Gay Man Set To Become New York City Council Speaker

The New York Daily News reports:

Mayor de Blasio gave his blessing Thursday to a deal that is likely to make Councilman Corey Johnson the next City Council speaker. Johnson, a Manhattan Democrat, sewed up the backing Wednesday of the Queens and Bronx county Democratic leaders, who brought with them support from enough Council members to give him the win. The result won’t be official until the 51 Council members vote in January.

Johnson came out as HIV+ in a 2013 New York Times interview.


DISCLOSURE: Corey is a longtime personal friend of mine.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    NYC gets all the nice things.

    • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

      Not really, we spawned Trump and we are still stuck with DeBlahs as mayor. That said, Corey is a great guy and the City Council speakership is a good jumping off point for higher office in this town.

      • MT YVR

        Hey we spawned Bieber and Dion and you still love US. So… we can still love you. πŸ˜‰

        • TheManicMechanic

          You make it up with Rush and poutine. πŸ˜‰

    • BlackGayAthetist

      This is the city of Seattle’s new Port Commissioner :

      https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BYa3tufCQAAq_m6.jpg

  • Boreal

    Good we need young dems for the future if we can defeat this fascism and restore democracy. Let’s hope he has no skeletons in his closet that will be used against him.

    • FAEN

      Boreal-we WILL overcome and beat back the fascists!

      • Boreal

        Each day I grow less confident of that.

        • FAEN

          Stay strong pal for we will overcome.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Congratulations Corey, well done and well deserved.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    What does it benefit a city to gain Corey Johnson and lose its Trump SoHo?

    • bkmn

      A hell of a lot.

    • Boreal

      More intellect and less foul stench.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Live the Life.

    • duncansdad

      Everything.

  • JoeMyGod

    Corey and I attended a “private” Scissor Sisters concert on the last night of the 2012 Democratic convention in Charlotte. We were the only ones in the small crowd that knew all the words to “Let’s Have A Kiki.”

    • bkmn
      • Lazycrockett

        It’s kinda sad that with their catalog of songs this was their biggest hit.

        • Gregory B

          I like it, it’s light fun and a great beat to dance to!

        • …in America.

          They always fared much better in Europe and the UK than they did at home.

          • Dazzer

            I’m not sure whether Anna Matronic has moved over to the UK, but she does a massive amount of work here.

            She’s turning into a national treasure – along with Gillian Anderson and will.i.am.

    • JoeMyGod

      The tickets were gifted to us by activist straight ally Zach Wahls, who was committed to a different post-convention party that night.

      • Lane

        So if Zach hadn’t been otherwise committed, you would likely not have attended, and then no one in the audience would have been familiar with the song!

  • bkmn

    And he is a progressive! Congrats Corey!

  • boobert

    Gay politicians are getting pretty hot !

  • Bluto

    Adorable cubbie bear, I want one.

    • MT YVR

      BWHAHAHA… oh, hon, like we don’t all know you’ve got like five stashed around your house. πŸ˜›

      • FAEN

        How rude not to share πŸ˜‰

        • MT YVR

          “I lost another one… I think I left him behind the couch?”

          πŸ˜›

          • Bluto

            Sometimes they get out if I leave the screen door open but they always come back at dinner time.

          • MT YVR

            As is their way. (nod nod)

            I find if you leave out a plate of chaps and harnesses they come around eventually even if they’re spooked by guests.

    • clay

      a kiss on each eye, and the tip of his nose.

  • TJay229

    Good ole Corey Johnson.
    The White Gay man who rushed out to label a Black gay man, “a thug”, who had just cause to beat the brains out of a White “mouthy” Gay man “a hate crime…” Just cause the White Gay said it was true.

    Fuck Corey Johnson.

    (and never apologized either)

    • JoeMyGod

      Nobody deserves to be clubbed over the head with a chair no matter how “mouthy” they might be.

      http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/man-9-years-assault-gay-couple-dallas-bbq-article-1.2793987

      • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

        Thank you Joe, I remember this case. Agree with you that verbal insults to not justify assault. Too many people have been assaulted by police for being allegedly ‘mouthy’. How about Trump calling for protesters to be assaulted at his rallies because he doesn’t like that they disagree?

        Protest, insults, being ‘mouthy’ do not equal justification for violence.

        • TJay229

          It wasn’t “verbal” The white man slapped The Black man FIRST.

          • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

            The allegation is, after a verbal altercation, he hit him with his purse, a canvas bag.

          • TJay229

            The only “allegation” of that entire situation was perpetuated by the mouthy slapper.

            It’s on video, the full uncut version.

      • TJay229

        There are no rules in fighting. When you put your hands on someone, you should expect WHATEVER the return is.

        • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

          The BLM movement might disagree with you. I do as well.

    • BlackGayAthetist

      We all have opinions as you are voicing yours some of us feel we are right as you feel that you are right and if I were to ask around someone would say you are wrong…that is the way of life!!!

