Michael Verdugo Suspended from Police Force

Posted July 17, 2008 6:19 PM by with 46 comments

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Various Miami press outlets are reporting that Hollywood Police Department has placed Michael Verdugo on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation, presumably due to the revelation that he was in gay porn.

Verdugo offered the following comment to WPLG Miami through his attorney: “My client has done nothing wrong. He has served the community of Hollywood with honor and distinction for over 10 years. The only reason someone would criticize my client is that he publicly has a different lifestyle.”

Hollywood Police Department refuses to comment on whether being in a sex tape is a violation of police policy until the investigation is over.

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46 responses to Michael Verdugo Suspended from Police Force

  1. Rob July 17th, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    SHM..(shaking my head)..another example of how your pass catches up with you!:-(

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  2. telly July 17th, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    It seems strange that you could be fired from your job even though you did a porn like 10 years ago. Is that even legal?

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  3. robert, LA July 17th, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    Poor guy! Kicked off the show and now this! Let this be a “cautionary tale” for anyone who wants to do a porn for kicks … with the internet these thinks come back to haunt you!

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  4. Chen July 17th, 2008 at 6:59 PM

    I’m the first!!!!

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  5. Anonymous July 17th, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    I can’t say I feel bad for him — he’s one of those types who obviously really desperate for attention. He did porn AND was on reality TV. Its not like he was forced to do either of those things and he should have known that being on TV people would scrutinize his life.

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  6. Anonymous July 17th, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    Life is all about choices. I don’t know what was first, his porn gig or his police career, either way he should have known better. I just can’t get myself to feel sorry for him.

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  7. Jeff July 17th, 2008 at 8:09 PM

    I think some of you are missing something of the bigger picture here. This guy is being persecuted for doing gay porn. Is it actually ANY employers business to know this as long as the person performs his or her job well? Would he have been suspended if he had been in straight porn? Wake up people – your civil rights and right to privacy are systematically being dismantled.

    Before you start throwing stones at this guy, maybe you ought to consider that if things continue moving in this direction that it will not be long before you can be suspended from your job for visiting this website at home. Do not kid yourselves into thinking that it not a possibility.

    If you do not realize this and think this guy had it coming then you are ignorant as well as hypocrite.

    I can only hope that the ACLU with jump on this post haste.

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  8. Charles July 17th, 2008 at 8:21 PM

    The Police Department may have him on the ethical behavior clause that many city and state employees sign upon hiring. Whether you like it or not it is a major clause that many people sign in the positive and then this happens which equals negative.

    Yes, it is a shame however as someone already said, he did porn and with the internet nothing ever dies. This is a time and space where people are ACTIVELY looking for something anything in the past of someone else. The gay media has played a MAJOR part in this development. The comparing of tattos, the resurgance of the video box cover across the web etc. But I wouls not blame them for it because it sa les whatever and boost whatever validity of an individual who discovers it. He made his money “then” and someone is making their money “now”.

    I also agree that for 10 years he was “invisible” launching yourself on a network that the gays love on a venue (Design Star) that the gays love for the eye candy factor (all of which he played up BIG TIME) with discernable and visible trandmark etchings was “not the sharpest” move.

    We are in America and it is a SPORT to blindside someone especially now with the internet. However I restate: “you did it and you have to deal with it no matter how it returns to the surface.”

    There are countless numbers of young men who are going to be affected by their decision to do porn especially sites that promote the farce “straight men”. These young men have no rights after they have signed it and the money that you have earned will not sustain you forever actually past a few years.

    Is there any reason for the spiraling out of control, drug use and suicide of many porn actors: they find themselves trapped, what started as something fun to do, make a little money, get laid, become a star of sorts is now a prison with few options.

    Hmmm, as I close this maybe he will sue the Police Department and get paid a hefty sum or at least his retirement package (just to make it all go away( that has been accured and then move on to something else. I am sure with his new found attention there are numerous gay men who are willing to pay BIG MONEY to be with him in any capacity. It is a clever marketing scheme especially with him being in Miami, hell the cash he could pocket tax free alone from those gay men (young and old) who want to touch a “star”. I say get as much money as possible. Hmmm, he could easily charge $200.00-$300.00 per hour for “whatever” while his “star is burning” again.

