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May 2016 LGBT Events in Ft Lauderdale

May 2016 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. May 3, 2016 - SAGE Hear Their Stories: 7:00 pm at The Pride Center - Learning from LGBT seniors' life experience. Join us for an evening sit-down with our community's brave Seniors, featuring videos with empowering sage-filled stories about thriving, becoming free & the courage to be yourself. Combines digital storytelling, panel of brave gay men & your questions. Learn lessons of resilience, strength & hope you can use in your life today. http://www.sagewebsite.org/sage-calendar/

Tuesday, May 3 – Mack Power Lunch – 11:30am – 1:30pm at Outback Steakhouse, 1801 SE 10th 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.  $34.00, Advance Registration required: www.mackplanet.com

Wednesday, May 4 – Opening Reception for Broward House Mega Men present Exposed Body Image and the Gay Man – 7:00pm – 9:00pm. The Pride Center, 2040 N Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors. The Broward House MEGA Men program is highlighting body image issues
with a new photo exhibit located at the Pride Center. Volunteers will share their candid thoughts, along with a shirtless photograph from the neck to the waist shot by photographer Mark Farrington. For more information about the exhibit, or the program, call (954) 568-7373 or email the program at megamen@browardhouse.org or visit www.browardhouse.org

Thursday, May 5 – 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. APPROVED FOR ONE (1) CLE ETHICS CREDIT FOR THIS LUNCHEON. http://www.glln.org/events/

Thursday, May 5 – Opening Reception for ARCHETYPE: Portraits by Blake Little – 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Stonewall National Museum - Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Dr, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33305. A “sneak peak” reception for Stonewall Society Members.Bar and light refreshments provided with thanks to the generosity of Ketel One Vodka and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. For more information about becoming a Stonewall Society Member, email Chris Rudisill at chris@stonewall-museum.org or call 954-763-8565.

Thursday, May 5 – Vote Dean Trantalis & Jason King for Delegates to DNC – 5:00pm - 7:00pm. Jarvis Hall at 4505 N. Ocean Drive, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea 33308. We are thrilled to announce our candidacy for Delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention! We are pledged to Hillary Clinton. If you live in Florida's 22nd Congressional District, please come out and VOTE for us! You have two options! Please read carefully below, and we greatly appreciate your support! Option 1) VOTE EARLY on THURSDAY, May 5th, anytime 8-11am or 5-7pm, at Jarvis Hall at 4505 N. Ocean Drive, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea 33308. Option 2) You can also VOTE on regular voting day next SATURDAY, May 7th, anytime 10-2pm at Local 3080 Fireman's Union Hall - 304 NE 1st St., Pompano Beach 33060. https://www.facebook.com/events/234129493616223/

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - SAGE of South Florida Lunch and Learn: 12:30 pm at the Herb Skolnic Center in Pompano Beach, including speakers from American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER). Call (954) 634-7219 to reserve your space. http://www.sagewebsite.org/sage-calendar/
Tuesday, May 10 – Mack Mixer Fort Lauderdale – 6:30pm - 9:00pm. Seasons 52, 2428 East Sunrise Blvd., Ft. 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! Entry $10 includes one Kettle One Cocktail. For information, visit: www.mackplanet.com

Wednesday, May 11 – Dolphin Democrats Meeting – 7:00pm. The Pride Center, 2040 A North Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, FL. 7:00 pm – Pizza and social. 7:30 pm – Meeting. “Further, it shall be the mission of this organization to foster good will between gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members of the Democratic Party and the community at large. We seek individual freedom in the framework of a just society and political freedom in the framework of meaningful participation by all citizens.” http://www.dolphindems.org/

