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Dan Baer on Civil Rights

 

 


I'm luckyto have grown up gay, but there's still work to do

In the bad old days, many American politicians who happened to be gay either denied or downplayed this aspect of their life. But Dan Baer, a former U.S. ambassador during the administration of President Barack Obama, has made it central to his campaign's narrative.

"I feel lucky, in a sense, to be gay--which is something weird for me to say given the number of years I felt like that was an albatross around my neck and thinking it was going to keep me from leading a fulfilling life," Baer says while seated beside his husband, climate economist Brian Walsh, in their Five Points home. "I feel like I'm fortunate to have grown up gay in a place"--he spent his formative years in Littleton--"that wasn't yet hospitable to LGBT people. Obviously, there's still work to do. But that shaped me in ways that's been a driving force behind my human-rights work, because it made me care about creating the ability for people to live lives of their own choosing."

Source: Westword.com on 2020 Colorado Senate race , Apr 30, 2019

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