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Associated Press profiles trans candidate for NYC Council

wymoreMel Wymore, a candidate for the New York City Council, was the subject of a profile by the Associated Press today.  If elected, Wymore would become the first out trans official in New York, the country’s largest municipality.

“I want to create the inclusive community, and it goes beyond my personal identity,” Wymore, 51, told the AP. “But it actually lends a lot to my story and my credibility as a candidate. I’m honest, I’m brave, I’m forthright, and I’m willing to stand up for change.”

Only about a half dozen openly transgender Americans have served in elective office in the U.S., but for Wymore winning a seat on the Council is less about being a trailblazer than taking a next step in his role as a public servant.

“During 17 years on a city-appointed community board, two as chairman, Wymore raised money to renovate a run-down city recreation center that reopened Monday after facing a shaky future for years, among other projects. Colleagues say he’s eagerly consultative but focused on finding resolution,” AP’s Jennifer Peltz reported.

Wymore is endorsed by the Victory Fund, and is a graduate of the Victory Institute’s Candidate and Campaign Training.

Christine Quinn launches historic campaign for mayor of NYC

quinn victoryNew York City could become the largest municipality in the world to elect an openly gay mayor if City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is successful in her bid for the job.  Quinn officially kicked off her campaign today, releasing a biographical video that touts her love of the city where she grew up.

Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund, said the group’s endorsement of Quinn was an easy call.  ”Chris is so clearly and deeply passionate about New York City and the people who call it home.  She works hard to make sure the city works for everyone, and that’s what people expect of their elected leaders,” said Wolfe.  ”As mayor of New York City, she will be a worldwide symbol of what openly LGBT people can achieve when we work hard, earn the respect of our communities and fight to win.”

Quinn would become the first woman and the first openly LGBT person to serve as mayor of New York City.

Victory Fund backs trans candidate for N.Y. City Council

melwymoreThe Victory Fund announced today it endorsed 17 candidates in February, bringing to 38 the total number of openly LGBT political candidates backed by the group so far in 2013.

Included in the new slate is Mel Wymore, an openly transgender candidate who is running for a seat on the New York City Council.  Wymore has worked to better his Upper West Side neighborhood for more than 20 years, including 17 as a member of his local Community Board.  He will be competing for an open seat on the Council.

“I’ve worked to achieve tangible and sustainable improvements to quality of life on the Upper West Side, and will work tirelessly for every one of my constituents as a Member of  the NYC Council,” said Wymore.  ”I’m honored to have the Victory Fund’s endorsement.  It will empower us to invite more people to get involved and join the campaign, and that’s really exciting.”

“We are fortunate that outstanding LGBT leaders like Mel Wymore are stepping up to serve cities and states across America.  All of our newly-endorsed candidates have strong records of community involvement and service, and they’re showing both their colleagues and young people that LGBT Americans have much to offer as leaders in politics and government,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund.

The full list of February endorsements:

Benjamin Allatt–Harrisburg, Pa., City Council

Adam Carranza–Mountain View, Calif., School Board

José Cisneros–Treasurer, San Francisco

Daniel Dromm–New York City Council

John Duran–West Hollywood, Calif., City Council

Tim Eustace–New Jersey State Assembly, District 38

Jim Ireton–Mayor, Salisbury, Md.

Dave Kaplan–Des Moines, Wash., City Council

Michael Laster–Houston City Council

Dan Manning–Fon du Lac, Wis., City Council

Rosie Mendez–New York City Council

Teege Mettille–Appleton, Wis., City Council

Thomas Peters–School Board, University City, Mo.

Jeffrey Prang–West Hollywood, Calif., City Council

Karin Uhlich–Tucson, Ariz., City Council

James Van Bramer–New York City Council

Mel Wymore–New York City Council

Quinn’s lead widens in NYC mayoral race

Christine QuinnAccording to a poll released Thursday night, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn continues to lead by a wide margin in the race to become NYC’s next mayor.

