Meet the Logo30: Corey Johnson

The New York City Councilman is fighting for LGBTQ rights as an openly gay and HIV-positive elected official.

Every day during the month of June, we will be spotlighting our 2018 Logo30. The powerful series profiles ordinary and extraordinary people who show pride in unique and provocative ways. Visit the Logo30 homepage to learn more about the series.

New York City Councilman Corey Johnson came to national attention in 1999 when, as the captain of his high school football team, he took the courageous step of coming out publicly as gay and his inspiring story landed him on the front page of the New York Times. Since then, he’s become a fearless advocate for the LGBTQ community.

In 2014, Johnson introduced legislation that removed surgical requirements for transgender New Yorkers to correct their birth certificates. The legislation was adopted one year later. The councilman has also played a major role in securing funds to curb the spread of HIV and AIDS and to support people who are positive.

“Every civil rights movement was led by people, not politicians. Every person should feel like they can participate in that and make a real difference.”

Watch Logo’s full interview with Johnson below.


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