January 31st, 2012
07:42 AM ET

Michelangelo Signorile shares details about Tennessee anti-gay lawmaker

Sirius XM Host Michelangelo Signorile speaks to CNN anchor Zoraida Sambolin about the controversial comments from Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield on the gay community, bullying and AIDS.

Sen. Campbell is sponsoring the "Don't Say Gay" bill that would prohibit teaching any form of human sexuality other than heterosexuality in Tennessee public schools K through 8.

Signorile says, “You know, he is the one who brought up AIDS.  I didn't ask him about AIDS.  I was talking to him about the "Don't Say Gay" bill.  And he is the one who said, well, homosexuality is dangerous, gay men die at a much earlier age, which also is a false statistic. And then started saying that AIDS made homosexuality more dangerous, that it started with gay men.  And then he told an outlandish story about an airline pilot having sex with a monkey and that's how AIDS began.  And then it spread through the gay world - which is completely false, of course.  Around the world, AIDS is an epidemic among heterosexuals in Africa, India, China and elsewhere.”

Early Start with Ashleigh Banfield & Zoraida Sambolin airs week mornings from 5-7am ET on CNN.


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