An openly gay environmentalist Democrat has launched a bid for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Alabama’s special election sees Michael Hansen throwing his hat in the ring.
“Let’s not kid ourselves, this is a long shot ,” Hansen wrote in a blog post. ” I’m 35, gay, and a Democrat — but it’s one we have to take.”
Hansen is running as a Democrat and plans to file the paperwork in person with the state Democratic Party today, this according to AL.com.
“I think people are tired of holding their nose and they want someone to vote for rather than someone to vote against,” said Hansen.
On his campaign crowdfunding web site, Hansen said he supports universal health care, as well as policies to streamline immigration, mitigate climate change, advance renewable energy, acknowledge and deal with systemic racism, and a federal law to “protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment, education, housing, public accommodations, and more.”
Under a proclamation by Gov. Kay Ivey, the special election primary vote will take place on Aug. 15. Runoffs, if necessary, will be held Sept. 26 and the general election will be on Dec. 12.
“I’m not running as a gay man, I’m just not going to hide it,” said Hansen. “I want to make sure people know that I’m not hiding who I am, I’m not ashamed.”
Further to his stance on LGBTQ rights, this is what he wrote on his crowdfunding page:
I am a gay man. This one is personal. I grew up attending a Southern Baptist church that taught that homosexuality is gross and abhorrent. I could not disagree more. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning individuals are afforded the same liberties under the Constitution as every non-LGBTQ person in this nation. End of discussion. Same-sex marriage is the law of the land. Transgender people have the right to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity. As far as the role of the Senate goes, we desperately need a federal law to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment, education, housing, public accommodations, and more. I emphatically support passage of a strong and inclusive Equality Act. And as long as I’m on this topic, I want to take a moment to discuss Roy Moore’s candidacy. Moore is a bigot and a coward. There is no place for the sort of hate and vile that emanates from his being anywhere in public office, let alone the U.S. Senate. The vitriol he is famous for is exactly why LGBTQ kids have a suicide rate more than twice the rate of their peers. Life is sacred. Let’s protect our LGBTQ kids by saying “No more Moore.”