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palette Larry Kramer Speaks Out Equality Florida Turns 20 LGBTQ Youth Homelessness World Pride in Madrid Eastern Eats Out in the Tropics & more... HOMECOMING QUEEN For Josie Smith-Malave, the world is her oyster south oridas lgbtq magazine june|july 2017 vol. 13 CLARITY Inside


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005 palette june|july 2017 contents 024 equality orida The steadfast organization celebrates 20 years of championing LGBTQ causes at the local, state and national levels. 030 josie smith-malave Top Chef alumn and local restaurateur Josie Smith-Malave discusses cooking, family and the path toward gratitude. 036 larry kramer A playwright, novelist and human rights activist, Larry Kramer has spent a lifetime standing up for the LGBTQ community. 038 homeless youth Homelessness has long been a pervasive societal ill. Certain segments of the population continue to be underserved and underrepresented, including LGBTQ teens and young adults. 044 madrid One of Europes premier party centers prepares to throw the grandest spectacle of all: World Pride. Whether attending the big event or just making plans to check the Spanish capital off your bucket list, Madrid is sure to move you. rf rrntnf bfrr bbrr r FEATURES


006 palette june|july 2017 contents 014 in tune Growing up is rarely an easy process, but what you discover about yourself along the way can make the journey worthwhile. 016 chez moi Interior designer Oskar Torres proposes indulging in avor and color this summer, no matter the size of your outdoor space. 018 get cultured FUNDartes Out in the Tropics is back with its annual line-up of thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining performances. 020 the dish Rediscover the tantalizing avors of the Far East. South Floridas Asian culinary offerings have grown in number and variety, from Vietnam and Thailand to Japan and China. 022 after hours Come out and play at a number of glow-inthe dark destinations in South Florida. 050 on trend The reigning beverage of formal celebration, Champagne knows how to kick back, too. 052 health check Get the facts on how changes to the Affordable Care Act can affect you. 054 serious business The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Sciences Joseph Quiones, chats with us. 064 the scene Were you there? Find out who was at Fort Lauderdale Pride, TransCon, the return of Rude Girl to Key West, the Nasty Women event at the Pride Center and the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerces Exposure Networking Luncheon and Spotlight Mega Mixer. 072 nal details This issue we head up to New York City to celebrate and honor Stonewall. DEPARTMENTS rfntbrrfrbtrrrf 014 020 054 56 DRINK UP! 57 FEELING WELCOME 58 COLD AS ICE 59 PLAYING FOR KEEPS 60 SPOTLIGHT: BERTHA CRUCET 62 THE MIAMI HEAT 64 CHAMBER EVENTS 055 CLARITY On the cover, from left: Dario Arana (Provident Doral at the Blue), Luigi Ferrer (Pridelines), Lorrie-Ann Daz (The HEAT Group Business Communications), Jessica Lam (Fantastic Party Studio), and Jeffrey Giordano (Giordano Protection Services); photographed by Carina Mask in front of the AmericanAirlines Arena.


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010 palette june|july 2017 letter R ecently we met with some good friends for brunch at Tropics in Wilton Manors. While we spent time catching up, it became incredibly clear that the conversation revolved mostly around one topic: embracing the opportunity to be present. One of our friends has taken on juicing; she related how she felt energized and alive. Another wants to get local business owners together to see how they can support each other and push the community forward as a whole. There was discussion about Healthy Hour, not to replace Happy Hour but to provide another option for getting together. It seemed just about everyone at the table wanted to raise the bar, and they didnt want to go at it alone. The communal spirit was very much a part of the conversation. As we continue to celebrate Pride in our local communities and nationwide, its important to take stock of why it is exactly that were celebrating and why we need to embrace and honor the concept of pride. In 1969 the Stonewall Riots kicked off a national movement, galvanizing a population that had until that point been on the sidelines of the national conversation. Most of us can now proudly assert who we are and who we love. We are neighbors, community leaders, business owners, storytellers and agents of social change. We are also people with jobs, families, bills and all the other trappings of a harried modern life. We need to take pride in ourselves too now by focusing on our health and nurturing our connections. We hope you enjoy this issue. In it we learn how a local chef decided to go big and then went bigger by coming home; celebrate Equality Florida and all their efforts over the last 20 years; take a look at the persistent problem of youth homelessness; and travel to Spain, just in time for World Pride Madrid. While youre out, 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 @ @ rf rf ntbtt tttf f t tf f tt ttf tf ttr tf nn f tt ttf t tf tntt tttf ttt ttf tt ttf tntt tf t tf ttt ttf nnn


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palette june|july 2017 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. rfrrntr brr frr r f frr r b rrr r r r rrr frbtr r r r 012 contributors rbrrr rr rr r r rrrbr brr rrrr rbrnb b rrr brrbrr r rrr r rbrr rrr rrr rrrr rrr r rr rrrr rr rrr brbr rbr brr rrrr r rf rrb rr r rrr rr rr r rrrr r rr rrrr rbbrr rrrbr rrrr trr rr r b rrr rrbrrbrb brrr


014 palette june|july 2017 in tune C oming of age is never an easy process. If it were, it wouldnt be such ripe territory for storytelling. Whether scurrying down the halls of an Irish boarding school, discovery sex in the French countryside or having a throwback dance session, these selections will take you back. Despite its predictability, writer/ director John Butlers Handsome Devil (Breaking Glass Pictures) scores with unabashed charm and solid performances. Set at an all-boys boarding school where rugby reigns, bookish gay ginger Ned (Fionn OShea) plots to get expelled to avoid his chief tormentor, Weasel (Ruairi OConnor). Though Ned doesnt realize it, the arrival of a new English teacher and new roommate Conor (Nicholas Galitzine) will have a profound impact on his plans, as Mr. Sherry gets the unruly lads under control and Conor shatters all of Neds preconceived notions about gorgeous jocks. Additionally, the 1980s Britpop soundtrack, featuring The Housemartins, Prefab Sprout, Blur and others, deserves mention. Part of the First Look series, bullies also dominate douard Louis novel The End of Eddy (FSG, 2017), translated from the original French by Michael Lucey. The titular character and narrator, middle school student Eddy, is bullied by his parents, siblings, classmates and the small towns residents, too. In a family and community where tough guys and getting drunk are valued and education and re nement are frowned upon, Eddy learns how to survive his home and his peers. Avoiding anything that seems even a little gay, Eddy uses homophobic slurs against his very tormentors. When he does nally get the opportunity to explore his own sexuality, the From the rugby pitch to a provincial village and onto the dance hall, self discovery awaits. by GREGG SHAPIRO r fnt nb b fbt effect is immediate and everlasting. Eddys pleasure may be short-lived, but it opens options for him he hadnt considered before. Marc Almond probably didnt realize it, but as one half of the UK new wave duo Soft Cell, he would go on to record and release one of the seminal songs of the era: the dazzling cover of Ed Cobbs Tainted Love. As an unapologetically gay man performing in the early 1980s, he paved the way for Pet Shop Boys, Erasure and others. The double-disc version of Hits and Pieces: The Best of Marc Almond and Soft Cell (UMe) isnt the rst Soft Cell compilation, but it is the rst to share some of Almonds considerable solo catalog. Classic duets such as Almond and Bronski Beats reverent reading of I Feel Love and a pairing with the late 1960s legend Gene Pitney on Somethings Gotten Hold of My Heart, are wonderful additions. As for Soft Cell songs, fans will be delighted with the inclusion of the original 12" version of Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go?, along with Memorabilia, Say Hello, Wave Goodbye and Bedsitter. But excluding Sex Dwarf is inexcusable. bullied by his parents, siblings, classmates and the small towns residents, too. where tough guys and getting drunk are valued and education and re nement are frowned upon, Eddy learns how to survive his home and his peers. Avoiding where tough guys and getting drunk are valued and education


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016 palette june|july 2017 chez moi S ummer is nally here, and its the perfect season to relax and savor each moment. While balmy days may mean pool parties and beach outings for some, its just as easy to enjoy the simple pleasures of a little shade and a soft breeze. So set your bohemian spirit free and let us help you color your Pride. This bright cheerful palette will get you in the mood to grill and chill. No matter what your preferences are, if you let the rainbow guide you, weve got you covered. Happy summer! Whether on a balcony or a patio, these pieces will inspire you to step outside. by OSKAR TORRES where to buy Lk Okr T layfly le tl? Fn r rfrt .cn. rfntbbb b rrfn fttbttbttbb ftfftb tbrbrt nrtnrtrrfrrfttbrrtbb rftb brff fb rtfn tftrftfntbtbtbb tfb 1 1 ummer is nally here, While balmy days may mean pool parties and beach outings for some, its just as easy to enjoy the simple pleasures of a little shade your Pride. This bright cheerful palette will get you in the mood to grill and chill. No matter what your preferences are, if you let the rainbow guide you, weve got you Whether on a balcony 5 3 2 4


