American writer and editor Chirlane Irene McCray who is professionally known as Chirlane McCray is also an activist. By assisting New Yorkers to advance an ambitious agenda through unifying a robust portfolio she redefined the role of the first lady of New York City, United States. In the year 2019 she was named the “World Health Organization Champion,” and in 2020 she was named “Empire Whole Health Hero.”
A mental health plan created by McGray is the most comprehensive in the nation. In this piece of article, we will be talking about Chirlane and her personal life, early life, her career, and few other things related to her.
Short Biography of Chirlane McCray (Early Life)
Chirlane was born on November 29, 1954, in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States. As per the reports her father Robert Hooper McCray used to be an inventory clerk at a military camp or base and her mother Katharine Clarissa Eileen used to be an assembly worker in an electronics factory. She has a mixed background of St. Lucian descent and Ghana.
Chirlane’s family moved to Longmeadow, Massachusetts when she turned ten years old. At the time they were the second black family in their neighborhood or area so other people demanded them to leave the area. When she was in high school she would often get bullied and had to deal with racism as she was the only black student in the whole school and because of that, she started writing poems to let her anger and her feelings out. In the school newspaper, she wrote a column publicly announcing that she has to face racism. After graduating from high school, Chirlane went to join Wellesley College but as of now, we don’t know when she graduated from her college.
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She started working for Redbook after she moved to New York after her graduation. In 1979 she published an essay on Essence which was titled “I am a Lesbian.” After some time Essence stated that the essay is mindblowing as it was the first time a Black female had opened up so honestly about her gender identity in a magazine. The main theme or the purpose of the essay was to end the myth, that there are no gay black people.
She started working for David Dinkins who was the mayor of New York City in 1991 after that she worked in various places, she was a public affairs specialist for New York Foreign Press Center when Bill Clinton was the president of the United States, she also worked for Carl McCall and Bill Thompson. In 2013 when her husband was running up to be the mayor of New York City she helped him with speeches.
Is Chirlane McCray Gay?
As mentioned above she published an essay in June 2013 in Essence magazine where she wrote about her gender identity or sexuality and she expressed that she preferred women before marrying a politician and current mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio. When she was asked about her essay she said, “As a lesbian, I identified myself in the 1970s’ and I wrote about it and I met the love of my life in 1991 and we got married.”
2013 Mayoral Election
When Bill first announced that he is running for mayor of New York City the early votes or polls showed that Bill has a poor starting but later he was supported by celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon, Harry Belafonte, and Alec Baldwin, and also Barack Obama Democratic Club of Upper Manhattan stood with him and other many were there to support him.
He was also arrested by many others including Stephen Levin who participated in the protest to close the Long Island College Hospital. Few hours after their arrest they were released and Bill got the attention of the media. He planned and talked about raising the taxes on the citizens who earn more than $500,000 annually so that the government could pay to expand the after-school programs of middle schools and universal pre-kindergarten programs.
He also advertised his plan on television with his fifteen years old son and the American news magazine Times even stated that “This is the commercial that won the New York mayoral election,” and as mentioned above Bill’s wife Chirlane also had a big hand in his mayoral election campaign as she helped him with the applicants for staff position and speeches.
How Did Bill de Blasio & Chirlane McCray Meet?
When Chirlane used to work as a speechwriter for then-mayor David Dinkins, Bill also worked for him as an assistant and as both of them worked for David Dinkins they knew each other. There is no information about how they started dating but we can guess that they used to meet often in the office and started liking each other and finally in 1994 they got married in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York, United States.