Quinn registered at 37 percent in the new poll conducted by NY1 and Marist College. She needs 40 percent to avoid a runoff in the Democratic primary.

Other Democratic candidates trail Quinn by significant margins. Former Comptroller Bill Thompson came in second place in the poll with 13 percent, and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio followed with 12 percent.

On the Republican side, Joseph Lhota, former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, leads his party with 20 percent . The WSJ notes, “The poll showed each of the major Democratic contenders beating Mr. Lhota in hypothetical match-ups. For example, Ms. Quinn outpaces Mr. Lhota 64 percent to 18 percent.”

Quinn’s election would make her New York City’s first openly LGBT mayor, and would make the city the world’s largest municipality ever to be led by an openly gay mayor.

The Victory Fund announced its endorsement of Christine Quinn for mayor of New York City in January. Chuck Wolfe, President and CEO of the Victory Fund, told Gay Politics, “Her election would send a clear message that there are no barriers, no glass ceilings in New York City for LGBT leaders who want to serve their city as public officials.”

Victory Fund endorses Quinn for mayor of New York City

20120506_VictoryFundEvent_285-1852953731-O (533x800)The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund today announced its endorsement of New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for mayor of New York.  Quinn’s election would make New York the world’s largest municipality ever to be led by an openly gay mayor.

“Christine Quinn’s record leading New York, in some of the city’s most challenging times, speaks for itself.  She has been a tireless advocate for all of the people of New York, passing seven on-time city budgets, expanding access to pre-kindergarten slots for tens of thousands of New Yorkers, and keeping thousands of teachers from being laid off.  But she is also a hero to members of the LGBT community across New York and around the country, who see her honest and open service as a symbol of what’s possible for all of us,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund.  “Her election would send a clear message that there are no barriers, no glass ceilings in New York City for LGBT leaders who want to serve their city as public officials.”

This latest endorsement comes on top of endorsements Quinn has received from national and statewide organizations such as EMILY’s List and Empire State Pride Agenda.

The Victory Fund also announced it has endorsed 21 openly LGBT candidates so far for 2013 races, including mayoral candidates in Seattle, Minneapolis, Houston, Harrisburg, Pa., and Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Victory Fund is the nation’s largest LGBT political action committee and the only national organization dedicated to growing the number of openly LGBT elected officials at all levels of government throughout the United States.  In 2012, Victory endorsed 180 candidates, with 124 of those going on to win their races, including U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and six members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

2013 Victory Fund-endorsed candidates through January:

Mayoral Races

Mark Kleinschmidt for Mayor, Chapel Hill, N.C. (incumbent)
Daniel Miller for Mayor, Harrisburg, Pa.
Ed Murray for Mayor, Seattle
Annise Parker for Mayor, Houston (incumbent)
Christine Quinn for Mayor, New York City
Gary Schiff for Mayor, Minneapolis

Municipal Legislative Races

Chris Anderson for City Council, Chattanooga, Tenn., District 7
Mike Bonin for City Council, Los Angeles, District 11
Don Bourque for Board of Selectman, Webster, Mass.
Joel Burns for City Council, Fort Worth, Texas, District 9 (incumbent)
Shane Cohn for Board of Aldermen, St. Louis, Ward 25 (incumbent)
Dwayne Crenshaw for City Council, San Diego, District 4
Scott Criqui for City Commission, Lawrence, Kansas
Matt Haag for City Council, Rochester, N.Y. (incumbent)
Robert Lilligren for City Council, Minneapolis, Ward 6
Lawrence Robinson for City Council, Phoenix, District 8
Chris Seelbach for City Council, Cincinnati, At-Large (incumbent)

Other Municipal Races

Carol Becker for Board of Estimate and Taxation, Minneapolis
Ron Galperin for City Controller, Los Angeles
David Vela for Board of Trustees, Los Angeles Community College District, Seat 6

State Legislative Races

Reed Gusciora for N. J. State Assembly, District 15 (incumbent)