McGreevey: First outed as gay during Scout camping trip

ASBURY PARK – Former Gov. Jim McGreevey, who notoriously resigned as New Jersey’s chief executive in 2004 after admitting to a gay affair, took to the stage at the TEDxAsburyPark conference on Saturday to talk about his sexuality and his own prejudices. 

McGreevey, 59, of Jersey City, said he first felt shame over his homosexuality while on an overnight camping trip with the Boy Scouts at the age of 12.

As he drifted off to sleep, he overheard a number of other boys seated around a nearby campfire, use a variety of epithets to describe their belief that McGreevey was probably gay.

„Homo, queer; and these are words that terrified me,“ McGreevey said. „I thought maybe this is surreal, maybe it’s just my fear and then I heard it: ‚McGreevey’s a queer. McGreevey’s a faggot.‘ He doesn’t like girls, he’s a homo. And I remember putting my face into my sleeping bag, trying to muffle my cries and my tent-mate said, ‚Jim, don’t worry about it, they’re just jerks.‘ But I thought to myself: No. I do have to worry about it. I am gay.“

A few weeks later, McGreevey went to the public library in his hometown and surreptitiously looked up the word: „homosexuality“ in the library catalog. There he found a single card, it read: „For homosexuality, see sexual deviancy,“ he recalled.

For McGreevey, a smart, earnest young boy — who came from a proud Irish-American family with its own storied past in American history — and who wanted to do good and be good in the world, it was too much to bear.

Not only were the boys around the campfire right about him, but now he could see from the index card in the library catalog that even the smartest people in the world had determined he was a deviant.

„That of being gay was a dark, ugly shadow in the recesses of my mind,“ McGreevey said. „And so I I developed an artifice, I worked diligently to create an external being so that I could pretend to be like the other boys on the playground.“

It would send his life on a collision course with a destiny which he acknowledged would define him in front of the world: that moment on Aug. 12, 2004, when he announced that he was „a gay American“ and would resign as governor.

„I didn’t come out willingly, I came out at the end of a lawsuit,“ McGreevey said.

At the time, McGreevey had been threatened with sexual harassment litigation from Golan Cipel, an Israeli national whom McGreevey had briefly appointed as his homeland security adviser.

„So what did I do? What do all disgraced politicians do? You get a therapist and then you get God … not necessarily in that order,“ McGreevey quipped.

The former governor studied to become an Episcopal priest, completing three years of studies at General Theological Seminary in New York City, where he was assigned to counsel people coming out of prison.

„And I thought, hey, they are murderers, thieves; all I did was have a gay affair and resign,“ McGreevey said. „Ironically, I was playing the same tape of those Boy Scouts, vis-à-vis me: I was better than, they were less than. And when I went up there and saw what these men and women wanted, they wanted the same things I wanted: three square meals, a place to lay down, the love of a family, a job with purpose. But society had labeled them with a ‚Scarlet F‘ (felon).“

He said everyone has the power to reject the identities that society attaches to them, if they have the courage to be the hero of their own journey in the service of others, paraphrasing Joseph Campbell, the American religious scholar.

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In beinahe jeder größeren Stadt in Deutschland feiert die Queer Community heute CSDs. Die größten finden in Köln und Berlin statt. Köln wurde 2002 mit über 1,2 Millionen Beteiligten (Teilnehmer und Zuschauer) größter CSD in Europa. Die Paraden / Demonstrationen während des CSDs stellen mittlerweile ähnliche Attraktionen dar wie beispielsweise Karnevalsumzüge oder die wesentlich neueren Technoparaden.

Christopher Street Day (CSD) ist ein Fest-, Gedenk- und Demonstrationstag der Lesben, Schwulen, Bisexuellen, Transgender und derer Unterstützer. Gefeiert und demonstriert wird für die Rechte dieser Gruppen sowie gegen Diskriminierung und Ausgrenzung. Die Bezeichnung Christopher Street Day ist nur in Deutschland und der Schweiz üblich. In Österreich heißt der Umzug Regenbogenparade, in englischsprachigen und romanischen Ländern wird meist von Gay Pride oder Pride Parades gesprochen und in Australien sind die Paraden mit der Karnevalstradition vermischt worden und heißen Mardi Gras (‚Fetter Dienstag‘, gemeint ist damit ursprünglich der Fastnachtsdienstag).

In beinahe jeder größeren Stadt in Deutschland feiert die Queer Community heute CSDs. Die größten finden in Köln und Berlin statt. Köln wurde 2002 mit über 1,2 Millionen Beteiligten (Teilnehmer und Zuschauer) größter CSD in Europa. Die Paraden / Demonstrationen während des CSDs stellen mittlerweile ähnliche Attraktionen dar wie beispielsweise Karnevalsumzüge oder die wesentlich neueren Technoparaden.

