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Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Women Complicate The Story

As I read January 2nd’s Wall Street Journal story about the family of potential Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio (1), I was struck by the fact that New York City in 2013 will likely face a Democratic primary between an out lesbian candidate (New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and a man whose wife once identified as a lesbian, Chirlane MCray). Ms. Quinn is an out lesbian, who worked as a leader in New York’s LGBT movement before entering politics; she was married last year to her longtime partner Kim Catullo.  As normalized as gayness seems to be in New York, no one should underestimate how tough it will be for Quinn to win – no woman has ever been NYC mayor, much less a [...]