RICHMOND (KCBS) — Anti-gay language spouted at Richmond City Council meetings has prompted action from the city’s Human Relations Commission, but is also raising issues about free speech.
The meetings have deteriorated into hate speech against gays and the city’s first openly-gay council member, Jovanka Beckles, said it’s only getting worse and that something has to change.
YouTube video shows some Richmond residents and members of the clergy making derogatory homophobic remarks to the city council. According to Beckles, it’s been going on for months.
“The City Council meetings are getting increasingly more violent in tone and feel with regard to homophobic comments that are being made and directed at me,” said Beckles.