City Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) joined a rally outside the Amazura Concert Hall on May 23 to protest a planned performance last weekend by singer Queen Ifrica, whom Dromm and members of Jamaica Anti-Homophobic Stand accuse of inciting violence against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender or LGBT, community.
Queen Ifrica comes from the island nation of Jamaica.
“Queen Ifrica’s words help create a climate where human rights violations against LGBT Jamaicans are rampant,” Dwayne Brown, founder of JAHS, said in a joint statement issued by the organization and Dromm’s office.
“Such promotion of hate music and its creator Queen Ifrica is unacceptable and not welcome in New York.”
JAHS said that the singer’s lyrics and popularity at home are a danger.
“Jamaican LGBT leaders are fighting for the most basic human rights,” the group said in its statement. “Queen Ifrica’s anti-LGBT propaganda makes it even more difficult for this particularly vulnerable population.”
Dromm, who carried a sign in the sidewalk rally, agreed, saying he was proud to stand with and lend his support to JAHS.
“Queens has historically been a haven for marginalized people around the world, including LGBT Jamaicans who have had to flee their country,” the councilman said.
“This is hate speech, not free speech,” the councilman added. “No one is going to espouse this nonsense and get away with it.”