Carlos Bruce, the Peruvian congressman who's the primary sponsor of a bill that would legalize civil unions in the South American country, has come out of the closet as gay, the Washington Blade reports. In an interview published Sunday in the newspaper El Comercio, Bruce said: "Yes, I am gay and I am proud to belong to this group of people who are so valuable to Perú."
The Blade's Michael K. Lavers writes:
Bruce -- a member of the centrist Possible Perú Alliance who represents Lima, the Peruvian capital -- told the newspaper his two sons support his decision to come out. The congressman also reiterated his criticisms of Lima Archbishop Juan Luís Cipriani who opposes the civil unions bill.
"He does not respond with ideas, only with personal attacks," Bruce told El Comercio. "I am sure that he is homophobic. He should be more tolerant. There are leaders from the evangelical church who support the bill."...
"Today Carlos became our country's first openly gay congressman," Giovanny Romero Infante, executive director of the Lima Homosexual Movement, a Peruvian LGBT advocacy group, told the Washington Blade. "He is an inspiration to millions of LTGB young people that are no longer afraid. He is our brave representative."
Congratulations on taking this important step, Rep. Bruce, and welcome to the out and proud LGBT family!