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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Margaret Garside
Margaret Garside4 years ago

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?

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

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

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

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

Rebecca F.
Rebecca F5 years ago

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.

Gary Ansorge
Gary Ansorge5 years ago

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?

Ernest R.
Ernest R5 years ago

@ 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.

Chris R.
Chris Robinson5 years ago

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

Lisa T.
Lisa T5 years ago

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.

Joan E.
Joan E5 years ago

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.

Anita Wisch
Anita Wisch5 years ago

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".