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Portland Elects Gay Mayor

Jim Burroway

May 21st, 2008

Portland mayor Sam AdamsPortland elected Sam Adams to be the city’s mayor yesterday, making Portland the largest city so far to elect an openly gay city executive. As of 11:33 PDT last night, he was leading his closest rival, businessman Sho Dozono by a margin of 58% to 34% with 77% of the votes counted.

“I’m running not to be a gay mayor, but a great mayor,” he said after giving his victory speech last night. “But I’m very cognizant, very aware that I’m the first openly gay mayor of a major American city. That’s a real honor”



May 21st, 2008 | LINK

And now they all get really good beer.

In all seriousness, this is excellent news. This kind of visibility will really help take some of the wind out of the sails of the people who try to keep us hidden.

May 21st, 2008 | LINK

I voted for Adams and am glad he won outright (no pointless general election run-off). Although Adams deserves LGBT support for his leadership in the community, I think his sexual orientation was a non-issue.

It should also be noted that Sho is a gay rights supporter and probably would have won major LGBT endorsements if Adams was not a candidate.

BTW, GDAD, the beer company that shares Adams’ name lost some customers after it foolishly threatened to sue over his campaign’s domain name.

May 21st, 2008 | LINK

:-D “I’m running not to be a gay mayor, but a great mayor”

I dont get it… how exactly do amendments pass when places like these so clearly not care if hes gay, and implicitly endorse gay rights, no? Otherwise being openly gay and having a right conscience would be opposites, and ppl would certainly not have voted for him.

At any rate, this is good news.

Regan DuCasse
May 21st, 2008 | LINK

Wow…hubba hubba! You don’t suppose his matinee idol good looks had nothing to do with it?


May 22nd, 2008 | LINK

Joel-there’s a classic urban/rural split in Oregon. The Portland metro area (and to a lesser extent the more populous area along the I-5 corridor heading down to Eugene) is much more liberal than much of the rest of the state.

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