Diversity Honors Banquet at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

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    May 10, 2015 9:08 PM GMT
    Husband & I attended the annual "Diversity Honors" banquet at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, in Hollywood, Florida last night (Sat). And in case you were wondering if that place sounds familiar, yes, it was where Anna Nicole Smith met her demise in 2007. A huge sprawling entertainment complex over at least 200 acres, the largest in South Florida, making a fortune for the Seminole Indians who own it.

    This banquet, attended by about 350 people, primarily benefited the Harvey Milk Foundation, and the Pride Center of South Florida at Equality Park. Harvey Milk's nephew Stewart was a featured speaker. Also speaking as honorees were Matthew Shepherd's parents, with their foundation also benefiting a little, I believe.

    Notables attending included several Members of Congress, State, County & City political leaders, judges, entertainment & media celebrities, prominent business people, a real laundry list. Needless to say no Republican politicians were present, though not barred. Not in their anti-gay agenda to honor Harvey Milk or Matthew Shepard.

    Lots of live entertainment, and a genuinely good meal. But we also hadda work, as usual, being Founders Circle members of the Pride Center, who were the actual hosts. We helped run the "Balloon Pop" money raiser during cocktail hour. Buy a helium-filled balloon that you got to break with a pin, $20 a pop.

    Inside was a small bit of numbered paper, corresponding to the prize you'd won, everyone a winner. Prizes like a bottle of champagne, some jewelry, a trip to Cancun, a weekend at the Hard Rock, all kinds of stuff, all donated at no cost to the Pride Center. We had a solid wall of balloons, and every one got popped under an hour, we could barely handle the demand.

    So overall a good and fun night. Lots of our friends there, nice to see them cleaned-up in tuxedos and evening gowns (although not always according to traditional gender roles). I show my age when I say a man still looks good to me in a fine dinner jacket with black bow tie.
  • TheBaise

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    May 10, 2015 9:15 PM GMT
    Jesus Christ. Same old brag, brag, brag, brag. Dude, you show a poor background when you continuously go on and on for years about all the places, politicians, "notables" and what not. Christ give it a break!
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    May 10, 2015 9:21 PM GMT
    Sounds like a great event for a great cause!
    Harvey Milk is going to be remembered as a transformative hero of the 20th Century.
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    May 10, 2015 9:32 PM GMT
    KissTheSky saidSounds like a great event for a great cause!
    Harvey Milk is going to be remembered as a transformative hero of the 20th Century.

    Indeed. I had no idea until his nephew Stewart's remarks that the Harvey Milk Foundation has branches in countries worldwide. And heavily involved in their LGBT activities there. I thought it was mainly a parochial San Francisco interest thing. I'll have to examine them in detail, see if we wanna add them to our charitable donations list.

    Incidentally, reminds me that I heard no mention from the podium, nor saw, anything of either HRC or Equality Florida, whom we already support. In fact, I even wore my HRC cufflinks for the occasion. LOL! I'll look into that next week.
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    May 12, 2015 5:13 AM GMT
    Nobody cares to comment on your latest bragging thread, bro. Nobody that is except the headless wonder / aka 'Closet-boy'. Is he really just a married man with a wife & 3 kids?
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    May 12, 2015 6:09 AM GMT
    I rode my bicycle on a mountain today. That's way more fun. icon_razz.gif

    Then again, I've only been to HR Casino twice in my tenure in SoFla. Once just to hit the slots, which was short-lived (not much of a gambler); once to do photography for a gay talent show.
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    May 14, 2015 11:45 PM GMT
    300 attendees.....

    How much for the venue?
    How much for airline tickets for the speakers?
    Hotel cost for speakers?
    Printing and Advertising?
    Misc. costs?

    A lot of these fund raisers/banquets don't make a dime.

    Other than for stroking egos many are pointless. If they had 3000 it wold have made more sense.

    But Art Deco got to ad to 'his' blog on RJ!
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    May 15, 2015 12:49 AM GMT
    timmm55 said300 attendees.....

    How much for the venue?
    How much for airline tickets for the speakers?
    Hotel cost for speakers?
    Printing and Advertising?
    Misc. costs?

    A lot of these fund raisers/banquets don't make a dime.

    Other than for stroking egos many are pointless. If they had 3000 it wold have made more sense.

    But Art Deco got to ad to 'his' blog on RJ!

