Missouri Republican State Rep. Zach Wyatt Comes Out as Gay in Speech to GOP Colleagues: VIDEO


Republican Missouri State Rep. Zach Wyatt came out of the closet today in a speech to Republican colleagues, asking them to withdraw their support like anti-gay issues like the "Don't Say Gay" bill, which has been advancing through the legislature.

Said Wyatt:

"I will not lie to myself anymore about my own sexuality. It has probably been the hardest thing to come to terms with. I have always ignored it, didn't event think about it, or want to talk about it. I have not been immune to it. I hear the comments, usually snide ones, about me. I'm not the first or last Republican to come out. I've just gotten tired of the bigotry being shown from both sides of the aisle on gay issues."

Watch Wyatt's speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

The Kirksville Daily Express reports:

Speaking in Hearing Room 5 at the State Capitol, Wyatt condemned what he called a “horrible bill” that would make illegal nearly all discussions on homosexuality in public schools, including conversations between students and school staff about their own sexuality. Wyatt, who last week issued a statement addressing his concerns on the bill and related his experiences being bullied as a child, called on his fellow Republicans to join him in the fight against bullying and in removing HB2051 from consideration.

“Today I ask you to stand with me as a proud Republican, a proud veteran, and a proud gay man who wants to protect all kids, addressing bullying in our schools,” Wyatt said.

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  1. His political career as a Republican is now over.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 2, 2012 1:55:50 PM

  2. Can you call yourself a "proud gay man" and a "proud republican" in the same sentence?

    Posted by: TyN | May 2, 2012 1:57:09 PM

  3. Bigotry from BOTH sides of the isle, hmmm. For example?

    Posted by: Jersey | May 2, 2012 1:57:44 PM

  4. "bigotry being shown from both sides of the aisle on gay issues."?

    I believe that the Democrats in MO have been fighting this stupid bill, so I'm not sure what evidence of bigotry on the Dem side he is pointing to. Statements like that just show that he is still a politician and is desperate for his GOP colleagues to still like him without realizing that they will be trying to run him out of office as quickly as possible.

    Posted by: Chadd | May 2, 2012 1:59:29 PM

  5. I fully expect his fellow Republicans to take his words to heart and embrace him for his bravery.

    And by embrace him for his bravery, I mean bully him out of office.

    And yes, that "bigotry from both sides" comment will earn him a seat right next to our good friends at the LCR.

    Posted by: kpo5 | May 2, 2012 2:00:57 PM

  6. He claims that the bigotry is coming from both sides of the aisle. Just curious.....which side would it be pushing through the bigotrf bill that he is talking about hmmmmmmm?

    Yeah...thought so.

    Posted by: Cam | May 2, 2012 2:01:02 PM

  7. Oh sure, the dems are dumb and do annoying things from time to time, so name 5 times it's happened.

    Posted by: Fenrox | May 2, 2012 2:03:00 PM

  8. Grey suit dude, far left of screen, seems a bit #excited by all of this pomp and circumstance....

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | May 2, 2012 2:03:37 PM

  9. He's still fighting the self-hatred.

    Posted by: benjamin | May 2, 2012 2:04:23 PM

  10. There's no doubt that the GOP is infested with closet-cases.

    Posted by: Oliver | May 2, 2012 2:10:07 PM

  11. UGH couldnt care less about what this guy has to say...soooo redic.

    Posted by: andrew | May 2, 2012 2:11:45 PM

  12. Bigotry on both sides? HMMMMMM

    How about all your people are who bashing him because he is Republican? Where in the rule book does it say that all gay politicians HAVE to be Democrats, or Independent? Just because the side you play on isn't friendly doesn't mean he is WRONG! Grow up people, and take a hard look at yourselves.

    I'm glad he came out, and he is taking a courageous stand against bullies on both sides. Good luck to him, it will be a hard road from here on out.

    BTW, the GOP has more to them than the far right conservatives that you see on TV.

