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Troy, Mich. mayor accused of more homophobic remarks

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

TROY, Mich. — Troy, Mich. Mayor Janice Daniels is embroiled in controversy again after members of a local high school Gay-Straight Alliance accused her of making homophobic remarks during a meeting Monday.

Janice Daniels

Troy High School Gay Straight Alliance members Skye Curtis and Zach Kilgore said that during the afternoon meeting — which both students said was an attempt to reach an understanding after the Mayor’s anti-gay Facebook slur went viral, garnering nationwide attention last month — the mayor, while discussing mental health and suicide issues that affect members of the LGBTQ community, suggested putting together a panel of psychologists to show that homosexuality is dangerous to a person’s mental health.

“She definitely meant it in quite a negative connotation,” Curtis told the local Patch media outlet.

“The mayor of Troy told my daughter this afternoon that she wants to bring in a panel of psychologists to explain to the high school’s Gay-Straight Alliance that homosexuality is a mental disease,” Rodney Curtis, Skye’s father, wrote on his Facebook page.

A lesbian couple, Amy and Tina Weber were also present for the meeting and verified what the mayor had said.

Amy Weber said she was so disturbed by Daniels’ comments that she attended the Troy City Council meeting Monday evening and asked for an audio copy of the meeting between the Troy High GSA and the mayor, which the mayor recorded, during public comment.

When asked about the comment, however, Daniels said she said no such thing.

“That is a misrepresentation entirely,” Daniels said in an interview with Troy Patch Monday evening. “I would like to meet with Skye and her parents to discuss these kinds of issues. Rather than have all this division, we need to come together, because I never said that.”

“Her tune changed completely,” Kilgore said. “Before, she was very for an anti-bullying event because she thought we could turn this into a positive thing. What we found out today was that she was not planning on doing that.

“She turned it into an anti-suicide thing, which is great, but she wanted to completely ignore the issue that started this.”

“That bullying leads to suicide,” Curtis continued. “Then we started talking about who could possibly speak, and she alluded to the fact that she wanted to bring in a panel of psychologists who would testify that homosexuality was a mental disease.”

“This was implied by her,” Kilgore clarified. “She didn’t explicitly say it. Somebody said something to the effect of, ‘we can’t tell these kids that what they’re doing is wrong.’”

“And she said, ‘well, I can get a panel to testify,’” Curtis said. “Which is really horrifying, because if we’re trying to prevent suicide, telling a room full of gay kids that they have a mental disease probably isn’t a way to prevent suicide.”

“It’s shocking that Mayor Daniels continues to promote homophobia in her community,” said Michael Gregor, Director of Communications for Equality Michigan, in an email statement to LGBTQ Nation on Tuesday.

“The comments made, if true, are both disrespectful and dehumanizing to gay and lesbian people who are represented by the mayor. It is exactly this type of behavior that contributes to harassment and violence targeting gay and lesbian people, especially teenagers. No public official should be creating such a harmful environment,” Gregor said.

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26 more reader comments:

  1. Notice how Christian women ignores when Christ tells them to shut the Hell up in Timothy 2:10-12!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 9:42pm
  2. So what The Michigan Governor is anti-gay so is anyone surprised? Really?!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 9:44pm
  3. @ William, I LOLED!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 9:44pm
  4. LOL@William..

    and notice how she looks like a nasty old hag..oh and surprise, surprise..

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 9:45pm
  5. @William-Christ didn’t say that; PAUL did (Timothy 2:10-12) and it has always been MY opinion that Paul is (1) NOT AN APOSTLE-he never even MET Jesus Christ and (2) should never have been placed in the Bible to begin with

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 9:45pm
  6. Will somebody kindly force-feed this idiot a full bottle of STFU pills?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 9:45pm
  7. I LOLed in my shorts. o0

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 9:46pm
  8. & above all, may the people in her community not return her to office.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 9:47pm
  9. Someone needs to take their F-150 and just run her over in the parking lot of the Mayor’s Office.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 9:54pm
  10. SHE is the one who needs a psychiatrist, nasty witch. She also looks a lot like a demented drag queen!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 9:57pm
  11. She looks like a demented drag queen, doesn’t he..i meand..she? LOL!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 9:59pm
  12. her dad should have pulled out early

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:01pm
  13. let her burble a few more utterances this is getting noticed somewhere overseas…

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:09pm
  14. eww…she looks like a tired old nasty drag queen wanna-be!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:11pm
  15. This upsets me so much!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:44pm
  16. Hey…stop insulting drag queens. She looks like a big ole bigot to me!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:55pm
  17. She’s like 80……she needs to grow the fuck up…..and stop making in front of our gay community

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 11:38pm
  18. Homosexuality has not been considered a “mental illness” since before I studied psychology in college in the 1970′s and even before that most psychologists and psychiatrists did not buy into that way of thinking. Perhaps she needs to go back to school herself and catch up on what she doesn’t know.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 11:50pm
  19. Actually “Christ” didn’t say anything. There was no historical Jesus in the first place. The entire Jesus myth was borrowed completely and in every single detail from much older Mediterranean/Middle Eastern myths. Why is someone so ignorant as to think ancient myths really happened in charge of any government office?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 11:52pm
  20. if she hates gay men so much.. why does she go through so much trouble making herself look like a second rate drag queen?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 1:02am
  21. Y’all, she did say some stupid things, but reading about it and looking at her, i just get the sense that she did not mean this stuff in the way it has been presented. She is one of those late middle age women who have had no contact with anything other than white, middle America types and she does not know what is PC and what is not, obviously. I bet she would do anything to fix this. If I were those people up there, I would go to her and start bargaining.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:53am
  22. Sorry, Gail, but if the mayor lives in 2012 and is over the age of three, she knows someone who isn’t a WASP. She also knows gay people; even if they don’t live next door, they’re on her television and her radio. Ignorance of what is PC or not is also inexcusable at her age, but ignorance of simple, logical, reasonable, HUMAN politeness is inexcusable at any age.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 7:07am
  23. She is such a fucking twit! No self respecting, ethical psychologist would tell you homosexuality is a mental illness, sexual disorder, paraphilia or anything of that nature when the APA has deemed such view detrimental to the health and well being of society. Not to mention homosexuality was removed from the DSM in the 70′s! Someone needs a psych 101 class obviously!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 11:16am
  24. We all need to learn to ask people who are running for offices these questions.We get what we vote for.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 2:13pm
  25. I just have so many things to say…….First I want to address all of you that have been here to be a voice…….I do not know anyone of here..but I can say I love you……….I love you because you are here and a voice to be herd……I personalty thank you and my partner for life and beyond thanks you as well….we are getting older in life, and we need you young voices to carry one……It is so very sad to me ….when I think of this young voice not being saved from the hurt evil worlds and the rejection from his FAMILY……..HE WAS SPERM AT ONE TIME…WE ALL WERE…….EricJames WAS IN A womb and a women carried him there gave birth to him raised him and then a banded him…..I ask you did they love him ???? I say NO…. he was merely a object in there life……they did not love EricJames unconditionally….And that is what is so wrong in our world today……WE MUST LOVE UNCONITIONLLY…….R.I.P….EricJames……thank you for your voice….<3 love kat

    Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 6:43pm
  26. Homophobia is a myth. It was created by the political Left in an attempt to foist the gay agenda onto the rest of our society.

    Posted on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 4:48am