    The final count was 350. The cost was $150 per person. We also had a silent auction and the balloon pop I described, that both raised thousands.

    All the liquor and the silent auction items and prizes were donated. The advertising in the gay rags was gratis. People like my husband & me volunteered our efforts for nothing. The Pride Center, which arranged it, had contracted for inexpensive chicken as our dinner.

    The Hard Rock stepped up and said "No", everyone will have both filet mignon and salmon, with a crab patè on the fish, for the same price as the chicken, their gift. We know, because the Hard Rock General Manager told us this at the podium, and said how happy they were to have our LGBT group there.

    I also think the venue itself was free. I know all the gorgeous floral arrangements on the tables were, which became gifts for all the mothers present, the next day being Mothers' Day.

    So the event made a lot of money, I'll know how much in a few days, but I'm not sure if I'll be authorized to reveal it publicly. So you can take your snotty attitude and shove it up your unprotected ass. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 15, 2015 1:10 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI rode my bicycle on a mountain today. That's way more fun. icon_razz.gif

    Then again, I've only been to HR Casino twice in my tenure in SoFla. Once just to hit the slots, which was short-lived (not much of a gambler); once to do photography for a gay talent show.

    Gay talent show? Was it "Broward Bares It"?

    But when you get back here (still in SD I presume) let us know. We'll let you know when our next Hard Rock event is, or some others elsewhere. We belong to a large LGBT networking group, maybe you can push your business. Some of them might be interested in your services. Let me know.
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    May 15, 2015 1:29 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    timmm55 said300 attendees.....

    How much for the venue?
    How much for airline tickets for the speakers?
    Hotel cost for speakers?
    Printing and Advertising?
    Misc. costs?

    A lot of these fund raisers/banquets don't make a dime.

    Other than for stroking egos many are pointless. If they had 3000 it wold have made more sense.

    But Art Deco got to ad to 'his' blog on RJ!

    The final count was 350. The cost was $150 per person. We also had a silent auction and the balloon pop I described, that both raised thousands.

    All the liquor and the silent auction items and prizes were donated. The advertising in the gay rags was gratis. People like my husband & me volunteered our efforts for nothing. The Pride Center, which arranged it, had contracted for inexpensive chicken as our dinner.

    The Hard Rock stepped up and said "No", everyone will have both filet mignon and salmon, with a crab patè on the fish, for the same price as the chicken, their gift. We know, because the Hard Rock General Manager told us this at the podium, and said how happy they were to have our LGBT group there.

    I also think the venue itself was free. I know all the gorgeous floral arrangements on the tables were, which became gifts for all the mothers present, the next day being Mothers' Day.

    So the event made a lot of money, I'll know how much in a few days, but I'm not sure if I'll be authorized to reveal it publicly. So you can take your snotty attitude and shove it up your unprotected ass. icon_biggrin.gif


    Nice of you to take accountability soooo seriously!
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    May 17, 2015 10:34 PM GMT
    "So you can take your snotty attitude and shove it up your unprotected ass."

    If anyone is "snotty" it is your pretentious notion that anyone gives a shit about you social standing. Do a real blog and save us your daily snooze-fest on RJ.

    And Treatment as Prevention is protection.....you stupid ass.
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    May 17, 2015 11:18 PM GMT
    This would be the Seminole Tribe of Florida's Hard Rock?

    And the tribe's stance on marriage for same-sex couples is...?
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    May 18, 2015 1:59 AM GMT
    theantijock saidThis would be the Seminole Tribe of Florida's Hard Rock?

    And the tribe's stance on marriage for same-sex couples is...?

    Yes, the same Seminoles, but the Tribe doesn't manage the property directly themselves. Their tribal council selects the outside management team, and also makes strategic decisions and authorizes capital expenditures.

    We couldn't have had a nicer & warmer reception. And I understand the Seminoles are not hostile to gay marriage like the US Republican Party is (did you read Jeb Bush's latest flip-flop on Christian talk radio, now calling same-sex marriage "illegal" and not protected under the US Constitution?). The Seminoles just won't conduct them as a tribal ceremony, but their members are free to have a same-sex marriage performed under Florida law, as I understand it, without endangering their tribal affiliation & standing.
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    May 18, 2015 3:47 AM GMT
    Please provide citation if you can show it appropriate to have funded the Seminole Tribe with gay dollars.

