City Council speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn on Friday unveiled an ambitious agenda for the LGBT community.
It comes just days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down of a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act.
With more celebration to come at the Pride Parade this Sunday, Quinn is capitalizing on the moment to unveil her LGBT policy priorities if elected mayor.
Speaking in the West Village, Quinn said she plans to create a mayor’s office on HIV/AIDS. She also said she would establish the first LGBT senior housing community, and set a goal of becoming the first city in country to eradicate hate crimes.
Quinn also pledged $12 million a year toward increasing beds for homeless LGBT youth, noting an estimated 40 percent of homeless and runaway youth are LGBT.
"Look, a lot of people are going to tell you what they plan to do for the LGBT community when they’re mayor. And I just told you some of the things I plan to do. But nobody who is running has the kind of record I have having delivered for the LGBT and the HIV community, as an elected official and throughout my entire career. Talk is cheap. Press releases are easy. Delivering is hard. That’s what I’ve done for the LGBT and HIV community, that’s what I’ll do for them as mayor," Quinn said,.
Quinn is seeking to become the city's first openly gay mayor.
NY1 will have more on today's mayoral campaign trail appearances on tonight’s edition of "Road to City Hall" at 7 and 10 p.m.