Seattle Elects Openly Lesbian Mayor

The Advocate reports:

Jenny Durkan has been elected mayor of Seattle, making her the city’s first out lesbian mayor and its first woman mayor since the 1920s. Durkan won 61 percent of the vote, more than 21 percentage points ahead of her opponent, Cary Moon, The Seattle Times reports.

Durkan is a former federal prosecutor, having been appointed U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington by President Obama in 2009. She had the support of business groups, labor unions, and local and state politicians. Moon, though, had the endorsement of the King County Democrats. Both women are Democrats, but the mayoral race is nonpartisan.

Durkan will take office November 28. Mayor Ed Murray, a gay man, resigned this year after being accused of sexually abusing younger men, allegations he has denied. City Council member Tim Burgess became interim mayor, and Durkan will take over from him.

  • Tawreos

    It is too bad that we couldn’t have felt the way we do today after the elections last year. It would have been a much better year.

    • Boreal

      This is the most hopeful I’ve felt in a year.

      • Girlgoon

        I feel like dancing in the rain…..

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    • Still, it’s nice to have some good news, eh?

      • Tawreos

        Very nice! =)

    • JCF


  • Princess Lardass

    Good news keeps coming. I might stop drinking.

  • vorpal 😼

    So nice to have a bombardment of GOOD political news starting the day for once!

    • greenmanTN

      Mr Tibbs and Girlene doing her spooky-girl-from-The-Ring impression.

      • TuuxKabin
      • worstcultever

        I LOVE the name Girlene

        • TuuxKabin

          Yeah, so girly.

        • greenmanTN

          Hopefully it won’t be a repeat of last time where I took the kittens to be spayed/neutered and had most of the genders wrong. Mr Tibbs used to be named Etta.

          • GayOldLady

            Mr. Tibbs is a beauty, so is Girlene.

      • vorpal 😼

        More pics of Monsieur le Tibbes always brings a big smile to my day! Thanks, greenmanTN!

    • ChrisMorley

      Very sad feline news from New Zealand

      Paddles, First Cat of New Zealand and social media star, dies after being hit by car

      When Jacinda Ardern became New Zealand’s new prime minister last month she also brought with her a polydactyl rescue cat, named Paddles.
      The cat had opposable thumbs and quickly became a social media presence.
      Its @FirstCatofNZ Twitter account was started just days after Ardern
      was declared the prime minister-elect on 19 October. The cat’s Twitter bio read: “Have thumbs, will tweet.”
      Paddles was also responsible for nearly derailing Ardern’s first phone call with US President Donald Trump when the cat came into the lounge meowing loudly.


      • Palmer

        That’s so sad. My cats are indoor only.

        • Karl Dubhe

          Mine is now. He hates it, but when he was mum’s cat she couldn’t stand the idea of not letting it out.

          It’s amazing that we’ve only lost 5 cats over the decades to cars.

        • vorpal 😼

          Same here. It’s just too risky, especially here in Chile where there are tons of stray dogs and they are well-known for killing cats that go outdoors.

          We have had to listen to the screaming of cats being torn to bits at night a few times, and it is truly blood-curdling.

      • TuuxKabin

        That is heartbreaking. El HubCap took it rather hard. He was all about Paddles the other day when we first found out about her. A terrible loss.

      • worstcultever

        Dang, so sad. Cute as hell. Great name too. 🙁

  • ChrisMorley

    You are straddling the Atlantic time zone differences as if they don’t exist.
    It’s lunchtime here in Europe but you are posting NY ‘breakfast’ posts.

    You need sensible bedtimes for health and sanity.

    Prescribed: a handful of nice drunken European bears to help tuck you in.

  • misterjack

    I was surprised by at the line at the polls last night, in Minneapolis. Enormous turnout for the mayoral race. I even studied the Park Board candidates, this year! Taking no chances.

    • Girlgoon

      In the new bizaro trump world the park board would eliminate the park, chop down the trees for firewood and sell the land to a mining company, maybe coal.

      • misterjack

        Well, there is a city owned golf course​ that floods every year that they want to turn into a food forest and return it more to it’s natural state. Naturally, the few Republicans that live here want to keep the damn golf course.

