Tag Archives: Florida

Miami ABC Anchor Charles Perez: I Was Demoted For Acting Too Gay

Miami news anchor Charles Perez has filed a sexual orientation discrimination complaint against his ABC employers, claiming he was demoted for acting “too gay.” A personal email forwarded to Perez’ bosses by his former boyfriend may have started it all. Perez, 46, claims station bosses demoted him to weekend anchor/reporter “because of their discomfort over the increasingly high profile of …

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Lesbian Couple Celebrates 70th Year

Caroline Leto and Venera Magazzu of Dania Beach, FL, met at a party in 1939. They’re still together. Yes, couples in their 90s still argue occasionally. This is how it went recently for Caroline Leto and Venera Magazzu as they sipped lemonade on their couch in Dania Beach: “We’re not going to have a party,” said Magazzu, 97, insisting they …

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Charlie Crist Softens

The Tallahassee Democrat reports that FL Gov. Charlie Crist is “softening.” But this time it’s not because his beard is getting amorous. Launching a whirlwind tour to promote “Explore Adoption Day,” Gov. Charlie Crist appeared to soften his stance this morning against allowing gays to do just that. Civil rights advocates blasted Crist earlier in the week for encouraging adoption …

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Abstinence Fail: Drinking Bleach Kills HIV

Horrified by bizarre myths about HIV and pregnancy that are apparently believed by some Florida teenagers, lawmakers are moving to ditch their “abstinence only” program and overhaul sex education in the state’s public schools. Florida teens who believe drinking a cap of bleach will prevent HIV and a shot of Mountain Dew will stop pregnancy have prompted lawmakers to push …

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Jesus, Tear Down This Sign

Christianists in Fort Lauderdale are so angry about a billboard promoting atheism that they are calling on the city and/or Jebus to tear it down. After seeing the billboard, Team of Life community activist Essie “Big Mama” Reed brought her students out to protest it Wednesday afternoon. “Nothing else matters, but that sign needs to come down. In the name …

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Family Values Champion Brian Blair Arrested For Beating His Family

Yesterday, Father’s Day, former pro wrestler and current Florida politician Brian Blair, who campaigned against the Day Of Silence, silenced his two children by beating and choking them. Blair, 52, was arrested shortly after 5 a.m. after an altercation at his family’s home in the Forest Hills area of Tampa, sheriff’s Deputy Larry McKinnon said. Blair and his wife, Toni, …

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Miami To Vote On Domestic Partners

The city of Miami will vote today on extending domestic partner health benefits to its employees. If you are reading this post early enough, LGBT rights group SAVE Dade requests your show of support at Miami City Hall – Commission Chambers, 3500 Pan American Dr., Coconut Grove, at 9:30 a.m. The time of the actual vote is unknown, so do …

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Florida: Broom Handle Teen Rapists Charged As Adults

The four Florida middle school students arrested last month for raping a fellow student with a broom handle were charged as adults today in a Tampa court. At a bond and arraignment hearing, the defendants appeared before Hillsborough County Judge Wayne Timmerman to hear the counts against them read in court. Prosecutor Kimberly Hindman described to the court how two …

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FL: Kept From A Dying Partner’s Bedside

A familiar story from Florida: When a loved one is in the hospital, you naturally want to be at the bedside. But what if the staff won’t allow it? hat’s what Janice Langbehn, a social worker in Lacey, Wash., says she experienced when her partner of 18 years, Lisa Pond, collapsed with an aneurysm during a Florida vacation and was …

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Less Gay Days: One Mighty Weekend Booted From Disney World

One of the nation’s most popular and longest-running series of circuit party events, One Mighty Weekend, will not take place on Disney World property during Gay Days this year in a financial dispute between events producer Johnny Chisolm and the theme park giant. But the details of the dispute are, uh, disputed by two warring circuit party websites. Via South …

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Father Cutie Gets Busy

Famous Miami TV star/priest Father Alberto Cutie (sadly, it’s pronounced “koo-tee-yay”) was busted frolicking on the beach with a woman last week. Now he’s become the poster boy for ending celibacy requirements for Catholic clergy after being suspended by his diocese. He says he’s fallen in love with the woman and is “in the process of thinking about the future.”

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Bullied Middle School Boy Raped With Broomstick By Four Fellow Students

Yet another sick bullying case. Four Florida middle school students are under arrest for raping a 13 year-old fellow student with a broom handle and a hockey stick. The 13-year-old boy said the bullying had been going on for months. But he didn’t say anything. Not to a teacher. Not to a coach. Not to his mother. Not even when …

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Crist To Announce Senate Run

Tomorrow FL Gov. Charlie “Closet Case” Crist will officially announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. Crist’s decision puts Republicans in strong position to hold onto the seat held by retiring Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) Crist holds high approval ratings among both Republicans and Democrats, according to statewide polling, and has forged a moderate governing style that has won him …

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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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