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Florida Lt. Gov.: Black Women That Look Like Me Aren’t Lesbians

Florida Lt. Gov.: Black Women That Look Like Me Aren’t Lesbians

Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll has a novel response to rumors that she engaged in a lesbian relationship: she doesn’t look like a lesbian.

Carroll, a Republican, has been dogged with allegations by former administrative assistant Carlita Cole that she walked in on Carroll and a female aide engaged in a sexual encounter.

Carroll has maintained that the encounter never happened. Cole is facing trial for sharing secretly-recorded office conversations with reporters.

Speaking at the opening of a local campaign office for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Carroll said that the allegations were false, in part because she doesn’t look like a lesbian, and besides, it’s kind of suspicious that Cole is single.

The problem is that when you have these accusations that come out, itís not just one person youíre attacking. Itís an entire family. My husband doesnít want to hear that. He knows the type of woman I am. I mean, my kids know the type of woman I am. For twenty-nine years Ė Iím the one thatís married for twenty-nine years. The accuser is the one thatís been single for a long time. So usually black women that look like me donít engage in relationships like that.

Carroll did not say what types of relationships “black women that look like” her engage in, nor what people who do engage in such relationships look like.

Carroll, a Navy veteran, has been critical of expanding rights for gay and lesbian servicemembers. In 2011, she said that ending the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy would “take [servicemembers] off their mission.”

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1:50PM PDT on Jul 13, 2013

Okay. lesbians are women. Jennifer Carrol is a woman, (and she looks like one). Therefore, she looks like a lesbian. Meaning: she looks like a woman.

Perhaps she meant she doesn't wear flannel shirts?

11:56AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Sorry, should have been: Efva Attling-Dahlgren. She's married to a woman. Legally married. Have been for years.

11:55AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Jennifer Carrol: I'll give you just one name. Efva Attling.

4:52PM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

I was told recently by my daughter "don't be offended but you are not the epitome of femininity". I got my hair cut recently i'm letting my grey hair come through, i'm overweight and i very rarely wear makeup, i wear pants quite a bit when at home and walking our dog, and i'm in the middle of painting one of our bedrooms and planting a garden. I see myself as feminine regardless of how anyone else may see me it's a self indentification on the inside. The other stuff is not important what is important is being practical and being myself.

4:00PM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

I just wonder how she knows what the heck all these black women who look like her are doing in their personal time. Has she been checking them all out? Isn't THAT kinda, oh, you know...GAY?

7:36PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

@ Lynn S.. “ In short, there is no 'looks gay'”.. Some folks need to get out more. I had one lesbian customer who was surprisingly having difficulty finding a partner and who was so feminine and attractive that I invited her for coffee, considering the possibility that she might be borderline bi. No such luck. She came back another time with her new squeeze. She was a big muscular bull dyke who one would take care not to offend. She definitely “looked like a lesbian” and no mistake.


9:34PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

Yeah, Jennifer - those lesbians 'all look alike', don't they?

12:04PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

Carroll should think before she speaks. There are a lot of lesbians/gays who are married (and have children) for years before coming out. And you can't tell gay from straight just by sight.

9:13AM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

Daniel P, I'm not sure if being a man with long hair makes you look like a lesbian, but if I were you, I'd steer clear of Mitt Romney when he's in one of his moods.

7:35AM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

Lynda D. : I agree with most of your comment except the last sentence.... "Because they look like normal people". That statement would imply that we are "not normal".

I'm sure you didn't quite mean it the way it looks. I think it might have been better to say something to the effect of "Because they look like everyone".

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