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pa l e tt e CLARITY Business Magazine Go Gay in Montreal Queer Wedding Planning Animal Magnetism Boudoir Dcor Find the Right Doc & more... DISHING WITH THE DIVAElaine Lancaster discusses life, beauty and the politics of change south oridas lgbtq magazine feb|march 2017 vol. 11


003 palette feb|march 2017letter A NEW CHAPTER BEGINS While we feel all our issues are special, this particular one marks a new beginning for Palette We are proud to kick off the rst issue that features the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerces CLARITY Business Magazine For this inaugural issue we have invited Steve Adkins, president and CEO of the chamber, to write our letter to readers. As always, we hope you enjoy the articles that follow. Dont forget to tweet us @palettelgbt, or drop me a line at We look forward to hearing from you. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook as well. Stay Gold, Ethan Duran Creative Director Scott Bader, Steve Adkins and Jorge Richa of the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce From left: Christina Mendenhall; Dale Stine @ palettelgbt @ palettelgbt PaletteLGBTFollow Us: Greetings! Happy New Year members and friends. Beginning with this, our 36th edition, the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerces CLARITY Business Magazine will be included within the pages of Palette CLARITY will again appear in two of the remaining ve Palette issues in 2017 in April/May and August/September. While the other Palette issues will not include CLARITY in its entirety, they will nonetheless feature several pages of MDGLCC content that is dedicated to our programming, initiatives and market outreach. What stays the same: CLARITY will continue intact as a member-driven publication that includes news and advertising by and about our nearly 600 member businesses. What changes: Impact! the Miami Herald prints 35,000 copies of Palette which are distributed throughout South Florida, from Key West through Broward. We are combining our existing CLARITY distribution sites with Palette s current locations to bring both publications to more viewers than ever before. We are proud of our CLARITY magazine and even prouder of our 20year relationship with the Miami Herald By combining the market force of our two ne publications, the LGBTQ community will bene t from broader market reach and the ability to feature more of what you have come to expect: engaging content, great research and supportive advertising. Thank you for your continued support and all the best in 2017! Sincerely, Steve Adkins President and CEO


004 palette feb|march 2017contents 024 plan a dreamy wedding From engagement rings to planners, venues, orists and entertainers, we have rounded up a selection of what you need to start your new life together in the best way. 030 elaine lancaster A complex lady, Elaine Lancaster opens up about coming up in the drag scene, as well as the countrys changing tides and how she ts in. 038 animal magnetism Donate, get educated or simply have a wonderful day out at any of the local animal wildlife rehabilitation centers, where sea turtles, dolphins and a whole host of other animals have found refuge and love. 044 montreal goes gay From cobblestoned streets to the most progressive and modern neighborhoods, the welcome in this city to the north will feel like a warm embrace. on the cover: Elaine Lancaster photographed by Dmitry Zhitov; makeup by Derbis Aguilera.FEATURES Todd Good Photography / Courtesy of W South Beach


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palette feb|march 2017 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 and follow his Twitter account, @SteveRothaus for the latest information about our community. Steve Rothaus: Carl Juste; Christina Mendenhall: Kaare IversonSHAYNE BENOWITZ Shayne is the Hotels and Travel editor for and a frequent contributor to the Miami Herald. Shes also the Miami destination expert and a hotel critic for Londons Daily Telegraph. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Charlotte Observer, as well as Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida and Aventura magazines. 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. 010contributors 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,,,, 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. 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. DANIEL SHOER ROTH An author, journalist, biographer and essayist, Daniels Sunday column in el Nuevo Herald casts a spotlight on critical issues often neglected in South Floridas melting pot. His work has received multiple honors from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Publications. Daniel has published three books and was named one of Miamis 100 most in uential Latinos for his thoughtful and principled columns. Born in Venezuela, hes the grandson of Holocaust survivors. LYNARE ROBBINS Lynare is a freelance journalist, lifestyle curator and screenwriter who has authored multiple publications, blogs and a short lm that screened at the Miami Beach Cinematheque in 2011. In addition to her artistic endeavors, she is involved with several local organizations, including Aqua Foundation, Global Ties Miami and the City of Miami Beach. She is also the vice president of the Womens Program and Diversity Affairs for World OutGames Miami.


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018get cultured Art festivals play an important role in community cohesion and also provide opportunities for local artists. SOUTH FLORIDAS CREATIVE SOUL by DANIEL SHOER ROTH Courtesy of Art WynwoodArt is in the air, and you can sense it in South Floridas mild winter days. Long gone are the crowds, big-spenders, international collectors, jetsetters and celebrities who ocked to Art Basel Miami Beach and its satellite fairs. Regardless of where you are in your path toward cultural appreciation, these fairs provide an entry point for everyone, says Xavier Cortada, an artist-in-residence at Florida International Universitys School of Environment, Arts and Society. Its not jut northerners who y in during Art Basel to consume art, its a homegrown cadre of thousands of residents who populate these festivals. The goal is to foster a community that is culturally engaged and well informed about what the creative class is doing, explains Cortada, an openly gay painter who was once selected as the poster artist for the Coconut Grove Arts Festival (CGAF). Built on decades of local participation, this mile-long outdoor event held annually on Presidents Day weekend, is a local arts scene institution. Countless artistic disciplines are featured, from visual and culinary to music. This year, organizers want to set a Guinness World Record for assembling the worlds largest arroz con pollo in a gigantic paella pan. People are looking now to art as their source of entertainment, says CGAF president Monty Trainer. Running concurrently is Art Wynwood a comparatively newer fair thats held in Miamis hip Midtown district and has increasingly become a cultural destination in its own right. The atmosphere feels like an extension of Art Basel, given that the exhibitors are some of the same galleries that present emerging artists and contemporary and modern works at the big December fest. The difference here is that local artists are given prominence. In Broward, Las Olas Art Fair Part II blends an eclectic mix of artists with great weather and food in downtown Fort Lauderdale, March 4-5. This high-caliber event is the ideal vehicle to engage fairgoers in contemporary and interactive art, breaking down the invisible walls between spectators and creators. Artists get to see peoples un ltered reactions to their work. Meanwhile in Key West, the nationally renowned Old Island Days Art Festival enhances the citys character for embracing ne arts and culture. The open-air show takes place February 25-26 in the Old Town district. Hosting over 100 artists whose works range from watercolor, acrylics and oils to sculpture, collage and photography, the event gives art lovers a chance to mingle with both up-and-coming and established artists. The Keys creative community is also behind the Pigeon Key Art Festival which transforms Marathon Community Park into a tropically themed oasis of color, February 4-5. In addition to the exemplary artists and craftsmen, hands-on exhibits like the marine touch tank, fun learning opportunities and art creation stations make this a truly familyfriendly fair. These festivals and several others that take place throughout the year are a testament to the legacy built by artists, gallery owners, public of cials and museums locally. Art Wynwood is on Presidents Day Weekend. palette feb|march 2017


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020the dish From South Floridas nest establishments to its favorite holesin-the-wall, todays bloody mary o erings are no longer your grandmothers 5 oclock special. BLOODY BEST SHOT by JULIE BALTER My Bloody Past: The Seafood Connection. Dont know it? That may be because youre under 75. Back in the s my parents never seemed to mind the Boca Raton restaurants two-hour wait or the mass of senior snowbirds seeking early dinners there. You see, the Seafood Connection was the epicenter of a local foodie trend: When vacationing in South Florida, one would always dine out on defrosted Maine lobster or Alaskan king crab legs. The rolls were free, dessert was included with dinner, and a grand piano self-played Dean Martin songs. Guests, crammed into the waiting area, shouted and cawed, as if struggling to carry conversations over the whoosh of a subway that never did pass. What does any of this have to do with bloody marys you ask? Everything. For how else could anyone survive such a scene? New Blood Fresh blood has been exhilaratingly infused into an old standard recipe laced with health-conscious ingredients. Consider fresh tomato juice spiked with vitamin C and a dash Christina Mendenhallspicy all in one beverage that happens to contain alcohol. How is that not an almost every-occasion drink? Doctors may be reluctant to promote the bloodys healing properties, but four out of ve bartenders con dently recommend a brew or two. Around South Florida some of our favorite spots are serving creative bloody concoctions for happy hour specials and as part of a classic brunch spread. Boatyards create-yourown bellini, mimosa and bloody mary bar is part of its stellar brunch menu. of heart-pumping peppers stirred with a snappy celery stick. Bloody Hell! This savory vodka cocktail is practically farm-to-table good for you. By all means, have another! But what is it exactly that makes a bloody taste so good? Its about balance, says Erin Eberle, a former South Florida sommelier turned Portland-based plant food consultant for You get earthy, fruity, acid, sour and


