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June 2016 LGBT Events in Ft Lauderdale

June 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.

Thursday, June 2  – GLBX Council Luncheon 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM. The Westin Fort Lauderdale, 400 Corporate Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334 Mix & Mingle with a fun group of like-minded business professionals! http://events.ftlchamber.com/sbaweb/events/events.asp?&id=3541&wpid=-101&cale_id=2853&details=true&newsession=TRUE&sid=415889627

Thursday, June 2 – 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, June 2 Stonewall National Museum & Archives and Our Fund Foundation Reception and Preview Performance6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Stonewall Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, 33305. Matthew Shepard was a 21-year old student at the University of Wyoming when he was brutally attacked and tied to a fence in a field outside of Laramie, Wyoming and left to die on October 7, 1998.  The horrific events that took place that night would become one of the most notorious anti-gay hate crimes in American history and spawned an activist movement.  The life and death of Matthew Shepard changed the way we talk about, and deal with, hate in America.  West Palm Beach-based Opera Fusion has commissioned Fort Lauderdale composer Michael W. Ross to tell Matthew’s story in a musical drama written for the opera stage.  This significant piece of art will keep Matthew’s story alive for future generations. Before the world premiere, supporters of Stonewall National Museum & Archives and Our Fund Foundation are invited for a preview of the show with a presentation by composer Ross, production director (and Opera Fusion Artistic Director) Dean Peterson and Opera Fusion’s president, Dr. Xavier Garcia. RSVP: chris@stonewall-museum.org

Friday, June 3 – The South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble – 8:00pm. Broward Center for the Performing Arts - Amaturo Theater. The South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble will perform works from your favorite composers. This concert will take you on an adventure as the ensemble plays famous pieces from different countries and relating to travel. Special guest performers and visual presentations will make this a dynamic show you won't want to miss! Please use code SFPWE to get $5 off each ticket.  We look forward to seeing you at the concert!  https://www.browardcenter.org/events/detail/sfpwe1516_jetplane

June 2 – 13 – Shop with Pride – Westfield Broward, 8000 W. Broward Blvd, Plantation, FL. Join us for 10 days of fantastic shopping, happy hours, comedy, movies, fashion shows and community pride at Westfield Broward as we celebrate LGBT PRIDE Month. Plus purchase a commemorative Shop With Pride tote filled with goodies for $20 and all the proceeds go to The Pride Center at Equality Park. http://www.pridecenterflorida.org/2016/05/shop-with-pride/

Saturday, June 4 SAGE of South Florida Monthly Luncheon 12:30pm – 2:00pm at the Herb Skolnic Center in Pompano Beach. Call (954) 634-7219 to reserve your space. http://www.sagewebsite.org/sage-calendar/

Wednesday, June 8 – Lambda Legal Fort Lauderdale June Reception – 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Thirteen Restaurant & Bar, 2390 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. Please join Lambda Legal supporters and their guests for complimentary appetizers and cocktails.  Come for the food and drinks, and stay to hear Lambda Legal’s ongoing efforts to secure full equality for the LGBT community and those with HIV, including an update on Lambda Legal’s lawsuit challenging HB2 in North Carolina. If you have not yet renewed your support of Lambda Legal or cannot make this event, please consider investing in our work fighting for equality at www.lambdalegal.org/donate

Wednesday, June 8 – 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/

Thursday, June 9 SAGE of South Florida Monthly Women’s Luncheon 12:00pm - 2:00pm at The Ark, 6255 Sterling Road, Davie, FL. http://www.sagewebsite.org/sage-calendar/

Friday, June 10 – 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, June 10 & Saturday, June 11 – The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida presents Love And Marriage – 8:00pm. Sunshine Cathedral. We celebrate the anniversary of marriage equality with a concert that is a tribute to couples and the love they share. We have pulled together songs of passion and humor that reflect how our lives grow and our world expands when we find that perfect, funny and fabulous soul mate. https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/951958

