New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's yet-to-be-announced bid to run the city has been endorsed by the state's leading gay rights group.

Nathan M. Schaefer, executive director of Empire State Pride Agenda, announced the endorsement in an email to supporters.

“I could not be more enthusiastic about sharing the following announcement with you: the Empire State Pride Agenda’s Political Action Committee has just announced our endorsement of New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for Mayor of New York City,” he wrote.

“This is an amazing moment for us and our movement. We have the opportunity to seat an out lesbian at the helm of the biggest city in the nation. The Pride Agenda endorsement recognizes Christine Quinn’s unmatched record on LGBT rights over the last two decades. As Director of the Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project she fought bias crimes citywide and insisted that law enforcement pay greater attention to anti-gay violence. During her years as Chair of the New York City Council Health Committee, she successfully protected funding for HIV and AIDS services. As Speaker of New York City Council, she spearheaded the effort to pass laws ensuring dignity and protections against bullying for all students and was a leader in the historic, successful campaign for marriage equality for all New Yorkers.”

“Christine Quinn is a leader who knows how to get things done, and she has a record of hard-fought wins for the LGBT community. Christine Quinn is a leader whose grit and heart has made an unmistakable difference in the fight for LGBT equality.”

If elected in November, Quinn, who married her longtime partner, lawyer Kim Catullo, in May, would become the city's first openly gay mayor. And the first legally married, openly gay politician to lead a major U.S. city.