San Antonio Councilwoman’s Homophobia Caught on Tape

Written by Zack Ford

Conservatives have been up in arms about a proposed bill in San Antonio, Texas that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to all of the city’s nondiscrimination policies, including employment, housing and public accommodations. It also includes a provision allowing the City Council to consider the discriminatory practices of potential contractors — a policy that already existed but was not LGBT-inclusive. Conservatives have argued that the policy specifically targets Christians, even though that there is nothing in the proposal to justify such claims.

The heated arguments over the nondiscrimination ordinance have led to some disappointing public displays of homophobia. Eric Alva, a gay marine veteran — and the first U.S. soldier to have been injured in Iraq — attended a Council Meeting last Wednesday night to speak on behalf of the bill and the crowd proceeded to boo him. Before leaving the podium, he called out his religious detractors: “To all you people that preach the word of God, shame on you because God loves me, like the day I laid bleeding on the sands of Iraq and that’s why he saved me.”

Perhaps more troubling is a secret tape that was recently released of San Antonio Councilwoman Elisa Chan trying to strategize against the proposal.  Recorded at a meeting in May, the tape reveals Chan calling homosexuality “so disgusting” and telling her staff what talking points to include in an op-ed to make her sound less less offensive, suggesting, “Maybe I say I was not educated on what transgender is about.” Here are some excerpts:

I don’t think homosexual people should do adoption. They should be banned by adoption. You’re going to confuse those kids. They should be banned. If you wanted to choose that lifestyle, we don’t want to discriminate you, but you shouldn’t affect the young people… You see two men go into a bedroom. You see two women kissing. Is that not confusing? It’s confusing. [...]

Chan’s staff and the comments made by other conservative groups demonstrate a deficit of understanding about sexual orientation and gender identity. Homophobia and transphobia are readily apparent and being used to justify discrimination against the LGBT community, even if the talking points are sugar-coated for public compensation.

UPDATE
Chan is defending her comments, saying they were simply her “personal opinions and thoughts as guaranteed to me by the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.” She did not address the substance of her remarks, merely promising to “fight for our freedom of speech, especially in a private setting.”

This post was originally published in ThinkProgress

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104 comments

Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a month ago

thanks for the article.

GGma Sheila D.
GGmaSheila D.2 years ago

Kudos to Eric Alva for his eloquent words, and his quiet dignity.

To my dear Councilwoman Chan - If you believe homosexuality is contagious...

You will have to give up shaking hands, at least without rubber gloves - those pesky LGBT germs you know.

You can no longer hold babies, for they may have those LGBT germs may be lurking from their parents, or siblings, or other relatives. Of course, hugs are out of the question, even friends could harbor those sneaky germs.

You can't use a taxi, for you never know who the previous passengers may be...or the driver.

You will have to disinfect all restaurant chairs before sitting as who knows where those unseen LGBT germs may lurk. The Wait staff, the chef, the dishwasher, other patrons.

And the list goes on, and on, and on...Almost forgot the most important ones of all - hospital and emergency personnel...even tho cleanliness is above godliness, in emergency situations you just never know which EMT, nurse, doctor, candystripper, janitor, food service worker, flower delivery person...do I really need to keep going here. Oh yes, the police...

The point being LGBT don't wear Rainbow patches so you will be able to know who should be avoided. The LGBT germs are insidious. Do you carry enough disinfectant??

Mike Wilkinson
Mike Wilkinson2 years ago

time to evolve Miss Chan........

Jan L.
Jan L.2 years ago

Get her out of the council! She is unworthy!

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown2 years ago

Yes David F., congratulations on coming out!

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown2 years ago

"Chan is defending her comments, saying they were simply her “personal opinions...."

Oh, so if bigotry and homophobia is your "personal opinion" you just get a pass on being an homophobic bigot?

Hillary K.
Hillary K.2 years ago

I cannot believed they booed that man! Hiding their hatred behind that 'books' rules makes me ill.

Natasha Salgado

What a LOSER...

Teresa B.
Teresa B.2 years ago

Glad to hear you're finally admitting that you're gay, David. I was beginning to fear for the axis deer you love so much :))

Lori Ann Hone
Lori Hone2 years ago

The truth always comes out, her arrogance is only exceeded by her stupidity.