1. Mike Ryan says

    The Librarian should be fired without hesitation. The school owes this young man an apology. Had he sued for discrimination the school could be on the hook for much more money than a laptop costs. If it were me, I’d sue their butts off and get my college education paid for.

  2. CC says

    @Mike: 100% agreed. It’s as if Florida exists solely to generate appalling stories (see: George Zimmerman).

  3. Kevin says

    As long as he resembled the person in the ID’s picture, he should have been given a laptop. This is ridiculous.

  4. Daniel Berry, NYC says

    I’m sure the librarian’s a crischun in addition to being a s**t-a**.

    @Steve – no it ISN’T always the South.

  5. Daniel Berry, NYC says

    he’s a very pretty kid. I bet the librarian was jealous because he was prettier than she was.

  6. NotSafeForWork says

    At least Florida is progressing. Here in rural SW Virginia, they wouldn’t have served him due to his race.

  7. litper says

    And why is she upset? If “he” sounds, looks and acts like a girl he should expect people to think of him as a girl.

  8. Perry says

    He looks like a girl. That’s what I thought wh I saw the pic before i started reading the article.

  9. stpetegreg says

    Hey Litper. I guess the point flew way over your head. Do you EXPECT people to think of you as an idiot? It’s discrimination, pure and simple. If I’d of been him, I would have pulled my big d_ck out, flopped it on the counter, and asked if she needed any more proof.

  10. GregV says

    @Litper: What should it matter? So girls shouldn’t be allowed to use laptops?
    One thing I notice is that the news reporters don’t seem to understand the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Tge reporters kept referring to “him” as “gay” and referred to that as the reason he didn’t get the laptop.
    While it’s unclear to me whether the student identifies as eitger gay OR as male (or if saying so was just lazy reporting by someone who didn’t ask), the denial was based on the librarian’s perception that the pic was of a male and the student was female. This does not mean necessarily that the librarian would have any issue giving a laptop to a feminine gay woman or a masculine gay man (or possibly even to a straight trans person whose sex in her mind matches in the picture and in person.

    The report should probably be about students, having the right to their own choices in their daily appearance to look more masculine or more feminine.
    Saying the student was denied a laptop “for being gay” makes it sound like the reporters got their sex education from Jerry Springer (which, in Florida, could be true).

  11. Joel says

    I certainly would not have thought him a female. And if he looked like his ID, what difference would it make? The librarian needs to get another job where all she needs to do is say “Do you want fries with that?” Other stuff is too complicated for her.

  12. PAUL B. says

    Litper…good choice of words for an ignorant breeder. If your not “that”…you have no excuse!

  13. Aunt Sharon says

    We see again and again how small people, with what they perceive as a bit of power, wildly overplay their hands to make life miserable for those they don’t like. I agree with Mike Ryan that this librarian should be fired, and with Daniel Berry in finding this kid attractive. And “Abdul Asquith” is a terrific name.

  14. litper says

    @Paul, no, I’m serious… would you date THIS? And if I wanted to date a chick, I’d date a chick.

  15. Michael says

    Lipter, you come across as one huge nelly queen.

    I’m mostly gay and am proud I don’t put boundaries on who I find attractive. In the past year I’ve made out with girls, drag queens, trannies and the occasional guy.

    It’s always the guy who feels the need to profess how “manly” he is is the guy everyone can spot for being gay 10 miles away.

  16. litper says

    @Michael, excuse us gay guys for having natural “boundaries” on who we find attractive. Now go shag a horse, that should make you feel even more proud!

  17. alex says

    @Steve: Do you like it when people stereotype you for being gay? Perhaps it’s time to stop stereotyping entire states or regions.

    Horrible stories found on Towleroad:
    – Gay Couple Beaten in Pittsburgh (10/7/13)
    – Man Beaten in Brooklyn Hate Crime (10/2/13)
    – NYC Man Stabbed in Anti-Gay Attack (9/17/13)
    – Denver Man Beaten in Anti-Gay Attack (9/4/13)
    – Gay Man Beaten Outside Cleveland Bar (9/3/13)
    – Gay Man Beaten in Seattle (8/5/13)
    – Four Facing Hate Crime Charges in Long Island (7/23/13)

    Hate, homophobia, and violence seem to be happening just as often (if not more) in other parts of the country. I think it’s time to adjust your preconceived notions of the South.

