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010 palette summer 2015letter THE POWER OF UNITY The response to Palette s debut issue has been overwhelming and shows that a publication of this kind has been long overdue in South Florida. While we are making strides with the Supreme Courts pending verdict on marriage rights, we must acknowledge that there are still many battles ahead. Even if equal marriage rights are at last achieved, as a community we still endure hostile school and workplace environments, discrimination for adoptions and in parenting, a lack of gender-neutral public facilities inclusion and acceptance. Among the honorees were Elaine Lancaster, Judy and Dennis Shepard and, the remarkable local pro le subject for this issue, Jazz Jennings. In case you havent been paying attention this past year, Jazz is a 14-year-old transgender girl, a creative, an activist and the star of the upcoming TLC docuseries I Am Jazz. Spend 10 minutes listening to her speak, and you almost forget that she is not only trying to get through the dif cult teen years, but also going through her own transition. She is one of the reasons I am so in awe of our younger generation. It is admirable to see young kids being out, open and vocal about who they are, especially in a country where childhood bullying has traditionally been accepted as a rite of passage. And because of technology and social media, the torment can now be ubiquitous and unrelenting. But technology has also been a powerful ally in our struggle. The topic of transgender rights has been trending prominently in social media, thanks in large part to Laverne Coxs historic Emmy nomination for Orange is the New Black, the many awards earned by the Amazon television series T ransparent and Caitlyn Jenners long-overdue introduction to the world. So own that power. Send your tweets to @palettelgbt or drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram as well. This is your magazine. Use the power for good. Stay Gold, Ethan Duran Creative Director Lissette Schaef er and alarming rates of youth homelessness and suicide. The ght is by no means over. This is why its important that we celebrate our victories. And celebrate we have, at a number of recent events, including Champions of Equality and the Diversity Honors gala this past May. Champions of Equality recognized the efforts of local activists, including Arianna Lint, Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen and Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg at FIU. The Diversity Honors gala a collaboration between The Harvey Milk Foundation and The Pride Center honored individuals leading the charge to promote @ palettelgbt @ palettelgbt Palette LGBTFollow Us:
012 palette summer 2015shout out TONY LIMAExecutive DirectorSAVE We must continue to push for transgenderinclusive nondiscrimination laws at the national and statewide levels such as the Employee Nondiscrimination Act and the Florida Competitive Workforce Act. Barring the adoption of such policies at those levels of government, we must continue to ght at the local level to secure and defend laws such as the trans-inclusive Human Rights Ordinance that SAVE helped pass in MiamiDade County in late 2014. WEASKED What do you think would improve prospects for the transgender community in South Florida? DR. SHED BORENExecutive DirectorCamillus House We all need to respect people and see the beauty in diversity. Differences should be celebrated, not condemned. This would improve prospects for all of us. According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, nearly one in three persons who are transgender are turned away from shelters. Camillus follows a concept called Charity Unlimited, which means that charity, kindness and compassion are not limited. We not only respect individuality, but we strive to accommodate each person in a manner that is respectful of human dignity. JASON GIBSONAssociate General CounselEquity One I think that prospects for the transgender community in South Florida would improve tremendously with outreach and education. This community faces some issues that are unique. For instance, a gay man or a lesbian may not have to deal with the issue of using public restrooms that are gender speci c or the history and perceptions of the mental health theories surrounding gender dysphoria. Since the issues dont necessarily translate, there needs to be a concerted effort to educate even those who might be considered allies. Advocacy and activism for the transgender community can get elevated to the next level once the needs can be understood. DAMIAN PARDOFinancial Advisor Morgan Stanley Prospects would improve by simultaneously focusing on advocacy and education. First, change laws to treat transgender people equally laws like the Florida Competitive Workforce Act and hold elected of cials that vote and work against the LGBT community accountable. We also need to educate the general public on the needs of the transgender community. This may be by providing gender neutral bathrooms or by calling transgender individuals by their chosen names and using appropriate pronouns. The government needs to include the transgender community in existing programs and the medical community needs to be better educated so that trans patients can openly discuss their health concerns. MIAMI HERALD PRESIDENT & PUBLISHER ALEXANDRA VILLOCH VICE PRESIDENT OF ADVERTISING SAMUEL BROWN SALES DIRECTOR DONNA DICKEY ADVERTISING MANAGER KRISTINA SCHULZ-CORRALES HCP ABOARD PUBLISHING PRESIDENT & PUBLISHER ERIN ZILIS CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER GIOVANNA SANCHEZ CREATIVE DIRECTOR ETHAN DURAN EDITORIAL DIRECTOR DESIRE BLANCO SENIOR EDITOR SOLE SASTRE ASSOCIATE EDITOR VANESSA MARTIN DESIGN DIRECTOR ALFREDO AEZ ART DIRECTOR S JESSICA BECERRA-ORTIZ, CARLOS MARTN PRODUCTION DIRECTOR LUISA ZELAYA-MORILLO ADVERTISING SERVICES COORDINATOR CLAUDIA STAEBLEIN DISTRIBUTION MANAGER WALTER FRANCO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF ADVERTISING EWALD FUCHS SALES ANDREW BERMAN MARC RUEHLE JOHN TRABANCO SALES OPERATIONS MANAGER JEANIE SCHOONMAKER KEYNOTER PUBLISHER RICHARD TAMBORRINO SALES VALERIE SERRA Advertising, sales and distribution information: 305.376.2801 email@example.com/palette A special publication produced by paletteDamian Pardo:Lissette Schaef er
