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. Donnel

    Tbera, if u read genesis the first book of the old testament it does say that God destroyed s&g because of the gayness and beastiality that was going on. i have read my bible have u?

    October 7, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |


    October 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Brian-SoFla

    You can always tell it's election season when Republicans spew anit-gay messages and propose anti-gay legislation. Frankly, I am getting tired of hearing this crap from them as it is apparent that the Republican party lacks any merit or social conscience or intellegence that they resort to using gays as a scapegoat. The gay community can stop these bullyies by bullying back!!!! If you see a str8 wedding protest it by yelling out the window "why marry you most likely gonna get a divorce you freaks", on sundays yell into a church to remind the congregation "your preacher is a pedophile!!!", Spray paint over Republican election signs " BIGOT!". If they don't like it, then THEY need to start treating people who pay their salaries with respect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Then stop your Fudge Packing !
      Have a big bowl of Fruity Loops.

      October 7, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. E1 atoM

    This GOPer will probably be the next to get caught in a public restroom with another man.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. anna

    hahaha couldnt agree with him more!!!

    October 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. shawn

    I won't waste a box of cereal. I happen to love fruitloops, applejacks, etc.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Russ

    The problem is that people, including gays, continue to vote for these Republican A holes!!! Truth be known this idiot is gay.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Simon

    Why does this even rate as a story on CNN? Who cares!

    October 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SteveO Confused

    I had no ideal people had name categories like this, so if gays are fruitloops, and I am a single white male that is straight, but I set home and watch football a lot, am I a cheesy poof? what Category am I in, is there a book on this?

    October 7, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lol

      People like you are a box of Wheaties tm...straight white guy who watches sports! Hey Wheatie!

      October 9, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bodie923

    The is a free country, thats a 2-way street, people can agree...or disagree with gay's, as far as the CNN poll, they didnt phrase the question correctly, it should have asked if you agree/disagree that gays should have the same rights as married people, its how marriage is defined, that most folks have issues with. Marriage as is defined now, can only be between a man and a woman..period..get over it. If its a civil union of some sort, the poll would change drastically. No one thats against gay marriage, wants to see gays try to change, the meaning of marriage, as defined in the bible. Thats the rub.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Steven P

    It's Republicans like this that have kept me Independent for decades. Can't stand Libs...and this guy is a Goober.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Edward

    Ellen has the brains, power, talent and wit to make Larry Brown look like the fool he is. I hope she puts her talent to good use on this sick closet case.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dave


    October 7, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. phil

    I just call gay men sodomists. They can't argue that they have become inflamed with lust for the male anus. They prefer sodomy, that makes them sodomists. That goes for you "straight" people who immitate gay men when you are with your wives/girlfriends.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cocoa Puff

    There is a possibility he is gay. And it doesn't say anywhere in the bible that being gay is wrong and you know it. If you are anti-gay it is bacause you are gay. That is in the bible.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
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