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Events | 02/11/21

Zen and the Art of LGBTQA+ Culture

Story by: The Betsy - South Beach
Barry Hoy and Teraj Allen

Zen and the Art of LGBT Travel

February 22, 2021

Barry Hoy and and Teraj Allen discuss traveling as a gay interracial couple with reflections on challenges faced by the community and recommendations on what the tourism industry can do to be more welcoming. - hosted by Miami Beach Travel Legend, George Neary. 

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Zen and the Art of Native Son

March 15, 2021

Join us for an inspirational conversation with LGBTQ advocates Emil Wibelkin and Teraj Allen. For galvanizing black gay professionals to become advocates for their careers and one another, Emil Wilbekin is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019. He is a media executive (Essence Editor at Large) who has recently created a powerful network for Black gay professionals: To raise awareness around the fact that black gay and bisexual men account for a quarter of new HIV diagnoses in the U.S., and to inspire, empower, celebrate and harness their collective - and too long compromised - power in all sectors of life. Among a younger generation of emerging Black gay men that Native Son has inspired is Teraj Allen, born and raised under difficult circumstances in Liberty City (Miami), a graduate of the Miami Dade County Public Schools and Cornell University - and now an emerging NY-based performer, model, writer, and LGBTQ media advocate.

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Zen and the Art of Tortillera

April 19, 2021

Join us for a book release and poetry reading with Poet Caridad Moro-Gronlier 'and friends' to celebrate the release of her debut collection Tortillera (TRP, 2021). Tortillera is filled with candid, colorful, unflinching poems - about the queer experience of coming out while Cuban. Also reading in the event are poets affiliated with Pintura: Palabra, a multi-year initiative sponsored by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, designed to promote new writing by Latino writers. Mia Leonin, Elisa Albo, Emma Trelles, Silvia Curbelo, Rita Maria Martinez, Alexandra Regalado. Francisco Aragon will also host the event as a representative of Letra Latinas/Notre Dame University.   

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Florida Grand Opera's Michael Miller

Zen and the Art of Coming Out In Song

May 17, 2021

FGO operatic tenor Michael Miller has curated a musical event that he describes as 'A man’s accepting of himself through musical theater and song'. This one hour event Includes works by Meredith Wilson, Leonard Bernstein, Evan Mack, George Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim, and more. Hailed by the New York Times as "spellbinding", tenor Michael Miller is a young and exciting talent in classical music who has sung regionally with young artist programs such as The Glimmerglass Festival and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Michael joined Florida Grand Opera as a Studio Artist in their 2017-18 season.

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