Kristin Richardson Jordan Aims to Bring Change to Harlem


There has long been a void of LGBTQ Black women in political office in New York City — but some candidates are hoping to change that this year.

Out lesbian Kristin Richardson Jordan, who is running to represent the 9th Council District in Central and East Harlem, Morningside Heights, and the Upper West Side, would make history as the first out LGBTQ Black woman elected to the City Council — and she isn’t the only out Black woman running this year. The large slate of LGBTQ candidates seeking office this year also includes Crystal Hudson, who is running for City Council Brooklyn.

Jordan is one of 13 candidates who filed to run against veteran City Councilmember Bill Perkins, who first served in the Council from 1998-2005 before returning four years ago when he won a 2017 special election.

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