In response to the homophobic slur used by State Rep. Al Jacquet against Lake Worth Beach City Commission Omari Hardi, PBCHRC issues the following statement.
To view a video of Jacquet's rant, go to:
(West Palm Beach, Florida) The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council (PBCHRC) received more than a dozen e-mails with links to State Representative Al Jacquet's video rants -- including he one in which he referred to Lake Worth Beach City Commissioner Omari Hardy as a "batty boy".According to Wikipedia, the term is a pejorative term often used to refer to a gay or effeminate man.Jacquet's words are reprehensible.Al Jacquet must immediately and genuinely apologize to Omari Hardy, the LGBTQ community, his colleagues in the Legislature, and his constituents. If he fails to do so, at the very least, Jacquet should be censured by The Florida House of Representatives -- if not removed from office.
Judge Rand Hoch (ret.)
President and Founder
Palm Beach County Human Rights Council