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.
Wednesday, March 1 – Monday, March 6 - National LGBTQ Task Force Winter Party Festival 2017 – Miami Beach. Back in 1994, our founders decided to kick up their heels and invite the LGBTQ community to party on the sands of South Beach. More than twenty years later, that one night has become an iconic six-day celebration of people – all kinds of people from all over the globe – who come together to learn, live, love, laugh and forge lifelong relationships. With over 12,500 guests from around the world attending six days of events, the scale of Winter Party Festival is inspiring. But the sense of welcome is warmly personal and sincere. Regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, ethnicity or belief, anyone and everyone is made to feel comfortable and at home. Winter Party Festival is that place where for one week, the world is full of acceptance and love. And we can take a deep breath of the ocean air and clear our heads. Fill our hearts. Engage our minds. Kick up our heels. And return to everyday life happier, stronger, wiser, and ready to ignite the world.
Thursday, March 2 – GLLN Social Luncheon – 11:45am - 1:15pm. Timpano’s, 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, March 2 – G2H2 Happy Hour to Benefit Broward House – 5:00pm – 7:00. Broward House, 2300 NE 7th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305. Join us for the first party of the year! Enjoy complimentary cocktails, meet LGBT professionals in your area and help benefit a great cause - The Broward House! See you there! https://www.facebook.com/groups/G2H2Wilton/
Saturday, March 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.
Tuesday, March 7 – Mack Power Lunch – 11:30am – 1:30pm TBD. 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, March 8 – Broward Equality Connection at Nick's Italian Restaurant – 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Nicks Italian Restaurant Ft. Lauderdale. 3496 N Ocean Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308. It’s Equality Florida’s 20th Anniversary (remember what that felt like)? Nick’s team is helping us kick off the festivities by hosting a private party for us, including complimentary delicious lite bites, Happy Hour drink specials, and the Cachet Band. It’s a fun event, open to all. We’ll also be celebrating Fort Lauderdale Vice Mayor Dean Trantalis, who, for decades, has been one of the leading proponents for equality in Florida. Please come out and thank Dean in person as we present him with our “Community Partner For Equality” award. On hand will be our local South Florida staff and leadership team to let you know what's next in the fight for full equality--the state legislative session is about to begin. Our Equality Connections are a great way to introduce new people to the work of Equality Florida, and there is no charge for this event, so please bring a guest or three, and let's pack the place! Stay after the Connection for dinner and Nick’s will donate 10% to Equality Florida (Dinner reservations suggested: (954) 563-6441). RSVP here: http://www.eqfl.org/2017/equalityconnection/broward1
Wednesday, March 8 – Dolphin Democrats Meeting – Second Wednesday of Each Month. 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, MAR 9 – A Night of Stars! – 7 PM - 10 PM. Presented by LIPS, 1421 E Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park, FL 33334. Hosted by the SMART Ride and their special guest star servers – Jane Bolin, Victor Diaz-Herman, Stacey Hyde, Mark Ketcham, and Tom Runyon – along with LIPS Divas for an evening of food, fun, and surprises! Special guest appearance from Michael Dean as Cher!! You will have more fun than ever with Lips very own cast of characters serving up great food and fun alongside five celebrity guests servers. Chosen for their commitment to the annual bicycling event, Jane Bolin (Board of Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center & Partner at Peyton Bolin PL), Victor Diaz Herman (Executive Director of Pridelines Youth Services), Stacy Hyde (President/CEO of Broward House), Mark Ketchum (Executive Director of SunServe) and Tom Runyan (Legal council for SMART Ride as well as founder of “Love Always Wins” and Principle at Runyan Law Firm as well long time SMART Ride rider) will camp it up table by table to earn extra tips for the cause. $50 per person general admission includes: Cover, Gratuity, Three course dinner with choice of entree (salmon, chicken marsala, penne primavera (vegetarian), or Lasagna.) Soda, iced tea, coffee, Cash bar. $75 VIP includes the above plus Premium show seating. Complimentary cocktail (and more money raised for SMART Ride). 50/50 Raffle Star Server Tip Challenge. All sales are final. No refunds. Proceeds benefit The SMART Ride and it’s mission to give back 100% of everything it’s participants raise to AIDS Service Organizations for those infected, affected or at risk for HIV and AIDS in Florida. www.thesmartride.org
Friday, March 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, March 10 – An Evening with "LARRY KRAMER" interviewed by KEVIN SESSUMS – 8:00pm. Sunshine Cathedral, Tickets: $25.00 Larry is almost 82, he’s had an organ transplant and we are extremely fortunate to have this rare opportunity to engage with him. “Kramer’s activism set a standard that is relevant in today’s political climate.” – Jeff Banning, Board President. Get your tickets now for Friday’s historic event! http://www.worldaidsmuseum.org/
Saturday, March 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/
Sunday, March 12 – Equality Florida 2017 Miami Gala – 6:00pm. Nobu Hotel Eden Roc,4525 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140. Save the date for our Annual Miami Gala where we'll be celebrating Equality Florida's 20th Anniversary! Our Havana Nights theme will be a fun filled night of friends, achievement & music. We are so thrilled to be presenting the Voice for Equality Award to Lisa La Monica from Miami-Dade County Schools and Safe Schools South Florida, for her decades of work with LGBTQ students. Miami-Dade School Superintendent, Alberto Carvalho, will be presenting the award to Lisa. www.eqfl.org/miamigala
Wednesday, March 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 email@example.com
Thursday, March 16 – March 20th, 2017 – 6th Annual Pride Center Cruise 4 Day Cruise Including Key West & Nassau, Bahamas – We are excited to announce that The Pride Center and Freedom Travel are once again teaming up to present the 6th Annual Pride Center Cruise March 16th thru March 20th, 2017 from Fort Lauderdale, FL. These cruises have been a huge success, raising over $50,000 to benefit The Pride Center's programs and services. Join us again this year on the newly renovated Celebrity Summit! RESERVE YOUR CABIN TODAY WITH A $100 REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT TODAY! http://www.bookfreedomtravel.com/2017-pride-center-cruise
Saturday, March 18 – Wilton Manors Works – 7:00pm. Art Gallery 21 at the Woman’s Club of Wilton Manors, 600 NE 21 Court, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. Wilton Manors Works, an interactive event that aims to increase awareness of the LGBT work experience. An exhibit of pictures submitted by Wilton Manors residents will be unveiled at 7 p.m., and at 7:30 p.m. there will be a story slam hosted by Michael McKeever, a Carbonell Award-winning playwright. Photographers of all levels are invited to submit their photos for “Wilton Manors Works” on or before Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Printed photos may be delivered to City Hall (2020 Wilton Drive) and marked “Attn: Art Gallery 21.” Digital photos (minimum size of 6x4 at 300 DPI) may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The name, address and phone number of the person submitting the photo must be included.
