Mecklenburg County Commissioner Reacts To DADT Repeal, Emails Colleagues: ‘Homosexuals Are Sexual Predators’

Just over one year ago, Mecklenburg County (in North Carolina) Commissioner Bill James caused some conflict when he referred to a colleague's dead son who had died of AIDS as "a homo." He was asked to apologize for the remarks, but has since stubbornly refused to do so.

6a00d8341c730253ef0128765f5554970c-800wiWell, James' hateful anti-gay views have resurfaced, this time in response to this month's historitc repeal of "don't ask, don't tell." QNotes reports on an email exchange between James and other city officials:

“Homosexuals are sexual predators,” James wrote in one email from a string of several between county board members, Roberts and County Manager Harry Jones, and provided by James to qnotes. “Allowing homosexuals to serve in the US military with the endorsement of the Mecklenburg County Commission ig  nores 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.”

James added, “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).”

Mecklenburg Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Political Action Committee (MeckPAC) responds: "These remarks are shocking, though not surprising considering his past rhetoric. Near the same time last year, Commissioner James called fellow Commissioner Vilma Leake’s deceased son a 'homo.' Commissioner James has also said that black Americans live in a 'moral sewer.' Such statements continue to be well over the line of decency and civility, and should be called out as the ignorant bigotry they are."


  1. Craig says

    Ever notice how these guys seem to think about gay sex 24/7? I don’t think the most out of control gay sex addict thinks half as much about gay sex as these people do. Don’t worry. The video of him in a leather daddy outfit while bottoming for a goat will surface any time now.

  2. says

    Predators????? How about the straight men?
    I bet money that woman in the military have been harassed by straight men for decades. Wake up people. No matter who or what you are, improper sexual behavior in any group is uncalled for and unprofessional. Straight men have been mistreating women in our society for a very long time….especially well built women.

  3. says

    If you’re in Mecklenburg county, chances are that the toe tapping occuring on the other side of the stall wall is coming from Bill James.

    It’s just a matter of time until a police sting nabs him and he finds himself standing at a podium, with his brave wife at his side, apologizing…

  4. says

    “….with the endorsement of the Mecklenburg County Commission….”


    someone needs to tell him that few in the millitay even know his county is part of america

    that america and the millitary will survive quite well if his county doesn’t give its all important endorsement


  5. Zell says

    Why is it that whenever someone male says something homophobic, the first response of many of us is “He must be gay.” Yes, it happens, sometimes, but truthfully the majority of straight homophobic assholes are just straight homophobic assholes. We toss around the phrase “self-loathing” but isn’t the more self-loathing behavior to immediately label anyone we don’t like as gay?

  6. justiceontherocks says

    he was confused. he meant to say that catholic priests are sexual predators.

    @zell – the reaction you mention is probably based on the general observation that the biggest bashers tend to be guys with the Larry Craig “wide stance.” It is an observation that quite often proves true.

  7. Brad says

    @ Zell – People like this have a lot of fear. Most straight men I’ve met who are secure in their sexuality could care less about LGBT people and the way they have sex. In my opinion Mr. James probably has a closet problem. Really straight people do not obsess about gay sex or being naked in front of gay people.

  8. says

    Last time I checked, Gay men and Straight men have the same genitalia. And since showering is not in and of itself a sexual act, particularly in a military setting, I don’t see the problem!

    I have every faith in straight men being able to handle the situation, and gay men in being able to conduct themselves appropriatley. They’re both doing it already!

  9. Jonathan says

    It would truly be helpful for those of us who do not know for the writer of this story to tell us where Mecklenberg County is? Is it in this country even? Someone needs a class in journalism school.

  10. Anastasia Beaverhausen says

    Because of showers, Bill James’ average-sized little boy penis was exposed in 7th grade gym class, but being a typical pre-hetero he believed it to be much smaller than those of the other boys (some of whom he had typical boy-crushes on/with). He internalized his insecurities and decided he was not destined to become the alpha male of his tribe, then later decided to become a county commissioner so he could compensate for his perceived shortcoming by bossing others around.

    He now daydreams about showers and wet naked lathered-up 13-year-old boys. He attacks his private demons through his government position and believes that by doing this publicly he will remove anyone’s doubts about his heterosexuality — not realizing that he’s only calling attention to himself in the process.

    We should ban showers.

  11. Zell says

    Yeah, I get it, Larry Craig, George Rekers, and people like them exist. But I would argue that the majority of straight homophobes are just that–straight homophobes.

    People have always obsessed over things that had nothing to do with them; would anyone argue that people who were terrified to give African Americans any political or social power were “closet blacks?” Are anti-Semites “closet Jews?”

    But beyond that, when someone says that some homophobe is secretly gay, there is always something uncomfortably crass in the way that it is suggested. “This just smacks of another closet case who’s sucking cock behind closed doors” is a perfect example–thank you, Tone. It’s not exactly the same, but it smacks of someone responding to taunts on the playground with “Oh yeah? Well, you’re gay!” There’s a certain self-satisfied way it’s said, as though it trumps any argument that their opponent can come up with. And yes, I understand, it’s partially meant to sting–to the homophobe it’s the worst thing they can think of to be called gay. But isn’t it telling that frequently it’s the worst thing we can think of, too?

