From our media partners Gossip Extra.
A gay teenage activist who made news last year when he was appointed at 17 to the Boca Raton Community Relations Board resigned suddenly last week after his mother made the city aware that the boy, Tyler Morisson, isn’t eligible to serve.
Morrison, who turned 18 in February, is estranged from his mother, Andrea Riggin.
But Riggin wrote the city to warn officials that Morisson is not a resident of Boca Raton, and therefore shouldn’t be allowed to serve on the advisory board.
So, where does he live?
Riggin claims her son is living in West Palm Beach with 58-year-old gay rights crusader Rand Hoch, although Hoch would not confirm the living arrangements.
“Tyler became homeless and he reached out to the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council for help,” said Hoch, the founder the politically powerful anti-discrimination Council. “When a young man with a bright future asks for housing help for a few months until he graduates from high school and enters college on a scholarship, it’s anyone’s duty to help.”
Hoch declined to say where the boy lives and declined to make Morisson available for an interview.
Hoch simply said: “He lives in a safe environment.”
In his resignation letter, Morisson reported living in a West Palm Beach condo with “my own bedroom and bathroom.”
Morisson was appointed to the Boca Raton Community Relations Board in December after he appeared before the council and called city fathers “bigots” for not allowing anti-discrimination protection for gay city employees.
Appointees, however, are supposed to be living within city limits.
And according to his mother’s email to the city on Monday, Morisson hasn’t lived in Boca since October.
“I didn’t want this lie to be perpetuated for my son’s own good,” Riggin told Gossip Extra. “That’s why I blew the whistle on him.”
In her not about her son, Riggin also added that she believes Hoch befriended her son, an AW Dreyfoos School of The Arts music standout, to take advantage of his sudden notoriety and advance Hoch’s own political agenda.
Last week, she reported to West Palm Beach Police that her son has emotional problems and wanted an investigation into Morisson’s relationship with Hoch.
Because the boy is 18, it’s unlikely that an investigation will be conducted.
If there were one, said Hoch, it’d be a waste of taxpayers’ money.
“There is no criminal activity alleged,” Hoch said.
Just five months after meeting Morisson, Hoch made him a director on the Human Rights Council alongside proven political figures like Pahokee Mayor JP Sasser.
Said Hoch: “Tyler is a bright young man. I have never witnessed emotional issues with him. I watched him conduct an orchestra. He left the unsafe environment with his family.”Jose Lambiet