Archive for May 31st, 2011

Transgender teen crowned prom queen

Transgender teen Andrew Viveros, 17, a graduating senior at McFatter Technical High School in Davie, was crowned prom queen on Friday at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale.
reports the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.


Viveros said some students campaigned against him but others praised him for his courage.

“It’s a big stepping stone,” Viveros told the Sun-Sentinel. “People can see it’s finally OK to be who you are and do what you want no matter how different you are.”

Juan Macias, an openly gay teen and graduating senior at McFatter, was crowned prom king.

Getthe DUHtails at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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Residents Say They Wish They Didn’t Have To Deal With Event

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — As police continue to investigatetwo officer-involved shootings in Miami Beach, city officials are pondering what to do about the annual Urban Beach Weekend.


The crowds this weekend were the biggest at the Miami Beach event in eight years, but some residents said they wished the party was over for good.

All morning long, there was crime scene tape around parts of Miami Beach after a man was killed and four pedestrians and three officers were injured in a shooting on Collins Avenue between 13th and 16th streets. No injuries were reported in a second officer-involved shooting.


Trash could be seen everywhere on the streets, and some residents said they were fed up.


Representatives of the Clevelander restaurant said that like other Miami Beach businesses, it makes lots of money during the weekend, but it still might not be worth it.


“It’s time to look at it from that point of view and think, ‘What’s best moving forward for all the businesses and the community?'” said Mike Palma, of The Clevelander.


City officials said they look at the event every year.


“Every year, we reconsider the weekend and take a look at how we can make it a better and safer weekend,” said Miami Beach City Manager Jorge Gonzalez.


Officials said it is one of the city’s biggest moneymakers.


Gonzalez called it “a very popular weekend and a very, very high-occupancy weekend for Miami Beach.”


“For people who live here, it’s kind of miserable,” said a resident.


The mayor and the city manager were meeting Monday night to discuss next year’s event.


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