Governor Andrew Cuomo was to be the main honoree at the LGBT Bar of New York’s 2021 gala, but when news broke of allegations that he sexually harassed a former aide, he was removed from the event.
Early Wednesday morning, a few hours before a Medium post about the alleged harassment was posted, the New York LGBT Bar Association sent an email announcing Cuomo as this year’s “Community Vision Award Recipient,” showing the email, obtained by The Post.
“For decades, the LGBT Bar Association Foundation of Greater New York, LeGaL, has presented the Community Vision Award to individuals or organizations with a distinguished record of service to the LGBTQ community, including a sustained commitment to achieving equal rights for all. members of our community, ”the email reads.
It includes a long list of accomplishments the nonprofit worked with Cuomo on, including the repeal of the “ban on walking while trans” and the passage of GENDA, which prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in New York. .
But when it came time for Thursday night’s virtual gala, the hosts didn’t mention Cuomo once, a YouTube video of the event shows.
“With the help of the New York LGBT Bar Association, we have achieved so many important victories right here in New York,” said emcee Marti Gould Cummings, a drag artist and City Council candidate, at the start of the event while reciting a list of accomplishments that had been attributed to Cuomo in the email without mentioning the embattled government.
The gala went on to celebrate five other honorees for the group’s “Community Excellence Award”, naming and congratulating them on their success not to mention Cuomo.
On Wednesday, former aide and Manhattan Borough presidential candidate Lindsey Boylan posted a Medium post alleging that Cuomo once kissed her on the lips, subjected her to unwanted and uncomfortable attention, and suggested that ” they will play poker. ”
Cuomo’s office has repeatedly denied the allegations.
Since Boylan’s story came to light, a number of high-profile Democrats and women’s rights activists, including Mayor Bill de Blasio and the star-studded TIME’S UP foundation, have called for an investigation into the allegations. .
The LGBT Bar of New York did not respond to multiple requests for comment, nor did Cuomo’s office.