Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is receiving praise from social media after gracefully shutting down an awkward question during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new LGBTQ+ shelter.
The unidentified person, who posed the question, first praised the mayor for her work in the LGBTQ+ community. The person then proceeds to question the mayor about her sexuality.
“Mayor, I’m a little concerned because there is this word that you’re lesbian and you are in the closet. Why is that the case?” he said.
The mayor briefly chuckled before responding.
“Well, I’m not in the closet,” she said with a gracious smile while the crowd followed up with laughter and applause.
The unwavering mayor then asked the man if he had anything else to say.
“What’s the question?” Bowser asked.
Today @MayorBowser was asked at a press conference to address a rumor that she’s a closeted lesbian. After appearing speechless for a moment, she said, “Well, I’m not in the closet.” pic.twitter.com/Ejo4bpt5dZ
— Ally Schweitzer WAMU 88.5 (@allyschweitzer) July 15, 2022