Tag Archives: Florida

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL): Tax Corporate Political Ads At 500%

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), the best thing to hit Congress in a long time, has launched a campaign to tax corporate political ads at 500% of their value. Fearing this decision before it became official, Grayson last week filed five campaign finance bills and a sixth one on Thursday. Grayson said the bills are important to securing the people’s “right …

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Miami Beach Adds Trans Protections

The city of Miami Beach has broadened their anti-discrimination ordinances to protect transgender folks. In the same action, the city has created a Human Rights Commission to address claims of wrongdoing against all citizens. The legislation, sponsored by former Commissioner Victor Diaz Jr., grew out of concern that the 2008 passage of Amendment 2, a statewide voter referendum that limited …

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Cars Vandalized At Orlando Gay Club

Vandals slashed the tires of more than two dozen cars parked near Orlando’s Revolution nightclub yesterday as patrons inside celebrated the club’s weekly gay Latino dance party. Reports show someone slashed the tires of more than two dozen cars parked near the popular nightclub, off Bumby Avenue and South Street. Some owners paid a tow truck to remove their cars, …

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South Beach: Hate Crimes Soar, Gays Flee

The spiraling down of the formerly fast glittering gay life in South Beach has been discussed on this blog many times over the years. This week the Miami News Times published a lengthy feature on the issue, citing not only the greatly diminished gay nightlife there, but a parallel and frightening spike in the number of violent hate crimes. In …

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Father Tony Talks To Cynthia Nixon About Florida’s Ban On Gay Adoption

Bilerico’s Father Tony spoke to Cynthia Nixon about the ACLU’s launch of a campaign to overturn Florida’s ban on gay adoption. More on the story at Bilerico.

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Buju Banton Pleads Not Guilty

Yesterday anti-gay “murder music” reggae star Buju Banton plead not guilty to federal drug charges in a Tampa court. Banton is accused of conspiring to buy 11 pounds of cocaine from an undercover federal agent. His attorney says that Banton is innocent and will not be seeking a plea arrangement. Banton faces up to thirty years in prison. He will …

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Morning View – Lake Cherokee

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Afternoon View – Gun Control

On display in the lobby of an Orlando Sports Authority are these safes for storing your rifles and automatic weapons in advance of the coming teabagger-led revolution.

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Morning View – Blue Skies & Palm Trees

From frightful to delightful, as the song goes.

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FLORIDA: Gay Porn Actor Dies After After Tasering During Arrest

Towleroad reports that gay porn actor Dustin Michaels, 23, real name Andrew Grande, has died in Florida after being tasered by police as he attempted to swallow a baggie of marijuana. The entire incident was captured by a reality television crew riding with the police. Just after 2AM Friday deputies responded to a disturbance call at the Executive Inn on …

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Justice For Ryan Skipper

Via Bilerico’s Nadine Smith: In 2007, Ryan Skipper was stabbed to death in Central Florida because he was gay . In 2009, two men were found guilty in separate trials of butchering Ryan, and were sentenced to life terms in state prison. Prosecutor Cass Castillo and Circuit Judge J. Michael Hunter powerfully and explicitly stated in a Bartow courtroom that …

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Orlando McDonald’s Fires Manager Over Anti-Trans Discrimination

The Orlando McDonald’s manager who left a voicemail for a transgender applicant telling her, “We don’t hire faggots,” has been fired. The McDonald’s on International Drive and Sand Lake Road issued a statement Monday evening saying, “Sand Lake Road McDonald’s has a strict policy prohibiting any form of discrimination or harassment in hiring, termination, or any other aspect of employment …

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Florida McDonald’s To Transgender Applicant: We Don’t Hire Faggots

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund has filed an employment discrimination suit against an Orlando McDonald’s after learning that a manager had left a voicemail for a transgender applicant stating, “We don’t hire faggots.” Zikerria Bellamy, 17, had applied online for a job with the restaurant. The TLDEF notes: Zikerria’s story is all too common. Transgender people face tremendous …

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Charlie Crist Gives Out Sex Line Number

Florida Gov. Charlie “Closet Case” Christ accidentally gave out the number to a phone sex line while making a recording for an insurance hotline. It was supposed to be the number for a program to help parents get health insurance for kids, but, instead, this is what people heard when they called the number: “Hey there sexy guy. Welcome to …

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Larry Sinclair Is Running For Congress

Larry Sinclair, the gay multiple felon who wrote a book in which he claimed to have had oral sex and snorted cocaine with Barack Obama, is running for Congress in Florida’s 24th District. In his announcement, Sinclair boldly lists his felony convictions and his dozen food service job. I have criminal convictions between 1981 thru 1986 for “Theft” based on …

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Tiger Woods Seriously Injured In Car Crash

Golf legend Tiger Woods was seriously injured early this morning in a single-car accident near Orlando. The Florida Highway Patrol said the PGA star hit a fire hydrant and tree as he pulled out of his driveway in his 2009 Cadillac sport utility vehicle. Woods was taken to Health Central Hospital. Officials there did not have record of him as …

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Teabaggers Fistfight Counter-Protesters

A teabagger rally on a Fort Lauderdale street corner turned violent when counter-protesters from the pro-immigrant ANSWER group showed up. From the below clip shot by a teabagger (hence the inflammatory title), it’s hard to tell who started what, but this is just the latest in a recent spate of tea party protests that have gotten physical.

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Tampa: Wingnuts Rail Against “Man In The Ladies Room” Bill

Two weeks ago the Tampa City Council made a preliminary unanimous vote to extend employment and housing protections to transgender residents. The law will be finalized in a vote today, which has brought out the wingnuts with their now familiar and ridiculous claim that cross-dressing sexual predators will freely molest children in the city’s public restrooms. “This ordinance will give …

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Broward County FL Gets Gay Mayor

Yesterday Ken Keechl was sworn in as the mayor of Florida’s Broward County, the first openly gay county mayor of the seaside gay tourism mecca. Keechl was elected by fellow county commisssioners. Handling the county’s roiling corruption scandals will be Keechl’s first order of business. Ken Keechl took over as Broward mayor Tuesday amid a wide-ranging government corruption investigation that …

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Orlando LGBT Center Vandalized

On Sunday homophobic slurs were painted on Orlando’s LGBT Center and a nearby gay-owned business. The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Community Center of Central Florida — more commonly known as The Center — and a second nearby gay-owned business were targeted by vandals who spray painted with a swastika and the words “Gay Pawer,” “Die Fags,” “Go To Hell” and other …

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