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. Gray suit has a boner or a very full basket.
    The news gives me wood sometimes too.

    Posted by: contragenic | May 3, 2012 3:05:13 PM

  2. For those of you asking who the guy in the green tie was I have learned after extensive research (READ: internet stalking) that he is MO State Rep. Chris Carter III. Also for those interested he is 31 yrs old.

    Posted by: Sometimes I Post | May 3, 2012 4:28:30 PM

  3. In honor of all the gay students I have taught over many years, my sincere gratitude to to you, Rep. Wylie. I salute you for being a proud gay American. <3

    Posted by: M K Mustard | May 3, 2012 5:42:48 PM

  4. Come on, he can't possibly be a Republican or he would've forced himself to resign his office, banished himself from the Republican Party and/or refuted all his votes as signs of a returning Anti-Christ.

    Posted by: StevyD | May 3, 2012 6:54:52 PM

  5. He is still trying to pretend that there is as much anti gay activities in the democrat party as in the bible thumping right wing republican party. That just ain't true.

    Posted by: jack | May 4, 2012 5:56:35 AM

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