The powerful story of a closeted Republican politician from Arizona battling blackmail to the point of coming out publicly and finding self-acceptance as one of the nation's chief spokespeople on LGBT equality. Neil Giuliano is a former four-term mayor of Tempe, Arizona (pop 175,000) and four-year president of GLAAD--the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, one of the most prominent media advocacy and anti-defamation groups in the country working for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) equality. Neil was officially in the closet until age 39, when increasing pressure from right-wing religious opponents in Tempe compelled him to publicly acknowledge his sexual orientation. He went from being terrified of public exposure to being an openly gay mayor--Tempe was the largest city in America with an openly gay mayor for six years--to leading one of the most high-profile gay rights organizations in the country and quite often the media face for the broader movement for LGBT equality. It was an extraordinary transition fueled by an emotional and societal awakening that brought him great personal courage. The Campaign Within is both Neil's memoir and a call to arms for all who care about human rights. Honestly and tenderly, Neil tells his story of growing up, coming to terms with who he is, his political and personal successes and failings, and finally choosing to live openly as a gay man. Forcefully, passionately and with authority he describes why such a path continues to remain challenging and closed to so many Americans and how legal equality is denied to LGBT citizens, engineered by a religion-based bigotry that retains a cultural grip on government. About the Author Neil Giuliano: Neil G. Giuliano is an educator, activist, philanthropy advisor, leadership coach, and speaker. A former mayor and president of a national advocacy organization, he has been involved with community service and public affairs his entire career. Giuliano is the former four-term mayor (1994-2004) of Tempe, Arizona. He wrote the proposal for and then co-chaired hosting the third debate of the 2004 United States presidential elections. He served as President of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) from September 2005, and stepped down from the post in June 2009. In December 2010, he was appointed CEO of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and he currently serves as President/CEO of Greater Phoenix Leadership.
About the Author
Neil Giuliano: Neil G. Giuliano is an educator, activist, philanthropy advisor, leadership coach, and speaker. A former mayor and president of a national advocacy organization, he has been involved with community service and public affairs his entire career. Giuliano is the former four-term mayor (1994-2004) of Tempe, Arizona. He wrote the proposal for and then co-chaired hosting the third debate of the 2004 United States presidential elections. He served as President of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) from September 2005, and stepped down from the post in June 2009. In December 2010, he was appointed CEO of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. He currently divides his time between San Francisco and Phoenix, AZ.
"Neil Giuliano, true renaissance man, has written one of the most extraordinary books on being an out mayor of a major American City. Giuliano leaves no stone unturned in his quest to leave a written message to future generations. He has dedicated his life to public service and had performed another one with the honesty in this book. Treat yourself to a memorable, exiting and important read."
-- David Mixner
"Neil is an American gay rights hero. His personal story, beautifully told in his new memoir, is an often dramatic tale about the darkness and fear of the closet and the light and freedom of coming out -- to family, friends, voters and most of all to yourself. It is a story about politics, media, gay rights, and most of all about integrity. The Campaign Within is a landslide winner."
--Richard Socarides, former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor, The White House, Administration of President Bill Clinton.
"Neil Giuliano takes his reader by the hand and by the heart in The Campaign Within, a gritty exploration of the American Dream deeply entrenched in self-doubt, aspiration and faith. Neil does the difficult work; tackling mistakes with sincere regret and with deep compassion for those who caused him harm. His skillful and on-point storytelling allows one to relax and trust in his journey and to ultimately throw two fists in the air in triumphant celebration as he reveals how he confronted and won The Campaign Within. This is a beautifully story, from the pen of a modern day hero.”
--Chely Wright, country music artist and author of Like Me
"A shockingly honest memoir; I was riveted by Neil's transformation from secretive politician to proud advocate."
--Marc Cherry, Creator and Executive Producer, Desperate Housewives
It's a challenge and blessing to be a pioneer, and Neil plumbs aspects of this unenviable role in his engaging and highly readable memoir. I’ve known Neil as a colleague, but knew few details of his full story. The Campaign Within is enthralling and left me grateful to know him as a friend and fellow activist.”
--Kate Kendell, Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
"First he was straight, then he was gay. First he was a Republican, then he was a Democrat. So if you are straight, gay, republican or democrat you will love this book."
"I cannot recommend The Campaign Within in stronger terms. The former mayor takes us on an important, revelatory journey that scorches with truth. We cry and we laugh; but, mostly, we find genuine hope and comfort in this remarkable man's ultimate peace. After finishing this beautiful book, I can't wait to see what happens next."
-- Richard Pérez-Feria, former Editor in Chief, People en Espanol
Neil Giuliano's remarkable ability to be both personally confident and dispassionate in describing his journey, and becoming a highly successful and respected mayor along the way, speaks to the uncertainties and possibilities of all of us. The Campaign Within is an especially relevant story for anyone serving in or preparing to run for public office.”
--Don Borut, Executive Director, National League of Cities