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West Sacramento mayor comes out

Christopher Cabaldon came out during a during the State of the City dinner, but I hate to break it to sister — how on earth did folks ever think he was straight?

Seriously, though, one cool thing is Mr. Cabaldon did it with the cameras of gay cable channel Logo there, filming it as a part of a documentary. Now that‘s coming out. (KCRA):

Cabaldon came out to his family just last year and said he’s struggled with how to do the same with his West Sacramento constituents.

He said he chose the State of the City Address because it’s one of the rare times when he’s directly in front of the people who voted him into office. “This is something I needed to say in a direct way, not in a private meeting with a reporter or at a Chamber of Commerce meeting, but to really say it at a time when I knew the community will hear my voice in a direct way,” Cabaldon said.

The mayor said he cherishes his privacy and did not want to make the announcement, fearing it could get in the way of what he is trying to accomplish while in office. But he said the timing was right and he’s just recently become comfortable with who he is.

“If I’m ever going to have a personal life, I wanted to be open and direct about who I was with my constituents before that happened,” Cabaldon said.

The hardest part for many is coming out to yourself, let alone to a room full of people with cameras rolling. High-five to Cabaldon for doing it so publicly. As we’ve said many times before, the single most important thing any of us can do in this struggle for civil equality is to come out — gay folks and our straight allies. Coming out is what threatens the religious right most.

For more about the importance of taking that big step to kick the closet door open and step out, see my post from National Coming Out Day.

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Pam Spaulding

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