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OUT CLIQUE .ORG WHAT TO DO. WHERE TO GO. WHO TO MEET Steven O. Evans, PhD Publisher and Editor in Chief Steven.Evans@OutClique.orgDarren Loli CEO & Digital Director Darren.Loli@OutClique.orgAlan Beck Vice President for Sales & Marketing Alan.Beck@OutClique.orgDylan Denmark Brand Ambassador Dylan.Denmark@OutClique.orgSach AD GroupDirector of Graphic Design Sach.Elore@OutClique.orgCindy Curtis Sales Manager Cynthia.Curtis@OutClique.orgSteve Smith Account Manager Steve.Smith@OutClique.orgJared Curry Video & Still PhotographyConnie Evans Chief CopyeditorTom PenceDistribution Manager Photography Connor WilkinsonNational AdvertisingRivendell MediaContributing WritersTony Adams, Joey Amato, Rod Davis, Bobby Jackson, Marty Kiar, Dr. Beau Nelson, Denny Patterson, Steve Pike, Patrick Rogers, Gregg Shapiro A publication of OutClique, LLC11900 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 840 Miami, FL 33181 998-6429 Cover Story 23 38 Welcome to Sunny & Beautiful Fort Lauderdale Ultimate Drag David Walker Lowes Miami BeachAdam Rippon Gay Key West Silver Foxes A Celebration of Friends Jennifer Warnes 08 23 36 38 41 58 65 86 TABLE OF CONTENTS Volume 2, Issue 6 | May 2018 48 48


O n Saturday, June 2, several Miami area drag queens will sashay, shantay, and panther on the runway while showing their charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent at the annual Magic City Casino Ultimate Miami Drag Queen Competition. This is a competition where South Florids fiercest and most talented drag performers and female impersonators will compete for a cash prize of $5,000 and the title of the Ultimate Miami Drag Queen in a pageant style setting. The queens will be scored in three categories: talent, signature look, and Q&A. Prepare for a night of shameless fun, with special appearances by Drag Race alumni, Chad Michaels, Adore Delano, and Nina Bonina Brown. I had the chance to catch up with both Chad and Adore to talk more about the upcoming event. You are a headliner for the Ultimate Drag Queen Competition in Miami. That must be exciting! Chad Michaels: Yes, I am very excited. This will be my third time back as one of the featured performers at the competition, so its always a good time for me. Adore Delano: This is so awesome, and I cant wait to party! Chad, as a headliner, what can we expect from you?CM Well you know, people love the Cher so Im definitely bringing the Cher to all the good people of Miami. I havent decided what s going to be yet, but shell be in the bag and on her way. Care to give a little hint as to what Cher might bring to the party? CM Now you dont want me to reveal that and give away all my secrets! Gotta keep it a surprise! [Laughs]. 08 | ULTIMATE MIAMI DRAG QUEEN HEADLINERS: CHAD MICHAELS AND ADORE DELANOBy Denny Patterson


[Laughs] Totally understandable. Lets not ruin the surprise. What about your Adore, what can we expect from you?AD Im such an unpredictable bitch that I dont even know how to answer this question anymore. Were going to have a party! Since Chad is bringing Cher, will we see some Anna Nicole Smith or any other celebrity impersonations from you?AD No, maam. Sadly, Adore is a one woman show. Are you two familiar with the Miami drag scene?AD Yea, I got some home girls there.CM I am. I know some girls down there and this competition is big. Its something thats kind of special for the girls down there. Its not a Drag Race thing, its not a bar competition, s a competition that stands on its own. It gives everybody a nice even playing field to win. Its a fun thing to be a part of, What do you hope these Miami competitors bring to the competition?AD Their pussies! CM I love to see polished. Theres so many different types of drag and so many genres of drag, so whatever it is theyre doing, I want to see them looking their best, performing their best and speaking the best they can. It is always best to put your best foot forward. Whatever it is. Whether youre a spooky queen like Sharon Needles or an impersonator like me or a singer like Adore, you know everybody has a best foot to put forward and thats definitely what they need to do to win this competition. You two knew each other before Drag Race, correct? | 09


10 | AD Yes. I love Chad. Shes mother legendary! CM Were both from Southern California, and Ive known Adore for a number of years. Weve worked locally together, and a lot of her drag family is a part of my drag family and extended. Its like a big bowl of drag soup here in sunny California. Shes absolutely worth every penny. She just delivers on stage and I think audiences are really going to enjoy her. What are your thoughts so far about season 10 of Drag Race? Any predictions or favorite queens?AD I love Eureka and Aquaria!CM This season is exciting! Im a fan, so I get emotionally invested. I love whatever the queens do. For me, its about the person. Whatever they do on stage is what they do on stage, but I want to know the people and their stories. Thats what I really enjoy about Drag Race. Getting to know these girls over the course of a season and hearing what they been through and what their dreams are. I think were in for a really good season, and Im definitely team Mayhem Miller. Shes one of my extended drag daughters and one of my cast members on the Dreamgirls Revue here in Southern California. Weve known each other for probably 15-20 years and shes kind of one of the last girls in our group to make the journey to RuPauls Drag Race. Its Mayhems time to shine. Im rooting for her. Fantastic. And you two were involved with the first episodes mini-challenge. Was it a big happy reunion to be united with so many past contestants?AD It actually was! We had so much fun!CM It was really fun. It was a one-day shoot and they really got a lot of us together which is a feat in itself because so many of us have so much going on and we live in all different corners of the country. I think there was 20-30 of us that day. It was just super fun, no pressure. Its different when you go back as talent and not as a competitor [laughs]. Youre there to enjoy yourself and give them what you need. s just a really great thing and to share the time with a bunch of people you havent seen in a really long time, it made for a really great day. Did you think we would ever see a decade of Drag Race?AD I honestly did. The show is too groundbreaking to not last another five.CM Yes, absolutely. There is no doubt in my mind. I think season 1-3 was the kickstart, then season 4 which I was on along with Sharon, Phi Phi, and Latrice, the show got to a point where people were really starting to grab ahold of us. How have things been going with you otherwise? Any other upcoming projects we should be on the lookout for?AD Things are good. Just enjoying life on the road, practicing for my band tours and prepping for music videos. Checkout Whatever now on iTunes and all streaming services online! Cant wait to see you in Miami!CM You know me, Im just kind of working on my local stuff and thats really where my heart is at. I have my Dreamgirls Revue and that in itself is a handful. Theres 15 plus cast members, many on Drag Race and some who arent. You try to do a weekly schedule with that mess going on [laughs]. They keep me busy, and I have a wonderful home life with Adam and I get out on the road when I can. Im going to be working with World of Wonder on some content for the website and possibly something to do with an upcoming movie that might star somebody I impersonate. Some cool stuff is happening, and Im very excited.


A FORT LAUDERDALE DRAG STAPLE: SHARD L. ROSS By Denny Patterson Tell me, who is Shad L. Ross and what is she all about? I started female impersonating in 1988 and won my first pageant in 1989. I started my career in North Carolina, and back in those days, many of us would go out in female clothing as a dare around Halloween. It was myself and two of my very best friends. We all started our careers together. Then, in 1992, I was fortunate to land Miss Gay North Carolina for female impersonation. That was the preliminary for the Miss Gay America pageant, and that was the first biggest accomplishment as far as impersonation goes. I stayed in North Carolina until 1997 and relocated to Fort Lauderdale with the job I was working with at the time. After moving here, I met my husband of 19 years and since Ive been in Florida, I won a lot of titles and I started going back to competing nationally again about 10 years ago. I started competing in Florida then abroad. So, I love my life. Now, for the first time in my entire career, Im working a weekly gig at Alibi Monkey Bar and Ive never done that before. Ive always kept a 40 hour a week professional job. I liked to do female impersonation on the side like an expensive hobby. I never looked at female impersonation as a means of a survival for paying my bills. It was always something I enjoyed doing and I think pageantry is just in my blood. I love competing, and I do illusions like Diana Ross, Whitney Houston and Donna Summer. Those are my signature go to performances. So, that one time on Halloween is what inspired you to continue female impersonation? That, and the encouragement of my friends. When I am surrounded by a group of guys who are really into drag and we all go out as a group together, its such a great time. You then realize you do have more in common than just being a member of the gay community. We started doing it together at first and we werent serious about it. We were just going out for fun and we were approached by people at that time in the bar and they saw potential in us. They were like, you should be seriousM ichael Burton may seem like an ordinary business professional who works a Monday-Friday job, but once its time to play, he transforms into the gorgeous female impersonator who has made quite a name for herself within Fort Lauderdale, Shard L. Ross. Originally from a small town in North Carolina, Shard has been a female impersonator since 1988. Winning multiple pageants and titles, she has become a star within the drag scene, and continues to help and inspire many. She has a weekly gig hosting brunch at Georgies Alibi Monkey Bar in Wilton Manors, and whenever she steps foot on stage, audiences cannot take their eyes off her. I had the pleasure of chatting more with Shard about her career and her love for entertaining and making people smile. 12 |


