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Two New Yorkers vie to be first openly gay Black men in Congress


home of the first LGBTQ Pride march, may soon send the first two openly gay Black men to Congress.In an appearance Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Mondaire Jones and Ritchie Torres, candidates for the Democratic nomination in New York’s 17th and 15th Congressional districts, respectively, spoke about their historic runs for office.Those races — and many others across New York state — remain officially uncalled because many absentee ballots have not yet been counted.Torres, who at 32 is currently the youngest member of the New York City Council, said he owes much to his mother, who raised him and his two siblings on a $4.25 minimum wage job in South Bronx public housing.

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