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Don’t Worry, San Antonio, Homophobic Councilwoman Chan Has Gay Friends And Even Hugs Them

by David Badash on August 22, 2013

in Bigotry Watch,Civil Rights,Discrimination,News,Politics

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Elisa Chan, under fire for calling gay people “disgusting,” is refusing to back down, apologize, or recuse herself from voting on an anti-discrimination ordinance. But the San Antonio, Texas councilwoman who was secretly recorded in a staff meeting by an aide who recently resigned, has given up her four days of silence and is now talking — a lot — to the media, and framing her homophobia and transphobia as “freedom of speech.”

LISTEN: Secret Audio Reveals City Councilwoman’s Extreme Homophobia And Anti-Gay Strategies

In an exclusive interview yesterday, Chan says she feels “pressured,” and that she’s merely following her “beliefs.” The Councilwoman, who is also a business owner, is claiming she now fears for her physical safety, apparently suggesting LGBT people might attack her. “I do fear a little bit about my safety, especially for my daughter.” Chan says she now has security guards at her home, “24/7.”

Chan’s shocking homophobic and transphobic comments, which included this gem:

“I think it’s just disgusting just to even think about. All the definitions. …”

came during a May 21 staff strategy meeting, where she and her aides were constructing a method to oppose an anti-discrimination ordinance that would extend protections to LGBT people and veterans. If the plan backfired, she said she could merely say she didn’t know what being transgender is, and consulted Wikipedia to find out.

Chan, who May said she believes homosexuality is a choice, that gay people “take hormone shots,” and that gay people should be “banned” from adopting or raising children lest they become “confused,” yesterday was asked how she feels about gay people.

LOOK: Texas Councilwoman Defends Leaked Homophobic Comments As Her ‘First Amendment’ Right

“I don’t have any personal opinions about homosexuals,” Chan claimed. She also said she has “many friends who are gay or lesbian,” and even hugs people she knows who are LGBT.

“Just like anybody else, in my life, in my business, I treat anybody the same,” Chan told KENS 5 Anchor Jeff Goldblatt. “I think that in this country we are free to conduct our life any way we want. That is protected and it’s really not my business.”

LOOK: San Antonio Anti-Gay Lawmaker Refuses To Resign, Recuse From Anti-Discrimination Bill

But when pressed, Chan admitted that she believes the “best environment” for children is being raised by a mother and father, and says she doesn’t know of any members of her family who are LGBT.

Watch:

 

Video via KENS 5 News

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{ 4 comments }

stemke2010 August 22, 2013 at 1:10 pm

What a magnanimous gesture to hug those nasty gay people! It's unfortunate that she can't be understanding and tolerant, but since she isn't, I'd rather she was a dick in her personal life, but considerate of the rights of gays in her professional life. It wouldn't hurt as many people.

SeanLiberty13 August 22, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Lying trash. Friends do not talk about friends the way she is talking about LGBT human beings and friends would want their friends to be protected from discrimination, not take part in the discrimination and attacks targeting their friends.

“I don’t have any personal opinions about homosexuals,”

So wait first they were her "personal opinions" about LGBT human beings said in a official capacity at a staff meeting – NOT a BBQ in her backyard – now she says she does not "have any personal opinions about homosexuals". Contradict much Little Miss Fascist Ingrate?

“I think that in this country we are free to conduct our life any way we want. That is protected and it’s really not my business.”

Well then I guess she will be supporting LGBT couples getting married, raising children, being protected from discrimination and harassment because LGBT people are " free to conduct" their lives any way they want and that is none of her business. right? Oh wait, I forgot that only applies to anti-gay FASCISTS like that disgusting harpy.

SeanLiberty13 August 22, 2013 at 4:13 pm

"Chan admitted that she believes the “best environment” for children is being raised by a mother and father"

Oh you mean the same mother and father who gave birth to Jed, who at 3yo was found emaciated and chained to a bed and eating out of a dog bowl on the floor provided by his mother and father? Jed, who has been cycled through 29 families before he was even 13?
http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20727073,…

Thankfully a gay couple, in which one of them has gone through the same system Jed has, took him in. At 14years old he was going to be abandoned and locked away in a mental hospital for being a difficult kid, now at 19yo with the love and caring of his dads – who are providing the world to him – he hopes to attend NC State, his dad's alma mater.

"No matter how much I acted up, they said I wasn’t going anywhere," says Jed. "They gave me my first birthday party. It’s pretty straightforward. They care about me. I’m not going anywhere. This is my forever home." ~ Jed

MiddleGrounds August 22, 2013 at 4:52 pm

I bet you her gay friends wouldn't want to be around her if they heard the leaked recording of what she really thinks of them!

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