Chad Hussein remembers the exact moment that he knew he wanted to come out and tell friends and family members that he is gay. In February, the lifelong United Methodist Church member from Lansdale, Pennsylvania was particularly tuned into the denomination’s vote on whether it would honor marriages between same-sex couples and whether LGBTQ members could become members of the clergy.
“When they finally voted to uphold their policy of exclusion, it felt like a shot to the gut,” Chad said. Although the vote was devastating for Chad, it was also motivating: That week, he came out to friends, and since then, he’s shared with loved ones that he is gay.
Chad is a conservative and wants his fellow members of the Republican Party to understand that LGBTQ people are not an ideological monolith. “I view Conservative as meaning that each individual is free to be who they want to be,” Chad said. “I believe in individual freedom. I identify as a fiscal conservative and cringe at the idea of big government telling me how to live my life.”