Brad Jacklin, former Executive Director of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus for the House of Representatives, has taken a position as press secretary for Indianapolis' Republican mayor Greg Ballard. Jacklin has also worked for the Human Rights Campaign and the National Lesbian and Gay Task Force.
Ballard has been an outspoken LGBT ally since assuming office. He has advocated for statewide nondiscrimination protections for LGBT Hoosiers and opposed both the recent RFRA law and a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Ballard was the Grand Marshall of this year's Indy Pride parade.
Jacklin cites the recent RFRA debacle as one of the reasons why he returned to Indiana to work for the Mayor. In a posting on the Indy Politics blog, he writes, "I watched from Washington, DC, and I hated what was happening. I grew up in Indianapolis. I spent summer weekends in the north at Lake Wawasee. I went to school in the south at IU-Bloomington. I had come to love the state and its Capital City as an adult. The state and its people being portrayed on national television, being discussed on social media weren't the state or people I knew. It was a caricature of both.
"It was time to come back," Jacklin continues. "And yes, now, of all possible times, was absolutely the best time to do it. My home was hurt, and I wanted to do something to help heal it. Life is funny. As soon as that decision was made in our minds, an opportunity materialized. Indy's Mayor and I have different backgrounds and come from different political parties, but we both love the city and its people. We know their collective potential."
(Photo of Jacklin via Facebook.)