    I'm not a Republican, but I don't view all Republicans as evil.

    Posted by: Robert | May 2, 2012 2:12:40 PM

  13. Every time you hear "both sides", press for examples. Seriously, people need to stop letting conversations get derailed with that nonsense.

    Posted by: Sean Mac | May 2, 2012 2:13:42 PM

  14. A step for him that took courage, yes, however he is also leaving his political career. It would be nice to see him come out and stay in office, and fight the good fight.

    Posted by: Jason Evan Mihalko, Psy.D | May 2, 2012 2:17:54 PM

  15. Robert,

    where does the leadership (national, state & local) of the two parties stand on civil rights for Gay people?

    Yes, there are still Conservative Democrats and it frustrates the hell out of them that the leadership of their party is "leftist" on social issues (we call it being progressive). That's why many of them end up voting Republican.

    He should have changed parties and then came out.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | May 2, 2012 2:21:25 PM

  16. Gay republicans are republicans. They can't say anything about their own issues without taking a swipe at the Dems.

    Romney's spokesman steps down...and takes a swipe at "criticism from the Left" when it was the fundies that drove him out. Now this one claims "both sides of the aisle" BS.

    Posted by: qj201 | May 2, 2012 2:23:52 PM

  17. Can we get a troll marker posted on Robert's comment? Obliterating the "both sides" nonsense with truth does NOT equate "bashing". Republicans have the obsessive need to interfere in the sex lives of others, not Democrats. Every vote that involves limiting the rights of non-heterosexual, non-caucasian, non-male persons is initiated by Republicans. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM.

    Democrats haven't worked to suppress the rights of others. That's all on the GOP.

    Posted by: Sean Mac | May 2, 2012 2:28:14 PM

  18. To see these supposed mature adults, these so called seasoned politicians, coming to some form of contorted honesty, after walking through a life of denial and hypocricy is truly pathetic.........what a sad weak excuse for a man.

    Only marginally above the still closeted pathetic ones still too scared to be truthful..........

    Posted by: JackFkTwist | May 2, 2012 2:33:25 PM

  19. You non-Missourians need to understand that some Dems in outstate MO are just as bad as the Republicans on LGBT issues.

    Posted by: Perry | May 2, 2012 2:33:43 PM

  20. The daddy in the grey suit (far left) is not wearing any undies...YUM...

    Posted by: Isaiah | May 2, 2012 2:43:01 PM

  21. The Republican part is united in its hatred of gay people. It's a major issue with Republicans.

    The Democratic party does not feature the hatred of gay people as a plank of its platform and has consistently supported all manner of LGBT issues.

    Now go ahead and lie and tell me this isn't true. After all you're a Republican and therefore a DEDICATED LIAR!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 2, 2012 2:52:41 PM

  22. This guy announcing that he is gay is sort of like RuPaul announcing that she's a drag queen. They already knew, Mary! They already knew!!!

    Posted by: peterparker | May 2, 2012 2:57:13 PM

  23. Missouri is a state, like Arkansas (where I live), where Democrats are not all far to the left. Many of them are quite DINO in their voting tendencies.

    I'd pretty much say any Democrat outside Kansas City, St. Louis, Jefferson City, Columbia or Springfield would be a DINO. As well as some of them IN those places.

    Posted by: Mike | May 2, 2012 2:57:20 PM

  24. yet another "courageous" Republican who only comes out or supports gay issues when they aren't running for office any more.

    Posted by: jersey | May 2, 2012 3:03:34 PM

  25. Not all Democrats are liberals and not all Republicans are right wing theocratic loons. Missouri State Representative Wyatt was most likely speaking of those moderate to conservative Democrats in the Missouri State House who have made the same snide and bigoted comments that his fellow Republicans have made.

    We tend to forget that the world is not black and white but is instead many shades of grey.

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | May 2, 2012 3:05:28 PM

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