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07/01/2011

Speaker Quinn: NY is like its own territorial 'It Gets Better' campaign

by Jeremy Hooper

For this gay boy, it was the gritty-but-tolerant "Sesame Street" that told me New York City could play accommodating host to my future. But move over Bert and Ernie -- a very powerful New Yorker suggests that the New York Senate's video archives might be the Empire State's new beacon of homo-hopeful light:

Chris-QuinnThink of a child somewhere in New York State, or anywhere in the country who is in their room watching TV. They see this happen. They know they’re gay. They think they’re gay. They can’t tell their parents. They’re terrified. They may not know another gay person. And they see New York State, New York just say that gay families are the same as straight families. That’s something that child will hold on to when they’re bullied, hold on to when their parents don’t accept them.

-New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, to Charlie Rose (video), as relayed by the New York Times

Not to mention Neil Patrick Harris' triumphant Tony's turn. It's been one gay-inclusive summer here in the Big Apple. At this welcoming rate, the city's 2025 pride parade is gonna have to be broken up in shifts.

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