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NEW YORK CITY: Gay Activist Corey Johnson Explores Bid For City Council

Towleroad tips us that New York City-based activist Corey Johnson, about whom I've written for several years, is exploring a bid to replace Christine Quinn, who will be term-limited out of her City Council seat next year.
Mr. Johnson, who is one of the youngest Community Board Chairmen in the city, previously worked as deputy director for programs at GLAAD. He was among the expected candidates in the potential field that includes Yetta Kurland, an attorney who hosts her own radio show, Brad Hoylman, the chair of Community Board 2, and Andrew Berman, the executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation. Interestingly, as City & State pointed out, all of these candidates identify as LGBT and the race highlights some of the disagreements and political divisions within the community.
RELATED: Johnson appeared on MSNBC in February to explain GLAAD's support for Ellen DeGeneres in the face of the Million Moms boycott. Johnson first came to national attention in 2000 when he became the nation's first openly gay high school football captain.

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