Rubén Díaz Sr.’s decades-long history of insensitive comments toward the gay community has made him no stranger to controversy.
Mr. Díaz, a Pentecostal minister and former state senator from the Bronx, has been receiving and ignoring calls for his resignation since at least 1994.
So it was no surprise that Mr. Díaz held his ground when many of his fellow New York City Council members asked him to resign last week, following his remarks that the “homosexual community” controlled the Council.
He has reason to feel emboldened: It is extremely unlikely the Council would move to expel Mr. Díaz for his comments, although Council rules say that a member could face discipline ranging from reprimand to expulsion for conduct that includes violating “policies against discrimination and harassment.”
The Council’s Committee on Standards and Ethics has opened an investigation into Mr. Díaz’s remarks, but several City Council members said they would be wary of expelling Mr. Díaz for speech-related reasons.
No one has been expelled from the City Council by a two-thirds vote since the 1989 City Charter revision. In July 2017, Ruben W. Wills, a councilman from Queens, was automatically expelled from the City Council per state law following his conviction for fraud and grand larceny.
In 2005, Allan W. Jennings Jr., a Democratic councilman from Queens, was censured and fined ,000 after an inquiry determined he had sexually harassed women aides. That process took just over a year to reach its conclusion.
But the Council has already taken some action: On Wednesday, 45 Council members voted to dissolve the recently created, but influential, Committee on For-Hire Vehicles that Mr. Díaz had chaired.
“Twenty-five years ago I couldn’t imagine that would have happened,” said Daniel Dromm, a gay councilman from Queens who said he was deeply offended by Mr. Díaz’s remarks. Still, Mr. Dromm said, expulsion might be too severe a punishment.
“He has been elected by the people in his district, although I don’t think he represents the views of the people there,” Mr. Dromm said. “We have to get him out at the ballot box.”
Mr. Dromm is more familiar than most with Mr. Díaz and his remarks.
In 1994, Mr. Dromm wrote a letter to the Civilian Complaint Review Board demanding that Mr. Díaz Sr. be removed as a member.
Mr. Díaz had referred to gay people as “cursed” and placed them in the same category as “drug addicts.” He was also opposed to the Gay Games coming to New York, saying it would lead to people being “infected with AIDS,” and would teach children and young adults “that homosexuality is O.K., that it is not immoral or sinful behavior.”
Mr. Díaz refused to resign and served out the remainder of his term before exiting the board. His anti-gay remarks did not affect his career trajectory, though. Mr. Díaz went on to become a state senator who vocally opposed gay marriage before being elected to the Council in November 2017 to represent the 18th District in the Southeast Bronx.
On Thursday, Mr. Díaz held a boisterous part political rally, part old-style church revival outside his Council district office. Supporters held signs that said “Don’t apologize,” “Ruben Díaz has a legal right to speak” and “He is a man of God.”
“I don’t see anything wrong with what he said,” said Dorina Castillo, who lives in the 18th District, the Bronx City Council district Mr. Díaz represents. “What they did was harsh. It’s like firing someone for freedom of speech.”
Ms. Castillo, a retired city office worker, said Mr. Díaz had an open-door policy and helped direct money from the budget for local causes. She said she did not agree with Mr. Díaz’s stance on homosexuals but added, “I would vote for him again. He’s there for our community.”
Bridget Felix, a for-hire vehicle driver from the Bronx, said she was upset that Mr. Díaz’s committee was dissolved because he was tackling issues such as excessive enforcement and wages. “They are smart. They have power. He’s just stating the facts,” Ms. Felix said about Mr. Díaz’s remarks about gay people. “At the end of the day, it’s the taxi drivers that will suffer.”
Told of some of Mr. Díaz’s earlier comments about homosexuals, Ms. Felix stressed that she was not in agreement. “But if he’s against gay marriage and abortion, this is his right. That’s freedom of speech and freedom of religion.”
Mr. Díaz remained unapologetic, and insisted that he was not homophobic. He introduced a granddaughter who is gay and a nephew from Texas whom he said was also a member of the L.G.B.T. community, and kissed both on their foreheads and cheeks.
He made one concession: He promised to stop using the word homosexual. “The word homosexual has become unacceptable,” he said in Spanish, his words translated over the public address system.
