Protestors, LGBTQ advocates, and many Democratic New York politicians railed against Chelsea Piers over its “dangerous” judgment to host a conference featuring Florida Government Ron DeSantis on Sunday.
Dozens of demonstrators, including activist Allen Roskoff, shouted “Shame!” and “Boycott Chelsea Piers.” At the same time, hoisting signs that read “Say Gay” and “Not during pride month” in front of Pier 60 as people joined the facility Sunday morning showed a video on Twitter.
Critics said the Republicans shouldn’t be allowed to discuss at the event, organized by the Jewish group Tikvah Fund, over a law he signed banning school teaching related to sexual orientation or gender identity for kindergarten through the fourth grade.
Local pols who visited the Sunday demonstration included US Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D- Upper East Side), State Sen. Brad Hoylman (D- Lower Manhattan), and Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou (D- Chinatown), Lt. Gov. contender Ana María Archila.A picture posted on Twitter shows.
As #LGBTQ elected officials, we demand @ChelseaPiersNYC cancel the event with ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Florida Governor @RonDeSantisFL during #pridemonth2022 in Chelsea, the heart of our community, Ho Elman tweeted Monday.
DeSantis appeared to relish the controversy when he addressed conference attendees later on Sunday.
They can’t cancel him. He will speak, the governor said, according to footage of his remarks posted on Twitter by a reporter for The New York Jewish Week and JTA-Jewish news.
“You know I saw that there was a little bit of opposition to me coming here. All I can tell you is this: when the left’s having a spasm that just tells you that in Florida we are winning on the issues that matter,” DeSantis said to applause.
“And that’s why I wasn’t gonna let some protest deter me from coming to speak in front of a lot of Florida, future voters of the state of Florida,” he added.
He said Parents have a right to have their kids go to school in Florida without having the school do things like quote transition their kids’ gender to a different gender.
Giving them another name and having them wear other clothes without the parents’ knowledge and consent emphasizes students should focus on the basic subjects like math, science, and history.