“It makes news because of the f*gs,” says HCA employee of bias charge

A former employee of Research Medical Center, and a current employee of a Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) subsidiary – HCA is the parent company of Research Medical – says the hospital does not discriminate against “f*gs.”

On a local news channel’s Facebook page, HCA employee Paula Grant was arguing in the comments with people upset over the ongoing controversy regarding, Roger Gorley, a gay man handcuffed and dragged away from his gay spouse’s hospital bedside after the hospital apparently-insufficiently tried to verify that he was responsible for his spouse’s medical decisions.

Here are two screen shots from HCA employee Paula Grant’s comments on Fox4News’ Facebook page today:



Grant’s Facebook profile, and LinkedIn profile, both back up the claim that she is a current, and past, HCA employee.


A word of advice for HCA: Usually when asserting you don’t discriminate, it’s best to avoid calling your patients “f*gs.”

CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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167 Responses to ““It makes news because of the f*gs,” says HCA employee of bias charge”

  1. Joshowa18 says:

    She is a bitch, prove me wrong or shut the fuck up.

  2. Fatty Patty Lew says:

    Suicidal people are often taken to the hospital against their will.

  3. Fatty Patty Lew says:

    Do you really think calling someone a “bitch” makes you look superior?

  4. cole3244 says:

    those that have the common sense or intellect to realize being gay is genetic and not choice justify their hatred through religion and the bible, admitting they are bigoted is something they are in denial about being the good believers they claim to be.

  5. RealMurrikan says:

    Oh…and all the non-wetback spics?

  6. RealMurrikan says:

    What about the slopes, zipperheads, towelheads, micks, and garlic eaters (from It’s a Wonderful Life).

  7. Stev84 says:

    “Right to work”. What nonsensical Orwellian doublespeak

  8. EdM01 says:

    Why, yes, they do. It’s in their Christian job description promulgated by their pastors, under the heading “The Christian Duty of Making Disciples,” i.e., proseletysing and recruiting.

  9. EdM01 says:

    She probably DOES know all the security guards and police officers. Military, too! The internets are rife with expose’s of Dominionist “Christian” megachurches reaching out to Military and Law Enforcement personnel.

  10. EdM01 says:

    On top of that, according to Mark (14;50-51) and John (ch’s 13-21) Jesus himself had a special companion who was male… in virulently homophobic first century Judaea.

  11. EdM01 says:

    And by Dominionist Christian standards, I’m certain she’s an excellent one.

  12. karmanot says:

    I hope they send her downstream in a bedpan without a paddle.

  13. karmanot says:

    Exactly! Camille is an evil cow, but brilliant in her perversity……no wonder the right wing loves her. To me she’s more like a Jewish Nazi.

  14. karmanot says:

    But they live on and on, thanks to A’Blog.

  15. SkippyFlipjack says:

    I’ve heard a retort I like: ‘Are you a law? No? Then the First Amendment doesn’t apply to you.’

  16. Sweetie says:

    From the look of that quotation, she is the Ann Coulter of academia. I suppose she’s the one who first thought it would be cool to call gay people “queer”, as in “Queer Theory”.

    That quotation is rubbish. It doesn’t acknowledge sentience.

  17. Sweetie says:

    Most members of Congress, the executive branch, and the federal courts have a tenuous grasp on the constitution, too.

  18. Sweetie says:


  19. Sweetie says:

    Free speech for them means freedom to attack others. Freedom to promote the supremacy they perceive.

  20. Sweetie says:

    They always do, don’t they?

  21. Sweetie says:

    Interesting… Hadn’t heard about that passage. I ask them what they think about Lot’s daughters — gang rape or incest?

  22. Joe Carlin says:


  23. Joshowa18 says:

    Hahahahaha what a dumb bitch. She had to close both profiles and will now probably be reprimanded or lose her job. Hope it was worth it.

  24. karmanot says:

    I know….what’s next is probably the charge that one can get AIDS from gay doorknobs.

