Tag Archives: Florida

A Familiar Fight In Florida

Florida is going through its own version of the ENDA-T battle. Legislation that would prohibit discrimination against gays and lesbians in employment, housing and public accommodations throughout Florida passed a key Senate committee on Tuesday. With the support of both Democrats and Republicans the Senate Commerce Committee approved the bill by a vote of 7 to 1. “Today’s vote is ...

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Slain AIDS Activist’s Memorial This Sunday

A memorial service for slain AIDS activist Michael “La La” Brown will be held this Sunday at 6:30PM at Bryant Park in Lake Worth, Florida. The park is also host that day to Palm Beach County’s Pridefest, for whom Brown was a recent Grand Marshall. Brown, 50, was a beloved bon vivant, a pillar of the South Florida gay community, ...

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The Bearded (First) Lady?

Florida Governor Charlie Crist is trotting around a new female, hoping to fell those pesky gay rumors as he continues to angle to be McCain’s running mate. Charlie is successful, good looking, charming, single. He lives in a mansion and drives a Mustang convertible. But “Charlie” just so happens to be Charlie Crist, 51-year-old bachelor governor of Florida. And lately ...

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FL Gay Activist Michael Brown Murdered

Beloved South Florida gay bar owner and AIDS activist Michael Brown, 50, was found murdered in his West Palm Beach home on Friday. Brown’s presumed killer, Brant Hines, 27, stayed in Brown’s home for two days after the murder before hanging himself on a bedroom door. Brown and Hines had had a turbulent off and on relationship for several years. ...

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FL Bill Would Ease Gay Adoption Ban

A change may be coming in Florida’s gay adoption law, although wingnut state Sen. Ronda Storms (left) plans to block the bill in committee. A state senator has filed legislation to ease a three-decade old ban on gays adopting children in Florida. Sen. Nan Rich (D) has filed similar bill over the past three years but none has made it ...

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Naugle Gets Booted From
Fort Lauderdale’s City Magazine

After he once again ranted about gay sex in city’s parks, this time in a column in the city’s official monthly magazine, the Fort Lauderdale City Commission has voted to delete Mayor Jim Naugle’s regular column. Instead, a group column from the entire commission will appear. City Commissioner Cindi Hutchinson brought up the column at Tuesday’s city meeting, and her ...

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Winter Party 2008 Slideshow

Father Tony has created a cute little video slideshow of our weekend at the Winter Party, in which I only look slightly hammered most of the time. Good editing. There’s some bare butts in this thing, so it’s possibly NSFW. Featured are our visits to Surfcomber’s pool party, the Aussiebum fashion show on Lincoln Road, the leather dance at Fort ...

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Winter Party 2008

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Morning View – Fort Lauderdale

Ah, Fort Lauderdale. This is the view from Father Tony’s 17th-floor pied-a-terre overlooking the ocean and the Intracoastal. I’m posting from Java Boys in Wilton Manor’s all-gay shopping center, where the neighboring tenants are Gay Mart, Tops-N-Bottoms, and half a dozen gay bars. Blogging will be light today, obviously. Later this afternoon, I’ll head down to South Beach for the ...

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Matt Foreman Speaks To JMG Readers

Via Father Tony, outgoing Task Force executive director Matt Foreman speaks a few words of encouragement from the Fort Lauderdale vigil and remembrance of murdered trans teen Simmie Williams.

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Ft Lauderdale Diner Owner Offers $5K Reward For Gay-Basher’s Identity

Butch Samp, owner of Fort Lauderdale’s Floridian Diner, has offered a $5000 reward for information leading to the capture of the person that committed a brutal gay-bashing at his restaurant earlier this week. Police are looking for a 2002 or similar year, sage green, four-door Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with a bed cover and roll bar. A police report of ...

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Fort Lauderdale Stands Up To Hate

Press release from Waymon Hudson of Florida’s Fight OUT Loud: Fight OUT Loud is very disturbed to learn of the recent string of anti-gay crimes in Broward County. First, there was the senseless murder of 17 year-old Simmie Williams Jr, which Police are investigating as a possible hate crime based on his sexual orientation or gender identity. Then, a gay ...

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“Are You Looking At Me, Faggot?”

More ugly Florida news today. A gay man was brutally beaten at the Floridian, a popular diner on Fort Lauderdale’s gorgeous Las Olas Boulevard, after his partner said “good morning” to another patron. Police are searching for a man driven by hate, who beat a gay man and threatened him and his partner, after they finished a meal at an ...

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Florida Considers Rebel Plates

Via Think Progress: Florida state Rep. Donald Brown (R) introduced a bill last week to create a “Confederate Heritage” license plate for the state. Saying “it would give motorists a way to show pride in their heritage,” Brown proposes a $25 charge for motorists to purchase a plate with “a shield displaying the rebel battle flag symbol surrounded by several ...

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Another Trans Teen Killed

From Fort Lauderdale: The shooting death of a gay teenage boy who was dressed in women’s clothing is being investigated as a possible hate crime, while detectives try to determine whether he was targeted because of his sexual orientation. Simmie Williams Jr., 17, was attacked on the 1000 block of Sistrunk Boulevard by two young men who wore dark clothing ...

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Fidel Castro Resigns

Fidel Castro, 81, announced his retirement in Cuba’s Granma newspaper today. The world’s longest-serving president, Castro has been ruling Cuba for almost 49 years. Reaction in Miami was surprisingly muted: A few people waved flags or honked their cars’ horns, but little jubilation seemed evident as regular customers trickled into the Versailles and other restaurants and open-air coffee stands along ...

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Broward County Protects T-Folk

Yay for my hometown some place I lived for a number of years: Broward County Florida voted to pass transgender protections yesterday. It is now illegal to discriminate against transgender people in housing, the workplace, and in public accommodations like hotels and restaurants. The protections voted in by country commissioners are an expansion of Broward’s 1995 human rights ordinance, which ...

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Gay Couples Advance In NY, Oregon
Florida Haters Make Ballot

A state appellate court has ruled that all public and private employers in New York must now recognize same-sex couples legally married elsewhere. A New York appellate court ruled Friday that valid out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples must be legally recognized in New York, just as the law recognizes those of heterosexual couples solemnized elsewhere. Lawyers for both sides said ...

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ACLU Sues School Over Free Speech

On behalf of a 16 year-old named Heather Gillman, the ACLU is suing a Florida high school for suppression of free speech. This comes after school officials ruled that any declaration of support for gay rights, such as a rainbow sticker on a notebook or saying “I support gay people” were signs that the students belonged to a “secret/illegal organization.” ...

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Winter Party: Circuit Survivor

The ad for the Winter Party that appears on this and many other blogs this month has been nagging me to mention that despite the recent spate of stories about the dwindling of gay nightlife, the Winter Party Festival continues to thrive. This March will see the 15th annual Winter Party, an event I’ve attended more times than any other ...

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