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Andrew Shirvell, Who Hounded Gay Student, Now Claims Victim Status

By Robert Steinback on May 11, 2011 - 1:14 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT

If Andrew Shirvell represents the vanguard in the crusade against the “homosexual activist agenda,” it’s no contest. The agenda has won.

Shirvell (right), a former Michigan assistant state attorney general, essentially trashed his own career by waging a bitter campaign last year against a man he didn’t even know – Chris Armstrong, a 21-year-old, openly gay University of Michigan student who had just been elected the school’s new student government president. Now, Shirvell, a Michigan alumnus, is stretching the credulity of jurisprudence by claiming in a May 6 court filing that he actually is the victim in the fight he provoked – targeted by a reputed “homosexual agenda” often cited by right-wing extremists as seeking to thwart Christianity, destroy the institution of marriage and expand the number of LGBT people through “recruitment.”

Shirvell’s motion seeks dismissal of a harassment lawsuit Armstrong filed against him April 1. According to the Detroit Free Press, Shirvell’s motion claims Armstrong set out “to make an example out of (me) in order to deter others from criticizing (Armstrong’s) homosexual activist agenda.” Armstrong’s lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $25,000.

According to the newspaper, Shirvell contends that Armstrong – whom no one outside the school’s Ann Arbor campus would likely have ever heard about but for Shirvell’s own actions – “has garnered publicity for himself and for his political agenda by trashing me in the media.” He goes on, “The lawsuit is nothing more than Mr. Armstrong’s latest publicity stunt. It is entirely without merit and totally devoid of reality. Mr. Armstrong has suffered no damages. I am confidant that the Court will ultimately throw out Mr. Armstrong’s baseless lawsuit and that my First Amendment rights will be upheld.”

Armstrong’s “homosexual agenda,” evidently, includes his refusal to wilt in the face of the personal attacks Shirvell launched against him beginning with the creation of  “Chris Armstrong Watch,” a website “for concerned University of Michigan alumni, students and others who oppose the recent election of Chris Armstrong – a RADICAL, HOMOSEXUAL ACTIVIST, RACIST ELITIST, & LIAR – as the new head of student government.”

Shirvell in his blog referred to Armstrong as a “privileged pervert” and accused him without evidence of “engaging in sexual escapades at churches and children’s playgrounds.” He called Armstrong “Satan’s representative on the Student Council.” Shirvell showed up at events where he anticipated Armstrong would be (leading the university to ban Shirvell from campus) and even staged protests outside Armstrong’s home, sometimes in the middle of the night.

As a civil servant, Shirvell could not be fired simply for expressing his political views on his own time, although his boss, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, said, “[H]is immaturity and lack of judgment outside the office is clear.” A few weeks later, after a disciplinary hearing, Cox fired Shirvell for “conduct unbecoming a state employee” and for using his state computer during office hours to post on  his private blog.

In addition to the lawsuit, Armstrong is seeking to have Shirvell disbarred. “This man is a loose cannon with a law license,” Armstrong’s attorney, Deborah Gordon, told CNN in November. “He should not be practicing law in the state of Michigan. He’s shown himself to be incapable of being a responsible officer of the court.”

  • Cheryl

    It is no coincidence that Shirvel sought a prosecutorial positon. (assistant attorney general). Just wonder how many cases the loose cannon corrupted on the basis of perceived sexual orientation? He is scary!

  • Linnea

    I agree with Frederick! LOL!

  • Frederick Furreal

    Listen up Chuck and Ruslan… You guys are funny as hell! :D

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    He’s so deep in the closet he’s having an adventure in Narnia.

  • Chuck

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Shirvell’s so deep in the closet, he’s finding Christmas presents!

  • http://None Clay Williams

    This guy Shirvell strikes me as one who was rejected somewhere in his past, was attracted to Armstrong to no avail, and decided to do whatever he could to destroy anyone he perceived to be “not normal”. A gay sex life is no different than a “straight” one. We want sex, companionship and a loving relationship that is treasured, and nutured by doing for each other. Someone please explain to me what the hell is wrong about this? (No Revs, no Drs, no Fathers or other pseudo-saints need comment).

  • Robert McLernon

    “OMG, I’m a victim.”

    What an idiot

    How do people get so far divorced from reality?

  • MrsCaptJack

    I think Ruslan’s right. He’s stuck in the closet and can’t seem to see the latch in the dark.

    And an additional “right on!” to Mrs. Biscuitbarrel.

  • Eddie

    You know, these people are trying REALLY hard to find gay people of mating age and trying to get their attention (hint hint).

  • Paul

    Shirvell strikes me as a classic example of the prototypical homophobe – a self-hating gay person who is in desperate denial.
    I hope he seeks treatment, and eventually learns to accept his true identity.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    If you’ve never seen Shirvell on TV, you owe it to yourself to watch him. As this article implies, I never would have heard of him were it not for his insane rantings about one guy.

  • Terry Washington

    Reminds of the late KIenneth Williams’s cry in “Carry On In Rome”-infamy, infamy, they’ve all just got it in-fa-my!”

  • Bill

    RIGHT ON Ms. Biscuitbarrell! ;>)

  • Mrs. Tarquin Biscuitbarrel

    Shirvell makes me want to put on a ruffly mom-apron, subject him to a severe scolding, take away his allowance… and just slap his ferret-like face.


  • Martha

    This guy is so sick and twisted, my goodness. His actions and verbage make him the pervert.

  • http://onlyAOL Horace Gaims

    All this hoo-haw about the so-called homosexual agenda is mere hogwash wince it is now well-known that each person’s sexuality is a matter of his/her physical inheritance. My proposed course of action is live and let live.

  • Kooky Kitizen

    The dog that barks the loudest are the guilty ones. Mr. Shirvell is a moron and a half. People like Shirvell are evil and dangerous

  • CM

    Perfect example of the tongue-in-cheek definition of “chutzpah”: killing your parents and then asking the court for mercy because you’re an orphan.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Shirvell sounds like he is a victim; he seems to be stuck in a closet and can’t get the door open.

  • Reynardine

    And yet, if anybody “looks like one”, it’s Shirvell.

  • Linnea

    Hypocrisy, thy name is Andrew Shirvell.

  • Bron

    Chill out, Ben. I read that as a bit of lightheartedness.

    As for Shirvell, what a complete and utter freak. His obsession belies his own issues.

  • Mitch Beales

    It’s always difficult for a bully when someone stands up to him. It seems unlikely that the harassment suit will be thrown out but if it is there may be grounds to replace it with a libel suit. Armstrong is setting an excellent example for bullied yout.

  • Ben


    Grow up.

    No, seriously. Get over yourself.

  • Ian

    Typical behavior from the school up north.

    Sorry, first and last time I’ll inject sports rivalries in this site.

  • Paen

    I just hope that the police are keeping an eye out for Shirvell because this man is definitly crazy enough to hurt someone.