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Where to Go to the Gym and Bike in Miami Right Now: Gay Travel

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Work out at Crunch, Equinox, or L.A. Fitness on South Beach. David Barton has a location in downtown Miami but it is in dire need of a renovation. For a hardcore workout head over to Barry's Bootcamp in Sunset Harbor. Anatomy at 1220 just opened in Sunset Harbor as well.

Where is the best place to work out that won't cost an arm and a leg (because you'll need them)?

Readers suggest using the balancing and upper body equipment at Lummus Park (above) at Ocean Drive and 8th Street, a weekly pass for L.A. fitness, going for a jog or renting a bike,

DecoBike is Miami and Miami Beach's Bike Sharing & Rental program. There are two ways to utilize the DecoBike program, either as a Bike Share Membership or an Hourly Rental. More info here.

Miami Critical Mass is a cycling event held on the last Friday of every month. It's an informal gathering in which a large group of people meet at a set location and travel en masse through the streets of Miami. More info here.

Here is also a handy list of bike shops.

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‘Diners’ Host Guy Fieri Officiating Chef Art Smith’s 101 Gay Weddings Event In Miami

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In one of the stranger news items of the week, People reports that Guy Fieri, the host of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, is officiating at the 101 Gay Weddings event at the James Royal Palm in Miami today. Chef Art Smith, who is hosting the event, created a social media contest where the first 101 couples to tweet him with the hashtag #101gayweddings would be entered to get married at the James Royal Palm.

Smith1Winners get to attend a group wedding hosted by Smith (pictured right) and officiated by Fieri with a one-of-a-kind wedding cake from Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman, known for creating the world’s largest cheesecake and providing the delicious confections in Katy Perry’s lyric video for her song "Birthday." 

The event also features DJ and porn director Chi Chi Larue providing beats at the post-wedding dance party. The wedding event is in lieu of Smith’s annual Big Gay Ice Cream Social, which he’s hosted for the last two years to bring awareness in the push for equality.

 

Florida Lawmaker Wants To Throw Transgender People In Jail For Going To The Bathroom

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A Florida lawmaker wants to throw transgender people in jail for, well, using public restrooms. 

Representative Frank Artiles, R-Miami, introduced a bill this week that would make it a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail, for transgender people to use public restrooms — or fitting rooms or locker rooms — according to their gender identity. On top of that, the bill would allow people to file lawsuits against those who violate the law, as well as owners of businesses where violations took place, and recover attorneys' fees. 

We're not kidding, folks, this is actual legislation that's been introduced in the nation's fourth-largest state.

Artiles reportedly filed it in response to Miami-Dade County's recent decision to ban discrimination based on gender identity in public accommodations. He told The Miami Herald his No. 1 concern is public safety, but needless to say he cares nothing about the safety of transgender people. 

“The purpose of this act is to secure privacy and safety for all individuals using single-sex public facilities,” House Bill 538 states. “Single-sex public facilities are places of increased vulnerability and present the potential for crimes against individuals using those facilities, including, but not limited to, assault, battery, molestation, rape, voyeurism, and exhibitionism.”

From The Miami Herald

“It’s not that the transgender or the gender identity community is dangerous by any means,” Artiles said, “but [the ordinance] creates a giant loophole for criminals, sexual deviants and sexual predators to walk into a shower, a woman’s locker room under the cover of law.

“A man such as myself can walk into the bathroom at LA Fitness while women are taking showers, changing, and simply walk in there. Someone can say, ‘What are you doing there?’ Under the ordinance, I don’t have to respond. It’s subjective. If I feel like a woman that day, I can be allowed to be in that locker room. I don’t know about you, but I find that disturbing.”

