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    West Hollywood Mayor John M. Erickson Graces the Cover of THE FIGHT Magazine

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    West Hollywood Mayor John Erickson is currently gracing the cover of a magazine. The mayor has landed on the front page of the Fight Magazine, a monthly LGBTQ+ print magazine for Pride Month, their biggest issue of the year. In this issue, a shirtless Mayor, being interviewed by editor and publisher of WEHO TIMES, Paulo Murillo, speaks about the gay male experience while growing up in Ripon Wisconsin.

    The Q&A is part of an ongoing media partnership between the two news outlets. Space is limited in print, so stay tuned for the full unedited online interview coming soon.

    Mayor John M Erckson Graces the cover of THE FIGHT Magazine

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    West Hollywood Mayor John M. Erickson grew up in the small town of Ripon, Wisconsin where he faced the challenges of understanding his sexuality amidst a backdrop of limited representation and societal expectations.

    This interview delves into his personal narrative, celebrating his identity and the vibrant LGBTQ+ community he now calls home as we approach Pride Month in the City of West Hollywood.

    I identify as a very proud gay man. I identify with the historical struggle to come out as a member of what was then the lesbian and gay community or the gay community, and now the full beauty of the rainbow we have today… I’m comfortable in my own body that way, and I fought like hell to be this comfortable and this out with who I am.

    I grew up in a really small town … population like 7,000 people, and I knew I was different at a young age. I want to say middle school. I probably knew I was gay as more versions of LGBTQ identity were coming out on TV. You’re always so fearful of what that is because you’re othered in so many communities. By the time I was in high school, I knew I was gay. And before I went to college, I came out privately to a few close friends. Then when I was a sophomore in college, I came out fully to my family.

    My mother probably took it harder than anyone, but that’s because she grew up at a time when LGBTQ people were further demonized than they are still today. My dad was very stoic and said, “Well, you’re just so good at sports. I don’t understand what’s going on.” He didn’t get it, but I came to be close to them in individual ways. My sisters were extremely supportive in bringing my parents around. Thank God they’re licensed therapists, so they were able to work through it with my mom and my dad. They had a toolbox, and now my parents are some of my biggest supporters. I can’t do what I do without them.

    To read the rest of the interview click on the link below:

    PRIDE WITH A PURPOSE

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    Marco Colantonio
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    2 days ago

    Nice article for Pride. Coming out is never easy and there is still a lot of bias. Good and respectful questions and honest answers about coming out in a small town. The Mayor has come a long way and I wish him well. Sadly, I didn’t make WeHo Pride this year but from the event photos in WEHO TIMES, it looked pretty FABULOUS! Happy PRIDE everyone!

    Oh no!
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    2 days ago

    I thought that was Liberace

    John Arnold
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    2 days ago

    He loves himself so much.

    Tom
    Tom
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    2 days ago

    I am glad he’s able to temporarily mask his overwhelming condescension, at least in print.

    Jerome Cleary
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    2 days ago

    Wow I didn’t realize I grew up in a smaller town than he did.

    voter
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    2 days ago

    Unethical Erickson has no sense of judgment or taste. Hard to imagine any serious politician appearing shirtless on a magazine cover.

    angry gay pope
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    2 days ago

    At least his hair is not purple.

    Natasha
    Natasha
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    2 days ago

    Vladimir Putin does it all the time.

    Shutit
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    Reply to  voter
    1 day ago

    OMG bare shoulders! Clutch those pearls, boomer.

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