State Rep. Jason Bartlett put rumors to rest Tuesday when he announced publicly that he's gay.
Bartlett, a Democrat who represents portions of Bethel, Redding and Danbury, said he has been open about his sexual orientation with relatives and decided now was the time to speak publicly.
"For me the decision came down to why not now," said Bartlett, 41, during a meeting with The News-Times Tuesday. "To me this is about having a conversation with my larger family - the people of Greater Danbury who voted for me."
The announcement makes Bartlett the nation’s first and only openly LGBT African American state legislator.
I am glad for him that he feels comfortable enough to come out. This should be a non-issue but some close minded individuals may try to make it one. It is not likely that he has the hypocrisy baggage of your typical republican on this issue.
[update] Connecticut Bob digs into his extensive video archives:
At last year's JJB Dinner, I spoke with Jason about the important issues. Here's the video of our discussion:
ctblogger has more video of an extensive interview Jason Bartlett here...
[update deux] Via the Hartford Courant:
Bartlett said he never misled voters about his sexual orientation, either
in how he described his domestic life or by positions he has taken on gay
issues. He said he always has supported gay rights, including same-sex civil
unions and gay marriage.
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