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Tyler Perry Offers $100,000 Reward For Info On Murdered Gay Man.

Tyler Perry Offers $100,000 Reward For Info On Murdered Gay Man.

 Perry wants to ensure that Josiah “Jonty” Robinson’s killer is caught.

Actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry best known for his “Madea” franchise is offering a reward of $100,000 to anyone who has information about the killing of a Black gay man in Grenada.

Perry posted earlier this week that Josiah “Jonty” Robinson, 24, was “like a son” to Perry’s friend Yvette Noel-Schure, the celebrity publicist.

“My soul ached as she shared that he was a young, gifted singer who was murdered because he was gay,” Perry wrote in the post, which included several images of Robinson. “My mind immediately went to Mathew Shepard, and all the other victims of racist, homophobic, antisemitic, xenophobic, senseless violence. – ” Perry wrote in his Instagram post. “So with that said, Yvette and I are offering a $100,000 dollar reward to anyone who brings forth information that leads to the conviction of the murderer of Josiah ‘Jonty’ Robinson.”

NBC news

Robinson’s body was found on a beach in St. George’s, Grenada, on June 18, according to the local newspaper The New Today Grenada. It reported that an autopsy found that Robinson had been strangled before he was thrown into the sea. It said police have questioned several people but have not had any breakthroughs.

Where it is a nice thing that Tyler Perry is doing. If only every murdered LGBT person had a connection to someone with money.

Gay History – July 27, 1967: Queen Elizabeth II Formally Decriminalizes Homosexuality in the United Kingdom

On this day in July 1967,  just under 2 years before the Stonewall Riots in the United States – The Sexual Offences Act of 1967 received royal assent from Elizabeth II, decriminalizing private homosexual acts in England and Wales. The age of consent for homosexual acts was set at 21, compared to 16 for heterosexual acts.

In the 1960s, one MP, Leo Abse, and a peer, Lord Arran, put forward proposals to change the way in which criminal law treated homosexual men by means of the Sexual Offences Bill. This attempt to liberalise the law relating to male homosexuality can be placed in a context of the rising number of prosecutions of homosexual men.

In his 1965 Sexual Offences Bill, Lord Arran drew heavily upon the findings of the Wolfenden Report (1957) which recommended the decriminalization of certain homosexual offences.

The Wolfenden committee had been set up to investigate homosexuality and prostitution in the mid 1950s, and included on its panel a judge, a psychiatrist, an academic and various theologians. They came to the conclusion (with one dissenter) that criminal law could not credibly intervene in the private sexual affairs of consenting adults in the privacy of their homes. The position was summarized by the committee as follows: “unless a deliberate attempt be made by society through the agency of the law to equate the sphere of crime with that of sin, there must remain a realm of private that is in brief, not the law’s business” (Wolfenden Report, 1957).

There was no political impetus after the publication of the Wolfenden report to legislate on this matter, but by 1967 the Labour Government of the time showed support for Lord Arran’s mode of liberal thought. It was considered that criminal law should not penalise homosexual men, already the object of ridicule and derision. The comments of Roy Jenkins, Home Secretary at the time, captured the government’s attitude: “those who suffer from this disability carry a great weight of shame all their lives” (quoted during parliamentary debate by The Times on 4 July 1967).

The Bill received royal assent on July 27, 1967 after an intense late night debate in the House of Commons.

Lord Arran, in an attempt to minimize criticisms that the legislation would lead to further public debate and visibility of issues relating to homosexual civil rights made the following qualification to this “historic” milestone: “I ask those [homosexuals] to show their thanks by comporting themselves quietly and with dignity… any form of ostentatious behavior now or in the future or any form of public flaunting would be utterly distasteful… [And] make the sponsors of this bill regret that they had done what they had done” 

The Act applied only to England and Wales and did not cover the Merchant Navy or the Armed Forces

In 2000, the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949 were invoked to ensure the passage of the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2000 which equalized that age of consent at 16 for both homosexual and heterosexual acts throughout the United Kingdom.

Republican Serial Killer of Gay Men in the 80s and 90s Estate Search Turns Up New DNA Samples.

