N. C. Republican Legislator’s Email Included Homophobic Slurs

6 Oct

From the Charlotte Observer:

By Lynn Bonner
Staff writer
Posted: Tuesday, Oct. 05, 2010                                      

State Rep. Larry Brown sent his fellow House Republicans an e-mail last week where he referred to gays as “queers” and “fruitloops

Brown was responding to an e-mail House Minority Leader Paul Stam of Apex sent to members of his caucus about House Speaker Joe Hackney getting an award from the Equality NC Foundation, a gay-rights group.

Brown sent his reply to nearly 60 e-mail addresses

“I hope all the queers are thrilled to see him,” said the message dated Sept. 27. “I am sure there will be a couple legislative fruitloops there in the audience.”

From the  Sun News:

House Minority Leader Paul Stam, R-Wake, confirmed Brown wrote the response.

Stam said he wrote to Brown that he doesn’t encourage the language in public or private.

“I don’t reprimand people for private speech. That’s not my job. I’m not the speech police,” Stam said. But he called the language “unfortunate.”

A very interesting side note is the fact that this hateful email was sent out in response to an award recognizing Speaker Hackney for his leadership toward helping to pass anti-bullying legislation which includes protection for gay and lesbian students. 

Brown’s choice to use such degrading language when referring a group of people, of which I’m included, could not have come at a more sensitive time  for our community which is grieving over a recent series of our own committing suicide because of bullying.  There should be no doubt the North Carolina legislator is well aware of these horrible and sad events.  The bitterness and the hateful tone which Brown’s fingers managed to tap out on his keyboard reflects the true nature of his twisted and evil character. 

Leaders in the gay community have called for an apology.  I suppose that is the proper or expected position for them to express.  Speaking only for myself, I don’t care if Brown apologizes or not.  What’s he going to say?  “I’m sorry your feelings were hurt.”  That is totally meaningless and  insulting to anyone’s intelligence.  Lets be realistic.   He will continue to oppose any effort, no matter how small, that treats gays and lesbians as equal human beings. 

Brown’s language exposes the relevant fact that he and others like him deeply hate us.  It would be dillusional to think otherwise.  The other side of the coin is more positive.  Such exposures serve by moving public opinion in favor of full equality for all including the LGBTQ citizens.  Keep it up Brownie.  You’re doing a terrific job.  



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