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07/28/2014

Man Stabbed By Man He Was Having Sex With In Florida Cemetery: VIDEO

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This is not your True Blood recap, but it may sound like it.

After meeting in a Tallahassee, Florida cemetery at 11:00 at night for a sexual rendezvous, a man was stabbed five times by his would-be lover. WXTL reports that the encounter, which took place on June 24, took a bad turn as soon as the assailant mentioned the victim’s ex-boyfriend: 

The victim said it was during "sexual activity" that Johnson mentioned the victim's ex-boyfriend and then started stabbing him.

Court records show that Johnson told the victim "no one would have to worry" about him anymore.

Law enforcement says the victim was able to kick Johnson out of the car and lock the doors. However, Johnson attempted to get back into the car by gaining access through a slightly open window, the victim told police.

The victim was able to escape and drive off, crashing through the cemetery's fence at the intersection of 4th Ave. and Martin Luther King Blvd.

The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of his wounds. According to the police report, there were a total of five stab wound; three to chest and one in each arm.

The victim required surgery for his wounds as he suffered internal injuries as a result of the stabbing, mainly a punctured lung and lacerated liver. The assailant, 18-year-old Devante L. Johnson, was later arrested for attempted murder.

Watch a news clip on the harrowing night at the cemetery, AFTER  THE JUMP…

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Posted Jul. 28,2014 at 6:25 PM EST by in Crime, Florida, News, News Clips | Permalink | Comments (0)


Study Finds Gay Neighborhoods Losing LGBT Cultural Identity

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In an upcoming book entitled There Goes the Gayborhood, University of British Columbia sociologist Amin Ghaziani says that “fewer same-sex couples reside in historically gay neighborhoods compared to 10 years ago” adding that “the number of gay men who live in gay enclaves [like San Francisco’s Castro district, New York’s Chelsea, Chicago’s Boystown] has declined eight percent while the number of lesbians has dropped 13 percent.”

Ghaziani says that “gentrification, changing attitudes among gays and lesbians, and growing acceptance of same-sex couples” as well as the desire of same-sex parents to live around good schools have all contributed to the dispersal of gays and lesbians from traditional gayborhoods.

“Gay neighborhoods have been crucial to the struggle for freedom, and have produced globally important contributions, from politics to poetry to music and fashion,” Ghaziani says. “The growing acceptance of same-sex couples underlying these findings is extremely positive, but it is important that we continue to find meaningful ways to preserve these culturally important spaces.”

Posted Jul. 28,2014 at 5:55 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (2)


NC Attorney General Says He'll No Longer Defend State's Gay Marriage Ban Following 4th Circuit Virginia Ruling

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North Carolina's Attorney General Roy Cooper said today that he would no longer defend the state's gay marriage ban following the Virginia ruling today from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the News Observer reports:

Cooper said that in light of the decision it would be “futile” to continue arguing the North Carolina’s case against same-sex marriage.

“I have concluded that the state of North Carolina will not oppose the cases moving forward,” Cooper said before a bank of television cameras at his office in downtown Raleigh. “… Our office believes the judges in North Carolina are bound by this 4th Circuit decision.”

Four cases are currently challenging North Carolina's ban on gay marriage. Cooper's decision will not immediately affect NC, the paper says, because no judge has ruled there, but it does pave the way for further equality rulings.

Added Cooper: “Our attorneys have vigorously argued this case every step of the way … There are really no arguments left to be made.”

Watch video of Cooper at WRAL.

Posted Jul. 28,2014 at 5:46 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, News, North Carolina | Permalink | Comments (2)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1595

DUMBLEDORE: Things he did that would be creepy if you did them.

WEIRD AL: A side-by-side comparison of his videos with the ones they are parodying.

HIGH DIVE INCIDENT: Don't have second thoughts or this may happen to you.

WEIRD AL: The parodist learns that his album is #1 on the Billboard charts.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Jul. 28,2014 at 4:55 PM EST by in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (0)


Fourth Circuit Affirms Virginia's Ban on Gay Marriage Unconstitutional: An Analysis of the Dissent

BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN

NiemeyerToday, the Richmond, Virginia-based Fourth Circuit affirmed a lower court judge's decision striking down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage. When last we discussed this case, a three-judge panel was hearing oral argument and one judge, Paul V. Niemeyer (right), was using his time questioning the pro-equality advocacy to spout particular offensive rhetoric.

