Tag Archives: Florida

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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Local News On “Gay Panic” Marine Attack

Here’s local Tampa news covering the “gay panic” claim of USMC reservist Jasen Bruce, who attacked a Greek Orthodox priest with a tire iron.

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Tampa: Marine Beats Greek Priest With Tire Iron, Claims Gay Panic

USMC Reservist Jasen Bruce, 28, who moonlights as a beefcake model, yesterday beat a robed Greek Orthodox priest with a tire iron, claiming the man had groped him sexually and said “Alluha Akbar.” The priest, who speaks little English, says he was lost and asking for directions. Later Bruce recanted his claim that the priest spoke Arabic to him and …

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AGAIN: At Least 8 Shot, 2 Dead In Orlando Office Tower Shooting

For the second day in a row, a mass shooting in the United States. This time it’s an apparently lone gunman who went on a rampage at a office tower in downtown Orlando. The gunman was fired two years ago from an architectural company in the tower and is at large. At least eight people were injured in a mass …

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Help Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL)

Fellow blogger Mike Rogers wrote me this morning to request I help publicize the response to right wing attacks against Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), who has been targeted because of his now-famous speech on the House floor claiming that the Republican health care strategy is for Americans to “die quickly.” The GOP is especially seething over this Grayson quote about …

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Key West Cops Rock

On Key West’s bustling Duval Street, drag queens and go-go boys can be found standing in front of gay bars handing out fliers and posing for photos, more often that not with highly amused straight tourists. It’s a hectic, high-energy scene on those sidewalks, where gays and straights move comfortably among each other. Gay boys cat-call straight boys, straight couples …

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Morning View – Key West Detritus

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Key West Day Five, Part II

Last night we attended the Key West Headdress Ball 2009, where (mostly) locals competed for prizes based on their attire from the neck up. Silliness and burlesque prevailed. Those costumed from the neck down were not judged, except by some catty NYC-based writers. The event was held under a giant tent down by the southernmost point of the continental U.S., …

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Key West Day Five

Yesterday Father Tony and I overslept and missed the 7:15am boarding call for the high-speed ferry to the Dry Tortugas. Dammit all to hell. Those who went are calling it one of the highlights of the week. Dammit all to hell. So instead of a 70-mile voyage into the Gulf of Mexico, we made up for it with a trip …

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Afternoon View – Father Tony Working (It)

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Key West Day Four

Yesterday Father Tony and I began the day with moped jaunt around the island, stopping first at the Key West AIDS Memorial, which is a simple and serene series of black granite tablets laid into the sidewalk and engraved with the names of some of the more than 1000 locals lost to the disease, an enormous number for a town …

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Morning View – Key West Taxi

Gay enough for ya?

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