Deborah Glick Makes LGBTQ+ History in New York
Fury over AIDS sparked an uprising among LGBTQ+ activists, some of whom decided to run for office and make change. In 1990, Deborah Glick won her election to become the first out state legislator in New York and one of the first in the country. Born in New York, Glick made the jump from grassroots activism to elected office and still proudly represents District 66, covering Lower Manhattan, including the neighborhoods of Greenwich Village, the East Village, the West Village, Tribeca, and Battery Park City. Her successes include the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act, finally signed into law in 2002, the Hospital Visitation Bill, ensuring domestic partners enjoyed the same rights as spouses and next-of-kin, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, protecting trans and gender non-conforming people, and the Reproductive Health Act, to name but a few.