Poor Ian Reisner. He just can’t catch a break. We almost feel sorry for him now.
This weekend, the gay hotelier found himself the target of yet another protest when the gay rights group Queer Nation flew private plane over Fire Island trailing a banner promoting the boycott of the millionaire’s businesses there.
Boycott Hi/Lo Tea! Fight For Full LGBT Rights! the sign read.
The stunt accrued during “High Tea” and “Low Tea” cocktail hours held at the Pavilion, a popular Fire Island night club owned by Reisner and his former-lover-turned-business-partner Mati Weiderpass. The pair also own Botel, Bistro, Sip-N-Twirl, Blue Whale, Pines Pizza and the Cultured Elephant.
In a press release, Queer Nation said: “We can get married on Sunday and then evicted or fired on Monday in many states in this country. Yet two gay business owners are making money off of the LGBT community at a world-famous gay vacation spot and then giving that money to outspoken anti-LGBT politicians who would keep us from winning those rights.”
“Is doing without a cocktail at Tea such a sacrifice to make in our struggle for true equality?”
Reisner’s problems hardly stop there. A Facebook group also organized a protest, delivering postcards to every home in the Pines and plastering the island with hundreds of posters alerting people about Reisner’s political shenanigans.
On top of all that, Reisner is also facing a lawsuit filed by four current and former Out Hotel employees who say were denied overtime wages and suffered discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
The moral of the story: Don’t screw over your own people.
h/t: Gay City News