Saturday, June 11  – Pop with Pride to Support the Pride Center – 8:00pm. W Hotel Fort Lauderdale, Living Room. Join the Pride Center at the W Hotel on Saturday evening to celebrate the end of 10 days of Westfield Broward Mall's "Shop with Pride"! Pop With Pride, is a Gay Pride Celebration of Music + Fashion + Art. Featuring DJ Producer Alex Ferbeyre, Musical Styling by DJ Zepka, Fashion Runway by Macys Summer Collection, Make Up Looks by Dior. Come to the event and support the Pride Center. http://www.pridecenterflorida.org/

Saturday, June 11  – 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/

Monday, June 13 Broward Equality Connection at Mojo Restaurant – 5:30pm – 7:30pm. 4140 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, 33308. Mojo’s Restaurant and Lounge. The amazing chef at Mojo’s will prepare some delicious “lite bites” just for us to go along with Happy Hour drink specials! Our local leadership team will be on hand to provide an update on the march toward full equality in Florida, what we can expect in the aftermath of North Carolina’s HB2 and how you can get engaged in our fight right here in Broward County. There is no charge for this event, so please bring a guest, or three! Our Equality Connections are a great way to introduce new people to the work of Equality Florida. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/20evbF0

Tuesday, June 14 – Mack Mixer Fort Lauderdale – 6:30pm - 9:00pm. Yolo O Lounge, 333 East las Olas 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

Tuesday, June 14 Scolapasta DINE IN fundraiser for SMART Ride  – 6:00pm – 9:00pm. 3358 NE 33rd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Dine In and tell them you are with SMART Ride and 20% of your check is donated back to production SMART Ride. Cash Raffles for Prizes and the sounds of VJ Marcio Santos. Experience a trip back in time and enjoy a meal cooked with the highest quality in-season produce, grass feed beef, free range chicken and seafood from sustainable sources. All are free from hormones & antibiotics & are prepared to order with love using generation old recipes. Call to make reservations or join us for the reception and stay for dinner, 20% of proceeds from dinner will go to offset production of SMART Ride 2016. https://www.facebook.com/events/237622629947827/

Wednesday, June 15 – 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

Wednesday, June 15 Casino Night at Hunters for Poverello – 7:00pm – 11:00pm. On Wednesday June 15th, 2016 from 7pm-11pm Hunters Fort Lauderdale will host Casino Night to benefit Poverello. There will be silent auction, 50/50 and raffles. Games will be Blackjack, Texas Hold'em, Poker and Roulette. You buy $25 for 2500 in chips and play games to win prizes.  To register you or your team for the 26th Annual Bowling to Fight Hunger, go to www.hungerfighter.org For more info email events@poverello.org https://www.facebook.com/events/541637829331524/

Thursday, June 16 – GLLN Happy Hour – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Mod Wine Lounge Gateway Shopping Center 1828 E Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. Happy Hours are on the 3rd Thursday of
every month at various locations
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sponsored by our Strategic Alliance Members: Alpine Jaguar, Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center, Edward Jones, and Seacoast Bank. 2-4-1 drinks and complimentary appetizers. Come networks with local professionals. For more information, visit www.glln.org.

Friday, June 17 – NOT IN MY TOWN Gala Preview – 6:00 PM (dinner) & 8:00 PM (performance). At The Walter Lawrence & Stephen Lewis Performing Arts Center at Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9 Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. Our Fund Foundation is a proud sponsor of this event. Major Scenes from Not In My Town, a new musical drama based on the life of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man who was bullied, beaten and left to die Together with opera and Broadway favorites. Performed with Orchestra, Gordon Roberts, conductor, Ardean Landhuis, director Music and Lyrics by South Florida’s own Michael W. Ross. General Admission $38 ~ VIP Seating $100/Includes dinner & open bar and post performance meet-and-greet the artists. http://www.operafusion.org/