        • greenmanTN

          I’d never heard of a food forest until I just looked it up. Interesting!

          • misterjack

            I know! I would love to walk the dogs to the food forest for some fresh berries! The golf course is all fenced in, and I’ve never set foot on it.

            They also want to return the small lake on the site back to a partial wild rice paddy.

        • Girlgoon

          I reccomend a fresh gofer infestation for that 18 hole rich white man’s park !

        • craigbear

          Oh, Jesus Christ, they can just build a new golf course somewhere else!

          • misterjack

            Actually, there are already too many golf courses in the Twin Cities competing against each other.

  • GayOldLady

    A statement from Martin Luther King in the 1960’s that helped to awaken the good people of this country

    “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Last night in VA, NJ, WA and in many other places all across this Nation
    we took up the Challenge of MLK and refused to remain silent. Never give
    up, Never give in, Never stay silent.

  • Girlgoon

    She would probably be more valuable to have as a federal judge

    • SoCalGal20

      Well no chance she’s going to be a federal judge in this administration so mayor is good!

  • Girlgoon

    In “other news” JoeMyGod surpasses CNN and NBC becoming the leading news outlet for the majority of people in the under 50 and open minded demographic. Go Joe Go !

    • Palmer

      UNDER 50? Most of us here are waving goodbye to 50 in our rear view mirrors!

      • TuuxKabin

        And sure doesn’t appear closer than stated on the mirror.

      • Karl Dubhe

        I’ve been celebrating my 30th birthday for 21 years this year. 🙂

        • Karl Dubhe

          I can take my birthday to a bar in the USA! 😀

        • jerry

          A few weeks ago, I celebrated my 15th anniversary…of my 39th birthday.

      • SDG

        I am 40/13 (it works better in Hebrew)!

        • Palmer

          Oy gevalt!

  • worstcultever

    Go Jenny!

  • Cackalaquiano

    They had a woman mayor in the 1920s?? (See what happens when you let womenfolk vote? 😜)
    Congrats to the new mayor!

    • SDG

      And Texas had a woman, democrat as a Governor!

      I miss Anne Richards and Molly Ivins, two great ladies from Texas!

  • BeaverTales

    It seems that gay women do a better job than gay men in staying out of sex scandals at least. I wish her the best, and a scandal free term that leads to a fruitful career and higher office.

    • Bj Lincoln

      There are a lot of social and psychological reasons for that.

      • BeaverTales

        Probably so, but men like Kevin Spacey and Ed Murray disgust me. I have met guys like them, and they try to portray their predatory behavior as normal when we all know it isn’t. The gay (and straight for hetero men and girls/women) community needs to stop ignoring when men coerce boys and men into unwanted sexual situations..

        They are selfish, delusional, manipulative and should be called out every time they break the law. They are getting exactly what they deserve.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Long before Seattle had its first gay mayor SLC had one, but no one knew it. Rocky Anderson, who still keeps his private life just that, was mayor of SLC for 12 years. The Mormon church knew about his sexuality, but never dared to broach the subject.Instead, the Mormon elders did everything they could to bring him down on the most paltry charges such as reading a book for a children’s book club that had profanity in. The profanity was the word “hell”. Rocky would make a good presidential candidate for the Democrats. But he left the party in disgust in 2002, claiming we had given up our integrity for money just as the Republicans had. Maybe he’ll change his mind after the Trump tragedy.

    Anyway, I’m pleased to see Seattle keep up a fine tradition of voting in a progressive. May the Emerald City thrive.

  • Bambino
    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      …unless you’re an alt-right/KKK/White Supremacist/Nazi douchenozzle….YAY!!!!!!!!!

      • craigbear

        Oh, that makes it even more wonderful!

      • Bambino

        Just savior it for the moment before the fucking moron annihilate us with a nuclear war.

  • stuckinthewoods

    Please note similar news from VA. Dawn Adams defeated Manoli Loupassi and is now the first out lesbian elected in VA.
    Beside the win by Danica Roem, we elected 25 state level women, our first Asian American woman, (two) first Latina women, our first Democratic Socialist, and second African American at top level.
    Our Majesty is amused, We are greatly amused.

