Caught red handed

City Councilwoman Elisa Chan On LGBT People: “So Disgusting!”

A new recording of San Antonio City Councilwoman Elisa Chan has leaked, and let’s just say it ain’t pretty. The tape was obtained by Brian Chasnoff at MySanAntonio.

On May 21, Chan held a staff meeting in her City Hall office to discuss the city’s proposal to update its nondiscrimination ordinance, adding protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.

During the course of the 15 minute meeting, Chan launches into a homophobic tirade, spewing out hateful comments and downright disgust for the LGBT community.

In the recording, she reveals that she believes being gay is a choice, saying: “You know, to be quite honest, I know this is not politically correct. I never bought in that you are born, that you are born gay. I can’t imagine it.”

She also says that gay people should not be allowed to adopt children: “I don’t think homosexual people should do adoption. … You’re going to confuse those kids. They should be banned.”

She continues: “If you wanted to choose that lifestyle, we don’t want to discriminate you, but you shouldn’t affect the young people. How terrible. … They’re going to be confused. You see two men go into a bedroom. You see two women kissing. Is that not confusing? It’s confusing.”

But the real kicker comes when she voices her revulsion toward the LGBT community, calling gay people “So disgusting!”

Later in the recording she explains why she would never dare to express her views on homosexually publicly:

“I never would say that outside because they kill me. When I say that it’s … behavioral preference, they say that, ‘No, you’re born with it.’ But I never bought into that.”

The conversation takes an almost comical turn when an aide then jumps in to say: “Americans can, with almost a 90 percent success rate, identify gay people by their face alone!”

“That’s because they shave,” Chan replies. “And I also think they could take hormone shots.”

Hormone shots? Really?

The recording was leaked by Chan’s former aide James Stevens, who told MySanAntonio that he initially chose to record the meeting because he felt Chan was veering off-course from the topic at hand, which was the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance.

“My decision to record in the first place was that, during the staff meetings, we weren’t really discussing the ordinance itself,” Stevens said. “We were really just talking about ways to appeal to the base and to get them fired up as opposed to analyzing the ordinance.”

He continued:

“[Chan] is only focused on her political future. She’s not focused on the policy itself and how it’s going to really affect the city. We spent 80 percent of that meeting talking about how disgusting homosexuality is.”

The Huffinton Post reported on Friday morning that San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (D-Texas) does not support Chan’s remarks:

“Councilwoman Chan’s remarks were hurtful and ignorant. [No one should] believe for one second that they represent the views of San Antonians. Ours is a city that welcomes everyone and appreciates diversity.”

Chan, who is rumored to be planning a run for mayor in 2015, could not be reached for a comment.

Listen to the full recording here.

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  • myothercarsthetardis

    Nice, Mike. You respond to her homophobia with your racism? Keeping it classy…

  • muscl954

    OMG. I’ve never heard such a bunch of ignoramuses in my life. Oh wait, yes I have – the Republican Party!!

  • Geoff B

    This hag is running for mayor? Hope she can get the house off of her in time.

  • Teleny

    How can a woman this seriously ignorant hold elected office??? Oh yeah, Sarah Palin was elected somewhere, once…..

  • Daniel-Reader

    For every good politician, there’s bound to be a bad one. People in her district could start a petition that she not have unsupervised contact with children since gay kids, the siblings of gay kids, and kids with gay parents would not be safe around her – given her statements.

  • shelleybear

    So much for the myth of “inscrutability”.

  • jckfmsincty

    Texas: The New Mississippi

  • 1EqualityUSA

    I’m sad for her. She makes these sweeping judgements without knowing us. The Republican Party will love her! Maybe Chris Christie has his Vice President. Mark Zuckernumbnuts can support this fine politician along with his poertly friend in New Jersey.

  • Charles175

    Some things will never change.

  • ChiChi Man

    Why is it so important to believe that being LGBT is a choice? Is it because they hope they hope that can change themselves?

    Off to the dust heap with Ms. Chan’s political career!

  • Red_Dragon_888

    After I had listened to the tape, I just wonder how many people think the way they do. I know many in my family would agree with their statements. It immediately reminded of that scene in the movie Cabaret, when the German house mate was speaking-out the Nazi hateful propaganda about Jews and people of African, Asian, Indians of the Americas descent as if it was a fact. We are truly on the “road less traveled by,” and should expect such conversations by people, even if they keep their opinions only in their group. Also, I can see how if someone, as they would say an agree, who is born straight, and sees sexual orientation as a choice would be “closeted” about their thoughts on sexuality that ventures from the “status quo” in today’s changing attitudes. In the end, “Tis a tale told by an idiot, full of Sound and Fury, signifying nothing.”