    Aside from the following, I have found zero reference on the internet to LGBT and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Seems rather odd that one of this nation's most financially successful tribes, worth billions, would show no support, would have no say as to the LGBT struggle for civil rights yet be the venue for such an event, which, one can only hope, was a sell out.

    [urlhttp://www.answers.com/Q/Has_the_Seminole_Tribe_of_Florida_legalized_same-sex_marriage[/url]
    Has the Seminole Tribe of Florida legalized same-sex marriage? Expert answer by John Torres

    No, but such sovereign tribal nations are not subject to state or federal laws or constitutional provisions prohibiting same-sex marriage.

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    May 18, 2015 1:36 PM GMT
    http://www.followthemoney.org/entity-details?eid=4499
    SEMINOLE TRIBE OF FLORIDA
    As a contributor
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    SEMINOLE TRIBE OF FLORIDA has given $3,832,210 to 374 different filers over 14 years
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    May 18, 2015 11:26 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidHusband & I attended the annual "Diversity Honors" banquet at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, in Hollywood, Florida last night (Sat).


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    May 18, 2015 11:41 PM GMT
    Seminole Tribe of Florida funded in 2014:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janet_H._Adkins

    https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/52202#.VVp24I10w5s

    HB 7013 - Repeals Prohibition of Child Adoption by Same Sex Couples - Voting Record

    FL 11 Rep. Janet H. Adkins Republican Nay

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    Seminole Tribe of Florida in 2014 funded:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Mica
    ...Democratic-leaning interest groups, who rate John Mica as very low in areas such as abortion, sexual orientation and gay marriage rights, civil liberties and civil rights, and protecting the environment. Some of the interest groups that have given these lower ratings are Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, American Civil Liberties Union, Environment America, Human Rights Campaign, and more
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    May 19, 2015 2:52 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    theantijock saidThis would be the Seminole Tribe of Florida's Hard Rock?

    And the tribe's stance on marriage for same-sex couples is...?

    Yes, the same Seminoles, but the Tribe doesn't manage the property directly themselves. Their tribal council selects the outside management team, and also makes strategic decisions and authorizes capital expenditures.

    We couldn't have had a nicer & warmer reception. And I understand the Seminoles are not hostile to gay marriage like the US Republican Party is (did you read Jeb Bush's latest flip-flop on Christian talk radio, now calling same-sex marriage "illegal" and not protected under the US Constitution?). The Seminoles just won't conduct them as a tribal ceremony, but their members are free to have a same-sex marriage performed under Florida law, as I understand it, without endangering their tribal affiliation & standing.

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    Diversity venue Hard Rock's owner the Seminole Tribe of Florida funded in 2014 this guy:

    http://www.watermarkonline.com/2015/04/23/with-same-sex-marriage-all-but-a-done-deal-the-next-fight-for-lgbt-equality-is-discrimination-disguised-as-religion/
    Rep. Jason Brodeur (R-Sanford) sponsored The Conscience Protection for Actions of Private Child-Placing Agencies. The bill would allow privately owned adoption agencies, whether they receive state funds or not, to deny a couple or individual (read: gay people) from adopting based on religious or moral convictions. This bill creates a RFRA specifically for adoption agencies that could open the floodgates for a broad sweeping bill like the ones we see moving through Indiana and Arkansas.

    The fucking sponsor of anti-LGBT legislation. Excellent!

    Those were some ticket sales. Just as with your pathetic support for Crist, it seems your political event really was a sell out.

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    May 19, 2015 3:05 PM GMT
    theantijock saidPlease provide citation if you can show it appropriate to have funded the Seminole Tribe with gay dollars.

    Please shut your mouth if you can provide zero citation that you do anything YOURSELF to help and advance gay causes, on the order of what was done the other night.

    And here is just a partial list of those who attended & supported this function, who had no problem being at the Hard Rock. Why don't you write them directly with your objections?

    Harvey Milk Foundation
    Pride Center of South Florida
    Matthew Sheperd Foundation
    Planned Parenthood
    South Florida Gay News
    Palm Beach County Human Rights Council
    Florida Agenda (Your LGBT News Authority)

    And lots more. So I suppose you know more than they do? What a stupid fuck you are.
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    theantijock saidPlease provide citation if you can show it appropriate to have funded the Seminole Tribe with gay dollars.

    Please shut your mouth if you can provide zero citation that you do anything YOURSELF to help and advance gay causes, on the order of what was done the other night.

