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LGBT Stories: Rep. David Cicilline Discusses Running as an Out Politician, Homophobia of the Press

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Guestblogger Nathan Manske and Marquise Lee just finished a 4 month, 50 state tour of the United States collecting stories for their I'm From Driftwood site. We'll be sharing some of the stories they collected along with some of the insight into what they saw. They're still encouraging people to submit their written stories via IFD.

Driftwood We met with then Providence Mayor David Cicilline just a few weeks before he would become a U.S. congressman. I love how his story shows that times are truly changing. Running for office, he wanted to make sure everyone knew he’s gay, as opposed to keeping it quiet. It’s a good thing when stories like these are beginning to appear more often than scandalous stories about closeted politicians.


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  1. I guess this one is just plain old inspiring. Otherwise there'd be 48 knee-jerk gays typing out bitchy, self-righteous rants in the comments.

    Posted by: jarrell | Feb 25, 2011 4:08:39 PM

  2. He seems capable & intelligent - & sweet.

    In response to Rep. Cicilline's assertion that sexual orientation has no relevance to tackling a legislative task, I would offer the thought that growing up having an essential feature (like being gay) that sets one apart from the average, expected way of thinking & acting does at least have the potential to be an advantage - you are forced to think in fresh ways and to see how the taken-for-granted methods leave some people out, which is good because, you know, it's not good to leave people out.

    Posted by: Glenn I | Feb 25, 2011 5:07:02 PM

  3. Good for him, and thanks for setting that publisher 'straight.'

    All RI needs now is gay marriage!

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