Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Chat with the nation's first lesbian, African-American mayor

Here's the latest piece I worked on for EDGE with writer Scott Kearnan:

As the presidential primaries continue to unfold, nightly newscasts are quick to remind viewers that a major historical precedent may be only months away: There's never been a stronger chance that voters will elect either the first African-American president or the first female president.

But when it comes to equal opportunity politicking, Mayor E. Denise Simmons can claim one better.

When City Council elections gave Simmons the mayorship of Cambridge, Mass. on January 14, she became America's first openly gay, female African-American mayor.

Simmons speaks candidly with EDGE about her experiences as a gay woman, as an African-American woman, and how those experiences have informed her ideals.

Click here for the complete article in EDGE.

1 comment:

Roddy said...

Mayor Carrie Saxon-Perry was an openly gay, African-American woman mayor of Hartford, CT quite a few years ago.
Plus she was a Communist.
And she was homeless. For a while, she slept in her office at night.

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