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June 2018 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.

Saturday, June 2 – 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/

Thursday, June 7 – 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. www.glln.org/events

Friday, June 8 – 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, June 9 – Swim Wear Auction for the Pet Project 2:00 to 6:00 pm. Village Pub, 2283 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. From board shorts to speedos, an auction to dive into. Register for this event today by calling (954) 568-5678. All Proceeds Benefit The Pet Project. www.thepetprojectfl.org/calendar.html

Saturday, June 9 – 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 June 10 – Curtain Up! Light the Lights! Tony Award Viewing Party to benefit Island City Stage 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM. The Pub, 2283 Wilton Dr. Wilton Manors, FL. “What good is sitting alone in your room?" when you can enjoy all the fun of the Tonys? Enjoy the red carpet, the award presentations and performances with other friends who love theater! During commercial breaks there will be raffles, show tune sing-alongs and performances by special guests and your Island City Board members. "That's Entertainment!" Scrape up "a buck, a yen, a mark or a pound" and help make Island City Stage's world go around. Everyone is welcome and there are a limited number of VIP tables available for $100 each.  VIP tables for 4 include free hors d'oeuvres and a complimentary bottle of champagne. There's a cash bar and we'll have great-looking people serving special Tony Jello shots! Seating is limited and we expect tickets to go fast. https://island-city-stage.networkforgood.com/events/6847-island-city-stage-tony-awards-viewing-party

Monday, June 11 – Safe Schools South Florida's Turnabout 2018 Charity Event and Silent Auction – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Georgie’s Alibi/Monkey Bar, 2266 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL. Hosted by Dame Edna and Nikki Adams! Come out to see your favorite bartenders and Alibi staff members perform as your favorite Divas of the Drive! Come early to get a table and see the silent auction. This will be a night to remember! Proceeds benefit Safe Schools South Florida! Safe Schools South Florida's mission is to create safer schools where all students can learn and thrive, regardless of real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, their own or that of their parents/guardians. https://www.facebook.com/safeschoolssouthfl/

Wednesday, June 13 – 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.” www.dolphindems.org

Friday, June 15  – Our Night OUT – 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM. The Manor 2345 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors, Florida 33305. Come OUT to OUR NIGHT OUT- the official Friday night event of the 2018 Wilton Manors Stonewall Parade and Festival! Be a part an unforgettable evening that brings together the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida, Island City Stage, Stonewall National Museum & Archives and ArtsUnited, Inc. along with world class performers including RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10’s Monét X Change for a proud celebration of the uniquely creative expressions of the LGBTQ community. The evening culminates with a stunning musical, theatrical and visual spectacular featuring the best of South Florida's LGBTQ musical, artistic and cultural organizations. VIP tickets are $50 and include early entrance at 7PM, two hours of complimentary cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres, and exclusive mezzanine viewing for the show. General admission tickets are only $10 for 8PM entrance to the all new Crystal Ballroom. All tickets include free entrance to The Manor at 11PM (wrist band required). A night of creative expression for all so come as you are and don’t be afraid to serve up some looks and express yourself! Our Night OUT is a production of Lightship Studios in association with Jonathan Hawkins. This event is 18 and older only. https://www.facebook.com/events/567031663679708/

Saturday, June 16 – 2018 Wilton Manors Stonewall Parade and Festival – 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM. For the 19th consecutive year, the City of Wilton Manors will host the largest LGBT pride event in the greater Fort Lauderdale area! Commemorating the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the Stonewall Parade and Festival draws nearly 40,000 participants from across the U.S. The marketplace will open at 4 p.m. and feature more than 100 vendors, exhibitors and food trucks. At 5 p.m., the much-anticipated Stonewall Parade will travel down the north side of Wilton Drive, led by this year’s Grand Marshal, Chuck Panozzo, bassist and cofounder of the band Styx and activist for AIDS awareness and gay rights. Following the parade, live performances will take place until 11:00 PM. Price: Free. http://wiltonmanorsstonewall.com/

Tuesday, June 19 – GFLGLCC June Mixer at the GalleryOne DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM. Join us as Reyka Vodka Presents the June Mixer for the GFLGLCC.
You'll enjoy:​ One Complimentary Reyka Vodka Drink; Cash Bar with Happy Hour Specials; Complimentary hors d'oeuvres. $5 Valet Parking. Complimentary for GFLGLCC Members. $10 for Future Members. https://www.gogayfortlauderdale.com/events

Wednesday, June 20 – Stonewall Pride Skate Night Fundraising Event at Xtreme Action Park – 8:00 – 11:00 pm. Xtreme Action Park 5300 Powerline Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309. Please join us for a unique fundraising event "Stonewall Skate Night" at Xtreme Action Park benefiting Wilton Manors STONEWALL Pride Parade & Festival
- Roller Skating
- Dancing
- Live DJ
- Full Liquor Cash Bar
- Special guests
- Performances
GENERAL TICKETS: Only $15 per person includes entrance, skate rental, festivities and $5 from each ticket to benefit Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade. VIP TICKETS: Or upgrade to our VIP Ticket for $25 per person includes entrance to the party, skate rental, two beer or wine drink tickets, and a $5 donation. https://xtremeactionpark.com/stonewall-pride-skate-nights/

