Police at Pride? Gay cops, LGBTQ activists struggle to see eye-to-eye

Just before members of the Gay Officers Action League (GOAL) marched past the Stonewall Inn, the finish line of last year’s New York City Pride March, a small group of activists slipped past the barriers and chained their hands together to prevent the officers from passing, a protest technique called a “lockdown.”

Dozens of cops working security at the march surrounded the protesters, and, over shouts of “f–k the police” and “racist, sexist, anti-gay, NYPD, KKK,” began to break through what appeared to be chains and rubber tubes the protesters had used to lock themselves together. Twelve protesters affiliated with the group No Justice No Pride were arrested, and after a brief delay, the march continued.

The irony of the incident was not lost on many in the crowd — cops arresting gay people in front of the Stonewall Inn, the very place where homophobic police brutality sparked the modern LGBTQ rights movement nearly five decades years prior. In fact, New York City’s first gay pride march, which was held on June 28, 1970, was organized to commemorate the one-year anniversary of what has become known as the Stonewall Riots — when in 1969 patrons of the now-iconic gay bar finally had enough after yet another police raid.

“We have to come out into the open and stop being ashamed, or else people will go on treating us as freaks. This march,” activist Michael Brown told The New York Times on that day in 1970, “is an affirmation and declaration of our new pride.”

Flashback: Stonewall Inn Riots of 1969

Last year’s clash between the NYPD and anti-police protesters was not an isolated incident. Protesters in several cities across the U.S. and Canada have, over the past two years, tried to prevent, disrupt or minimize the presence of police officers in pride marches — even though the officers impacted are typically members of LGBTQ police groups, like GOAL. Nonetheless, protesters say they’re doing so to take a stand against police brutality and harassment of marginalized groups, namely people of color and the transgender community.

Flashback: Stonewall Inn Riots of 1969

Protesters Were Arrested Outside Stonewall Inn During NYC Pride Parade

Last year’s anti-police protest at the NYC Pride March was organized by a number of community groups operating under the No Justice No Pride umbrella. In a Facebook post following the protest, the New York group Hoods4Justice explained why it joined the protest effort.

“We stand against any police presence in Pride, since police have never stood with us. The police serve as the state’s puppets to terrorize Black, Brown, and working class communities. The notion that police serve all people is a myth,” the post stated. “Trans women who survive hate attacks are 6 times more likely to experience violence when dealing with police than cis-gender folks.”

Jay Walker, an organizer with the Reclaim Pride Coalition, a group involved with the No Justice No Pride movement, said the NYPD and Heritage of Pride, the LGBTQ group that organizes the annual NYC Pride March, have made a few concessions this year. The NYPD has agreed not to arrest pride participants for failing to wear required Pride March wristbands, and Heritage of Pride agreed to provide space in the march for LGBTQ activist groups, like ACT UP! New York and Gays Against Guns.

However, this year members of the Gay Officers Action League will march, as they have every year since 1996, in uniform with their guns holstered.

Protesters Were Arrested Outside Stonewall Inn During NYC Pride Parade

Cop Exposes Himself

NOVEMBER 18–A New Jersey policeman was arrested yesterday and charged with unzipping his pants and exposing himself to a series of young male drivers whom the cop pulled over during a seven-month period this year.

Jason Miller, 37, is facing official misconduct and lewdness charges in connection with his duties as an officer with the Newton Police Department, where he has worked since 2001.

Pictured at right, Miller, a married father of two, is free on $35,000 bail.

A probable cause affidavit alleges that Miller exposed himself during “numerous” late-night traffic stops to „satisfy his prurient interests.“ He then allowed the male motorists to leave without traffic summonses, though, in some instances, he was aware the driver had been drinking or that a vehicle’s registration and insurance were expired.

While the affidavit details Miller’s interaction with five men, aged 18 to 26, investigators noted that they have evidence of other “late night or early morning stops involving Officer Miller and young adult males…wherein it appears that Officer Miller’s pants were opened and/or his genitals were exposed and/or a zipper can be heard opening or closing.”

