pa l e tt esouth oridas lgbt magazine aug|sept 2016 vol. 08 Tragedy Strikes Orlando Destination: Berkshires Gender Blending in Key West Stay in for Game Night Summer Ros Latino Flavors Prostate Health & more... ONE FINE MANAtticus Ranck plays by his own rules
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002 palette aug|sept 2016contents 024 a groundswell of love The community comes together across the nation and around the world after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history strikes a gay club in Orlando on Latin night. 030 atticus ranck Young but wise, Atticus Ranck discusses his idyllic upbringing and the turbulent times that molded him into the man he is today. 038 gender blending Key West is rarely upstaged, unless its by its own residents. A number of local fashionistas strike a pose in the Conch Republic. 046 destination: berkshires Step out of the sweltering heat and head north to the countryside, where the LGBT community has a storied past with a number of charming small towns in New England. on the cover: Atticus Ranck photographed by Carina Mask at the W Fort Lauderdale. FEATURES Carina Mask
004 palette aug|sept 2016contents 012 in tune Take a page from one of the selections in this issue, where renditions, covers and recollections feel fresh and original. 014 statement pieces Walk about town wearing a few funky pieces that keep you dressed down and casual without skimping an ounce of style. 016 chez moi Its raining. Again. Stay in. Make it a game night. Youre welcome. 018 get cultured Life is decidedly rosier in the summer months. Pick up a few bottles of ros to taste and toast the season. 020 the dish In South Florida, Latinos have showcased and elevated their many distinctive national avors for all to enjoy. 022 after hours You dont have to settle for 24-hour drivethru dining just because its after dark. Here are a few suggestions that will satiate any late-night craving. 054 on trend This coming season keep the party going for a cause and impress your accountant with your brilliance by hitting up the charity circuit. 056 scoreboard The Goffers hit the greens for some golf that is serious fun. 058 health check Prostate cancer is no joke. Heres a rundown of the signs to keep in mind and what to ask when you head to a doctor. 060 serious business From impromptu operation to local institution, Herb Sosa shares his insight. Heres what the Unity Coalition | Coalicin Unida has in store. 062 the scene Were you there? Find out who was at this years Diversity Honors gala, Amethyst Gala, OUTCon and Key West Pride. 064 out & about Mark your calendar! Concerts and other outdoor activities close out the dog days. DEPARTMENTS From left: Nick Wall / 2016 Paramount Pictures; Courtesy of Bulla Gastrobar; ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo 012 020064
006 palette aug|sept 2016letter WE ARE ORLANDO Stanley Almodovar III, 23 Amanda Alvear, 25 Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 Antonio Davon Brown, 29 Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 Paul Terrell Henry, 41 Frank Hernandez, 27 Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 Kimberly Morris, 37 Akyra Monet Murray, 18 Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 Martin Benitez Torres, 33 Luis S. Vielma, 22 Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 Luis Daniel Conde, 39 Cory James Connell, 21 Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 @ palettelgbt @ palettelgbt Palette LGBTFollow Us: As our community continues healing, we offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the 49 people who lost their lives at the Pulse night club on June 12th.
To donate, visit Equality Floridas Pulse Victims Fund at gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund. TOGETHERWE ARE STRONGERThe Miami Herald Media Company stands in support of the Orlando LGBT community, and all those affected by the PULSE nightclub tragedy. Your strength inspires us all.
08 palette aug|sept 2016shout out THOMAS RYANRetired FDNY Fire ghter I retired because of 9/11. In the aftermath of 9/11, people all across America sent packages to NYC rehouses, and thousands stopped by in person, with the hope of helping. It built into me an even stronger desire to give back. I started to go to schools, civic groups, anywhere I could to share my experience. I wanted to pay forward what was given to me by strangers. I went to Louisiana after hurricane Rita, and I felt the need to pay it forward for the LGBT massacre in Orlando. I tried to give blood, but was rejected because Im a gay man. I protested at the One Blood bus. I will partake in a massive fundraiser for AIDS Help of Monroe County for eight weeks and run for King of Fantasy Fest 2016. WEASKED How do you pay it forward? KIOWA CATLINMusician, Composer, Actor and Producer My music is the spiritual expression of what I am my experiences, discovering of truths, which have formed my own faith, my knowledge, my being. When you begin to see the endless possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people, to help humanity heal and free itself from its hang-ups and frustrations. Writing music and painting pictures with words, helps me overcome my past and enables me to become a positive part of my history. No matter what has happened in my past, I have decided to be the hero of my own story. Music, like laughter, is a universal healer. JOAN SCHAEFFERCommunity Liaison for Adult LGBT ServicesJewish Community Services of South Florida I am a proponent of paying it forward, and I deeply believe that when I do, I bene t more than anyone else, so its a winwin. I try to cover my bases when choosing how I do this. I have some pet projects I enjoy giving to, but I also like to do things for entities that are new to me. I know that whatever goes outward eventually comes back to me, sometimes in unexpected ways. We are all connected, and deep down want the same general things from life. We are stronger together and can create a very strong energy when we all pay it forward. I also believe that when we stretch ourselves beyond what is comfortable, we reap great rewards of many sorts, and I try to remind myself of this. ANGEL RAIGOZADJ Kyd A smile goes a long way, but bending over backwards makes it memorable. In my line of work you nd many people just trying to nd relief from day-to-day life. Keeping that dance oor moving is a must, but taking that extra step to play that request and mixing it just right, thats when they never forget you. When youre in a position to brighten up someones day, or night, do it. Then when your nished, do it again. Blessings come in all shapes and forms. What may be small to you might be huge for someone else. MIAMI HERALD PRESIDENT & PUBLISHER ALEXANDRA VILLOCH VICE PRESIDENT OF ADVERTISING SAMUEL BROWN ADVERTISING MANAGER KRISTINA SCHULZ-CORRALES EVENTS & PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER ADELE LORENZO ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE ROSEMARY GAMA, MAURICIO LESMES HCP ABOARD PUBLISHING PRESIDENT & PUBLISHER MARISA BEAZEL CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER GIOVANNA SANCHEZ CREATIVE DIRECTOR ETHAN DURAN EDITORIAL DIRECTOR DESIRE BLANCO SUPERVISING EDITOR SOLE SASTRE EDITOR CHRISTINE BORGES ASSOCIATE EDITOR VANESSA MARTIN DESIGN DIRECTOR ALFREDO AEZ ART DIRECTOR CARLOS MARTIN GRAPHIC DESIGNERS JESSICA BECERRA-ORTIZ, EDWIN CRUZ, LOURDES FERNANDEZ PRODUCTION DIRECTOR LUISA ZELAYA-MORILLO ADVERTISING SERVICES COORDINATOR DAYAN AGUDELO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF ADVERTISING EWALD FUCHS SENIOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER CRISTIANA GLASSFORD BUSINESS DEVELOPERS ANDREW BERMAN, BEN VIGIL SALES OPERATIONS MANAGER JEANIE SCHOONMAKER PROJECT COORDINATOR INGRID MARTINEZ KEYNOTER PUBLISHER RICHARD TAMBORRINO SALES VALERIE SERRA NATIONAL SALES RIVENDELL MEDIA NATIONAL AD RESPRESENTATIVES 212.242.6863 Advertising, sales and distribution information: 305.376.2801 firstname.lastname@example.org/palette palette A special publication produced by
010 palette aug|sept 2016contributors 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 and follow his Twitter account, @SteveRothaus for the latest information about our community. Steve Rothaus: Carl Juste; Christina Mendenhall: Kaare Iverson; Carina Mask: John LandersCHRISTINA 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 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 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. 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 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 was the musical Witches Among Us. JULIE BALTER Julie is a writer, yogi and calculated risk-taker. Her career has included everything from her 10+ years as a Screen Actors Guild Florida Branch executive to her current role for LGBTbased 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
