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palette south oridas lgbtq magazine dec 2017 | jan 2018 vol. 16 DIVINE DIVAStaunch LGBTQ ally Gloria Estefan gets honoredSouth Floridas Gay Choruses Lesbians Speak Up about AIDS Lets Go Brighton! Out for the Holidays Gay8 Festival Italian Eats & more...


Love and let love.The rest of the country has nally embraced the openminded attitude that Key West has been committed to forever, but there will never be a more beautiful place to celebrate this historic achievement. 305.294.4603


018 winter funderlandWhether you have a brood of your own or are putting in your time as everyones favorite uncle or aunt, there are plenty of places in South Florida to go play.024 the caretakers When the AIDS crisis was at its peak and all those dying were deemed untouchable by most, the caretakers stepped up to help.030 gloria estefanThe local darling was recently honored by the LGBTQ Task Force for her work.032 chorus lineIts the most wonderful time of the year. With all the food, gifting and days off, we want to make sure you dont forget all the shows! South Floridas gay choruses aim to keep you in a festive spirit.038 alls bright in brightonBehind its gray and dreary stereotypes, England has a wealth to offer the traveler looking for a fun getaway. Case in point: Brighton, the de facto gay capital of the U.K. rfn tbFEATURES 002contents palettedec 2017 | jan 2018


whats your temptation? cruise enthusiast | hopeless romantic | shopaholic | sports nut | art lover lm fanatic | spa a cionado | vacation seeker | foodie | kid at heart performing arts fan | history buffNo matter your desire, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau organizes carefully crafted, money-saving programs to indulge your every whim. ORGANIZED BY: SPONSORED BY: Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau The Of cial Destination Sales & Marketing Organization for Greater Miami and the Beaches. // CS 02510


010 reviewsLive and let live is the philosophy that these selections embrace.011 tech & gadgetsIf youre going to be spending so much time in the kitchen, you may as well have the best gadgets to keep you company. 012 home dcorOskar Torres turns up the sparkle factor in with dazzling suggestions that will make you want to stay home for the holidays.014 arts & cultureJoin the party on Calle Ocho when the Gay8 festival takes over for its third year.015 after hoursThere is no escape. Actually, there is, and and guring it out is whats so fun about heading to an escape room!016 diningItalian food. So delicious. So lling. So typecast. These eateries serve up Italian like youve never tasted before.048 editorial columnGrowing up is hard to do, especially when your party days were so much fun. Daniel Shoer Roth shares his journey.050 health & wellnessFeeling frazzled? Arent we all... Maybe its time you took a moment to meditate your way to good health. Just a thought.052 local getawaysThe Keys may have had a rough month in September thanks a lot Irma but theyre still just as fabulous as ever.054 q & aSue Martino, executive director of The Pet Project, shares her insight on why pets are so important to all of us and why we must help pet owners in need.065 social eventsWere you there? Find out who was!068 nal thoughtsBelle de Jour celebrates its 50th anniversary, and we celebrate that kiss. DEPARTMENTS 010 014 048 004contents palettedec 2017 | jan 2018


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palette dec 2017 | jan 2018 After three years, its incredible to think that this is the last issue of Palette. By this time in our production cycle wed already be well into the next issue, with editorial outlines nalized, pitches approved or declined and photographers scheduling their assigned shoots. Having started with so many lofty goals and riding a wave of exhilarating national milestones, were sad to see it all end. Our rst issue was all about us seeking out a sense of community. We wanted to engage in dialogue with a group of readers, who are widely dispersed this magazine is distributed from Key West all the way through Broward and at a few spots in Palm Beach, too but whose common experiences and interests might make us feel a bit closer than geography allows. We hope to have achieved that for some. We have certainly met and built great relationships with amazing people, and for that we are incredibly grateful. Our amazing contributors have not just provided intriguing stories, moving photography and playful illustrations, they have been our champions and ambassadors, letting people know about our magazine wherever they went. The Palette Board of Advisors has provided invaluable guidance and insight that comes from a place of genuinely wanting to see the LGBTQ community in South Florida grow and prosper holistically. We are deeply humbled by their experience and generosity and thankful that they chose to share their time with us despite trafc, conicting work schedules, torrential downpours and personal commitments. The Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce has been an exceptional partner, collaborating on the demanding but deeply rewarding responsibility of publishing a magazine that wanted above all to be inclusive of everyone within the LGBTQ community. We thank you, our readers, for giving us a purpose and much appreciated emails of praise. That is the most powerful pick-me-up when you are working late in the day trying to meet a tight deadline. This may be our last issue, but we are grateful to have gotten a chapter in this dazzlingly beautiful communitys ongoing story. Warmest Regards, The Palette Magazine Team @ @ rf rffrfrnttrrtrbrtrrtrtrnrtttftttfttfftrrrr brrtfntttrfrrttrnnrrtnrfttrr nbtrrrrtrf ntbr


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(including Greg Norton and Grant Hart), it was the proli c Mould who would go on to have the most successful career including solo work; a second trio, Sugar; a venture into electronic music; and a stint in the DJ/dance genre with musician Richard Morel. The book includes Biggins and Couchs interview with Mould and other musicians who performed on the album. Arriving, as it did, around the time of Grant Harts death only serves to give the book a deeper impact. Recipe for Love As feature lm debuts go, writer/ director Ophir Raul Graziers The Cakemaker (Laila Films) ranks pretty high. The bakery caf run by gay baker Tomas (Tim Kalkhof) is always the rst stop that Israeli businessman Oren (Roy Miller) makes when hes in Berlin each month. Oren loves Tomas pastries and makes sure to bring a box of cookies home to his wife, Anat, (Sarah Adler) and their son, Itai (Tamir Ben Yehuda). But before long, bisexual Oren is The 124th title in the 33 1/3 series, Workbook (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017) by Walter Biggins and Daniel Couch is an intimate analysis of openly gay former Hsker D front-man Bob Moulds legendary 1988 debut solo album by the same name. Through a series of conversations and crosstalk via letters, emails, phone calls and Skype chats the former classmates trace their interest in the in uential Minneapolis trio to a mixtape they once passed around. The band split up after less than 10 years (and seven studio albums), but its impact was far-reaching and long-lasting. Of its three members sampling more than just pastries. By the time the men have been seeing each other for a year, tragedy ensues. Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, Anat has to adjust to life as a widow and single parent. She runs her kosher caf under the watchful eye of Orens brother Motti (Zohar Strauss). When Tomas arrives in Jerusalem, he goes to her caf, becomes a regular and eventually gets a job there. Anat begins piecing together clues, leading to a discovery that changes the course of all their lives. In German, Hebrew and English with subtitles, The Cakemaker screens as part of the Miami Jewish Film Festivals 21st annual edition, January 11-25. Having Faith Christmas Day marks the one-year anniversary of George Michaels passing. His death capped off a year of shocking pop music losses, beginning with David Bowie and including Prince, Leonard Cohen and soul/funk singer Sharon Jones, among several others. Michael, who burst onto the scene in the early 1980s as one half of the duo Wham!, had an extraordinary, if not especially fruitful, solo career. His 1987 solo debut breakthrough, Faith, earned him a Grammy and sold more than 20 million copies. The latest release, an expanded reissue of Michaels second album, 1990s Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, was originally scheduled for release in late 2016, but now includes the previously import-only MTV Unplugged set he recorded in 1996. Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1/MTV Unplugged (Sony Music/ Legacy) is available as a double CD set, a deluxe box set and on vinyl. It is a stunning audio portrait of an artist determined to be his own man. Tracks include the dramatic Praying For Time and Mothers Pride, the lightly jazzy Cowboys & Angels, a breathtaking cover of Stevie Wonders They Wont Go When I Go, and even the playful anthem Freedom. 010reviewstech & gadgets rntb b r by GREGG SHAPIRO These selections propose that a life without judgement is the best kind to live.


