An LGBT group in Orlando will not take state Rep. Patrica Todd as an executive director after she took to social media to insinuate that sitting Gov. Kay Ivey is a lesbian.
One Orlando Alliance’s board of directors voted unanimously today to retract the offer of the position, and said they would begin a new search immediately.
Todd was slated to take the position in June, but after a tweet about Ivey being a closeted homosexual, a emergency board meeting was scheduled by the organization. Jennifer Foster, the chair of the board of directors, said Todd’s comments were not “aligned with the values of Orlando One Alliance.”
“We strongly believe that coming out is a personal choice and we do not support involuntarily outing,” Foster said.
The comment is in response to Todd’s tweet, which said that she wished someone would out Ivey, who she says has been a lesbian for years in secret.
Ivey’s team pushed back against the accusation, and they vehemently deny that Ivey is a lesbian.
“There is absolutely no truth to it,” Ivey said through her campaign yesterday. “It’s false. It’s wrong. It’s a bald-faced lie. And I’m not gonna let them get away with it. Whether these attacks are malicious or ignorant or both – they represent everything that’s wrong with politics today.”