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Happy Fourth of July, Islanders!

Hundreds took part in the We the People March over the weekend, and the Pride Center celebrates three decades of advoacy for the LGBTQ community. Plus, if you don't have plans for the day, check out our events calendar for a list of cities hosting celebrations for the holidays.

Be safe and enjoy the holiday!

- Christiana Lilly, Editor


We the People March Draws Hundreds in Unified Demand for Action

By Christiana Lilly

Photo by Carina Mask.

Sunday’s weather volleyed between scorching hot and a torrential downpour, and it was a fitting metaphor for the attitude of Florida’s progressive activists: Sometimes things are good, sometimes things are bad, but we will never stop fighting.

Hundreds of people, including those who were bussed in from Atlanta, gathered at Esplanade Park in Fort Lauderdale to participate in the We the People March. More than 50 organizations representing LGBTQ rights, gun safety, abortion rights, and immigration came together to protest the more than 1,000 bills that have been introduced nationwide that set back equality.

The day started with a blessing by the Ameyal Mexican Cultural Organization, then a series of speakers in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole, including David Hogg from March For Our Lives, labor activist Dolores Huerta, Tony Lima of SunServe, FL Rep. Anna V. Eskamani, Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Steve Glassman, actress Debbie Allen, Nik Harris of the Human Rights Campaign, and many more.

“It is important to note that this is not only an attack on the LGBT community, but it is an attack on the marginalized and underserved communities and that means people that look like me and that means people that look like you and your children,” said TransInclusive co-founder and executive director Tatiana Williams. “As a Black trans woman growing up in Liberty City, I had to fight all my life and I will continue to fight.”

Read the rest at Out South Florida.


Pride Center Celebrates 30 Years

From the controversial implementation of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” through the dark days of the federal Defense of Marriage Act  to the modern legislative onslaught by Republican-fascists, there has been a constant presence standing up for South Florida’s LGBT community: The Pride Center.

1 Dead, 2 Rushed to Hospital After Fiery Oakland Park Crash

Responding deputies arrived to find the vehicle fully engulfed in flames with the windows blown out.


Pride of the Americas President Speaks, Dodges Issues

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.

Weekly Events

TODAY: Fourth of Julyā€Š
Celebrate Independence Day with activities all over town! Lauderdale-By-The-Sea has organized a Family Fun Day and fireworks, a fireworks extravaganza in Pompano Beach, fireworks and a performance by Flo Rida in Fort Lauderdale, and fireworks, food trucks and vendors in Deerfield Beach.
WED: POZitive Attitudesā€Šā€Š
A weekly support group at ArtServe for gay and bisexual men who have been impacted by HIV/AIDS.
THURS: Pride Skate Night
Lace up your skates, it's Pride Skate Night at Xtreme Action Park! Expect roller skating, dancing, a DJ, full liquor bar, and performances by Velvet Lenore and Rianna Petrone.
FRI: American Idiots

Rock out to American Idiots, a Green Day tribute band, at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale. They'll be joined on stage by Boy Fell Out and Deserted Will, Fallout Boy and Weezer tribute bands.

SAT: AirOtic

The mesmerizing AirOtic Soiree is back at Hunter's Nightclub, with aerial dancers, acrobats and cabaret performers taking the stage. 

SUN: "Shower Songs"

Sunshine Cathedral is hosting this original production by the Lesbian Thespians, showcasing songs we normally perform solo in the shower.

Job Opportunities

Server -- Oakland Park

Bahama Breeze is on the hunt for servers who take pride in providing attentive and friendly service and ensure guest touch points are clean and sanitized. 

Police Cadet -- Wilton Manors

Wilton Manors is accepting applications for police cadets. As a non-certified police cadet, selected applicants will prepare to become a certified sworn law enforcement officer at a regional police academy. The city will pay for the seven-month academy in addition to paying the selected candidates an hourly rate of $22.47 and full-time employee benefits.

Mike's Deal

The sun is only getting hotter, and it's the perfect time to stock up on your favorite SPF brands! 

Bluemercury is offering up to 30% off their sunscreen collections using code SUNSHINE. 

Offer available now through July 13.


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