palette feb|march 2017 Fort Lauderdale Boatyard s hook-to-table seafood is locally sourced and served with creative air (tuna tacos and grilled octopus are the perfect foil for a pre-dinner bloody). So for Sunday brunch, dont miss the opportunity to play mad-scientist/mixologist at the create-your-own bloody bar, where you can make unlimited customized bloodys with spices, garnishes and vodka of choice. You might be staying for a while, so kick back and enjoy the scenery. Boatyards outdoor lounge is the ideal place to burn off the bloodalcohol content. 1555 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale 954.525.7400 Miami Its as if the Seafood Connection patrons of past the ones feasting on celestial shrimp cocktail have reincarnated as Miami Beach hipsters, who can be found lounging at the Broken Shaker bar and 27 restaurant at The Freehand Miami. The cottage settings Old World charm blends well with the eclectic art and innovative menus. Of course, the standard bloody mary From top: dianazh / iStock by Getty Images; Christina Mendenhall has been reminted as a green-hued, salad-inspired cocktail. Pressed cucumbers, kale-tomato juice and home-pickled garnishes round out the recipe. The secret ingredient, they say, is the sh sauce. Hmm must be their grandmothers recipe. 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach 305.531.2727 Key West Old Towns breakfast cafs are as iconic as its bar crawls. While you might start your day searching for the ufest, prettiest, sweetest Belgian wafes on the island, a morning after may call for something stronger. Pepes Caf is the kind of old-sailor joint thats been sympathetically serving stiff bloodies to local patrons since 1909. Its more of a bearded Hemingway than bow-tied Capote kind of place. For added relief, take in the island breezes at their outdoor patio, as you enjoy a hearty serving of eggs, toast, hash browns, bacon or whatever your bleary-eyed self and growling stomach may crave. 806 Caroline St., Key West 305.294.7192 INGREDIENTS 1 oz. Vodka of choice 4 oz. Bloody mix* Ice cubes Glass *BLOODY MIX Prepare a batch ahead of time and have it on hand in the refrigerator. In a quart-size container, pour 24 ounces of tomato juice (canned or fresh, your call). Add 3 tablespoons of grated horseradish, 2 tablespoons pickled beet juice (see below), 3-5 dashes of Tabasco sauce, 1 teaspoon celery salt, teaspoon cracked black pepper, 1 ounce fresh lemon juice, 1 ounce olive brine and 1 ounce jarred pepperoncini liquid. Shake like hell and then let sit in the fridge until ready to serve. PICKLED BEETS 1 Bunch beets Cup cider vinegar 1 Tbsp. sugar 1 Tbsp. olive oil Tsp. mustard Salt and pepper to taste Boil beets in water until tender. At the same time, mix all the other ingredients in a separate bowl. Combine the beets with the liquid and let it marinate for at least an hour. GARNISH pickled beet, celery, chili salted rim, lime sliceThe Pickled Beet Bloody The Broken Shakers take on the bloody mary will make you green with delight. by Erin Eberle


022after hours JDawnInk / iStock by Getty ImagesNot only are there still a few actual drive-ins left in operation throughout the country, many park districts and community organizations now showcase movies on giant outdoor screens as part of their social event calendars. So setup a lawn chair or put down a blanket, and get ready to watch the stars under the stars. Silver Screen Magic Blue Starlite which bills itself as a mini-urban drive-in, offers pop-up screenings at various locations, which have included Historic Virginia Key Beach and Cutler Ridge in the past. Canvas in downtown Miami, offers screenings every Thursday as part of its Movies Under the Stars program. It also presents screenings of lms for the Miami International Film Festival. Nearby shops offer gourmet treats for guests to enjoy during the showing. Every second Saturday of the month, hundreds of people gather at Bay Harbor Island to watch foreign and independent lms. But for the grand-daddy of all the local outdoor movie experiences, head over to Miami Beach SoundScape Exostage where classics and new releases are screened from October through May on a 7,000-squarefoot projection wall with dynamic surround sound. Text MBFILM to 91011 for reminders and updates. Date Night Movie Every Friday, at Hollywoods ArtsPark at Young Circle Amphitheater the city screens recent releases free of charge. Pack some snacks and enjoy the show! hollywood .org Pompano Beach offers the same deal on the third Friday of each month. Head to the Great Lawn at the corner of Atlantic and Pompano Beach Blvd. for a fun night out. pompanobeach .gov Westons Moonlight Movies program offers monthly screenings at the citys various parks, too. weston .org Flicker Show In October, the Humphrey Bogart Film Festival in Key Largo features both indoor and outdoor showings of several Bogart classics. bogart Childrens movies are screened in Key Wests Bayview Park the rst and third Friday of each month, from October through May. Films are also screened poolside at the Marker Waterfront Resort Food and drink specials are available all night long. Suit up and watch as you oat in the pool. Both screenings are coordinated by Key West Outdoor Movies Though they are an increasingly endangered species, drive-in theaters havent become extinct quite yet. STAR GAZING by RICK KARLIN Although drive-in theaters were open as early as 1921, they peaked in popularity in the 1950s and s when there were nearly 4,000 operating in the U.S. Now less than 400 remain scattered throughout the country, and of these only two are in Southern Florida. Fort Lauderdales, Thunderbird Drive-in also known as the Swap Shop Drive-in is the largest of Americas drive-in theaters. It has 13 screens of varying sizes (screen nine is the original and largest). Audio is broadcast on FM channels. The Lake Worth Drive-In has one screen playing to more than 400 cars, also with FM audio. Both locations serve as ea markets during the day. oridaswapshop.comSeeing Stars in Cars palette feb|march 2017


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While the pomp and circumstance around weddings come with a set of long-held traditions, many couples have been rewriting the rules for quite some time. By Shayne BenowitzGet Hitched!


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B Christopher / Alamy Stock PhotoCommitment ceremonies had been taking place for decades and individual states had already passed laws legalizing samesex marriage, the but the federal ruling ushered in a new era for the countrys $72 billion wedding industry. With same-sex weddings, theres no real rules, says Shai Tertner, owner of Shiraz Events with of ces in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and London. They can do it as they wish. They dont have to obey traditions. They can choose to if they want, but they dont have to. Whether its ignoring the superstition around seeing the bride 026 When the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in June 2013 legalizing same-sex marriage, before walking down the aisle in favor of a rst look photo session, skipping the bouquet and garter toss or forgoing the bridal party and groomsmen, couples are planning weddings that re ect who they are. Theres also a strong emphasis on throwing a fun reception that feels more like a party than a formal affair. At these, buffets and food stations are often prefered over traditional plated dinners. People want to it to be fun and entertaining. They want to see people mingling, says Monika Moreno, principal at Swankey Events in Key West.


The EngagementFor same-sex couples, theres even more to parse when interpreting wedding traditions. One thing Tertners noticed is that many are forgoing the engagement party. However, for Miamis Giancarlo Perez and Bernardo Mller, the surprise wedding they were planning in St. Barths turned into their engagement party when their dream venue Vizcaya Museum & Gardens suddenly became available thanks to a cancellation. With St. Barths already booked, they invited an intimate group of friends to celebrate in a private villa perched on a bluff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The engagement is also a time to get creative with jewelry. One couple, who got engaged in the South of France, opted for Cartier bracelets instead of the traditional ring. Perez and Mller exchanged bands by Nak Armstrong. In South Florida, great jewelers include Gray & Sons in Miami Beach, Morays Jewelers in Coral Gables and Barclays Jewelers in downtown Miami. For a high fashion symbol of love, a trip to Kirk Jewelers in downtown Miami can lead couples to mesmerizing engagement rings and bridal jewelry from brands like DANHOV and Scott Kay.The CeremonyPerez and Mllers wedding at Vizcaya became the rst of cial same-sex wedding at the lavish historic property overlooking Biscayne Bay. Solving the question of who walks down the aisle and who waits at the altar, Perez and Mller made their grand entrance together aboard a sleek black Van Dutch open yacht. Other excellent venues around South Florida include MAPS Backlot in Wynwood, The Biltmore and Hotel Colonnade in Coral Gables, Casa Casuarina and Fontainebleau Miami palette feb|march 2017Pages 24-25: Giancarlo Perez and Bernardo Mller at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens on their wedding day. Opposite page: Hundreds of p eople gather around the Supreme Court as the Justices hear arguments on same-sex marriage. This page, from top: the W South Beach can host all kinds of events; LGBTQ couples can seek professional wedding plan ning services from well-established companies like Shiraz Events; DANHOVs Tubetto red domed mens band, available at Kirk Jewelers. Beach, The Breakers in Palm Beach, W Hotels and the Casa Marina in Key West. Perez and Mller had one of their best friends of ciate and wrote their own vows, a trend that Tertner says has pretty much become the rule in same-sex weddings. Theyll take care of the legal process of marriage at city hall and then choose a friend who knows the couple well to of ciate and make the ceremony more personal, he says. For couples seeking a traditional church ceremony, the Coral Gables Congregational Church, Metropolitan Community Church Key West, Unity on the Bay in Miami and Sunshine Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale all perform same-sex weddings. In lieu of bridesmaids and groomsmen, Perez and Mller requested that the ladies invited dress in white or blue gowns for a uni ed composition at their black tie affair. This is in line with the trend toward shedding the wedding party and opting out of the matchy-matchy bridesmaid dresses, according to Moreno. Clockwise from top: Todd Good Photography;Courtesy of Shiraz Events; Courtesy of Kirk Jewelers


