May 27, 2011

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Fred Karger: First openly gay US presidential candidate

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Fred Karger is campaigning to be the next president of the United States.

Despite years of experience in the Reagan and Bush senior campaign teams, Mr Karger’s chances of winning the Republican nomination are, according to analysts, very slim.

But he remains determined to make history as the first openly gay candidate from a major political party to make a bid for the White House. Is this a stunt, or an important test of the United States’ commitment to equality?

He says his candidacy is about opening up the party to young people and reminding people not to “gay-bash” even if that means being the “elephant in the room” that no-one wants to discuss.

You can watch the full interview on BBC World News on Monday 23 May 2011 at 0330, 0830, 1530 and 2030 GMT and on BBC News Channel on 23 May at 0430 and 24 May at 0030 BST.