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Open Lesbian Jane Castor Named First Female Police Chief of Tampa


Jane Castor, an openly lesbian mother of two, has been appointed Tampa Florida's first female police chief:

"Mayor Pam Iorio made the announcement during a morning news conference, praising retiring Chief Stephen Hogue for leaving a legacy of leadership that allowed her to pick his successor without moving from the 10th floor of police headquarters...There are nine female police chiefs in Florida, including Pinellas Park Chief Dorene Thomas, according to the Florida Police Chiefs Association. Nationwide, about 300 out of 18,000 police chiefs are women, according to women-in-policing expert Dorothy Schulz of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. Castor's promotion had added significance for another reason. Openly gay, she has served for more than six years as a liaison to Tampa's gay and lesbian community. Brian Winfield, spokesman for Equality Florida, said it was that communication that eventually helped police identify Steven Lorenzo of Seminole Heights as a suspect in the 2003 murders of two gay men."

The Daily Loaf reports: Castor2 "The 49-year-old never dodged LGBT-related questions, but said she’d rather focus on what she plans to do as chief. Castor made it clear that she has never experienced homophobia on the part of other Tampa officers or the public. 'When I came on the department 25 years ago, the trails had already been blazed,' Castor said. 'I’ve never had any issues within this department or within this city.'
However, her appointment is still a milestone, said Equality Florida Director Nadine Smith. Castor had served for several years as the department’s highly visible liaison to Tampa’s gay and lesbian community.
'There was a time when sexism and homophobia would have prevented the most qualified candidate from getting selected,' Smith said. 'And so it is a testament to her impressive résumé and the progress we’ve made as a society that she’s been named as the new police chief.' Smith said Castor’s sexuality should have been included in news coverage by the mainstream news organizations. None mentioned it."

News: The Gloved One, Mrs. Slocombe, Big Brother, The Cubs


Neil Patrick Harris to host the Emmys?



Glove for sale.


NO! Mrs. Slocombe and her pussy died!


Also, choreographer Pina Bausch. And Karl Malden.


Same-sex marriage stalls in Rhode Island: "None of the bills legalizing same-sex marriage in Rhode Island advanced to a floor vote this session, continuing a trend begun in 1997."


Chaz Bono plays with the paparazzi.


Michael Jackson's will. No public viewing at Neverland. Funeral to be held at L.A.'s Staples Center.


Pennsylvania's Allegheny County passes law forbidding discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.


Stampp Corbin on the Obama Pride reception: "There will be some who even will gather in the Capitol in October to protest your administration’s lack of attention to equal protection for LGBT Americans. You want pressure? We’ll give it to you in spades."


Hollywood gives up on ideas.



Meet Kevin, the gay Big Brother houseguest.


Beau Breedlove has sour grapes over his affair with Portland Mayor Sam Adams. Adams was cleared of wrongdoing last week. Now, because the Oregon AG said he no longer had credibility after posing nude for Unzipped magazine and getting paid for it, Breedlove seems to want revenge: "It really upsets me. It’s just lie after lie after lie until we’re at the end of the bowl and the last person to be burned from the situation is me."


Snippet: The Killers do "Hotel California".


DJ Earworm: My life would suck without you in my place.


Manhattan apartment prices plummet to just $760,000 to $849,000 in the median range.


Wentworth Miller broke out of prison, now he's going to Law & Order: SVU.



Homophobia alive and well among Chicago baseball fans.


Labor big Stuart Appelbaum outs himself.


Dallas Million Gay March to move out of gay ghetto into "more mainstream area" next year.


Gay resort opens near Tampa: "While open to anyone, the hotel caters almost exclusively to gay men. Photos of butt-baring hot guys adorn the walls — and are available for $169 apiece. The second-floor club has a darkened maze room and other "intimacy zones.'' The courtyard boasts a kumquat tree and a 50-man hot tub, possibly the largest in Tampa. If it sounds like a bathhouse, don't describe it that way to the owners. Technically, and according to the city, the Ybor Resort & Spa is a hotel and a men's health studio. Sex and nudity in public areas is not allowed."