An 18-year-old college student–identified by his initials, J.A.–told police that he was stopped by a Newton officer in September, and that when the cop approached his car, “he noticed the officer’s zipper was down and he saw what he believed to be the officer’s exposed genitals.” Though the driver’s registration and insurance had lapsed, the officer–identified by investigators as Miller–let the teen drive away instead of impounding the car. When later recalling the incident for his girlfriend, “J.A.” said that the cop’s “junk was hanging out.”

“K.K.,” a 23-year-old driver, told police that he was recently stopped by a Newton officer while driving a male friend home after a late night out. The officer, “K.K.” said, “asked him if he noticed the officer’s zipper was down.” The driver said no. After the traffic stop was completed, the man dropped his friend off and continued driving.

It was then that the driver realized he was being followed by the same officer who had pulled him over. The cop eventually pulled up alongside “K.K.” and motioned for him to roll down his window. “The officer again asked him if he noticed that the officer had his fly down. K.K. again told him no,” according to the affidavit. “The officer asked him if the person he was dropping off was his boyfriend. K.K. told him no, and then told him that he has a girlfriend.” The cop–whom investigators have identified as Miller–then “told him to have a good night and left the area.”

As part of the probe of Miller, police have reviewed numerous videos of traffic stops conducted by Miller. The videos, investigators allege, support their claim that he exposed himself to male drivers. For example, video of a 2:39 AM stop in August “clearly appears” to show Miller’s “pants are open and his genitals are exposed” while he interacts with a 26-year-old driver.

Following a March stop of a man who “acknowledged he was coming from a bar and had consumed alcohol,” Miller returned to his patrol car without having issued summonses or investigated the motorist for drunk driving. On the tape from Miller’s cruiser, “you can hear what appears to be the sound of a zipper opening and/or closing,” according to the affidavit.

Miller has been indefinitely suspended without pay pending the outcome of his criminal case. (8 pages)

Cop Exposes Himself

Wer sind die gaycopsaustria?

Wir sind eine Gruppe von lesbischen, schwulen, bi, trans- und intergeschlechtlichen (engl. Abk. LGBTI) Polizistinnen und Polizisten aus ganz Österreich, die sich 2007 zu einem Verein zusammengeschlossen haben.

Wir setzen uns dafür ein, dass sowohl innerhalb der Polizei, als auch im alltäglichen Kontakt mit den Bürger*Innen, Vorurteile und Berührungsängste in Bezug auf sexuelle Orientierungen und Geschlechtsidentitäten abgebaut werden. 

Dies erreichen wir unter anderem dadurch, dass wir Ungleichbehandlung innerhalb der Polizei ansprechen und uns aktiv an deren Lösungsprozessen beteiligen.

Ebenso unterstützen wir Kolleg*Innen, Bürger*Innen und die LGBTIQ*-Community bei ihren Anliegen und informieren durch Kontaktgespräche und Rolemodels über Möglichkeiten des Schutzes vor homo- bzw. transphober Gewalt oder Diskriminierung.

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24. The Butch Factor(2009)

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EARLY DAYS OF GOAL

The relationship between the police and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community has long been fraught, but for LGBTQ cops, the right to march in pride is a hard-fought civil rights victory.

In the decade after that first pride march on June 28, 1970, New York’s gay rights movement made so much progress that by 1981 the police force itself was facing LGBTQ activism from within. Gay cops in New York City, for example, led by Officer Charles Cochrane, sought to form their own employee resource group, like the ones that existed for Hispanic, Irish-American and African-American cops.

Edgar Rodriguez, now a retired NYPD sergeant, was still in the New York City Police Academy when Officer Cochrane entered his classroom in 1982.

“We all stood to attention, [the instructor] introduced him in full uniform, and said he had an announcement about a fraternal organization he was starting,” Rodriguez remembered.

Cochrane told the rookies his new group was called the Gay Officers Action League, or GOAL. A few months earlier, Cochrane had become the first NYPD officer to publicly come out when he announced that he was gay at a city council meeting in November 1981.

