Right-wing US commentator Sandy Rios wants gay and transgendered people to be banned from serving in the military, claiming that they are all ‘disordered.’
The American Family Radio host and Fox News contributor, known for her homophobic views, embarked on a rant attacking gay and transgender people claiming they are not fit to serve in the US military (20 March).
‘Transgendered soldiers who are confused about their sexuality, who want to undergo gender reassignment, homosexual soldiers who are constantly thinking about their sexuality - and I say that with authority, having interviewed so many ex-gays and talked about this for years, there is an obsession - their identity, they think, is their sexuality’ she said.
‘How many of you who are heterosexual would first of all say to someone in describing yourself, ‘I’m heterosexual; I have sex with the opposite sex’? You have much more of an identity than that, don’t you?
‘Well for homosexuals, they claim that as an identity, it’s all about sex, so that is a disorder in itself. You can write me, I realize that’s angering words but that is a disorder because that’s not who you are, you are much more than that.
‘It is a disorder, it is disordered thinking and if we think that soldiers that are obsessed with these issues are going to provide strong defense for our nation, I think we are foolishly denying whatever is true.’
Rios continued her rant and turned her attention to Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, who campaigned for equal rights for transgendered people to serve in the military.
Rios blasted Elders for ‘now urging for trannies to be allowed in the military.’
The 65-year-old is infamous for her homophobic remarks and her views of the LGBT community.
In October 2013, Rios claimed the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard was ‘a total fraud’, and in March of last year she also accused Hillary Clinton of being a lesbian because she supported gay marriage.