SAN DIEGO -- Records show there has been just over 50 openly gay mayors throughout U.S. history. The elections of almost all of the mayors were historical in their own right because many of them were the first openly gay candidates to win the majority vote in their respective cities.
U.S. Rep. David Nicola Cicilline, a Democrat, served as mayor of Providence, R.I., from 2003 through 2011. He was the first gay mayor of a U.S. state capital.
Sam Adams was elected mayor of Portland, Ore., in 2008 and became the first openly gay mayor of a top 30 U.S. city.