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November 2012 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. With that in mind, here are the events I want to highlight for November:

Saturday, November 3 – Men's Night Out Pool/Charity for Smart Ride "Let's Roll Bitches" & Most Skimpiest/Sexiest SUPER HERO Contest 12:00pm - 6:00pm - Bootlegger 3003 NE 32nd Ave RAISING MONEY for "Smart Ride" and the bikers for "Let's Roll Bitches" Team # 992 

Saturday, November 3 – Last Call for Early Voting at Village Pub Wilton Manors - 2:00pm. Equality for LGBT Americans is on the line this election! LGBT community leaders invite you to bring your friends to meet the candidates and hear from special guest speakers. We will then walk to Wilton Manors City to cast a ballot on the last day of early vote. Early voting ends on Saturday, November 3rd at 7pm.To learn of early voting locations, visit:

Monday, November 5 – Wilton Manor’s Taste of the Island - 6pm - 9pm - Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve, 1937 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, 33305. Wilton Manors Taste of the Island is an evening of food and libation featuring more than 50 area restaurants and drinking establishments. Taste of the Island is a rain or shine event. Benefiting: Friends of the Wilton Manors Library, Kiwanis International, Wilton Manors Historical Society, Wilton Manors Development Alliance. Tickets:

Tuesday, November 6 – Election Day - Before you head to the polls on Tuesday, take a look at the Equality Florida Voter's Guide to see which candidates are the most LGBT friendly. Here is the link:

Wednesday, November 7 – Estate, Financial and Gift Planning for the LGBT Community presented by The Pride Center and Our Fund - 6:00pm - 7:00pm. The Pride Center 2040 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, FL. Wine and light hors d'oeuveres to follow.

Thursday, November 8, 2012 – Codebreaker/Story of Alan Turing Movie Premiere - 7:30 at the AMC Coral Ridge 10 at 3401 N.E. 26th Ave. Amazing film about Alan Turing, a largely unknown gay hero. He is known as the father of the computer and artificial intelligence. He also helped to crack the German Naval Enigma Code to help win WWII. Instead of being celebrated, he was prosecuted. A portion of the proceeds will benefit SunServe. Here is a link for the tickets:

Thursday, November 8, 2012 – Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Gay and Lesbian Business Xchange (GLBX) After Hours - 5:30pm - 7:00pm. Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Members and Guests are invited to join us at our next GLBX After Hours event!

Friday, November 9, 2012 – SMART Ride Spaghetti Dinner for Riders & Crew - 6:30pm - 8:00pm The Pride Center 2040 N. Dixie HWY, Wilton Manors, Florida 33305. Join your fellow riders & crew for a FREE carb-loading spaghetti dinner to kick off the final weekend of training before the SMART Ride! Free to Riders/Crew, $10 suggested donation (to the SMART Ride) for all others. Catering provided by Stork's and sponsored in part by Lyons, Snyder & Collin, CDTC, and The Pride Center. Be sure to RSVP to by Nov 5th.

Saturday, November 10 – Pride Center Bingo - 6:30pm - 10:00pm. The Pride Center 2040 N. Dixie HWY, Bldg A, Main Hall, Wilton Manors, Florida 33305. Join us for a GAY old time at our very popular and always fun BINGO! Fee: $15.00 with proceeds benefiting the Pride Center! Some months are themed! To find out more:

Sunday, November 11, 2012 – Equality Florida's 10th Annual Broward Gala - 5:00pm - 7:30pm - You are cordially invited to join us for this wonderful event that includes drinks, delicious hors d'oevres, an exciting program, including a special address by Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith, and an exclusive viewing of the Warhol Exhibit: Warhol and Cars - American Icons. Join us in celebrating our 2012 Voice for Equality Honoree, Sue Gunzburger - Broward County Commissioner! Tickets are $125.00. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $500.00. To register online go to:

Monday, November 12, 2012 – Our Fund’s Second Annual National LGBT Leadership Forum - It's a fact that the November elections will have an impact on the future of equality for all LGBT Americans.  It's not just the Presidential election but also local and statewide elections and same-sex marriage initiatives on the ballot in four states. The federal challenges to California's Prop 8 and DOMA only adds to the argument that collaboration between leaders working to achieve full equality is a requirement we cannot afford to ignore. Six days after election day, Our Fund will be hosting their second annual LGBT Leadership Forum focused on the effect of the upcoming election on our quest for equality.  We are honored to have five nationally recognized LGBT leaders come to South Florida for what promises to be a lively and informative discussion.  Whatever happens on election day, this Forum will give us a sneak preview on how organizations will work together towards a goal we must reach. There is no charge for admission.  Details are noted below and you can register to attend at:

Tuesday, November 13 – Mack Mixer Fort Lauderdale – 6:30pm – 9:00pm. Thasos Greek Taverna - 33330 East Oakland park Blvd - Ft. Lauderdale. Fun, yet professional, cocktail socials in Fort Lauderdale. 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!

Friday, November 16 - Sunday, November 18, 2012 – Smart Ride 9 - 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. That was over eight years ago, and so far $3.3 million dollars have been raised. 100% has been given back to the communities we serve to assist with direct services for individuals infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 – Stonewall National Museum & Archives, Stonewall Stars: Turning the Tide Gala - 7:00pm -11:00pm. The Manor Complex on Wilton Drive - Get ready for the most glamorous event of the season - Stonewall Stars: to benefit the museums programming and library services, so we appreciate our Stonewall Stars who make our efforts possible. This year, the Gala celebrates marriage equality. David Bernard, CBS4 News’ Chief Meteorologist, will host Stonewall’s benefit at The Manor, where attendees will receive star treatment with dancing, cocktails and dinner. The gourmet menu includes salad, selection of three delectable entrees and scrumptious dessert canopies.

Friday, November 23 – Leather Masked Ball - 9:00pm - 4:00am. Boom, 2232 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Fl. Produced by the Leather Men's Brotherhood to provides grants to: Pridelines Youth Services, Miami FL, SmartRide, Ft Lauderdale FL, and Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago, IL. General Admission: $40 Presale, $45 at Door, $60 VIP Presale, $65 at door. VIP includes Appetizers, Drinks and Demos from 8 -11. Tickets available at Leatherworks (Main Store and at the Ramrod), Gaymart, Torpixx Video.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 – Galleria Men of Style - 6:00pm - 9:00pm - Galleria Mall 2414 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Eat, drink and shop all for a good cause. Plus, see if Roger on the runway is a Super Model or Runway Roadkill. Open Bar. Food stations by local restaurants. Shopping discounts at Galleria stores. The link to register is at:

Wednesday, November 28th – Pride Center Founder's Circle Reception - 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Gallery One, A Doubletree Suites by Hilton 2670 East Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL. Guests are encouraged to donate an unwrapped new Children's toy for the Center's annual toy drive or school supplies to be donated to the Broward Education Foundation. 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, just email me at and I will put you on the Guest list. 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.

Save the Date:

Saturday, January 19th – Pride Center’s Evening in Paradise – 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Historic Richardson House, 1937 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, 33305. This will be the second year for this event, which benefits the Wilton Manors based Pride Center of South Florida. It is the Pride Center’s largest fundraiser of the year. The event will feature an open bar, food, a silent auction, and music & entertainment.

Lee Rubin


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