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James C. Hormel: Fit to Serve

Fit to Serve: The Battle to Become the First Openly Gay U.S. Ambassador

James C. Hormel, Former U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg; Author

Hormel grew up feeling different not only because his family owned the Hormel “empire” and lived in a 26-bedroom house in a small Midwest town, but because he was gay at a time when homosexuality was not discussed or accepted. Outwardly he tried to live up to the life his family wanted, however, he couldn’t hide his true self forever. Hormel moved to New York City, became an antiwar activist, battled homophobia, lost friends to AIDS, and set out to become America’s first openly gay ambassador, a goal he achieved when he was appointed ambassador to Luxembourg in the Clinton administration. Come hear a true story of determination for human equality.   

Location: SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. program, 7 p.m. book signing
Cost: $20 standard, MEMBERS FREE, $7 students
Also know: Sponsored by Wells Fargo. Underwritten by The Bernard Osher Foundation

November 28, 2011

The Commonwealth Club of California
595 Market St.
San Francisco, 94102
United States