about it. After a while it just evolved and developed into a great career. And you consider yourself a pageant queen? Oh, definitely! Yes! Tell me more about your shows at Alibi. What can audiences expect? Because we perform on the patio, we get a lot of walking traffic. People who are walking up and down the drive, they stop because they hear something going on and the music. Thats kind of how we gain new fans and increase our fan base and attendance. We are the only brunch on the drive right now on Saturdays which is fantastic. s called Drag Yourself to Brunch and most of our crowds vary. We go from maybe late 20s into mature men. I like to perform 8s, 90s, some s, and early 2000s music because Im an older entertainer and most of my audiences grew up with that kind of music. Youre a host for Drag Yourself to Brunch? Yes, Im a co-host. There are three of us and we have guest entertainers every Saturday with us. Im the first host that starts off the show at 1:00PM, then I share host responsibilities among all three cast members. I usually have what they call the last word of the day. I always leave audiences with one of my sayings or a question with a meaningful answer. Something I want them to remember, a positive memory to reflect on. Sometimes, we get guys who come back every Saturday and when I ask my question, they answer it. s great. Its developed into a big family. Who are some of your drag inspirations? Unfortunately, half of them have passed. One of my best friends who lives in Las Vegas, he is a former Miss Gay America. We grew up together, our parents went to the same church, and we went to college together. We started our careers together and he is still entertaining as well. A lot of people who inspire me are no longer with us. So, now, the new thing is for older entertainers like myself, we dont retire, we inspire. Thats what I live by now. Thats my motto. How did you obtain your stage name? I wanted to be a one name performer. When I started female impersonation, Sade was very big. She did The Sweetest Taboo, and everybody knew who she was. Just say Sade and everybody knew that person. I wanted to be a one name entertainer, so I adopted her name, but I was impersonating Diana Ross at the time. So, people either couldnt pronounce my name or couldnt remember it, but they remembered that I did Diana Ross. People started calling me Ms. Ross. I was like, thats not my name, but fans were like just go with it. So, I went ahead and adopted the last name Ross. What would you say is your favorite part about female impersonation? The entertaining part of it. I am very confident in who I am as a guy, but my female persona, I do it for the entertainment. I love entertaining people. I love making them smile, and I hope I do something that will change their mindset for the day. They might come in feeling down and I try to make them laugh or perform numbers that will make them smile. I dont do impersonations to meet anybody. Of course, we flirt, but I dont go out to meet a man or date. I tease that Shard is a virgin, and she is. I think in my past life I was an entertainer. It comes easy to me, and I just love it. What is the best advice you have ever received from a fellow drag queen/female impersonator, and what is the best advice you have given? The best advice I have received is, no matter how good or bad you are, youre not going to be 100 percent liked. My goal for when I started doing female impersonation was for everybody to like me. I wanted to be the belle of the ball, the star. When I started, that wasnt the case. There are people who love you and those who dont. Dont let that put you down because you arent going to please everyone. And the advice I always give is, always perform a contest or pageant within your means. There are a lot of pageants and contests, but when you lose, you have to go home. When you get home, you have to have lights, water, and a paid mortgage. There will always be another opportunity to do another drag pageant, but | 13


always do it within your means. That is what I tell everybody. Solid advice. Are you part of a drag family? Yes. I am actually the start of it. I have a lot of Ross children who adopted my name. I have a lot of sisters and a few male entertainers who also took my last name. My house has Caucasians, African Americans, and Hispanic people and I hope that means I have inspired a lot of people. Especially since I moved to Florida, my career has blossomed. Have you ever tried out for RuPauls Drag Race, or at least thought about it? No. For one, its because I cant sew. I can tell you what it needs to look like, but I cannot sew and put it together. I think that is something you have to be able to do. Second, my mother use to say, you cant do everything, and I think that being at my age of 55, that time has kind of past me by. When I was 21, 25, 30, those opportunities were there for us, but it just wasnt called RuPauls Drag Race, it was called Miss Gay America or Miss Gay USA or Miss Gay Continental. We pursued those goals and I think RuPauls Drag Race is for the younger generation. s for them, its their time. I think I had my time. Im still enjoying my life and my career is great. I live in the best town Ive ever been in my life and Im loving who I am right now. I like watching the show and I met RuPaul when we were very young, before he became famous. So, do you watch the show? On occasion. Every season I know at least 1-2 contestants personally. So, I watch it a little bit, but not weekly. What is the drag scene like in Fort Lauderdale? Is it a welcoming community? Yes, and its very busy. Everything cycles out like a clock. Sometimes, not a lot of people are into it and its not real big, but now, it seems the clocs hand has gone back to 12 and people are really digging female impersonating and attending drag shows. In South Florida, we have a range of entertainment value. Anyone going out to see a show here in South Florida is going to be well entertained. Its big now. Every club here has a show, at least one or more. People are really into drag right now, and I think RuPauls Drag Race has helped make it mainstream. A lot of our brunch crowds are mixed. We have many straight people who come to watch the show, as well as families. We are a family friendly show. Times have changed. When I started as a female impersonator, we didnt go out until 11 or 12 at night because we were afraid somebody would see us. Now, in 2018, guys like myself who waited until midnight to go out are doing daytime shows, and Im also entertaining kids who are 7, 8, 9, and 10-years-old. Times have truly changed. You dont have to go to the service station bathroom to change into girls clothes because you didnt want people to know what you were doing. Its not like that anymore. Its very open. And Im more of an old school kind of impersonator. Now, we have guys in drag wearing a mustache and beard. What are some of your most memorable moments? Oh God, theres several. Ive been doing this for 30 years, so for me, winning Miss Gay North Carolina for female impersonation. That was a big moment. Winning Miss Gay Florida America was another big moment in my career. Meeting my husband twice, and what I mean by that is, the first time we met was at a party. I had just won a pageant and he met me there. The second time, we met a few months later and I was not in drag. He was attracted to me in both way. It was like we were destined to be together. Nineteen years with me is like 38 because you live with two people. You got Michael, and then Shard as well. It takes a strong man to be able to balance his life and both of your lives and still be happy. In a city like Fort Lauderdale where we have such a high gay population, the opportunity for guys to meet someone is daily. So, to hold onto a relationship for this long is the highlight of my career and my life. I still enjoy entertaining at 55, so Im thrilled at that. People still come out to see me and my fan base continues to grow. Im inspired by that. 14 |


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T his week I was sitting at home minding my own business, waiting for my future husband to call me, when I received two calls. Unfortunately, it was not Carlos del Amor. Even though I know how to recognize a scam, I have to admit, the first call was so threatening it made me a little anxious. The caller said that the I owed money and threatened jail if I did not pay up immediately. Knowing I did not owe any money, I was easily able to identify the call as a scam. But there are other tips everyone should know. Whether the caller is taking on the appearance of the IRS or other government agency, they will use similar tactics. Scammers make unsolicited calls. Thieves call taxpayers claiming to be IRS officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill. They con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They may also leave urgent callback requests through phone robocalls, or via phishing email. Callers try to scare their victims. Many phone scams use threats to intimidate and bully a victim into paying. They may even threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the license of their victim if they dont get the money. Scammers often alter caller ID to make it look like the IRS or another agency is calling. The callers use IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate. They may use the victims name, address and other personal information to make the call sound official. So dont panic. If you receive a call it is most likely a scam. You can always check out the most recent scams or report a scam at bbb. org/scamtracker/us. If you are still unsure, contact the IRS directly using the website. Never use a phone number or email address provided by a potential scammer. Report robocalls to and the Federal Trade Commission ( video-0028-what-do-if-you-get-robocall). | 21 PUTTING AN END TO ROBOCALLS


My second call came from a company that was going to help me with my college debt. Since I graduated a few years ago (wink wink) and I dont have any debt, and I have never had a business relationship with this nice caller, this business was abusing the law in contacting me on my cell phone. Too bad my OCD kicked in and got me to answer the phone. The first line of defense against robocalls is not to answer the phone. Once you pick up the phone the robocallers know they have a live person and the number of calls will increase. What else can you do to make it harder for the robocallers? Here are a few suggestions:Register your phone on the do not call (DNC) list. I could not remember if I had registered by cell phone on the DNC list so I returned to the site ( and made sure I was registered. While registering your number will diminish the number of unwanted calls, it will not screen out all robocallers and scammers, but with fewer questionable calls coming your way, you will be able to better detect the real scam calls. Deploy apps to identify scams and robocallers. The good guys are constantly working to help combat scams and unwanted intrusions on our privacy. There are apps available to help block scam calls and robocalls. The apps use the collective feedback from consumers to identify bad numbers and add them to the list of numbers to be blocked. Some cell providers have integrated tools (e.g. AT&T and T Mobile), but there are options available in the app stores. You can find a list at: consumer-tips/robocalls.Limit the availability of your personal information. It is easier for the scammers to create a convincing story if they have personal information about you. The internet is a great communication tool that has made tasks easier, faster and more convenient, but to operate, websites and apps gather data to drive their services. As we have seen over the last few years, all websites may be compromised, so limiting the number of sites you use will limit your vulnerability. Also select sites that have strong privacy policies, so that your information is not shared with other sites, may compromise your data, or use it in a manner you do not find acceptable. While we may not be able to end all unwanted calls, if everyone takes steps to make it harder for them to successfully reach us, we may be able to drive some of them out of business for good. 22 |




I f David Walker of Wilton Manors becomes the Commissioner of Agriculture, he would be the youngest and first openly gay member of the Governors Cabinet in Florida history. OutClique spoke with him about a pressing issue that is important to him: gun control. Surprisingly, the Florida Department of Agriculture is responsible for the issuance of Concealed Weapon (CW) permits. In the wake of the Parkland massacre, Walker has fearlessly made public his opinion about gun control, the NRA, and his desire for legislation that would help avoid future killings. Does the Florida Department of Agriculture have the authority to enact laws improving gun control? Not exactly, but its Commissioner would have a strong voice in Tallahassee as an advocate for change. Walker says, I personally have a concealed weapon permit and I support the Second Amendment, but I am opposed to NRA lobbying that facilitates widespread availability of assault weapons used to massacre innocent people. I do believe Floridians have the right to bear arms either to protect their family or for the purpose of hunting and recreation. Walker is familiar with the regulation of gun ownership in Florida. He said, Thirty-six states have reciprocal CW permits meaning that if you hold a permit issued in another state, you can likely enter Florida with your weapon legally. The Florida test for a CW permit is not particularly difficult. You are given the answers to the written test before you take it. You have to shoot your gun twice, but there is no specific pass/fail based on what you hit. Also, the required background check is very superficial. There is much room for improvement in the issuance of CW permits. 24 |


In Tallahassee, Walker is typically known as The Duck Guy. He got this name because of a duck he harvested (thats the appropriate word for hunted or shot). That duck had two leg bands, one issued in Alaska, and the other issued in Asia. In his approach to state government, Walker used this as evidence that Floridas environment, wildlife, air, water, and crops do not exist in a bubble. Every aspect of Floridas natural infrastructure is tied to conditions in the rest of the world. State government ought to be thinking globally in order to protect its quality of life locally. Walker, a fifth generation Floridian, has a BA in Environmental Science, and an MA in Environmental Policy and Management from American Public University. His love for the field led him to accept research positions at the United States Geological Survey, National Park Service, and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission. Walker has researched the impact of climate change, invasive species in the Everglades, and has advocated for air, land, and water conservation. He is president of the South Florida Audubon Society, sits on the Everglades Regional Conservation Committee, and is vice president of the Broward Chapter of the Democratic Environmental Caucus. Walker says, I want to put working people back in charge in Tallahassee. s up to us to conserve and protect our environment from special interests, ensure food safety for the public, and increase protections for consumers in the Sunshine State His run for Commissioner of Agriculture marks his entry into the contentious world of elections, politics and government. The Democratic primary will be held on August 28, and the election will be held on November 6. | 25


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LOEWS MIAMI BEACH HOTEL By Steve Pike 36 | Meet the hotel that started it all on South Beach. The Loews Miami Beach Hotel is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Look for more party details in the coming months, as the beachfront property that sparked the South Beach renaissance. Located on Collins Avenue near the famed Lincoln Road pedestrian shopping and dining area, the 790-room hotel, which recently hosted the South Beach Wine & Food Festival for the 17th consecutive year, is brighter, more spacious and more guest-accommodating than ever. Pods have replaced the routine front desk for easier check in and check out. Much of the new artwork in the public spaces and guest rooms has been created by Chicago-based artist Sarah Raskey, including the 300-pound Stardust encrusted sculpture behind the thew pods. The pool deck has been completely redone and includes new, adult-only cabanas. The guest rooms each have new bathrooms and furnishings, and like the public areas, more sophisticated color palettes. s a completely new look for a hotel that most guests thought was perfect just the way it was. But this is South Beach. Hotels here adapt or fall perilously behind. The latter is not an option at Loews Miami Beach Hotel. ere fortunate with our location and our service reputation, said hotel Managing Director Alex Tonarelli. We have so many repeat guests that we wanted to give them a unique and different experience Nowhere in Loews Miami Beach Hotel is that experience more pronounced than at its restaurants and lounges.


