Skip to content
Search AI Powered

Latest Stories

Gay Politician's Apartment Building Vandalized Over Support For Drag Queen Story Hour

Twitter screenshot of Erik Bottcher; Twitter screenshot of vandalism outside Bottcher's district office
@ebottcher/Twitter (left and right)

NYC city council member Erik Bottcher's building was broken into and vandalized by 'Gays Against Groomers' protesters.

Democrat Erik Bottcher, a gay New York City Council Member, has spoken out after his apartment building was broken into and vandalized by protesters with the anti-trans group Gays Against Groomers, which claims to be "a coalition of gays against the sexualization, indoctrination and medicalization of children."

Last week, Bottcher posted a video of the "pure hatred and bigotry" he witnessed outside the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea.


Bottcher filmed several protesters outside the event, including one who held up a sign declaring that "there are only two genders."

You can see his video below.

Mere days later, he posted an update announcing that protesters with "Gays Against Groomers" had vandalized the hallway outside his district office in his apartment building with homophobic slurs.

A defiant Bottcher shared the photos but refused to be deterred by the hateful display, writing:

"We will not be cowed. We will not be silenced. We will continue to stand up against hate."

You can see Bottcher's tweet below.

Bottcher's post comes amid a wider conservative pushback against drag queen story hours, which conservatives have alleged are an opportunity to "indoctrinate" children into the LGBTQ+ community rather than an opportunity to impart values of inclusivity and acceptance.

The attack on his office from Gays Against Groomers offers a further example of the ongoing "groomer" hysteria that has gripped the right-wing, who've accused LGBTQ+ people of building relationships, trust and emotional connections with children so they can manipulate, exploit and abuse them.

The local news outlet AM New York later reported that two women—44-year-old Erica Sanchez and 27-year-old Anna Morgan—had been arrested and charged with criminal tresspassing after vandalizing Bottcher's office and home.

Many have come to Bottcher's defense in the aftermath of the hateful incident.



Gays Against Groomers has made headlines in recent weeks, particularly after founder Jamiee Michell claimed gender-affirming medical care is to blame for last month's mass shooting at Club Q, a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

During an appearance on Fox News personality Tucker Carlson's program, Mitchell ignored the medical consensus on how gender-affirming medical care has successfully lowered lifetime suicidal ideation among transgender people.

Mitchell proceeded to absolve the alleged shooter, saying the LGBTQ+ community will continue to be the target of similar attacks so long as the “evil agenda” of gender-affirming care is allowed to continue.

More from Popular

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; Vivek Ramaswamy
Steven Ferdman/GC Images; Jacek Boczarski/Anadolu via Getty Images

AOC Gives Vivek Ramaswamy Brutal Tip On How To Be 'Cool' After His RNC Challenge To Gen Z

Biotech entrepreneur and former GOP presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy was given a lesson by New York Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about "being cool" after he made an appeal to Generation Z during the Republican National Convention, telling them they can be "rebels" if they call themselves "conservative" on college campuses.

Speaking from the podium at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ramaswamy issued the following remarks designed to court the youth:

Keep ReadingShow less
A colorful living room arrangement
Photo by Spacejoy on Unsplash

People Divulge The Strangest Rules They've Followed In Someone's House

Some of us came from families with unusual practices, traditions, and beliefs, and we often didn't realize how strange these were until we grew up and moved out to start our own home.

But sometimes while growing up, we may have visited someone else's house and were shocked by how different their households were from our own.

Keep ReadingShow less
Doctor with both hands out
Usman Yousaf/Unsplash

Doctors Describe The Dumbest Patients They Have Ever Encountered

Patients seek medical attention for a variety of symptoms.

Some may not be able to articulate what they are experiencing based on their distressed state of mind while others are best at calmly conveying the situation.

Keep ReadingShow less
Shannen Doherty; Holly Marie Combs
Amanda Edwards/WireImage/Getty Images

'Charmed' Star Holly Marie Combs Pens Heartbreaking Tribute To 'Sister' Shannen Doherty

Holly Marie Combs took to Instagram on Tuesday, penning an emotional tribute to Shannen Doherty following her death from cancer on Saturday.

Doherty's Charmed costar shared several photos of the two together, noting in the caption Doherty was her "best friend" and "sister."

Keep ReadingShow less
Ingrid Andress performing at Texas' Globe Life Field
Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Ingrid Andress Admits 'I Was Drunk' During Disastrous National Anthem And Is Going To Rehab

Country star Ingrid Andress apologized to MLB, fans, and the nation for her controversial rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner" at Monday's 2024 Home Run Derby.

The 32-year-old four-time Grammy nominee was named the worst-ever National Anthem singer after she delivered a vocal performance at Texas' Globe Life Field that was off-pitch and laden with vocal liberties that failed to stay within a key.

Keep ReadingShow less