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News: Bozeman, Liberty University, Kept Boys, Doomsday Clock

 roadExodus: Gays abandon South Beach for Fort Lauderdale.

Hamm  roadJon Hamm sports full beard.

 roadSnowballs: the new pets.

 roadBozeman, Montana adopts LGBT anti-discrimination ordinances: "The commission voted 3-0 Monday night to move forward with plans to protect homosexual and transgendered city employees from discrimination and to provide same-sex partners with the same benefits as opposite-sex couples. Commissioners also supported spelling out same-sex partners' equal right to health care insurance and other benefits in the city's employee handbook."

 roadMan murdered in Sydney, Australia park last year revealed to be gay.

 roadDivorce rates HIGHER in states with same-sex marriage bans.

 roadConan won't budge from late-night slot.

 roadLiberty University withdraws sponsorship of CPAC over involvement of gay Republican group GOProud: "In the letter withdrawing its sponsorship from the event, Liberty University Law School Dean Mat Staver wrote that gay Republicans, by their very existence, work against his university." CPAC keeps GOProud.

 roadHeidi Montag says her new album, Superficial, is as good as Thriller.

Object  roadMystery object buzzes Earth.

 roadDoomsday clock to be changed.

 roadStories of older gay Irishmen go on stage in New York: "The music is lovely and the performers earnest — perhaps too earnest — but to a New York audience, at least, the tales may seem somewhat elementary and generic. A man mourns the death of his longtime partner. A mother declares her love for her gay son despite her religious convictions. An AIDS diagnosis changes a father-son dynamic."

 roadAnnise Parker discusses Obama voicemail.

 roadGoogle reviewing operations in China due to censorship.

Gaga road Lady Gaga is putting herself out there for the gays again at a benefit this Saturday at Club Worship, House of Blues at Harrah’s Showboat Casino in Atlantic City following her show to raise money for LGBT groups Empire State Pride Agenda, Garden State Equality, Equality Pennsylvania and The Power. Said Gaga: "I am honored to be able to continue to raise awareness and money for this cause and these outstanding organizations. Organizations like these are in the trenches every day working on behalf of all of us, whether you are LGBT or straight. Equal and full civil rights are supposed to be for all of us." It's a minimum $20 donation.

 roadJohn Mayer performs internet cleanse.

Nextny  roadEvidence that NY's nightlife scene needs an epitaph.

 roadGay man's murder at rural Louisiana gay bar goes unsolved: "Detectives are not ready to commit to any theory of a single motive. Whether the crime was motivated by money – about $4,000 was reported missing from the bar – by hate, or by personal animus against LeCompte remains undetermined."

 roadDustin Lance Black and Neil Patrick Harris join Trevor Project board.

 roadDan Savage and Benoit Denizet-Lewis debate sex addiction on the Michelangelo Signorile Show.

 roadTickle the ivories, on YouTube.


 roadTen trolls every blogger will encounter.

 roadGay "housewife" still wanted for LOGO's show Kept. Gawker: "One of the reasons recruiting might be difficult is because some men don't like the tenor of the show. Our source says, 'Lots have backed out. They positioned it as gay housewives when in fact it's based on gold diggers. It's called Kept and [they] are having trouble finding guys who are happy having a sugar daddy yet interesting enough to fill reality TV. Best cast for reality shows are normally pushy with big opinions and personality! These aren't the peeps who marry rich old men!'"


Chihuahua Stolen From Florida Gay Bar by Man with Britney Tattoo

Chihuahua

A chihuahua with pink earrings was stolen from Brian Dortort at Georgie's Alibi, a gay bar in Wilton Manors, on July 28, and just now news is reaching the wires:

Alibi "Dotort threw a birthday party for a friend at the bar that night, and was carrying the dog in a specialty pet bag, he said. One of the dog's admirers insisted he hold the dog and grabbed her, he said. Dotort didn't suspect the dog would be stolen, he said, so he briefly left the dog in the man's possession to pick up litter from a nearby table. In an instant, the thief disappeared with Hudson, Dotort said. The dog, about the size of a softball, is described as light-cream colored with a pink belly and pink ears. She has a pink earring in each ear. Wilton Manors police investigated the theft and identified a suspect whose whereabouts are unknown, police spokesman David Jones said. It's up to the Broward State Attorney's Office to decide whether there's enough evidence for an arrest warrant to be issued, police said. Dortort described the thief as a thin man about 5 feet 10 inches tall. He weighs about 160 pounds, has short brown hair and tattoos, including one on his arm or neck that says 'Britney Spears.'"

Image above for illustration purposes only, and not an actual photo of the suspect or the chihuahua, which, if you happen to see, you should call by the name of Hudson Hayward Hemingway. Despite the fact this sounds like a plotline from Legally Blonde, we sincerely hope the dog finds its way back to Mr. Dortort. It's awful to lose a pet.


News: Zodiac, Adam Lambert, Tequila, Batman, Iowa, Wine

 roadWhat God didn't give Miss California but the Miss California Organization did: Big breasts.

