Mayor Vince Gray brought a message for District residents at Pride Week events last year: If you don’t think gay people should have the same rights as everyone else, he wants you to leave town. It was one of the highlights of a mayoral term that, for the gay community, has been filled with them. While much of Gray’s four years have been filled with questions about whether he’ll be charged in the federal investigation into his 2010 campaign or when projects like the streetcar and the D.C. United stadium will ever be finished, there’s no doubt about where Gray stood on LGBTQ positions.
Last November, Gray presided over a gay wedding at the Wilson Building, a first for the District’s city hall. And while Gray’s mayoral time in office included a string of anti-transgender hate crimes, Gray’s administration mandated that insurers in the city cover gender reassignment surgeries. Says Peter Rosenstein, a Washington Blade columnist who endorsed Gray: “Vince was the best mayor we’ve ever had on gay issues.”