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Coalition Launches to Ensure Queer Representation in NYC...

LGBTQ by 2021

LGBTQ leaders and supporters gathered on the step of New York City Hall to announce the launch of LGBTQ in 2021.
(Photo by Nora Thomas for WFUV News)

A new coalition is launching an initiative to help ensure queer representation in the New York City Council in 2021. The group, LGBTQ in 2021, is hoping to address the vacancies that will be left by all five queer council members who will step down due to term limits. The coalition, joined by Bronx City Councilman Ritchie Torres, intends to recruit and train potential candidates for the next term. 
Speaking at the launch, Councilman Torres said "progress does not happen by accident. It's not handed to us on a silver platter. We have to organize for it. We have to fight for it. We have to recruit candidates, raise funds, knock on doors, and win elections."
LGBTQ in 2021 is partnering with 21 in '21, an organization seeking to elect 21 women to the City Council, and hopes to break the Council's record of 7 queer representatives.
Story by Nora Thomas