Meet Mexico’s First Openly Gay Mayoral Candidate

miguel-antonio-galanMiguel Antonio Galán is running on the Social Democratic Party, or PSD ticket in Guadalajara for Mayor, making him the first openly gay candidate to run for a mayoral seat in Mexico, according to gay rights groups in the country. That’s the good news. The bad news is that he doesn’t have a shot in hell of winning– the most optimistic projections give the PSD, a super-liberal party that supports decriminalizing drugs, among other things, a 3% chance of winning.

The Latin-American Herald Tribune writes:

“The minority party’s State Political Council on Friday selected its candidates for local lawmakers and municipal leaders in the industrial region, which is known for its tequila and mariachi bands, PSD spokesmen in Jalisco state, whose capital is Guadalajara, told Efe.

The 31-year-old Galán will contend on July 5 for the mayorship of Guadalajara, which with its more than 3 million residents is one of the country’s economic engines…

Recently, in an interview with Efe, Galán said that what he wants is for people to dilute in their own minds “this gay part of the candidate and for us to finally move to (thinking about) how the specific proposals to change the city’s dynamic are.”

“Proposals have to be made, beyond what the candidate’s (bedroom activities) are,” he said.”