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Christine C. Quinn
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Christine Quinn has spent her entire life working to make New Yorkers'
lives better. She served as a member of the New York City council from
1999-2013 and in 2006 was elected Speaker of the New York City Council,
making her the first woman and LGBT Speaker, as well as highest-ranking
openly gay official in City history. As Speaker of the City Council she
helped create thousands of new jobs in New York¹s five boroughs, passed
living wage legislation, and enacted a series of tenant protection laws
throughout the City. She was instrumental in working to see marriage
equality pass in the New York State Legislature and has been a national
leader in the marriage equality movement. Prior to serving in elected
office, she was the Chief of Staff to New York City Council member Tom
Duane, and was Executive Director of the Anti-Violence Project, where she
worked closely with the New York City Police Department to reduce hate
crimes. She currently serves on the Board of Athlete Ally, an organization
dedicated to ending homophobia and transphobia in sports, the Tyler
Clementi Foundation, and NARAL Pro-Choice New York.

She was recently appointed Senior Adviser to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and named a Harvard University Institute of Politics Spring 2015 Fellow. She and her wife Kim Catullo live in Chelsea, with her two rescue dogs Justin and Sadie.

Entries by Christine C. Quinn

New York is a Leader in the Fight Against Sexual Assault on College Campuses

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 6:17 PM

Sex assault and rape are huge problems on our campuses in New York and across the country. Indeed, evidence suggests that the information gap in this area adds to the problem and proves to be highly misleading for students and families.

Although all colleges and universities that receive federal...

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Spotlight on School Safety

(4) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 12:13 AM

By New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Council Education Chair Robert Jackson

Last week, the New York Times published an article that examined the rise in both the number of police officers and criminal charges for non-violent student behavior in America's schools. This is both...

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Women of All Ages Deserve Access to All Forms of Pregnancy Prevention

(47) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 9:53 AM

By Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Women's Issue Committee Chair Council Member Julissa Ferraras and Health Committee Chair Council Member Maria del Carmen Arroyo

Friday's momentous decision by a federal judge to overturn the age restrictions on sale of Plan B (the morning after pill) is long overdue and a landmark...

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Farewell, Mr. Mayor

(7) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 9:37 AM

All of New York City is in mourning today as we say goodbye to a great mayor, a great man and a great friend.

Ed Koch dedicated his life to the five boroughs. He loved this city fiercely and it loved him back. He saved us from the brink of...

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New York Must Lead the Way to Protect Women's Reproductive Rights

(2) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 1:53 PM

By Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Council Member Julissa Ferreras and Council Member Jessica Lappin

In light of egregious anti-choice laws being proposed around the country as we just passed the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, there is no time more critical than now to demonstrate our steadfast support...

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Some Starve While We Carve Turkey

(4) Comments | Posted November 22, 2012 | 4:32 PM

By Christine C. Quinn and Annabel Palma

For most of us, a Thanksgiving feast with friends and family is the order of the day. However, many of our fellow New Yorkers don't know where their next meal -- let alone their Thanksgiving turkey -- is coming from.

Superstorm Sandy has...

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Record Homelessness Calls for New Approach

(19) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 2:01 PM

This post was co-authored by Christine Quinn, Annabel Palma and Mary Brosnahan.

Imagine a child waking up each morning not knowing if he or she will have a place to sleep that night. Bouncing in and out of shelters, taking refuge in the crowded apartments of friends and relatives, staying...

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Let's Protect Our Children Against Bullying by Creating Safe and Inclusive Spaces in Schools

(7) Comments | Posted February 17, 2012 | 2:39 PM

Private Danny Chen took his own life in Afghanistan because of the hate and fear he felt around him. He enlisted in the army at the age of 19 to fight for ideals of freedom and democracy, only to face bullying and isolation from his fellow soldiers. We lost a...

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2011 a Banner Year for LGBT Rights, But There's Much More to Do in 2012

(27) Comments | Posted December 30, 2011 | 1:23 PM

This past year was an historic one for New York City's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. By working together, our families stood strong and proud, and through our collective strength and passion, we helped changed the landscape of our city for generations to come.

In June, New...

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On World Aids Day -- Go Out and Get Tested

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 11:51 AM

Today we commemorate World AIDS Day: the 30th anniversary of the first diagnosis of an epidemic that changed our lives forever. And while we've made major medical advances over the past three decades, we are still battling the spread of the disease into our communities.

On Tuesday, the City...

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We Need to Change New York City's Discriminatory Food Stamp Application Process

(10) Comments | Posted October 17, 2011 | 10:46 AM

By Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Council General Welfare Chair Annabel Palma and New York City Coalition Against Hunger Executive Director Joel Berg

It's not easy asking for help. But in these tough economic times, more New Yorkers than ever need an extra helping hand to keep their...

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Repealing DADT Is a Major Step Forward, But There's Still More Work to Be Done

(4) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 10:31 AM

The night Don't Ask Don't Tell formally ended, I was at a celebratory event at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. While I attend many events and cocktail parties in my role as Speaker of the New York City Council, this one was different. People weren't just celebrating the...

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New Ideas for Veterans

(16) Comments | Posted May 28, 2010 | 9:33 AM

Co-authored by Mathieu Eugene

As we set out to enjoy the kickoff of summer fun this Memorial Day weekend, let's also remember the men and women who gave their lives for America and those who are still protecting us every day.

In a few months time, we will begin to...

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A St. Patrick's Day to Remember

(4) Comments | Posted March 19, 2009 | 7:49 AM

Ever since I was a young girl, St. Patrick's Day has always been an important day for me and for my family. I remember my mother throwing elaborate parties for my grade school class at the aptly named St. Patrick's elementary school, and if it wasn't a school day we...

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Next Steps For LGBT Civil Rights

(2) Comments | Posted November 18, 2008 | 10:37 AM

Since Election Day, I, like many LGBT Americans and their allies, have felt torn in two. On November 4th I was overjoyed to see Barack Obama become President-elect of the United States, and incredibly proud that the LGBT community played a central role in his victory. I was full of...

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Proud to be a Community Organizer

(22) Comments | Posted September 14, 2008 | 3:36 PM

There's been a lot of talk in recent days about community organizers - and small town mayors. Now neither of these jobs usually gets a lot of press attention. But they both involve long days, hard work and yes, real responsibility.

So I was particularly disheartened to...

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