Ruben Diaz Sr.
You don’t have to look too far in Albany to find a villain (see Espada above)–state government in New York has long been a swamp of corruption, hackery and influence peddling, but Diaz Jr. takes it an extra step, above and beyond his role as a Senator representing the Bronx. Where does he get the energy? From his fear of the gays. Diaz Sr., a Democrat who doubles as a Pentecostal minister, has been the most ardent opponent of Governor Paterson’s gay marriage bill, vowing to do all in his power to keep basic civil rights out of the hands of fellow New Yorkers. But then what would you expect from someone who tried to keep the Gay Games out of New York in 1994 using the following reasoning: “You don’t have to be clairvoyant to realize that this can and will lead to sexual encounters with the risk of exposure to AIDS.”