OU board member met with calls for his resignation after anti-gay comments
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- A former Oklahoma City mayor and member of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents is being criticized for comparing gay people to pedophiles.
Kirk Humphreys made the comments over the weekend on KFOR-TV's public affairs show. He also compared gay people to politicians who've recently resigned after allegations of sexual misconduct.
LGBTQ advocacy group Freedom Oklahoma has called for his removal from the board if he doesn't apologize. Executive Director Troy Stevenson says Humphreys' comments were disheartening and dangerous for LGBTQ youth who are already harassed and bullied.
Joe Sangirardi, president and founder of the OU LGBTQ Alumni Society, released a statement, called for Humphreys resignation at Tuesday's scheduled meeting of the Board of Regents.
Kirk Humphreys should resign. Mr. Humphreys insulted me by equating my expression of love to sexual abuse. "If [homosexuality] is OK, then it's OK for everybody and quite frankly it's OK for men to sleep with little boys if it's OK."
He demeaned OU staff, students, faculty, and alumni in the most un-Oklahoman way possible. These ignorant comments are unacceptable from a member of the Board of Regents. Mr. Humphreys serves on the board to support OU's students, not attack them.
Mr. Humphreys--standing with OU's students, and on behalf of the OU LGBTQ Alumni Society, I'm asking you to tender your resignation tomorrow at the Board of Regents' scheduled meeting. The meeting starts tomorrow at 3:30pm at the Bird Library on the OU HSC Campus. I'll see you there.
OU President David Boren said Monday that Humphreys' comments are not shared by the university.
“Regent Humphreys was speaking as an individual and not on behalf of the university or me. I do not share his views on this matter," said Boren in a statement. "The university strongly reaffirms and takes great pride in its commitment to a welcoming, diverse and inclusive community which respects people of all backgrounds. We value and respect all members of our university family.”
A staffer at Humphreys' office said he was out of town Monday and unavailable to comment.
Stevenson said Monday his group will protest an Oklahoma City real estate project that belongs to Humphreys' family business if he doesn't apologize.