In The Campaign Within, Neil Giuliano shares in candid and revealing detail his long private journey from growing up a shy, self-doubting kid with a secret in an Italian-American Catholic family to making history as the first openly gay mayor of a U.S. city over 150,000 in population.
In addition to his deeply personal story, Neil takes us behind the scenes of local and national politics, including his elections and involvement with Senator John McCain’s 2000 presidential primary campaign, the anti-gay mayoral recall vote that threatened to oust him from office, Co-Chairing a 2004 Presidential Debate, his decision to leave the Republican Party as it tilted further right, becoming a Democrat, and his considering a return to public office.
Neil also chronicles his national social justice work and celebrity-filled tenure as president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and Executive Producer of the GLAAD Media Awards on the Bravo TV network with behind the scenes stories that surprise and inspire. Brave and compelling, The Campaign Within demonstrates that the greatest campaigns are not the ones taking place within the public realms of electoral politics but the personal ones inside each and every one of us.
“A powerful and moving memoir, The Campaign Within is a testament that all individuals have within themselves a reservoir of power and strength to face life’s toughest challenges and critics. Highly recommended.”—USA Book News