Gay rights activist Fred Karger is running for president. The Republican filed his paperwork with the FEC on Wednesday.

“Today is a very significant day for my community and me,” Karger said in a statement. “I have just submitted my papers to the Federal Election Commission, making me the first candidate to file for the 2012 Republican nomination for President.”

The former GOP consultant announced he was a considering a run at the White House last year in New Orleans during the annual Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC), the most prominent Republican meet up outside of the Republican National Convention.

He went on to form a presidential exploratory committee, stumped in early caucus states New Hampshire and Iowa, and released ads in those states.

The 61-year-old Karger, who in 2008 founded Californians Against Hate, a group that led boycotts against major donors to Proposition 8, California's voter-approved gay marriage ban, has been iced out of several GOP forums organized by social conservatives.

“I'm a fighter,” Karger told Radio Iowa. “I'm fighting for millions of people around this country who are members of my community and so many others who are deemed second class citizens. We will no longer accept that classification.”

In announcing his candidacy, Karger said he wanted to show LGBT teens that anything is possible.

“I want to send a loud and clear message to anyone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer, that you can do anything you want to do in this country.”

“You can even run for President of the United States.”