Wednesday, May 11 — Our Fund's 2016 iGive Grant Award Reception — 6:00PM - 8:00 PM. New River Fine Art, 914 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. You are cordially invited to join Our Fund Foundation’s iGive Society on Wednesday, May 11 for Our Fund’s 2016 Grant Reception.   The 12 valued agencies advancing LGBT causes that have been selected to receive program funding will be present.  We look forward to being with you and to sharing with our stakeholders the good work of these non-profit agents of change. 2016 Winter Grant Awardee Agencies: Equality Florida Institute; Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida; Gilda's Club; Humanity Project, Jewish Community Services of South Florida; Latinos Salud; Pet Project; Pride Center; South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble; Stonewall National Museum & Archives; Tuesday's Angels; YES Institute. RSVP:www.Our-Fund.org/grantreception

Thursday, May 12 – GLBX Business After Hours – 5:30pm - 7:00pm. Riva, 1200 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale 33301. Come join us for great networking with other members of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce at one of Fort Lauderdale's finest dining establishments on Las Olas. Complimentary for members and $10 admission for nonmembers. http://www.ftlchamber.com/index.php?src=events&srctype=detail&category=GLBX&refno=103807

Friday, May 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.

Friday, May 13 – Diversity Honors, co-presented by the Harvey Milk Foundation and The Pride Center at Equality Park – 6:00pm – 10:00pm at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Diversity Honors event is a collaboration between two organizations, The Harvey Milk Foundation and The Pride Center at Equality Park. Diversity Honors is designed to put South Florida on the International stage of LGBTQ rights and activism. The event will highlight those who have made a transformational effect on improving the lives of others, leading the change to promote inclusion and acceptance. Tickets: $175 per person. http://www.diversityhonors.com/

Saturday, May 14 – Pet Project’s ANNUAL NIGHT OUT FOR PETS – 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Hosted by Wilton Manors Animal Hospital, 2201 Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, FL. All funds raised at this event will be matched by a Pet Project supporter! $25 tickets can be purchased at petprojectforpets.org

Saturday, May 14 – The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, The Big Gay Sing! – 8:00PM. Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315. Come and Sing Along to your favorite songs from the Wizard of Oz, Wicked, and The Wiz. Hosted by Lady Bunny, Comedienne, DJ, actress and Singer/Songwriter. Her bawdy mix of potty-mouthed humor and zany joke routines will have you rolling in the aisles. Tickets $25, $35, and $40. To purchase tickets or for more information visit GMCSF.org or call us at 954-763-2266.

Saturday, May 14 – Annual Night Out for Pets 7:00PM - 10:00PM. Wilton Manors Animal Hospital, 2201 Dixie Hwy., Wilton Manors. Please join the Pet Project to help raise funds so they can continue their Mission. The Pet Project is a nonprofit organization that enables those who are financially challenged due to illness, disability, aging to keep their pets. $25 includes buffet Dinner and drinks. Funds raised at the event will be matched dollar for dollar. Silent Auction. 50/50 Raffle. Tickets: www.petprojectforpets.org

Saturday, May 14  – Pride Center Bingo – Second Saturdays of Each Month. 6:30 p.m. doors open; 7:30 p.m. Pride Center, 2040 N. Dixie Hwy, Wilton Manors. 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, May 17 – GFLGLCC Mixer – 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM. Shooters Waterfront, 3033 NE 32nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308. Join us as Reyka Vodka presents the April Mixer for the GFLGLCC - Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. GFLGLCC Members: Free, Future-Members $10. One complimentary Reyka Vodka drink included. RSVP Not Required but Appreciated. https://www.facebook.com/events/620656318083818/

Wednesday, May 18  – The CIA Presents the GFLGLCC Quarterly Networking Luncheon   11:30am - 1:30pm. Riverside Hotel, 620 E. Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.Please join us for the GFLGLCC Quarterly Networking Luncheon presented by our Corporate Partner - The Central Intelligence Agency - CIA. You'll meet new friends, make business connections and enjoy a wonderful luncheon prepared by the Riverside Hotel. Luncheon Details: The Riverside Hotel will serve a 3-course lunch, choice of nonalcoholic beverage, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Cocktails, wine and beer are available. Reduced Valet: $4. Fees/Admission: GFLGLCC Members: $35 Future-Members: $40. http://www.gogayfortlauderdale.com/events/details/the-cia-presents-the-gflglcc-quarterly-networking-luncheon-05-18-2016-714

