New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn first acknowledged she's gay to herself in college.

In a cover story for New York magazine, Quinn discussed coming out.

She said she came out to herself in “a fairly non-coming-outy-way” in college.

“I actually remember being in my dorm room and saying out loud, 'You are not going to have this problem,'” she recalled.

“I was in the super-duperest gay environment ever – and, look, at 25, it becomes hard to keep it tucked away.”

Quinn, who married her wife Kim Catullo last year, is considered a leading candidate to become the Democratic nominee for mayor. Her campaign has the support of Empire State Pride Agenda, New York's leading gay rights advocate. And last week, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) also threw its support behind Quinn.

Catullo told the magazine that she has tried to talk Quinn out of running for the job.

“But I realize the significance of it on so many levels if she wins, and that's the only thing that gets me past it: the impact it could have on women. And New Yorkers. And gays!” she said.

On crying after lawmakers in Albany rejected a gay marriage bill in 2009, Quinn said she got upset because “what happened is that people had a choice to vote yes in a way that would have helped my life, and they voted no, and that created the risk that two 83-year-old men wouldn't get to be at their daughters' wedding.”