A Democratic candidate for the Texas House has lost his bid for nomination after his support and endorsement faded in reaction to revelations that he once worked as a gay prostitute.

The Dallas Morning News reported last month that Tom Malin had advertised his sexual services under the alias of Todd Sharpe as recently as 2001 via an online escort service.

A reporter on the paper traced his telephone number to Mr Malin. The outlet subsequently withdrew its support for him.

He told the Morning News, “I’ve made mistakes in my life, and I’ve stood before my creator and I’ve accepted responsibility for my behaviour.”

“I’ve also accepted his grace and his redemption and his love and his forgiveness, and that’s what’s important.”