Texas politician’s homophobic remarks caught on tape: ‘It’s just disgusting to even think about’

By Arturo Garcia
Friday, August 16, 2013 20:17 EDT
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San Antonio city council member Elise Chan [San Antonio Express-News]
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San Antonio mayor Julian Castro (D) quickly criticized one of his city council members on Friday after homophobic remarks by her came to light.

Council member Elisa Chan’s statements finding homosexuality “disgusting,” Castro told KENS-TV, were “hurtful and misinformed and they don’t reflect the views of the overwhelming majority of San Antonians.”

The San Antonio Express-News published audio on Thursday from a May 21 conversation between Chan and staff members regarding an update to the city’s non-discrimination policy which would add gender identity and sexuality as protected categories.

“Whatever you want to do in your bedroom is none of my business, but do not impose your view on other people, especially becoming policy,” Chan says at one point in the recording. “Because personally, I think it’s just disgusting just to even think about.”

Chan also told her staff she did not believe “homosexual people” should be eligible for adoption, saying they would affect “the young people.”

The conversation was secretly recorded by one of her staffers, James Stevens, who told the Express-News he resigned from his position and accused Chan — who is rumored to be running for mayor in 2015 — of only caring about her political future.

“I’m not quite sure what you’re talking about so maybe you can play that back to me,” Chan told the Express-News when asked about the recording. “We talk a lot of things in the staff meetings, so I wanted to know also under what context.”

KENS reported that Castro, seen as a rising figure in Democratic political circles, also went online to cite Chan’s remarks as a reason for the city to expand its anti-discrimination statute.

Watch KENS’ report, aired Friday, below.

And listen to the conversation between Chan and her staff, as posted by the Express-News, here.

[h/t Human Rights Campaign]

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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