Being gay and Republican never felt like identities that were at odds to Jerri Ann Henry. She grew up in a conservative Christian family in Texas and was door-knocking for local politicians from the time she could walk. Later, she became a loud voice in the fight for marriage equality as the head of the group Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry and led the Log Cabin Republicans, a group representing gay conservatives.
It seemed to her at the time that the party was moving toward acceptance of gay rights. But in recent years, with G.O.P. legislators backing anti-L.G.T.B.Q. laws in several states and the constitutional right to same-sex marriage potentially threatened after the reversal of Roe v. Wade, Henry has found herself wondering whether she still has a place in the Republican Party — or any party.
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