Republican Serial Killer of Gay Men in the 80s Estate Search Turns Up New DNA Samples.

We’ve always been hunted. And always will. PLEASE BE CAREFUL!

Wealthy Republican businessman Herbert Baumeister was married with three children, who lived in a big house on a horse farm in suburban Indianapolis.

He was also a prolific serial killer and was suspected of killing over 20 boys and young gay men he met at or around gay bars during the 1980s. Baumeister died by suicide in 1996 at a public park in Canada after police searched his 18-acre Fox Hollow Farm estate in Westfield outside of Indianapolis and issued a search warrant for his arrest.

When Baumeister’s wife and children left for summer vacations, police believe Baumeister picked up young men at gay bars, took them to his home, and strangled them to death. Investigators believe Baumeister burned the bodies, pulverized the bones, and disposed of most of the remains on parts of his 18-acre farm.

In 1994, Baumeister’s 13-year-old son Erich found a human skull and a collection of bones while playing on the family’s Fox Hollow Farms estate. Julie said she forgot about the incident until November of the following year when police asked for permission to search the property as part of their investigation into a string of killings targeting young gay men in the area. The Baumeisters refused the request, but Julie later consented while Herbert was out of town in June 1996. His body was found with a single gunshot wound to the head on July 3, 1996, at a public park in Ontario, Canada.

investigators believe the over 10,000 charred bones and fragments could be the remains of at least 25 people. During the original investigation in the 1990s, forensics extracted 11 human DNA samples, of which eight, all young men, were identified and matched. The two new DNA profiles will be compared against existing DNA samples provided by the family of young men who went

He left a three-page suicide note in which he apologized for spoiling the scenery of that Canadian park where he killed himself and apologized for his failing marriage and crumbling businesses, the Indianapolis Star reported on July 6, 1996. His suicide note said nothing about the missing men and the bones found on his farm nearly two weeks prior.

Hopefully the new DNA techniques available will help find some rest for the victims of this demented monster.

Jack Schlossberg, JFK's Grandson Obliterates RFK Jr.'s "Embarrassing Vanity Project"

Jack Schlossberg, JFK’s Grandson Obliterates RFK Jr.’s “Embarrassing Vanity Project”

Bravo Jack Schlossberg. Caroline obviously raised him right!

Jack Schlossberg the grandson of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy has come out and joined other members of his political dynasty family denouncing RFK Jr. and his insane and very un-democratic views.

President John F. Kennedy is my grandfather, and his legacy is important. It’s about a lot more than Camelot and conspiracy theories. It’s about public service and courage. It’s about civil rights, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and landing a man on the moon. Joe Biden shares my father’s vision for America, that we do things not because they are easy, but because they are hard. And he is in the middle of becoming the greatest progressive president we’ve ever had.

Under Biden, we’ve added 13 million jobs, unemployment is at its lowest in 60 years. Biden passed the largest investment in infrastructure since the New Deal and the largest investment in green energy ever. He’s appointed more federal judges than any president since my grandfather. He ended our longest war. He ended the COVID pandemic, and he ended [former President] Donald Trump. These are the issues that matter. And if my cousin, Bobby Kennedy Jr., cared about any of them, he would support Joe Biden too.

Instead, he’s trading in on Camelot, celebrity conspiracy theories and conflict for personal gain and fame. I’ve listened to him. I know him. I have no idea why anyone thinks he should be president. What I do know is his candidacy is an embarrassment. Let’s not be distracted again by somebody’s vanity project. I’m excited to vote for Joe Biden in my state’s primary, and again in the general election. And I hope you will too.

Jack Schlossberg- Instagram post
Florida Jaguars Coach Kevin Maxen Comes Out As Gay.

Florida Jaguars Coach Kevin Maxen Comes Out As Gay.

Haha, Florida. Anti-Gay, Ron DeSantis. It’s Delicious.

Kevin Maxen has become the first male coach in major American men’s professional sports to publicly come out as gay, telling he decided because he didn’t want to hide who he is any longer and to possibly inspire others in similar situations.

“I don’t want to feel like I have to think about it anymore,” Maxen told Outsports in an exclusive interview. “I don’t want to feel like I have to lie about who I am seeing, or why I am living with someone else.

