Atlanta Legislator Rashad Taylor Victim Of Gay-Baiting Flyer Campaign

With one week to go before Georgians head to the primary polls, it’s worth noting that one race in District 57 is one of the most gay-friendly in the nation with two pro-LGBT candidates running for the state House of Representatives.

Pat Gardner, who is straight, has represented the district for eleven years and has been endorsed by the Atlanta Stonewall Democrats. Rashad Taylor, who is openly gay and previously represented the 55th District, has been endorsed by the Victory Fund.

Story over, right? Not exactly.

This being U.S. politics, it just wouldn’t be an election without a little character assassination: Turns out Taylor has accused Gardner’s camp of sticking an anti-gay flyer in the mailboxes of voters in the southwestern part of the district.

The flyer (at right) accuses Rashad of misusing his position to solicit sexual favors, living with disgraced school-board chairman Khaatim El, and—gasp—possibly shacking up with a boyfriend. (Rashad originally came out last May when an email making similar claims surfaced.)

Gardner has denied the tactic and Rashad has called the allegations in the flyer “totally false.”

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  • GayGuy

    I hope he is alright and under the care of a doctor. Doesn’t severe obesity affect work in most cases?

  • Greg

    Rashad, you are an amazing person. Keep making change for gay people.

  • Chris

    @GayGuy: Yeah, so does severe stupidity, it doesn’t stop people from spewing idiotic comments like yours. We get it, you don’t like fat people, I would hazard a guess that they ent like you either.

  • GayGuy

    Chris, I apologize if you took offense, but my question was asked in good faith. I am concerned about him. He seems like a good guy, and I want him to be around as an out gay leader for a long, long time. His weight does seem to me to be a concern, and so that’s why I was responding to Manny’s question regarding campaign finance disclosures. Obesity, irregular blood sugar levels, related possible depression or lack of focus, etc., can affect work, I would think, But I’m certainly no doctor. And I certainly meant no offense, either to him or to you.

  • GayGuy

    You know what, I’ve seen recent pics of Rashad and he does not seem as overweight as he appeared in other pics. So I take back my words!

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