Waymon Hudson

Gay Gainesville Mayoral Candidate Advances in Race, Faces More Homophobic Attacks

Filed By Waymon Hudson | March 23, 2010 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Politics
Tags: bathrooms, Concerned Citizens of Gainesville, Craig Lowe, Florida, Gainesville, homophobic behavior, human rights ordinance, mayor, transphobia

We've written quite a lot here about Craig Lowe, the openly gay candidate for Gainesville, FL Mayor. He was Chair of the successful campaign to stop the repeal of the Gainesville Human Rights Ordinance, which included sexual orientation and gender identity & expression and brought out huge amount of homophobic & transphobic commercials, mailers, and slurs. Those attacks have continued through to his current campaign for mayor.

Lowe won the first vote, (Lowe 40.13%, Marsh 29.17%, Cooper 24.86%), but since there was no majority, there will be a runoff between the top tow vote-getters- Lowe and Marsh. It would appear the anti-equality forces have stepped up their game as well, stepping out from behind anonymous bigoted fliers and mailers.

This sign was posted in front of local church known for their political activism in the area:

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As Alex said in his post, this is the reality of a gay candidate...

Lowe's opponent isn't shy about where he stands on our issues either. The Human Rights Council of North Central Florida did a candidate questionnaire which he declined to fill out, saying:

Marsh did not reply to the questionnaire, but did state via email that Craig Lowe would "probably represent your interests better than I could."  On his campaign website, Marsh has stated his goal to repeal what he calls the "Transgender Bathroom Ordinance". 

That's right. Marsh not only wants to repeal the human rights ordinance, but isn't afraid to hop on the transphobic "bathroom scare" bandwagon.

photo 3.jpgObviously our community can't allow Marsh to beat Craig Lowe. Lowe needs our community's help to keep the forward momentum of Equality moving in Gainesville and all of north Florida.

Donate what you can to his campaign, follow him on twitter, and support him on Facebook. We defeated these anti-equality, fear-mongering forces before and we can do it again!

The election is April 13th and we need to give, support, and fight to help get Lowe elected and protect our community's rights!

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What's up with Gainesville? Why is that 3/4 of the time when we hear about a transgender bathroom scare, it's there?

Two issues: the sign in front of the church is the evidence that churches are filled with hate-filled, anti-christ sentiment; also, the sign is a political statement by the church and is evidence that the church must have withdrawn its tax exempt status under the IRS code--it is a political action group and not allowed tax exemption.

Also note the signs following the "No Homo Mayor" sign in the second picture- they say "Islam is of the Devil".

It's a real love-filled church there...

Gainesville has some crazies, like any town does. I think Lowe will be elected because he is obviously the most qualified. And, crazies aside, Gainesville as a whole dies not put up with this kind of hatred and intolerance.

Gainesville is a great place! But yeah Laura's right... All towns have crazies. When the voters do turn out here they generally support equality (58% of the vote last year!) and progressive candidates. But since Commissioner Lowe is running against a Tea Party candidate and happens to be openly gay the conservative base is energized.

This religious group also posted an inflammatory and homophobic YouTube video (which YouTube took down). Here it is if you care to watch [Warning: Homophobic Slurs and Incoherent Babbling!]: http://files.me.com/robertaprather/uww8qt.mov

Thanks for reporting on this, Waymon.

Update - If you're queasy about downloading things from random links on the internet, check out the crazy homophobe video here: http://www.alligator.org/news/local/article_83fb36ac-37c6-11df-afff-001cc4c03286.html

Interesting how the "preacher"'s rant is filmed against a green-screen. Was this so they could later add the KKK crossburning scene in the background?
He says "Gainsville has 300 churches. And what is it known for?" Sounds like ignorance and homophobia, mostly.

Don't forget Gainesville also has the University of Florida within its city limits as well.