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November 2017 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, Nov 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. www.glln.org/events

Thursday, Nov 2 – Pet Project’s “Now That’s Fine Dining!” Event – 7:00pm – 9:00pm Courtyard Café, 2211 Wilton Drive. Limited Seating $45 per Plate. Five course dinner, non-alcoholic beverages, Live Jazz Music, Cash Bar, 50/50 Raffle, Prizes and Giveaways. www.ThePetProjectFL.org

Thursday, Nov 2  – Artopia    Galleria At Fort Lauderdale. Please join the GLBX as we showcase how Broward County’s professional and cultural communities unite to celebrate our unique diversity that empowers our local economy to prosper. GENERAL ADMISSION $100 (Special Performances, Interactive Artistic, Exhibits, Complimentary Gourmet Food, Complimentary Adult Beverages)VIP ADMISSION $150 (Entrance One Hour in Advance, Exclusive VIP Reception, Performer/Artist Meet and Greet, Exclusive Specialty Food, Exclusive Specialty Adult Beverages, Complimentary Valet Parking) http://glbx.org

Friday, Nov 3 – Dean Trantalis for Mayor Campaign Kickoff Event – 5:30pm -7:00pm. C&I Studios, 541 NW1st Ave.-Ft. Lauderdale. Isn’t it about time that Fort Lauderdale has LGBTQ Mayor? Census data shows Fort Lauderdale as the city with the highest concentration of same-sex couple households in the nation. Greater Fort Lauderdale has hundreds of LGBTQ-owned businesses and annually welcomes more than 1.3 million LGBTQ visitors. These tourists spent more than $1.5 billion here last year. As a Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner, Dean Trantalis has been the voice of the LGBTQ Community in the City of Fort Lauderdale Government. Let’s make him Mayor, and amplify our voices. electdeantrantalis.com

Saturday, Nov 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/

Sunday, Nov 5  – An Afternoon with the Task Force    4:30pm – 7:00pm. Please join us for an Afternoon with the Task Force with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Executive Director Rea Carey will share updates on the Task Force’s leadership in the resistance against the current administration and how we will persevere to win lived equality for LGBTQ people and their families. Located at the home of Marti Smye and Lisa Madden, in the Las Olas Isles area of Fort Lauderdale. Address will be provided upon RSVP. If you are not yet a donor to the Task Force, we hope you will consider becoming a supporter. Tickets $50. Host Committee currently in formation. Please contact Cindy Tomm at ctomm@thetaskforce.org or 973.809.2665 with any questions or if you would like to join our Host Committee. To RSVP please visit us at

Monday, Nov 6  – Grand Opening of Equality Florida’s Wilton Manors Office    6:00pm – 7:30pm. 2302 NE 7th Ave. Wilton Manors 33305 (In the Italian American Club building). Join Equality Florida for a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Wilton Manors Commission; enjoy lite bites and bevvies, meet the South Florida team, and check out the new space that will serve as South Florida headquarters for some of the groundbreaking, life-changing Equality Florida programs. The office will serve as a meeting place and internship center, where you can stop by and pick up a new t-shirt, or check out the latest in Equality Florida’s efforts to bring about full equality for the LGBTQ residents of Florida. For more info, call Row at 305-335-2102.

Wednesday, Nov 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/

Friday, Nov 10 – The World AIDS Museum and Educational Center presents An Evening with Cleve Jones 8:00pm. Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Ave. Fort Lauderdale. Cleave Jones conceived the AIDS Memorial Quilt at a time when death from AIDS was shameful and hidden. An American folk art form was adapted to celebrate and honor the lives of those who died. The “When We Rise” mini series that aired on ABC in 2017 was adapted from Mr. Jones book of the same name. Tickets $30. VIP Tickets $45. http://www.worldaidsmuseum.org/ewcj-payment-page/

Friday, Nov 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.