Britney Spears Announces Wardrobe Malfunction Over Open Mic


The lights had gone off after one of Britney Spears' numbers on her Circus tour last night in Tampa, but her microphone hadn't and she inadvertently told the audience about a piece of her anatomy that had been exposed.


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News: Volcano, Wales, Baker's Dozen, Tampa, Sam Adams, Zombies

road.jpg Obama: Wall Street bonuses "shameful."

Redoubtroad.jpg Scientists: Alaskan volcano eruption imminent.

road.jpg This is the height of irresponsibility.

road.jpg Police raise rainbow flag in Wales: "Sexuality is a highly emotive and personal matter and I have great respect for those involved with The Gay Police Association who, over the years, have worked selflessly to promote equality within our organisation. I am immensely proud to support our gay officers and staff and I hope that this event sends out a clear message as we continue to strive for inclusivity and equality."

road.jpg Prince Harry look-alike says he's getting too much attention.

Radclifferoad.jpg Sardi's needs a new artist: Portrait looks nothing like Daniel Radcliffe.

road.jpg University of Tampa to provide benefits to same-sex couples: "This comes just a week after Hillsborough County refused to even discuss the issue in a 5-2 vote. The Minaret Online cites an email sent to faculty and staff explaining that the same sex domestic partnership benefits will begin April 1st. The benefits do not extend to heterosexual domestic partnerships because they are legally able to marry in Florida."

road.jpg You may remember the Yale Baker's Dozen New Years Eve San Francisco bashing case. It has finally been settled: "[Sharyar] Aziz said Thursday his civil suit case was settled against his personal attackers, Richard, Michael and James Aicardi. Brian Dwyer, the fourth man originally named in the civil suit, was dropped from the case earlier due to contradictory accounts of the attack. 'I am happy we can all move on,' Aziz said in a telephone interview."

road.jpg Road sign hacked to warn drivers of zombies ahead.

Mendez_2road.jpg Close-up: Ian Thorpe's Brazilian housemate.

road.jpg LGBT paper in San Diego calls on Portland's Mayor Sam Adams to quit.

road.jpg Former SF Mayor Willie Brown representing two 24 Hour Fitness employees who claim the company retaliated after they complained about racist, sexist, and homophobic remarks at work: "Brown and Renne are part of a legal team representing Paul Drobot and Reginald Allison, two managerial employees who complained about instances of discrimination in hiring on the basis of race, as well as frequent racist, sexist and homophobic comments. In August 2006, the two employees filed charges with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about alleged discriminatory practices dating back to 2003. According to those charges, management within the company not only refused to address the inappropriate behavior, but eventually retaliated against the employees for having complained. 'When these two reported to their immediate supervisor about actions not in keeping with the employee manual, what happened? They got squashed. They got demoted and eventually terminated,' Renne said."

Cratersroad.jpg NASA peers into Moon's shadowed craters.

road.jpg Film Experience takes a look at the GLAAD awards.

road.jpg SPOILERS: If you're interested in knowing who on American Idol made it through Hollywood week (which hasn't aired yet), the list is here.

road.jpg A new trio of Beckham Armani shots.

road.jpg Clergy at Cleveland Ohio's Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ refuse to sign licenses until all can marry: "Heterosexual couples exchanging wedding vows at the church will need an additional civil ceremony by a justice of the peace or a judge to make their union legal. The move was approved by an overwhelming voice vote during a congregational meeting last weekend. Head pastor Rev. John Tamilio III calls it a civil-rights protest."

News: Right Whales, Carrie Fisher, Adoption, Northampton

road.jpg Travolta son Jett dies while vacationing with parents...

road.jpg Black gay activists: Ebenezer Baptist should dump Warren as speaker for MLK Day service. Atlanta Black LGBT Coalition: "Rev. Warren’s hateful opposition to civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and reproductive rights for women, and his intolerance of diversity contradict the values of freedom and equality that this day represents...Bestowing Rev. Warren such a prominent role does not foster greater understanding between divided communities. Instead it drives more wedges between disenfranchised communities that are continually pitted against each other by the agents of racism and homophobia."