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012 palette aug|sept 2016in tune able to sing. Directed by Stephen Daldry, the lm also features Hugh Grant as her husband/manager and Simon Helberg as her accompanist. Songbirds Jazz isnt dead. It just smells funny, said the late Frank Zappa about this most American of musical genres. Dream in the Blue (Steel Bird) is a collaboration between jazz vocalist Sara Gazarek and pianist and composer Josh Nelson The release combines inspired covers of familiar tunes along with captivating originals. The soaring Blackbird/ Bye Bye Blackbird, pairs the Beatles classic with Ray Henderson and Mort Dixons songbook standard, and it colors the mood for whats to follow. Make that Mood Indigo, which is also covered. Emotional renditions of I Cant Make You Love Me (made famous by Bonnie Raitt) and Laura Mvulas Father Father, ow nicely with Nelsons All Again and Gazarek and Nelsons Behind Me. The effect is downright dreamy and has the aroma of a true winner. Out of the Nest Darling Days is gender-queer writer and performer iO Tillett Wright s savage memoir about growing up with her mentally unstable, drug-addicted single mother, Rhonna. Written in a punk-prose style that owes a debt to Patti Smith, Wright sets the stage a few years before she was born in 1985 and concludes just before her 23rd birthday in 2008. Based in Manhattans Lower East Side long before gentri cation turned the neighborhood into real estate gold the two women navigate their way through junkies nodding off at their doorstep and other terrifying encounters. But the dangers outside are nothing compared to what Wright endures living with Rhonna. In this volatile setting, Wright develops the survival skills that eventually pay off at school and in other social situations, as she explores her own uid gender identity and sexuality. Touching on trans issues, queer and straight relationships, a challenging family life and her own quest for love and stability, Darling Days pulls readers into truly dark spaces and then delivers them safely into hope. They say imitation is the sincerest form of attery, and, as it turns out, it may also be a key to survival. BIRDS OF A FEATHER by GREGG SHAPIRO Whether theyre breathing new life into storied characters, covering beloved standards or revisiting the past, the following selections offer a fresh take on familiar content. Going Cuckoo Meryl Streep has many LGBT fans. Some fell in love with her as lesbian Jill Davis in Manhattan or as bisexual Clarissa Vaughan in The Hours Shes equally triumphant in the campy Death Becomes Her and the fashion-forward The Devil Wears Prada In Streeps latest lm, Florence Foster Jenkins the Oscar-winning actor stars as the titular character a delusional socialite who bought her way onto the Carnegie Hall stage in the 1940s, despite not being From top: Meryl Streep as the titular character in Florence Foster Jenkins; Darling Days author iO Tillett Wright From top: Nick Wall / 2016 Paramount Pictures; Ryan P uger
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018get cultured Summers are hot, long and best enjoyed with a chilled glass of ros. TICKLED PINK by SARA LISS Courtesy of Minuty S.A.There was a time when magnums of Champagne signi ed largesse at swanky soires and highend brunches. But a blush-colored sea change has washed up on our sybaritic shores, and ros wines have become the summertime beverage of choice. Local Af nity This ros fascination makes perfect sense in South Florida. The sky dissolves into a spectrum of pastels with every sunset, and South Beachs Art Deco buildings are colored in a variety of coral hues. Plus, theres just something about it that encourages celebration. It feels right to order a cheese platter and a few bottles of chilled ros at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach to watch the weekend recede. Its such a perfect t that the hotels waterfront Lido Bayside Grill offers more than 30 ways to enjoy it: by the glass or bottle, in magnums, three liters, cocktails and even as a frozen slushie-like treat aptly called fros. Ros is a universal choice for all occasions and all people, says Amy Demoga, the hotels beverage director. [It] doesnt take itself too seriously. It can be casual; it can be elegant; but its always a fun wine. Belle of the Ball Originally from Frances Provence region, ros is believed to be the oldest kind of wine in the world. It is an intermediate style between red and white, taking its heft and color from different red grape varieties and its light, fresh character and fruit-forward qualities from white ones. It is traditionally dry and crisp, boasting luscious fruit avor and refreshingly high acidity. While these wines have enjoyed varying degrees of popularity in Europe for centuries, they havent always garnered respect from American oenophiles. But that view has changed. In 2015 there was even a ros shortage. Fortunately, last years wet spring, followed by a particularly dry, hot summer, resulted in some exceptional wines. Chteau Minutys Cuve M from St. Tropez is one of the years standouts. It features an aromatic blend of grenache, tibouren and cinsault grapes and a perfect pale pink hue. Winemaker Philippe Guigal whose Vins Guigal boasts more than 50 vintages says 2015 is a vintage of a lifetime. Their own Ctes du Rhone Ros is bursting with red fruit and pairs well with barbecue fare. Famous Friends In 2012, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt bought the Chteau Miraval estate in Provence and released their rst vintage to rave reviews and a virtual sell out. Their 2014 is a beautiful salmon pink in the glass and has distinct berry notes. Instagram comedy phenom, Fat Jew, recently partnered with White Girl Wine to release White Girl Ros. And this kind of pop culture collaboration is not at all unusual. This years bottle of Magic Maker ros by SAVED was designed by celebrity tattoo artist Scott Campbell. Ros wine, both still and sparkling, is having a renaissance in Miami, says Syed Ali, director of food and beverage at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The hotels Mediterranean eatery, La Cte, is a haven for ros enthusiasts. Its a fun and frivolous wine that doesnt have a pretentious bone in its body. Now, it can even be served on the rocks thanks to the venerable house of Mot & Chandon. Its popular Ice Impriale was followed by this years introduction of Ice Imprial Ros. Launched in just a handful of cities early this summer, one of the target markets was Miami. Its incredibly easy to drink and playful. There are plenty of spots around town where you can enjoy a chilled glass. At the splashy new Driftwood Room at Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel on South Beach the Sunday brunch includes free- owing Chteau dEsclans Whispering Angel ros instead of the traditional bubbly. Its not as heavy as red wine and smoother than most white wines, says Steven Hiblum, general manager at Nautilus. Hence why ros is commonly referred to as summer water. Chteau Minutys Cuve M ros palette aug|sept 2016
020the dish South Florida is the gateway to Latin America, so set o on a journey with avor. BOLD & FLAVORFUL by JOHN DANGARAN South Florida is known for its diverse Latin American cultural landscape. If its Latino, you can bet youll nd it here from juicy Argentine cuts of beef to Cuban classics and everything in-between. Here are a few selections of the avors that make this the best place in the country to sample Latin fare. Iberian Tendencies Coral Gables wildly successful Bulla Gastrobar is now even more accessible. Having expanded its popular Spanish tapas concept to Doral, the new Bulla doesnt fail to impress at any hour, whether thats brunch on the weekend with the family, a quick workday lunch with friends or a casual dinner date. The restaurant plays to its strengths with the Spanish bar top and open kitchen getting all the attention. But the heart and soul of Bulla is, of course, the menu, which is comprised of traditional Spanish and Catalan dishes reimagined in modern and playful ways. The signature dish, Huevos Bulla, is a favorite with good reason. Its a play on huevos estrellados featuring two fried eggs topped with Serrano ham on a bed of homemade potato chips and potato Courtesy of PM Buenos Aires Fish & Steak House (2)foam with truf e oil. Other favorites include the Cochinillo Hash shredded suckling pig with jumbo poaches eggs, breakfast potatoes and salsa rosa and the bite-size braised short rib sandwiches called Montaditos De Costilla. For a communal experience, try the paella, a large, family style portion of bomba rice, calamari, king prawn, clams, shrimp, hake, red sofrito and saffron. 5335 NW 87th Ave., #C102 Doral 305.260.6543 bullagastrobar.com Divine Fare One thing you dont see very often in South Florida is upscale Mexican cuisine. The chef and owner of Eduardo De San Angel Eduardo Pria, wants to ensure that the concept of Mexican dishes here goes beyond the notion of burritos or tacos served with chips and salsa. Chef Pria presents a menu chockfull of Mexican spices and avors that is internationally inspired PM Buenos Aires Fish & Steak Houses Prime Tuna; Inset: interior of PM Bueons Aires
palette aug|sept 2016 a nod to his early culinary exploits in San Sebastin, Madrid, Ibiza, Paris and Rome. The result is a refreshing culinary destination for those weary of the usual Tex-Mex and California-Mex style eateries. Dont be afraid to let your server be your guide. Most of them are quite knowledgable about the menu options, and while you will only nd beer and wine on the beverage list, the restaurant does offer a large selection of the wines by the glass. The sangria and margarita with agave wine are two refreshing alternatives that you shouldnt miss. As for the food, the menus hidden gem is the cilantro soup, a creamy concoction with just a hint of heat and a tamale hidden at the bottom of the bowl. The grilled cactus paddle served with pork loin and guajillo chile is a delight, and the carne asada with rice and black beans is always a crowd pleaser. 