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Out hotelier Mati Weiderpass no longer sorry for hosting Ted Cruz, slams ‘gay extremists’

Out hotelier Mati Weiderpass no longer sorry for hosting Ted Cruz, slams ‘gay extremists’

Out hotelier Mati Weiderpass no longer appears to be sorry for hosting homophobic presidential hopeful Ted Cruz and slammed ‘gay extremists’ who attacked him on social media.

Weiderpass and business partner Ian Reisner own the Out NYC Hotel and have a shared 80% stake in Fire Island Pines, as well as other venues patronized by LGBTI people.

Weiderpass initially defended his decision to host Cruz, a vocal opponent of LGBTI rights and gay marriage.

Weiderpass and Reisner later issued separate apologies for their ‘terrible mistake’ but LGBTI protesters gathered outside their hotel anyway in late April.

‘Since hosting a discussion with Texas Senator Ted Cruz in my home, I have been inundated with hateful, biased social media messages, and attacks from gay extremists (do I dare say the word?) who demand inclusion, but do not believe in dialogue,’ Weiderpass wrote in a op-ed published Sunday (10 May) in the New York Observer.

‘I know in my heart that these attacks do not represent the rich culture and diversity of the gay community. Yet, in our community, as in so many others, the most vocal often dominate the conversation. I hope this op-ed will help heal wounds and continue necessary progress and discussion.’

Weiderpass denied that he organized the discussion, and that it was a fundraiser or an endorsement.

‘What would we say if the Jewish community organized a boycott of a business leader who hosted a private discussion with an important Muslim politician? We know the answer,’ he wrote.

‘I am a longtime leader of my community – and proud of who I am and what I have accomplished.

‘Boycotting me for a discussion? Since when have we grown so small and intolerant?’

One of those unconvinced by Weiderpass’s words is Andy Humm, the co-host of TV news show Gay USA.

Speaking to Gay Star News, he called the op-ed ‘supremely dumb’, noting that it ‘totally abandons the "apology" strategy that he and Ian [Reisner] tried last week. Now they are not sorry. They are acting as if they are doing the community a service by talking to enemies. Hah! Like anyone could move Ted Cruz who has made opposition to LGBT rights one of the centerpieces of his campaign.

‘And he condemns those of us who protest their profits going to rightwing anti-gay Senators like Ron Johnson as "extremists." Most of us who picketed his Out NYC Hotel were veteran LGBT and AIDS activists – the people who won civil rights protections for sorry-ass people like Weiderpass.

‘Boycott on!’