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In this edition of The Islander, we have updates on Stonewall Pride, a preview of "The Prisoners," and is a hotel coming to Five Points?

-- Christiana Lilly, editor

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Stonewall Pride Rules Coming Into Focus

By John Hayden

Stonewall Pride 2022. Photo by JR Davis.

Emotions have been running strong since a vague, potentially devastating new law went into effect in Florida. Gov. DeSantis and his GOP super majority wrote a law that seems to skirt the first amendment and ban all public drag.

It now appears much of the hysteria and hyperbolic rhetoric may be overblown.

To be sure, the situation is perilous. No one really knows how the law will be interpreted and enforced. As the first major LGBTQ event in Florida since the law passed, Stonewall Pride and host city Wilton Manors are about to be the legal guinea pig.

Stonewall CEO Jeff Sterling is in charge of the event, and speculation about his intentions has run the gamut. He plans to present details of a “Code of Conduct” to vendors and businesses next week, but has given OUTSFL an idea of what to expect at the June 17 event.

“There will be a code of conduct, and a dress code is just a part of that,” he told OUTSFL.

Read the full article on Out South Florida.


Fantasy and Reality Collide in New Play, 'The Prisoners'

Ronnie Larsen’s latest play, “The Prisoners,” is actually based on real life ­­– the experiences of a friend who discovered a website that matches “pen pals” with prisoners.

Hotel Envisioned at Five Points Intersection in Wilton Manors

The former Kalis Funeral home at the Five Points intersection could become the city’s first hotel.

Weekly Events


Head to the Galleria mall in Fort Lauderdale for the month-long exhibit "Take PRIDE!," which takes a look at the gay movement and the contributions of LGBTQ people in South Florida.

WED: Don't Yuck My Yum

When it comes to relationships and sex, everyone has their own thing. The Pride Center and Wellness With Pride are hosting this conversation about each person's "yuck" and "yum."

THURS: "The Prisoners"

It's opening night for "The Prisoners" at The Foundry, Ronnie Larsen's newest play is about a gay man obsessed with prisoners who discovers the world of prison pen pals.

FRI: Oakland Park Pride

A part of the city's Summer Nights programming, this edition is a family-friendly Pride celebration at Jaco Pastorius Park, fit with live music and food trucks.

SAT: FLoatarama

The annual flotilla has returned to the New River, with more than 40 vessels taking to the water in honor of Pride. Bring your own boat to FLoatarama or watch from the sidelines.

SUN: Gospel Brunch

There's no Sunday scaries here with a gospel brunch at Hunter's Nightclub benefiting the World AIDS Museum, for an event that will uplift, celebrate, and feed the soul.

Job Opportunities

Summer Camp Recreation Leader -- Wilton Manors

Recreation leaders will organize, supervise, and lead student recreation activities and/or athletics programs for the summer. Employees are responsible for providing a safe recreational environment for the assigned community programs, youth activities, and/or special events provided by the city. Pay is $15.01 per hour.

Staffing Coordinator -- Wilton Manors

Wilton Manors Health & Rehabilitation Center is seeking a staffing coordinator to ensure adequate and appropriate staffing of its nursing department to meet the needs of the residents based on budget, census, and as may be directed by facility administration.

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