CARSON CITY — With the legislative session nearly halfway over, lawmakers in Carson City last week continued their bill introduction spree, including legislation on safe injection sites, another push to abolish the death penalty and more.
But the week that was featured more than just a bevy of bill introductions.
On Thursday, Assemblywoman Sara Peters, D-Reno, took to the Assembly floor with a very personal message, publicly announcing that she was pansexual. People who identify as pansexual are attracted to people of all sexes and genders.
Peters said in an interview Friday that she hasn’t considered herself to be closeted about her sexuality, but said she wasn’t sure if it was her place to speak on it in part because she is in a hetero-normative relationship with a husband and children.
But she realized that she could use her voice and public position to help support others in the LGBTQ community, she said.
“I have so many friends in the queer community who feel like their identities limit them from their expression of self in the public,” Peters said. “And as a lawmaker, someone who is in the public eye, it was an opportunity to come out and support those communities who feel like they’re underrepresented or don’t have somebody to look at and say ‘Hey, I can do that too.’”
“Yesterday, saying it out loud, in a very public forum that was recorded into history, there was liberation in that. That I no longer have to dismiss that part of me in my day-to-day life,” Peters added. “Not that it really impacts how I walk through the world, but knowing that I’m authentically true and honest with the world was a relief.”
A day after coming out on the floor, Peters was in front of the Assembly Government Affairs