014 palette summer 2015contributors CHRISTINA MENDENHALL Since she was a child, Christina has had a passion for photographing and lming an array of different subjects. Shes been blessed with a gift for seeing the world in a unique way, and photography has given her the opportunity to explore this strange and beautiful world. She has documented everything from live music, people and street life to natural environments, sports, politics and architecture. ThroughTheShutter.com GETCONNECTED Steve Rothaus covers LGBT issues in South Florida and is also the Miami Herald s assistant community news editor. Dont forget to check out Steve Rothaus Gay South Florida News in the Miami Herald and at miamiherald.com or follow his Twitter account, @SteveRothaus for the latest information about our community. JUSTIN TRABERT Justin has been in the fashion and luxury industry for over 18 years, during which he collaborated with such notable organizations as the Jeffrey store in New York City, Hugo Boss, Nanette Lepore and Y-3 Adidas. In his new role as the National Brand Ambassador for Christo e Paris, he is a leader in the home dcor and gift market and a knowledgeable expert in both traditional and modern day etiquette training. JULIE BALTER Julie is a writer, yogi and calculated risktaker. Her career has included everything from her 10+ years as a Screen Actors Guild Florida Branch executive to her current role for LGBT-based marketing campaigns, such as Kiss For Equality. Shes a former yoga instructor at Prana Yoga in Miami, the blog creator of Yogi After Forty and a contributing writer for Elephant Journal. yogiafterforty.com RICK KARLIN Rick is an author, editor, columnist and playwright. In addition to Palette he has also been a contributor to South Florida Gay News, Florida Agenda, boiMAGazine, OutTraveler.com, ChicagoPride.com, Metromix.com, Chicago Free Press, Wisconsin Gazette, Nightlines, Not for Tourists, Outlines, Windy City Times, Gay Chicago Magazine, Bay Area Reporter and GayLife. He has written three novels, and dozens of his plays have been produced. The most recent, the musical Witches Among Us, played to sold out houses for six weeks in Chicago. ANDREW PRINTER Originally from England, Andrew is an artist, writer and photographer. Andrews arts coverage has been recognized with three Press Club awards. His video-work has been broadcast internationally, and his photography is included in several national and private collections. He currently lives in Key West. andrewprinter.com CARINA MASK A photographer based out of South Florida, Carina was taken ahold by wanderlust ever since she was little. She loves to travel and take photos of landscapes and portraits. Being half Japanese, she spent a lot of time overseas being exposed to different cultures. She has a passion for documenting and exploring how people from diverse backgrounds see the world. SeaofColour.com Steve Rothaus: Carl Juste; Christina Mendenhall: Kaare Iverson; Carina Mask: John Landers
016 palette summer 2015in tune A Different View After a 10-year career in front of the camera, supermodel Ellen von Unwerth decided she much preferred the other side of the lens. Her now famous shoot with Claudia Schiffer turned von Unwerth into an instant celebrity photographer. Other models she has photographed include Beyonce, Janet Jackson and Christina Aguilera, to name a few. Her latest book, Ellen von Unwerth: Frulein includes a collection of unpublished images that span the last 15 years. Playful, revealing and sexually charged shots of Kate Moss, Eva Mendes and Dita von Teese, among many other notable names, grace its pages with a sense of reverence, romance and an eye toward erotic feminity a von Unwerth trademark. The beautiful book is available from TASCHEN Books at taschen.com The Show Must Go On After two years in production, Mika s latest effort No Place in Heaven was released last month to great acclaim. Reminiscent of classic pop albums of the 1970s think vintage Elton John the singer-songwriters talents are in full display, but so too is a more con dent air about him. Last Party, one of two tracks available as instant downloads for fans who digitally pre-ordered the album, is a heart-felt ode to the late Freddy Mercury. Starting off as a simple ballad, the song builds up with a poignant optimism that celebrates the beauty of life, however ephemeral that may be. The upbeat Talk About You, also instantly available for digital pre-orders, is a sweet, danceable pop song thats the albums lead single. Though not as hard-hitting as Last Party, its sure to become a summer standard. Give in to erotic femininity, decadent partying or the itch to pick a ght with this summers indulgent o erings. TEMPTING TREATS by GRANT JAMES The sun and sultry heat of summer can make temperatures rise quickly. Fortunately, theres plenty of entertainment on hand to draw your attention this season. Indulge at your own risk. Knock-Out Debut Its no surprise that Mortal Kombat X is enjoying the biggest launch in the games history. But thats not the only news coming from the acclaimed ghting franchise. This latest edition also features the addition of a new character: Kung Jin, the rst gay member of the games deadly cast. Jin, a thief turned monk, makes subtle references to his sexuality in a ashback scene. I cant.... They wont accept... Jin trails off before the iconic Raiden interjects, They care only about what is in your heart; not whom your heart desires. And for that, we love you Raiden. Claudia Schiffer in Ellen von Unwerth: Frulein and Mortal Kombat Xs Kung Jin TASCHEN Books; Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
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026the dish Go ahead, stay in bed and then head to one of these outstanding spots where you can have your late morning and get your nosh in, too! THE BRUNCH BUNCH by RICK KARLIN Fire ys shrimp and grits Nick Doll PhotographyBrunch is the ultimate luxury. Simply by opting for this meal you say to the world, I couldnt be bothered to rise early enough for breakfast. Even the dishes on brunch menus are lavish, certainly more so than what you would nd in a regular morning spread. Various sources pin the origins of brunch back to the kinds of extravagant breakfasts held before hunts in Victorian England. Others credit this in-between meal to celebrities traveling by train from Hollywood to New York and grabbing a late morning bite during their stopover in Chicago. Whatever the origins may be, a number of South Florida spots can address your need for a sprawling meal that run the gamut from luxurious formal buffets to fun and sassy casual spots. Island Indulgences With its inviting second story balcony and rich, comforting menu, Fire y is one of the must dine brunch spots in Key West. Start your meal with at least one order of fresh-baked buttermilk biscuits, which you can enjoy plain, with just a dab of butter or with the delicious house-made jam. Alternatively, you can always turn them into the foundation of a hearty meal, topped with sausage gravy and eggs. And if you really want to be decadent, add some spicy fried chicken or a chicken-fried steak to your humble biscuit and turn it into an all-out Southern affair. Many of the other starters may sound simple, but pack intense avors. There are also a number of other Southern classics, including shrimp and grits and fried chicken and pecan waf es, as well as more standard breakfast and lunch fare like pancakes, eggs, bacon, a variety of sandwiches, burgers and salads, that round out the wealth of options. And, in true Conch Republic style, brunch at Fire y is a daily event. re ykeywest.com For Bullish Appetites Toro Toro is the place to see and be seen in downtown Miami, as much for the pan-Latin cuisine as for the inventive cocktails and down-right cool ambience. On Sundays between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. the tone gets decidedly more indulgent thanks to a high-end brunch buffet, served with bottomless mimosas and bloody marys. Though already lavish, the buffet can be upgraded to include bottomless Champagne Taittinger. The starters on the buffet are indisputably yummy especially the crostini with Serrano ham quinoa salad, asparagus with chimichurri and tortilla Espaola. But you should save your appetite for the big ticket items. The massive seafood bar features chilled shrimp, mussels, oysters and ceviche shots, and a carving station features Brazilian-style grilled meats, chicken and sh. Waf es and egg dishes are prepared to order at their own station, as is the bananas foster a standout among the dessert options. torotoromiami.com On a First-Name Basis If you prefer your brunch experience to be loud, raucous and quirky, you cant do better than Rosies located in the heart