Zodiac  roadWoman comes forward, says her father was the Zodiac killer.

 roadLast night's American Idol bottom two: WTF?

 roadVote result: How your congressperson voted on the federal hate crimes bill that passed the House yesterday.

 roadWine drinkers live longer than teetotalers, study finds: "Men who drink less than half a glass of wine a day may live up to five years longer than teetotallers, and could have less chance of a heart attack."

 roadTowleroad reader Isaac Rosen had his letter on marriage equality published in last weekend's Bangor Daily News...

 roadPaula Abdul was fooled by Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno, and apparently still isn't aware it was a set-up.

Pitt roadBrad Pitt gets intimate with a sumo wrestler.

 road901: Timberlake introduces his tequila.

 roadRepublican Broward County sheriff praises new Stonewall library saying it will help curb hate crime: "How can we be the most diverse and yet we lead the state in hate crimes? That tells me that we basically don't understand one another. Everyone doesn't realize where we all came from. Learn to accept people for who they are, and that's how you're going to reduce these hate crimes."

Cave  roadBatman has a batcave sale.

 roadTransgender woman awarded nearly $500K for being denied a job at the Library of Congress because she was transitioning.

 roadTori Amos plans re-emergence.

 roadGays return to the Star Wars universe, Bioware apologizes: "My intention was not to demean anyone but simply to help promote a community that could discuss topics in a mature fashion. When I first built the word filter list, I added a variety of terms to the word filter that have been used numerous times in derogatory messaging. There were some words added to the filter that should not have been -- we corrected this today."

Iowa  roadIowa border counties bustling with out-of-state same-sex marriages.

 roadMarie Osmond has a lesbian daughter.

 roadNathaniel Frank: Obama's 100 days of silence on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." "Barack Obama still has a good chance at succeeding where Bill Clinton failed on this issue. If he does that, his grade for the first 100 days may seem largely--but not entirely-- superfluous. Still, Obama should already have done what Clinton should also have done: issue an immediate executive order halting gay discharges. Contrary to popular belief, the current president still has that option: even though Congress has to repeal the law to get it off the books, nothing in the statute requires that findings of homosexual discharge ever be made."


News: Connecticut, Milky Way, Cheeto, Edmund White, The Killers

 roadConnecticut Governor Jodi Rell signs marriage equality bill: "Rell this afternoon signed Senate Bill 899, which incorporates the findings of the Kerrigan case into Connecticut statutes. That ruling, handed down by the state Supreme Court in October, paved the way for same-sex marriage. Both the House and the Senate spent hours yesterday debating Senate Bill 899, which passed only after an amendment was added that provides an exemption to groups who object to same-sex marriage on religious grounds.

Milkyway  roadThe giant dust cloud at the heart of the Milky Way tastes vaguely like raspberries, smells like rum, scientists think.

 roadGizmodo blogger eats world's largest Cheeto - WATCH.

 roadAlabama House passes resolution in support of Miss California: "The House approved the resolution Thursday by Republican Rep. Jay Love of Montgomery on a voice vote...Love said Prejean stuck to her convictions even if it meant losing the pageant."

 roadGays vs gays on Jamaica boycott: "J-FLAG Programs Manager Jason McFarlane took particular exception to the boycott of Red Stripe beer, saying the brewer has 'unequivocally distanced itself from the hostility and violence typical of Jamaican music towards members of the LGBT community.'"

 roadMomentum in Utah for same-sex marriage, or just optimism?

 roadJesus Luz and Madonna back together.

 roadThe new video from Green Day.

 roadActivists gather strength in Mumbai to pressure politicians to decriminalize homosexuality: "At a 'People's Panchayat' in the capital on resisting stigma and homophobia, the activists said political parties, which have mindset dating back to years, need to wake up to the existence of sexual minorities or face electoral boycott from the estimated four crore population."

Schwarz  roadModeling: Waifs out, muscles in.

 roadLesbian assaulted at Nairobi bar. Kenyan gays demand protection.

 roadAnti-gay forces storm parliament in Uganda.

 roadHow Lorenzo Martone proposed to Marc Jacobs.

 roadStonewall Library and Archive celebrates grand opening in Fort Lauderdale: "In decades past, when gay residents wanted to find books about their community they had to borrow from friends or from a closet where some were stored at a gay-friendly church. The new location is a sign of how mainstream the gay community has become in Broward: the gay library shares a building with a county library and ArtServe and is situated on the edge of a city park where children play ball and seniors gather for tennis lessons. Jack Rutland, library executive director, lauded the city and county for entering a partnership to make the library possible. 'Imagine me saying that 20 years ago,' Rutland said."

 roadJustin Timberlake and Jimmy Kimmel have a golf cuddle.

 roadThe Killers planning release of live DVD and cover album?

 roadJulia Allison blabs about a "screaming match" between Rosie O'Donnell and Kelli.

