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Gay Teens Are Cyberstalking Joel Burns By The Thousands (Just Like He Wanted)

Continuing his media tour, Ft. Worth City Councilman Joel Burns (and husband J.D. Angle) popped up on Lawrence O’Donnell’s increasingly relevant The Last Word last night, following his Ellen and The Early Show appearances. All these gay kids keeping texting him!, says Joel. And reaching out to him on Facebook, clogging his inbox with twenty thousand messages. My god, that’s some worldwide reach right there. It also strikes me as problematic: Joel says he’s got a “small army” of friends handling those messages in some sort of triage exercise, ensuring any kids with immediate crisis are answered right away. But still: 20k messages? This website has trouble getting through the 1k emails we get a day.