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North Carolina City Commissioner Bill James: Repealing DADT Opens Up The Military To ‘Sexual Predators’


I hope Bill James — the Republican Mecklenburg County Commissioner in Charlotte, North Carolina — flagged his email to colleagues as THE MOST IMPORTANT EMAIL YOU WILL EVER READ (I believe that is the red exclamation point in Outlook) when he declared “homosexuals are sexual predators.” Oh Bill, keep up the pillow talk. I’m getting moist!

You’ll remember James as the fella who, during last December’s debate on recognizing domestic partnerships in the city, leaned over to colleague Vilma Leake and whispered, “You’re son was a homo, really?” (Leake’s son died of AIDS in the 90s.) He’s also the guy who emails constituents insisting gay sex is still illegal. So what got his gaydar beeping this time?

The email that will come back to bite him in the ass — or more appropriately, fester in his rectum — was a reply to Democratic Chairwoman Jennifer Roberts’ request to thank the region’s congressional delegates for supporting the repeal of DADT; she planned on forwarding that letter send to federal lawmakers including Reps. Larry Kissell and Mel Watt and Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan.

That’s when James launched into his tirade, relays Q Notes: “Allowing homosexuals to serve in the US military with the endorsement of the Mecklenburg County Commission ignores a host of serious problems related to maintaining US military readiness and effectiveness not the least of which is the current Democrat plan to allow homosexuals (male and female) to share showers with those they are attracted to. … The US Government would not allow Hetero men and women to share showers and other personal facilities yet the leading homosexual in Congress (Barney Frank) thinks it is OK for homosexuals to do so allowing enlisted men and women to fall prey to higher ranking or more powerful homosexuals who ogle them (or worse).”

Looks like somebody’s been watching their Internet clips!

(James also said he’d “suspect Richard Burr will pay a high electoral price for his actions but whether it boots him from office next time is unknown,” about the lone Republican senator from America’s southeast to vote for repeal. “I know I won’t be supporting him even if he does have an R after his name.”)

A year after his first nationwide round of incendiary comments, and this man still has a job.

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  • Rick Gold

    So all the sexual assaults in the military now in which women are raped by men are the fault of the gays, too?


    Gee what an original argument! All these hetrodouches think we spend our day having naughty thoughts of how we are going to ravish their virgin butts………….

    Reminds me of when myself and my friend came out in high school. We were both on the wrestling team and some members of the team demanded a team meeting to vent their “concerns”. Suprisingly the majority of the team had no problem. The biggest douches were the tubs of lard who voiced how so very uncomfortable they would be having us “stare at them” in the showers. My friend Jeremey replied to the most supportive outburst of laughter we ever could have ever wished for….”don’t worry we only check out the hot dudes on the team”………….

  • justiceontherocks

    he’s wrong. letting catholic priests serve as chaplains opened the military to sexual predators.

  • Daez

    @justiceontherocks: Yes, but even the 18 year old boys fresh into the service are too old for them, so there is no real danger.

    @PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS: Awesome story. I have a friend who also had similar experiences because he was out in high school. His remark to me was, “how come its always the ugliest guys that are the most insecure about being gay eye raped!”

  • Bob

    And his coming-of-the-closet speech countdown begins! I’ve got money on him either coming out or getting caught twiddling his junk in a park somewhere. Ten bucks also says he has Larry Craig on speed dial.

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  • justiceontherocks

    @Heather – Your ubiquitous fund raising appeals are tacky. Enough already.

  • Jeffree

    “Heather” is just a troll who goes by a dozen names including Tyler, Marlene, etc. They all use the same buzz words, and they make no sense. Ignore them.

  • Just a thought...

    @justiceontherocks: I clicked this article wondering how long it would take for some moron to make that joke. Guess you’re it.

  • jackieohboy

    just another hateful ignorant notion that could only logically make any sense if you believed there were no gay people in the army before the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

    Also, I am sure male on female sexual assault will continue to be a more widespread problem in the armed forces than male on male assault or female on female assault.

  • B

    So this Bill James character thinks, “Allowing homosexuals to serve in the US military with the endorsement of the Mecklenburg County Commission ignores a host of serious problems related to maintaining US military readiness and effectiveness not the least of which is the current Democrat plan to allow homosexuals (male and female) to share showers with those they are attracted to.”

