Adams hosts Pride Month event as some LGBTQ groups boycott

Waving a rainbow flag, Mayor Eric Adams took to the microphone in the large outdoor space of the Gracie Mansion on Tuesday to welcome guests to a reception in honor of Pride Month.

“Your celebration today here in the People’s House is just one of many,” Adams said. “We are going to launch unprecedented things that impact your community.”

Adams spoke passionately to the crowd, saying throughout his career he has always been an ally. He also assured attendees that he is committed to serving all New Yorkers equally and fairly.


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  • Mayor Eric Adams took the mic in the large outdoor space at the Gracie Mansion on Tuesday to welcome guests to a reception in honor of Pride Month
  • Adams spoke passionately to the crowd, saying throughout his career he has always been an ally. He also assured attendees that he is committed to serving all New Yorkers equally and fairly.
  • The celebration came as several LGBTQ political groups staged a counter event at Stonewall, saying in a statement that they would all boycott the mayor’s event.
  • Adams has come under fire after appointing Fernando Cabrera and Erick Salgado to positions in his administration after sharing anti-gay comments. Both have since apologized

“It’s because my life changed when I was 18. I am still living in the spirit of those who died before us, to say we can be here,” he said.

The celebration came as several LGBTQ political groups staged a counter event at Stonewall, saying in a statement that they would all boycott the mayor’s event.

Adams has come under fire after appointing Fernando Cabrera and Erick Salgado to positions in his administration after sharing anti-gay comments. Both have since apologized.

Hundreds of participants mingled on the grounds of the mansion against the backdrop of the East River, representing many community groups across the boroughs.

“It’s the first time they’ve had it since the pandemic,” said Recoveries R Us’ Connie Pacheco. “I’m coming to support, network, and just, you know, just celebrate pride.”

Kenny Wagner, board member of Eshel, which works on behalf of gay Orthodox community members, said the event was a testament to the accomplishments of the city’s LGBTQ communities.

“This is what success looks like,” Wagner said.

“Pride is the answer to shame, and having a New York City mayor hold an event at his official residence, with the brightly painted New York Police Department cruiser outside, makes a statement,” Wagner added.

Some participants took a different stance on the Mayor’s event saying that although more work is needed, it is a continued step in the right direction.

“In these times, it’s all about safety and community, so it’s important to come together in that energy,” said event guest Senn Miley Moore.

Joseph K. Bennett