Inspiration & PlanningLike any wedding, Tertner points out that the dynamic of same-sex weddings can vary depending on the couple. Its such a new industry, he says. For these couples, it can be very emotional on many levels. Fortunately, as same-sex weddings are becoming more of a norm, its becoming a little less so, which is a good thing. He suggests that couples turn to Pinterest and websites like The Knot and Style Me Pretty for inspiration. Hes also had clients create their entire color story based on a mens luxury ad. For some lesbian couples, the question of what to wear, a white dress or a tux, often arises. The Little Black Tux online shop is an excellent resource for suits tailored to women for those whod like to go for the tuxedo look on their wedding day. Attending conventions like Your Wedding Experience presented by David Tutera which takes place at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center on May 21 is a great way to start planning. Of course, hiring a professional wedding planner like Tertner, Moreno or Rainbow Bells, which specializes in same sex weddings, is key to a stress-free planning process.The Reception At Perez and Mllers wedding, the couple took advantage of Vizcayas formal gardens by incorporating long, romantic tables arranged with white 028This page, from top: Perez and Mllers reception at Viscaya Museum & Gardens; Rainbow Bells in Boca Raton offers full-service wedding and honeymoon planning for LGBTQ couples; Opposite page, from top: Little Black Tux specializes in tuxedos designed for women; Cake with roses from Key West Cakes From top: Mary Beth Tyson; Courtesy of Rainbow Bells


palette feb|march 2017 roses and tall branches by orist Roman Cusco that reached the willow trees above for a rustic and visually unifying effect. The use of simple materials, including branches, rope, dried beans and clothespins, creates a chic barnyard aesthetic thats currently very popular. The trick is taking these humble, natural materials and elevating them, Tertner says. Other top local orists include Miamis Trias Flowers & Gifts and Fort Lauderdales Doris the Florist. Perez and Mller hired a live saxophonist and percussionist to complement the beats set by their DJ at the reception, creating a party atmosphere and keeping the energy lively. In addition to an open bar, they also created six separate sitting roominspired vignettes throughout Vizcayas gardens with bottle service set-ups that mimicked the setting at a nightclub. Enlisting Juniors Entertainment Group, with of ces in Miami, Palm Beach, New York and the Dominican Republic and their high-watt production value, is a great alternative. With 72 entertainers and a collection of 3,000 songs in 50 genres and seven different languages to select from, you can become another guest at your wedding. The reception is an opportunity to get creative. Cake toppers can be anything from customized gures to laser cut words. Naked cakes which are stripped of the traditional exterior fondant and buttercream, and constructed in layers with oral decor are another fun way to switch things up. Its a great modern twist to the traditional wedding cake, says Moreno. [Couples] who lean towards this concept are open to new ideas and like to get creative with their wedding style. Top wedding confectioners include West Palm Beachs Earth and Sugar Bakery, Miamis Elegant Temptations Cakes and Key West Cakes. Tertner says that after parties, whether hosted at a couples home or with an extended reception, are a popular addition. Destination weddings with an entire wedding weekend planned offer yet another way for couples to personalize their celebration and buck tradition. I think straight couples go to gay weddings and say, Oh, we can do it this way. It doesnt have to be a stuffy white wedding. We can have fun, says Tertner. Ultimately, a wedding day is about having friends and family come together over a couples love. I never thought that much about gay rights, says Mller. But planning a wedding [with Giancarlo] and preparing for our special day brought such a level of maturity to our relationship and a strong bond. And I thought, Why would that be denied to someone? From top: Courtesy of The Little Black Tux; Courtesy of Key West Cakes


by sole sastre | photography by dmitry zhitov | makeup by derbis aguileraExtraordinarily nice, Elaine Lancaster is the kind of girl whos guaranteed to blow your mind.killer queen


032 six-foot-two leggy blond with the Southern drawl is clearly not from these parts, but she ts in just ne, thank you. Like Miami, the city that saw her star rise, Elaine Lancaster is a series of stunning contradictions, starting, of course, with the fact that she is nothing more than a fabulous character, created and performed by a man: James Davis. And yet, she is not just a gment of his imagination. Like any creation, she has taken on a life of her own, growing over the last two decades to play a prominent role in Davis life and within the local community, too.the girl next doorBorn off a dirt road in Alabama the day before the largest civil rights march led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Washington DC, Davis was raised in various states throughout the South including Georgia and South Carolina before his family nally settled in Kansas. He graduated from the University of Kansas in the early 1990s after a prolonged stint in college. After that, he traveled around the world, even doing some modeling in the mid s. At the time, South Beach was a hotbed of models, photographers, artists and dreamers. One prominent resident being none other than famed designer Gianni Versace, at whose behest Davis moved. He arrived in Miami late in the evening the night before he was supposed to begin working for Versace, but not 24 hours had elapsed and Versace was dead, shot early in the morning on the steps of his Ocean Drive mansion. I moved here the day he died, Davis says. My friends told me they were having a memorial party the following Wednesday at Warsaw Ballroom. And I thought, what better way to honor his memory than to get into high drag and go celebrating? He walked into the lobby at the Warsaw Ballroom and met General Manager Maxwell Blandford, who offered Elaine Lancaster a job on the spot as the emcee of the amateur strip contest on Wednesday nights. I made a lot of friends, but I made a lot of enemies, too, says Davis. The drag queens all hated me from that moment on. I had taken a job they all thought they were entitled to. For just about two decades now, Davis has played the part of Elaine Lancaster, entertaining and emceeing at numerous LGBTQ and non-gay galas throughout South Florida, including White Party, Miami Beach Gay Pride and The Blacks Annual Gala (co-hosted by good friend Lea Black, with whom Elaine co-starred on Bravos Real Housewives of Miami in 2010). She has come to count Pamela Anderson and Dennis Rodman among her good friends.


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palette feb|march 2017 A number of proclamations from Dallas, TX, several from Miami Beach, one from each Miami-Dade County and the city of Miami adorn the walls of Davis apartment. By some counts he may just be the most awarded citizen not just drag queen in Miami and Miami Beach. In 2015, Davis was recognized by the Harvey Milk Foundation and the Pride Center at Equality Park in Wilton Manors with one of the rst Diversity Honors awards. The organization sought candidates who give back to their communities or people who are unabashedly authentic, and Davis fullled both categories, according to Stuart Milk, president of the national Harvey Milk Foundation. Thanks to Elaines growing presence and zealous work ethic, Davis now owns a four-unit apartment building in Miamis Upper East Side. And because you cant live off your good looks forever, he rents out two of the units and resides there, too. He shares the top oor with the woman in his life, the real landlady: Elaine. From his unit, a simple door separates his modest and orderly world from her profusion of embellished designer gowns, full axen wigs and trays upon trays of make-up.bad girlWind me up and Ill go, says Davis. I have a tendency to invoke emotions in people. Im never angry. Im never nasty. I dont attack anybody. I never do. But the very same penchant for being outspoken that led to Elaine Lancasters rise, has also led to plenty of public scrutiny, especially given Davis very public support of Donald Trump. Im a leader in the community, and I know I am and I take great responsibility in that, he says. I have never in my life experienced so much hatred, pettiness and animosity for me posting something. He says it started when he posted a statement about how Obama was like Madonna and Lady Gaga, playing the gay community. The gays used to be the free thinkers. They used to be so progressive and so independent and now theyre sheep, he says. If the leader, whoever it may be Gaga or Madonna, says to do this, they all get in lock step. Its ok to be a free dresser, an independent spirit, but dont you dare deviate from the thought. Dont you ever change the way youre supposed to think. Many in the community have questioned and rejected Davis i have a tendency to invoke emotions in people. im never angry. Im never nasty. i dont attack anybody. I never do.


036 political views. While Trumps campaign was unorthodox by any measure and the discourse has been quite in ammatory in general, the LGBTQ community had a greater concern than offensive language. Trumps chosen running mate, former Indiana governor Mike Pence, famously signed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law in 2015, drawing plenty of attention to that state. Davis admits hes a little concerned by some of the appointments that have been made by the president elect. The EPA is one example. Yeah, that scares me too because Im a huge environmentalist, he says. But in the end he says that issues like employment and the economy affect everyone, including the LGBTQ community and he feels that many have lost sight of that. Without jobs, it doesnt matter how many rights we get! As with just about every other aspect of this last presidential campaign cycle, the political discussion between Davis and many in the community went from heated to downright aggressive in no time. Being a public gure, all the animosity played out in a very public way, and that has taken its toll. Ive done all these events for all these gay causes, and people have literally said, Im gonna kill you. If I see you outside Im gonna throw a brick at your head, he says. He created what he calls The Folder of Hate, which includes screen shots of the nastier messages hes received via social media. At least one he felt he had to report to the Miami Beach police department. I will not tolerate it anymore.spreading the loveI know how you effect change is you engage the so-called enemy, says Davis. I dont consider anyone an enemy. I consider them sort of misguided perhaps, and if you create dialogue you can create change. He says he once engaged political pundit Rush Limbaugh in this way, and he feels that Limbaugh listened because he was being included. Its because so many people say, if youre not gonna accept me for who I am, f you! Im out of here. But they dont create dialogue. Theres no communication. Davis has taken Lancaster to spread her message in foreign lands as part of an ongoing project titled Diva Destinations The online travel show provides viewers with an insiders look at some of the most glamorous places on Earth. Introducing viewers to places they would never have imaged, Diva Destinations has one completed episode lmed in Mykonos, Greece and a trip to Cuba is in the works. In addition to the show and her ongoing drag performances at Seor Frogs in Miami Beach, Lancaster even developed her own line of lip gloss. She now has 12 shades in her collection and more is sure to come. I dont consider anyone an enemy. I consider them sort of misguided perhaps, and if you create dialogue you can create change.


