More lesbians were elected this year as mayor of major cities than ever before, according to Annise Parker, the first openly LGBTQ person to serve as mayor of a major city.
Parker pointed out that while more LGBTQ candidates have been men, lesbian and female bisexual candidates actually win at a higher rate than gay men.
“Often part of that is that women candidates, in general, tend to wait until they’re a little bit later in their career,” she explained. “They have a little more gravitas, a little more experience before they enter politics.”
She cited two examples: Lori Lightfoot, who was just elected mayor of Chicago; and Jane Castor, the mayor of Tampa.
“Jane Castor was the police chief for a number of years and spent her entire adult life as a police officer, working her way up the ladder in Tampa,” Parker said. “She runs for mayor against a self-funding, multimillionaire and the voters look at her resume. It wasn’t about her sexual orientation; it was who’s the best candidate? Same in Chicago. And that’s what we work really hard to achieve.”
You can listen to Parker’s full interview on The Ten podcast here.