January 23, 2016 at 12:44 am EST | by Michael K. Lavers
NYC Council member comes out as gay

James Vacca, gay news, Washington Blade

New York City Councilman James Vacca (D-Bronx) on Jan. 22, 2016, came out as gay on his Twitter page. (Photo public domain)

A member of the New York City Council on Friday came out as gay.

James Vacca, a Democrat who represents Throggs Neck and other neighborhoods in the Bronx, disclosed his sexual orientation on his Twitter page.

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are among those who applauded Vacca.

“Your courage deserves our respect and the highest admiration possible,” wrote gay New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Queens) on his Twitter page.

Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan), Carlos Menchaca (D-Brooklyn), Rosie Mendez (D-Manhattan), Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx) and Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Queens) are the other out members of the City Council.

Vacca was elected to the City Council in 2005.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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