Council speaker “looking into” Paladino amid anti-LGBTQ tweets

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Speaker Adrienne Adams said the City Council is “looking into” taking action against Republican Councilmember Vickie Paladino of Queens following growing outrage over the lawmaker’s anti-LGBTQ Twitter posts regarding the drag story hour program in New York City.

Hours later, the City Council’s LGBTQIA+ Caucus issued a joint statement on June 16 calling for the Council to remove Paladino from her committee posts and censure her.

Paladino first sparked uproar on June 13 when she published a wild series of tweets denouncing funding for drag story hour and suggesting LGBTQ people are “groomers” — a disturbing term used to falsely associate queer individuals with pedophilia. Paladino warned she would nix funding for drag story hour in her district and threatened to retaliate against schools for funding it.

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