>North Carolina State Representative, Larry Brown, like South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, bears responsibility in the recent spate of LGBT youth suicides because of his blatant homophobia and hate speech. See, it seems that Brown has sent his fellow House Republicans an email last week in which he referred to gays as “queers” and “fruitloops.”
Apparently, Brown’s moronic response was to an email sent by House Minority Leader Paul Stam in which Stam told of House Speaker Joe Hackney getting an award from the Equality NC Foundation, a gay-rights group.
Well, since a gay advocacy group was praising Joe Hackney, Brown decided to take a completely different route.
He sent his email to some sixty addresses:
“I hope all the queers are thrilled to see him. I am sure there will be a couple legislative fruitloops there in the audience.”
Equality North Carolina executive director, Ian Palmquist, is demanding an apology from Larry Brown: “I think it’s disgusting to see a member of the legislature talking about his own constituents and fellow North Carolinians that way,” Palmquist said. “I would hope that he would apologize and his colleagues would speak out about that kind of bigotry.”
Brown, of course, did not return telephone calls. But Paul Stam is defending his homophobic colleague by saying that the email was intended to be private and the only people Brown should apologize to are those who got the e-mail and were offended.
Yes, let’s not apologize to the people he called queers and fruitloops, I mean, we’re gay. We don’t deserve apologies. Or marriage. or equal rights.
But Brown should apologize to the LGBT community, and to the families of every single LGBT youth that has killed himself rather than endure one more day of bullying. With people like Larry Brown, so casually tossing around words like “queer” and “fruitloops to describe the gay community, how can we expect our young people to do better?
With Larry Brown’s example, how many young kids will go to school today and call another kid “queer” or “fruitloops”? And how long before the name-calling escalates to pushing and shoving and breaking bones and culminating in yet another suicide.
Larry Brown should apologize to the people he offended and the families of all of those dead boys. And if you agree, then let him know:
His office phone number is 919-733-5607.
His email is: Larry.Brown@ncleg.net