Mike Fleck believed being gay was a choice, and he struggled to reconcile his sexual orientation with his faith, but now says he was just repressing his identity.
“Coming out is hard enough, but doing it in the public eye is definitely something I never anticipated,” Pennsylvania state Rep. Mike Fleck said to the Huntingdon Daily News in a groundbreaking interview. “I’m still the exact same person and I’m still a Republican and, most importantly, I’m still a person of faith trying to live life as a servant of God and the public. The only difference now is that I will also be doing so as honestly as I know how.”
Fleck, who was also an executive director for Boy Scouts of America, felt compelled to stay in the closet even though he knew he was gay. “[M]y livelihood depended on hiding my true sexual orientation, something I was very good at.”
…Now, Fleck is Pennsylvania’s first out LGBT lawmaker. He stressed, though, that his politics have not changed and that he is still the same politician his voters reelected to represent them.