It's a lesbian mayor for Zurich,
Forty-eight-year old Social Democrat
Corine Mauch was elected mayor of the EuroPride 09 host city on
Sunday. She beat out her center-right Radicals opponent Kathrin
Martelli by nearly 11,000 votes.
Zurich is Switzerland's largest city.
It now joins Berlin, Germany where openly gay Klaus Wowereit became
mayor of one of the world's largest cities in 2001. Openly gay
Bertrand Delanoe has been mayor of Paris, France, a city of 2
million, since 2001. Delanoe is considering a run for president in
2012. Amid economic chaos, Johanna Siguroardottir, an openly gay
female politician took over the reigns of Iceland in January.
Mauch will replace outgoing Mayor Elmer
Ledergerber, also a center-left Social Democrat, at the end of April.
This year, Zurich becomes the world
epicenter of gay culture as it hosts the world's largest gay pride,
EuroPride 09. The five-week celebration includes the traditional
pride parade as well a flood of gay-themed cultural, cinematic and
“This is a real stroke of luck for
EuroPride in Zurich,” said Michael Ruegg, a spokesman for EuroPride
The newly elected mayor is scheduled to
deliver a speech at the opening ceremony of EuroPride 09.