    • duncansdad

      Nothing to apologize about. In fact, the black guy should apologize to the white guy. There’s no excuse for beating someone like that. It’s disgraceful.

      • TJay229

        That’s where we see things differently.
        I stand πŸ’―% behind every lick he delivered to the two of those queens.

        But I’m willing to bet, That mouthy queen won’t run her ass up on another Black man and slap him.

        • BlackGayAthetist

          First of all your statement of “That mouthy queen won’t run her ass up on another Black man and slap him” is racist and reeks of the notion that “all Black men are savages” incapable of talking things out but resorting to lowest base human emotion and only capable of utter and total violence…

          • TJay229

            The whole thing was “racist”. That’s why he was sentenced and the media, including this site and many members that post here, chose to take the initial assailants word over the victims… Labeling him a Thug and worse.

            So, miss me with that BS. I am more than willing to bet that Mouthy queen won’t ever make that mistake again, especially to another Black Man.

          • BlackGayAthetist

            Well as long as making racist statements serve YOUR cause you are good with that…if you are have to sound and act like everyone else in order to be heard…YOU ARE JUST LIKE EVERYONE else that you despise.

          • TJay229

            Yeah, Ok.

        • duncansdad

          Too bad. Violence is never the answer. Why so vicious?

          • TJay229

            You’re right, violence is not the Answer.

            You should have told that to that White queen who slapped that Black man who was eating his meal with his friends. Who then lied and tried to play victim cause her and her boyfriend got their ass beat.

            As James Brown sang “Don’t start none won’t be none.”

            And I have a right to be vicious.. You don’t like that I am… Ok?!? I’m sure you’ll find some other thing in which you have no control over to worry about.

          • duncansdad

            Down girl!

          • TJay229

            Listen you pasty saltine. Save your animal idioms for your children or parents, I’m more than sure they’re used to responding.

          • duncansdad

            Take a pill. No wonder no one likes you. You’re ugly inside and out.

          • TJay229
      • liondon#iamnotatraitor

        …but he’s not pure like Bernie!!! so I’m not voting… harrrummpphh

        • Michael White

          lol

  • Slade7

    I remember Corey as a co-host on GAYBC radio (before Sirius). He is an amazing person, super smart, and unbelievably dedicated.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Bluto
      • MT YVR

        And then they SHAVED him… That was so sad.

        Oh, yeah. He died too. Whatever.

        • Lazycrockett

          Fucking stupid smoke monster??????

          • MT YVR

            I still can’t believe it was Luke’s Dad… I so wanted it to be Jean-Luc who was the Dad…

        • Bluto
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    • David Walker

      Thank you for sharing this. Zach Wahls is one of those names/people I remember and I’m soooooo glad he’s chosen to run for office.

      And now a request to our Flying Monkeys ready to test our wings:
      Here in PA, there’s a movement afoot started by our own, our very own Brian Sims. You may recall last week a clip of a PA rep freaking out because another male PA rep touched him and then went off on a “I’m heterosexual!” tirade. That’s only the latest. So the honorable (and gorgeous) Brian Sims has announced this.
      https://www.facebook.com/events/378257595956785/?notif_t=event_calendar_create&notif_id=1513798432755163

    • JCF

      Awesome!

  • Dazzer

    This is a lovely, happy story, Joe. Thank you for posting it.

  • BostonBud

    If you get a chance, google a video segment on Corey Johnson on 20/20. He was interviewed by Anderson Cooper at the time when Corey was captain of his high school football team in Mass. He was out and proud in high school. I believe this happened around 2000. A friend of mine was one of the founders of the Gay Straight alliances in Massachusetts and used to bring Corey to speak to groups.

    • mpatreyu

      Was Anderson giggling?

    • Davester

      yeah he was one of the first high school athletes to come out along with Greg Congdon

  • FAEN

    I remember watching Corey come out on a 20/20 special? Been a fan of his since.

  • alc2018

    Let’s have a Kiki!

  • gaycuckhubby

    Yay!!!! So awesome!

  • gaycuckhubby

    I remember him from several years ago. Did he used to have a blog? Or a contributor to towleroad? I feel like he was involved in the gay blogosphere

  • Lane

    And another reminder: Corey Johnson came out in high school while captain of the football team. I was living a couple towns over at the time, fighting for marriage equality in Massachusetts.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2000/04/30/sports/icon-recast-support-for-a-gay-athlete.html

  • It seems like just yesterday that I was sharing the article about Cory being an out HS football player with friends.

  • Ish

    As with the horrible Christine Quinn, it’s not really something to celebrate when a machine gay gains power in the corrupt den of snakes that is city council.

  • Kah-yoot!

  • Terry

    Awesome! I am glad for this!

  • Regan DuCasse

    Corey has come a long way. I met him on a picket line, he marched right next to me. He was about 18 or 19 years old. Charismatic kid, lovable and likeable.