Numerous studies have found that bisexuals feel more pressure to conceal their identities than gay and lesbian people because of the negative responses they often receive for coming out. Sadly, one only needs to look as far as Andrew Gillum to see why those fears are justified.
The former Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate came out as bisexual in an interview with Tamron Hall this week. It was Gillum’s first time speaking publicly since checking 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.
Related: Andrew Gillum comes out as bisexual
While many have applauded him for owning up to his mistakes, taking control of his health, and speaking his truth, many others, including some from the LGBTQ community, have decided instead to continue kicking him while he’s down by lodging vicious personal attacks against him and his family.
The attacks have been brutal…
Would #AndrewGillum have ever come out as bisexual if he hadn’t been caught naked in a drug den with two other men?
No. Because he’s a coward. He was a coward then, and he’s a coward now.
— Rob Smith ?? (@robsmithonline) September 14, 2020
Andrew Gillum is simply gay. All that "bisexual" talk and his wife and kids are just a cover. He is a downlow brother. Dangerous
— Anthony Brian Logan (ABL) ?? (@ANTHONYBLOGAN) September 14, 2020
Andrew Gillum deserves no praise for "coming out." His being bisexual does not forgive the escorts and the drugs.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) September 14, 2020
If Andrew Gillum cheated on his wife with a white woman he’d be canceled but since he cheated with white male prostitutes on meth he’s being praised as an LGBT hero ? Bye!
— Olivia Rondeau (@rondeaulivia) September 15, 2020
"Andrew Gillum is a faggot bitch for cheating on his wife
— King (@Perdue_king7) September 14, 2020
Add Andrew Gillum to the long list of Democrat, anti-white race hustlers who preach black supremacy while privately gobbling white c*ck. Ilhan Omar, AOC, Don Lemon…weird fetish mentality intrinsic in America’s nouveau-bourgeoise Marxists. Sick people!
— Chadwick Moore (@Chadwick_Moore) September 15, 2020
did andrew gillum really cheat on his wife with a male escort and then be like "i'm bisexual"
— professional health insurance hater (@w8ing4sunlight) September 15, 2020
A man cheats on his wife with a woman and he’s condemned
A man cheats on his wife with a man and he’s applauded
— Black Patriarchy (@coldday623) September 14, 2020
— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) September 15, 2020
Andrew Gillum smoked meth and blamed it on being Bisexual
— Sharika Soal (@SharikaSoal84) September 15, 2020
LOL to the Democrats trying to salvage @AndrewGillum under the cloak of “brave bi-sexuality”.
I broke this story, & his sexuality was of no interest to me. The crystal meth, cheating on your wife with an escort, while calling Trump & his supporters immoral? —that was the hook.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) September 14, 2020
Attacks lodged against Gillum’s wife have been equally as mean…
Andrew Gillum's wife = Grecian Hair Formula for Beards
— Mr. HardBars (@MHardbars) September 14, 2020
Andrew Gillum wife says she ok w/ him being bisexual? ?
— ? (@Unproblemattic) September 14, 2020
Andrew Gillum is NASTY! His wife is a Fool.. what about the kids? And she might wanna get an STD test except he probably does not sleep with her anymore because hes actually gay.
— Tasty Cakes (@TiffiePop85) September 14, 2020
Andrew Gillum’s wife is just trying to help him get another job. He would’ve been better off going the Cory Booker route. (For some reason I never saw Cory Booker as gay, by the way.)
— LushLife21 (@LushLife243) September 14, 2020
Andrew Gillum is so fckn weird and his wife s t u p i d as fck
— Key ?? (@KeyKey_Shepard) September 15, 2020
The spin on Andrew Gillum cheating on his wife is masterful. All the pictures for the articles got his wife sitting right there like she ain't get cheated on.
— M’BlockU (@rodimusprime) September 14, 2020
I have some comments on the Andrew Gillum situation. For one, his wife is in shambles. She ain’t fooling me. Not because he is bisexual but because he was cheating and having secret drug dates. She’ll leave soon.
— Rona Scott-Young. (@rickyvasquezzzz) September 15, 2020
How much did they pay Andrew Gillum’s wife to be a professional beard???
— ? (@MeauxAlways) September 14, 2020
So Andrew Gillum wife is okay with him being caught in a hotel, naked with strangers, doing drugs passed out?! Forget his sexuality, what about the infidelity and illicit drug use? ?
This doesn’t seem genuine to me.
— Gaza Slim (@slimabrams) September 15, 2020
In an op-ed published by LGBTQ Nation, James Duke Mason writes:
It’s important to note that Gillum (unlike for instance Aaron Schock who consistently voted against LGBTQ rights while he was a closeted member of Congress) has always been a staunch and vocal supporter of marriage equality and the LGBTQ community.
In the interview, you could see how much the couple loves each other, how much they are on the same page, and ready to move forward in their lives with honesty, poise, and grace.
Let’s celebrate Andrew and R. Jai Gillum for finding the freedom to define themselves and their relationship on their terms and for making space for others to do the same. Let’s celebrate the culture shift that holds space for Black LGBTQ/SGL people to thrive—as we are—without having to shrink or hide critically important parts of themselves.
White supremacy wins when Black people are not able to show up in the fullness of who we are. As so many of us are actively engaged in disrupting White supremacy and anti-Blackness, let’s all commit to protecting and giving grace to one another.
As someone who identifies as bisexual (but doesn't talk about it much), I'm just going to say that it absolutely still matters to have a prominent politician– let alone one in recovery– come out like this.
I am proud of Andrew Gillum. I am proud of his wife for her support.
— Elizabeth C. McLaughlin ?? (@ECMcLaughlin) September 14, 2020