I am personally asking you to simply go to this site and in one minute add your name to those endorsing City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for Mayor of New York City!
There are those who suggest the power of having an open lesbian mayor of New York City is just not important. They want you to believe that electing our own and electing the first woman mayor is no longer a historic event. That we have elected other mayors in other cities so we essentially have 'been there, done that'.
They are wrong.
That would only be the case if City Council Speaker Christine Quinn wasn't qualified to be Mayor and hadn't really delivered big time in the marriage equality battle in New York State.
Quinn has used the power of her office time and time again to force others to support not only marriage equality but also other issues that lead to full equality for LGBT Americans. She went far beyond what any expected of her in that role.
The National Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and Emily's List have both endorsed her candidacy believing she would become a not only a powerful symbol but also a critical person in the LGBT and feminist struggle for full equality. As Mayor in the world's most powerful city, home to the United Nations and most of the nation's media, her ability to help us move forward in our battle to achieve total freedom and equality for LGBT Americans would be unparalleled.
This year we have candidates running for Mayor in Seattle, Minneapolis and New York City. Each and every one of them is important in our battle for equality. Having worked over thirty years to elect LGBT people to office, I am here to tell you that each and everyone of these campaigns are critical in our struggle.
While we appreciate and value our straight allies that hold office, we have learned time and time again there is simply no replacement for having our own elected. We have seen it in battle after battle, legislature after legislature and city by city.
While I don't always agree with Christine Quinn 100% of the time, the fact of the matter is that I would not agree with any candidate 100% of the time. There is no question that she has the experience and will do an outstanding job as mayor.
There is also no question, that if Christine Quinn is elected mayor of the nation's largest city and the world's most powerful one, that it would be historic and critical to the future of LGBT Americans.