The city council of Latta, South Carolina is investigating the circumstances surrounding the firing of Police Chief Crystal Moore by the town’s mayor. Moore claims she was fired because of her sexual orientation.
Mayor Earl Bullard fired Moore earlier this week after giving her seven written reprimands in one day (the first reprimands in her 20-plus years on the job). Some elected officials and city residents, however, have rallied to Moore’s side, believing that Bullard has held a long-standing vendetta against Moore because she’s gay.
"I can't believe that we still have no equal rights. That's the biggest issue. I've been harassed, intimidated. This is the first time it's been this public. I'd tried living a quiet decent life and do what I'm supposed to," Moore said.
In an audio recording provided to WBTW by city councilman Jared Taylor, Mayor bullard is heard saying he’d rather have an alcoholic be responsible for his kids than a gay person with a “questionable” lifestyle:
“I would much rather have someone who drank and drank too much taking care of my child than I had somebody whose lifestyle is questionable around children, because that ain’t the damn way that they’re supposed to be,” Bullard says on the call. “I don’t agree with some of the lifestyles that I see portrayed and I don’t say anything because that’s the way they want to live. But I’m not going to let my child be around. I’m not going to let two women stand up there and hold hands and let my child be aware of it, and I’m not going to see them do it with two men neither. I’m not going to do it, because that ain’t the way the world works.”
The city council held a special meeting Thursday and voted for a referendum to weaken the mayor’s power. City residents will now be able to vote on the measure.
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Posted Apr. 18,2014 at 7:30 PM EST by Kyler Geoffroy in Discrimination, News, South Carolina |
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RUPAUL DRIVES: NYC nightlife queen Susanne Bartsch.
SPACEX: Test flight of the F9R reusable rocket (like the one that took off to the ISS today).
ONION: 14 percent of Americans now intolerant to the word 'gluten'.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: A new featurette.
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Posted Apr. 18,2014 at 6:30 PM EST by Andy Towle in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube |
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New Oregon marriage licenses available for gay couples.
Jared Leto and Jesus, together at last.
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Rich Juzwiak interviews Ira Sachs about his forthcoming film Love is Strange: "I've been close to two or three couples, gay and straight, who have been together for 45 years. I have a sense of the chapters in those stories. I think as a screenwriter, you want to reveal that history as organically as possible."
Milwaukee couple files suit challenging Wisconsin's gay marriage ban. "According to court documents, plaintiffs Katherine and Linda Halopka-Ivery of Milwaukee County said the case should go directly to the Supreme Court because the issue of the constitutionality of the ban is one of great public interest (or “publici juris”). This means the Supreme Court has the right to take original jurisdiction on the matter."
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Teen Wolf star Ryan Kelley shows off his six-pack.
Norwegian plumber stabbed his workmate after gay jibe: "The 42-year-old man and his younger colleague had been working on a job together in the summer of 2012, when the younger man began attacking him about his sexuality, telling him that he had heard rumours that he had a secret male lover."
Playbill to switch up logo to support gay pride.
Namibia says foreign gays cannot claim refugee status: "We will not accept them. They are not part of the criteria we use."
Kim Novak writes open letter to Oscar bullies: "For days, I didn’t leave the house, and it got to me like it gets kids and teenagers.I’m not going to deny that I had fat injections in my face. They seemed far less invasive than a face lift. In my opinion, a person has a right to look as good as they can, and I feel better when I look better.”
Don Lemon's modeling pics.
Florida marriage equality plaintiff invited to White House Easter Egg roll: "Melanie & Vanessa Alenier, one of the plaintiff couples in the lawsuit for marriage equality in Florida, will be attending the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll with their family. This event, hosted by the First Family, is being held on Monday, April 21st, 2014."
Gay man is 'allergic' to the Kardashians: "He breaks out in a cold sweat whenever he sees or hears the famous family and says the sight of a semi-naked Kim even makes him vomit with disgust."
Questions arise over American plane spotted on Tehran runway: "The Federal Aviation Administration said it had no information about the investors in the aircraft or who was operating it. Officials waiting at the gangway at Mehrabad Airport said only that the aircraft was 'V.I.P.' ... Iranian officials also declined to comment on the purpose of the plane’s visit or passengers’ identities. A spokesman for Iran’s United Nations mission in New York, Hamid Babaei, said: 'We don’t have any information in this regard. I refer you to the owner.'"
Posted Apr. 18,2014 at 5:00 PM EST by Andy Towle |
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Zac Efron goes to great lengths to assure victory in a cubicle competition with Seth Rogen for the Comedy Central show Workaholic.
The Workaholics guys begin chanting, "We've got to see that d--k. We've got to see that d--k." Efron stands up, unzips his pants, pulls out his manhood and says, "There, see? Full circumcised."
The four other guys gasp in amazement. "Oh my god, it's amazing. It is f--king gorgeous," Rogen says. "Did Leonardo Di Vinci circumcise you? It's beautiful.
Your balls have a six-pack! Put it away! Put it away, it's too nice!"
"That was a great d--k! That was a great d--k!" Adam, Blake and Ders chant.
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Posted Apr. 18,2014 at 4:16 PM EST by Andy Towle in News, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron |
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One Direction changes up the 'I'm walking on a cold pier and singing a ballad' video with some fancy visual magic including morphing faces, running into frozen future versions of themselves, and blowing up balloons that magically tie on their own.
The clip was directed by Ben Winston.
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Posted Apr. 18,2014 at 3:14 PM EST by Andy Towle in Music, Music Video, One Direction |
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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe used a speech on Friday to speak out against gay rights and countries seeking to punish African nations who punish homosexuality, threatening to expel pro-gay diplomats.
Said Mugabe during celebrations to mark his country's 34th independence anniversary at the giant National Sports Stadium, Harare:
"Some years ago, l was warned that there was some secret organisation of that nature which was addressing young men...to join them as homosexuals. This nonsense from Europe, keep their homosexual nonsense there and not cross over with it....We did not fight for this Zimbabwe so it can be a homosexual territory. We will never have that here and if there are any diplomats who will talk of any homosexuality, just tell me. We will kick them out of the country without any excuse. We won’t even listen."
Mugabe added that the world will never see homosexuality decriminalized in Zimbabwe:
"They even refuse today that if a man has sex with another man it’s wrong, its sodomy. If you pass a law that rejects homosexual marriages, ‘we will punish you’ like what they are doing to Uganda and us. And they say they want you to believe that if a man gets another man and they have a homosexual relationship, they have human rights to do so. If you pass a law that rejects homosexual marriages, ‘we will punish you’ like what they are doing to Uganda and us. And they say they want you to believe that if a man gets another man and they have a homosexual relationship, they have human rights to do so."
"What is wrong is wrong and cannot be right but they say no, human beings are free to marry each other, and look at the absurdity of it all, when God created the world, we leant from the Bible, He created animals, forests, lastly He created man. Because man was lonely, He got from the side of man, a rib and created a woman...that’s the start of society as we know it from the bible."
Posted Apr. 18,2014 at 2:51 PM EST by Andy Towle in News, Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe |
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