  25. karmanot says:

    Have you noticed, not one cable news has covered this, not even the sainted Rachel Maddow.

  26. I think she knows that its over so she’s going out with a bang. I figured she’d lose her job over the original comments if there are more–and worse–she’s toast. Someone close to her has probably already told her.

  27. karmanot says:

    She’s thriving in the attention. Read her most recent rants.

  28. karmanot says:

    She did, but dig into ‘previous’ and you’ll find a load of unbelievable foul hate rants.

  29. karmanot says:

    She is ,and I hope so. I posted some of her hate-filled anti gay rants somewhere on here. Free speech is one thing, when it attaches hate to a corporate brand name the fireworks go off. I write about this on Adgitadiaries.

  30. like they don’t play their own version of that in decrying any criticism of our current tax code and objections to subsidizing the private sector as “class warfare” and “socialism.” There are SO many verboten topics and points in their worldview. If you can’t take the heat from throwing homophobic invectives out on social media, keep your trap shut. You don’t get to cry about your feelings after trampling over others’.

  31. Very true. This false assumption lies behind the right-wing obsession (that’s receded somewhat but I still see it pop up) that “political correctness” is a baleful instrument of liberal oppression. Somehow the idea that calling someone a “fag” results in social disapproval is the worst form of censorship in the world.

  32. Phew, it’s all tumbling out, isn’t it, every tired old libel. Every kid has a right to a Mum and Dad, gays are all mentally unbalanced, gays all want to screw eight-year-olds. What’s next, the recruitment myth?

  33. Dennis Velco says:

    What a complete moron Paula Grant is.

    She’s taken down her FB and LI profile pages as of April 13 – 3pm EST not accessible.

    Thanks for this article and your reporting. What you do is appreciated.

    I posted it to my LGBT Group on LinkedIn with over 19,000+ global members to spur members to read your article and to make comment. I also scooped it at Scoop.It on my LGBT Times news mashup.

    Link to group >> http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=63687

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  34. karmanot says:

    If only we fags make her another Anita Bryant and send her employer copies of her FB hate screeds against gays that created an atmosphere with which she feels perfectly OK. Do they support that thinking or not? I just sent them an e-mail.

  35. karmanot says:

    Her other comments are still there and they are flaming hate.

  36. karmanot says:

    If you don’t have an asshole for a brother, who wants to declare you incompetent and take over your finances——not to worry.

  37. karmanot says:

    Yep. Maybe it’s time to send her current employee what her free speech thoughts declare. I wouldn’t want this woman in the same hospital as any patients,she damns as goddam freaks.

  38. karmanot says:

    The new Anita Bryant: Paula Grant “You really want these sick fucks fucks adopting kids? They’re the real pedophiles. I no longer have nice things to say to these goddam faggots. All the gays can kiss my ass. Goddam freaks.” https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=399561103475172&set=pb.382325108532105.-2207520000.1365791065&type=3&permPage=1 This is the hate that killed the former orange juice queen’s career. I hope the medical world wakes up to what this employee really is, “a goddam freak.”

  39. SkippyFlipjack says:

    Depends on whether you feel some level of impartiality is inherent in the definition of journalism. I think John is a really good opinion journalist.

  40. SkippyFlipjack says:

    ‘“It makes news because of the f*gs,” says one of 204,000 HCA employees of bias charge’


  41. Surely what she did better fits the definition of trolling?

  42. SkippyFlipjack says:

    The patient has some serious mental health issues and has undergone electroconvulsive therapy several times. It’s a tough situation all around.

