Uncategorized — January 10, 2012

Troy, Michigan Mayor Janice Daniels doubles down on homophobic stupid

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As Tony Trupiano asked on his Facebook page, “How the the hell was [Janice Daniels] elected?” From the Detroit Free Press:

Troy Mayor Janice Daniels, lambasted at a City Council meeting last month for calling gay people “queers” on her Facebook page, is embroiled in another controversy about gay people — this time involving students from Troy High School.

While discussing plans for a forum on bullying and suicide, Daniels told students she wanted to invite “a panel of psychologists who would testify that homosexuality is a mental disease,” said Skye Curtis, 17, a senior and co-president of the Gay-Straight Alliance at the school. […]

[Skye] Curtis and fellow senior Zach Kilgore, also 17, attended Monday’s meeting at the mayor’s invitation, Kilgore said. The teens said they had hoped to invite the mayor to a student forum on bullying prevention and teen suicide.

After the mayor’s comment, Curtis said, “we brought up the fact that, if we’re trying to have an event about suicide prevention, we shouldn’t really be telling kids they have a mental disease. I don’t want my freshmen hearing that.

Curtis and Kilgore said they decided that they would hold the event without Daniels’ participation.

“We decided it would be dangerous to have her around kids who are already upset and worried about who they are,” Kilgore said.

So, how ’bout it, Troy? How the hell did you elect this homophobic idiot?

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