Long Beach Elects First Gay, and First Latino, Mayor

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    Jun 04, 2014 3:26 PM GMT
    Kudos!

    http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Robert-Garcia-First-Openly-Gay-Latino-Youngest-Person-to-be-Elected-as-Long-Beach-Mayor-261823691.html

    NBC LALong Beach City Councilman Robert Garcia made history Tuesday night when he narrowly defeated businessman Damon Dunn in the race for mayor to become the first Latino, the first openly gay and the youngest person to be mayor of Long Beach.

    "I think you run, not necessarily to be the first, I know that there are certainly historical implications of my election," Garcia said. "I’m in this to be mayor of everyone, no matter the age or the color of their skin or who they love." Garcia believes the city’s diversity is one of its assets. "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 said.
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    Jun 04, 2014 3:28 PM GMT
    I'm instantly reminded of my favorite counter-Westboro-protest ever.



    Here's hoping they make it to the swearing in!

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    Jun 05, 2014 3:32 AM GMT
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    There ya go.

    See y'all in the next thread!
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    Jun 05, 2014 4:01 AM GMT
    Hey, your gay mayor and our lesbian mayor (Houston) should really do brunch sometime!
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    Jun 05, 2014 6:18 AM GMT
    dayumm saidKudos!

    http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Robert-Garcia-First-Openly-Gay-Latino-Youngest-Person-to-be-Elected-as-Long-Beach-Mayor-261823691.html

    NBC LALong Beach City Councilman Robert Garcia made history Tuesday night when he narrowly defeated businessman Damon Dunn in the race for mayor to become the first Latino, the first openly gay and the youngest person to be mayor of Long Beach.

    "I think you run, not necessarily to be the first, I know that there are certainly historical implications of my election," Garcia said. "I’m in this to be mayor of everyone, no matter the age or the color of their skin or who they love." Garcia believes the city’s diversity is one of its assets. "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 said.


    Thanks for posting this. Being from Orange County this means a lot. It gives me hope that something like this may happen on our side of the county line someday.
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    Jun 05, 2014 6:47 AM GMT
    Congrats to him but I just want Beverly O'Neill to be mayor the rest of her life. She brought long beach out of the depression and was one of the best mayors in the country.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 07, 2014 2:19 PM GMT
    Koastal saidHey, your gay mayor and our lesbian mayor (Houston) should really do brunch sometime!
    Why should the first gay, Hispanic mayor of a progressive city in a progressive state want to waste valuable time with a politician from a backward, ultra conservative armpit like Texasicon_question.gif

  • Jun 08, 2014 6:44 PM GMT
    mrhappy21 said
    dayumm saidKudos!

    http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Robert-Garcia-First-Openly-Gay-Latino-Youngest-Person-to-be-Elected-as-Long-Beach-Mayor-261823691.html

    NBC LALong Beach City Councilman Robert Garcia made history Tuesday night when he narrowly defeated businessman Damon Dunn in the race for mayor to become the first Latino, the first openly gay and the youngest person to be mayor of Long Beach.

    "I think you run, not necessarily to be the first, I know that there are certainly historical implications of my election," Garcia said. "I’m in this to be mayor of everyone, no matter the age or the color of their skin or who they love." Garcia believes the city’s diversity is one of its assets. "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 said.


    Thanks for posting this. Being from Orange County this means a lot. It gives me hope that something like this may happen on our side of the county line someday.


    Yeah, im in Orange County too and as much as i would like something like this to happen here, im not sure it ever will. The OC has progressively become more conservative as the years continue. 20 years ago we had a thriving gay community, many gay clubs and bars and some areas that were pretty cool and funky. Now there are barely any places for straight adult folks to go to for fun let alone gay folks. There are only 4 gay bars, all of which suck. Laguna beach is no longer an art community. We have only 1 museum that is worth going to (the Bowers)and no art museums worth going to. The Santa Ana art scene is shrinking as the art simply does not sell enough to keep those galleries in business. Many of those artists are from LA anyway. Don't get me wrong, there are things i love about living here , but it sure has gotten boring the last 10 years. The powers that be really want this to be a family oriented place only.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 10, 2014 6:16 PM GMT
    GeekJockHybrid said
    mrhappy21 said
    dayumm saidKudos!

    http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Robert-Garcia-First-Openly-Gay-Latino-Youngest-Person-to-be-Elected-as-Long-Beach-Mayor-261823691.html

    NBC LALong Beach City Councilman Robert Garcia made history Tuesday night when he narrowly defeated businessman Damon Dunn in the race for mayor to become the first Latino, the first openly gay and the youngest person to be mayor of Long Beach.

    "I think you run, not necessarily to be the first, I know that there are certainly historical implications of my election," Garcia said. "I’m in this to be mayor of everyone, no matter the age or the color of their skin or who they love." Garcia believes the city’s diversity is one of its assets. "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 said.


    Thanks for posting this. Being from Orange County this means a lot. It gives me hope that something like this may happen on our side of the county line someday.


    Yeah, im in Orange County too and as much as i would like something like this to happen here, im not sure it ever will. The OC has progressively become more conservative as the years continue. 20 years ago we had a thriving gay community, many gay clubs and bars and some areas that were pretty cool and funky. Now there are barely any places for straight adult folks to go to for fun let alone gay folks. There are only 4 gay bars, all of which suck. Laguna beach is no longer an art community. We have only 1 museum that is worth going to (the Bowers)and no art museums worth going to. The Santa Ana art scene is shrinking as the art simply does not sell enough to keep those galleries in business. Many of those artists are from LA anyway. Don't get me wrong, there are things i love about living here , but it sure has gotten boring the last 10 years. The powers that be really want this to be a family oriented place only.
    Fortunately, the big, major city of Long Beach is situated in Los Angeles County and not in increasingly boring Orange County.
  • cityguy39

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    Jun 15, 2014 1:11 AM GMT
    He's fucking gorgeous!!!!!