For the past few years, the hotels Lure Fishbar has the well-earned reputation of being the best seafood restaurant in Miami Beach. The renovation brings some terrific complements to Lure, in what the hotel calls Flavor Miami There is Prestons Market, a farm-to-table breakfast eatery that features a buffet and a la carte menu; Miami Joe Coffee Company, featuring Miami-based Panther Coffee and some great homemade Cuban ice cream; and the re-designed Nautilus Bar & Grill poolside eatery features expanded seating for dining and a covered bar area. In addition to Lure, the new Bar Collins is the signature restaurant of Flavor Miami. Part lounge and part sports bar, Bar Collins dominates the hotels first-floor public area. Brighter and more spacious than its predecessor, Bar Collins showcases Loews Miami Beach Hotels renovation and helps create that unique guest experience of which Tonarelli spoke. The renovation pushed the bar area to the back of what is now Bar Collins to open space for multi-level seating and dining. The bar now offers indoor and outdoor dining, the latter being ideal for pool-goers who dont want to get chilled in the air conditioning. Bar Collins features a pizza station with a brick oven that serves a variety of pizzas, including traditional margherita, roasted chicken wings, and Cuban. Be sure to ask for the nightly offmenu pizza special. Bar Collins menu also has burgers, steaks, seafood, and small plates that include grilled octopus, ahi tuna tartar, and an outstanding local Florida cheese plate. Its cocktail menu was designed by acclaimed mixologist, Julio Cabrera. Dont leave without trying his take on a Tom Collins, called a Ron Collins, a Flamingo Mojito (with Miami Club rum) or the Raspberry, a dangerously simple concoction of Titos vodka, three fresh raspberries, lemon juice, sugar and prosecco. There is also an abundance of craft beers, as well as live music every Wednesday to Saturday, all making Loews Miami Beach Hotel one of the premier destinations in South Florida. | 37


ADAM RIPPON SKATES HIS WAY INTO AMERICAS HEART By Joey Amato Photo courtesy of Adam Rippon38 |


yourself. I dont feel like Ive done anything special or brave. I was just able to be myself on a major platform. I dont treat anybody any differently now. I treat people the way I want to be treated. The most important thing is not to forget where I came from. Doing something little can really change a persons life, so when you have the opportunity to do so, take it. What do you love and hate about being in the spotlight? I dont really hate anything about it. The one thing thats interesting is there are always people who dont like what you are going to say or have a problem with you for whatever reason. Thats the only part that isnt great. What I like is now when I say something funny on Twitter, a lot of people think s funny and can enjoy my sense of humor. I love engaging with people on social media. Youll be competing on the next season of Dancing with the Stars. What do you think will be your biggest challenge? Partnering is one of the things Im working on the most right now. Its two people doing a dance together, and its the partner work I have literally no experience in, which is the most challenging part for me. Jenna [Johnson] is so patient, and we are both perfectionists but we both really like to laugh and have a good time. Ive been practicing every day for at least 4 hours. There are a lot of expectations and Im ready for it. This is something fun Ive always wanted to do. What has been your best experience as a public member of the LGBTQ community? My best experience has been able to reach other LGBTQ people. Its something you will never be prepared for. For a long time, my journey was personal, and I did a lot of self-discovery. I wasnt expecting such a large response. Because of the place Im in now, I dont see negative experiences as negative and I look past them. I focus on the great things going on in my life. What advice would you give to a person going through lifes challenges? You really need to think about the things you like about yourself and celebrate those. Everybody goes through periods in their lives and wonders what others think of us, and s important to realize that everyone goes through these experiences. You need to get to the point where you like things about yourself and celebrate them. Rippon mentioned that going to the Olympics is an opportunity for the country to come together and cheer for the athletes from your country. As an openly gay Olympian who brought home a medal, Rippon mentions it was a great way to highlight different LGBTQ people who are out and successful. It was important for me to be out and compete to show people that you can be who you are and still be incredibly successful. I hope it inspired kids and even adults who may be struggling. When you embrace who you are, thats when you start to fulfill your potential Theres no telling whats on the horizon for Americas Sweetheart, but we can only hope Rippons future is as bright and beautiful as he is. | 39


KEY WEST FOR THE FAMILIAR TRAVELER By Mike JeknavorianB ut what does this little island have to offer beyond the buzz of Duval Street? Anyone whos been to this island is more than likely familiar with its better-known features, such as the Mile Marker 0 sign that signifies both the end and the beginning of US 1, and the Southernmost Buoy, which famously states, miles to Cuba. However, if one looks close enough, Key West does have more to offer beyond the trappings of conventional tourism. WHAT TO DONestled smack-dab in the historic section of Key West, Old Town, the Key West Cemetery is a picturesque cemetery that has many graves that date back to the 1800s. Founded in 1847, and boasting a population thats three-times the size of the islands living one, the cemetery is a quiet retreat away from the hullabaloo of Duval St. Look for grave markers with statements such as, I told you I was sick, just resting my eyes, and The best flan maker. Theres a small Jewish area in the cemetery as well. division.php?structureid=62 Arguable, the two most famous dolls in film history are Chucky from the Childs Play film series, and Annabelle from the Annabelle and The Conjuring film series. You can see the inspiration for the Chucky doll in Key West, if The sister to Provincetown, in both liberation and isolation, Key West (,, has come a long way from the near-bankrupt city of the 1970s, fecund with boarded-up shops on its main drag, Duval Street, to the internationally-known tourist destination that it is today. | 41


you dare. The Fort East Martello Museum and Gardens is a quirky museum thats housed in a Civil-War-era military fort that was never completed. The museum features exhibitions of local history and art, including the notorious Robert doll, the inspiration for Chucky. The West Martello Tower, the sister of the Fort East Martello Museum and Gardens, is another Civil-War-era fort that was converted into a tourist attraction. The fort houses gardens, as presented by the Key West Garden Club, and is also one of the last free attractions in Key West. The tranquil and isolated setting, overlooking the ocean, houses a rare collection of native and exotic trees and plants, including many blooming orchids. This is a great place to relax and spend an hour or two. Floridas southernmost state park, Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, houses a massive fort from the Civil War-era. The fort, which was named in 1850 after U.S. President Zachary Taylor, was guarded by the aforementioned east and west Martello Towers. The fort was used substantially during the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, both World Wars, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. It opened as a tourist attraction in the 1970s, and includes a haunted Civil-War-themed attraction during the Halloween season. Probably the most obscure attraction in Key West, and a good way to pass an hour, the Key West Wildlife Center is easy to miss if you dont know that its there. The center contains seven acres of indigenous land, a rare thing in Key West, as well as two aviaries. The center also operates a clinic that provides medical treatment to injured and sick wildlife. 42 |


WHERE TO EATLocated on the periphery of Old Town in Key West, but off the beaten-path, El Siboney Restaurant is not something that tourists would necessarily stumble on. Guests who patronize this restaurant are treated to a clientele of both locals and tourists who are in-the-know. The family-owned and operated restaurant, which has been in existence since 1984, serves Cuban dishes at conspicuous budget prices. The antithesis to tourist-centered Key West, Stock Island, the town that borders Key West, contains very few restaurants. One of them is Hogfish Bar and Grill. Although the restaurants website claims that its a true locals spot, an appraisal of Hogfishs crowd reveals that some tourists have caught on to it. Despite that, the restaurant is worth the trip. If youre a fan of seafood, it doesnt get any better than this. The restaurant, which borders a fishing wharf, serves seafood that was caught that day. http://www.hogfishbar.comWHAT NOT TO MISSKey West is famous for its carnivale-esque Halloween event, Fantasy Fest. But many miss the opening of Fantasy Fest, which happens on the first weekend of this two-week-long event. For those seeking something thats less known, the Key West Goombay Festival may satisfy. The two-day street festival celebrates the Bahamian Village area of Key West, as well as the Bahamian culture in general. Originally conceived as a form of protest again the U.S. Border Control, Key West staged a somewhat tongue-in-cheek secession from the United States on April 23, 1982. Since that time, Key West, re-monikered as The Conch Republic, celebrates that event with a week-long festival in April. One of the main events of this festival, a spectacle thats not to be missed, is the Red Ribbon Bed Races. Contestants race makeshift beds, which are elaborately decorated, side-by-side. So make plans to visit Key West. Either by plane, car, or boat, its worth the trip. Visit,, or for more information. | 43


