Tag Archives: Florida

Crist On A Cross

Florida Gov. Charlie “Closet Case” Crist says he will approve a new state license plate with an image of Jesus and a cross, despite complaints from the ACLU that the plate violates the separation of church and state. Crist: “If people don’t want one they don’t have to buy one. What does it say, in ‘God we Trust’ on every ...

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Fort Lauderdale Opens Nation’s Largest LGBT Circulating Library

Today the Stonewall Library and Archives had its official opening in Fort Lauderdale. Via press release: Stonewall Library & Archives (SLA), the largest independent circulating library of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) materials in the US, officially opened its new facility in downtown Fort Lauderdale today with a cadre of city and county elected officials and dignitaries on hand. ...

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Tomorrow: Florida Supreme Court Hears Gay Adoption Case

Tomorrow the Florida Supreme Court will hear the case regarding the Florida Bar, which recently supported a repeal of the ban on gay couples adopting. Wingnuts lawyers contend that the Bar cannot do that and still claim to represent Christian lawyers. Via the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council: In January, the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar voted ...

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Divine’s Mother, Frances Milstead, 88

Frances Milstead, the mother of drag legend Divine, died two weeks ago in Fort Lauderdale at the age of 88. Although she was estranged from her son at the beginning of his drag fame, upon learning of his new career Frances became Divine’s biggest fan – attending his movie premieres and penning the 2001 memoir My Son Divine. Up until ...

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Drag Activism At FL High School

Openly gay Ocala, Florida high school student Justin Reynolds was well-received by his fellow students last week when he appeared for classes in (very casual) drag as way to highlight gender identity discrimination. But the school sent him home anyway. Inside the halls of any typical American public high school, the outfit would hardly be construed as outlandish: a V-neck ...

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Gainesville Does The Right Thing

Yesterday the voters of Gainesville, Florida refused to repeal that city’s LGBT discrimination protections. From Equality Florida: Equality Florida joins with local leaders in Gainesville and fair-minded people across the state and nation in celebrating today’s decisive victory over discrimination and fear embodied in Gainesville Charter Amendment 1. Voters rejected the amendment by a vote of 58% to 42%. If ...

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Gainesville FL Votes Today On Repealing LGBT Discrimination Protection

Today the city of Gainesville, FL will vote on repealing their LGBT discrimination protections. A charter amendment that would strip this university city’s anti-discrimination protections extended to gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender residents is before voters Tuesday. The fight began after the city commission last year revised Gainesville’s anti-discrimination ordinance to protect transgender people – those who are born one ...

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Trillions And Still Speding

About 6000 anti-Obama protesters rallied in my hometown of Orlando on Saturday for one of them “revolutionary tea parties.” Photo gallery here. I love how the woman above is so proud of her misspelled sign. In the clip below, some bozo reads a declaration that comes perilously close to calling for the overthrow of the government. (He basically reads the ...

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Florida To Outlaw Bestiality

This NBC story is filed on Free Republic under “Homosexual Agenda”: It looks like man and dog are going to legally remain best friends if the state of Florida has its say. The State’s Senate agriculture committee, in a long overdue measure, has voted unanimously to charge anyone who has sex with animals with a third-degree felony. Amazingly, Florida is ...

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Discovery’s Night Launch

Watching last night’s launch of the space shuttle Discovery, I was struck with how improved the photography of these launches is – the shots of the booster rockets separating are startlingly clear. But I was also reminded of how my family used to drive from Orlando to the beach to watch the later Apollo launches. Sitting on the roof of ...

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Crist Steps To The Left, Eyes Senate Run

Florida Gov. Charlie “Closet Case” Crist has just pissed off the fundie world by appointing black civil rights activist James Perry to the state Supreme Court. In a move that angered some conservatives but could please minority supporters, Gov. Charlie Crist has named Circuit Judge James Perry of Sanford to the Florida Supreme Court. Conservative interest groups including the National ...

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FL Gets Bill To Overturn Adoption Ban

As Florida awaits an appeals court ruling that may legalize gay adoption, state Sen. Nan Rich (D-Weston) is doing an end run around the court. Rich, who is co-chair of the Senate Children & Families Committee, has filed a bill to repeal the 1977 Florida law that prohibits gay men and lesbians from adopting children. A second bill would specify ...

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FL: Gainesville To Vote On LGBT Rights Repeal

Gainesville, the bustling Central Florida town that is home to the massive University Of Florida campus, will next month vote on a repeal of that city’s LGBT rights ordinances. Christianist activists there have placed an amendment on the ballot that will make it legal to fire, not hire, and deny housing to LGBT people. Charter Amendment One, if approved, would ...

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“I Am A Homosexual” – Check Yes Or No

Over at Daily Kos, a straight woman is flabbergasted by the adoption form sent to her by the state of Florida. As I am a straight, married woman, and my husband is a straight, married man, it never occurred to either of us that–after the volumes of paperwork we had to complete as a couple, the copies of marriage certificates ...

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Openly Gay Mayor Of North Miami To Run For U.S. Senate In 2010

Kevin Burns, the openly gay mayor of North Miami, is set to announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2010. North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns will become the third Florida Democrat to join the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Mel Martinez, according to local television stations. Burns, North Miami’s first openly gay mayor, is ...

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Another Gay-Straight Club Suit In Florida

Two high school students in Jacksonville, Florida are being backed by the ACLU in their lawsuit to establish a gay-straight club. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed the suit Tuesday in federal court on behalf of Yulee High School students Hannah Page, a freshman, and Jacob Brock, a junior. The lawsuit claims violations of the First Amendment and ...

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Quote Of The Day

Speaking to a Florida audience yesterday, Barack Obama compared the state of the economy to a burning house and said this about Florida Gov. Charlie “Closet Case” Crist: “Everybody needs to grab a hose and that is what Charlie Crist is doing here today.” Crist responded by demonstrating his preferred hose size.

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Anti-Gay Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle Replaced By Gay-Friendly Jack Seiler

The long and horrible 18-year reign of Fort Lauderdale’s virulently anti-gay Mayor Jim “Robo-Potty” Naugle ended yesterday when he was term-limited out of office. Replacing Naugle will be former Florida state Rep. Jack Seiler (D), 46, (left) who easily beat two openly gay candidates, businessman Earl Rynerson and lawyer Dean Trantalis. Seilor was opposed by the gay political group Dolphin ...

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Ashes, Part 2

Continued from last week’s reposting of Ashes, Part 1. When Gary died, we scattered his ashes into the Gulf Of Mexico off Pass-A-Grill beach. That was the gay section of the beach in St. Petersburg and Gary had stipulated that we release his ashes in that place where he’d spent so many languorous afternoons with his best friends. Then we ...

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AFA Goes After Sordid Lives

Via WickedGayBlog we learn that the Florida chapter of the American Family Association is calling for an advertiser boycott of one of my favorite shows, LOGO’s Sordid Lives. From a Christian newswire press release: A pro-family activist says LOGO, an advertiser-supported homosexual cable channel owned by MTV, is taking another shot at Christians. David Caton of Florida Family Association is ...

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