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Miami’s annual MiFo LGBT Film Festival ready this time to Outshine

Mark Gilbert welcomes the opening night audience at the 2015 MiFo LGBT Film Festival in Miami. The festival will now be known as the Outshine Film Festival.

The MiFo LGBT Film Festival —known until two years ago as the Miami (and Fort Lauderdale) Gay & Lesbian Film Festival —is rebranding itself again, just in time for its 19th season opener on April 21.

“Outshine Film Festival,” board chairman Mark Gilbert said.

“The unique thing about this is that for the first time in our 19-year history, we’re not using the words ‘gay’ and ‘lesbian,’ but more accepted innuendo, like ‘out,’ Gilbert said. “The word ‘out’ in ‘Outshine’ covers all the bases for us. It makes us shine like a community, we’re out and shiny like our community. All the elements of being LGBT are there without necessarily having to say LGBT.”

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Outgames has only 2,000 registrants. Organizers assure the games will go on

Just two months away from the May 26 opening ceremony of the 2017 World Outgames, organizers tell Outsports they have just over 2,000 athletes registered. The Outgames currently lists 30 sports being held.

While the number of participants is well below the Outgames’ own projections, organizers are committed to ensuring a good experience for all attendees. They also promise the event will not be canceled.

“Miami will welcome everyone with open arms for an amazing 10 days of sports, human rights and cultural offerings,” said Outgames spokesperson Michael Goodman. “We remain passionate and committed to changing people’s lives, and we will.”

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The Frivolist: 5 Gaycations With a Purpose to Plan This Year

I’ve never been interested in an all-gay getaway. The idea of making the annual 4th of July pilgrimage to Fire Island, New York, or boarding an Atlantis cruise, the only escape from which is to jump overboard (which has happened), just doesn’t appeal to me. My lack of interest in spending days on end with thousands of drunk, oversexed gay folk, however, doesn’t mean I can’t have a memorable gaycay. If you’re in the same boat (or dangling from its side), here are a few getaway ideas with an LGBT agenda to plan this year.

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Why Miami is The Greatest Gay Destination in America

South Florida is one of the great gay havens in America. Hell, it’s one of the great gay havens of the world. But it’s easy to miss the good stuff.

Understand: South Florida — by which I mean Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties — is basically one big city. From the red-roofed housing developments in south Homestead to the prefab luxury ‘hoods north of Jupiter, SoFla is 130 miles of unbroken urban sprawl. Each town is a universe unto itself. Some of the burgs are full of what used to be called Florida crackers — folks with sawgrass scars and intimate knowledge of gator behavior, who make their livings in and around the primeval Everglades swamp. Those burgs do not incubate much in the way of gay life. Another of the burgs might in fact be the gayest place in the whole world — and if you’re not from here, you probably have never heard of it.

My parents moved to Florida in 1990, when I was 7 years old. Back then, the center of Florida’s licit gay life and nightlife was South Beach. (The illicit center, I’ve heard, was in the darker corners of Alice C. Wainwright Park, in the shadows of the seagrape and palm trees.) South Beach — the glittering, pastel-Deco apotheosis of Miami Beach flash, known ’round the world as the setting for so many excellent late-’90s music videos — had long been a prime destination for sin and decadence because of its weather and its distance from the respectable rest of America. South Beach is still full of debauched nightlife, much of it gay or lavender-tinged. But gentrification, which so often follows gayfolk to their ghettos, nudged much of the gay population out of Miami Beach in the 1990s.

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12 Fabulous Gay Events Worth the Trip in 2017

Sometimes you need an excuse to take that trip you so desperately need. Here are 12 fabulous reasons to book that flight to a far off destination. If these gay events happen to be in your backyard, even better! You don’t have to travel far to experience the fabulousness. From pride festivals to circuit parties to drag conventions, there is something on our list for everyone.

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Sunny S. Florida is a great LGBT winter getaway

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Gay South Florida will take center stage this weekend when Key West’s famed drag queen Sushi will descend from a balcony in a giant high-heel shoe as a cheering crowd counts down the new year.

CNN traditionally broadcasts the shoe drop live. It effectively adds a dash of quirkiness to the traditional ball drop in Times Square and other run-of-the-mill celebrations around the country.

The New Year’s celebration is held in the gayest part of Key West, which has long been one of the country’s gayest cities. Miami and Fort Lauderdale have also long been LGBT-welcoming, and, if you can, it’s easy to combine all three in one trip. Just be sure to allow yourself at least two or three nights in each city.

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The Kinsey Institute and the World Erotic Art Museum Present PROTECTED BEAUTY

The Kinsey Institute and the World Erotic Art Museum Present PROTECTED BEAUTY

The Kinsey Institute and the World Erotic Art Museum (WEAM) present “Protected Beauty,” an examination of controversial ideas about masculine beauty and sexuality in art, on view at WEAM in Miami Beach, Florida through March 1st, 2017.

Co-curated by Rebecca Fasman, Kinsey Institute manager of traveling exhibitions, and WEAM Director Helmut Schuster, the exhibition features photographs, prints, drawings and paintings created between 1890 and 1982 by well-known artists including Robert Mapplethorpe, Paul Cadmus, Andrey Avinoff, Michael Miksche, George Platt Lynes, Wilhelm von Gloeden, Pavel Tchelitchew and Marcel Vertes – gay male artists whose work had been collected by the Kinsey Institute. This is the first public exhibition of this work.

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Private Art by Gay Artists Comes Out in ‘Protected Beauty’ at WEAM Miami

The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University and the World Erotic Art Museum (WEAM) Miami examine controversial ideas about masculine beauty and sexuality in art through an exhibition titled “Protected Beauty.” Launched on November 28, the exhibition will be on view at WEAM, Miami Beach, through March 1, 2017.

On display are photographs, prints, drawings and paintings created between 1890 and 1982 by well-known artists such as Robert Mapplethorpe, Paul Cadmus, Andrey Avinoff, Michael Miksche, George Platt Lynes, Wilhelm von Gloeden, Pavel Tchelitchew and Marcel Vertes — gay artists whose work had been collected by the Kinsey Institute. These works are being displayed in public for the first time through this exhibition that is curated by Rebecca Fasman, Kinsey Institute manager of traveling exhibitions, and WEAM Director Helmut Schuster.

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A Guide to Gay Summer Events Worth Traveling To

This year’s Pride parades in New York and San Francisco on June 26 coincide with the anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling makingsame-sex marriage the law of the land. What had been thought of as celebratory events, though, are now being reconceived as the realization sets in that the landmark advance has been overshadowed by the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. The parades close out Pride month but kick off a busy calendar of events with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender themes that are intimate enough, even with added security in place, to balance fellowship with fun. Here’s a curated look at several of them, from bisexual theater to transgender swims, to keep the gay times going all summer long.

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‘Cocktails, beauty’ served at Señor Frogs Drag Brunch in South Beach

Adora entertains Sunday, April 3, at the inaugural Señor Frogs Drag Brunch in Miami Beach.

Sass. Check.

Eyelashes. Check.

Heels. Check.

A new fab drag show has arrived in Miami Beach.

Restaurant Señor Frogs has partnered with events planner Brandon Voss to expand its drag brunch from the original New York location to sunny South Beach.

Voss has worked on projects including producing Logo’s RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Eight and concept parties all over the Big Apple — he plans to take Las Vegas next.

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