Five of New York City’s largest LGBTQ advocacy groups boycotted Mayor Eric Adams’ Pride Month event at Gracie Mansion after he hired two Christian pastors to senior positions despite their previously outspoken anti-gay marriage views.
The Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, Stonewall Democrats of NYC, Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens, and Equality New York jointly issued a statement Thursday calling for a boycott of Adam’s June 7 event because they say he failed to commit. to homosexuals. rights.
“We will not celebrate Pride with him,” the groups wrote.
The four groups criticized the mayor for appointing former city councilman Fernando Cabrera as his senior faith adviser and Erick Salgado as his assistant commissioner for immigrant affairs, both of whom opposed same-sex marriage but have since apologized for their earlier comments.
The organizations also called on the mayor to end citywide raids on homeless camps and cancel the return of the plainclothes NYPD police unit.
Following the group’s statement, the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club also announced that they are boycotting the event to express their disapproval of Adam’s nominations.
The Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, Stonewall Democrats of NYC, Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens and Equality New York jointly issued a statement on Thursday calling for a boycott of Mayor Eric Adam’s June 7 event.
The groups have called on Adams (pictured) to fire his senior health adviser Fernando Cabrera and assistant commissioner for immigrant affairs Erick Salgado, as well as end police raids on homeless camps and the decision to bring back the NYPD’s plainclothes unit. .
Pastors Erick Salgado (left) and Fernando Cabrera (right) sparked protests from the LGBTQ community when they were appointed by Adams last month over their past comments against same-sex marriage. The two have since apologized to the community
In a lengthy statement, the four groups criticized Adams for his two appointments, ignoring protests by the LGBTQ community in February.
“Local LGBTQ leaders gathered in front of City Hall in February and demanded that his office withdraw their agreements,” the groups said. “Instead, he affirmed their role in his government.”
They have called on the mayor to fire Cabrera and Salgado and change his police policy regarding the homeless and the civilian clothing department, which Adams plans to bring back after the controversial unit shut down in 2020 after criticism that the officers mainly targeted people of color.
Mayor Adams has been testing the boundaries of the LGBTQ community to see where he can cross, including who he can afford to ignore for the sake of his own interests. Mayor Adams’s only interests are his own and he prioritizes the needs of the city’s police and security agencies at the expense of investing in education, mental health, community health and LGBTQ services,” the groups wrote.
Allen Roskoff, founder of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, said his group joined the others in the boycott so as not to give the impression that they approve of Adams and go against their peers.
“If I go, people will think I approve of the mayor, and I don’t approve of the mayor’s anti-gay,” Roskoff said. New York Daily News† “I can’t give people the wrong impression.”
“This is a warning to him. I doubt he’ll be able to show his face at Pride Month events without getting booed unless some of these issues are resolved.”
Fabien Levy, an Adams spokesperson, said the mayor has listened to the concerns of the group and said he is committed to gay rights.
“We are pleased that we have already taken action to support community priorities and look forward to making additional announcements during Pride and in the coming months,” Levy told the NY Daily News.
“Our team is committed to serving all New Yorkers equally and fairly, regardless of who they love or how they identify, and are excited to host a Pride celebration at Gracie Mansion next week.”
The groups posted a list of demands on Adams to show his commitment to the LGBTQ community
Last month, Adams put up five billboards in Florida criticizing the state’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay Bill,” which encouraged people to move to New York.
‘Come to the city where you can say what you want’, you read in one of the advertisements, surrounded by the word ‘gay’ in different font sizes and colours.
Another simply stated, “When other states show their true colors, we show ours,” on a solid black background.