October 7th, 2010
11:27 AM ET

N.C. Republican calls gays 'fruitloops' in e-mail

Rep. Larry Brown is in hot water over a "fruitloops" e-mail.

A gay rights group is asking people to flood a North Carolina state representative's office with cereal after the Republican referred to gays as "queers" and "fruitloops" in an e-mail to other lawmakers.

Rep. Larry Brown, a Republican, was replying to an e-mail that state House Minority Leader Paul Stam sent to members of his caucus. That message, dated September 27, discussed Democratic House Speaker Joe Hackney receiving an award from Equality NC, according to Hackney spokesman Bill Holmes.

The e-mail string, which Holmes provided to CNN, had about 60 recipients. Brown's response consisted of two sentences: "I hope all the queers are thrilled to see him [Hackney]. I'm sure there will be a couple of legislative fruitloops there in the audience."

Messages left at Brown's legislative office were not returned Thursday morning. The cell number listed on his official state page is not working, and a message sent to Brown's e-mail address was not returned.

Brown is running unopposed for re-election this year.

The e-mail was made public recently when Equality NC Executive Director Ian Palmquist received a copy of it. "I was pretty shocked to see a legislator using that language," Palmquist said.

"Rep. Brown needs to apologize, but we haven't received any contact from him, not a word. It's offensive, but I really don't think he reflects what most North Carolinians think about gay people."

Stam told News 14 North Carolina that Brown's language was inappropriate but that he was not "the speech police."

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  1. Michael

    Wonder how long until we discover he's dating a 16 year old ranch boy.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ranch Boy

      Hey, y'all! I'm 15 and a half – and it's none of yer business! 😉

      October 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Charlotte

    To all those who are so resentful that gay rights get discussed more than WASP-hetero rights, there's a good reason for it. There are still significantly large groups of people out there doing their utmost to undermine basic rights for people who happen to be gay. THAT's why you hear about it so much. If you could go speak to your compadres and get them to quit being bigoted and quit trying to deny rights to that part of the population, the subject wouldn't come up nearly so often. And personally, wiz, I had to laugh when you said 'cocoa puffs.' It used to be my favorite snack food when I was in college. There are probably far worse epithets one could hurl at a demographic cross-section than to link them to breakfast cereal, although I'm sure the Representative's intention was pejorative.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. G Man

    I'm gay, don't get easily offended (so I'm not offended by these comments) and am thrilled to live in a country where this guy can say whatever he wants.... Let's stop being so touchy.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tougherskin

    Oh! No he didn't!!!

    October 7, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. worker bee

    The bible was written by Man YES! But it was inspired by GOD!yes! Just like other books and scripts are inspired by other and also God..Love will conQuer ALL! Let us ALL just help each other instead of being JEALOUS of this or that.I am white also Italian and other nationalities.I am blessed to be in America America has enough problems please do not devide yourself work together you should look at how hard the new Immigrants work when they come here and pull together to WALK past US DUM DUMs ....get it man.....

    October 7, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. GD

    The idiot's from North Carolina...what do you expect. It's good that all of America gets to see him how he really is: bigoted.

    Makes one wonder what he says in private about minorities and other groups.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Will

    Idiot Southern Jesus Freak descriminates against someone who's not like him? Shock.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Christopher Hitchens

    Worthless bigot POS.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Midwestmatt

    Yay for idiocy!

    What a putz.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. proudgaywoman

    Marie and belinda and all the ppl that think and feel the way u do are nothing but sheep... Sheep I say! sheep!

    October 7, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. WDRad

    But aren't these terms of endearment in the gay community?

    October 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Erica

    November is re-election time for many of these really old boys. Time to clean house and regroup. Time for new term limits for these Congressman and Senators. What's in his closet?

    October 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. smedleybutle

    Larry Brown should move to Afghanistan with the other Taliban. Bigots be gone.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. garc

    Why would this be a surprise to anyone? Regardless of how fed up you are with how slowly improvement is coming to the US economy (after 8 disastrous years of Bushanomics), if you give a damn about anyone's rights other than rich straight old white dudes, you are a fool to vote republican.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. drager

    Well looking at his photo he's not exactly a picture of masculinity himself. As a matter of fact, he looks like a pink fruitloop.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
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