If you are looking for something to do this weekend in Miami Beach that involves a crowd of attractive and intelligent Hispanic and African-American gay men (and a few women) you ought to participate in the events of the annual Miami Beach Bruthaz. There will be talks, discussions about sexuality, movie screenings, a men's fashion show, parties and more parties. Here's the schedule.
From their website: "Miami Beach Bruthaz was founded in July 2006 as an annual summer lifestyle event for same gender loving men and women from across the country. Through a series of social, knowledge-filled and personalized activities, this event promotes unity, camaraderie and a sense of belonging among its attendees...From fantastic parties to engaging workshops, this event creates opportunities for networking and socializing."
For Bilerico-Florida, I was invited to attend the opening reception yesterday and I'll be sampling some of the weekend events. (Such are the responsibilities of this blog. Forced to go to Miami Beach on a sultry night and socialize with a crowd of handsome hot men at a chic beachfront hotel.)
Photos and more after the jump.
I spoke with event organizer Ian Smith who started this growing event informally several years ago with fifteen friends. What had been purely social now includes sponsorship and discussions about relationships, safe sex and Hispanic/African American HIV issues.
Demetrius, Matteo and Lamont manned the welcome desk. (Hot. Hot. & Hot.)
My sit-down with Rev. Tommie Watkins was altogether too brief. Rev. Watkins has had a fascinating gay life involving time in the navy and his current work as a community activist, author and religious leader in Miami Beach.
George Coronado is with GiveMeABeatProductions, one of the event's sponsors.
Here are DannyX (of the House of Xtravaganza and "Tuesday night" promoter at NYC's Splash Bar) with DJ AngelX, the DJ for all the events of the weekend.
Angel, whose career as a DJ began at the tender age of 16 at Stonewall, spent the evening pondering hiphop vs salsa vs house vs mixing it up and shaking things up as the correct approach to spinning in Miami Beach. I don't think I understood a word he said about music except for something about Junior Vasquez having an old purse, and every time I looked into his eyes, I lost my train of thought.