Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Flush Naugle

flushnaugle rally#3
Originally uploaded by farmboyz
Local political leaders came together on Tuesday to close ranks against Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle whose bigoted comments have finally galvanized an otherwise sleepy gay community.

The rally at City Hall attracted about a thousand participants, mostly gay men. The impressive roster of speakers included Matt Foreman, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, whose words were strong and clear, directing Floridians to shun Mayor Naugle and to exclude him from any gathering of decent people.

The real product of the "Flush Naugle" movement is a unifying grassroots movement that will probably result in the eventual toppling of the bigoted mayor and his replacement with more inspired leadership.

It was a pleasure to be part of this crowd. Interestingly, these are mostly not the men one sees out at the bars and sex clubs and bath houses and gay beaches of Fort Lauderdale, but these are the men whose work will guarantee the rights of those guys, making Fort Lauderdale an even better gay mecca. I suspect the "Flush Naugle" movement will expand rapidly and will develop some real muscle.


Mike said...

I've always thought that the only thing making Florida red instead of blue was the incredible apathy and apolitical nature of so many of its braindead citizenry.
I guess you get the government we deserve.

tater said...

I am glad you were there to document the Matt Foreman speech, and am extremely happy that you shared it with the rest of us. Thank you!