How Rep. Jared Polis Came Out


“When you’re a public person, like in Congress, you’re out to everybody. I think I came out to my parents and family when I was 21 or so. My parents were not only supportive, but very supportive. My mother became sort of the prototypical PFLAG mom. For the couple years after I came out, she was always trying to get me to read books about being gay. I said, ”Mom, you don’t have to be an expert on it.” [Laughs.] She was very enthusiastic. I grew up in a traditional, liberal household. My parents were sort of former hippies, active in the anti-war movement in the ’60s. My father was a physicist who became an artist full time. My mother’s a writer, a poet. They’re kind of free spirits, very creative people.” [Metro Weekly]