LGBT mayors around the world

Posted on 30 Dec 2009 at 10:52am
Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit
Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit

On Monday, Jan. 4, Annise Parker will be sworn in as mayor of Houston. Houston will become the largest city in the world with a lesbian mayor and the second largest city with a gay or lesbian mayor.

Houston and Paris have approximately the same populations, the ranking might change next year with the new U.S. census. The number used here is the latest estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau and the official French population estimate.

California and New York are tied as the states with the most LGBT mayors (four each). Massachusetts and Maryland each have three. Texas has two. (A third, the mayor of San Angelo, resigned earlier this year). Florida and Oregon also each have two.

California’s four cities with gay mayors include a total population of about 200,000. New York’s four mayors govern a total population of fewer than 50,000.

Germany and Spain are the only other countries in the world with more than one LGBT mayor.

That means that as of next week, Texas has more LGBT mayors than all but two other countries in the world. Take that liberal Canada.

Name

City

Population

Klaus Wowereit (G) Berlin, Germany

3,431,675

Annise Parker (L) Houston, Tex.

2,208,180

Bertrand Delanoë (G) Paris, France

2,203,817

Ole von Beust (G) Hamburg, Germany

1,800,000

Sam Adams (G) Portland, Ore.

550,396

Jerónimo Saavedra Acevedo (G) Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

381,123

Corine Mauch (L) Zurich, Switzerland

347,517

David Cicilline (G) Providence, R.I.

176,862

E. Denise Simmons (L) Cambridge, Mass.

101,388

Mike Gin (G) Redondo Beach, Calif.

66,882

Kevin Burns (G) North Miami, Fla.

59,880

Steve Pougnet             (G) Palm Springs, Calif.

47,906

Christopher Cabaldon (G) West Sacramento, Calif.

47,511

Kevin Dumas (G) Attleboro, Mass.

42,833

Mitch Ward (G) Manhattan Beach, Calif.

36,536

Jeffrey Slavin (G) Chevy Chase, Md.

32,803

Mary Clare Higgins (L) Northampton, Mass.

28,411

Jim Ireton (G) Salisbury, Md.

27,833

Bill Hanauer (G) Ossining, N.Y.

23,798

Craig Covey (G) Ferndale, Mich.

21,112

Gary Resnick (G) Wilton Manors, Fla.

12,616

Maurice Richard (G) Bécancour, Québec, Canada

11,051

Stu Rasmussen  (T) Silverton, Ore.

9,433

Tim Eustace (G) Maywood, N.J.

9,145

John Shields (G) Nyack, N.Y.

6,833

Pete Fosselman (G) Kensington, Md.

1,946

Elic Senter (G) Franklinton, N.C.

1,946

Jim Gaughan (G) Altamont, N.Y.

1,701

Matt Ganssle (G) Kemp, Tex.

1281

Charles Palermo (G) Red Creek, N.Y.

485

Francisco Maroto (G) Campillo de Ranas, Spain

184

(G)= gay  (L)=lesbian  (T)=transgender

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