New York City Council LGBT Caucus

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The New York City Council LGBT Caucus is a caucus of LGBT members of the New York City Council.[1] The Caucus' stated purpose is "to advance the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) individuals through education, legislation, public policy changes and advocacy" and "to increase the visibility of LGBT New Yorkers through events, forums and media outreach."[1] The Caucus has grown from membership of as low as two members in 2005[2] to seven as of 2017. Current speaker Corey Johnson is a member of the caucus, as was former speaker Christine Quinn.

Current members[edit]

Name Residence Party Years in Council
Jimmy Van Bramer Queens Democratic 2010–present
Daniel Dromm Queens Democratic 2010–present
Corey Johnson Manhattan Democratic 2014–present
Ritchie Torres Bronx Democratic 2014–present
Carlos Menchaca Brooklyn Democratic 2014–present

Former members[edit]

Name Residence Party Years in Council
James Vacca Bronx Democratic 2006–2017
Rosie Méndez Manhattan Democratic 2002–2017
Christine Quinn Manhattan Democratic 1999-2013
Margarita López Manhattan Democratic 1997–2006
Phil Reed Manhattan Democratic 1998–2005
Antonio Pagán Manhattan Democratic 1992–1998
Thomas Duane Manhattan Democratic 1992–1998

Activities[edit]

In the 2010 legislative session, the LGBT Caucus was responsible for introducing a resoutlion seeking U.S. Congress to repeal it's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military.[3]

In 2016, Daniel Dromm, a former public school teacher and member of the Caucus, led the effort in funding the first LGBT liaison within the NYC Department of Education Office of Safety and Youth Development, with the goal of fighting LGBT intolerance and seeking ways to be inclusive to LGBT communities.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "LGBT Caucus". Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  2. ^ "ON CITY COUNCIL, lgbt CAUCUS DOWN TO TWO". gaycitynews.nyc. Retrieved 2017-03-16.
  3. ^ "Caucuses Weigh In: The To-Do List for NYC's City Council". MetroFocus. 2011-09-23. Retrieved 2017-03-16.
  4. ^ "Biography". Daniel Dromm. Retrieved 2017-03-16.
  5. ^ "Ed Department's First LGBTQ Liaison Aims to Make Schools Safe for Everyone". DNAinfo New York. Archived from the original on 2017-03-16. Retrieved 2017-03-16.

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