First North American City to elect Gay Mayor?

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Which major North American city was the first to elect an openly gay mayor?
Poll ended at 10 Jun 2010, 8:26 pm
San Francisco 17%  17%  [ 1 ]
Vancouver 17%  17%  [ 1 ]
Seattle 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Mexico City 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Cleveland 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Houston 33%  33%  [ 2 ]
Toronto 17%  17%  [ 1 ]
Winnipeg 17%  17%  [ 1 ]
Total votes : 6

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15 Jun 2010, 1:20 pm

Master_Pedant wrote:
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No brainer. Glen Murray was elected in 1998.


And the winner is...topic

...Visagrunt. Murray is no longer mayor, so I was thinking of a here and now candidate, and that is why I chose Toronto. Goerge Smithermann has a good chance.

But you are right. I do not think Harvey Milk was an actual mayor.


I didn't say "current city to elect a gay mayor", I said FIRST. IT WAS THE GREAT CITY OF WINNIPEG.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aY9BtROpNQ4[/youtube]

Visagrunt, you are correct.

Now I think its time the Scranton, Pennsylvania of Canada gets respect for this immensely progressive move conducted in 1998.

Milk was not a mayor, he was a city Supervisor, by the way.


For the Winnipeg topic

Smack dab in the middle of Canada! (Sartresue heaps respect on the capital of Manitoba!)


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15 Jun 2010, 2:58 pm

New York City? Ed Koch?

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15 Jun 2010, 4:10 pm

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New York City? Ed Koch?

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Not Cuomo topic

Koch has never been open about his sexuality. Many gays of his generation would not dare; perhaps he feared he would end up like Harvey Milk.


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15 Jun 2010, 7:47 pm

That being said, the OP didn't say "openly gay...." in the thread title--just in the poll question.


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15 Jun 2010, 8:18 pm

It was Portland!

Ironically, many people
still want Sam Adams out of office,
after two failed attempts to do so,
because he lied about a Clinton-style relationship.


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15 Jun 2010, 8:43 pm

AnonymousAnonymous wrote:
It was Portland!

Ironically, many people
still want Sam Adams out of office,
after two failed attempts to do so,
because he lied about a Clinton-style relationship.


Glen Murray was elected in 1998. That's 10 years before Sam Adams was elected.



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15 Jun 2010, 8:52 pm

visagrunt wrote:
That being said, the OP didn't say "openly gay...." in the thread title--just in the poll question.


I did include it in the original post (yes, even before I edited it to announce the correct answer). The reason it isn't in the thread title is due to character constraints.



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20 Jun 2010, 3:16 pm

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Yes it is Houston. Annise Parker. There have been other gay mayors too just not openly. *cough*edkoch*cough*


No, it was Murray. Although Annise Parker was the first openly gay mayor of a US city with more than a million residents (Winnipeg being a Canadian city with just over half has many residents).



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21 Jun 2010, 5:58 am

In neighboring Spokane, WA (I live in Spokane Valley) not many years ago, the Republican mayor Jim West, who had made a career of bashing gays, and denying them their rights, was discovered to have been a closet homosexual. Turns out, he was caught using a municipal computer to pick up on under aged men. The hypocritical prick was soundly voted out of office in a recall election.

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21 Jun 2010, 11:26 am

Actually, when you use the term "North American", you give the answer away--you are actually talking about Canada.



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21 Jun 2010, 12:07 pm

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I heard that the reason that Moscone and Milk were assassinated was that Dan White (the assassin) had ties to the People's Temple (Jim Jones' cult), and was trying to draw attention away from the mass suicides in Guyana.


That is more likely Urban Legend than not. I lived through both those tragedies, as a resident of the broader Bay Area. I really can't see why there would be any connection; doesn't add up.

Milk was never Mayor. In fact, I'm not sure San Francisco has had a gay mayor ... if it has, I'm drawing a blank. Many gay supervisors, but not the mayor.

Moscone, Feinstein, Brown, Newsome ... none were or are gay.


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22 Jun 2010, 11:10 am

DW_a_mom wrote:
Tim_Tex wrote:
I heard that the reason that Moscone and Milk were assassinated was that Dan White (the assassin) had ties to the People's Temple (Jim Jones' cult), and was trying to draw attention away from the mass suicides in Guyana.


That is more likely Urban Legend than not. I lived through both those tragedies, as a resident of the broader Bay Area. I really can't see why there would be any connection; doesn't add up.

Milk was never Mayor. In fact, I'm not sure San Francisco has had a gay mayor ... if it has, I'm drawing a blank. Many gay supervisors, but not the mayor.

Moscone, Feinstein, Brown, Newsome ... none were or are gay.


You're correct.



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22 Jun 2010, 11:13 am

And on what basis is everyone assuming Ed Koch is gay?

His most recent response has been:

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What do I care? I'm 73 years old. I find it fascinating that people are interested in my sex life at age 73. It's rather complimentary! But as I say in my book, my answer to questions on this subject is simply F*** off. There have to be some private matters left.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Koch#Personal_life

He could be, as was suggested by a cartoon, asexual.