2009 Endorsements
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bernard Tarver - (917) 584-2362
Thursday, July 23, 2009


OUT PEOPLE OF COLOR POLITICAL ACTION CLUB
MAKES ENDORSEMENTS IN KEY NEW YORK RACES

Members Select Mayor, Comptroller,
Public Advocate, Manhattan District Attorney,
and City Councilors in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens


NEW YORK -- The Out People of Color Political Action Club (OutPOCPAC), a New York City based non-partisan, political club of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and two-spirit (LGBTTS) people of color, has endorsed Democrat Bill Thompson for Mayor of New York City. The club held its endorsement meeting Wednesday night.

“By endorsing Bill Thompson, OutPOCPAC has chosen a true champion on LGBT issues,” said Co-President Doug Robinson. “But Thompson also has a consistently strong record on social justice and housing, and is concerned about the welfare of all New Yorkers.”

In not supporting two-term incumbent Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Robinson added, “We believe Mayor Bloomberg is attempting to buy this election and has usurped the rights of New York residents by pushing the City Council to extend the term limits law in order to seek a third term, a move voters have twice opposed.”

OutPOCPAC members also threw their support behind Democrats Bill de Blasio for Public Advocate, John Liu for Comptroller, and Richard Aborn for Manhattan District Attorney.

In five city council races they looked at, members adhered to club principles of independence and non-partisanship. Manhattan City Council District 3 challenger Yetta Kurland won club support over incumbent City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Co-President Pauline Park explained, “Yetta Kurland has solid credentials and is the most progressive candidate in the race, while Speaker Quinn has failed to use the power of her office to push a progressive agenda that would benefit the LGBT community. She was the principal advocate in the Council for Mayor Bloomberg's campaign to extend the term limits law.”
Members also endorsed John Choe in Council District 20 in Queens; they gave a dual endorsement to Mel Gagarin and Lynn Schulman in Queens District 29; backed Ken Diamondstone in Brooklyn Council District 33 and Bob Zuckerman for Brooklyn Council District 39.

The Out People of Color Political Action Club was formed in 2001 and is committed to raising the awareness of elected officials and candidates for public office around issues of primary importance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and two-spirit (LGBTTS) people of color and increasing the number of elected officials from that community. They seek to educate and unite a diverse community around a progressive and multi-faceted agenda of racial, economic, sexual and gender justice. OutPOCPAC makes political endorsements and takes positions on public issues.

For more information and to volunteer for one of our endorsed candidates, please go to their websites:

Bill Thompson**Mayor
http://www.thompson2009.com/

Bill de Blasio**Public Advocate
http://www.billdeblasio.com/

John Liu**Comptroller
http://www.liunewyork.com/

Richard Aborn**Manhattan District Attorney
http://www.abornforda.com/

Yetta Kurland**Manhattan City Council District 3
http://yettakurland.com/

John Choe**Queen Council District 20
http://peopleforjohnchoe.com/

Mel Gagarin**Queens District 29
http://www.gagarin2009.com/

Lynn Schulman**Queens District 29
http://schulman2009.com/

Ken Diamondstone**Brooklyn Council District 33
http://kendiamondstone.com/

Bob Zuckerman**Brooklyn Council District 39
http://www.zuckerman2009.com/

Visit OutPOCPAC on the web at http://www.outpocpac.org/ and on Facebook.

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