Salt Lake City Elects Homosexual Mayor

Jackie Biskupski poses for photograph after she was elected Salt Lake City's first openly gay mayor, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Official election results released Tuesday, show the 49-year-old Biskupski defeated two-term incumbent Ralph Becker. Her win marks a milestone for the LGBT community in the conservative state.

Ugh. More and more, I think cities are a problem unto themselves. The people in them are too-much disconnected from the sources of—and threats to—their survival. As the population of a representative democracy grows more urban, it votes according to the whims of those who are out of touch with reality.

Salt Lake City made history this month by electing Utah’s first openly gay mayor, whose victory was finally certified last week. Outside the liberal capital city, however, the conservative state has become a leading exporter of anti-gay legislation, policies—and misdirection.

To be sure, the election of Jackie Biskupski as mayor was indeed a milestone. Biskupski served for 13 years in the Utah House of Representatives, first elected in 1998 despite an avalanche of hateful personal and anti-gay attacks. As with many gay politicians, part of her achievement was that her sexual orientation was not a central issue in the mayoral campaign: The Biskupski campaign website devotes more words to “dog issues” than LGBT ones.

Moreover, Biskupski’s opponent, incumbent Ralph Becker, has also been a staunch LGBT ally—notably, the advocacy group Equality Utah endorsed both candidates in the race. Despite its status as, essentially, the holy city of Mormonism, Salt Lake City is also a major American city with a diverse population that is only about 40 percent Mormon. Coastal elites may joke about Salt Lake City, but their stereotypes are more backward than the city is.

However, Salt Lake City remains a blue oasis in a red state. In this regard, it is not unique: Atlanta, Denver, Indianapolis, and many other cities are similarly cosmopolitan outposts in otherwise red or purple states. And that has become part of the problem, as the Religious Right increasingly finds ways to work around liberal enclaves and erode protections for women and sexual and gender minorities.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Advertisements
Leave a comment

2 Comments

  1. wolfy

     /  24 November 2015

    Good post

    Like

    Reply
  2. Thank you for sharing this good news.

    Like

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: