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Drama with Pride Fort Lauderdale continues, and a notable Wilon Manors business owner shares health news.

- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Pride Fort Lauderdale Refuses to Give Donor Money Back After Festival Cancelation

By John Hayden

Donor John Michael Gordon has not gotten his money back from Pride Fort Lauderdale.

“There is no money.”

That’s the message Pride Fort Lauderdale has for John Michael Gordon, a local massage therapist who donated $1,000 to the 2024 festival. Gordon asked for his money back when the organization canceled the main event for this year.

In a text message exchange with Gordon, Volunteer Director Robyn Ludy of PFL said, “There is no money, which is why we are not doing our normal festival.”

Gordon has been a longtime supporter of PFL and donated the money after last year’s festival wrapped up.

You may not know Gordon by name, but you’d probably recognize his face. As a person devoted to Wilton Manors and the LGBTQ community, he’s a frequent volunteer at events taking tickets, setting up, tearing down, and more.

If you’re lucky, you’ve been massaged by his skilled hands as a licensed massage therapist and owner of Relax In Peace LMT Massage.

Gordon made the donation in March 2023 during an appreciation party for volunteers from the Pride of the Americas (POTA) parade and festival a few weeks earlier. POTA was organized by Pride Fort Lauderdale and replaced the normal PFL festival for 2023.

Gordon told OutSFL PFL didn’t ask for the money, and there was no promise of reciprocity, or guarantee of how the money would be used. However, he did tell them the donation was for Pride’s 2024 parade and festival.

OutSFL reached out to Pride Fort Lauderdale through their website, as well as PFL President Miik Martorell, Ludy, and executive director Ernie Yuen through Facebook, for comment, and they did not respond.


Wilton Manors Names New Finance Director

Nancy Muller was named as the city’s new Finance Director. She comes to Wilton from Severance, Colo., a city of about 8,500 people, which is similar but slightly smaller than Wilton Manors.

Mark Hunter Addresses Cancer Diagnosis

“I have prostate cancer.” Those four words are hard to say and are devastating for friends and family to hear from a loved one. But Mark Hunter is saying them. As one of the most visible and philanthropic leaders of South Florida’s LGBTQ community, he’s going public with his fight.


Pub Patio Hosts Pet Project March 16

Toss a few bean bags and toss back a few beers. It’s going to be an afternoon of paws and awwws when Pub On the Drive hosts Toss Fur Paw. The Cornhole event benefits The Pet Project and is set for Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m.

Weekly Events

TODAY: Live@Mickel

Enjoy a free concert in the park with The Pretty Hearts, a Tom Petty tribute band.

SAT: Jammin' at the Center

A Women with Pride takeover, the Valerie Tyson Band is a soulful rock band performing everything from top 40 to classic rock, jazz, R&B and reggae.

SUN: "Women Trailblazers: Champions of Change"

Through March 31, History Fort Lauderdale and Galleria Fort Lauderdale present a showcase of women trailblazers in Broward County both past and present. Located near Swarovski.

Job Opportunities

Barista  -- Wilton Manors

Aroma Joe's Coffee is hiring a barista to prepare coffee drinks, food and running the cash register, cleaning the work stations and coffee houseproviding the best customer service, and other tasks.

Mail Handler -- Wilton Manors

The U.S. Postal Service is hiring full-time, part-time or seasonal mail handlers to unload mail from trucks, separate mail received from trucks, dump mail from sacks, cut ties, face letter mail, carry mail to distributors for processing, and other tasks.

Friday's Furry Friend

Little Amber is 15 weeks old and about 15 pounds. She and her three sisters and one brother are looking to go home with loving families who will spoil them, can you make their wishes come true? The cuties have a lot of growing to do and will most likely weigh 40 to 60 pounds when full grown, so be sure you have the space and time to devote to a growing puppy.

Mike's Deal

One winner from each of Doris Market’s five locations will go home with a 4-pound, 2.5-foot egg valued at $200. One grand prize winner will be selected among all the entries to win a 10-pound, 4-foot egg valued at $300. Enter now!


Enter by March 24; drawing will be held on March 25. Winners will be notified by email. No purchase is necessary.


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