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Venezuelan Opposition Candidate Embraces LGBTs, Shames Gay-Baiting From Hugo Chavez’s Administration

Henrique CaprilesWith the death of Hugo Chavez last week, opposition candidate Henrique Capriles has come forward to address persistent anti-gay slurs directed at him from Chavez’ right hand man—and heir apparent—Nicolás Maduro.

Over the weekend, Capriles said:

I’d like to send a respectful and considerate message in rejection to the homophobic remarks made by Nicolás [Maduro] today. It’s not the first time.

I believe in a society without exclusion and that’s the way I express it to the country. A society where no one feels excluded based on the way they think, their race, their creed, their sexual orientation. People should go out and reject it.

That’s fascism. Absolute fascism. From the extreme right.

If that’s how you want to attack me, let it be. But from here on I will always demand respect for all Venezuelans. Because the society that we want to build in Venezuela is a society without exclusion.

You cannot talk of inclusion if there is exclusion. There should be overwhelming rejection of something like that.

Maduro—who was Venezuela’s interim president while Chavez was being treated for cancer—called Capriles a “decadent prince of the parasitical bourgeoisie” at a rally last week. Maduro joked, “I don’t want to get involved in his personal life, but he’s in Manhattan with a [male] friend of confidence.”

Jacqueline Faria, a senior official in Chavez’s PSUV party, tweeted that Capriles was in Manhattan because “it’s easier to come out of the closet in New York than in Los Teques,” the capital city of Miranda, where Capriles was governor.

Last April, Maduro appeared at a rally in Caracas, where he called opponents of Chavez “fascist faggots.” The ministers and supporters present broke into riotous applause.

Even Venezuela’s official state television have gotten into the act: In 2012, state media commentator Mario Silva—who often targets Chavez’s foes on his talk show, The Razorblade, alleged police found Capriles  in a car having sex with another man.

The 40-year-old Capriles, who is married, is a center-right candidate. He lost to Chavez in the most recent national elections, held in October.

 

 

 

 

Source: Blabbeando

It’s not the first time that Maduro has called Capriles’ sexuality into question. In April of 2012 when Capriles was running against Chávez the then Vice President used the word “faggot” to describe the opposition.

Venezuela president Hugo Chavez has his share of headaches: In addition to battling life-threatening cancer, he has to face pesky complaints that his administration is little more than a dictatorship.

So Chavez’s camp is lashing out at the opposition like fifth-graders: They’re calling them gay.

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Mar 13, 2013
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  • 9 Comments
    • fagburn
      fagburn

      ‘Venezuela president Hugo Chavez has his share of headaches: In addition to battling life-threatening cancer, he has to face pesky complaints that his administration is little more than a dictatorship.’

      As astonishing claim – who says many Americans are brainwashed and incapable of independent thought?
      Keep on serving power, Queerty!

      Mar 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • HR
      HR

      Queerty: Free of an Agenda. Except that Gay, Capitalist One.

      Mar 13, 2013 at 6:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Merv
      Merv

      @fagburn: @HR: Are the reports about Maduro, Faria, and Silva incorrect?

      Mar 13, 2013 at 7:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fagburn
      fagburn

      @Merv: @Merv: Did I comment on them?

      Maybe they are – I haven’t checked them yet?

      I presume you have, yes?

      Did you read them in the paper?

      Must be true then – no need to question it.

      Or indeed anything.

      Not that it’s recently become a tactic to smear opponents of the New World Order as anti-gay.

      Hell no!

      Mar 13, 2013 at 8:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • enfilmigult
      enfilmigult

      @fagburn: I guess you didn’t notice that the links go to video clips of them saying those things.

      Mar 13, 2013 at 10:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fagburn
      fagburn

      @enfilmigult: No, I didn’t notice that.
      That’s why I said I hadn’t checked them and maybe they did say them.
      I’ll let you know when I’ve checked them.

      Mar 13, 2013 at 11:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ChiChi Man
      ChiChi Man

      Is Capriles married? Every article I’ve read claims that he’s a bachelor.

      Mar 14, 2013 at 12:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TVC 15
      TVC 15

      He’s a handsome guy. Searched for images of him on Google.

      Mar 14, 2013 at 6:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tzar91
      tzar91

      Capriles is single.

      Mar 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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