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Weekly Wrap-Up 
Michael Lucas and dinner date , along with Cupids Queen B, Brandy.

It's not unusual for a video a star to appear at Cupids and last weekend was no exception. Michael Lucas graced the stage of the only nightclub in Florida where men are allowed to perform fully nude. And if the show wasn't spectacular enough, Michael also treated some of South Florida's Gay media to dinner at City Walk in West Palm Beach. At the table were representatives of 411 and Buzz Magazines, The Express Newspaper and Mark's South Florida List, along with photographers J. R. Davis and the legendary Pompano Bill. Rounding out the table was Cupids owner Brandy and Howard Marr of Fabscout Entertainment. Thanks for dinner and a great show Michael!


Vegas Dion, Samantha Perez and Diva

This Past Monday, March 20 was the 9th annual Miss Florida Continental Pageant, also featuring Miss Florida Continental Plus and Elite pageants.  Samantha Perez brought the pageant back to the Ramada Plaza Resort n North Miami, which has recently had a make over and looks beautiful. There was fabulous entertainment by Dominique Shappelle, Barbra Herr, Eva Carolina Giroud, Electra, Nikki Adams, Erika Norell, Gloria Klein, Champagne Bordeaux, Channel Dupree, Gina Di’Angelo, Lewis Nicholson, and many more, In the end your new Miss Florida Continentals are Vegas Dion (Reg), Diva (Elite) Milane Lane (plus) girl, Congrats goes out to Samantha for once again putting on a fabulous pageant!!!

Other Info

The critically acclaimed Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (MGLFF) is just around the corner (April 21-30) and once again we will be popping up all over South Florida for 10 days to present an awesome line-up of   features, documentaries and shorts.  The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival allows our community to come together to watch the best gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender films, meet and greet filmmakers, party under the stars and new for this year the chance to watch a film and eat dinner with guest filmmakers.  They launch their program very soon with over 85 new films, and already have a number of filmmakers confirmed.  They are now actively seeking individuals within our community who have the time during their festival dates to act as either drivers or hosts, or maybe even both for all their wonderful incoming film guests. Their domestic airline sponsor JetBlue (please support them) flies into Fort Lauderdale airport.  They are seeking willing drivers who are prepared to pick-up filmmakers and bring them to their host hotels on South Beach.  They are also seeking individuals who are willing to go the extra mile and act as driver & host to pick up guests at the airport, deliver guests to their hotel and generally make sure that filmmakers know where the screening venue is, and local facilities. If you can speak Spanish, or French or even Tagalog they would like to hear from you as they have guests coming in from Spain, France and The Philippines. In return, we can offer you a limited number of complimentary tickets to the festival.  Their full program is available on-line on March 25th at The MGLFF has a reputation for hospitality that shines very bright on the international film festival circuit. Each year the festival grows in stature and prestige and that is all down to the wonderful volunteers in this community who give their time to ensure that all our guests have a fantastic time. Your graciousness and time has embellished the MGLFF with a great reputation which means each year they can secure the very best and newest films.   If you are interested in being a host for this year's film festival please contact their Program and Hospitality Coordinator Vivian Marthell by email so she can send you more information.  They will be arranging a host/driving induction day soon- information to follow.  For a full listing of this year’s movies CLICK HERE

