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Historic Number of LGBTQIA+ Black and Brown Candidates Running for 2021 NYC Council

The current New York City Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus has five term-limited members, only two of whom are members of color. Voters will see an unprecedented number of LGBTQIA+ candidates on their ballots next year, including seven Black and Brown folks to date.

We are proud to form a coalition of Black and Brown progressive candidates this Pride Month that offer an historic choice to voters in next year’s elections. We represent the complex intersections of identities that embody many New Yorkers who have never before had the opportunity to see themselves reflected on the Council.

We wish to thank every member of the current LGBT Caucus for both opening the door wider to increased representation, and securing historic gains for LGBTQIA+ people across this city. We also hope to add more names to our coalition in the coming days as new candidates continue to enter races across the city.

New York City is experiencing an overdue reckoning, as we take to the streets in solidarity with Black lives, demand systemic policing reform and work to change discriminatory legislation that targets our trans siblings for simply existing.

We thank the people of New York for demanding the future we know is within our grasp as our historic coalition marches toward City Hall.

Our work is just beginning.

A person votes during the midterm election at P.S. 20 in Manhattan in New York City, U.S., November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Sincerely,

Wilfredo Florentino — Candidate, New York City Council — 42nd District (East New York, New Lots, Remsen Village, Spring Creek, Starrett City)

Chris Sosa — Candidate, New York City Council -5th District (Upper East Side’s Yorkville, Lenox Hill, Carnegie Hill, Roosevelt Island, Midtown East, Sutton Place, El Barrio in East Harlem)

Josue Pierre — Candidate, New York City Council — 40th District (Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Kensington, Midwood, Prospect Park, and Prospect Lefferts Gardens)

Elisa Crespo — Candidate, New York City Council — 15th District (Bedford Park, Fordham, Mount Hope, Bathgate, Belmont, East Tremont, West Farms, Van Nest, Allerton, Olinville)

Kristin Richardson Jordan — Candidate, New York City Council — 9th District (Central Harlem, Morningside Heights, Upper West Side, East Harlem)

Crystal Hudson — Candidate, New York City Council — 35th District (Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Bedford Stuyvesant)

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