Former Tempe Mayor Neil Giuliano prepares for book release

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- In his new book, former Tempe Mayor 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," reads's description of "The Campaign Within: A Mayor's Private Journey to Public Leadership."

"In addition to his deeply personal story, Giuliano takes us behind the scenes of local and national politics ...."

Giuliano, who was elected mayor four time and served from 1994-2004, sat down with 3TV's Javier Soto just days before the book's release.

"The trajectory of the change in culture in the United States with regard to gay people has been really amazing," he said. "The culture is rapidly changing. I would say it's changing because people's hearts and minds have been changed. ... Some day we'll be treated equally, like everyone else."

Giuliano will be signing of his new book, "The Campaign Within: A Mayor's Private Journey to Public Leadership," at Changing Hands Bookstore Monday, June 18, at 7 p.m.