North Carolina State Lawmaker Refers To Gays As ‘Queers’ And ‘Fruitloops’

LarryBrownThe Examiner’s Cortez NaPue is reporting that North Carolina State Rep. Larry Brown has been caught referring to gay people as “queers” and “fruitloops” in an email exchange about House Speaker Joe Hackney (D) receiving “an award from a gay-rights group, the Equality NC Foundation“:

In his September 27th message sent to 60 e-mail addresses, Brown said, “I hope all the queers are thrilled to see him. I am sure there will be a couple legislative fruitloops there in the audience.”

Ian Palmquist, executive director of the Equality NC Foundation thinks that Larry Brown should apologize, saying “I think it’s disgusting to see a member of the legislature talking about his own constituents and fellow North Carolinians that way. I would hope that he would apologize and his colleagues would speak out about that kind of bigotry.”

Hackney is receiving the award for supporting bills the Republicans opposed, “one expanding sex education to include more information about contraceptives, and the another an anti-bullying measure that identifies gay students as potential bully targets.”

Brown, who is running for reelection unopposed, told the Winston-Salem Journal that he had no comment on the email. “I didn’t send you one,” Brown said. When asked to confirm whether he wrote the e-mail, Brown said: “I’m not saying I did and I’m not saying I didn’t.” House Minority Leader Paul Stam, who sent the underlining email that Brown responded to, said it was “intended to be private and the only people Brown should apologize to are those who got the e-mail and were offended.”