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11 Places to Find Nightlife in Miami Right Now: Gay Travel

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WE LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE

As far as gay clubs on South Beach go, there are two classics left in the game — Twist and Score.

Twist, which has been around since 1993, is the longest-running gay club in South Beach and is a habitrail of rooms, stairways, various dance floors, seven different bars, and a stripper lounge. Generally packed late night in season.

Score moved from its old location on Lincoln Road to a location on Washington Ave. and has been around for more than 15 years. It has got a huge dance floor. If you knew Snatch, Lux, or Shock over the years, that is where Score is today. Score's upstairs dance floor is the old Liquid.

HouseAlso recommended are House (midtown Miami), which is generally straight but gay/alternative on Saturday nights (reader tip: it'll help getting in if you buy a bottle - or know someone with a 'key'!). (image instagram)

Other alternatives suggested by readers are Club Azucar at 2301 SW 32nd Ave in Miami proper. Longtime club promoter Edison Farrow throws events and shows at The Cabaret South Beach. Check his page here.

For the ladies, check out iCandee events.

For people looking for a more mixed crowd, try the large assortment of bars in Wynwood such as Gramps and Wood Tavern. Lagniappe and the Broken Shaker (South Beach at the Freehand) are also recommended by one reader, who says: "They aren't oriented completely toward gay people. However, I have been hit on by guys at both."

Finally, for those of you who are interested in a middle of nowhere nude stripper bar in an industrial warehouse area, you might check out Floppy Rooster.

Mainstream straight/mixed clubs worth checking out on South Beach include LIV Miami at the Fontainebleau Hotel, Basement Miami at The Edition which is Studio 54-inspired. and The Rec Room, downstairs at the Gale South Beach Hotel.

Finally, for those of you who seek a traditional piano bar vibe, head to Magnum Lounge on NE 79th Street off Biscayne Boulevard.

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5 Day Trips To Do in Miami Right Now: Gay Travel

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VISIT A CORAL FANTASYLAND OF ONE MAN'S MAKING

The Coral Castle in Homestead, Florida (which took the brunt of Hurricane Andrew way back), is the 28-year creation of a single man, Ed Leedskalnin, who carved this fantasy world himself. It's now a museum.

 

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BATHE IN A CRYSTAL SPRING UNDER WATERFALLS

Have a swim at the Venetian Pool, a unique aquatic facility created in 1923 from a coral rock quarry. It's 820,000 gallons, fed by an underground aquifer with waterfalls and grottos. The pool was closed all through February for renovations but reopens on March 10, 2015.

 

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SEE HOW A CLOSETED MULTIMILLIONAIRE ART COLLECTOR LIVED

A gorgeous villa just south of downtown Miami, Vizcaya has played host to Miami's legendary White Party for many, many years and continues to operate as a venue for elegant balls and benefits. But you can visit during the day and check out its beautiful garden and grounds, situated right on the water.

James Deering, a closeted socialite, antiques collector, philanthropist, and executive at the International Harvester company, built Vizcaya between 1914 and 1922 with his "companion" Paul Chalfin.

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CHECK OUT A PICTURESQUE 'VILLAGE' ON STILTS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEA

Stiltsville is a collection of seven houses that sit atop pilings in mud flats in the middle of the shallow water in Biscayne National Park. Stiltsville is on Biscayne Bay one mile south of Cape Florida at the tip of Key Biscayne. There are several boat tour companies that will take you out to see them.

If you're lucky, you'll run into this adventurer out there too:

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SPOT A GATOR IN THE EVERGLADES

Visiting The Everglades is one of the best activities for wildlife lovers in South Florida. Many readers recommend a day trip. There are Everglades airboat rides if your conscience can stomach the idea that they disrupt the environment, but there are also hiking trails and more tranquil boat exploration. You're likely to see alligators, snakes, fish, and beautiful birds plus possibly a manatee or Florida panther, and obscenely beautiful landscapes and skyscapes.

A reader writes: "It's about an hour south of Miami. Lots of hiking and biking trails. The scenery is not like the Grand Canyon or Yosemite; it's best appreciated on a small scale, up close. The endless sea of sawgrass gets a bit boring, but hike into the hammocks and pinelands to see some beautiful wildlife."

Another writes: "Tamiami Trail into the Everglades. There are pullover lookouts for alligators and other wildlife. You can also take airboat rides which are unlike anything else. In season (November to April) you can end in Everglades City where the boats come in with Florida's specialty, stone crabs. Several restaurants right on the docks feature specials."

 

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GET FRUITY

This is a place that our readers won't shut up about. Robert Is Here is south Florida's most famous fruit stand, open 7 days a week from 8 am until 7 pm. It has amazing shakes.

Writes one reader: "Robert is here! fruit stand down close to the Glades is an institution. Go on an airboat ride and stop on the way back for awesome fruit - gotta try the green monster fruit. It tastes like pineapple and banana together- amazeballs. Their milkshakes are also legendary."

Another adds: "Not a meal and a bit of a schlep, but if you have a car Robert is Here is a Fruit Stand that has the best shake you'll ever have. Located toward the Everglades about an hour south of Miami.  Foodies will love it and will definitely be taking home some of their homemade jams, jellies, BBQ sauces, locally sourced honey, etc."

Directions here.

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

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NEED TO GET A PUMP?

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."

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