It wasn’t until recently – and with the immense love and support of my family, my friends, colleagues and peers, and the courage and sacrifice from my partner – that I realized I have the right and responsibility to love and be loved, and that maybe sharing this will hopefully give someone else the strength to accept their own life and take control of their own story.

I want to be vocal in support of people living how they want to live, but I also want to just live and not feel fear about how people will react.”


Maxen is the first publicly out male coach in a major American men’s pro sports league.

Gay History - July 17, 1982: The Scandal of Commander Michael Trestrail. The Queen's Gay Bodyguard.

Gay History – July 17, 1982: The Scandal of Commander Michael Trestrail. The Queen’s Gay Bodyguard.

Maggie Thatcher wanted to make “gays in the Palace” a public issue. Queen Elizabeth told Thatcher to mind her own business.

In 1982, Commander Trestrail’s sexual orientation became public knowledge when Trestrail’s lover, tried to sell his story to a British newspaper leading to his forced resignation from the British Navy and as Queen’s Elizabeth II personal bodyguard for16 years. At the time, homosexuality was still considered a criminal offense in the United Kingdom, and being openly gay could result in severe consequences, especially within the ranks of the military.

The revelation of Trestrail’s homosexuality caused a stir, both within the military and in the wider society. It raised questions about the discriminatory practices prevalent at the time and the impact they had on the careers of LGBTQ+ individuals, even those in positions of authority.

Margaret Thatcher, the Prime Minister at the time, was known for her conservative values and her strong opposition to gay rights. Her government had not yet implemented the reforms that would decriminalize homosexuality, contributing to an environment of prejudice and discrimination. Thatcher’s reaction to the scandal involving Commander Trestrail was unsurprisingly unsympathetic.

Thatcher’s stance further exacerbated the situation. Her conservative ideologies and commitment to traditional values prevented her from taking a progressive stance on gay issues. Instead, she aligned herself with the prevailing prejudices of the time.

The involvement of Queen Elizabeth II in the scandal surrounding Commander Trestrail remains a subject of speculation. While there is no concrete evidence of her direct participation, it is widely believed that she was aware of the situation by Thatcher herself. The Queen’s position as the head of state and her role as the symbolic figurehead of the British armed forces made her proximity to the scandal all the more significant.

The impact of Queen Elizabeth’s awareness of Trestrail’s resignation added another layer of complexity to the incident. It raised questions about the monarchy’s stance on gay issues and whether the Queen’s knowledge implied a tacit approval or disapproval of Trestrail’s forced resignation.:

Commander Michael Trestrail’s resignation amid the gay scandal left a lasting impact on the Gay+ community and British society as a whole. It brought attention to the discrimination faced by Gay+ individuals in the military and highlighted the need for reforms in the armed forces’ policies.

In subsequent years, efforts were made to challenge and change the discriminatory practices that had affected individuals like Trestrail. The decriminalization of homosexuality in 1982 was an essential step forward toward achieving equality and acceptance.

The resignation of Commander Michael Trestrail amid a gay scandal in 1982 exposed the challenges faced by Gay+ individuals in positions of power. The incident underscored the prevailing prejudice and discriminatory practices within the military and society at large. The response of Prime Minister Margret Thatcher and the alleged awareness of Queen Elizabeth II further highlighted the struggle for acceptance and equal treatment faced by Gay+ individuals in the United Kingdom. The aftermath of the scandal served as a catalyst for change, leading to important reforms and a greater push for rights in subsequent years.

MIAMI: Gay Man Brutally Beaten, Left For Dead In Anti-Gay Hate Crime.

MIAMI: Gay Man Brutally Beaten, Left For Dead In Anti-Gay Hate Crime.

“I was punched, kept getting punched in the face, kicked in the back and they just kept calling me faggot,” –  Greg Breidenbach

Greg Breidenbach was walking home from his neighborhood bar in the Coconut Grove section of Miami last week when he was attacked by two men because he was gay.

Breidenbach blacked out during the attack and police found him unconscious and “barely clothed” in the street.