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Animal Magnetism By Julie BalterCarina Mask and Christina Mendenhall (3)


The emotional connection between our impassioned LGBTQ population and the animal kingdom surpasses common stereotypes, extending into the mystical.


From Left: Okssi68 / iStock by Getty Images; Christina Mendenhall; Carina Masknorms, be it marriage or monogamy. Were the esty honey badgers who dont give a #$%@! But were also like black swans who crave soul mates and domestic nests; our pets could practically be pushed in a baby carriage. We see the gentle beauty within the pit bull beast. Were the rst to provide them safe shelter without breaking their spirit. These dogs deserve the same love and compassion shown to other breeds, insists Sebrina Alfonso, conductor of the South Florida Symphony. Along with partner Jacqueline Lorber, shes tirelessly challenged the pit bulls maligned stereotype and found homes for over 20 dogs on the verge of being euthanized. We also cant pass by a frightened, ea-ridden cat without at least offering all of last nights leftovers. We write Christmas-sized checks to support rescue efforts. We might even own a wall-size portrait of our pet wearing a pink tutu (and were only too proud to show you). Combine our boundless love and open bleeding hearts with rabid loyalties, and our marginalized queer population becomes ercely primed to protect our kindred animal friends. All my dogs have been rescued, said Wendy Silva, owner of Phoebe & Friends, who, with partner Robin Schwartz (former Aqua Foundation director), cares for mixed-breeds Stella, Sebastian and Pooka. They add so much to our lives, and we can only hope to give them love as unconditional as theirs is for us. Our instinctive care could even be spiritually connected. Ganesh, the Hindu deity, appearing in form as an elephant, is often associated with the queer community. He is worshipped for removing obstacles, protections against adversity, and evoking creative arts and expression. St. Francis Assisi, the revered patron saint of animals, preached honor and equality of all Why does our queer community actively embrace the stray dogs, broken-winged birds and endangered wildlife of the world? I dont want to play armchair psychologist or animal biologist but wait I really do! Sure, some similar outward attributes of our two species are worth noting. Anecdotal evidence suggests that queers are the most adorable, playful and charismatic Earthbeings, second only to our animal friends. Theres nothing cute or cuddly looking about gay bashing politicians, for instance. On the sad-dog-eyes side and in all seriousness we also understand exclusion. Weve been tossed on the street and sometimes tamed against will. Many of us identify with wild things; we outright reject hetero 040


palette feb|march 2017 creatures and has also been thought to have engaged in gay relationships. Call it nature or nurture, but 71 percent of LGBT adults compared to 63 percent of heterosexuals are pet owners according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Here in South Florida, nestled between the endangered Everglades and the globally warmed Atlantic king tides, were especially attuned to organizations focused on animal welfare. Many South Florida animal rescue associations combine volunteer initiatives with educational ventures that make for amazing eld trips. While so many non-prots make great use of contributions, here are a handful of remarkable organizations that offer friendly adventure in exchange for (or in addition to) a supportive nancial donation. Rolling in the Deep Fun(d) Facts: Dolphins are smart, playful, and frisky. The bottlenose, for instance, is also known to exhibit homoerotic behaviors, but did you know that they can also provide therapeutic interactions? Like many aquatic therapy techniques, spending time with dolphins has proven to aid human ailments ranging from anxiety and depression to physical disabilities and autoimmune diseases. Research suggests that by stimulating the production of endorphins and hormones, dolphin therapy can help reduce pain, enhance recovery and stimulate T-cell production. Local Efforts: Island Dolphin Care, located in Key Largo, provides intensive dolphin therapy for children and adults with special needs and intensive disorders such as PTSD. Through deep immersions with the dolphins, participants enhance self-esteem, attention span and social development. Shorter programs are also offered to groups for half and full days, as are observation sessions. Learn and Return: A tour can be pre-arranged for anyone interested in learning more about this unique animal. Financial contributions and volunteers for administrative assistance are always welcome. Grace Under Water Fund(d) facts: Unlike their land-based counterparts, sea turtles cant hide their head and legs inside their shell. Like us, theyre totally vulnerable. So much so, that theyre going extinct, in spite of predating the age of dinosaurs. From left: Cats are common house pets; Loggerhead Marine Life Center releases rehabilitated green sea turtles; Island Dolphin Care offers interaction programs.


If that wasnt enough reason to support their conservation, consider that sea turtles often travel more than 10,000 miles to lay their eggs at the same location they were born. Local Efforts: Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach is worth the drive (especially when you consider how much farther than you the sea turtles have traveled). This leading center of research and rehabilitation cares for injured sea turtles such as Bear, a sub-adult who mistook a power plant canal for his native beach land. When rescued, Bears internal temperature was 60 degrees and his heart was only beating at ve beats per minute. Bear continues to be closely monitored by the center staff, along with recued buddies such as Burt Reynolds, who was discovered tangled in a net. Like his celebrity namesake, Burt is responding well to therapy. Learn and Return: From turtle hatching observations to veterinary learning lab-tours, Loggerhead offers educational activities for every age. And if youre searching for the perfect gift, you can sponsor the adoption of your very own reptile. For a $35 donation (which goes toward food, medication and hospital care) you or the recipient of choice is anointed turtle ambassador. You can visit your turtle anytime, so helicopter parents can receive progress updates. The Birdcage Fun(d) Facts: Anyone who has spent time around South Floridas waterways knows that a pelicans vertical dive rivals that of Greg Louganis. The brown birds with the big gulls are also rst-class poopers who leave 042 Carina Mask and Christina Mendenhall (3) Clockwise from left: Charleen Trimble with Pelican Harbor Seabird Stations opossum mascot, Orange Blossom; volunteer handling a young gator at Everglades Outpost; the resident same-sex couple at Pelican Harbor, Pepe and Enrique.


palette feb|march 2017 special packages on every marina. But what you may not know is that pelicans are an endangered species as consequence of losing their natural habitats and sustaining injuries from shing hooks and lines. Local Efforts: These birds ock together along our overdeveloped coastlines and therefore need urban-based treatment centers. Miamis Pelican Harbor Seabird Station is located on the 79th Street Causeway and cares for injured pelicans impacted by this ongoing overdevelopment. Thousands of displaced and injured animals are received and cared for thanks to the generosity of private donors. Learn and Return: The center welcomes visitors and offers group tours. For the ultimate urban eco-education take a guided sunset birding tour along Biscayne Bay, during which you could spot over 30 bird species. For a fun way to support, make plans to attend the annual Pelican Party on April 22nd at the Miami Shores Country Club ( Lemurs, Monkeys and Bears Fun(d) Fact: Only in South Florida could a panther be conscated during a drug bust or a tiger found illegally kept as a strippers pet. And of course, there are the monkeys allegedly held captive in the name of research. Suddenly, our pelican poop problem seems so benign. Local Efforts: Bob Freer and his wife were innocently caring for injured birds, raccoons and possums. Times being what they are, it wasnt long before their Homestead-based Everglades Outpost transformed into a refuge of last resort for unwanted, and/or abused zebras, camels, alligators and any other animal unsuccessfully and often illegally procured as a pet. The Outposts aim, whenever possible, is to rehabilitate and release animals back into their natural environment. Learn and Return: To support treatment and caretaking costs, the Everglades Outpost offers tours, airboat rides, alligator-feeding shows, and personal snake-handling sessions. Dont worry! If youd rather keep all your ngers accounted for, simply write a check before leaving. Godzilla, the alligator, will be most appreciative. From top: bulentgultek / iStock by Getty Images; Carina Mask and Christina MendenhallGAY DOGSOur potent pet connection is scientically proven to stimulate health and reduce stress. All the more reason to take on Pet Project, a Wilton Manors organization that helps people aficted by HIV-related illnesses and other debilitating diseases care for their personal pets. Initiatives include a pet food bank and delivery, assistance with pet exercise, vet transporation, and when needed fostering and adoption facilitation. Pet Project eagerly welcomes hands-on assistance, but they also suggest a creative way to contribute, one that every queer can relate to: Throw a party in the name of charitable contributions. After all, festivity, even in the face of extreme adversity, is perhaps our most admirable trait. Juvenile horned owl with Pelican Harbor volunteer, Doug.




