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Gay Florida Couple Say Anti-gay Neighbors Bullying Them

Perry Hogg and Jesse Worf, a gay Tampa-area couple who have been together for 20 years have decided to move from their neighborhood because of continual harassment from their bigot neighbors, they say:

Couple"Hogg says it began on Christmas Eve of 2006, when their neighbor confronted him to say he was disturbed because he'd seen the two men naked in their bedroom. 'He said, 'We don't approve of your lifestyle. We don't agree with it. And put drapes up on your house,'' Hogg recalled. Tampa Bay's 10 contacted the neighbor, who said that he was, indeed, very disturbed to see the couple in their bedroom. He denies telling the couple that he disagreed with their lifestyle. Hogg says another disagreement had to do with the sprinklers. He recalls hearing the sprinklers on in the backyard. He says he peeked outside to make sure they weren't his, since someone in the neighborhood had been calling on anyone who used sprinklers outside of approved hours. Again, Hogg said the neighbor lashed out. 'He said, 'That's right I'm watering my [expletive] yard, and there's not a [expletive] thing you can do about it, you faggot,'" Hogg recalled. 'I was so stunned.' The neighbor denies ever using those words."

The ACLU suggested the couple contact a lawyer if the situation worsens. Worf says they'd rather leave: "We would just like to be left alone."

News clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

Gay couple: "We're being harassed" [tampabays10]

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  1. They should plan a pride parade/pool party before they move. But I think they should not have to move. They need to bring in more gay families, buy out the biggots!

    Posted by: mick | Sep 16, 2008 9:56:54 AM

  2. Wow. A couple of bigoted, hateful comments from a neighbor cause these guys to pack up and go elsewhere? That's a pretty low threshold for moving. It also shows that faggots can be pushed around. Barring any violence or threats against their life, these two should stay right where they are.

    Posted by: peterparker | Sep 16, 2008 10:13:55 AM

  3. They ought to turn their house into a methodone clinic or a halfway house for violent offenders.

    Posted by: paul | Sep 16, 2008 10:19:38 AM

  4. They ought to pawn all that tacky gold jewelry and use the cash to install a security system.

    Posted by: crispy | Sep 16, 2008 10:41:42 AM

  5. oh i think the old fags should move, preferably to a queer retirement home with nurses in drag and fabulous denim colostomy bags and helen hayes lookalike contests...

    Posted by: the queen | Sep 16, 2008 10:46:52 AM

  6. This is fine line - but this seems more like the Oregon "Man" having a baby, but we want our privacy (at the press conference).

    I don't understand how these guys profit by being on TV...

    Posted by: David B. | Sep 16, 2008 10:52:23 AM

  7. My neighbor tried to harrass me once. I just made sure he understood that I knew where he lived, I knew where he worked, I knew where he parked, I knew where he went to church, bought groceries, went to school, drank with his friends...it's surprising how much you really know about people.

    He stopped.

    Posted by: David T | Sep 16, 2008 10:54:45 AM

  8. Well, I certainly wouldn't want to see them naked either. And I agree, the whole "we're moving" situation seems a bit premature and rash. Is this the whole story - two confrontations with just 1 neighbor over 2 years?

    Seems pretty weak unless there's more to the story.

    Posted by: ATLsteve | Sep 16, 2008 10:57:09 AM

  9. Queen; you so crazee!

    Posted by: thevegasstyleguy | Sep 16, 2008 11:16:04 AM

  10. ...and in other news today, hurricane Ike devastated Galveston, TX...

    Posted by: anon | Sep 16, 2008 12:22:42 PM

  11. PeterParker is right. Why move? Stay! Fight back! Don't let them push you around! I hate that kind of passivity. The days of "cut and run" for gays should have ended a long time ago.

    Posted by: mike | Sep 16, 2008 1:44:42 PM

  12. PeterParker is right. Why move? Stay! Fight back! Don't let them push you around! I hate that kind of passivity. The days of "cut and run" for gays should have ended a long time ago.

    Posted by: mike | Sep 16, 2008 1:44:52 PM

  13. They need to ignore this troublemaker and get some drapery. Don't empower him , but also don't antagonize. Gay flags and pink flamingos are antagonistic.
    Just in case, get some pepper spray and a gun as well as security lights and cameras.
    No one is going to force us to eat pussy, period !

    Posted by: Ty | Sep 16, 2008 5:42:06 PM

  14. When but when will people come to realize that Florida is the most backward and homophobic State in the Union.Gays that come to Florida for vacations are helping the homophobic forces in that State.Stay away from Florida,Miami Beach,Miami,Tampa,Orlando,etc...Letthe State feels it in the pocketbook.That is the only way these garbage goons understand.Go to Clifornia,New York but not to Florida.

    Posted by: Oscar | Sep 16, 2008 11:13:41 PM

  15. It sounds like the neighbor is one of those types that doesn't like anyone, straight or gay.

    If they are dead set on moving, they should find the meanest, toughest, most obnoxious and flamboyant buyers possible. Like S&M leather guys who would set up a dungeon in the back yard. The type of person that would verbally rip the head off of anyone who peeked in the bedroom window.

    Posted by: Chris | Sep 17, 2008 1:11:22 AM

  16. To paul who on Sep 16, 2008 10:19:38 AM posted the following: (They ought to pawn all that tacky gold jewelry and use the cash to install a security system.)

    If you can't at least suggest something in a dignified considerate way then don't bother replying.

    If all you can do is respond like a Bitchy Bitter Queen no matter how old you are, we in the normal respectful community don't need to hear from you.

    You and you attitude are one of the reasons people in the Heterosexual community don't like the GLBT Community.

    Posted by: Marc | Sep 17, 2008 8:53:04 AM

  17. Wow, what a compassionate community, huh? I'm sure these gentlemen were subject to more harassment than the story suggests. We all have our own fights and our own circumstances. Nobody should have to put up with harassment, but if these two want to find some place new to make a home in peace, it's their call. We don't know how many fights these men have already lived through over the years.

    In the meantime, all a lot of you guys can come back with are ugly, catty remarks about their age and appearance. It's really discouraging and makes me embarrassed for gay men in general.

    Queen, you're the worst. If you're very lucky, maybe you'll make to old age. If you do, I hope you're surrounded by people with far more compassion and kindness than you've demonstrated here.

    Posted by: anduarto | Sep 22, 2008 12:42:29 AM

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