Bil Browning

Gay Hoosier is White House guest for State of the Union address

Filed By Bil Browning | January 26, 2010 10:45 AM | comments

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Indianapolis resident Trevor Yager, an openly gay business owner, has been picked by the White House to be the First Lady's guest at tomorrow's State of the Union address. Yager co-owns TrendyMinds, Trevor-Yager.jpgan Indianapolis advertising agency celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.

In 2009 the agency grew by more than 200%, doubled the number of employees and gained 15 new accounts. None of this would have been possible had it not been for President Obama's welcoming climate for small businesses, including the many initiatives under the Recovery Act. The business is an National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce certified gay-owned business.

"I'm very honored to be a part of this. It's a groundbreaking time in our country and I'm proud to be part of that," Yager told me. "This is all possible because we some awesome clients who allow us to be successful. It is very honoring and emotional to be chosen."

The NGLCC submitted Yager's name to the White House as a potential guest. Yager found out Friday evening that he had been picked to the White House guest, but had to keep mum until the formal announcement this morning.

"It was a nerve wracking experience. I wanted to tell everyone," he said.

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So cool to see this happening. some will say it's tokenism, but i don't care. We're INVITED.

How wonderful! I'm proud of Indianapolis!

I read that on Queerty, Greg, people calling him a token. Like, seriously? Can we grow up? I don't think anyone's going to be all like "I don't care about ENDA anymore because this one dude was invited. Thanks, Obama!"