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f all the cities in the Americas, Montreal possesses a uniquely European feel, apparent in both its Old World charm and modern international sophistication. From romantic city strolls and world-class architecture to decadent dishes and a vibrant LGBTQ community, there is plenty for two love birds to do in this city, even on a quick weekend getaway.History BuffsBuilt in 1656, the Notre-Dame Basilica is the oldest church and landmark in Montreal. Its a beautifully detailed structure where you can take a break from sightseeing to commune with your higher power or simply enjoy an organ recital or choral performance. Jiawangkun / OA ve-minute walk down Rue Saint-FranoisXavier will lead you to the Pointe--Callire Museum, which houses First Nation and early settler artifacts. This archaeology and history museum introduces visitors to the city and provinces unique history. Just a short drive north will lead you to La Prison des Patriotes Exhibition Centre. Located in the heart of the former Pied-du-Courant prison, the institution commemorates the 1,300 patriots who were imprisoned some, even executed during the rebellion of 1837-1838. For a bit of more recent history, head across town to The Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, which educates visitors about the Holocaust while promoting respect for diversity and human life. 046


From top: Archives Marc et Ida Chagall, Paris / Montreal Museum of Fine Art; Michel Tremblay / Montral Space for LifeArt LoversArtists and Montreal go hand in hand. The creative spirit is woven into the very soul of the city. If art is what you crave, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a great place to start your day. Scheduled until June 2017, the Chagall: Colour and Music exhibit features 400 works by the modernist master, including paintings, sculptures, maquettes, stained glass windows, photographs, lms and even puppets. Film lovers can catch a cult classic or an international movie at the Centre Phi, which also hosts concerts, plays and exhibits. And if you and your sweety prefer something a little more risqu, Cinema LAmour shows vintage erotic films nightly.NaturalistsMontreal Botanical Garden is an excellent place for a little relaxation in a natural setting. The lush garden boasts more than 20,000 species and includes a rose garden, as well as Chinese and Japanese bonsai trees. Opposite page: Notre-Dame Basilica altar. This page, from top: Marc Chagalls Le Triomphe de la Musique; Montreal Botanical Gardenpalette feb|march 2017


From left: Marie-laine Thibault; Alison SlatteryVisitors who like to explore at their own pace can pick up a bike at any one of the 400 Bixi Stops across the city. Rent one for the day and head to Parc La Fontaine. Named after political activist, Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, the stunning grounds are best appreciated during a leisurely ride. If you like to pursue heartracing activities and water sports are your passion, try whitewater rafting on the Lachine Rapids, near downtown Montreal on the Saint Lawrence River.GourmandsWith all the activity and excitement, you must eat, and in Montreal you can eat very well indeed. For breakfast, Eggspectation on Chemin de la Cte-desNeiges, offers diners 101 variations of eggs Benedict. You can elevate your dining experience at Les Deux Singes de Montarvie. The gastronomic delight specializes in international, French, Canadian and vegetarian fare. Give your ne dining experience an international spin at Damas, which serves up Syrian-inspired dishes. Le Virunga has become a trendy foodie destination. The pan-African restaurant gives local dishes an African twist. Plantain and poutine anyone? Those keeping Kosher should try the signature knishes at Fletchers, which is tucked away inside the Museum of Jewish Montreal. Le Bird Bar features 13 different sauces for fried chicken and faux chicken for vegetarians vegans, too. The ever-famous Tuck Shops sophisticated menu creations think: stuffed courgette owers and jerk hen should not be missed. Sure there are amazing restaurants everywhere, but you can also try your own dishes by taking a French cooking class at Ateliers and Saveurs or an Indian cooking class at Masala Indian Restaurant. FashionistasBesides the fantastic food, Montreal is also known for its fashion sense, especially when it comes to haircuts. For a great cut and style, go to Haas Hair Salon in the Gay Village. Then kick back and relax as you get an fabulous foot massage while you sip on a nice hot tea at Happy Foot. Mutt and Jeff is a couture boutique that offers that latest European fashions from Turkey. A visit to the Underground City will reveal a network of underground malls, hotels and art venues that will undoubtedly result in a full shopping bag. Department stores and small boutiques line a 12-block stretch of Rue Saint Catherine.Community PrideIn 1996, the Canadian Human Rights Act added sexual orientation to its non-discrimination laws. In 2004 marriage equality was written into law across the land. While discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression is illegal in the province of Quebec, Canada as a whole 048 From left: Les Deux Singes de Montarvie; Le Bird Bar


has yet to follow suit. Federal bill C-16, proposed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, would address this disparity. As with any metropolitan city, the place where an LGBTQ traveler can nd out more about the queer community is the local LGBTQ Center, which in Montreal is the Centre Communautaire LGBTQ de Montreal. It has been serving the community for 26 years. Along with a host of resources, the Center is also home to a library with more than 12,000 documents on sexual diversity. Queer visitors can have access to everything from LGBTQ AA meetings to a host of health services, including HIV testing and safe-sex support at the Clinique Medicale Quartier Latin ( Nearby, Le Village is a thriving and diverse neighborhood with restaurants, bars, shops and other attractions. This is also where Montreals annual Pride parade, known as Fiert Montral, takes place in August. The week-long celebration hosts cultural events promoting LGBTQ awareness, visibility and inclusivity. An LGBTQ Human Rights Conference is also part of the Pride program, as is a Community Day. Last August, a team from World OutGames Miami attended the festivities to promote and market the World OutGames in the city that rst organized that event. Attending Pride in Montreal was special last year since it was the 10-year celebration since World OutGames was hosted in Montreal, says Bruce Townsend, chair of the board of directors of World OutGames Miami. It was monumental to be in the city where World OutGames started. Diversity and inclusion are deeply cherished values in the city. Queer Tango Montreal is a tango group for the LGBTQ community that offers classes four nights a week. At the classes, students are taught to dance and gender roles are switched, explored, shared and played with. The group hosts a three-day festival in early May that explores gender roles, promotes tango dancing and organizes a welcome dinner for festival attendees. Clockwise from top left: Lisa Graves; Stphan Poulin / Tourisme Montral; Susan Moss Photographypalette feb|march 2017 Clockwise from top left: Viva Delorme and Krista Baker dancing during last years Queer Tango festival; Old Port Montral; Couple under pink balls in Le Village


050 palette feb|march 2017on trend Whether youre on a quest for your soul mate or just feeling frisky, theres an app for that. THE LOVE CONNECTION by SOLE SASTREIts been a while since dating sites became the virtual singles bar where the curious, playful or hopeful post their wanted notices and wish lists. And while the concept took some time to gain traction with the mainstream public, for LGBTQ singles it was the ticket to a brave new world. After all, what better way to privately seek other like-minded individuals without having to deal with disapproving family members, outing yourself to coworkers or even placing yourself in a dangerous situation? Just the logistics of having to nd a gathering spot in some parts of the country made the online experience a no-brainer. That said, the dating world heavyweights made sure to include a few questions that allowed members to customize their pro les a little, but the effort while well-intended perhaps provided little more than that. Smaller sites lacked the numbers for any real diversity in their membership. Enter LGBTQ-speci c dating sites. I mean, why not? After all, there are farmer-speci c sites, and in this case, sexual-orientation is incredibly relevant. Having worked at and tried the service himself, creator, Frank Mastronuzzi, ultimately felt the need to build a site from scratch. That site is now the onegoodcrush dating app. And thats where its at. While improved its LGBTQ game, and the Zoosk and OkCupid platforms were built to be inclusive, its been apps like Grindr, Jackd, Fem and HER, among dozens of others that have taken dating to the next level. So what do they have to offer? Heres a quick rundown: Fem Unlike most dating apps, Fem offers video dating features instead of just basic photos. This allows members to let their personalities shine. Currently ranked No. 1 among lesbian dating apps in the iTunes app store, its become a popular way for lesbians and bi-curious women to make new friends, chat and meet other singles. Grindr This app was created with gay, bisexual and bi-curious men in mind. It has grown to have more than 5 million users, so there are plenty of men to choose from no matter where you are members are scattered across 196 countries. Grindr is de nitely on the casual side, so its probably not the rst choice for those seeking anything more long-term. HER Formerly Dattch, this app veri es accounts, so lesbian, bisexual and queer women can safely and securely contact each other via unlimited messages and unlimited picture uploads. Members can also browse lesbian articles on pop culture and see whats happening in their cities. Its great if youre new in town. Play a Sean Lattrell quick game of Would You Rather? to strike up a conversation. Jackd Guys who want to meet other guys can chat with more than 5 million users across the globe. Jackd predominantly markets itself to gay black men and offers easy and accessible communication features. Woof! OkCupid Widely considered one of the best dating apps, the OkCupid platform makes it easy to browse pro les of other members that are nearby. Its available for iPhone, iPad and Android, and you can start by sending and receiving messages for free. Zoosk This is yet another mainstream dating app that is great for LGBTQ singles, too. It features a robust platform that makes getting started easy. After just a few questions youll be on your way to romantic blissor at least meeting some interesting people.


