In this week’s SFGN, online now and on stands tomorrow, I look at how the current situation poses multiple, existential threats to Pride. Whether you support Martorell and his leadership or you don’t, he cannot run Pride by himself.
Norm Kent cared about you.. even tho you may never have heard his name. A memorial service was held for the SFGN Founder on Monday at the Venue in Wilton Manors. Many spoke about his accomplishments: fighting for LGBTQ+ rights, marijuana freedom, sticking up for the little guys.
South Florida Gay News (SFGN) is paying tribute to Norm Kent, founder, and longtime activist, who recently passed away. Kent was a champion for LGBTQ+ rights, marijuana laws, and social justice issues, and his impact on the community was significant. Even if you never met him, Norm Kent affected your life in one way or another.
Miami Beach Pride 2023, which concluded on April 16 will be remembered for many things, including Florida House Rep. Fabián Basabe. The pride started on March 31 featuring many fun and awareness events, from Pride Lights the Night and Pool Party, Queer Art Showcase to dinner, pageant, Movie Night, and a pride parade at Ocean Drive.
Monday’s Planning and Zoning Board meeting will discuss some make-or-break requests from the developer, and it’s shaping up to be a packed house, with businesses and residents alike weighing in on the pros and cons of adding a parking garage and a 250-unit mixed-use residential building. Concerns about disruption during construction, adding a mid-rise structure to the skyline, and parking spot size will be addressed.
These are all valid and common concerns I’ve heard when covering development stories. But what makes this unique is another concern: LGBTQ+ heritage. New housing brings new residents, and there’s a good chance we will see an influx of heterosexual residents, with “straight” new businesses to follow. On its surface, that’s fine, Wilton Manors welcomes everyone, and “heterosexual” and “straight” don’t mean “anti-LGBTQ+.”
In a victory for the LGBTQ+ community, an attempt to ban Pride flags from flying at state and local government buildings in Florida has failed. However, as threats to the community persist, advocates remain vigilant in their fight for equality and acceptance.
The video targeted Anheuser-Busch, the beer company that owns Bud Light, for partnering with social media influencer Dylan Mulvaney, who is a trans woman. Mulvaney’s video promoting a sports-related contest with Bud Light was fun and light-hearted, but Kid Rock’s response was anything but.
Fried and Book were among several protesters arrested by police for peacefully demonstrating outside the Governor’s Mansion. The arrests sparked outrage among many in the LGBTQ+ community, who see the proposed ban as part of a larger effort to restrict reproductive rights and LGBTQ+ rights.
More than one thousand people marched from the Pride Center, up Dixie Highway and down Wilton Drive in Pride colors, and the brave ones wore heels.
The March In Heels was a rally against anti-LGBTQ+ bills making their way through the legislature. After speeches, groups made the march, stopping at Action Stations along the way. At one stop, some registered to vote, others, including myself, re-registered for mail-in ballots.
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