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Anti-Gay Activists Who Were, In Fact, Gay

Updated September 23, 2021 4.4m views17 items
Editor's Note: Voting and Reranking have been closed.

This list will continue to grow as new anti-gay activists come out of the closet, albeit against their will (most of the time). Keep your eyes peeled for more!

In 2014 it was revealed that Republican North Carolina Senate candidate Steve Wiles once performed as a drag queen, proving once again that conservative, anti-gay activists aren't always what they seem. This list of conservative anti-gay activists who turned out to be gay includes state and national leaders whose homophobic convictions were actually nothing more than lies.

Even though politicians might claim to be morally opposed to the same-sex lifestyle, there are some who turn out not to so be anti-gay themselves, at least in their personal lives. Our nation's Congress is certainly not immune to hypocrisy, especially when it comes to same-sex marriage and equal rights for the LGBT community.

While some straight politicians might sincerely believe that being gay is wrong, these famous anti-gay legislators who turned out to be gay men prove that all along, while they're out there in the public hating on the gay lifestyle, they are secretly living it. Maybe these homophobic (and hypocritical!) politicians who were outed in scandals will find some inner peace now that the world knows who they really are.

  • Pastor Eddie Long

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    Georgia Pastor Eddie Long is a Baptist and famed televangelist in his area. In 2004, he led a march to Dr. Martin Luther King's grave in the name of defining marriage as between a man and a woman. He has also been quoted as saying that his church can "deliver" people from homosexuality.

    Four young men (ages 21, 20, 23, and 22) filed lawsuits against Long for using his fame and influence as pastor of New Birth Missionary (*snicker*) Baptist Church to coerce them into sexual relationships; he settled out of court.  According to the lawsuits, the relationships lasted months and occurred during the boys' late teens. The age of consent in Georgia is 16, so the issue was not under age sex,  but whether he used his power to get the boys to do sexual favors for him. 

    Eddie Long was accused of wrongly using his influence, taking the boys to places such as Kenya, paying for their hotel rooms, and giving them gifts such as cars, cash, and jewelry in exchange for mutual masturbation, oral sex, and sensual massaging.

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    This amazing entry in the rumor mill, starring Alabama Attorney General Troy King, plays itself out in beautiful symmetry.

    Known for his vocal opposition to gay rights and for his attempt to outlaw sex toys, King was reportedly caught by his wife having sex with a local homecoming King (see what we did there?) from – wait for it –Troy University. Though no on-the-record stories surfaced, the rumors were newsworthy enough to be published on political blog Daily Kos.

    Someone get the mascot over here and have it do a little dance.
  • Richard Curtis

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    This Washington State Representative has an anti-gay rights voting record – he voted against domestic partnerships for gays and opposed a bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.

    Oh, really now? Well, it wasn't before long that Mr. Mega-Compensation resigned from the House due to reports of his sexual encounter with a male escort being made, you know, "public" and all.

    The reputed male prostitute, Cody Castagna, with whom he was cavorting, told police that Curtis offered him $1,000 to have sex with him and that Curtis purchased two gay pornographic films from the hotel for them to watch in his room.

    Even more, this all went down with Curtis wearing a red negligee and Castagna has pictures to prove it. Pictures he only took as revenge when it was discovered that Curtis only had $200 in his wallet.

    That's something to smile about. For us.
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    Known as Pastor Ted to his congregation at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Ted Haggard was outed by prostitute and professional masseur, Mike Jones, in November 2006 for paying him to engage in sex with him for three years.

    He was also purchasing, then using, crystal methamphetamine ("Crystal Meth," for all the kids out there) with his pay-for-play partner.

    Haggard had supported Colorado Amendment 43, which bans same-sex marriage in the state.

    In his own words, he's not a homosexual, he's just a "heterosexual with issues."

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