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Zürich Elects Lesbian Mayor as City Gears up for EuroPride

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ZÜRICH, March 29, 2009 – As the city prepares for EuroPride, the people of Zürich have today elected an openly gay woman as the Mayor.

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Forty-eight-year-old Corine Mauch has been living with her partner for many years.  In today’s election, the social democrat won against her liberal opponent.

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The organisers of EuroPride 09 said in a statement this afternoon that they were “overjoyed by the result of the election and congratulate Corine Mauch on her victory.”

EuroPride said today that the newly elected mayor will deliver a speech at the opening ceremony of the traditional parade together with European Parliament member Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Moldavian human rights activist Mihaela Copot.

‘This is a real stroke of luck for the EuroPride in Zürich,” commented Michael Rüegg, spokesman of the EuroPride.

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“None of us really expected that.  The election was held because Corin Mauch’s predecessor went into early retirement.

“It only became known near the end of 2008 that the office would be up for election.”

With the election of Ms. Mauch, Zürich is now in good company.  Paris, Berlin and Hamburg have had openly living gay mayors for some time.  Zürich has now what is believed to be the first openly lesbian mayor among international top cities.

This year’s EuroPride will take place in Zürich from May 2 to June 7, 2009, with the parade on

Besides the opening party, the programme includes events such as the film festival "Pink Apple", the culture festival "Warmer Mai", specialised events, sports tournaments as well as a parade with party in the city centre of Zürich and several more parties.

A committed environmentalist, Ms. Mauch’s biography lists music as one of her interests.  She played bass with tow rock bands in the 1990s – “The Hoover” and “fallacy”.

Information about the EuroPride can be found on www.europride09.eu 

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Connie Mauch’s website (in German) 

 

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In 2004, Rady Ananda joined the growing community of citizen journalists. Initially focused on elections, she investigated the 2004 Ohio election, organizing, training and leading several forays into counties to photograph the 2004 ballots. She officially served at three recounts, including the 2004 recount. She also organized and led the team that audited Franklin County Ohio's 2006 election, proving the number of voter signatures did not match official results. Her work appears in three books.

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