Saturday, Nov 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/

Saturday, Nov 11 – GFLGLCC Business & Community Expo 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Westin Fort Lauderdale, 400 Corporate Dr, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33334. Please join us for our annual GFLGLCC Business & Community Expo - in conjunction with Hot Spots Media and presented by PNC Bank at the beautiful Westin Fort Lauderdale ballroom. We'll have lots of business and community booths as well as learning seminars presented by our members. Complimentary health screenings (cholesterol, glucose, vitals and BMI) provided by Broward Health Imperial Point Hospital. https://www.gogayfortlauderdale.com/events/details/gflglcc-business-community-expo-3367

Saturday, November 11 – South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble’s Heavy Classics 2! 7:00 PM.roward Center for the Performing Arts. Join South Florida’s premiere LGBT band at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts for an evening of classic works from some of the most beloved composers of the classical and romantic periods. Our program includes:
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor , 1st Movement(Beethoven)                                                
Carnival of the Animals - Finale (Saint-Saëns)
Contrapunctus IX from “Art of the Fugue”(Bach)
Largo al Factotum from “The Barber of Seville”(Rossini)
Turandot – Selections from the Opera(Puccini)                                                       
The Star Spangled Banner(Smith)
Symphony No. 5 – Finale(Shostakovich)
Erl King Excerpts(Schubert)
Excerpts from Pictures at an Exhibition(Mussorgsky)               
Danse Bacchanale from “Samson and Delilah”(Saint-Saëns)
Tickets are $30.00 and are available online at www.browardcenter.org or by calling 800-745-3000 or at the box office.
 
Sunday, Nov 12  – The 2017 Equality Florida Broward Gala  – 5:30pm -8:30pm. The Crystal Ballroom (inside the main entrance at Pier Sixty Six). 2301 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale. Celebrating 20 years of Equality Florida! Gala tickets are $175; Greg Louganis will be presented with the Voice For Equality award. Valet parking provided; Self parking available. More info and tickets can be purchased at equalityflorida.org/browardgala

Monday, Nov 13  – Our Fund’s 7th Annual LGBT Leadership Forum  6:00pm. NSU Museum of Art Horvitz Auditorium One East Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 3330. The theme is: Florida’s LGBT Future. Our Fund Foundation is gathering a panel of visionary leaders who understand the importance of coalition-buidling to advance LGBT values statewide. Using lessons learned from Colorado in the early 2000s as progressives swept into power in that state, our panel will discuss how Florida can position itself to experience a similar trend. Admission is free. RSVP at www.our-fund.org/forum2017 or 954-565-1090

Wednesday, Nov 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

Tuesday, Nov 21 – GFLGLCC Mixer – 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM. BalQony at the
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 505 N. FT. Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. Join us as Reyka Vodka presents the Aug Mixer for the GFLGLCC - Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Complimentary Reyka Vodka Drink. Complimentary for GFLGLCC Members. $10 for Future Members. RSVP Encouraged: https://www.gogayfortlauderdale.com/events/details/gflglcc-november-mixer-on-the-balqony-at-the-hilton-fort-lauderdale-beach-resort-4084

Saturday Nov 25 – PUSH-UPS FOR PETS – 2:00PM – 4 PM, 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. Silent auction, Trophies. www.petprojectforpets.org

Monday, Nov 27 – SAGE of South Florida Men's Night Out – 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm at Rumors, 2426 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors, FL 33305. Every fourth Monday of the month, SAGE men meet at Tropics for cocktails, dinner and lively conversation. Please Note: Men's Night Out has moved to Rumors on Wilton Drive (across from Rosie's) http://www.sagewebsite.org/sage-calendar/

Wednesday, Nov 28 – Stonewall Library & Archives Open House - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Stonewall National Library & Archives 1300 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. Free to attend. Refreshments provided courtesy of Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. Enjoy a drink and check us out! Enjoy a social evening gathering members of Stonewall National Library, and supporters of Stonewall National Museum & Archives as we throw open our doors to thank our current members and invite anyone interested in learning more about our massive 27,000 LGBT lending library that features a film collection of more than 5,000 DVDs - the majority of which are not available from Netflix! Come out to meet likeminded people, enjoy a tour of the archives and enjoy food, soft drinks, and wine provided by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. Bring a friend to the Stonewall Open House! https://www.stonewall-museum.org

