Former Tallahassee mayor and Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum came out as bisexual on Monday in a TV interview with Tamron Hall.
“You put it out there whether or not I identify as gay, and the answer is I don’t identify as gay, but I do identify as bisexual,” Gillum said on Hall’s show. It was the first time he admitted it publicly.
In March, Gillum was found inebriated in a Miami Beach hotel room with a man suspected of overdosing on crystal meth. Gillum said he had too much to drunk at a wedding earlier in the day. After the incident, Gillum announced he was withdrawing from political life and entering rehab.
“When that photo came out, I didn’t recognize the person on the floor,” Gillum told Hall. “That was not anything more than a person being at their most vulnerable state. Unconscious, having given no consent and someone decided to use a moment where I was literally laying in my own vomit.”
Gillum is a father of three and is still married to his wife R. Jai Gillum, who appeared alongside him for the interview.
“Bisexuality in and of itself doesn’t lead to unfaithfulness,” he told Hall. “Bisexuality is just something different. I just believe that love and sexuality exist on a spectrum. All I care about is what’s between us and what agreement we make.”
Orlando LGBT+ Center Director George Wallace said he was proud to hear Gillum come out publicly.
“Gillum has always been supportive of the LGBTQ community when he was the mayor in Tallahassee and when he was running for Governor,” Wallace said. “A lot of politicians that are caught in circumstances that force them out of the closet, they are a lot of times pushing legislation and bills that are anti-LGBTQ. And he never did that.”
Wallace believes that Gillum, a high-profile black American, can serve as a role model for young adults.