  43. karmanot says:

    PAULA GRANT Has a Sad: UPDATE: (5hrs ago): ‘Every child deserves a Mom and Dad.’ “I am sadden (sp) to say that I ran across yet another gay that seems to be mentally ill. You can create 1000 pages sir and ill (perfect sp pun) still ban you and forget about you. Please seek help.” https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=399623600135589&set=pb.382325108532105.-2207520000.1365791065&type=3&permPage=1

  44. karmanot says:

    The latest from Paula Grant: ( 5hrs ago): ‘To all you trolls who think you can bully me into shutting my page down, think again. Don’t be mad because my 14yr old daughter knows gay marriage is wrong.—-She’s more mature than you gays will ever be.” https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=399623476802268&set=pb.382325108532105.-2207520000.1365791065&type=3&permPage=1

  45. karmanot says:

    Oh, —–grab the red shoes anyway!

  46. karmanot says:

    “but you still need to take responsibility for your words.” And if ya don’t the Troll hunters will get ya! :-)

  47. Guy A was being treated for severe depression. Due to the storms in the area his treatment schedule was interrupted and he was regressing. I cannot say for sure but it seems pretty likely that part of his depression was the trouble he was having with his family. So, he comes back from a spa day, as it were, to be ambushed by a brother who hassles him for being gay, as well as several police and EMTs. If he was already delicate that pushes him further. They then forcefully take him to the hospital, against his will, “for his own good” but take him to the wrong place. He probably was not hospital ready either until he was attacked by his brother and the police.

  48. Just_AC says:

    My confusion on this story is that the two guys were getting ready to go on vacation when the one was ambushed and taken to the hospital where he was going in and out of consciousness. What caused this change of physical and mental state? Personally, if I am getting ready to go on vacation, I am not hospital-ready

  49. The most basic misunderstanding I see is that they think free speech gives them a pass to say absolutely whatever they want without any consequences–it’s even happened on comments on this site, where if someone is challenged on a thread they shriek about how they’re being denied their right to free speech. You have the right to say what you like, but you still need to take responsibility for your words.

  50. Remember, he was taken in to the hospital against his will. His brother ambushed him (and he already has a precarious mental state anyway) with the cops and and EMTs, and when he reacted strangely they forced him into an ambulance “for his own good”. The daughter-in-law / step daughter repeatedly told them that there was a Power of Attorney and Medical Decisions pact in place and asked for them to wait for the husband. She was ignored. She told him where he receives his primary care. She was ignored. They ended up taking him where he gets electro-shock, not where he gets his primary physical and mental care. They exacerbated the situation and when the husband, the person legally empowered to make these decisions showed up, he was disregarded. The nurse stated quite plainly that she knew who he was and who they both were. That would imply that she was aware of the living wills and Power of Attorney and she disregarded them for her own ends. There will be lawsuits aplenty but most recriminations will be civil, not legal. The nurse will have her union and the hospital has malpractice insurance.

  51. The Political Junkie says:

    Time for another entity that wants the Federal Government to “stay out of its business” to lose their Federal cheddar over this. They’re scrambling like roaches when the light’s turned on.

  52. The Political Junkie says:

    I work in unemployment claims. According to law, if she’s given a justifiable termination, she won’t be collecting jack.

    It will also be a pain for her to explain why there’s a gap in her employment history, when the HR person will do a google search and find her Facebook posts and her tweets.

  53. The Political Junkie says:

    The fact that she uses the slur on Facebook only indicates how she thinks about gay patients who are admitted to Research. She should be suspended without pay for two weeks, because she’s representing the hospital by discussion of the knowledge of this issue she obtained because SHE WORKS THERE.

  54. Right-wingers have an odd concept of freedom in general, one that doesn’t have much to do with political freedom. (For instance, summarily declaring a man to be a “terror suspect” and clapping him in jail without trial is OK; imposing minimum gas mileage requirements on cars is tyranny.)

  55. Too late.

  56. Houndentenor says:

    It’s exactly what she meant. For some reason (mostly a failure of our education system) people think that the first amendment grants them the right to say whatever they want (most of the time that’s true) but prohibits anyone from saying anything they don’t like, especially criticism of what they just said. it’s stupid, but it’s a common point of view.