Brokeback Mountain
The Brokeback Mountain juggernaut continues at full speed.  With less than a month remaining before the film’s DVD release, pre-orders are rapidly exceeding anticipated demand.  The movie smashed box-office records, even during the early limited release beginning last December.  The trend is expected to continue. “We’re scheduled to receive a limited allotment of Brokeback Mountain on DVD by the film’s distributors.  Over half of our supply has already been pre-ordered,” says stunned Pride Factory regional manager, Rocky Bowell. “That’s weeks before it even arrives in-store.  The Brokeback buzz is Brokeback Mountainincredible!” Miami Herald film critic Rene Rodriguez described Brokeback Mountain as “…not just a film, but a pop culture event.”  If the recent awards season has been an accurate measure, he’s right.  The landmark Ang Lee picture about cowboys in love has garnered three Academy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Critics Choice Awards, and four Florida Film Critics Circle Awards.  That’s naming just a few of the honors heaped upon the movie, its writers, cast & crew.  No other gay-themed film has ever achieved such universal success. Ranch hands Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) meet in Wyoming during 1963.  Sent up the mountain as summer shepherds, they first find friendship, then a closer intimacy.  Four years will pass before they discover time has only strengthened their bond.  In the decades that follow, the pair will struggle to keep their secret relationship alive.  They face questions of fidelity, commitment & trust.  Ultimately, the one constant in their lives is a force of nature – love. “We’ve never seen so much excitement about a movie during the entire ten years this store has been open,” declares Bowell.  “Worldwide, the film is breaking all kinds of records.  It’s going to be the same here in Florida.  We fully expect Brokeback Mountain to become the all-time best-seller at Pride Factory.” To provide quick & convenient pre-ordering of Brokeback Mountain, Pride Factory is currently accepting pre-orders by phone.  To reserve a copy before the initial supply is exhausted; call 954-463-6600.  The DVD orders can be picked-up on Tuesday, April 4.  Orders for Brokeback Mountain are limited to one copy per customer.  Pride Factory is located at 845 N. Federal Hwy, south of Sears Town in Fort Lauderdale.
Gay rocker Chuck Panozzo
Gay rocker Chuck Panozzo is no longer quiet or 'discreet' about being gay and having HIV. Chuck Panozzo is bass player and co-founder for the rock band Styx. After three decades being STYX only bassist, in 1991, Panozzo announced he was gay, living with HIV, and starting his own personal campaign for AIDS awareness and gay rights. Featured recently on VH1’s "Behind the Music," STYX was the first rock band ever to sell four consecutive triple-platinum albums. STYX hit the Chuck Panozzocharts with a string of Top 10 hits, including; "Show Me The Way," "Come Sail Away," "Lady," "The Best of Times," "Too Much Time on My Hands," "Babe," & "The Grand Illusion." Yet, despite performances before millions of fans worldwide, 54 million record sales, and the usual barrage of press hounds and hangers on that routinely surround successful rock bands Chuck Panozzo lived a guarded, closeted existence. By the release of STYX’s breakthrough album in 1977, "The Grand Illusion," the underlying meaning of those words had begun to take their toll on Chuck’s psyche, yet he remained in denial. Not to mention, the rock scene at that time wasn’t the most accepting environment for a gay rocker. Only years later – after a life touched by heart-breaking addiction, death, crippling depression and life-threatening illness did Chuck have the courage to speak out. Now, openly gay and an avid AIDS activist, Chuck is has finally come to terms with who he is. In the next years, STYX went on to become one of the biggest rock shows around. Breaking up in 1984, the band took a six-year hiatus before reforming in 1990. Today, Chuck continues his campaign for AIDS awareness and gay rights, still performing and residing in Wilton Manors, Florida, along with his partner, artist/aids activist Tim McCarron and their three "kids" pugs - Valentino, Max and new addition - baby Mia

The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of South Florida’s new building project continues to progress steadily.  Tarragon Corporation’s role as developer for the project continues, as specific action steps are achieved.  The City of Fort Lauderdale’s Design and Review Committee has approved detailed site plans for the project.  The next step is to go before Planning and Zoning.  Demolition of the former nursery school at the new GLCC site on the east side of Andrews Avenue will occur in early 2007, barring unexpected regulatory delays.  The GLCC will continue to occupy the current facility at least through spring 2007.  Stonewall Library and Archives is scheduled to remain in the old facility until that time, as well.  Both agencies remain responsible for proportionate shares of operating costs, such as electricity and insurance. In summer 2005, the GLCC and Stonewall Library and Archives began formal negotiations that introduced the opportunity to add an additional (third) floor to the new building at a cost of $750,000, which represents 25% of the cost of the entire structure.  Stonewall would gain a 25% ownership interest in the new building in exchange for its investment of $750,000 for the additional floor.  In a letter to Paul Hyman, GLCC Executive Director dated March 13; Ted Verdone the Stonewall Library and Archives Planning Committee Chair informed the GLCC that Stonewall will not accept the GLCC’s invitation for Stonewall and the GLCC to remain together in the new building, citing timing and financial constraints at Stonewall.  The GLCC will proceed with building the additional floor, in order to realize the potential of building a 3 story, 18,000 square foot structure.  The additional space will be used to provide programs and services to the community.  Community input into space planning will be invited, through the GLCC’s Strategic Planning Committee, which is chaired by Board Member Ron Ryan.  “We appreciate having participated in a dialogue with Stonewall since last summer.  It is sad to think that options do not exist for our agencies to remain together in our new home.  We respect the Stonewall Board’s decision and wish their vital agency well in exploring options for the future.  The GLCC’s capital campaign will target raising funds for the additional floor,” states Paul Hyman, GLCC Executive Director. Community members interested in participating in space planning for the new building are invited to contact Paul Hyman, Executive Director at or by telephone at 954-463-9005 X226.

