Openly Lesbian State Lawmaker Loses Gig After 'Closeted' Post, Tweet

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Alabama State lawmaker Patricia Todd. Photo via http://www.patriciatodd.info/

(EDGE) Openly lesbian Alabama State lawmaker Patricia Todd was set to leave office and take on a new role as the head of One Orlando Alliance, a coalition of LGBTQ groups in Central Florida that came together in the wake of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in 2016.

That was before Todd posted a comment at Facebook and Twitter purporting to out the governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey.

As previously reported, Todd's post claimed that Ivey is a lesbian who "moved her girlfriend out of her house when she became Gov[ernor]," and added, "Will someone out her for God's sake..."

"I am sick of closeted elected officials," Todd's post continued.

Ivey fired back, accusing Todd of being a "paid liberal hack" and calling Todd's assertion that the governor is gay "a disgusting lie."

News outlets zeroed in on the word "disgusting," prompting Ivey to issue a clarification that it's lying she finds "disgusting," and not being gay. Ivey also said, however, that she believes marriage should be a special right reserved for heterosexual couples.

For advocates of LGBTQ equality, the idea of outing a fellow sexual minority - no matter how destructive their words or actions - was even more distressing. Only a couple of days after the news of Todd's allegations broke, One Orland Alliance pulled back on the job offer, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Saying that Todd's "recent comments are not aligned with the values of One Orlando Alliance," the chair of the org's board of directors, Jennifer Foster, announced that Todd was no longer going to be assuming leadership of the group.

"We strongly believe that coming out is a personal choice, and we do not support involuntarily outing," Foster said.

One Orlando Alliance member Latinx appeared to agree, with the group's executive director, Christopher J. Cuevas, taking to Facebook to slap down Todd's remarks.

"Weaponizing queerness through the act of outing others is a violation of the sacred rite that we as queer people undergo in our journey of self discovery," Cuevas posted. "It is a form of psychic and emotional violence; a violence that robs one of their ability to self-actualize and manifest their truth; a violence that hinders the fostering of fellowship and community; a violence that calls into question our ability to see the value in trusting others with our authentic self."

Ivey, 73, assumed the office of Alabama's governorship after Ivey became governor of Alabama last year after the resignation of Robert Bentley, who left office in the mist of a sex scandal and criminal accusations related to campaign funds. Ivey has announced she will be running to keep the office.


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