Tenn. Pol: AIDS Came From Gay Guy Having Monkey Sex
Stacey Campfield does himself no favors while defending 'Don't Say Gay' bill
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2012 8:42 PM CST
Sen. Stacey Campfield is congratulated by colleagues after his bill seeking to prevent teaching public school students about gay issues passes the Senate in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday, May 20, 2011.   (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

(Newser) – The Tennessee lawmaker behind the "Don't Say Gay" bill that cleared the state Senate earlier this year is getting a lot of attention for comments he made in defense of the legislation. And it's not good attention. In a SiriusXM interview with Michelangelo Signorile published on the Huffington Post, state Sen. Stacey Campfield justified his bill by, among other things, explaining that AIDS came from "one guy screwing a monkey." The interview covers more of Campfield's thoughts on AIDS, bullying, and homosexuality, which Tennessee schools would not be able to discuss under his bill:

  • On bullying: "That bullying thing is the biggest lark out there. There are sexually confused children who could be pushed into a lifestyle that I don’t think is appropriate with them and ... they don't know how they can get back from that."
  • On "Don't Say Gay": "If someone, a person of influence, says maybe you're gay, maybe you should explore those things—maybe the child, who is young and impressionable, says maybe I am gay."
  • On AIDS: "Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community—it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, if I recall."
  • On heterosexual sex: "My understanding is that it is virtually—not completely, but virtually—impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex ... very rarely [transmitted]."
  • On gay men: "What's the average lifespan of a homosexual? it's very short. Google it yourself."
Click for more of his comments (about, for instance, theater), or to read Signorile's explanation of why Campfield's claims are totally bogus.

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Oct 18, 2014 2:12 PM CDT
Might he be justified in saying so?: http://www.newser.com/story/196744/hiv-pandemic-traced-to-1920s-african-metropolis.html
Feb 5, 2012 7:04 AM CST
Well, I must admit that I get some educational experience after reading about idiots like this (I face-palmed when I read what he said about heterosexual sex). Now, thanks to Wikipedia, I know that HIV got to humans through "zoonosis", which doesn't directly imply a man having illicit sexual relations with a primate. *** The Stacey Campfield CHALLENGE *** Have heterosexual sex with a person diagnosed with AIDS and see if you *fail* to contract it. Please post results here and then send all complaints, death threats, and court summons to Stacey Campfield.
Jan 28, 2012 9:54 AM CST
If some teacher or school counselor ever suggests to my child that she "might be gay" there will be hell to pay if i found out!! Kids especially teens are impressionable and this sort of suggestion could lead my child into some sordid behavior she might not otherwise had participated in. Horray for STACEY CAMPFIELD!!!!!!