When I keep telling readers the Indiana's largest problem with their lack of LGBT right legislation is the large percentage of conservatives who are hiding their own sexual peccadilloes by using our community as a scapegoat for their own religious shame, I know what I'm talking about. Earlier this year I put out a call for information that would expose some of these hypocrites who voted anti-gay but had their own sexual skeletons in the closet.
While I exposed state representative Jud McMillin's tortured past earlier in early March, including sending unwanted photos of the himself masturbating with his balls tied to an office chair leg to a domestic abuse victim he was supposed to be representing as a deputy prosecutor, several juicy tips came in that just weren't verifiable enough for me to feel comfortable printing the story.
One of the most frequently e-mailed subjects was Republican representative Phil Hinkle. While none of my correspondents could provide any actual proof, three different men told me they had met Rep Hinkle for sex in an Indianapolis hotel room. All three were able to describe Rep Hinkle's penis in detail and all three descriptions matched, but it just dint' seem like enough for me to print the allegations.
Now the Indianapolis Star has been given the smoking gun. In a story running this morning, the Star has seen proof that the long-serving legislator offered a teenage boy $80 for sex after finding the young man on Craigslist and they've printed the salacious details.
More after the break.
Emails shared with The Indianapolis Star suggest that state Rep. Phillip Hinkle -- responding to a local posting on Craigslist -- offered a young man $80 plus tip to spend time with him Saturday night at the JW Marriott hotel.
The emails, sent from Hinkle's publicly listed personal address, ask the young man for "a couple hours of your time tonight" and offer him cash up front, with a tip of up to $50 or $60 "for a really good time."
The email exchange is in response to the Craigslist posting in which the young man -- who lists his age as 20 in the ad but says he is 18 years old -- says, "I need a sugga daddy."
What follows is a series of e-mails between the young man and Hinkle offering cash for sex. The teen, Kameryn Gibson, insists the two did not have sex; he says after picking him up and driving him back to the hotel, Hinkle told him he was a state lawmaker and the teen backed out of the deal. When he told Hinkle he wanted to go home, the legislator exposed himself to Gibson and refused to let him leave.
After Gibson called his sister for help, she came to the hotel room and started yelling at Hinkle and causing a scene. Hinkle offered the duo hush money, his iPad and his Blackberry to stay quiet. Taking the legislators Blackberry, the two left the hotel.
Shortly after they left, the phone started ringing and Gibson's sister answered.
Megan Gibson said that on the drive back, she began receiving a series of calls on the BlackBerry, including one from a woman who said she was Hinkle's wife.
"I was like, 'Your husband is gay,' " Megan said. "And then she was like, 'You have the wrong person.' "
Megan read her the email address: phinkle46 @comcast.net.
The line went silent.
"Just for a couple seconds," Megan Gibson said, "and the first thing she said was, 'Please don't call the police.' "
Megan Gibson said she then began receiving a series of calls from various family members -- including from Hinkle's son-in-law, demanding that his wife see proof of the emails.
Megan Gibson dropped off her brother then returned to the JW Marriott, where she showed Hinkle's daughter the emails.
Megan Gibson said on her way back, she received another call from Hinkle's wife.
"The first thing she said, she was like, 'OK, we will give you $10,000 not to say anything,' " said Megan Gibson, who said she was now becoming scared. "I was like, 'OK,' and I hung up the phone."
She soon got another call -- from the Marriott hotel. It was Hinkle. Megan Gibson told Hinkle that she had informed his wife and family that he was gay.
Megan Gibson said Hinkle's response was: "You just ruined me."
Somewhere in the Hoosier state, Republican state senators Ron Alting and Brent Waltz are shaking in their boots. I've personally spoken to the man Sen Alting has had a longtime affair with while his wife dies of cancer and I've often challenged flamboyant Sen Waltz to answer some basic questions about his extremely close relationship with an older man who many say was Waltz's sugar daddy.
Indiana has no openly gay state legislators and provides no legal rights for LGBT people. Hinkle, McMillin, Alting, and Waltz all recently voted to pass a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions.