Tag Archives: Tampa

FLORIDA: Woman Sues Tampa Restaurant For $1.5M Over Alleged Injuries From Drag Performer’s Breasts

NBC News Tampa reports: A woman who visited Hamburger Mary’s in Tampa is suing the establishment for $1.5 million after, she said, she was injured by a drag queen’s breasts. According to the complaint, Neldin Molina said she was with other guests and family members at the restaurant for dinner in May of 2015 to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Amanda ...

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Liberty Counsel Sues Over Tampa’s Ex-Gay Torture Ban

The Liberty Counsel has failed multiple times to overturn statewide ex-gay torture bans in California and New Jersey and were even smacked down TWICE by the US Supreme Court. But they’re trying yet again, this time in Tampa. Via press release: Liberty Counsel filed suit in federal court against the City of Tampa for its adoption of Ordinance 2017-47, which ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Hurricane Irma Open Thread

Overnight open thread for Irma watchers. Here’s the latest: Hurricane Irma churned toward Florida on Saturday, leaving a trail of death and destruction across the Caribbean and prompting one of the largest emergency evacuations in American history. The National Hurricane Center said on Saturday evening the eye of Irma was beginning to slowly move away from the coast of Cuba ...

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TAMPA: Pro Baseball Pays Tribute To Orlando Victims With Player Messages & Rainbow Flag [VIDEO]

From the Washington Post: The Tampa Bay Rays wore “Orlando” patches and Orlando Rays hats to honor the Orlando shooting victims Friday night. (Chris O’Meara/Associated Press) The Tampa Bay Rays and San Francisco Giants honored the victims of last weekend’s shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub during pride night Friday at Tropicana Field. The Rays sported hats of the Orlando Rays, ...

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FLORIDA: 2 Dead, 57 Hospitalized After EDM Festival

TampaBay.com reports: Two people died after attending the Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium over the Memorial Day weekend, according to Tampa police. A 22-year-old man was hospitalized Saturday and died Sunday, Tampa police spokesman Steve Hegarty said, and a 21-year-old woman was taken to a hospital Sunday and died Monday. While investigators await the results of toxicology tests, ...

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JMG Reader Meetup In Tampa

JMG reader Dan writes: “A few of us in the Tampa Bay area are trying to organize a meet-up at the Tampa Theatre on Sunday, Aug 2nd for the Summer Classics Movie Series feature Gone With the Wind. Although we interact regularly with other locals on your forum, we thought it might be fun to meet in person. Can you ...

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Tampa To Pitch For Marriage Tourism

As the date for same-sex marriage nears, Tampa’s tourism authority is prepping a national ad campaign to lure honeymoon business. Earlier this week, a federal appeals court ruled that a stay in the state’s ban on same-sex nuptials will be lifted Jan. 5 because of the ban’s unconstitutionality. If that holds up, Visit Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County’s nonprofit tourism branch, ...

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FLORIDA: Major Cities File Joint Amicus Brief In Support Of Same-Sex Marriage

The cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Orlando, and Miami Beach today jointly filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs suing for same-sex marriage in a Tallahassee federal court. Also joining the brief are the popular LGBT tourism town of Wilton Manors, the tiny Miami-Dade County town of Biscayne Park, and the government of Broward County (home to Fort ...

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Billboard Of The Day

Via press release from Wodka: Panache Beverages’ Wodka vodka has released another in a series of eyebrow-raising outdoor advertising campaigns. This time, the brand takes aim at the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church. The church recently staged a public protest of Mizzou defensive end Michael Sam after the player came out publicly as gay. Wodka joins the mounting national counter-protest of ...

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Woman Screaming “God, You’re My Savior!” Disrupts American Airlines Flight

Tampa’s WTSP-TV reports: The video shows a woman repeatedly yelling “God, you’re my savior!” as the plane lands. The man narrating the video claims she told fellow passengers her mother recently passed away and asked for prayers, before she escalated into the screaming chant. The narrator says flight attendants asked that he make sure the woman didn’t try approaching the ...

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FLORIDA: Hillsborough County Repeals Seven Year-Old Ban Of Pride Recognition

Florida’s Hillsborough County Commission has unanimously repealed a seven year-old ban on the recognition of gay pride events. The vote was spurred by openly gay County Commissioner Kevin Beckner (above). The decision was met with applause and a standing ovation from supporters in the audience at County Center. Earlier Wednesday, the speakers included Terry Kemple, head of the Hillsborough-based Community ...

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Tampa Bay Hazes New Ballplayers

By putting them in drag and having them dance to Call Me Maybe. For added humiliation, the players were forced to wear their outfits back to the team hotel in Boston. They all seemed to have a great time.

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Signorile Asks Rep. Aaron Schock

In past Schock has maintained that he is not gay. In addition to his vote against the repeal of DADT, he voted against the Hate Crimes Act and has stated his opposition to same-sex marriage. He has a 0% rating from the Human Rights Campaign and votes the GOP party line 93% of the time.

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Grinding At The RNC

Buzzfeed has some funnier ones.

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RNC Mystery Speaker: Clint Eastwood

The teabaggers are disappointed. They wanted Palin or Hologram Reagan. Still it’s an interesting choice considering this from Eastwood last year: “These people who are making a big deal about gay marriage? I don’t give a fuck about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?! We’re making a big deal out of things we shouldn’t be making ...

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Bus Snafus Plague RNC

If you’ve been monitoring the most popular Twitter hashtags for the RNC, you already know that the shuttle bus service for the press and delegates has been a nightmare since the event began three days ago. On a political high from the convention speeches, delegates entered the humid night in Tampa to find a confusing transportation network devoid of signs ...

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Lane Turner – I Built It

Top comment on YouTube: “Sung in a stadium built with taxpayer’s money, at a Convention that accepted $18 million in taxpayer subsidies.”

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The GOP Is A Big Tent

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Frothy Loves Men’s Hands

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Chris Christie Keynotes The RNC

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