2822 E Commercial Boulevard Fort Lauderdale 954.772.4731 eduardodesanangel.com Royal Treatment Just a short walk from Mallory Square and its famous sunsetviewing vantage point is a small shack that boasts some of the best Cuban coffee in the Keys. And while the Cuban Coffee Queen does indeed serve up a great caf con leche with a name like that, expectations run high dont underestimate the little windows food offerings. At the top of the breakfast menu is the go-to: The Keywester sandwich features two eggs, American cheese and a choice of meat ham, bacon, sausage, chorizo or pork pressed into a morning version of its iconic Cuban cousin. If you want something lighter, they also make killer smoothies, salads and desserts. They might not have formal seating, but the options make improvising part of the experience. The Cuban Coffee Queen opens at 6:30 a.m. daily, so you can kick off Courtesy of Bulla Gastrobar your day the right way. Just know that if you want to get your order rst thing in the morning, you may have to get behind a few deck-hands grabbing their caffeine x before casting off. Stay strong. Its well worth the wait. 284 Margaret Street Key West 305.292.4747 cubancoffeequeen.com Homemade Goodness Little Havana, as the name implies, has historically been the heart of Miamis vibrant Cuban community. But its also the setting for an authentic Mexican experience. Nothing is fancy at Mi Rinconcito Mexicano and thats the point. Basic plastic tables and chairs ll a brightly lit space. You can tell right away its the kind of place where portions are served with a ladle, not a scale or measuring cup. The ladies who run the kitchen (theres only ever been women back there when Ive dined in) create dishes with a comforting, home cooked quality. There are no surprises. The tortas (Mexican sandwiches) are enormous; the Milanesa de Res (breaded beef) is outstanding; and its difcult to pick just one of the tacos, but the Barbacoa de Borrego (lamb barbecue) and Carnitas de Cerdo (shredded pork) are popular favorites. The enchiladas and burritos have yet to disappoint. When you go, take advantage of the free parking out back. Its a rare amenity in this part of town. 1961 SW 8th Street Miami 305.644.4015 mirinconcitomexicanoenmiami.com Southward Bound To standout among the crowd of steak houses in South Florida is an achievement in and of itself, so one that can break away from the chophouse mold and add a dose of Latin avor is sure to leave an impression. PM Buenos Aires Fish & Steak House is just that. Starting with its tribute to Puerto Madero the waterfront district in Buenos Aires PM easily caters to both porteos (Argentines from the capital city) and locals alike. The ambience at the restaurant is as reminiscent of steak houses in that city as the menu, with indoor and outdoor dining spaces that feature exposed red brick and darkand light-wood walkways. Not only does PM offer a variety of USDA prime cuts of beef and a selection of wagyu specialties, it also invites patrons to breakaway from the old adage of never ordering sh at a steak house. The impressive selection of sh could rival any seafood eatery on the wharf. Take your pick from Norwegian salmon, Chilean seabass, Alaskan black cod, Mediterranean bronzino or a wide array of shellsh dishes. And dont forget to hit the full bar, which serves specialty cocktails, including the Tierra del Fuego, Madero and El Tigre, as well as a number of choice South American wines from an extensive list. 1453 South Miami Avenue Miami 305.200.5606 pmrestaurantes.com Ensalada de Pulpo at Bulla Gastrobar
022 palette aug|sept 2016after hours Courtesy of New York Grilled Cheese When hunger strikes at the end of a great night out, youve gotta know whats open late. From cheesesteaks in Key West to braised pork lo mein at a trendy Miami Beach hotel, heres your guide to the best of South Floridas late night eats. Grilled Cheese, Please! A no-frills joint in the heart of the Wilton Manors strip, New York Grilled Cheese knows what everyone craves after dark. What to Order: The Broadway Classic is an ooey-gooey lifesaver with melted Swiss and American cheese beautifully blended in garlic butter-brushed sourdough and served with tomato bisque for dipping. Open Until: 4 a.m. Friday & Saturday; 3 a.m. Thursday & Sunday; and 11 p.m. MondayWednesday Location: 2207 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors; 954.564.6887 newyorkgrilledcheese.com Burgers on the Intracoastal A ramshackle al fresco saloon on the Intracoastal waterway, Le Tub offers late-night bites with a side of Old Florida charm. What to Order: Their award-winning Sirloin Burger with Swiss cheese is a must-try. The 13-ounce ground top sirloin patty is chargrilled and dressed with lettuce, tomato and onions. Save room for the homemade Key lime pie. Open Until: 2 a.m. weekends and 1 a.m. weekdays Location: 1100 N. Ocean Dr., Hollwyood; 954.921.9425 theletub.com Asian Fusion Feast Next door to Bardot lounge (and under the same ownership), Gigi is a late-night Midtown Miami staple that features crave-worthy Asianfusion dishes that hold up well in daylight hours, too. What to Order: Everything! The tapas-style menu is perfect for sharing. Dont miss the pork buns with tomato jam and crispy onions; Brussels sprouts with cauli ower, bacon and soy; or the churrasco chow fun noodles with bone marrow butter. The $1 homemade mini softserve cone makes for a perfect nale. Open Until: 5 a.m. Thursday Saturday; 3 a.m. TuesdayWednesday; and midnight SundayTuesday Location: 3470 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305.573.1520 giginow.com Late Night Noodles A newcomer to the Miami Beach scene by Top Chef contestant Dale Talde his eponymous high-energy restaurant and lounge inside The Con dante hotel is where you can keep the party going into the wee hours while you enjoy srirachaslathered tater tots, of course. What to Order: The aforementioned tots are a hit. Also try the samosas with sweet peas and ke r lime yogurt, bacon dumplings with shrimp and kale and the braised pork shank lo mein with pickled mustard greens. Open Until: 4 a.m. Thursday Saturday, 1 a.m. SundayWednesday Location: 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-605-4094 taldemiamibeach.com Une Baguette at Dawn Across the street from South Beachs notorious Macs Club Deuce, La Sandwicherie s counter is open all night, serving up surprisingly fresh fare thats just as tempting for a picnic at the beach as it is at the break of dawn. What to Order: Get chicken salad on a croissant with everything lettuce, tomato, green and hot peppers, black olives, onions, cucumbers, cornichons, mayonnaise and French vinaigrette. Bottles of the vinaigrette line the counter. Dont be shy and squirt more on your sandwich. Its that good. Open Until: 6 a.m. Friday & Saturday; 5 a.m. SundayThursday Location: 229 14th St., South Beach; 305.532.8934 lasandwicherie.com Cheesesteaks in Paradise When the lights come on at the Green Parrot or 801 Bourbon, make a beeline down the street to Mr. Zs for cheesesteak or a slice. What to Order: Try their famous cheesesteak or a slice of pepperoni doused in hot sauce. Open Until: 4 a.m. nightly Location: 501 Southard St., Key West; 305.296.4445 mrzskeywest.com These late-night eats o er plenty for those with munchies. UP ALL NIGHTby SHAYNE BENOWITZ The Broadway Classic at New York Grilled Cheese
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IN THE FACE OF UNSPEAKABLE HORROR, WHATS LEFT ARE THE STORIES. THESE PIECES OF SHARED EXPERIENCE AND WISDOM HAVE THE POWER TO H EAL, GIVE LOST ONES A VOICE AND PROVIDE FUTURE GENERATIONS W ITH A FIGHTING CHANCE AT CHANGING THE STATE OF AFFAIRS. BY SOLE SASTRE
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employees staged a 49-hour sit-in at Senator Marco Rubios Orlando of ce. Protesting an hour for each victim, they wanted to call attention to inaction on guncontrol reform. Our community understands being discriminated against, understands attacks against it, says Herb Sosa, one of the founders of the Unity Coalition|Coalicin Unida and currently that organizations volunteer executive director. We certainly wont forget. And we will keep the memories of all those individuals alive. We have to, because those are real people. They werent numbers. They werent statistics. Dr. Stephen Fallon, executive director at Latinos Salud, works with young, gay Latino men daily. Like so many others, he was touched by the massacre and frustrated at the hate that caused it. But he was also concerned that with all the coverage the tragedy rightfully received, almost none of it elaborated on the Latino aspect of the story. He said his organization raised the issue at the United with Orlando event held by the city of Fort Lauderdale and at the Memorial at the Museum gathering at the NSU Art Museum. We felt that the medias initial silence was deafening, regarding the gunmans targeting a Latin gay night, he says. But before long individual stories started telling a more colorful tale of who these people were beyond simply being victims. Social media is an equalizer that can take a story that would otherwise have a single narrative and give voice to all those who want to add their piece to it. In that way, we have come to learn that Stanley Almodovar 027 y now the American public is familiar with the tragic events of June 12. The country awoke to the news that yet another mass shooting had taken place, this time at an Orlando night club: Pulse. As the hours passed, an increasingly familiar roster of details pieced together a grisly story. A lone gunman with highpowered weaponry. A stand-off with police. Frantic texts and phone calls. A hostage situation. Unbelievable acts of bravery. Forlorn mothers. Devastated friends. What had begun as a commmonplace Saturday night outing to a popular LGBT club hosting its regular Latin night would become the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, resulting in at least 53 injured and 49 dead. That last number would capture the imagination of a country in mourning. Individuals and organizations, businesses and community leaders mobilized to lend their support with everything from blood donations and food for those waiting in line to help moving cars whose owners were not coming back. LGBT groups organized impromptu vigils from towns as close as Tampa and Miami Beach to cities around the world, including London. Half way through national Pride month, festivals across the country increased security and paid their respects. Wilton Manors Stonewall Parade and Street Festival coordinated with Latinos Salud to hold a special procession before the parade. In near silence, 49 participants dressed in white carried signs, each with the name of a shooting victim. The Human Rights Campaign in conjunction with Emmy Award-winning screenwriter, director and producer Ryan Murphy and 49 celebrities created a video in honor of the fallen. At the end of the 18-minute tribute video, viewers are directed to take action by visiting healorlando.org to donate, volunteer or assist in other ways like contacting legislators to push for passage of LGBT protections as well as gun violence prevention measures. Well-wishers and loved ones adorned 49 crosses that became part of a make-shift memorial near the emergency room of the Orlando Regional Medical Center, where most of the victims were taken. A month later, the crosses were moved to Orange County Regional History Museum in an effort to promote healing in the city. An unlikely coalition of gun-control advocates that included groups as varied as the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the LGBTQ advocacy group Equality Florida and Unite Here which represents hotel, airport and gaming SEND A MESSAGE OF HOPE Our hearts were broken on June 12, and even with all the monetary donations that poured in and time that was volunteered, people need to make a connection. You can share your message of love and hope at weareorlando.org/message-of-hope.html Opposite page: Procession for the victims of the Orlando shooting before the Stonewall Parade and Street Festival in Wilton Manors
