The Gaily News: Censored billboard for LGBT dating site goes up in Pinellas County

The original billboard for BeautifulPeopleGay.com shows Donald Trump and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney as a happily just-married couple. The original image for the lesbian version of the site, BeautifulWomenOnly.com, features former Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann kissing Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and right wing darling, during a wedding ceremony. Pres. Obama is the officiant in both.


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Redesigned, censored versions of the billboards — removing the images, leaving white-space cutouts in their place, and adding a big, red censored stamp — have gone up around the country, including the intersection of State Road 580 and Belcher Road, just outside of Dunedin.


St. Petersburg's domestic partnership registry opened today. Now unmarried couples, both straight and gay, can register and receive certain rights as partners, including hospital visitation rights and making funeral arrangements for one another. St. Petersburg City Councilman Steve Kornell and his partner Bobby Poth were one of the first couples to register this morning.


Chick-fil-A continues to make headlines after its president Dan Cathy said the Atlanta-based company supports "the biblical definition of a family" in an interview last month.


The Muppets have severed business ties with the company, various public officials across the country said they don't want the fast food chicken joint in their respective cities, and a New Hampshire franchise owner has defected from the corporation's ideology to sponsor a local gay pride festival.


Now, this week will see a showdown between the company's supporters and those who oppose its antigay stance. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee declared today Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, while Friday is a National Same-Sex Kiss Day (dubbed Kiss Mor Chiks). Same-sex couples are encouraged to stage a kiss-in at their local Chick-fil-A franchises.

Billboards advertising a new gay and lesbian dating website have been banned in several locations across the country, including a spot in Pinellas County. Censored versions have gone up in their place.

As BeautifulPeople.com prepared for the launch of the LGBT versions of its site, it decided to come up with a playful way of not only advertising its services, but also supporting marriage equality. But Clear Channel Communications refused the use of look-alikes of various political figures in the billboards. Initially, Clearwater was mistakenly identified as the entity banning the billboards, causing a PR headache for the city.

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