Gay MO lawmaker tells GOP colleague he’s ‘not afraid’ of him

Drama erupted in the Missouri State House over a proposed law that would prevent trans women from participating in women’s sports.

In a passionate speech on Thursday, State Representative Ian Mackey, 35, blasted Representative Chuck Basye, 63, about his support of the Save Women’s Sports bill. The legislation was an amendment to a different bill designed to audit the state’s voter rolls, the Springfield News-Leader reported.

“This is the legislation you want to put forward. This is what consumes your time… I was afraid of people like you growing up,” said Mackey, who is gay. “Thank God I made it out. I think every day of the kids who are still there who haven’t made it out, who haven’t escaped from this kind of bigotry. Gentlemen, I’m not afraid of you anymore.”

The Democratic lawmaker made his speech personal, referencing Basye’s gay brother.

“Your brother wanted to tell you he was gay, didn’t he?” Mackey demanded. When Basye responded that his brother had feared his family would “hold that against him,” Mackey asked the lawmaker, “Why would he think that?”

Mackey and Basye talk into microphones.
Mackey told Representative Chuck Basye that he would have been afraid to come out as gay to him in his youth.
Stephen Eisele/Facebook, Chuck Basye/Facebook
Chuck Basye posts on Facebook.
Bayse took to Facebook to call Mackey a “loudmouth crybaby” for his behavior.
Chuck Basye/ Facebook
Chuck Basye speaks with a microphone.
Basye’s brother is gay and said he was afraid to tell his family because they would “hold that against him.”
Chuck Basye/ Facebook

“I would have been afraid to tell you, too. I would have been afraid to tell you to because of stuff like this, because this is what you’re focused on,” Mackey said.

The bill ended up passing 89-40 after nearly three hours of debate. Similar legislation has advanced in state houses around the country as part of growing debate about allowing transgender women to participate in sports previously reserved for biological women. Gay MO lawmaker tells GOP colleague he’s ‘not afraid’ of him


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