NEWARK — Mayor Cory Booker, as a college newspaper columnist, wrote an article in which he admitted to feeling disgust and hostility toward homosexuals.
“I was disgusted by gays,” wrote Booker. “The thought of two men kissing each other was about as appealing as a frontal lobotomy.”
Booker continued his diatribe: “Allow me to be more direct, escaping the euphemisms of my past – I hated gays. The disgust and latent hostility I felt toward gays were subcategories of hatred, plain and simple.”
The column, which was published in The Stanford Daily on Wednesday, April 8, 1992, proceeds to explain that Daniel Bao, a gay counselor at the Bridge Peer Counseling Center, aroused within the 22-year-old student a realization that gay people deserve justice and respect.
Booker, who expressed interest in a run for U.S. Senate in 2014, has endeared himself to many gay activists and others through blatant self-promotion while failing to bring significant social change to the state’s largest city.
Booker has also come under criticism for advocating privatization of public education, making deals with political power brokers and fighting with local leaders.