Who is Travis Dyson? The gay escort found with Florida politician Andrew Gillum?

TRAVIS Dyson is a gay male escort who was found inside a Miami Beach hotel room in March with Florida Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum.

According to police, Dyson had suffered an overdose and was rushed to a nearby hospital after they found him and Gillum in the room with suspected crystal meth baggies lying around, to which Gillum denied using.

Here is more on Travis Dyson.

Who is Travis Dyson?

Travis Dyson, 30, is a gay male escort who was found inside a hotel room with former Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum. 

He is reportedly studying to be a nurse practitioner according to social media posts. 

Why was he in a hotel room with Andrew Gillum?

Dyson and Gillum were found unresponsive at the Mondrian Hotel in Miami Beach back in March. 

Gillum had claimed he was in Miami to attend a wedding celebration when first responders arrived at the hotel room at around 1am to assist Dyson. 

Gillum was also in the room seemingly drunk with a friend named Aldo Mejias, 56.

Police said Gillum and Mejias were “too inebriated” to answer their questions as they tried interrogating them.

What happened that night at the hotel room? 

According to police, Mejias had given Dyson his credit card number to rent the room and found Dyson and Gillum “under the influence of an unknown substance” at around 11pm.

Mejias recalled Dyson opening the door of the room and collapsing on the bed. 

He said Dyson was having trouble breathing, so he woke him up. 

Dyson then vomited and collapsed again, so Mejias said he performed chest compressions on Dyson and called paramedics.

When police arrived at the scene they found Dyson unresponsive suffering a suspected drug overdose and with suspected crystal meth baggies lying on the floor.

Mejias claimed he had seen Gillum vomiting in the bathroom prior to them arriving. 

Dyson was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital and was later in stable condition.

What did Gillum say about the incident?

Gillum issued a statement saying: “I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends. 

“While I had too much to drink, I want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamines,” he said. 

“I apologize to the people of Florida for the distraction this has caused our movement.”

In a joint interview with his wife R. Jai Gillum on Monday, Gillum admitted to reporter Tamron Hall of being "bisexual" despite being married to R. Jai.

"I don’t identify as gay, but I do identify as bisexual," Gillum said.

"That is something I’ve never shared publicly before.”

R. Jai, told Hall she knew of her husband's sexuality prior to their marriage.

“So many people just don’t understand bisexuality," R. Jai said in the joint interview.

"Bisexuality is just something different.

"I just believe that love and sexuality exist on a spectrum.

"All I care about is what’s between us and what agreement we make.”


When did Andrew Gillum run for governor of Florida?

Andrew Gillum served as the Mayor of Tallahassee from 2014-2018

  • Gillum ran for Florida's Democratic governor against Republican Ron DeSantis in 2018
  • DeSantis beat Gillum by 36,219 votes, equalling about 0.4 percent of the over 8.2 million total votes cast
  • Gillum was the first black nominee for governor in Florida's history

What did Dyson say about Gillum?

The Miami New Times reached out to Dyson after he was in stable condition and he reported that he seemed confused by Gillum’s reference to a wedding.

“I personally was not celebrating a wedding. I don't know if [Gillum] was in town for a wedding. He did not mention that,” Dyson said, adding that he had known Gillum since around last spring.

“We’ve been friends for a while.”

Were they arrested?

Miami Beach Police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said police impounded the drugs and no arrests were made. 

“We responded as a medical call,” he said. 

“Though there were narcotics in plain view, no one was in physical possession of those narcotics.”

When asked if police typically do not make arrests when small amounts of drugs are found, the spokesman said it depends on the situation.

“Officers are not going to make an arrest every time they go into a house and drugs are found. Every situation is different,” Rodriguez said.

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