Congressman Crowley Endorsed by LGBTQ+ Community Leaders

June 07, 2018


(Queens, NY) — Today, Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, was endorsed by leaders of the LGBTQ+ community in New York and across the country.

“Now, more than ever, we need bold progressive leadership in Washington to lead the fight against Donald Trump and his destructive agenda,” said New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. “That is why I enthusiastically endorse Congressman Joe Crowley for re-election. Throughout his career, Congressman Crowley has achieved concrete results for the people of his district while fighting for the values that define our country. Whether its creating good-paying jobs, protecting Social Security or defending the social safety net, Joe has delivered for New Yorkers. These turbulent times call for leaders like Joe Crowley, and I’m proud to support him.”

“Joe Crowley is the right person for the job,” said openly-gay New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm. “With the Trump White House threatening to erase the progress the LGBT-rights movement has made in recent years, it is imperative that we have a proven ally fighting for us in DC. Congressman Crowley has shown that he has the intelligence and determination to deliver for LGBT Americans. I know he will continue to help make historic gains for our community and I am proud to endorse him.”

“Congressman Crowley has long been a champion of LGBT equality. A supporter of my right to be married to Dan Hendrick, our Congressman battles in Washington on our behalf on a daily basis,” said New York City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer. “And as the son of union parents, I know Congressman Crowley believes deeply in the rights of workers and the dignity of all work. A staunch ally of labor, our Congressman is helping to provide better pay and benefits to workers across this country.”

“Joe is one of the most progressive, effective Congress members in the country,” said former Speaker of the New York City Council Chris Quinn. “Women, LGBTQ individuals, immigrants, and so many other individuals have an ally in Joe. He has always stood with us – even when he was the only one. I proudly endorse Joe Crowley.”

“Congressman Crowley has always been there for the LGBT community. Importantly, he has the respect of his colleagues and a grasp of the issues. Beyond being a full supporter of LGBT rights, having Congressman Crowley in the room gives the LGBT community an invaluable ally who knows how government works. His leadership in the House means zero tolerance for exclusion or going backward,” said former New York City Councilman James Vacca.

“Congressman Crowley has been a consistent advocate for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community and for a woman’s right to choose. He has been at the forefront of the fight to turn Congress blue and a leading voice against the tyranny of the current administration,” said the Jim Owels Liberal Democratic Club. “Rep. Crowley has been a leader in efforts to protect immigrants and combat deportations and the breakup of families. Jim Owles Liberal Club, formed in the memory of the founding president of the Gay Activist Alliance, stands with Congressman Crowley in his bid for reelection.”

Michael Mallon, President of the Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens, said, “The Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens is thrilled to announce its endorsement of Congressman Joe Crowley!  As a dedicated and determined ally, Joe has been a strong voice for the LGBTQ communities in Queens and the Bronx in Congress. With the Trump administration stopping at nothing to turn back the progress that has been made, Joe has been the outspoken, progressive leader we need in the fight for full equality. Joe Crowley has stood by us and we look forward to standing by him as we work to re-elect him to Congress.”

“The Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City is proud to endorse Congressman Joe Crowley for reelection. From his advocacy for anti-discrimination legislation to his work in helping push marriage equality over the line in New York, Joe has been unwavering in his support for the LGBT community. At a time when LGBT rights are under attack by the Trump administration and House Republicans, Joe’s fierce advocacy for LGBT New Yorkers in Queens and the Bronx is needed now more than ever. Stonewall Democrats are proud to support Congressman Crowley and look forward to sending him back to Washington to continue the fight against injustice,” said Stonewall Democratic Club’s Rod Townsend.

Congressman Crowley has been a longtime ally to the LGBTQ+ community in New York and across the United States. Congressman Crowley has led the fight for Federal funding for HOPWA – Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS – the only federal housing program for people with HIV/AIDS. He also strongly advocated for legislation to amend U.S. immigration law to allow U. S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to sponsor their permanent partners for residency.

In 2015, Congressman Crowley joined an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of legalizing same-sex marriage. In March of 2014, Congressman Crowley urged President Obama to issue an executive order requiring that federal contractors not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, which the president did shortly after.

In 2011, Joe whipped state legislators on the need for marriage equality in New York. In 2010, Joe voted to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy so gays and lesbians could serve openly in the military Congressman Crowley also proudly voted for legislation to expand the definition of a hate crime to include crimes motivated by bias against the victim’s sexual orientation, gender, identity or disability.

Chairman Crowley proudly represents New York’s 14th Congressional District, which includes portions of Queens and the Bronx.