By Matt Tracy
Local elected officials and advocates braved the snowy conditions outside City Hall on Tuesday morning to demand the resignation of Bronx Councilmember Ruben Diaz, Sr., who remains defiant in his refusal to step down or even apologize for his recent homophobic remarks.
“We must all call for his resignation, and he must go,” said out gay Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer of Queens, who said Diaz’s comments about LGBTQ folks controlling the City Council represented “an attempt to put us in our place.”
“I believe firmly that Councilmember Diaz’s comments embolden those who already hate us,” he added. “So we are not just speaking out against those comments, we are speaking for those LGBTQ youth in the Bronx or otherwise who might be struggling with their sexual orientation or identity. His comments cannot be internalized by them.”