It’s Official: Christine Quinn Announces Intention To Be New York’s First (Openly) Gay Mayor

It was always a question of “when,” not “if”: New York City Council Chair Christine C. Quinn officially launched her campaign for mayor today.

It a YouTube clip (above) she posted on Twitter, the out politician discusses her background and credentials, from her upbringing on Long Island to her work on the council, balancing budgets and raising wages.  “I’m not about talking and finger-pointing and complaining—I’m about getting things done.”

Her sexuality doesn’t really come up—though it’s not like Quinn, 46, has ever tried to keep it a secret: She and wife Kim M. Catullo were married in a high-profile ceremony last year attended by current Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer.

Prior to getting elected to City Council in 1999, Quinn ran the Housing Justice Campaign and the New York City Anti-Violence Project. If she wins in November, she’ll be the first woman and the first openly gay person to become mayor of the Big Apple.

Though Mayor Bloomberg has been elusive in crowing her his successor, Quinn has already received endorsements from the Human Rights Campaign, several labor unions and even former Mayor Ed Koch.

She might not want to put that last one on her campaign literature, though.



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