Gays leave unfriendly South Beach for Fort Lauderdale
Miami New Times
By Natalie O'Neill
The makeup artist does not look happy. A bloody gash on his forehead is fastened with black stitches, scrapes cover his cheeks, and his eyes - once lined with mascara - are badly swollen. Tony Lopez hides behind a pair of sunglasses and explains why he looks so rough: 'I got jumped for being gay.'
Three days earlier, everything had been fine. Lopez, a 29-year-old employee of MAC Cosmetics, was celebrating the White Party - the world's largest fundraiser for AIDS - in South Beach. He dressed up, watched a drag show with two friends, and ordered a vodka cranberry cocktail at Twist nightclub.
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