Protest In Front Of Manchester Grand Hyatt In San Diego Today

The LGBT group Sleep With The Right People! Support Hotel Workers! will demonstrate
in front of the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego this afternoon to
protest GOProud, who is holding an event there today that features Fox News Channel's Tammy Bruce. GOProud is a conservative gay Republican group. The hotel's owner, Doug Manchester,
was a big contributor to the "Yes on Prop 8" campaign, donating a hefty $125,000 in February 2008 .

M The LGBT community and the UNITE HERE! labor union have been behind a boycott of the hotel since 2008 and this is the first LGBT group to break it since.

Says Cleve Jones, who is affiliated with UNITE HERE!:

“The solidarity between the labor movement and the LGBT movement is a powerful coalition. In San Diego, the owner of the Manchester Grand Hyatt—the second largest Hyatt in North America—gave $125,000 to put Proposition 8 on the ballot. Our union and the LGBT community are boycotting the Manchester Grand Hyatt, because there is power in the union and there is power in coalition.”

Protests begin at 4:30pm at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Place in San Diego. The GOProud event runs from 5pm to 7pm.

You may remember that hundreds of people showed up at a protest of the hotel back in January.


  1. Mark says

    Here’s what the CA Republican platform has to say about same-sex couples:

    “We support the two-parent family as the best environment for raising children, and therefore believe it is important to define marriage as being between one man and one woman. We believe public policy and education should not be exploited to present or teach homosexuality as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle. We oppose same-sex partner benefits, child custody, and adoption.”

    Fuck you and your fellow bigots, GOProud.

  2. stranded says

    You go, GoProud! Because there’s nothing like supporting the people who want to keep you second class. I’d love to hear the justification for this one. Just seeing the ads with Tammy Bruce holding a handgun was enough for me.

  3. Alex says

    Please relax. Goproud or whatever are useful idiots who totally mess with Republican’s heads. It was amazing to see how the presence of Goproud led to an anti-gay speaker getting booed off the stage by conservatives at the CPAC convention.

    There’s also something weird about assuming that all gay people should think alike about immigration, taxes, guns and a bunch of other issues. Being gay is not a choice, being right or left in politics is totally a mater of choice and circumstance.

  4. Zach says

    “It was amazing to see how the presence of Goproud led to an anti-gay speaker getting booed off the stage by conservatives at the CPAC convention.”

    … and then said conservatives went back and drafted reports calling for the criminalization of homosexuality.

    Also, who cares if they boo some anti-speaker off the stage? Is that the pathetic minimum that the GOP is being held to by apologists? “Oh, we might actively campaign and legislate against your rights every damn day of our existence, but by golly, we boo the openly bigoted off the stage!”

    Sad to say, but GoProud still harps about that being one of their finest moments.

  5. Joe H says

    Proud my butt. I watched with intrigue in the 90’s when the Log Cabin Republicans emerged, and listened to them personally explain to me how they will affect more change from within the GOP than by taunting from floats in gay pride parades. At the time I felt gay separatism was a political disaster anyway, so I was cautiously optimistic.

    Over time, I began to notice that most folks in this movement were getting something else out of it — a macho badge to separate themselves from the stereotypical gay liberal. This badge made them more tolerable to straight colleagues, I’m sure they believed, and in many cases, simply gave them cover. At the same time, I noticed these folks were not accomplishing anything. The GOP still craps all over gays today as much as they did back then. I would argue it’s slightly worse.

    So what to make of GOProud? Hey, gays are more diverse than activists in our community sometimes like to admit. I’m all for a gay republican group. There is more to GOP ideology than the hardline social wing that has hijacked the party (we saw eight years of it under Bush and I wasn’t impressed, but hey, that’s another thread).

    But why spend money in a hotel whose owners have worked so hard to deny gay rights? Self-hatred? With some of these folks, of course this is going on. But more so, this is a way for these gay republicans to align with our enemies and distance themselves from the rest of us. They are not interested in affecting positive change for gays any more than that early LCR crowd. They are about ingratiating themselves with their oppressors, kicking sand in the rest of our faces, and being less gay.

    For this, GOProud is a joke that deserves our scorn. They didn’t have the stay at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. But of course, that was their whole point.

  6. TANK says

    I fail to understand why so-called gay republicans–such as those affiliated with goproud–call themselves “gay”. Why not just republicans? This separate group seems needless and wasteful. They admittedly don’t care about gay rights (e.g.,”It’s bigger than that [gay rights]”), so what’s the point of having a “gay” republican organization? They endorse and align themselves with candidates and pols who are strongly opposed to allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, get married, adopt, have workplace antidiscrimination laws, hate crime laws, and even have consensual sexual intercourse between adults….so what’s the purpose of identifying yourself as a gay group if you tacitly (and sometimes explicitly) endorse an ideology that is anathema to being gay?

    If you’re gay and are a republican, fine…but what’s the point of labeling yourself a gay republican? What a waste of time.

  7. jexer says

    I’m sure all GOProud’s dedication and hard work will be rewarded… like Jews who collaborated with the Nazi’s.

    What single issue on the GOP platform is so freaking important that these idiots are willing to waive being treated as equals?

    Is their crazy fetish for clean-cut married Christian men so powerful they’ve been hypmotized into subservience?


  8. says

    I agree JoeH. Most of the LCR-CA delegates to the CA GOP convention next month are basically not spending any extra money or staying there.

    Even if you dont like labor unions or undocumented residents, there is still reasons to not patronize the Manchester Hyatt.

    The owner believes we do not deserve equal rights AND if you want to stick it to the man, support the ballot measure at to ban divorce.

  9. steve says

    Inside scoop from a Hyatt sales rep – Doug Manchester is having severe financial problems because of all the boycotts and bad publicity. He’s being forced into a position where he’ll have to sell this hotel back to the chain.

    Way to go, protesters!

  10. Shana says

    I was on vacation at the beach and met friends of the Manchesters and learned the most amazzzzzzing things about them. ‘Papa Doug’, as he is ‘affectionately’ known, apparently is a closet drinker and ‘came on’ to one of his daughter’s bridesmaids at her wedding. They are also close with the Romneys, who recently purchased a seaside multi-million $ retreat in LaJolla to be closer to the Manchesters. They plan on working to make Mitt our next Pres! It was Mitt’s Mormons who raised the most $$ to ensure same-sex marriage’s illegality in California. More later!

  11. jamal49 says

    @JEXER The GOProuds are to the right of the Log Cabin Republicans. WAY to the right. To them, it really is more than “gay rights”.

    GOProud supporters really get into the republicon mantra of “strong national defense, less government, less taxes, anti-immigration, etc. etc”.

    GOProud in the last election supported the virulently anti-gay republicon platform 100%.

    I know three members of GOProud who live near me. They were amongst the first to support and join GOProud because the LCR just wasn’t “conservative enough”.

    They are rabidly anti-Democratic Party and anti-Obama. Lord, don’t get one of those girls started on Obama! It’s like listening to Fox News but with a more blatant explosion of anti-Obama epitaphs. The “N” word figures prominently.

    Believe me, in the context of the CPAC convention, that homophobe got “booed” off the podium only because he was saying publicly what a majority of the attendees was saying in private. The audience “booed” the guy because they were afraid he was going to take them “off message”, not because they were against what he had to say.

    LCR and GOProud are but carbuncles on the ass-end of LGBT politics.

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