Saturday, June 18 – Stonewall Pride Wilton Manors – 6:00pm. In its 17th year, the City of Wilton Manors proudly presents The 2016 Wilton Manors Stonewall Parade & Festival.
Festival Marketplace
·       With over 100 vendors and exhibitors, and food vendors and trucks,  the Festival marketplace is always a fun way to spend the afternoon. Several of the area nonprofits and governmental agencies take part and provide a wide range of information and services to attendees.
Daytime Activities
·       In addition to the three stages (Mid South, mid north at the Manor and North) which will be featuring local performers and DJ’s throughout the day, there are four radio stations that will be present on the Drive.
Stonewall Village
·       This year we are featuring a cultural, educational, children & families, community themed Stonewall Village located at Hagen Park Community Center and park behind City Hall, 2020 Wilton Drive from 11 AM – 3 PM.
·       A children’s area featuring bouncy houses and face painting will be sponsored by generous donation by Church of the Holy Spirit Song.
·       A Matthew Shepard Operetta, ” Not in this Town,” will be performed at he Hagen Park Community Center Auditorium.
Stonewall Parade
·       The parade is easiest the main attraction of the festival. Thousands come out to watch floats and groups as they strut their stuff down Wilton Drive. The parade begins at 6:00 pm and lasts for an hour and a half.

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

Tuesday, June 21 – GFLGLCC Mixer – 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM. Hunter's Fort Lauderdale
2232 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. 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. http://ggfortlauderdale.sampleorg.com/events/details/gflglcc-june-mixer-at-hunter-s-fort-lauderdale-1440

Tuesday, June 21 SAGE Co-Ed Meet Up 5:00 pm at Christina Wan. 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/

Thursday, June 23 – Pride Center Founders Circle Reception – 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm. Metropolitan, 1220 NE 24th Street, Wilton Manors, 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, 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

Monday, June 27 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/

Save the Date:

July TBD – 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

Monday, July 4 – Annual Benefit for the Pet Project for Pets – Noon – 9:00pm. Mona’s, 502 East Sunrise Blvd. Ft. Lauderdale. Hot Diggity Dog Cookout, Games, Money, Liquor, Beer Giveaways. Live Auction at 5pm, raffles all day long. www.petprojectforpets.org

Thursday, July 14  – GLBX After Hours Networking  5:30 PM - 7:00 PM. TBD Mix & Mingle with a fun group of like-minded business professionals! Hosted by RIVA developer. https://www.facebook.com/events/1247630991921401/

Tuesday, July 19  – Equality Means Business Luncheon with GFLCC 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM. Join panelists State Senator Diaz de la Portilla, PNC VP Fred Livingston, GFLCVB VP Carlos Molinet, Equality Florida Deputy Director Stratton Pollitzer, Transgender Inclusion Director, Gina Duncan, and Suzanne Bogdan, of Fisher Phillips at the 3rd Annual Equality Means Business luncheon presented by The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.

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

Wednesday, August 31 Legacy Luncheon presented by US Trust, EQFL and Our Fund

Monday, August 22 – Equality Florida Connection event at Scarfone's – 7:30pm. Scarfone's, 2150 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, Happy hour event at Scarfone's, with complimentary appetizers, drink specials, and an update from Equality Florida's leadership team. All are welcome!

August TBD  – GFLGLCC Quarterly Networking Luncheon   11:30am - 1:30pm. TBD. Please join us for the GFLGLCC Quarterly Networking Luncheon, 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

Tuesday, September 14 – Equality Florida Major donor event   6:00pm PM – 8:00pm. TBD Florida Council Mixer, a private cocktail reception in appreciation of the major donors to and sponsors of Equality Florida, hosted by Drew Tabatchnick and Ira Baer.

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 12 – VIP Sponsor Reception for Equality Florida Broward Gala

Sunday, November 13 – Equality Florida Broward Gala – 6:00 PM – 9:00PM B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale, 1140 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. Join us in celebration of the work of Equality Florida, a year's worth of progress towards full LGBT rights, and of Voice For Equality honoree, Martina Navritalova at this year's Gala, being held at the beautifully redesigned B Ocean Resort!! Tickets $175 includes full bar, light supper, and valet parking. Attire: cocktail

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

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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