Governor Romney Blocked Anti-Bullying Guide For Discussing ‘Bisexual’ And ‘Transgender’ Identities

The Boston Globe has uncovered an email from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health showing that as governor, Mitt Romney blocked an anti-bullying guide from publication because it contained the terms “bisexual” and “transgender.” DPH official Alda Rego-Weathers wrote that, “Because this is using the terms ‘bisexual’ and ‘transgendered,’ [sic] DPH’s name may not be used in this publication,” effectively blocking the guide’s primary funding until Romney left office. Romney also refused to fund the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, ultimately abolishing it. Combined with his alleged past as an anti-gay bully, this suggests Romney’s unwillingness to stand up for LGBT youth has been a rare area of consistency for the Republican hopeful.