A Texas state representative has hired a 22-year-old anti-LGBTQ crusader and self-professed Christian Nationalist as his office’s legislative director, according to the website Living Blue In Texas.

Jake Neidert, fraternal twin of anti-transgender ‘activist’ Kelly Neidert, was hired last month by Republican State House Rep. Tony Tinderholt of Arlington, Texas, as a top architect of his office’s legislative and policy initiatives coming into the 2023 Texas legislative session, which commences in January. 

The Texas Tribune’s Robert Downen reported that Tinderholt is currently challenging Houston-area Republican Dade Phelan for Texas House Speaker.  Jake Neidert has gained recent notoriety through inflammatory social media posts advocating for violence against LGBTQ Texans. “You want to force kids to see drag shows, I want to ‘drag’ you to the town square to be publicly executed for grooming kids. We are not the same,” Jake wrote on Twitter in June, according to screenshots captured by Living Blue In Texas.

Jake also gained visibility on social media in 2020 as the chairman of the Young Conservatives of Texas’s Baylor University chapter. While chairman, he posted a series of anti-LGBTQ tweets from the organization’s Twitter account, according to Fox 44.  “Are you an ally to Child-Rapists or Serial Killers? Do we not condemn these actions? So if you believe homosexuality is biblically sinful, why would we not condemn this sin?” Jake wrote in 2020, according to FOX 44’s reporting.

As a legislative director for a prominent Texas Republican, Jake Neidert now holds a position that may grant him opportunities to help codify his anti-LGBTQ worldview as Texas law. According to job descriptions for Texas House legislative director positions, legislative directors lead representatives’ efforts to push their policy agendas through advocacy with lawmakers, state agencies and other stakeholders. 

Jake’s hiring comes amid a wave of anti-LGBTQ and anti-trans legislation proposed by Texas Republicans ahead of the state’s 2023 legislative session, including bills aimed at banning gender-affirming healthcare for trans youth and criminalizing venues that host drag shows. 

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