“Is anybody here interested in joining?” Cochrane asked the class.

“When he said this the room fell silent,” Rodriguez recalled, “and I could hear a faint snicker in the back of the room.”

Rodriguez also said he could hear his “heart thumping in [his] chest.”

“I was deeply closeted, and I thought, ‘This has got to be a setup to see who’s closeted and fire them,’” he recalled. “I never raised my hand.”

Later that day, a woman from Rodriguez’s Police Academy class asked him which room the gay officers’ group was meeting in. “Why do you ask?” Rodriguez responded. “Well, I’m a lesbian,” she replied. Rodriguez said he thought to himself, “What’s a lesbian?”

Rodriguez, who kept his sexuality to himself in his early days as a cop, recalled overhearing on several occasions racist, sexist and homophobic comments from his largely straight, white and male colleagues back then.

When he was posted to New York City’s 6th Precinct, which covers Greenwich Village, he recalled a senior officer asking him, “So you work with all the fags?” Rodriguez corrected him, responding, “You mean lesbians and gays?” Rodriguez said the officer apologized and told him their interaction had been a learning moment. “He kept nudging me in the arm and said, ‘You know kid, you really taught me something.’”

Trying to make change from within was a slow process for Rodriguez, who said homophobia was rampant in the NYPD in the ‘80s. He recalled a particularly daunting incident when a fellow officer who had been patrolling Macombs Dam Park, where the new Yankee Stadium now stands, encountered a well-known gay cruising area. Later that day in the locker room, Rodriguez overheard him say, “F—–g faggots. If I ever find out that one of us is the f—–g fggot, I’m going to blow his head off ‘by accident.’”

“I remember feeling the fear shoot through my body, and I thought, ‘I’m never going to come out,’” Rodriguez said.

But eventually, he did come out. Rodriguez recalled marching in his first NYC Pride March with GOAL in the late ‘80s. He was still closeted to most of his fellow officers, but when he was off duty, he lived openly in the gay neighborhoods of New York City.

“We didn’t have uniforms,” Rodriguez said of that first march. “I was terrified. I was closeted.” He said he put on a hat and sunglasses and held a banner in front of his face as he began to march.

As the march proceeded, however, Rodriguez said something changed.

“A crowd of spectators let out a roar of acceptance that just charged through my body, and it was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had in my life,” he said. “The energy that came from that crowd of love and support — I threw off my glasses and my hat and marched proudly.”

Then in 1996, 14 years after Rodriguez declined to raise his hand when Officer Cochrane spoke in front of his Police Academy class, Rodriguez became the president of GOAL.

But even in the mid-’90s, Rodriguez said the NYPD had a long way to go in terms of LGBTQ acceptance. That’s why in 1996, the year he took the helm at GOAL, the group sued the NYPD for discrimination. As part of the suit, GOAL wanted to march in the annual NYC Pride March in uniform and with the official police marching band — a request that had been rejected in previous years. By June of that year, GOAL had won concessions from the NYPD and was permitted to march in uniform, to use the marching band and to host an event at NYPD headquarters. The lawsuit worked.

Rodriguez said even though GOAL had been participating in the NYC Pride March for years before the lawsuit, it was different afterwards.

“The roar from the community was 10 times louder than it was when I first marched outside of uniform,” Rodriguez said.

COPS VS. PROTESTERS

From Washington, D.C., to Sacramento, a number of progressive LGBTQ activists, some of them too young to remember the gay police activism of the ‘80s and ‘90s, view cops to be an unwelcome — and even threatening — presence at pride events.

In addition to getting cops out of pride, many of these different activist groups also have an array of social justice demands. Last year at Capital Pride in Washington, D.C., a group called No Justice No Pride (NJNP) blocked the pride parade and forced it to reroute. The group says it exists “to end the LGBT movement’s complicity with systems of oppression that further marginalize queer and trans individuals.”

