teen mom

Lauren Boebert says coming out before 21 should be illegal

Rep. Lauren Boebert
Rep. Lauren Boebert (Photo: Facebook)

Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert has prompted thousands of comments with a tweet appearing to suggest that people should not be allowed to disclose their sexuality or gender identity before the age of 21.

On Friday morning (April 1), she tweeted: “We require people to be 21 to purchase alcohol beverages, and 21 to purchase tobacco products. Why is it so unreasonable to require people to reach a certain level of maturity before making life-altering decisions about their sexuality and identity?”

Related: Lauren Boebert blasts Kamala Harris for being poorly educated

Admittedly, this was tweeted on the morning of April Fool’s Day. However, given Boebert’s consistent complaints about trans women participating in women’s sport, and previous objections to the Equality Act, no one took her tweet as an attempt at humor.

Unsurprisingly, Twitter had a lot to say, with many reminding Boebert, 35, of her own rush to embrace her sexuality as a teenager.

Boebert dropped out of High School. It’s known she was with her partner and future husband, Jayson Steven Boebert, by the time she was 17.

At around this time, Jayson pleaded guilty to charges of “public indecency and lewd exposure“, after an incident at a bowling alley in which he reportedly took his penis out of his pants to show off a tattoo to two young women. Boebert, who was also present at the time, defended her then-boyfriend by claiming he’d stuck his thumb out of his zipper as a prank. He was sentenced to four days in jail and a subsequent two years on probation.

The couple, who married in 2005, have four sons. Boebert fell pregnant with her eldest son when she was 18.

Related: Lauren Boebert announces new gender identity

When Boebert talks about making “life-altering decisions” about sexuality, she’s not talking about heterosexuality. She’s never campaigned to raise the age at which couples can marry. She’s talking about LGBTQ people only.

Here are just a few of the 12k+ tweets in response.