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This weekend is a buzz with things to do, including the Diversity Honors, Florida AIDS Walk & Music Festival, and Lauderdale Tropical Bear Week.

-- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Belinda Carlisle to Receive Harvey Milk Award at Diversity Honors Saturday

By John McDonald

In her best-selling memoir, “Lips Unsealed,” Belinda Carlisle touches on a number of queer topics, from making out with her friend Alice at the bus stop as a young punk rocker in Hollywood, to hitting the clubs with her gay friends in London.

But it was when her son James (AKA Duke) came out to her at 14 that, oddly enough, provided a sense of security for the rock star. 

“I don’t know how he did it, but my kid was already the kind of person I wished that I could have been,” wrote Carlisle. “With a vision of who he was and who he wanted to be, this was one piece of the puzzle he was addressing so he could get on with the rest of his life.”

“I looked at Duke with envy,” Carlisle recounted in the book. “At almost 50, I was still sorting through issues from my childhood. How did he end up this together?”

Fresh off performances in the U.K., Carlisle will receive the Harvey Milk Award at the ninth annual Diversity Honors Saturday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. When first announced, the award caught her by surprise, she said, and stirred generational memories of losing friends to the AIDS epidemic, fighting for marriage equality and supporting her son’s coming out process.


Celebrating the Black LGBTQ Community

A crowd filled the seats at Island City Stage. They were there for the world premiere of a podcast that talks directly to them. “Gritz and Glitter” is a new production by Rev. Skip Jennings and activist and author Terry Dyer.

Florida AIDS Walk & Music Festival Returns March 9

The Florida AIDS Walk & Music Festival returns to Fort Lauderdale Beach March 9 with a trio of top entertainers. R&B superstar Eric Benét will headline the post-walk concert.

Weekly Events

TODAY: Movies on the Drive

Grab your lawn chairs and favorite snacks and join your Island City neighbors for a free movie screening of "Barbie" at Hagen Park.

SAT: Florida AIDS Walk

Walk along Fort Lauderdale Beach with the community to raise funds benefiting HIV/AIDS healthcare, following by a rocking concert. On stage this year are Todrick, Eric Benét and DJ Citizen Jane.

SUN: The Flamingo Flea 5-Year Anniversary

The artisan fair is celebrating five years of uplifting local makers and creators with a special flea market at Tarpon River Brewing.

Job Opportunities

School Crossing Guard -- Wilton Manors

Nextaff is looking for school crossing guards who are dedicated to ensuring the safety of Wilton Manors' children.

Veterinarian -- Wilton Manors

Wilton Manors Animal Hospital is hiring a veterinarian (new grads to train or experienced) to join its expanding practice. 

Friday's Furry Friend

Can Ivy hop into your heart and home? This beautiful, 2-year-old rabbit was given up because her owner had no room for her any longer after she moved. Ivy, like all rabbits, needs plenty of daily exercise and lots of Timothy hay and fresh greens. She is just one of several bunnies available at the shelter.


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