by Rex Wockner
International News Briefs
Voters in Zurich, Switzerland, elected an openly lesbian mayor March 29.
Corine Mauch, 48, won the seat after her predecessor took an early retirement.
She has agreed to deliver a speech in May at the opening ceremony for EuroPride, which is being held in Zurich this year.
EuroPride spokesman Michael Rueegg called Mauch’s election “a real stroke of luck (that) none of us really expected.”
Other European cities with openly gay mayors include Berlin (Klaus Wowereit), Paris (Bertrand Delanoe) and Hamburg (Ole von Beust). Iceland has an openly lesbian prime minister, Johanna Sigurardottir.