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Bigot of the Week, April 25: Earl Bullard

25 Apr
Boss Hogg or Earl Bullard?

Boss Hogg or Earl Bullard?

I want to thank my friend and LGBT ally, Jennifer Carey for inspiring me to address this week’s BWA.  Apparently, Earl Bullard and his cronies would prefer drunk drivers in the state of South Carolina to having LGBT folk, specifically Crystal Moore as the openly lesbian police chief of Latta, South Carolina.

Sadly, South Carolina is just one of 29 states that has no legal protection for LGBT folks.  Consequently, one can be denied employment for membership in the LGBT community.  Bullard seems more like a caricature after he spews his homophobic venom:

I would much rather have.. and I will say this to anybody’s face… somebody who drank and drank too much taking care of my child than I had somebody whose lifestyle is questionable around children.

Because that ain’t the damn way it’s supposed to be. You know.. you got people out there — I’m telling you buddy — I don’t agree with some of the lifestyles that I see portrayed and I don’t say anything because that is the way they want to live, but I am not going to let my child be around…I’m not going to let 2 women stand up there and hold hands and let my child be aware of it. And I’m not going to see them do it with 2 men neither.

My goodness. So according to Mayor Earl Bullard children are far safer riding in a car with a drunk driver than a sober lesbian police chief? I must confess, I am having some difficulty grasping the logic here.  I suspect our Bullard also believes there is a Big Gay Agenda trying to take over the world — bwah-ha-haah!

CALL TO ACTION: Bullard’s behavior only proves how desperately we need to pass ENDA and protect the LGBT community from discrimination. Currently, it is legal under federal law to fire someone for being gay. Under state and local law, it depends on each state and municipality whether gay people are protected in employment. Act locally AND nationally — if you have local protection laws, ensure they are enforced; if not, work to get them passed. This year’s midterm elections are a great opportunity to ensure that the next Congress will be ENDA supporting.

DISHONORABLE MENTION this week goes to Georgia’s legislature and Gov. Nathan Deal. In their infinite wisdom, they have passed the most generous concealed carry law in the nation, allowing guns in schools, libraries and numerous other public places. The law also starkly reduces penalties for being caught with a firearm in an airport making the world’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, one of the most dangerous.

Georgia Declares War on Women…

3 Apr

Yesterday was a very dark day for the history of Georgia, as the Senate approved a bill called the “fetal pain bill” by Republicans.  This bill now criminalizes abortion after 20 weeks, thus chipping away at Roe v. Wade.  Yes, Georgia has declared war on women. Former criminal Republican Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign the bill which does not contain rape or incest exemptions.

This type of blatant misogyny proves that Georgia — like many other states — is on the wrong side of history. The right wing Republicans (mostly male) are doing everything in their power to undermine Roe v. Wade and are sending the message that women are not to be trusted with their own bodies.  I wonder what it would be like if men had to experience this type of hate and patriarchy–if men were policed at all times and told that we are not to be trusted with our genitalia.  What would it be like if men were to be considered criminals for using their penises for something other than procreation?

The bill that Georgia has passed is not only misogynistic, but it is also racist and classist.  Women of means will be able to travel to a safe state to have an abortion, while poorer women and women of color will continue to be held hostage by white wealthy men.  Shame on Georgia!

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