SACRAMENTO, March 30 (UPI) -- The mayor of West Sacramento, Calif., Christopher Cabaldon, has told his city that he's gay -- and first reactions appear positive.
It's been a problem for Cabaldon's entire political career, anxiously hiding his sexual orientation because it just didn't mix with politics, he thought.
At age 41, he felt the time had come to stop the hiding, the Sacramento Bee reported.
Among other reasons, Cabaldon said he decided to disclose he's gay to make it easier for other gays and lesbians wrestling with making their sexual orientation public.
So, toward the end of his state of the city address, he broke the news, the newspaper said. His heartfelt address brought the crowd of 150 developers, business and political leaders to a standing ovation, some with tears in their eyes.
Developer Bryan Taylor told the Bee, "We couldn't be more proud of our mayor."