Tennessee state senator Stacey Campfield is continuing to draw fire for ignorant comments he made on Michelangelo Signorile's Sirius OutQ News radio program on Thursday, when he said that it was "virtually impossible" to transmit HIV through heterosexual contact. He also linked the origin of HIV to someone having sex with a monkey and advocated for his sponsored "Don't Say Gay" legislation for Tennessee schools.
Last night, a local restaurant, "The Bistro at the Bijou," denied Campfield service and asked him to leave the restaurant, afterward posting on their Facebook page, "I hope Stacy [sic] Campfield now knows what it feels like to be unfairly discriminated against."
The comment has received hundreds of likes and significant amounts of press, with most of the reaction being highly positive.
Several groups have also started petitions urging for Campfield to be fired - one on SignOn.com has already acquired over 300 signatures. In their petition, they write:
Tennessee State Senator is misinforming and misleading his constituents by making false claims about HIV. He claims that "REGULAR" people are not going to be infected, that it was virtually impossible. His ignorance will be affecting a lot of people that see him as a community leader. Please help stop the spread of this bigotry and ignorance!
Another group, Act Blue, has sprung up a campaign called "Tennessee Deserves Better Than Stacey Campfield," collecting money to donate to Democratic political campaigns, demonstrating the length to which Campfield's comments have infuriated people.