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Corey Johnson, gay ex-high school football captain, wins primary for New York City council

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Corey Johnson gives victory speech as his mom looks on
Corey Johnson gives victory speech as his mom looks on
Karl Vincent Frisch via Johnson's Facebook page

Corey Johnson, whose coming out as an openly gay high school football captain made the front page of the New York Times in 2000, won the Democratic primary in his New York City council district on Tuesday. While Johnson has a general election upcoming against a Republican opponent, he is considered a shoo-in in the the heavily Democratic district.

Johnson won the primary with 63% of the vote for New York's District 3, which includes Chelsea, Flatiron and the West Village. "WE WON!!!! COME CELEBRATE!!! THANK YOU ALL!!!" Johnson posted on Facebook after the polls closed. He had been endorsed by the New York Times.

Johnson was one of the first athletes who came out as gay just as Outsports started and he has always been one of our favorites. In 2006, he was the center on the Outsports Gay Games flag football team that won the gold medal in Chicago. I was the quarterback and must have completed 50 passes to him in the tournament since he had an uncanny knack for getting open.

He has always been politically active and I know that his district will get a committed and dedicated councilman.

Read Johnson's coming out story from 2000.