“I feel harassed. I believe the city is being bullied,” Ms Barrett-Layne said in an interview. “I feel like my character, my name, my church has been defamed with lies and everything has been taken out of context.”
In her book, “Challenging Your Disappointments as Appointments With Destiny,” Ms. Barrett-Layne, Senior Pastor of Reach Out and Touch Ministries International in Staten Island, wrote of the challenges facing young people in prison: “They live under the grip of fornicating homosexual lifestyles with the risk of being infected with the AIDS virus and other sexually transmitted diseases.
In another section, she wrote that Christian leaders struggle with “the same temptations of drugs, alcohol, homosexuality, fornication, adultery, pornography, pedophilia, theft, lying, envy, covetousness and all the other sins with which the congregation struggles”.
Crystal Hudson, a black Brooklyn councilwoman who is co-chair of the city council’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer caucus, supported the decision to remove Ms Barrett-Layne from the education panel. But she asked why Ms Barrett-Layne had been forced to resign when the three men named were supported by the mayor despite the storm caused by their appointments, and allowed to stay.
“I agree 100% that she should have quit. But I also don’t lose sight that as a black woman, she is the one who will quit when we still have other men who have made very similar points,” Ms. Hudson said.
Erick Salgado, who was appointed assistant commissioner for external affairs in the mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, had actively opposed marriage equality when he ran for mayor in 2013; Gilford Monrose, executive director of the mayor’s office of faith and community partnerships, said homosexuality was a ‘way of life’ that he did not “agree” with but that he accepted and loved everyone; and Fernando Cabrera, Senior Advisor in the Office of Faith and Community Partnerships, visited Uganda in 2014 and makes supportive remarks on the law of the land which makes homosexuality a crime punishable by life imprisonment.
City officials said the remarks by Mr. Salgado, Mr. Cabrera and Mr. Monrose were known before they joined the town hall, and that Mr. Adams spoke to the three men to inform them that their past statements were unacceptable and would not be tolerated. in its administration.