The LGBT Bar of New York didn’t mention Andrew Cuomo’s name once during its 2021 gala Thursday evening, even though the group had announced him as its “Community Vision Award” recipient early Wednesday, before allegations of sexual harassment against the Democratic governor were published on Medium by a former aide.
In a humiliating snub, the virtual event scrubbed any mention of Cuomo and chose to honor five others with the award instead, according to the New York Post.
Cuomo snubbed at gala
The email announcing Cuomo as an award recipient praised several of his policies as governor, including his repeal of the so-called “walking while trans ban” and the passage of GENDA, a law that prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in New York.
During the gala, emcee Marti Gould Cummings credited the LGBT Bar of New York more generally for the same accomplishments without mentioning Cuomo.
“With the help of the LGBT Bar of New York, we have achieved so many major victories right here in New York,” Cummings, a self-described drag artist who is running for city council, said, according to the Post.
The disgusting details
Cuomo was accused on Wednesday of unwanted touching, kissing, and sexual comments by former aide Lindsey Boylan in a Medium post that included emails and texts between herself and other Cuomo staffers.
According to reports, Boylan said in the post that Cuomo asked her to play strip poker on a private plane ride funded by taxpayers, called her by a former rumored girlfriend’s name, and asked her to attend events that there was no reason for her to attend just so that he could be near her.
Her post also said that numerous staffers knew about and even at times helped facilitate Cuomo’s inappropriate actions, and that there was a culture of intimidation in his administration.
Boylan also claimed that at least one other woman had suffered similar harassment, but was afraid to come forward.
We need answers
Cuomo, for his part, has denied the allegations, which first surfaced in December when Cuomo was said to be in the running for the role of Joe Biden’s attorney general. No specific details were given at that time.
In the weeks since, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other Democrats — as well as the celebrity-filled TIMES Up Foundation — have all called for the harassment allegations to be investigated, the New York Post notes.
Cuomo is also reportedly being investigated by the FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn after an aide claimed that he covered up the extent of coronavirus-related deaths in New York’s nursing homes.