LGBT City Council Members Rosie Mendez and Jimmy Van Bramer Back Christine Quinn for Mayor

Citing her strong record of LGBT activism, New York City Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer and Rosie Mendez endorsed City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn for Mayor today. The council members specifically lauded her efforts to promote marriage equality in New York and ensure LGBT family rights, her advocacy against hate crimes, her leadership in repeatedly saving funding for LGBT homeless youth and her work to ensure that those living with HIV and AIDS have access to the services they need.

“Speaker Quinn has been a tireless activist for New York’s City’s LGBT community,” said Council Member Mendez. “Her strong voice in support of marriage equality, and a broad spectrum of LGBT civil rights issues have been immeasurably valuable.  Her work fighting for and protecting tenants rights and her unparalled record preserving and protecting affordable housing will continue as mayor. I look forward to being a part of the effort to make history and get her elected.”

“As a leader in the LGBT community for two decades, Speaker Quinn has a deep understanding of the issues that are important to LGBT New Yorkers. From helping to secure marriage equality, preventing discrimination and bullying in schools, and tirelessly fighting in support of hate crime victims, Speaker Quinn has been a true advocate and leader. She has fought for immigrant rights, to protect the rights of women to choose, and has been a committed supporter of our city's libraries and cultural centers. Her dedication to making New York City a better place for all, including LGBT people, makes her the best person to lead the city and the clear choice for mayor,” said Council Member Van Bramer. 

“It is an honor to be endorsed by fellow City Council Members Van Bramer and Mendez.  As Mayor of New York City I will continue to build on my record of making this city supportive of all of its residents, and one that is tolerant and accepting of all,” said Speaker Quinn. “I’m incredibly proud of strides we have made to improve the lives of New Yorkers, to fight bullying, to combat hate in all its forms and to support vital LGBT programs. I’m committed to continuing this work and seeing my vision for New York City become a reality as mayor.”

As Speaker, Christine Quinn has been a dedicated advocate for New York City’s LGBT community. She was a leader in the fight for marriage equality in New York State, and repeatedly traveled to Albany to lobby for the cause. She has worked to strengthen LGBT family rights by working with same sex parents to form an advisory group to the Schools Chancellor, by funding programs that serve LGBT youth and by passing a resolution urging the Federal Government to pass the Uniting American Families Act, which would end immigration discrimination against bi-national couples. She has forcefully spoken out against hate crimes and created a citywide Day Out Against Hate. Speaker Quinn has also been at the forefront of New York City’s fight against HIV and AIDS, helping create the HIV/AIDS Service Administration and repeatedly leading the City Council’s effort to protect HIV/AIDS funding.