Artiles' bill drew swift condemnation from LGBT advocates and Democratic lawmakers, the Herald reports:

The ACLU of Florida also weighed in:

“This ‘show your papers to pee’ bill denigrates both transgender and non-transgender people alike,” said Daniel Tilley, the group’s LGBT-rights staff attorney. “In addition to dehumanizing transgender people in particular, it invites humiliation and harassment of anyone who is not considered sufficiently feminine or masculine in the eyes of the beholder. Will girls in soccer uniforms be stopped at the bathroom door and asked to produce their birth certificates?” ... 

If you really want to know how badly Artiles' hateful bill is going over, check out his post about it on Facebook. The comment thread should be required reading for lawmakers who are considering similar legislation in other states — and also perhaps for officials who want to include transgender bathroom exemptions in nondiscrimination laws. 


More Than 500 Couples Gather in Miami To Renew Vows: VIDEO

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Since same-sex marriage began in Florida on Monday, there have been many joyous celebrations had by newlyweds in the Sunshine State. However, as is often the case in states that at one time banned same-sex marriage, many gay couples in Florida had married outside the state in places where same-sex marriage was legal since they could not due so at home. Yesterday, over 500 such couples gathered in Miami to renew their vows and make it official in Florida. Miami New Times reports:

The atmosphere at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden was ecstatic as the couples -- who all had previously married in other states where gay unions were legal -- officially re-tied the knot in South Beach.

More than 500 attended the event, where Mayor Phillip Levine promised to make Miami Beach an international LGBT destination where weddings are now part of the agenda.

"In Miami Beach, when it comes to LGBT rights, there's no question," he told the Miami Herald. "It's a yes vote."

Watch the celebrations, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Archdiocese of Miami Threatens To Fire Employees For Showing Support For Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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Following the overhaul of Florida's ban on same-sex marriage, Archbishop of Miami Thomas Wenski issued a letter (below) to employees of the archdiocese warning that any conduct or behavior “inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church", in other words, in support of same-sex marriage, could result in termination. NBC News reports:

The letter, from Archbishop Thomas Wenski, told employees that "because of the Church’s particular function in society, certain conduct, inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church, could lead to disciplinary action, including termination, even if it occurs outside the normal working day and outside the strict confines of work performed by the employee for the Archdiocese.”

Wenski’s letter also warned employees that the conduct requirements also extend to the Internet. “Employees should exercise discretion when posting on social media sites, and note that online activity indicative of prohibitive behaviors may subject an employee to disciplinary action or termination," it read.

Earlier, Florida's Catholic Bishops came out against the arrival of same-sex marriage in the Sunshine State, claiming same-sex marriage “threatens both religious liberty and the freedom of individuals to conscientiously object.”

Late last year Pope Francis was thought to have been sending mixed messages about whether he and the Catholic Church would reconsider their stance on same-sex marriage. However, following media speculation, the Pope was quick to make a statement clarifying that same-sex marriage was not on the table for discussion.

Watch a news report on the letter from the Miami Archdiocese, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Out Chef Art Smith to Throw 101 Gay Weddings At Miami Beach Hotel

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With same-sex marriage now legal in Florida, out celebrity chef Art Smith has announced he will be joining forces with the James Royal Palm Hotel in Miami to throw a special wedding officiated by a mystery celebrity on Saturday, February 21st for 101 lucky gay couples, NewTimes Miami reports:

The event, coinciding with the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, where Chef Smith cohosted the Big Gay Ice Cream Social, will feature food by some of Miami's best chefs, a party with a celebrity DJ, and a special cake created by Duff Goldman, star of Food Network's Ace of Cakes. 

The first 101 couples to tweet to @ChefArtSmith using #101GayWeddings will be invited to participate in the free wedding, complete with a celebrity minister to officiate the ceremony. Although the officiant has yet to be announced, it was assured that the person will be a "really big name." 

Each couple will be able to invite two guests to share the big day. Couples do not have to be Florida residents to enter but will have pay for travel to Miami if they're from out of town. 

An afterparty, in lieu of the Big Gay Ice Cream Social, is also being planned, with proceeds benefiting local LBGT charities. More info when that's announced.

Smith married his partner back in 2010 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.


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