Ian Reisner, one of New York’s most prominent gay businessmen and owner of the Out Hotel on West 42nd Street, claimed that gay men are ‘cheap’ and ‘entitled’, while defending his decision to host an evening event for a dozen guests and Republican Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz.
“You know, it’s so ironic — I wanted to build kind of a community center in the gateway to Hell’s Kitchen, which in 2008–2009 was already a gay place and now it’s even gayer,’ Resiner told New York Magazine. ‘Very close to Broadway. We decided there’d be so many different ways to give back to the community. We show gay artists there. For gay performers, we have let this cabaret club go on for three and a half years.”
“And you don’t make money when you let drag queens in on Tuesday night and 30 people drink at $10 a drink and you have to pay five people to watch over the place,” he continued. “You don’t make money. My only point is, this has not been a profitable venture.’
“Gays are cheap. They’re frugal; gays are frugal. Let me retract that. Gays are entitled. Do you know how challenging it is to make a penny off a gay person? I’m gay, I don’t pay cover. I’m gay, where’s my comp drink? No, I’m being serious,” he added.