Javier Gonzales, a former state Democratic Party chairman and a candidate for mayor of Santa Fe, has come out in a blog post he wrote about growing up gay and the struggle to accept his sexual orientation.
Gonzales’ essay was posted Wednesday on FamiliaEsFamilia, a website for LGBT Latinos. He wrote:
You see, when you come from a traditional family with deep roots in this community, the process of accepting that you are gay is complicated with fears about disappointing those you love, or becoming disconnected with a sense of place that is as much a part of me as my sexuality.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that reaction to Gonzales’ coming out has been well received by followers on social media.
“Based on the reaction today, it reflects the beauty of our families in Northern New Mexico to accept our sons and daughters for who they are,” Gonzales said, adding that it’s shown him “it is important for people to step out and to stand up and be proud of who they are and to be able to share it with their community.”
Along with City Councilor Patti Bushee, Gonzales is one of two openly gay candidates running for mayor of Santa Fe.