Sam Adams, Portland’s Openly Gay Mayor, Sworn In

San Francisco’s homo-friendly Gavin Newsom isn’t the only newsworthy mayor to the gays. There’s the transgendered mayor in Silverton, Oregon. And now Portland welcomes Sam Adams, the first openly gay mayor of a major city.

There was a countdown at Portland’s City Hall overnight, but it wasn’t to ring in 2009. About 40 people — including the mother and partner of Sam Adams — were on hand to sip sparkling wine and watch as the first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city was officially sworn in at 12:01 a.m. Adams gave a short speech after taking the oath.

‘Portland is seeing for the first time the great team that will work with me, the city council and all Portlanders to get the city moving forward again,” he said. “These are tough times, but we are more than up to the challenge.”[Oregonian]