    Well, if we take him literally, his perceived problem will go away if Mecklenburg county withholds an endorsement, one I think the U.S. military can easily do without.

    Of course, we could accommodate him by giving gay members of the military personal, private showers to use. This perk could be viewed as token retribution for past discrimination.

  • Jeepster

    He apparently hasn’t heard of the complaints against the US military personel at their foreign posts like Japan and Germany. Why should the heteros be the only ones who get away with rape.

  • thirdofjuly

    This is another example of Queerty’s anti-South bias. Mecklenburg County is one of the largest counties in the country. The title of this post is even factually wrong. Bill James is on the county commission, not the city. Why am I annoyed about this? Because every time something bad happens, Queerty’s authors seem too quick to post North Carolina in the title. I’d like to see the same thing happen when one of the politicians in this state does something right–like Richard Burr voting for DADT repeal. If some idiot from Charlotte does something wrong, please don’t drag our entire state down with it.

  • Max E Padd


    That might be because we don’t see people in the South taking action. If your angry be angry with the politicans who say these things about us. Unfortunately we do not see people in the South fighting back.

  • ILoveDudes

    ThirdOfJuly : I’m not anti-South, in general, but you gotta admit, North Carolina sure has produced some doozies- John Edwards, Jesse Helms, Mike Nifong, Fat Pam Spaulding….

  • ewe

    Consensual sex between adults does not define sexual predators. Stupid does define Bill James.

  • thirdofjuly

    Max E Padd:Bill James is from a very conservative district in Mecklenburg County, which is the nation’s second largest banking capital. It’s hardly a place of leftist thinking. He has made a career out of pushing conservative ideology. Charlotte is not even a military town, so his comment on DADT is silly.
    The last time James appeared on this site, it was because he made an insensitive comment about another commissioner’s son. The title of the article could have been “County commissioner threatens to hit bigot after he insults her deceased son” because this is what happened, but it instead focused on James’s comment.
    This is where bias comes in. Instead of focusing on the victory of getting domestic partner benefits in Mecklenburg County or that a black woman was ready to fight a white man over the memory of her son who died from AIDS, the focus was on the bigot.
    People are regularly killed and beaten in places like New York and the locations of these crimes are downplayed, but one conservative ideologue says some idiot comment and North Carolina is branded. There are stories of Southern gays fighting back or being on the offensive all the time (including on Queerty) but they are quickly forgotten so that we can go back to our deluded paradigm.

  • ILoveDudes

    But the Leftists in N.C. are even dumber and more vicious than the Conservatives. The whole place is the worst.

  • Maxx E Padd

    third of July

    But we fight back in the North and West Coast. We put pressure on these type of people. Why aren’t the people in North Carolina doing the same?

    There are concervatives everywhere. Just because it is the 2nd banking capital in the United States doesn’t mean you allow this type of talk. Rather you present the perfect way to get back. If the banking community starts feeling that people will withdraw their money or people start demanding that the banks take a stand against people like this these type of politicans will find themselves obsolete.

    The reason we focus on the people speaking out against us is because they do us the most harm. Letting them go is the same thing we did with the tea party movement. We laught at the tea party rather then made them accountable. Well look at them now. We can not let anyone think they can get aways with anything they say against us, be it the South or the North.

  • Queer Supremacist

    Five’ll get you ten Billy Boy’s family tree doesn’t fork.

    I Love Dudes,

    You would hate it in Chapel Hill. You’re right about our North Carolina lefties. Limousine liberals, champagne socialists, and bourgeois bohemians all. Even the gay mayor. Talking to them is like I imagine living inside a Queerty thread is like. As y’all know, I’m proudly bigoted against heterosexuals, but I’m even more bigoted against white heterosexual “liberals”, even though I myself am white. They think minorities “owe” them some sort of gratitude for being in the right place at the right time, yet they expect them to reflexively accept their other beliefs. No deal. Obama signing DADT doesn’t mitigate his other actions as President, or even defending it in court.


    We need QueerTea Parties. Their tactics are working. And considering that we get screwed over by this country’s tax laws, we have common ground.

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