Newark’s mayor Cory Booker fighting homophobia.

Cory Booker is the mayor of Newark, New Jersey who is running for the senate in the upcoming elections.  He’s done a lot of cool stuff (from his wikipedia):

He has gained a reputation for his personal involvement in public service, including going on a ten-day hunger strike outdoors to draw attention to the dangers of open-air drug dealing, living on a “food stamp” budget to raise awareness of food insecurity, shoveling the driveway of a constituent upon request, allowing Hurricane Sandy victims into his home, helping a constituent propose to his girlfriend, rescuing a dog from freezing temperatures, saving a woman from a house fire at his own risk and rescuing a dog that had been locked in a crate.

Decent enough bloke, it seems.  And now he’s fighting homophobia.  You see, Booker has never been married, and now that he’s running for the senate he’s being charged with being gay.  Booker delivered the perfect response to the Washington Post:

“And people who think I’m gay, some part of me thinks it’s wonderful. Because I want to challenge people on their homophobia. I love seeing on Twitter when someone says I’m gay, and I say, ‘So what does it matter if I am? So be it. I hope you are not voting for me because you are making the presumption that I’m straight.’”

I need to focus on something else now: it’ll just make me depressed if I think about how I can’t vote for him.

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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