Danbury state Rep. announces he is gay

Announcement made by Rep. Jason Bartlett
February 20, 2008 5:48:37 AM PST
State Rep. Jason Bartlett, a Democrat who represents the Danbury area, is publicly announcing that he is gay. Bartlett, who represents Bethel, Danbury and Redding, says he has been frank about his sexual orientation with relatives and now is the time to speak out.

The 41-year-old legislator, who is also black, says while he's always tried to keep his personal life private, there have been rumors about his sexual orientation.

Bartlett also says he is in the public eye.

Bartlett, who is up for re-election in November, says whether being openly gay will have an effect during the election is a bridge he'll cross when he comes to it.