    Please do not say that no one will pay it because they will period!

    Ah, the motivations of a “complete stranger” that we are allowed to look at but know absolutely nothing about is an ever elusive creature.

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  9. Charles July 17th, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    The Police Department may have him on the ethical behavior clause that many city and state employees sign upon hiring. Whether you like it or not it is a major clause that many people sign in the positive and then this happens which equals negative.

    Yes, it is a shame however as someone already said, he did porn and with the internet nothing ever dies. This is a time and space where people are ACTIVELY looking for something anything in the past of someone else. The gay media has played a MAJOR part in this development. The comparing of tattoos, the resurgence of the video box cover across the web etc has all been there. But I would not blame them for it because it sales whatever and boost whatever validity of an individual who discovers it. He made his money “then” and someone is making their money “now”.

    I also agree that for 10 years he was “invisible” launching yourself on a network that the gays love on a venue (Design Star) that the gays love for the eye candy factor (all of which he played up BIG TIME) with discernable and visible trademark etchings was “not the sharpest” move.

    We are in America and it is a SPORT to blindside someone especially now with the internet. However I restate: “you did it and you have to deal with it no matter how it returns to the surface.”

    There are countless numbers of young men who are going to be affected by their decision to do porn especially sites that promote the farce “straight men”. These young men have no rights after they have signed it and the money that you have earned will not sustain you forever actually past a few years.

    Is there any reason for the spiraling out of control, drug use and suicide of many porn actors: they find themselves trapped, what started as something fun to do, make a little money, get laid, become a star of sorts is now a prison with few options.

    Hmmm, as I close this maybe he is smarter than we all think. He will sue the Police Department and get paid a hefty sum or at least his retirement package (just to make it all go away (that has been accrued and then move on to something else. I am sure with his new found attention there are numerous gay men who are willing to pay BIG MONEY to be with him in any capacity. It is a clever marketing scheme especially with him being in Miami, hell the cash he could pocket tax free alone from those gay men (young and old) who want to touch a “star”. I say get as much money as possible. Hmmm, he could easily charge $200.00-$300.00 per hour for “whatever” while his “star is burning” again.

    Please do not say that no one will pay it because they will period!

    Ah, the motivations of a “complete stranger” that we are allowed to look at but know absolutely nothing about is an ever elusive creature.

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  10. javi July 17th, 2008 at 9:46 PM

    the land of the freedom……..

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  11. whamiam July 17th, 2008 at 10:07 PM

    So, you guys at GPB must be all atingle that your big news scoop on Mikey V’s torrid past has gotten such legs and become made the jump into the main stream media. Very impressive. We appreciate your tireless efforts to make sure that we’re always up to date on important stories like the fact that a guy with a distinguished career as a cop who’s apparently trying to establish a new, less lethal career did an S&M movie over a dozen years ago. I know that my life would have been less fulfilling without that little tidbit.

    Just because the internets allow you to scream from the rooftops regarding every youthful indiscretion made by every D to Z List pseudocelebrity in the world, doesn’t mean you should. Yeah, his actions have consequences. So do yours.

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  12. PeJa July 17th, 2008 at 10:35 PM

    WOW! With all the REAL crooked cops and perps that need to be investigated the go for the guy that participated in a bondage film over 10 years ago! Oh well…..

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  13. alex July 17th, 2008 at 11:48 PM

    I certainly agree with people who are finding fault with GayPornBlog.com. “Outing” someone’s past like this by posting his real name is despicable. My question for the owners of this site:

    Where do you draw the line? Why not just post the real names and locations of current porn actors? After all, you’ve effectively destroyed this guys’ life; why not continue your spree?

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  14. Chris July 18th, 2008 at 1:30 AM

    I hope Verdugo doesn’t get fired or if he does, wins a fatty law suit.

    A great big gigantic F-U to all of you who beat off to porn and then turn around and fault him for “choices.”

