Manhattan Council Member Erik Bottcher’s home and office was attacked by protesters

A council member’s home and district office in Manhattan were attacked by anti-Drag Story Hour protesters who scrawled demeaning messages outside both locations on Monday.

According to lawmakers and police sources, the protesters allegedly vandalized the office lobby and entered the home of council member Erik Bottcher, who attended a drag story hour event for neurodiverse children at Chelsea’s library over the weekend.

Bottcher, who is himself a member of the LGBTQ+ community, had described the protesters as “faces of hate” as they protested against the event in front of the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library on Saturday.

They reportedly wrote “Bitcher” on the hallway wall outside the officer’s office on West 30th Street, photos of Bottcher show.

The same group later paid a visit to the local politician, he said.

They scrawled the same vulgar misspelling of his last name, as well as unfounded insults and threats like “Ok Groomer,” “Erik Boccher.” [sic] is a pedo children’s hairdresser’ and ‘We want Erik’ in chalk on the sidewalk outside his apartment building, according to photos the councilor posted to Twitter.

Graffiti in front of Erik Böttcher's house
Police sources confirmed that two women were arrested at Erik Botcher’s home.
Twitter/@ebottcher

“Tonight, the Drag Story Hour protesters came to my apartment building and forced their way in,” Bottcher said. “My manager called the police and two of them were arrested for trespassing.”

He added that he would not be shaken by their threats and actions.

“This is pure hatred, exposed. If you think this will intimidate us, you are wrong,” Bottcher tweeted. “Our resolve is strengthened.”

Graffiti in front of Erik Böttcher's house
Erik Bottcher is a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
Twitter/@ebottcher

Police sources confirmed that two women were arrested at the address and charged with trespassing. Erica Sanchez, 44, and Anna Morgan, 27, each received desk tickets.

The trip to Bottcher’s office was organized by anti-vaccine group Guardians of Divinity, according to an Instagram video of their visit, in which they claimed the “Bitcher” graffiti was done by someone before them. The same group protested the Drag Story Hour event on Saturday and one earlier this month.

Graffiti in front of Erik Böttcher's house
Bottcher attended a drag story lesson event for neurodiverse children at Chelsea’s library over the weekend.
Twitter/@ebottcher

Bottcher said the group also bills itself as “gays against groomers.”

“We will not be intimidated. We will not be silenced. We will continue to stand up against hate,” the councilor added.

Anti-drag Story Hour rhetoric has increased across the country as hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community have also increased.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/20/manhattan-council-member-erik-bottchers-home-office-targeted-by-protesters/ Manhattan Council Member Erik Bottcher’s home and office was attacked by protesters

JACLYN DIAZ

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