It is not often that I can say I am proud of a Republican, but yesterday Republican state Representative Zach Wyatt of my home state of Missouri came out publicly.
His step out of the closet was inspired by the proposed "Don't Say Gay" Bill that would severely restrict the discussion of homosexuality in public schools - going so far as preventing gay students from discussing bullying with a school counselor.
In the video below, he states that he will soon be leaving office, and I am unfamiliar with his history in the Missouri house, but coming out takes bravery no matter who we are.
Wyatt tells the PoliticMO:
"Students need to feel safe when they go to school," Wyatt said, noting that the legislation could limit things like "Gay-Straight alliance" groups in schools.
Luckily Scott Dieckhaus, House Education Committee Chairman, says the legislation will probably not make it out of committee.
Missouri, I occasionally still have pride in you.
Check out the video after the jump.