palette summer 2015 TORO TORO IS THE PLACE TO SEE AND BE SEEN IN DOWNTOWN MIAMI, AS MUCH FOR THE PAN-LATIN CUISINE AS FOR THE INVENTIVE COCKTAILS AND DOWNRIGHT COOL AMBIENCE. Rosies breakfast tacos and the spread at Toro Toro From top: Carina Mask; Courtesy of InterContinental Miamiof Wilton Manors. Sit at the patio tables and youll forget that Wilton Drive is right on the other side of the hedge. The wait staff is (mostly) young, friendly and sassy, and the menu offers a multitude of puns and double entendres for your ordering entertainment. While weve all heard of the breakfast burrito, Rosies offers the breakfast taco: two corn pancakes stuffed with slow-simmered pork in mojo sauce, scrambled eggs and queso blanco. They also feature four versions of the classic eggs Benedict, including one that swaps out the Canadian bacon for fried green tomatoes. For dessert consider the Fat Elvis, which consists of a large, ripe banana smothered in crunchy peanut butter and stuffed into challah. The entire package is then dipped in Rosies delicious French toast mix, coated with corn akes and deep fried til crunchy. If you would like to live longer than the dishs namesake, share it with a fellow culinary adventurer, and wash it all down with one of the many drink specials, which are poured liberally. rosiesbng.com A Delicious Oasis Tucked away just off Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, youll nd Sundy House a Queen Anne-style structure that was built in 1902 by Delray Beachs rst Mayor, John Sundy. The beautiful property once served as the citys rst church, bank and schoolhouse. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is home to a restaurant and an inn. One of the most amazing aspects of Sundy House is the serenity afforded by the Taru Garden and its fresh water pool. Brunch is served underneath the lush canopy there, and the meal includes carving stations, traditional and inventive breakfast options, mimosas and bloody marys. The recently added Saturday brunch offers an a la carte menu that features freshly made donuts and delicious twists on classic entrees such as a blue crab Benedict and Nutella stuffed French toast. For those who take a more lunch-like approach to the meal, a burger, sh tacos or chicken paillard served over a salad of watercress, fennel, endive and citrus segments are all pleasant options as well. sundyhouse.com
028 palette summer 2015after hours by GRANT JAMES The Matador Bar at the recently opened Miami Beach EDITION Courtesy of Miami Beach EDITION When it comes to how you get your drinks, a number of bars at local hotels and resorts are upping the ante in a way thats unpretentious but re ned. A Shining Pearl Tucked away on Duval Street is one of the most luxurious hotels in Key West: The Crowne Plaza La Concha. When it opened in 1926, the hotel offered a very different kind of space. Marble oors, private baths, opulent dcor and wide ocean views made it the talk of the town. Luxurious rooms aside, La Conchas bars are its standout feature. 430 Duval is the lobby lounge, bar and restaurant that specializes in signature cocktails made by a talented crew of mixologists. If craft cocktails arent your thing, then head to Wine-O which carries more than 200 labels from around the globe. Wine-Os sommelier, Chance Parker, will expertly pair your wine of choice with the perfect Godiva chocolate. laconchakeywest.com Grand Escapade Ocean-front dining and poolside cocktails make visiting the Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale a must for those who want to treat themselves. The O2K lounge offers the perfect seaside setting to enjoy a well-crafted drink or two. Their 13 for 13 Handcrafted Cocktails menu features a curated selection of avorful drinks that tantalize the taste buds. Perfectly sized small plates compliment the cocktails served at the scenic bar, which overlooks both the tropical pool and the Atlantic Ocean. Every Monday is Mojito Madness. Order one from the inventive menu or boldly customize your own. pelicanbeach.com Raising the Bar Opening a new hotel or resort in Miami Beach is certainly an undertaking. Theres plenty of competition to be sure, but mostly its a lot of hype to live up to and people to impress. When The Miami Beach EDITION opened last December, many wondered what it would bring to the already crowded beach scene. As it turns out, visitors and locals alike have applauded the hotels elegant and urban design. Inside, theres plenty to choose from. The Matador Bar overlooks a serene pool deck thats surrounded by Lucien Clergue photos. Outside, you can enjoy luscious dining at Tropicale, which offers a fresh, light menu, complete with tropical cocktails that compliment the setting. The hotel also boasts an unlikely space in South Florida: Basement. The underground spot is equal parts nightclub, bowling alley and ice skating rink. editionhotels.com/miami-beach Classic or trendy, hotel bars are the perfect place to upgrade your cocktail experience. LUXE LIBATIONS
ITS NOT ABOUT BEING A NEW PERSON, BUT BECOMING THE PERSON YOU WERE ALREADY MEANT TO BE.Anonymous THE INCREDIBLE NUANCE OFby Nadia Dodd ALL OF US EXP ERIENCE DISCRIMINATION. But when we discuss it in terms of what the transgender community experiences, most of us have not been overtly harassed for being strange, other, or different. Religion, orientation, even signs of domestic violence can be tucked away from the public eye. But how can you hide when your body does not match who you are inside? One of the biggest motivations for my transition was my safety. I wanted to feel safe when I went out in mainstream society, says Madison, a transgender woman who lives, works and studies in Fort Lauderdale. Her story of coming out twice within the connes of a strict, religious family is unfortunately all too common, and her yearning for the most basic of human rights safety is revealing of societys intolerance for anything outside the gender norm. While members of the LGB community have made great strides in the last decade, especially in regards to marriage equality, the transgender segment has celebrated few reforms primarily a federal court decision in March that prohibits discrimination against transgender patients and the subsequent announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services that insurers are not allowed to require co-pays or deny patients preventive care based on their birth gender. But those victories have been tempered by an alarming increase in violence. For most, the violence is self-inicted from smoking, drug and alcohol abuse and self-mutilation to a breathtaking suicide rate of almost 50 percent. Some, in the throes of homelessness and helplessness, eke out a dangerous living through sex work. The downward spiral of illegal activity, incarceration, depression and more violence just feeds on itself viciously. Others become the victims of violence. In 2013, more than half of all LGBT homicide victims were transgender women of color. So far in 2015, there have been eight transgender homicides in the U.S. Some are killed by partners; others by complete strangers. But the underlying causes for their tragic ends seem to stem from a mistrust born out of fear for what is different.