  57. HolyMoly says:

    Funny thing is, according to Matthew & Luke, Jesus healed a Roman centurion’s gay partner without once uttering a word of contempt such as I see from “Christians” today. He didn’t ask for medical power of attorney, wasn’t preachy.

  58. Miro says:

    Except, don’t forget: If they’re doing things like this to anyone in the gay community, they are doing other similar things to ANYONE they perceive to be in a position of powerlessness. (My short hand for this–which I use just for my own inner conversation is: They’re not just doin’ it to him; they’re doin’ it to everyone.) They’ll do whatever they can get away with to keep the most control and make the most profit.

  59. Craig Garver says:

    Who just screwed up big time by violating the corporation’s media policy. Ouch. “Why did I leave your last employer? Oh, I made a fool out them on facebook and it got national exposure.” Not good.

  60. Craig Garver says:

    I’ll bet that was a great job … note past tense.

  61. Stev84 says:

    Facebook does that a lot for some reason. It doesn’t mean anything

  62. Straightnotnarrow says:

    If any of my subordinates posted something like this, while in any way identifiable with my hospital or group, they would have the box of their stuff waiting for them at the door. It doesn’t matter that she’s not at work. She’s making these statements while identifying as a member of the group thereby painting the group with the same foul stroke.

  63. Ted Hayes says:

    Did she get the job because she is qualified or because she is a bigot?

  64. Indeed. “Praying for” someone, the way these clowns do it, is simply a euphemism for taking an unhealthy interest in what you imagine to be their “sins”, which of course turn out to be merely those aspects of their personality that you happen to dislike. And all the time you’re dwelling on their sinfulness you imagine fondly that you’re fulfilling the highest of spiritual duties. Hallelujah!

  65. Dr. Brent Zenobia says:

    She is greatly mistaken about the “I can say what I want when I’m off-duty” part. If her comments are taken as speaking on behalf of the HCA, then HCA is quite within its legal rights to discipline or fire her for this posting.

  66. caphillprof says:

    Hospitals have become the most institutional of institutions, the most corporate of corporations, of any industry in our society. When a hospital discriminates against lgbt, that discrimination is institutional, it is corporate, it is illegal and the law must intervene. I think the time for mass rallies on the mall in Washington is probably behind us. We need to start having mass rallies in the backwards parts of America. Lee’s Summit would be a good place to start.

  67. woodroad34 says:

    This doesn’t happen with just gays. I had a friend who happened to be black that went into a private hospital to have the arches in his feet worked on and it’s an extremely painful operation. The Phillipina nurses in that hospital would consciously knock his bed to make him scream in pain. He had to call in his doctor to scold the hospital and make sure those particular nurses weren’t on his floor in the future. There’s a real fear about going into hospitals and the lack of civility with many “care takers”. You really feel at their mercy and that they’re unhappy being there, themselves.

  68. R B says:

    Yep, like most conservatives / bigots / Christians / Republicans / People Who Missed Civics Class, Paula doesn’t have the correct grasp on Free Speech and the 1st Amendment or the rest of the Constitution for that matter.

  69. I’m reading some more of the reactions to her deleted comment. This is depressing.

  70. TuxedoCartman says:

    The misunderstanding regarding the concept of “free speech” in America is fast becoming a huge pet peeve of mine. Can the government arrest her for what she said? Nope. Can Hospital Coporation of America fire her bigoted ass for her statements on social media? You betcha, and they need to… RIGHT NOW!

  71. karmanot says:

    When I went there, there was an immediate link to RMC.

  72. Clecinosu says:

    She “loves” everyone, then “prays for them.” Which, of course, is Christian for “hate.”

  73. Beth Bedford says:

    She sure did but I bet she is still watching herself get blasted someway. I hope she is miserable.

  74. Beth Bedford says:

    Could be a decoy, keep the pressure on the little bigot.

  75. jackrabbitjb says:

    I would be surprised if she hasn’t already lost her job. One thing is for sure, she has deleted her Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.

