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LaBarbera Award: Dan Ramos

Jim Burroway

March 16th, 2011

Bexar County (San Antonio, TX) Democratic Party Chairman let loose with some seriously demented statements last week to the San Antonio Current:

While the LGBT community has long found support within the national Democratic Party in its search for equal rights for gay, lesbian, and transgendered individuals, Ramos called the gay-rights movement a “very sinister movement” that is out of touch with San Antonio’s values.

In an interview with the Current today, Ramos blamed homosexuals in the party for both undermining his authority and for the poor election results in Bexar County in 2010. “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,” he said.

The party faithful has been largely divided over Ramos since he was elected to office in May, 2010, but his chief detractors are all homosexuals, Ramos said.

Ramos said he opposes homosexuality on religious grounds and doesn’t believe gay-friendly Democrats like Stonewall reflect the values of Bexar County voters. “I liken them to the Tea Party — the Tea Party and the f*cking Nazi Party — because they’re 90 percent white, blue-eyed, and Anglo, and I don’t give a f*ck who knows that. Just like the blacks … they’re American, but you can’t get your way just because you’re black.”

Dan Ramos (Photo: Antonia Padilla/QSanAntnonio.com)

On January 31, 2010, Ramos appeared before the Stonewall Democrats asking for the group’s endorsement in his quest for Party Chair. At the time, he said “I do not condone discrimination.” It is unclear whether he received Stonewall Dem’s backing.

Democrats statewide have angrily denounced Ramos and are demanding his resignation. Unfortunately, state party leaders are powerless to remove him. A bill has been introduced in the state legislature to remedy that situation. Meanwhile, Ramos has called a press conference for tomorrow morning, but he hasn’t revealed the topic. According to the Dallas Voice, a spokesman for the Bexar County Democratic Party’s steering committee speculates that Ramos has “been in the trenches for a long time and he’s not going to go without a fight.”

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Throbert McGee
March 16th, 2011 | LINK

“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.”

Apparently, though, you can get your way just because you’re Latino.

enough already
March 17th, 2011 | LINK

“Apparently, though, you can get your way just because you’re Latino.”
endquote

You just placed yourself on the same level as this appalling man. Shame on you!

When are we gays, lesbians and transgender going to learn that the Democratic party are not our friends, they are not our allies – their sole interests in us are our money and our votes.

We need to punish them for this, severely. Withdraw all support until this man is removed from office. Make clear that our votes and our money is only available to those who support the restoration of our human rights.

Sean Santos
March 17th, 2011 | LINK

“because they’re 90 percent white, blue-eyed, and Anglo, and I don’t give a f*ck who knows that”

My jaw dropped when I read that. I wonder what his message is to gay Hispanics. “You don’t exist”? “You’re probably a Nazi, too”? “Don’t vote Democrat”?

Absolutely nuts.

enough already
March 17th, 2011 | LINK

I suppose we should use this as a learning experience for the queer movement.
This man receives, in no small measure, both direct financial and considerable staffing support from gays, lesbians and transgender people.

The state of being homosexual or transgender has nothing whatsoever to do with race or ethnic origin. Even if, however, it were so that the only one ethnic or specific physio-type of person (what, please, is ‘race’?) were homosexual or transgender (or both), then that would still be irrelevant to our claim to basic human and civil rights.

Which are still denied to us in the US.

Let’s by all means be and stay furious. But let’s also channel this fury, for once, into action. Make our displeasure known to the Democratic party in the one and only place they understand: Financially.

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