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Openly gay US Congressman David Cicilline is blazing a trail for LGBT rights at home and around the world

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When David Cicilline decided to run for the US Congress three years ago, he was racked by inner doubt. It had nothing to do with his ability, or with his strong commitment to representing his home state of Rhode Island. The doubt was closer to his heart: could an openly gay person win the post? 

He overcame his worries, and his constituents did too. Now without a doubt, this native of Providence stands proud in Congress after being elected twice. Not only the people of Rhode Island, he also represents the members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the US. He is one of seven openly gay and lesbian members in the US Congress today, where there are 435 members in the House of Representatives and 100 members in the Senate.

"I am very fortunate that I live in a state that is diverse and values people from the LGBT community. I grew up in a family who taught me since a very young age to respect everyone and treat people equally and fairly," said the second-term congressman during an exclusive interview with the Bangkok Post during a visit to the capital last week.

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