WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — North Carolina state Rep. Larry Brown, who caused controversy last fall after calling gays “queers” and “fruitloops” in an email to his Republican colleagues, is drawing fire again. In an interview Tuesday with The Winston-Salem Journal, Brown said the state government shouldn’t be funding HIV/AIDS treatment for those people who “caused it by the way the live.”

N.C. state Rep. Larry Brown

Brown, who represents Kernersville, N.C., and other portions of eastern Forsyth County, made his comments during an interview about the state’s new legislative session, which begins later this month. Stopping HIV/AIDS funding was on his list of priorities this session, along with passing a state constitutional amendment that would bar same-sex marriages.

“I’m not opposed to helping a child born with HIV or something,” Brown told the paper, “but I don’t condone spending taxpayers’ money to help people living in perverted lifestyles.”

Ian Palmquist, executive director of Equality North Carolina, called Brown’s comments “unacceptable” in a statement released Wednesday.

“These comments are completely unacceptable,” said Ian Palmquist, Equality NC’s Executive Director. “Larry Brown is out of touch with the people of North Carolina, who strongly support programs to care for the most vulnerable among us, and he’s out of step with his own party.”

Palmquist also pointed out Republican U.S. Senator Richard Burr’s long, outspoken support for funding for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program.

“I think it’s common sense,” Burr said of the program this fall. “The compassionate thing to do is to make sure people get the medications they need. But if you look at it from a budgetary standpoint, it’s much more cost effective to provide medication than it is to treat the devastating effects for individuals who don’t receive treatment.”

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, has called on Brown to apologize for his remarks. HRC president Joe Solmonese said Brown’s comments were “hysterical, judgemental and inaccurate” and “out of line with the fair-minded people of North Carolina.”

Though Brown’s comments in October 2009 created a deluge of demands for an apology, Brown never gave one. Republican leadership across the state has also refused to weigh in on Brown’s views. Equality North Carolina used Brown’s “fruitloops” remarks to raise awareness and funds. In November, they carried hundreds of boxes of Froot Loops cereal to Brown’s offices and held a press conference addressing Brown’s heated statements.

Equality North Carolina has scheduled their 2011 Day of Action lobbying event for Feb. 15. They hope to stop the forward movement of anti-LGBT pieces of legislation like a constitutional amendment on marriage or reversals to safe schools and sex ed victories made in 2009.

more: Stay tuned to for more on this story and on Equality North Carolina’s 2011 Day of Action and the upcoming start of this year’s legislative session.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.

7 replies on “N.C. Rep. Brown: Cut off AIDS funding for ‘perverted lifestyles’”

  1. This guy is just plain nuts .Its amazing he ever got elecled to any governmental position…He needs to get out more……..

  2. Brown needs to grow the fuck up or hurry up and die off to make North Carolina a better place. No state needs the likes of him (it)running their state.

  3. He is a cold, mean man. I have his name seared in my brain, and I hope I get to confront him in person one day.

  4. Ugh, the newly Republican Statehouse Majority has several Jesse Helms 2.0s.

    Hopefully Spkr Tillis will stick to his economics only pledge. If not it will be very hard to block a raft of antigay legislation.

  5. This guys is a closet case. I am a NC resident paying taxes too. if I am not going to receive the same services as other tax payers, then I would like to request they stop taking my tax dollars.

    I am more then ready to be considered equal…

  6. You should read the editorial comments in the Winston-Salem paper. A few choice phrase such as “lets the gays did”, “it’s mostly blacks who get it”, “These people deserve AIDS”, “kill the million or so who have it and we’ll be done with the disease”.

    I am moving from NC with great pleasure and going to Metropolitan FL where the gays represent about 6% of the population and where if one reads the editorials one finds less than 20% of the hatred displayed so openly in Winston-Salem. Why any self respecting fag would live in NC, I’ll never understand!

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