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Georgia State Rep. Rashad Taylor Cones Out.

Georgia state Representative Rashad Taylor acknowledged he’s gay after a man accused him of trading state funds and lobbyist gifts for sexual favors from men.

AJC has the story:

State Rep. Rashad Taylor, D-Atlanta, on Friday announced that he is gay, becoming the third openly gay member of the General Assembly.

Taylor, in a news conference at the offices of Georgia Equality, said he felt compelled to make the announcement after an e-mail was circulated to state lawmakers this week accusing Taylor of being gay and of using his position in the Legislature to solicit sexual relationships.

Taylor denied the allegations of improper conduct. The author of the e-mail, who signed his name as “J. Callahan,” hung up on a reporter from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and would not provide proof of his claims. Callahan asked for and received instructions from state officials on how to file an official ethics complaint against Taylor, but no complaint has been filed, House Ethics Committee Chairman Joe Wilkinson, R-Sandy Springs, said.

Taylor said that the man who sent the e-mail is the former partner of the person Taylor is now dating.

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