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Andrew Hartzler: Fighting Discrimination

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Andrew Hartzler: Fighting Discrimination

Andrew Hartzler, nephew of fmr. Representative Vicky Hartzler, talks about his viral video and how he has faced discrimination as a gay man.

In early January, Andrew Hartzler went viral on TikTok for calling out his aunt, fmr. Representative Vicky Hartzler, for her homophobic comments on the house floor. As a result of that video, Andrew received national attention, and was invited to the White House to watch president Biden sign the Respect for Marriage act.

For Andrew, his Aunt's comments did not come as much of a surprise. Most of his family, including Rep. Hartzler, have not accepted him for who he is. Andrew came out to his family as gay when he was fourteen, and as a result, he was sent to conversion therapy. His father also forced him to attend Oral Roberts University, a homophobic, christian private school. During the interview, Andrew had this to say about the discrimination he faced at ORU:

I'm grateful that I was able to experience that firsthand. So, now, I can hopefully make a difference for others.”

To learn more about Andrew, visit his website, andrewhartzler.com. There you’ll find his post, Fix Him. You can also find Andrew on TikTok and Twitter.


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