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Well-Known Gay Rights Activist Murdered In NYC


Prominent gay rights activist and journalist Carlos De Castro was found brutally murdered in his New York City hotel room on Friday. According to reports, police have the 65-year-old's younger lover in custody. 20-year-old Renato Seabra, a male model from Portugal, is currently being held at Bellevue Hospital Center.

The New York Times gives a run down on the discovery of the crime scene:

"On Friday, a friend of Mr. De Castro’s from New Jersey grew concerned and went to the hotel, near 44th Street and Eighth Avenue, to check on him. Members of the hotel’s security staff found Mr. De Castro’s body. 'There’s some type of sexual mutilation,' the official said. 'The place was a mess.' Detectives seized a laptop from the room."

Hotel "Mr. De Castro’s friend told the police that she had seen Mr. Seabra in the lobby on Friday and that she had last spoken to Mr. De Castro about 12:30 p.m. that day. Investigators distributed a wanted poster, describing Mr. Seabra as a person of interest."

Disturbingly, it is being reported that Castro had not only been bludgeoned to death but that his scrotum had also been cut off.

De Castro and Seabra had been heard arguing for a few hours on the day his body was discovered.

All Voices reveals more about De Castro's life: "Aside from his gay rights advocacy, has worked for several television and radio stations in Portugal during his career, according to a biography page on his website. The site also notes his work for several national modeling competitions."

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  1. Please, let me tell you what I (a portuguese) said over at boyculture about this same issue:

    Well, I'd just like to say that, in my opinion, to call Carlos Castro a gay activist is much of an overstatement.

    Without any disrespect, he was only a big socialite queen but never an advocate for gay rights.
    If I remember correctly, he went as far a speaking out against gay marriage...
    You can read it here:

    His death is awful and the whole story behind it seems to be dense as can be, but I don't think he should be turned into as international hero just because of that.

    Posted by: pepee | Jan 9, 2011 7:18:51 AM

  2. Classic wealthy older queen/young twink domestic dispute.

    Posted by: JK | Jan 9, 2011 9:09:33 AM

  3. There's nothing classic about cutting someone's scrotum off, but otherwise, yes.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jan 9, 2011 9:18:26 AM

  4. It's a classic Oedipus story. Even if Castro was a rich old queen socialite, this is a sad story for both men.

    Posted by: CoMo'mo | Jan 9, 2011 9:38:26 AM

  5. Yikes. Lover? A 20 year old? Sounds like the two of them weren't exactly grownups. As for the "old queen"rhetoric, you guys ought to be ashamed of yourselves.

    Posted by: Danny | Jan 9, 2011 9:42:12 AM

  6. @Danny

    Ashamed? Look at the pics. Why the hell else would a 20yo model(rent boy) be screwing that old man? LOVE?

    It's the Andrew Cunanen scenario...and I seriously doubt that guy was 65, looks more like 80.

    Something went down, probably, he cut the kid off $$ and so he berserk and cut his sack off.

    This kind of thing happens all the time. Wealthy old gay men murdered by their young tricks.

    Posted by: Gary | Jan 9, 2011 10:18:46 AM

  7. The old chickenhawk found a Portugese kid off the streets working as a prostitute and brought him to the states.

    You reap what you sow folks.

    Posted by: TK | Jan 9, 2011 10:23:23 AM

  8. "...65-year-old's younger lover in custody. 20-year-old Renato Seabra..."


    translation = his 20 yr old upper market long term prostitute

    model agency's are just high end pimps providing discrete flesh for the wealthy

    Posted by: | Jan 9, 2011 10:29:40 AM

  9. Read the story!

    Posted by: TK | Jan 9, 2011 10:30:18 AM

  10. He looks like an dirty old Catholic priest! YUCK!

    Posted by: Zotz | Jan 9, 2011 10:34:02 AM

  11. This is a horrible story to remind us to stay away from young guys. Go with people your own age, and never date someone better looking than you !!

