LGBTQ groups boycott Mayor Adams’ Pride Month event over ‘anti-gay hires’

Five of the city’s biggest LGBTQ clubs are boycotting a Pride Month reception Mayor Adams plans to host next week over what they see as his insufficient commitment to gay rights.

Led by New York’s Stonewall Democrats, the boycott of the June 7 reception at the Gracie Mansion comes in response to Adams’ decision to hire two Christian pastors for leadership positions in his administration despite their history of anti-political views. -gays.

In a lengthy statement, Stonewall Democrats and three of the other boycott groups, Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens and Equality New York, said Adams appointees “strengthen violent institutions that harm to LGBTQ people every day. ”

“We will not be celebrating Pride with him,” they wrote. “Mayor Adams has been testing the boundaries of the LGBTQ community to see where he can overstep – including those he can afford to ignore in the name of his own interests. Mayor Adams’ sole interests are his own and prioritize the needs of the city’s policing and oversight institutions over investments in education, mental health, community health, and LGBTQ services.

Mayor Adams has taken official action to defend LGBTQ rights, including launching an ad campaign denouncing Florida’s new anti-gay law, but local activists question whether he’s doing enough to fight homophobia at home. him.

Fabien Levy, a spokesperson for Adams, noted that the mayor has sat down with representatives from several of the boycott groups since taking office. Levy also hinted that Adams is planning to make some LGBTQ-related announcements this month.

“We are delighted to have already taken action to support community priorities and look forward to making further announcements during Pride and in the months ahead,” Levy said. “Our team is committed to serving all New Yorkers equally and fairly, no matter who they love or how they identify, and is excited to host a Pride celebration at Gracie Mansion next week.”

A fifth gay rights group, the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, was not listed on the statement. But its founder, Allen Roskoff, said his club would also boycott next week’s event.

“If I go, people will think I approve of the mayor, and I don’t approve of the mayor’s anti-gay hires. I can’t give people the wrong impression,” Roskoff said. “It’s a warning to him. I doubt he can show his face at Pride month events without getting booed unless some of these issues are addressed.

Backlash from the LGBTQ community erupted in February after Adams appointed former city councilman Fernando Cabrera as senior religious adviser and failed mayoral candidate Erick Salgado as commissioner for immigrant affairs. Both men have a history of expressing anti-LGBTQ views, and Cabrera once praised the ban on same-sex marriage enacted by Uganda’s notoriously homophobic government during a trip to the country in 2014.

Cabrera and Salgado apologized for their past remarks after being named by Adams.

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