Saturday, March 18 – Wilton Manors Art Expo – Held on the 3rd Saturday of each month – 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. January through March, along the 1.1 mile Wilton Drive, in the Wilton Manors Art and Entertainment District. A Showcase of local artists, craftsmen, musicians, and businesses in the Arts & Entertainment District and Dixie Village. This cultural experience brings a multitude of visitors into our numerous unique galleries, shops, bars, and restaurants on Wilton Drive and vicinity. http://www.wmae.org
Sunday, March 19 – Florida AIDS Walk – 9:30 am pre-event ceremony with Celebrity Ambassador, Lamman Rucker, star of the hit drama series on OWN, Greenleaf. The Walk will take place next to Fort Lauderdale Beach starting at South Beach Park, Sunday March 19th, 2017 timeSouth Beach Park on Fort Lauderdale Beach (just north of the B Ocean, formerly the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort). 8:00 am registration opens. 10:00 am walk. HIV/AIDS has been a part of our world for well over thirty years now, but the HIV Crisis is far from over, especially in Florida. Your support has never been more vital to the cause than it is today! Tickets are only $25! So get on board now, team up with your friends and family and register today. http://floridaaidswalk.org
Friday, March 24 - Saturday, May 6 – Art Gallery 21 Presents “The Way We Worked” – Noon to 8 p.m. Art Gallery 21 at the Woman’s Club of Wilton Manors (600 NE 21st Ct., Wilton Manors, FL 33305). Art Gallery 21, in partnership with the City of Wilton Manors, Central Area Neighborhood Association of Wilton Manors, The Pride Center at Equality Park, Stonewall Museum & Archive and The Humanity Project, is proud to host the traveling Smithsonian exhibit “The Way We Worked” from March 24 to May 6. Through rare videos, fascinating interviews and compelling photos taken over 150 years, viewers will be able to explore how the opportunities provided by work became central to the American dream. Art Gallery 21 was selected as a host site through a grant provided by The Florida Humanities Council and Museums on Main Street, a partnership with Smithsonian Institution and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The gallery is one of only eight locations the exhibit will travel to this year, so you won’t want to miss this moving and powerful display. “The Way We Worked” will be available for viewing Fridays through Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. http://bit.ly/2ko5Ahl
Sunday, March 26 – Lambda Legal Bonnet House Event – 5:00pm – 7:30pm. Bonnet House. Join Lambda Legal as we gather nearly 300 of our community supporters to hear about Lambda Legal’s continuing commitment to its important work in securing and maintaining full equality for LGBT persons and those living with HIV. Our annual Fort Lauderdale cocktail event at the unique and beautiful Bonnet House includes presentation of the community leader award, a short talk by a Lambda Legal plaintiff about their case and an update on our strategy, achievements and challenges from our CEO, Rachel Tiven. For more information, visit
Thursday, March 30 – Sage and Friends Fort Lauderdale Honoring George Zuber – 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Home of DC Allen and Ken Flick, 2600 NW 7th Ave. Wilton Manors, FL 33311. Sage is the Country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, Gay Bisexual and transgender older adults. To RSVP and buy tickets: https://giveto.sageusa.org/events/2017/sage-friends/fortlauderdale
Friday, March 31 – HIV/AIDS Seniors Conference – Center for Spiritual Living.SunServe is thrilled to announce the first ever HIV/AIDS Seniors Conference sponsored by AIDS United! More people living with HIV/AIDS than ever are becoming seniors. Whether you recently sero-converted or have been a long-term survivor, an HIV+ senior simply has different nutritional and medical needs than non-senior individuals living with HIV/AIDS. SunServe invites community members and professionals to receive mental, social and physical health information specific to thriving with HIV/AIDS as a senior. The event will take place at the Center for Spiritual Living on . Please click here to register for the FREE community track, as well as the professionals track offering attendess CEU’s, or visit www.sunserve.org/hivseniors for more information. Please check out our event page on Facebook too at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1633200066982253/
Monday, March 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.
Save the Date:
April – GFLGLCC Mixer – 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM. TBD. Join us as Reyka Vodka presents the February Mixer for the GFLGLCC. You'll enjoy:One Complimentary Reyka Vodka Drink, Cash Bar with 1/2 Priced Drinks, Complimentary Hors d'oeuvres. Free Self Parking.
Thursday, May 18 – Equality Florida "Florida Council Mixer." – 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location TBA. Private party for EQFL's sponsor level donors
Wednesday, May 18 – 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
Wilton Manors Art Expo – Held on the 3rd Saturday of each month – 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. January through March, along the 1.1 mile Wilton Drive, in the Wilton Manors Art and Entertainment District. A Showcase of local artists, craftsmen, musicians, and businesses in the Arts & Entertainment District and Dixie Village. This cultural experience brings a multitude of visitors into our numerous unique galleries, shops, bars, and restaurants on Wilton Drive and vicinity. http://www.wmae.org