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!"
Evan and I had a wonderful time at the Stonewall Bar Association Spring Mixer. Thanks for having us! pic.twitter.com/Wilb3UnVga— Mike Jacobs (@JudgeJacobs) April 20, 2018
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.