Astoria Democrats and Brooklyn's Largest LGBT Political Club Back Chris Quinn as Mayor

Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn (LID), the borough’s largest LGBT organization, and Astoria’s Taminent Democratic Club, one of Queen’s oldest and most powerful clubs, both voted on Thursday to endorse City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn for Mayor of New York City. The club endorsements illustrate Speaker Quinn’s growing support and list of endorsements from elected officials, community leaders, advocacy groups and engaged New Yorkers.

“It is an honor to have the support of both Brooklyn’s Lambda Independent Democrats and Astoria’s Taminent Democratic Club,” said Speaker Quinn. “West Queens is both an exciting hub of culture and the heart of New York City’s middle class. I look forward to continuing my work with the Astoria community to further strengthen the beautiful neighborhood, and to grow its vibrant culture.”

Speaker Quinn continued, "Over the years, I have made it a top priority to fight for LGBT rights in New York City. I am looking forward to working with LID as Mayor, to continue to make strides towards full equality in New York.”

Taminent’s two district leaders, State Senator Michael Gianaris and Carolyn Scarano, hailed Speaker Quinn’s record and vision and expressed the club’s enthusiasm for the endorsement:

“As western Queens continues to grow more desirable as a residential destination and expand as an economic hub, we need a Mayor with the vision to keep us moving forward. Christine Quinn has an unparalleled record of achieving results for the people of New York City and has innovative and progressive ideas for the future. I have no doubt that as Mayor, Christine Quinn will build on her record of helping small business, improving our schools and keeping our streets safe. I am proud to support her as the next mayor of our great city,” said State Senator Gianaris.

“Astoria is one of the best places in New York to raise a family, and we need a mayor with the experience and leadership to help us keep it that way,” said District Leader Scarano. “Not only does Christine Quinn have the best plan to create new jobs, provide a better education for our children, and protect our residents from crime, but she has a record of results that proves she can do it. Christine Quinn is the most qualified candidate to take on the issues that are important to our community, and our club is proud to support her.”

Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, Executive Member of Taminent, said, “The Taminent Democratic Club is proud to endorse City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for Mayor. Speaker Quinn has uniquely established herself as a leading advocate for all New Yorkers.  We are confident that under her leadership our middle class families will see a lighter burden, our schools will better serve the interests of students, and small businesses will enjoy a climate in which they can thrive.  Speaker Quinn is the candidate with the right ideas for our city and, more importantly, the candidate with the ability to make these ideas a reality.”

“Speaker Quinn has been an invaluable resource for Brooklyn’s LGBT community. Her strong record of advocacy for marriage equality, LGBT family rights, transgender rights, and services for LGBT homeless youth and people living with HIV/AIDS, among other things, make her a true champion of our causes. I know that as Mayor, Christine Quinn will continue to fight for rights and services for LGBT New Yorkers, especially for the most vulnerable and underrepresented members of  our community. I look forward to working with her to make New York City a safer, more just place for all New Yorkers to seek opportunity and to call home.” said LID President Matthew T. McMorrow.

The Taminent Democratic Club was founded in 1931 by a group including Ralph DeMarco, who helped build the club into an influential organization in New York City and State politics. For decades the club was led by the late Gloria D'Amico, the first woman to ever hold the position of Queens County Clerk and a trailblazer for women in politics.

Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn (LID) is Brooklyn’s largest lesbian and gay political organization. Since 1978, the club has worked to elect progressive candidates and build relationships between elected officials and the LGBT community. The club has more than 4,000 members and supporters who continually work to advance equality for all New Yorkers.