“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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.