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Old 02-09-2019, 08:37 AM
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Bronx lawmaker: City Council is ‘controlled by the homosexual community’
By Ben Feuerherd
February 9, 2019 | 1:15am



A Bronx city council member said he was treated as an outsider by the chamber because it’s “controlled by the homosexual community,” according to a new report.

“When I get to the City Council, I find that the City Council is controlled — most council members out of 51 council members — over there, everybody is controlled by the homosexual community,” Rubén Díaz Sr. said in an interview with a spanish-language TV program geared toward cab drivers, NY1 reported.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who is gay, called on Diaz to apologize after the NY1 report.

“Council Member Díaz Sr.’s homophobic comments are offensive to both the Speaker and the body, and have no place in New York City,” his communications director told the station in a statement.

“He should apologize to all of his colleagues, and the entire LGBTQ community.”

Díaz Sr., a Pentecostal minister, has vocally opposed same-sex marriage and has been criticized for past homophobic statements.
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Councilman’s own son decries his ‘anti-gay’ remarks
By Laura Italiano
February 10, 2019 | 6:20am | Updated

Even City Councilmember Ruben Diaz Sr.’s son is demanding an apology.

Recriminations are raining down on Diaz Sr. for his claim on Friday that the council is “controlled by the homosexual community.”

But Diaz, who goes by “Reverend” and who is also a Pentecostal minister, stood by his remarks, insisting Saturday night that he won’t apologize — and that it’s he who’s the victim.

“Apologize? No, for what?” he asked a Post reporter Saturday night. “I didn’t say anything wrong. I am speaking the truth and the victim here is me. I’m the one.”

Diaz, 75, had earned the ire of his council colleagues Friday by claiming on Spanish-language radio, that the “homosexual community” controls most of the 51 council members.

He also called Council Speaker Corey Johnson a “homosexual married to another man.”

Johnson is openly gay, but single.

The speaker’s spokesman soon issued a statement saying that Diaz’s comments “have no place in New York City” and demanding that the Bronx Democrat apologize to his colleagues and the *LGBTQ community.

Instead, in a tweet Saturday, Diaz doubled down.

“What’s homophobic about saying that the gay community controls the nyc city council?” he tweeted.

“I’m giving them credit for the power and influence they have.”

Meanwhile, demands from other council members that Diaz apologize or resign started rolling in on social media.

His own kid, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., joined in the fray.

“NYC is a place where we celebrate our diversity and inclusivity,” Diaz Jr. tweeted Saturday.

“The LGBTQ community is unequivocally an essential voice in our City,” the son’s tweet continued.

“@revrubendiaz’s sentiments are antagonistic, quarrelsome and wholly unnecessary. He should apologize.”

Council members Carlos Menchaca and Mark D. Levine joined in demanding an apology, and gay Council member Jimmy Van Bramer demanded Diaz’s resignation.

“When I was a closeted gay kid I never saw out, proud & powerful Queer people,” he tweeted.

“Had I seen that it might have stopped my suicidal thoughts then. It’s partly why I ran. To see this hatred of us makes me livid. I don’t want an apology. I want him to resign.”

Councilman Robert Holden agreed, tweeting, “Jimmy, I’m with you!”

Beyond the council, Comptroller Scott Stringer tweeted that he wants Diaz stripped of his chairmanship of a new committee on for-hire vehicles.

“This is not the first time this has happened,” Stringer tweeted.

“Rev Diaz has a practice and pattern of bigoted hate speech that has gone on way too long.

“Let’s send a loud message he will understand: strip him of his chairmanship and show New Yorkers this won’t be tolerated.”

But Diaz pointed to his detractors — including his own son — as proving his point.

“I’m the one that is being harassed,” he claimed. “Seeing all those elected officials joining against me, asking for my resignation and my apology, that shows how powerful and feared the gay community is in New York.”
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Bronx lawmaker refuses to apologize for anti-gay remarks
By Cedar Attanasio and Max Jaeger
February 10, 2019 | 4:51pm | Updated February 10, 2019 | 7:46pm

City Councilmember Ruben Diaz Sr. said Sunday that he’d rather give up his powerful committee assignments than apologize to openly gay Speaker Corey Johnson for his homophobic comments.

Diaz Sr. — who was appointed by Johnson to committees on land use, public housing and transportation — again refused to apologize for saying last week that the City Council is “controlled by the homosexual community.”

Johnson is “asking for an apology, you know that,” the preacher politician Diaz told The Post outside his church.

Refusing to offer a mea culpa, Diaz added, “If he had to take away my [positions] away from me, I would understand that.”

Johnson said Sunday he is weighing his options.

“We are currently reviewing all potential disciplinary scenarios. Nothing is off the table,” Johnson said, citing Diaz’s “indefensible refusal to apologize or even acknowledge the hurt he has caused” — as well as the “many” council members who have called for Diaz Sr.’s censure or ouster.

The council’s LGBTQ Caucus and Women’s Caucus demanded his resignation in a joint statement Sunday.

But Diaz Sr. doubled down on his controversial remarks — and claimed that Albany, too, was under the “control” of the gay community.

“People don’t want me to speak the truth,” Diaz Sr. said. “They not only control City Council, they control the politics in the state.”

Meanwhile, the Stetson-hat-wearing politician, who voted to block gay marriage as a state senator, insisted that he supports Johnson, if not his lifestyle.

“How could I be homophobic when I voted for him, for Corey Johnson, to be speaker?” he said.

Diaz Sr. walked back false claims he made that Johnson was married — although he said he’d boycott the speaker’s nuptials if he ever did get hitched.

“No, no, no,” said Diaz Sr., who added that he has two gay siblings, a gay granddaughter and a gay niece. “I didn’t even go to my niece . . . my brother, I got a brother, I got [a] sister . . . I’m surrounded by gay [people].”

Committee chairs used to receive stipends of $8,000 to $20,000, giving speakers financial leverage over council members vying for the lucrative appointments. But the practice was eliminated when the body gave itself a raise in 2016.

Gay-rights leaders demanded that Johnson at least strip Diaz Sr. of his extra duties while demanding his resignation.

“This is so disrespectful and demeaning to the gay community,” said Allen Roskoff, president of the gay Jim Owles Democratic Club.

“I demand that Corey Johnson strip Díaz Sr of his committee first thing Monday morning,” Roskoff added.
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