His experience as a gay man has shaped who he would be as a politician, he says. "It's made me more confident in terms of advocating for those who don't have a voice. For many years, I felt as if I didn't have a voice because I couldn't be fully who I was."
For all his bloviating on subjects from the media to “covfefe,” Pride month went by without even a canned statement from President Donald Trump. But another Washington newcomer, California Senator Kamala Harris, has filled the silence left by the commander and chief with a video recalling her efforts to fight for marriage equality and offering the LGBTQ community her full support.