James uses anti-trans slur, voices a ...

James uses anti-trans slur, voices a concerna over Meck. domestic partners

There are 7 comments on the www.q-notes.com story from Jan 31, 2009, titled James uses anti-trans slur, voices a concerna over Meck. domestic partners. In it, www.q-notes.com reports that:

On Monday, Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James sent an email blast to constituents and Charlotte citizens decrying an upcoming Commission discussion on domestic partner benefits for same-sex partners of of county employees. His email blast has sparked concern after James used the slur “trannies” to describe transgender people, stereotypically defined bisexuals as promiscuous and incorrectly asserted that North Carolina law still criminalizes homosexuality. “This Thursday and Friday (29th and 30th) the Mecklenburg County Commission is to meet at the Ballantyne Lodge … , a swanky resort in Southern Mecklenburg, to discuss a variety of issues,” James wrote in the email. “One of those issues is to instruct the County Manager to “develop a plan around the goal” of providing insurance benefits to homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and trannies (the so-called ’spouses’ of the County’s homosexual employees).”

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Reason

Houston, TX

#1 Jan 31, 2009
what a bigot !
Cockroach_Sleepe r

Omaha, NE

#2 Jan 31, 2009
spray that cockroach til it sleeps.

cockroach = christian
christian = cockroach

“Trans Woman”

Since: Nov 08

Location hidden

#3 Jan 31, 2009
Clueless wonder. How'd this guy get elected

“I am happy”

Since: Jul 08

St. Petersburg, FL

#4 Feb 1, 2009
Reason wrote:
what a bigot !
Oh every community has one like him and Charlotte/Mecklenburg County, NC is not exempt.

I lived in Charlotte from 1999-2003 and this guy always caused problem. Prior to me moving there, he was one of the member of "The Gang of Five". A brief description for you. In 1996, Charlotte had "Angels in America" show at the local theaters. Well, Bill James could not stand for that and demanded the show to be shut down and funding stripped. There were four other commissioners, at that time, that joined in. They became known as "The Gang of Five".

Within a few years, 4 of the 5 commissioners were ousted from office. He still remains to this day because he represents the Matthews/Pineville area, just south of Charlotte, which has always voted conservative.

This was not the only thing this guy has done. In early 2000, a pride committee started Charlotte Pride. Well, this really pissed off James and to make matters more complicated, the mayor, Pat McCory (R-Charlotte), sent a letter from his office welcoming the group to Charlotte and it was posted in the Pride guide and the local gay publication, "Q-Notes". This drew controversy and James unleashed on McCory over this. McCory is a moderate and has been quietly supportive of gays and lesbians, but James was out for blood on this. The ending result was that pride still happened and still continues to happen to this day.

Now, there is this issue. It does not surprise. There, we had Bill James. When I moved to Tampa, we had Rhonda Storms. In other communities, you have the one person that likes to start shit like this. They are in every community and they are a joke.

“I am happy”

Since: Jul 08

St. Petersburg, FL

#5 Feb 1, 2009
Karin Redcrow wrote:
Clueless wonder. How'd this guy get elected
How did this guy stay in office since 1996? Well, easy answer. He is in a conservative district, south of the city, but still in Mecklenburg County, that is how.

Charlotte is an interesting city. It is a 50-50 split on conservative and liberal. The local paper "The Charlotte Observer" tends to be liberal. News casts like WSOC-TV 9 (ABC) and FOX 18 tend to be conservative, CBS 2, NBC 6 tend to be more liberal, so it really shows the dynamic of the city of Charlotte, but once you leave Charlotte and go towards Matthews, Mint Hill, Concord, Huntersville, Cherryville, Mount Holly and over outlining areas, it is extremely conservative and I would dare not say a word about being gay to anyone.

Charlotte is stuck in the middle of that conservative crap, but all in all, it is a relatively progressive city. Of course, Asheville and the Research Triangle are far more progressive, Charlotte is coming around to things like this.

“Created Equal”

Since: Feb 08

USA

#6 Feb 1, 2009
StevenFL wrote:
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How did this guy stay in office since 1996? Well, easy answer. He is in a conservative district, south of the city, but still in Mecklenburg County, that is how.
Charlotte is an interesting city. It is a 50-50 split on conservative and liberal. The local paper "The Charlotte Observer" tends to be liberal. News casts like WSOC-TV 9 (ABC) and FOX 18 tend to be conservative, CBS 2, NBC 6 tend to be more liberal, so it really shows the dynamic of the city of Charlotte, but once you leave Charlotte and go towards Matthews, Mint Hill, Concord, Huntersville, Cherryville, Mount Holly and over outlining areas, it is extremely conservative and I would dare not say a word about being gay to anyone.
Charlotte is stuck in the middle of that conservative crap, but all in all, it is a relatively progressive city. Of course, Asheville and the Research Triangle are far more progressive, Charlotte is coming around to things like this.
I take your point, but I would like to make an important distinction between "conservative" and "bigot." There are many LGBT conservatives. Sexual orientation and political ideology are independent of one another. Bigotry is likewise independent of these two things. There are LGBT bigots and there are liberal bigots. There are conservative republicans who are supportive of LGBT equality.

Commissioner James is a conservative, yes. He is also a tiny-minded bigot, elected to office by not only conservatives, but others who are also bigots.

“I am happy”

Since: Jul 08

St. Petersburg, FL

#7 Feb 1, 2009
ScottyMatic wrote:
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I take your point, but I would like to make an important distinction between "conservative" and "bigot." There are many LGBT conservatives. Sexual orientation and political ideology are independent of one another. Bigotry is likewise independent of these two things. There are LGBT bigots and there are liberal bigots. There are conservative republicans who are supportive of LGBT equality.
Commissioner James is a conservative, yes. He is also a tiny-minded bigot, elected to office by not only conservatives, but others who are also bigots.
The funny thing about James is that he and Jesse Helms got along quite well. Bill James is a nimrod. We tried as hard as we could to get him out of office. Eventually, he will do himself in and when that happens, I may be eager to fly up to Charlotte and see that happen.

On the upside, Charlotte and Mecklenburg County overwhelmingly voted in a democrat governor and a democrat president. North Carolina went from red to blue and I never thought I would see that happen in my lifetime.

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