34-year-old Rep. Shevrin Jones of Florida came out as gay and he doesn’t care what others think or say about it.
The Florida Democrat in an interview with the Miami Herald explained he came out to his family about five years ago. He divorced his wife in 2015 and admits he still loves her. Over the past few year’s he has spent time doing some quiet soul searching. “She and I were friends for 10 years at school,” he explains. “When I married her, I loved her then. But I loved her too much to continue to lie to her and lie to my family.”
It was the unexpected death of his older brother that sparked him to reflect on his life. “I was like, that could have been me,” Jones says. “I could drop dead living behind the scenes of something that could have helped someone else. I started living my truth just a little bit more.”
Jones was out to close colleagues, friends, and family, it wasn’t until the recent wave of LGBTQ politicians running for office that he was ready to speak out publicly about his sexuality.
He sought the advice of former state Rep. Joe Saunders who serves as the political director at Equality Florida and had his name officially added to the roster of endorsements of openly gay politicians.
Jones, was first elected in 2012, isn’t sure how his coming out will impact his re-election, but isn’t worried about it. “Mark my words: Now that I’m living my truth if I am never elected again, I’m OK with that,” he tells the Herald.
He further states, “Because there are so many people right now who are in office, in places of high stature, who are not living truthful lives and they sleep with that lie on a daily basis. If me living my truth is a reason to vote against me or vote me out, then I’m OK with that.”