Part of those systems of oppression are the police, according to Ale Jacinta, a member of No Justice No Pride. She said the point of the organization is to transform Capital Pride from a day when a majority of the community gets sloshed and watches a parade to a day of building community power.”

In 2017, No Justice No Pride delivered a list of demands to Capital Pride’s organizing committee. They demanded transgender people and members of local Native American tribes be named to paid positions on Capital Pride’s planning committee. The group also demanded that the event “stop celebrating the police,” prevent the Metropolitan Police Department from participating in the march and ban all law enforcement agencies from recruiting at the event.

“At the end of the day, NJNP doesn’t want a formal cop presence in the parade,” Jacinta said. “We look at our history and our present reality and see there is very little accountability for the extrajudicial murder of civilians, especially brown and black folks.”

But Capital Pride held fast, and a diverse group from the Metropolitan Police Department marched in both the 2017 and 2018 parades — guns holstered and in uniform. Unlike in 2017, No Justice No Pride did not block the 2018 Capital Pride march, held earlier this month. Jacinta said the group decided this year to focus on “taking back D.C.’s historically trans sex worker stroll” to protest harassment they and other trans activists say they face from the Metropolitan Police Department.

Other activist groups have had better success in preventing or minimizing the presence of police officers in pride events. In Sacramento, police did not march in this year’s pride event on June 10 due, in part, to the community outrage that followed the murder of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man shot by two cops in March.

In Minneapolis, the city’s police chief told his officers if they want to march in the Twin Cities Pride event on Sunday, they would have to do so out of uniform and unarmed. Like Sacramento, community tensions have been simmering in Minneapolis following a high-profile police shooting.

MOVING FORWARD

Rodriguez said while he knows where the protesters are coming from, he disagrees with their tactics.

“I understand the people of color and the other people who have been abused by officers that are representing the NYPD,” he said. “I know police brutality existed, I know it exists; I observed it when I was a rookie officer, and I saw it happen … but doing this is counterproductive.”

“They have to remember that it is us, the people of color, marching in uniform, and us, the LGBT people marching out in uniform. We are the people who were on the ground,” he added.

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Rodriguez said when he was policing the 6th Precinct, which covers much of Manhattan’s gay neighborhoods, he once saw a transgender woman with blood streaming down her cheek running away from a group of men. He asked her if she was OK, and she just said, “I’m fine.”

“She was too afraid to let me help her, and the pricks who attacked her got away,” he recalled. “She was too afraid to embrace my willingness to protect her.”

NYPD Detective Brian Downey, the current president of the Gay Officers Action League, said imagery of uniformed LGBTQ cops marching proudly “is powerful,” and he hopes it will prevent people in the community, like the trans woman Rodriguez described, from being afraid of cops.

“I think that imagery needs to be displayed, because people to this day, I don’t know for what reason, people still don’t know we exist. People still don’t know we are a resource for people, and I think it is important that people know that,” he said.

Die Mehrheit will anonym bleiben

Heute ist der 58-Jährige Vorarlberger Bezirksinspektor mit seinem Mann Günther verpartnert und er ist Obmann der „Gay Cops Austria“. Der Verein ist 2007 von einer Gruppe homosexueller Polizistinnen und Polizisten gegründet worden. Er versteht sich als erste Anlaufstelle für schwule, lesbische und transgender Exekutivbeamte und will Vorurteile innerhalb der Polizei abbauen. Rund 280 Mitglieder gehören den „Gay Cops Austria“ an. Doch die Mehrheit will anonym bleiben. Nur 62 Polizistinnen und Polizisten stehen offen zu ihrer Lebensweise.

Zwar ist Homosexualität in der Polizei offiziell kein Tabu mehr. Doch nach wie vor haben viele Exekutivbeamte Angst, sich in dem männerdominierten Beruf zu outen. „Viele befürchten, dass mit dem Outing der Karriereknick einhergeht, dass sie von den Kollegen benachteiligt und als Besonderheit gesehen werden, im negativen Sinn,“ sagt Hosp.

