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Broadway Cares Cancels Fundraiser at NYC Club 42West Over Owners' Intimate Reception with Ted Cruz

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The fallout surrounding multimillionaire gay hoteliers Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass decision to host an intimate "fireside chat" and dinner with Sen. Ted Cruz continues.

Via Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola: 

SoloIt is with regret that we have decided to cancel this year’s edition of the Broadway Bares Solo Strips fundraiser, which was scheduled for May 10 at the NYC club 42West. We cannot in good conscience hold an event at a venue whose owners have alienated our community, as reflected in an April 23 New York Times storyand an April 24 follow-up post.

We do business with and accept fundraising support from a variety of people across a wide spectrum of political and religious affiliations. The rich diversity of our community makes what we do together so special. It is a rare instance where the actions of a donor negatively impacts us as an organization and potentially jeopardizes our relationship with others whose support is integral to our success. But when it does occur, in a way that’s blatantly against all we stand and work for, we can’t pretend it doesn’t come with consequences. Silence is not a neutral position. It is complicit.

This is not about partisan politics or punishment. This is about doing what’s right to ultimately ensure that our commitment to the men, women and children we serve cannot be questioned.

The Facebook page launched in the wake of the controversy calling for a boycott of "Fire Island Pines Establishments (Pavilion, Low Tea, High Tea, Botel, Botel Barracks, Pool Deck, Harbor Club, Blue Whale, Cultured Elephant), Out NYC Hotel, and XL Nightclub after owners hold reception for Senator Ted Cruz" has grown to over 4,300 members. 

Reisner_johnsonIn related news, it has come to light that Ian Reisner recently hosted a private fundraiser for Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) alongside gay, former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman. Johnson opposes marriage equality, has a 0% on his HRC Congressional Scorecard, and just this week voted to allow discrimination against LGBT youth

What bigoted bedfellows these two have made...


Ted Cruz Issues Contradictory Statement Following Intimate Evening Reception with Gay NYC Hoteliers

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Sen. Ted Cruz has issued the following statement regarding his "fireside chat" and dinner with multimillionaire gay hoteliers Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass at their Manhattan penthouse apartment on Wednesday:

"It speaks volumes that the New York Times considers it newsworthy that a Republican who believes marriage is between a man and a woman would meet with people who hold a different view. The purpose of the meeting and the primary topics of conversation were national security, foreign policy, and America's commitment to standing with Israel. On the subject of marriage, when asked, I stated directly and unambiguously what everyone in the room already knew, that I oppose gay marriage and I support traditional marriage.

"One person further asked how Heidi and I would react if we found out one of our (4 and 7-year-old) daughters were gay. My reply: 'We would love her with all our hearts. We love our daughters unconditionally.'

"A conservative Republican who is willing to meet with individuals who do not agree on marriage and who loves his daughters unconditionally may not reflect the caricature of conservatives promoted by the left, but it's hardly newsworthy.

"I know it's been a long time since we've seen it, but this is what it means to truly be a 'big tent Republican' instead of a panderer. I'm happy to go anywhere to anyone to champion conservative values. We're not always going to agree on everything, and I'm not going to change my fundamental values. But at the same time, I'm hoping to offer enough bold leadership on a broad slate of issues that many voters will decide we agree on far more than we disagree."

In the original NYT article that broke the story, the paper noted Cruz "did not mention his opposition to same-sex marriage, saying only that marriage is an issue that should be left to the states."

Something isn't adding up... 

Previously, "Ted Cruz Introduces Two New Bills Targeting Same-Sex Marriage to Remind You He's Still Very Much Anti-LGBT" [tlrd]


Ted Cruz Introduces Two New Bills Targeting Same-Sex Marriage to Remind You He's Still Very Much Anti-LGBT

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Hoping to reassure right-wing voters that his intimate "fireside chat" and dinner with multimillionaire gay hoteliers Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass in NYC on Wednesday was totally "no homo," Sen. Ted Cruz has introduced two new bills targeting marriage rights for LGBT couples. 

Bloomberg reports:

Cruz's legislation would establish a constitutional amendment shielding states that define marriage as between one woman and one man from legal action, according to bill language obtained by Bloomberg News.

A second bill would bar federal courts from further weighing in on the marriage issue until such an amendment is adopted.

Cruz's bills can be found here and here just in case you needed a reminder that Cruz isn't down with any of that gay shit. 

