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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. We certainly have a lot of posters with animosity toward older people. Probably has nothing to do with a fear of growing old.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Jan 9, 2011 6:23:09 PM

  2. You should all be ashamed for the nastiness on this thread. The victim-blaming is horrendous. So he was an older queen keeping a younger model/escort? So what? Does that mean he deserved to be brutally murdered and mutilated? What's even more ironic is that you all would be among the first to cluck your tongues in outrage if some right-winger had made salacious and insensitive remarks about a gay murder victim, and yet here you are doing the exact same thing. And it's almost all motivated by envy--hating him because he was an old jet-setter with money who had the sexual services of a hot young underwear model. Grow up! It's a terrible story, and the snarky attacks on the victim are seriously out of line.

    Posted by: Scotty | Jan 9, 2011 6:47:33 PM

  3. @Scotty

    Envy? Er, in this case wouldn't it be "penis envy". Jus sayin...

    Posted by: Sal | Jan 9, 2011 7:16:10 PM

  4. 'tis far bar t'uv loved and lost than never t'uv loved at all...except when it's your life and penis, yah? Yah? Uh huh. You're all jaundiced, jaded cynics...who hate olds that you could learn how to do the charleston, for example.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 9, 2011 7:53:23 PM

  5. Perhaps the young stud disliked uncut cock?

    Posted by: WP | Jan 9, 2011 8:44:48 PM

  6. The "model" reminds me of the "bisexual" Rodenay from " The A List NY"

    Posted by: jaragon | Jan 9, 2011 9:20:12 PM

  7. Why can't you disgusting old queers stay away from the good looking young guys? Stick to your own age group.

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 9, 2011 10:34:22 PM

  8. Modern gay life is so predatory and cannibalistic.

    Posted by: Hans | Jan 9, 2011 10:42:31 PM

  9. @Hans,

    ...Yeah, not like the good old days when gay men were lobotomized, given electro-shock treatment, surgically castrated, institutionalized, thrown into concentration camps,etc.,

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 9, 2011 10:55:15 PM

  10. @ratbastard LOL, and now we're doing it to ourselves. Let's hear it for gay empowerment!

    Posted by: Hans | Jan 9, 2011 10:57:27 PM

  11. @Hans,

    ...You speaking literally or metaphorically? Yeah, I dunno, I'm not into bondage, S&M, castration, electric shocks, cannibalism, but I hear you.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 9, 2011 11:47:11 PM


    Posted by: shannon | Jan 10, 2011 1:23:15 AM

  13. i'm horrified & disgusted by these posts! if you don't wanna screw him--push him away & walk out (w/his wallet if that's your style). you don't have to butcher him! Hell-O?! what have we become that it's justifiable to kill a trick because he's wealthy & old? let this happen to one of y'alls uncles see if your still sayin "whatEVER, he was old & ugly"

    Posted by: really? | Jan 10, 2011 1:44:34 AM

  14. Why can't disgusting young guys (whores) stay away from old gay with money? Stick to your own age group.

    Posted by: FunMe | Jan 10, 2011 3:13:05 AM

  15. Sounds like a typical day in Wilton Manors.

    Posted by: JONNY NYNY2FLFL | Jan 10, 2011 4:38:29 AM

  16. @ratbastard

    Metaphorically yes, but unfortunately literally as well, many gay men find this crap entertaining as evidenced by sites like


    Posted by: Hans | Jan 10, 2011 9:36:01 AM

  17. So, this is what passes for entertainment for you guys? What sad, pathetic, empty lives you must lead.

    Posted by: wimsy | Jan 10, 2011 11:20:28 AM

  18. the ageist vile commentary about a dead man here is revolting

    the hate we heap upon each other is as bad as that which is put upon us

    Posted by: willie t boned | Jan 16, 2011 5:21:42 PM

  19. What a bunch of VICIOUS, NASTY and BITTER responses. It is no wonder some people think gay people ares superficial sexual-predators...I'd think the same from the responses to this horrible murder.

    Some of you jump to damning conclusions without a shred of evidence and you use those ignorant judgements to murder a dead man's reputation.

    You ought to be ashamed of yourselves, and get psychological help so you can reach some level of maturity and dignity.

    Posted by: truthteller | Jan 17, 2011 4:57:16 PM

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