Elisa Chan, under fire for calling gay people “disgusting,” is refusing to back down, apologize, or recuse herself from voting on an anti-discrimination ordinance. But the San Antonio, Texas councilwoman who was secretly recorded in a staff meeting by an aide who recently resigned, has given up her four days of silence and is now talking — a lot — to the media, and framing her homophobia and transphobia as “freedom of speech.”
In an exclusive interview yesterday, Chan says she feels “pressured,” and that she’s merely following her “beliefs.” The Councilwoman, who is also a business owner, is claiming she now fears for her physical safety, apparently suggesting LGBT people might attack her. “I do fear a little bit about my safety, especially for my daughter.” Chan says she now has security guards at her home, “24/7.”
Chan’s shocking homophobic and transphobic comments, which included this gem:
“I think it’s just disgusting just to even think about. All the definitions. …”
came during a May 21 staff strategy meeting, where she and her aides were constructing a method to oppose an anti-discrimination ordinance that would extend protections to LGBT people and veterans. If the plan backfired, she said she could merely say she didn’t know what being transgender is, and consulted Wikipedia to find out.
Chan, who May said she believes homosexuality is a choice, that gay people “take hormone shots,” and that gay people should be “banned” from adopting or raising children lest they become “confused,” yesterday was asked how she feels about gay people.
“I don’t have any personal opinions about homosexuals,” Chan claimed. She also said she has “many friends who are gay or lesbian,” and even hugs people she knows who are LGBT.
“Just like anybody else, in my life, in my business, I treat anybody the same,” Chan told KENS 5 Anchor Jeff Goldblatt. “I think that in this country we are free to conduct our life any way we want. That is protected and it’s really not my business.”
But when pressed, Chan admitted that she believes the “best environment” for children is being raised by a mother and father, and says she doesn’t know of any members of her family who are LGBT.
Video via KENS 5 News
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