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First Openly Gay Black State Legislator

Rep. Jason Bartlett, a Connecticut state legislator, became America's first openly gay black statewide-elected politician yesterday when he came out to the press and public for the first time.
The Danbury Democrat ended widespread speculation about his sexuality during an interview with the Danbury News Times. "For me the decision came down to why not now," Bartlett told the paper. "To me this is about having a conversation with my larger family - the people of Greater Danbury who voted for me."

The 41-year old Bartlett was first elected to office two years ago. "I've always considered my life private," he said. "But at the same time we are also living in a digital age and I'm in the public eye. People are always interested in you and your family."
Bartlett has two grown sons and was already out to friends and family. Welcome, Rep. Bartlett!

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