Editorial: A lesson learned

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Last week, longtime Jefferson County area representative, Patricia Todd insinuated that Governor Ivey was gay. She tweeted, "Will someone out her for God's sake. I have heard for years that she is gay and moved her girlfriend out of her house when she became governor. I am sick of closeted elected officials,"

Gov. Kay Ivey was quick to address this and deny Todd's claims.

For these actions, I say shame on you Todd.  As a person who is gay you of all people should respect that coming out is a personal decision. Outing someone who is gay is wrong. I have a relative who battled with the decision to come out for years for fear of retribution. His struggle led to an attempt to take his own life. This is not an unusual case. That is why the decision should be made by the person and not by someone else. In this case, fortunately, that story finishes on a happy note.

Patricia Todd has stated she regrets the tweet, but would not apologize for posting it. However, she might apologize for how it was framed. She should have just apologized. Because of this tweet, her job offer as the new director of One Orlando Alliance an LGBT coalition group said they lost their trust in Todd's ability to lead their organization. I sense Ms. Todd now knows that outing someone is wrong and going forward she will respect the right of all to come out on their own.

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