Jordan Brandman is gay.
The Anaheim council member and CD-46 Congressional candidate sat down with TheLiberalOC Wednesday following an Orange County Democratic “who’s who” VIP luncheon with New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in Costa Mesa.
Last weekend’s National Coming Out Day and thoughtful introspection through chats with close family and friends prompted Brandman to come out about his sexuality.
“I have found personal happiness in my life and it was time to share that happiness with my family and close friends,” Brandman said over coffee. “As human beings, we have choices we make in life. I felt it was time to tell those closest to me. The support of my family and friends has been overwhelmingly positive and I feel free to be wholly me.”
As he spoke of his relationship with his significant other, Brandman’s face revealed emotions ranging from joy to relief. He has found happiness in his personal life and felt that the time was right to be open about his sexuality with the general public. It shows that even in 2015, it can still be difficult for LGBT individuals to take that step in Orange County – particularly in the political world.
Brandman doesn’t believe his sexuality will matter much to the residents of Anaheim he serves on the city council nor will it be of consequence to the voters of CD-46 in which he is a candidate for Congress; oddly enough, he sat kitty corner from former State Senator and fellow congressional candidate Lou Correa at lunch and the two men were friendly towards one another while Gillibrand spoke of the Democratic Presidential Debate.
“It’s my privilege to work in public service for the people of Anaheim and serve on their city council,” said Brandman. “Nothing about my work for the city, my interaction with residents and my work with fellow members of the city council will change. I don’t believe this news will change minds about who I am and what I do as an elected official or my qualifications as a candidate for higher office.”
Over the years, Brandman has been asked about his sexuality. “Are you gay?” questions from people he meets are as appropriate as asking a fat woman “when are you due?” when she’s not pregnant. Brandman has tried avoiding the question or told persistent questioners “No” when asked about his sexuality. Because frankly, it’s a private matter and his choice with whom he would discuss this part of his personal life.
Brandman is not seeking to be a role model in outing his sexuality, but did say, “If someone out there is struggling with whether or not to come out finds inspiration in reading my story and decides to come out, I’m deeply honored that my story made a difference. I’m fortunate to have received the full support of my family and dear friends. Because I’ve found joy and happiness in my life, I’m now completely free to be who I am.”