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014arts & cultureafter hoursThe Gay8 Festival brings to life a thriving LGBTQ Latino culture in the heart of a multiethnic community. by DANIEL SHOER ROTH Miamis Calle Ocho in Little Havana is an emblem of the citys multicultural identity an enclave rst reinvigorated by Cuban refugees in the 1960s and then settled by subsequent waves of Latin American immigrants seeking their own slice of a promised land. It is also the heart and soul of the Gay8 Festival, a street celebration of queer arts, music and culture that its organizers de ne as a great uni er for all communities. Immediately after its inception three years ago, the event sparked interest because Little Havana is frequently seen as a stronghold of the kind of conservative values usually ascribed to Latino communities. Never in my life would I have imagined that an event such as this one would come to Calle Ocho, a U.S.-born, straight woman in her 60s told me during the rst year. This city has changed. After a dispute with City of Miami of cials regarding the festivals presumed 2018 date, Gay8s third edition is scheduled to take place Presidents Day weekend, on Sunday Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The highlights are main stage performances, live bands, dance contests, the pet park, an art village, food vendors, free LGBTQ-themed lms and cultural performances. Gay8 Festival promises to once again take South Florida by storm with mojito, cha-cha, cigar smoking, art shopping, cafecito infused salsa thumping, woo hoo, says cofounder Damian Pardo, a long-time gay activist and nancial advisor. The festival arose from the recognition that South Florida one of the most diverse regions in the U.S. is essentially a segregated place, according to Pardo and cofounder Joe Cardona, a lmmaker and longtime ally. Both aim to create a multi-cultural fun day that reaches out to diverse segments of the population to celebrate collectively in a historic part of town currently facing intense gentri cation. Known for its bodegas, small pharmacies called boticas and momand-pop cafeterias where customers were once greeted by name, the bluecollar neighborhood is being overrun by highrise condos and commercial development, given its proximity to Miamis nancial center. [Gay8 is] opening Little Havana to the world and the world to Little Havana, says Damian. Many people have described Gay8 as a pride on steroids. Its LGBTQ pride, female pride, white man pride, black pride, Hispanic/ Latino pride. but ultimately its a pride of very different people coming together, he explains. Outside of Little Havanas Domino Park, where Cuban oldtimers gather to discuss politics, you might see two shirtless men dancing closely to the rhythm of merengue music. On the same route where colorful oats, school bands and popular telenovela stars march during the annual Three Kings Parade, the beloved drag queen Maritrini (Alexis Fernndez) leads the gayest carnival-style conga youll ever witness a unique combination of queens, feathers and maracas that is so Miami. The festival kicks off Friday February 16 in the evening with The PaLante (Move Forward) Awards, which honor people in the community that have pushed the needle forward in terms of social change, cultural contributions and civil rights. This years reception theme is immigration, a hot-button issue in todays America that for most Little Havana residents and Gay8 Festival attendees is an all too personal topic. For more information visit rf ntb t nt ttt


palettedec 2017 | jan 2018 Imagine you go out to spend an evening with a group of friends and you nd yourselves locked in a room together. Depending on your relationship, it could be a delightful surprise or a melt-down waiting to happen. If you thought of the former, you might enjoy visiting an escape room. Most escape rooms offer numerous options, ranging from scary to humorous, but the basic concept remains the same. Working together, your group must decipher clues and riddles in order to exit the room. Those of you with claustrophobia will be happy to know that all escape rooms have an emergency exit. After being greeted by a host or game master your group will be given a brie ng which includes the basics of how the game operates along with the back story of the mystery you need to solve in order to escape the room (usually via a secret door). There are numerous venues in South Florida, ranging from simple storefronts to cavernous warehouse facilities with multiple themes. Evolution Escape Rooms in Fort Lauderdale opened earlier this year and offers a choice of exploring a mysterious cabin in the woods or investigating the disappearance of a diner waitress. In less than a year, Key Largos The Lost Key Escape Room has proven so popular with its original concept Escape Pirate Island theme, that theyre adding two additional experiences: The Conch Republic Diamond Repo and The Ray of Enlightenment: The Illuminati Experience. Escape The Quest moved from Miami to Pompano Beach two years ago and has the most diverse selection with six different themed rooms: Crime Scene, Stay of Execution, House of Pain, In the Dark, Fun House and Krazy. The venue also has a party room available for rental. M.D. Watsons Escape Rooms in Plantation offers two mysterybased rooms. House of Pawns is a political espionage thriller, and Gallery Heist requires your group to recover a stolen painting and discover the culprit before the police arrive and charge you with the robbery. Lockbox Escape Room in Davie showcases a CIA task force-themed game and another focused on discovering a time machine. Miami PanIQ Room began in Hungary in 2012 and opened a location in the U.S. in 2014. In addition to Miami, there are PanIQ Room franchises in San Francisco, San Diego, Phoenix, Chicago, Beverly Hills and Washington D.C. Among the theme rooms in Miami are: The Pirates Den, Haunted Hospital and My Spy. Think Escape Games in Fort Lauderdale has three game rooms: Laboratory51, Shady Tavern and The Study. It is about to open a new room based upon the exploration of a Mayan ruin. Pay close attention to your game masters instructions; oftentimes there are tips and hints within the story youre being told. Groups are often given ashlights (the rooms are dimly lit for atmosphere, but not dark) and walkie-talkies, which can be used to ask for clues throughout the game. If one of the ashlights is equipped with a black-light bulb, scan the entire room, clues are frequently painted on the walls and ceilings in luminescent paint. Your group will need to work together to relay and link information so as to solve the puzzle, which provides the key to exiting the room. Other than that, just remember to have fun! rf nf ftf ftf t by RICK KARLIN Escape rooms o er numerous options for a fun night that is out of the ordinary.


If you understand Italian cuisine and the people who cook it, you know that its not enough to refer to authentic Italian. You have to speak regionally. Ill tell you a story to demonstrate just how speci c rff ntbn 016diningItalys cuisine is as you travel the country. I often go to the Amal Coast. As the crow ies, once you get to Naples, you make your way south to Sorrento by bus or train, then hop a boat to Amal or Positano. But sometimes its actually faster to overshoot in this southerly direction by taking the train to Salerno, then backtracking a bit north to Amal Once, while taking this alternate route, I was killing time in a bar at the Salerno port, and I ordered an unusual pastry one Id never seen on the Amal Coast just 10 miles away. I asked the proprietress about it. This is a Salerno pastry, she said casually but with pride. You can only get it here. That very sense of regional pride is in full force in Miami. At the 4-year-old Cipriani in Downtown Miami, when Maggio Cipriani speaks of Venetian dishes like calfs liver alla veneziana, baccal mantecato and sarde in saor also noting that the restaurants olive oil is directly from Umbria hes saying something gastronomically meaningful and very particular. If the name Via Emilia 9, the moniker of a recently revamped little venue in South Beach, werent enough to clue you in to the restaurants roots in EmiliaRomagna, owner Valentina Cacciatori is quick to share that the handsome chef and co-owner who happens to be her husband Giancarlo, aka Wendy hails from Bologna, the capital of the region. The Miami metro area has some of the most skilled Italian chefs in the country, and when you see Wendy through the street-side window, rolling pasta, or listen to Valentina discuss prosciutto, you understand why. We are doing hard research on this, Valentina says. Normally prosciutto is aged for 18 months, and sometimes 24 months, but we are trying to get prosciutto aged 36 months, which is the nest. And she notes that Via Emilia 9 is the only place in Miami to nd gnocco fritto, a sublime fried dough served with cheese and cured meats (Ive seen it served in only two places in the country). Above all, the Cacciatoris are committed to remaining In Miamis Italian food scene, tradition reigns supreme if you just know where to look. by DREW LIMSKY


