Luigi Ferrer – The HIV/AIDS and Bisexual Rights Activist

Luigi Ferrer
Luigi Ferrer, Program Director and Director of HIV Services at Pridelines Youth Services

“[A]s we support today’s youth, we are also mentoring and training the next generation of LGBT leaders, activists, and organizers.”

– HIV/ AIDS and bisexual rights activist Luigi Ferrer

For complete article, see South Florida Gay News.

Shock Pop Comic Con Features Icons from Cult Classics & Horror Films

“It was my hope to not only create this huge convention with a broad spectrum of pop culture and comic guests but also to break down barriers within the fan community, and establish a safe haven for everyone to enjoy pop culture.”

– Shock Pop organizer Mark Heller

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Survivors Helping Survivors: Support for LBT Women Diagnosed with Cancer

Rainbow Survivor Network Fundraiser, June 2014

Nan Van Den Bergh is the founder of ARROW and a professor at Florida International University’s School of Social Work. Also a breast cancer survivor and lesbian, Van Den Bergh states that the Rainbow Survivor Network provides a way for LBT women to speak “with someone who not only ‘has been there…’ but who would be ‘safe’ in terms of acceptance.”

ARROW trains current LBT cancer survivors to be mentors (or Rainbow Buddies) who are aware of confidentiality, handling risks, active listening, and boundaries.

For complete article, see South Florida Gay News.

SFGN Best of 2014: Palm Beach County

Compass Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Palm Beach County
Compass Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Palm Beach County

Best non-profit
Compass Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Palm Beach County

“More than twenty-six years ago, a small group of dedicated volunteers founded Compass in an effort to educate, connect, and serve the LGBT community. The commitment to Compass’ mission, not only by the staff and Board of Trustees, but by our volunteers, motivates Compass to better serve our community, year after year.”

– Ryanmarie Rice, Chief of Staff, Compass

 

Lake Worth Playhouse
Lake Worth Playhouse

Best Live Theater
Lake Worth Playhouse

“Our theater aims to have something for everyone. Our goal is to provide a sense of belonging and to be a place where ‘the community comes to play,’ ” says Nicole Laing, Director of Marketing, PR & Advertising.

 

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The Pride Center Offers Discussion Panel on Transgender Women & Lesbians

On Tuesday, September 24, 2013, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Pride Center in Wilton Manors, offers a panel discussion called “Are Trans Women Our Sisters?”

The event is part of The Community Collaborative Transgender Educational Series coordinated by several local organizations:  The Pride Center, The T-House/ Broward County Department of Health, and SunServe.

According to The Pride Center website, the upcoming discussion will “facilitate an open dialogue on ‘women born women only politics’ and its impact on the relationships between lesbian and transgender women.”

A professional panel will inform the conversation with their experience and insights:  Denise Spivak, President of Women in Network (WIN); Robin Schwartz, President of Aqua Foundation for Women; Tori Bertran, Activist/ Board Member of Aqua Foundation for Women; and Diana O’Brien, Activist/ AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Coordinator.

For complete article, see South Florida Gay News.

ArtsUnited and the Pride Center Presents Marriage Equality Photo Exhibit

One photo, two brides.

They gather the folds of their white gowns as they lift their wedding bouquets above their heads, laughing.

One of the women was Jane Kreinberg’s lesbian niece.  Kreinberg took a photo of that rousing moment and it became part of an ArtsUnited show in Wilton Manors.  ArtsUnited is a South Florida nonprofit that has provided opportunities for gay and lesbian artists since 1999.

However, no one knew Kreinberg’s photo would inspire an entire series of exhibits.

For the past few months throughout South Florida, ArtsUnited has presented We Do, Too!, wedding photos of same-sex couples from Florida who had to leave the state in order to get married.  Included with the photos are written statements sharing the couples’ thoughts on marriage equality as well as what it’s like to live in a state that doesn’t legally recognize their marriage.

We Do Too! has appeared at the LGBT Visitor Center in Miami and Compass GLCC in Lake Worth.  This September, the collection of twenty-four photos can be viewed at The Pride Center in Wilton Manors until September 30.

For complete article, see South Florida Gay News.

LGBT Radio Show Launches in Fort Lauderdale

In 2011, Orlando radio host Paul Karle started an LGBT show called The Qiew.

“My background is radio and TV and I wanted to use my talent, my voice… for good within our community,” said Karle in an email interview with SFGN.

The Qiew and Karle have now found a new home in South Florida.

For complete article, see South Florida Gay News.