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‘Homosexual Community’ Controls City Council, One Member Says. He’s Resisting Calls to Resign.

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“The only people who can demand my resignation are the people of my district and even that has to wait until November,” he added. “Before that, they can ask for all the resignations in the world, but there will be no resignation.”

The City Council is already exploring disciplinary action against him: The Committee on Standards and Ethics, acting on behest of several Council members’ complaints, will open an investigation of Mr. Díaz. If he is found guilty of “disorderly conduct,” which could include violating “policies against discrimination and harassment,” Mr. Díaz could be reprimanded, censured, fined or expelled from the City Council by a two-thirds vote of its members.

The Council speaker, Corey Johnson, who is gay and H.I.V. positive, used his personal Twitter account to note that he shared the “anger and pain” of Mr. Díaz’s colleagues about “deeply offensive comments” about the gay community.

“We are currently reviewing all potential disciplinary scenarios,” Mr. Johnson said in a statement. “Nothing is off the table.”

By Monday, Mr. Johnson said his position had evolved, and he called for Mr. Díaz to resign.

“My personal viewpoint is that he should resign. It’s unacceptable. It’s Trumpian,” Mr. Johnson said of Mr. Díaz’s remarks. “There’s no level of contrition. There’s no level of understanding of how hurtful this is. He has doubled down with his level of rhetoric.”

Other calls for his resignation, especially over social media, have spread quickly. David Kilmnick, president and chief executive of the New York LGBT Network, was among those calling for Mr. Díaz to step down.

Far from being a compliment, Mr. Díaz’s remarks are a “way to trigger people’s biases and instill fear,” he said.


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