High-profile US bi politician defects

USA

A Republican Senator in Maryland, USA who came out as bisexual in a debate around so-called ‘therapy’ aimed at converting young gay and bi people to heterosexuality should be legal has defected to the Democrats.

Making the announcement yesterday Meagan Simonaire said, “I am leaving the Republican Party today, because it is important for me to stand with a party that is fighting for equality for all Americans—minorities, the LGBTQ community, victims of gun violence, immigrants, women, Americans of all faiths, and communities being affected by climate change.

“President Trump regularly attacks minorities, women and anyone who does not agree with him, and I can no longer remain a part of a party that condones his divisive rhetoric. It’s reprehensible.”

As we reported earlier this year, Meagan has been considering this move for some time. She observed, “When I stood up and shared my story in support of the conversation therapy ban bill last April, I was proud to receive support from many Marylanders, especially Marylanders in the LGBTQ community.”

She also highlighted gun crime in the US and the lack of political response nationally. “In the years since I entered the legislature, I have also watched mass shooting after mass shooting, and I can no longer sit by while innocent people are gunned down due to weak gun laws, both on the federal level and in far too many states.

“I am honored to have served the people of Maryland and will continue to do so through the end of my term and while I am not seeking another term at this moment, I intend to remain involved in politics and will continue encouraging other young people to get involved.