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Portland Oregon's Gay Mayor Sam Adams Admits Sexual Relationship With Teenage Former Staffer In 2005

Sam_adams_2 Portland, Oregon's just-inducted openly gay mayor, Sam Adams, 44, has confessed to having had a sexual relationship with teenage former staffer Beau Breedlove in 2005.  Adams was a county commissioner at the time. Although Adams and Breedlove met when the teen was 17 years old, Adams maintains that he and Breedlove did not have sex until Breedlove was 18.  Adams apologized to the local press today:

Beaubreedlove_3"Until today I have not discussed the true nature of the relationship with anyone. Not my friends, family, staff or colleagues on the council. I have apologized to Beau Breedlove for asking him to lie for me. I want to apologize to my colleagues for my dishonesty and especially to the people of Portland for my dishonesty. I should have been truthful from the beginning,"

Adams had been questioned about his relationship with the then-teen before his November election, but both he and and the young man told the press at the time that their relationship had only been platonic. It not yet clear why Adams has now admitted the relationship or whether he intends to stay in office.  Adams' election in 2008 was hailed by LGBT activists, as Portland had become the largest city in the country with an openly gay mayor.

UPDATE: After the jump is a radio interview that Adams made with a Portland station today. The sound is a bit garbled at times, but Adams says that he doesn't yet know whether he'll be keeping his job. Asked if his apology is enough to satisfy the voters, Adams replies, "That's up to the people of Portland."

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  1. [shakes head] Just when I feel proud of our LGBT community I read a story such as this. For the love of God, keep it in your pants! I don't care if you waited until he as 18 years old, the fact that he was sexually attracted to a 17 year old boy and developed a relationship with hopes of a sexual connection is perverse. A 44 year old should not be prowling around a 17 year old, and now that he is in the public eye this simply gives those opposed to gay rights more ammunition (not that it should, but the sad fact is that news such as this allows for stereotyping).

    Keep it in your pants gents, it can't be that difficult.

    Posted by: CJ | Jan 19, 2009 10:05:54 PM

  2. Beau Breedlove! Beau Breedlove? Beau Breedlove. Right.

    Posted by: dwerk | Jan 19, 2009 10:06:29 PM

  3. Surprisingly, I believe the guy. I could see a gay city mayor being "affair with seventeen-year-old intern" stupid and smart enough not to have sex with said intern until his 18th birthday.

    Posted by: Wells | Jan 19, 2009 10:07:11 PM

  4. Beau Breedlove! Beau Breedlove? Beau Breedlove. Right.

    Posted by: dwerk | Jan 19, 2009 10:07:34 PM

  5. i bet he kept breeding, kept kept breeding love.

    Posted by: Leona Lewis | Jan 19, 2009 10:09:09 PM

  6. F***ing fantastic. We get one of our people in office as a mayor of a major(ish) city and he screws a teenager. This plays into the hands of all our detractors who think we're all a bunch of child molesters. Jesus H. Christ.

    Posted by: sam | Jan 19, 2009 10:16:57 PM

  7. What's with every single Gay man wanting to be a Daddy? And now the new Mayor of PDX. "Seeking younger ONLY" sort of thing gets real tiresome. Start dating men around your own age fellas. Hell we're all growing older, get over yourself.

    Beau Breedlove, that's his porn name.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Jan 19, 2009 10:22:47 PM

  8. This is really sad and disgusting. He has set back gay rights by many, many years in Oregon and has shown himself to be not worthy of the people's trust.

    Posted by: niles | Jan 19, 2009 10:25:09 PM

  9. if it was consensual, it is their business. we shouldn't have an ageist double-standard.

    Posted by: sam | Jan 19, 2009 10:25:47 PM

  10. Argh. This is not good news. Man, this mayor better have some good public relations people working for him...

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 19, 2009 10:26:33 PM


    Posted by: butt hurte | Jan 19, 2009 10:26:52 PM

  12. When you think of it, this has been a very disappointing 2 years for lgbtq people.

    Heres to a smarter movement.

    Posted by: Damon | Jan 19, 2009 10:31:29 PM

  13. Who gives a shit? 2 people had consensual sex.
    All the hand-wringing and Church Lady tut-tutting BS won't make it anything else.
    And it still won't be any of my business.

    Posted by: Clay | Jan 19, 2009 10:41:28 PM

  14. As he says, "Until today, I have not discussed the true nature of the relationship with anyone. Not my friends, family, staff or colleagues on the council." There can only be one reason why he would choose to publicly speak about it right now - SOMEONE IS BLACKMAILING HIM!!! In an effort to thwart whomever it is - he has chosen to speak up about the affair/relationship!! Methinks there is much more to this story then he speaks of! Come on, someone threatens to "Tell All" and NOW you open up about what happened??? Do Not Be Surprised if in the coming weeks this story takes on a whole new dimension!

