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San Diego Activists Target Manchester Grand Hyatt's Anti-Gay Owner


Activists (including rainbow flag-designer Gilbert Baker and UK activist Peter Tatchell, above) came out in force in San Diego, giving a face to the boycott of the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego that has gained steam since April when GLAAD pulled out of a Gay Pride event that was to held at the hotel this weekend. The hotel's owner, Doug Manchester, while advertising in gay media, has also made a huge donation to support the ballot measure that would ban same-sex marriage in the state.

GrandhyattThe AP reports: "Picketers outside the Manchester Grand Hyatt waved rainbow banners and signs reading "The 'Hyatt' of Hypocrisy' to protest owner Doug Manchester's $125,000 donation to a group backing the November ballot measure...'(Hyatt) put so much money into advertising this hotel in gay magazines, and it's a huge slap in the face,' said newlywed Manuel Munoz, 33, who was in town from Rancho Cucamonga honeymooning with husband Ed Alberson. Munoz was staying at a nearby Sheraton. Hyatt said it took no position on Manchester's contributions to the marriage initiative. The company manages the 1,625-room waterfront hotel on behalf of Manchester's development company, Manchester Financial Group. 'It's a personal decision of Mr. Manchester's that doesn't involve Hyatt,' said Hyatt spokeswoman Lori Alexander, who watched the sidewalk protest from the steps of the hotel. 'His name is on the door, but it's not the views of Hyatt.'"

Rex Wockner, who shot the photo above and below, has plenty more at his site...

More than 220,000 people were expected to have attended the Pride event over the weekend. Wockner also has a look at some of the VIPS that were there.

Two websites were created to organize the boycott by a coaltiion of gay groups called Californians Against Hate. The NYT wrote up their efforts last week.


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    Next weekend is SD's Comic-Con, their biggest event, which fills hotels to capacity. "BOOM! Studios has decided to turn their third anniversary event, the "BOOM! Drink Up" already scheduled at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, into a gay pride party in response to the $125,000 donation the hotel's owner made to the organization behind California's upcoming anti-gay marriage amendment referendum."

    Posted by: Lito | Jul 21, 2008 9:56:18 AM

  2. I do not have the patience to wait for our country to GROW UP; paying taxes to a government that discriminates against our families is like having someone take a shit on your head and then thanking them for the hat.

    Gay Tax Protest -

    Posted by: John Bisceglia | Jul 21, 2008 12:28:49 PM

  3. If you check out Tatchell's website, he has articles that defend/support pedophilia. Why is he so popular?

    Posted by: Chris | Jul 21, 2008 12:29:08 PM

  4. CHRIS...I can't find anything on Peter Tatchell's website that defend/support pedophilia. Why not provide a link rather than simply making an accusation?


    Posted by: peterparker | Jul 21, 2008 5:51:31 PM


    Posted by: CHRIS | Jul 22, 2008 8:52:08 AM

  6. I say we should boycott every Hyatt until the corporation does a better job of distancing itself from this jerk, Doug Manchester. Hyatt used to have a good reputation for supporting diversity. Too bad this guy trashed it.

    Posted by: Joe | Jul 26, 2008 4:19:14 PM

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