In April of 2010, City Commissioner Craig Lowe won the election for mayor in Gainsville, Florida, becoming the first openly gay mayor of a North Florida city. He beat conservative businessman Don Marsh, despite an ant-gay smear campaign that included a church sign that read, “No Homo Mayor.”
Mr. Lowe was clearly the most qualified candidate in the race, which brought him the endorsement of many community groups.
About a year earlier, Gainsville voters rejected Amendment 1, an attempt to eliminate anti-discrimination protections for LGBT residents.
In winning the election, Mr. Lowe joins a small group of about 30 LGBT mayors elected within the last year, including the mayors of Houston, Texas and Dillon, Colorado.
Tens of thousands of gay servicemembers have been kicked out of the U.S. military both before and after the adoption of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. And with the U.S. Senate’s December, 2010 vote to repeal that policy, it is fitting we remember the very first discharged – Lieutenant Gotthold Frederick Enslin. It all [...]