They want to drive Ron out of town.
A group of Big Apple officials are demanding that a Manhattan venue cancel an appearance by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis – just weeks after another venue controversially refused to host him.
Calling him anti-LGBTQ, critics say the Republican should not be allowed to speak at the conference organized by a Jewish group at Chelsea Piers on Sunday – especially during Pride month.
They specifically oppose a new Florida law that prohibits school education related to sexual orientation or gender identity for children in kindergarten through fourth grade.
Proponents argue that the law – dubbed by opponents the “Don’t Say Gay” Bill – protects children from sexualized content in their classrooms.
The Tikvah Fund originally planned to host DeSantis, commentator Bari Weiss and other conservative figures at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York.
But those plans were scuttled after the facility refused to house DeSantis, Tikvah organizers said.
They quickly moved to Chelsea Piers and now some city officials are clamoring for the facility to ban DeSantis as well.
The cancellation caucus is led by Democratic Senator Brad Hoylman, who noted that Chelsea is a traditional center of LGBTQ culture and that DeSantis’ positions are not welcome there, especially during Pride month.
“As elected #LGBTQ we call on @ChelseaPiersNYC to cancel the event with Florida Governor ‘Don’t Say Gay’ @RonDeSantisFL during #pridemonth2022 in Chelsea, the heart of our community,” Hoylman tweeted on Monday.
Democratic Congressman Jerry Nadler also backed the push.
“It is shameful that Ron Desantis, a vocal opponent of LGBTQ+ rights and equality, is speaking out at Chelsea Piers during the month in which we celebrate the diversity and resilience of the LGBTQ+ community,” he tweeted.
Conservative commentator Dave Rubin, who is gay, recently interviewed DeSantis at an event and fired back at Hoylman.
“Here’s @RonDeSantisFL with me and hubby a few days ago,” he wrote alongside a photo of the couple. “It was just before a sold-out show of 1000 people cheering for freedom and freedom. You people find trouble everywhere but where it really is.
Pier Sixty, the entity that runs the venue, said it remains “tremendously proud of our deep and longstanding connection to the LGBTQ community, having organized and collaborated on many significant special events since we first opened our doors. in 1998”.
“Pier Sixty has never discriminated against any group or organization and we have never based our acceptance of a booking quota on our approval of the speakers our clients choose to present at these private events,” said said a spokesperson. “Furthermore, our acceptance of a booking does not in any way imply that we endorse the respective organization or its speakers.”
A representative for the DeSantis campaign said he still plans to land in Manhattan.
“The governor will always stand up for what is right and will not be deterred by the radical left,” she said in a statement, noting that DeSantis has strong ties to the Jewish community.