Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Suspect Taken Into Custody In Connection To Murder Of Wilton Manors Gay Couple, Ogden Utah Mayor Avoids Acting On Anti-Gay Discrimination Ordinance, Are Seattle Gay Bars Being Unfairly Targeting By City Code Compliance Department, New York Post Congratulates Sir Elton John And His “Wife,” John Cameron Mitchell Profile

NBC Miami reports that Polk County, Florida authorities have arrested a suspect in connection to the murder of a Wilton Manors gay couple. Peter Serge Avsenew was taken in custody near Dundee, Florida, mere miles away from where police allege he killed Kevin Mark Powell and Stephen Adams December 26th. The couple was discovered by police after the sister of one of the victim’s notified authorities. Avsenew is from Hollywood, Florida, and was apprehended driving Powell’s black 2003 Saturn Vue. No changes have been filed, but Wilton Manors police has identified the 26 year old as the lead suspect, and he is expected to be extradited to Broward County shortly. Police have still not released any information as to how the two men died, the motive, or if a connection exists between the victims and the suspect.

The Standard Examiner is reporting that gay advocates in Ogden, Utah plan to push the city’s mayor to enact a local ordinance to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, Brandie Balken, the executive director of Equality Utah saying she hope that a scheduled meeting with Mayor Matthew Godfrey January 7th will resolve legal issues, allowing the city proposed ordinance to be adopted. The ordinance was first put forward in April by Ogden resident James Humphreys, who is upset, saying that the mayor is stalling, refusing to meet with him. “The administration is dragging its feet on purpose,” he said. “The mayor doesn’t want the ordinance passed. He wants it to go away.” He added that he expects the mayor to ask Balken to accept a non-binding anti-discrimination joint resolution from the administration and the city council instead of an enforceable ordinance, which, Humphreys said “is completely unacceptable and not worth the paper it’s printed on.”

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn Tuesday ordered a review of the enforcement activity of the city’s gay and lesbian bars after complains they were being unfairly targeted for investigation, the Post-Intelligencer reporting that at a news conference Tuesday McGinn said he has requested an audit of the city’s Code Compliance Team enforcement efforts after an article in the Stranger suggested that there were discrepancies between the monitoring of gay establishments and similar straight ones.

Wednesday, the New York Post either by accident or design ran a headline that announces that Sir Elton John and his “wife” are proud dads, adding that “The legendary hit maker and his partner David Furnish announced their first-time fathers, following the Christmas-Day birth of their adopted son.”

The New York Times profiles the very cute raconteur John Cameron Mitchell, the creator of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Shortbus, as well aas the director of the just-released film adaption of Rabbit Hole, who says, after living in the same rent-stabilized apartment for 18 years that he is “an honorary old Jewish lady of the West Village,” and that he is “angry about St. Vincent’s closing, and I’m angry about Marc Jacobs.”

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