Not surprisingly, Judge Niemeyer is in the minority today, writing a lone dissenting opinion to the majority's affirmation that banning gays from marrying denies them a fundamental right under the U.S. Constitution. That fundamental right -- the right to marry -- is denied to gay persons when a state says that they cannot marry the person they love, that they could be forced to deny the equality of their love and union (by being relegated to a civil union or worse) or could easily marry a stranger as long as that stranger is of a different gender.

The majority opinion sounds pretty familiar: the appellants have standing, Baker v. Nelson does not foreclose a federal decision on the merits, and Virginia's ban violates the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments by denying gays the fundamental right to marry, a right that the Supreme Court has affirmed and reaffirmed more than 15 times.

We have covered all those matters before. AFTER THE JUMP, I want to spend a few column inches on the dissent, a diatribe that is dimissive, at best, and hateful, at worst.

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Posted Jul. 28,2014 at 3:52 PM EST by in Ari Ezra Waldman, Gay Marriage, Law - Gay, LGBT, News, Virginia | Permalink | Comments (13)


News: Watermelon, Zach Phelps-Roper, Cape Cod, Marijuana

RoadNYT: 36 hours in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

RoadUN rights official: Downing of Malaysian MH17 may be a war crime.

WatermelonRoadWorst watermelon ever.

RoadWhen the weatherman tells you to expect 12 inches.

RoadObama urged to highlight LGBT rights during African summit: "Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is among those who are expected to attend the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit that will take place at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington between Aug. 4-6. Obama is scheduled to speak at the summit on Aug. 5 before the White House hosts a dinner in honor of the gathering."

RoadGay rabbi fills pulpit in Washington D.C.

RoadFormer Westboro Baptist Church member Zach Phelps-Roper does a Reddit AMA.

RoadNYT: legalize marijuana.

RoadLouisiana attorney general joins appeal of Indiana gay marriage ruling: "Louisiana's attorney general has joined his counterparts in eight other states in supporting an appeal of a ruling that found Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. A copy of the brief filed in the case was released Friday by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office. It cites last year's Supreme Court decision that struck down a federal prohibition against recognizing legal gay marriages. That same decision, the brief asserts, upheld the right of states to define marriage."

RoadMale model fix: Ellis McCreadie.

RoadChris Evans and Aaron Taylor-Johnson get touchy feely at Comic Con.

TrexRoadA flock of plastic flamingos attacks a T Rex on the Google campus.

RoadThe pier in the UK where One Direction shot their You & I video is seeing a surge in tourism.

RoadFrench mayor who opposes gay marriage officiates his own son's wedding to a man: “My son was getting married, there was no question of letting anyone else do it."

RoadPrince Harry parties shirtless.

RoadSt. Lucia Prime Minister asks overseas-based locals advice on gay marriage: "Highlighting the need to engage Saint Lucians overseas on matters affecting Saint Lucia, Anthony said there are policies that are being imposed on the island which Saint Lucia is expected to either sign and accept, or face the consequences. Anthony told his audience that there are some “delicate” issues that face Saint Lucia and its tourism industry, and said the island needs the help, assistance and guidance of its overseas based nationals."

RoadThe Obama women were spotted at a Beyoncé concert.

WonderwomanRoadWonder Woman has a new look.

RoadMore on Cape Cod's shark tourism: "The creatures may have long lurked in New England waters. But they are closer to shore now because their chief food source, the gray seal, has returned in abundance."

Road'Masters of Sex' covers the tragedy of 1950's gay life.

RoadStudy: ignoring gays is bad for business.

RoadPolice officer proposes shelter for gay homeless men in Kingston, Jamaica: "Commanding officer for the New Kingston Police, Deputy Superintendent Christopher Murdock, made the suggestion at a meeting last Thursday attended by residents of communities in New Kingston, some of the homeless young men, business operators in the financial district, and representatives of interest groups, including the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA)."

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