White  roadEdmund White on Amazon: "I don't think it was a glitch. It's shocking that someone in that organization has the power to [get rid of] gay books. All my own books were [also] affected. I wrote in my name [on Amazon] last week and A Boy's Own Story wasn't there! Only four of my 22 books were there. It was astonishing. Frankly, if one of the custodians of Western culture is a corporation like Amazon, perhaps they should be regulated like the financial world. We need regulation in the cultural world too so that they don't restrict anything, like Amazon did."

 roadCan D.C. clergy stop same-sex marriage vote?

 roadU R GAY: Hamline Univeristy in St. Paul, Minnesota sees anti-gay graffiti.

 roadPedro Almodovar developing Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown into a TV series: "Fox TV Studios is developing the English-language hourlong project and has tapped Mimi Schmir to pen the pilot script. Almodovar and Schmir are exec producing...Almodovar will be very involved in "Women," which will be developed with an eye for the international market."

 roadPhotographer David LaChapelle lists Hollywood Hills home for $1.65 million.



News: Humpback Whale, Simpsons, Outrage, Scottish Male Barbie

 roadKirby Dick's Outrage hopes to shake anti-gay Republican hypocrisy to its core.

Dad roadFather and Son: "My life has been redefined by this statistic, 'The odds of getting pregnant from a one-time sexual encounter are about 11%.' I often think if it can happen, yes, it will happen to me. Now, I’m a single gay dad under thirty, that didn’t adopt, didn’t get married and isn’t bisexual, and inadvertently ends up with a best friend getting pregnant from the solitary experience."

 roadThe #1 male Barbie of Scotland.

 roadNot a clue: "Here is another great moment in A.P. history. In its quest to become the RIAA of the newspaper industry, the A.P.’s executives and lawyers are beginning to match their counterparts in the music industry for cluelessness. A country radio station in Tennessee, WTNQ-FM, received a cease-and-desist letter from an A.P. vice president of affiliate relations for posting videos from the A.P.’s official Youtube channel on its Website."

Humpback  roadHumpback whale spotted in Hudson River near Manhattan.

 roadMadonna donates $500,000 to Italian earthquake victims.

 roadSpeculation over a city council run for openly gay Fox 2 anchorman Charles Pugh has Detroit buzzing.

 roadNew Hampshire House passes anti-discrimination bill extending protections to transgender persons, by one vote: "The House debated more than three hours before voting 188-187 to send it to the Senate. Republicans call it the 'bathroom bill' based on the argument it would open all bathrooms to both men and women." 


Brazil  roadAnybody need a Brazilian?

 roadNapa's neighbor Yountville, California passes resolution opposing discrimination of any kind, including the prohibition of same-sex marriage.

 roadTell your Coming Out story to Showtime.

 roadBono checks for crabs.

 roadKen Blackwell and Christopher Hitchens spar over the end of Christianity in America.

Simpsons  roadThe Simpsons to get their own postage stamps.

 roadPolish sausage bitten off: "Horrified Marian Milczarek, 53, from Lesna in south west Poland, was attacked following a row with his friend - apparently over borrowing a trailer. 'He began hitting me with a chain and then pulled down my trousers and started biting. It was agony,' he said. Police and medics could find no trace of Marian's missing genitalia, and believe his attacker Wojciech Sowinski - now facing 10 years in jail - may have eaten it. 'If we'd had the other bit of his penis we could have sewn it back on,' said Dr Adam Domanasiewicz from the hospital in nearby Trzebnica, where Marian is recovering."

 roadStonewall Library & Archives to have grand opening in Fort Lauderdale on April 23. you may remember that moving SLA to this new space became a national story during the anti-gay campaign of Fort Lauderdale’s former mayor, who opposed a city building, which is leased by Broward County, providing space to the library. The move required the approval of the Fort Lauderdale City Commission and the Broward County Commission.


Anti-Gay Ft. Lauderdale Mayor Naugle Flushed from Office

Gay-friendly Rep. Jack Seiler (D), 46, won Fort Lauderdale's mayoral election yesterday, beating out openly gay candidates Earl Rynerson and lawyer Dean Trantalis. Naugle left office because of term limits.

SeilerJoe.My.God reports: "Seiler was opposed by the gay political group Dolphin Democrats, who published ads noting his endorsement by Jim Naugle. The legitimacy of Seiler's candidacy was questioned early in the campaign when he rented a home six blocks from his longtime home in adjacent Wilton Manors, where Seiler was mayor from 1998-2000, in order to establish residency inside Fort Lauderdale's city limits. Seiler's state legislative district included a portion of Fort Lauderdale."

Monday I noted that Naugle told the Sun-Sentinel that while the ads could have the effect of hurting Seiler by denying him the gay vote, they could also have the effect of boosting Seiler among non-gay voters who had re-elected Naugle eight consecutive times. And it appears Naugle may have been right.

However, Seiler seems more gay-friendly than the homophobic Naugle.

In a video shot late in the day yesterday by Father Tony for Joe.My.God, Seiler brushes off Naugle's endorsement and states his positions on several LGBT issues.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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