Adrian Tam: Out and Proud vs. Proud Boys
"There was a time when people like me could not win."
Becoming the only gay Asian-American member of the Hawai'i House would be a significant achievement for any 28-year-old. Adrian Lam not only achieved that, but he did it by defeating the leader of the state chapter of the far-Right Proud Boys.
Tam will join us from Hawai'i to discuss his successful campaign—which he won with 63 percent of the vote in November's election—and his plans as a newly minted representative of the people.
Representative Adrian Tam was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is the proud graduate of Kalani High School, and received his bachelor's from Pennsylvania State University. Upon graduating, Tam became a licensed real estate agent. In 2016, he worked as a temporary hire at the Hawai'i State House of Representatives before moving to the Hawai'i State Senate to work for Senator Stanley Chang from 2017– 2020. In 2020, Tam launched a successful campaign for the Hawai'i State House of Representatives. Tam is currently the representative for Hawai'i State House, District 22 serving Waikiki and Ala Moana.
Representative, District 22, Hawai'i State House of Representatives; Twitter @adrianktam
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