Mr. Díaz doubled down on his remarks about the power of gay people on the City Council, citing the involvement of Jimmy Van Bramer, a gay councilman from Queens, among those who fought Amazon’s now-quashed campus in Long Island City.
“Using the Amazon decision to pull out as proof of a vast gay conspiracy just proves what I have been saying,” Mr. Van Bramer said on Twitter. “Resign already.”
In the quarter century since Mr. Díaz began publicly lashing out at gay people, attitudes toward intolerance and how it should be addressed have changed. The #MeToo movement launched a reckoning for powerful men accused of sexually abusing women that has led to more people being publicly held responsible for other types of poor behavior, such as racist and homophobic remarks and activities.
“We have gone through a huge change in how we understand equality and justice,” said Gabriel Blau, the chair and co-founder of Equality New York. “This hate is not new. What’s new is these people are being called out by their colleagues and the general public.”
Even in Mr. Díaz’s district, signs of change are evident. In the September 2017 Democratic primary for the 18th district, Mr. Díaz won with 2,370 votes, approximately 40 percent of the total vote. Amanda Farias, a nonprofit director, came in second with 1,301 votes, almost 22 percent of the total. The next two candidates, Elvin García, who is gay, and Michael Beltzer, received 30 percent of the vote combined.
“He does have his base but you can see those numbers slipping,” said Ms. Farias, who was recently endorsed for the 2021 primary by Scott M. Stringer, the city comptroller.
She added: “There are people who have reached out to me and are upset and outraged that he continues to spew this vile rhetoric.”
During the City Council vote to dissolve Mr. Díaz’s committee, the openly gay men on the City Council each recounted stories of being confused when they were young and wanting to end their lives, including the City Council speaker, Corey Johnson. After the vote, two of the City Council’s five gay men — Ritchie Torres and Carlos Menchaca — hugged on the floor.
Mr. Johnson has spent a fair portion of the last two weeks apologizing for his decision to award Mr. Díaz a committee in 2018, a move widely seen as political payback to the Bronx Democratic machine, which supported his speaker bid. He has also been criticized by his predecessor, Melissa Mark-Viverito, who said that Mr. Johnson “emboldened” Mr. Díaz.
