I can’t decide if this is fitting or a sad twist of fate. The Bronx Community Pride Center is moving into a building named after virulent homophobe and storefront “reverend”, NY State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. Delicious, in a nasty-taste way.
The Bronx Community Pride Center, the borough’s only organization that caters specifically to the needs of the LGBT community, cut the ribbon at its new location last week — inside a building named after State Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr., a fierce gay rights opponent.
The Pride Center, which was based in Mott Haven on East 149th Street for the last 17 years, has its new home at 975 Kelly Street in Hunts Point. The building, Rev. Ruben Diaz Gardens, was developed with funding from the outspoken state senator and named in his honor.
“Our new space is much more usable and is wheelchair accessible,” Executive Director Dirk McCall said in a statement. “The new space is wonderful and we welcome everyone in the community to come by and visit us.”