Ed Koch On Openly Gay Politicians: “I Helped Make That Happen”

ed kochThere are 50 states in the union and only 20 of them have laws—I was responsible for the city of New York—that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. [Homophobia] is not something I’d say has gone away. In the state of New York, it’s much different than it used to be. In other states, not so much.

I think [Christine Quinn run for mayor] is marvelous. I helped make that happen, and I’m very proud of that. Remember that in the first month of my administration, I issued an executive order barring discrimin ation based on such things. People were shocked.”

Former NYC mayor Ed Koch, ruminating on his legacy, in an interview with conducted shortly before his death.