SHOULDER S & CHEST LOWER BACK The first thing to fade in a seated position is our posture. All of the postural muscles along our core and back eventually fatigue and lose tension. This leaves the upper back and shoulders arching forward. Stay there long enough, day after day, and the muscles of the chest and anterior shoulder begin to shorten Once the upper back and shoulders have lost their alignment, the next spot to be affected is the lower back. This can be from the overarching of the upper back or an uneven seated position with one shoulder low and/or a and will eventually remain in this tightened, forward arching position. The best stretch to counteract this is to occasionally stand up, interlock your hands behind your back, straighten your elbows, and slowly lift your hands until you feel a stretch in your chest and shoulders. slightly rotated torso. Any variations forward, sideways, or rotated will load your lower back unevenly, eventually causing fatigue and soreness. A great way to relieve tension in the lower back is a seated twist/pretzel stretch. E very office worker or long commuter will tell you that after being in a prolonged seated position there are certain parts of their body that begin to fatigue or get tight. The human body is not meant to be stuck in a seated position for long. No matter your fitness level or conditioning, there are specific areas we can expect to be affected. This article will highlight the 4 most commonly affected regions of the body and give you stretches that can be done before, during, or after work to help avoid turning tight, fatigued spots into chronic pain areas. 1 2 44 | 4 BEST STRETCHES FOR EVERY OFFICE WORKER By Bobby Jackson BA, CSCS T H E


HIP FLEXOR FRONT OF HIPHAMSTRING BACK OF LEG With our hips stuck in a 90-degree angle while seated, our hip flexors will eventually go into a similar shortening affect as our chest and shoulders. Typically, this isnt noticed until standing immediately after a long time seated in that office chair or car. These muscles get used to being in a shortened position and will begin to tighten to that length. Thats what Just like the prolonged flexed angle at the hip, affecting the hip flexor, a prolonged bend at the knee while seated will affect the hamstrings. The hamstrings will go through the shortening process the same way. The easiest way to diagnose short hamstrings is limited flexibility when trying to touch your toes while standing. The standing toe-touch can actually be used as an effective stretch gives a mild stretch feeling just by finally standing up straight again. The best stretch for this area is to use a stationary forward lunge position. Step one leg forward, bend your back knee slightly, and drive your weight forward. This should extend the hip joint and enhance the stretch in the front of that back hip. for this area. However, I prefer to use a seated toe-touch or semi straddle/figure-four stretch instead. This requires you to sit on the floor so your legs are fully extended in front of you. The semi straddle/figure-four is done by bending one knee and placing the bottom of the foot of the bent leg along the inside of the knee on the extended leg and then leaning forward to focus the stretch on one leg at a time. You will need to sit on the floor with both legs extended in front of you. Bend one knee and step that foot over the extended leg at the knee or upper shin with the bent knee now facing up. Rotate your body to the same side as the bent leg and place the back of your front elbow on the outside of the elevated knee. This will give you better leverage to increase the stretch in the lower back. Stretching and flexibility is an extremely important component of a healthy, functional body. It improves your balance and stability as well. The most crucial part of a stretching routine is to do it as frequently as possible. Flexibility is naturally lost with age and especially with a sedentary lifestyle. Dont leave stretching for only your workout days, right before or after exercise. Try to work in some light stretching every day. The morning is a perfect time to start so you can loosen up your body for the day. Most importantly, dont get discouraged in the beginning if your flexibility is worse than you thought it was. Just like all of our health and fitness goals, its something that takes time and consistency to achieve. Bobby is a graduate of Minnesota State University with a degree in Biology; emphasis in Health and Medical Sciences. Certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Bobby is the owner and director of The Custom Fitness Institute, a private training studio in Pompano Beach. 3 4 46 |


WELCOME TO BEAUTIFUL AND SUNNY FORT LAUDERDALE By Denny Patterson Cover image courtesy of Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau T he number one mission of Fort Lauderdale is to bring as many visitors to the area as possible. Why would you not want to visit a city like Fort Lauderdale? Sunny days at the beach, mouth-watering food, vibrant nightlife what more can you ask for? Fort Lauderdale is one of those cities that has a unique charm. It has been known to be a highranking vacation destination, and a charming area to settle down and raise a family. Yes, Fort Lauderdale is the place to be. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau can give more details on why you should visit Broward County, but well mention a couple of highlights right here! Visit for more information. ATTRACTIONSA1A SCENIC HIGHWAYBroward County has a vibrant history. Much of it is represented along the State Road A1A. As travelers navigate across its nine distinct beach communities, they can take in the sights of sea turtle nests, indigenous dune plants, and roaring waves crashing along the beaches. A1A is also enriched with cultural and recreational activities. Travelers may partake in swimming, snorkeling, fishing, and hiking just to name a few. The variety of attractions and annual events, such as the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, make A1A an ideal destination in South Florida to explore. 48 |


BUTTERFLY WORLDAre you ready for an exotic adventure? Butterfly World is the worlds largest butterfly park, home to more than 20,000 species from every corner of the planet. Visitors can marvel at these wonderful creatures in addition to the hundreds of exotic birds in the six flight aviaries, hand-feed the lorikeets, and explore the museum and Bug Zoo. Take in the waterfalls, botanical gardens, passion vines, and roses that complete this natural habitat. CRIME TOURS Are you a fan of true crime and history? Then Crime Tours is the perfect Fort Lauderdale attraction for you. Crime Tours tells the untold stories that have shaped South Florida. From celebrity homes and historical destinations to gangsters and mysteries, visitors on Crime Tours will discover the twisted history of South Florida. The museums floor to ceiling displays, exhibit original newspapers and artifact dating back to the 1500s. Visitors will gain an understanding of how South Florida rose to fame and infamy through its colorful, yet troubling past.MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY AND SCIENCEThe Museum of Discovery and Science is the place to be to enjoy an outing with your children. Explore and discover more than 200 dynamic hands-on exhibits and a five-story IMAX 3D theatre that will put you in the center of the action. From educational presentations to watching animals such as turtles, fish, and crocodiles, you will literally have to drag your kids out in order to go home. NIGHTLIFE BEACH BETTYS This is the classic beach lesbian bar. Tiki hut walls, palm trees, deep ocean blue ceiling, frozen drinks, and jukebox that can play all the tunes Beach Bettys has everything you can think of to spend a night on the town in Fort Lauderdale. Sit back and relax with pina colada on the patio or shoot some pool with your friends. Who knows, you may meet that special gal. | 49


CAF IBIZA Caf Ibiza is the perfect balance of authentic flavors, warm hospitality, and an engaging atmosphere. Featuring an all-day menu of fresh seafood, homemade pastas, chilled salads, and entre sandwiches, this oceanfront restaurant is warm and inviting. Take a seat on the patio or indoors. Caf Ibiza is known to have some of the best live music on Fort Lauderdale Beach. THE MANOR This is an epic Fort Lauderdale nightclub that features a combination of vintage style and cosmopolitan sophistication. This two-level nightclub is decked with an abundance of crystal chandeliers, a covered outside arcade with a modern flair, a large performance stage, and the best sound and lighting any Fort Lauderdale local or visitor has ever seen. For a night to remember, come to one of the Manors infamous events, massive dance parties, and runway shows. PARROT LOUNGE Just because you are on vacation, that doesnt mean you should be out of the loop on whats going on in the news or sports. The Parrot Lounge is the perfect place to watch a Dolphins or Eagles football game. This is a laid-back bar featuring big screen TVs, 16 beers on draft, and 20 different types of bottled beer.HOTELS ALAYA SPA AT THE BONAVENTURE RESORTThis resort has visitors walking into a blissful sanctuary. The lovely Zen Garden allows the sense of calm and serenity to surround you. Set amidst the lush gardens of this transformed hotel, the Alaya Spa caters to both the body and soul. Each treatment is designed to heal, soothe, and rejuvenate your entire core. A complete health and beauty center, the Alaya Spa features 30 treatment rooms, fitness classes, spinning, yoga, and steam rooms. This is the perfect Fort Lauderdale spa vacation. BY-EDDY MOTEL & APARTMENTSIn the heart of Fort Lauderdale, the ByEddy Motel & Apartments treats visitors to comfortable rooms with a kitchen in a small, but friendly resort motel. Visitors may enjoy the private garden and the beautiful pool area. Grocery stores, restaurants and world class shopping centers are in walking distance.CALYPSO INNThe Calypso Inn is only steps away from drinking, dancing, and dining choices. It is the place to be in the heart of Wilton Manors. Featuring newly renovated rooms, ample parking, a pool, tanning areas, and a lively atmosphere, visitors are guaranteed to return. 50 |


PELICAN GRAND BEACH RESORT This is a Fort Lauderdale resort that offers an unforgettable experience. With 156 guest rooms including 105 oceanfront suites, the Pelican Grand Beach Resort has a unique and luxurious charm. Two rooftop areas offer magnificent skyline shore views of Fort Lauderdale beach and beach level options include a poolside deck and a covered ocean front veranda all just steps away from the Atlantic Ocean. The sweeping waterfront veranda provides guests with a front row seat that cannot be missed. RESTAURANTS3030 OCEAN RESTAURANTWelcome to the home of Chef Adrienne Grenier. Here, Grenier reflects the savory flavor of the ocean into her exquisite dining menu while guests have the pleasure of overlooking the Atlantic Ocean inside this chic dinner bistro. 3030 is a unique, creative and passionate combination of flavors. GGS WATERFRONT BAR & GRILLs Waterfront Bar & Grill serves fresh stone crabs, seafood, and steaks all with a spectacular view of yachts cruising by on the intracoastal waterway. Every night, diners come to this location to watch superb waterfront sunsets. In the 1960s, this was the hot spot for Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack. Now remodeled, s open every day for lunch, dinner, and happy hour. Lets not forget to mention its famous Sunday Brunch! MARIOS CATALINA RESTAURANTSimple elegance, old-world charm, and creative cooking. Nothing can describe Marios Catalina Restaurant better than that. Once you step into Marios Catalina, you will instantly feel the hustle of the city fade away. Soothing colors, soft lighting, crisp linens, and fragrant aromas will immediately transport you to a more tranquil setting. Come on in and feast upon Cuban food and Spanish cuisine, including seafood dishes, New York strip steaks, plantains, and fine wine.SPATCH GRILLED PERI-PERI CHICKENA first of its kind in the market, Spatch Grilled Peri-Peri Chicken serves up poultry with personality. This restaurant is unlike any other in South Florida. Inspired by and centered around South Africas widely-known Peri-Peri style chicken, this eatery features both indoor and outdoor seating. Visitors will receive warm hospitality and delectable chicken meals. They will want to come back ASAP. | 51