  18. says

    Can’t wait until the librarian is trotted out on Fox News to cry about how the gays infringed on her “right” to be a bigot, while one of Roger Ailes’ interchangeable blonde bobbleheads praises the woman for her “bravery” as if she was Rosa F*ck*ng Parks.

  19. patrick says

    I don’t see the problem here. If someone tries their best to imitate the opposite sex shouldn’t they be flattered when it is successful?

  20. emjayay says

    Dear Mr Towle: This site needs a new commenting system. Other sites, even YouTube, have ways of voting down commenters or tagging them. And moderators ban commenters who continualy detract from the conversation. And some moderators (like John Aravosis at AmericaBlog/Gay) chime in and refute jerks or just join in the discussion.

    This is the best gay oriented site on the internet, but the discussions have been routinely ruined by certain commenters lately.

    Like Litper.

  21. ImNotAwitch says

    “I don’t see the problem here. If someone tries their best to imitate the opposite sex shouldn’t they be flattered when it is successful?”

    Ha ha ha!!! Well said! I was thinking exactly the same thing.
    This wannabe “girl” should be proud other people think he’s a girl.

  22. DavidR says

    Sounds like some commenters (probably not readers) have some very strictly defined notions of gender and gender expression. So simplistic and narrow. Sad.

  23. litper says

    I see the very tiny and vocal minority of wannabe trans women is very scared of even little resistance by the large silent majority of gay men…

  24. mburke says

    I see the very tiny and vocal minority of trans-phobic commenters has to resort to ad hominem attacks to try to win an argument.

  25. says

    Both the incident and the comments show exactly why there is a connection between G and T in LGBT. The lion’s share of discrimination and outright violence is based on gender, and some gay men are so afraid of that fact that they deny reality to distance themselves from it.

    If it weren’t true you wouldn’t care.

    Please stop collaborating with our straight gender-enforcing oppressors.

  26. litper says

    There’s no connection between G and T. The T trying to enforce its views on majority of gay men is just insulting. We fight for our right to love men, not to wear dresses and purple strap-ons on our heads!

  27. says

    You can always count on the anti-trans trolls (or troll under myriad names) to be as ignorant as the subject of the post, in this case the librarian, who was displaying her backwardness rather than doing the basic job required of her. Gender nonconformity is so weirdly threatening to the insecure.

  28. litper says

    Association with perverts is very threatening to the gay movement. You think why so many men are still in the closet? What is the usual arguement used against gay people? The gender pervs! They are so few, but even 10 of them can destroy the message of Gay Pride of 100,000s of people! They parasitize on our tolerance while making our rights much harder to achieve.

  29. andymac3 says

    When you aren’t able to carry out a simple job like librarian without bringing your own prejudice to work and insulting your customers then you shouldn’t be in that role.

    When you are gay and can’t empathise with trans people or do not recognise that you might be just as prejudicial to trans as the average bigot is to you, Litper, then you need to get an education because you are your own worst enemy.

  30. litper says

    Why even make such category as “trans people”? When they change their legal gender they gain all equal rights of that gender, hence problem solved, they can still be G, L, B or whatever they want. But no, they want to infest the G with their effeminacy attacking anyone who wants to stop it.

  31. Thedrdonna says

    Wow Litper you sound more and more like that psychopath Rick every day. Should I be ignoring the man behind the curtain?

  32. Zoe Brain says

    You don’t have to be gay to be a victim of homophobia.

    You don’t have to be trans to be a victim of transphobia.

    Those who discriminate, sometimes violently, often aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer, and such fine distinctions are beyond them.

    Then there are those like Litper, who think Trans people make them look bad. Gay Transphobia.

    If only he knew that there are Trans people who don’t want to be associated with “sodomites” and “sexual perverts”. Trans Homophobia.

    Idiocy and bigotry know no bounds.

    Meanwhile the rest of us try to ignore these bigots – they embarrass us.

  33. TheSeer says

    Fire the librarian, and issue this gay a 3rd gender ID card. That would be just and fair society.

  34. Cam says

    I’m curious as to whether it was an actual librarian, or just a clerk. Many times people assume that all people that work in libraries are librarians. In general, libraries have very progressive views and it is often students who work as clerks who are lacking. I’m curious to know more…