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052health check palette feb|march 2017 THE DOCTOR DILEMMA by WYATT MYERS Care Resource provides a wealth of information at its various locations throughout South Florida. careresource.orgFor more info As we grow older, we all make plenty of weighty, sometimes agonizing, decisions about our jobs, our relationships and other critical life choices. One important decision all of us must face but we often overlook is who we choose as a primary care physician. Clifford Medina, MD, the Chief of General Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, says that taking the time to nd the right primary care physician is worth the effort. Choose wisely, he says, and youll have a trusted health professional in your corner who will ask the right questions, perform the proper tests and ensure that you always have the care you need. Choose poorly, and its possible that you or your doctor could let critical health concerns slip through the cracks as the years progress. Of course, choosing the right doctor is a highly personal decision. A doctor that works for one person might not be a great candidate for someone else. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you go about selecting a primary care physician for your own health care needs. Credentials As is true of plumbers, electricians or any other professional, you want to start by making sure your doctor is quali ed, notes Dr. Medina. In addition, to having a degree from an accredited U.S. medical school or international equivalent, I would make sure that they are board-certi ed, he says. Either an MD or a DO, which is an osteopathic physician, can be a good choice. Generally, your primary care physician specializes in either family medicine or internal medicine. Though the training of these doctors Barbara Pollak-Lewisis somewhat different, either makes for a solid primary care physician. Family physicians focus on the care of all members of the family, while internists specialize primarily on adult care. Big Practice vs. Small Practice Another consideration is whether you want your doctor to be af liated with a hospital or large medical center or to be part of a smaller practice. Here again, this is a highly personal decision. Doctors that are part of larger organizations often hold certain advantages. Large networks just have more resources, says Dr. Medina. For example, at Mount Sinai, if you see an internist who then refers you to a cardiologist, you can stay within our network, and all of your health information will be readily available to every specialist that you see. One-on-One Time While all these considerations matter, the reality is that the most important factor is how you interact with the doctor on a personal level. If you feel like he or she takes the time to listen, answers all your questions in a way you can understand and makes you feel comfortable and at ease, then it might be a match made in heaven. Conversely, if you feel rushed, uncomfortable or pressed for time with the doctor, you may want to consider looking elsewhere. Putting It All Together In the end, it should be about how the doctor makes you feel, says Dr. Medina. If you feel comfortable telling the doctor about all your health problems and con dent that he or she will help you make the right decisions, then you probably made the right choice. Dr. Medina notes that this process can sometimes take more than one visit. Dont be afraid to give yourself three or four appointments. If you still dont feel comfortable, then its perfectly acceptable to keep looking. Choosing a primary care physician is one of the most important decisions you make. Here are a few tips on how to nd one you can trust for a lifetime.


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 Miracles Up Ahead Jackson Memorial Hospital Jackson North Medical Center Jackson South Community Hospital Holtz Childrens Hospital Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital


054 palette feb|march 2017serious business John Tanzella President and CEO of IGLTA It is a well-documented statistic that gay men and lesbians travel more widely than their straight counterparts. We also tend to venture out to far- ung places. As a result, hundreds of businesses in more than 80 countries court around the world, welcome and support these intrepid explorers. These businesses are members of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), which is based in Fort Lauderdale. Q: Why was the IGLTA founded? A: In 1983, here in South Florida, to help gay and lesbian clientele nd somewhere safe to stay. It was begun by an underground network of LGBT travel agents and gay guesthouse owners. They would send each other customers because back then there was no prominent advertising of gay travel in the United States. Q: How does the organization function? A: A lot of what we do is marketing; it depends on where you are. If you are in a very gay-friendly country such as Canada, we do it more from a marketing perspective. But if you are in a developing country or you are an emerging LGBT destination, we would help fund their membership and promote them to travelers so they are able to get some business from the community. Q: What does it mean to be an LGBTQfriendly destination? A: One where the tourism board actively reaches out to the community, whether its through training for the hospitality industry, creating LGBT speci c websites for travelers, getting engaged in the local gay community. Beyond that, basically if there are things for people in our community to do and are QA & John Tanzella, President and CEO of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association Carina Mask marketed to. It doesnt have to be gay nightlife per se, but it could be a lm or wine festival. Q: How much has the LGBTQ travel industry grown and what countries are trending? A: The market has grown but it has also evolved. Ten years ago, we didnt have corporate partners. Now, these massive mainstream companies are interested in the gay traveler. If you look at it from the corporate sector reaching out, the U.S. by far is the largest, but you are starting to see it everywhere, even in far reaching places in Latin America. In trends, Southern Africa has been huge and Southeast Asia. Gay and lesbian travelers tend to be early adapters to new places. Myanmar is now open; Cambodia is becoming popular; Vietnam; Cuba as well, for Americans. Q: Homosexuality is still criminalized in many places. How dangerous is it for LGBTQ travelers? A: Whether you are straight or gay, you need to abide by the laws. Just be smart and do your research before. So its just a matter of being mindful of the culture. But we never tell somebody not go anywhere. The State Department came out with a link on their website for Americans traveling abroad, speci cally for LGBT travel, and the reason they did that was because they know, no matter what they say, gay people are still going to go. by DANIEL SHOER ROTH




Perhaps the most romantic adventure we can embark on is to plan a life with someone else. Then, its up to us to keep day-to-day exciting. Its what makes us glow a little brighter, smile a little longer and sigh in a loving way. So how do romance and marriage play a role in immigration? Well, lets begin with the fact that marriage is a serious commitment. Before contemplating an immigration solution by marriage to a U.S. citizen, a couple should be living together in a genuine marriage, co-mingling their funds and other important matters for a few years to obtain and keep a resident status. The U.S. citizen should be fully aware and prepared for the fact that the Fortunately for true love, U.S. immigration law allows marriage to a U.S. citizen to remove almost all barriers and sanctions commonly imposed by immigration laws. Sadly this has also led to a much-abused immigration solution. Many of us have seen the humorous side of this scenario as it played out in the 1990s lm Green Card, but we rarely hear the true horrors of a marriage scam. You can orchestrate or pretend there is a bone de marriage, but no one can guarantee that under the pressure of an interview with USCIS, the truth will not rear its ugly head. USCIS of cers are particularly adept at knowing how to grill people. The biggest problem with failing the test, as some people call it, is that the foreigner gets deported and the U.S. citizen goes to jail. Not only does the foreigner get deported, but there is no solution, relief or way around the nality of the decision. If a couple has been married for less than two years, the foreign-born spouse is given a conditional residence. Many people believe that they cannot get a divorce prior to removing the conditional residence or they will lose their status. That is not true. A bad marriage is a bad marriage, and you can get out. A U.S. citizen is not entitled to intimidate his or her spouse. The spouse would just need to document that the marriage took place in good faith. To remove a condition, you must be married at the time of the interview or you have to be fully divorced. A mere separation does not allow you to remove the condition. To remove the condition after a divorce the foreign-born spouse must prove the marriage was for love and not for any other interest. If the foreign-born spouse has been beaten or mistreated, they can le for residency without the U.S. citizen, but they must still be married. Antonia Canero Immigration Lawyer Miami-Dade Corporate Partner Member of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Lev Dolgachov / Photoduneaf davit of support signed by the U.S. citizen to attest to their ability to support the foreign born spouse is not terminated by a divorce. It is enforced until the foreign-born spouse becomes a U.S. citizen. There is a fair amount of paperwork and presentation of evidence materials required, but it is not generally a dif cult process. Many people dont have the patience to follow through with all the tedious details involved though. Often, U.S. citizens can become infuriated with the demands and delays, especially if their foreign-born spouse lives in another country and cannot come to the U.S. In those cases, it is prudent to involve an attorney. The Good, Bad and RomanticTAKING A LOOK AT THE INTERSECTION BETWEEN IMMIGRATION AND MARRIAGEBy Antonia Canero, Immigration Lawyer Miami-Dade 056 special section


