Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy ending in the works for fired Latta police chief as mayor continues to lose support

Crystal Moore
It looks like Crystal Moore, the former police chief of Latta, SC who was fired allegedly due to her sexual orientation has just won yet another round against the man who fired her, Mayor Earl Bullard.

This just came in from WBTW News 13:

The Latta Town Council voted unanimously in two key measures Tuesday night in support of fired Police Chief Crystal Moore. The council was having an emergency meeting to address the firing of Moore last week by Mayor Earl Bullard.

Since her firing, there has been a landslide of support for Moore – and questions from townsfolk if she was fired because she is openly gay. The council voted 6-0 on an “emergency ordinance” that blocks the Mayor from hiring anyone to fill the police chief job for about two months.

Last week, the council voted to allow a town-wide referendum in 60 days on whether to change the basic governing structure of the town from “mayor-strong” to “council-strong” – which would strip some powers from the Mayor.

Council members say that if the town becomes council-strong-mayor-weak within 60 days they will vote to re-hire Chief Moore.

According to WBTW News 13, the council also held a second vote to show support to Moore for her 20 years of service. While that vote was symbolic, it passed 6-0.

Moore's firing last week ignited a huge worldwide media storm which was exacerbated by an audio of a phone conversation where Bullard made several homophobic comments, including saying that he would have an alcoholic take care of his child than a gay or lesbian:

And while it may take some time for Moore to get her job back, she continues to garner a lot of the support from the community while Bullard continues to steadily lose popularity.

'Another so-called victim of gay menace loses in the courts' and other Tuesday midday news briefs

 Gallaudet College Officer Loses Bias Claim - Looks like the anti-gay industry has lost another victim of the supposed "homosexual agenda." Of course I doubt her losing her case will prevent them from portraying her as a martyr. Peter and company will continue to refer to her case and put her picture on their webpages. 

The rise of toxic terminology: Losing anti-LGBT movement turns to corrosive labeling - This article makes an excellent point. The number of times anti-gay figures have referred to the lgbt community as the "Gaystapo" recently has been nauseating and numerous. It has also been part of a plan to semantically shift the argument of lgbt equality in their favor.

Fox's O'Reilly: If "You Oppose Gay Marriage, You Could Get Hurt" - O'Reilly gets a good push back against his lies.

Cable Evening News Ignores Major HIV/AIDS Stories - There really is NO excuse for this.  

Illinois Family Institute: Exposing 'Evil' Dan Savage Is Like Uncovering The Holocaust - Lord, give me strength! The constant Nazi references from the anti-gay right is getting me ill.

Controversial lgbt play a huge hit at the College of Charleston

The controversy at the College of Charleston involving lgbt issues has been a back and forth between the legislators and college. Last night however,  students finally spoke out about the situation in their own way:

From the Charleston Post & Courier:

"Fun Home" author Alison Bechdel said she owes a debt to the generations of gay people who came before her, including her closeted, gay father who killed himself.

And she was proud to be part of bringing to Charleston the off-Broadway show based on her book, despite threats from South Carolina lawmakers that they could continue to slash the College of Charleston's budget.

Bechdel and the original cast of the New York show volunteered to present two performances in concert format at the 750-seat Memminger Auditorium Monday. The 7 p.m. show sold out and most seats for the 9 p.m. show also were filled.