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Gay man with HIV elected as New York City Council speaker for first time ever

Gay man with HIV elected as New York City Council speaker for first time ever

Corey Johnson, a gay man with HIV, was elected as NYC Council speaker.

Corey Johnson was elected speaker of the New York City Council on Wednesday (3 January).

Johnson, 35, is an openly gay member of the Council. He’s also the first ever openly HIV positive politician in New York. It’s the second-most powerful elected position in the city after mayor.

Both Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYC Council congratulated Johnson via tweets.

Johnson, 35, is from Massachusetts. He came out in 2000, when he was captain of his high school football team. For a time, he was the political director at Towleroad.

He first ran for NYC Council in 2013, winning with 86% of the vote. As of December 2016, he’s passed 18 pieces of legislation.

Most of his policies focus on rent regulation, tenant protection, and helping New Yorkers with HIV and AIDS, as well as other various LGBTQ rights.

‘Honored and humbled’

After his election, Johnson took to Twitter to express his gratitude and eagerness in a lengthy thread.

He thanked various people who have supported him, including his mother.

He also addressed the progess the city has made on various fronts.

As well as the problems that persist.

Now, as speaker, he’s ready to tackle these issues and make the city better.

Finally, he finishes the thread by addressing the Council and writing it’s time to get to work.

H/t: Washington Blade