Cory Booker Wrote About His Homophobia at Stanford

In 1992, Cory Booker wrote an op-ed column for the Stanford Daily about his (successful) struggle to shed his homophobia. “I was disgusted by gays,” Booker wrote at the time. “The thought of two men kissing each other was about as appealing as a frontal lobotomy.” And another bit: “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.” Being Cory Booker, the Newark mayor responded to criticism on twitter, first by explaining his column, then simply by re-tweeting, and hence, promoting the column.