028 III wasnt just a brave soul who pushed people out of harms way that evening. He loved to try out different looks, often changing his hair color and style. Jean Carlos Nieves Rodriguez had purchased his rst home last spring, and Deonka Deidra Drayton expressed herself by writing poetry. Together for 16 years, Juan Pablo Rivera Velazquez and Luis Daniel Conde owned a hair salon. They also died together on that fateful night. As did Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon and Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, who met at a perfume shop, fell in love and had an eight-year relationship. Javier Jorge-Reyes loved fashion, and Shane Evan Tomlinson was the lead singer of a band. Brenda Lee Marquez McCool was dancing salsa that night with her son, something she loved to do. Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz was also an avid dancer, and Franky Jimmy De Jess Velazquez had even been able to travel the world thanks to that very talent. Juan Chavez-Martinez was a kind man and a housekeeping supervisor, beloved by those who worked with him. Jerald Arthur Wright had a dog named Rusty, and Antonio Davon Brown did a tour of duty in Kuwait. Miguel Angel Honorato was a big soccer fan and a father of three boys. Several had moved recently with dreams and goals in tow. Anthony Luis Laureano Disla moved from Puerto Rico to pursue his dream of becoming a choreographer, while K.J. Morris had moved from Hawaii, working to help her family. Alejandro Barrios Martinez was learning English, having just moved from Cuba two years ago. Edward Sotomayor Jr. was the person responsible for coordinating the rst-ever gay cruise to Cuba. Frankie Hernandez had a tattoo on his arm that read love has no gender. Akyra Monet Murray was 18 years old and had just graduated high school, third in her class. She was headed for college on a full scholarship. Joel Rayon Paniagua worked in construction to help his family back in Mexico. Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega was an assistant producer on Telemundos La Voz Kids. Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan was treating herself to a night out with friends after having her second baby that baby was three months old. Pop music fan Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez was in Orlando for a Selena Gomez concert. Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez was studying health care management and loved Saint Bernards. Mercedez Marisol Flores studied literature. Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz loved drawing. Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala had recently become a rst-time home owner. Paul Terrell Henry was a self-taught piano and organ player. Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado had a 5-year-old son. Tevin Eugene Crosby was a young business owner with 20 employees. Amanda Alvear was studying to be a nurse. Eddie Justice was an accountant. Angel Luis Candelario-Padro loved to help people get in shape as a Zumba instructor. Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez and Oscar Aracena-Montero had just come back from their vacation to Canada. They were among several couples who died together that night. Young Jason Benjamin Josaphat was just 19 and had been on the cheer squad in high school. Leroy Valentin Fernandez loved to blast Adele at work. Enrique Rios Jr. attended church regularly and was in town to celebrate a friends birthday. Darryl Roman Burt II had just completed his masters degree. Cory James Connell was working toward becoming a re ghter. Martin Benitez Torres was a pharmacy student. Luis Vielma worked at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where staff and park guests gathered outside Hogwarts castle to raise their wands in his honor. Omar Ocasio-Capo wanted to become a professional dancer and actor. Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera had gotten married less than a year ago. Juan Ramon Guerrero and Christopher Andrew Leinonen were madly in love. They too died together at Pulse. Not long after the initial news reports, survivors were able to share their harrowing stories, as well. One of the rst to do so was Angel Colon, who tried to ee with a friend and was shot three times and trampled. He was shot two more times before being rescued by an unknown of cer who had to drag his body across broken glass to get him to safety. His unlikely story of survival painted a vivid picture of the dread felt by those who spent hours trying to escape the scene and the heroism and dedication of the cops, rst responders and medical teams that set the stage for healing to begin in earnest. These were families, says Sosa. These were sons and daughters and cousins and neighbors and coworkers. And that is how they will be remembered. May those who left us rest in peace, and may those fortunate enough to survive continue to share their stories. The best way to pay our respects is to listen and pass on a message of love. #WeAreOrlando #KEEPDANCI NGORLANDO.COM Latin night at just about any night club around the world invariably means one thing: dancing. Many artists already know their work promotes healing, so dance for life, dance for the joy of it and visit keepdancingorlando.com to share your moves. Clockwise from top left: Angel Action volunteers counter protesters during the memorial service at Cathedral Church Of Saint Lu ke with their wings of compassion and their unifying songs; survivor, Angel Colon, 26, is comforted by one of his ve siblings; Miami Beach vigil; a token of love
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BY SHAYNE BENOWITZ PHOTOGRAPHY BY CARINA MASKATTICUS RANCK IS THE KIND OF MAN WHO LIVES BY HIS OWN RULES.SHOT ON LOCATION AT W FORT LAUDERDALE MAN ABOUT TOWN
for Atticus Ranck to become the man he is today. As the Director of Transgender Services at the Wilton Manors non-prot LGBT agency, SunServe, he works as an advocate and educator for South Floridas transgender community. Through the organization he provides clients with employment, housing, health care and recovery resources, as well as assistance with legal matters like changing names and gender markers on birth certicates. Hearing him speak, you would think hes been doing this for a long time. In a way, he has. SMALL TOWN KID It was exactly three years ago, in August 2013, that Ranck rst visited SunServe for counseling during his own transition. In a small, cozy therapy room at SunServe, Ranck sat down to tell me his story, dressed in stylish navy track pants, a grey and blue striped T-shirt and gray Vans. Ranck has a well-groomed beard and a square jaw line. His demeanor is upbeat and open. He is accustomed to talking about his experience. Nonetheless, he still lets out a deep breath and says, You know, its still scary, sometimes, being this vulnerable. IT WAS A LONG JOURNEYHe was born in Lancaster, Penn., to a tight-knit, churchgoing family, and he describes his childhood as idyllic. With three siblings, Ranck recalls being a tomboy, playing basketball from an early age and taking on eld hockey, softball and track in high school. The easy version of the story would be: Im a boy. Ive always been a boy. Ive always felt like a boy. I never felt female. But that wouldnt be true. Its so much more complex. As a kid, I was allowed to be a tomboy. My mom didnt care. I could wear clothes from the boys side and there was nothing incongruous about it. It
033 was only in church where I had to wear a dress. It wasnt until puberty that Ranck began to question certain aspects of his growing femininity. In seventh grade, he decided to start shaving his legs. He recalls his mom was resistant to it, not wanting her little girl to grow up too quickly. He also remembers a particular shopping outing with his dad and older brother during which he tried on a pair of gure-hugging are jeans. I hated them. They were so uncomfortable, Ranck recalls, but his dad and brother thought they looked good. At 17, he fell for a girl. I dont think I even realized we were crossing the line between friendship and romance at the time, he says. We were very affectionate, and I just knew I wanted to be around her all the time. Their relationship progressed sexually, and a few weeks before senior year began, he was outed to his parents by his best friend. Ranck says the effects were devastating. He had always been a good kid and now his parents were upset and forbade him from being with his girlfriend. It was the rst time hed ever been in trouble. It was a complete 180, he explains. I questioned a lot of things. I was mad at my parents and confused. Plus, the rumor trickled through school. Everybody knew, but no one confronted me, he says. It was this strange isolation. Senior year he spent a lot of time hiding in the closet, crying in the room that he shared with his two sisters. At school, he threw himself into cross-country and stuck by his sister at lunch time. STRIKING OUT It wasnt until freshman year in college at Slippery Rock University, an hour north of Pittsburgh, that he came out as a lesbian for the rst time. One of the boys on my crosscountry team liked me. And he was the kind of guy I wouldve liked, if I was attracted to men. Thats when I knew. He got involved with the campuss LGBT group, RockOUT, and eventually became its president. He embraced his lesbian identity. College life progressed, and as he dated women he started to feel more connected to masculine energy. His looks became more androgynous and butch, especially when he cut his hair the summer before his senior year in college. He was also drinking a lot. It was becoming an issue, he recalls, But it wasnt interfering with my grades. After graduating, he moved to Boca Raton to attend graduate