  76. Tom says:

    They need to have their federal funding plus Medicare and Medicaid pulled

  77. maritimer says:

    Live by Facebook, die by it too. She can delete, but she’s infamous now baby…
    Hint to bigots: Use a stage name if you’re going to throw that hate out there.

  78. Jim Olson says:

    Make sure the couple’s lawyers see this.

  79. cole3244 says:

    you would think she would be hesitant to use the words she used describing the two men, i can’t imagine the corp is happy with her comments whether they agree or not, she must be a real anti gay zealot and i can only guess her days at that company are numbered if for no other reason then legal ramifications, good riddance to bad rubbish says i.

  80. Mighty says:

    If only we fags would just learn our place! (sarcasm) What an arrogant hag!!!!

  81. NorthAlabama says:

    you beat me to the post…it’s exactly what i was thinking…

  82. d3clark says:

    “I worked at Research Medical for years and I know (in the Biblical sense) ALL the security guys.”

  83. stranded says:

    I grew up in KCMO and several of my relatives spent time there. If there’s such a thing as a family hospital, RMC was it for us. I wouldn’t describe the experiences as being fond, but it felt safe and friendly and courteous. Of course the issue of visitation rights for gays was never a part of it, but I would say this is part of our current horrible corporate healthcare, now operated without compassion or humanity and with unprofessional, low-skill workers. It makes me sad on one hand, and I’m not happy to see this event unfolding, but I’m guessing it’s a sea-change in visibility for why we need marriage rights nationally. My best wishes for this couple.

  84. PeteWa says:

    it’s like telling water to not be wet.

  85. mike31c says:

    Nah, because if she was a good christian, she would be in the kitchen with her mouth shut :D

  86. stranded says:

    No, it’s Missouri, though there’s not a lot of difference culturally or politically. It’s also not in Lee’s Summit, as John has stated.

  87. karmanot says:

    Thank you

  88. karmanot says:

    What that indicates to me is the working ‘atmosphere’ in the hospital accommodates bigotry, (wink, wink) why else would an experienced nurse feel she could allow her prejudices to trump hospital rules and law, or cop thugs feel that they could automatically brutalize the partner of a gay patient, or that a cafeteria worker (or two) feel that they could publicly represent the Corp. with anti gay comments, or that a nit wit clerk feel free to call out fags and proudly declare her affiliation to the hospital, and finally, the weigh-in of an old door keeper security guard, who feels certain people should be subjected to violence in a hospital.

  89. No she works for a HCA hospital as a clerk in the KC area.

  90. karmanot says:

    The house just dropped on her—-grab the red shoes!

  91. nicho says:

    She may, but you wouldn’t believe what the guys call her.

  92. nicho says:

    Paula, sweetie, it makes news because it just doesn’t happen to straight people.

  93. R B says:

    You can still see it here:



    I get the impression she was at the RCM hospital but is now at another facility in the HCA Midwest Health System, but it’s all quite confusing.

  94. Joe Carlin says:

    Not before I saw it said she “Worked” (past tense) at HCA. I hope that means what I think it means.

  95. Joe Carlin says:

    I have a feeling this all will be made clear to her in short order.

  96. Joe Carlin says:

    She lives in Missouri, which–thanks to her support for conservatives–is a right to work state, which means her employer can fire her at will for any damned reason they want to.

    I suspect she’s gonna figure that all out very, very, very quickly.

  97. R B says:

    The BEST. On her knees every Sunday and Wednesday evening too.

  98. R B says:

    Especially when free speech / the 1st Amendment (like everything else in the Constitution) describes the relationship between the government and the citizen.

  99. R B says:

    Like most conservatives / bigots / Christians / Republicans Paula doesn’t have the correct grasp on Free Speech and the 1st Amendment.

  100. Her facebook page has been taken down

  101. Apparently Raw Story picked up this story from Jon.,….and surprise, surprise Paula’s remarks have been scrubbed the site.

