Senator Steve Gallardo Comes Out: "I'm Gay, I'm a Latino, and I'm a State Senator"

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Senator Steve Gallardo speaks to a crowd gathered in protest of SB 1062.

Sitting in the Senate Caucus room with a handful of reporters a week and a half after he delivered a rousing speech to activists protesting against an anti-gay measure at the Capitol, state Senator Steve Gallardo says it's time to announce his sexual orientation.

"I'm gay, I'm a Latino, and I'm a senator," he says, his voice quavering with emotion. "And it's okay."

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Watching activists fighting against SB 1062, a bill that provided legal cover for business owner who chose to discriminate against gays and transgender persons, inspired him to speak out, he says.

Brewer vetoed the bill, but Gallardo says the debate was "actually a game changer."

"After I stood up on the floor and argued against 1062, as I've done on many bills before, I sat down and said, 'Wow. This bill affects me. It affects me directly.'"

"Seeing the people out there, protesting. I thought it's time," he says. "It's time to let people know about me. And to send people a message. I'm more interested in letting people who struggle with this know that it's okay."

As for how this may affect his congressional aspirations, he says he doesn't care, that he hasn't even thought about that.

"I couldn't care less. This is about standing up and doing the right thing," he says.

Gallardo has announced that he's running for a seat in Arizona's Congressional District 7, which longtime Congressman Ed Pastor is leaving vacant when he retires at the end of his term.

Gallardo wants his colleagues to know that the comments they make when they are debating these issues directly affects people sitting next to them.

He says he never hid the fact that he was gay, and no one ever asked him. And it wasn't a secret in his personal life. He came out to his friends when he was about 25 years old and to his family of devout Catholics about five years later.

The 44-year-old lawmaker summed up reaction from his family and friends on coming out today.

"My family asked me, 'Why do you have to do this?' And my friends said, 'It's about time.'"

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chode27
chode27

This crook would be into beastiality if it gave him political gain.

llunomusic
llunomusic

Great job in stepping out Gallardo.....everyone please listen to "El Ritmo Lluno" dedicated to gay rights and freedom itself.....

llunomusic
llunomusic

Yes...step out.......don"t hide....it okay to be gay...get a copy of "El Ritmo Lluno" dedicated to gays and to freedom!! Available at itunes, amazon music, etc...

Bernie_Bernstein
Bernie_Bernstein

Stop the presses. A Mexican man is a fruit! Aren't most of them gayer than pink ink?

jeanjb
jeanjb

thank god brewer vetoed this bill...could you imagine her bartender not wanting to serve a drag queen ?

jonnyquest
jonnyquest

So Steve, I guess this means we're not going to Chick-Fil-A for lunch?

Tigger2
Tigger2

So what your gay.  So what you are a state Senator.  So what your Latino.  You are not something special.  Your track record will be the deciding factor.  Just serve the people who voted for you.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Oh so now he thinks he is special because he is Latino and gay? Can you imagine the outrage there would be if a white politician announced "I am White and Gay".


Narcoleptyca Storm
Narcoleptyca Storm

Wish he'd run for Governor instead of for Congress; Brewer is dangerous.

Mary Loder
Mary Loder

For those that do not understand the gravity of a political move like this; understand that hiding yourself (sexual identity) is often due to the implied (let's get real, EXPRESSED) indecency of who you are, based on beliefs (not by all, but silence is like the same thing) by those around you (that's us). So when someone says, "hey you, gay guy afraid to hold your boyfriends hand in public, yeah me too... Let's change that". It's a big deal.

Bobby Hill
Bobby Hill

its about time. How will the latino district react as he is a canidate for ed pastors seat

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

My wife says you can come over and try on her new red dress if you would like. She just bought some new high heels too.

Pete Diaz
Pete Diaz

It's cool to be gay now ! It's the new black !! Lmao

lisalisanoneya
lisalisanoneya

WHATEVER!!!!!......Just don t tell me you were born like that.......How ever people are in fact born with MENTAL and PHYSICAL disabilities that as a result may cause them later on in life to make poor decision making.Or just plainly you choose that life style.

Juan Roque
Juan Roque

So he's gay....and???? Can he represent the district? That is what matters not who he sleeps with. His sexual preference is a non factor. What matters is whether he will actually do something meaningful in Congress.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

As long as he does the job he collects a paycheck to do, I really don't care.

Danny King
Danny King

Announcing seems to imply some sort of guilt, as in, "Okay, I admit it,I ate that whole cinnamon roll."

Marilyn Ostrow
Marilyn Ostrow

in Arizona? The State Legislature. And Cathi Herrod, the self-appointed mistress of decency.

Marilyn Ostrow
Marilyn Ostrow

ironically, this woman, Sue CHATTERJEE, is apparently in an interracial marriage - which within MY lifetime was ILLEGAL IN ARIZONA - until 1962. "Filipinos ("Malays") and INDIANS ("Hindus") added to list of "races" in 1931. As interpreted by the Supreme Court of Arizona in State v. Pass, 59 Ariz. 16, 121 P.2d 882 (1942), the law prohibited persons of mixed racial heritage from marrying anyone."

Jimmy Green
Jimmy Green

Big fucking deAl. I'm straight. And white. So what

Jacob Lucas
Jacob Lucas

I think she was making the point of, she will be happy when people are just allowed to be who they are and coming out publicly is no longer an issue.

Dustin Mitchell
Dustin Mitchell

Well I hope this guy enjoyed his time in office... the redass conservatives will make it their mission to get the gay latino out of the senate.. because they're assholes

Susan Cactuswren
Susan Cactuswren

Sue, how willing would you be to take your husband's photo off your desk, never speak of him in public, never mention that "My husband and I are going to Bermuda next year" -- because that's shoving your (straight) sexual orientation into people's faces, and your sexuality is *your* business?

JesterJackson
JesterJackson

@robert_graham Babeu didn't have the balls to come out. The outrage was because of the way he treated his illegal immigrant boyfriend after they broke up.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Robert, Sheriff Paul in Pinal County announced last year he is gay. And he's white.

d.kevin.keel
d.kevin.keel

@lisalisanoneya How do you know? What are you going off of? And many people are not born with mental and physical disabilities. Where are you getting all this from?

J.R.L.
J.R.L.

@lisalisanoneya  

Don't tell you what? That they are and there is no proof otherwise? Fingers in ears yelling na,na,na,na, is so immature.

azweasel
azweasel

Are you really as stupid as your post would suggest. People like yourself are what's wrong with this world.

swa737boy
swa737boy

@lisalisanoneya  Lisa a poor decision is you posting and sitting as judge and jury in what is moral or not to someone else. Let me guess you follow the Bible right? Last I checked you are not to judge anyone. Next time you feel the need to post your narrow minded views. PLEASE DON'T pick up and reread your Bible from cover to cover.


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