State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa comes out as bisexual

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.


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6 thoughts on “State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa comes out as bisexual

  1. Inspired by the courage and honesty of Zamarripa, I want to make an admission.

    I am straight, white, male, an old fart, Catholic, progressive, retired, right handed, non-union, divorced, pro-choice, a veteran, and slightly overweight.

    Hey Ms. Zamarripa, you go girl whatever the sexual orientation.

  2. I hope that one day that people will not be judged by the orientation of their sexuality but by the content of their character.

    For the record, I am a straight guy who happens to be a supporter of LGBT rights.

  3. Duane12, Sorry but you cannot be both pro-choice(which really means the choice to kill a preborn human)and Catholic. And yes, science has proven that human life begins at conception.

    Call yourself what you are — a CINO.

    1. Thanks, I knew I would get an “holier than thou” who wants to define others by their false standards. My ex-wife and I were both pro-choice. We chose not to practice contraception and to have twelve children with one miscarriage but no abortions, all loved, wanted, and baptized and raised as Catholics. We are still married in the eyes of the Church and that’s fine with both of us at our current stage of life with adult children.

      Why don’t you throw your stones at the assassins of doctors and bombers of medical clinics? And how many children does Mr.& Mrs. FiveHole have? Have you ever taken Moral Theology courses at the college level?

      My definition of pro-choice allows for Church exceptions of rape, incest, and health of the mother and to respect, though not agreeing with, the conscience of those not of my faith or beliefs.

      I actually feel sorry for you with your ignorance and rash judgement.

      BTW, I am certified as a catechist at the high school level, but now retired.

    2. FiveHole,

      If you want the government forcing birth, you’re no friend of the Second Amendment.

      Science proves life begins long before conception. Prior to conception, both the egg and sperm are “alive.”

      1. Why aren’t you forced-birthers saving any “babies?”

      2. Who is stopping you from contracting with the Ob/Gyn and the mother to adopt the fetus?

      3. Have you even tried to raise money for the neo-natal unit and to find caring parents?
      Or, are you just too lazy?

      4. If you really think it’s “murder,” how does your conscience allow you to hide behind a handle on a message board?

      5. If you really believe it’s “murder,” why not post under your own name?

      6. If you really think it’s “murder,” why aren’t you advocating for a homicide investigation after EVERY miscarriage?

      You need a death certificate and the ME can’t give that without a cause of death. There’s no statute of limitations on murder. At any point, anyone can come forward and accuse the mother of causing the death of her unborn child.

      “Pregnant woman fights Wisconsin’s fetal protection law”

      “According to court records:

      A home pregnancy test confirmed Beltran’s condition in May. On July 2, she went to West Bend Clinic at St. Joseph’s Hospital for a prenatal visit and disclosed that she had been taking Suboxone she got from a friend to help wean her off painkillers on which she feared she was becoming dependent in 2012.

      The physician’s assistant recommended Beltran get her own Suboxone prescription and be monitored by a doctor, but Beltran declined, saying she did not want to use it anymore.

      Two weeks later, a social worker came to Beltran’s home and said she really needed to continue Suboxone, and again Beltran declined.

      Two days after that, police and sheriff’s deputies arrested Beltran at her home, handcuffed her and took her to a hospital. A doctor examined her and declared her and the pregnancy healthy and said in-patient treatment was unnecessary.”

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