school at Florida Atlantic University, pursuing a masters degree in gender studies and working as a graduate teaching assistant. During the orientation, an older lesbian GTA said to him casually, Youre going to be a boy. BECOMING A MAN During his rst year, he wrote a research paper on prosthetic penises. Shortly thereafter, he ordered one. Theyre designed as alternatives to bottom surgery and can be used for urination, sex and simply feeling like you have a penis. With his own prosthetic, he began actively exploring his gender identity for the rst time. The girl he was dating used the male pronoun with him in private and he sought counseling at SunServe to talk about transitioning. Still, drinking remained an issue. Once I started, I couldnt stop, Ranck explains. I was blacking out every other time. His turning point came during a surprisingly quotidian interaction with a grocery store clerk who called him sir, instead of maam. It made me so happy, Ranck says. I wanted that all the time. Of course, he was initially nervous about what it would mean to lose his lesbian feminist identity to become a straight man. I realized, I can be whatever kind of man I want to be. I can still like women. I can still be a feminist. He quotes the line from John Greens best selling novel, The Fault in Our Stars to explain how he came to his decision to transition. I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once. Four months after his rst visit to SunServe, Ranck began hormone therapy. He legally changed his name to Atticus, noting that he liked both the way it sounded and the obvious connection to To Kill a Mockingbird s Atticus Finch who was a hero of social justice. He had his top surgery in February 2015. He says bottom surgery is an option hes open to considering when its nancially feasible. THE EASY VERSION OF THE STORY WOULD BE, IM A BOY IVEALWAYS BEEN A BOY IVE ALWAYS FELT LIKE A BOY 035
036 Once the decision to transition was made, though, the road ahead was not without its bumps. In April 2014, he hit rock bottom with his drinking. While he prefers not to elaborate on what got him there, he started attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and has been sober ever since. While there are few reliable studies, its widely believed that 25 percent of transgender people suffer from substance abuse. DO OVER Ranck came out to his family as a transgender man over Thanksgiving in 2013, and while he says they still have trouble using the proper pronouns sometimes, theyve grown to embrace their son for who he is. With all the recent controversy surrounding so-called bathroom bills, Ranck has been happy to see his father side with the transgender community. He doesnt understand why [certain state legislatures] are making such a big deal. Rancks personal story is lled with the trials and growing pains we all go through on the road to adulthood rebellion and conformity, bonds formed and broken, young love and the never-ending quest to become comfortable in your own skin. Only Ranck navigated these waters with the added confusion and isolation of de ning his own sexual orientation and gender identity. As a testament, he emerged stronger and more at peace with himself. Today, hes a leading voice on transgender cultural awareness, speaking at various conferences, high schools and colleges across the country. Hes quick to caution that transitioning doesnt solve all of a transgender persons problems. As for him, hes still a work in progress, yet he takes immense comfort in looking at the mirror and seeing the right person looking back at him. In his body today, as a straight man, he says, Its as close to home as I can get. I REALIZED, I CAN BE WHATEVER KIND OF MAN I WANT TO BE. I CAN STILL LIKE WOMEN I CAN STILL BE A FEMINIST
PHOTOS AND TEXT BY ANDREW PRINTER PHOTO CIRCUS SHOT ON LOCATION AT THE LITTLE ROOM JAZZ CLUB AND WINE BAR. MODEL: LACEY GINGER CAMPER IF YOU WANT TO INDULGE IN YOUR PLAYFUL SIDE RUN AWAY TO THE LAST KEY AND JOIN THE PHOTO CIRCUS.
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One of the lesser known events in Key West where grown-ups play pretend and showcase their more playful sides through costumes is the Photo Circus. Dreamed up by Shawna Lacy Wynd, a longtime island resident and popular entertainer known locally as Frenchie, the annual event also provides professional photographers with access to a pool of diverse models, many of whom are local performers or aspiring models looking to update their portfolios. This years shoot, with its genderblending theme, was held at the Little Room Jazz Club and Wine Bar. Catch a glimpse of the magic that takes place when four photographers, two makeup professionals, 15 models and a videographer jockey for space and light only in Key West! At 6'2" Lacey Ginger Camper easily towers over the other models and photographers. She began the day in the violin room in a formidable Cabaret meets Ringling Bros. top hat and tails. She kicked off the shoot clearly poised to rule the gender-blending three-ring circus. FRANKIE POINTER KATHLEEN DONAVON
An old suede laborers cap and circa 1950s sunglasses were accessory enough for Kevin Mitchell and Austin Hopkins, who decided to make their rst visit to Key West a memorable one. While most of the other models adorned themselves with feathers and fur, the Ohio couple opted for simpler garb and a more subtle approach, stealing away to a quiet, warmly sunlit corner of the club to enjoy an improvised dance lesson. Frankie Pointer arrived late in the day, but came ready: in a form-tting dress shirt and tie. She channeled no-nonsense masculinity, but it didnt stop her from savoring the perfume of a feathery pink corset lying abandoned on the wine bottle room oor. Even with feathers, there was nothing frilly about the looks Kathleen Donavon brought to the circus. For her rst ensemble she melded tight black bondage gear with crow feathers and perched regally on her overstuffed throne. Elle Taylor and her partner Brian Glassberg brought several suitcases bursting with costume jewelry, sequined suits and wigs. A professional performer, Elle wasted no time entertaining the other participants with some bar-top somersaults while she waited for her turn in front of local photographer Mike Freas lens. Zack Andrade-Konrad, Sean Callahan and Helena Fire Wynd settled into a classic family portrait conguration. Konrads outt was sleek, black and elegant with a hint of danger expressed through a single studded leather cuff. Callahan came with dozens of campy items, but in the end opted for a faux fur coat, BRIAN GLASSBERG, ELLE TAYLOR AND PHOTOGRAPHER MIKE FREAS
ZACK ANDRADE-KONRAD, SEAN CALLAHAN AND HELENA FIRE WYND 044 steam-punk top hat and silky Lady of Guadalupe trousers. Meanwhile, teenage Wynd chose a sensible shift dress, setting herself apart from her over-the-top elders. Bob Bowersox and Melody G. Moore are xtures of the local theater scene. Not surprisingly, they were able to pull a good selection of costumes and accessories from their personal wardrobe. Here, the real life couple chose an understated, aristocratic look. They sipped Champagne as they observed the lights, camera and action unfold. Despite the colorful chaos, Priscilla Arce maintained a quiet, elegant presence in her Gatsby-inspired look throughout the afternoon. And once all four photographers had nished working with her, she too relaxed with a well deserved cocktail. BOB BOWERSOX AND MELODY G. MOORE
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Nobody goes to the Berkshires, quips Ramona Singer on The Real Housewives of New York. The Berkshires is more for people who cant afford the Hamptons! While I would never argue per capita income with Ramona, I would agree: If youre seeking a step-andrepeat red carpet scene or an arrive-in-your-helicopter oceanside retreat, then the Berkshires may not be a good destination for a second-home or even a long-weekend getaway for you. But maybe youre reading this while simmering poolside in South Florida, your sweltering summer imperceptibly slipping away into fall. Or maybe youre sitting in bumper-to-bumper traf c on the MacArthur Causeway (as a passenger, of course). Maybe youre thinking that as much as you love the local vida loca and sun-soaked climate, its time to y north. Mountains aming with gay rainbow-colored fall foliage? Sure, thats nice, but whats an ber-cool queer like you going to 048 Who goes to the B E R K S H I R E S ?Opposite page: Zachery Kapeluck of BalletX as the Captain in Sunset, o639 Hours at Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival. This page: Fall foliage on Monument Mountain. do in the country? Well, how about some world-class culture? Add to that a steady stream of social in uencers from New York City and Boston and a local farm-to-table food revolution within one of the most scenic settings in the eastern United States. South Floridians and gay friends of Ramona Singer, I give you the Berkshires! Setting: a patchwork of small towns in rural western Massachusetts all connected by high hills. Just two and a half hours from New York City, the area borders New York on the west and Connecticut and Vermont to the south and north, respectively. The Berkshires is home to some of the most spectacular fall foliage displays, as well as acclaimed arts festivals like the Tanglewood Music Festival, Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival and the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Its also the historic home of artists and literati think: Edith Wharton, Herman Melville and Norman Rockwell. Known for its storied inns, liberal attitudes and postcard This page: Ogden Gigli. Opposite page: Alexander Iziliaev
THE BERKSHIRES IS HOME TO SOME OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR FALL FOLIAGE DISPLAYS, AS WELL AS FAMOUS ARTS FESTIVALS LIKE JACOBS PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL AND THE BERKSHIRE THEATRE FESTIVAL.
