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Neil Giuliano

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[…]

Neil Giuliano stays cautiously optimistic.

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