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Fort Myers, Florida Sees Marriage Equality Protest of One


I'd just like to take a moment to salute our reader Jack, who was the sole protester at Fort Myers, Florida's City Hall on Saturday.

He writes: "Not much of a turnout in Ft Myers. I was the only one there at city hall. I did represent though."

I've received so many photos from readers I'm still updating our comprehensive gallery (and probably will be for the next week). We've also created a TowleroadTV widget - you can see it on the right of our front page - with a playlist of protest videos from around the country. I'll be updating that as well.

We also have a Flickr pool slideshow running HERE

Also, you may have noticed that the design on some of our pages is seriously jacked. We are aware of the issues and ask for your patience. We're trying to fix the issues. Thanks.

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  1. I was the only one there at city hall. I did represent though."

    You represented all right...represented courage. Can't nobody call you no sissy, Jack...that's for sure.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 17, 2008 1:47:00 PM

  2. Yay Jack!!!

    Posted by: Feral | Nov 17, 2008 1:49:13 PM

  3. I want to offer a public salute to Jack, too, who was the man who gave me a swift kick when I needed it almost three years ago and sent me online with links to this and other blogs. It led to my (two years long and ongoing) campaign to turn my church into an open and affirming congregation. Thank you, Tough Old Bird.

    Posted by: Birdie | Nov 17, 2008 1:55:11 PM

  4. After seeing no one else there, many would have simply turned around and gone home. Jack, you are a singular sensation. Thank you.

    Posted by: JohnInManhattan | Nov 17, 2008 1:58:10 PM

  5. Thanks Jack! It's people like you that keep my hopes up! You put a smile on my face and a tear in my eye.

    Posted by: Juan | Nov 17, 2008 1:58:39 PM

  6. He's awesome. An army of one. Inspirational. Every voice matters.

    Posted by: rob | Nov 17, 2008 1:58:40 PM

  7. Hooray for Jack the bear!

    Posted by: Bearotic | Nov 17, 2008 2:02:44 PM

  8. Jack, I salute you!

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 17, 2008 2:06:20 PM

  9. Jack is the hero of the weekend if I get to vote on it.

    Posted by: Jersey | Nov 17, 2008 2:07:29 PM

  10. That's awesome!

    Posted by: Marc | Nov 17, 2008 2:11:34 PM

  11. Here's to Jack, a hero if there ever was one. May your courage not be in vain.

    Posted by: mike | Nov 17, 2008 2:12:49 PM

  12. Okay, this is AWESOME! In every sense of the word. I just spent a good twenty minutes flicking thru the galleries, and while the massive turnouts in NYC, LA, San Diego and other metropolitan areas was fantastic to see, it was the five people in Montgomery, Alabama and this brave, ballsy guy in Ft. Myers that I found to be the most inspirational images. I wish I had the courage these brave folks have when I lived in the "heartland". It's so much easier now in every aspect of my life, living in New York City, that I forget what it was like. My hat is off to you folks, and thank you again for your courage and support to the community. xxxoooo

    Posted by: Highney | Nov 17, 2008 2:19:01 PM

  13. Maybe Out should be looking for people like Jack for their '100' instead of putting posers like Katy Perry on the cover.

    Posted by: MT | Nov 17, 2008 2:39:17 PM

  14. Thanks Jack! Really inspiring to see the courage you have!!

    Posted by: gabriel | Nov 17, 2008 2:39:29 PM

  15. I'm not sure if reading this post makes me sad or happy. I live in Fort Myers, but protested this past Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, because there was no protest organized for Fort Myers. I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to meet you on Saturday, Jack. It would've been an honor to protest with you.

    Posted by: Christo | Nov 17, 2008 2:41:53 PM

  16. Thanks Jack!

    I worked at a theater in Ft. Myers called the Broadway Palm back in 1998 when I was just out of college. I'm surprised that there weren't more gays out in force, because as I remember it every guy I worked with back in the day (I mean, we were all dancers and singers) was gay.

    Well done to you though. Even one person counts!

    Posted by: david | Nov 17, 2008 2:52:40 PM

  17. from someone who was at the biggest march, to someone who was at the smallest, thanks for being a true hero!

    Posted by: jon92027 | Nov 17, 2008 3:25:19 PM

  18. I found it sad that only one person showed up. Yes, it's great that he did, but I wondered if all the other gays either didn't know about the protest or just didn't care. Don't they know how important it is to our community?
    If more of us don't stand up for our rights, then we will have no rights. Just because things are better then they were 10, 20 or 30 years ago does not mean we can sit back on our laurals and do nothing. If we don't stand together as a community we will lose what we have gained and will go backward to the way it was 10, 20 or 30 years ago.

    Posted by: KAREL | Nov 17, 2008 3:35:29 PM

  19. Ballsy. We could use more of that.

    Jack is clearly made of the awesome.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Nov 17, 2008 3:59:57 PM

  20. Bravo Jack!

    A Hug For You.

    Posted by: Tony | Nov 17, 2008 4:13:09 PM

  21. Jack, you're my hero :) Thank you. You're awesome!

    Posted by: Rhea | Nov 17, 2008 4:36:14 PM

  22. Jack, I salute your courage - good on you, man! Yes you can!

    Posted by: Chris | Nov 17, 2008 4:42:01 PM

  23. Bravo, Jack. We need more like you.

    Posted by: Ernie | Nov 17, 2008 5:01:05 PM

  24. Learn from Jack people. LEARN. He went out and supported the cause of equality with no help. You can do it too.

    Good job, Jack!

    Posted by: Bill | Nov 17, 2008 5:51:36 PM

  25. I'd seen the sparse (five people!) protest photo from Montgomery, Alabama. But this brought a lump to my throat.

    Hats off to ya, Daddy Jack. I may just travel all the way from Los Angeles to join you at the next protest.

    Posted by: Turtle | Nov 17, 2008 6:51:47 PM

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