In a move of clarity that will (most likely) fall on deaf ears, Sen. Roy Ashburn, a Bakersfield Republican who came out in March after an embarrassing drunk driving arrest in Sacramento, urges Republicans to fight for LGBT rights. You know, those pesky 'individual freedoms' for which the Republican party famously and loudly begs, but only for certain types of people? Those.
I look back now knowing there is so much more I could have done to inform the public about LGBT people and to fight for equal rights under the law. Regrettably and selfishly, I took another path in my life and political career -- I chose to conceal who I truly am and to then actually vote against the best interests of people like me. All this was done because I was afraid -- terrified, really -- that somehow I would be revealed as gay.