Just in case you thought we've made some headway with the repeal of the DADT policy of the military, read this little ditty from a commissioner in North Carolina who thinks that gays are "sexual predators." Unfortunately, too many have seen this same attitude in their personal lives and felt the shame and hurt of this wrong assumption and the ensuing depression it creates. Equality may never happen and time after time, when we as a community run into people with such attitudes who label a minority with words like "sexual predator", it only drives teenagers struggling with their identity into making drastic and fatal decisions.
Proof of that is Mr. James' comment about the death of the colleagues son who died of AIDS mentioned in the paragraph below. It makes one angry to hear comments like this, but how do you fight back? Violence is not the way. One way is to follow through with the suggestion to write in and ask for a censure of Mr. James as asked by Change.org. Please do so and help change attitudes like this, or at least get people out of power that can affect others with their power. Write, compel, and change.
By Advocate.com Editors
"An antigay commissioner in North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County called gay people “sexual predators” in an e-mail response to a letter from a fellow commissioner asking her colleagues to sign a thank-you note to the state’s officials who voted to repeal 'don’t ask, don’t tell.'
'Homosexuals are sexual predators,' James wrote in response to the e-mail from Roberts. “Allowing homosexuals to serve in the U.S. military with the endorsement of the Mecklenburg County Commission ignores a host of serious problems related to maintaining U.S. military readiness and effectiveness not the least of which is the current Democrat plan to allow homosexuals (male and female) to share showers with those they are attracted to.”
In 2009, James made headlines for mumbling the word 'homo' after a colleague spoke of her son dying of AIDS. A few years earlier, he was quoted as saying people of color 'live in a moral sewer.'
"Change.org is urging people to sign a petition to the Mecklenburg County board urging members to censure James 'for repeatedly using his work e-mail to bash LGBT folks.' James was just reelected to his seat. "