018 get cultured In its eighth edition, FUNDartes Out in the Tropics keeps gender politics front and center. by DANIEL SHOER ROTH rfnt S ince its inception eight years ago, Out In the Tropics has used performance, cultural dialogue and a series of workshops to re ect on the complexity of the human experience and raise awareness about LGBTQ issues. We didnt want to create something that is stuck inside a gay ghetto, but rather something that would feature gay artists and nongay artists related to our cause, says Ever Chavez, FUNDartes founder and director. Our goal is to be inclusive of everyone. We mix black, Anglo and Latino artists in the same package, and when we release it, we get a super mixed audience. As a new era of protest and activism picks up, its easy to see why this years theme is focused on gender politics. We picked this topic to open the Pandoras box, given everything that is happening at the moment, says Chavez. This new administration wants to push back the progress that has been made. A nightlife xture in South Beach in the late 1980s and 90s, Cabaret star and drag artist Joey Arias has lived through the staggering changes the LGBTQ community has experienced. Arias, known for his spinetingling rendition of Billie Holiday classics, will be a featured performer at this years festival. People thought you got to be an activist, and my way was pushing the envelope by looking really extraordinary in drag, says the New York-based Arias. His intimate concert features Ben Allison on bass and Brandon Seabrook on guitar. Two heterosexual men, he says, adding that some original songs for this show focus on gender uidity. Other festival highlights include a performance on June 22nd by Spanish singer and dancer Elsa Rovayo Known as La Shica Rovayo has created a unique style that blends traditional Sevillanas and indie rock. With a great deal of artistry, the vocalist has broken down the staid image of the bailaora amenca She often speaks out about inequality in Spain, where thousands of demonstrators marched earlier this year to condemn violence against women and a gender pay gap. Saturday afternoon, the Literary Striptease at Miami Beach Botanical Garden is free and open to the public. Cuban author and journalist, Antonio Orlando Rodrguez will perform a dramatic reading of his poems along with actress Grettel Trujillo and musician Michael Gil In the evening, Cuban hip-hop MCs, independent musicians, poets, theater performers and educators Las Krudas will close out the festival. For more information, visit brf b r f b ff fnt palette june|july 2017


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020 the dish To truly understand a culture, simply sample its cuisine. With every bite youll get a taste of its identity and its heart. by CARINA MASK I n Asia, food is nourishment for the soul; its a way of life. Its how you show respect and gratitude to your elders and to your ancestors. Every action that surrounds food from cultivation and harvesting to preparation and enjoyment is treated with nearly ritualistic respect. Located in the heart of Wilton Manors, Sozo Sushi is a small, family-owned and operated Japanese sushi restaurant that is reminiscent of an izakaya dining experience in Tokyo with limited seating but an abundance of hospitality. They serve an array of appetizers from a delightful crab shumai to outstanding ceviche; the pice de resistance, however, is their sashimi omakase. The Japanese translation for omakase is I trust the chef. If exceptional. Purwan and Irene Cheung have owned and operated this establishment for 20 years. Like many authentic Chinese restaurants, there are two menus: one with Americanized Chinese standards and another with Cantonese dim sum. This style of Chinese cuisine is characterized by bite-size portions usually served in small steamer baskets or small plates. The dishes are paired with Chinese tea either robust oolong or fragrant jasmine. It is a tradition that can be traced back to when travelers on the Silk Road. At Sangs, there are over 60 types of dim sum available. Familiar dishes, such as steamed dumplings and roast pork share the menu with more daring offerings like tripe and ginger or braised chicken feet. 1925 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach 305.947.7076 Huey Nguyen hails from a line of successful restaurant owners in Miami. Striking out on his own, he opened What the Pho? in Wilton Manors in 2015. Subtle hints of lemon grass, basil and nuoc mam are part of the ambience as you enter the restaurant, which Nguyen opened to pay homage to his 90-something-year-old mother, Gai Nguyen, who still cooks at Miss Saigons Bistro in Pinecrest. It was she who taught him how to make everything from pho to spring rolls. The extensive menu features a long list of pho options a popular noodle dish made with either chicken or beef broth but there is a lot more to Vietnamese cuisine. Nguyen has also created original dishes, known as the Huey Specials. Served in huge ceramic bowls, they often include hearty servings of rice vermicelli, grilled shrimp, fried spring rolls, chicken sauted in garlic, green onion, chives, lemongrass and subtle hints of curry. The spring rolls are perfectly wrapped in translucent rice paper and loaded with a combination of rfr ntbt trbtbbt btf ft bbfr youre up for an adventure, ask about their monk sh liver and sea urchin. For the Japanese sake connoisseurs, Sozo also offers a wide variety of sake from different regions of Japan. Dewazakura, for example, is made from Dewa san san sake rice in Yamagata prefecture in North Eastern Japan. Its considered karakuchi which translates to Dry taste and has subtle hints of green apple. It pairs perfectly with their omakase and seared tuna salad. 2362 Wilton Dr. Wilton Manors 954.630.1916 rfn Sangs Chinese in North Miami Beach is truly a hidden gem. Though located in a rather unimpressive strip mall on the north side of 163rd street, the dishes are


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022 after hours M aybe it harkens back to more innocent times when re ies lit sultry summer evenings, and maybe its just because its hella-fun. Whatever the reason, its high time you get your glow on! Xtreme Action Park in Fort Lauderdale offers more than 210,000 square feet of themed attractions. Glow-in-the-dark Bazooka Blast is a unique combination of paintball and laser tag, which uses paintball guns that re two foam balls to tag each other. The park also offers glow-in-the-dark bowling and a skating rink. An adult skate session takes place on Sundays and features classic tracks from the s, s and s along with a light show. For the less physically inclined, theres a classic auto museum and video arcade, too. Black light mini-golf will debut later this year. With two locations in Pompano Beach and Doral Sky Zone is a trampoline park with options for basketball, agility tests, acrobatics and foam pits. All glow after dark, when lasers, music and black lights transform the place into a crazy jumping dance club. Monster Mini-Golf in Coral Springs and Miramar, features an 18-hole glow-in-the-dark, miniature golf course lled with animated monsters. Although its part of a franchise, each location is regionally designed, with black-lights bringing to life relatable pop-culture gures speci c to each community. The facility also houses a Laser Maze, which is a darkened room that suddenly lls with brilliant green laser beams that radiate from the walls. You must bring your best Mission: Impossible moves to get through the room without breaking the beams. Hialeahs got more than horse races with ActionTown The twoacre paintball arena is home to Area 51, Miamis largest indoor laser tag venue. It fuels competition via hightempo music and glow-in-the-dark obstacles. For something lower-key, check out their nine-hole, glow-inthe-dark miniature golf course or glow-in-the-dark bumper cars. K1 Speed brings the excitement of indoor go-kart racing to South Florida, with locations in Miami and Hollywood. The electric vehicles zip around a large track, which on Fridays and Saturdays evenings is open to adults only. Planet Revo offers visitors a chance to relive the thrills (or nightmares) of their youth with glowin-the-dark dodge ball and soccer. At rst glance, the room you enter is just like any other soccer eld. But when the lights go out, the walls reveal murals that transport you to a glow-in-the-dark alien world of lights and music. If dodge ball or soccer arent for you, try sponge ball, which allows you to shoot your opponents with golf ball-sized soft orbs. The high-impact sensor vest you wear is equipped with real-time electronic scoring and sound effects. What is it about glow-in-the-dark objects that fascinates us so? by RICK KARLIN palette june|july 2017 rf rfnt n b tb f n nn b n nt




In April, Equality Florida celebrated its 20th anniversary. During this milestone year, the tireless human rights organization celebrates its proudest achievements as it continues to prove its work is far from done. BY ANDREW PRINTER E Q U A L I T Y N O W


