Missouri Republican Comes Out & Denounces Don’t Say Gay Bill


Missouri Representative Zachary Wyatt (R-02) on Wednesday officially disclosed that he is gay as he held a press conference against the state’s proposed Don’t Say Gay in schools bill.

Reports Kirksville Daily Express:

Speaking in Hearing Room 5 at the State Capitol, Wyatt condemned what he called a “horrible bill” that would make illegal nearly all discussions on homosexuality in public schools, including conversations between students and school staff about their own sexuality.


“Today I ask you to stand with me as a proud Republican, a proud veteran, and a proud gay man who wants to protect all kids, addressing bullying in our schools,” Wyatt said.


“I will not lie to myself anymore about my own sexuality. It has probably been the hardest thing to come to terms with. I have always ignored it. I didn’t even think about it or want to talk about it. I’ve not been immune to it. I hear the comments, usually snide ones, about me,” Wyatt said.

“I am not the first or last Republican to come out. I have just gotten tired of the bigotry being shown on both sides of the aisle on gay issues.”

The Don’t Say Gay bill, House Bill 2051, goes beyond even Tennessee’s now dead education bill to ban after school clubs that mention LGBT themes. This would in fact appear to violate federal law, but GOP lawmakers have not been deterred.

The legislation, sponsored by Republican Rep. Steve Cookson, is designed to prevent kids being indoctrinated into homosexuality and learning about gay marriage in schools against the wishes of their parents, Republican lawmakers have said.

Wyatt, who openly describes himself as a practicing Catholic, has led the charge against the bill and†wrote a letter to the Kirksville Daily Express recently in which he said that during his time as a legislator he had made some mistakes and followed others when he should have spoken up. He wouldn’t make that mistake where this legislation was concerned, he vowed:

As such, I am compelled†to speak out against my colleagues who have sponsored and pushed House Bill 2051. This bill,†which has garnered national attention, has been dubbed the “Donít Say Gay” bill. I have become†tired and frustrated with the bigotry on gay issues from both sides of the isle. Homosexuality is†not a Republican or Democrat issue, and should not be portrayed as such. Students not only need,†but have a right to feel safe with the go to school. They should be able to speak with teachers,†counselors, or administrators when they get bullied. This bill would make that illegal.

Rep. Steve Cookson has said that he will not withdraw the bill, though with time running down on this legislative session it appears unlikely at this stage that the bill will pass.


UPDATE: A video of Rep. Wyatt’s speech has now been made available. Watch below:



Related Reading:

Missouri Advances Even Stricter Donít Say Gay Bill

Don’t Say Gay Bill Needed to Keep Indoctrinating Children, Claims Rep

Tennessee Senate Okays ‘Don’t Say Gay’ in School Bill

TN ‘Don’t Say Gay’ in Schools Bill Unlikely To Get House Vote Before 2012


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Franklin G.
Franklin Gullo5 years ago

Why would a LGBT person choose to be a Republican....the party that HATES gays. That's an oxymoron.

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal5 years ago

Being gay has never been a Republican or Democratic issue? It seems it has become that. Now that he has come out, too bad he is stepping back for the the time.

Kevin Cline
Past Member 5 years ago

Good for him! Maybe more of 'em will start being more honest and outspoken!

Charles P.
Charles P5 years ago

Along these lines, if you can, you should grab a look at last night's Daily Show. A legislator wrote a bill that made it illegal to discriminate against gun owners. She said it was "preemptive." She also voted against a bill that would have made it illegal to discriminate against the LGTB community. This is for real.

Tony C.
Tony C5 years ago

A class in RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY should be taught from Grade one to graduation. Children should be taught that anything is permissible as long as it does not hurt themselves or anyone else. If children are taught at a very early age that every child has their own strengths and weaknesses and that they should use their strengths to help others not to tease or bully them.
It should not matter if a child comes from a FAMILY of a mother and father, 2 mothers or 2 fathers or a single mother or father as long as they are LOVED.
Sex Education should be taught on LGBT, Contraceptives, Masturbation, Pregnancy and all forms of sex. Let us face it whether we like it or not children are curious and are having sex earlier. Children should be taught the JOYS and the CONSEQUENCES of having sex ( Pregnancy, STD, AIDS and others.) Cut out Geography or History early on then put it back in. Geometry and Algebra can be learned in college if needed. I believe this is a solution. Stopping the damage before it starts so that Bullying, Sexual Assault, and many others will be greatly diminished if not eradicated. It is my belief that when children graduate with these principles where they are taught RESPECT for themselves and others and to take RESPONSIBILITY for their actions. If children grow up with these values, I believe business and government would benefit greatly. Within a few generations this world would be a much better place to live in.

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia5 years ago

im glad he came out, i wonder how long he will stay a republician since that party keeps crapping on our rights

Shirley Townsend
Shirley T5 years ago

Good for him. I believe if people were honest and upfront others wouldn't be able to espouse such negative things about any group. We all feel sure SC US Senator Graham is not straight. But he continues to deny it. But the same goes for women that have had abortions. About 40% of American women have had one. If each of these women would demand that right for themselves and all the women behind them there would not be a politician standing up against them. Truth would win out if people came forward. Good for you Rep. Wyatt.

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson5 years ago


Joe R.
Joe R5 years ago

I don't understand gay Republicans ... then again, I don't understand any Republican who is not part of the 1%. Wake up America!

Sue H.
Sue H5 years ago

Thanks for stepping up to the plate Rep. Wyatt!