Dan Ramos, Chairman of the Bexar County Democratic Party, gave an interview last week with the San Antonio Current, where he compared LGBT people to "termites," suggested that the national movement for LGBT equality was "a sinister movement," and compared a local gay rights group to the Nazi Party. And this is a chairperson for the Democratic Party?
"They are all connected to the gay Democratic Party, the so-called Stonewall Democrats. Just like termites they managed to get some of their people in key positions," Ramos said of local LGBT political activists. “I liken them to the Tea Party — the Tea Party and the fucking Nazi Party — because they’re 90 percent white, blue-eyed, and Anglo, and I don’t give a fuck who knows that. Just like the blacks … they’re American, but you can’t get your way just because you’re black.”
This type of rhetoric is inappropriate from anyone in politics, let alone the Democratic Party chairman. It's time to join with many voices in the local community calling for Ramos to resign. Demeaning and vulgar remarks like this are no sign of leadership, especially in a political party that's supposed to value equality as one of its core principles.
- Bexar County Democratic Party
- Chair, Texas State Democratic Party
- Vice Chair, Texas State Democratic Party
I recently learned that the chairperson of the Bexar Democratic Party, Dan Ramos, made severely hurtful and disparaging remarks that compared gays and lesbians to "termites," and likened a local gay rights group to the Nazi Party. Ramos even called the national effort to advance gay rights "a sinister movement."
These types of comments are inappropriate for anyone in politics, let alone a chairperson of a party that espouses equality as a core, foundational principle. It's time for Dan Ramos to resign, and for Bexar to find a leader who doesn't resort to violent, vulgar and demeaning rhetoric that only serves to belittle people in the community.
Bexar Democrats deserve better. Texas Democrats deserve better. It's time for Dan Ramos to resign, and to apologize for the hurt and pain his remarks have caused.
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