Previously, "Ted Cruz Warns of Gay Rights 'Jihad,' Continues Holy War Against Same-Sex Marriage" [tlrd]


Gay NYC Hoteliers Defend Hosting Intimate Reception for Ted Cruz at Their Penthouse Apartment

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Ian Reisner (above, far right) and Mati Weiderpass (above, far left), the two multimillionaire gay hoteliers who hosted an intimate "fireside chat" with Sen. Ted Cruz at their Manhattan penthouse on Wednesday, have both issued statements on Facebook defending their decision.

Wrote Reisner:

"For my entire adult life, I have been an ardent supporter and activist for gay rights and LGBT organizations worldwide. I was given the opportunity to have a candid conversation with Senator Ted Cruz on where he stood on issues including the state of Israel and national security, which are the only places where we share common ground. It was just three months ago that I hosted a "Ready for Hillary" event for a record turnout of 900 people at The OUT Hotel. Senator Ted Cruz and I disagree strongly on the issue of gay marriage, but having an open dialogue with those who have differing political opinions is a part of what this country was founded on. My tireless support of the gay community and its causes worldwide has not changed and will not change."

Wrote Weiderpass:

WeiderpassIt seems my informal dinner with the Senator has created a back lash. So there is no misunderstanding, I support gay marriage 100%. I have been a major supporter of gay causes and gay charities for two decades. People on both sides of the aisle need to be able to communicate with one another even when they ideologically disagree. As a Captain in the Army I worked tirelessly for the repeal of "Don't ask, Don't Tell". While serving on the Board of Directors for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network I needed to reach across the aisle to make that happen. The fact that Senator Cruz accepted the invitation to my home was a step in the right direction towards him having a better understanding of who I am and what I believe in. We spent most of the time talking about national security issues and in particular the challenges from ISIS, Iran, and defense of Israel -- these are issues for which we did find common ground. However, i did not shy away from the opportunity to ask the Senator about social issues, in particular marriage equality, and made it clear that I completely disagree with him on that issue.

In the original NYT article that broke the story, the paper noted Cruz "did not mention his opposition to same-sex marriage, saying only that marriage is an issue that should be left to the states." Cruz did say, however, that he would "love them just as much" should one of his daughters come out as gay. 

The Facebook page launched in the wake of the controversy calling for a boycott of "Fire Island Pines Establishments (Pavilion, Low Tea, High Tea, Botel, Botel Barracks, Pool Deck, Harbor Club, Blue Whale, Cultured Elephant), Out NYC Hotel, and XL Nightclub after owners hold reception for Senator Ted Cruz" sits at over 2,000 likes at the time of this writing. 

Weiderpass and Reisner's penthouse apartment made headlines back in October when a 23-year-old Hell's Kitchen gay bar manager was found dead of a reported drug overdose in its bathtub. 


OUT NYC Hotel and Fire Island Pines Owner Hosts Intimate Reception for Ted Cruz

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If you had to pick where Sen. Ted Cruz was last night, you could be forgiven for not guessing the NYC penthouse of two high-dollar homocons. After all, Cruz is the only 2016 presidential hopeful (so far) who kicked off his campaign by asking voters to imagine an America where gays forever stay second class citizens

As The New York Times points out, though, Cruz apparently knows the value of having big spenders on your team on the campaign trail, regardless of sexual orientation. 

ReisnerDuring the gathering, according to two attendees, Mr. Cruz said he would have no problem if one of his daughters was gay. He did not mention his opposition to same-sex marriage, saying only that marriage is an issue that should be left to the states.

The dinner and “fireside chat” for about a dozen people with Mr. Cruz and his wife, Heidi, was at the Central Park South penthouse of Mati Weiderpass (above) and Ian Reisner (right), longtime business partners who were once a couple and who have been pioneers in the gay hospitality industry.

Reisner, the owner of the OUT NYC hotel and nightclub complex near Times Square, recently purchased a commercial strip along the Fire Island Pines. Weiderpass and Reisner's penthouse apartment made headlines back in October when a 23-year-old Hell's Kitchen gay bar manager was found dead of a reported drug overdose in its bathtub. 

UPDATE: A Facebook page has been launched in the wake of the NYT article calling for a boycott of "[Fire Island Pines] Low Tea, Middle Tea, High Tea, the Pavilion, and Out NYC Hotel."


Jon Stewart Laughs at the 2016 GOP Candidates' Pathetic Attempts to Respond to Gay Wedding Invites: VIDEO

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Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, and Ted Cruz have all been cornered by reporters this week and asked whether they would attend a gay wedding, and the stumbling and fumbling has caused an opportunity for Jon Stewart to have them by their tails.

"If you can't handle these questions, how are you going to handle....Putin...asking you to go to a gay wedding? This election is going to boil down to who do you trust... to pick up the phone at 3 am and RSVP to a gay wedding."

Check out the hilarious segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

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