GAYBIZMIAMI.COM feb|march 2017 Courtesy of South Beach Lady (2)Finding the perfect location, the right price point and a style that feels right is not always easy when planning a wedding. A yacht is a unique venue that offers a perfect alternative to the traditional land-based location. With a surprisingly affordable budget and irreplaceable ambience, a yacht charter is an undeniably sophisticated choice to create an unforgettable event. Today, some high-end yachts are built specically with weddings in mind. They offer open deck space for wedding ceremonies, full dining rooms, full workings galleys and even bridal suites. In upscale yachts, chefs are classically trained and clients are offered a full range of cuisine to suit their taste, style and budget. Be sure to inspect the galley to make sure all food is prepared fresh on board. Unlike a traditional catering hall or hotel, most yacht clients offer guests a buffet, an appropriate choice, since the yacht encourages movement and freedom between decks. Whether clients prefer a trendy, cocktail party-style service or a formal sit-down affair, industry leaders have had to rise to the challenge. Clients are smarter about food, thanks to the wealth of culinary shows on TV and the return of small boutique-style restaurants. This requires premier yacht chefs to be exible with dietary requirements, whether that is gluten free, vegetarian, vegan or any other. The same goes for mixologists. With the recent popularity of classic cocktails, the bar options have ourished, from premium to specialty bars that feature tropical drinks or trendy craft cocktails. So how does a yacht wedding work? Companies often offer clients pick-up at popular marinas that have plenty of guest parking available. More established yacht Love Boat YOU AND YOUR PARTNER ARE ONE OF A KIND, SO YOUR WEDDING SHOULD BE, TOO.charter companies also offer full planning services that can include everything from DJs and orists to house photographers that specialize in nautical events. There is no limit to the possibilities. From cigar rollers and amenco dancers to Marilyn Monroe impersonators its really up to you. Most charters are typically four to ve hours in length. Guests board the yacht and are ushered to the top deck for outdoor ceremonies. Larger yachts can also offer an indoor deck so clients can decide on what location works best for them and their guests. Clients have a choice of sailing during the event or holding a dockside ceremony. One of the most exciting moments is getting underway. A yacht wedding offers something of a destination wedding feel. Guests experience a getaway without really having to get away. Cocktail hour is usually around sunset. Guests enjoy passed hors doeuvres as they are treated to breathtaking views of the city and the sea beyond. Imagine a By Lisa Mackenzie calm intercoastal with orange and purple skies as a backdrop, accompanied by great food, family and friends. It is an unbeatable combination. Typically, yachts offer basic linens, atware and china. But be sure to ask plenty of questions, as specialty items like ne linens and chair covers are an additional expense, and not all yachts are created equal. Inspect the dining room. Ask what is included. Check out the dance oor and imagine it is open and your guests are surrounding you and your love to the pulsating sounds of the hottest beats and the moonlight shimmering on the water overhead. A yacht wedding makes a statement that is all your own and very far from ordinary. Lisa Mackenzie South Beach Lady Corporate Partner Member of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce


Many couples come to therapy with a common concern: They feel theyve lost the passionate spark that was once abundant in their relationship. Often they ask What now? Will we ever go back to the way we were? It is an experience of loss and also a yearning for something new. The reality is that 1 in 5 married couples have a low or no-sex relationship (4-10 times per year) but, is it only about sex? Can there be intimacy without romance and vice versa? A famous relational therapist, Esther Perel talks about the notion of love and desire. Love, she explains, is about predictability, stability, security, mind and play the role of a listener. Avoid judging what your partner is willing to share and instead explore and see where it takes you! You may nd something in common or even nd a new experience that you are both willing to explore. DONT GET CAUGHT UP IN THE SHOULDS Many couples struggle with the idea of planned intimate dates, but the reality is that 80 percent of intimate encounters take place because they are either planned or semiplanned. Couples often get caught up in the shoulds of relationships, like the notion that love making should happen naturally. But these unspoken standards create increased pressure in a relationship. Instead, try to explore what type of relationship you want to have. Making the time to connect with your partner shows motivation, determination and willingness. Intimate time can be introduced in many ways. Start by picking one evening a week during which you share an intimate space with each another. Invite each other to share ideas and commit to a mindful evening of romance. ADVENTURE, ADVENTURE, ADVENTURE When I suggest doing something new and exciting, couples often imagine a scene from an erotic movie. This is the part of the relationship where more doing and less talking is what works. Introducing acts of adventure and spontaneity simply means doing something out of the ordinary. This can range from something as simple as wearing something your partner likes to introducing a new idea to your sexual repertoire. Think of the Nike slogan, JUST DO IT! and follow suitwillingly. USE YOUR RESOURCES. DONT WAIT. Finally, if you are feeling stuck, dont wait! Meet with a professional who can guide you toward your desired direction; even love needs guidance. Oscar Wilde may have said, The very essence of romance is uncertainty, but a lasting partnership cannot be left up to chance. Paola Rogriguez South Florida Center for Couples and Families, PLLC south Business Member of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce ruslana_newsom / iStock by Getty Imagespermanence, dependability and security. Desire, on the other hand, is about adventure, novelty, surprise, mystery, risk, and the unknown. These are two basic needs that drive the idea of romance; however, it is routine and monotony that can derail couples from desire and intimacy. How do we reconcile these two needs and keep the re burning? ACCEPT DIFFERENCES AND EXPLORE A MEETING POINT Lets start by de ning romance. The literature describes romance as a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love. Begin with curiosity and explore what excites your partner, keep an open A Closer Look at IntimacyIS THE ROMANCE IN MY RELATIONSHIP A THING OF THE PAST?By Paola Rogriguez 058 special section


GAYBIZMIAMI.COM feb|march 2017 Weve all heard the lyrics of Lookin For Love (in all the wrong places) but theres one thing we know for sure: If South Florida is where you happen to live, you dont have to look very far at all to nd love and romance. Its everywhere! It is virtually impossible to avoid romantic spots in these sultry tropics. There are so many choices for wedding venues, romantic dinners or places to go on date night, but wed like to share one of the more unique venues for a romantic encounter; be it a formal event or impromptu visit. Nothing spells romance quite like the sweet smell of ora, sounds of natural streams, tunes of songbirds Lookin for Love ITS SO MUCH MORE THAN A SONGand a peaceful setting. And romance is celebrated in its many forms at the forested wetlands, hardwood hammock, cypress slough and a lake graced with swans and other waterfowl in Pinecrest Gardens, South Floridas Cultural Arts Park and Botanical Garden. From green elds where you and your loved one can spread a blanket for an afternoon picnic to a number of picturesque venues that are ideal for wedding vows and receptions, the 14-acre park uses its natural beauty to great effect. The 500-seat amphitheater, regularly used for Shakespearean plays or graceful dancers, even has a geodesic dome that minimizes the threat of inclement weather to no threat at all. Formerly historic Parrot Jungle, this unique park tucked away in the municipality of Pinecrest welcomes around 150,000 visitors a year, but the winding paths shaded by natural tree canopy or protected by wooden path covers ensure you wont even notice either the summer heat or the other visitors. Wherever you may wander, small nooks and beautiful places off the beaten track provide the kind of privacy and peace scarcely found in the city. This is indeed a place where a budding romance can bloom. Wedding facilities can accommodate parties large and small, and each has its distinctive botanical appeal. Pinecrest Gardens, South Floridas Cultural Arts park might just be one of Miamis best kept secrets, only to be shared and experienced with someone you love. Alana S. Perez Pinecrest Gardens Corporate Member of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of CommerceBy Alana S. Perez


GAYBIZMIAMI.COM feb|march 2017 Please share with us a bit of your personal background. South Florida has been my home for the last seven years and Ive loved every minute of it. With its wonderfully diverse people, warm weather and beautiful beaches, every day is an adventure here. Prior to my move, I lived in Los Angeles California where I still have the majority of my Colombian/Peruvian family and many incredible friends. Thankfully there are many parallels between both cities, making for a smooth transition. I jumped aboard the Wells Fargo Stagecoach in 2002 as a part-time docent at the Wells Fargo History Museum in San Diego, CA (yes, Wells Fargo has 11 museums throughout the U.S. housing history of over 160 years), later transitioning We are proud of our ongoing tradition and commitment to equality and inclusion for all our LGBT customers, team members and communities and work hard to build and sustain a culture where people feel valued and respected for who they are, as well as for their skills and experiences. We are truly committed to supporting the long-term prosperity of LGBT individuals, families and businesses. What are some of the unique features of doing business in South Florida? With South Florida being known as the Gateway to the Americas we have the unique opportunity to work with customers with richly diverse and international experiences and that gives us the chance to help them succeed nancially both with their consumer and business needs. From the perspective of a marketing professional, this community is both a dream and a challenge, because we have to position the value of a banking relationship to people of many cultures, languages, socio-economic backgrounds. As a Corporate Partner Member, what do you feel makes the Chamber worthy of your support? As a nancial institution, supporting the efforts of the MDGLCC is the right thing to do and one of the most important things we do at Wells Fargo. Aside from providing the platforms for LGBT businesses to grow and add jobs for our community to prosper, it also unites professionals by bringing them together for everyones success. WE ARE PROUD OF OUR ONGOING TRADITION AND COMMITMENT TO EQUALITY AND INCLUSION FOR ALL OUR LGBT CUSTOMERS, TEAM MEMBERS AND COMMUNITIES.members to volunteer their personal time in partnership with over 50 South Florida non-pro t organizations. We served meals for homeless people, painted and repaired homes, cleaned beaches and more all over the course of a weekend. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience that we now strive to keep as a tradition every year. In 2010, I was proud to be a part of the team that led the merger between Wells Fargo and Wachovia, one of the largest and most complex mergers in banking history. Wells Fargo has historically supported the LGBTQ community. Do you see that support continuing? Our history of serving diverse communities goes as far back as 1852, when we rst opened our doors for business. Since Spotlight: Alan YabarVICE PRESIDENT AND MARKETING MANAGER OF WELLS FARGO, SOUTH FLORIDA REGIONWELLSFARGO.COM CORPORATE PARTNER MEMBER OF THE MIAMI-DADE GAY & LESBIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE to work as a marketing consultant for the Los Angeles Metro market and in 2010 moving to Miami as the South Florida Regional Marketing Manager overseeing the local marketing strategy for more than 150 banking locations. Once here, I had the pleasure of founding Wells Fargos South Florida LGBT team member network (PRIDE South Florida), which champions diversity and promotes awareness through professional and personal opportunities. Additionally, Im an active member of the companys Diversity Council and volunteer program. Please share a few success stories. Most recently, Im proud to have worked with the team that led the efforts around our third annual Weekend of Service, engaging more than 1,800 Wells Fargo team the 1980s, we added sexual orientation to our nondiscrimination policy. And in 1998, all bene ts extended to spouses of team members were also extended to the domestic partners. To us, our support of the LGBT community is not just about our sponsorship of hundreds of PRIDE parades, events, LGBT nonpro t organizations like the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber locally and the prestigious Point Foundation nationally, or our support of LGBT antibullying campaigns like GLSEN. Its about our belief that diversity is fundamental to our success it is a part of our Vision and Values and it helps us develop an inclusive culture that is accepting of all of our differences and open to new ideas, allowing us to create a competitive advantage in the marketplace. 060 special section