    And here is just a partial list of those who attended & supported this function, who had no problem being at the Hard Rock. Why don't you write them directly with your objections?

    Harvey Milk Foundation
    Pride Center of South Florida
    Matthew Sheperd Foundation
    Planned Parenthood
    South Florida Gay News
    Palm Beach County Human Rights Council
    Florida Agenda (Your LGBT News Authority)

    And lots more. So I suppose you know more than they do? What a stupid fuck you are.

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    Diversity venue Hard Rock's owner the Seminole Tribe of Florida funded in 2014 this guy:

    https://votesmart.org/candidate/149394/danny-burgess-jr#.VVrGno10w5s
    Daniel 'Danny' Wright Burgess, Jr
    Vote:
    Danny Burgess voted Yea (Passage) - HB 7111 - Authorizes Adoption Agencies to Deny Service (TO GAY PEOPLE) Based on Religious Beliefs
    Vote:
    Danny Burgess voted Nay (Passage) - HB 7013 - (TO) Repeals Prohibition of Child Adoption by Same Sex Couples

    Art_Deco said...We couldn't have had a nicer & warmer reception...the Seminoles are not hostile to gay marriage like the US Republican Party is....


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    May 19, 2015 4:34 PM GMT
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    Art Deco got to ad to 'his' blog on RJ!


    People like my husband & me volunteered our efforts for nothing. The Pride Center, which arranged it, had contracted for inexpensive chicken as our dinner.

    So the event made a lot of money, I'll know how much in a few days, but I'm not sure if I'll be authorized to reveal it publicly. So you can take your snotty attitude and shove it up your unprotected ass. icon_biggrin.gif



    Let's get something straight, "Art". First, take a remedial English writing course. "My husband and me volunteered......" just ain't gud writin', pops. Second, he isn't your husband. You aren't legally married. And third, you have a wife and two children - all of whom you abandoned. By your own admission they don't know where you went when you abandoned them. You are not supporting them - again, by your own admission. You also abandoned your only other relative - a sister. You are a swell guy. All you do is brag, brag, brag about what you claim you do for your community. What a crock of shit. You need to go back to your family, get down on bended knee, apologize for abandoning them all, and pay all the back alimony and child support you owe those poor people.

    Now that / would be something to brag about.
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    May 19, 2015 6:46 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco said
    theantijock saidPlease provide citation if you can show it appropriate to have funded the Seminole Tribe with gay dollars.

    Please shut your mouth if you can provide zero citation that you do anything YOURSELF to help and advance gay causes, on the order of what was done the other night.

    And here is just a partial list of those who attended & supported this function, who had no problem being at the Hard Rock. Why don't you write them directly with your objections?

    Harvey Milk Foundation
    Pride Center of South Florida
    Matthew Sheperd Foundation
    Planned Parenthood
    South Florida Gay News
    Palm Beach County Human Rights Council
    Florida Agenda (Your LGBT News Authority)

    And lots more. So I suppose you know more than they do? What a stupid fuck you are.

    http://www.followthemoney.org/entity-details?eid=4499

    Diversity venue Hard Rock's owner the Seminole Tribe of Florida funded in 2014 this guy:

    https://votesmart.org/candidate/149394/danny-burgess-jr#.VVrGno10w5s
    Daniel 'Danny' Wright Burgess, Jr
    Vote:
    Danny Burgess voted Yea (Passage) - HB 7111 - Authorizes Adoption Agencies to Deny Service (TO GAY PEOPLE) Based on Religious Beliefs
    Vote:
    Danny Burgess voted Nay (Passage) - HB 7013 - (TO) Repeals Prohibition of Child Adoption by Same Sex Couples

    Art_Deco said...We couldn't have had a nicer & warmer reception...the Seminoles are not hostile to gay marriage like the US Republican Party is....

    You still haven't answered my question about a single thing you've done for the gay community yourself. Nor if you're gonna lay those same complaints about me against the gay groups I listed. You remain a stupid fuck.
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    May 19, 2015 7:31 PM GMT
    SB now has his army of sock accounts to stalk Art_Deco. icon_lol.gif
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    __morphic__ saidSB now has his army of sock accounts to stalk Art_Deco. icon_lol.gif

    Yep, I've dealt with them before. I won't even deal with the ones that simply make up wild stuff. icon_razz.gif