Andrew Gillum revealed he is bisexual.
Gillum, the former Tallahassee Mayor, CNN analyst and Florida Governor runner-up, gave an interview to talk show host Tamron Hall, in which he said he drew a distinction in his sexual orientation.
“The answer is I don’t identify as gay but I do identify as bisexual,” Gillum said. “And that is something that I have never shared publicly before.”
Gillum and his wife, R. Jai, took part in Hall’s interview, which aired Monday on MSNBC.
R. Jai told Tamron bisexuality is too often misunderstood.
“Bisexuality is just something different,” she said. “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.”
Gillum recently took to his Instagram account to tell followers he was “suffering in silence.”
“I was perfecting what it meant to wear the mask,” Gillum said.
In March, Miami Beach police found Gillum in a hotel room in an “inebriated state.” Emergency workers had been called to treat another man suffering from a suspected drug overdose. Gillum was in town for a wedding.
Gillum lost the Governor election by a mere 32,000 votes to Republican candidate Ron DeSantis. He went on to form a voter registration campaign through Forward Florida Action, a political action committee. At the time of his Miami Beach incident, he was considered a rising star in the Democratic party.
Reaction to Gillum’s latest revelation was met with love and support from fellow Democrats.
“This interview is the reason 2020 why @AndrewGillum is my brother and friend, and have been for over 18 years,” tweeted Florida Senator-elect Shevrin Jones. “Brother, live your TRUTH, FREE yourself, and give others permission to do the same.”
“It’s not easy being your authentic self, but I’m glad @AndrewGillum is telling his truth,” tweeted Florida Representative Carlos Smith. “Wishing him, R. Jai and his family the best!”
“I’ve been proud to be a supporter of @AndrewGillum everyday since we met in 2017,” tweeted Broward young progressive Elijah Manley. “I’m so glad that you’ve found peace to share your identity on your time. Got your back.”