All four current LGBTQ members are termed out this year;
12 Victory Fund candidates could double the record for LGBTQ representation;
Many of the candidates will be historic firsts
Washington, DC – LGBTQ Victory Fund has a dozen LGBTQ endorsed New York City Council candidates on the ballot in next Tuesday’s primaries – many of whom will make history if elected. If all 12 win their races, the council will have more LGBTQ members than any city council or single state legislative chamber anywhere in the nation. It would also more than double the current record for the number of out LGBTQ New York City Council members who served at one time, which is five.
But with all four current LGBTQ members of the New York City Council termed out this year and many of the non-incumbent races still close, there is some concern that LGBTQ representation on the council could be smaller – or even non-existent – after the elections. The primaries on Tuesday will determine most – if not all – the races for 2021, as the general elections are less competitive.
“New York City’s slate of LGBTQ council candidates are a reflection of the city they aim to represent, and many will make political history if elected in November,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund. “With this election, the New York City Council could have more LGBTQ members than any other single legislative body in the nation, or have zero LGBTQ representation as the sitting LGBTQ members term out. Therefore, it is vital LGBTQ and allied voters turnout for LGBTQ candidates and ensure our community continues to have a strong presence on the council.”
LGBTQ Victory Fund staff and volunteers will be on-the-ground in New York City on Tuesday to help encourage voters to get to the polls. Media interested in speaking with New York City council candidates or Victory Fund staff can contact Elliot Imse at firstname.lastname@example.org to setup an interview.
The 12 council candidates endorsed by Victory Fund are:
- Amit Bagga (District 26): Would be the first out LGBTQ South Asian elected to the council.
- Erik Bottcher (District 3): Would preserve LGBTQ representation in the 3rd district, a legacy seat that is home to the Stonewall Inn.
- Tiffany Cabán (District 22): Would be the first out LGBTQ person elected to the 22nd District seat.
- Marti Gould Allen-Cummings (District 7): Would be the first non-binary person elected in New York state.
- Wilfredo Florentino (District 42): Would be the first out LGBTQ representative in the 42nd district.
- Crystal Hudson (District 35): Would be the first Black out LGBTQ woman elected to the council (along with Kirstin Richardson Jordan, if she wins election too).
- Jeffrey Omura (District 6): Would be the first Japanese-American elected in New York state and the first out gay person to represent the Upper West Side.
- Chi Ossé (District 36): Would be the youngest person ever elected to the council.
- Josue Pierre (District 40): Would be the first Afro-Caribbean out LGBTQ person elected to the council.
- Alfonso Quiroz (District 25): Would maintain LGBTQ representation in the 25th District.
- Kirstin Richardson Jordan (District 9): Would be the first Black out LGBTQ woman elected to the council (along with Crystal Hudson, if she wins election too).
- Lynn Schulman (District 29): Would be the first out queer person elected to any public office from Queens.
If 12 out LGBTQ members serve on the New York City Council next year, it will surpass the New Hampshire state House in having the most LGBTQ members of a city council or state legislative chamber. The New Hampshire state House currently has 11 out LGBTQ members.
Beyond the council, two other potential history-making candidates are endorsed by Victory Fund. Council Speaker Corey Johnson, running for Comptroller, would be the first out LGBTQ person elected citywide in New York City, and state Senator Brad Hoylman, running for Manhattan Borough President, would be the first out LGBTQ person elected to a borough president position.
More information about all of Victory Fund’s endorsed candidates is available at victoryfund.org/ourcandidates. Since 1991, Victory Fund has helped thousands of openly LGBTQ candidates win local, state and federal elections.
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