Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns announced his resignation Tuesday night.
He is going to take part in a leadership program with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Burns is one of 10 openly gay leaders nationwide who received a scholarship to attend the program.
He took office in 2008, and in 2010, he gained national attention when he wept openly as he told the city council about being young, gay and bullied.
Burns will continue in his role until his successor is chosen.
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