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Notorious Homophobes: Jesse Helms — 3 Comments

  1. I visited Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, N.C. last week, where Helms is buried. I didn’t stop at his grave, but the manager said Helms’ headstone had been defaced with an obsenity and they were having trouble cleaning it off. Apparently he still provokes strong emotions.

    • It’s certainly an interesting situation: on the one hand desecrating someone’s grave is not something that can be supported but, on the other, Helms bigotry when he was alive continues to impair HIV prevention programmes long after his death. The man has left a toxic legacy.

  2. Helms’ granddaughter is an out lesbian who serves as a judge here in North Carolina. So perhaps the she will write a new chapter in the Helms family story and provide a new and better legacy for future generations.

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