The Great Matsby

by M.S. Fitzgerald

Florida tow truck driver illegally tows more than 100 cars during Disney's Gay Days

gaywrites:

Police in the Orlando area have arrested a tow truck driver for apparently targeting the vehicles of LGBT people and illegally towing them during the annual Gay Days festival.

Jason Combs towed more than 100 vehicles between June 5 and June 9, primarily from the Westwood Town Center parking lot across the street from the Gay Days host hotel. His contract with Westwood had already expired. Those whose cars were stolen had to travel by cab to a towing facility 10 miles away, which is also illegal in Florida. 

Police said Combs and “spotters” assisting him allegedly kept watch on the area and towed the vehicles within minutes of visitors parking to visit shops and other establishments.

“Visitors would park in the Westwood Town Center at 6109 Westwood Boulevard (across from the event’s headquarters) and patronize various shops and restaurants there, only to emerge and find that their cars were towed,” the Orange County Sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post announcing the arrest. “We will not tolerate those who take advantage of our citizens or visitors.”

He was charged with 29 counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle and 60 counts of violating a county towing ordinance. Good riddance. 

allerasphinx:

Ming-na Wen and Retta at NerdHQ’s A Conversation with Badass Women (x)
Retta: My parents are from Liberia, and Liberians are ALL about school. It’s like, no joke. Most of them send their kids to the States to go to school because they think that’s where the best schools are, that sort of thing. And I was a math-science girl, I was pre-med. I was supposed to be a neurosurgeon.
And I remember when I started doing stand up, I was like, “Shit! My mother is going to be like, ‘Are you fucking kidding me right now?’” And I remember calling my mom and saying, “So I’m going to drive to California and do the stand-up thing so I can get into TV.” And my mom, you know, she didn’t freak out like I thought she was totally going to freak out. My dad freaked out. He was like, “Please get health insurance.” That was his big thing, “GET HEALTH INSURANCE.” But my mom was like, “Just remember you’re carrying around your father’s last name. So don’t embarrass him.” She was like, “Do the best that you can. Don’t go playing. If you’re going to do, do it.” So, I dropped my last name so as not to embarrass my father.
But God bless, because a lot of parents wouldn’t…

Ming-na: You know, we have to talk. Because I dropped my stage last name Wen for the longest time when I did ER - which, by the way, I got to tell my mom, “I got to be a doctor for 5 years so, write that off the list.” because of same issues, fatherly things.
But now, I have it back because I’m proud being who I was born as. And we have so much to talk about, girl.

It’s interesting that Nerd HQ’s “A Conversation with Badass Women” is more diverse than the SDCC’s “Women Who Kick Ass” panel…and doesn’t only focus on women who physically kick ass.

(Source: manquant)

chloridecleansing:

You can be proud of your sexuality and still in the closet for your own safety. Not everyone you know has to know that you’re not straight for you to be a ‘good’ queer/gay. Protecting yourself from homophobes is not ‘contributing to the issue’. Do not come out into a dangerous situation with no support network or without any financial independence. If you think someone might out you, don’t tell them shit.

I really needed to see this tonight. Parents arrival in T-minus 5 days. Let the re-closeting begin.

(via catladycool)