    Posted by: ty | Jan 9, 2011 11:16:48 AM

  12. Sad but not surprising story- the "model" says that he is "shy and religious"- not too shy to accept a NYC trip from an older man and he is already setting up the defense - that he was forced into gay sex and fought in self defense.

    Posted by: jaragon | Jan 9, 2011 11:34:03 AM

  13. There is NO way this lecherous old queen is a day younger than eighty.

    The mystery for me is how a grown man would think it appropriate to strike this "Little Shirley Temple" pose for a photo?

    And no straight boy is going to wear those shorts. Sounds like a bad case of tweaking twink syndrome to me...

    Posted by: Jayson | Jan 9, 2011 12:34:44 PM

  14. This reminds of a young guy who killed a creepy old priest in my neighborhood a couple years back. Poetic justice!

    Posted by: Frank | Jan 9, 2011 12:47:48 PM

  15. A "65"-year wealthy old man is diddling a 20-year old and dies at his hands, also having got his scrotum cut off.

    Another PROUD moment in gay history!

    Posted by: Vince in WeHo | Jan 9, 2011 12:51:51 PM

  16. I'd say the guy was straight and was promised money and luxury for sucking this old dude off. When the old bag, didn't deliver on the bargain, the escort sought revenge and castrated him. Great Tenessee Williams style drama here...

    Posted by: Alaska | Jan 9, 2011 12:53:34 PM

  17. Calvin Klein and that young porn star/"MODEL" he's been squiring around and Kevin Huvane and his infamous 20 something pool parties better take heed of this story. Cause it's comin'

    Posted by: Icewine | Jan 9, 2011 12:58:36 PM

  18. I gonna join what the crowd implied here to say that young model was everything but the lover. As sad as the truth is, some people never get to know what real love is. Whether it is this older hedonistic queen or that disturbed prostitute. I bet the rich queen had been paying escorts for so long he completely lost perspective in the use of the filthiest of power, that is, pressuring with money, lodging, gifts etc. in exchange for humiliating stuff. And I mean “humiliating” cause I don’t see how can be other way, even if the prostitute cheat himself into believing that the benefits surpass the downsides.
    Money can’t buy you love. So true. And so tragic for so many stubborn hedonistic delusional queens.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | Jan 9, 2011 1:42:38 PM

  19. Don't cheapen their sincere romantic love with guess work about the who--young man's motivations and the age gap! They'd have been together even if Castro were some menial laborer, such was the depth of their involvement. If only the who--young man could be given the opportunity to find the real killers., this was obviously about coke vs. pepsi, and pepsi won. PEPSI WON!

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 9, 2011 2:39:41 PM

  20. Can you imagine having to go down on that for any amount!?!??!

    Posted by: Jess | Jan 9, 2011 2:49:26 PM

  21. The gay Lorena Bobbitt!

    Posted by: PK | Jan 9, 2011 2:54:33 PM

  22. Call me cold-hearted, but if I had to have sex with that, I might have use for a scalpel too...ugh!!!

    Posted by: Kayla | Jan 9, 2011 4:40:25 PM

  23. Vicious. Wonder if certain substances were involved.

    Looks like Mr. Sunshine welched on the deal, and the young, shy, religious gentleman lost it.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 9, 2011 4:54:02 PM

  24. And you know that scrotum was a grey pubed, low hanging, saggy chicken skined hot mess.

    The poor forensics lab having to piece that back together. BLECH!

    Posted by: Barb | Jan 9, 2011 4:55:17 PM

  25. So let me get this right...the hot young underwear model bludgeons a gossipy shriveled up old queen over the head with his laptop and then cuts off his nutsack with a broken wine glass, puts on his Prada suit and goes for a walk.

    Why is this any different than the outtakes I've seen from the Andy Cohen's new show "From the Bottom to the Top"?

    Posted by: Cedric | Jan 9, 2011 5:08:24 PM

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