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Vol. 8 Issue 3 • June - August 2019S O U T HF L O R I D AG A YN E W STHE SIGHTS OFSUMMER FROM FOOD TO LGBT TRAVEL, THE BEST OF THE BEST FEATURES... TO GET YOU THROUGH THE SUMMER MONTHS.THEMIRRORMAG.COMIMPORTANT FACTS FOR BIKTARVY®This is only a brief summary of important information about BIKTARVY and does not replace talking to your healthcare provider about your condition and your treatment.(bik-TAR-vee)MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT BIKTARVYPOSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF BIKTARVYBIKTARVY may cause serious side effects, including:BIKTARVY may cause serious side effects, including: } Those in the “Most Important Information About BIKTARVY” section. } Changes in your immune system. Your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any new symptoms after you start taking BIKTARVY. } Kidney problems, including kidney failure. Your healthcare provider should do blood and urine tests to check your kidneys. If you develop new or worse kidney problems, they may tell you to stop taking BIKTARVY. } Too much lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious but rare medical emergency that can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, stomach pain with nausea and vomiting, cold or blue hands and feet, feel dizzy or lightheaded, or a fast or abnormal heartbeat. } Severe liver problems, which in rare cases can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, or stomach-area pain. } The most common side effects of BIKTARVY in clinical studies were diarrhea (6%), nausea (6%), and headache (5%).} Worsening of Hepatitis B (HBV) infection. If youhave both HIV-1 and HBV, your HBV may suddenly get worse if you stop taking BIKTARVY. Do not stop taking BIKTARVY without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to check your health regularly for several months.ABOUT BIKTARVY BIKTARVY is a complete, 1-pill, once-a-day prescription medicine used to treat HIV-1 in adults. It can either be used in people who have never taken HIV-1 medicines before, or people who are replacing their current HIV-1 medicines and whose healthcare provider determines they meet certain requirements. BIKTARVY does not cure HIV-1 or AIDS. HIV-1 is the virus that causes AIDS. Do NOT take BIKTARVY if you also take a medicine that contains: } dofetilide } rifampin } any other medicines to treat HIV-1BEFORE TAKING BIKTARVY Tell your healthcare provider if you: } Have or have had any kidney or liver problems,These are not all the possible side effects of BIKTARVY. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any new symptoms while taking BIKTARVY.including hepatitis infection. } Have any other health problems. } Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if BIKTARVY can harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you become pregnant while taking BIKTARVY. } Are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed. HIV-1 can be passed to the baby in breast milk.You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.FDA.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088. Your healthcare provider will need to do tests to monitor your health before and during treatment with BIKTARVY.HOW TO TAKE BIKTARVYTell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take:Take BIKTARVY 1 time each day with or without food.} Keep a list that includes all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, antacids, laxatives, vitamins, and herbal supplements, and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist.} This is only a brief summary of important information} BIKTARVY and other medicines may affect each other.Ask your healthcare provider and pharmacist about medicines that interact with BIKTARVY, and ask if it is safe to take BIKTARVY with all your other medicines.Get HIV support by downloading a free app atMyDailyCharge.comBVYC0102 BIKTARVY A 8-5x11 TheMirror KeepEmpowering C1 r1v1jl.indd All PagesGET MORE INFORMATION about BIKTARVY. Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist to learn more.} Go to BIKTARVY.com or call 1-800-GILEAD-5. } If you need help paying for your medicine,visit BIKTARVY.com for program information.BIKTARVY, the BIKTARVY Logo, DAILY CHARGE, the DAILY CHARGE Logo, KEEP EMPOWERING, LOVE WHAT’S INSIDE, GILEAD, and the GILEAD Logo are trademarks of Gilead Sciences, Inc., or its related companies. Version date: December 2018 © 2019 Gilead Sciences, Inc. All rights reserved. BVYC0102 01/19KEEP EMPOWERING.Because HIV doesn’t change who you are. BIKTARVY® is a complete, 1-pill, once-a-day prescription medicine used to treat HIV-1 in certain adults. BIKTARVY does not cure HIV-1 or AIDS.Ask your healthcare provider if BIKTARVY is right for you. To learn more, visit BIKTARVY.com.Please see Important Facts about BIKTARVY, including important warnings, on the previous page and visit BIKTARVY.com.4/22/19 11:32 AMADVERTISINGMY POLITICS ARE PARTISAN I