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says Arianna Lint, Director of Transgender Services for Sun Serve in Miami. By not including us, they are saying it is okay to kill us, that our lives dont matter. The death of Kristina Grant Innity of Coral Gables in February touched an already raw nerve, inciting local activists to participate in an event last March in Tallahassee titled Lobby Days. Participants wanted to bring more attention to this epidemic of violence. These sobering events and sad statistics are precisely why Madison is pursuing a psychology degree. I think that we need more positive role models, she says. I think were starting to see some in the light with Laverne Cox, Janet Mock and other people of that sort, but even their message and their avenue of publication is not venturing far enough into the trans community to our younger girls that are growing up. Im looking forward to reaching out to the earlier trans girls and the ones who are starting out to help them understand that their trans identity is denable only by them, she says. We need more role models that are speaking less about validation from others, because thats where a lot of our dysphoria comes from and thats where a lot of our troubles come from. But change is taking place. Though slow, its encouraging to see that the media has picked up on it, and there appears to be a swell of popular support. Broward county teen Jazz Jennings wrote a book titled I Am Jazz, which presents the story of a child discovering her own gender identity. She also founded the TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation, through which she offers a voice of understanding and a message of love and unity. She has been recognized by a multitude of non-prots for her advocacy work and will star in a TLC docuseries about her life thats set to premier on July 15. While a visible and impactful part of the transgender rights movement seems to be powered by the efforts of transgender children boldly expressing their true identities at earlier ages, stories like that of Aydian Dowling cannot be ignored. Dowling is on the verge of becoming the rst transgender man on the cover of Mens Health magazine, and while the winner of the Ultimate Guy contest is determined by the judges, Dowlings popular vote is blowing the competition out of the water. As of press time, he had four times as many votes as the next contender, and the outpouring of support has been staggering and afrming. Dowling is also a personal trainer and the founder and CEO of Point 5cc, a transgender clothing and accessories company. Bruce Jenners moving 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer in April wrested a human beings very private life out of the tabloid circus it was descending into and treated the story with dignity and respect, paving the way for Jenner to emerge later as Caitlyn. Fictional accounts of transgender lives have taken the airwaves, too. The character of Maya Avant in CBSs The Bold and The Beautiful was recently revealed to be transgender. And ABC Family just launched its new docuseries, Becoming Us this past June. The whole movement seems to have taken off with Netixs Orange is the New Black and Amazons award-winning series, Transparent. METAMORPHOSISThough changing social perspectives is key, the biggest hurdle to overcome and the greatest shift in attitudes would come from changes within the home. If a parent is well-educated and well sourced with services and support groups, theyre more willing to allow their child to blossom at their own time, instead of trying to suppress the issue, says Madison. I think the rst thing to understand is to remind [parents] it is their duty to uphold, support, love and nurture their child. I would remind them that they would still love SEEKING EQUITY The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and The National Center for Transgender Equality broke ground with the National Transgender Discrimination Survey of 2011. In the summer of 2015, they are once again assessing the status of this segment of the community with the U.S. Trans Survey. All transgender individuals are invited to share their experiences. For non-transgender Americans looking to help, the survey needs volunteers too. Visit ustranssurvey.org to register or for more information.Opposite page: Madison is pursuing a psychology degree to help support transgender youth. 033
the same child if the child was born deformed. Ive seen videos of parents going above and beyond to nurse someone who is thought typically brain dead, but at the sign of a child exuding different characteristics or different gender variations, they go into a panic. Even well-intentioned parents, like those featured in Raising Ryland by CNN Films, feel confused and alone. In a little more than 13-minutes Rylands parents capture the wonder, love and dread involved with raising a gender nonconforming child. Becoming a supportive parent is not something that takes place overnight. In fact, transitioning or supporting a child through transition takes money, time, patience and, most importantly, courage. Everything from getting the acceptance of family and peers during the change to navigating the labyrinthine process of updating identication, can take years, making daily existence much more complicated. In fact, only 21 percent of transgender people have been able to update all of their IDs to match their true identity. While living with outdated documents is something many experience think: old addresses, unmarried surnames transgender Americans have been harassed, asked to leave or even assaulted because of their non-matching IDs. And that makes landing a job or even keeping one even harder.FAMILY ACCEPTANCE IS CRUCIAL THE WORKPLACETransgender Americans face an unbelievable amount of workplace discrimination. Some endure harassment, ridicule and even violence at the hands of their colleagues. Others may be terminated for deciding to transition. Blatant judgment and marginalization can run the gamut from being socially ostracized to being denied services like access to a restroom or health benets. These practices are so rampant that 57 percent of transgender individuals delay their transition and 71 percent choose to hide their gender in order to maintain their jobs, according to the 2011 survey run by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. And employment is key. According to the same study, members of the transgender community are four times more likely to become homeless after losing a job and experience double the rate of unemployment. The inability to get a job or keep it makes the socio-economic ramications of discrimination one of the main hardships advocates seek to rectify. Meaningful change, the kind that is not a passing trend, happens slowly, but it starts with the discussions that are already taking place. We can all work on it, making the gawks turn into looks, the glares into glances and the animosity into anonymity. Let it not matter how someone looks. Lets celebrate who they are. I F F F A A A PA A A R R RE E E N N NT T T I I S W W WE E E L L LL E E E D D DU U C C CA A A T TE E E D D D A N D W W WE E E L L LL L L S S S O O OU U U R R RC C C E E ED D D W W W I I I T H S E E R R RV V V I C C E S S S A A AN N N D D D S S SU U U P P PP P P O O OR R R T T G G GR R R O O OU U U P P PS S S T T TH H H E E EY Y Y R R R E E E M M M M O O O R R RE W W W W I L L LL I N N NG G G T T T O O O A A A L L L L LO O O W W W T TH H H E E E I R C C CH H H I LD D D T T O O O B B BL O O O S S S S SO O O M M M A A AT T T T T T H H HE E E I R R R O O OW W W W W N N T T T I M M ME E E I N N NS S S T T TE E E A A AD D D O O O F F F T T TR R R Y Y Y I N N NG G G T O O O S S SU U U P P PP P P R R RE S S SS S S T H H HE E E I S S SS S S U U UE E E Aydian Dowling was a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last May. He may be the next man to win Mens Health magazines Ultimate Guy contest. 034
Clockwise: Annie Leibovitz exclusively for Vanity Fair; TIME; Amazon StudiosGracing the covers are Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox and Jeffrey Tambor as the transgender woman Maura Pfefferman in the Amazon series Transparent.
