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Outrage Activist: Anti-Gay SC Lt. Governor Andre Bauer is Gay

Activist Mike Rogers, who was featured in Kirby Dick's movie Outrage and is known for exposing hypocritical closeted politicians, told Michelangelo Signorile today on Signorile's Sirius OutQ radio show that South Carolina Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer is a closeted gay man.

Writes Rogers on his blog: Bauer

"I have confirmed and spoken to four individuals who I have no doubt are telling me the truth. These men have been hit on by Bauer, with one of them telling me it happened at least five times since Bauer's election in 2003. To a varying degree I have met with and believe the sources. And, as you'll recall, I have that 100% record. This was still not enough for me to report on him. Then another call came in and I met with the source while he was visiting DC recently. 'He's gay,' the source told me. 'How do you know?' I asked. 'Because I've had sex with him on two separate occasions.' That too, was not enough for me to report on without confirmation from others. I was led on a path to chatting with acquaintances of the source and two former employees of Bauer who served on his staff between 2004 and 2007. They reported to me that on on a total of three occasions Bauer spent hours alone with men hotel rooms. Each of them explained that the visits were with younger men who were not on the staff of the Lt. Governor nor had any official reason to be with him. The two men each confirmed that they had not known each other who saw this and each described similar circumstances under with these interactions occurred. One of them confirmed that he was told by the Lt. governor's visitor had a sexual encounter with Bauer. The combination of the reports and the first hand experiences were what I need to maintain my 100% record of being right in my reporting on this site."

Adds Rogers: "The bachelor is a right wing Christian conservative. He's done everything from defend the state issuing "I believe" license plates (complete with a cross on them) to defending the right of schools to use corporal punishment. In the presidential election he supported Mike Huckabee."

Should Governor Mark Sanford, who is under fire for an extramarital affair, leave office, Bauer is set to take his place as governor. Sanford continues to be under pressure from lawmakers and colleagues to resign.

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  1. Such a shame, though I see no proof that the man is actually gay. Only stories told to one reporter. If he is gay, he should be outed (as in it's actually confirmed, through more than second-hand reports, that he's gay), because of his discriminatory political policies. He should be showed for the hypocrite that he is, hopefully that will cause him to lose his wingnut support.

    Though that will not stop another self-hating closeted asshole from stepping up and replacing him. In the end, the only reason I can see for outing a politician who is hypocritically persecuting gays is vengeance.

    Posted by: Leonard Jones | Aug 31, 2009 3:59:05 PM

  2. "Only stories told to one reporter"

    Reporter? No...he's a blogger and activist. I'll hold my opinion until we get a little more information other than some "he said, he said" scenarios.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 31, 2009 4:05:44 PM

  3. Will the wonders never cease?

    Time to move on from childish fairy tales.

    Posted by: David R. | Aug 31, 2009 4:08:35 PM

  4. IF this is true (and you guys are right, I don't see any real evidence here) then it's one of the few cases where I condone forceful outing. Someone who is closeted yet actively campaigns against our rights deserves to be revealed to the world for what he is.

    Guess we'll see what comes of this.

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 31, 2009 4:14:20 PM

  5. Read my whole post... That is EXACTLY what people said when I reported on Larry Craig and others. I am a reporter. I check my sources. My track record: 100%

    Posted by: Michael Rogers | Aug 31, 2009 4:17:42 PM

  6. ohh he has "Major" gay face! Such Purty eyes! OUT the Mofo!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Aug 31, 2009 4:19:02 PM

  7. Seriously. What does it take for some of you? To have the guy sucking your dick as proof?

    Posted by: Sean | Aug 31, 2009 4:20:23 PM

  8. Maybe we should start a guerrilla campaign for dudes to have sex with anti-gay male politicians and surreptitiously film the affairs. How great would it be if same-sex sex tapes for like ten of these assholes were released simultaneously?

    Posted by: Pender | Aug 31, 2009 4:22:29 PM

  9. Michael. How exactly do you check a source when the claim is that "he hit on me"? Do you know how many queens I know who have had a straight guy being nice to them turn into "he was hitting on me"?

    You'll need more proof or this will just drag on and on...a lot like Gov Crist.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 31, 2009 4:31:14 PM

  10. Mike...many bloggers ARE reporters. Certainly Mike Rogers does his homework as much if not more than most working reporters.

    As for proof, I agree...what would it take to constitute proof? By the stringent standards suggested, it would seem only a personal coming-out statement is acceptable, though he could lie, or a hidden video, which of course could be CGIed.

