Christine Quinn is running to be New York City‘s next mayor. Quinn, who is currently the (term-limited) Speaker of the New York City Council, and has served on the City Council since 1999, is also the first woman and the first openly-gay person to hold that position. And she’s been racking up endorsements, like one from the Empire State Pride Agenda, a group largely credited with being part of a coalition that helped achieve marriage equality in New York State, and EMILY’s List, a group focused on helping pro-choice Democratic women win elected office.
Today, Speaker Quinn can add the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund to her list of endorsers:
“Christine Quinn’s record leading New York, in some of the city’s most challenging times, speaks for itself. She has been a tireless advocate for all of the people of New York, passing seven on-time city budgets, expanding access to pre-kindergarten slots for tens of thousands of New Yorkers, and keeping thousands of teachers from being laid off. But she is also a hero to members of the LGBT community across New York and around the country, who see her honest and open service as a symbol of what’s possible for all of us,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund. “Her election would send a clear message that there are no barriers, no glass ceilings in New York City for LGBT leaders who want to serve their city as public officials.”
The New Civil Rights Movement has yet to weigh in, but we have great concerns, including the fact that, although Chuck Wolfe claims her record “speaks for itself,” that’s really just an easy way of getting around the fact that it, in fact, does — but it may not be as positive as some would like to believe.
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