  • I know from the Stranger newsweekly, that Durkan was looked upon as the Establishment choice for Mayor. Basically the main concern is affordable housing, how Amazon is taking control of Seattle, and if anyone could take them on..

    • The Stranger preferred Moon, but I just couldn’t bring myself to vote for her. She has no experience managing people on the scale that comes with being Mayor of a city the size of Seattle. If she’d won, I’d have been fine with it, but I think Durkan will do a better job.

      • SDG


  • Paula

    Imagine that, a city electing an out Lesbian mayor despite he fact that she has experience, is highly intelligent, had the backing of many of the people, and is qualified.
    It’s almost as if people didn’t care that she is Gay. /s

    • JAKvirginia

      People shouldn’t care. Maybe some parts of this country are actually growing up.

      • SDG

        Seattle elected an openly gay mayor, four years ago. Unfortunately… he had a, ahem “past”.

  • Publius

    I voted for her. We had two great candidates, and it was a tough choice. But I think she’ll do a fine job.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    My only question is: Really Seattle, it took you THIS long?

    As for Ms. Durkan, a hearty CONGRATULATIONS on your victory.

  • SDG

    Hopefully she will do better than the last, openly gay mayor!

  • Fritz Keppler

    And a Notre Dame alum to boot! Geaux Irish!

  • I met her on June 1st, when I did the opening blessing to kick off Seattle Pride Week at City Hall, with the raising up the Grand Ole Rainbow on the flagpole. She and her partner (not wife–which meant the partner was not required to list her financial background) have a son, who helped pull the rope to make the flag fly. I had a chance to speak to her more at an early Candidate Debate our grassroots organization, Seattle Neighborhood Action Coalition, put together. Our primary concern is that she has taken a very (by Seattle standards) hard-line conservative “the police can do no wrong” attitude in terms of dealing with the homeless, endorsing the “Sweeps” of periodically shoveling the homeless from one neighborhood to the next. She has insisted that the word “sweeps” not be used, but hey–you can only put so much lipstick on a pig.

    I met her when I was doing the blessing to kick of Seattle Pride Month–at City Hall, where we were raising the Grand Ole Rainbow up the flagpole. She and her partner (not her wife–so the partner isn’t legally required to share finances and potential conflicts of interest. They have a son, who helped tug on the rope to haul up the rainbow flag. I spent more time with her when our grassroots organization–Seattle Neighborhood Action Coalition–put on a candidates debate. Since most our coalitions work to decriminalize homelessness, and indeed, three of our coalitions have the opportunity to feed our homeless neighbors at least once a week, we were very disappointed that the new mayor-elect has completely sided with the police. She’s also declared thw “sweeps” will no longer go by that name, as they sweep the homeless from one neighborhood to another, but hey–you can only put so much lipstick on a pig. (So–make up your own pun about police/pigs/lipstick, and who’s applying it).

    So–yeah–go us, replacing an openly gay mayor with a lesbian one. And as I’ve tried to cheer up my disappointed peeps, –we should be happy that we live in a city where we’re more often being forced to decide who is the better candidate, rather than the one who is the lesser of two evils. So–we can’t really go completely wrong with the ones who get elected this time around. Maybe once she takes office, she’ll get a better feel of some of the more progressive realities of Seattle.

    Btw–peaking of–I’m on the Capital Hill Housing Advisory Board. The City will be building 66 new low-cost homes for senior citizens. Capital Hill is the historic gay district, although gentrification has made it more and more difficult for Queer folk to stay there. The Advisotry Board is made up almost 100% of Queer providers. Our charge is to start from the ground up (the buildings won’t break ground for more than a year–the homes will be ready in three years)–to create a safe and welcoming place for LGBTQ and POC elders. Legally, we can’t exclude straight seniors, but this is the first time this approach has been taken in Seattle, and so far, we’re the only neighborhood where the Queer focus is happening. I’m trying to push it as a national model. I’m also pushing for it to be an intergenerational location. A lot of the social worker types keep talking about how this will end up being the “final” destination/home for many of the residents. I feel that sounds like a roach hotel–you can check in, but you can’t check out. That’s why I want things like a daycare center on-site, so seniors can choose to be volunteer grandparents. It’s fun planning for a place where I think LGBTQ seniors would enjoy living.