By Steven O. Evans, Phd
We celebrated. After a long and trying time of lockdown, we were able to hit the streets again in celebration with events like the Stonewall Pride Parade & Street Festival in Wilton Manors; GFLGLCC mixers; the CommuniTea Dance at the Arsht Center; live shows at Island City Stage and the South Florida Symphony Orchestra; drinks and entertainment at our favorite clubs like The Pub, Georgie’s Alibi and Monkey Bar, Mona’s, Matty’s, Bourbon Street Pub Key West, Le Boy, and the Eagle; and even just to grab a bite to eat at Rosie’s.
But our Stonewall Pride Festival was met with a tragedy that day, the death and injury of members of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus (FTLGMC). I had the honor and privilege of being on the board of the chorus for two years and have been friends for some time with Dr. Gary Keating, their founder and current director.
They are a phenomenal group and Gary is one of the most genuine people you will ever meet. My heart goes out to him, the chorus members, their partners, and friends during this difficult time. If you have not done so, please reach out to them and let them know of your support.
It reminds me to not take a day or those around me for granted. So, take pride in what you do. It is with this that I dedicate our July 2021 issue to the FTLGMC. May happiness be abounding.¹
Steven O. Evans, PhD
Editor in Chief