Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund praises Christine Quinn, other candidates in NY elections

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New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn lost her campaign for mayor in the nation’s largest city, placing third in the Democratic primary.

Quinn, had she won the primary and then the general election, would have been New York City’s first female mayor, as well as its first openly gay or lesbian mayor.

In a statement to supporters of Quinn at the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, president and CEO Chuck Wolfe said, “There’s no sugar-coating what an emotional loss this is for her, her many supporters, and all of us here at the Victory Fund. 

I’ve known Chris for a long time. She has been a remarkably effective and passionate advocate for LGBT equality and, most importantly, for everyone who calls New York City home. Few people are as committed to anything as Chris is to New York, but I can tell you that all of us at Victory were behind this campaign with all our hearts. We are grateful that you stood with us.

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Wolfe observed that since its founding, New York City has had more than 100 mayors, and all of them have been men.

“That’s a hell of a glass ceiling,” he said. “Even in New York, women and LGBT candidates have steeper hills to climb, and that’s why we continue to fight for people like Chris, who was battling a centuries-old tradition of electing only men to Gracie Mansion. We will never, ever back down from those tough races, because that kind of courage deserves our support.

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The Victory Fund on Sept. 10 celebrated some victories in New York state – eight of its 10 endorsed candidates won elections, including city council candidates Carlos Menchaca, Rosie Mendez and Ritchie Torres.

Wolfe said, “We're incredibly proud of these candidates and all the others who fought hard throughout this grueling campaign season.

 As tough as Chris's loss is for all of us, we will continue to work on groundbreaking campaigns across the country.”

The Victory Fund was founded to encourage progressive openly LGBT people to run for office, train LGBT candidates and endorse LGBT candidates.