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Based on all the happenings in our calendar of events, it's officially the busy season around here. And there's lots of good news to celebrate, too -- the new VP at the Dolphin Democrats is making history, Mr. Ramrod was crowned, and the community continues to give back.

-- Christiana Lilly, Editor

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Trans Activist Makes History With Dolphin Dems

By John Hayden

Adrianna Tender. Photo via

At a time when the trans community is under political attack like never before, Dolphin Democrats are embracing a trans woman to help lead them forward. Adrianna Tender, who has been on their board for years, has been named the group’s vice president.

Tender is a strong voice who works to bring progressive minded voters to the polls, and becomes the first Black trans woman to reach these heights in the organization. The board chose her when she was personally nominated by new president, Sabrina Javellana. She was elevated to the role when Todd Delmay resigned to become the executive director at SAVE.

“She’s really wonderful. I love working with her,” Javellana said. “I see her as a sister.”

In addition to her advocacy work with the Dolphin Dems, Tender also sits on the Board of Governors for the Human Rights Campaign and is their co-chairperson for community engagement at HRC South Florida. She also sits on the Board of Directors of Black LGBTQ Liberation, or BLINK.

At the start of the year, Javellana and Tender were the only women on the 11-member board. Javellana is an Asian-American bisexual woman, and wanted another woman of color to join her on the board. She says Tender shares her view on diversity.

“[Tender] is not afraid to call us in and call us out to say we need more diverse voices at the table. She and I have been united in that.”



JFOY and Wilton Collective: Helping LGBTQ Youth & Having Fun

Queens ruled the night and LGBTQ youth benefitted. People packed the Crystal Ballroom Sept. 30 to support Julian’s Fountain of Youth and Wilton Collective for the 12th Reverse Quinceañera.

Leather Community Celebrates New Mr. Ramrod

Leather, love, and cigar smoke filled the Ramrod over the weekend, culminating in the declaration of a new Mr. Ramrod. Leather veteran Scott Jordan claimed the title out of a four-man field.


Wilton Manors Passes Record Breaking Budget

Spikes in utility and insurance costs helped drive Wilton Manors’ budget to $52 million. City commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the budget and set the millage rate at 5.836 for the fiscal year that started on Oct. 1.

Weekly Events


The Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce is hosting its October mixer at Timpano, where guests will receive a free drink, passed bites, and engage in networking.

WED: The Troubled History of Banned Books

Since 2021, more than 2,823 unique book titles have been banned in public schools across the country. Join PEN America's Miami/South Florida chapter at the Stonewall museum for a censorship-centered discussion.

THURS: OUTshine Film Festival

The annual LGBTQ film festival returns with 10 days of movies, conversations and parties.

FRI: Food Bazaar 

Latinos Salud in Wilton Manors invites the community to eat their way through Latin America as more than a dozen countries are represented, as well as a contest for best food, decorations and traditional dress.

SAT: Active Aging Expo

The 14th Annual Active Aging Expo at The Pride Center features a diverse array of local service providers eager to connect with the LGBTQ+ active aging community. 

SUN: "Sordid Lives"

When Peggy, a good Christian woman, hits her head on the sink and bleeds to death after tripping over her lover’s wooden legs in a motel room, chaos erupts in Winters, Texas. The final night of this play at Empire Stage.

Job Opportunities

Seasonal Friends and Family Team Member -- Oakland Park

Party City is hiring friends and family of current management staff in all locations for the next few weeks as they deliver a scary and fun Halloween to customers.

Admissions Clerk -- Wilton Manors

The Pearl at Fort Lauderdale Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is hiring an admissions clerk with excellent communications skills to complete admissions agreement paperwork, complete logs, and contact families and patients.

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

Mike's Deal

Save big on your favorite Adidas looks! 

Now through Oct. 23, use code OCTOBER to get 65% off full-price and even sale items. There's even plenty of Inter Miami gear included in the sale, so you can show off your pride for the home team. 

Exclusions apply.

Community Scrapbook

Local organizations were gifted checks from money raised during this summer's annual FLoatarama. Charities included The Humanity Project, Thinking Cap Theatre, Stonewall National Museum, NVEE, South Florida Pride Youth Band and SunServe. (Photos by J.R. Davis)


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