Demand Anti-gay Illinois Sheriff Resign!
  • Petitioned Don Scheiferdecker

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Sheriff, Schuyler County
Don Scheiferdecker

Demand Anti-gay Illinois Sheriff Resign!

    1. Petition by

      The Civil Rights Agenda

Illinois Sheriff Don Schieferdecker,  of Schuyler County, made a very derogatory remark on a co-workers photo in Facebook.  Schieferdecker made the comment under a photo of what appeared to be a young boy with his mouth open. The original poster wrote: "Look, I found a fag."  Schieferdecker then commented: "Yup and his mouth is open, his glasses are off, he's ready, little fag Jew boy." (See picture below)

In response to this discriminatory remark, The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA), an Illinois’ statewide LGBTQ advocacy and political organization, is calling for the Sheriff's resignation.  “It is absolutely incomprehensible that an elected official would use such language to refer to a subordinate.  I don’t care if it was meant in jest or not. I don’t care if he meant for everyone to see it or not. The fact is, the comment is now public and there should be consequences for statements such as this,” stated Anthony Martinez, Executive Director of The Civil Rights Agenda. “Not only is this remark extremely hurtful to many Illinoisans, it sends a message to folks that it is okay to use such language. It sends the message that it is appropriate to mock Jewish people and people who are gay or part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community.”

Please help us hold this elected official accountable by signing this petition demanding his resignation.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Derrick J Taylor CHICAGO, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      My name is Derrick J Taylor and I am a successful Gay Brown County Native who owns and operates his own business in Chicago IL. My family and I are not only respected members of Holy Family Catholic Church and our entire community, but are also one of the biggest land owners in Brown County and have supported Schuyler-Brown FS (Farm Services) for more than 3 generations. My Father was voted "man of the year in Versailles after his retirement, My mother was a 4H leader for ten years, and currently is the Special Deputy Sheriff in Mt. Sterling.

      I believe that i would be a son any family would be proud to have as a member of their family. I Graduated with my BFA from one of the Nations leading design schools and have made it a priority to come back to Mt Sterling and speak to the grade schools on career days and also be a voice for gay adolescents to talk to about the real world outside of Mt. Sterling.

      In Brown County I learned the values of being a good neighbor and helping yours when in need when our farm caught on fire in 1996 and our neighbors came to the rescue long before our fantastic fire department could respond which was a matter of minutes to begin with... That was the result of an accident.. The situation at hand is entirely different ..

      "this is practiced, bred and preached discrimination"


      This is morally unacceptable. I'm ashamed of the entire Schuyler County Police force and Sheriff Schieferdecker and his parents for obviously not teaching him about love, compassion, understanding and acceptance,

      As a native neighbor to Schuyler and Brown county I can only say this.. You set your own fields on fire.. let them burn.

      Regretfully ,

      Derrick J Taylor

    • David Shores TUCKER, GA
      • over 3 years ago

      I'm a Schuyler County native. He needs to GO!

    • Steven Ferry CHICAGO, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      Any official that uses racial/bigoted language when referring to his subordinates. What language does he use for those he is supposed to serve and protect. You should be ashamed!

    • Sheena Rockwell BEARDSTOWN, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      Our police officers are supposed to be people our children look up to in school, they are supposed to be a POSITIVE force in our community, they are SUPPOSED to be someone we can ALL trust regardless of race, creed, sex national origin etc....... If we can not be comfortable with our own police force who are we supposed to turn to for help? This behavior would NOT be tolerated coming from any type of elected official in a bigger town/community, or state, why should it be tolerated here? Simply because we are a smaller community? I think not. Do we not have the same rights as a bigger town? Please do the right thing, and resign so that people may be comfortable knowing that their police department is there to PROTECT and SERVE, not discriminate. Thank you.

    • Mark Williams PUEBLO, CO
      • over 3 years ago

      This man is not just anti-gay he is an anti-Semite as well. Being a gay Jewish man his rhetoric to very offensive to me! Wasn't Nazi Germany enough for Gays and Jews to live through in any one century?


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