Update August 19, 2011 - Change.org recieved the following statment:
New York City Council Deputy Majority Leader Leroy Comrie (D-27th District) issued the following statement today in response to erroneous news reports that alleged he would presenting a proclamation to dancehall reggae artist Beenie Man:
“It has come to my attention that there have been several news reports generated which alleged that I would be presenting a New York City Council Proclamation to dancehall reggae artist Beenie Man. This report is untrue- at no time have I agreed to issue a proclamation nor has my office made any announcement of such a action. No news organization called my office to confirm this allegation before going to publication. I am respectfully asking that any news organization which published this allegation publicly print a retraction.
"I am aware that Beenie Man will be performing during a pre-Labor Day concert that will take place at Roy Wilkins Park in my district and features several music artists such as Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and Machel Montano. I worked with the concert promoters secure the site for this event and support their efforts to host a safe, enjoyable and entertaining day for the residents of Southeast Queens."
On September 4, 2011, New York City Council Member Leroy Cormie will, on behalf of the city, offer a proclamation in honor of Beenie Man, a Jamaican dancehall performer. However, Beenie Man has a history of performing music with violently anti-LGBT lyrics. In 2007, he signed the Reggae Compassionate Act Agreement, but later denied signing the document.
A man who has spent a career calling for violence to be committed against LGBT people should not be honored by New York City. It is deeply disrespectful of the city's gay and lesbian community and should be stopped.
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