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Boynton Beach Trailer Parks: Too Classy for Gay Folks

When someone pulled David Armstrong's rainbow flag off of the front of his trailer, the first thing he did was tell his landlord, who instead of investigating the matter told him some residents complained about the flag and that he should display it in back of the property.

Why not just ask the guy to get back in closet while you're at it?

Armstrong's landlord told WPBF that it didn't matter that the man, who uses a walker and is living on a month-to-month lease, is gay, and the landlord claimed Armstrong is simply trying to disrupt the community. Armstrong said he plans to get legal assistance.

"I think we're being discriminated against because we're a gay couple," he said. Armstrong told WPBF he received a call from his roommate on Tuesday after he found the flag on the patio floor.

"Everybody else has an American flag on the front of their property," he said. "So why can't I have my pride flag?"

On the whole, America has come a long way since the White Night Riots, when gay men in San Francisco protested the lenient sentencing for the man who assassinated Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.

Yet it's clear even in WPBF's report that we're not all the way there yet. Reporter Angela Rozier consistently refers to Armstrong and his partner as "roommates" even though Armstrong refers to himself and his partner as a couple. The difference is pretty clear.

A roommate is that shmuck who paid the rent late last month and who this weekend plans to emerge from his room in only his skivvies while you're trying to close a third-date shtup with some girl (or guy).

Perhaps WPBF's audience is still uncomfortable with homosexuals living together.

Said Armstrong about his neighbors: "The snowbirds, I guess, have the upper hand."

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Zachary Fagenson is the restaurant critic for Miami New Times, and proud to report a cholesterol level of 172.
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