Gay marriage was legal and Equality Florida certainly contributed to that monumental victory. By the time the matter had reached the Supreme Court, however, the samesex marriage landscape had become a dizzying patchwork of state law, ballot initiative and federal action, each either allowing or preventing same-sex couples from marrying. Florida, along with every other state, contributed to the mayhem with its own set of disappointing legal decisions. When Massachusetts passed a law allowing same-sex couples to marry in 2004, it set off a backlash that eventually led to 30 states passing constitutional amendments banning our marriages, says co-founder of Equality Florida (EQFL) and current Deputy Director of Field and Development programs, Stratton Pollitzer. Long before marriage was legal anywhere in the U.S., state legislatures began passing laws to preemptively block our marriages. Often called DOMAs or defense of marriage acts he recalls how these 026 I N J U N E 2 0 1 5 with decades of rough and tumble politics under its belt, the country accomplished the near impossible: the Supreme Court ruled that state-level bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional and that same-sex married couples were to be accorded the same recognition as opposite-sex couples at state and federal level. laws often passed with overwhelming margins, as the ban did in Florida in 1997. It passed the state house of representatives 107-13. From the Ashes It was this environment that gave rise to numerous organizations across the country, including Equality Florida. Like most states, Florida had no statewide LGBTQ advocacy group and no presence at the state capital to ght against the preemptive measures and other hostile actions. And while a handful of local organizations lobbied for equal rights for the LGBTQ community, those efforts were not coordinated. It was clear that it would take a concerted effort on the part of rfrn trb ffr


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palette june|july 2017 Floridas activists to ensure that marriage equality became a reality. Pollitzer, along with current Chief Executive Ofcer, Nadine Smith, and the advisory board of the Human Rights Task Force of Florida came together to create Equality Florida, an organization whose primary objective would be to establish a full-time lobbying presence in Tallahassee. And it did, thanks to the work and nancial support of lesbian and gay non-prots all over the state. With deserved pride, Pollitzer afrms that Equality Florida has been in the state capital every year since 2007, and the group has either blocked or neutralized every single piece of anti-LGBT legislation led since then. Thats a lot to claim in a state that at one point voted down gay marriage with 61 percent of the vote. Enjoying the Journey For now, however, Equality Florida is taking the time the whole year in fact to recognize its accomplishments, remember the journey and celebrate. Over 100 meet, greet and engage events have been scheduled throughout the year from the panhandle to Key West. All are designed to highlight two decades of success and shift focus onto the new challenges that lie ahead. In addition to these smaller gatherings, marquis events will be held in 10 cities statewide. These Equality Connections are free, catered affairs held at high-prole hotels and restaurants, ideal opportunities for regional communities to get to know the organization better, and everyone is welcome. Even though Equality Florida was motivated into existence by clear needs surrounding a particular issue, it is now primarily a human rights organization promoting ongoing education pertaining to LGBTQ issues and progressive change, as long as that is necessary. While last years Trump/Pence win doesnt mean that the country will reverse marriage equality, there is certainly a cloud of uncertainty hovering over LGBTQ and other minority rights. That combined with a spate of pro-LGBTQ decisions made during President Obamas second term have emboldened the opposition, which means vigilance remains imperative. Pollitzer stresses that Equality Florida indeed the broader LGBTQ community has always completed its work in a hostile political climate. Weve learned how to carve out victories in spite of the odds, he says. He goes on to outline four initiatives that Equality Florida will prioritize: 1. Stop the passage of anti-LGBTQ legislation, notably House Bill 17 (HB 17). If passed, it has the potential to block future anti-discrimination protections at the local level and repeal every existing human rights ordinance in the state by 2020. Stopping that bill, along with a slew of religious exemption bills is critical since setbacks here are likely to spread quickly across the South. 2. Push forward anti-discrimination legislation. 3. Invest deeply in building the base of supporters and volunteers in preparation for the 2018 gubernatorial race and midterms. 4. Expand the safe schools work, made more urgent by the recent spike in campus-based harassment. This fourth initiative, and what Pollitzer describes as an unshakable commitment to the inclusion of transgender people, are possibly the most important and immediately publicized issues to ll the gay agenda after marriage equality. But shifting public opinion is no easy task. It is easy to gain ground and then lose it in short measure. This is particularly true of a state as vast as Florida. Changing hearts and minds is daunting but education and outreach have been central to the organizations mission from day one. Our goal is to make this a non-partisan human rights struggle, says Pollitzer. In the end, every breakthrough with a pastor or a politician begins locally with someone who has the courage to talk to their elected ofcial or the CEO of their company or their dad about why we need them in this ght. Greatest Hits Equality Florida can boast a number of accomplishments it has made over the last 20 years. Here are a few highlights: Building a coalition of more than 700 faith leaders from a wide range of religious backgrounds. Gaining the support of Floridas largest companies, 65 of which have joined the organizations Equality Means Business advisory board. Hiring a Safe Schools Director who, in that positions rst six months, has begun working with 27 of Floridas 67 school districts providing LGBT sensitivity training to over 2,000 school principals and district leaders.




For Hialeah native Josie SmithMalave, 42, it was a journey of nearly 20 years, more than half of it spent in New York City in and out of some of its most celebrated kitchens and eventually starring as a chef-testant on Bravos Top Chef Season 2 in Los Angeles. The other half was spent traveling the world, with a few years spent in San Francisco for good measure. In 2014, after her winding journey and brush with celebrity, she came back to South Florida and opened her rst restaurant Bubbles + Pearls in Wilton Manors with her anc Marcy Miller in September 2016. Raised in a devout Baptist household, in what she calls a borderline working class family Okay, okay, we were poor by a Puerto RicanItalian mother and Filipino father, Smith-Malave recalls her youth. [It was] incredible, amazing and tumultuous, but there was always a lot of love. From an early age, she had a feeling she was destined for greatness, telling her father at age 10 not to expect grandkids from her because that wasnt her ambition. However, it was a challenge guring out how to channel her enthusiasm. In middle school, she auditioned for the musical theater program at NorlandNorth Center for the Arts magnet school in Miami Gardens, but was accepted into its age 16. The latter was because her parents werent ready to accept her blossoming identity as a bisexual. She recalls her rst lesbian moments. It was in elementary school. I remember wanting to kiss my classmates, and they werent boys, she says bashfully as she recounts a story about passing notes to her crush, telling the girl they were from a secret admirer, a boy, when they were really from her. In high school, she found community in a group of kids who identi ed as LGBTQ. While she remained closeted, she learned to be more comfortable. I remember being in awe all the time, she says. Id go to a friends house and watch the dynamic as this 17-year-old boy queens out with his mom, and it was a total non-issue. With her own parents she became rebellious, sneaking out of the house on a Friday night and not coming home until Sunday. Much of her coming of age took place at The Waterfront, a gay dive bar in Hialeah. It had a gay ag and feathers. They made chicharrones in the backyard, and it had a real Latin vibe. Inside, it felt like you were in a boat and they played the best music. Expos, Diamond Girl, real Miami booty bass. It was totally 305, she says. Thats where I explored more. When she left home, she moved to South Beach, where she worked at a deli on Ocean Drive and at a candy store, THERE S A QUOTE FROM EDWARD ALBEE S PLAY ZOO STORY THAT GOES: SOMETIMES ITS NECESSARY TO GO A LONG DISTANCE OUT OF THE WAY IN ORDER TO COME BACK A SHORT DISTANCE CORRECTLY. visual arts program. When she moved to New York City at 22, she tried everything from casting at a friends modeling agency to playing football with the New York Sharks and applying to the New York Film Academy and The Actors Studio before nally enrolling in culinary school at the Art Institute and sticking with it. COMING TO TERMS Smith-Malave welcomes me into Bubbles + Pearls, her aptly named Champagne and oyster bar, one afternoon before her staff arrives for dinner prep. Shes dressed in black, wearing a snapback baseball cap with BROOKLYN inscribed in all capital letters, a dark grey vest and a Rock n Roll Hall of Fame T-shirt with a few tattoos peering out from beneath her sleeves. Her warm and loquacious manner is punctuated by her trademark and infectiously jolly guffaw, which was immortalized on Top Chef, for better or for worse. As we talk about her childhood in Miami, she recounts all the different schools she attended and her various accolades before glossing over the fact that due to extraordinary circumstances she didnt nish high school. Instead she got her GED shortly after the date she would have graduated. Despite her tight-knit family bonds, her parents divorced and she moved out at palette june|july 2017


