Pride Problems in Florida

Last week, tragedy struck in the form of a white pickup truck careening through a fence and into the Wilton Manors Pride festivities in Fort Lauderdale!  It resulted in the death of one person, while another remains hospitalized.  Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis – an eyewitness to the incident – called it “a terrorist attack on the LGBTQ community”, adding that “it was deliberate, it was premeditated”.  His account was called into question by Justin Knight, president of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus.  Knight claims that not only was the driver a 77-year-old member of the chorus “family” (and wearing their Pride tee), so were the two people he hit.  The next day, Wilton Manors Mayor Scott Newton called it “a tragic accident”.  An investigation is ongoing.

Meanwhile in nearby Delray Beach, a man was arrested for vandalizing the brand-new LGBTQ Pride Crosswalk.  Dashcam video shows Alexander Jerich swerving and burning rubber on the mural…and in broad daylight.  He surrendered to police shortly after the incident, and was charged with reckless driving, evidence of prejudice, and criminal mischief over $1,000.  Allegedly, the incident occurred during a caravan celebrating Donald Trump’s birthday.  Well, as long as he had a good excuse.

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