palettedec 2017 | jan 2018 authentic. Some customers order tortellini thinking that the pasta is lled with cheese. But in the traditional recipe, Valentina explains, tortellini is stuffed with prosciutto, mortadella, Parmesan and pork and we do not change the recipe. Such statements of purity are repeated by Dario Cestaro, who runs the traditional panetteria Buon Pane Italiano on Fifth Street in South Beach. We keep pizzas 100-year-old tradition, he says. We stay away from compromise people ask us to add pineapple to the pizza, and we say no. And our bread has only four ingredients: water, salt, yeast and rf nt bour. Nothing else. No chemicals. When people say the bread is already hard the next day, thats because its natural. This same committment to tradition is on full display at Cipriani, the iconic global brand that began in Venice in 1931 as Harrys Bar, a favorite haunt of Ernest Hemingway. Elements from other Cipriani locations were incorporated into the design for Cipriani Downtown Miami, such as the positioning of the bar, which echoes the layout of Harrys Bar in Venice and is the restaurants focal point. The menu carries on the legacy brilliantly. Other restaurants import their mozzarella; Cipriani does them one better by producing their own in Italy and ying it in. And one beloved menu item is arguably identied with the brand more than any other. One dish that was invented by my great grandfather, Giuseppe, in 1950 and is probably the most popular, served at Harrys Bar in Venice and in all the Ciprianis around the world is the carpaccio, enthuses Maggio Cipriani. Given its rich avor, fanciful presentation and storied past, the carpaccio is all but required when dining the nautically themed, Michele Bonandesigned space in Brickell. The dish was inspired by the Countess Amalia Nani Mocenigo, whose doctor had prescribed a diet forbidding cooked meat, he explains. So he served her a plate covered with paper thin sheets of raw let mignon with a light, cream colored sauce drizzled over the meat in a crosshatch pattern. At that time in Venice, a major exhibition of the Renaissance painter Vittore Carpaccio an artist famous for his bright reds and shiny white colors provided the name. The rst time I had the legendary dish at Cipriani, I didnt know the story, but I had the vague sense that I was eating a work of art. Now I know for sure.




he Miami metro area is replete with beaches, parks and pools, and the acclaimed Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science has instantly upped the cultural and intellectual ante for kids of all ages. Some attractions. From the McArthur Causeway, one is struck by the serious geometric architecture of the new 250,000-squarefoot Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. The gleaming white faade with its sphere lording over everything is now a welcome part of Miamis skyline. But once inside and outside, 020ONCE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE, FOR THE FROST IS A TRUE INDOOR-OUTDOOR MUSEUM NOTHING IS SOLEMN AND CHILDREN ARE EVERYWHERE.T


palettedec 2017 | jan 2018for the Frost is a true indoor-outdoor museum nothing is solemn, and children are everywhere. Nowhere is the kid-friendliness more apparent than in the circular exhibition hall on the ground oor called MeLaB. Actually, kid-friendly is the wrong word: its kid-focused. An interactive learning experience that emphasizes health and wellness, MeLaB shows kids how to understand their bodies and minds through ve dynamic zones: eat, move, relax, connect and learn. Positively bursting with color and light, the space engage and delight the underage set as they enjoy puzzles, simulations and brain teasers. On a recent visit, there was a lot of jumping on the interactive dance oor and all the while, the kids were learning about nutrition, energy, stress and the healing benets of music. The museums River of Grass exhibition is also designated for children. Outdoors, they can see, feel and experiment with the physics of water, as theyre introduced to the hydrology that keeps the 300mile Everglades and all its creatures alive. Inside, an interactive virtual environment awaits. Kids watch animal characters in a 20-minute journey presented as a day in the life of the Clockwise from top left: The Feathers to the Stars exhibit follows the story of ight from the earliest feathered dinosaurs to the future of space travel; the Frost is truly an indoor-outdoor venue that features spectacular views of the city; MeLaB lets kids explore the inner workings of their bodies. Everglades. As the sun rises, they can move a log to watch water and minnows pool; or part the grass to spot a deer or alligators nest before an afternoon thunderstorm rolls in. As the sun goes down, eyes appear in the darkness, and children can use virtual ashlights to discover hidden animals. Of course, the jewels in the Frosts crown are the aquarium and planetarium. With the former, its best to start at the top: the Vista. There kids can get a sense of the vastness of the 100-foot wide, 500,000-gallon Gulf Stream Aquarium. Mahi-mahi, devil rays and hammerhead sharks ply the placid water. The waterworld is an open-air exhibit, and kids are invited to see and even touch gliding stingrays. At the vertical aquariums lowest oor, the architectural standout is a 31-foot oculus lens that lets you see a foreshortened view of the tank from below. From this vantage point, the hammerheads seem closer than ever. Any planetarium program is going to be catnip for kids, and the 250seat, 16-million-color, 8K projection, surround sound and dome screen set up at the Frost does not disappoint. New to the lineup is To Space & Back, narrated by Top Gears James May, the lm portrays a macro-to-micro journey that explores the far reaches of our known


022universe, giving way to the most iconic landmarks in Earths cities. Finally, the museum just introduced two new exhibitions Brain: The Inside Story and Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants. The Frost Museum is new, but it joins a range of child-welcoming venues in Miami, some nearly a century old. Head southeast to Coral Gables for sun and splashing. Nervous parents with young swimmers can go to the 630-acre Matheson Hammock Park on the edge of Biscayne Bay. Its oceanlled, manmade atoll is placid and safe, and the beach is good for kids to kayak and try stand-up paddle boarding or kiteboarding. Dating back to 1930, the Hammock, designed by landscape architect William Lyman Phillip, is a This page: Venetian Pool in Coral Gables. Opposite page, from top: Classic carin the Art Deco District, South Beach;South Pointe Park; one of the iconic lifeguard stands on South Beach. transported to a wonderland complete with striped Venetian mooring posts, a classic Venetian bridge, terra cotta-tile towers, waterfalls, a grotto and 820,000 gallons of emerald-green water. Food at the concession stand is comfort level: cheese dogs, burgers, nachos. Children must be at least 3 years old to enter. In Miami Beach, the usually calm conditions beckon families with kids of all ages, but its probably best to stick to South Beach where theres lots of casual food to grab right on Ocean Drive. Theres a kids menu at TGIFridays chicken ngers, sliders, mac & cheese. Gelato-Go and piece of Miami history that feels utterly unspoiled. Stick around for dinner at Red Fish Grill, where the twinkling lights coiled around the palm trees illuminate menu items like jumbo lump crab cakes, Caribbean bouillabaisse and cumin-crusted bigeye tuna. The Venetian Pool also in Coral Gables and also historic is surely one of the countrys most unusual public swimming holes. Dating from 1924 and fed from artesian wells, the pools origin story is that it was repurposed from a former coral stone quarry. It ranks as the largest freshwater pool in the country, and in 1981 it earned a spot on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Whether youre a kid or merely young at heart, once you pass through the turnstile you are


palettedec 2017 | jan 2018 Mammamia Gelato Italiano, both on Ocean, are hot spots for cones and cups. If you nd yourself on the north end of the Art Deco District, theres a Hagen-Dazs just north of 14th Street. Once on the beach, Boucher Brothers manages concessions, including lounge chairs, umbrellas and sun beds. Look for their sign and chairs in royal blue other colors indicate chairs that are designated for guests of the various beachfront hotels and resorts. Kiosks sell beverages and sandwiches, but can sometimes sell out quickly. For more of a local South Beach experience, Flamingo Park (entrance on 11th Street at Jefferson) is lovely, and has top-notch facilities. The 17 courts at the tennis center renovated in 2013 are among the areas best, and the park also has basketball courts, athletic elds and a track. Most locals know the aquatics center for its lap lanes, but the shallow section is reserved for recreational swimming and draws lots of families. A second pool, for toddlers and children, features a zero to 15-inch-deep interactive play pool with fountains to splash under and playhouses to climb. Lockers are available, and the pool is free for Miami Beach residents ($6 for non-residents, ages 4-17; $10 for non-residents, 18 and older; free for ages 3 and under). The park also runs a number of toddler, youth and teen instructional programs. The far end of South Beach is taken up by the 17-acre South Pointe Park. While you can rent CitiBikes anywhere on South Beach, the beachfront promenade can get packed so you may want to head to South Pointe for its openness alone. The paved pathways and inclines there are perfect for biking and skateboarding, and nothing beats the 360-degree views of the waterfront. Located on the edge of Government Cut, the park is a favorite spot for watching cruise ships come and go. Harried parents biking past the parks newly renovated Smith & Wollensky should make a note to return for a steak and a sundowner after enlisting the help of a sitter. Youve certainly earned it! rfntbft




