- July 30, 2013
Post submitted by David McCabe, HRC Digtial Media intern
New York City mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, who if elected would become the city's first openly LGBT mayor, has once again taken the lead in the race for the Democratic nomination, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University.
If elected, New York would become the largest municipality in the country with an openly gay mayor. Quinn, who is currently the chair of the New York City Council, would also be the city's first female mayor.
HRC endorsed Quinn’s candidacy in February, citing her unparalleled experience leading the city, including her experience with the budget process and preventing layoffs of teachers and firefighters.
She stood with HRC and other organizations that successfully fought for marriage equality in New York in 2011. She has supported efforts to end violence against LGBT New Yorkers and protected funding for HIV/AIDS service providers.
Edie Windsor, who brought the case against the United States government that resulted in Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act being declared unconstitutional, endorsed Quinn shortly after her victory at the Supreme Court.