World AIDS Day in Wilton Manors, Florida

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    Dec 02, 2008 2:54 PM GMT
    The city of Wilton Manors, Florida (bordering Fort Lauderdale) had its first World AIDS Day event last night, Dec 1. Included a candle-lit march by nearly 500 people down the main thoroughfare, then a rally with prominent speakers, and a performance by a gay chorus. A modest start, but likely to grow in the years ahead, until AIDS is gone.

    Afterwards I had cocktails with the guy who organized it, whom I know from other AIDS-related work we do together. I couldn't praise his efforts enough, and especially the live local TV coverage he arranged. Lots of interviews and shots of the march, which I expect to be on the 6 o'clock news tonight. Also gonna check the local newspaper today when I go out, their people covered it, too.
  • dfrourke

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    Dec 02, 2008 3:20 PM GMT
    ah see...there IS good news in the world...

    thanks for sharing.

    - David icon_wink.gif
  • waltex

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    Dec 02, 2008 3:42 PM GMT
    It;s good to see the gay community rally together in South Florida. I wish I knew about the ceremony, but I have been too busy with work.

    Activism needs to be recharged here in South Florida, and that includes with myself.

    Please go see the film "Milk". After seeing this movie yesterday, I found myself re-evaluating my priorities and thinking about becoming more involved as an activist, either for AIDS or gay civil rights.
  • reliable1

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    Dec 02, 2008 4:18 PM GMT
    Sounds great. Our AIDS vigil locally had a small (for the area) but significant turnout. With scheduling, I only manage to get to it every other year.
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    Dec 02, 2008 8:26 PM GMT
    I have sang with a gay chorus a number of times for World Aids day.

    But this day, always reminds me, takes me back to my youth, when herpes was the dirty word, and free love ruled. There was nothing stopping us the gay community, it was all forward for advancement; I had not yet handed back my gay card.

    I was working in a bathhouse (steamworks) for the gay community. Over a weekend we would have thousands come though our front doors, it was full on the weekend.

    Then the news broke, we had a gay plague on our hands, it had come to our Island via America. All the hysteria that was too come, and from all communities. I kept my head, and did not panic. Mind you because of my job, and the people I was in contact with via it. This was something we had been talking about for over a year, when just about no-one else was, or wanted to. The things I seen, in my own community.

    I'm glad all that hysteria has now gone. A homosexual can now have a cold, and not be treated by others, as if they had AIDS. Still to this day I am HIV - !! But I have been treated as if I had AIDS just because I'm a homosexual. But also I worked for the gay community in it's darkest years. I did not flee and hide, with fear, as I seen soooo many of my brothers do.

    Oh and in the darkest years of the Gay Plague, AIDS. My work place a gay bathhouse that would be full on a weekend, would of been lucky if it had a dozen peole pass though it's doors, over a whole weekend.

    But I was not one of the ones who fled, and abandoned my community in it's darkest years. I stood by it! But it was the irresponsible actions of others, that gave other young men a death sentence. This is what made me hand back my gay card, and walk away from my community.

    Remember I did not flee, out of fear, or abandoned a sinking ship. I stood steadfast by my then community, in it's darkest years.

    This is what world AIDS day makes me remember. A time in gay history, when many here, were not even born yet, and many are now nothing more than compost; a memory.
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    Dec 03, 2008 2:57 PM GMT
    Wilton Manors is leading the way in so many things - a great, friendly community and I really enjoy visiting there. Kudos to Wilton Manors / Fort Lauderdale.
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    Dec 03, 2008 3:37 PM GMT
    seanp7 saidWilton Manors is leading the way in so many things - a great, friendly community and I really enjoy visiting there. Kudos to Wilton Manors / Fort Lauderdale.


    True, and thanks. We just elected a gay mayor, Gary Resnick, and half the city Commissioners are now gay, too. I actually contributed to his straight opponent, incumbent Scott Newton, because he's very gay-friendly, and I thought more experienced and would be more effective. But we saw Gary the other day at breakfast and pledged our support for him.

    My personal attorney Dean Trantalis is also running for Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, to replace that term-limited homophobe Naugle, who made national coverage for his hateful anti-gay statements. That election will be this March, due to some odd local rules.

    That's not my voting district, but I contributed the maximum dollar amount to Dean allowed under the law (I actually live in Wilton Manors, but say Fort Lauderdale in my profile because it's better known). I really want Fort Lauderdale to have a gay Mayor.