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Mexico's First Gay Mayor, Benjamin Medrano, Takes Office

In July Towleroad reported that Benjamin Medrano, a 47-year-old singer and gay bar owner, had been elected Mayor of Fresnillo, a city in Mexico's northern Zacatecas region known for its machismo and drug violence.

MedranoSaid Medrano at the time: "I am going to be mayor of a township where there are 258 villages full of tough country people, who don't necessarily have much information on what's happening elsewhere, and have even less of an automatic sympathy with their gay mayor. But, it's not like I'm going to paint city hall pink, either."

Medrano was sworn in over the weekend, the BBC reports:

He posted a message on his Twitter account soon after the ceremony: "The time has come to listen to your demands and address your problems. I have a commitment with you".

Two of Mexico's biggest criminal organisations - Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel - have been fighting for control of drug trafficking routes leading north towards the American border.

Mr Medrano said the fact that he has no involvement with criminal organisations would enable him to do a good job for the people of Fresnillo.

"What matters the least for the people is who you may sleep with, what you do in your private life. What they want is good results from their politicians," he told BBC Mundo.

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  1. It's Mexico. If two powerful drug cabals control the area, he's in office with their approval. Prove me wrong Mayor but I won't hold my breath.

    Posted by: MIke | Sep 16, 2013 12:12:25 PM

  2. What part of "have been fighting for control" didn't you get? They don't control the area.

    As cute as this story is, it's worth remember that this is what would be called a "homo-con" in the US.

    Posted by: denizo | Sep 16, 2013 12:15:58 PM

  3. His comment about not painting city hall pink is very strange, considering there are many pink city halls all over Mexico. Our city hall in Mérida is pink.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Sep 16, 2013 1:25:31 PM

  4. @ Dastius Krazitauc - Wieghing the pro and con of moving to Merida. If you don't mind writing and discussing the city my addy is:

    Posted by: jleo71 | Sep 16, 2013 1:46:29 PM

  5. That is a LOT of Botox.

    Posted by: John | Sep 16, 2013 3:46:49 PM

  6. That looks like a Glamour Shot pic? Where's the boa feathers?

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 16, 2013 7:29:16 PM

  7. I'm mexican, and we know he is just a gay homophobe with ties to the drug kingpins and no desire to improve the city conditions. He comes from the party that stole last elections and has made deals with major drug dealers over the past decade.

    Posted by: Chaz | Sep 17, 2013 12:49:18 PM

  8. He's the Mexican version of "Behind the Candelabra"

    Posted by: GB | Sep 21, 2013 1:19:09 AM

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