Featured Event of the Week 

On Sunday March 26th Gary Santis presents the 2 Year Anniversary Bash of Babylon T Dance at Voodoo Lounge entitled “The Splendor of Asia.” The anniversary will star International recording artist Kristine W and shows by house diva Vegas Dion (the newly crowned Miss Florida Continental). Spinning that night will be Angelo Kortez in the main room, DJ Miik spinning classic disco in the Patio, and DJ Nena spinning the best Latin Beats in the Envy Room.  As always they will feature Free Drinks and Beer from 5-7pm.

Other Upcoming Events

On Wednesday March 22nd, Cathode Ray is giving away exclusive DVDs of Pridefest '06 remixed by Gary Nolan.  The DVD’s will be given away during the Snatch Game starting at 10pm.These are exclusive packaged souvenirs of the event.  

On Friday March 24th, Noche Latina Fridays presents the Birthday Extravaganza for Viva Mirage. The show will star house Diva Champagne Bordeaux, Viva, Maite West (Miss Noche Latina 2006), and Francina Holliday. The night will also feature DJ George Valdez Spinning the best of Latin hits as well as Hot Go-Go Papi’s and FREE DRINKS from 9-11pm.  

Rabbi Harold F. Caminker, D.D., the spiritual leader of Congregation Etz Chaim, will hold an Informational Meeting to discuss World Pride in Jerusalem on Friday, March 24, following the Synagogue's 8:30 p.m. Sabbath Service.  Come find out about the August 5-13 trip to Israel with Etz Chaim and the other GLBT synagogues of North America to coincide with World Pride in Jerusalem, which culminates in a Pride event on the evening of August 10.  The trip will include visits to other remarkable places in Israel. (Itinerary and costs will be discussed.)  Cong. Etz Chaim is located at 1881 N.E. 26 Street, Suite 101, in Wilton Manors. 

This Friday, March 24th J’s bar presents Halcyon in concert in a one night only performance. 

On Saturday March 25th the Coliseum features Chad Jack back at the turntables and shows by TP Lords, Erika Norell and cast.

The Pet Project with local pet groomers will be having their annual dog wash to benefit the organization. Bring your dog to Bark Park at Snyder Park (3299 S.W. 4th Avenue) on Sunday March 26 from 9am to 3pm to get him or her washed for $10.00. They will also be clipping their toenails for an additional fee.

Bills Filling Station will be presenting the Chili Cook-off on Sunday March 26th to benefit “The Bears of South Florida.” Set up begins at Noon, Tasting at 2pm and judging at 3pm. For more info call them at 954-525-9403.

On Sunday, March 26 from 5 - 7.30 pm Lambda Legal is going to hold a major reception in Fort Lauderdale at the historic Bonnet House. It promises to be one of the best attended gay political fund raising events ever held in Broward County. The guest speaker will be none other than Paul Smith, the lawyer who successfully argued the all-important "Lawrence versus Texas" case before the Supreme Court. 

Office Depot, MDGLCC Corporate Partner member, is gearing up for its sixth annual Success Strategies for Businesswomen conference, which supports the growth of women in business and underscores the company’s brand commitment to “Delivering Winning Solutions That Inspire Worklife.” Women are given the opportunity to network and connect with more than 1,500 women from around the country—all with the same goal—how to grow and succeed in business. Keynote presenters include: · Lily Tomlin, Actress and Comedienne · Sara Blakely, Founder of Spanx · Glenda A. Hatchett, The Judge Hatchett Show · Maxine Clark, Founder and CEO from Build–A- Bear · Marsha Evans, Former President and CEO, American Red Cross · Antoinette Zel, Senior Executive Vice President, Network Strategy, Telemundo. “Savvy Saver” early bird registration is available for the first 250 registrants at $499 for Office Depot’s Success Strategies for Businesswomen Conference. The conference will be held March 26-28, and will take place at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood/Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. For more information on the conference, please visit  

Check out Dudes on Wednesday March 29th from 7 to 9 p.m. for the release party of Tony & Gloria's fabulous 2 new CD's entitled "It's Spring Again" and "Tony & Gloria Live At Dudes." In honor of this special occasion, Dudes will have 2-4-1 cocktails and wonderful hors d'oeuvres. Mr. Danny LaRock will be on the piano from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. and the incredible illusions of "The Madame of Madame's herself Electra" beginning at 9:00 p.m. Please mark your calendars now, as this promises to be a special gathering not to be missed. For further details or questions feel free to call Dudes @ 954-568-7777. 

On Friday March 31 and presents the grand opening Fridays at Solo (10880 Collins Avenue). This party is 18 to enter and 21 to drink, and also features CD releases from Shakira and Madonna as well as DJ’s T-Pro and Miss Flava. 

