is a new GLBT benefit weekend featuring over 12 events
during Presidentís Day Weekend (February 17 -21, 2011).
Fortitude includes a film festival, comedy night, live
concert, Womenís and Menís pool parties, sunset
cocktails, brunch, and nightclub/bar events. Taylor
Dayne is one of the premiere performers at FORTROCKS, an incredible One-Night
Only concert also featuring Deborah Cox, Martha
Wash, Ari Gold, Halcyon, Brian Kent
and surprise guest performances at War Memorial
Auditorium located at 800 NE 8th St in Fort Lauderdale.
FORTROCKS is Sunday, February 20 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Taylor Dayne talked to Mark's List about the upcoming
What does it mean to you to be a
part of Fortitude Weekend?
Iím honored to be a part of such a
great event. Nick and Cindy approached me about
performing and I didnít hesitate to say yes and come out
to support. Everything that Fortitude stands for
is empowering, we all deserve to be treated equally, and
this weekend will bring awareness to rights that people
are still fighting for.
What is the most important thing to you about
participating in an event like this and what kind of message
do you want to send?
I have a few friends that are living
with HIV so the disease hits home. I
think itís important to raise awareness, and this event
will help do that. I think the message people need
to hear is that itís great to raise awareness, but we
also have to take action and thatís what Fortitude is
are you hoping the audience takes away from your
performance and the event as a whole?
I want people to leave inspired and
motivated. I want to inspire them to take action
and create change and of course I want them to have a
Do you think events like this spread a more positive
message about HIV/AIDS to the general public? How do you
think the public's image about HIV/AIDS has changed over
the last few decades?
I think it all goes back to what I
touched on earlier. Weíre more aware of people
living with HIV and how they lead normal lives and are
still just like all of us, and because weíre talking
about it now thereís not so much of a stigma to it. We
have much more information today than we did a few
decades ago, even a few years ago. We have a much
better understanding of it.
Will you be a part of future Fortitude Events?