  102. Butch1 says:

    Looks like she may be now worried about her job.

  103. Butch1 says:

    You are absolutely correct; they consider it their right to be able to punish gays and lesbians whenever they have the chance and they live to do it.

  104. Sandra Oh says:

    What a classy lady. I hope one day she finds herself in a situation where she’s discriminated for who she is. Karma is a bitch.

  105. Butch1 says:

    This is a perfect example of which one has to deal with at some hospitals. It is real and still happens. These people are ignorant hateful bigots and shouldn’t be allowed to interact with the public let alone patients.

  106. lynchie says:

    That was a big Oops Paula dear.

  107. GarySFBCN says:

    Thanks for staying on top of this John. Once again you demonstrate the bloggers ARE journalists.

  108. karmanot says:

    As well as protect one if one is indeed an a’hole, although I don’t think that constitutes minority status anymore.

  109. karmanot says:


  110. Joe Carlin says:

    Her profile page now says “Worked at….” Past tense.

    As my mother says, the school of hard knocks has very, very, very expensive tuition.

  111. Joe Carlin says:

    Yeah apparently they just got deleted. And her profile page now says “Worked at Hospital Corporation of America.” Past tense.

    Our work here is done!

  112. Shaunty Linton says:

    It’s called a social media policy. Free speech does NOT mean that your boss can’t can your behind for what you say…especially if you say it as an agent of the company.

  113. karmanot says:

    Todd Gaykin? OMG

  114. But…but…she “has gay friends!”

  115. karmanot says:

    Apparently, if you’ve been following the other posts, the hospital has somebody in the cafeteria handling that job.

  116. karmanot says:


  117. Joe Carlin says:

    As I told her myself: “Paula, let me give you a little civics lesson: Free speech means the government can’t fine or jail you for your speech. It does NOT free you from the consequences of your speech. So for your speech, you will not be jailed and you will not be fined by the government. But it DOES allow your employer to fire you for it.
    “Enjoy trying to collect unemployment for justifiable termination. I suspect you’re going to find out the school of hard knocks has very, very, very expensive tuition.”

  118. Joe Carlin says:

    I would have done exactly the same thing. And for good reason.

  119. Joe Carlin says:

    Which also means she’s in no way authorized to speak on behalf of the company. Most companies have a policy against that, don’t they?

  120. Joe Carlin says:

    Considering they believe discriminating against gay people is the “Christian” thing to do, absolutely.

  121. Joe Carlin says:

    She’s a fan of “legitimate rape” Todd Akin.

  122. Gordon Ross says:

    Paula Paula Paula, life will always be a struggle for her….

  123. ro1224 says:

    While dear Ms Grant may be well within her “freedom of speech” rights to speak as she choose while away from work, using the name of her employer in her signature and identifying herself as an employer of HCA might well afford them the right to take actions to distance themselves from an employee appearing to be a bigot.

    Good job, Ms. Grant. Happy job hunting in this economy.

  124. clarknt67 says:

    I think she means people who tell her she’s a bigoted asshole are “violating” her free speech. It’s the theory that the First Amendment is supposed to protect you from being told you’re an asshole. (It doesn’t.)

  125. bbdrvr says:

    More like she’ll be promoted to social media specialist.

  126. Carl Gorney says:

    I should have added REPUTABLE offers to my statement. The general point stands.

  127. You want her Ford? But what if it’s a Tempo?

  128. Houndentenor says:

    There’s no free speech issue here. He had a power of attorney. His wishes were known. Federal law allows his partner to be there. This has nothing to do with speech. It has to do with the hospital violating the law and the wishes of a patient.

  129. Indigo says:

    Speaking as a f*g, I want her f*rd!

  130. karmanot says:

    My guess is that she will be applauded when she shows up at work.

  131. karmanot says:

    I imagine some of those free speeches call her the ‘C’ word.

  132. karmanot says:

    I doubt it, she’s probably already got offers. It’s Kansas.