Bush White House had 70 Gay Staffers

    WASHINGTON - JANUARY 12:  U.S. President George W. Bush holds a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House January 12, 2009 in Washington, DC. Bush spent nearly an hour fielding questions during his last news conference as president of the United States before President-elect Barack Obama is sworn in on January 20.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** George W. Bush

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    The gays and lesbians of George W. Bush's administration are coming out of the closet. Facing discrimination from colleagues and the president's own stance on same-sex marriage, they're now speaking out on the difficult environment they faced within the Republican White House. “People would come to my office, and they’d make appointments. And their sole purpose was to pray for me in my office,” remembers Scott Evertz, the openly gay AIDS adviser. One advance aide says he counted at least 70 gay staffers, with many more unknown. “Did we have a lot of people in the closet in the administration?” says one former senior official. “I used to say we had an entire warehouse.”

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