By Anna Peirano
Corey Johnson is running for New York City Council District 3, a post formerly held by Christine Quinn, which includes the communities of Chelsea, the West Village, SoHo, Greenwich Village, Flatiron, Midtown, Hell’s Kitchen, Clinton, and Murray Hill.
In 2000, Johnson was captain of his high school football team. He made headlines after deciding to publicly come out. Not only did Johnson maintain his position of leadership, he also gained the support of his school and teammates. The New York Times wrote an article about Johnson, his bravery, and the support of his peers at the time, garnering the future politician national attention.
Living in Chelsea for the last ten years, Johnson has been involved in progressive causes across the country, including organizing support for marriage equality, working full-time for GLAAD, and staying involved in local politics.
Johnson spoke at dot429’s StraightTalk Conference in New York earlier this year on the Anti-Bully Panel, drawing on his experiences as a politician as well as his personal, positive experience of coming out in high school.
Johnson will go up against fellow LGBT activist Yetta Kurland in the upcoming election.