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Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist Allegedly Paid Men to Hide Gay Affair: VIDEO


Allegations about former Florida GOP Governor Charlie Crist, long rumored to be gay, are emerging in a Florida Department of Law Enforcement Investigative Report in a scandal involving Republican Party Chair Jim Greer. Greer allegedly paid himself to raise money for the GOP and is set to go to trial in July.

The Crist details have emerged in discovery documents surrounding the investigation, WTSP reports:

The allegations come from Damon Chase, Jim Greer's attorney. Chase told John Morgan of Morgan and Morgan where Charlie Crist works, that if had to depose the former Governor, Crist would be embarrassed by the following issues:

- Charlie Crist is a homosexual and had homosexual relationships with at least two men who were paid to leave the state to avoid embarrassing then Governor Crist.

- Charlie Crist attempted to kiss Greer at a hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

- Governor Crist had drunken escapades and his security detail had to cover for him.

- Charlie Crist attempted to run over people while he was intoxicated and operating a golf cart.


Posted Jun. 8,2012 at 8:12 PM EST by in Charlie Crist, Florida, News | Permalink | Comments (40)

Pastor Terry Jones Places Hanging Obama Effigy with Gay Pride Flag Outside Gainesville Church: VIDEO


Quran-burning pastor Terry Jones has placed an effigy of President Obama outside his church, the Dove World Outreach Center. Obama hangs by a noose and holds a Gay Pride flag in one hand and a doll in the other. Nearby are an American flag and an Uncle Sam figure.

The words “Obama is Killing America” are written on a trailer nearby.

Jones did an interview with the HuffPost in which he explained the symbolism:

Jones said the flag was meant to call attention to Obama's stance on same-sex marriage and that the baby doll is there because the president is "favorable toward abortion."

Jones also said that radical Islam is "the most dangerous threat to life and national security in America."

He told a local news station: "It's very clearly not a death threat. It is to represent that he is to...let's say...die politically, if you want to put it like that.

Watch TV20's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Jun. 8,2012 at 6:45 PM EST by in Barack Obama, Gay Marriage, Gay Pride, News, Terry Jones | Permalink | Comments (77)

The OXD Mirror: New Music for 6.08.12



The OXD Mirror is a weekly music column brought to you by the boys of OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD), a New York City based movement created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tadeu Magalhães, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.


David Morales feat. Roisin Murphy - "Golden Era (David Morales Disco Mix)"

Grammy award-winning producer and DJ David Morales has released a new single with former Moloko chanteuse and Irish disco diva, Róisín Murphy. Morales is famous for his days DJing at Paradise Garage, Stereo and Ministry of Sound, as well as his remixes of pop songs from the likes of Mariah Carey, Kylie Minogue, and more. Creating a veritable "dream team" of sorts, Murphy's vocals smoothly complement Morales' robust production. The song's lyrics (and video) elicit images of times past; mourning the end of many different "golden eras", while leaving it open to the listener to interpret which era is in question. While we think the original is great, we prefer this remix as Morales finishes it off with his signature disco beat.  


Moonlight Matters - "Come For Me"

Though his name has been attached to many other productions, Moonlight Matters is finally getting his own 3-track EP released through Kitsuné Music.  The track features vocals from Hercules and Love Affair contributor Gustaph, and is totally in-your-face, classic house music.  Kitsuné has a knack for signing and releasing some of the best and most interesting new house and disco music out there and this track is no exception.



Florence and the Machine - "Spectrum (Calvin Harris Remix)"

Though this song isn't technically under the wheelhouse of what OXD would normally cover, it is so strong that I felt remiss NOT covering it. Florence Welch has won the hearts of many with her chilling-yet-uplifting vocals, and 'Spectrum' is a true embodiment of the group's very positive lyrical outlook on life. The song is about letting the light of love into your life, which bodes well for the dance floor. Star producer Calvin Harris has given the song his golden touch and added in classic house pianos and a simmering intense beat. The powerful, spine-chilling chorus blends well with Harris' production to create a dance floor-filling anthem.


Shook - "Love For You"

Remixing popular tracks from M.I.A., Phoenix, and Ellie Goulding has been the cornerstone of Shook's career over the past few years. With a sound very similar to that of Daft Punk's 'There's Something About Us', the Norwegian artist has delivered a new single of his own entitled 'Love For You'. It's hard not to enjoy the chic early 80's funk backing that permeates the song.  


Kris Menace & The Kiki Twins - "We Are (ELIOT 'Jack' Mix)"

Accomplished producer Kris Menace, who has remixed everyone from Lana del Rey to Moby, teamed up with New York's The Kiki Twins for a 70's club-inspired track.  Though you may recognize Kiki Twin LT from Bravo's Pregnant in Heels, he and bandmate AC are regulars in the New York gay nightlife scene and have been performing at various venues and clubs since 2007.  Eliot, the newest member of OXD favorite Jessica 6, reimagined this track as serious house anthem.  This edit, paired with LT's vocals, sounds like it was plucked straight from an episode of Club MTV - which we definitely regard as good thing. 


In additon to the tracks above we've also included a downloadable mixtape that we're digging:

Chris Jylkke - Summervibe Disco Volume 1

Creating the perfect summer playlist is an art form in itself. Whether for an evening under the sun, a hot day at the beach or a picnic in the park, much goes into curating, selecting and arranging the perfect tunes for warm weather activity. Chris Jylkke has gifted us with a mix versatile enough for whatever situation may arise. The Swedish DJ proclaims his sounds are influenced by warmer climates and melodic hymns. The net of this is a soulful set spanning across many genres and eras of music, with a distinct and pleasurable vibe that is uniquely his own.

OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD) curates and recommends music events to the gay community in NYC—in an effort to move the focus of the nightlife scene beyond the promoter and venue and to the music itself. OXD's goal is to educate, entertain, engage and empower the gay audience to reclaim their ability to question and experience the unknown. The OXD Mirror will serve to showcase tunes that are definitely off-the-beaten-path but rightfully deserve the attention of the gay ear. It's music that will make you dance, dream, and most importantly, love.

This week's post was written and curated by Josh Appelbaum.

For more information on OXD, check out our website and accompanying blog at, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter: @OccupyTheDisco.

Posted Jun. 8,2012 at 4:54 PM EST by in Josh Appelbaum, Music, Music Recommendations, News, Occupy the Disco | Permalink | Comments (16)

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1141

HERO'S WELCOME: Entire airport terminal gathers to applaud World War II military Honor Flight as they step off plane. Story.

FACEBOOK: Jerry Seinfeld predicted it in the 90's.

ROCK OF AGES: A featurette.

SCRUB-A-DUB: Adult film actor Jake Deckard and Accidental Bear do a tub interview.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Jun. 8,2012 at 4:53 PM EST by in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (2)

News: John Travolta, Hillcrest Brewery, Carl DeMaio, Saturn, Mika

RoadTwo new polls show presidential race in deadlock. Nate Silver's first look.

RoadA VT high school student who shares my name was allowed to wear his kilt to graduation!

TravoltaRoadTravolta makes first appearance since masseur scandal began, to honor Shirley MacLaine.

RoadMaryland measure to overturn marriage equality certain to make ballot: "As of late Thursday afternoon, 70,039 signatures had been validated by local elections officials, exceeding the 55,736 required to put the measure on the ballot, according to an ongoing 'unofficial' tally on the Maryland State Board of Elections Web site."

RoadGay-owned Hillcrest Brewery opens in San Diego.

RoadEntertainment Weekly publishes 11 different True Blood covers.

RoadMetro-North engineer caught reading, texting on rush hour train: “Reading anything, texting or using cell phones while operating a train is totally unacceptable,” Metro-North said in a statement. “Metro-North is taking action to ensure this does not happen again. Every member of every train crew is being reinstructed today that this behavior will not be tolerated.”

RoadDavid Beckham has an adorable daughter.

RoadMiguel Iglesias for HOM underwear.

SkarsgardRoadEncounter: Alexander Skarsgard is the face of Calvin Klein's new fragrance.

RoadAnd this is why Caroline Manzo is the best New Jersey Housewife: "Everybody wants to feel accepted, loved, at peace, at home in their life choices. It was great ... for him and Rich to finally feel like their relationship is recognized...I'd have any parade you'd want to have. I'd speak to any group you'd want to speak to because no one has any right to tell anyone who to love and how to love." Video.

RoadList of Cabinet secretaries supporting marriage equality grows: "The Advocate has confirmed that Secretaries Hilda Solis at Labor, Kathleen Sebelius at Health and Human Services, John Bryson at Commerce, and Timothy Geithner at Treasury all support same-sex marriage."

RoadNew form of 'plasma' matter observed surrounding Saturn, spawned by its moon Enceladus: " It seems that Enceladus provides most of the plasma in the magnetic bubble, or magnetosphere, surrounding Saturn. But it was unclear how the particles got their charges. Now, after three fly-bys during which Cassini's plasma detectors could investigate the nanograins, Hill and colleagues think they have an answer."

RoadMika premieres new song and video, "Make You Happy".

SupercellRoadChaos at New Jersey graduation after massive supercell descends. VIDEO.

RoadRobert Pattinson gave Adele a drunken lecture, regrets it: "I had this argument with Adele, which is probably the most ridiculous thing I've ever said. [I told her] you know, you can really just reach for it!' And she was like, 'You do realize I'm, like, the biggest selling female artist ever.' And for some reason, I decided to get into an argument with her about it."

RoadWhite House to host meeting with statewide LGBT groups: "The Equality Federation, a national San Francisco-based organization that works to support state LGBT groups, arranged the meeting amid Pride celebrations that are taking place in D.C. at around the same time."

RoadGay San Diego mayoral candidate Carl Demaio splits LGBT community: "Despite his sexual orientation, DeMaio has not won the full support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, in part because he never took a stance on Proposition 8, the ballot measure which defined marriage as between a man and a woman. 'He's made a statement that almost denies that he's willing to be the ambassador,' said LGBT voter Robert Bettinger."

Posted Jun. 8,2012 at 3:15 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (28)

American Apparel 'Pride' Campaign Features Its First Transgender Model


Trans model Isis King, a former contestant on America's Next Top Model, is featured in a new Pride line of t-shirts from American Apparel. King is the brand's first transgender model, according to GLAAD, which the campaign benefits:

American Apparel employees will also join GLAAD staff in LGBT Pride marches across the country, including in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. Participants will each receive an AA tee, courtesy of American Apparel.

“We're super proud to support LGBT Pride again this year and partner with GLAAD in these events. It’s time for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, to accept each other and thrive in harmony. We hope everyone comes out and joins us," said Marsha Brady, a creative director for American Apparel.

"American Apparel is showing bold leadership by being among just a few companies to include transgender people in its national ads,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “Additionally, the company's statement that 'Gay is OK' will reach millions and send an important message in support of equality.”

Posted Jun. 8,2012 at 2:26 PM EST by in GLAAD, News, Transgender | Permalink | Comments (16)


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