Carl Paladino has not been making new friends amongst the city’s LGBT community, which given his record is hardly surprising. He criticized his opponent Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for marching in support at a gay pride parade earlier this year, he has voiced his opposition to gay marriage and recently engaged in homophobic tirades that make one wonder whether he comprehends that he is running for office in New York rather than Alaska.
In a speech addressed to Jewish Orthodox leaders he stated, “I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family and I don’t want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option – it isn’t.”
Paladino’s remarks were insensitive considering the recent spate of antigay attacks in the city. Although he claims to be against violence based on sexual orientation his views could easily be misinterpreted by some as an incitement to continue their violent behavior.
Lamba, a gay democratic advocacy group which was formed in Boerum Hill in 1978 has responded to his attacks on their website stating they are “outraged that Carl Paladino, the Republican candidate for governor, would see fit to spew hatred and extraordinary ignorance of the LGBT community, while standing in Brooklyn, one of the most vibrant and diverse communities in the world.”
They further expressed the view that lacks the intelligence, character and judgment to represent the people of New York.
“His words feed into a culture of bigotry and violence, whose victims, sadly, are usually the most vulnerable among us, our youth”