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Proving the questions “Gays go camping?!”, “Gays like wildlife?” and “I didn’t think gays like camping!”

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Riverside is a private, members only gay campground & safe space for adult men. Our beautiful 96-acre wooded campground in the Land O’Lake region of eastern Ontario is located halfway between Ottawa and Toronto.

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HollandMenCamp is man-only full service campsite in Loosdrecht, about 25 km south of Amsterdam. The experienced camper will notice that all facilities are there: electricity, water and wifi, at no extra costs. Less experience with camping: experience how carefree camping can be. A tent and everything you need is available. Would you like more luxury: you can choose for one of the living wagons or the apartment. You can be naked or ware pants, just as you like. For a nice moment and contact with other guests you can join the coffeebreak in the morning at about 10 o’clock and/or in the evening at about half past 7. Coffee/tee are free from Peter and Wim, guest are asked clean the cups. You can really feel free to enjoy yourself.

Tent, Caravan, Camper-van: Included services

Themes are to encourage a friendly cosy atmosphere and easy mutual contact. The orangery is decorated accordingly and sometimes there are optional activities. See also below on this page.

Bicycles Free bicycles to go to the supermarkets. Rental bicycles to make a nice tour in the surrounding area.

Complete kitchen Every you need to cook: fridge, microwave, dishes, cutlery, pans, etc. On the outside is a second complete kitchen to use.

Welcome at the coffee/tea break at about 10.15. Welcome in the evening, coffee/tea is ready for you

For everyone to use: a professional barbeque with racks.

For everyone: take a chair or a sunbed and make yourself comfortable.

If you like, why not cook for other guests? Sure they will love it. Big pans, a big stove, big bowls are available. Peter&Wim can refund the buying receipt and pass it on evenly on the invoice of the guests who joined the meal.

Enjoy a warm shower. There are 2 showers, each with it’s own sink. The floor is heated, so you are very comfortable.

For every week stay, one free wash Extra washes costs E 8

Have even more fun with the games and sports you can do. Badminton, jeux de boule (petangue), volleybal, gay-monopoly, etc.

There is a lot do

You like nature ? There are forests and open landscape with meadows. You can cycle or walk. Or would you rather like to go to a beach or lake with beautiful men? You can also sail on the nice Loosdrecht lakes. You can really enjoy life.

You like the city? Amsterdam is at 20 km. There are museums of worldclass. It’s historic city is over 400 years old There is a lively gay scene Enjoy the city and enjoy life.

You want to be surprised? Like in the Adventure factory, or in one the 5 castles in the region Regularly threre are events and festivities. Like for example the Gay Canal Parade. Surprise yourself and enjoy the moment.

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Circle J Ranch and Cattle Company 8922 FM 1861 Eustace, Texas 75124 Phone: (903) 479-4189

The Homestead At 3218 3218 Canaan Church Road Crawford, Texas 76638-3334 Phone: (254) 486-0032

Rainbow Ranch Campground 1662 LCR 800 Groesbeck, Texas 76642 Phone: (254) 729-8484 Toll Free: 888-875-7596

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Crossroads gay campground & RV park is a country getaway located on over seventy acres in north central Texas, approximately one hundred miles south west of Dallas/Fort Worth. The camping area has primative tent sites, tent sites with electric, RV sites with electric and water, camping cabins and tent rentals, restrooms with showers. The Crossroads Inn offers motel type rooms, with satellite TV. Gay/Lesbian, day passes, swimming pool, hot tub, recreation room, hiking and regular scheduled events. Crossroads is also WI-FI enabled.

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Every time I’ve told someone I was planning a camping trip with my gays, I would either get questionable faces, laughter and/or statements like “Gays go camping?!”, “Gays like wildlife?” and “I didn’t think gays like camping!”

YAS GURL. Many gay guys like camping just as much as a heterosexual guy. Gay guys enjoy pitching tents and eating weiners by the fire just as much as straight guys… See what I did there ?

I was surprised how many people were shocked by the fact that gays go camping. I grew up with my summers filled with camping every other weekend. Maybe I’m more of an “outdoorsy gay” compared to the “stereotypical gay man” everyone has in their head?

I grew up with my summers filled with camping every other weekend. Maybe I’m more of an “outdoorsy gay” compared to the “stereotypical gay man” everyone has in their head?

I’m also very happy I got to partner MEC and Wayhome this summer to prove to the world that gays do enjoy the outdoors and that there needs to be more LGBTQ+ representation when promoting outdoor activities, such as camping!

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Ryan Thomas Woods is the voice behind Out With Ryan. He’s an LGBTQ+ Activist & Travel writer for this website and many other publications. He was recently voted 2018’s Travel Influencer of Year in Canada and dedicated the award to all LGBTQ+ travelers making the world a better & safer space for our community, as he strives to do on his website & social platforms.