Politics & Government

N.C. legislator uses 'queers,' 'fruitloops' in anti-gay e-mail

North Carolina State Rep. Larry Brown sent his fellow House Republicans an e-mail last week where he referred to gays as "queers" and "fruitloops."

Brown was responding to an e-mail House Minority Leader Paul Stam of Apex sent to members of his caucus about House Speaker Joe Hackney getting an award from the Equality NC Foundation, a gay-rights group.

Brown sent his reply to nearly 60 e-mail addresses.

"I hope all the queers are thrilled to see him," said the message dated Sept. 27. "I am sure there will be a couple legislative fruitloops there in the audience."

Ian Palmquist, executive director of Equality North Carolina, said Brown should apologize for using anti-gay slurs.

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