Old Booker piece reprinted

NEWARK, N.J. — Newark Mayor Cory Booker, an outspoken advocate for gay rights, wrote a column in college about overcoming the ‘‘disgust and latent hostility’’ he once felt toward gay ­people.

In a piece titled ‘‘Pointing the finger at gays,’’ Booker, then a student at Stanford University, wrote in 1992 that he had ‘‘hated gays’’ until a meeting with a gay peer counselor.

Booker, now a prominent Democrat considering a run for US Senate in 2014, was then a columnist for the Stanford Daily, which reprinted the piece Wednesday as part of a recurring series of archived opinion pieces.


Booker’s piece refers to his meeting with Daniel Bao, a counselor at The Bridge, Stanford’s peer counseling group, during his freshman year.

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Booker said he wanted to ‘‘argue and debate’’ with Bao during their first conversation about homosexuality.

Instead, Bao ‘‘quickly disarmed me with his personal testimony.’’

The conversation reminded Booker of his family.

‘‘It was chilling to find that so much of the testimony he shared with me was almost identical to stories my grandparents told me about growing up Black,’’ Booker wrote.

Associated Press