Gay hoteliers apologize for Ted Cruz event, boycott continues

[Ian Reisner, photo via Facebook]

[Ian Reisner, photo via Facebook]

Ian Reisner (pictured above) and Mati Weiderpass are begging for forgiveness after co-hosting a dinner for Senator Ted Cruz at their Manhattan home after members of the LGBT community called for a boycott of some of the businesses the two men own such as the OUT hotel and a portion of the Fire Island Pines resort.

As reported, Reisner and his business partner/ former lover Mati Weiderpass hosted an event for anti-gay Presidential candidate Ted Cruz at their home last week.  Reisner initially said Senator Cruz didn’t speak out against gay marriage.  His aides have quickly made it clear that Cruz does not support same-sex unions.

Now, both Reisner and Weiderpass have apologized via Facebook.

“I am shaken to my bones by the emails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days. I made a terrible mistake,” Reisner writes.

He goes on to say:

“I was ignorant, naïve and much too quick in accepting a request to co-host a dinner with Cruz at my home without taking the time to completely understand all of his positions on gay rights,” Mr. Reisner said.

“I’ve spent the past 24 hours reviewing videos of Cruz’s statements on gay marriage and I am shocked and angry. I sincerely apologize for hurting the gay community and so many of our friends, family, allies, customers and employees. I will try my best to make up for my poor judgment. Again, I am deeply sorry.”

Weiderpass writes:

“I share in Ian’s remorse. I, too, lay humbled with what has happened in the last week. I made a terrible mistake.”

That hasn’t stopped the boycott effort against both the OUT Hotel and Reisner’s holdings of the Fire Island Pines.  The Facebook group has over 10,000 members as of Tuesday morning, and more than 100 people held a protest outside the OUT Hotel on Monday night.

Written by Ronnie Hokanson

Ronnie Hokanson

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One comment on “Gay hoteliers apologize for Ted Cruz event, boycott continues

  1. […] Don’t Tell and the New York marriage equality initiative, joined his partner Mati Weiderpass last week by apologizing for hosting Cruz in their home.  Now it seems Ian is just digging himself into a bigger hole as […]

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