On Friday, Miami's CBS affiliate aired a segment on the plight of homeless LGBT teens -- and floated the fascinating and frightening idea that a recent increase in the number of such teens has to do with the earlier and earlier ages at which teens are coming out of the closet. Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...
A Miami man is in custody, accused of killing two men because he perceived they were gay, WPLG reports:
"A suspect has been arrested in the fatal shooting of the owner of a South Florida auto shop, and police said the gunman killed the man because he thought the man was gay. Matthew Guzman, 21 (pictured), was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Paul Barrow, 46. Barrow was shot in the head on the morning of Dec. 16 at his business, Devonaire Service, at 122nd Avenue and 112th Street. He later died...Guzman was arrested Sunday in connection with another crime. Police said he then confessed to killing Barrow as well as another man, Harry Ray, on Nov. 18."
WSVN notes that Guzman shot and killed Ray because he perceived Ray was making "homosexual advances" towards him.
Watch an early NBC report on the shooting of Barrow, whom they mistakenly refer to as Morrow, AFTER THE JUMP...
According to at least one model.
The New Times reports: "The latest updates to those forecast has oil from the Gulf spill showing up in Gulf Stream off the coast of Miami today...The way [Dr. Robert H. Weisberg, director of the University of South Florida Ocean Circulation Group in the school's College of Marine Science] explains an eddy has formed in the massive loop of oil still growing in the Gulf. 'If the loop reattaches with the eddy then it could mean a lot of oil for Miami. That is the reality,' he says. 'It all depends on whether the loop current reattaches and those things we can't really predict.' He says that the fact that more oil hasn't been spotted off the coast of Miami, considering it unique position so close to the Gulf Stream, has been pure good fortune."
Animation, AFTER THE JUMP...
Developer Guillermo Socarras has been in talks with the Federal Aviation Administration to secure approval for the height of the tower in this superstructure proposed for Miami, called Miapolis:
"The 160 storey building would be more than 183 metres higher than the Burj Khalifa if built and would house an amusement park, observatory, restaurants, 1.96 million sq ft of shops, over 1000 apartments, 1 million sq ft office space and a 792 room hotel."
The project has been around for 10 years but the FAA movement is new, apparently.
Check out the planned location, AFTER THE JUMP...
Jon Hamm sports full beard.
Snowballs: the new pets.
Bozeman, 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."
Man murdered in Sydney, Australia park last year revealed to be gay.
Divorce rates HIGHER in states with same-sex marriage bans.
Conan won't budge from late-night slot.
Liberty 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.
Heidi Montag says her new album, Superficial, is as good as Thriller.
Mystery object buzzes Earth.
Doomsday clock to be changed.
Stories 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."
Annise Parker discusses Obama voicemail.
Google reviewing operations in China due to censorship.
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.
John Mayer performs internet cleanse.
Evidence that NY's nightlife scene needs an epitaph.
Gay 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."
Dustin Lance Black and Neil Patrick Harris join Trevor Project board.
Dan Savage and Benoit Denizet-Lewis debate sex addiction on the Michelangelo Signorile Show.
Tickle the ivories, on YouTube.
Ten trolls every blogger will encounter.
Gay "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!'"
Murder music singer Buju Banton has been jailed in Miami:
"Drug Enforcement Administration agents say Banton, real name Mark Anthony Myrie, has been in custody since Thursday and will soon be transferred to Tampa, where the U.S. Attorney is charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilos of cocaine. Banton has homes both in Jamaica and Tamarac. While legions of dancehall reggae enthusiasts view Banton as one of the most prolific voices of Jamaica's poor masses, critics say he's a gay basher whose lyrics incite violence by calling for attacking and torturing homosexuals. His song 'Boom Bye Bye', a dancehall hit released in the 1990s, advocates shooting gays in the head and setting them on fire."
Numerous dates on Banton's recent tour were canceled after protest over the singer's anti-gay lyrics. In October, a group of activists from San Francisco sat down with Banton in an attempt to get the singer to understand what the anger was about, but the summit appeared to do little good, with Banton declaring shortly thereafter, "This is a fight, and as I said in one of my songs 'there is no end to the war between me and faggot' and it's clear. The same night after I met with them (gay associates), they pepper-sprayed the concert. So what are you trying to tell me? I owe dem nothing, they don't owe I nothing."
Banton's recent nomination for a Grammy has also sparked an outcry, with GLAAD, Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD) and the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), joining a petition drive against The Recording Academy.