February 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm EST | by Staff reports
Quinn joins Athlete Ally board
Christine Quinn, Athlete Ally, gay news, Washington Blade

Christin Quinn (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

NEW YORK—Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has joined the board of an organization that combats homophobia and transphobia in sports.

“The Olympics being held in Sochi shows how necessary this mission is,” Quinn told the New York Daily News on Feb. 4 as she discussed why she decided to join the Athlete Ally board of directors. “We want to support our LGBT athletes and use this as an opportunity to show that we need to be hands-on fighting homophobia in sports.”

Quinn told the newspaper her nephew introduced her to Athlete Ally founder Hudson Taylor.

The Daily News also reported Quinn will appear in a Vogue.com photo essay wearing a hat that supports efforts to add a ban on anti-gay discrimination to the Olympic charter.

Mayor Bill de Blasio defeated Quinn and other challengers in last September’s Democratic primary.

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