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We meet every Wednesday night from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the Art Serve auditorium, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, FL 33304.

The first hour is dedicated to a specific pre-determined topic. Check out our list of past topics on this website. Around 8 o’clock, we take a 15 minute break for refreshments; cake, soda and water. The second half, we’ll discuss items of interest that affect our community such as Medical Updates, News Events, or up coming social events.

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12-07 Film Discussion Series ‘Philadelphia’ With Andy Ruffner

12-14 Holiday Traditions; Past, Present and Future

12-21 Dirty Santa Party (Bring a wrapped gift of < $25 to Group to exchange)

12-28 Burning Bowl Ceremony

The topic this Wednesday November 30, 2022 is the documentary ‘Gay Panic.’

In the documentary television series This is Life, Lisa Ling uncovers a Cold War campaign to purge LGBTQ+ Individuals from the government and meets those who are still grappling with it’s legacy. This episode in the This is Life series is titled Gay Panic. Ms Ling does an excellent job with her deep dive into this moment in history where once again the LGBTQ+ community was demonized and discriminated against.

Please consider joining us for this compelling and introspective think piece video. A brief discussion will follow the viewing of the film. Hope to see you there!

The topic this Wednesday November 30, 2022 is the documentary ‘Gay Panic.’

In the documentary television series This is Life, Lisa Ling uncovers a Cold War campaign to purge LGBTQ+ Individuals from the government and meets those who are still grappling with it’s legacy. This episode in the This is Life series is titled Gay Panic. Ms Ling does an excellent job with her deep dive into this moment in history where once again the LGBTQ+ community was demonized and discriminated against.

Please consider joining us for this compelling and introspective think piece video. A brief discussion will follow the viewing of the film. Hope to see you there!

No Group 11-23-22

There will NOT be a group meeting on Wednesday November 23, 2022. Our next group meeting will be Wednesday November 30, 2022

We’re having our Thanksgiving Potluck on Wednesday November 16, 2022, a week early because I’m unavailable on the 23rd. I’m bringing the turkey and an Ice Cream Cake. Joe M. is bringing multiple desserts so we’re good in the dessert department. What is needed is side dishes and appetizers. Come join us for a fun evening.

Thomas Sheaffer (1939-2022)

It is with great sadness that I share the news that my father, Thomas Sheaffer, passed away on Friday, November 11. He was 83.

Tom was born in Philadelphia and attended Cornell University where he studied architecture. He moved to Boston and received his master’s degree in Urban Studies from Boston University. He worked as an architect for 37 years, and was notably the project architect of the Whitehead Institute, a major center for genome research.

He adored classic cars and was a long-time member of the Yankee chapter of the Lambda Car Club. He bought his first classic car, a 1955 Windsor Convertible in 1998 and loved to take it to car shows. Or just drive around in it, garnering admiring looks and comments!

He played the piano and loved classical music. He was a big supporter of the South Florida Symphony. On occasion he hosted visiting pianists from the symphony in his home and delighted in hearing them play his Steinway grand piano.

He moved to Fort Lauderdale in 2008 and was thrilled to never live through another New England winter! I loved to call him during a snowstorm so he could gloat about the warm and sunny Florida weather. He found a wonderful community of friends through the Pride Center, the POZ group and through his work with the World Aids Museum, of which he was the founding secretary.

He is survived by myself, his son Eben Sheaffer, his granddaughter, and his former wife Karen Sheaffer. We will be holding his funeral in Pennsylvania, where he wished to be buried.

I am very grateful to Steve and the POZ group for all of the friendship and support through the years. It meant so much to my Dad. We are planning to have a celebration of his life here in Fort Lauderdale. I hope that those of you who were friends of my Dad will be able to come and share some good memories with us. I’ll let Steve know our plans when we have them.

My Dad was a smart, generous, talented, kind and thoughtful guy. And a wonderful dad. I will miss him dearly.

Inga Sheaffer

We’re having our Thanksgiving Potluck on Wednesday November 16, 2022, a week early because I’m unavailable on the 23rd. I’m bringing the turkey and an Ice Cream Cake. Joe M. is bringing multiple desserts so we’re good in the dessert department. What is needed is side dishes and appetizers. Come join us for a fun evening.

The topic this Wednesday November 9, 2022 is HIV Gratitude. Somehow it seems counter-intuitive to feel grateful for having a chronic illness.  After all it can change your life in so many not-so-good ways. That is how I looked at chronic illness before I was diagnosed and for several years after.  There was very little good I could find about it.  But then something gradually changed and it wasn’t my health.  It was my attitude.  I started feeling grateful.

The topic this Wednesday November 9, 2022 is HIV Gratitude. Somehow it seems counter-intuitive to feel grateful for having a chronic illness.  After all it can change your life in so many not-so-good ways. That is how I looked at chronic illness before I was diagnosed and for several years after.  There was very little good I could find about it.  But then something gradually changed and it wasn’t my health.  It was my attitude.  I started feeling grateful.