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palettedec 2017 | jan 2018I was sitting in my of ce. At the time, I was working for the health department for the state, recalls Ellen Feiler, who was once the Director of Outreach and Education for the Florida Department of Health. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have a weekly newsletter called the Morbidity and Morality Weekly Report [MMWR]; it was describing a new disease that was spreading nationwide, she says and pauses for a moment before she continues. It was affecting men in communities in San Francisco and New York. They had been previously healthy; then became very ill, very quickly, developed pneumonia and then died. The disease moved fast, ravishing communities. As the epidemic gained momentum, gay men were met with hostility and unabashed homophobia. They were dying and being cast out for it. Misinformation spread and boisterous zealots claimed it was Gods Punishment. The AIDS epidemic made some people feel like they had free license to vent their hostility. Before much was known about the disease, it was referred to as the gay cancer, gay plague and the more of cial-sounding GRID (gay-related immune de ciency). In all the labels, the implication was that only homosexuals would contract the disease. Heroine addicts were overlooked as undesirables and hemophilia was too rare for the public at large to pause and make exceptions. My assistant at the time never admitted to me that he was gay. He was a Marine, a big tough guy, says Feiler. This was Florida. As free as things were in New York City, we were as closeted as can be down here. When I came here they still had segregated water fountains. Feiler sighs heavily before she starts her story. It was Terry and Roger. Terry went on a business trip and came back really sick. Roger said he had ulcers, so, you know, I believed what he told me. When Terry died, they fumigated his of ce. In 1985 Roger nally told me he had AIDS. I guess because of my position as the head of education and outreach, or naivet, or a strong sense of denial, I told Roger that [it] didnt mean he was going to die, she admits. I couldnt believe Roger could get sick. I loved him dearly. AIDS and the indif rence or outright panic displayed by traditional institutions created a dire need for communitybased organizations, and overnight it made unlikely bedfellows out of gay men, lesbians, transgender folks and straight allies. As friends, lovers, family members and so many others passed away, these groups created a support system, relying on each other to nd positive outlets for their anger and frustration. I feel that gay women never got enough credit. There were so many people who made meals, stepped forward, wrapped Christmas gifts, says Feiler. They did education and outreach in the community; they drove people to the doctors when no one else would. They have never been recognized. They quilted [the AIDS quilt]; they stood guard over them; they stood by them and fought for them, but no one tells their story. They were there. We were there too. BROTHERS AND SISTERSRobin L. Bodiford, a practicing attorney in Fort Lauderdale recalls how she unwittingly became her brothers advocate. My brother and I are from Miami, but after the Anita Bryant thingwe ran away to California to be gay, she says, referring to the 1970s anti-gay activist who started the Save Our Children campaign. Robin and her brother, Peter Grover Bodiford, enrolled in law school in San Francisco in the late 1980s. We were very successful. We were very, very gay. At the time, many people left their hometowns to nd a more accepting place, and San Francisco was a paradise It was 1982


028Robin L. Bodiford with her brother, Peter Grover Bodiford. Those diagnosed in places like South Florida were not as fortunate. According to Bodiford, volunteers had to go to gay bars and night clubs with donation cans. There were no resources and zero funding. I dont really think of myself [as] his caretaker. He was my brother, says Bodiford. We had a small family; it was my brother, my mother and my stepfather. My stepfather really stepped up and did all the grocery shopping and everyday chores. For so many of Peters friends, that just wasnt happening. He joined support groups. He had surrounded himself with a large community of young men that were dying of AIDS. At the time, no one was living with AIDS; everyone was dying from it. Many died alone. When I say family, I mean, mainly my parents. As supportive as they were, on top of him being terminally ill, [there was the] stigma of having AIDS. My parents couldnt for young gay men and women. In the Castro district, gay bars had windows, and gay men and women irted openly in public spaces. It was a resurgence of the sexual revolution. Not long after enrolling in school, Peter found a kaposi sarcoma lesion on his arm, so Robin went with him to get tested. He was diagnosed with AIDS. It was 1989. In those days it was a death sentence, she remembers. As his illness progressed to the point that he needed help, I was with him. He was never in the hospital by himself. I would spend the night, and then go home, get dressed...go back to work; then spend the night. Life was just on repeat. After getting over the initial shock of Peters diagnosis, honestly, I dont remember what AIDS Project Los Angeles resources were [or] what they could offer us. To their good fortune Peter had an apartment and insurance and Robin had a masters degree in social work, so she was able to nd ways to work around the system.


palettedec 2017 | jan 2018tell anyone about it. None of their friends knew, everyone thought Peter had cancer. Countless gay men with AIDS found themselves homeless because of unemployment, evictions and medical costs. An untold number of physicians refused to provide medical care; funeral homes denied services; and obituaries did not report when a person had passed away from AIDS or complications from AIDS; death certicates usually listed the cause of death as adult respiratory distress syndrome. Families were often went into a state of denial when their loved ones contracted AIDS. ON THE FRONT LINES On June 5th 1981, the CDCs monthly report described the outbreak of a new disease. Previously healthy, young men were walking into hospitals with advanced stages of opportunistic infections. Clusters of an exceedingly rare but aggressive form of cancer known as Kaposis sarcoma began to crop up between New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Within days the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) initiated a task force to identity the risk factors, as well as the groups at risk, and to set up a national surveillance team. I came out a bit before I graduated high school, well to myself at least, says Katy Yankie, LSCW and Director of Clinical services at Sunserve. I grew up in a small town on the Maryland and West Virginia border called Cumberland. It wasnt a warm and fuzzy place to come out, but there was a group there. They were called [the] Signicant Others; there were no gay bars unless you drove three hours. They would have potlucks, game nights or parties, and that was my support system. By age 27 Yankie had become the director of resident services at a retirement community in Broward County. But as her group of friends here became extremely ill and died, she left her job to become the AIDS education counselor at Henderson Behavioral Health. She started an education and outreach program with a speakers bureau in order to dispel many rumors that were spreading incorrect information. At the beginning of the epidemic there were many unknowns about the transmission of the disease. It was difcult to distinguish between genuine fear and blatant homophobia; nding compassionate physicians and nurses was an incredible challenge. I was friends with a woman named Cassandra, who is a lesbian. She was in recovery for about 10 years when she was diagnosed. I brought her laundry home to wash, and my partner at the time had a t, because everything wasnt known at the time. Yankie pauses and looks down at her hands, I mean it was scary, but it didnt stop me. Like many in her situation, Yankie devoted herself to the cause. She began work at a hotline at Center One, Broward Countys community service agency for HIV. She also facilitated a support group for HIV impacted gay couples. When I rst started working there, it was before Protease inhibitors. Everybody died. Everybody. Every. Body. Died. Everyone you ever met, says Yankie shaking her head. One of her closest friends at the time was Patrick McManus, one of the rst case managers for people with AIDS at Center One. She describes him as an amazing man with biting wit and unbridled sarcasm. He was the kind of person who would carry the food trays in at one of the local hospitals, because staff was too afraid to take the trays into the rooms. When he found out he was positive, his group of friends made a schedule of care and divided up chores everything from walking the dog and cleaning the house to paying the bills and whatever else may be needed. Patrick had a brain biopsy, and I went to pick him up from the hospital, recalls Yankie. He began to seizure. He pulled his IV out; blood went everywhere; I had to go get tested myself, because it splashed all over my face. It was a horrible feeling, how difcult care giving is. I was his care giver, but we took care of each other. McManus passed away on October 25, 1993. THE SILVER LININGMany lesbians founded or dedicated themselves to community-based organizations as a result of the AIDS epidemic. There simply a dire need for outreach, education, support and funding that was neither readily available nor being addressed with enough interest or urgency. All of the women who became caregivers and advocates stood up to the challenge, and in doing so became the protectors of their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender loved ones. Most dove in head rst without knowing the rst thing about caretaking. Many were young, and did as much as they could with the means, time and energy they had. Now, the vast majority of women who were on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic are in their 50s and 60s, taking care of aging parents with the know-how and empathy they acquired. Their untold stories and experiences shed light on one of the darkest periods of this nations modern history. Just as those who died during the AIDS epidemic werent merely numbers, all the survivors dont simply keep the memories of their loved ones alive. They are keepers of the communitys history.




