Missouri state Representative Zachary Wyatt is so upset about the state’s proposed “Don’t Say Gay” bill that the 27-year-old Republican took the rare step of coming out as gay himself. A former member of the Air Force, Wyatt, announced for the first time on Wednesday that he is gay and asked Republicans in the state Legislature to withdraw House Bill 2051.
Wyatt is part of a bipartisan group of nine state lawmakers denouncing the measure, which would prohibit classroom discussions, extracurricular activities or materials that involve sexual orientation beyond the science of human reproduction. It could, in effect, prevent a school from allowing a GSA or a teacher from even uttering the word “gay” or “lesbian.”
At the press conference in Jefferson City, Wyatt said:
“I will not lie to myself anymore about my own sexuality. I am still the same person that I was when I woke up this morning and I will be the same person when I go to bed tonight. 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.”
Um, proud? You kept your sexuality quiet all along, pushed a Republican agenda, voted against a statewide non-discrimination act and then only outed yourself after announcing you weren’t running for re-election—because you were moving to Hawaii to study marine biology.
You’re not proud. You’re Richard Chamberlain; coming out so late it doesn’t really matter. And by the way, Helen Keller could tell you were gay, lady.
Thankfully, the bill—sponsored by Rep. Steve Cookson—doesn’t look like its going to pass anytime soon. The current session ends May 18 and the measure hasn’t even gotten a hearing in committee.
No thanks to Wyatt.