"I am gay, I'm a Latino, I'm a state senator and it's OK."

Arizona Senator Steve Gallardo said that recently, as he watched protesters come to the Capitol to ask for a veto of SB 1062 the bill that would have allowed discrimination against LGBTQ people he realized that it was time to talk openly about his own truth.  Gallardo held a press conference and shared the news.  The local Univision affiliate reported Gallardo wanted to send a message to all the members of the LGBT community who are having a hard time coming out openly.  He also stated that "It is great to be able to say 'this is who I am'; this is a part of my life that I have never spoken about, but now I want to talk about it, and it feels good to do it."

Gallardo is now the third openly gay member of the Arizona legislature. 

You can read an article about Gallardo in Spanish here: http://univisionarizona.univision.com/noticias/local/article/2014-03-05/senador-steve-gallardo-se-declara-gay

You can read an article about Gallardo in English here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/tonymerevick/inspired-by-debate-over-sb-1062-arizona-state-senator-comes



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