    I think Rogers's track record is pretty fucking solid, and considering there are plenty of others we've all heard are gay that he has never outed, it would seem his standard of proof is more than just, "Guess what I just heard, girls...???"

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Aug 31, 2009 4:32:48 PM

  11. He was a cheerleader in college. I banged all the boy cheerleaders in college. 'Nuff said!

    Posted by: DKNATL | Aug 31, 2009 4:34:20 PM

  12. Sorry, guys, but Mike Rogers has established a history of prudence and accuracy. That, at the very least, should warrant a bit more respect for him that what I'm reading in the comments section attached to this story. If not for him, there would be absolutely no reporting on the bad guy hypocrites who legislate against you.

    Posted by: MackMike | Aug 31, 2009 4:38:56 PM

  13. Some of these "hmmm i dunno, i don't see proof" comments are fucking hilarious.

    I saw to Michael Rogers, good work and keep fighting the good fight.

    How about we just save ourselves the constant headaches and embarrassment and force SC out of the Union? We could sell it for cheap to Cuba or something.

    Posted by: Aaron | Aug 31, 2009 4:39:16 PM

  14. whoops. saw to = say to.

    Posted by: Aaron | Aug 31, 2009 4:40:50 PM

  15. Even if you had videos with close-ups of cum shots we'd get "Well I don't see any proof" from the self-loathing closeted trolls who haunt this site.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 31, 2009 4:46:01 PM

  16. All signs point to Bauer being a typical power-hungry, self-loathing, ethically-challenged closet-queen, but as a previous poster noted, what Mike Rogers presented isn't a smoking gun in the manner of Larry Craig's mug shot or Mark Foley's e-mails. People have come forward about Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Florida's Charlie Crist, and I believe them, but statements are just statements, and anybody can claim anything.

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 31, 2009 4:48:08 PM

  17. Here is another clue. According to his wiki bio, he was a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he was a Varsity Male Cheerleader. Isn't male cheerleader in the same category as fashion designer? Or is it just a misconception?

    Posted by: simon | Aug 31, 2009 4:49:43 PM

  18. I think there is a naivete about the whole issue of sexuality and psychology that is evident in the statement: "He's gay; I know because I've had sex with him on two occasions."

    A lot of men who are NOT gay have had sex with another man on two or more occasions.

    Posted by: GregV | Aug 31, 2009 4:49:58 PM

  19. I've lost count but THANK YOU, Mike Rogers, yet again. You are a true hero and role model. Anderson Cooper isn't fit to shine your shoes.

    I look forward to OUTRAGE II: THE BEARDS.

    Posted by: JohnInManhattan | Aug 31, 2009 4:52:07 PM

  20. Whatever gets you through the night, Gregv...


    Posted by: Dan | Aug 31, 2009 4:53:48 PM

  21. Err, how is he a hypocrite? You just allege he's "closted".

    First, is he gay or bisexually inclined? No proof offered, just allegations.

    That he's a gay Christian? Plenty of then around, even a few Bishops.

    Has he actively worked against gay issues like adoption? Civil unions? Marriage? And there are plenty of principled G/L people still not convinced on "gay marriage" by governmental-, or judicial-fiat.

    The posting is just allegations without facts.....and so-what if he IS gay. Wouldn't having a non-adulterous gay State Governor be a good thing for a change?

    Posted by: Ted B. | Aug 31, 2009 4:55:47 PM

  22. Is it me or is he giving total Morrissey face in that pic??

    Posted by: Lito S. | Aug 31, 2009 5:08:26 PM

  23. Yep, it's fucked up. I'm glad Mike Rogers is exposing these assholes who piss me off so much. I love you, Mike Rogers, for doing what you do!

    Roy Cohn, the right-hand man to Senator Joseph McCarthy of the infamous McCarthyism Era, who helped him persecute gays was gay himself as seen in the Tony award-winning play, Angels in America and in the HBO movie where Al Pacino plays Roy Cohn. Science and medicine tells us the same thing that history tells us. Study after study has shown that the most homophobic are the most easily aroused by gay porn.

    Posted by: William Ngo | Aug 31, 2009 5:16:14 PM

  24. Mike Rogers - Thanks for being a hero!

    Posted by: echovic | Aug 31, 2009 5:19:24 PM

  25. @simon: GW was a cheerleader in college.

    Posted by: psgoodguy | Aug 31, 2009 5:34:01 PM

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