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This is episode 169 with our guest local business owner and gay advocate, John Musella John musella is president of the Musella Group and a member of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce. He is also an openly gay man who describes himself as a "late bloomer" when he came out. John is a charming and interesting guy and I always enjoy talking to him. But due to June being Pride Month, I thought it would be fun to talk to him about being gay, and his work as an advocate for gay rights. Not to put anyone to a stereotype but it is usually assumed that (right or wrong) that person is also a Democrat simply because Democrats have a history of being more welcoming to the LGBTQ community. And this is one reason I find John fun to talk to. This was my second podcast with him. When we did that first podcast, John talked about being in the closet at college and also not being a strong supporter of gay rights at the same time. For a long part of his life he was a Republican (until the age of Trump where he changed to no party preference). But after he came out and before the age of Trump, John was a strong advocate for gay rights in the Republican party. This podcast is a very late addition for Pride month (as I said, sometimes life gets in the way) I thought it would be interesting to talk to John about coming out, his advocacy work and why Pride month is so important. He was incredibly friendly and had a great sense of humor about doing the podcast. When I mentioned it would be about Pride month and being gay, John laughed and said "What are we going to talk about after that three minutes?" meaning to John and a lot of people, there's nothing special or different about being gay. It's just who he is and he is 100% right. Needless to say, John was a lot of fun to talk to and I think you'll enjoy this podcast a great deal.