A fire chief in Delaware attended a drag show at a local restaurant over the weekend and then took to social media to complain about being ‘talking into’ going to a ‘faggot show.’
William Buckaloo, the assistant fire chief in Rehoboth Beach, attended a drag show at the Blue Moon and tagged himself in a Facebook post which read, “The sh*t I get talked in to (sic)…Matt, talked us to go to a f*ggot show.”
The hostess for the show, Magnolia Applebottom, came across the social media post and addressed the remarks on her Instagram:
“What a sad turn of events. The @lewes_fire chief thought it was ok to go to a gay owned and operated establishment… and go to a show hosted and produced by a award winning gay entertainer and use that F word on social media… Your job is to protect the people in our community not bring us down. Do better!!! Be better!!! And we recognize your inappropriate behavior.”
The friend tagged in the Facebook post by Buckaloo, Matt Sprenkle, quickly put space between himself and the fire chief as well as denouncing Buckaloo’s comments.
Sprenkle told the Washington Blade he did not invite Buckaloo to the show nor did he attend the show, as he was dining in the restaurant at the time.
Sprenkle clarified that he’s only an acquaintance of Buckaloo’s and the two men had run into each other at the Blue Moon.
“I do not agree with any of the comments he made and do not associate myself with them,” said Sprenkle.
After the social media firestorm, Lewis Fire Department Chief Steve Evans told the Blade that he had removed Buckaloo from his position. Evans added that he “expects the department will formally suspend Buckaloo” as well.
Buckaloo has not commented publicly since being removed from his position.
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• Washington Blade: Gay Democratic activist Eric Morrison defeated a six-term incumbent by a decisive margin in Delaware’s Democratic primary on Tuesday for a seat in the state House of Representatives. Morrison is considered the strong favorite to win in the Nov. 3 general election in a heavily Democratic district. If elected, he will emerge as Delaware’s first openly gay man to serve in the Delaware State Legislature.
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Delaware has become the 15th state to ban the harmful practice of so-called “conversion” or “reparative” therapy.
On Monday, Governor John Carney signed the bill that bans attempts to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of minors. The legislation considers conversion therapy “unprofessional conduct” for mental health and medical professionals. Any mental health professional caught practicing the ‘theraphy’ on a minor will find themselves subject to discipline.
All Delawareans, including Delaware children, deserve to be respected for who they are, and I was proud to sign Senate Bill 65 into law today.
The new law also contains language preventing the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families from recommending “conversion therapy.”
During the legislation’s journey to becoming law, state Rep. Richard Collins (R-Millsboro) introduced an amendment that would have allowed conversion therapy if a patient were to request it. The amendment, fortunately, gained no traction and was soundly voted down.
HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride, a Delawarean herself, issued a statement which read, in part, “Today’s signing is a critical step forward in the fight to ensure that Delaware is a safe and affirming state for all LGBTQ youth, and we hope that the values and progress reflected in this law guide the ongoing conversation in Delaware about protecting LGBTQ students from discrimination.”
Delaware joins Connecticut, California, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, New York, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Washington, Maryland, Hawaii, New Hampshire – plus Washington, D.C. in enacting legislation to ban the widely discredited practice of “ex-gay” therapy.
Additionally, over 30 cities and municipalities have banned the practice from being performed on minors.
See below a map from the Williams Institute showing where bans have been enacted as well as states with pending legislation.
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• The New York Daily News has gutted its newsroom by firing half its staff in an effort to refocus the newspaper’s efforts on breaking news. The below tweet is from the now-former editor-in-chief.
If you hate democracy and think local governments should operate unchecked and in the dark, then today is a good day for you.
• Controversial soccer player Jaelene Hinkle has been cut from U.S. Women’s National Team. In 2017, she refused a call-up to the women’s national team on the basis that she didn’t want to wear a rainbow number for the team’s Pride Month initiative based on her religion.
During the debate, state Sen. Karen Peterson came out as a lesbian and challenged her colleagues, saying, “If my happiness somehow demeans or diminishes your marriage, you need to work on your marriage.” Truth.
The bill heads to Gov. Markell’s desk where he has promised to sign into law.
UPDATE: Gov. Markell plans to sign the bill TODAY! Marriage equality to begin July 1.
UPDATE II: Delaware Gov. Jack Markell as he signed the marriage equality bill – “I do not intend to make any of you wait one minute longer.”
After being approved by a Senate committee this week, Delaware’s marriage equality bill goes before the full Senate on Tuesday.
The Washington Blade reports that seven Senators are in the definite “no” column, and nine Senators in the “yes” column, leaving five votes up in the air:
State Sen. Catherine Cloutier (R-Heatherbrooke) remains undecided. State Sens. Bruce Ennis (D-Smyrna,) Bethany Hall-Long (D-Middletown,) Robert Marshall (D-Wilmington) and Robert Venables (D-Laurel) did not return the Blade’s requests for comment. Hall-Long and Marshall voted for the civil unions bill that Gov. Jack Markell signed into law in 2011, while Ennis and Venables opposed it.
So that’s 9 for, 7 against, and 5 undecided.
If you live in Delaware, please pick up the phone and start calling. Let’s make Delaware state number 11.
The Delaware Senate Executive Committee will hear
its marriage equality bill today at 2:30pm at a special session where
it’s the only item on the agenda.
While the bill is expected to pass by a 4-2 vote in
committee, the proposal faces a tight vote in the full chamber. Last week brought some good news when one state Senator flipped
into the “yes” column, but the latest head count shows the bill only
squeaking by 11-10 in the full chamber, with three Democrats opposed.
The bill passed 23-18 in the
Delaware House last Tuesday and Gov. Jack Markell has promised to sign
If you live in Delaware: please reach out to your state Senator this morning even if their “yes” vote has already been predicted.