become the second New Jersey city with an acting gay mayor,
Newsday reported Sunday. If Randy Bishop is
elected Tuesday, he will also become the third gay mayor in
New Jersey's history.
"I guess it's
still an oddity for openly gay people to be in elected
politics," Bishop told The Asbury Park Press.
"The same as for years it was probably true of
African-Americans, of people of the Latino cultures, of
Asian cultures. It's the oddity because today it's so
few. Hopefully, it will come to the point where people
aren't looked at as though they are in a box but by
what they bring to the table."
Tim Eustace is
the single openly gay mayor currently in the state, in
Maywood. Gina Genovese was elected as the first gay mayor of
Long Hill in 2005 but is no longer in office.
chairman of Garden State Equality, told Newsday
that Bishop's selection as mayor would be "an
extraordinarily important step for us in the gay
community. It will encourage other lesbian and gay
people to run for office and further encourage
politicians who are lesbian and gay but not open about it to
be open about it." (The Advocate)