Meet Bobby Brooks, the First Openly Gay Texas A&M Student President

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Bobby Brooks, a junior from Belton, TX studying economics and French, is traditionally conservative Texas A&M’s next student president. He’s also openly gay.

I believe in every human’s capability to change the world and I decided it was my time to try that. —Bobby Brooks

“I believe in every human’s capability to change the world,” Bobby Brooks said Monday, “and I decided it was my time to try that.”

The staunchly conservative Texas A&M was an all-male school for nearly a century before allowing women and minorities to enroll. Infused with a deep military tradition, students wearing crisp Corps of Cadets uniforms walk side-by-side with suits, hijabs and frat and sorority letters. To think of this school as gay-friendly, however, would be a step too far.

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It wasn’t until 1985 that the university’s Gay Student Services won official recognition after a nine-year legal battle. Some gay students dub A&M “Closet Station” and are hesitant to hold hands with the same sex on campus. Last week while driving back from a spring break trip to Florida, Brooks said that he a member of an opposing campaign physically threatened him and hurled gay slurs at him.

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Brooks slowly came out when he was a freshman at the school after a studying abroad in France. “In my hometown, I was locked into this person that the community had built up,” Brooks told My San Antonio. “When I got to France, there were no expectations of me. I became more proud of it.”

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Bobby Brooks was the runner-up in the election, but the winner, Robert McIntosh was disqualified on charges that he did not provide receipts for glow sticks used in a campaign video. He also faced charges of voter intimidation, which were later dismissed on appeal.

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is so anti-gay that he took time out of his busy schedule to pen an op-ed to the Houston Chronicle’s Editorial Board. He suggested that Bobby Brooks’ victory was engineered by the Student Government Association in a push to inject diversity into the traditionally conservative campus.

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“The desire of the electorate is overturned, and thousands of student votes are disqualified, because of free glow sticks that appeared for eleven seconds of a months-long campaign,” Perry wrote. “Apparently glow sticks merit the same punishment as voter intimidation.”

However, Texas A&M University’s administration denies any involvement. “To suggest that the disqualification of a candidate was in the interest of some sort of political correctness does not reflect the Texas A&M of today,” spokeswoman Amy Smith told the Houston Chronicle. “Were the roles reversed, I am absolutely convinced that a minority candidate judged to have violated rules would have been disqualified. We were a little surprised that the secretary of energy of the United States of America would have the time and bandwidth to weigh in on a university student body president election.”

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