“It’s an outrage that the State Senate has not acted on a single piece of LGBT legislation in the last five years. We need real leadership that doesn’t just talk about problems, but also expends the political capital needed to solve them. I intimately understand the destructive power of discrimination, and take the commitment to eradicate it everywhere and for everyone personally.”

  • Robert’s Record:
    • From my first days in the City Council 15 years ago, he was proud  to co-sponsor a resolution urging the State Legislature and the Governor to support the Dignity for All Students Act, and urging the Mayor and the New York City Board of Education to address the needs and protect the rights of students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender;
    • In 2004 cosponsored a resolution calling upon the Mayor to instruct the City Clerk to recognize the fundamental rights of same-sex partners by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the City of New York;
    • Sponsored “Respect for All Week” in our public schools to help promote understanding and combat bullying.
    • Fought to secure millions of dollars to combat HIV/AIDS, worked to make health care more accessible to LGBT seniors and to homeless gay youth, and every year to make allocations to the Gay Men's Crisis Center.
    • One of the first elected officials to record an “It Gets Better” video. (http://www.itgetsbetter.org/video/entry/1388)

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