settings, the Berkshires practically kickstarted the gay destination wedding industry long before the unions were even recognized. Sorry, Ramona, but the Berkshires is actually a great progressive place that offers something for every type of traveler. THE LEAF PEEPERLets start with the money shot. After all, you did leave behind a week at your local beach to see a ve-star foliage show. For peak season, youll want to arrive around mid-October. Recommended route: an eight-mile, high-drama ride with hairpin turns up Mount Greylock. At 3,491 feet, it is the highest natural point in Massachusetts and part of the Appalachian Trail. Hike it if you must, but if youre a Floridian through and through more acclimated to sea-level then may I suggest the more scalable Monument Mountain, located just south in the funky little town of Great Barrington? For a mash-up of scenic views, the deep gorges of Bash Bish Falls State Park, which straddles the border between Great Barrington and New York, offers a walk-in-the-woods-with-cascades experience. The falls are often ranked among the best in the state.THE COFFEE WHOREAfter youve climbed every mountain, spend a leisurely afternoon at a local coffee shop, where no one would dream of serving you in a paper cup. In West Stockbridge, try out Six Depot Roastery and Caf, which is situated in an old train station and was recently voted the best coffee shop in New England by Yankee Magazine Around the corner, you could sip on a beverage of THE BERKSHIRES AUTUMNAL EXPERIENCE IS ALL ABOUT THE APPLES, AND NONE ARE BETTER THAN THOSE AT BARTLETTS ORCHARDS. This page: Michelle Girard (2); Opposite page: Ogden Gigli
051 choice in front of the replace at Shaker Dam Coffeehouse. Adjacent is the gallery of photographer John Stanmeyer. THE LOCAVOREThe Berkshires autumnal experience is all about the apples, and none are better than those at Bartletts Orchards. Here youll nd fresh-baked apple cider donuts made with fresh-squeezed apple cider served piping hot or cooled along with as many apple Opposite page from top: Bittersweet chocolate torte with vanilla bean ice cream; classic spread at John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant. This page: Apple picking at Bartletts Orchards. varieties as you can imagine ready for purchase at the orchards shop or to handpick directly from the orchards. Visit during full moon for a family-style dinner served in the gardens. If by evening you need to bite on a different kind of fruit, youll nd a ne selection of the LGBT variety at Rumpys Tavern in Lenox, a popular late-night spot. The rainbow sticker on the doors corner is hardly noticeable, but trust me, youll feel at home. THE FOODIEIn the Berkshires, you can skip the table and head directly to the farm for a fresh, organic and sophisticated meal. For a guide to all things local, pick up a copy of Edible Berkshires a free magazine available at local co-ops and Guidos Fresh Marketplace. For the full table experience, try elegant organic fare in a rural FOR MORE INFO> Berkshires, Massachusetts //berkshires.org > Northampton, Massachusetts //valleyvisitor.com > Hudson, New York //gotohudson.net
environment at John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant in Great Barrington. It was voted one of the Worlds 25 Best Farmstead Experiences by The Daily Meal In downtown youll also nd the super cool Allium Restaurant + Bar, as well as casual Haven Cafe & Bakery, which has locations in Great Barrington and Lenox. For a consummate fusion of avor and atmosphere thats on-theedge, make your way to The Dream Away Lodge in Becket. Once a 1920s speakeasy, it evolved into a 1960s hangout for the likes of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. Today, the simple yet sophisticated cuisine made by chef Amy Loveless is often served alongside a hootenanny or the occasional gender-bending cabaret entertainer. THE CULTURE VULTUREAlthough summertime in the Berkshires is synonymous with performing arts festivals, fall is peak time for museum visits, when architecture and vistas seamlessly integrate with your tour. The north Berkshires boast two nationally acclaimed art museums. In Williamstown, the stunning Clark Art Institute also known as The Clark is known for its impressive collection of French Impressionists. The museum is situated on 140 acres of sprawling meadows and intricate hiking trails, with captivating views of Vermonts Green Mountains. Nearby, North Adams is home to MASS MoCa, a worldfamous contemporary visual art and performing arts center, located in a converted factory building complex. Be sure to check out their ongoing events, which could range from an outdoor silent lm festival or a world music dance party to an avant-garde theater performance. For a more classic cultural affair, tour The Mount, Edith Whartons sprawling turn-of-the century residence and gardens. Located in Lenox, it is a hub of literary and cultural events that include readings with world-famous writers and concerts held on the porch and lawns. A storybook setting for a dreamy wedding, its one of only ve national landmarks dedicated to women. DAY TRIPPERS, HIPSTERS AND LADY LOVERSApproximately an hour east, Northampton, Mass. in the Pioneer Valley is home to the largest lesbian population, per capita, in the country. The crosswalks are rainbow colored, the bathrooms are unisex and nobody will blink twice at your blended family. Spend the day downtown counting couples and window shopping at the ANNUAL FESTIVALS> Jacobs Pillow Festival //jacobspillow.org > Berkshire Theatre Festival //berkshiretheatregroup.org > Tanglewood Music Festival //bu.edu/cfa/tanglewood 052 Clockwise from top left: The Greater Spring eld Convention & Visitors Bureau; The MA collection / Alamy Stock Photo; Jennifer May (2)
TRY OUT SIX DEPOT ROASTERY AND CAF, WHICH WAS RECENTLY VOTED THE BEST COFFEE SHOP IN NEW ENGLAND BY YANKEE MAGAZINE. artsy and funky stores. In the evening head to Tunnel Bar, Pearl Street Nightclub or The Deuce, which showcases Bon Apptit, a women-friendly, body-positive neo-burlesque show. Just west of the Berkshires is Hudson, New York, a small Brooklynesque river town thats brimming with hipsters and weekending New Yorkers. The mile-long Warren Street and its environs over ow with antique shops, vintage clothing stores and artsy cafs. After hours, you might nd the likes of Andrea Gibson performing at Club Helsinki or John Waters putting on a one-man show at Basilica Hudson. Its well worth the ride to these outlying areas. While Miami rush hour traf c might yield a ve-mile crawl down Kendall Drive, in the Berkshires, cruising open roads with unending twists, dips and bends makes autumnal journeys as colorful as the end destinations. Opposite page: Pedestrian and bike-friendly Northampton, Mass.; autumn in the Berkshires; This page: sample coffee at Six Depot Roastery & Caf; or pick up a few fragrant teas.
