Neil G. Giuliano is an American gay rights activist. He was the former four-term Republican mayor (1994-2004) of Tempe, Arizona. He chaired the commission in charge of hosting the third debate of the 2004 United States presidential elections. He has served as President of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) since September 1, 2005.
Question: Will we ever have a gay President?
Neil Giuliano: Oh I think so. Yes, I don't think it's any time soon. I think we have to first be treated equally within society, and once we are treated equally within society we then have an opportunity for- to participate more fully. Think of it this way. There's over 500,000 elected official positions in the United States of America; 500,000 from local city council to water district to President of the United States. There's less than 300 who are openly gay or lesbian, bisexual or transgender. So that's a long way to go in terms of elected representation of a community that is certainly much larger than its elected representation is within that community. So we have a ways to go in that respect. But I think that day will come.
Recorded on: Mar 4 2008