Angst vor Mobbing und Ausgrenzung

Einer, der solche Befürchtungen hat, ist der Mitte 30-jährige Jakob*, der anonym bleiben will. Er ist Revierinspektor in Wien. Abschätzige Äußerungen über Homosexuelle hindern ihn, zu seiner Lebensweise zu stehen. „Wenn man von Kollegen hört: ‚Es gibt nur Mann und Frau, Adam und Eva und alles andere ist krank‘, oder wenn so Aussagen fallen wie: ‚Die ganzen Schwulen können froh sein, dass wir 2016 haben, weil 1944, da wäre der Richtige für sie da gewesen‘, will man es auf der Dienststelle natürlich noch weniger publik machen.“ Aus Angst vor Mobbing und Ausgrenzung hat der Streifenpolizist das Lügen perfektioniert. Seit Jahren führt er ein Doppelleben, an dem auch seine letzte Beziehung mit einem Mann zerbrochen ist.

Noch vor fünfzig Jahren wäre es undenkbar gewesen, sich als homo-, bi- oder transsexueller Polizist auf dem Wachzimmer zu outen. Bis 1971 war Homosexualität in Österreich verboten und wurde mit bis zu fünf Jahren Gefängnis bestraft. Erst 2002 fiel der letzte Strafparagraf, mit dem gleichgeschlechtliche Liebe geahndet werden konnte. Er sah für schwule Beziehungen ein Mindestalter von 18 Jahren vor. „Erst als Homosexuelle zur Gänze aus dem Kriminal geholt wurden, und die Polizei nicht mehr vom Staat instrumentalisiert wurde, Schwule und Lesben zu verfolgen, war es für Polizeibeamte überhaupt erst möglich, sich zu ihrer Homosexualität zu bekennen,“ sagt Helmut Graupner, Präsident des Rechtskomitees Lambda und einer der Geburtshelfer der „GayCopsAustria“.

Rund die Hälfte der „GayCopsAustria“ sind Frauen

Christina Gabriel ist Obfrau-Stellvertreterin des Vereins und Bezirksinspektorin im Wiener Landeskriminalamt. Jahrelang hat sie ihre Beziehung zu einer Frau geheim gehalten. Als eine der ersten Polizistinnen Wiens, hatte sie es damals schwer genug. „Als ich 1992 zur Polizei kam, gab es Unterschriftenlisten, damit keine Frauen auf die Wachzimmer kommen. Da haben alle männlichen Kollegen unterschrieben, mit der Begründung: für Frauen werden wir jetzt keine extra Toiletten machen.“ 2008 entscheidet sie sich für ein dienstliches Coming-Out und macht damit mehrheitlich positive Erfahrungen. „Als lesbische Frau hat man es bei der Polizei leichter. Man wird von den Kollegen nicht so skeptisch beäugt, auch weil lesbische Frauen gesellschaftlich eher akzeptiert werden, als schwule Männer. Zwei küssende Frauen, das kann man sich durchaus vorstellen, aber zwei Männer, das geht für viele gar nicht.“

Am Grenzposten, im Streifenauto und auf der Polizeiinspektion erzählen die Gay Cops von ihren Erfahrungen mit Homophobie am Arbeitsplatz, ihren Coming-Outs und den Erfolgen ihres Vereins, der heuer sein zehnjähriges Jubiläum feiert.

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November 2, 2016 | 11:09am | Updated November 2, 2016 | 5:08pm

The arrest of a police sergeant’s live-in boyfriend has reportedly launched a multi-agency probe into allegations that gay cops in upstate New York may have hosted or participated in sex parties attended by teens not old enough to drink booze or give consent.

The Times Union reports that Schenectady police Sgt. Jonathan E. Moore, 35, was at an auto dealership last month in Colonie, NY, when his boyfriend, Anthony Aubin, 27, was arrested after trying to use a counterfeit check to buy a 2016 Jaguar coupe for $92,000, according to arrest records. Aubin’s arrest has since triggered a broader investigation into allegations that gay officers may have hosted “breeding parties.”

In reference to gay sex, the term “breeding” generally does not refer to propagation of the species.

Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford told reporters during a press conference Wednesday that the department learned on Oct. 14 that Moore — an eight-year police veteran who has been an “above average” officer and supervisor — was identified as being present during the alleged fraudulent transactions at the auto dealership in Colonie. He was suspended with pay pending a decision to charge him in that case and an internal investigation was launched the same day, Clifford said.

Police later interviewed Aubin on Oct. 26 and told reporters there was “no mention” of any sex parties or allegations of underage drinking.

“At this time, that’s all we’re going to mention as a statement into these allegations,” Clifford told reporters.

But ties to the pornography industry or connections to parolees would be violations of the department’s code of conduct, the chief said.

“He was suspended because he’s part of an active investigation by another police department,” Clifford told reporters, adding it was not appropriate to currently have Moore on the job.

Asked whether additional Schenectady officers were possibly involved, Clifford replied: “That’s a part of our internal investigation that I’m not willing to comment about right now.”

Clifford said he was “not happy” with the Times Union story, claiming he wasn’t contacted before it ran.

“I have issues with it, but nothing that I’m willing to go on record with right now,” he told reporters, adding that the department first learned of the sex party allegations from Wednesday’s Times Union story.

Clifford said he planned to contact the newspaper to address specific issues he had, but declined to elaborate.

“We were concerned that it was put out in the way that it was,” Clifford told reporters. “It’s fair to say we were blindsided by it.”

The newspaper later reported that two department spokesmen did not return calls seeking comment before the story was published online late Tuesday. Schenectady Public Safety Commissioner Wayne Bennett also did not return a call.

The Times Union also reported that the Albany Police Department’s internal affairs unit is looking into information allegedly connecting one of its officers to the larger investigation into the so-called “breeding parties.” The department launched the probe into allegations that an officer may have had unlawful contact with a teenage boy. Sources told the newspaper the investigation was fueled by statements Aubin made while in jail in Albany. Other departments may also become involved in a larger investigation, one person who was briefed on the matter told the paper.

Albany police spokesman Steven Smith declined comment, citing an ongoing investigation.

“We’re not really in a position to say anything right now,” Smith told The Post.

Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox said he was “not really in a position” to comment when reached by the Times Union.

“There is a case we are looking into but we are not in a position to even gauge whether or not there is any truth to what has been alleged,” Cox told the newspaper.

Investigators last month, according to the Times Union, searched the Schenectady apartment shared by Aubin and Moore. In a sworn statement after Aubin’s arrest, Moore said he met Aubin roughly 10 years ago before Aubin enlisted in the Army and left upstate New York. Aubin was later arrested in 2010 and returned to the area in July after a prison sentence. Details of that conviction were not immediately available, the Times Union reports.

“We met for lunch in July and we … became friends and developed a friendship,” Moore said in the statement attributed to him, according to the newspaper.

Moore, according to the statement, said he had money problems and that Aubin offered to help him by producing “gay porn” movies for a Florida company.

Aubin accepted a contract with Bear Films and Moore “took a job with them as well,” according to his statement cited by the Times Union.

That deal later collapsed, but a Miami woman who was acting as their agent set up a new deal with another adult film company in Connecticut. Moore said FratX was supposed to wire both his and Aubin’s salaries into a bank account, but the transaction launched a “suspicious activity” report. The funds, roughly $400,000, were held until the bank could verify them.

Moore said the men then went car shopping and made plans to buy a home in late September.

“Anthony and I went to Capitol Luxury Cars on New Karner Road and I test drove a Jaguar … and a Range Rover Sport that Anthony was going to buy,” the officer said, according to the statement cited by the newspaper.

A rep from the adult film company then visited the dealership in Albany and promised to buy the expensive Jaguar for Aubin, Moore said.

But a bank wire transfer promised by the adult film rep never transpired and their female agent – who may have been an attorney, according to the Times Union – issued two checks to Moore and Aubin: $90,000 for the Jaguar and another $80,000 for the Range Rover.