Friday, June 22 – The SMART Ride 15th Anniversary Non-Gala Gala – 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM. Pompano Beach Cultural Center 50 W Atlantic Blvd, Suite #1, Pompano Beach, Florida 33060. Live music, living art, cocktails, and artistic culinary fare. Join us as as we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the SMART Ride! 15th year, 14 Rides, $9.3 million raised, 100% given back to the community. A celebration of the Ride, our agencies, and most importantly, YOU, all of the participants who have forever changed the lives of those living with AIDS/HIV throughout Florida. In honor of this milestone, we are recognizing the following supporters for their contribution to the SMART Ride and to the community! VIP private reception with honorees 7PM. Doors open 8:00 PM. Live music, living art, cocktails and artistic culinary fare
VIP – Private reception celebrating honorees at 7:00pm. General admission $100 • VIP admission $150. Tickets: www.thesmartride.org

Saturday, June 23 – Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida Bold Voices Concert- Pride Edition  8:00 PM - 10:30 PM. Parker Playhouse 707 Northeast 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304. A Celebration of the Human Spirit. Throughout the years, music has galvanized oppressed communities and given them the strength to come together and fight for their rights. The Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida will join hands with special guest artists and celebrate the wonderful music which has given voice to human rights movements throughout our history. Join us for our pride concert on June 23rd at 8PM. An uplifting, empowering and celebratory concert with award-winning music & show-stopping performances! Tickets: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/0D00534CADC39A7E?brand=parkerph&camefrom=cfc_parker_web&webview=1

Monday, June 25 – 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/

Tuesday, June 26 – Equality Florida Broward Pride Equality Connection – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Rosie’s Bar and Grill 2449 Wilton Dr. Wilton Manors 33305. At the June 26th "Connection" event at Rosie's, Equality Florida will be awarding Peter Clark and Hotspots! - Genre Latino with the Community Partner for Equality Award, in thanks for and recognition of years of upholding the LGBTQ community of South Florida through generous coverage of all issues, events, businesses, organizations, and individuals, including gracious media sponsorships of Equality Florida and other organizations.  Please join in thanking Peter and the team at Hotspots! Media at this very special event. There will be complimentary appetizers and drink specials, raffles and more. This event is open to all to gather, celebrate and to get engaged in Equality Florida! There is no charge, so please bring a guest! These mixers are a great way to introduce friends to the work of Equality Florida. RSVP to runar@equalityflorida.org

Thursday, June 28 – South Florida Business Journal’s Business of Pride Awards – 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM. Kimpton EPIC Hotel; 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131. Join us for a celebratory evening as we profile and honor our inaugural class of "Outstanding Voices" - a group of outstanding LGBTQ business leaders, individuals, allies and advocates in the South Florida area who are making a difference in advancing equality in the business world. The evening will include cocktails, stations and passed hors d'oeuvres, followed by dessert displays and coffee service during an energetic awards presentation. South Florida Business Journal, in partnership with the Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT Chamber AND The Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, introduces the inaugural Business of Pride awards, presented by Celebrity Cruises. Honorees include:
·       Kerensa Butler-Gile, Partner & Managing Director, RSM US LLP
·       Darrin P. Gayles, U.S. District Judge, Southern District of Florida
·       Richard Gray, Vice President, LGBTQ, Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
·       Yosbel Ibarra, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP
·       Michael Kennis, Vice President, Bank of America
·       Michael "Miik" Martorell, CEO, Planet Printer, President of Pride Fort Lauderdale
·       Andy McNeill, Founder and CEO, American Meetings
·       Hector Ponte, Regional Bank President, Wells Fargo
·       Gary Resnick, Mayor, City of Wilton Manors, Shareholder, Gray Robinson
·       Lee Rubin, Director, Citrix
·       Mark Scott, Partner, Kaufman Rossin
·       Cristina Serralta, Print & Graphic Innovator, Amazon Services
·       Rick Siclari, CEO, Care Resource
·       Kim Stone, Executive Vice President, Miami Heat, General Manager, American Airlines Arena
·       Mark Trowbridge, President and CEO, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce


Save the Date:

TBD – Pride Center Founders Circle Reception – 6:00pm - 8:00pm. 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 to RSVP@PrideCenterFlorida.org or 954.463.9005 x 104.

Saturday, July 28 – Pet Project’s Bowl-A-Thon 1:00pm. ​​Manor Lanes, 1517 NE 26th St., Wilton Manors, FL 33305. After party at Smarty Pants 4:00 pm. Register for this event today by calling (239) 900-9890. All Proceeds Benefit The Pet Project. www.thepetprojectfl.org/calendar.html

Thursday, August 30th Equality FLorida Gala Host Committee Kickoff

Thursday, September 6 – GFLGLCC Quarterly Networking Luncheon – The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, Lona Cocina Tequileria, 321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. Join us as our newest Chamber Partner The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort presents the GFLGLCC- Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Networking Luncheon at the stunning Lona Cocina Tequileria inside The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. Includes full lunch, desert, non-alcoholic beverage, tax & gratuity. GFLGLCC Members: $35. Future Members: $40. $3 Valet Parking. Please Register Today - Space is Limited and this will Sell Out. https://www.gogayfortlauderdale.com/events/details/gflglcc-quarterly-networking-breakfast-presented-by-northwestern-mutual-striano-financial-7708

Saturday, September 15 – Pet Project’s Leather Auction– The Pub Wilton Manors, 2283 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. Leather gear for you, a fantasy auction like never before.
Register for this event today by calling (954) 568-5678. www.thepetprojectfl.org/calendar.html

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

Thurs Oct 11 Equality Florida Host Committee Meeting

Sat Nov 10 Equality Florida Broward Sponsor Private Reception

Sun Nov 11 Equality Florida Broward gala Pier 66
Tickets $175. www.eqfl.org/browardgala

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