A scandal involving misuse of government funds has had the side effect of forcing Southhaven, Mississippi Mayor Greg Davis out of the closet
. (Southhaven is a suburb of Memphis and Mississippi's third-largest city.) Receipts from a gay sex shop in Canada, revealed by a FOIA request, forced Davis to admit that he is gay.
Said Davis, in an interview with the Commercial Appeal
: "At this point in my life and in my career, while I have tried to maintain separation between my personal and public life, it is obvious that this can no longer remain the case. While I have performed my job as mayor, in my opinion, as a very conservative, progressive individual -- and still continue to be a very conservative individual -- I think that it is important that I discuss the struggles I have had over the last few years when I came to the realization that I am gay."