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Out Gay Man Elected San Diego City Council President

Todd Gloria is the new president of the San Diego City Council, San Diego Gay and Lesbian News reports:

GloriaGloria, who is openly gay, represents District 3 that includes the LGBT-dominated areas of Hillcrest and North Park. The redrawing of council districts also means that Gloria represents Downtown.

“I am incredibly honored to have the support of my colleagues today. It is an honor to know that these eight people – who are leaders, who love their communities, and who LOVE San Diego – are trusting me to be the Council President,” Gloria said after the vote.

Gloria immediately acknowledged his predecessor, Tony Young, who held the position for the last two years until he resigned from his seat to take a job to head the local Red Cross.

“I have big shoes to fill. Mr. Young elevated the rote of Council President greatly, and the entire City has benefited,” Gloria said.

Gloria was elected unanimously. San Diego's first Democratic mayor in 20 years, Bob Filner, was also sworn in yesterday.

(photo by rex wockner)

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  1. San Diego also has a newly elected LGBT friendly straight democratic mayor: Bob Filner. The LGBT community helped him defeat a gay Tea Party candidate named Carl DeMaio. This is a big deal for a lot of reasons; this is only the second time in 40 years that a democrat has won the office of Mayor in San Diego.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 4, 2012 8:24:23 PM


  2. Many congratulations! San Diego had a period where is was going very conservative, but through young people being engaged in politics, and our LGBT getting involved, it's becoming far more accepting and embracing. I appreciate that

    Posted by: USC Tojans Fan | Dec 4, 2012 8:48:02 PM


  3. I salute all members of our LGBT community who roll up their sleeves, and get politically involved; be that a seat in city council, honorary mayor, or elected official. It makes a difference, and impacts our rights and respect as a community. Instead of being on the sidelines, we get a vote and our voices heard

    Posted by: Steve J. | Dec 4, 2012 8:49:07 PM


  4. do i dare suggest that changes in the culture of the military help the chances of gay politicians in a town like San Diego?

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Dec 5, 2012 7:02:45 AM


  5. @DannyEastVillage: bingo!

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 5, 2012 12:50:57 PM


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