GaySocialites.com has always been active in politics, so we will once again voice our opinions throughout this political season. During the 2012 election, the GaySocialites.com Editorial Board will endorse several candidates in various races across the country. We may also invite others to share their thoughts on individual races too.
This our first endorsement is one that I care strongly about! As a gay man who lives in New York, Kirsten Gillibrand is a win-win. I can’t imagine how little progress would have been made for New York and the LGBT community without her representing me in Congress.
That is why I find it so important to write this first political endorsement this year myself. It is with great pride that GaySocialites.com endorses Kirsten Gillibrand in the race for her first full term as the junior Senator representing the great state of New York.
Senator Gillibrand was appointed to her position in the United States Senate by former New York Governor David Paterson. Prior to her move to the Senate, Gillibrand served the 20th District of New York in the United States House of Representatives. When she was first elected to Congress in 2006, Gillibrand beat the four-term incumbent in a highly conservative district. During her time in the House, she was known as a conservative Democrat who was well respected by both sides.
During her brief time in the Senate, Gillibrand hasn’t been afraid to evolve on issues if doing so seems right for her constituents. In Washington, she is even now known for taking on many gay rights issues including the repeal of Don’t Ask, Dont Tell and the legalization of same sex marriage nation-wide. During the 2011 session of congress, Gillbrand’s political career got a major boost when Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was finally repealed. However, Senator Gillibrand hasn’t been afraid to stand up for the LBGT community whether it was the popular thing to do or not.
Gillibrand is perfect for New York, not just because of her stance on gay rights; but also because she is willing to sit down and meet with any group who hopes to have her in their corner. Anyone who represents New York on a state-wide level must be a progressive thinker. You have to admire Senator Gillibrand’s ability to evolve on important issues and even admit her mistakes once she’s on the right path.
Filling the shoes of Hillary Clinton cant be easy for anyone, however Gillibrand seems to have made this Senate seat seat her own in a way that includes the majority of New Yorkers while quickly becoming a trailblazer passing important legislation to benefit the entire country while keeping her eyes on her home state at all times.
In addition for standing up for gay rights, Gillibrand supports a women’s right to chose, universal health care (with a public option) and government transparency.
We all like to get behind those who have a track record of standing behind us, and you can guarantee that Senator Gillibrand will make you proud when its all said and done. Although her time in public service hasn’t been without flaw, Kirsten Gillibrand is the perfect fit for New York. She fights hard for us in Washington, and she is known for her open door policy, transparent agenda and high publicized schedule of availability.
For Gay New Yorkers, there is no going wrong with Gillibrand. And that is why GaySocialites.com is proud to endorse Kirsten Gillibrand for United States Senate in the great state of New York.
I also made sure that I personally wrote this endorsement, mainly because I want to take the opportunity to encourage you to get out and get involved in Senator Gillibrand’s campaign. Whether you spend some time knocking on doors, calling undecided voters or simply choose to smack a bumper sticker on your car or notebook; please do something to help her so that she can continue to work for us! An easy way to thank Senator Gillibrand for all she has done for us, is to get out and do a little for her this political season.
GaySocialites.com is proud to endorse Kirsten Gillibrand in her effort to get elected to her first full term representing the great State of New York in the United States Senate.