034 while promoting parties throughout the 1990s. I was never alone, she recalls. There was always community, friends and extended family. A TOP CHEF IS BORN After graduating from the Art Institute in New York, she oated through a number of high-pro le kitchens, starting with an internship at Wylie Dufresnes white-hot WD-50 in 2002. At the time, he and his chefs were breaking boundaries in American molecular gastronomy and Smith-Malave was enthralled, calling them a band of pirates totally rock n roll. When her internship ended, she told Dufresne she wanted to follow his footsteps, so he helped her nd a position with Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who she apprenticed under at his midtown restaurant Vong. It was as sous chef at Williamsburgs Marlow & Sons a cozy hipster canteen specializing in oysters and a spare Mediterranean-inspired menu that changed daily that she truly gained an appreciation for the value of sourcing the freshest produce. Today, she says it was Marlow & Sons that inspired her concept for Bubbles + Pearls. It was also at that time that her thengirlfriend secretly sent an application for Top Chef for her after she had innocently mentioned that she should be on the show one night. Her high-watt personality lit up the casting directors and before she knew it she was part of the cast in L.A. in 2006. Though she was eliminated relatively early in round ve of 13 she loved the limelight, and it loved her right back. She went onto appear in Seasons 3 and 5 and reprised her role as a cheftestant in Season 10 in Seattle, making it to round 12 of 17. The publicity helped align her as a spokesperson with LGBTQ organizations, like GLAAD, TrueChild, Olivia Travel and the ACLU. In 2010, she founded her own non-pro t, Global Soul Project, with the belief that food connects us all and a mission to end hunger and foster community. THE HOMECOMING After two and a half years in San Francisco working at Thee Parkside, a restaurant and bar with a backyard that staged punk, indie and metal bands, Smith-Malave came back to South Florida. Shed made some poor nancial choices and lost her beloved apartment in Hayes Valley. But it was really family that called her home. Her mom had gotten sick, and her brother Jonathan had just had his second child. She moved in with her sister Julie in Miramar with plans to start over from scratch, intent on leaving the kitchen behind and disinterested in a relationship. She enrolled in Gratitude Training, a three-part self-development program designed to identify ineffective belief systems in order to break through to your fullest potential and happiest life. Smith-Malave talks about it constantly now, the effects clearly life-changing. It helped her mend her relationships with family, muster the courage to open her own restaurant, and it informs the way she engages with her staff. I live in a different space, a space of gratitude, she says. It also propelled her to open her options when it came to dating and try OKCupid where she met Miller, an artist whose specialty is pet portraits. Their rst date was at a restaurant on Wilton Drive where Bubbles + Pearls now exists. SmithMalave approached the owners, who are friends of Millers, in June 2016 to see if theyd be interested in consulting services. Instead, they offered to sell the business. Two and a half months later, Bubbles + Pearls emerged. Inheriting a tiny kitchen, the raw bar concept made sense logistically and SmithMalave surprised herself with the cutesy name, which had to grow on Miller. The restaurant also serves a pared down menu of small plates like burrata and heirloom tomato toast, bone marrow with parmesan and black garlic and homemade biscuits that her mother makes served with pork belly and g honey. In fact, its a family affair with her mother working three nights a week and her father creating promotional material and providing marketing. You can only run away for so long, SmithMalave says. I couldnt unveil this vision without working with family. It would feel inauthentic. My niece and nephew are watching now. She looks around her cozy dining hall with a wooden bar lined with yellow aluminium stools, the walls stacked with Champagne bottles. Artist Kelly Keith just arrived and installs her work, which will be on display for the next few months. I never thought Id come home. I thought this city doesnt have what I need to be ful lled. I was wrong. This is my home town. I worked my entire life to be able to do this. Were not obligated to be who we were 10 years ago or even ve minutes ago. YOU CAN ONLY RUN AWAY FOR SO LONG. I COULDNT UNVEIL THIS VISION WITHOUT WORKING WITH FAMILY. IT WOULD FEEL INAUTHENTIC. JOSIE SMITHMALAVE




palette june|july 2017 A courageous and strong-willed defender of the underdog, Larry Kramer stood up to prejudice and discrimination since the early days of the AIDS epidemic with the most devastating weapon of all his voice. In doing so, he saved thousands of lives. A true American hero for many in the LGBTQ community, the playwright, novelist and activist visited the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center in Wilton Manors to discuss his 775-page magnum opus, The American People, Volume 1 What is your message with The American People ? It is vitally important for the gay population to know its history. We have been here since the beginning of America, and that has never been recorded anywhere. Historians are usually heterosexuals so they dont pay any attention to people who are obviously not heterosexual. It was time to claim our history, to claim our famous people, and this is the rst step in that direction. PLAYWRIGHT, NOVELIST AND LGBT RIGHTS ACTIVIST LARRY KRAMER IS STILL MAKING A STAND FOR ALL AMERICANS. BY DANIEL SHOER ROTH PHOTOGRAPHY BY DMITRY ZHITOV How do you think our community should address the hostility coming from the new administration? As we have to deal with every crisis: Youve got to ght; youve got to be visible. Weve been very bad as a community at ghting back in numbers. We are going to be screwed royally by this administration. They hate us and we never face up to that fact that we are hated, and that should not make us withdraw; it should make us go out there and say, Fuck you! What responsibility does the LGBT community have to support the Latino community or any other minority group? I dont separate these groups; we are all in it together, and we should all ght together. Its interesting that you use the word responsibility; because I dont think that most gay people think that they have a responsibility, and that has been very upsetting for me to learn. What bugs me most about a gay person is if they are not ghting for their rights. What do you have to say to gay men who have become complacent about HIV/AIDS? That they are being irresponsible, that they are taking not only their lives in their hands, but also sexual partners in their hands. If they are having unprotected sex, its not complacency, its stupidity, and its all part of hiding somehow. Looking back on your career, what makes you proudest? Having founded ACT UP [AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power]. Its because of us that all [HIV] medications are out there. We got them through activism; we didnt get them from the government, we didnt get them from the National Institute of Health. We got them because we rammed our faces into the whole system and said, give us the drugs, and we learned as much about everything more than they knew so we were able to say, dont do it that way, do it our way. A LIFE OF DEFIANCE




drugs sometimes, she says. It is depressing because nobody cares for your well-being; nobody asks you for your opinion; nobody knows you exist. Experts agree that LGBTQ homeless youth in South Florida are invisible, which makes them a particularly vulnerable segment of the population. They arent standing on the side of the road with hand-painted signs, they rarely congregate among homeless adults, and they learn to stay off the streets during the day to avoid the authorities. Many simply spend most of their days securing a place to sleep in the evenings. THE TRIALS OF LIFE Suarez situation is not uncommon. National studies estimate that up to 40 percent of all people under age 24 experiencing homelessness in the U.S. identify as LGBTQ. Because this population is often undetectable, it has been dif cult to count and to track the numbers in South Florida, making local statistics hard to come by. According to a 2015 study by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, family rejection is the most common reason providers cite for homelessness among queer youth. Some are forced out of their homes, while others run away from the humiliation and emotional or physical abuse. Substance abuse and domestic violence are the second most frequently cited causes, followed by aging out of the foster care system with no proper support network. In South Florida, the high cost of living is a signi cant factor. For an 18-year-old with a minimum wage job, it is impossible to afford to live in a one-bedroom or studio apartment without assistance, says Mandi Hawke, director of youth services at SunServe, a social services agency for Browards LGBTQ community. Many LGBTQ young people and especially our trans youth often struggle to nd af rming employment. Once on the streets or housed in emergency shelters, queer youth face myriad obstacles that further threaten their chances of becoming independent. According to a 2016 report by True Colors Fund, a leading organization working to end LGBTQ youth homelessness, these young people struggle with harsher realities in the foster care, school and juvenile justice systems. They are also disproportionately affected by HIV, sexual assault, violence and inadequate access to behavioral and mental health resources, especially if they are of color or come from low-income backgrounds. Michael Alexander-Luz is the co-coordinator of an LBT support group at Lotus House in Miami, a womens shelter for all ages, including those with children. Too often he sees the long-term impacts of these struggles. At 16 she could no longer bear the torment of her familys rejection. It was very painful. The people who you thought from day one that were actually going to be there for you were the rst ones to start calling you names and trashing you, recalls Suarez. Youd rather be on the streets. But no one on those tough streets offered the 24-year-old transgender woman consolation or hope. Like many in her situation, she was compelled to engage in sex work to meet her most basic needs. As feelings of worthlessness battered her already low self-esteem, three years oated past. You feel so lost, you just want to give up. You start abusing drugs and alcohol. You even get paid with 040 SEARCHING FOR INNER PEACE, KASSIDY SUAREZ PACKED HER BELONGINGS AND LEFT HER LIBERTY CITY HOME HASTILY.


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palette june|july 2017 ITS STRESSFUL; ITS A HARD ADJUSTMENT. BUT IT GAVE ME MOTIVATION FOR WANTING TO IMPROVE MY OWN LIFE. LARUBEN DIXON There [are] a lot of mental health diagnoses present; a lot of substance use history and suicidal ideation. Oftentimes, when they are not here, they are getting hormones off the black market that arent safe. A DEARTH OF RESOURCES In spite of the high rates of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness, there are few shelters in South Florida specically designed with them in mind. Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services provides shelter for children and teens through age 17, but there is no shelter in Miami-Dade specically for individuals ages 18-24. In Broward, Fort Lauderdales Covenant House is the only emergency shelter for youth through age 20. David Raymond, former executive director of Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, notes that local policies for addressing homelessness focus primarily on housing people who are chronically homeless rst. But thats part of the cycle, as he is quick to mention that the key to stopping someone from becoming chronically homeless is to get them out of homelessness within the rst year. Even in the local adult shelter system, it can take weeks to nd a bed, and there are no protections in place to keep young people from being targeted or discriminated when they attempt to access these services. Many LGBTQ youth report having poor experiences in general population shelters, says Landon LJ Woolston, homeless youth programs and services manager at Pridelines. Oftentimes, they dont want to go back to shelters because they have been bullied by staff or other adult clients, he says. For trans and gender non-conforming youth, it is even harder, because they are more likely to encounter systemic violence in the shelter system and to be housed inappropriately based on the sex they were assigned at birth rather than their gender identity. AN OASIS OF SUPPORT In partnership with other South Florida groups such as Aqua Foundation and The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth, Pridelines has helped over 150 young people in less than four years. The 9,000-square-foot community center that opened in 2016 was built in part to expand services for this population. Free case management and advocacy, warm meals, snacks, showers, washer and dryer, and clothing and hygiene products are all available there. The organization also runs an array of programs for LGBTQ youth and adults, including HIV support groups, educational lectures, holistic therapies and a lending library. This summer, the nonprot celebrates 35 years of service improving lives through safety, guidance and unconditional acceptance. Among them is LaRuben Dixon, a 20-year-old gay student from a religious home, where homosexuality was considered sinful. At age 15, his mother kicked him out, so he spent the next several years on the streets, couch-surng with friends or at emergency shelters, such as Camillus House. Its stressful; its a hard adjustment. But it gave me motivation for wanting to improve my own life, says Dixon, who is now studying dance at Santa Fe College in Gainesville. BRIGHT PROSPECTS It was only after a great deal of pain that Kassidy Suarez, too, obtained services when she received a referral to Lotus House. After she stabilized, she was offered a position there, too. When her mother became homeless, she was in a position to help, and with support and education, her mom began to accept her for who she is. They rebuilt their relationship and they now live together in permanent housing in Overtown. Filled with gratitude, Suarez wants to share her story with vulnerable gay and transgender youth. Stay focused, stay in school, just dont let go of you, she says. There are so many speed bumps and so many hurtful ones but dont let barriers bury you. A person can upgrade rather than self-deteriorate.




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F ew places in Europe can compete with Madrids famously eclectic and inexhaustible appetite for nightlife. Going out in Spain is a way of life. An almost daily activity, it requires practice and commitment if you are to develop the stamina needed to last through the evening. Known in Spanish as marcha which can translate as gear or speed, but also as a clearly militaristic march nighttime entertainment is not taken lightly in the country. Yet even by these high Spanish standards, as June reaches its nal days and World Pride 2017 oods the streets of Madrid with over two million reveling visitors the partyometer of the Spanish capital will be sent spinning into a whole new dimension. City of Water and Culture Built high up on the northern banks of the Manzanares River, Madrid owes its name to the medieval Muslim settlement of Majrit, which translates as the place of water. Eclipsed by the in nitely more important city of Toledo, Madrid lived a relatively sleepy existence until the mid 1500s when King Philip II, son of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, moved his court there from Valladolid. Immediately, the city experienced unparalleled growth, going from just over 10,000 inhabitants in 1560 to about 100,000 by 1600. Madrids convenient location, in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula at the foot of a mountain range, was one of its keys to success. Its relative anonymity was another. Soon, however, it would become the cultural center of Spains Golden Age in literary and artistic creation. Madrids court attracted and nanced geniuses of the caliber of Miguel de Cervantes and Diego Velzquez, and the citys thriving theater scene in the 17th century saw the emergence of indisputable greats. Names like Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina and Caldern de la Barca havent just de ned the cultural landscape of the Spanish language but to this day have an inescapable presence in the citys streets, bars and theaters, especially, though not exclusively, in the trendy Barrio de las Letras the literary quarter. Chueca, the New Tradition After almost four decades of ruthlessly conservative and autocratic rule, the death of dictator General Francisco Franco in 1975 amounted to a new dawn for Spain. This change directly unleashed a cultural renaissance. 046 Madrid was swept by a transgressive and liberal almost libertine social revolution that gave birth to the famous Movida a countercultural movement fuelled by a collective relief and revolt that swept across the country. rfr nrtn btrft rtrf trft brtfrrf I tfbrft


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048 Almost immediately, Madrid was swept by a transgressive and liberal almost libertine social revolution that gave birth to the famous Movida a countercultural movement fuelled by a collective relief and revolt that swept across the country. Equal parts exciting and chaotic, the newfound verve that de ned those days in uenced just about every aspect of life, from the music to the wave of nudity evidenced in Spanish cinema a phenomenon known as el destape to the proliferation of drugs in the city, most notably heroin and the struggle to secure civil rights for long-disenfranchised segments of the population, particularly women. Distanced from the limelight but equally erce, the gay community established a bastion of its own, not too far from the neighborhoods most commonly associated with La Movida in a central but largely neglected area of the city named after the composer Federico Chueca. Little remains from the rst generation of underground, dark, clandestine gay clubs other than a handful of legendary names, such as Black & White or Grif ns but even those have moved to different locations or adapted to new, more salubrious, standards. Equally legendary, though stemming from the more militant postMovida era of the mid-90s, is the bookshop Berkana. Exasperated with the secrecy that surrounds a closeted existence, Mili Hernndez, along with her partner Mar de Gri and Arnaldo Gancedo, set up the bookshop to give visibility to a community that had long been relegated to the shadows. The time had come to storm out of the proverbial closet, and these courageous entrepreneurs took a step forward that reverberates to this day. Faced with the threat of closure, Berkana launched a crowdfunding campaign early in 2017 to secure the necessary funds to keep running for a full year and the target sum of 13,500 euros was reached in 10 days! While clearly proud of its roots, Chueca has undergone a dramatic transformation in the new millennium. It has evolved into one of the trendiest and most expensive neighborhoods in Madrid, while also growing into the largest gay district in Europe. Once the domain of junkies and petty thieves, now there are bears with perfectly trimmed beards and carefully gelled hair sharing the narrow streets with tourists from all over the world and plenty of straight Madrileos too, lured by the progressive vibe and the sumptuous dining options. For along with late-night venues rf nrtb n rb r frtrt rtt


palette june|july 2017 such as LL Bar famous for its drag queen and stripper performances or the more laid-back Bears Bar, Chueca boasts an impressive array of gourmet establishments. Ranging from the swanky San Antn Market to the traditional cider bar, El Tigre, countless eateries in the district are celebrated for their extraordinary menus and beverage selections. Pride for All Every year in June, Chueca bursts into a candid, colorful and quite remarkable celebration that extols the camaraderie and neighborly qualities of the close-knit though tremendously diverse community. Overnight the area is converted into the Republic of Gay Pride. Multiple parallel focal points encourage revelers to keep moving, generating a unique sense of small-town involvement and big-city dynamism. This is likely is the reason gay Pride Fiesta del Orgullo has long been adopted by the LGBTQ and straight residents of Madrid as their favorite annual celebration. Or perhaps its just because Madrileos love a big party. This will be especially handy this summer when somewhere in the region of two to three million visitors descend on the streets of the city for WorldPride Madrid 2017. The sheer volume of people already makes this a momentous occasion, but its most special component is less about the size of the crowd, and concerns its heterogeneous nature. For Madrids Orgullo is an inclusive and joyous celebration of respect, tolerance and cosmopolitanism kindled singlehandedly by the gay communitys tireless quest for visibility and equality. That in itself should be a great source of pride. For Madrids Orgullo is an inclusive and joyous celebration of respect, tolerance and cosmopolitanism kindled singlehandedly by the gay communitys tireless quest for visibility and equality.


050 palette june|july 2017 on trend Throwing caution to the wind, I invite you to pick up a glass of Champagne, just...because. by SOLE SASTRE I t all started with brunch, because really, every true love story should begin as you eat your way through one meal and onto another. I began with a mimosa, like you do, and as a newly minted adult I got a rush from the realization that I was drinking before noon. Then, just as quickly, I went off script. Hold the juice. I just wanted the bubbly. In an incandescent instant I realized I had never thought of Champagne as a viable option. Short of the traditional wedding or New Years Eve toast or the crazy expensive party in a rap video, I had placed it high on a pedestal. It was to be enjoyed once or twice a year. Its not an overstatement to say that day was magical and life changing. Neither a re ned nor hearty drinker, I was usually at a loss when asked what I would like to have. It made for rather awkward moments at social gatherings. Hard liquor never did sit well. Beer is usually too lling. And wine sigh is always hit or miss. I feel like I need to get another degree just to understand what Im doing. But its effervescent incarnation, well, that I always did fancy. Its easy, fun. Its even pretty. Most importantly, it provides just the right kind of buzz giddy without the unseemly stumbling. My drink of choice had found me. Light and palatable, Champagne and all its cohorts sparkling wine, Cava, Prosecco and sekt among so many others are not just welcoming to newcomers, they are incredibly versatile when it comes to food pairings. And it makes so much sense! Most bottles are made from a blend of different wines. The result, according to is a drink that is greater than the sum of its parts. Whats more, these wines are particularly acidy, making short rfn work of cutting through rich, fatty dishes. Whether that means foie gras pops or a monster burger, a glass of bubbly goes down nicely. While many people think of beer as the go-to alcoholic beverage for a casual backyard barbecue, Champagne could easily share that space, as it has many of the same characteristics. Now, I just buy a few splits the small bottles that are a quarter the size of a regular 750 mL bottle and voil. In South Florida, where the climate can go from enviable to sweltering in a hot second, its even more of a mystery that sparkling wines are not the of cial drink of summer. Of course, no woman is an island, and it seems that just as I was having my a-ha moment, so were countless others. Based on its observation of drinking habits in the South of France, the venerable house of Mot & Chandon even created a version of Champagne that is ideal to have on the rocks. Mots Ice Imperial was launched just a few years back to a resoundingly enthusiastic response. So positive, in fact, that the following year Ice Imperial Ros hit the shelves. The new bubbly married what are arguably two of the most summerfriendly wines around. As the crowds make their way to the beaches, poolside cabanas, backyard loungers and boats, Champagne offers a refreshingly casual way to level up the adult beverage options. And vendors have noticed. Dedicated bars, like Pearl Champagne Lounge in Miami Beach, have cropped up from South Beach to Los Cabos, Mexico. And most bars now include at least one Champagne cocktail think: Mad Men -inspired French 75. So this summer, no matter what youre doing, consider a toast to options and the everyday moments that are well worth celebrating.


052 health check palette june|july 2017 by JEFF BORG T hough the initial attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) failed last March, the news was shortlived. By April, talk of giving health care overhaul another shot gained traction, and by May 4th, the House of Representatives succeeded in passing a bill that would dismantle the ACA by removing its most maligned and arguably most essential components. The same bill also proposes sweeping changes to the current health care system. While it may be some time before any of this political wrangling has any effect on our daily lives, for many the outlook is uncertain at best particularly the poor, the elderly and those living with pre-existing conditions. This affects a large swath of the LGBTQ community, so its imperative we become better informed of all the changes being proposed and how that affects us directly. In Florida the state with the highest rate of ACA enrollment about 1.4 million people or more than 93 percent of those enrolled received nancial aid to lower their monthly premiums last year according to the states Department of Health and Human Services. Simply put, an overwhelming majority of Floridians could not afford health coverage without assistance. Even with Obamacare, Medicaid was not expanded here, says Tony Lima, executive director of SAVE. [Thats] brutal for South Florida, where incomes are low and costs are high. When the House initially proposed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Of ce projected that over a decade, that bill would cost 24 million people their insurance coverage and/or increase expenses for low-income people and those approaching 65. Nonetheless, doing away with Medicaid expansion, eliminating the nes imposed on people who opt out of coverage and reducing or dramatically changing subsidies for those who do enroll are all integral parts of whats being discussed in all GOP proposals. One item that keeps coming up with little consensus on how it would be implemented revolves around allowing insurers to charge people with pre-existing conditions premium rates or banning them outright. According to Lima, repealing the ACA would strip away the bit of progress thats been made. Pre-existing conditions were not covered before the ACA. It was horrible for people who suffered with HIV, says Lima. People transitioning were not covered, either, he continued. They were considered to have a pre-existing condition. Many are still not covered. Treatment is considered elective, although its medically necessary. For a segment of the population with higher rates of a number of conditions, ranging from breast and ovarian cancer to mental health issues, the issue of pre-existing conditions is critical. So what should the LGBTQ community be doing? Keep our elected leaders feet to the re, Lima replies. Write, email, make calls, meet your reps in their of ces. Stay engaged politically on every front. ACA is not perfect, but its a good vehicle to build on. Were already not being included in the census, Lima says, referring to the administrations decision to keep sexual orientation and gender identity out of the decennial census even though 75 members of Congress requested it. The ACA brought our issues out of the closet, Lima says. Now its a matter of being aware of whats at stake and ghting for it. For more information on how changes to the federal health care system can affect you, visit To nd out who your representatives are and get their contact information visit The A ordable Care Act is precariously teetering atop the administrations list of priorities, and that should matter a lot to you.


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054 palette june|july 2017 serious business Joseph Quiones Director of Marketing and Communications at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science F rom beloved institutions like the iconic planetarium to new highlights like a threestory aquarium with a 31-foot oculus, Joseph Quiones lls us in on the stunning features of the recently opened Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. Q: What do you think people will nd most surprising about the museum? A: I think most people will nd how incredible the facility really is. Its four different buildings. We have an aquarium. We have a planetarium. We have two buildings full of exhibitions. And a lot of what people are going to encounter has never been seen before. Really I would say about 95 percent of the experiences are special and unique to Frost Science. I think people will be surprised at how large the campus is. Theyre going to have not only an entertaining time, but also learn something new. Whether its about the creatures in our habitats here in South Florida or about the cosmos in our planetarium or the human body in the MeLa, theres so much for people to do and experience. Q: Many locals have fond memories of the planetarium. Whats happening in that space? A: Our new planetarium is going to be just as special. [It] is one of only 13 in the world to be 8K 3D, the latest in the market for planetariums. During the day, were going to offer two shows: a 3D show and a non-3D show. And at night we can do incredible programs inside the planetarium as well. Q: Even while it did not have a physical space, the museum remained Q A & rfnf rrff tbbftff r ffbb active through outreach efforts. Are those still planned? A: We partnered with the Miami Marlins on their family day. We were at the Miami HEAT Family Festival with the players, and well continue to do that. A lot of people dont know about our programs. We have a program called Museum Volunteers for the Environment MUVE. Its a habitat restoration volunteer-based project. We do beach clean-ups, remove invasive species, restore coastal habitats and do volunteer activities every weekend. The community is invited. Families can get involved, and work with our scientists. We also have a citizen science program. Q: What does an institution like this represent for the city? A: Weve always been Miamis only science museum. Its going to continue to be a community place where everyone is welcome. Were going to be doing so much more than whats inside the walls. Theres going to be a lot for people to come back time and again. We want this to be a place where the community can gather. Were also right next to the Perz Art Museum, which also means a lot to the community. We share Knight Plaza, which celebrates the intersection of art and science. We really want Museum Park to be somewhere where people can come and gather and learn and have fun.




S ummer may be the perfect time to enjoy festivals, gatherings and other outdoor activities, but as temperatures rise so does the risk of becoming dehydrated. According to the American Heart Association, dehydration can lead to a range of ailments that range from swollen feet and headaches to life-threatening conditions, such asheat stroke. And yes, it is a common occurrence throughout South Florida. Keeping yourself hydrated during outdoor activities especially when the weather is hot and humid is crucial. The human body regulates heat through sweat, and since it is comprised of more than 60 percent water, when uid levels decrease, we can cause ourselves harm. The best way to ensure proper hydration is to drink water lots of it. Other beverages especially those containing electrolytes such as sodium and potassium can help also ward off dehydration. Low-calorie sports drinks or coconut water are great options that help replace the sodium and potassium that is lost through sweat. Not all uids are equal though. Some drinks, should be avoided altogether when you are trying to stay hydrated. Among them are alcohol and caffeinated beverages, such as coffee, tea and soda, which actually increase the risk of dehydration because they function by pulling uids from the body. It is also a good idea to stay away from drinks with high sugar content like fruit juices. These can cause stomach issues, including diarrhea. Its important to know your body and pay attention to certain signs that can tell you when youre dehydrated, says Dr. Bobby Kapur, chief of emergency medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital. For example, if youre thirsty, youre already dehydrated. Other signs of dehydration include headaches, ushed skin, less frequent urination, urine that is dark in color, fatigue, dizziness and dry mouth. Fortunately, its easy to keep from becoming dehydrated. Carry a water bottle with you at all times and rell it often, pack healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables that can help you supplement your uid intake, and avoid exercising during the hottest times of the day. Summer is a time for fun activities, like Pride parades. But being outdoors in the heat while drinking alcoholic beverages can also make it a dangerous time. Listen to your body and use common sense. If you feel overheated, take a break in a cool area. And if you start to feel ill, remember that Jackson Health System provides world-class care that is welcoming and sensitive to the needs of the LGBTQ community. Laura A. DOvidio Marketing Specialist Jackson Health Systems Corporate Partner Member of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce rfntn Start drinking before exercising or taking off on an outdoor activity. This helps cool your body. The amount of water you will then need throughout the day depends on the kind of activity youre pursuing, its intensity and the temperature outside. To avoid dehydration, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends that active people drink at least 16 to 20 ounces of uid, one to two hours before an outdoor activity. Then follow that by drinking six to 12 ounces every 10 to 15 minutes while outside. People should continue drinking when even after they are nished with an activity. While drinking water is most important, certain foods also help with their high water content. These include cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, cauliower, iceberg lettuce, watermelon, star fruit, strawberries and cantaloupe. Drink Up! SUMMERS ARE LONG AND HOT IN SOUTH FLORIDA, SO ITS CRUCIAL TO STAY HYDRATED. By Laura A. DOvidio 056


I ve been working in hospitality since I was a teenager starting at 17 as a pool attendant in Hawaii. Now, I lead The Betsy South Beach on Cond Nast Traveler s 2017 Gold List a place with a unique luxury brand that pampers guests and serves the LGBTQ community in unprecedented ways. Were happy to be right on Ocean Drive, just a stones throw from party central, but our beachfront location also offers guests a slice of serenity. We complement that with Yoga and Meditation, a poetry-inspired spa, property library and uniquely curated playlists optimized for every space and time of day. Two roof decks treat guests to 360-degree panoramic views of the beach and city, with a front-row seat to the sunrise or sunset. Our bars offer an intimate space to gather while enjoying craft cocktails. USA Today dubbed our Feeling Welcome THE BETSY SOUTH BEACH FULLY EMBRACES LGBTQ CULTURE THROUGH PROGRAMS, PARTNERSHIPS, ADVOCACY AND, OF COURSE, HOSPITALITY. property The Most Romantic Hotel in Florida in 2015. Through The Betsys PACE program an acronym that stands for Philanthropy, Arts, Culture and Education our leadership team set out to redene what it means to be a place of hospitality where LGBTQ travelers can feel at home, whether traveling alone, as a couple or as part of a larger family group. Our team is trained (Pink Flamingo certied) and sensitive, and we strive to make everyone feel welcome. Its never enough just to tell someone they matter, actions truly do speak louder than words. The Betsys outstanding LGBTQ programming over the years has included the creation of TransArt (elevating understanding of trans life through the work of trans artists), LGBTQ literary events through The Betsy Writers Room ( and partnerships with advocacy groups like By Jeff Lehman the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, LGBT Visitor Center, Aqua Foundation, Unity Coalition|Coalicin Unida, the National Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce. Our newest LGBTQ partners are the Maven Leadership Collective, SAGE and Project SAFE. During Miami Beach Gay Pride 2017 we commemorated those lost at the PULSE massacre with a project entitled Pride Poets Light The Night. With more than 100 participants gathered shoulder to shoulder, poet Richard Blanco recited his piece One PulseOne Poem during a vigil that was accompanied by the poetry itself illuminated upon The Betsys Poetry Rail and Orb. A free community-building reception followed at the hotels conservatory. Treating people with dignity and respect is part of our DNA. As a member of the local business community, it makes me particularly proud that The Betsy embraces LGBTQ culture at the highest levels for our guests from all over the world to experience and enjoy. Jeff Lehman Managing Director The Betsy South Beach Corporate Member of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce GAYBIZMIAMI COM june.july 2017


E very individual living in the United States who is not already a citizen is probably wondering what is going to happen. Permanent residents are calling my ofce asking if they will be able to become citizens in the future. Business investors are calling wondering if they will have to leave or close their businesses in the U.S. Clients from the LGBTQ community want to know if they will be excluded from immigration benets based on their sexual orientation. I would like to weigh in on the matter to calm peoples anxiety and fears by asserting that as of right now, LGBTQ individuals can continue seeking the same immigration benets as their heterosexual counterparts. Many people are deciding against pursuing any change in status for fear of the new administration, but this is not the time to be scared or to back down. This is the time to forge ahead, and if you are The LGBTQ community will be able to apply for all of the above immigration options as long as they are able to provide all of the needed information, as well as the required evidence to support the specic claims and immigration options. Many people fear that they will be denied based on their sexual orientation. Although the LGBTQ community may be affected in other areas of the law, I personally have not seen it in immigration law. All of my LGBTQ clients in recent months have been successful despite their fears. I suggest that those of you who need to obtain visas do so now. Renew any visas that needs renewing and, if eligible, pursue getting a green card. There are many attorneys in South Florida that offer free consultations. Some organizations also offer free clinics to assist those who have immigrationrelated questions. Nobody should be discouraged from seeking advice and assistance. Now is the time to act and the one thing that this administration has done is unite those who are willing to stand up and take a stand. Nicole Alvarez, P.A. Immigration Lawyer Miami-Dade Corporate Member of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce rfrntb entitled to an immigration benet not to be scared to seek it. The LGBTQ community will be able to continue to apply for the following immigration options: K-1 anc visas, green cards based on marriages, VAWA Protections for LGBTQ spouses of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, U visas for victims of crime, gay asylum petitions, employment based immigration and immigration waivers. Each of these options confers legal status and can possibly lead to a green card. The rst step people should take when faced with uncertainty about their legal status is to seek out an experienced immigration attorney. Many people mistakenly have a paralegal ll out their paperwork and advise them on what steps to take, but that can be a mistake. It is extremely important to have an experienced immigration attorney who can offer informed advice and guidance. Cold as ICE WITH THE NEW ADMINISTRATIONS STANCE ON IMMIGRATION, MANY PEOPLE ARE LEFT WONDERING WHAT TO DO. By Nicole Alvarez 058


r I n 1922, Missouri cattleman James Bright and aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss got together and founded the Miami Kennel Club as the rst parimutuel greyhound track in America. By early 1925, the newly renamed Hialeah Park had become a hot spot for thoroughbred racing on a one-mile dirt track. Throughout the years, Hialeah Park went on to hosted countless races and events, including the Flamingo Stakes and the Hialeah Turf Cup, featuring some of the sports most legendary names Seabiscuit, Citation, Nashua, Bold Ruler, Forego, Seattle Slew, Spectacular Bid and John Henry. World leaders, such as Presidents Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, as well Playing for Keeps WITH ITS LONG, DISTINGUISHED HISTORY, HIALEAH PARK & CASINO IS A RECOGNIZABLE SYMBOL FOR OUR REGION, AND ITS BEST DAYS STILL LIE AHEAD. as Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Princess Grace of Monaco,all spent a day at the races sometimes longer. A cavalcade of stars also brought its glitz to the grounds. Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Al Jolson, Jimmy Durante, Elizabeth Taylor, Angie Dickinson, even Amelia Earhart stopped by before her infamous last ight. The scene that established Michael Corleones arrival in Miami in 1974s Academy Award-winning TheGodfather, Part II was lmed at the park, as were scenes for the Oscarnominated / Golden Globe-winner The Champ (1978) and Let It Ride (1988). In addition to its brush with stardom, Hialeah Park is great place to visit some famous wildlife. Listed as an Audubon Bird Sanctuary and recorded in the National Register of Historic Places, the park is home to an iconic amboyance of amingos, all original decendants of birds imported from Cuba in 1934 by former owner Joseph Widener. Related to the heron, the amingo is a wading bird that prefers to live in shallow marshlands. Each spring, the birds nest on volcanoshaped mounds of clay built in a shallow pool on their ineld lake. The colony has left its mark throughout the U.S. in the form of donations to zoos, from Zoo Miami and Saint Louis Zoo to the former Hollywood Park in Inglewood, CA. Hialeah Park has continued to honor and celebrate its past while embracing a dynamic forward-looking direction. Home to a state-of-the-art casino, which began operations in August of 2013, the facilities feature 800 Las Vegas-style slot machines, electronic roulette and blackjack, South Floridas most popular poker room, as well as seasonal quarter horse racing. Champions Simulcast Center and Sports Bar, on the second oor of the iconic clubhouse, is open year-round, offering bettors world-class horse racing action from across the country. Several restaurants and lounges round out the options for a day out. In addition to its vast outdoor space, the park features newly redesigned venues suited for weddings, quinces and other special events. A museum that highlights the history of horse racing in South Florida is in the works, as is the creation of a trendy entertainment district anchored by a spa resort, ofce building and shopping center that will include restaurants, banks and other attractions for a new generation to get to know this local landmark. Conveniently located a short drive from Miami International Airport, South Beach, Downtown Miami, Coral Gables and Doral, Hialeah Park is positioned to become a destination for all. Frank Fiore Vice President of Marketing & Entertainment Hialeah Park Race Course & Casino Corporate Partner Plus Member of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce By Frank Fiore GAYBIZMIAMI COM june.july 2017