The Jaguar promised for delivery to Moore’s residence never came through after their adult film rep told them that the car dealership sent her a cease-and-desist letter declining to do business with them.

The dealership flagged the sale after staffers searched Aubin’s name on the internet and found reports of him stealing cars from dealerships in Rhode Island, where he was arrested for stealing a Range Rover he took on a test drive but never returned, the Times Union reports.

A sales manager at Capitol Luxury Cars in Colonie later told her manager, who contacted police, while Aubin and Moore continued making arrangements to buy the Jaguar. The sales manager said Aubin then brought in a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee last month for a trade-in, getting an offer of $30,000 that he immediately accepted.

“It seemed like he was too amenable to that offer; usually people will negotiate a bit more,” sales manager Sonia Older wrote in a statement obtained by the Times Union.

Aubin later texted Older a photograph of a Bank of America check to the dealership for $92,083, written from a purported company in Miami that “didn’t seem right,” according to the sales manager’s statement.

When Aubin was arrested by police on Oct. 14 while trying to buy the Jaguar, Moore was with him at at the dealership, Clifford confirmed to reporters on Wednesday. Aubin also allegedly used a counterfeit check for $15,000 to buy the Grand Cherokee used as part of the trade-in for the Jaguar, the newspaper reports. He’s currently being held at a jail in Albany without bail on charges of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

A man who answered a cellphone listed to John E. Moore hung up when a Post reporter seeking comment identified himself early Wednesday.

Meanwhile, in Moore’s statement to police last month, he denied knowing that the checks were bogus.

“At no time did Anthony tell me that the checks issued to me from [our agent] Sandra were fraudulent or that the business transactions were illegal in any shape or form,” Moore said in the statement. “I even ran the routing number on one of the checks she issued us and it returned to Bank of America. As far as I knew, the transactions for the vehicles were legitimate.”

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A design for a card I made for my boyfriend out of various J.C. Leyendecker images. The font was a bit of a bastard to do, but it worked in the end.

I did this as I was not happy with the ones you could get in the shops, and decided to make one myself. Shame I did not make it a month or two ago or I could have sold it to some card company and made a fortune.

A design for a card I made for my boyfriend out of various J.C. Leyendecker images. The font was a bit of a bastard to do, but it worked in the end.

I did this as I was not happy with the ones you could get in the shops, and decided to make one myself. Shame I did not make it a month or two ago or I could have sold it to some card company and made a fortune.

Photographed at the Local Studies Collection at Richmond Upon Thames‘ Old Town Hall

Photographed at the Local Studies Collection at Richmond Upon Thames‘ Old Town Hall

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not surprised I found this license plate near guy is certainly proud and out there!

…sporting the latest gay fashions for your securitas artista…

My interpretation for a new gay flag rests on the idea of a new icon. This new symbol emerges from the colorful rainbow pattern that his been the base of gay pride for decades. The two main themes present in this new symbol are a) a playful deconstruction and mashup of classic gender symbols and b) the use of ‚XOXO‘, an abbreviation for ‚hugs and kisses‘. The gay flag or pride flag, should convey a message of diversity, unity, and just plain fun!

Eberle St during Liverpool (gay) Pride celebrations

Hundreds of protesters rallied with signs to counter prostest against members of the Westboro Baptist Church who picketed in front of Glen Burnie high school in Glen Burnie, Md.

It was bigger than the first, Click here to read the full story at .

It was bigger than the first, Click here to read the full story at .

It was bigger than the first, Click here to read the full story at .

It was bigger than the first, Click here to read the full story at .

It was bigger than the first, Click here to read the full story at .

It was bigger than the first, Click here to read the full story at .

It was bigger than the first, Click here to read the full story at .

It was bigger than the first, Click here to read the full story at .

Some 25,000 people arrived at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv Saturday night (08.08.09) to honor the victims of last week’s shooting attack on a gay youth center in the city, that left two people, Nir Katz and Liz Trobishi, dead.

It was bigger than the first, Click here to read the full story at .

It was bigger than the first, Click here to read the full story at .