Thank you, Advocate Magazine for putting me on their 40 Under 40 List. Â “These budding powerhouses, leaders in media, politics, sports, and science, are facilitating our future. Meet the architects of the next decade.”
Matthew Baumgartner â€¢ 38
Owner, Bombers Burrito Bar
New York state senator Roy McDonald is one of only a handful of Republicans who voted in favor of marriage equality when the legislature approved it last year. When he was still wavering, a large billboard loomed over his drive to the capitol in Albany, which read, â€œTo Senator McDonald. Please support marriage for ALL loving couples.â€ The message came from Bombers Burrito Bar and its gay owner, Matthew Baumgartner.
â€œA lot of my friends for the gay cause are unaware of how the local politicians vote,â€ he says. â€œWhen they saw a billboard about it, they got involved and called his office.â€ The billboard cost Baumgartner $5,000 to run for a week. And he wasnâ€™t worried about losing business.
â€œPeople werenâ€™t going to stop eating there because of a billboard,â€ he says. â€œAnd if they did, quite frankly, theyâ€™re not really the kind of customers Iâ€™d like there anyway.â€
Such an incredible honor. Â I’m so proud and honored to be recognized by one of my favorite magazines. Â Thank you very much.
Click HERE to read Steve Barnes write about it ! Â Thanks, Steve!
Thirty-eight years old. Â Jesus Christ. Â How did that happen?