Openly gay Stephanie Woodruff miffed she didn't get Lavender's mayoral endorsement

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Last week, Lavender, an LGBT-focused magazine published in Minneapolis, came out with its 2013 city election endorsements.

The magazine endorsed Mark Andrew for mayor, writing:
Mayor of Minneapolis: Mark Andrew. He is the only real candidate with government and private sector experience who has common sense. (Betsy Hodges was one of the major pushers of taking over Excel Energy and have the city be responsible for your energy, a totally ludicrous $5 billion dollar debt position for the city).
Some commenters on Lavender's post are upset about that endorsement because they think it's too critical of Hodges's views about a possible municipal energy utility. But openly gay, Saran Wrap-loving darkhorse candidate Stephanie Woodruff is miffed because she thinks Minneapolis's leading LGBT publication shouldn't have overlooked her sexuality when making the choice.

Though there are 35 candidates on today's ballot, Woodruff appears to be one of just two who is openly gay (the other is one of the longest of the longshot candidates, Alicia Bennett).

In a conversation with City Pages, Woodruff -- an auditor who was appointed by Mayor Rybak to the city's Audit Committee and the Independence Party-endorsed candidate for mayor -- said that while Lavender did email her some LGBT-focused questions for an online profile, nobody from the magazine ever talked to her on the phone or informed her that the publication would eventually make an endorsement.

"I'm the only gay candidate in the race, so maybe the word 'endorsement' is used loosely," Woodruff said yesterday afternoon, at that point unaware of Bennett's sexual orientation.

"And I'm not saying I should get an endorsement because I'm gay," she continued. "But I represent the public that serves Lavender Magazine and have been out and open my entire career. As a trailblazer serving as the appointed official that I am... who the hell knows?"

But in a statement sent to City Pages, Lavender Media owner Stephen Rocheford said sexual orientation wasn't a factor when his magazine's editorial team was considering who to endorse.

Here's Rocheford's entire statement:
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Fortunately very few GLBT candidates are under the impression that they should be entitled to the entire community's vote.

There are 35 candidates for mayor. Although many candidates came to our events, called on our phones to ask our endorsement, we did not interview any candidates formally. We evaluated what they put forth on their campaign web sites, or in literature, what they said publicly, or their levels of government/private sector employment history and experience.

Unfortunately for Stephanie Woodruff, sexual orientation was not a part of the criteria used for selecting endorsements.
-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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12 comments
swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

I'd like to think this is a sign we're finally moving past identity politics, but I suspect there's a lot less to this.

Jonathan Healy
Jonathan Healy

So lame! Stephanie Woodruff deserved the endorsement. Not just because she's a lesbian, but because she's the best candidate for mayor.

Jason Kroll
Jason Kroll

Haven't we been bitching we want to be treated as equals? So if we're taking sexuality out of the equation, the endorsement should go to whomever is most qualified. Playing the LGBTA card failed.

Arkadi
Arkadi

"I'm not saying I should get an endorsement because I'm gay," she continued. "I'm just saying, I should get an endorsement because I'm gay."

bethann.bloom
bethann.bloom

More distressing is that Lavender ignored the one candidate who worked the hardest to defeat the hurtful marriage amendment and to support the Freedom to Marry legislation. While the endorsed candidate may talk the talk, Betsy Hodges is the one person in the mayor's race who worked hardest to expand the rights of the LGBT community. The polls are open until 8pm.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Voting based on sexuality is discriminatory. Ms. Woodfruff would be wise to support equal rights fully and not just when it benefits her political career or can be used to attack others.

weissman2
weissman2

A feature interview with the LGBT running candidates would have been more appropriate for this publication.  However, I am NOT surprised one bit they missed the ball on this, whatsoever.

Shannon Moore
Shannon Moore

Sexuality has nothing to do with political competency. Seriously though, I blame the Saran Wrap dress.

Sandra Fredine
Sandra Fredine

Smart choices should trump obvious choice. Personally, I know some gay republicans...go figure.

Tyler Dean Jacobson
Tyler Dean Jacobson

"Unfortunately for Stephanie Woodruff, sexual orientation was not a part of the criteria used for selecting endorsements."

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