Eva Marcille’s boyfriend, Michael T. Sterling, has penned an open letter of sorts, weighing in on his support of the LGBT community. Sterling, who is running for Mayor of Atlanta, responded to a story implying that he is gay. Apparently, Sterling and Marcille attended a popular gay pride party recently in Atlanta, which prompted a story questioning his sexuality. Sterling posted the story on his Instagram, writing:
I don’t ever respond to the blogs or gossip room outlets because I’ve never felt that I should. I feel compelled on this one, not for me, but because I know exactly what this is meant to accomplish. I do know what you mean @mediatake.out. You mean to intimidate and shame me away, as well as other straight men who are like-minded, from supporting the LGBT community, our brothers and sisters in humanity, lest you will attempt to label us as “gay”
ourselves. It’s an outdated tactic that seeks to divide at a time when we should be supporting one another more than ever. Let me be unequivocal, I will not back down from supporting my brothers and sisters who are LGBT. And I won’t be shamed away from standing up for people in my city or in any city who have been victims of hate crimes and terrorism just because of who they love. I plan on having a big tent, being a bridge builder and making sure no one feels excluded from their government. I am not afraid to stand up for people, particularly those who have often found themselves vulnerable in our society. I am not new to this. I stood up for children who were victims of exploitation when I was a federal prosecutor. I stand up for people, I look out for people and I plan to continue doing so.