Pics ve / Shutterstock BY STEVE ROTHAUS | PHOTOS BY CHRISTINA MENDENHALL Adolescence is a tumultuous time for everyone, but sometimes one person comes along who manages to transcend the ordinary and the daunting with grace, hope and a whole lotta love.
azz Jennings, on the cusp of TV stardom, says most other teenage girls out there would just love the attention, but not her. Im just more of a reserved person. Im open and Im out there, but I also enjoy being alone, relaxing. Thats something Ive had to really sacrice, but if its a sacrice worth making, then Im going to make it, says Jazz, the South Florida girl who at age 6 came out publicly as transgender in a 2007 ABC News interview with Barbara Walters. Eight years later, Jazz is entering high school, co-wrote a book about transgender children, crafts $1,500 simple silicone mermaid tails to support her TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation, endorsed Clean & Clear skincare products and in July is set to star in an 11-episode TLC network docuseries about her family. According to Jazzs mom, Jeanette, the teen lms ve days a week with two of those days being on the weekend and still manages to keep up with school, be on a soccer team and focus on her activist efforts. But Jazz takes her nonstop role as trans-teen spokesperson quite matter-offactly. Its overwhelming, but in the end it makes life more interesting, she says. It keeps me on my feet. Jeanette describes her child as a happy, funny kid, and feels thats going to come through in the show. She has a lot of energy. Shes good at multitasking. She handles situations with grace and dignity and a lot of strength. Shes a very strong, courageous person, Jeanette says. Shes good at balancing her athletic life with her personal life, with her public life, with her advocacy work, without cracking I want to make sure shes always stable. Jeanette and husband Greg, an attorney, have three older children: daughter Arial, 19; and twin sons Sander and Griffen, 17. Jazz came along when the twins were 2. At rst, she appeared like an ordinary baby boy. But soon, her behavior became stereotypically female. From the moment she could express herself, she acted like a girl, says Jeanette, 49. I didnt think anything of it. I knew this was not normal, stereotypical boy behavior. But whatever she wanted to play with, whatever she wanted to do, I was ne with it. She was nothing like her twin brothers. She was more like my daughter. Jazz was always playing with dolls, Jeanette says. She was going into the closet. These kids have these dress-up chests and she was putting on the dresses and the makeup. The glitter. She was just raiding Aris toys. She would be prancing around in diapers, with the plastic high heels from the Disney store. I have pictures of her in diapers dressed as a little girl. Because thats what she went for. She was a baby and already telling me, Im a girl. Jeanette says that at rst, her husband gured it was just a phase. He didnt think too much of it. But she was a little more concerned and decided to do some research on it. I actually diagnosed her with gender dysphoria, she says. I went to the doctor. The pediatrician said, You know what, you need to get professional help. A specialist in treating transgender children told the Jennings that they needed to take time to monitor Jazzs behavior before determining the childs gender identity. After we got Jazz diagnosed, we didnt say OK, you can live life as a girl, so at age 3 were going to let you transition. Clockwise from top left: Jazz in her room, where she studies and makes most of her YouTube videos; with her parents, Greg and Jeanette; with her sister Arial; and working on a silicone mermaid tail for the TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation. 038 j
SHE HANDLES SITUATIONS WITH GRACE AND DIGNITY AND A LOT OF STRENGTH. JEANETTE JENNINGS 039 I Am Jazz, an 11-episode docuseries featuring South Floridas Jennings family (trans teen Jazz, her parents Greg and Jeanette, sister Arial Sander) debuts at 10 p.m. on July 15 on TLC.check out
You need to wait and see over time if she still persists. They call it persistent, insistent, consistent. Those are the three markers. And over time, if she displays that, were going to allow her to transition. At home, Jazz could dress as a girl, but Greg initially was hesitant to let her wear frilly clothes outside the house. She wanted to go out in her dresses and he felt slightly uncomfortable doing that, but he was always very loving and embraced her and never tried to make her somebody she wasnt, Jeanette says. He was just a little nervous about society being cruel and didnt want her to be made fun of. Once she was like 4-5, 040 he threw in the towel, and he knew we were going to have to let her transition. This is not going away. Greg, 47, says at rst he was oblivious to Jazzs true gender identity. I was in denial, he says. As I became more educated, I began to understand things better. Jazz was diagnosed at that point. I realized we had to love and support her. I realized Jazzs essence was truly a girl. The Jennings say they went public with Jazzs story knowing it would help other families with transgender children. My gut said, You know what? This is a good thing to do, Jeanette says. I dont see kids like this in the media
IM NOT CRAZY ABOUT DATING A LOT RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THERES JUST SO MUCH GOING ON, AND I DONT HAVE TIME FOR A BOYFRIEND OR A GIRLFRIEND, OR WHATEVER. JAZZ JENNINGSand there are so many kids out there suffering. I knew about the suicides. I knew about the depression. When you know that close to 50 percent of kids like Jazz will try to take their lives before theyre 20, you worry. You worry that other kids are going to go through this. Maybe if they saw Jazzs story, if the parents saw Jazzs story, it would help. Since 2007, the Jennings have guarded their privacy. They try to keep their true last name a secret and, until recently, have even hesitated to reveal that they live in Broward. Jennings is our pseudonym, to sort of make life easier. We try to hide our real last name as much as possible, Jeanette says. Our last name is a very Jewish, long last name. We found it easier at this point. Shes known as Jazz Jennings. With the TV show, theyre not Then Jazz acknowledges her life is a bit more complicated than that of most other kids at her school. With the whole dating thing, for example, even if I was attracted to someone and I wanted a partner, I dont think that would be available for me, she says. Because theyre not interested in me because Im transgender. A lot of people boys look at me differently, she says. They think that if they date me they are gay because they are dating another boy. In instances like this, I feel almost excluded, if thats the right word. I feel like Im being put on a different shelf. Its like they dont want to try to understand. They dont understand and they dont want to understand, she says. Though it may be lonely at times, Jazz is certainly not alone. Her family has been 041 by people passing judgments. Ive never cared what people think of me. If