Tag Archives: Florida

HomoQuotable – Charles Perez

“I’ve decided to move out of the Sunshine State. It’s a bit more chilly here than I had expected. Some may say good riddance, but I’m no longer willing to live in a place where I can’t get married, can’t adopt children and where there are no state laws to protect me from being fired because I’m gay. And so ...

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File Under: Truths We Find Self-Evident

A study conducted by the University of Florida finds that education level is five times more predictive of support for marriage equality than race. But you knew that, didn’t you my gentle kittens? The education level of Florida voters, not race, best predicted support for the state’s gay marriage ban, according to a new University of Florida study rebutting conventional ...

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FL Gov. Charlie Crist Taps Former Chief Of Staff For Vacant U.S. Senate Seat

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has named George LeMieux, his former chief of staff, to fill the vacant seat left by the abruptly resigning GOP Sen. Mel Martinez. The new senator said it is his love of Florida and his sons’ future “that make me relish this honor and relish the work ahead.” Calling LeMieux a dedicated public servant and “a ...

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FL Adoption Ban Goes To Appeals Court

The Florida Third District Court of Appeals heard arguments today from the ACLU that urged the Court to uphold a lower court’s ruling that a ban on adoption by gay parents was unconstitutional. The attorney representing the state blathered the usual nonsense. Timothy Osterhaus, the deputy solicitor general representing the state Department of Children & Families, urged the judges to ...

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Charlie Christ: I Asked God To Protect FL From Hurricanes. Result? No Hurricanes

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is taking credit for his state’s recent lack of hurricanes. Because he slipped God a note about it. Crist noted that just before his election in 2006, Florida had been affected by a total of eight hurricanes in 2004 and 2005. “Do you know the last time it was we had a hurricane in Florida? It’s ...

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Fired News Anchor Charles Perez Files Restraining Order Against Ex

Recently fired Miami ABC News anchor Charles Perez has been granted a restraining order against his ex-boyfriend, saying Dennis Pena had physically threatened and sexually assaulted him. Miami-Dade County Judge Rosa Figarola ordered Dennis Ricardo Peña to stay at least 500 feet away from Perez for the next 24 months. Peña, an unemployed paralegal, has 30 days to appeal and ...

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HomoQuotable – Charles Perez

“I’ll probably never work in the news business again. Honestly, who’s going to hire a newsman, as good as he may be, who litigates against his employer? It’s not exactly a career builder. The good news, as my dentist told me August 6, the day I was fired, is: ‘They can only take your job. They can’t take your talent.’ ...

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Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) To Resign, Will Charlie Crist Appoint Himself To Replace?

Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) had already said that he would not run for re-election in 2010, clearing the way for Gov. Charlie “Closet Case” Crist to run for his seat. But today Martinez told his staffers that he is resigning and will not return to Washington after the August recess. That clears the way for Crist to appoint himself to ...

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Gay FL Cop Charged With Sex Crimes

UPDATE: Father Tony points out that despite the wording of the below Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel story, Bleiweiss’ arrest report (PDF) makes it very clear that he was the one performing the oral sex, not his victims. The arrest report reads like a very, very bad porn script and may be NSFW. Openly gay Broward County sheriff’s deputy Jonathan Bleiwiess, 29, ...

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Miami ABC Anchor Charles Perez: I Was Demoted For Acting Too Gay

Miami news anchor Charles Perez has filed a sexual orientation discrimination complaint against his ABC employers, claiming he was demoted for acting “too gay.” A personal email forwarded to Perez’ bosses by his former boyfriend may have started it all. Perez, 46, claims station bosses demoted him to weekend anchor/reporter “because of their discomfort over the increasingly high profile of ...

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Lesbian Couple Celebrates 70th Year

Caroline Leto and Venera Magazzu of Dania Beach, FL, met at a party in 1939. They’re still together. Yes, couples in their 90s still argue occasionally. This is how it went recently for Caroline Leto and Venera Magazzu as they sipped lemonade on their couch in Dania Beach: “We’re not going to have a party,” said Magazzu, 97, insisting they ...

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Charlie Crist Softens

The Tallahassee Democrat reports that FL Gov. Charlie Crist is “softening.” But this time it’s not because his beard is getting amorous. Launching a whirlwind tour to promote “Explore Adoption Day,” Gov. Charlie Crist appeared to soften his stance this morning against allowing gays to do just that. Civil rights advocates blasted Crist earlier in the week for encouraging adoption ...

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Abstinence Fail: Drinking Bleach Kills HIV

Horrified by bizarre myths about HIV and pregnancy that are apparently believed by some Florida teenagers, lawmakers are moving to ditch their “abstinence only” program and overhaul sex education in the state’s public schools. Florida teens who believe drinking a cap of bleach will prevent HIV and a shot of Mountain Dew will stop pregnancy have prompted lawmakers to push ...

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Jesus, Tear Down This Sign

Christianists in Fort Lauderdale are so angry about a billboard promoting atheism that they are calling on the city and/or Jebus to tear it down. After seeing the billboard, Team of Life community activist Essie “Big Mama” Reed brought her students out to protest it Wednesday afternoon. “Nothing else matters, but that sign needs to come down. In the name ...

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Family Values Champion Brian Blair Arrested For Beating His Family

Yesterday, Father’s Day, former pro wrestler and current Florida politician Brian Blair, who campaigned against the Day Of Silence, silenced his two children by beating and choking them. Blair, 52, was arrested shortly after 5 a.m. after an altercation at his family’s home in the Forest Hills area of Tampa, sheriff’s Deputy Larry McKinnon said. Blair and his wife, Toni, ...

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Miami To Vote On Domestic Partners

The city of Miami will vote today on extending domestic partner health benefits to its employees. If you are reading this post early enough, LGBT rights group SAVE Dade requests your show of support at Miami City Hall – Commission Chambers, 3500 Pan American Dr., Coconut Grove, at 9:30 a.m. The time of the actual vote is unknown, so do ...

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Florida: Broom Handle Teen Rapists Charged As Adults

The four Florida middle school students arrested last month for raping a fellow student with a broom handle were charged as adults today in a Tampa court. At a bond and arraignment hearing, the defendants appeared before Hillsborough County Judge Wayne Timmerman to hear the counts against them read in court. Prosecutor Kimberly Hindman described to the court how two ...

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FL: Kept From A Dying Partner’s Bedside

A familiar story from Florida: When a loved one is in the hospital, you naturally want to be at the bedside. But what if the staff won’t allow it? hat’s what Janice Langbehn, a social worker in Lacey, Wash., says she experienced when her partner of 18 years, Lisa Pond, collapsed with an aneurysm during a Florida vacation and was ...

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Less Gay Days: One Mighty Weekend Booted From Disney World

One of the nation’s most popular and longest-running series of circuit party events, One Mighty Weekend, will not take place on Disney World property during Gay Days this year in a financial dispute between events producer Johnny Chisolm and the theme park giant. But the details of the dispute are, uh, disputed by two warring circuit party websites. Via South ...

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Father Cutie Gets Busy

Famous Miami TV star/priest Father Alberto Cutie (sadly, it’s pronounced “koo-tee-yay”) was busted frolicking on the beach with a woman last week. Now he’s become the poster boy for ending celibacy requirements for Catholic clergy after being suspended by his diocese. He says he’s fallen in love with the woman and is “in the process of thinking about the future.”

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