NY Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. refuses to apologize for homophobic comments

Bronx
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

NEW YORK — The New York City Council speaker is demanding an apology from a council member who said the legislative body is “controlled by the homosexual community.”

A spokesman for Speaker Corey Johnson issued a statement Friday saying comments by Ruben Diaz Sr. “have no place in New York City” and the Bronx Democrat should apologize to his colleagues and the LGBTQ community.

In a Spanish-language radio program, Diaz, who is a Pentecostal minister, said the homosexual community controls most of the 51 council members. The 75-year-old, Puerto Rican-born politician, who opposes same-sex marriage, called Johnson a “homosexual married to another man.” The speaker is openly gay and single.

Diaz’s own son, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., condemned his father Saturday. Diaz Jr. took to Twitter to call his father’s sentiments “antagonistic, quarrelsome and wholly unnecessary. He should apologize.”

Paul Schindler, Editor in Chief of “Gay City News,” called out Councilman Diaz, telling PIX11’s Jennifer Bisram today, “This kind of treatment of a community has to be called out.”

“If someone were to say ‘I got to the City Council and found out that the Jews run it,’ or ‘I got to the City Council and found out that the Blacks run it,’ or ‘the Dominicans run it,’ people would be up in arms,” Schindler said to us. “I’d like a full apology from him,” he added.

Councilmember Diaz Sr. is reportedly refusing to apologize, saying his comments were not homophobic.

Johnson and Diaz Sr. did not immediately respond to messages left on Saturday.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Bronx Videos

Gunmen take turns shooting man in Bronx barbershop: NYPD

Shootout outside Bronx elementary school amid NYC youth gun violence crisis

First lady Dr. Jill Biden visits Bronx school, thanks teachers for working hard amid pandemic

Hispanic Heritage: Couple's farm helps feed Bronx community

Mom of toddler snatched in Bronx kidnapping caught on video wants suspect to get help

More Bronx

Connect with PIX11 Online

Connect with PIX11 Online

Trending Stories

Don't Miss