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: How do you rate the Presidential candidates on LGBT issues?
Neil Giuliano: Oh I think they've made really strong outreach, they both have. I have friends of mine who are working on both the campaigns, and actually friends of mine who are working on John McCain's campaign as well; perhaps not as visibly and as openly courting the gay vote as the Obama and Clinton campaigns are. But because of history and relationships and so forth, I think there are gay people who are involved with all of the campaigns, some more closeted than others, and I think they all have the opportunity to do a lot of good, no matter who gets elected. They're all going to approach it in different ways, they're going to have different ways of moving towards things, but they all have an opportunity, I think, to do really, really well. And certainly the Democratic nominee, whoever that is, will enjoy the vast amount of support from the LGBT community; I think that goes without saying, and quite honestly appropriately so, given the support that the Democratic nominees are providing to the community.
Recorded on: Mar 4 2008