054 palette aug|sept 2016on trend Upgrade your average date night from circuit parties to the gala circuit. HAVE A BALL by JUSTIN TRABERT After six years of new relationship bliss, my husband and I found ourselves in a romantic rut. We would go from dinner at the kitchen counter to a marathon of our favorite shows. Then I uttered the fateful words that would change the course of our social lives forever: We need to get out more, and poof! As if the universe was one big cosmic genie, we went from couch potatoes to gala regulars. Now, supporting charities is not exclusively for the high society or royalty unless youre a bona de Queen then I guess youre automatically in. Many local philanthropic organizations have networking groups and host educational events, after parties and (best of all) elaborate galas. All of these range in price point, and there are many bene ts to supporting them. Not only can you dance the night away at a fabulous ball, make new friends and hob knob with local movers and shakers, but you also get a nice tax deduction while supporting very worthy causes. When you stop to examine the rising cost of dinner, drinks and movie theater tickets, I nd the cost of admission or membership to these organizations is quite reasonable. Most of these galas and charitable events include dinner, performances, educational presentations and open bars, and, lets be honest, who cant drink their way through the cost of a ticket? So, this season I invite you to join the Traberts on the charitable dance oor, because my motto is, Life is one big gala. You only need to RSVP to attend. Here are a few of our picks this season. Be Our Guest I recently discovered the hidden gem that is the LGBT Visitor Center Not only do they host unique educational events at their Miami Beach of ce, you can host your own event there, too. But their pice de resistance is the Annual Pink Flamingo Awards This years affair at Jungle Island on September 24th will include an open-bar cocktail reception, three-course dinner and live entertainment. Later in the year, take an unwrapped toy to the 7th Annual Holigay Celebration and Toy Drive to bene t the Miami Beach Police Departments Childrens Holiday Relief Fund and get in the holiday spirit. gogaymiami.com Friends with Bene ts Inject some romance into your relationship with the sweet sounds of the New World Symphony. Friends of New World Symphony is a hip and vibrant group that enjoys concerts and chic social gatherings that range from dinners to musical yoga classes. A must-see is the PULSE series a late-night lounge, complete with club-style lighting and artsy videos set to classical music. Members are invited to additional events throughout the year and enjoy steep discounts to other NWS events, including the annual NWS Gala which will take place in February. nws.edu/friendsSean Lattrell Movin on Up There is nothing like watching the trained and sculpted bodies of the Miami City Ballet dancers take the stage. Join Miami City Ballets Upper Room and receive two complimentary tickets to two performances see youre already booked for two nights! Monthly events range from pre-show lectures and post-show receptions to exclusive opportunities to meet company dancers. miamicityballet.org Coming of Age Get your ball gowns ready, or whatever out t ts Julians Reverse Quinceaera theme this year. The over-the-top bene t pageant is one of Fort Lauderdales hottest LGBT events, so grab your date and watch as not-so-talented locals compete for the title of Ms. Reverse Quinceaera while raising funds for this years charities, including the Renand Foundation, The SMART Ride and Citizens of the World and Sel ess Acts of Kindness. juliansrq.com VOICES FOR CHILDREN beavoice.org SCIENCE MUSEUM frostscience.org BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF MIAMI bbbsmiami.org ADRIENNE ARSHT arshtcenter.orgEven More Noteworthy Organizations
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056 palette aug|sept 2016scoreboard by RICK KARLIN With more than 300 members, The Goffers is Americas largest LGBT golf league. But while other leagues require members to play rounds throughout the season, The Goffers is a much more casual organization. Chad Goff, a former estate attorney and the person for whom the group is named, founded the organization more than 15 years ago. The name of the group is a play on my last name; in addition, earliest written records of the game refer to it as goff. Although he has played since the age of 10, Goff considers himself mediocre, at best. He explains that he started the group to accommodate a fifth player into his regular foursome. The extra player had friends, and it just grew from that base. Teeing off three times a week Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays The Goffers tee times are reserved by the club, but each player pays his or her greens and cart fees at the course pro shop on the day of play. Announcements for the following weeks game are sent via e-mail and posted on the Goffers Facebook page. Those interested in golfing simply respond to the organizer of that days round. J.L. Quebbeman, a retired federal government manager and one of the groups organizers, has only been playing for nine years, but he enjoys a high handicap. He says he enjoys the social aspect of the group as much as the opportunity to play with other LGBT athletes. In addition to the thrice-weekly rounds, the group also plans special events. Most are in conjunction with a holiday such as Christmas, Valentines Day or Cinco de Mayo. Many Goffers cite the Easter Bonnet Parade as their favorite of these events. During that celebration, players wear outrageous bonnets as they make their way through all 18 holes. The Goffers also hold an annual Spring Fling golf scramble. Our golfers are players of all levels of ability, from low handicappers to high ones, says Quebbeman. We usually like to make sure players can play a 4-hour round of golf on a championship course, simply because 99 percent of our golfers do. That said, he also notes that the group has collected plenty of information on good teachers throughout the years, and they often direct new players to take lessons to help improve their game before they join. Many of the clubs members are avid competitors who also participate in gay golf tournaments throughout the world, including the Sin City Shootout in Las Vegas; Annual Rainbow Challenge in Palm Springs; German Rainbow Open in Schwerin, Germany; and even the Gay Games. The congenial group of golfers of varying abilities plays year-round at various courses in Broward County. Participation is open and there are no membership fees to play. thegoffers.com Easter bonnet golf round participants: Tim Hart, J.L. Quebbeman, Bryan Taylor, Greg Elsner and Chris Loomis Courtesy of The Goffers South Floridas local LGBT golf league, The Go ers, make golf fun. FORE! PLAY
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058health check palette aug|sept 2016 DEALING WITH PROSTATE PROBLEMS by WYATT MYERS Most guys dont spare much thought on the prostate the small gland between the bladder and the penis that releases seminal uid. But with age, problems ranging from enlargement of the gland to prostate cancer become increasingly important. While Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) commonly referred to as an enlarged prostate essentially affects all men at some point in life, its not always problematic. Still, its always good to know when to get checked. Prostate Health Prostate cancer affects one in six men over 50 and is the cause of death in one out of every three men over 50. Whether youre a gay, straight or bisexual man, the risk of developing prostate cancer or other prostate problems as you grow older increases. George Suarez, MD, a urologist in private practice in Miami, says theres no difference in rates of prostate problems based on sexual preference. He does note that all men, gay or straight, often have concerns about being able to perform sexually after treatment for enlarged prostate or prostate cancer. And men who are HIV positive also have speci c concerns when it comes to treating prostate problems safely. Fortunately, cutting-edge treatments and procedures now offer viable options for all men.Barbara Pollak-Lewis Getting Checked One danger with prostate problems is the lack of symptoms. Trouble urinating is the primary symptom of an enlarged or in amed prostate, but early stage prostate cancer often presents no symptoms at all. Because of this, its imperative to have your annual check up. Men who have a family history of prostate cancer father, sibling, uncle or any other male relative should have a prostate-speci c antigen (PSA) test on an annual basis beyond the age of 40, says Dr. Suarez. All other men should do the same beginning at the age of 50. In some cases, a digital rectal exam (DRE) is also recommended. Cutting-Edge Treatments Prostate treatments vary. Enlarged or in amed prostates are typically treated with medication. If the problem is severe, a combination of medications is used to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Dr. Suarez is at the forefront of utilizing a fairly new treatment for prostate cancer called high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU). HIFU is a revolutionary technology that delivers an ablative treatment to the prostate cancer, while preserving the surrounding healthy vital tissue, he says. [It] is delivered via a transrectal ultrasound probe, and the device functions under imageguided, computer-directed therapy. Dr. Suarez notes that this approach has several advantages over traditional chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery. While these often pose a high risk of impotence or incontinence, the risks are dramatically lowered with HIFU. Whats more, its a one-time outpatient procedure minimal recovery time. It can be used as a rst line of treatment or as a salvage treatment if another option has failed, adds Dr. Suarez. Typically, patients have follow-up appointments to ensure that their treatment was successful. As men age, prostate problems become a legitimate concern. Heres what you should know and why you should see a doctor.