Rightwhaleroad.jpg Scientists discover important endangered Right Whale breeding ground off coast of Maine: "In early December, surveyors counted 44 right whales in one day about 70 miles south of Bar Harbor, Maine, in an area known as Jordan Basin. On a day in mid-December, they counted 41 whales just west of Jordan Basin. Surveyors counted three right whales on Dec. 6 at Cashes Ledge, about 80 miles east of Gloucester. Surveyors in recent years have counted from three to five right whales each day prior to this, said National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration spokeswoman Shelley Dawicki."

road.jpg Eternal bachelor George Clooney has found love for 2009.

road.jpg Pride & Joy: Longstanding gay-themed shop in Northampton, Massachusetts to close.

road.jpg Michigan's LGBT community center, Affirmations in Detroit, cuts back staff, hours as it struggles to survive: "Thompson said she's been running nonprofits for more than 20 years and 'I've never seen a year end as bad as this one,' she said."

Magicnegroroad.jpg FOX runs "magic negro" ticker on New Years Eve telecast.

road.jpg Sources to AP: Kennedy likely pick by Paterson for Clinton Senate seat.

road.jpg Activist Peter Tatchell condemns homophobic BBC program: "Within the programme, which was broadcast in two parts on BBC3 on 30th and 31st December, lesbians were described as 'munters' and viewers were told that female Hollywood superstars should be saved for heterosexuals."

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Carrieroad.jpg Boy Culture looks at Carrie Fisher's new memoir, Wishful Drinking.

road.jpg 114 World's new oldest person Gertrude Baines voted for Obama in November - VIDEO.

road.jpg BUSHED: Medic attends to Beckham after Milan work-out...

road.jpg Tampa-area couple with two foster daughters profiled as state waits on adoption laws...

road.jpg Half of Roman Catholic adoption agencies in UK that said they would refuse to abide by laws forcing them to consider gay and lesbian couples as prospective adoptees now say they will comply: "he agencies were given an 21-month exemption from the anti-discrimination laws, which came into effect in 2007, but that expired on 1 January. They said the law, which makes it illegal to discriminate against gay applicants, went against their beliefs. Five of the 11 agencies will now comply with the rules, while one is to close...Another two of the agencies are seeking exemption from the law by having themselves registered as charities explicitly serving heterosexual and single people. The position of the remaining three agencies is not known."

Protestors Target Florida Governor Crist's 'Traditional' Wedding


Florida Governor Charlie Crist married Carole Rome last night in St. Petersburg and protestors from Impact Florida stood across the street as guests, which included TV personality Geraldo Rivera, filed into the wedding. By all reports, the protest was peaceful:

AFP: "Around 250 demonstrators gathered outside downtown St. Petersburg's red-brick First United Methodist Church on Friday where Crist, 52, and Carole Rome, 39, were married. It was the second marriage for both. Some held up signs of protest while others wore pink T-shirts with black decals on the front and back that read 'Congratulations Governor Crist. When can I get married?' The demonstration was organized by a group called Impact Florida, which opposes Amendment 2, a ban on same-sex marriage that was added to the state's constitution in the November election."

I've posted three separate videos by 10Connects in Tampa, AFTER THE JUMP...

Florida Gov. Crist: Gays Have the Right to Protest My Wedding [tr]
Gay Group to Crash Florida Governor Charlie Crist's Wedding [tr]
Charlie Crist to Have Fabulous Gay Marriage [tr]
Florida Governor Charlie Crist Says He Supports Gay Marriage Ban [tr]
Fla GOP Gov. Candidate Charlie Crist: I Never Had Sex with a Man [tr]
Opponent Outs Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Crist [tr]

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