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Long Beach, California Elects Robert Garcia, Its First Out Gay Mayor: VIDEO


City Councilman Robert Garcia was elected mayor of Long Beach, California yesterday. He is the city's first openly gay mayor and its youngest mayor ever.

Said Garcia to NBC Los Angeles: "I think you run, not necessarily to be the first, I know that there are certainly historical implications of my election. I’m in this to be mayor of everyone, no matter the age or the color of their skin or who they love...We have one of the largest Cambodian communities outside of Cambodia, a large Latino community, a large LGBT population, and we have everyone. I really think that’s what makes Long Beach strong."

Garcia was born in Peru and came to the U.S. when he was five-years=old. He was the first in his family to go to college, and received his master's from USC.

Long Beach is the seventh-largest city in California.

Watch Garcia talk with NBC LA, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Also, the first Latino mayor of a large city that is 40% Latino.

    Posted by: Raphael | Jun 4, 2014 11:55:59 AM

  2. He is 38 years old which also makes him the youngest Mayor in Long Beach, California.

    Posted by: E. Thor Carlson | Jun 4, 2014 12:04:45 PM

  3. He'll have any boy he wants.

    Posted by: Josh | Jun 4, 2014 12:14:49 PM

  4. With so much drama in the LBC it's kinda hard being Snoop D-o- double g...

    Posted by: Brian W. | Jun 4, 2014 12:30:17 PM

  5. With so much drama in the LBC, it's kinda hard gettin' elected as LGBT.

    Posted by: Merv | Jun 4, 2014 12:36:08 PM

  6. He's the future of the USA. I wish him well.

    Posted by: throwslikeagirl | Jun 4, 2014 1:18:49 PM

  7. He has pretty eyes.

    Posted by: Glenn I | Jun 4, 2014 2:44:00 PM

  8. Congratulations Mayor Garcia. As a 61 year old gay man, who remembers growing up in a world where being a gay man made you a criminal, it makes me so proud to see how far we have come so fast. There's even more to go before we can claim to be totally equal, but it is within reach.

    Posted by: Howard B | Jun 4, 2014 3:21:25 PM

  9. So incredible. His win will help and inspire to save many LGBT youth lives.

    Posted by: Mojo | Jun 4, 2014 4:36:23 PM

  10. Thank you mayor for living your truth and inspiring other gay people to do the same.

    Posted by: Jordan | Jun 4, 2014 4:36:55 PM

  11. It is historic and relevant in a time so many gay people are still mistreated in our laws. Congrats to him.

    Posted by: Knec | Jun 4, 2014 4:37:23 PM

  12. Openly Gay, Latino, and Young. Maybe Bill Maher was right after all, and the culture war has already been won! Congrats!

    Posted by: Zlick | Jun 4, 2014 6:06:35 PM

  13. @Raphael--Antonio Villaraigosa was mayor of Los Angeles.

    Posted by: Marty | Jun 4, 2014 8:28:46 PM

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