Were proud of our near century-long commitment to our community and even prouder that there are more Jackson miracles on the horizon. With our first urgent care center opening this summer and plans for Jackson West in Doral moving forward, were continuing our promise to you. However, our commitment doesnt stop there. Every family that passes through our doors is a priority. Your family and your familys rights take equal precedence to providing quality, compassionate care. Thats why Jackson Health System has been named a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation for the sixth consecutive year. Learn more at LGBTHealthLeader.org Miracles Up Ahead Jackson Memorial Hospital Jackson North Medical Center Jackson South Community Hospital Holtz Childrens Hospital Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital
060 palette aug|sept 2016serious business Herb Sosa Founder and Volunteer Executive Director of Unity Coalition|Coalicin Unida An unfortunate turn of events in MiamiDade in the early 2000s, along with a few coincidences conspired to put Herb Sosa at the forefront of the LGBT rights movement here. But to hear him say it, hes just addressing a local need. Q: How was Unity Coalition|Coalicin Unida formed? A: In 2001 there was a challenge to the Miami-Dade county human rights ordinance. And [we] realized there needed to be education for the voters. A lot of great organizations locally and nationally were doing great efforts in South Florida, but were quite candidly not addressing the Hispanic [or] Haitian community, really none of the minorities. Our intention was not to start an organization. It was really to educate the voters, so we did. When the election came around we turned 13 different polls in favor of not overturning [the ordinance]. Q: So what kept Unity going? A: The phone kept ringing. And we realized that people needed help with issues like immigration, marriage equality, adoption a lot of things that luckily now have changed, but there are still many issues out there. We didnt even have a name, but we realized there was a need in the community. Q: What does Unity work on now? A: We have four major events: Elevate is a day of being nicer. Every February we bring together about 14 different workshops, everything from jewelry making, painting and gardening to yoga. And its a day of being nicer to yourself, each other QA & Herb Sosa is one of the founders and the volunteer Executive Director of Unity Coalition|Coalicin Unida. Carina Mask and the world. We host TransART, and we host Celebrate Orgullo, a month-long celebration of Hispanic and LGBT pride. We [also sponsor] an LGBT college scholarship. Q: Share a little bit about TransART. A: There is a huge transgender community in South Florida, and we felt there was a void in celebrating [their] art and talent. Its easy to discriminate against groups when you dont know them, when you dont know theres a dimension to their life. TransArt is an exhibit; a competition in the sense that you have to qualify; and the commonality is in order to have your work exhibited or presented, you have to identify as transgender. Q: Orlando kicked off a conversation about hate crimes toward the LGBT community and to a lesser extent to Latinos. Can you speak to that? A: Orlando shook the core of our community. In fact, it touched me personally as a Hispanic gay male. It touched me as a South Floridian. It affected me having been to that club, knowing people that died there and people who survived, personally. The easiest way to dehumanize victims is to wipe out who they were, whether its their names, their sexual orientation, their heritage. All those things are very subtle, but theyre ways of separating. Thats why I really dont like to talk about numbers. These were individuals.
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062the scene Diversity Honors and OUTCON: Coco Alarcon DIVERSITY HONORS Once again the charity event co-presented by the Harvey Milk Foundation and The Pride Center at Equality Park at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood honored everyday heroes, including superintendent of Broward County Schools Robert Runcie and 8-year-old Ryland Whittington. Clockwise from top left: Jaime Collazos, Darran Mazaika, Patrick Smith and MIchael Malenitza Robert Boo (chief executive of cer at The Pride Center at Equality Park), Hillary, Jeff, Brynly and Ryland Whittington, and Stuart Milk (co-founder and president of the Harvey Milk Foundation) Austen Caraker, Jeff Wade and Javier Echenique-Vicae Jason King, Dean Trantalis, Roger Roa and Scott Wyman Ilene Berliner and Maura Cane Andy Perrot, Wayne Goolsby and Tim Mof tt Julie Slater and Karen Carrol Joe Imbrogno and Dereck LeeOUTCON South Floridas rst gay-oriented geek convention, OUTCon took over the Miami Airport Convention Center with a number of fun events and activities, including a costume contest, K-Pop Hour, Drag Show Extravaganza and a Magic City Jedi panel. A portion of the pro ts went to a local animal shelter. Clockwise from top left: Ariel Dixon, Danielle Glunt and Isabelle Scott Megan Coffey, Rae Wolfe and Rachel Petit Devins Aesthetics and Danielle DeNicola Jonathan Perez aka KIKU Jose Arce Jr. and Brad Allison Damian Leon, Nicholas Ferrera, Luis Diaz and Regina Cocoa
palette aug|sept 2016 Key West Pride: Andrew Printer; The Amethyst Gala: Coco Alarcon KEY WEST PRIDE Famous for its One Human Family philosophy, Key West Pride truly exemplied that motto, as many participants and onlookers showed their support for the victims of the Orlando shooting. Among the those in the proud crowd, was Rocky Collins, winner of the Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic whose winning concoction, the Key West Kitty Kat, featured Stoli Vanil. Clockwise from top left: Patrik Gallineaux (National Ambassador at Stoli USA) April Foreman, Lauren Mounthump and Karen Willis Beverly Singleton, Delavin Jacks, Maryann Thompson and Amiee Turner Matthew Mello, Sebastian Saadah, Trisha Corey and Lisa Morison Daniel Gilbert (Events Coordinator of The Key West Business Guild) Brad Hammond and Greg Tromba Rocky Collins (winner of the 2016 Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic) Key West Mayor Craig Cates and his wife Cheryl Cates THE AMETHYST GALA The Hilton Downtown Miami was awash in purple for the 15th annual gala and awards celebration. A sold-out crowd of almost 600 people attended to honor corporate and individual supporters of the local LGBT community, including Hot Spots Media, Damian Pardo and Raquel Matas. Clockwise from top left: Lynn Herald and Michael Acton-Coles Ted and Cinthia Batchelor and Michael C. Griego Daisy Deadpetals and William Garcia Christopher Maula, Cintia Deoliveira and Jeff Dunaway Katherine Schober and Allison French Janice Bush, Jennifer King and Andree Salomon Paul Orshan and Mark Gilbert Daniel Bourgoin and Lloyd Brathwaite
064palette aug|sept 2016out & aboutCALENDAR OF EVENTS 4th Annual Islamorada Swim for Alligator LighthouseSept. 17 swimalligatorlight.comMiami Fashion Film Festival Miami Beach Cinematheque Sept. 20 miafff.com4th Annual Pink Flamingo AwardsJungle Island, Miami Beach Sept. 22 pink amingoawards.comThird Annual ARTOPIANSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale Sept. 24 GLBX.orgSt. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer Tamiami Park, Miami Sept. 24 fundraising.stjude.org26th annual Southern Comfort Conference Bonaventure Resort & Spa, Westin Sept. 27Oct. 1 southerncomfortconference.orgOctoberRentBroward Center for the Performing Arts Oct. 8 browardcenter.orgAugustThe Go-Gos Farewell TourAu-Rene Theater, Fort Lauderdale Aug. 3 gogos.com/tour10th Annual Midsummer Nights Dream & SpectacleFort East Martello, Key West Aug. 6 kwahs.orgTropical HeatKey West Aug. 11 tropicalheatkw.com21st South Florida Tattoo ExpoTrue Love Tattoo of Fort Lauderdale Aug. 12 oridatattooexpo.comSeason 8: The QueensParker Playhouse, Fort Lauderdale Aug. 14 parkerplayhouse.comPridelines Masquerade BallThe Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables Aug. 15 pridelinesmasquerade.comSAVE Luminaries AwardsBacardi Headquarters Coral Gables Aug. 18 save.lgbt Here is a selection of the many events taking place in South Florida. Visit miamiherald.com/ palette for an up-to-date listing of events!Bowling to Fight HungerSawgrass Lanes, Tamarac Aug. 20 hunger ghter.givingspirit.com2nd Annual Compass Womens Health ConferenceCompass Community Center, Lake Worth Aug. 20 compassglcc.comDrake & Future Summer Sixteen TourAmericanAirlines Arena, Miami Aug. 30 & 31 aaarena.comSeptemberWomenfestKey West Sept. 7 womenfest.comCelebrate OrgulloMiami/Miami Beach/Wilton Manors Sept. 15Oct. 15 celebrateorgullo.comLeaders, Legends & Lovelies BallThe Warner House, Miami Sept. 16 unitycoalition.org Australias Thunder from Down Under Male Review The Fillmore Miami Beach Sept. 16 llmoremb.com Courtesy of Thunder From Down Under
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