“I feel bullied. I believe that the city is being bullied,” Ms. Barrett-Layne said in an interview. “I feel as though my character, my name, my church have been defamed with lies and that everything was taken out of context.”
In her book, “Challenging Your Disappointments as Appointments With Destiny,” Ms. Barrett-Layne, the senior pastor at Reach Out and Touch Ministries International on Staten Island, wrote about the challenges facing young people in prison: “They live in the grip of fornicating homosexual lifestyles with the risk of being infected with the AIDS virus and other sexually transmitted diseases.”
In another section, she wrote that Christian leaders struggle with the “same temptations of drugs, alcohol, homosexuality, fornication, adultery, pornography, pedophilia, stealing, lying, envy, covetousness, and every other sin that the congregation struggle with.”
Crystal Hudson, a Black councilwoman from Brooklyn who is a co-chairwoman of the City Council’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Caucus, supported the decision to remove Ms. Barrett-Layne from the educational panel. But she questioned why Ms. Barrett-Layne was forced to resign while the three male appointees were supported by the mayor in spite of the firestorm caused by their appointments, and allowed to stay.
“I agree 100 percent that she should have resigned. But it also is not lost on me that as a Black woman, she was the one who will resign when we still have other men who made very similar remarks,” Ms. Hudson said.
Erick Salgado, who was appointed as the assistant commissioner for external affairs at Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, had actively opposed marriage equality when he ran for mayor in 2013; Gilford Monrose, executive director in the Mayor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Partnerships, said homosexuality was a “lifestyle” that he did not “agree” with but that he accepted and loved everyone; and Fernando Cabrera, senior adviser in the Office of Faith-Based and Community Partnerships, traveled to Uganda in 2014 and made supportive remarks about the country’s law that made homosexuality a crime punishable by up to life in prison.
City officials said that the remarks of Mr. Salgado, Mr. Cabrera and Mr. Monrose were known before they joined City Hall, and that Mr. Adams spoke to the three men to inform them that their past statements were unacceptable and would not be tolerated in his administration.