Missouri State Rep. Zachary Wyatt came out gay on Wednesday.

According to the Kirksville Daily Express, Wyatt, a Republican, announced during a press conference that he's gay and is calling on Republican leaders to withdraw a proposed bill which would prohibit the discussion of gay issues in Missouri's public schools.

The measure, sponsored by Republican Rep. Steve Cookson, cleared its first hurdle in the House earlier this month. If approved, the bill would also effectively ban Gay-Straight Alliance groups from meeting on school grounds as approved extracurricular entities. This week, the Tennessee House decided to drop a similar proposal.

“Today I ask you to stand with me as a proud Republican, a proud veteran, and a proud gay man who wants to protect all kids, addressing bullying in our schools,” Wyatt said.

“I will not lie to myself anymore about my sexuality. It has probably been the hardest thing to come to terms with. I have always ignored it. I didn't even think about it or want to talk about it. I've been immune to it. I hear the comments, usually snide ones, about me.”

“I am not the first or last Republican to come out. I have just gotten tired of the bigotry being shown on both sides of the aisle on gay issues. Being gay has never been a Republican or Democrat issue, and it should never be,” he added.

Cookson told the AP that he would not withdraw his bill.

(Related: Stephen Colbert skewers “Don't Say Gay” in school bill.)