Prospect of gay SD mayor greeted with shrug

LGBT activist says it’s a sign of “great progression” of voters


Carl demaio

The chatter thus far in the mayor’s race — focused on pensions, civic projects and budget woes — is drowning out the fact that the winner could make San Diego one of a few major U.S. cities with an openly gay mayor.

Two high-profile candidates — City Councilman Carl DeMaio and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis — are gay Republicans who, if elected, would represent the culmination of an LGBT movement that emerged in the 1970s from the then-declining neighborhood of Hillcrest.

The possibility that the region’s most visible political figure could be a homosexual has been met with a collective shrug from San Diegans during the campaign, illustrating how much attitudes have changed as more and more gay politicians rose to prominence over the past two decades.

“It’s a great progression by voters in San Diego,” said Delores Jacobs, chief executive of The San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center. “It’s a great story to talk about the ways that the politics of the past are no longer acceptable. It doesn’t mean they don’t occasionally happen in different corners with using sexual orientation in one way or another subtly, but it’s not the body politic’s fight. The fight is over other values and other issues for the city.”


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