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Monday, January 17, 2011

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak: It Gets Better

By Brandon Miller -

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak: Democrat, ally to LGBT people, kind of a hottie. What is not to love, people? He had me at hello.
Mayor Rybak has jumped at a chance to partake in the It Gets Better campaign. He did so in partnership with PFund, a Philanthrofund Foundation (No, I've never heard of that word either). The Foundation is based out of Minnesota and is a not-for-profit organization working to "strengthen and celebrate LGBT communities."
"When I think about LGBT youth, kids in our schools, kids in our neighborhoods, who are just beginning to reach adolescence and understanding who they are and beginning to question who they are, I want everyone to feel really comfortable with exactly who you feel you are at that very moment," Mayor Rybak says in his video. "I want people to know they're not alone."
Though his message is short (it clocks in at a minute and a half), his words resonate. Minneapolis is a rather large gay center, so it is nice to see its mayor take such a bold stance.
We have seen a ton of gay politicians join the It Gets Better campaign, but there really have not been too many straight, married men making videos. Not enough, at least when you look outside of the New York and California areas. Oh, and Obama. But my point still holds that most videos have been recorded by LGBT people or female allies. I love a secure, gay-affirming straight dude.
And unlike President Obama, Rybak actually practices what he preaches. He believes in the full equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens. Yes folks, he is pro-gay marriage. A great stance to hold, and really nice to see for the city that The Advocate just named "The Gayest City in America."
Note to self: travel to Minneapolis. Find cute mayor. Check out his video below.


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