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May 8, 2015

Two Gay Men and A Right-Wing Extremist Walk Into A Bar

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said  "There is a liberal fascism that is dedicated to going after believing Christians who follow the biblical tenets on marriage."

Village Idiot Ted Cruz Created A New Anti-gay Slur That Makes No Sense: “Liberal Fascists”

by Roy Steele

Anyone can tell you that it’s never easy and breezy being gay. Whether it’s a bully picking on kids at school because he or she thinks they’re different, or a United States Senator making a public speech that denigrates the gay community because he or she does not believe in equal rights, we see and hear the defamatory remarks on a daily basis.

I know lots of people in the LGBT community that steer clear of reading newspapers, or don’t watch the evening news, because of the anti-gay hate and vitriol, that dominates much of the reporting in the news today.

Shining a light on the lies and bigotry is a moral imperative, to counter their blasphemous claims  and irrational arguments, and to also report the truth and verify or disprove "facts."

Two weeks ago Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) gave a speech to the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition in Waukee, Iowa, and he said “There is a liberal fascism that is dedicated to going after believing Christians who follow the biblical tenets on marriage.” What? Does any Christian follow scripture when it comes to marriage?

Senator Cruz is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. While he says a lot of stupid things, the man has some intelligence somewhere, though I’ve yet to see him display ANY smarts at all.

Fascism is historically associated with right-wing extremists (GOP Tea-baggers) and authoritarian dictators, who are intolerant of divergent views. That sounds like a present day Republican to me. A “liberal fascist” is hyperbolic rhetoric that’s meant to trigger fear - as there’s no such thing as a liberal fascist - but that's what he's calling gay people these days.

Just a few days before the Iowa speech, the Texas Senator spent the evening in Manhattan, where he was networking to boost his campaign for President. He spoke with a small group of millionaires in a penthouse overlooking Central Park, and by all accounts the evening was a success, and the Senator posed for pictures with his new “friends.” After his "friends" were roundly criticized, he came to their defense by calling gay critics "liberal fascists." Ha!

Maggie Haberman of The New York Times wrote about the Cruz reception, and I have to admit that I was shocked to learn that the hosts of the event were gay.
Senator Ted Cruz has positioned himself as a strong opponent of same-sex marriage, urging pastors nationwide to preach in support of marriage as an institution between a man and a woman, which he said was “ordained by God.”
But on Monday night, at a reception for him at the Manhattan apartment of two prominent gay hoteliers, the Texas senator and Republican presidential hopeful struck quite a different tone.
During the gathering, according to two people present, Mr. Cruz said he would not love his daughters any differently if one of them 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 and Ian Reisner, longtime business partners who were once a couple and who have been pioneers in the gay hospitality industry.
To say that the LGBT community were up in arms that two gay men would host a virulent anti-gay Senator like Cruz, who publicly expresses his admiration for the late Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC), would be an understatement.

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Gay Hotel owner Ian Reisner pose in Reisner's Manhattan penthouse apartment.

A boycott of Ian Simpson Reisner’s New York City hotel property OUT NYC was promptly organized, and a fundraiser that was booked at the hotel for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS was cancelled, and the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus cancelled their annual spring garden party fundraiser scheduled at the hotel, to protest the owner’s political views.

This was not the first anti-gay Republican Senator that Ian Reisner, 46, hosted in his Manhattan penthouse. In early April he hosted a fundraiser for Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), who is no friend to the gay community either. Reisner issued a press release at the time, and it said “Manhattan real-estate developer and hotelier Ian Reisner recently hosted a private fundraiser for Senator Ron Johnson (R – Wisconsin), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee.” Whoop di do!

I know lots of gay Republicans, and many former gay Republicans (like myself), and not one would knowingly be in the same room as Ted Cruz, under any circumstances.
Mr. Reisner recently bought a commercial strip along the Fire Island Pines, which has been a mecca for gay vacationers for decades. He is also the face of Out NYC, a hotel near Times Square that caters primarily to a gay audience, including offering itself as a wedding destination. He and Mr. Weiderpass are partners at Parkview Developers.
Mr. Reisner, asked about the possible dissonance between his gay activism and being at an event for Mr. Cruz, said he did not agree with the senator on social issues. Same-sex marriage, he said, “is done — it’s just going to happen.”
Mr. Reisner and Mr. Weiderpass have been generous donors to gay political causes and charities, including the Empire State Pride Agenda and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center.
Both Reisner and his ex-partner Mati Weiderpass, apologized for hosting the bigoted Cruz in their home.

Reisner said that he was unaware of how anti-gay the Texas Senator was, in his first apology, and denied that the marriage topic ever came up in conversation. After press reports refuted his statements, Reisner apologized again, and pointed to a Hillary Clinton fundraiser that was held at his hotel. The Clinton fundraiser was a smoke screen, as they paid to use the hotel banquet space, and he hosted Cruz for free in his home.

Being wealthy doesn’t mean that these two gay men are smart individuals, or smart businessmen. Their actions indicate that they’re dumb, and Reisner’s legal problems indicate very poor judgement at best.

The two most outrageous bits of information to be revealed about Reisner is the fact that he was arrested in East Hampton Village, New York a year ago, for leaving the scene of an accident, and driving with ability impaired by drugs. Reisner refused to submit to a blood test.

Just five months after his arrest, a 23 year old gay bar manager was found dead, in the bathtub of Reisner’s penthouse. It is alleged that the young man died of an overdose of unknown origin.

Refusing to take a blood test, and finding a vibrant and healthy young guy suddenly dead, seems to indicate that Reisner engages in dangerous and risky behavior that requires professional medical and psychological help.

The gay millionaires might be able to buy themselves out of their business and political problems. Either way --- Ian Reisner should devote as much energy as he can to taking care of himself away from the public eye, and if he’s smart, he will stay away from young guys and Republican anti-gay politicians.

As for Ted Cruz and his claim that “liberal fascists are going after believing Christians who follow the biblical tenets on marriage,” he’s blowing hot air. The biblical tenets on marriage include polygamy and arranged marriages, while scripture never mentions gay marriage at all.

The Bible doesn’t give the anti-gay marriage forces justification for their opposition, though the hatred in their heart certainly does.

straight talk in a queer world.

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