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Christine Quinn launches bid to be first lesbian mayor of New York City | VIDEO

NEW YORK -- City Council Speaker Christine Quinn on Sunday officially threw her hat into the ring to be the next mayor of New York City. In a sign of the times, Quinn made the announcement via Twitter, followed by a posting of a video on YouTube.

Quinn, 46, who holds a substantial lead in most polls, is poised to become the first lesbian and the first women elected as mayor of New York City, the nation's largest city.

First, Quinn must survive the Democratic primary in September ahead of the November election. Democrats dominate city politics, with six out of seven registered voters.

Quinn has the support of the Victory Fund and the Human Rights Campaign, among other LGBT organizations.

Before her election to the City Council, Quinn was a tenant organizer and director of the LGBT advocacy group, the New York City Anti-Violence Project.

After the state of New York legalized marriage equality, Quinn married her longtime partner, Kim Catulla, who is an attorney. The elaborate ceremony on May 19, 2012, was attended by powerful politicians including Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.