PHOTO: On Sunday, State Sen. Brad Hoylman was sworn into office, making him the only openly gay member of that legislative body.
It was a family affair, as Hoylman’s husband, David, and their toddler Silvia joined the lawmaker on stage at the FIT Haft Auditorium.
District Judge J. Paul Oetken, the first openly gay man to serve on the federal bench, swore Hoylman into office.
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Hoylman’s openly gay predecessor, Tom Duane, attended the ceremony, which also featured a reading by poet Maureen McLane and a performance by a string quartet from the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.
Elected to New York’s 27th Senate District in November, Hoylman represents parts of Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Greenwich Village and other Manhattan neighborhoods. Previously, he served three terms as chair of Manhattan Community Board 2, and has been an LGBT and Democratic activist in Greenwich Village for more than two decades.