AOC Pisses Off Gay Community
One would think that it would be very hard for leading social justice warrior Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez to piss off the gay community, but LBGTQ leaders are up in arms over AOC’s proposal to change the name of a local post office.
AOC is soliciting suggestions for the Jeanne and Jules Manford Post Office Building in Jackson Heights, which is in her district, a representative for the congresswoman’s office told Community Board 3 in Queens last week.
Jeanne Manford is considered to have been the first parent to march with their child in an LGBTQ parade a half-century ago. She went on to found PFLAG, the country’s first LGBTQ group designed to build solidarity between parents and LGBTQ children, with support from her husband, Jules.
A name change would “erase our history,” fumed former City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Queens), who worked with AOC’s predecessor Joseph Crowley to name the post office for the Manford’s five years ago.
“Is it that she doesn’t know our history? Did they not check to see who the post office is named after right now? Does she not know who Jeanne Manford was?” Dromm told the Daily News.
After the outrage, a spokesperson for the congresswoman said that AOC is “very open” to keeping the Manford name, adding, however, that it is not uncommon for members of Congress to consider new names for local post offices, and suggestions are being sought for a Corona, Queens, post office as well.
“We’ll consider all community input,” AOC spokeswoman Lauren Hitt told The News. “It seemed like a small but interesting way to engage our community in the legislative process.”
The renaming idea began with a community suggestion to honor the late LGBTQ activist Lorena Borjas, according to Hitt.
But Dromm said, “You don’t take one pioneer of the LGBT movement and pit them against another person….”
Longtime LGBTQ activist Allen Roskoff, the head of the influential Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, also slammed the proposal. “How dare she put our community’s heritage up for a popularity contest or a vote,” he said. “We are outraged.”
Dromm and Roskoff, both progressive veterans of LGBTQ struggles, said they generally support Ocasio-Cortez.
“I like her policies, but this is typical of her not being connected to the community,” said Dromm, who helped Jeanne Manford found PFLAG’s Queens chapter and left the Council due to term limits at the end of last year.
The Manford’s and their son Morty are deceased, he noted.
“We have been hidden from the public for so many years,” Dromm said. “We want to create that visibility for the community and keep that history alive.”