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Jackie Biskupski sworn in as Salt Lake City mayor with fiancée by her side

Jackie Biskupski sworn in as Salt Lake City mayor with fiancée by her side

Jackie Biskupski is the country's only lesbian mayor of a large city.

Jackie Biskupski was sworn in as the mayor of Salt Lake City on Monday (4 December) with her new fiancée by her side.

Biskupski won 52% of the vote in November to become the first LGBTI mayor of Utah’s capital.

‘As your new mayor, I commit to building an inclusive and welcoming city worthy of the unique history and legacy of this place we call home,’ she told a crowd of 500 supporters on the steps of the city-county building.

Biskupski, who became Utah’s first openly gay lawmaker in 1998, recalled how LGBTI rights got he into politics in the first place.

‘It was the courage of a group of East High School students who started the first Gay Straight Alliance and stood up to leaders who worked to ban a club intended to create a safe and welcoming space for kids.’ she said.

‘That sparked in me a responsibility to my own community.’

Biskupski is now the country’s only lesbian mayor of a large city, with Annise Parker having left office in Houston on Saturday after six years of service.

New city council member Derek Kitchen, the plaintiff in the lawsuit that struck down Utah’s gay marriage ban, was also took the oath of office on Monday.

‘We’re so excited to have Mayor Biskupski, and Council members Derek Kitchen and Stan Penfold,’ Troy Williams, executive director of LGBT group Equality Utah, told FOX 13.

‘It’s great for the gay community, for people to see our community stepping forward and serving the public.’