Speaking of Congregation Etz Chaim, they will be observing its 32nd Anniversary with an Evening of Celebration on Saturday, April 1, at the Airport Sheraton Hotel off I-95 and Griffin Road.  This year's honorees are Joyce Edelson, president of the Cong. Etz Chaim Sisterhood, and Dr. Murray Lichtenstein, the Synagogue's Education Director.  The evening festivities begin with a 7 p.m. reception in the Special Lounge and then move to the Banquet Hall for a sumptuous dinner, dancing to a jazzy beat, and then the pleasures of a Viennese Dessert Table.  Tickets to the Gala are $95 for CEC members and $100 for guests.  For more information, ticket reservations, and Journal ads phone the Synagogue at (954) 564-9232. 

On Sunday, April 2nd, Peter Burke presents his monthly T cruise on the Yacht “Mussette.” The cruise will feature Joe Posa (as Joan Rivers), Rod Stephens, Deja, DJ Marcio Santos, Fabio as well as free parking and Hors D’oeuvres. Boarding is at 2:30 with the ship taking off at 3pm to 6pm. Tickets are $25 with reservations and $30 day of Cruise. For more info or to make reservations call Peter at 305-962-1356. 

Peter burkes tea tea cruise link

Sunday April 2nd, the Bass Museum (2121 Park Avenue, in Collins Park, in Miami Beach) presents The Seven Year Itch (1955). Directed by Billy Wilder, this screen classic is heralded as one of the quintessential comedies of all time. Monroe plays a seductive starlet who finds relief from the sweltering NYC heat in her neighbor’s air conditioned apartment. Staying true to his marriage vows in the face of the blonde bombshell proves hilariously challenging when tempted by the notorious “Seven Year Itch.” 

On Sunday April 2nd at 2:00 PM the Miami Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce has a special block of tickets held for The Full Monty. You are invited to purchase tickets for $28 which includes a post show meet and greet with the cast. Deadline for ordering is March 26. Actor's Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre - 280 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, FL (305-444-9293) All reservations must be made through group sales and paid in full prior to show date. The special $28.00 price will not be available at the box office. CALL 305 444 9293 EXT 613 or e-mail at GROUPS@ACTORSPLAYHOUSE.ORGA huge hit - a rock ‘em, sock ‘em, ‘take it off, baby’ good time with heart,” raves Jim Farber of the Daily Breeze.    Broadway smash hit musical comedy that tells the story of two unemployed friends who stumble upon a Chippendales-like show and decide with the help of four other unlikely candidates that they too would like to give it a go. However, they can't dance and aren't what most would call good physical specimens. This hilarious new musical became one of the hottest tickets on Broadway in the last several years. 

Sunday April 2nd also brings South Florida the Grand Opening of Boyz-R-Us, produced by in association with BigCityVideo.TV. This party will be taking place at X-it in Hollywood and is 18 to enter and 21 to drink. This party will feature weekly guest DJ’s and 2 floors of eclectic music.

With a mission to help gays and lesbians “make new friends, share fun times, and escape the ordinary with unique and enjoyable activities throughout South Florida,” people of all ages are getting out with Venture Out, South Florida’s newest GLBT organization.  Formed in February 2005, the group provides a varied calendar of activities, an average of one per week, ranging from outdoor and “active” activities such as hiking, boating and camping, and bowling... to casual indoor social gatherings like dinners, parties, movie nights, and wine tasting.  The group maintains a free and open membership policy, although each event has an associated cost. Since February, 2005, Venture Out has grown quickly to over 140 online members, using the internet as its prime marketing and communications vehicle.  The group was originally conceived and started five years earlier but it quickly dissolved.  Group organizer and local businessman Kevin Lerner says he and his partner Rudy Flugel resurrected Venture Out after feeling frustrated over the limited social outlets for gay people.  “We’ve had a great response!” Although many of Venture Out’s members are active-minded singles, the group also attracts a large number of couples.  Ages at past events have spanned from the early 20s to the mid-50s.  For more information, please call (561) 276-6599 or visit

Titanic Exhibition
The exhibition at the Miami Museum of Science and Planetarium takes you on a chronological journey of RMS Titanic, from its design and construction, through its fateful maiden voyage and sinking, to the scientific recovery efforts that made this exhibition of Titanic artifacts possible. The Exhibition puts you inside the experience, with full-size recreations of some of Titanic's luxurious interior spaces, including a first-class cabin. Titanic's tragic story comes alive in a large wall of ice you can actually touch. It also features a live interactive tour with over 250 artifacts and historic treasures. For ticket information go to the following link:

It is with sadness in my heart that I wish Condolences to Electra (One of Florida most talented Entertainers) who in a tragic car accident lost her Daughter and Granddaughter.

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