1. FernLaPlante says

    If CBS says “…the youngest mayor, who is also gay…” then people will say they are making an issue out of his sexuality. When they don’t mention it then they are hiding it. I can see both sides but really it’s damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

  2. Grego says

    If his election was won despite the fact that he’s gay, or because of it, both seem noteworthy.

    If he’d been the first 22yo african american mayor, i’d bet that CBS would have mentioned both.

  3. Jesus says

    I think what makes this most significant for me is that he was voted mayor of Holyoke. That city needs young, forward-thinking minds to revamp it and put the people first, so I hope that Mr. Morse is able to use that to his advantage and get more people involved in the political process at home. Holyoke is a great city, no matter how much the media likes to dump all over it

  4. Francis says

    The bottom line is, CBS de-gayed him. So, to say it’s a “non-issue” is actually false. If it were a non-issue, then they would have mentioned it, in passing or not.

  5. Sancho says

    Does anyone know how much power the mayor actually exerts in Holyoke? In a lot of small towns, the town/city council actually makes most of the decisions, with the mayor serving primarily as the presiding member of the council and also the guy who makes proclamations, cuts ribbons at openings, spades up earth at ground-breakings, etc.

  6. Jay says

    Actually, Wes…the story as presented here is not that he is the youngest mayor, but rather that he is the youngest gay mayor. We have younger mayors and other gay mayors, but this young man is the youngest gay mayor. Does it matter?

    To a young gay man or woman in Holyoke, MA or Helena, MT or Hatfield, KY…who is thinking that his/her life is worthless…perhaps it matters to know that an out and proud and happy young gay man can be “liked” so much an entire town will vote them into office. Yes, I think it is worth mentioning in the story. The news cycles went crazy for weeks over the first African American president. If its NOT white male establishment, it LEADS the story these days (whether in a positive or negative light, it leads). I’m not sure why this didn’t make it into the CBS report.

  7. SFNATIVE says

    It is an issue, or we would be fully free and equal without DOMA, with ENDA, with legal gay marriage, with legal gay adoptions, with anti-gay bullying protections, openly-gay sports players and A-list action movie actors and much more. If we had all of that, then yes, it would not be an issue. The reality is that we’re far from there, and CBS proved to be very out of touch by closeting him in their story.

  8. Gregv says

    I’d like to see a day when both real people and fictional characters need not be defined as gay or bi for an audience. The reporter could end a story of a politician by saying that “he celebrated the win with his husband and supporters.” Or an action movie character could say, “I’ve got a date tonight and I have to pick him up at nine” without a big plot device being made over his orientation.
    That’s become real life for a lot of gay and bi people living in open-minded urban enclaves. And a man who dates men isn’t the shocker in Massachusetts that it is in Podunk, Mississippi.

  9. Danny says

    Jay, CBS didn’t mention it because their writers were told not to say anything that will irritate the homophobic conservatives who pull the strings at CBS. Simple, really.

  10. says

    Of course it matters, just as teaching of gay contributions throughout history is becoming a reality in California. We matter as individual personalities. And being gay is part of our personality.

  11. Tom says

    One of the great things about being gay in MA is that, as they should, most people accept it as they do your eye color. Some may want to make this election into a larger issue but I revel in the fact that his being gay just doesn’t matter. To me, that’s the best part of the story and should be the spin, if there needs to be a spin. Had he been elected in Arkansas, I’d certainly feel differently.

  12. Marw says

    So, we want to be treated like anyone else, yet every story about a gay man or woman has to mention that fact? Is whom he sleeps with at night at all relevant to his job as mayor? About as much as my being gay is relevant to me running a 3 star restaurant.

  13. says

    I don’t think it should really be a story. We continuously cry out that we aren’t treated equally, yet we automatically jump on stories like this and use the “victim of the press” as a trophy. Let the boy just do the job he was elected to without shoving a label on him. What it comes down to is that you can’t please everyone, and sadly, you can please even fewer in the gay community. If he does a great job, that will give us all something to be happy about.

    Rafi, it was Jeremey Minnier.

  14. Rich Monsoon says

    I hope he does something with Holyoke, as it is where I live. I have been here for 5 or 6 years, and change seems to happen very slowly. This city really could stand to be cleaned up.

  15. TK says

    Wrong….it doesn’t matter. The piece was about Alex’s election and what his plans are for the city. It has nothing to do with his sexuality.

    What happened to the whole “We want a world where sexuality doesn’t matter”. I saw a rerun of Tina Fey’s Mark Twain Award Ceremony and in her acceptance speech she says she look forward to a world where people don’t say “She was the first female head writer…second blah blah…third winner blah blah”. It doesn’t matter that he’s gay. What will it matter to the town he mayor’s over. If it becomes an issue, that’s something but it’s a non-issue.

    It’s just sad that this needs to be brought up.

    Also to the person who said CBS is conservative…huh? CBS and NBC are super liberal.

  16. Jerry6 says

    Now that Gay or not is not of importance for election as Mayor, what will be the next identifier for election? Oh,I know,let’s disclose Penis length,or Circumcised or not.

    What nonsense.