to Serve (S2S) Committee. S2S is how we serve our community. At Marriott, we pledge that every community will be a better place to live and work because we are there. Being able to give back is the most rewarding part of my job, and I am truly grateful to work for a company that allows me the platform to do so. Marriott has a history of LGBTQ support, and under your leadership it established its rst Employee Resource Group in Miami ONE. As an ally, tell us why this is important? Marriott does have a long history of putting people rst! Most people arent aware that Marriott was one of the rst companies to provide insurance bene ts to same-sex couples. For the third year in a row, Marriott received a 100 percent rating with the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Index Best Places to Work. ONE is part of the reason [for that] score. Mr. Marriott says that if you take good care of your people, they will take good care of our guests, and the guests will return. We believe the companys culture sets us apart from other hotel companies. ONE Marriott is the of cial associate network group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight-ally associates. I have had the pleasure to work with my colleagues to establish a Miami chapter and recently a Fort Lauderdale chapter. It is very important for me to provide a safe environment where everyone can be their true authentic self. I am fortunate to have found a company that is aligned with my values and beliefs. GAYBIZMIAMI COM june.july 2017 Let us know a little bit about you! I am a born and raised Hialeah girl, daughter of Cuban immigrant parents. I attended Monsignor Edward Pace High School and Miami-Dade College. I am a wife and a mother to identical twin boys. I am a huge sports fan and support all our home teams Marlins, Heat, Dolphins and Hurricanes. I am entering my 19th year working for Marriott. I love my job! I am a foodie Champagne goes with everything. We enjoy the beach and travel. Share a few of your success stories as a Marriott destination sales executive. This role as Destination Sales Executive (DSE) is a bit new for me. I was promoted last April. DSE is a Marriott title, in this role I am the director of sales of the hotel responsible for partnering with our Florida sales team to close business for the hotel. I partner with the revenue management and marketing teams to create and execute our strategies. Most people dont know I started my career as an accounting clerk at the Miami Airport Marriott in January 1998. The majority of my career has been in catering sales, where I have been fortunate to plan happy occasions for hundreds if not thousands of families in South Florida. Ive had the opportunity to experience different brands and was part of the opening team of the Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove, which earned the ve-diamond rating within nine months of opening. My true passion however is my role in the Marriott South Florida Business, where I serve as co-chair of the Spirit Marriott just acquired Starwood Hotels, making it the largest chain in the world. How has this merger affected you and the Miami market? Marriott acquired Starwood [in] September of 2016. As you can imagine, merging two huge publicly traded companies is not an easy task and [the] transition will continue for the next few years. We are delighted to welcome our new brothers and sisters and look forward to new career opportunities within the now 30 brands and close to 6,000 hotels. Locally, through the South Florida Business Council, we have already started collaborating with our new Starwood family members by partnering on Spirit to Serve events. As a Corporate Partner Member what do you feel makes the Chamber worthy of your support? Being a member of the Chamber is like any relationship: You get what you put into it. I really enjoy the MDGLCC because of the people I have met and the relationships Ive been able to establish. The events are fun. People are genuinely interested in networking and meeting new people. I love the ambassador program; I especially like that at every event there are members assigned to introduce and connect people. I think there is still a lot of untapped potential in the ways we can partner to grow business and serve the community. Spotlight: Bertha Crucet DESTINATION SALES EXECUTIVE AT MIAMI MARRIOTT BISCAYNE BAY AT MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL MARRIOTT.COM CORPORATE PARTNER MEMBER OF THE MIAMI-DADE GAY & LESBIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 060



A s an openly lesbian woman working for a mens professional basketball team, Im humbled to share a unique coming out story right here in the pages of this magazine so aptly titled Clarity. Its not a personal coming out story, mind you. Its the story of how my employer of the past 17 years the Miami HEAT kicked the proverbial closet doors open and blazed its own rainbow trail. Among the survivors of the shooting was an Arena staffer: Laura Vargas. If you know anything about the culture of the Miami HEAT, you know that our idea of family permeates everything we do both on and off the court. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. Her story made the Pulse tragedy exceedingly personal. The whole world mourned the catastrophic loss of life. But as the weeks passed, that gnawing sense that we had to respond began bubbling up around the organization. We had to do something to help the LGBTQ community. We decided this was the opportunity for the HEAT to loudly and proudly take center court, in front of a sold-out arena (if youll pardon my basketball metaphors) and embrace our rfntbn The night was October 22, 2016, and the franchise was debuting HEAT Loud and Proud, our rst ever free dance party for all of South Florida but especially the LGBTQ community to gather, have fun and celebrate life and diversity at AmericanAirlines Arena. A labor of love, Loud and Proud was born in the aftermath of the fateful night in June that a gunman massacred 49 people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. The Miami HEAT LOUD, PROUD AND OUT By Lorrie-Ann Diaz 062


rfn gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning brothers and sisters. We named our event HEAT Loud and Proud, not only as an afrmation of the cause, but because thats how we do: noise and nerve; buzz and bravado. Were the Miami HEAT and we dont back down. That night, the steps of AmericanAirlines Arena were illuminated by rainbow colored lights that reected beautifully across Biscayne Bay, and we welcomed 1,000 of our closest friends to our home. HEAT players Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson mingled with guests. NBA Ambassador and openly gay former NBA player, Jason Collins made a cameo appearance and the incomparable Roxanne Vargas of WTVJ hosted the festivities. The highlight of the evening was a $25,000 check presented to local grassroots non-prot Pridelines, Miamis LGBTQ Community Center and South Floridas oldest LGBTQ services agency. And Laura Vargas, who was our guest of honor, was right there, front and center, still recovering from her injuries but valiantly defying the odds. You cant keep a good woman down. Indeed that night the HEAT was loud and proud, but weve supported the LGBTQ community all along. Through the years, weve partnered with the Aqua Foundation, SAVE, the National Gay & Lesbian Taskforce, Equality Florida and the Florida Coalition for a Competitive Workforce, and lent our resources, talent and expertise to a variety of LGBTQ causes. We have openly courted the LGBTQ community since as far back as the year 2000, when the WNBAs Miami Sol played in our facility. Everyone is welcome at AmericanAirlines Arena because we champion the diversity that truly makes Miami a magical place. Miami is us and we are Miami. And we do the right thing because thats the right thing to do. Lorrie-Ann Diaz Senior Director The HEAT Group Business Communications Corporate Partner Member of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce WE NAMED OUR EVENT HEAT LOUD AND PROUD NOT ONLY AS AN AFFIRMATION OF THE CAUSE BUT BECAUSE THAT S HOW WE DO : NOISE AND NERVE ; BUZZ AND BRAVADO GAYBIZMIAMI COM june.july 2017


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South Floridas activists and emboldened community members got together at the Pride Center at Equality Park in Wilton Manors to explore practical ways to become more involved, more signicantly active and to give back to the community and make a greater impact. rfntbfttrtbbn tbftbtbnn tbtbttbtb tbbttbnt tttbt ttbtbtt tbtbbr tbtbntt palette june|july 2017 2 0 1 7 7 I n v i t e d A r t i s t s : G r e t t e l T r u j i l l o ( a c t o r )M i c h a e l G i l ( m u s i c i a n ) C o P r e s e n t e d w i t h M i a m i D a d e C o l l e g e s M i a m i B o o k F a i r S a t u r d a y J u n e 2 4 t h 8 : 3 0 P M F r i d a y J u n e 2 3 r d 8 : 3 0 P M T h u r s d a y J u n e 2 2 n d 8 : 3 0 P M PRESENTS


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072 palette june|july 2017 nal details K ey West Pride kicks off June 7th and Stonewall Parade and Festival in Wilton Manors takes place June 17th. In fact, every June countless cities celebrate the moment when an unassuming little bar on the wrong side of town became a rallying cry for the marginalized. Its been 48 years since the series of violent demonstrations that would come to be known collectively as the Stonewall Riots ignited a movement. This issue we celebrate that milestone, as well as the one-year anniversary of the sites transition to The Stonewall National Monument the rst LGBTQ-history site listed on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places and the rst LGBTQ national park site in the U.S. Youve come a long way baby!


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