Openly bisexual New York State Assemblyman Micah Kellner has won re-election to a 4th Term.
When he was an infant, Kellner was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and underwent numerous operations and years of physical therapy. While earning his bachelor’s degree at New York University, he became politically active on behalf of the disabilities community.
As an openly bisexual man Kellner has continued to be a strong (and frequently witty) voice for LGBTQ & Bisexual rights. He is the recipient of the 2009 PFLAG Queens “Brenda Howard Award” which recognizes an individual or organization for their work on behalf of the Bisexual and greater LGBT Communities. In Albany he is a member of the LGBT Caucus and has worked on a variety of projects such as providing appropriate services for LGBTQ Seniors. In December 2011, Kellner married Marie Ternes, a former congressional aide and a partner in a public affairs and public relations firm.
Representing Roosevelt Island, Yorkville and part of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Kellner was first elected in 2007. In addition to being an eloquent spokesperson for both the LGBTQ and disabilities community, Kellner has pursued environmental and socially-conscious legislation, including affordable housing, mass transit, animal rights, marriage equality, and increased funding for New York City’s public schools.
He also is keenly interested in animal rights and is the sponsor in the New York State Assembly of A. 9449—A better known as “Oreo’s Law”, that would requires the release of a shelter animal to a rescue group upon request of the rescue group prior to euthanasia of the animal. The law is named in memory of Oreo, a dog who became well known after she survived abuse at the hands of her former owner, recovered from her injuries but was then euthanized by the ASPCA in New York City, despite the offer of a No Kill sanctuary to guarantee her lifetime care.