“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.”
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.
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.
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 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.”