Charlotte and her wife Sheila are one of the several LGBTQ couples who live in the Fort Lauderdale area. Charlotte is a South Florida native and Sheila moved here from Jacksonville in 1990. The two women initially met at a mutual friends birthday party, and they have spent the last 13 years building a life and raising a family. Either by going to the beach, or having a nice dinner out, Charlotte, Sheila, and their two children try to spend as much time together. This family knows the ins and outs of Fort Lauderdale. Here are a few words from Charlotte. Describe Fort Lauderdale in one word. Vibrant. Why do you think people should visit Fort Lauderdale? Fort Lauderdale is dynamic. It is always busy with different events, and you can find something for everyone. What do you and Sheila personally love the most about Fort Lauderdale? We love that we have everything so close to us. The beach, the Everglades, good food, and good times. Would you say Fort Lauderdale is a welcoming city for LGBTQ people? We like to think so. Walking down the street holding hands has never been an issue for us. Although, there are other places/cities we do think twice. Do you have a favorite LGBTQ nightclub or hotspot? Our most favorite hotspot sadly closed a few years ago. We havent really found another one yet. However, if you havent been to Lips, we highly suggest it. You get a meal and a drag show! We have never been disappointed! What is your favorite Fort Lauderdale restaurant and why? Either Gaysha Sushi, as their food is eclectic and always on point, or Casablanca because it just doesnt get any more romantic than there. Oh! We cant forget Canyon! It was our official first date. Their Prickly Pear margaritas are scrumptious! For a night on the town, what do you and Sheila like to do? [Laughs]. We have two kids, and work like crazy, so a night for us is usually a restaurant AN INTERVIEW WITH A FORT LAUDERDALE COUPLE52 |


we havent tried or a trip to the movies. I mean, sadly, its true. We are, wifed up with kids. Do you have a date that you will always hold dearest to your heart? After 13 years, there are so many we love to talk about. The time we met, anniversaries, even just recently. We are very blessed. We spent almost half of our relationship without kids, so we explored a little more. What are some activities you like to do with your children? We love visiting the Museum of Discovery and Science with them, as well as any childrens theatre at the Broward Center. We also love Jazz Brunch each month. Our children arent quite old enough yet, but we are waiting to be able to do the turtle releases with them soon. Are you a family who loves the beach? We love the beach! I absolutely hate the sand, so theres always talc powder in our beach bags and our cars. Its the best kept secret and we are letting you in on it. Talc takes the sand off immediately! Would you say Fort Lauderdale is a great place to raise children? Yes. There are plenty of activities to do with kids of all ages, and there are great schools who accept all types of families. So, you are pleased with the schools in Fort Lauderdale? In every city, there are pros and cons to the schools. If you plan on having children, do the research. We are 100 percent pleased with the school our kids are attending. Are there any annual Fort Lauderdale events you all like to attend? We cannot say theres one specific, but we truly try to spend as much time outdoors as possible. So, whatever is going on for a Sunday, if its kid friendly, we try to be there. Sadly, I work almost every Saturday. Im a hairstylist. So, Sundays are our family days. So, whether you are are a South Florida local or a visitor to our area of the Sunshine State, there is an abundance of places to go, things to do, and people to meet. From small boutique guesthouses to large hotels, there is a whole host of places to stay. Dining options abound from local cuisine to nationally known venues. Our theater, music, and cultural activities provide non-stop avenues to fill your calendar. But our sun-soaked beaches are one of (if not the) best part of Fort Lauderdale. Our culture, our climate, and our activities all make South Florida the perfect travel destination. Check out or for more on what to do, where to go, and who to meet. | 53


UPGRADES, SERVICE, AND RUPAUL EQUAL GRAND RESORT AND SPA ELEVATION CLOTHING OPTIONAL FT. LAUDERDALE DESTINATION NEARS 20 YEARSEdward Otto Zielke saw an opportunity for his Fort Lauderdale employer about 2,700 miles away in Los Angeles. Thats where the smash hit Logo TV reality show RuPauls Drag Race is filmed. Zielke, the marketing and operations manager for The Grand Resort and Spa, had an in with the show and was able to negotiate a promotion spot during season nine. The Grand Resort was featured for just seconds as a prize for one of the contestants, but it was enough to attract new clientele and bring some additional drag queen energy to the 33-room development. Zielke has more than a decade of marketing and public relations experience, including the past seven years at the resort. I was making a sudden move to Ft. Lauderdale in 2010. The markets were going crazy and there were layoffs. And I was ending a relationship, said Zielke, who is admittedly very open about his life. So he made the move from New Jersey and says the job kind of fell into his lap after finding a part time job in housekeeping at a small boutique hotel not far from the Grand Resort, which is located at 539 North Birch Road, close to the well known (especially among gay men) Sebastian Street Beach. Zielke said Grand Resort owner Casey Karl Koslowski heard about his background and needed someone to come in and manage the property. Hs been there since 2007. Koslowski has owned the resort since 2001. It opened in 1999 and will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year. I was very nervous because this was something new to me, but I quickly picked it up, said Zielke, who added that his years in theater, going on national tours, doing offBroadway shows and performing in dinner theater also helped him acclimate. I have a good work discipline and a good rapport with other departments. And I was involved with LGBT and Pride organizations, he said. THE SPA AT THE GRAND RESORT One of those other departments is really more an integral part of the operation The Spa at the Grand Resort. Co-owned and managed by J.D. Greene, the spa is one of the ways the resort differentiates itself from other options for gay men in the area. By Damon Scott 54 |


The options and amenities are dizzying. Greene oversees services such as massages, facials, scrubs, waxing, manscaping, hair, manicures and pedicures. Services come in several different options including day spa packages and monthly spa memberships. Options such as a mustache and goatee trimming start at $10 and continue through a five-hour Day of Indulgence package for $509. (Prices subject to change) MIGHTY GOOD MANThe resort and spas typical demographic is a man aged 35 and up (you must be 21 years old to be on the property due to beer and wine sales). To be sure, there are many visitors from out-of-town, especially during high season (mid-December through March), but locals come too, as the resort partners in many local events such as FlockFest, Stonewall Pride, and Bearsurrection. Zielke says guests are a mix of singles and couples and a wide variety of ethnicities come for a stay. Each gay resort is a little different and has their own niche, said Zielke. While the property is all male, if a female wanted to go to the spa for a treatment, that is more than acceptable, said Zielke. There are essentially two sections to the property front and back. The back is clothing optional, something that was voted on by guests. Its for those appreciative of bodies and who are comfortable in their own skin. There is always the element of respect in that area, Zielke said. We are sensitive to everyones needs.A LOOK AHEADThe Resort is now entering mid-season, where rates go down a little and reservation options become a bit more available. In April and May (and again from October to mid-December) rates run from $149 for a courtyard guest room, to $569 for the two bedroom/two bathroom grand penthouse. Zielke, who is one of about 25 employees at the resort, said hes already secured another sponsorship on season 10 of RuPauls Drag Race. He said its a natural fit for the resort, in part because performers and drag queens connected to the show have stayed at the property. He said hes also booked international drag queens for a stay. e welcome a variety of ages 21 and up, providing a vacation experience that is diverse in age and background, said owner Koslowski. Additionally, as people travel more and more with their furry friends, we also sell out our block of pet-friendly suites with their private patios well in advance as they are in high demand nowUNIQUE EVOLUTIONWhile the property was originally an apartment complex, its clear Koslowski has had work done over the years. We have had several remodels and upgrades to the rooms, reception areas, property grounds, and offices to accommodate the ever-changing needs of our guests, Koslowski said. | 55


Koslowski says he takes pride in a lot of firsts that the resort has offered guests, such as being the first gay resort on the beach to offer complimentary Wi-Fi. But he says, its the spa that was really a shot in the arm. The most important evolution was when we opened the first full-service spa, catering primarily to gay men on the beach well over 10 years ago. Around that time, we also became the first gay resort to have a front desk that was both open and operational 24 hours, to best ensure around the clock security and service to our cherished clientele, said Koslowski. While the RuPaul Drag Race promotion has tapped into some slightly younger clientele, Koslowski said the target market has primarily been affluent men, who appreciate stellar service and luxury spas, but also those who take advantage of the series of discounts that we offer Discounts are available, said Koslowski, to Florida residents, students, travel industry professionals, and both active and retired military and first responders. A STEP ABOVEIn addition to the property upgrades, Koslowski said he makes sure the resort keeps the market well informed about what the resort has to offer. This is achieved in many ways. Once a year, we come up with a marketing plan, strategizing key interest groups,with local and targeted area events. We carefully research and identify all organizations to approach for cross-promotions and advertising, he said. Additionally, Koslowski, Zielke, and others on staff partner with companies which specifically service Fort Lauderdale and the LGBTQ community. e review our online strategies storytelling through interaction and conversation; improve on responsive updates to design, promoting customer feedback, upgrading photos and video, and refreshing content with new and robust information, Koslowski said. Koslowski said its also important to find convenience through technology. For instance, our spa soon will be offering guests a faster way to book their appointments right through their smartphones. This will give our clients a customized and streamlined experience, simply by selecting their preferred therapist, work within their availability, and choose their treatments, he said. For more information, go to 56 |


SILVER FOXES By Mike Jeknavorian Whats the premise of Silver Foxes (SF)? Two characters, the ones who were played by George Takei and Bruce Vilanch at the reading, live together in Palm Springs. Theyre exlovers, but now soul mates. They go to visit their friend in Glendale, whos in an assisted living facility. The friend, who was played by Leslie Jordan at the reading, gets kicked out of the assisted living facility because of homophobia. The three of them also have an acquaintance, whos the younger twink boyfriend of their friend Jerry. By the end of the first episode, all four of them akei, Vilanch, Jordan and the twink boyfriend are living together in Palm Springs in Takeis house. Do they end up living together because of financial reasons? Well, thats part of it and spring chickens like yourself dont usually have to worry about this (laughs), but they mostly live together for a sense of community and family. As you get older, that becomes more important. Why Palm Springs? Well, I think that Palm Springs is the older West Hollywood. It has a strong sense of community, s pretty, and I like the style of it. It also has the only entirely gay city government in the country. Are there women in SF? Yes. Two lesbians who live next door, who are basically Hollywood house flippers. The show reflects a wide rainbow of personalities. S ilver Foxes, a new show from Stan Zimmerman, the writer of The Golden Girls and Roseanne, is being touted as the gay Golden Girls, and it just might be the next big gay thing. 58 |


