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Stonewall Parade Went
Off Without A Hitch
column letters to the editor
Hi, I am forced to write to today because I
am terribly disappointed in your publisher,
Mr. Norm Kent. I have just finished reading
his article on this past weeks "Stonewall
Festival and Parade". First off, why did "he"
write it? Why didn't he recuse himself from
this project. He loses all credibility when
we all know that he is the chairman for
the forthcoming "Fort Lauderdale Pride"
event. And, to bad mouth this festival
with such rancor, baffles this reader. I
think I am in a terrific position to render
my opinion, more so than Mr. Kent. I was
a volunteer in the morning and was in the
parade in the afternoon and evening. One
thing though. "Should we refuse entry to
anyone that wants to be in the parade, Mr.
Kent"? "Should we exempt anyone because
it upsets us"? What floats and advertisers
that were there were more than welcomed
to a festival that constantly loses more and
more money every year. Perhaps if more of
the "Drives" employers spent some of the
mountains of money that they make off
the gay consumer, we would have a more
worthy parade and festival.
I started working on Saturday morning
at 8:30AM and worked in the "Command
Center", which was located inside Wilton
Manors City Hall. I was with 2 ladies,
Barbara and Bobbie, who were instrumental
in helping drivers get on the Drive and set
up their booths, plus we were able to direct
others, to the abundance of parking that
was available. We and Sterling Accounting
were the main venues to be used to
handle all issues. Just so everyone knows,
at 11:00AM the "Wilton Manors Chief of
Police", told "Jeff", the man who was the
CEO so to speak of this entire festival, "that
we were 5 hours ahead of last year". As Jeff
needed help, I went off with him on several
errands. He was amazing and deserves
kudos from everyone. He handled so many
issues, my mind was spinning. I had to leave
my post for a little rest because I had to be
back at "The Fort Lauderdale High School",
to join the float I was privaledged to be on.
What a thrill! What a treat for me! I was on
, "The Village Pub", float next to Mr./Ms.
Village Pub, Ms. Alexis Couture and I feel
bad, I can't remember Mr. Pub. Like total
Wow. If any one gets this chance please
don't hesitate, what a check on my bucket
list, if it was there to begin with?
The Parade got started a little late, only
45 minutes and was over within an hour. It
traveled along nicely. Maybe next year we
can get some of the schools to send their
band. It's always nice to see marching kids
playing in a band. I for one, being on the
front of the float, seeing all those thousands
of people staring up at you and waving and
being friendly, They were obviously not
aware of Mr. Kents, feelings.
You are a bad sport, sir. You must
remember your position in the community.
If you want us to like your festival, you
must be kinder to everyone else.
Reader blasts Publisher Norm Kent over scathing editorial
Never, ever, in a million years (& my
wildest dreams), did I think that I would
live to see the day when marriage equality
for all would become the "law of the land"!
This historic victory for LGBT equality
was an epic journey, decades in the making!
Marriage equality, right or wrong,
"became an us vs. them issue." In the end,
however, it was simply a matter of "life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!" And
now the phrase: "with liberty, and justice
for all," has a whole new and very real
So, celebrate, (for now) our newly found
equality! But, the fight is far from being
We must not take this victory for granted!
Of course, with this Supreme Court
ruling, many conservative Americans
are "extremely pissed off."
experience an increase in anti-LGBT
violence against our community. (I pray we
We must remain vigilant, not only for
our own personal safety, but, for all those
around us as well. (Not everyone enjoys the
security of neighborhoods such as: Chelsea,
West Hollywood, the Castro/San Francisco,
or Wilton Manors/Fort Lauderdale.)
So, yes, let's celebrate! We have earned
However, let's keep an eye on our
Wayne V. Whitson
West Palm Beach
Can’t Believe Marriage
is Finally Here
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