As first reported by Georgia Pabst in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Democratic State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa came out yesterday as a bisexual member of the LGBT community.
“It has always been my goal in office to be transparent and honest with my constituents,” she said. But before the primary in 2010, I didn’t have the valor and courage to come out,” she said. “I feel remiss that I didn’t come out then.”
Zamarripa said she believes she would have still won the legislative seat in 2010 to succeed Pedro Colón, who is now a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge. And, she said, she’s confident that she will defeat challenger Laura Manriquez in the Aug. 14 primary.
In 2010 there were rumors by some of her opponents that she was gay, but she said she pivoted on the question when asked about it by the press by saying she didn’t want to address her personal life. It could still be used as a wedge issue, she said.
“But my commitment to the 8th District is to represent all of the constituents in what is the most diverse district in the state,” she said. “I want the community to continue to see me as a leader and a voice in the Legislature for their concerns, such as jobs, education and property taxes.”
Zamarripa said another reason to be public about her bisexual orientation was because of what it might mean to other young people who are struggling with their identity.
I’m proud as hell of Rep. Zamarripa for her decision to come out.