How did this project get off the ground? My writing partner, James Berg, and I wrote it. But, it was because of the support of the press and social media that made this happen. If it hadnt been for the uproar online, it probably would not have happened, so I owe them a lot of thanks for making it happen. There were so many outlets that were talking about SF, literally all over the world. There were even people in South Africa talking about it. At what stage of development are you with SF? Super Deluxe, whos owned by Turner, optioned it. So, once s finished, theyll decide what they want to do. Theyll either shoot a teaser of it and shop it around, or theyll shoot a pilot. Obviously, Im hoping for a pilot. What does Super Deluxe think about the LGBT content of SF? They love it, and theyve been great! Theyre very LGBT positive. We even told them that we could make the next-door neighbors a straight couple, but they said that the show should be as gay as it needs to be. The major networks certainly have their constraints with language and content. What do you think is the best fit for SF a major network, a cable channel or a premium channel? A cable or premium channel would let us be edgier, contentwise. But theres nothing bigger than a traditional network hit. If SF doesnt get optioned, might you develop it as a web series? Yes, and we already have a few places that would put it online. Part of SF is about ageism. How does the show handle that topic? It seems that in a lot of shows, older people are either made fun of or marginalized. The white of their hair is ghost-like, in the respect that theyre not seen. But we have characters of all different ages in SF, and the older characters sometimes challenge the younger ones about their ageist misconceptions. Have you personally experienced ageism in Hollywood? Only in the respect that weve gotten pushback about the age of the characters. Some TV executives, who were probably motivated by fear, felt that only older people would be attracted to older characters. But they said the same thing about The Golden Girls, but people of all ages ended up watching that show. Considering the heavy reliance of young eye candy in the LGBT media, do you think that ageism is greater in the LGBT community than in the straight community? Well, since Ive never been part of the straight community, its hard to say. But I will say that in Hollywood, it seems that theres ageism against women. The sad reality is that a lot of straight men want someone young. Who would be your dream cameo role for SF? Oprah or maybe Elton John. Come to think of it, everyones welcome. It would be great to have a revolving door of cameos. And finally, you have a performers background. Would you consider having a minor role on SF for yourself? Me? I would love to. But my first goal is to direct at least one episode of SF. 60 |


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A CELEBRATION OF FRIENDS: TOM PENCE By Denny Patterson I n 2001, Tom (Tomcat) Pence, a former U.S. Marine and a group of friends, realized that the majority of the LGBTQ community (much like today) was youth-oriented and had a need for seniors to be celebrated. So the group got together and started A Celebration of Friends, Inc an organization whose sole mission was to provide a yearly low-stress weekend of friendship and frolic specifically for our senior population. o senior member of the LGBTQ population deserves to be left out in the cold, Tom told me when I recently had the pleasure of chatting with him about the organization and the significant impact it has made on him and many others. For those who are unaware of A Celebration of Friends, could you give us some information on the organization? A Celebration of Friends is a sanctuary for the mature man and his admirer. As we age, we men tend to lose our place in gay society. Where does a guy go after he gets a few scars or pounds on his body? So, we put together a four-day weekend bash for people to come out and enjoy themselves. More than that, we also give back to society. A Celebration of Friends is a 501(c)4 nonprofit. Weve raised over $200,000 in the 15 years of our existence for local charities. What would you say has been one of your best memories with A Celebration of Friends? I have a multitude of wonderful memories over the years. The hundreds of friends Ive had the pleasure to meet and share quality time with, the multitude of warm embraces, and the thousands of smiles. One of my most touching memories is my good friend Jim. A man Id met during one of our weekends. This guy was adorable and was so | 65


impressed with the organization that he wanted to be become more deeply involved. Jim was an engineer, so he was not only one of the sexiest men present but also had the brains to complete the package. His younger lover had recently left him and naturally, Jim was devastated. But he was seized by the soul of the Celebration and had met dozens of new interesting friends. So before he left, Jim promised to stay in touch and promised to assist the group the following year. He just wanted to be involved to such a delightful organization comprised of so many great people. Sadly, over the course of the following year, he was diagnosed with cancer and during our weekly phone calls I could literally hear the changes in his voice, as he got weaker and sicker. A few days before the next Celebration, Jim called and said that hed made a promise to me that he was going to keep. Come hell or high water he was coming to that Celebration. I begged him to please stay at home and conserve his energy. Jim, I want you to be around as long as you can, was the last thing I tearfully told him before hanging up the phone that last time. Not hearing from him during the festivities that weekend allowed me to relax a little, knowing he at home resting. The final night of each Celebration usually consists of a large dinner with short talks from each of our celebrities and then handing over the monies raised to that years benefactors. I was actually talking on the microphone in front of a crowd of about three hundred and was getting ready to hand over the money to Chuck Nickols, the then president of Tuesdays Angels, when the manager from the hotel came running into the room yelling that there was this old man wrapped up in a blanket out in the lobby wanting to talk to me. Having no idea who it could be, I asked the crowd to hold on for a second and promised to be right back. Thrusting the microphone into the capable hands of Mr. Nickols, I rushed off the stage. In the lobby was this skeleton of a man wrapped up in an old blanket like a mummy. Approaching the man, I walked up to the guy and asked how I could assist him. Jims voice came out of the skeleton as he grabbed my hands and asked, You dont recognize me Tomcat? I was shocked. Jim then proceeded to tell me hed been there for four days but had been too ill to leave his room. He didnt call because he was too ashamed to be seen like this and only decided to venture out the last night as hed made a promise to me. The lobby was as far as he could walk. Tired and not feeling well, he couldnt go any farther. I hugged him and cried, oblivious of the scene we were creating and told him that if he couldnt come to the Celebration, then the Celebration would come to him. I then walked back up on the stage and grabbed the mic 66 |


and asked the crowd how many remembered Arizona Jim from the previous year. As the dozens of hands flew up in the air, I explained Jims promise and then asked everyone to come and go see him in the lobby. Amidst the regular business of customers checking in and out going about their normal hotel business, about 300 gruff old men came out into the lobby to hug and kiss Jim and share with him their thoughts. There was so much love in that lobby, I swear some regular hotel guests as well as employees, and even some complete strangers from off the streets, joined in the hugging match. There wasnt a dry eye in the entire room. Jim was too physically wiped out, a security guard and I escorted him back to his room where we stocked him up with with food and took care of him. Wow, thats amazing. That obviously meant a lot to him. Yes, Jim passed away at his home in Arizona a few weeks later. Hs just one example of the many beautiful men who had their lives changed because of the ACOF. I have been so lucky to meet and know so many great men. Men who come out and enjoyed themselves fully unashamed and unabashed among likeminded friends for at least one weekend a year in ways they cant in their own hometowns. There arent many places can you do that today. A Celebration of Friends ranges from people 22 years old to 92 years young. There are people who find their lovers and soul mates at Celebrations and come back year after year. s just a great time. A Celebration of Friends has really made a difference. In the 15 years weve been in existence weve had a purpose. Your age doesnt matter. Your body size or shape still intrigues many. As long as your heart is still capable of pumping out love and desire, were here for you. This is a place to come make and share quality time with good friends. People are now realizing how valuable these mature men are to the the gay community. Many of these guys fought for us at Stonewall. Without them, we wouldnt have many of the freedoms we have today. Do you think youll expand outside of Fort Lauderdale? Well, we started in New Orleans. Weve been to Miami and Orlando and have a standing invitation to Palm Springs. Weve had Actor Ed Asner and Former Congressman Barney Frank as special guests. Ive been at this for 15 years now and getting older myself, so I dont know. Well see what happens. Tell me more about some of the charities to which you donate money. Tuesdays Angels is one of the main charities weve worked with. Its an organization founded by some of the most beautiful men in Fort Lauderdale and one of the oldest and | 67


most respected charitable corporations down here. This courageous group of guys who used to meet on Tuesdays got together during the height of the AIDS crisis, when little was known about the disease and HIV except that it was a death warrant for those who got it and too many were getting it. Aware they had to do something, they assisted many who fell between the cracks and shared a little bit of hope among the hopeless. These men are my heros. I cannot say enough about Tuesdays Angels, and when I was looking for charities to give money, their name came up time and time again. We also give money to the Pride Center at Equality Park, a group who has always been there for us giving free rapid HIV testing at the Celebrations as well as a couple other different organizations. How many people would you say attend the celebrations? We probably have between 200-300 people attend. We currently have two celebrations per year, the January Jamboree and the next in January 2019 well be changing things up by doing another cruise. We used to bring in people from all over the world, but lately s been more difficult with many people having visa troubles and coming into the country. How did the January Jamboree go? It went well. We didnt have as many people as I thought we would have, but we still had a good time. The temperature got up in the low 80s, the pool was heated, and we had fun. There were a lot of European guests, surprisingly. We had all our contests and prizes, you can check out all the photos on our website, or on Facebook. Fabulous. And the next celebration is the July Summer Splash? Yes! Its July 19-22, 2018 and with some amazing new costume contests. People will register, and well have daily lunches and happy hour, contests, and prizes. s going to be a good time. People can come and relax and be able to act their age whether they are 80 or 21. Its going to be guilt and shame free. Come and be yourself. Anybody can have a kid, but most of us are looking for men. Day passes will also be available. Do you still have the Klassic Coffee Klatch? Yes, we have weekly coffee klatches 10:30 Saturday mornings at the Skolnick Center in Palm AIre. We started that four years ago when a couple of friends committed suicide in isolated instances during the holiday season and we knew that the ACOF had to do something. Everyone is welcomed. The whole point is to not be alone on Saturday mornings, regardless of what happened Friday night. Come and be with your friends. For more information, visit 68 |