the people I care about think highly of me, the people I love and have in my life, if they think Im doing the right thing and they support me, thats all that matters, she says. The Jennings have much more pressing matters to worry about than whether people look kindly upon their decision to be on a TV show. Jazzs medical costs are high. For about two years, she has received testosterone blockers that prevent her from developing as an adult male. The blocker implant costs about $18,000 and lasts anywhere from one to two years. The costs are covered by Gregs group health insurance. Jeanette and I are in 100 percent agreement about how we raise Jazz, a pillar for her in this journey of selfdiscovery and that foundation has given her the condence to go forth and challenge established notions of what it means to be transgender. With a maturity beyond her years she has touched lives with her words, her very public actions and, in a very private way, with her friendship. The other day, this one boy he didnt ask me the question, but he asked one of my friends he said, You know, I dont understand the situation with Jazz. Did she choose to be transgender? Or did her parents choose for her to be transgender? I was so proud of my friends. They were like, No, no, no, no, no. Of course Jazz didnt choose. Its not a choice at all. Her parents just embraced her for it. I was proud of my friends for speaking up and saying that. how we support Jazz and on all medical aspects of things, Greg says. Jazz is pragmatic about her healthcare regimen. The medications I have to take are very easy and minimal. About to enter the ninth grade, Jazz says her peers are interested in dating, but at this point shes not. Im not crazy about dating a lot right now because theres just so much going on, and I dont have time for a boyfriend or a girlfriend or whatever, she says. All my friends are more focused on that sort of thing, like if you dont have a boyfriend then its the end of the world. For me, Im taking my time and Im going to see what happens. Of course, Im going to disclose the fact that Im transgender. Ill put it right out there. Hopefully, theyll accept me, but if they dont then thats the end of that relationship. going to tell anybody where we live. The TV show is not going to reference our true last name. The Jennings are preparing for the possible onslaught of public recognition that television brings. Im sure that when the show airs, its going to be different, says Jeanette. Ill cross that bridge when I get there. Its something I dont like to think about, honestly, but I know theres a possibility it can happen. I have to be optimistic at this point, she says. We put ourselves out there. Weve done it. Weve taken the leap of faith. I feel its the right thing to do. I feel with all the suicides and the murders that there has to be a change out there. If exposing our lives to the public can save lives, then were all for it. Some people call Jeanette a stage mother, but shes not one to be phased
THE GENDER CAPITALIST D O V E RAIN SUPERMODEL RAIN DOVE WENT FROM TRANNY DANNY TO TRANSFORMING THE FASHION INDUSTRY.Standing a slim 6'2", with dark features, piercing eyes and a masculine pout, Rain Doves androgynous physicality rapidly made her one of the fashion industrys most buzzed-about models in 2014. But her work with designers like Malan Breton, Vivienne Hu, Chromat and Rochambeau in last years New York Fashion Week is made even more intriguing when she waxes philosophical about being a gender capitalist and the sociopolitical rami cations of challenging the fashion industrys heteronormative traditions. Born female as Rain Dove Dubilewski and nicknamed Danielle by her parents, the 24-year-old grew up being ridiculed, often called Tranny Danny for her masculine physique. But the former re ghter has boldly turned the bullying into a backhanded blessing by turning what others considered a aw into her greatest asset. After modeling in Oaklands Queer Fashion Week in April, Rain will be involved in a litany of projects ranging from TV shows (Dyke Central and an unnamed project at TBS), books (Jessica Yatrofskys I Heart Girl ) and movies ( Madness and an action short about zombies) to NPRs The Moth Radio Hour and various community activism initiatives. We recently caught up with her via phone to talk about her meteoric rise in the fashion industry and the joys of exploring societys preconceptions of gender. by Bret Love | photos by BRIT KUBAT
but a owing red dress and black high heels. Others only want to see me in a smoking jacket and a pair of suspenders, walking down the street in $2,000 loafers. It has been very liberating, and its opened my eyes to how we divide ourselves. Clothing is like a feather, a fur, a scale. Its what we use, just like the animal kingdom, to tell the world how we want to be treated and what we have to offer. Its a mating call a way to get better employment opportunities and to attract a specic crowd. We limit each other by saying people can only wear specic things because their genitalia is a specic way, which is the most ridiculous thing. What do you enjoy about fashion as an outlet for exploring gender? I like it because I live it. People say its really brave what Im doing. Its not: Bravery requires a certain element of fear. Im more afraid of trying to live within the restrictive boundaries of being one gender or the other than I am of just being myself. The great thing about fashion is that you can create a very unique version How did you get into modeling?I lost a bet with another model. We were watching a Cleveland Browns game, and she told me I should be a model. I said that models are pretentious people who dont eat. She said, If you choose the winning team, Ill do you a favor. If I choose the winning team, youll go to a casting call. She won, so I went. I looked around and there were a bunch of blonde women, and they told me I was there on the wrong day. When I came back the next day, I realized it was all men. I thought they made a mistake, but I decided I might as well go with it, and they cast me. A few hours before the show they handed me my outt a pair of Calvin Klein mens underwear and I waited until 20 minutes before I was supposed to walk out on the runway. The stylist said, Why arent you in your outt? So they gave you nothing to cover your top half? Exactly. So I put on the underwear and walked out topless, breasts opping everywhere. I thought the designer was going to pass out; he was so confused. So he puts me in a big Calvin Klein mens shirt and says, Swear to God, you will not tell anyone youre a woman! I walked out and I walked back. I didnt tell anyone I was a woman. I even kissed a girl at the end of the day. The show didnt get as much publicity as the people who coordinated it wouldve liked, so they started telling people: Did you know that boy #17 was actually a girl? Thats when people started seeking me out to do other work.Is the fashion industry more liberating or restrictive?I think the fashion industry is limitless. Not everyone sees me as being part of their vision. But the people that have seen me, some of them have