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To show their appreciation for fine art, a resident wrote a poem and presented it to the City Commission.

- Kim Swan, Editor


OutSFL Presents Pageant to Celebrate Local Drag Community May 18

By John Hayden

Drag entertainment and a free press are both under attack in Florida. One year ago, OutSFL was a fledgling operation and queens were being hidden behind covered fences and blacked out windows. Now the corner has been turned, and the two powerful entities are joining forces to create a fabulous night and impact lives.

The Inaugural Mz OutSFL Pageant is Saturday, May 18, at Sunshine Cathedral, and will be more than a night of top entertainers, it will make a huge difference in the lives of the next generation of LGBTQ youth. 

“The main purpose of the event is to raise scholarship funds for LGBTQ students in South Florida,” OutSFL CEO Justin Wyse said. “The main goal of focusing the fundraising around a pageant is to highlight the drag artist community.” 

Queen of Queens Melissa St. John is hosting the night, and the event will benefit the fund. Over the course of her fabulous 40 plus year career, she has raised more than $2 million for various causes, and OutSFL’s pageant will raise money for scholarships. 

“I am humbled by the recognition bestowed upon me by OutSFL Newspaper and Magazine. Because of OutSFL's generosity,” she said. “I am further emboldened to work even harder to raise funds for the educational needs of future LGBTQ college students through the scholarship established by OutSFL in my name. If you ask me if I feel love, my answer is simple: yes, I do!” 

Wyse says honoring and contributing to her work is an easy decision. 

“Choosing a Queen of Queens, which is our tribute and honor of the scholarship fund in their name, is a very difficult task as there are many legends throughout South Florida.” 

She will be feted by some of her most high profile peers, including Tiffany Fantasia, Athena Dion, Darcel Stevens, and Serena ChaCha. Co-hosting the night will be Eagle Wilton Manors proprietor, Chuck King. 

“I feel it’s important to show I support the art of drag, as well as Eagle Wilton Manors. I’m proud to represent, and close the gap for the entire LGBTQ community.” 

In all, at least $20,000 will be given out in cash and prizes. 

“We hope to raise money to provide three scholarships annually. Our goals are to help bring future leaders to our community through education while creating strong philanthropy values at a young age,” Wyse said. 

The night begins at 5:30 with a VIP reception. Doors are at 6:15 with the pageant starting off at 7. 

Tickets start at $20 for general admission. Premium seating is $50, VIP seats are $90, and Champagne Tables are $500 for four, or $125 per person.


A Tribute to Fine Art | LETTER

During the recent Wilton Manors Commission workshop April 9 on Public Art, a poem I wrote, “The Bunny On Wilton Drive,” was read to the audience by Commissioner Don D'Arminio. And now, I share it with you.

Nominations Now Open for OUT & PROUD 50

It's time to nominate individuals for OutSFL’s second OUT & PROUD 50 list. Know anyone who deserves recognition? Nominate them here.


Liens, Stonewall, and Budget. Here's Your Commission Meeting Recap

Wilton Manors’ city commission met for less than an hour at the meeting on April 23, but they took care of a lot of business. Most notably, the panel wants to change how liens for code violations are appealed.

Weekly Events

TODAY: Miami Lesbian "Magic Mike" show FEAT. The Playbois

Girls who like girls, join The Well and The Playbois, the only masc lesbian exotic dance crew in SOFLO every 2nd Friday, for a steaming hot show.

SAT: Latin Saturdays

Enjoy 2x1 Mojitos and live music from 7 p.m. at La Mexicana.

SUN: Drag Brunch

Get ready for a fabulous Sunday Drag Brunch, where you'll enjoy mouthwatering food, bottomless mimosas, and jaw-dropping performances.

Job Opportunities

Summer Camp Mentor -- Fort Lauderdale

The Summer Camp Mentor at Westwood Heights Elementary, will be required to work approximately 35-40 hours per week, for 8 weeks. They will develop an excellent relationship with the students while promoting positive Attendance, Behavior, and Course Performance, maintain appropriate order and discipline and make sure all safety rules are followed, and more. $15-18/hr. 

Office Manager -- Fort Lauderdale

The Office Manager for Laws Reporting, Incorporated will be responsible for overseeing a high-paced growing office, working directly with Judges and the Administrative Office of the Broward Courts, as well as a growing number of personnel in and outside the office. Full-time, from $55,000 per year.

Friday's Furry Friend

Two-year-old Buddy wants to be your pal. Sadly, Buddy was given up because his owner is ill and doesn't have the energy to keep up with Buddy's spirited, outgoing personality. Buddy is an amazing fellow, who is potty-trained, is very attentive and loves to cuddle. He knows a few basic commands, especially if a yummy treat is involved. Buddy comes when you call him, and he may want to snuggle on the couch with you. It is unknown how he is with kids, but his profile says he ignores cats. He does appear to get along with other dogs, although a meet and greet would be recommended.

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Wilton Manors is a 2024 All-America City Award Finalist. Receiving this award underscores our dedication to fostering a safe, sustainable, and inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome and valued.

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