KINSEY REPORTS: AN INTERVIEW WITH GAY HIP-HOP ARTIST ROY KINSEY By Gregg Shapiro Gregg Shapiro: You first crossed my radar in 2013, when you were putting out your debut album. How would you say that your songwriting has progressed since then? Roy Kinsey: This time around, there was a lot more editing. I now look at it as me reviewing my life, and my work. When I would create in the same ways that I was used to in the past, I found myself growing increasingly frustrated. This is also the first sober album that I made. So, coming into that realization that I personally had to have a clearer mind to create in the ways that I wanted to was something I needed to learn. I am still learning how to set time aside to rehearse. As I've aged, there are changes in vitality, and energy, and responsibility. Life has informed my creations. It took a more disciplined me to create the blackie album.GS If I remember correctly, you were also scheduled to do a show with queer rap duo Yo Majesty at that time. Do you recall what that experience was like for you?RK It was so long ago, but to be able to share the stage with black queer hiphop legends was great. GS As a queer male voice in hip-hop, what can you tell me about your personal musical influences?RK I can say that every influence that I have had, as everyone in hip-hop, has delivered a detailed account about how life was where they grew up. You learned about their neighborhood, what worried them, and how those things shaped their lives and who they are. I wanted to take that model and superimpose it on my work. Specifically, in this political climate, where black men are killed by the police, and nobody has to be accountable for it, which is not new, I was influenced by Kendrick Lamar, using his artistry and creativity to bring light to violence in his community, and his country. GS Would you say that calling your new album, blackie: a story by roy kinsey, a story is a bit of a nod to your day job as a librarian, where you are surrounded by stories in books?RK Absolutely, it is. I'm glad you caught that. It's also the fact that I wanted to s no exaggeration to say that 2018 looks to be Roy Kinseys year. The release of his brilliant new album blackie: a story by roy kinsey (www. in February was followed by well-deserved positive attention from NPR and Billboard Magazine. And rightfully so. The gay Chicago-based rapper (and librarian) has crafted an album that is representative of the way that queer rap artists are evolving as rapidly as their straight counterparts. Roy was kind enough to answer a few questions about the album and his career in April. 74 |


tell the story of black folks in America from the time of my grandmothers birth to the present. The album highlights the Great Migration, which is how my, and millions of other black folks got to the north from the south. Not feeling at home in their own homes, being pushed out of the south after slavery and sharecropping, escaping lynchings and discrimination, the place they had known was uninhabitable. I was influenced to create this art, to tell my grandmothers story after she passed away in 2016. When I began researching her life and times, I began researching my own. GS What did it mean to you to have the song Mississippi Mud chosen as one of Heavy Rotatios Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing in March 2018?RK It meant a lot. I get much support from public radio in Chicago; to be recognized by NPR was just fantastic. My music is played daily on public radio and that feels so good. GS Speaking of Mississippi Mud, Mississippi is a presence throughout the album. Please say something about the role of Mississippi in your daily life and your creative life. | 75 Photo by Diana Delgado PinedaRK Well, my grandmother and mother were born in Mississippi. Black folks left Mississippi to come to places like Chicago, New York, and California. Chicago is a blues city, and that sound and those stories shaped the feeling here. The sadness, depression, trauma in the souls, and sounds of my ancestors has had a big influence on me as a person; in ways that I see, and new ways that I learn. Those are just a few.GS Earlier I mentioned influences. Can you please say something about the reference in the song Jungle Book to the Grandmaster Flash song The Message?RK The song begs the question, What do you do to keep from going under? Not to sound clich, but hip-hop saved me. I cant imagine what I would do if I watched black folks being killed in America, as they are, and didnt have a way to release that anger and that energy. s saddening and maddening. Chuck D called hip-hop, the Black mans CNN, since many of our stories are not told by corporate media. We created hip-hop to acknowledge our ancestors and to tell the stories that we know that people like to forget. So, its an homage to hip-hop mixed with the latest black stories that are inaccurately told on the news. GS Please say something about the James Baldwin samples in the songs Great Again and For Colored Boys.RK Without my voice, I felt that none of these stories were being told as I could tell them. James Baldwin also had a way of cutting through to the heart of a situation, without all the bullshit and superfluous details that we tend to receive on a daily basis. When I talk about these issues, I talk about them and the dignity that God gave every human. The thoughts that James delivered, that I chose


GS During April 2018, you did some live dates at Chicago Public Libraries. April also happens to be National Poetry Month. Have any of your lyrics made their way into any literary journals?RK I never thought about submitting to any publication. I would like to put them into a book of my own at the end of the year, though. A blackie book of some writings and lyrics. Mainly lyrics.GS The music video for your song BSAYF is incorporated in Aymar Jean Christians Hair Show. How did that come to pass?RK They -Aymar, Wallace and Saya -created a show, and the story I wrote for the video fit perfectly. Through conversations between Wallace and Aymar, and all of us, we were able to collaborate and link our visions in a video directed by Aceb00bap and produced by Aymar and Futurehood. GS Do you have plans for additional videos for songs from blackie?RK I have plans to make videos for the story that is blackie. I've been talking with Aymar about getting back to work.GS Finally, would you say that homophobia is on its way out when it comes to hip-hop?RK Im not sure. Homophobia would have to be on its way out in America first. When people are discriminated against at their jobs, through government, and healthcare systems, those are things you can't take. People can make music and tell their own stories. That's what hip-hop is. When homophobia is affecting peoples access to humanity and their livelihood, theres a bigger issue there. for this album, show how things have not changed from the time he said these quotes. And one must wonder, how two black queens from different lifetimes and time periods are saying the same thing. These messages are the same. Where you question what your role and future is in a country that you have given so much to. The contributions to American culture. s overlooked. James says this. I say this. GS MRMR contains a couple of samples, the first being from the movie Willie Dynamite. Please tell me something about the inclusion of that.RK In my healing and my transformation, I wanted to highlight the importance of what he was saying. The importance of vision. It was also part of black stories that I wanted to add. The entire story is a trip through being a black American from negro spirituals to blues to jazz and rap, blaxploitation eras, and afrobeat. I wanted it to be audio genealogy.GS Singer/actor/author, and former Harlette, Jenifer Lewis is also sampled in MRMR. Please say something about your connection to Jenifer.RK She represents a divine black feminine that is able to discipline and love you and be funny at the same time. She reminds me of my mother and grandmother. I learned that message and wanted to show that it was a key in my development.GS Whats involved in your selection process of music samples?RK My producer actually chooses many of the beats and sends them to me; or plays them in a session. It just has to feel right. If my mouth and body start moving to the beat, thats how I know thats the one. 76 |


TO THINE OWN SELFS BE TRUE SELF-LOVE & SELF ESTEEM By Rev. Patrick Rogers, MDiv.T he struggle of the journey and lack of actualization regarding self-love and self-esteem has been significantly influenced by the historical church. We have been taught through the patriarchal lens of biblical interpretation that the church itself (meaning church leadership) is sanctified and the authority of all biblical teachings and unless we are in those positions, we are to listen and trust and obey. We are less than. We were taught that we arent worthy of the ability to listen directly to God and interpret and understand the workings of Gods love regarding the direction and pathway for our lives in the here and now and the thereafter. We were taught that God only spoke directly to the Peter, Paul, and Mary's of this world, and not directly to the average human. Thus, if I am not recognized as a Peter, Paul, or a Mary, I am not worthy and considered less than in Gods sight. We were taught these misconceptions, but they are not the message nor the intent of the Divine. These teachings are false as demonstrated in the Doubting Thomas story when Jesus invites Thomas to touch the nail marks in His hands and also to place his hand in Jesus side. Jesus invites each one of us to have that type of individual, personal, and intimate spiritual relationship with the divine! I grew up in a denomination who firmly believes that if a member questions the leaderships interpretation of the sacred scriptures, that your faith has been compromised, you are possibly possessed by Satan and you must be ostracized until you are exorcised. Men were subservient to God, women subservient to men, children subservient to parents, oppressed subservient to oppressors and on and on. The focus was humanitys power over one another. Humanity took on a full time job regarding creating illusions of being less than through division among people including sex, class, religion, culture, race, sexual orientation, social and financial status, and countless other separative concepts which led to humanitys definition of power and success. We build walls that divide us. Its time for a reformation 78 |


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of the meaning of power and success. What does it mean to be truly happy? On which side of the fence and where do we find peace? Can it be good to be powerful? When one adds on the biblical teachings of the importance and requirements of being humble, the chances for self-love and self-esteem dwindle. We get confused with the fact that one can be humble yet powerful. Jesus was humble not arrogant. Jesus was confident not prideful. And one issue that conservatives and liberals agree on is that Jesus was and is powerful. Yet even though we were created in Gods image and Jesus informed us that we could do greater things than he, that is not the focus of the message from most churches. The focus is that we are not worthy and the only thing that saves us is grace. One has to look past what societys interpretations are of success, peace and love. One must look past all the roadblocks, obstacles, and negativity from others that come in the form of prejudice, judgment, ignorance, and hate that block our paths. We were created in the image of the divine. If our image of the divine is one who is judgmental, angry, fearful, and revengeful, then that is who we become. But, if our image of the divine is love, compassion, caring, parental connection, and filled with mercy and grace as a foundation, that is who we become. When you purchase a new appliance for your home, new television or computer, the instructions always come with a Quick Guide The guide helps us not to get lost in the page after page of endless details and teaches us how to accomplish our goal without diversion and quickly. Success is guaranteed! Success can be easily achieved! Before his ascension back into heaven (note the sarcasm as he still walks alongside us), Jesus left us with a spiritual Quick Guide! Jesus knew that we would complicate his message so he made it easy for us to understand. Jesus gave us a commandment (not a suggestion): Love God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. Thank you Jesus for the Quick Guide which teaches us that self-love and self-esteem are essential to being happy and finding peace. May we accept and embrace both! And thank you RuPaul for reminding us at the end of every show How in the hell are you going to love somebody if you don't love yourself! God speaks in the most creative, blessed, and wonderful ways! Rev. Patrick Rogers, MDiv. Community Activist and Senior Pastor at United Church of Christ Fort Lauderdale | 81


IS PINK SUB COMING OUT OF HIBERNATION? Yes! Pink Sub will be slowly waking up in May! Keep your eyes open for all of the buzz! Pink Sub relocated and Pride Catering FTL has joined the family to transform a dingy warehouse unit into a premier iconic retail, Take & Go Gourmet Sandwich Shop and Enhancements will include a retail storefront and the unique outside branding of Pink Sub to fit the Art Culinary District dcor of Oakland Park. Pink Subs new facility has been designed to accommodate our rapid growth in catering needs from casual to elegant affairs, yet maintaining our famous lunch experience. Our restaurant style kitchen features large glass portal windows to watch all of the action taking place on multiple 16 foot prep-stations plus an in-kitchen tasting station where our chefs will take it to the next level for clients. This is sure to be a point of interest for our hungry folks throughout the community and beyond to reflect on their next catered event. Our goals and dreams are lofty, but we are working to become a premier small business in Oakland Park and the local community. Some things will never change though. Pink Sub has a long history of being a part of charitable causes in the local area such as Poverello, Broward House, The Pride Center at Equality Park, Sun Serve, Stone Wall Museum & Archives, and The World Aids Museum. As Pink Sub perfects our new Take and Go services, we will continue to focus on our famous quality gourmet sandwiches, sides and dessert options and new creations, the Rear Admiral and the Petty Officer. Our fast counter/kitchen design and waiting area will spread our food options to customers on the run or those at a slower pace. We have built relationships with many local delivery services to bring our food to the homes and business throughout the area, e.g. Grubhub, DoorDash, Postmates, and Delivery Dudes to name a few. But we will take it a step further, introducing Pink Sub It is designed for our busy local business customers who want a more direct personal experience to lunch. Our staff of concierges will be there when hunger counts! They will be dedicated to their customers, offering personal interaction, delivery and set-up services as needed. We look forward to introducing our new service to the business community. Look for upcoming new service options likePink Breakfast Take & Go and our new Pink Bistro events. THIS IS A SPONSORED EDITORIAL.