We all have different stories about how we met and the secret to keeping the magic in our relationships. Perhaps its the grand gestures or maybe its the little things. Theres no one way to de ne romance. So whether you want to sweep your love off his feet or rock out with your girl, here are 10 of our favorite ways to feel the love. 01. A LITTLE R&R, AKA ROOM ROMANCE Sometimes, leaving your bed is overrated. With room service just a phone call away to satisfy your every food craving and concierge service on rose petals, Champagne and sweets duty, staying in can be all the rage. A number of the higher-end properties, including the Seminole Hard Rock have pet-friendly policies. 04. MENU SECRETO Tell each other a secret. Or, let a well seasoned mixologists share one. If you are a tequila a cionado, you can sample premium tequilas from L Bars Menu Secreto. The secret menu is confered by special request from those in the know or when you show tequila love in your cocktail order. Well, now the secret is out. 05. THE DUET Why leave each others side, even for a minute? Rock Spas relaxing and indulgent couples massages is just another reason to lie side by side. Spend some quality time with your partner as you seclude yourselves for 50 or 80 minutes for a blissful escape in our couples suite. That sounds like a perfect pairing. 06. CLASSIC DATE NIGHT Theres something about two tickets to a show that automatically gives a Courtesy of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (4)02. BASK IN PRIVACY To hibernate or be immersedis that even a question? Why choose when you can have both. Spend a day in a private poolside cabana made from from traditional palm frond-covered Seminole chickees and complemented by personal butler service. Then, take a couple of steps toward the dramatic waterfalls, hot tubs, shallow pool and people watching of course. 03. PUPPY LOVE Theyre too cute to leave behind, and theres really no need to. Your furry friend is part of the family and deserving of love and pampering, too. Not to worry. Rock Your WorldREDEFINE ROMANCE THE NEXT TIME YOU AND BAE PLAN A STAYCATION.By Jeremy Weinstein 062 special section


GAYBIZMIAMI.COM feb|march 2017 couple that date night feeling. Grab your honey head to Hard Rock Live, where you will be able to sing along to your favorite tunes or have a serious laugh to some truly hysterical comedic banter. Go ahead, lose your voice. Its so worth it. 07. DESSERT DECADENCE Intertwining ribbons of chocolate symbolizing lovers wrapped up in each other, the Hazelnut Bar which was imagined and handcrafted by Executive Pastry Chef Ross Evans has all the taste and texture to merit its spot as the most romantic dessert at Kuro Japanese restaurant. This piece of edible artwork can put any discerning chocolate lover in a euphoric mood. 08. DECISIONS, DECISIONS When you have to choose from Council Oak Steaks & Seafoods selection of 400 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence bottles from more than a dozen countries, dinner for two becomes innitely more interesting. You really cant go wrong. Wine by the glass, half-bottle, bottle or large formats are all inspired and welcomed choices. 09. TAKE A CHANCE Adrenaline can be a very powerful aphrodisiac. Thrill seekers, get ready to tantalize your senses as you get lucky. Then, win big, surrounded by bright lights, rock memorabilia and great music playing throughout the casino. 10. AFTER-MIDNIGHT Winding down after a long night of fun can make anyone crave just one more bite to eat. Move on to round two at the world-famous Hard Rock Caf as you reminisce about the days when you stayed out late more often or keep an eye on the future. The night is young. Jeremy Weinstein Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood Corporate Partner Member of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce


064the scene CLARITY: MIAMIDADE GALLA The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosted the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Association (GALLA) at Perricones Marketplace & Caf. Tailored for attorneys, judges and legal professionals, the monthly luncheons offer members an opportunity to enjoy themselves and network with colleagues. Clockwise from top left: Jorge Richa, Scott Bader and Steven Adkins Leticia Carranzana and Marty Davis Nora Rotella, Alan Newman and Patricia Hernandez Victoria Azpurua and Amy Bloom Nnamdi Jackson and Richard Bec Paola Andrea Rodrigez and Jesika Diaz Munar CLARITY: HOLIGAY TOY DRIVE Santas workshop took over The Hub at the LGBT Visitor Center in Miami Beach in December for the 7th Annual HoliGay Celebration and Toy Drive. The community was invited to contribute an unwrapped toy to the Miami Beach Police Departments Childrens Holiday Relief Fund for children in need. Clockwise from top left: Andreas Romero and Carolina Romero Steve Adkins, Cindi George, Bill Warren and Jamey Redinger Maria Funez, Dave Cook and Levar Kennings Melba DeLeon and Humberto Calero Bea Fernadez and Heather Richards Lori Lynch with one of Santas helpers Christian Aubert, Luis Castro and Michel Castro Galla: Carina Mask; Holigay: Christina Mendenhall


palette feb|march 2017 KEY WEST BUSINESS GUILD BEACH PARTY Offering an open forum for members to learn about other organizations, events and topics relevant to the community, the Key West Business Guild holds monthly luncheons. The Annual Meeting, Award Ceremony & Party on the Beach in December at the Marriott Beachside was business as usual. Clockwise from top left: Johnie Hernandez and Steve Torrence Neil Chamberlain, recipient of the 2017 KWBG Presidents Award Kate Bauer-Jones, Bernadette Resitvo and Tonya Colston Zachary Moses and Julianne Keskey Zoey Charland winner of the PROUD Rainbow Award and Jarrett Merkey Williams Jones, Bernadett Restivo, Abby Leomard and Aaron Huntsman Dan Skahen and Karen Vaught Key West Business Guild: Andrew Printer; Tates Subsitute Santa: Carina Maskw SUBSTITUTE SANTA Egg nog, mistletoe, pictures with Santa, these are all part and parcel of the season. Of course, the best part of traditions is making them your own. For several weekends in December TATES Comics + Toys + More gave us the opportunity to do just that. Pictures with Deadpool anyone? Clockwise from top left: Rainbow Batman Mary Rooney and Katie Murray Erin Hurst, Andreanna Andy Di Benedetto and Marlent Marquez with the Demogorgon Charlie Malave, a stormtrooper and Alex Malave Erica Devinney, Marissa DiFrancesco and Bobby DiFrancesco Bucky the baby and the Demogorgon Nicholas Solari, Deadpool and Marcela Gurdian


066the scene Andrew Printer 2ND ANNUAL GAY KEY WEST HOUSE PARTY With poodle skirts and party animals mingling, the Gay Key West House Party was held to support the Key West Wildlife Center through silent auctions and sponsorship. Locals and HE Travel clients from around the world gathered at the Blue Macaw to take part in the 1950s themed event. Clockwise from top left: Eugene Bougault, Loretta Adkins and Charles Green Rock Solomon and Lance Harvey Bria Ansara Trisha Ashcraft and Julianne Keskey Philip Sheldon, president of HE Travel, and Jacob McMahon Chris Colon, Richard Quint and Orlando Tapia Kaleb Smith palette feb|march 2017 Your insiders guide to local community and lifestyle news. GAY SOUTH FLORIDA News from South Floridas gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities Sent Monday Friday HEALTH & FITNESS Latest advice on healthy eating, exercise and wellness habits Sent on Tuesday FAMILY FARE Family-friendly events, education, health news and advice for parents Sent on Wednesday Sign up FREE at Always with you Sign up for Miami Herald e-mail newsletters


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068the scene WORLD AIDS DAY WILTON MANORS South Floridas oldest and largest HIV/AIDS community service organization, Broward House, held a candlelight walk, vigil, rally and concert to commemorate World AIDS Day. Attendees gathered at Hagen Park and walted to The Pride Center at Equality Park, where they held their vigil. Top row from left: The rain did not deter attendees. Medina Rafa, Rafael Garcia and Adam Baracol. Second row from left: Dr. Joshua Caraballo Joe Corry, Bret Thompson and Daniel Web Kauser Kaus and Omar Gamez The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Third row from left: Sunshine Cathedral Andrew Wilkinson, Ismael Santiago, Walter Dickey and Derrick Harrison the Red Solo Cup Queens Latinos Salud. Bottom row from left: Gordon Fork, Felicia Butler and Edward Romero Kristofer Fegenbush and Zeeke, the golden doodle the AIDS quilt Michael Julian Carina Mask palette feb|march 2017