Wednesday, May 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

Saturday, May 21 —  Broward Florida Council Mixer —  6:00pm. Open to Florida Council members and their guests. There will be delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, great company, and a fun game with an exciting prize donated by Take Shape (IPL Facial Treatment valued at $250). Gina Duncan, Equality Florida’s Transgender Inclusion Director, will provide us with an insider’s update in the wake of all that has happened in North Carolina, Georgia and Texas, and how we are leading the south forward. Invite a friend or two! Our mixers are a wonderful opportunity to introduce new people to the work of Equality Florida—which you so generously support. RSVPs are required, please contact Row Iliescu, South Florida Development Director at row@eqfl.org or  by phone at 305-335-2102. 

Monday, May 23, 2016 - SAGE Men's Night Out: 5:30 pm at Tropics Piano Bar and Restaurant. Every fourth Monday of the month, SAGE men meet at Tropics for cocktails, dinner and lively conversation. http://www.sagewebsite.org/sage-calendar/

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - SAGE Co-Ed Meet Up: 5:00 pm at Ellie's 50's Diner in Delray Beach. No reservations required. Tell the hostess you are with SAGE and come meet our members and learn more about the ongoing activites hosted by SAGE of South Florida. http://www.sagewebsite.org/sage-calendar/

Sunday, May 29 – Pet Project’s Memorial Weekend Spectacular – 2:00pm - 7:00pm. Smarty Pants Bar, 2400 E. Oakland Park Blvd. #101, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Barbecue Cookout, Pets Welcome, Drag Show, Silent Auction, Drink Specials, DJ. petprojectforpets.org

Save the Date:

Saturday, June 18 – Pet Pride Party 3:00PM-7:00PM. Hunters, 2232 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. Please join the Pet Project to help raise funds so they can continue their Mission. The Pet Project is a nonprofit organization that enables those who are financially challenged due to illness, disability, aging to keep their pets. Pet Costume Contest. Dog Tail Wagging Contest. Raffles throughout the event. Silent Auction. Drink Specials. 954-568-5678. www.petprojectforpets.org

Saturday, July 30 – The Pet Project Bowl-a-thon Registration 11:00AM-12:30PM. Bowling from 1:00PM - 3:00PM. Manor Lanes, 1517 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Please join the Pet Project to help raise funds so they can continue their Mission. The Pet Project is a nonprofit organization that enables those who are financially challenged due to illness, disability, aging to keep their pets. Door Prizes. 50/50 Cash Raffle. Trophy’s. Pre-register team of 5 at 954-568-5678 or PetProjectBowl@gmail.com

Saturday October 22nd – PAWS 4 PAWS “Twilight pet walk a thon”  6 PM registration – 11 PM includes Halloween Pet Costume Contest – entry $25. (or raise $50 per walker and the contest and the walk will be free) looking for sponsors and of course walkers. Contest winners 3 categories / raffles. Please join the Pet Project to help raise funds so they can continue their Mission. The Pet Project is a nonprofit organization that enables those who are financially challenged due to illness, disability, aging to keep their pets.www.petprojectforpets.org

Saturday November 26 – PUSH-UPS FOR PETS – 12:00PM – 4 PM,  silent auction, trophies. Please join the Pet Project to help raise funds so they can continue their Mission. The Pet Project is a nonprofit organization that enables those who are financially challenged due to illness, disability, aging to keep their pets.www.petprojectforpets.org

Pride Center Founders Circle Reception – 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm. TBD. 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

Wilton Manors Art Expo – 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. https://www.facebook.com/events/1636973699909440/


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/

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