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It's finally Friday, Islanders! šŸŽ‰

Summer has been keeping us busy in Wilton Manors, from the open door policy at Hamburger Mary's to FlockFest's soiree of inflatable flamingos. Check out our calendar of events for even more things to do around town, as well as a big job opening at The Pride Center!

Have a great weekend,

Christiana Lilly, Editor

Feature

Open Door Policy at Hamburger Mary’s

By John Hayden

Photo courtesy Facebook/Hamburger Mary's Wilton Manors

If you pass by Hamburger Mary’s on Wilton Drive in the evening, you may catch a glimpse of their drag performers entertaining the crowd. That’s because the chain is standing up to Gov. Ron DeSantis and opening its doors for the world to see.


For some time this year, those doors were shut due to a law passed by the conservatives in Tallahassee, labeling drag as “adult entertainment.” The Hamburger Mary’s in Orlando challenged the law and a federal judge put it on hold while it wends its way through the courts.


“It’s been so refreshing to be able to open the doors,” Christina Donohue, general manager of the Wilton Manors location, told OutSFL. “We were keeping them open for a little bit but then had to close them for the drag shows.”


Being able to open the doors was once a perk of the location; now it’s a form of protest. DeSantis and his enablers want to put drag – and arguably the entire LGBTQ community, back in the closet, out of sight, and erased. Hamburger Mary’s challenging the law court is their way of standing up for the community and telling DeSantis the community will not be silenced any time or anywhere.


Read more at OutSFL.

News

Underwear Mogul Andrew Christian Loves FlockFest and South Florida

Andrew Christian could spend his weekends anywhere he wants, including hotspots like Fire Island and Provincetown. But this last weekend, he was at FlockFest.

National LGBTQ Task Force Gives Back and Gears Up

During a reception at ArtServe, Task Force Gala co-chair Jeff Oliverio presented a $215,000 check to the LGBTQ Equity Fund, run by the Our Fund Foundation and Miami Foundation.

Weekly Events

TODAY: RuPaul's Aura Mayari Live

Fans of "RuPaul's Drag Race" will want to be at Hamburger Mary's this Friday and Saturday, as season 15 alum Aura Mayari will making her way to the stage.


SAT: Pottery & Pints

Love beer and pottery? The unlikely duo come together at 26 Degrees Brewing in Pompano Beach, where you'll make your own coffee mug from clay and enjoy a pint (or two) while you're at it.


SUN: Dragalicious Brunch

We wouldn't want to be anywhere but Lips for brunch, with shows by your favorite drag queens at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. 


MON: Lez Moon

The monthly event for women who love women returns to Hamburger Mary's with an open mic stage, networking, and supporting local artists and vendors.

Job Opportunities

Director of Development -- Wilton Manors

The Pride Center is hiring a director of development to provide the leadership, strategic direction, vision, and management to expand center’s fundraising efforts. 


Groundsperson -- Wilton Manors

The Gables is in search of a groundsperson to maintain great curb appeal by keeping all areas of the community sparkling. Tasks include removing trash, pressure washing, and cleaning high-traffic areas. 

It's in the Stars

InTarotGate by Dooney 

As you enter mid July, with summer temperatures rising and tourism slowing down, find time to reach for that wise person within and step away from the noise of daily life to evaluate the half year you are leaving behind. Reach out to those stable people in your life who embody the emotional balance and moral compass of the King of Cups; they can help you redirect your energies to face the challenges ahead. The reversed Strength card signals issues with self-control, so think before you act and speak, especially if you’re a Leo: the inner beast might be slightly on edge.

Tiktok: @inTarotGate
     

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