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TGIF, Islanders!

The president of Pride Fort Lauderdale finally breaks his silence, sitting down for a 90-minute interview. Plus, there's a march this Sunday at Esplanade Park and improvements are on the way to Mickel Park.

Enjoy the long weekend, and we'll be back with Fourth of July happenings!

- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Pride Fort Lauderdale President Finally Speaks,

Dodges Issues

By John Hayden

Pride Fort Lauderdale President Miik Martorell. Photo via Facebook.

Major sponsors? Gone. Executive director? Gone. The entire board and executive committee? Gone. The person who oversaw the departures? Still here.

Pride Fort Lauderdale President Miik Martorell has generally avoided interviews since immediately after Pride of the Americas (POTA), dodging questions of transparency, finances, leadership and more.

Finally, a defiant and defensive Martorell spoke with Happening Out Television Network’s Al Ferguson. The nearly 90-minute interview covers important issues confronting what was once one of South Florida’s most important organizations. Martorell oscillates between making excuses, to admitting a lack of organizational understanding, to casting himself as a victim/martyr.

He refuted previous reporting on many of the issues discussed, but still has yet to offer any proof to back it up. OutSFL is recapping this interview because Martorell refuses to take answering questions directly.

Read the rest at Out South Florida.


We The People March This Sunday in Fort Lauderdale

On July 2 starting at 9 a.m. in Esplanade Park in Fort Lauderdale, thousands will gather for We The People National March. While there have been plenty of rallies, marches, and protests during the past couple of years, this one stands out.

Residents Form Organization to Protect, Advocate for City’s Parks

Wilton Manors city officials recently earmarked $16,000 in additional funds for improvements to Mickel Park, money diverted from the now-defunct Island City Foundation. However, it’s not an every day occurence that extra money finds its way into a city park.


Rep. Campbell Gives Update on Tallahassee

After two brutal legislative sessions in Tallahassee, South Florida’s LGBT community is still trying to understand what happened and figure out what’s next. State Rep. Daryl Campbell came to Hagen Park to give constituents a post-session briefing.

Weekly Events

TODAY: Take Pride!

It's your last chance to view this exhibit at The Galleria in Fort Lauderdale, chronicling the LGBTQ community's contributions to South Florida.

SAT: Pig Dance

Hit the dance floor at Ramrod in Wilton Manors for a Pig Dance with DJ Mark Demarko in charge of the tunes.

SUN: We the People March

Head to Fort Lauderdale for a nationwide march protesting the stripping of rights of the LGBTQ community and other underrepresented groups.

MON: Monday Night Trivia

If you're known for storing random facts in your head, then you're the perfect contestant for trivia night at Funky Buddha in Oakland Park.

Job Opportunities

Driver -- Wilton Manors

Wilton Manors Health and Rehabilitation Center needs a strecher transporter, who provides transportation services for residents in the center van, maintains the mileage logs and maintenance records, checks van conditions, and performs all other related duties as assigned by administrator. Pay is $16 per hour.

Cashier -- Oakland Park

Lowes is hiring part-time cashiers who can provide a quick, friendly checkout experience, help customers get the best value for their money, and assist with payment or exchanges.

Friday's Furry Friend


This beauty was given up because her family lost her home and had nowhere to go with her. She is great with kids ages 6+, playful with other dogs, but will chase cats. She knows a few basic commands and is very smart and eager to learn more.

It's in the Cards

InTarotGate by Dooney

It seems our LGBTQ+ community has been trodden under the uncertainty and deception of The Moon, an illusion of powerlessness and doubt that the Florida government has cast upon us. Yet Fortune is with us and the Wheel continues turning, ever so slowly, but with the certainty of always leading us to a path of truth. Leave behind the emotional turmoil and fear that our enemies have sought to instill in us, because our sense of justice can see right through their bigoted façade as we move forward, ready for the next battle.

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