Save the Date:

Tuesday, Dec 12 – GFLGLCC Holiday Networking Luncheon – 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM. Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, 551 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. Join us as the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitor's Bureau presents the GFLGLCC- Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Holiday Networking Luncheon at the beautiful new Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach. The chef at the Conrad will create a wonderful 3-course plated lunch, served with sparkling or still water. Contact Ronny Nadiv for Details. GFLGLCC Members: $40 Future Members:n$45 Includes: Luncheon, complimentary valet parking, taxes and gratuity. Please Register Today - Space is Limited and this will Sell Out. https://gflglcc.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register?cid=6R8EKSQF5Y3Y76684Y2139n95GWC2Z4125BQye1H7W84xl173429p87LfiNY2g7w


December 17, 2017 - Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida with  Tony Award-Winner Alan Cumming - 7:00 PM, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Hollywood, FL. Alan Cumming -Tony Award-winner ("Cabaret") and Emmy nominated ("The Good Wife") - will join the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida for music and laughter in Holidays at Hard Rock Live. https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/0D005325DBF5B891?brand=hrseminole
 
Tuesday, Dec 19 – GFLGLCC Holiday Mixer on the River Queen – 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM. We'll remain dockside from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM. Optional Complimentary River Cruise from 7:00 - 8:00 PM. Jungle Queen Riverboat, 801 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316. Join us as Reyka Vodka presents the December Holiday Mixer for the GFLGLCC - Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce on the new River Queen Riverboat.Dress: Cool and casual. You'll enjoy:​
* Open Bar with Reyka Vodka Drinks 5:30 - 7:00
* Cash Bar for all Other Drinks
* Hors d'oeuvres (while Docked) by Beehive Kitchen
* Wonderful Desserts on the Cruise

Friday, January 19 - Saturday, January 20 – Smart Ride 14 - Miami to Key West - The SMART Ride began as a dream to create a bicycle event where 100% of pledges raised could go back to the communities to be used for direct services. Thirteen years later, over $8.5 million has been distributed throughout Florida, making SMART Ride the 2nd largest AIDS bicycle ride in the country and the only one of its size to give back 100%. http://thesmartride.org

January – GFLGLCC Quarterly Networking Luncheon  11:30am - 1:30pm. Sage French Café, 2378 N. Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305. Join us as Northwestern Mutual Striano Financial Presents the GFLGLCC- Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Networking Luncheon at Sage French Cafe.The Chef at Sage will Create a 3-course Plated Lunch, Served with a Non-Alcoholic Beverage. This event will sell out so PLEASE register today! GFLGLCC Members $35. Future Members $40. For more information: http://www.gogayfortlauderdale.com/events/

March 15-18  – 7th Annual Pride Center Cruise - Sign up today for a 4 Day cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Cozumel, Mexico aboard Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas. Special events and preferred seating for The Pride Center group. For additional info, visit http://bit.ly/2wvVjXr or call Freedom Travel at 954-565-2345.

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Thursday, April 12  – SAGE & Friends Ft. Lauderdale SAGE will be honoring Bruce Williams from the Pride Center for his amazing work on behalf of LGBT older adults in Broward.
September 21 to October 1, 2018 – The Pride of Italy Tour - Join Robert Boo on a magical journey totaling 11 Days/10 Nights (3 Nights in Upscale Hotel in Rome + 4 Nights in Luxury Boutique Hotel in Florence + 3 Nights in Upscale Boutique Hotel in Venice). The tour features the gay history of Rome, Florence, and Venice! http://nadasitaly.com/tours/99

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September 21 to October 1, 2018 – The Pride of Italy Tour - Join Robert Boo on a magical journey totaling 11 Days/10 Nights (3 Nights in Upscale Hotel in Rome + 4 Nights in Luxury Boutique Hotel in Florence + 3 Nights in Upscale Boutique Hotel in Venice). The tour features the gay history of Rome, Florence, and Venice! http://nadasitaly.com/tours/99
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

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