WPLG reports that the attackers took a crucifix necklace Breidenbach was wearing, but strangely not his wallet. But he said his injuries were extensive. “My cheekbone has completely shattered. My orbital bone is completely cracked in half. My nasal cavity is fractured. My nasal cavity is separated from the sinus cavity,

 WPLG Local News 10

A spokesperson for the Miami Police Department said that they have not ruled out the possibility that the attack on Breidenback was a hate crime and are investigating whether he was targeted because of his sexuality.

Note to Miami Police: If he’s being brutally beaten and being called “faggot” it’s a fucking hate crime. Saturday Night Gay Short Film - "Signage" (12:00) Saturday Night Gay Short Film: “Signage” (12:00)

Written and Directed by Rick Hammerly,  the 2010 short film “Signage”  follows two forty-ish gay friends who go out for a night at the clubs. Our hero connects with a young gay deaf man and they both hit it off.  But the many labels and groups within groups of the gay community might be a hurdle in their getting together.

Starring:  Rick Hammerly, Jason Wittig, Jeffery Johnson.

Signage won Best Short at the Washington DC Independent Film Fest.

*Portions of film is told in sign language, with subtitles.

WHITE HOUSE Orders Selected Reserve and Members of the Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty.

WHITE HOUSE: Executive Order Signed for Selected Reserve and Members of the Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty.

The executive order will allow the Pentagon to tap into reserve forces for deployment to Europe as part of its long-standing NATO mission on the continent.

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including sections 121 and 12304 of title 10, United States Code, I hereby determine that it is necessary to augment the active Armed Forces of the United States for the effective conduct of Operation Atlantic Resolve in and around the United States European Command’s area of responsibility.  In furtherance of this operation, under the stated authority, I hereby authorize the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to the Coast Guard when it is not operating as a service in the Navy, under their respective jurisdictions, to order to active duty any units, and any individual members not assigned to a unit organized to serve as a unit of the Selected Reserve, or any member in the Individual Ready Reserve mobilization category and designated as essential under regulations prescribed by the Secretary concerned, not to exceed 3,000 total members at any one time, of whom not more than 450 may be members of the Individual Ready Reserve, as they deem necessary, and to terminate the service of those units and members ordered to active duty.

     This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.


July 13, 2023.

FLORIDA: Tourism Officials Report Canceled Conventions, Giant Meningitis-Laden Snails and a Malaria Warning.

FLORIDA: Tourism Officials Report Canceled Conventions, Giant Meningitis-Laden Snails and a Malaria Warning.

Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon
You come and go, you come and go..
But please keep it coming.

The group Visit Lauderdale works with organizations across the country to bring conventions to Broward County. The group’s president and CEO, Stacy Ritter, said there is a clear pattern when it comes to recent cancellations.

Broward County has lost more than a half-dozen conventions as their organizers cite the divisive political climate as their reason to stay out of Florida. The list was compiled by Visit Lauderdale, formerly known as the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Broward’s tourism arm said the lost conventions could have brought hotel stays to Fort Lauderdale and its surrounding cities, which also meant money spent on restaurants and attractions.

“We lost this program due to political climate,” according to a Visit Lauderdale spreadsheet listing the decision of the Supreme Council of America Inc., Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite Masons to cancel their convention — and 855 rooms — in August 2024.

The South Florida Sun

According to @alltherooms, the Orlando DMA for Air BnB is down 35% from May 2022 to May 2023. Per @VisitOrlando: rentals in Orange County, occupancy year-to-date so far 60.9%, down 10% from 2022. The average daily rate through May 2023 is $175, a 7% increase from 2022.

In other Florida news: Health officials have confirmed two new cases of malaria have been contracted in Southwest Florida as a statewide health advisory for the mosquito-borne illness remains in effect. Health officials confirmed finding three mosquitoes carrying the parasite in Sarasota County in early June.

Per the CDC, these malaria cases are the first “locally acquired” cases reported in the US since 2003.

And finally the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and its Division of Plant Industry announced that a quarantine and treatment area has been established in specific areas of Broward County in response to previously detected giant African land snails. The snails also pose a serious health risk to humans by carrying parasite rat lungworm, known to cause meningitis in humans.

Please avoid Florida.