Andrew Gillum announced “he is identifies as bisexual“: Andrew Gillum, the former Democratic candidate for governor of Florida, revealed in an interview released Monday that he identifies as bisexual.
“To be very honest with you, when you didn’t ask the question, you put it out there is whether or not I identify as gay. And the answer is I don’t identify as gay, but I do identify as bisexual, and that is something that I have never shared publicly before,” Gillum told journalist Tamron Hall in a candid interview on her eponymously named talk show.
The former Tallahassee mayor checked into a rehab center six months ago for alcohol abuse after a suspected meth incident in a Miami hotel room in February.
Gillum was found passed out at the Mondrian South Beach hotel in Miami Beach along with another man who was taken to a hospital for a drug overdose. Gillum said he had been drinking but didn’t recall taking any drugs.
“What was most hurtful was this belief that I was somehow living a lie in my marriage and in my family. That was the most hurtful to me. Because I believe we are all entitled to mistakes, and I believe we are entitled to those mistakes without having every other respectable and redeeming part of our lives invalidated.”
Gillum was a CNN contributor until stepping down from the role following the Miami Beach incident.
Gillum received reaction quickly after his interview aired, including from several Florida lawmakers.
Chris King was Gillum’s running mate in 2018. He tweeted: “Today, they powerfully shared their truth with courage, grace and authenticity. All of us, and all of Florida, should be rooting for the entire Gillum family.”
Shevrin Jones, a Democratic member of the Florida House running for the State Senate, tweeted: “Love you Andrew Gillum. Thank you for showing the world that we all have a story to tell and that grace can/should be extended to all of us. This interview is reason 2020 why Andrew Gillum is my brother and friend, and have been for over 18 years. Brother, live your TRUTH, FREE yourself, and give others permission to do the same.”