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Gay Mayoral Candidate Runs in Mexico

First Openly
Gay Mayoral Candidate Runs in Mexico

Miguel Antonio Galan became Mexico's first openly gay mayoral candidate on Friday, when the minority Social Democratic Party (PSD) selected him to run for the local office in Guadalajara, the second most populous city in the country.

Miguel Antonio Galan became Mexico's first openly gay mayoral candidate on Friday, when the minority Social Democratic Party (PSD) selected him to run for the local office in Guadalajara, the second most populous city in the country.

Galan, 31, will contend on July 5 to lead the city, which is the capital of Jalisco state, an economic hub in the Western-Pacific area of Mexico famous for tequila and mariachi bands.

In a recent interview with Efe, the Spanish news agency, Galan downplayed his sexual orientation as a factor in the election.

"Proposals have to be made, beyond what the candidate's (bedroom activities) are," he said.

The progressive positions of the PSD are just as likely as his sexual orientation to be a challenge for Galan in Guadalajara, a conservative city led by the National Action Party of President Felipe Calderon and strongly influenced by the Catholic Church. The PSD supports the legalization of drugs and the decriminalization of abortion.

Although Galan is the first openly gay mayoral candidate in Mexico, there have been at least three openly gay state and federal lawmakers in the country, according to the NotieSe news agency.

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