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It's the end of a short week, and even though the holiday is over, there's still plenty to do, including the return of FlockFest. In news, we cover the impact of the POZitive Attitudes support group as well as a coyote sighting in Wilton Manors.

Be sure to also scroll down through our newsletter to check out a new addition, our artist spotlight in partnerhsip with Stork's Bakery!  

- Christiana Lilly, Editor


POZitive Attitudes Supporting HIV+ Community

By John Hayden

Courtesy photo.

Between vastly improved medications and other crises, HIV has faded from the headlines. But for people living with HIV, it remains a very relevant part of their lives. Couple that with the fact that South Florida remains a hot spot for new infections, and support is still as critical as it's ever been. 

POZitive Attitudes is a long-running support group for HIV+ people, and has been run by Steve Stagon for more than 15 years. 

“Personally, it’s a way of dealing with being HIV+,” Stagon said after a recent meeting. “Helping other people takes me out of my own personal issues.” 

Raising awareness is a passion of Stagon, who founded the World AIDS Museum and works with AHF on their HIV testing. They meet Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the ArtServe building at 1350 E. Sunrise Boulevard. Some weeks they have movie night, others will be game night, while others will be a discussion of issues facing the HIV+ community or the LGBT community in general. 

The night OutSFL attended, Stagon and co-facilitator John Ramos were discussing new, anti-LGBT laws in Florida.

Read the rest at Out South Florida.


FlockFest Week Begins

What was once a quirky day at the beach has grown into a week-long event of community events including parties at bars along Wilton Drive. FlockFest’s main event, the inflated, flamingo-filled flotilla is July 8, but the parties are already well underway.

Coyote Caught on Camera Prowling Near Wilton Manors Pool; Sightings Worry Residents

A wild coyote was spotted Wednesday morning in a Wilton Manors backyard. It’s not the first time one has been seen in the same neighborhood.


We the People March Draws Hundreds in Unified Demand for Action

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.

Weekly Events

TODAY: 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.

Mon: Friends of Wilton Manors Parks Meeting

This new group is welcoming those who love Wilton Manors parks to its inaugural meeting at Richardson Park at 7 p.m. to discuss how to support the city's great outdoors.

Job Opportunities

HIV Program Specialist -- Broward County

CAN Community Health seeks someone who is passionate about serving the needs of individuals impacted by HIV and other infectious diseases. You will become part of its professional team that drives home the company's mission and values.

Cook -- Wilton Manors

Ethos is in need of cooks to performing their duties ensure high-quality food products throughout the kitchen.

Artist Spotlight

This month's artist at Stork's Bakery is William Quigley and his photography will be on display through July 23. The photographer and painter is also the author of two books, "Joy Bliss This" and 'Stories of the Great Within." Quigley will be doing a meet and greet at Stork's on Tuesday, July 13 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Friday's Furry Friend

Fun-loving Darel wants to be part of your family. This 2-year-old fellow is 42 pounds of let’s have fun! Darel is friendly, affectionate, likes to play with toys and is very active. He is eager to learn and gets excited to meet new people. This spunky fellow can’t wait to be part of your family. 

It's in the Stars

InTarotGate by Dooney 

The scales of Justice continue tipping as our community, along with many other minorities, face a series of legal wins and loses. On the one hand, the fairness of the Six of Pentacles gives us the hope of standing united and supporting our own. On the other hand, fear-driven bigotry continues to cast the anguish of the Three of Swords upon us, but in reality, it only reflects their misguiding ignorance. Ultimately, Justice will hold her sword on the side of fairness and prevail as those seeking to use her for ill fall on their own swords of hate. 

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