    Posted by: Alex In Boston | Jan 19, 2009 10:46:12 PM

  15. Well dudes, all the athenians statemen artists and philosophers your learned to admire during your Humanities were competitors for the favors of the most beautiful high society teens of their times. Why on earth straight guys can drool on young women and gays should be monks? to gain tolerance. That's stupid. The morons who scream child molester certainly has never encountered a 18 y.o. stallion (everybody knows males are at their peak at 19). What makes me cringe is: once you got office by lying, keep it clintonesque-Windsoresque: never admit. Beau Breedlove: sounds like a lot of fun!!

    Posted by: Socrates | Jan 19, 2009 10:48:27 PM

  16. This is disgraceful. The guy took out a full page ad not only denying the rumor but blasting people for buying into gay stereotypes all the while he was lying and actually doing the very thing he denounced (preying on minors). No 44 year old man should be lusting after a 17 year old boy. He needs to step down. In this case, I hope the straights rally up and toss this bum.

    Posted by: Seriously | Jan 19, 2009 10:49:54 PM

  17. Well, this really helps along the cause. Here I thought that his having the name of a beer was going to be the biggest joke to crack on the mayor. If only.

    Posted by: Jay | Jan 19, 2009 10:54:06 PM

  18. No this is not good for our or any community, however straight politicians do this kinda stuff all the time. Still no excuse. We as a people have to start being more responsible and more accountable in so many many area.... We meaning everybody as in the whole county and world.

    Posted by: Brutus | Jan 19, 2009 10:54:42 PM

  19. When he met the teenager he was dating someone older than himself, so he wasn't looking to be a daddy, as someone said. I'm not trying to defend him, but just set the record straight. The boyfriend was present at the party the teenager attended.

    Posted by: Michael | Jan 19, 2009 10:54:59 PM

  20. Professor crabby also has a job which brings him into regular contact with late teenage boymen—professor crabby considers gazing on all the lovely taut undergraduates one of the perks of academia. (That and the five months off a year). Anyway, professor crabby always remembers what his mom told him when he was a little tyke “you can look but do not touch” yes mayor, they are lovely but to act on your desires is unattractive and unprofessional. What about the power imbalance? I am not against sex with minors. cf Judith Levine for more on our priggish obsession with “protecting” children from sex. And 17 is no child. But if you are his boss or his professor . . . being a letch is not appealing.

    Posted by: professor crabby phd | Jan 19, 2009 10:59:20 PM

  21. I couldn't begin to care. Was any law broken? Is Beau (come on now, real name?) Breedlove complaining about anything? Was there a lack of consent involved? Was there some form of exploitation or abuse of power involved? These are all real concerns, but apparently no one is saying any of these things was the case. Then why should this matter? Perhaps not a wise course of action for someone who wants to be in the public eye, but all the scolding and hand wringing doesn't impress me.

    Posted by: So Left I'm Right | Jan 19, 2009 11:06:11 PM

  22. Here's Beau's Myspace:


    Posted by: anon | Jan 19, 2009 11:17:20 PM

  23. In the UK, 17 is the age of consent. It's all about perspective, really.

    We are an extremely ageist society. Every advertisement is trying to sell us youth, our culture puts it on a pedestal and worships it. Billions are spent every year on anti-aging products and treatments so people who ARE older can LOOK younger.

    In the midst of all this youth obsession, you're surprised that successful 40-something would be flattered and receptive to the attentions of a handsome young buck?

    Amazing how many guys will pass judgment on Mr. Adams today, and tomorrow morning they'll be unscrewing the cap from a bottle of "Just for Men" and tomorrow afternoon flirting shamelessly with the clerk at Whole Foods...

    Posted by: sparks | Jan 19, 2009 11:24:07 PM

  24. His myspace...

    He is hot


    fuckin mayor should step down.

    Nothin wrong with 44 year olds getting with younger...i love the daddies...

    the dude lied though...

    Posted by: jeremy | Jan 19, 2009 11:26:21 PM

  25. Wow, what a self-righteous, judgemental lot you all are. I agree with a few of the folk above--we are in a culture that idolizes youth. He is an attractive man in power and a sweet young thing tosses himself at him. Nothing new here folks, move along.

    They were consenting adults. Neither is married--they aren't allowed to, remember?

    So lighten up you guys...and let ye who go without sin cast the first stone.

    Posted by: David Ezell | Jan 19, 2009 11:41:11 PM

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