Lears before her cutting-edge Latin sounds became a staple of mainstream radio, Gloria Estefan had an enormous following in South Floridas gay nightclubs, where her music was met with wide acclaim. Having shown compassion throughout her career for people who suffer from discrimination, poverty and natural disasters, the pop icon took a great interest in supporting the LGBTQ community in the early 90s, after opening, along with husband Emilio, a splashy Cuban restaurant called Larios in South Beach, a gay mecca back then. Today, few straight entertainers are as vocal about LGBTQ rights as Estefan. An activist for racial and economic justice, immigration and marriage equality, she served as the grand marshal of the 2014 Miami Beach Gay Pride parade and was also one of the rst celebrities to record video messages of support for queer youth when the It Gets Better Project was launched. Most recently, the Estefans produced a movie about a conservative heterosexual man who receives a heart transplant from a drag queen. Premiered at the OUTshine Film Festival in Miami, A Change of Heart, carries a strong message about acceptance and what it means to be human. The LGBTQ community is facing enormous challenges this year, with a new administration that is the most anti-LGBTQ in recent history, says Rea Carey, executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force. Friends like Gloria Estefan, who lend their energy and resources to the cause for equality, motivate us and give us hope as we keep working. She is an inspiration! The advocacy group bestowed her with the 2017 National Leadership Award. In her remarks at the Task Force gala held in October at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, the 60-year-old singer and songwriter explained why it was personally important to be a visible ally. Human beings have to stick up for the rights of all human beings. When I was in college, one of the most impactful classes that I took was Literature of the Holocaust. I found that silence is our biggest enemy, and when we see something that doesnt feel fair, we need to speak up. We all share the same rights and we should have the right to love who we want. Adults should have the right to enter into a contract with whoever they want to share their lives and have their benets and be able to be with them in difcult moments. For me, it was a no brainer; it has never been an issue. Whenever I talk to young people, I try to stress the fact that it is important for us to hold each other up, said Estefan when asked to suggest concrete ways in which straight people can become allies. If you start in your own place, in your own family, in your own neighborhood, in your city, in your state, its a chain reaction to the world. Drawing on her Cuban roots, Estefan helped coin a Miami Sound that infectiously took off and spread throughout the world. In the same way Miami evolved to represent a welcoming and safe place for worldwide LGBTQ people, so did the music of Gloria Estefan, says Damian Pardo, SAVE Dade cofounder. From gender-bending characters in their early videos to an entire video of Gloria-themed drag queens in the early 90s (when she was pregnant), Gloria Estefan made visible her support of LGBTQ people, including her very public support of same-sex marriage. Her passionate lyrics sank deep into the hearts of minority communities. Her chart-topping albums Mi Tierra (My Homeland) and Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors) beckoned listeners to honor their roots, let go of painful experiences and embrace the future with authenticity. In 2015, Barack Obama honored her and her husband with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nations highest civilian honor, for their cultural accomplishments. According to Carey, Gloria embodies the Task Force vision that everyone can fully be themselves and Be You as the organizations slogan states.palettedec 2017 | jan 2018YAS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL AND INFLUENTIAL FEMALE CONTEMPORARY POP ARTISTS, GLORIA ESTEFAN HAS USED HER CELEBRITY SPOTLIGHT TO HELP ADVANCE THE RIGHTS OF LGBTQ PEOPLE AND OTHER MARGINALIZED DANIEL SHOER ROTH




034 usic is a universal language. It touches people in ways they dont expect, says Dr. Gary E. Keating, founder and director of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Mens Chorus. Thats exactly the message that South Floridas gay mens choruses are out to spread this holiday season. Their concerts will be staged everywhere from the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood with special guest star Alan Cumming to the historic Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ. Get to know the creative forces behind these organizations, and mark your calendars for some fun-loving holiday cheer. After attending a performance by the New York City Gay Mens Chorus, Keating was inspired to bring the concept to South Florida. With a doctoral degree in choral conducting from the University of Miamis Frost School of Music, Keating was the right man for the job. In 1986, he conducted the rst South Florida Gay Mens Chorus concert at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (now the Olympia Theater). Today, the group is called the Fort Lauderdale Gay Mens Chorus. Composed of about 20 members ages 23 to 70 the group also supports a gay and lesbian youth choir, as well as a womens choir. Everyone is welcome. We have members who didnt know a M


rf ntbbb bbn quarter note from an umbrella when they joined, says Keating, who also conducts choruses and teaches music theory at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School. We have many new members whove recently moved to South Florida; theyre under 30, and they join the chorus to make friends and become a part of the community. Keating sees the Fort Lauderdale Gay Mens Chorus as a vital part of not only the LGBT community, but also greater Fort Lauderdale and South Florida as a whole. Around the holidays, they participate in the tree lighting ceremony in Wilton Manors and perform during Christmas on Las Olas festivities. Throughout the year, they perform at nursing homes and rehab facilities, and raise money for AIDS foundations across South Florida. We want the community to meet us, see us and have experiences with people who are LGBT. We are their teachers, nurses, doctors, says Keating. To celebrate 30 years of performance, their holiday program is called Wishful Gifts and will be staged at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Lauderdale on December 16 at 8 p.m. Guests can expect everything from Christmas carols like Silver Bells and Deck the Halls to classical music, Hanukkah songs and even an a cappella arrangement of OneRepublics Good Life. The holiday show is always the rst show of the season, says Keating. In South Florida, you have a lot of people who dont live near their biological family and the holidays are very family oriented. People miss that. We can act as a surrogate replacement that imbues and embodies the holiday feeling. I think back to when we founded the chorus in 1986. The AIDS crisis was new. A lot of people were being abandoned by their families. It was Thanksgiving and I said to my mom and dad, Lets invite everyone from the chorus to our home. Forty-eight people showed up. Its remained our annual tradition and to this day there are still 14 men from the original chorus who come to Thanksgiving every year. With humor and love, we bring music to our community, says artistic director Anthony Cabrera, of the mission of the Miami Gay Mens Chorus. Originally founded in South Beach in 1999, the chorus is now based in Coral Gables and has branched out to embrace all palettedec 2017 | jan 2018


040of Miami. Cabrera joined the chorus as a performer during the 2006 season and became the artistic director a year later. With a degree in music from the University of Miami, hes also the choral director at the Young Womens Preparatory Academy in Little Havana and minister of liturgical arts at Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ where the Miami Gay Mens Chorus rehearses and performs. Its an unlikely relationship between gay choruses and the church because the rejection of gay people, more than social is religious. Its often driven by the church, so its nice that places of worship take us in, says Cabrera. We rehearse and perform at the church and were often invited to be featured performers for church fundraisers. We tend to reject things were not familiar with, so we sing to make our community familiar. The Miami Gay Mens Chorus is composed of about 30 members ranging in age from 23 to 94. Its also af liated with GALA Choruses, the international gay and lesbian chorus association. Their holiday program Joy to the Gurl will be a holiday divas concert staged at the Miami Shores Community Church on December 15 at 8 p.m. and the Coral Gables Congregational Church on December 16 at 8 p.m. Cabrera says the audience can expect everything from a Celine Dion arrangement of Oh Holy Night to Barbara Streisands rendition of Ave Maria. He adds, And, of course, there will be an homage to the ultimate divas our moms. r South Floridas newest gay mens chorus is also its largest. The Gay Mens Chorus rf nrtb rf


of South Florida was founded in 2010 and boasts 135 members under the artistic direction of Harold Dioquino. This year, they pulled off a major coup by securing Broadway legend Alan Cumming as the headliner for one of their holiday concerts. Staged at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood on December 17 at 7 p.m., its also their largest venue to date, and they hope to sell upwards of 2,000 tickets. Patrons can expect a blend of traditional, highbrow and comedic numbers with both solo and joint performances by Cumming. They will also stage Light & Joy at the Sunshine Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale on December 9 at 8 p.m. For executive director Mark Kent, diversity within the chorus and audience is an important aspect of the Gay Mens Chorus of South Florida. In fact, 25 percent of their audience does not identify as LGBTQ. We believe in the power of music to change minds and hearts, says Kent. Our members come in all different shapes, sizes and colors. All ages, races and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as the disabled, are represented. Music cements and bonds us together. Each of the three gay mens choruses in South Florida hold tightly to some version of this mission, that music has the power to unite. Music is a powerful way to touch humanity and uplift the spirit in a serious, emotional way, says Kent. I also think its the most accessible of the performing arts. Everyone loves music. Its a powerful thing to create this common language amongst people. When youre sitting in an auditorium moved, gripped and touched by a performance and the person sitting beside you also feels the same thing, theres a shared emotional bond thats amplied for the whole group.rfrf ntbnnbbb bbbb nbnnbb nftb bbn fff nbnnbb nbnnbbb bb nftb n r nbnnbbb nftb npalettedec 2017 | jan 2018n rfnrftb ffrfff frtff


or a country the size of the state of Louisiana, England has managed to squeeze into its borders more than its fair share of top tier travel destinations. Theres the Lake District in the north, Shakespeares Stratford-Upon-Avon and Stonehenge. Oh, and theres that quaint little town called London. The list goes on. Missing from that roster however are the seaside destinations. Ironically, the country is an island. Perhaps the oversight is because every coastal nation south of England has an iconic seaboard more desirable to the vacationing public than what dreary old Britain can offer.FSUNDAY LIKE BRIGHTON IS THE KIND OF COASTAL TOWN THATS MADE FOR A HOLIDAY. BY ANDREW PRINTER


But, as with its cuisine, theres more to the English landscape than pastures and foggy moors. And, as far as seaside cities are concerned, there is the one and only Brighton, Englands most popular coastal resort. Brighton and Hove, to give the city its proper name, is approximately 55 miles south of London. Its where many Britons go for a holiday to enjoy the slightly warmer waters of the English Channel, shop and generally relax. Known to some as London-By-The-Sea because of its proximity to the capital, it is also home to a vibrant local culture. And Brighton is revered as the unofcial gay capital of the UK, hosting a boisterous gay pride each August, the largest in Britain. From a birds-eye view, Brighton and Hove hug the coast of the English Channel with Hove to the west and Brighton Marina three miles to the east. Walking the esplanade high above the beach is a wonderful way to orient yourself in this bright and lively town. Not only will you enjoy a bracing view of the sea complete with the smell of sea salt and seagull cries but you will also be treated to remarkable stretches of pristine Regency architecture. Brightons history stretches back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when the shing town was known as Brighthelmstone. But it was the Regency and Victorian eras that inuenced the citys distinctive appearance most.


040 You will nd examples of tall, white, terraced Regency architecture everywhere, particularly in the broad crescents facing the water. Regency Square to the west and Sussex Square to the east are two such examples. Those less inclined to walk three miles can take a ight of steps down to the beach instead and stroll toward Brighton Palace Pier. The Victorian structure, considered by some to be the nest pier ever built, is unavoidable once you are on the seafront. As you amble along, youll pass converted shermens huts that now serve as art galleries, cafs and shops. On the seaside, youll notice that Brightons beaches arent sandy. Rather, this entire stretch of coast is made of smooth, baseball-sized stones. It makes for an extraordinary visual from the esplanade. Deck chairs are available if you arent comfortable sunbathing on the slightly lumpy ground. Alternatively, take advantage of a variety of beach activities, as local attractions include volleyball courts, Volks electric railway and the Brighton Wheel. Once you arrive at the Palace Pier youll nd it buzzing with roller coasters, sh-and-chip vendors and stores selling all kinds of novelties. Its easy to spend half a day there playing carnival games or just dozing in the sun. If you are visiting the seafront in the evening, the piers lights make the experience even more festive. Just north of the Palace Pier is Steine Gardens, the center of old Brighthelmstone and an ideal hub from which to explore the modern city. Take St. James Street east toward Kemptown the LGBTQ quarter to explore delightful pubs, cafs and trendy but unassuming restaurants. Redroaster is a bustling caf, ideal for people watching. Farther along, the small but cheery Cosiez has a great menu for breakfast and lunch. Youll nd that Kemptown is a tightly knit section of Brighton. It has a cozy appeal and is home to many charming bed and breakfasts. Properties vary in size, price Top: The Laines area of Brighton is full of restaurants and shops and quite popular with Londoners looking for a seaside getaway, as well as visitors from abroad. rfntbffnntrfntbf


palettedec 2017 | jan 2018Clockwise from top left: The pavilion on Brighton Pier; macaroons in an afternoon tea platter; a parade participant in Pride Brighton + Hove.and amenities, but you can surely begin your day with a traditional English breakfast at any one of them. Heading north from Old Steine, youll quickly discover the Royal Pavilion, perhaps one of the most surprising buildings in any English town. This former royal home was built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, a colorful character whose own extravagance likely led to Brightons reputation as a hedonistic playground. Whats surprising about the building itself is its unlikely blend of Regency grandeur with the visual details that took their cues from India and China. Its worth a tour. Or just relax in the historic buildings lovely gardens. Nearby are the Lanes, a charming network of narrow streets or twittens to the locals that has two components. Just south of North Street, closer to the sea, youll nd a variety of independent shops and antique dealers. On Kings Road, parallel to the shore, look out for the confection known as Brighton rock. The cylindrical, stickshaped peppermint candy is notable for its white center, pink exterior and interior pattern embedded throughout the length, which could be text or a logo. Brightons North Laine district is comprised of a string of pedestrian-friendly streets lined with bustling cafs, pubs and over 300 shops. This bohemian warren is an ideal place to idle away an afternoon browsing for one-of-a-kind gifts. Who, after all, wouldnt want a creamer shaped like a dormouse? |