admit it, my politics are partisan. YIKES! Republicans. The very word conjures up various images, depending upon the background (party affiliation of one’s parents, race, religion, sexual orientation), philosophy, and lifestyle of those contemplating it. Originally, back in the days of the 13 colonies and the American Revolution, the “Democratic-Republican Party” (founded by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson) was more akin to the present-day Democrats, that is, fair minded citizens who recognized that we as individuals, and our government, must balance the needs of the individual against the needs of the community in which we live. The predecessors of the current Republican party were the elitist Federalists who opposed the War of 1812 for short term economic gain, and caused our beloved first lady Dolly Madison (and President James) a whole lot of trouble in defending our fledgling nation. The Federalists grew up to be the current Republican Party.Today, we need look no further that the misdeeds of our sitting president, and his administration, whose catastrophic national and global political misdeeds will take decades to repair, to know that Republicans, on the whole, are enemies of the LGBT community, people of color, nonChristian, women, the middle class, the poor, immigrants, and children. Many people ask: How can a woman, or anyone identifying as LGBT, African American, Latino, or Jew, choose to support the Republican Party? My question is - how can anyone choose to support the Republican Party? I have actually given this question a lot of thought over the past several years and I have come to some conclusions. Bear in mind that I grew up as the daughter of Southern, “yeller dog Democrats” (which only means we’d never vote for a Republican, even if the Democrat running against him/her were an old yellow dog). However, in defense of my good judgment and psychological savvy, I alsoMANY PEOPLE ASK: HOW CAN A WOMAN, OR ANYONE IDENTIFYING AS LGBT, AFRICAN AMERICAN, LATINO, OR JEW, CHOOSE TO SUPPORT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY? MY QUESTION IS - HOW CAN ANYONE CHOOSE TO SUPPORT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY?grew up to be a feminist and a lesbian, despite the fact that my parents understood neither. As an attorney I have had a chance to see lots of Republicans up close and personal, and as a social worker/attorney, I have analyzed their psychological defense system and determined some of the things I think motivate them to identify with a party which dehumanizes the greater proportion of the population. As I see it many Republicans fall into one of the following three mindsets: 1. Simply the product of their upbringing following in their parents path without giving the matter much thought, or; 2. Financially conservative, they buy the Republican party line (much of which benefits BIG BUSINESS and not the majority of those who vote Republican,) or; 3. They are religious, or not, but, most of all afraid and overwhelmed by the complexities of modern day society and thus are greatly comforted by simplistic answers and a harkening back to the values and lifestyle of the “good old days”. Never mind that the so called good old days were horrible. Old people, sick people, orphans, lived and died in the streets because there was no social security and no social services programs. Every major city was surrounded by a shanty town of huts teeming with impoverished people living in squalor and filth, which make todays homeless problem look tame. Women were virtual slaves of the men they were forced to marry in order to survive in a culture where the only jobs available for women were low paid and menial, and single women were the object of scorn or pity, and were discriminated against in housing, jobs, and places of public accommodation. Sexual abuse was just as rampant as it is now, except if it did come out the victim was to blame, and was subject to complete social ostracism. African Americans were forced to stay on their side of town, except to come and work for white at slave wages. White men de-sported themselves on the wrong side of the tracks, with impunity as those they used for their amusement had no legal recourse. The “good old days”, and “traditional values” are fantasies concocted in the minds of individuals who long for something that never existed. “Why is this bad?” you might ask. The answer is that it is bad because when those in power live under the spell of this fantasy they make decisions that negatively affect the lives of all of us. These decisions like cutting social security, cutting school lunches, cutting legalM.S.W., J.D.services to the poor, cutting funding for AIDS services, refusing to cut illegal immigrants a break, just to name a few, will send us back to the past, the bad old days described above. It’s incumbent on all of us to send a message to those in power that we don’t want them living out their fantasies