  12. justiceontherocks says

    Commissioner james is a fountain of wisdom. Here’s his contribution to racial bigotry:

    A recently released survey on the high rate of herpes cases in Mecklenburg Country drew controversy this week after county commissioner Bill James suggested blacks are more likely to become infected with the disease because they are “more promiscuous.”

    The problem is worse in the African-American community because there is more promiscuous behavior,” James wrote, “and it has to be fixed there and programs have to be tailor (sic) there.”

    He’s a modern day Klan member.

  13. SeriouslySick says

    I agree with Zell et al. We miss the opportunity to analyse and expose the true homophobe as the moral and ethical failure he really is. He lives a life that degrades the things he supposedy stands for, like hetero family, God, patriotism, and so on. It’s his bread and butter to drag heteros into the gutter via his undermining influence. If every hetero or the overwhelming majority of them are like him, what are the chances they can be reasoned with as adults, expected to act professionally and to represent themselves and members of a capable civilized group of people? If you listen to these people, you hear a long list of complaints, no acknowledgement of their role as citizens in society at large, and a sense of entitlement where they expect people to let them decide our collective lives. He like a 5 year old kid who built a treehouse putting out flyers to build moes for the neighbors. Everything worthwhile is out of the question for people like him, and this is his real dark secret, not to mention the true source of his insecurities. Why should we give him a way to continue cloaking his incredible lack of judgement and character? Straights who hide behind views like his have become virtual parasites, with people of merit serving as host.

  14. stevenelliot says

    if most gay men are sexual predators why then arent there many many more cases reported of male on male rape??? simple and intelligent retort to a stupid comment

  15. x man says

    And let us all just sit back and smile and say were better than him and than watch him get away with his bigoted views instead of going after the SOB. Yup thats right the GLBT in this country are sorely lacking any creditable balls to start fighting back and taking blood

  16. RBearSAT says

    I did e-mail him and got the canned response of 4 versions of 1 Corinthians 6:9 which I replied asking if thieves, greedy people and people who drink too much should be excluded from the military. I also asked where in Christ’s teachings is there anything against homosexuality. I say bombard the idiot with e-mails and shut him down. He’s unfit for public service.

  17. CoMo'mo says

    I agree with Zell’s comments. It’s counterproductive to label homophobes as likely closeted homophiles. I don’t think we need many of those folks on our side of the fence.
    I think it’s interesting that the Commissioner puts the issue in terms of Higher Ranks imposing on enlistees. I don’t know if it’s common for officers to shower with grunts, but the specter of abuse of power adds a bit of sizzle to his statement. James Lord’s memoir of his military experience MY QUEER WAR records(in oddly lumpy prose) plenty of examples of abuse of rank by gay, wealthy and socially privileged officers in WW2. I can see where the Commissioner’s view comes from and wonder if there’s a copy of Lord’s book on his night stand.

  18. Dawson says

    Ah, the South. If this was truely offensive to the good people of the South people would be asking for his resignation. Do I hear anyone objecting in North Carolina? Or Texas, or Alabama or Mississippi, ect.

    The only way this will be stopped is when the fine citizens from these States start taking action. Action speak louder than words. Why aren’t you Southerns doing something about this? I starts with one voice, then another, then another. Sorry but it is hard to take the South seriously.

  19. EDWARD says


    1 Corinthians 6 9 (NIV)Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
    1 Corinthians 6 9 (NAS)Or (K)do you not know that the unrighteous will not (L)inherit the kingdom of God? (M)Do not be deceived; (N)neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor [a]effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will (O)inherit the kingdom of God. 11(P)Such were some of you; but you were (Q)washed, but you were (R)sanctified, but you were (S)justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
    1 Corinthians 6 9 (Today’s NIV) Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor practicing homosexuals 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
    1 Corinthians 6 9 (NLT) Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. 11 Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

  20. Justin Werner says

    I don’t think any of us will lose sleep over Bill James tonight, although it seems that he will be losing sleep over us. It seems an equitable arrangement…

  21. Myles Miller says

    I live in Mecklenburg County-city of Charlotte and I am getting sick and tired of this man’s stupidity. I can’t believe people elect him-I guess other citizens here just want entertainment from the County Commissioners instead of actual caring and compassionate officials. He has been my cross to bear for some time. For those that do not have to deal with anyone like him, consider yourselves lucky. Take care!

  22. RBearSAT says

    Hey Dawson maybe you need to stay up with the news instead of acting gay pious. What about the school board member in Arkansas that ended up resigning over his FB comments? There are several other examples in the South as well as several situations in the so-called liberal states where officials still act like James. Personally I can’t really take your comments seriously because of your lack of information.

    BTW, what city is the largest city in the US to elect an open lesbian as mayor? Uh, is it Houston? OMG, isn’t Houston in Texas? I thought you said you couldn’t take the South seriously. Maybe you could learn a little from some Southern states and cities.

    The bottom line is we have struggles all over the nation and your comments don’t really add to the fight but serve more to detract from it.

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