“It's an outrage that the state senate has not acted on a single piece of LGBTQ legislation in the last five years. We need real leadership that doesn't just talk about problems, but also expends the political capital needs to solve them. I intimately understand the destructive power of discrimination, and take the commitment to eradicate it everywhere and for everyone personally.”
- 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
- Fought to secure millions of dollars to combat HIV/AIDS, worked to make health care more accessible to LGBTQ 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
- From his 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
- Sponsored “Respect for All Week” in our public schools to help promote understanding and combat bullying
- Homeless young people are at greater risk of physical and emotional trauma. That’s why it is so important that NYC expands service for this population including: creating a baseline funding structure to better meet this need that prevents cutbacks and in fact increases funding for homeless youth services, including beds to serve the LGBTQ population; Increase availability of supportive housing for LGBTQ youth; Ensure that homeless youth have access to sufficient mental health services; and provide family therapy interventions for runaway and homeless youth.
- Pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA)