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A Georgian judge has made history after coming out as bisexual

Mike Jacobs has become the first openly LGBT trial judge in DeKalb, Illinois

2018-05-03

A Georgian judge has come out as bisexual. 

Mike Jacobs, a former Republican Georgia representative, has become the first openly LGBTQ trial judge in DeKalb, Illinois, after coming out earlier this week.

Jacobs hinted at his sexuality after sharing a photo on Twitter from the Stonewall Bar Association spring mixer, an organisation of LGBTQ attorneys and judges. 

Alongside the snap, Jacobs wrote: "Evan and I had a wonderful time at the Stonewall Bar Association Spring Mixer. Thanks for having us!" 

Then, on Tuesday (May 1), Jacobs released a statement to Project Q Atlanta confirming he's bisexual. 

He wrote: "My wife Evan and I have made a mutual decision that it would be a positive step for me to come out, and she proudly stood with me at the Stonewall Bar event. 

"I see LGBTQ citizens in my courtroom on a regular basis, particularly as prospective jurors, and in other courtrooms as well. DeKalb County has never had a trial judge who openly identifies as LGBTQ. This is something I can change simply by sharing this part of who I am with the public." 

Jacobs then revealed that he hopes his coming out will help diversify the law community, saying: "Evan and I are the parents of three wonderful children who are growing up quickly. 

"We are happy they are growing up in a world in which young people can be who they are as soon as they recognise who they are. We want that world to be a reality for them. The most meaningful contribution I can make to that is to be authentic myself." 

After releasing the statement, Jacobs shared a second tweet thanking his supporters.