Johnson says ‘nothing is off the table’ after Diaz Sr. refuses to apologize for comments

February 11, 2019 - 9:51 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Bronx Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. says he won’t resign amid calls for him to do so after he talked about the City Council being “controlled by the homosexual community.”

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On Twitter Saturday, Diaz said his comments, which were aired on a Spanish-language radio show, were not homophobic but instead give the LGBTQ community credit for the power and influence that have.

Then on Sunday, Diaz, who is a Pentecostal minister, wrote that the only people who can ask him to resign “are the residents of the 18th C. D. and that will be on Nov. 2021. That’s why we have election!!!!”

Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who is openly gay, called the comments “deeply offensive,” adding “we are currently reviewing all potential disciplinary scenarios. Nothing is off the table.”

Johnson as well as the City Council’s LGBT Caucus and Women’s Caucus have all demanded Diaz step down.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and even Diaz’s own son, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., said Diaz Sr. should apologize.

“The disgraceful and homophobic comments made by Ruben Diaz Sr. don’t reflect this city’s values,” de Blasio wrote on Twitter.

Diaz Jr. wrote on Twitter that his father’s “sentiments are antagonistic, quarrelsome and wholly unnecessary. He should apologize.”

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who is openly gay, told 1010 WINS that allies of the LGBTQ community have an obligation to stand up.

“I think this has gone too far. This has gone on too long,” Van Bramer said.

“The suicide rates among LGBTQ youth are through the roof, and it’s partly because of comments like this,” Van Bramer said. “It’s partly because of the homophobia that is spewed by people like Ruben Diaz, who is a council member.”

Van Bramer has also called for Diaz's resignation.