New Lesbian Mayor Of Salt Lake City Sworn Into Office

New Lesbian Mayor Of Salt Lake City Sworn Into Office

mayorHouston no longer has an openly lesbian mayor … but deep in the heart of anti-gay Morman country, another urban oasis has elected its first openly gay mayor.


and Derek Kitchen, a gay man who along with his husband Moudi Sbeity sued to overturn the state’s same-sex marriage ban, took office as the city’s second sitting gay council member.

Biskupski noted the importance of the event for LGBT people in the state but most of the campaign centered more on bike lanes, the environment and economic development than gay rights.

“I know that we have work to do still. And it is work that I take seriously,” she told reporters. “But I am a firm believer that in order for true equality to exist for anyone, we must pursue it for everyone, and that is a goal of mine.”

Biskupski takes office after the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly known as Mormons, and the state’s biggest religious group targeted gay members and their children, banning baptism for children of gay parents until the kids turn 18 and only then if they disavow the same-sex relationships of their parents.

The new mayor is not a Mormon but says she hopes the church reconsiders its policy.

Equality Utah endorsed Biskupski but also endorsed her opponent, incumbent Mayor Ralph Becker, a Democrat and strong ally of the city’s strong LBGT community.

Biskupski said a gay rights battle in Utah’s capital city some 20 years ago caused her to enter politics. That was when a high school in the city banned the state’s first gay-straight alliance club. She went on to become Utah’s first openly gay lawmaker in 1998.

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