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Monday, April 18, 2011

Donald Trump, The Gays And New York Society

Trump-youre-firedBy David Mixner -

Donald Trump can't seem to get anti-LGBT rhetoric out of his mouth fast enough. Almost daily now this resident of New York City has a new tirade about LGBT citizens. First he condemned marriage equality. Not content to just state his opposition to full equality he had to continue and say that the concept of same sex couples made him feel creepy. Then he played the famous right wing martyr card and proclaimed to a bunch of Tea Party folks how hard it was to be anti-gay and live in New York.
Really, Donald, Really? All those tax breaks, special exemptions and circumventing normal processes were tough on you? You have taken New York City for a ride financially and you have the nerve to complain how hard it is to be "anti-gay and live in New York City." You can't travel around this city without seeing your bigoted, out-of-control ego stamped on building after building.
Being a firm believer in free speech, I know "The Donald" has every right to express his hateful views and still do business in the city. However, this city and its people do not have to continue to bestow any respectability on this man. Whether he runs for President or not, he has proven that he is willing to preach hate, disrespect a huge number of NYC citizens and stop at nothing for personal power and acknowledgement.
Let him speak out but it is time to pull the rug out from underneath him in New York. Please to our friends in the fashion industry - stop inviting him to your shows and front row seats. Let's see the arts community rise up and not greet him backstage or give him good seats at the theater. Let him sit in back. All those of you who run charities do you really have to kiss his ass and honor him at your banquets? For New York City's elite society, do us a favor and stop inviting him to your private dinner parties. Hey, Mayor Bloomberg time to look to see if this man and his companies are abiding by all of New York laws. While you are at that, Mr. Mayor, please no more tax breaks since that means your LGBT citizens have to help him make money to spread his message of hate.
New York, it is time to enforce your laws against this man. Stop inviting this preacher of hate to your events, tables and homes. Please let your fellow LGBT citizens know that your support is not one of just convenience but one of deeply held convictions that you put into practice in your daily living. "The Donald" does not deserve your respect, time or support. It is just as simple as that.

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