Berlin’s first openly gay mayor has announced that he will resign in December of this year, ending a 13 year stint in the city’s top job. Klaus Wowereit’s reputation has taken a beating recently over a project to build a new airport for the German capital.
Wowereit was credited for making his city a major tourism destination for young people, dubbing Berlin ‘poor but sexy,’ attracting young travelers from around the world, and was a popular Social Democrat leader for his city for over a decade.
However a downturn in his support had made his job difficult and he decided to quit despite there being another two years before an election was due. Wowereit is credited with turning Berlin into an ‘international metropolis.’
He famously dismissed worries about his sexuality being a barrier to winning office prior to his election in 2001 by saying, ‘I am gay and that’s OK.’