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  15. GLM July 18th, 2008 at 2:53 AM

    When I first saw the story about him being in gay porn, I immediately thought to myself, “Well, there goes the end of his police career.” The police force and armed services, alike, are notorious for being very homophobic atmospheres. If he had been in videos where he’s having sex with women, I can almost guarantee that this wouldn’t be a problem right now.

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  16. Robert July 18th, 2008 at 2:57 AM

    The interesting part is that his attorney NEVER denies it is his client in the film. He only comments that he should be judged on his police work. What are the chances of you having a twin somewhere but also having the exact tattoos in the exact same places?
    Gay people always want to be treated equal. In this case, if this guy loses his job because of his porn past, does that not make him treated equal to the other gay, straight, men, and women cops that also lost their jobs for issues like this?
    While I agree he should be judged on his performance, police work hard on their reputations. Where could you draw the line?

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  17. Dutch July 18th, 2008 at 8:22 AM

    Will GayPornBlog.com be sending a bouquet to the poor guy saying: Thanks for the scoop and enjoy the 5 figure check?
    This would not be a problem in Holland/ Netherlands!!

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  18. Anonymous July 18th, 2008 at 8:57 AM

    yeah you guys at GPB don’t have to be like the police. are you guys happy now? that you have helped this guy get fired? yes he made a choice… but it’s down right nasty and mean to “out” this guy when its obvious he had a job that that he could have been fired from. maybe he may have been found out but why would you guys want to be a part of that ?

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  19. Anonymous July 18th, 2008 at 9:37 AM

    Tell him to come to San Francisco, we love having former pornstars as cops!

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  20. Chuck July 18th, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    I believe you boys are forgetting something quite important… This is a blog about GAY PORN!!!! It should not be a surprise to anyone including those leaving comments on these blog entries, that there would be a story relating to a television reality star being found in a gay porn video. It just happens to be this guy, and they just so happen to follow up on this guy to let their readers know what the hell is going on. So please don’t feel obligated to be upset or offended by what this blog reports, since you should expect it as soon as you type the web address into your browser.

    Furthermore, if you boys are so busy turning your backs on this guy, saying he had it coming, then don’t be surprised when no one’s there to support you when your civil rights are being violated. I mean really, can’t we all just get the fuck along for once? Its life, its supposed to be messy, just deal with it and enjoy each others company.

    Oh, and one last thing… PLEASE!!! Spell check your damn posts and only click the post button once! It hard to read a comment when there are so many errors! That’s all. Have a nice day!

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  21. Mark July 18th, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Jeff,

    You are absolutely right. It is only a matter of time. Let him without sin cast the first stone brethren.

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  22. Anonymous July 18th, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Alex you make an EXCELLENT POINT! Come on GPB, lets have all the real names and towns where all the other porn actors live and where they might work a ” day” job?

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  23. ChicagoCub July 18th, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Anyone who does porn has to know that it will follow them forever. 50 years from now their footage will be on a complimation reel. It never goes away.

    If you are fine with that then party on.

    If someone on a TV show is in gay porn that is news. I don’t blame this site for exposing it.

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  24. Ken July 18th, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Most of us think of blogging as a nice recreation… and interesting way to pass on funny, goofy, and interesting tidbits to people. But I’ve had my own experience with leaking news. I had to remove a few blog posts regarding an individual when his family stumbled across it and threatened him.

    Sadly, your past is never allowed to be your past. No matter how good of a person you are, it’s the little things that people nitpick. He could be a wonderful cop, but they’ll throw that all out the window. You would think he had been a drug dealer or something with all this nonsense.

    Knowing all the controversial news that has come from Florida over the past year, I wonder if the outcome would’ve been different had it been straight porn. Then again, maybe not…

    Life. Liberty. The pursuit of happiness. They’re all myths.

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  25. Darren July 18th, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Funny how alot of you guys seem to look down on porn actors but,don’t mind beating off to them.Very hypocritical IMO.

    Anyway this is fucked up because he may have simply either wanted to fulfill a fantasy or needed the money and he is placed under scrutiny for simply being in a porn flick from 10 years ago? I doubt it would be that big of a deal if it was straight porn.

    If there is no policy stating he couldn’t film porn videos while in the force or her did it before…I would sue the fuck out of those assholes.

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  26. Darren July 18th, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Funny how alot of you guys seem to look down on porn actors but,don’t mind beating off to them.Very hypocritical IMO.

    Anyway this is fucked up because he may have simply either wanted to fulfill a fantasy or needed the money and he is placed under scrutiny for simply being in a porn flick from 10 years ago? I doubt it would be that big of a deal if it was straight porn.

    If there is no policy stating he couldn’t film porn videos while in the force or her did it before…I would sue the fuck out of those assholes.

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  27. Koa July 18th, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Okay, Mikey may not be a saint, but he’s not satan either. You know, it’s so easy to judge others; but really people, this guy deserves a break. I’m sure we all have done things in our past we aren’t too proud of. He’s making a break for a new life. He’s talented and attractive. I remember an individual who was cast off from her crown Vanessa Williams. Look at the woman today…she even perfomed at the Kennedy Honors! Mikey, I wish you all the best. What you did 10 years ago must have been right for you then for the money. Either way, you look great on video. Otherwise, these people on here judging you aren’t all holy themselves. Screw all of them. I hope you win $$$ from all these assholes!

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  28. mikeb July 18th, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    As a gay S Florida resident, I find it sad that we may lose a good law enforcement officer over this. We need all of the help we can get down here. However, we do not know why he’s under investigation. The article talks about his open lifestyle. If he’s a club-goer who does recreational drugs that affect his job performance, he should be disciplined. A porn past, maybe not unless he used city equipment on the shoot …

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  29. Anonymous July 18th, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    well, no one knows where those handcuffs came from, MikeB …

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  30. Anonymous July 18th, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    The guy did porn, this is a gay porn blog, they did an entry on it. Simple as that. You don’t want that to ever happen to you, DON’T DO PORN. It is really that simple. This is not a gay rights issue; had he been found doing straigh porn, he would have been fired too. Does the fact that your employer can fire you over your private sexual pracices suck??Maybe, but then fight your employer, do not put blame on the messenger.

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  31. tom, SF July 18th, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    I can’t believe people are feeling sorry for this guy. He acted in porn, and then signed a morality clause and then worked at a job for TEN years and never mentioned it … and THEN went on national TV. What a fool.

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  32. Anonymous July 18th, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    It’s too bad none of the mainstream press coverage mentions gaypornblog. No mentions = no increase in hits = no increase in revenues.

    I hope you can get this right the next time you do something like this. If you’re going to go out of your way to fuck with someone’s life, you want to be certain to profit from it, right? Surely you’re at least that decent!

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  33. mhk July 18th, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Okay, you’ve had another “gotcha” moment – hope this makes your day. Just curious, though, if you have such an obvious low opinion of guys who do porn what is the purpose of the blog?

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  34. Anonymous July 18th, 2008 at 6:50 PM

    How did this blog ruin anyone’s life?So what you say is people should be able to do porn, sign morality clauses, not ever mentioning and then go on national tv, without anyone ever saying anything about their porn past?If doing porn is not something to be ashamed of(which I totally agree)then you should have the balls to not deny your past, but don’t expect others to do it for you. You had the balls to do bondage on camera, then become a cop against their morality policy, then go on reality TV, now have the balls to fight for your rights too. But don’t blame others for not convering up for you.

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  35. Georg Krüger July 19th, 2008 at 4:15 AM

    i like this country! ;)

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  36. Austrev July 19th, 2008 at 8:38 AM

    God you americans are sick & hopeless cases ,it hardly seems possible, but you seem to get worse by the week- trying to be more like your Elected leader apparently or maybe they’re putting something in your water..It’s been done before. This site is for people who like & want to see GAY PORN. If some dumb scmuck gets caught years later for his naughty past …so what..? The Straight community are always on the lookout for ways to destroy us—It’s GODS WILL!!-There are folks among them that think killin’ us is doin’ us a mercy’-Pehaps we should re-think the tittilating aspects of MUG SHOTS & public exposure of the people that we pay money to see in our collective favorite medium, GAY PORN I hope the poor dumb Cop guy makes a buck or two out of the renewed interest in his -more noble proffession..I doubt It.-I hope I spelt everthing correctly-I would hate to upset CHUCK!

