Fla., mayor Jim Naugle could be voted off Broward
County's tourism board following a lengthy war of words
between the mayor and LGBT residents.
The decision is
an agenda item for the August 28 meeting of the
Greater Fort Lauderdale Tourism Development Council. Members
of the council and the Fort Lauderdale Convention and
Visitors Bureau have publicly rebuked the career-long
Democrat, with the bureau president asking Naugle to
stop his "mischaracterizations" and
"hurtful, mean-spirited rhetoric"
against LGBT people.
In July, Naugle
proposed installation of $250,000 self-cleaning
single-use toilets because, he said, the city needed a
way of thwarting gay men from having sex in public
restrooms. He has also denounced the establishment of
the LGBT Stonewall Library and Archives in a
city-owned building, saying that the collection houses
pornographic materials. He has spoken ill of the
Sun-Sentinel newspaper, calling it the "Rainbow
Sentinel" because the staff comprises a number of gay
people. (The Advocate)