Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll must be kicking herself in the aftermath of her comment about how she doesn’t look like a lesbian. The statement, which she gave to local news affiliate Tampa 10, followed rumors that she and her female travel aide had engaged in an affair:

“The problem is that when you have these accusations that come out, it’s not just one person you’re attacking. It’s an entire family. My husband doesn’t want to hear that. He knows the type of woman I am. I mean, my kids know the type of woman I am… For 29 years? I’m the one that’s married for 29 years. The accuser is the one that’s single — for a long time. So. Usually black women that look like me don’t engage in relationships like that.”

If the allegations are untrue, Carroll has a point that it’s unfair to her family the rumors have persisted. But the justification for her comments ends there. There’s bigotry and assumption all up in and through the rest of it. Essentially, what she’s saying is that lesbians are readily identifiable by physical appearance and that women who are attractive “aren’t usually lesbians.” She’s also making assumptions about what causes women to engage in same-sex relationships, and, to her mind, it has to do with them being single for a long time and thus bereft of heterosexual marital options. What’s worse is that she’s saying it all with chuckles and grins.

The comments ignited a great deal of online outrage, which led to a #ThisisWhataLesbianLooksLike Twitter hashtag campaign, encouraging lesbians to post pictures of themselves to illustrate their diversity. At the time of this article’s posting, Lt. Governor Carroll had yet to issue an apology for, amendment to, or retraction of her comments. Even if the remarks were made without forethought or considered to be “lighthearted,” she should’ve been able to realize how offensive they were to a great number of her constituents.

What do you think? Will Lt. Gov. Carroll apologize?

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  • E.O.

    Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll come on out the closet….this reeks of someone on the DL

  • RJ

    Of course it was offensive and if you watch the video of her making the statement, you can see that 1) She is LYING. 2) She had the most condescending tone when she made the statement.

    And as the author states, what does being married for 29 years and her looks have to do with her having sex/an affair with another woman? That’s just some stupid logic. “Oh, I can’t be gay because I’m married and pretty.” Uhmmmm….okay. That just perpetuates the idea that being gay is a choice. If you believe that only ugly women with no options are gay, then you believe that it is not an inherent characteristic…you believe that women are left with no options so they turn to each other….which is the dumbest effing logic on planet earth.

    There are many lesbians who were once married to, engaged to, or involved with men. There are many lesbians who are married to men because of societal pressures. And what most people fail to realize is that a great number of lesbians look heterosexual, so of course you wouldn’t necessarily think that they were gay. And the people who you are able to easily identify as gay are stereotypical. Basing your idea of what lesbians look like on a stereotype is stupid because the lesbian at your job or in your family or walking down the street who is wearing make up and heels is just as gay as the butch woman wearing a fitted and baggy pants.

  • RJ

    And what does her accuser being single have anything to do with the fact that she was accused of having an affair? I mean, what the hell kind of denial is that? “I didn’t have an affair because my accuser is single.” HUH?

  • The comment

    This really is a Lifetime movie in the making. This lady thinks she is a lipstick lesbian when she clearly looks like a strap-on wearing butch. And to inslut the milliions of lesbians who have been in committed relationships for over 50 years highlights her very narrow view of same sex unions. Poor lady doesn’t know who she is. However if the accusations are true…she is a very confused woman.

  • Marisa

    There are better ways to deny an allegation than one as lame as hers, gay and straight come in all different looks so she straight up played herself and deserves to get clowned