Some LGBTQ leaders in New York chided Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for her proposal to rename a Queens post office that honors LGBTQ rights pioneers.
Sources said Ocasio-Cortez (D-Queens, Bronx) is soliciting suggestions for the Jeanne and Jules Manford Post Office Building in Jackson Heights, a representative for the congresswoman’s office said in Queens last week.
According to reports, Jeanne Manford is considered to have been the first parent to march with their child in an LGBTQ parade a half-century ago.
Manford went on to found PFLAG, the country’s first LGBTQ group designed to build solidarity between parents and LGBTQ children, with support from her husband, Jules.
Former City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Queens), who worked with AOC’s predecessor Joseph Crowley to name the post office for the Manfords five years ago said the plan of AOC will erase a part of New York history.
“Is it that she doesn’t know our history? Did they not check to see who the post office is named after right now? Does she not know who Jeanne Manford was?” Dromm said.
“You don’t take one pioneer of the LGBT movement and pit them against another person,” Dromm added.
Longtime LGBTQ activist Allen Roskoff, the head of the influential Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, also hit AOC for such a proposal.
“How dare she put our community’s heritage up for a popularity contest or a vote,” Roskoff said.
“We are outraged,” Roskoff added.
Meanwhile, Lauren Hitt, Ocasio-Cortez spokeswoman explained that it’s typical for members of Congress to consider new names for local post offices, and suggestions are being sought for a Corona, Queens, post office as well.
Hitt said with some sectors opposing the name change, the congresswoman is “very open” to keeping the Manford name.
“We’ll consider all community input,” Hitt said.
“It seemed like a small but interesting way to engage our community in the legislative process,” Hitt added.