UTAH COUNTY (ABC4 News) – We are just days away from pride month where members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies celebrate identity, love, and inclusivity.
Wednesday Utah County Commissioner Nathan Ivie made a personal announcement and publicly came out as a gay man.
“I know I need to be honest with my friends, my family, and my neighbors here in Utah County,” Ivie began in a 5-minute video message shared on social media.
“I’ve come to accept that while I may be different, I’m still a loving person, worthy of love, who values others and hopes to be valued. I’m as committed today as I have ever been, to my faith family, freedom, but I realize I could not continue to live a lie.”
Ivie briefly touched on previous struggles with his sexual orientation. He said a battle to change himself resulted in a failed suicide attempt when he was 22 years old.
Watch his full message below>>>
Ivie was elected in 2016 to the three-member Utah County Commission. He reiterated that he plans to continue to serve Utah County with full focus.