James Hormel on Battle to Become First Openly Gay U.S. Ambassador
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James C. Hormel, Former U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg; Author
Hormel grew up feeling different not only because his family owned the Hormel “empire” and lived in a 26-bedroom house in a small Midwest town, but because he was gay at a time when homosexuality was not discussed or accepted. Outwardly he tried to live up to the life his family wanted, however, he couldn’t hide his true self forever. Hormel moved to New York City, became an antiwar activist, battled homophobia, lost friends to AIDS, and set out to become America’s first openly gay ambassador, a goal he achieved when he was appointed ambassador to Luxembourg in the Clinton administration. Come hear a true story of determination for human equality.