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Lesbian SuperPAC Endorses Christine Quinn for NYC Mayor

LPAC offers an endorsement to Christine Quinn for NYC mayor today:

Quinn“LPAC is supporting Quinn because she supports the policies and holds values that matter to lesbians: fairness and opportunity for everyone, commitment to equal rights and social justice,” said LPAC Chair Sarah Schmidt. “As a values-based committee, LPAC works hard to elect candidates who champion issues that impact lesbians and our families: Quinn is a supporter of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, a defender of women’s rights, and an ally for social and economic justice. LPAC is proud to support her.”
 
LPAC will begin fundraising for Quinn today.
 
“As a New Yorker, I’m excited to support Chris because I believe she has the strength, the experience and the courage to lead on behalf of all parts of this city,” said LPAC Board Member Urvashi Vaid. “Quinn is a political leader who has stood up for women, LGBT people, and social and economic justice for all New Yorkers.”


Towleroad Interview: Christine Quinn

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BY COREY LAMBERT

In the spirit of LGBT Pride Weekend, Towleroad caught up with openly gay New York City mayoral candidate Christine Quinn to discuss how she'll celebrate, the recent Supreme Court victories and her plan to fight HIV/AIDS in New York City.

 

What are your plans for Pride this year?

I always go to the breakfast given each year by GOAL, the NYPD's Gay Officers Action League, and then it's straight to the parade. I'll be with my wife and my father and our extended family, as well as close friends, colleagues and staff. It's a rush marching down Fifth Avenue. I try to do the route twice. My favorite part is walking along the barricades talking to people and meeting folks who are there for the first time.

 

Do you have a favorite Pride memory?

I remember my first Pride like it was yesterday, even though it was over 20 years ago, and I will say that Pride 2011 was especially wonderful. Two nights before, New York had approved marriage equality, so there we were, about two million people lining Fifth Avenue and the streets of the Village, and the roar of pride and excitement was like nothing I had ever seen. This year's Pride is following the incredible wins at the Supreme Court, so I know we'll hear that roar again and that the roar will be heard across the country.

 

Speaking of the recent Supreme Court victories, can you discuss the LGBTQ issues that are most important to you?

The fight against HIV/AIDS is not over and as mayor I will establish an office of HIV/AIDS policy because we need to wage the fight out of City Hall, not the Health Department, so we can coordinate among city agencies. And clearly the issue of hate crimes has affected our community in a profound way. Despite the advances we’ve made, our community often does not feel safe and that isn't acceptable. When I was the Executive Director of the Anti-Violence Project I learned that hate crimes must be met with an overwhelming community response to let the world know that this will not be accepted. As mayor this will be a priority for me.

 

How do you think you've made a difference in the LGBTQ community?

From organizing against anti-LGBT violence as head of the Anti-Violence Project in the early 1990s to fighting to establish the HIV/AIDS Services Administration to playing an integral part in the fight for marriage equality and protecting funding for LGBT homeless and runaway youth as Speaker, I have delivered positive, affirming change for the community throughout my career in public life. But the work doesn't stop there. This week I'm releasing my LGBT policy plan detailing what my focus will be as mayor on behalf of the LGBT community. This includes eradicating anti-LGBT hate crimes, creating the first LGBT senior housing community, a focus on transgender civil rights, eliminating the waiting list for beds for LGBT homeless and runaway youth, the creation of the Mayor's Office for HIV/AIDS Policy and being a powerful presence in Albany and Washington. We also need to improve data collection as a city to ensure we are raising the level of community services for LGBT New Yorkers.

There's a saying that goes "If you're not at the table, you're on the menu." For LGBT New Yorkers, having a place at the table is key to ensuring that our issues are front and center. Standing up, being out, being visible and most importantly getting real results for the community you live in is how you make a difference.

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Christine Quinn Nabs Edie Endorsement, Weiner Campaigns at Stonewall DOMA Celebration: VIDEO

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Christine Quinn got the support of Edie Windsor at last night's SCOTUS celebration in front of NYC's historic Stonewall Inn, Politicker reports:

Politicker“I wasn’t going to announce who I was going to endorse until a decision was made … and it’s Christine Quinn!” said Ms. Windsor of the woman who–if elected–would become the city’s first female and openly gay mayor.

