“I joined the Human Rights Commission to make a difference, not to cause discomfort or disappointment,” El said in a statement Saturday, “and the latter is sadly what’s taken place.”
The statement was released through Marcus Calabrese, a public relations specialist who has been working with El.
Last week, leaders in Hampton Roads’ LGBT community began calling for El’s removal as a member of the commission.
They referenced two posts El recently made to his Facebook page in which he said homosexuality was an “abomination” and that transgender people suffer from a mental illness.
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