  • LaTeesha

    I can respect a difference of opinion. I can not respect outright stupidity and bigotry. The research on the issue of gay parenting has been definitive and clear. If she did the most basic of research, she would know how out of line her comments are. She’s a disgrace.

  • scotshot

    You don’t choose to be gay.

    You choose to remain ignorant & bigoted.

  • hotshot70

    She should be exposed for the homophobe she is and forced out of any chance for public office. Shame her from her town, her state, and the whole country

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  • hf2hvit

    She ate too much dogmeat in China

  • Nikkidane

    What’s next from Texas? Seriously. Is there something in the water there that makes people stupid and bigoted? I don’t think her views are much different than Rick Perry, who has been elected governor 3 times. Really shocking and sad that people are still so ignorant. I’ll bet Miss Chan is a upstanding member of First Baptist Church.

  • startenout

    If anything, her disgusting statements make the need for the ordinance even more apparent. Clearly, she would dismiss anyone from her employ if she found out the were homosexual whether they were good at their job or not.

  • Kangol

    Can people on here please not respond to homophobia with ra•cism, sexism, or other forms of identity-based hate?

    Why make comments about her “going back to China”? Asian Americans have been in this country for over a century and a half, yet some commenters on here are acting like Asian American are not Americans, and responding to this woman’s horrible homophobic comments not just with condemnation of what she said and her power as an elected official, but to her race and gender.

    Enough with the ra•cism, which never seems to come up when the story is about the hateful, anti-gay policies in Russia, to give one example. Or when the story is about someone like Ann Coulter or the Fox News homophobes.

  • HirsuteOne

    Great. Now we have to boycott Chinese food.

  • ngblog

    Elisa Chan is in serious need of a major tongue lashing. Seriously, isn’t there someone on Team L willing to make the sacrifice?

  • Dez

    Why is it that you can casually explain to a child that some boys like boys and some girls like girls and they completely accept it- yet grown adults, politicians nonetheless who are assumed to be of certain intelligence- are “confused” by gay people?

    I can almost forgive her ignorance (hardly though), but calling gay people disgusting? Get the f*ck over yourself and go get laid b!tch- maybe then you won’t be so disgusted by sex.

    She’s clearly a lesbian in denial. How sad.

  • Victor_in_PA

    I think it’s hilarious that this b/s would come out of her mouth like she’s the queen of the world. Funny how being a councilwoman can go to your head. People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Perhaps she would feel better if we bound her feet and sold her to a man like they used to do in her country. Because America is obviously NOT her country. She needs to move to Russia where there’s more like her. She’s an ugly, stupid, ignorant bitch.

  • hephaestion

    She is so ignorant! Someone needs to educate this poor ignorant woman. How could she be so ignorant in 2013?

  • Yang Tai

    @hephaestion: Spare me and get over yourself. You can’t force anyone to accept a lifestyle. You can call her all the names you want and you can’t “educate” someone into thinking gay sex is not repulsive

  • myothercarsthetardis

    @Yang Tai: Sounds like you and this bigot share the same homophobic mindset. But there’s no educating some ignorant fools, is there?

  • GeriHew

    There’s nothing wrong with being gay, lesbian, bisexual or straight. So it really doesn’t matter if sexuality is a choice or not.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    Some people have to look down on others in order to feel superior. There’s nothing new under the sun.

  • hf2hvit

    @Kangol: “Why make comments about her “going back to China”?

    I don’t care where she’s from…SEND HER BACK

  • Badger88

    @hf2hvit: Why do you assume she’s from anywhere other than America? Because she’s Asian?

  • LaTeesha

    @Badger88: Because she’s not originally from America. She became a citizen in adulthood. It’s in her bio. This doesn’t mean I believe she should be sent back. It only means I believe in the truth, which is that she’s a naturalized citizen.

    She does explain why we don’t allow naturalized citizens to become President.

  • the other Greg

    @LaTeesha: She sure seems unnatural for someone who’s “naturalized”!

  • Nixter

    @GeriHew: Best comment in a long time!

  • Polaro

    @Yang Tai: Apparently you can’t be educated either. Go troll somewhere else. We don’t like you.

  • Sally

    Perhaps they are proponents of gay conversion therapy which seems both antiquated and ludicrous, yet not long ago the very notion of gay marriage was inconceivable if not downright frightening. By 1970 as gay rights became more vocal, pamphlets were produced filled with dire warnings of the dangers of homosexuality and the “coming revolution” invading the mainstream. For a look at one such homophobic comic entitled gay Blade published in 1972 that predicted an ominous future filled with gasp…gay marriage, visit

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