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. Christopher Clark

    FYI: here's his email address. I would personally send all complaints here. Larry.Brown@ncleg.net Oh, and phone is...919-733-5607

    October 7, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LEB

    Individuals of this representative's age group cannot be made to open their eyes or see the light. This is the same age group that thinks blacks and women are inferior, and trying to change their minds is about as productive as beating your head against a brick wall. What we have to wait for them to do is DIE. The under 35 group favors gay rights more strongly than any other age group, so when these old codgers finally kick it and today's young folks take their place, THEN we'll see real change. It's just a matter of time.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jinks the Cat

      Nobody here gives two sh1ts what you think! Embrace the reality of your own shortcomings and contemplate it all over a gallon size bowl of tasty Fruit Loops !!

      October 7, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. john G

    As a gay man married for twenty three years raisng many straight peoples children because they can t stay together and fighting major health issues all this redneck crap does not affect true gay americans we have struggled long and hard with all of this bouning right off us ,we will succeed !

    October 7, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Richard Highnote

    Yes, I am a 'fruitloop' and he is an old frosted flake.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lol

      Lol, fruitloop you are funny to the bone.

      October 9, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Marie

    Belinda, I'm in agreement with you....it's being pushed down our throats and for just one reason, to get this perverted bill passed for them (and probably because most of the lawmakers want to be with little boys). As far as equal rights go, that's equal rights to be treated as human beings. Man was not meant to be married to man nor was a woman meant to be married to woman....and anyone with any moral fiber or sense sees this. Sorry, but anything else is perverted and our creator intended it to be man married to woman.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eli

      You will feel this way until your child or your grandchild comes out and then your viewpoint on this matter will change. Everyone can say how being gay is wrong until someone close to them admits they are gay and then it changes. One day you will see

      October 7, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sherri W.W.

    Thats what I mean when I say most of the Repubs&Tea Party people are making FOOLS of anyone who votes for them!How many more revelations of how racist toward ANYBODY NOT TOTALLY WHITE OR ANYBODY THEY CONSIDER"different"IN ANY WAY!of COURSE they talk that way all the time~but ONLY AFTER THE ELECTION will they all be able to OPENLY let all of you know how MUCH they actually DETEST YOU if you arent up to"their"standards!Lord!Wake UP people!

    October 7, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ivan

    Rep. Larry Brown, NC 73 Ph# 1917-733-5607

    October 7, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Powell Marshall

      that should be 919 733 5607.
      btw- they aren't answering

      October 7, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ramtruck2500

    Ah yes and yet another rightwinger tea-bagger at work!

    October 7, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Name*Boxman

    We will remember you and those other conservatives in November.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. David

    Rep. Larry Brown: You sir are a moron, and a bigot. Hopefully the people in North Carolina will see that and not allow you to win another election.

    You can call me any name you want. I'm proud of who I am. "Sticks and Stones..."

    October 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Lupus

      Yeah taking it up the pooper by another man is certainly something to be proud of. Disgusting degenerate

      October 12, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mark Couvillion

    OMG – some gay person's feelings were hurt! BMFD

    October 7, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ivan Goldberg

    You dailed the wrong number that's why you did not get a response from him.
    Rep. Larry Brown, NC 73 Ph# 1917-733-5607

    October 7, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tct

    Everyone tired of things being shoved down their throats should stop kneeling in bathrooms, problem solved.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tom

    Gad, another idiot whose god must be soooo proud of him!

    October 7, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JM

    This man is a disgrace to the state of North Carolina....

    October 7, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
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