Assemblymember Tony Simone inaugurated in style in Chelsea


Once every half century or so, Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen sends a new assemblymember to Albany. And when out gay lawmaker Tony Simone was sworn in to that office on Saturday, March 4 at the Hudson Guild Fulton Community Center — by New York Attorney General Letitia James no less — he did it with style and purpose in a ceremony hosted by drag artist and political activist Marti Cummings at a time when drag artists and transgender people are under unprecedented and vicious attack from Republicans nationwide. 

“I was down at George Santos’ office demonstrating this morning,” Cummings said, “and this crowd is much nicer.”