Andrew Yang to LGBTQ+ voters: ‘You’re so human’

New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang is under fire for his recent comments during an LGBTQ+ forum, facing criticism that he’s out of touch and insensitive toward the community.  

During a mayoral endorsement screening with the Stonewall Democrats of NYC on Wednesday, the former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate shared his interest in going to gay bars with his two campaign managers “who are both gay.” 

“Well, first, let me say that if I go to Cubbyhole, I think I’m going to be accompanied by at least one of my two campaign managers who are both gay,” Yang said, according to Politico. “So, there’s like a lot of, you know, familiarity with, with the community, at the head of my campaign leading it.”

Democratic mayoral candidate Andrew Yang speaks to people as they take part in a rally against hate and racism at Columbus Park in Chinatown, on Sunday, March 21, 2021, in New York. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez, AP)

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Rose Christ, the president of SDNYC, told Politico that Yang “came across like he was a tourist in New York and said he wanted to visit a gay bar.”  

“I genuinely do love you and your community,” Yang said during the event, according to a partial recording obtained by the New York Times. “You’re so human and beautiful. You make New York City special. I have no idea how we ever lose to the Republicans given that you all are frankly in, like, leadership roles all over the Democratic Party.”

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