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  37. XAVIER July 19th, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    All I,ve to say is “male witch hunt”.
    Your work should be what counts.

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  38. Anonymous July 19th, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    No doubt this outing was sure to happen. Had gaypornblog not knowingly acted in a way that was likely to do this guy harm, someone else would have done the very same thing. But does that make the action itself any less despicable?

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  39. Mark July 19th, 2008 at 8:34 PM

    Koa,

    While I do enjoy Vanessa Williams her story still unfolded as part of a magazine which straight men read so it is different, but I understand where you were going.

    The real issue here is homophobia. Let us not stone GPB for the story and toss the baby out with the bathwater.

    We should be upset that people are not allowed to protect and serve out in the open. Let’s keep the focus on the important aspect.

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  40. Steve Briandi July 20th, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    who cares if he showed his tinklepart and sucked cocks on film. He’s prolly a good policeman.

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  41. B July 20th, 2008 at 10:52 PM

    Austrev, you’re very condescending. If some of the posters here are up in arms, it’s not fair to make a general statement on “us Americans.” Clearly, some of the posters here felt like he has to live with the consequences of his exposure, including myself.

    Was he wrong to pose in gay porn? No. Or chase fame on cable TV reality home improvement shows? No. Are the Broward County community standards for it’s police force hypocritical? Probably, considering the city in question. Was gaypornblog wrong to expose this little wrinkle in time? Not at all. My opinion.

    So not all of us are looking at hopeless causes as you say.

    Your spelling is fine and your English is superb, since your comments are well understood to have come from an indignant asshole.

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  42. Austrev July 27th, 2008 at 6:27 AM

    I am extremly glad that my tiny little commment on an American gayporn website has sparked such a passionate response-I thought that the majority of youhakr DUMB YANKEE ASSHOLESS-could not read or were immune to outside attitudes that might oppose–BUSHSPEAK– I am vstredelighted that you have an opinion. & that you made the effort to express it! I hope your next ORGASM is a worldshaker=-your new mate Austrev!

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  43. Anonymous July 27th, 2008 at 6:35 AM

    P.S. to (B) You used many words but didn’t really say anyhing……-I still think you are hot.

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  44. Austrev July 27th, 2008 at 7:32 AM

    Austrev isn’t being condesending -BY DESIGN-however when one is communicating-or attemting thereto-with another who has proven sadly remiss in the concepts of basic true english literacy…… Unfortunatly, even though as under-represented GAY America is,You are as responsible as all the rest of your countymen (& the GAY world) for the predominant attitudes & opinions in your land,(World); Go out & be nice & be kind & you will make a difference-Strange, but it just happens; I LOVE all you “Yanky Boys” =you make me HOT!-(B)contact me-We will post video this site!!! As much as I hate to admit it it AMERICAN & AUSTRALIAN Boys are Very HOT!-Boy did we get off subject, but it’s cool, anyway! Be Happy!

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  45. greg July 27th, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Is it “wrong” to do gay porn… I have no idea, but I like to watch it. I do know that an awful lot of people have strong opinions about it., and we would be foolish to believe that just because we live in a “free” country that we are entitled to live our lives free of judgment. Being a porn actor will never be as accepted as being an accountant. Gay or Straight, do we seriously believe that being in a bondage video is compatible with a career in law enforcement? Is Verdugo’s partner and coworkers supposed to accommodate this as part of their daily routine? If this goes to court, the answer is going to be no.

    Verdugo had so many opportunities to erase what he knew could come back to haunt him. The bondage video, the telltale tattoos, the reality show, shirtless scenes exposing the tattoos on national TV… all dumb. With everything I’ve read about this guy, he just seems like he feeds off drama. As gay men, we don’t need to always embrace all gay men who do dumb things. We need to stop making excuses for bad judgment. Maybe if he were hotter…

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  46. Christian R August 2nd, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Gay people are a gay mans worst nightmare.

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