Florida Governor Charlie Crist Prepared To Come Out, In Favor Of Gay Rights

Florida closet case  Governor Charlie Crist, who was elected governor as a Republican, left the GOP after it became clear he could not win his party’s nomination for Senate has decided to come out of the closet, sort to speak and announce sweeping support for many gay rights issues.

RawStory.com ihas received documents that state that Crist’s will  announce vocal support for gay couples, including hospital visitation, inheritance and adoption rights; opposition to the ban on gays serving in the military; support for anti-discrimination laws and appropriations for HIV and AIDS programs. Crist who does not support same sex marriage; does not seem to revise that position.

Crist was part of the focus of the 2009 documentary “Outrage,” which ran in theaters and on HBO, asserted that Crist was himself gay: in the film, two anonymous subjects claimed to have had sex with the governor, and a former girlfriend was quoted as saying, “Call me in ten years and I’ll tell you a story.  Crist is currently married; his ex-wife of his first marriage now lives with her lesbian partner.

“It’s great to hear a sitting governor take such a strong stand on equality issues,” Nadine Smith, Director of Equality Florida, told RawStory.com by telephone Sunday night. “This is the first time in Florida’s history that a sitting governor has taken these public positions on a wide range of LGBT equality issues. It marks a shift in the debate in our state.”

“For us, having the governor of Florida articulate so clearly stands that are in support of equality on a wide range of issues is a new day,” Smith added.

I truly hope that Nadine Smith and the LGBT Community of Florida doesn;t fall for this.  Crist is obviously “sucking up” He has for years opposed gay rights while at the same time staying deeply in the closet.  He is a self loathing hypocrite plain and simple. Now that he is trailing in the polls and  there is political gain to be had, he is jumping on the gay bandwagon.

It’s amazingly naive of Crist to think the GLBT community of Florida will embrace him now.  I just hope that the LGBT Community is not amazingly naive and does.

You can read the whole story, read Crist’s “new gay” positions, and see the documents over at RAW STORY


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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