at our expense. As LGBT folks we are in the position of having experienced the reality of prejudice and discrimination (unless our denial is so strong that we didn’t notice it) and it is therefore especially perplexing as to why an LGBT individual would identify as a Republican.The answer is the seduction of the fantasy of the good old days, plus identification with the oppressor - i.e., it doesn’t hurt so bad if you think the guy who is abusing you is right. To those LGBT Republicans I say the same thing I’d say to any other Republican. Wake up! The world we live in today is a far better place than the dream of the past you hold so dear. There are no easy, simple answers to the problems our society faces - and we have to face the fact that the best solutions may take a buck out of our pocket to put bread on someone else’s table. We also need to understand that as human beings we are all in this together - youcan’t short change one group to benefit another group without hurting everybody: and thats what being a Democrat is about. Attorney Robin L. Bodiford serves the tri-county area. Her practice includes, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, trust administration, property agreements, settlements, real estate and probate. She is co-author of books, A Simplified Guide to Creating a Personal Will and Fresh Start Bankruptcy, John Wiley & Sons, 2003. You may contact her by calling her Fort Lauderdale office at (954) 630-2707, or visit her website at www.LawRobin.com.TRANS TALK The Diversity of the Trans Community ● Page 28FASHION Queer Miami Musician’s Solo Album Resonates Beyond Genre ● Page 44TRAVELARTIST SPOTLIGHT Art is a Second Coming Out for ‘Vocal’ Vigorito ● Page 50How to Make the Best of Cruise Travel ● Page 32 Let’s Go to Belize: LGBT Adventure in the Jungle ● Page 80TABLE OF CONTENTSWe Are Family: Charting Course By Land and By Sea with Aquafest ● Page 86 My Voyage on Atlantis: A Gay Cruise is Worth the Money ● Page 90NOTE FROM THE CEO Democracy is running... from the U.S.A ● Page 10BOOKS Author Spotlight: Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta ● Page 20PUBLISHER’S PAGE The Soaring Spirit of Summer Days and Nights ● Page 14FEATURE South Florida Gave Steve Rothaus Front Row Seat to LGBT History, Stories ● Page 24Your smile should leave a great impression!TECHNOLOGY Magic Chef Multi-Cooker ● Page 36 TV The Oddity: The Mirror interviews Yvie Oddly ● Page 38FOOD SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS: NOT Made in Italy ● Page 54 Java Jive ● Page 58 The World of Wine ● Page 62 Ice Creaming Queens ● Page 66 News on Brews ● Page 68 CARS An Evocative New Evoque Arrives With a Fresh Wardrobe ● Page 74Celebrating our 10th Year on Wilton Drive!$69 ($295 Value)New Patients Comprehensive Exam, Digital X-Rays & Cleaning**In the absense of gum disease. Not applicable to insurance benefits. (D0150,D0210,D110)State of the Art FacilitiesMost Insurance Plans Accepted Plenty of Free ParkingLocated Conveniently on Wilton Drive954-565-7666General & Cosmetic Dentistrywww.IslandCitySmiles.com 8 | THE| JUNE - AUGUST 2019Dr. David K. Warner, DDS, FAGD1946 Wilton Drive • Wilton Manors • FL 33305Accounting and Tax Services Timothy S. Hart, CPA Managing Partner2929 East Commercial Boulevard, Penthouse D | Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308 954-202-9770 | 954-202-9777 Fax THart@R3Accounting.com | www.R3Accounting.comNOTE from theCEOIt is time to reflect on the troubled times we are living in. The home of the free now separates children from their parents. One does not need to be a politician, a physician, or a parent to be outraged. No matter one’s views on immigration reform, the unnecessarily cruel practice of separating families is a violation of human rights and it should be universally and unequivocally condemned and stopped. Why are the very same people who oppose abortion so uninterested in the fate of these children? What is wrong with this picture? And while the Statue of Liberty still stands in the New York harbor, part of our country cannot stop talking about The Wall. Didn’t we learn anything from the uselessness of the Berlin Wall? The concept of a “wall” is not new. In 1914, American gay poet Robert Frost wrote a poem called “Mending Wall” which has become one of the most anthologized and analyzed poems in modern literature. A stone wall separates the speaker’s property from his neighbor’s. In spring, the two meet to walk the wall and jointly make repairs. The speaker sees no reason for the wall to be kept — there are no cows to be contained, just apple and pine trees. He does not believe in walls for the sake of walls. The neighbor resorts to an old adage: “Good fences make good neighbors.” The speaker remains unconvinced and mischievously presses the neighbor to look beyond the old-fashioned folly of such reasoning. His neighbor will not be swayed. The poem seems to meditate conventionally on three grand themes: barrier-building (segregation, in the broadest sense of the word), the doomed nature of this enterprise, and our persistence in this activity regardless. This is America — today. And yet — this is not who we have to be. Although our civil rights are eroding at breakneck speed under this administration, we still have the power to help and restore our humanity and democracy.THE JESUS TOASTER $34.95 • ODDITYMAL.COMWahl Clipper is the No. 1 brand of beard trimmers and hair clippers used by professionals since 1919. Wahl Smart Shave Rechargeable lithium ion wet / dry water proof foil shaver uses Smartshave technology for shaving, trimming, and wet or dry shaving with a precision ground trimmer blade.RAPID PHOTO ALBUM SCANNER $199.00 • SHARPER IMAGE The Rapid Photo Album Scanner lets you quickly copy pictures, without removing them from the photo album. Simply place the scanner on top of the image you wish to copy and press a button. The built-in CMOS sensor and LEDs give you high-quality, glare-free results every time. It also digitizes slides and 35 mm negatives. | JUNE - AUGUST 2019“Sadly there is still no cure for stupidity.” CORDLESS FOIL SHAVER $69.48 • AMAZONThe Jesus Toaster is suitable for both atheists and theists with a sense of humor. Now you can eat the body of Christ every day, with a bit of jam. It’s quite possibly the coolest Christmas novelty gift on the planet.10 | THEPIER ANGELOJUNE - AUGUST 2019 | Vol 8 | Issue 3 2520 N. Dixie Highway | Wilton Manors, FL 33305 Phone: 954.530.4970 Fax: 954.530.7943PUBLISHERNORM KENT norm.kent@sfgn.comChief Executive Officer PIER ANGELO GUIDUGLI piero@sfgn.com Associate Publisher/ JASON PARSLEY Executive Editor jason.parsley@sfgn.comEDITORIALA PUBLICATION OF SOUTH FLORIDA GAY NEWSArt Director BRENDON LIES artwork@sfgn.com Assistant Art Director ADAM TURNER Senior Features Reporter CHRISTIANA LILLY A&E Editor / Design J.W. ARNOLD Digital Content Director JUSTIN MUSIAL webmaster@sfgn.com Copy Editor KERRI COVINGTONSALES & MARKETING For ad placement in the Mirror Magazine, CONTACT 954-530-4970 Sales Manager JUSTIN WYSE justin@sfgn.comm Senior Advertising Assoc. EDWIN NEIMANN edwin@sfgn.com Senior Advertising Assoc. CLARK ROGERS clark@sfgn.com Sales Consultant CHARLES REID Distribution Services ROCKY BOWELL LEE CURTIS Printing THE PRINTER’S PRINTER National Advertising RIVENDELL MEDIA Accounting Services CG BOOKKEEPING Cover: Aquafest Cruises headed to Africa, just one of many worldwide locations, and met these two elephants along the way. Photo courtesy of Aquafest. The Mirror is published bi-monthly. The opinions expressed in columns, stories, and letters to the editor are those of the writers. They do not represent the opinions of The Mirror or the Publisher. You should not presume the sexual orientation of individuals based on their names or pictorial representations in The Mirror. Furthermore the word “gay” in The Mirror should be interpreted to be inclusive of the entire LGBT community. All of the material that appears in The Mirror, both online at www.themirrormag.com, and in our print edition, including articles used in conjunction with the Associated Press and our columnists, is protected under federal copyright and intellectual property laws, and is jealously guarded by the newspaper. Nothing published may be reprinted in whole or part without getting written consent from the Publisher of The Mirror, Norm Kent, at Norm@NormKent.com. The Mirror is published by the South Florida Gay News. It’s a private corporation, and reserves the right to enforce its own standards regarding the suitability of advertising copy, illustrations and photographs. MIRROR Copyright © 2019, South Florida Gay News.com, Inc.Associated Press Florida Press Association National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association12 | THE| JUNE - AUGUST 2019DDocument. Remember. Empower. HIV is Still here. Broward County is #1 in new HIV cases #itsnotoveryet1201 NE 26th St #111, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 (954) 390-0550 | worldaidsmuseum.org /worldaidsmuseumHIV Oral Histor y Project star ts with you. To add your stor y contact us today.SUPPORT! VISIT! STOP STIGMA!PUBLISHER’S PAGETHE SOARING SPIRIT OF// Norm KentSUMMER DAYS AND NIGHTS Although national and international gay pride celebrations and Stonewall memorials are winding down, a spectacular summer is blossoming. LGBT communities are emerging globally and locally, powerfully and with purpose, under a colorful flag of vision and vitality. But come now to summer. Put away some of the politics. It’s the time of the year to take a journey to the center of your soul. Go find yourself a new heartbeat. Walk barefoot in a country field. Nobody ever did the summer like Olivia Newton John and John Travolta did it in ‘Grease.’ There is nothing more emotionally rewarding like a breezy and balmy summer night, under the stars, touching the heavens. A journey to the Sequoias,
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