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08/11/2014

'I am a gay American' one decade later

by Jeremy Hooper

Jim McGreevey's big announcement was a bit of a turning point for me. Not that I was inspired by it, really, as his historic press conference was essentially a forced outing surrounded by a mixed bag of messiness. But I was at a transitional point in my life, having recently walked away from a career in the entertainment world and searching for my next focus. And I was also in the relatively early stages of knowing that I had found the one man with whom I would spend the rest of my life, which was a truly odd dichotomy, considering what was happening at that time with the Bush administration and a white-hot push for a so-called Federal Marriage Amendment. Then there was also non-acceptance going on in my own life, which further crystallized how far we still had to go before gay governors became non-troversies.

Screen Shot 2014-08-11 At 9.36.31 AmWith all that knocking around in my brain, the former New Jersey governor's announcement will forever serve as an odd but memorable touchstone for this very pivotal time in my life as a politically conscious person and gay man. Can't believe it's been ten years:

Where 'gay American' Jim McGreevey is, 10 years on [AP via Yahoo!]

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