WHY ARE MY TAXES SO MUCH HIGHER THIS YEAR? By Marty Kiar I n January 2017, these exemptions were removed and the property reassessed based upon your 2016 purchase price and that of other qualified sales of comparable properties. As a result of this reassessment, you probably experienced an increase in the 2017 property taxes for your home. Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid this increase the year after you purchase the property as this reassessment is explicitly required by Florida law (Sections 192.042, 193.011 and 193.155, Florida Statutes). While Homestead Exemption saves the average homeowner $600 $1,000 in taxes, it also allows for the Save Our Homes cap beginning the year after you receive Homestead Exemption. This cap limits increases to the assessed/Save Our Homes value to no more than 3% per year regardless of increases to the just value. This is why similar properties can be paying significantly different tax amounts and why there may be an increase in taxes when the Save Our Homes Value is reset. The Save Our Homes cap for 2018 is 2.1% rather than the 3% maximum. Should you have any questions about Homestead Exemption or the Save Our Homes cap, please contact our Customer Service Department at 954.357.6830. Our staff is readily available to assist you at various community events around the county. To see where our representatives will be, simply visit our Event Calendar online at www.bcpa. net/Events.asp. Look for one of our BCPA tents at these great events and staff will be happy to help you complete your exemption application or answer any questions you may have. The Broward County Property Appraisers Mobile Exemption & Information Team is at The Pride Center at Equality Park (2040 N Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, FL 33305) on the 2nd Tuesday of each month between 10:00am-12:00pm to assist residents with exemptions and other property related matters. If my office can ever be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at (954) 357-6904 or by email at Take care, Marty Kiar The Property Appraisers Office does not set or collect taxes, we simply assess property for tax purposes and grant exemptions to qualified individuals. When you purchase your home, you typically inherit the previous owners Homestead Exemption and their lower Save Our Homes value -but those savings automatically expire at the end of the year. F or example, if you purchased your property in 2016, you inherited the previous owners exemptions and lower Save Our Homes value for last year. The Broward County Property Appraisers Office is located at 115 S Andrews Avenue, Room # 111, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Follow our office at: and Marty Kiar is the Broward County Property Appraiser and longtime advocate for LGBTQ equality. 84 |


ANOTHER TIME OF HER LIFE: AN INTERVIEW WITH JENNIFER WARNES By Gregg Shapiro Photo By HerclayheartGregg Shapiro: As you know, 17 years passed between your new album Another Time, Another Place and its predecessor The Well. Jennifer Warnes: It did [big laugh]? GS Why was now the right time to put out a new album?JW Why? Because there might not be another chance [laughs]. It was (just) do it! I could see what was happening to the world, what was happening to my life. I intuitively sensed that there was a small group of people who might want to be comforted in some way. I wanted to do that. I didnt know whether I could. I called Roscoe (Beck), who had done Famous Blue Raincoat with me. I said, We know how to do this, why arent we doing this? He said, Yes, lets start. We started and then in the middle of this project a number of people who were very close to me left the planet. I just kept singing through it. By the time I delivered the album, I had quite a backlog of deep feeling that had not been dealt with. Ever since last November Ive just been slogging through life realizing what had happened. But the overarching wisdom in all of this is that music is what heals us. I wanted to be healed myself, so I kept singing. I wanted to give it away to others so that they could feel good because, lord knows, we need a reason to feel good. J ennifer Warnes has one of the most immediately recognizable voices of any singer in modern pop music. Whether shes singing her own hit singles, such as Right Time of the Night, duetting on a movie theme song, as in Up Where We Belong with Joe Cocker (from An Officer and A Gentleman) or (Ive Had) The Time of My Life with Bill Medley (from Dirty Dancing) or reinterpreting the work of Leonard Cohen on Famous Blue Raincoat, you know its her singing the minute she opens her mouth. In the 17 years that passed between the release of her new album Another Time, Another Place and its 2001 predecessor The Well, Warnes has suffered several losses in her life, including the passing of Cohen (with whom she toured and recorded) in 2016. With Another Time, Another Place, Warnes began a personal healing process that she hopes can extend to listeners, many of whom are also in desperate need of restoration during these troubled times. I had the honor of speaking with Jennifer in March 2018, shortly before the release of the new album. 86 |


GS You have a long history of fascinating choices in cover material on previous albums, in addition to Leonard Cohen, including songs by Tom Waits and The Waterboys. Another Time, Another Place is no exception with songs by Pearl Jam and Dire Straits. Whats involved in your process of selecting material in general, and then specifically for Another Time, Another Place.JW I cant say in general because it bypasses my brain. It just resonates or it doesnt. Depending on what Im living, what Im doing. I change from day to day. However, specifically for this record, I called the great Mary Martin (who put Bob Dylan together with The Band), and asked her, What kind of songs am I going to sing? What should I do? She said, Be personal. Make sure s personalI wondered about that, and thought, I can be just as superficial as the next person [laughs]. I said, Why personalAnd she said, Its needed! Then I started to screen everything through that criteria and there was nothing that felt personal to me. That was because a lot of the songs that were being sent to me were great pop songs, but they didnt have lyrical content that rang any of my inner bells. It took a long time to find 10 songs that I could sing with honesty at this age and time in the world. I wanted them to be timely. I wanted them to speak to the people that are like me and to help them in some way. I wanted it to be honest, but I didnt want it to be heavy. Id already done Leonard Cohens work, so I didnt want to enter that world again. I wanted to enter another area that was about music and emotion and simplicity. Another title (for the album) could be Songs You Could Really Use [laughs]. I like songs that you can really use. In my world that means they free you emotionally. Thats how I did it and we didnt have a plan. We just embarked on a little boat and started going out into the wild sea and whatever was there we dealt with. GS Another Time, Another Place contains the original tune The Boys and Me. What can you tell me about how that song came to be?JW s just about the guys in the band. Roscoe, Mitch (Watkins), Bill Ginn, Paul Ostermayer and all these guys who were on the bus with me in Canada being free. In my lifetime, there were so few women allowed into those worlds that it was worth celebrating. I wanted to say to the world Im over here. Im not behind a stove, Im not rocking a baby. Im doing this with a bunch of sweet men. Its wonderful and I feel alive. I wanted to say that. I also didnt want to insult my sisters who did the other.GS You wanted to be respectful.JW Always. GS Im so glad you mentioned those musicians because from the very beginning you have worked with a stellar array of musicians on your albums, and the same holds true of Another Time, Another Place. What do you look for in a musical collaborator?JW If you do it for 50 years, you eventually come to understand that theres a there out there. Theres a place you can go to. And everybody onstage or in the recording studio can go there, too. You meet out there in a dream state, or whatever you want to call it, and you dance a bit. You have a bit of communication and interaction, a conversation, a community. I get to see the content of the souls of the people Im onstage with. Its a collaborative art. Every musician who gives their life to music has experienced this on many occasions. It must be like having an out-of-body experience because you have such spontaneous affection for the people with whom you are in that state. Thats what happens to all of us who do it for our lifes work. I choose the guys who I know can go there. The musicians on this record are all already living there, I wouldnt have to explain it. When they come over and bring instruments you know that youre going to go somewhere together another time, another place and its going to be very sweet. Your personality drops away and the only thing you see of the other is their | 87


true nature. Some of the sweetest people appear in recording studios and on stages, and if the musicians are really feeling it, so is the audience. Its not unlike finding a soulmate. But s a whole bunch of soulmates. Unfortunately, there arent that many women in the group, but there are more and more coming. I like it to be equal, but in my time, it was never equal.GS Thank you for bringing up women. The presence of lesbian singer/songwriter Ruthie Foster on the song Freedom made me wonder if you are aware of an LGBTQ following for your career and music.JW Im not aware of a strong following, but I know the gay community embraces my work. But I dont know to what extent. Two of my best friends are gay and I see them practically every day. I dont care about gender and I dont care about sexual orientation, as long as youre a good person.GS The expanded 20th anniversary edition of Famous Blue Raincoat was released in 2007 and was followed by expanded reissues of later albums The Hunter and The Well. Are there any plans for expanded reissues of the albums from your Warner Brothers and Arista years?JW I would love to have someone help me put together an anthology. Because my discography is all over the map, I was an independent contractor for many years, the gathering of the rights is a little tricky. Ive been talking to my gay friend (that I mentioned earlier) who may roll up his sleeves and get involved in pulling together an anthology. Its a little bit of a licensing nightmare. I havent done it. I wanted to make new music. I felt like my fans wanted to hear new music. They were tired of polishing the old stuff.GS The songs It Goes Like It Goes from Norma Rae, and Up Where We Belong from An Officer and a Gentleman, One More Hour from Ragtime and (Ive Had) the Time of My Life from Dirty Dancing, earned you the unofficial title of Movie Theme Song Queen throughout the 1980s. Would you like to record more movie theme songs?JW Sure! Yes, of course. I just did that documentary A Plastic Ocean, the environmental film. That was nice. I love singing to pictures. The reason I think I have success with films is that I dont have that much of an ego. In other words, I can sublimate myself to the story or the film or duet partner. Whatever. When Im singing too, I tend to lean in towards the job. Ive had success with films because I love to sing to pictures.GS Finally, 2018 marks 50 years since the release of your debut album I Can Remember Everything. What does it mean to you to have had a recording career of such an impressive length?JW [Laughs] Im grateful, just grateful. Lucky and grateful. Everybodys got the same problem were all going to die. We all have something we love to do and we all tussle with the same issues. I dont know that theres any clean career thats smooth sailing anywhere. Mines been very bumpy, but I am so grateful to the creator that made us all, that I could actually make another record. Id like to make another, but thats up to the forces. 90 |


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