seen things in me that I hadnt even seen in myself. Some people cant imagine me in anything CLOTHING IS LIKE A FEATHER, A FUR, A SCALE. ITS WHAT WE USE, JUST LIKE THE ANIMAL KINGDOM, TO TELL THE WORLD HOW WE WANT TO BE TREATED AND WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER. ITS A MATING CALL.of yourself to display to the world. Im excited to be a blank canvas. A lot of people love it when I wear menswear, but Im very excited to wear womens wear because I want to help people understand that gender doesnt really exist. It is a socially constructed variable in our society. I want to show people that gender is whatever we make of ourselves. How do you feel about representations of the LGBT community within the fashion industry?Advertisements are severely lacking in same-sex, so I dont think theres a lot of clear representation at all. Its a huge risk, but I would love to see that change. I dont have any particular sexuality that I try to promote. Im into whoever turns me on and gets me off. I think thats the way all people should be. If that happens to be someone who has tits and a vagina, does that make you a lesbian or straight? Not necessarily, because you never know when a nice cock is going to walk into your life, and youre going to feel hot for that. Why limit yourself? The whole world is trying to limit you. People should stop trying to label what they are and what theyre into before they even know if theyre into it. We should just love and choose whether we want to act or not act on it. In the fashion industry, Id love to see all different forms of sex, love and lust represented. I think companies will nd that they will get more out of their clients by representing their products with as many possibilities as possible.Do you think the fashion world is getting better at representing a broader swath of humanity? I dont think the issue is necessarily about the fashion industry, although the fashion industry denitely contributes to it. I think it has more to do with advertising. Its not about the clothing: The clothing doesnt choose
who it sleeps with, who wears it, how it orgasms or what it eats. Advertisers tell us ahead of time who that clothing would be best for. We, as people who dont want to waste our lives making a bunch of decisions for ourselves, usually take their hints. The advertising industry has a huge responsibility on its shoulders. But these are private entities and, at the end of the day, theyre not required to help us make socio-political decisions. We need to tell them why changing the market and representing more people can make them better. We need to say, Look, we know youre going to get some backlash for representing a plus-size model in Victorias Secret or putting a same-sex couple in an H&M campaign. But we have money, and we love people who represent us, and we are willing to spend our money on your company. Thats our responsibility as consumers. These people are not obligated to make changes or represent any kind of shift at all.This is our luxury issue. What does the term luxury mean to you? I used to feel guilty about having nice things, because there was so much good I could be doing with that money. I always tell people that, if you can afford what Im wearing, then you can afford to make a difference. But fashion has taught me that its not a bad thing to love yourself and take care of yourself. I used to not give myself permission to go get a manicure, have a spa day or even have clothing that lasted a long time. But Ive learned that luxury exists for a reason, and it can be found even in the simple things. Its interesting what working hard to obtain high-quality things does for your mind and body. To be able to share those things is incredible. I dont think any person should ever feel bad about treating themselves the best that they can. The better you take care of yourself, the more youll have to offer the world.
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More about a good vibe and bubbly than pomp and circumstance, the Gay Polo League prides itself in knowing it can throw a party. Arrive at the groups agship event, the Annual International Gay Polo Tournament held every April, and youre greeted by a frenzy of color and outrageous revelry. You might run into a group of lumberjacks in tight denim shorts and unbuttoned annels or a dashing group of ladies and gents sporting varying shades of yellow and sipping on refreshing cocktails. But make no mistake. While the fans and supporters create the events festive ambience, the players on the eld are skilled, well trained, competitive and passionately dedicated to the sport of polo. Every year top-rated pros and GPL players from as far away as France, Argentina, South Africa and Australia descend on Wellington to vie for top prize. Chip McKenney, a player and lifelong horseman, founded the league which welcomes members of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels almost 10 years ago. In that time its membership and fan base has grown exponentially. With a mission to provide a safe and welcoming environment where members of the LGBT community (and beyond) can enjoy the camaraderie, condence building and physical workout that are hallmarks of team sports, the league has established a loyal following. It is the only gay polo league in the world, and its right here in South Florida. Though some may still be surprised to nd out about the existence of the Gay Polo League, its growth became abundantly clear
The tailgates set up on the polo grounds before the matches are integral to the sense of community the Gay Polo League has fostered. Elaborate, irreverent and downright fun, they have included everything from the cast of Alice in Wonderland and a NASCAR pit crew to this years Chapel of Love featuring a real wedding and Gerts Cut & Curl Salon.HORSE PLAY
as plans were being made for the last tournament, the leagues sixth. The event was moved from the Grand Champions Polo Club to the much larger International Polo Club Palm Beach to better accommodate all the activities leading up to the tournament, the elaborate tailgates that are a signature part of the event and, of course, the matches themselves. After a few tough matches, Team J.P. Morgan Community, the home team, won the cup this year. McKenney was recognized as the teams MVP. Off the eld there were winners too. The tailgates themed presentations are denitely
worthy of recognition and a little glory as well. This year, the Chapel of Love group won Most Enthusiastic Spirit; the fashionable members of Kevin Clark and the VIP Yellow Party earned Best Cuisine; Best Dressed went to none other than the lumberjacks (it turns out crisp Bermuda shorts, sun dresses and loafers arent the judges style); and Best in Show, well that could only go to the team that set up an entire 1980s beauty salon, complete with retro hair dryers, stylist chairs and plenty of Tab and Aqua Net for all the big hair. Well done Gerts Cut & Curl Salon. Members of the Gay Polo League from top: Gordon Ross, RE MAX team; Sunny Hale, Cedar Crest Stables; Jed Pearsall, JP Morgan Chase; and Stacie Simpkins, McGladrey Team.
