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

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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.

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Florida Supercon 2013: Sci-Fi, Anime, & Comic Books Convention Connects LGBT Fans & Allies

George Takei speaks to the audience at The 8th annual Florida Supercon 2013 at Miami Airport Convention CenterTrekkies, Bronies and a revered pop culture icon who says “Oh Myyy.”

The 8th annual Florida Supercon 2013 took place July 4 to 7 at the Miami Airport Convention Center, where thousands of fans came to celebrate sci-fi, anime, comic books, and other pop culture genres.

Generally the mood was upbeat on Saturday, July 6 – how could it not be when people dressed as fantastical characters such as Aqua Man, Nightwing, and The Great Gazoo?

For complete article, see South Florida Gay News.

Florida Supercon: George Takei, David Yost and More to Appear

Florida Supercon has often featured comic book/ sci-fi/ anime guests and events that appeal to not only mainstream fans, but also to an LGBT audience.  This year, Florida Supercon 2013 promises to exceed expectations.

The Eighth annual comic con event returns to the Miami Airport Convention Center on July 4-7, with George Takei, as one of the headliners.

Science fiction fans know Takei as Mr. Sulu from the original Star Trek television series,which aired from 1966- 1969.  In recent years, Takei has become a social media favorite, particularly on Facebook, and he has written about this experience in Oh Myyy!  (There Goes the Internet).  However, some of his fans may not know that as a child during World War II, Takei was incarcerated in Japanese-American internment camps in the U.S.  He has also starred in a musical, Allegiance, which explores this often untold part of American history.  A Broadway debut is anticipated for 2014.

In 2005, Takei publicly came out.  Since then, he’s become an LGBT activist, one who often uses humor to communicate his message—see Takei’s recent Buzzfeed response to same-sex marriage protestors.

In a phone interview with SFGN, Takei reflected, “When I was a teenager, marriage equality was an unthinkable thing.  Now it is inevitable.  I’m very optimistic about the [upcoming] Supreme Court ruling.”

For complete article, see South Florida Gay News.