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Homophobic Former Houston Mayor Louie Welch is Dead

Former Houston Mayor Louie Welch, whose political career was brought to an end by a homophobic comment heard over a television microphone, has died of lung cancer.

WelchThe Houston Chronicle reports:

"After unsuccessful mayoral bids in 1952 and 1954, Welch was elected mayor for the first time in 1963. Welch was mayor in 1967 when two days of battles erupted between police and students at predominantly black Texas Southern University. A police officer was killed, and about 500 Texas Southern students were arrested. The events created a rift between the administration and many of the city's blacks. Years later, Welch acknowledged that accusations of racism still bothered him. 'It hurt,' Welch said. 'It still hurts to be accused of racism. It's just a bum rap.' In 1973, he did not run for re-election, joining what was then the Houston Chamber of Commerce. But he came back in 1985 in an attempt to take the mayor's job from Kathy Whitmire. He lost the race after saying on an open television microphone that one way to stop the spread of AIDS was to 'shoot the queers.' He made the remark without realizing the microphone was on. Some gays responded with T-shirts that sported the slogan: 'Don't shoot, Louie!' After losing to Whitmire, Welch said he had lost 'the instinct to fight in the rough and tumble that campaigns have become.'"

Welch was 89.

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  1. The world is rid of yet another hate filled homophobic biggot. Let's hope his heart is free of such vulgarity in the next lifetime.

    Posted by: Craig | Jan 30, 2008 4:39:43 PM


  2. He lived too long.

    Posted by: Wes | Jan 30, 2008 4:53:53 PM


  3. Oh . . . how sad, he lived such a long life.

    Posted by: DW | Jan 30, 2008 4:57:35 PM


  4. He has earned eternal condemnation.

    Posted by: rudy | Jan 30, 2008 5:11:59 PM


  5. I hope someone is going to the viewing to stick a wooden stake through his hart to make sure he's dead and stays dead.

    Posted by: Bojo | Jan 30, 2008 5:24:00 PM


  6. I hope someone is going to the viewing to stick a wooden stake through his hart to make sure he's dead and stays dead.

    Posted by: Bojo | Jan 30, 2008 5:25:10 PM


  7. see, on balance, the world will be so much better a place once the old people have died!

    Posted by: humanist | Jan 30, 2008 6:16:10 PM


  8. HUMANIST,

    I'm actually surprised on a fairly regular basis at how open-minded and accepting many senior citizens really are. Louie Welch, apparently, was not one of them. He lived about 88 years and 11 months too long. Good fucking riddance, asshat!

    Posted by: peterparker | Jan 30, 2008 6:21:24 PM


  9. you guys crack me up, love the comments...

    Posted by: the queen | Jan 30, 2008 6:33:36 PM


  10. Fantastic!

    Posted by: Coral | Jan 30, 2008 8:00:07 PM


  11. He's in hell right now sucking Falwell's cock!

    Posted by: LUCIFER | Jan 30, 2008 8:15:04 PM


  12. He's in hell right now sucking Falwell's cock!

    Posted by: LUCIFER | Jan 30, 2008 8:16:00 PM


  13. Well - where the hell is the WBC? ...and big mouth Gordon? One of their bigots drops dead and not a peep.

    Posted by: Mark | Jan 30, 2008 8:26:38 PM


  14. Thanks god this idiot is DEAD.

    Posted by: carlo | Jan 30, 2008 10:39:59 PM


  15. Kathy "Tootsie" Whitmire was an icon to the Houston gay community...mostly the drag queens.

    Posted by: stevo | Jan 30, 2008 10:58:15 PM


  16. I just have to say, with no sarcasm or irony, I just love an obituary headline that starts with the word "Homophobic". This may be the first I've seen.

    If "homophobic" is the most notable thing about a man, than that's the first thing that should be mentioned in his obit. It's just good journalism, y'all.

    Posted by: Bernie | Jan 30, 2008 11:28:17 PM


  17. Houston has come full circle when u compare this man to Current mayor Bill White,

    Posted by: Zo | Jan 31, 2008 2:01:22 AM


  18. Play nice kids. The man is dead. No need to spit on his grave. He can do no more harm. One can hope that he now knows the truth.

    Posted by: Erik | Jan 31, 2008 5:16:46 PM


  19. I can't help feel for sorry for this man. If the world he grew up in was different he may not have had such hate in his heart. I also feel sad that so many of you, my brothers, spew it right back. Don't let his ignorance infect your minds. I'd hope we can be smarter...

    Posted by: aGuyfly | Jan 31, 2008 7:25:09 PM


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