The New Jersey Democratic LGBTQ Caucus is seeking the resignation of Trenton Councilwoman Robin Vaughn after a vicious homophobic rant during a COVID-19 briefing over the weekend.
“Disagree with a person’s policies, fine. But to use such hateful language should no longer be permitted or tolerated,” said Lauren Albrecht, Chair of New Jersey Democratic LGBTQ Caucus. “No more apologies.”
Vaughn’s tirade, captured on audio tape, was aimed at the city’s openly gay mayor, Reed Gusciora.
In a statement, the caucus said that Trenton’s growth is dependent on citizens having trust in their elected city council – and part of that trust, they say, comes from respecting their constituents.
“Our State’s Capital deserves better,” stated David Grant, Vice-Chair. “Offensive comments like hers create an extremely toxic culture of homophobia and this will not be tolerated.”
According to the caucus, “Vaughn used hateful words that cut at the very heart of the LGBTQ+ community. “
“With a vibrant LGBTQ+ community in Trenton, the Councilwoman has shown she cannot be trusted as a leader,” the caucus said.
Vaughn has faced calls for her resignation from Gov. Phil Murphy, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker. Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) have also criticized her actions.
Garden State Equality has also called on Vaughn to step down.