Historically, electing mayors of major cities have been a traditional way for emerging groups in society to claim their place at the table. One only has to look at New York to see how the Irish, Italian and Jewish Americans used that office to claim their rightful place at the table. Also those groups used those position to build political power and showcase their most talented politicians.
Irish mayors such as Jimmy Walker and William "Dwyer help shape modern day New York. Who can forget the Italian mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia (don't blame the airport on him!)or Rudoph Giuliani and his role in keeping the city together after 9/11? Abe Beame, Ed Koch and Michael Bloomberg distinguished themselves for the Jewish community. And the historic election of David Dinkins was a turning point for political power in New York for African-Americans. If you want to stretch here, you can remember Tammy Hall's Dutch mayor Robert Anderson Van Wyck who was the first mayor of a consolidated New York City.
Around the country we are seeing LGBT mayors take power and govern with brilliance. Current Congressman David Cicilline was Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island. Mayor Annise Parker of Houston is earning much praise for her work. San Diego has an acting mayor in Todd Gloria who people just love his work.
Now we have a chance to take control of two more cities and it is much bigger than 'gender politics'. It is about a chance to govern, showcase our most talented and take our seat at the table. In Seattle, State Senator Ed Murray stands a great chance of being elected mayor of Seattle. In addition, we have the historic opportunity of electing Christine Quinn as mayor of the largest city in America. Both of these races will do much to elevate the profile of LGBT Americans around the world.
In addition, in both of these cases those cities will receive excellent and talented mayors ready to serve.