In 2005 and 2006 he voted against gay rights bills. In 2007 he voted against a bill to create domestic partnerships.
Later in 2007 he resigned after it came to light that he liked to cross-dress and have bareback sex with male escorts.
During a Republican retreat, after taking drugs and wearing some female clothing under his suit, he picked up a male escort in a porn store and took him to a hotel room. The young man stole Curtis' wallet after sex and tried to obtain a promised $1,000 for barebacking. Curtis contacted a friend in the Washington State Patrol claiming extortion and hoping to keep the details quiet, but the WSP correctly referred the case to the local police.
*Not the trans doctor who took over Russell Reid’s practice, nor the NZ-born writer and director of popular comedies.
- Jeffrey Mize. “Police report sheds new light on Curtis encounter”. The Columbian. Oct 30, 2007. http://www.columbian.com/news/localNews/2007/10/10302007_Police-report-sheds-new-light-on-Curtis-encounter.cfm.
- Dan Savage. “Richard Curtis: More Shocking Details”. SLOG Arts & News, Oct 30, 2007. http://slog.thestranger.com/2007/10/richard_curtis_more_shocking_details.
- “Republican Sex Maniac Richard Curtis Can’t Quite Get the Toothpaste back in the Tube”. Down with Tyranny, Oct 31, 2007. http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2007/10/republican-sex-maniac-richard-curtis.html
- “Richard Curtis (politician)”. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Curtis_%28politician%29.