The executive director of Equality North Carolina, the statewide LGBT equality group based in Raleigh, says a Republican member of the state House of Representatives should apologize after using anti-gay slurs in an email to fellow Republicans.
Rep. Larry Brown, who represents portions of Forsyth County and Kernersville, called gay people “queers” and “fruitloops” in response to an email sent out by Republican House Minority Leader Paul Stam, which discussed House Speaker Joe Hackney’s selection as Equality North Carolina’s 2010 Legislative Leadership Award recipient.
“I hope all the queers are thrilled to see him,” Brown’s Sept. 27 email read, according to The Charlotte Observer. “I am sure there will be a couple legislative fruitloops there in the audience.”
Brown’s email was sent out to about 60 fellow Republicans.
“I think it’s disgusting to see a member of the legislature talking about his own constituents and fellow North Carolinians that way,” Palmquist told the daily newspaper. “I would hope that he would apologize and his colleagues would speak out about that kind of bigotry.”
Stam would not say whether or not he’d spoken to Brown regarding the email, but did say Brown shouldn’t have to apologize publicly.
“It was not sent to a public group,” Stam said. “There’s a lot of language that is used by public officials in public and private that should not be used. I don’t use that language myself.”