April 27, 2015 12:00 pm -


If you’re gay, your are not embracing Ted Cruz, because he certainly isn’t embracing you.

Ian Reisner, one of the two gay hoteliers facing boycott calls for hosting an event for Senator Ted Cruz, who is adamantly opposed to same-sex marriage, apologized to the gay community for showing “poor judgment.”

Mr. Reisner put the apology on Facebook, where a page calling for a boycott of his properties, the gay-friendly Out NYC hotel and his Fire Island Pines holdings, had gotten more than 8,200 “likes” by Sunday evening.

“I am shaken to my bones by the emails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days. I made a terrible mistake,” wrote Mr. Reisner.

The New York Times first reported on the event, a dinner and on April 20, at the duplex Mr. Reisner and his business partner Mati Weiderpass co-own on Central Park South in Manhattan. The event was a “fireside chat” for about a dozen people, but was not a fund-raiser.

The two men are prominent figures in the gay rights community, and Mr. Reisner has been especially vocal about same-sex marriage. He’s also a staunch supporter of Israel, as is Mr. Cruz.

But Mr. Cruz has also introduced legislation to try to preserve the rights of states to maintain their bans on same-sex marriage and he has called for pastors to hold prayer services while the Supreme Court hears arguments on April 28 over the legality of the bans.


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

6 responses to Gay Businessman Apologizes For Hosting Ted Cruz

  1. tracey marie April 27th, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    there was no harm in listening, leave the guy alone.

  2. Chinese Democracy April 27th, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    How could he not know what Ted Cruz was? The very next day Cruz doubled down on his anti gay hatred. Is the apology real? He is losing business now

  3. granpa.usthai April 28th, 2015 at 1:10 am

    no need to apologize.
    we all know about the guys who hang around with the gay crowds when out roaming around, but are as straight as a hard plastic sex toy when home.
    Friendly hint: when you introduce Teddie Pooh – stand to one side.

  4. rg9rts April 28th, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Poor judgement spelled $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    • whatthe46 April 28th, 2015 at 10:08 am

      you know it did.

  5. Jimmy Fleck April 28th, 2015 at 10:37 am

    If the guy is running a business open to the public then he had no way to refuse to offer the space for Ted Cruz right? That would be discriminatory and he would have been put out of business.