042Brighton is a resort town with plenty to offer during the day, but theres just as much to do at night. There are the pubs of course, each with its own personality, all of them conducive to meeting locals and discovering more about their seaside city. But there are nightclubs and retro bars throughout town, too; and performances abound. The Brighton Dome and the Theatre Royal are both in the center of town. Each offers an eclectic line-up of music and touring shows throughout the year. In May, however, the whole city comes alive with the wildly popular Brighton Festival and accompanying Brighton Fringe. For four to ve weeks the city is transformed into a movable feast of comedy, drama, street performances, avantgarde presentations, lms, lectures, experimental shows and music. Pubs are transformed into performance spaces, impromptu stages are erected some in massive in atable venues. There is truly something for everyone. Last year, Brighton Festival presented a childrens parade and a magical adaption of Swan Lake, while Brighton Fringe held a Frozen sing-along and a motivational mind-reading experience. This is seriously the tip of a very large iceberg. Traveling by car from London can take well over two hours, and you will surely encounter traf c, which will prolong your journey. But, if you have time to spare a road trip will allow you to detour into the countryside where you might stop for a ploughmans lunch (a meal of bread and cheese, typically with pickled vegetables and salad). Sussex and the nearby South Downs are dotted with pubs and villages to explore so youll have plenty of options en route. The Laughing Fish in tiny Is eld, just 14 miles from Brighton is one possibility. If you go, make sure to try a pint of Seacider. You wont regret it. And check out the Lavender Line, a preserved stretch of rural railway that stops just next to the pub. If you are eager to get to your hotel, however, then traveling by train is by far the better choice. There is a near constant service from Victoria Station in the heart of London. Or, if you are heading south straight from the airport take the Gatwick Express. This will have you in Brighton in no time. Arriving at Brighton station can feel a bit like entering into a period movie set in the 1940s or, on a rainy day, maybe even 1840, the year it was built. In many respects its an ideal introduction to this unique, well-preserved, creamsicle-


palettedec 2017 | jan 2018This page, clockwise from top left: A street performer at the Brighton Fringe festival; trendy neighborhood bar; the preserved Lavender Line Railway. colored city. Trains glide into the terminus along a broad stretch of track and stop beneath a large, double-spanned curved glass and iron roof. The structure was substantially renovated in 2000 so there is a shiny veneer to the station but as you walk toward the main entrance you might feel yourself morphing into a character out of Downton Abbey or Hogwarts Express. Steps away is an impressive view of the sea from the train stations hilltop perch. Between you and the water lies a lively, picturesque town waiting to be explored. Let your English adventure begin!Opposite page: The Royal Pavilion hosted one of the rst legal same-sex marriage ceremonies to take place in the UK.rf ntbb fbb fnbbnfbn ntb f fnfffnffffnfff fbfb bb ffrfb f fbf bbnbb f fb bbf r fb nfffb f f f rfrfffbff nfnb nff fffn tbn b nfnnf b nfn f nfbb


044editorial column palettedec 2017 | jan 2018Once in my life, every week felt like a nonstop New Years Eve party. Today, a box of rugelach and my cats are all I need to rejoice. by DANIEL SHOER ROTHSearching for Throwback Thursday photos in a dusty drawer, I recently uncovered quite a nd a treasure trove of cherished mementos of a time almost forgotten. More than a dozen nightclub membership and VIP cards including Salvation, Federation/ Level, Space, Rize and Pump were stashed away. These cards, whose venues were staples of Miamis gay nightlife in the early 2000s, took me back to a time when I was a keen partygoer and bon vivant rubbing shoulders with sweaty, handsome guys I hardly knew. The discovery took me back to a lifestyle I had all but forgotten. A life of glitz and glamour, nonstop parties and love affairs that would eventually lead to a roller-coaster of emotions. Although surrounded by people, deep inside I experienced bouts of loneliness, anxiety and sorrow, which from my experience can sometimes be side-effects of the very party scene we seek and enjoy. It was those feelings that strengthened my determination to make a change. I yearned for a genuine inner transformation. In truth, little did I know that I would embark on a path of challenges, adventures and spiritual awakening and growth. Twenty years ago, I arrived in New York City to attend journalism graduate school. Shortly after my plane landed, I was already gleefully dancing at a night club. Coming from Latin America, where many of us stow ourselves away in the closet, this was a sort of liberation day. The bars were cool places lled with men from across the world, and it was relatively easy to meet someone special or enjoy a night of passion which was a great boost to my self-esteem. After graduation, I made Miami home. Down here, I almost became a xture in the lively club scene, where I forged close friendships. Sure, we had many good laughs, but we also had rough times. I became familiar with a particular niche within gay night life: the rave-like circuit parties. I was there, but never felt like I t in. Theres nothing inherently wrong with these gatherings, but just underneath the surface lurks a well-documented dark side. Some of the behaviors I engaged in made me realize that I was really trying to run from the emptiness I had felt for years a consequence of childhood bullying, stigmatization and general societal rejection. Under pressure from an existential crisis, in my early 30s I made a life-changing commitment to pursue quality in all aspects of my being through the healing process of recovery. Everything that I was looking for externally at the discos acceptance, validation, love I had to nd within myself rst with the help of a higher power. It was not an easy undertaking. Actually, it was strange and wonderful. I began to feel grounded. Whereas before I required the presence of others and their compliments, too to feel valued, the more familiar I became with myself, the more comfortable I felt in my own skin. Being alone doesnt mean feeling lonely. I developed a deep-rooted optimistic nature that often wins out over discouraging circumstances. By replacing old habits for better ones, I also attracted new people and made new friends with similar thinking. I began to take joy in doing simple things and savor each moment as a precious gift in its own right. Instead of clubbing trips to Europes gay hubs, I embarked on spiritual pilgrimages to India and Israel. Dieting compulsively to attract guys transformed into treating myself to an over owing bowl of organic chips and watching Net ix. My new personal motto: I enjoy everything I do, and I do what I enjoy. A long time passed before I set foot in a bar and had intimate contact with another man. Today, when I drive by a night club and see the big crowds waiting in line, I smile remembering the good times but am grateful that I am somewhere else in my journey.


Hello, I am Antonia Canero, founding partner of Canero Immigration Law Firm. I have practiced in Miami, Florida, since 1992, and specialize in U.S Immigration Law. and for the rest of our staff, our support of the LGBTQ to our success it is a part of our Vision and Values and inclusion for all our LGBTQ customers, We wanted our LGBTQ community to know that there are many immigration options for LGBTQ individuals including:Employment Based Visas Green Card for Spouse K-1 Fianc Visa and others that may apply for you.Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is fundamental to our practice. As an immigration law firm, supporting the efforts of the MDGLCC is one of the most important things we do at the firm. Aside from providing legal advice to the LGBTQ community we aim to advance the success of our community by bringing professionals of diverse backgrounds into the workforce for the benefit of all. www.acanero.com1101 Brickell Avenue South Tower, Suite 700 | Miami, Fl. 33131 A TEAM OF EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONALSANA KARINA FONTESPARALEGAL BRIANA HERNANDEZEXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ANA VIRGINIA FONTESPARALEGAL EUGENE PAGECLERK ANA CRISTINA FONTESPARALEGAL ROBERT KISSATTORNEY JESSENIA VELEZOFFICE MANAGER MIRTHA FADULATTORNEY NANCY OLMOSRECEPTIONIST LAURA ARBOLEDAPARALEGAL REINALDO HERNANDEZMARKETING DIRECTOR


046health & wellness palettedec 2017 | jan 2018 Spiritual traditions throughout history and across the globe have placed importance on meditation or meditative practices. Whether its through prayer, transcendental meditation, Tai Chi or yogic principles, the idea has been to shut out external stimuli and making the body slow down or even be still. Removing your thoughts from the everyday and by NADIA DODD Life can get crazy, especially during the holidays when it feels like youre getting pulled in a million di erent directions. Taking a moment to nd your Zen is a gift. rfrr nrrt tfbrnrr rrfrbrrf rt trr r ntrr rfr trf rrrfr turning your focus inward can have multiple ends cleansing the spirit, nding peace, reaching nirvana, what have you. Modern times are so fraught with activity and stress that we could certainly use a little time to ourselves, to take our thoughts off whats weighing us down and regroup. Many studies including a recent one run by Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta have shown that taking even a little time to do unplug is also incredibly beneficial to our health. Stress Reducer An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but ve minutes of mental peace will do that and more. Practicing meditation, even casually, has been shown to improve physical well-being by lowering blood pressure, improving blood circulation and lowering heart rate and blood cortisol levels. These physiological effects translate into psychological bene ts that range from reduced stress, a better sense of well-being and increased concentration to a decrease in both anxiety and bouts of depression. We know stress is a contributor to all the major modern killers, said Charles L. Raison, MD, clinical director of the Mind-Body Program at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta in a recent WebMD article. Its hard to think of an illness in which stress and mood dont gure. Immune Boost While it appears that meditation is a major stress reducer that can decrease or do away with a number of ailments, it also seems to give the immune system a proverbial shot in the arm, boosting its ability to respond to illnesses. So take a few minutes unplug and chill out. Your body will thank you.


