Erik Bottcher is a dedicated public servant and activist who has devoted his life to progressive causes and to the betterment of the community he loves. In 2021, he was elected to represent City Council District 3, which includes the neighborhoods of Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Hudson Square, Flatiron, Times Square, the Theater District, and the Garment District.
Which LGBTQ+ icons do you look up to?
Harvey Milk and Cher
What actions do you hope to see the government taking to support the LGBTQ+ community?
We must stop the spread of vile LGBTQ+ legislation that is being passed in states around the country. New York must be a sanctuary state for trans people and their families who are seeking gender-affirming care. This means putting real resources behind programs that serve the trans community, particularly trans women of color who have been marginalized and left behind for too long.
What do you wish people outside of the community knew about the LGBTQ+ community?
We are your children, your sisters, your brothers, your next door neighbors and co-workers. There is no “other”. We are all one human family.
Can you recommend any top book, film, or TV shows that represent the LGBTQ+ experience?
Rupaul’s Drag Race