Mayor Christopher Cabaldon said last week’s State of the City address was perhaps the most nerve-racking speech of his career. I don’t think I’ve ever been more nervous giving a speech, and all the focus has been on my coming out during the speech, but that was about four or five minutes in a speech that was over an hour.
Cabaldon said after agonizing about the political ramifications for some time, he finally decided to disclose this deeply personal aspect of his life because he felt it was the right thing to do.
At some point you just have to say damn the polling and the political analysis and everything else, and just figure out in your heart, based on what I know, what the right thing is to do for me, for the town, for the cause of inclusiveness and equality in our community and society
So far, Cabaldon says response to his “coming out” is mostly positive. Cabaldon is one of four openly gay mayors in the state.