Talk about dedication to the cause! On Tuesday, Massachusetts state Treasurer Steve Grossman participated in a debate on LGBT issues sponsored by Mass Equality while passing a kidney stone. Notorious homophobe Scott Lively, currently on trial for crimes against humanity for his role in ginning up anti-gay fervor in Africa, also participated.
If you've ever had to deal with a kidney stone, you know how excruciating it can be. The pain is often compared to childbirth. I can't imagine sitting through a 90 minute debate and answering questions. Adding to the pain, Grossman usually followed Lively as they answered questions about LGBT rights.
Grossman's pain-level was a 10 on a scale of 1-to-10, Allard said, and yet he fervently answered questions on everything from transgender rights and mandatory sex education to issues facing youth and aging members of the LGBTQ community.
Grossman has suffered chronic kidney stones, getting them on and off for the last 30 years, said Allard. He woke up in pain at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday morning, but she said he insisted on continuing with the day, which included attending GetKonnected's Diversity Game Changer Awards ceremony after the forum ended.
I don't know whether or not Grossman stands a chance of winning the gubernatorial race, but as far as I'm concerned, he definitely won the debate.