School Board Member – Fags Should Die of AIDS

You’d think such homophobia would be enough, to say that you are happy by the thought that LGBTQA youth would catch AIDS and die.

His first public comment to students and the district on facebook was
“you don’t like being called a fag, don’t tell anyone you’re a fag”

His comments were inspired by spirit day.
“Seriously, they want me to wear purple because five queers committed suicide. The only way im wearing it for them is if they all commit suicide. I can’t believe people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the fact that they sinned and killed themselves because of their sin. REALLY PEOPLE.”

His attitude on homophobia extends even to his own children.
“I would disown my kids if they were gay. They will not be welcome at my home or in my vicinity. I will absolutely run them off. Of course my kids will know better. My kids will have solid christian beliefs. See it infects everyone.”

Here is his claim of an apology and offer to resign.

However this hateful bigot, makes it very clear is that if he’s said “I would prefer of gay people were to pass away from AIDS” that would be okay. He never apologizes for the thoughts behind the words, only claiming that his word choices were poor.

I’m sure he’s far from the only schoolboard member with such hateful attitudes, but at least he’s resigned. However he does plan on trying for re-election once the storm has died down.

This doesn’t just speak to his actions, or his schoolboard, or even the entire Arkansas school system. LGBTQA youth in school are vulnerable, and to have someone in authority say this, makes all of them feel much less safe. Is every youth who reads this thinking, do I have one of those school board members in my district, how will that affect me if something happens to me.

The school board claims to be unable to fire him, but they should have made a clear exception and fired him with a fanfare and made it clear that he was never welcome there again.

Found via Pride in Utah”