Wisconsin State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa came out as bisexual today in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The only Hispanic member of the Wisconsin legislature, Zamarripa becomes its third openly LGBT member currently serving.
“It has always been my goal in office to be transparent and honest with my constituents,” Zamarripa said, adding that she regretted not coming out sooner.
From the Journal Sentinel:
Zamarripa said another reason to be public about her bisexual orientation was because of what it might mean to other young people who are struggling with their identity.
She said as a young woman in her 20s, she didn’t even feel safe enough to write about her bisexuality in her personal journal. “When Ellen (DeGeneres) came out that was when I felt I could write in my journal about it,” she said.
It’s also more difficult to come out as the “B” in the LGBT acronym, which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, she said.
“It’s tough for people to wrap their minds around that, but it is a reality and the truth,” she said.
At 36, Zamarripa said she remains single and secure in her identity. “It’s part of my life, like being a south sider and the only Hispanic in the Legislature, and I’m happy to share it with my constituents.”