Sunday, November 6, 2016

State Lawmaker Comes Out as Bisexual

A North Carolina House member says he's making public his bisexuality so people know members of the LGBT community remain in the General Assembly and will keep speaking up against discrimination.

Democratic Rep. Cecil Brockman of Guilford County told the News & Record of Greensboro of his decision to come out as bisexual. Brockman is a first-term legislator who faces no opposition next week for a second two-year term.

Brockman told The News & Record that he was motivated to come out following an altercation in a restaurant with a homophobic drunk.

The incident occurred while he ate dinner with state Rep. Chris Sgro, the state's only openly gay legislator, and his partner. Sgro is not seeking re-election.

The "ugly incident" that he experienced at dinner influenced Brockman to come out publicly as a bisexual people

“I don’t necessarily live that life,” Brockman told The News & Record, a newspaper in Greensboro, North Carolina. “I don’t wear it on my sleeve. I can live in the straight world and not be identified.”

“I really want young people to know that you can be a member of the LGBT community, and it’s OK,” said Brockman. “You can run for public office and serve honorably. You don’t have to let anyone put you in a box.”

Brockman also said that he was deeply affected when House Bill 2 passed in North Carolina.

 HB 2 struck down LGBT-inclusive antidiscrimination ordinances in cities and counties statewide, and prohibits cities from adopting any new ones. It also expressly requires transgender people to use public bathrooms and locker rooms that do not match their gender identity, when these are in government buildings.

“Discriminating against folks in the LGBT community has become legal,” said Brockman about HB 2. “You should be able to be who you are and love who you are and not be afraid to go out and feel like someone will harass you.”

However, he also wants to be an advocate for bisexual people in the state, and also go out to have bisexual dating with others.

“I want people to recognize that members of the LGBT community are your sons and your daughters, your aunts and uncles. You can’t turn away from those bisexual women and bisexual women of the community. It’s important for me as a black person to stand up for the black bisexual community, as well as stand up for the LGBT community. I’m a part of both communities, and I want to push my bisexual community to be more tolerant and accepting.”