Los Angeles LGBT Center Calls for Resignation of City Councilmembers after Anti-Black and Anti-LGBTQ Remarks - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center Calls for Resignation of City Councilmembers after Anti-Black and Anti-LGBTQ Remarks

October 10, 2022
Contact: Media Relations

The Los Angeles LGBT Center demands the immediate resignation of Nury Martinez, Kevin de Leon, and Gil Cedillo from City Council following the leak of audio recordings that revealed their racist and homophobic remarks. It is clear that these three elected officials have engaged in conduct unbecoming of their office. Nury Martinez (who has since resigned as council president), Kevin de Leon, and Gil Cedillo have violated their oaths of office and brought shame upon on this city. Furthermore, the harm they’ve caused to Black people and the LGBTQ community constitutes a dereliction of duty.

“We as Angelenos have a responsibility to eradicate anti-Blackness and anti-LGBTQ bias from our communities. We look to our elected officials to uphold a high standard of equality and justice,” said Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Joe Hollendoner. “These leaked remarks are a complete betrayal of those values. The continued harms inflicted upon Black communities by our government must stop. If we can’t hold our elected officials accountable for egregious actions like this, then we are failing our city.”

The councilmembers’ racist remarks come at an inflection point for the city of Los Angeles. As our communities reckon with the legacy of systemic racism, we need elected officials to work towards criminal justice reform, housing access, equitable financial policies, and just representation. In such a fragile time, we need to be able to trust our elected officials. This leaked audio completely erodes that trust.

“It’s not lost on us that these anti-Black comments came out of the mouths of our Latino council members. Anti-Blackness and colorism have no place at the city council dais,” said Policy and Community Building Director Joey Espinoza-Hernández. “Our Latino elected officials do not get a free pass at racism simply because they identify as people of color. Nury Martinez resigning as president of the council is a woefully insufficient gesture—they must all step down.”

The City of Los Angeles deserves elected officials who serve in the best interest of all Angelenos, especially Black people living in this city. Because of these inexcusable anti-Black remarks, the Los Angeles LGBT Center calls for their immediate resignation from City Council. 

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