Benjamin Medrano was elected mayor of the Mexican township of Fresnillo this month, making him the country’s first openly gay mayor. The rural region is reportedly known for police corruption and drug trafficking, and one of Medrano’s opponents tried to appeal to local voters’ homophobia to win votes.
He won anyway, and Medrano has an interesting take on how he’ll be representing the LGBT community while in office:
"I am going to be mayor of a township… where there are 258 villages full of tough country people, who don’t necessarily have much information on what’s happening elsewhere, and have even less of an automatic sympathy with their gay mayor,” Medrano told AP. “But," he added," it’s not like I’m going to paint City Hall pink, either." …
Despite Medrano’s sexual orientation, the politician does not support same-sex marriage, citing his Roman Catholic faith and his constituents’ views as reasons for this position.
"I’m not in favor of gay marriage,” Medrano stated. “Not yet, anyway, because we have strong roots in our religion, and in our customs."
Hmm. Interesting. I hope he’s able to find success and get stuff done!