052 palette summer 2015on trend A longing for the formal dress code of a bygone era o ers the gift of fashionable times. DASHING & DEBONAIR by JUSTIN TRABERT By now everyone should be familiar with the term hipster. All around us men grow neat beards and sport dapper suits, while women don high-waisted trousers and patent leather dorsay pumps. Perhaps the movement began with the release of The Great Gatsby the popularity of Mad Men or with my beloved Downton Abbey. No matter how it got started in the spirit of being one of the cool kids I traded in my shorts and polo shirts for slacks and blazers and promoted my vodka drink to a signature crafted gin cocktail, with a knowing nod to Prohibition. But as we say goodbye to the seminal shows that may have inspired our most dapper days in recent memory, a shift beyond what is considered quintessential hipster style is sure to ensue. What I hope will linger is this idea of a bespoke manner of dress and a clean, crisp appearance that says, Im ready for anything. To recreate the look in a way that works for you, start with slim cut tailored suiting, but look for modern twists. A slim pant can give your body a slender and sleek shape note that does not mean leggings. Many different cuts taper around the ankle but dont cut off your circulation. If you want a more modern approach, try shortening your pants to just above the ankle. Removing the crease at the bottom gives you a clean, straight line. Your jacket should be perfectly tailored to t your body so that it cinches at the waist but allows your arms plenty of reach; nding the perfect tailor to make alterations is key. For a more casual approach, try khaki slacks with a blazer or something in seersucker a classic summer fabric. Next, nd the perfect tted collared shirt. Dont be afraid to inject your own style with fun fabrics, vibrant colors, plaids, stripes, polka dots or orals anything goes. In fact, big oral print is a must-have this summer. Women can opt for additional detailing, like Peter Pan collars. Then layer your suit with the right accoutrements like skinny ties and corresponding pocket squares. For those brave enough to go full-on hipster, a bowtie is de nitely the way to go. Mismatch the tie and pocket square with different patterns like stripes with oral or polka dots with plaid; just make sure the color story makes sense with your overall look. Update your tie and pocket square selections and opt for combinations in cotton, instead of silk. And lets not forget the most important accessory: the shoe. A gentleman can never go wrong with a classic wingtip or a preppy loafer. And ladies, while I love a great stiletto, chunky heels, platforms and wedges are all the rage this summer. We may never know exactly how and when we decided to climb the fashion ladder and embrace hipster styling, but what we cant deny is that it got us out of the frumpy rut of the early 2000s and catapulted us straight into a time of casual elegance and sophistication. And for that I am forever grateful. The J. Crew store at Village of Merrick Park has the goods Courtesy of J. Crew Accessories make an out t, and where would we be in South Florida without sunglasses and hats? Pick out a new set of heavy framed shades in a wood, tortoiseshell or translucent material to create a modern look with vintage style. As for hats, try something in straw with a wide brim to wear poolside.In the Details
054 palette summer 2015scoreboard The spirited sport of dragon boat racing is catching re. HERE, THERE BE DRAGONS by ANDREW PRINTER While many water sports are solitary pursuits think of the patient sherman or the lone swimmer dragon boat racing is, without a doubt, not one of these. Instead, its an exhilarating contest between two or more teams of wild-eyed paddlers, with each rower committed to getting a sleek, yet menacing boat across the nish line rst. That spectacle was on full display at the recent Battle in the Bay Dragon Boat Festival, a full day of races that has taken place at Sombrero Beach in Marathon since 2009. Its such a great experience, Kristen DiFender gushes from a huddle of damp teammates just after the second of three races. The teammates are all wearing bright red t-shirts, celebrating their win with a jello-shot slurped from a wedge of lemon. Last year I was roped into rowing at the last minute, DiFender says. This year Im captain of the Conch Monsters. She points to a cap that has her teams name spelled out in giant glittery letters. DiFenders enthusiasm is palpable, but it comes as no surprise. Even though dragon boats have been racing in southern China for at least 2,000 years, the sports popularity soared when Hong Kong revived the ancient ritual in the 1970s. Now, dragon boat racing is one of the fastest growing team sports in the world, complete with rules, regulations and Olympic aspirations. But what is a dragon boat? At 40 feet in length, it belongs to the larger family of longboats. The Chinese version differs from those associated with African and South Paci c Island cultures, however, because of the decorative dragon heads and tails each boat is rigged with for competition. Most boats are designed for 20 paddlers seated two abreast, plus a drummer in the front and a coxswain in the back. Thats a lot of people! But part of dragon boat racings great appeal throughout the world is that it is accessible to and enjoyed by people of all ages and all abilities. Ten teams competed at the most recent Battle in the Bay. They came from all over the region, including the formidable Red Dragons from Miami. And the demographics were all over the map, too. On one team, a muscular young man paddled alongside a middle-aged breast cancer survivor. Later in the day, a team of experienced rowers were pitted against a crew of novices. In the end, it didnt matter which team won. The race was about tness, friendship and fun. As the Battle in the Bay drew to a close, a team of women from Anna Maria Island formed a circle near the waters edge. They spent a few moments stretching their tired muscles and then swarmed together to let out a galvanizing roar before their nal race. Nearby, a team of younger men and women happily belted out Hooked on a Feeling. Their ukulele-playing captain leaned away from the group between choruses to shout, Its how we stay motivated, before returning to the group singalong. Battle in the Bay in Marathon in May Andrew Printer
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058 palette summer 2015serious business Dean Trantalis Commissioner and Attorney Popular and charismatic, Dean Trantalis has served his growing district for more than 20 years. With care and thought he offers insight on how far society has come and what it takes to foster a community that is vibrant, diverse and welcoming. Q: What has changed the most between now and when you rst began working in this district? A: In the early 90s when I rst began my activism in the gay rights movement, we realized that we had an enormous challenge ahead of us in trying to educate mainstream society to understand what it meant to be a gay person. It was a slow progression. In 1990 Broward county had a referendum in which it was trying to add sexual orientation to the equal rights ordinance, and it lost. But we got at least 40 percent of the vote, showing us that we had at least 40 percent of the people on our side despite a bristling and gruesome campaign put on by the religious right at that time to demonize the gay community. It gave us further resolve. We now have the most expansive equal rights ordinance protecting people within the LGBT community in the state of Florida. Q: What are your concerns for the state of the LGBT rights movement? A: We radicalize our issues instead of trying to mainstream them. And if you dont mainstream them then youre always going to lose. Look at whats happening now with regard to marriage equality. Yes, weve gotten 36 states plus the District of Columbia, but the pushback is tremendous. Youve got to educate America before theyre going to accept marriage equality, and one way to educate America is to teach them what it means to have equality. Lets talk about job equality. Lets talk about housing equality. Lets talk about basic human rights that people dont attach a religious association to. Q: After years in public of ce, what do you still have to offer your constituents? A: I believe in my city. I want to see it prosper, and I want to see it evolve in a way that I think will lay the proper groundwork for future generations. That isnt just about new buildings and roads. Its about the social fabric of our community and how we integrate into that community. So I feel that being an openly gay city commissioner in Fort Lauderdale is all part of creating that social fabric. Q: If a family were thinking of moving to Florida, why should they move here? A: I think a family regardless of the make up of that family would nd a home here in Fort Lauderdale. And when I say a home, I mean a community that embraces diversity, a community that seeks out people from all walks of life at all income levels. QA & Dean Trantalis represents District 2 on the Fort Lauderdale city commission Carina Mask
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