Bill de Blasio on Civil Rights

NYC Mayor; Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrawn)


NYC Unity Project: invest in LGBTQ youth

NYC Unity Project: First Lady Chirlane McCray announced an unprecedented investment in LGBTQ youth by creating the NYC Unity Project. The initiative will invest $4.8 million in new programs for LGBTQ youth, and will create a 24-hour drop-in center for anyone who needs it, regardless of gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Source: 2020 Presidential Campaign website BillDeBlasio.com , May 2, 2019

Added third gender to NYC birth certificates

Mayor Bill De Blasio has one of the most progressive views on LGBTQ rights of any other presidential candidate. In 2018, for example, he signed legislation that added a third gender to New York City birth certificates. Under the new law, transgender and gender non-binary people are able to change their birth certificates more easily if born in the city.

In 2017, he issued the first LGBTQ Health Care Bill of Rights, which ensured accessible health care for all LGBTQ people in New York. In 2016, the mayor issued an executive order that allowed transgender people to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that they best identify with.

Mayor De Blasio has also boycotted the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York for years since it always excluded LGBTQ groups. Instead, he marched in the St. Pat's for All parade. He even boycotted Chick-Fil-A because of the company's homophobic philosophies.

Source: Frank Olito, Insider.com, on 2019 Democratic primary , Mar 26, 2019

Co-sponsored the Gender Based Discrimination Protection law

Ending Discrimination and Recognizing All Relationships: While on the City Council, Bill de Blasio co-sponsored the Gender Based Discrimination Protection law--one of the first laws in the nation to prevent discrimination against transgender New Yorkers.

He also co-sponsored the Domestic Partnership Recognition law, an important precursor to full marriage equality that required New York City to recognize same-sex marriages from other states

Source: 2013 Mayoral campaign website, www.billdeblasio.com , Oct 22, 2013

Increase NYC usage of minority businesses from 3% to 10%

Support Women and Minority-Owned Businesses: Minority and women-owned businesses constitute only 3 percent of New York City's government's spending. New York State manages 10 percent and has a goal of doubling that share. Bill de Blasio believes in the importance of un-locking the entrepreneurial potential of women and minority-owned business, and realizes that because of New York City's inherent diversity, purchasing from MWBE's invariably increases the amount of city dollars spent right here in the five boroughs. As mayor, Bill de Blasio will direct Small Business Services to dramatically increase the number of officially registered MWBE firms eligible for city contracts, and will empower a Deputy Mayor with the responsibility of increasing diversity in city contracts and procurement
Source: 2013 Mayoral campaign website, www.billdeblasio.com , Oct 22, 2013

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Tom Barrett (D,Milwaukee)
Bill de Blasio (D,NYC)
Rahm Emanuel (D,Chicago)
Bob Filner (D,San Diego)
Steven Fulop (D,Jersey City)
Eric Garcetti (D,Los Angeles)
Mike Rawlings (D,Dallas)
Marty Walsh (D,Boston)

Former Mayors:
Rocky Anderson (I,Salt Lake City)
Tom Barrett (D,Milwaukee,WI)
Mike Bloomberg (I,New York City)
Cory Booker (D,Newark,NJ)
Jerry Brown (D,Oakland,CA)
Julian Castro (D,San Antonio,TX)
Rudy Giuliani (R,New York City)
Phil Gordon (D,Phoenix)
Tom Menino (D,Boston)
Dennis Kucinch (D,Cleveland,OH)
Michael Nutter (D,Philadelphia)
Sarah Palin (R,Wasilla,AK)
Annise Parker (D,Houston)
Jerry Sanders (R,San Diego)
Antonio Villaraigosa (D,Los Angeles)
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