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Islanders, we've officially entered spooky season with the arrival of October!

In today's newsletter, we celebrate a successful fundraiser for the Stonewall Museum, a new safety program launching in Wilton Manors, and an unfortunate arson at the Sunshine Cathedral.

And with so much talk about a new hotel, we're curious: What do you think about it all? Scroll down to take our survey and we'll share the results.

-- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Billy Porter Helps Raise $60K for Stonewall National Museum & Archives

By John Hayden

Photo by J.R. Davis.

Billy Porter is a big star, but he’s an even bigger community activist. He headlined Back To the Drive for Stonewall National Museum & Archives, rallying the crowd and helping raise $60K.

About 200 people packed into the Crystal Ballroom at The Venue in Wilton Manors to hear the “Pose” star speak. The food was good, and the drinks were intoxicating, but everyone was there for Porter.

“The speech was empowering and emotional, reminding us all the work ahead without ever diminishing all our community has accomplished,” Stonewall Executive Director Robert Kesten said. “His impassioned delivery moved everyone and made it an event few will forget.”

Trans activist Rajee Narinesingh arrived at the event and was greeted with a surprise.

“I got here, and they said they had a job for me! They invited me to escort Billy down, and I was shocked.”

She walked him down the stairs from VIP to the stage, and made the most of her one-on-one time with Porter.

“You can tell he’s someone who’s been around the block, who’s been in the community, and you can feel the passion he has for our community. It’s for the good fight, for our humanity. I really believe that.”



LETTER: Embracing Unity and Safety - The Wilton Manors Safe Space Program

"Today, I am proud to draw attention to one such initiative: the Safe Place Program, a collaborative effort by the Wilton Manors Police Department and our local business community." 

Man Lights a Fire Outside of Sunshine Cathedral

The Sunday service at Sunshine Cathedral was interrupted when someone lit a fire outside the church. Witnesses say the man was burning something in what appeared to be some kind of ritual, likely in opposition to the LGBTQ-affirming church.


Record Budget For Wilton Manors

A record budget of $52 million is poised to be passed by the Wilton Manors city commission. At their special meeting on Sept. 13, commissioners took input from the public and took preliminary votes for funding the city’s new fiscal year.

Weekly Events

TODAY: Symphony of the Americas: Curtain Up!

Symphony of the Americas celebrates the music of John Williams, conducted by artistic director, Pablo Mielgo, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

WED: Nourished Minds

A weekly support group at SunServe for those struggling with an eating disorder or have a troubled relationship with food. Group meets in person and virtually.

THURS: Out for Business Luncheon

Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce's monthly networking luncheon with LGBTQ businesses and allies. Out for Business. Guest speaker is Edward Otto Zielke of the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida.

FRI: Midnight At The Masquerade Mystery Dinner

Attend the Billionaire's Club Annual Masquerade Ball at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center and get this soiree back on track by solving the crime before the masked menace gets away! 

SAT: Wellness Program Yoga

Experience mindfulness, flexibility, and wellness through the practice of yoga. Whether you're a seasoned yogi or a beginner, this twice-monthly event at the Pride Center is open to all.

SUN: Man Fest

Running Friday through Sunday, this event by Daddy Ersin and The Eagle Wilton Manors closes with a Plunge Pool Party.

Job Opportunities

Public Health Officer -- Wilton Manors

The U.S. Air Force is hiring a public health officer, who would be responsible for preventing and controlling the spread of disease by monitoring health threats, following disease trends, and identifying public health issues in order to maintain the health of airmen around the globe.

Warehouse Worker -- Wilton Manors

UPS is seeking a warehouse worker/package handler to work this fast-paced warehouse job, requiring you to lift, lower and slide packages up to 70 pounds. The position is for 3.5 to 4-hour shifts, approximately 17.5 to 20 hours per week in a part-time or seasonal role and 8-hour shifts in a full-time role.

Are you hiring? Send us your job listing with details to

Mike's Deal

Cherish your photos forever with CVS's photo deals now

Includes 70% off wall tiles, 50% off mugs, 50% off photo books, and 50% off other miscellaneous gifts. Plus, it's never too early to start planning your holiday cards!

Community Scrapbook

In its 12th year, Julian's Reverse Quinceañera was hosted at The Venue in Wilton Manors and benefited the work of Julian's Fountain of Youth and Wilton Collective. (Photos by J.R. Davis)


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