Founded in 2010

News & Entertainment for Mason City, Clear Lake & the Entire North Iowa Region

Apology demanded from Iowa Representative for using gay slur

State Rep. Ralph Watts of Adel, Iowa

DES MOINES – An allegedly dismissive response from an Iowa state Representative about his previous use of the gay slur term “red rider” has brought calls for an apology.

On Saturday, March 25, State Rep. Ralph Watts of Adel, Iowa attended an event at the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce sponsored by Drive With Cops.  At the event, Karin Derry questioned him about his previous use of “red rider”, a derogatory term for a gay man, at a public forum. Rep. Watts’ responded to Derry’s question by saying “anything you say to a gay anymore is a gay slur.”

Youtube user “Jefferson1 IndivisibleIowa” posted a video recording of the exchange.

One Iowa Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel issued a statement condemning Rep. Watts’ response:

“This is an unacceptably dismissive and unapologetic response to a valid question about his previous use of a slur,” Hoffman-Zinnel said. “Words have real power to hurt and suppress marginalized communities, and Rep. Watts is failing to take responsibility for his words and shifting blame to the very community his words are hurting. Further, his use of the phrase ‘a gay’ is homophobic and dehumanizing. We ask him to apologize for his actions.”

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of

Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Even more news:

Copyright 2022 – Internet Marketing Pros. of Iowa, Inc.
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x