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The jerk that is Donald Trump may not
approve of homosexual marriage as he
begins his fourteenth straight one, but
nothing about the gay and lesbian community
needs his sanction or approval.
Trump ought to spend a few months in
South Florida to see how its LGBT citizens are
thriving. Maybe he can walk down East Las
Olas Boulevard holding hands with Jack Seiler,
the Fort Lauderdale mayor who voted against
marriage equality while his city commission,
thankfully, did not.
Last week the Greater Fort Lauderdale
Convention and Visitors Bureau, led by its
gay liaison, a known sodomite, Richard
Gray showcased a cocktail party at the
Marriott Harbor Beach for nearly a thousand
representatives of the National Gay & Lesbian
Chamber of Commerce. The rumor is many of
them were homosexual as well.
The sparkling event last Wednesday was just
a precursor to a phenomenal four-day diversity
and business conference that commenced with
a cocktail party at stunning Gallery of Amazing
Things in Dania Beach, the evening before.
The local chapter of the national chamber
of commerce, run by Keith Blackburn, also
known to many as a homosexual, hosted that
Greater Fort Lauderdale is proud to be home
to hundreds of LGBT owned and operated
businesses, including hotels, bars, clubs,
shops, restaurants, and attractions. The city
offers the widest range of LGBT welcoming
accommodations that meet the needs of
LGBT travelers from around the world. No
one else can offer more gay businesses,
including accommodations than Greater Fort
Lauderdale! In fact we are so gay, I think we
might have a rainbow asterisk on the Family
Research Council’s website map.
Gay.com has named us America’s “Favorite
Gay Resort Town.” We offer 23 miles of sandy
beaches and tropical blue-wave beaches.
You’ll also find miles of navigable inland
waterways, the Everglades, gaming, designer
outlet shopping, world-class cuisine, exclusive
shops, vibrant nightlife, a spectacular cultural
and social calendar, and at least one gay city
commissioner, Dean Trantalis.
Nearby Wilton Manors, the home of a score
of LGBT businesses, and SFGN’s home at Five
Points, is one of the most populous same-
sex centric communities in
the nation. Our consumers
and constituents are gay and
plentiful, lesbian and proud.
We are home to the Stonewall
Library, the World Aids
Museum, and the Pride Center
at Equality Park. We host an
Out of the Closet thrift store
and Poverello Food Bank.
We reach out and care, and
we are gay, gay, and gayer. No
one in our community needs
the approval of Donald Trump,
Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz or the
host of Neanderthals running
and ruining the Republican
nomination for the presidency.
We have done a pretty
good job of generating a
capable of defending our streets and helping
our neighbors, from bowling tournaments to
raising funds for HIV patients, to protesting
unsafe road conditions on the drive. Our
Pride Center at Equality Park is one of the ten
largest in the nation, with hosts of services and
programs touching all ages and ranges within
Maybe a host of people running for
President may not recognize the sophistication
and culture of South Florida, but the rest of the
In July, we hosted a Stonewall Celebration
on the Drive in Wilton Manors, and with the
help of community volunteers like Jeff Sterling,
who runs an accounting firm here, and with
donations from a score of local businessmen,
many of whom share same-sex relationships
in the privacy of their bedrooms, we filled the
street with fantasy and fun.
August may have filled the Marriott with
business and commerce, but in September
Greater Fort Lauderdale
will be hosting the unique
and illuminating Southern
Conference. The hotel will
be populated by individuals
advocating the next tipping
point for civil rights in the
LGBT movement, and it will
happen right here in South
October is not just for
Manors, yet another festival
on Wilton Drive. The ‘Fort
Fabulous’ Pride week from
October 5-11 will showcase
Pride Fort Lauderdale in
Holiday Park, with an opening
party partnered with the MiFo
Film Festival at the Museum of
Art on October 9.
Warning, many homosexuals will be seen
there, dressed elegantly, wearing nice clothes,
and looking suspiciously like heterosexuals.
The closing event will celebrate Sun Serve in
downtown Fort Lauderdale on Himmarrshee
Street, and there may even be a youth pageant
as part of the event.
Hang on, because in November LGBT
softball players from all over the country
will again show up for the annual Hurricane
Showdown Softball Tournament at Mills Pond
Park, in a tournament where gay men and
women in shorts and sneakers will be running
recklessly and randomly all over our fields. We
promise to wash them down and hose them off
afterwards, so we don’t leave any homosexual
sweat on the turf or clay.
That’s not all. The national LGBT marketing
group, CMI, is hosting its annual conference
in December right on the beach, where
homosexual business persons from all over
the country will have to again interact with
Sorry, folks, it does not get any better in 2016
or 2017. South Florida and Fort Lauderdale will
be hosting the National Gay Pilots Association
in May- oh my god, yes, there are gay pilots as
well as, I heard, some gay airline attendants too.
Then the National Minority Aids Conference
is next September, and those of you who still
believe in the Confederate Flag might want to
start planning your Labor Day for next year
Amazingly, the World Gay Games are
coming to Miami in 2017, and I am betting
homosexuals will have a better time there
then they will in Qatar a few years later where
they are going to play the World Cup. We also
will be hosting the International Gay Bowling
Organization in May of 2017.
The bottom line, the reality, the truth, well
it was spoken by Harvey Milk many years ago, ‘
we are here. We are queer. We are everywhere.’
And we are good decent people, who don’t
need Donald Trump’s approval or Ted Cruz’s
acceptance. If they want to live the rest of their
lives on the dark side of history, America gives
them the freedom to be whom they want to be-
just as it does us. If they choose ignorance and
fear, stupidity and foolishness, so be it.
In the meantime, we can be sure of this.
We have a right to be proud today of who we
are, what we are, and what we do. Let no one
standing say otherwise.
PROUD OF WHO WE ARE
Maybe a host of
and culture of
but the rest of
the world does.
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