Ian Reisner, a gay businessman, apologized on Sunday for hosting an event for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in New York, following an uproar from the gay community.
Reisner hosted a “fireside chat” with the presidential candidate, who has said in the past that gay rights ‘are a Jihad’. At the event, Cruz toned town his anti-gay rhetoric somewhat stating that if one of his daughters were gay, “I would love them just as much.”
When news of the event became public there were calls to boycott Reisner’s business (he co-owns the OUT NYC Hotel and 80% of the commercial property on Fire Island Pines). A Facebook group calling for the boycott received over 9000 ‘likes’. Addiotnaly, ‘Broadway Cares’ and Aids benefit canceled its fundrasier scheduled at Reisner’s hotel.
In a statement posted to his Facebook page on Sunday, Reisner sought forgiveness for his ‘poor judgement’ “I am shaken to my bones by the e-mails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days. I made a terrible mistake. I was ignorant, naive and much too quick in accepting a request to co-host a dinner with Cruz at my home without taking the time to completely understand all of his positions on gay rights”.