In addition to serving as president of the right-wing fringe group Public Advocate – which is known primarily for engaging in “humorous” street protests in the vein of Randall Terry’s antics, though typically with less “success” – Eugene Delgaudio is also on the Board of Supervisors in Loudoun County, Virginia.
And so, to anyone familiar with him, his antics, or his views, it should come as absolutely no surprise that he’s now gotten himself in trouble:
Advocacy group Equality Loudoun this week denounced Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio’s reaction to the addition of an equal opportunity amendment to the county’s policy handbook, extending employment rights to gay, lesbian and transgender residents.
During discussions over the addition in a Jan. 5 board meeting, Delgaudio (R-Sterling) called the plan “freaky, bizarre and fruity.”
He also used the word “it” during the meeting and in his electronic newsletter to describe transgender individuals.
In his newsletter Delgaudio wrote: “The board votes six yes, Waters and Delgaudio ‘no,’ with York abstaining, to add ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ to the hiring of employees which means if a man dressed as a woman wants a job, you have to treat ‘it’ the same as a normal person.”
Delgaudio said he stands by the statement he made in the Jan. 5 meeting when he referred to the amendment as “freaky, bizarre and fruity.”
The language, he said, was aimed at what he described as a militant group of individuals.
“It’s freaky because most don’t think about homosexuals,” Delgaudio said. “It’s bizarre because they want us to think about homosexuals.”
And check out this news report on controversy in which Delgaudio tries to claim that the “it” he was referring to in his email was “the action of hiring” and was not meant to be a derogatory attack on transgendered people:
Out of all the humorous stunts Delguadio has pulled over the years, I have to say that this pathetic defense is the only one that has ever made me laugh.