Mr. Johnson has said he was “too accommodating” and should have known that Mr. Díaz would once again make homophobic comments as he has done in the past.
“I think we all have blind spots,” Mr. Johnson said. “Every one of us.”B:
六合宝典软件下载【不】【知】【道】【为】【什】【么】，【我】【心】【里】【感】【到】【一】【阵】【害】【怕】，【害】【怕】【到】【我】【梦】【里】【的】【场】【景】【告】【诉】【了】【他】，【但】【在】【整】【个】【过】【程】【中】，【他】【的】【唇】，【他】【的】【呼】【吸】，【依】【旧】【在】【我】【的】【唇】【边】【游】【荡】。【我】【感】【觉】【到】【了】【我】【们】【彼】【此】【的】【心】【跳】【声】。 “【我】【昨】【晚】【又】【做】【到】【那】【个】【梦】【了】，【那】【是】【一】【个】【弥】【漫】【着】【血】【腥】【味】【的】【梦】，【梦】【里】【的】【我】【浑】【身】【不】【能】【动】【弹】，【还】【被】【人】【紧】【紧】【的】【抱】【着】，【我】【的】【耳】【边】【弥】【漫】【猖】【狂】【的】【笑】【声】。。 【那】【笑】
【花】【芯】【兔】【兔】【扑】【哧】【一】【笑】：“【我】【哪】【知】【道】，【可】【能】【爷】【爷】【没】【洗】【脸】【吧】。” 【这】【话】【说】【的】【让】【赵】【三】【机】【有】【些】【尴】【尬】，【他】【确】【实】【是】【很】【久】【没】【洗】【脸】【了】，【在】【守】【灵】【里】【呆】【了】【差】【不】【多】【一】【个】【礼】【拜】【了】【都】【没】【有】【回】【过】【现】【实】。 “【呜】【呜】，【死】【兔】【子】，【老】【是】【嘲】【笑】【我】。” “【爷】【爷】，【别】【难】【过】【了】，【只】【不】【过】【是】【灵】【币】【而】【已】，【要】【多】【少】【跟】【我】【说】【就】【是】【了】，【我】【来】【罩】【着】【你】。”【花】【芯】【兔】【兔】【挺】【了】【一】【下】【酥】【胸】
【所】【幸】【的】【是】，【他】【们】【一】【行】【人】【很】【快】【就】【被】【附】【近】【白】【石】【岭】【的】【探】【子】【发】【现】，【盘】【问】【了】【一】【番】【后】【边】【叫】【了】【几】【辆】【马】【车】【带】【他】【们】【过】【去】，【不】【然】，【等】【江】【凡】【生】【跟】【着】【这】【些】【鱼】【虾】【走】【到】【白】【石】【岭】，【可】【能】【要】【两】【三】【天】【之】【后】【了】。 【拉】【车】【的】【马】【也】【是】【妖】【兽】，【不】【过】【却】【已】【经】【开】【了】【灵】【智】，【带】【着】【众】【人】【一】【路】【飞】【驰】，【很】【快】【就】【到】【了】【白】【石】【山】【之】【下】。 【敖】【月】【恭】【恭】【敬】【敬】【地】【走】【了】【上】【去】，【把】【礼】【单】【交】【给】【山】【脚】【下】【的】
【系】【统】【通】【知】 【删】【除】 【作】【者】【您】【好】，【您】【的】【作】【品】《【最】【是】【光】【阴】【留】【不】【住】》【章】【节】“【五】【百】【零】【二】【章】、【运】【气】“【已】【被】【屏】【蔽】，【原】【因】：【作】【品】【内】【容】【违】【规】，【请】【全】【文】【检】【查】【修】【改】【违】【规】【内】【容】【后】，【前】【往】【作】【家】【专】【区】——【作】【品】【管】【理】——【已】【发】【布】【章】【节】【中】【选】【中】【相】【应】【章】【节】，【点】【击】【申】【请】【解】【禁】【按】【钮】【自】【主】【申】【请】【解】【屏】。 【好】【久】【没】【有】【被】【屏】【蔽】【了】，【现】【在】【看】【到】【后】【台】【有】【系】【统】【通】【知】【都】【心】【惊】【胆】【战】六合宝典软件下载《【经】【济】【大】【清】》【接】【近】【结】【尾】【处】，【我】【每】【天】【都】【要】【冥】【思】【苦】【想】，【每】【日】【写】【将】【近】【一】【万】【字】，【一】【直】【在】【期】【待】【完】【本】，【想】【着】【完】【本】【了】【就】【解】【脱】【了】。 【可】【写】【下】【全】【书】【完】【的】【一】【刹】【那】，【曾】【经】【预】【想】【的】【解】【脱】【感】【却】【离】【得】【很】【远】，【反】【而】【怅】【然】【若】【失】，【这】【种】【感】【觉】，【恐】【怕】【不】【写】【书】【的】【人】【是】【体】【会】【不】【了】【的】。 【一】、【历】【程】 《【经】【济】【大】【清】》【自】2016【年】2【月】18【日】【首】【次】【在】【起】【点】【连】【载】，【到】【今】
【正】【在】【这】【时】，【半】【空】【中】【的】【小】【黑】【连】【声】【大】【叫】，【与】【四】【只】【秃】【鹫】【搏】【斗】【起】【来】。 【小】【黑】【刚】【从】【黑】【布】**【来】，【心】【中】【一】【口】【闷】【气】【正】【好】【没】【地】【方】【撒】，【此】【时】【见】【到】【这】【四】【只】【秃】【鹫】，【如】【见】【仇】【人】【一】【般】，【恨】【红】【了】【双】【眼】，【势】【必】【要】【将】【这】【四】【只】【可】【恶】【的】【秃】【鹫】【啄】【死】。 【三】【只】【秃】【鹫】【又】【像】【刚】【才】【围】【剿】【小】【黑】【那】【样】【将】【小】【黑】【围】【在】【垓】【心】，【剩】【下】【的】【另】【外】【一】【只】【在】【外】【围】【随】【时】【支】【援】，【只】【是】【这】【次】【昆】【仑】【五】【奇】【没】