLBX Board of Directors cordially invites you to the Official Launch Party for ARTOPIA presented by Audi Fort Lauderdale. We welcome you to join the GLBX board, sponsors, artists, supporters and business leaders of our community as we unveil the new concept, event location and much more! This event will be hosted by Audi Fort Lauderdale in their new showroom on US-1 / north of Sunrise Boulevard. Hors d'oeuvres and libations will be provided. http://www.ftlchamber.com/index.php?submenu=Councils&src=gendocs&ref=GLBX_home&category=Groups
Friday, September 11 – 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 12 – 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/
September 15 – GFLGLCC September Mixer – 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM. Beauty & the feast at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa, Atlantic Hotel & Spa, 601 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale FL 33304. Join us as Reyka Vodka presents the September Mixer for the GFLGLCC - Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. This month's location is Beauty & the feast at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa. GFLGLCC Members: Free. Future-Members $10. One complimentary Reyka Vodka drink included. Happy Hour prices until 7:00 PM. Signature Tastes From Beauty & the Feast. http://www.gogayfortlauderdale.com/events/details/gflglcc-september-mixer-at-beauty-the-feast-atlantic-hotel-spa-595
Wednesday, September 16 – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, September 17 – Equality Florida Broward Council Mixer – 7pm – 9pm. Please join us for a special appreciation event for you, our Florida Council members, your guests, as well as Friend supporters, at the beautiful home of Don Croxton and Doug Pew. There will be delicious hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, and great company. This is our first Florida Council Mixer since we won the right to marry throughout the nation, so let's celebrate! Our very special guest speaker will be Equality Florida's co-founder, and Chief Executive Officer, Nadine Smith. Nadine will have an important insider update especially for you, who are among our strongest and most stalwart supporters! Please invite a friend or two! Our mixers are a wonderful opportunity to introduce new people to the work of Equality Florida. Please RSVP to me: email@example.com. For questions or to RSVP by phone, call me at 305-335-2102.
Thursday, September 17 – GLLN Happy Hour – 6:00pm – 8:00pm. TBD. 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/
Thursday, September 24– GFLGLCC Quarterly Luncheon – 11:30 – 1:30pm. Pelican Grand Beach Resort, Ocean View Ballroom, 2000 North Ocean Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305 Please join us for our GFLGLCC Quarterly Networking Luncheon, presented by our Corporate Partner, Cruise Planners.You'll meet new friends, make business connections and enjoy a wonderful luncheon in the new Ocean View Ballroom prepared by the renowned chef at Ocean 2000, located in the Pelican Grand Beach Resort. Luncheon Details: The Pelican Grand Beach Resort will serve a 3-course lunch, choice of coffee or iced tea, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Cocktails, wine and beer are available. http://www.gogayfortlauderdale.com/events/details/cruise-planners-presents-the-gflglcc-quarterly-networking-luncheon-594
Save the Date:
Art Walk On Wilton Drive – Held on the 3rd Saturday of each month – 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm. 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. Experience Stonewall Gallery, as part of the Art Walk On Wilton Drive. Free admission and festive offerings along Wilton Drive and throughout Wilton Manors. http://artwalkonwiltondrive.com/
Pride Center Bingo – Second Saturdays of Each Month. 6:30pm. doors open; 7:30pm. 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, October 6 – Mack Power Lunch – 11:30am – 1:30pm at The Capital Grille
2430 East Sunrise Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Complimentary Valet Parking) 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
October 10 & 11 – PRIDE FORT LAUDERDALE – Come join the fun and show your PRIDE! Save the Dates! October 10 & 11 2015. Pride Fort Lauderdale festival will combine with National Coming Out Day and is also the weekend of the Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Pride Fort Lauderdale is partnering with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau to host the event, which is our 38th Annual and will feature the AHF (AIDS Health Care Foundation) as its signature sponsor. Plans include nighttime movies in the park and a parade along Fort Lauderdale beach in addition to hundreds of vendors, food, shows and thousands of attendees...stay up to date and ling to all our other social networks HERE > http://www.pridefortlauderdale.org/ We are very excited about the upcoming festival, and have several PRE-PRIDE EVENTS lined up for you as well...Organizations may now register for booths and vendor spaces for the two-day festival on your website here > http://www.pridefortlauderdale.org/festival/exhibitor/registration.html
Sunday, Oct 11 - Official Pride Fort Lauderdale Closing Street Party - 6:00pm - Midnight. To celebrate National Coming Out Day, Downtown Himmarshee Village Association will host the Official Pride Fort Lauderdale Closing Street Party. This street festival under the stars in historic Himmarshee will benefit LGBTQ Youth Services at SunServe.
Thursday, October 22 – Pride Center Founders Circle Reception – 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. B Ocean Fort Lauderdale 1140 Seabreeze Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. 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, 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. Free parking is available but limited. RSVP by Wednesday, August 19, 2015 to RSVP@PrideCenterFlorida.org or 954.463.9005 x 104.
Tuesday, October 27 – Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Salute to Business – 6:00pm - 7:30pm. Hyatt Regency Pier 66, 2301 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316. Join over 400 community and business leaders as the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce honors the 2015 Salute to Business recipients. http://www.ftlchamber.com/index.php?src=events&srctype=detail&category=Events&refno=109303
Saturday, October 31 – Wicked Manors 2015: Once Upon a Drive – Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. The Pride Center's Wicked Manors, will once again partner with The City of Wilton Manors to create the largest event of the year! This historic, entertaining block party will occur on Saturday, October 31, 2015 starting at 7:00 PM and will benefit the vital programs and services of The Pride Center. This year's theme for Wicked Manors is "Once Upon A Drive!" and we anticipate over 30,000 attendees enjoying the evening. The block party will be held on Wilton Drive and traffic will be prohibited to provide a safe area for costumed guests to celebrate the Halloween festivities. Florida Sponsorship opportunities available. Interested businesses should contact Roger Roa at 954.463.9005
November 14 & 15 – Equality Florida Gala – Sponsor Appreciation Party on Saturday and Equality Florida Broward Gala on Sunday. Held Sunday, November 15th, at the Panorama Ballroom at Pier Sixty Six in Fort Lauderdale, the Gala is Equality Florida's largest fundraiser of the year. It's a fun, elegant party, and an opportunity to honor important leaders of the LGBT equality movement. Last year we were delighted to honor Jazz Jennings with our Voice For Equality award. THIS year Equality Florida is so proud to be honoring James (Jim) Obergefell, whose winning case brought marriage equality to the entire nation on June 26th! http://www.eqfl.org/browardgala