Gay Kentucky Mayor denies ‘insulting’ allegation that he is a member of the KKK
An openly gay politician has denied he is a member of the Ku Klux Klan – after being ‘outed’ by Anonymous.
Internet hacker collective Anonymous had posted information of “officials that have political power in the USA that are associated with” the KKK or other racist groups.
Among those named was Jim Gray – the current Democratic Mayor of Lexington, Kentucky.
Gray, who came out as gay back in 2005, has strongly denied any links to the group this week.
He wrote: “This allegation from the group Anonymous is false, insulting and ridiculous. I have never had any relationship of any kind with the KKK.
“I am opposed to everything the KKK stands for. I have no idea where this information came from, but wherever it came from, it is wrong.”
A gay member of the KKK would be surprising, given chapters of the hate group have called for the slaughter of gay people.
A number of others present on the list have also denied any links with the group.
Anonymous claimed in a statement: “Today we have shut down servers, gotten personal information on members of the KKK, and infiltrated your twitters and websites. And this is just the beginning.
“On November the 4th we will be having a twitter storm, spreading awareness about the operation. And on the 5th we shall release more than 1000 Ku Klux Klan members Names and websites, new and old.
“Your hateful ideas and words remain yours to keep. You are allowed to speak and in kind, we are allowed to respond.
“You are legally free to live and be any which way you choose to live and be. Keep in mind, it is not illegal nor oppressive to hurt your feelings.
“With that said, we are stripping you of your anonymity. This is not a threat, but rather a promise.”