Alabama's first openly gay legislator, Patricia Todd, took to Twitter Tuesday evening with a tweet some in the gay community are calling a form of bullying.
Todd advocated the public outing of Gov. Kay Ivey as gay following a news conference from one of Ivey's GOP primary competitors, Scott Dawson.
Dawson claimed Ivey "betrayed Alabama values" by approving funding Free2Be, an LGBTQ nonprofit that until its recent closing had a mission statement of counseling children bullied because of their sexual orientation.
The Ivey administration says the funds are from a federal grant, not state funds, and has specific stipulations on its use that are beyond the governor's control.
"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 Gov. I am sick of closeted elected officials," Todd tweeted around 7:30 p.m. She set her account settings to private shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Todd, who represented Alabama's House District 54 until recently, is in the process of moving to Orlando where she's been named to lead the nonprofit One Orlando Alliance.
A spokesperson for Ivey responded to requests for comment stating "This is a disgusting lie being pushed by a paid liberal political hack. There is absolutely no truth to it."
The more than 100 comments that followed Todd's post were less than supportive of her idea.
Some even responded by tweeting at the former lawmaker's new employer.
Tuesday's tweet is not the first time Todd has threatened to expose elected officials.
In 2015, while a sitting state legislator, Todd said she would begin outing colleagues whom she said were either gay or having extramarital affairs if they kept opposing same-sex marriage on the grounds of "family values."
The Facebook post read:
"Then I'm going to try and hold you in check. Because some of your folks don't exactly have the greatest family values either," Todd said. "So be careful when you start throwing that brick. And I realize that it's not a popular opinion and I'll get a lot of backlash, but at this point in time, I'm willing to risk everything politically to make this happen."
In addition to her Twitter account being locked, Todd's Facebook page disappeared from public searches around the same time Wednesday morning.
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