Speaking truth

Andrew Gillum comes out as bisexual

Former Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has come out as bisexual.

In an interview with Tamron Hall, Gillum, who was also the mayor of Tallahassee from 2014-2018, said:

“I don’t identify as gay, but I do identify as bisexual. And that is something that I have never shared publicly before.”

The interview is Gillum’s first since checking himself into rehab after being found by police in a Miami hotel room with a male escort who appeared to have OD’ed on crystal meth.

Gillum denied using meth himself, but said the incident was “a wake-up call for me,” adding:

“Since my race for governor ended, I fell into a depression that has led to alcohol abuse. I witnessed my father suffer from alcoholism and I know the damaging effects it can have when untreated.

“I also know that alcoholism is often a symptom of deeper struggles. I am committed to doing the personal work to heal fully and show up in the world as a more complete person.”

He gave an even more candid account of the struggles he faced following the election in a video released in July:

“I didn’t want to talk emotionally or really deeply about what had happened in the race for governor because it was a constant reminder of failure and my own personal failures. It was a reminder that I had let so many people down. All the things I wanted to suppress and numb and forget about, that depression around what I was experiencing there became far too much for me to keep down. And that’s the real crazy thing about depression. A lot of time we think we’re dealing with it, we’re strong and we’ll put on a brave face and it bubbles up on the inside but eventually what bubbles up on the inside is going to come out.”

He added: “Don’t be like me. Don’t suffer in silence. Get access to the help that you need.”

Gillum lost the 2018 governor’s race to Republican Ron DeSantis by less than one percentage point.