Erica Diaz, the lesbian granddaughter of anti-marriage-equality State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr., has come out against her granddad again today after an ill-advised photo-op at his rally last month. In an op-ed for the Post the younger Diaz speaks of how her grandfather outed her on TV for political convenience and how "every word he utters hurts his own blood."
In the post Diaz discusses how shattering it is to see your flesh and blood vehemently denounce your status as a human, and how she initially didn't even come out to him, but discovered he knew when he announced it on TV:
Three years [after she came out to her parents] I was watching grandpa do a TV interview. "I'm not homophobic. I have gay family members. I have a gay granddaughter."
I was stunned that he outed me on the air, since I never spoke to him about it directly.
Though the elder Diaz has told his granddaughter privately and and in public that he loves her, that no longer seems to be enough Erica. She writes that Ruben Sr. called her after the rally to praise her for "respectfully speaking up for what you believe in," but she seems to have moved past that saying "You cannot tell someone that you love them and stay silent when people call for their death. "Love" is empty when you say someone's life isn't natural."