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Out in Miami-Dade.

At first I was excited when I saw the headlines about Gov. James McGreevey's coming-out [At Issue, September 14]. Earlier this year, as a member of the North Miami city council, I was the first elected official in Miami-Dade County to announce while holding public office that I am gay. I thought McGreevey, likewise, was stepping out of the closet in an effort to demonstrate to Americans that gays effectively serve our nation in many ways.

Unfortunately, the true motivator of McGreevey's confession was the scandal of a lawsuit mid, perhaps, some of the other missteps of his administration.

I am proud that I was able to come out of the closet with dignity and on my own terms. Other gay elected officials who are in the closet should aim to do the same. Personal experience has shown me that the electorate cares little about one's sexual identity. Those truly wishing to advance the cause of gays in America should do so with their heads held high.

Scott Galvin, North, Miami, Fla.
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Author:Galvin, Scott
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Oct 12, 2004
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