Ms. Quinn was about to begin her remarks in front of the thousands of people now gathered on Christopher Street to celebrate the ruling, when Ms. Windsor jumped up–as much as an 84-year-old woman can–and grabbed the microphone to make the endorsement.

Today, Edie Windsor appears in a new ad for Quinn's mayoral campaign.

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Also making sure to be seen at the Stonewall rally (complete with traveling campaign sign held aloft by a devoted supporter) was Anthony Weiner, who has vaulted to the frontrunner position according to at least one recent poll.

Writes photographer Josh Koll, who snapped the photo below:

A few rally-goers were so upset by potential NYC mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner's appearance (campaign signs and all) that they were yelling "GO AWAY! IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU!"

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Anthony Weiner Phoned Christine Quinn About the 'Dyke' Remark

Former Rep. and mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner called his opponent, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, about the controversy that erupted this week after Weiner failed to properly admonish a voter at a campaign event who referred to Quinn as a "dyke", The Ticket reports:

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On Friday, Quinn said she was “grateful” that Weiner clarified the interaction in his phone message to her—but she stopped short of saying whether he explicitly apologized.

“It is incredibly important for all New Yorkers—but particularly those in public life—to make very clear that in this city, the most diverse city in the world, in the city where the LGBT civil rights movement was born, that that type of language cannot be tolerated,” Quinn said, according to Politicker. “I think all of us need to re-commit to making sure that whenever we hear language of any type that is demeaning, derogatory, racists, sexist, homophobic, anything of that nature, that we speak out against it.”


Out NY Lawmakers Blast Anthony Weiner for Response to Voter Who Called Christine Quinn a 'Dyke'

Out NY Assembloywoman Deborah Glick and out NY state Senator Brad Hoylman have released a joint statement blasting mayorla candidate Anthony Weiner for his response to a voter who referred to Christine Quinn as a "dyke".

WeinerWeiner's conversation with the voter, according to the Washington Post:

The Twitter story isn’t going away; the Times inadvertently posted an article titled “For Women in Weiner Scandal, Indignity Lingers” before it was ready for publication, which was immediately taken down. And there are increasingly critical examinations of his scant legislative record. Yet no one in the race has the political capacity to relate to people like Weiner, who makes it a point to relate to everyone.

“You a registered Democrat?” he asked an elderly woman wheeling a shopping cart by him.

“I am,” she said. “And I’m not voting for uh, what’s her name? The dyke.”

“Okay. I just need you to sign the petition to get me on the ballot,” said Weiner, who then noticed the incredulous reaction of a reporter and added, “and you really shouldn’t talk that way about people.”

“Oh, I’m sorry,” the woman said.

“It’s okay,” Weiner responded. “It’s not your fault.”

Hoylman and Glick released a statement in response:

“We are appalled by the account in the Washington Post of Anthony Weiner’s unacceptable response to a prospective voter’s homophobic, misogynistic slur in reference to Christine Quinn. According to the reporter, Weiner at first ignored the slur. Then, after noticing the reporter, Weiner told the voter she ‘really shouldn’t talk that way about people.’  Finally, after the voter apologized, Weiner said, ‘It’s okay. It’s not your fault.’
 
“Weiner’s response to this blatant display of homophobia is completely inappropriate and extremely alarming. There is nothing ‘okay’ about homophobia and it’s never ‘okay’ to condone bias-based slurs or hate speech of any kind.
 The voter’s use of the term demonstrates the challenges women candidates and lesbians in particular face, and Weiner’s failure to swiftly and firmly condemn her language demonstrates his lack of moral courage.
 
“We demand an immediate apology from Mr. Weiner on behalf of LGBT and women New Yorkers.”


Christine Quinn Talks Anti-Gay Hate, the Mayoral Race with MSNBC's Thomas Roberts: VIDEO

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NYC City Council Speaker Christine Quinn joined Thomas Roberts on MSNBC today to talk about the recent spate of anti-gay hate crimes in NYC and what the city is doing about it, her record as speaker, and the negative ads that special interest groups are running against her in the mayoral race.

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