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048local getawaysThere is no better time to take a leisurely road trip down through the Florida Keys. by NADIA DODDWhen disaster strikes, people get the impression that a destination has become a no mans land. But by and large, the kinds of places that get hit by tropical storms and hurricanes are, well, tropical. Their proximity to the sea has blessed them with the kind of lush scenery that invites tourism, and their economies are therefore highly dependent upon it. Such is the case with the Florida Keys. Lucky for us, the locals, that the very notion that a place is off-limits, makes it easier for us to beat the usual crowds and enjoy it. If you go with an eye toward adventure, its a wonderful trip even the highway is scenic and historic. My advice? Drive down slowly. Stop along the way. Take lots of pictures. Make yourself a road music playlist, and enjoy the ride. Park Life Two of the best places to go in the Upper Keys are John Pennekamp State Park and Bahia Honda State Park. Right now they both have notices on their sites stating that there are limited park activities due to storm related repairs, still underway. Currently John Pennekamp is offering snorkel boat tours, glass-bottom boat tours, paddle sports equipment rentals (kayaks and paddle boards) and beach rental equipment; and Bahia Honda has beach equipment for rent. Farther down in Key West, Fort Zachary Taylor State Park is a similar destination with rfn tfb ffrrnf rrtf


palettedec 2017 | jan 2018one of the few actual beaches in that city. Deliciously Laid-back From the Rain Barrel Artisan Village a place with a HUGE shrimp (lobster?) sculpture out front to Robbies Marina, where you can feed enormous and hungry tarpon for a fewbucks, Islamorada is the kind of quirky that gives the region its legendary character. Given enough time, its also a great place to make an extended Upper Keys stop. If youve ever been to the Tiki Bar or have heard of it The Postcard Inn Resort bought the property and refashioned it into an old school American beach resort with modern amenities, designer furnishings and a nice little beach. Nearby, its sister property, Amara Cay Resort, steps up the chic factor with a designated adults-only beach area, a private seaside dock and a Mercedes Benz shuttle. Other resorts with a host of amenities include, Pelican Cove Resort & Marina which has an oceanside pool and the sixacre, palm-peppered La Siesta Resort & Marina, whose accommodations include guest rooms, as well as cottages and houses. The resorts all have fantastic eateries that run the gamut from Postcard Inns Tiki Bar and Ciao Hound (as well as the last Starbucks for a long while) to Amara Cays Reel Burger and Wild & Lime at Pelican Cove and Siesta Resort. But you would also do well to stop in at the Key Largo Conch House for amazing conch fritters made from locally sourced conch and the Key Largo Fisheries, where you can buy some of the freshest seafood to take back home at great prices. Dont forget its stone crab season! Far, Far Away On your way to Key West, make a stop at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon. The education center runs hourly tours of the facilities and the sea turtle rehabilitation area. If you happen to make it to the last Key on a Thursday, join the Walk on White, the monthly gallery art walk. If not, theres plenty of creativity all around even just walking down Duval Street. A stroll into the side streets will treat you to fantastic architecture. Old Town is believed to be the largest predominantly wooden district in the U.S. If youre staying overnight, you cant go wrong at La Concha Hotel & Spa, at once historic and incredibly modern. If youd like to watch the watercolor skies from your own room try Casa Marina. Pier House Resort & Spa extends out over the water on wooden piles and is a short walk from attractions, including Mallory Square, the Key West Aquarium and the Hemingway House & Museum. In keeping with the Keys vibe, NYAH which stands for Not Your Average Hotel is a boutique, adults-only property that works on a Build Your Own Room concept. Several resorts have teamed up with Keys Strong to assist with clean up and donating needed items. Visit to learn more. If youve never been down before, now is the time. And if this is old hat, then you know its time to go again. rfntb


050q&a palettedec 2017 | jan 2018Executive Director of The Pet Project The greatest gifts pets offer their owners are unconditional love, companionship, joy and healing. Among people living with a life threatening or disabling condition, surrendering their pets due to nancial dif culties can often lead to isolation and a rapid health decline, especially among those who may already be estranged from their families. To preserve those human/animal bonds, The Pet Project in Wilton Manors assists South Floridas LGBTQ community with pet care and maintenance. The organizations slogan says it all: Pets & People Together Forever. Q: Why was the Pet Project founded? A: It was founded in 2002 answering the call of people diagnosed with HIV. There were many social programs available to help them, but there was nothing to help them keep their pets. Many of them were alone and had nancial dif culties. Our founder saw this as a problem falling between the cracks. In 2007, when I came on board, I expanded it to include all disability; all illnesses and senior citizens on a low x income. Q: What services does the organization offer? We have over 1,100 pets in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. We provide pet food; vaccines; pet supplies such as litter, leashes, water bowls, beds, ea medication [and] worm medication; reduced cost vet care; and in emergency situations, we absolutely help. When a client is hospitalized or passes away we foster their pet and, when needed, we nd a new forever home for the pet. Q: Pet Project is also the Florida af liate of the Rescue Bank. What is that programs mission? A: When pet food manufacturers have packaging issues or the date of the product is close to expiration, they donate the food to the Rescue Bank, which delivers it to prequali ed animal welfare non-pro ts through a network of regional af liates. We distribute their food rfn across Florida, and we are also allowed to enjoy the bene ts, so it has reduced my pet food cost almost in half. Q: How signi cant are pets for LGBTQ seniors, the disabled and HIV-positive individuals? A: Monumentally important, because in many cases a lot of us in the LGBT community particularly HIV-positive people and senior citizens are alone. What they do have is the love and companionship of their pets. Its been scienti cally proven that pet ownership helps people medically and encourages socialization with other pet owners. Taking away their pets is like taking away a child. Q: Do you think pets can provide the energy needed to those who may have otherwise given up hope? Absolutely. I have met so many people in the LGBT community that come to me and say, If I couldnt keep my pet, I would have no reason to get up in the morning. We have people who call us while they are at the veterinarian of ce and the vet is telling them, You dont have money; we should put this animal to sleep. Thats why people are so grateful for our help. by DANIEL SHOER ROTH



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It was the rst time a young Catherine Deneuve had been dressed in Yves Saint Laurent for a lm. She would become the designers muse. It was also the rst time LGBTQ audiences were treated to an actor who would become an icon. Luis Buuels 1967 classic, Belle de Jour, is as timely now as it was when it was rst released 50 years ago. Exploring themes of in delity, divergent sexual fantasy and bourgeois ennui, the lm celebrates its golden anniversary with a re-release in select theaters and a 4k restoration on Criterion Blu-Ray. For modern audiences struggling with sexual harassment allegations and the culture that enabled them, a cinematic classic that captures the nuances and thrilling dangers of female-centered pleasure is nothing short of a revelation. 056 nal thoughts palettedec 2017 | jan 2018rfntbttbftrttnb


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