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LGBT Stories: Lexington Mayor Jim Gray On Coming Out To Media and His Family's Construction Company

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NATHAN MANSKE

Guestblogger Nathan Manske and Marquise Lee embarked on 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 Mayor Jim Gray only a couple weeks after the election so he was still the president and chief executive officer of his family's company, Gray Construction. He was about to become one of four openly LGBT mayors in the U.S. and managed to win in the very same state Tea Party favorite Rand Paul won, so Mr. Gray clearly had reason to be excited. And he was. But he also openly talked about how much he was going to miss running the family business, which is probably why he won in the first place. He was quick to point out his sexuality was barely brought up in the election and folks in Lexington just wanted a competent businessman. It seemed like they got one.

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Gay Vice Mayor of Lexington, KY Jim Gray to Run for Mayor

Jim Gray, the Vice Mayor of Lexington, Kentucky will run against Mayor Jim Newberry in next year's election.

Jimgray Said Gray: "I'm not running because Jim Newberry is a bad person at all. I'm running because Jim has made some bad decisions."

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports: "Gray ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2002, being eliminated in the primary. Isaac went on to beat Scott Crosbie in the general election. In 2006, Gray led a large field of candidates in the Urban County Council at-large race (the top at-large finisher becomes vice mayor). In the 2002 race, Gray was worried about a whisper campaign about his personal life. That led to a decision in October 2005 to publicly acknowledge that he is gay. The issue didn't come up in the 2006 campaign. That, he said Tuesday, 'confirmed that the people of Lexington have confidence in me.'"


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